Baron Corbin opened fire at The Miz when it was announced the two would square off at Survivor Series in a champion (Intercontinental) vs. champion (United States) match. When he finally responded, Miz laid waste to “The Lone Wolf.” Knowing he had to return fire, Corbin went for the throat:
“Miz, I saw what you said, man, and I want to apologize. I didn’t need to bring your wife into this. I didn’t realize how touchy of a subject it would be for you, but I understand it. I understand that when you have to live in the shadow of someone like her, or you need her to protect you from the big, bad bullies in the world and now she’s sitting at home that’s hard. I understand that. So I apologize.
“You know, you talked about relevance and making your championship the most relevant thing. When someone like your wife is begged to come out of retirement to make you and your career relevant again, I understand your anger and frustration. So I apologize.
“I also want to tell you congratulations. A baby girl, man, that’s a great thing. It’s going to be such a cool experience the first time she looks up at you and calls you ‘daddy,’ just like at Survivor Series when I beat you into nothing and you look up and you call me ‘daddy.’ Ha ha.”
My oh my, this is good stuff. And there are still over two weeks until they actually get in the ring for their match!
WrestleMania is always an exciting time for the entire pro wrestling community to come together. There were over 300 pro wrestling events in the Greater Orlando area during WrestleMania 33 weekend and although some crowds were sparse, it was still a great injection of pro wrestling into a given area. Jake “The Snake” Roberts is […]
Impact Wrestling has posted a few behind the scenes videos from recent Halloween photo shoots featuring former Knockouts Champion Rosemary and backstage interviewer McKenzie Mitchell.
It’s maybe worth noting that the former Knockouts Champ is dressed up as the iconic villain Venom from Marvel’s Spider-man universe, not the “Demon King” Finn Balor… Although that would be awesome. Check them out below.
PROGRESS Wrestling have confirmed the first match for their November 26th event, Chapter 58: Live Your Best Life at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London, England. It has been announced that Chris Ridgeway shall face Damon Moser in a Tetsujin Beauty In Combat II tournament qualifying match as the pre-show contest in Camden, London on November…
The WWE is a neverending story full of crazy storylines you don’t see coming and some you could totally predict. The invention of Total Divas added a new layer of enjoyment because we get to see storylines play out that we’ve already seen happen before, only fans get to experience this story goodness from a […]
It was also the first chance the red brand would have to follow up on the big SmackDown invasion angle from last week.
It didn’t do so hot in the ratings.
Indeed, this week’s show drew 2.85 million viewers, down from last week’s 2.95 million. That episode had the benefit of coming after the TLC pay-per-view but WWE hoped to bring viewers back with the invasion.
The hourly breakdown looks similar to last week, just with less viewers throughout the program:
Hour one: 3.10 million Hour two: 2.94 million Hour three: 2.51 million
They faced competition from the likes of Monday Night Football (over 10 million viewers) and their own Nikki Bella over on Dancing with the Stars (just under 10 million), of course, and this looks like what we should expect for the rest of the year.
For complete results and the live blog for Raw this week click here. To read a complete recap and review of all the night’s events click here. For a full playlist of the show click here.
PROGRESS Wrestling have announced a third contest for their November 12th event, Chapter 57: Enter Smiling at the O2 Ritz in Manchester, England. It has been confirmed that Wolfgang will compete against Doug Williams in singles action in Manchester on November 12th at Chapter 57: Enter Smiling. Photo Credit: PROGRESS Wrestling The announced match card is as…
Rumors (or maybe now we can call them spoilers) suggested Braun Strowman would be one of the five members of the Monday Night Raw Survivor Series team captained by General Manager Kurt Angle. Sure enough, that went official today when the Olympic Gold Medalist announced it on Twitter:
Tidal Wrestling have confirmed a seventh match for their November 26th event, Year 4: Dance Like No One’s Watching at Church in Leeds, England. It has been announced that “The Ugnadan Warrior” Nsereko will face B.A. Rose in singles competition in Leeds on November 26th. Photo Credit: Tidal Wrestling The announced match card is as follows:…
I took the day off work yesterday, counting on our new hire Tommy Messano to handle the news load on what would turn out to be a busy Monday. This allowed me to simply watch Monday Night Raw as a fan, relaxed on the couch, open to being taken for whatever ride WWE had in store for me.
What a silly, stupid, amazing ride it was.
The show was memorable for a number of reasons but nothing stood out as much as the show long storyline of The Miz being haunted by literal garbage. Giving this context, somehow, makes it even more ridiculous.
Back at TLC, The Miz and his teammates, Kane, Cesaro, and Sheamus, decided to rid themselves of Braun Strowman by attempting to murder him via garbage truck. They threw him in the trash compactor, proceeded to lose the match they were in, and just went on about their lives. That wouldn’t be the end of it, of course, and sure enough, Strowman returned to get his revenge this week.
Here’s the incredibly dumb, utterly glorious way they brought him back:
Consider everything you see in that opening sequence, and all it implies. Miz and his crew are attempting to make a getaway because they believe they didn’t actually murder Strowman in the trash compactor, an act they faced no consequences for. The limo then stops when it sees a garbage truck in front of it, backing up to it, despite the fact there is plenty of room to go around it. The doors are locked and the vehicle doesn’t move again, I guess because the driver was paid off, or in cahoots with Braun.
What makes the scene is what comes next. Miz, Axel, and Dallas look on in shock and surprise as the garbage truck dumps trash in front of the limo and none other than Braun Strowman triumphantly rises up from it before lifting his arms and letting out a primal howl. If Strowman colluded with the driver, that would mean he escaped the previous trash compactor and put himself into this new garbage truck just for the aforementioned dramatic effect of slowly being reborn amidst a sea of trash. The only other answer is that he was trapped in the garbage all along, but he’s not even dirty! He’s glistening, even!
Then, somehow, the doors to the limo are unlocked, allowing Miz and his band of idiots to run away. This gave us maybe the greatest GIF in the history of time:
I sat on my couch watching this unfold with a mix of disbelief, embarrassment, and the absolute joy of a child witnessing its caregiver magically reappear during a simple game of peek-a-boo. It simultaneously made me ask just what the hell I’m getting out of all this while answering that very question at the same time. This is every reason to mock pro wrestling, and every reason to celebrate it.
Glasgow Pro Wrestling Asylum have confirmed a fifth match for their November 17th event, Third Anniversary Show at The Asylum in Glasgow, Scotland. It has been announced that Soldato will face the current ICW World Heavyweight Champion, “The Iron King” Joe Coffey in Glasgow on November 17th. Photo Credit: Glasgow Pro Wrestling Asylum The announced match…
Monday’s episode of WWE Raw featuring Mickie James losing to Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss in the main event, drew 2.854 million viewers. This is down from last week’s 2.953 million viewers,
Tthe first hour drew 3.102 million viewers, the second hour drew 2.943 million viewers and the final hour drew 2.517 million viewers.
Ironfist Wrestling have confirmed five matches for their November 11th event at the Richmond Place Club in Hereford, England. It has been announced that the following five contests shall take place in Hereford on November 11th: Photo Credit: Ironfist Wrestling Photo Credit: Ironfist Wrestling Photo Credit: Ironfist Wrestling Photo Credit: Ironfist Wrestling Photo Credit: Ironfist…
WWE is looking to stack up the Raw vs. Smackdown men’s match for Survivor Series. If you watched Monday Night Raw then you already know that Kurt Angle will be back in action as the Raw captain. On Tuesday, WWE revealed the latest Superstar for Team Raw. Braun Strowman has been added to the team, […]
Drew Gulak is doing more with limited minutes as Raw and 205 Live’s comedy heel than anyone since some cat named Jericho broke out in the same role as one of WCW’s cruiserweights.
He may have gotten dorked on a Kickoff appearance before TLC (unless that was always an angle to give him something else to complain about, in which case, bravo everyone!), but hopefully the fact he’s been getting a mic on Mondays in addition on WWE Network after SmackDown is a good sign for his future.
I know it’s good for me, because I can’t get enough of the dude. Whether it’s cosplaying as Sasha Banks or giving the cheesiest thumbs up ever to nail a joke I knew was coming but laughed at loud at anyway…
Now we’ve all heard the whispers that Conor McGregor could be on Vince McMahon’s wanted list for WrestleMania 34 in April of next year. In fact, it’s pretty much all anyone can talk about these last few days. And while his opponent in the ring is anyone’s guess (we’re really hoping for Triple H), there’s the small matter of a fight in the UFC to get through first.
So, who will The Notorious come up against on his long-awaited return to the octagon? Well, that’s a good question. There are three names that top the list: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz.
After the Mayweather fight, Khabib himself called out McGregor on Instagram. And with Conor previously stating that he wanted to fight Khabib in his homeland of Russia, it pretty much looked like a dead cert. It would be an incredible fight not only because it’s the fight that many UFC fans want to see, but also due to their conflicting fighting styles. Khabib is a grappler with lots of wrestling experience while McGregor is the man with the knockout left punch. However, talk of the fight has died down recently, especially with Tony Ferguson taking the interim lightweight title at UFC 216.
It stands to reason that the current interim titleholder would want a shot at McGregor and Dana White would seem to agree. The UFC chief said that he felt that Ferguson deserved his chance to fight McGregor. And to be honest, he’s right, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen. A lot of things will have to fall into place before the fight is confirmed, and while it is, of course, the fight that should happen, it’s not really the one that we want to see.
The last viable option on the list is undoubtedly the one that would draw the most pay-per-views and the one that anyone with even just a passing interest in the sport would want to see: McGregor vs. Diaz.
With both Diaz and McGregor besting each other once already, this fight would be the decider that would offer one of the fighters the ultimate bragging rights. We can just imagine what all the press conferences would be like, and as for the fight, it’s a tough one to call. If Diaz gets McGregor on the floor, then it’s goodnight for the Irishman. On the other hand, one good left hook from Conor and it could be lights out for Diaz.
BetStars seems to be of the opinion that McGregor’s next fight will be against either Diaz or Nurmagomedov with the site currently only offering odds on these two potential opponents. And if you think about it, from a pay-per-view perspective, those two are the money fights. Regardless of Dana White’s assertions that Ferguson will get his chance, it’s more likely that we’ll see a Diaz rematch or a fight with Khabib. White will no doubt shake his head and say something about his hands being tied, but we all know that it’s the pay-per-views that count and the Diaz trilogy is where the money is.
But what would McGregor choose himself? He’s proven time and again that he’s all about the money, so it makes sense that he’ll opt for a Diaz fight if given a choice. Either that or a rumble with the Russian. Whoever he does fight, we just hope that he keeps himself in one piece. We really want to see that Triple H vs. McGregor matchup at WrestleMania 34. Hey, we can dream, right?
Another Team Raw Name Revealed For Survivor Series
WWE Raw General Manager and the Team Raw captain at WWE Survivor Series, has Tweeted the following, revealing Braun Strowman as his first pick for Team Raw.
As we reported yesterday, Team Raw is expected to be rounded out by Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns. Reigns should be returning to WWE in time for the November 13th edition of WWE Raw, which is the Survivor Series go-home show:
Due to reported budget cuts from Anthem Sports and Entertainment, a number of talent have left the company. Moreover, there have been a couple of cases where the next set of tapings in Ottawa, Canada, have affected the inability for talent to appear due to travel issues. One of these names who has left the […]
“First off, I suggest we – you know – improve the quality of the Women’s division. You know, cut some of the dead weight. Like Mickie James. We can easily replace her with anyone from the Mae Young Classic. In fact, we can probably just dig up Mae.”
Obviously, this is directed at James, and the line about “digging up” the deceased Hall of Famer fits with the age jokes Bliss has been making about the six-time champ for weeks.
But this also went on the air just over 24 hours after WWE did release three wrestlers, two of them women assigned to Raw.
I’m not saying it was a deliberate slight directed at Emma or Summer Rae (although I’m expecting there to be a rumor saying it was in 3… 2… 1…), but it’s at least bad timing, right? That Alexa went on to win her match isn’t a great look for Mickie, or Kurt, but that’s an overall issue with WWE’s presentation of heroes and villains, especially among the ladies. It didn’t help me process what felt like a tone deaf moment here in regards to the recent cuts, either, though.
Y’all tell me if I’m being too sensitive, because I can’t decide.
Following the Trick-Or-Street Fight and Kane’s attacks on Finn Balor on Raw, fans have begun speculating about their future with WWE. The speculation continued on Tuesday morning after fans noticed that Karl Anderson removed WWE references from his Twitter bio. Later, Finn Balor posted a tombstone with “Bye” engraved on it.” http://pic.twitter.com/6TaYQ6Xg2d — Finn Bálor […]
Apparently a rumor has been making the rounds online that Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, The Club, are no longer with WWE.
According to PWInsider.com, the rumor is untrue, as both Gallows and Anderson were onboard the WWE flight with the Raw crew today heading from Washington, DC to Europe. The tag team will be working the upcoming WWE European tour kicking off this week.
WWE Raw Top 10, Behind-the-Scenes WWE Zombie Shoot
WWE has released the following videos, featuring this week’s Raw top 10, and a behind-the-scenes look at a Halloween themed zombie photoshoot:
Tonight’s WWE Smackdown Live will continue the build towards the Survivor Series pay-per-view. Scheduled for tonight: – Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens – winner gets a spot on Team Smackdown at Survivor Series. Many fans would consider this a WWE dream match. – AJ Styles vs. Samir Singh. – Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler in […]
The Club was well-known in New Japan as members of The Bullet Club and they jumped over to WWE with the intention of making a big splash. However after WrestleMania 33 when they dropped the Raw Tag Team Titles in a ladder match they haven’t really come close to the top of Raw’s tag team division since. […]
The steady flow of talent into and out of Impact continues amidst allegations from the media and former executives that Anthem is low on cash thanks to the cost of acquiring and running a pro wrestling promotion.
It’s not terribly surprising news. Anthem doesn’t seem to be looking to hand out raises right now for whatever reason, and Spud hasn’t been used much lately. He blew off a weird feud with former WWE Superstar Hornswoggle in May.
Though “weird feud” could describe a lot of his run, the 34 year old Birmingham native always made the most of any and everything TNA asked him to do during his time with the company. Which makes Ryan Satin’s item about WWE being interested in Spud intriguing. Pro Wrestling Sheet’s founder says he’s heard The ‘E would like to use the Brit on 205 Live, or possibly on the planned King of the Ring United Kingdom show, if it happens.
WWE Network’s Tuesday night Cruiserweight showcase could be in for an infusion of talent, if a separate report from PWInsider is correct. The site says moving Hideo Itami up from NXT to 205 Live has been discussed. Itami hasn’t been on our screens much lately despite being healthy, so plans “to move Itami up as soon as creative is in place” make sense.
The second photo is a picture of Balor being laid out by Kane on WWE Raw last night. Balor took a tombstone piledriver from The Big Red Machine during last night’s show, an angle which has been met with a mostly negative reaction, with many fans expressing frustration over Balor’s WWE booking in the past two weeks:
MLW WALEMANIA IV IS COMING TO NOLA: TICKETS ON SALE 10 AM CT TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7TH AT MLWTICKETS.COM
NEW ORLEANS – 10am CT this Tuesday November 7th you will finally be able to buy tickets to experience the wildest night of the year in pro wrestling as Wale and the MLW Radio Network present WaleMania IV on Thursday night April 5th at Republic NOLA at 828 S. Peters Street in New Orleans.
Tickets for MLW WaleMania IV go on sale Friday November 11th at 10am CT at www.MLWTickets.com.
There will be a live MLW Radio podcast featuring many pro wrestling luminaries, who will be announced over the next few months.
The evening will also feature a live performance by Grammy nominated artist Wale, a meet and greet with a special guest for golden and platinum ticket holders, a New Orleans style after party and more.
EVENT INFORMATION FOR WALEMANIA IV ON APRIL 5TH:
7pm to 8:30pm [Golden and Platinum ticket holders ONLY]: Meet & Greet party with a special guest to be announced. There will be a red carpet arrival. You’ll have early access to the venue and are guaranteed seats for the live podcast.
9pm to 10:15pm [Golden, Platinum & GA ticket holders]: MLW Radio LIVE podcast with special guests to be announced featuring a Q & A with fans.
10:15pm to Closing [Golden, Platinum & GA ticket holders]: New Orleans style After Party featuring Wale performing LIVE! Party with pro wrestling luminaries and MLW Radio personalities. Bottle service is available.
Ticket prices range from $15-$150 with a limited number of VIP Packages also available. Limited tickets will be available at the door the night of the show unless there is a sell out in advance.
Dress code: Republic NOLA is upscale but casual, classy and fashion forward. They do not permit hats, sports jerseys, tank tops or shorts on men, work boots, sandals or athletic wear of any kind. The dress code is at management’s discretion.
Parking: Street parking is available on most surrounding streets. Nearby garages and lots vary between $10-$15 on most nights.
Age: You must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event. All ticket holders must present valid government identification upon entering venue.
MORE ABOUT THE EVENT:
WaleMania, created by Wale and Court Bauer, is a concept that blends the pro wrestling culture with an electric night of fan interaction, music, partying and memories that will last a lifetime.
Since its inception in 2015, WaleMania has been the biggest, wildest party WrestleMania weekend featuring an MLW Radio live podcast with a guest of honor, several surprises and a Vegas style after party. The evening is capped off by Wale taking the party to the next level with a live performance. Every year WaleMania has sold out so get your tickets fast so you don’t miss the one of a kind experience.
On Thursday April 5th, a who’s who from wrestling and hip hop will come out to kick off the weekend in grand fashion as WaleMania IV.
Wale is a Grammy nominated artist, with his hit 2015 album, The Album About Nothing going to number one on Billboard 200. Wale is the founder of Every Blue Moon, his imprint, which collaborates with an array of artists and talent across sports, art and entertainment culture.
MLW Radio Network features podcasts from the likes of Bruce Prichard, MVP, Tony Schiavone, Kevin Sullivan, Mister Saint Laurent, Sean Mooney, JJ Dillon, Conrad Thompson, Marty DeRosa, Sarah Shockey, Kaz and Emilio Sparks and many others. Visit www.MLWRadio.com to listen to listen and learn more about shows.
Republic NOLA Republic is NOLA’s premiere live music venue, nightclub & special event space adorned with vintage brick walls, exposed beams & crystal chandeliers.
Based in the heart of the Warehouse District, New Orleans’ historically relevant and hippest young neighborhood, Republic NOLA occupies a spacious warehouse that has served many purposes in its 150 year history. On Thursday night April 5th, 2018 it will be the epicenter of the pro wrestling and hip hop world as Wale and MLW present WaleMania IV.
Thanks to our friends at MLW for the following: MLW WALEMANIA IV IS COMING TO NOLA: TICKETS ON SALE 10 AM CT TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7TH AT MLWTICKETS.COM NEW ORLEANS – 10am CT this Tuesday November 7th you will finally be able to buy tickets to experience the wildest night of the year in pro wrestling as Wale and the MLW […]
Brie Bella joined Busted Open with Dave Lagreca yesterday to promote Season 7 of Total Divas. Two items of interest from that interview.
During the interview, Brie is asked about Daniel Bryan’s potential return to wrestling, and Brie says as long as he’s cleared by doctors, she would never hold him back from living his dream. She says he’s been working every day since he was told he can no longer wrestle to find a way back into that ring. She also comments on Kurt Angle’s return and how Bryan felt about that, as well as Bryan’s tweets about his return.
Brie also had the following to say about the potential of a Bella Twins return to the WWE:
“I miss it so much, and I miss it so much because I am filming Total Divas and I am around all these girls who are doing all these history making things. For me, I watch now as a fan at home and sometimes it’s actually hard on me. I’ll tell Bryan “now I know how you feel.” I do have the itch, and obviously Birdie’s (daughter) my number 1 priority, but the Bella Twins are going to come back at some point in 2018. And granted we can’t come for a long time because of my baby, but we are coming back. I told Nikki “You and I have not been in the ring together for over 2 years.” The only way I’m making a comeback, and she said the same thing the only way she’s making a comeback, is together. I told Bryan, I told pretty much everyone, I am making a comeback before baby 2.”
Busted Open with Dave Lagreca & co-hosts Bully Ray & Larry Dallas can be heard weekdays from 2p-4p Eastern Time only on SiriusXM Rush Channel 93 and is available any time on demand on the SiriusXM App.
I may or may not have been poking around for any Thor: Ragnorak – the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster, this one directed by the brilliant Taiki Waititi, coming our way in the States on Nov. 3 – content I could find. It’s also possible I’m a huge Jeff Goldblum mark from the first time I saw the 70s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, to the point I’ve watched his entire run on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
No matter – Goldblum is in Thor: Ragnorak, and was interviewed by Luke Owen of Wrestle Talk TV while promoting the film. Owen was wearing his Fashion Police t-shirt for their chat, which transformed the actor into every sweet relative who’s every pretended to be interested in their niece or nephew’s wrestling obsession:
Thanks to our friends at Sirius XM Busted Open Radio for the following: Brie Bella joined Busted Open with Dave Lagreca yesterday to promote Season 7 of Total Divas. Two items of interest from that interview: Brie is asked about Daniel Bryan’s potential return to wrestling. She says as long as he’s cleared by doctors, […]
“U.K., be ready. I’ll be there. In the middle of the ring”. – Triple H
While I cannot speak for the U.K. audience, I can say that when Triple H posted this message on his social media pages, I was pretty excited. In 2014, attending WWE shows in the UK became a regular thing for me; however, the likes of Triple H & Undertaker had long stopped performing for WWE in the U.K. So knowing Hunter will be stepping into the ring in London for the WWE, not only excites me but allows me to appreciate what a special moment this will be for a long time wrestling fan.
Triple H has not often been put in the same bracket as the Undertaker’s or Shawn Michaels of the world, but it’s undeniable, he is one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time. His work in the ring has been incredible. The ability to stay relevant, and hang with the likes of The Rock and Stone Cold is not something one should overlook either. And today, Hunter has revolutionized the business by helping create the brand we know and love, NXT.
Having been a fan of professional wrestling for over 17 years, being able to witness Triple H wrestle for the first time is not something I take for granted. While it may just be a house show and I do not believe I will be seeing a five star Triple H classic. I understand and appreciate that seeing Triple H perform is a rare thing today.
After last week’s Under Siege angle on Raw and the somewhat ridiculous nitpicking of the angle, it became clear to me that we live in an era where we tend to stop appreciating the little things. This is an entertainment show, just like a movie, sometimes everything does not have to be done perfectly in order for it to be fun.
Social media feels like a platform where people feel like they have to be critical. I can recall in the build-up to Survivor Series last year, fans were clamouring for Goldberg’s return. But just a few short months later, those fans began criticising Goldberg for being the Goldberg of old and crushing people in minutes.
Don’t Hate, Appreciate
Rebelling and pointing out any negative seems to be the way to go for fans, and sure, when Daniel Bryan was pushed to the side, and Batista won the Royal Rumble, I was as angry as any fan. However, when moments like this Friday present themselves, and an opportunity to see one of the greats of my childhood comes, I transport myself back to the young kid watching WWE on Saturday mornings.
This Friday in London, a great performer returns to the ring. As a long-time wrestling fan, I can tell you, I am over the moon and very, very appreciative to be able to see ‘The Game’ do his thing. At the end of the day, it’s wrestling, and one should not take this too seriously.
Thanks to The Wrestling Estate for the following: Jack Swagger was interviewed by The Wrestling Estate ahead of a charity indy event he’s headlining in this weekend called WrestleJam16 in East Haven, CT: Was there a certain moment when you decided to leave or was it a bunch of factors piled up? Swagger: “I’m very […]
According to PWInsider.com, New Japan Pro Wrestling announcer Don Callis is possibly headed to Impact Wrestling either at the November tapings or in January. Impact has reportedly not yet officially offered Callis a contract.
PWInsider is also reporting Jim Cornette will not be at the upcoming Bound for Glory PPV or at the TV tapings in Ottawa. Cornette has reportedly offered to drive to Nashville to film content writing him off TV, however it’s unknown if that will be happening.
5 Things to Know Before Smackdown
WWE has released the following video featuring five things you need to know before tonight’s WWE Smackdown Live:
For those of you wondering why Sin Cara has been getting a push with victories over Baron Corbin in recent weeks, it’s because he signed a new deal with the company, according to PWInsider. One source told us that he signed a 3-year deal. As part of the renewed focus being put on him, WWE, […]
Our latest Rumor Roundup brought news that WWE’s current plans call for a bit of a King of the Ring 2001 throwback feel to this year’s Survivor Series, as Shane McMahon is set to work November’s ‘Big 4’ pay-per-view (PPV) for the second year in a row. The SmackDown commissioner will reportedly captain his team against Raw General Manager Kurt Angle’s.
But that’s not the only information PWInsider had on the company’s current plans for one of Nov. 19’s biggest bouts.
We already know that Randy Orton is on Team Blue, so with Shane an official participant, that leaves three openings. The report says Shinsuke Nakamura will join them – presumably by beating Kevin Owens in their qualifier tonight (Oct. 31) – along with AJ Styles and Bobby Roode.
Leaving Owens and his friend Sami Zayn off the team would be interesting. It could mean KO’s PPV streak is at risk. Or it could leave the disgruntled heels as wild cards who mess things up for their brand-mates.
Over on Mondays, Insider says Angle will be joined by a veritable cabinet of rivals: Finn Bálor, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman. Three of those guys were opponents in a Fatal 4Way for the Universal title at SummerSlam (which is to say nothing of the animus between Reigns and Strowman), Bálor wants a future shot at getting that belt back, Finn and Joe’s feud goes back to NXT… no matter how you slice it, being on the same show is about the only thing these guys have in common.
Will it be enough to get them to play nicely for a few weeks?
As noted, The Sheffield Arena in The UK announced last week that “An Evening with John Cena” would be taking place on December 4th, with tickets available as of October 27th.
According to PW reader Alyssa McMahon, however, Platinum Events issued an email noting the show has been canceled. McMahon added Platinum events has since removed its Facebook page, Twitter page etc. The email sent to ticket holder noted they had ‘failed to adhere to contractual obligations in the end’. Cena previously performed the show in Australia, and it featured the WWE star telling stories about his life and career.
Brie Reacts to Nikki Elimination
As noted, Nikki Bella was eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars” last night, and her sister, along with niece Birdie Joe, reacted to Nikki’s elimination in the following YouTube video:
Roode & Ziggler Hype Smackdown
WWE has released the following videos, featuring Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler hyping their 2 out of 3 falls match on WWE Smackdown Live tonight:
WWE tag team, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows have set the internet ablaze with speculation after they removed WWE related things from their Twitter bio (except handle).
Anderson also tweeted a money bag emoji last night which has many fans tweeting the duo that they were misused on last night’s Raw broadcast
A couple of weeks ago in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that Impact Wrestling management has been trying to repair some of the burned bridges with companies they’ve worked with in the past. PWInsider noted that when Scott D’Amore and Ed Nordholm visited Pro Wrestling NOAH a few weeks ago, they visited one […]
WWE officials have reportedly been discussing the possibility of calling up Hideo Itami to the main roster following a disappointing start in NXT. The current plan is for the Japanese star to join the Raw brand’s Cruiserweight division and have him compete on 205 Live, according to PWInsider.
Itami was a
It can take a little while for a new viewer to get a feel for pro wrestling. The question of “was that part real?” is bound to come up two or three times over the course of, let’s say, a month. But after a while you start to develop an instinct about what is supposed to happen—no matter how stupid—and what was completely accidental.
Sometimes the accidents are gags that we can laugh about later…
Sometimes it’s a situation so terrible in its occurrence, or so huge in its happening that it’s impossible to sweep under the rug. When that happens it becomes clear to all that something has gone very wrong. Even in these cases, there are times when fans can laugh at the schadenfreude on display. But sometimes it’s more serious…and WWE is forced to say “this part is real and we’re sorry you had to see it.”
VINCE TEARS BOTH QUADS
Back in 2005, the last men standing in the Royal Rumble were the hottest rising talents on their respective brands, John Cena and Batista. Batista was scripted to win the Rumble and face Triple H at WrestleMania 21. And while Cena was also penciled in to win his title from JBL at the same show, Cena was never supposed to be more than a respectable runner-up in the Royal Rumble match. Instead, in what was supposed to be the final moment of the match, Batista and Cena both went tumbling over the top rope and both hit the ground.
I asked Dave Meltzer a year ago if this was scripted (like Bret Hart and Lex Luger back in 1994) and he said no, it was a complete mistake. I believe him (yo), but that doesn’t change just how amazing the timing of it was, because both sets of feet hit the floor exactly at the same time just like if it had been rehearsed. There were signs, however, that something was amiss. The typically calm and in-control referees suddenly started spazzing. The confusion was not resolved until Vince McMahon himself came out to fix things in-person on the fly…
This is where we go from simple “ha ha schadenfreude” to an actual “holy crap they’re in trouble now.”
Vince came power-walking out, finger-wagging and grumbling who knows what to no one in particular. And as he slid into the ring to sort things out, he tore both his quads simultaneously. Tearing just one quad is an injury that puts normal men into the fetal-position, crying in agony.
Vince refuses to be normal.
He sat there, physically unable to stand, barking orders like Aerys II. In the end the match was restarted and Vince was (moderately) helped to the back. What a finish. And if you were watching it and asking “wait…was that real?” Yes. Yes it was.
TRIPLE H TEARS HIS QUAD…TWICE
What’s worse, tearing both quads at once, or one quad on two separate occasions?
The year was 2001, the InVasion angle was still a twinkle in the turd of Vince McMahon. Instead, Steve Austin was a heel, just starting to find his groove as a bad-guy, post-WrestleMania 17, and with The Rock off making a movie, the top babyfaces on the roster were Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit.
Austin and Triple H were tag champs at the time, and in one of the greatest Raw matches ever (that will never be talked about ever again, sadly), Jericho and Benoit challenged the “Two Man Power Trip” for their championship. At the match’s climax and with the crowd going bananas, Jericho had Steve Austin in the Walls of Jericho, when his partner-in-crime Triple H jumped onto him to break the hold. When he did, he tore his lucky quad.
It was obvious immediately that something was wrong; Triple H was limping and wincing, but still he told Jericho to put him in the Walls for the pre-arranged finish of the match. And let’s be honest, that makes Triple H one of the toughest men ever to lace them up.
Fast forward to 2007 and Triple H was in the middle of a placeholder feud with Randy Orton and Edge (teaming with HBK as the revived PG-DX). His sights were set on main-eventing WrestleMania 23, which would have given him twelve-straight WrestleMania appearances (tying him with Bret Hart for the most). Instead, an awkward landing on a spinebuster tore his lucky quad again.
Bret Hart was probably somewhere in the frozen tundra of Canada, twisting on a voodoo doll and toasting a glass to himself the way the 72 Dolphins do whenever the last undefeated NFL team loses.
Once again, Triple H finished the match, kicking out on what could have been an easy-way-out finish. He even hit a Pedigree on the announce table!
On both occasions, the match played second-fiddle to the reality happening in front of everyone in the arena and at home. Fans in 2001 where just starting to question how much of an influence Triple H had backstage and they certainly were vocal about it in 2007; you can say what you want about the Son-in-Law but you can’t question his grit.
ANGLE FEEDS SHANE THE CONCRETE FLOOR
Speaking of 2001, Kurt Angle competed in three separate matches at the King of the Ring show that year. He put on a master-class performance, but all anyone remembers is Shane McMahon’s head bouncing like a ping pong ball on the top of the ramp.
Angle and Shane met in the penultimate match of the night, in a street fight. The match was laid out, like almost all Shane matches are, to show how much punishment the Boss’ son could endure.
Turns out it’s quite a lot.
Angle led Shane up to the stage in front of the glass facade bearing the PPV’s logo, wrapped his arms around him, and tossed McMahon behind him in a belly-to-belly suplex. The impact was supposed to send Shane crashing through the glass for a memorable moment sure to make newbies ask “was that real?!” Instead, there was a thud-thud that sent the crowd into a collective “OH CRAP THAT WAS REAL!” freakout.
Shane smacked into the glass and dropped straight down, his head driven into the concrete. Watching it live, many thought Shane had just broken his neck. Instead he got up, called for a repeat and took the spot as planned. And then went on to finish the match!
Tell me again how “fake” everything is.
ANGLE ALMOST BREAKS HIS (FREAKING) NECK
Your Olympic hero is no stranger to danger, and not just in the “giving it to Shane” kind either. In another “oh no I think he just broke his neck” moment, Kurt Angle found himself concussed right out of his first big PPV main-event.
During the hottest year ever in the WWF (2000), The Rock’s in-ring feud with Triple H, and Triple H’s out-ring feud with Kurt Angle (who had been putting moves on Stephanie for months) all came to a head in a triple threat match at SummerSlam 2000.
Early in the fight, Triple H brawled Angle up to the announce table and set him up for a Pedigree. The move was supposed to break the table upon impact but unfortunately, the table broke early and Angle was driven awkwardly to the ground below, slamming his head onto the concrete upon impact.
Amazingly Kurt managed not only to recite some backstage segment lines, but also return to finish the match. The interim, however, was filled with Rock vs Triple H—which had set the company on fire throughout the summer—being played out in front of a sold out crowd that couldn’t stop mumbling to themselves about whether or not Kurt Angle would even walk again.
BROCK LESNAR ALMOST BREAKS HIS (FREAKING) NECK
Back in the day Brock Lesnar was a versatile athlete who used his amateur background and freakish size and strength equally. He has always been a one-of-a-kind athlete in that respect but he doesn’t really show it anymore. Back in his younger days, however, Lesnar was known to do some amazing stunts.
While in Ohio Valley Wrestling (the WWE’s farm league at that time), Lesnar would break out a Shooting Star Press as a finishing move. It’s one thing to see the diminutive Billy Kidman do it, but when Brock Lesnar does it, it’s something else.
Naturally he wanted it to be the big finish to his first WrestleMania main-event.
The only trouble was, when the time came, his opponent, Kurt Angle, was about five-feet too far away. Lesnar—not exactly the brightest bulb in the fridge—decided not to drag his opponent to a better spot but instead trusted his own athleticism to carry him through the spot.
He leapt toward Angle and…drove his head right into the mat. Everyone immediately knew something bad had happened, and indeed something bad had happened (Lesnar was instantly concussed and knocked silly), but Angle (with a little over three years in the business) quickly walked Brock and the referee through an improvised finish that saved the match.
LESNAR DOES BREAK HARDCORE HOLLY’S (FREAKING) NECK
Early in his WWE career, the rookie Lesnar went up against Hardcore Holly in a throwaway TV match. Lesnar was frequently featured in glorified squash matches which got him over as the self-proclaimed “Next Big Thing.” No one was safe from Lesnar’s wrath; the man made Hulk Hogan look silly, for crying out loud.
But Hardcore Holly was not having it.
Holly was booked to lose to him on SmackDown in the fall of 2002, just after Lesnar won the Undisputed Championship. The plan was for Holly to make Lesnar look good and then lose with dignity, but Holly was an old school bully and intended to make the new kid “pay his dues.” Again, this wasn’t just a rookie; this was the top champion in the company. There’s old school, and there’s being petty.
When the time came for Lesnar to hoist Holly up for a powerbomb, Holly decided to sandbag his opponent and not help him with the lift. Lesnar’s stronger than most, but inertia and positioning are still things. Instead of helping him, Holly went limp like dead weight, intending to make Lesnar look weak and silly in front of the crowd.
So Lesnar just dropped him on his head.
The crowd, who had been crescendoing their cheer as Holly was lifted up, instantly deflated as everyone started watching closely to see if he was okay. Commentary stuttered for a moment before recovering and salvaging the moment, but there was no denying that Holly was badly hurt.
I’m not going to say he got what he deserved, but I will say “you stupid stupid man.”
There are other moments you can probably think of, and certainly some that are more in the “tragic” variety (Lawler’s heart attack), others from WCW’s circus of insanity (Sid Viscious’ ankle), and of course the worst of them all was Owen. But let’s not dwell on the truly tragic. Let’s focus on the minor mistakes and major goof-ups that caused you to say “oh no, that’s real…”
What moments do you remember from your years watching pro wrestling? Let us know in the comments below.
As always, I’m Matthew Martin: I love WWE, but everything sucks and I’m never watching again.
See you next Monday, Happy Halloween and be safe everyone.
The appearance of SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan on Raw last night (Oct. 30) not only threw an interesting wrinkle into the brand warfare story heading into Survivor Series, it also gave us an impromptu Team Hell No reunion.
Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out so well for DB, who left Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena on a stretcher, then got the dreaded WWE.com kayfabe injury update!
“WWE.com has learned that SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan was taken to a local medical facility to undergo further evaluation following a brutal surprise attack by Kane on Monday Night Raw.”
We’ll have to wait and see how Team Blue addresses this attack, or Bryan’s unauthorized peace negotiations tonight.
But another question is… does this indicate any change in WWE’s stance on The Beard getting physical in angles? The fact the attack occurred by cell phone light and off camera probably means no, but when Brie Bella’s man is looking for any glimmer of hope, he’s probably busting out the Lloyd Christmas GIFs today.
As soon as he’s released from that medical facility, that is.
However, PWInsider reports Ricochet is not scheduled to work the upcoming Impact TV tapings in Ottawa, which include Bound for Glory, and a negotiations to being Ricochet into the company have reportedly fallen through.
Tessa Blanchard, who competed in the WWE Mae Young Classic, is headed to Impact Wrestling for the TV tapings next week.
With regards to the upcoming Impact Wrestling TV tapings in Canada, PWInsider notes there is expected to be a lot of Canadian talents used during the events. The talents could be used as referees, extra talent and ring announcing, with the idea being that the more Canadian talents used the bigger tax breaks Impact Wrestling can get during the tapings.
WWE Superstar Sin Cara (Jorge Arias) has signed a new multi-year contract with WWE, according to PWInsider. A
Aries debuted on WWE’s main roster in 2011 as Sin Cara, temporarily replacing the original performer of the character Luis Urive. Arias subsequently began wrestling unmasked under the ring name Hunico. In 2013, after
There seems to be a renewed focus on the cruiserweight division in recent weeks since Neville’s departure. Love him or hate him, the reason why Enzo Amore is being featured so much is because of his ability to get fans to hate him and the hope is that his star power can rub off on some […]
As we noted on Monday, Rockstar Spud is the latest name to leave Impact Wrestling. He is the latest in a long list of people that have left the company this year so we speculated that his departure could have been budget-related. However, Spud asked for his release and it looks like he has his […]
You defeated Tyler Bate at TakeOver: Chicago in May to win the WWE UK title, in a match many fans consider to be one of the best not just in NXT, but in the world, this year. Can you describe that night for us?
At the time I was so focused on getting the job done, it didn’t really settle in. It’s also hard… I hadn’t really worked many venues the size of that before [the 18,000 capacity Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois]. It’s a very different experience and it’s hard to tell how things are going at the time. It’s only after I came to the back and I was greeted by Triple H and a lot of the different producers that it started to settle in a bit. They rushed me off to do an interview with ESPN and they said ‘how does it feel to have just had the match of the year?’ In my mind I was like ‘really?’ I hadn’t realised what we had just done. It was only when we went away and watched it afterwards that it started to sink in. It’s hard in that moment to enjoy it. I’m mega conscious of it now, even things like today, Comic Con, or the UK tour coming up, being able to wrestle in my hometown, to really try and enjoy those moments.
If you were to pick dream opponents for the three of you as a trio, who would they be?
For the three of us, The Shield has got to be up there, but I guess D-Generation X is the one right? But for me in particular, I always have two answers for that. The first can’t happen unfortunately, it’s William Regal [the retired wrestler turned NXT general manager and trainer], and the other one is Brock Lesnar.
Reports suggest WWE is pitching to broadcasters including ITV and Sky for the long-mooted weekly WWE UK show. What do you make of the speculation and are you confident we will see WWE’s UK talent compete together on a regular basis soon?
I personally haven’t heard anything, but WWE haven’t exactly been quiet about the fact that their aim is to do a full time UK brand show. They have been quite open about that from the start. It’s still something I’m holding out for, that’s the ideal situation for me right now. A lot of people ask do I want to do NXT, or do I want to do main roster. I would love to be able to start something new and build a UK brand that we can all be proud of. I’m so proud of the tournament that we did and the tapings that we did in Norwich and the small part of NXT shows that we’ve had the chance to do stuff with. To be able to build something from the ground up, that would be really exciting to me. So fingers crossed. As of right now, I haven’t heard anything more that anyone else, but I’m still hopeful.
Following the news of Emma’s release, WWE NXT star Lio Rush made what many believed to be an insensitive remark on Twitter, when he joked that Emma was not ready for recent NXT call-up Asuka. The comment lead to a significant amount of backlash from wrestling stars on Twitter, which subsequently prompted an apology from Rush.
According to PWInsider.com, NXT management spoke with Rush yesterday, and he was back in training in Norman Smiley’s class, so it appears to be “business as usual” with regards to Rush’s current WWE status.
Nikki Bella Gets Advice From Johnny Ace
WWE has released the following video, which is a bonus clip from the season finale of “Total Bellas”. During the clip, Nikki Bella prepares to head to the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, and she becomes nostalgic and concerned that it could be her last Hall of Fame with her injury potentially ending her career.
Bella gets advice from John Laurinaitis as to whether or not she should offer her retirement speech or keep her career options open at this time:
Hopefully, two straight weeks of great scores and our touting her as a contender didn’t jinx The Fearless One. Probably, it was just that she didn’t get enough votes… so I can assuage my guilt and throw The Bella Army under the bus.
Either way, Nikki Bella’s time on Dancing With The Stars came to an abrupt end during their Halloween Night episode on Oct. 30.
Her witchcraft-themed jive with professional partner Artem Chigvintsev didn’t wow the judges, who placed them near the bottom of the eight remaining teams with a 24.
The duo also competed in a group dance with three other couples, and that didn’t impress the panel either. Their corn maze-themed number earning the same score (24), while the other eight dancers nailed their Phantom of the Opera riff to the tune of a perfect 30.
Nikki and Artem were among four pairs under the axe at the end. Not bad odds, especially considering fan voting came after a strong showing last week. But when host Tom Bergeron revealed it would be a double elimination… the longest reigning Divas champion in WWE history was done dancing, along with Vanessa Lachey and her pro.
WWE Possibly Adding Former Impact Wrestling Star and Top NXT Star to 205 Live Roster
As we noted yesterday, Impact Wrestling has released former TNA British Bootcamp winner Rockstar Spud. Spud joined the likes of Jeff Jarrett, Eddie Kingston and Taryn Terrell as recently released talents.
According to PWInsider.com, WWE has expressed interest in signing Spud to add him to the current 205 Live roster. WWE reportedly wants to add more international talents to the 205 Live roster, and is subsequently considering another roster addition in top NXT star Hideo Itami.
The idea has reportedly been pitched several times now for Hideo Itami to join the WWE Cruiserweight Division, which would include a call-up to the Raw brand, and it appears that while no official decision has been made, the plan is to move Itami to the Cruiserweight division once creative has a plan in place for him.
As seen on WWE Smackdown Live in recent weeks, Sin Cara has been given a new push as he has picked up key wins over WWE United States Champion Baron Corbin and is now considered in Title contention. WWE is hyping Sin Cara will demand another match against Corbin on Smackdown Live tonight.
According to PWInsider.com, Sin Cara recently signed a new deal with WWE, and as we noted a couple weeks ago, released his own sneaker and t-shirt line via Footlocker. The new deal with WWE is said to be a multi-year contract, which is why Cara is currently amidst a new push in the company after having stalled out for quite sometime.
Commissioner Shane McMahon brought his “Land of Opportunity” approach to determining who will officially represent SmackDown on their men’s Survivor Series team – and to deal with his issues with once-and-future best buds, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
KO and Sami didn’t participate in Shane’s raid on Raw last week, but they were willing to join the cause. McMahon wasn’t willing to let two men who nearly cost him his life at Hell in a Cell take the reins, however. So he gave them opportunities (get it!?!?) to earn spots on the team.
Zayn came up short against Randy Orton last Tuesday. Tonight, Owens gets his chance to crash the party when he faces Shinsuke Nakamura.
Meanwhile, Shane O’Mac will still be running things, as Daniel Bryan was stretchered to a medical facility after his old tag team partner Kane chokeslammed him – probably to hell, but that’s unconfirmed at this time – during DB’s attempt at brokering a peace with his Raw counterpart, Kurt Angle. McMahon may also have something to say about his own General Manager going rogue.
And, yes, the physical embodiment of 50/50 booking, Dolph Ziggler, will end his program with former NXT champion Bobby Roode when they square off in a best two-out-of-three falls affair. Hopefully, what started out as a pretty clever way to incorporate The Glorious One’s entrance into a feud won’t end up with The Show-Off disappearing from our screens again while Roode goes from Wednesday night star to Tuesday night mid-guard gatekeeper. But…
The Title Scene
He’s probably focused on surviving his non-title Survivor Series showdown with Universal champ Brock Lesnar, but WWE champion Jinder Mahal does need to keep his mind in the present. AJ Styles battles another of his acolytes tonight when he faces Samir Singh, but The Phenomenal One clearly wants what The Maharajah has – and the sooner he gets it, the better. Jinder’s efforts to help Samil Singh defeat Styles last week came up short, which may not be a good sign.
When he’s not trading phone promos with his Team Red rival, Intercontinental titleholder The Miz, United States champ Baron Corbin has been tussling with Sin Cara. The luchador actually holds two straight wins over The Lone Wolf, but last week’s came via disqualification and a brutal beatdown from Corbin. The former Lucha Dragon has demanded a rematch tonight, according to WWE.com’s official preview.
There hasn’t been much build at all toward the battle of Tag champs at the next pay-per-view (PPV). Probably because Raw’s Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are getting beat-up by Kane, and SmackDown’s Jimmy and Jey Uso are keeping their eyes on #1 contenders Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, who last week picked up an impressive win against former champs of both brands, The New Day.
With the rest of the division trying to figure out how to get along on Becky Lynch’s Survivor Series team, Natalya can probably focus on her Women’s title non-title showdown with Alexa Bliss. While keeping one-eye on Ms. Money in the Bank Carmella, of course.
Other stuff to keep an eye on:
– Tyler Breeze have explored the supernatural before, but this is Halloween, and they’re going for a parody of Netflix’s mix of 80s Steves (King and Spielberg) when they visit The Upside-Down on “Stranger-er Things” tonight. I honestly don’t even remember what the mystery is supposed to be at this point, but expect waffles jokes in this one.
– Seeing as it is Halloween, expect some kind of themed match. Maybe as a way to remind us of where Hype Bros stand as a team, or what Tye Dillinger or (gasp) Mike Kanellis are up to these days?
– Hopefully, Rusev will be elated and not released.
– Harper. Rowan. Bludgeon. Brothers. If that’s not a gimmick made for an All Hallows’ Eve show, I don’t know what it.
Three weeks until Survivor Series!
What will you be looking for on SmackDown Live tonight?
Nikki Bella has been working her entire career to prove that she’s more than just a pretty face. Alongside her twin sister Brie, they took the WWE Universe by force and made people pay attention to them due to their Twin Magic and driving personalities. But it would appear one of Nikki’s goals has been dashed. […]
In a recent interview with The Hannibal TV, Bobby Lashley claimed that he wants to have a match with Brock Lesnar.
This isn’t new news, as this is something that Lashley has stated for a long time and he continues to tease the potential match.
On A Potential Match
“It’s not on me, it’s on him. I’m not the type to call people out. I have mad respect for Brock and I have mad respect for everybody in the fight business and in the wrestling business. But I think it’s just one of those things that needs to be done.”
How Would He Cope Against The Beast
“Until the fight happens, no one knows. I think I would do well. I think our styles are very similar and I think it’s gonna be tit-for-tat in a lot of ways.”
February on the US indies just got a little less governable, folks.
Already at their last event Something Wicked, Michael Elgin’s Glory Pro announced that Los Ingobernables de Japon mainman Tetsuya Naito would be wrestling AR Fox at One Year Anniversary on February 18, but it seemed like it was just a one-off as a favor to a man who’s been a stalwart presence in New Japan for a few years now.
Well, shortly before this week’s Raw, Sami Callihan’s Wrestling Revolver teased a “top New Japan star” for their next Ohio show on February 16 and shortly after they got the one hundred retweets they requested, they made their move…
This is exciting in and of itself, but it does raise a question for the man who holds the right to challenge for Kazuchika Okada’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in January… doesn’t this kind of telegraph the ending of that match? Ring of Honor is one thing, but will New Japan be willing to let their heavyweight champion out for a tour of the midwestern indies?
Fortunately, when you dig even a little, it’s a silly question.
After all, AJ Styles continued to work a healthy schedule on the indies when he held that title, and while New Japan do traditionally have a heavy slate of shows in February in support of their New Beginning tour, the 2018 edition has been moved up to January 27-28 and February 10, neatly clearing the end of the month off for any of New Japan’s top stars to do some freelance work, should they so choose.
Which leaves us right where we want to be, unable to say with any real certainty who will walk out of Wrestle Kingdom as champion. Okada remains a juggernaut in and out of kayfabe, the 200 million yen project having just passed Shinya Hashimoto’s record for longest single reign with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and set to pass the record for total days with the title on the day of Wrestle Kingdom, but if Naito loses the day, it won’t have had anything to do with this excursion.
There you have it, folks
Tetsuya Naito is coming to the American midwest for three indie shows next year. Excited, Cagesiders?
The Shield members Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins were the recent trio to appear on the WWE Network’s Table for 3 show. The three discussed their humble beginnings at FCW and NXT, how they were “nobodies” before coming to the main roster – which actually helped their character, and more. Video footage aired of […]
Emma has issued her first statement after being released by WWE this past Sunday. She did moments after being released tweet a heartbroken emoji but these are her first official words, which are extremely positive:
I feel very fortunate to have the most amazing family, friends and fans in the
Tonight’s Halloween editions of WWE SmackDown and WWE 205 Live will broadcast from the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.
Already announced for the show, Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler in a 2 of 3 Falls match plus Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event. The winners of both matches will go on to earn a spot
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Mick Foley discussed Shane McMahon’s recent Hell in a Cell jump, and whether he set the bar too high.
Shane McMahon’s Jump
“He didn’t seek my counsel, I give him all the credit in the world, he’s probably the bravest guy I know, he’s absolutely fearless. I wish he wouldn’t do it, I hope he doesn’t do it again, I really do… A lot of impact, on landing. He’s got children, I just hope he doesn’t do it again.”
If He Set The Bar Too High
“I wanted to give people what I wanted to see out of matches. I knew what I wanted to see, I was not a naturally-gifted athlete, so I had to think outside the box and I may have raised the bar to an unrealistic level. But then it all comes back to storytelling, it all comes back to getting people caught up in your character so they care about the plight of a character they care about.”
Pete Dunne Gets In The Halloween Spirit
The current WWE UK Champion recently got into the Halloween spirit, cosplaying as Pennywise the clown, from the horror movie IT.
During Monday’s episode of Raw, Daniel Bryan was attacked by Kane and stretchered out of the arena to be taken to the local medical facility. The official WWE website provided the following storyline update on Bryan:
“Daniel Bryan taken to a local medical facility
WWE.com has learned that SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan was taken to
It was rather unexpected to see Daniel Bryan pop up on Raw this week. He was there to speak to Kurt Angle about how much he disapproved of taking Raw under siege last week. But Kurt Angle wasn’t buying it. Even though Bryan claims he was there to play peacemaker it didn’t sound like Kurt […]
Tonight, this week’s editions of WWE Smackdown and 205 Live will air from The Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.
Tonight’s WWE Smackdown will feature a loaded line-up, with Kevin Owens battling Shinsuke Nakamura with the winner advancing to Team Smackdown at Survivor Series. Also on Smackdown tonight, AJ Styles will face Samir Singh and Bobby Roode will face Dolph Ziggler in a 2 out of 3 falls match. The winner of that bout will also join Team Smackdown at Survivor Series.
A new “Strangerer Things” themed edition of “Fashion Files” will air on Smackdown, with WWE teasing Breezango will enter “The Upside Down” realm which exists in “Stranger Things”.
Tonight’s edition of WWE 205 Live will be headlined by a Fatal Four Way match featuring Mustafa Ali vs Ariya Daivari vs Tony Nese vs Gran Metalik.
WWE.com is hyping the following story line points for tonight:
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Baltimore was treated to one hell of a show this week.
The Fourth “I”: Incompetence
After last week’s debacle, you knew we’d get something drastic on Raw. It doesn’t get much more drastic than Stephanie frickin’ McMahon.
Kurt began to apologize for allowing himself to be duped so badly. He put his roster at risk and –
And then Stephanie.
She came down and was her usual brilliant self. We haven’t seen her for a while but it makes sense that the Commissioner of Raw would return after SmackDown’s abused his power to invade Raw. Stephanie claimed to have respect for Kurt but that it was all ruined in one moment of incompetence. He’ll have only one chance to redeem himself in her eyes: He’s to captain the Raw Men’s Survivor Series team and inflict “total annihilation”.
Kurt was great for the rest of the night. He was rattled, he was guarded, and he was intense. I really enjoyed how he snapped at Miz for showing up late and put him in a championship match. And then he yells at Miz for trying to duck out early. It’s the sort of thing you can empathize with Angle for but it also gives Miz more ammunition.
I’m a big fan of what they’re doing here. Especially when you consider what happened later in the show.
Two Men thrown to the Wolves
Can we all applaud WWE for doing suspense wonderfully tonight? The reveal of Bryan and then the cut to commercial was incredible.
The fact that Daniel’s defying Shane in such a blatant way is fantastic. He knows that this will get back to Shane – he’s on TV, for Pete’s sake – but he simply doesn’t care. Shane didn’t talk to him before his actions last week so Daniel’s giving him a taste of his own medicine.
And with Stephanie threatening Angle…there’s this incredible undercurrent of storytelling going on of two men struggling to withstand this vortex of McMahon egos and hyper-competitiveness. Bryan tried to apologize and find comradery with Angle over their shared plight, but Angle’s too guarded after last week. And after Kane’s actions, who knows where Bryan stands.
And there’s so much intrigue too! Who was Daniel on the phone with? Brie? Who could he be conspiring against Shane with? What will he do in response?!
The Kane Conundrum
I’ve had an entire week to think about this Kane thing, so let’s go over a few things.
In the past 2 weeks, Kane’s taken out some huge names. Strowman, Balor, Rollins, Ambrose, Angle – and even Daniel Bryan this week. All of this is in an effort to build him up as a worthy, monstrous opponent for Braun Strowman.
In my estimation, it’s fruitless to try to present Kane the way you present Strowman. Who buys Kane – who’s not nearly as spry as he once was – as a physical match for Strowman? That’s not gonna cut it and it’s precisely why the Balor thing came off so horribly. If you want to sell this match, you need to reveal Kane’s sadistic streak.
Remember when Kane was electrocuting a man’s testicles? Good times. That’s precisely what I’m talking about. He’s supposed to be a psychopathic, raving, murderous demon spawn! Let him do vile things that make him look terrifying!
And tonight was good! He Chokeslammed a man with brain damage. Good start! He followed up by hitting Tombstones on the 3 biggest babyfaces currently on the show. That’s much better. They didn’t worry so much about protecting him in the match with Rollins as making sure he ended with a brutal statement.
WWE learned from their mistake.
Best of the Rest
Alexa Bliss def. Mickie James
There’s always imbeciles out there. If you’re chanting “CM Punk” in 2017 at a WWE show, you’re ridiculous. And I’d say you should feel ashamed but you’re clearly incapable of that emotion at this point.
This match was a bit disappointing to me. I have loved this feud, but this match didn’t feel like it had the energy it deserved. Everyone was waiting for Strowman.
Alexa telling the ref to “ask her – she’s old!” was stellar though.
Samoa Joe Returns
Samoa Joe used the word henceforth. And he sounded like the most badass man to ever walk the Earth. Joe, you keep being scarily awesome, sir.
This man’s a killer, y’all. He pleaded Titus off, faked getting out of the ring, and then gave an ill-intentioned smirk before sauntering up behind him. Two Coquina Clutches and some nasty words to the audience and Joe’s back in full force.
Nia Joins Alicia’s Team
Nia lived up to Steph’s command at the beginning of the show by dominating Bayley in her return. I loved the call to their NXT Championship match. Corey Graves called it out, too. Nia found a way past the move that once beat her and secured herself the first spot on the Alicia Fox-captained Survivor Series team.
(Also, Alicia is crazy and fantastic.)
Intercontinental Championship Match – The Miz def. Matt Hardy
Fun match. How the hell does Matt still do a moonsault? This match was a tribute to how deep the roster is right now. Neither Miz nor Hardy are the most athletic or technical wrestler in the locker room and they still put on fantastic matches. Love Miz rolling away after taking a finisher. Shows his championship caliber even when appearing vulnerability.
I really enjoyed Corey Graves claiming Miz made the dropkick in the corner famous, too.
Cole: “Wasn’t that -?”
Graves: “The Goat? Nope!”
That’s just great stuff.
BRAUN’S NOT FINISHED WITH YOU
Hooooo boy. The show wasn’t over for Miz though. Someone dumped some garbage in his locker room and he freaked. And then Kane, Cesaro and Sheamus bailed on him. There’s no honor amongst thieves, is there?
And then Braun returned like this was a damn slasher movie. HE TOOK A RUNNING LEAP OFF A LIMO!!!
(Do you SEE what I mean with the Kane thing? HOW DOES KANE COMPETE WITH THAT?! I need a “Powerslam for Reps” shirt after Graves said it on commentary.)
Balor def. Cesaro
They did a disservice to both Balor and Kane with that match, in my estimation. The solution? Getting back to the things that make Balor look awesome: Matches with extremely skilled technical wrestlers.
This match was essentially on cruise control. Neither guy did anything crazy but they were both low-key spectacular. I loved Cesaro bringing back the Superplex and was equally as happy to see Balor grabbing Cesaro’s boot to keep him from locking in the Sharpshooter. Balor went over running a greatest hits medley of his coolest moves. Sounds good to me!
Trick or Street Fight
This was insane. And I…think I liked it? Candy Corn Kendo Sticks, pumpkin heads, Rhyno in bloomers flashing Ferguson…
You know what? I’m in! Chad2Badd! Tex Ferguson! DADDY WAS A FALL DOWN MAN!
Gulak and ‘Zo
Gulak listed off Angle’s three I’s and mentioned that they might also describe Enzo. In response, Enzo rapidly thrusted his pelvis. And then he spelled “soft” correctly.
I’m still laughing.
This show was awesome. I’m a firm believer that if you get the storytelling right, the rest falls into place. Tonight’s show surely did.
WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 31, 2017) from Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for next month in Houston, Texas.
Advertised for tonight: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens for a spot on the Survivor Series team, Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler in a two-out-of-three falls match, and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
Here’s a place to check results and comment along with the latest airing of WWE 205 Live in its regular Tuesday night at 10PM Eastern time slot on WWE Network.
Last Tuesday, the not-so-gentlemanly Jack Gallagher and The Brian Kendrick said they were giving Cedric Alexander until tonight to decided if was going to come over to the dark side before Jack faced his buddy Rich Swann.
Presumably that match is still on, but the contest announced on Monday Night Raw was a Halloween-themed bout pitting Gran Metalik, Mustafa Ali, Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari against one another. Considering the first two names have been allied with Kalisto, while the latter two are on Cruiserweight champ Enzo Amore’s squad, we could learn more about the division’s Survivor Series plans coming out of this Fright Night Fatal 4Way.
We’ll post match results and plot developments here. And this gives you Cagesiders a dedicated place to rave and/or bitch about whatever goes down on the WWE’s cruiserweight showcase – while it’s being broadcast!
Enjoy the show!
– Jack Gallagher vs. Rich Swann – Cedric Alexander will have to pick a side
– Gran Metalik vs. Tony Nese vs. Ariya Daivari vs. Mustafa Ali in a Fright Night Fatal 4Way
Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill.
Important reminder: Rumors are just that — rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it’s just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt.
Rumors for the Day:
Shane McMahon is expected to wrestle on SmackDown’s Survivor Series team as its captain, says PWInsider.
Another reason WWE is holding off on Raw retaliating against SmackDown is because they’re hoping Roman Reigns will be healthy enough to lead the charge on the PPV go home.
Local advertising in New York points to Bret Hart, Mick Foley and Ric Flair joining Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash at Raw’s 25th anniversary event in January.
Alberto El Patron is expected to be adding to Bound for Glory’s main event, but whether Eli Drake and Johnny Impact’s title match will become a Triple Threat or Alberto will be guest referee is still being debated.
The ABC affiliate in Detroit checked with the city’s Sports Commission regarding the rumor Detroit might host WrestleMania 35, and apparently while they came up short on efforts to land the 2017 and 2018 editions, they didn’t even bid on 2019’s show.
If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you’d like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Just remember they are rumors and not confirmed as fact, so please take them as such. Have fun with it.
As we noted yesterday, former Raw star Emma was amongst three WWE stars released from the company, with the other two talents being Darren Young and Summer Rae.
Following the release news, Emma remained quiet on social media, with the exception of posting a broken heart emoji on Twitter.
Emma’s release was met with an outpouring of support from fellow WWE stars and wrestling personalities, with the exception of a controversial comment which came from NXT newcomer Lio Rush. Rush made a joke in the wake of Emma’s release, and it received quite a lot of backlash on social media from fellow pro wrestlers.
Many WWE Superstars get the documentary treatment to track their return from injury … but following Raw this week, Samoa Joe is asking why he wasn’t awarded that luxury.
For those whose missed it, Joe made his expected return from injury tonight and was victorious in a match against Apollo Crews. He also choked out Titus O’Neil.
While speaking with Mike Rome after the show, the Samoan Submission Machine said he’s not putting people on notice because everyone already knows how tough he is. He then complained about the lack of hype over his comeback.
As seen on WWE Raw tonight, Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan was attacked by his former tag team partner Kane, and WWE.com has since posted the following story line update on Daniel Bryan’s condition following the attack:
“WWE.com has learned that SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan was taken to a local medical facility to undergo further evaluation following a brutal surprise attack by Kane on Monday Night Raw.
Check back with WWE.com for more information as it becomes available.”
As we noted moments ago, Nikki Bella was eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars” on tonight’s new episode, and below are some reactions from Bella on Twitter, along with a congratulatory note from “Total Divas” co-star Natalya:
You did such an amazing job, Nicole. You transformed yourself from a fearless wrestler into a graceful swan…. I am so proud of you!!!! https://t.co/Oiil5Ji1y4
As seen on WWE Raw tonight, Rhyno wrestled as Mrs. Claus alongside Heath Slater, who wrestled as Santa Claus. In another WWE Raw Fallout video, the two discuss their Halloween costumes and match, and Rhyno says he feels “sexy” after dressing up as Santa’s iconic bride:
As seen on tonight’s new episode of “Dancing with the Stars”, Nikki Bella and her partner Artem Chigvintsev was eliminated from the show. WWE.com covered Bella’s elimination tonight and posted the following:
“Nikki Bella danced her way into America’s hearts on Monday night, but the Mirror Ball Trophy won’t be hers on Season 25 of “Dancing with the Stars.”
While Nikki scored a season-high 46 points from the judges last week, that score combined with viewer votes still eliminated her from the competition in a shocking double-elimination, where the Superstar was voted out alongside Vanessa Lachey.
Nikki won the hearts of the judges and America on Monday’s Halloween Week episode, however, performing a spooky jive with professional partner Artem Chigvintsev. The dance earned her just a 24, but the audience gave her a standing ovation.
Can’t get enough of Nikki? Don’t miss her on Wednesday’s Season 7 premiere of E!’s Total Divas this week.”
James would continue her rally with clotheslines, knees and a nasty neckbreaker. The momentum would swing when James attempted to climb the turnbuckle.
After both women wrestled for position, James missed on Lou Thesz press and Bliss capitalized. As James countered with a variety of pinning predicaments, Bliss would land a elbow strike seemingly out nowhere. The Bliss-Bow left James out and allowed Bliss to retain her championship.
WWE Raw star Asuka competed in her second WWE Raw match tonight, defeating a newcomer by the name of Stacie Cullen.
Cullen actually goes by the name of Stacie Cutter on the indy scene, and is a student of Curt Hawkins’ Create-a-Pro Wrestling Academy in New York.
Samoa Joe On Expectations After His Return
As seen on WWE Raw tonight, Samoa Joe made his return to WWE TV, and the following Raw Fallout video has been released.
During the video, Joe says no one should be surprised by anything he says to the Raw and Smackdown rosters. He added he is not putting anyone on notice, because everybody already knows what he will do now that he’s back, including the “selfish” WWE fans:
New Promo For Lesnar vs Mahal
WWE has released the following video, hyping the Brock Lesnar vs Jinder Mahal taking place next month at WWE Survivor Series:
WWE has released two new videos from tonight’s episode of “Table for 3”, featuring Shield members Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
During the first clip, Dean Ambrose recalls The Shield’s inception, and says they connected with fans because of how real it was for them. Ambrose said they used The Shield as the way to get their foot in the door in WWE, and the three of them working together on the same page brought out a real intensity that the fans fed off of:
In the second video, Seth Rollins speaks out on The Shield breaking up back in 2014, and how it felt when the group members went their separate ways. Rollins admit that it felt very alone following the breakup, and that it almost felt like he had to re-learn how to be a singles wrestler again. Rollins called the experience intimidating, as he had to go out in front of the WWE live crowds and cut lengthy promos as a singles star. Ambrose then said he didn’t want to have to get people to like him after turning babyface as a result of the breakup:
As seen on WWE Raw tonight, Nia Jax made her return to Raw and defeated Bayley in a singles match. Following the match it was announced that Jax will be a part of Team Raw in the Women’s Elimination Tag Team match at WWE Survivor Series.
In a Raw Fallout video from tonight, Jax is asked how it feels to be picked for the Raw women’s team, and Jax is shocked that Mike Rome would ask such a “dumb” question:
Braun is back and he’s out for revenge. After stalking the Miz and his crew for much of the final two hours of Raw, Strowman politly waited until Alexa Bliss defeated Mickie James in the main event to destroy Miz’s soul.
That Monster knows how to make a dramatic entrance.
Justice is a dish best served with a side of garbage. After a solid two weeks spent living inside a garbage truck and surviving only on the resources it provides, Strowman finally got his revenge on Miz.
On Monday night, Emma issued her first public comments since the news broke on Sunday about her release from WWE. She said, “I feel very fortunate to have the most amazing family, friends and fans in the world! I am excited for the future. The best is yet to come!” I feel very fortunate to […]
It’s a gracious and positive message from Emma, who appears to be already looking forward. What yet obviously remains to be seen.
Obviously, there’s the possibility of wrestling elsewhere. Impact is the only televised US promotion that consistently feature women outside WWE, but there are definitely options out there. But who knows? Perhaps she explores modeling or cooking, which she showed an interested in with her short lived YouTube show. Hell, Austin Aries already reached out for a cooking collaboration. The possibilities are endless.
Whatever it is, we look forward to seeing what’s next for Ms. Dashwood and hope she finds plenty of success outside the WWE.
Alexa Bliss vs Mickie James for the Raw Women’s Championship
Alexa makes her way to the ring and now Mickie James makes her way to the ring.
Alexa with a kick to Mickie and Mickie with a kick to Bliss. Mickie with the drop kick.
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Following Monday night’s edition of WWE Raw, here is the updated card for the upcoming WWE Survivor Series event:
WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Champion Jinder Mahal
Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. United States Champion Baron Corbin
Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya
On tonight’s edition of WWE Raw, it was announced that on this coming Tuesday night’s edition of WWE 205 Live, a "Fright Night Fatal 4 Way" Match will take place involving Mustafa Ali, Gran Metalik, Tony Nese, and Ariya Daivari.
205 Live will air on the WWE Network immediately after
Kalisto vs Drew Gulak
Kalisto with kicks to Drew and Drew with a running clothesline in the corner to Kalisto. Kalisto with the Salida Del Sol for the win and Enzo right after the win attacks Kalisto.
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The Halloween episode of WWE Smackdown Live will feature qualifying matches where the winners will earn a spot on Team Smackdown at the Survivor Series pay-per-view. Set for Smackdown Live: – Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match The Roode/Ziggler match was originally penciled in for […]
Heath Slater and Rhyno vs Anderson and Gallows Trick or Street Fight
Gallows and Anderson stuff Slater’s head into water with apples and Rhyno places a pumpkin over Gallows’ head and Anderson as well and they run head first into each other. Gallows blasts Rhyno’s head on the steps and
It wasn’t a match this time. Bálor had a match with Cesaro in which he came out victorious. But as he made his way up the ramp, Kane came out for his match with Seth Rollins and decided to take out Finn again.
This time with a Tombstone Piledriver on the entrance ramp.
Finn wasn’t the only victim of the Demon Kane tonight as the Knox County Mayoral Candidate also chokeslammed Daniel Bryan backstage as well as taking out Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins after Kane defeated Rollins.
Can anyone stop the Big Red Monster???? (Strowman. The answer is Braun Strowman.)