This Week in Wrestling – 3/7/16

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Bret Hart is Cancer-Free!

After WWE Legend Bret “The Hitman” Hart announced to the world he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, we have now learned that not only has he already beaten it, but he’s 100% cancer-free!

Hearing the initial news of his cancer diagnosis, it was a real shot to a lot of wrestling fans. It’s no secret that Bret Hart has not had the best run in terms of his health since retiring from wrestling, suffering a stroke back in 2002. But only a month after revealing to everyone his cancer diagnosis, he’s already beaten it.

And he’s in good company in terms of his health, both his parents lived past their 70s, his father Stu Hart living until he was 88. So take that into account, and we’ll hopefully be seeing a lot more of The Hitman for years to come.

01

Hayabusa Passes Away at 47

Japanese wrestling legend Hayabusa (Eiji Ezaki) has tragically passed away at 47 of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. This news hits really hard to anyone who’s kept up with Hayabusa as he was just recently walking again.

For those who aren’t aware, back in 2001, Hayabusa was left paralyzed after cracking two vertebrae after landing directly on his head after botching a springboard moonsault. In 2015, after being told he’d never walk again, 14 years later he was able to walk with help and then eventually with a cane.

This is one of those stories that is just heartbreaking for anyone who follows wrestling. The man was a huge legend in Japanese wrestling and the double impact of him just recently miraculously overcoming lifelong paralysis just makes this a terrible ending to his life.

01

Anderson/Gallows to Main Roster?

As reported by PWInsider, there are rumours that Bullet Club members Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows will not be debuting on NXT, but on the main roster. The report reads that the original plans were to have them debut in NXT as a part of the “Balor Club” which may also be using the “Bulletproof” name that’s been trademarked recently. However, the plans have supposedly changed and they are looking to debut the tag team after WrestleMania on the main roster.

While this doesn’t necessarily mean Finn Balor will also be joining them (we’ll have a better idea if he loses the title at NXT Takeover: Dallas), one would assume the Balor Club plans are still intact and it would only make sense if y’know the man who’s named after the faction actually shows up with them. I guess I’ll be paying close attention to WWE after WrestleMania.

Cause I’m not really interested in the PPV right now…

01

Sami Zayn to Debut at WrestleMania 32?

Reported by the Wrestling Observer, a top NXT star is expected to make their main roster debut at WrestleMania 32. That man is someone who if injuries weren’t a factor, he would’ve already been on the main roster and that’s Sami Zayn.

Zayn will be facing Shinsuke Nakamura two days before the PPV at NXT Takeover: Dallas, but is expected to wrestle at the PPV, likely against Kevin Owens, the only real opponent that makes sense for him.

Additionally, it’s also reported he’s being booked for the post-WM Europe tour, so that adds more fuel to this fire.

01

WrestleMania 33 Location Revealed

While not 100% confirmed, a lot of rumours have been circulating that the location for next year’s WrestleMania will be the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

This really pisses me off honestly, as I’m getting sick and tired of WWE circulating the hot states in April for outdoor shows as there are plenty of stadiums that they can hit that are indoors and can still get massive numbers, such as (because I’m biased), the Rogers Center or SKYDOME because it’ll always be the Skydome, in Toronto. But one place I cannot believe WWE still won’t go to is London, England, which has become a thriving wrestling hotbed in the past few years.

WWE as we all know, doesn’t do anything different anymore, so it’s no shock they’re sticking to California and Florida every few years for WrestleMania.

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