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This Week in Wrestling – 4/25/16

Chyna Passes Away at 45
Chyna Passes Away at 45

I really hope this doesn’t become a weekly event, because it’s happening a lot lately. Joanie Laurer, better known to wrestling fans as the “Ninth Wonder of the World” Chyna has passed away at the age of 45.

Remembered as one of the most influential female wrestlers in WWE history, while Chyna only had one run at the Women’s Champion, she’s a 2-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and in fact the only woman to ever hold the championship and the only female to hold an active men’s title, as Molly Holly’s Hardcore and Jacqueline’s Cruiserweight title reigns are of now defunct titles. She was a talent that was considered equal to the boys at her peak in WWE.

She’ll unfortunately also be remembered for more insignificant things, such as her porn career, which didn’t bother me at all as it was none of my business what she did anyway. She also has had a history with drug abuse, which many are believing is part in cause of her sudden death, but we won’t know for a while what the actual cause of death is.

Chyna was a legend in the wrestling business, regardless of how you feel about her as a person. She’s the closest woman to being considered one of the boys on WWE programming and a massive influence on a ton of women in the business today.

My condolences go out to her family and friends. She will truly be missed.

Conor McGregor to WWE?!!!
Conor McGregor to WWE?!!!

With a sudden Tweet, Conor McGregor shook the foundation of MMA and potentially wrestling:

The world blew up with this news, tons of speculation going around for what was going on in the world of Conor McGregor, to the point that WWE actually acknowledged this, throwing more fuel into the fire.

But it ended quickly:

And he did indeed release a statement on Facebook later that essentially explained his frustration with the sheer amount of pointless interviews and press conferences he was doing. After losing to Diaz, McGregor wanted to train for the rematch without distractions, citing all the promotional stuff he had to do as a part of why he was not fully prepared for that first fight. He also states he is not retired, but says he just saved UFC a ton of money in promotion by that single tweet saying he was retiring, just to prove a point.

The idea of McGregor being in WWE isn’t however out of the question somewhere down the line, we’ve seen the charisma he has and it could certainly translate if he wanted to take a run in pro wrestling. But obviously, UFC is paying much more for his services and he only has to fight a few times a year, so that option seems to be the better choice currently.

Well…it was a fun couple of days to watch through social media.

Adam Rose Speaks Out on his Supsension
Adam Rose Speaks Out on his Supsension

Not long after his suspension was revealed to the public, Adam Rose made this lengthy comment:

“I was not going to respond to my suspension but I feel I have to. I have two sons that will one day read that news about there daddy and a sister that died from complications related to a life long battle with heroin. So I feel the absolute need and right to respond and let the truth be known.

I am pretty sure this response will meet nowhere near the publicity that my suspension did and that this response is tantamount to career suicide. But I feel for my sons my sister and rest of my family… you the Wwe universe have the right to the know the truth over my suspension and what it was for.

I will also quote my Dr in my response as he was as shocked and appalled by this suspension. I can say right now I did not do anything knowingly wrong and was taking prescribed medication that my Dr and I followed all the correct protocol on. My actual response and Doctors response will be coming soon. So before you judge, know the facts.

My family and I are still collecting ourselves from this blow. I have zero anger or animosity against the WWE. But feel the administrators over the WWE Welnness policy were just simply not right in taking this action. But I feel facts are the facts and my family and I will will be the ones putting our lives back together after this mess.

My response will be up soon along with my Doctors.”

This is a pretty serious response from Ray Leppan, better known as Adam Rose. He’s basically saying that WWE suspended him for no reason and that’s a pretty serious allegation coming from him, again relaying the “career suicide” comment in his words. Although now it’s hard to see WWE really taking any action against this, regardless of whether the allegations are true or not, firing him will not but them in a good light.

However this brings up a bigger problem: How often these suspensions are getting out and who’s getting them. Adam Rose and Konnor were the two suspended, where are they on the card? Certainly not the top. The last two suspensions before these two? Hornswoggle and Ricardo Rodriguez. Yep, that’s the last two people who got suspended by the Wellness Policy, two talent that weren’t even really wrestling in the company. It’s clear that WWE is very biased in their systems, obviously the notorious strike removal rule or as many have coined it “The Orton Rule”, the major stars can pretty much get away with almost anything, so long as WWE thinks highly of them. Many are wondering if these two suspensions were just a way for WWE to “justify” firing them later on, as if they need one.

WWE has a real problem letting people go all of a sudden, the roster is far too inflated and so many are getting chance after chance while others just sit in the back every show (*cough cough* Damien Sandow…) who have talent. Anyone with half a brain could cut this roster in half easily, lower the sheer amounts of money WWE is paying all the talent they’re not using and allow the best of the best get all the opportunities they deserve. But instead, we’re getting more evidence of the clear bias and lack of responsibility WWE has.

The Wellness Policy is indeed a joke, so no one’s surprised if Adam Rose actually wasn’t on anything wrong, they just used the Policy as an out with him. WWE is petty like this guys, let’s not act surprised.

This Week in Wrestling – 4/11/16

Blackjack Mulligan Passes Away at 73
Blackjack Mulligan Passes Away at 73

After already being hospitalized and listed in critical condition not long ago, we learned the sad news this week of Robert Windham aka Blackjack Mulligan passing away at the age of 73. Now I’m too young to remember him from live wrestling, but I do recall the odd old-school video of some of his matches and I liked his style, a shame many new wrestling fans may never see his matches ever. Of course, fans are aware of him by his sons who include Barry Windham, his son-in-law Mike Rotunda aka IRS and his two sons, Windham and Taylor, better known as Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas.

Blackjack Mulligan will be severely missed by the pro wrestling community and I wish his family and friends my deepest apologies for their loss.

Post-Mania Raw Thoughts
Post-Mania Raw Thoughts

There’s a lot to go over from the Raw after quite possibly the worst WrestleMania I’ve watched live. For starters, the RAW debuts. Apollo Crews looked good in his first match, his character didn’t go over terribly well in NXT, but I think it’s more suited for the main roster crowd anyway. The smiling gimmick makes him a lot like another John Cena type and with the potential of being one of the very few African Americans to be come world champion, his career could be on the rise in WWE. Baron Corbin after winning the battle royal came out to a resounding meh, but I think that’s what we should be expecting from a new heel, he’s not going to start with mega heat. And Enzo/Cass blew it out the water in their debut, Enzo was on his full promo game Monday night and I can only hope that with that huge crowd reaction from the hardcore faithful, the dumber casual crowds will look at that as people they should be cheering for and letting WWE know they’re worth keeping around in a major tag team role.

The whole Shane/Vince angle has been a joke and RAW cemented that. After all the storylines and losing at WM, Shane still gets the job for the night. I could talk forever about the dips in logic here, but I have a larger complaint: What did Shane actually do? Don’t pretend that he caused all these debuts and AJ Styles to win the #1 contender spot for Roman’s title. This is a NORMAL post-WM RAW and he appeared once after getting the job to say what the main event was. He didn’t come back out to say anything, he didn’t introduce anyone, he was just there. Bravo, WWE.

The women’s segment was also dumb, not on anyone’s part in the ring, but how Vince and Co. drew this up. You know the fans on this show are smart, so you should know that when EVERY WOMAN ON THE MAIN ROSTER is out in the ring for this, they’re going to assume someone’s missing, hence the Bayley chants. People were upset with the crowd for ruining the segment, but that’s not the fans fault. WWE should’ve at least had Sasha and Becky not in the ring, so the fans can at least think they’re in the back pissed off and might come out to say something. Instead, everyone was there and Charlotte had to push her way through that crowd because the writers and Vince are fucking stupid at setting things up and don’t think about a damn thing beforehand.

Finally, AJ Styles getting a shot at the title is bittersweet. He’s going to be the first victim of the Roman Empire’s title run, but there could be a few pluses to this match. One, the opportunity for AJ Styles to prove that he can draw, work in the main event and put on a spectacle could do wonders for other guys on the card like Owens, Zayn, Cesaro and more NXT indie callups to come. And of course secondly, the potential for a Balor Club interference, assuming now it’d be against Styles not with him is now upped higher, which can never be a bad thing at this point. As long as Styles looks strong in this match, I honestly don’t see a problem with him losing. The fact WWE is actually giving him a shot so soon into his WWE debut is a possible sign things might actually be changing after all. But only time will tell.

More Names Rumored for GCS
More Names Rumored for GCS

Amongst all the announced names, there’s three major names floating around for the WWE Global Cruiserweight Series. Obviously after appearing on NXT Takeover: Dallas, Kota Ibushi is pretty much a lock and according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer it could be far more than just that. But other names rumored are Ring of Honor’s Cedric Alexander and Ricochet, also known as Prince Puma in Lucha Underground.

Alexander is currently not under contract with ROH so he could easily make an appearance. The more curious object though is that Ricochet has announced he will not be taking any booking after June, which could mean more than a GCS appearance as well.

It’s no secret to wrestling fans that Ricochet is one of the best athletic stars in the entire wrestling world and is a major crime that WWE has not picked him up yet. So if he could be possibly heading to WWE for a permanent stint, this is huge news to the indie wrestling community. There’s just no way this guy can fail unless he has a career-ending injury, he’s got the look, the swagger and arguably the best athletic ability in the entire world right now.

This tournament could be the best thing to ever happen in professional wrestling. Seriously. The best.

WM 33 Match Already Set?
WM 33 Match Already Set?

After appearing at WM 32 in the battle royal, it looks like Shaq vs Big Show is almost a lock as a match next year at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando. Now my personal thoughts are simple, this might actually work. Shaq’s a big guy and he’d be facing let’s be honest a non-threatening character now in Big Show who apparently is the only person in the WWE with a knockout punch (cause even Lesnar doesn’t have one), so I can see this match working. It’s also a throwaway celebrity match, after this year’s WM I’ll accept whatever crap they throw next year, it can’t be any worse.

I shouldn’t have said that…oh dear, what have I done?

REVIEW: EVOLVE 58

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Johnny Gargano/Drew Galloway (w/Kota Ibushi) def. Anthony Nese and Caleb Konley – Evolve Tag Team Championships

  • Feed immediately for this show sucked, stopping at very short intervals
  • Galloway catching Konley’s suicide dive was awesome
  • Then the stream died, I don’t know who won until half an hour later checking Twitter

Score: Huh?/5

(No Contest) Matt Riddle vs Timothy Thatcher – Evolve Championship

  • It’s weird seeing a UFC kind of match happening in pro wrestling
  • Which also means to me (I don’t care for MMA) this was relatively boring to watch
  • Massive number of Fujiwara Armbars and Cross Armbreakers between these two
  • Match ends with Riddle breaking Thatcher’s arm and is declared a no contest? Why is that a no contest?

Score: 2/5

Marty Scurll def. Fred Yehi

  • First time seeing Marty Scurll, he’s like a steampunk Penguin, I like him
  • He’s a good heel, a lot of real dirty moves, like he’s actually trying to hurt his opponents
  • Them damaging each other’s hands, feet, fingers, toes, it was entertaining
  • How long has it been since I watched someone win with a chicken wing?

Score: 3/5

Sami Callihan def. Ethan Page

  • Always weird seeing someone I know wrestling on TV (went to college with Ethan)
  • It’s great to see Sami hitting his stride again now out of NXT and the shitty Solomon Crowe gimmick
  • Geez, Sami gets red as fuck during a match!
  • Liger Bomb into a submission, interesting combination from Sami
  • I love the sadistic smile Sami had when the crowd started cheering “Fuck him up, Sami, fuck him up!”
  • Always love Ethan’s jumping Diamond Cutter from the apron
  • Weird with a match ending with a running forearm, but a good match nonetheless

Score: 3/5

TJ Perkins def. Ricochet

  • “He’s like a Puma!”, funny exchange with Ricochet (aka Prince Puma, don’t tell anyone, it’s our little secret) and the fans
  • Ricochet never ceases to impress me with his agility
  • Little bit of mudhole stompin’ from Ricochet, nice Texas callout
  • The People’s Moonsault…awesome
  • Lot of really good leg-based submission holds from Perkins
  • Great submission sequence from Perkins to win the match, that was a fun watch
  • Nice little addition promo for TJ Perkins being in the Global Cruiserweight Series

Score: 3.75/5

Zack Sabre Jr. def Will Ospreay

  • I noticed after about five minutes I didn’t write anything yet cause I was paying so much attention to the match, they’re mesmerizing
  • Both men are going to be incredible talents in the future, I wasn’t aware Opsreay’s only 22!
  • Sabre’s submissions never cease to amaze me
  • Ospreay’s reactions to the submissions as well are fantastic!
  • A nice thing about not-WWE shows, people do RKOs aka Diamond Cutters
  • A second-rope Phoenix Splash?!!!
  • Shooting Star into a submission?!
  • Stream starts to lag at the worst times, the match seems about to end
  • And with one of the sickest submissions I’ve ever seen, Sabre wins

Score: 5/5

Chris Hero/Tommy End vs Drew Gulak/Tracy Williams

  • I know he can still move well and wrestles like one of the best, but man Hero looks unhealthy to me
  • A ton of hard hits, holy shit
  • The double knee spot with Hero/End looked brutal
  • The stomp/piledriver combo was awesome
  • Gulak wins with the Dragon Sleeper

Score: 3.5/5

Overall Score: 3.75/5

PAGE UPDATE: WrestleMania Weekend

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Just a heads up, the blog will be 100% wrestling from Friday-Sunday, so any weekly content is taking a backseat this weekend for the madness that will be WrestleMania weekend.

I don’t know if I’ll be posting my “live reviews” of each event I watch, I will at least do NXT Takeover: Dallas and of course WrestleMania, but I’ll also be watching the two EVOLVE shows and likely Shimmer’s show with John and Katelyn (who were on the only posted episode of the Radical Wrestling Podcast if you saw it).

So yeah, this week’s Anime Spotlight (which is going to be Erased) will be getting pushed to next week as I’m pretty much going to have zero time tomorrow to write it up given my job, followed by EVOLVE and NXT tomorrow night.

If you’re a wrestling fan, you’ll enjoy the next three days. If not, uh…SORRY!

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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

This Week in Wrestling – 2/22/16

Wade Barrett Gives His Notice
Wade Barrett Gives His Notice

After an almost 10-year tenure in the WWE system, it looks like Wade Barrett has had enough. Reports have been coming out that Wade Barrett (Stuart Bennett) has given his notice to WWE and will soon be leaving. It’s unclear whether he’s planning to leave professional wrestling entirely or if he’s looking to revitalize his career in the indies.

Wade debuted on WWE television as a part of the first NXT competition which in the end turned into what should have been the incredibly well-booked Nexus angle, except Big Match John had to go and put a stop to that real fast. For those who don’t know/remember, the Nexus fought Team Cena at SummerSlam, the first real battle between the Nexus and WWE. And Cena won. After being brutally beaten and DDT’d on the concrete floor. Because y’know, YOU CAN’T SEE ME, JACK! THE CHAMP! IS! HEEEEEEEEEEEREEEEEEEEEE! “doo dodo doooooo!

Since the fall of the Nexus, Wade’s been steadily put into terrible stables, gimmick and storylines. The Corre, Bad News Barrett (half and half on that one), King Barrett and of course The League of Nations. The guy wasn’t going to light the world on fire, but he sure as shit wasn’t given the freedom he should’ve had to let the Wade Barrett character flourish, especially as the leader of the Nexus. It’s not to say the guy didn’t get title runs though, he had a few. Just a shame that WWE booked him as a champion to lose almost every non-title match like a real scrub.

It’d be interesting to see Barrett on the indie circuit to say the least, I think there’s places for him, especially with the UK wrestling scene really popping right now.

Shinsuke Nakamura Officially Signed in WWE
Shinsuke Nakamura Officially Signed in WWE

If you’ve been keeping up with the behind-the-scenes of wrestling, you’ve been well aware of Shinsuke Nakamura’s jump to WWE for a while now. But officially last night he was announced as a new WWE signee, heading for NXT.

People are of two minds with Shinsuke, one they think he should be main roster, others don’t want him to leave NXT fearing the worst. Honestly, I’m happy he’s starting out on NXT to learn the WWE-style of performance, given the change in camerawork, pacing, all that jazz. It made sense to bring AJ Styles to the main roster right away as he’s been working American-style most of his career, while Shinsuke has not.

For his first match to be against Sami Zayn is an interesting choice to say the least. You almost feel like him against Balor would’ve been the marquee choice given their familiarity and history, but no one’s complaining about his first match being against a fan favourite is Zayn. Imagine the crowd battle we’re going to get for that match. Holy shit NXT Takeover: Dallas is going to be fantastic!

Do I worry about Shinsuke in WWE? Yes. But I worry about everyone debuting in WWE.

Brie Bella Retiring
Brie Bella Retiring

With her husband Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) fully retired from in-ring action now because of his injuries, it seems the family life is next for both Bryan and Brie. I don’t think it’s been officially announced yet, but Brie Bella is planning on retiring very soon, likely with the desire to settle down with Bryan and start a family.

This is a double-edged sword for me. I’m super happy that one of the two Bellas will be gone from wrestling, I think the sisters were a huge black mark on women’s wrestling, they did far more damage than good. But I’m also giving Brie props here. She’s sticking by her man, rather than being selfish and trying to keep her “career” going in WWE.

But regardless, I’m happy she’s gone, it opens another spot for a more talented female in WWE. Now I just have to hope Nikki follows suit.

Kota Ibushi Leaving NJPW/DDT?
Kota Ibushi Leaving NJPW/DDT?

Reports came out last night than Japanese star Kota Ibushi plans to leave New Japan and DDT to work a more freelance schedule. While it’s unclear if he’ll still work with both promotions just on a lighter schedule, it’s still another huge loss for New Japan Pro Wrestling, who are already hemorrhaging star talent.

Still recovering from a serious back injury, Ibushi has been out of action for about half a year or so now. So this decision likely comes due to these injuries and he’s looking to work a lighter schedule so he doesn’t really screw himself up for life.

It’s another sucky situation for Japanese wrestling fans, Ibushi was really starting to shine in New Japan before his injury. Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of him there.

This Week in Wrestling 2/15/16

Daniel Bryan Retires
Daniel Bryan Retires

A very sad moment at the end of RAW last week for wrestling fans. Daniel Bryan (or Bryan Danielson) has officially retired for professional wrestling, citing a new test he took a week before RAW that essentially told him that his brain is not as healthy as he thought it was.

We all clung to the idea that this was going to be work, I did for sure. But about an hour in, seeing all the video packages they were doing for him, it hit me hard the realization that this is real. Originally I thought “Wow, what a swerve to get a Taker/Bryan match at Wrestlemania!” because I wanted to believe we’d see Daniel Bryan wrestle forever. Just like I hoped Edge would wrestle forever.

It’s a gigantic loss for WWE, he’s the biggest star they’ve had in years (and yes I’m counting John Cena in this), no one in the past decade has gotten over as much as Daniel Bryan did in 2013/2014. And with the way WWE books their talent, the majority of them with the painful 50/50 booking treatment, we may never see someone this over again. And that’s sad considering the talent currently in NXT right now.

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WWE With Good Fourth Quarter

In news that admittedly pisses me off, WWE released their quarterly earnings and it’s pretty good. Here’s what they posted:

* Revenue increased 18% to $166.2 million driving a $6.0 million increase in Adjusted OIBDA1 to $11.1 million
* WWE Network had 1.22 million ending paid subscribers, representing a 49% increase from the fourth quarter 2014; WWE Network hit an all-time high of 1.24 million average paid subscribers for the quarter
* WWE Network was recognized as the fifth largest direct-to-consumer (“OTT”) subscription service in the U.S. according to Parks Associates, ranking alongside Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu and MLB.TV
* WWE was added to the S&P SmallCap 600 Index (effective January 20, 2016)

It’s annoying that they’ve done so well with a product that’s honestly been very lackluster last year. Granted the product now is doing okay on the main roster. I will argue until the end of time though that the majority of WWE Network subscribers are there for cheap PPVs and NXT. Maybe some of the side shows they’re doing, but it has little to do with the current main roster product.

Rey Mysterio Returning to WWE?
Rey Mysterio Returning to WWE?

As noted by Konnan on his MLW podcast, the possibility of Rey Mysterio making a WWE return is getting higher and higher. The fact of the matter is that AAA and Mysterio are having disputes over money, which is pretty much the same thing that happened with Alberto Del Rio and caused him to make a return even when it seemed like he was never going back.

Now Mysterio didn’t leave on terrible terms with WWE, he got shafted with injuries and the contract he signed prohibited him from leaving. So returning to WWE isn’t the realm out of possibility, in fact it makes sense for him to come back. He admits this as well, he could work a part-time schedule, as his body will likely not allow him to work a full-time schedule anymore. It would be great to have him back, considering you have a guy like Kalisto on the main roster who’s primed to be the next Mexican star like Mysterio was. You also have a guy like La Sombra down in developmental who could be on that pathway as well. So to have the last great Mexican star in WWE back in the company, it’d be a big help for these guys to get over and learn from him.

It’ll be sad though if this means we only get one season of him in Lucha Underground though.

Titus O'Neil Suspended
Titus O’Neil Suspended

After the show went off the air, a moment happened during the Daniel Bryan retirement celebration between Titus O’Neil and Vince McMahon that was caught on camera (extra video streamed online). As Vince walked back up the ramp, Titus appears to have grabbed him in what was meant to be a playful manner, but Vince ended up shoving him back. And not long after, Titus was suspended for 90 days, but has since been reduced to 60.

Now there’s two sides to this coin, one is that well…you don’t put your hands on the boss, especially with cameras on. I imagine this wouldn’t have been that big a deal if this was backstage, it seems to me like Vince and Titus probably have a friendship backstage, but this situation probably “embarrassed” Vince since it was on camera. The other side though is that it’s so clear how fucking petty Vince is. It’s not like Titus grabbed him by the collar and lifted him into the air, he playfully grabbed him, having a joke with Vince. But Vince being the “I’m better than all of you!” jackass he is, clearly took this as a “humiliation” on camera that he didn’t agree upon, cause it’s okay to shove his face into another man’s ass if he writes it like that, but you grab him playfully and it’s not written into the script, you’re fucked. We’ve always known Vince can be an old, petty prick and this just kind of furthers it.

Dave Batista even mentioned over Twitter than he told Titus he should be asking for his release, which seems odd. After all Titus is probably making a fair amount of money, so unless there’s work waiting for him outside of wrestling that’s equal or more to what he’s making, I wouldn’t be budging either.

TMDK Coming to NXT?
TMDK Coming to NXT?

This tweet was posted by @enuhito_eng who has been a pretty reliable source for Japanese wrestling news.

If this is true, then this last tour Shane Haste and Mikey Nicholls will be doing in Pro Wrestling NOAH will indeed be their last and they will be going to NXT.

This doesn’t come as a huge surprise to anyone keeping up with this particular tag team, as they’ve been talked about a lot over the past year or so as a tag team that WWE has been going after and a tag team that absolutely should be in WWE. With teams like Enzo/Cass and Gable/Jordan kicking ass in NXT, TMDK following suit seems like a perfect fit right now, WWE is dying to have some good tag teams.