For the first time since 2003 the annual WWE holiday “Tribute To The Troops” will not be televised.
The USA Network showed no interest in airing the military special due to declining ratings over the past few years.
WWE held the 2019 “Tribute To The Troops” special show on Friday December, 6th at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson are still the “best tag-team in the world” and WWE wants to utilize the duo in upcoming programs.
WWE is discussing for The O.C. to be involved in Tag-Team Championship programs in early 2020.
The team is well respected backstage and WWE officials have a newfound respect for the experienced tag-team since resigning a new WWE contract.
The O.C walking into WrestleMania 36 as tag-team champions has been discussed and is in the early stages of development.
The saga continues…
Vince McMahon has decided to not end the Rusev/Lana/Lashley storyline at TLC and to keep this love drama story going into next year.
Many WWE audience viewers have not been interested in this love triangle storyline and the proof is in the ratings as ratings have been shown to drop during the Rusev/Lana/Lashley segments.
Only time will tell how long Vince McMahon decides to keep this program going as he is said to be a “huge fan” of this storyline according to WWE sources. One WWE source stated “Don’t be surprised if this goes all the way to WrestleMania.”
The main purpose of this program is to get Rusev over as a huge babyface by drawing sympathetic support from the audience.
After a WWE 90-day non-compete clause, he will be able to wrestle for other companies beginning March 08, 2020.
Luke Harper will likely go by his old ring name “Brodie Lee” and will be looking to sign with a major promotion as soon as his no compete clause ends.
While many believe All Elite Wrestling will be the front runners and they certainly do have the money to offer solid contracts, there is another major promotion looking to sign Brodie Lee (Luke Harper) to a long term deal.
New Japan Pro Wrestling is a top destination for Brodie Lee and the two sides have a mutual interest to do work with each other.
In the end Brodie Lee will do what is best for his career and wrestling promotions would definitely benefit from having his experience on their roster.
The Street Profits have caught the mythical WWE brass ring.
WWE Officials are high up on the tag-team and are looking to push the duo to higher position during WrestleMania season.
The street profits have impressed WWE with their energetic characters and slick promos.
Vince McMahon is high up on the team and feel like The Street Profits could become the new “New Day”.
WWE is discussing for the Street Profits to be a big part of WrestleMania weekend especially in the promo segments department.
WWE is also discussing for The Street Profits to possibly challenge for the RAW Tag-Team Championships at WrestleMania as Vince McMahon feels like a Street Profits win on the big stage will solidify the duo and be a “feel good” moment for the WWE Universe.
During a interview with TV Insider WWE Backstage host Renee Young confirmed that WWE does indeed approve what content and subjects are discussed on the FOX Network show.
“We want to do a service to WWE and FOX. Obviously, we keep our fans in mind with all of it. We want to cover as much as we can, but we bounce stuff off WWE as well to see what they are comfortable with us talking about,” Young explains.
While many seem to think that this is a minor detail it should be noted that many seem to think that WWE Backstage was its own show independent from WWE limitations and restrictions.
Some of the more controversial topics such as Mauro Ranallo’s situation with missing NXT tapings due to Corey Graves comments were never mentioned on WWE Backstage.
On top of that it will be interesting to see how WWE’s relationship with CM Punk progresses as much of what Punk says on WWE Backstage is filtered by WWE.
CM Punk has repeatedly claimed he is only a employee of FOX, while that may be the case the reality is he’s much closer to WWE than many think.
REPORT: BRAY WYATT VS THE MIZ TLC PLANS AND THE REASON THE FIEND IS NOT BEING USED ON THIS PAY-PER-VIEW
WWE announced a WWE Bray Wyatt vs The Miz match to take place at TLC in a non title match.
Many wrestling fans are questioning why WWE would book Bray Wyatt in a regular match at a pay-per-view since The Fiend has become the most must see character in professional wrestling.
WWE’s mindset is that over exposing a character too much makes the star less special and thus this is why WWE is keeping The Fiend as a main attraction in the company.
Vince McMahon also did not feel that TLC was a big enough show and wants to keep The Fiend appearances special for main pay-per-views and events.
Bray Wyatt wrestling The Miz also allows WWE to have more freedom in booking the match and will allow The Miz to get in some offense. In the end Bray Wyatt is expected to be victorious.
The Fiend is the number one best selling merchandise seller in WWE and will main event WrestleMania 36 in 2020 and Vince McMahon will protect his money making machine at all cost heading into WrestleMania.
The Fiend will return for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Before Tommaso Ciampa became a staple of NXT, he was in Ring of Honor for four years. He won the ROH Television Title and had a couple of World Title matches, but was never able to break through as a main eventer.
Ciampa talked about his character in ROH and what led him to leave the promotion when he joined Lilian Garcia's podcast.
"I'm in Ring of Honor about four years. I was cast as The Sicilian Psychopath there and right from the start one thing that felt weird where I got signed after a tryout because Jim Cornette saw me and 'Delirious' Hunter Johnston and they really liked my promo. The match was fine, but they really liked my promo," said Ciampa.
"I got signed and was put in with a group called The Embassy. I had three managers, not one, four technically because it was myself, R.D Evans, Prince Nana, Ernie Osiris, and Mia Yim. Mia wasn't a manager; she was like the female wrestler. I had a lot of mouthpieces and it was very confusing. For the first two years, I wasn't allowed to speak. They hired me for my promos and I wasn't allowed to speak so I was like what the heck is going on?"
Outside of the lack of promos, the matches Ciampa was in were subpar as well. He says that ROH usually brought in enhancement talent for him to work with and he couldn't really show off his abilities in those short, squash matches.
"I remember hitting a point where I was like, I am not getting better here because I was begging to have matches with Chris Hero or El Generico [Sami Zayn], Claudio, but I just never got to do it so it was just so frustrating," revealed Ciampa. "I had finally come to the point where I was catching the momentum but then I had torn my ACL, which is kind of the story of my life where I keep getting injured from an ACL. I came back from that and really started to pick up momentum but I just felt like I was hitting this imaginary ceiling where it was like, man, I don't know.
"To me, it felt – and I might have been wrong – but because of the psychopathic character I just felt like it was too distant from me and I couldn't humanize it enough for that fanbase. Ring of Honor fanbase is so real and so true. It's like an NXT fanbase; it's the same fanbase. You can't just feed them crap. You have to be raw with them. If you are not raw with them then they will see through it and not going to buy it. I felt that way that they weren't buying it. I kept asking if we can switch this or get rid of the nickname. I know it was little stuff, but to me they were purposeful things that we needed to do."
Ciampa eventually was able to have a trial match with Jay Briscoe and the two knocked it out the park. They got great feedback and a pay-per-view match between the two was set up before, out of nowhere, the match was changed to a four-way.
"The reason why it was switched to a four-way was because the people in the office didn't believe that I could sell on a pay per view," stated Ciampa. "It was disheartening, especially because the match went so well and I and Jay Briscoe play off of each other well. I felt like they can run like six months with us because we can both talk and we both play the prototypical guy. This is a dude and he's getting ready to fight. There's nothing wrong with the MMA style but we both played that 'man' character where he will fight you in a bar or in the street. It just felt like we meshed, but then it became this four-way match and then I find out why it became this four-way match and I was like, wow, that is rough and my contract is coming up."
Right when Ciampa's contract came up for negotiations, ROH signed a deal with Sinclair TV which would have presumably been a good sign for the amount of money he was looking for. He was working a second job at a gym at the time and believed he would be able to sign a good deal with ROH that would allow him to leave that other job.
"I am thinking that this is the break that I needed where I don't need a job anymore and I can have a job in wrestling and it becomes like… the offer I got was just awful. It was an extremely low down-size salary, not exclusive. I couldn't do television anywhere. I couldn't work for WWE or Impact but I can take independent bookings. The number was something that I couldn't accept. I would have to keep doing my job and all that," said Ciampa.
"I remember going into negotiations with them. I told them that I would sign for five years, I would sign for 10 years, I will make my career here in Ring of Honor if you guys show me that you are looking to invest in me the way that I will invest in you. And the conversation, which I thought was going well, just randomly took a real hard turn. Then there was this one moment where I was talking to Joe Koff, the owner at the time, or still the owner, in person. It was just the two of us and the first time the two of us negotiated together and I told him that this is how I feel and he was like, listen, no one is going to offer you more than $20,000. I remember just sitting there freezing. I was like, oh, I didn't realize, okay, I didn't realize that you thought that of me. I felt like I had this demeanor. This lightbulb hit me where I realized that we don't have to do this anymore."
That's when Ciampa made the decision to leave ROH as he couldn't fathom that management had that low of an opinion of him.
"I went to [ROH Senior Producer] Hunter Johnston that day because we were on the road somewhere and I said that, oh, I discussed stuff with Joe Koff and I am wrapped up. I will finish my dates and I gave him a timetable around WrestleMania weekend and then I said after that I am done. That was official. I went home and I was thinking, crap, I wanted to keep the narrative under my control," Ciampa said implying that ROH could have buried him on his way out.
"I looked at Samoa Joe. I think he had left Impact Wrestling not long before that and I backtracked his tweets to see what he had said when he left. I almost verbatim copied him because I always viewed him as a very good professional in how he carries himself. I made a comment about me leaving Ring of Honor and the time I was leaving and that was it. I was glad that I did that because they were almost forced to give me a sendoff because at least the fans knew and they were just going to have me – which I still did it – but I had a match with Jay Lethal, beat up the official afterward and then be thrown out of the company. It would have really muddled if it was a storyline or real, but thank God I put it out before that so that there wouldn't be any question marks and people can see that there is an on-screen reason as to why I am gone. My final match was with Jay Lethal. He is one of my favorite people to work with. When I left there, I just felt like I was on the cusp of something."
If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.
Peter Bahi contributed to this article.
Jim Cornette has made headlines for his very opinionated way of going about things. One of the people who sometimes receives her verbal wrath is Austin Aries.
While speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Austin Aries explained his beef with Jim Cornette. Aries said that he watched Cornette as a child, but then he grew up to meet him only to discover that he was hated.
“I grew up watching this guy. I was super excited and stoked when he was being brought in to work with him, and super disappointed to see how he is and the fact is he’s kind of got that old school mentality, he’s working everybody all the time, he’s working all of his followers. All the sh*t he says, it’s funny, he talks about Trump and how much he hates Trump, but he uses the same kind of tactics to pander to his fanbase. Lowbrow sh*t.”
“He has no reason to [hate me]. He just dislikes me. I think this is what it is, Jim. I did an interview, and they were asking me about Ring of Honor and the differences and this and that. And I said, I asked him, I said which Ring of Honor? Because I said Gabe’s Ring of Honor and his vision was different from Pierce’s, which is different now to you have Cornette in there, it’s kind of like Smokey Mountain of Honor. And he heard that and got super f*cking, I think that’s why he hates me, because I said Smokey Mountain of Honor. I just thought it was clever. I didn’t even hate Smokey Mountain, I liked it. I was trying to sh*t on your stuff, dude, I was just pointing out a difference between the original Ring of Honor concept and Jim Cornette’s concept were kind of on different ends of the spectrum.”
“So, if you ask me a question about Ring of Honor, you need to specify which one you’re talking about. And that was all I said. And I think he heard it, and after that’s when he just f*cking started going off on me and burying me after he heard Smokey Mountain of Honor. So, I apologize, so I don’t know if it’s that or if it’s the relationship I developed on camera with Bananas, that he’s a little taken aback by and threatened by. It’s cool, we’re just friends, Jim.”
Jim Cornette has chastised Austin Aries publicly in the past about not taking a back bump correctly. Aries fired back and gave his own assessment of the situation. He has an idea what Cornette was talking about, but according to A Double, Cornette is way off base.
“The bump I think he’s talking about, and I didn’t hear his thing, I see some of the tweets and comments come through about my dick not working, like what the f*ck is he talking about? This is f*cking great. I was working a match with Colt Cabana, and you ever see the move Fireman’s Carry, it was the f*cking cage match in Chicago, where we did the gimmicked door, so he does the move where he’s got me in Fireman’s Carry, he’s standing on the second rope, and then he drops to the mat and he drops you and you land on the top f*cking turnbuckle, so we’re going to do it in the cage, so I said oh this will be f*cking sweet.”
“So, we’re going to do it from the top, so you have the cage behind you so you have your balance. What I didn’t think about is because the cage was there, I couldn’t go vertical and flatten myself out to drop, so I end up crotching the f*cking top rope when he dropped me from his shoulders on the top, dropped me and I end up f*cking crotching, and yeah dude, some of the worst f*cking pain of my life.”
“See Jim, you’ve only taken one bump in your career and you almost f*cking broke your f*cking back so you probably don’t know what it’s like to take bumps night in and night out and all the sh*t it can do to you, so that’s why you shouldn’t talk so much about things you can’t do. So yeah man, this bruise developed a week later, my whole underside from my taint, up to tip, taint to tip, was f*cking purplish-blue, I snapped a picture of it. I had to. I had never seen anything like it. It was f*cking absurd, man.”
Austin Aries seems to be doing well on his own. He’s making his own schedule and still advocating for what he believes in. Perhaps a run with another major pro wrestling company is in the cards down the line, but Aries probably won’t be getting Jim Cornette’s managerial services.
We knew this was going to happen eventually. WWE is always trying to involve themselves in whatever is cutting edge. Now they have signed a deal with TikTok.
If you’re not familiar with TikTok then you must not watch many six second videos. If you’ve seen a viral video under twenty seconds in the past couple of months odds are it had a TikTok logo on it.
Now WWE and TikTok have launched a partnership to bring unique WWE content to the platform. Their press release reads as follows:
WWE and TikTok have launched a new partnership to bring WWE’s unique blend of family-friendly entertainment, edge-of-your-seat action and world-class athleticism to the TikTok community leading into the WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view event this Sunday, Dec. 15.
Robert Roode popped dirty on a WWE Wellness Policy test. This wasn’t a good thing and now he’s out for 30 days due to his first failure of a WWE Drug Test.
We’re not sure what Roode was taking that he wasn’t supposed to, but WWE figured out a reason to explain his absence. They’re also blaming it on Roman Reigns.
It was noted during commentary on Friday Night SmackDown that Robert Roode sustained an injury at the hands of The Big Dog. They worked a storyline injury into Roode’s angle on November 29th and it appears that WWE is making the most of that.
This is very interesting because it also could give us an idea about how long they knew about Robert Roode’s drug test failure. In the past, WWE has been aware about failures of the Wellness Policy for weeks before the information was made known.
Ring Of Honor held their end of the year pay per view Final Battle tonight. In what was a tumultuous year for the company seemed to end on a high note.
Last year during WrestleMania weekend PCO faced off against WALTER. That match began a career renaissance for PCO, who was best know as a member of the Quebeccers in WWF in the mid-90’s.
PCO began taking many indie dates, created a Frankenstien’s Monster character. PCO would release insane videos weekly of him training with his “manager” Destro. Soon PCO was wrestling on MLW television before signing with Ring Of Honor and joining Marty Scurll’s Villian Enterprises.
PCO, along with Brody King held tag championships in ROH and NWA for a bit this year. But the crescendo to PCO’s resurgence was at Final Battle 2019, when he defeated champion Rush to win his first world championship. During the match Destro came out of a hearse full of smoke machines and revived PCO with a car battery. That lead to PCO making a comeback and becoming champion.
Pro wrestling used to be a world where a ton of stars were on steroids. Juicing was a part of the culture, but then so many things changed about that situation. Steroids were demonized and prosecuted. Performance enhancing distribution systems were shut down and now a lot of stars are living much cleaner lives. Jim Ross might not favor that.
During Grillin’ JR, the WWE Hall Of Famer opened up about steroids. He said since pro wrestling is performance art and “not the NFL,” steroids should be allowed. He equated it to having the same negative baggage as marijuana as well.
“Look, it’s a performance art. It’s not the NFL, and I’m not so sure it makes a sh*t even in the NFL. It has the same negative baggage that marijuana has. It has not been accepted widely, mass appeal… it has not been accepted widely enough to get that, ‘Ok, it’s alright.’
The bottom line as Stone Cold would say is a lot of money is going to the bottom line of these State coffers that need the money for school books and things of that nature. As long as that money is being put to good use for the children and educating our people for one thing and for health care, things of that nature, then hell yeah. Let’s create new money, new revenue”.
Steroids will probably always be frowned upon in professional sport. Some people might like to try and break the rules, but that is why punishments for breaking the rules exists.
Ryback left WWE for many reasons. Now he is refreshed and with the help of his hard work and some stem cell therapy he’s looking and feeling great. Apparently, WWE is waiting for his call.
While talking to Chris Van Vliet, Ryback revealed that he’s been told he has a meeting with WWE whenever he wants it. We’ll have to see if he takes them up on that, because he doesn’t really believe it either.
He doesn’t want to be full-time again. Those days are part him, but he’ll make the phone call when he’s ready.
Ryback quoted while talking to Chris Van Vilet “I’ve been told I have a meeting (with WWE) whenever I want,” Ryback said. “Now, how true that is, I don’t know, don’t really care. Getting my health back is my main priority.”
“I never want to return to it 4-5 days a week. People always ask, when I’m healthy and when I know when I’m going to be available, I will pick up the phone and make a phone call and we’ll go from there.”
Ryback has made a good living on pro wrestling, but there could be a lot of money on the table. Whether he appears for AEW, WWE, or on the indies it sounds like Ryback is planning on lacing up his boots again in 2020.
WWE has a lot of talented female Superstars on their roster. Paige would love to see them all get a proper spotlight.
Paige appeared on WWE After The Bell and Corey Graves brought up the current state of the WWE Women’s Division. It seems that not a year after women main evented WrestleMania they are taking a backseat. Paige was triggered by this subject and continued to express her frustration.
Paige was quoted on After The Bell “Oh, don’t even get me started with that, dude. That is why — I don’t understand why we don’t have another girls’ pay-per-view. We had that one-off deal like what the hell was that about?! Give us one every year, like what the f*ck?!”
“That was the whole purpose. You had a Women’s Evolution for a reason. I was like ‘F*ck it, let’s stop talking about the Women’s Evolution and actually let the women do whatever they want. I feel like a lot of the girls are being held back.”
“I love the Four Horsewomen — do not get me wrong — I love I love Sasha I love Charlotte I love Bayley I love Becky I love them all, but there’s a lot of women that should be given an opportunity.”
“Like I’m excited for Liv to come back. I’m like damn yes, some fresh faces, I love seeing Nattie. I love seeing Lacey. I love it. I love it all, so like as much as I love those four it’s like there is other women in the company.”
We’ll have to wait and see what is down the line for the women’s division. Ronda Rousey is now heavily favored to win the 2020 Royal Rumble match so her return could provide another boost. The Baddest Woman On The Planet won’t be around forever and WWE needs to give a focus to those Superstars who can carry them for years to come.
WWE held another round of tryouts at the Performance Center last week. They had a loaded class of hopeful future WWE Superstars, but they can’t all make the cut.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that the WWE Performance Center is loaded up with smaller guys who can wrestle. It seems like the indies has no shortage of people like that. They could have a different strategy when looking at promising new female talent.
It was noted that on the women’s side WWE is looking at “legitimate athletes.” In previous years they concentrated on “model types.” Now they are focusing on women with backgrounds in track, basketball, and volleyball.
Charlotte Flair came into the WWE PC with no prior pro wrestling training. She was a volleyball player. Bianca Belair has seen a lot of success as WWE was able to turn her from a top-tier track star into a popular NXT Superstar as well.
It was also reported that WWE is looking at women with MMA and kickboxing backgrounds. It could be interesting to see what kind of women’s roster WWE has in a few years if they keep with this strategy.
Goldberg is set to be a guest on the Broken Skull Sessions. Steve Austin will be getting into Goldberg’s WWE Hall Of Fame career and picking his brain as well.
They played a game of quick word association on the show. Austin read names for Superstars and Goldberg said the first thing that came to his mind.
Goldberg had great things to say about people like Vince McMahon and Sting as he said “thank you” and “mentor” respectively. Then when The Undertaker’s name came up Goldberg had an interesting reply.
Goldberg said on Broken Skull Sessions “I owe him a receipt.”
Goldberg and The Undertaker battled in Saudi Arabia. It was a match that both men might like to forget. Goldberg suffered a concussion during that match so he might very well be talking about getting in a shot on The Dead Man to get even down the line.
Finally…The Rock might be coming back to WrestleMania 36 to face Roman Reigns because that’s what the latest betting odds are saying.
Yes, I can just imagine him cutting that promo exactly as I wrote it.
The last time we saw the Rock was on the debut show of SmackDown on FOX, where he cut a promo alongside Becky Lynch and then beat up Baron Corbin for a few minutes.
As the best-paid actor and one of the most famous people in the world, there are certain issues with booking The Rock, as most film studios don’t want to risk him getting injured, and you often have to deal with insurance.
However, that hasn’t stopped SkyBet, one of the world’s leading sports bookmakers, to make The Rock vs. Roman Reigns one of their odds on favourites to main event WrestleMania 36.
It’s the sort of match that if it were to happen, would probably be enough to make Vince McMahon explode in a shower of joy and sweat, and would get all the best “match of the century” taglines.
Roman and the Rock are cousins, and as Roman is the biggest star for WWE in 2020, and the Rock was arguably the biggest star in 2000, you could have a lot of fun telling the story here.
The hurdle to overcome is whether the Rock is filming anything at the beginning of April, because if he is, there’s no way he’s going to be there, but if there’s a gap in his schedule, WWE will do literally anything to make this match happen.
Oh yeah, Ronda Rousey vs. Becky is second favourite to main event the show.
Remarkably, both AEW and NXT achieved identical viewership scores in the latest edition of the Wednesday night war.
Both shows averaged 778,000 viewers over the two hours according to Showbuzz Daily, and both were down from last week.
AEW ranked 11th in the Cable Top 150, while NXT ranked 21st. The shows tied at 34th in viewership for the night.
Dynamite was down 9% from last week’s episode, which drew 851,000 viewers, while NXT was down 8% from last week’s episode that drew 845,000 viewers
Both shows were up against a big NBA game on ESPN, but this is the same situation as most weeks, so there may be some who are surprised by the sudden drops.
No matter which show you prefer, this truly is a fascinating war to watch between two very good shows
Since its inception, the Royal Rumble match has been almost entirely made up of stars from WWE’s main roster, with the odd legend or NXT star making a surprise appearance here or there.
However, it seems like things are about to change, as Bryan Alvarez has reported on Wrestling Observer Live that plans are currently in place to change the line ups of the Royal Rumble matches.
The report is that each match will be made up of 10 stars from each of Raw, SmackDown and NXT, meaning each brand theoretically has an equal chance of winning.
The 2019 men’s Rumble match featured just 3 stars from NXT, while the women’s match featured six competitors from the developmental brand.
WWE will have both NXT and NXT UK stars to choose from, as Worlds Collide will be taking place the night before. I can’t wait for someone to ask how on earth WALTER will be thrown over the top rope, I mean, he’s so big!
As reported earlier, the favourites to win the Rumble matches are Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey, so it’s good to have an R-based alliterative name for this one…so I’m still holding out hope for Rhea Ripley.
What do you think of this change? Will it make the match more exciting? Let us know in the comments on both Twitter and Facebook.
Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch took part in a panel with the Gorilla Position Podcast earlier this week, and one of the many topics discussed was Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose).
A fan in attendance asked Seth about his current relationship with Moxley, to which Seth explained that he recently texted him to wish him a happy birthday.
“I texted him on his birthday, which was a few days ago, and wished him well. I hope that he’s good, and he seems to be doing great at AEW and New Japan. I wish nothing but the best for him and his lovely wife, and their great dog.”
In response, Seth said Moxley replied: “Thanks Brother!”, explaining that Moxley was often short in his texts.
Rollins has been rather outspoken regarding Moxley and his move to AEW, at one point saying that his former Shield brother “took his ball and went home” when he left WWE in April.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Rollins said:
“I love [Moxley], I’ll always love him, but at the end of the day, we just share different perspectives about what we want out of life and about where we’re at in our own lives. I hope that he does well. I’ve kept enough tabs on him to know that he’s doing super well for himself right now and I’m happy for that, but I just don’t think there’s any reason to hop on a soapbox and complain after the fact.
“You need to take the first step, and that’s looking in the mirror and asking yourself did you do every single thing you possibly could to make yourself and your situation what you want it to be, and if the answer is yes you did, then you can go elsewhere and complain. If that’s where he’s at mentally then go right ahead, but if he hasn’t done that, he hasn’t looked in the mirror and made that decision, then maybe he should think about that. That goes for any other disgruntled talent past or present.”
It’s good to see that they’re still in touch.
Ohhhhhhh bad creative, don’t you dare be sour, clap because you didn’t end up giving the New Day any of these horrible names you once pitched.
On the latest episode of their Feel the Power podcast, the New Day boys discussed some of the names WWE once pitched to them before the New Day name was decided upon…
Healing Through Harmony
Vibe & Vision
KBX [For Kofi, Big, and Xavier]
The House Of Light
The Cause (which they liked)
The Regulators (which they liked)
House Of Positive Energy [HOPE]
The House Of Purpose
Voices Of Triumph
The Sentinels (which they liked)
Nation Of Salvation
Modern Day Saints
Brothers Of Xavier
Save Our Souls (SOS)
Million Man Ministry
Resurrection [various spellings]
Kofi admitted that reading the list now actually made him feel angry.
“Like, I’m getting angry reading this list, man, because I can’t emphasize enough, we were three guys trying to make it,” Kingston admitted. “Do you know what I’m saying? And you’re trying to put us in a hole with these names. The House Of Purpose?”
Big E acknowledged that he was the first to try out the preacher voice, which is why they were given that gimmick in the first place.
“Yeah, I have to take some blame for that. So I was the one who started doing the preacher voice because I was just throwing stuff at the wall. Yeah, but I don’t know if I’ve ever acknowledged this before, but I’m the reason we had to do the preacher gimmick, I feel. I’m the reason we had these inspirational names.”
They also revealed that WWE wanted to try out Titus O’Neil in the group, but that as much as they love Titus, they didn’t want him to be in the group.
The latest WWE draft on October 11 and 14 saw Kevin Owens moved to Raw, despite a leak suggesting he would be staying on SmackDown.
Owens had recently defeated Shane McMahon on the FOX debut of Friday Night SmackDown, and many thought this would be used as an excuse to keep him on the blue brand as a kind of “saviour” from Shane’s tyranny.
However, as we saw on the Raw episode of the draft, Owens was in fact moved to Raw and is currently feuding with newly heel Seth Rollins and AOP.
According to one report however, Owens was never supposed to move to Monday nights, and it was a very last minute decision to have him do so.
According to Tom Colohue, who has a decent record of reporting backstage news, Owens was supposed to stay on SmackDown, but after the draft list was leaked, Paul Heyman made the call to move him over to Raw, because he knew he could “do very good things” with Owens.
Owens has been doing some very good work on Raw, and is arguably the brand’s top babyface at the moment, so there’s definitely every chance that this report is accurate.
Owens has never quite reached the dizzying heights many feel he should have in WWE, despite being a one time Universal Champion and defeating John Cena on his main roster debut.
When you hear things like this, it really makes you wonder whether some people actually still believe that wrestling is completely real. WWE star Lana has said that she has been sent death threats regarding her current divorce storyline with Rusev and Bobby Lashley on Raw.
Speaking to ComicBook, Lana revealed that both WWE and the FBI were getting involved due to the amount of death threats she’s received on social media.
“I personally have received a lot of death threats. I’ve gotten calls from like WWE and the FBI, people actually threatening WWE. Having death threats on me and the FBI has had to call me and protect me. And I get death threats on my comments on Instagram, on Twitter. I mean, people are bullies. I mean today I opened my email account and I had this death threat on my email. But it was just like the names that people call are just, it’s just appalling. It’s absolutely appalling.
“You know, cyber-bullying is a big cause of suicide and I just wanna speak out on it, as like, that is really, really, really wrong. It’s completely wrong. People really need to think before they comment. Because all they’re doing is they’re hiding behind a screen and they’re just, they’re being mean. And you know, do people want to be responsible for people killing themselves? I’m going to continue to strongly speak out about it because I think that there’s a lot, a lot of people that are victims of cyber-bullying and it really affects their entire life and it’s wrong and it needs to stop”
I think I’m with everyone when I say that these idiots aren’t wrestling fans, and that this kind of behaviour is utterly abhorrent and should never be tolerated.
Last night, Mia Yim and Dakota Kai went to battle on WWE NXT. Dakota Kai came out victorious after she removed the turnbuckle pad and Yim’s head bounced off it.
However, Mia Yim would get the last laugh. After the match, Mia Yim suplexed Kai off the top of a stage through some tables
As you can see, the spot didn’t hit the mark. It looks like Yim and Kai came up short. Kai’s head hit off the edge of the table.
On WWE’s The Bump, it was reported that it took 8 staples to close the laceration on Kai’s head. Apparently, she is a pretty tough cookie and will still compete on this weekend’s live events.