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IMPACT Rumors: Chris Jericho Reportedly ‘Is Destined’ To Go To IMPACT Wrestling

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Despite not stepping into a squared circle since June 9th at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Dominion, reigning IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho has been in the news of late with lots of talk surrounding which promotion he could be heading to next.

Jericho will obviously always be synonymous with WWE, however he is currently a free agent and is not tied down to any one company. In the most recent edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reports that there’s a belief within the business right now that Jericho “is destined” to go to IMPACT Wrestling at some point. Of course, ‘Y2J’ had a big hand in helping Anthem Sports, the parent company of IMPACT, hire Don Callis as the promotion’s Co-Executive Vice President, as well as getting Scott D’Amore promoted to the same title.

Jericho has stated in the past that he was against working in the United States because it would be a “slap in the face” to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon (check that out here), however Meltzer notes that sentiment has begun to change in the past few months.

EA’s Take: Obviously, this would be a huge coup for IMPACT Wrestling. I just can’t fathom it happening though. I get that there’s a connection between Jericho and IMPACT due to their Canadian ties and friendship with Callis, but ‘Y2J’ has also stated before that he wouldn’t want to “lower his value”. I’m sorry, but signing with IMPACT would do that, at least in my eyes. Perhaps a one-off or an appearance, but I think Jericho actually signing a contract with IMPACT is pretty far-fetched, which some have alluded to. The other question is, could they even afford him? I’m not exactly on the up with IMPACT’s financials, but it would certainly cost them a pretty penny to bring him in for anything.

 

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WWE Rumors: Possible Plans For WWE Evolution Main Event

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Ronda Rousey WWE RAW Debut

After the news that WWE’s first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, on October 28th from the Nassau Coliseum will feature a match of past vs. present when Alexa Bliss goes one-on-one with WWE Hall Of Famer Trish Stratus, there’s reportedly been early talk of another such match to main event the show.

According to Dave Meltzer on the newest Wrestling Observer Radio, the main event discussion right now is for Ronda Rousey to take on Nikki Bella in an effort to bring more mainstream media attention to the event:

“So the plan for Ronda Rousey early in the week was Nikki Bella. They’re the two most famous women’s stars in the company and they should be the main event of the first women’s pay-per-view. They are the two best at getting mainstream attention and that was the idea.

There were other options batted around like everything, it could change tomorrow but that was the idea.”

While plans can always change on a daily basis as noted by Meltzer, the thought behind this would be to give Rousey another ‘dream match scenario’ early on in her WWE tenure, especially considering the long-term in-ring future of Nikki Bella due to her battle with neck injuries. Additionally, it’s also being said that the angle could be setup as early as tonight at SummerSlam.

Nikki is of course no longer a full-time competitor after having another scare with her surgically repaired neck in the lead-up to her WrestleMania 33 match last year when she teamed with John Cena to face The Miz and Maryse. Her last match came back in January of this year, taking part in the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble where she made it to the final two before being eliminated by Asuka.

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EA’s Take: Let the pissing and moaning begin (actually, it already has). While I personally don’t care to see the match and think Nikki should just give it up already with the shape her neck is in, that doesn’t mean I don’t understand the decision should this be the case. What better way to draw more attention to the company’s first all-women’s show than with the two most mainstream Superstars? Lest we forget, Nikki was vastly improved in the ring during her last full-time run, so it’s not as if she can’t have a good match. I think people complain just for the sake of complaining at this point.

 

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WWE Rumors: Speculation On An Asuka Heel Turn In The Near Future

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After going undefeated in the WWE for 914 days, SmackDown Live Superstar Asuka has seen her stock in the eyes of some fans drop considerably, succumbing to multiple losses this year at the hands of Charlotte Flair and current SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella.

While ‘The Empress Of Tomorrow’ was about as hot as any Superstar during her historic run from NXT to the main roster, the entirety of her WWE career has been as a babyface. However, that could very well be changing in the near future.

According to Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, there’s been talk within WWE of turning Asuka heel. There’s no word on when the switch could take place and very likely wouldn’t be tonight at SummerSlam, as she’s not scheduled to appear. However, it’s been added that WWE does in-fact have plans for her even though she is no longer being booked as unbeatable over the past number of months.

Currently, there’s speculation that the turn could take place before the company’s first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, taking place on Sunday, October 28th from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

EA’s Take: I’d certainly be all for an Asuka heel turn, she needs something to happen as all the momentum she had previously is now gone. Not that it’s any surprise, we’ve seen multiple examples of performers who have had a long-running winning streak lose their luster once it comes to an end. Ryback, Goldberg and even Wrath in WCW immediately come to mind. So as I said, I’d be good with a heel turn for her. We already saw it teased previously in NXT during her feud with Bayley, so why not pull the trigger this time.

 

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WWE News: Stipulation Added To Tonight’s Cruiserweight Championship Match

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With WWE’s SummerSlam now just a mere few hours away from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, there’s been a stipulation added to the scheduled Cruiserweight Championship match on the Kickoff, which will see Cedric Alexander defending against the number one contender, Drew Gulak.

Over the past few weeks on 205 Live, Cedric has had his hands full not only with the challenger, but Gulak’s cohorts in The Brian Kendrick and ‘Gentleman’ Jack Gallagher. Due to Gallagher and Kendrick continuously inserting themselves into Alexander’s matches and in essence his life on the purple brand, General Manager Drake Maverick announced today that both Kendrick and Gallagher have been banned from ringside:

You can catch all the action from the SummerSlam Kickoff live on the WWE Network, as well as on YouTube beginning at 5PM EST. Also, don’t miss Mitchell’s Live SummerSlam Coverage, as well as instant reactions from members of The Chairshot on Twitter (@theCHAIRSHOTcom).

 

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