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ROH News: Greg Gilleland Talks Possibly Losing Top Talent Before MSG Show

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As tickets for the upcoming Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden next April go on sale today and tomorrow, ROH General Manager Greg Gilleland spoke with Chuck Carroll of CBS Sports to discuss the event.

Among the topics, Gilleland addressed the potential that they could lose a handful of top stars before even getting to MSG next year, as The Young Bucks, Cody and Kenny Omega’s contracts are all set to expire before the event. Previously, it was reported that WWE was ready to make some big offers to acquire their services (check that out here). Regarding the possibility of losing any or all of those talents, Gilleland had the following to say:

“Of course, we’re going to do everything that we can to keep them. And we have fair offers and fair plans to retain them. With that said, I don’t think we ever operate in fear. We always operate with solid backup plans. And we have to always think about what if this, and what if that. If they go to the WWE, and they very much deserve that opportunity, we’ll continue to offer the best wrestling that we can. There’s other talent out there. And we will continue as our brand has for the past however many years. We’ve lost top guys before…Am I gonna make an aggressive attempt to retain them and sign longer-term agreements? Of course we are. But, at the end of the day, the ROH brand is about the ROH experience, and that’s how we continue to grow.”

EA’s Take: You have to wonder if WWE is even to sign half of these guys, how much that will affect the big MSG show. Tickets have already been selling at a rapid pace today without being released to the general public, so it certainly won’t affect the attendance. The quality of the show and disappointment from those ticket holders however, could be a very different story. There’s no question that here in America, those are arguably the top four guys that bring in fans. It’s definitely going to be a very interesting early part of 2019.

 

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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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WWE News: Triple H Comments On Why WWE Signed Matt Riddle Now

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After all the speculation over the past number of weeks, independent star Matt Riddle appeared last night at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV, officially joining the NXT roster (read that here).

Previously, the company had been hesitant to bring in ‘The King Of Bros’, widely believed to be because of his past use of marijuana which led to him being let go from the UFC. As noted, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Triple H was part of a post-TakeOver conference call last night and among the topics discussed were why the company felt comfortable bringing Riddle in now:

“I think he’s ready to come in and get brought the rest of the way. I also think he’s matured as a person which, we’ll find out. But I think he’s matured as a person and he’s realized where he wants to get to in the business as opposed to just having fun being in the business, there’s a difference. So we think now’s the right time, but time will tell.”

‘The Cerebral Assassin’ also spoke about Riddle’s potential as a WWE Superstar:

“He’s a very, very talented guy, the sky is the limit and you know, we’ll see what he can do. It’s an interesting thing because I think sometimes people think that we just bring them in and just go with it, it’s not that simple. Not everybody makes it, not everything works. There are a lot of factors that go into it, so we’ll see.

I believe in him and I believe he has a lot of potential and talent, but again just like everybody else as they walk in the door, we’ll see.”

Quotes c/o WrestlingInc

 

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