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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.”

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WWE News: Reported Original Plans For Kurt Angle’s Return

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Kurt Angle’s return at TLC is said to have not been the original plan!

Last night at WWE TLC, we finally got the answers we were seeking pertaining to the Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match after much speculation regarding Strowman’s status following surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow a few weeks back.





As had been reported leading up to the show, Braun was not likely to be cleared for the match (see that here), but with so much on the line (if Corbin won he would become full-time RAW General Manager, if Strowman won he gets a Universal Title shot at Royal Rumble) and no changes announced in advance, WWE chose to have the match proceed in a much different way.

With help from Finn Balor, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, Apollo Crews, Heath Slater and a returning Kurt Angle, ‘The Monster Among Men’ didn’t have to do anything to pick-up the victory and send Corbin packing from the GM’s office. Angle of course has not been seen since a loss to Drew McIntyre on RAW prior to Survivor Series in November, but according to one report his TLC appearance was not the original plan for his comeback.

Mike Johnson of PWInsider reports that original plans for the WWE Hall Of Famer would have seen him return tonight on RAW. However, after deciding to have WWE Chairman Vince McMahon appear on tonight’s show, the plans for Kurt were then switched around.

EA’s Take: I don’t know, I thought Angle showing up last night was perfect. It made complete sense, which is the most important piece and the crowd loved it. So even coming a day early, I think this could actually be better than whatever his original return plans were (which we don’t know). I’d still expect to see him tonight because I have to imagine that whatever Vince is going to say, part of it will likely address the General Manager situation.





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WWE’s Akira Tozawa To Appear For Fight Club: Pro In Japan

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Fight Club: Pro will bring 205 Live’s Akira Tozawa to Japan!

This year the WWE has really made some strides in working more with other promotions, as we’ve seen more instances of WWE contracted Superstars working for the likes of EVOLVE, PROGRESS and others that the company has a relationship with.





Although Superstars are restricted to working only for companies the WWE works with, it still leads to some pretty cool matches, scenarios and circumstances for fans that they wouldn’t normally see. One such instance will be coming up in a few weeks as Fight Club: Pro, which is owned by NXT UK Superstar Trent Seven, will be debuting in Japan next month with one of the high-flyers of 205 Live scheduled to appear.

Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa will take part in a card at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Monday, January 7th. The event will also feature a number of stars from Sendai Girls including Meiko Satomura, who fans of course saw in this year’s Mae Young Classic. Additionally, also advertised that fans may be familiar with are Chris Brookes, Rickey Shane Page and Jimmy Havoc.





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