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AJ Styles Re-sings With WWE
There has been rumor for quite some time now about the decision AJ Styles would make in choosing AEW or WWE. He revealed today he re-signed with WWE.
This is the newest member of my family. Also, I’ve signed a new contract with the WWE. What a cute little guy. pic.twitter.com/PNqh9shgTH
— AJStyles.Org (@AJStylesOrg) March 18, 2019
No surprise here, the best option for AJ Styles was to re-sign with WWE. They have done well with him creatively and he has been a big piece of the overall roster.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson Pulled From Live Events?
A few weeks ago, I commented on the possibility that Gallows and Anderson were not going to resign with WWE. It is rumored they turned down a significant multi-year deal. According to WrestlingNewsCo, WWE has pulled the team from upcoming live events.
Gallows and Anderson do have a long association with Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks. You can make the speculation that the team will jump to AEW. For all the hate I, and many others, give AEW and the constant rumors of roster defections, Gallows and Anderson to AEW makes a whole world of sense. In all honesty, WWE creative really dropped the ball with this team when they made their debuts. A change of scenery will do this team some good, and add depth to the AEW tag team roster.
2019 Warrior Award Recipient Announced
With WrestleMania season and the Hall Of Fame fast approaching, the Warrior Award recipient for 2019 has been announced by WWE today. Sue Aitchison, who has worked for the company for 30 years at the corporate office, will be the recipient this year. Stephanie McMahon said:
“Sue has dedicated her entire career to helping Wish kids fulfill their dreams and putting smiles on countless families’ faces. Her heart and character epitomize the essence of the Warrior Award. She is an unsung hero who deserves to be recognized and immortalized in the WWE Hall of Fame”
This is what Warrior had originally talked about during his Hall Of Fame speech; people behind the scenes of WWE getting their much due recognition.
Dana Warrior Joins Creative Team Full Time
A few weeks ago in the shuffle, I discussed Dana Warrior working in an advisory role on the WWE creative team. According to PWInsider, officials are impressed with her, and she has been added to the creative team full time.
I posted a lengthy take about Warrior joining the creative team a few weeks back. You can read that HERE. My take still hasn’t changed on the situation, but we are all entitled to our opinions.
Kurt Angle’s WrestleMania Opponent Is…..
Kurt Angle announce on RAW that his WrestleMania opponenet for his retirement match will be none other than Baron Corbin.
Really? Seriously? Out of all the people on the current roster, they go with Baron Corbin? I mean sure, it makes sense from a storyline perspective but wow. I understand it not being the Undertaker, but no John Cena? Or no Shelton Benjamin? OR NO ANYONE ELSE ON THE FRIGGING ROSTER?????
Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black Moved to WWE Smackdown
Did Charlotte Flair have anything to do with this?
Three talents get shaken up once more: Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black head to WWE Smackdown in a WWE Superstar Shake-Up reversal.
In a surprising move, WWE has changed the profiles for Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black to the blue brand, WWE Smackdown. Black was assigned to Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and Andrade and Vega were moved there in a spot that saw Andrade get a clean victory over Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor.
The internet, of course, immediately jumps to conclusions about the Latin representation of Smackdown (Rey Mysterio was also moved to Raw), as well as the relationship between Charlotte Flair and Andrade. Aleister and Zelina are married, and WWE has been trying to keep couples together. Do you think Charlotte Flair is responsible for this move?
Greg DeMarco’s Take on this WWE Superstar Shake-Up Reversal
I stand in the middle! I know, I don’t do that often. But Andrade to Raw made a ton of sense, as he can be a workhorse there and eat up TV time by putting on great matches. Smackdown is loaded (even more so), and I really hope 3 people move back to Raw in the process. As for why? This can definitely be a case of “LOLCHARLOTTEWINS” as she and Andrade are of course an item. If so, that shows how strong of a pairing Zelina and Andrade are if she went with him, and since Zelina and Aleister are married, Black goes as well. I could see the four of them traveling together, honestly.
This was originally reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet:
UPDATE: Aleister Black is now officially listed on WWE dot com as a SmackDown Superstar as well. His profile states: "After the 2019 Superstar Shake-up, Black set his sights on changing the landscape of SmackDown LIVE."
— Pro Wrestling Sheet (@WrestlingSheet) April 22, 2019
Dolph Ziggler Reveals He Was Added To The 2019 Royal Rumble The Night Before
How did Dolph Ziggler end up in the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble?
When, and how, was Dolph Ziggler added to the 2019 Royal Rumble match?
In a sit-down interview with Chris Van Vliet (seen above), Dolph Ziggler reveals that he wasn’t booked for the WWE Royal Rumble until the night before, and he earned a payday for his comedy show and the Royal Rumble appearance.
“Oh my God. That’s a great story. Can I tell this story? When I talked to you, I was not booked for the Royal Rumble and I have no reason to lie to anybody or be like ‘Hey listen, I don’t know what the deal is’. I was just on hiatus and I got a call to be there. And if I wasn’t in town for a booking for a comedy show that night I would not have even been in Phoenix. I got a call the night before saying ‘Hey, you gotta get here.’ … I was one of the last people in the ring that night and my comedy show three blocks away had to start an hour late because I was running over with sweat and my bags. I almost went in my gear but I was like I’m going to have to shower.”
Dolph Ziggler hasn’t appeared for WWE since the Royal Rumble, and in the interview above he maintains that he on an extended vacation from the company. You might remember that Ziggler made first contact with Nia Jax during the Rumble, nailing her with a Superkick.
With thanks to WrestleZone for the quote.
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