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Goldust Contract Expired?
Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that the contract of Goldust has expired, and he is free to sign with any other promotion when his no compete clause ends in May. In the latest Road To Double Or Nothing YouTube entry, there was a tease that Goldust could be taking on Cody Rhodes at the upcoming AEW event in Las Vegas.
However, Dustin Rhodes has taken to Twitter to deny that he is no longer under contract with WWE.
I am still under contract with the @wwe , and everything that is being said online is just talk, and complete bullshit. This is exactly why I hate smart marks!
— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) March 28, 2019
If Dustin Rhodes were to make a move to AEW, it would make sense. I’ve said it many times before that Cody and Dustin have a vast knowledge of wrestling, etc, so it would seem logical. Technically, I would assume that if his contract is expired and he is under a 90 day no compete clause, that would still be considered “under contract.”
Winner Takes All?
Many have been speculating what will be happening in the main event at WrestleMania. Will both women’s championships be on the line? Will it be a unification match? In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer claims that one of the tag lines WWE is considering for the match is “Winner Takes All.” He also noted that it is unlikely that one women would walk out with both titles as the WWE wants to have a champion for each respective brand.
There are multiple scenarios the company could take. Does Rousey plan to leave the company after WrestleMania? Then it would make sense for Lynch to pin Rousey. If Rousey stays, does Lynch pin Charlotte? Just a thought, what if Lynch pins both at the same time? I’m very intrigued with this match, and I am excited to see what they have in store for an ending
Dean Ambrose Originally Planned For Mania Main Event?
WrestleMania may be the last match for Dean Ambrose before he leaves WWE. However, there were some interesting plans that were in place for him earlier in the year. According to Dave Meltzer, the original main event for WrestleMania was to be Roman Reigns vs Dean Ambrose for the Universal Championship. This was of course before Reigns had his leukemia diagnosis.
The rumor of having an all Shield main event at WrestleMania had been circulating the Internet for the past couple of years, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this was actually the original scheduled main event. There would be a large amount of history and back story between the two.
Original WrestleMania Plans For Asuka
As stated earlier, many of us were caught a bit off guard when Asuka lost the SmackDown women’s title this past Tuesday. WWE was advertising Naomi vs. Carmella vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville with the winner facing Asuka at WrestleMania. Dave Meltzer has noted that the original plan was to have Mandy Rose win that match, and face Asuka. However, as we saw, plans changed as Vince McMahon felt that fans would have little interest int he match.
It seemed like earlier this year that Mandy Rose was going to be in line for a huge push. I asked this in yesterday’s shuffle, and will ask it again today; what does this mean in regards to how the company feels about both Rose and Asuka if they don’t feel fans would have been interested in a match between the two?
New Wrestling Series To Air On Viceland
Viceland will be airing a new professional wrestling docu-series beginning on April 10th at 9pm ET. The series titled, Dark Side Of The Ring, will be six episodes and will look at the darker side of wrestling. According to Variety, Dark Side of the Ring will examine the tragic love story between “Macho Man” Randy Savage and his former manager and wrestler Miss Elizabeth, plus the dark history of the multigenerational Von Erich wrestling family, victims of the so-called “Von Erich curse.” The show will also explore the unscripted Montreal Screwjob that stripped Bret Hart of his title, the unexplained locker room fight that led to the death of Bruiser Brody, the mistaken homicide and later-ruled drug overdose of “Gorgeous” Gino Hernandez, and the sexual misconduct and industry manipulation allegations against female star The Fabulous Moolah.
This looks interesting. I know a lot of people do not have an interest in the darker side of wrestling, but I am curious how these stories will be presented. Obviously, they aren’t going to have the WWE hanging over their heads, so hopefully this will be an unbiased series.
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Latest On Jeff Hardy
In Monday’s shuffle I discussed the news on Jeff Hardy’s latest public intoxication arrest. Since then, more details have been released regarding the incident. TMZ is reporting that Hardy smelled of booze and was passed out in a public stairwell before being arrested.
Once again, Hardy’s struggles with addiction have been well documented in the past, so I am not going to comment on them. Here is hoping that he is able to get things in order and get his life on track.
RAW Ratings See An Increase
RAW continues to slowly climb out of the ratings hole, as this weeks ratings showed an increase in viewership. The hourly breakdown looks like this:
Hour 1 – 2.379 million viewers
Hour 2 – 2.503 million viewers
Hour 3 – 2.478 million viewers
This is good news for WWE, RAW, and USA, as RAW typically has had a hard time keeping viewers into the third hour. RAW was actually a very solid show last night, and one of the first RAW’s in a very long time that I watched from start to finish while it aired live. Slowly, but surely, WWE will do what they can to climb out of the hole.
Mickie James Undergoes ACL Surgery
Earlier today, WWE star Mickie James went under the knife to repair her injured ACL. The injury looks to keep her out of the ring into next year. Her husband, Nick Aldis, took to Twitter to update fans on the successful surgery.
UPDATE: Surgery was a complete success. I’m sure when she’s feeling up to it she’ll share more. Thank you all! 🙌 https://t.co/RxCHyko2UQ
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) July 16, 2019
Mickie James is still a very talented wrestler who adds depth to the women’s division. There is still a place for her on the roster, and one can assume that the WWE will want to keep her when she fully recovers.
Finn Balor Taking Time Off?
Finn Balor lost the Intercontinental championship at Extreme Rules, and the loss had many scratching their heads. However, it appears there is reasoning behind it according to Pro Wrestling Sheet, as Balor has requested time off from WWE to recharge. Though he requested time off, it appears that it will not be granted until after the upcoming SummerSlam pay per view.
It will be interesting to see how Balor will be written off of TV. One could assume a SummerSlam match with Bray Wyatt will lead to his exit. Perhaps on his return, he could join his friends in The Club ?
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Jeff Hardy Arrested
According to various news outlets this weekend, WWE star Jeff Hardy was arrested for public intoxication Saturday in South Carolina.Police said they received a report of an intoxicated person in Myrtle Beach about 11 a.m. Shortly after, authorities arrested Hardy without incident and charged him with public intoxication.Hardy posted a $153 bond and was released the same day.In a statement, WWE said, “Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions.”
Jeff Hardy’s battles with substance abuse over the years have been well documented. After period of staying off the radar, Hardy has been in court twice over the past year for alcohol related issues. Here is hoping that Hardy can get things under control.
Huge RAW Planned For Next Week
During Sunday nights Extreme Rules pay per view, WWE aired a commercial for RAW Reunion that will take place on July 22nd. Some of the big names advertised include Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Ric Flair.
It’ll be the BIGGEST reunion in Monday Night #RAW HISTORY.
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
This seems like a reach for a quick ratings grab, but it is always cool to see the legends return. Potentially we could see some involvement from some of the legends for SummerSlam storylines ?
Paul Heyman Appears At EVOLVE Show
For those of you who didn’t catch the EVOLVE 10th Anniversary show on the WWE Network Saturday night, you missed out on a hell of a show. You also missed out on an appearance from none other than Paul Heyman. Most wrestling fans know that Heyman mentored EVOLVE founder Gabe Sapolosky back in ECW.
“You’re going to watch this match, and you’re going to say to yourselves ‘that was the moment we all knew that this industry is going to EVOLVE.'”@HeymanHustle makes a surprise appearance at #EVOLVE131 ahead of the Winner Takes All Match between @austintheory1 and @RealJDDrake! pic.twitter.com/7ugS1xMr60
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
Those of you have followed my daily news shuffles, and the random In This Corner articles I put together, know that I rarely follow the indie wrestling scene. However, I took in both the EVOLVE show and AEW Fight For The Fallen. I was extremely impressed with the talent in EVOLVE, and my hopes are that WWE continues to broadcast their shows on the WWE Network.
Enzo and Cass Done With ROH ?
During April’s G1 Supercard Show at Madison Square Garden, fans were shocked to see Enzo and Cass jump the guard rail and started attacking ROH stars. Many felt initially that this may have been a shoot, but it appeared to be a work to lead to a potential appearance in ROH for the two. However, according to Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, it appears the relationship between the former WWE stars and ROH is over before it truly began. According to Meltzer, NJPW was unhappy as they were not notified before hand of their appearance, and the company has cut their loses with the two.
It’s Enzo and Cass. I mean, with what little I follow ROH, I can’t really see the two of them fitting with the company long term. However, if you want a team to be a legit heel right out of the chute, you could have that with those two.