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Luke Harper Requests Release
Luke Harper has asked for his release from WWE according to his Twitter account. Harper returned from injury in February, but hasn’t been used much on TV.
— Luke Harper of WWE (@LukeHarperWWE) April 16, 2019
I had thought that there would have been the possibility that Harper would have been inserted into the Bryan/Rowan storyline. Harper is talented, and shouldn’t have any issues finding work in the future. Let the “Luke Harper to AEW” rumors begin.
EC3 Has Backstage Heat?
Since EC3 was called up to the main roster from NXT, many have questioned the creative direction the company is taking him in, including Bully Ray. Many outlets are reporting that EC3 has heat with the company, but many are uncertain as to why. WrestlingNewsCo has a breakdown on the speculation regarding what heat EC3 may have that you can read here. This may be part of the reason for the Braun Strowman demolishing EC3 segment that occurred on RAW.
Whats the point of bringing up EC3 only to destroy him from day 1 on main roster??
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) April 16, 2019
I also question exactly what it is they are doing with EC3. He had a great run in IMPACT, and seemed destined for great things in WWE.
IMPACT Wrestling Teams With Reality Of Wrestling
IMPACT Wrestling and Reality Of Wrestling issue a joint press release today regarding the joint promotion of Deep Impact that will take place on Saturday, July 6th, in Houston, TX. You can read the press release here.
This is good for both companies, and have felt that IMPACT could do more joint ventures with independent promotions.
Carlito Returning To WWE?
The superstar shake-up always has fans speculating which wrestlers may move to which brands, or what the potential may be of former stars making their returns. The Twitter account of Epico teased the possibility of a Carlito return to WWE.
— Epico (@WWEEpico) April 16, 2019
Meh. In all honesty, I forgot Epico still worked with WWE.
Mick Foley Defends Viking Experience Name
Since the introduction of the Viking Experience on RAW Monday night, many fans have been bashing the name change for the former War Raiders. One of the people defending the name is Hall of Famer Mick Foley.
So maybe #VikingExperience wouldn’t have been my first choice, BUT, had there been social media in 1996, I’m guessing the name #Mankind would not have been greeted with much happiness either. Enjoy this match with Fergal ….um, Finn Balor.
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 16, 2019
Names can be tweaked, if the talent is there to back it up – which in this case, it is. Does the name “Kane the Undertaker” ring any bells?
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 16, 2019
Not my first choice either, but at least they didn’t name them the ding-dongs.
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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 ?
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More! (7/15/19)
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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.