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Former WCW Star Passes Away During Match
Professional wrestling can often be a physically demanding sport. Many wrestlers have suffered various degrees of injury during matches. Some have even had their careers ended in the ring. However, its not often when a wrestler dies in the ring, but sadly that is what happened Saturday in London. Former WCW and AAA wrestler, Silver King, passed away during a match with Juventud Guerrera. During the match, Silver King collapsed, and reportedly had a stroke. While on the way to the hospital, he also suffered from a heart attack.
— Alex Brinded (@alexbrinded1) May 11, 2019
There are that many documented times when a wrestler passes away in the ring. Regardless of the performance aspect, wrestlers put their lives on line nightly for fans when they enter the ring. It is a sad situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with friends and family of Silver King.
WWE has announced that SmackDown Live star, Roman Reigns, will be appearing on RAW this week to appear on Miz TV. Reigns will be appearing on the show via the Wild Card Rule put in place by Vince McMahon last week. Another SmackDown Live superstar appearing on RAW this week will be Charlotte Flair. Flair will be on RAW for the double contract signing between herself, Becky Lynch and Lacey Evans. Lynch will be defending both of her titles at the upcoming Money In The Bank pay per view.
Also, three matches have been announced so far, as Ricochet will take on Baron Corbin, Braun Strowman will take on Drew McIntyre, and there will be a Fatal Four Way Match between Naomi, Natalya, Alexa Bliss, and Dana Brooke
The company is taking a different approach by having a star hold two world championships at once, in addition to them both being defended on the same card. I am really looking forward to Lynch vs Evans, and the company has really been pushing Evans in to the upper card. Could Lynch win her first matchup of the night, but be too hurt to win her second? This could be a way for the company to shift a title over to Lacey Evans.
WCW/ECW/WWE Star Releases Book
Former WCW/TNA/ECW and WWE star, Al Snow, released a book last week, titled Self Help. The book currently sits at #1 on the top selling wrestling books on Amazon.
We’re number 1…! Yesterday was release day in the USA and we are #1 new release in wrestling biographies, Al Snow’s Self-Help: life lessons from the bizarre wrestling career of @therealalsnow will be hitting a few doormats, and we’re hoping you all like what you read. pic.twitter.com/rBne7YRQmX
— Al Snow (@TheRealAlSnow) May 9, 2019
I am currently half way into this book, and it has been an entertaining read. It’s part biography, part stories from the road, and part inner workings backstage. It is a very easy read, and I highly suggest you pick it up. Snow was often considered one of the top up and coming wrestlers during the 90’s, but, for many reasons that he discusses, never become a top draw in the business.
Former Star Speaks On Unhappiness In WWE
Many superstars in WWE have asked for their release or voice their displeasure with the company. Whether it is Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, the Revival, or Sasha Banks. Former WWE star and current MMA competitor, Jack Swagger, sat down with Pro Wrestling 24/7, and gave his thoughts on the current unhappiness stars are having with the company.
“No it’s not a shock, they know exactly how they treat their talent. They know the contracts that they have assigned and they know exactly why we’re unhappy with the way they treat us. So it’s not a shock to me,” stated Swagger. “I’m very thankful now looking back that I was able to leave when I did. I’m very thankful for my 12 years there because it allowed me to do so much. It allows me to do so much now because of my background, that notch on my resume, but at the same time there’s a lot of unhappy people there and it’s not just because of the politics. You’re traveling 200 days a year, sometimes you’re only home 36 hours a week, away from your family and then you go out there and you have these storylines that are just bad and you’re like, ‘I’m putting my body through this for THIS’? Like it would be a lot easier if the Superstars up there didn’t care and they just did what they were told, but unfortunately you can’t do a job like that. You have to care, you have to wear your heart on your sleeve in that ring and you have to care about what you are doing and so it doesn’t surprise me at all that people are leaving because it is a problem they need to address.”
It is interesting to see the perspective of someone no longer in the company. I think many can agree that the storylines today aren’t the best. But, on the other hand, you are paid to do a job, you aren’t always going to like it.
Latest On Lars Sullivan
Last week, I discussed some of the controversy surrounding comments that Lars Sullivan made on a body building message board in 2013. You can read more about it in last weeks shuffle. According the Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez reports that WWE knew about this for some time, and Sullivan apologized to the New Day last week.
“He talked to Big E [and] I believe all of the members of The New Day. As I noted yesterday, WWE has been aware of this forever. This was nothing new and he apologized to them for it in the past and it was considered a dead issue but it has come up twice in the last six months so this time he did in fact address it with that statement.”
If you are Hulk Hogan and say anything, you get banned and written out of company history for 3+ years. If you are Lars Sullivan, a star the company is trying to push, you get a slap on the wrist. I don’t condone anything that Hogan or Sullivan said, but Sullivan went off the handle in his posts. The question is if the company wasn’t pushing him, what would have happened ?
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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.