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WWE Wrestlers Interested In AEW?
Since the rumors of the AEW promotion began last fall, there were constant rumors regarding WWE Superstars being interested in jumping ship. Since then, we have seen former WWE stars Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, and Billy Gunn jump to AEW. Since the Talk Is Jeircho podcast with John Moxley was released last week, the rumors of wrestlers wanting to jump ship have intensified. In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that many on the WWE’s main roster and NXT have inquired about going to AEW. Meltzer noted that one of the main reasons people are wanting to leave to AEW is due to the lighter schedule that has been mentioned by Tony Kahn. Meltzer also noted that the feeling among stars in NXT, is that it will take an extended period of time to move to the main roster, and could be difficult to become a star in WWE based on how things are handled on the main roster.
You are going to hear rumors from now to the end of eternity about wrestlers who want to jump to AEW. Some of the talk will be legit, and some wont. Obviously, AEW wont sign every former WWE wrestler, and they already have a wealth of talent, so don’t expect a mass exodus of wrestlers moving from WWE to AEW any time soon. Rest assured though, the talent battle is real, and is in full swing.
AEW Television Update
Dave Meltzer also had some news regarding the weekly AEW on TNT show that will begin this fall. Meltzer reported that TNT has done many analytical studies to determine the best night to air the show. While the rumor has always been Tuesday nights, there could be the potential for many preemptions due to the NBA airing games on TNT Tuesday nights. According to Meltzer, Wednesday seems to be the most logical choice for airing the show. It is always being reported that the company is in talks to air weekly TV on TSN in Canada, which would reach a larger market in the country than what WWE currently does.
Either day seems to be a logical choice. Tuesday’s are nights that fans are used to watching SmackDown. But, I can’t see the company wanting to be preempted weekly due to the NBA, at least not when just starting out. One thing I am curious about is if the company/network will choose to air a replay of the show, similar to what WCW used to do with Nitro on Monday’s.
Brock Lesnar To Cash In On RAW?
Tonight’s RAW may just be a can’t miss episode. According to Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar will cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase on RAW against Seth Rollins. As many of you know, Lesnar was supposed to announce who he would be challenging last week, however, Heyman informed him he had a year in which he could hang on to the briefcase.
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) May 31, 2019
I would expect that this is a ruse, and Lesnar will not cash in Monday, especially with Super Show Down this weekend. Unless the company plans to hotshot a title change, and then have the title change hands again during the showdown event.
WWE 24/7 Championship Plans
The WWE 24/7 title is either love or hated by wrestling fans. Regardless on your thoughts, it’s being talked about by many. According to the Wrestling Observer, the company has been coming up with many interesting ideas for the title including the title being defended on YouTube, Instagram and at the Performance Center in between shows.
Many of you like the idea of the 24/7 title, but to me it feels like a novelty. But, the company is desperate for views at this point, and having a cross platform to air title defenses is interesting.
All Out Title Match Announced
After Hangman Page won the Casino Royale Battle Royal, and Chris Jericho defeated Kenny Omega at Double Or Nothing, we knew what the first match for the AEW Championship would be. And now we know when it will occur. Chris Jericho will take on Hangman Page at the company’s All Out Event in Chicago on August 31st.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) May 31, 2019
This will be a great match. However, I have to ask the question about where the company will go with this match. With weekly television coming in the fall, Jericho seems the logical choice. He is more of a household name with his XM Radio Show, Fozzy, Talk Is Jericho, and he previous runs in WWE. However, if the company plans to change the world, will they do it with an ex-WWE star? Or do the they take the fresh, “new” face.
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Lars Sullivan Injured
Last week, it had been widely reported that Lars Sullivan had suffered a knee injury. Dave Meltzer has reported that the injury is serious, and could keep Sullivan out 6 to 9 months.
Many say that this is karma. I won’t say if I agree or not. Sullivan appeared to be in line for a big push, but, even with the injury, that could still be the case. The return timeline would put Sullivan on track for a return during WrestleMania season.
ICW Champion Passes Away
According to the official Twitter account of UK bases promotion ICW, ICW Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum, has passed away at 36. No cause of death was revealed.
We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum. Adrian was a mainstay of ICW and British professional wrestling. Most importantly, he was our friend. His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him. pic.twitter.com/qmjnZTb5Lb
— ICW (@InsaneChampWres) June 19, 2019
Another sad and early death in wrestling. Many of you may remember Lionheart as back in 2014 during a match with AJ Styles, his neck was broken in two places, and was thought to never walk, let alone wrestle, again,
Nikki Bella’s In Ring Career Is Over
Wednesday evening, the Bella Twins made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Nikki Bella revealed that he in ring career is over due to a cyst on her brain.
“I really wanted to go back and fight for the tag titles. I’ve always had my neck issues and after neck surgery, it hasn’t been ok. I feel like I needed to get that check up before we went back for the tag titles. I herniated the disc above where I had surgery. I had all this inflammation around the metal and I have a cyst on my brain.”
Regardless of what you think of them and their in ring ability, their contribution to the WWE Divas division and the the exposure they brought to it cannot be understated. Sending well wishes Nikki’s way
WrestleMania Coming To A City Near You?
In an interesting note, WWE recently sent out a survey to fans to look at interest in a list of cities that could potentially host WrestleMania in the future. The list of cities include:
— Boston, MA
— Toronto, ON
— Mexico City, MX
— Phoenix-Glendale, AZ
— Houston, TX
— Los Angeles, CA
— New Orleans, LA
— Tampa, FL
— Seattle, WA
— San Diego, CA
— San Francisco-Santa Clara-San Jose, CA
— London, UK
— Indianapolis, IN
— Las Vegas, NV
— Miami, FL
— Chicago, IL
— Philadelphia, PA
— Atlanta, GA
— Orlando, FL
— Dallas-Fort Worth -Arlington, TX
— Jacksonville, FL
— San Antonio, TX
It has long been rumored that the company has had interest in an international WrestleMania, so it isn’t a surprise to see London on this list. I would expect that we will see a WrestleMania occur their soon.
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Scarlett Bordeaux Released
One of the bright spots on Impact has been Scarlett Bordeaux. However, she is no longer a part of Impact as the company announced today that she has been released. Reportedly, Scarlett had asked for her release a month ago due to unhappiness regarding her pay.
IMPACT Wrestling confirms that it has released Scarlett Bordeaux from her commitments to IMPACT. We wish her every success in her future endeavours.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 18, 2019
I think Impact really dropped the ball with her by not having her be a part of the knockouts division. While I get the fact she is attractive, she also is a very talented wrestler. In the ever present battle for talent between WWE and AEW, I am sure Scarlett will come out a winner.
Tag Team Division In AEW?
One of the many complaints fans and media have had with the weekly WWE product is the lack of focus in the tag team division. On Tuesday, Tony Kahn appeared on the Steven Austin Show podcast and had the following to say about the tag team division in AEW:
“We’re super focused on it. One of the things we’re going to be focused on and something we’re going to do is establish a great tag team division. When we launch our weekly television show in the fall, we’re going to be doing a tag team tournament that’s going to have some of the greatest tag team matches ever on TV. We’re going to be starting that, it’s going to be one of the main focuses of our TV. There’s going to be team’s competing to get a first-round bye in that tournament, which is a big deal. And we’ve got some of the best tag teams in all of wrestling competing for our tag team championship coming up in the fall.”
If AEW is trying to do the opposite of what the competition is doing, than focusing on the tag team division is the way to go. Having it a part of weekly television will also be good for ratings, as many fans miss the days of a solid tag team division.
EC3 Unhappy In WWE?
Fans felt that EC3 was destined for big things in WWE, especially after picking up a victory against Dean Ambrose earlier this year. However, since then, the company really hasn’t seemed to have much creatively for EC3. It appears that after Monday’s segment with Baron Corbin and the New Day, EC3 has become frustrated.
Every time I make you laugh, I suffer more inside. https://t.co/CzHbw53oYj
— ecIII (@therealec3) June 18, 2019
To me this feels like another instance of WWE not knowing how to properly push an NXT star after they call them up to the main roster. He can talk, he has the look, and he can wrestle, so I really don’t understand where the disconnect is here with WWE.
Dana Brooke Injured?
In news that has been making its way across various outlets, Dana Brooke appeared to be injured during a Main Event taping before RAW when taking on Sarah Logan. Brooke was busted open during the match, and the match was promptly stopped by the referee. Video is below, but be aware, it is a bit gruesome.
— alex (@zaternn) June 17, 2019
Brooke is another talent that I feel the company really hasn’t done anything with since they brought her up from NXT. Many have commented that she has been working hard, putting in the extra time to become a better in ring performer. Here is hoping for a speedy recovery.