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Update On Rhyno Returning To Impact
In Monday’s shuffle, I discussed the potential return of Rhyno to Impact at this past weekend’s Slammiversary pay per view. At that time, I speculated that Rhyno was under a mask because his WWE contract had yet to run out. According to Dave Meltzer and the latest addition of the Wrestling Observer Radio, that happens to be the reason.
“He wore a mask because his WWE contract actually ends in a week,”
Rhyno had previous tours of duty with Impact, and based on his past interviews, he seemed unhappy with his role in WWE. The move makes sense for Rhyno.
Gabe Sapolsky’s Thoughts On Kenny Omega’s Comments
A few weeks ago when the WWE announced it would be airing the 10th Anniversary EVOLVE show on the WWE network, many voiced their outrage, including Kenny Omega. The show happens to air the same night that AEW airs the Fight For the Fallen pay per view. Sapolsky did a AMA on Reddit and he was asked about Kenny Omega’s comments on the EVOLVE show.
“I thought it was a little disparaging to all the work and sacrifice we have done to get this opportunity. That part was disappointing. We had the date booked before their date was announced. The very first conversation I had with Triple H in 2016 there was talk of doing a special. We are in Philadelphia the night before WWE has a PPV there. We are in a great building at the 2300 Arena that is tailored made to go right on the WWE Network.Everything just came together to do it on this date. It’s been a long process. I saw Kenny deleted it and then tweeted something else, so it is all good by me. I haven’t talked to Kenny in a long time, but I always felt we had a positive relationship. He was one of the guys I really wanted to push in 2008 and into 2009. I’m glad all his hard work has paid off.”
I thought Omega’s comments were a bit overboard. It has been ok for AEW to throw shade at WWE what ever way they can, but when WWE fires back, they are labeled as a bully. Competition isn’t always fair, and that is something AEW will have to learn over time.
LAX Are Free Agents
Speaking of competition between AEW and WWE, it appears that both companies are competing for the services of tag team LAX. According to Dave Meltzer, LAX had their last match with Impact at Slammiversary, and now are free agents.
“It was LAX’s last match with the promotion. They have offers. I don’t know which side they are going with but they have offers from both AEW and WWE. They’ve been recruited very heavily by WWE. I know that there is an offer from AEW. I don’t know which one they are going with. I would say AEW is in the lead but that doesn’t mean that’s where they are going.”
Both companies are going to be after talent that they feel will add something to their brand. LAX would add a lot to both tag team divisions, and would create some never before matchups for both companies.
Johnny Impact Also A Free Agent
Another Impact start that fulfilled their contractual obligations and is now a free agent is Johnny Impact (AKA John Morrison in WWE). According to PWInsider, Johnny Impact is currently in negotiations with Impact, but there hasn’t been any indication of the level of interest from AEW or WWE.
I think Morrison is a wrestler that can add depth to both the AEW and WWE rosters. He is still very talented in the ring, and is another person that can add some never before matchups to the company. I would imagine both AEW and WWE would have interest.
Where Is Bray Wyatt?
One of the most entertaining segments of RAW each week has been Bray Wyatt and the Firefly Funhouse. There have been reports weekly that Wyatt has been backstage at RAW, but has not made his return to live television. However, Dave Meltzer reported that Wyatt is set to return “any day now.”
Many are speculating that Wyatt will be Aleister Black’s opponent at Extreme Rules. That would be an interesting matchup, and would expect that it is something that could turn into a long term program between the two.
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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.