Anything can happen in the world of pro wrestling, and that’s just talking about the scripted action. When you add in the element of live television (or being part of an arena crowd), the potential for something unplanned is even higher. And no matter how careful the WWE (or other promotions) are, sometimes things go wrong in the middle of their shows, for a number of different reasons. It could be an injury that changes the path of an entire storyline, a performer going rogue, or some other unforeseen disaster.
Seth Rollins can never settle on a single finishing move for very long. Now that he’s “borrowed” (aka stole) a move from NJPW star Kenny Omega, the internet is abuzz about the blatant theft.
It was reported earlier this week that former WWE superstar X-Pac (aka Sean Waltman, aka The 1-2-3 Kid, aka Syxx) was arrested at LAX airport for have meth on him. It caused him to miss a scheduled booking in the U.K., and for about 24 hours the internet wrestling community feared he might actually be dead.
Kurt Angle made a long-awaited return to WWE programming after WrestleMania 33, taking over as the general manager of Raw for Mick Foley. Although the official word is that the WWE will likely refuse to clear the 48-year-old Hall of Famer to compete in the ring again, Angle is still holding out hope.
News recently broke that Sony and Tristar Pictures are teaming up to make a dramatized biography film about Vince McMahon, the man behind pro wrestling’s rise to pop-culture relevance in the 1980s and beyond (and still going strong today). The movie apparently has the official backing of the WWE CEO, with WWE Studios partnering on to help with production. The movie, given the ridiculous/awesome title of Pandemonium, is still in the very early stages of having a script finalized. No director or actors are attached to the project, but there is one glaring question that needs to be answered — who will play Vince McMahon?
With The Undertaker retiring at WrestleMania 33, the mantle for “spooky magic evil dude” is apparently falling on Bray Wyatt. Rather than having a gimmick of being an actual dead guy, Wyatt is more of a Bayou voodoo man. So when the WWE announced that Wyatt would fight Randy Orton in a “House of Horrors” match at Payback, no one really knew what that meant.
Dramatized biographies are all the rage in the past decade or so. After all, they did wonders for Ray Charles and Johnny Cash with Ray and Walk The Line, respectively. Plus Apple founder Steve Jobs actually got two different films, and McDonald’s original boss Ray Kroc was recently portrayed on the big screen by Michael Keaton in The Founder.
Stone Cold Steve Austin had personality. It literally oozed from his pores with every flipped middle finger, every Stone Cold Stunner he hit, and every beer that he drank. It’s one of the reasons he became one of the biggest things in pro wrestling since Hulk Hogan. Sure, it might have been a combination of Austin’s skills as a performer and a bit of good luck by being the right guy at the right time, but one thing is for sure — Stone Cold was OVER!
It would have been hard to miss the story about former WWE commentator Mauro Ranallo and the reason he suddenly disappeared from television a couple months ago. Even mainstream media sources were picking up the story of JBL’s (alleged) bullying, which prompted Ranallo, who has a long public history of struggling with depression and bipolar disorder, to basically walk off the job, despite being under contract until August 2017.
For years (and years), John Cena has been the main guy for the WWE. And he was paid accordingly, topping the list of “Highest Paid WWE Wrestlers” for a long time. However, he has been working a reduced schedule lately (although still staying plenty busy with reality TV, hosting gigs, and movie work). The result is that he is no longer he highest paid guy in the company.