Last week, the commissioner of SmackDown Live Shane McMahon snapped and assaulted Kevin Owens, who had been insulting the entire McMahon family name. Owens threatened to press charges (all kayfabe, of course) and general manager Daniel Bryan was told by Vince McMahon that he had to suspend Shane.
Hulk Hogan hasn’t been seen on any wrestling programming since the WWE cut ties with him after leaked audio from a sex tape revealed the Hulkster making racist comments. One multi-million dollar lawsuit later, which Hogan won against online blog Gawker Media, and the story has mostly faded away.
Brock Lesnar currently has a sweet deal with the WWE. He makes millions of dollars a year, but only has to show up a couple of times a month. He has to actually wrestle even less, usually only at major PPV shows or specially advertised appearances on Raw (plus the odd house show at places like Madison Square Garden). And his exclusive contract doesn’t even stop him from doing whatever else he might want, like show up at UFC 200 to battle Mark Hunt.
One of the most controversial moments in wrestling this year happened at a AAA show in Mexico, when female champion Sexy Star locked on a legit armbar submission move at the end of a four-way match at TripleMania XXV in mid-August.
Forget the “Rock 2020” memes. Chris Jericho thinks a Dwayne Johnson presidential campaign is a very real thing that could absolutely happen sometime down the line.
CM Punk made a rather lackluster debut in MMA when he got pummeled by Mickey Gall in his UFC debut, putting serious doubts about the former WWE champion’s ability to remain on the UFC roster. It’s been almost exactly one year, and we haven’t heard even a distant whisper that Punk will get another shot in the cage.
Baron Corbin seemed destined for a successful career after he first made his debut on the WWE main roster by winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32. He was everything that the WWE usually loves in a wrestler — he’s big (6’8″), strong, and makes a pretty obnoxious heel. All signs pointed to a big push in Corbin’s future.
Conor McGregor may have lost the “superfight” with Floyd Mayweather, but in the process he also made more than enough money to never have to work again if he doesn’t want to. He has suggested he will go back to the UFC and defend the lightweight title, but nothing has been confirmed. In reality, his next move is completely up in the air. It’s entirely possible he will never fight again.
“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase is one of the best heels in wrestling history. DiBiase (along with Ric Flair) was the picture perfect rich and cocky character, looking down upon the peasants in the audience. Although he won a few dozen different championships in his career, the fact that DiBiase never won the WWF World Championship is something we consider to be one of the biggest travesties in wrestling history.
After scaring the crap out of wrestlings fan everywhere with a surprise trip to the ICU, it’s been a couple weeks since we heard anything about the condition of Ric Flair other than a vague but positive sounding tweet from his daughter Charlotte.