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.
Just imagine Shinsuke Nakamura with UFC gold around his waist.
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (in partnership with Global Force Wrestling) put on their huge TripleMania XXV event in Mexico City on Saturday night. The main event featured Psycho Clown vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. in a mask-versus-mask match, but the wrestling world is buzzing over what happened in the four-way match for the Woman’s Championship.
NXT Women’s champion Asuka suffered an unfortunate injury at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III over the SummerSlam weekend, breaking her collarbone during a match with Ember Moon (which she won anyway). She’s expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks while it heels, but the most recent NXT television tapings revealed a big change in plans for the Japanese star.
While the WWE has quite famously dialed back their wrestling style, basically eliminating things like chairshots to the head, blood of any kind, and even a handful of moves that target the head (like the piledriver, for example). With concussions a heavy talking point in all sports these days, it was probably a smart move by the WWE — both to protect their athletes, but also to limit their own legal liability.
Following in the footsteps of Shinsuke Nakamura, the glorious Bobby Roode dropped the NXT championship at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III on Saturday night and then quickly reappeared on the main WWE roster by debuting on SmackDown Live on Tuesday night.