When WWE revealed that Finn Balor had suffered a torn labrum and would be out 4-6 months, it turns out that was just the beginning, and Balor’s return to the ring will unfortunately not be taking place anytime soon. Balor provided an update on social media about his condition, and the results of his surgery. While everything went well, the full extent of Balor’s injuries were actually far worse than originally diagnosed.
This seems like the kind of story that could only exist when talking about someone as ridiculously enthusiastic as the character Bo Dallas plays on TV, so maybe we shouldn’t be shocked, but according to reports on social media from as high an authority as Late Shift host Steven Bell, Bo Dallas was taken off a flight to WWE’s weekend tour of Mexico for being excessively intoxicated. His response, apparently, was to break into the “Circle of Life” song from Disney’s The Lion King, which we’d like to think is the strangest thing we’ll be writing about in wrestling. Well, today. Probably.
This Monday, thanks to Finn Balor being forced to vacate the title due to injury, four Superstars will meet in a Fatal Four-Way Match, with the winner becoming the second-ever WWE Universal Champion. Your four contenders are former Shield members Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, angry Canadian Kevin Owens, and the seven-foot-tall Big Cass. We know who we’d like to see win, but we’re going to let you have your say in our exclusive poll. So, who do you want to see walk out of Raw this week as the Universal Champion?
It looks like all that hard work is paying off in a big way for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as his tireless pursuit of movie roles has led to him dominating Hollywood in a big way, and as was just revealed, topping the list as the highest-paid actor in the entire world. According to Forbes, The Rock earned $64.5 million for his theatrical works this year, more than double what he brought in last year, making him an “A-list” celebrity in every sense of the word. Rock edged out Jackie Chan at #2 (apparently he’s still making movies, and ridiculous money, in China), then Matt Damon, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp at #3, #4 and #5, respectively. That’s some high-powered company for the Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment.
It’s been no secret that legendary wrestler Bret “Hitman” Hart has a serious problem with wrestlers who cause injuries, and perhaps justifiably so, as his career was ended by a reckless move from a poorly trained opponent, while Hart can still lay claim to never injuring somebody in the ring during a match in his career. As a result, Hart has been quite vocal about Seth Rollins and his recent history, where several of his opponents have come away from matches with serious injuries. So, when Finn Balor went on the injured list as a result of a move taken during a match with Rollins, people wanted to know what Hart’s opinion was, and here it is:
Reports have surfaced which suggest that Roman Reigns’ suspension just before the Brand Extension changed more than a few long-term plans for WWE, so just for fun, we decided to see how many of their current issues they could blame on The Guy. According to the Wrestling Observer, the biggest change caused by Reigns’ suspension was the fact that it ended up sending the WWE World Heavyweight Title to Smackdown, with Dean Ambrose as champion, instead of Raw, which was allegedly the original plan. Reigns and Seth Rollins were expected to feud over that title, while the Universal Championship was supposed to be introduced as a Smackdown-exclusive title, and most importantly, won by AJ Styles, likely in the match against John Cena which happened at SummerSlam anyway. In addition, a planned undercard match for SummerSlam was supposed to see Finn Balor fight Chris Jericho, as the two were expected to have an extended feud for Balor’s initial period following his promotion from NXT. Instead, as Reigns was removed from the Universal title picture, Balor was inserted, and ended up winning the title at SummerSlam…and seriously injuring his shoulder, putting him out for roughly 4-6 months.
While we’re certainly thrilled to see Bayley finally get the spot on the WWE main roster she so richly deserved, we can also understand how leaving NXT, a place she was a major part of for several years, would be somewhat bittersweet. What follows is the emotional “Goodbye” message Bayley posted on Instagram for the brand that turned her from a fledgling wrestler into one of the biggest women’s wrestling stars in the world, while NXT simultaneously went from an un-televised developmental show created for training purposes to one of the crown jewels of WWE. Be warned, you will feel things.
We’re still on the fence about whether or not Bobby Roode’s theme song it the greatest accomplishment in human history or the most recent sign of the apocalypse, but either way, it certainly does give us some strong feelings when we hear it. Strong, confusing feelings, that are perhaps best represented by this mash-up involving a popular children’s cartoon.
Frankly, nothing Dwight Howard does or says these days would surprise us, but the embattled NBA star raised a few eyebrows while discussing a projected WrestleMania 33 match between longtime ring veteran The Big Show and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. While Howard was very supportive of Shaq, he felt that Show probably had the advantage (you think?) due to, you know, actually being a pro wrestler. And when asked if he would ever do the same as the retired 4-time NBA Champion, Howard had this to say:
While Intercontinental Champion The Miz didn’t wrestle on Smackdown Live! last night, he made waves in a completely different way after the show. During the new WWE Network post-show Talking Smack, The Miz got into a vicious argument with Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan after he was told he “wrestled like a coward”. Miz accused Bryan of breaking a promise he made to the fans to return from his injuries to compete for the Intercontinental Title, and told Bryan that if he didn’t like it, to quit and “go wrestle in bingo halls”. A visibly shaken Bryan then left the set, while Miz continued to shout insults at him.