With the Raw/Smackdown brand split in full swing (not to mention a steady stream of NXT shows), the WWE roster has been criticized lately for being a little on the thin side. So the fact that the company has signed new indie wrestlers to contracts will be welcome news for wrestling fan.
Former WCW President and Raw GM Eric Bischoff has had a history of brash statements that occasionally ignore logic and reality, and he decided to add to that reputation again this week, by stating during his podcast that he didn’t want to see Sasha Banks vs Charlotte in a Hell in a Cell match, for reasons that seem hard to define. Perhaps you can break the code:
It looks like the tumultuous professional lives of Paige, who is currently serving a 60-day suspension from WWE and also dealing with a neck injury that WWE is apparently suggesting doesn’t actually need surgery, and Alberto Del Rio, who recently left the company after a year of disappointment, hasn’t affected their personal relationship, as the two recently got engaged at a World Wrestling Council (WWC) event in Puerto Rico.
In recent months, Bret Hart has had some very outspoken and controversial opinions about a lot of things related to wrestling, including Seth Rollins, Triple H, and most recently, the Fabulous Freebirds, which has turned a lot of people against the legendary Hall of Famer. Apparently, all the negativity has had an effect on Hart, who issued the following statement on Facebook on Thursday evening:
During his time in WWE, Cody Rhodes somehow managed to strike up a friendship with Stephen Amell, the star of the hit CW superhero show Arrow, leading to Amell actually making his in-ring debut in a tag team match against Cody (in his Stardust persona) at SummerSlam in 2015. Unfortunately, it didn’t lead to anything much for Stardust’s career, and Rhodes actually left WWE earlier this year after becoming frustrated with the direction of his career. However, in the meantime, Cody secured a role in an episode of Arrow, where it appears he’ll once again be playing a villain against Amell’s Green Arrow. This season has been pretty good so far, and we can’t wait to see what Cody does with the opportunity!
There are many who believe that Kota Ibushi only lost the WWE Cruiserweight Classic because he refused to sign a contract with WWE, and they’re most likely correct. However, hope of seeing more of Ibushi in WWE was rekindled when he was revealed as part of a team with Hideo Itami in the upcoming NXT Dusty Rhodes Memorial Tag Team Classic. Unfortunately, Itami still hasn’t actually signed a full-time deal with WWE, and in a recent interview, he said (through a translator) that it’s definitely not in the cards:
The life of Alberto Del Rio has not gotten any less interesting since he left WWE a few weeks ago. On Sunday, it was reported that Del Rio (now known as Alberto El Patron) had no-showed the first major event he was scheduled to wrestle post-WWE, for AAA in Mexico, leading to an angry public statement from that company about how he had failed Mexican fans everywhere. Well, it turns out that Del Rio had a very good reason for missing his scheduled match: he was in a hospital receiving treatments for multiple slash wounds that he had received when someone attacked him with a knife outside a restaurant where he was eating. No, seriously.
For years, the promotion known as TNA fought to be seen as an alternative to WWE, a haven for wrestling fans who had grown disillusioned with what WWE was providing. And at times, they did manage to succeed, putting on well-received shows, creating new stars, and they even kept the company afloat for over thirteen years despite a variety of obstacles, many of them self-inflicted. Unfortunately, for every step TNA took forward, it seemed like they would do something that caused them to slide two or three steps backwards, an unsustainable model no matter how you look at it, especially for a company trying to compete with a multi-million-dollar behemoth of an opponent like WWE. The mistakes of TNA are many, and these are the ones that helped ensure that not only would they never be even close to competing directly with WWE, but also seriously jeopardized any chance they may have had of surviving.
You’re probably not going to listen to us when we tell you that it is vitally important for you to register to vote in the upcoming US Federal Election (well, assuming you’re an American citizen, but everyone else should remember this when their election season comes around), because who are we? Nobody, that’s who. But maybe you’ll listen to this guy:
Former WWE and TNA wrestler Kurt Angle, who is currently a free agent, was interviewed on The Dan LeBatard Show, and the multiple-time Champion, who has had very public issues with substance abuse over his career, was quite candid about his battle with addictions to pain medication and alcohol. According to Angle, at the peak of his addiction, he was taking up to 65 Vicodin a day, and when he was a part of TNA, due to less stringent policies and a more relaxed atmosphere, he began mixing his pain pill addiction with alcohol.