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.
Today marks the birthday of one of the most iconic wrestlers on the planet, El Santo, and Google has memorialized the lucha libre star and Mexican hero with today’s Google Doodle. If you didn’t know who the mysterious El Santo was, they also provided the following brief biography.
Title belts represent the most prestigious awards in pro wrestling. When you’re holding a title, that means you should be considered among the absolute best wrestlers in the company, and possibly the world. That also means that the belt you carry should look the part, lending an additional air of quality to your reign. Over the many years of wrestling’s existence, there have been many good-looking titles, but there are a select handful that can be considered the absolute cream of the crop, and they can be found on this list. From the top to the bottom, we’d be thrilled to be able to carry any of these belts around on a daily basis.
Bill Goldberg is, for some reason, making the media rounds. We guess it’s probably to promote his appearance in the new WWE 2K17 game, because it’s not like he’s been doing much else lately. Regardless, like many others in the combat sports businesses of MMA and pro wrestling, the former WWE and WCW champion recently weighed in on CM Punk’s UFC debut. In case you hadn’t heard the news, Punk got beat down pretty badly and lost the fight in a little over two minutes, without landing a single punch.
The first Smackdown-exclusive PPV of the New Era is here, as WWE presents Backlash! While an already thin card took another hit with the reveal that Randy Orton was not medically cleared to compete, there was definitely a chance for some good wrestling and, with the introduction of two new titles, some really big moments that could change careers forever! Here’s all the results from Backlash for your enjoyment, and make sure to come back to Goliath on Monday for a more extensive look at the show!