Just when you think the rumors are over about WWE purchasing TNA, they start up all over again. Prior to Bound for Glory on October 2nd, there was a large group of people who assumed that if WWE didn’t bite the bullet and buy out TNA, the BFG PPV would have to be cancelled. Obviously, neither of those things ended up happening. Now, the rumor is that WWE is looking to buy out TNA’s video library. It’s said that it may be about to happen or has already happened and simply hasn’t been announced yet.
It’s no secret that Impact Wrestling has seen quite a few ups and downs over the years. It seems that the threat of running out of money and, to quote Matt Hardy, becoming obsolete is always hanging over their heads. It doesn’t help that Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe are a big part of NXT right now, involved in major storylines. Eric Young will be debuting soon, Austin Aries has been having stellar matches for months, and AJ Styles is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Those were five big names in TNA who are now wrestling with the enemy.
On the flipside of that, you could argue that TNA has been able to pick up some of WWE’s talent as well, which wouldn’t happen if they were truly circling the drain. WWE’s Brodus Clay made the jump to TNA after his release, debuting as Tyrus and being featured alongside Ethan Carter III as a bodyguard. He’s now solo and in a new gimmick as The Fixer. Damien Sandow was released after creating comedy gold as The Miz’s stunt double. He debuted on TNA as Aron Rex and is now the current and inaugural Impact Grand Champion. Cody Rhodes requested his release from WWE after growing tired of the Stardust gimmick, and his wife Brandi Rhodes (ring announcer Eden Stiles) followed suit. Now known as simply “Cody,” he made his TNA debut at Bound For Glory alongside his wife by confronting Mike Bennett and wife Maria to begin a feud between the couples.
TNA also currently has one of the most successful factions and greatest stories currently going on in any company. Jeff Hardy threw his brother Matt from a staircase in the Impact Zone and “broke” him. Matt returned as Broken Matt Hardy, a blond streak in his now frizzy hair, an insane accent, and aspirations to DELETE DELETE DELETE! We got The Final Deletion, Delete or Decay, and The Great War; three battles that are beyond epic, overly dramatic, and definite masterpieces. WWE has tried to capitalize on the success of the Broken Hardys by enlisting Bray Wyatt and company. They tried to recreate their version of The Final Deletion by pitting The Wyatt Family against The New Day in an outdoor brawl. Now they have Bray Wyatt torturing Randy Orton, who he is calling “damaged.” Try as they might, they can’t match the broken brilliance of the Hardys.
One thing that hurts TNA is their need to tape multiple shows within a very short period of time, then show those tapings over weeks or months. TNA reportedly has already finished filming enough to carry them to the end of the year. Thanks to the internet, I already know about a major title change, and I wasn’t even searching for anything related to that. There are us fans who avoid spoilers like the plague, and then there are those fans who adore being the first to know and try to share their “knowledge” with anyone who will listen. I’m still going to be tuning in every week, but I can understand how a casual fan would just say to hell with watching after finding out about this title change.
2017 could be TNA’s year though. With Billy Corgan edging out Dixie Carter as TNA President, big changes are in store. If WWE does buy out the library, that would give Corgan more money to use for improvements; new talent, more live tapings, and more opportunity to travel and play to different cities. There is also the idea of Corgan changing the company’s name, rebranding and starting fresh. No more TNA, no more Impact Zone. A name is just a name, but because “TNA” carries so much negativity to so many people (not to mention makes people think “tits and ass” instead of wrestling), a name change brings about a new beginning.
Even if you’re not a fan of TNA wrestling, preferring the company of others, its existence is important. WWE is top dog, but it doesn’t thrive without TNA, NJPW, ROH, AAA, the companies that were left in the past and those that will come in the future. Your favorite wrestlers don’t get to where they are now without the independent circuits, trials and failures in other companies, and competition. TNA needs these other companies, but they also need TNA. All rumors aside, I am cheering for TNA to succeed, and if you’re a true wrestling fan, then you should be too.
Article by Mrs Jamie Baker
Tonight we witness the fallout four days removed from Bound For Glory. The champion Bobby Lashley kicks off the show fresh off his successful title defense Sunday. He says it doesn’t matter who comes out from the locker room, everybody needs to realize he is the realest man in the business. He calls himself the hero and the blue chipper. Aron Rex interrupts him which seems like an odd story to just start out of nowhere. Not sure about random storylines, but I’ll give TNA the benefit of the doubt and we’ll see where this goes. Rex says at BFG he changed the game and makes a big deal of his Grand Championship. Lashley says the Grand title means nothing against the World title. Then they are both interrupted by….Gail Kim? Say what?
Gail says with all the talk about titles and “Who’s the man?”, it’s 2016 and she says women are changing the business. Just then Broken Matt Hardy comes out with Reby and Maxell (but not Jeff), with both tag belts draped around his neck. The crowd starts chanting for Maxell. Matt says, “Yes. Fellow champeens. You speak of change? I am change!” Hardy says he is always ready to delete, delete, delete. X-Division Champion DJ Z interrupts and now we have every TNA champ in the ring. DJ Z says we have a ring full of champions. Lashley says there is only one champ in the ring. He says he has a fight to prepare for and he is taking a few weeks off and let the second-rate champions stay behind.
Billy Corgan comes out wearing a fur coat. Um, what? Corgan says all titles will be on the line tonight except X-Division because something called “Team X-Gold” is premiering tonight. Corgan says he picked three men and out of respect to Lashley, the champ gets to pick his opponent. Team X-Gold is next as we head to commercial. Very bizarre opening, but once again something new and different from TNA. They take risks every single week.
Braxton Sutter, Mandrews and DJ Z are all on a team. Their opponents are Trevor Lee, Andrew Everett, and Marshe Rockett. Exciting, high-octane match with lots of moves. Rockett seems out of place in this environment with both his skillset and his size. Huge powerbomb by Sutter on Trevor Lee and than Mandrews hits a beautiful shooting star press off the top rope after a tag. He covers and picks up the pinfall victory for his team. Not sure where Team X-Gold is leading, but again, it’s something new so we’ll give it a shot. That was a fun match so can’t really complain about it at all. Enjoyed it quite a bit.
After a commercial. Moose is introduced as a potential opponent for Lashley tonight. Crowd starts a Moose chant. Eli Drake has a nice late show setup and he starts a Fact of Life segment. He says his guest for the night is known as “The Choke Artist” and he brings out Ethan Carter III. Drake antagonizes EC3 with the Dummy! Yeah! button until EC3 stops him. He says he is going to kill Drake, rip off his limbs, set him on fire and piss on the ashes. He dares Eli Drake to press the button so he can kick his ass. Well, that escalated quickly. Drake stands up and gets in EC3’s face. He cuts a fantastic promo. Wow. He lays into EC3. That was amazing. Gave me goosebumps. That’s how heels work a mic. Possibly the worst tag lashing EC3 has taken since he came to TNA.
Eddie Edwards is introduced as another option for Lashley to wrestle tonight. Sienna comes out to face Gail Kim. As Gail poses on the apron, Sienna throws Allie into her, knocking her to the floor. Sienna picks her up and throws her into the steel post after the bell rings. Sienna gets Gail in the ring and dominates her for several moments. Out of no where, Gail rolls up Sienna for the pinfall win. Lousy match with a funky ending. Not really feelings that one. After the match Sienna and Laurel Van Ness assault Gail Kim. Maria Kanellis-Bennett gets on the mic and says she gets her rematch and that it’s going to be a no DQ match. She orders Allie to slap Gail, but she refuses and Maria shoves Allie to the floor.
Ethan Carter III is introduced as the third option for Lashley tonight. Wolf Creek Cage Match up next with “tools of torture” hanging from the walls of the cage. Spoiler: it’s pretty much Lethal Lockdown. Broken Matt and Jeff Hardy are played out to Reby on piano, set to defend their TNA Tag Team Championships against Decay. Rosemary doesn’t come out and Matt immediately sends Reby to go look after King Maxell. Jeff and Matt work well in tandem, double teaming Crazzy Steve but Abyss helps take them down. Steve and Abyss get weapons down. Steve chokes Matt with a grappling hook. Abyss beats Jeff with a wooden stick. Steve hits Jeff with a trash can and Abyss turns the stick on Matt. The Hardy’s fight back with the same weapons and then double suplex Steve. Matt gets the chainsaw down off the cage. Before he can start it, Steve knocks him to the mat. Abyss chokeslams him, but then takes a Twist of Fate by Jeff. Jeff climbs towards the top of the cage. When he gets there, Rosemary comes down and runs up, spitting mist in his face. Reby attacks Rosemary with a rabbit head staff. Our cable feed skips ahead three minutes into the middle of a commercial for some reason and we didn’t get to see the finish. The Hardy’s retained, and from what we gathered on Twitter, Reby smeared blood on her face. Mad that I missed the ending to this one. Thanks, POP-TV.
Cody and Brandi Rhodes come down to the ring. They finally give him a mic. I for one thought it was odd not to have him speak at Bound For Glory. Cody says, “I didn’t wait to be kicked out of my former house. I left on my own,” which garners a TNA chant from the crowd. He says he came there for one thing, and it’s not to wrestle a guy on his list, Mike Bennett. He wants the world heavyweight championship; at which point Mike Bennett interrupts. Mike tries to start speaking but the crowd cuts him off chanting Cody’s name. Mike starts to speak but he says the word “fight” and Cody immediately interrupts saying, “We should fight!” and then he attacks Mike. Cody gets on the mic and says he wants his first match next week to be against The Miracle.
Grand Championship bout next with Aron Rex defending against Baron Dax. First round starts off with Rex being aggressive. Dax fights back and hits a neck breaker. He goes for a quick cover, but Rex kicks out at two. For the next two minutes Dax dominates Rex with unrelenting attack. The first round ends with Dax mounting Rex and bashing him with punches. The judges give round one unanimously to Dax. He continues going after Rex at the start of the second round. Rex reverses a neck breaker and locks in the Royal Arch submission and 40 seconds into round two Rex wins via submission! Aron Rex retains his title. Brief but hearty match. I enjoyed that a lot, to be honest.
Lashley comes to the ring and his three opponents come out to the top of the ramp. Lashley picks what he calls the easiest of the three and gives Eddie Edwards a title shot. The bell rings and Lashley sprints at Eddie. He ducks and throws Lashley shoulder first into the post. Lashley isn’t taken down and he tosses Eddie. Lashley pins him against the ropes and punches him. Suplex by Lashley and a cover, but Eddie kicks out. Powerbomb by Lashley and Eddie just can’t find any offense. Powerslam by Lashley and this thing is looking one-sided. Lashley sets up for the spear and Eddie ducks and spills him outside the ring. Eddie dives out after him, the two colliding with the steel guard rail.
Eddie leaps out again, connecting with his opponent. Eddie tries for a third time but Lashley moves and Eddie goes flying into the steel guard rail. Back in the ring, Eddie Edwards hits Boston Tea Party finisher and pins Bobby Lashley! Holy shit! Eddie Edwards is the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion! That was very unexpected. What!? That was just another blockbuster episode of TNA, again beating out Raw and Smackdown both this week. Billy Corgan and Company continue to raise the bar, take risks, and push the boundaries of their promotion. Gets better every week and I can’t wait to see what they do next!
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
The WWE Universe will have to be a little bit more quiet with those YES! chants from now on. E! News confirmed earlier today that Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella (real names: Bryan and Brianna Danielson) were expecting their first child. News broke earlier today. Daniel and Brie married in 2014 and have been tip-toeing around the idea of having kids in the public eye for awhile. Brie was very vocal about wanting children and now she got her wish.
The child is expected to be born sometime in the spring next year. It’s cool news. Hopefully it’s a boy and Daniel Bryan can raise it to be a submission specialist and he can be a second generation WWE Superstar. Face To Heel extends congrats to the Danielson family and hope all goes well. Brie has reportedly stated she may not be done with wrestling, but wants to be a mother before stepping foot back in a ring. This news will certainly bring in giant revenues for E! Network with the new spinoff show Total Bellas that premieres later tonight. The timing couldn’t be any more scripted unless WWE Creative was involved.
On a personal note, I hope this doesn’t inspire Brie’s sister, Nikki Bella, to want children. I do not want any John Cena hellspawns. Not then, not now, not forever. No thank you. Join us in just a little bit as we live tweet NXT and write our review.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
We reviewed an episode a few weeks ago that was the go-home presentation leading us into Wrestle Kingdom 10. Last Friday, we finally got our first glimpse into New Japan Pro Wrestling’s premiere annual event. Without further ado, here’s what you missed from the episode on AXSTV.
These matches occurred at the January 4th, 2016 pay-per-view from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The first match is for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Champ Shinsuke Nakamura defends against AJ Styles. Styles with a headlock to start. Nakamura blocks a Styles Clash and Styles scrambles away from some knees by Nakamura. The two lock up, Nakamura shoves him against the ropes and the two play mind games. Big dropkick by Styles. The two spill out of the ring and Nakamura slams Styles back first into the steel guard rail. Back in the ring, Nakamura goes to work with some swift kicks. Nakamura is dominating the questionably injured Styles. He sets him up on the top rope and runs to knee him in the gut, but Styles counters and hits a springboard forearm off the ropes. The pair trade some devastating blows in the center ring until Styles hits a face buster and covers. Nakamura kicks out at two. Penalty Kick by Styles and then a Shining Wizard by Nakamura. He gets his own nearfall on Styles. Commercial break.
When we return, Nakamura tries a fireman’s carry, but Styles blocks it, gets a near fall and then wallops Nakamura with knee. He climbs the top rope and hits a 450 splash beautifully. He covers and Nakamura barely gets a shoulder up. Crowd in a frenzy. Nakamura reverses a punch into a cross arm breaker submission in the dead center of the ring. He doesn’t quite get it fully locked in and instead switches to a triangle lock. Styles lifts him up into a modified Styles Clash! That was nice. He covers, but Nakamura kicks out! Crowd is even more hyped up now. Styles lifts Nakamura up and hits a Bloody Sunday DDT. Instead of covering, Styles stomps Nakamura on the back of the neck and then tosses him into the corner. Styles goes to the top turnbuckle. He lifts Nakamura up with him. Nakamura counters with a kick to the head. He lifts Styles up into a fireman’s carry and then hits an Avalanche Landslide. He covers, but Styles kicks out. These false finishes are flawless. So well done. Nakamura runs across the ring and hits a knee to the back of Styles’ head. Bomaye finisher and Nakamura covers for the win! Crowd goes wild. He puts his fist out to Styles. Styles bumps it and crowd cheers even louder.
Fantastic first half of the episode. Great match, good strong style but with reserved respect. You cannot lose watching Styles vs Nakamura. The second bout of the broadcast is Kenny Omega defending his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship against Kushida. Kushida comes out in a Back to the Future theme which is really, really awesome. HaHa. He has a Doc Brown and everything. Kenny Omega appears to come out “trying” to imitate some sort of a Terminator-like entrance, but it doesn’t really work that well. When he gets to the ring, The Young Bucks come down and join him ringside with Bullet Club backup. Before the match can begin, Omega and the Bucks triple superkick Doc Brown and then triple team Kushida, beating him down to the mat. The Young Bucks leave the ring and the ref rings the bell. Unfair start, but typical Bullet Club antics.
Omega goes right after Kushida, unrelenting with his assault. Strikes, kicks, chops. Dropkick by Kushida, but before he can go on the attack, The Young Bucks distract him on the apron and he has to spend time fending them off. The ref holds Kushida back and while he is distracted, Omega sprays Kushida in the face with something. Kushida baseball slides out of the ring and then takes a trash can to the face by one of The Young Bucks. Omega holds a trash can as he moonsaults off the security railing and slams right onto Kushida. This isn’t supposed to be a no holds barred match, but the ref seems unwilling to take action. The Young Bucks start playing the Terminator theme song, drumming it on the bottom of trash cans. Omega flips over the top rope and takes out Kushida.
Back in the ring, Omega hits a face buster and tries the first pinfall. Kushida kicks out at two. He takes the tape off his wrist and starts choking Kushida. Still no interference by the ref. Omega slaps Kushida in the face. Omega tries a vertical suplex, but Kushida knees him and hits a penalty kick. Several more kicks by Kushida then a back elbow off the ropes. He puts in a double wrist lock, but Omega gets his foot on the rope. And now all of a sudden the ref breaks things up. Some back and forth action topped off with Kushida hitting a swan dive off the top rope, landing on Omega outside the ring. Dropkick by Kushida then a moonsault. He covers, but Omega kicks out. Cross arm breaker but Omega reverses it and suplexes him. The action is strong and steady in this one. We head to a commercial break.
Both men are down when we return. Omega on his feet first. He goes to Kushida and lifts him to the top rope. Double wrist lock by Kushida as he reverses and then he just leaps off the top rope dealing terrible damage to Omega’s left arm. Omega then gets kicked in the same arm. Huge windup punch by Kushida. Kushida scrambles up the turnbuckle and tries a corckscrew moonsault. He misses and Omega recovers in the corner. But Kushida is back immediately to kick Omega’s arm. Off the ropes, Omega suplexes Kushida into a bridge cover, but Kushida counters into a wristlock. Beautiful series of offense by both. The Young Bucks interfere, trying to drag Omega to the ropes. Doc Brown runs over and hits the Bucks with trash can shots. Omega lifts Kushida again but it’s reversed. Forearm by Kushida, big kick by Omega. Kushida is down and the crowd is on their feet. Sit up powerbomb by Omega and it looks like it might be over but somehow Kushida kicks out. Knee to the face by Omega. And another. Omega tries a one-winged angel, but Kushida reverses it down and into a cover. Ref counts three and Kushida is the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion. Wow, what a fun match that was to watch. Wonderful in-ring story told between the two. Great bout.
Two outstanding matches presented from Wrestle Kingdom 10. This broadcast said it was Part 1 so we should be seeing many pay-per-view quality matches in the coming weeks on AXSTV. Of course now you can see both Nakamura and Styles with WWE. AJ Styles will defend his WWE World Championship in a triple-threat against John Cena and Dean Ambrose this Sunday at No Mercy.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
Our second Smackdown exclusive PPV will be No Mercy on October 9, 2016 in Sacramento, California. The go home episode of Smackdown was absolutely terrible; my husband didn’t hold back in his review of the show, and I struggled to keep my eyes open. Heath Slater and Rhyno’s run in was the best part of the entire two hours, and they didn’t even get to have a match. Even with all this, I feel strangely positive about this PPV. The card for Backlash was pitiful, but the PPV somehow ended up being one of the best WWE has had in months. Let’s take a look at the No Mercy match card and make some predictions.
Curt Hawkins vs TBA – Singles Match
The build towards Hawkins’ television debut has been a play on the Chuck Norris jokes, and has not gone over well with me. He made his in ring return already at a WWE Live event at the beginning of the month, beating Apollo Crews in a singles match in Las Vegas. The last time I saw Hawkins, he was getting squashed by Ryback while teaming with Tyler Reks. He then asked to be released from WWE, went to NXT after a surgery to lose most of his matches, and spent the next couple of years bouncing from company to company. Not surprisingly, I don’t see him as a Chuck Norris level kind of guy after all of that. His opponent is still undetermined at the time of this posting, but I imagine it will be some local jobber. It wouldn’t surprise me to hear “let’s go jobber” chants from the crowd.
F2H Prediction – Curt Hawkins
Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt – Singles Match
After getting destroyed by Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton found himself targeted by the Eater of Worlds. Bray Wyatt has been on the world’s worst losing streak, but still insists that he is a God. On this past Smackdown, Orton locked Wyatt in a storage locker, and Wyatt escaped after talking to some mystery figure just off of camera. Prior to that, they have been involved in equally senseless altercations backstage and in the ring. At one point, Orton looked like he was trying to escape one of Jigsaw’s traps. The whole set up has been ridiculous, and not the positive kind. But who knows; maybe these two will surprise us.
F2H Prediction – Randy Orton
The Miz (c) vs Dolph Ziggler – Intercontinental Championship “Title vs Career” Match
Right now, The Miz is at the top of his game. Since Daniel Bryan can’t compete and fight for his honor after Miz shamed him on Talking Smack, Dolph Ziggler was thrown into the mix. The video package that Miz put together for Ziggler was one of very few highlights on the go home Smackdown. Both men have been underappreciated over the past couple of years, so I’m glad that they have an opportunity now to prove a lot of people wrong. I would like to see Maryse banned from ringside before the match even begins; she tried the hairspray in the face trick one time too many and I don’t care to see her try anything else. That isn’t to say I want to see a fair fight, I simply want to see Miz be tricky all on his own,
F2H Prediction – Dolph Ziggler, via Disqualification; Miz retains the title
Nikki Bella vs Carmella – Singles Match
When Nikki Bella returned to the ring, I fully expected her to get a ridiculous push. Instead, she got her ass handed to her courtesy of the Princess of Staten Island. Carmella was once a hype girl for Enzo Amore and Big Cass when the trio was on NXT together. When her boys were drafted to Raw, she stayed behind and was able to establish herself as a singles competitor before being Smackdown’s final draft pick. She started out as her usual self, but quickly showed us her darker side once she felt that she was being upstaged by Bella. I have been enjoying this new side of Carmella, and I give WWE a lot of credit for not going the predictable route with a big Bella push. Provided they get a decent time slot to compete, this could turn into a really good bout.
F2H Prediction – Carmella
Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs The Usos – Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos turned heel and finally ditched their ridiculous wardrobe. Of course, now they look like gangbangers from a 90s after school special, but I’ll take what I can get. The real stars here are our Tag Team champions; Rhyno, Heath Slater, and all of Heath’s kids. Who could have guessed that Slater would be the top guy after he was completely left out of the draft? His journey to get a contract was a bumpy one and began with a lot of his typical jobbing. Thanks to Rhyno, he scored the tag titles, a contract, and has been creating comedy gold every week. Their success is a likely reason American Alpha was pulled from the title picture; no one is cheering for Alpha when Slater and Rhyno are so strong. I’m a bit worried about this match because you know how much WWE loves The Rock’s relatives, but at least Slater has his contract, his doublewide, and his above ground pool.
F2H Prediction – Heath Slater & Rhyno
Becky Lynch (c) vs Alexa Bliss –Women’s Championship Match
You can tell that Becky Lynch is a proud champion; she is incredibly excited to have won the title and is always eager to defend it. Alexa Bliss is as evil as she is small and earned the right to fight for Lynch’s title after beating out the other women on Smackdown’s roster (excluding Eva Marie, whose suspension is over, but she is still out of action). Bliss is quickly becoming one of my favorite female wrestlers, and is definitely my favorite on Smackdown. Nothing against Lynch, but I believe Bliss is much better in promos and has a better handle on her character. Coming off a female title match as the main event of Monday Night Raw, I hope these two really bring it tonight and try to upstage Charlotte and Sasha Banks.
F2H Prediction – Alexa Bliss
AJ Styles (c) vs Dean Ambrose vs John Cena – Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Hey, guys! John Cena is in the title picture again! At least it took him a little while to get there this time around. I keep forgetting that Styles is our Smackdown World champion, and that’s through no fault of his own. For some reason, this title fight has failed to hold my interest since the brand split. Styles has gotten one hell of a push to the top ever since his debut at the Royal Rumble. In less than a year, he dethroned Cena as “the face that runs the place,” plus won the top title in his brand. Dean Ambrose was an odd choice for champion; I was happy he won, but I’m also secretly happy he doesn’t hold the gold anymore. We all know that Cena is going to get at least one more title run. The question is, does it happen at just any PPV or is it saved for WrestleMania?
F2H Prediction – AJ Styles
The preshow will begin at 7pm EST on the WWE Network, with the main event beginning at 8pm EST. There are no preshow matches set at the time of this posting, but we suspect that Jack Swagger vs Baron Corbin will be a last minute addition. Follow us on Twitter (FaceToHeel, OhhhTweener, MrNotWell) as we live tweet the event and provide feedback after the show concludes.
Article by Mrs Jamie Baker
It was rumored for the past few months that we might see Brock Lesnar taking on Bill Goldberg at WrestleMania next year. It would seem now that the timetable on that has been drastically pushed forward and we might see the match-up before the end of this year.
Infamous Dave Meltzer recently said on Wrestling Observer Radio that Goldberg was in negotiations with WWE for an in-ring return, and that possibly the contract had already been drawn up. And former WWE Hall of Fame commentator Jim Ross stated on his own podcast that the idea of Lesnar versus Goldberg was being seriously discussed by WWE and was something they were very interested in accomplishing soon. He later tweeted: “Another source says that Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar is a done deal and that it will likely go down at Survivor Series. If true, bravo WWE.”
In August, Lesnar told What Culture, “If Bill Goldberg has the balls to step back in the ring with me…..where you at? Where are ya? Let’s go.” Of course, neither Lesnar or Goldberg are commenting. Goldberg teased on Twitter that you never know what rumors you can believe online with the hashtag Who’s Next. It should be noted that Goldberg had surgery on both knees a few months ago, so he may not even be physically ready for Survivor Series.
Whatever WWE has in store for the former undefeated (173-0) WCW mega star, it would seem inevitable that Goldberg would clash with Lesnar. That’s Vince McMahon’s wet dream. We will continue to monitor the story and provide further updates as more rumors and/or news comes in.
You can check out Goldberg on SportsCenter tonight with Jonathan Coachman on the “Off The Top Rope” segment. Maybe he will let some details slip or give us a teaser. Survivor Series will be next month in Toronto, Canada.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
It would seem only obvious with the brand split and apparent mental implosion of Paige–and virtual unreliability of several of the other WWE female wrestlers on E!–that Nikki and Brie Bella (real names: Stephanie and Brianna Garcia-Colace) would get their own spinoff show. The Bella Twins, recently named Female Athletes of the Year by the Teen Choice Awards, are a staple within WWE. Although not very skilled within the ring, their marketable personas helped to to catapult the recent revolution of female wrestling within WWE. They can sell merchandise and are likable by kids and women. And for that, WWE is capitalizing on their brand to get further exposure.
Their personal lives can, on the surface, seem very enthralling. Nikki is dating WWE Superstar John Cena. And Brie is married to beloved, semi-retired Daniel Bryan. That in and of itself would make watching the show at least potentially interesting at times. Add to the fact that their mom is married to Johnny Ace and you can raise some eyebrows. Yes, their step-father is John Laurinaitis. While the show itself isn’t necessarily self-perpetuating, just their average daily lives should be enough to give E! network a solid 3-4 seasons before they get desperate and start madly scripting nonsense.
While most wresting fans, and certainly WWE’s key demographic, could care less about this sort of programming, it is good exposure for WWE to reach out and try and nab some female viewers. With the “success” of Keeping up with the Kardashians, it would seem Total Bellas is a sure fire hit that will be on TV for more seasons than it should. Total Bellas premieres tonight at 8:00PM EST on the E! network. This Sunday, Nikki Bella will face Carmella at No Mercy, live on the WWE Network.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
The show immediately kicks off with a match; Bray Wyatt versus Kane. The difference between Smackdown and Raw is that on Monday nights we have to wait 25 minutes to see a contest. Bray goes right for the big red demon as soon as the bell rings. Kane recovers with a sidewalk slam and then a DDT. Wyatt slams Kane and then hangs upside down from the turnbuckle. Just then, Randy Orton interrupts on the big screen. He says if Wyatt thinks he is the predator, he should come catch his prey. Wyatt turns and Kane tries to chokeslam him, but Wyatt rolls out of the ring. The ref starts a 10 count and Wyatt walks out. Kane wins via countout. Bray Wyatt stands at the top of the ramp laughing. He yells, “You’ll get yours, Kane! They all will!” Empty words from a man jobbed out and stacking up losses to everyone on the roster.
Baron Corbin is interviewed briefly backstage. He is asked about Jack Swagger. As Baron gives a weak promo, Swagger interrupts and gets in his face. Swagger says let’s find out right now. Baron says see me in the ring. Swagger says he will go find Daniel Bryan and get them a match. Corbin ends the segment with a flimsy, “You do that.”
Alexa Bliss takes on Nikki Bella next. Carmella joins commentary. This one spills out of the ring rather quickly and Nikki throws Alexa into Carmella. Back in the ring, Nikki goes for her finisher, but Carmella runs in from behind and attacks her. Then Alexa and Carmella take turns beating down Nikki. Becky Lynch’s music hits and she runs in to save Nikki. Commercial break. After the break, you guessed it…tag team match. This one ends up being Bliss vs Lynch and Alexa hits Twisted Bliss moonsault for the pinfall. Really flat match that didn’t really do a lot to be honest. Two mediocre, half-assed matches so far tonight. Smackdown not fairing very well. As if to sum this up perfectly, we are then shown a backstage segment of Orton locking Bray in a storage unit with a rocking chair.
The Vaudevillians in the ring next to take on The Hype Bros. During an all over the place match, The Ascension come out and stand at the top of the ramp. I referred to this third mediocre match as hot trash on Twitter. Nothing at all of meaning has happened tonight in order to set the stage or garner excitement for No Mercy. This is the Smackdown of ole when people couldn’t be bothered to tune into SyFy. The Hype Bros win. If you can call anybody in the match a winner. Ascension does nothing but stand there and stare. Bunch of watered-down tag team action.
MizTV on next with The Miz out with his wife Maryse. This is going to be a Dolph-umentary. His words, not mine. He calls out Ziggler who answers and heads to the ring. We are then shown a Ziggler career package. But it is spun to show Ziggler as an ultimate failure. It’s pretty harsh but absolutely hilarious. I laughed several times. Miz continues to verbally assault Ziggler and then brings out two members of the Spirit Squad. They do a cheer spelling out Dolph’s first name. Then they attack Dolph and beat him down as Miz and Maryse walks out. Ziggler fights back with superkicks. The best thing that has happened all night.
Jey Uso versus Jason Jordan in singles competition up next. In less than two minutes, Jordan wins the match. Jimmy throws Chad Gable into the steel steps. As Jordan runs out to help, Jey takes him out at the knee. They roll him in the ring and are about to hit Tequila Sunrise, but Rhyno and Heath Slater run in to save the day. The Usos cut and run. Jack Swagger and Baron Corbin wrestle next, which as exciting as it sounds. Swagger puts in the Patriot Lock. As Baron is trying to reach over and over for the bottom rope, the ref thinks he is tapping out and calls for the bell. Swagger wins. Still haven’t had a strong, solid match tonight…
…and we aren’t going to. There isn’t a main event tonight. Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, and John Cena just jabber-jaw for the last ten minutes. Ambrose interrupts Styles, mad about Cena. Cena interrupts and Styles cuts him off before he can speak. Cena takes his hat off and tries to speak, but Ambrose cuts him off. Ambrose cuts a scathing promo on Cena. Cena attacks him and then Styles. He takes both down, grabs the title and his music starts. Styles attacks him from behind. He bounds off the ropes and hits a Phenomenal Forearm. He grabs the title and his music hits. Ambrose attacks him and hits Dirty Deeds on the ramp. He holds the title up as his music hits.
That’s all she wrote. Super weak Smackdown episode. I am utterly disappointed. Raw actually beat them this week, but it should be considered a pyrrhic victory as neither show wowed in its presentation. Besides Ambrose and The Miz/Ziggler segment, there was nothing good at all about tonight’s show. Two big thumbs down.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
Alberto Del Rio was a no-show on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at AAA Heroes Inmortales X in Mexico. He was spotted in Orlando over the weekend, which sparked rumors that he had secretly signed with TNA Impact Wrestling and would surprise debut on Bound for Glory, but this obviously did not happen. Del Rio was likely only in the area to visit girlfriend, Paige. Del Rio was supposed to compete in the main event of AAA’s live event in Monterrey, Mexico; he was to be in a tag match with Psycho Clown and face Dr. Wagner Jr. and Pagano.
Lucha Libre AAA WorldWide announced that for reasons outside of their control, Alberto El Patron was a no-show, despite having confirmed his appearance the morning of the event. Their official statement was “We regret the lack of commitment of Alberto, as he fails to Mexican public that has supported him throughout his career, to turn it into one of the leading figures of wrestling in Mexico and internationally. For Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, it is important to offer the best shows of international quality, in addition to strengthening the Mexican wrestling is the best in the world and is a fundamental part of the culture of our country.”
On his instagram account, Del Rio stated the following: “Mr. Rodriguez (“Alberto El Patron”) shortly after eating a meal before his flight was assaulted by a criminal with a knife outside the restaurant. Mr. Rodriguez suffered multiple lacerations on his arm and other parts of his body defending against the criminal as Police were called by witnesses. Mr. Rodriguez received medical attention and went back to the Police Department and was unable to make his flight. Mr. Rodriguez has spoken with the ownership of Lucha Libre AAA World Wide and given them documentation of the incident. Mr. Rodriguez greatly regrets not being there yesterday for his fans in Mexico and promises to everyone he will make this up as soon as possible. Despite the graphic lacerations Mr. Rodriguez will not miss any of his shows for the remainder of the year and is ready to compete this weekend in the UK.” This was accompanied by a photo of cuts to Del Rio’s head and arm.
This isn’t the first time Del Rio has been attacked. When he was performing for the World Wrestling Council Show (WWC) at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in December of 2015, he was attacked by a fan who attempted to use wrestling moves on him. Del Rio was leaving the ring to take a breather during his match, and as he neared the barrier, a fan attacked him. Security intervened and pulled Del Rio to safety. We hope Del Rio recovers quickly and can fulfill his obligations to AAA.
Article by Mrs Jamie Baker