Hot on the heels of a Monday Night Raw that has suggested that Becky Lynch will not compete against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania, the WWE is trying to build steam.
Let’s dive into the rumours that surround the wrestling business right now:
WrestleTalk.com is reporting from a ‘very close source’ that AEW has a rough outline for 2019 in place.
Following the Double or Nothing show on May 25, AEW plans to:
– June 2019 – Unspecified show (believed to be in USA) – July 2019 – Unnamed show in Jacksonville, Florida with a portion of the proceeds going to anti-gun crime charities – August 2019 – Royal Albert Hall, London, England (almost a year on from the WWE returning there) – September 2019 – All Out – the official sequel to All In and the full launch of the brand prior to TV tapings commencing.
Mustafa Ali to be pulled from the Elimination Chamber match
There’s no doubt that Mustafa Ali is one of the fastest rising stars in the WWE and participating in the WWE title match inside the Elimination Chamber would be his biggest match yet.
However, according to Fightful.com, Ali is going to be pulled from the match on tonight’s episode of SmackDown. With a bruised tailbone from the Royal Rumble and a badly swollen eye from last week, WWE don’t want to take the risk. Ali is understood to be lobbying to remain in the match, but on death ears.
Seth Rollins out for at least a month
While WWE is continuing to tell the story between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar, there is definite concern about Rollins’ health heading into WrestleMania.
The Architect has been given a month off in-ring action by the WWE and with Fastlane on March 10, that seems like a realistic return date.
What happened when Raw went off the air?
Following the announcement that Becky Lynch would be replaced with Charlotte Flair against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35, for some reason, Lynch and Rousey ended up teaming up against the Riott Squad in a little skirmish.
Of course, Rousey faces Riott at the Elimination Chamber, but why would Riott Squad attack both of them? Wouldn’t they attack Rousey and Lynch probably join in or watch? And then Lynch and Rousey worked together… All a bit weird.
As one of the premier real-life couples in WWE, one would think that Rusev and Lana would be mainstays on Total Divas, but apparently not. The couple have been removed from the show moving forward.
Speaking on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast, Lana revealed: “Kevin Dunn told me that E! Executives took a poll and that we are strongly disliked by the demographic, they do not like us and that I’m hated, we’re hated, and that the E! Executives thought that are stories were very slapstick, and they were a strong no.”
WWE Elimination Chamber is this Sunday and tickets for All Elite Wrestling’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view go on presale tomorrow (Tuesday, February 12).
With a big week in wrestling ahead, let’s dive into the rumours:
Elimination Chamber spoilers
There is guaranteed to be some new champions at the Elimination Chamber with the new Women’s Tag Team titles being introduced and the tandem of Bayley and Sasha Banks are the favourites to walk away with the belts.
However, according to Cageside Seats, that’s the only title change expected for the pay-per-view. The likes of Daniel Bryan, Ronda Rousey and Bobby Lashley will retain.
WWE and Netflix?
PW Insider is reporting that WWE studios are working on producing family-friendly movies in conjunction with Netflix and the films will be released by the streaming kings.
Netflix has 139 million subscribers globally and continues to grow with 9 million new subscribers in the final three months of 2018.
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