Disgraced former WWE star Chris Benoit’s son David wants to become a wrestler – for All Elite Wrestling

21 Sep

Chris Benoit will never be forgotten in the wrestling industry for all the wrong reasons.

The former WCW and WWE star murdered his wife and son before taking his own life back in 2007 in a tragedy that would leave a stain on the business forever.

Chris Benoit will be remembed for terrible, terrible reasons
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Before that, the Canadian was on his way to being regarded as one of the greatest in-ring technicians of all-time and he was universally respected in the industry.

His other son, David Benoit, has pursued a career in wrestling in the years since and he had been seen at many WWE events with his father’s former close friends Chris Jericho and Dean Malenko remaining close with him.

Now both of those men are in AEW and it appears David wants to be too.

During an appearance on Darren Young’s podcast, David mentioned he has been training with some AEW guys and he’d like to join them. Thanks to Pro Wrestling Sheet for the quotes.

David Benoit is his father, Chris’ double

“I’m just messing around in the ring right now with a couple of guys from AEW.”

“I want to go to AEW one hundred percent. I love AEW. I love what they do for the boys. Take care of them.”

At a WWE event in Edmonton back in March, David was backstage with Natalya and he was snapped wearing an AEW jacket.

Young Bucks EXCLUSIVE: ‘We have to hit a home run’ with All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite debut plus much more

21 Sep

In 11 days, All Elite Wrestling will make their debut as a weekly episodic show. AEW Dynamite comes to TNT and it’s the first time since 2001 there has been a genuine alternative to WWE.

The wrestling business needed this fresh injection from AEW and now, the industry is booming in a way that was inconceivable to many just a few years ago.

All Elite Wrestling fronted by Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks

Tony Khan – part-owner of Fulham and the Jacksonville Jaguars – has smartly surrounded himself with Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks – Nick and Matt Jackson – in executive vice president roles.

Having seen these men change the face of independent wrestling on many fronts in addition to the genius marketing of their merchandise and the beloved Being The Elite YouTube channel, Khan couldn’t have been more prudent in his approach.

talkSPORT had the chance to talk to The Young Bucks as the debut of AEW: Dynamite looms over the horizon and the brothers were totally open about all things AEW, the brewing Wednesday Night Wars – as fans have coined it – and their own journies.

Hi guys! AEW Dynamite is just over 10 days away. You’ve had many big moments in your career to get nervous about, but how does that compare to the launch of your own TV show?! That’s uncharted territory for the vast, vast majority of people in this industry.

Nick: Man, it’s pretty crazy. Because it’s do or die, you know? We have to hit a home run. What is good, though, is to look back at the shows that we have done and take what was good from that and what was bad from that and try and deliver everything we can on the first TV show. So that’s what we’re aiming to do. We’re excited, we’re nervous, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Matt: Double or Nothing, what was it, a five-hour show when you include the preshow? So we had the luxury of going long and the times are easier to hit and whatnot. Being our first show, I was actually really impressed with how well it went. There’s always going to be some hiccups, productions issues and some things like that, but since Double or Nothing, I think our production has definitely tightened up. After every show, we always kind of watch through the show multiple times – I know Nick and I do – we put together a list and we take it to the team and say ‘these are the things we think we need to be fixed’.

And it’s silly. It’s even things like little details that I notice. Some of the matches with repeat spots, moves or poses; we really want everybody to stand out and differentiate from each other so those are big things that Nick and I catch a lot. Whether it’s repeat finishers or high spots, we’re trying to get better at that stuff. Silly stuff like when the lights go out and sometimes it takes a little too long to get a full restore [laughs]. It sounds boring but we’re really just trying to come up with something tighter, especially when we get to TV because we’re going to be really restricted for time when we’re looking at literally 90 minutes of content with commercials. We haven’t done one yet, we’ve done a couple of four or five-hour shows, but not a 90 minute one yet, so this is a whole new ball game for us. But I feel like we’ve all done it a few times together now and I feel like we’re pretty prepared.

The Young Bucks are pivotal to AEW
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While I have you here, I’m sure you’re not suprised to learn I need to ask you some questions about the UK! Can you give us any update on what channel that will be on here, will it be live – what can you tell us?

Nick: Well, we can’t say. It’s still being negotiated, but something will happen. I don’t know when, I don’t know when it will be announced, but something will happen and hopefully, the announcement happens soon.

Matt: We’re just as anxious as you guys are. I get messages too every single day and I would really like to scream from the rooftops all of the information that I know, but I can’t. But hopefully sooner rather than later we’ll have an announcement and I think everybody will be happy.
Can we assume this will be sorted out before October 2 so the UK has the first show?

Nick: Man, I don’t want to say yes and then it doesn’t happen and everyone crucifies me [laughs].

Matt: Hopefully. Sooner the better.

Tony Khan said to me after Double or Nothing that he wanted to bring a pay-per-view to the UK and potentially do it annually. Is that something that has been talked about by you guys? It would certainly be a big deal, WWE haven’t had a major PPV here in a long time.

Nick: Oh yeah, we all know – well, firstly Nick and I because we’ve done the indie scene in the UK for the past decade or so – we know there is a huge fanbase of hardcore wrestling fans out there. They’re very passionate and very loud, so the atmosphere at the shows is always very cool. Bringing shows out there, that’s something Matt and I have brought up multiple times during our meetings that we have constantly. I don’t know how many, but we’ll probably have multiple shows a year in the UK. I’m not sure about a pay-per-view yet, but if Tony [Khan] said it, it will happen [laughs].

The Young Bucks as PWG and IWGP tag team champs

Matt: We had an idea to do a big pay-per-view there and I already had a name for it. I wanted to call it ‘Royal Flush’ and Tony was like ‘Yeah, I think there that sounds more like a trip to the loo, I don’t think we’re going to be calling it that!’ Well, there goes my one big idea! Never mind.

Speaking of you guys making big decisions, how has it been wearing two hats – one as producers and bookers and the other as performers? I imagine even something as simple as deciding whether you guys should go over or not is very hard?

Nick: I feel like Matt and I have been preparing ourselves for what we’re doing now for the past three years with producing and directing Being The Elite our YouTube series – and booking it, because it intertwined with Ring of Honor storylines and New Japan storylines. So we actually, for the last three years, we’ve had experience booking things, producing things, directing things, filming things; a lot of stuff we didn’t know about we were doing it and preparing ourselves for what we have now. So the transition was a little easier for Matt and I because of that. But still, it’s a completely new territory doing these massive live events. The challenge has been fun, it’s probably been the most rewarding of my whole career.

Matt: It’s fun, and kind of weird, when a guy like Keith Mitchell [former WCCW, WCW, TNA producer], who has probably directed and produced… what is he, only under Vince McMahon as the most wrestling shows ever in his career?

Nick: Probably second, or third behind Kevin Dunn

Matt: Right, Kevin Dunn. For Keith Mithcell to come up to us and say ‘how do we want to go about this and how do we want to do that’ – I almost feel like the young guy who is behind the desk and all these older people are working for me and I’m like ‘Wow, this just doesn’t feel right!’ And at first it didn’t. But now, now that we’ve done it a few times, I feel like ‘Wow, I am pretty good at this. I’m made for this.’

Like Nick said, we’ve been doing this so long. We basically booked PWG for years with Super Dragon so the Mount Rushmore stuff was us, the Candice LeRae and Joe Ryan story, that was us. We knew how to write long story arcs. Then we did the Adam Cole joining Bullet Club story and the Marty Scurll joining Bullet Club story. We directed and produced and we literally got in the ring and mapped out the scene for the cameramen.

So we were slowly learning how to do these things without realising that it was actually going to benefit us one day and here we are. As far as writing and creating stories, I love it, man. It’s a blast. I think all the daily struggles, the e-mails and the conference calls – that’s the tough part for me. It’s the adjustment like ‘man, I used to have a lot more free time and now this job is literally a 24/7 job’.

CM Punk talking at Starrcast III
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Let’s talk potential signings. A lot has been said about CM Punk lately among others and it seems if anyone is available, you guys are the go-to rumour, none more so than with Punk and even WWE talent. What’s your take on those rumours?

Nick: Yeah, that’s definitely true [everyone gets linked]. It’s hard to say because like you said, everyone is linked [to us]. If there is anyone that’s unhappy anywhere else it’s like ‘oh, well they’re going to AEW’ [laughs]. The reality is we already have a full roster, completely. And we’re only going to have one show a week. The roster we have now is what we want and what we wanted. For us to utilise each talent as much as we can, I feel like we have enough people. Never say never though for someone who is a huge superstar. I guess you can make room for a big, big name. For now though, I feel like we have a complete roster.

Matt: Whenever you hear or see things on Twitter it’s like man, I used to read everything and it got to a point somewhere along the line just recently, within the year probably, where I was like ‘You know what, it’s impossible to navigate all of this and take it all in’. You can’t defend yourself because there is just going to be five more stories that pop up about you. If I tried to clear up every single headline I would just be on my phone all day long fighting a fight that is unwinnable.

How about the likes of PAC and the Lucha Bros? Are they guys that will sign with you exclusively now TV is starting?

Nick: I wanted PAC the day we started AEW. I think he’s the greatest high-flyer to ever wrestle. He was in my top five. Same with the Lucha Bros; when I stood on the stage at one of our first press conferences, I think it was in Las Vegas, and our main objective is to make the greatest tag team division in the world, the Lucha Bros were immediately… we were like ‘Those are our two guys. Those are the guys we need to work with to introduce to the world what this new AEW thing is’. So yeah, we’re talking three of the most featured wrestlers, they’re going to be three of them for sure.

Hangman Adam Page and PAC was announced at AEW’s first rally, but it ultimately did not happen
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NXT made their debut on USA last Wednesday and it seems as though the ‘Wednesday Night Wars’ as it were are upon us. In a way, is it better that WWE have rivaled you on Wednesdays because wrestling as a whole is booming and exciting with this rivalry, or would you have preferred to travel your own path?

Nick: Ah man [laughs]. We all knew in AEW, we all knew they [WWE] were going to make that exact move, it was just a matter of what channel they were going to choose. So we were prepared for them to do this because it’s Vince McMahon. He’s done this for years and years! He’s tried to kill territories his whole career so what he’s trying to do is kill us from the start. But, you know what? I feel like it’s not going to happen this time around because wrestling fans need this and wrestling fans know that they need this. If it’s 20 years since we had a real, true alternative, I feel fans finally understand that and they know that and feel the momentum. I feel like we’re ready for it.

Matt: I really think it will bring more attention to us and it’s going to make their product better, our product better because they’re competing head-to-head with us and they have to put on a better show.

Did you guys watch NXT’s show?

Nick: I watched some of it. Matt and I, we have a lot of friends there. Candice LeRae, we have a history with so I was happy for her. She was in the first match in the four-way and she did great, so I was happy for her. It was a fun show, but in 10 weeks from now, those fans might get tired. It happened with IMPACT. It took a while, but some of those shows at the Universal studios…[laughs] – those crowds were dead. It’s definitely possible that this happens to this NXT audience because it’s the same formula.

Matt: I’m rooting for them, though. I want them to have a good show. Ours is just going to be better.

AEW talent and vice presidents; Cody & The Young Bucks

One thing Triple H did say to me recently was that he would not trade anyone on his NXT roster for anyone else in the world. Now, we know that signing a free agent and trading someone are two different things, but still, it’s no secret he tried to sign you before AEW was born. How did you react to those comments?

Nick: That made me laugh. Like, come on.. we know you wanted us.

Matt: A year ago you were trying to get us all [The Elite]! A year ago you were trying to get every one of us to come and work for you, so, that’s cool. You can say whatever. Don’t act like there was no interest in us and you wouldn’t trade for us because I know for a fact, you would. You know what I mean?

One thing I did want to ask was about the Jon Moxley injury ahead of All Out. It was impressive how quickly PAC was inserted in his place and it seems like a terrible situation was handled very well. Can you tell us when you knew Moxley was injured bad and how all that went down?

Nick: Oh, man. That happened like almost when everyone else found out. We found out maybe a day before the fans found out he was being replaced? So we had to work hard and fast. Credit to Tony [Khan] though, because he got the deal done with PAC and the rest is history.

Matt: We were all basically on the phone and whenever anything like that happens it’s just like crisis management. What do we do next? The thing with us is, we just want to completely honest and transparent with the audience with what is going on. Nick and I are always forward-thinking. ‘Ok, now that that’s happened, what’s Plan B? And what’s Plan C?’ It’s one of those situations where we tried to make the best of a terrible situation. And luckily, it ended up being OK and most importantly… man, Moxley, it was a serious situation. It could have gotten really bad for him so I’m just happy and thankful that he’s on the mend now and he’s getting better because, man, it’s scary.

Finally, was PAC always the first choice for you guys? Was anybody else in the running?

Nick: No, that was the first name I came up with. I was like ‘we need him’ and there was other options that some of the other guys were floating around and I said ‘nope!’ – not happening. It had to be him.

WWE news: Jason Jordan appears to have wrestled his last match at just 30-years-old after terrible neck injury

21 Sep

Jason Jordan is only 30-years-old, but it looks like he’s wrestled his last match.

According to the Wrestling Observer, Jordan is unlikely to ever return to the ring following the neck injury he suffered in late 2017.

Jason Jordan was revealed to be the son of Kurt Angle on Raw
Jason Jordan was revealed to be the son of Kurt Angle on Raw

Dave Meltzer said: “Jason Jordan is less likely to return. You never say never, but in his case, it wasn’t looking good and there has been in the past the feeling that his career could be over.”

Jordan has been working backstage as a producer and road agent in WWE since being unable to compete in the ring and it looks like he will continue in that role.

Originally, Jordan had surgery on his neck and it was expected he would be out for a year.

Over 18 months later, he doesn’t appear any closer to a return.

Jason Jordan making his way to the ring in 2017
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It’s a massive shame for one of the biggest prospects in recent WWE memory.

As part of American Alpha they tore up the tag division and Jordan had been putting on some clinics on RAW prior to his injury.

And, of course, he was Kurt Angle’s illegitimate son.

WWE news: What Vince McMahon texted Triple H as soon as NXT went off the air after USA Network debut

20 Sep

NXT made a successful debut on the USA Network this week, a good seven years after it’s initial inception.

In fact, fans were calling the show one of the ‘best episodes of wrestling’ ever.

Triple H, Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon honouring Vince
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Triple H couldn’t help but be a proud father after the show went off the air and he even went into the Full Sail University crowd to chant “NXT” with the fans afterwards.

Many reporters and fans have speculated that Vince McMahon will have to get involved with NXT if ratings fail to hit satisfactory numbers, especially with All Elite Wrestling debuting in the same time slot in around 10 days time.

But, all things considered, NXT made a solid start on Wednesday with 1.179 million viewers and Vince McMahon was said to be delighted, too.

Triple H revealed after the show what the Chairman texted him.

“I received a bunch of texts from him throughout the day. You know, excited, and excited to see it, and wishing us luck especially as it got close. You know, he was sending me little texts counting me down, ‘20 minutes!’ Which I thought was great. It was just fun.

“Then he sent me a few texts after the show. He watched the entire thing. I’m sure he was at the office, probably in a meeting while he was doing it. But he enjoyed it, he loved it.

Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H backstage

“He thought the talent did a hell of a job, and thought they knocked it out of the park. You know, he was excited. He sent me a massive congratulations after it was over, and was thrilled with the product.”

Progress Wrestling EXCLUSIVE: New Progress Proteus champion Paul Robinson reveals his stipulation for defending the title

19 Sep

This past weekend saw London’s biggest wrestling promotion Progress hold its biggest show of the year at London’s Alexandra Palace, where over 2000 fans gathered to see no fewer than four new champions crowned.

Every new champion will proud of their title, but none more so than Paul Robinson, who spends our two conversations over recent days either grinning at, or polishing, his beautiful new strap.

Paul Robinson proudly showing off his Proteus title
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A Progress lifer, Robinson had to retire from the active duty with the company at one point for medical reasons and has seemingly seen it all in his time working with the Camden based promotion. Yet, when he became the inaugural Proteus Champion last Sunday, it was his first singles title with Progress.

‘Robbo’ won the title by “pulling a Rey Mysterio” – entering their 30-person Proteus Rumble (Royal Rumble over the top rope rules) at #1 overall, but, despite standing at just 5-foot3 – he stayed the full hour-long match to come out on top… and there’s a twist.

Paul Robinson winning the Proteus title
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The Proteus Championship, named after the Greek god of ‘elusive sea change’ is arguably one of the most unique in wrestling, as the titleholder will be able to set the stipulation that their championship matches will have from then on. As company founder, Jim Smallman explained in the announcement video that it could turn into “a hardcore title, a hybrid rules title or even a dance-off title”

So what has Robinson, a man known for his hard-hitting style, chosen as his stipulation?

ROBBO’S RULES

The core of Robinson’s stipulation is simple, but before we get to that, there is an addendum it’s worth addressing first.

“There’s only one way you can be disqualified – if you decide to use the beautiful Proteus championship as a weapon. I’m not bringing it out there to be used as a weapon, it is something to be respected and it WILL be respected. It won’t be thrown around or trodden on”

So otherwise, it’s a no DQ match. No surprise for those who know Robinson. So how do you win?

“Good luck to anyone who intends to take this off me – because you’ll either have to knock me out or tap me out. Good luck trying to knock me out – Noam Dar (WWE superstar) once nearly took my nose off in a match it was so badly broken, and I kept ongoing. I got knocked out and concussed but still won the tag titles with Will Ospreay. And if you think you’re tapping me out – I will fight for my life to keep this title, it means the world to me, you’d have to break my arm before I tap”

 

So no pinfalls, we ask? “I’m not being funny, but everyone else in wrestling is bigger than me, that’s the only disadvantage I’ve got, but I can say quite confidently that no one’s as tough as me”
The stipulation now lasts until someone does manage to pry the Proteus Title from Paul Robinson, but he certainly doesn’t expect that to be any time soon, and I for one am not going to argue with him…

THE JOURNEY

Robbo has tended towards more villainous roles in his time in Progress, doing anything he has to do to win, and giving the crowd as good as he gets when they don’t react well to it – showing plenty of willing to get in the face of those in the front row and have a full-on row with them.

Yet it feels like something has changed recently, when Robinson fought NXT UK champion Walter for Progress’ top title in Toronto the crowd was absolutely on his side. The crowd appreciates the amount of blood, sweat, and tears he’s poured into his craft over the years, all whilst keeping down a full-time job as a gas engineer, and that working-class mentality seems to have won the crowd over.

“It’s like the opposite of that famous line (from Batman) – It seems it was either die the villain or live long enough to become the hero. I’ve been with Progress since Chapter 3 and this is all I’ve wanted. It feels like a payoff for hard work and sacrifice, getting to take it home and show the kids, made it all feel worth it.

Paul Robinson manhandling talkSPORT’s Will Gavin
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“But I don’t let that stuff get to me, sometimes I’m sure I should put myself on a pedestal, but I don’t see myself as any different to the people sat in the front row, if I let things get to my head it would soon show in work or real life. But I appreciate everything, I just enjoy it and make the most of it.”

Robinson lives with his wife and two kids, and the morning after winning staying the distance for a full hour and claiming the championship, Robinson was back in work!
“I was in the depot at 6.45 AM,” Robinson started. “Yeah, I didn’t feel great that morning – you could call it a carb day, I ate so much. But I was too busy dealing with someone calling in sick at 6.30 so I couldn’t worry too much about it, just got on with it. I took it in on Tuesday though, a few of the lads had seen stuff on social media so some of my colleagues got a little look.”

I suspect it’s those years of grinding in both a full-time job and working as many wrestling bookings as he can handle, which has given him the additional appreciation for reaching a new milestone in his career.

“I will bring a towel with me everywhere I go with this belt,” Robinson says whilst staring, genuinely lovingly, at his newly won title. “I hate when guys disrespect these, leave their titles just lying around a locker room, face down, don’t realise that they are something to be cherished. I’ll let people touch it and hold it, but I’ll be cleaning it down afterward every time.

Importantly, has he let the kids touch it? “Oh yeah they’ve been allowed, but they asked to take it to show and tell. That was a no.”

Paul Robinson is a long-serving member of Progress Wrestling
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British wrestling has been in a boom in recent years, with an increasing number of wrestlers being able to go full-time in the business without the fall back of a contract with a major company – being independent contractors – but that’s a long way from where Robbo started.

“I was a young teenager wrestling with my mates, then one of the lads found Dropkick Wrestling Academy online, I made my debut on an academy show in 2003 and from there it grew.

I spent my holidays during years 10 and 11 wrestling on holiday camps, I came back with much cooler stories than that lads who spent their summers around their nans.

I was learning about life doing weeks on Pontings with grown men. It wasn’t until 2005 in the early days of IPW I didn’t start to see there was a scene beyond that.”

How’s it been seeing the difference now, where independent shows can regularly draw hundreds, evens thousands of fans – and wrestlers can afford to be full-time?
“It makes me so happy to see. I won’t lie, sometimes you can be a bit bitter, looking at the younger generation and thinking – you should have seen what it was like when I was younger. Naturally, as humans we fall into that – but I LOVE seeing it flourish.
“The standard of wrestling is amazing, so I enjoy being around it, I’m grateful for still being able to do it.”
Robinson is referring to his stint away from Progress, when taking medication designed to prevent blood clots meant he couldn’t work his preferred style of physical wrestling and thought he never would be able to again.

“The retirement from Progress was genuine. I had just started this medication, which my dad had been on since his late 20s and is still on to this day. I was grateful to Progress because they kept me around working backstage, where I learned a lot and discovered a greater appreciation for the business as a whole.
“So when I was told I could go again, I didn’t believe it. My doctors know about my wrestling and they wouldn’t have cleared me if they weren’t 100% sure – but I still couldn’t take it lightly. And then Progress approached me about being in a storyline around their biggest ever show at Wembley to which I said – funnily enough, I can actually wrestle again!”
This led to Robbo featuring in one of the biggest matches at Progress’ biggest show at Wembley arena – a hardcore match with British indie legend, and long term friend of Paul’s – Jimmy Havoc.
“You never know I might have been in the same dressing room as the spice girls! But to be given that opportunity, that spot, you know when I’m just a 5-foot-3 angry man from Essex. It was just incredible”
There’s a much longer, more involved story around that saga, but you’ll have to listen to the full interview for that.

In the meantime, what’s next for Robinson – he’ll defend this title in Progress – seemingly with his life considering how enamoured he is with it – but would he ever consider leaving the gas works behind and going full-time?
“I won’t say openly exactly what my goals are, that’s how rumours start if I mention one companies name but not another, more questions get asked. But I’ve got goals, and I intend to achieve them, but I take everything as it comes and I genuinely appreciate everything that’s come my way already.
And if a contract came across his desk with a company, be it AEW, WWE, ROH or whoever, that allowed him to go full-time but still afford the mortgage and the family?

“I’d sign it yesterday.”

Hear the full interview on the Pro Wrestling Show HERE

You can see Progress’ huge show from Alexandra Palace on demand this weekend HERE

WWE and AEW news: Triple H celebrates in the crowd with NXT fans off-air, Kenny Omega says NXT stars would in the ‘dark match’ with AEW

19 Sep

NXT has now debuted on Network television and we’re under two weeks away from AEW doing the same – great times in the wrestling business.

Let’s check out the latest news:

Triple H and Shawn Michaels at NXT UK
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Triple H enjoys himself

The title doesn’t seem newsworthy, but it really is a great watch! After NXT went off the air at Full Sail, The Game came out and gave an impassioned promo to the WWE Universe.

Then, he proceeded to get in the crowd and celebrate with them! He was clearly buzzing and we love to see it.

 

Kenny Omega says NXT wrestlers would be the dark match to his main event

Yep, Kenny Omega has got a dose of the Seth Rollins about him today and he found himself in a combative mood.

When commenting on the ‘war’ with WWE to Sportskeeda, Omega went so far as to say NXT wrestlers would only ever open for him.

Maria Kanellis pregnancy angle

It was said this week that the returning Rusev may be the father of Maria’s baby, but Dave Meltzer has said they are not leading to a big reveal.

Instead, this is designed to be a running joke on RAW.

Maria and Mike Kanellis have become regular fixtures of RAW after so long on the shelf
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Leaked WWE promotion suggests Kofi Kingston will beat Brock Lesnar on SmackDown Live

19 Sep

When Brock Lesnar showed up on SmackDown this week and challenged Kofi Kingston to defend his WWE title against him on the very first SmackDown episode on FOX, most fans instantly thought ‘Brock’s going to be the new champion, then’.

The Beast Incarnate will take on Kingston for the WWE’s top prize on October 4 and it will see Lesnar’s first televised WWE match in 15 years.

Brock Lesnar and Kofi Kingston will be the main event at the first ever SamckDown Live on FOX for the WWE title
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That’s a big deal, and you just know the WWE are going to pay.

However, given that Kingston and Lesnar are being advertised to go at it again a full six weeks later – and also on TV – with Kingston being billed as the champion, many are beginning to think Kingston will somehow come out victorious on FOX’s debut episode.

It would be an interesting swerve, but advertisements are always subject to change and it’s hard to imagine WWE wouldn’t book their top, well-paid star strongly on the biggest platform they’ve ever had.

Brock Lesnar making a statement against Kofi Kingston
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It has long been rumoured that Lesnar will be front and centre of WWE’s move to FOX and while he’ll never return as a full-time star, WWE do intend to use a lot of his dates in the opening months of their time on FOX.

That ought to get the viewers interested enough to give guys like Kingston a chance, if they’ve never watched the show.

WWE news: Big update on Sheamus’ in-ring future after being on the brink of retirement

19 Sep

Nobody has seen Sheamus since WrestleMania 35 – in a WWE ring anyway – and rumours have been rife that he would have to retire from the business.

At 40-years-old, the Irishman has seen and done everything you could ever wish to do in WWE. All except winning the Intercontinental title, that is.

Sheamus (Ireland)
Sheamus is waiting on a call from WWE to return
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It was initially reported that Sheamus had suffered a serious neck injury – similar to the spinal stenosis that ended Edge’s and Paige’s careers prematurely – and he may have had his last match.

Then it emerged that he had recovered from those issues and, in actual fact, Sheamus had suffered severe concussions and some nasty side effects as a result.

He admitted he was working hard to get cleared, but as Daniel Bryan well knows with concussions, that’s no easy feat.

According to Dave Meltzer, Sheamus is now cleared to return to the ring, but WWE just do not have any storylines for him right now.

At least we know we haven’t seen the last of the Celtic Warrior. Of course, away from the ring, he’s kept himself in tremendous condition with his YouTube channel, Celtic Warrior Workouts.
Still, the story of him chasing the IC title is something a lot of fans can get behind.

WWE fans hail NXT’s USA Network debut as ‘the best episode of wrestling ever’

19 Sep

NXT debuted on the USA Network last night and WWE came out of the blocks fast.

Triple H is the mastermind behind the Yellow Brand and he and his crew delivered one of the most exciting episodes in wrestling history.

Triple H is the creator of NXT as we know it
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Fan on Twitter agreed and the show was stacked from start to finish.

Former NXT UK champion Pete Dunne made an appearance and Imperium also made their presence felt, seemingly foreshadowing a War Games with Undisputed Era down the road.

Candice LeRae became the number one contender to the NXT Women’s title after defeating Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai in a fatal-four-way match.

Undisputed Era now hold all the gold in NXT!
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Roderick Strong became the North American champion after defeating the Velveteen Dream, too. That means the Undisputed Era have all the gold as Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly are the NXT Tag Team champions and Adam Cole is the NXT champion.

Lio Rush also made an unexpected return to WWE after reports earlier this year suggested he had been suspended for having an attitude problem. Matt Riddle also battled Killian Dain in a street fight.

Matt Riddle and Killian Dain went to war on NXT’s debut show
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Triple H has found a spot for him, though, and the NXT universe was treated to a TakeOver level show for the USA debut.

Can they keep the momentum going? With AEW debuting on TNT in the exact same timeslot in a couple of weeks, you bet they will.

WWE and AEW news: Details behind Brock Lesnar’s title challenge, Vince McMahon wants to bury Cedric Alexander

18 Sep

This week’s Raw and SmackDown shows have gone down well with the WWE universe.

Below, talkSPORT gives you the latest gossip and rumours from the wrestling world.

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Brock Lesnar has the WWE title in his sights
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Details behind Brock Lesnar’s WWE title challenge

Kofi Kingston successfully defended his WWE Championship against Randy Orton at Clash of Champions on Sunday.

However, he faces his biggest challenge yet in Brock Lesnar after accepting The Beast’s challenge for his title on SmackDown this week.

The pair will go head-to-head on SmackDown’s debut episode on FOX on October 4.

Post Wrestling say the match has ‘been in the works for a long time’.

And we could have got a glimpse into the future as Lesnar hit Kingston with a devastating F5.

Vince McMahon wants to bury Cedric Alexander

The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer reports Vince McMahon wants to bury Cedric Alexander.

The former 205 Live high-flyer has had impressive matches with AJ Styles and Drew McIntyre since being called up to the main roster.

And he has even been feuding with Styles for the United States Championship in recent weeks.

However, Meltzer claims Alexander’s push will be brief.

Kevin Owens ‘sues’ Shane McMahon

Shane McMahon fired Kevin Owens on last week’s episode of SmackDown after the self-proclaimed Best in the World lost to Chad Gable in the King of the Ring semi-finals.

But this week, Owens filed a $25million wrongful termination lawsuit against McMahon.

What happens next is anyone’s guess…

Chris Jericho reveals why he quit WWE

There was a time when Chris Jericho and Owens were meant to go one-on-one for the Universal Championship in the WrestleMania 33 main event.

However, Goldberg beat Owens for the title at Fastlane and ended up losing it to Lesnar at the Show of Shows.

The match between Jericho and Owens was demoted to a United States Championship contest, which the latter won.

Jericho, who left WWE last year and is currently AEW’s world champion, told the Mature Audiences Mayhem podcast: “Vince said that it’s going to be me versus Kevin Owens for the world title at WrestleMania and you are going to win the title, f*** yeah!

Chris Jericho won the AEW World Championship at AEW’s All Out pay-per-view last month
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“Next week, he doesn’t tell me, but I hear that it’s changed to Brock Lesnar versus Bill Goldberg for the title.

“And not only did they take us out of the main event – and, once again, just because I was told I have no right to it and things change all the time, I’m a big boy, I can handle it.

“But to take us from the main event slot and then move us to the second match on the card on a card that has 12 matches on it? I was like, that’s a f****** insult.”