WWE releasing Bray Wyatt was the big news of this past weekend. Wyatt, whos been out since WrestleMania in a losing effort to Randy Orton, was expected to return at any moment. At the end of the match, Alexa Bliss turned on Wyatt while simultaneously taking over “The Fiend” character.
WWE has released over 33 wrestlers in 2021, with Wyatt as the latest casualty with “budget cuts” cited as the official reason. The company is reportedly trying to get the payroll down, and with such an initiative, a wrestler’s on-screen range as a performer means more than ever. What do I mean?
Yesterday morning, I told my wife, who doesn’t follow wrestling, about “Pizza Cutter Gate.” As I finished telling the story, her dog barking text notification went off. It was a message from Dominos about a new pizza deal. At that point, I knew I had to write about this.
Dominos issued a statement regarding a commercial that aired Wednesday night on AEW Dynamite playing juxtaposed to Nick Gage using a pizza cutter on Chris Jericho’s forehead. This bloody and hilarious coincidence has everyone but AEW laughing.
All Elite Wrestling is on the precipice of its first game-changing moment in its short but noteworthy history. In a similar vein to when WCW signed Hulk Hogan in 1994, AEW has presumably signed CM Punk.
Capitalizing on the fervent speculation, Tony Schiavone announced Rampage on August 20 will emanate from Punk’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois, at the United Center. The sophomore episode is auspiciously dubbed “The First Dance.”
It seemed like another Monday until the news broke yesterday that “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff passed away. Orndorff, who was 71 years old, will always be remembered for headlining the inaugural WrestleMania and his legendary feud with Hulk Hogan.
ROH held its first show in front of a live audience in 15 months with Best in the World from Baltimore, Maryland. Five title matches headlined by RUSH defending the World Championship against Bandido. This is the first time two Mexican wrestlers have main evented an American pay-per-view in many years.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the most monumental on-screen occurrence in professional wrestling. The Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, FL, was ground zero in 1996 when Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan formed the New World Order.
Watching the story unfold on WCW Monday Nitro was indeed something unique that will never be duplicated. Not many people had the internet in their homes in 1996. The idea of looking at rumors and backstage news didn’t exist.
WWE’s “50 Greatest Tag Teams” series on Peacock named The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) the greatest tag team of all time. Lists like this often conjure up a divisive reaction. Everyone has an opinion, as is the case here. Some feel the colorful unicorn trio is worthy of such an honor, while others, not so much.
Tuesday’s episode of NXT saw the return of the Million Dollar Championship. Ted DiBiase announced that Cameron Grimes vs. LA Knight at TakeOver: In Your House on Sunday is now a ladder match for the famed belt. Both wrestlers have vied for the services of DiBiase, and the winner will carry on his Million Dollar Legacy. So, who will win? What will the title mean?
Shingo Takagi defeated Kazuchika Okada to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship on Monday at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall. The finish saw Shingo hit Okada with a dragon suplex followed by Last of the Dragon to win the vacant title at 36:04.
While one can never complain about an Okada title win, was putting the belt on Shingo the right call?
I vividly remember an altercation during an ECW house show at Wonderland Greyhound Park in Revere, MA. It was intermission, and there was a metal guardrail in the crowded foyer separating the wrestlers from fans buying merchandise.
“I don’t want to see that s***,” New Jack shouted to a fan who, without warning, handed him a VHS tape of his backyard wrestling exploits. New Jack quickly said he was only kidding, took the tape, removed the slipcover, and smashed it over the guardrail.