Can AJ Styles beat Roman Reigns? Will Gallows and Anderson get involved? Chad Dukes discusses this and more as he previews WWE Payback with Loud Goat and Thom. Plus, the guys talk about Lucha Underground, the Tag Team tournament and Ric Flair stylin’ and profilin’ in the airport yesterday morning.
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Eric Young to NXT – YouTube
WWE has already spoiled the surprise of another former TNA World Champion making the move to NXT. Eric Young made his debut at last night’s set of tapings at Full Sail. Young joins Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, rumored signing Bobby Roode, and the brief run of James Storm in NXT. If you include AJ Styles and Bully Ray that makes 7 former TNA champions appearing on WWE soil.
Warrant Issued for Dolph Ziggler’s Brother -PWInsider
Donald Nemeth, the brother of Dolph Ziggler has a warrant out for his arrest in the murder of a 34 year old man at a Cleveland area hotel.
ROH Office Evacuated – Pro Wrestling Sheet
ROH’s production office in Baltimore which is in the Fox 45 building was evacuated with the rest of the building after a man wearing “an animal onesie” set a car on fire and claimed to have a bomb walked into the building wanting to play something off a flash drive on the news. The man was shot 3 times after refusing to remove his hands from his pockets and was subsequently hospitalized. The bomb? Chocolate candy bars wrapped in wires and a fake detonator. BALTIMORE!
WWE Posts Global Cruiserweight Series Qualifiers – Cageside Seats
Fat Marks! WWE has posted highlights of the two GCS qualifying matches held at Progress on Sunday featuring Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Flash Morgan Webster and Jack Gallagher vs. Pete Dunne.
Will Ospreay Officially Signs with New Japan – PW Torch
A free agent WWE reportedly wanted for the Cruiserweight series, Will Osprey has gone from a handshake deal to a full-fledged contract with NJPW after an impressive debut against KUSHIDA.
Rich Brennan Released – Pro Wrestling Sheet
See ya later Millhouse. WWE Announcer Rich Brennan has reverted his twitter handle back to his real name and Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting it is because he has been released by the company.
Chyna Cause of Death – PWInsider
More info is coming out about the passing of the Chyna’s manager told the New York Daily News that an accidental overdose from mixing Ambien and Valium is to blame for the death of the former Intercontinental Champion.
Cena Returns on Memorial Day – WWE
John Cena announced via Twitter yesterday he would be making his return to Raw on the Memorial Day edition of Raw. Shine up that US Title boys.
League of Nations Ending – WrestleZone
If last night’s Raw is any indication where there’s smoke there’s fire. Alberto Del Rio said in an interview with Solo Wrestling that the League of Nations will be disbanding.
Chyna Tribute – YouTube
WWE paid tribute to the 9th Wonder of the World, Chyna, last night on Raw.
Happy Monday, marks! WWE Payback is this weekend, which means Raw is going to be hotter than ever! Live from Hartford, CT, here are some pre-show notes:
- Bullet Club in Action: WWE gets its first taste of the Bullet Club in a sanctioned matched, as they go two-on-two against the Usos. While they’ve been established as buddies of New Japan refugee AJ Styles, original Bullet Club founder Finn Balor quietly dropped the NXT Title to Samoa Joe last week at a house show, possibly freeing him up to ascend to the main roster. Lots to keep an eye on here.
- League Disbanding: Mere weeks after dumping Wade Barrett, Alberto del Rio confirmed over the weekend that the remaining League of Nations members will be going their separate ways. For a faction with such decorated members, the LoN never amounted to much. Hopefully Barrett, del Rio, Rusev, and Sheamus will re-establish themselves as credible threats to faces everywhere.
- Payback Go-Home Show: The build to WWE Payback has been one of the better in recent memory, and hopefully the trend continues tonight with a solid go-home show!
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