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The Morning Roundup 2/24/17

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Finn Balor Clearance – With Spandex

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer is reporting Finn Balor could be cleared to return to action before WrestleMania and that he’ll do “something” in Orlando.

Goodbye Heidi, Hello Ruby – Pro Wrestling Sheet

Recent NXT signee Heidi Lovelace has received her NXT name at this week’s television tapings: Ruby Riot.

Kassius Ohno’s New Theme – Cageside Seats

Now that he’s returned to NXT TV, the former Chris Hero has a new WWE theme song appropriately titled, “Hero’s Welcome.”

The Morning Roundup 2/22/17

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Harper vs Styles – Lords of Pain

After the “inconclusive” Battle Royal result last night (Harper won), Luke Harper and AJ Styles will face off next week for the right to challenge Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.

New SmackDown Women’s Champion – Wrestling Observer

Also last night on SmackDown, newly crowned SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi had to relinquish the title due to injury. Alexa Bliss subsequently regained the championship by defeating Becky Lynch.

Aries Coming to 205 Live – Twitter

WWE aired a promo video during last night’s 205 Live hyping Austin Aries joining the cruiserweight division. Aries has been doing commentary for the cruiserweights after an orbital bone fracture sidelined him last year.

 

The Morning Roundup 2/21/17

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DDP To The Hall of Fame – Rolling Stone

3-time WCW Champion Diamond Dallas Page is the latest name to join the 2017 Hall of Fame class alongside Kurt Angle, The Rock N’ Roll Express, & Teddy Long.

Fast Lane Matches – WWE

Last night on Raw, two more matches were added to the Fast Lane card with Charlotte Flair invoking her rematch against Bayley and Enzo & Cass challenging The Club for the Raw Tag Team Championship.

New Day Hosting WrestleMania – Cageside Seats

It looks like the The New Day won’t be in in-ring action this year at WrestleMania as they will serve as the “official hosts” for this year’s WrestleMania in Orlando. Perhaps they will finally unveil their New Day ice cream at the showcase of the immortals.

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The Morning Roundup 2/15/17

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Orton/Wyatt – WWE

In the first SmackDown on the Road to WrestleMania, Randy Orton bent the knee to the Eater of Worlds, pledging fealty, and refusing to face Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania. A Battle Royal will be held next week to seemingly choose a new opponent for Wyatt. It’s an interesting wrinkle, but somehow, I still think the Viper faces Wyatt in Orlando.

Lesnar Retires from MMA – Cageside Seats

While there’s been no official announcement, a UFC spokesperson confirmed to MMA Fighting.com that Lesnar will not be returning to the UFC after his USADA suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs prior to his UFC 200 fight.

Emmalina Update – Pro Wrestling Sheet

Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that the unveiling of Emmalina and the scuttling of the Emmalina character in the same segment on Raw was a result of WWE producers pulling the plug on the character after multiple rehearsals left the producers unsatisfied Emma was pulling the act off correctly.

The Morning Roundup 2/14/17

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Festival of Sadness – YouTube

The Festival of Friendship turned sour last night on Raw when JeriKO exploded as Kevin Owens turned on Chris Jericho. Owens brutally attacked Jericho after he poured his heart out to the prizefighter about having his back during his championship reign. Something tells me Owens’ conversation with Triple H, shown earlier in the evening, has something to do with the attack.

Ohno Challenges Roode – Cageside Seats

The other KO, Kassius Ohno aka Chris Hero is wasting no time getting in on the NXT Championship picture. In a tweet from Triple H it was announced that Ohno would be challenging Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship at an upcoming NXT television taping at the University of Central Florida.

Chavo Guerrero, Sr Passes – WWE

A member of the legendary Guerrero family passed away this weekend, as Chavo Guerrero, Sr., known to WWE fans as Chavo Classic, passed away at 68. His death was announced by his son Chavo Guerrero, Jr on Instagram. Guerrero, Sr. was a former Cruiserweight Champion and a legend in the NWA California territory.

Rosa Mendes Retirement – Pro Wrestling Sheet

WWE diva Rosa Mendes announced her retirement from in-ring action on her Instagram. Mendes recently gave birth to her first daughter and is devoting her time to being a mother. Mendes last competed on WWE Television at the 2014 Tribute to the Troops and was last in action at all on a European tour in April of 2015.

 

 
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