Austin Aries – Cageside Seats
The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Austin Aries has been cleared to compete again after having his orbital bone shattered by Shinsuke Nakamura back in October. During his time off Aries has been doing commentary on 205 Live and Raw for the Cruiserweight division and that role may play into his return to in-ring action. Talk is that he will give the Cruiserweights a star-power boost and the Observer also reports there is talk that Aries could be the challenging for the Cruiserweight title at WrestleMania.
Expedition of Gold – With Spandex
The Broken Hardy’s officially began their Expedition of Gold on Impact Wrestling last night teleporting to Tijuana, Mexico to search for a team to challenge. That’s right, the Hardys now have the power of teleportation. As discussed on the show, the “Expedeeetion” will hit Joppa, MD on an episode of Impact at the end of February.
Bray Wyatt Interview – For The Win
The Eater of Worlds Bray Wyatt was interviewed by USA Today’s For The Win ahead of Sunday’s Elimination Chamber.
Elimination Chamber – WWE
Sunday’s Elimination Chamber card appears to be set. In addition to the Chamber match, Luke Harper will face off with Randy Orton, there will be 4 SmackDown Women’s division matches: Nikki Bella vs. Natalya/Becky Lynch vs. Mickie James/Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss, a Tag Team Turmoil Match for the SmackDown Tag Championships, and Dolph Ziggler goes 2 on 1 against Apollo Crews & Kalisto.
Rollins Update – With Spandex
Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer are reporting that despite his MCL tear, WWE being intentionally vague on Rollins’ WrestleMania status is good news. Meltzer says that “Seth is considered good for WrestleMania.”
Impact-NOAH Partnership – Impact Wrestling
Impact Wrestling has announced a partnership with Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan. As part of the arrangement, Impact Wrestling stars will be competing on NOAH’s March 12th event in Yokohama, Japan. NOAH most recently was in a working relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Rollins Update – WWE
As reported yesterday evening on Monday Night Raw, Seth Rollins sustained an MCL tear in his right knee, putting his status for WrestleMania in jeopardy. Rollins was injured last Monday during the attack by Samoa Joe to close out Raw.
Rock N’ Roll Express: Hall of Famers – CBS Sports
Fresh off of an appearance at TNA’s Tag Team Apocalypto, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson will join Kurt Angle in this year’s 2017 Hall of Fame class. The Rock N’ Roll Express are best known for their four NWA World Tag Team Championship reigns while with Jim Crockett Promotions, the forbearer to WCW, but have wrestled in every promotion imaginable: NWA, WCW, WWF, AWA, TNA, Memphis, UWF/Mid-South, and Smoky Mountain to name a few.
Lesnar & Heyman Appear in Raw Dark Segment – Lords of Pain
Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar issued an open challenge in Portland after Raw went off the air, answered by The Big Show. Show entered the ring and tried to chokeslam the Beast but Lesnar countered with an F5.
Elimination Chamber – WWE
The participants in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Championship have been announced. On February 12th John Cena will defend the championship against AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, The Miz, Baron Corbin, and Dean Ambrose. Also, two women’s matches are already set for the show with Alexa Bliss defending the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Naomi and Natalya squaring off against Nikki Bella.
Chris Hero’s Evolve Farewell – Cageside Seats
Evolve has posted Chris Hero’s farewell speech on their YouTube page. Hero talks about his history with Zack Sabre, Jr, getting released and brought back to WWE, as well as setting up possible angles in NXT and Evolve.
Lucha Underground Coming to Netflix – WrestleZone
Court Bauer of MLW Radio announced that Lucha Underground Seasons 1 and 2 will be coming to Netflix starting on February 15th. There’s also a rumor that the show could be leaving El Rey to become a Netflix exclusive.
Samoa Joe Debuts – WWE
Samoa Joe made his WWE main roster debut ambushing Seth Rollins on behalf of Triple H to close out last night’s Raw. I guess now we know why he was held out of the Royal Rumble.
CM Punk Talks Next Fight – PW Insider
In an interview with Fox Sports during NHL All-Star Weekend, CM Punk was asked about his fighting future. According to Punk, he has pitched opponents to Dana White speculated that White was waiting for a show in Chicago, and said regardless he wants to fight again in UFC or elsewhere.
Zayn and Owens Honor Quebec – With Spandex
ICYMI, Quebec natives Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens wore armbands to honor the victims of the Quebec city shooting Sunday Night during last night’s Raw broadcast.