Curt Hawkins Returns To SmackDown – Cageside Seats
Former Edgehead, Curt Hawkins was announced to be coming to SmackDown last night with what can best be described as a “Chuck Norris Facts” gimmick. I’ve always had a soft spot for Hawkins dating back to his solo run as The Party Crasher and his tag teams with Lance Archer and Tyler Reks.
Six Woman Tag Added to SummerSlam – WrestlingObserver
The SummerSlam card just got a little less lopsided towards Raw with the addition of a six-woman tag team match between Becky Lynch, Carmella, & Naomi/Natalya, Alexa Bliss, & Eva Marie. Let’s hope Eva makes it to the arena okay this time.
Samoa Joe Forbes Interview – Forbes
NXT Champion Samoa Joe was interviewed by Forbes.com to promote Saturday’s NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II. In addition to talking about his match with Shinsuke Nakamura, and his desires to face Brock Lesnar, Joey Headrocker gives the most appropriate response so far to Conor McGregor’s WWE comments.
“I think Conor McGregor is a promoter, and I’m not here to promote any of his fights. If he were here in WWE, that would be a different story, but until that happens I don’t feel like I need to address it.”
Per WWE.com, WWE has released 7 well known & tenured superstars from their contracts:
- Theodore Long– Long had been with the company since 1998 in various capacities from referee to manager to longtime Smackdown General Manager, but hasn’t been used regularly on WWE TV since July 2013 when Vickie Guerrero dismissed him as “Senior Advisor to the Smackdown General Manager.”
- Camacho– Son of WWE Legend Haku, Camacho debuted back in 2011 with Hunico (Sin Cara Negro/Sin Cara II) as his enforcer. Recently he had been a singles act in NXT, feuding with Adam Rose.
- Brodus Clay– Possibly the biggest pushed name on the list, Clay was a huge part of Raw & Smackdown as the Funkasaurus for over a year. After his tag team with Tensai dissolved, Clay returned to NXT and challenged Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship. Somehow, Funkadactyl Cameron…still employed.
- Evan Bourne– Bourne had recently celebrated six years with the company, debuting back in 2008 on ECW. However the former tag team champion has been sidelined since 2012 with a foot injury suffered in a car accident, which followed two wellness policy violation suspensions.
- Yoshi Tatsu– Another long tenured superstar, Tatsu has made NXT his home in recent years, making sporadic appearance on the main show.
- Curt Hawkins– Added after our initial post, Hawkins has been with WWE proper since 2007, debuting as the Major Brothers in ECW with broski, Zack Ryder. He later won the tag championships with Ryder as part of Edge’s La Familia stable. Since that team he had formed alliances with Vance Archer & Tyler Reks. Hawkins also opened his own wrestling school earlier this year. He confirmed the release on his Twitter.
- Aksana– The hits just keep coming. This one’s pretty surprising since the Lithuanian diva appeared to be starting a program with Alicia Fox Monday on Raw. Making it to the main roster in 2010 on NXT Season 3, Aksana portrayed the money hungry love interest for both Goldust and Teddy Long before briefly joining with Cesaro. Recently she had been part of the diva’s tag team dubbed Foxana with Alicia Fox.
- Jinder Mahal– Damnit, not the funny one. Mahal joined Smackdown in 2011, feuding with the Great Khali. By 2012 he was repackaged with Heath Slater & Drew McIntyre as 3MB.
- Drew McIntryre– The Chosen One. Former IC and Tag Champion, also a member of 3MB. McIntrye was pegged by Vince McMahon on WWE TV as a “future world champion.” This one really shocked me. Despite being in a comedy tag team, the guy clearly has a ton of talent. We’ll always have his amazing entrance music.
- JTG– Smarks won’t have JTG to kick around anymore. The former Cryme Time member was added to the list of releases late this afternoon.
Days like this stink and I never like to celebrate people losing their jobs. I’m personally a little shocked by the Brodus Clay, Jinder Mahal/McIntryre , and Aksana releases. While I would of liked to have seen Camacho embrace his inner Haku, he, Hawkins, Bourne, & Tatsu weren’t being used much so perhaps plying their trade elsewhere is what’s best.
It’s Wednesday night and WWE has three brutal one-on-one matches on tap for the latest episode of WWE Main Event!
1. Christian vs. Damien Sandow
Christian finally ate a pinfall against the Shield — his first loss since returning from injury. He looks to recover some of that momentum against Damien Sandow. Both of these men are no doubt seeking strong showings, with their respective Money in the Bank ladder matches in a week and a half.
2. Jack Swagger vs. Sin Cara
Sin Cara’s been in some great matches with Antonio Cesaro lately, and as Swagger is another big dude who can go in the ring, expect more of the same. Also, Zeb Colter will surely have a few words for the WWE Universe with Independence Day tomorrow.
3. Big E Langston vs. Curt Hawkins
With the return of Dolph Ziggler and AJ winning the Divas Title, Big E has seen his screen time get reduced after his best-of-five series with Alberto Del Rio. He gets a chance here to remind fans just what it is he brings to the table (hint: it’s raw power). The Prince of Queens Curt Hawkins has his work cut out for him.
WWE Main Event is back and bringing a bevy of brilliant bouts!
Three matches tonight:
1. Antonio Cesaro vs. Sheamus
Antonio Cesaro hasn’t done much since his promo that promised a new, more intense, more unstoppable Cesaro, but a win over the Irish Warrior would go a long way in re-establishing Cesaro as a credible threat in the WWE.
2. The Usos vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
The Usos continue to get pushed! After giving the beatdown to the Primetime Players on Monday Night, Jimmy and Jey take aim at another well-established tag team in Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. Also, will they continue wearing the facepaint?
3. Justin Gabriel vs. Curt Hawkins
The Prince of Queens makes his long-awaited return to Main Event and goes up agianst the high-flyer from South Africa.
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The full recap of WWE Superstars comes a day later than usual this week, but Roddy Piper kept us plenty busy yesterday. But, the beauty of this show is that it’s available exclusively on WWE.com and YouTube, so it can be new any day of the week!
A few solid matches on the card this week, including a rematch from last week’s main event:
Drew McIntyre vs. Sin Cara
Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks vs. Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd
Michael McGillicutty vs. Zack Ryder
Let’s do this.
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