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.
Well, this was unexpected. The latest WWE Network exclusive tournament has been announced and the announcement is loaded with breaking news.
At a press conference in London, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative Triple H announced a 16-man, two-day tournament in Blackpool, England to crown the first WWE United Kingdom Champion. The tournament will air live and exclusive on the WWE Network on January 14th and 15th at 8PM in the UK (3 PM ET in the US).
The second big announcement at the press conference involves the play-by-play team for the Network special. After leaving his on-screen position as Ring of Honor Matchmaker earlier this month, Former ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness will be joining Michael Cole on commentary as co-hosts of the show.
There had been speculation WWE was looking to sign a plethora of British, Scottish, and Irish wrestlers in recent weeks and the field for the United Kingdom Championship tournament bears out this speculation. The field of contenders includes 18 names from the UK independent scene (2 alternates for injuries):
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After some technical difficulties last week (details in the episode), The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show returns!
Chad Dukes, Loud Goat and Thom are back for another hour of pro wrestling talk. “The Wide” discuss being featured in Rolling Stone, Kevin Owens and Triple H working together and if Smackdown Live is better than Raw.
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The first half of today’s roundup will be dedicated to the shocking finale of Raw where Kevin Owens took his rightful place as Universal Champion!
Champion of the Universe – WWE
In a fantastic close to last night’s Raw, Kevin Owens became the second ever Universal Champion last night on Raw eliminating Big Cass & Seth Rolins with an assist from The Game, Triple H. Pro Wrestling is #1 and the best.
Rollins Confronts McMahon & Foley – WWE
Following the shocking ending of Raw, “The Man” Seth Rollins and Commissioner Stephanie McMahon had words about her husband’s actions.
Owens’ First Photoshoot – WWE
WWE also has footage of Owens’ first photoshoot as champion before going to call his wife.
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Alberto Del Rio Suspended – WWE
Paige Suspended – WWE
Alberto Del Rio and Paige have both been suspended for 30 days for violations of the company’s wellness policy. What makes the suspensions doubly interesting is that the pair have been romantically linked in recent months and reports that Del Rio has been unhappy with his position in the company. Paige, drafted to the Raw brand, has been out of action dealing with injuries and Del Rio has been competing on the SmackDown brand as recently as this past Tuesday.
Storm’s TNA Status – WrestleZone
Multiple live reports from the final night of TNA television tapings are reporting that James Storm told the live audience after a One Night Only match with Bram he was wrapping up his time with TNA and teasing you’ll see him down the road “with a friend of his.” Storm rejoined TNA in January after a brief run in NXT. However, he is the part of an angle this coming Thursday where he clashes with management so as always, keep your BS detectors on high alert.
Triple H Conference Call – Philly.com
Triple H held another NXT conference call with the media last night and revealed a few interesting nuggets:
- The presentation of the cruiserweight division will be “different”, he’s not looking to sign all the talents for the division at once, and talents will work Raw, NXT, & NXT live events.
- He’s fine with signing NXT talents to contracts that allow them to work in other companies (think Austin Aries’ deal) but he wants Raw’s cruiserweight talents to be exclusive to WWE.
- Shawn Michaels is still deciding if he will move to Florida to be a full-time NXT instructor.