I don’t know what’s more surprising about the United States Championship match between Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho against Roman Reigns – that Jericho finally won the belt, or that Reigns actually defended it.
There’s a rumour going around, though – and hopefully it is just that, a rumour – that the real reason Reigns dropped the title was because he’s winning the Universal Championship from Kevin Owens at Royal Rumble. Owens would then go into Wrestlemania feuding with Jericho.
Another equally dubious piece of news is the ‘backstage heat’ on Rusev after his tweet ‘congratulating’ Jericho on his US Title win:
“Big congrats to Jericho. after 17000 matches against Roman he finally won the us championship. Not like anybody else had a chance.”
It’s a joke that could be read in two ways: 1) as an in-character jab at Jericho needing a lot to overcome the valiant Roman, or b) a ‘shoot’ on how the top of Raw’s card has become incredibly stale with Reigns, Rollins, Owens and Jericho all hogging the brand’s two main belts.
WrestlingNewsWorld are reporting that despite Rusev seeing “his stock in WWE turnaround in recent weeks, with many believing he has revamped his character,” he received some heat for the aforementioned tweet. It doesn’t sound likely to me, but this is the same company run by a man who goes ballistic if you sneeze in front of him.
Whatever is really going on backstage at Raw didn’t stop Jericho replying to The Bulgarian George Clooney:
“1 in 17,000? Still a better win loss record than yours, Sloth.”
Jericho might play a heel on TV, but on GoFundMe, at least, he’s a blue-eyed babyface.
Former WWF and WCW wrestler Rex King passed away on the 9th January and a GoFundMe page was set up to help his family with the $2,500 worth of funeral costs.
In the comments section you’ll see a donation from Chris Irvine for the full amount that reads, “Rex was a good guy who was always good to me! Hopefully he has found peace and is with the Lord now. -CJ”. Chris Irvine, of course, wrestles under the name Chris Jericho.
The Wrestling Observer has reported that Goldberg’s backstage deal with WWE is for three pay-per-view matches, with “fairly often” appearances on Raw to promote those shows. These three matches are in addition to the one he previously said was his “last”, the Survivor Series win over Brock Lesnar.
Goldberg has already been announced for Royal Rumble, and it’s a pretty a safe bet he’ll wrestle Lesnar in a rematch at WWE’s biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania – and now, thanks to the terribly named BMO Harris Bradley Center, we know he’ll also be at WWE Fastlane.
Not just ‘Fastlane’, remember. It’s ‘WWE Fastlane’.
‘WWE Fastlane: Start of the Line’.
“This just in: Goldberg – WWE will return to Milwaukee for the first time in over a decade for #WWE Fastlane on March 5!”
Which suggests WWE Fastlane is a Raw event, supporting reports that Elimination Chamber will be Smackdown-branded. Which hints to me that the winner of the Royal Rumble match will be a Raw guy.
How would you book Goldberg on the Road to Wrestlemania? Tell me in mostly 58 second matches in the comments below.