Taking its cue from the N64 video game of the same name, which had a memory issue that erased saved data – my OliMiester create-a-wrestler was never the same again – Becky Lynch’s match was DELETED from No Mercy at the last minute yesterday night.
This started the day before, when both Pro Wrestling Sheet’s James McKenna and the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer tweeted Lynch was out of No Mercy and for the rest of the month. Meltzer elaborated on Wrestling Observer Radio saying, “she has an undisclosed health issue that is not serious.” And then PWInsider reported that Becky isn’t physically injured, but the ‘health issue’ “is keeping her from taking bumps.” Problem was, she was scheduled to face Alexa Bliss for her Smackdown Women’s Championship at No Mercy the following night.
WWE waited until the No Mercy kick-off show to confirm that Becky wouldn’t be competing, with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan telling Bliss she’ll get her title shot at the WWE Live Event in Glasgow, Scotland on November 8th and she’ll face Naomi tonight instead.
So whatever is up with Lynch, it looks like WWE expect her to be OK again in about a month’s time for that match. While No Mercy was actually happening, Becky tweeted:
“Thank you all for the thoughts. I promise I’ll do everything I can to get back ASAP and defend my title… I’m watching closely tonight”
…with an image of her in what seems to be a hospital. Unless she has terrible taste in pyjamas.
But as the mysterious wrestling God takes away, he also giveth, as Luke Harper made his WWE return in last night’s main event between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. Yes, you read that right. That was the main event. John Cena vs Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles for the WWE Championship was the opening match of the card – presumably because the show was going up against the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Where, again, nobody went through a table.
Harper has been out since March this year after suffering a dislocated patella and a torn medial patellofemoral ligament. Which is a fancy way of saying, ‘he really hurt his leg.’ He wrestled on a Raw-branded house show earlier this month, but Bryan confirmed on the post-No Mercy Talking Smack that Harper has been signed to Smackdown.
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