To start off, I’d like to read you a few inspirational words:
When it comes crashing down, and it hurts inside,
Ya’ gotta take a stand, it don’t help to hide,
Well, you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
I gotta be a man; I can’t let it slide.
No, not the words of renowned poet and author Rudyard Kipling, but the lyrics to Hulk Hogan’s entrance theme, Real American.
Hogan hasn’t had the best last couple of years, brother, from a reputation standpoint. Financially, it’s been amazing. He got a $31 million payout from taking Gawker to court. Unfortunately, the reason he took Gawker to court in the first place was because they posted his sex-tape with the wife of Bubba the Love Sponge.
$31 million, though… You could buy TNA and still have $30,999,000 left over.
The lawsuit with Gawker resulted in an audio recording of Hogan making racist comments being made public, for which WWE severed all ties with him – terminating his contract, removing him from their website and pulling all merchandise from their store.
But apparently emerging VICTORIOUS from the Gawker case is helping Hogan’s return to the company, and it’s rumoured to be happening sooner rather than later, which the Hulkster’s daughter Brooke supported to TMZ:
“I’ll just say I know that people have been calling him for WrestleMania.”
Brooke is insinuating WWE have been in contact with Hogan for a Wrestlemania 33 return.
We might be seeing another WWE return a lot sooner, though. The PPG Paints Arena – catchy name – in Pittsburgh is the host of the 18th December Raw pay-per-view Roadblock. And it’s currently advertising the following WWE superstars:
Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, The New Day, Enzo & Cass, Charlotte, Sasha Banks and…here’s the big one…Finn Balor.
Balor suffered a shoulder injury when winning the Universal Title at Summerslam back in August and had to forfeit the championship the following night on Raw. We haven’t seen him on TV since.
He’s expected to be able to return to the ring for Wrestlemania, so if he does appear at Roadblock, it most likely won’t be in a wrestling capacity, but he could do something else on the show. He’ll be appearing as a special guest enforcer at the Scottish promotion ICW’s Fear and Loathing IX event on the 20th November – the same night as Survivor Series – so he’s not completely out of action.
That said, the venue could be advertising with outdated information. And there’s the always handy disclaimer at the bottom, ‘Card subject to change.’
It’s Heartwarming Cody Rhodes Story of the Day now!
Reddit user mullenwr11 posted a story from an indie show in New York he attended the previous night for Xcite Wrestling. Early on in the show, the ring broke and there was a delay while the crew fixed it. After Cody Rhodes’ match later in the night, he cut a promo saying:
“He’d wrestled in front of 80,000 people this year at the AT&T stadium but would rather be wrestling in this broken ass ring…” and that “…all the money he made from giving out autographs and photos would be given to Xcite wrestling to fix the wrestling ring.”
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