There are many great movie projects that have never seen the light of day. Tim Burton’s Superman Lives. Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon. Tarkovsky’s The Idiot. And now, unfortunately, we can add another one…to the list!
Chris Jericho revealed in his recent interview with Live Audio Wrestling that he has pitched a buddy cop movie for WWE Studios with him and Kevin Owens. They came up with the idea after Vince McMahon really liked their chemistry together, but sadly it isn’t happening. Because WWE Studios already have brilliant projects such as Incarnate with Mark Henry, Temple with Seth Rollins, and The Marine 5: Battleground with The Miz, Maryse, Heath Slater, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas and Naomi.
Another gimmick that might be close to jumping the shark is Chin McMahon himself, James Ellsworth.
Ellsworth has posted on his Facebook page that he is “no longer taking anymore independent wrestling bookings,” supporting PWInsider’s report from a few weeks back that he’s signing a deal with WWE. Here’s what NXT’s Scott Dawson tweeted about the news:
“When you realize James Ellsworth, the Head Bangers, & the Spirit Squad all made it to #SDLIVE before you! #TheRevival #TopGuys”
With an image of his face smashing into the floor.
Another person Dawson can add to that list, albeit arguably not as deserving as Ellsworth, is The Undertaker.
Despite suggesting that he’s back for another run on Smackdown Live during his return for this week’s landmark 900th episode, Dave Meltzer has tweeted:
He will never do a full-time schedule again
While WrestlingNewsWorld add that Taker’s WWE return deal with Vince McMahon is for a retirement tour of sorts – culminating at Wrestlemania 33, possibly involving John Cena.
Also at this week’s Smackdown Live special was a bunch of former ECW stars. Bubba Ray Dudley tweeted a photo of himself with Paul Heyman, Taz and a very unhappy looking Tommy Dreamer, with the caption “a sign of things to come…”
When they were spotted backstage, it was speculated that they’d come out on the 900th episode of Smackdown – particularly Taz, who was the voice of the show from 2002-2009 – but they never showed up.
According to the Wrestling Observer, the ECW guys were there to film a new show for the WWE Network, with Corey Graves as the host.
How would you book Undertaker’s retirement? Let us know your ideas in the comments below…and then pitch your Kevin Owens/Chris Jericho buddy cop movies!