Dave Meltzer is reporting that Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair getting the main event spot at Hell in a Cell wasn’t the only last-minute call by Vince McMahon – up until Saturday night, the last match was scheduled to be for the Universal title – so was the actual result.
While reviewing Hell in a Cell on Wrestling Observer Radio, Big Dave said the original plan was to have Sasha Banks retain the title in front of her hometown crowd. Meltzer said he didn’t know why the outcome was changed so last minute other than that Vince decided “to go with Charlotte and Bayley soon than later, like sooner than it was originally going to be.” Which they definitely seem to be doing after their promo segment together on last night’s RAW.
Here’s another reason from me: because Bayley has top merchandise seller written all over her, and Vince McMahon loves them wristband sales.
Banks didn’t appear on last night’s episode of RAW, which has led to speculation that her Hell in a Cell injuries might be more than just storyline.
Meanwhile, over at TNA, the Wrestling Observer and PWInsider are both reporting that Billy Corgan’s lawsuit hearing against TNA has denied his injunction request, which now means the company is back in business. Aroluxe, who are the second largest shareholders behind Dixie Carter, are expected to appoint one of their own as President to replace Corgan.
This doesn’t mean the whole fiasco is over, just that Corgan hasn’t been able to remove Carter and her regime from TNA. TNA still owe him a substantial amount of money, the lawsuit is still ongoing and he could still buy TNA via another route. And so could The Fight Network or WWE.
TNA star Mike Bennett reacted on Twitter with:
Well, back to bad business as usual
I hate to correct him, but it’s actually back to ‘worse’ business than usual.
This morning, UK television channel Challenge announced on their Facebook page that they “will no longer be the home of TNA in the UK” as of January 2017. This is quite surprising as TNA is one of Challenge’s highest rated shows, and it’s what has given TNA such a big and dedicated fanbase in the UK. This is a huge blow for the company.
TNA’s Facebook page tried to put a brave face on it, blaming “spoilers” and that UK fans no longer want to wait 3-5 days to watch Impact Wrestling after it airs in the US.
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