The latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the idea behind Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper celebrating after their Survivor Series 5-on-5 elimination match victory is to jump start the Wyatt Family back to being a top act. This was furthered on Smackdown Live, where it looks like Bray and Randy will get a tag team title shot when they presumably beat American Alpha next week.
In more Smackdown Live feud news, the Wrestling Observer is also reporting “there has been legit talk of doing AJ Styles vs Undertaker at Royal Rumble”. While Dave Meltzer can’t confirm it’s a done deal, the idea has definitely been discussed, and it could set up Undertaker vs John Cena at Wrestlemania 33, where Cena would presumably win his 16th world championship belt. This all depends on how Undertaker’s recent hip surgery rehab goes, though.
Speaking of Cena, he might have been booked in an even bigger match in the near future: facing off in the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial arena against opponents like Thor and The Hulk.
Thor: Ragnarok’s IMDb page has been updated with John Cena on the cast list…playing himself. From what we know about the film so far, the strongest gladiators from all around the galaxy are made to fight for the Grandmaster’s enjoyment. Perhaps they saw Cena fighting in WWE and chose him as Earth’s entry. Which would be amazing.
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Ring of Honor commentator Steve Corino has probably been my favourite announcer in wrestling for the past few years. I think he works brilliantly with Kevin Kelly. But sadly, according to ProWrestling.Net, he’s finishing up with Ring of Honor in December to become a full-time trainer at the WWE Performance Centre from January. This comes just a week after Corino went to the Performance Centre as a guest trainer, which WWE weirdly over-promoted online – indicating that there was more to the appearance than seemed.
Dave Meltzer points out, though, that Corino – along with many other Ring of Honor talent – are with the company until the 31st December, and their contracts don’t allow them to take offers or negotiate with other companies until that date. However, Meltzer signs off that particular paragraph with the devious:
“You can interpret that last sentence any way you’d like.”
Although the report says he’s only being brought in as a trainer, WWE could really use him as a commentator for NXT to lighten Corey Graves’ increasing workload. Or they could just make it a five man commentary booth on Smackdown.
How would you book Undertaker’s path to Wrestlemania 33? Tell me how he should probably start his entrance now to get to the ring in time for April in the comments below.