Christmas is cancelled, everyone. Mick Foley won’t be on Raw to dress up as Santa Claus this holiday season.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, Foley is taking some time off from WWE due to having hip replacement surgery. Pro Wrestling Sheet revealed that the GM only appeared on last night’s Roadblock: End of the Line because he was already in Pittsburgh for a charity event, and he’ll also work the following episode of Raw, but then he won’t be back until January 2nd.
This most likely means no traditional appearance of Foley Claus. Which also means no angles where Alberto Del Rio runs him over.
Foley isn’t the only WWE star dealing with injuries. The Hype Bros won a battle royal to decide the Smackdown Tag Team Championships number 1 contenders last week, but Zack Ryder suffered a serious knee injury during the match. He underwent surgery a few days later and has since given an update on his estimated return:
“I was told 4-6 months. I was also told 6-9 months. Time will tell.”
This comes the same week that Samoa Joe told the crowd at an NXT live event that he is also injured and hasn’t been cleared to compete. Instead, he sat at ringside watching Shinsuke Nakamura and Tye Dillinger beat Bobby Roode and Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas. Fans noted Joe’s previous match – a six-man tag at the NXT live event on 13th December – had been changed from the advertised Fatal 4 Way between Nakamura, Joe, Roode and Dillinger – which could potentially have been rebooked to compensate for Joe’s possible injury.
With all these injuries, including AJ Styles still rehabbing his ankle, it’s probably good that WWE are in “full signing mode right now”. Just a few wrestlers out at the same time can really expose how thin the post-brand split rosters are.
According to SquaredCircleSirens, the latest signee is independent wrestler Andrea, who will be reporting to the WWE Performance Centre soon.
Andrea used to work for TNA as Rosie Lottalove in 2010 – where in her tryout match, she infamously accidentally injured her opponent Daffney. She then worked in Japan, but retired from wrestling due to injuries.
But she made her wrestling return two years later after losing 127 pounds, where she again appeared for TNA on their Knockouts Knockdown 3 pay-per-view losing to Awesome Kong. She wrestled Emma at an NXT taping in 2015, and now it looks like she’s signed properly with the company.
WMMARankings are also reporting that 6 foot 5 kickboxing world champion Katya ‘Dominator’ Kavaleva has been invited for a WWE tryout from the 1st to the 4th February. The company are said to be very interested in her because she’s freaking enormous.
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