If anyone ever says to you, ‘professional wrestlers aren’t tough, they’re just guys who playfight in spandex’. You might want to point them in the direction of ex-WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard – who stopped a robbery at a gas station at the weekend.
Gaspard told Pro Wrestling Sheet that he and his Cryme Tyme tag partner JTG stopped at the gas station after a wrestling show, when a man approached him in a “disrespectful manner” asked him to buy him a beer, and then pulled out what looked like a gun.
After a few heated words, Gaspard rushed in and forced the gun out of the robber’s hands, slammed his head into the door, pulled him outside and applied a rear naked choke. That’s when JTG saw what was happening and called the cops.
Turns out the weapon was only an air-soft gun, but Gaspard didn’t know that. He took on what he thought was an armed robber and won. It’s exactly like what James Ellsworth says. Any man with two hands…
Speaking of Ellsworth, he might not be getting his WWE Championship match against AJ Styles this week on Smackdown Live either. According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, Styles injured his ankle during the over-the-top rope backdrop spot from last Sunday’s TLC match against Dean Ambrose. He wasn’t medically cleared to wrestle on last week’s show and he missed the Smackdown house shows over the weekend. WWE is hoping Styles can wrestle on Tuesday, but if he can’t, he’s expected to appear in a non-wrestling role on the show.
Styles posted a photo of his ankle rehab saying, “getting fixed up. Don’t worry, I’ll be back 100%”.
Kenny Omega teased the newest member of the Bullet Club last week as a “monster” who will “devour” all challengers. I then went and said, ‘guys – I’ve figured it out. A monster, who devours people. It’s obviously Ryback.’
I was wrong. It’s Cody Rhodes.
He was unveiled as the Bullet Club’s latest member, brilliantly using the name The American Nightmare – a play on his father’s moniker The American Dream – because his ‘Cody Rhodes’ name is still caught up in an ownership battle with WWE.
Cody is proving there is very much life after WWE – which is exactly what top indy wrestler Chris Hero has done ever since he was released from NXT in 2013. So much so that the life after WWE…sometimes involves going back to WWE.
Dave Meltzer first broke the news on Wrestling Observer Radio that the reason Hero hasn’t got many bookings in 2017 is because he’s returning to WWE. Although Meltzer said it wasn’t a done deal, Pro Wrestling Sheet added Hero would be re-joining NXT with his Kassius Ohno character – strange, considering Kevin Owens ended up taking the ‘KO’ initials gimmick – and that “the ball has been rolling on this for a few weeks now.”
This comes just days after PWInsider’s report that WWE are in full signing mode right now. Which is a great segue into the latest edition of Kurt Angle watch!
Although Kurt recently told Stone Cold Steve Austin that his WWE return talks have fizzled out, WWE’s official Instagram account wished your Olympic Hero a happy 48th birthday over the weekend.
…but they also wished Super Crazy happy birthday the week before…so unfortunately it’s probably not worth reading too much into it.
Who else would you like to see sign with WWE? Let the CM Punk chants in the comments section commence.