Spoiler for Raw last night: the premiere of Emmalina still hasn’t happened. Roman Reigns is going to turn heel before Emma redebuts, at this rate.
She was meant to debut on last week’s episode, but that was changed just before Raw went on-air. The premiere of Emmalina was even promoted on the Raw pre-show. But because they ran out of time, she was dropped in favour of another Instagram perv session.
Great, more of my life wasted getting by sucked into stupid, really sexy Instagram accounts.
In proof that WWE actually enjoys trolling its audience, Dave Meltzer has revealed on Twitter that Emmalina’s never-arriving debut has actually become: “an inside joke now.”
WWE also likes annoying its performers, a trait which drove Wade Barrett not to sign a new contract with the company earlier this year. Both sides agreed to part ways on the 6th May.
Barrett – real name Stu Bennett – has spoken to Sports Illustrated about what caused him to leave:
“Unfortunately, in 2015 and again in 2016, I was asked to play a character and perform storylines that I found thoroughly uninspiring. After making repeated attempts to change my career trajectory and having those efforts turned down, my passion for playing the role of a WWE Superstar went away.”
Those uninspiring characters, if you’ve already forgotten – and I don’t blame you – are The League of Nations, a faction so good, half of the people involved have since been granted their release.
And before then, after having success as the leader of the Nexus and with his Bad News Barrett gimmick, Wade had another dud:
“When I became King Barrett, the influence I had in the character was taken away. I was told, ‘This is your outfit, and here is your promo that you have to say word-for-word.’ Any time I tried to tweak the storyline because I thought it wasn’t working, or because it wasn’t me, I was denied. The lack of control over my career reduced my passion more than anything.”
And he teased there was more to him leaving the company:
“That wasn’t the only issue—it wasn’t purely a creative thing, there were other issues going on behind the scenes between me and WWE, but that was the most obvious one.”
Considering how quickly ex-WWE guys turn up in other promotions – What’s Bade Warrett doing in the Impact Zone!? – it’s surprising Stu hasn’t wrestled anywhere else since.
“Maybe, at some point, I’ll step into the ring or a commentary position with a renewed passion…I’ve had some offers for 2017, both in the wrestling world and in film, but it’s going to be a little while before I can announce those.”
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If one of those offers is for TNA, January 6th would be the best time for him to debut.
PWInsider are reporting the promotion will broadcast a live ‘One Night Only’ pay-per-view next month during their next batch of TV tapings. After probably the worst year in the company’s history, things are already looking up for TNA in 2017.
What are your favourite memories of Wade Barrett in WWE? Tell me how nothing beats that first Nexus angle on Raw in the comments below.