Finn Balor made his WWE return on Friday night’s house show, wrestled again on Saturday and – according to PWInsider – was even backstage for last night’s episode of Raw. So where was he?
Going by Balor’s Twitter, he was at home looking for Raw on TV. I don’t know why he needs two remote controls for that. Maybe even Demon Kings don’t know how to configure the TV’s volume.
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) March 14, 2017
Balor has now been fully medically cleared to return to the ring after six months out, but still hasn’t returned on Raw. Seth Rollins, however, ran down on last night’s episode, delivering a few jumping kicks and taking multiple bumps despite injuring his right knee only six weeks ago.
Seth saved Mick Foley from being beaten up by Triple H, debuting his new Kingslayer t-shirt. TAKE IT. TAKE IT ALL. TAKE MY MONEY NOW. Initially he hobbled down to the ring using a crutch, but then threw it aside, beat up Triple H, and then took a few shots to the leg when Hunter got the upper hand.
Pro Wrestling Sheet are reporting that Rollins was recently medically cleared by doctors – but with restrictions. This means he can perform “base work” but he still isn’t allowed to wrestle a full match just yet, and “The Architect’s status for WrestleMania 33 is still up in the air.”
WWE have been reluctant to officially announce Triple H vs Seth Rollins for their biggest show of the year so far. Despite Rollins getting physical last night, this doesn’t mean he’s definitely a lock for April 2nd.
But with Balor and Rollins making their WWE returns, the injury equilibrium has unfortunately restored itself. Pro Wrestling Sheet have revealed that Raw roster member and top 205 Live wrestler Cedric Alexander will be out for the next few months after injuring his right knee. The current estimate for recovery is 3-5 months, putting his return in the summer – meaning he’ll miss his first Wrestlemania.
Alexander was part of the excellent number 1 contender’s five way elimination match on 205 Live last month. This means he won’t be around to help steal the show once again in the fatal 5 way number one contenders match on 205 Live, this time to face Neville at Wrestlemania. If last month’s match is anything to go by, go out of your way to watch this.
Verifying reports yesterday that Rusev will be taking time off, WWE officials have now confirmed to F4WOnline that the Bulgarian Brute had shoulder surgery last week. This presumably also rules him out of WWE’s biggest show of the year.
And two weeks after Jack Swagger revealed he’d asked for his WWE release, the company website have finally put out their standard copy and paste goodbye:
“WWE has come to terms on the release of Jack Swagger. WWE wishes Swagger the best in all his future endeavors.”
Considering Swagger’s former Real Americans manager Zeb Colter is now running creative in TNA, you’d think he’ll be turning up there once his 90 day no compete clause is up. But before you say ‘what’s Swack Jagger doing in the Impact Zone!’ let’s take a look at the legal stuff.
Wrestling statistician Chris Harrington has pointed out on Twitter that WWE never managed to trademark the name Jack Swagger because it already belongs to a musician in Minnesota. This means WWE wouldn’t be able to stop him from using that name elsewhere. And presumably, because Jack Swagger has been called Jack Swagger since 2008, the musician doesn’t care enough to stop him either.