Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in this twice-daily WrestleTalk column…
It’s been a week now since The Undertaker seemingly retired from professional wrestling, leaving his coat, hat and gloves in the middle of the ring after his Wrestlemania defeat to Roman Reigns – an act which, again, I must point out did not make me cry.
But what next for The Deadman? Landscaping’s always an option, with his 20 year plus tending of the WWE yard, as is construction, with the many holes he’s dug for various souls.
Instead, Undertaker’s first post-WWE retirement appearance has been to endorse country music singer/songwriter George Strait’s Las Vegas tour in a video on Twitter.
— George Strait (@GeorgeStrait) April 6, 2017
“Whether you’re happy, whether you’re sad, whether you found someone, whether you lost someone – there’s a George song that covers it. And I think that’s really cool…”
Non-Kayfabe Undertaker is going to take some getting used to. He didn’t even do the eye roll at the end.
To maintain WWE’s vital balance of part-time to full-time wrestlers, though, Undertaker hot tagged in Kurt Angle, who was unveiled as Raw’s new General Manager on the following night.
In the months before his Hall of Fame induction, Kurt frequently said in interviews that he believes he will wrestle in WWE again, but that he hasn’t actually had any talks with Vince McMahon or Triple H about that. Following his Hall of Fame induction, Kurt changed his tune, telling ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman:
“I do know that there’s a chance of Kurt Angle wrestling again…”
Dave Meltzer has since revealed on Twitter why it’s only a chance right now rather than a definite:
Plan is for him to wrestle if he passes physical https://t.co/wMq9Bjxx78
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) April 7, 2017
Since leaving TNA in early 2016, Kurt has continued to wrestle on the independent scene, losing his last match to Cody Rhodes in a steel cage for Northeast Wrestling on March 3rd – just over a month ago – indicating he should be able to pass a WWE medical. Kurt does have a history of neck problems, though.
It seems as though current Impact Wrestling star – the former Alberto Del Rio in WWE – has been asked to join Angle in a company return:
“I don’t plan on going back there, it’s them already calling me to go back to that company, but I’m not going back ever, ever, ever.”
Alberto made this revelation in a series of Periscope videos, broadcasting six videos over one evening with his fiancée Paige. In the first, at the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity awards dinner in New York, Alberto promised: “I know you’re waiting for me to say something really, really stupid…but it’s not going to happen.”
By the third video, in which Alberto later admitted he was rather drunk, he ranted:
“You [Paige] work for the company that is PG. I don’t work for that f***ing company anymore – thank God… I know it was you, motherf***er. I know you did this to me and to my baby. I’m gonna prove it was you, piece of s***.”
I’m going out on a speculative limb here, but the ‘PG company’ Alberto mentions could be Paige’s current employer WWE. But what, exactly, is he blaming them for? Sadly, there are numerous controversies that he could be talking about – Paige’s Wellness Policy violations, the reportedly unapproved neck surgery or, most recently, her images and videos of a sexual nature being leaked online.
Alberto wasn’t done there, as he also had some choice words for an unspecified WWE higher-up:
“You remind me of one of the bosses in WWE, with the big f***in’ nose, big f***in’ p****s. Ya know, I’m close to the next town. Stamford. I could pay a visit to somebody. Stamford is only forty-five minutes away. That’s where all the p****s live, right? I could go there and just knock on someone’s door, ‘Hey, big nose with the small dick.’”
Stamford, Connecticut is the site of WWE headquarters. I’ll leave it for you to work out who the big nosed chap Alberto might be talking about is.