Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
The greatest wrestling commentator of all time – his words, not mine – has sadly lost a match which means he’ll no longer be the announcer for TNA Impact Wrestling
TEAM JEREMY BORASH BEAT TEAM JOSH MATHEWS. NO MORE JOSH MATHEWS ON COMMENTARY! NO MORE JOSH MATHEWS!
After six weeks of on-air bickering, it appears JB and D’Angelo Dinero will be the two-man commentary booth for Impact Wrestling going forwards, with Mathews’ on-screen future uncertain – although he’d make a great heel manager for someone.
In even more positive wrestling announcing news, David Otunga won’t be making his Raw commentary debut for at least six weeks! He was traded to Monday nights in exchange for Byron Saxton to Smackdown in this week’s Superstar Shake-Up, but WWE.com have revealed Otunga “has been cast in the lead role of an action film with the working title Katrina”.
The movie is set in New Orleans during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, and Otunga’s character is described as the “edgy DEA agent James ‘World’ Lawson.” Sounds real good. I can’t wait to watch that on video cassette.
The WWE.com article teases that Otunga’s “latest film endeavor leaves a temporary vacancy on the Raw commentary team. Who will serve as his stand in?” How about just make it a two-man booth for a change-oh god, they’re gonna bring in Josh Mathews.
Due to a number of reported backstage incidents – including a real-life fight with Sin Cara last year – there were quite a few rumoured reasons for why Gotch was let go. One insider on Reddit claimed it was because he “was just ‘Bad’ as they put it. Simon put too many people at risk everytime he wrestled”, while another rumour – since debunked by Gotch on Twitter – said it was because of a backstage fight with his tag team partner Aidan English at Wrestlemania.
Literally not one part of this is true, though props on possibly the worst fanfic I've ever read. https://t.co/03MpWY0xxp
— Simon (TBD) (@GotchStyleWWE) April 5, 2017
The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter is now reporting yet another backstage incident, which happened the day before his release. At the 4th April Smackdown Live show in Orlando, Gotch apparently fell off his chair in catering “and got mad when he went down, which was bad enough that it was a scene.”
Dave Meltzer notes that while this might not have anything to do with Gotch’s release, the timing certainly fits. Later that night on Smackdown, it was English who took the pin in the Vaudevillains loss to American Alpha. If WWE had already planned to release Gotch the next day in advance, you’d expect him to take that fall in his last match.
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