Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
Just several months after production began on Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s movie about WWE star Paige, another Hollywood wrestling biopic is about to be greenlit: a film about the life of Vince McMahon, quite aptly called Pandemonium.
The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that TriStar Pictures have snapped up the project after Andrew Lazar – the producer behind 2014’s box office smash American Sniper – acquired the rights. He’s also the man responsible for Cats & Dogs, Jonah Hex and Mortdecai, but those are in no way as impressive.
The President of WWE Studios Michael Luisi is also producing, and the project is said to have Vince McMahon’s blessing. Which probably means the movie will have no mention of Randy Savage, B. A. Star isn’t just a PR exercise, Wrestlemania always breaks attendance records, WCW never stood a chance, Bret screwed Bret, etc. Comment with who you think should play Vince in the film, and I’ll include the best in tomorrow’s edition. I’ll kick things off: Nicolas Cage.
It’s recently come out that the early Wrestlemania 33 card was meant to have John Cena vs The Undertaker and The Miz vs a debuting Shinsuke Nakamura, but when Kevin Dunn pitched the Nikki Bella proposal idea, those major matches were pulled. Another bout that also ended up scrapped was the Big Show taking on former-NBA megastar Shaquille O’Neal.
Big Show recently said on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Video Podcast that it was because Shaq couldn’t commit to the prep work because of other commitments. But speaking on his BIG Podcast, Shaq has revealed it’s actually WWE who are to blame.
“They kept playing. First, they said it was me and Big Show. Then, they said it was going to be 3 and 3. Then, they cancelled it, so when they cancelled it, I made other arrangements. And then they tried to call back and tried to get it done, and I just said, “I’m not going to do it”. They messed it up.”
WWE kept changing plans and then tried to book something last-minute. I’m as surprised as you are.
It’s that type of on-the-fly booking that might be responsible for the huge drop off in ratings for Raw since Wrestlemania. After some of the highest numbers of the year for both the Post-Mania and Superstar Shake-Up editions of Raw, this Monday’s episode only averaged 3 million viewers, dropping almost 350,000 from the week before. And it’s easy to see why, with a massive 60% of you giving the episode the worst possible rating at Bore, and 28% thinking it only slightly better at Poor.
WWE haven’t yet had their annual post-Wrestlemania mass releasing of talent, and it appears as though the company might be warming up for a Future Endeavours Friday soon. I hate that holiday.
With the recent departures of both Simon Gotch and Tajiri from WWE, Pro Wrestling Sheet are now reporting that NXT wrestler Chris Atkins has also been released, and Uproxx claim both Tough Enough 2015 winner Josh Bredl and backstage interviewer Andrea DiMarco are gone too.
Atkins was signed in 2015 after a WWE tryout, but was rarely used on live events and TV. His last televised match was being squashed by Eric Young on the 5th January episode of NXT. DiMarco had made a few appearances on the main roster as a backstage interviewer, and Bredl only ever wrestled on NXT house shows after winning the one-year, $250,000 contract in Tough Enough’s sixth season – making him the latest in a long-line of prestigious Tough Enough graduates that didn’t do much at all.
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