Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
Memorial Day won’t just be blamed for Monday Night Raw’s inevitably low ratings, it’s also now the reason behind some fan’s anger towards R-Truth.
In honor of the armed forces, Goldust broke his heel character to tweet:
— Dustin Rhodes (@Goldust) May 29, 2017
Presumably still enraged by his Golden Truth tag team partner turning on him, R-Truth replied to the non-kayfabe tweet very much in fake pro wrestling mode:
@Goldust Remember I'm gone getcha
— WWE R-Truth (@RonKillings) May 29, 2017
A few fans on Twitter found the message disrespectful, but nobody complained about Braun Strowman’s US army-mocking Instagram post yesterday!
But that’s probably because we’re all terrified of him.
Rusev was last seen in a WWE ring on the 5th March at the Raw-exclusive pay-per-view Fastlane, where he was written off TV to undergo surgery. While recovering, he’s since found himself drafted to Smackdown Live in the Superstar Shake-Up and split from his real-life wife Lana, who is pursuing a new dancer gimmick.
In the weeks leading up to Backlash, Rusev appeared on Smackdown in two pre-taped promos, demanding a WWE title match at Money in the Bank on his return, and announcing that he’ll be on the go-home show to confront Shane McMahon about getting the championship opportunity. But then, on the go-home show, there was no mention of The Bulgarian Brute.
Dave Meltzer reports in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that originally Rusev was planned to challenge Randy Orton for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank, but this was called off when they decided to go with Jinder Mahal winning at Backlash. As Smackdown was promoting Rusev’s confrontation with Shane McMahon up until two weeks before the pay-per-view, it hints Mahal wasn’t always going to win the belt. Rusev has been off TV ever since while creative find something for him – which is hopefully being added to the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Also in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter – if you hadn’t figured it out already – WWE is currently in ‘slow booking’ mode, where they “don’t have a lot of ideas for right now, so they’re just using multiple person matches to fill the time.” Apparently the storylines will begin to pick up in July and August heading into Summerslam.
After finding themselves without a home in Britain when Challenge dropped Impact Wrestling late last year, the new/also old Jeff Jarrett regime convinced Spike UK to take their weekly television – playing out every Friday night at 9pm since the 21st April.
And some episodes are so good, Spike UK play them out twice.
We are investigating what went wrong with Friday's Impact to ensure that this does not happen again. 1/2
— SpikeTVUK (@SpikeTVUK) May 28, 2017
Apologies to #impactwrestling fans for Friday's scheduling error. We will be playing the episode this Friday (02/06/17) 1/2
— SpikeTVUK (@SpikeTVUK) May 28, 2017
Just over a month into their new residence, last Friday saw the previous week’s episode played again by mistake. But no fear, grapple fans – Spike UK will catch up with a double bill this Friday.
Spoiler warning for all those UK fans who haven’t watched the missed episode via nefarious means – the show saw the return of Scott Steiner to Impact Wrestling, who came out as Josh Matthews’ muscle for his match against Jeremy Borash and Joseph Park.
— IMPACT WRESTLING (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2017
F4WOnline are reporting Impact are taping four episodes tonight and tomorrow in India, the first of which will be broadcast on Thursday. India is quickly becoming the next monetization battleground in the global wrestling war, with WWE appealing to the market through their Jinder Mahal push, and Ring of Honor also signing a deal with Indian channel DSPORT, which will broadcast their weekly TV to more than 70 million homes.
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