Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
In an interview with Inside The Ropes, seemingly recorded over Wrestlemania weekend, Kenny McIntosh asked Daniel Bryan when his contract is up with WWE – health depending – will he give management the ultimatum: either let me wrestle for you, or I’ll go and wrestle somewhere else.
“Yeah. I understand why they won’t let me wrestle. It’s a liability thing. It’s also they’re trying to protect me and that sort of thing. But there’s good reason to believe that I should be able to wrestle…so we’ll see in a year and a half what happens.”
A lot can change between now and when Bryan’s WWE contract expires next year, though. Things like, the birth of your baby daughter.
Earlier this week, Brie Bella gave birth to their first child Birdie, where Vince McMahon immediately seemed to sign her to a developmental contract, calling her the “newest addition to the WWE family”.
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) May 10, 2017
Expect a photo with Triple H doing this pose next to her soon.
But the WWE Chairman wasn’t the only authority figure trying to book Birdie’s future wrestling career, with Kurt Angle also now congratulating the couple:
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) May 11, 2017
Despite only leaving WWE on last week’s Smackdown Live to go on tour with his band Fozzy, Chris Jericho has already had his WWE return announced.
On their official website, WWE are advertising Jericho for their Japan dates on Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July. This would fit in with when Fozzy’s tour ends, who have dates through May and early June. But I wouldn’t get too excited for the upteenth coming of Y2J just yet.
Jericho won the United States championship at Payback, meaning he was added to Smackdown Live. But all the other currently listed wrestlers for the Japan tour – aside from NXT’s Hideo Itami – are on the Raw roster. And in the past, Jericho has been known to join WWE just for the overseas tours, particularly in the Far-East, as Japan was where he first started making a name for himself in the 90s. While the announcement confirms Jericho’s return to WWE, I expect it to be just for these two house shows rather than coming back to weekly television on a full-time basis.
Speaking of Japan, I strongly recommend you subscribe to New Japan World over the next few days, as this year’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament begins next Wednesday 17th, which will see, amongst others, Jushin Thunder Liger, ACH, Dragon Lee, Hiromu Takahashi, Kota Ibushi (who’s wrestling as Tiger Mask IV), KUSHIDA, Volador Jr, my favourite wrestler in the world right now Marty Scurll, Ricochet and last year’s winner Will Ospreay. Those last two are booked against each other for Thursday, following their 2016 match which broke the wrestling Internet.
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