Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
2011 was a different time. The first brand split had come to an end. The Anonymous Raw General Manager wasn’t going anywhere. And six years to the day tomorrow, WWE ran one of its best angles in recent times, with CM Punk escaping through the crowd with the WWE Championship, blowing Vince McMahon a kiss, after beating John Cena in Money in the Bank’s main event.
Meanwhile, over in the UK during 2011, Raw’s current day Cruiserweight roster were wrestling for Dragon Gate.
— Akira Tozawa (@TozawaAkira) June 15, 2017
Akira Tozawa has shared a photo of his fellow wrestlers from the promotion – the very young looking Noam Dar, Jack Gallagher and PAC, who now wrestles for WWE as Neville. It’s like looking at the Cruiserweight division’s version of Muppet Babies.
Big Show Shoots On WWE
Big Show might currently be involved in the ‘Who Beat Up Enzo and Big Cass?’ storyline on Raw, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. Show appeared on a recent episode of Chris Jericho’s podcast Talk is Jericho to effectively deliver a Knockout Punch to WWE’s television product.
“I love the live events; I love the Friday, Saturday, Sunday live event shows. I hate TVs. TVs I just want to bash myself in the head with a hammer, cause they’re just long, useless, time-wasting, bulls*** days where you sit around all day for some frickin’ idea that absolutely sucks. Debating it for hours, 17,000 different inputs, you know, one or two guys laced their wrestling boots up in their life and they’re talking, and the other ones have never laced up a pair and don’t know s***, but for some reason they’re telling you what to do. So, you’re just walking around baffled, going ‘why are we doing this?’”
Big Show’s comments echo other reports and rumours on the backstage environment at WWE TV tapings – constant script rewrites and talent only being told what they’re doing hours before the broadcast starts. And the rest you can see for yourselves – inconsistent storylines, bad comedy segments and rushed matches.
Big Show went onto say that he much prefers to tell stories in the ring, not just coming down, delivering one Knockout Punch to a heel, and walking off. But don’t be angry at him for his bad angles on TV, blame the writers:
“…most of the s*** I’ve done on TV and pay-per-view I didn’t get to pick to do anyway, so don’t be mad at me, be mad at the people that booked this s***.”
Show appears to be winding down his career, with his current contract expiring in February next year. That’s why he got in such good shape ahead of this year’s Wrestlemania, as he believed it would be his last. But despite building it up for almost a year, his special attraction match with Shaq never happened.
Wrestlemania In London?
Speaking of Wrestlemania, WWE have reportedly sent out a survey asking about future potential host cities: with places known for their hot wrestling crowds, like New York, Toronto and just a little old place called LONDON!
The last major pay-per-view held in the UK was 1992’s Summerslam at Wembley Stadium, which still stands as WWE’s fourth highest attended show ever – even with their bogus inflation figures for Wrestlemania III, 29 and 32.
Money In The Bank Plans
But way before a Wrestlemania abroad, it’s Money in the Bank this Sunday.
The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that a legends segment is planned for the show, because of St Louis’ rich history of professional wrestling. Dave Meltzer writes that Ric Flair, Bob Orton Jr, Larry Hennig, Baron Von Raschke and Greg Gagne are all confirmed for the show – with Gerald Brisco, Rocky Johnson and Ted DiBiase being possible additions.
While the nature of the segment is not yet known, it could very well play into the WWE title feud between Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal, as both have made reference to Orton’s wrestling family lineage in the build up to their match.
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