Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
Earlier this year, Luke Harper looked to be set for great things following one of the hottest feuds in WWE: The Viper In The Family storyline between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. Flashforward several months later, and all three of those men are arguably considerably worse off. Nice one, House of Horrors match.
With Bray now on Raw and Erick Rowan being weird with a gas mask, Harper is trying out a new gimmick: Family Man, where he talks about his beautiful wife, wonderful child, yadda yadda.
And boy, has he got a corker of a first feud: Aiden English.
Harper has a long-running gimmick on twitter where he posts the day of the week, every day without exception, with the message “You know what that means.” After creepily stalking Harper at a Smackdown house show, English then mocked his Twitter act with:
NOBODY cares what that means.
— Aiden English (@WWEDramaKing) June 5, 2017
Your ratings for Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view are in, with 63% thinking the show was Cor, while 23% were slightly less impressed at AvRAWge.
Despite losing their tag team title belts at Extreme Rules, The Hardy Boyz were nowhere to be seen on the following night’s episode of Monday Night Raw – which you can watch my review of in the video below…
Cage Side Seats are reporting this is because Matt’s wife Reby Sky is very close to giving birth to their second child, and the Hardys had planned this as time off in advance. Another Broken soldier in the Hardys’ galactic battle against the Evil Owl Men!
And despite recently being announced as out with injury for half a year, Braun Strowman is reportedly already being advertised for Raw live events later this month. WWE claimed Strowman had to undergo surgery for a shattered elbow and torn rotator cuff, when in fact, according to both Pro Wrestling Sheet and the Wrestling Observer, his injuries were much less severe, and he’s actually only expected to be out for 4-8 weeks.
According to one fan writing into WrestleZone, commercials are advertising Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns for the Raw live event in Springfield, Illinois on Sunday 18th June, the same night as Smackdown’s Money in the Bank show.
Hard work pays off. I almost hung it up. I'm glad I didn't. World…..here I come. Time to TakeOver!
— Gunner (@GUNNER_ChadLail) May 26, 2017
After heavily teasing he’s signed with WWE on Twitter, Pro Wrestling Sheet are now reporting former TNA wrestler Gunner is amongst the latest group of new signees at the WWE Performance Center.
The group is also said to include Austin Aries’ real-life girlfriend Thea Trinidad, who wrestled in TNA as Rosita. Along with the Aries connection, Trinidad is also playing the onscreen version of AJ Lee in Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson’s Paige movie Fighting With My Family.
— ProWrestlingSheet (@WrestlingSheet) February 21, 2017
Cruiserweight Classic competitor Fabian Aichner and German wrestler Axel Dieter Jr. are also both said to have signed, along with female wrestlers Evie and Nixon Newell, who were both spotted reporting to the Performance Center last week, and are potentially part of the upcoming Mae Young Classic along with Trinidad.
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