Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
Great Balls Of Fire…Get Used To It
The Royal Rumble! Survivor Series! Summerfest! And, of course, the granddaddy of them all, Wrestlemania! WWE’s Big Four shows of the year. Events that can sell out based on their brand names alone.
Then you’ve got the second tier of shows like Money in the Bank, Hell in a Cell, Backlash, No Mercy.
Beneath those are Roadblock: End of the Line, WWE Fastlane. TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs. Quite a lot further down, you have Capitol Punishment, Over the Limit, Fatal Fourway. And then, somewhere way down at the bottom, we have the newest WWE pay-per-view brand. WWE Great Balls of Fire. Which, let me check, yeah – they’re still calling it that.
According to Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, on his Dinner with The King podcast, get used to it, because WWE are looking to make the show an annual event.
Smackdown Battleground Plans Leaked?
The next Smackdown show, however, is the rather more established Battleground – which put on one of the best WWE pay-per-views of the year in 2016. And Tuesday night will decide one of the show’s matches – with the winner of the Independence Day Battle Royal getting a shot at Kevin Owens’ United States championship.
Tread carefully, because this next story is dark and full of spoilers…
PWInsider are reporting that there is only one wrestler currently confirmed for the match – which kind of betrays who’s scheduled to win it – AJ Styles.
That’s certainly the direction teased on this week’s Smackdown, and it’ll further the Owens and AJ’s US title feud that was interrupted by them both being involved in June’s Money in the Bank match. Owens had previously defeated Styles at Backlash, but only because AJ found himself tangled in the commentary desk’s wires and lost via count out.
Paige Replaced On Total Divas
Despite two Wellness Policy violations, a leaked sex-tape and her fiancé Alberto Del Rio constantly critiquing her current employer in public, Paige is still on course for a WWE return – most probably because Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson and WWE Studios are currently producing a movie based on her life.
She’s reportedly now back in training after being out with injury since July 2016. In fact, her last televised match took place almost exactly a year ago, where Paige and Sasha Banks defeated Charlotte and Dana Brooke on the 27th June Monday Night Raw.
Squared Circle Sirens are reporting, though, that while Paige is making her way back to in-ring action, she will no longer feature on Total Divas, on which she’s been part of the main cast since 2014’s Season 3. She’ll be replaced by the winner of every Women’s Money in the Bank match ever, Carmella – which the Wrestling Observer Newsletter points out will get her real-life boyfriend Big Cass on the show.
Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax will also be joining the cast, in place of Eva Marie, who’s no longer with the company, and Renee Young.
Paige & Alberto Del Rio Rumors
There have been many conflicting stories over the last few days about whether Paige and Alberto Del Rio are actually still together – with SEScoops first reporting they “had a blowup that resulted in Alberto calling off their relationship.”
The two have now appeared together at yesterday’s Combate Americas 15 weigh-in, suggesting they might be back together.
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— casey michael (@badboicasey) June 29, 2017
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