Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
While we’re all making fun o f both WWE’s Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view name and it’s very sexually suggestive logo, it’s easy to forget how non-PG the world of independent wrestling can be. Like current Lucha Underground star Joey Ryan, who’s actually sponsored by YouPorn. Which is apparently an internet website of pornography videos. I didn’t know that, so I had to Google it. For research purposes.
To give something back to the pornography community – because he’s not just a taker – Ryan has starred in a new YouTube video teaching porn stars Rachel Roxxx and Lea Lexis how to wrestle.
Pornography and wrestling crossovers are rather common – with several former female wrestlers starring in blue movies, and Brazzers currently producing their own version of the Montreal Screwjob. Given that scandal’s name, I’m surprised it’s taken 20 years for that to get made.
Top NXT Star Turning Heel?
On last night’s episode of NXT – so spoilers if you haven’t already watched it already – Hideo Itami had a wonderfully stiff striking match with Oney Lorcan. But as good as the match was, it was the finish and angle that came afterwards that mattered.
Itami decided not to cover Lorcan after hitting his Go 2 Sleep, and instead picked him up and delivered two more finishers. He was stopped from attempting a fourth – Oney now unconscious – by Kassius Ohno running down to stop him. Itami shoved Ohno away, so Kassius shoved him down to the floor in response. The match is declared a no-contest and Itami walks away looking very annoyed.
Itami’s he elish actions not only come after losing to Bobby Roode in their NXT Championship match at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, but also after a video uploaded to WWE’s YouTube channel earlier that day entitled, “Is Hideo Itami headed back to Japan?”
This comes just several days after Dave Meltzer said it was possible Itami could go back to wrestle in Japan later this year when his WWE contract expires, when answering a question in the Wrestling Observer Radio mailbag, as his run in NXT has been plagued by false starts and injury. The timing of the Itami interview could just be a coincidence, or WWE indirectly addressing Meltzer’s speculation.
Why Matt & Jeff Hardy Were Off WWE Raw
You might have noticed that neither Matt or Jeff Hardy were on this week’s episode of Raw, despite losing their tag team titles to Sheamus and Cesaro the night before. As was rumoured earlier in the week, PWInsider have now confirmed why they weren’t on the show – Matt’s wife Reby Sky is scheduled to give birth to their second child IMMINENTLY! Matt himself tweeted about the impending birth, as though the baby is a new WWE signee:
DaDa's coming home Mama & King Maxel.. It's time for your brother to debut! pic.twitter.com/LAWM7hfvjW
— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) June 6, 2017
The Hardys will be working a reduced WWE schedule for the next few weeks because of the new addition to the family.
Mike Johnson also speculates that the Hardys and Impact Wrestling might be “quietly trying to negotiate some sort of agreement” as very little has been said publicly since the recent LAW interview bust-up. There’s still hope.
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