Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
A Wild Vince McMahon Appears!
Being 71 years old and having repeatedly revolutionised the professional wrestling business, you’d think WWE Chairman Vince McMahon would be taking it easier in his seventh decade. Especially because he’s rather prone to randomly tearing quads. But he still refuses to skip leg day.
— TattooedJuggalo (@TattooedJuggalo) June 1, 2017
Wrestling fan Tattooed Juggalo has shared a rare photo of a Vince McMahon in the wild – down at the Anytime Fitness gym. Where he seems to be following the same ‘Make My Arms Look Like A Road Map’ regime as Jinder Mahal.
Chris Jericho, Vince McMahon & #BadCow
Chris Jericho staged a live ‘Talk is Jericho’ podcast recording yesterday in Dublin, Ireland, where he recalled one of his favourite Vince McMahon tales.
Over the years, Jericho has learned not to talk to Vince if he’s hungry, as that apparently makes the chairman very unreceptive to new ideas. After making sure McMahon was well fed, Jericho entered his office and pitched a storyline involving the Wyatt Family and Shawn Michaels. But Vince was still hungry and ordered another steak. At the end of the pitch, McMahon simply said “bad cow” because the meat was too tough. Which raises the question: how many overcooked steaks have robbed us of brilliant WWE storylines?
Why Chris Jericho Left WWE
Jericho also recently spoke to With Spandex about why he left WWE following his United States Championship win at Payback.
“I knew that it was time to go because you get to a certain level, then you turn baby face, and then that’s where you start having problems, because with the baby face you either win the title and you’re John Cena, or you start going down through the ranks.”
Jericho went onto say that he’s much better at playing the heel, so his babyface novelty is only short lived before fans start calling for a bad guy turn again – and he “don’t want to deal with that s***.”
Samoa Joe Taunts Paul Heyman
As Luke and I point out in the brand new episode of WrestleRamble – which you can watch above – this has been a very good week for WWE. An excellent main event at Extreme Rules, a cracking Raw the night after and a mighty solid Smackdown on Tuesday.
At the heart of all this excitement is the fresh match-up between Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and his Worst Case Scenario Samoa Joe – the feud kicking off with an excellent segment where Joe choked out Brock’s advocate Paul Heyman. And the two have continued the storytelling on Twitter:
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) June 6, 2017
Collateral damage is such a unfortunate necessity. Be well Paul, I trust my message arrived without delay. I would loathe to send it again..
— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) June 6, 2017
If the Wrestling Observer is to be believed, he won’t get a chance to send it again.
Brock Lesnar WWE Universal Title Plans
As Dave Meltzer writes in his latest newsletter, “Lesnar vs. Joe is scheduled for a one-time thing, with Braun Strowman at Summerslam” – strongly hinting Joe is losing at Great Balls of Fire (which, yep, is still the name for the pay-per-view).
Meltzer continues that Roman Reigns is still booked to fight Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Wrestlemania 34, and that title defences for the Beast are scheduled against both Seth Rollins and Finn Balor in the interim.
This, of course, all depends on certain people not getting injured, and there’s always the caveat of how good Vince McMahon’s steak was that day – #BadCow – also known as ‘plans may change’.
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