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Jim Cornette Challenges Vince Russo
Sworn enemies Vince Russo and Jim Cornette have reignited their storied rivalry in recent weeks, with Russo now challenging Cornette to a podcast debate over Skype. Jim has replied saying he has no interest in a debate. He wants fisticuffs.
After calling Russo a “miserable sack of snake-faeces” and a “sad, unemployed, mentally unstable goof…I bet you can’t even get your d*** hard because you can’t provide for your family,” Cornette issued the challenge.
“If you give me a date, a time and an address, I will meet you there and I will bring $5,000 in cash. As long as the rules are no cops, no guns and no knives and what happens, happens. And if you don’t f****** take me up on that you piece of s*** then shut your f****** d***licker from now on.”
Come on, Jim. Tell Vince what you really think.
Lana Smackdown Live Plans
Debuting relatively quickly for a repacked female wrestler in WWE, Lana only took just over a month to appear with her new gimmick: splitting with Rusev to become some kind of burlesque dancer. On her first Smackdown Live appearance this week, she was immediately granted a Women’s Title match against Naomi at Money in the Bank. WWE have since confirmed this will be her debut match on the blue brand, and she won’t be wrestling on next week’s go-home show.
The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter reveals where the idea for Lana’s character actually came from. Despite many speculating (me included) that the gimmick was recycled from the failed Emmalina character – which was dropped after WWE producers felt Emma couldn’t pull of the act – Lana will effectively be positioned in Eva Marie’s old role: an overly glamourous heel whose gimmick was that she couldn’t wrestle.
Marie hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since her Wellness Policy violation last August, as she’s since gone into acting and won’t be returning to the company.
Austin Aries Reveals Injury Status
In an interview with Busted Open radio to promote his new book, Austin Aries might have revealed a reason why he failed to win the Cruiserweight Championship from Neville on his third attempt at Extreme Rules last Sunday – he’s working through injury.
“I’ve got some stuff going on, but just to be fair you could probably say that for a lot of the locker room…obviously at this point it might be a good time to take a little break which really could consist of two days to just adjust some of those things.”
After losing to Neville on Sunday, Aries was shown sitting at ringside almost manically happy, strangely smiling into the camera despite his defeat – which could be teasing a gimmick overhaul for when he does return to TV.
205 Live Backstage Plans
Aries also defended 205 Live during the interview, explaining “there’s a big vision for this. It doesn’t happen overnight.” But the reality is, the show is now almost 7 months old and it’s only falling in popularity. As Dave Meltzer reveals in his weekly roundup of the top performing shows on the WWE Network, 205 Live was at 19th place.
Apparently, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, one backstage idea in WWE right now is to use more women from the main roster on 205 Live “to try and boost interest in the show.” Which will presumably lead to more Alicia Fox mid card titles.
NJPW Dominion 6.11
Set reminders on your generic smartphone device for this Sunday, because New Japan’s Dominion show is most definitely going to be very, very good. The card is stacked with several rematches from January’s WrestleKingdom XI show – most notably the long-awaited second clash of Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, their first encounter being rated by Meltzer as the greatest match in wrestling history.
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