Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
Best Friends Forever
There’s a crazy Internet rumour going around that Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens aren’t really long-time blood feud rivals, and that they’re actually best friends forever backstage. I mean, it’s almost as ridiculous as saying Sami Zayn used to be a masked luchador.
But then the WWE Network uploaded their ‘first look’ at the new Kevin Owens documentary, which contains this shot of KO emotionally embracing Sami Zayn, declaring ‘this is ours’.
— Danny (@JulioDPS21) July 2, 2017
Concerned fan Danny tweeted the image to Owens, who helpfully cleared up the kayfabe-shattering confusion.
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) July 2, 2017
Rumor: Smackdown Tag Team Leaving WWE?
Things were looking up for Primo and Epico in WWE after moving to Smackdown in the Superstar Shake-Up. They debuted on Tuesday nights by taking out then-top tag team American Alpha; they had a far more serious gimmick; and they were now being called the Colons instead of real-estate agents The Shining Stars.
Their momentum continued the following week, beating American Alpha, but this time in an actual match.
They’ve only had six televised matches since, and they’ve lost every single one.
So it’s unsurprising Super Luchas are reporting a rumor that Primo and Epico have requested their release from WWE.
This picked up steam when two designs for Orlando Colon – the real name of Epico – appeared on ProWrestlingTees. Generally, WWE contracted talent have all their merchandise sold through the official WWE store, not independent outlets like ProWrestlingTees. Although Orlando’s ProWrestlingTees bio does describe him as “currently performing in WWE as Epico.”
The plot thickened over at the World Wrestling Council’s Twitter account, who retweeted Super Luchas’ article about the Colons requesting their WWE release. The World Wrestling Council is the Puerto Rican promotion owned by Carlos Colon, who is Primo’s father and Epico’s uncle.
Rumor: Primo y Épico habrían solicitado su liberación de WWE https://t.co/CSuFGFf6nl
— WWC (página oficial) (@WWCPR) June 30, 2017
PWInsider have since reported that the Colons were booked on the weekend’s Smackdown house shows, although that might not reveal a great deal either, as WWE could just be deciding what action to take.
More Mae Young Classic Names Revealed
The Mae Young Classic is due to start on 13th July, with the finals being held in September, and WWE have now confirmed a few more names for the tournament.
First up is former Stardom Champion Kairi Hojo, who will compete as Kairi Sane in WWE. No relation to Sami Zayn, they’re spelt differently.
Hojo announced her name for the Mae Young Classic at Friday’s WWE house show in Tokyo, Japan, confirming that she’s officially signed with NXT.
— WWE (@WWE) June 30, 2017
ICW wrestler Viper was also revealed for the tournament, and she’ll wrestle as Piper Niven. Interestingly, Viper was one of the talent who appeared on the UK’s ITV World of Sport special.
And finally are New Zealand wrestler Evie, now called Dakota Kai, and Performance Center standout Bianca BelAir – who previously wrestled as Bianca Blair. So hopefully her new gimmick involves some 90s French Prince style attire.
There’s been 13 wrestlers announced for the Mae Young Classic so far, which means there’s 19 more to go.
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