Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
Surprise Debuts on Smackdown
Following the debuts of Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose on this week’s Raw, Smackdown had its own NXT invasion this week. During a backstage segment, former Women’s Champions Naomi and Becky Lynch were assaulted by NXT talents Ruby Riot, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan, who then interrupted a match between Charlotte and Natalya in the night as well.
That’s now five female talents who have been called up from NXT in the past week, and it looks as though the WWE is trying to work some sort of invasion angle here. It remains to be seen as to whether Paige will be directly involved with this trio as well, or whether they are flying solo on Smackdown. It is also interesting to note that Daniel Bryan refused to comment on the debuts during the show.
Whatever route they opt to go down here, it promises to be interesting. With the arrival of Asuka on Raw as well, the women’s division in the WWE has been given a major boost in the last month, no doubt due to the rumoured Royal Rumble match taking place this January.
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NXT Call-up Confirmed
On this week’s edition of 205 Live, it was confirmed that Hideo Itami would soon be arriving on the show. It has been rumoured for some time that Itami was going to get a call-up to 205 Live, and while it will no doubt be a boost for the show, it is a shame to see how far he has fallen in the WWE.
The former Kenta arrived in NXT with a lot of hype back in 2014, no doubt due to his years of experience wrestling in Japan. He was even given a place in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at Wrestlemania a few years back, a decision that, in the eyes of many fans, indicated the WWE had big plans for him. Sadly, Itami’s time in the WWE has been ruined by injury and he has had to watch his NXT colleagues get called up and have great success in his place.
Itami will no doubt make waves in 205 Live, and if the rumours surrounding WWE’s interest in Ricochet are true, then we could get to see those two have some great matches in the future, until then though, Itami will have to make do with Enzo and his Zo Train.
It is still unknown as to when he will make his official debut in the WWE, with last night’s promo saying simply, ‘coming soon’, but you can expect it to be in the next few weeks.
Main Event Set For WWE Clash of Champions
Last night on Smackdown, Jinder Mahal arrived on the big screen to confirm that he will be invoking his rematch clause against AJ Styles at next month’s Clash of Champions event. While this is no big surprise, it will give fans reassurance to know that this means Jinder will definitely not be holding the belt when the WWE goes to India and that the company is likely to go ahead with AJ as champion into the New Year.
Last night’s Smackdown also gives us some indication as to what other matches to expect at Clash of Champions, with Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode teasing a feud, The New Day and Rusev and Aiden English doing the same, and The Usos continuing their battles with Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable.
Reason The Miz lost to Roman Reigns on Monday Night
The decision to give the Intercontinental Championship to Roman Reigns on Monday night, in the process making him a Grand Slam Champion in the WWE, has no doubt been a divisive one. The reason for this, however, is apparently, so that The Miz can take time off to film another movie.
After Raw went off the air, The Miz was driven through a table by all three members of The Shield, which appears to be the company’s way of writing the character off TV for the coming months. No word yet on when is expected to return, but hopefully, we get to see him back in the ring before Wrestlemania in April.
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