Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
New Champion Crowned at Clash of Champions
People were scratching their heads a few weeks back when Dolph Ziggler was added into the US title at Clash of Champions; the move made little sense from a storyline perspective and it seemed as if it was just a way of delaying a one on one bout between Roode and Corbin.
Well, the company pulled the rug from underneath all of us last night when Dolph Ziggler walked away from Clash of Champions with the US title belt in his possession. The decision is an odd one but most fans are happy to see Ziggler getting another run with the belt. Is this possibly a move to keep him in the company amid rumours of a departure in 2018? It seems likely he will be a transitional champion but either way, it was quite a nice surprise to kick off an otherwise lacklustre show.
XFL Return Update
It looks as though Vince McMahon may have saved his most ridiculous decision of 2017 until last, with rumours doing the rounds this weekend that he will be reviving the failed XFL football division sometime in 2018. WWE announced this weekend that Vince has established the ambiguously named ‘Alpha Entertainment’, which is a separate entity which will explore investment opportunities in entertainment, including football.
The XFL’s original run between 1999 and 2001 is infamous, and there is little to no doubt that a similar attempt again would likely fail in the same way.
Rumoured Names for the 2018 Hall of Fame
Wrestling blogger Brad Shepard, who also reported the first news about the XFL revival also tweeted out five superstars who are set to be inducted during next year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. The five names he leaked are:
Bam Bam Bigelow
The Dudley Boys
While there is little evidence to back up this report, the names on this list don’t exactly seem too far-fetched, especially considering Goldberg’s run in the WWE last year. Could we get one more match out of him this year as well? And does this mean we will have to sit through a Kid Rock concert over Wrestlemania weekend?
Liam Hoofe – @liamhoofe