Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
Brock Lesnar Returning to UFC?
Brock Lesnar’s future within the WWE has been a hot topic of debate for some time now. His current contract is up after WrestleMania 34, and after having spent the last six years in the WWE, three times the length of his initial run, many fans expect to say goodbye to him this Sunday in New Orleans.
Dana White, the owner of UFC, seems to know the answer to all of our questions though. Talking on UFC tonight yesterday, White said, when asked if Lesnar was returning to the UFC- “Yeah, Brock Lesnar’s coming back, I don’t know when, but yes he is.”
Well, that answers that question. Lesnar has not appeared for the UFC since UFC 200 where he fought Mark Hunt. Lesnar failed a drug test after the fight, however, and was hit with a fine and a suspension. Lesnar announced his retirement in February 2017, a decision which will have frozen his suspension, and may make a return to the octagon more difficult than people think.
Did Rusev Request his Release from the WWE?
Rusev is one of the most over stars in the WWE right now, but it appears that The Bulgarian Brute has not been happy with his recent booking. According to PWInsider, Rusev recently requested his release from the company, and it was that request that led to him being added to the US title match at WrestleMania this year.
Rusev did take to Twitter last month to shoot on current WWE booking, but many fans believed that to be a work. This could be an indication that the company may award Rusev the US title on Sunday night, in an attempt to please the star.
Final Card for NXT Takeover: New Orleans
On last night’s episode of NXT, the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic final between the team of Pete Dunne and Roderick Strong, and the Authors of Pain went to a double DQ finish when the two teams were attacked by tag team champions, The Undisputed Era. This led to William Regal announcing a triple threat tag team match for both the trophy and the tag team titles at NXT Takeover: New Orleans.
That was the fifth match announced for the card, and with the match taking place on Saturday, it seems that this is going to be the final card for the event:
- Aleister Black Vs Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas for the NXT Championship
- Shayna Baszler Vs Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Championship
- Jonny Gargano Vs Tomasso Ciampa
- The Undisputed Era Vs The Authors of Pain Vs Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne for the NXT Tag Team Championships
- Adam Cole Vs Lars Sullivan Vs Killian Dain Vs EC3 Vs Ricochet Vs Velveteen Dream in a Ladder Match for the North American Championship
This is a very small card, and it seems likely that the company will want to add at least one more match. Though, what that could be, remains to be seen.