Former WWE World Champion Alberto Del Rio, real name Jose Rodriguez Chucuan, was arrested on May 9th. This came after police responded to a report from May 4th that he had assaulted a woman, causing her multiple injuries.
Fox San Antonio reporter that he had slapped the victim across the head twice and then dragged her downstairs and forced her to put on a dress and dance for him threatening that if she cried he would take her son and drop him in the middle of the road somewhere.
The arrest report alleges that Chucuan sexually assaulted the victim and she had her injuries photographed.
Hall of Famer Jim Ross has responded to WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins, who called AEW the “minor leagues” on October 21st when asked if he would face Kenny Omega. You can see that full interaction here.
This was the latest in a long line of jabs back and forth between WWE and AEW since the companies inception. Legendary commentator Jim Ross sis not take the comments light; on the latest episode of Grilling JR he had the following to say:
” I’m pissed off about it… It doesn’t do any favours for our business… I’m not inferring that Seth thinks he’s bigger than the business. But, by what he says sometimes, you can make that assessment, rightly or wrongly. It’s not a classy thing to say for an athlete of his designation.
Rollins is in a great spot… maybe someday he’ll be as over as his girlfriend. I don’t know. I’ve always liked his work. He’s a solid guy. But saying things like that makes him look bad. I feel bad for him. I was upset at Seth because I thought his comments made him sound bad. Made him sound bush league, like he was born on third base, woke up, and thought he hit a triple. I don’t know what’s happened to some of these guys. I don’t know if it’s internal, what they’re driven to say, what they’re obligated to say. They think it’ll gain favour of their bosses. I don’t know what the answer is.”
All quotes are taken from Grilling JR on Westwood One Podcasts
WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin has been back in front of the WWE audience over the last couple of months, appearing on Raw Reunion, two weeks ago on Raw and will be appearing next Friday on Smackdown.
Speaking on his Podcast, The Steve Austin Show, the wrestling legend spoke about how he is in good shape once again.
“For the last couple of weeks, down there at the RAW reunion in Tampa, down there at the Madison Square Garden show at Monday Night RAW – people always ask me, ‘Hey man, you’re still in really good shape. You got one more match left in you?’ And I tell them, ‘Man.’ I say, ‘You know, it’s a tough thing to think about.’ Physically, would I be able to have one more match? Yes, most definitely, and I could make it to that match without being injured. Although the risks are always there, just because I think all of the surgeries, I had… where I had the spinal stenosis, and getting that bone spur taken off my spinal cord – I’m in a good place. Nerves are feeling a lot better than they use to. So, you know, in theory, could I have a match? In theory, yes.”
The chances of seeing Stone Cold back in the ring are slim to none as he’s now content with his new show ‘Straight up Steve Austin’ – but in wrestling you can never say never.
WWE’s Co-Vice President George Barrios sat down for an interview with The Verge this week where he discussed the WWE Network in depth, including the much talked about tiered system finally becoming a reality.
There will be three tiers, including a free subscription model which will be mainly videos you can find on WWE.com or WWE’s YouTube but will also include other content.
Here’s what Barrios had to say about the three tiers:
“Free: This will offer the same free-to-watch videos you’d normally find on WWE.com. Barrios said WWE might also offer timed previews of paid WWE Network content.”
“Regular: The standard WWE Network experience, combining free content with subscription benefits like live pay-per-views, on-demand streaming, and original programming.”
“Premium: “We think there’s also an opportunity to super-serve our most passionate Network subscribers with a premium tier that’ll bring together more content for them, more features for them, and also integrating some of our other non-video services like our commerce — potentially integrating something like free shipping, bringing together our digital ticketing efforts in there. It becomes the one place to experience everything WWE.” Barrios didn’t disclose how much WWE might charge for the premium tier.”
Barrios also said that 4K integration is not to be expected anytime soon; although the company has experimented with 4K technology, they have no time frame for releasing it.
Another interesting note from the interview is the upcoming “download to go” feature which already exists on apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. This would allow for the user to download content to their device to watch anywhere they want without an internet connection.
There is no release date for the tiered system yet but with the recent upgrade to the Network system and overhaul of the design it is likely that it will be coming pretty soon.
UPDATE: AEW have confirmed that the AEW World Championship has been stolen and released the following video:
The newly crowned first ever AEW World Champion Chris Jericho appears to have had his championship title stolen, according to a police report from Tallahassee Police department. Reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet, Fightful.com and the Blog of Doom
It should be noted that the report does not specify that it was the AEW Championship which had been stolen from Jericho, but speculation is that this is the case.
The police report reads:
“The victim reported the theft of his championship wrestling belt while he was eating inside Longhorn Steakhouse. The victim stated he arrived at the Millionaire Club Airport Terminal and place the belt inside his rented limousine. The limo driver shuttled the victim to Longhorn for dinner. The victim remained at Longhorn while the limo driver returned to the airport. The victim had taken the wrong luggage from the airport and the driver took it back to the terminal. When the driver picked up the victim from the restaurant, the belt was missing. Responding officers searched the limo and airport for the belt without success. On-call CID was consulted, and forensics responded to the scene.
Victim: Christopher “Jericho” Irvine, W/M, 11/9/70″
Tallahassee PD has confirmed that this case is still open
Wrestling legend Harley Race has passed away today at age 76.
Race referred to himself as “the Greatest Wrestler on God’s Green Earth” and he had every right to do so. Harley is one of only 6 men to be inducted into every major wrestling hall of fame and is considered to be one of the best pro-wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots.
During the 1970’s and 80’s Race dominated the NWA and his 7 NWA Worlds’ Title reigns stood as a record until overtaken by Ric Flair. Harley went on to hold the NWA title 8 times and was the first ever NWA United States Champion. His rugged, tough style of wrestling earned him the reputation as one of the toughest men in the sports history.
Race joined the WWE in the 1980’s and had an infamous match under the moniker of ‘King’ Harley Race against the Junkyard Dog at Wrestlemania 3 in front of over 93,000 fans. In 2004 Harley took his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. He remains one of the biggest names to ever grace the sport of professional wrestling and his legacy will be felt forever more.
Rest in Peace Harley Race, our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones at this time