Becky Lynch has become a phenomenon within the wrestling community in the last couple of months. She has managed to get herself over not only in the ring, but is completely owning the Twitter game right now as well.
She started off last week with a little war of words with Chris Jericho saying that she got her concussion from listening to Fozzy’s latest album:
She then went back to setting her sights on Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey, who she has been getting the better of on Social Media for weeks
But, perhaps the defining Twitter moment from “The Man” this week came in the form of the back and forth she had with UFC Legend Conor McGregor:
Becky even stirred up the rumour mill of Conor at Wrestlemania by saying that she hears he gets to NYC very quickly, alluding to his infamous Barclays Center fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Becky has gotten support from MMA journalist and commentator Ariel Hawani on his show, saying that she has “become a star” by going after Ronda and getting under her skin.
In short – Becky Lynch is on fire on social media right now and is keeping her name at the top of the news while she is out with a concussion. If you are not following the man… what are you doing? You will not regret it.
Weekly Wrestling Roundup – Crown Jewel, Triple H Injured, UFC, Wrestlemania 35
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Although this event should never have happened in the first place, following the controversies surrounding WWE’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, it did.
From the all-American “World” Cup, the loss of Roman and the refusal of Bryan and Cena to go to Saudi Arabia this show was on a doomed trajectory and it lived up to it quite radically.
Hogan has been gone from WWE tv since 2015 following the leak of a sex tape which showed him, un-prompted, firing off a racist tirade. Further controversies followed after an earlier recording was leaked in which he said to his then jailed son Nick that he hopes neither he nor Nick get reincarnated as black people.
WWE’s decision to bring Hogan back from this is completely tone deaf, and to do it at an already controversial event is equally astounding. Hogan came to the ring at Crown Jewel as “host” to his ‘Real American theme music’ – once again, the tone deafness of the entire thing is incredible.
Hogan hasn’t drawn in nearly two decades, I’m sure people will pop when his music hits in future as he undoubtedly a legend but whether 2018 WWE needs Hulk Hogan is doubtful.
The World Cup
WWE’s world cup tournament to determine the “best in the world” was a farce from the start and with the exclusion of all non-Americans it was quickly a laughing stock. To top it all off the winner was not even on the card… it was Shane McMahon… This was completely out of left field and not in any kind of good way.
The best thing to come out of this is that after his victory somebody opted to have a little fun with Shane’s wiki page….
Brock Lesnar and UFC
Back to the reign of terror of Brock we go. This match was a cluster from the start, Baron Corbin smashed Braun from behind with the title before Brock unleashed a flurry of F-5’s. One throwing Braun over the top rope – which looked rather brutal.
I cannot get on board with them not putting the belt on Braun here unless it is used to catapult Drew McIntyre in some manner, even then it just screams out one solid F-U to the fans.
Brock is obviously set to fight in UFC next year, reportedly against Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier; Cormier called Brock out this Saturday, telling him he should bring the Universal Title to UFC for D.C to win that too.
Triple H Injured
During his match at Crown Jewel, Triple H was thrown over the top rope when it immediately became clear that he was hurt as he grabbed at his right shoulder and chest and was checked at ringside by medical staff.
It has since been reported by PWI and WON that Triple H suffered a torn pectoral and that as a result this may have thrown any Wrestlemania plans up in the air. If surgery is required, it may mean Triple H is not back in time for ‘Mania and any proposed match with Batista.
Triple H reportedly flew directly back from Saudi Arabia to the USA for medical evaluation – missing the current European tour.
Wrestlemania 35 Tickets
WWE announced that Wrestlemania 35 tickets will go on sale on Friday November 16th at 10am E.T.
VIP travel packages are on sale today November 5th at 12 noon E.T.
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In this weeks round up we cover the Roman Reigns news, the Evolution PPV results and review as well as various pieces of Crown Jewel news.
Evolution Review (In-Brief)
This show did not have the greatest build in the world, in fact it was rather lost in the shuffle with Super Show-Down, Crown Jewel and SD 1000 all occuring at the same time.
However, this show not only met expectations but blew them out of the water. It may well be the most I have enjoyed a PPV this year.
Every single match on this card delivered last night and all of the women should be extremely proud of themselves for what they accomplished. Listen to our audio review for a full review, but my notes in brief:
- Becky and Charlotte stole the show – This should have main evented and is very likely a match of the year. I have not enjoyed a match this much in a long time. A+
- The Battle Royal was really enjoyable and Nia Jax is 100% the correct winner. Ember Moon was put over STRONG and I loved Tamina’s performance – really made her look like a monster again
- Lita and Trish haven’t aged – This was absolutely the right way to start off the show, the crowd was HOT for everything on this show and this nostalgia kicked it off perfectly.
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Saudi Arabia & Crown Jewel
This week has been dominated by the continuing drama surrounding WWE’s persistence in holding their Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia in two weeks time. The latest development within Saudi Arabia is that the country is now accepting responsibility for the death of Jamal Khashoggi within their Turkish consulate. WWE shows no signs of relenting on holding the event, although it has been reported that they have delayed the release of tickets for the event, which were due to be released on October 19th. However, photos seem to have been released showing the early stage of the Stadium preparations over in Saudi Arabia.
Only time will tell the outcome of this decision, however two issues of note must still be addressed. Firstly, the financial argument, which I covered here is no longer an issue – should these figures be correct – as Wall Street analyst Eric Handler says they are. Secondly, the argument from JBL and Randy Orton this week that WWE needs to hold this event to be able to effect change is completely fallacious. WWE held an event in the country 6 months ago, yet they’re still executing journalists. It is not for the WWE to act as the United Nations and nor have they tried. The Greatest Royal Rumble event was covered with false propaganda concerning the Saudi regime and the Crown Prince, a fact highlighted by HBO’s John Oliver last week.
With the WWE not standing to make too large a loss financially, but definitely taking a huge PR hit, it is surprising they are insisting on moving forward with the event. One would hope that sense would prevail in the end.
NXT UK Thoughts and Reactions
NXT UK Episode 1 is in the bag and I was pleasantly surprised, the small-time, intimate feel of the venue added quite a lot to making this feel like a different show to NXT.
Pete Dunne and Noam Dar were the clear show stealers of the night, putting on a great main event match for the NXT UK Title. The painful-looking joint manipulations and electric pacing was a great way to end this show.
A star is also waiting to be born in the form of Dave Mastiff, the behemoth that WWE snagged from the clutches of WOS Wrestling this year. A far-cry from everything else on offer on the card, Mastiff made short work of Sid Scala and asserted himself as a dominant force on the UK roster.
Hopefully more work is done on character development and storylines in the coming week, rather than simply matches for the sake of matches, but for a debut show I was very impressed.
In other UK Wrestling news, Rev Pro debuted their TV show, World of Pro Wrestling, on FreeSports this Friday which has received some praise from not just wrestling media but the mainstream press also. This is not the first time FreeSports has gone into the world of Pro Wrestling as they also aired the now defunct 5 Star Wrestling earlier this year.
Rev Pro is, however, a very popular brand in the UK with a fiercely loyal fan base. This shone through on this debut show and established a very good opening show with some famous faces such a Jushin Liger, Zack Sabre Jr and Kushida.
The word at the moment is that the reason behind the NXT UK debut being this week was due to the RevPro show debuting on Friday.
This week the rumour mill has been churning out names of numerous legends who are slated to appear on the WWE all-female Evolution PPV on October 28th. This list includes Madusa, Molly Holly, Ivory, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool .
It was also reported by Wrestling Inc. that WWE had reached out to Sable, one of the most popular female stars in WWE history, to try and get her to appear at the PPV in some capacity. However, it is said that an agreement could not be reached this time.
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This weeks Straight Edge Weekly Roundup, September 16th edition, covers news in the build up to Hell in a Cell 2018, comments from Batista, Stephanie McMahon, Matt Hardy, WOS Ratings and more…
A New Hell in A Cell?
WWE released a live stream of the Hell in a Cell structure being built last night at the AT&T Centre in Texas and it would appear that the new cell is red.
Why exactly this change has been made is unknown at the moment, as is what the cage will look like on screen tonight.
Matt Hardy Retirement?
Speculation has been rife over the past few months concerning Matt Hardy’s health and whether or not his in-ring days were coming to an end. It was reported that Hardy had been suffering after it was found that his back was fusing with his pelvis. Last night Matt Tweeted out a video saying he was heading home and that it was likely that he had wrestled his last match, see the video below:
Whatever happens to Matt from here he was undoubtedly one of the most influential performers of all time. His mind for the business has given us some of the most interesting and popular moments in wrestling history over the past two decades. He proved time and again that he was able to change with the times, moving from the ever-popular Hardy Boys into the bizarre Broken Matt in recent years. I have no doubt that a backstage position is awaiting him no matter what he chooses, and he is wished all the best of luck.
The 1000th episode of Smackdown is around the corner on October 16th and is being held in Washington DC, the hometown of Batista, who had something to say this week on twitter about his lack of invitation to the event:
It just goes to add on to what I was saying last week that the WWE have always mistreated Batista. Here’s hoping this is all a work and that Batista will be on our screens at the 1000th episode in a few weeks time.
Yet again the ratings for World of Sport Wrestling are in for the 15th September edition and they are at an all time low. At a different start time of 4pm WOS garnered just 0.3 million viewers. This is the third change in time slot for the struggling ITV revival in just as many weeks. Once again, this week episode did not have any major competition on at the same time, with the premier league football games having finished an hour previously.
The inconsistency of air times, coupled with the lacklustre production and storylines of the product have to give ITV cause for concern. Only time will tell if this 10 episode run is the last we see of the WOS.
Stephanie McMahon speaking at the SBJ Game Changers conference this wee was quoted as saying:
“We’re successful for one reason only: We listened to our audience.”
Perhaps in 1999 this statement was true, today however… well I’ll let you make your own minds up.
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