Sunday, April 30, 2017

Kurt Angle Says Goodbye To Chris Jericho (Video), Braun Strowman On Destroying Roman Reigns, Hardys

- New WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho is headed to SmackDown with the title after his win over Kevin Owens at Payback tonight.

In the video below, RAW General Manager Kurt Angle says goodbye to his old friend. Angle says he's sad to see Jericho go as a GM but as a fan, he has to thank Jericho for

Jeff Hardy Gets Medical Attention For Broken Tooth (Video), Matt Hardy Warns Cesaro And Sheamus

- WWE posted this video of RAW Tag Team Champion Jeff Hardy receiving medical attention for the broken tooth he suffered during tonight's Payback pay-per-view from San Jose.

Bad Live Audience Reaction to The House of Horrors Match

As seen on tonight’s WWE Payback event, Randy Orton faced Bray Wyatt in a House of Horrors match. The first half of the match was pre-taped from the night before and aired in front of the live audience in the arena tonight.

Our live correspondent in attendance for tonight’s show sent word that the crowd was not

WWE Payback Results - Apr. 30, 2017

Kickoff Show:

The 2017 WWE Payback Kickoff pre-show opens up from the SAP Center in San Jose, California as Renee Young hypes the card. She's joined by Sam Roberts and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler. They talk about tonight's "House of Horrors" match before sending

Another House Of Horrors Teaser, Seth Rollins On Facing Samoa Joe Tonight (Video), Nia Jax Knocks Bayley

- WWE has a new poll asking fans which Payback match they're most looking forward to tonight. As of this writing, 35% voted for Bray Wyatt vs. WWE Champion Randy Orton in House of Horrors while 21% voted for Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman, 14% for Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins, 13% for Cesaro and Sheamus vs. RAW Tag Team Champions The Hardys, 7% for Alexa Bliss vs. RAW Women's Champion Bayley, 7%

House of Horrors Teaser Photo, Roman Reigns Tweets

– We noted earlier that part of tonight’s “House of Horrors” match between Bray Wyatt and WWE Champion Randy Orton has already been filmed. You can get those spoiler details at this link.

WWE tweeted this teaser photo for the match:

Hulk Hogan Says He Wants To Join The Bullet Club (Video)

Hulk Hogan made an appearance at Frank and Sons in Southern California's City of Industry this weekend. Pro Wrestling Sheet posted the video below of Hogan at the appearance being asked if he would join the Bullet Club.

Hogan said that he would love to be "the OG" of the Bullet Club and "teach them boys

The Hardy Boyz Appear “BROKEN” for Final Independent Appearance, El Patron No Shows Event

- HighSpots posted the following footage from The Hardy Boyz final independent wrestling appearance from the Pro Wrestling South event in Bristol, TNA.

Jack Swagger on Leaving WWE, Possibly Going to Impact Wrestling, More

Former WWE Star Jack Swagger joined Main Event Radio to talk about his departure from WWE and what’s next for him. Here are the highlights. 

Final Betting Odds For Tonight's WWE Payback

Bet Wrestling has posted the up to the minute betting odds for WWE Payback tonight. The Hardys and Bray Wyatt are heavily favored in their matches. While Kevin Owens was a heavy favorite early on, it seems that Chris Jericho now has the slight advantage.

You can read the full “smart money” betting odds below:

Spoilers on House Of Horrors Match at Tonight’s WWE Payback

The layout of the House of Horrors match between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt at tonight’s WWE Payback PPV event has been revealed. As noted, the match will be a mix of live at the building and already recorded footage.

Sting Gets Involved In Match (Photos), Fans On Tonight's House Of Horrors

- WWE has a new poll asking fans which of these items do you think Bray Wyatt is most likely bringing to his House of Horrors match against WWE Champion Randy Orton at Payback tonight - spiders, fire, barbed wire, thumb tacks, rats, Sister Abigail or a chainsaw. As of this writing, 65% voted for Sister Abigail while 9% went with fire, 8% with barbed wire and 5% with a chainsaw. The rest received 4% of less.

Braun Strowman Vs. Roman Reigns Promo, WWE Fury Of Headbutts, Prime Time Wrestling - WWE Network

- As seen below, the latest WWE Fury video features 17 headbutts that will drop you like a load of bricks.

Kurt Angle On Vince McMahon Wanting To Help Him, How WWE's Wellness Policy Has Changed

Kurt Angle spoke with Addiction Professional on a number of topics regards his addiction and recovery. Here are some of the highlights:

WWE's Wellness Policy:

What Airs After Monday's WWE RAW, Kevin Owens - SmackDown Note, Paul Heyman - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

- We noted before that Paul Heyman and his Looking4Larry marketing agency would be working on promotion for the upcoming NASCAR race at Richmond International Speedway. Heyman was at the track this weekend filming material with racing personality Hermie Sadler, who has worked with TNA in the past. As seen below, Heyman spoke with NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. about his upcoming retirement. The interview has garnered some mainstream press for Heyman and his agency.

Jerry Lawler And WCW Star Work Angles At NBA Game, Mascot Jumps From Ladder To Tables (Videos)

WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler and former WCW star Buff Bagwell worked angles and a match at last Thursday's Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Playoff game in Memphis.

We noted before that Scott Steiner was scheduled to do an angle with Lawler at the game but plans changed and Bagwell was brought in. The mini-feud ended with mascot Griz trying to put Bagwell's sidekick through tables from a ladder but as you can see, the tables did not break.

Mauro Ranallo Praised For Calling Boxing Match (Video), Nikki Bella Talks Movie Premiere, Daivari

- As noted, John Cena and Nikki Bella attended the New York City premiere for Cena's "The Wall" movie on Friday night. The movie hits theaters on May 12th. Nikki recaps the premiere in this new video from The Bella Twins' YouTube channel.

WWE Payback Card For Tonight

Below is the final card going into tonight's RAW brand event:

Details On New 'WWE Wal3ooha' Arabic Show, Stephanie McMahon Comments, Next WWE Network Collection

- As Josh noted earlier, Stephanie McMahon was in Dubai this week for a Women In Leadership Panel and to help announce a new localized Arabic show on the OSN network. WWE issued the following details on the new "WWE Wal3ooha" show with comments from Stephanie:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Alberto Del Rio Calls Out WWE for Edits to Total Divas

Former WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio (El Patron) took to his Twitter account to call out WWE for having scenes of Paige edited off Total Divas.

Del Rio claims that the reason the ratings are down for the show is because the company isn’t featuring Paige as much in recent episodes as they have in the past.

Huge Shift In Betting Odds for WWE Payback

There has been a huge shift in the betting odds in favor of Chris Jericho over Kevin Owens at Sunday’s WWE Payback event. This would indicate that “smart money” bets are now being placed on the event and Jericho is the now favorite to leave the show on a high note.

Possible Reason Why WWE Changed Bad Blood to Great Balls of Fire

As previously noted, the American Airlines Center revealed that Brock Lesnar will be defending his WWE Universal Championship title at the WWE Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view event. The event is scheduled to take place on July 9th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Pete Dunne Uses Child As A Weapon During Match (Video), The Miz On If 'Total Bellas BS' Will Return

- While working a match for Source Wrestling in Scotland, Pete Dunne used a child as a weapon during his match against Joe Coffey.

Dunne picked the boy up and used his feet to kick Coffey out of a chair, Dunne then teased tossing him into the crowd.

Nakamura Say Goodbye to Tajiri, Justin Roberts Pays Tribute To Undertaker

- Former WWE announcer Justin Roberts has an an article here at Sports Illustrated paying tribute to The Undertaker. In the article, he discussed The Undertaker losing to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33 earlier this month:
"The Undertaker lost his second WrestleMania match at WrestleMania 33," Roberts wrote. "He put on his jacket and his hat after the match, only to take them off… and leave them in the center of the ring. He kissed his wife at ringside and walked off. The talk around the wrestling world is that this past Sunday was

The Hardys Final Indie Appearance, WWE Stars With Hall Of Famer (Photos), Jeff Hardy (Videos)

- Below is clip of Jeff Hardy facing on The Rock. During the match, Jeff decided to do his own take on The People's Elbow. Below is another early Jeff Hardy WWE match, when he wrestled Razor Ramon.

Hulk Hogan Talks About His Bandanas, How He Keeps All Of Them For The Memories

TMZ Sports caught up with Hulk Hogan and asked him about his numerous bandanas that he's had over the years. Here is Hogan's response:

"I was counting this morning, and I counted one row of black bandanas that had twenty plain black ones in a row and there were ten rows [across] of black ones only...I've got

Top 20 Most Popular Shows Right Now On The WWE Network: Table For 3 With AJ Styles, NXT

Right now, weekly content got bumped a little further down the list than usual with Talking Smack in fourth and 205 Live holding down the number five spot. WrestleMania 33 continues to hold strong in second place with the newest Table for 3 (AJ Styles, Shawn Michaels, and Kevin Nash) taking third.

The Great Khali's Protege At WWE Tryouts (Video), AJ Styles

- WWE posted this video of Dinesh Kumar, a protege of former WWE Superstar The Great Khali, doing 40 consecutive rolls at this week's tryouts in Dubai.

Friday, April 28, 2017

NXT Superstar Returns From Injury At Live Event (Photos), NXT Tag Team Gets Name

- Friday's show in Venice also saw the return of former SAnitY member Sawyer Fulton. He interrupted an in-ring segment with Yanbo "Boa" Wang and left the Chinese recruit laying. Fulton was removed from the group back in November due to an injury, reported to be related to the shoulder or biceps. Below are some fan photos and comments from Fulton:

New Plans for Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt Next Feuds

Finn Balor was originally expected to feud with Bray Wyatt after the House of Horrors match at Sunday’s WWE Payback event. Those plans have appeared to have changed and WWE is going in a different direction now.

Dave Meltzer reported in the latest installment of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that

Details on Jeff Hardy’s Wellness Policy Status

Many readers are wondering whether Jeff Hardy’s past talent wellness policy violations have carried over into his current employment with WWE.

Some of you may recall that when Hardy parted ways with WWE in 2009, he had violated the talent wellness policy twice — in 2006 and 2008. According to the policy,

Big Drop For This Week's Impact Wrestling Viewership, Garners Second Lowest Audience Of The Year

This week's Impact Wrestling episode, featuring The Decay vs. Impact Tag Team Champions The LAX in a Street Fight main event, drew 255,000 viewers.

This is down 20% from last week's 320,000 viewers. It was the second lowest audience for the show this year.

Big E Reacts to WWE Great Balls of Fire, The Miz - NFL Draft 2017, Cody Rhodes' New Deal

- Big E reacted to the July 9th WWE RAW PPV now being known as “Great Balls of Fire” with the following tweet:
Clearly, the most disappointing aspect of no longer being on Raw is knowing I won't be a part of the 1st annual Great Balls of Fire.

— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) April 28, 2017

Matt Hardy Says 'DELETION Is Coming', Offers Some 'Broken Brilliance'

As noted, Reby Sky denied reports that WWE had purchased the rights to the Hardys "Broken" gimmick from Impact Wrestling. It should be noted that Jeff Hardy denied days before WrestleMania that they were headed to WWE anytime soon.

Matt Hardy has been tweeting nearly all of his messages lately in his "Broken"

Brock Lesnar's First WWE Universal Title Defense Revealed, Odd Name For New WWE Pay-Per-View

As noted, WWE announced at last month's SmackDown Live taping that their next show in the state of Connecticut will be the return of the Bad Blood RAW pay-per-view on July 9th at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.

WWE has apparently changed those plans, as the July 9th RAW pay-per-view will now

Reby Hardy Denies Reports of WWE Buying Matt Hardy's 'Broken' Gimmick, Comments On Him Not Using It

Reby Hardy denied recent reports regarding WWE working out a deal with Impact Wrestling to use the "Broken" character for Matt Hardy on television.

She noted that it was "absolutely" not true, and she thinks it was leaked by Impact Wrestling "in an attempt to make TNA look like it's in a position of power," as seen

Jim Ross' Wife Official Cause Of Death Revealed

TMZ Sports reported that the official cause of death for Jan Ross, the wife of Jim Ross, is traumatic brain injury.

Jan was driving to a local gym when her Vespa was hit by a car in Norman, OK on Monday night, March 20th. Jan was not wearing her helmet and suffered multiple skull

WWE Already Discussing Bringing Mauro Ranallo Back?, Zack Ryder Injury Update, 6 Facts You Didn't Know About The Hardy Boyz

- WWE posted the video above looking at six facts that WWE fans don't know about the Hardy Boyz, which include that The Hardys became wrestling fans after Randy Savage won the WrestleMania IV World title tournament (Matt accurately predicted Savage winning the tournament), Jeff Hardy once wrestled as "Jeff Harvey" on WWE Superstars, Jeff has won five consecutive ladder matches and Matt was once a tag team champion

Karl Anderson On When They Found Out About The Hardys Being At WrestleMania, New Day Leaving RAWra, AJ

Karl Anderson spoke with USA Today's "For the Win" section about a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

The Rock At Movie Premiere (Video), Birthdays

- Below is video of The Rock at the Fate of the Furious red carpet premiere, where he did interviews and interacted with the fans. The movie is estimated to gross more than $900 million worldwide by the end of this weekend.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jim Ross on WWE Pushing Jinder Mahal, One Thing Shinsuke Nakamura Is Missing and More

A new Jim Ross blog has been posted over at JRsBarBQ.com, and below are some excerpts:
The Jinder Mahal ascension on the SDLive roster including him being the #1 contender for the WWE Title seems to be being overthought to some degree by a handful of pundits. The rapid advancement up the card of Jinder has some concerned, and I get that point, but I see it as worth the chance and, fast track or not, Mahal is somewhat of a calculated risk which is essentially the same thing that most promotions deal with when advancing new talents who suddenly appear on the main event radar.

Mick Foley Post-Surgery Scar (Photos), Shinsuke Nakamura Teases Feud With AJ Styles, Chris Jericho's Last WWE Date

- As noted, Chris Jericho's current WWE run is set to end as Jericho will begin touring with Fozzy in May. Jericho's last date on his current WWE run is this Monday's RAW in Sacramento, CA.

- As noted, former WWE RAW General Manager Mick Foley underwent successful hip

Impact Wrestling Results - Apr. 27, 2017

We start off with a video package looking back at last week as Low Ki regained the X Division Title, EC3 helped Bobby Lashley beat James Storm, Jeremy Borash knocked Josh Mathews on his ass, Rosemary defeated ODB, and Decay confronted LAX. We hit the opening video package, and then we're off to the arena where Jeremy Borash, the Pope, and a mysteriously empty third chair welcome us to the show. Josh Mathews

Christopher Daniels On Why WWE Won't Hire Him, AJ Styles' Success In WWE, Where He Wants To Retire

WSVN-TV Entertainment Reporter Chris Van Vliet recently uploaded his interview with Christopher Daniels from Ring of Honor's Supercard of Honor. Daniels discussed a number of topics including why WWE won't hire him, retiring in a Ring of Honor ring, AJ Styles' meteoric rise in WWE and more. You can watch the full interview in the video below, they sent us these highlights:

Batista Talks Guardians of the Galaxy, Vince McMahon Movie News, Fans On Matches For The Hardys

- Former WWE Champion Batista talks about his Drax the Destroyer character and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in this new video. The movie hits theaters on May 5th.

Baron Corbin WWE Suspension Note, Singh Brothers - SmackDown Update, Zack Ryder

- Below is the latest episode of "WWE Unboxed with Zack Ryder" as the injured SmackDown Superstar gets slimed by Diamond Select Toys' "Ghostbusters" figures.

Jim Ross Talks About AJ Styles Being a Fan Favorite, Charlotte Flair, More

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has posted a new blog on his website. Here are some of the highlights.

WWE Announces New Overseas TV Deal

WWE issued the following today:
WWE® and TV5 Announce Agreement to Televise SmackDown® in the Philippines

4/27/2017 - MANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines & STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE (NYSE: WWE) and TV5 today announced a new agreement to broadcast WWE's flagship program SmackDown® in the Philippines on TV5 beginning this Sunday, April 30.

Street Fight On Tonight's Impact Wrestling, Video Preview, Moose Attacked At Indie Event (Video)

- Impact has announced Davey Richards vs. Impact Grand Champion Moose and The Decay vs. Impact Tag Team Champions The LAX in a Street Fight for tonight's show.

- Below is a preview for tonight's Impact Wrestling episode.

Update on Chris Jericho’s Schedule

As noted, Chris Jericho is expected to take time off from WWE and go on tour after his upcoming WWE Payback match against Kevin Owens for the United States Championship.

Here is the list of tour dates for Jericho and his band Fozzy: