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News – I’m Oli Davis. We’ve got a mucho grande show for you today,
including a top WWE star potentially being seriously injured, controversy surrounding
the Paige biopic movie Fighting With My Family, and major changes to WWE’s 2019 pay-per-view
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But first… Professional wrestling history is full of
gimmicks and characters that never made it to air. Neville being called up as Mighty
Mouse on the main roster , Puke from the wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat and mid-00s
WWE star Heidenreich being a cryogenically frozen Nazi  – a gimmick reportedly suggested
by the very much Jewish Paul Heyman. And now we can add another to The List! …as
Chris Jericho has revealed on The Rich Eisen Show he was originally going to call himself
something else: Eisen: You took the stage name of Jericho
from the album Walls of Jericho from German power metal band Helloween. Chris Jericho:
True story. Yeah, I was going to call myself Jack Action and umm… Eisen: Hold on a second.
That was your first, so you would have been Chris… Jericho: No, no. Just Jack Action.
First name Jack, last name Action. I thought it was going to make me a million dollars.
And then I told somebody that and they were like, “You can’t be Jack Action. That’s
stupid.” I’m like, “Of course, it’s stupid. I would never do that.” “What’s
your name?” I was like, “Uhh.” I saw the Helloween album and said, “Chris Jericho.”
Eisen: That’s how it happened? Jericho: There you go. You could be talking to Jack
Action if things had gone differently, but instead it’s just normal Chris Jericho. We’ve had Lionheart, we’ve had the Codebreaker,
we’ve had the Alpha – I think we’re now ready for… Jack Action: Galaxy defending,
archaeologist, cowboy and Brock Lesnar trainer! And with all that ACTION MONEY from Jericho’s
deal with All Elite Wrestling – a contract he’s called amongst the biggest of his career
– the Tampa Bay Business Journal is reporting he’s bought a $3.25 million house in the
area. Enjoy these pictures of The House of Jericho, the waiting area of Jericho, the
kitchen island of Jericho, and THE WALK-IN WARDROBE OF ACTION! Bad-guy beating, t-shirt
changing, mind control superpowered, social media influencer!
The house being in Tampa means Jericho will have a second home in the Florida base of
All Elite Wrestling. And he’s not the only wrestling star who’s
bought a house in The Sunshine State. But this is a wrestling show, not MTV Cribz Segway As The Rock revealed on Instagram that he’s
bought a house in Florida for his dad, aww. The Rock to AEW confirmed! Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson house-buying
funds were likely bolstered over the weekend when his latest movie – Paige HERE biopic
Fighting With My Family – reached No. 1 at the UK box office.
But while the movie has been positively received by critics, one reviewer got weirdly hung
up on the film not being 100% authentic. Not on how WWE is painted very favourably,
or certain bits of poetic license like when the Rock gives advice to Paige and her brother
– it’s how thick actress Florence Pugh’s legs are.
Film critic Charlotte O’Sullivan – a woman herself – wrote in the Evening Standard:
“[Florence Pugh] turns out to be an effortlessly nuanced comedian. With chunky thighs. Her
character is based on real-world WWE champion Paige, whose legs are significantly slimmer.
How cool! So many actresses offer an idealised version of real women. Pugh is changing the
ideal.” But some people just can’t take a back-handed
compliment, as Pugh reacted on Twitter: “Oh dear. Singling out my “chunky” thighs
doesn’t help normalising an ‘all shape&size’ Hollywood. In fact that’s part of the problem.
I do hope people take more away from the film than the circumference of my hams.”
And Paige added: “Wow I’m actually appalled this.” For once, WWE is actually ahead in gender
equality – with Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey’s intensifying blood feud on Twitter.
After Ronda promised she’ll be “beating the living s*** out of Becky” the next time
she sees her, following Lynch brining Rousey’s husband Travis Browne into the insult flinging,
WWE officials were reportedly “not thrilled” with the language used between the two – and
some are even speculating the feud has worked itself into a shoot.
The remarkable thing is, currently, neither woman is actually facing each other anytime
soon, with Vince McMahon replacing Lynch with Charlotte in the WrestleMania 35 main event
– as Becky reminded us: “@RondaRousey meet @MsCharlotteWWE. Char
meet Ronnie. Just thought I’d introduce you two because you’re supposed to be fighting
each other at Wrestlemania, but all either of you talk about is me.”
“I say “talk” but mumble and shout would be more accurate.”
Charlotte has responded with her own reference to real-life relationships:
“I’ll work on my Twitter game after Mania. For now, Lucha Libre training in Mexico City
with my “top secret” trainer #volaqqueen 👸” – with a picture of her wearing a
lucha mask The Fakidors run deeper than I thought.
The ‘top secret trainer’ Charlotte’s talking about is most likely Andrade ‘Cien’
Almas, as the two are reportedly dating. But while a version of Lynch vs Ronda vs Charlotte
has been booked for WrestleMania for months, a lot of the card remains in flux… One reason that plans for the second biggest
show of the year after WWE Fastlane, Baby aren’t locked down just five weeks out is
because off the late decision to call up four of NXT’s top stars Ricochet, Aleister Black,
Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. The four have been working Raw, SmackDown
and NXT since they debuted on the main roster two weeks ago, but it appears at least two
of them will soon be leaving developmental behind – as Black posted a lengthy farewell
message on Instagram saying “It’s been a ride NXT, a hell of a ride,” and that it’s
time “for the next chapter of my career”. Black also cut a promo at the weekend’s
NXT live events, saying that him and Ricochet are “leaving NXT in the very capable hands
of Keith Lee, Punishment Martinez, the Bro Matt Riddle, …and Velveteen Dream.”
But whether current NXT Champion Ciampa will be joining them remains to be seen. Last Thursday’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter
revealed that Tommaso has been working through an injury, “with the idea of taking care
of it after the Gargano match at [the WrestleMania weekend] Takeover.”
Shortly after, World League Wrestling announced Adam Cole would be replacing Ciampa’s special
appearance for them on Saturday 9th March. PWInsider then reported that last Monday’s
Raw had to be rewritten when Ciampa wasn’t medically cleared to wrestle because he’s
been dealing with a neck injury “for at least 4-5 weeks, possibly longer.” The Observer
note he’s only actually wrestled on “five non-TV or major streaming shows so far this
year” – implying WWE are using him sparingly so he can rest up.
But most worryingly comes a report from WrestleZone, who add their source “has said the situation
looks as serious as Ciampa having spinal stenosis. It was said this came as a genuine shock,
and Ciampa might be forced to have surgery on his neck.” Spinal stenosis is the narrowing
of the spaces within the spine, which puts pressure on the nerves that run through it.
It’s the condition that ultimately led to the retirements of Stone Cold Steve Austin,
Sting and Edge, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Ciampa’s in-ring career is over. Sheamus
is still an active wrestler in WWE despite struggling with spinal stenosis for the last
year – as Dave Meltzer has previously written: “[Sheamus has] got spinal stenosis but a
lot of guys have that. It’s not a good thing to have and it will affect him most-likely
when he gets older in not so great ways… it probably will shorten his career.”
Hopefully Ciampa will be able to conclude his epic, years-spanning storyline feud with
Gargano at NXT TakeOver: New York on the 5th April. But the TakeOver show after that will
apparently be a big break from recent traditions… As the very reliable WrestleVotes claim NXT
TakeOver: San Jose is scheduled for Saturday 8th June, with no WWE pay-per-view happening
the following Sunday night. This follows on from Rajah revealing WWE’s
post-WrestleMania pay-per-view schedule has finally been decided – as only the remaining
big four events of SummerSlam on August 11th and Survivor Series on November 24th have
been announced thus far. The dates will apparently include:
-an ‘international PPV’ on May 3rd – the same date Fightful reported would be WWE’s
next Saudi Arabia show. -Money in the Bank changing from its usual
June date to May 19th. -Then there will be the NXT TakeOver: San
Jose show on the 8th June. -the weekend after will see Backlash on June
16th, weirdly way after the WrestleMania event that traditionally gives it its rematches.
-Extreme Rules will take place on July 14th, meaning no Great Balls of Fire yet again!
-the already announced SummerSlam comes from Toronto on August 11th.
-Hell in a Cell will take place on September 15th
-Clash of Champions on the 6th October -another ‘international PPV will happen
in Saudi Arabia on November 1st -the already announced Survivor Series for
November 24th -and Tables, Ladders and Chairs will close
out the year on 15th December.
Apparently some fans think Roman Reigns’ leukemia diagnosis was faked by WWE. Click
the video on the right to find out why that’s not the case. And click the Patreon link to
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