WWE Announces Knee Injury To NXT Star, Not Cleared To Compete

– WWE officially announced that Tajiri suffered a right knee injury at the January 5th NXT TV tapings from Full Sail University, he teamed with NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura at the show, which will air on January 25th.

No word on a return but it was noted that he is currently not medically cleared to compete.

INJURY UPDATE: @TajiriBuzzsaw has suffered a right knee injury and is currently not cleared to compete

INJURY UPDATE: @TajiriBuzzsaw has suffered a right knee injury and is currently not cleared to compete: https://t.co/CFcQ9ar2BI pic.twitter.com/1OPO4sHqah

— WWE (@WWE) January 17, 2017

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Female Inductee For WWE Hall Of Fame 2017 Class

– As noted, WWE confirmed Kurt Angle as the first officially announced inductee for this year’s class.

The female WWE Hall Of Fame inductee for this year is expected to be Beth Phoenix, according to a report by PWInsider.com.

Phoenix, is a former three-time WWE Women’s Champion and a former one-time WWE Divas Champion. She retired from the ring in 2012 and is currently married to WWE Hall Of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland.

The 2017 WWE Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will air during WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando, Florida.

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The Rock Congratulates Kurt Angle On His HOF Induction

– As noted, WWE announced last night on RAW that Kurt Angle will be inducted into the upcoming Hall Of Fame class.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to Twitter today to offer congratulations to Kurt Angle for being inducted as part of the 2017 class into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Check out the tweet below:

Huge! Had some amazing title matches w/ this Olympic gold medalist. Congrats my friend. Truly one of the best men I’ve ever met. #WWEHOF https://t.co/L0ZjW3i6ax

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 17, 2017

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Myss Fortune’s Favourite Stars: What is it about her/him?

 

Greetings boys and girls, friends and foes, heroes and heels!

 

Myss4tune has arrived and today my gaze is fixed on the topic of . . . my favourites – specifically who has maintained my favour over years, who has gained it and all the whys and wherefores therein (and as this is a post and not a college thesis, it’s not everyone I’ve ever favoured, so I’m sure there’s plenty of room for comment).

 

Anyway . . . back to the post . . .

 

Despite the ‘ravages of time’, wrestling is a constant in my life – so much so, I can scarcely remember a time I didn’t watch wrestling; mostly (at that stage) the WWF but sometimes local indie matches screened on a very low budget community station and filmed by someone’s Dad, but it’s always been there.

It was on one of those kind of languid, dreamy Sunday afternoons, a bored Little Myss Fortune first sat down with Vegemite on toast (after all, I am Australian), flicked a channel and was exposed to the most amazing things she’d ever seen – giants, and high flyers and turnbuckle biters,. . . oh my! And then the magic and ‘mysteries’ and mayhem of the narratives started to lure me in . . . and week by week, match by match, year by year, my favourite people ‘arose’.

Decades later, I still eat Vegemite toast while watching wrestling and I still have a ‘thing’ for giants – (shout out to Big Cass, who’s just so . . . marvelous, in the traditional carny sense of the word, he’s a marvel of physical awesomeness; and much like the first time I saw Andre or Big Show, I am awed by Big Cass). However, now the ‘beauty’ of age grants me the insight to contemplate and analyse why . . . and I’ve come to some conclusions . . .

The people I like the most is because of the people; which may sound obvious and weird to some out there but allow me to elaborate. Certain performers I only support when they’re preforming a certain gimmick, some I prefer their non-gimmick persona and others who I’ll always adore, even if they had become the fated Gobbledy Gooker – my unwavering favourites are the latter group.

As mentioned in my first editorial (linkage), I liked Papa Shango – a lot – but when Charles Wright’s morphed into the Godfather, I still watched him, still appreciated Mr Wright’s performance, but the Godfather just didn’t betwixt me.  As The Godfather Mr Wright could have been a demi god in disguise but, there was just something missing (beyond his skill ) for the person ‘get over’ in me. A similar sentiment applies when I watch Superstars like The Miz and/or Bobby Roode – I admire for how hard these men work, and the dedication they’ve shown to their careers and adapting to industry changes, but they’ve never fully made me *have* to watch them – unlike my favourites, who, even if they were selling enema kits, I’d watch.

So, what is it about them?

Sure, I adore the amplification of humanities best and worst features (in the gimmicks, the narratives, the production itself) but it’s more than it. My draw to specific Superstars is not personal (I’ve never met them); nor is it based on gossip, rumours, advocating for or against that person and/or her/his personal life (and considering who some of my favourites are; I have yet to discover anything thus far about her/him to change my mind).

Also, I consider most humans talented in some way or another – and the beauty of the wrestling world is that it allows for a plethora of talents to be on display, from wrestling to back stage production. And it works, for example JBL I didn’t notice much in the APA, but his reboot as the fiery self-made millionaire and heel commentator, has made me see John Layfield’s other talents outshine his wrestling-heavy talent in his APA days and has given me new respect for the performer overall). And I tend to give most a chance to show who or what they are. My most contemporary example is Heath Slater – I’ve responded any of his gimmicks, even in the Nexus and in truth, I will rarely watch his one-on-one matches, but the man himself (say in Swerved) I will tune into. Mr Slater himself is worth a look. And finally, then there are some I’m still waiting to see anything from – you know the ones who ‘work’ for her/his self, not the brand or audience but how many of us foresee that happening? And to be honest, even if my favourite people where in that last group, I’d still like and watch them.

So . . . after thinking on this for hours, days, and entertaining and dismissing what seems like an encyclopaedia of theories, mind maps and strange thoughts . . . my answer as to why I like the people I do is – it’s a feeling I get when I gaze at my favs and it’s unfathomable.  I’m just bewitched by her/him. And that’s it.  To me, these people have some jewel in them that is so precious and so intoxicating I have to gaze upon them.  (And just for amusement, if you think defining why you like anything is easy, try explaining your favourite colour without using any emotive words, then apply that to any person you have an emotional pull towards and gets even harder!).

So, after all that and being unable to give you an answer, I present you instead with my top 13 favourite ‘there’s just something about her/him’ people currently in the wrestling world – in alphabetical order . . .

  1. Alexa Bliss – since NXT debut
  2. Big Cass – since NXT debut
  3. Cesaro– since WWE debut
  4. Charlotte – since NXT debut
  5. Chris Jericho – since Y2J
  6. Bray Wyatt – since Husky Harris
  7. Kofi Kingston – since ‘The Jamaican Sensation’
  8. Mick Foley – since Cactus Jack
  9. Paul Heyman – since Paul E. Dangerously
  10. Sheamus – since WWE debut
  11. Shawn Michaels: HBK– since the Rockers
  12. The Big Show – since Paul Wight
  13. The Undertaker – since Mean Mark Callous

 

And two (2) honourable NXT mentions:

  1. Asuka
  2. Shinsuke Naumura

 

So, tell me, who are yours? And if you can; since when and . . . why?

 

 

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Kurt Angle Announced For 2017 WWE Hall Of Fame, Triple H Comments

WWE announced the following:

Kurt Angle to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017
It’s true, it’s true! Kurt Angle will be taking his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 just two days before WrestleMania 33, as first reported by ESPN.com.

“Kurt Angle’s accomplishments both in the Olympics and WWE were extraordinary,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul Levesque. “He was one of the most gifted athletes to ever enter the ring, and we are honored to welcome him into the WWE Hall of Fame.”

Before becoming a legend of the squared circle, the proud Pittsburgh native was a world-class amateur competitor, becoming a two-time All-American and a two-time NCAA Champion while wrestling for Clarion University in his home state of Pennsylvania. His incredible amateur career culminated at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where he fought off the incredible pain of a “broken freakin’ neck” to win the gold medal for the United States of America.

In 1998, Angle made the jump from amateur to professional wrestling by signing with WWE. One year later, the gold medal grappler made his debut at Survivor Series 1999, picking up the first win of an undefeated streak that saw Angle capture the European and Intercontinental Championships. His unbelievable rookie campaign culminated at WWE No Mercy in October 2000, where he defeated The Rock to capture his first WWE Championship.

Though his wrestling ability was unparalleled, Angle adapted to the entertainment side of sports-entertainment better than anyone could have expected. Whether it was preaching his “three Is” – intensity, integrity and intelligence – taking part in a five-second pose with Edge & Christian or joining “Stone Cold” Steve Austin for a backstage sing-along, The Olympic Hero was able to make the WWE Universe laugh when he wasn’t wowing them with his athleticism.

By the time he left WWE in 2006, Angle had become one of the company’s most decorated stars in a short period of time. His resume includes four reigns as WWE Champion, a World Heavyweight Championship, the WCW, United States, Hardcore, Intercontinental and World Tag Team Championships. In addition, Angle was the 2000 King of the Ring and even served as General Manager of SmackDown.

In honor of these accomplishments, along with his incredible contributions to the WWE Universe during his storied career, Angle will be enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony will be available starting this Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. ET. For complete information on how you can see Kurt Angle take his place in sports-entertainment history, visit Ticketmaster.com.

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