As we noted last night, via PWInsider.com, former Cruiserweight Champion Neville, who has been off WWE TV for the past month due to issues with the company, has had recent talks with WWE about a potential return.
The report furthered that talks were said to be positive, and it’s possible Neville could soon be returning to WWE TV.
F4WOnline.com has since reported that Neville had plans outside of WWE which were being held up because the company would not release him from his current contract.
Goldberg and Vince McMahon Reunite
As seen on WWE Network last night, the latest ‘WWE: 24’ episode aired, featuring Goldberg, and below is footage of Vince McMahon and Goldberg reuniting when he made his return to WWE last year:
Sheamus On His Favorite WWE Star, Hardest Opponent He’s Faced
WWE Raw Tag Team Champion Sheamus recently participated in a 10 questions Q&A for Doublefml.com, and below are some excerpts:
His All-time favorite superstar – “The Macho Man Randy Savage. Yeah, big fan of him as a kid. He was the first superstar I was infatuated (with) as a kid just everything about him. His entrance, his ring attire, Elizabeth, the whole thing. It would definitely have to be The Macho Man.”
The hardest opponent he’s wrestled – “Definitely Cesaro! His uppercuts will literally rearrange your teeth every time”.
Favorite career moment – “I’d have say winning my first WWE Championship. When I beat John Cena to the shock and dismay of everybody in San Antonio. It was a very very fast title win and I was as shocked as everybody as well. But it’s definitely been a milestone for me.”
“2K today announced the WWE 2K18 Kurt Angle and Cena (Nuff) Packs are Now Available as downloadable content on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The Kurt Angle Pack:
Formerly available only as a pre-order bonus includes:
Includes two playable versions of Kurt Angle (WWE “American Hero” and ECW “Wrestling Machine”);
The Kurt Angle Pack is available for $4.99.
Cena (Nuff) Pack:
Formerly available only in the WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition or Cena (Nuff) Edition;
Includes two playable versions of John Cena (ECW One Night Stand and WrestleMania 26) and playable characters Batista and Rob Van Dam;
The Cena (Nuff) Pack is available for $7.99.
While neither of these newly available packs are included in the WWE 2K18 Season Pass, they are special items for pre-order customers (Kurt Angle Pack) or Deluxe and Cena (Nuff) customers (Cena (Nuff) Pack).
For complete details on this WWE 2K18 announcement, see the blog post here: https://wwe.2k.com/news/entries/wwe-2k18-kurt-angle-batista-and-rob-van-dam-dlc-characters-available-for-purchase-today.”
News for Tonight’s WWE 205 Live
Tonight’s edition of WWE 205 Live will feature a birthday celebration for Kalisto, and WWE.com is also hyping the following:
“Last week’s episode of WWE 205 Live brought a brief reprieve in the intense rivalry that has Gentleman Jack Gallagher and The Brian Kendrick trying to convince Cedric Alexander to embrace his cruelty and turn on his friend, Rich Swann. Although the four Superstars did not confront one another in the United Kingdom, Cedric Alexander teamed up with Mark Andrews in a tag team battle against James Drake and Joseph Connors. The agile Superstars made good use of his platform to show the U.K. Championship division – and his antagonists Gallagher and Kendrick – exactly what he’s capable of inside the ring.
However, The Man with a Plan has no doubt not taken kindly to being mocked by Swann during their battle on Halloween night. Swann – dressed as a clown, taking Kendrick’s insults in stride – picked up an impressive victory against the former Cruiserweight Champion. With time to recalibrate and strategize, will Gallagher and Kendrick turn up the intensity when they target Alexander and Swann?”
Watch Undertaker vs Big Show vs Y2J at SSeries
WWE has released the following video:
“World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker battles Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show in a Triple Threat Match: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network”:
Dave Meltzer noted on today’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that the insertion of Triple H into the Survivor Series elimination match could be building to Kurt Angle vs Triple H at WrestleMania 34. “That was always the plan, when Kurt was signed, was to go to Kurt vs Triple H [at WrestleMania], and [Raw last night] seemed like the first step in doing that”, said Meltzer.
Kurt Angle and Triple H will join Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman to face Team Smackdown at WWE Survivor Series on Sunday night.
As noted, Bullet Club participated in an “Ask the Elite” Q&A for Highspots last night, and it featured Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, Adam Page and Marty Scurll. For VOD subscribers, the Q&A is now available for streaming at this link.
Court Bauer On Brody King vs MVP at MLW Never Say Never
MLW has issued the following:
Brody King looks to bring anarchy to MLW against MVP in Orlando on December 7th
ORLANDO – Major League Wrestling confirmed this morning’s Miami Herald story that Brody King will battle MVP at Major League Wrestling’s December 7th’s MLW: Never Say Neverevent at Gilt Nightclub in Orlando.
A first-time ever encounter, MVP will be tasked with fighting the chaos, which the 6’8” super heavyweight Brody King brings in his matches.
A true hybrid, Brody King blends brawling, power and even some sky combat into his repertoire.
“Brody King is a dangerous blend of Mike Awesome, Terry Gordy and Bruiser Brody. In other words, he’s a force to reckon with. I expect Brody to do big things in MLW and have a huge 2018,” said MLW CEO Court Bauer.
Florida native MVP welcomes the challenge, coming off of an impressive victory against Sami Callihan at MLW: One-Shot in October.
Brody Kings joins fellow MLW super heavyweights Barrington Hughes and Mike Parrow as the league bulks up for a big 2018.
Matt Riddle Wants A Different Type Of Match In EVOLVE
WWN Live has issued the following:
November 14th: Tickets are now on sale at TicketFly.com for EVOLVE 96 on December 9th in Queens, NY and EVOLVE 97 on December 10th in Melrose, MA. Last week we announced EVOLVE Champion Zack Sabre Jr. defending vs. Jaka, Matt Riddle vs. WALTER and WWN Champion Keith Lee vs. Tracy Williams with Stokely Hathaway vs. Darby Allin for EVOLVE 97. Today we have several match announcements for EVOLVE 96.
November 14th: EVOLVE Champion Zack Sabre Jr. vs. DJZ in a non-title match has been signed for EVOLVE 96 in NYC! DJZ wants the best, he’s got the best!
November 14th: Matt Riddle has a very interesting challenge to Fred Yehi after the controversial finish of their match at EVOLVE 95. It will be Riddle vs. Yehi in Queens, NY and there will be no rope breaks! Watch the above EVOLVE Mini-Doc for all the details on why this match is happening. Are we about to see Riddle return to his aggressive roots?
November 14th: Jarek 1:20 has been added to both EVOLVE 96 and EVOLVE 97 after his win at EVOLVE 95.
November 14th: Here is how the lineup now shapes up for EVOLVE 96:
WWN Championship Match
Keith Lee defends vs. WALTER
No Rope Breaks Match
Matt Riddle vs. Fred Yehi
Non-Title Special Attraction Match
EVOLVE Champion Zack Sabre Jr. vs. DJZ
NXT General Manager William Regal will be available for pictures and autographs! Mr. Regal will also make an appearance on the live event!
Plus more to be signed with:
-EVOLVE Tag Team Champion Jaka
-Tracy Williams with Stokely Hathaway
-Austin Theory with Priscilla Kelly
-Plus others to be added!!!
November 14th: Did you watch the two new EVOLVE Mini-Docs in today’s WWN Alerts? They are in spectacular 4K! To the best of our knowledge, these are the first 4K videos released by an independent wrestling promotion. Check them out for the best quality ever seen! Thank you to Kenny Johnson for continuing to raise the standard of these epic documentaries on the stars of EVOLVE!
November 14th: A reminder to all in ring talent who have completed a training course, there are still a few spots available in the special all day Seminar/Tryout on December 8th with special guest William Regal. This is a rare opportunity to learn the invaluable lessons of Mr. Regal. If you have any aspirations of going to WWE, you need this knowledge. Go to the WWNLive.com Seminar/Tryout section for all the info.
As noted, WWE has canceled one of the shows originally scheduled for the upcoming India tour and has reduced the tour to one Supershow taking place on December 9th in New Delhi.
The show will be headlined by Triple H vs Jinder Mahal, a match which was made earlier this week when Triple H posted a video message challenging The Modern Day Maharaja to a match at the event. Mahal accepted and the bout is now official for the supershow.
Kevin Owens vs Jinder Mahal was originally scheduled to take place on the WWE India tour, however, the match has been scrapped in favor of The Game vs Mahal, and Owens has since been pulled from the tour altogether.
Owens being pulled from WWE India comes at an interesting time considering he and Sami Zayn were just sent home from last week’s overseas tour following a creative incident which took place at the Manchester WWE Smackdown tapings. It’s unknown whether or not Owens being pulled from the WWE India event is related to him being sent home from The UK tour, however the timing of Triple H vs Jinder Mahal being announced it worth pointing out.
Both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have been rumored to return to WWE at tonight’s WWE Smackdown Live tapings.
On the Bella Twins YouTube channel, Brie Bella has continued her preparation for an in-ring comeback and John Cena has shown off another of his cars.
Brie Bella Prepares For In-Ring Return
Ever since giving birth Brie Bella has made it clear she wants one more match in WWE. In her latest post on the Bella Twins YouTube page, she has continued down that road.
John Cena Shows Off Another Car
In another video posted on the channel, John Cena continued his ‘Auto-Geek’ series where he shows off his collection of cars to the WWE Universe. In the latest video, he shows his ‘date night’ Rolls Royce.
Daniel Bryan Takes The #OneChipChallenge
During a recent interview with Dan Ryckert, Daniel Bryan took on the popular #onechipchallenge, that is currently doing the rounds on social media and he dealt with the heat very well, as you can see in the video below.
WWE has announced that its upcoming tour of India will now feature just one show, rather than the previously promoted two shows.
Instead, it will be one WWE India super show that is set to be headlined by Triple H and Jinder Mahal. In a press release, according to The Times Of India, WWE said the following:
“To meet the requests of WWE fans in India, and deliver the biggest main event in the country’s history, WWE is combining two nights of family-friendly action into a one-night-only, exclusive Supershow.”
Matches announced for the show are the following:
-The Shield vs. Samoa Joe & WWE Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus
-Braun Strowman vs. Kane
-Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
-WWE Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
-Jason Jordan vs. Elias
-WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto
Bullet Club Prepares For Christmas
The Bullet Club got in the holiday spirit yesterday as they dressed up in Christmas jumpers and Bullet Club Santa Hats, as they shared on social media.
These days, it’s pretty rare to see the WWE Championship defended outside of a PPV or WWE Network special. However, it’s even rarer for it to actually change hands. But that’s exactly what happened this past week on SmackDown LIVE when AJ Styles defeated WWE Champion Jinder Mahal to win the coveted championship.
While it was undoubtedly a shock, Styles’s win comes with a certain amount of benefits for WWE. Thus, with that in mind, let’s take a look at why the company made the right move when they had the WWE Title change hands.
AJ Styles Vs. Lesnar Will Be A Major Draw For Survivor Series
While Jinder Mahal’s WWE Championship reign wasn’t perfect, he did end up proving himself to be a worthy champion. However, since he was initially a jobber, it took a while for us to buy him as a sudden champ – but eventually, we did. He pulled out all the stops to defeat some of the blue brand’s biggest stars, and reigned supreme. But that same strategy wouldn’t have worked at Survivor Series.
Being SmackDown’s WWE Champion, Mahal was set to battle RAW’s Universal Champion – the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar. And no matter how much Mahal proved himself on SmackDown, it was clear that fans didn’t see him as a legitimate threat to the unstoppable Lesnar.
On the other hand, Styles isn’t just a former WWE Champion, he is also a wrestling veteran (having wrestled in WCW, TNA and Ring Of Honor) and is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in the world today. If anyone can defend SmackDown’s honor against the Beast, it’s Styles.
Furthermore, both men are two of WWE’s biggest draws. Thus, with Styles now in the mix, it creates an added excitement that the original Mahal vs. Lesnar match did not have. Both Lesnar and Styles excel at what they do, and their contrasting styles should make for an interesting match. And that interest should ensure that this match is a major draw for Survivor Series.
SmackDown Needed A New Champion
It’s safe to say that this time last year, nobody predicted that Jinder Mahal would become WWE Champion. The former WWE superstar had been misused by the company, constantly jobbing to other superstars, only to return and once again do the same. But, despite all that, Mahal overcame the odds and suddenly became SmackDown’s WWE Champion.
After years of questionable storylines and bookings, WWE suddenly decided to take a chance on an athlete that had been underappreciated for far too long. But they did it so quickly and unexpectedly that we weren’t really sure if it was feasible. However, they made it work.
But despite Mahal becoming a great heel champion, the title reign soon became repetitive. Unable to give us anything fresh, WWE continually recycled the interference of the Singh Brothers in the closing moments of most of the Champion’s title defenses. And this constant interference had many of us finding it hard to take Mahal seriously as a worthy champion.
After the likes of Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura came close to defeating Mahal, it was AJ Styles who was able to bring an end to the Champion’s reign. Not only does this victory finally allow us to see a fresh champion on the blue brand, it gives SmackDown LIVE a fighting chance in the ongoing battle against RAW. While the show was initially acclaimed after the brand split, Superstar Shakeups and rating drops have left SmackDown in a much worse-off position.
But now, with an extremely talented and adored veteran like Styles steering the ship, it seems that the blue brand’s future is in good hands.
While the decision to suddenly end Jinder Mahal’s impressive WWE Championship reign seemed rather unplanned (especially as Mahal was due to represent SmackDown at Survivor Series), it could end up doing WWE a lot of favors.
While it will not only put an acclaimed veteran in the ring with Brock Lesnar, it may result in more interest for SmackDown in general. Having Styles represent the blue brand at one of the “Big Four” events may lead to casual viewers tuning in SmackDown more often to see the new WWE Champion in action.
An AJ Styles title reign may just return SmackDown LIVE to the prominent show it once was – and that is undoubtedly the biggest benefit of all.
Do you think WWE made the right choice by making Styles champion? Let us know in the comments below!