Fears that CM Punk practically stop AEW, virtually all the NXT UK roster launched, Charlotte Aptitude addresses Becky Lynch, and extra.
It’s Friday (hooray!), and what higher option to begin the final day of the week than getting caught up on all the most recent wrestling information – I’m Liam Winnard for WrestleTalk.com, and that is our information bulletin for August 19, 2022.
CM Punk Practically Quits AEW?
On AEW Dynamite this week, CM Punk began his promo by calling out Hangman Web page for a rematch, then calling him “coward s**t” when he didn’t come out – effectively there’s a LOT extra to the story.
Dave Meltzer first reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that, in doing this, Punk was going into enterprise for himself and no one knew he was going to name out Web page, which clearly meant Web page wouldn’t have the ability to come out no matter whether or not he wished to or not.
This was adopted up on by a report from Fightful Select which shed much more mild on the story.
The Choose report said that there’s actual life warmth between Punk and Web page, stemming from a number of the stuff Web page had mentioned in promos within the lead-up to their match at Double Or Nothing in Might.
Punk had reportedly met with firm higher-ups to voice his displeasure, main some within the firm to be so involved that they thought he may find yourself quitting the corporate.
Individuals near Punk even mentioned that he practically determined to not even present up on the August 17 episode of Dynamite this week.
In relation to Punk calling out Web page particularly, many individuals inside AEW felt that was “unfair” to do to Hangman since he wasn’t in a position to reply. Nonetheless, individuals have mentioned Punk might have executed it as a “receipt” for what Web page had mentioned about Punk within the aforementioned promos a number of months in the past.
One individual mentioned: “Even when (Web page) was conscious of it, what would he have executed? Charged to the ring previous Tony (Khan)? Interrupted a promo he knew he wasn’t alleged to be a part of? There was no means Hangman might have ‘received’ in that state of affairs”.
In one other offshoot of this story, it was added that it was a “late determination” to announce CM Punk vs Jon Moxley for subsequent week’s Dynamite versus All Out. The rationale for the choice being made isn’t often called of but.
NXT UK Changing into NXT Europe, Masses Of Expertise Launched
The way forward for NXT UK had been up within the air for the previous couple of weeks, and now now we have our reply.
WWE introduced the model is occurring “hiatus” earlier than the launch of NXT Europe in 2023. Initially it was mentioned that the NXT UK roster would mainly be cut up between shifting to the US to be on NXT 2.0 and being concerned in NXT Europe, however what’s truly occurred is almost all of the roster has been launched.
Right here’s the recognized listing of NXT UK abilities which have been let go:
- Flash Morgan Webster
- Mark Andrews
- Wild Boar
- Jack Starz
- Dave Mastiff
- Ashton Smith
- Emilia McKenzie
- Sha Samuels
- Nina Samuels
- Sam Gradwell
- Dani Luna
- Primate Jay Melrose
- Rohan Raja
- Kenny Williams
- Xia Brookside
- Trent Seven
- Tyson T-Bone
- Sid Scala
- Saxon Huxley
- Eddie Dennis
- Amir Jordan
And as for the expertise that’s STILL with WWE, so far as we all know, these are:
- Aleah James
- Aoife Valkyrie
- Blair Davenport (debuted on NXT 2.0 this week)
- Charlie Dempsey (son of William Regal)
- Ilja Dragunov
- Isla Daybreak
- Joe Coffey (debuted on NXT 2.0 this week)
- Mark Coffey (debuted on NXT 2.0 this week)
- Meiko Satomura
- Noam Dar
- Oliver Carter
- Rampage Brown
- Stevie Turner
- Tyler Bate (debuted on NXT 2.0 this week)
- Wolfgang (debuted on NXT 2.0 this week)
Together with the NXT Europe announcement, WWE additionally introduced Worlds Collide for September 4, which is able to characteristic representatives from each NXT 2.0 and NXT UK.
It was additionally noteworthy that Shawn Michaels, who’s mainly the lead man in control of NXT now, was listed as WWE’s “Vice President of Expertise Growth Artistic”.
Charlotte Aptitude Addresses Becky Lynch
Charlotte Aptitude is definitely nearing her WWE return, and she or he’s again within the headlines for some feedback she’s made about her colleagues.
To advertise the upcoming episode of the Damaged Cranium Classes that includes her as a visitor, Aptitude performed a recreation of phrase affiliation with Steve Austin, wherein Austin named members of the ladies’s roster, and Aptitude needed to describe them.
Essentially the most notable of those was Becky Lynch contemplating the well-documented reliable points that arose between them final 12 months within the lead-up to Survivor Sequence.
The phrase that got here to Aptitude’s thoughts to explain Lynch? “… Character”. Learn into that no matter you want, I suppose.
Aptitude additionally mentioned Liv Morgan is the “future”, described Asuka as “iron”, mentioned Ronda Rousey is “legit”, and that she has “unfinished enterprise” with Rhea Ripley.
In different little bits of stories…
Dave Meltzer talked about there was a timing difficulty throughout AEW Dynamite and the final couple of minutes of the present needed to be rushed, which is why the Andrade & Rush turning on Dragon Lee didn’t actually register as a result of the present went off the air actually seconds after.
Additionally in response to Meltzer, WWE is seeking to change up its technique with main exhibits, and as a substitute of selecting a metropolis to go to, mainly put them up for bidding and whichever metropolis bids the very best is the one they’ll go to.
After his return on Dynamite, Kenny Omega tweeted: “The items aren’t all there but however I refuse to burden the Bucks with my limitations. We have now an actual probability at this. I’ll be even stronger in spherical 2. I’ll surpass the place I used to be at. I’ll surpass everybody”.
Bron Breakker confirmed he and Cora Jade are courting with an image of them collectively and the caption: “W”.
Kazuchika Okada received the NJPW G1 Climax 32 match by beating Will Ospreay within the last – this marks the fourth time Okada has received the match.
NJPW additionally made the announcement throughout the present that Wrestle Kingdom 17 will simply be one evening on January 4, and New Yr’s Sprint will likely be on January 5.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Gunther filed his personal trademark on his nickname “Ring Basic”.
And set for tonight’s SmackDown are a “head-to-head” between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre forward of their match at Conflict on the Fortress on September 3, the Viking Raiders maintain a “viking funeral” for New Day, and NXT 2.0 stars Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark debut on the primary roster by taking up Natalya & Sonya Deville within the final quarter-final of the Ladies’s Tag Group Championship match.
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