PWInsider is reporting that Daniel Bryan is not going to make the trip to Saudi Arabia to compete at WWE Crown Jewel against AJ Styles.
In a huge blow to an already underwhelming Evolution card, Alexa Bliss has been replaced by Alicia Fox due to injury. Strangely the WWE is still calling the match “past vs. present”. Hopefully Alexa will be back soon, and it’s certainly unfortunate for her to miss this event.
Former WWF Tag Team Champion Samu Anoa’i, who is a cousin of Roman Reigns, has taken to Facebook to reveal his own battle with cancer:
Take this report from fightful.com for what it’s worth, but they are reporting that John Cena and Daniel Bryan are refusing to work Crown Jewel.
WWE has announced that Molly Holly, Ivory, Alundra Blayze, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, and Maria Kanellis will all be part of the battle royal at WWE Evolution.
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According to PWInsider, Mark Henry’s name has been added to the list of veterans that will be appearing at SmackDown 1000. There’s one member of the Nation of Domination. I wonder if there will be any others….
The chinless wonder will be returning at SmackDown 1000. He joins the likes of Edge, Batisa, Rey Mysterio, and The Undertaker as former/part-time/returning stars. ELLSWORTH BABY! CHINLESS TURTLE!
In my original post regarding Kevin Owens’ knee surgery, I noted John Pollock’s report that while the hope was that the surgery would be minor and that Owens would only miss a month or two, it’s now being reported that the injury might be a bit more serious. Reports say that those within WWE are fearing that there’s more damage to the knee than they had believed. While there’s still no official diagnosis for the Kevin Owens injury, it’s said that he’ll be out from four to eight months depending on how rehab goes. That timetable means that he might wind up missing WrestleMania, and could be suffering from an ACL tear. I’ll be keeping my ears open on this so stay tuned for more information.
WWE today announced that NXT UK, a new weekly episodic series featuring the greatest male and female competitors from the U.K., will stream on WWE Network on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. BT/3 p.m. ET.
The one-hour episodes will feature the biggest names from NXT UK, including Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven and Wolfgang. Joining the NXT UK broadcasting team as backstage interviewer is British broadcasting personality Radzi Chinyanganya, best known for hosting ITV game show “Cannonball,” and in his ongoing role as a presenter of the world’s longest-running children’s TV show, the BBC’s “Blue Peter.” Calling the action are commentators Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph, joined by ring announcer Andy Shepherd and NXT UK General Manager, the legendary Johnny Saint.
“NXT UK is the next step in our global localization strategy, and we are proud to do this in a place where WWE has had a special relationship for more than 30 years,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative.
I’m extremely excited and have been waiting for this since they announced the new brand months ago. Keep it here for my reviews of every show.
John Pollock at Post Wrestling is reporting that Bobby Lashley’s attack on Kevin Owens this week on Raw was to give Owens time off for minor knee surgery. In regards to how much time Owens will miss, Pollock first reported that Owens is not expected to miss too much time, but later posted this update:
We were informed later in the day that while the hope is Owens’ knee surgery is minor, they won’t know the full extent of the injury until the knee is assessed. There is a possibility of the injury being more serious and could require a longer recovery time.