Let us take a look at the top WWE News and Professional Wrestling stories of the hour:
8. Was Sting Ever Close To Signing With The WWF?
On a recent edition of “Something to Wrestle With” podcast, Bruce Prichard talked about Sting possibly coming to the World Wrestling Federation, most difficult stunts to pull & more. Below are the highlights:
On Sting ever being close to signing with WWF:
“Yes, I was interested in bringing him in. It was with the Main Event in Milwaukee, all I remember was being sick as a dog with two big pitchers of orange juice in my room. February of 1989, and we had been going back and forth to negotiate with Steve [Sting] to bring him in but talks always dropped. But yes, there have always been talk of bringing him in over the years, but Sting is a loyal guy, stayed where he is and did really well for himself.”
On What the Most Difficult Stunt Was to Put Together: Boss Man Hanging from Hell in a Cell, Taker Casket at Royal Rumble 98, etc:
“As far as stunts, that in itself is a podcast. I’d have to say, in the stunt world, which I look at them differently than anyone else does. Having to put a ring on Wall Street and finding out on a Thursday that Vince McMahon wanted to put a ring on Wall Street in front of New York Stock Exchange; Wall Street had never closed down in the history of Wall Street, and we closed it down on Noon on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and to get that thing together, that is a podcast on its own to discuss.”
7. Newest Member of The Bullet Club, Ryback Talks About A Possible Run In TNA Wrestling
During the during set of ROH TV tapings, Kazarian turned on Christopher Daniels and joined the Bullet Club.
During a recent appearance on The Buzzards podcast, former WWE Superstar Ryback was asked about a possible run in TNA Wrestling. Below is what Ryback said:
“I’m not gonna say that I’m not interested, it’s just one of those — I’m enjoying not having any contracts right now. If I was just solely wrestling … and didn’t have the motivational book, the podcast, and the supplement line coming out, then it would be something that I’d heavily consider.
That or New Japan for something more long term, but these other things are things that I got going on that take up a lot of my time and things that I’m very hands on with. Especially the supplement line, that’s very important to me so the wrestling — everything is great in the independents cause I’m booked through April.
We’re going into May in bookings now, every weekend, and financially it’s the same if not better than WWE. And that’s working for less days a week so I have no reason right now to. But don’t ever say never. It’d have to be the right situation.”
6. Josh Mathews & Jeremy Borash Go At It After Mathews’ “Best Play-By-Play Announcer” Comment
As we noted before, Josh Mathews claimed during a “My First Day” TNA segment that he’s the best play-by-play announcer in the world today.
Seems like "My First Day" caused quite the reaction! Obviously, we are all entitled to our opinions & that makes what we do so great!
— Josh Mathews 🐐 (@realjoshmathews) February 12, 2017
Jeremy Borash went at it with Mathews regarding this on Twitter, but later deleted the conversation. However, you have the copy of their conversation:
Borash: “No one will ever question your credibility after the ‘I believe I am the greatest play by play announcer in the world,’ quote. Good for you.”
Mathews: “Go fly your drone.”
Borash: “I will. The difference between you and that drone? One is a super over personality on a wrestling show… and the other is an announcer.”
Mathews: “Don’t worry @JeremyBorash after WWE, ROH, Lucha, NJPW, NOAH & any other company fires like 10 announcers, you’ll get your chance!”
Mathews: “Yeah, a Ring Announcer. Anyone can do that. Have you seen the people that used to work here?!?”
5. New PG Version Of The Elimination Chamber Structure
A new version of the Elimination Chamber structure debuted this year and the outside steel base was padded to avoid injuries. Below is a photo:
Below are the results from Elimination Chamber 2017:
– Mojo Rawley def. Curt Hawkins
– Becky Lynch def. Mickie James
– Kalisto & Apollo Crews def. Dolph Ziggler
– Tag Team Turmoil Match For SmackDown Tag Team Titles: American Alpha (c) def. The Ascension, The Usos, Rhyno & Heath Slater, The Vaudevillains and Breezango to retain their Titles.
– Nikki Bella vs. Natalya ended in a Double Count Out
– Randy Orton def. Luke Harper
– SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Naomi def. Alexa Bliss (c) to win the Title.
– Elimination Chamber Match For The WWE Championship: Bray Wyatt def. John Cena (c), AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Baron Corbin & The Miz to win the Title.
4. WWE’s New Way To Push Nia Jax, Heel Turn Planned At FastLane 2017
As seen on this week’s episode of Raw, WWE announced the weight of Nia Jax before her match with Bayley. She was announced at 272 lbs, which is more than the billed weight of stars like Kevin Owens, Big Cass, Baron Corbin & Roman Reigns.
WWE doesn’t announce the weight of female wresters, but they’re doing it with Nia as they plan on pushing her as the biggest female WWE Superstar of all time.
Speaking of female WWE Superstars, we have talked about Sasha Banks turning heel for a while now. A Fatal 4 way match for the Raw Women’s Championship between Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Nia Jax & Sasha Banks is planned for WrestleMania 33 and word is that Sasha will turn heel before this event.
As a matter of fact, there have been talks of Sasha attacking Bayley in the currently planned Raw Women’s Title match at FastLane 2017 to turn heel.
We’ll keep you updated on Sasha’s status.
3. Interesting WrestleMania 33 Angle Teased At Elimination Chamber 2017
As we noted before, there have been plans to do a mixed tag team match between the team of John Cena & Nikki Bella taking on the team of The Miz & Maryse at WrestleMania 33.
The seeds for this feud were planted during the Elimination Chamber 2017 PPV, when Nikki Bella collided with Maryse during a backstage brawl segment with Natalya and this lead to Maryse’s powder being all over her.
— WWE (@WWE) February 13, 2017
— WWE (@WWE) February 13, 2017
Then later in the night during the Elimination Chamber 2017 match, John Cena hit The Miz with an Attitude Adjustment to eliminate him from the match.
More things will get clear regarding this feud in the coming weeks on SmackDown Live.
2. Whose Match Is Christian Looking Forward To Watch At WrestleMania 33?
During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard, former World Heavyweight Champion Christian talked about who he’s looking forward to watch at WrestleMania 33, second season of “The Edge & Christian Show” & more. Below are the highlights:
On who he is looking forward to watching at WrestleMania:
“I’m looking forward to watching AJ Styles’ match, no matter who he is wrestling. AJ had such a great year in the ring, and no one even came close to him. I would have liked to have seen him carry the title all the way to WrestleMania and have a chance to defend it, but he’s still my favorite guy to watch.”
Who is the Wayne Gretzky of wrestling?
“The wrestling equivalent to Wayne Gretzky? That’s Shawn Michaels.”
On the status of season two of “The Edge and Christian Show”:
“Season two is in development stages, so there is nothing definite in terms of a date. We are laying out the content that’s going to go into the show, but I was also robbed in the ‘Chumpstain Challenge’ [trivia contest against Edge] and I’ll be looking to redeem myself in season two.”
1. Finn Balor Scheduled To Return Before WrestleMania 33
Former NXT Champion and the first ever WWE Universal Champion, Finn Balor, is expected to return to WWE in late February/early March.
Balor was evaluated by doctors last week, but he wasn’t cleared to return to in-ring action. There was speculation that Balor might return as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble match, but that didn’t happen due to him not being cleared.
With Balor possibly returning one month before WrestleMania 33, no word is available as of now if he’ll be wrestling in a match at the big event or not. However, one thing is clear that WWE officials are going to use him in some way at WrestleMania 33.
Balor has been out of action since capturing the WWE Universal Title at SummerSlam 2016. Below is the list of injuries he suffered in that match:
– 180 Degree Labrum Tear
– Torn Bicep
– Torn Pectoral tendon
– Cartilage damage
– Fracture to the glenoid neck socket