By an announcement on WWE.com, the company has pulled the scheduled Intercontinental Championship match between Daniel Bryan and Bad News Barrett from the lineup. WWE made the announcement that Daniel Bryan is “medically unable to compete” tonight and that the scheduled match is off. You can see the official announcement on WWE.com.
As a replacement, Bad News Barrett will face his countryman and NXT standout Neville during the kickoff show for the pay per view, which starts at 7PM EST.
No additional information was given regarding the nature of Bryan’s injuries, or whether or not he would be competing on television any time soon.
Today, WWE announced a number of live tour dates for the NXT developmental brand. There are a number of dates in and around Florida, but the following events in the northeastern United States are also a part of that tour.
May 14 in Philadelphia, Pa. at Tower Theater
May 16 in Albany, New York at Washington Avenue Armory
June 11 in Pittsburgh, Pa. at Stage AE
June 12 in Cleveland, Ohio at Agora Theater
June 13 in Columbus, Ohio at LC Pavillion
Talent being advertised includes Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Charlotte, and Bayley. As always, cards and talents are subject to change. If you head to any of these events, feel free to drop a live report to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” premiered in London, and former WWE Champion and movie star Batista made an appearance on the red carpet. In the YouTube video below, the interviewer catches up with him and discusses his movie roles, but he also asks Batista about the possibility of returning to WWE. Batista commented:
“I get constantly asked if I am going to go back and I would. I love wrestling. I talked to Chris Jericho, who is a good friend of mine recently and he does a lot of untelevised events, that’s all he does and I think I may take that path if I go back. The television…you’re just too locked in, you’re too locked into the scripts, which I don’t think are great these days (laughs)…and I don’t want to be locked in. I just want to go back and entertain the fans, so I may try and go that path.”
During Raw tonight, WWE announced that Chris Jericho will be returning to WWE Network to do another “Chris Jericho Live” show. The show will take place following the April 30 edition of Smackdown starting at 10PM EST. This time, Jericho’s guest will be Stephanie McMahon.
I’m questioning the timing on this one, as it takes place the same night as the NFL’s 2015 Draft. Most American viewers will be more interested in the Draft than watching this WWE Network show. That said, it promises to be a fun interview.