WWE has shuffled things around for Wrestlemania 31, and has moved the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal from the main card to the Kickoff Show.
This significantly lowers the prestige of the match, in my opinion.
No word if the Tag Title match is going to the main card instead, but I am assuming it too remains on the main card.
More details at WWE.com.
Triple H sat down for an interview with USA Today to promote his match against Sting at Wrestlemania, and brings up how his body felt after taking bumps after a long lay-off.
“I got in the ring for the first time the other day and fell down for the first time and it felt like my body exploded when I landed,” he said. “It takes a little bit. You can train, but its one of those things where ‘experts’ of our business that have never done it will say ‘oh if they gave guys time off it would be better for them’ or whatever, but it’s honestly, having done this for 20 plus years — time off is your worst enemy. It really is, it makes it so much harder to do this.
“When you’re doing it all the time it’s like a callus, you’re doing it and it doesn’t bother you. You’re functioning and you can do it every night. when you haven’t done it, getting in there and doing the simplest thing, you’re like ‘oh my God, why am I doing this again?’ You’ve got to get yourself back in the process of getting back in the ring, and the hardest [part] of doing that is… it’s easy to go through that stuff when you’ve got 80,000 people screaming at you, it’s not so easy when you’re in a warehouse with a ring set up all by yourself. It hurts a whole lot more.”
Other topics include Wrestlemania week, his training regimen, and more. The entire interview is available at USAToday.com.
Drew’s Take: I can vouch for the pain he’s describing. After stepping away from the dojo for a few months due to injury, that first hip toss to the mat felt like getting hit by a Mack Truck. That first hip toss hurt like hell, but the second and third one was better, and in short order, it was muscle memory taking over.
That being said, his statement fails to take into account the mental stress of being on the road, away from family, and simply needing a break. I cannot disagree with his assessment more.
There are some new reports regarding the tragic death of El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo last week. The LA Times is reporting that, according to Ernesto Franco, the official doctor from the Tijuana Wrestling Commission, Aguayo died from a heart attack brought on by a cervical stroke suffered due to a broken neck.
Franco stated that there was no negligence in the death of Aguayo, and the promotion running the event, Crash, had two ambulances, five paramedics, and a doctor on site at the event.
Most of the criticism is coming from how long it took the doctor to arrive to treat Aguayo. According to the Tijuana Wrestling Commission, it took 80 seconds for the doctor to arrive and begin treating Aguayo. Reports have circulated that the doctor was already backstage treating two other injured wrestlers at the time.
The Associated Press has additional details, stating that Aguayo had three fractured vertebrae, and was already dead by the time he reached the hospital. The report states medical staff tried to resuscitate him for 90 minutes.
There is a pending investigation. The wrestlers in the match, including former WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio, and current TNA talent Manik, are expected to be questioned regarding the incident.
Sources via PWTorch.com.
The Associated Press published an article stating that Brock Lesnar’s new contract with WWE is a three-year deal. No word if this deal extends through Wrestlemania 34 or ends prior.
Reddit user MetsFan4Ever has additional details, stating the contract is for $3 million per year. While the identity of this reddit user remains a mystery, he has been confirmed to have worked for WWE in the past, remains an insider, and has proven to be accurate breaking other news stories.
WWE has not confirmed any of these details, so I would treat them as rumor until something more official is available.
NXT Champion Kevin Owens joined the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show, and had a number of topics to discuss, including his thoughts on Brock Lesnar sticking with WWE, and ROH talent he would like to see come over to WWE. Here are some of the highlights. You can check out the entire interview at ChadDukesWrestlingShow.com.
On who he’d like to see join NXT: “I feel like Adam Cole would be a great addition to NXT, a guy like Cedric Alexander also would be really good but they’d all have to come through me first and that won’t work out that good… I’m open to a challenge from anyone, including Samoa Joe, I’ll just put that one out there.”
On his time in NXT so far: “I was so excited to sign with WWE because it’s been my dream since I was a kid and I was 11 years old when I first saw WrestleMania and knew that’s what I had to do in life. It took a while to get here but now that I am here I’m not going to wait in line or do anything by the book. I took the bull by the horns as they say and two months after my debut I’m the NXT champion. So it’s going pretty well so far, it’s a really special feeling to be part of something that’s growing and that people are so excited about. To be at the forefront of it because I’m the champion makes it even better.”
On Brock Lesnar: “As a fan him, re-signing is incredibly exciting. As a competitor, it’s even better because of the chance of getting to be in that ring with him one day is something that motivates me. I’ve been a Brock Lesnar fan since the first time I saw him. I was there when he made his debut in Montreal, the night after WrestleMania 18 and from the get go I was like, ‘this guy’s awesome.’ I even named my dog Brock as a tribute, whatever you wanna call it, so I’m a big fan of his. The fact that he’s gonna be sticking around here for a while and gonna do great things with WWE is exciting all around but yeah I’d love to be in the ring with him.”
Brock Lesnar announced on ESPN television that he will be remaining with WWE, has re-signed a new contract past Wrestlemania 31, and is officially closing the door on a return to MMA.
“Last night, old Vince (McMahon) put the offer on the table that I could not refuse,” said Lesnar.
“I felt physically great, but something was lacking mentally,” Lesnar said, addressing his UFC training. He stated he weighed his options, after speaking to both Dana White and Vince McMahon, and said “I am officially closing the door on MMA.”
You can view the video at espn.go.com.
More as it develops.