Thursday, February 14, 2019

WWE comments on the arrest of Jimmy Uso after incident with police in Detroit

WWE has commented on the arrest of Jimmy Uso (Jonathan Fatu).

As reported earlier, Jimmy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction after an incident with police just outside of downtown Detroit.

Per the report by TMZ, police pulled over a 2018 Dodge Journey driven by Jimmy’s wife and current WWE star Naomi (Trinity Fatu) that reeked of “booze.” According to police, Jimmy reportedly exited the car (despite commands from police), removed his shirt, jacket and “squared up” like he wanted to fight with the officers.

WWE issued this statement to Wrestleview, which is similar to a statement the company issued last January when Jey Uso (Joshua Fatu) was arrested for DWI.

“Jonathan Fatu is responsible for his own personal actions.”

As of this evening, WWE is continuing to promote that The Usos will challenge Shane McMahon and The Miz for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships at Elimination Chamber this Sunday night on the WWE Network.

The Undertaker booked for Starrcast 2 in Las Vegas during AEW’s big weekend

Sports Illustrated is reporting that The Undertaker (Mark Calaway) has come to terms to appear at the Starrcast 2 wrestling convention in Las Vegas on May 25.

The convention, which was created last year and promoted alongside the ALL IN event, will be returning during the weekend of AEW’s inaugural Double or Nothing PPV event.

Starrcast founder Conrad Thompson made it clear that the convention is not an “AEW event” and rather a gathering of all types of wrestling talent for the fans.

“I know people might assume this is an AEW event, but that is not true. We have wrestlers appearing from every promotion from all over the world, and Starrcast isn’t just for All Elite Wrestling fans, it’s for all wrestling fans.

“The Undertaker is synonymous with wrestling and generations of wrestling fans have grown up with The Undertaker. We wanted to bring something unique to Las Vegas, and there isn’t anyone more special in this business than The Undertaker.”

The article noted that Undertaker, who last appeared for WWE at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia last year, recently removed any mentions of WWE from his Twitter profile and started to take non-WWE related bookings in recent weeks.

Opinionated View- Truthfully this is non story. But the look of it is going to piss Vince off.

Breaking News: Jimmy Uso Arrested

According to TMZ Jimmy Uso was arrested in Detroit for drunkenly squaring up with police.  The story is that Jimmy and Naomi were pulled over because Naomi was driving the wrong way down a one-way street.  Despite warnings not to, Jimmy got out of the car and took off his shirt and jacket and squared up with the officer as if to fight.  The officer took out his taser and it seems that deescalated the situation. Uso was then arrested and posted bail. The Usos have a Smackdown Tag Team Championship match this Sunday.

WWE Has Yet To Decide Which Match Will Close Wrestlemania

 In the latest bit of news from Wrestling Observer Radio (via Ringside News), Dave Meltzer said that WWE has yet to decide if the Universal title match (Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar) or the RAW Women’s title match (currently Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey, although plans are expected to change) will go on last at Wrestlemania 35.

He said: “So they haven’t decided whether it will be that match or the Rollins/Lesnar match that will go on last and that probably won’t be decided until the week of the show.”

Bray Wyatt Nearing His In-Ring Return

– As previously reported, WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt was posting tweets last month seemingly hinting on his upcoming return. He’s yet to make an appearance on WWE since he’s been off due to an injury. PWInsider reports today that Bray Wyatt is getting very close to being able to return to the ring. Per the report, Wyatt is hoping to receive medical clearance for his in-ring return from WWE soon.

KUSHIDA Reportedly Part of New Performance Center Class, WWE Wants to Keep His Signing a Secret

– As previously reported, WWE recently revealed its latest class of NXT recruits and WWE Performance Center class. The Wrestlign Observer Newsletter (via Ringside News) has a report on one name who was absent from the list in KUSHIDA, who was rumored to be joining the NXT roster. Per the report, the former NJPW junior heavyweight is indeed at the WWE Performance Center with the new class.

As of now, WWE reportedly wants to keep the former NJPW talent’s signing with WWE NXT and his joining the February 2019 class a secret. Additionally, the report notes that KUSHIDA might show up at ringside for the upcoming NXT TakeOver: Blackout event.

Opinionated View- Good chance this happen

Vince: I thought Itami left

Triple H: That's KUSHIDA not Itami.

Vince: What ever just stick him on 205 Live.

Stipulation added to Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin at Elimination Chamber PPV

WWE announced on their website and Twitter Wednesday that per the McMahon Family, the Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin match at this Sunday’s Elimination Chamber PPV will now be a No Disqualification Match.

Elimination Chamber will be held in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center this Sunday live on PPV and will also stream live on the WWE Network beginning at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Latest on AEW TV Deal

As AEW makes moves towards its first show Double or Nothing, it’s still unknown when the company will announce a television show. Last month we reported on a possible name and it’s believed names like Chris Jericho wouldn’t have signed without one in place. According to Joe Peisich of Barnburner’s No Holds Barred podcast (via Ringside News), the show may debut in October.

He said: “Everyone wants to know when a TV deal is going to be announced by All Elite or do they have a TV deal. The plans are in October to have a weekly All Elite Wrestling show. In October.”

He added that the current schedule plan is Double or Nothing in Las Vegas in May, Jacksonville in July or August, then All In 2 in Chicago in August or September, followed by the TV show in October. AEW reportedly met with Turner over Super Bowl weekend and it’s rumored that they may be looking at a Tuesday night timeslot, especially when WWE leaves for Fridays on FOX.

Opinionated View- I keep seeing people say something long the lines of "AEW is a failure because they haven't announced a TV deal." I actually think they are holding back on the TV deal so they can annouce it closer to Double or Nothing and get a new cycle of press. I just hope it starts sooner than October.

AEW Reportedly had 43,500 People Signing in for Ticket Pre-Sale

– As previously reported, tickets for the general sale for May’s AEW Double or Nothing event sold out in four minutes. Dave Meltzer stated on The Wrestling Observer Radio this week (via that during the pre-sale last Monday (Feb. 11), there was about 43,500 people signing in over the course of about the first half hour of the sale.

That’s with the venue being sized for a capacity of approximately 14,000 attendees. Additionally, Meltzer noted that this not a full representation of the market, since there’s still three months until the show takes place and more matches will be added to the card later on.

AEW Double or Nothing is set for May 25. The event will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WWE Reportedly Has a Plan for Asuka at WrestleMania 35

The Wrestlevotes Twitter account shared some news today on WWE’s upcoming plans for Asuka and who her next opponents might be. According to WrestleVotes, WWE does have a plan ready for Asuka at WrestleMania 35. Additionally, Lana and Zelina Vega are listed as potential opponents for the champion for Elimination Chamber.

WrestleVotes writes, “Been getting a ton of Asuka questions. As far as I know, they do have a plan for Mania. Just wasn’t wise for Asuka to be featured the last few weeks. WWE doesn’t want excessive “brand jumping” prior to WM, leaving only Lana or Vega for Chamber. That’s not a PPV matchup WWE wanted.”

Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch are both entangled in a feud with Ronda Rousey for the Raw women’s title at the moment, and they were previously a part of the Smackdown women’s division. That has left the current reigning Smackdown women’s champion without some bigger name opponents to face on Smackdown.

As previously reported, WrestleVotes reported earlier that WWE considering making the women’s division dual-branded, which is already the case for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.