Former Impact Wrestling Star Claims The Shield Ripped Off Aces & Eights Gimmick


Over the past five years, The Shield has been one of the most dominant gimmicks in WWE. Making an impressive debut at the 2012 Survivor Series pay-per-view during the main event WWE Championship triple threat match, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose introduced themselves to the WWE Universe by delivering a triple powerbomb to Ryback through the table. After that, they would commence a dominant winning streak, even winning the Tag Team and United States Championships.

The team would break up when Rollins joined the Authority and became heel. However, they would recently reunite after over three years apart, and compete at Survivor Series in one of the best matches of the night against the New Day. The duo would win even more championships this time around, as Rollins and Ambrose became the Raw Tag Team Champions, while Roman Reigns became the Intercontinental Champion.

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The group has been so successful as both a faction and singles competitors, each of them have won the WWE Championship, as well as the United States Championship.

Despite this success, a former Impact Wrestling star claimed that the idea of the group was not original.

I had the opportunity of interviewing Wes Brisco recently on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show. During the interview, Brisco made the bold claim that the faction he was a member of, Aces & Eights, originated the gimmick that the Shield allegedly ripped.

“All those guys that we were together with, we stuck together, we hung out together, we were together. I mean, we took this [seriously]. We wanted to be very successful. We wanted to treat it like it was our baby, our opportunity to set an example and create something totally different.

“Because if you look at it, that’s what started The Shield because of us. If you really look at it, we started before The Shield even came through the crowd, we had the mask on. Basically, [they did] the exact same thing.”

Brisco, who was released from Impact Wrestling in early 2014, also discussed why he is no longer with the company.

You can hear the full interview here.

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Zack Ryder and ‘Raw’ Superstar to Potentially Start Podcast, Looking for Names


Zack Ryder tweeted that he is potentially looking to start a podcast with a fellow superstar and is looking for name suggestions. What could this mean?

The podcast would be centered around the topic of wrestling figures, which is something unseen by the world of podcasting. As fans of WWE will know, Ryder is an avid collector and has had many videos on WWE, Twitter and his Instagram featuring his collection.

He has explained through the tweet that he would not be alone in creating the podcast, as his partner-in-crime would be ‘Raw‘ superstar Curt Hawkins, who is currently on a 142 match losing streak in the company.

You can see the tweet by Ryder below:

.@TheCurtHawkins & I are starting a wrestling FIGURE podcast……maybe. Any good names for it? ???

— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) December 13, 2017

While many thought the idea was a joke, Ryder responded to a comment and explained that it is indeed a real idea. It is also worth noting that asking for names likely already signified that the idea was real.

It is Bill. It is.

— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) December 14, 2017

NXT superstar Murphy tweeted his own hilarious suggestion:

“Another podcast…go figure!”

— WWE Murphy (@WWE_Murphy) December 13, 2017

Independent star Colt Cabana also chimed in:

“This was once gonna be a Disney podcast”

— Colt Cabana (@ColtCabana) December 13, 2017

If you have any name suggestions yourself, please visit the original tweet by Ryder here and comment it.

If you haven’t seen Ryder talking about figures before, WWE often uploads videos with the former Intercontinental Champion talking about them. We have provided one of these below.

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What would you name such a podcast? Would you watch?

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Brandi Rhodes on How She Joined ‘WAGS Atlanta,’ Her Future in ROH


Brandi Rhodes was interviewed by Raj Giri of WrestlingInc where she spoke about being selected for ‘WAGS Atlanta’ and her time in ROH.

Rhodes first explained the entire situation behind getting the call to potentially be on ‘WAGS Atlanta’ while working on other projects:

“It was a very bizarre situation. I was in LA and was working on another project in the unscripted television world. The way those things usually work is that if you start at the ground level with them it takes a pretty long time so I had been working within, I guess, contouring this project with a fantastic production team; we had gone through all these steps, and all fizzle, and all this film content; stuff where we were in the final stages of securing a contract on the network. This again took 6-8 months, so long process. My management came to me and said that these folks want to talk to you. They want to have a Skype interview with you for a show called WAGS Atlanta. I said okay, sure. At the time, I was thinking that with what I am currently working on, within that timeline of the other project I am working on, I will be done with the other project. So, I had done the Skype interview with them and five days later they sent over a contract, which blew my mind. With the other project, I had to wait 6-8 months, but I do one Skype interview, I don’t even audition for anything, and I get this contract sent to me. It’s funny; it’s a testament to show how things mysteriously work out where you never know what you are going to get. From the time they sent me the contract, and to filming was within a couple of months. I had to race to Atlanta to be able to film, so yeah, very faded thing to happen.”

She commented next on whether she believes any footage from her wrestling career in ROH will air:

“Well, they definitely did come and film ROH in Atlanta where I faced Kelly Klein, and that was a whole big thing, and very much hoping you will see that much, or at least bits and pieces from that match. You will definitely see some training aspects because in the most recent episode that came out you see me and Cody training in the ring so you know, I’m hoping that we will see as much as we can. We filmed forever, and this cast, for whatever reason, there are nine girls, which has the largest cast in history on a reality show like this. They went big with it, so usually you are seeing 6 or 7, we have 9, which is a lot to accomplish in an episode, so I would say, don’t get disheartened if you see an episode that I am not in. Two reasons: there are nine girls and another reason being, I had a full schedule when we were filming, so a lot of events like that, unfortunately I had to miss because I already had other stuff on the books. I wasn’t going to miss it to go to a baby shower, so that is kind of where we are at, and we will see what happens, so you will definitely see some wrestling; hopefully a lot, but there will be a lot of other fun stuff as well.”

Rhodes ended the interview by confirming what her commitment to ROH and the Women of Honor is in 2018:

“Absolutely, 100%. I am kind of putting my flag down with Women of Honor. I am impressed with them and the presentation as far as being in conjunction with ROH. There are a lot of good things to come with Women of Honor in 2018, which I am definitely on board. I look forward to doing a lot more with Women of Honor.”

If you haven’t had the chance to see Rhodes compete either lately or period, she is continuously improving. She faced Rain on a recent episode of Women of Honor. You can check the match out below.

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Are you going to watch ‘WAGS Atlanta?’ Have you seen Rhodes compete?

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Mark Cuban on the NJPW Expansion, What Vince McMahon Thinks of the Promotion


AXS TV owner and Fish Tank personality Mark Cuban spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated on NJPW’s expansion and what Vince McMahon thinks of the company.

Cuban first spoke about how he wants to expand NJPW on AXS:

“We’re looking to expand it on Friday nights. We want to do more live, as opposed to the delay, and we’re talking to them about special events.”

He comments next on paying for ‘Wrestle Kingdom 12’ to air on AXS:

“We’re getting to know them better. We went from a delay to a short delay to live, so we’re going to get smarter about it. The numbers keep on going up. Other TVs are declining, and ours are going up. That’s a good sign. There are some nights when it beats MMA, it’s doing that well.”

Finally, Cuban explains why McMahon isn’t threatened by NJPW working with AXS:

“No, he thinks we’re just little sh—. We’re not a threat because of the language. That’s the biggest challenge, the language. But if you’re a purist for wrestling, and you like the action, it’s the best promotion by far. People here aren’t going to connect as directly, but if you really love wrestling, then it’s a no-brainer.”

Check out the following video, as it is now less than a month away from NJPW’s biggest show of the year – ‘Wrestle Kingdom 12.’

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Do you watch NJPW? Who is your favorite over there?

Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.

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Dolph Ziggler Discusses His “Downward Spiral” In WWE and Future


Dolph Ziggler was recently interviewed by NBC Sports to promote tonight’s “Tribute to the Troops” event. He discussed a number of topics; most notably was his “downward spiral” in WWE.

Below are some questions, along with Ziggler’s answers:

On Edge and Christian’s podcast you opened up about your unhappiness with the placement of your character right now ….

“That was a sentence in an hour and a half discussion. I know it makes for a great click-bait article where I’m like ‘yeah it sucks!’ But they left out the part where I talk about how I want to be better and here’s why everyone should be working to be better. That’s the part people leave out, which is fine.

If you’re … you’re at NBC Sports right?

Yeah.

“OK if you’re doing great work for the last 10 years and you want to be in the top position at your job and you’re scratching and clawing, wouldn’t you be unhappy if there was no movement? You would go ‘Sure, yeah I want to be on top!’ But not everyone gets to be on top at once. Of course I hate not being the champion and not having the show revolve around me, but I love it. That chip on my shoulder drives me to keep going and keep proving how good I am, until somebody somehow shows me some instance where I wasn’t great at my job.”

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What I was going to ask was, is there a certain point in time that you can point to where you say “this is where the downward turn started” or was it a gradual process?

“It was very gradual. It went from ‘Wow, we have something special here with Dolph. The crowd is feeding off of him whether he’s a good guy or a bad guy.’ But after a while, a really good match here and there or a special moment here and there is not enough to create a star. So after a big match and then just going back to being Dolph, it’s hard to not be Dolph.

I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve been able to make the most out of those situations. Anytime people see me or the character, you can kind of see how they mesh together and I’m pretty sure there’s nobody who blends that gray area with the character better than me. And that’s a fact.”

They also discuss Alberto Del Rio, Naomi, his interactions with the troops and more.

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Main Event Results – December 14, 2017

Main Event
Date: December 14, 2017
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness

It’s the go home show for Clash of Champions 2017 and for once that might mean something around here. The recent change towards having Smackdown clips as well as Raw stuff is a nice idea and that’s a very cool thing for the time being. Maybe we can even build towards the pay per view a bit. Let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.

Curt Hawkins vs. Rhyno


Feeling out process to start until Rhyno scores with some chops and an elbow. Hawkins is right back with a clothesline for two but stops to pose. Nigel isn’t pleased with Hawkins’ offensive choices and we hit the chinlock. Rhyno fights up without much effort and runs Hawkins over again. The spinebuster is good for the pin on Hawkins at 5:04.

Result: Rhyno b. Curt Hawkins – Spinebuster (5:04)

From Raw.

Intercontinental Title: Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro

Reigns is defending and starts fast with uppercuts and clotheslines. They fight to the floor and we take an early break. Back with Cesaro cranking on the arm after swinging it into the barricade for a sick thud during the commercial. Reigns fights out with a backslide for two, followed by a rollup. That’s reversed into a Fujiwara armbar and then a regular armbar. Reigns fights up again and hits the apron kick to the face for two, only to get pulled into a Crossface.

Reigns reverses into a Samoan drop for two, only to be sent HARD into the post. It doesn’t seem to matter that much though as Reigns scores with a Superman punch off the apron. The arm won’t let him follow up properly though, allowing Cesaro to grab another Crossface. The Swing is reversed into a sitout powerbomb for two more but Reigns can’t follow up. Cesaro slugs away in the corner but the Neutralizer is countered with a backdrop, followed by the spear to retain the title at 16:53.

Result: Roman Reigns b. Cesaro – Spear (16:53)

They beat the heck out of each other.

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From Raw again.

Video on Strowman vs. Kane.

Kane vs. Braun Strowman

The winner gets Lesnar at the Rumble. Strowman wastes no time by splashing Kane in the corner, followed by a running dropkick for one. Kane avoids a charge though and a chokeslam gets two. Another chokeslam gets the same before Strowman chokeslams Kane for good measure. They fight into the crowd and Strowman spears Kane through the barricade for a double countout at 4:31.

Result: Kane vs. Braun Strowman went to a double countout (4:31)

The fight continues post match with both guys picking up steps. Said steps are rammed together with Strowman getting the better of it but he can’t crush Kane’s throat again. Kane chairs Strowman in the knee and then the back, finally taking the monster down. Kane sets up a table but a double clothesline gives us a double situp. Strowman muscles him up for the powerslam through the table to end the show.

There were some good fights on Monday.

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Video on the Riott Squad wrecking the Smackdown women’s division.

Pay per view rundown.

Brian Kendrick/Jack Gallagher vs. Gran Metalik/Akira Tozawa

Gallagher and Tozawa get things going with Jack doing his headstand in the corner and jumping over a charging Tozawa. It’s quickly off to Metalik vs. Kendrick with the masked man speeding things up, including a rope walk middle rope dropkick. Kendrick hits a super atomic drop of all things and we take a break. Back with the Metalik Driver getting two with Kendrick grabbing a Captain’s Hook for the save. Everything breaks down and Metalik drops a rope walk elbow for the pin on Kendrick at 7:10.

Result: Gran Metalik/Akira Tozawa b. Brian Kendrick/Jack Gallagher – Rope walk elbow to Kendrick (7:10)

From Smackdown.

Here’s Styles to open things up. He won the title a little over a month ago and wants to be a fighting champion. This Sunday he defends against Mahal and lists off what Mahal will do to get the title back, including bringing in Great Khali. Cue the Singh Brothers, who say they’re not introducing Mahal tonight. We look back at Mahal attacking the two of them two weeks ago so AJ wants to hug it out. AJ: “Come hug it out with Uncle Al!”

The Brothers get in the ring and say they want to be in Mahal’s corner on Sunday. One of them rants about how horrible Mahal is (“He thinks we’re twins!”) while the other tries to calm him down. AJ doesn’t buy it and shows a still of the Brothers being in Mahal’s corner this weekend in India. They swear they’re done with Mahal, who comes out looking rather angry. AJ of course doesn’t buy any of this and lays the Brothers out.

At least it’s almost over.

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And we’ll wrap it up with more Smackdown.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens

Bryan is on commentary to continue a trend tonight. Owens grabs a headlock for a bit before getting kicked in the chest for his efforts. A knee to the ribs cuts Nakamura down though and a backsplash gets two. We hit the chinlock as Bryan talks about how Shane’s stipulations aren’t exactly fair. Nakamura fights up but can’t hit the knee in the corner. Instead he gets sent hard into the barricade as we take a break.

Back with Owens stomping away until Nakamura gets in a running kick to the face. Some YES Kicks have Owens in more trouble and there’s Good Vibrations for a bonus. The running knee in the corner gets two but Owens breaks up a superplex. His Swanton hits knees but Owens blocks the reverse exploder. The referee gets bumped and Bryan takes over instead. Nakamura’s spinning kick to the head gets a delayed two as Orton and Zayn get in a fight. The distraction lets Owens hit a Pop Up Powerbomb for the pin at 14:29.

Result: Kevin Owens b. Shinsuke Nakamura – Pop Up Powerbomb (14:29)

Kevin and Sami say no one is taking their careers away because they’ll win at the Clash.

Villains can be fun too.

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Wrestling Rumors Awards 2017: “Moment of the Year”


 Every year, there are moments in professional wrestling that remind us why we are fans. It could be a spot in a match, a big return, a memorable promo, or simply something that a superstar did during a match that resonated with the audience.

But which moment in 2017 was the most memorable? We want you to let us know!

Almost anything in the calendar year is up for nomination in this one. As previously mentioned, it could be a big return, a memorable spot, a heel or face turn, etc.

Let us know either in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #WRAwards!

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New Details on “Lucha Underground” Season Four


Shorter is better than not at all. We talk a lot about alternatives in wrestling and that’s a lot harder to pull off than it sounds. One of the few actual alternatives is “Lucha Underground”, but unfortunately they’re not exactly the most popular promotion. There was a bit of a surprise a few weeks ago when Season four was announced and now we have some new details.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter by way of 411mania.com, “Lucha Underground” is planning to film season four in February and March. The shows are likely to be taped on weekends with twenty one episodes taped for the season. This season will have a lower budget with one of the major changes being the loss of Rey Mysterio, who is now with Aro Lucha.

Here’s the trailer for Season 4.

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Opinion: I’m very pleased with the way they’re setting this us. Above all else, they needed to cut down the amount of shows. Two of the three seasons have had about forty episodes and the other had twenty six. That’s just too many and they need to cut things down like this, which helps quite a bit. Hopefully they can wrap up some stories in case this is the final season but at least they’re still around.

Do you like the changes to this season? Will Mysterio be a major loss? Let us know in the comments below.

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WWE to Run More Two Night Tapings in the Same Cities


Well it saves some money. One of the things you might expect WWE to do more often is tape back to back shows in the same city. If the equipment is already there and everything is set up, it would make sense to run the same cities on back to back nights. As it turns out, WWE thinks the same thing.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter by way of 411mania.com, WWE is planning to hold more double TV tapings (as in “Monday Night Raw” and “Smackdown Live”) in the same cities in 2018. This is normally only done on the UK tours and over Big Four pay per view weekends but will be a more common trend going forward. The first such taping will be in Phoenix in February.

Like this, but during regular weeks.

Opinion: Well it’s not a bad idea. I could go for less of the four night tapings but doing these on back to back nights, especially in major cities, makes a ton of sense. Why bother having the shows go all over the place when you’re going to draw a solid crowd either way? It makes sense and I’m surprised it took them this long.

Do you like this plan? Which cities do you think will get this treatment? Let us know in the comments below.

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Triple H on NXT Being Equal to ‘Raw’ and ‘Smackdown Live,’ on Elias Not Being Made for NXT


Triple H was on the CBS Sports owned “In The Corner” podcast where he spoke about NXT as a brand and on Elias not being made for NXT.

Triple H first comments on if NXT airing on the USA Network could potentially be the next step in the product becoming an equal third brand to ‘Raw’ and ‘Smackdown Live’ moving forward:

“It can be; at this point I don’t know. What I do know is it was a hell of an opportunity. If you look at NXT over the last few years, it has grown into something where NBCUniversal — USA [Network], the No. 1 cable channel in America — came to us and said we would like to take an hour of primetime and give to NXT. That’s awesome. To me, that says a lot about the brand, where it’s at, and the value of it. I’m really excited about that. We put together a hell of a show and hopefully it will be a lot of people because not everyone has been exposed to it.”

The former WWE Champion continued by speaking about the NXT product pushing competitors on the main roster to be better:

“Over the last few years, in some ways, NXT has changed a little bit of what Raw and SmackDown do. Look at the women’s revolution. I believe that there was a moment in time where fans were chanting ‘Give Divas a chance’ because they were seeing what could be on NXT and that transitioned forward. I think that’s great.”

“Anything that can push something to be better, to evolve and to become something more is a great opportunity to do that. People will often put labels on what it is. Is NXT a little bit of ‘old school territory’ or ‘indie this or that?’ I don’t know. To me, I just go, ‘Is it good or not?’ You can put whatever label on it you want.”

Finally, the “Celebral Assassin” spoke about how he and Dusty Rhodes believed that current ‘Raw’ superstar Elias wasn’t made for NXT:

“The entire time [Elias] was there, I was trying to get him ready for Raw and SmackDown because I knew as a performer his value was there. I said to Dusty [Rhodes], ‘He is made for the roster and not for NXT.’ The gimmick, the way he is and his demeanor, he is suited for that. He is not a fit for NXT. It doesn’t mean he won’t be successful there and it doesn’t mean he won’t have a run there but that run was to get ready for the roster.”

Triple H recently faced Jinder Mahal and Roman Reigns while on the Indian tour. If you are interested in the aftermath of either match, we have provided both videos below for your enjoyment.

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Do you want to see NXT as a third equal brand or strictly a developmental brand?

Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.

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