Orlando match card & rumors (SPOILERS)

NXT spent the past Wednesday night taping television leading into its next WWE Network special, NXT Takeover: Orlando, which is scheduled for the night before WrestleMania 33 – Sat., April 1, 2017, at the Amway Center. You’d think that would mean the card for the show would be filled out, or at least multiple matches would be made.

Not so. But one was, and the direction for a few others was apparent… even if we’re not yet sure how some of these rivalries will be presented in Florida in a little more than a month.

– Authors of Pain (c) vs. #DIY vs. The Revival for the tag team championship

Dash & Dawson’s rivalry with Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa is basically the stuff of legends at this point, and the Top Guys mission to beat Paul Ellering’s guys for the straps has put them back in #DIY’s path. Everyone wanted this Triple Threat, and General Manager William Regal gives us what we want.

Then there are several matches it looks like they put together, but for which no official announcements have been made:

– Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode (c) for the NXT championship

You knew this rematch was coming.

– Asuka (c) vs. Ember Moon for the Women’s title

These two undefeated forces were bound to collide at some point.

– SAnitY (Eric Young, Killian Dain, Alexander Wolfe & Nikki Cross) vs. Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, No Way Jose & Ruby Riot

It’s possible this gets broken out into multiple matches, but these eight folks spent the last taping – and pretty much the entire time since San Antonio – feuding. Whatever gets us to Cross vs. the former Heidi Lovelace…

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Raw women’s champ Bayley trolls Charlotte, wishes Ric Flair a happy birthday

Charlotte might be the heel in their back-and-forth for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship, but that won’t stop Bayley from getting in a few digs at the Queen when she has the chance.

Bayley made sure to tag her rival on Twitter when she wished the 68-year-old Ric Flair a happy birthday on Saturday, calling the Nature Boy one of her “favorite supporters.”

 

Charlotte and her father have been at odds on WWE programming lately, going back to the moment she kicked Flair out of the ring and told him she no longer needed him in her corner:

A couple months later, Flair celebrated with Sasha Banks after she defeated Charlotte on Raw for the women’s championship. Charlotte came out the following week and teased an apology to her father before once again turning her back on him:

Yet with all of that having gone down, Charlotte still had it in her heart to wish Flair a happy birthday, sharing a picture from their time together when she was just a kid:

 

As the road to WrestleMania 33 heats up, we can’t wait to see what Bayley, Charlotte, and maybe even Ric himself have in store for us.

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New Womens Champion

SmackDown Live opened on a somber note, as newly crowned Women’s Champion Naomi was forced to hand over her title as a knee injury will prevent her from being able to defend it.

Naomi won the SmackDown Women’s Championship for the first time in her career at Elimination Chamber in a match against Alexa Bliss, but she suffered a knee injury during the match. Details of the injury haven’t been released by WWE, but GM Daniel Bryan said that doctors have determined she would not be able to wrestle for at least the next 30 days.

 

Due to injury, @NaomiWWE must relinquish her SmackDown Women’s Championship. #SDLive @WWEDanielBryan pic.twitter.com/2WMeZWfvDi

— WWE (@WWE) February 22, 2017

The news is especially heartbreaking as Naomi was set to head to WrestleMania 33 in her hometown of Orlando as the champion.

 

Wow! My heart is breaking for @NaomiWWE 😭 just doesn’t seem right! It’ll be hard to not give the hubby the cold shoulder🙈#SDLive #GMwife -B

— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) February 22, 2017

After Naomi handed over the title, Alexa Bliss suggested that Bryan returned to title to its former champion, but Bryan instead announced a championship match between Bliss and Becky Lynch.

Bliss regained the championship with a little help from Mickie James

 

With a blow to @BeckyLynchWWE‘s throat and a roll-up, @AlexaBliss_WWE has REGAINED the #SDLive Women’s Championship!!! pic.twitter.com/ZRPKR0MpwH

— WWE (@WWE) February 22, 2017

 

It looks like @MickieJames and @BeckyLynchWWE‘s rivalry is FAR from over… #SDLive pic.twitter.com/L2axLXiTIJ

— WWE (@WWE) February 22, 2017

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WrestleMania 33′ rumors: AJ Styles to face debut star from ‘NXT’ in match?

WWE fans have seen the debut of a former NXT Champion Samoa Joe. Joe was part of a master plan by Triple H to ambush Seth Rollins on the way to the ring. The attack left Rollins injured and possibly unable to compete at “WrestleMania.” Joe has gone on to take on Roman Reigns and win the match on “Raw,” and has also continually attacked Sami Zayn. Now there are #wwe rumors, that one of Joe’s former rivals, Shinsuke Nakamura, could also be heading to the main roster and very soon.

An interesting rumor via Four3Four website is suggesting that the big match on Tuesday’s “SmackDown Live” involving AJ Styles against Luke Harper will be interrupted by the former NXT champion. This is, of course, simply a rumor right now, as there have been longtime WWE rumors of an AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon battle at “WrestleMania.” The match on Tuesday is to determine whether AJ Styles or Luke Harper will take on Bray Wyatt for his title at “Mania,” with many rumors suggesting Harper will win.

Nakamura’s intentions for interrupting the “SmackDown” match would be interesting to see as he was last seen losing the NXT title to Bobby Roode, suffering injury, and not returning that show, yet. One would expect Nakamura has unfinished business on NXT before even showing up at “SmackDown,” so stay tuned to see if these rumors hold up.

WWE’s ‘Super Bowl’ of pro wrestling

Among the matches already on the card will be Goldberg taking on Brock Lesnar, as well as someone taking on Bray Wyatt for the WWE World Heavyweight title. An AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura match could very well steal the show as these two are longtime stars within the various professional wrestling organizations around the world.

In addition to Nakamura’s rumors, there have been WWE rumors of a Big Show vs. Shaquille O’Neal showdown at the huge pay-per-view, as well as the annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. John Cena and Nikki Bella may also team up in a “WrestleMania match against The Miz and Maryse, while the various titles scattered between the two rosters are likely to be defended.

WrestleMania 33” is scheduled for Sunday, April 2nd from Orlando, Florida, so expect WWE rumors to continue to swirl ahead of the “Super Bowl of pro wrestling

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Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar set to return on RAW

Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar are scheduled to make an appearance on the go-home Raw for the March 5th PPV – Fastlane. The Superstars are expected to further their respective storylines with Owens and Goldberg in the weeks leading into Wrestlemania.

In case you didn’t know…

Jericho was last seen on the WWE TV when he was massacred by his former best friend Kevin Owens after the Festival of Friendship. The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla has since been kept off television, to sell the injuries he suffered during the gruesome attack.

Here is a video of the incident:

Brock Lesnar, on the other hand, was last seen in a backstage interview-turned-promo where Paul Heyman spoke about how Goldberg would beat Kevin Owens for the Universal title and how Brock Lesnar would take the title from him, a clip from the promo can be seen below:

The Heart of the Matter

Earlier this week, it was announced that Seth Rollins would return on the next edition of Monday Night Raw for a sit-down interview with Michael Cole.

With Jericho and Lesnar rumoured to be returning to further their feuds, the go-home episode for Fastlane 2017 is turning out to be a pretty big show. After Lesnar’s menacing promo and Chris Jericho’s last appearance being the beatdown at the hands of Owens, it will be interesting to see how the storylines develop.Kevin Owens had addressed him turning on his former best friend Chris Jericho on an episode of Raw by simply dropping the mic.

What’s next?

Kevin Owens attacked Jericho during a Live Event in Germany yesterday, which might be a sign of things to come, the video (posted on the official WWE Youtube channel) can be seen below:

Chris Jericho’s return might end with a beatdown at the hands of Kevin Owens yet again, which would further his face turn as would be expected of him, going into Wrestlemania.

The return of Brock Lesnar might be for another promo or in-ring segment, but it is unlikely that he will wrestle anyone on the show. Goldberg is not scheduled for an appearance on the go-home show but it would be interesting to see if he turns up regardless.

The go-home episode of Fastlane 2017 could turn out to be a pretty significant episode of Monday Night RAW.

If rumours are anything to go by, not only will the two Superstars return to lay the foundations of their respective feuds with Owens and Goldberg, but the returns could also determine which of these matches would be for the WWE Universal Championship

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WWE Fastlane 2017 match card

The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the Fastlane event set to take place on Sun., Mar. 5, 2017, at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This will be the third show bearing the name and will be exclusive to the Monday Night Raw brand.

We’re just one week from showtime and most of the card is official.

– Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg (Universal championship)

Chris Jericho basically made this match himself and the powers that be went along with it. Goldberg is hoping to become champion before his big match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33. Owens has since turned on Jericho and will have to win this match without any assistance or, perhaps, in the face of a vengeful former best friend.

– Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

Reigns wants to get back at Strowman for costing him the Universal championship while Strowman just wants competition. They’re both getting their wish.

– Neville vs. Jack Gallagher (Cruiserweight championship)

Gallagher won a Fatal 5-Way on 205 Live to become top contender.

– Bayley vs. Charlotte (Women’s championship)

The Hug Lord won the title on Raw with an assist from Sasha Banks and Charlotte invoked her rematch clause for this PPV, where her singles match winning streak is still intact.

– Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows vs. Enzo & Big Cass (Tag team championship)

The Realest Guys became top contenders when they beat Cesaro & Sheamus, who The Club beat to win the belts.

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Diamond Dallas Page Reflects on his Hall of Fame Career

Former WCW and WWE superstar Diamond Dallas Page recently sat down with ESPN to discuss a number of topics. Among them were how he got his start in the business, his mentors, the reaction when he heard that he was going to become a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, and more.

Although he had a brief run in WWE in 2001, Page is most known for his lengthy career in WCW. However, to say that his rise to the top is an underdog story, would be a huge understatement.

“How could I not be the underdog, starting at 35 and a half and going from a manager and a fourth-string color commentator to being a wrestler?” Page said. “I got my ass kicked. A lot. But I learned from all of the mistakes that I made.”

Anyone who has great success in their field had mentors who helped them along the way. Who was that for DDP?

“I always say that without Dusty Rhodes, there is no Diamond Dallas Page,” he said. “But without Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, there’s no three-time world champion, and there’s no Hall of Fame.”

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When talking about the call that let him know that he was going be a hall of famer, Page said that it was a complete shock. He also said that he was overcome with emotion upon receiving the news.

“They hand me the phone and say, ‘The boss wants to talk with you,’” Page said. “I realized it’s Triple H [WWE executive Paul Levesque] and said, ‘Paulie, what’s up, man?’ I had called him a couple of weeks ago so I was expecting his call.”

“He was down there with me at the Power Plant; he was Terra Rizin down in WCW,” Page said. “We rode together, we hung together. He’s talking about, ‘I never thought you could do it. This guy was like 35 and a half. What were you thinking? But you did it.’

“He put me over to such a degree that I said, ‘Hey, wait a minute. Is it that call? I started getting choked up and I couldn’t even talk.”

Page also talks about “DDP Yoga,” and the impact that it has had on people all around the world, among other things.

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Watch: Kevin Owens Attacks Chris Jericho at a House Show in Germany

Kevin Owens didn’t want to end the festival.

At a house show in Regensburg, Germany this weekend, Chris Jericho was on crutches, cutting a promo against the crowd. As he was about to put them on “The List,” KO showed up and attacked him from behind. He would proceed to beat him with the crutches, and then hit the pop-up power bomb.

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This attack is a continuation from the split of the two best friends on a recent episode of “Monday Night Raw.” During Jericho’s planned “Festival of Friendship,” KO gave Y2J a present of a new list, but it had his name on it. Owens would proceed to attack Jericho, going his own way.

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Owens is currently scheduled to defend his WWE Universal Championship against Goldberg at “Fastlane.”

Editor’s Note:

I love this. As I mentioned before, the split between these two was done absolutely perfectly, and the continuation of this at a house show continues to plant the seeds for a match between these two at WrestleMania.

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Tom Phillips Sent Inappropriate Messages to a Woman, Gets Busted

This story should be a reminder that we live in an age where anything can be posted for the world to see.

WWE announcer Tom Phillips was caught sending inappropriate and lewd messages to a woman, despite the fact that he is engaged. After learning this information, the woman decided to post the messages to her Instagram account.

Since the time of this article, Phillips has set his Twitter and Instagram accounts to ‘Private’ and the woman, who goes by ‘missythetattooedgirl’, has done the same. However, this was the message that she put on her account before making the change:

“This is why I don’t trust people. Without my friends I never would’ve known that a high profile WWE commentator who was talking to me and wanted to get together, is engaged. I had zero idea and I couldn’t be more sorry to the girl involved. You deserve better than this. Apparently nobody is faithful anymore.”

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Editor’s Note:

This is just another reminder that anything that you do can very easily be screen-shotted, or captured on photo/video, and then shared for the world to see.

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WWE again making calls regarding women’s tournament?

 

WWE may once again be making calls regarding the long rumoured women’s tournament that could take place in 2017.

The speculation comes as part of the website’s weekly rumour round-up and as such comes with little in the way of a source, but with the tournament all but confirmed by Triple H, it wouldn’t be surprising if more news were to be released about the tourney in the near future.

In case you didn’t know….

The likelihood of WWE running other division-specific tournaments has increased ever since the WWE Cruiserweight Classic proved to be such a huge success. The United Kingdom tournament in January built on the success of the CWC and it has long been suggested that an all-female tournament may well be next in line.

The rumours have covered everything from a single elimination tournament to a tag team tournament, but so far WWE has been relatively quiet on the subject.

The heart of the matter….

If the Cruiserweight Classic can act as a viable template for what the women’s tournament may look like, a mixture of international talent and former WWE performers may well make up the presumed 16-woman field.

The WWE Performance Center has also signed a batch of females already in 2017 and whilst it is unlikely that those individuals would be introduced to the WWE Universe via a tournament, nothing is impossible in this day and age.

In an interview with FOX Sports earlier in the year Triple H confirmed that the tournament would take place this year but was reticent regarding the structure of the tournament. The profile of women’s wrestling has increased hugely over the last few years but the scouting process would almost certainly still be fairly arduous, especially considering the fact that Triple H has mentioned that he would like unknown talent to be a part of the tournament.

What’s next?

It is unlikely that any news will be released regarding the tournament in the build-up to WrestleMania 33, but the summer may well see it take centre stage. As for who will be a part of the tournament, many news outlets have been reporting recently that Victoria and WWE are in talks about a return. Could that be specifically for this tournament?

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