How Did the Lack of Star Power Affect “Smackdown’s” Audience?


When you miss upon the stars? This week’s episode of “Smackdown Live” was a bit different than most, mainly because it didn’t feature several top names. There was no Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura or Randy Orton, at least not live in the arena. So how did the audience do as a result?

According to Wrestlinginc.com, this week’s episode of “Smackdown Live” drew 2.602 million viewers, virtually even with last week’s 2.603 million viewers. This week’s show featured a much smaller roster with many big names missing and two wrestlers working twice in the semifinals and finals of a tournament to crown a new United States Champion. The tournament final was moved to this week’s show with no advance warning.

Miss the show? Here are some highlights:

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Opinion: I’m not sure what it says that the lack of most of the show’s star power left the audience virtually unchanged. The numbers were almost exactly the same and very little changed with the stars gone, which makes for a bit of a head scratching reaction. It should be interesting to see where the numbers go next week after ans saw this show, but for now it’s mostly fine.

What did you think of this week’s show? Did you miss the star power? Let us know in the comments below.

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Backstage Update on Samoa Joe’s Recent Injury


It was previously reported that Samoa Joe had suffered a recent injury on “Raw,” and was unable to compete in the “Mixed Match Challenge” as a result.

According to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the injury looks more serious than originally thought. As of now, Joe will not be competing at the “Royal Rumble,” and he has been pulled from lineups through at least the middle of March.

It is unknown at this time if he will be back in time for WrestleMania.

Samoa Joe was last seen on the January 8 episode of “Raw,” when he competed against Rhyno. You can see a clip of that match below:

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WWE had released a statement regarding Joe’s injury:

“During his match, [Samoa Joe] felt a pop at the bottom of his [right] foot,” explained WWE Senior Ringside Physician Dr. Chris Amann. “We took a look and believe he has a plantar fascia rupture, which is a thick tissue rupture under the foot. We will get an MRI to confirm. Treatment includes a period of immobilization in a boot with crutches and platelet rich plasma injections.”

Editor’s Opinion:

Let’s just hope that he is back in time for WrestleMania!

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Dave Meltzer on What Led to Paige Sustaining Career-Ending Injury


Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has provided an insight into how WWE superstar Paige suffered her career-threatening injury.

It was during a six-women tag match pitting Absolution (Paige, Sonya DeVille & Mandy Rose) against Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James at the Nassau Coliseum on December 27, 2017 where Paige suffered said injury.

Despite only being 25- Paige is a long-time veteran of the ring, debuting at the age of 13. She competed in shows promoted by her family around the U.K.

When she came to WWE, the former Divas Champion sparked a revolution alongside former WWE Superstar Emma, who was recently released.

This paved the way for superstars like Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Nia Jax, Asuka, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bayley and Sasha Banks to shine and create magic for the women in WWE.

As Meltzer explains, Paige was informed this past week on ‘Raw’ that her in-ring career within WWE is over- despite the British-born Superstar believing there is still a chance for her.

The original injury Paige sustained was most likely due to wear-and-tear over the years. She first felt the pain after taking a bump outside the ring and woke up the following morning in extreme pain. A lot of sleepless nights ensued, adn after she started to botch moves- she told WWE management and was later diagnosed with a herniated disc and now reportedly is suffering with spinal stenosis.

It was only her seventh match back at the Nassau Coliseum where this injury would occur. For those unfamiliar with the incident, you can find a video of the injury below.

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Meltzer explained that Banks should not get the blame for it- as it was a pre-planned move that Banks and Paige had been already performing during their live event matches together- even just the night before. Paige should’ve known that was coming based on the series of events.

What went wrong, ultimately, was that Paige was relaxed in the ring and didn’t brace herself for the impact. This would cause her to get the stiff shot that has seemingly ended her career. Had she not been injured prior to this it would have likely just been a stinger that hurt for the rest of the night, at most.

That said, Meltzer does believe the decision to do the spot was a bad call. That is no fault of Banks or Paige, but whoever had the idea for the spot in the first place.

What do you think about the situation? Would you like to see Paige compete elsewhere or hang up the proverbial boots?

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Update on the Condition of Fred Ottman Is Doing After Recent Injury


We have an update on the condition of WWE legend Fred Ottman (aka The Shockmaster, Typhoon, and Tugboat) after he was injured, as we previously reported.

After Lanny Poffo and Lisa Marie Varon (aka Victoria in WWE, Tara in Impact Wrestling) asked fans to send prayers to Ottman due to him being in bad health- Ottman has come forward this week to provide an update.

Ottman, aged 61, posted a video on Monday to his Facebook account where he spoke about his injury- which included what it was and how he is dealing with everything.

He began the video with a smile, claiming he feels “perkier,” adding that he still has a way to go, with medicine still required for the next four days.

Continuing, he explained that he has been dealing with an infection in his left leg which he got after bumping his foot hard on something.

The now-retired wrestler thanked everyone for the prayers and keeping him in their thoughts.

You can view the Facebook video here:

Alternatively, he also released the video on his Instagram account.

A post shared by Fred Ottman (@fredottman) on

The legendary wrestler announced that he would be appearing at the ‘Legends of Wrestling II’ professional wrestling and sports convention via a Facebook post.

This would require travel from his residence in Saint Petersburg, Florida to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This suggests he is on the road to recovering fast.

THIS IS GOING TO BE AWWWWWWWWWSOME

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You can find a video below featuring Ottman as Tugboat competing against Mr. Perfect for the Intercontinental Championship.

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What are your favorite memories of Fred? Have you ever met the legendary performer?

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Bret Hart Gives Deep Reason Why He Wants Brother in Hall of Fame


If you’re looking for a legend of the wrestling business, look no further than Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. Over his extraordinary career in his own right- but he didn’t always do things alone.

The Hart Foundation and the subsequent iterations of the team are without a doubt legendary. With a range of Championship wins over the course of their career- they defined a generation of wrestlers to come, including the Hart Dynasty.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Bret Hart wants his step-brother, Jim Neidhart to be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame this year.

The main reason Hart is so adamant about wanting himself and his brother put in the WWE Hall of Fame as The Hart Foundation is because his step-brother, Jim Neidhart, is in bad health.

Hart wants his step-brother, who is suffering “significant health issues,” to come now and celebrate and enjoy the induction while he still can.

The WWE Hall of Famer believes that this moment would mean a lot to his step-brother at this stage in his life.

You can find a classic match featuring the two brothers down below.

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Would you like to see The Hart Foundation make it to the WWE Hall of Fame? Do they deserve the spot? What is your favorite match featuring the two, if you’ve seen them perform?

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Video: Mick Foley and TMNT Characters Take on Negan of the Walking Dead at Paradise City Comic Con


Regardless of how young or old you are, we are sure you’ve heard of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or The Walking Dead. What if they were to cross paths?

During the Paradise City Comic Con this past Sunday, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley made an appearance at the Florida Super Cosplay Wrestling (FSCW) show.

The video- uploaded to the Florida Supercon channel- shows Foley emerging from the back to help Casey Jones and April O’Neil of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fend off mega-villain Negan from The Walking Dead.

Negan had Lucille (the name of his signature baseball bat) ready to hit Jones over the head as Foley’s music hit. In the confusion that followed, Foley used Mr. Socko on Negan, shoving it down his throat.

Entering the ring, Foley handed the bat over to O’Neil, who proceeded to break the bat over Negan’s head before Jones covered him for the victory.

The entire segment is absolutely hilarious from top to bottom. If you needed to smile today- this is the video for you.

Check it out below.

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What did you think of this video? Did you ever expect to see something like this?

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Mark Henry: “I Am Not Retired; There Is Still a Lot I Can Do”


 Current WWE superstar Mark Henry was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated as a part of their “Extra Mustard” series. He discussed a number of topics, including why he has not been on TV for a while, his rise in WWE, his retirement angle with John Cena and more.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

On why he has not been on TV for a while and his “retirement:”

“I am not retired,” said Henry, who made his WWE debut 22 years ago in 1996. “There is still a lot I can do.”

“I love the WWE, I love the company, but I have two kids and they want me home,” said Henry. “They want me to see their recitals and sporting events, and I want to see them grow and evolve. My dad didn’t live with me when I was growing up, and he missed so much. I am not going to repeat that.”

On his storied career in WWE:

“There is no way I could have seen that coming,” said Henry, who, at 6’4″ and 400 pounds, is arguably the most accomplished athlete to ever step foot in WWE having won world championships in powerlifting, a national championship in weightlifting a staggering seven times, and even competed in two Olympic games. “So many things come with your maturation process. I changed throughout my time with WWE from a kid in his 20s into a man.”

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On his emotional promo with John Cena on “Raw” in 2013:

“That night on Raw, there was genuine respect. I really respect what John has accomplished in his career, from his wrestling to his work as an ambassador for the fans and everyone who works here and makes more money because John is on the card. People think our business is this completely fictional world of big guys in tight clothes with no brains. That’s not the way it is, this is a psychology driven business. You have to take people on an emotional ride without using words. ”

They also discuss being a parent and more.

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Several Big-Name Wrestlers May Be WWE Bound


Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has listed multiple big-name wrestlers as potentially going to WWE in the coming months.

If you couldn’t tell by our featured image- let us break down the four people Meltzer listed as WWE bound and what their status is with the company.

Meltzer received confirmation that EC3, real name Michael Hutter, aged 34 is going to WWE. He now owns the rights to his gimmick and with Impact allowing talent to use their gimmicks elsewhere- that won’t be a problem.

Hutter previously worked in the promotion under the name of Derrick Bateman. Leaving the company- Hutter made it clear he wasn’t happy with the way they handled him. Now with a hot gimmick in the EC3 character- could it be the time for Hutter to shine? We think so!

EC3 finished up with Impact at the latest set of tapings, alongside Bobby Lashley- who is the next superstar that may be potentially looking to go to WWE.

Lashley previously worked with WWE a decade ago and was set to be a major star in the promotion- second only to Cena. However, things began to get heated backstage between Lashley and Michael Hayes due to Lashley’s then-relationship with Kristal Marshall.

Now aged 41, Lashley has the decision to either go to WWE or New Japan Pro Wrestling. As a father and at his age- he is considering what is best for him and his family. He appears to forgive the company and the door is open for a potential return.

For these two wrestlers in particular- Hutter would be able to participate in the Royal Rumble if the company wanted him to. Lashley on the other hand would require Impact giving WWE approval.

Despite working for Arolucha- James Storm, now 40 years of age, has made it clear he wants to go to WWE. He previously worked with NXT for a short period without a contract, eventually opting to sign a two-year deal with TNA as they offered him two-and-a-half times more than WWE and he was allowed to work independent dates.

The final superstar Meltzer noted is already likely with the company. As we previously reported, Serena Deeb was expected to begin with WWE. She is now training at the Performance Center, which would indicate her medicals were positive.

Not mentioned by Meltzer is former Impact Knockout Champion Laurel Van Ness- also known as Chelsea Green from Tough Enough.

There was interest in WWE signing her after Tough Enough- though there wasn’t enough to warrant the contract. With her recent success in Impact Wrestling, her relationship with ‘Smackdown Live’ superstar Zack Ryder and her leaving the company after the most recent set of tapings- it it is expected she will be WWE bound shortly.

It was recently confirmed that War Machine, Trevor “Ricochet” Mann and Candice LeRae had signed with the company.

You can find Storm’s previous NXT match against Danny Burch down below.

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Who are you most excited to see in a WWE ring? Which competitor here is your favorite?

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James Storm: “My Ultimate Goal Is to go to WWE”


Former Impact and NXT superstar James Storm was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated as a part of their “Extra Mustard” series. He discussed a number of topics, including Bobby Roode, his future career goals, his character and more.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

On Bobby Roode:

“Roode is one of the guys I love to be in the ring with because we just love to beat each other up,” said Storm. “Me and Roode have so much chemistry together. We wrestled each other as singles, then tagged together in Beer Money, then wrestled against one another again.”

On his future career goals:

“My ultimate goal is to go to WWE,” said Storm. “The WWE has such a grip on the world, it’s pretty amazing, and I believe I still have a lot to give.

“I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been. When I left Impact, I told people this isn’t my last stop, it’s just time for me to get on a new horse.”

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On being “The Cowboy:”

“Growing up, watching all these different promotions, there was that one southern guy who stood out, whether it was Dusty Rhodes or later Steve Austin,” said the 6-foot, 235-pound Storm. “I don’t know what it is about rednecks and wrestling, but people gravitate to them. You believe what they’re saying because they believe what they’re saying.

“I pride myself on the whole James Storm character,” added Storm. “That is me and how I live my life. I know that, one day, this life is going to end–not just wrestling, but life in general, and I’m going to live life to the fullest.”

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Backstage Reaction To Sasha Banks After Paige Was Forced To Retire, Former WWE Star Comments


At only 25, former WWE Divas Champion Paige is unfortunately forced to retire from in-ring competition after a series of head- and neck-related injuries over the past few years. In 2015, she suffered a mild concussion, and in 2016, her mother Saraya Knight confirmed that she had a neck injury.

At a house show on December 27, 2017, Paige had a spot where she turned her back to Sasha Banks, and Banks held the top ropes to execute a double front kick to her back. Paige tried to continue the match, but collapsed, and the referees threw the “X” sign and immediately stopped the match.

WWE announced on Raw that Paige will not be competing in the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match. Until Creative has something else for her, be it a manager for a male talent or some kind of backstage role, she will be continuing to manage her fellow Absolution stablemates, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose.

SEE ALSO: Dave Meltzer On What Led To Paige Sustaining Career-Ended Injury

Backstage Reaction To Sasha Banks

After the house show event that forced Paige to retire from in-ring competition, Sasha Banks lost a match on Raw to Sonya Deville. Whether this is a result of the spot she did to Paige is unknown, although several names have said that it is a typical spot that unfortunately led to Paige ending her in-ring career, and Banks should not be penalized for what happened.

Here are the highlights of the Banks vs. Deville match.

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However, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, a few wrestlers backstage thought it was a bad idea. One wrestler stated that if the spot was not planned, it would be Banks’ fault. However, reportedly, the spot was planned.

Former WWE Star Comments On Incident

At least one former WWE star, Simon Dean, is defending Banks, as he explained in a recent Facebook post that occurrences like what happened to Paige are unfortunately that nature of the business.

“I have never met Paige in my life but she seems like a very talented and passionate girl. Now her in ring career is apparently over at the young age of 25. Accidents, injuries and bad things occur in professional wrestling and during professional wrestling matches. I have seen several suggestions that her opponent that night was careless and injured her, I guess on purpose or just recklessness. Most wrestlers career ending injuries take place over a series of bumps and a length of time. Paige has actually been in the business for well over a decade I believe. Injuries and shortened careers are something that all of us face every time we step into the ring. True fact, a few weeks ago I actually went to the hospital one day because I had tingling and a loss of feeling on the left side of my body. I’ve had it for some time now. I was a bit worried so I got checked out. Turns out I have several nasty bone spurs and ruptured vertebrae all up and down my spine. It sucks and I’ll need a surgery one day for sure. It’s the price I paid to live the life that I lived. And if you ask me again if I would do it all over again, in a minute I would say absolutely! I’m sure Paige would say the same thing. Blaming anyone for her injuries is incorrect and just stupid.”

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