Roman Reigns Responds to Latest Allegations of Steroid Use


WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns has now responded to the latest allegations of steroid use by jailed steroid dealer Richard Rodriguez, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

As we previously reported yesterday, Reigns was called out by Rodriguez- who had filmed a video this past week claiming Reigns and actors Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel were all clients of his steroid dealing business under the ‘Wellness Fitness Nutrition’ name. It is worth noting Rodriguez mentioned other WWE talent were clients of his but only chose to mention Reigns.

Rodriguez had been arrested when his Miami-based company was raded by the DEA in February of last year following a year-long investigation.

According to the U.S. Attorneys Office, Wellness Fitness Nutrition, LLC had a list of at least 50 customers in the Eastern District of New York, with the organization making at least $10 million in distribution sales of the illegal steroids.

The story itself has no serious evidence and was presented by someone in jail only really picked up traction due to prominent mainstream media news sites including New York Daily News and Forbes covered it.

This ultimately prompted Reigns to respond to the accusations, saying the following:

“I have never heard of Richard Rodriguez or Wellness Fitness Nutrition,” Reigns explained. “I learned from the mistake I made nearly two years ago and paid the penalty for it. Since then, I’ve passed 11 tests as part of WWE’s independent drug testing program.”

The mistake Reigns is referring to was his June 2016 30-day suspension for testing positive for Adderall. This being a substance that can aid in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and as a cognitive and performance enhancing drug.

While Meltzer notes that WWE may have an outdated system for drug detection- not even comparible to the one used in Olympic sports and USADA testing- it is hard to take the word of someone currently in prison and without any proof seriously.

That said, Reigns had a very defined statement- going so far as to say he has never heard of Rodriguez or Wellness Fitness Nutrition. Because of this, if any relation between the two is found, it would contradict what Reigns said. This would likely be cause for an investigation.

On Reigns, Rodriguez had the following to say:

“He is a very down-to-earth person. However a situation involved in which….often times when you’re brought to trial, which I was not, I decided to take a plea. However, they disclose discovery. Discovery is basically the proof they have against you. One thing one part of the discovery is what’s called tried and true statements, which is basically disclosing everybody whom the investigators or people that were investigating you have spoken to with regards to your company, with regards to you, with regards to any other co-defendants that are associated with the indictment. So that’s one of the reasons I disclosed him.”

While it does appear that this connection is fabricated and a clear takedown-attempt on Reigns, if he were to be found wrong he may likely face a 60-day suspension (as he has already had the 30-day). In fact, there is a possibility that if this goes to trial- regardless of whether Reigns had any contact with Rodriguez or not- he may still be suspended.

Reigns is seemingly scheduled to face and defeat Brock Lesnar at ‘WrestleMania 34’ for the WWE Universal Championship in New Orleans. Despite what the outcome of this situation is, Meltzer is of the belief that this match will continue as other top stars like Orton and Lesnar did not have any pushes or positions changed when involved in drug based implications.

You can view the video from Rodriguez below.

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What are your thoughts on this case? Where do you stand on this?

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Kevin Nash No Longer Appearing on the 25th Anniversary of “Raw”


He won’t be “in the house.”

It had been previously reported that WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash will be making an appearance on the upcoming 25th Anniversary of “Raw.” However, that now will not be the case, as he posted the following message on Twitter:

Was so looking forward to being a part of RAW 25. It’s nearly impossible to travel on our down sized airlines healthy. With a total knee replacement it would be self inflicted torture. See ya everyone at Mania

Was so looking forward to being a part of RAW 25. It’s nearly impossible to travel on our down sized airlines healthy. With a total knee replacement it would be self inflicted torture. See ya everyone at Mania

— Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) January 18, 2018

It had also been previously reported that Nash underwent successful knee surgery in December of last year.

“Big Sexy” was among many superstars to be making appearances on the special show this coming Monday. Those include “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Eric Bischoff, The Dudley Boyz, The Bella Twins, Michelle McCool and more.

Editor’s Opinion:

This is unfortunate. I’ve been a fan of Kevin Nash for a long time, and him not being able to make it is a setback for many fans. I hope that he makes a speedy recovery and that we see him soon!

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KB’s Review: Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Paige Turned


The WWE roster can often change at a very rapid pace. Whether it’s someone coming up from NXT to make their start on the main roster or someone leaving for what are likely less green pastures, there are often people moving to and from the WWE lineup fairly often. However, it’s rare to see multiple people leave on the same day, especially when it’s not the annual Spring Cleaning day of releases. That’s what we had last Friday, albeit for very different reasons.

Last week, both Paige and Mark Henry (Who had already unofficially retired but it was only became more public knowledge on Friday. For the sake of this though, we’ll assume he’s officially retired.) left WWE under some very different circumstances. While one of these is a much bigger deal to the current WWE product, both of these departures deserve some attention of their own. Today we’re going to look at both of them and their respective legacies in WWE.

We’ll start with Henry, who somehow lasted over twenty years with the company in one of the most remarkable runs you’ll ever see. I say remarkable because Henry isn’t the most complete guy in the world. Really, he’s an exceptionally powerful guy who can also talk to a certain degree. Aside from the Sexual Chocolate phase, there isn’t much to Henry that doesn’t revolve around his power game in some way. It makes sense for Henry to stick with what works so well for him, but it kind of limits his character and storyline prospects.

He could however do things like this.

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However, Henry managed to stick around and get into some pretty high profile matches, including main eventing “Royal Rumble 2006” in a World Title match, as well as beating Randy Orton to become the World Heavyweight Champion in 2011. That’s not bad for a career of someone whose only claim to fame is being really, really strong. So what worked so well for Henry?

Flash back with me ECW (the original, not the one where Henry won a title). Back in ECW, my favorite wrestler was Tajiri, whose offense was heavily centered around his string of kicks. It wasn’t the most varied offense, but you knew what you were getting and Tajiri made it look good. The same thing was true of Rhyno, who powered through people just like his name would suggest he would.

The idea here is very simple: what you see is what you get. Those two both still wrestle today (Tajiri is 47 and Rhyno is 42) and a lot of that is because they stuck to what worked so well for them. The same is true of Henry. Why would he try to do much of anything besides the power? It’s what he’s best at and it kept working for him. There’s always going to be a place in wrestling for someone with that kind of size and that kind of power, which is a big reason why Henry was around for so long.

The other big thing that Henry had going for him was a surprising amount of charisma. It didn’t get to come out very often but on occasions with Chyna or Mae Young, Henry showed that he could actually act well (for a wrestler of course) and be funny at the same time. That’s something you might not expect from him and it made for some rather entertaining moments (and some disturbing ones like the time he and Young celebrated Valentine’s Day).

The top of it all though was the night where Henry convinced a lot of people (myself included) that he was retiring to spend more time with his family. John Cena was in the ring at the same time though and Henry eventually turned on him, setting up a WWE World Title match at the upcoming “Money in the Bank 2013”. Henry went on to lose the match but the promo to set it up was one of the best things Henry ever did.

This was greatness.

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I don’t know if Henry is going to wrestle again (though there’s a very strong chance that he will) but I’d love to see him get at least one more match and show off the power that he has. His last match was the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at “Wrestlemania XXXIII” and I’d hope he gets something a little more prominent to go out on.

With Henry out of the way, we move on to the much sadder issue of Paige, who has seemingly been forced into retirement with a neck injury. What makes this even worse is Paige just returned from another neck injury after a seventeen month layoff, leading to only a handful of matches before her second injury.

What amazes me the most about Paige is that she’s only 25 years old. She signed her developmental contract at 19 and debuted on NXT when she was about 20. Somehow in there, she became a veteran of sorts, turning into one of the most accomplished NXT callups to date. Considering that she lost nearly a year and a half due to injuries, that’s one heck of an accomplishment.

When Paige returned, she was the head of a group called Absolution, consisting of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. The two of them had pledged their devotion to Paige based on everything she had done for the Women’s Revolution. The thing is, despite being 25 years old, Paige is still actually a trailblazer. When she started down in NXT, the women’s division was literally starting with her as she was the first NXT Women’s Champion.

Think about that for a second. All of this, with everything that came together to make such an amazing women’s division, was at least partially started by Paige, who was in her early 20s at the time. While there were some other women who could have taken her spot, she was the one who got to do all this, including debuting on the “Monday Night Raw” after “Wrestlemania XXX” to defeat AJ Lee and end her then record long title reign. Paige got a huge reaction that night because she was already a huge star, showing people that you could come up from NXT and instantly get a big reaction.

Here’s how it all started.

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Paige brought some legitimacy to the division which couldn’t have come at a better time. There wasn’t a lot going on with the division or its title so having some fresh blood, especially someone who had some credentials coming out of NXT, was a great sign. Paige helped things out a lot and that’s what the division was needing. She and AJ Lee had one of the best rivalries in a very long time and helped bridge the gap between the terrible era of the division into the Women’s Revolution. That’s quite the spot to take.

I wasn’t exactly sure that Paige would ever come back to WWE but it was cool to see her get back in the ring. There were some rather intriguing matchups for her as she missed so much of the Women’s Revolution names, meaning she could have had some very fresh matches with the new division. I was hoping to see a lot of those, but at the moment, it seems that we’re not going to be able to see them. At least we got a little taste, which is certainly better than getting nothing at all.

And how the new team debuted.

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These are two very different kinds of retirements and it’s a shame that both of them have to go. Henry had quite a run over a long time and Paige had quite the run in a much shorter span of time, but they both made their impacts in the WWE. There’s a chance they’ll both wrestle again but if they don’t, they both certainly gave us their share of memorable times.

 

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“Monday Night Raw” Audience Hits Four Month High


And down the stretch they come. We’re coming up on the “2018 Royal Rumble” and that means the road to “Wrestlemania XXXIV”. That means it’s the busy season for WWE and now that “Monday Night Football” is off the air, there’s really not much stopping WWE’s ratings from going up other than WWE itself. So how did this week’s show do?

According to 411mania.com, this week’s episode of “Monday Night Raw” drew a 1.05 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.25 million viewers. These numbers are up 17% and 18% over last week’s .9 rating and 2.76 million viewers. The rating is the best since November 13 and the audience is the best since August 25.

Miss this week’s show? Here are some highlights:

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Opinion: That’s a good sign as there was no major competition against the show and it did pretty well all things considered. Next week is the real test though as the show is the big 25th Anniversary Special and needs to knock it out of the park. They don’t have a bigger show all year (save for maybe the night after “Wrestlemania XXXIV”) so it needs to draw some big numbers.

What did you think of this week’s show? How can WWE raise their numbers higher? Let us know in the comments below.

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NXT Results – January 17, 2018

NXT
Date: January 17, 2018
Location: Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson

We’re still in Atlanta as we’re heading towards Philadelphia for the next Takeover. Last week saw the Undisputed Era beat down Aleister Black to end the show, earning Adam Cole an Extreme Rules match with Black in Philadelphia. Odds are we’ll get the final card for the next Takeover tonight so let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.

Heavy Machinery vs. Tino Sabbatelli/Riddick Moss


As usual, it’s a feud over Sabbatelli and Moss’ car. Otis runs Sabbatelli over with a hard shoulder to start and Tino isn’t sure what to do about that kind of power. Tucker comes in and grabs a front facelock to swing Tino around in a circle, only to have him land in front of Moss. Heavy Machinery crushes Moss between the two of them followed by something like a Worm into an elbow. It’s back to Tino to hammer on Otis until a clothesline allows the hot tag to Knight. Everything breaks down and Moss grabs a rollup with his feet on the ropes for the pin at 4:41.

Result: Tino Sabbatelli/Riddick Moss b. Heavy Machinery – Rollup to Moss (4:41)

Cole isn’t worried about Black because there are a million and one ways to hurt him. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly know everyone wants their titles but they’re all in the Era’s era.

We look back at the ending of last week’s show with the announcement of the Extreme Rules match.

Roderick Strong vs. Fabian Aichner

Strong tries a headlock to start as the fans seem split. A leg lariat gives Strong two but Aichner powerslams him out of the air as we take a break. Back with Aichner holding an abdominal stretch until Strong fights out. The Angle Slam is broken up so Strong settles for his first backbreaker. Aichner is right back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker of his own and goes up, only to dive into another backbreaker. The Strong Hold (now a Liontamer) is good for the tap out at 7:37.

Result: Roderick Strong b. Fabian Aichner – Strong Hold (7:37)

Post match Strong says he wants Lars Sullivan, who had already said he wanted to face Killian Dain. So we might be looking at a three way?

Long video on TM-61, who will be back from injury rather soon. They’ve been out for a very long time. They’ve been training for years, including training under Harley Race. All the work has been worth it though and they’re ready to make it here. They worked their way through a WWE tryout but also were young boys in Japan. Part two next week.

Aliyah vs. Lacey Evans

Aliyah gets taken down with a wristlock to start but walks into a jawbreaker. Evans is sent to the apron and kicks Aliyah’s leg out for a slingshot elbow. A slingshot bronco buster gets two more on Aliyah but she grabs a northern lights suplex. Back up and Aliyah charges into a right hand in the corner….for the pin at 3:24.

Result: Lacey Evans b. Aliyah – Right hand (3:24)

Post match Evans says she wants to bring some class to the women’s division and she’ll start with Nikki Cross. Shayna Baszler comes out and glares at Evans before grabbing her choke on Aliyah, who is still woozy from the right hand. Ember Moon runs in for the save and tells Baszler to try that on her. Baszler says she’ll do it when the title is on the line. Moon says name the time.

William Regal makes the title match for Takeover. Zelina Vega comes in to say Velveteen Dream deserves the shot more than Johnny Gargano so they should have a #1 contenders match.

No Way Jose is back next week. I liked the guy, but I hadn’t remembered he was gone.

Johnny Gagano comes to the ring and says bring Dream on. This isn’t a fluke and this is his time and opportunity. The match is on for next week.

 

 

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Update on the Vince McMahon Documentary, “Pandemonium”


It had been previously reported that a movie about the life and career of Vince McMahon, entitled “Pandemonium,” is currently being written.

According to a new report from PWInsider, the updated screenplay has been completed and turned into the studio. Should it be approved, it will then be forwarded to Bradley Cooper and his team. Cooper is scheduled to be playing the role of McMahon in the film.

From the report:

The plan is to begin filming in the Spring of 2018, but that has always been contingent on getting casting completed and a final, approved shooting script in place.

McMahon was last seen on WWE Programming on the September 12, 2017 episode of “Smackdown Live.” He was brutally attacked by Kevin Owens, and you can see a clip of that below:

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Also from the report:

The script to Pandemonium was originally written by Craig A. Williams (who wrote Disney’s live action Underdog adaptation few years back) back in 2015 and has undergone several drafts. The belief was that once WWE Studios became involved with the project, the existing script would undergo heavy rewrites to remove some of aspects of the film that the McMahon family would not be happy with.

Editor’s Opinion:

I will be one of the first people in line to see this movie.

Will you see “Pandemonium” when it is released?

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Cesaro on How Much He Has Left in Him and Being a Tag Team Wrestler vs. Singles Wrestler


Former Raw Tag Team Champion Cesaro was recently a guest on 102.5 Hot Country KDY where he spoke about the differences between being a tag team wrestler and a singles competitor, and how much he has left in him.

Cesaro has been an accomplished wrestler in WWE both in as a singles competitor- winning the United States Championship and the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner- and as a tag team competitor- working with talent including Jack Swagger, Tyson Kidd and now former WWE Champion Sheamus.

On the differences between the two, Cesaro had the following to say:

“There’s a huge difference. [In a match] by yourself, you can do whatever you want. But if you have somebody or a partner that you have to do that with, you have to have chemistry, you have to understand each other, you have to be on the same page, you have to get along. It’s all [of those things], and if you find somebody that can be a good teammate, that stuff just builds, and by the end, you can do it finely. That’s kind of where me and Sheamus arrived at, and it’s very satisfying to get to that level, that it happens naturally.”

Cesaro was asked how long he believes he has left in WWE as a competitor. Cesaro gave an answer they probably didn’t expect, saying:

“I just try to think day by day. Because, to me, if you think too long ahead, you no longer enjoy the moment. And that’s a problem that a lot of people have nowadays. They always reminisce about they had, and then they look forward to what they’ll have in the future [that they] forget about the moment. I just try to enjoy the moment, and see how long I can do this. I’m feeling great, and the best shape I’ve ever been. That’s another goal of mine to always be in the best shape, and let’s just wait and see. As long as I’m having fun, I’ll keep doing it.”

With H/T to WrestlingInc for the transcription.

You can view his recent match against WWE Raw Tag Team Champion Jason Jordan on the first ‘Raw‘ of 2018 below.

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Who would you like to see Cesaro face during the remainder of his wrestling career? Who have you most enjoyed seeing Cesaro work with as a tag team?

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Impact Wrestling Knockout Sienna Hospitalized During Tapings


Impact Wrestling Knockout Sienna revealed via her Twitter account that she was hospitalized during the recent TV tapings for the company.

Sienna explained in the tweet that she had to pay a visit to the hospital during the tapings as she suspected she had either a displaced rib or potentially a collapsed lung.

What she found out definitely wasn’t reassuring. The former Impact Knockouts Champion explained that doctors found a blood clot in each of her lungs- which is a serious issue.

Sienna continued by announcing that she won’t be wrestling any time soon but will be still making appearances whilst she raises money for the Undie Run.

In typical savage fashion, she joked that she would be judging everyone in the hospital, ending her message with the hashtag #PinkiesUp.

Here is the tweet she put out:

I went to the hospital during tapings suspecting a displaced rib or collapsed lung.

Turns out I have a blood clot in each lung.

I won’t be wrestling right now, but I’m still making appearances, raising money for the Undie Run… & judging everyone in this hospital. #PinkiesUp pic.twitter.com/mDNkjfg2t0

— Sienna the Savage ? (@Sienna) January 17, 2018

We are unsure at this time how long the former Champion will be out for- but Wrestling Rumors would like to extend our well wishes and prayers to Sienna during this time. We hope she’ll be up to her regular savageness soon.

You can see a discussion with Sienna below where she explains how her first day with Impact Wrestling went.

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What is your favorite Sienna match? What would be the perfect comeback match for the savage one?

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Details on the Impact Wrestling Twitch Channel (Shows, Content, Etc.)


Impact Wrestling has issued a press release announcing their upcoming Twitch channel and the content to be provided on it.

To summarize the press release- Impact will launch today (Wednesday, January 17) on Twitch and will have content live 24/7. This means the channel will always be online, similarly to the WWE Network which has a 24/7 feed.

After Impact Wrestling on Pop this week, fans can visit the Twitch channel immediately to view the debut of Barbed Wire Massacre III. This match is billed as being “too violent for TV” and will feature the team of oVe and Sami Callihan vs. LAX and Homicide.

According to the press release, Impact will provide exclusive content on Twitch. This includes monthly live events and house shows, lifestyle programming showcasing various aspects of a professional wrestler’s life outside of the ring which includes diets, workouts, relationships and travel.

One event confirmation so far is that Impact will air the live event from WrestleCon in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday, April 6 at 9 p.m. CT.

Every Monday night, longtime Impact wrestling announcer Jeremy Borash will be live to host the Live Audio Wrestling (The LAW) podcast. As one may expect, this podcast will cover anything from the world of professional wrestling, feature special guest interviews, live calls, interaction with the Twitch chat, contests and prizes.

On Wednesday nights, returning Impact star Tyrus will host ‘Nuff Said. This show will include Tyrus’ take on professional wrestling, politics, sports and popular culture. His addition to the channel likely comes from his relationship with Fox as a contributor for their news.

On Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET, Impact announcer Josh Matthews will host Matthews’ Megacast which will essentially be a second screen perspective of what is happening on Impact as it airs.

When these programs aren’t running, the Twitch channel will air past and present episodes of the flagship show, Xplosion episodes, pay-per-view events and over 1,000 hours of original programming.

It is worth noting that the press release lists Hulk Hogan, Sting, Ric Flair, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode as appearing in classic programming.

While not mentioned in the press release, fans who are invested in the Impact product and want to have more control over what they watch and when they watch it- you can sign up to the [free] Global Wrestling Network which is similar to the WWE Network. You can opt for a paid version as well, which offers a lot more control. You can find the trailer below.

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If you would like to sign up to the Global Wrestling Network, you can do so here.

On the expansion to Twitch, Impact president Ed Nordholm had the following to say:

“Our expansion on Twitch marks another important milestone in our digital expansion. The interactive content and larger-than-life personalities of IMPACT Wrestling are a perfect fit for the platform, whose passionate communities have demonstrated an increased appetite for professional wrestling and live events. As we adapt to new content consumption methods, our partnership with Twitch gives us an opportunity to interact directly with our audience, while engaging and growing our fan base across the world.”

You can find the Twitch channel for Impact Wrestling here.

What is your opinion on the Twitch channel? What do you want to see from it?

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205 Live Results – January 16, 2018

205 Live
Date: January 16, 2018
Location: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph

Welcome to the shortened version of the show as we’re now down to just half an hour thanks to Mixed Match Challenge (I need to send that show a Christmas card.). We’re coming up on the Royal Rumble with Enzo Amore defending the Cruiserweight Title against Cedric Alexander (again) so let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.

TJP vs. Gran Metalik


Rematch from last week where Metalik won and sent TJP into a tailspin. TJP runs him over for a very fast one and it’s off to a front facelock. Back up and Metalik hits a very high angle springboard armdrag as we see Kalisto watching backstage.

TJP is sent outside for a top rope Asai moonsault as things are starting to speed up a bit. They head inside again with Metalik trying….something off the ropes, allowing TJP to dropkick him in the back and out of the air. The slingshot hilo gives TJP two and we hit the chinlock.

With that not working, TJP ties him in the Tree of Woe, only to miss a baseball slide and hit the post. A superkick and a rope walk dropkick set up the rope walk elbow for a VERY close two. The Metalik Driver is countered but Metalik reverses the Detonation Kick into a rollup for the pin at 5:17.

Result: Gran Metalik b. TJP – Rollup (5:17)

Twice in a row.

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Post break, TJP is livid again in the back and might be crying.

We look back at Hideo Itami attacking Jack Gallagher with Jack’s own umbrella last week.

Gallagher has been hearing Brian Kendrick’s face being broken over and over but now he wants to hear Itami scream. He’ll find Itami’s weakness and exploit it because he is now the man with a plan.

So that’s his plan.

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Here are Cedric Alexander and Goldust for a chat. Goldust talks about how our lives are determined by opportunities. Some might say their friendship is curious but Cedric is a star on the cusp of a golden opportunity. Cedric digs that and Goldust calls him the DiCaprio to Goldust’s Scorsese.

Cue Enzo Amore and the Zo Train to say they deserve an Academy Award for acting all buddy buddy. Goldust doesn’t appreciate being called funny because the only clown he sees is right in front of him looking like a swamp duck. Threats are issued but Enzo says Goldust has to beat the entire Zo Train first. Goldust says bring it on.

Goldust vs. Zo Train

Drew Gulak (along with Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese) starts for the team and slaps Goldust in the face. An early hip attack puts Gulak down and it’s off to Daivari, who is atomic dropped for his efforts. The numbers game offers a distraction though and Daivari hammers Goldust from behind.

Nese comes in for the choking in the corner, followed by a hard running forearm. We hit the neck crank for a bit, only to have Nese miss a charge into the corner. It’s back to Gulak who eats a quick bulldog, followed by the snap powerslam for two. Nese knocks Goldust to the floor but dives onto Daivari by mistake. Cedric dives onto Enzo and the Final Cut ends Gulak at 4:00.

Result: Goldust b. Zo Train – Final Cut to Gulak (4:00)

That’s quite the destruction.

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