Paige Calls Her Movie Counterpart a B*tch (But In a Good Way)

It seems that Paige is a big fan of the ladies portraying her and her one-time opponent in the upcoming film documenting her family’s story. She let her feelings be known on social media earlier this week.

Proud of @teamTblanchard @Florence_Pugh and @TheaTrinidadTMT killing it. Some bad ass bitches right there ????

— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) February 21, 2017

Tessa Blanchard–indeed the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard–certainly appreciated the compliment.

@RealPaigeWWE @Florence_Pugh @TheaTrinidadTMT incredible night, so grateful to be a part of telling this story! Such a blessing! Xoxo

— Tessa Blanchard (@teamTblanchard) February 21, 2017

She’ll be playing out Paige’s in-ring action for the film, while actress Florence Pugh takes on the role as the character herself.

The third name, Thea Trinidad, portrays AJ Lee in the movie, and seeing the entrance of Mrs. Phil Brooks on a modern Raw set proved a pretty surreal experience for WWE fans in attendance this past Monday.

The resulting “CM Punk” chants are what drove the Rock’s now-famous phone call to the former WWE star. In case you haven’t heard, management was unhappy.

AJ, too, was a big fan of her soon-to-be on-screen appearance.

@TheEricGoldman Whoa haha. I’ve never looked hotter…

— AJ Mendez Brooks (@AJBrooks) February 21, 2017

In case you’re wondering why there’s all this hubbub over a movie for Paige–as opposed to any number of other wrestlers–it’s because her family has an extensive and interesting history in the pro wrestling business.

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That story was already the subject of a successful British documentary, and it was that program which inspired the Rock’s decision to take on the project.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook!

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Lucha Underground Finally Has a Netflix Premiere Date – And It’s Soon

If you’re looking for alternatives to WWE, many aren’t easy to access. New Japan requires a subscription through an online portal that barely accommodates English speakers. TNA is on an obscure network, and its viability as a WWE “alternative” is already questionable. Plus, most indie shows are tough to get up on your home TV screen.

But what if some good wrestling finally made its way to a service as ubiquitous as Netflix?

We already knew that Lucha Underground would be making its way to the biggest name in video streaming, but we weren’t quite sure when. We’d heard some reports suggesting a date of February 15th, but obviously that day has come and past.

But thanks to a report from CNET on upcoming Netflix programs, we now know exactly when to expect the show–March 15th.

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The first two seasons will be hitting the streaming service, bringing along 65 episodes of tightly-produced, fast-paced lucha libre action. It’s not the first time the show has been available outside of El Rey Network, as all three seasons are available for purchase on iTunes. This will certainly put it in front of a bigger audience than ever before, however.

Are you looking forward to some fresh wrestling on Netflix? Let us know in the comments, or on Facebook!

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Jim Ross Thought This Person Stole the Show on “Monday Night Raw”

Something about slobberknockers and hosses. Jim Ross is one of the most revered voices in wrestling despite him not being employed by WWE. He’s been around forever and he knows his stuff so an endorsement from Ross means quite a bit. Therefore, a certain member of the “Monday Night Raw” roster should be rather pleased lately.

On a recent episode of his “Ross Report”, Ross went into a long discussion of how Kevin Owens stole the show on “Monday Night Raw”. Ross was especially impressed with the fallout from the Festival of Friendship and the rest of the show as a whole. Here are the comments with transcription courtesy of WrestleZone.com.

“On Raw on Monday Night, I believe that Kevin Owens stole the show in the first moment. It was a really good promo. I loved the way it was shot, and how his face filled the camera, filled the screen, I guess I should say. Kevin Owens delivered the goods on Monday Night with that promo and that’s not an easy thing to do.

“He went out there and he remembered his directions, and more importantly delivered the verbiage to where I remember most of it, which is really good. I tip my hat to Kevin Owens to that. I tip my hat to Big Show for being unselfish, and for making Bruan Strowman look bigger than life, so my hats off to Big Show. I understand getting Roman Reigns and Strowman back together because they are going to work together at the next pay per view, I just don’t understand the run-in thing.

“Does it make Reigns look like a hero for running into attack Strowman, or does it not? I don’t know, I’m conflicted obviously. I didn’t get a good feel for it and I like Roman Reigns, but I didn’t like the playcalling of it—I may have just missed the message, I don’t know. Hats off to Kevin Owens for the promo, Big Show for taking care of Strowman, which by the way, the WWE has done a great job in building him up. I can only hope that when Strowman and Reigns wrestle at the pay per view, Strowman wins. Good job WWE with Strowman, just keep it going.”

Opinion: Ross isn’t wrong on this one as Owens is on one heck of a roll with this once again angry character. Owens is such a natural heel and he’s getting to do what got him noticed in the first place all over again. Jericho vs. Owens is going to be one heck of a match and the pop when Jericho comes back is going to be insane.

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Do you agree with Ross’ take? Does Owens retain at “Fastlane 2017”? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Ross Report

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How Many WWE Records Does Roman Reigns Hold?

Ever since Roman Reigns debuted in 2014 with The Shield, he has been one of the most controversial superstars in recent WWE history. However, he has also been one of the most successful, winning multiple championships and competing in the main events of some of the biggest pay-per-views in the company.

But, just how impactful has “The Guy” been since entering the scene?

WWE has posted a new video outlining the records that Reigns currently holds with the company. They are as follows:

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  • He was undefeated in six-man tag team matches with The Shield for six months.
  • He has tied the record for most eliminations in a traditional “Survivor Series” elimination match, with 4.
  • He has the most eliminations in a single “Royal Rumble” match, with 12.
  • He was in the main event of the largest WWE show in history, when he defeated Triple H for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 32 in 2016.

In addition, he has captured the United States Championship and the Tag Team Championships, along with being a former “Royal Rumble” winner.

Editor’s Note:

I’m not sure why this list was created, but it’s kind of cool to actually see all that “The Big Dog” has accomplished during his time with WWE.

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A Retired Star Just As Big As the Rock Was Also Backstage At Raw

The Rock’s appearance before and after Raw this week has been blowing up on social media, but it seems the Brahma Bull wasn’t the only massive star making the rounds backstage.

That other superstar was one of few names as major as Rocky–none other than Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was also at the Staples Center on Monday night.

Though sadly, it doesn’t seem he made an appearance for fans, Austin did make the rounds on social media with a number of current stars.

One of those was Charlotte, who peaced out with the Hall of Famer before the show.

???z’n @steveaustinbsr #Raw

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Not to be outdone, the current Tag Team Champions, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, also got in on the action–though it seems Austin wasn’t in a “too sweet” kind of mood.

Talk’d some Shop with a #GreatBrother today.. What?

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Why was Austin in attendance? We have no idea! Perhaps in talks with WWE officials for anything from a podcast to a WrestleMania appearance. Or maybe he was just there to hang out. We certainly won’t tell the Rattlesnake what to do.

The big off-air report was the Rock’s post-show call to CM Punk. Folks backstage–including Vince himself–were not happy, and while video is still out there, WWE has been making efforts to pull those clips down.

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So why not speculate wildly about what Austin was doing backstage? Or what he might be doing at WrestleMania! Take to the comments, either below or on Facebook!

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Recent Deaths Are Creating Legal Trouble for WWE

WWE has had ongoing legal trouble in the form of a class action lawsuit that alleges their mistreatment of employees, and a number of recent deaths have empowered the plaintiff’s attorneys to continue pushing forward.

The lawsuit, filed in July 2016, alleges that WWE has not properly handled their superstars’ concussions, and takes issue with WWE’s standard practice of classifying wrestlers as “independent contractors.”

According to PWInsider, WWE attorneys have attempted to stop discovery in this case, since the recent class action suit was in addition to existing ongoing lawsuits. Attorneys on the other side argue that the plaintiffs were not yet suing when discovery on the original cases was halted, meaning that the recent plaintiffs could not have had time for their charges to be properly heard.

The motion argues that “the epidemic that is killing professional wrestlers and the Plaintiffs in this case necessitate a full and robust discovery to ensure that these wrestlers are given the relief they need before more wrestlers die from the complications of professional wrestling. Discovery should not be stayed as it is only further wasting precious time and rewarding the Defendants abusive, delaying tactics.”

It specifically invokes recent deaths including George Steele, Jimmy Snuka, Chavo Guerrero Sr., Ivan Koloff, Nicole Bass, and Rex King.

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While I’d like to be able to offer some meaningful insight and commentary here, legal analysis and concussion science are somewhat beyond the scope of what we do here at Wrestling Rumors. We will, of course, continue to keep you up to date.

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WWE and ICW’s 2017 deal has new stipulations

In 2017, the WWE-ICW partnership seems to be a realistic possibility, after several on-again-off-again negotiations. But there’s a catch, the WWE wants the ICW management to make sure it has written agreements that permit the usage of the various entrance songs that are utilised by the European pro-wrestling company.

According to several reports courtesy the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the WWE is serious about finalising a deal with ICW to air ICW’s content on the WWE Network.

In case you didn’t know…

Insane Championship Wrestling is a decent pro-wrestling promotion in the European circuit, that has seen the likes of Drew Galloway, Mickie James, Bram, Hardcore Holly, Brian Kendrick, Rockstar Spud, Sabu, Rhino and many other international pro-wrestling veterans as well as local talents, compete inside the ring.

The heart of the matter

With the advent of the WWE Network in 2014, the world’s premier pro-wrestling organisation has been securing deals with several regional organisations all over the world, giving the smaller ones an opportunity to showcase their roster’s talents to the world with the international digital platform- the WWE Network.

Now the catch is that WWE executives want ICW to streamline the usage of ‘Entrance Music’ in its events, which involves the music used in the entrances of popular international stars such as Bram and Drew Galloway, as well as mid-tier stars such as Grado amongst others.

However, ICW is known to be a bit flexible, so to speak, as far as the entrance music for its wrestlers is concerned; utilising songs played by a wide variety of artistes both international and local, at times without acquiring the usage rights from said artistes.

And it goes without saying that such an approach leads to several Music Label Trademark violations, something that wouldn’t be a good look for a global promotion like the WWE when it associates itself with ICW.

What’s Next?

With all the talk about the WWE-ICW deals potentially falling through owing to the aforementioned reason, one would think that all is lost for the Scotland-based promotion. However, the European promotion headed by Mark Dallas isn’t stupid to let a lucrative deal with WWE fall through.

Pro wrestling fans can expect an official announcement of the WWE-ICW’s new 2017 deal in the next couple of weeks.

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Hulk Hogan Comeback Possible As WWE Rips Up Hulkamania Signs

When it comes to Hulk Hogan, you either love him or you hate him — there’s no middle ground. And the latest round of WWE rumors suggest that even though he’s probably going to come back in time for WrestleMania, the WWE is doing all they can to tamper the excitement about the Hulkster as they rip down the signs that encourage Hulkamania that’s coming for you…brother!

I’m at home watching #Raw brother. HH pic.twitter.com/2bWllqgjS3

— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 21, 2017

That’s the word according to Give Me Sport, whose latest round of WWE rumors suggest that, after a sign emerged on Monday Night Raw that asked for Hulk Hogan to come back, the WWE was none too pleased.

Reportedly, WWE security went to the fan’s seat, confiscated the sign, and ripped it up.

The brouhaha happened while The Big Show was fighting Braun Strowman. You can check out the clip below.

Watch the third row. WWE security takes away their signs. One of which says, “Where’s Hogan?” #RAW pic.twitter.com/zEpUKCKSaM

— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources) February 21, 2017

Needless to say, the fan response was less than positive to this censorship. However, the outlet noted that professional wrestling commentator Dave Meltzer suggested that Hulk Hogan will be returning to the ring “sooner, rather than later.”

Can I get a RT for my birthday @HulkHogan? This was back in 2003 when your daughter sang National Anthem for the troops in KC. pic.twitter.com/MpXoLawGxE

— Andrew Heo (@doc_drew32) February 18, 2017

Hulk Hogan hasn’t been in the good graces of the WWE for some time, now.

However, the latest WWE rumors from Social Times suggest that it will be Hogan, ultimately, that gets the last laugh.

The Hulkster was recently commissioned for a television advertisement for a Dutch insurance company, and in that ad, he made fun of both his wrestling career and the fact that he was partially responsible for putting Gawker, the media company, out of business.

“Last year, Hulk Hogan helped put Gawker down for the count. Now, the former WWE icon—real name: Terry Bollea—steals the show from a purse snatcher in a wild new commercial for Dutch insurance company Centraal Beheer. Created by DDB & Tribal Worldwide Amsterdam, this is the 60th spot in the brand’s ‘Just Call Us’ campaign, which has been running for 30 years with cheeky scenarios in which circumstances take unexpected turns for the worse.”

You can check out the advertisement below.

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WWE Planning a Roster Shakeup Following WrestleMania

WWE is thinking about doing another draft immediately following WrestleMania 33. It’s unclear if the draft will be like the one we saw last July, or if it’ll be like the drafts we saw in the late 2000s where the picks will be completely random.

We’ve already heard about some potential roster moves like AJ Styles moving to Raw, and Roman Reigns possibly moving to SmackDown. Also, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that WWE will call up several NXT stars following WrestleMania, so the planned call ups, such as Elias Samson, will likely end up getting drafted.

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Kurt Angle Says One of These Three WWE Legends Will Induct Him in the Hall of Fame

Last month, WWE announced that Kurt Angle will headline this year’s Hall of Fame class in Orlando, Florida. But, as of this writing, we don’t know who will induct our Olympic Hero.

In a recent interview with Ring Rust Radio, Angle said that he wants on of the three following names to induct him: Steve Austin, John Cena, or The Undertaker. Of course, it probably won’t end up being The Undertaker for obvious reasons, so it’ll come down to Steve Austin or John Cena.

“I have not been told whether or not if I could pick, but I don’t believe the talent is the one that gets to pick. I think WWE sets up who they want to induct you. I would be surprised if it wasn’t one of those three. Vince McMahon and Triple H know the type of relationship I have with Undertaker and John Cena and Stone Cold. They do know I want one of those three, so looks like it will be one of those three.”

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