The Latest on Cody Rhodes and Where He’s Heading

Settling down is a good idea. One of the most recent ex-WWE names to forge his own path outside of the company is Cody Rhodes, who has hit the ground running after leaving WWE last year. Rhodes has wrestled in New Japan, Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling and a host of indies. Now though, it seems that he’ll be putting down some roots.

According to Wrestlinginc.com, Rhodes has signed with Ring of Honor under a deal similar to the Young Bucks. Basically Rhodes is allowed to take outside bookings which he will control, though he’s not allowed to work for another promotion on television, meaning he’s basically gone from “Impact Wrestling” (there is no word on Brandi Rhodes’ status). This isn’t a surprise as Rhodes told Sports Illustrated that his days of traveling around the world were coming to an end soon.

Opinion: While Rhodes might not be the biggest star in the world, he’s certainly someone who has kept himself out there since leaving WWE, which is something that’s only going to help him in the long run. While Ring of Honor might not be the place it once was, it’s certainly a better option than some companies, such as Impact Wrestling.

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WWE Discussing Mauro Ranallo’s Return?

Tell me they wouldn’t do that. With the ongoing saga of WWE and Mauro Ranallo finally seeming to wrap up, it seems that everything is starting all over again. Ranallo is off TV and likely will be until his contract expires on August 12 but now it seems that WWE may actually be changing their mind.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter by way of Wrestlinginc.com, there have been some talks in WWE about bringing Ranallo back to television at a later date. While the talks are indeed ongoing, they’re said to not be at a serious level so far.

Opinion: If I’m Ranallo, why in the world would you consider going back to WWE? It’s clearly one of the worst working environments in the business and this feels like he’d be brought back as a public relations move more than anything for the sake of the product. Ranallo is in demand elsewhere so it’s not like WWE is his only option.

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Backstage News on Vince McMahon Being Frustrated With Mauro Ranallo

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There’s no way this can sound good. Mauro Ranallo has officially left WWE though his contract doesn’t expire until the middle of August. With him off TV now though, details are starting to come out about his rather horrible exit and how everything went so wrong behind the scenes.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter by way of Wrestlinginc.com, WWE’s issues with Ranallo have been going on for a while now. Apparently Vince McMahon wanted Ranallo to be more like Michael Cole and brought in Tom Phillips to help balance things out. Things continued to go badly so the company started making fun of Ranallo because “the production room was filled with a lot of people who were emotionally still in high school.” The final straw was JBL ripping into Ranallo on “Bring it to the Table”, which was planned in advance and designed to bury Ranallo.

Opinion: If this is the case, WWE is actually coming off worse in this than I thought they were in the first place. The fact that Ranallo was ostracized for not being one of the boys and having his own voice shows you how horrible a place it must be backstage at WWE. Ranallo was brought in for sounding different and then was told that was horrible so he was mocked for it. That’s pathetic and makes WWE look horrible.

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Did Ranallo do anything wrong? What should happen to JBL? Let us know in the comments below.

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Movie Being Produced on Vince McMahon’s Career

What a maneuver (by WWE Studios)! It’s not an understatement to say that Vince McMahon is the most influential force in wrestling history as he shaped modern wrestling forever. As you might guess, that makes him a fascinating subject, which is why this isn’t the biggest surprise.

According to Deadline.com, Sony Pictues will be releasing “Pandemonium”, a film about McMahon’s life. The film will be focused on McMahon’s career and his rise to the top of the wrestling world. There is no release date announced nor are there any names rumored for who could play McMahon.

Opinion: This could be anywhere between fascinating, completely inaccurate or a major bomb. The problem is I don’t think anyone can truly do McMahon justice as he’s such a walking cartoon character. I’d actually be ok with McMahon playing himself as he’s the only person who could really pull it off. Still though, I’ll certainly be seeing it, no matter how good or bad it really is.

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Who do you want to play McMahon? Will you go see this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Cody Rhodes Reveals Creative Idea For Him For WWE Brand Extension, One Person Getting It Nixed

Recently, Baby Huey and Bimbo Jimbo from 107.7 The Bone (San Francisco, CA) caught up with independent professional wrestler Cody, also known as former WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes. Among other things, Rhodes talked about whether WWE’s brand extension was a missed opportunity for him.

On the subject of WWE’s brand split, Rhodes professed that Road Dogg has done a great job with SmackDown Live. ‘The Grandson Of A Plumber’ shared that there were once plans for him to be Stardust on one show and Cody Rhodes on the other show.

“Well, I mean, Road Dogg has done a really incredible job with SmackDown Live.” Rhodes added, “Road Dogg has done a really incredible job with SmackDown Live, and, at one point, the plan was for me to be Stardust on one brand, and Cody Rhodes on another brand.”

Unfortunately, one person with decision-making authority did not want to go with the idea and ‘The American Nightmare’ took his talents to the indies.

“Yeah, I thought that was a really great idea. I absolutely wanted to do it and everybody wanted to do it, except for one person who will remain nameless, but that one person has the main vote, so I didn’t want to wait any longer. We could have fought for it. And, yeah, it’s possible it could have happened and it would have been really cool, but I was at the point where, man, it’s like it was an emotional decision as far as it was going to be snap, and had to happen, and I had to get out of there and I did.”

Click here to check out the interview.

Source: The Other Guys Podcast (H/T to WrestlingINC)

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Jim Ross Blogs On WWE Pushing Jinder Mahal, The One Thing Shinsuke Nakamura Is Missing, More

Jim Ross posted his latest blog at JRsBarBQ.com. Here are some highlights:

WWE pushing Jinder Mahal:

“The Jinder Mahal ascension on the SDLive roster including him being the #1 contender for the WWE Title seems to be being overthought to some degree by a handful of pundits. The rapid advancement up the card of Jinder has some concerned, and I get that point, but I see it as worth the chance and, fast track or not, Mahal is somewhat of a calculated risk which is essentially the same thing that most promotions deal with when advancing new talents who suddenly appear on the main event radar.

“I like this booking because it involves a deserving, hard working talent who has unique skills, is fundamentally sound and has a unique, TV persona plus he provides Randy Orton with a new opponent. Question…what if Jinder Mahal becomes the next, WWE Champion? Stranger things have happened and it’s not the worse idea that I’ve heard lately. This shocker might be worth a bit of consideration.

“I would merely suggest that Jinder doesn’t have to yell wall to wall on his promos to make his points because most of us organically/automatically tune people out who scream at us especially if they are an antagonist.”

Shinsuke Nakamura:

“Anxious to see the pending evolution of Shinsuke Nakamura on SD Live especially when the gets into a serious, title oriented storyline. The only missing piece to the game of the King of Strong Style is his ability to communicate effectively to his English speaking audience which is addressable. Love Shin’s upside and charisma.”

His upcoming Ringside shows:

“RINGSIDE with Jim Ross Show updates:

“Sunday May 21-2 PM at Zanies in Rosemont (3 miles from the All State Arena, the site of Backlash) has sold out of our VIP tickets but a limited number of General Admission are still available at ticketfly.com.

“Tickets for our Thursday August 10-8 PM show at the D.C. Improv go on sale THIS TUESDAY morning at 10 am at dcimprov.com.”

Much more is contained in Ross’ latest blog, including his thoughts on Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, the upcoming Vince McMahon movie, Kevin Owens on commentary on SmackDown, and much more. You can check out the full entry by clicking here.

 

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JR Blogs on New “Smackdown Live” Talents

Put a little smack on it. While he hasn’t been seen since “Wrestlemania XXXIII”, Jim Ross is still one of the best sources of wresting knowledge. He’s been around forever and can talk about almost any given wrestler on the planet today. This makes his blogs one of the most valuable resources for wrestling and as luck would have it, Ross is back with a new one.

Ross’ latest blog covers most of the recent happenings in WWE and gives his thoughts on a variety of topics. A lot of the discussion focuses on the recent editions of “Smackdown Live” and includes a variety of thoughts on the new talent acquisitions from the Superstar Shakeup. Here are a few highlights.

On Jinder Mahal

“The Jinder Mahal ascension on the SDLive roster including him being the #1 contender for the WWE Title seems to be being overthought to some degree by a handful of pundits. The rapid advancement up the card of Jinder has some concerned, and I get that point, but I see it as worth the chance and, fast track or not, Mahal is somewhat of a calculated risk which is essentially the same thing that most promotions deal with when advancing new talents who suddenly appear on the main event radar.

“I like this booking because it involves a deserving, hard working talent who has unique skills, is fundamentally sound and has a unique, TV persona plus he provide Randy Orton with a new opponent.”

On Shinsuke Nakamura

“Anxious to see the pending evolution of Shinsuke Nakamura on SD Live especially when the gets into a serious, title oriented storyline. The only missing piece to the game of the King of Strong Style is his ability to communicate effectively to his English speaking audience which is addressable. Love Shin’s upside and charisma.”

On Charlotte

“Charlotte is making amazing strides to up her game and that’s what one often gets when you combine a world class athlete with Flair DNA and seemingly an obsession to be the best ever in the game.

[email protected] is quickly developing into the ‘Hulk Hogan’ of her gender in WWE. It’s not far fetched whatsoever to think that Charlotte will headline a major PPV some day in the future if things continue to progress.”

You can read the full blog here.

Opinion: Ross tends to have a more positive outlook on the situations in WWE and that’s a rather nice change of pace over all the negativity you tend to see online. As usual, Ross has a lot of praise for Charlotte (which is well deserved) but it’s nice to see him speak so highly about so many other talents.

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When do you see Ross back on WWE TV? Is he right or wrong in his praise for the new “Smackdown Live” talent? Let us know in the comments below.

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Christopher Daniels Comments on Why WWE Won’t Sign Him

Too great, too late. One of the best non-WWE stories of the year has been Christopher Daniels finally winning the Ring of Honor World Title fifteen years after debuting with the company. Daniels was one of the best wrestlers of all time to never win a World Title but he FINALLY removed his name from that list at the “Fifteenth Anniversary Show”.

After winning the title, Daniels was interviewed by Miami’s WSVN-TV over Wrestlemania weekend and spoke on a variety of topics. This interview covered Daniels potential signing with WWE, AJ Styles’ incredible WWE run and getting to finish his career in Ring of Honor. Here are some highlights with transcription courtesy of Wrestlinginc.com:

On Potentially Signing With WWE:

“I don’t think so man. Honestly, I’m sure the WWE’s not looking for 47-year old rookies and that’s fine with me. The timing of my career worked out where when I might have been interesting to them, were times that I was under contract with TNA or Ring of Honor and that’s fine with me. I’m happy to build up Ring of Honor as best I can.”

On Styles’ WWE run:

“I don’t know if there’s a meteoric rise in WWE like him since Brock Lesnar or maybe Kurt Angle. Within a calendar year to debut and become the World Champion and defend it as long as he did before losing it to John Cena at the Royal Rumble this year is astonishing. But it’s well deserved. He worked so hard to get where he is today. He left TNA and took a chance on himself, went to New Japan and showed the world that he is elite of the elite and then came to WWE and proved it again.”

Here’s the whole interview:

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Opinion: It’s hard to argue with Daniels here. Unless they’re one of the biggest stars in the world, WWE rarely hires anyone within ten years of Daniels’ age and while Daniels is a big name, he’s not the kind that WWE is going to bring in. However, Daniels seems to understand this and is ok with it, which makes him smarter than a lot of wrestlers today.

What do you think of Daniels winning the ROH World Title? How long do you think he’ll hold it? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sting Discusses a Potential Match with Undertaker

The one that got away. Over the last several years, one of the few dream matches that fans never got to see was Sting vs. Undertaker. Now that both seem to be retired, it’s safe to say that it’s never going to happen. While you almost never hear from Undertaker, Sting had some comments on the potential match in a recent interview.

Sting spoke at WrestleCon 2017 about the potential of a match with Undertaker in the last few years. While he doesn’t flat out calling the lack of a match a regret, Sting makes it clear that he wanted the match and had a specific date and show in mind. Here are some highlights with transcription courtesy of SI.com:

On the match taking place at “Wrestlemania XXXI”:

“There was a worldwide desire to see that match. It was a dream match for me, too. I regret not being able to get in the ring with him one time. It would have been great, but I’m OK with the way it turned out.”

And if he regrets not having the match:

“Of course, if I had a chance, I’d do it. But look at ‘Taker’s career; did he miss out on anything? Look at my career. I don’t think I really missed out on anything, either.”

You can read the full interview here.

Opinion: I know that’s the one big match that so many people wanted and probably the second biggest dream match out there (second to only Undertaker vs. John Cena) but I wasn’t wild on seeing it. The match made sense in the late 90s but by the time Sting arrived in WWE, he really wasn’t at a point where the match would have worked as well anymore. I wouldn’t have complained about seeing it but I doubt I would have been really excited for the match.

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When is Chris Jericho’s Current WWE Run Over?

 It looks like we won’t be seeing people put on the list for much longer.

According to a report from WrestlingInc, Chris Jericho is going to be to finishing up his current run in WWE this following Monday on “Raw,” from Sacramento, California. He is scheduled to go on tour with his band, “Fozzy,” this summer, which is the reason for his departure.

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“Y2J” is currently scheduled to face Kevin Owens for the WWE United States Championship upcoming at “Payback.” This is a rematch from when Owens defeated Jericho for the title at WrestleMania earlier this year.

Editor’s Note:

While I knew this was coming, I have to admit that it still makes me sad. “The List of Jericho” is one of the funniest things in professional wrestling, and is a segment that I look forward to every week. It has even inspired me to create “The List of Dericho,” which has become a staple on my show, ‘Universal Chatter’ each week!

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