Get Your Rumors Right: This WWE Star Isn’t Gone Yet

Let’s make sure we get this one right: Jack Swagger is not out of WWE yet. You haven’t seen him on TV in a long time and he definitely wants out, but his departure is not yet official.

As we reported yesterday, Swagger used a podcast appearance to announce that he has asked for his release from WWE. “It’s still kind of an ongoing process right now,” he said.

A few other sites–we’re not naming names or anything–took this to mean that Swagger’s departure is a confirmed, done deal. Even the podcast itself advertises that the All-American American had been “granted release.”

That’s not the case. Swagger is still listed on WWE’s superstar page, and as of this moment he’s still under contract. We don’t know the details of Swagger’s contract, so it’s tough to say how difficult it will be for him to negotiate a release, or whether WWE might require a non-compete clause.

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Any corporate difficulty would seem petty, however, considering that Swagger hasn’t been utilized anywhere aside from house shows for months now. Should he have another world title reign? Probably not, but he was a consistently over undercard performer even in his later days.

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The New Day Ice Cream Actually Exists?

For a few weeks now, The New Day has been telling us that they will be creating their own brand of ice cream for the WWE Universe. It would appear that those plans have actually come to fruition.

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According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the product that will be produced is not ice cream, but rather frozen pops. In fact, merchandise regarding this was already on sale at last week’s “Monday Night Raw” from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The New Day have been taking on a bigger role on the entertainment side of the company in recent weeks. This has been shown by the fact they will be the hosts of this year’s WrestleMania from Orlando.

Editor’s Note:

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! It doesn’t matter how they do it, this will be a huge marketing campaign for WWE. There has been talk about ice cream all the way back to the days of CM Punk, so any kind of frozen treat is sure to be a big seller with the WWE Universe.

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New TNA Management Plans to “Bury” Previous Owners On-Screen

Things have been ugly in TNA this week, with tons of talent leaving as new management moves in to make significant changes to the company. Now it looks like some of that ugliness will be moving on-screen.

According to this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), Jeff Jarrett’s marketing push is roughly “Let’s Make TNA Great Again.” They’ll be presenting changes to show as a return to form now that the company’s founder is back in charge.

They won’t be pulling punches when it comes to putting down the existing show, either. Dixie Carter’s management will be directly criticized (whether or not it involves her name), with the general message being that TNA had gone “to hell.”

They’re bringing in former personalities like Konnan and Bruce Prichard specifically for the purpose of burying the previous regime on-screen.

You might call it petty, but in fairness TNA is working to move past some very negative image problems. Fans can point to good recent developments in the program, but most people still see Impact as the show that tried to compete with WWE but fell apart in the most laughable way.

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The Hardys Might Be Headed Somewhere Besides WWE

We now officially know what has already been suspected for quite some time: Matt and Jeff Hardy are not only on their way out of TNA, but they are no longer with the company. As such, speculation has started on where they will land next within the industry.

While a lot of people would hope they would make their return to the WWE, it looks as though the brothers may have other plans, if their Twitter is any indication.

In a tweet directed toward Kenny Omega, it looks like the Hardys have their sights set on New Japan Pro Wrestling. In the tweet, Matt Hardy mentions that the duo “have their eyes on The ELITE…in Japan.”

Despite their long careers in wrestling–dating back to 1992–neither of the two brothers have found their way to Japan for a stint. They have conquered nearly every market found in North America, including Ring of Honor, TNA, and WWE.

This sort of move is huge for the duo, as Kenny Omega has broken down many barriers to western talent entering the predominantly Japanese promotion with his increased success in New Japan. Given the lack of challenges they face in America at this point, a move to the land of the rising sun makes a lot sense for them at this point.

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Former WWE Star Headed For Rival Company TNA Soon?

The latest WWE rumors focus on the potential for a former WWE star and champion to possibly head to WWE’s competitor Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling. If true, it could crush the hopes of fans from the WWE Universe that the former World Champion would be among the longtime stars to return to the ring for WWE.

According to PWMania, the superstar in the latest rumors is Rey Mysterio, the little man known for his “619” and high-flying ring skills. As the site reports that Wrestling Observer Radio’s Dave Meltzer recently said there’s a possibility that Impact Wrestling is trying to bring Mysterio on board. Mysterio was a longtime member of WWE and a former winner of the Royal Rumble as well as many championships while part of the company.

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There are WWE rumors indicating that Rey Mysterio may be in talks to sign with TNA. [Image by WWE]

PWMania indicates that Mysterio had a contract with Lucha Underground, his current pro wrestling company. That would allow Mysterio to appear with TNA (or WWE) six months after the latest season of Lucha airs. There’s also the possibility he could re-sign with Lucha. The earliest fans might see Mysterio pop up for TNA would be in October, though.

The potential signing would be a big deal for TNA, as the company has been lagging and losing top stars to WWE. Among them have been Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Austin Aries, and Bobby Roode. However, former TNA stars such as AJ Styles mentioned that part of the problem with the company was how they continued to try to bring in the former WWE stars to boost interest in TNA.

Previous WWE rumors suggested that Mysterio might show up at the 2017 Royal Rumble match as a surprise entry. However, that pay-per-view has come and gone with no sign of the masked competitor back on either Raw or SmackDown Live. His presence might help boost the Raw roster or even lend some more star power to the Cruiserweight division which some fans feel has been a disappointment.

If Mysterio does make the move to WWE’s competitor it would dispel previous rumors about Rey coming back to WWE. As of this report, there are still betting odds with Mysterio listed as a possibility to return at WrestleMania 33 for an in-ring appearance. At Paddy Power, Mysterio has eight to one odds on the list, but then again there are superstars like CM Punk (20 to one) and AJ Lee (six to one) who also appear on the list.

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Mysterio was the winner of the 2006 ‘Royal Rumble’ match after entering at No. 2 and lasting over an hour. [Image by WWE]

Mysterio was a member of World Championship Wrestling from 1996 through 2001 and then entered WWE a year later. He stayed with the company through 2015, making for an impressive run. It also molded Mysterio into a fan favorite over the years based on his quick offense and Lucha wrestling style. During his time in WCW and WWE, Mysterio captured the WCW Cruiserweight Championship five times, the World Heavyweight Championship twice, and the WWE Championship once.

In addition, he was a multiple-time Cruiserweight, Intercontinental, and tag team champion with the WWE and is considered one of the “Triple Crown” title winners over the years. That accomplishment came during his time with WWE for having won a major title, a tag team title, and the Intercontinental title at different points in his career.

Some fans believe Mysterio to also be a part of the illustrious Grand Slam club. That achievement is unlocked by professional wrestlers who achieve four particular championships during their career. In the case of Mysterio, he’s won the World Heavyweight title, tag team titles, Intercontinental, and Cruiserweight titles.

As mentioned, a Mysterio return to WWE would be huge, but it could also add to what many fans feel is the biggest problem in the company right now: lack of developing newer talents in favor of bringing in the older superstars. With recent returns from Bill Goldberg and Triple H getting into the ring, it shows that WWE may be too reliant on longtime talents.

Pro wrestling fans, would TNA bringing Rey Mysterio into their company be enough to help gain more interest in the product, or is it too much of a sinking ship? Also, would a Rey Mysterio return to WWE be a good thing, and if so, which roster would he be better with: WWE Raw or SmackDown?

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Rumor: The Hardys Might Be Headed Somewhere Besides WWE

We now officially know what has already been suspected for quite some time: Matt and Jeff Hardy are not only on their way out of TNA, but they are no longer with the company. As such, speculation has started on where they will land next within the industry.

While a lot of people would hope they would make their return to the WWE, it looks as though the brothers may have other plans, if their Twitter is any indication.

In a tweet directed toward Kenny Omega, it looks like the Hardys have their sights set on New Japan Pro Wrestling. In the tweet, Matt Hardy mentions that the duo “have their eyes on The ELITE…in Japan.”

Did someone say MAGIC?

Myself & the NEFARIOUS #BrotherNero have eyes on The ELITE & The New Wrestling in Japan.

We’ll see you all soon. https://t.co/JzqD4DhtA5

— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) March 1, 2017

Despite their long careers in wrestling–dating back to 1992–neither of the two brothers have found their way to Japan for a stint. They have conquered nearly every market found in North America, including Ring of Honor, TNA, and WWE.

This sort of move is huge for the duo, as Kenny Omega has broken down many barriers to western talent entering the predominantly Japanese promotion with his increased success in New Japan. Given the lack of challenges they face in America at this point, a move to the land of the rising sun makes a lot sense for them at this point.

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The Big Show is Frustrated Over Shaq, and Here’s Why

Much has been made about Big Show’s potential match with NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal at Wrestlemania this year. The battle of two of literally the biggest athletes in the world could be a seat packer in and of itself. However, the closer we get to the match, the further away we get.

It appears as though Shaq is having reservations in having the match, as he has since said that the match is “not looking good” on his podcast. As such, in a recent interview with The Sporting News, The Big Show had a lot to say regarding the Wrestlemania match, which he stated may be his last.

“You know, I still don’t know if it’s off yet or not. I don’t know,” he stated in regards to whether the match will actually happen. But as far as Shaq’s hesitance, he states, “I understand the fact that if it’s something that he doesn’t want to do, that he’s scared of, that’s fine but don’t put the blame on me because it isn’t me. Just own up to it and say you’re scared and that’s that.”

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While he states that he is just talking trash to Shaq, it does seem that O’Neal indeed could be experiencing jitters.

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Bobby Roode’s Next NXT Title Defense Confirmed

Ohyes. With a month to go before NXT “Takeover: Orlando”, a good chunk of the card can be pieced together without anything being officially announced. One of the matches that isn’t clear yet is the NXT Title match as Champion Bobby Roode doesn’t have a #1 contender for the big show. As of this week’s episode of “NXT” though, he does have a #1 contender for two weeks from now.

This week on “NXT”, General Manager William Regal announced that Roode will defend his NXT Title against the returning Kassius Ohno on the March 15 show. Ohno hasn’t wrestled a match in NXT in over three years but returned last week and got the better of an impromptu brawl with the champion. You can read this week’s “NXT” results here.

Opinion: The other important part of the story is the return of Shinsuke Nakamura, who will be back in action next week, marking his return to the ring for the first time since Roode beat him for the title. I don’t think Ohno gets the title so soon but I’d imagine that he has it at some point before the year is out, probably defeating Roode for it later down the line.

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KB’s Review: Exodus Stage Left

So TNA is under new management (again) and this time it’s a big deal. Basically Jeff Jarrett is running things again and he’s bringing in his own team to help him out. The interesting thing though is how the contract situation is changing. Basically Anthem (the new owners) are changing the way contracts are written and a lot of people aren’t pleased. In this case, six people have already left the company and that could mean a variety of things. Today we’re going to break down the current talent to have left and what that could mean for TNA going forward.

These are in no particular order.

Jade

This is the most recent one and also one of the most interesting. The problem with the Knockouts division is how little depth there is on the face side. Now that Jade is gone, you have Allie, Brooke and Gail Kim when she’s actually around. Jade was rather popular but she had run her course in the feud against Rosemary, which will be blown off later this week in a Last Knockout Standing match.

There’s no doubt that Jade is very talented and the fans cared about her. I’m sure she could have been put into a variety of feuds and now there isn’t a lot of depth on the good side of the Knockouts. The whole division is in need of some fresh talent but that doesn’t mean it benefits from losing one of its more popular acts.

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Drew Galloway

I know Galloway used to be a bigger deal but he’s still the Global Champion (we’ll have to see if he loses it on the last show of the taping cycle) and a former World Champion. Unfortunately he’s also one of the bigger stars on the indy scene at the moment and is worth his weight in gold on the white hot British wrestling circuit. Why stick around TNA when you can be closer to home and do whatever you want whenever you want to do it?

Of all the people to have left, Galloway might be the most valuable. I know there’s a pair later on who were certainly presented as bigger stars but Galloway is thirty one years old and has over fifteen years experience. He also opens a big door to the UK and could have been one of the biggest stars TNA could have. That being said, I more than understand why he left and it seems to have been amicable. Hopefully he comes back down the line.

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Mike Bennett

This one is a little more interesting as Bennett came in and hit the ground running but then just….stopped. Other than beating Ethan Carter III, I can’t think of a single thing that he’s done in his time with TNA. Bennett is a strong talker but his in ring work is only average for the most part. His biggest strength is being married to Maria Kanellis-Bennett and I’m not sure if that’s enough to warrant a main event place on the roster.

The problem though is he certainly has enough skill to warrant a spot somewhere. There’s talent there and Bennett can be something interesting with the right story. Why that hasn’t happened yet could be due to the booking and writing but Bennett hasn’t done himself many favors. I liked his time in the company but he needed to be tweaked a bit and to find something better than the Miracle, whatever that was supposed to be. Bennett is probably the most expendable of all these people and I’m sure he’ll pop up somewhere else, perhaps in Ring of Honor.

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Maria Kanellis-Bennett

Other than the Hardys, this is the biggest deal of them all. Kanellis-Bennett certainly isn’t a great in-ring talent but she can wrestler a match if necessary, though it normally means she takes one heck of a beating. The key to her character is very simple: she’s so evil all the time that people want to see her get what’s coming to her, such as what happened to her in last week’s great wedding angle. While she hasn’t been in power in the Knockouts division in a long time, she certainly still has value to the division and unfortunately that seems to be gone.

Kanellis-Bennett is a great example of someone who can be switched around to various places on the roster and have value no matter where she is. You can have her manage almost anyone (husband or not husband) and she’s going to get that person more heat than they’re going to get otherwise. She’s the best heel manager the company has had in a very long time and there was a lot more mileage to get out of her. She’s talked about leaving wrestling soon though and unfortunately that could mean less of her around, which isn’t a good thing.

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Hardys

And of course we wrap it up here. This is definitely the most complicated as the Hardys are one of the most intricately detailed characters in wrestling today (if not ever) and they’re still the TNA Tag Team Champions. I’m not sure what TNA can do to write them off without mentioning them leaving (which would be as lame as it could get) and since TNA wouldn’t let Matt come back to drop the titles without some kind of a contract (the show is taped so if he goes nuts, don’t air it and come up with something else), it should be interesting to see where they go.

More important than anything else though, the Hardys are the biggest stars in the promotion and have been pushed as such for months now. All of a sudden they’re just going to be gone and I’m not sure what TNA can do to fill in all that space. The Hardys are different than anything else in TNA and I don’t think just filling it in with generic wrestling is going to be enough to make up for it. At the very least, let them get rid of the belts to ANY other team. Just grab a camera crew and send any two wrestlers down to the Hardy Compound to change the titles. I know it’s expensive but it’s more important to protect the titles.

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There’s enough talent between the independent circuit and Global Force Wrestling (Remember them?) to fill in two hours of Impact but I’m really worried about what TNA might put on to replace all these people. The audience for TNA is built up on a lot of these names (the Hardys in particular) and I’m not sure what they’ll have to replace the people leaving. Just throwing warm bodies out there isn’t going to work and given how fast so many of these people are leaving, it’s going to be a very rough transition. In other words, the talent is leaving and we’re not sure what’s going to happen. Just another day in TNA.

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Reby Hardy Discusses Matt’s Departure From TNA

Former TNA superstar Reby Hardy recently sat down with FOX Sports to discuss the recent departure of herself, along with her husband, “Broken” Matt Hardy, from the company.

The announcement that the Hardys were leaving TNA has taken the wrestling world by storm throughout this week. Reby said that they had reached a new deal with the company, but all of a sudden, things changed.

“Matt had negotiated terms back in December,” Reby Hardy said. “We even had some of the Anthem guys come to our house. Matt came with a number, they countered and Matt was fine with it. All the financial details were good … for sure we had a deal.”

“A couple things were changed and everything was agreed on and then we didn’t hear anything for weeks,” Reby Hardy said. “Radio silence.

“There were a whole bunch of red flags,” she continued. “Matt was like, ‘Well damn, I guess I don’t matter to these people … why would I work for people that don’t think I am that important?”

“Ten percent of anything you do … TNA would get a management fee,” Reby Hardy said. “That was never mentioned, never talked about, never agreed upon. When we showed the finalized contract to our lawyer … our lawyer was kind of dumbfounded.”

One of the current issues on the table is what to do with the TNA World Tag Team Championships, which are currently held by the Hardys. While they have been willing to return to television to drop the titles, the company has said that they will simply collect them.

“Matt and Jeff both separately said they won’t re-sign, but offered to do whatever (when it came to losing the titles),” Reby Hardy said, “And the response he got was, ‘You’ve got to be delusional if you are coming without a contract.’ When someone is trying to do right by the company, that is not the kind of reaction you expect. Two guys who have given their all, have been nothing but trustworthy, nothing but honest. We’re offering to do the right thing, and TNA is like, we have to have someone come to the house to pick up the titles.”

“I would melt them down and turn them into hoop earrings,” she said, “and show up wearing them at another show.”

The biggest question on everyone’s mind concerns the future of the Hardy compound? Will they ever return to WWE?

“The sky is the limit.” Reby Hardy said. “It is very obvious there is interest from everywhere. The ability is there … he can have his pick of whatever he wants. Matt has some stuff up his sleeve for sure, we are catching our breath and relaxing but there is something in the works.

“I am just standing my ground that a full-time schedule is not possible,” Reby Hardy said, which could complicate a potential move to WWE for the Hardys. “As the head of the house, I would not want that. I want this kid to know who their dad is. That is not what either of us want for the family.”

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