Welcome to the first ever October edition of the WrestleTalk news-round up! It’s Halloween month people, and you know what that means. Probably loads of pumpkins and sweets and stuff.
These intros are just getting worse by the day.
Anyway, on with the news…
Braun Strowman to star in Holmes and Watson movie
Many a WWE wrestler ends up on the big screen at some point. Some to considerably less success than others, like, you know, a certain Mr. Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
The newest name to add to this list of movie star hopefuls is none other than the ‘Monster Among Men’ Braun Strowman, who recently appeared in the offical trailer of the upcoming Holmes and Watson film.
Strowman also posted the following to Instagram, confirming his role in the movie, that also stars the famous duo of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
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Well the cats out the bag and I can talk about it now!!!! I will be making my big screen debut December 21st in the new #HolmesAndWatson #movie along side #WillFerrell #JohncReilly #SteveCoogan it’s surreal to even be typing this right now because I have been such huge fans of these guys and there work for so long. It was such an unbelievable experience working with such talented people. I can’t wait to see the debut of it. I hope it’s as awesome as I felt doing it!!!! The future is bright for #TheMonsterAmongMen #TheOnlyMonsterInHollywood #blessed #lookouthereicome #MonsterAmongActors #hollywood #cinema
As Strowman details in the caption, the film is set to release on December 21, 2018.
Lita makes surprise appearance at indie show
Lita is set to take on Mickie James at the upcoming WWE Evolution pay-per-view event at the end of this month, but she seems less focused on that, and more focused on running into random indie feds and becoming a replacement referee.
Good preparation I say.
At the recent MCW Tag Wars show in Maryland, the referee got taken out in the six-man tag team main event, because wrestling referees are made out of Lego, if Lego just happened to be made out of clingfilm.
Never fear though, because former four-time WWE Women’s Champ Lita was on hand to jump in and officiate the match. And then give MCW World Heavyweight Champion Dante Caballero a Twist of Fate. Because why not, I suppose.
— Jeff Jones (@JeffreyBJones) September 30, 2018
Shelton Benjamin voices WWE frustrations
I feel sorry for Shelton Benjamin.
He’s dead good, only re-signed with WWE in the Summer of 2017, and after a few months tagging with Chad Gable, has seemingly vanished off the face of the earth.
He’s still on the SmackDown Live roster, I promise.
The former three-time WWE Intercontinental Champion recently took to the famous Twitter machine to voice his frustration, directing his displeasure toward SmackDown GM Paige.
I Am a warrior I am a competitor & I am DAMN GOOD! Yet I have not had a match on #SmackDownLIVE in months. I’m here to compete I thrive on competition @RealPaigeWWE Its time you Got me off the bench & LET ME FIGHT!
— Shelton J. Benjamin (@Sheltyb803) September 29, 2018
I mean, the man has a point, and I for one certainly want him to be more prominent on TV than he has been recently.
Juice Robinson apologizes for calling himself the ‘American Dream’
At last night’s NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed show, Juice Robinson lost his IWGP United States Championship to Cody, but it was Juice’s pre-match claim that caused controversy, when he referred to himself as the “new American Dream;” ‘American Dream’ of course being the nickname of Cody’s father Dusty Rhodes.
Juice has since apologized for the incident, stating:
“I said something couple of days ago, that I actually want to clarify right now.
“I said that I was the ‘American Dream’, and I feel like I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m going to say this, because I want to apologize to the Rhodes family. I want to apologize to anybody that I offended.
“I did not mean that I was the ‘American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes. I did not mean that. There was only one ‘American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes. There will always ever be one ‘American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes, I know that. I loved that guy so much, and I respect him so much. I did not mean any disrespect when I said (that).
“What I should have said, what I meant was that I’m living my American dream. This is the American dream for me to get here, my version of that. I’m not Dusty Rhodes, nor am I trying to be. But I looked up to him, and if a little bit of him has rubbed off to me, I’m better for it. So I want to apologize, especially to Dustin Rhodes; I don’t know if he took offense to that, but somebody told me he might have. So I apologize.”
Mia Yim wins NXT debut
Mia Yim officially signed with WWE a week ago under a developmental contract, and made her NXT debut at a live event in Fort Pierce, Florida this past Saturday.
The Mae Young Classic competitor defeated Aliyah in singles action, and posted the following to Twitter after the fact:
I’m living the best life. ?
— Mia Yim (@MiaYim) September 30, 2018