Hello all, and welcome to the September 29, 2018 edition of the WrestleTalk news round-up, in which we collate a few bite-sized chunks of wrestling news into one easy-to-consume feast and I should probably start thinking of new opening metaphors at this point.
More details on WWE and managers
With the recent introduction of 205 Live stars Drake Maverick and Lio Rush as managers on Monday night Raw recently, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported a couple of weeks ago that WWE are looking to utilize more managers.
The WON have reiterated this, now claiming that WWE are actually looking to hire people purely to be managers. Quite the sudden change of attitude from Vince and friends.
One name in particular was dropped as a potential suitor for this role, that being EVOLVE‘s Stokely Hathaway.
Shawn Michaels return in doubt?
No. Not really.
Michaels is reportedly penciled in for, and very likely to be making, an in-ring return at WWE Crown Jewel this November, as part of a tag team match, pitting himself and Triple H up against the Undertaker and Kane.
‘HBK’ is also rumored to be in for a one-on-one bout some point soon to, but the WON reports that no sources are willing to confirm as such.
It is reinforced though, that Michaels’ first one-on-one match since WrestleMania 26 is likely to come at this year’s Survivor Series.
Kings of Wrestling reunion a one-off
This also kind of went without saying (it’s been a quiet day, OKAY?), but, after their reunion at Friday’s NXT live event, Kassius Ohno has all but confirmed on Twitter that he and Cesaro are no more. At least for now.
— KASSIUS (KASH-US) (@KassiusOhno) September 29, 2018
Cesaro and Ohno were part of the faction known as the Kings of Wrestling in Ring of Honor, which formed in 2005, until 2007 when Ohno – then known as Chris Hero – left the company.
They reunited in 2009 though, and are two-time ROH Tag Team Champions.
Cesaro’s current tag team partner Sheamus replied to Ohno’s tweet by congratulating him on his 20 years in the business, and reminding him it’s kinda important he gets Cesaro back in time for this Tuesday’s SmackDown Live.
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) September 29, 2018
Raw and SmackDown Live attendances revealed
This week’s Raw scored the lowest viewership total in the show’s history, and now the in-arena attendance figures for WWE‘s flagship show, and it’s younger blue brother, have been revealed.
Raw took place in Denver, Colorado this week, with a pretty disappointing attendance of approximately 5000 fans. SmackDown went even lower than that, with just 3500. It is important to note though, that a decrease is a common trend when two shows take place in the same arena on consecutive nights, as they did this week.