Bray Wyatt plans have been revealed, there’s a new AEW signing, an update on The Rock vs Roman Reigns and more.
It’s Wednesday morning and what better way to start the day than getting caught up on all the latest wrestling news with our news bulletin for Wednesday, 12 October 2022.
WWE Plans For Bray Wyatt Revealed
Following his well-received return at WWE Extreme Rules, it looks like WWE creative aren’t going to be giving us an overdose of Bray Wyatt across all the WWE programming.
PWInsider report that the current plan is to use Bray Wyatt on WWE SmackDown.
If this week’s WWE Raw is anything to go by, however, that won’t stop WWE from signposting appearances on the blue brand to its fans during the red show itself.
One WWE wrestler did call upon the as-yet-unrevealed Wyatt 6 for help, however, with Roxanne Perez gearing up for a Smackdown appearance in her ongoing feud with Cora Jade.
Heading to the main brands to pick each other’s opponents, Perez put out a suggestion on Twitter that read:
“Maybe the Wyatt6 can help me with this Cora situation”
Although nothing has officially been hinted for Perez and the returning Wyatt with his retinue, WWE SmackDown on October 14th is going to be one to watch.
Zack Clayton Announces He’s Signed With AEW
He’s been something of a regular fixture on AEW YouTube programming for more than two years and, finally, it’s been revealed that Zack Clayton has signed with AEW.
Clayton confirmed that he’s been signed to the company on the October 11th episode of AEW Dark.
The Jersey Shore star, who calls himself ‘The Reality’, was bold in his announcement, stating:
“Let me tell you what that means for you: number one, you’re gonna respect me, and you’re gonna worship the ground that I stand on. Number two, I’m gonna do whatever I wanna do around here, and I don’t care who likes it or not.”
Quote via Fightful
Since May 2020, Clayton has made 18 appearances on AEW programming, with a record that has seen him face some noteworthy AEW names – including two victories over Serpentico.
Clayton’s biggest match, so far, has been against the FTW Champion, HOOK, who retained the title on the August 19 edition of Rampage.
The Rock Teasing WrestleMania Match With Roman Reigns?
The Rock may be full of praise for his cousin, the WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, but that praise doesn’t include giving him a place at the head of the table!
As part of the press tour for the DC Comics’ Black Adam movie, The Rock was emphatic in his table arrangements during an interview with E! News’ The Roundtable, stating:
“Who is head of the table? Without saying any names, you’re looking into his eyes right now.”
But, could we finally see the two cross paths at WrestleMania?
The busiest man in Hollywood wasn’t going to be drawn on that just yet, saying:
“I am not confirming that at all. No. No, I am not. I know I’m going to get a text from him after he watches this.”
Quote via Fightful
Wherever and whenever the match happens, it’s bound to draw the eyes of the entertainment industry.
WWE NXT races towards NXT Halloween Havoc on October 22nd with its October 11th episode.
Bron Breakker took on Javier Bernal, which saw JD McDonagh and Ilja Dragunov making their presence felt ahead of their clash with Breakker on October 22nd.
Nathan Frazer advanced to the NXT North American Championship Ladder Match after defeating Axiom in the final match of their best-of-three series.
With Pretty Deadly cheering on as only Pretty Deadly can, NXT delivered a shock moment when Malik Blade & Edris Enofe picked up the win to become tag team #1 contenders by defeating The Dyad and Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen.
During that match, Briggs was accused of copying a move that he allegedly learned about from AEW’s JD Drake when the pair worked in Evolve in 2015.
Continuing her relentless attack on Toxic Attraction, Alba Fyre defeated Jacy Jayne only to have Sonya Deville join Toxic in Mandy Rose’s absence for a post-match beatdown that ended up with Fyre going through the announcers’ desk.
Following a run in with Grayson Waller, Ilja Dragunov decided to hang around on NXT and face the loudmouth himself. Waller came up short when a spin of the Halloween Havoc wheel distracted him.
Breakker would make his presence felt once again in the final moments of the episode, spearing Dragunov.
The current NXT Halloween Havoc card looks like this:
- NXT Champion Bron Breakker vs. Ilja Dragunov vs. JD McDonagh for the NXT Championship
- Carmelo Hayes (with Trick Williams) vs. Oro Mensah vs. Wes Lee vs. Von Wagner (with Mr. Stone) vs. Nathan Frazer in a Ladder Match for the vacant NXT North American Championship
- Roxanne Perez vs. Cora Jade in a Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal Weapons Wild Match
- Julius Creed vs. Damon Kemp in an Ambulance Match with Creed’s NXT career on the line
- Apollo Crews vs. Grayson Waller will face each other in a Spin the Wheel Make the Deal match stipulation that is yet to be revealed
- The NXT Women’s Championship will be on the line as the champion Mandy Rose goes one-on-one with Alba Fyre
JONAH could be making plans to return to the WWE, where he previously performed as Bronson Reed, after shaking hands with Okada following their match on October 10, claims Dave Meltzer.
Triple H could be going after more of wrestling’s free agents, according to reports from Meltzer, with Mia Yim, Matt Taven and The Righteous being suggested.
Is a chant enough to make WWE change the ratings of their shows? Andrew Zarian of the Wrestling Observer reported that the “holy s**t” chant was one reason a change to TV-14 was considered earlier this year.
Zarian also comments that USA Network and WWE are both happy with the direction of the post-Extreme Rules, Bray Wyatt-free episode of WWE Raw, which saw the return of Brock Lesnar, which people at USA see as a “make-good” for no Wyatt appearance.
WWE has announced Campus Rush, part of their ongoing initiative to recruit “the next generation of WWE Superstars” that will visit top NCAA Division colleges starting on October 12th.
Aliyah took to Instagram to reflect on her time away from the ring, confirming that she suffered an elevated first rib and an AC sprain.
Ethan Page has revealed he was recently in a position to agent an AEW match and hopes he’ll get the opportunity again.
Jeff Hardy is “doing really well” and that Jeff’s wife Beth is “super happy with his progress” according to Matt Hardy.
Tony Khan appeared on The Ariel Helwani show and spoke about Triple H taking over creative control of WWE, saying:
“I think there’s been a lot of improvements there. I definitely think for us, we’ve had a lot of improvements too in recent weeks.
“I think in this case now, hopefully it’s going to be good for everybody.”
Quote via Wrestling Inc.
Tonight’s AEW Dynamite for 12th October features:
- An ROH World Title match between Chris Jericho and Bryan Danielson as The Ocho continues to plough through ROH’s history
- The AEW All-Atlantic Championship is on the line as PAC takes on Orange Cassidy
- Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida take on Dr Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter
- ‘Jungle Boy’ Jack Perry finally gets his hands on Luchasaurus
- ‘Daddy Ass’ Billy Gunn will take on Swerve Strickland
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