Huge WWE plans could be in jeopardy, there’s a Stone Cold Steve Austin return update, news of Vince McMahon burying GUNTHER, and more.
It’s Tuesday and there’s not much more to say about the day than that, so here’s your WrestleTalk news bulletin for Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
Kevin Owens Injury Update – Out Of Survivor Series WarGames?
As the build-up to WWE Survivor Series WarGames continues, the chances of Kevin Owens being involved have diminished.
Owens hasn’t been seen on WWE Raw recently, with reports suggesting plans for him were “on hold” due to Sami Zayn’s popularity.
He had, however, continued to work the WWE Live house shows.
This changed when it was reported that he had sustained an MCL injury at the recent Madison, Wisconsin show this past weekend.
Dave Meltzer provided additional details through the Wrestling Observer website, stating:
“We have confirmed that the injury is an MCL sprain. The way it was worded was that hopefully that is all the injury is with the idea it could be more than that.
“(Kevin Owens and Austin Theory) were wrestling in the second to last match of the night when Owens appeared to blow out his right knee after planting it during the match.
“From his reactions after planting the knee, you could see that he feared he had blown it out.”
With WWE Survivor Series WarGames taking place on November 27 in Boston, Massachusetts, it would make sense to have Kevin Owens appear in the final weeks in the run-up to the show, and he was many people’s top pick to potentially team with the Brawling Brutes and Drew McIntyre against the Bloodline.
He was, however, absent from last night’s episode of WWE Raw once again, and there’s no sign of an imminent comeback.
WWE Raw, however, was quite a packed show and featured a new angle for Austin Theory’s character:
- Seth Rollins’ opening promo led to a match between Bobby Lashley and Mustafa Ali, which Lashley won
- Mia Yim defeated Tamina in Yim’s first match since returning
- Chad Gable managed to score an upset win over Matt Riddle thanks to an assist from Otis
- Miz TV led to the announcement from Johnny Gargano that in two weeks (November 28), it’ll be The Miz vs Dexter Lumis, and if Lumis wins, he earns a WWE contract as well as all the money The Miz supposedly owes him
- Dominik Mysterio defeated Shelton Benjamin
- The big takeaway from this episode was the character shift of Austin Theory, who started it off with an interview acting a lot more serious and aggressive after his controversial failed Money in the Bank cash-in last week
- IYO SKY defeated Dana Brooke, before Mia Yim revealed herself as the fourth member of Bianca Belair’s team for WarGames
- The Theory show continued with a match against Dolph Ziggler, which Ziggler technically won by DQ when Theory got too aggressive and even had to be restrained by officials
- Rhea Ripley was announced as the fifth and final member of Team Damage CTRL for WarGames
- Baron Corbin beat Akira Tozawa, who had beaten Corbin and JBL at poker earlier
- AJ Styles vs Finn Balor was announced for Survivor Series
- The Raw main event was Seth Rollins defending the US Title against Balor, which turned into a big brawl between The OC and Judgment Day before Rollins retained
- The show went off the air with Austin Theory coming back out and laying waste to Rollins before standing tall with the US Championship
- As a side note, the two NXT talents who got run-outs on Main Event before Raw took place were Kiana James (for the third time in four weeks), and JD McDonagh
Stone Cold Steve Austin Return Update
It would be a dream for wrestling fans if Stone Cold Steve Austin returned to the ring for another match.
Aside from occasionally coming out to deliver Stone Cold Stunners, Austin’s only wrestling match in the last nineteen years was at WrestleMania 38 against Kevin Owens.
With a report from WrestleVotes stating that WWE management and Austin himself were happy with how Mania 38 turned out, and was well received, there’s been an increased appetite for another match for Steve Austin match, potentially at WrestleMania 39.
It certainly does seem that Austin is building up to something physical, though he was hardly a couch potato away from the ring, with a recent training video showing that he’s in incredible shape.
Recent reports have suggested that both parties want to work together, though the nature of that work is largely undetermined at this time.
Fightful Select (subscription required) has provided a further update on the status of Steve Austin in the WWE, stating:
“Specifically, we’re told that while the Vince McMahon regime had hoped to have Austin come back to do another match, that the Triple H regime had actually made an offer for Austin to do another match.”
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer would state that “there is smoke to that fire”, too, and there are currently discussions ongoing between Austin and WWE for Mania 39.
Vince McMahon Wanted To Bury GUNTHER
It’s been reported that Vince McMahon wasn’t a fan of GUNTHER and actively sought to bury the current WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Triple H, by contrast, rates GUNTHER very highly, seeing a long, prosperous future for him.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, WrestleVotes looked at the contrasting perspectives, saying of Vince’s point of view:
“I know that Vince McMahon just didn’t like what he saw on Raw (on July 4 in a segment with R-Truth) and was over him, like legitimately wanted to bury him, go back to NXT, that type of stuff.”
Meanwhile, Triple H has a very different take on the Austrian:
“Gunther is going to be around for a long time. He’s got real potential as a heel, and he’s going to be here for 10/12 years. He’s going to open some shows, he’s going to close some shows, but he’s just going to be a solid match every night. That’s what Hunters sees in him right now.
“Hunter likes him and he’s going to give him a shot. People are starting to understand what he is and the Clash at the Castle deal with Sheamus helped.”
With the SmackDown World Cup currently taking place to decide the next opponent for GUNTHER’s Intercontinental Championship, we can be sure that we’re going to get further proof of why Triple H is so confident in the longevity of GUNTHER.
The Usos officially broke the record for the longest tag team championship reign in WWE history, hitting 484 days on November 14.
PWInsider reported that AEW’s Abadon had suffered what was believed to be a broken collarbone at a show for Warriors of Wrestling over the weekend.
Drew McIntyre has been receiving some praise backstage in WWE according to PWInsider, largely because of his incredible schedule of late, going from the US to Germany to Switzerland to Saudi Arabia (with the flu), then to India for a ‘move role’, then back to the US.
WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle announced he was with Mick Foley shooting for WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures.
Adam Cole, Claudio Castagnoli, Xavier Woods and Tyler Breeze announced the reunion of their gaming group, ‘Da Party’.
Announced for tonight’s NXT is the following:
- Bron Breakker (c) vs. Von Wagner – NXT Championship
- Mandy Rose (c) vs. Alba Fyre – NXT Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing Match
- Booker T hosts a contract signing for next week’s North American Championship match between Wes Lee and Carmelo Hayes
- Shawn Michaels “issues a statement” about NXT Deadline
- Indi Hartwell vs. Tatum Paxley
- Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs vs. The Dyad
- Indus-Sher return to the ring for their first match as a tag team in over two years
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