An NXT star causes controversy with comments about Sasha Banks, CM Punk has returned to AEW, 14 new WWE signings revealed, and more.
It’s Thursday morning, and what better way to start the day than getting caught up on all the latest wrestling news – I’m Liam Winnard for WrestleTalk.com, and this is our news bulletin for August 11, 2022.
NXT Star Deletes Twitter Following Sasha Banks Controversy
NXT star Amari Miller caused some controversy on social media yesterday with some comments about Sasha Banks, with the backlash actually leading to her deleting her profile.
Miller had tweeted:
Shoutout to Ember Moon being the first and only African American @WWENXT Womens Champion..
NXT goal! Let’s make it 2!!
This caused a stir as fans reminded Miller than Sasha Banks was also NXT Women’s Champion, but Miller responded to that by writing:
No thanks:) Sasha is German and black I said African American:)
And then followed up again with:
For everyone on Twitter Fully Black NXT champion(Ember Moon)
Im aware what I posted
Sasha is great and legendary for sure let’s never forget!
The tweets sparked a lot of controversy on social media, and a few other NXT talents even reacted themselves, including Edris Enofe and Jacy Jayne.
Miller’s Twitter profile remains inactive as of this writing, with the message: “This account doesn’t exist”.
CM Punk Returns To AEW
After being off TV with a broken foot since June 1, AEW World Champion CM Punk made his big return to Dynamite on last night’s special ‘Quake By The Lake’ show.
The main event saw Jon Moxley retain the Interim AEW World Championship over Chris Jericho, after which the Jericho Appreciation Society Members attacked Moxley.
Mox got some backup in the form of the Blackpool Combat Club, who were then followed by CM Punk.
Even though Punk helped fight off the JAS, he and Moxley had a confrontation that seemed to confirm the assumption that there will be a title unification match between them at All Out on September 4.
Elsewhere on Dynamite, the bracket for the first ever AEW Trios Championship tournament was revealed. The first round matches are: Death Triangle vs Will Ospreay & Aussie Open; Andrade El Idolo, Dragon Lee & Rush vs Young Bucks & ???; House of Black vs Dark Order; and the Trustbusters vs Best Friends.
Many had expected Adam Page to be the Bucks’ partner, but Page rejected their offer last night, so maybe that potentially opens the door for a Kenny Omega return.
A couple of interesting faces were announced for the Rampage card this coming Friday – the lineup will see Parker Boudreaux make his AEW TV debut against Sonny Kiss; Boudreaux’s Trustbusters teammate Ari Daivari vs Orange Cassidy; Erick Redbeard (Rowan) + Danhausen vs Austin & Colten Gunn; and Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti (listed as Tay Melo) defending the AAA Mixed Tag Title against Dante Martin & Skye Blue.
It was also announced that Kris Statlander is out with an injury, so the next challenger for Jade Cargill’s TBS Championship will be Toni Storm instead.
14 New WWE Signings Revealed
WWE held its latest tryouts in Nashville during SummerSlam weekend, and we now know the 14 individuals who were signed out of the 50 athletes who participated.
The WWE Recruit page on Twitter shared a video of the moments the athletes were made offers by Triple H, revealing the following names have been signed:
- Kennedy Cummins – Cheerleader
- Gabrielle Dunn – Karate
- Rickssen Opont – Track & Field
- Alivia Ash – Track & Field
- Harleigh White – Track & Field
- Chuckwusom Enekwechi – Track & Field
- Jade Gentile – Soccer
- Anna Keefer – Track & Field
- Breanna Ruggiero – Fitness Trainer
- Beau Morris – Football
- Franki Strefling – Volleyball
- Hayden Pittman – Football
- Lea Mitchell – Gymnast
- Kevin Ventura-Cortes – Football
In other little bits of news…
It was announced that Undertaker will be holding his next 1 deadMAN SHOW at the New Theatre in Cardiff, Wales on September 2, the night before Clash at the Castle.
Fightful tweeted that some WWE higher-ups believe the company is now more likely to regain Bray Wyatt than it was before.
Britt Baker had sparked rumors by posting an old picture of her and MJF on her Instagram Story before deleting it – obviously nothing came of that last night.
Ric Flair said that he passed out twice during his last match after entering it dehydrated.
Speaking on Superstar Crossover, Tony Khan claimed that, despite all the recent chatter, AEW has “a really great environment and a great backstage”, adding, “I think the vibe is positive and we’re all really excited”.
On Busted Open Radio, Khan also put to bed the rumor fuelled by Dustin Rhodes that AEW could be planning to hold two-night pay-per-views – “I was like, why would Dustin say that? I love Dustin so much, but I was surprised that he said it because it’s not something we really internally seriously discussed”.
Mark Henry revealed he has nerve damage in his back which is why he no longer wrestles and hasn’t wrestled in AEW.
Kevin Nash said on the latest Kliq This podcast he will never wrestle again, even if he gets offered “Saudi money”.
And Freddie Prinze Jr revealed that he was planning to make Karrion Kross the first World Champion of his new promotion before Kross returned to WWE.
Be sure to stay tuned to WrestleTalk.com throughout the day to keep up with all the news from the world of pro-wrestling, and I’ll see you tomorrow morning for another round-up.
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