Details on the plans for Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns have been revealed, an update on William Regal returning to WWE, news of a major WWE India show, and more.
Survivor Series WarGames is in the bag, it’s the start of a new week, so let’s begin with the WrestleTalk.com News Bulletin for Monday November 28, 2022.
Sami Zayn/Roman Reigns Plans Revealed
Following his momentous decision in WarGames, Sami Zayn has never looked closer to The Bloodline, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be a forever arrangement.
WrestlingNews.co has revealed details of the plans for Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns that are likely to take us up to WrestleMania 39.
It’s reported that Kevin Owens is planned to face Reigns at Royal Rumble on January 28. Sheamus was said to be have been pencilled in for that, and Sami Zayn was discussed as well, but the current plan is Owens.
The report states that Zayn is planned to face Roman at Elimination Chamber on February 18, 2023.
The Premium Live Event is taking place in Zayn’s hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Meanwhile, for WrestleMania, the current plans are for Zayn and Owens to face The Usos for the tag team championships.
There’s still no news of the plans for Reigns and WrestleMania, however the report does say that there are still no plans for him to lose the WWE Universal Championship up to the event itself.
William Regal WWE Return Update
With Triple H tweeting a tribute to William Regal’s now-legendary introduction to WarGames, attention has turned to whether Regal could return to WWE.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer went into detail on his belief that Regal could return to WWE once his current contract expires, saying:
“I would just say that when his contract is up, it wouldn’t surprise me. Tony (Khan) could make him a better offer and all that, but… it is certainly something that has been discussed.”
Describing the situation as “a story that’s up in the air” and “not a non-story”, Meltzer would later clarify that Regal said he signed a three-year deal with AEW.
Major WWE Show In India
Sportskeeda has reported that WWE could be returning to India for a major show in 2023.
WrestleVotes previously reported there had recently been “chatter” at WWE Raw of plans for “an international live event” coming up.
Drew McIntyre, in particular, has been vocal about his desire to see a big show in India, having visited the country and with his involvement in a Bollywood project.
The most likely location for the show would be Hyperabad, India.
It is being rumored that show will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 which could put it head-to-head with AEW Dynamite for that evening depending on the time.
Sportskeeda couldn’t confirm, at this stage, whether the event would be a sequel to the Superstar Spectacle that took place in 2021.
Their report does suggest, though, that with the suggested date being so close to India’s Republic Day (January 26th) “one can make the educated assumption that it’ll be on similar lines.”
Chelsea Green didn’t appear at WrestleCade (via Fightful Select), which looks to be another big sign she’s heading back to WWE.
WWE stars Johnny Gargano, Karrion Kross and Scarlett were also pulled from WrestleCade, with WWE using JBL to “help the situation”.
Fightful also reports that backstage morale in WWE has “improved significantly” under the new regime, and things are now “much more fun and easygoing”.
Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio that Sasha Banks and WWE are “in contract talks”, and the last he’d heard, which was a long time ago, was that “it was a money situation”. Banks posted a TikTok that caused a stir as she used #AEW and #WWE while seemingly teasing her in-ring return.
Brian Kendrick was brought in as a backstage producer for Survivor Series – he and Jason Jordan produced Ronda Rousey vs Shotzi, according to Fightful.
Five Hall of Famers will appear on NXT this week to announce the participants in the first-ever Iron Survivor Challenge matches which will take place at NXT Deadline on December 10 – The Hall of Famers are Shawn Michaels (who runs NXT), ‘Road Dogg’ Brian James (WWE’s Head of Live Events), Molly Holly (WWE producer), Alundra Blayze, and one still to be announced. If the final name isn’t Booker T, that would actually mean six Hall of Famers on the show.
Meltzer said that there has been talk in WWE of holding the next WWE Draft after WrestleMania 39.
The only match announced for tonight’s Raw so far is Dexter Lumis vs The Miz in Lumis’ main roster in-ring debut.
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