Some WWE stars’ futures are potentially in doubt, the latest news on plans for Karrion Kross, several injuries have occurred, and more.
It’s Monday morning, and the news bulletin is back! I was hoping to have recovered by now, but sadly I haven’t, so there’ll still be no audio version for a little while. But I’m still Liam Winnard for WrestleTalk.com, and this is our news bulletin for August 8, 2022.
WWE Stars’ Futures In Doubt?
The general reaction to Triple H taking over WWE creative has been very positive, as it means we’re likely to see some new faces get featured on TV – many of whom are people fans actually want to see pushed, instead of just people Vince McMahon wanted to push no matter how negative the reaction was.
However, there are going to have to be casualties in this situation, because not everyone can be in a featured position, and it sounds like some WWE stars realise this. Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio:
“I’ve heard from some talent and generally they are positive. But there are definitely people who are worried that they’re gonna lose their spots, and there will be some people who will, because you’re gonna have different visions of who the top people are. And not everyone can be a top person.”
We’ve already seen some pretty evident examples of this in the form of Omos and Lacey Evans, neither of whom have appeared on TV since Triple H took over.
Fightful Select later reported that several talents have had ‘meetings directly with Triple H’ about the situation and to learn more about their future direction.
Karrion Kross Plans Following SmackDown Return
Making yet another big statement, Triple H has brought Karrion Kross back into WWE along with his wife Scarlett Bordeaux.
Kross was instantly inserted into the main event scene, laying out Drew McIntyre and closing the show with a threat to Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
If you thought the push was gonna stop there, you might be wrong.
According to Fightful Select, there have been talks about potentially splitting the WWE and Universal Championships again, as the USA Network wants to have a top champion on its show regularly.
That means there’s the potential for Kross to win just one of the titles from Reigns rather than both, and take whichever title he wins to Raw.
As of now, the match for WWE Clash at the Castle in Cardiff on September 3 is still a one-on-one match between Reigns and McIntyre for the unified Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, so we’ll have to keep an eye on whether that changes in the coming weeks.
2022 has been a year of injuries and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down, as there were several of note this past weekend.
Firstly, Carmella suffered an injury during a three-way match with Bianca Belair and Asuka at a house show in Charleston, NC.
It’s unclear exactly what the injury was, but it did stop Carmella from working the following night’s house show in Fayetteville.
After getting word of the injury via Twitter, Carmella’s husband and Raw commentator Corey Graves tweeted (and soon deleted):
LOVE learning that my f**king wife got injured at a live event via Twitter. @WWE
Carmella’s injury wasn’t the only one at a WWE house show this past weekend, as Tatum Paxley’s match with Sloane Jacobs at the NXT event in Gainesville, Florida was called off early due to an injury to Paxley.
And thirdly, in a match taped on Friday, August 5 for the following night’s Battle of the Belts show, AEW’s Jamie Hayter suffered a broken nose during her match against Thunder Rosa.
We wish all three women safe and healthy recoveries, and we’ll continue to provide updates on their conditions as they emerge.
In other little bits of news…
Miro made headlines by liking a tweet that read “Are you still in AEW? Seems like you had it better in WWE”.
Asuka teased a mystery partner for the upcoming WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, leading to rumors about potential returns for Charlotte Flair or Kairi Sane, both of whom she’s held the championship with in the past.
Despite now being expected to return to WWE, Naomi and Sasha Banks both appeared at the C2E2 convention this past weekend, although the advertisements were changed to their real names instead of their WWE names.
According to PWInsider, there has been talk of repackaging T-BAR, who was formerly Dominik Dijakovic under Triple H in NXT a few years ago.
And set for tonight’s episode of Raw is Bobby Lashley defending the United States Championship against Ciampa, Rey Mysterio and Finn Balor, and the start of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament.
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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