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CM Punk plans in WWE revealed?! Bray Wyatt getting a new female friend in the Firefly Funhouse? And it ain’t Jojo, controversy. And an update on the Mauro Ranello situation from yesterday! Click the timecodes in the description below to jump to any of those stories right now.
Hello and welcome to the WrestleTalk Trustworthy News, I’m El Fakidor Laurie Blake, aka Blakey Two Times, as the two time winner of the WrestleLeague Predictions competition and therefore the best guesser in all the land. So much so I’ll predict the Royal Rumble winner for you right now: it’s going to be Keith Lee.
Speaking of Rumble winners Becky Lynch just became the longest reigning Raw Women’s Champion.
Yesterday her run reached 232 days, besting Ronda Rousey’s 231 day tour with the title.
Becky was obviously chuffed to pieces tweeting:
“I’ve just become the longest reigning Raw women’s champion, so I’m thrilled to be in the tag division rn.”
Which is kind of dumb when you say it out loud, but this does mean she could be Becky Two Belts again if that rumoured match against the Kabuki Warriors happens at TLC or she could end up green, with reddish hair, basically Gamora.
From Why is Gamora to where is CM Punk and what are the plans for him.
Because the best in the world was having a rest in the world last night rather than appearing on WWE Backstage on FS1 this week.
When asked why he wasn’t on the show by a fan he told them that he wasn’t booked through the medium of a meme.
Cagesideseats are reporting that his no show was nothing to do with Triple H appearing on the show either – where they could have had that conversation they both keep saying they’d be open to, but seemingly haven’t had.
One conversation that apparently is happening though is for a legit WWE booking for Punk – PWInsider are reporting that the company are keen feature Punk on more WWE Network programming. Which kind of makes you think if a pipebomb goes off in a forest and nobody is around to hear it does it make a sound?
Insider are saying though that Steve Austin wants to interview Punk for the ‘Broken Skull Sessions’ series.
It’s said there’s been lots of talk backstage about making the interview happen, although it’s currently unknown if anyone has actually contacted Punk yet.
One person unafraid to openly chat Punk, to punk in public, is AEW’s Le Champion Chris Jericho who spoke to With Spandex and ended up on the topic of CM.
“We knew there would be a Mötley Crüe reunion and we knew CM Punk would come back to wrestling. It was just a matter of time. I think he came back with more of a sigh than a scream. It seems kinda funny that he came back on a show that drew 150,000 viewers where it could have been 5 million viewers. But if it’s part of the process to slowly wean him into the wrestling business, then good.”
“He’s back for the first time in five years and no one really cares. But I’m sure it will lead to more. I don’t see how it can’t.”
No one really cares? What about this? Oli cares… his lady partner less so… (replay Oli clips from when he returned)
Someone else who cares about Punk’s return is Vince McMahon who according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio was furious at Seth Rollins for responding to the CM Punk chants on Raw this week, because Vince doesn’t want to be building to a match that isn’t in the plans.
Because if these things happen organically it’ll be a disaster – just look at Daniel Bryan or Becky Lynch, absolute trainwrecks.
This could also obviously all be one big work too, to put the idea of the CM Punk match out of your minds so that when he shows up in the Rumble and is eliminated by Keith Lee, we’re all like woah, that was the greatest thing ever, Keith Lee is amazing, Laurie was so right all those months ago.
Because to add to the ‘it’s all a work’ way of thinking: you would think knowing your boss is cagey about mentioning C who shall not be named or calling guys out for matches when it’s not on the cards would make you think twice about doing it.
But Seth has been all over social media with it, mentioned it on Raw and even said in an interview with 103.5 KISS FM that he’s ready for a match:
“Yea we interacted. We had singles match that was six years ago, We’re in different places now and a match would look a lot different. We’ll see. He says ‘never say never,’ I say ‘when?'”
He also revealed that his aim all along was to get the CM Punk chants going on RAW: “Let him know you want to see him on Raw. Let him know you want to see him in a ring. Let him know you don’t want to see him behind a desk hiding in Los Angeles.”
This was all said pre-slow heel turn on Raw, something which only makes me want to see a match between the two more! A returning hugely over CM Punk versus a guy who thinks he’s still THE babyface in the company, at Mania, yes please.
Someone else pleased with Seth’s shift to the dark side was Bray Wyatt, who had been pushing Rollins to deeper and darker places during their ill-fated feud leading up to Hell in a Cell, and The Fiend eventually winning the Universal Title.
But the darkest place for Seth Rollins and the most pleasing for Bray: the mis-appropriation of blame.
“I knew you had it in you Seth” tweeted Wyatt.
Which would be a really interesting sub-gimmick for the Fiend, whichever side of the face/heel line you go into the feud on, you come out as the opposite, something we might also see happen with Daniel Bryan.
And the Fiend’s dominant run on Smackdown seems set to continue this week as Bray has teased that a new face will debut on Firefly Funhouse this Friday.
Some assumed this would be a new puppet while some reckon it might be Sister Abigail!
Adding some credence to this rumour is WWE wardrobe designer Erica Gimbel who posted a video of her drawing ghostly Victorian-y style dress with the Funhouse theme playing.
Saying: “Let her in Bray Wyatt”
So could we be seeing the return of Sister Abigail? Though I sort of thought that was the point of Abby the Witch. But it seems like it might be a female character, a Fiendette joining the cast.
And I mean, Liv Morgan has been conspicuously absent from WWE TV, and had a blacked out profile on Twitter? So she might be a good candidate. Or Bray could just be wearing a dress again. One of the two.
What’s Harper up to these days, how big are you making that dress Erica?
Speaking of Harper, weirdly gets me thinking about WWE contract limbo, don’t know why.
And a pair who have been doing the negotiation dance with WWE backstage for the last few months are Rusev and Lana, front of house Lana been doing the tango in the night with Bobby Lashley and Rusev has been dancing with himself, a five fingered waltz.
That courtship dance with Lana seems to have paid off as WWE announced yesterday that it has signed a new multi-year deal with the star.
According to ProWrestling Sheet a five year deal has been inked that includes the abiltiy to take time off for non-WWE projects.
However, they also noted that Rusev has not signed a new WWE contract – as that saucy sex addict is apparently right in the middle of ongoing contract talks with the company. That probably go something along the lines of ‘I’ll stay if you give me my wife back’.
But enough about Monday Night Cuckfest, because the red brand got a cucking of their own at Survivor Series where the crew in yellow and black came out on top and made NXT the A Brand in WWE.
With that big win under their belts you’d imagine NXT was about to hit the big time – but apparently things are staying very much as is on weekly TV through to March next year.
According to PWInsider WWE remains contractually locked into regular Wednesday night shows at Full Sail University until the end of March 2020.
Obviously there has been plenty of speculation of WWE taking NXT on the road to bigger arenas outside of Florida in the future, which seems to fit in with the trial run of featuring pay-per-view on Sunday nights, starting with NXT Takeover Blackpool 2 and the Portland event in February.
One man who’s status with NXT appears to be up in the air is Mauro Ranello, who deleted his Twitter account following comments from Corey Graves on Twitter during Takeover Wargames and then was notably absent from the commentary team during Survivor Series.
At the time it was reported that he would be back for NXT’s regular programming on Wednesday this week, but now according to John Pollock of POST Wrestling that is not going to be the case.
He reports that Mauro won’t be on-hand to call the show tonight. And it’s currently unknown whether NXT will use a two man booth or have someone fill in for Mauro like Michael Cole did on Sunday.
If this turns out to be true, it means this situation is worse than previously thought, and like I said in yesterday’s video I’m hoping Mauro gets back to feeling healthy and happy and returns to our screens when he’s ready.
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