El Fakidor Officially Joins WrestleTalk
OLI: And after several months of identity fraud and trying to burn down everything Luke and I have worked so hard in creating, El Fakidor Laurie Blake beat us in the Extreme Rules predictions to officially join the WrestleTalk team! I always knew he was trustworthy. Even when he lied to me for two weeks pretending to be Luke, there was just something about him that’s so honest.
You dropped the gauntlet, Adam Pacitti and Cultaholic, and now we will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.
Just like us securing the longterm services of El Fakidor, WWE appear to be nearing a deal to lock down one of their own biggest stars.
Daniel Bryan Re-Signs With WWE
Daniel Bryan amazingly returned to the ring shortly before WrestleMania 34, finally getting medically cleared to wrestle again two years after being forced to retire due to concussion issues. But returned to the ring or not, WWE would only have Bryan under contract for several more months, with his deal expiring in September this year. And with Daniel being very vocal about wanting to wrestle for other promotions in Mexico and Japan while WWE were refusing to clear him, there were still question marks over whether he’d remain with the company.
In a recent interview with The Business Times, Bryan gave the clearest indication yet that he would be resigning with WWE: “The wrestling world is an interesting world right now but I love working with WWE and my wife [Brie Bella] is a part of WWE and so there’s a good chance I’ll re-sign.”
And now Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful is reporting that’s indeed the case:
“The same source that sent me the Brock Lesnar news last week says that both Hogan and Daniel Bryan have reached new WWE deals”
“they’re saying now that it’s a three month extension with two years on the table.”
Interestingly, that three month extension would keep Bryan in WWE until December – definitively ruling him out of September 1st’s All In show. There just so happens to be New Japan’s biggest show of the year a few weeks after, though, WrestleKingdom 13 on January 4th, 2019.
As Sean Ross Sapp noted on Twitter, though, Bryan isn’t the only talent WWE want to lock down…
Hulk Hogan Returning To WWE
…Hulk Hogan will also reportedly be returning to the promotion almost three years to the day after WWE terminated their contract amidst the Hulkster’s leaked racist comments to the media.
After rumours that Hogan was spotted in Pittsburgh ahead of WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view there yesterday, WWE announced that:
“After a three-year suspension, @HulkHogan has been reinstated into the @WWE Hall of Fame.”
The accompanying WWE.com article laid the Hulkster’s attempts to make amends on thick:
“This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.”
WrestleVotes then quickly revealed: “Per source, Hulk Hogan & WWE have agreed to terms on a contract allowing him to return.”
Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline has revealed Hogan meeting talent backstage was all filmed for a WWE Network special – implying this is part of a carefully laid out PR plan for his return.
PWInsider expanded on this, reporting that backstage with WWE talent, “Hogan spent a long time apologizing for what he said and for hurting others and embarrassing the company with his comments”. He then reminded everyone “they have to remember that there are always cameras everywhere and they could be recorded even when they don’t realize they are.” Which is a bit more cynical.
Hogan himself confirmed being backstage at Extreme Rules, tweeting: “Just met with the @WWE Superstars and on all levels the volume of love and support was overwhelming. I’ve been praying for this day and I finally feel like I made it back home. Only Love 4 the #WWEUNIVERSE brother HH”.