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Hello and welcome to the WrestleTalk Trustworthy news – I’m El Fakidor Laurie Blake.
In this lucha lowdown I’m going to be slamming scoops about AEW signing a WWE legend, NXT reportedly in talks to get two big names to return and a potential superstar shakeup incoming.
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Things I want to see, because I’ve already seen the cut of the episode for Monday, is Kenny Omega in a video game!
Which apparently is something Mr Omega himself wants to see too, in fact he kind of made it seem like it was the entire reason he signed with AEW. Executive vice president of video games.
Kenny was talking during the Being The Elite Mailbag at Starrcast and was asked by a fan about a potential AEW video game:
“You know I’ve been globetrotting a little bit and I’ve been trying to assemble and piece together some people who might be in the know the vision of what this needs to be. Trust me, having a video game for AEW is top of my priority list, and I can’t share anything right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there might be something to announce by the end of the year, so be ready for that, guys.”
Could this be longtime WWE game developer Yuke’s top secret project that they’ve been working on alongside WWE 2K? Now that would be a scandal. Vince would flipping hate that.
Vince probably also hates this piece of news too. Winding up and old man segway.
AEW announced yesterday that it has signed a new multi-year deal with Cody’s brother and one half of AEW’s best match to date: Dustin Rhodes.
The company released a statement that said:
“Dustin, still wrestling at the highest level in 2019, will continue his epic in-ring career, and he’ll also join the AEW Coaching Staff as a Promo Coach and Match Producer, utilizing his expertise and vast experience to mentor younger wrestlers.”
A fairly obvious get for AEW, but one which could shatter the dreams of WWE hoping to have Goldust back. I’m hoping it feels like a kick in the dick to realise how wasted Dustin was in the last few years at WWE.
One person who is returning to his old stomping ground though is Tony Schiavone who signed a multi-year contract with AEW and is returning to TNT after WCW Nitro ended in 2001.
Now people naturally assumed that Tony would be joining Jim Ross on commentary to become the commentary megazord we always wanted to see.
But Schiavone told wrestlingepicenter.com that his role is a little different in AEW.
“Okay, well, I do know I’m a producer, I’m going to be working on a lot of the videos you see in the shows. I’m going to be working behind the scenes when the live shows are going, the TNT shows. I’ve met with Tony Khan, I’ve met with, obviously, Cody. We do some production here in Atlanta… Cody and I actually live pretty close to each other so when I talked to Tony Khan, the idea was that I would do control centers and on-camera stuff, but I would not be on the broadcast team because his broadcast team was in place.”
You know what they say, too many cooks spoil the talk, or something along those lines, but hey WWE’s line-up of naturally gifted speakers, how you doin’?
Because it looks like WWE are looking for some on mic razmataz in preparation for NXT going Live on USA.
That is if the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is to be believed. If they’re not sawft.
According to the newsletter WWE have been in talks with Enzo Amore and Big Cass about a possible return to the black and yellow brand, in order to save it from being the black and yellow bland, how you doin?
Both recently reunited on the indie scene as nZo and CaZXL, which sounds like a pair of graphics cards, but was actually the names they used.
Speculation says that they would return on September the 18th for the first live show, but the Observer reckons they may be saved for week three when AEW goes head to head October 2nd.
However, WWE told Pro Wrestling Sheet that these rumours are false and that they have not been in contact with Enzo and Cass at all.
Both of whom were released from the company after reports of backstage heat, disciplinary action and after sexual assault allegations were levelled against Amore.
So you can see why WWE may not want to make a song and dance about asking for the two back. Funnily enough Enzo did make a song and a dance about the rape allegations. Consensual penis.
Someone else not leaning into the rumours is Big Cass himself who took to Twitter when the rumours hit the internet.
Simpy tweeting: ‘idiots’ cry laughing emoji.
Timing would seem to suggest that this is about the rumours, but he could be tweeting about anything tbh.
Meanwhile Enzo posted a picture of his own face on a WWE truck. Making it seem like the deal was jawdunzo. Or whatever that word was supposed to be.
But did the two make the Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 list for 2019 – did the mag even know how to spell nZo CaZXL. Saying it is hard enough.
One person who not only made the list but came out on top was Seth Rollins. List Slayer. Get that on a t-shirt. Won’t be as lame as when he beats Roman in a feud. Dog Slayer.
The list is a hot topic each year and it’s interesting that WWE themselves touted Rollins prime placement on their website.
He was followed by Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Kofi Kingston and then New Japan’s Kazuchika Okada.
Rollins seemed pretty chuffed with his top spot saying:
“As difficult as it can be, this is all I ever wanted to be in this position, to be having this conversation with you talking about being the absolute best wrestler on the entire planet, I don’t think there is a single part of me that would trade any second of it.”
By topping the 29th annual list Rollins also becomes the fifth WWE superstar to do so twice, having already placed number one in 2015 and joining the illustrious ranks of John Cena, Triple H, Steve Austin and Bret Hart.
The rest of the top 10 was Johnny Gargano at 6, Roman Reigns at 7, Kenny Omega at 8, Hiroshi Tanahashi at 9 and Will Ospreay at 10.
One man who thinks the list is a load of guff is the Bruiserweight Pete Dunne who tweeted:
“Imagine sitting there and writing a list of 500 wrestlers based off a completely random criteria and then imagine people actually caring. Don’t get me started on star ratings. Wrestling is mad sometimes, just find what you like and watch it often ”
Someone was obviously unhappy with their ranking. The Bruiserego.
I’m kidding, he’s got a point, just watch what makes you happy boys and girls, like the WrestleTalk Showcase that starts on Monday. Like and subsubscribe…
Or Raw and Smackdown if you enjoy a rollercoaster of emotions. They’ve gone back to being bad again segway.
And that might be because we’re on the cusp of a new era, what with Heyman and Bischoff coming in, and Smackdown moving to Fox. It means everything is up in the air, everything is wildcard.
But maybe not so for much longer because according to big daddy Dave Meltzer said in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that we may be in for a new WWE draft.
Officials have reportedly been talking about a new superstar shakeup concept to build permanent Raw and Smackdown rosters.
Meltzer said that plans are being kept mum until the concept is decided and USA and Fox representatives will be the first to know once something is set in stone.
Weirdly though it was previously reported that no major changes to the rosters would happen ahead of the Smackdown Fox premiere on October 4th, just a few minor changes.
Sounds like that’s out of the window and now all the big names may be jumping ship to the blue brand.
The land of opportunity, the land of Shane McMahon, and the Roman Reigns mystery diaries.
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