Let’s be honest, it’s been a weird WWE return for Kurt Angle. He was appointed the Raw General Manager, found out he had an illegitimate son in Jason Jordan, cosplayed as The Shield, got turned on by Triple H at Survivor Series, had issues with Stephanie McMahon, teamed with Ronda Rousey, got a new assistant in Baron Corbin who then usurped him when Angle was made to go on vacation, he then returned from that vacation to dress like a gold dildo in a battle royal to compete at World Cup to Determine The Best Crown Jewel in The World, lost to Drew McIntyre on Raw, returned at TLC to stop Baron Corbin becoming Raw GM and then permanently lost his Raw GM job, I guess?
But despite this mirad of set backs,Kurt Angle returned at a WWE house show over the weekend in San Antonio – as a replacement for the still injured Braun Strowman – where he lost to Baron Corbin in what is being reported as a “bad match.” One live report reads, “There were lots of sloppy suplexes and a big rest hold spot for such a short match.” An unnecessarily long rest hold in a short Baron Corbin match? “I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise”. The report adds: “He hit the Angle Slam for two and then locked in the ankle lock, but Corbin got out with an eye poke and pinned him for the win.”
Dolph Ziggler Also Returns
It’s also worth noting that following the rumours that he had turned down a WWE offer to become a backstage producer, Dolph Ziggler also returned to the house show circuit at that San Antonio show- losing to Finn Balor in a three-way that also included Drew McIntyre. According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, his sources have told him that Ziggler’s WWE contract ends on January 31st and that could be his final date with the company. With that said, we’ve heard that song played many times before.
Matt Hardy Returning Soon?
Someone who is more likely to return soon, however, is WOKEN Matt Hardy. Hardy hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since his injury in July last year – which not only split up his tag team with Bray Wyatt but also sparked several rumours that Matt was hanging up his wrestling boots and retiring. Hardy did reiterate on Lilian Garcia’s podcast back in October that he never said he was retiring but he did need to take some time off, and he recently posted on Twitter about Ringside Collectible’s newest figure of him, “The latest version of Matt Hardy will be back in action in WWE soon.” Hardy doubled down with this statement telling a fan, “I’m not retired and not going to be retiring anytime soon. I’ve worked my ass off to rehabilitate and have physically been greenlit. My body is in the best shape its been in years and I’m the lightest I’ve been in 20 years.” Matt Hardy to 205 Live, confirmed?
And WWE fans who were expecting a few returns at the Royal Rumble nearly had their fun spoiled over the weekend.
WWE Women’s Royal Rumble “Announcement”
WWE announced via Twitter that they would be revealing a new wrestler for the Women’s Royal Rumble every 30 minutes on Sunday. This didn’t get a particularly positive reaction from wrestling fans with many arguing that announcing very entrant of the 30-Woman Rumble would ruin all of the possible returns, nostalgia acts or NXT call-ups. Which, you know, is part of the fun of the Rumble. NXT superfan and WrestleTalk viewer Karen argued on Twitter, “will all the entrants for the Men’s Rumble be announced, too? Or are we just ruining the Women’s Rumble?” WrestleTalk.com writer Emma Heeley responded with a gif on Miz Girl, and the hits just came coming.
As it turns out, there wasn’t really much of an announcement at all, with WWE posting that Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Tamina, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Dana Brooke, Lana, Nia Jax and Nikki Cross had entered themselves into the Rumble – the majority of which had already been announced. Fans responded with “good, no more” “Don’t this ever again , was ridiculous” and “Thanks god. You didn’t ruined the surprise entrances.”
AOP’s Akam Injured?
Someone who won’t likely be in the Men’s Royal Rumble on the other hand is Akam of AOP, who is reportedly injured. According to Dave Meltzer on Saturday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, “I don’t know the nature of the injury but it’s a leg injury and he’ll be out for a couple of months from what I understand – that’s why we haven’t seen them [on TV].” AOP haven’t been seen on TV since they lost the tag titles to Bobby Roode and Chad Gable on the December 10th edition of Monday Night Raw. What this means for his tag partner Rezar is also unknown.