The Weekend 3 Count is brought to you by Triple Threat CLE. This week I bring you all the news and rumors around the WWE, TNA, GFW and the Independent wrestling scene for February 9th - February 15th.
*** Weekend Flashback ***
- This weekend I'm honoring the newest WWE 2015 Hall of Famer, Rikishi. The following video we're going back to the year 2000, for Rikishi vs. Chris Benoit for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. That's right WWE I'm showing a Chris Benoit match.....DEAL WITH IT!
*** WWE News and Rumors ***
- This past Monday on RAW, Rikishi, was announced as the next inductee into the 2015 Hall of Fame. Rikishi currently joins "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Arnold Schwarzenegger in this year's Hall of Fame class.
- This past Monday on RAW, a video played showing that Sheamus will be returning to action soon. Sheamus has been out since early November, due to minor surgery on his neck and spine.
- It was confirmed on RAW that the John Cena vs. Rusev match will in fact be for Rusev's WWE United States Championship.
- It was confirmed on Tuesday that WWE Hall of Famer, "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, will be on tomorrow night's RAW. Dusty looks to help settle the family issues that have surrounded his sons, Goldust and Stardust, for the past few weeks.
- Heath Slater made his return to WWE TV, Thursday night on Smackdown.
- Randy Orton and Bo Dallas also competed at last Saturday's live house show. Still no word on when both superstars will return to live TV.
- More proof that social media is dangerous, check out this story. Seth Rollins had a topless picture of WWE developmental talent, Zahara Schreiber, posted on his Instagram and Twitter pages on Monday night. The pictures were deleted within minutes, but minutes is a lifetime on social media. Rollins' fiance Leighla Schultz saw the pics and demanded answers and then began posting nude pics of Rollins. Rollins stated his social media accounts were hacked and immediately apologized to the WWE and the fans. Not sure anyone was buying the "My accounts were hacked" explanation.
- It was confirmed on Tuesday that WWE would not punish Seth Rollins for the nude photos being leaked on social media. WWE feels that Seth Rollins' account was in fact hacked and had nothing to do with what went down. Still with the "hacked" excuse. Maybe it was, but we'll never know.
- Darren Young criticized the United Arab Emirates this past week, as the country frowns upon openly gay people and actually considers it a crime in their country. Young stated the following on his Twitter page: "Why do we bring the best entertainment into a country like abu dhabi and they look down upon women and gays? I get it! #MillionsofDollars". WWE respected Young's opinion and kept Young off of the tour of the United Arab Emirates. WWE also made a statement that they don't discriminate against anyone for their beliefs.
- Former ECW World Heavyweight Champion, Rhyno and former WWE World Tag Team Champion, Brian Kendrick, wrestled at NXT tv tapings. It is unknown if they were for the actual NXT show or just dark matches.
*** TNA News and Rumors ***
- It was announced on Monday, that last week's TNA Lockdown scored the highest ratings for TNA, since moving to Destination America. TNA Lockdown pulled in 525,000 viewers for the free tv pay per view.
- Crimson and Sonjay Dutt appeared for tapings of TNA Xplosion. It is unknown if both have signed new contracts with TNA or if this was a one time thing.
*** GFW News and Rumors ***
- GFW Owner, Jeff Jarrett, recently crashed a NJPW press conference this week. You can watch that here.
*** Other Wrestling News ***
- The El Rey Network executives have been very satisfied with Lucha Underground so far. The El Rey Network was recently added to Dish Network and to the Sling TV streaming service. This will help the LU get their name out there even more.
– Former UFC fighter Matt Riddle, who recently called UFC President, Dana White, a bitch and threaten to break CM Punk's jaw, made his pro wrestling debut. Riddle competed in a one on one match and then later interfered in a match at Monster Factory Pro Wrestling. You can watch highlights of the show below:
And that is this weekend's 3 Count. Join me every Sunday afternoon, where I give you the major stories in WWE, TNA, GFW and the independent wrestling scene. Till next time, tap or snap.