Sunday, February 15, 2015

Weekend 3 Count 2/9 - 2/15 #WWE #TNA #IMPACTWrestling #GFW

By @B_Rock1978

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 week's RAW brought in 3.658 million viewers. Which was down 600,000 viewers from last week's RAW.

- 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, Sting, made his presence felt and made it clear on the titantron that he will in fact be at Fast Lane to confront Triple H.

- 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.

- John Cena was said to have suffered an eye injury on RAW, during his brawl with Rusev. WWE medics stated that Cena has a scratched cornea which causes blurred vision until fully healed.

- 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.

- Last Saturday night, the one man band, Heath Slater, returned to action! Slater had been on a leave of absence for the past few months after being accused of assaulting a hotel employee during Wrestlemania 27 weekend. Slater was acquitted after all charges were dropped.

- 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.

- Online radio personality DJ Quicksilver, stated that he had an altercation with Big Show, Monday morning in Columbus, Ohio. Quicksilver stated that Big Show made threatening remarks to Quicksilver and threw out a lot of F-Bombs. Quicksilver went to Twitter and tweeted about the whole incident with Show and stated that the WWE's anti-bullying program obviously was crap, judging by Show's attitude.

- 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.

- Wednesday night on NXT's pay per view, NXT Takeover: Rival, we saw the crowning of two new champions. Sasha Banks captured the NXT Women's Championship and Kevin Owens captured the NXT World Heavyweight Championship.

- NXT's live event that'll take place at the Agora Theater in Cleveland has already sold out. Tickets went on sale Friday morning and were gone in a little under two hours. The event takes place live on March 6th.

- 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.

- Sources have said that TNA have been in contact with AAA Mexico. TNA are looking for high profile Mexican wrestlers that they can use to get attention on TNA and help AAA Mexico gain attention as well.

- The Great Muta will be returning to TNA this Monday to participate in one of TNA's One Night Only events.

- 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 ***

- Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion, A.J. Styles, became a 2-Time IWGP World Heavyweight Champion this week. Styles defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, to capture the championship.

- Former TNA Knockout, Santana Garrett (Brittany in TNA), defeated Barbi Hayden to win the NWA Women's Championship this past week.

- Former WCW Light Heavyweight Champion and Japanese legend, Jushin Thunder Liger, defeated Chase Owens to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship.

- 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.


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