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 April 13th - April 19th.
*** Weekend Flashback ***
This week's weekend flashback, I'm going back to Extreme Rules 2012. CM Punk defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho in a "Street Fight Match".
*** WWE News and Rumors ***
- This past Monday on RAW, Paige became the #1 Contender to the WWE Divas Championship.HERE.
- Jey Uso had surgery on his shoulder this past Tuesday. Jey will be out of action for the next six months for rehab. Will be interesting to see how they use Jimmy Uso in this time frame.
- Daniel Bryan was pulled off of the European tour this past Wednesday. No reason why WWE decided to this was given. A message was posted later stating the following: "Daniel Bryan has been pulled from the remainder of the UK tour as a precautionary measure". Rumors also claimed that he may be due to health reasons.
- Rumors have began circulating that Daniel Bryan may not even be able to defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Bad News Barrett at Extreme Rules, like original plans call for. If this is true than this is another very tough break for Bryan's career.
- WWE diva, Layla, made her return from an injury at a house show in England over the weekend.
- WWE announced they will be releasing a three disc DVD this summer based on The Kliq. All five Kliq members (Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and X-Pac) will reunite for a documentary on their careers and how they became know as The Kliq, backstage.
- Shawn Michaels was recently on Jim Ross' podcast. Michaels stated that he recently turned down a one time match, which would've taken place at Wrestlemania 32. Michaels stated he is happy where he is in his life and is sticking to his retirement. Michaels was forced to retire after losing a career vs. streak match against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 26.
- According to NXT GM William Regal, WWE is planning to tour the NXT brand internationally, at the end of 2015 or at the beginning of 2016.
- UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey, stated that she wants to get back in a WWE ring. The next time around, she'd like to have an actual wrestling match. The only problem would be whether or not UFC President, Dana White, would approve it or not. White, approved Rousey and Rock going face to face with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at Wrestlemania 31, but many feel he'd decline Rousey any actual physical involvement while under a UFC contract.
*** TNA News and Rumors ***
- This past Friday on Impact, Matt and Jeff Hardy became the new TNA World Tag Team Champions.
- The Great Sanada has also parted ways with TNA.
- Sources have said that several backstage TNA talents have come forward, stating TNA is behind on paychecks again. Some talents have said they haven't been paid in two weeks and others are stating they haven't been paid since February. TNA's parent company, Panda Energy, look to be the ones to blame. Panda Energy closed down the department responsible for the paychecks and relocated. This has caused employee paychecks to be forgotten about.
- Rumor is TNA may be looking at touring in China, India and Australia sometime in 2015. Nothing official from TNA has been announced yet.
- TNA is rumored to be in talks with Mexico's AAA promotion. TNA would like to bring in some stars, which now include Alberto El Patron and Rey Mysterio into TNA to showcase.
- TNA officially stated that Gregory Helms has been signed as a backstage road agent within the company.
*** GFW News and Rumors ***
- With TNA talking to Mexico's AAA promotion, this could roadblock Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett was also in talks with AAA to showcase their talent at the next GFW pay per view.
*** Other Wrestling News ***
- Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore will be shown on Fight Network. Each episode will be an hour long and show matches from the past eight House of Hardcore events.
- Former WWE commentator, Jim Ross, stated that he has been in contact with WWE. If his schedule allows it, he would love to work on something with WWE in the near future.
- Former NWA valet, Missy Hyatt, was arrested for grand theft in Tallahassee, Florida, back on March 26th. Details of the arrest have yet to be made public.
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.