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*** WWE/NXT ***
"WWE has come to terms on the release of Cody Rhodes as of today, May 22, 2016. WWE wishes Rhodes the best in all his future endeavors."
After the release was made final, Cody Rhodes issued a statement about his release on Twitter. Rhodes stated that he was creatively frustrated and begged the WWE to let him abandon the Stardust character. Rhodes then took shots at WWE creative, stating one guy was too busy hitting on developmental divas and the other guy was too busy pretending to be like ex-WWE writer Brian Gewirtz.
- Top 10 Ways To Use Seth Rollins: With Seth Rollins returning from injury at WWE Extreme Rules, a top 10 list was posted this week online on how to use Rollins in his return. Surprisingly a Shield reunion didn't make the list. How would you use Rollins if you were a WWE Booker?
#10. The return of The Authority.
#9. Feuds with Cena, Orton, Wyatt, Jericho, Styles, Owens or Cesaro over #1 Contendership.
#8. Feud with Dean Ambrose.
#7. Feud with Brock Lesnar.
#6. #1 pick in a possible brand split.
#5. Winning Money In The Bank.
#4. Possible The Authority vs. The Club vs. The Family Feud.
#3. Turning Rollins baby face.
#2. Feud with Roman Reigns.
#1. A Shield Triple Threat Match.
- New WWE United States Champion: In case you missed WWE Extreme Rules last Sunday, again, stop what you're doing and read my recap of the show and see how Rusev became the new WWE United States Champion.HERE, or check out the replay on the WWE Network.
- Women's Money In The Bank?: Dave Meltzer of Wresting Observer stated on Wrestling Observer radio that there have been rumors that WWE might do a Women's Money In The Bank ladder match this year at the yearly pay per view in June.
- Balor Club Coming Soon?: This past Monday's RAW saw the end of AJ Styles in The Club, as he let his voice heard. Styles told Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson they'll always be brothers, but he wants nothing to do with them constantly getting in the way of his matches. Gallows and Anderson walked out on Styles and the internet rumors began to fly. Almost immediately the internet world began to point at the Finn Balor debut getting closer. Which now makes the most sense and could begin a huge Balor Club vs. Styles feud.
- Naomi Update: Naomi tweeted out this week on Twitter that she is back on the road with WWE and is hoping to be cleared to wrestle this week. Naomi has been sidelined since the beginning of May with a torn tendon in her ankle.
- Sasha Banks Injury: According to Squared Circle Sirens, Sasha Banks was reportedly injured. SCS claimed that Sasha sustained an injury during a live event match in Virginia on May 15. The website claimed that it may have had something to do with her head, possibly a concussion. Later in the day, PWInsider's Dave Meltzer, confirmed the injury and stated how it happened. It appeared that Sasha was injured by the referee, who accidentally caught her with a solid knee to the head in a freak accident. As of now this is only a rumor and no official announcement has been made by WWE.
-- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match": Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins
-- "Money In The Bank Ladder Match": Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. ???
- NXT Takeover: The End Card So Far:
-- "NXT World Championship, Steel Cage Match": Samoa Joe (c) vs. Finn Balor
-- "NXT World Tag Team Championship Match": Jason Jordan and Chad Gable (c) vs. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder
-- "NXT Women's Championship Match": Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax
-- "#1 Contender Match, For The NXT World Championship": Austin Aries vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
*** TNA IMPACT WRESTLING ***
-- Matt is annoyed with Tyrus and Rockstar Spud trying to get him to stop fighting Jeff Hardy. Matt says that if Spud and Tyrus can defeat Jeff Hardy in a ladder match tonight, the bout at Slammiversary won't happen. But if they lose to Jeff, the duo are out of his stable for good.
-- Ethan Carter defeated Matt Hardy, by DQ, after Mike Bennett attacked EC3. After the match, Bennett says EC3 doesn't get his match against Bennett cause he had to pin or submit Hardy.
-- Maria announces Gail Kim vs. Sienna and says if Gail loses, she's fired. Sienna attacks Gail from behind to end the segment.
-- Al Snow defeated Grado, by pinfall with the Snow Plow. Baron Dax and Basille Baraka interfered in the match, helping Snow.
-- Bobby Lashley demands a rematch with Drew Galloway and both men look like they're about to brawl until Dixie Carter shows up. Dixie announces Lashley vs. Galloway at Slammiversary with the only way to win is by knockout or tap out. Both men take out security and officials, brawl with each other and ends with Lashley choking out Galloway.
-- Trevor Lee defeated Eddie Edwards, DJ Zema Ion and Andrew Everett in an Ultimate X Match, to retain the TNA X-Division Championship.
- Gail Kim defeated Sienna, by pinfall with a sunset flip to keep her TNA job. After the match, Maria attacks Gail, slapping her and driving her head into the mat.
-- Jeff Hardy defeated Tyrus and Rockstar Spud, in a Handicap Ladder Match. Jeff wins the right to fight Matt Hardy and Tyrus and Spud are now out of Matt Hardy's faction.
-- "TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Knockout or Tap Out Match": Drew Galloway (c) vs. Bobby Lashley
-- "Full Metal Mayhem Match": Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy
- Pop TV President Comments On TNA: Pop TV President Brad Schwartz was interviewed recently by PWInsider. Schwartz had the following to say about the rumors of TNA Impact being cancelled, due to not being listed on the 2016-2017 TV schedule listings. Schwartz assured us that they are in fact just rumors and TNA Impact isn't going anywhere.
"My relationship with Dixie is very special and ultimately, I think the product that is going on the air every Tuesday night is the best wrestling product going. The characters, the ring action, it is amazing to watch. We have a long term deal with Impact and you know, until there are twenty different shows doing better than it, it's going to stay where it is for awhile".
- Ryback TNA Bound?: Last week during WWE Extreme Rules, Ryback sent out the following tweet that said: "#FeedMeMore during #ExtremeRules if you want to see Ryborg in the Impact zone…". Many have stated that there is no official word at all about Ryback going to TNA as of yet and he's probably just trolling the WWE fans.
- ROH Best In The World Card So Far:
-- "ROH World Heavyweight Championship Match": Jay Lethal (c) vs. Jay Briscoe
-- "ROH Television Championship Match": Bobby Fish (c) vs. Dalton Castle
*** LUCHA UNDERGROUND ***
- Lucha Underground TV Recap:
-- Joey Ryan defeated Mascarita Sagrada, by pinfall with a second rope DDT.
-- Cage defeated Chavo Guerrero, by pinfall with the Lucha Destroyer, to win the Gift Of The Gods Championship. Cage says he's cashing in next week for his Lucha Underground Championship match.
-- Jack Evans, P.J. Black and Johnny Mundo defeated Rey Mysterio, Prince Puma and Dragon Aztec Jr., by pinfall after Evans hit Puma with a steel chair, to win the Lucha Underground Trios Championship.
*** NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ***
*** OTHER NEWS ***
- Former ROH Owner Confronting Flair: Former Ring of Honor owner, Cary Silkin stated recently that he's planning on showing up to one of Ric Flair's autograph signings in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at the Sands Casino on July 23rd and demanding $41,000 that Flair supposedly owes. Silkin stated that back when he owned ROH he sued Flair for the money after Flair failed to meet requirements for an ROH Ambassador role Flair had been paid for. The lawsuit, however, was dropped when Sinclair Broadcasting bought out ROH.
And that's this week's W3C! Join me every Sunday afternoon as I bring you news, recaps and rumors all around the wrestling world!