Sunday, July 3, 2016

Weekend 3 Count 7.3.16 #WWE #NXT #TNA #ROH #LuchaUnderground

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the Weekend 3 Count. W3C brings you wrestling news, rumors and recaps from around the wrestling world. You'll find news and recaps involving WWE, NXT, TNA, ROH, Lucha Underground, GFW, NJPW, House of Hardcore and any Indy promotion that I find an interesting story or a cool discovery in. Be sure to check out the W3C every Sunday at @TripleThreatCLE. 

*** WWE/NXT ***

- Dean Ambrose Replacing Roman Reigns On Tour: WWE announced that during Roman Reigns' suspension, Dean Ambrose will be taking Reigns' spot during the live tour and when WWE visits Japan.

- Reigns Suspension News: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently stated that Roman Reigns was ordered by Mark Carrano, who is one of Triple H's right hand men, to apologize to the WWE locker room for his recent suspension. Reigns obeyed and apologized. Sources have also said that there seemed to be mixed reactions on the whole thing, some thinking an apology was embarrassing to Reigns and unneeded. Others felt it was the right thing to do. Reigns' suspension will cost him around $100,000 or more as WWE talents do not get paid any of their wrestling pay while suspended. WWE talents do get paid based on merchandise sold while suspended and any royalties but don't get paid their downside guarantees while suspended. Reigns is currently serving a 30-day suspension for his first violation of the WWE Wellness Policy.

- WWE Having Problems Signing Veterans: Sources have said that the WWE have currently hit a road block on bringing in past veteran talent to help with the brand split. Sources have said that WWE have reached out to MVP, Jeff Hardy, Carlito, Shelton Benjamin, Rey Mysterio and Stevie Richards as some of the veteran talent to try to sign. The main issue that has caused all the above to hold out is that WWE is expecting to only use them as mentors to the up and coming talent and have no plans to push them any higher in the company. Some of the above have already stated that they feel they can be used as more of an asset or main eventer somewhere else.

- WWE Raiding NXT: With the current issues with trying to sign veteran talent, WWE may be planning to go with Plan B. Plan B will be calling up about 10-12 NXT wrestlers to help with the brand split. As of right now there is a possibility that Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Kota Ibushi,  Bayley, Nia Jax and Carmella could be heading to the main roster

- What Happens To NXT?: If WWE decides to call up a large amount of NXT stars like planned where would this leave NXT? Sources are saying that NXT will use newly signed talent Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Cedric Alexander, Zack Sabre Jr. and current NXT Women's Champion, Asuka as the NXT work horses and will also be watching any strong independent wrestling talent that pops up on their radar. Many feel that WWE is taking a huge risk with their NXT promotion by taking a huge amount of their talent away.

- WWE Drops Rights To Balor Club: This past week WWE abandoned their trademark registration for “Balor Club". WWE originally filed for the trademark in April 2015 and filed for it again in January of this year with the U.S. Trademark office. The issue was there was a conflict with Baylor University and that’s why WWE was not able to get ownership. Baylor Club is a private club located in Waco, TX’s McLane Stadium and is owned by Baylor University. It is unknown at this time if WWE will seek a new name or stick with "The Club". 

- Neville Return Update: WWE have scheduled Neville to compete on the WWE Overseas Tour in Australia and New Zealand in August against Chris Jericho. Neville has been out of action since he fractured his ankle during a match with Jericho on RAW this past March.

- Billie Kay Called Up: NXT Women's wrestler, Billie Kay, made her official debut on the main roster this week on Smackdown.

- Hideo Itami Returns: Itami finally made his long awaited return to the ring at Thursday nights NXT live event. Itami has been out of action for over a year with a shoulder injury. Officials in attendance noted that Itami looked great in the ring with no signs of ring rust.

- Bianca Blair Debuts In NXT: New NXT talent and Crossfit athlete Bianca Blair, made her first live debut with NXT. Blair is using the name Binky Blair for her wrestling name at this time.

- Top 10 Rematches That Need To Happen In WWE: This week there was a top 10 list of ten matches that fans would like to see rematches of in WWE, that happened in other promotions.

#10. Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries
#9. Sami Zayn vs. Kalisto
#8. Apollo Crews vs. Johnny Gargano
#7. Cesaro vs. Luke Harper
#6. Oney Lorcan vs. Tommy End
#5. Kevin Owens vs. Roderick Strong
#4. Finn Balor vs. Kota Ibushi
#3. John Cena vs. Samoa Joe
#2. AJ Styles vs. Seth Rollins
#1. Brock Lesnar vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

- Welcome To Suplex City!: WWE announced on Monday that Brock Lesnar will be featured on this year's WWE 2K17 video game. As of now, John Cena, Sasha Banks, Ultimate Warrior, Brock Lesnar and Goldberg (Pre-Order Character) have all been officially announced for this year's game that hits stores in October.

- Jerry Lawler's Domestic Assault Charge Update: Jerry Lawler's attorney Ted Hansom announced that the domestic assault charges against Jerry "The King" Lawler and his fiancee, Lauryn McBride, were dropped Friday. Hansom said that it was a big misunderstanding, it won't happen again and they are happy with the outcome. Lawler, 66, and McBride, 27, were arrested in Memphis on June 17th after they both accused each other of domestic violence.

In the incident report at Lawler's home it stated: Lawler and McBride argued over McBride lying about where she had been. Lawler said McBride was intoxicated and he tried to prevent her from leaving in her car. She then scratched the right side of his face, threw a candle at him and kicked him the groin. Lawler alleged that she got a gun from the garage and threatened to kill herself. McBride claimed Lawler held her against a kitchen counter during the argument. She said he hit her in the front left side of her head and pushed her against a stove. Lawler then retrieved an unloaded pistol, placed it on the counter and said, "Go ahead and kill yourself."

Both were arrested when officers could not determine who was the primary aggressor. Lawler was suspended indefinitely by WWE following the arrest.

- Lawler's Future: WWE officially announced that Jerry Lawler's indefinite suspension has been lifted due to charges being dropped.

*** WWE Battleground 2016 Card ***
- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Triple Threat Match": Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
- Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn

*** TNA ***

- TNA Impact Recap:
-- TNA X-Division Champion Mike Bennett plans to cash in his championship for a shot at Bobby Lashley and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at TNA Destination X. Bobby Lashley isn't scared of Bennett. Ethan Carter interrupts and accuses Bennett of kissing Billy Corgan's ass. Billy Corgan says Bennett isn't getting into the main event at Destination X and announces a battle royal with the winner facing Bennett for the TNA X-Division Championship. Bennett and Lashley attack EC3. Drew Galloway makes the save, but accidentally hits the Claymore on EC3.
-- Sienna defeated Gail Kim, by pinfall, to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship. Allie, Jade and Marti all get involved in the match. Gail gets in a shot on Allie, but gets hit with the Silencer by Sienna for the win.
-- Eli Drake has James Storm on his Fact Of Life Show. Drake says Storm likes to play dress up and will never win any more titles in TNA, including the Knockouts title. Storm drops Drake with the Last Call.
-- Matt Hardy, sitting in a wheel chair, asks Jeff Hardy for one more match, with Matt picking the stipulations. Jeff accepts and tells Reby to fly away on her broom stick. Matt leaps out of the wheel chair and viciously attacks Jeff. Matt hits the Twist Of Hate on Jeff with a steel chair wrapped around Jeff's neck. Matt says this ends next week in their home in Cameron, North Carolina.
-- Braxton Sutter wins the Battle Royal, earning a shot at Mike Bennett and the TNA X-Division Championship.
-- Mike Bennett defeated Braxton Sutter, by pinfall, to retain the TNA X-Division Championship. Bennett hits the FIP on Sutter for the win.
-- Grado, Mahabali Shera and Tyrus defeated The Tribunal and Al Snow, by pinfall, in a Six Man Tag Team Match.
-- Bobby Lashley defeated Ethan Carter and Drew Galloway, by pinfall, in a Triple Threat Match, to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Lashley hits spears on both EC3 and Galloway to pick up the victory.

- TNA Talent Dropped From UK Tour: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that some TNA talent are upset over the TV tapings that have been internally announced for August 11th through August 14th. Abyss, Jade, Andrew Everett and Drew Galloway were all booked on a tour of the UK during that time, but since their contracts give TNA dates priority, they had to be pulled from those shows. The talents are upset because they were set to earn considerably more for the UK dates than what they would for the TV tapings.


- ROH TV Recap: This week ROH show cased the women of Ring of Honor in a full hour of women's action.
-- Veda Scott, Amber Gallows and Alyson Kay defeated Sumie Sakai, Thunderkitty and Crazy Mary Dobson, by pinfall, in a six woman tag team match. Alyson hit a discus lariat on Crazy Mary to secure the victory.
-- ODB defeated Faye Jackson, by pinfall, after hitting Dirty Dozens and a middle rope Thesz Press.
-- Hiana defeated Mandy Leon, by pinfall, after the Kneeclipse.
-- Kelly Klein defeated Taeler Hendrix, by submission, after locking in the End Of The Match, guillotine choke submission.

- Silas Young Contract Update: ROH's Silas Young announced on Twitter that his current one year contract that he signed with the company has expired, he has yet to resign and is now a free agent.


- Lucha Underground TV Recap:
-- King Cuerno defeated Mil Muertes, by pinfall, after Muertes goes face first into a corner wedged steel chair and Cuerno rolls Muertes up with his hand on the ropes for leverage.
-- Dario Cueto announces that Ivelisse will take on Taya Valkyrie at Ultima Lucha Dos. And even though Cueto hates Catrina for trying to destroy The Temple, Cueto grants Catrina her request for Mil Muertes vs. King Cuerno at Ultima Lucha Dos in a Death Match
-- Prince Puma defeated Dragon Azteca Jr., by pinfall, after hitting the 630 Splash.
-- Dario Cueto announces Cage, The Mack, Son of Havoc and Texano will all meet at Ultima Lucha Dos in a Unique Opportunity Tournament. Cueto orders the four to fight each other now and a brawl breaks out between the four participants.
-- Johnny Mundo defeated Fenix, by pinfall, after hitting Fenix in the face with the Trios Championship. After the match, Mundo, PJ Black and Jack Evans brawl with Drago, Aerostar and Fenix. Taya also brawls with Ivelisse to end the show. 

- Prince Puma Finished: Prince Puma (aka Ricochet) recently finished up season 3 of Lucha Underground and made it official that it was his last in the promotion. Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer stated that Ricochet is currently taking independent bookings and will be apart of NJPW come winter. Ricochet does have plans of signing with WWE one day, but it won't be anytime soon.

*** Ultima Lucha Dos Card ***
- "Unique Opportunity Tournament": Brian Cage vs. The Mack vs. El Texano vs. Son of Havoc
- "Death Match": Mil Muertes vs. King Cuerno
- Prince Puma vs. Rey Mysterio
- Black Lotus vs. Dragon Azteca Jr.
- Taya Valkyrie vs. Ivelisse
- "7-Way Elimination Match For The Vacant Gift of the Gods Championship": Sexy Star vs. Mariposa vs. Sinestro De La Muerte vs. Killshot vs. Daga vs. Marty The Moth vs. A Mystery Opponent
- "Lucha Underground Trio’s Championship Match": Johnny Mundo, PJ Black and Jack Evans (c) vs. Fenix, Drago and Aerostar
- "Lucha Underground Championship Match": Matanza (c) vs. Pentagon Jr.

*** GFW ***

- GFW TV Talks: According to PWInsider, Jeff Jarrett was in Los Angeles this week for Global Force Wrestling TV meetings.

*** OTHER NEWS ***

- As The Gold Medal Turns, The Kurt Angle Story: Last week, Kurt Angle stated on the Mark Madden show in Pittsburgh, that he had spoken to Triple H and Vince McMahon about a return to the WWE, with the brand split coming up. A few days later, WWE made a statement saying Angle would not be returning to the WWE. This week, Kurt Angle has issued another statement, this time on Facebook saying his words were all twisted around by wrestling news sites. Angle stated that he never once said anything about returning for the brand split when he spoke to Triple H and Vince McMahon. The following is what Angle put on his Facebook page:

"In response to some of your questions today regarding the WWE, and all of the media fanfare about it the last few days, I want to, once again, say that our confidential conversation never discussed the brand split. A few wrestling sites seem to have put a spin on this by twisting some words around to fit their agenda, something that I have no control over. What I CAN control is my own life, and my life isn't only wrestling. I do not expect to be in wrestling much longer. I AM excited about my future. Thank you."

- Hernandez Involved In A Backstage Brawl: Former TNA and Lucha Underground star Shawn Hernandez was involved in a real life locker room brawl with Brent McKenzie before last Saturday night’s Texas All Star Wrestling event in Cypress, TX. Hernandez and McKenzie continued their feud on Twitter on Sunday as they took verbal shots at each other on who got the best of who.

- Moose Not Going To WWE: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter announced that Moose isn't going to be in the WWE at this time like originally planned. WWE has backed off, reportedly due to a 2009 domestic violence allegation, which led to Moose being suspended for a game. Due to the recent situations with Adam Rose and Jerry Lawler, WWE is being extra careful in regards to anything involved with domestic violence.

- Cody Rhodes WWE News: A few weeks back WWE reached out to Cody Rhodes on a possible Legends contract, so WWE could continue to sell merchandise with Cody's image. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter confirmed that WWE's Mark Carrano recently called Cody about a Legends deal. Last word, there was no new deal reached, Cody was said to be upset because their conversation was supposed to be confidential but it ended up all over the internet pretty quickly.

- Roderick Strong Update: Last week marked Strong's last show with Ring of Honor and he officially became a free agent. Strong recently announced he'll be wrestling at a show for EVOLVE on July 16th and will also perform at PWX on July 24th. PWX is a promotion based in my current hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina and usually has a show somewhere in my area every other weekend or so. 

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!

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