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Normally Friday’s are quite quiet in wrestling but this Friday was a huge exception! It was announced that Austin Aries had been released from WWE! This news was a huge shock to all wrestling fans although it really shouldn’t have been considering how his future has been looking in the company recently. It was first thought that he had asked for his release but now rumours are suggesting that WWE might have released him as he was very unpopular backstage! It is worth noting that on the day of his release he Austin Aries tweeted ‘It’s a beautiful day!’. This would most certainly mean he was fully aware of the release before it happened and that he was very happy about it as well.
Later that night WWE had a live event in Maddison Square Garden which is normally one of the biggest live events of the year! Normally no matter how big the live event is titles don’t change. The last time a title changed hands in a live event was when Finn Balor loses his NXT title against Samoa Joe in 2016. However this past Friday AJ Styles won the US Title off Kevin Owens cleanly! Watching the video back you can see that there was no attempt at a kick out at all from Owens and he was not knocked out and it is highly unlikely someone of such a high standard would forget to kick out so it’s safe to presume that this was meant to happen. However it has left many wondering why this happened. The biggest theories right now is either that Kevin Owens has done something wrong and is being punished for it, the drop in views or simply just because live event sales have been low recently and they want to boost them! I have no issues with AJ becoming US Champion at all and with someone like Jinder who is disliked by a lot of people being champ you need a very popular 2nd champion or views will just decrease massively, so I think this was the right decision.
On Monday Nights episode of Raw which was a very good episode revealed that next week on raw there will be a No.1 contenders match for the universal title with Samoa Joe going against Roman Reigns. WWE have reportedly no clue what they are doing with all of this right now after they have been forced to change the original plan of Lesnar keeping the title until Mania and losing it to Reigns there because of the huge drop in views and because of this they have had to bring the match forward to Summerslam. However now they are reportedly very happy with how Joe has been doing and are interested in making the match a triple threat and some people are even saying that Braun will also be involved. I guess we are gonna just have to wait to find out!
Also on Raw this week it was announced that next week we will also find out Kurt’s secret! So the current rumours with the Kurt phone situation are these. 1. He had an affair with Stephanie which will lead to Angle vs HHH. 2. Angle reveals Dixie has helped him since his return and she comes out before Stephanie tries to fire him which would lead to Angle vs HHH. 3. Angle in the past had an affair with Stephanie and they now have a kayfabe child (it could be Gable). I think it will most likely be 1 or 3 however Dixie has teased a WWE return in the past few days.
After Raw the Kurt Angle WWE 24 documentary was released which featured Dixie as well as the words ‘Total Nonstop Action’ and ‘TNA’ which as we all know in the past WWE consider those words worse than swearing on TV! However the reason these words were used were probably because TNA is now called GFW and was called Impact while this was being filmed.
SDLive this week was also a fairly good show and it was revealed on the show that at battleground there will be a women’s fatal 5 way to crown the next no.1 contender to face Naomi at SummerSlam. The chances are the reason they are building this up like this is because Naomi will lose to whoever the No.1 contender is at Summerslam or she will retain and Carmella will cash in and take the title. After the show this week it was Corbin vs Nakamura in a dark match and during the match Corbin made a young boy cry and after the match Corbin gave the boy his shirt. He claimed on Twitter that the boy was ‘family’ and he wouldn’t care if he was a random kid, however from the video which can be seen online it really doesn’t look like the family with the kid had even spoke to Corbin before!
Arguably the biggest news this week is the entire Paige and Del Rio situation. I firstly wanted to point out that the details are currently being argued about to take all of this with a pinch of salt! Earlier this week Paige and Del Rio were in an airport. Paige was on the phone speaking to family hearing some sad news about something, a women then approached Paige and tried to take a photo. At this point it gets complicated as no one can agree on what happened but anyway it ended with Paige being heard shouting at Del Rio saying he has wrecked her career and she told him to leave his life. A few days later and they are all fine again and are both denying this despite the fact that now camera footage has been released where you can hear all this clearly! So for sure you can’t go from saying that about your boyfriend one day and loving him a few days later! There is clearly something going on between them which is being held a secret. But the story isn’t over yet! Paige’s brother Zak has said this week that he is VERY worried about his sister and she believes she could end up like Whitney Housten or Amy Winehouse if this caries on! He has claimed that Del Rio beats Paige and has enough money to cover it all up. Zak went on to thank fans for the support later that day. This is some truly sad news and the cops need to get involved and do an investigation into this immediately! However the story doesn’t end there either. Del Rio (EL Patron) has been suspended from GFW (TNA) indefinitely!
This week on NXT we saw the debut of Bobby Fish in NXT! Fish has been huge all over the world so it will be very interesting to see what he will do in NXT. The issue with this is that NXT’s roster is way too stacked right now and they should really calm down the signings for a while.
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