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About Soumik
Soumik Dutta is a journalist based in Bengaluru, India.
Investigative Reporting

As India’s smallest state votes, a broken hydro plant takes centerstage

18 Apr 2024  |  www.aljazeera.com
A devastating flood in Sikkim last October destroyed the Teesta III hydro-electric project, leading to significant political and economic fallout. The project, initially seen as a transformative venture for Sikkim's economy, has become a symbol of alleged corruption and mismanagement. As the state prepares for national and legislative elections, the Teesta III project is a focal point of political campaigns. The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) government has agreed to sell its majority stake in the project to Greenko Group, pending regulatory approval. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has promised a central investigation into the project's history if elected. The controversy highlights broader issues in Sikkim's hydropower sector, including cost overruns, delays, and alleged corruption, impacting the state's financial health and infrastructure development.

The Sikkim Disaster: A Tale of Corruption and Neglect in India's Power Sector

10 Dec 2023  |  eastmojo.com
The article discusses the aftermath of a disaster in Sikkim, India, and the decades of planning and violations that led to it. It highlights the Sikkim government's hydropower policy and the memorandum of understanding with Teesta Urja Limited, which set a precedent for agreements with other independent power producers. The article reveals various violations, including unauthorized share dilutions and the government's failure to receive its share of equity. It also details the influx of foreign direct investment from tax havens into private companies in Sikkim's power sector. The article names several companies and investors involved in these transactions, including Athena Projects Private Limited, Asian GencoPvt Ltd, and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners. It also mentions the involvement of politicians and bureaucrats in these irregularities and the lack of action despite the Comptroller and Auditor General's reports highlighting illegalities. The article concludes by reflecting on the disaster's impact and the state's missed opportunities for revenue and power generation due to corruption.

Teesta Dam Breach: Disregard For Green Norms, Irregularities In Focus

23 Nov 2023  |  indiaspend.com
The Teesta Stage III hydropower project in North Sikkim suffered a catastrophic failure due to a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF), resulting in significant damage and loss of life. The dam's spillway was not designed to handle such an event, and despite warnings, the spillway gates were not opened in time. The Sikkim government has formed a committee to investigate the breach and the vigilance police are looking into potential criminal aspects of the project. The National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the Sikkim government and the companies involved. There have been numerous legal challenges to the project over the years, citing environmental and safety concerns. The incident has sparked a debate on the safety of dams in the region, with local opposition to further dam construction. The reporter has reached out to various authorities for comments on the incident and the allegations of irregularities and corruption.

Jeff Hardy Desires One Last WWE Title Run, Eyes Feud with The Fiend Bray Wyatt

05 Apr 2023  |  wrestling-edge.com
Jeff Hardy, known as 'The Charismatic Enigma' in the WWE, expressed his desire for one last significant title run in the company during an interview with Corey Graves on the After The Bell podcast. Hardy, who is currently in a feud with Sheamus, also mentioned his interest in a long-term storyline with 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt, hinting at having innovative ideas for a potential feud. He praised the cinematic style of matches, referencing Wyatt's victory over John Cena at WrestleMania 36 in the Firefly Funhouse Match and his own history with Wyatt in the Ultimate Deletion Match, suggesting that they could create an unforgettable match together.

The Revival's Future in Wrestling Uncertain Amid WWE Payment Issues

01 Apr 2023  |  wrestling-edge.com
Scott Dawson of The Revival, a professional wrestling tag team, has reportedly not been paid by WWE for 6-7 weeks despite being under contract. His partner, Wilder, had time added to his contract due to injury-related absences. The Revival was last featured on WWE TV on February 7th, assisting King Corbin against Braun Strowman, but the storyline was dropped. Dave Meltzer of The Observer notes that while Wilder's contract expires in mid-June, Dawson will be unable to immediately join another promotion after his contract ends. There are strong rumors about The Revival potentially signing with AEW, but their future remains uncertain.

Brodie Lee Discusses Advice from CM Punk and His Role in AEW

30 Mar 2023  |  wrestling-edge.com
Brodie Lee, the latest addition to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), appeared on the 'Talk is Jericho' podcast where he discussed his past experiences in WWE and his current role in AEW. During the interview with Chris Jericho, Lee shared a piece of advice he received from CM Punk, emphasizing that everything in WWE could always be better. Lee reflected on his time in WWE, including a match from WrestleMania 34, and his initial skepticism about Punk's comment. After leaving WWE in 2019, Lee joined AEW and was unveiled as the Exalted One, the leader of The Dark Order.

In India, Climate Change is Increasing Refugees & Human Trafficking

09 Jul 2020  |  ipsnews.net
The article discusses the severe impact of climate change on the Sunderban delta in West Bengal and the state of Assam in India, leading to an increase in human trafficking and the creation of climate refugees. Due to extreme weather events, erosion, and poverty, traffickers are exploiting the vulnerability of the local population, luring women and children into forced labor and prostitution. The Supreme Court of India has directed the NCRB to analyze data on missing persons to identify trafficking-prone areas. The article also highlights the plight of people in Assam struggling with citizenship issues due to land erosion. Michael Gerrard of Columbia University suggests that reducing fossil fuel use could mitigate trafficking by lessening the severity of climate change. The UN's World Migration Report 2020 emphasizes the gravity of the situation, predicting that over 200 million people could become climate migrants by 2050. Despite efforts by the Indian government and NGOs, gaps in the system continue to allow trafficking to thrive.

AJ Styles plans on making the WWE Intercontinental Championship “phenomenal”

13 Jun 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
AJ Styles won the WWE Intercontinental Championship on this week's episode of SmackDown, defeating Daniel Bryan. The championship was previously vacated by Sami Zayn due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. WWE organized a tournament to find a new champion, which culminated in Styles' victory over Bryan. Following his win, Styles expressed his intentions on Twitter to elevate the status of the Intercontinental Championship. Speculation arises about who will challenge Styles first, with Matt Riddle, recently promoted from WWE NXT to SmackDown, being a potential contender.

NXT Superstar hints towards possibly joining Seth Rollins faction on RAW

09 Jun 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Recent reports suggest that NXT Superstar Dominik Dijakovic may soon be promoted to the WWE main roster, potentially joining the Monday Night RAW brand. Dijakovic has expressed interest in aligning with Seth Rollins' faction on RAW, as indicated by a tweet featuring an image of Rollins. Rollins is currently in a feud with Aleister Black and has added Austin Theory to his group. The addition of Dijakovic, a powerhouse, would be a strategic move for Rollins' faction. It is unclear whether Dijakovic's social media activity points to a desire to join Rollins or hints at a possible rivalry.

Bullet Club’s El Phantasmo Talks NJPW Debut and Reaction Compared to AJ Styles

09 Jun 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
El Phantasmo (ELP) of the Bullet Club recently discussed his debut with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). He compared his debut reaction to that of AJ Styles, claiming it was bigger. ELP debuted at Wrestling Dontaku Night 2, where he secured a victory for his team by pinning Will Ospreay. Despite feeling immense pressure and nerves, ELP was proud of his performance and aimed to make an impression on those unfamiliar with him. AJ Styles, mentioned for context, had debuted in NJPW in 2014, attacking Kazuchika Okada and later winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship twice.

Jinder Mahal undergoes another successful knee surgery

05 Jun 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Jinder Mahal, a professional wrestler and former WWE Champion, has undergone another knee surgery. He announced the news on social media with a post-surgery photo on Instagram. Mahal had returned to WWE RAW on April 27, 2020, after a previous knee injury in June 2019. In his Instagram post, he expressed determination to come back stronger despite the setback. Mahal had signed a new 5-year deal with WWE in 2019 and had only recently made his comeback. His recent surgery implies he will be out of action for some more time. The article concludes with well-wishes for Mahal's speedy recovery.

WWE Hall of Famer reveals what Matt Riddle needs to change ahead of SmackDown debut

03 Jun 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Matt Riddle, a former NXT Tag Team Champion, has been promoted to the WWE main roster, specifically to the SmackDown brand. WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, on WWE Backstage, advised Riddle to consider wearing boots now that he is competing at the main roster level, citing the risks of injury and infection associated with wrestling barefoot. Riddle, known for his barefoot wrestling style, had his last match in NXT in a Cage Match against Timothy Thatcher before his call-up. He is expected to make his main roster debut shortly.

WWE Provides Medical Update on Elias After Hit-and-Run Incident

03 Jun 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE Superstar Elias was involved in a storyline hit-and-run incident on the previous Friday's SmackDown show. WWE announced that Elias was hospitalized but has since been discharged, as reported on The Bump. The incident led to Elias withdrawing from the WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament, allowing AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan to advance to the finals. The car involved was initially linked to Jeff Hardy, who was taken into custody, but it was revealed that Sheamus had set up Hardy. With Elias's return to SmackDown, the storyline is expected to develop further.

NXT Superstar teases challenging Apollo for the WWE US Championship

01 Jun 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
NXT Superstar Dominik Dijakovic has hinted at a potential challenge for the WWE United States Championship by posting an image of the title on Twitter. This tease comes amid rumors of Dijakovic possibly being promoted to the main roster, similar to Matt Riddle. Apollo, the current WWE US Champion, recently won the title from Andrade and is set to choose an opponent to defend against on tonight's RAW. Dijakovic's tweet suggests he might be that challenger. Despite his impressive record in NXT, including victories over Damian Priest and Killian Dain, Dijakovic has yet to win a title and is on a three-match losing streak.

GCW and CZW Superstar, Danny Havoc passed away on 31st May

01 Jun 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Danny Havoc, a wrestler known for his extreme style and work with GCW and CZW, passed away on May 31st. AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, who was a friend and colleague of Havoc, expressed his grief on Twitter. Moxley highlighted Havoc's fearlessness, creativity, and talent as a graphic designer, noting that Havoc designed his first AEW shirt. Moxley shared some of Havoc's designs in tribute. Both GCW and CZW, as well as the wider wrestling community, paid their respects to Havoc. The article conveys condolences to Havoc's family, friends, and fans.

Drew McIntyre says that AJ Styles is on the top of his WWE wishlist

01 Jun 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre expressed his desire to have a match against AJ Styles in an interview with WrestleTalk. Despite several opportunities, a match between the two has never materialized due to various reasons, including their respective stints in different wrestling promotions and misaligned character roles within WWE. McIntyre noted that just as a match seemed possible with both on Monday Night RAW, Styles was drafted to WWE SmackDown, delaying the potential bout. McIntyre is currently engaged in a storyline with Bobby Lashley, who is set to challenge him for the WWE Championship at the event Backlash.

Aleister Black Sends a Warning to WWE SmackDown’s Matt Riddle

31 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Aleister Black, a WWE Monday Night RAW Superstar, has expressed interest in a potential match with Matt Riddle, who has recently been promoted to the main roster as part of WWE SmackDown. Black's tweet was in response to a post by WWE on FOX. Riddle's last match on NXT was a loss to Timothy Thatcher, and there is speculation about his future feuds on SmackDown, with Cesaro and Daniel Bryan mentioned as possible opponents. Meanwhile, Black is currently engaged in a storyline with Seth Rollins on RAW, and there are no indications of him moving to SmackDown.

Jon Moxley shares a graphic image of his bruised tailbone [NSFW]

31 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Jon Moxley, the AEW World Champion, shared a photo on Twitter revealing his bruised tailbone. His wife, Renee Paquette, who is a WWE Backstage host, responded humorously to the image. Moxley, who left WWE in 2019, is not only part of AEW but also competes in New Japan Pro Wrestling and holds the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion title. He recently defended his AEW World Title against Brodie Lee at AEW Double or Nothing event. Brian Cage, a former Impact Wrestling star, secured a future title shot by winning the Casino Ladder Match and will face Moxley at the upcoming AEW Fyter Fest.

Cody claims that non-AEW talent are eligible to challenge for the TNT Championship

31 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Cody Rhodes, a superstar from All Elite Wrestling (AEW), engaged with fans in a Q&A session on Twitter where he disclosed that non-AEW wrestlers can challenge for the TNT Championship. Cody, who is the inaugural TNT Champion after winning at AEW Double or Nothing 2020, has announced plans to host a TNT Championship Open Challenge weekly on Dynamite, which is open to wrestlers outside of AEW. He confirmed this rule in a tweet. Cody's first title defense will be against Jungle Boy on the upcoming episode of Dynamite, but there is a possibility of him defending the title against an outsider in the future.

Chris Jericho reveals if The Inner Circle would add a sixth member

31 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Chris Jericho, a superstar from All Elite Wrestling (AEW), engaged with fans during a live YouTube session called Saturday Night Special. He addressed various questions, including the possibility of adding a female or sixth member to his wrestling faction, The Inner Circle. Jericho mentioned Britt Baker as a potential addition, stating she would fit well with the group. However, he expressed a preference to maintain the original five members of The Inner Circle, which he confidently regards as the greatest faction in wrestling history. Jericho's faction has been notably successful in AEW.

Triple H on WWE possibly signing UFC’s Daniel Cormier

30 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Triple H, an executive and wrestler with WWE, discussed with TMZ Sports the possibility of signing Daniel Cormier, a UFC heavyweight, to WWE. Cormier, who is both a fighter and commentator for UFC, is known to be a fan of WWE. Triple H mentioned that WWE is open to exploring various roles for Cormier, including in-ring performance and commentary, once he is ready to transition from UFC. The timing of such a move would be done with respect to UFC and its president, Dana White. Cormier is a former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and may potentially face Stipe Miocic in an upcoming fight.

WWE Adds the Buckle Bomb to Its List of Banned Moves

30 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE has decided to ban the Buckle Bomb, a wrestling move, following a recent incident on RAW where Kairi Sane was injured by Nia Jax using the move. The decision was reported by PWInsider. The Buckle Bomb has been controversial in the past, contributing to the retirement of Sting in 2015 and the end of Finn Balor's Universal Title reign in 2016. WWE has previously banned moves like Seth Rollins' Curb Stomp, although that ban was eventually lifted. While the Buckle Bomb is currently prohibited, the article suggests that WWE's policies on banned moves can change over time.

The Nexus was reportedly set to return at WWE WrestleMania 36

30 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Darren Young, a former WWE Superstar, disclosed in an interview with VP Show that The Nexus was slated to make a comeback at WrestleMania 36 in Tampa. The Nexus, a faction that debuted in WWE in 2010, was known for its dominance and had notable leaders like Wade Barrett and CM Punk. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced WWE to alter its plans for WrestleMania 36, moving the event to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, without a live audience. Consequently, the anticipated reunion of The Nexus was canceled.

WWE Provides Injury Update on Elias After SmackDown Hit-and-Run Incident

30 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE superstar Elias has sustained injuries, including broken ribs and a torn pectoral muscle, following a hit-and-run incident on the May 29 episode of SmackDown. Jeff Hardy, who was initially arrested in connection with the incident, was released by the Orlando Police after passing sobriety tests. Hardy, having been cleared of charges, concluded the show by attacking Sheamus. Due to the injuries, Elias and Hardy were replaced in the WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament by Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles. The finals of the tournament are scheduled for the June 12 episode of SmackDown, where the winner will claim the vacant Intercontinental Title.

WWE Rumors: Another NXT Superstar to follow Matt Riddle to the main roster

30 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE has confirmed that Matt Riddle, the former NXT Tag Team Champion, will be promoted to the main roster and will join the SmackDown brand. Additionally, there are reports from WrestleTalk that another NXT Superstar, Dominik Dijakovic, may also be promoted to the main roster, potentially joining either RAW or SmackDown. This comes after several WWE Superstars left due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating open spots on the roster. Riddle is expected to debut on SmackDown in the near future, while Dijakovic's brand assignment remains uncertain.

AJ Styles talks about helping Ricochet and Cedric Alexander in WWE

29 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
AJ Styles appeared on the WWE: After The Bell podcast with Corey Graves, discussing his recent move to SmackDown and his role in mentoring younger wrestlers like Ricochet and Cedric Alexander. Styles emphasized the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and strong work ethic in the wrestling industry. He shared his experiences and the advice he gives to newer talent, acknowledging the uncertainties they face in their careers. Styles also mentioned his successful return to SmackDown, where he won against Shinsuke Nakamura in the WWE Intercontinental Title tournament.

Timothy Thatcher Triumphs Over Matt Riddle in WWE NXT Cage Fight

28 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Timothy Thatcher, a recent addition to WWE, emerged victorious against Matt Riddle in a Cage Fight on this week's WWE NXT. Following his win, Thatcher was challenged by WWE Cruiserweight star Isaiah Swerve Scott, who expressed his interest in facing Thatcher in a Cage Fight through a tweet. Thatcher had previously been Riddle's tag team partner, and together they won the NXT Tag Team Titles. However, their partnership ended when Thatcher abandoned Riddle during a title defense, leading to them losing the belts to Imperium. Thatcher and Riddle's rivalry culminated in Thatcher's win in the recent Cage Fight.

Keith Lee to Defend NXT North American Championship at NXT TakeOver: In Your House

28 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Keith Lee is set to defend his NXT North American Championship against Johnny Gargano at the upcoming NXT TakeOver: In Your House event. The match was announced following the recent episode of WWE NXT, where the rivalry between Lee and Gargano has been escalating. WWE confirmed the match on Twitter. Gargano, who has undergone a character transformation since NXT TakeOver: Portland, aims to become a two-time North American Champion. Lee, on the other hand, has been on a winning streak since claiming the title from Roderick Strong and looks to continue his success at the event.

Jon Moxley Retains AEW World Championship, Sgt. Slaughter Comments on Moxley's Post-WWE Success

25 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Jon Moxley successfully defended his AEW World Championship at AEW Double or Nothing against Brodie Lee. Following the event, WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter congratulated Moxley on his career post-WWE, referencing his own past struggles with the company. Slaughter highlighted that unlike his own experience, Moxley avoided lawsuits and courtroom appearances. Moxley, who also holds the IWGP United States Championship in NJPW, is set to defend his AEW World Title against Brian Cage at the upcoming Fyter Fest event.

Mike Tyson to Appear on AEW Dynamite Following Double or Nothing Debut

24 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has announced that Mike Tyson will appear on the upcoming episode of AEW Dynamite following his appearance at the Double or Nothing Pay Per View. Tyson made his AEW debut at the event, presenting the AEW TNT Championship to Cody after his victory over Lance Archer. Tyson was involved in the match by blocking Jake Roberts from re-entering the ring and later celebrated with Cody. AEW has not yet disclosed Tyson's role for the upcoming Dynamite episode, which will also feature a Battle Royal for the #1 contender spot for the TNT Championship, a medical update on Britt Baker, and details on the AEW World Title match between Jon Moxley and Brian Cage at Fyter Fest.

Jon Moxley to Defend AEW World Title Against Brian Cage at Fyter Fest

24 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Jon Moxley successfully defended his AEW World Title against Brodie Lee at AEW Double or Nothing. Post-event, Tony Khan announced that Moxley's next title defense would be against Brian Cage at the upcoming AEW PPV, Fyter Fest. Brian Cage earned this opportunity by winning the Casino Ladder Match at Double or Nothing, marking his AEW debut. Jon Moxley, known as 'The Death Rider,' previously won the AEW World Title at AEW Revolution. With Tazz as Cage's manager, the upcoming feud between Moxley and Cage is anticipated to be compelling. The previous Fyter Fest event in 2019 also featured Jon Moxley in the main event.

Kurt Angle set for WWE return this Wednesday on NXT

23 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE has announced that Kurt Angle, the former Monday Night RAW General Manager, will be returning as a special guest referee for a Cage Fight between Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher on WWE NXT. This announcement comes after Angle was released last month due to budget cuts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Angle expressed his enthusiasm for his return on Twitter. The upcoming match is set to resolve the ongoing conflict between Riddle and Thatcher, following their recent loss of the NXT Tag Team Titles to Imperium and Riddle's subsequent victory over Thatcher in a solo match.

Charlotte Flair to Defend NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: In Your House

22 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Charlotte Flair, the WWE NXT Women's Champion, is set to defend her title at NXT TakeOver: In Your House in a Triple Threat Match against Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai. The news was first reported by TV Guide on Friday. The match setup has been in the works for several weeks, with WWE building up the storyline through various events, including a no-contest match between Ripley and Shirai on a recent episode of WWE NXT, where Flair attacked both competitors. The event, which will feature more matches, is scheduled for June 7, 2020, and will be broadcast live on the WWE Network.

Brodie Lee reveals his AEW wishlist, wants to face Kenny Omega

21 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Brodie Lee, an AEW Superstar and leader of The Dark Order, appeared on SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio to discuss various topics, including his wrestling career and future aspirations. He expressed a desire to face Kenny Omega and listed several potential opponents such as Darby Allin, Jungleboy, and Cody Rhodes. Lee is set to challenge Jon Moxley for the AEW World Title at the upcoming event Double or Nothing. He also showed interest in competing against members of the Inner Circle, including Chris Jericho, emphasizing that almost everyone on the AEW roster presents an exciting and fresh matchup for him.

Drew Gulak reportedly released from WWE

17 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Pro Wrestling Sheet has reported that WWE has released SmackDown superstar Drew Gulak. Speculation about Gulak's departure began when his profile was moved to the alumni section of WWE's official website. Although WWE has not made an official announcement, the report indicates that Gulak is no longer part of the WWE roster. Gulak, a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion, wrestled in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament on the last episode of SmackDown, losing to Daniel Bryan. Gulak joined WWE in 2016 and became a prominent figure in the 205-Live Division. His future endeavors in wrestling remain to be seen.

Erick Rowan reveals his new name following WWE departure

15 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Erick Rowan, a former WWE Superstar, has announced his new ring name as Erick Redbeard. He revealed his first post-WWE merchandise available on Pro Wrestling Tees, including new t-shirt designs that reference his past WWE gimmicks. The t-shirts are priced at $24.99 each. One of the t-shirts, named 'recycled', features words that relate to his WWE character, while another, 'Redbeard Lives', includes a tombstone with the date of his release from WWE due to budget cuts during the coronavirus pandemic. The last t-shirt design showcases a skull with Erick Redbeard's face, indicating his new personal logo.

Renne Young wants to work as a manager in WWE

15 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Renne Young, the host of WWE Backstage, expressed her interest in exploring a new role within WWE during an interview with Outkick The Coverage. She mentioned her desire to manage a wrestler and specifically named Elias as someone she would find fun to manage, envisioning herself in the role of his band manager. Renne Young has a diverse background in WWE, having served as a commentator for Monday Night RAW, a backstage interviewer, and the host of 'Talking Smack'.

Lio Rush claims that WWE never had plans for a match between Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley

14 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
In an interview with Kenny McIntosh on Inside The Ropes, former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush discussed various topics, including the potential match between Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley. Rush, who was once the on-screen manager for Lashley, mentioned that although he and Lashley were interested in setting up a match with Lesnar, WWE did not have plans for it. Despite Lashley's openness about his return to WWE being motivated by a desire to wrestle Lesnar, the company never facilitated this 'clash of the titans'. Rush also noted his good relationship with Paul Heyman during his time in NXT.

Mickie James calls out Asuka for a WWE RAW Women’s Title match

14 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Becky Lynch, a WWE superstar, announced her pregnancy on WWE RAW and relinquished the RAW Women’s Championship to Asuka, the winner of this year’s Women’s Money in the Bank. Asuka, now the new champion, tweeted a call for challengers. Mickie James, a veteran WWE female superstar, responded to Asuka's tweet, expressing her desire to compete for the RAW Women’s Championship and emphasizing that she has never been handed anything in WWE. Mickie James recalled their previous encounter at NXT TakeOver: Toronto in 2016, where she was defeated by Asuka.

WWE provides a “critical” update on Rey Mysterio following his eye injury on RAW

13 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
In the latest edition of WWE Monday Night RAW, wrestler Rey Mysterio was attacked by Murphy and Seth Rollins, leading to a storyline injury. This incident occurred after Mysterio was thrown off the roof by King Corbin during the Money in the Bank (MITB) event. WWE has released a storyline update stating that Mysterio's injury is critical, which was a result of Rollins shoving Mysterio's eye into the steel ring steps on RAW. The article provides an update on the fictional status of Rey Mysterio's health within the WWE narrative.

Sami Zayn reacts to being stripped of the WWE Intercontinental Championship

13 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Sami Zayn, who recently won the WWE Intercontinental Championship, has been stripped of his title by WWE due to his absence from television and inability to defend the title amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. His reign ended at 65 days, and the decision has been met with criticism from fans. Zayn expressed his disagreement with WWE's decision on Twitter, claiming he still considers himself the undefeated Intercontinental Champion. WWE has announced that a tournament will be held to crown a new champion, following Zayn's single successful title defense against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 36.

WWE Rumors: Possible spoiler on Becky Lynch’s major announcement from tonight’s WWE RAW

11 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE has announced that Becky Lynch, the current RAW Women’s Champion, will make a significant announcement on the episode of Monday Night RAW following the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Speculation suggests that Lynch will vacate the title to Asuka, who won the Money in the Bank contract. The reason for Lynch potentially vacating the championship is not provided, but if true, it would end her 400+ day reign as the top female champion on the RAW brand. PWInsider has provided some insights into the situation, although details remain speculative until the official announcement.

Seth Rollins claims that he was made a “scapegoat” at last year’s WWE Hell in a Cell

10 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Seth Rollins is set to challenge Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Prior to the event, Rollins reflected on his controversial Hell in a Cell Match against Bray Wyatt in an interview with talkSPORT. He expressed his feelings of being a scapegoat following the match's unpopular ending, which involved a referee stoppage and Rollins retaining his Universal Championship. Despite the backlash, Rollins has another chance to win a world title in WWE at the upcoming event in Orlando, Florida.

Aleister Black opens up on Zelina Vega’s success in WWE and receiving advice from Paul Heyman

06 May 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Aleister Black, a WWE wrestler, appeared on WWE Backstage to discuss his career and influences within the company. He mentioned receiving advice from industry veterans like Paul Heyman, Edge, and Christian, which has helped him develop his skills and mindset. Black expressed his amazement at being a part of the Money in the Bank match and being a fan favorite. He also spoke highly of his wife, Zelina Vega, who manages a faction in WWE and has impressed with her promo skills. Black believes Vega will continue to grow in her role and take more wrestlers under her guidance.

Hall of Famer reveals how Apollo Crews can reach the next level in WWE

30 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE RAW superstar Apollo Crews has been gaining attention with his recent performances, particularly after pinning WWE United States Champion Andrade in a tag-team match. WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry, on Busted Open Radio, suggested that Crews could benefit from an on-screen manager and a more dominant storyline to reach the next level in WWE. Henry believes Crews has the talent but still has room for improvement. Unfortunately, Crews suffered an injury during his US Title match against Andrade and was subsequently removed from the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. A Last Chance Gauntlet Match is set to determine who will take the final spot in the upcoming MITB Ladder Match.

Shawn Michaels reveals the next big superstars to watch out for in WWE NXT

30 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE NXT is recognized as a premier brand in professional wrestling, featuring top talent such as Johnny Gargano, Charlotte Flair, Io Shirai, Keith Lee, and Adam Cole. WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, during an appearance on WWE Backstage, highlighted Karrion Kross, Timothy Thatcher, and Dexter Lumis as the next generation of NXT superstars to watch. These wrestlers have been prominently showcased on NXT television, with Thatcher filling in for Pete Dunne as one half of the NXT Tag Team Champions, and Kross and Lumis making significant impacts in their recent appearances.

Cody Rhodes claims that AEW will not be signing recently released former WWE Tag Team Champion

30 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Cody Rhodes, Executive Vice-President of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), conducted a Q&A session on Instagram where he addressed various questions about the promotion. A significant point from the session was Cody's response to whether AEW would be interested in signing Heath Slater, a recently released WWE superstar. Cody confirmed that AEW has no interest in signing Slater. The context of the question stems from WWE's recent release of several superstars and personnel due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Heath Slater, a former WWE Tag Team Champion, was among those released. The article suggests that Slater's future in professional wrestling, whether in the Independent Circuit or elsewhere, is currently uncertain.

Cody Rhodes claims he wasn’t good enough to win the 2013 Money in the Bank

28 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
The article discusses the 2013 Money in the Bank pay-per-view event where Damien Sandow won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship briefcase, to the surprise of many who favored his former tag team partner, Cody Rhodes. A fan on Twitter suggested that Cody should have been the winner, to which Cody Rhodes, now an EVP at All Elite Wrestling, responded by expressing his preference for the story of his loss and acknowledging his immaturity and lack of readiness for the championship at that time. The article also mentions Cody's upcoming match against Darby Allin in the TNT Championship Tournament on Dynamite.

Released WWE Superstar challenges The Young Bucks and The Revolt to a match

26 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Karl Anderson, a former WWE RAW Tag Team Champion, has hinted at a return to New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) after his release from WWE. Anderson, who was a key member of the Bullet Club with The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) before joining WWE, has called out The Young Bucks and The Revolt (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, formerly known as The Revival in WWE) on Twitter. He proposed a Triple Threat Tag Team Match between these teams. This potential match is generating excitement among wrestling fans worldwide, as it would bring together popular and talented tag teams from different wrestling promotions.

Arn Anderson claims WWE management aren’t a big fan of Cesaro

22 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
On the ARN Podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson discussed WWE superstar Cesaro, praising his in-ring abilities and acknowledging his popularity with fans. Despite being a skilled performer, Anderson pointed out that Cesaro is not favored by WWE management, which has affected his career. Cesaro, known as 'The Swiss Superman', has been with WWE since 2011 but has only secured one singles title win. He is currently in a faction with Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura on WWE SmackDown. Anderson's comments highlight the disconnect between Cesaro's talent and his utilization by WWE.

Drake Maverick talks about having a second chance to keep his job in WWE

22 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Drake Maverick, a recently released WWE superstar and former 205-Live General Manager, expressed his feelings on Twitter about his departure from WWE. Despite his release, Maverick is set to compete in the WWE NXT this week, with hopes of winning the interim WWE Cruiserweight Championship to maintain his position in the company. On The Bump, Maverick acknowledged his unique opportunity to save his job, a chance not afforded to others, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on employment. He conveyed his sympathy for those affected by the pandemic and emphasized his determination to make the most of his opportunity in WWE. Maverick is scheduled to face Jake Atlas in the NXT Cruiserweight Title tournament on tonight's episode of WWE NXT.

AJ Styles will continue representing Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows until Money in the Bank

21 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE has recently released over 30 wrestlers, including Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, who were part of AJ Styles' group, The O.C., and participated in WrestleMania 36. AJ Styles, in a mixer live stream, took responsibility for their release and expressed his intention to honor them by wearing O.C. merchandise until the Money in the Bank event. He mentioned his affection for his former teammates and the practicality of using his existing gear that features The O.C. branding. Styles also hinted that he might stop using The O.C. theme song and revert to his 'Phenomenal' theme in the future.

Eric Bischoff calls out “wannabe” John Cena

21 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
At WrestleMania 36, John Cena participated in a Firefly Funhouse Match against 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt, showcasing various personas from their WWE careers. Cena's portrayal of a 'Hollywood nWo' character, reminiscent of Hollywood Hogan's heel turn, received mixed reactions. Eric Bischoff, a former nWo member, criticized Cena's performance on social media, calling him a 'wannabe.' Bischoff's role in the nWo was significant during the Attitude Era, contributing to WCW's success over WWF in the Monday Night Wars. It is unclear if Cena will respond to Bischoff's critique.

The Rock claims he is open to a match against Roman Reigns

20 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
The Rock, a former WWE Champion, discussed the possibility of returning to WWE for a match against Roman Reigns during an Instagram live stream. He mentioned that while he is open to the idea, it would have to be under the right circumstances, including the right venue and business model. The Rock, who has retired from professional wrestling, still maintains a close relationship with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and considers him a mentor. He also emphasized his familial ties with Roman Reigns, hinting that a match between them could happen if conditions align. WWE fans are hopeful for this potential matchup.

The Miz reveals the reason why he missed WrestleMania 36

19 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
The Miz, a former WWE Champion, was unable to defend the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania 36 due to being medically unclear to compete, as revealed on Logan Paul's podcast. Despite testing negative for COVID-19, doctors advised against his participation. Consequently, the planned Ladder Match was altered to a Triple Threat Singles Match. The Miz recently returned to SmackDown, losing the Tag Team Championships in a match against Jey Uso and Big E, with Big E securing the win for The New Day.

Mick Foley Identifies His Best Career Match on the 16th Anniversary

18 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Mick Foley, a WWE Hall of Famer and professional wrestling legend, has identified the best match of his career as the Hardcore Match against Randy Orton at Backlash 2004. Celebrating the 16th anniversary of this iconic bout, Foley praised the match on Twitter, highlighting its significance in his wrestling career. Although Foley has since retired from in-ring competition, his legacy includes participating in some of the most extreme matches in WWE history, with the Backlash 2004 match being a standout moment.

Colby Covington Challenges WWE Champion Drew McIntyre

17 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Drew McIntyre won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36 by defeating Brock Lesnar. Since then, he has been challenged by various fighters, including Tyson Fury and Colby Covington. Covington, the former interim UFC Welterweight Champion, expressed his desire to face McIntyre in a wrestling match during an interview with Submission Radio. He aims to 'make wrestling great again' and believes he can beat anyone. McIntyre responded to Covington's comments on Twitter, referencing Covington's loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 245. Covington has shown interest in joining WWE in 2021, hinting at a potential future match with McIntyre.

AJ Styles comments on the release of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

17 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE recently released over 30 superstars and backstage personnel, with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows being among the most surprising names to be let go. AJ Styles, a former stablemate of Anderson and Gallows, expressed his feelings on their release during a live-stream on Mixer. He felt a sense of responsibility for not being able to take care of them in WWE, describing the situation as devastating and that it hurt him really bad. Styles likened Anderson and Gallows to family and felt that as the eldest, he failed to protect them.

Karl Anderson teases a return to NJPW

16 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE has released several superstars, including former RAW Tag Team Champions Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. Karl Anderson is hinting at a return to his previous wrestling promotion, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), by posting a clip on Twitter with the moniker 'The Machine Gun', which he used during his time in NJPW and as part of the Bullet Club. Anderson, a founding member of the Bullet Club, and his partner Luke Gallows have won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship three times. His potential move to NJPW is something to watch for in the wrestling community.

CM Punk gives his take on the Boneyard Match from WrestleMania 36

15 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
CM Punk, a former WWE Champion, made his return to the WWE Backstage show after a significant break, marking his first appearance post-WrestleMania 36. During the show, Punk discussed the recent WrestleMania event, which was notably spread over two nights. He expressed his enjoyment of the Boneyard Match between The Undertaker and AJ Styles, which took place on Night 1 and was presented in a cinematic style. Punk highlighted the Boneyard Match as his favorite, appreciating its concept but also cautioned WWE against overusing such match formats, suggesting they should be reserved for special occasions.

Christian Discusses Potential In-Ring Return on Booker T's Podcast

14 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
On Booker T's Hall of Fame podcast, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Christian discussed the likelihood of his return to wrestling, comparing his situation to that of his friend Edge, who recently returned after nine years. Christian acknowledged that his injury is different and seems to accept that a comeback is not probable. He expressed contentment with his career achievements, despite not having main-evented WrestleMania, and recognized the rarity of that opportunity. The article suggests that while an in-ring return may not happen, Christian could be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Cody Rhodes labels former WWE US Champion as “underrated”

14 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE superstar Cesaro is praised by All Elite Wrestling EVP Cody Rhodes as the 'most underrated guy on the planet' in a Twitter post. Cody Rhodes, a former WWE superstar himself, responded to a fan's reminder of a moonsault he performed on The Real Americans, which included Cesaro, at Madison Square Garden. Rhodes compared Cesaro to wrestling veteran Nikita Koloff and acknowledged Cesaro's in-ring abilities. Cesaro, who is currently with the SmackDown brand in WWE, is also part of a trio with Shinsuke Nakamura, who is the current WWE Intercontinental Champion.

WWE seemingly wanted to fire Tyler Breeze in 2011 prior to a match against Cesaro

13 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
In the latest episode of The New Day’s Feel The Power podcast, Big E shared a story about how Tyler Breeze nearly got fired from WWE in 2011. At that time, Breeze was wrestling under the name Mike Dalton in FCW and was set to face the debuting Cesaro. Breeze was expected to make Cesaro look strong in his first match. Despite losing the match in under five minutes, Breeze's performance, particularly the way he sold an uppercut from Cesaro, impressed WWE officials enough to reverse their decision to fire him. Big E credits Cesaro's move and Breeze's selling of it for saving Breeze's job. Tyler Breeze has since found success in WWE and continues to compete in NXT.

Hulk Hogan reacts to Ronda Rousey’s latest comments towards the WWE Universe

13 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Ronda Rousey, a former WWE superstar and UFC Bantamweight Champion, has faced criticism from WWE fans and fellow wrestlers after making disparaging remarks about the WWE Universe on the Wild Ride! with Steve-O podcast. Rousey referred to her matches in WWE as "fake fights for fun" and expressed her lack of appreciation from the fans. WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan responded to Rousey's comments on Instagram, showing support for her statements. Rousey's recent comments suggest that she may not return to WWE as a full-time performer, leaving her future with the company uncertain.

El Hijo del Fantasma set for his WWE debut this week

12 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
William Regal, NXT General Manager, has announced a tournament to determine the interim WWE Cruiserweight Champion due to the current champion, Jordan Devlin, being unable to defend his title because of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament is set to begin on NXT this Wednesday, with eight competitors announced, including Akira Tozawa, Tony Nese, Kushida, and the debuting El Hijo del Fantasma. The competitors are divided into two groups, and the winner will eventually face Jordan Devlin for a title unification match.

The Young Bucks react to The Revival’s release from WWE

10 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
The article discusses the release of the wrestling duo The Revival, consisting of Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson, from WWE. It highlights the reactions from the wrestling community, particularly from Matt Jackson of The Young Bucks, who is part of All Elite Wrestling (AEW). The Young Bucks have had a notable social media rivalry with The Revival, and there has been speculation about a potential match between the two teams. With The Revival's future endeavors unknown, there is speculation that they might join AEW, especially considering the recent move of former WWE superstar Matt Hardy to AEW.

Drew McIntyre responds to Tyson Fury’s challenge for a WWE Championship match

08 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Tyson Fury, a seasoned boxer, has expressed his desire to compete against the new WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre. Fury, who had previously faced Braun Strowman at the Crown Jewel event, mentioned his challenge during an interview with talkSPORT following WrestleMania 36. McIntyre, responding on The Bump, showed readiness to confront Fury, emphasizing that WWE Superstars would get their title opportunities first. McIntyre, who recently secured the WWE Championship from Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36, has also successfully defended his title against The Big Show on Monday Night RAW.

Big E wants a WrestleMania match against Roman Reigns and former tag team champions

08 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Big E, a member of the wrestling group New Day, expressed on the Feel The Power Podcast that he and his teammates are interested in a Six-Man Tag Team Match against Roman Reigns and The Usos at WrestleMania, WWE's largest event of the year. The New Day has a history of rivalry with The Usos and has considered facing them and their father Rikishi in the past. However, with Rikishi retired and Roman Reigns absent from this year's WrestleMania, it is uncertain what WWE's plans will be for Reigns' return.

Edge sends an emotional message to Randy Orton after WrestleMania 36

06 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Edge, also known as 'The Rated R-Superstar', made a victorious return to singles competition at WrestleMania 36 after a 9-year hiatus, defeating Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing Match. The match marked Edge's return to WWE following his appearance at the Men's Royal Rumble earlier in the year. Despite Orton's reluctance for a Rated RKO reunion, Edge managed to overcome his former tag team partner. Following his win, Edge expressed his pride and emotions on social media, praising Orton's natural talent in the wrestling industry. Fans are now anticipating what WWE has planned next for Edge and who he will compete against in the future.

Charlotte Flair Triumphs Over Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania 36

06 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
The article covers the match between Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania 36 for the NXT Women’s Championship. Charlotte Flair, having won the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble Match, challenged Ripley and aimed to end her first reign as champion. The match saw Flair focusing on Ripley's left knee, leading to Ripley tapping out to Flair's Figure-Eight Leglock. With this victory, Flair ended Ripley's reign on the 109th day and began her second reign as NXT Women’s Champion. The article also teases the anticipation of who will challenge Flair next for the title.

Mick Foley makes an urgent request to WWE after the Boneyard Match

05 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
The article discusses the aftermath of the Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36, where The Undertaker defeated AJ Styles. The match is described as an iconic brawl and marked the return of The Undertaker's 'Biker Taker' persona. The focus then shifts to WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, who expressed on Twitter his desire to compete in the next year's Boneyard Match at WrestleMania. Foley, a former WWE Champion, has not competed in a while, with his last appearance being an assault by 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt on Monday Night RAW. The article speculates on the possibility of Foley's return to the ring, despite it seeming unlikely, and whether WWE would consider bringing back the hardcore legend for another match.

Chris Jericho claims that he might never get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame

02 Apr 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Chris Jericho, a former WWE World Champion and current AEW wrestler, discussed his potential induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. Jericho stated that if he remains with AEW, which is owned by the Khan Family, he may never be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. However, he expressed indifference to this possibility, comparing it to the Sex Pistols not attending their own induction. Despite this, Jericho's legacy in wrestling is solid, as he is involved in a feud with Matt Hardy in AEW and is considered one of the greatest performers in the industry.

AEW star reveals how sharing the ring with Jon Moxley felt like

31 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
At the NJPW: Wrestle Kingdom 14 event, Jon Moxley reclaimed the IWGP United States Championship from Lance Archer in a Texas Deathmatch. This match marked Archer's last appearance with New Japan Pro Wrestling as he has since signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Archer is set to make his in-ring debut for AEW on the show 'Dynamite'. There is speculation that Archer may eventually face Jon Moxley, the current AEW World Champion, as they have a history from NJPW. Archer also responded to a fan's question on Twitter, humorously suggesting that Moxley was fortunate to have faced him in the ring.

AJ Styles promises to leave The Undertaker broken at WrestleMania 36

31 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
The article discusses the upcoming match between The Undertaker and AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36, marking the first time these two wrestlers will face each other. The Undertaker has hinted at a change in character, potentially returning as 'The American Badass'. The feud has become personal after Styles mentioned The Undertaker's wife, Michelle McCool. The Undertaker's final message to Styles on Monday Night RAW included a Tombstone with Styles' name, while Styles responded on Twitter, challenging The Undertaker to bring his best. The two are set to compete in a Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36.

Mark Henry reveals why Matt Riddle is the perfect replacement for Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 36

31 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry has suggested that NXT superstar Matt Riddle should replace Roman Reigns to face Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 36. Reigns recently withdrew from the event due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Henry discussed this on Busted Open Radio, expressing that fans have been eager to see Goldberg and Riddle face off. He also mentioned the personal issues between Riddle and Goldberg, noting Riddle's disrespect towards the wrestling veteran. Henry likened the potential match-up to popular combinations like peanut butter and jelly, emphasizing the fan anticipation for the encounter.

Becky Lynch claims she wasn’t happy with her last match with Shayna Baszler

31 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Becky Lynch, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, expressed her discontent with her previous match against Shayna Baszler at WrestleMania 36. Lynch, who is set to defend her RAW Women's Championship against Baszler, reflected on the criticism she received following their match at last year's Survivor Series, which also involved Bayley. Lynch emphasized that main event performers, regardless of gender, must be open to criticism and willing to improve. She highlighted the importance of not letting a single match define the capability of all female wrestlers. Lynch is preparing to face Baszler once again at WrestleMania 34, where she will defend her title.

All Elite Wrestling Announces New TNT Championship

30 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has announced the creation of a new title within their promotion, the TNT Championship. This title is expected to serve as the mid-card championship, complementing the existing AEW World Championship. The announcement was made on the 'Road To Dynamite' show and later confirmed across AEW's social media platforms. An eight-man tournament is set to begin on April 8th on the AEW: DYNAMITE show, which airs on TNT, to determine the first-ever TNT Champion. While the official design of the title has not been revealed, wrestlers such as Jimmy Havoc, Joey Janela, Shawn Spears, and Kip Sabian are speculated to be likely participants and potential winners of the tournament.

Bray Wyatt Seeks Revenge Against John Cena at WrestleMania 36

30 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
The article previews the upcoming match between Bray Wyatt and John Cena at WrestleMania 36, where Wyatt seeks revenge for his loss to Cena at WrestleMania in 2014. The article highlights the anticipation and hype surrounding the match, with both wrestlers engaging in verbal jabs on social media. John Cena recently referenced Wyatt's past WWE persona, Husky Harris, in an Instagram post. The article also speculates on whether WWE will introduce a special stipulation for the match between Cena and 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt.

Lance Archer open to a fight against a WWE superstar for an unique title

30 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Lance Archer, the latest addition to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), participated in a Q&A session on Twitter where he was asked who he considers to be 'The King of Strong Style'. Archer acknowledged Shinsuke Nakamura as holding that title but expressed his willingness to challenge Nakamura for it. Nakamura earned this title during his time with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) due to his intense and powerful wrestling style. Archer, who has previously wrestled in NJPW and shared the ring with Nakamura, is now focusing on his rivalry with Cody Rhodes in AEW and is preparing for his in-ring debut on an upcoming episode of Dynamite.

Rusev Reveals Shocking New Look Ahead of WrestleMania 36

30 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Former WWE United States Champion Rusev has revealed a new bald look during a WWE Instagram Live session. This change comes as many athletes and superstars are opting for major appearance changes during the coronavirus pandemic. Rusev, who is not currently scheduled for a match at WrestleMania 36, showcased his new look while discussing his past WrestleMania 32 match. WrestleMania 36 is set to take place at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, and it is yet to be determined if Rusev will appear on WWE TV with his new appearance in the upcoming weeks.

Sasha Banks praises AEW superstar by calling him a “legend”

29 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Sasha Banks, a WWE superstar, has been portraying a heel character since her return to WWE TV. She has been active on Twitter, where she recently praised All Elite Wrestling's Chris Jericho, calling him a 'legend' in a tweet. Despite being in different wrestling promotions, Banks and Jericho share a real-life friendship. Banks has interacted with Jericho on social media before, including requesting a bottle of his 'A Little Bit of the Bubbly' wine and expressing a desire to participate in an event on Jericho's Rock ‘N’ Roll Wrestling Rager at Sea.

Jon Moxley makes a special appearance at this week’s WWE Backstage

27 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
On a recent episode of WWE Backstage, AEW World Champion Jon Moxley made a surprise appearance while his wife, Renee Young, was hosting the show from home due to the FS1 studio closure amid the coronavirus pandemic. Moxley, who left WWE last year and is now with All Elite Wrestling, was seen on camera as he playfully scared Renee with their dog. His cameo amused fellow hosts Xavier Woods and Booker T, with Booker T shouting 'cameo' and Woods laughing. The hosts were watching a classic match from WrestleMania 25 between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels during the show.

Dolph Ziggler shares an exclusive look of his WWE WrestleMania 36 gear

26 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Dolph Ziggler, a two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, has revealed his wrestling gear for WrestleMania 36 on social media, despite not being scheduled for a match at the event. His new gear features a camouflage pattern added to his signature pink and black tights. Ziggler has been wearing pink and black tights throughout 2020 while competing on SmackDown on FOX and on pay-per-view events. Although he doesn't have a match lined up for WrestleMania 36, there is speculation that he might end up competing in a singles match, possibly against Otis, given their ongoing feud.

Lance Archer set to make his in-ring debut on next week’s Dynamite

26 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Cody Rhodes, a wrestler from All Elite Wrestling (AEW), announced on the latest episode of AEW Dynamite that the new signee Lance Archer will make his in-ring debut next Wednesday. Cody, who had just won a match against Jimmy Havoc, was interrupted by Archer's manager, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, who delivered a promo challenging anyone from the AEW roster. Although Archer's opponent for his debut match has not been officially announced, a Twitter exchange between Archer and Dustin Rhodes suggests they may face each other. The upcoming episode of Dynamite is expected to feature this potential match.

Roman Reigns claims that he doesn’t care about a spot in the main event of WrestleMania 36

24 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Roman Reigns, a prominent WWE wrestler, has expressed indifference towards his placement in the main event of WrestleMania 36. Despite being a regular headliner, Reigns is more focused on his health and the opportunity to compete, especially during the coronavirus pandemic which has forced the event to move to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida without an audience. He also expressed gratitude for the chance to wrestle with the Universal Champion, Bill Goldberg, on what he considers the industry's biggest night. Reigns is set to compete for the Universal Championship, a title he previously held but had to vacate.

Huge title match featuring Kenny Omega added to this week’s AEW Dynamite

24 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has confirmed a major singles match for the upcoming episode of Dynamite, where Kenny Omega will defend his AAA Mega Championship against Sammy Guevara. The match announcement was made via AEW's Twitter account and adds to a lineup that includes Cody Rhodes vs Jimmy Havoc and Luchasaurus vs Wardlow in a Lumberjack Match. Omega, who won the title from Rey Fenix at Heroes Inmortales XIII, will be defending the championship on Dynamite for the first time. Guevara, a member of The Inner Circle, is aiming to capture his first title in AEW. Despite challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, AEW is committed to delivering an entertaining show.

Matt Hardy claims that his current contract allows him to perform for NJPW

23 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Matt Hardy, a former WWE superstar, made his debut on AEW Dynamite, joining The Elite for the Blood and Guts Match. Hardy expressed his desire to perform at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom event, indicating that his AEW contract allows him to compete for NJPW. He responded to a fan's query on Twitter, stating his interest in participating in Wrestle Kingdom in any capacity. Hardy is also scheduled for an upcoming match with Chris Jericho, a former AEW World Champion and NJPW veteran, on the next AEW Dynamite.

WWE Hall of Famer explains how Triple H could change the landscape of WWE once he takes over

22 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
On an episode of The Busted Open Radio, WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry discussed the potential of Triple H taking over as CEO of WWE from Vince McMahon. Henry, with his extensive experience in the wrestling industry, expressed his belief that Triple H would expand the championship scene, similar to what is seen in NXT, where there is a larger pool of talent contending for titles. Triple H currently serves as the Chief Operation Officer of WWE and the senior producer of NXT, where he has been recognized for his impressive work.

Matt Hardy teases the possibility of a potential Hardy Boyz reunion in AEW

22 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Matt Hardy, a former WWE superstar, made his debut on AEW Dynamite, replacing the injured Nick Jackson in the Blood and Guts Match. He is scheduled for a confrontation with ex-AEW World Champion, Chris Jericho, on the upcoming episode of Dynamite. Hardy also appeared on the Talk is Jericho podcast, discussing the potential for a Hardy Boyz reunion in AEW, hinting at a future match with The Young Bucks. While Jeff Hardy remains with WWE, Matt is involved in the storyline between The Elite and The Inner Circle in AEW.

Daniel Bryan humorously criticized by New Japan Pro Wrestling veteran

22 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
At the WWE Elimination Chamber event, Daniel Bryan emerged victorious against Drew Gulak. This win led to an alliance between Bryan and Gulak, who have been supporting each other on social media and in the ring. They teamed up on the latest episode of SmackDown Live to defeat Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro. Their pre-match warm-up ritual, similar to that of New Japan Pro Wrestling's Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi, caught Nagata's attention, prompting a humorous exchange on social media. Daniel Bryan is also potentially in line to challenge for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 36, possibly facing the new champion Sami Zayn.

Braun Strowman gets into a heated Twitter war with AEW star

21 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Lance Archer, who recently debuted for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), has engaged in a Twitter feud with WWE superstar Braun Strowman. The dispute began when Strowman replied to a fan's comment comparing Archer to Strowman during his WWE tenure. Archer responded to Strowman's remarks by reinterpreting them as compliments, asserting his value and experience in the wrestling industry. Archer, who is associated with WWE Hall of Famer Jake 'The Snake' Roberts in AEW, has yet to make his in-ring debut. Meanwhile, Strowman is preparing for WrestleMania 36.

Bray Wyatt comments on Brodie Lee’s AEW debut

20 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
The article discusses the debut of Brodie Lee, formerly known as Luke Harper in WWE, in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as The Dark Order's Exalted One. Brodie Lee, who left WWE last December, made his first appearance in the pro wrestling circuit since his departure by leading The Dark Order in a brawl against SoCal Uncensored. The article also touches upon Lee's history with the WWE, mentioning his time with the Wyatt Family faction and his former teammates Bray Wyatt, Eric Rowan, and Braun Strowman. Bray Wyatt, reacting to Lee's AEW debut, tweeted about the current status of the original Wyatt Family members. The article hints at the potential developments and storylines involving Brodie Lee and The Dark Order in AEW, while also noting Bray Wyatt's upcoming match against John Cena at WrestleMania 36.

CM Punk gets called out by top NJPW star

19 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
CM Punk, while on the Swing and Mrs. podcast, mentioned a list of wrestlers he would be interested in facing should he return to wrestling. This list includes John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Daniel Bryan, and NJPW's Will Ospreay. Ospreay, who had a notable year in 2019 with NJPW, responded to Punk's comments on Twitter, seemingly challenging him. CM Punk is currently a WWE Backstage analyst and his return to the ring is uncertain. Meanwhile, Ospreay is waiting for NJPW events to resume to continue his wrestling activities.

Bray Wyatt Challenges John Cena to a Bar Fight Deathmatch at Hooters

18 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE has moved WrestleMania 36 to the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, due to unspecified reasons. In light of this change, WWE wrestler 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt has issued a unique challenge to John Cena, proposing a Bar Fight Deathmatch at Hooters. This challenge is a follow-up to Wyatt's desire for revenge against Cena, who defeated him at WrestleMania 30. Cena responded to Wyatt's challenge by posting a cryptic photo on his Instagram, which is typical of his social media behavior, where he posts images without context. The post is perceived as a direct acknowledgment of Wyatt's challenge.

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts Calls Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels the Worst WWE Champions of All Time

18 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
In an interview with FlipDaScript Podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts shared his controversial opinion that Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were the worst WWE Champions of all time. He argued that they needed the titles because they didn't draw enough attention on their own, implying that their championship reigns did not contribute significantly to the company's financial success. Roberts, who is currently managing Lance Archer in AEW, also mentioned that he never won the WWE Championship himself because he didn't need it to enhance his career.

CM Punk has an interesting reaction to the relocation of WrestleMania 36, hints at WWE star “begging” him for a match

17 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE has announced that WrestleMania 36 will be moved from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, to the WWE Performance Center due to concerns that are not explicitly mentioned in the text. WWE Backstage analyst CM Punk commented on the relocation, suggesting that the absence of a live audience will prevent boos for Roman Reigns and chants for himself. Punk also hinted at Edge, who is scheduled to fight Randy Orton at WrestleMania, having reached out to him for a match. Roman Reigns is set to challenge Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship at the event on April 5th.

‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt challenges John Cena to a Bar Fight Deathmatch if WrestleMania 36 gets delayed

14 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, WWE's WrestleMania 36 is at risk of cancellation, which puts the anticipated match between 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt and John Cena in doubt. Bray Wyatt, following his Universal Championship loss to Goldberg, challenged John Cena to a revenge match at WrestleMania 36. However, with the event's uncertainty, Wyatt has humorously challenged Cena to a Bar Fight Deathmatch at Hooters if WrestleMania is canceled. This challenge comes amidst WWE's decision to move their shows to the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, due to the pandemic.

WWE Monday Night RAW to Air Live from WWE Performance Center Amid Coronavirus Concerns

13 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE's upcoming '3:16' edition of Monday Night RAW is set to air live from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, instead of the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. This decision comes after both SmackDown Live and WWE NXT were also moved to the Performance Center. The show will include a special appearance by WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin and a WrestleMania 36 contract signing between The Undertaker and AJ Styles. An official announcement from WWE management is expected, confirming the relocation of RAW to the WWE Performance Center.

WWE confirm injuries to Rhea Ripley and two former NXT Champions following this week’s NXT

13 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
WWE NXT has reported injuries to several of its top wrestlers following the latest episode. NXT Women's Champion Rhea Ripley, along with former champions Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, sustained injuries during their on-screen brawls. The episode was broadcast from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gargano was hospitalized after being put through a table by Ciampa, who also received medical attention after being thrown through a glass window. Ripley may have a fractured leg after an encounter with Charlotte Flair.

Jim Ross Admits He Was Wrong About Orange Cassidy

13 Mar 2020  |  wrestling-edge.com
Jim Ross, a WWE Hall of Famer and commentator for All Elite Wrestling, discussed his initial skepticism and subsequent admiration for AEW wrestler Orange Cassidy on the podcast 'Grilling JR'. Ross praised Cassidy's unique character and his ability to win over the AEW audience, despite earlier criticism based on Cassidy's size and unconventional presentation. Ross admitted he was wrong in his initial judgment and commended Cassidy for being a professional with a distinct act. The article also mentions Cassidy's recent match at AEW Revolution, where he nearly achieved a surprising victory over PAC.

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