Andrade El Idolo teases alliance with Ric Flair in AEW

Darby Allin was distracted by Andrade El Idolo on last week’s episode of AEW Rampage after his match with Anthony Bowens, which led to The Acclaimed beating up Allin until Sting made the save for him.

Now, Andrade is teasing his future father-in-law getting involved to help even the odds since Allin has Sting watching his back. In a post on Twitter, Andrade wrote the following:

“Hello!!! Kid @DarbyAllin Nice to meet you sir @Sting remember I have Many friends In the business but just one father In [law] #TheMan #ElIdolo @RicFlairNatrBoy.”

Since Flair departed from WWE,  some fans have speculated about the possibility of Flair heading AEW as he is friends with President Tony Khan and Andrade already being there.

It would make sense for Flair to align with Andrade, who is still engaged to Charlotte Flair, not only because of their family but also because of the legendary rivalry between Sting and Flair.

 

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Christian Cage talks his title matches with Kenny Omega, young AEW stars with the most potential

Christian Cage did an interview with Shakiel Mahjouri for ET Canada. The following highlights were sent to us:

Headlining vs. Kenny Omega:

“For me, it’s one of those things where I had heard the buzz about Kenny for years, but I’d never really seen a full match of his until he was really kind of on top in New Japan [Pro Wrestling]. And when I watched his matches at that point, I was thinking, ‘Damn, if I could have gotten the ring with this guy, we could have done some special stuff.’ It was what-ifs, you know, like dream match type stuff. To be actually able to get in there and have a couple of matches with him. We had the match in the first episode of ‘Rampage’ where I beat him for the Impact title. Hey, we’re one-on-one we still have to have that the rubber match here at some point down the line. It was huge. To be able to headline, to this point, the biggest pay-per-view that AEW has ever put on it is, it’s pretty special. It’s not lost on me that opportunity that I had to main event that pay-per-view. It’s pretty big.”

Young AEW stars with the most potential, outside of Jungle Express:

“I think there are the obvious ones like MJF. He is very gifted on the microphone and that sometimes even overshadows the fact that he’s very good in the ring. And I look at a guy like Ricky Starks, who is also super talented. He can really talk. He’s got that kind of aura about him, there’s something there with him. He has the potential to be a huge star. Those are the kind of two guys off the top of my head that I think are pretty damn good.”

Winning Intercontinental title from Booker T at a 2003 house show in Des Moines:

“It was a legit injury but he was taking time off after that match to heal up. But it was a legit injury… It was also one of those cool things to keep some interest in live events going. When big things happen on them, and at that time no title changes were really happening on live events. It was something to kind of get some chatter going.”

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WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T says he is returning to the ring this month

Booker T announced on his podcast that he is returning to the ring in a tag team exhibition match for his Reality of Wrestling promotion.

It will be Booker T & Gaspar Hernandez against Dexx & Rudy Garza on January 22 in Canton, TX.

“I’m putting myself in the game,” Booker said. “That’s what it’s all about. Let these young guys get a rub and let them see exactly what it takes from an inside perspective. I mean, on the job training. It’s about learning this thing the proper way, a straight line is the direction that Gaspar Hernandez is going. I’m hyped right now. I’m getting ready to do something very, very special. First time it’s ever been done, player-coach, Booker T-Gaspar Hernandez, Canton, TX. It’s going to be good.”

Booker retired from full-time wrestling in 2012 but he has wrestled a small number of shows for his promotion. He wrestled once in 2015 where he reunited with his brother Stevie Ray. He wrestled again in 2016 and in 2019. His last match was as GI Bro in an 8-man tag on 2/8/20.

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CM Punk challenges Kazuchika Okada to a match at the United Center in Chicago

We might be closer to seeing a huge AEW vs. NJPW dream match.

In response to Kazuchika Okada’s Sports Illustrated where he listed CM Punk as someone he’d like to wrestle, Punk responded, “Here’s my address, come see me: 1901 W Madison St Chicago, IL 60612 United States @rainmakerXokada”

That is the address for the United Center in Chicago so that could be where the match could take place. Due to the quarantine restrictions in Japan, it would be more likely for that match to happen in the United States and now with AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling’s relationship, there is nothing stopping the bookers from making the match happen.

In his interview with SI.com, Okada said this about potential dream matches: “Danielson and Punk would make for some incredible matches. A lot of those dream match scenarios are about getting excited for the possibilities, and once the match is done, it’s done. So it is important to keep that excitement and anticipation, I think. Still, if we wait too long, they’ll both retire eventually, so I want to face them both while they’re still active.”

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First judge announced for Hangman Page vs. Bryan Danielson II on AEW Dynamite

To make sure there is a winner in the rematch between Bryan Danielson and AEW World Heavyweight Champion Adam Page on Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite, the stipulation of having three judges be in attendance in case they go to another draw was made.

The identity of the first judge for the match was announced today as The Acclaimed’s Max Caster will serve in this role. It’s unclear who the other two judges will be, but that is expected to be revealed before the match.

Caster wrote on Twitter, “Yo! Listen! Just got the call! Mobile phone. Since Platinum Max is the Best Wrestler Alive ™,  @AEW has booked me to be one of the judges for the World Title match! Don’t worry! I’ll call it down the middle! Let’s go, Bryan Dragon #AEWDynamite. #MicDrop MicrophoneDownwards arrow.”

Their first match took place last month on an episode of Dynamite where the two stars opened the show and went 60-minutes. Now, they will settle the score on the first episode of Dynamite on TBS.

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WWE had NXT plans for Jeff Hardy before his release

Jeff Hardy’s departure from WWE not only impacted what the company had planned for him on the main roster but also in NXT 2.0.

Fightful Select reported today that the former WWE Champion was originally planned to be The Shaman for MSK. Just days before the reveal of who this person was, Hardy was let go by the company so WWE went with Matt Riddle for the role and rushed to film content with the three stars to make it work.

Per the report, there were “numerous” segments featuring Hardy as The Shaman left on the cutting room floor. Since Riddle aligned himself with MSK, the three stars have been feuding with Imperium as they will work a six-man tag team match on tonight’s New Year’s Evil edition of NXT 2.0. It’s unclear whether the original plan called for Hardy to wrestle in the match.

After an incident at a house show, which led to WWE sending him home, Hardy turned down their offer for help to go to rehab. This resulted in the company releasing him.

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Rumor killer on AJ Styles-WWE contract situation

Following last night’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, there was a lot of online speculation that AJ Styles could be on his way out of WWE after he was essentially squashed by Omos. During Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan Alvarez asked Dave Meltzer if Styles’ deal is expiring soon. Styles debuted at the 2016 Royal […]

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Scotty 2 Hotty comments on Brian Christopher, how bad things got in Brian’s personal life before his death

Chris Van Vliet welcomed Scotty 2 Hotty as his guest on the latest “INSIGHT” podcast.

Scotty talked about his Too Cool was formed, the origin of the WORM, memories of Brian Christopher, the WWF Attitude Era, returning to the ring, coaching at the WWE PC, and why he left the company.

Scotty talking about Brian Christopher:

“We were never close. But after I was released in 2007, we did a weekend for Hermie Sadler in the Carolinas, and we did some Rock ‘n’ Roll Express tournaments. It was three days long, and on the first night, he showed up and he was in a bad place. I could smell it on his breath and he was a mess.

Scotty continued, “By the time Sunday had rolled around, we had a big fight in the locker room, not a physical one, just a verbal one. I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t need this.’ We were just different people. We didn’t speak for five years. Then on our first appearance back, he pulled me aside and apologized for everything. We both apologized.”

Scotty said that he and Brian eventually became closer. He said, “Over the next few years, I felt like we got closer than ever. There were a bunch of shows in the UK with me, Rikishi, and Brian, and I brought my son who was 10 years old at the time. I have a picture of Brian showing my son Keegan how to use a payphone. It’s from behind both of them, but it’s so cool. Brian was in a good place and cleared himself up, but towards the end was when we got closer than ever. I also was taking everything with a grain of salt. If he said let’s meet up at the hotel at 1 o’clock and then he wouldn’t be there. I go and knock on his door and he’s half asleep. But I don’t let it bother me as much as it once did.”

Scotty said that things got bad with Brian toward the end of his life.

He said, “Towards the end, it was getting worse and worse. He had a fight and got beat up, then was arrested again. That last mugshot I saw, I knew he was in a bad place. Brian always smiled when he got his mugshot taken because he knew that it would be publicity. This was in Memphis where his dad was king. But that was the last one where was in a bad place, and he ended up passing away in jail.”

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Scotty 2 Hotty said seeing all of the WWE releases took a big toll on him

Former WWE star/coach Scotty 2 Hotty was interviewed this week on Chris Van Vliet’s “INSIGHT” podcast.

Scotty talked about his return to the ring:

“What a crazy time in my life. I’m taking this crazy step where I’m 48 years old and I’m going back into the ring. But I feel like I can go and deliver. If I couldn’t, then I wouldn’t do it. It just felt like the perfect time to do it.”

Scotty continued, “I missed being in the ring, and I never said that I was retired. I took the job as a coach in WWE at the Performance Center back in 2016. I had my last match in August 2016, and that was it. I never said that I was retired, but I also never really saw myself having another match again.  But I was ok with that. I look back at some of that Attitude Era stuff, and it is crazier than I remember. Nobody can take that away from me, my career peaked at the peak of professional wrestling. It was such a cool time with cool energy and cool characters, so I feel like I did everything that I wanted to do. But I missed traveling. NXT wasn’t doing any live events, and all the TV was shot in house. I wasn’t traveling and I wasn’t having fun. I saw people from AEW right down to the small independents having fun. The independents are on fire right now. So I started asking around, things like, ‘Well, what can I make?’ I was doing the numbers and thought to myself that I can go out there and kill it.”

If leaving WWE was a hard decision:

“It was over the last couple of months. Once the pandemic happened and all the releases started happening, I think the releases took a big toll on me.  When I became a coach, I had no idea how much I would love that job, and those guys are then like your children. You create these relationships with people, and you see them get released, and you find out with everyone else when they come up on Twitter. My buddy in Nashville texted me, ‘Oh, the releases are happening again.’ So then I jump on Twitter and I see somebody released that was in my class that I just saw three hours before. That’s how I’m finding out, and dude, this is not cool.”

Scotty was asked what WWE is looking for in talent today:

“Well, it might be different now. But when I left there a month ago, they want young. I know that they are doing tryouts for people who have never done this. They are hiring all these college athletes. I have always said that you can’t teach passion, and you need passion to do this. No matter how much money you’re making, if you’re on the road doing 200 shows a year and you’re traveling, which adds about 50 days, you are looking at 250 to 300 days a year on the road. No matter what you’re making in money, you need passion. I think at some point it will swing back the other way and they will go, ‘Where are the men at? We need men’, and then you will see a bunch of guys come in who are a little bit older and more experienced. Putting green on green on live television can be dangerous.”

When Scotty was asked, Scotty said he can’t use the Scotty 2 Hotty name.

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WWE will have to wait longer to fight claims over using Randy Orton’s tattoo design in a video game

WWE, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 2K Games, Inc., 2K Sports, Inc., Visual Concepts Entertainment, Yuke’s Co., Ltd., and Yuke’s LA Inc were set to go to trial to fight a lawsuit brought by tattoo artist Catherine Alexander.

Originally, the lawsuit was set to go to trial on January 31, 2022, but has been postponed again.

The U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois (East St. Louis) Judge Staci M. Yandle postponed it because of the current surge of the omicron coronavirus pandemic in this district. She stated that a jury cannot be safely impaneled and trial cannot proceed as currently scheduled.

Alexander stated in the lawsuit that she performed the tattoo work on Randy Orton between 2003 and 2008. She believes they  “are easily recognized by his fans and members of the public.” WWE originally used her work for faux sleeves and was later portrayed in a video game and she believes she should receive money from those consumer products.

When the lawsuit does go to trial, the court will decide whether the defendants had the right to use the work in the game as a copyright fair use or if Alexander has grounds to receive money for her work being used.

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