Vince McMahon DEMANDS Roman Reigns WWE WrestleMania RETURN! | WrestleTalk News Feb. 2019

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our WrestleRamble set? I don’t even like Sonic the Hedgehog! We’ve got a packed show
of news today – including Becky Lynch’s return to Raw, WrestleMania plans being up
in the air, and Vince McMahon reportedly demanding the return of Roman Reigns. But first! Hulk Hogan was one of the few names to move
from the wrestling ring into the world of movies and do it successfully – if you consider
cinematic flops Suburban Commando and Mr. Nanny successes – which I sure do. But it’s
now being reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Hogan won’t be starring in his next
movie, as the movie will instead be about him. THR are reporting that Netflix are currently
developing a Hogan biopic which will star Chris Hemsworth as The Hulkster. The movie
will be directed by Todd Phillips – not that one he’s Tom Phillips apparently – and will
be produced by Hemsworth and Eric Bischoff along with Bradley Cooper – who is also set
to play Vince McMahon in the long-gestating biopic of the WWE Chairman Is this the start
of the WWE Cinematic Universe?! Although he has become something of a controversial figure
as of late, this movie is set to focus on all of the non-racist stuff like the rise
of Hulkamania and WWF’s Rock N Wrestling. Mike Johnson of PWInsider has added to this
story saying that Netflix “is very high on the project” but notes a script hasn’t
even been written yet – which will be done by Stronger’s John Pollono and Scott Silver
who recently wrote DC’s Joker movie. Johnson reports that once Netflix are happy with the
script they will jump right into production. Thankfully Hemsworth has already been working
on his Hogan-isms, as seen in this clip from Avengers: Infinity War. “You really are
the worst brother” Maybe Hemsworth will grace Raw and Smackdown
with utter beautiful presence – he is so incredibly handsome – and if a new report is to be believed,
he wouldn’t be the only non-wrestler in active talks with the company. Last year it was reported that WWE were interested
in bringing in tennis legend Serena Williams as part of their women’s division. Well
according to Slice Wrestling, who do have a fairly good track record of backstage scoops,
WWE are still in “progressive talks” with Williams with Stephanie McMahon leading the
negotiations. Maybe Serena can give Raw and Smackdown a
much needed ratings boost. Although going by this week, she may not be needed. Coming off the back of Elimination Chamber,
Monday night’s Raw posted one of its best ratings in weeks with an average audience
of 2.7 million viewers – which even tops the Raw after the Royal Rumble – and is the first
time in months that WWE has had over 3 million people watching Raw at least for the first
hour. The show – which featured the main roster debuts of Ricochet, Aleister Black and the
oddly babyface DIY – you still don’t make sense – did however suffer a huge 20% drop-off
of audience going into the third hour – which is one the of the 10 biggest audience drop-offs
in WWE history. But what did you think of the show? Oli Davis called it one of the worst
Raws he’s ever had to review, and it seems to split opinions across the board, with 26%
agreeing it was RAWful and 34% saying it was AvRAWge. Smackdown also received a bump in the ratings
which could be attributed to the rising success of Kofi Kingston and WWE announcing ahead
of time that Daniel Bryan’s Fastlane match would be revealed – and was likely helped
by those NXT debuts from Monday. The show averaged 2.2 million viewers, which is the
best number the show has had since November last year. But what did you think? I gave
the show a SmackTastic, and 64% of you agreed with 24% thinking the show was Smack Bang
in the Middle. But as we’ve heard all week, there are lots
of reports going round that Vince McMahon is panicking about the falling ratings for
both Raw and Smackdown – which are 15 and 13% down year on year respectively. And that
could play into a new report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider – who is claiming that Becky
Lynch will be returning to Raw this coming Monday and will likely be part of the Ric
Flair birthday celebrations. And it’s seemingly not just the Raw and
Smackdown booking plans that are up in the air, with Dave Meltzer reporting in the latest
Wrestling Observer Newsletter that, “Very little of Mania this year is finalized, which
is unprecedented for this late in the game.” As of now there are only two matches announced
for the second biggest show of the year behind WWE Fastlane Baby, with Seth Rollins challenging
Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship and Charlotte Flair taking on Ronda Rousey
for the Raw Women’s Championship – though that will likely change to a triple threat
with Becky Lynch. And reportedly Daniel Bryan doesn’t have
a WrestleMania opponent decided yet. It had previously been reported by Dave Meltzer that
there were two names being touted for matches – and those two names were are Kevin Owens
and Bray Wyatt – and now Bleacher Report are claiming their sources have told them it will
be Kevin Owens vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at Mania. However there is always
that Kofi Kingston question – who has had a meteoric rise as one of the top babyfaces
on the blue brand in the last couple of weeks. Meltzer notes in the Observer that Bryan vs.
Kofi at Fastlane was not the original plan, but WWE changed their minds and booked the
match based on the crowd reaction at Elimination Chamber and the social media traction his
push got on Twitter. So there is a chance he could be involved in some capacity too. One of the other matches that has reportedly
been discussed is a retirement match for Kurt Angle, which was seemingly teased on Raw with
Kurt picking up losses to Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin – and even teased a retirement
speech a few weeks ago. However a new report from Meltzer says that match is currently
undecided and might not happen now. Someone else without a match is Smackdown
Women’s Champion Asuka – who was shockingly pinned this week by Mandy Rose on TV. While
Asuka vs. Rose for the title is likely going to take place at Fastlane Baby, Asuka doesn’t
have a WrestleMania opponent lined up. Reportedly, Asuka was set to face Lacey Evans for the
Smackdown Women’s Championship, however that match “may not happen” according
to the Wrestling Observer. Meltzer does add though that WWE are “very high” on Evans
at the moment because they think she can be a star outside of WWE as well as in the ring,
and even have her lined up to be part of the top three women in the entire company alongside
Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch when Ronda Rousey leaves after WrestleMania. Another undecided match is what to do with
the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Bayley and Sasha Banks. They are set to face Nia
Jax and Tamina at WWE Fastlane Baby, but nothing is reportedly lined up for WrestleMania. Meltzer
has said in the Observer that one idea pitched was a four-way tag match with Bayley and Banks
defending against a team from Raw, a team from Smackdown and a team from NXT but those
talks didn’t get too far, and, “It’s not on the show as of right now.” Maybe the reason plans for Mania are so up
in the air is because WWE have yet to come to terms with a lot of the big names they
like to have on the card. Despite calling up four names from NXT and announcing six
others just a couple of months earlier, WWE are reportedly trying to reach agreements
with Batista and The Undertaker for Maina matches, and have yet to make a decision on
who John Cena will be facing. The original plan was for Cena to face Lars Sullivan – a
feud which would have started just before Royal Rumble – but Sullivan’s anxiety attacks
have kept him from appearing on and that storyline was now fallen through. Cena was also reportedly
set to face Drew McIntyre – with Drew filling in the Lars spot by taking Cena out before
the Rumble – but those plans weren’t followed up with either. And perhaps one of the reasons WWE desperately
wants to book an Undertaker match for Mania now is because The Deadman was announced for
Starrcast Part Deux. Vince was reportedly furious that Undertaker is going to be part
of the show because although Starrcast is not an All Elite Wrestling product – it’s
a Conrad Thompson of Something to Wrestle With event – it is tied to AEW’s Double
or Nothing in Las Vegas. And according to a new report from Dave Meltzer, “Vince wanted
[Undertaker] off Starrcast” but there was no legal way he could have done that. Oli Davis detailed the crazy week for Vince
McMahon in yesterday’s Super News – going over how Vince is panicking about declining
ratings, poor ticket sales, the rise of All Elite Wrestling and his current main roster
being “stale”. It was this panic that led to McMahon deciding last week that he
wanted to hit the reset button once again and bring up Ricochet, Aleister Black, Johnny
Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa to the main roster to put on some good matches. By some accounts,
he did this without consulting with NXT’s Triple H and he was caught off guard by the
call-ups – which is why they didn’t tie into any of the NXT continuity like Gargano
and Ciampa being in a blood feud. And according to a new report, this panicked
Vince McMahon is now set his sights on bringing back one of his biggest stars of the last
few years, Roman Reigns. According to British tabloids The Sun and
The Daily Star, Vince McMahon “demanded” Roman Reigns return to WWE and wrestle at
WrestleMania 35. Reigns hasn’t been on WWE TV since he shockingly announced that he was
battling Leukemia back in October last year, relinquishing the Universal Championship which
was then won by Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel. Both tabloids claim that the signs of Roman
returning include Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley hitting the triple powerbomb
on Braun Strowman at Elimination Chamber – which Vince reportedly instructed the commentators
to make mention of – and the sudden babyface turn for Dean Ambrose. Both The Daily Star
and The Sun claim that the plan is for Roman to team with Ambrose and Strowman to take
on Corbin, McIntyre and Lashley at WrestleMania. Now for our non-UK viewers I do want to point
out that The Sun is a wretched hive of scum and villainy, known for making up any old
nonsense just to sell papers and often inflate stories to make them seem bigger than they
are – and The Daily Star are not much better. Further to this, both tabloids claim the story
was first reported by – but they don’t have the story anywhere on their
website and neither tabloid provides a backlink to the original source. So, normally we would
tell you to chalk this one up as pure random speculation and nonsense, or at the very least
tell you to take it with a pinch of salt. And then Vince McMahon announced via Twitter
that Roman Reigns was going to be coming back to Raw this coming Monday to address his Leukemia
battle. Because exploiting people’s real-life illnesses equals ratings. Couple this with
Becky Lynch reportedly being on the show as well as those NXT call-ups, and WWE are clearly
hopeful for a big rating on Monday night. Many WWE stars have responded to this news
positively, happy to see their locker room leader come back to the company even if it
is just for one night. Triple H tweeted that no one fights harder, Sasha Banks and Natalya
both tweeted a series of emojis, Curtis Axel and Aiden English welcomed back Big Uce, and
Rusev asked for a Spear and Superman Punch. And if you want to stay on top all of all
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