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News – I’m Oli Davis, and I’ve just noticed the opening bumper has been saying Destroy
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under attack! We’ve got a mucho grande show for you today,
including WWE pitching a women’s match for their next Saudi Arabia show – mmm, women
– a major update on the NXT Championship and a whole bunch of wrestlers making their WWE
debuts! Click the timestamps in the video description
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Because I’ll be replying to people in the comments FROM OUTTA NOWHERE! Batista looks like he’ll dodge any ethically
compromising decisions for WWE’s next show from the beautiful city of Jeddah and/or Riyadh
– because his career is expected to be retired with his No Holds Barred match against Triple
H at WrestleMania 35. The bout was brilliantly set up on this week’s
Raw, with Batista not just calmly asking ‘GIMME GIMME GIMME WHAT I WANT!’, but also with
him flanked by a posse of security. Or, as Triple H named them, Batista’s Guardians
of the Independent Scene. It was a very funny, if rather kayfabe-puncturing,
insider reference, as the security personnel, fake police officers and the like backstage
in WWE are often portrayed by local independent wrestlers – which Wrestling Inc have confirmed
was exactly the case, listing BlueTista’s security as Pittsburgh-based indie wrestlers
John Rodin, Chris LeRusso, Benjamin Boone, Victor Benjamin and László Árpád.
Batista’s going to need all the help he can get, though, as an epic Marvel/DC crossover
feud appears to be building… with the Green Arrow himself, Stephen Amell.
Along with playing the lead Oliver Queen character in DC TV show Arrow, Amell is a huge wrestling
fan who’s even competed at SummerSlam 2015 tagging with Neville against Cody Rhodes’
Stardust and King Barrett in a match presumably where the stipulation was everyone had to
quit the company three years later, and competing on the All Elite Wrestling-precursor show
All In in a far-better-than-it-had-any-right-to-be match against Christopher Daniels.
Poking fun at his own celebrity wrestling status, Amell joked about Batista vs Triple
H at WrestleMania 35 being announced: “Just landed and found out about @DaveBautista
v @TripleH — Really pumped for the match but also don’t want to see a celebrity angle
detract from an awesome wrestling card. 😶” All good natured banter, I’m sure. But nobody
told Batista that. “Considering that celebrity could actually
f*** someone up, and that celebrity is a former 6x heavyweight champ, and that celebrity is
there because he loves it, maybe it just adds to the card. Maybe.” TWEETALITY.
Amell then proceeded to poop his green pants and apologise:
“Hey Dave — I went out of my way to introduce myself to you in Atlanta at a convention so
I could tell you what a big fan of yours I am. You couldn’t have been more pleasant.
My tweet was meant to poke fun at me. It clearly wasn’t funny. Please don’t kill me.”
It seems we’ll have to wait on that epic DC’s Arrow vs Marvel’s Drax the Destroyer
crossover, because Big Dave is busy beating people up in China. Continuing his run of such character acting
roles as All-Over Make-Up Batista, Flat Cap Batista and Glasses-Wearing Batista, Big Dave
dived into his disguise box once more to play Moustache Batista in Ip Man spin-off Master
Z: Ip Man Legacy. Ip Man is arguably the best martial arts movie
series from the last decade, and after being released in China late last year, the Master
Z spin off will come out in the US just days after WrestleMania 35.
Gimme gimme gimme. According to Batista’s co-star Jin Zhang,
Big Dave went full method during the fight scenes and appeared to work himself into a
shoot, brother: “when I fought Dave, I was scared, too.
He’s so much taller than me, and his fists are so huge, that even if his punches didn’t
land for real, you would still feel the pain.” What a great idea it would be to have a YouTube
channel that covers movie news and reviews. One day maybe, uno day. While the WrestleMania 35 card has been finally
taking shape this week, WWE’s NXT TakeOver: New York event suddenly found itself down
their top champion when Tommaso Ciampa’s neck injury was deemed too severe to continue
wrestling through. It was awful timing for Ciampa, who had just
been called up to the main roster the week before along with well-known established tag
team Aleister Black and Ricochet, and his DIY frenemy Johnny Gargano, whom he was set
to conclude his years long feud with on the TakeOver: New York show.
But WWE doctors decided the neck issue he was working through required immediate attention,
resulting in the NXT Champion having to undergo surgery last Thursday.
Ciampa tweeted on Sunday: “Goldy and I are on the #WWEFastlane to recovery.” along
with a picture of him still holding his precious title. But with him expected to be out anywhere
between 6 to 14 months, he’d have to vacate that championship.
The next few stories are about the NXT TV tapings from last night, so skip ahead using
the timestamps in the video description below if you want to avoid them. We’re entering
the spoiler room brawl in tres… dos…. CM Punk is now the NXT Champion, just kidding.
1… Triple H himself opened the NXT TV tapings
at Full Sail University, admitting that he was originally supposed to announce Gargano
vs Ciampa for the NXT title at TakeOver: New York, but because of Tommaso’s neck surgery,
those plans have been scrapped. Instead, Gargano would fight in a 2-out-of-3
falls match for the vacated NXT title at the event against the winner of a Fatal 5 Way
between Adam Cole bay-bay, Matt Riddle, The Velveteen Dream and well-known established
tag team Ricochet and Aleister Black – which Cole won, bay-bay.
Another title match was added to the TakeOver: New York card at the tapings, with Velveteen
Dream agreeing to defend his North American Championship against Matt Riddle – after Riddle
defeated Kona Reeves in a singles match while Dream watched sitting on a purple couch flanked
by two women. Talk about living the Velveteen Dream..
And they weren’t the only surprises at the tapings. Some good, some not so good… Following former Impact X Division champion
Trevor Lee’s live event debut for NXT over the weekend – which is very exciting, as Lee
is regarded as one of the best all-round wrestlers working today, famously wrestling a one hour
45 minute match for the CWF Mid-Atlantic Championship back in 2016 – two other wrestlers made their
TV taping debuts for the promotion last night. First up was former Ring of Honor star ACH,
who competed in New Japan’s Best of the Super Juniors 2017 tournament. WWE announced
that they had signed ACH on the 11th February, and he made his live event debut last week
on March 7th losing to Raul Mendoza. He made his NXT TV debut last night, though, wrestling
under his real name Albert Hardie, Jr. and beating Humberto Carrillo in a match that
will air later this month. Former Impact Knockouts Champion Laurel Van
Ness also debuted at last night’s TV tapings, also using her real name Chelsea Green.
Green had previously featured for WWE in the 2015 season of Tough Enough – the series that
also included Velveteen Dream, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. She also played physical
therapist Megan Miller on an August 2014 episode of Raw, where she claimed to have had an affair
with Daniel Bryan in a storyline that actually happened.
While she signed with WWE last August, and has been wrestling at live events since October,
last night would have seen her finally debut on NXT TV… a debut that could be left on
the editing room floor, though, as she broke her wrist in the match and will have to undergo
surgery: “Today I had the opportunity to wrestle
for the first time at Full Sail for WWE NXT, after years of dreaming of it! Wow, it was
everything I had imagined it would be!!! Of course, with this job comes occupational hazards.
Unfortunately, I broke my wrist mid-match & will require surgery first thing tomorrow
morning. It sucks. I’m upset, I’m angry, I’m sore… but I’ll be back soon. This
is just a tiny bump in the road to many goals I have set for 2019! Oh yeah… I won the
match KISSING FACE EMOJI” Gotta look at those positives.
Oh, who are those Young Bucks sliding into the replies? Chelsea Green to AEW confirmed! WWE’s next show after WrestleMania 35 will
see the promotion controversially returning to Saudi Arabia in May, after staging the
Greatest Royal Rumble and Crown Jewel events there last year. The first one being controversial
for not allowing women to feature at all on the show, and the second because it happened
just weeks after the country’s government brutally murdered Washington Post journalist
Jamal Khashoggi. But WWE were reportedly paid tens of millions of dollars for the show,
so yay, MONEY! Women not featuring on the shows exposed a
very awkward hypocrisy within WWE’s business practices, as the company had been heavily
promoting their equality-framed Women’s Evolution for years. This is supposedly the
reason why WWE put on the very well-received all-female pay-per-view Evolution last October,
as a transparent make-good just days before the company returned to Saudi Arabia for Crown
Jewel. Writing about WWE’s pay-per-view schedule
for the rest of 2019, though, Dave Meltzer has noted the absence of follow-up Evolution
show – which is odd as when the 2018 all-female event was over, “the feeling was they had
to make it an annual thing”. When asked about an Evolution 2019 show yesterday,
Stephanie McMahon avoided the question, telling The National “We haven’t announced any
plans yet for Evolution but we have a lot of things in the works right now.”
And now Fightful claim to know why… With such big names as John Cena, Daniel Bryan
and Roman Reigns being unhappy with WWE’s Saudi Arabia deal – with all three reportedly
refusing to work last November’s Crown Jewel event – “there’s a major pitch by several
names of influence within the company to get an all-women’s match on an upcoming Saudi
Arabia show.” Apparently those backstage suggest it could
help spin the negative PR into a positive, retroactively positioning WWE at the forefront
of change. Fightful add the idea has been raised to “those in charge of helping facilitate
the events,” but it’s unknown whether it’ll be signed off on.