Here’s a rundown of what happened This Week In Wrestling:
- So I guess we (including myself) were all swerved by Mark Henry’s teased retirement on Raw. I had a feeling something was up, but given his extensive history of being plagued by injuries, I thought it might have been a justified time to call it a career. After 20 years in this business, maybe I should I have known better, so next time I’ll just wait until the wrestler is dead. On the flip-side of the coin, the swerve sets up Henry for a title match against John Cena at Money In The Bank.
- Speaking of Money In The Bank, there has been talk of two potential briefcase winners at the pay-per-view. The first is Daniel Bryan, who is being considered for a storyline where he will immediately announce his title match cash-in for the main event at SummerSlam in August against John Cena. The other is said to be Dolph Ziggler, who will in-turn cash-in his opportunity as a fan favorite babyface. For those who missed Raw on Monday, it appears that creative is hinting an apparent role reversal with Ziggler turning babyface and Alberto Del Rio turning heel. We also saw CM Punk disassociate himself as a Paul Heyman client, with the final approval coming in form of a Brock Lesnar F5 to close out the show. Word is that Punk and Lesnar will face off at SummerSlam.
- Anyone interested in seeing The Undertaker in the ring again before next year’s Wrestlemania? Word is that creative is working hard to lure the Deadman back for tag team match at SummerSlam, where Taker would pair up with Kane against The Shield. Taker waited a long time to make his decision on whether or not he wanted to compete at Wrestlemania this year, thus the lackluster build up for his match against CM Punk – which pretty much stole the show anyway. Apparently, he’s got the wrestling itch again and is in better shape than he was a few months ago. Sources close to him have confirmed that Taker knows the end of his career isn’t too far away, so he may be a bit more active than waiting around for his yearly Mania return. Those sources also claim, Taker may consider competing at the Royal Rumble as well, to set up a better backstory for his match at Wrestlemania 30, where his opponent could end up being Brock Lesnar.
- Word on the indy scene is that Ring of Honor star Mike Bennett was told by WWE officials to hang tight but hasn’t been given a start date for developmental yet. He will be working for ROH until then.
- Speaking of Ring of Honor, the promotion hosted their internet PPV, Best in The World 2013 in Baltimore. Former WWE superstar Matt Hardy appeared in a featured match against the controversial Kevin Steen. Here is a great social media promo Hardy put online to push the event:
- Confirmed reports out of Monday Night Raw tell of a heated backstage verbal confrontation between Daniel Bryan and Triple H. Bryan legitimately suffered a stinger in his match against Randy Orton and WWE officials were instructed to stop the match. The planned finish had Bryan defeating Orton to help set up Bryan’s main event run this summer. When Bryan returned to the back, he was “irate” and complained to Triple H that the match should not have been stopped. They got into a loud argument in the gorilla position backstage with a lot of people looking on. Triple H argued that they were protecting him and they don’t want anyone working hurt. Both men did apologize to each other.
- On this week’s episode of TNA Impact Wrestling, Sting revealed the first member of the new Main Event Mafia to be Kurt Angle. It’s being said that creative wants to be extremely careful with who they use in this angle to try and avoid it from going stale too soon. The original MEM group consisted of workers who were legends, but were now limited to what the could do in the ring due to their age. It is said that this new reboot is also an effort to pass the torch to seasoned TNA veterans who should be able to carry the weight of the company in the future.
- Rob Van Dam was interviewed this week by VOC nation, where he shed some light on his WWE return: “It’s definitely not a couple of appearances and I’m gone….”I’m definitely not interested in a full time schedule. I asked WWE before I left if there was anything for me part time (like TNA had offered), and they wanted me back but they wanted me full time….Now things have changed; there’s different people in the office there that are more sympathetic and understanding to the road life combined with the wrestling career. They came around; this is going to be awesome. There is a lot of excitement….A lot of people didn’t notice a lot of what I did over the last 3 years. With one 48 second video, WWE made RVD more relevant than he had been in the past several years. A lot of fans don’t watch (TNA). People were asking me if I retired, and I felt like a constant ambassador telling people to watch TNA to see me.”
- On a related note, creative pitched the idea of pairing up Rob Van Dam with Paul Heyman, but given the response to his return, he’ll likely be used as a babyface.
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