Craig Wilson and Brian Damage
It’s Saturday so time for the latest instalment of ’This Week in Wrestling’, the second of 2018. Today, Craig talks about the news surrounding Paige while Brian looks at whether Vince McMahon would sell the WWE and shares all the best viral content he’s stumbled upon this week.
The Chapter is Over: The end of Paige and the WWE?
It is being widely reported that WWE doctors have informed Saraya-Jade ‘Paige’ Bevis that they will not clear her to return to active competition with the company.
This news follows the recent house show injury picked up by Paige during a six-women tag match. Paige was teaming with Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville against Sasha Banks, Bayley & Mickie James. During the match, Paige took a kick to the back from Banks and dropped to the canvas. She struggled to get to her feet before falling to the mat, causing the referee to throw up the dreaded “X” injury sign and brought the match to an end. Although a stretcher was brought out, Paige was able to walk to the back with the assistance of the doctors in attendances.
However, she hasn’t wrestled on-screen since. It hasn’t been long since Paige returned after a 17-month break from the company, owing to a neck injury, during which time she infamously had two wellness violations.
PWInsider is now reporting that at this past week’s episode of Raw, Paige was told that she wouldn’t be cleared to compete again within a WWE ring and that she was done as an active in-ring worker. The situation has since been compared to that of both Edge and Daniel Bryan and Paige has supposedly now been pulled from competing at the Royal Rumble later this month, where she was scheduled for the women’s Rumble match.
Leading UK newspaper the Sun is reporting that while the initial belief was that it was a mild concussion, further tests have revealed more serious damage, bringing to an end a very promising career that has sadly, for several reasons, not reached the promised land many hoped it would.
Paige first burst onto the scene the night after WrestleMania 30, capturing the Divas title from AJ Lee on the historically red-hot episode of Raw the following night. At the tender age of 21, she became the first performer to hold both the NXT women’s title and Divas title at the same time.
To many, quite rightly, she appeared to be the fact, and future, of WWE women’s wrestling and was at the forefront of the women’s revolution that tore through the company.
However, this came to a shuddering halt in 2016 when she took a hiatus due to injury. Wellness violations followed as did a much-publicised relationship with former WWE performer Alberto Del Rio. It even, for a while, looked as though she wouldn’t return to a WWE ring.
In September 2017, she was cleared to return to the WWE ring and two months later returned on Raw alongside Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, attacking Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Mickie James, as well as Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss.
This new trio, as well as the one on Smackdown, appeared to promise a bold new future for the women’s division as well as for Paige herself.
Sadly, it would appear that this is no longer the case. In a personal capacity, I am saddened by this news. I hope that it isn’t true, and that Paige isn’t done as an in-ring competitor. It would be a tragedy if it is true.
There has been a lot of talk and speculation lately that Vince McMahon might be considering selling his beloved WWE. Are the rumors true? Could we possibly see a McMahon-less WWE in the near future? Seems unlikely on the surface, but each week we seemingly hear another rumbling of McMahon shopping his company.
First, Vince McMahon sold 100 million dollars worth of stock. The rumors started flying that Vince was possibly ready to resurrect the XFL or possibly place a bid on the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Then we hear that McMahon spoke with executives over at Disney leading to speculation he may sell to the Mickey Mouse company. This week, it is being bandied about that McMahon has had discussions with FOX.
Apparently, it wasn’t just about potentially having FOX carry WWE programming, but to have FOX potentially buy the sports entertainment company outright. As I said, it seems far fetched, but is it an impossibility? My answer is no. I mean where there is smoke there is fire, right? Could it be that Vince McMahon has finally burnt out from professional wrestling?
Kevin Nash has claimed he recently spoke to Vince and said that the fire and passion aren’t quite there anymore. The landscape of the business has changed so much and maybe McMahon is tired of changing with the times. I still have my doubts about all this talk of the McMahons selling WWE but I am not 100% ruling it out either.
If he did actually sell, would it benefit or hurt the company? Say what we will about Vince, he built the company to where it is today. He worked tirelessly to make it into the global force it is today. We always assumed his children Shane and Stephanie would take it over but are they not interested in running things the way he did. What about Triple H who helped build the NXT brand into what it is? Does he have a shot at running things?
If the answer is no, what are the benefits of having a major company like Disney or FOX running a wrestling company? Would the McMahons stay on as simply employees? Would either of these two companies do the right thing and run the company as is or tweak it to their liking? Who knows the answers? All we have right now are whispers but, every day, those whispers get louder and louder.
Ah yes, WCW Nitro fragrance for men.
It’ll make you smell great for about 84 weeks straight and then stink to the high heavens afterwards.
Just an average day with Kota Ibushi of New Japan waiting for a bus…
This is believed to be the oldest pro wrestling painting in existence. It is a painting of wrestler Joe Acton and is believed to have been made back in 1883.
The Bludgeon Bros done by Nintendo
So when Dolph Ziggler walked away from the WWE and the United States title, where did he go? Hmmm?
The Von Erichs have a street named after them in Texas…
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