Craig Wilson and Brian Damage
It’s Saturday so time for the latest instalment of ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 27th of 2018. Today, Craig talks about ‘Team Hell No’ while Brian talks about Kenny Omega and shares all the best viral content he’s stumbled upon this week.
One of the most enjoyable moments of the current main roster WWE programming in recent weeks has been the return of Team Hell No.
The team, made up of Daniel Bryan and Kane for those not aware, were previously a hugely entertaining double act – as they sought help from Dr. Selby, as well as proving successful with a run as champions.
Now, though, the team absolutely makes more sense. Why, you may ask, because of Daniel Bryan.
His return to in-ring competition will rightly be remembered as one of the feelgood moments of 2018. After the sad, and emotional, way his career came grinding to a halt, it was a remarkable change of fortunes when it was announced that after years trying, he had been medically cleared to once again step inside the squared circle.
And it’s fair to say that since then, it doesn’t really look like he’s missed a beat. While he may have left Saudi Arabia and the ‘Greatest Royal Rumble’ with a chest covered in bruising, Bryan also grabbed a new record thanks to spending a staggering one hour, 16 minutes and five seconds in the match – entering as number one and lasting till the death.
Perhaps giving food for thought to many who expected injuries to hamper his return and stop it reaching the heights that it could.
But the WWE naturally does have to be wary and to do all that it can to protect Bryan from reinjuring himself. Ultimately, though, with his popularity, they also want him on as many shows as possible. And what’s the easiest way to have him on shows but also to cut his workload?
That’s right, stick him in a tag team. Furthermore, it also gives Kane something fun and meaningful on what is presumably his last run with the company.
Will they grab tag team gold, maybe, maybe not but it will give the tag team ranks a boost while protecting Daniel Bryan and giving Kane one last hurrah. That’s not a bad thing by anyone’s stretch of the imagination.
There is no question, one of the hottest wrestlers in the world right now not under a WWE contract is New Japan’s Kenny Omega. He recently defeated the seemingly unbeatable Kazuchika Okada to become the new IWGP heavyweight champion. Omega was a guest on Jim Ross’ podcast the Ross Report and when asked about the possibility of joining the WWE in the future…Omega had this to say:
Now every promotion has so many good guys. There’s really no way I would have a bad time going almost anywhere because the depth of the talent is just so deep. WWE right now has a very great collection of talent with guys and I would feel like it’s a missed opportunity if I couldn’t work with them at some point. Of course the huge name among them is AJ Styles. You know I’d love to work with AJ and I’d like to be able to do it while I can still move, you know what I mean?”
Does this mean that Kenny Omega going to the WWE is imminent? No. He actually just signed a contract in January of 2018 to remain in New Japan until January 31st, 2019. While Omega isn’t coming to the “Alpha” of all wrestling organizations for at least another year….it certainly got people’s attention. For the first time in a long time…Omega has at least hinted that a WWE return is a possibility.
Return you ask? For those that don’t know, Omega was under a WWE developmental contract back in 2006. After about a year, Omega and WWE parted ways and since that time…Kenny has become a huge star for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Some have speculated that the reason Omega teased this was because he had recently come under scrutiny for booking Chasyn Rance (a registered sex offender in Florida) on a recent show. Omega’s reputation took a bit of a hit because of the incident and some thought Omega’s attempt to deflect some of that criticism led to that WWE quote.
I for one don’t believe that. I honestly believe Omega would like another shot in WWE. The timing just hasn’t been right as of yet. The thoughts of Omega coming to WWE does sound appealing, especially if you think about all the dream matches that could become a reality. Kenny Omega vs Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura, Hideo Itami, Kevin Owens etc, etc. The biggest match, of course, would be against AJ Styles.
The last time Omega and Styles were together, he turned on AJ in Japan and took over the leadership role of the Bullet Club. A match between those two at a Wrestlemania would be priceless. Of course, there are those who may have trepidations about Kenny Omega in a WWE ring. Would he be used to his fullest potential or wasted like other talents have in the past. Would Omega be successful like AJ Styles or flounder like Itami has for some time? That may be a risk that Kenny Omega is willing to take.
Then again, maybe not. The biggest fish in the pro wrestling Ocean outside of the WWE’s grasp is out there. Can he be caught? We may find out on February 1st, 2019. Stay Tuned.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn as Super Mario Villains…
A cool Lucha Libre drawing.
Speaking of Moms, Christy Hemme has four kids.
A Vader tattoo
For those wondering whatever happened to Tammy Sytch aka Sunny…
A Mick Foley tattoo
Geoffrey the Giraffe from Toys R Us has found a new gig!
Renee Young and Nia Jax
This seemed like a very cool idea before social media came along. It still does actually.
The Luchador Dogs
Then there was that time that Bruno Sammartino wrestled Batman….errr I mean Battman.
Two Japanese greats! Asuka and Bull Nakano
Walk into a room like you own the place…
Bret Hart and his grown son (who looks like he could wrestle too) in a Calgary Car commercial
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