Hello and welcome to the WrestleTalk News
– I’m Oli Davis, bay-bay!
If you own a wrestling promotion, having a
working relationship with WWE has its perks.
Presumably a discounted Network subscription,
a lifetime membership to TOUT, and, of course,
a photo of Triple H pointing at you.
But all that pales in comparison to occasionally
getting to play with NXT or 205 Live talent.
Just like British promotions PROGRESS, who
frequently use WWE UK-contracted talent like
Pete Dunne and Moustache Mountain, and ICW
who recently announced Drew McIntyre will
be going into their Hall of Fame, Adam Cole
bay-bay wrestled Walter for the NXT North
American Championship as EVOLVE main event
While the iPPV broadcast of the show went
off-air with EVOLVE Champion Matt Riddle retaining
his title against AR Fox, the live crowd only
were treated to the NXT title bout as a dark
match main event, which Cole won.
It was a wrestling show so hot, the fire alarm
went off part way through the night – prompting
the crowd to break into a Seth Rollins chant
with no regard for their own safety:
For which Rollins himself apologised to EVOLVE’s
head booker – “Sorry Gabe Sapolsky”
Very accomplished wrestlers like Cole, Ricochet
and more have gone to NXT as a stepping stone
to one day join the main WWE roster. Which
makes sense from a career perspective, but
– as one former WWE star has pointed out – is
a strange use of a ‘developmental’ promotion.
In response to Dave Meltzer speculating that
WWE could try to sign wrestlers scheduled
to appear at September 1st’s All In show,
organiser Cody Rhodes joked about independent
wrestlers going to NXT:
“That’s a possibility. Everybody has different
goals. If your goal is to take a meet/greet
style handshake photo, and pretend to be excited
about going back to wrestling school…that’s
your prerogative ha.”
Cody’s ‘meet/greet style handshake photo’
line is presumably a reference to the compulsory
Triple H picture after most new NXT signees.
And Cody wasn’t done there, as he pointed
out going back to ‘wrestling school’ isn’t
the only step down for an independent wrestler
signing with WWE. You’ll likely make less
money working for the biggest wrestling company
in the world.
“The takeover events are outstanding. So
much positivity surround them. Might be the
future model as well for the industry…w/less
events, but more attention. BUT there’s
definitely more money on the outside. Nearly
triple for those who work hard.”
“It’s not just for the big guys, but anybody
with steady dates. Too many positive financial
factors. Travel handled, rate, merchandising.”
And that’s not to mention all the rap songs
you can release!
You might remember that before Enzo Amore
was released by WWE amidst since-dropped sexual
assault allegations, he was in the middle
of a romantic storyline with Nia Jax on Raw.
But I know she only ever had eyes for Davis,
Now Enzo has broken his media silence since
his WWE release, he’s revealed where that
soap opera was intended to go to the Store
After Amore would toy with Nia to get her
to help him win his matches, the storyline
was apparently going to end with Jax finding
out that Enzo had been cheating on her with
her best friend Alexa Bliss.
“Nia didn’t know that. Alexa didn’t know
it. I knew that because Vince [McMahon] told
Because of Enzo’s release, however, Nia
ended up teaming with Apollo Crews in Mixed
Match Challenge, and Bliss was caught calling
Jax names behind her back on a live video
feed with Mickie James – which explains why
Mickie suddenly became a heel out of nowhere
in the weeks following Amore being fired.
Paige just got a huge tattoo on her chest!
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