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– I’m Oli Davis.
No Flippy Stuff
WrestleMania weekend won’t just see WWE,
Ring of Honor, Lucha Underground and Impact
run events in New Orleans; scores of independent
promotions will also descend on the town to
showcase a variety of different styles and
ways to anger Jim Cornette.
In total, there will be over 50 wrestling-related
events between Thursday 4th April and Tuesday
9th in New Orleans, with wrestling shows EVOLVE
103, Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2, Revolution
Pro Wrestling and Progress.
But oddly, all those promotions share the
same top heel…
The Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission.
David Bixenspan has a fascinating article
over on Deadspin about the Commission banning
a series of wrestling moves in the state,
All variations of the Pile Driver;
All variations of the Power Bomb;
The “Moonsault”, “Shooting Star”,
or “450 Splash” or any variation thereof
which involves one wrestler, leaping or flipping
off the ropes or turnbuckles to contact the
head or neck of the opponent with any part
of his body;
The “Stungun” or any variation thereof
which results in the one fighter’s head
or neck being dragged, draped or “closelined”
[sic] across the ropes;
The striking of a wrestler’s head with any
object, chair, trashcan lid, etc., and…
No wrestler shall throw, push, shove or force
another out of the ring or over the top rope.
Early 90s Bill Watts would be proud.
This all dates back to a wrestler being paralysed
by a piledriver in the state in 1996, where
he successfully sued the Commission for several
Interestingly, “WWE is not subject to the
move bans” because the Commission “trusts
the competence and training of their wrestlers”.
The same is true with Ring of Honor, who are
now considered a “major league group”
by the Commission.
For the many different indie promotions, however,
they will be forced to either give Will Ospreay
boots of lead so he can’t do any high flying
moves… although he’ll probably still find
a way; or seek permission from the Commission
for certain moves before the event.
But while we might not see any piledrivers
on WrestleMania weekend, we might get a big-time
Rey Mysterio For Braun Strowman’s Mystery
Sports Illustrated are reporting Vince McMahon
is “strongly considering” using Rey Mysterio
as Braun Strowman’s mystery tag partner
against Cesaro and Sheamus at WrestleMania.
This depends on if Mysterio is able to wrestle
come April 8th, as he suffered a bicep tear
during an independent show at the start of
While the injury isn’t as severe as first
thought, with it only taking a few weeks to
fully heal, Rey did miss his advertised New
Japan date last Sunday, where he was scheduled
to fight Jushin Thunder Liger at Strong Style
Rey did still appear in a non-wrestling capacity
at the event, though, cutting a promo before
his replacement Will Ospreay took on Liger,
promising to wrestle for New Japan as soon
as possible – and then he seemingly set up
future matches with Ospreay, Liger and even
Justin Barrasso points out Mysterio’s WWE
return for WrestleMania “is currently expected
to be a short-term deal”, which would mean
Rey could both take the pin instead of Strowman,
and Mysterio could then return to work matches
in New Japan.
But it’s important to note Sports Illustrated
are also the ones who claimed The Undertaker’s
WrestleMania return match was cancelled, and
John Cena would be taking on Mysterio instead.
What are 5 other surprise returns we could
see at WrestleMania 34?
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