With WrestleMania being broadcast this weekend,
the buzz for the show that’s “Just Too Big For The Safety Of Its Performers” hasn’t
been as big as in previous years. But some traditions never change – so let’s speculate
over huge WWE return rumours! Because according to Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda,
Ronda Rousey is currently in contract negotiations with WWE for a “return soon”. Ronda is now in the final year of her reported
three-year contract, first debuting at the 2018 Royal Rumble. Colihue reports she is
now negotiating a brand new contract “that would essentially start around the time of
this year’s WrestleMania.” With WWE choosing to show last year’s WrestleMania
main event on this week’s Raw in full, which featured Ronda Rousey being pinned by Becky
Lynch, this could be a subtle hint we’ll be seeing Rousey sooner rather than later
– especially considering how many times she’s been namedropped by Becky Lynch in her feud
with Shanya Baslzer, who’s a real life close friend of Rousey’s. Speaking of promotion for WrestleMania, apparently
the Undertaker of all people has received backstage heat for his promo segment from
Monday’s Raw. In it, The Deadman says that AJ Styles only joined WWE once the likes of
The Rock, Stone Cold and other legends had left, which effectively buries your current
roster. Dave Meltzer has revealed it rubbed people the wrong way in the WWE locker room,
but not Vince McMahon, who apparently approved the line. WWE might not be able to build any stars up
to the heights of Undertaker’s mates for a while though, as Governor Ron DeSantis has
now enforced a stay-at-home order for the entire state of Florida. This puts WWE programming
in doubt – as Florida is the home of the Performance Center where they’ve been filming all their
no fans shows – which the very reliable WrestleVotes corroborated, tweeting “WWE would reconsider
taking a break post Mania” in light of the news. To keep putting out new episodes, WrestleVotes
add that WWE might spread out the footage they’ve already taped for the Raw after
Mania, stretching out the content over several weeks to give the wrestlers and crew their
well-deserved, and mandatory, break. Speaking of people having extended breaks,
Roman Reigns has pulled out his match at WrestleMania due to perfectly understandable concerns over
his health. But WWE is still promoting his big WrestleMania match against Goldberg, and
now we might know why… In an interview with Ariel Helwani on his
ESPN MMA show, Triple H spoke about why WWE still hasn’t announced Reigns’ departure
from the match: “I will say from our standpoint and the
storyline standpoint, it’s going to play out in a unique manner and we want it to play
out that way. I don’t want to give away the ending of the movie before the movie takes
place. So I just think everybody just has to watch and kind of see how this unfolds
but it will unfold in a unique way and I think it will be meaningful.” So WWE don’t want to announce that Roman
can’t compete because it’s a spoiler. Or, according to CageSideSeats, it’s because
they’re going to wait until the very last minute to announce any changes to the card
in the hopes that some people haven’t heard the Roman Reigns news and buy the PPV wanting
to watch him. What do you think of WWE’s WrestleMania
promotion? Let me know in the comments, because I’ll be replying to people FROM OUTTA ISOLATION.
Well, not outta isolation. I’m stuck here. We all are. But with Reigns no longer in the match, what
does that mean for Bill Goldberg? Goldberg will reportedly face Braun Strowman
instead of Reigns at WrestleMania, and it’s possible Strowman might actually be the Blueniversal
Champion right now, as their match was pre-recorded this time last week. According to Dave Meltzer
on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE have a very complicated situation on their hands before
Mania tapings, and it’s not as simple as having Goldberg retain so Reigns can come
back and beat him. Due to Roman’s history with leukemia, putting
him at an increased risk of a serious case of Steve Corino, there’s no date on when
he can safely return to the company. On top of that, Goldberg is a very expensive performer,
and cost-cutting will presumably be on WWE’s mind during these hard financial times. And
the usual track record is that the replacement wins the match, otherwise people find it too
predictable. I think he’s retaining. And I also think John Cena is beating the Fiend.
And Undertaker is literally burying AJ Styles. I’m not optimistic. Watch our WrestleMania
36 predictions after this video to find out the WrestleTalk gang’s thoughts on the other
matches! But us here at WrestleTalk have got something
even more exciting for this weekend… WrestleMania weekend has become as much a
celebration of indie wrestling as the big WWE shows, with many promotions putting on
some of their biggest events of the year. But because of the ongoing pandemic, indie
companies have had to cancel those shows and are now fighting for survival.
So following the incredible success of our WrestleTalk Showcase No Fans Monday, where
we raised thousands of pounds to help support UK indie wrestlers who worked the show, we’re
going one step further this weekend with WrestleTalk Showcase: IndieMania!
WrestleTalk has teamed with some of the best indie promotions in the world for a special
two day live-streaming event, where will include their best matches from the likes of Kenny
Omega, the Young Bucks, Pete Dunne, Jordan Starr, Shibata and more!
All of your superchats throughout the livestream will be split equally amongst all the promotions
involved to help them out during these times, as will any donations to our Support Wrestling
Go Fund Me that you can visit by clicking the link in the video description below, and
profits from our limited edition IndieMania t-shirt at WrestleTalkMerch.com!
So make sure to tune into WrestleTalk for Day one and two of IndieMania this Saturday
and Sunday. Support WrestleTalk, Support Independent Wrestling.
For NXT, WrestleMania weekend has come early, as the first part of their prerecorded TakeOver
started last night. Velveteen Dream beat Bobby Fish in his continued
pursuit of Adam Cole’s NXT title, while Malcolm Bivens named his new faction Bivens
Enterprises. Dakota Kai inserted herself into the Women’s
Championship Number One Contendership Ladder Match next week by winning a gauntlet match
– entering last and defeating Shotzi Blackheart who had defeated every other competitor in
the gauntlet. Kushida defeated Joaquin Wilde before Wilde
was kidnapped in the parking lot, much like Raul Mendoza was two weeks ago. NXT needs
better security. And Keith Lee retained his North American
title over Dominik Dijakovic and Damian Priest by pinning Dijakovic in an excellent match. And AEW put on one hell of a show too.
The Steve Corino outbreak has ravaged the world’s healthcare capacity, its global
economy and changed each and every one of our lives. But even in times of such desperation
and despair, positives can be found – like Cody having his doggie out for commentary
to open the show. Who’s a good Pharoah now there’s no pyro or fans to scare you.
And it wasn’t just the Rhodes family dog out there. After last week’s zero people
around the ring, AEW went back to having a few sparsely placed wrestlers on either side
of the ring. It’s amazing how just five or six people at ringside can really add to
the atmosphere. Dynamite’s opening bout was one of the best
No Fans matches I’ve seen so far, with Trent taking Kenny Omega almost to a time limit
draw, but Kenny just won with a One Winged Angel in the final minute.
Shida beating the debuting AnnaJayy was really good too, somehow putting on a really competitive,
back and forth enhancement match. The terrific in-ring action was matched by
the promo packages AEW ran throughout the episode. They were so effective, I’m actually
really excited to see Jon Moxley face Jake Hager.
It’s not the hottest first title feud for Mox after winning the AEW Championship, and
it’s a shame how he’s lost a lot of momentum in the current situation, but I don’t mind
the Hager match at all. It’s like the two-issue mini-story between the larger epic comic book
arcs to set them up. But the winner of the most comic book segment
goes to the in-ring debuting Lance Archer, who is now my favourite Superman villain.
So far, the MurderHawk act has been a lot more about Jake the Snake than Archer, because
Jake is that damn intense. But promos aren’t Lance’s role. It’s the wrestling side.
And in his debut match murdering Marko Stunt, it was perfection. I’m in love. I love his
look. I love the way he moves. I love, love, love his moveset.
Brodie Lee got another backstage skit, further leaning into his Mr McMahon parody – now telling
minions to call him Mr Brodie. He then used another famous McMahon quirk, shouting at
someone for yawning. As we’ve seen in numerous shoot interviews,
that’s not the most effective management style, and the Dark Order minions lost their
following match against the Natural Nightmares, so Brodie powerbombed one as an example afterwards.
I’m really enjoying the Brodie Lee character, but I feel it’s come at the expense of what
the Dark Order act was before, and, unfortunately, Evil Uno and Stu Grayson.
Chris Jericho then offered Vanguard One an Inner Circle position again in a very funny
promo from his hot tub. Nick Jackson was shown getting back to training
with his brother Matt in a really nice vignette. Having to postpone the Blood and Guts don’t
call it war games match is actually a huge positive. AEW’s original plans only gave
it a two week build. Thank to social distancing, teasing it out longer is going to make it
feel so much bigger. And the main event saw the first half of the
TNT tournament bracket fight in a tag match. Darby initially ignored Cody because he was
too busy being all emo, but as soon as the bell rang, their tag understanding was unspoken.
But that imploded awesomely in the finish – where Darby went to save Cody from a Spears
chair shot, which led to him getting rolled up for the loss. Out of frustration – with
himself for losing as much as Cody – Darby punched Rhodes to close the show.
What did you think of this week’s Dynamite? Let me know in the comments down below and
vote by clicking the i above my head to give your rating.
Archer’s in-ring debut, the fantastic wrestling, and great video packages – I loved this episode.
This week’s Dynamite is ⅘. Our WrestleMania 36 predictions are live!
Click the video on the right to watch mine, Adam Blampied, Luke Owen, Laurie Blake, Pete
Quinnel and Andy Datson’s picks now! And what are the 10 greatest WrestleManias of
all time?! Click the video below that to find out Blampied picks. I’ve been Oli Davis,
and that was wrestling.