Roman Reigns made his return to WWE television earlier tonight on RAW and made a big announcement: his leukemia is once again in remission and, in his words, ‘THE BIG DOG IS BACK!’. Reigns left WWE in October to fight the illness, vacating the Universal Championship in the process. Cancer is no laughing matter and nothing to be taken lightly, so all of the well-wishes and congratulations to Roman Reigns for his successful battle. Well-done, Big Dog.
Wrestling Inc reports that top Impact Wrestling superstar, and leader of the oVe brotherhood, Sami Callihan has signed a multi-year contract to remain with the company. Callihan made his debut in 2017 and had a tremendous 2018 resulting in being voted ‘Wrestler of the Year’ by the Impact fans (despite almost accidentally killing Eddie Edwards with a very real baseball shot to the eye). According to the article this is just the first of many signings Impact Wrestling is hoping to make this week, so keep an eye out on this very website for more possible announcements. And, just for giggles, let’s all rock the f*ck out to oVe’s banger of a theme song.
Bruce Prichard, the longtime pro wrestling industry veteran who has been experiencing a career renaissance thanks to the world of podcasting, is reportedly headed back to WWE. Mike Johnson of PW Insider reports that the artist sometimes known as Brother Love has been hired by WWE in a ‘top position’ in its Creative department and will be starting in Monday for RAW in Atlanta. Prichard previously worked for WWE behind the scenes from 1987-1991 and 1992-2008 as a Producer, and also had a stint in a similar position for Impact Wrestling from 2010-2013. Prichard’s career found second-wind in 2006 when he joined up with Conrad Thompson to host Something to Wrestle With, a weekly deep dive on the goings-on of WWE during his two stints with the company. It’s been near the top of the podcast charts almost since its debut, and led to a video version called Something Else to Wrestle With on the WWE Network (which may end up coming back for a second season now) as well as a Brother Love cameo during RAW‘s 25th Anniversary where he got one of the loudest, if not the loudest, pop of the night. Does this spell the end of Something to Wrestle With as a weekly podcast? No word yet but I wouldn’t be surprised if it at least became a less frequent thing.
WWE have made releases of Tye Dillinger, Hideo Itami, and TJP via official via their Twitter account.
WWE has reported that former multi-time World Champion Roman Reigns will be making an appearance this Monday on RAW, four-plus months after announcing that he was taking a leave of absence to battle leukemia. He is expected to be in attendance to give the fans an update on his fight, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he interacted with his former Shield brothers, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, in some capacity as well. Despite my own feelings on ‘The Big Dog’, I’m glad he appears to be doing well and is on the road to recovery.
Monday’s RAW is also slated to be the 70th birthday celebration for ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair so it looks like WWE has one helluva show lined up. Will you be watching live?
I had to re-read this article a handful of times to make sure this wasn’t an early April Fool’s Joke. Heat Vision reports that Chris Hemsworth, better known to movie audiences as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or as Kirk’s Dad in 2009’s Star Trek), will be starring in a Hulk Hogan biopic to be co-written and directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy, the upcoming Joker flick starring Jaoquin Pheonix). The film, which looks to be heading to Netflix, will not tell ALL of Hogan’s story unfortunately; instead it’ll act as an “origin story” of Hulkamania, whatever that means. Given that Hogan is one of the producers (as well as Hemsworth and Eric Bischoff) that’s altogether not surprising, but a little disappointing. I hope they at least make it to the late-80s or something so Dan Soder can do his uncanny ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage impersonation for the masses. No timetable or anything related to release date, or production, or nothing.
Given all the (justifiably) negative press surrounding Hogan in his later years, I’m surprised things have cooled off enough for any biopic to be made of him. That being said I cannot WAIT to see this for myself, and to see Hemsworth do a Hulk Hogan impression. That’s gonna be WILD, brother jack dude.
It’s official: in two weeks at Fastlane, Daniel Bryan will be defending the WWE Championship against Kofi Kingston! This was announced through authority figure Shane McMahon at the end of tonight’s SmackDown Live to the joy of anyone with a beating heart. Kingston has been riding a wave of popularity following his iron man performance on last week’s SmackDown as well as his NEAR-VICTORY at Elimination Chamber. Awesome. Bryan/Kingston was going to happen one way or another given the fan reaction, and I’m glad it’s gonna be on a PPV and hopefully in the main event. DO IT, WWE. MAKE KOFI YOUR CHAMPION. WHY NOT KOFI.
WWE Fastlane takes place live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on March 10th. Miz/Shane vs. The Usos for the SMACKDOWN Tag Team Championship was also announced but who cares, KOFI IS GETTING THE TITLE SHOT!