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?
Venue: Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, LA)
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, & Aiden English
205 Live points its focus to (the) WrestleMania (Kickoff Show) as GM Drake Maverick declares an elimination tournament. The prize? A shot at Buddy Murphy‘s Cruiserweight Championship. Also on the show Mike Kanellis tries to figure out a winning formula as he takes on former champ Cedric Alexander and Ariya Daivari follows up his nu-metal promo last week by making mince meat out of a poor nameless dude.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Buddy Murphy
- Humberto Carrillo vs. TJP (**1/2)
- Ariya Daivari vs. Johnny Lyons (SQUASH)
- Cedric Alexander vs. Mike Kanellis (**1/2)
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!
Venue: Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, LA)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton
WWE looks towards Fastlane this week on SmackDown as we find out who will challenge ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan for his eco-friendly WWE Championship at the final stop before WrestleMania (BE KOFI. WHY NOT KOFI?). Also on the show The Miz aims to make a public apology to tag team partner Shane McMahon for costing them the Tag Team Championship, maybe some more NXT involvement, and much more. Follow along live as I recap WWE’s superior brand.
- WWE Champion: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
- WWE United States Champion: R-Truth
- SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Asuka
- SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
- Aleister Black vs. Andrade (**1/2)
- Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Bar (***1/4)
- Asuka vs. Mandy Rose (*3/4)
- Ricochet vs. Eric Young (**)
- Kofi Kingston, AJ Styles, & Jeff Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, & Samoa Joe (**3/4)
D-Generation X, the rebellious stable that went from ‘kind-of funny sometimes’ to ‘THE GREATEST FACTION EVER WHO KILLED WCW SINGLE-HANDEDLY’ after WWE won the Monday Night Wars, have been announced as the first members of the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Class. ESPN were the first ones to break the story, but my work internet has them blocked so0o0o0o I’m giving WWE.com a nod as well. Here are the members of DX that are included in this induction:
- Shawn Michaels (making him a 2-time HOF inductee alongside Ric Flair)
- Triple H
- Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman (and hopefully his cool as hell dog)
- Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer
- The New Age Outlaws (‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James & ‘Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn)
While Rick Rude, one of the OG members of DX, is noticeably absent, the fact that the late Chyna is getting inducted alongside the rest of DX is both surprising and very welcome. WWE had trepidation in inducting Chyna due to her adult film past, which to me always felt like code for ‘WWE is scared Chyna would speak too much truth or knock Stephanie’s teeth out’, but that appears to be have subsided enough for this to happen. Too bad WWE didn’t have the guts to do it while she was alive, or have her as a solo inductee (though Triple H does mention that is inevitable in the ESPN article), but hey take what you can get. Rude getting subbed is strange though; I figure they would have at least welcomed back his son to do his SPOT-ON impression of his father again.
Inducting DX makes sense so I have no problem with it, but I won’t pretend I like DX or that their whole shtick has aged well (all versions). I thought the ‘Suck It’ crotch chop was pretty funny and got in trouble in school for doing it to people, and I love that SummerSlam 1998 ladder match between Trips and The Rock, but that’s mostly it barring some skits here and there for me. But hey our lord and savior Billy BY GOD Gunn is getting a HOF ring so all is well.
The 2019 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place live on April 6th from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY as part of WrestleMania weekend. I’ll update y’all when they announce more inductees.