Another week is finished and we have hit another milestone with the series. This week will be a little different!
Recently there has been a number of reports explaining that WWE will finally be making some more call ups to the main roster. The reason I say finally is because NXT in a way has become just as bloated as the main roster. I've heard plenty of stories about them not having enough lockers for everyone at the performance center which is a problem. How do you fix the problem? Call people up and take them out of the performance center.
It was announced on the most recent edition of Smackdown that Matt Riddle will finally be making the jump to the main roster after wrapping up his feud with Timothy Thatcher on NXT. Riddle has been one talent that a lot of fans have wanted to see make the move, but have had doubts in some cases, because of his attitude when we would see that happening. Either way though Kurt Angle endorsed him before the vignette started which is special in itself, but one has to wonder would a feud with Pete Dunne been in the cards if things were different and not Timothy Thatcher. Basically if Dunne was stuck in the UK due to the pandemic would they have still moved Riddle up to Smackdown now or would it have been longer down the line.
However, Riddle isn't the only NXT star set to get the call up to the main roster, because if Smackdown is getting a new star then Raw needs one as well. According to the recent edition of the Wrestling Observer current NXT star Dominik Dijakovic will be getting called up soon with him being expected to join Raw. Dominik had been having show stealing matches recently with North American Champion Keith Lee and has proven himself time and again as someone who could make the jump which is something I mentioned earlier. It has taken a while, but NXT once again has a deep roster and needs to make some room to allow other stars to shine and start getting some new faces over again. Overall the main roster needs some new blood and NXT needs a shot in the arm so these call ups benefit both parties for once and I think there should be more to come.
Another week down and it's time to look back at the news from the last week that didn't get the spotlight.
This past Tuesday saw the season finale of the Dark Side of the Ring which told the story of the final days of Owen Hart. For the first time to my knowledge since the tragic event twenty one years ago his family spoke on his passing in this documentary. I will not spoil anything of what was said for that you need to go back and watch it. It has changed my opinion on the entire situation and I'm happy his family finally got the chance to speak.
The episode being the final episode of the season had high expectations and the subject of the episode raised expectations even more. They more than delivered with the season finale drawing a record rating and viewers for the finale. The final tally puts it at 349,000 people up 32% from the previous week's episode on the Road Warriors which might bound well for a season 3. Fact is I would love to see them return next year, but we won't know until probably the fall what the fate is of our favorite wrestling docu series.
Unfortunately we also lost a valued member of the wrestling family yesterday as youngster Hana Kimura passed away at the age of 22. I don't know the first thing about her, but this when I look to Ring of Honor's website for help: "Hana was one of the top young stars in STARDOM, the premier women’s professional wrestling organization in the sport. She also competed in several matches in ROH, including a six-woman tag match at G1 Supercard before a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.Hana followed in her mother Kyoko Kimura’s footsteps into pro wrestling, making her official in-ring debut in 2016 at the age of 18. She won STARDOM’s prestigious Five Star Grand Prix in 2019. In 2018, Hana participated in the tournament to crown the inaugural Women of Honor Champion. This past January, Hana competed in a tag match at New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 14 before more than 40,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome. It was the first women’s match at the Tokyo Dome in nearly 20 years."
It is always a horrible tragedy when something like this happens and we can only hope that people learn how much words can hurt and cause push people to the very brink. I want to offer my deepest condolences to Hana's family, friends, and fans. Rest in Peace!! Gone far to soon!!!
Another week is done and we look back before we move forward to a new week.
By far the biggest coming out of this week is the announcement made earlier this week by now former Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch. It absolutely was unexpected headline when I saw that Becky was pregnant and not just, because I know her Seth are together it's more I didn't expect it at all. In wrestling it often very difficult to know when a performer will decide it's time to start a family and put their career on hold especially when they are at the top of their game like Becky Lynch. The amount of emotion during the speech made it seem like she was going to retire. It was one of Becky's best promo's in a long time and this will be a blessing, because it will give Becky some needed time off for people to start missing her.
It was reported earlier this week that "Iron" Mike Tyson will be a special guest at the upcoming AEW Double or Nothing event. Tyson will not be physically involved in anything at this point and will be the man to present the new TNT Championship belt to the winner of Lance Archer vs Cody. Tyson has been pretty absent from the public eye in recent years, but was making headlines recently with the talk of his return to boxing gaining attention. The one thing we knew is that when "Iron" Mike is around we can truly expect the unexpected.
A week has come to an end and we need to look back again but a day earlier this time around.
In an interesting turn of events the publisher of WWE games 2K tweeted about the future of the game this coming after the universally panned failure that the recent installment in the series was considered. I for one haven't played a WWE game in a few years based on the series lacking in the last few years and just not really being a game I thought was worth spending money on. In the past the WWE game was a yearly purchase, but I think after 2K17 the interest hit a low and we stop really wasting the money.
On this week's edition of Dynamite we were treated to a street fight and the debut of Matt Hardy. Hardy & Kenny Omega fought Sammy Guevara and Chris Jericho in an interesting match to say the least and a few sights I never thought I would see in a wrestling match. I think there is a line and even though we are in a time unlike any other there is still a line that shouldn't be crossed with wrestling and this hovered on that line I'm not really sure how I feel about this match, but I am intrigued enough to see the follow up.
Another update with another week coming to a close we need to move forward, not before looking back.
With the current societal restrictions in place it has been a few months since we've seen fans in the crowd for the WWE and AEW. But in a quote taken from a forbes article: "The site wrote, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a press briefing...that he is optimistic that if positive trends continue, that fans could return to sporting events like wrestling, UFC, etc. possibly in June or July with limited arena capacity and social distancing adherence. DeSantis stated WWE has a positive effect on the Florida economy, thus why it was important to keep them filming in Orlando. He mentioned that Wrestlemania 36 was going to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to the Sunshine State, therefore he wants to keep that relationship strong.”
Though its unclear when exactly things will change back this is definitely a step forward and heading in the right direction. I don't know that things will ever really be normal again or at least for right now, but we should just take a win when we can get it, because there has been a lot of bad out there. It's getting calm and more controlled and we will be able to recover from this eventually. The obvious thing might be we all might just have to slow down a little bit and not rush through our days like we use to. Enjoying the little things can help better understand the importance of the small things and why it helps ease some tensions and anxiety you might be feeling in a particular moment.