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question of today. Who would you like to see released from WWE?
Because according to Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Radio, we could see some WWE releases
coming soon. Alvarez noted last week – following the
firing of Eric Bischoff just four months into his Smackdown Creative Director role – that
morale backstage in WWE was quite low. This was because there was a feeling in WWE that
the move to Fox would create a new ‘boom’ period for the company. Sadly that appears
not to be the case, with Smackdown losing 1.5 million viewers from its debut episode
three weeks ago – pulling in similar numbers to what Raw is doing on USA Network.
Alvarez said on Observer Radio, “I was told today, there could be more [releases] coming,
who knows? Morale has not been good for a long time, but apparently the morale has taken
an even bigger hit since October 1st.” Throughout 2019, we’ve had several WWE wrestlers
ask for their release backstage, or talk publicly about their unhappiness, like Shawn Spears,
Kenta, Mike Kannellis, The Revival and Luke Harper – the latter of which was the subject
of Randy Orton’s trolling Instagram post when he tagged Dash Wilder, Scott Dawson,
Harper, Elias and Riddick Moss along with AEW’s Cody Rhodes and AEW Champion Chris
Jericho about their contracts coming to an end soon. Will any of those names be part
of these reported releases? One name that likely won’t be on the list
is Roman Reigns. The Big Dog has been positioned to be one of the top names on Smackdown on
Fox, but there was a scary report yesterday that Reigns picked up an injury during WWE’s
tour of Australia. However according to Cage Side Seats, “if he did it’s nothing serious”.
An injury that might be more serious, however, is one picked up by New Day’s Xavier Woods.
It was reported that Woods picked up an Achilles injury on the Australian tour, which Xavier
confirmed on Twitter – tweeting that he was sorry and couldn’t make the show because
of his Achilles. According to Dave Meltzer, it’s said to be a bad tear – which means
Woods could be out for 6 months or even longer depending on how bad the tear is. We wish
Xavier Woods the speediest of recoveries. He’s one cool dude.
Speaking of cool dudes, and Seth Rollins is doing his very best to cement himself as “not
cool” at a recent Q&A. When a fan asked him about AEW’s Kenny Omega’s joke shoot
comments on NXT from a recent episode of Being The Elite, Rollins replied: “When Kenny
is done playing in the minor leagues over there [at AEW], then he can come and work
at the absolute top professional wrestling company in the world, in front of the most
people, and make the most money.” SIGH. “And have the biggest matches, which is
with me at WrestleMania”. But remember, WWE don’t see them as competition.
Speaking of WWE not considering AEW competition, WrestleZone’s John Clark was in attendance
for Raw in Cleveland, where he reports that WWE staff had stern words with audience members
on the hard cam side of the arena that might have tried to put on AEW merchandise.
WrestleZone write, “WWE officials told the crowd near the stage and entryway that they
would definitely wind up on television, and that anyone that puts on an AEW shirt or sign
will be thrown out the arena.” But remember, WWE don’t see them as competition.
This isn’t the first time that WWE have banned AEW merch from their events, turning
away fans in AEW t-shirts from a Smackdown show earlier this year. It also comes one
year on from WWE removing anti-Charlotte Flair signs from Hell
in a Cell while she was the babyface feuding with the supposed heel Becky Lynch.
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