Below are the top pro-wrestling (WWE & AEW) news & Divas stories of the day:
• BREAKING NEWS: WWE Hall Of Famer Passes Away
WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross just announced on his official Twitter account that Old School WWF Legend Blackjack Lanza has passed away.
He was 86 years old.
Together with his long-time Tag Team partner Blackjack Mulligan, Lanza was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by their former manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
Here’s what J.R. tweeted:
“Just heard from old, Winnipeg friend Bob Holliday that Jack Lanza has passed away at the age of 86.
Jack was our lead agent during the Attitude Era.
Just heard from old, Winnipeg friend Bob Holliday that Jack Lanza has passed away at the age of 86.
Jack was our lead agent during the Attitude Era.
Helluva hand. 🙏🤠
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) December 8, 2021
Him and Blackjack Mulligan formed the legendary Tag Team ‘The Blackjacks’, a Team that won World Tag Team Titles in various promotions such as the WWWF and Verne Gagne’s AWA.
After Lanza retired, he started to work for Vince McMahon Jr.’s World Wrestling Federation as a Road Agent.
We extend our condolences to Lanza’s family, friends and fans.
• Reason Behind WWE Booking Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar At The Day 1 PPV
As seen on last week’s episode of SmackDown, Brock Lesnar returned and made Sami Zayn get his Universal Title match against Roman Reigns on that night, instead of the WWE Day 1 PPV.
Lesnar then talked to Sonya Deville and made it official that the winner of this Title match will defend the Title against him at Day 1.
Before the main event, Lesnar assaulted Zayn. Roman then quickly defeated Sami to retain the Universal Title.
The main event of the WWE Day 1 PPV will now be Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
According to the Wrestling Observer, WWE wants to establish ‘Day 1’ as one of their biggest annual shows and that’s why they booked their biggest match possible for January 1, 2022:
“To establish this as a traditional big show, and the idea is to make this one of the biggest shows of the year, you need to establish it. Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns is the strongest match they’ve got. So, that’s the match they chose to establish it.
The feeling is that Royal Rumble didn’t need it. They’re trying to establish January 1st as one of the biggest shows of the year and so, they’re gonna put their biggest match in there.”
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• WWF Legend Announces That He’s Cancer Free
Old School WWF Legend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan shared good news today on Twitter. He posted a video and announced that he’s cancer free now!
Here’s what he said:
“Hi, everybody. I just wanted to share with everybody the great news that I just received that my cancer is all incapsulated inside my prostate. They checked my bones, that came out clear. The surrounding tissue came out clear. The lymph nodes came out clear.
So, thank god, I’m cancer free. You know, this is my second bout with cancer. 20 Years ago, I had kidney cancer. Now, prostate cancer. Folks, remember, early detection saves lives.
And Merry, Merry Christmas! Ho, Ho, HOOOOO!”
Let's kick off the day with an update from Hacksaw! Hoooooo! pic.twitter.com/iN40n38Rsv
— Hacksaw Jim Duggan (@OfficialHacksaw) December 8, 2021
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• WWE’s New Annual Plan Revealed
WWE will be doing their Day 1 pay-per-view on January 1, 2022.
This isn’t going to be a one-off show. This is the beginning of an annual tradition.
According to the Wrestling Observer, the ‘Day 1’ PPV is WWE President Nick Khan’s idea and a new Holiday tradition for the WWE.
Below is the current match-card for WWE Day 1:
– Universal Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
– WWE Championship Match: Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens
– Edge vs. The Miz
– RAW Tag Team Championship Match: RK-BRO (Randy Orton & Riddle) (c) vs. The Mysterios OR The Street Profits
– SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos (c) vs. The New Day
Speaking of Nick Khan, the Wrestling Observer also reported that Nick could be in line to replace Vince McMahon one day:
“I mean it’s kind of a Board of Directors thing, but probably (Nick Khan being Vince McMahon’s replacement), yeah. Unless they went and hired somebody else from the outside, but probably Nick Khan, yes.”
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• “I hope it is not those same things that have happened in the past” – Bubba Ray Dudley On Jeff Hardy Being Sent Home
As we reported before, Drew McIntyre, Jeff Hardy & Xavier Woods defeated The Bloodline (Universal Champion Roman Reigns & SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos) in a 6-man tag team match in the main event of Saturday’s WWE Live Event in Edinburg, Texas.
Hardy spent most of his time inside the ring during this match, getting worked by Reigns & The Usos.
You can watch it below:
Jeff reportedly became more sluggish as the match went on. He then tagged in McIntyre and left the match. Hardy went to the back through the crowd with security guarding him. He didn’t return for the post-match victory celebration.
You can watch Hardy leaving below:
— That wrestling guy (@Rymont14) December 6, 2021
According to PWInsider, WWE sent Jeff Hardy home and he didn’t work Sunday’s Live Event at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was replaced by Rey Mysterio.
On his Twitch stream, AEW star Matt Hardy said the following about this situation involving his younger brother:
“I did speak to Jeff for a little bit today, and he’s OK, he’s good, and I think he’ll be fine, but once again this isn’t my business, and if he wants to go into it in more detail, then he’ll do it himself. But like, Jeff is OK, he is at home, and he’s OK.”
On a recent edition of Busted Open Radio, WWE Hall of Famer Bubba Ray Dudley had the following to say about this situation:
“Listen, complete speculation as to why Hardy decided to go home, leave. You never know. Life on the road is difficult.
I’ve explained this before. Lots of things can be going on in somebody’s personal life. With Jeff unfortunately there is history and what history will tell us is that sometimes Jeff gets himself in a little bit of trouble.
I hope it is not those same things that have happened in the past.”
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• Released WWE Wrestlers Reacted Negatively To Recent Edge & Becky Lynch Segments
On last week’s episode of RAW, WWE Hall Of Famer Edge mentioned John Morrison’s release from WWE during his segment with The Miz.
Here’s what Edge said:
“You use this to get notoriety for your next endeavor, for your next reality show, for your next dance competition while you leave your partners high and dry to get fired.”
On the other hand, during the Becky Lynch – Liv Morgan promo segment, Liv said the following:
“You’re the reason why your friend is gone just like the reason why your big, fat greedy contract is the reason why MY friends are gone. How does it feel knowing you became everything you despised?”
According to Fightful, recently released WWE wrestlers & employees weren’t happy about WWE using the firings in on-screen storylines:
“It happened several times during this show, and I had former WWE wrestlers, former WWE producers, and a current WWE wrestler, that were all telling me how bad a taste they thought that was.”
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• Bray Wyatt Will Appear At An Event During WrestleMania 38 Weekend
Former WWE Champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt will appear at the WrestleCon 2022 event in April.
This event will take place in Dallas, Texas during the WrestleMania 38 weekend.
Wyatt was shockingly released from WWE earlier this year.
According to various reports, the relationship between Wyatt and Vince McMahon started to deteriorate this year, when Wyatt stopped holding back and raised his voice whenever he thought the creative was bad.
Also, Randy Orton and Wyatt weren’t happy with the finish of their WrestleMania 37 match getting changed two days before the show.
Wyatt reportedly strained his relationship with Vince by being outspoken and this resulted in his release from WWE.
There were some reports that Wyatt was getting difficult to work with.
Bray hasn’t appeared for any wrestling promotion since his release from WWE.
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• “If CM Punk would’ve married Stephanie McMahon, he would’ve become a bigger star” – Booker T
During his promo war with MJF on AEW Dynamite, CM Punk took an indirect shot at WWE Hall Of Famer Triple H.
Punk said MJF will only get to the top in AEW if he waits long enough for AEW President Tony Khan to have daughter and then MJF marries her (referring to Triple H marrying Vince McMahon’s daughter Stephanie).
2-Time WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T didn’t like this shot and said the following on his Hall Of Fame podcast:
“It ticks me off a little bit, I’ve worked with Hunter since WCW. Hunter was a bigger star than CM Punk was before he even married Stephanie McMahon and that’s just a fact.
As far as becoming a bigger star after that, of course he was going to become a bigger star after [marrying Stephanie], he was in the family now.
Look here, if CM Punk would’ve married Stephanie McMahon, he would’ve become a bigger star, perhaps.
But, CM Punk was a big star in WWE and they were treating him like he was a big star in WWE. I don’t see how or why anyone could think that CM Punk wasn’t treated like a mega star.”
Triple H and CM Punk have faced each other in singles matches two times (on an episode of SmackDown in 2010 and at the WWE Night Of Champions 2011 PPV), with The Game winning both matches.
They were scheduled to face off at WrestleMania 30 as well, but Punk quit the company a few months before the show.
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