– Old School WWF Manager Celebrates His Birthday
Old School World Wrestling Federation Manager “Luscious Johnny V” Johnny Valiant (Real name: John L. Sullivan) celebrates his 71st birthday today.
Most 80s WWF Fans will remember him as the manager of ‘The Dream Team’ Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake & Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, ‘The New Dream Team’ Dino Bravo & Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, as well as being the first manager of Demolition, before Mr. Fuji took over.
Johnny and his kayfabe brother “The Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant got inducted into the WWF (now WWE) Hall of Fame in 1996.
– On This Day In WWF History: 2 Legendary Tag Teams Square Off
On this day in 1989, ‘The Hart Foundation’ Bret “The Hitman” Hart & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart wrestled ‘The Rockers’ Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty in a >>babyface vs babyface<< Tag Team match.
The match (in High Definition) can be watched here:
– Former Champion Continues Joking About Reports Of Vince McMahon Thinking He’s Not Over
As we noted before, the originally planned Royal Rumble 2018 Universal Title match between Brock Lesnar and Finn Balor (who was the first ever Universal Champion) has been nixed because Vince McMahon feels Balor isn’t over enough for this.
Below is what Dave Meltzer said about this:
“So the Royal Rumble 2018 co-main event was scheduled to be Brock Lesnar and Finn Bálor for the Universal Championship. Obviously, if you watched the show last night, you probably would come to the conclusion that’s probably not the direction they are going to go and if you watched Raw I think that you would’ve emphatically realized that that had to have changed.
What I was told was the official change was actually this morning, but it was definitely talked about yesterday. Vince McMahon felt that Finn Balor wasn’t over enough. And I think that he obviously decided even before because of the way that match was laid out.
Finn Balor wasn’t put in that Survivor Series match to shine. And even though, like the whole match was built around Braun Strowman, the problem with Braun Strowman and Lesnar is this: they’ve already done the match once. They did a clean finish. Vince doesn’t want anyone kicking out of the F5 until WrestleMania obviously.
I mean, they’ve built this thing up forever. So Brock Lesnar beating Braun Strowman at Royal Rumble with an F5, it’s something that’s already been done. It’s not going to help Braun Strowman one bit…to lose that match no matter how they work the match. Plus the first match really wasn’t very good.
Lesnar and Strowman makes all the sense in the world for Royal Rumble 2018, but when you really think it out, it makes no sense at all given where they want to go. They don’t want to hurt Strowman and they’re not gonna put the Universal Title on Strowman because they’ve spent the whole year building up Lesnar and Reigns.
So unless they switch it to Lesnar and Strowman at WrestleMania, which I would say that would be a back-up plan, that you could do if Vince gets cold feet on Roman Reigns but that hasn’t happened yet. So we’re kind of left with a situation where they’re scrambling for a match.
They’ve just decided the match they wanted to do, they’re not doing anymore and what they’re going to do is up in the air.”
Below is what Balor tweeted regarding this report (focussing on the letters O V E R):
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) November 22, 2017
Balor continued joking about this with the following tweet:
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) November 23, 2017