Below are the top pro-wrestling (WWE & AEW) news stories of the day:
• Shawn Michaels Makes A Bold Claim About NXT 2.0
During a recent interview on the Jim Varsallone podcast, Old School WWF Legend Shawn Michaels spoke about the current product and direction of the weekly NXT 2.0 TV show, which is WWE’s developmental brand.
The Heartbreak Kid currently works backstage as a writer and producer for the NXT 2.0 brand, and he went on to claim in this interview that NXT 2.0 is the only wrestling brand that produces real young and fresh talent.
Here’s what the 2-time WWE Hall of Famer had to say:
“One of the really cool buzzwords…is ‘producing new, young, fresh superstars,’ and they are actually people who have been around for 10 or 15 years and are just now making it onto television.
We are the only brand in the entire world that is bringing real, true to life, young, fresh men and women that are going to be the stars of RAW and SmackDown in the next 5 to 10 years. It’s just that simple. It starts all here.
Bron Breakker, Tony D’Angelo, Grayson Waller, numerous other people where you are watching their first, second, third, tenth matches. Breakker, Tony D’Angelo, they are going to go out there at WarGames, one of our biggest shows of the year, and it’s their 10th to 15th match.
Nobody has been thrown into the deep end like these young men and women have. They’ve done a fantastic job and it’s awesome to see.”
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• Jeff Hardy Sent Home By WWE
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.
According to PWInsider, WWE sent Jeff Hardy home and he didn’t work tonight’s Live Event at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was replaced by Rey Mysterio.
No word yet on what exactly happened to Jeff, but we’ll keep you updated.
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• NXT War Games 2021 Results – Wrestler Gets His Head Shaved, Heel Turn
– Women’s War Games Match: Team Raquel (Raquel González, Io Shirai, Kay Lee Ray and Cora Jade) def. Team Dakota (Dakota Kai and Toxic Attraction (NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose and NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne))
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 6, 2021
– Boa said Mei Ying passed her spirit into his body, and he can’t control the power.
– NXT Tag Team Championship Match: Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) (c) def. Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner to retain the Titles [After the match, Von Wagner turned heel on Kyle and tried to attack him, but Kyle saw it coming and took out Wagner]
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 6, 2021
– The Shaman will be revealed on this Tuesday’s episode of NXT 2.0
– Hair vs. Hair Match: Cameron Grimes def. Duke Hudson [Duke tried to escape after the match, but Cameron stopped him and shaved his head]
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 6, 2021
– NXT New Year’s Evil will take place on January 4, 2022
– NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match: Roderick Strong (c) def. Joe Gacy (with Harland) to retain the Title
– In a backstage segment, Kyle O’Reilly said he knew Von Wagner was going to turn on him, and challenged him to a Steel Cage Match on Tuesday’s episode of NXT 2.0.
– Men’s War Games Match: Team New School (Bron Breakker, NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller and Tony D’Angelo) def. Team Old School (NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne and LA Knight)
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) December 6, 2021
— WWE (@WWE) December 6, 2021
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• Top SmackDown Star Loved Billy & Chuck
During a recent interview with Bleacher Report, SmackDown Superstar Xavier Woods said that he always loved Tag Team Wrestling, even as a kid, and revealed that the tag team Billy & Chuck (Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo) inspired and entertained him.
Here’s what the 2021 King of the Ring had to say:
“It’s been really cool, obviously because I haven’t had the chance to have a singles run in the company yet and the focus has always been on tag team wrestling. Even when I was a kid, I was just obsessed with it. Billy and Chuck were my favorite tag team. I freaking loved them.
People always laugh when I say that, but when you go back and think about it, that was a situation where we had a team that hit the scene and it wasn’t necessarily, ‘Oh, these guys are world-beaters and they’re going to be champions.’
They evolved into one of the most entertaining teams we could see and they had a full main event segment with them getting married as partners with a reveal. With Eric Bischoff.
It’s hard for tag teams to get that position where they not only get to have cool matches but where they get to be in the middle of the most important stuff on the show.”
Billy and Chuck first teamed up towards the end of the invasion storyline in the fall of 2001 and they won the WWF/WWE Tag Team Championship two times, before splitting up in October 2002, after Billy Gunn had a shoulder injury during a match.
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• Charlie Haas Compares Divorce From Former WWE Diva To The Death Of His Brother
WWE Ruthless Aggression Era Superstar Charlie Haas recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet about his professional wrestling career and his private life’s blows of fate.
He went as far as comparing his 2020 divorce from former WWE/TNA Diva Jackie Gayda to the 2001 death of his brother and Pre-WWE indy tag team partner Russ Haas.
Here’s what Charlie had to say about his brother passing away 20 years ago:
“It destroyed me. It was like the divorce from Jackie, they are your best friends. You grew up with them. He’s your little brother, then you find him dead and it’s like, man, is this really happening?
It was tough, it really was. But then you have to call your mom and dad and tell them that you found your brother dead. That’s not good. I didn’t think I was going to be able to get out of that. I didn’t know how to survive that, and I didn’t know what WWE would do.
They signed the Haas brothers, not Charlie Haas. But thank God that Jim Ross saw that we could still do this with Charlie and Shelton (Benjamin). Arn Anderson said, ‘Let me take Charlie and Shelton and let me see what I can do with them.’
We basically just traveled with Arn. He put us in the ring prior to the house show matches and in the dark matches, and he taught us everything he knew.
His heart was into it as much as ours was, and that was when I knew that someone really cared. He really put everything into us.
Shelton was a guy who I found as a partner just like my brother, he is my brother, and it worked. Shelton had the same goal as I did, and I’m just very lucky.”
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• Top NXT Star Could Leave WWE After Tonight’s War Games Event
Tonight’s NXT War Games event is scheduled to be Johnny Gargano final’s WWE event under his current contract.
His contract will expire after tonight, and there’s no word yet on if he will re-sign or leave the company.
Gargano’s former tag team partner and opponent Tommaso Ciampa (current NXT Champion) wrote the following about Gargano’s contract status on Instagram:
“If tonight is the last time we share a ring together, then I’ve got two words for you… #ThankYou”
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Here are Gargano’s accomplishments in WWE NXT:
– 1x NXT Champion
– 3x NXT North American Champion
– 1x NXT Tag Team Champion
– 1st NXT Triple Crown Champion
– 5x NXT Year-End Awards
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• Former WWE Champion Says He’s In The Best Shape Of His Life Right Now (Photo)
Former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio (age 44), who recently claimed that he still wants to return to WWE, took to Twitter to claim that he’s in the best shape of his entire life right now.
Here’s the translation of what he tweeted in his 2 Spanish Tweets:
“I am and I feel in the best physical condition of my life. For those who want to make firewood from the ‘fallen tree’, I want you to know that this tree is solid and nothing and no one will be able to knock it down.
I want to thank my family, my fans, Alberto Sevilla, who helped me to be in this physical condition, my friend Akbar Farat and the Lucha Libre Online family. Thanks to everyone who believed in me.
Thanks to those who doubted me and made me stronger. I am standing here and alive. We will continue to give 100%.”
Alberto Sevilla quien me ayudó a estar en esta condición física, a mi amigo Akbar Farat y la familia de Lucha Libre Online. Gracias a todos los que creyeron en mi. Gracias a los que dudaron de mi y me hicieron más fuerte. Estoy de pie aquí y con vida. Vamos a seguir dando el 100%
— Alberto El Patron (@PrideOfMexico) December 4, 2021
Alberto Del Rio wrestled for WWE from 2010 to 2014 and again from 2015 till 2016.
He won the the WWE Championship (twice), the World Heavyweight Championship (twice) and the United States Championship (twice), as well as being the winner of the 2011 Royal Rumble match.
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• Jim Cornette Claims Roddy Piper Would Have Loved AEW Wrestler
On the latest episode of his weekly Drive-Thru podcast, legendary NWA/WCW/WWF Manager Jim Cornette claimed that WWF Legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper would have loved current AEW Superstar MJF if Roddy was still alive.
Here’s what Cornette said:
“I do think Piper would have loved him. I think he would say, ‘here is a guy who can talk, knows how to push people’s buttons and who likes to get heat’.
If Piper saw his matches, especially the one with Darby Allin, I think he’d have been quite impressed with that.
So I have to think Roddy would be kind of relieved that somebody has come along like that who still takes the business and what they are doing in it fairly seriously. And can go out and not in the same style as Roddy, but in the same vein, rile people up on the microphone as Roddy did 40 years ago.
I definitely believe he’d approve of MJF whole-heartedly.”
Roddy Piper started wrestling in the early 70s and retired in 2011, before he eventually passed away in his sleep on July 31, 2015 due to a cardiopulmonary arrest caused by hypertension and a pulmonary embolism.
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