Below are the top Pro-Wrestling news stories of the day:
• Triple H’s 1st Interview Since Heart Procedure
WWE recently announced their Next In Line program. You can read the press release below:
“New Program to Provide Clear Pathway from Collegiate Athletics to WWE
STAMFORD, Conn., December 2, 2021 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the launch of a groundbreaking NIL (Name, Image & Likeness) program that will provide a clear pathway from collegiate athletics to WWE.
Following a historic new policy by the NCAA effective July 1, 2021, which ushered in the NIL era allowing college athletes the ability to monetize their name, image and likeness, WWE has constructed a comprehensive program to recruit and develop potential future Superstars. Dubbed “Next In Line™,” the NIL program aims to enhance the talent development process through collaborative partnerships with college athletes from diverse athletic backgrounds.
“The WWE NIL program has the potential to be transformational to our business,” said Paul Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Global Talent Strategy and Development. “By creating partnerships with elite athletes at all levels across a wide variety of college sports, we will dramatically expand our pool of talent and create a system that readies NCAA competitors for WWE once their collegiate careers come to a close.”
All athlete partnerships will feature access to the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., in addition to resources across the organization including brand building, media training, communications, live event promotion, creative writing and community relations. Upon completion of the NIL program, select athletes may earn an exclusive opportunity to be offered a WWE contract.
In September, WWE announced its first NIL deal with heavyweight freestyle wrestler Gable Steveson who captured a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The agreement allowed Steveson to return to the University of Minnesota for his senior season where he is defending his NCAA National Championship while beginning his Superstar training with WWE.
WWE will unveil the first class of NIL partnerships in the coming weeks.”
WWE Hall Of Famer Triple H was recently interviewed by Fast Company. This was his 1st interview after his heart procedure a few months ago.
The Game talked about this new system and had the following to say:
“We immediately saw it as an amazing recruiting tool for us because it allows us to show athletes a path to WWE, and engage with them in a way where they can learn more about it, we can learn more about them, all while working together, and finding out if it’s a good fit before they’re even finished college, and before they need to make any decisions about what they’re going to do in that next stage of their life.
In my generation, and even more recently, you sort of had to know someone (to get in the wrestling business). We’ve put a lot of effort into recruiting athletes and finding athletes to let them know WWE is a potentially lucrative opportunity for them if they’re interested and passionate about it.
The deals might range from the lower end, which would still help them make ends meet while at school. Of course, if you’re bringing an Olympic Gold Medal to the table, it’s a different conversation.
It opens us up to a whole world of athletes that we’ve never been able to connect with in this way. For us, the next generation of superstars will come out of this program.”
WATCH: Triple H Seen In Public For The 1st Time Since Heart Procedure (At The Construction Site Of WWE’s New Headquarters):
• WCW Veteran Says Adam Cole Should Turn Babyface In AEW
Old School WCW Veteran Disco Inferno appeared on an episode of Konnan’s ‘Keepin It 100’ podcast, where he stated that former NXT Champion Adam Cole should turn babyface in All Elite Wrestling and feud with Bryan Danielson (fka WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan), who recently turned Heel.
Here’s what the former WCW World Tag Team Champion had to say:
“I believe Adam Cole would be a good babyface against the heel Bryan Danielson. That is a solid program. I do not think they have ever had a program, have they?”
Independent Wrestling Veteran Adam Cole eventually made it to WWE in August 2017 and he wrestled exclusively for their developmental brand NXT until his contract ran out in August 2021.
Cole the joined Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling in September.
Cole & Bryan had a match on the WWE main roster in 2019, on the road to the Survivor Series 2019 PPV. Cole defeated Bryan in that match on SmackDown.
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• Mick Foley Has Raised Over $22,000 To Help TNA Veteran
Old School WWF Legend Mick Foley took to Twitter to let everyone know that the recent Highspots fundraising event raised more than $22,000 to help TNA Veteran Jimmy Rave pay his medical bills, because he didn’t have health insurance.
Here’s what the former WWF Champion said:
“Hey everybody, it’s The Hardcore Legend Mick Foley along with Michael, the Highspots impresario, and we’re just so grateful to everyone who contributed to our auction and signing tonight. We raised over $22,000 to help Jimmy Rave out for his medical bills and living expenses.
My heart is really full. I’m just so happy right now and thank you to all of you, who helped make it come true. Thank you. Have a nice day!”
Thanking EVERYONE who participated in tonight’s @Highspots signing and auction. We raised over $22,000 to help @TheJimmyRave with his medical bills – and showed what a difference the wrestling community can make!🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/5fb29IL2Uv
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) November 29, 2021
Jimmy Rave wrestled for Total Nonstop Action! (TNA, now known as iMPACT Wrestling) from 2007 until 2009 and again in 2011.
Most fans probably remember him as one half of the Tag Team ‘The Rock n Rave Infection’ with fellow TNA Veteran Lance Hoyt, who is now known as AEW Superstar Lance Archer.
• Change Coming To A Title In NXT 2.0?
This Sunday at the NXT WarGames 2021 event, Roderick Strong will defend the NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Joe Gacy.
As part of his ‘woke’ gimmick, Gacy said in a promo that he doesn’t like the idea of the Cruiserweight Title (for male wrestlers who weight less than 205 lbs), as it doesn’t promote inclusivity.
According to the Wrestling Observer, there have been talks of making a change to the NXT Cruiserweight Title, if WWE Officials go ahead with the idea of booking Gacy to defeat Strong this Sunday night.
However, there’s concern that making a change to this Title and making it an openweight title will mean NXT 2.0 will have two similar mid-card titles – this and the NXT North American Title.
We’ll keep you updated regarding this situation.
Below is the match-card for NXT WarGames 2021:
– Men’s War Games Match: Team Black & Gold (NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne and LA Knight) vs. Team 2.0 (Bron Breakker, NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller and Tony D’Angelo)
– Women’s War Games Match: Team Raquel (Raquel González, Io Shirai, Kay Lee Ray and Cora Jade) vs. Team Dakota (Dakota Kai and Toxic Attraction (NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose and NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne))
– NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match: Roderick Strong (c) vs. Joe Gacy (with Harland)
– NXT Tag Team Championship Match: Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner
– Hair vs. Hair Match: Cameron Grimes vs. Duke Hudson
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• WWE Hall Of Famer Is Leaving NXT 2.0
WWE Hall Of Famer Beth Phoenix, who has been working as a Commentator on the NXT / NXT 2.0 brand for over 3 years, is leaving the brand.
She revealed that she wants to spend more time with her family and this is why she made this decision.
This Sunday’s NXT WarGames event will be her final NXT event of her current run.
Below is what she wrote:
“Ahead of WarGames, I wanted to share that this Sunday will be my final night in NXT. While I will remain a part of WWE, I have made the choice to step away from the weekly broadcast booth to spend more time with my family.
This was not an easy decision, as I have loved my three plus years and 135 episodes with NXT and am incredibly proud of the brand. I will forever be grateful to Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, Nigel McGuinness, Tom Phillips, Mauro Ranallo, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Michael Cole, and my entire NXT family both in and out of the ring for the amazing opportunity.
NXT will always be a part of me and Auntie Betty will always be a part of NXT. Leave the porch light on for me!”
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• The Rock Reveals His Mount Rushmore Of Professional Wrestling
Old School WWF Legend The Rock, who is now the #1 actor in Hollywood, recently took to Twitter and revealed his own Mount Rushmore of Professional Wrestling.
Here’s what The Rock tweeted:
“Always one of my fav pro wrestling questions
* 4th spot is a three way tie *
Dusty & myself are the back of Mt Rushmore droppin’ devastating elbows baby”
Always one of my fav pro wrestling questions ⛰⭐️
* 4th spot is a three way tie *
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 1, 2021
As we reported yesterday, The Undertaker has actually changed his own Mt. Rushmore after he provided a different version last year (tap here to read).
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• “Are we under attack here?” – WWF Referee On Horrifying Moment During Tribute To The Troops In Iraq
Old School WWF Referee Jimmy Korderas was recently interviewed by WrestlingInc, where he talked about a horrifying moment he experienced during a Tribute To The Troops event in Iraq.
Here’s what he said:
“During the show, I got to referee the match between Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit, which was amazing. What we didn’t expect was as we are going to the commercial break spot, all of a sudden here come these planes flying overhead. That we didn’t know was going to happen.
So, I started to go, ‘oh my goodness, what’s going on here?’ Then I looked at Chris and Eddie and they were like, ‘what’s going on here?’ And we all kind of thought, ‘are we under attack here, are we in trouble?’.
Somebody from ringside had to get up and told me, ‘Listen, we are all good, we’re okay this was planned.’ Nice if you would have told us about it. Because all three of us in the ring are like, ‘are we under attack here? Should we duck under the ring?’
So we didn’t know about it. I guess they wanted the natural reaction. They got one anyway and they almost got more than they bargained for.”
WWE went to tape Tribute To The Troops in Iraq from 2003 until 2009, except for 2005 when they went to Afghanistan.
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• Original Plan For The Infamous Katie Vick Storyline
On a recent episode of his House of Hardcore podcast, Old School ECW Legend Tommy Dreamer revealed what was originally planned for the infamous Katie Vick Storyline.
This storyline is largely considered one of the worst storylines in WWE history, as it featured ‘The Game’ Triple H (being dressed as Kane) performing a sexual act on a (kayfabe) dead body.
Here’s what Dreamer said:
“The whole Katie Vick, narcolepsy (Necrophilia) angle, that all came about through Vince and the payoff of all that was going to be Sick Boy Scott Vick was going to wrestle Triple H at WrestleMania to avenge his sister, who was dead.
That all came about when Sick Boy Scott Vick had a dark match tryout and Vince just liked the name Scott Vick because they couldn’t call him Sick Boy. This horrible angle with Kane and Triple H was going to be the caveat to headlining WrestleMania with Scott Vick avenging his sister Katie Vick.
I remember Johnny (John Laurinaitis) having to tell Vince, ‘That’s great, but he’s not employed here.’ He was on a tryout. People have gotten hired on a lot weirder things but I think after that, it was just, ‘Oh,’ and we lost that amazing WrestleMania to avenge [Sick Boy’s] sister’s horrible degradation of her grave.
That’s sometimes how these crazy things happen in WWE.”
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