Let’s take a look at the top WWE News & Professional Wrestling stories of the day:
• Old School Wrestling Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WWF/NWA/AWA/WCW Veteran “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko (Real name: Lawrence Whistler) turns 66 today.
Who could forget the famous ‘teacher vs student’ rivalry of Bruno Sammartino against Larry Zbyszko, that culminated in a cage match at Shea Stadium in 1980?
Those of you who aren a bit younger, will certainly remember him as a WCW official during the Monday Night Wars, when he still ocassionally wrestled against the likes of Scott Hall and Eric Bischoff.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIVING LEGEND!
• Randy Orton Remembers Umaga On His Death Anniversary, Shares A Funny Story
Below is what 13 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton posted on Umaga’s 8th death anniversary:
“12/4/09 8 years ago, many people including me lost a true friend. He was one of the most intimidating characters in the ring, but for those that knew him, he was one of the absolute funniest guys we knew. Here’s proof. In this pic if you look closely, he is wearing my trunks. They never fit me quite right after that night! #RIPUCE”
12/4/09 8 years ago, many people including me lost a true friend. He was one of the most intimidating characters in the ring, but for those that knew him, he was one of the absolute funniest guys we knew. Here’s proof. In this pic if you look closely, he is wearing my trunks. They never fit me quite right after that night! #RIPUCE
• WWE Wrestler Welcomes His Second Child
SmackDown Live wrestler Luke Harper left the WWE tour of Lima, Peru as his wife went into labor early by about one and a half month because of medical reasons.
Harper’s second child was born five minutes after he arrived. Congratulations to the former Intercontinental Champion and one half of The Bludgeon Brothers!
• Chris Jericho Responds To Naito – There’s Only One Main Event For Wrestle Kingdom 12
During a recent interview with Yahoo, NJPW wrestler Naito said that Wrestle Kingdom 12 will be a double main event show, with Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship being the first main event and his match with Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship being the second main event and the match that’ll end the show.
Old School WWF Legend Chris Jericho responded the following to this:
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) December 3, 2017
• Former WWE Wrestler Reveals What Really Happened In A Real Life Backstage Fight Between Sheamus & Sin Cara
During a recent appearance on The Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling podcast, former WWE wrestler Simon Gotch revealed what actually happened in Sheamus & Sin Cara’s real life backstage fight.
The rumor has it that Sin Cara beat up Sheamus in this backstage fight, but the story is a little different. Gotch said that Sheamus & Sin Cara were first involved in a verbal argument and Sheamus destroyed Cara in that and that didn’t sit well with Cara.
Sheamus was in the medical room getting his ankle taped by trainers later on and this is the time when Cara ran up to Sheamus and punched Sheamus when he was in a position where he couldn’t defend himself and couldn’t fight back.
• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (December 5, 2015) – ECW Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2015, we lost Old School ECW Wrestler Hack Meyers (Real name: Donald Haviland) due to complications from brain surgery, just 2 days before his 42nd birthday.
Meyers was a regular in the original NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling / ECW Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion back in the mid-90s.
Here’s what fellow ECW Original Axel Rotten tweeted that day about his friend’s passing:
“Words cannont express the sadness I feel right now. My friend, partner, Brother #HackMeyers has passed away #shaah”
† REST IN PEACE HACK MEYERS
December 7, 1973 – December 5, 2015
• Vince McMahon Not Impressed With Former WWE Champion’s Ring Work
Word going on is that Vince McMahon wasn’t impressed with former WWE Champion Bray Wyatt’s ring work on last week’s Raw during his match with Matt Hardy.
Vince wasn’t impressed with his physical condition as he looked “blown up” during the match and he looked sloppy in the match.
• Special Cruiserweight WWE Live Events Announced
Below is what WWE announced regarding special 205 Live (Cruiserweight) Live Events:
WWE 205 Live to hold three special live events in January
“The Cruiserweight division is ready to fly high and drop jaws as WWE 205 Live holds three special events in January. Don’t miss your chance to see Enzo Amore, Kalisto, Gentleman Jack Gallagher and all your favorite Superstars at 205 pounds and under in action three days in a row.
* Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 – Kingston, RI – The Ryan Center
* Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Auditorium
* Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Mid Hudson Civic Center
Tickets for each event go on sale Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. EST.”
• Roman Reigns Comments On Facing Triple H This Week
Intercontinental Champion “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns will face the 14 time World Champion “The King of Kings” Triple H in the main event of a WWE Live Event in Abu Dhabi this week.
Below is what Reigns said about this match:
“Going against Triple H, I think that speaks for itself. We were the main event of the largest WrestleMania of all time and we are proud to be able to bring this to the WWE Universe in Abu Dhabi. I can guarantee we are going to put on a spectacular show.
It’s been an awesome roller-coaster ride and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. I am grateful for all the opportunities and the things I have been able to enjoy and achieve. It’s been a great run thus far.”
• Old School WWF Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School Wrestling Legend The Dynamite Kid (Real name: Tom Billington) celebrates his 59th birthday today.
Most Old School Wrestling Fans are going to remember him as one half of the WWF Golden Era Tag Team ‘The British Bulldogs’ with his Tag Team partner Davey Boy Smith.
Nowadays Billington sits in a wheel chair and has several other severe health problems, resulting from decades of drug abuse and wrestling a very risky & unhealthy style.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DYNAMITE KID!
• WWE Wrestler Proud Of His Role On SmackDown Live
Below is a Twitter conversation between SmackDown Live wrestler Tyler Breeze and a fan:
@MmmGorgeous I'm watching SDL and it's So frustrating seeing you being wasted by WWE. Yes money might be great. But watching you in NXT to now. It's a shame that a guy like you is in a Pointless tag team and not Main eventing Solo and winning solo Championships.
— TheACWowner (@OwnerOfACW) December 2, 2017
So Let’s say I’m main eventing the 2 hr show. Who’s being “wasted” then? Shin? Dillinger? Aj? Roode? Because not everyone can be used every week… unless you’re featured in something like fashion files which has been featured now for 6 months + Very proud of that https://t.co/O6vKLIguWw
— Prince Pretty (@MmmGorgeous) December 2, 2017
• New Raw Wrestlers Reveal When They Found Out About Their WWE Main Roster Call-Up
During a recent interview with ESPN, new Raw wrestlers Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose revealed when they found out about their WWE main roster call-up. Below is what he said:
Sonya: “As the days unfolded, you hear rumors and you hear things flying around. You don’t wanna believe anything until it’s set in stone, because it’s the entertainment industry at the end of the day and things change.
Come Monday, around 3:00, 3:30, I found out what I was doing. I think I’m still in disbelief. I don’t know if it’s really set in yet.”
Mandy: “I actually wasn’t in Houston for NXT, I was home in Orlando. I was ready to actually go home a little early for Thanksgiving, since we didn’t have any Florida shows.
But I received the email that I’d be going to Raw and SmackDown, which was really exciting news, but I had to change all of the travel stuff.
Was this going to be me just kind of showing my face, or just maybe… I really didn’t know what to think. I thought about all different scenarios.”
• WWE Wrestler On A 140 Match Streak
WWE Raw wrestler Curt Hawkins is on a 140 match losing streak now. Below is what he tweeted:
— Brian Myers (@TheCurtHawkins) December 3, 2017
• Raw Wrestler Reveals That He’s Been Off WWE TV Because He’s Injured
Raw Wrestler R-Truth revealed on Twitter that he’s been off WWE programming as of late because he’s injured. Below is what he tweeted:
What’s up y’all! Hey if anyone is wondering where I am, please read my earlier tweets. ? people asking me the same question everyday, why am I not on WWE. I AM INJURED
— WWE R-Truth (@RonKillings) December 3, 2017
I’m out of surgery https://t.co/qWRtHmiX5d
— WWE R-Truth (@RonKillings) December 4, 2017
• The Rock Reveals What Vince McMahon Said About His Salary When He Got Signed To The WWF
Below is a Twitter conversation between Vince McMahon & The Rock:
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) December 1, 2017
First shook hands w/ Vince when I was 11yrs old.
At 25, he offered me the bare minimum @WWE contract. Said, “You can go to WCW for more money but here you’ll earn every dollar”
To this day, Vince is one of my greatest mentors & trusted advisors. #FullCircle #Ohana ???? https://t.co/YB2rBHHe8L
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 2, 2017
• Footage Of Ronda Rousey Training For WWE
Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey posted a video on Twitter to promote the launch of her website. During the video, there were a few shots of her training in the ring for a WWE career.
You can watch it below:
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) December 1, 2017
• Old School Wrestling Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Former Territory Wrestler Adrian Street celebrates his 77th birthday today.
The british Veteran wrestled for several european and north-american territories from 1957 till he full retired for good in 2010.
This controversial character eventually inspired whoever created the Goldust character in 1995.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADRIAN STREET!