TNA superstar Robbie E provided us with a look at the new Impact Wrestling logo for the company’s debut on Destination America. I personally really liked the current Impact Wrestling logo and this one feels a little “1990s Geocities” to me, but new is new.
WWE has changed the name of its February pay-per-view from Elimination Chamber to Fast Lane, according to PWTorch.com. The news comes via an email from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, which plays host to the event on February 22, 2015.
The new name ties in with the “Road to WrestleMania” concept and one would imagine that it means the Elimination Chamber match will not be a part of the event.
Following the announcement that CM Punk signed a multi-fight deal with UFC, the organization has released some highlights from his introductory press conference.
Punk says he’s excited for a new challenge and feels better than he has in a long time. We’ll see how well the transition from pro wrestling to MMA goes for the Straight Edge Superstar but, at 36-years-old and not having a traditional wrestling background like fellow wrestler-turned-fighter Brock Lesnar, it’ll be a big hill to climb.
Current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (remember him?) will be included in the Free Legends DLC coming to EA Sports UFC, the next-gen mixed martial arts game available on Xbox One and PS4.
Matt Hughes, Mark Coleman and Rampage Jackson also join Lesnar in the free download, which is available Tuesday, December 9.
Kurt Angle will stay in TNA, despite rumors that he might be returning to WWE for one more run, according to Vince Russo. The former WWE, WCW and TNA creative team member had Angle on his “The Swerve” podcast, where the news was confirmed.
While it would have been cool to see Angle back in the WWE for a short run – the pop when his music hit and a confrontation with Rusev would have been amazing – it didn’t really seem all that close to happening. Many were reporting that Angle wouldn’t be able to pass a WWE physical and there were concerns about how his body would hold up even if he did pass.
According to Angle, the relationship with he and Vince McMahon has been repaired, as the two are on speaking terms. He also went on to deny speculation of heat between he and Triple H, as well as rumors that Triple H was the one stopping a potential Angle return, saying that they had always gotten along and you can’t believe everything you hear.
Angle kept the door open to a WWE return, at least in a training or agent capacity. For now, though, he’s excited about the future of TNA with its new television partner, Destination America.
The Anonymous Raw General Manager has added John Cena v. Seth Rollins in a Tables Match to the TLC pay-per-view card. Logical fallacies of a one-night-only GM making matches for a pay-per-view aside, the announcement was made after a confrontation between Rollins and Cena during the opening of Monday’s episode of Raw.
Also added to that match was the stipulation that should Cena lose, he will no longer be the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. (Remember that WWE has a world title?)
The official card for TLC, which is less than two weeks away, is now at three matches. Joining the Cena-Rollins skirmish are Bray Wyatt v. Dean Ambrose in a TLC match and Ryback v. Kane in a Chairs Match.
It was a busy day in the pro wrestling world, with New Japan Pro Wrestling launching its own WWE Network-style streaming service and more fallout from CM Punk’s tell-all interview with Colt Cabana. Let’s take a look at what the interwebs are saying today:
• New Japan’s aforementioned streaming service, New Japan World, is available now and includes archived content and live events, including the upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 9. It costs around $8.50 per month in US dollars and is currently available on desktops, tablets and smartphones. No announcement has been made about Roku, Apple TV or console availability. [Wrestlezone]
• Steve Austin says he plans to ask Vince McMahon about CM Punk during his live podcast with the WWE Chairman, airing on the WWE Network following tonight’s broadcast of Raw. [Cageside Seats]
• Ring of Honor’s Top Prospect Tournament returns to Nashville in January. [ROH Wrestling]
• Chris Jericho was one of the many people CM Punk mentioned in his talk with Colt Cabana. Today, Jericho responded. [Cageside Seats]
• A tag team turmoil match has been added to tonight’s Raw to determine the number one contenders to the straps. [WWE.com]
The New Day – the stable comprised of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods – made its debut on Smackdown, following weeks of teaser vignettes. This was actually a lot of fun and here’s hoping it works out for Big E, Kingston and Woods, three guys with loads of talent that haven’t been able to break through the creative department’s ceiling in the past.
CM Punk has finally opened up about the events surrounding his departure from WWE in January on his good friend Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast.
Go check out the two hour program here.
The interview has been transcribed in part by both Pro Wrestling Torch and Cageside Seats, so I’ll let you check those good people out for the details if you can’t give the show a listen.
Punk’s telling of his sitdown with Vince McMahon and Triple H is very interesting, as well as the details of how WWE finally fired him. Of course, being fired is generally what happens when you don’t show up for work for months.
The basic gist of it all is – just as we thought – Punk was fed up with how he had been booked and treated by WWE brass. He says he’ll never come back and never wrestle again but, as they always say in the wrestling business, you can never say never.
Go check out the podcast for all the juicy bits.
Daniel Bryan returned to Raw on Monday to run the show for a night but his in-ring return date is still an uncertainty, according to the man himself. In this interview conducted by Michael Cole, Bryan discusses Survivor Series, Sting’s appearance and his thoughts on Monday’s Raw.