1. The Revival Snubbed At Elimination Chamber
Reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Miz and John Morrison will be defending their titles against The New Day, The Usos, Lucha House Party, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, and Heavy Machinery this Sunday at WWE Elimination Chamber. The Revival‘s absence from the match definitely raises concern about their current status in the company.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the reason behind WWE not booking The Revival for the high-profile tag team title defense at Elimination Chamber. Lucha House Party being the unlikely additions to the bout are speculated to have replaced The Top Guys in the match.
“Well, they are replacing The Revival, who, you know, they are not going to reward them. So, on The Revival thing. So The Revival went to trademark a whole bunch of stuff, and now WWE is trying to trademark a whole bunch of stuff too. No Flips Just Fists, and they are trying to trademark ‘The Mechanics’, in case they try to use that.”
Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder have repeatedly rejected various contract extension offers from WWE and even filed trademarks for “No Flips, Just Fists.” The fact that both men haven’t re-signed with the company is sufficient for Vince McMahon to exclude them from the Elimination Chamber card, let alone the audacity of filing trademarks.
2. Paul Heyman To Work With Reigns & Goldberg
Newly crowned Universal Champion Goldberg defends his title against Roman Reigns just 33 days from now at WWE’s biggest pay-per-view of 2020, WrestleMania 36.
The title defense was made official this past week on SmackDown Live and while the result is most certainly predictable, it appears WWE has something special in store for the big feud now that Paul Heyman will be involved in the build.
WrestleVotes reports that RAW Executive Director Heyman is going to step onto the SmackDown side of the WrestleMania card to craft the Goldberg vs. Reigns title feud.
Heyman previously worked with Goldberg during the latter’s title feud with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33. The build was intense and received classic reviews from the WWE Universe. Hopefully, the legendary Advocate will once again deliver something even more fabulous, this time on the Road To WrestleMania.
3. Matt Hardy Signing With AEW?
Matt Hardy‘s WWE deal expired on March 1st and the decorated veteran wrestler is free to sign with any wrestling promotion and appear on any pro wrestling event he wants.
On the latest episode of Thoughts From The Throne, Hardy stated that he’s officially a free agent and his remaining years in the ring will see him wrestle for the company that’s able to offer him the creative control he desires.
For weeks, Hardy has been rumored to emerge as the leader of Dark Order in AEW. While a potential deal with AEW appears to be the most likely scenario, the chances of him re-signing with WWE are slim.
Brad Shepard reports that Matt is indeed on his way to AEW.
WWE buried Hardy for the last few weeks on Monday Night RAW by subjecting him to the brutality of Randy Orton. While the beatdown definitely helped in intensifying the WrestleMania feud between Edge and Orton, one thing was pretty clear – veteran or not, WWE will continue to bury Superstars on their way out of the company.
4. Original Plans For “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt dropped the Universal Championship to Goldberg this past week at WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia. The WWE Universe was extremely upset with the outcome as Vince McMahon‘s swerve put all betting odds predictions to rest.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that WWE’s original idea was to have heel Wyatt run through every babyface heading into WrestleMania 36. Roman Reigns‘ lengthy feud with King Corbin was to deliberately keep The Big Dog and The Fiend separate before their big Universal Title feud at the Showcase Of Immortals on April 5th.
The Fiend vs. Reigns for the Universal Championship would’ve definitely been a great matchup considering how much time and effort WWE has invested to establish the masked monster as the hottest star on the roster. However, Mr. McMahon felt that Goldberg vs. Reigns would be more appealing to the average fan, thus the decision to feed The Fiend to The Myth at Super ShowDown.
5. Erik Returned Sick From Saudi Arabia
Former RAW Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders wrestled Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in a losing effort at WWE Super ShowDown. Erik made it back to the US with the rest of the WWE crew but didn’t work any weekend house shows.
WON reports that Erik returned from Saudi Arabia sick and was thus sent home for a couple of days. Meanwhile, Ivar teamed up with Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre to defeat Seth Rollins and AOP during the weekend.
Luke Harper AEW-Bound
WWE released Luke Harper almost three months ago after the Superstar’s repeated pleas to release him at the earliest. It won’t be long before we see the ex-Superstar in action once again.
Brad Shepard reports that Jon Huber (formerly Harper and Brodie Lee) is potentially on his way to AEW. The 40-year-old wrestler was also spotted with AEW’s Sammy Guevara at a hockey game last month, fueling speculations about his next career move.
WWE did make an attempt to revive Harper’s character but in vain. His non-compete clause is up next week on March 8th. What’s interesting is that AEW Dynamite will be live from Huber’s hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah on March 18th.
As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.