More Matches Set to Be Added to Hell in a Cell
As of writing, Hell in a Cell boasts just five official matches. The SmackDown Women’s, WWE, and Universal Championships will be defended inside Hell in a Cell while Otis defends his Money in the Bank contract against The Miz.
The only other match that has been made official sees Jeff Hardy battle Elias. HIAC was built around just three storylines and WWE is interested in only those three. However, according to a report by CageSideSeats, a couple more matches are expected to be added to the card.
SmackDown Was Re-Written Again This Week
This week’s episode of SmackDown didn’t have much announced ahead of the show, but seemingly all came together after the program had started. According to The Wrestling Observer, SmackDown was re-written the day before the show once again and Triple H was drafted in to help.
This was mainly down to the trial which included Otis and The Miz which was reportedly a top concern for the show until it went on air.
Rey Mysterio Set to Return to Action Soon
Rey Mysterio has been sidelined with a torn tricep over the past few weeks, but the former World Champion has still been part of the on-going feud with Seth Rollins and his son Dominik.
According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Rey Mysterio is almost fully healed and should be ready to return to action in the near future.
Lars Sullivan Expected to Undergo Name Change
Lars Sullivan returned to WWE last week and was drafted over to the SmackDown brand. In the time that the star has been in the ring since his return, Michael Cole has referred to him as The Freak many times.
According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, this is because Lars Sullivan could be set to undergo a name change.
“While they did use the name Sullivan, it’s very clear they are trying to put over the name The Freak, which Cole said over and over and over, while only saying Sullivan a few times. It’s what they do when the plan is to transition the name.”
Paul Heyman Passed on Working With Braun Strowman
Paul Heyman is now the manager of Roman Reigns on SmackDown, but a few short months ago he was the Executive Director of Monday Night Raw. It was during his time as a director that Heyman wanted to work with underutilized talents like Aleister Black, Andrade, and Angel Garza.
According to a report by Fightful, Heyman even passed on working with Braun Strowman because he only wanted to work with underutilized stars.
“He designed the post-2019 Draft roster with an emphasis on more polished, underutilized workers. He even passed on established names like Braun Strowman for that reason.”
Does Mandy Rose Dislike Her New Partnership on Raw?
Mandy Rose was recently drafted over to Monday Night Raw where she has been aligned with Dana Brooke. The two women have had some interesting matches already and have picked up some big wins over Natalya and Lana. That being said, The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Rose doesn’t seem to be happy in her new partnership with Brooke.
“Whatever it is about Rose, she naturally comes across as looking like she doesn’t want to be in this team even though nobody calls attention to it and I don’t think it’s the storyline. She looked the same early on with Otis, like she was supposed to be all hot for him and looked like anything but, although she did get better on that account.”
As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.