Rusev was released as part of WWE’s latest budget cuts last week. The Bulgarian Brute is currently sitting through his 90-day non-compete clause amidst rumors that he will likely end up as a main eventer in AEW.
For weeks, WWE had been teasing a fallout between Bobby Lashley and Lana but now that Rusev is no longer with the company, the plans for the heel couple are likely to change.
Meltzer reported that “it does look like the divorce got dropped.” Bryan Alvarez thereafter stated that WWE has seemingly cooled down the breakup of Lana and Lashley following Rusev’s release.
This week on Monday Night RAW, Nia Jax wrestled Kairi Sane and generated huge controversy with her dangerous spot during the match.
The Irresistible Force set The Pirate Princess up for a bucklebomb, but the move didn’t go as planned; instead, Jax powerbombed Sane against the bottom turnbuckle which caused her neck to snap back. Instead of showing any kind of remorse, The Facebreaker later used that spot to threaten Ronda Rousey who recently made headlines for her “fake fight” comments.
Throughout the match, Asuka was shown on screen several times. According to Meltzer, WWE is potentially setting up Asuka vs Nia Jax for the foreseeable future.
Both Asuka and Jax are booked for the Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match on May 10th. While the chances of either woman winning the briefcase are slim, it would be interesting to witness a feud between two of the hardest hitting Superstars in all of WWE women’s division.
This past week, Vince McMahon made the decision to switch live programming for taped content after NBC Universal and FOX reportedly reassured him of financial security regarding WWE’s weekly product. Now that WWE is set to begin taping their television content next week, fans may have to bid farewell to live content for quite some time till normalcy is restored.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that WWE taping shows in advance essentially gives the company the luxury of editing its content and removing any unwanted spots or botches from the final product.
“Even the shows that are airing the same day, they’re taping in the afternoon rather than live.”
WWE will tape two weeks’ worth of programming in a single day until further notice starting April 27th.