Which big WWE legend’s contract is about to expire? How much has Mandy Rose made since being fired? Rob Pasbani catches you up
This is the last live WWE show until the big Smackdown on December 29th so Raw seemed a bit more eventful than usual. All hands are on deck to promote the big main event on the last Smackdown of the year, which will feature Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn taking on the returning John Cena and Kevin Owens. Reigns started the show with a pre-taped promo saying the Bloodline was going to prove their dominance.
This led to the Usos, Solo and Sami Zayn jumping a bunch of people backstage throughout the night. Eventually, it led to a match with Sami vs. AJ Styles.
That led to a confrontation with Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins, of all people, made the save. Rollins is currently feuding with Austin Theory for the US Title but ended up teaming with Owens against the Usos in the main event. They had this cute exchange beforehand:
The match ended with Owens getting the win heading into the big Smackdown.
Elsewhere on the show, Alexa Bliss gave more teases about her “abandonment issues” with Bray Wyatt and Lilly the doll even made an appearance:
A rarity for WWE, we saw an intergender match with Rhea Ripley taking on Akira Tozawa:
And, there was a big return, as Bronson Reed made his main roster debut. Fans didn’t seem to quite know who he was, but he looked impressive.
NXT is tonight leading up to their big New Year’s Evil show in a few weeks:
AEW Dynamite has their Holiday Bash tomorrow at 8pm.
Will they continue the momentum they’ve been building? Here’s the card, which looks great.
Impact on Thursday on AXS TV has a good lineup:
Smackdown on Friday is pre-taped. Here are spoilers, and the card looks fun:
Mandy Rose was fired last week from WWE for posting racy photos to a Fan Time account, and now her agent has told TMZ that since her firing, she has made half a million dollars in revenue on the website. Her agent predicts she will hit a million in revenue by Christmas. Could be worse.
The former Lana, CJ Perry, made a similar statement recently, saying she’s earning more than her WWE contract from her fan page, and claiming she made $20,000 in her first day.
Next week’s RAW will not be a new episode, but rather “The Absolute Best of 2022”, featuring the best moments of the year and likely the broadcast of some PPV matches.
Goldberg’s WWE contract is about to expire.
In what looks to be the beginning of a storyline for WrestleMania, Snoop Dogg has revealed his custom, gold-plated WWE championship belt had been stolen:”
Rocky Romero, the New Japan American liaison spoke to Renee Pacquette about how difficult the Karl Anderson situation has been for them. Anderson won the NEVER Openweight Title and then signed with WWE before losing the belt. He will now be competing on New Japan’s biggest show, Wrestle Kingdom, likely losing the title.
Rocky said of the situation: “It’s been a very stressful situation for me [laughs]. Obviously, when the guys started talking about WWE had reached out to them, I of course started to get nervous because I knew that we had a bunch of dates set and everything and obviously, like you [Renee Paquette] said, Anderson was the NEVER Openweight Champion. I got worried and I said, ‘You know, you guys just don’t screw me over please.’ I was part of the reason that you guys came back and helped to, you know? Obviously, they left on good terms and everything, but just to bring them back was definitely a part of that.
“So we started talking about that but then finally [Anderson] was like, ‘Okay, we’re gonna sign and somebody’s gonna have to talk to WWE.’ So of course that means me having to talk to WWE. But I got on the line and obviously, there was some confusion on the dates that they were gonna actually do and there was that November 5 show that Anderson had already been announced for for New Japan but then it was also the same time that the Saudi Arabia show was going on. Obviously there was gonna be conflict right there, so that’s kind of how it started. It started off real rocky and they went and did Saudi, we figured it out, got a new date, and then just decided to turn it into a big angle because I thought that was probably the best way to deal with it. Hoping that everything was gonna work out but not really sure. Finally, [Anderson] went and did this last show a couple days ago and successfully defended the title. So now he’ll be at the Tokyo Dome to face Tama Tonga, which is really exciting. Dude, this Tokyo Dome is gonna be insane. We have a WWE wrestler in Karl Anderson, we have Kenny Omega who’s an AEW wrestler, we’ve got Stardom wrestlers on the show, we’ve got New Japan wrestlers.”
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith paid tribute to Ric Flair recently:
Undertaker took two very interesting photo ops lately:
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