What happened to Alberto Del Rio? Did he get his black eye from one of his earlier matches?
Alberto Del Rio and Drew McIntyre, who are very good friends in real life, went out over SummerSlam weekend and apparently got into a physical altercation with some people. I don’t know the details but I know Del Rio showed up for work with a black eye/bruised face. The story is being blown up to be more than it really is. Wrestlers going out and getting rowdy is nothing new. You can read my initial report at this link.
With what happened at SummerSlam and Triple H “screwing” Daniel Bryan, do you see possible Evolution reunion?
Many people (me included) felt it was an inevitable possibility that Randy Orton would “cash in” the Money in the Bank briefcase and walk out the WWE Champion at SummerSlam. I don’t think many people saw Triple H being the one to make it happen. All kinds of questions are raised as to what the alliance entails and the Evolution reunion talk began immediately. I haven’t heard what the creative plans are but I agree with the Orton “cash in” and think the Hunter alliance adds an extra element that will entices people to watch Raw.
With the departure of Brooke Hogan from TNA, do you see Hulk Hogan sticking around?
I am still gathering details behind Brooke Hogan’s release from TNA Wrestling but the initial word is that it was budget related. Hulk Hogan always said it was Dixie Carter’s move to bring Brooke in and not his own doing. I think a lot of people have a hard time believing that but that’s his story and I guess he’s sticking to it. One aspect I don’t think has been examined is Hulk Hogan agrees to do WWE 2K14 and Brooke ends up without a job with TNA. Could it be a coincidence? Absolutely. However, those that look at Hogan’s inclusion in WWE 2K14 as “no big deal” aren’t seeing the full picture. We have more at this link.
WWE had the opportunity to create a “classic moment” with Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam and instead, the rub went to Randy Orton. Does anyone else feel this way?
You are not the only one that feels this way as our own Sean Hopkins voiced this very point immediately following the pay-per-view. I respect Sean Hopkins and his opinion as much as anyone’s opinion in this business, however, we disagree here. The “swerve” of Randy Orton “cashing in” on Daniel Bryan is a “win” for everyone. First, WWE is able to turn Orton heel and create another interesting aspect with a Triple H alliance. Also, and I think this is the most important, I feel this increases the stock of Daniel Bryan. People in the building were livid that Daniel Bryan was “screwed” and that increases the heat on Orton while increasing the pops for Bryan. The WWE fan base is behind Bryan more now than ever before and people will pay to see him chase the title. I do agree that WWE had the opportunity to create a “moment” with Bryan leaving SummerSlam as champion but I think this way could actually be more effective.
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