Kurt Angle To WWE?, TNA’s Uncertain Future, Brie/Nikki Working Stiff, GFW Updates

Earlier this month you said Vince McMahon doesn’t have any interest in bringing Kurt Angle back, but with Rusev going over Jack Swagger I think it would make sense to have Angle come back to square off against him. If they are still trying to push Rusev to the next level, why not have him go over Angle?

I reported last week here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com the opinion in WWE is changing in regards to Kurt Angle. While you have suggesting using Angle to put over Rusev, there is legitimate intrigue about using him to put over Brock Lesnar. However, as I noted in my report, any deal would hinge on Angle being able to pass a WWE physical. If Angle is healthy enough to pass a WWE physical, there is a chance we could see him work for WWE again. While I still don’t believe the chances are very good, they’re greater than they were just a couple of months ago. Angle’s contract with TNA Wrestling expires on September 21, 2014 and he’s not expected back.

While TNA will remain on Spike TV for the rest of this year, do you think that it’ll ultimately survive next year?

We reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com that Spike TV has made overtures about buying 51% of TNA Wrestling. According to a source speaking under the condition of anonymity, the Carter family is interested but so far Dixie Carter has been resistant. The short-term extension on the network was seen as a way to prevent any rush decision from being made. If the Carter family does not sell, I believe there’s a good chance TNA will not return to Spike next year. If TNA loses Spike TV, they’ll have to look elsewhere for clearance on domestic television. They have been talking with other networks (through UTA) but losing Spike would not be a good thing. However, there is no way for me to say definitively they will survive or won’t survive until their future on domestic television is resolved. If they are unable to stay on domestic television, their future is very bleak.

Whilst watching the Brie/Nikki segment on Raw, there were several times where it looked like what Nikki did could have really hurt Brie (the hair pulling, etc). Is there ever a “safe word” or an action where a superstar can just slyly signal to the other to tone it down a notch?

I don’t know about a safe word but the work between Brie and Nikki Bella has been intentionally stiff. As we reported in our Backstage Raw News, the fact that Brie and Nikki are identical twin sisters they are able to do things to one another they wouldn’t be able to do anyone else. I am an identical twin and I can vouch for this sentiment. While there are some programs that justify stiffer work, the bond between twins is unexplainable and allows for things to be taken a “step further.” Brie and Nikki know this is a big time opportunity and they want to take full advantage of it.

I am excited to see what Global Force Wrestling can do but I’m a little worried there has been no word of a television deal. If they do not get a TV deal would all their planning be for nothing?

We updated on Global Force Wrestling on Monday here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com. They have been talking with television networks in the United States but have had even less luck than TNA in terms of generating interest. The frustration has caused some people currently working with GFW to look for work elsewhere because they don’t see it getting off the ground this year. While I think what Jeff Jarrett is doing is great for the pro wrestling business, he has lofty expectations of even replicating the success of TNA Wrestling. I’m not saying he can’t do it but it’s not going to be easy.

From the Ask WNW vault…

October 2012: What are your thoughts on the finish of CM Punk vs. Ryback from WWE Hell in a Cell? - I thought the finish to CM Punk vs. Ryback at Hell in a Cell was lazy, nonsensical and very poorly done. This isn’t an issue about having Punk retain while not making Ryback look weak. This is an issue of the undefeated superstar taking a loss in his first relevant match as a main event performer. Punk came out looking like the cowardly heel but why should anyone be scared of 0-1 Ryback? As I pointed out here in Richard Reacts, it completely lacked logic for the referee to be able to stop Ryback from Shell-shocking Punk. If Ryback is who they say he is, he destroys the referee without cause. The main event could not have come off worse and despite working the best he could, the booking assured no progress for Ryback as a viable main event wrestler.

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  • Avalanchian

    In my eyes Nikki and Brie segment is just awful. I’m not buying into what they are trying to sell. And if they are sister sister on Total Divas it would just ruin the storyline even more. While I know TD is just to attract female fans and such they still need to kind of keep with a bit of story in the wrestling world. I mean I kind of thought TD was to in a way attract females to watch things like Raw and SD.

  • Rachel Miller

    Hey, Richard! I didn’t know you had a twin brother.

    • RKM_13

      It’s mentioned in his About Me section. WNW was founded alongside his twin brother (or something along those lines).

  • Ryan Khamram

    If Curt Angle returns whre where will he better? Putting on a show with Brian or with Brock.

  • Eddie Edwards

    Is anyone else having trouble viewing comments on the mobile site? I have to refresh the page several times for the view comments section to work.

    • Adam Eaton

      The mobile sites gives me problems too. It’s slow. The comments are hard to get to and the general layout is confusing. It’s much easier to click the show desktop site than to deal with the new mobile site.

      • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

        Disqus is a third party application folks, it doesn’t reside on our servers regardless of what theme you are viewing.

        • Eddie Edwards

          When I click view comments under an article it doesn’t work 90% of the time. I was just curious if this was a problem other people have or if it was my phone

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

            The comments are pulled from the Disqus servers, they do not reside in our CMS.

  • John

    Nikki Bella is in desperate need of acting lessons and Brie Bella really needs to eat some food.

    • TheBigKing1

      True. But who cares what she eats. That’s not your family on anything. It aint nothing wrong with her. Stop hating! And worry about your damn self. SMMFH!

      • John

        Lol why you getting all upset? She looks like a skeleton.. Do you think she looks healthy?

        • TheBigKing1

          She looks fine to me. I’m not dating her. I could care less what a wrestler..it’s all about what you can do in the ring. Period!
          As far as me being attracted to her, that’s irrelevant. People like different things. We ALL have different taste. You might not like skinny girls, a few people like big women, some like them kinda thick…some don’t matter, some might like endowness in certain body parts, some might not care for that part of their body but like another. We ALL like different things. That’s my point.

  • Eddie T

    I have been reading your site since DX reformed. I did not know you had a twin. The fudge….

    • skyrim

      His twin was around at that point. (Sorry I forget his name). Ryan or something.

      • Ryan Khamram

        Ryan?

  • BigMike

    IMO they should put Rusev over Mark Henry and let Lana start going off on America and their “pathetic olympic heroes” and BAM! Angles music hits and (( As I hope you all remember, his initial run in WWE, he called himself exactly that)) and let Kurt give Rusev his first loss, then him and Lesnar, truthfully kurt is one of the few that truly can give lesnar the workout he needs to make it look legit

  • Ryan Plague

    the Nikki/Brie storylline has kane/undertaker and bret/owen hart written all over it.

    in this case brie is in the role of the underaker/bret hart, she doesnt want to fight, she wants to make things work and nikki is in the role of kane/owen hart, she wants to fight and embarsse her sister, it’s boring to me personally, as they will drag this out for who knows how long and before you know they will be friends again and the WWE will try to erase this fued from history

    • Bob’s Diner

      Big difference between Brie Bella and Undertaker/Bret Hart, though.
      Just saying

      • Ryan Plague

        I understand that, i was making reference to the way the storyline is being played out, it’s exactly like bret/owen and kane/undertaker, i wasnt comparing the people

  • jdl

    The perfect way to reintroduce Angle to WWE would be against Rusev. Not necessarily have them feud, but have Swagger and Rusev have their final match at Night of Champions. Then as Rusev is brutalizing Swagger at the end of the match have Zeb return and say something to the extent of “I have spent the time since Summerslam doing some soul searching, and my search brought me to this man. The greatest patriot alive today, the true embodiment of the 50 stars and 13 bars!” and Kurt Angle’s music hits, and he parades down to the ring with the American flag waving, and this inspires Swagger to rise up, slap on the Patriot Lock and to finally get a win over Rusev. Angle would then defend Swagger from the post match beat down, raise Swagger’s hands and do the “We the people!” line. Maybe have him face Rusev in a match, win that and then move on to facing Lesnar over the course of Survivor series through to the Rumble. Angle’s TNA contract expires on the 21st, that’s the say day of the NoC PPV, it’d be a great way to reintroduce him. To quote JR, he’d be over like rover.

  • Ablakefn74

    Brock & Angle is a bad idea at Angle’s age!! If i remember correctly, didn’t Brock cause one of Angle’s many broken necks??? Bad spot on a suplex???