Even More Bad News For Finn Balor, Daniel Bryan To Wrestle For WWE?, HBK Considering New Role

- Finn Balor had a badly torn labrum and surgery was much more complicated than originally anticipated. He tore half of his conjoined tendon off his coracoid when he dislocated his shoulder [in his match against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam], in addition to his biceps and pec minor. There was initial hope Balor would be back in four months but that is off the table, as he’s expected to be out a minimum of six months. You can watch Dr. Jeffrey Dugas explain the surgery to Balor with comments from him in the video embedded above.

- WNW Premium is about to see a huge expansion and with that expansion is going to come new price points. You can lock in your rate now at the SIGNUP or RENEWAL page. Also, keep in mind the $4.95/month package for 18 months is still there - don’t miss out!

- Forbes is reporting that WWE has not completely shut the door on Daniel Bryan wrestling again and that the company plans to continue the angle with wrestlers calling him out for not wrestling. This has been a tricky situation as Bryan was independently cleared to compete but not by WWE. Further neurological testing determined Bryan would be putting his long-term health at risk if he decided to wrestle again. Bryan was so determined to return at one point, he was fighting to get out of his WWE contract but Brie Bella, his wife, also opposes him wrestling again. Brie’s word is more powerful than WWE’s word and Bryan has gone on to accept on-air roles that do not involve him wrestling. It remains unlikely that Bryan will work for WWE again but according to Forbes, it’s still a possibility.

- Shawn Michaels is considering taking a job at the WWE Performance Center as a coach. The job has already been offered to Michaels but he’s been deciding whether or not he wants to move from Texas to Florida. He recently put his ranch up for sale for $1,995,000, so it looks like he is giving it serious consideration. Shawn was at last night’s WWE NXT television tapings from the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. You can view a photo of Shawn and Hunter at this link.

- Seth Rollins continues to have a strong showing of support from veteran wrestlers, despite the injuries to Sting, John Cena and Finn Balor while working in main event matches against him. All three incidents are being treated as “freak” things that just happen in the business. Bret Hart had a different take and while Rollins isn’t a bad worker, I believe he needs to be more careful. One badly injured opponent is a freak accident. Two and we’re going to start paying attention. Three and there has to be changes.

- Speaking of last night’s WWE NXT tapings, we have complete results available at this link.

- Corey Graves was still on commentary for the episodes of WWE NXT that were taped last night, despite his move to the main roster. He teamed with Tom Phillips.

- Bayley is booked in matches against WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte for this weekend’s WWE live events in Puebla and León, Guanajuato.

- Sheamus, who was filming scenes for the movie ATONE this week in Mississippi, is scheduled for this weekend’s live events.

- Daniel Bryan told Michael Cole in his latest sit-down interview that Finn Balor should have been on the main WWE roster a year and a half ago. He also advocated for the respective call-ups of Samoa Joe and Nakamura given the fact they are in the prime of their careers and the obvious uncertainty in regards to injuries.

- August 26, 2016 is the 50th wedding anniversary of Vince and Linda McMahon as they married on this day in 1966 in North Carolina.

- Tickets for WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 are now available here on Ticketmaster. The show will take place Sunday, October 30, 2016 from the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

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  • Avalanchian

    That really sucks and pretty much puts him out of WM. Not unless he has some Cena magic, but it’s best to not rush him.

    • Meanie40

      6 months put him right around the February PPV, as it’s traditionally held at the end of the month with WM held within a couple of days of April 1.

      If he looks good to return at the six month mark, they could do an angle with a match at that PPV inserting him in the WHC match at WM.

      • Vomkrieg

        Easy angle too, he never lost the belt so has a rematch clause.

    • Anthony Gutierrez

      if all goes according to plan he will be back in time!! I just hope they don’t overwork him once he returns

  • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

    I’ve given up on Seth. He seems to be more of making himself look good than a great match. I would never put any more small guys in the ring with him. I think he needs to realize not every one has the same style of moves he does and are not equipped to handle them and adjust to his opponent . If he hurts anyone else he needs to understand he’s probably done in WWE.

    • Anthony Gutierrez

      The injury to Cena is 50/50 -> First, Cena should have blocked to his face. There’s no way in hell anyone should take a knee to the face unprotected. Now on the flipside, Seth should have made sure Cena was ready for move. In wrestling we call it “calling a spot”, and I don’t feel like Seth did that because tends to be very safe and his injuries were always just from a wear and tear on his body, he is rarely injured by others.
      For Sting, that was strictly a freak accident because he’s done that move hundreds of times and no one has been hurt before.
      For Balor, the blame is squarely on Balor for this. In training, we are always taught to be careful how you put your hands out when youre about to take a bump for a move because if you place your hands down too quick or they go in the wrong direction, youll wind up hurting yourself way more. If you watch the video, you can see its clear as day that Balor threw his arm back I guess to brace himself for the impact but he wound up injuring himself. The blame cannot be put on Seth for this because if Balor had taken the move like normal it would’ve never happened.

      • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

        This seems like a lot of excuses for Seth. I just don’t see it your way. I actually believe he needs time off to reflect on why people got hurt and tweet his moves. These injuries haven’t been over a span of years and years in the WWE. That’s the bad part

    • Gary Robert

      He doesn’t choose to do a move and that’s it. Both men agree on it and the Balor injury happened because both men agreed to do a high risk move against a lightly padded steel fence. Putting all the blame on Rollins for the injury is absurd.

  • Meanie40

    Stray thought: Seth vs. Brock. Would either or both be hurt, and how badly?

    (Just based on their previous work history, not saying they would do anything malicious.)

    • Anthony Gutierrez

      Seth would be broken in half 🙂

      • 1molly23

        Either that – or it would give them both a taste of what it’s like to be in the ring with someone that doesn’t give a crap about their fellow superstar. And, I’d hazard a guess that Brock wouldn’t even know he’d been hurt after all the ‘roids the man has done. Oh wait, I forgot he would know since he walks when things don’t go his way.

  • Zack

    I am hoping that Balor can make it back in time for Mania. If there is a miracle and he can return for the Rumble I would mark out like crazy but I realize that’s incredibly unrealistic. As for Seth, I don’t think of him as dangerous but I don’t think of him as safe anymore either. For certain he needs to stop the buckle bomb that hurt both Sting and Balor. It doesn’t come off as an epic move so stopping him from using it isn’t a loss. Especially if it keeps people safe. I would love if Bryan could wrestle again but his safety is my higher concern and I don’t want Bryan handicapped or dead because he pushed it.

    • Anthony Gutierrez

      It is not a dangerous move. The buckle bomb’s impact is literally almost identical to take a hard Irish whip. With Sting it was a freak accident, primarily due to his age and his body being worn down. Balor got injured because he moved his right arm and that’s what caused the injury (Balor injured himself). If you look at the video clip you can see it plain as day. I know the logical thing to do is blame Rollins but unfortunately he and the buckle bomb are not to blame. It just two bad breaks that really suck

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  • Gary Robert

    HBK as a coach (trainer?) at the Performance Center? Awesome. Can’t ask for more.

  • David F

    Bryan v AJ at WM 33 for WWE title would be an amazing match!