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Monday, June 20, 2016

Ring The Bell - Jerry Lawler Update, Old Faces Returning To WWE, Stephanie McMahon's comments & more!


Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement…

Another Monday is upon us, and there is wrestling news to go over, so let’s RING THE BELL… and get to my RAW VIEW of everything.

We got an update on Jerry Lawler’s domestic disturbance from last Friday, he and his fiance have been ordered by the Judge to stay away from each other when they processed for arraignment earlier today.  Both were charged with domestic assault, and it’s a he said, she said situation… all in all, it’s pretty damn ugly if you ask me. I firmly believe this actually marks the end of Lawler’s time on camera for the WWE, with him being 66 years old and this happening, it would make the always paranoid about his own physical and mental well-being Vince McMahon (who is 70) look at things differently. Plus with the brand extension next month, it would be a good opportunity for fresh voices behind the announce desks… would not surprise me if David Otunga gets the spot considering his recent move to the announce table.

Speaking of the Brand Extension, word is the WWE is looking to bring back a number of talents to fill out the roster… I’m guessing they realize that guys like AJ Styles, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens just do not draw money. Some of the names I’ve seen pop up include the often-injured Rey Mysterio, the very much underrated mid-card specialist Shelton Benjamin, the all-mouth and no-action MVP, the incredibly boring Carlito, and The Olympic Hero Kurt Angle. Yeah of these guys, Shelton and Kurt are the most valuable, Shelton, after spending time and putting up with the b.s. that is dealing with Ring of Honor performers will force the alumni from that company to actually wrestle… and Kurt Angle is good for an occasional big match and has name recognition. MVP looked horrendous during his time in TNA, Mysterio can’t do anything more than his signature spots and Carlito… well he’s worse now than he was when he got fired from the company over 5 years ago.

It’s reported that Alberto Del Rio was injured last night in the Money in the Bank ladder match, falling off a ladder, landing feet first on the top rope and then slipping down hard to the ground… it’s wouldn’t surprise me if he’s out for a week minimum. It’s why I call those types of matches car-wrecks

Speaking of Del Rio There are rumors that Paige was arrested last night after the two got into a ‘heated argument’… but considering there has been no news about it, it appears to be an angle for the upcoming season of Total Divas, which seems very… odd for something like that to be pre-planned just days after Lawler’s arrest! Or it might before for Swerve… who knows...

Randy Orton has been advertised lately for shows in late August, and yeah his presence is certainly missed. He’s been out since October of last year with a shoulder injury. I personally think him returning to assist Cena against the Turkey Club would be a fresh dynamic, assuming Cena’s feud with the bland trio is still going past SummerSlam.

Stephanie McMahon stuck her foot in her mouth with some comments she made in a Q&A Session, saying the ‘ultimate goal of her character is to help someone get over’ and ‘Being a heel is her preference and heels getting their comeuppance is her favorite part’… which is just LAUGHABLE when one considers how no one  who in the past 10 years has ever got over being involved in an angle with her… and Stephanie, in her time as a heel, as RARELY gotten her comeuppance. How exactly did undercutting Charlotte help her get over? How does slapping anyone get them over when they can’t strike back in retaliation? Truly this is some ‘Dixie Carter’ level stupidity here folks….

Ring of Honor has their line up for this Friday’s Best in the World (boy is that false advertising) pay-per-vieew… and I feel this show should be called, “The Battle of the Jays’ cause their World Title match is Jay Lethal vs Jay Briscoe...off the top of my head, I can’t recall a pay-per-view being headlined with two guys having the same first name…. I don’t think TNA ever had Jeff Jarrett vs Jeff Hardy in its headlining slot. Also of note, this Ring of Honor show will feature the ‘Best of TNA’ with Chris Daniels and Frankie Kazarian taking on Alex Shelly and Chris Sabin

Cody Rhodes has been booked to face Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger on August 28 up in Bethany, Connecticut… goes to show how far wrestling has fallen from the 80s, cause a match like that would be a featured in a major city and arena back then.

After hearing so much about it on the 6:05 Superpodcast… I’m going to get Larry Nelson’s book Stranglehold, cause half the stuff that is referenced on air I have to read for myself is true.

The former Johnny B. Badd, Marc Mero underwent successful heart surgery this past Thursday, here’s hoping he has a speedy recovery…. And yes I harbor no ill will to the man that unleash the demon spawn that was Sable on the Wrestling World.

The WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic is having some rules strictly enforced, in particular the 205 pound weight limit, and if anyone of the guys they announced is over-weight (or fails their blood tests or physical), they have some extra guys on hand to take the spots.

And apparently I tied for 3rd in the Wrestling Kennection Pay-Per-View predictions… which you can view at www.thewrestlingkennection.com/wk-pay-per-preview

So on that note, I think I’ll wrap things up here and get ready to relax for RAW!

Tomorrow is of course Tuesday… so let’s Play Star Trek Online!

Catch ya then!