WWE News Alert 1/1/18 – Elias Covers Hotline Bling, Championship Match Ends Due to Referee Stoppage, Rusev Day Shirt Sells Out

WWE News and Rumors for January 1, 2018

WWE held a live event on New Year’s Eve in Toronto, the hometown of musical artist Drake. The audience on hand was treated to an acoustic rendition of Drake’s hit “Hotline Bling” by none other than Elias, who continues to display his vast musical range. Although 2018 will be a a breakout year for Elias, the performance was followed by a chokeslam from Kane.

Also in Toronto, the main event for the Intercontinental Championship ended abruptly as the champion Roman Reigns busted his challenger Samoa Joe open above the eye before the referee stopped the match due to the laceration.

Braun Strowman was sent home from the WWE Holiday Tour due to illness an misses several events. Strowman shouldn’t miss much time and had been wrestling Kane on this tour.

Chris Jericho had been on Podcast One for the past four years with his podcast Talk is Jericho. In addition Jericho formed “The Jericho Network” within Podcast One that brought other shows to the platform including The Raven Effect, Keeping it 100 and Killing The Town. Jericho is leaving Podcast One and bringing his show and entire Jericho Network of shows to a new platform, Westwood One.

For the first time ever on Smackdown Live the week will feature AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn in what should be a PPV Quality match on free TV. This is, however, a non-title match, so the WWE Championship is not on the line.

Rusev Day is an absolute phenomenon! To close out 2017, the Happy Rusev Day shirts are completely sold out and expected to be back in stock any minute. Get yours at WWE Shop.