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.

WWE Clash Of Champions Predictions!!

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It’s that time again! Sorry I have been really busy and not writing as much as I should be! I recently launched a new podcast about wrestling on an all-new internet radio station. I’ve been so busy I almost forgot the PPV was this Sunday!

You can watch it on the WWE Network for FREE if you are a new subscriber! If you live in the Boston area, you can still get tickets on Stubhub or TicketLiquidator, but as you already know, this will be a sold out show!

So here are my thoughts on the matches as they stand as of today:

Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley – MOJO!!!!!!! Need I say more?

Breezango vs. The Bludgeon Brothers – Oh Breezango, what have you gotten yourselves into? I think that Harper and Rowan are going to murder them.

United States Champion Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler (Triple Threat Match) – I am so looking forward to this match!!! All these guys are great wrestlers, and are hard-hitting wrestlers. I think that Bobby Roode does have the ability to take the belt away from Corbin, however, I don’t think it will happen in a 3-way match, especially where Ziggler is involved.

Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan as special guest referees) – Sigh. WHYYYYYYYYYYYY???? While I am sure this match will have its moment’s and I like all the guys involved, WHY???  Someone tell Owen and Zayn they are 6 years too late on the Occupy hype train, that crashed and burned 3 years ago fools. Lame. I don’t care who wins… this is stupid, fire whoever wrote this garbage, not Zayn and Owens.

SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. The New Day vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs. Rusev & Aiden English (Fatal 4-Way Match) – I am so happy to see Shelton Benjamin back in action, even if he does have to team with Gable… (ha!) I think this match is gonna be your typical clusterfuck 4 way tag, with lots of broken bodies. The Uso’s will most likely retain…

SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya (Lumberjack Match) – This match is going to be awesome! I love watching both these women wrestle, but sorry Charlotte, I gotta go with Nattie on this one! Get that title back on your waist where it belongs!!!

WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal – Sigh…. why? Wrestling was getting interesting again, and then we got slapped in the face with a momentum stopping bitchslap. I really don’t want to watch the same people wrestle again and again and again. Jinder lost… he is a cheater, and does he really deserve a rematch? Nah they won’t give us Styles vs Nakamura yet… But I would have much rather watched him wrestle Rusev than Mahal again. AJ will retain the championship, or WWE may be attempting to incite a riot in Boston.

While this is a “Smackdown” branded PPV, I am not as excited for it as I usually would be. The highlights of this PPV will be the women’s match and the tag team clusterfuck for me.

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