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.

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WWE News and Rumors – July 1, 2017

  • Original plans for SummerSlam would have seen Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman but now looks like it will be Lesnar vs Roman Reigns. This comes after Roman revealed he is the number one contender for the Universal Championship on Raw. Also expect Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax as well.
  • A third Naomi vs Lana match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship has been made for the July 4 Smackdown Live. This comes after Lana posted pictures showing she had a shoulder up when the referee counted the pinfall Tuesday night.
  • After a brief breakup, Paige and Alberto El Patron have reconciled and are once again a couple.
  • A trailer for Armed Release but WWE Studios featuring Seth Rollins and Wesley Snipes has been released. This is an action thriller and there is no global release date as of press time.

  • WWE has released a full match of Bianca Belair vs Aliyah in a Mae Young Classic qualifying match. Belair wrestles strong style and at one point slapped Aliyah extremely hard and the live crowd bought into this.

  • Gunner, who had wrestled for Impact, debuted as Chad Lail at an NXT live event in St Petersburg Thursday night. He is expected to wrestle full time in NXT.
  • Impact Wrestling will be re-branding as Global Force Wrestling to shed the image that has haunted the company from the Dixie Carter era. Jeff Jarrett, founder of GFW, conducted an interview with Sports Illustrated and spoke of the legal battles involving the “Broken” Hardys. Jarrett didn’t say much other than intellectual property belongs to the publisher, which would be Impact Wrestling. Jeff also talked about a five year plan to reinvigorate the company including video on demand and live events.
  • Rumors are abound that The Colons have requested their release from WWE. SuperLuchas.com fueled this by speculating about tee shirts being sold outside the WWE. Fanning the flames, WWC, a promotion in Puerto Rico owned by Carlos Colon, tweeted the article. This appears to be a weak rumor, but The Colons leaving WWE is a possibility even without the rumors.