Here is your news for February 5, 2020.
We're starting off today with news from RAW, as though Liv
Morgan, Lana and Bobby Lashley were all present, the fourth
man of their recent angle, Rusev, wasn't on the show.
On Twitter, fans speculated about why the Bulgarian Brute
didn't appear, and following news of a Southern California
wrestler reportedly failing the company's wellness policy, one
fan said it was a bold strategy for Rusev to get suspended in
the hopes that WWE would fire him.
Sarcastically replying that the fan was a great role model,
Rusev also denied a rumor from a separate fan who said the
former United States Champion was injured, without any
actual evidence to this claim.
As for the Southern California star who will be suspended,
Samoa Joe was strongly hinted at being that Superstar,
though WWE have reportedly denied that.
Rusev was last seen on the January 20th episode of RAW,
where he and Morgan lost to Lana and Lashley, and though
he was advertised for being in the men's Royal Rumble, a
storyline fight backstage prevented both he and the
Destroyer from making it to the match.
Another rumor speculated on by fans is that Rusev and Lana
have split up in real life, though that doesn't appear to be the
case if you look at their personal social media profiles.
This picture of Lana comes from the Instagram account for
their pets, and a source in WWE has said the pair are still
We'll have to see what happens with Rusev, but the fact that
he reportedly hasn't re-signed with WWE yet could always
play into things.
Though Lana would lose to Liv Morgan on RAW this week, it
was the Ravishing Russian who'd have the last laugh, as the
returning Ruby Riott attacked Morgan.
On Twitter, Morgan processed the return of her former
team-mate, sharing a picture of the two with the caption
"Squad, huh?", as it looks like a feud between the two is in
Though a singles feud between Riott and Morgan could be
huge, this does leave us to wonder if WWE will be
encouraged to use the often- overlooked Sarah Logan in the
process for a full Riott Squad reunion.
Though Lana would leave RAW feeling like a winner, though
she lost her match, her husband Bobby Lashley wasn't so
fortunate, as he missed out on a WWE Title opportunity at
After losing to Ricochet in the main event in a match that also
included Seth Rollins, the former Intercontinental Champion
would be tweeted at by Lio Rush, his former hype-man, who
told Lashley that he's only a phone call away.
There was a time where it seemed like Rush would be fired or
quit the company, but it seems now that the former NXT
Cruiserweight Champion is back in the company's good books.
Replying to the tweet, Lashley said "I hear you brotha," as it
seems a reunion between the two isn't so farfetched after all.
Instead of Lashley, it'll be Ricochet who meats the Beast in
Riyadh on February 27th, and this comes just weeks after he
helped eliminate Lesnar from the men's Rumble match.
For the time being, though, we just have to sit back and see
whether or not WWE themselves decides to take a shot on
pairing these two up again. Either way, we think it’d be an
exciting story to tell.
From RAW to SmackDown now, and Goldberg is returning to
the Blue brand this week, and with news confirming that the
former WCW World Heavy weight Champion will be
competing at Super Showdown, the big question now is
On Instagram, Goldberg asked that very same question in a
post where he showed off his first spear, and Dave Meltzer
on Wrestling Observer Radio also confirmed Goldberg's
return to the ring.
The last time he was in Saudi Arabia, Goldberg lost to The
Undertaker, and the current favorites to face the Hall of
Famer this time is Matt Riddle or Roman Reigns, and the
betting gurus are leaning to the Big Dog more.
After his Summerslam squash match against Dolph Ziggler,
it's also possible that Golberg will receive an opponent it’s fun
for him to defeat, and given that there are quite a few heels
who could work well with Goldberg, and due a serious
butt-kicking, we'll find out who's next soon enough.
Goldberg wasn't the only Hall of Famer speculated on for the
show though, as the PW Insider previously reported that
Sting was in strong talks to appear at Super Showdown on
Though the Stinger retired during his 2016 Hall of Fame
induction, Sting did hint at another match, and though there
were rumors that his Super Showdown appearance could
have started at the Royal Rumble, that clearly wasn't what happened.
Now, it seems that the Icon is out of the show, as PW Insider reported:
“As noted, several weeks ago in The Elite section of
PWInsider.com, there had been a push for Sting to be used at
the 2/27 event, but as of last night, we are told those talks
have died down.”
Perhaps WWE and Sting will come to some agreement one
day that'll allow the former WCW World Champion to wrestle
again, but for now, we know that the Icon won't be appearing
at Super Showdown.
Back to RAW now, and Asuka and Natalya fought a
snug-looking match this week, a match that left some serious
war wounds on the Canadian.
Though Asuka's victory earned her another shot at RAW
Women's Champion Becky Lynch, all that Natalya earned was
a bruise around her eye, which she posted online for fans to see.
Watching the match back, several of their early lockups do
seem more like legit grappling than normal. and after the
bell, a heated Nattie said that they're
only getting started.
It's possible that Natalya's bruise happened when Asuka
kicked out of a powerbomb, as the Canadian quickly clutched
her face afterwards.
As RAW went to commercial, the ref can be seen trying to
calm Natalya down, and after the commercial, the lump on
her face is clearly visible.
Given how professional both women, with a combined 36
years in the wrestling business between them, it's highly
unlikely that either woman tried to turn the match into a
shoot, though it wouldn't be surprising if WWE had this
incident become part of a storyline.
Though this week's RAW ended with Ricochet being crowned
the number 1 contender for the WWE Championship and
promptly being attacked by Brock Lesnar with an F5 to close
out the show, this wasn't the end of the high-flyer's night.
After RAW went off the air, Seth Rollins offered a handshake
to Ricochet, which got a big No! chant from the Salt Lake City
crowd and the Monday Night Messiah defended himself,
saying he's not a bad guy or a liar, just someone who wanted
to show the number one contender some respect.
Of course, Rollins wasn't true to his word and attacked
Ricochet, but after the Architect attempted a stomp, this was
ducked by the new #1 contender who hit a codebreaker,
sending Rollins packing, and sending the Salt Lake City fans
who had braved the terrible weather home happy.
Now, there's been a lot of talks about the tweets sent out by
Wrestle Votes recently, which has led fans to speculate that
Samoa Joe has possibly been suspended for violating the
WWE's Wellness Policy.
During the January 27th edition of RAW, Joe exited
mid-match with what was reportedly a concussion, though
Wrestle Votes tweets led some to conclude that this was a
work to write him off TV, similar to the way Andrade's
storyline addressed his suspension.
Other outlets though are reporting that there is nothing going
on with Joe other than the concussion, and the PW Insider
was told that Joe wasn't at RAW in Salt Lake City, because he
hasn't been cleared following his injury.
Their sources quote "vociferously denied" that he was
suspended, and the same was reported by Fightful, as Sean
Ross Sapp tweeted that top staff within the WWE have
vehemently denied Joe's suspension.
Neither of those sites are reporting who is supposedly the
one suspended, so there may be more news coming soon
about this situation.
We're looking at WWE's tag division now, as the Revival have
turned down huge contracts, reportedly worth over $700,000
a year each, for five years.
With the former Tag Champions not signing new contracts,
there's talk that the pair could soon be out of WWE, and
possibly in AEW.
One person who knows all about contract negotiations is
Booker T, who discussed the Top Guys, and gave them some
sage advice on his radio show. He said:
“They turned down 700 thousand apiece, that’s a lot of
money man. If I can give them any advice, I’d say take the
money. If they came to me and said ‘Hey Book, we’re going to
give you a million dollars a year, you ain’t going to win no
titles, we’ll give you TV time, we’ll give you a 15-year
contract,’ I’m gonna shut the hell up.”
It wasn't too long ago, that The Revival and Harlem Heat
teased having a match at the Royal Rumble, and whilst the
match didn't happen, Booker is still paying close attention to
Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson’s activities as they are still Top
Guys to watch.
All we know is that in a few months’ time, Booker may be
watching the Top Guys wrestle outside of WWE.
Back to RAW now, and this week's show saw the main roster
of Angel Garza, though fans are wondering what the WWE's
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that Garza
was brought in simply to replace Andrade, who is serving a
30-day suspension of his first Wellness policy violation. He said:
"For right now [Angel Garza] is here because Andrade failed a
drug test and they needed something. That’s what he’s here
for. I know he should stay and he may, and there’s no rule
that he has to go back [to NXT], but right now the idea is that
he’s still gonna be on both shows and he’s an NXT guy, but
he’s a fill-in for 30 days now.”
The former NXT Cruiserweight Champion did impress on his
RAW debut, and whilst there's a chance that WWE have
something more planned for him, right now it doesn't look
like any plans are in place after 30-Days.
Fans may not know it, but this week saw history be made in
WWE, as the Kabuki Warriors have become the longest
reigning WWE Women's Tag Team
Champions of all time.
Although the titles have been around for just under a year,
the Kabuki Warriors reached the 121-day mark yesterday,
bearing the IIconics reign of 120 days.
This news was confirmed by the WWE on FOX's Twitter
account, as there's currently no sign of Kairi Sane and Asuka
dropping the titles.
The inaugural champions, Sasha Banks and Bayley, who won
the titles at Elimination Chamber 2019, have the shortest
reign at 49 days, whilst Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross held the
titles for 62 days, before losing them to the Kabuki Warriors.
We're looking at the future of WWE now, as for years, WWE,
specifically William Regan and Canyon Cemen, have been
interested in signing former Evolve and wXw champion
For years though, the 36 year old has rejected past offers, but
now, Squared Circle Sirens first reported that Thatcher was at
the Performance Center, and this was followed up with
confirmation by PW Insider that the former Evolve star has
signed a deal with WWE.
A 15-yer veteran, Thatcher has been considered among the
best in-ring performers in the world, and has honed his craft
across the globe, and will now bring a wealth of experience to
WWE as both a wrestler and potential coach.
During his title run in Evolve, Thatcher was managed by
Stokely Hathaway - now Malcolm Bivens in NXT. A reunion
could be a good way to get both men on television.
WWE confirmed the signing of Thatcher, as well as former
Impact star Killer Kross, and time will tell how far both men
will go now in WWE.
We've got some great news to share with you now, as whilst
the WWE careers of Mike and Maria Kanellis-Bennett have
been full of drama, including contract disputes and Mike
getting sober, the pair are currently celebrating following the
birth of their second child.
After their daughter Fredrica was born in April 2018, the pair
welcomed their son earlier this week, as Mike shared that
Carver Mars Bennett was born on February 3rd, weighing in
at 8 pounds.
We'd like to send our best wishes to the Bennetts at this
joyous time, and we just hope that Carver never sees his
mom speak to millions of people watching RAW, that his dad
wasn't man enough to get her pregnant.
And finally, today we're ending with news from WWE's Paige,
who has spoken openly about leaving Total Divas.
After several seasons on the show, the former Divas
Champion quietly left the reality show, and isn't upset at all
about the decision, according to an interview on the Chasing
Speaking to Lilian Garcia, the anti-Divas said it was the right
decision for her to leave the show, saying:
"I feel like with Total Divas there’s a lot of memories that I
want to forget. I’ve had ex- boyfriends on there, and I was a
party animal. I want to have a new show where they can see
the new me, the more adult me, and [how] focused and
sober I am."
Paige certainly seems to be in a better place, after a series of
rough years, and even though she's retired from the ring, the
British Superstar remains an active part of the WWE's