Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
The controversial “kill yourself” line that Ric Flair muttered to Natalya during a SmackDown taping this week will never be seen on TV … because it was axed from the show’s final cut.
Flair’s segment made headlines this week after he dropped the offensive instruction — and the reaction to what he says from both Charlotte and Dean Ambrose is worth watching.
However, viewers with a keen eye noticed the line was cut from Thursday night’s broadcast … instead ending after Flair finishes bragging about his various wins over Bret Hart.
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DATE: May 1, 2016
LOCATION: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: (C) Roman Reigns VS AJ Styles
WWE Women’s Championship: (C) Charlotte w/Ric Flair VS Natalya w/Bret Hart
WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon will decide who controls Raw going forward: His son, Shane, or his daughter, Stephanie.
Intercontinental Championship: (C) The Miz w/Maryse VS Cesaro
WWE Tag Team Championship #1 Contender Tournament Finals: Enzo & Big Cass VS The Vaudevillains
Dean Ambrose VS Chris Jericho
Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens
Dolph Ziggler VS Baron Corbin
United States Championship: (C) Kalisto VS Ryback
Dave Meltzer noted on this week’s Wrestling Observer Radio that there have been talks of possibly recasting Prince Puma on Lucha Underground in the event that Ricochet leaves the company. It’s also been said that Ricochet was made a large offer to remain there.
The Wrap reports that Paul Heyman and his Looking 4 Larry marketing firm is partnering with Left/Right Productions for a new unscripted reality series.
The series will feature Heyman’s “ingeniously dysfunctional” approach to advertising and marketing. He commented:
“It’s a day in the life of the Looking4Larry agency and all of the many problems that we are forced to solve. It’s the juggling act.”
Heyman is partnering with Emmy-Award winning director Mitchell K. Stuart to produce the series, which will follow the duo and their clients through campaigns in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
“I’m a single parent looking to demonstrate to his children that you can work your ass off and have the time of your life doing it. I sleep two hours a night, so if I don’t keep busy, I end up getting myself in a lot of trouble. At least now if I get in trouble, it’ll make for good television!”
The pilot episode is currently filming in NYC.
WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart was in the U.K. for a series of Q&A shows last week. Total Wrestling Magazine was in the audience for his show in Cardiff and posted several highlights on their website, below are a couple:
Appearing at WWE Payback:
“I do it to honor Nattie, I no desire to be there no desire to be on TV. I’m happy to be there for Nattie but I’ve just had wrist surgery so it’s not a great time. It’ll be great to put Flair in the sharpshooter though.”
The future of women’s wrestling:
“Sasha Banks is a real innovator, different stuff to her matches. Bayley is great too, some of those women are much better than the ones on Raw at the moment. I have a lot of respect for womens wrestling, it’s hard being a womens wrestler in WWE, they don’t get enough credit.”
Hart also discussed the passing of Chyna, criticized the six-woman tag match on RAW recently and more. You can check out those highlights at Total Wrestling Magazine by clicking here.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
The TNA exodus to NXT continues — Eric Young just surprised Full Sail by appearing at tonight’s TV taping and made an impact (pun intended) by confronting the company’s champion.
Sources in attendance say Samoa Joe stood in the ring gloating about his big NXT Title win over Finn Balor, when music for Young suddenly hit and he received a HUGE ovation walking to the ring.
The wrestlers exchanged words, but Joe walked off before coming to blows.
The two eventually faced off later in the night though and the champ won their match.
No word on what kind of deal E.Y. has signed with the company at this point — but the TNA revival in NXT is now going strong with Joe, Young, Austin Aries and possibly Bobby Roode.
WWE posted the following on EY’s debut:
Eric Young arrives in NXT ORLANDO, Fla. — NXT is quickly becoming the place to be for the hottest free agents in sports-entertainment. That was proven once again on Thursday night, when Eric Young made his surprise debut at NXT’s WWE Network taping.
Young, an 18-year veteran of the mat game and former heavyweight champion, shocked the Full Sail University crowd when he entered the arena, which will air on NXT in the coming weeks, only on WWE Network.
Young’s arrival is the latest in a line of big-name free agents hoping to ply their craft in NXT, going to show that you never know who will appear next between the yellow ropes.
Rookie Rachael Ellering, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering, made her WWE NXT debut at tonight’s tapings from Full Sail University. She will face Alexa Bliss on the May 11th episode. Below is a photo of Ellering, who trained under Lance Storm: Currently, she has been wrestling with I Believe in Wrestling and other companies associated with the Team Vision Dojo. She has been training at the Dojo in Orlando under the guidance of Chris Hero. You can check out a photo of Ellering with Hero below: