Saturday, June 14, 2014

Spring Cleaning, Throwaways, and Takebacks.....

Okay folks, I have PLENTY of news to put out there, not the least of which being that I'M BACK after having the cable snapped on my laptop, no time to replace it until today, AND a bride having had major hip reconstructive surgery. WHEW! So now I've got some recovery to do and that time is a long time coming. With any luck I'll be on the daily again real soon. In any case, let's jump right back into the thick of things, yes?

First up on the agenda, WWE is right back in the swing of their spring cleaning season now that Wrestlemania is over and they have the understanding now that there aren't going to be any talks for the return of CM Punk now that he's just gotten himself hitched to AJ Lee. Not only so, but with the injury status of Daniel Bryan now called into question and the complicated reality of his recovery and uncertain timing of his return, they've called an audible and pulled the trigger on the breaking of the Shield to shake things up and try to speed run them to the top of the card respectively.

With these changes in play, WWE has decided to solidify their roster poise by trimming the fat once more, so to speak. With 11 talents and the like on the release list, this marks one of the more conservative release years WWE has had in the past few years. Here's the list thusfar......

Drew McIntyre
Jinder Mahal
Theodore Long
Brodus Clay
Evan Bourne
Curt Hawkins
Marc Harris (Referee)

Right now, the scuttlebutt concerning these releases is that WWE is trying to minimize their losses with the costs accrued by the WWE Network and those stemming from the changes made to the PPV landscape as it relates to said network.

As for TNA? I'm glad you asked. MVP is injured as of this post and will NOT be available to work this Sunday's PPV. With this injury in mind, TNA officials posted two matches that directly relate to the main event.

Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Lashley
Austin Aries vs. Kenny King

The winners of these matches will be included in the main event, which now will take place inside a steel cage. I, for one, would like to congratulate those writing this portion of the card as it adds something special to the stakes and helps ramp up the storyline moving towards Bound for Glory. On a side note, the x factor for the entire event comes in the form of one man....Bobby Roode. Having been suspended indefinitely, it stands to reason that this might be the best place to bring him back into the fold.

With all of the changes going on in the wrestling landscape, it would be foolish to assume anything about any of the major player promotions running right now, even TNA, as imperfect as they have been of late. That said, releases, stock scandals, contract lapses, and even slander from former employees make little difference these days as the fans really don't care one way or the other as it relates to their favorite promotion regardless. This isn't a knock on anyone, it's simply a statement of fact, people will believe what they want to, and that's how it should be.

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