WWE Rumors on Vince McMahon; Matt Hardy on AEW Model Break up; Carmelo Hayes Talks Draft

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Bleacher Report catches you up on the newest information from the WWE Universe and All Elite Wrestling.


Vince McMahon Making Inventive Modifications Remotely

Whereas issues in WWE have typically remained constructive on tv within the wake of Vince McMahon’s return to the highest of the corporate, the chairman’s presence in artistic could be felt every so often.

Per Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Choose (h/t Felix Upton of Ringside Information), McMahon has been making “heavy alterations” to storylines and inventive whereas working remotely as an alternative of in-person at arenas.

It’s not a shock that McMahon has been throwing round his authority. He’s had a giant presence in artistic conferences, notably popping out of WrestleMania 39 when WWE’s sale to Endeavor was introduced.

Mike Johnson of PW Insider reported on April 4 there was a “big unfavourable shift in morale” when the 77-year-old took artistic management of the post-WrestleMania episode of Uncooked.

Whereas Sapp didn’t tackle the present state of morale proper now, he did observe expertise nonetheless has “extra flexibility” of their promos than prior to now with McMahon operating the present.

So long as McMahon doesn’t utterly shut Triple H out of the artistic course of for Uncooked and SmackDown, storylines in WWE ought to principally proceed on the sturdy observe they’ve been for a number of months.

Matt Hardy Talks Potential AEW Model Break up

As All Elite Wrestling continues to develop with the addition of a weekly Saturday present, there’s an expectation the roster could possibly be break up between wrestlers who will work solely on both Dynamite or Collision.

Talking on his personal podcast (h/t Matthew Wilkinson of Wrestling Inc.), Matt Hardy defined why a few of the expertise is “a bit anxious about the place they’re going to land” if the manufacturers are break up:

“Folks need to plan holidays and household time and journeys and whatnot and it’s form of tough as a result of as of now all people form of has to go away every part open. So, I’ll be completely satisfied when Collision will get right here they usually form of have actually lock on what roster is on Dynamite and what roster is on Collision, there’ll be some guys that float backwards and forwards.”

It’s unclear if the 2 reveals can have separate rosters, as Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer E-newsletter (h/t Sean Neumann of Wrestling Inc.) reported final week there’s an inner debate that “adjustments every single day and can proceed to alter till (Collision) is on the air.”

When AEW introduced Collision on Could 17, the press launch included a picture that includes high stars together with MJF, Orange Cassidy, Thunder Rosa, Samoa Joe and Miro.

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CM Punk can be anticipated to be one of many featured stars on the present, although Tony Khan declined to reply a query concerning the former AEW world champion’s potential return through the media scrum after Double or Nothing.

If Punk goes to return, it could make sense to maintain him separate from The Elite given the problems that occurred between the 2 sides after All Out in September.

However as Hardy famous, the remainder of the roster would in all probability like some readability about the place they’ll be with one other weekly program being added to AEW’s schedule.

Carmelo Hayes Talks Not Being Drafted

Whereas a complete of 16 NXT Superstars have been introduced as much as the principle roster within the WWE draft, Carmelo Hayes was not certainly one of them.

Chatting with Peter Rosenberg on the Low cost Warmth podcast (h/t Ben F. Silverio of Wrestling Inc.), Hayes stated he wasn’t bothered “a method or one other” about not getting known as as much as Uncooked or SmackDown:

“Clearly, all of us need to go, all of us need to transfer up and have the ability to expertise predominant roster and that grind and every part, however I had simply been targeted on every part I used to be doing now … My time is my time, and when my time comes, that’s once I’ll go. I’m making an attempt to do the very best I can presumably do down right here in NXT earlier than I depart, depart a legacy, have a few banger title defenses, and simply exit on high. It could have been too early for me to get pulled up at that time, I feel.”

Hayes was hardly probably the most shocking non-call-up from the draft. Bron Breakker appeared like a lock to be introduced up given how over he’s been on NXT, however WWE opted to maintain him on the developmental model.

Breakker’s time looks like it is going to come quickly after he misplaced an NXT title match to Hayes at Battleground on Sunday.

As for Hayes, the present NXT males’s champion actually appears to be like able to be a featured participant on the purple or blue model. However the rosters for each reveals are so crowded proper now, particularly with the brand new additions following the draft, that it’s going to profit him to have an prolonged run as the highest males’s title on NXT for awhile earlier than being added to the principle roster.

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