The Hardys return to WWE, Goldberg bids farewell
We’re finally done with WrestleMania 33, and as the dust settles and semblance of sanity returns to the professional wrestling world, we can finally look back at the events that transpired this week. Not only did WrestleMania 33 break records, but we also witnessed some massive returns, and shocking developments.
While RAW and SmackDown Live lived up to the expectation for post – WrestleMania shows, numerous stars made their main roster debuts. It wasn’t a good week for everyone, however, as there have been reports about Mauro Ranallo possibly leaving the company, while the likes of Mick Foley and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin are no longer under contract with the promotion.
With WrestleMania 33 in the books, and a week that seems to have breezed by, we take a look at all the major talking points of the week.
Simon Gotch released from the company
Simon Gotch – one half of The Vaudevillains was recently released by WWE. Gotch has had a reputation for getting involved in backstage fights, and was recently involved in a scuffle with Sin Cara. He also took part in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33, and was released a couple of days later.
BREAKING: WWE has come to terms on a mutually agreed upon release with Simon Gotch as of today, April 5, 2017. https://t.co/zYX4XsZL53
— WWE (@WWE) April 5, 2017
WWE has come to terms on a mutually agreed upon release with Simon Gotch as of today, April 5, 2017. WWE wishes Gotch the best in all his future endeavors.
It was later revealed that Gotch and WWE parted ways on good terms, mutually agreeing to part ways. Aiden English and Simon Gotch won the NXT tag team titles during their run on NXT, but haven’t been able to make any sort of impact on the main roster. After being granted his release, it was announced that Gotch would be making his EVOLVE debut in June.
I'm in the process of lining up some interviews and such. I'll address everything soon. https://t.co/1kYBkKhizC
— Simon (TBD) (@GotchStyleWWE) April 5, 2017
John “Bradshaw” Layfield comments on accusations of him being a bully
With Mauro Ranallo’s absence from the SmackDown Live commentary team raising quite a few questions, JBL was vocal in his criticism, and was later accused of bullying his peer and broadcasting partner. It was reported last week that JBL was upset with Mauro winning the Wrestling Observer Announcer of the Year award, and tensions have been brewing between the two ever since.
— Boss Morrissey (@BossMoz) April 7, 2017
Former WWE announcer Justin Roberts recently released his new book, and also did a Q & A on Reddit. Roberts accused JBL of bullying him during their travels, and wrote about JBL hazing him in his book as well. While Bradshaw has acquired a certain reputation among “the boys” of being a locker room bully, he recently took to Twitter to rubbish those reports, while also taking a shot at Roberts.
I won't answer Net rumors-but I didn't take Justin Roberts passport. Could have been anyone/he was hated by the whole crew. He's an idiot.
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) April 7, 2017
Superstar Shake Up scheduled for next week
This past week on Monday Night RAW, Vince McMahon dropped a bombshell, by announcing a ‘Superstar Shake Up’ next week. WWE has since announced that the two night event would see Superstars from RAW moving to Tuesday nights, while certain Superstars from the blue brand would make the move to Monday Night RAW.
Monday night marks the beginning of the two-night Superstar Shake-up, in which the landscapes of both Raw and SmackDown LIVE will change dramatically. Who will remain on Team Red, and which new Superstars will be added to the Raw roster?
Numerous stars are expected to switch brands, with Roman Reigns being the top draft. Many within the company expect Roman to move to SmackDown Live, with AJ Styles jumping ships to RAW. This past week, Styles told Shane McMahon that he wanted to stay on SmackDown Live – something that was seen as a possible indication of the switch happening.
Update on Brock Lesnar’s first title defence
At WrestleMania 33, Brock Lesnar defeated the former Universal Champion, Goldberg to win the title. Goldberg and Lesnar went back and forth, and Lesnar was able to kick out of the Jackhammer. Goldberg managed to hang on after being dropped by an F – 5, but fell to multiple German Suplexes, followed by the decisive F – 5, that won Lesnar the championship.
It is now being reported that Lesnar won’t be competing at the next RAW exclusive pay – per – view, Payback on April 30th. Instead, Lesnar is expected to defend the Universal title at either Extreme Rules on June 4th, or during the Bad Blood pay – per – view on July 9th. Lesnar is expected to face either Roman Reigns, or Braun Strowman for the title.
The Undertaker retires at WrestleMania 33
The hottest talking point this past week has undeniably revolved around the future of The Undertaker. As seen at WrestleMania 33, The Undertaker lost to Roman Reigns, and post match, The Deadman left his gloves, hat and trademark trench coat in the ring. This is usually done to signify the end of someone’s career, and numerous Superstars have since taken to social media to thank the legend.
While neither WWE nor The Undertaker are expected to release a statement, the general feeling is that The Undertaker has wrestled his last match. It is a long followed tradition in professional wrestling to “put over” a young star in the final match, and that was what The Undertaker did at WrestleMania. Considered by many to be the greatest professional wrestler of all time, The Undertaker is expected to headline the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018 next year.