Here is your Fight-Size Update for Sunday, December 13, 2020.
~ On a recent Q&A episode of his ARN podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson was asked about a possible match between Roman Reigns and The Rock taking place at WrestleMania. The AEW manager argued that assuming Johnson is willing, the timing needs to be just right. He continued on to say that the WWE would be wise to wait for crowds to return before bringing back the Hollywood megastar.
"I'm sure he's a kind enough individual," Anderson said of Johnson being willing to put Reigns over. "I'm sure he is a team player. He is also the biggest movie star in the world. If you think he's going to go and battle Roman in front of no people, you're out of your mind. People's champion is not just a moniker. That's what he does. He has a maestro stick and he moves the audience whichever way he wants, back and forth just like all the great ones did. I hate to say it but I have to tell you, WrestleMania without people is a tough sell because it's still all the same talent and all the same matches and without those 100,000 people to determine how you feel about what you are watching, it's a different animal."
Transcription courtesy WrestlingNews.co
Anderson received plaudits from Johnson on Twitter for his "smart insight" on the matter.
Double A! Smart insight here! Always enjoyed working with him. (and thank you for blessing my spine buster, brother ----------)— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 13, 2020
~ Chelsea Green is on the mend. Exactly one month ago today, the Canadian Superstar's debut on Friday Night SmackDown ended unceremoniously with a broken wrist and surgery. Last night, she provided an update on her condition, sharing a photo of the scar and optimism towards relaunching her character on the main roster.
~ Dwayne Johnson's Salt & Straw Holiday Packs are sold out online. The ice cream company recently teamed up with the WWE Hall of Famer's festive alter ego, Dwanta Claus to create a seasonal bundle that includes three custom flavours: I Saw Mommy Kissing Dwanta Claus, The Rock'n Around the Christmas Tree, and new this year, Dwanta's Teremana Spiked Eggnog.
~ The International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame will induct its inaugural class on August 28, 2021. The list of 24 honorees was revealed this morning (watch here). A physical location for the ceremony will be attained once the current restrictions lift.
Here are the announced names:
Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Terry Funk, Giant Baba, Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis, Mil Mascaras, Lou Thesz, Buddy Rogers, Frank Gotch, Danny Hodge, Great Gama, Yusuf Ismail, Paul Pons, Rikidozan, Martin ‘Farmer’ Burns, George Hackenschmidt, Evan ‘Strangler’ Lewis, William Muldoon, Satoru Sayama, Antonio Inoki, Stanislaus Zbysko, Tatsumi Fujinami.
~ Lana shared a video of herself and Miro dancing in front of their Darth Vader themed Christmas tree. Take a look!
~ The Dark Order's Evil Uno and Stu Grayson appeared on the front page of today's Ottawa Sun. The feature details their start in wrestling, leaving their day jobs, and how they got their team name.
Among other topics, the tag team talked about how they shouldn't necessarily be considered "bad guys."
“The reason a lot of people may not see us villains is because, in reality, are we really villains? All we do is take care of each other. We take people who are losers and make them winners. Everything we do is for the greater purpose of Dark Order. Whoever stands in our way, it doesn’t matter as long as we protect each other.”
“We are in a grey area, but I think people understand we’re good people with good intentions. If we do bad things, it’s for the greater good.”
~ NJPW remains the priority for Fred Rosser. The former WWE Superstar took to Twitter to address fans who continue asking him about the possibility of joining AEW. Here is what he had to say:
I get asked a lot why not @AEW? Well, I tried and I was told NOPE...NOT -- but --...besides AEW wasn’t my end goal it’s always been NJPW @njpw1972 ---- No matter what, don’t ever get overwhelmed and decide to throw in the towel. I’ve still got a lot of work to do! #blockthehate pic.twitter.com/IiT6IDK7K5— nodaysoff FRED ROSSER III (@realfredrosser) December 12, 2020
~ After Kenny Omega’s appearance helped IMPACT trend number one on Twitter on December 8, the AEW World Champion will once again be appearing alongside Don Callis on the December 15 episode. This morning, Karl Anderson shared a photo of himself and his former Bullet Club brother, subtly reminding everyone to tune in.
~ Game Changer Wrestling has announced ATTICUS COGAR vs ELAYNA BLACK for NYE Good Riddance.
The card also includes Raver v Lloyd, ACH vs Oliver, Ironbeast v Crazy Tough Enemies, and the return of Tankman.
The show takes place on Thursday, December 31 at 9 PM.
~ 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and Booker T's classic supermarket brawl took place 19 years ago today!
~ ACH is heading to Kauai to train for his Opera Cup Semi-Final match against Tom Lawlor. MLW announced that World Tag Team Champs Ross and Marshall Von Erich extended an invitation for ACH to fly out and build a fight game with them.
“ACH isn’t just a fellow Texan, he’s a friend and we’re excited to have him join us out here for a few days,” said Ross Von Erich.
“Man, ACH has so much knowledge to share, I think we’re all learning from each other during this mini fight camp,” said Marshall Von Erich. “And if there’s one thing I think all Texans can talk shop and bond over, it’s shutting up Lawlor and beating his ass.”
The match will take place this Wednesday, December 16 at 7 pm ET on MLW's flagship weekly series, FUSION. The winner will take on Low Ki in the finals on December 23rd.
~ Ethan Page is about to be on the open market and is garnering plenty of praise from those within the industry. The latest to highlight the IMPACT talent is Shane Helms. Replying to Fightful's own Sean Ross Sapp, he commented that Page has impressed him as much as anyone else in the last few years.
I’ve been as impressed with him as I have with anyone in the last few years. https://t.co/U37ih96MnQ— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) December 13, 2020
~ MJF continues to work on mending relations within the Inner Circle. He complimented Sammy Guevara on Twitter today, unfortunately, the tone and tenor of his message is unclear.
Just wanted to say publicly that @sammyguevara is one of the best athletes in the history of the sport of professional wrestling.— Maxwell Jacob Friedman (@The_MJF) December 13, 2020
~ Lana shared a video on Twitter today commenting on her Tag Team title opportunity next Sunday at WWE's TLC event. Here is what she had to say:
"The one thing that is not unusual is the usual whiners and complainers of the company going on social media, television, Raw Talk, saying my name, talking about me constantly, and saying I'm not prepared and I'm not ready for this match. The reality is that I'm probably not ready for this match, and I'm not as experienced, and I'm not as skilled as them, but I need to find out. I have gotten this opportunity to fight and I can't let that moment pass me by. I'm going to fight for my life, and at TLC I know I'm going to get this crazy ass-whooping, but at the same time it's the most happiest day of my life because I know in that moment, when I stand in that ring amongst those champions, I'm going to find out, do I belong or were they right about me all along? I need to find out. I need to know when that spotlight of a PPV comes on, can the Total Divas, Tik Tok dancing, social media influencer shed her skin and become champion? It's terrifying."
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Keep saying my name pic.twitter.com/hmSrdknZLT— CJ “Lana” Perry (@LanaWWE) December 13, 2020
~ Lilian Garcia is reminding everyone that a new episode of Chasing Glory featuring Elias will be releasing tomorrow on the free version of the WWE Network.
If you missed the news on Friday during #chasingglory #gloryfriday , proud to announce @IAmEliasWWE episode is releasing tomorrow!! Time to “Walk with Elias” so make sure to subscribe to Free version of @WWENetwork ---- pic.twitter.com/01Ef2Lp0MC— Lilian Garcia (@LilianGarcia) December 13, 2020
~ Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mack Hollins did his best 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin impression while walking into Hard Rock Stadium this morning. He brought that same energy to the field, hauling in 5 catches for 66 yards. Unfortunately, he and his team ended up losing 33-27 to the Kansas City Chiefs.
~ A new WWE TOP 10 takes a look back at this year's most jaw-dropping moments on the mic.
"From heated interviews to stunning shade, these Superstars did not hold back with a microphone in hand."
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