Saturday News Round Up

WWE Presents Fastlane this Sunday

The last pay-per-view before Wrestlemania will air this Sunday on WWE Network. The show is headlined by a Triple Threat Match between Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose where the winner goes to Wrestlemania to face Triple H for the WWE Championship.

Also on the card: Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship, Charlotte vs. Brie Bella for the Diva’s Championship, AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho, The Wyatt Family vs. Big Show, Kane, and Ryback, and Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks vs. Naomi and Tamina. Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio for the United States Championship will be on the Kickoff Show.

Report indicate the show is not sold out, which is unusual for a WWE pay-per-view.

WWE Announces Global Cruiserweight Series

An exciting new show has been added to WWE Network schedule for this summer: The Global Cruiserweight Series. The show will be built around a tournament featuring cruiserweights from around the world. WWE is likely to draw talent from the Indys and EVOLVE in addition to current WWE and NXT wrestlers.

I couldn’t be more excited about this, and I think it’s a smart investment. Odds are someone is going to come out of this tournament looking like a star. If nothing else, WWE gets cheap new original programming for the Network, and this is the kind of thing that could draw in new fans.

Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Opponent Remains a Mystery

According to Dave Meltzer, Undertaker’s Wrestlemania opponent will be someone not current on the WWE roster. This apparently does not include injured wrestlers or NXT competitors. I see a narrow list of possibilities, none of which seem like terribly likely options: Sting, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Batista, and Rock. Sting has a broken neck, Michaels seems firmly retired, Batista is busy with his movie schedule and on bad terms with the company, Rock has insurance issues, Austin is done, and WWE doesn’t seem to have any interest in bringing in Angle. No idea what they have planned, but I’m interested to find out.

Wade Barrett Gives Notice to WWE

Wade Barrett has reportedly given notice to WWE that he will not be re-signing at the end of his current contract. The company has had little interest in pushing Barrett since he returned from his most recent injury, and it seems like he is ready to try his hand elsewhere.

I’m happy to see somebody walk away from WWE. Barrett thinks he can be a bigger star, I hope he succeeds and comes back to WWE for more money. He’s got the whole package, the only thing holding him back is inability to stay healthy.

Brie Bella Retiring

Sunday’s match against Charlotte at Fastlane is likely to be Brie Bella’s last match. She will be retiring from wrestling to start a family. I think WWE should have announced this beforehand to make the match against Charlotte more emotional, but I’m expecting a strong response from the crowd anyway.

Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio Scheduled for UR Fight Card March 20

The rest of the card includes: Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn, Roy Jones Jr. vs. A Fan, and Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping.

This is amazingly weird, but there’s a 99% chance I’m going to watch this. What I love about this card is I have no idea which of the fights are real and which are fake. I know Angle and Mysterio are going to be working. But Severn/Shamrock could be either a work or a real fight, same with the Sonnen and Roy Jones fights. Mystery and legitimacy coming back to wrestling? I like that.

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