- As noted before, Big Show is out with an injury. He’s expected back in mid-July.
- After Rey Mysterio’s most recent visit to doctors in Florida, his return to the ring has been pushed back to early August. As noted yesterday, there’s talk of having him feud with Dean Ambrose or Jack Swagger.
This past weekend, WWE officials discussed doing Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. Kane and The Undertaker at August’s SummerSlam pay-per-view. If Taker doesn’t want to do the match, then it will likely be The Shield vs. Randy Orton and Sheamus.
Other matches being discussed for SummerSlam include John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Title, Big E Langston vs. either Big Show or Mark Henry and Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Ambrose, if Rey is able to perform then.
Orton vs. Ryback and Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger also have been discussed for this summer.
After meeting with Dr. James Andrews in Alabama, Rey Mysterio will be undergoing a “minor” surgical procedure on his knee. Mysterio wrote on Twitter his goal is to be back in the ring by August. He tweeted:
“Great news today with Doc Andrews! Revisit on the 19th of June for a minor procedure and still trying to b back in the ring by late August! Should know more by my Nxt visit! I LUV to all & again THX for all the Prayers & Luv! blessings! back to the 619!”
Mysterio has not worked regularly for the company since December 2012 as he had taken time off for a family issue. Before he could return full-time, he suffered a knee injury.
- Both Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio tweeted this photo of a sign a fan had at Axxess yesterday, asking fans what they think:
- WrestleMania 29 Axxess continues today from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ. WWE will also announce the winners of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge today from the Aronow Theater in New York City.
It will be a busy evening for WWE as they host a Make-A-Wish pizza party at the Liberty Science Center. More than 40 Wish kids and their families will meet with John Cena, R-Truth and Santino Marella.
- Ric Flair and his girlfriend arrived at the WWE hotel in New Jersey on Friday afternoon. Other names visiting at the hotel include Snitsky, Sylvan Grenier and many others.
- Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton participated in a Make-A-Wish signing at Maggiano’s restaurant in Little Italy on Friday:
- WWE Studios’ No One Lives featuring Brodus Clay will be released in select cities on May 10th.
- There have been a lot of complaints about the set up of this year’s WrestleMania Axxess events. Fan reports from Thursday and Friday show that many fans have waited in long lines without getting the autographs they wanted.
Credit – Wrestling Observer
One of the major goals for 2013 is to make Alberto Del Rio into the Mexican babyface star that Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio were.
Regardless of what happens at WrestleMania with Jack Swagger possibly winning or Dolph Ziggler cashing in, the direction of the World Heavyweight Title picture is still all about building Del Rio.
As noted earlier, Rey Mysterio has been dealing with knee issues for quite some time, and feared that he had torn the ACL in his good knee. Dr. James Andrews said he would be able to wrestle but not without the help of a special brace.
Dave Meltzer noted during the Wrestling Observer Radio show this past weekend that Mysterio is “officially” slated to return in June, but there is also the change that he may not return at all.
“The official company line on Rey Mysterio is that he will be back, hopefully, in June… after rehabbing the knee,” said Meltzer. “But he may not be back at all. And it’s not retirement, but there’s something going on… there was stuff going on that they were working on perhaps a release, but they want merchandising rights… but officially he’ll back in June.”
As of this writing, Mysterio is listed on the “events” page on WWE.com for the Monday Night Raw following WrestleMania 29 on April 8th from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ. Mysterio is also listed for the Raw WrestleMania Revenge Tour in the U.K. in April. This may simply be a case of the listings being outdated.
Credit – F4WOnline
As noted earlier, there is strong concern over Rey Mysterio’s WWE future. This has led to WWE officials being really worried about a top Latin babyface more than ever.
The feeling is Alberto Del Rio hasn’t gotten over like they want, Sin Cara has been written off as a flop and Mysterio is always injured.
We have a pair of NAWC podcasts for your listening pleasure.
First, Nikki Heyman, Jason Block, Tyler Brown, Josh Henninger, and Brian Henegar reflect on the life and career of one of the greatest managers in WWE history who passed away on this recording date at the age of 58. They’ll share their favorite moments with Paul managing the like of Kane, the Undertaker, Mankind, and countless others all around the professional wrestling world.
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Then, Nikki Heyman is on the road this week as she and the crew reflect more on the life and career of William Moody aka Paul Bearer. They’ll also talk about Old School Raw, and a lawsuit to TNA by Daffney that could have major impact on the future of how wrestling companies would classify their employees. They’ll also give thoughts on whether Rey Mysterio should retire after discovering an ACL tear in his good knee.
Click HERE to stream or download episode 264 of the NAWC presented by WrestleChat.net!
With Rey Mysterio out of action and Kofi Kingston doing promotional work, CM Punk’s opponent for Friday and Saturday’s RAW live events was Zack Ryder.
Fans in attendance noted that Punk squashed Ryder, who got in no offense at all. Punk ended the match by crossing Ryder’s arms over his chest and mocking The Undertaker’s trademark pin.
Credit – Wrestling Observer Newsletter
After the recent troubles with his knee that we’ve been covering this week, Rey Mysterio’s future is in question. When he mentioned to one company official that he tore his good knee up about a week ago, it was brought up that he should consider retiring.
While Rey avoided surgery this time, he is one major injury away from having to need a complete knee replacement. Rey currently has about one year left on his contract.
Credit – F4WOnline
We’ve noted how Rey Mysterio feared he had torn the ACL in his “good” knee a few weeks back but was told by Dr. James Andrews that he wouldn’t need surgery and can wrestle with the help of a special brace. While he will be able to wrestle, we likely won’t see him in the ring for a while.
For what it’s worth, Rey and WWE officials have been on very good terms as of late and they have been begging him to come back. It’s said that officials, at least this week, do not want him to leave and consider him a company man for life, even after he retires.
Rey Mysterio may have finally revealed exactly what’s been keeping him off of the road for so long. It seems like he may have a torn ACL and is actually headed down to the famed surgeon Dr. James Andrew. Mysterio tweeted:
“Good morning!About to C the man, Doc. James Andrews… Things haven’t been good since I stepped back in the ring, possibly Acl tear again!”
“Only thing I can do now is,leave it in GODS hands!”
In most cases, an ACL tear can leave an athlete out of action for anywhere from 8-12 months for a significant tear. A small tear, similar to the one John Cena suffered last year, can sometimes only require 1-3 months of recovery.
Zack Ryder says he had special gear made for his WrestleMania 29 clash against WWE catering:
“I wonder if Catering ordered special gear for #WrestleMania like I did… #RyderVsCatering #RyderOrRiot”
Credit – F4WOnline
We noted before that WWE had nixed plans to do Sin Cara vs. Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 29 with the idea of setting a Guinness World Record for most lucha masks in one building.
Word now is that WWE is considering trying to set another world record at WrestleMania 29 – the world’s largest Harlem Shake.