WWE news and rumors: Son of controversial former champion set to make wrestling debut
The son of a former WWE champion will make his in-ring debut and team with another former WWE star.
Plus more rumors from the WWE and the world of professional wrestling — a legend from Japan is set to sign a WWE contract, Mick Foley is doing stand-up, a bump in the Raw rating and the up-coming Rivalries series on WWE Network.
Chris Benoit’s son to make in-ring debut in July
David Benoit, the son of wrestling legend Chris Benoit, has been training with David Hart Smith for some time with an an interest in pursuing a career in pro wrestling.
The son of former WWE legend Davey Boy Smith, Hart recently announced that Benoit will make his in-ring debut on July 18th at a Hart Legacy Wrestling event in Calgary.
Benoit will team with Chavo Guerrero, brother of another deceased wrestling legend, in a tag match.
Japanese wrestling legend to sign with WWE
It was announced in Japan this morning that Pro Wrestling NOAH star KENTA will be leaving the promotion on May 17th.
According to PWInsider, “KENTA spent a week at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, working an informal tryout and training with some of the NXT talents. KENTA returned to Japan and downplayed his time at the Performance Center. He later wrote a blog about always wanting to get a spot in WWE. KENTA claimed to Japanese media that he wasn’t seeking a WWE deal but he would consider it if WWE offered.”
Mick Foley talks about butting heads with WWE creative
Mick Foley recently spoke with the Miami Herald to promote an up-coming comedy show in Fort Lauderdale. The topic of WWE creative came up and Foley discussed his recent run-ins.
“I expressed that frustration, and they ended up going into the direction I hoped they would. So you won’t see me complaining about their direction any time soon. It’s a bullet I can only fire once in a great while. I watch the show and enjoyed it, as I usually do… I think the future looks really bright. There are a lot of great stars. It’s hard to focus on all of them. The talent pool has so greatly changed over the last few years. They have done a tremendous job of using their legendary figures in supporting roles and kind of allowing the superstars of the past few years to usher in the superstars we see today.”
WWE Network releases Rivalries to be featured in new series
WWE Network will be debuting a new series called Rivalries this year. WrestlingDVDNews.com reports that each Rivalries episode on the WWE Network will be one-hour.
Here’s the synopsis: “Rivalries is a one-hour series documenting epic rivalries between two or more Superstars. This series will dive deep into the full history of a classic clash through matches, promos and any other elements involved in the story. Different rivalries include Austin vs. McMahon, Undertaker vs. Kane, Hogan vs. Sting, and Triple H vs. Rock – to name just a few.”
Potential rivalries to be featured include: Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair, Edge and Christian vs. Matt and Jeff Hardy, Hulk Hogan vs Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan vs. Sting, John Cena vs. Edge, Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero, Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H, Steve Austin vs. The Rock, Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon, The Rock vs. Triple H, The Undertaker vs. Kane and The Undertaker vs. Mankind.
Raw rating rebounds
The final rating for Raw was a 3.26 which equaled the ratings for the Ultimate Warrior tribute show from two weeks ago. Last week’s episode dropped to a 2.97 rating.
The rise and fall of the ratings can be contributed to Daniel Bryan being taken out at the start of last week’s show and the hype of Ric Flair returning this week. Flair was the number 1 trend on Yahoo! and Twitter for most of the day on Tuesday.