By Austin Grinnell @WolfmanAustin13
The charges against Rich Swann in Florida have been dropped. If you were unaware about the whereabouts of Swann, he was arrested for alleged domestic abuse while driving. Wife and wrestler, Su Yung (of Impact Wrestling) reportedly wanted to stop and leave the car during an argument. Swann refused, and Yung reportedly jumped from the moving vehicle, prompting a physical interaction where Swann allegedly pulled her by her arm to get her back to the vehicle.
Rich Swann denies getting physical with his wife during the altercation, claiming that she went back to the vehicle on her own. The charges were dropped in the state of Florida due to there being “insufficient evidence” to move the case forward.
What this means for Swann and a return to the ring is still up in the air, as WWE has a very serious zero-tolerance policy when it comes to domestic violence, as well they should.
A Calendar to Brighten Your Day
If you are anything like I am and occasionally need a quick pick-me-up in the morning to bring some sunshine to your life, look no further than the WWE Shop, as you can now order your very own Rusev Day Calendar! Enjoy the glory of Rusev and never forget which day is Rusev Day… and that is, EVERY DAY!
As someone who has followed combat sports most of my life, I appreciate weight divisions in pro wrestling. The WWE Cruiserweight Classic launched the renewed WWE Cruiserweight division within the company, and more than that, launched its own show, 205 Live.
In the aftermath of the dismissal of Enzo Amore from the company, they are set to announce what will be done with the now vacant WWE Cruiserweight Championship, and they are also set to announce the first ever General Manager for the brand this upcoming Tuesday night.
Instead of talking about who I think should be GM, I am going to again throw out the idea that the show needs something else for the guys to be fighting for. It seems like if you aren’t in the title mix, you are just kind of there. Recent weeks have led to the return and rise of names like Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado, and I am very happy to see that. What would make me even happier though, is if our new GM brings with him or her a set of WWE Cruiserweight Trios Championships.
205 Live needs to embrace what makes their stars different from RAW or SmackDown, and creating a Trios (Six Man) Championship would be a great start, especially if they institute the lucha libre rule of not needing tags to come into the match, so long as only one member of a team is in the ring at a time.
New Japan’s New Beginnings
The New Beginning in Sapporo events will be held tomorrow and Sunday, highlighted by four title matches. I am not expecting any changes, but we should get some fantastic matches.
Bullet Club has a chance to successfully defend the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships against Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and recently graduated young lion Toa Henare. I see a successful defense here simply due to Henare’s involvement, as he is still really early on in his development. Though, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen, I highly doubt that Bad Luck Fale & The Guerillas of Destiny will have any problem retaining.
Minoru Suzuki challenges for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in the main event of Night 1, but fresh off of losing the NEVER Openweight Championship, I just can’t see Suzuki dethroning Hiroshi Tanahashi. The Ace has been lights out amazing over the past year despite working with an injured bicep, and I feel very strongly that when he is defeated, it will be someone who benefits more from the win than Suzuki would.
Over on the second evening, new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks will defend their titles in a Wrestle Kingdom rematch against the former champions Roppongi 3K. I can’t see the Bucks dropping the belts back right away, and Roppongi 3K would benefit very much from a long-term chase against New Japan’s resident degenerates.
The main event of Night 2 sees Kenny Omega defending the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against “Switchblade” Jay White. White is coming off of an unsuccessful attempt at taking the Intercontinental Title from Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom, but the company is obviously very high on this former young lion. My gut tells me that it’s still not quite his time, and Omega picks up the win in a very hard fought match to help further establish White as a top player… but if there is one match where I can see a title changing hands, it is this one.
This match came about when Omega offered White a spot in Bullet Club, to which he responded with a vicious Blade Runner on the leader of Bullet Club. All of this came after Omega stopped Cody from further attacking his old running buddy Kota Ibushi at New Year’s Dash. Since then, Jay White has joined up with the CHAOS faction, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see some involvement from Cody in this one leading to White defeating Omega, and the long-rumored fracturing of Bullet Club as Kenny Omega and Cody look to be on a collision course.
What a Weekend!
Tomorrow morning, the first night of The New Beginning in Sapporo will be available on-demand through New Japan World. Tomorrow night is NXT Takeover. Sunday morning, the second night of New Beginning will be ready, and then Sunday night is the annual Royal Rumble extravaganza. I’ve got between 12 and 16 hours of pro wrestling action to cram into a 48 hour period. Wish me luck, guys! I will be back tomorrow with predictions for the Royal Rumble show, and possibly NXT if I have time to put those up before that show starts.