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Sasha Banks, Naomi Nearing Return
WWE’s prodigal daughters are receiving near making their comebacks.
While it’s always been believed that Sasha Banks and Naomi decided to new WWE deals in the aftermath of Vince McMahon’s WWE departure, the pair still haven’t made a television appearance.
“Naomi and Sasha Banks ought to be back any week now. They’re back being listed on the roster, so ought to be back anytime,” Alvarez said.
The return could come when Monday’s bout of Raw. IYO SKY and Dakota Kai are set to defend myself against Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah in the women’s tag team tournament final, which presents an all natural chance for Banks and Naomi to obtain involved.
SKY, Kai and Bayley already are in a feud with Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss and Asuka before Saturday’s Clash at the Castle, so it is possible Triple H continues his patient method of the return.
Having said that, there’s something potentially special concerning the former champs arriving right at this time the brand new champs are crowned.
Morale Saturated in WWE amid McMahon Departure
For just as much as he gave, Vince McMahon was an obvious liability in WWE for a lot of the final decade (or even longer).
His pet peeves controlled the merchandise, with the elimination of words like “hospital” and “wrestler” forcing his WWE Superstars to utilize completely unrelatable corporate speak and his whims resulting in massive last-minute changes to the scriptoften on your day of the show.
It had been a chaotic work place with creative being stifled, and that is without mentioning the near-constant firings which have taken place during the last couple of years.
Suffice it to state the final month without McMahon is a much-needed reprieve.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio called McMahon a “hindrance” and noted the improved morale of the WWE locker room since Triple H took over.
“People type of speculated and everything however when you start to see the difference in the mood over there, I believe it is a better product. … Most of the weird Vince-isms have died that didn’t have to be there. Most of the weird stupidity has gone out the window,” Meltzer said.
The merchandise itself in addition has seen an enormous improvement, with WWE arguably having momentum over AEW for the very first time because the latter’s launch in 2019. As both companies plan pay-per-view events on the weekend, it will likely be interesting to see which wins in the eyes of Wrestling Twitter.
Kurt Angle Not Ruling Out One Last Match
If Conrad Thompson really wants to turn the idea of wrestlers having one “last match” right into a long-term business design, he might have his next participant.
Kurt Angle, who hosts a podcast on Thompson’s Ad-Free Shows network, said he’s got not eliminated having their own final go back to the ring.
“It has been two-and-a-half months since i have had my knees replaced. Both simultaneously. It is a little rough doing both of these simultaneously. But you know very well what: I’m not gonna count out anything,” Angle said on the most recent bout of his podcast.
“I’ve told so many reporters and folks from the news headlines that I was done, but there exists a chance that I would end up returning. I have no idea when, but it’ll oftimes be for just one last match. … I didn’t wanna do this until my knees improved, but I’m not gonna lie for you. I think about any of it at all times. I really could [return] … yes.”
Thompson was at the forefront of promoting Ric Flair’s last match during SummerSlam weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. The podcast host has since teased future iterations of the function. Diamond Dallas Page recently said Thompson approached him about performing a final match event, although former WCW star declined the offer.
Angle last wrestled Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35. The matchup and match itself was regarded as a lackluster send-off for just one of the all-time greats, with Corbin exceeding in only over six minutes of action.
Provided his body can take up, a potential “last match” by himself terms is actually a much better sendoff for the 53-year-old.
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