Welcome to another edition of the daily WWE News Roundup, where we bring you the most exciting stories from the world of sports entertainment. In today’s edition, we explore developments involving former world champion Bobby Lashley, Rey Mysterio, and the unexpected release of Matt Riddle.
3. Bobby Lashley’s Surprising Comments on Rey Mysterio
Last week on SmackDown, during a match between The Street Profits and the LWO, Bobby Lashley made a sudden appearance, brutally slamming Rey Mysterio onto the ring apron. This unexpected intrusion left fans and the wrestling world in shock. Lashley’s actions created a rift within The Street Profits, as he believes they lack the vicious side he desires. During an appearance, Lashley addressed the situation, expressing confusion over Rey Mysterio’s comments. He questioned why Mysterio was so upset and what he meant by “stepping up.” It remains to be seen how The Street Profits will react to Lashley’s warnings and if they will meet his expectations.
“Why is he so mad? What did he say, I need to step up? I need to do what? I have no idea. Rey [Mysterio] is a funny guy. I don’t know what he is talking about. We went out there, and they [Street Profits] had an opportunity to beat him, and we didn’t take the opportunity. I don’t know what else to tell you.”
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2. Booker T Speculates on the Future of Hit Row
The group Hit Row made its return to SmackDown in August 2022, this time without “Swerve” Scott. Unfortunately, their comeback did not have the desired impact, and WWE recently released Top Dolla from the group for the second time. On his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T shared his thoughts on what might be next for Hit Row. He speculated that WWE could choose to disband the group, leaving remaining members Ahsante Adonis and B-Fab with uncertain futures. Top Dolla has hinted at a new project on social media, and the direction for the remaining members remains to be seen.
“I don’t think they’re gonna continue as Hit Row. I think they might as well dismantle that thing.”
1. Matt Riddle’s WWE Release Linked to UFC Troubles and Dana White
The unexpected release of Matt Riddle from WWE has sparked considerable speculation. New information suggests that Riddle’s prior troubles in UFC, which is now affiliated with WWE, might have contributed to the decision by both companies to release The Original Bro. It is believed that this move was aimed at preemptively avoiding potential future issues. Dana White, the head of UFC, has openly discussed Riddle’s past as a “problem kid” in MMA. With WWE’s merger with UFC, it appears that White may have played a role in influencing decisions regarding the WWE roster.
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“I found out through many sources that one of the reasons that Matt Riddle was probably let go wasn’t just the JFK Airport incident. But Dana White has come out and said that he was a problem kid in MMA back then. And I think now that the companies have merged with each other, I think it was a joint decision that if it is worth having this kid maybe give us some trouble here,” said Apter.
The circumstances surrounding Matt Riddle’s release have raised questions about the impact of UFC’s involvement in WWE, and how it may shape the future of the sports entertainment company.