In this week's roundup, we'll take a look at Alberto Del Rio, another injured WWE superstar, the wrestling return of Good Ol' J.R. and more.
** Alberto Del Rio and WWE came to a settlement over Del Rio's August firing, which they both addressed in brief statements. According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE dropped its noncompete clause, and there might have been a financial settlement. In return, Alberto Del Rio agreed to stop making negative public comments about WWE. Del Rio repeatedly had called WWE employees racist and spoken poorly of the company's work environment.
This had been a bad situation all the way around. WWE looked bad in light of Del Rio's comments, but Del Rio seemed so spiteful that there was no way to really tell which parts were true. This allows both sides to move on, which is probably for the best.
** Another WWE superstar, Zach Ryder (torn rotator cuff), has suffered an injury and will be out for some time. John Cena made reference to this on the show, and Ryder, who likely was hurt in a match a few weeks ago against Rusev, said on Twitter that he might need surgery. While he could be out for about six months, this might not end up being a terrible thing for Ryder, who was not being used on the shows, and when he returns, creative might have something more for him.
** For the first time since it was launched in February, the WWE Network suffered significant downtime Wednesday night, going dark for about two hours. It's odd that it would go down then, especially when there was nothing big to draw traffic to the Network. But it is possible that the free November campaign is working and they are getting more subscribers.
** Jim Ross is going to return to wrestling, albeit in a limited fashion, when he does the play-by-play call for the English broadcast of New Japan Wrestling's “Wrestle Kingdom 9” event in January. Ross hasn't called any wrestling events since his WWE contract expired, and was not renewed, last year. This is notable for several reasons. Of course, many people long for Ross' return to wrestling in some capacity, as many consider him to be the best wrestling play-by-play commentator ever. But there are two other aspects of this worth mentioning.
New Japan has been gaining popularity in the United States, but one thing holding it back was the lack of an English-speaking broadcaster to help communicate the stories to an American audience. If this is the beginning of a trend for New Japan, it certainly could help it gain a foothold in America. The other point is that this broadcast is being co-produced by Jeff Jarrett's new company, Global Force Wrestling. While nothing has come from GFW yet, the start of a business relationship with Ross would be a big coup for the company.
** On a somber note, Thursday marked the nine-year anniversary of Eddie Guerrero's death. I still think you could make the case that from 2003 to 2005, he was the most compelling wrestler on the planet, and while any young person's death is terrible, for him to die at his peak was particularly cruel to the wrestling world.
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