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The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter has itself a real weird rumor. Reportedly — and it’s even more important to stress the reportedly nature of this given how vague the details are — there is locker room heat on Enzo Amore, to the point it could affect any push he was going to get. Apparently, Enzo was recently thrown off the tour bus by Roman Reigns — not physically thrown off, we know how easy it is to conjure the image of a wrestler doing that — for something that “had to do with the business” that “upset many to the point that Reigns kicked Enzo off the bus.”
On top of that, Enzo wasn’t allowed to dress in the locker room, which is the “sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done” punishment of the wrestling world. And there’s some connection to what’s happening on-camera, too, as Dave Meltzer writes:
The line where he talked about his real life being better than his fantasy life was something of a shoot in the sense he’s now based in Los Angeles and having a great time in his non-wrestling life. He was also legit not happy at the breakup of the team, because in reality, it’s hard to see what his prospects are on his own given the way he’s been portrayed as a guy who is a joke when facing real competition
Sadly, the lack of details as to exactly what got Enzo booted from the bus — and if whatever it was bothered management enough that it’s going to harm his short-term (and maybe long-term) future — causes a lot of problems with all of this. It’s hard to tell if this is Meltzer just connecting some vague dots that were sent his way, or the start of something larger where those details we lack will emerge and suddenly, everything will make sense.
For now, just keep this in mind if Enzo starts to vanish from television instead of moving on to his own story post-Cass, be it in the ring or as a manager or valet or literally anything besides guy who dresses alone backstage and then hangs out back there for three hours.
- I guess we’re just living in a weird time for rumors, because Thursday’s Rumor Roundup addresses those whispers that former TNA boss Dixie Carter will be showing up on RAW.
- This week’s NXT was just good, not great, but it also featured the return of Johnny Gargano and the debut of a veteran.
- Sami Zayn is raising money to help people in Syria, because Sami Zayn is the person we should all aspire to be.
- If you’re one of those people who loves NXT taping spoilers, then this here bulleted link is for you.
- And if you hate spoilers, then you definitely don’t want to click on this story that details what we know about the card for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III.
- Global Force Wrestling suspended Alberto El Patron amid the domestic violence investigation, but Jeff Jarrett said he wouldn’t be edited out of the already-taped episodes of Impact.
- Paige keeps sharing stories that deflect from what the police are saying about the investigation.
- We’ve got a couple more official announcements for the Mae Young Classic, and also this sort of vague one from Jim Ross about Alundra Blayze joining the announce team. Vague mostly because the exact role is unclear, but JR would know given he’s part of the team, too.
- Matt Hardy is tired of waiting for the legal issues surrounding his Broken persona to be settled, and promises things will “get terribly nasty” if they aren’t sorted out soon.
- Baron Corbin doesn’t care about your kids.
- Here’s Kyle Decker’s preview for this week’s Impact, the first after Alberto El Patron’s suspension.
- Paste Magazine published a feature on WWE’s progressive heels and regressive faces.
- American Ninja Warrior star Kacy Catanzaro was backstage at the NXT tapings. Catanzaro has shown an interest in wrestling before, and was even part of a WWE tryout.