We publish a whole lot of content here at Cageside Seats. We’re also [looks around and whispers so the bosses can’t hear] not the only place producing wrestling content on the internet. So, as a service to you on the weekdays, we’ll be producing a wrestling newsletter, "Rude Awakening." Well, it will be a newsletter eventually: for now, it’ll just be part of your experience here at Cageside, collecting the news, recaps, and social moments from the greater wrestling universe daily so you won’t fall behind, with a newsletter format to come.
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Kurt Angle is going to reveal his big secret on RAW this week. He said as much himself on last week’s episode of RAW, but we only got tiny hint as to what this secret could be. Hell, even Angle’s reminder of the announcement was confusing, as he shared it at 11:34 and said that we’d know what’s up 10 hours from then. At 9? At 10? At 9:30ish? When do we tune in, Kurt?!
From what Angle said himself last week, the secret — or, at least, someone who shares the secret with him — is someone he loves. Geno Mrosko hoped this didn’t mean a WWE appearance and storyline for former TNA head honcho Dixie Carter, but the rumors seem to suggest we don’t have to live in fear of that happening. If not some convoluted TNA/WWE story that merges Kurt’s pasts together, though, then what are we dealing with here?
There are two options that your friendly neighborhood Rude Awakening editorial writer sees here. The first sees this as a way to bring Stephanie McMahon back to RAW, possibly because she and Kurt have some kind of secret to share that involves the two of them, or as a result of whatever secret Kurt reveals, with Stephanie using The Shocking Truth as a way to get back in her father’s good graces and into the authority she once had back when she was pushing Mick Foley around on a weekly basis.
This would also, in turn, probably setup a Triple H vs. Kurt Angle bout somewhere down the line — maybe at SummerSlam, if WWE really is intent on making that show WrestleMania-sized.
The other, non-Stephanie-thank-God-there-isn’t-an-affair-angle idea is that Kurt Angle has a kid, and this kid is the secret. Or, at least, the kid’s parentage is a secret. This could actually be pretty cool whether we’re talking about a known wrestler or someone unknown who could be tied to Kurt somehow.
WWE has so many Performance Center talents and wrestlers confined to house shows that they could introduce someone new this way without any prior excitement about that performer, a la Braun Strowman with his Wyatt Family debut. Or, it could be a vehicle for a more known performer to get back in the spotlight with their connection to a WWE Hall of Famer the driving force.
We’ll known in about 10 hours which is the case. Or maybe nine hours? Help us out, Kurt.
- Taya of Lucha Underground and fame might not be known for those things for much longer, given she seems to now be feuding with parent company AAA in what she says is not a work. It’s no small thing, either, as they apparently tricked her and fiance Johnny Mundo in order to strip her of her championship so the returning Sexy Star could have it.
- Speaking of Lucha Underground and AAA problems, Rey Mysterio is reportedly negotiating with WWE and GFW.
- The Revival and the Young Bucks are apparently feuding over the internet, so not everything is bad.
- Dean Ambrose will kick off RAW this week.
- The week’s first Social Slam sees Sasha Banks reacting to questions asking about her current rival, Alexa Bliss.
- Apparently it wasn’t ratings that saw Talking Smack get canceled, but instead Vince McMahon not liking the show. Vince isn’t around for tapings as often as he used to be, and when he saw Talking Smack recently, he wasn’t a fan.
- Becky Lynch and Cris Cyborg are feuding on Twitter and teasing a match at SummerSlam. Hmm...
- There’s a whole lot planned for this week in wrestling even after whatever it is Angle and Ambrose will spend time talking about.
- We’re less than a week from Battleground, and it looks like the card for SmackDown’s next pay-per-view is mostly set.
- With Spandex has a guide for you to catch up on what’s happening with the Hardyz, Anthem, and the Broken gimmick.
- John Cena might (literally) be the smoothest man in pro wrestling.
- Piledrive a Fascist is a short documentary about UK feminist/indie promotion, EVE, and its release was overshadowed a bit by all the Mae Young Classic talk last week.