An AEW star has been confirmed to leave from promotion, sustained an injury during last night’s Blood & Guts match, a new WWE signing has been revealed, and more.
It’s Thursday morning which means the weekend is drawing to a close, but before we get there, it’s time to get you all up to date with all the latest wrestling news. I’m Liam Winard for animalworld1.com, and this is our audio news bulletin for June 30, 2022.
Hear this morning’s round-up here:
AEW star Allen Engels confirms departure
Yesterday, we discussed the situation with several AEW contracts potentially expiring, and we speculated specifically about Allen Angels and Chuck Taylor based on their social media activity.
Well there’s an update on both of them, and we’ll start with Allen Engels who has officially confirmed that his AEW contract has ended, and the company has opted not to sign him again.
Angels Told struggling AEW informed him about the decision not to sign again a month and a half ago. He said that he was offered a pay-per-appearance deal but decided not to take it as he felt it was best for his career to develop over the Indies.
He said that he believes fans see him as the “lower man” in the Dark Order, but thinks he may have a chance to change on the Indies as quickly as possible within AEW.
The Angels’ full interview with Fightful will be available to watch struggling youtube channel later today.
The other name we talked about yesterday was Chuck Taylor who deleted his entire Twitter history, including references to AEW. Taylor actually made her first AEW Dynamite appearance in as many months on last night’s show, with Orange Cassidy in the ring with Trent Beretta.
Taylor and Beretta also had their first tag team match together since March last night, which was taped for next week’s episode of Elevation, in which they won the GPA and Isaiah Broner.
It’s worth mentioning that this doesn’t actually confirm anything — he may have been signed to a pay-per-appearance deal, or maybe his contract hasn’t expired. But what we do know is that he was on the show last night.
Santana injured during blood and glee
AEW held its second Blood & Guts match last night, but it didn’t end without a problem, as Santana suffered an injury.
Ironically, it was not one of several violent, risky or dangerous places in the match that resulted in the injury, but instead a Uranez attempt on Daniel Garcia, which caused Santana’s knee to bend under him and land on the mat. fell down.
He had to sit out the rest of the match, but there’s no official word or diagnosis yet, so we’ll definitely keep you updated.
It was still Blackpool Combat Club team that won, Claudio Castagnoli tapped out Matt Maynard over the cage while Kingston was trying to tap Chris Jericho.
The story goes that Kingston specifically wanted to beat Jericho, but Castagnoli defeated Maynard before Kingston could do so, stealing his spotlight and leaving Kingston not entirely satisfied with the result, even though his team Won.
Valeria Laureda signs deal with WWE
It has been officially announced that Bellator MMA Fighter Valerie Laureda has signed with WWE.
Laureda will join the NXT development roster, and will report to the WWE Performance Center on July 19.
Before the confirmation surfaced yesterday, it was reported in recent months that WWE was interested in Laureda after she impressed officials at a tryout during WrestleMania Week.
July 19, the date she reports to the Demonstration Center, will actually be her 24th birthday. He has a 4-1-0 Pro MMA record, and is affiliated with the American Top Team, which certainly has a major appearance on AEW TV alongside Dan Lambert and Paige VanZant.
Laureda was actually asked if she was in talks with AEW, to which she said no, as nothing compares to WWE.
Laureda admitted that she might eventually change her name in WWE, but added that she wants to keep the Laureda part or at least something Cuban or Latina.
In other little news…
In other notes related to last night’s AEW Dynamite Not Blood and Guts match, Orange Cassidy debuted a new theme song as Jane by Jefferson Starship, the same theme he used on the Indies. Luchasaurus now officially appears as a heel with new black gear after being manipulated by Christian Cage. And after Jade Cargill defeated Lila Grey, there was an irritation that Gray might join The Baddies because he needed a replacement for the injured Red Velvet. There was also a tease of division between the admired with the Gunn club and Billy Gunn who was actually with the admired rather than his own sons.
The first ‘Royal Rampage’ announced for Friday’s AEW Rampage is some sort of 20 to determine Jon Moxley’s first challenger for the AEW Interim World Championship, the Young Bucks vs. Yoshi-Hashi and Hiruki Goto, and Tony Storm. – There will be a man match. Vs Nayla Rose. Scorpio Sky defending the TNT Championship against Wardlow for Dynamite was announced next week.
While on the topic of AEW, in a story that could become huge, Kenny Omega said on Twitch that he worries his career could be over if he receives another major setback.
in an interview with Sports IllustratedThe Undertaker stated that Stephanie McMahon is “the right person for the job” when it comes to taking over as WWE CEO from Vince McMahon. Taker did not directly address the ongoing allegations or investigation regarding Vince, but praised Stephanie.
Also in an interview with Sports Illustrated, Bianca Belair was about to mention her history-making WrestleMania 37 main event match with Sasha Banks, but she immediately stopped herself from mentioning Banks’ name. You would clearly assume it has something to do with the current position of the banks within the company, which is uncertain to say the least.
MMAFighting.com reports that the date for the attempted murder of Cain Velasquez has been pushed back to August 19, with the motion hearing two weeks earlier on August 5.
Despite the recent departure of Stu Grayson and Allen Angels from AEW, Evil Uno tweeted: “The Dark Order is not dead”.
John Silver, another Dark Order member, stated that he does not believe MJF is entitled to a salary from AEW, joking that in fact MJF should be paying to cast AEW on TV.
post wrestling is reporting that, despite Triple H’s recent return to the Performance Center to let everyone know he’s back, he wasn’t backstage at NXT 2.0 this week.
After last night’s AEW show ended, Tony Khan told Detroit he wanted to hold a pay-per-view there.
And on the topic of Detroit, Eddie Kingston said in an interview with WXYZ Detroit that Tony Khan gave a list of possible locations to hold a Blood & Guts match, and that Kingston specifically chose Detroit because he knew that This is the right place for it.
Be sure to stay tuned to animalworld1.com throughout the day to stay up to date with all the news from the pro-wrestling world, and I’ll meet you tomorrow morning for another round-up.