Backstage details of several AEW stars who appeared on last night’s WWE Raw, injury updates on interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, more news of the Vince McMahon allegations, and more.
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Backstage details as AEW stars appear on WWE Raw
You may have actually heard that several AEW stars appeared on last night’s Raw as part of John Cena’s 20-year anniversary celebration, albeit in a pre-recorded video.
The AEW names included were Brian Danielson, Chris Jericho, and Paul White aka The Big Show, and it coincidentally came just a day after the Forbidden Door pay-per-view, because as we all know, The real forbidden door in wrestling is the door between WWE and AEW.
After RAW, fighter selection managed to share some backstage details about the appearances, reporting that the process was “very straight forward.”
After the idea surfaced, AEW president Tony Khan was approached for approval, and due to the nature of the situation, he agreed that it was okay.
A WWE source said that the company was able to land “virtually everyone” a tribute to Cena.
Of course such AEW/WWE crossovers are rare but not entirely out of the question, as current AEW names have been featured in earlier WWE documentaries, and by far the most notable example is Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions. Jericho was present.
One notable thing that people have pointed out is that for WWE’s YouTube videos, they have specifically chosen to use Jericho and Danielson on the thumbnails instead of the likes of Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin .
john moxley injury update
An update has emerged on the injury status of Jon Moxley, who won the interim AEW World Championship at the Forbidden Door on Sunday night with a win over Hiroshi Tanahashi.
After the show went off the air, Moxley spoke to fans, saying he was “probably constipated”.
well, in Wrestling Observer Updated Daily, it was reported that Moxley admitted that he probably should not have said so, as it was merely a figure of speech. He didn’t get hurt.
Moxley is fine, and he also said he’s having “a lot of fun” with what he’s doing right now, so that’s probably why he got a little swayed.
Vince McMahon charge update
One of the biggest stories in recent weeks has been the allegations of Vince McMahon which we have covered extensively on the site.
Another interesting development happened yesterday. In 1992, former WWE referee, actually the first female referee, Rita Chatterton, alleged that she was raped by Vince McMahon in 1986.
In an article released yesterday by New York IntelligencerFor the first time, a former WWE wrestler has actually supported Chatterton’s allegation.
That wrestler was Leonard Inzintari, who wrestled Mario Mancini. he said:
“I remember it was like yesterday, she (Chatterton) was a wreck. She was trembling. She was crying.”
Another notable quote from Mancini was:
“I’ll tell you why I’m hopping on the bandwagon now. Worse yet.”
We’ll keep you up to date with all the developments in the Vince McMahon story. Vince actually appeared in the ring to introduce John Cena, who returned to Raw last night.
In other little news…
As mentioned, John Cena returned to Raw last night. Cena was involved in several backstage segments with current stars including The Street Profits, Ezekiel, Seth Rollins, and most notably, Clash with Theory. For his in-ring promo, Cena thanked the fans for everything, and just said he doesn’t know when we’ll see him again. We will, he doesn’t know when.
Also more Money in the Bank qualifiers were determined on Raw. The men’s lineup is now Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Omos, Sami Zayn and the newly qualified Riddle who won the battle royal last night, with one spot still to be filled. Interestingly, the qualifying match announced for last night’s Raw between Kevin Owens and Ezekiel/Elias/Elrod did not take place.
For the women, Becky Lynch won a four-way win last night to qualify and fill last in that ladder match, so the lineup is Lynch, Liv Morgan, Alexa Bliss, Raquel Rodriguez, Shotzi and Lacey Evans.
And other notable things on Raw are Judgment Day trying to recruit Dominic Mysterio, The Miz announcing that Logan Paul will return for a match at SummerSlam, and Cody Rhodes giving a brief sit-down about his recovery. -Down appeared for the interview.
Liv Morgan tweeted that she will donate 100% of her share of her cameo earnings to the National Network of Abortion Funds starting July. Of course, “his share” doesn’t specifically include the part that WWE takes on.
The Wrestling Observer reported that there was a “crazy” reaction at the Forbidden Door because of how well the Will Osprey vs. Orange Cassidy match went.
Dax Harwood tweeted that he severed his shoulder at the Forbidden Door. It seemed like just one story for the match, but he did tweet one last night, so there’s probably more to it.
Dave Meltzer revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio that SmackDown’s Aaliyah is battling an injury, but no further details have been revealed yet.
Meltzer also said that the creation of Ronda Rousey vs Natalya is different to the traditional way WWE matches because Rousey specifically requested it to be done that way.
And the lineup for tonight’s NXT 2.0 sees Giovanni Vinci, formerly of Fabian Aichner, Ikemen Zero, Sanga, who has featured in several main roster dark matches recently and The Main Roster Show, vs Zion Quinn, Indy Hartwell vs Kiana James, and a women’s tag title match with number one contenders Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade alongside Katana Chance and Cayden Carter. Perez won the breakout tournament, so he should be able to call his shot for whatever title match he wants, so it doesn’t really make sense, but it’s NXT 2.0, and it’s NXT 2.0 in a nutshell, that’s what Cause that’s my favorite show.
Anyway, be sure to stay tuned to animalworld1.com throughout the day to stay updated with all the news from the pro-wrestling world, and I’ll meet you tomorrow morning for another round-up.