NXT Using Controversial Angle
Plans are in place for what could be a very controversial angle in WWE’s NXT organization.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, the angle will center around AAA’s El Hijo del Fantasma and his stable using kidnapping as a means to secure new members.
“It’s a Symbionese Liberation Army gimmick,” Meltzer said. “Essentially what that means is the people being kidnapped become sympathized with their kidnappers.”
The Symbionese Liberation Army was an American left-wing terrorist organization in the 1970s. Bank robberies, murders and other violent acts were their means of getting into the public eye.
Along with Fantasma, Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde will be part of the stable.
The 35-year-old Fantasma signed with the WWE in 2019, but has been out with an injury.
— Jorge Bolly (@hijodelfantasma) August 27, 2018
In February, he teamed with Mendoza to score a victory in a tag match in his in-ring debut.
Mendoza was abducted on a March episode of NXT after competing in the promotion a number of times. He challenged for the NXT cruiserweight title last year, falling to Lio Rush.
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— ЯΛЦᄂ MΣПDӨZΛ •The Prestige• (@RaulMendozaWWE) March 6, 2020
Wilde also suffered the same fate, as he was abducted earlier this month. He made his debut last year, competing in the NXT Breakout Tournament.
— Joaquin Wilde (@joaquinwilde_) March 28, 2020
AEW’s Double Or Noting Cancelled?
There is real concern over AEW’s Double Or Nothing pay-per-view event taking place Saturday, May 23 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Nevada just outside Las Vegas.
On the Twitter account Las Vegas Locally, they are reporting that all planned MGM shows and attractions have been canceled for May 31. This, of course, is due to the coronavirus, which has caused issues for AEW already.
All MGM Resorts shows and attractions have been cancelled through May 31st as of today, per source.
— Las Vegas Locally ? (@LasVegasLocally) April 8, 2020
Among the planned bouts for the event were the finals of the AEW TNT Championship. The promotion also previously announced plans to film the follow-up episode of Dynamite at the same resort, which is also obviously not going to happen now.
So far, Cody is the lone wrestler to advance in the tournament. He picked up a victory via pin over Shawn Spears.
Damn fun night! Next step, semi-finals…
(Thanks to all the fans watching and to the wonderful production crew/roster who stepped up big time! TK, Red River, Sully, Tony S, Greg W, Jim M, Denise, Chris H and many more) #aew pic.twitter.com/h54zWWTYuT
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) April 9, 2020
Other planned bouts include Sammy Guevara vs. Darby Allin, Dustin Rhodes vs. Kip Sabian and Colt Cabana vs. Lance Archer.
As announced via #RoadToDynamite
We have announced our first-ever “TNT CHAMPIONSHIP,” a high-stakes, eight-man tournament which kicks off on Wednesday, April 8, on the weekly AEW: DYNAMITE show on TNT. pic.twitter.com/uZXEHomB6b
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) March 30, 2020
Fans React On Possible Cancellation
— Matt Johnson (@VivaMattyVegas) April 8, 2020
As expected. The site AEW Double or Nothing 2020 on May 23rd. https://t.co/qkaTrkf016
— SoDuTw (@SoDuTw) April 8, 2020
— Steve Lawlis (@stevelawlis) April 4, 2020
— You Bunch Of Marks (@youbunchofmarks) April 8, 2020
AEW Double or Nothing? MGM has chosen Nothing. https://t.co/2QpR1AzPG8
— Remi Steele (@RemingSteele) April 9, 2020
So when are we getting a statement officially from @AEWrestling if double or nothing is cancelled indefinitely or postponed to a later date… also, are us fans getting a refund if #AEWDON doesn’t occur live with fans. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who needs to know.
— Tara Pincusoff (@tarapincusofff) April 9, 2020
hey @CodyRhodes what is the status update on the double or nothing ppv
— #WOKEN Pro Wrestling and Sports Fan23 (@GHWWEFAN23) April 9, 2020
There goes Double or Nothing…
— ryegye ?? (@ryegye06) April 8, 2020
— OKayFabe on FITE? (@OKayFabe) April 8, 2020