As noted, Elias will team up with Bayley in the WWE Mixed Match Challenge after Samoa Joe was pulled from the show due to injury, and Elias posted the following to his partner ahead of the tournament. Additionally, the above video was released by WWE prior to the announcement that Elias would be teaming up with Bayley:
— Elias (@IAmEliasWWE) January 9, 2018
Media Covers Shayna Baszler NXT Debut
Argus Leader has published a new article on Sioux Falls native Shayna Baszler making her WWE NXT in-ring debut this week against Dakota Kai, and below is an article excerpt:
Sioux Falls native Shayna Baszler is ready to hit the ring for her official pro wrestling debut this week.
The former MMA fighter has been busy training at the WWE Performance Center in Florida and is now part of WWE NXT, a program featuring developmental talent.
Baszler teased TV viewers in December with an appearance on the final NXT episode of the year. The 37-year-old Lincoln High School graduate earned redemption by choking out Japanese star Kairi Sane. Last September, Baszler fell to Sane in the final match of the Mae Young Classic, WWE’s first all-female tournament.
Don Callis On His Outlook for Impact Wrestling
New Impact Wrestling creative executive Don Callis recently appeared on “Killing the Town” podcast hosted by Lance Storm and Cyrus, and below is what Callis had to say on his outlook for Impact Wrestling in 2018. The transcript comes courtesy of Himanshu D.
“Heading down to Orlando, looking forward to meeting all the top talent that’s on the roster, and yeah, that’s coming up. So it’s busy. I mean, it was busy going over for match sheets and what not over the flight from Tokyo when I wasn’t sleeping because I was exhausted from spending 4 days with our man Chris Jericho. So pretty pumped about that, pretty pumped about some of the changes that Scott and I and the rest of the folks there are looking to make and it’s going to be a process. We’re not going to change every last single thing on the first show. But there’s a long term vision and hopefully people will enjoy the ride. The good news, ratings are way up, we’re 310,000 viewers this week so that was good news. So hopefully that continues and people give the show a try and hang in there with us because I think there’s going to be lots of fun stuff to do. It’s like when Mike Babcock took over the Maple Leafs, he made the comment, ‘Look, it’s not all going to change in one game or in 10 games. It’s not going to happen overnight. You’ve got to build the foundation and you’ve got to set the table.’ So that’s what we’re doing.”