WWE News & Notes 2014: Rey Mysterio Angers WWE After Meeting With Lucha Underground & El Rey Network Officials
The WWE is angry with Rey Mysterio who recently met with El Rey Network officials at the Sept. 27 Lucha Underground taping after having previously shown an interest in competing with Mexico's AAA organization.
Mysterio has openly stated that he would love to compete in Mexico's wrestling organization that is tied to the Lucha Underground project once his contract with the WWE expires. WWE, however, believes that Mysterio owes the company a year because of his time off spent recovering from various injuries and cannot sign with any organization until May 2015. F4WOnline.com reports that the masked wrestler has stopped cashing his checks, with both sides far apart regarding the contract situation.
Mysterio was a guest of FactoryMade Ventures CEO John Fogelman, whose company partnered with Robert Rodriguez to create the El Rey Network, wining and dining the WWE luchador to dicuss his future plans for after his contract is up with the company.
The addition of Mysterio would give AAA and Lucha Underground a second familiar face to American wrestling audiences after signing El Patron Alberto (formerly Alberto Del Rio) as the Mexican company looks to expand into the North American market. Lucha Underground debuts on the El Rey Network with a two-hour special slated for Wednesday, Oct. 29th.
Meanwhile, Christian's days in the ring seem to be numbered, with the company feeling that he is too injury-prone to compete in the squared circle. Christian, who was out with concussion-like symptoms for a while, is ready to return to action but the WWE has been hesitant to use him due to his age and injury issues. The WWE has been using Christian primarily for their NXT pre-show commentary and a "Peep Show" segment featuring Chris Jericho prior to Night of Champions.
"I think the mentality is that his wrestling days are over, and they probably want to keep him somewhere, but they haven't offered him a spot as an agent or as a trainer," said Wrestling Observer Radio host Dave Meltzer "I don't know if they will, but they [just] haven't cut him yet."
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In other news, with Roman Reigns out of action for a while, it seems like Randy Orton will be headed towards a face turn, with the seeds of discontent against The Authority already being set up. Orton has been seen in interviews complaining about having to do Seth Rollins' dirt work and may be headed to a feud with the Money In The Bank suitcase holder in the near future.
Meantime, Rusev's next feud may be against WWE United States Champion Sheamus once the European powerhouse is done with his current storyline with The Big Show. Rusev, who has been getting a big push after defeating Jack Swagger and Mark Henry, will likely earn the WWE United Championship to continue pushing the Russia Cold War gimmick, drawing heat by becoming America's champion.
In NXT news, with Hideo Itami (KENTA) and Finn Balor (Prince Devitt) having started competing with the company, it looks like former Ring of Honor champion Kevin Steen will make his in-ring debut during the Nov. 6 tapings at the WWE Performance Center. NXT is gearing up for their next NXT Takeover live event on the WWE Network, with Balor and Itami likely to continue their feud against The Ascension in tag team action.
Sami Zayn may get a title shot against NXT Champion Adrian Neville, while the NXT Tag Team Champions, the Lucha Dragons, may defend the titles against The Vaudevillians. Bayley will likely get a rematch against NXT Divas Champion Charlotte in a Triple Threat match with Sasha Banks, the third diva involved in the bout.
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