In the world of WWE, the ongoing verbal sparring between Seth Rollins and CM Punk shows no signs of cooling down. Despite any backstage intervention, Rollins took another jab at Punk during a recent live show, referring to the “Best in the World” as a “bum” in front of the audience.
“I really don’t feel like talking about that bum tonight,” Rollins stated. “Instead, I’d like to take a second to express my gratitude to each and every one of you guys. From all of us in the back, everyone in WWE, we just want to say thank you, happy holidays. We’ll see you guys next time. We love you. Now, do me one favor. You’ve been singing my song so beautifully all night long. Let them know in State College who the real Best in the World is.”
Despite Rollins’ insistence that his criticisms are not part of a scripted storyline, speculation persists that this ongoing feud is laying the groundwork for a future one-on-one clash between the two wrestling stars. Rollins, known for being a team player and a company man, is unlikely to go rogue without a larger plan, especially given his close ties with Triple H.
While it’s plausible that Rollins genuinely harbors animosity towards Punk, the frequency and intensity of these public jabs strongly suggest a carefully orchestrated build-up to a significant showdown in the squared circle.
Charlotte Flair Sidelined with Knee Injury, Royal Rumble Participation in Doubt
In a separate development, WWE superstar Charlotte Flair finds herself on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury during a match against Asuka. The incident occurred during a live event, leading to Flair being pulled from subsequent live events over the weekend.
While the extent of Flair’s injury remains uncertain, there is growing concern that it might be a “fairly serious” setback. Flair, a consistent presence on SmackDown since her return in June, was likely to play a pivotal role in the women’s Royal Rumble picture. If her absence extends into the Royal Rumble event, WWE may need to reassess its plans for the highly anticipated match.
Fans and the WWE community are hopeful for Flair’s swift recovery, and updates on the severity of her injury are eagerly awaited.
WWE Contemplates Main Roster Move for Tyler Bate
In the ongoing talent shuffle within WWE, there are murmurs about NXT UK standout Tyler Bate potentially making a move to the main roster. Despite concerns about his size, standing at 5’7″ and 175 pounds, the prospect of Bate joining SmackDown or Raw is being discussed.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio revealed, “There has at least been talk of Bate going to the main roster. His size isn’t particularly right for that, but the size thing isn’t as big a deal now with Vince McMahon out of the picture and Paul Levesque being more open-minded as to who can be a top star.”
Bate, with an impressive seven-year tenure in WWE, including a UK championship win at the age of 19, has been a fixture on NXT UK and NXT. While he may not fit the traditional mold of a top-card player, his skill in delivering high-quality matches could make him a valuable addition to the main roster’s midcard scene. Triple H’s success with undersized talents in recent months could pave the way for Bate to make a meaningful impact on either SmackDown or Raw.