The Rock Comments on Talks with WWE Co-CEO Nick Khan for Potential Future WWE Executive Job
BNN Bloomberg held a recent interview with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. One of the topics discussed included Johnson revealing that he recently held talks with WWE co-CEO Nick Khan over the potential of him working in an Executive-level position for the company in the future.
“Nick [Khan] and I have talked about that, and we always enjoy that over a bottle of Teremana [Johnson’s tequila brand]. I love the wrestling business. I grew up in it. My grandfather [and] my dad started here in Canada, where [his father] was born. So, I’m not quite too sure if a board seat is in my future, but possibly other things are in my future, for sure.”
Johnson also gave his thoughts about the on-going rumors of a potential sale of WWE in the future.
“I’ve known Vince for a very, very long time and he’s a businessman. I think the key if there were a sale of the WWE is to make sure that whoever acquires that brand in that property, you’ve got to love the wrestling business. Of course, you can love the asset, and you can love everything that comes with it, but you got to love the professional wrestling business … because if not, then you could kind of see the writing on the wall; four or five years down the road, what will happen?”
Karl Anderson NJPW Status Update
As noted before, The Good Brothers’ Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson made their surprise returns to WWE earlier this month. Following their return, the Good Brothers’ future in New Japan Pro Wrestling was rumored to be in doubt despite the Good Brothers’ past claims of having an agreement with the company until next year’s Wrestle Kingdom 17 event and Anderson being the current NEVER Openweight Champion.
This past Monday’s RAW show featured the official announcement of a Six-Man Tag Team match between The O.C. and Judgement Day for WWE’s Crown Jewel 2022 event on November 5th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is the same date as NJPW’s Battle Autumn 2022 event in Oska, Japan that is currently advertising Anderson defending his NEVER Openweight Championship against Hikuleo.
Anderson recently stated on Twitter that due to his double booking on November 5th, he will no longer be able to work for NJPW’s event that day. Anderson also stated that he blames NJPW for booking him for their event without properly informing him beforehand.
ATTENTION:::::!!!!!!!— Karl “The Machine Gun” Anderson (@MachineGunKA) October 19, 2022
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE GREATEST #NEVEROPENWEIGHTCHAMPION ON THE FACT THAT @njpw1972 BOOKED ME WITHOUT GOING THRU MY BOOKING AGENT @the_biglg ……. SO WITH THAT SAID …..
We gotta little problem.
Signed, @wwe ‘s #theOC ‘s Karl “Bright Lights” Anderson pic.twitter.com/b5N8yIW7Xa
WWE News & Notes
USA Network recently released a trailer for their upcoming new reality competition series Barmageddon featuring WWE Hall of Famer Nikki Bella as the host. In the trailer, it was revealed that Sasha Banks will be one of the competitors in this upcoming new series.
Tuesday’s NXT show featured the announcement of NXT talent Quincy Elliot and SmackDown brand talent Shotzi will be the official hosts of NXT’s Halloween Havoc 2022 event this Saturday at their Performance Center.
WWE officials reportedly have held recent talks regarding potential plans for NXT talent Cameron Grimes to make more appearances on their RAW brand within the near future, according to PWInsider.
Big E and Madcap Moss reportedly will be regularly involved in WWE’s upcoming Campus Rush set of tryouts, according to PWInsider.
Omos and MVP reportedly are currently planned to make appearances on both WWE’s RAW and SmackDown brands going forward, according to PWInsider. Mike Johnson reported that WWE officials still have plans for Omos to face off against Braun Strowman at their Crown Jewel 2022 event next month in Saudi Arabia.
As noted before, WWE recently cancelled plans to hold next year’s Day 1 event on January 1, 2023 due to scheduling-related issues with host venue The State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer reported in Monday’s Daily Update that his sources stated that there were local talks in Atalanta at one point of WWE’s next Day 1 event being moved to a new date of December 27th. WWE reportedly recently cancelled a house show event that was originally scheduled to take place on December 27th in Detroit, Michigan and currently do not have any events scheduled for that date.