Ric Flair Statue Unveiled At Axxess
A statue of Ric Flair was unveiled yesterday evening at the WrestleMania Axxess fan event. Triple H, Flair’s daughter Charlotte and his partner ‘Fifi The Maid’ joined him in the NXT ring for the special moment. Shawn Michaels, Sting and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat were also on hand.
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) March 31, 2017
The WWE Hall of Famer followers a growing group of legends that have been given the bronze treatment by New York City-based sculptor Karen Atta, including Andre The Giant, Dusty Rhodes, Bruno Sammartino and The Ultimate Warrior.
— Triple H (@TripleH) March 31, 2017
Following the presentation the statue was moved to its own corner of Axxess so fans can get up close and personal.
Speaking of Axxess, WWE have shared a video of Bayley giving fans an ’emotional tour’:
Chinese Wrestler In Battle Royal
Chinese wrestler Tian Bing will make his WWE debut by competing in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania according to an official WWE announcement.
— WWE (@WWE) March 30, 2017
WWE head trainer Matt Bloom made the announcement at the Performance Center Thursday. The 22 year old is WWE’s first ever Chinese prospect and the company are hoping he’ll help them expand further overseas.
It’s not clear if this marks Bing’s main roster debut or just a one off appearance. The Inoki trained rookie has only had one televised match in a losing effort with Ho Ho Lun against #DIY, in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Christopher Daniels on WWE Buying ROH
Ring of Honor Champion Christopher Daniels spoke with Rolling Stone this week and was asked about rumors of WWE buying ROH.
The truth is, I can’t imagine a situation where the rumors of WWE possibly purchasing ROH is true. I can see a possibility of working together in terms of the tape library. So many guys are there now that came through ROH, so the possibility of using the tape library to accentuate content on their network makes sense. Or even if it’s a matter of working together to put on a co-promoted show. I just can’t see a situation where it benefits Sinclair to sell ROH outright. Not with the business model that we have in place at Ring of Honor. So I don’t see it happening the way people have suggested. But I mean, this is a 47 year old pro wrestler, and not a business guy or a guy who makes the decisions on that level, so I could be completely wrong, but I don’t think that’s the case.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer says negotiations between the companies are legitimate but that WWE’s main interest is indeed the tape library.