Mickie James Returning, Roderick Strong Joins NXT, Bret Hart vs Michael Hayes, Jericho’s List

Mickie James NXT

Mickie James To Face Asuka

Former WWE star Mickie James is returning to the company to face Asuka at NXT Takoever: Toronto (November 19th). “Asuka has claimed that no one is ready to challenge her. The NXT Women’s Champion’s theory will be put to the test when she defends her title against the returning Mickie James,” reads WWE.com.

It’s not clear what kind of deal she has.

NXT Announces Roderick Strong

Former ROH star Roderick Strong debuted at last night’s NXT tapings, which will air next week. He was a surprise competitor in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. WWE.com released the following statement:

ORLANDO, Fla. — Roderick Strong has arrived in NXT, and he’s ready to break some backs.

The independent wrestling scene standout and former world champion, known as “The Messiah of the Backbreaker,” made his debut between the yellow ropes Thursday at a taping of the WWE Network show at Full Sail University.

Strong’s surprise arrival continues to show that NXT is the premier destination for the hottest free agents in sports-entertainment.

For more on Strong’s debut in NXT, stick with WWE.com and tune into WWE NXT every Wednesday at 8/7 C on WWE Network.

Bret Apologizes To Michael Hayes

Bret Hart has apologized for saying the Freebirds did nothing in WWE, were all pill heads and did not contribute much to the industry. He also listed a number of other people who he’d been harsh on, including Seth Rollins:

“I’d like to take this opportunity to formally apologize to Michael Hayes. A while back I made comments about the Freebirds not being as worthy of being in the WWE Hall of Fame as others. It was unfair for me to dismiss their contributions to the industry and they certainly did great things in Texas with the Von Erich Family. Michael Hayes always treated me with great respect, as did Terry Gordy, Ronnie Garvin and Buddy Roberts and I’m sorry if I disrespected any of them with my comments. Furthermore I apologize to both Triple H and Seth Rollins for any hurtful comments I made on my podcast. The reality of all this is the reason I quit doing podcasts in general, because they’re for the most part an outlet for negativity, and have left me with a reputation as being angry and bitter. I’m not, I’d spoke candidly and openly but it’s no excuse for minimizing other wrestlers or their contributions. In saying all that, I still believe Jim the Anvil Neidhart of the Hart Foundation, including Owen, Brian Pillman, Davey Boy Smith, The Dynamite Kid, Jimmy Hart, The Rougeau Brothers, The Killer Bees, The Demolition, Rick Rude, King Kong Bundy, and One Man Gang all deserve their place in the WWE Hall of Fame. My apologies to all. Bret Hart x”

Michael Hayes responded to the apology on Twitter:

Who’s On Jericho’s List?

Chris Jericho revealed who exactly is on his list, in a recent Facebook post:

– Mick Foley > Screwing over Y2J, Y2J’s best friend Kevin Owens and the entire show. Terrible fashion sense

– WWE Fan in Memphis, Tennessee


* Enzo Amore and Big Cass
* The Shining Stars
* The New Day
* The Club (Gallows and Anderson)

– The cameraman during Highlight Reel with KO > Wrong side to shoot

– Enzo (not “Ezmo”) Amore and Big Cass (2nd time) > Interrupting Y2J and KO

– Seth Rollins > Injured again

– Kofi (not “Kofy”) Kingston > Questioning Y2J and KO’s friendship

– Big E > Not allowing Y2J to the champion’s huddle

– Xavier Woods > Laughing

– Xavier Woods – Making joke of Y2J’s best friend Kevin Owens

– Ashton Kutcher > Showing up in Los Angeles

– Danny Masterson > > Showing up in Los Angeles