WWE News & Notes: AJ Lee Collapses On Tour, Ryback vs Brock Lesnar Match Could Happen At Royal Rumble 2014
WWE Divas champion AJ Lee collapsed in the ring at a house show overseas this week due to dehydration according to WWE.com,
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WWE released a statement saying, "Tonight in London, WWE Diva AJ Lee briefly fainted during a match with Brie Bella due to dehydration. She is currently being evaluated by WWE medical staff."
Lee collapsed in the middle of her title match against Brie Bella in London, with the match called off for her own safety, but is doing ok according to the company. The European trip is said to be "grueling" for the WWE stars, with CM Punk also getting hurt at a show in Leeds, England during a tag-team match against Erick Rowan and Luke Harper, while John Cena has been working through minor injuries due to the intense workload, especially coming off of elbow surgery. Both Punk and Cena are also said to be ok and will not miss any ring time.
Ryback may be getting set for a face-turn with plans to pit him up against against Brock Lesnar in the aftermath of Paul Heyman dismissing Ryback as a "Heyman Guy" after his failure against CM Punk at the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view (PPV), with the Ryback-Lesnar match being set up for the Royal Rumble PPV. A potential Ryback-Goldberg match at Wrestlemania 30 is said to be losing steam due to the fact that Goldberg may be expected to "job" for Ryback, which may be a deal-breaker with Goldberg having stated earlier he would not return to pro wrestling just to lose.
Speaking of Wrestlemania 30, Jimmy Hart is saying that Hulk Hogan will be in New Orleans for the event "even if he has to buy a ticket and sit at ringside." Hart, who is close friends with Hogan, said that the former WWE champion stepped into the ring in his Florida wrestling school, but feels that he may have a couple matches left in him and has his eyes set on Wrestlemania 30.
"I'd be the first one to say, 'Listen Hulk, do us a favor, just go out to the ring to Real American, say 'OK Brother,' rip the shirt, do the pose, sign a bunch of autographs and people will still be just as happy,'" said Hart to the Baltimore Sun. "He does have a couple of good matches left in him, he really does. I've got my fingers crossed we see something at WrestleMania." Hart also mentioned that he would love to see his friend go up against the company's top face, World Heavyweight Champion John Cena, at the event.
ESPN is currently working on 30 For 30 documentary about the Von Erich family. The Von Erichs were a highly popular in the 1980s, with son, Kerry Von Erich joing the WWE in 1990 and winning the Intercontinental title during his run with company. Kevin Von Erich will be interviewed for the piece with ESPN planning to air the film January 2014.
Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor, Chael Sonnen, talked about CM Punk's desire to try mixed martial arts on a competitve basis. Sonnen, who has a friendship with the former WWE Champion, told CBS Radio's 106.7 The Fan DC that, "he's talked about it a number of times, and I don't think he will personally, but I know he's prepared to for a very long time," said Sonnen, calling it the "reverse Brock Lesnar". "Brock Lesnar knew how to wrestle, came here and then went right into wrestling," Sonnen added, who will face Rashad Evans at UFC 167 in the co-main event. "I think that Punk is learning how to fight, and has visions of coming from wrestling over to fighting."