TLC 2020 is in the books, and WWE is now ready to build towards the most crucial part of their programming itinerary. Royal Rumble is just around the corner, and WWE would have all hands on deck for the second-biggest PPV of the year.
One of TLC's most significant talking points was Randy Orton burning The Fiend alive at the end of their Firefly Inferno Match. We now have several details on the match and the spot that has led to several reactions online.
WWE's plans of starting a new show, which also includes getting back a former ECW Champion, have also been revealed.
A popular WWE Superstar wants a WrestleMania match against Triple H, and the very sound of the idea would please many fans.
AJ Styles also revealed details of a meeting with Vince McMahon regarding the recent Twitch ban.
Finally, a former WWE Superstar revealed that Vince McMahon was once ready to fire all members of a top faction.
#5. WWE's plans for a Lucha Libre Series; possible role for Chavo Guerrero
WWE has big plans to expand their NXT brand, and as revealed by WrestlingInc, the company is reportedly planning to have a Mexican Lucha Libre Series.
The proposed Lucha Libre Series could be the Mexican version of NXT, and as things stand, the idea is still in the early planning stage. It was also added that WWE has spoken to a few people about the Lucha Libre Series.
Chavo Guerrero Jr. is one of the names that is being considered as a consultant for the project. Chavo Guerrero left the WWE in 2011, and the former ECW Champion has since worked in several promotions, notably as an agent and performer in Lucha Underground.
A source told WrestlingInc that the Lucha Libre Series could be like WCW Telemundo's 'Festival de Lucha' pilot show, which was taped but not aired in 1999.
The company wants to have more brands under the NXT umbrella, and NXT Mexico could be a plan that WWE executes in 2021. Chavo Guerrero returning to the WWE after nine years could help kickstart the promising project.
#4. AJ Styles wants Edge or Triple H at WWE WrestleMania
There are still a few months to go until WrestleMania comes around, but the Superstars are already talking about what they want at the biggest show in the WWE.
While AJ Styles seemed to have been leaning heavily towards a showdown against the Rated-R Superstar, he would also love to mix things up with Triple H.
"Well, if it can't be Drew McIntyre, then give me Edge; if it can't be Edge, give me Triple H. So, there are a number of guys that are willing to step up, and it can be any one of those. I'm telling you, I want Edge. I got some payback. I don't know if you remember what happened at the Rumble. He separated my shoulder with that Spear, so it's time to get some payback."
Styles went on to talk about why he wants to face Triple H. The Phenomenal One said that he hopes to get Triple H out for a match similar to how he got the Undertaker for the Boneyard classic. Styles praised Triple H and his work in building WWE NXT.
AJ Styles doesn't know whether the WWE match would happen, but he is trying his best.
"I feel like I'd put him in a situation like I did with the Undertaker. Hey, hey, hey! So, will he accept? I don't know. But listen, these are the guys with whom I always go, 'They are great, even speaking to them. You realize their mindset to the way they approach things. Totally different than a lot of other performers.
There's a reason why he is still doing what he's doing. NXT is a brand because of Triple H. There is no question about it. So, I would love to see how that is going to work in a match with him. Will it ever happen? I don't know, but I'm trying, guys."
AJ Styles vs. Triple H at WWE WrestleMania? What do you guys think?
#3. Details of an important meeting between the WWE Superstars and Vince McMahon
WWE's Twitch edict kicked off a major controversy that eventually led to Zelina Vega's release from the company.
WWE wanted the Superstars to shut down their Twitch accounts as the promotion came up with a new set of rules for the talent streaming on the popular platform.
AJ Styles, one of Twitch's biggest streamers from the WWE, recently revealed during an interview with Alex McCarthy for Inside The Ropes that he, Xavier Woods, and Sasha Banks had a meeting with Vince McMahon.
It was determined at the end of the meeting that the Twitch account was intellectual property. While Styles wasn't happy about the situation, he said he was a team player and would follow the captain's (Vince McMahon) direction.
"Myself, Xavier Woods, and Sasha Banks had a sit-down meeting in Connecticut with Vince about this whole situation, and it was determined that it's intellectual property, this is (points to his face). We do well, as far as the WWE, and if there's an opportunity to pay back that money, that we work hard for it in different times, then we probably should. I wasn't happy about it, no one was. But it is what it is. I'll handle it the way I have to. I'm a team player; he is the captain; I'll follow his lead as far as Vince is concerned." H/t Abhilash Mendhe of Sportskeeda
The Twitch saga still has a few more chapters to go before it gets settled for good, and we'll keep you updated on any new development.
#2. Backstage details on Randy Orton and The Fiend's Firefly Inferno Match at WWE TLC
WWE TLC ended with Randy Orton burning The Fiend down to a crisp, and the closing images of the PPV managed to break the internet.
WrestleVotes reported that the Firefly Inferno Match was taped during the afternoon on the day of the PPV. The original plan was for the Firefly Inferno to go before the Universal Championship match. However, WWE changed the lineup and booked Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt to main event the show.
Paul Davis of WrestlingNews.co revealed additional details regarding how the match was filmed. WWE did a few retakes for the dangerous spots of the match, including the rocking chair moment that happened at ringside.
The finishing spot was edited together with the match, and as expected, WWE used an identical dummy of The Fiend. Several people were positioned off-camera to set out the fires, and it was noted that WWE was extra cautious and special precautions were taken.
The RAW after TLC didn't have The Fiend, but Alexa Bliss did return to tease the return of Bray Wyatt's alter ego.
The Fiend is a supernatural entity, and he would be back sooner rather than later.
#1. Vince McMahon was ready to fire all members of Nexus from the WWE
The Nexus will go down as one of the biggest missed opportunities in WWE history. The faction made up of several talented NXT Superstars debuted with great promise, but a few big losses destroyed their momentum. The faction would eventually get dissolved merely fourteen months after its formation.
Fred Rosser was interviewed by Michael Morales Torres of Lucha Libre Online, and the former WWE Superstar revealed that there was a lot of pressure on the Nexus members to deliver. They were told that Vince McMahon and the WWE higher-ups were ready to fire them if they didn't make the angle work.
"It was something that we all needed to deliver. You know, we were doing the first season of it of NXT, and then we were in Miami, Florida, and we were brought into this office, and we were told by Vince McMahon and the higher-ups that we were going to be doing this, and we definitely had to deliver, or if we didn't, we would have been fired."
Rosser, fka Darren Young, explained that WWE learned from the Nexus mistake by not making the same blunder with the Shield.
"And it was a moment that I'll never forget because it's in the history books of us causing a complete havoc, and you know, you'll have guys like Chris Jericho and Edge, and I agree with them that Nexus should have dominated team WWE, but you know maybe WWE learn from that lesson and handling us when they started handling The Shield."
Could Nexus have been as big as the Shield if booked, right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.