WWE started its 2022 with a bang, despite having had a lot to do with internal infections from COVID-19, which excluded Roman Reigns from Day One, leaving Brock Lesnar without plans, then hijacked in the match valid for the WWE Championship, with the Beast who even won the contest, once again becoming the company's red show world champion.
After the first ppv of the year staged, it was the turn of the first Monday Night Raw of 2022, which also opened with a bang, with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman who are back together on-screen, after the disagreements of when the Mad Genius was alongside the Tribal Chief of Friday Night Smackdown.
During the Monday Night Raw episode, WWE has already put in a lot of meat for its first Big Four of the year, with the leadership of the federation immediately finding the first challenger of the new kingdom of Lesnar, but also several others.
major contests, including the first names to join the 2022 men's Royal Rumble. To close this week's Monday Night Raw show, Fatal 4 Way that initially was to be staged on Day One, with Seth Rollins having it with Big E, Bobby Lashley and Kevin Owens, this time but not in a match valid for the WWE Championship, a title now alongside Brock Lesnar, but valid to become the No.
1 contender in a future Rumble match. To win the contest, it was obviously Bobby Lashley, with the athlete who was expected in a match against Lesnar since the last few days and thus fulfills his desire to face The Beast, already expressed when Lashley was in the TNA ring, years does.
But let's see the rest of the Rumble card as it was created: - Bobby Lashley vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship; - Becky Lynch vs Bianca Belair or Liv Morgan or Doudrop for the Raw Womn's Championship; - Beth Phoenix & Edge vs The Miz & Maryse in a Mixed Tag Team Match; - Men's Royal Rumble match, already announced: Johnny Knoxville, Angelo Dawkins, Montez Ford, Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio and Austin Theory.
Also, at the end of the show, Lesnar announced how he'll be at Friday Night Smackdown this Friday, to go face to face with Roman Reigns, in the clash we didn't see on Day One. What will happen between the two?
Kurt Angle: "I felt terrible when I injured Bob Holly"
Kurt Angle was world wrestling champion in 1995, in the heavyweight category, before taking the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics the following year (in the same specialty).
The 53-year-old from Mount Lebanon was inducted into both the TNA Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame and is recognized by many as the most technical wrestler of any era. In 2010, he was elected by the Wrestling Observer as the best performer of the 21st century.
Although his career has been full of successes, Kurt Angle also had to manage some tough times. In the latest edition of his now famous podcast, the former WWE world champion recounted how he accidentally injured Hardcore Holly during a match.
The WWE Hall of Famer did the moonsault wrong by fracturing poor Holly's arm. He said: "I felt terrible after that incident and went to the hospital with him. After that, I took him to his hotel and monitored him for the next three or four weeks to make sure he was okay.
I was truly broken for doing him such serious damage. Injuring another athlete also means taking away the possibility of making money. Bob Holly had to pit for three or four months, if I remember correctly. He lost a lot of money that year and it was all my fault.
I've always had a great respect for Bob, that's why I took care of him." In recent years, Kurt has turned down several offers from All Elite Wrestling. "They offered me different roles, but I turned them down.
I'm a WWE symbol and it didn't feel right to go to a rival company. I will remain loyal to Vince McMahon until the end of my days. For the rest, it cannot be denied that AEW has hired some incredible athletes in the past few months.
At the helm is Chris Jericho, who is one of the best performers in the world. They have created a remarkable roster."