Williams Has Been Training For Weeks, Has Met With IMPACT Executives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nashville, Tenn. (June 9, 2017) – DeAngelo Williams is set to tackle professional wrestling, but is not giving up on plans to return to the NFL.
Williams – who has spent 11 seasons as a running back in the NFL, the first nine years for the Carolina Panthers and the last two for the Pittsburgh Steelers – will be a part of Slammiversary, a pay-per-view extravaganza originating from Orlando, Florida.
Williams’ exact role at Slammiversary has not yet been finalized, IMPACT officials announced.
Williams – who was a Pro Bowl player in 2009, has twice led the NFL in rushing touchdowns and is now a free agent – was at IMPACT WRESTLING’s corporate headquarters in Nashville earlier this week to meet with the company’s Chief Creative Officer, Jeff Jarrett.
What Williams and Jarrett discussed was not immediately known, but, news of Williams’ involvement with Slammiversary broke around the football world, including CBS Sports, FOX Sports, NFL.com and many other media outlets.
Williams attended the University of Memphis before being drafted into the NFL. While at Memphis, he set the Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record for 100-yard rushing games (34) and all-purpose yards (7,573). He still ranks fourth on the all-time NCAA rushing list with 6,026 yards.
Williams has been training under the watchful eye of former wrestler and esteemed trainer, Scott D’Amore.
“I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of professional wrestling, and everything I’m going to do in the ring will be for the wrestlers who I have watched in the past, as well as those I still watch today. I respect the sport, the wrestlers and everything that comes with it,” Williams said. “You’re going to get everything I have inside the IMPACT WRESTLING ring; I’m going to try to show off my athletic ability.”
Williams has been hooked on wrestling since he was 8 years-old, introduced to the sport by his uncle. “I think now I’m ready to step in the ring and see what it feels like to be a professional wrestler.”
For further updates on DeAngelo Williams’ and Slammiversary, be sure to watch #ImpactIndia on Thursday nights on Pop TV at 8/7CT.
About IMPACT Wrestling:
IMPACT Wrestling specializes in television properties, events, products, merchandise, and music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. The roster features such greats as EC3, Bobby Lashley, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, James Storm, the high-flying X-Division, Gail Kim and the lovely and lethal Knockouts. Its highly successful flagship, IMPACT WRESTLING, broadcasts in more than 120 countries around the world, including Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Pop (a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate) in the United States, and on Fight Network and GameTV in Canada.
Changes To Original Survivor Series Plans, Current WWE Universal Championship Match
WWE Survivor Series is approaching, and WWE has yet to announce a Universal Championship match.
This up-coming Friday on SmackDown, Daniel Bryan is set to appear on MizTV to give his thoughts on the attack from Bray Wyatt on last week’s episode.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, one plan originally had Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz at Survivor Series, with the angle beginning on MizTv the day after the Crown Jewel event. That angle was scrapped due to the traffic incident which held most of the roster overseas.
The current plan has Bray Wyatt defending the WWE Universal Championship against Daniel Bryan at the Survivor Series pay-per-view.
At one point, there was talk to have Daniel Bryan in the Triple Threat Match against AJ Styles and Roderick Strong. This would mean Daniel Bryan would defeat Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship. Those plans have since been scrapped, and now Daniel Bryan is scheduled to work against Wyatt for the Universal Championship.
WWE Survivor Series – Current Match Card
- WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio
- WWE Universal Championship: Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan (Not Announced)
- Becky Lynch (RAW) vs. Bayley (SmackDown) vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT)
- The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) (RAW) vs. The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingson) (SmackDown) vs. The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) (NXT)
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles vs. Roderick Strong
- Team Raw (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA) vs. Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, and TBA) vs. Team NXT (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA)
- Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Randy Orton, and Drew McIntyre) vs. Team SmackDown (Roman Reigns, King Corbin, Braun Strowman, Mustafa Ali & Shorty G) vs. Team NXT (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA)
Backstage Reaction To CM Punk’s Return To WWE Programming
Multiple WWE Stars Give Thoughts On CM Punk’s Return
CM Punk made a surprise return to WWE programming this past Tuesday at the tail end of WWE Backstage on FS1.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful has received thoughts on the matter from numerous talent backstage.
Fightful Select reports that a longtime WWE name told them they have known CM Punk for a long time, and have not personally had any issues with him, despite hearing stories of him burning bridges. They indicated that if WWE doesn’t find a way to include him any Survivor Series festivities during the 4-day run in Chicago, they have “royally fucked up”.
Another top star indicated they would love to work with CM Punk in any fashion, whether that be inside or outside the ring. They stated, “someone like that, you can have a great story with, and where there’s a great story, the fans are happy and there’s (money), so I’m happy.”
One high level member of the WWE roster didn’t seem to care for CM Punk, stating “I have zero time for that guy. So no thoughts, no.”.
Almost everyone who responded feels that CM Punk will once again step back inside the squared circle.
CM Punk signed a deal with FOX to be a contributor for WWE Backstage on FS1. He has not currently signed to any deal with WWE.
Mia Yim and Aliyah Both Suffer Broken Noses During NXT Television
Two NXT stars suffered broken noses during last night’s NXT on USA episode.
Aliyah was busted open following a kick from Xia Li during last night’s episode of NXT on USA. She later confirmed she suffered a broken nose. NXT’s injury report also indicates she may have an orbital floor fracture as well.
— BOUJEÉ Aliyah (@WWE_Aliyah) November 14, 2019
Mia Yim suffered a nasal fracture following a ladder hitting her face during her match with Xia Li. NXT’s injury report also indicates she may have injured ribs as well.
— The HBIC (@MiaYim) November 14, 2019