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The Top Ten Wrestling Stories of the Week 11/13: AEW Title Changes, Gargano Loses in WWE NXT Shocker, More

Welcome back TJR readers! Did you spend all day Friday waiting to find out who our new leader is, and missed Smackdown? Perhaps you spent all day Monday watching classic episodes of Jeopardy and missed RAW. Worry not, for I have returned with another edition of The Top Ten Wrestling Stories of the Week to catch you up.

10. WWE Releases Several More Employees Including Tony Chimel

Last week I made a joke about WWE having to release more superstars to pay for Vince McMahon’s expensive Netflix series. This week I would like to apologize to WWE employees, including Tony Chimel, who were released this week. When making my little joke I completely forgot to take into account that Vince McMahon, like millions of other people, is a fan of TJRWrestling and this article. From this point forward I promise to use the incredible influence of this site for only positive purposes. On that note, I would like to reach out to someone else who may be a reader and say Mr. Trump you lost so please move on. (TJRWrestling)

9. WWE to do Tribute to the Troops on December 6th

WWE will once again be doing a Tribute to the Troops special this year. The 18th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops is set to air December 6th on FOX. The event will take place in the Thunderdome at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida and will include servicemen and women from several different branches. Celebrity guests from the world of sports and entertainment will be announced for the event in the upcoming weeks. It is unknown who these celebrities will be, but WWE is without a doubt hoping to land the guy from the Tooth Fairy as well as the former host of The Apprentice. (TJRWrestling)

8. Carmella Returns on Smackdown

The Queen of Staten Island returned to Smackdown this week. After months of vignettes, Carmella finally returned this past Friday. After Sasha Banks successfully defended her title against Bayley, a now blond and all dressed in red Carmella attacked. Carmella hit Banks with a superkick, before hitting the X-Factor Facebuster onto the ramp. Carmella has not appeared live on WWE TV since Money in the Bank back in May. Along with her new look, Carmella also claims that she is now “Untouchable”, which may not be making boyfriend Corey Graves very happy. (TJRWrestling)

7. Two Big Title Matches Announced for RAW

WWE is loading up this week’s Monday Night RAW, with not one but two title matches. The New Day will try to defend their RAW Tag Titles against The Hurt Business members Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander. Also, the WWE Championship will be on the line when Randy Orton defends against the former champion Drew McIntyre. With WWE featuring champion versus champion matches again this year at Survivor Series, it will be interesting if there will be any last-minute title changes. The title for title matches at Survivor Series will be non-title matches, but will help answer the biggest question in America of who will win between Red or Blue. (TJRWrestling)

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6. AEW Games Announces Two Mobile Games and One Console Game

AEW is set to enter the video game world in a big way. AEW Games officially launched this week, announcing three new games that will be debuting. AEW Casino: Double or Nothing is a mobile casino based game that will feature AEW-branded versions of slots, blackjack, poker and roulette, and will release this winter. AEW Elite GM is another mobile game were fans take on the role of GM, selecting a roster of wrestlers and creating matches. That game will launch later in 2021. The biggest and most anticipated news was that AEW will have a console game as well, produced by Yuke’s Games. Yukes is well known to wrestling fans for producing the WWE video games up to WWE 2K19. AEW Games also introduced a new logo, proving they are not readers of TJRWrestling as they clearly spend all their time on another site. (TJRWrestling)

5. Cody Rhodes to Feud with Shaq?

After losing the AEW TNT Championship to Darby Allen at Full Gear, Cody Rhodes’s career seemed to be at a Cross Rhodes. Rhodes came out on Dynamite this week to say that he wanted a rematch with MJF, before being interrupted by a debuting Jade Cargill. Cargill states that she has been sitting and studying her competition for weeks and that Rhodes knows nothing about being a giant killer. Cargill then said she knows a real giant, before stating that the giant she is talking about is none other than NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. Cody’s wife Brandi Rhodes then came out and confronted Cargill, with the two needing to be separated. Shaq was backstage at Full Gear and did recently state in an interview that: “I’d love to fight Cody. Write it. Print it. Text it to him. Call AEW up and tell them.” Shaq did wrestle one match for WWE at Wrestlemania 32 in The Andre The Giant Battle Royal, and therefore does meet the requirement to Main Event a show in AEW. (TJRWrestling)

4. The Undertaker’s “Final Farewell” to Take Place at Survivor Series on November 22nd

The historic career of The Undertaker in WWE is set to end exactly 30 years after it first began. It was November 22, 1990, that The Undertaker first debuted as a part of The Million Dollar Man’s Survivor Series Team. Now on November 22nd at this year’s Survivor Series, The Undertaker is set to say his final goodbye. It is unknown what exactly Taker will be doing at Survivor Series this year, but WWE has announced that he will be in attendance. So tune in on November 22nd to finally see The Undertaker Rest In Peace forever, or at least until the next Saudi show. (TJRWrestling)

3. Darby Allin Wins the AEW TNT Championship

A new AEW TNT Champion was crowned this past Saturday at AEW Full Gear. Darby Allin was able to hit Cody Rhodes with the Coffin Drop and get the victory, to become the new champion. After winning the title Allin was attacked by Team Taz members Brian Cage and Ricky Starks. Will Hobbs then came down and saved Allin, chasing Team Taz off. Starks on Dynamite stated that he wanted the TNT Championship, possibly because he is worried that Taz will make him carry an old washed up ECW championship if he doesn’t win it. (TJRWrestling)

 

2. Leon Ruff Wins the NXT North American Championship

Johnny Gargano’s second reign as NXT North American Champion came to a quick end this week. Gargano opened up NXT this week by spinning a custom made wheel to determine who would challenge for his NXT North American Title. Gargano had clearly rigged the wheel before spinning it, causing it to land on enhancement talent Leon Ruff. When Damian Priest distracted Gargano during the match, however, Ruff was able to hit a crucifix pin for the win. Before this win, Ruff’s record in WWE was 0-11, making it both shocking that he won the title and that Tony Khan hasn’t yet signed him to a large contract. (TJRWrestling)

1. The Young Bucks Win the AEW Tag Team Championships

The Young Bucks have finally captured the AEW Tag Team Championships. The Bucks won the titles this past Saturday at AEW Full Gear, by winning an excellent match against FTR. Similar to what Cody Rhodes did with the AEW Heavyweight Championship, the Bucks stated that if they were not able to win the titles against FTR they would never challenge for the belts again. Luckily for the Bucks and all wrestling fans they did not lose the match, as I don’t think anyone wants to see the Young Bucks compete for the TNT Tag Team Championships. (TJRWrestling)

That will conclude another edition of The Top Ten Wrestling Stories of the Week. As always, if you like what I do, please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @BackseatBookers and listen to my podcast The BackseatBookers. (Please be aware that it is explicit as I drop more F-Bombs then Trump has electoral college votes.)

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