Monday 12/28 Torch Today – WWE split crew tonight, Cena appears on “Today” & gets magazine cover, NOAH tag team to NXT?, Morishima status, Rock’s gift to Uncle Meng, 2015 wrestling deaths, Videos – Finn Balor live interview & Cabana/CWE

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


TORCH TODAY – Monday, December 28, 2015

– WWE has a split crew at Raw TV in Brooklyn and a house show in Allentown, Pa. Included at Raw is John Cena’s in-ring return to face Alberto Del Rio for the U.S. Title and Vince McMahon returning to Raw to confront Roman Reigns. Meanwhile, the house show is scheduled to feature Kane vs. Bray Wyatt and Team ECW vs. The Wyatts.

John Cena appeared on Monday’s edition of NBC’s “Today” show doing various segments including Pop trivia, Christmas stories, cooking, and other bits.

Cena was also announced for a 2016 kick-off edition of “Muscle & Fitness” magazine, which continues to feature wrestlers on the cover with Triple H serving on the editorial board.

E! picked up on “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson gifting a new truck to his uncle, former WWF star Tonga (Meng/Haku), saying that Tonga was there for him when he had nothing.

– Pro Wrestling columnist Mike Mooneyham wrote about the big losses in pro wrestling this year, including Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper, and Nick Bockwinkel. (Full newspaper column)

– In Japan, NOAH announced that the contracts of Takeshi Morishima and TMDK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste) are up at the end of the year.

Morishima was scheduled to retire in September, but he apparently wants to have a final match. Now it remains to be seen where the potential retirement match takes place. As for TMDK, there are rumors of signing with WWE’s NXT brand. ( Report)

– The latest video installment of the Sam Roberts Podcast features an in-person interview with NXT champion Finn Balor.

– Canadian Wrestling’s Elite is promoting Colt Cabana as the headline star for CWE’s big February 2016 tour covering eight shows in nine days across Canada.

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