"CM Punk might want to be careful with trying MMA. Those boys aren't getting paid to let him win like they do in WWE. I wish him luck, though."
- Kenny Dykstra explaining to CM Punk that wrestling is not real
The widely held belief is that Brock Lesnar would be immediately booked into a rematch against Alistair Overeem if he decides to return to UFC. Overeem was the person that defeated him for the heavyweight championship before he decided to retire from MMA and return to WWE.
Jason David Frank, who is most known for portraying the Green Ranger in the Power Rangers television series, has challenged CM Punk to an MMA fight through his Instagram account. Frank has stated that he respects Punk and his fighting abilities, so he simply wants to test his skills out.
In a move that might have been encouraged by Dana White to promote the potential return, Alistair Overeem called out Brock Lesnar after defeating Frank Mir at a UFC event this past weekend. Lesnar is attempting to work with WWE on making his MMA return possible.
According to reports, Bellator is interested in signing CM Punk, if he wanted to try changing careers. It has been a well known fact that Punk is a big fan of MMA, where he is frequently seen at UFC events. As many already know, he recently walked out on WWE after some disagreements.
Wrestle-1, the new promotion founded by the Great Muta, is about to get an influx of talent from TNA for an upcoming live event in March. Austin Aries, Abyss, Bobby Roode, Brutus Magnus, Christopher Daniels, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Frankie Kazarian, Gail Kim, Madison Rayne and Samoa Joe have been confirmed for the trip.
"It's tough, even Hulk Hogan was a tough loss to accept. Sting has been the cornerstone of the company, Jarrett founded the company and I think he might be the best heel in the business, and AJ Styles is just the best athlete I've ever been in the ring with. From three different perspectives it is a tough pill to swallow because they are three of the best. When you don't have them in the company you hope to god that the young talent steps up, guys like Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, and James Storm seem to be stepping up. Will they replace Sting? You can't replace Sting, will they replace AJ? Probably not, AJ is irreplaceable, but will they become their own characters and do really well, yes they will do phenomenally well and it's not about replacing anymore, it's about making new stars."
- Kurt Angle on TNA losing stars recently
In a rather interesting move, Bobby Lashley has decided to make his Instagram account private, which means that fans are not able to see his pictures and updates without following his account. The former WWE and current MMA star made the change recently.
Since UFC is holding an event in Chicago this weekend, CM Punk has asked for the weekend off to attend. WWE has granted him the request. It is also being said that officials backstage are no longer as vocal about him attending MMA events as they were in the past.
Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and two of their children attended an MMA class taught by former WWE diva Eve Torres and her husband. Some pictures were posted on Instagram and Twitter, where the girls took a subtle jab at Matt Hardy while showcasing a choke hold.
"From a wrestling standpoint, I'd love to have a guy like AJ Styles within the company to wrestle. I think the fans would, too. There was a tease of what could have been, but I don't think anybody saw what me and AJ Styles could do in there. On a personal level, I want AJ Styles to do whatever is best for him and his family, and if that's coming back to TNA that would be awesome. If that's working elsewhere, I completely understand that. If that will happen, I have no idea. I guess we'll find out. We all have to stay tuned and see what happens."
UFC gave Ric Flair the star treatment when the former WWE and WCW champion attended one of their live events this past week. Security made sure to keep fans away from Flair, who sat with former NFL running back Herschel Walker and some other friends.
Dana White posted a picture on Twitter of himself with Ric Flair at a UFC event in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ric Flair was not in attendance at the Carolina Panthers game last weekend. However, that doesn't mean that the former WWE champion is avoiding all sports event. Flair was spotted in the audience at the UFC event in Atlanta tonight.
Aside from ruining an on screen segment with Chris Jericho, another issue between Roddy Piper and WWE was the fact that the company wanted to restrict his ability to make appearances on other shows, which Piper refused to agree to since it might hurt his son's MMA career.
While rumors of his MMA return have died down a little since making his on screen return to WWE, it appears that Brock Lesnar is still in discussions with Dana White about making a return to UFC. Apparently, he's trying to do both industries at the same time.
It is being said that one of the things that is preventing Brock Lesnar from making a return to UFC is his deal with WWE. The belief is that Vince McMahon has Lesnar on an exclusive deal, where he would not be able to compete in mixed martial arts during that tenure.
Brock Lesnar was not in attendance at UFC 168 in Las Vegas last night. There were heavy speculations that he was supposed to have been there because of the all the rumors swirling about the part time WWE star making a return to MMA.
With rumors swirling about a potential return to UFC, former world champion Brock Lesnar has become a topic of discussion within WWE, as management is still hoping for him to work a big money match against the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30.
Word going around right now is that heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is attempting to make a return to UFC. His body has had time to heal up considerably since retiring from mixed martial arts and only working sporadically for WWE.
MVP competed in the NAGA (North American Grappling Association) tournament in Dallas recently. While he's still open to a return to wrestling, the former WWE star has been doing a lot of mixed martial arts training over the last year.
"Well, my opinions don't really matter because the storyline, for me, is just to entertain the fans and keep them engaged in what's going on with the company. I will say that any time that you have the opportunity to take the top prize in the company and take it internationally, and maybe compete and defend it in some territories and in front of some sets of fans that don't normally get to have that honor, I think that's a great thing for the company. That helps get the brand out there and helps put the product out there. A guy like AJ Styles is obviously a great talent and he's going to go out there and put on a performance that's befitting of a man who is the World Champion. So, from that standpoint alone, I don't see how there could be anything negative coming from AJ taking that belt all over the world and defend it against anybody that wants an opportunity. I know that's the same mindset I've had in my past when I've been world champion. Bring 'em all on, near and far, we don't like to sit here and pretend that the only wrestling is the wrestling that happens in our universe. There's professional wrestling going on all over the world and we want to acknowledge it and put our best against their best at any time."
Dixie Carter congratulated Rampage Jackson on Twitter. The former UFC champion was successful in his Bellator MMA debut.
Former UFC star and occasional TNA star Rampage Jackson defeated Joey Beltran in his Bellator debut. He won via knockout in the final minute of the first round.
Chael Sonnen revealed that his close friend CM Punk has considered leaving WWE to pursue a career in UFC.
Bobby Lashley picked up his tenth MMA victory on Friday night when he defeated Tony Melton in Tulsa.
Rob Van Dam and Diamond Dallas Page were both in attendance at the Bellator MMA event in Long Beach over the weekend.
Former WWE star MVP did some training sessions with Batista and Samoa Joe today.
Former WWE stars MVP and Low Ki, then known as Senshi, have been training in MMA together.