WWE's Top Stories, Rumors and Buzz for Week of February 20

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2016

Stardust confronts Stephen Amell during a WWE event
Stardust confronts Stephen Amell during a WWE eventCredit: WWE.com

Following last week's big stories about Daniel Bryan retiring and Titus O'Neil being suspended, this was a bit of a slow week for WWE news.

The WWE Fastlane pay-per-view is Sunday, and judging from the card, it could wind up being one of the best shows of 2016.

But that's Sunday. For now, let's take a look at some of the bigger stories from the past seven days.


Stardust and Stephen Amell Reignite Feud

Arrow star Stephen Amell got a surprise visit from his biggest rival at the Dallas Comic Con this week when Stardust dropped by to taunt the Emerald Archer.

Following last year's lauded tag team match at SummerSlam, fans have been itching to see these two lock up in singles competition, and now it looks like that may be a reality.

Amell is still shooting season four of Arrow, so the only thing we can speculate on is that the potential match will have to take place once filming has wrapped.

Amell and Stardust have kept their feud going through social media while also engaging in some philanthropic activities together to help benefit a few worthy causes.

Amell's star is rising in Hollywood. Not only did his show help kick off the current superhero revolution on television, but he has been cast as Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.

WWE obviously wants to capitalize on his fame and his love of all things wrestling, so there is a good chance he and Stardust might end up with a spot on the biggest show of the year: WrestleMania 32.

Make sure you watch the video to the end. There is a funny moment involving Stardust and his wife.


Vincent J. McMahon Award

WWE announced a new honor last Monday during Raw called The Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award.

According to WWE.com, the post-Fastlane Raw is going to feature the announcement of who will be receiving this award, but as of now, little is known about what the award is honoring.

Since the word "legacy" is in the name, we can assume it will have something to do with someone's career accomplishments, but the question remains as to who will be celebrated.

It will likely be someone from the wrestling world to receive the award, but we don't know what criteria was used to pick the recipient, so it could be anything from honoring someone's charity work to someone who has worked hard behind the scenes to make the company into the powerhouse it is today.


Brie Bella Close to Retirement

Daniel Bryan's retirement dominated the news cycle last week, but his wife is now making headlines after revealing she may be closer to hanging up her boots than we thought.

During an interview with Good Morning America, the couple spoke about Bryan's condition, the problem with concussions in sports and other topics, one of them being their desire to start a family.

She indicated it could be as early as this summer when she calls it quits, but a lot can change between now and then.

Brie and Bryan have done well for themselves over the years and live a somewhat frugal lifestyle, so they probably have enough money stashed away to live a comfortable life.

Brie will face Charlotte for the Divas Championship at Fastlane. If WWE wants to give her a good sendoff, we may see her walk away with the title.


WWE Announcer Supports Donald Trump, Receives Death Threats

Jerry Lawler recently took to Twitter to endorse Donald Trump's bid for U.S. president, and he received quite a bit of backlash from fans, some of whom threatened the Hall of Famer's life.

Lawler told WMC Action News about the response and said it might not have been the best idea to send the tweet and that he will stay out of politics from now on.

While endorsing Trump is going to make a lot of people unhappy, there is no need for anyone to threaten his life or wish death upon him.

Lawler had a funny response to a fan who asked if this was part of his recent return to his heel roots on commentary, so it looks like The King is taking it all in stride.


Fastlane Card Updated

WWE Fastlane has the unenviable position between The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, which are two of the biggest shows of the year. Based on the updated card on WWE.com, it looks like management is doing its best to ensure it isn't a dud.

Here is a quick rundown of the scheduled matches:

  • The League of Nations vs. Ryback, Kane and Big Show
  • Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles
  • Naomi and Tamina vs. Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch
  • Charlotte vs. Brie Bella (Divas Championship)
  • Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Championship)
  • Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio (United States Championship)
  • Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns (Winner earns a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 32)

Edge and Christian will interview The New Day during the show as well, so there is always the possibility of a tag title match being added if the champs are goaded into defending the belts.

The main event is enough to get people excited, but some of the other bouts have the potential to steal the show. Which match are you looking forward to seeing the most on Sunday night?


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