– After a taped shoulder at the latest NXT taping, Samoa Joe has been rumored to have injured his elbow. Joe took to Twitter to address the rumors:
Rumors of a elbow injury are false. WWE has trainers who in turn have tape. It's a free resource I enjoy using preventively.
— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) July 18, 2016
– Vince Russo recently spoke with WrestleZone radio and shot down rumors that the Montreal Screw Job was a work between Vince McMahon and Bret Hart. He also claims to have been the one to give McMahon the idea for the controversial finish:
“Bro, I’m the one who gave Vince the idea for Shawn to put Bret in the Sharpshooter,” Russo said. “I’m the one who told him in a creative meeting days before it happened. When I was on two phone calls with Vince and Bret that Bret did not know I was on. Vince pitched Bret every storyline you could imagine. Bret turned every single one of them down. We are getting in to 8 or 9 o’clock at night now and we’d been at the creative meeting since about 9 in the morning. Out of pure frustration I turned to Vince and said, ‘Freaking screw it, Vince. Have Shawn put Bret in the Sharpshooter and have the referee call for the bell.’ That is the story. That is what happened. All I know is days before Survivor Series at the creative meeting when the finish was being discussed out of frustration because Bret wouldn’t agree to anything I just said, ‘Screw it! Let Shawn put him in the Sharpshooter. Have the referee call for the bell.’ Done. I had no contact after that. This was probably on a Thursday. I did not know what he was going to do. I had no idea. He kind of kept his distance from me and looking back now I think that was an effort to protect me. I sat down next to Taker when the finish of the match took place and it was sure enough what I threw out at Vince at that booking meeting. I sat there and I was like, ‘Holy crap! I can’t believe he did that!’ But he did. I had to talk to Bret Hart on the phone less than a week later. He was not very pleasant when I told Bret, ‘Bro, I support what Vince did. I understand why Vince did it, Bret, and you’ll never understand this side of it.’ One of the hardest things I ever had to do in my life. So when I tell you I wish it was a work… I wish it was a work.”
(All transcribed quotes courtesy of 411Mania)