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9. WWE Being Arrogant, Hilarious

Uncensored Bane

Zack Sabre, Jr. participated in the (superb) Cruiserweight Classic of 2016, which apparently compelled WWE to throw his name all over the 2017 Royal Rumble promotional material...despite him having not signed for the company.

Sabre, Jr. elected not to sign with WWE full-time, and offered this explanation to the official New Japan Pro Wrestling website:

"It would be like asking a musician, 'Why didn’t you sign with the biggest record label?' I’m just concerned with being the best professional wrestler I can be. It was really just a personal choice. This is my path."

There's no way of determining quite how this (very minor) botch, seen on the TakeOver: San Antonio pre-show occurred, but it would be very WWE of WWE to simply assume they'd bagged their man by virtue of being WWE. At the time, it compelled some into believing that they'd ruined a surprise, but in reality, Sabre, Jr. elected to progress his career in east.

The staunchly liberal performer with a distinctive style probably didn't fancy being told how to work by Michael Hayes.


Michael Sidgwick is an editor, writer and podcaster for WhatCulture Wrestling. With over seven years of experience in wrestling analysis, Michael was published in the influential institution that was Power Slam magazine, and specialises in providing insights into All Elite Wrestling - so much so that he wrote a book about the subject. You can order Becoming All Elite: The Rise Of AEW on Amazon. Possessing a deep knowledge also of WWE, WCW, ECW and New Japan Pro Wrestling, Michael’s work has been publicly praised by former AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, present AEW World Champion MJF, and surefire Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Cody Rhodes. When he isn’t putting your finger on why things are the way they are in the endlessly fascinating world of professional wrestling, Michael wraps his own around a hand grinder to explore the world of specialty coffee. Follow Michael on X (formerly known as Twitter) @MSidgwick for more!