Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
- WWE content will be part of NBC’s Peacock streaming service when it launches in August. There will be a 100 hours of content including such Network series Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions.
- WWE Producer Adam Pearce posted a message on Twitter today for those who are fighting COVID-19 as he is.
Don’t know who needs this today, but I know I have along the way. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/QfKH07MnLx
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) July 14, 2020
- This week’s Raw has set another record low in the ratings for the show’s three hour broadcast era. Raw scored 1.561 million viewers which is down 7.5% from last week’s 1.687 million viewers. Last week’s broadcast was the second-lowest audience.
- On CNBC’s “Mad Money Lightning Round,” Jim Cramer was asked if it was worth investing in the WWE at the present time. He said: “No. If you’re starved for [sports] what you ought to go do is buy a video game stock. I think it’s a better bet because I don’t know when live shows are going to be coming back.”
- Word is the stipulation for the Ziggler, McIntyre Extreme Rules match will be a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match.
- Indie promotion Brew City Wrestling is taking heat over planning a live show this Saturday. You can read the story here.
- Instead of debuting on the WWE Network, R-Truth’s new game show has premiered on YouTube. It guest-starred Alexa Bliss and Sheamus.
Monday, July 13th, 2020
- Charlotte has acknowledged that the reason she is taking time off for the next few months is to fix problems with her breast implants.
- The Chronicle Live, a Newcastle news agency in the UK has a story detailing how the WWE has worked with Saudi Arabia and how their football team might as well. You can check out the interesting analysis piece here.
- NJPW has announced that their weekly show will be coming to FITE TV beginning on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET. with the first episode being free.
- The WWE is promoting this week’s Raw as a night of grudge matches with: The Kabuki Warriors challenge Sasha Banks & Bayley for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, R-Truth goes one-on-one with Randy Orton, Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins clash in a WrestleMania rematch, The Viking Raiders square off with Andrade & Angel Garza in an Elimination Tag Team Match.
- Here are the matches that have been announced for this week’s edition of AEW Dark. The Dark Order vs. Shawn Dean, Will Hobbs, and Joe Alonzo. Luther and Serpentico vs. Pineapple Pete and Brady Pierce. Ricky Starks vs. Robert Anthony. Brandi Rhodes and Allie vs. Diamante and Rache Chanel. Marko Stunt vs. Michael Nakazawa. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus vs. Brandon Cutler and Peter Avalon. Brian Cage vs. Brian Pillman Jr. for the FTW Championship.
- Dolph Ziggler took a swipe to the karaoke segment on Smackdown last Friday
— Nic Nemeth (@HEELZiggler) July 12, 2020
- WWE Hall of Famer Sean “X-Pac” Waltman turns 1-2-3 today. Or is is 6? Actually, 48. Also celebrating is our buddy, the Necro Butcher, turning 47. As previously reported, Necro was just diagnosed with advanced Hodgkins lymphoma.
Sunday, July 12th, 2020
- Rumor has it that NXT star Vanessa Borne will be debuting on the main roster soon.
- WWE will celebrate Women’s Evolution Week on its digital and social channels all this week.
- Kevin Owens will have a WrestleMania rematch against Seth Rollins on tomorrow night’s Raw.
- Congratulations go out to Winnipeg’s Bob “Doc” Holliday, who was a local promoter for WWF shows when he wasn’t working his day job at the Winnipeg Sun, primarily as a crime reporter. The Sun reports that Sadler Avenue, east of Ste. Anne’s Road, will renamed in Holliday’s honour on July 22.
- Minoru Suzuki has not been a part of this weekend’s New Japan cards because he has developed a fever and the promotion thought it best he be kept home.
- He’s the Beast. He’s the Conqueror. And today, Brock Lesnar is the Birthday Boy – he turns 43 today. Also celebrating are: WWE superstar Sami Zayn (36); and WWE alumnus Gregory “Hurricane” Helms (46).
- Speaking of birthdays, WWE CEO Vince McMahon went on Twitter yesterday to wish his mother a happy 100th birthday. “I hope I have her genetics :)”
- Wrestling lost a couple of legends on this day in history. In 1971, Canada’s Yvon Robert passed away at 56. In 2012, Indian legend Dara Singh passed away at 83. Singh was posthumously named into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018 as a Legacy member.
- Tommaso Ciampa posted a thoughtful message on Instagram reflecting on his career.
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Photo shared by @kimberlasskick This got me thinking: 1. I miss 2018 Ciampa 2. The wrestling business, like life, is full of waves. Highs and lows. One moment you feel untouchable, the next you come crashing down. Giving up the Title is definitely one of my career lows. And to be honest, damn near everything that’s happened in my career since has been a disappointment. A few glimpses of highs here and there: my face off with Adam when I returned and War Games come to mind. But lots of lows: the chase to reclaim Goldie, the final chapter with Johnny, and most recently my encounter with Kross. 3. Motivation is a fascinating trait. Throughout my career, I’ve often found that creating false dialogue has led to my greatest internal motivation. In 2018, I created a scenario in my head in which “nobody believed in me.” It drove me. In 2020, after weeks of being left off television (yes, I’m healthy), I find myself with a new false dialogue. “Creative has nothing for you”. Whether or not this is true really doesn’t matter. Because in my head, it’s true. In 2018, I willed my vision into existence. Well, today I have a new vision. And surprisingly enough, I’m hungrier than ever. It’s time to evolve. It’s time to catch that next wave and reach that next high.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
- Curt Hawkins shouldn’t feel too bad. Did you know that Ruby Riot hasn’t won a match since February, 11, 2019? She defeated Nikki Cross on Raw.
- Smackdown was up in the ratings last night. The show averaged 1.905 million viewers. Last week it pulled in 1.777 million. SmackDown has a 0.5 rating in the 18-49-year-old demographic.
- Check out Mike Mooneyham’s retrospective on Les Thatcher in The Post and Courier here.
- In an interview with talkSPORT, Drew McIntyre had to convince Heath Slater to participate in Monday’s segment on Raw. “He’s ready for the next stage and he’s not sure about going backwards, so I made it clear to him like ‘trust me, this isn’t going to be like anything you’ve done,” said McIntyre.
- The Palace of Auburn Hills, long-time home venue for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, was demolished this morning. The venue hosted a number of wrestling shows since it first opened in 1988, including SummerSlam 1993, two WCW World War 3 shows, and finally, TNA Wrestling’s 2009 edition of Slammiversary. The building was a regular host of WWE house shows in the late 80s and early 90s, and also hosted a handful of WCW Nitro shows during the Attitude Era.
- Happy birthday to WWE producer, Tyson Kidd, who turns 40 today. His wife, Nattie Neidhart, did an interview with him for Postmedia: Talking to WWE Superstar and producer TJ Wilson
- … also celebrating is Impact’s Aiden Prince and retired wrestler and promoter Billy Blue River (Billy Wenhold), who got his own birthday story from Slam Wrestling Producer Greg Oliver.
- Today would have been the birthday of Dick Beyer, better known as The Destroyer.
- Next week’s Monday Night Raw is being billed as a Night of Grudge Matches. Announced so far are: Bayley and Sasha Banks defending their Tag Team Championship against the Kabuki Warriors; Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens; Randy Orton vs. R-Truth; and the Viking Raiders vs. Andrade and Angel Garcia.
Friday, July 10th, 2020
- The rumored main event for SummerSlam is Randy Orton versus Drew McIntyre.
- It is also being rumored that the Eye for an Eye match between Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules will contain some CGI special effects.
- Tonight on Smackdown you will see a replay of the Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt’s match from Money In The Bank, Jeff Hardy will be on Miz TV, The New Day will defend the SmackDown Tag Team Titles against Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro and Bayley, Sasha Banks ratchet up their rivalry with Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross.
- Jeff Hardy’s contract with the WWE expires at the end of this month. There is speculation he might join his brother in AEW.
- The WWE is considering staging another Evolution pay-per-view this summer.
Thursday, July 9th, 2020
- The WWE has launched a SummerSlam contest. You can win the Ultimate SummerSlam Watch Party which includes prizes like a television, smart phone with one year of service and even a virtual meeting with The Miz. You can enter here.
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated is switching up its Top 500 to include women for its next big list.
- Tommy Fierro announced that his 80’s Wrestling Con, scheduled for September 26th, in Freehold, NJ, has been cancelled because of continuing issues with COVID-19. “I was so excited for this Con, the line-up was insane and I worked very hard to make sure I topped the one from April that I had to postpone to the September date. I promise you I will work even harder to make sure the new line-up is the same if not better when we announce a new date,” Fierro wrote on Facebook. He didn’t provide another date.
- Stephanie McMahon announced some sad news on Twitter. Evelyn Edwards, her grandmother and the mother of Linda McMahon, passed away last week.
Last week my 93 yr old grandmother passed peacefully, surrounded by people who love her. One of the last things she said to me was, “Let there be love”. Love is what heals us all. To anyone who is hurting or struggling, I send my love to you. #RIPMima Thank you for everything. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BJ58ISdmTF
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) July 9, 2020
- According to the Wrestling Observer, Riddick Moss has not been on WWE television since being called up to the main roster because like some other WWE superstars, he has COVID-19 concerns.
- Next week’s special AEW Fight for the Fallen themed show will be headlined by Jon Moxley versus Brian Cage for the AEW Championship, Cody taking on Sonny Kiss for the TNT Championship, FTR will battle Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks face Jurassic Express.
- WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash turns 61 today, and current WWE superstar Shelton Benjamin turns 45. Jerry Grey, battling cancer, turned 57, and Sean “Massive Damage” hit 50. And, though he’s not involved with wrestling any longer, it’s the birthday of hockey journalist Jeff Marek today … formerly of The LAW.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
- On NXT tonight Adam Cole will face Keith Lee in what could be an already spoiled Winner Takes All Match, Mai Yim and Candace LeRae will battle in a Street Fight, Breezango and Drake Maverick fight Legado Del Fantasma and Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott will take on Johnny Gargano.
- In a new trailer, Impact Wrestling is teasing the return of what could be multiple superstars to the brand. The teaser entitled: “Returning World Champion WON’T BE ALONE at Slammiversary 2020”, shows an unidentified person pouring out three drinks. There is footage of Bully Ray, EC3, Eric Young, Curt Hawkins, Gregory Helms, Gail Kim, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and Mike Kanellis and wife Maria.
- Raw’s ratings continue to flounder with this week’s show bringing an average of 1,687,000 viewers which is the lowest audience ever for a three-hour edition of Raw.
- The WWE has rehired some of the people who were let go earlier in the year. Writer Andrea Listenberger is back and so too is Pat Buck who will be taking over Michael Hayes’ duties backstage.
- Sports Illustrated interviewed Triple H. On the subject of NXT competing with AEW he said: “It absolutely is part of healthy of competition. Anyone that thinks it isn’t, to a degree, is being naive to the situation. You saw that back in the day when Clash of Champions was counter-programming [to WWE’s WrestleMania IV in 1988]. At the same point, it can’t drive your booking decisions. Obviously there are counter-programming decisions, but I can tell you exactly how this came about. Almost all of these storylines were headed where they are now. There was a gap, timing wise, between In Your House and what will become the SummerSlam TakeOver, and you need a halfway point and a build. This is that halfway point. So it doesn’t change our decision-making process. I don’t counter-book, I book what’s right for NXT.” To read the rest of the interview, click here.
- The UK Sun has published an amusing article on the everyday jobs some WWE superstars had before making it big in wrestling. You can read it here.
Tuesday, July 7, 2o20
- Pro wrestling historian and host of Pro Wrestling Spotlight Live, John Arezzi, will be making his first appearance on Wrestling Bookmarks Live. This weekly show is derived from the Wrestling Bookmarks Covid Con event. The show will air on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 8:30 ET on its Facebook group.
- Kristina Salen is the WWE’s new Chief Financial Officer. She will report directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. Salen was the first CFO of Etsy. She has also held CFO/COO roles with Moda Operandi and Translation Enterprises/United Masters, and managed global media and telecom funds with Fidelity Investments.
- A&E network are reportedly making a documentary about “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, scheduled to be broadcast in December.
- Last night on Raw, there were no ring announcers in the ring. This could be part of the WWE’s strategy to fight the COVID-19 cluster that has hit the company.
- On this Friday’s Smackdown broadcast look for Jeff Hardy to make an appearance on Miz TV.
- Kenny Omega spoke to The Natural Aristocrat about his love of My Hero Academia, video games and more. You can read the interview here.
- The Korea Times did a story on Korea’s wrestlers getting back into the ring. “We had to be very cautious and conservative about safety since we can’t afford having any members getting it. Obviously having training following social distancing isn’t so easy in wrestling but we are figuring out a way,” said Shiho the Red Fox. You can read the story here.
- Look who is wearing Impact Wrestling merchandise.
Monday, July 6, 2o20
- Billie Kay spoke to Wide World of Sports about her rise to fame in the WWE. “We just always want to make our families and Australia proud, that’s something we hold really dear to our hearts,” she said. You can read the interview here.
- Word is that former NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler will be working Main Event for the time being.
- A newly redesigned United States Championship belt will debut on Raw tonight.
- Rey Mysterio is reportedly working for the WWE without a contract in place. He is essentially a free agent.
- The New York Daily News has an interview with The Miz today. In it he says: “On WWE, I want to be the best, I want to be the champion. I want ‘Cannonball’ to be the best competition show. I want ‘Miz & Mrs.’ to be the best reality show. I want to be the greatest dad in the history of dads.” You can read the full interview here.
- PWInisider is reporting that SummerSlam scheduled for the TD Garden in Boston has been moved to the Performance Center. SummerSlam is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 23.
- Sarah Logan’s big announcement is that she and hubby Viking Raider Erik (Raymond Rowe) are having a baby. The couple made the announcement on Logan’s new YouTube channel. Til hamingju!
- In an unfortunate development, a number of Tammy “Sunny” Sytch’s explicit photos from her OnlyFans page have been leaked by a few adult-oriented websites in the past week. In the interests of good taste, we won’t post links, but if you have masochistic tendencies, feel free to seek them out.
Sunday, July 5, 2020
- Brace your ears! Two years after its initial publication, NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner’s WCW is now available on Audible. Written by Guy Evans, the audio version of the book comes in at over 17 hours in length. You can read Slam’s review of the book here.
- An upcoming episode of WWE Chronicle will feature Jeff Hardy.
- On this Tuesday’s AEW Dark Brian Pillman Jr. will be making his debut against Shawn Spears.
- The Chronicle Journal has a story about Thunder Bay’s Tyson Hiller. You can check it out here.
- Sarah Logan has a big announcement coming up. What could it all mean?
Saturday, July 4, 2020
- Yoshi-Hashi and Yoh will be sidelined for the next few NJPW shows due to knee injuries.
- NJPW has announced more matches for its Dominion card on July 12th. It is already known that Tetsuya Naito will defend both the IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championships against the winner of the New Japan Cup on that date. You can also add SHO versus Shingo Takagi for the NEVER Openweight Championship and Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi will defend the IWGP Tag Team Championships against Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr.
- Last night’s Smackdown ratings (1.777 million viewers) were the lowest ever since the move to Fox. One must also consider though it is a holiday weekend in the United States.
- Mike Mooneyham has a great story on the career of the Mighty Igor. You can read it here.
- On this date in 1988, “Adorable” Adrian Adonis, Dave “Bearman” McKigney, and Victor “Pat Kelly” Arko were killed in a car accident in Lewisporte, Newfoundland. In 1994, WWE referee Joey Marella (the son of Gorilla Monsoon) died after falling asleep at the wheel and crashing his car while driving home after a show.
- Happy Independence Day to our readers in the United States. To celebrate, check out this documentary about wrestling in the independents:
Friday, July 3rd, 2020
- A few television and movie stars have banded together to create a Star Trek-themed comedy, all filmed at their homes. James McAvoy of X-Men, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan of Outlander, and a handful of others have posted Star Force 2, a very campy and goofy short movie on YouTube. Although he honestly stands out as an odd member of the cast, Mick Foley plays a part and tweeted that it may be his “finest work”.
- Detroit Red Wings legend Darren McCarty will be appearing at the Insane Wrestling Revolution’s event on July 16 as the corner man for former ECW and TNA champion and WWE legend Rhino, who will be taking on Madman Fulton (who will have Sami Callihan in his corner). The event takes place in Monroe, Michigan on July 16, and will be an outdoor show on a 4-acre sized grounds, which should help maintain social distancing. McCarty was part of four Stanley Cup teams with the Red Wings before retiring in 2009.
- Drew McIntyre responded to Conor McGregor’s Instagram post yesterday with this today.
Big man @TheNotoriousMMA picking a fight with ANOTHER 70 year old, you couldn’t drop a guy in a pub, you have no chance against Vince. You’re just the latest guy thinking he can have his PR team stick my title on his shoulder & walk into our world. Stick to whiskey McTapper https://t.co/kwgt0EKdAa
— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) July 2, 2020
- Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Kari Sane is leaving the WWE. The idea was to write her off of television with Asuka’s opponent at SummerSlam putting Sane on the shelf but that may not be the case now. Sane got married in February and her fiance is back in Japan. “I’m looking forward to building a family filled with laughter and joy, with a man I can respect so deeply from his attitude towards work, warm towards people and animals, and his genuine way of living. I will continue working hard to become a pro wrestler that can bring much happiness and smiles to people,” she wrote announcing the news back in February.
- Also according to Meltzer, Shayna Baszler hasn’t been on WWE television because Vince McMahon himself is not invested in her or her character any longer unlike Paul Heyman who was booking Raw. Baszler is not injured or taking time off.
- Former WWE superstar Curt Hawkins – now going by the name Brian Myers – tweeted a video suggesting that he will be debuting with Impact Wrestling at Slammiversary, which takes place on July 18. Myers was one of the recently-released WWE alumni that was included in an earlier teaser video posted by Impact.
Freedom is coming.
July 18th. pic.twitter.com/1gfkNTbAnB
— Brian Myers (@Myers_Wrestling) July 3, 2020
- Happy birthday to Toronto-based wrestler, and promoter of Greektown Wrestling, Trent Gibson.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
- On this week’s episode of Smackdown, Matt Riddle will be interviewed by Michael Cole and Drew Gulak will challenge AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Championship.
- Ember Moon may need a second surgery to repair her Achilles tendon injury.
- WWE’s Kane is getting some flack for being the only vote against citizens being required to wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Knox County. Glenn Jacobs is the Mayor of Knox County, TN. The temporary measure was passed by a vote of 7 -1.
- This was posted on the official Mac Life Instagram channel, which represents the official Conor McGregor site.
- A reminder that tomorrow’s NJPW Cup broadcast is absolutely free. It begins at 6:00 AM ET on New Japan World.
- It Bret Hart’s birthday today. Congrats to the Canadian wrestling legend.
- If you were watching very carefully you would have seen Brian Pillman Jr. in the crowd for last night’s AEW Fyter Fest broadcast.
- Kari Sane might not be returning to a WWE ring, at least in America. Rumour has it that she might become a WWE ambassador to Japan.
- EC3 has posted a Facebook video under his new persona. In it, he makes numerous references to AEW.
You can spend your life letting the world tell you what to do.Dictate your path.Choose your fate. Do you decide your future or is it chosen for you?We are in an unprecedented time. From lockdowns, to quarantines, to turmoil in the streets. It’s truly an American nightmare.From coast to coast, from Maine to SoCal, uncensored chaos and confusion reign. When you go outside it feels like you’re in the jungle…You fear the revolt is coming for you if you don’t subscribe to the popular opinion, adhere to the group think, you feel like you are left out to hang…The natural state of things has fallen into this dark order, and you plug away, day after day like a gear in a F’n machine.Society is BROKENThese are the times you keep your inner circle small. You don’t have best friends. You can only trust yourself. Age doesn’t matter whether you are an old man or a young buck now is the time For you to speak your truthyou stand tallexaltedrise like a phoenixcarry yourself with moxie and seal it with a sunny kiss.These bastards may criticize you, mock you, cancel you hell they might imitate you.But it’s never the end.Never apologize.There is never an omega if you are an alpha.Now, you Think for yourself Now, you Fight for yourselfNow, you control your narrativeIf you don’t, you’re just part of the con.You are more than elite, you are free. They have been warned.#ControlYourNarrative#FreeEC3
Posted by therealec3 on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
- Sting has fueled speculation with this Tweet that he could be itching for a match with the “retired” Undertaker.
— 80's Wrestling (@80sWrestling_) June 26, 2020
Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
- WWE personality Renee Young made her big announcement today: she has written a cookbook (title and release date TBD). You can see her announcement, which she posted on Instagram, here:
- Happy Canada Day to all of our readers. Remember you can celebrate virtually here.
- In honour of today being Canada Day, why not celebrate the way we do it up here – with a good old-fashioned barn brawl, like Impact Tag Team champions The North.
- Ahead of July 4th, the WWE Network has added ‘The Best of US Championship Matches’ collection. Matches include: Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard (I Quit/Steel Cage match) – NWA Starrcade 1985, Lex Luger vs. Bret Hart – WCW Monday Nitro (August 10, 1998) and Rick Rude vs. Sting – Clash of the Champions XXVII.
- This week’s Raw took a big hit dropping to 1.735 million viewers from 1.922 million viewers last week. The rating is tied for the third worst Raw audience ever.
- “Dirty” Dutch Mantell, who was Zeb Colter in WWE, announced that he’s at work on another book: “Hello Facebook. Here I am again. What have I been up to? Writing another book hopefully to be out before Christmas. This one will cover a lot of things I didn’t have room for in the first 2. I’ll cover my going back to the WWE and managing Jack Swagger and how the wrestling business has changed since then and maybe not for the better. I don’t come here much but when I do, I like to spark conversation. So…here’s my question. Will wrestling ever be the same again? Personally speaking, I watch as little of wrestling as I can these days. It’s hard for me to get invested in it anymore. IMO, I think wrestling jumped the shark about 5 years ago and it’s never recovered. When I was in WWE, it was sellouts every night and Jack and I as the Real Americans had people standing when we entered the ring. But that was then, I’m talking now. Will wrestling ever return to its former glory.” He asked for readers to contribute their thoughts on his Facebook page.
- Best wishes go out to our buddy, Dylan “Necro Butcher” Summers, who has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkins.
- Joe Catanzariti, the owner of the Youngstown, Ohio-based World Big-Time Wrestling, has died.
This is one of the hardest announcements we've ever had to make. WBW Owner Joe Catanzariti passed away. Right now, we honestly don't know what the future holds for WBW. We truly hope we can move forward, continue on…and honor him.
We all love you, Joe….Thank you 💔 pic.twitter.com/nsPxGboLRi
— WBW WRESTLING (@official_WBW) July 1, 2020