Tuesday, October 21, 2020
Rumour has it that The Undertaker could be making an appearance at Survivor Series.
Hey, yo! Survey says one more birthday for da bad guy! Happy 62nd birthday to Scott “Razor Ramon” Hall. We did a lengthy interview with him a few years ago which you can read here.
Scarlett shared Karrion Kross’ interesting rehab technique as he recovers from his shoulder injury. Now, that’s a workout!
Tomorrow on NXT you will see Tommaso Ciampa, Kushida and Velveteen Dream in a triple threat match.
Word is that you won’t be seeing Jordan Omogbehin in a match any time soon. AJ Styles’ bodyguard apparently has a lot of training to do before he is ready for a match in WWE.
Jake Hager will fight Brandon Calton at the October 29th Bellator 250 event.
On AEW Dark tonight you will see: Shawn Spears vs. Christopher Daniels, Luchasaurus vs. Aaron Solow, Brandi Rhodes vs. Kilynn King, BShp King vs. Colt Cabana, Matt Sydal vs. Shawn Dean, Ivelisse and Diamante vs. Skyler Moore and Kenzie Paige, Jungle Boy vs. KTB, Frankie Kazarian vs. Jack Evans, Sonny Kiss vs. Rey Fenix, Penta El 0M vs. QT Marshall, Brian Pillman and Griff Garrison vs. The Butcher and The Blade, Alan “5” Angels vs. Adam Priest, Scorpio Sky vs. Fuego Del Sol, Ricky Starks vs. David Ali, Dark Order’s John Silver, Alex Reynolds and 10 vs. Louie Valle, Baron Black and D3, Wardlow vs. Vinnie Pacifico.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Major League Wrestling announced it has signed 5-foot tall middleweight Bu Ku Dao, who has a background in Sanshou fighter and kickboxing. He is originally from Vietnam, but calls New Orleans home, and studied psychology at LSU.
On Raw tonight you can expect to see: Braun Strowman versus Keith Lee, Lana versus Asuka, an Elias concert and an episode of Firefly Fun House.
From the worst kept secret in the WWE department, word is that Mustafa Ali will reveal himself to be the Smackdown Hacker on tonight’s Raw.
VaynerSports is now representing Charlotte Flair as their client. Will this have any impact on her career in WWE? We will have to see.
— VaynerSports (@vaynersports) October 19, 2020
Dark Side of the Ring has been renewed for a third season. Season three will have 14 episodes in 2021. What stories do they have left to tell? I guess we will see. It is believed that there will be one on Brian Pillman.
Jordan Omogbehin could be the new bodyguard for AJ Styles or Elias.
Relive memories and celebrate the lives of a few stars today:
- On this date in 2012, wrestler/promoter Mike Graham committed suicide.
- British wrestler Peter Thornley turns 79 today. He was one of the biggest draws in British wrestling history, with his most successful creation being the character Kendo Nagasaki. Eventually, he stopped portraying Nagasaki, and others picked up the mantle. Purportedly, Thornley (as Nagasaki) authored a book about the British wrestling scene, which we reviewed, back in 2005.
- On this date in 2003, the legendary Road Warrior Mike “Hawk” Hegstrand passed away.
- In the movie Ed Wood, the legendary George “the Animal” Steele portrayed actor Tor Johnson, who was born on this date in 1902 or 1903 (in the words of Nelson Muntz, “Records from that era are spotty at best”).
WWE announcer Lilian Garcia will be hosting a new show called Blazing Glory on the WWE network. Her tweet about it is here:
It’s w great excitement & gratitude that I announce my return HOME to the @WWE!
BUT in a very diff capacity….
I’m proud 2 announce that my show, #ChasingGlory will now appear on the WWE NETWORK!!! All begins Monday, October 26!! TY WWE Universe 4 all the ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8VeuA0vg07
— Lilian Garcia (@LilianGarcia) October 19, 2020
Congratulations to WWE NXT UK star Dave Mastiff who got married over the weekend.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Luchador Principe Aereo, real name Luis Angel Salazar, died yesterday in the ring. He was 26. He was wrestling in Mexico City for a Mexa Wrestling card. During the match itself, he took a couple of chops and collapsed moments later.
Huss! Huss! “Barbarian” John Nord (aka WWE’s Berzerker) turns 61 today. While he had high-profile feuds in the number of companies that he worked in during the 80s and 90s, Nord never wore championship gold. Here’s a video of him in action:
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Happy 80th birthday to Jimmy Raschke from Nebraskee — better known as Baron Von Raschke. Easily one of the top villains in pro wrestling history, he also is one of the nicest people in pro wrestling. Little known fact, he is often mistaken for George Clooney! Here’s our Baron Von Raschke archive, and “That’s all the people need to know!”
Former football player turned WCW commentator/”wrestler” Steve “Mongo” McMichael turns 63 today. There’s a fun Twitter account, @OurManMongo, that has a lot of clips of botches from his ignominious career. WWE even poked fun of him, deservedly so, in this video:
Celebrity charity auction site Charitybuzz has a few items available of interest for wrestling fans:
- A virtual Zoom meet-and-greet with original GLOW wrestlers Jeanne “Hollywood” Basone and Cheryl “Lightning” Rusa (current bid is $375). On a related note, heck out our recent interview with Basone.
- Lunch and a sparring session with WWE Hall of Famer “Iron” Mike Tyson (current bid $15,500).
- A set of autographed photos of Lisa Marie Varon, who was Victoria in WWE and Tara in TNA/Impact (no bids currently, with a minimum opening bid of $275).
- An inspirational poster signed by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson (no bids currently, with a minimum opening bid of $575). Warning, the spelling on the poster has truly hit rock bottom, despite the number of “opportunity’s” to fix it before Johnson signed it. Maybe that makes it more collectible?
Friday, October 16, 2020
The WWE is commemorating the career of The Undertaker with a month-long celebration on the WWE Network starting on October 25th. WWE Network’s 30 Days of The Deadman celebration will feature a full month of original programming dedicated to The Undertaker. A new documentary will be released every Sunday, capped off by The Undertaker’s much-anticipated return to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions on Sunday, Nov. 22. The schedule is as follows:
WWE Untold: The Phenom and The Legend Killer
Sunday, Oct. 25
Learn the incredible true story of The Undertaker and Randy Orton’s epic rivalry from 2005, as told by The Phenom and The Legend Killer themselves. The Undertaker and Orton discuss their classic series of matches and recall the lessons they took away from their nearly yearlong rivalry, from nearly getting set on fire and how to start and crash a lowrider, to learning the rights and wrongs of the sports-entertainment business.
Meeting Mark Calaway
Sunday, Nov. 1
Awe. Intimidation. Fear. No figure looms as large in WWE lore or commands more respect than The Undertaker — a fact all other Superstars acknowledge. But what is it like to meet the man behind The Deadman? Superstars from past and present — including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton — remember their first introduction to Mark Calaway, better known to the WWE Universe as the one and only Undertaker.
The Mortician: The Story of Paul Bearer
Sunday, Nov. 8
With his ghoulish appearance and signature cry of “Ohhhh, yesssss,” Hall of Famer Paul Bearer, The Undertaker’s longtime manager, stands out as one of the most unique characters in sports-entertainment history, but the man who portrayed Paul Bearer is every bit as fascinating. This is the story of William Moody, the real-life mortician who combined his background in mortuary science with his passion for wrestling to create one of WWE’s most enduring personalities.
Brothers of Destruction
Sunday, Nov. 15
Two eternal legends. One epic story. For the first time ever, The Undertaker and Kane sit down for a candid discussion about their storied careers, which have been intertwined since The Big Red Machine was introduced as The Undertaker’s long-lost brother in 1997. From their fierce battles against one another, to their indestructible alliance as tag team partners, Brothers of Destruction covers The Undertaker and Kane’s bond as never before.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions: The Undertaker
Sunday, Nov. 22
After his groundbreaking appearance on the very first episode of The Broken Skull Sessions, The Undertaker returns for a second round of no-holds-barred conversation with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The Deadman and The Texas Rattlesnake cover even more ground on this all-new episode, which premieres 30 years to the day of The Undertaker’s arrival in WWE.
It appears that Raw Underground is kaput. A complication was apparently a desire to further limit interactions between the main roster and NXT and the rest of WWE’s developmental system.
The first 10 wrestlers in Impact’s Call Your Shot Gauntlet at Bound For Glory have been announced: The first 10 entrants to be announced are: Heath, Rhino, Hernandez, Acey Romero, Larry D, Tenille Dashwood, Taya Valkyrie, Brian Myers, Tommy Dreamer and Havok. More names will be announced on October 24.
Variety.com has announced details of the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference running from October 22-29. As part of their line-up, the Texas event features a new WWE Studios documentary with the now suddenly very talkative Undertaker sharing a stage with Kane to reminisce about their twenty-plus years’ work together. The film has been given the closing night slot to finish the festival. You can check out the Austin Film Festival website to learn about how they’re managing things in a virtual realm this year.
Health update posted by Tracey Smothers on Facebook: “Had to get admitted into the hospital due to my rapidly growing [non-Hodgkin’s] Lymphoma tumor on the left side of my stomach. Also, has grown on the right side on my lung an left lung on my back. Fun stuff believe me, lol. They say Fear is the best for of motivation an I believe that to be true. I wrestled 3 different bears an I was petrified when I was young but cancer is more scary than that by far. Its relentless an is always lurking around. Positive attitude helps an CANCER sucks especially w my heart condition. TY to all of my family, friends, etc. who have supported me in this fight cause its another heavyweight an HERE WE GO. Have a good weekend everybody an never give up on LIFE.”
Happy birthday wishes go out to Missy Hyatt, 57 years young today. It’s been a while since we interviewed her, surprisingly. Here’s a 2001 interview with her, noting the republishing of her book with a different publisher (ECW Press). Also celebrating are Kenny Omega, who is 37, and Lord Zoltan, who is ageless, but his alter-ego, Ken Jugan, turns 63.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
On NXT UK today a Jordan Devlin promo aired in which he declared himself the real NXT Cruiserweight Champion. In June, the WWE stated they were investigating a #speakingout accusation against Devlin.
The current NXT Cruiserweight Champion had this to say….
Ok… since we’re quoting… lemme quote a more credited source: “Every bit of that #WWENXT Cruiserweight Championship was about seizing opportunity. Congratulations to @EscobarWWE … a division changing talent and it’s STILL ALL his. #NXTTakeOver “ –@TripleH https://t.co/kCMdHKjVIW
— SANTOS ESCOBAR💀🇲🇽 (@EscobarWWE) October 15, 2020
As was announced on NXT last night, the stipulations of two matches on the October 28 Hallowe’en Havoc show will be determined by the “Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal” wheel. As shown on the screencap below, the possible match stipulations are as follows:
- Buried Alive
- Devil’s Playground
- Boiler Room Brawl
- Shotzi’s Choice (to be determined by Shotzi Blackheart, who is “hosting” the show)
- Weapons Wild
- Trick Or Street Fight
- Coal Miner’s Glove On A Pole
- Biker’s Chain
- Chamber Of Horrors
- A fan has accused the WWE of recycling previously recorded ThunderDome fan footage on NXT.
Y’all I have zero problem with it. I’m actually flattered they thought my footage was good enough to use twice.
I’m not outraged, either. When you agree to enter the Thunderdome you agree to the terms and conditions. I’m sure this was in there in the famed wall of text.
— Jessi Davin (@jessithebuckeye) October 15, 2020
UK star Ryan Smile has passed away at the age of 31. Ryan’s partner and fellow wrestler Alex Windsor and other stars have paid tribute to the talented Smile. You can read the story here.
Sam Roberts is getting his own show on the WWE Network. Notsam Wrestling premieres next Thursday.
The masked mystery guest on The Bump who has been doing impressions of various wrestlers for weeks has revealed himself to be…
Mike Johnson at PWInsider.com broke the news that John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh were married on October 12 in Tampa, Florida.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Jeff Gaylord, Tama Tonga of the Guerrillas of Destiny, and Vicious Verne Siebert.
Born on this day, but no longer with us are Al Green (Al Dobalo) who was in the Master Blasters in WCW, and women’s wrestling great Kay Noble, who is proof that men don’t have any sort of monopoly on toughness — see Colleagues share Kay Noble stories.
Veteran carpenter Joey Maggs, who was often seen putting over other talent in WCW, died on his day in 2006. Here is his obituary that we ran.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
If you missed it on Raw, Dolph Ziggler had the Van Halen symbol on his hand tape in tribute to Eddie Van Halen.
The word on the street is that Andrade might be heading back to NXT.
On tonight’s special AEW Dynamite broadcast you will see: Jon Moxley vs. Lance Archer for the AEW World Championship, Cody vs. Orange Cassidy for the TNT Championship, “FTR” Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood vs. “Best Friends” Chuck Taylor and Trent for the AEW World Tag Team Championship and Hikaru Shida vs. Big Swole for the AEW Women’s Championship.
On NXT tonight you can expect to see: Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan versus Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish in an NXT Tag Team Title No. 1 Contender’s Match, Damian Priest versus Dexter Lumis for the NXT North American Championship and Ember Moon will be interviewed.
Though it has zero references to pro wrestling or ECW in it, there’s a cool story in the Philadelphia Inquirer with ECW’s founder Tod Gordon about his Philly pawn shop.
Birthday wishes go out to Blackjack Lanza, who is 85 today, and to Dan Spivey, who’s a surprising 68.
Nikolai Volkoff would have been 73 today; he died in 2018, and here’s the obit.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that today is also Stacy Keibler’s 41st birthday today. We talked with her in 2005 about the release of her first action figure. Speaking of her figure, here’s a video of hers on display back in the day.
Captain Lou Albano died on this day in 2009. We’re pretty sure that his obituary is the only time we’ve quoted Walt Whitman on SlamWrestling.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
Finn Balor has given an update on the injuries he sustained at Takeover.
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Recovering from a successful surgery with @dr.anuppatel , @dr.edgarsosa and nurse @verolaguera Last Friday, i underwent surgery for 2 fractures of my jaw, including one going into my tooth. After the tooth was removed, I was wired shut to restore my bite and help align the fractures. Then 3 plates where screwed in to fixate the fractures for a quick recovery. Thankfully no wires were needed after surgery!
Aleister Black spoke to Sports Illustrated about the change of direction for his character. “I think the reason for that is we moved so far away from what Aleister Black was in NXT that people started getting confused about what exactly Aleister Black was supposed to be. After a few conversations, I said, ‘I need a different direction.’ That led to the creation of this new Aleister Black, where he is a little more human and people can latch on to him quicker. Being human doesn’t mean you necessarily have to be a good guy. It also can mean that it is a villain, and you can better understand the motives of where the character comes from. You don’t have to agree with the motives to understand them, but the motive had got lost for Aleister Black on the main roster.” You can read the rest of the interview here.
Raise a glass. The WWE has forged a partnership with Constellation Brands Beer Division today and announced a new multi-platform partnership that names Constellation’s Victoria beer the “Official Beer of SummerSlam”. In addition to Victoria’s official sponsorship of SummerSlam 2021, two other Constellation beer brands, Corona and Modelo, will also invest in the partnership with WWE, including multimedia elements encompassing various WWE events and touchpoints.
Joey Ryan is now suing Impact Wrestling (Anthem Sports & Entertainment) for breach of contract and is asking for $10 million in damages.
Mick Foley paid a visit to Evansville, Indiana for an autograph signing. You can check out WEHT’s story on the event here.
— Hollywood ®™ (@GLOWHOLLYWOOD) October 13, 2020
Mustafa Ali’s segment was nixed from Raw last night. Ali had this to say.
Truth awaits no one but me. pic.twitter.com/uw4Apxcb46
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) October 13, 2020
After Raw last night the following talent were drafted. Billie Kay – Smackdown. Erik – Raw. Tamina – Smackdown. Zelina Vega – Smackdown.
Sami Zayn, the WWE’s Intercontinental Champion, had this to say about being drafted in the FOURTH round.
Imagine having the undisputed Intercontinental Champion and perhaps the most complete pro wrestler on earth in the prime of his career available to you & letting him slip into the 4th round. Worst part is I’m not even surprised. This is how little honesty & integrity are valued.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) October 13, 2020
In the Battle Royal last night, Lacey Evans legit knocked out one of the Natalya’s teeth.
Such a whirlwind of emotions tonight on #WWERaw ~ One thing I know for sure, @LaceyEvansWWE strikes are NO joke!! She’s a bad ass…knocked my tooth out…but I still eliminated her in the match! So there’s that! 😼👊 #BOAT pic.twitter.com/8yxsBnJpWK
— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) October 13, 2020
Long live the Thunderdome! Or at least that’s the report from PWInsider.com, which is saying that WWE has extended its deal with the Amway Center in Orlando another month, taking it until the end of September. Live events, with fans, are possible in Florida, at least, so perhaps there will be a change of plans down the road.
Two years ago today, the legendary Don Leo Jonathan died, at the age of 87. He talked to SlamWrestling plenty of times through the years, so take a moment to remember the Mormon Giant by visiting our Don Leo Jonathan archives.
Today would have been the 94th birthday of Killer Kowalski — a frequent opponent of Don Leo! Again, Walter Kowalski spoke with SlamWrestling often, and our own Jason Clevett visited him in hospital, not long before his passing in August 2008. Here are our Killer Kowalski archives.
Monday, October 12th, 2020
The WWE is reporting that Chad Gable has been drafted to Smackdown. How did Shorty G get drafted before Baron Corbin or Daniel Bryan any way?
Someone tell Bob Kapur immediately. The new season of Total Bellas is premiering on November 12th.
On Raw tonight expect to see: Mustafa Ali speak on behalf of Retribution, a battle royal to decide Asuka’s next challenger, Seth Rollins’ goodbye address and Aleister Black versus Kevin Owens in a No DQ match.
Word is that Eva Marie will be returning to WWE. No, really, that’s the rumor.
Honda has replaced Fred Savage with John Cena as its spokesperson.
Happy Thanksgiving Monday to our Canadian pals, and Happy Columbus Day to those in the U.S. Since the legacy of Christopher Columbus has been rightfully reassessed in recent years, we want to acknowledge that many now consider this a day to celebrate the accomplishments of Indigenous Peoples; to that end, we have collected our stories on Indigenous Peoples, including Sandy Partlow, the Briscos, Don Eagle, Billy Two Rivers, and more.
Birthday wishes go out to Rodney Mack.
Sunday, October 11th, 2020
The cast of GLOW reunited yesterday for a 90-minute conversation, days after Netflix cancelled the show before its fourth season. Check it out here:
WWE superstar Ricochet turns 32 today. Also celebrating is former TNA star “Natural” Andy Douglas (41), and wrestler / adult film star Vanessa “Elle Cee” Harding (50). Today would have been the 75th birthday of the legendary Dusty Rhodes — here’s our Rhodes family story archive.
Re-watch some of Ricochet’s and Dusty’s best moments below. For Elle Cee’s best moments, you can Google them somewhere else, you perv.
Come to think of it, “Hard Times” may have actually been the title of one of Harding’s films.
Saturday, October 10th, 2020
Here are the results from the at times predictable and certainly nonsensical WWE Draft on this morning’s Talking Smack: Humberto Carrillo – Raw. Murphy – Smackdown. Drew Gulak – Raw. Kalisto – Smackdown. Tucker – Raw. Tucker moving to Raw breaks up Heavy Machinery.
On the online show she hosts with Lisa Marie Varon and SoCal Val, Mickie James revealed that on the sidelines with a broken nose. It happened when she faced Zelina Vega on Raw on September 21, when they were vying to be the #1 contender for the women’s title. “It wasn’t like my nose was blasted across my face,” James said on the show. “It was more like a curve and I can’t breathe out the one side.”
Mike Mooneyham has a great interview with wrestling icon Tommy Young. You can check it out here.
SurvivorNet has a story about Zack Ryder’s (Matt Cardona’s) fight with cancer when he was a teen. Click here to read it.
Happy birthday to Gene Ligon, who was seen a lot on the losing end in Mid-Atlantic and the NWA; he also was one of the Thunderfoots. Also celebrating is former manager “Supermouth” Dave Drason, who we are fortunate to know as Dave Drason Burzynski, photographer, and contributor to this site. Check out the archive of his stories.
Today would have been the 95th birthday of The Great Antonio. If you don’t know his story, you should, as it’s as wild as an pro wrestling story in history. Here’s his obituary from 2003.
Friday, October 9th, 2020
We’re sorry to report the passing of Len Rossi, at the age of 91. Originally from Utica, NY, he became a star based out of Nashville. Here is the lengthy obituary from Steve Johnson, who knew Rossi well. Here’s the report on Rossi’s passing from The Tennessean.
Mercedes Martinez is no longer part of the Retribution angle and has been moved back from Raw to NXT.
Make some room on your bookshelves: Chris Jericho has announced that he is releasing another book! The book is called, The Complete List of Jericho and is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2021. “This is a collection of EVERY ONE of the 2,722 matches I’ve had in my career (I’ve written down every one of them over the last 30 years), over 100 rare pictures from my personal collection, top ten lists, info graphs and more!” shared Jericho on Facebook. You can pre-order the book here.
Today would have been the 53rd birthday of the great Eddie Guerrero. We interviewed him many times, but the story that has stood out is when he opened up about his faith: On Wrestling and Religion: Stars wrestle with their faith.
Birthdays and links and jerky, why not? First off, Scott Teal has only solidified his spot as the most important historian and publisher since SlamWrestling Producer Greg Oliver paid tribute to him in 2012: Mat Matters: In Praise of Scott Teal …. Dave Linton Rector was L’Artiste and Phil Latio on the indy scene in southern Ontario, but now he produces Kayfabe Jerky, which Mike Andrews wrote about early this year (but we missed International Jerky Day apparently) … We don’t know why we haven’t done a feature on former WWF Women’s champion Rockin’ Robin Smith (56 years young today), but we have talked to her for numerous stories, including Knocked out by the growth in women’s wrestling from 2010 and 2009’s Family matters in pro wrestling. … Finally, how about Jonathan “Fuzzy” Sayers, who told our Matt Byer in 2011 that Hepatitis C had him near the end of his life, but we’re pleased he’s still around for another trip around the sun. … And if that isn’t enough for ya, we will send the 88-year-old Judo Gene LeBell down to twist you into a pretzel! (And read that profile too — Straight shooting with ‘Judo’ Gene LeBell). Happy birthday all!
Thursday, October 8th, 2020
WWE has posted the pools for the talent draft that starts this Friday on Smackdown and concludes on RAW on Monday. As with the last draft, for every 2 picks that Smackdown gets, RAW will get 3, to be proportional to the length of the shows.
Some interesting notes:
- No NXT or 205 Live superstars are included in the draft pool
- Dabba-Kato, Riddick Moss, and Arturo Ruas from RAW Underground are included, so presumably they’re both moving up to the main roster full-time
- Tag teams and factions can be drafted as a unit or individually – in all cases, that will count as a single pick
- Interestingly, The Miz and John Morrison are listed as a tag team, and so are Rey and Dominic Mysterio
- Erik of the Viking Warriors is listed as an individual, in light of Ivar’s injury
- Elias is listed, even though he hasn’t been seen on TV in ages
- Akira Tozawa is listed, but there’s no reference to his ninjas
- Natalya and Lana are listed as individuals, despite them competing as a tag team in recent weeks
Anyone not drafted on Friday or Monday’s shows will be considered free agents and eligible to sign with either one.
Stephanie McMahon will be presiding over the draft, which is billed as being between the Fox and USA networks in conjunction with WWE officials.
Let the betting commence!
The Miz and Maryse are developing a new gameshow with the help of WWE. There is no word on when it will air or what it will be about, only that The Miz based it off of the shows he loved growing up and WWE helped develop the concept.
Actress Betty Gilpin wrote a eulogy for the Netflix series “GLOW”, which she starred in before its cancellation this past week due to the challenges of trying to film in a COVID-19 world. [Our archive of GLOW stories]
Florida has announced that all sports teams are now permitted to hold events at full capacity. Will AEW and WWE follow suit? We shall see.
Corey Taylor, the lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, has launched a new browser-based wrestling game on his official site. You must have an Apple Music of Spotify account to play. The game is part of the promotion of his new solo album CMFT.
Art “The Juicer” Barr would have turned 54 today. Back in 1999, John Molinaro wrote a lengthy piece about Barr, talking to many people including Eddie Guerrero, who was his tag team partner in Mexico. Revisit Art Barr: What Could Have Been.
Are we wishing former WWE superstar Paul Burchill a happy 41st birthday today? We arrrr!
Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
“Gentleman” Chris Adams died on this day in 2001. Here is our obituary from that day.
WYFF has a great story on Austin Idol’s wrestling school. You can read it here.
On NXT tonight you will see: Ember Moon return and Kushida versus Tommaso Ciampa.
On AEW tonight: Chris Jericho celebrates his 30 year career, Chris Jericho and Jake Hager vs. Chaos Project (Luther and Serpentico), Brian Cage (c) with Taz vs. Will Hobbs (FTW Championship), Brodie Lee (c) vs. Cody (Dog Collar Match for the AEW TNT Championship), FTR (c) with Tully Blanchard vs. TH2 (AEW World Tag Team Championship) and Big Swole vs. Serena Deeb.
Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan’s house is for sale and if you have $1.7 million kicking around it can be yours. You can check out pictures and a story here.
On Fox this Sunday you can check out the WWE’s Best Moments of 2020. “The FOX special will feature a collection of the past year’s best matches and moments from The Undertaker, Universal Champion Roman Reigns, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, John Cena, Raw Woman’s Champion Asuka, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley, Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits, Sasha Banks, The Fiend, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Edge, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman and Matt Riddle.”
Kevin Nash is starring with Bella Thorn, Bella Thorne, Malin Akerman and Alec Baldwin in the new film Chick Fight.
The WWE has announced more injuries from their Takeover show. “Adam Cole and Velveteen Dream are both listed as injured following the events of NXT TakeOver 31, WWE.com has learned.
Cole suffered broken ribs and contusions due to an apparent attack suffered at the hands of powerful newcomer Ridge Holland. Holland dropped Cole’s limp body at ringside following the conclusion of the NXT Championship main event between Finn Bálor and Kyle O’Reilly, prompting his fellow Undisputed ERA members to call for immediate medical attention.
Velveteen Dream, meanwhile, suffered a fractured wrist after facing Kushida at TakeOver 31. Kushida forced Dream to submit to the Hoverboard Lock and then continued the onslaught after the bell, armbarring Dream until officials interjected. Despite the injury, Dream is medically cleared as tolerated.
These injuries are on top of the previously reported injuries incurred by Bálor and O’Reilly during their intense and acclaimed title bout. Get updates on both Superstars’ condition this Wednesday on NXT on USA.”
Birthday wishes go out to Terry Orndorff, the brother of “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. He had a very short wrestling career, which he talked to Greg Oliver about back in 2011: The brief career of Paul Orndorff’s little brother. Also celebrating is Malia Hosaka.
Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
Netflix issued a statement about why they have cancelled GLOW. “We’ve made the difficult decision not to do a fourth season of GLOW due to Covid, which makes shooting this physically intimate show with its large ensemble cast challenging. We are so grateful to creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, Jenji Kohan and all the writers, cast and crew for sharing this story about the incredible women of GLOW with us and the world.”
RoH has released a promo to hype EC3’s arrival.
— I|I essential character I|I (@therealec3) October 6, 2020
On AEW Dark tonight you will see: Will Hobbs vs. Ryzin, Angelico vs. Shawn Dean, John Silver vs. QT Marshall, Eddie Kingston vs. M’Badu, Matt Sydal vs. Michael Nakazawa, Brandi Rhodes vs. Kenzie Paige, Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix vs. Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss, Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison vs. Cezar Bononi and David Ali, Big Swole vs. Skyler Moore, Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus vs. Ray Rosas and Eric Watts, “Chaos Project” Luther and Serptentico vs. Anthony Bowens and Lee Johnson.
Riddick Moss not only has a torn ACL but he also tried to work through the injury.
Today would have been the 85th birthday of the legendary Bruno Sammartino. To mark the occasion, visit our archive of Sammartino stories.
More birthday wishes go out to Dixie Carter, Terry Rocker Lawler, and our favourite photographer/jill-of-all-trades from Windsor, Holly Lengyel, who we respect so much that we asked her to review Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Women’s Wrestling.
The USA Network show, Miz and Mrs., picks up again on Thursday, November 12, the second part of the second season, which ran January-March. The preview reads: “A lot has changed for the Mizanin family, as Miz and Maryse welcomed their second daughter and experienced the joys and challenges of becoming parents of two. Also, with a newly-retired, fan-favorite grandfather, George, taking advantage of an available guest room, there’s never a dull moment in the Mizanin house.”
Major League Wrestling announced a new multi-platform broadcast partnership for the UK and Ireland starting this fall with Sports Channel Network.
Gorilla Monsoon died on this day in 1999. You can revisit all of our articles about him, linked off his obituary.
Monday, October 5th, 2020
In corporate news, WWE announced that Erika Nardini, CEO of Barstool Sports, has been elected to its Board of Directors.
The CW31 has an interview with Cody Rhodes about its upcoming one-year anniversary of Dynamite. You can watch it here.
The WWE gave an update on Finn Balor and Kyle O’Reilly after last night’s brutal bout. “O’Reilly has a number of broken teeth as a result of the fight and also being evaluated for additional injuries. Bálor has been taken to a local medical facility for CAT scans to determine if he suffered potential facial fractures in his successful title defense.”
Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson debuted a commercial for his Tremana tequila brand during last night’s NBA playoffs. In light of him having been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, the line that suggests it “brings people together” may not be so appropriate in hindsight. Check out the video here:
Grateful to share our very first @Teremana commercial that will air tonight and throughout the #NBAFinals
I founded Teremana to bring people together – THANK YOU for making us the fastest growing and most exciting tequila in the market. #teremana #tequilaofthepeople 🙏🏾🥃 pic.twitter.com/OTJkV079qW
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 4, 2020
Happy birthday to Terri “Marlena” Runnels, who turns 54 today. Here’s one of our favourite moments of hers:
Two sad deaths on this date in history: in 1997, it was the great Brian Pillman, and in 2006, it was legendary AAA promoter Antonio Pena. Here’s a classic moment involving Pillman that originated the term “Pillmanizing” someone, and a link to our Pillman story archive.
Sunday, October 4th, 2020
In case you missed it, NXT is bringing back WCW’s Halloween Havoc with the October 28th NXT episode.
Finn Balor has been training hard for his match at Takeover tonight.
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) October 3, 2020
In his interview with the Digital Spy, Wade Barrett had this to say about a return to the ring in WWE: “So the question is, what would I want to achieve? The only thing I didn’t achieve in WWE that I always wanted to achieve was to become the WWE Champion, and that title is now held by an old friend of mine, Drew McIntyre.” You can read the rest of the interview here.