Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024l


Just a reminder to our American readers that Raw is moving to Syfy for the next two weeks due to the Olympics.


Liv Morgan has blacked out her X account.


Word is that Killswitch has joined the growing list of AEW superstars who are injured. Apparently, he injured his arm during Collision.


Yesterday, Warner Brothers Discovery matched the deal Amazon Prime is offering for NBA programming at $1.8B. Some believe this might affect any renewal deal AEW is seeking with the broadcaster.


The Gunns and The Acclaimed will be appearing on next week’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network.


AEW Rampage ratings:

This week:  284,000 overnight viewers and 0.10 in the key demos.

Last week: 339,000 overnight viewers and 0.12 in the key demos.


Smackdown ratings:

This week: 2,313,000 overnight viewers and 0.65 in the key demos.

Last week: 2,355,000 overnight viewers and 0.70 in the key demos.


Here is what you will see on NXT tonight:

  • No Disqualification Match: Brooks Jensen vs. Josh Briggs
  • Oro Mensah vs. Ashante Adonis
  • Eddy Thorpe vs. Lexis King
  • Interview with Thea Hail
  • Carlee Bright vs. Wren Sinclair’

What was with Rhea Ripley licking Dom last night on Raw? Hey, we know it is just a storyline but these relationship angles always come off as so phony these days as most fans know the true relationship status of the talent. People know Ripley is married to Buddy Matthews. People know Dom is married to Marie Juliette. Yes, we understand that wrestling stories are like TV and movies with people playing various roles but to us stuff like this still comes off as…Ick!


Monday, July 22nd, 2024l


If you didn’t watch AEW Collision on Saturday (and we suspect that’s most of you), the show is no longer using Elton John’s Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting as its theme song. Rather, the new theme was composed by AEW’s in-house music master Mikey Rukus (who we profiled a couple of years ago here).
You can hear the new theme song in its entirety at this link:


He’s just a sexy boy… er, try middle-aged man. Happy birthday to Shawn Michaels, who turns 59 today.  Did he age gracefully? Check out our more than 20 years worth of stories in our HBK Story Archive, and you be the judge. Also celebrating is WWE’s Tozawa, who turns 39.


Born on this date in history:


This past week, the Jumble scramble word game, which is featured in many newspapers in North America, had a wrestling themed pun.

The answers to the word clues and the puzzle are hidden below (click and drag your mouse to reveal them).

BLUNT     SWOON     JOVIAL      HIDDEN

HOLD DOWN A JOB

 


WWE made this statement today:

WWE today announced it will host Damian Priest Live at The Agora Cleveland on Friday, August 2 at 12 p.m. ET as part of SummerSlam weekend. The event will feature the world premiere screening of WWE 24: Damian Priest in addition to a panel discussion with World Heavyweight Champion Damian Priest, Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio.

WWE 24: Damian Priest is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the long, obstacle-filled journey that Priest endured on his path to becoming World Heavyweight Champion. The documentary features exclusive interviews with El Campeón and his family, WWE Hall of Famers Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Undertaker and Paul Heyman, members of The Judgment Day and other WWE Superstars.

Two additional WWE events will take place at The Agora Theater in Cleveland during SummerSlam weekend: Sami Zayn & Friends Do Cleveland, which will return for its second show following a successful sold-out event in Toronto ahead of Money in the Bank, and Undertaker 1 deadMAN Show featuring WWE Hall of Famer Undertaker.


Want to know what’s new to stream this week? Slam’s John Powell has your schedule here:

What’s New to Stream This Week July 22nd to 26th


Tamina is no longer on the WWE’s active roster. Tamina hasn’t wrestled for WWE since February of 2023. Although she has been with WWE for 13 years she has been barely used by the company for any extended period recently.


El Desperado has announced that he will be on an extended leave from NJPW to have surgery done.


Here are your spoilers from the TNA tapings over the weekend:

IMPACT SHOW 1:

Mustafa Ali challenged TNA World Champion Nic Nemeth to a title match. They brawled.

Steve Maclin defeated Cody Deaner.

AJ Francis defeated Sami Callihan. Rich Swann and Joshua Bishop gave Francis the assist.

Hammerstone and Ash by Elegance beat Eric Young and Knockouts World Champion Jordynne Grace.

Josh Alexander looked like he was going to explain his heel turn then didn’t.

TNA World Tag Team Champions ABC and Matt Hardy defeated The System.

PCO and Steph De Lander had their wedding. Matt Cardona tried to stop it.

IMPACT SHOW 2:

The Rascalz beat KUSHIDA and Speedball Mountain

Rosemary defeated Kristara.

Josh Alexander explained in a backstage interview that he was looking out for Number One from now on.

Frankie Kazarian defeated Ryan Nemeth. Josh Alexander attacked Nemeth.

Jody Threat defeated Masha Slamovich.

Mike Santana defeated Campaign Singh.

Nic Nemeth defeated Mustafa Ali in a TNA World Championship match. Alexander came out to challenge Nemeth.


With news that the WWE has FINALLY put Tamina on the inactive roster, perhaps taking the step of finally sending her on her way we have suggestions. How about giving Odyssey Jones and Omos the boot if the WWE is never going to use them? The last time Jones was on WWE TV was when Dijak defeated him in April, 2023 on NXT. Omos’ last appearance on WWE TV was during the Andre the Giant Battle Royal in April before WrestleMania. Before that, he was in 2024 Royal Rumble. Before that, 2023’s SummerSlam. Before that, BackLash in 2023. We are beginning to see a pattern here.


Sunday, July 21th, 2024ly.


An update on Skye Blue’s injury:


An update on Dalton Castle:

 


Here are your Collision results:

Darby Allin defeated The Beast Mortos

Hikaru Shida defeats Skye Blue when the match is stopped due to Blue’s injury.

Rey Fenix defeated Tony Nese, Arya Davari and Josh Woods

Roderick Strong beat Tomohiro Ishii. Mark Briscoe and Kyle O’Reilly save Ishii from a beatdown.

Hologram beat The Already In The Ring Gringo Loco

Deonna Purrazzo beat Thunder Rosa – Lumberjack Match. Purrazzo got an assist from Taya Valkyrie who handed her a turnbuckle tool.

The Patriarchy beat  The Bang Bang Gang to become the new AEW Trios Champions.


I was watching the conclusion of the big TNA World Championship match last night and inquiring minds want to know why AEW, TNA refuse to capitalize on talent when they become hot and…stunner of all stunners…the WWE is the only promotion that does so now. It is like they don’t want to adjust their booking plans, they don’t want to alter their schedules, to push someone who has gained organic popularity. It was essential that WWE raise the status of LA Knight. It was essential that the WWE raise the status of Jey Uso and the “Yeet!” phenomenon. It was important to the brand and the in-ring product that the WWE recognize what their viewers and fans wanted. AEW and TNA seem to be stuck in their ways and unable to adjust their current and future plans to take advantage of these happenings. Who would have thought that the WWE would lead the field in that aspect of booking? Like they say though, you snooze, you lose. BTW: Check out Slammiversary. It was great.


Saturday, July 20th, 2024ly.


There has been a change to the Slammiversary card:


 

Reportedly, the AEW catalogue has been uploaded onto international versions of the MAX streaming service (aka HBO Max). The streamer is a division of Warner Brothers Discovery, which owns TBS and TNT. Could this be a sign that AEW has renewed its TV deals with WBD? Stay tuned.


Rumours are that the Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) will be heading to WWE. Stay tuned.


The former Jinder Mahal made his debut in GCW last night, billed as “The Maharaja” Raj Dhesi.


Speaking of Jinder, happy belated birthday to him – he turned 38 yesterday. Additional belated greetings to: FBI member Tony Mamaluke (47) and our buddy RJ City.


On this date in 1998, legendary female wrestler June Byers passed away at the age of 76.


Here’s something to check out to get you in the mood for SummerSlam:


Friday, July 19th, 2024


The Wrestling Observer is reporting that the Motor City Machine Guns are heading to WWE.


Expect Seth Rollins to be the special guest referee in the CM Punk versus Drew McIntyre match at SummerSlam.


In case you missed this:

or this…


Here are some of the matches confirmed for the WWE’s tour of Germany:

Aug 27 in Oberhausen, Aug 28 in Stuttgart, Aug 29 in Frankfurt

Cody Rhodes vs. AJ Styles for the WWE Championship

Bayley vs. Nia Jax for the WWE Women’s Championship

Randy Orton, Kevin Owens and LA Knight vs. The Bloodline

Also appearing: Gunther, Ludvig Kaiser, Ilja Dragunov, Sheamus, Bianca Belair, Jade Cargill, #DIY and Tiffany Stratton

Aug 30 in Berlin – Smackdown

Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser vs. Sami Zayn and Ilja Dragunov

Sheamus vs. Santos Escobar.


A reminder that WWE will be holding two episodes of Smackdown tonight. One, live and the other taped for next week. Spoilers will be incoming.


Want to know what’s new to stream this weekend? Slam’s John Powell has your schedule here:

What’s New to Stream This Weekend July 19th to 21st


Here is what you will see on Smackdown tonight:

  • WWE United States Champion Logan Paul to appear.
  • Andrade vs. Carmelo Hayes.

Here’s some news from Triller/Fite:


I have to say, we weren’t too thrilled with the TNA Slammiversary press conference yesterday. You can watch below and judge it for yourself but with random people just wandering by and into frame, press in attendance wearing shirts hyping other promotions, some of the idiotic questions asked by said press, we thought it was terrible which is a shame because we are looking forward to Slammiversary as it has the potential to revitalize TNA. We truly felt bad for the talent and for Josh Mathews who were trying their best to keep it all together. We know A.J. Francis is supposed to be a heel and all but what was with him telling Quebecers to go back to France and promoting his appearance at some club this weekend during the presser? Ugh.


Thursday, July 18th, 2024

You can watch the TNA Slammiversary press conference here:


Some great news from Kevin Owens:


AEW Dynamite ratings:

This week: 795,000 overnight viewers, 0.27 in the key demos.

Last week: 691,000 overnight viewers and 0.23 in the key demos.


Word is that the next season of Dark Side of the Ring will take a look at Ludvig Borga, Dennis Coralluzo and Billy Jack Haynes.


A new gig for Xia Li:


Here are your Rampage spoilers:

The Lucha Brothers beat Private Party.

Orange Cassidy and Kyle O’Reilly beat Matt Taven and Mike Bennett. Kyle Fletcher, Mark Briscoe and Roderick Strong all got involved in a brawl.

Kris Statlander defeated Sydni Winnell.

Chris Jericho and Big Bill defeated The Outrunners.

Minoru Suzuki defeated The Butcher.


WWE superstars are coming to COD:


Rey Mysterio has a new comic book:


Zelina Vega has commented about how she is being booked in WWE:


Some updated numbers from Wrestle Tix:

WWE SummerSlam
Sat • Aug 03 • 6:30 PM
Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH

Available Tickets: 7,633
Current Setup: 55,109
Tickets Distributed: 47,476

NJPW Capital Collision
Fri • Aug 30 • 7:00 PM
Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington, DC

Available Tickets: 1,736
Current Setup: 2,778
Tickets Distributed: 1,042

AEW Dynamite
Wed • Sep 04 • 6:30 PM
UW – Milwaukee Panther Arena , Milwaukee, WI

Available Tickets: 1,335
Current Setup: 2,634
Tickets Distributed: 1,299

ROH Death Before Dishonor
Fri Jul 26 2024 18:00:00
Esports Stadium Arlington, Arlington, TX

Available Tickets: 239
Current Setup: 1,047
Tickets Distributed: 808

WWE Monday Night RAW
Monday, July 22, 2024 at 6:30 pm
Resch Center, Green Bay, WI

Available Tickets: 768
Current Setup: 6,137
Tickets Distributed: 5,369


NJPW President Hiroshi Tanahashi has created a new, restructured IWGP committee, which overseas the tournaments and championship matches in NJPW. The members are:

31st, 46th IWGP Heavyweight Champion

Yuji Nagata

9th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 18th, 21st, 26th, 29th, 32nd, 35th, 37th IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion

Jyushin Thunder Liger

Former Chief Official

Tiger Hattori

NJPW Chairman

Naoki Sugabayashi

NJPW Representative Director

Hitoshi Matsumoto


NXT Ratings:

This week: 610,000 viewers and 0.20 in the key demos.

Last week: 656,000 viewers and .24 in the key demos.


Zelina Vega does have a point. Nobody in wrestling, MMA, boxing or any combat sport should be dismissed or derided just because they are shorter in stature. Bruce Lee was only 5’7. He wasn’t an imposing figure by any stretch of the imagination but he was one of the greatest fighters this world has ever seen. Although bodyweight and strength matter so does speed, technique and aggression. People who are shorter have less of a reach but can be faster, more agile and have better balance. Rey Mysterio and Jordynne Grace are just two examples of talent who have overcome their supposed height disadvantage. Again, to compensate, especially in the world of wrestling where someone’s physical profile plays into their persona, you have to enhance and improve your agility, strength and technique.


Wednesday, July 17th, 2024


Meiko Satomura will be part of the WWE’s tour of Japan next week.


Zachary Wentz had this to say after the Rascalz reunited on NXT last night:


Here is what you will see on Dynamite tonight:

AEW Champion Swerve Strickland vs. AEW Continental Champion Kazuchika Okada

AEW International Champion Will Ospreay vs. MJF.

AEW TBS Champion Mercedes Mone vs. Nyla Rose.

Mariah May to appear.

TV Time with Chris Jericho.


Raw ratings:

This week: 1,669,000 overnight viewers and 0.56 in the key demos.

Last week: 1,759,000 overnight viewers and 0.59 in the key demos.


The WWE’s choices for its official PLE theme songs over time boggles our minds. You would think that with a wrestling event the promotion would want music that is exciting and lively. For quite some time now we have been getting beta crap from The Weeknd for WrestleMania, Tap by NAV for Money in the Bank or Wild Child by The Black Keys for the Royal Rumble. Of all the choices, The Weeknd is the most bizarre. His boring, bland, inoffensive brand of pop music doesn’t scream combat or wrestling at all. It screams sipping on a wine cooler while putting on This Is Us so you and your soccer mom wife can binge it after she drives your 2.5 kids home from tennis lessons in your minivan. The best choice from recent memory is Black Sabbath’s War Pigs for last year’s Survivor Series.  We dare you to find a better fit.


Tuesday, July 16th, 2024


Two Smackdown episodes will be held on July 19th.


Triple H tweeted that Jelly Roll will have not one but two official SummerSlam theme songs: “Dead End Road” off Twisters: The Album, and “Liar” off his upcoming  album.


Sam Adonis announced that he was launching a podcast with Conrad Thompson’s Adfree empire, “#LearningLucha will discuss all things Lucha, New and Old, to give fans a better understanding of the wild world of Lucha Libre!” tweeted Adonis. For those unfamiliar with his name, since he isn’t an AEW or WWE guy, visit our archive on the Polinsky family, which includes Adonis, his partner Ray Lyn of WOW, his brother Corey Graves, sister-in-law Carmella and their family, Dan, who is a promoter in the greater Pittsburgh area.


Fresh off its Blood & Thunder show, MLW announced a return to the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL, with MLW Slaugherhouse ’24 on Friday, October 4.


Reportedly, John Cena and the Great Khali were among many of the celebrity guests at the wedding of the son of Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man. The entire wedding is rumored to have a cost of $600 Million, with the ending of the days-long celebration happening this Thursday.


WWE Friday Night Smackdown was up in the ratings, to 2,355,000 viewers, up 99,000 from the previous week, for an 0.70 18-49 rating (up .04 from last week) in the coveted 18-49 age demographic. That made it the #1 show on broadcast TV on Friday night.


Things were up for AEW Rampage too, but only by 10,000 viewers to a total of 339,000 and a 0.12 rating (up .02) in the same 18-49 age demo.


This Sunday’s A&E Biography is on Mark Henry.


Happy birthday to comic creator Michael Kingston, who we have written about more than once; here’s the latest piece.


On this day in 2006, “The Big O” Bob Orton Sr.  died. SlamWrestling.net has talked to him and his family through the years, as evidenced in our Orton Family archive. Also on this day in 2015, Miguel Perez Sr. died; and on this day in 2001, “Bam Bam” Terry Gordy died, and we have a whole Fabulous Freebirds archive.