Friday, May 17th, 2024


As an update to the Ivar injury item below, WWE has posted this announcement to write him off of TV:

 


Here are some ticket sales updates via Wrestle Tix.

AEW Collision & Rampage
Thu • May 16 • 7:00 PM
Moda Center, Portland, OR

Available Tickets: 608
Current Setup: 3,221
Tickets Distributed: 2,613

AEW Dynamite & Rampage
Wed • Jun 19 • 7:30 PM
EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA

Available Tickets: 1,165
Current Setup: 3,142
Tickets Distributed: 1,977

AEW Double or Nothing
SUN MAY 26, 2024 – 4:30 PM
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas NV

Available Tickets: 1,027
Current Setup: 7,067
Tickets Distributed: 6,040

AEW Presents Collision
Sat • Jun 15 • 7:00 PM
Covelli Centre, Youngstown, OH

Available Tickets: 1,538
Current Setup: 3,055
Tickets Distributed: 1,517

NJPW Resurgence
Sat • May 11 • 7:00 PM
Toyota Arena, Ontario, CA

Available Tickets: 386
Current Setup: 3,034
Tickets Distributed: 2,648

WWE Monday Night RAW
Mon • May 20 • 7:30 PM
Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Greensboro, NC

Available Tickets: 2,338
Current Setup: 9,421
Tickets Distributed: 7,083

AEW Dynamite & Collision
Wed • Jun 26 • 7:30 PM
KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY

Available Tickets: 1,585
Current Setup: 3,745
Tickets Distributed: 2,160

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Fri • May 31 • 7:45 PM
MVP Arena, Albany, NY

Available Tickets: 1,314
Current Setup: 7,043
Tickets Distributed: 5,729

WWE Clash at the Castle
Sat Jun 15 2024
OVO Hydro, Glasgow

Available Tickets: 1,310
Available Combo Tickets: 62
Current Setup: 11,119
Tickets Distributed: 9,809

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Fri Jun 14 2024
OVO Hydro, Glasgow

Available Tickets: 2,046
Available Combo Tickets: 62
Current Setup: 11,119
Tickets Distributed: 9,073

WWE Money In The Bank
Sat • Jul 06 • 6:30 PM
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON

Available Tickets: 812
Available Combo Tickets: 33
Current Setup: 17,893
Tickets Distributed: 17,081


Ivar has given an update on his health:


Natalya spoke to Muscle and Fitness Magazine. She said about her dad Jim ‘The Anvil” Niedhart: “My dad always instilled in me to have fun. He wanted me to live in the moment and have fun. He said the second that you are not having fun in this, you need to go. I’ve always thought about that, and my dad. He really knew how to have a good time and live in the moment and I’m watching a lot of his old matches back, and he was so underrated. My dad was so underrated. He was so good for a big guy. And I want to see him celebrated more, too.”


Here is what you will see on Smackdown tonight:

  • Cody Rhodes and Logan Paul to make Champion vs. Champion Match official
  • Randy Orton vs. Carmelo Hayes – King of the Ring Tournament
  • LA Knight vs. Tama Tonga – King of the Ring Tournament
  • Tiffany Stratton vs. Bianca Belair – Queen of the Ring Tournament
  • Jade Cargill vs. Nia Jax – Queen of the Ring Tournament

Expect Damian Priest to put the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line against Drew McIntyre at Clash of the Castle.


Slam’s John Powell not only has your weekend streaming schedule here:

What’s New to Stream This Weekend May 17th to 19th

…but his Survivor finale predictions:

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AEW’s Konosuke Takeshita expressed some frustration with his run in the United States during an interview he did promoting his appearance this weekend for Japan’s DDT Pro Wrestling. Takeshita said that he felt that there was a “lack of space for an Asian person to be on a TV show watched by Americans.” He mentioned one incident in particular where he was ready to make his entrance for a match, but was told the match was cancelled.

“I didn’t have any fun wrestling ever since I got to America. The effort was bearing fruit, but I didn’t feel the enjoyment. It was the most mentally exhausting period in all 12 years of my wrestling career.”

As Takeshita is a heel in AEW now as part of the Don Callis faction, it’s possible his comments were done in character, so maybe take them with a grain of salt?


A new AEW interview program debuts later today on TBS’ YouTube page. “Meal & a Match” will feature announcers Renee Paquette and RJ City interviewing and watching wrestling with AEW stars over a meal. Their first guest will be Eddie Kingston.


Click and drag your mouse over the following text for **spoilers** from this week’s AEW Collision and Rampage tapings that were taped last night.

AEW COLLISION:

  • Will Ospreay beat Shane Taylor
  • Bryan Danielson and FTR beat Lance Hoyt and The Righteous (Vincent and Dutch)
  • Orange Cassidy beat Brother Zay
  • HOOK beat Johnny TV
  • Shibata beat Rocky Romero
  • Bryan Keith beat Beefcake Boulder
  • Serena Deeb beat Anna Jay
  • Nick Wayne beat Jack Cartwheel

AEW RAMPAGE:

  • Kyle O’Reilly beat Lee Moriarty
  • RUSH beat Cody Chun
  • Deonna Purrazzo beat Robyn Renegade
  • Brian Cage beat Anthony Bowens of the Acclaimed

There’s a new book coming out called “Stunning: The Wrestling Artistry of Steve Austin” by Zack Heydorn. It sounds like it will take a different take on things, as the press release notes: “‘Stunning’ is the definitive study of the artistic development and progression of the most influential pro wrestler in history. With art by the legendary K. Thor Jensen, the book is sure to be destined for the shelves of anyone serious about wrestling as an artform.”


The 2024 St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame induction takes place on Saturday, May 18, at the Aviator Hotel and Ballroom in St. Louis. Being inducted are Cowboy Bob Orton — and WWE star Randy Orton is expected to be on hand — Leilani Kai, Judy Martin and Wendi Richter. Posthumously inducted will be announcers Harold Koplar and George Abel. “Night Train” Gary Jackson is receiving the Sam Muchnick Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented which is a secret. For more on past inductees, visit https://saintlouiswrestling.com/hof/


The Cauliflower Alley Club is getting close to having all of its 2024 reunion awardees announced. Today it was announced that Marcus “Buff” Bagwell would be receiving a Men’s Wrestling Award. On Thursday, it was announced that Lori McGee Hurst would receive the Red Bastien Friendship Award. McGee Hurst used to work in the World Class Championship Wrestling office and has been a long-time keeper of “the boys.” She also was instrumental in sorting out the mess that was the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, returning donations to wrestlers and their families. The reunion is this August in Las Vegas at The Plaza Hotel & Casino.

For more details on the CAC, check out our extensive archives.

https://slamwrestling.net/index.php/category/cac/


Thursday, May 16th, 2024


The CW has confirmed that when NXT moves there it will remain on Tuesday nights.


Saudi Arabia is in talks with WWE to host the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania.


Slam’s John Powell has the final Stock Ticker of the season for you Survivor fans.

Survivor Stock Ticker: Episode 12


Marigold has unveiled its championship belts:


Wednesday, May 15th, 2024


Kevin Von Erich turns 67 today, and Ron Simmons turns 66. Damn!


Asuka has stated she injured her knee and is recuperating.


Eddie Kingston has also injured his knee and could miss months of action.


NXT ratings:

This week: 567,000 overnight viewers with 0.18 in the key demos.

Last week: 659,000 overnight viewers with a 0.19 in the key demos.


Kevin Sullivan was recently hospitalized for a infection in his leg.


A message from Tony Khan:


The hilarious war of words continues:

 

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John Cena has a new gig:


Joe Coffey spoke about Gallus’ big return to NXT last night:


Speaking of NXT, here’s a curious post from Brooks Jensen. What could it all mean?


Here’s something interesting to check out:


On AEW Dynamite tonight you will see:

AEW Champion Swerve Strickland vs. Brian Cage. (Non-title)

Contract Signing: AEW TBS Champion Willow Nightingale vs. Mercedes Mone.

Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson vs. Jeff Cobb & Kyle Fletcher

AEW Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks vs. Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal.

AEW Continental Champion Kazuchika Okada vs. Dax Harwood of FTR.

Hook appears.


Tuesday, May 14th, 2024


WWE Raw ratings:

This week: 1,589,000 viewers, 0.53 in the key demos.

Last week: 1,619,000 viewers, 0.53 in the key demos.


Here is what you will see on NXT tonight:

  • Tony D’Angelo challenges Charlie Dempsey for the NXT Heritage Cup
  • Sol Ruca and Izzi Dame battle in an NXT Women’s North American Title Qualifier
  • Ivy Nile returns to face Lash Legend in an NXT Women’s North American Title Qualifier
  • Je’Von Evans throws down with Noam Dar
  • Edris Enofé & Malik Blade take on OTM

Chatting with TV Insider about his new show Billy Corgan’s Adventures in CarnylandCorgan said: “I just signed another TV deal, which I haven’t announced yet. I saw someone in wrestling media wave off the NWA’s success, but I don’t know a lot of companies out there that have three television deals as an independent solely funded by me. We’re really fighting a lot of wars here not only to create a wrestling product that fans will like but also to beat the world’s perception that it can’t be done. That unless you have a billion dollars in your pocket you can’t manifest enough energy. But what people don’t understand is I’m one of the only people in the world who understands how to take something literally from nothing and take it to the top of the mountain multiple times. I know it can be done with faith, dedication, and hard work. It will be interesting to see the behind-the-scenes stuff going on, which by the way is not work, but true and honest stuff that is happening. I insisted on real and organic storylines. It will be interesting to see if people perceive that as integrity or weakness on the part of the company. I think it’s a strength because we have nothing to hide.”


Charlotte Flair : (Billed as Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr) will be starring in upcoming horror movie You Lose You Die. The movie is described as: “You Lose You Die follows sociopathic tech expert, Mr. Fantastik (Freddy Rodriguez), who runs a popular show on the dark web with two other sociopathic tech experts, Ms. Perfect (Fliehr) and Mr. Creep (Anthony Alvarez). On the show, thousands of viewers vote on games and challenges for prisoners to participate in. If the prisoners lose, viewers vote on the weapons the sociopaths use to kill them.”


Lillian Garcia is thankful for her appearance on Raw last night:


AEW Rampage ratings:

This week: 321,000 viewers with 0.11 in the key demos.

Last week: 431,000 viewers with 0.15 in the key demos.


AEW Collision ratings:

This week: 378,000 viewers with 0.12 in the key demos.

Last week: 621,000 viewers with a 0.21 in the key demos.


The internet sleuths continue to investigate the case of the mysterious QR codes on WWE TV. Last night’s image – which was acknowledged by Michael Cole – led people to this directory, which includes links to a number of photos. All of the theories are reinforcing the idea of a new faction, possibly the rumoured “Wyatt 6”.

Apparently, the meta-data on one of the images includes roman numerals that represent the birthdates of some WWE superstars: Dexter Lumis, Nikki Cross, and Joe Gacy. Another date is six days off from Erick Rowan’s birthday.

One of the images is a newspaper article about a 31-year old woman who went missing (which, coincidentally is the same age that Alexa Bliss was when she last appeared on WWE television). The name of that article’s offer is Wendy Lucho – which is an anagram for Uncle Howdy.


Woo woo woo. Matt Cardona turns 39 today.


On this date in 1935, Hall of Fame women’s wrestler Ethel Johnson was born. Twenty years later, came the man they call Vader. In 1961, “Fantastic” Tommy Rogers was born.

Click on their names above to read all about their legendary lives and careers.


Here’s a trailer for the reality show Billy Corgan’s Adventures in Carnyland.


Kofi Kingston had this reaction after his loss to Gunter on Raw: