Friday, July 23nd, 2021

Further supporting the news that Daniel Bryan has signed with AEW is that apparently he has been pulled from the WWE 2K22 video game.


Time will tell, but there are online reports that CM Punk will be signing with AEW imminently, and will possibly debut at the company’s next show in Chicago.


Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and his Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the movie.

During the interview, Johnson commented on his former Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel’s claim that Diesel used some “tough love” on Johnson in order to squeeze out some decent acting from him:

“I laughed and I laughed hard. I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt Photographed by Chrisean Rose


New on Slam Wrestling:


Word is the WWE is interested in bringing back Braun Strowman. Could the split between the two just be a negotiating tactic? We shall see.


Flash Morgan Webster spoke to Metro UK about the connection between music and wrestling. He said: ‘I’ve got a little bit of a secret here – if you play the first three chords to any ABBA song, I know the words to nearly any of them and I know what song it is just based off my mum’s love of ABBA. Music’s always been a big part of my life.’ You can read the entire interview here.


Dean Muhtadi (Formerly Mojo Rawley) spoke to Forbes about appearing in the movie Snake Eyes. “I’ve got the bug. I’m hooked. I can’t wait for more, and we’re already working on that front,” he said about his foray into acting. You can read the entire interview here.


John Cena appeared – in full Peacemaker costume – on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show to promote his new Suicide Squad film. During the interview, Cena’s co-star Margot Robbie (“Harley Quinn”) talked about sleeping with a John Cena cutout in the room. If we had a dime for every time Margot Robbie talked about us sharing a bedroom with her… we’d have zero dimes.


 

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021


New on Slam Wrestling:


He’s just a sexy middle-aged man isn’t as catchy, but it’s more accurate now that Shawn Michaels is turning 56 today. Also celebrating is WWE superstar Akira Tozawa, who turns 36.


CJ Perry, formerly Lana in the WWE, will be part of the next season of The Surreal Life on VH1 in the fall of this year. It is like Real World but with celebrities. Joining Perry are Dennis Rodman, Stormy Daniels, Manny MUA, August Alsina, Tamar Braxton, Kim Coles and Frankie Muniz.


Peter Avalon is the special guest on AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast. In talking about his Pretty Peter character he said: “Cody [Rhodes] for sure had a hand in the energy change we went to with, like the whole model walk off and loving not only myself but beauty in everyone, too.” You listen to the whole show here.


Here some NXT taping spoilers. Highlight the text below for all of the info.

Episode One

Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan beat Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher. Ridge Holland returns and joins the Dunne, Lorcan faction.

William Regal announces Samoa Joe versus Karrion Kross for TakeOver, August 22. Wonder who will win that match, eh?

Carmelo Hayes beats Josh Briggs – Breakout Tournament.

The team of Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez might be breaking up.

Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter defeat Franky Monet and Jessi Kamea.

Imperium defeats Hit Row.

Adam Cole defeats Bronson Reed in what could be Reed’s final match in NXT.

Episode Two

Ridge Holland beats Ikemen Jiro in his return match.

Roderick Strong defeated a floundering Bobby Fish.

Grizzled Young Veterans defeat LA Knight and Cameron Grimes. Ted DiBiase returns! 

Hit Row beat Legado del Fantasma.

Johnny Gargano beats Dexter Lumis. As per the stipulation, Lumis should break-up with Hartwell but doesn’t.

Samoa Joe and Karrion Kross share more unpleasantries.


In case you missed it, several big debuts in AEW last night. Chavo Guerrero Jr. Hikuleo. Nick Gage. Read our report here.


DEFY Wrestling returns to Washington Hall in Seattle, WA on Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th. Tickets for these events go on sale Friday, July 23rd at 10:00 AM (pst) at www.DefyWrestling.com  Both nights feature matches from DEFY Wrestling’s biggest stars. Already announced for Night One will be the “Canadian Assassin” Artemis Spencer taking on “The Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander. Night two features AEW star “Murderhawk” Lance Archer who will face off with the Bad Man known by one name, SCHAFF.


Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

Matt Hardy had this comment about Karrion Kross’ loss on Raw.


Monday’s Raw brought in 1.923 million viewers which was up from last week’s 1.609 million average. The key demos were also up from .43 to .57.


Slam’s John Powell has some streaming news for you:


Bobby Lashley had this to say to Goldberg.


Matt Morris (WWE’s Aiden English) will join Kevin Kelly and Alex Koslov for commentary at the NJPW Resurgence event which takes place in Los Angeles on August 14.


Major League Wrestling announced that KC Navarro has signed with the company. The Miami native will make his debut this Saturday in the Battle Riot, available on beIN Sports and MLW’s YouTube Channel at 10pm ET.


Congratulations to Anthony Carelli / Santino Marella and his wife Anna, on the birth of their daughter, Milena Rose Carelli, this morning at 8:23. “Mommy & baby are doing awesome! My wife is a machine!” he noted.


New on Slam Wrestling:


Congratulations to Anthony Carelli / Santino Marella and his wife Anna, on the birth of their daughter, Milena Rose Carelli, this morning at 8:23. “Mommy & baby are doing awesome! My wife is a machine!” he noted.


One of the matches that will be emanating live from the Rolling Loud Festival this Friday on Smackdown is a Women’s Championship match between Bianca Belair and challenger Carmella.


NXT’s next Takeover show will take place on Sunday, August 22 (the day after SummerSlam).


A couple of notable birthdays on this date in history: Canadian legend Sky Low Low in 1928; and Cowboy Bob Orton Sr. (father of “Ace” Cowboy Bob Orton and grandfather of Randy) in 1929. Both of those legends have passed away since; check out our archives for more details on their lives and careers.

Also celebrating a birthday is the very much alive Giant Silva, who turns 58 today.


On this date in 2005, wrestler/announcer Lord Alfred Hayes passed away at the age of 76.


Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

For those who missed it American President Joe Biden could be banning or at least limiting no-compete clauses in the United States. If this comes to pass it could have massive ramifications on the wrestling industry as a whole.


Some great news and more spoilers from the Impact Wrestling tapings. Highlight the text below if you wan to know the details.

Brian Myers will challenge Kenny Omega for the Impact World Championship at the Emergence event.

Tenille Dashwood battles Taylor Wilde and Madison Rayne returns.

Aiden English, now known as the Drama King, has joined the promotion.

Homecoming Tournament Finals: Drama King and Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo defeated Crazzy Steve and Rosemary.

Eddie Edwards fights W. Morrissey in a Hardcore Match.

Mickie James brings in Melina to challenge Deonna Purrazzo for her title.

Jay White makes Chris Bey part of Bullet Club.


The stipulation for the New Japan Ranbo match for the KOPW title at Wrestle Grand Slam has been set. It will be a match with handcuffs. As in any normal New Japan Ranbo, entrants will join the match at a random order in one minute intervals. Elimination can occur by pinfall, submission, disqualification or by being thrown over the top rope. With Handcuffs means, however, that a wrestler can also be eliminated by being handcuffed to the ropes or ringside area and must remain in place for the remainder of the match. Toru Yano is the current KOPW champion. Wrestle Grand Slam will take place in the Tokyo Dome on July 25th.


The WWE cannot seem to get the number of Charlotte Flair’s championship reigns correct. Charlotte called herself a 11-time champion on Raw and previously has called herself a 13-time champion.

The official WWE Twitter account stated this:

It would seem that NXT reigns no longer count? What could it all mean? Let is be known that her main roster combined actual tally is 11 . Charlotte’s five reigns as Smackdown Women’s Champion were for 146 days, 27 days, 12 days, a few minutes and then five days. Her Raw Women’s Champion reigns were for 113 days, 43 days, 29 days, 57 days and one day. As Diva’s Champion, 196 days. So, her longest run was just over six months.


The WWE has announced what they are calling the “Summer of John Cena”. He will be appearing at the following live events.

– Friday, July 23: SmackDown – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland

– Saturday, July 24: Supershow – PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh

– Sunday, July 25: Supershow – KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.

– Monday, July 26: Raw – T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo.

– Friday, July 30: SmackDown – Target Center in Minneapolis

– Saturday, July 31: Supershow – Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee

– Sunday, August 1: Supershow – Little Caesars Arena in Detroit

– Friday, August 6: SmackDown – Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

– Saturday, August 7: Supershow – Hertz Arena in Fort Myers, Fla.

– Monday, August 9: Raw – Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

– Friday, August 13: SmackDown – BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.

– Saturday, August 14: Supershow – Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

– Sunday, August 15: Supershow – Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.

– Friday, August 20: SmackDown – Footprint Center in Phoenix

– Saturday, August 21: SummerSlam – Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas


Linda McMahon knows what’s best for business, as seen in this tweet, captured by a fan at RAW last night.


Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to promote his upcoming Jungle Book movie. Here are clips:


New on Slam Wrestling: 

A ROOKIE’S VISIT TO WATERLOO & TRAGOS/THESZ INDUCTION WEEKEND

Mick Foley wasn’t thrilled about the segment on last night’s RAW that saw Drew McIntyre destroy Jinder Mahal’s henchman Shanky with numerous chair shots. The WWE Hall of Famer and hardcore legend tweeted:

“Big fan of Drew’s…but 20 chair shots should either be done to build a feud of epic proportions…or they shouldn’t be done at all.
#RAW”

Another AEW star made an on-screen appearance at last night’s Impact Wrestling tapings. For spoilers, click and drag your mouse across the following text: During an in-ring promo segment, Frankie Kazarian ran into the ring and attacked Kenny Omega, the Good Brothers, and Don Callis, continuing his “Elite Hunter” storyline.


Speaking of Impact, they tweeted out this video that suggests some interesting possibilities for Chris Bey:


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


Starz Network released the trailer for the upcoming wrestling-centered drama show Heels, which premieres on August 15th.


Monday, July 19th, 2021


Did WWE accidentally spill the beans on something? Look what’s showing as NEW merchandise on the WWE Shop.


On Raw tonight you will see John Cena explaining his return to the WWE.


Slam’s John Powell has your streaming calendar for everything that’s debuting this week across all of the streaming services here, what Shudder is premiering here and video highlights of this week’s debuts here.


On AEW Dark Elevation tonight you will see:

  • Jungle Boy vs. Angelico.
  • Red Velvet vs. Julia Hart.
  • Lance Archer vs. Zachariah.
  • Brock Anderson and Lee Johnson vs. Billy and Colten Gunn.
  • Hikaru Shida vs. Dulce Tormenta.
  • “Chaos Project” Luther and Serpentico vs. Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor.
  • Dante Martin vs. Shawn Dean.
  • Baron Black vs. Frankie Kazarian.
  • Luchasaurus vs. Fuego Del Sol.
  • Tay Conti and Serena Deeb vs. Vertvixen and Jazmin Allure.
  • Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Luchas Chase.

WWE and TikTok have launched a SummerSlam ring announcer search. The best performers will earn a trip to SummerSlam where they will serve as a ring announcer. In the weeks leading up to the show, WWE will review each video before announcing two winners from the company’s official TikTok channel on Monday, August 16. WWE Superstar Big E recorded his own TikTok video to explain how the competition works that can be viewed here.


A few notables celebrating birthdays today: legendary Rock N Roll Express member Robert Gibson turns 63; wrestling  peripheral personality Mike Modest turns 50; Mexican star Rey Bucanero turns 47; and former WCW star Tony Mamaluke turns 44.


On this date in 2013, Canada’s own Geeto Mongol passed away.


Sunday, July 18th, 2021

New on Slam Wrestling:

WWE MONEY IN THE BANK 2021: GREAT MATCHES OVERCOME SMALL GLITCHES

PEACOCK STREAMING ISSUES PLAGUE MONEY IN THE BANK EVENT


Remember Kevin Thorn in WWE? Here’s an update on what he has been up to.


Our very own “Bloodthirsty” Bob Kapur joined Sunday Night’s Main Event host Jason Agnew to talk about last night’s Slammiversary show. You can listen to the show here.

To subscribe to the show and get all of Jason’s podcast goodness, check out this link for all you need to know.


Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson has wrapped up filming on his upcoming Black Adam movie, which is part of the DC Cinematic Universe. On the last day of filming, he gave a speech to the cast and crew that was posted on Instagram along with these words:

Honored and proud to say that’s an official wrap on BLACK ADAM⚡️

I knew many years ago, the opportunity for me to make BLACK ADAM would be a ONCE IN A CAREER EVENT.

It has been my true honor to go shoulder to shoulder with over 1,000 brilliant and hungry crew of filmmakers and storytellers to bring the antihero known as, BLACK ADAM to life.

This has been one for the ages and easily the hardest labor and toughest grind mentally and physically of my entire career.

Worth. Every. Second.

Love you all.
Thank you all.
And I’ll see you down the road.
Now go have some fun with that $10,000 🤣💰

The hierarchy of power in the DC UNIVERSE is changing.

Black Adam⚡️
#themaninblack

 


Congratulations to Mike Reid, who wrestled as Mike Hammer, who was married to Janna Lynne today.


Paul Orndorff’s passing was mentioned on CBS Sunday Morning‘s  “Notable Deaths” this morning, a rare appearance for a wrestler.


New on Slam Wrestling: 


As announced during Slammiversary last night, Impact’s next PPV event, Bound For Glory, will be taking place on October 23 in Las Vegas. Before that, the next monthly Impact Plus special will be Homecoming on July 31 in Nashville.


A few birthdays today: Hall of Fame wrestler/promotor Carlos Colon turns 72;  the Great Sasuke turns 52; and wrestler-turned-producer Joey Matthews / Joey Mercury turns 42.

Also celebrating is our good buddy RJ City. He’ll be on Celebrity Family Feud next week as part of actor David Arquette’s team. So look for your weekly TV listings to check it out.


In random fun news, here’s the picture you get when you find a broken link on WWE.com


Saturday, July 17th, 2021

Next week on Smackdown, Carmella will face Bianca Belair for the title, again.


After his match with the Usos, Mysterios and Edge last night Roman Reigns actually flipped off the crowd as he made his way to the back during a commercial break.


There was an “unscheduled” battle royal after Smackdown went off the air last night with Shane Thorne ditching the whole Slap Jack identity. Big E won the match.


Davey Boy Smith Jr. is back in the WWE. He worked a dark match before last night’s Smackdown. It seems the WWE could be moving more talent down or out and more NXT faces in as Austin Theory, Xyon Quinn, Odyssey Jones, Aliyah and Xia Li were in dark matches as well.


The Houston Press has a great photo gallery from last night’s Smackdown broadcast, the return to a live audience. You can check it out here.


Wrestling greatness was born on this day in 1926 in the form of the legendary Edouard Carpentier. And wrestling greatness was taken away on this day in 1988 with the murder of Bruiser Brody. Check out the links for our archives on those two amazing (in their own ways) performers.


Friday, July 16th, 2021

Word is that Finn Balor is on his way back to the main roster and could be appearing on Smackdown tonight.


WWE superstar Nia Jax gave her fans a scare when she posted the following cryptic tweet:

When people inferred this meant she was retiring or otherwise leaving WWE, she posted a clarification:

 


USA Network has announced that Chucky, the TV show about the eponymous killer doll from the Child’s Play movie series,  will premiere on October 10th. Why did we even mention this, since it has nothing to do with pro wrestling? Only so we can rewatch this WCW horror show of a segment.


On Smackdown tonight you will see:

  • Roman Reigns, Usos versus Edge, The Mysterios
  • Bianca Belair versus Carmella – Smackdown Women’s Championship Match
  • Big E, Kevin Owens, King Shinsuke Nakamura and Seth Rollins in a Fatal 4-Way Match

New on Slam Wrestling:

IMPACT: SAMI AND OMEGA EXCHANGE WORDS, EVERYONE ELSE EXCHANGES PUNCHES BEFORE SLAMMIVERSARY

AEW’S ELITE GENERAL MANAGER OUT NOW

ENTRY IN VENUES’ SERIES CHRONICLES AMARILLO’S EARLY DAYS


Remember when Mario became a pro wrestler? Well, Nintendo Life does and you can read about Mario’s journey here.


Need to know what is debuting on all the streaming services? Slam Wrestling’s John Powell has you covered with a detailed calendar here for the weekend or video highlights of what premiering here.


Not sure why the Women’s Tag Team Champions are in the Money in the Bank match when there are plenty of other superstars who could fill those roles but the WWE has announced the final entrant and it is Tamina.


Seems as if Roman Reigns has leaked an unannounced Money in the Bank match.


Not only is Becky Lynch going to be backstage at Money in the Bank but word is now Goldberg is heading back to Raw on Monday.


The Associated Press has a story about the WWE heading back onto the road in which they talk to HHH and Roman Reigns. “It was a fun opportunity to get back into an arena packed full of fans and have them go nuts. That adrenaline rush, there’s nothing like it,” he said. You can read the entire interview here.