Friday, May 7th, 2021
Jordynne Grace has re-signed with Impact Wrestling.
Dave “Batista” Bautista was interviewed by Digital Spy, and talked about his upcoming Army of the Dead Netflix movie, and why he chose that project instead of joining John Cena in the cast of the upcoming Suicide Squad film. In short, “…I get to build a relationship with Netflix, I get a lead role in a great film – and I get paid a lot more money.” The entire interview can be seen here.
Filmmakers Studio has put out a casting call for a new project titled No Chance: The Vince McMahon Story and The Rise of the New Wrestling World Order, which appears to be a (presumably, unauthorized) biopic of the WWE Chairman. Aspiring actors can apply for the role here.
Things are in flux in Japan due to the pandemic. New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that two upcoming shows in Yokohama and Tokyo are off. The note on the website said: “On Friday May 7, the Japanese government announced an extension to the state of emergency currently in place in Tokyo and other prefectures. In light of this announcement, as well as current COVID-19 infection status, and in order to prevent any potential further spread of the virus, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the decision to postpone the Wrestle Grand Slam events in Yokohama Stadium and the Tokyo Dome previously scheduled for May 15 and 29 respectively.”
Author Steve Verrier has a book on George Gordienko in the works.
On this day in 2000, one of the greatest title runs in history came to an end, when David Arquette dropped the WCW World title at Slamboree. (Could you read the sarcasm? It’s hard to convey in print.) Revisit the past with John Powell’s report of that pay-per-view, Cagey Jarrett wins Slamboree gold.
Happy birthday to WWE superstar Kevin Owens, who turns 37 today. Today would have been the 56th birthday of the legendary Owen Hart – relive some of the great memories of Owen through our story archive.
Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Here are the ratings for wrestling-related shows this week:
- NXT drew 761,000 viewers. Last week, there were 744,000 viewers. NXT dropped in the key demos with a 0.18 rating. Last week the show scored a 0.22 rating.
- 790,000 people tuned into to Sunday’s A&E Biography on “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and 563,000 watched the WWE Most Wanted Treasures which focused on Jerry “the King” Lawler’s legendary feud against comedian Andy Kaufman. In the key 18-49 demographic, they were the #10 and #12 cable shows that night.
- The three hours of Monday night’s RAW landed the top 3 spots for cable shows that night among that key demo. The hourly total viewers were 1.891MM, 1.979MM, and 1.746MM.
- 2.363 million people watched Tuesday night’s season finale of Young Rock, coming in third among the major 5 networks for that timeslot.
- Last night’s AEW Dynamite scored 1.090MM viewers, earning the top spot in the key demo among all cable shows, driven by the .42 share among men 18-49 years old.
Kris Statlander is this week’s guest on the AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast. You can check out the show here.
Hardcore Japanese legend Atsushi Onita is starting up a new promotion that will features explosion matches. The promotion will be called FMWE. The first event will take place on July 4th in Yokohama City.
Newest WWE signee Mansoor took the time to educate some of his fellow wrestlers about the Saudi Pro League. You can check out Mansoor talking footy with other WWE superstars courtesy of Arab News here.
On Impact tonight you will see:
- Jake Something vs. Shera (BTI)
- Rhino vs. Chris Sabin (Six-Way Qualifier Match)
- Moose vs. James Storm (Six-Way Qualifier Match)
- Trey Miguel vs. Rohit Raju (Six-Way Qualifier Match)
- Kiera Hogan vs. Rachael Ellering
- Doc Gallows vs. Juice Robinson
- Susan vs. Taylor Wilde
- ELP Makes His IMPACT debut
WWE won several Communicator Awards, which celebrate “excellence in strategic, effective, and meaningful communication across digital, video, podcasts, marketing, mobile, print, and more,” according to the website. Their haul included 15 Awards of Excellence including for podcasts by Corey Graves and the New Day, the company’s Instagram page, and the documentaries Ruthless Aggression and Undertaker: Last Ride. Look for all of this to be touted on their TV shows over the next couple of weeks.
Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray (aka Bubba Ray Dudley) wasn’t impressed to see Kenny Omega’s stooge Michael Nakazawa holding Omega’s Impact/TNA championship belts during Omega’s promo segment on last night’s AEW Dynamite show.
If Im management or owners of Impact Wrestling … I’d be fkn fuming that their World Hvywt. Championship was being carried out by Naka-nobody and not at least over the shoulder of Omega.
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) May 6, 2021
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley posted an Instagram photo of himself alongside Dave “Batista” Bautista, offering the Animal a title shot should he return to the ring.
“So good seeing my good friend @davebautista. And Yes I will give you a title shot if you ever return!😁🤛🏾. Nevertheless Congrats on all your successes brotha.”
“Likewise brother! Thanks for giving me those double under hooks. You made an old guys day. 😂”
While a few other wrestlers commented on the photo, one of the funnier replies was from Tommy Dreamer:
“Since your feeling generous Can I have one if I return”
Perhaps a Triple Threat match is in the works?
Happy birthday to WWE superstar Dakota Kai, who turns 33 today.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
Robert Piskor, better known as Bobby Williams, has just released a biography on the late indy wrestler, JT Lightning (James Haase). The book is called There’s Your Boy: JT Lightning and is available to order on Williams’ official website.
Impact has announced a deal with Samsung TV Plus giving viewers access to their library through both a dedicated Impact Wrestling channel and on VOD. Samsung TV Plus comes pre-installed on 2016-2021 Samsung Smart TVs and is available on select Samsung Galaxy devices. Impact’s channel is 1164.
AEW has opened a store for all of its global customers. You can buy your t-shirts and other AEW goodies at https://global.shopaew.com/
Here is what you will see on AEW Dynamite tonight:
- Inner Circle versus The Pinnacle – Blood and Guts Match
- Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston versus Kenny Omega and MT Nakazawa
- Britt Baker in action
- SCU versus Jurassic Express versus Varsity Blonds versus The Acclaimed – Winners will face the AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks on May 12 for the titles
- Cody Rhodes versus QT Marshall
- Miro will be interviewed
– #thePinnacle v. #InnerCircle: 2 Rings / 1 Giant Covered Cage
– @CodyRhodes v. @realmmarshall1
–@KennyOmegamanX+ @MichaelNakazawa v. @JonMoxley + @MadKing1981
– #1 Ranked @RealBrittBaker is in action
– We hear from @ToBeMiro pic.twitter.com/xSWXyTSNdC
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 5, 2021
Word is that Daniel Bryan’s contract with the WWE expired last week and the WWE wants to resign him but no deal has been struck just yet.
News 18 has an interview with WWE NXT UK superstar Rohan Raja. In it, he says: “I started watching wrestling when I was four years old with my Bapuji (grandfather), dad and brother. I feel even if didn’t start watching it early I would still have gotten hooked to it later on. As years went by it would me and my brother watching it week by week, my mom and sister would watch with us and it kept us all close together and I didn’t realize how much wrestling had an impact on our relationships, later on in life. When I was in my early teenage phase, I was thinking of taking different career paths, but the older I was getting, it was just wrestling. However, especially coming from an Indian background, I was scared of what my relatives would think. I was struggling with the idea of pursuing it, thinking how my family would react. Eventually, I and my siblings came up with a plan to tell my dad and he has been my biggest supporter ever since.” You can read the rest of the interview here.
Mark Andrews, NXT UK Superstar and frontman for the band Junior, spoke to the South African about music and wrestling. Speaking of his entrance music he said: “It gets you in the right frame of mind, doesn’t it? The same thing that gets you psyched-up very often gets the fans psyched up too. I’ve had an entrance music pump that hasn’t resonated with me, leaving me flat by the time I get into the ring. Obviously, I am very biased when it comes to my own music, but I love it when it plays – I sing every word to every song, it ups my ante and increases my adrenaline – and so by the time I get to the ring I feel like it’s just one big party!”. You can read the entire interview here.
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
Here is this week’s WWE schedule on Peacock.
Tuesday, May 4
The Best of WWE: Best of Braun Strowman
Wednesday, May 5
Monday Night Raw (4/5/21)
WWE’s The Bump: Kyle O’Reilly– 10 a.m. ET
WWE NXT (5/4/21)
Thursday, May 6
This Week in WWE
Friday, May 7
205 Live – 10 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 8
WWE Main Event (4/22/21)
ICW Fight Club 170
PROGRESS Chapter 110: Skeleton Head
Sunday, May 9
Friday Night SmackDown (4/9/21)
WWE Chronicle: Damian Priest
Word is that the Diamond Mine teaser on NXT has nothing to do with Tess Blanchard at all.
On NXT tonight you will see:
- Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell challenge Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles in a Street Fight.
- Finn Balor returns.
- Leon Ruff versus Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in a Falls Count Anywhere Match.
- Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher versus The Grizzled Young Veterans.
Simon & Schuster, the company that is publishing WWE superstar Drew McIntyre’s autobiography, posted the prologue of the audiobook version, read by Drew himself.
On her podcast Chelsea Green confirmed that she received a trash bag delivery from the WWE as well. She and fellow wrestler, fiancé Matt Cardona opened the box sent from WWE. “My s–t came in a garbage bag but I let it go. Matt was pissed. Matt was very pissed. He wanted me to tweet it. He wanted me to talk about it,” she said.
On this week’s edition of Main Event, Jinder Mahal faced off against Jeff Hardy and in Mahal’s corner were the NXT tag team Indus Sher.
At today’s Wrestling Dontaku show NJPW notified fans that some of the wrestlers had been pulled from the card due to them possibly having COVID symptoms. The wrestlers in question were: El Desperado, Kazuchika Okada, Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, SHO, and YOH.
The WWE music account on YouTube has uploaded Roman Reigns’ new theme song.
In honour of today being Star Wars Day (May the Fourth), relive this extreme light sabre battle from TNA’s Hardcore Justice that took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away:
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 4, 2021
Monday, May 3rd, 2021
NWA will not hold their regular NWA POWERRR episode May 4th on Fite.TV. They will hold their interview show, POWERRRSurge, in it’s place at 6:05 ET. They announced that the show will include interviews with Trevor Murdoch, Thunder Rosa, and “The National Treasure” Nick Aldis. There will also be a spotlight match between Jennacide and Skye Blue.
Tomorrow at 6:05e only on @FiteTV
Catch a spotlight match between @JENNACIDE000 and @Skyebyee, plus interviews with @TheRealTMurdoch, @thunderrosa22, and #NationalTreasure @RealNickAldis https://t.co/MNfylikvTG pic.twitter.com/V2GANBTtQC
— NWA (@nwa) May 3, 2021
WWE announced that the WrestleMania Backlash special on Sunday, May 16 will feature Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley against Asuka.
Interesting interview with Maria Kanellis at Kawada Driver, where she calls out Stephanie McMahon: “So you have all these pointless pay-per-views, you have the opportunity to do a women’s empowerment pay-per-view and you don’t do it? I don’t get it. I don’t know how Stephanie McMahon deals with that. Like as a woman, I’ve been very outspoken about women’s wrestling and women in wrestling. It should come as no surprise that as a woman I couldn’t deal with that. If I had all that power in the industry I couldn’t deal with that. I have minimum power in this industry and I am fighting my tail off to create more opportunities. If I had that much power there would be a whole show plus a reality show that actually covers the girls live. Plus on top of that we would have a makeup line and be on the cover of Vogue saying: “Guess what? These women are badasses and they are beautiful in their own right.” The interview is here.
News from the Cauliflower Alley Club:
Here is what to expect on Raw tonight: Raw Tag Team Champions AJ Styles & Omos will defend their titles against former champions The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods); WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will face either Drew McIntyre or Braun Strowman in a one-on-one match.
Tony Deppen is the new Ring of Honor TV champion after beating Tracy Williams.
Wrestling historian extraordinaire J Michael Kenyon died on this day in 2017. In the obituary we ran then, author Steve Johnson noted: “If you combined Falstaff, Hemingway, and Gus the Wrestling Bear, you might just start to capture some of the essence of J Michael Kenyon.”
Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
The trailer for Heels, the upcoming Starz show with Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig, has been updated and officially released along with an announcement of its premiere date: August 15th. Check out our early preview of the wrestling connections in the show here.
— Heels (@HeelsSTARZ) May 3, 2021
We could be seeing another entertainment star in a WWE ring. Apparently, the WWE is interested in working with Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater from Saved By The Bell, Pacific Blue.).
Speaking on The Angle podcast, John Silver said about working for the WWE. “There are plenty of people who are nice but there’s also plenty that won’t even look at you. You better not even go near them, don’t contact them or they’ll bury you. It’s a little too much. In AEW, I like when people come up to me and say who they are and introduce themselves. You’re walking on eggshells constantly in WWE and it’s really not a fun thing to do besides eating their catering. Doing extra work there was awful.”
Saturday, May 1st, 2021
Despite having a massive main event Smackdown has tumbled in the ratings this week. The show averaged 1.923 million viewers last night. Last week, the show earned 2.042 million viewers.
Speaking of Smackdown, it appears next week’s episode will have a special throwback or retro theme
On Raw next week expect segments with Bobby Lashley addressing the addition of Braun Strowman to the title match at the WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view and Charlotte Flair and Sonya Deville will have a segment possibly making The Queen part of the Raw Women’s Championship match at Backlash.
On this date in 2003, the “First Lady of Wrestling,” Miss Elizabeth passed away – tragically lost at only 42 years old.
Friday, April 30th, 2021
NBC has announced that there will be a second season of Young Rock which, all of a sudden, makes the “Election Day” story of next week’s season finale more interesting in terms of seeing how they set up that aspect for season two.
Like our own John Powell with his recent editorial Stardom Is Wrestling Evolved, it seems Mick Foley would like to see the WWE expand its promotion.
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 30, 2021
Our friend, Toronto-based wrestler Alexia Nicole – who has appeared on Impact in the past – is in the running to be a cover girl for Maxim magazine through an online contest. You can vote for her at this link.
Tonight on Smackdown you will see:
- Roman Reigns versus Daniel Bryan for the Universal Championship. If Bryan loses he will leave Smackdown.
- Apollo Crews and Big E will battle for the Intercontinental Championship.
Young Rock actor Uli Latukefu, who plays the college-era version of Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson on the show, will be joining Johnson in the upcoming Black Adam movie. Latukefu’s role in the film – which is scheduled for a July 22 release – is not known.
John Cosper announced that the books The Ballad of Cousin Elvira and If You Don’t Buy This Book Everybody Dies (the Tracy Smothers’ autobiography) are now available on Kindle. Both books are published by Eat Sleep Wrestle.
MVP has revealed that his injured knee hasn’t completely healed yet. He is seeing if the knee will respond to other treatment options before having to resort to surgery.
Happy birthday to Impact Wrestling / MLW star Shawn Daivari, who turns 37 today.
Smackdown is celebrating its 22nd anniversary today.
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) April 29, 2021
Word is the WWE is in talks with MLW to form some kind of partnership.
On his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff has this to say about Impact Wrestling. “I don’t watch the Impact product. I just can’t. I’ll just leave it at that. Nobody does give a f–k. I guess it’s presumably some kind of a benefit to Impact to have talent from AEW come over and participate on their show. Nobody cares. Nobody’s going to watch it. I’m sure the action is good. I’m sure there’s some great matches. I don’t watch it but I’m guessing there’s some great matches that take place.”
On his podcast, Mauro Ranallo had this to say about his appearance with Impact. “Well, I just got home from a whirlwind trip to Music City, USA, Nashville where I made my return to professional wrestling commentary last night, making my debut for IMPACT Wrestling during the historic main event of the Rebellion pay-per-view. I’ve got to tell you, I had a blast working with D-Lo Brown and Matt Striker and what a match between AEW Champion Kenny Omega and Unified IMPACT belt holder Rich Swann in a title-for-title mega main event.”
El Phantasmo is coming to Impact Wrestling.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29th, 2021
Surrey Now has a fantastic piece on the life of John Tenta. He later became Earthquake in WWE. Tenta was born in Surrey and those who knew him share their memories. You can check out the story and tribute by Tom Zillich here.
On NXT this past Tuesday, they showed a video preview for something called The Diamond Mine leading to speculation that this could be a new faction coming into the company. The similarity of the design of the diamond in the logo that closed the video has led to the suggestion that it could mean that Tessa Blanchard may be part of this. Others have suggested that the taped fists and lightning bolt in the logo are reminiscent of CM Punk’s logo and his UFC experience. We think that the first may be possible but aren’t holding our breath for the second.
Happy birthday to WWE superstar Titus O’Neil, who turns 44 today.
Earlier this week, Paul “Triple H” Levesque disposed of over 40% of his WWE shares for a total of $2.063 MM USD, according to an SEC filing by the company (trades by directors and officers of a public company must be disclosed under US securities law).
On Impact tonight you will see:
- A Kenny Omega celebration.
- Josh Alexander (champion) versus Ace Austin (challenger) for the X-Division Championship.
- Taylor Wilde versus Kimber Lee.
- W. Morrissey debuts on Impact.
Mickie James has seemingly confirmed what many have suspected about the Evolution pay-per-view in 2018 due to the poor ticket sales and much of the arena being darkened at the time to hide the empty seats. On the Grown Ass Women podcast James said that a WWE higher-up told her that the Evolution show was the “lowest-rated PPV ever in WWE.” The WWE claims that the event sold 10,000 tickets. The Nassau Coliseum can seat 18,000 people at capacity.
Peacock has announced that they have added 9 million new members in the first three months of 2021. Peacock now has 42 million members in the United States. Peacock is contributing this surge to The Office and the WWE arriving on the service. In February, the WWE announced that the Network had 1.5 million paid subscribers. Since there are three tiers to Peacock it is not known how many of the 9 million are paid subscribers.
BT Sport, the broadcaster of the WWE in the UK, is for sale. Word is that BT Sport has spoken to Disney, Amazon and DAZN about a potential deal. “BT can confirm that early discussions are being held with a number of select strategic partners, to explore ways to generate investment, strengthen our sports business, and help take it to the next stage in its growth,” said the company in a statement.
The viewership for NXT is down 11% this week at 744,000 viewers. Last week NXT drew 841,000 viewers.
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
SlamWrestling Producer Greg Oliver participated in a good chat with Chris Maloney of www.cwnonline.ca about his lengthy career in professional wrestling journalism and his 17 books. Check it out on YouTube.
Here is the concept art for the Blood & Guts match between the Pinnacle and the Inner Circle that will air on next week’s episode of AEW Dynamite. The rules are going to be announced this week, but all signs – including the structure – point to it being a WarGames match.
Sadie Gibbs has announced her retirement from pro wrestling. On Instagram she wrote:
“I love all you guys! Not just for supporting me as a wrestler but me as a person! As someone who despite what everyone expects I follow my gut my Instinct and I do it with grace! Everything we do isn’t forever it’s a stepping stone a chance to evolve and grow through.”
Gibbs has designs on following a career in coaching, speaking and teaching. Gibbs worked for AEW, Stardom and a host of other promotions.
In an article in today’s Calgary Sun, Natalya shares her health tips. You can read the story here.
Word is the WWE could be planning a return to live events this summer.
On this date in 2005, the wrestling world lost Chris Candido – gone too soon at 33 years old.
According to the Wrestling Observer there is no specific reason why the Raw tag team champs haven’t appeared since WrestleMania. AJ Styles and Omos will be on this week’s episode of The Bump though. Update: On the Bump, AJ and Omos announced they will be on next week’s edition of Raw.
In his first match post-WWE Andrade will be taking on Alberto El Patron (Alberto Del Rio) at an event in Texas on July 31.
On AEW Dynamite tonight you will see:
Darby Allin puts the TNT Championship on the line against 10.
The Young Bucks versus Matt and Mike Sydal – Title Eliminator Match
Penta El Zero Miedo versus Orange Cassidy
Kris Statlander versus Penelope Ford
The Nightmare Family versus The Factory
The Inner Circle parlays with The Pinnacle
Brian Cage versus Hangman Page
Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
Here is the new trailer for Vice’s upcoming season of The Dark Side of the Ring.
The overnight ratings for A&E’s WWE shows are in, and both of them did quite well. The Biography episode on “Rowdy” Roddy Piper garnered 880K viewers (a decreased from last week’s premiere), and 769K watched the Most Wanted Treasures episode focused on the Undertaker (an increase from last week).
Congrats to WWE superstar Mansoor who got married over the weekend.
Apollo Crews will defend the Intercontinental Championship against Big E on Friday’s episode of Smackdown.
On NXT tonight you will see:
- Adam Cole interviewed.
- Dakota Kai versus Mercedes Martinez.
- Bronson Reed versus Austin Theory. If Reed wins he will earn a NXT North American Championship match against Johnny Gargano.
- NXT Cruiserweight Champion Kushida and NXT Tag Team Champions MSK versus Legado del Fantasma.
Outsports has interviewed Canadian grappler Leo London about The Gentlemen’s Club stable. “For them to be so welcoming to the idea of a gay polyamorous relationship made me feel really comfortable about coming out and talking about my sexuality,” London said. You can read and listen to the rest of the interview here.
On this date in 2015, the legendary wrestler-promoter Verne Gagne passed away.
Happy birthday to our old buddy (and we do mean old) “Hotshot” Johnny Devine. Also celebrating is former WWE star Vladimir Kozlov, who turns 42.
Monday, April 26th, 2021
The Supreme Court in the USA will not hear an appeal from several former wrestlers who wish to sue the WWE for their head injuries and concussions. The case had been previously dismissed by a lower court.
Here is the Peacock broadcast schedule for the week:
** = available on the Free Version of WWE Network
Monday, April 26
Raw Talk** – 11:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 27
The Best of WWE: Best of Ronda Rousey**
Wednesday, April 28
Monday Night Raw (3/29/21)**
WWE’s The Bump: Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles & Omos, Natalya & Tamina and Franky Monet** – 10 a.m. ET
WWE NXT (4/27/21)
Thursday, April 29
This Week in WWE
Friday, April 30
205 Live – 10 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 24
WWE Main Event (4/15/21)
ICW Fight Club 169
wXw Dead End 2021
Sunday, April 25
Friday Night SmackDown (4/2/21)**
WWE Untold: Two Dudes with Attitudes
On Raw tonight you will see:
- Bobby Lashley address Drew McIntyre.
- McIntyre and Strowman face MACE & T-BAR.
WWE took home some trophies at this year’s Cynopsis Sports Media Awards this past week. WWE Network won for Over The Top Content Service, and the WWE Thunderdome won as the Best Tech Innovation During the Pandemic. Former WWE announcer Arda “Kyle Edwards” Ocal from ESPN was one of the presenters at the virtual ceremony.
TheScore, Canada’s sports network that airs WWE’s weekly RAW and Smackdown shows took the award for Best Mobile App.
Claudine Lilien, who has worked at Fox, Fox Sports, is the new senior vice president and head of global sales and partnerships at WWE. She will report to WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon.
In case you missed it, Kenny Omega won the Impact World Championship at the Rebellion pay-per-view last night and former WWE superstar Big Cass (now W. Morrissey) debuted for the company as well. Lastly, former Knockouts Champion Taylor Wilde made her return to the company, confronting current champion Deonna Purrazzo.
In other Impact news, the promo for Slammiversary which aired during last night’s PPV featured Samoa Joe, Mickie James, The Great Muta, Chelsea Green and NJPW’s Tetsuya Naito and Kazuchika Okada.
In addition to Slammiversary, the company will present Under Siege on May 15, and will bring back Against All Odds on June 12. As these are both Saturday dates, it’s assumed these will both be special events airing on their Impact Plus streaming network.
Due to the state of emergency declared in Japan because of the COVID pandemic NJPW has cancelled the Road to Wrestle Grand Slam tour on May 8, 10, and 11 at Korakuen Hall.
That isn’t hellfire, but rather just the flames of 54 candles on the birthday cake for WWE Hall of Famer Glenn “Kane” Jacobs.
Sunday, April 25th, 2021
MMA fighter Sanjana George has signed a developmental deal with WWE.
Squared Circle Comics is launching a Kickstarter campaign for the first of its quarterly series of collector boxes TODAY at 6 p.m. CDT. Each box will contain a trio of authorized pro wrestling comics. The Spring 2021 box will feature comics with Bruno Sammartino, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Hollywood from the original GLOW with exclusive covers by artist Jonathan Grimm. The Kickstarter campaign will also allow backers to add other Squared Circle titles to their boxes and/or upgrade their boxes. The campaign can be accessed here.
Saturday, April 24th, 2021
NWA will have their next PPV, titled “When Our Shadows Fall” on June 6th, on Fite.tv at 4PM ET. This was announced via Twitter on Fite’s account:
See stars such as Aldis, Adonis, Deeb, Stevens, Kratos, Pope, Kamille and more
— FITE (@FiteTV) April 23, 2021
Sheamus spoke to the Irish Sun about his current title reign. “So I put an open challenge out, open to everybody – not just WWE, UFC, bleedin’ football, basketball, NHL, rugby, anybody – and honestly nobody’s been man enough to step up. I put it out. I haven’t discriminated against anybody. It just seems to be no one wants to step in the ring with a Northsider, with a Cabra lad,” he said. You can read the entire interview here.
Snoop Dogg has went on record that the WWE “punished” him for appearing on AEW Dynamite. On Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning podcast, Snoop said he received a message from them. “Hey, you running with them? We got to push pause on your ass for a minute. So, I stayed cool. They pushed pause for about two weeks, and then they go, ‘Hey man, we got this video game and we need you,” he said.
Mickie James has made a final statement about the trash bag incident.
♥️ To whom it may concern ♥️ pic.twitter.com/RPGOOazm8F
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) April 24, 2021
What do you think?
Mike Mooneyham has a great piece today on Bob Orton Sr. You can read it here.
Here is a fun story. The UK’s top independent wrestling promotion is branching out and will start providing wrestling weddings. You can read all about it here.
Former NFL and WCW star Steve “Mongo” McMichael has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with his medical expenses. Chris Jericho and Mick Foley have both contributed to the cause.
Ring of Honor announcer Quinn McKay will be making her in-ring debut on the May 8 episode of Ring of Honor television. She will be facing Angelina Love, with the winner receiving a bye in the first round of the ROH Women’s World Championship tournament that takes place later this summer.
On this date in 1916, wrestling greatness was born in the form of Lou Thesz. Hearts were broken when Johnny Valentine passed away on this date twenty years ago – our obituary on him and a touching tribute by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper can be found in our Valentine story archive.