Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

iG95 has an interview with Matt Hardy. In it he talks about working with the younger talent in AEW. “It just feels very rewarding because you’re actually giving back. I mean, there was a lot of guys that helped me out, that took me underneath their wings, that taught me a lot, the old timers who really didn’t have to be as kind or generous as they were so I feel like it’s coming full-circle and it’s me doing my part to give back,” he said. You can read the rest of the interview here.


On this week’s AEW Dark you will see:

  • Kiera Hogan vs. Leila Grey
  • Thunder Rosa vs. Nikita Knight
  • Julia Hart vs. Reka Tehaka
  • Lance Archer vs. Arjun Singh
  •  10 vs. Brandon Gore
  • FTW Champion Ricky Starks vs. Darius Lockhart
  • Stu Grayson and Evil Uno vs. Adrian Alanis and Liam Gray
  • Private Party vs. JDX and Carlie Bravo
  • Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi vs. Ryzin and Jake St. Patrick
  • Bear Country vs. Jameson Ryan and Brick Aldridge
  • Matt Sydal and Dante Martin vs. QT Marshall and Aaron Solo

On NXT tonight you will see:

  • B-Fab and Elektra Lopez in a No Disqualification Match.
  • Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne face Io Shirai and Zoey Stark for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • Grayson Waller versus Roderick Strong for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis are on their honeymoon.

“Wrestling champion” Cody Rhodes spoke to PIX 11 about the debut of Rhodes to the Top. You can check out the interview here.


Word Alexa Bliss will be off WWE TV for awhile. It could be that her gimmick is being axed.


The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Seth Rollins versus Edge and Bobby Lashley versus Goldberg are also being planned for the October 21st Crown Jewel event.


It seems Keith Lee is now a heel.


Don’t be surprised if some NXT talent like Hit Row, Cameron Grimes and other NXT talent move up to the main roster during the draft.


The WWE is pushing the Eva Marie angle.


The Miz and his partner Witney Carson scored 26/40 last night on Dancing With the Stars, putting them right in the middle of the pack. Miz got mixed reviews, with one judge calling his style, “plenty of attack, very little finesse” though it was noted that his footwork is good. He and Carson easily survived the elimination.
Artem Chigvintsev (aka Mrs. Nikki Bella) and his celebrity partner actress Melora Hardin, scored 27, and moved on as well.

Here’s The Miz’s dance from last night:


During an interview on the Graham Norton Show, while promoting the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, Daniel Craig (“James Bond”) told the story of how he broke Dave Batista’s nose during the filming of the 2015 movie Spectre.

“I threw a punch and hit him on the nose,” Craig said. “I heard this crack and I was like ‘Oh God no’ and ran away. I thought he was going to come after me, but he was so sweet.” (h/t The AVClub)


Congratulations to Ronda Rousey and husband MMA fighter Travis Browne on the birth of their daughter,  La’akea Makalapuaokalanipō Browne.


Bad Bunny has been nominated for a number of Latin Grammys, including Album of the Year. The award ceremonies will take place on November 18th. So look for Damian Priest to hold on to the United States Championship until at least then, since he’ll likely show up there – belt in hand – to support his friend, like he did at the Latin Billboard Awards last week.


Condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Ryan Sakoda, who passed away at the age of 48. Sakoda died on September 2nd, but the news didn’t really break until earlier this week through a report from PW Insider. Sakoda had a brief stint in WWE in 2003/2004, with his main on-screen role being one of Tajiri’s henchmen. After leaving WWE, he would go on to perform for MTV’s Wrestling Society X promotion. No cause of death has been made public.


Happy birthday to former WWE superstar Steve Blackman who turns 58 today. Though his successes were largely within the WWE Hardcore division – he holds the record for the most combined days as Hardcore Champ – he also had memorable feuds against Ken Shamrock and a comedy tag team pairing with Al Snow (in that vein, we’re going to make him a cheesecake for his birthday… or maybe a Head Cheesecake).


New on Slam Wrestling:


Monday, September 27th, 2021

The ratings are in from this past Friday night.  WWE Smackdown on FOX averaged 2.135MM viewers over the two hours, winning the key 18-49 demographic rating among all network and cable shows.

AEW Rampage scored 727,000 viewers for its first hour – which was a 13% increase from the week prior, and a .48 share in the key demo, to be the number one show on cable that night. The second special hour lost a lot of the audience, with 552,000 tuning in, positioning it at 4th for the night – which is actually pretty good for the late 11pm-midnight timeslot.


John Cena has been named as a cast member in the upcoming film The Independent, a political thriller set to begin filming in November. In the film, Cena will be playing a presidential candidate, and the role is apparently going to be a major departure from his typical action and comedy roles. Cena’s running mate in the movie will be played by Academy Award winner Kathy Bates.


The documentary about the FBI’s designation of the ‘Juggalos’ – i.e. the fans of the rappers-wrestler/promoters Insane Clown Posse – will be released on October 26. You can see the trailer here, but note that there’s actually no reference to wrestling in it. Instead, why not watch this trailer of their 2010 film Big Money Rustlas, which at least has a brief clip of legendary manager Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart in it.

(Warning – adult language and violence).

 


The Royal Rumble will take place on on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri.


Word is that the WWE and MGM are teaming up on a reboot of the American Gladiators series.


Simply Wall Street has an interesting article on WWE stock for all you financial whiz bangs out there. You can check out the piece here.


Here is a story about Al Snow, Ohio Valley Wrestling and a training session coming up soon.


Here is this week’s WWE Network, Peacock schedule:

This Week’s Schedule
** = available on the Free Version of WWE Network

Monday, September 27
Raw Talk** – 11:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday, September 29
Monday Night Raw (8/30/21)**
WWE’s The Bump** – 10 a.m. ET
WWE NXT (9/28/21)

Thursday, September 30
NXT UK
This Week in WWE

Friday, October 1
205 Live – 10 p.m. ET

Saturday, October 2
WWE Main Event (9/9/21)
Talking Smack**
ICW Fight Club 191
PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 123