News and Rumors

News and Rumors

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022

Word is that the WWE is thinking of adding Solo Sikoa to The Bloodline once Roman Reigns becomes more of a part-timer.


Logan Paul will be appearing on the July 18th episode of Raw.


SlamWrestling Producer was a guest on Wrestling Observer Radio with Dave Meltzer and Garrett Gonzales talking about how the story of Rocky Johnson’s five unacknowledged children on Sports Illustrated‘s website came together. Check it out here.


Congratulations go out to NXT referee Darryl Sharma and long-time SlamWrestling photographer Andrea Kellaway on their engagement. 


Happy birthday to retired British Columbia woman wrestler Raven Lake, who has two daughters wrestling now, Bambi Hall and Lizza Hall. Bambi wrote a beauty of a column on her mom for the site a few years back: Guest column: My Mom is still my hero … Also celebrating are bootmaker Ron Davies and photographer/superfan Joyce Paustian.


Friday, July 1st, 2022


Diamond Select Toys and AEW are teaming up. DST will offer a variety of products based on the stars of AEW, including CM Punk, Sting, Chris Jericho, Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D., Jon Moxley and many more. Categories will include two-inch Minimates poseable figures, four-inch Vinimates vinyl figures, 10-inch Gallery Diorama PVC sculptures and 11-inch Premier Collection statues. The all-new line will launch with an exclusive Vinimates two-pack at Comic-Con International in San Diego. CM Punk and Sting will be featured, wearing their mutual-tribute face paint as seen at AEW’s Holiday Bash in December 2021.


Seems like Joyce Byers from Stranger Things is a Hulk-A-Manic, brother!

 

 


Happy Canada Day to our fellow Canadians!


No MLW report this week, but here’s what happened: 1. Samoan Swat Team (Juicy Finau and Lance Anoa’i) defeated Los Aztecas; Taya Valkyrie, Lince Dorado, and Microman defeated Holidead, Gangrel and Arez where The Sandman made an appearance.


Want to know what’s new to stream this month on whichever streaming service(s) you are subscribed to? Slam’s John Powell has you covered here.


Word is that Santana and Ortiz could be leaving AEW in the near future.


Don’t be surprised if Io Shirai doesn’t resign with the WWE/NXT.


Britt Baker spoke to Mel Magazine. In the interview she speaks about her journey to become a pro-wrestler. “I was the only girl training amongst these big guys. One of the promoters used to pick on me all the time and ask me, “How long until you quit?” It was tough love. I think most people thought I really wasn’t going to make it. It was nice to prove them wrong,” she said. You can read the rest of the interview here.


Jeff Hardy has pleaded not guilty to his recent DUI charges.


Out In The Ring, the LGBTQ wrestling documentary by director Ry Levey, plays Fantasia International Film Festival – Le groupe in #Montreal July 26th & 28th, and in attendance will be Levey, Sonny Kiss, Danielle Jeantet, Bertrand Hébert, Pat Laprade, producer Darren Dean and composer/executive producer Scooter McCrae.


Greg Oliver appeared on the 6:05 Podcast talking about his story on Rocky Johnson’s five unacknowledged children. Check it out here.


Thursday, June 30th, 2022


The Blood & Guts match boosted the ratings of AEW Dynamite yesterday. The show was first among all cable shows, attracting 1,023,000 viewers and a .36 in the key 18-49 demographic.

NXT on Tuesday scored 570,ooo viewers and a .11 in the key demo, putting it in 42nd place among cable shows that night.


Here’s what’s on tap for tonight’s episode of Impact Wrestling:

  • Chris Sabin vs. Frankie Kazarian
  • The Good Brothers defend their Tag Team Championship against Honor No More members PCO and Vincent
  • Jordynne Grace faces Savannah Evans
  • Chris Bey, Steve Maclin, Laredo Kid, and Trey Miguel in an X-Division Championship contender’s match
  • Ace Austin vs. Alex Zayne
  • Gisele Shaw faces Rosemary

Word from The Wrestling Observer is that NXT’s Xyon Quinn will be called up to the main roster very soon.


Sabu has told Title Match Wrestling that he would love for his retirement match to be against Brock Lesnar.


Veer Mahaan spoke to the BBC about his journey to the WWE. You can check out the video here.


Want to know what’s new to stream this weekend, besides Stranger Things? 🙂 Check out the schedule by Slam’s John Powell here.


A NJPW bout has been announced for Ric Flair’s Last Match.  Clark Connors will take on Ren Narita.

Here is the card thus far:

  • Ric Flair’s last match (match to be announced)
  • Impact World Champion Josh Alexander defends against Jacob Fatu
  • Impact Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace defends against Deonna Purrazzo and Rachael Ellering in a three-way match
  • The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs. Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin)
  • Killer Kross (w/Scarlett Bordeaux) vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Clark Connors vs. Ren Narita

Word is that Santana was injured in the Blood and Guts match last night and had to helped to the backstage area.


Below are your Rampage spoilers. Highlight the text below to read them:

  • Brody King won the Royal Rampage battle royal by eliminating Darby Allin. There were 20 participants including Matt Hardy.
  • The Young Bucks defeated Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI in a non-title match.
  • Toni Storm beat Nyla Rose. Marina Shafir attacked Storm after the match. Thunder Rosa made the save.

AEW’s Unrestricted podcast is a special Forbidden Door episode with Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone breaking the show down. You can listen to it here.


Greatness was born on this day in history: Ed “Strangler” Lewis was born in 1891; Terry Funk in 1994; and WWE star Cody Rhodes in 1985. Today is also Alicia Fox’s birthday; the former WWE Diva/Superstar turns 36.

 


Wednesday, June 29th, 2022


The trailer for Paul Wight’s new movie is out:


Here is what you will see on the special Blood and Guts edition of AEW Dynamite.

  • Blood & Guts Match: Jericho Appreciation Society vs. Blackpool Combat Club
  • We Hear From Christian Cage
  • TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill (c) vs Leila Gray
  • Orange Cassidy vs Ethan Page

In case you missed it, NXT killed off the released released Troy ‘Two Dimes’ Donovan on last night’s show. Tony D’Angelo revealed that he is now “sleeping with the fishes.”


Here is some craaaazy news for Australian WWE fans. Money In The Bank and SummerSlam available to watch for free live on FOX8. On Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 31, the high-profile WWE events will be free to watch on FOX8 (channel 108) at no extra cost for FOXTEL customers, as well as streaming on WWE Network.


New on Slam Wrestling:

Lucha Rules between La Rebelion and The Commonwealth Connection on this NWA POWERRR

NXT: Great American Bash go-home show less than great

2022 ESPYS, WWE nominees announced

A ‘forgettable’ conversation with a recovering Curtis Sturrock


You can add Killer Kross versus Davey Boy Smith Jr. to the Ric Flair’s Last Match card.


Word is that Alan ‘V’ Angels is no longer with AEW.


Tuesday, June 28th, 2022


Tony Khan had some impressive numbers to report about the financial success of Forbidden Door…


Reports are that Raw dipped 2% in the ratings despite the much-hyped return of John Cena. 1.95 million viewers turned in and the show did a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 key demos.


2K has released the WWE 2K22 Clowning Around Pack today. The fourth DLC pack is headlined by Doink the Clown, Ronda Rousey and Mr. T. Also included in the pack are The British Bulldog, Doudrop and Rick Boogs. All six Superstars also come with MyFACTION EVO cards, which can be upgraded through gameplay in the MyFACTION game mode. The Clowning Around Pack is available for individual purchase, while the full set of DLC packs is included with the Season Pass, Deluxe Edition, and nWo 4-Life Digital Edition of WWE 2K22.


All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation have announced that they will become the co-title sponsors of this year’s “KultureBall,” one of the
world’s most prestigious invisible disability inclusion charity galas. Taking place on Saturday, Aug. 27, in Birmingham, Ala., the gala will be titled “AEW/Jacksonville
Jaguars Foundation KultureBall 2022.” KultureCity, the nation’s leading nonprofit for sensory inclusion and acceptance of those with sensory needs and invisible disabilities, has held the annual KultureBall as its premier charity event since 2014. For those interested in attending or sponsoring, please visit www.kultureball.com.


The charges against AEW star Jake Atlas have been dropped. He was arrested on domestic violence charges. In their report officials wrote: “From the investigation which has been made it is the opinion of the writer that this case is not suitable for prosecution.”


Dana Brooke has announced that she wasn’t on Raw last night because she was in a car accident.


Word is that John Cena’s appearance on Raw last night doubled the amount of tickets sold in the Sames Auto Arena.


Kevin Owens was supposed to face Elias, Ezekiel or their younger brother Elrod on Raw last night but the match was canceled as Owens couldn’t appear on the show. Owens tweeted this later:


Impact has made this announcement:

“This Friday at Against All Odds, Moose and Sami Callihan look to settle their heated rivalry in the Clockwork Orange House of Fun. And we can now confirm that the inventor of the match, IMPACT Wrestling veteran Raven, is set to make an appearance. What does he have in store for the competitors in what can only be described as one of the most hardcore, extreme match types in all of professional wrestling? Who will seize victory in their battle Against All Odds? Find out LIVE THIS FRIDAY at 8pm ET on IMPACT Plus and YouTube for IMPACT Ultimate Insiders from Center Stage in Atlanta, GA! Tickets are on-sale now at Ticketmaster.com.”


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