Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

NJPW has announced that Wrestle Grand Slam in the Tokyo Dome will now take place on Sunday July 25.



John Cena was interviewed by EW.com about his role in F9, the new movie in the Fast & Furious movie franchise.


Former TNA/Impact announcer Don West revealed that he has been diagnosed with a brain lymphoma and will begin chemotherapy treatment. Get well soon, Don!


The Diamond Mine, which appears to be a new faction, will debut on NXT next week.


A couple of late wrestling legends were born on this date in history: “Freebird” Buddy Roberts in 1947 (he passed away in 2012); the Ultimate Warrior in 1959 (he went off to Parts Unknown in 2014).

Crack open a cold one to celebrate ECW Original Jim “Sandman” Fullington’s birthday (he turns 58 today). Another hardcore icon, MASADA, turns 40 today. Also celebrating is former WWE superstar Rezar, turning 27.


Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

AEW’s Cody Rhodes is launching a podcast called “Everything But Wrestling” which is also what people think his wife Brandi Rhodes should be doing.


Happy birthday to Scott “Flash” Norton who turns 60 today.


On this date in 1996, the legendary “Captain Redneck” Dick Murdoch passed away at the age of 49.

 


On NWA Powerrr today you will see:

  • Fred Rosser vs. JTG vs. El Rudo in a three-way qualifier for the match that will determine the new NWA National Champion.
  • Trevor Murdoch comments on failing to win the NWA Championship at the When our Shadows Fall pay-per-view.
  • Melina vs. Jennacide vs. Kenzie Paige in a three-way.

Moose has resigned with Impact Wrestling.


Renee Paquette announced the birth of her daughter with a plug for her podcast (with Jon Moxley taking over while she moms-it-up):


Josh Alexander, Impact’s X Division Champion, will be appearing on NJPW Strong this Friday and taking on Alex Coughlin.


Forbes has a piece on Tony Khan and AEW. In it, Khan says: “There’s no reason why there only needs to be one wrestling company. The wrestling business is hotter now than it’s been in a long time.” You can read the full article here.


On Sportskeeda’s Legion of RAW, Vince Russo stated that he believes Eva Marie’s return is a joke on her and she needs a better agent representing her, if she even has one. “I hate to say this but this is a rib, an absolute rib on Eva Marie. This girl is a movie star, a top class athlete, stunning, looks like nobody else and look what they do to her the first time we see her. I’m telling you Eva Marie, this is a rib,” he said. To listen to the entire show click here.


On NXT tonight you will see:

  • William Regal will address the future of NXT.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Title Open Challenge: Kushida vs. TBA
  • Tornado Tag Team Match: Grizzled Young Vets vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Kory Davis who used to wrestle in Saskatchewan’s High Impact Wrestling promotion as Crusher Carlsen has had a rough go of it medically the last few months. Friends have started a fundraiser as it appears he is headed for a long-term care facility based off his medical issues. Here’s our story on Crusher Carlsen from 2000. Learn more and make a donation here.

Go back in time, and revisit the career of “Diamond” Timothy Flowers in his just-posted career record.


WWE is selling a limited number of Cameos as part of Hell in a Cell week. A number of Superstars will each be doing 10 Cameos, that you can order here. Prices range from $350 (a bargain for Rhea Ripley) to $750 (Shawn Michaels) – so it may help if you have Cameron Grimes money.


On AEW Dark you will see:

  • Penta El Zero Miedo and Eddie Kingston vs. Arik Cannon and Kevin Blackwood.
  • Scorpio Sky vs. Alex Reynolds.
  • Angelico vs. Mike Sydal.
  • “Private Party” Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy vs. Dean Alexander and Carlie Bravo.
  • Cameron Cole vs. Orange Cassidy.
  • Lee Johnson and Dustin Rhodes vs. VSK and Travis Titan.
  • Dani Jordyn vs. Julia Hart.
  • Shawn Spears vs. Falco.
  • Nyla Rose vs. Megan Bayne.
  • Aaron Solow and QT Marshall vs. Deonn Rusman and Joe Keys.
  • Jason Hotch vs. Wardlow.

On Raw tonight you will see:

  • Drew McIntyre vs. AJ Styles.
  • Randy Orton and Riddle vs. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods.
  • Eva Marie returns.

Former WWE superstar Braun Strowman and NXT Champion Karrion Kross had an interesting Twitter exchange last night.


After being “fired” from Impact Wrestling by Don Callis on Saturday, Sami Callihan posted that the company is no longer following him on Twitter. It’s expected that the fallout from his firing will be addressed this Thursday on TV.


Attention, aspiring WWE Superstars: WWE has announced that they will be holding tryouts in Las Vegas during SummerSlam Week. For more details and to register, visit WWEPerformanceCenter.com


Sunday, June 13th, 2021

David Meltzer is reporting that AEW is outselling WWE in various live event markets in the USA and besides their shows in Texas and Chicago, the WWE summer tour is selling poorly.


John Cena posted a picture of cricketer Virat Kohli, the current captain of India’s national team, on his Instagram page. In the World Test Championship final, India will face New Zealand on June 18th. Many took that as him supporting the team on their march to the top.


Mark Henry is interested in bringing Braun Strowman to AEW.


Lana promises she has a lot to say very soon. “I can’t wait to spill the tea because it’s hot and delicious. I look forward to standing up and speaking out on things that for years I have been silent about,” she said on Instagram Live.


Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Happy birthday to our buddy, ECW original Jerry Lynn who turns 58 today, but looks about 20 years younger than that. Also celebrating is the “World’s Strongest Analyst” Mark Henry, who turns 50 today. Wrestling journalist Bryan Alvarez of Figure Four Weekly fame turns 46 today.


Word is that NXT might be interested in hiring Samoa Joe. Stay tuned.


The WWE has announced that Montez Ford was injured by a new-look Otis’ attack last night on Smackdown. Yes, it is all part of the storyline. During the segment Michael Cole referred to Otis’s slam as “The World’s Strongest Slam”. Hmmmm.


Friday, June 11th, 2021

On AEW Dynamite tonight you will see:

  •  Nyla Rose vs. Leyla Hirsch
  • Christian Cage vs. Angelico
  • Don Callis and Kenny Omega discuss their conspiracy theories.
  • Cody Rhodes will make a special announcement.
  • AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks and Brandon Cutler vs. PAC, Eddie Kingston and Penta El Zero Miedo
  • Hangman Page and 10 vs. Brian Cage and Powerhouse Hobbs
  • AEW TNT Champion Miro defends against Evil Uno
  • Lance Archer will be in action.
  • Sting and Darby Allin will make an announcement.
  • The Pinnacle will address the Inner Circle.

On Smackdown tonight you will see:

  • A Ding-Dong Hello show in which Bayley interviews Seth Rollins.
  • Big E and Kevin Owens versus Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn.

According to Pro Wrestling Insider, Shawn Daivari has been hired back by the WWE to be a producer on Smackdown.


Slam Wrestling’s John Powell has all the news on this weekend’s streaming premieres. Check out the calendar here.


The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that they believe Aleister Black could be heading to AEW.


In speaking to the MC! True Long Island Story podcast, Chelsea Green revealed that all WWE employees receive access to Peacock and the WWE Network but once her contract was terminated so was her account.


Word is that The Rock may be returning to the WWE at SummerSlam or Survivor Series and perhaps begin a feud with Roman Reigns.


On last night’s Before the Impact pre-show, Crazzy Steve beat Deaner.


Since his release from WWE, Braun Strowman (real name Adam Scherr) trimmed his beard, as shown in this photo he posted on his Instagram.


On this date in 2015, the legendary “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes passed away.


Thursday, June 10th, 2021

This week’s edition of AEW’s Unrestricted was recorded at FanFest. On the show are Dark Order’s -1, Dark Order’s 10, Abadon and Kenny Omega. You can check out the show here.


Ariane Andrew, who was once Cameron in the WWE, has released a spicy new music video. Did we mention it is spicy? You have been warned.


Andrade has this to say today…


On Impact tonight you will see:


The Authors of Pain are refuting rumours that they have retired from pro wrestling. On Instagram they wrote: “Ain’t done yet bitches.”


Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Tammy “Sunny” Sytch was released from the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in New Jersey this morning. Her latest legal woes began when she was jailed last year.


Rock Rims provided an update on his next release, a biography on Roy Shire, via Twitter:

 


It seems the Bella Twins are rethinking their retirement. Brie spoke to Entertainment Tonight and said: ” So, the Bellas are definitely going to make a comeback. We don’t know exactly when but we said we have one more run in us and we’d really love to do it.”


Shotzi Blackheart has confirmed that she has missed NXT TV because she is currently dealing with an injury.


The latest episode of The Figure Gore podcast is available to watch here. Co-host Mad Man Pondo concludes his review of Shark Exorcist, gives an update on his health and upcoming schedule and talks about his late friend New Jack.


The next episode of WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures on A&E will be larger than usual in many ways. The 2-hour episode, which will begin at 8pm, will feature Mark Henry and “Big Show” Paul Wight searching for items related to the legendary Andre the Giant. The biggest items they found? AEW contracts.


As shown on NXT last night, singer/screecher Poppy dropped her new album, which doubles as the brand’s official soundtrack. If you want to hear it, give your head a shake. Or find yourself a chalkboard and drag your nails across it. Or if you’re a real glutton for punishment, visit her YouTube channel.


A couple of legendary wrestler/promoters were born on this date in history: Dutch Savage in 1935; and “The Sheik” Eddie Farhat in 1926.


The former Erick Rowan seems to be planning a return soon.