Tuesday, January 19, 2021

We’ll have full details in our Impact Wrestling report later tonight. But in breaking news, AEW’s Matt Hardy and Private Party appeared on the show, interrupting a face-off between Impact Tag Team Champions the Good Brothers and Chris Sabin and a returning “Cowboy” James Storm.

ODB is returning to Impact Wrestling.

The WWE’s name for the tag team of Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke is apparently “Sexy Muscle Friends”.

AEW has filed a trademark for “Too Sweet” in North America. In other news, Dalton Castle has trademarked his name.

Nikki Cross is not happy with her current place in the WWE.

The person playing Drew McIntyre on Raw last night was actor David Krumholtz. He has starred in the Twilight Zone television series, The Plot Against America, The Good Wife, The Deuce and Mom.

Word is that NXT wrestlers were fined by the WWE for having a house party on New Years Eve.

Look for AAA star Black Taurus to appear on Impact Wrestling broadcasts soon.

Remember when WWE management had to enter you into the Royal Rumble match or you had to earn your place? With everyone and their uncle just declaring themselves participants these days The Good Brothers decided to have some fun.

There could be something big brewing on Impact Wrestling this week. Rumor has it that AEW’s Tony Khan was at the tapings.

Speaking of Impact, they’ve announced two matches for tonight’s show: Rhino vs. Eric Young; and Kimber Lee & Susan vs. Jordynne Grace & Jazz.

In the “Remember me?” news of the day, former WWE star Ryback is currently engaged in a war of words on Twitter against WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry.

In the “Never Forgotten” news of the day, today would have been the 80th birthday of the legendary Pat Patterson.

We’ll tell you What’s Up. Today is Ron “R-Truth” Killings’ 49th birthday. Also celebrating is NXT’s Tyler Breeze, turning 33.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Slam Book Editor, Jamie Hemmings, was a guest on the Not About Wrestling podcast hosted by Chris Illumniati. You can read the article and watch the show here.

Here are this week’s WWE Network premieres:

Monday, Jan. 18
13 classic episodes of Wrestling Challenge – 10 a.m. ET on demand
Raw Talk – 11 p.m. ET

Tuesday, Jan. 19
The Best of WWE: Attitude Era Royal Rumble Matches** – 12 p.m. ET on demand

Wednesday, Jan. 20
Monday Night Raw (12/21/20) – 9 a.m. ET on demand
WWE’s The Bump: Booker T, Rey Mysterio, Chad Gable, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler** – 10 a.m. ET

Thursday, Jan. 21
Notsam Wrestling: The Royal Rumble  – 10 a.m. ET on demand
NXT UK – 3 p.m. ET/8 p.m. GMT
This Week in WWE – 7 p.m. ET
WWE NXT (1/20/21) – 10 p.m. ET on demand

Friday, Jan. 22
WWE Playback: 2020 Men’s & Women’s Royal Rumble – 10 a.m. ET on demand
205 Live – 10 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 23
WWE Main Event (1/7/21) – 9 a.m. ET on demand
Talking Smack – 10 a.m. ET on demand
EVOLVE 144 – 12 p.m. ET on demand
ICW Fight Club #156 – 12 p.m. ET on demand
The Best of PROGRESS Wrestling – 12 p.m. ET on demand
Talking Smack – 2 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 24
Friday Night SmackDown (12/25/20) – 9 a.m. ET on demand
WWE Chronicle: Bianca Belair – 10 a.m. ET on demand
My Way: The Life and Legacy of Pat Patterson – 10 a.m. ET on demand
My Way: The Life and Legacy of Pat Patterson – 8 p.m. ET
WWE Chronicle: Bianca Belair – 9 p.m. ET

Word is that WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is expected to return to Raw this week.

Nissin Foods has partnered with the WWE to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary.

Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson posted a trailer for his upcoming TV show, Young Rock, a sit-com focusing on his pre-teen and teen years.


“I really wish my dad was around to see this one,” he posted, about his father, the legendary Rocky Johnson. “Maaaaan he would’ve been proud.”

The show premieres on February 16.

Ethan Page had nothing good to say about his former company Impact Wrestling after Saturday’s Hard to Kill PPV, that featured a cinematic match between Page and his alter-ego The Karate Man, going to social media to comment on the poorly-received segment.

“… last night sucked.

I’m so embarrassed with how IMPACT! lazily edited that segment last night & forced it to be a joke. I felt the thought of the same guys fighting each other was comedy enough & the more serious we took it the better the reaction would be. But cuz I left the company, they lied to my face & just did what they wanted the whole time.

I’m sorry if any of my fans paid for that PPV & felt cheated. I honestly feel the free version I gave away was made with more love, care & attention to detail. Sadly I have no control over the creative or final product & the editor refused to send it to me before hand …. so I saw it live with you guys & was surrounded by family. All scratching their heads at that high school project level delivery on a PPV.

I pray ppl know I didn’t edit that hot garbage. I actually begged IMPACT! Not to even have Karate man on tv. I only wanted it for my YouTube channel. But … we don’t write the shows. We just get the scripts & do our best. Idk what else to say.

Breaks my heart this company refuses to respect its talent or it’s fan base on a regular basis.

I tried.’

Oh well! Life goes on. That door is closed. Now let’s focus on what’s next.”

Speaking of Impact, their new line of Micro-Brawler figures is now available on their official online store. The first series of figures is a bit of a random list: Doc Gallows, Jordynne Grace, Eddie Edwards, and Moose, and Impact legend Abyss. Autographed versions are available for the ones on the current roster.

Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famer Dave “Batista” Bautista, who turns 52 today. Also celebrating is ROH star Mark Briscoe, turning 36.

Legendary wrestler-promoter “The (Original) Sheik” Ed Farhat passed away on this date in 2003 at 76 years old.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

WWE is bringing back the Fastlane event. It will air on March 21st.

Rush drummer Neil Peart died of brain cancer last January. Of course, WWE mouthpiece Corey Graves felt the need to post this classy Tweet six days after the first anniversary of Peart’s death because…as we know by now, he is Corey Graves. Nuff said.

In case you missed it, Matt Cardona (AKA:  Zack Ryder) debuted for Impact Wresting at the Hard to Kill event last night. He defeated Ace Austin.

In an Instagram post, Michelle McCool revealed she has COVID-19 but is the only one in her household who does. Nyla Rose also reveal she was exposed to a family member who does have it so she is skipping a Dynamite taping.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

During the Hard to Kill countdown show, Madison Rayne announced her retirement, confirming recent rumours.

Alex Shelley has addressed why he won’t be at the Hard to Kill show tonight in a video statement.

Someone has stolen the motorcycle Randy ‘Machoman’ Savage rode to WCW’s Hog Wild pay-per-view. The bike is owned by former pro-wrestling manager Sonny Onoo and he wants some help locating it. You can check out the story here.

Calling all Bushwhacker/Sheepherder fans! John Crowther, who is working with the legendary tag team on their autobiography, announced that Luke and Butch will choose five of their favorite fan stories to include in the book. Fans can submit their stories/memories to Crowther by email at [email protected] The deadline for submission is February 28, 2021.

Mike Mooneyham has a great column today on Haystacks Calhoun. You can check it out here.

Alexa Bliss will battle Asuka on Raw this Monday.

Rory Cellan-Jones is a veteran technology reporter for the BBC. In his latest column he writes that the list of WWE personnel is the most edited page on Wikipedia with 53,000 edits over the years.

Friday, January 15, 2021

On Smackdown tonight you will see: Rey Mysterio against King Corbin, “Main Event” (We cannot read that without laughing) Jey Uso to face Shinsuke Nakamura and insanely enough Roman Reigns and Adam Pearce are set for a Universal Title contract signing.

AEW has made a change to its live schedule. The Dynamite show scheduled for the Prudential Center on Feb 24th has been rescheduled for September 15th. For those who want a refund from the point of purchase, you have 30 days.

Impact Wrestling announced that Josh Alexander will face Brian Myers in the Hard to Kill countdown show tomorrow. The one-hour countdown will start at 7pm, immediately before the PPV, and will air on AXS-TV and Impact’s streaming platforms.

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin was a guest on A Little Late with Lilly Singh last night, promoting season 2 of his show Straight Up Steve Austin. Some highlights from the interview:

  • Austin praised Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson for always bringing the best out each other in the ring.
  • He talked about farting in the ring, and brought up the story of him soiling his trunks in a match against Yokozuna in South Africa.
  • He revealed that he’s afraid of sharks, and doesn’t like to swim in open water because of it.
  • He talked about being friends with Post Malone, which started when the rapper wore a “Stone Cold” replica vest to an awards ceremony. Austin tweeted about it, and they soon became buddies after Malone appeared on Austin’s podcast.
  • Austin explained why his least-favourite cocktail is Sex on the Beach.
  • He also named the Undertaker’s entrance as the best one in wrestling.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Ricochet’s current contract with the WWE is until 2024.

The Observer also reports that some WWE talent are getting frustrated at the soundtrack the WWE is using for crowd noise. They believe it reveals whether they are destined to get a push or not and some long for the days when the live crowd would show their support instead of management deciding who is popular and who is not by the artificial crowd noise.

Take from it what you will but Jay White’s profile has been removed from the official NJPW site.

Happy birthday to Shane McMahon, who hasn’t been on TV lately – maybe he’s gone Underground?

The legendary Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka passed away three years ago today.

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

NXT continues to flounder. This week’s show only drew 542,000 viewers and had a 0.16 rating in the key demo. In comparison, AEW pulled in 762,000 viewers and scored a 0.30 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

Andrew Yang, an outspoken critic of the WWE’s way of doing business and a former Democratic presidential candidate is throwing in his hat to become mayor of New York City.

Tama Tonga, who is an original member of Bullet Club along with Bad Luck Fale, had much to say about the use or suggestion of the name Bullet Club in AEW and Impact Wrestling and Kenny Omega on his Tama’s Island podcast. “The guy that really tried to ruin Bullet Club is now using Bullet Club as an angle?” said Tama. “Now, you can do your thing. Do whatever the hell you want but do not call it Bullet Club because you are not Bullet Club.”

NWA World Women’s Champion Serena Deeb is this week’s guest on the AEW Unrestricted podcast. On it, she had this to say about leaving the WWE.  “It was probably the best thing that ever happened to me, losing my job, because [AEW] probably would not be happening right now. I don’t even look back on that with any type of negative feelings or anything; it is purely positive for me,” she said. You can listen to the entire podcast, here.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

On NXT tonight, you will see:  Shotzi Blackheart versus Candice LeRae, Dexter Lumis versus Johnny Gargano. In the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, it will be Adam Cole & Roderick Strong of The Undisputed Era battling Breezango and Grizzled Young Veterans taking on Ever-Rise.

On AEW Dynamite you will see: Pac vs. Eddie Kingston,  Miro vs. Chuck Taylor, “The Waiting Room” with Britt Baker featuring Cody, FTR vs. Jurassic Express, Darby Allin (c) vs. Brian Cage (AEW TNT Championship), Serena Deeb (c) vs. Tay Conti (NWA Women’s World Championship), The Elite are in action and The Inner Circle will discuss their New Year’s Resolution is.

The WWE is looking for a new Senior Vice President for Talent Management Group. If interested, you can apply here.

Sports Illustrated spoke to The Good Brothers. Luke Gallows had this hilarious comment: “We don’t have any sour grapes about WWE, except that they forgot to mail us our Slammy Award for Match of the Year,” Gallows says referencing the Good Brothers’ contribution to the “Boneyard” match from WrestleMania 36 that pitted the Undertaker against A.J. Styles. “Maybe the mail is slow. I’m still waiting on that but we’re focused on right now. We’re the Impact Wrestling tag-team champions, Hard to Kill is going to be a banger of a pay-per-view, we’re in the middle of ‘Wrestle Week’ on AXS TV and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some more fallout from us and Kenny Omega on Dynamite,” he said. You can read the entire interview here.

It is being reported that members of Retribution were offered contract renewals of $250,000 per year for the next three years. As reported yesterday, Lana makes $625,922 a year just from her sponsored social media posts and Mandy Rose pulls in $490,104. Take from that what you will.

Setting aside the political leanings of Rebel News (as right as you get in Canada), this is an interesting video where “Hot Shot” Danny Duggan (Danny Warren) talks about being issued a fine in Winnipeg for a private wrestling show taping, done with just CWE wrestlers and no fans — and the owners of the venue CWE rented from got a fine too.

Sasha Banks was named #1 on Sports Illustrated‘s Top 10 wrestlers of 2020. (Anyone else remember when Sports Illustrated actually meant something?)

Academy Award Winner Matthew McConaughey hinted on Maria Menounous’ podcast that he would be interested in getting in the ring at some point. Perhaps he may do a reboot of The Wrestler?

After last night’s Impact, another match was announced for this Saturday’s Hard to Kill PPV: Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb vs. Rosemary and Crazzy Steve.

NXT will now be hosting “live” virtual audiences in the Capitol Wrestling Center. To date, the virtual faces appearing on their in-house video screens are believed to be recycled from past Thunderdome audience members.

Fresh off of his appearance this past weekend in the Impact Super-X Cup tournament, KC Navarro appeared on AEW Dark last night, in a losing effort in a tag team match against a couple of Dark Order members.

Happy birthday wishes go out today to the legendary Buddy Colt, to former AWA announcer Mick Karch, who we profiled in 2010, to Ring of Honor announcer Ian Riccaboni, and Bruce Hart.

Belated birthday greetings to B. Brian Blair, who turned 64 yesterday. For his present, maybe buy a lifetime membership in the Cauliflower Alley Club, of which he’s the President and CEO.

Yesterday would have been the 58th birthday of the legendary Luna Vachon. SlamWrestling.net Producer Greg Oliver wrote a wonderful tribute to her earlier this year that you may want to re-read.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Netflix has announced plans to release what looks like a lot of big-screen movies in 2021. One per week, to be exact. They broke the news with the help of Dwayne Johnson and others (including Dave Bautista). Johnson is promoting his upcoming action flick Red Notice, while Bautista is touting the genre-bending Zombie-Apocalypse-Heist movie Army of the Dead.

WrestleMania 24 is back on the WWE Network but Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather’s use of 50 Cent’s “I Get Money” has been changed.

Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Entertainment and Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions have settled their lawsuit.

In an interview with Metro in the UK, Jeff Hardy admitted that he has been wrestling with some injuries from his recent matches. “When I did the Whisper in the Wind and he hit me in the butt with the guitar, my back is still messed up from that,” he said about his Symphony of Destruction match with Elias. To read the entire interview click here.

According to the UK marketing firm LoveUX, Lana makes $625,922 a year just from her sponsored social media posts and Mandy Rose pulls in $490,104. This is how much they stand to lose in yearly income due to the WWE’s new third-party policy.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer states that despite what he stated on television Drew McIntyre does have some discernable COVID-19 symptoms. Meltzer also said three more WWE stars have been pulled off television due to positive tests.

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Former Lucha Underground star Mil Muertes is debuting on this week’s episode of MLW Fusion.

Former WWE Co-Presidents George Barrios and Michelle Wilson have landed on their feet. They have created their own investment firm Isos Capital Management. We wonder if they would advise buying stocks in WWE?

Tony Gill, Sha Samuels and Aleah James have joined the NXT UK roster.

Kenny Omega and Don Callis are slated to make an appearance on this week’s episode of Impact Wrestling. Also on the show you will see: Rich Swann against Karl Anderson, Tenille Dashwood versus Rosemary, Kimber Lee versus Taya Valkyrie and Deaner versus Tommy Dreamer.

The Dark Side of the Ring folks spent most of Sunday filming Tracy Edwards out in British Columbia, as she talked about her late husband, Johnny Croitoru, known to wrestling fans as Johnny K9 and Bruiser Bedlam, and known to police Canada-wide for too many things to list here. But you can head into our Johnny K9 archive!

Get out your forks to mark the 80th birthday of Abdullah the Butcher, and then dig in to our Abby archive.

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

On the next Smackdown Shinsuke Nakamura will battle Jey Uso.

WrestleMania 24 is gone from the WWE Network. Word is the controversy involving Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather’s use of 50 Cent’s “I Get Money” could have surfaced once again. For now, you had better pull out those disks if you want to watch the show as the WWE works on returning it to the Network.

Rumour has it that Dalton Castle has decided not to resign with ROH and is a free agent.