Saturday, November 28th, 2020
If you want to read the resume Billie Kay showed off on Smackdown, Natalya has got you covered.
— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) November 28, 2020
Pro Wrestling Tees’ creator Ryan Barkan has revealed that the number one and two selling shirts of 2020 belong to Orange Cassidy. Owen Hart is at number two. At three and four there are two Chris Jericho Inner Circle shirts.
On the next Raw, Alexa Bliss will interview Randy Orton once again.
Mike Mooneyham has a great piece on Mad Dog Vachon. You can read it here.
Beauty was born on this date in history. And, no, we’re not talking about our very own “Bloodthirsty” Bob Kapur, but rather former WWE superstar Summer Rae, who turns 37 today. Also celebrating are former WWE superstar Rob Conway (46) and former WWE/ROH/NWA star Brent Albright / Gunner Scott (42).
Friday, November 27th, 2020
Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson appeared in balloon form in yesterday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. The balloon was based off of his famous 1990 Toronto Sun “fanny pack” picture. This was to promote his upcoming “Young Rock” TV show.
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) November 26, 2020
Word is that Duane Gill, known as Gilbert in the WWE, is recovering from a heart attack he suffered earlier this week.
Keith Lee will be the subject of an upcoming episode of the WWE documentary series WWE 24.
Kenny Omega has launched his own supplement line.
Well, today’s the day and I’ve officially launched my own supplement line with REDCON1. The flavor, V-TRIGGER, tastes a lot like Lemonheads. So if you’re into that, this is up your alley! In other news, happy thanksgiving! https://t.co/5iHjSMqC8t pic.twitter.com/knQQLR5kCB
— Kenny Omega (@KennyOmegamanX) November 27, 2020
Thursday, November 26th, 2020
Anna Jay is this week’s guest on AEW’s Unrestricted podcast. She had this to say about Jerry Lynn being her mentor backstage. “Every time that I would have a match, he would tell me little things that I could work on, and it just really meant a lot to me because I never went to him. I didn’t really know who to go to other than the person who was coaching my match. So he would always come up to me and say, ‘Hey, you can do this next time.’ And every time I would listen, and it would really help because it’s the little details that matter,” she said. You can listen to the entire interview and show here.
For you Total Bellas fans, Nikki’s fiancee Artem Chigvintsev and his “celebrity” partner Kaitlin Bristowe (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette) won this season of Dancing With The Stars, earning the coveted mirror-ball trophy.
Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famer Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, who turns 59 today. Our interview with her from 2000 really highlights how far women’s wrestling has progressed over the past two decades. Also celebrating is former WWE star, and Tough Enough winner Maven Huffman (turning 44), who never really progressed as a wrestler while he was there, but has since gone on to host and star on other TV shows and events.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States. Here’s a memorable look at the significance of the holiday.
WWE backstage interviewer McKenzie Mitchell and commentator Vic Joseph are dating, based on this recent Instagram post.
Forbes recently talked to WWE’s Chief Technology Officer Rajan Mehta. In the interview , he talks about the Thunderdome and other tech innovations the company is using to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
Shane Helms has returned to the WWE as a producer. Helms was furloughed earlier this year.
In North America, WWE Battlegrounds will be reduced from $39.99 USD to $23.99 in the Nintendo Switch eShop, the PlayStation Store and on Xbox Live as part of their Black Friday sales.
The next installment of Canadian indy pro wrestler/author Adam Knight’s urban fantasy series is available for pre-order on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. This third book in the Overdrive series of novels is called Prairie Fire. You can read the Slam story on book one of the series here.
As part of the revival of the G4 gaming channel it has been announced that Xavier Woods will be one of their new hosts. “We could not be happier to welcome Xavier to the family and introduce the first member of G4’s new cast,” said Kevin Sabbe, Head of Content, G4. “The list of on-air talent with advanced degrees in psychology, unbridled passion for video games and multiple WWE Tag Team Championships is not long. We loved Xavier’s creative #Creed4G4 campaign and cannot wait to showcase his many talents throughout G4’s developing slate of programming. Xavier stands as a fantastic first representative of an exciting and diverse team that we are assembling for G4 and will be introducing in the coming weeks and months.”
Well, that didn’t last long. It has been announced that Jordynne Grace would be teaming up with the retired Jazz as part of the Impact Knockouts Tag Team Tournament.
On AEW Dynamite tonight you will see: Chris Jericho and Jake Hager vs. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Anna Jay (AEW Women’s World Championship), PAC and Rey Fenix vs. The Butcher and The Blade with The Bunny, Will Hobbs in action and Hangman Page vs. John Silver.
On NXT tonight you will see: Ember Moon versus Candice LeRae.
As per the storyline, Braun Strowman has been suspended indefinitely by the WWE for his attack on Adam Pearce this week on Raw.
Really? You’re gonna suspend me for what expecting what I’ve earned? Everyone and their brother knows what I’ve done to get here and I’ve more than earn a title opportunity. To hell with this place & all the backstage politics BULLSH**!!! #ImDoneFollowingOrders #EveryoneWillFall https://t.co/5AnZBLZkqu
— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) November 24, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
You can win a meeting with The Undertaker and a tour of the WWE Performance Center with Omaze. Check out all of the details here.
The WWE’s latest film The Buddy Games has been released on VOD instead of in theatres. Sheamus plays Thursty in the film. It was filmed in British Columbia.
Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix, who turns 40 today. Celebrate by checking out our Beth Phoenix story archive.
WWE has entered into a new partnership with Credit One, a Las Vegas-based credit card issuer. The multi-year relationship will include Credit One messaging on the company’s PPV events. a WWE-themed credit card, and exclusive fan experiences.
We mentioned that there is a GoFundMe campaign to help wrestler-manager “Super Genie” Melissa Coates after her leg had to be amputated. Impact Wrestling EVP (and overall good guy) Scott D’Amore has announced that he will match any donations made today dollar for dollar.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Top Flight (Darius and Dante Martin) have been signed by AEW.
Dave Meltzer reports that Aleister Black being off WWE television has nothing to do with his wife Zelina Vega being fired. The WWE bookers, writers just have no plans for him like many of the superstars that Paul Heyman wanted to push during his time as the creative head of Raw.
Damian Lillard and Rob Gronkowski will be joining the roster of WWE 2K Battlegrounds in November and December.
As mentioned before, Seth Rollins is taking a break from WWE due to the birth of his and Becky Lynch’s baby. It is why he was written off WWE TV at Survivor Series last night sacrificing himself to the Raw team.
Taylor Wilde is returning to Impact Wrestling soon.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
The Scotsman has an interview with Drew McIntyre in which he speaks about UK fans: “The UK has some of the most passionate loyal fans. The superstars look forward to it because they don’t understand why the crowds are so rowdy – we have football crowds who chant, go mental, get drunk, it’s home for me but for the rest of the superstars they think it’s cool to get over – my goal is to make it happen in future and it’s going to happen because I’m gonna harass [WWE chief executive] Vince McMahon until it does,” he said. To read the full interview, click here.
Sonny Kiss won’t be juggling college with his work for AEW any more. He just graduated. Congrats, Sonny!
Former Sin Cara in the WWE and now known as Cinta De Oro will be headlining a drive-in lucha libre event Nov. 28 at the El Paso County Coliseum. Check here for all of the info.
1News has a great interview with NJPW’s Aaron ‘Toa’ Henare about how he is training the next generation of superstars in his native New Zealand. You can read all about it here.
There is a fundraiser going on to save the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia – also known as the old ECW Arena, as that was the home-base of the original promotion during its heyday. The owners are looking for contributions to help them get through the slowdown in business resulting from COVID-19 restrictions on live events. If interested, visit this link.
On this date in history: Greatness, in the form of Archie “The Stomper” Gouldie was born in 1936 (he passed away in 2016); genius, in the form of promoter Jess McMahon (grandfather to current WWE CEO Vince) passed away in 1954; and former WWE/WCW writer and the man who played the infamous and offensive “Oklahoma” character, Ed Ferrara was born (he’s still alive).
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that yesterday was Brie and Nikki Bella’s 37th birthday.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
On the latest episode of PWTorch Dailycast – The Deep…Dive with Richard Fann II: Slam’s Book Editor, Jamie Hemmings, and Jason Norris, the editor of the Women Love Wrestling anthology, are the guests. The two give their picks for the top under the radar pro wrestling books just in time for Black Friday! You can listen to the podcast here.
Speaking on the Wrestling Observer podcast Kenny Omega said he would support working with the WWE in future. “Whatever benefits the wrestling fan must always come first. When you start thinking about fantasy scenarios, if wrestlers crossed over like that, it gets really exciting,” he said.
On Wednesday, during the filming of the TV show Wipeout, which is hosted by John Cena, a contestant had a heart attack shortly after completing the final obstacle course, and passed away. The show, which is a revival of the ABC competition series, has been picked up to air on TBS. Filming of the first 20 episodes is in progress for airing at a later date.
Sorry, fans of the Netlix series GLOW, which was cancelled before its fourth season due to COVID-related filming challenges. In a recent interview, star Alison Brie said she was pessimistic about the show wrapping up with a conclusive movie event. “I’m a little pessimistic about it actually happening just in light of everything that’s gone on this year,” she said, “and how difficult it is to get anything back into production with COVID.” The show, which was based on the campy 80s female wrestling show of the same name, ran for three seasons, and was acclaimed by critics and viewers alike.
On this date in 2013, the legendary Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon passed away at the age of 84. Everything you need to know about his life and career can be found in our archives.
Cut the f’n music! And then switch it to “Happy Birthday” because ECW original Shane Douglas turns 56 today.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Lacey Evans spoke to Mike Mooneyham of the Post and Courier about the Be a Mentor program and how much it means to her and others. “When Shelton (Benjamin) and I got to do video shout-outs for this mentorship program, it was definitely incredible because we know what it’s like to have to break the cycle and come from broken homes and rough upbringings and struggles as children. Now we get to use our voice and platform to show those children that we can relate, and that they are capable of creating whatever life they can envision for themselves. Sometimes all it takes is an outside mentor that can help them to see that it’s possible. Not all children have the best role models within the home,” she said. You can read the full interview here.
Major League Wrestling today announced the brackets for its 2020 Opera Cup tournament brackets, starting on its Wednesday November 25 FUSION show on Fubo Sports, Pluto TV and YouTube. The first round sees Rocky Romero against “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, Richard Holliday against TJP, Davey Boy Smith Jr. (who won the 2019 Opera Cup) against Low Ki, and Laredo Kid versus ACH.
Today would have been the 114th birthday of “Wild” Red Berry. For more on one of the greatest wrestlers and managers ever, see Steve Johnson’s 2010 story to mark Berry’s induction into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.