Wednesday, November 24th, 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 23, 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.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Congratulations to former NWA World champion Jax Dane (J Dane Laymon) who was married today, to his new bride, Evelyn, in a small ceremony. We wrote about Jax back in 2015.
The Undertaker appeared on the Hot Ones YouTube show today.
Today would have been Miss Elizabeth’s 60th birthday.
Jade Cargill had her say on AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast this week and expressed her admiration for Chyna. “Growing up I’ve always been muscular and I used to always get picked on by guys saying, ‘Oh she looks like a man. She’s too muscular.’ And I remember growing up and watching Chyna and seeing how she just embodied, just loved how she looked and it just did nothing but empower me and make me say, ‘You know what? I look good. These muscles look great!” she said. You are listen to the entire show here.
The Wrestling Observer is reporting that the idea for the Bobby Lashley versus Sami Zayn match at Survivor Series is for Lashley to utterly destroy Zayn.
The WWE is looking for a lead writer for Smackdown and Raw. If you think you have what it takes you can apply here.
The Undertaker visited ITV’s breakfast show ‘Good Morning Britain’ today and made a very special entrance.
He tells our man about what it feels like to be hanging up the lycra after 30 years.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) November 19, 2020
Word is the WWE is looking to have fans back in attendance starting at the Royal Rumble.
For those who didn’t catch it, yes that was the superstar formerly known as Hornswoggle (Real Name: Dylan Postl) in the Inner Circle goes to Las Vegas segment last night on AEW Dynamite.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) November 19, 2020
Renee Paquette (ex-WWE announcer Renee Young) and Jon Moxley are pregnant! Apparently, Paquette accidentally texted WWE’s Bayley first instead of her husband. She tweeted about it last night.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Long-time northeast wrestler Silvana Sousa, often seen as enhancement talent in the WWWF, has died from COVID-19. We will have a piece later on SlamWrestling.
On Asuka’s YouTube channel the Empress of Tomorrow received a pedicure from some fish. You have to see it to believe it.
On AEW Dynamite tonight you will see: Serena Deeb (c) vs. Thunder Rosa in match for the NWA Women’s Championship, Young Bucks vs. Top Flight, PAC vs. The Blade, Orange Cassidy vs. Kip Sabian, Cody and Darby Allin vs. Brian Cage and Ricky Starks, AEW World Championship Match contract signing and The Inner Circle’s trip to Las Vegas.
On NXT tonight you will see: Finn Balor chats, Leon Ruff (c) vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship, Io Shirai (c) vs. Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women’s Championship.
The seventh season of the hfree-to-play WWE SuperCard game has been released on IOS and Android today. The new season contains:
STYLES & TECHNIQUES – Plan strategic deck-building decisions with Styles, a new attribute on all Season 7 cards, that is based on Superstars’ real world, in-ring personas. Each Style attribute gains access to Techniques, giving powerful advantages that can greatly affect a matchup;
SUPER MOVES – Build up devastating maneuvers with unique animations across any mode and unleash at will to provide an advantage against tough opponents;
NEW CARD TIERS – Access three new card tiers – Bio-Mechanical, Behemoth and Swarm – and compete for 200 new cards;
ALL GAME MODES– Play any game mode you want, whenever you want, with unified access to the draft board. Featured modes offer bonus rewards and encourage competition;
ART REFRESH – Enjoy a comprehensive art refresh, which touches nearly every menu with a modern and sleek new look. Motion graphics highlight key information and provide additional clarity;
COLLECTIONS – Earn rewards for completing dynamic Collections. Collections are a set of one to upwards of six cards across a theme or a tier that, when collected, trigger a reward. Limited-time events will feature new Collections regularly;
WARGAMES EVENT – Battle for control of multiple rings and earn points for holding a location in this all-new event type; more information coming soon.
Bet you didn’t see this coming! The Undertaker has an exclusive story in this week’s People magazine. You can check out the online version here. You can also check out the Slam archive on the Undertaker here.
The Undertaker responded to Tyson Fury’s tribute to him.
Massive respect…thanks Champ. Keep doing what you’re doing and stay healthy. Watched your inspiring journey for a long time and cant wait to see you fight in person in the future! 🤜💪 https://t.co/Wj69LWCtAl
— Undertaker (@undertaker) November 17, 2020
Sasha Banks spoke to Variety about how she landed a role in the Mandalorian. “So Jon Favreau came to me because he watched an interview that I did with ‘Hot Ones.’ And he really liked me and got my contact information. Then on FaceTime he asked me to be part of ‘The Mandalorian.’ I was like, ‘Well, I cannot say no,’ but I was so incredibly nervous, because I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it with the WWE schedule. You know, we used to travel a lot. But they made it work and everything happened. And it was such an incredible episode. I still just can’t get over how awesome that was. Not only to be part of ‘Star Wars,’ but one of legit the greatest episodes in the history of television like that. I could watch that all the time. That was such a bad ass introduction to the world of ‘Star Wars,” she said. You can read the entire interview here.
Andrew Yang had this to say about wrestlers joining SAG-AFTRA.
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) November 16, 2020
Becky Lynch, who is due to give birth very soon, shared this on Instagram.
Word is the WWE will be moving their entire Thunderdome set-up to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Drew McIntyre told WWE on FOX where that sword he carried on Raw came from. It was Vince McMahon’s. The sword was a gift to him from HHH and Stephanie.
The New Day will be available as playable characters in Gears of War 5. Xavier Woods made the announcement.
If you thought getting popped by gnashers got on your nerves, wait until its us doing it 🤣 pic.twitter.com/nweuRLSzi7
— Austin #Creed4G4 – Future King of The Ring (@AustinCreedWins) November 17, 2020
Renee Young also has an announcement to make.
Yahoo! Finance interviewed Tony Khan. “I think it’s a throwback in a positive way to an era when there was good competition in the wrestling business. There was really a competitive market for the fans. I think it was a great time to be a fan then and we have recreated that. For the fans and the wrestlers, it makes it a better environment. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to get in this, to improve the quality of life for the fans, the wrestlers, for everybody in the business. For me, it’s really been a lot of fun,” he said about AEW. To read the entire interview, click here.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Author Dan Murphy just announced his next pro wrestling book: The Wrestlers’ Wrestlers: The Masters of the Craft of Professional Wrestling. The book, written by Murphy and Brian Young, is scheduled for a Spring 2021 release and will be published by ECW Press. Murphy’s previous pro wrestling books include Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Women’s Wrestling and Bodyslams in Buffalo: The Complete History of Pro Wrestling in Western New York.
It seems the injury report on Mandy Rose is legit. It is the WWE’s reason for replacing Rose and Dana Brooke at Survivor series. Rose was injured last week when she was thrown over the top rope by…you guessed it…Nia Jax.
Marti Belle is a free agent. She has left the NWA.
MLW’s Mike Parrow talked to OutSports about the return of the promotion and talked about working as gay performer. “I don’t think people understand how frustrating it is being openly gay in wrestling. It’s still not very comfortable for a lot of people to be themselves in the locker room. You still feel different and to see them go out there and kill it gave me and EFFY hope,” he said. You can listen or read the entire interview here.
WWE is filming a documentary on Yokozuna. They are filming today at The Wild Samoan Training Center in Pennsylvania.
Many birthday wishes to send out, and many links to stories about them from the past: Moondog Ed Moretti is celebrating today, and here’s a Q&A we did with him; one of Rasslin Merch Machine’s earliest Behind the Gimmick Table columns was about extraordinary collector and historian Tom Burke; Mike Reid may have retired from being Mike Hammer on the micro-wrestler circuit, but he’s still a year older; indy wrestler Andrew Hawkins, currently stationed in Edmonton but originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, is 34 today; and finally, Stu Stone, who was a long-time manager at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, is celebrating too, and the appropriate gift is to check out his new movie, Faking A Murderer.
Monday, November 16, 2020
The WWE has revealed that the reason they terminated Zelina Vega is because she breached her contract which included not closing her Twitch account and opening a OnlyFans account.
Impact Wrestling has announced the first-round brackets for the Knockouts Tag Team Championship tournament that kicks off tomorrow night. In addition to the women on their roster, the tournament will feature the company debut of Killer Kelly and Renee Michaels, both of whom have made appearances in WWE along with various independent companies (Michelle is also married to WWE superstar Drake Maverick). Also making their Impact debuts will be the team of the Sea Stars – real-life sisters Ashley Vox and Delmi Exo – who have previously held the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship.
On Raw tonight, you will see: Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship and Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods vs. Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin for the Raw Tag Team Championship.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Zelina Vega, like many WWE superstars, was making more money off her streaming accounts which is why she refused to give them up. “There was no other way out because she was making more money on her stuff than she was on her WWE deal. So it would be foolish to give the stuff up and then WWE would have to then fire her and she knows that even if she was maybe disappointed about it. They said if you don’t do it, you’re fired, so she had to give it up. She didn’t give it up so she was fired so that was the story,” he said.
Seth Rollins will be taking some time off after Survivor Series to be with his new family. His and Becky Lynch’s first child will be due in just a few weeks.
The new RetroMania Wrestling game will be released on February 26th for Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo and on Steam.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
The Kickstarter campaign for the graphic novel, Gangrel: The Vampire Warrior, is now live. The one-shot book will be published by Squared Circle Comics. You can access the campaign here.
In what will undoubtedly be heartbreaking news for many fans, WWE superstar Alexa Bliss announced that she got engaged on Saturday night to singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera. Congratulations to the happy couple.
Chris Jericho posted a photo of the Inner Circle at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. This visit is part of the current AEW storyline that saw MJF and Wardlow join the faction after MJF defeated Jericho at the Full Gear pay-per-view event. To curry favour with the group, MJF paid for a trip for all of them.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
In her debut match on Smackdown last night Chelsea Green broke her wrist when she fell off the ring apron. She also broke it during her NXT debut. Green confirmed she needed surgery to fix the injury.
Just like the rest of my career, I couldn’t have an easy debut! LOL, that just wouldn’t be fit for my wild journey.
I’m headed into surgery now. I am beyond devastated but so excited to be a part of @WWE team SmackDown, when I get back! 💙
— CHELSEA GREEN (@ImChelseaGreen) November 14, 2020
Word is that Aleister Black wants to move back to NXT. For those who aren’t aware, Black is the husband of Zelina Vega who was fired yesterday from WWE.
The great Nick Bockwinkel died five years ago today. Here’s our Bockwinkel archive, worthy of the Bockwinkel Brigade! (In fact, we have a column, just month’s before “Tricky Nicky’s” death, from Mick Karch, who ran that Brigade for a time. It’s pretty moving: Guest column: My hero, my mentor, my friend, Mr. Nick Bockwinkel.)
Now that it’s aired, let’s just say that Sasha Banks’ role as Koska Reeves in The Mandalorian‘s third episode of the second season was not especially major, playing second fiddle to Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan. And it was odd seeing her with muted hair color.
Luchador La Parka / L.A. Park (Adolfo Ibarra) turns 54 today.
Friday, November 13, 2020
As we celebrate everything Friday 13th today check some of Jason The Terrible’s insane matches courtesy of fans on YouTube.
The Daily News is reporting that Marine Corps Air Station New River will again have Marines involved in WWE’s Tribute to the Troops this December. You can read the story here.
The Wrestling Observer is reporting that the WWE is telling those who are resigning or signing with the company that house shows may be a thing of the past or at least far different than they used to be. A big part of that is that the WWE has been able to make a profit this year without them.
The Observer is also reporting that “The Sauce” Alex Zayne has signed with the WWE.
In more Observer news, Kenny Omega, Medico Asesino, Karloff Lagarde, Dan Koloff and Jun Akiyam have been inducted into the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame.
Canada’s own Melissa Coates – known in the wrestling world for her stints in WWE developmental, WSU and other independents, and most recently as Sabu’s manager “the Super Genie” – has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover her medical expenses after she had to have her leg amputated due to blood clots.
(Top photo credit: ParrisVStefanow.com)
WWE superstar Sasha Banks makes her debut on The Mandalorian in this week’s episode. Credited under her real name, Mercedes Varnado, she will play a character named Koska Reeves.
Lee Moriarty — who we just interviewed — announced that he’s off weekend shows: “I got my COVID test back before I was scheduled to be at the airport for No Peace. Unfortunately it came back positive so I won’t be able to travel. I’m completely fine, no symptoms or anything. I apologize to anyone who was looking forward to seeing me and that I let down.”
Former WWE superstar Maryse Mizanin (aka Mrs. Miz) has been named as the first “Innovator” in a new partnership between the cosmetics company Volition and NBCUniversal. As an Innovator, she will work closely with the company on new product development, the first of which is a moisturizing cream that was released yesterday, to coincide with the premiere of Miz & Mrs., the couple’s reality show.
Happy birthday to NXT Assistant Head Coach Sara Amato (aka Sara Del Rey), who turns 40 today. We spoke with her back in 2010, when she was still competing in the ring as the “Queen of Wrestling”. Also celebrating is our buddy, WWE superstar Sunil Singh of the Bollywood Boyz, who turns 36.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
AEW has made it official. They have signed Jade Cargill to a multi-year deal. Cargill confronted both Cody and Brandi Rhodes on last night’s episode of Dynamite. “We’re committed to expanding the AEW women’s division by signing great athletes,” said Tony Khan, CEO and GM of AEW in the announcement. “Jade is an amazing athlete, and she’s an exciting addition to our women’s roster. I’m confident that fans will enjoy getting to know Jade’s strong personality and watching her development as a wrestler after her surprising confrontation with Cody and Brandi Rhodes last night on Dynamite.”
It is rumoured that Kane and The Godfather will also attend the Undertaker’s final farewell at Survivor Series.
Cody Rhodes will be the guest of this week’s AEW Unrestricted. The episode is being hyped as: “Call him Cody Rhodes! The American Nightmare returns with legal use of his full name, and the story explaining how it happened. He’s also talking about AEW’s first year of TV, what he sees for the company’s future, the exciting young talent that he thinks will be breakout stars next year, and why he plans to stop wrestling at age 40! Cody shares details behind the steel chair shot he took from Shawn Spears at Fyter Fest and what he said to Shawn just before they went to the ring. He also recounts driving John Cena around while at WWE—and why he firmly believes that “nobody is a nobody” in professional wrestling.” Speaking about that infamous chair shot, Cody says: “”I told him [Shawn Spears] to swing from the side, and the last words I told him were, ‘swing for the fences,’ and when I landed, I don’t know if you can make out in the camera shot, but when I landed, my head is so stiff from the shot that I land the awkward landing when you have two falls, I muttered, ‘swing for the fences.” To listen to the entire interview, click here.
The WWE’s Xavier Woods will be co-hosting the Esports Awards. The awards take place on November 21 and will be streamed online.
On Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast Jake Hager revealed that John Cena refused to drop the WWE World Championship to him when he had the Money in the Bank contract. “I had a little inclination but I had no idea what was going to happen. The night before I teased it on Raw where I would almost hit Cena with the briefcase. I snuck up on him and then we had one of his brilliant promo segments. Later I come to find out he refused to do the job for me for the world championship but we won’t talk about that.”
Word is the WWE is interested in signing The Rascalz who just left Impact Wrestling.
Rumour has it we could be seeing The Fiend attack The Undertaker at Survivor Series.
For those of you who missed it, on last night’s AEW Dynamite, they teased that basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal may come in to confront Chris Jericho. It wouldn’t be the first time that Shaq enters the squared circle – he made appearances as the guest host of WWE RAW back in 2009 where he went nose to chest with Jericho. He also appeared at WrestleMania 32 as a surprise entrant in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Get out those birthday candles, and let them burn, baby, burn. Because today is Glenn “Disco Inferno” Gilberti’s 53rd birthday. Also celebrating is ECW original Elektra, turning 50.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Do you crave more Twin Magic? The Bella twins, Nikki and Bella, are thinking about it. When they appeared on Access Hollywood, they floated the idea of challenging for the WWE Women’s Tag Team titles. Brie said that they felt they had one more run in them, and when the audience applauded, she said, “I’ve got goosebumps.” The pair were promoting the return of Total Bellas, which starts tomorrow on E!
Matches announced for AEW Dynamite tonight include: Tay Conti vs Red Velvet; The Natural Nightmares vs The Butcher and The Blade in a bunkhouse match; Scorpio Sky vs Shawn Spears; Brian Cage vs Matt Sydal; and Rey Fenix vs Penta El Zero M. Other segments will include the Inner Circle inducting MJF and Wardlow, and Cody Rhodes addressing the loss of the TNT title to Darby Allin.
We Remember. Thank you to all who served, too many who paid the ultimate price. Our archive of stories about wrestlers who served is in our Remembrance Day / Veterans Day section.
The 18th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops will air on FOX on Sunday, December 6, but it is complicated by the NFL games. From the press release: “Viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 1:00 PM ET can watch WWE Tribute to the Troops at 4:30 PM ET; viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 4:05 PM ET can watch the special at 3:00 PM ET.” Of course, that is dependent on games not going long and all that on-field excitement. Servicemen and women and their families from Marine Corps Air Station New River, US Army Post Fort Hood, U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Naval Air Station Fallon and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake will be a part of the show, which will take place inside WWE ThunderDome.
To coincide with the documentary on WWE Network, The Mortician, the website PercyPringle.com, by occasional SlamWrestling contributor Kurt Nielsen, has been redesigned.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be producing a reboot of the movie The Scorpion King. The original, which was a spinoff of The Mummy franchise, saw Johnson take on his first lead film role as the titular character. Oscar-nominated writer Johnathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) will handle the script.
Impact Wrestling’s Chris Bey will be appearing in this year’s NJPW Super-J Cup, taking place on December 12. He’ll be taking on Clark Connors in the first round. Bey becomes the second Impact star to be announced, along with TJP who will face ACH.
Here’s the updated card for Impact’s Turning Point show, which will air this Saturday on its Impact+ streaming service:
Rich Swann (c) vs. Sami Callihan – World Championship match
Su Yung (c) vs. Deonna Purrazzo – No-DQ match for the Knockouts Championship
The North (c) vs. the Good Brothers – Tag Team Championship match
Brian Myers vs. ‘Swoggle
Moose vs. Willie Mack
Tenille Dashwood and Jordynne Grace vs. Rosemary and Taya Valkyrie
Daivari vs. Eddie Edwards
XXXL vs. Chris Sabin and “Cowboy” James Storm
Rohit Raju defends the X-Division Championship in a “Defeat Rohit” open challenge
Maybe it’s time to change his name from “Bad Ass” to “Bad Hip.” AEW star Billy Gunn turns 57 today. Japanese women’s legend Dump Matsumoto, who turns 60, could probably still take Billy too.