Saturday, December 4th, 2021
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At the latest AEW Dark tapings Brandi Rhodes returned to in-ring action against Angelica Risk and then Robyn Renegade. Former NXT star Marina Shafir squared off against Kris Statlander.
If true, this is very, very weird reason but Dave Meltzer claims that the reason why the WWE delayed part of their Canadian tour was due to fears of a snow storm?!?!? Sounds like hogwash to us.
On Raw this week Kevin Owens will square off against Big E in a steel cage match.
Word is that WWE may be bringing back the Tough Enough reality show for another season.
According to the rumour mill Charlotte Flair and Andrade El Idolo are no longer a couple.
The Wrestling DVD Network reports that the WWE is ending their line of home video (DVD-Blu Ray) releases next year.
Friday, December 3rd, 2021
CBC has an interview with Kenny Omega. “I like to compare what I do to episodic television,” said Omega. “But in a lot of cases, it can be like performance art, or a night out at the theatre… I think that one of the beautiful things about professional wrestling is, depending on where you are and the audience you’re performing for, it can be either/or.” You can read the rest of the interview here.
Brock Lesnar is returning to Smackdown tonight.
Braun Strowman is lending a hand to his community. More than $10,000 from autograph and picture proceeds will go towards helping the Waukesha County parade victims. “Wisconsin is going to be my forever home. When I come here, people treat me like Adam. It’s opportunity to shine some positive light in a negative situation. I think it’s really awesome seeing this community come together and work as a whole for positive in such a bad time, leading up into the holidays. Being able to do some good, bringing some cheer and hopefully putting some smiles back on people’s faces that unfortunately had them taken away from them,” he told WTMJ in Milwaukee. You can watch and read the rest of the interview here.
Want to know what’s new to stream this weekend? Slam’s John Powell has you covered here.
NJPW has posted this update on Clark Connors:
Clark Connors has contracted COVID-19 and, as a result, will not be able to make his scheduled appearance at LA Comic Con this weekend.
Clark is experiencing mild symptoms, and has not had close contact with other wrestlers. We apologise to fans who were looking forward to Clark’s appearance, and appreciate your understanding.
Gabriel Kidd will be attending the event in Clark’s place, with the schedule as follows:
Friday December 3 6PM-8PM Gabriel Kidd meet and greet
Saturday December 4 10:30am NJPW panel with Gabriel Kidd, Jay White and Fred Rosser
Saturday December 4 1PM-3PM Jay White meet and greet
Sunday December 5 1PM-3PM Fred Rosser meet and greet
Clark’s condition is being monitored, and his attendance at Nemesis on December 9 at Vermont Hollywood will be subject to a negative test. Further updates will be provided.
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
Business Insider has a great interview with EEFY, the “Weapon of Sass Destruction”. “People who would have screamed slurs at me were buying shirts. Dads who would have never wanted to talk to me, their kids only wanted EFFY stuff,” he says about his experience as a wrestler. You can check out the full interview here.
If you missed Dynamite last night, there was a spot before the main event where Cody and Arn Anderson were attacked on the entrance ramp. Unfortunately, Anderson had an unplanned mis-step and fell off the ramp – a moment which was quickly cut away from by the TV cameras. A fan has uploaded footage of the incident taken from the stands,
— Joel Pearl | TimAndJoelPod.com (@JoelPearl) December 2, 2021
A year ago today, the legendary Pat Patterson passed away at the age of 79.
On this date in 1997, legendary British wrestler Shirley Crabtree passed away at the age of 67 – you can read about one of his most famous incidents in this story from our archives.
Happy birthday to Japanese wrestler/executive Jinsei Shinzaki, who turns 54 today. He is better known to North American fans as former WWE star Hakushi. Come to think of it, wouldn’t it be great if his last name had been Gesundheit?
Jeff Jarrett is now a part owner of the Springfield Sliders, a baseball team that competes in the United States Prospects League. He, along with other members of the ownership group – Golden Rule Entertainment’s Capital City Baseball LLC – made the announcement at a press conference yesterday.
The three hours of this past Monday’s RAW had an average of 1,679,000 viewers, with a .46 score in the key 18-49 demographic. The three hours scored the 5th through 7th spot in the night’s cable ratings after NFL and football-related programs.
On Tuesday, NXT scored 637,000 viewers with a .15 in the key demo, which was good enough for 34th place among cable shows.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated has released their list of the top 50 tag teams today. Here are the top five. For those who don’t know, ALK is Stardom’s Syuri and Giulia.
The top five in this year's #TagTeam50:
1. Young Bucks
2. Lucha Bros.
3. Dangerous Tekkers
4. The Usos
5. ALK https://t.co/vF5vET3zFX
— Kevin McElvaney, PWI Guy (@wackelvaney) December 2, 2021
According to Dave Meltzer the WWE might be getting rid of the Cruiserweight Championship or transforming it into a regular title as per Joe Gacy gimmick in NXT.
The WWE is starting their own NIL program. The aim of the program is to provide a clear pathway from collegiate athletics to WWE.
According to their press release, “The WWE has constructed a comprehensive program to recruit and develop potential future Superstars. Dubbed “Next In Line™,” the NIL program aims to enhance the talent development process through collaborative partnerships with college athletes from diverse athletic backgrounds.”
“The WWE NIL program has the potential to be transformational to our business,” said Paul Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Global Talent Strategy and Development. “By creating partnerships with elite athletes at all levels across a wide variety of college sports, we will dramatically expand our pool of talent and create a system that readies NCAA competitors for WWE once their collegiate careers come to a close.”
All athlete partnerships will feature access to the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., in addition to resources across the organization including brand building, media training, communications, live event promotion, creative writing and community relations. Upon completion of the NIL program, select athletes may earn an exclusive opportunity to be offered a WWE contract.
AEW has posted photos of Cody Rhodes’ injuries after last night’s flaming table spot. Yeah, don’t try that at home.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 2, 2021
The WWE has removed Liv Morgan and Becky Lynch’s segment on Raw from YouTube where they mention recent WWE releases.
The speculation is this might be Bryan Danielson under a mask.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 1, 2021
Here is what you will see on Impact Wrestling tonight:
What are you most looking forward to on this Thursday's all-new #IMPACTonAXSTV?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 1, 2021
Dirk Manning, the author of Butts In Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story is the guest on this week’s AEW Unrestricted podcast. You can listen to the show here.
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
WWE Hall of Famer Bushwhacker Luke Williams has purchased 50% of Independent Superstars of Professional Wrestling (ISPW) based out of New Jersey. The promotion is run and operated by long-time promoter Tommy Fierr.
“I went to Tommy Fierro’s wrestling store The Wrestling Collector in Stockholm, NJ over the summer for an appearance and Tommy was talking about how he was planning on bringing back his ISPW promotion and told me his ideas and plans for it. I knew Tommy since he was a teenager running events and I’m so happy and proud to see how far along he’s come in the business. The more Tommy began to explain his vision of ISPW to me, the more I was thinking to myself that I wanted to be a part of it. So we had a meeting about how we can work together and it snowballed into me buying into the company. Between my seven decades of experience in this business and Tommy having his finger on the pulse of what today’s generation of fans want- I am very excited for 2022.”
A video has been posted online that apparently shows a WWE employee giving “seat fillers” their instructions to make sure the arena looks full on television.
Scarlett had this to say about her newly released WWE action figure.
Hey, 3 action figures in less than 2 years with no matches isn’t too shabby… 🤣 https://t.co/yldoofdPOE
— Scarlett Bordeaux (@Lady_Scarlett13) December 1, 2021
The WWE’s return to Madison Square Garden on December 26th features two steel cage matches. Becky Lynch will battle Bianca Belair and Big E will battle Seth Rollins.
In case you missed it, Mei Ying has reappeared on NXT programing last night but she has a new gimmick. She is now known as Wendy Choo and was sleeping on a couch in one of the segments. Her real name is Karen Q.
— Mrs. Lumis (@indi_hartwell) December 1, 2021
Mixed martial artist Becky Levi talks about a backstage WWE visit in a story for My MMA News.
“Everybody was really nice. I actually met [Dwayne] The Rock [Johnson] and some other guys. They were trying to get me to beat up Chyna. They said, ‘We don’t like her, why don’t you do your shooter thing on her?’ I was like, ‘Uh, I don’t think that’s a good idea.’” You can read the rest of the story here, including her actual meet up with Chyna.
What’s new on Slam Wrestling:
Here is what you will see on AEW Dynamite tonight:
- Ruby Soho vs. Kris Statlander – TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinal Match
- Sting & Darby Allin vs. Billy & Colten Gunn (Gunn Club w/Austin)
- Bryan Danielson vs. Alan Angels (Dark Order “5”)
- CM Punk vs. Lee Moriarty
- Cody Rhodes (w/Arn Anderson) vs. Andrade “El Idolo” – Atlanta Street Fight
Big Swole has left AEW.
— Big Swole Baby (@SwoleWorld) November 30, 2021