Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Daniel Bryan will face Jey Uso in a steel cage match on the next episode of Smackdown.


In case you missed it live, you can watch the latest episode of The Figure Gore podcast here.


NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai has been permitted by the WWE to appear at Stardom’s anniversary show but via a video message. Earlier this month Kairi Sane was blocked from making an appearance in person by the WWE.


The UK Sun is reporting that AEW is interested in possibly signing Thea Budgen (Zelina Vega).


Outsports has a profile on Canadian Sandy Parker. You can read the piece here.


The Crockett Sports Promotions Facebook page has posted this message: “Jim Crockett Jr. is in the hospital and not doing well. We will keep you posted.”


On last night’s NJPW Strong, AEW’s Jon Moxley defeated Kenta to remain IWGP United States Champion.


Friday, February 26th, 2021

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that John Morrison did injure his knee on Raw when he caught his legs in the ropes and fell to the floor. At the present time it is not clear how seriously he was injured.


In the 2020 Wrestling Observer Year End Awards, readers picked these as the top Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic.

1. WWE firing people during a pandemic during a year where they were setting profit records

2. WWE operating for months without COVID testing 247

3. WWE stopping talent from third party opportunities 63

4. WWE running in Saudi Arabia 48

5. AEW restarting Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara match 21


AEW Dynamite came in fifth in the ratings for cable shows this week. NXT was 24th. AEW had 831,000 viewers in the USA. NXT had 734,000. In key demos though, AEW came in at 0.35, NXT was 0.22.


Goldberg was part of a team bringing supplies to an apartment complex that is without water in Texas. You can check out the story here.


WWE is producing a new documentary. Heaven tells the story of a trailblazing high school wrestler named Heaven Fitch. In 2020, as a junior, Fitch became the first female athlete to win a boy’s state wrestling championship in North Carolina. Narrating the documentary is WWE Hall of Famer and fellow North Carolina resident Beth Phoenix, who, like Fitch, often competed against boys during her amateur wrestling career. WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon provides the film’s introduction.


On Smackdown tonight, Bianca Belair will reveal her WrestleMania decision.


The next episode of The Figure Gore podcast is live tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern. Hosts Rob Bellamy, Mad Man Pondo, Joe Tong and Slam Book Editor Jamie Hemmings, will be talking all things pro wrestling and horror. You can watch the show live on its Facebook page.


John Crowther, who is working on the autobiography of The Bushwhackers/The Sheepherders, has announced that the deadline for fans to submit their favorite memories/stories of the beloved tag team to possibly be included in the book, has been extended until the end of March 2021. Stories can be submitted to Crowther by emailing him at [email protected]


WWE won a number of awards at the 2021 Cynopsis Awards, which recognize achievements in digital innovation in media. The company’s Women’s Affinity Group won for “Best Diversity & Inclusion Practices,” its Support Tomorrow’s Superstars campaign won for “Best Social Good Awareness Campaign,” and the WWE Network won for “Best Streaming Video on Demand (SVOD) Services.”

The documentary series, “Undertaker: Last Ride” received Honourable Mentions for “Best Sports Documentary Series Content” and “Best Use of Video/Social Promotion – Marketing Campaigns.” In addition, WWE’s Kayla Braxton received one for “Best TV/Video Host.”

Big E and Braxton both made appearances during the online ceremony (at 21:00 and 58:30, respectively, in the video below)..


On this date in 1926, legendary wrestler-promoter Verne Gagne was born. Happy birthday also to the “Sinister Minister” James Mitchell who turns 666 today (actually, 56).


Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Ring of Honor announced that EC3 had signed a deal with the promotion. EC3 has been around ROH since December but he tested positive for COVID-19 and was pulled from his match against Jay Briscoe at Final Battle. EC3 recently returned to ROH TV.


Red Velvet is the guest on this week’s AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast. She had this to say about her upcoming match against Jade and Shaq. “She’s a great athlete. Body is impeccable so that’s the first thing people see, and they’re like, ‘Oh yeah you don’t stand a chance,’ but I’ll show them what I’m really about.” You can listen to the entire show here.


The Arab News has an interesting story about all of the football connections to WrestleMania. You can check it out here.


You can read an amusing story about a Mick Foley Tweet gone wrong here.


Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

Margaret Messina, the sister of the late Thomas Cole, has set up a GoFundMe campaign for Cole’s wife and daughters. Cole, who died by suicide on February 12, 2021, was the key figure in the infamous WWE ring boy sex scandal. Messina explained on the site: “We are seeking donations to aide his wife and children so they can remain in their home and receive the help they will need to heal.” You can access the campaign here.


MLW Fusion is off this week, but will have in it’s place MLW Underground, which highlights matches from yesteryear

.  Tonight showcases Terry Funk vs. Abdullah the Butcher, and you get to see some other stars like (Oh my GOD!) Joey Styles.  Check it out if you want to see some retro Wrestling fun!

 

Excuuuuse me! Here is what you will see on AEW Dynamite tonight courtesy of…


Here is what you will see on NXT tonight:

  • Adam Cole talks about his recent actions.
  • Santos Escobar versus Karrion Kross – No Disqualification Match
  • Xia Li versus Kacy Catanzaro
  • Grizzled Young Veterans versus Killian Dain and Drake Maverick
  • Johnny Gargano versus Dexter Lumis
  • Io Shirai versus Zoe Stark

Tony Khan spoke to TSN in Canada. He addressed Sting’s health as an in-ring performer. “Sting is absolutely medically cleared,” Khan said. “Sting had been training and sparring and taking moves in training. Sting had taken a powerbomb in training and was cleared to do everything in the ring. He’s ready to wrestle and him getting back in there, I think, is good to see it firsthand and for everybody to realize that this is going to be real. When Sting gets in there to wrestle, he’s taking it very seriously. He’s really excited about getting back in the ring and it was great to see Sting back in the ring and I’m excited to see him do more.” You can read the entire interview here.


In what may cause NBC to raise an eyebrow, the ratings for Young Rock dropped almost 35% from last week, with the show garnering a 3.48 overall and 0.7 in the 18-49 demographic (a drop of 30%).


Two announcements from Eat Sleep Wrestle: John Cosper shared that the second Mad Man Pondo book will be “a little different than originally planned” and that “it’s going to be a must read for wrestlers as well as the fans!” Also coming in April of 2021 will be the autobiography of Vicki Otis, written with Cosper, called Princess Victoria: A Tale of Tears, Triumphs and Turnbuckles.


Rock Rims announced on Facebook that his Legends and Icons book is back by popular demand. The release date for this new and third printing will be on April 12, 2021. Pre-orders will start on March 15, 2021 and can be done by emailing Rims at [email protected]


The Eastern Daily Press in England is covering the plight of a Norwich wrestling company and its struggle to keep the doors open and the lights on. You can check it out here.


Word is that Jimmy Uso could be making his WWE return at WrestleMania.


Lana was interviewed by The Independent today. She spoke about learning from her mistakes. “Early on I had to accept that I was going to fail in front of you guys, and that I was going to have to fail in front of you many times. That was really hard for me because I don’t like failing, I want to be good. As an in-ring competitor I had to accept that I’m going to learn as I go, that I’m going to fail and that’s going to be part of my journey. I hope to encourage people that it’s okay to fail as long as we’re learn and don’t make that mistake twice,” she said. You can read the full interview here.


On the “Before the Impact” pre-show last night: Johnny Swinger (w/ the Swingerellas) beat Fallah Bahh; and on Iceman’s Intel, George’s scoop was that Moose was kicked out of a hotel last week because he was yelling too loudly, apparently angry about not having received a title shot last week.

WWE superstar Shinsuke Nakamura turns 41 today, and announcer Corey Graves turns 37.


Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Squared Circle Comics announced that they have reached agreements with the families of Road Warrior Animal and King Kong Bundy to tell their life stories in comic book format.


Taya Valkyrie has entered into training at the WWE Performance Center.


The WWE has some new shows coming up.

 


The Miz chatted with CBS Sports. He had this to say about his journey in the WWE. “Now, I have the confidence. I had confidence 10 years ago, but the knowledge I’ve learned through my failures — I always say my failures taught me more than all of my successes. Through all my failures and successes, I’ve been able to learn and absorb what I needed to get back to where I am today. Now, I am happy, confident, ready and well-prepared. I just want to make sure that everybody knows that every time Raw comes on the air, it is the most must-see show and that things are happening and there are times you won’t know what is happening, but you want to see what happens next. That’s what makes a great show awesome.” You can read the rest of the interview here.


The Undertaker spoke to the New York Post about why The Rock would make a great president. You can check out the story here.


Jon Moxley had an interesting story to tell The Sun about knocking back a few with Ric Flair. You can read the story here.


Monday, February 22nd, 2021

The AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament continued tonight on AEW’s YouTube channel. It featured matches from both the U.S.A and Japanese brackets. Here are the results:

  • Nyla Rose defeats Tay Conti to move on to the semi-finals of the U.S.A bracket
  • Yuka Sakazaki defeats Emi Sakura to move on to the finals of the Japanese bracket
  • Aja Kong defeats Ryo Mizunami to move on to the finals of the Japanese bracket
  • Dr. Britt Baker defeats Madi Wrenkowski to move on to the semi-finals of the U.S.A bracket

The tournament continues this Wednesday night on AEW Dynamite starting at 8pm EST.

KTLA has a segment on Chris Jericho’s latest documentary. You can check out the piece here.


Anna Jay will be out of action for six months to a year.


Big E will be the subject of the next episode of WWE 24 which premieres this Sunday on the WWE Network.


Word is that The Miz’s title reign will be short-lived. He will likely lose it at FastLane against Lashley or McIntyre and then those two will battle for the title at WrestleMania. Could Bad Bunny or Damian Priest be part of Miz’s loss? We shall see.


NJPW reports that Hiromu Takahashi, the  IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, has suffered a shoulder injury and will be out of action for at least six months.


In case you missed it, the WWE updated the Fastlane event info announcing that it will be available on BOTH the WWE Network and Peacock on March 21st but WrestleMania would only air on Peacock.


The Miz had this to say after winning the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber last night.


Sunday, February 21st, 2021

If you didn’t catch it, Kofi Kingston had the G4 TV network logo on his trunks at Elimination Chamber. One wonders if the WWE third-party policy applies or not in this circumstance.


Word is that Keith Lee will not be appearing on tonight’s Elimination Chamber event. The United States Championship match will now be just between Lashley and Riddle.


Although the steel steps dropped by Apollo Crews didn’t come close to landing on Big E on Smackdown, the WWE has sent this news item out: “Following a vicious assault at the hands of Apollo Crews on SmackDown, it was announced on Talking Smack that Intercontinental Champion Big E has suffered a brachial plexus injury that resulted in temporary arm weakness. He is currently convalescing at home.” What is a “brachial plexus injury”? The Mayo Clinic states: “The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from your spinal cord to your shoulder, arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are stretched, compressed, or in the most serious cases, ripped apart or torn away from the spinal cord. Minor brachial plexus injuries, known as stingers or burners, are common in contact sports, such as football. The most severe brachial plexus injuries usually result from automobile or motorcycle accidents. Severe brachial plexus injuries can leave your arm paralyzed but surgery may help restore function.” We here at Slam wish Big E a speedy recovery.


WWE’s social media has stopped promoting the Lacey Evans versus Asuka match for tonight Elimination Chamber event. What could it all mean?


For those who follow this sort of thing, Bayley and Aaron Solow are no longer engaged.


Bad Bunny was the musical guest on SNL last night. He performed with the WWE 24/7 Championship.


Wrestling fans who were watching the Toronto Maple Leafs square off against the Montreal Canadiens last night may have been surprised to see Edge make an appearance.


NJPW had this announcement to make…

As a result of a knee injury incurred on February 16, Tetsuya Naito has not been cleared to compete on February 22’s Road to Castle Attack card in Korakuen Hall.