Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Elle.com published an interview with Becky Lynch, conducted last month. Although she said she would be returning to the ring, she didn’t indicate a date as to when.


Congratulations to former WWE superstar Barbie “Kelly Kelly” Blank who got married last weekend. This is her second marriage – she was previously married to retired NHL star Sheldon Souray.


WWE Hall of Famer Amy “Lita” Dumas turns 46 today.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

According to Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer, fans who were part of Raw this week were instructed to cheer for Rhea Ripley even if they wanted Asuka to win the WrestleMania rematch.


On this week’s edition of Impact there will be a retirement ceremony for Jazz.


On NXT tonight you will see:

  • MSK puts up the tag belts against Killian Dain and Drake Maverick.
  • Leon Ruff versus Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.
  • Blackheart, Moon, Lumis and Reed versus The Way
  • Karrion Kross is slated to kick off the show.

Congratulations to our WrestleMania Giveaway winners, who get a copy of ECW Press’ Creating the Mania: An Inside Look at How WrestleMania Comes to Life — Matthew S. of Orangeville, ON; Jeff H. of Erie, PA; and Jeff P. of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC. Thanks to everyone who entered! We’ll have more contests down the road!


Happy birthday to Eddy Dorozowsky, better known as Montreal’s Sexxxy Eddy, “Pro Wrestler and Consensual Sexual Deviant” as his Facebook page promotes. Also celebrating is former TNA star Monty Brown, turning 51.


Condolences to Matt and Jeff Hardy, whose father Gilbert passed away on April 6. Matt posted a lengthy tribute to his dad yesterday on Instagram, which read as follows:

There’s been a huge outpouring of love & kindness today after the news of our Dad’s passing. We greatly appreciate it.

Our mother tragically died of cancer in 1987, when Jeff & I were still pre-teenagers. Myself, Jeff & our Dad were at her bedside when she took her final breath that day. It was the first time we’d seen our father cry. Our Dad stated that we must all go on for our Mom, that’s what she’d want. That’s exactly what we tried to do in her memory. Our Dad sacrificed so much & worked so hard to provide for us as a single parent. Our Dad always made sure we had food to eat, clothes to wear & a roof over our head.

Our Dad started out as our biggest critic when we first wanted to chase the dream of being pro wrestlers. After a few years of struggling & then finding success in the WWE, our Dad became our biggest fan. He was so proud to be “The Hardy Boyz Daddy” & recorded every match of ours on his VCR. Our Dad was a favorite of Hardy fans, even earning the nickname of “The Legend.”

Jeff & I feel so blessed to have had our Dad live to be 87 years old. He got to see his children live out their dreams & give him many grandchildren to continue the Hardy name & bloodline.

Early Tuesday morning, April 6th, our Dad passed away. Jeff & I were with him at home & by his bedside when he took his final breath. My brother Jeff was our Dad’s guardian angel the last couple of years. I was fortune to spend lots of time & have many conversations with my Dad the last few months. I felt at peace with everything. Just like our Dad stated when our Mom passed, he’d want Jeff & I to go on. Today we laid him to rest beside our Mother & hope they’ve been reunited after being apart for almost 35 years.


Monday, April 12, 2021

Kris Statlander is back in action on this Wednesday’s Dynamite. She’s been out since last spring when she tore her ACL.


Miro from AEW was at Wrestlemania as a fan.


Kevin Canady, who wrestles as Mad Man Pondo, posted a health update:

Pondo update. First off its wrestling not ballet. So things are bound to happen. After my match Saturday i knew something was wrong. I tried to play it off and let it heel Its self, but that wasn’t going to happen this time. My match was at 4 o clock or 4:15. Or in between that time. Then drove back to Groveland. Where there was defiantly something wrong. I went to the nearest hospital and got check out. After a x-ray they did the surgery right there on the spot.2 broken ribs. 1 punctured my lung causing to to collapse. Surgery got done they ambulance me to a bigger hospital in Orlando. They put a tube running down into my lung, releasing the air and blood that got trapped. 31 years for Pondo and 51 years for Kevin I have never spent anytime in the hospital, but now im in one for 3 days for observation. Ill keep you all posted as I find out stuff.


Davey Richards is returning to the ring. He has been out of action since 2018. He’s competing for Global Syndicate Wrestling on May 22.


WWE announced that night two of WrestleMania was a sell-out, with official attendance equaling Saturday’s 25,675.


Five years ago today, ECW original Balls Mahoney passed away after suffering a heart attack – a day after the “hardcore chair-swingin’ freak” had turned 44. Here is our obituary on Balls.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

The official attendance for night one of WrestleMania was 25,675.


No Rasslin Merch Machine “Behind the Gimmick Table” column this week — a mask allergy or some excuse! — but our unknown columnist did send in some notes from Dr. Colossus:

-Mattel announced Retros are returning for Christmas 2021. Roddy Piper and Mean Gene Okerlund were shown with more on the way.

-Another wave of Masters of the WWE Universe figures were also announced. Next series features Bret Hart, Junkyard Dog, Sgt. Slaughter and Andre The Giant.

-Tons of additional figures coming in future assortments including Corporate Bossman, Bulldog in jeans, Cactus Jack, Colonel Mustafa, Warlord, MVP, Big John Studd, ECW Bam Bam Bigelow, and a 2 in 1 figure of Sid Vicious.

-Impact Wrestling announced series 2 of Micro Brawlers coming soon to Shop Impact. Series includes Ace Austin, Josh Alexander, Rich Swann, Karl Anderson and Coach Scott D’Amore.


At WrestleMania last night 2K released its teaser trailer for WWE 2K22.


AEW supremo Tony Khan had some advice to share with the WWE when it comes to dealing with rain in an open stadium.


If you didn’t see it during WrestleMania last night, here’s the video promoting the 2022 edition that will take place next April in Dallas, Texas – starring none other than the “Texas Rattlesnake” himself, Stone Cold Steve Austin.


Our pal RJ City hosted a post-WrestleMania show on WWE’s social media channels last night during which he interviewed a number of superstars and legends as only RJ City could. Hilarity ensued, as the kids say. If nothing else, you’ll finally learn what Ric Flair wears to sleep. Check it out here:


WWE announced a documentary that will be airing about Vladimir Abouzeide, a member of the WWE Universe who was a mainstay at the company’s Madison Square Gardens shows – and other venues – for the past 30 years. Before WrestleMania, Triple H and Stephanie honoured him as the company’s first ever “Superfan,” which is also the name of an upcoming documentary they have made about Vlad that will be airing on Peacock later this year.


Sad anniversary today: in 2011, ROH/indy wrestler/manager sensation Larry Sweeney was found dead after taking his own life. Here is the obituary we ran on him.


WWE announced that last night’s WrestleMania show was a sell-out with 25,675 fans in attendance at Raymond James Stadium. Night 2 of the event runs tonight (and if you didn’t know that already, are you sure you’re on the right site?).


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Wrestling Inc is reporting that Adnan Virk will be replacing Tom Phillips as the play-by-play commentator on Raw.


NXT superstars Scarlette Bordeaux and Shotzi Blackheart joined up with singer Harley Cameron to make a music video. Check out “Indestructible”.


The WrestleMania set has been revealed…


Don’t be surprised if Bayley hosts a Ding Dong, Hello! segment at WrestleMania with guests Becky Lynch and possibly Rhonda Rousey.


Andrade had this to say about WWE’s Mexican expansion.


Carmella and Billie Kay have been added to the tag team turmoil match at WrestleMania.


Jon Moxley paid a visit to GCW.


With its first Thursday night show in years, Impact Wrestling saw an increase in its viewership and demo. This week the show brought in 168,000 viewers and had a 0.06 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Last week, the show had 149,000 viewers and a 0.04 rating.


An All-Party Parliamentary Group in the United Kingdom looked at professional wrestling in the country and have made some recommendations relating to the industry.
Key recommendations include:
  • Establishing a new association to promote, support, and regulate the wrestling industry.
  • Considering wrestling schools as “sporting” and promotions as “theatrical, artistic, or performative” for regulatory purposes.
  • Requiring minimum health and safety measures, including training on concussion awareness be taken by all promoters, trainers, and referees.
  • New rules related to the #SpeakingOut movement, including promotions updating their social media policies and taking other measures during shows.

Forbes released its “Richest People in the World” listing for 2021. Vince McMahon placed at number 1,517 with an estimated net worth of $2.1B, falling from his position 1,196 in 2020 and significantly down from his peak position in 2019 at number 296. Shahid Khan, father of AEW owner Tony Khan, placed at number 308 ($8B); Ted Turner, former WCW owner, at 1,362 ($2.3B); and WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump at 1,299 ($2.4B).


Friday, April 9, 2021

In what appears to be a really, really big hint, Tama Tonga, a part of Bullet Club in New Japan Pro Wrestling and half of the Guerrillas of Destiny, tweeted out support to Jon Moxley, that help is available in AEW.


Good news and bad news for Young Rock in terms of the ratings this week. The ratings had only a negligible decline in overall ratings from last week, holding steady at 2.55 overall. But the ratings in the important 18-49 demographic fell nearly 10% to a 0.5.  For its timeslot, the show came in second place among the five major networks.


The third season of Vice’s Dark Side of the Ring will debut on Thursday, May 6. There’s a trailer hinting at what’s to come, and six of the planned 14 episodes have been announced: Brian Pillman, Nick Gage, Collision in Korea, The Ultimate Warrior, Grizzly Smith, and Dynamite Kid. We can confirm there is an episode on Johnny K9 as well.


We are sorry to hear about the passing of 99-year-old wrestling fan Prince Phillip. While you may know him as the Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, father of Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Princess Anne and grandfather and great-grandfather to plenty of more royals, he was, indeed a wrestling fan, attending bouts on occasion at the Royal Albert Hall during the glory days of British wrestling.


David Marquez’s United Wrestling Network is about to announce a new show based in Georgia.


An all-party public report on the state of pro wrestling in the United Kingdom was release was released this week. It is a 103-page document that is pretty comprehensive and details almost every aspect of the business. The report also addresses sexual abuse in the industry, the protection of trainees in schools — particularly minors, and details what is expected from first responders at shows.


In the Oops Category comes a note from the family of Ethel Johnson, who was a part of the WWE Hall of Fame legacy wing announcement on Tuesday. The footage WWE used in its induction video wasn’t Johnson, but instead Sandy Parker.


Got some money to burn? WWE announced its first-ever non-fungible-tokens (NFTs), featuring The Undertaker. There are four levels, with the top to levels at auction, Platinum starting at a $10,000 opening bid, and Gold at $5,000. The Silver and Bronze levels have fixed prices of $1,000 and $500 respectively. WWE.com/NFT


Birthday wishes go out to Anthony “Kingdom James” Ruttgaizer, who turns the big 5-0 today. The best way to celebrate is to visit his website, and perhaps buy the just-released book, Austin 3:16: 316 Facts and Stories about Stone Cold Steve Austin, which Ruttgaizer did the artwork for. Also celebrating is veteran Canadian wrestler Vern Warner, who we wrote about in 2017: Vern Warner: A truly positive wrestling story.


John Arezzi has been getting plenty of press for his book, Mat Memories: My Wild Life in Pro Wrestling, Country Music, and with the Mets, including lots in the New York market and in Nashville. Arezzi has a signing at The Wrestling Collector, 2772 State route 23, Stockholm, NJ, on Saturday, April 10, from 11 to 2 p.m. ET; Tito Santana will be there too.


If we were in Florida this morning, we’d definitely be hitting up ODB’s food truck, where the Impact star and the legendary Madusa Miceli are hosting a Breakfast of Champions.


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Adam Thornstowe, of the tag team Reno Scum with his partner Luster the Legend, announced on Twitter that the team are no longer part of Impact Wrestling.


In an interesting observation, Luchablog noted that on last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite, 72 different people appeared on-screen at various points. This figure doesn’t include referees, announcers, and commentators, but does include wrestlers who were only shown in the crowd or in promos.

 


Frankie Kazarian is the guest of AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast this week. This is what he had to say about Christian Cage. “Christian is a guy that has maybe the highest wrestling IQ that I’ve ever been in the ring with and when I say that I mean just having mastered professional wrestling and knowing what works and what doesn’t.” To listen to the entire interview, go here.


Here’s a casualty of WWE’s new deal with NBC Peacock, from commentator Jean Brassard:

Very dear friends,
With a heavy heart I have to announce that due to the restructuring via Peacock Network, Raymond and I will no longer be part of WWE’s commentator teams starting today. So indeed I won’t be with you for WrestleMania XXXVII this weekend.
For France, a new team takes our place. For Quebec and other European countries, I don’t know. On Peacock USA, only English and Spanish remain.
I know Raymond joins me in thanking you for all these wonderful years spent with you to inform, entertain and make you vibe to the sound of the ring strings as much as we do. Raymond has been the best working partner in the world and our friendship has become precious over the years. Both of us will miss our monthly meetings so much.
As far as I’m concerned, and especially since Summerslam 2020, alone on air, your passion, energy and support has made me known a part of me that I didn’t even suspect and you led me to surpass myself – same. I am forever grateful for this.
Stay in touch!
I always find new ways to entertain, your presence always remains of great personal value to me.
Warmly,
Jean (and Raymond)


On Impact tonight you will see:

  • AEW Champion Kenny Omega, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson vs. Rich Swann, Willie Mack, and Eddie Edwards.
  • Sami Callihan and a partner vs. “Team XXXL” Acey Romero and Larry D.
  • Alisha Edwards, Nevaeh and Tenille Dashwood vs. Havok, Jordynne Grace and Rosemary.
  • Deaner vs. Chris Sabin.

The Miz appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show last night. He pranked some of Kimmel’s staff, posing as an HR representative to lay the smackdown on them during performance reviews. The segment can be seen here:


Triple H and Shawn Michaels held a media call after last night’s NXT Takeover show. Nothing particularly insightful came out of the call. They praised the performances of Io Shirai and Racquel Gonzalez in particular, somewhat dismissed the idea that Shirai’s loss necessarily indicates that she will be moving to RAW or Smackdown, and said that they would be happy if WALTER wrestled in the US more frequently.

In one of the more backstage moments, Triple H addressed the rumours that he had referenced AEW beating NXT in the ratings in a meeting with the roster last week explaining the move to Tuesday nights. He said that other companies were not brought up during that meeting.


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Rumour has it that the WWE is not considering holding any live events until the middle of summer.


WFLA spoke to Booker T about his new biography. You can check out the interview here.


Zoey Stark will battle Toni Storm during the pre-show of NXT’s TakeOver: Stand & Deliver tonight.


Word is that the Fiend’s look will evolve at WrestleMania slowly shifting him back to his former self.


Happy 39th birthday to our buddy, WWE Producer and former TNA/Impact star Sonjay Dutt.


On this date in 2016, the legendary Blackjack Mulligan passed away.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Word is the WWE considered having a women’s battle royal at night one of WrestleMania. The final two were to team-up and face Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler on night two.


Mustafa Ali had this to say about being left off the Mania card:


The Tampa Bay Times interviewed Bianca Belair. In the story she says: “I think the most difficult thing for me was I feel like I was playing catchup in trying to learn the history of the business and the art part of performing. I would say (the character Bianca Belair) is pretty much how I am, but just amped up to 1000.” You can read the rest of the interview here.


Sporting News interviewed NXT superstar Bronson Reed. He had this to say about wrestling in Australia. “You can stay in Australia and wrestle in Australia, and they are starting to notice that a lot more and there is a lot of great talent in Australia. But if you can break out and be a great talent in Australia, but also a great talent in the UK, USA and Japan, they help your resume to get to somewhere like WWE.” You can read the rest of the interview here.


Here is what Nikki Cross has been up to since disappearing from WWE TV.


AEW announced that Mike Tyson would be at Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite taping.


Long-time WWE employee Rich Hering will be receiving the 2021 Warrior Award as part of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame. Hering is the company’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Risk Management, and has been with WWE for over 50 years, starting under Vincent J. McMahon (father of Vincent Kennedy McMahon).

The award is being presented in recognition of his work “(helping) expand (WWE) from a regional promotion to the  into the juggernaut it is today (and) leading security efforts, working with state athletic commissions and other organizations on WWE events or overseeing the health and well-being of WWE talent and fans,” according to the press release. He also apparently was the minister who presided over the wedding of “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth, as seen in this clip:


As was announced on RAW last night, singer Bebe Rexha will be performing “America the Beautiful” to kick off WrestleMania on Saturday.

Other announced musical guests have also been announced:

  • Ash Costello of the band New Years Day (which, we presume is not a U2 cover band although the name would be perfect) will be singing Rhea Ripley’s entrance theme “Brutality,” which is one of the band’s original tunes.
  • Guitarist Nita Strauss, most famous for being the lead guitarist for Alice Cooper’s band, will perform the US national anthem at the top of NXT Takeover’s first night. Strauss has performed at WWE events in the past, including playing Shinsuke Nakamura’s entrance music at WrestleMania 34.


Today is Tartan Day, a Canadian-originated holiday in North America celebrating Scottish heritage. We can’t think of a better way to show our pride than with this classic entrance from one of our favourites, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

 


Monday, April 5, 2021

On Raw tonight:

  • King Corbin will face Drew McIntyre.
  • Bobby Lashley battles Cedric Alexander.
  • Asuka and Rhea Ripley team up against Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
  • Xavier Woods takes on AJ Styles

FOX 13 has a great story on Tampa’s history and influence when it comes to pro-wrestling. You can check it out here.


According to the Wrestling Observer it seems as if Bea Priestly has wrestled her final match for Stardom and is moving back to the UK. Word is she could be working for WWE UK in the future.


At a NJPW press conference today, new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion laid a challenge out to CM Punk.

“I have the biggest prize in pro wrestling so if you really are wanting to prove to yourself that you’re the best in the world, where in my opinion you were probably the best of a bad bunch, come over here and come take this because no one’s going to be able to take this from me,” he said.


Booker T joined CW 31 for a chat. You can check it out here.


After banning their superstars from using the third-party service, the WWE has announced this for WrestleMania week.


WWE has announced that Titus O’Neil will receive the 2020 Warrior Award at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. The company’s Global Ambassador is receiving the award for his philanthropic efforts, including founding the Bullard Family Foundation, an organization that provides support for in-need families and children, and working with various WWE charitable partners, including the Special Olympics.

“(Titus’) unwavering passion to help others in need is simply unmatched,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer, in the related press release. “Although he does not seek recognition, I am thrilled that his work will be spotlighted to WWE fans around the world.”

There is no word if this year’s dual ceremony will also include a Warrior Award winner for 2021.


The Wrestling Observer is reporting that rock and roll icon Ozzy Osbourne will be inducted into the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame this week. No official announcement has been made by WWE confirming the details as of yet.

Ozzy has made a few appearances for WWE in the past: he was a cornerman for the British Bulldogs at WrestleMania 2; he performed a song on an episode of Smackdown in 2007; and in 2009, he and wife Sharon were the guest hosts of RAW.

 


Whoooo! Happy birthday to WWE superstar Charlotte Flair, who turns 35 today. Also celebrating is WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page, who hits 65 today but probably has no plans of retiring thanks to his DDP Yoga (that plug is our birthday present to him).


  • ti vs. Nyla Rose and The Bunny

Charly Arnolt (AKA: Charly Caruso) spoke to TV Insider about leaving the WWE. “There is always going to be chatter. The contract was coming up. Instead of renewing, I’m moving on. Everyone is going to have their own opinions regardless. I never had any issues while I was at WWE. Nothing bad happened. As far as I’m concerned, I’m leaving on a positive note and beginning what I believe to be the next step in my career,” she said. You can read the entire interview here.


The ratings for Young Rock fell by nearly 13% this week to 2.52, with a nearly-20% drop in the key 18-49 demo where it scored 0.5. Among the big five network shows, it came in third in its timeslot for overall viewers and second in the key demo.


WWE Supercard is celebrating WrestleMania with a WrestleMania 37 card tier, new features, a WrestleMania 37 Sweepstakes* and Quest. The new card tier includes 60+ new pirate-themed cards featuring WWE Superstars including Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair, Edge and more, as well as the Season 7 debut of WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan. In addition to the new tier, players can rid themselves of unwanted cards in the game’s new Dusting feature, where once enough Dust is collected, players will be taken to an exclusive draft board yielding higher quality cards. The new Dust Meter will track how close a player is to a reward, while tapping the meter will give a sneak peek at the Meter Reward.

In celebration of WrestleMania 37, from March 31 to April 21, WWE SuperCard players can engage in a new WrestleMania 37 Quest to collect Silver and Gold Doubloons across the game. By collecting enough Doubloons, players earn a chance at a special Mick Foley card available in the Collectibles Store.

Finally, US players can also register for the WrestleMania 37 Sweepstakes and start completing in-game missions for a chance to win these prizes:

  • Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive three thousand dollars ($3,000) (U.S.) awarded in the form of cash;
  • First Prize: One (1) First Prize winner will receive one (1) iPhone 12 Pro 128GB;
  • Second Prize: Ten (10) Second Prize winners will receive one (1) merchandise bundle signed by WWE Superstars Adam Cole and Asuka, which includes a t-shirt, poster, stickers and similar items;
  • Third Prize: Ten (10) Third Prize winners will receive 15,000 in-game credits for the WWE Supercard Game;
  • Fourth Prize: Ten (10) Fourth Prize winners will win one (1) WrestleMania 37 limited-edition card;
  • Supercoin Rewards: All eligible entrants in this Sweepstakes will receive 3,000 Supercoins.

Aleister Black had this response to Murphy’s Tweet about stealing the show at WrestleMania.

In Dutch it reads…”Think of me as your kingdom ablaze.”


Word is that Chris Dunn has left the WWE creative team.


The WWE has filmed the delayed 2020 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.


Word is that the WWE is going to have a multi-team match on Raw to determine the challengers to the WWE Raw Women’s Tag Team Championships held by Nia Jax and Shayna Bazler.


The Tampa Bay Times wrote a story about how Tampa Bay residents have dominated WrestleMania. You can check it out here.