Rampage fans were pulling for Statlander, not Soho

Rampage fans were pulling for Statlander, not Soho

LAS VEGAS - The final of the Owen Hart Foundation women’s tournament is now set for Sunday’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view show, but for many fans in attendance at Friday’s Rampage show the wrong person will be taking on Britt Baker. All Elite Wrestling took over the...

Crowd in Vegas red-hot for Wardlow-MJF

Crowd in Vegas red-hot for Wardlow-MJF

LAS VEGAS - On a night when All Elite Wrestling celebrated its third anniversary, the biggest news coming out of Wednesday’s Dynamite show was the promotion’s future plans for Double or Nothing and the west coast. AEW president and CEO Tony Khan spoke to fans in...

GCW brings High Incident scaffold match to Detroit

GCW brings High Incident scaffold match to Detroit

Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) returned to Detroit, Michigan on April 23 with The Old Me, a card headlined by a scaffold match spectacle between Second Gear Crew (Mance Warner and Matthew Justice) and the Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe). A towering...

New Japan in Chicago: A brand new perspective

New Japan in Chicago: A brand new perspective

Text by CHRIS JONES, photos by RICKY HAVLIK VILLA PARK, Illinois - This is a story from wrestling's newest fan told by a first time viewer. I only heard about wrestling in the late 1990s but never really grasped the concept until one day you I had a long time fan tell...

Supercard of Honor proves ROH is in transition

Supercard of Honor proves ROH is in transition

GARLAND, Texas — Less than four months ago, Ring of Honor appeared to be on the brink of extinction. The Final Battle pay-per-view in December 2021 seemed like a goodbye for most. The future was, at best, uncertain. Even with Supercard of Honor announced, it was...

Mat Matters: Old friend, new to wrestling

Mat Matters: Old friend, new to wrestling

We all have them. Those friends. You know, the ones that don't watch wrestling, don't know much about it, and humor you a little when you talk about it. So imagine my surprise when one of those friends suggested we go to a local wrestling show. And by local, I do mean...

WWE Toronto house show fun for kids of all ages

WWE Toronto house show fun for kids of all ages

TORONTO - As someone who writes about wrestling on the internet, it can be really easy at times to be negative. Whether it’s knocking the creative direction of a storyline, nitpicking every little mistake in a match, or questioning who is or isn’t getting a push,...

Randi West experiences horror at Horror Slam

Randi West experiences horror at Horror Slam

DETROIT - Michigan independent promotion Horror Slam Pro Wrestling recently held its Murder City Deathmatch Cup tournament, spanning two days on March 17 and March 18, in Brownstown, Michigan at Victory Gym. Yes, the event was precisely the absurd and extreme set of...

Mat Matters: A Timbit-y return to the Ontario indy scene

Mat Matters: A Timbit-y return to the Ontario indy scene

My home province, Ontario, has been one of the strictest jurisdictions in North America as far as COVID-related rules. I'm not complaining. Generally, I felt safe and protected through the pandemic. No one enjoyed the lockdowns and the restrictions, but it is what it...

Photographer’s Eye: Safety precautions before HorrorSlam

Photographer’s Eye: Safety precautions before HorrorSlam

DETROIT - Last Friday, February 18, my son and I were looking for something to do. He gets bored easily, so an evening at the Ford Museum or a Pistons basketball game were out. Instead we attended an indy wrestling card by HorrorSlam Pro Wrestling, held in Brownstown,...

Violence, Cardona rule the day at GCW in Detroit

Violence, Cardona rule the day at GCW in Detroit

Heading into Game Changer Wrestling’s (GCW) loaded event in Detroit, Michigan, the promotion’s top heel Matt Cardona took to Twitter in disparagement of the city: a “B town,” he negatively asserted. Cardona’s maligning continued on the microphone, but instead of...

A wrestling veteran hits first AEW show

A wrestling veteran hits first AEW show

RALEIGH, NC -- I attended my first live wrestling show in February 1970 at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA. This was the old Pittsburgh territory and featured a main event of Bruno Sammartino and The Battman versus Ivan Koloff and Professor Toru Tanaka. There...

Mat Matters: NXT live now checked off my bucket list

Mat Matters: NXT live now checked off my bucket list

Winter here in Detroit, Michigan is one cold and depressing affair, which customarily causes us Michiganders to migrate south to Florida during the holiday season. Now, any sane person chooses Disney World or Universal Studios as their Orlando, Florida destination...

WWE postpones Toronto show

WWE postpones Toronto show

WWE's Holiday Live house show that was to take place this Wednesday, December 29th, has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 27th, 2022. The announcement was made on the Coca-Cola Coliseum's website earlier today. WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus was scheduled to host the...

NWA USA is on its way

NWA USA is on its way

ATLANTA -- The National Wrestling Alliance is launching a new show, to be available on YouTube, called NWA USA. The first season of the new show was taped on Friday, December 3rd, in Atlanta, at the Georgia Public Broadcasting center, just a few blocks from where...

Live Full Gear had an ‘electric atmosphere’

Live Full Gear had an ‘electric atmosphere’

MINNEAPOLIS - There’s no debating All Elite Wrestling has set a high bar with its pay-per-view events. Each one seems to have just the right mix of matches, which almost are, at worst, good, and at best, all-time classics. Saturday’s Full Gear certainly fit right in....

Guest column: My hero, Brad McFarlin

Guest column: My hero, Brad McFarlin

By LEONARD BRAND - For SlamWrestling.net TAYLOR, Mich. -- There is an old saying that tells us "Never meet your heroes," but Friday night I got to see from ringside how someone named "Brad" was always a hero to me and someone I had admired for over four decades. Going...

All Out live was a major grand slam

All Out live was a major grand slam

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — The forbidden door has firmly been kicked open. If it wasn’t clear before, it is now: All Elite Wrestling has the professional wrestling world feeling some type of way. All Out on Sunday saw the roof blow off the building with the promotional...

Live SummerSlam an ‘abject failure’

Live SummerSlam an ‘abject failure’

LAS VEGAS — Traveling for professional wrestling shows is somewhat of a hobby for me. This marks nine straight WWE stadium shows I’ve attended, dating back to WrestleMania 32. Even through all those marathon Manias, through the good, the bad and the ugly, none have...

Live Punk’s return a ‘special moment in time’

Live Punk’s return a ‘special moment in time’

CHICAGO — In our sport, there are moments that transcend time. Friday at the United Center was one of those moments as the worst-kept secret in professional wrestling was revealed. CM Punk made his long-awaited return to the sport after a seven-plus year absence in...

Live, Pittsburgh Rampage show just flies by

Live, Pittsburgh Rampage show just flies by

EDITOR'S NOTE: This report may contain spoilers for upcoming AEW shows.     PITTSBURGH -- AEW Ring Announcer Dasha Gonzalez introduced promotion owner Tony Khan as “The Man Who Saved Wrestling” prior to the launch of “Rampage” Friday Night at the Peterson...

Full Gear in person: Great action, too many COVID concerns

Full Gear in person: Great action, too many COVID concerns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Nobody said putting on live wrestling shows in the middle of a global pandemic was going to be easy. All told, All Elite Wrestling has handled things very well. No COVID-19 outbreaks among its roster, producing a compelling television show most...

Alexia Nicole new Femmes Fatales Women’s Champion

Alexia Nicole new Femmes Fatales Women’s Champion

Once a three-time title holder, Mercedez Martinez called herself Femmes Fatales Women’s Champion when she defeated Jordynne Grace at The Summit last August. Now that she has signed with WWE’s NXT that could only mean one thing: a new champion must be named. At Femmes...

Top 5 Moments at IMPACT’s Motown Showdown

Top 5 Moments at IMPACT’s Motown Showdown

BELLEVILE, Mich. - One night following the No Surrender iPPV from Dayton, Ohio, IMPACT Wrestling road tripped to Belleville, Michigan, for its annual Motown Showdown. Streaming live on Twitch from the illustrious Diamondback Saloon, Sunday's event packed a few hundred...

Top 5 Moments at ROH Global Wars Espectacular

Top 5 Moments at ROH Global Wars Espectacular

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ring of Honor held its first night of the Global Wars tour in the Ford Community Center of Dearborn, Mich. -- a suburb of Detroit. This venue has been home to many notorious ROH moments including Kevin Owens' final ROH match and Hangman Page joining...

Thoughts from the crowd at All Out

Thoughts from the crowd at All Out

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - As I sat in the stands during All Elite Wrestling's sophomore pay-per-view effort, All Out, on Saturday night at Sears Centre Arena, I couldn't help but be almost stunned. North American wrestling is fun again. This isn't an indictment against...

Top 5 Moments at EVOLVE 133

Top 5 Moments at EVOLVE 133

EVOLVE 133 packed the Monaghan Knights of Columbus in Livonia, MI for the hall's biggest crowd yet. Fans lined up around the building to meet-and-greet the likes of Tomasso Ciampa, Matt Riddle, and Austin Theory, while anticipating a big night of action. Saturday's...

Bull Nakano steals the show at The Summit

Bull Nakano steals the show at The Summit

TORONTO - It's never been a more exciting time to be a female wrestler in the business today. The women's evolution far extends the boundaries of the WWE; independent promotions all over the world are producing high quality female athletes. However, if it weren't for...

Brutal Ladder War highlights ROH Summer Supercard

Brutal Ladder War highlights ROH Summer Supercard

TORONTO - ROH mainstays Mark and Jay Briscoe managed to narrowly retain their ROH World Tag Team Championships after fending off the Guerillas of Destiny in the tenth-ever ROH Ladder Wars match. The two ROH brothers left the match bloody and bruised and brought the...

Top 5 Moments at EVOLVE 127

Top 5 Moments at EVOLVE 127

EVOLVE 127 took over the Monaghan KOC Hall of Livonia in Michigan. EVOLVE packed the building to witness the headlining, non-title bout of NXT’s Adam Cole against EVOLVE's Champion Austin Theory. Friday night’s show also included a variety of NXT and Evolve stars...

Femmes Fatales show a celebration of LuFisto

Femmes Fatales show a celebration of LuFisto

QUEBEC CITY - Saturday night's Femmes Fatales card was a tribute to those who paved the way for the younger generation to live their dreams of being in the squared circle. LuFisto is one of those women, and last night was the Wounded Owl's last match in Quebec City....

Live, Raw shake-up leaves plenty in wonder

Live, Raw shake-up leaves plenty in wonder

MONTREAL - The night started like any other Monday Night Raw, the crowd going wild in preparation for a night of the unknown. Everyone knew there was going to be some changes made to the roster, and they were ready. Signs reading "We want Kofi" or "AJ Styles come to...

WWE puts on a sweet show in Hershey, PA

WWE puts on a sweet show in Hershey, PA

Hershey, Pennsylvania bills itself as "The Sweetest Place on Earth" and it is, unless you are WWE superstar Elias. Hershey may have left a bitter taste in his mouth Sunday night, as WWE stopped in Chocolatetown, USA for a house show. Elias was interrupted several...

WWE Buffalo: The Man and Kofi’s pancake mayhem

WWE Buffalo: The Man and Kofi’s pancake mayhem

BUFFALO, NY - Kofi Kingston appeared on the entrance ramp and the crowd went ballistic. The ultra-popular Kingston held a tray of pancakes aloft. If there is anything I have learned from watching the New Day at live events is that someone always gets hurt when they...

Top 5 Moments at WWE Smackdown in Detroit

Top 5 Moments at WWE Smackdown in Detroit

Just 24 hours before WWE Fastlane, WWE Live made a pit stop on the Road to Wrestlemania in Detroit, Michigan. Headlined by a blockbuster main event - AJ Styles vs Randy Orton - the Motown crowd was treated to an exciting Smackdown Live house show event. They ran wild...

Top 5 Moments at NXT Detroit

Top 5 Moments at NXT Detroit

ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- On Sunday afternoon, the NXT Universe packed the sold out Royal Oak Music Theatre, in suburban Detroit, for NXT Live. The audience witnessed what is probably the final NXT appearance of future main roster stars Ricochet and Aleister Black, along...

Female empowerment celebrated at Femmes Fatales 21

Female empowerment celebrated at Femmes Fatales 21

OTTAWA, Ont. -- There is no question that women's wresting has become the representation of power, inspiration and perseverance. Many fans over the years have witnessed these women break barriers and even struggle to get to where they are today. Femmes Fatales 21 was...

Live, Phoenix fans all about Lynch at Raw

Live, Phoenix fans all about Lynch at Raw

PHOENIX -- Just like Sunday's Royal Rumble, Monday Night Raw turned into the Becky Lynch Show. Lynch's surprise appearance on Raw set the stage for what should be a big run as she officially challenged Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey for the title at WrestleMania...

Gargano-Theory end EVOLVE 120 on a happy note for fans

Gargano-Theory end EVOLVE 120 on a happy note for fans

QUEENS, NY - I saw my first EVOLVE show in person in August 2016. It was an eye-opening experience and it continues to be a fun experience to see in person. Back then EVOLVE presented a great show with Drew McIntyre, EC3, TJP, Drew Gulak, Aleister Black, Matt Riddle,...

WWE Buffalo house show filled with young, excited fans

WWE Buffalo house show filled with young, excited fans

BUFFALO, NY - The WWE rolled into Buffalo on Sunday night and it put on a great show. Over the last five years, I have found that Buffalo is a great barometer of how WWE is connecting with the fans and, from what I can tell, they are attracting the young fans. The Key...

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