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AEW announces house shows starting in March

AEW announces house shows starting in March

AEW fans will get the chance to see their favourite stars on the road starting in March, as the company announced the launch of non-televised live events called “AEW House Rules.” A press release sent out on Wednesday noted that the shows will be “taking place on...

AEW’s Kentucky debut brought tears and joy

AEW’s Kentucky debut brought tears and joy

LEXINGTON, KY – Show of hands: who would believe me if I told you AEW would deliver one of the most emotional, memorable shows in its brief history with no Bucks, no Moxley, and no Kenny Omega? Hands down, Cult of Cornette fans, I see you. I’m talking to the die...

Mat Matters: My first WWE show in 28 years

Mat Matters: My first WWE show in 28 years

WWE - now for over 70 years the revolutionary force in sports entertainment -- is back in touring mode, with the Thunderdome Era, thankfully now in the distant past. Last week, WWE rolled into the Magic City for a doubleheader of events at Miami's FTX Arena. Being...

Mat Matters: Fresh fans fun at Demand Lucha

Mat Matters: Fresh fans fun at Demand Lucha

TORONTO - I'm old and jaded, and have no problem admitting that. I have been to so many wrestling shows through the years, met so many fans, wrestlers, referees, promoters, hucksters that I can be a bit blasé when I'm at an actual show. That's why the Demand Lucha...

AEW Rampage Spoilers from Toronto

AEW Rampage Spoilers from Toronto

Here are your spoilers for this week's Rampage broadcast filmed on Thursday night but airing Friday night. Tony Khan greeted the crowd and thanked them for supporting AEW in Canada. Claudio Castagnoli & Jon Moxley defeated The Butcher & The Blade The hometown...

AEW Rampage Spoilers

AEW Rampage Spoilers

Here are your spoilers for this week's Rampage broadcast. The Butcher and Blade vs. Private Party vs. The Acclaimed w/Billy Gunn - AEW World Tag Team Title Match  Anthony Bowens pins the Butcher to retain the AEW tag team titles. Feugo del Sol vs. Lee Moriarty w/ W...

Hungry Vancouver crowd eats up WWE action

Hungry Vancouver crowd eats up WWE action

VANCOUVER, BC - The WWE brand flexed its muscles big time in Vancouver on Saturday, September 24, with a Saturday Night’s Main Event card at the Pacific Coliseum. According to Wrestletix, with close to 8,000 tickets sold the show was essentially a sellout for the...

Buffalo crowd experiences the fall out from All Out

Buffalo crowd experiences the fall out from All Out

BUFFALO -- The "Dynamite after All Out" might have gone in any number of directions. With the in-ring events of the 2022 edition of AEW's spectacle being shoved aside in the news cycle to make room for coverage of new champion CM Punk using his post-event media scrum...

Rampage Taping Spoilers

Rampage Taping Spoilers

Here are your spoilers for this Friday's edition of Rampage, taped on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at the Key Bank Center in Buffalo: In a qualification match for the AEW World Championship tournament, Sammy Guevara beat Darby Allin with a GTH and with a little help...

Angle toasts milk, women highlight Raw in Pittsburgh

Angle toasts milk, women highlight Raw in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Much had been made about Kurt Angle's triumphant return to Monday Night RAW. The one-time Olympic Champion and WWE Hall of Famer most recently had been seen throwing out the first pitch at an Altoona Curve baseball game before the independent group there...

Smackdown taping spoilers: McIntyre gets his revenge

Smackdown taping spoilers: McIntyre gets his revenge

WWE heads overseas to Cardiff, Wales next week for Clash at the Castle and in turn the final two episodes of Smackdown were taped consecutively in Detroit, Michigan on August 26th. Building towards WWE’s September 3 premium live event, Little Caesars Arena harbored...

What You Didn’t See on Raw: Edge talks retirement

What You Didn’t See on Raw: Edge talks retirement

When Raw went off the air from the Scotiabank Arena, Edge addressed the fans in attendance and his career in WWE. "I am getting too old for this!" he joked to the crowd after defeating Damian Priest of Judgment Day. "I am kidding. I am still kicking ass!" he laughed....

WWE in Ottawa a welcome return

WWE in Ottawa a welcome return

OTTAWA – The last time I attended a pro wrestling event was four years ago. The venue was a run-down Knights of Columbus hall. The headliner was Teddy Hart who was making his umpteenth comeback from personal trouble. Obviously, a lot of s@@t has gone down in those...

Mat Matters: Blood and Guts becomes a family affair

Mat Matters: Blood and Guts becomes a family affair

The first time I took my son, Jack, to watch professional wrestling was on December 15, 2014, for Monday Night Raw at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. He was ten years old, the perfect age for the spectacle of a live professional wrestling event. It was a...

Blood and Guts violence appreciated at AEW in Detroit

Blood and Guts violence appreciated at AEW in Detroit

DETROIT - The Midwest has habitually harbored All Elite Wrestling (AEW) shows throughout the promotion’s young three-year tenure - particularly Chicago at an almost upsetting frequency. But following yet another Chicago date, ironically, AEW at last came to Detroit,...

George Tahinos’ AEW Forbidden Door photo gallery

George Tahinos’ AEW Forbidden Door photo gallery

SlamWrestling.net's George Tahinos was at the Allstate Arena, in Chicago, Sunday, June 26 2022, as AEW presented the Forbidden Door pay-per-view with stars from New Japan Pro Wrestling. Here's his photo gallery from the event. For more of George's photos, visit his...

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...

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