The Best Wrestling on the Planet returns to the Alamo City on Friday, November 17 for Night One of Survival of the Fittest! Your favorite ROH stars will compete in a three-night tournament to determine the 2017 Survival of the Fittest winner.
Joslyn Jarrett, the daughter of Jeff Jarrett and his late wife Jill (who passed away in 2007 after a battle with breast cancer), recently retweeted a post made on the Twitter page of a fan, which made reference to how both Jarrett and Kurt Angle have had to go to
If there was on “WWE has come to terms with” story I’ve been ready to write for a few days now, it was Neville’s.
The former NXT and Cruiserweight champion has been absent from our screens since he reportedly walked out ahead of Raw on Oct. 9. Even with word coming down that Vince McMahon was incensed by the move and might be angry enough to keep Neville to his contract and prohibit him from working elsewhere, I surely wasn’t the only fan hoping that something could be ironed out between the two parties. Mostly, this was a selfish desire based in how much I like to watch the former PAC perform… but there’s some concern for Neville’s family and The Chairman’s eternal soul in there, too (I think).
Anyway, when I heard the news that Emma, Darren Young and Summer Rae were “future endeavored”, I figured we might get a glimmer of good news amidst the crushed dreams and heartbreaking tweets.
Maybe, the next update would read “WWE has come to terms on the release of Benjamin Satterley”? Then, after a few non-compete agreement-dictated months of inaction, spent resting and relaxing with Mrs. Satterley, PAC would re-emerge in Evolve, or Japan.
Or, as my colleague Kyle Decker said in our virtual offices this afternoon:
Several hours after the last bulletin, there is no info about The Man That Gravity Forgot.
This doesn’t necessarily Neville will be getting the full Rey Mysterio treatment from Vince and WWE. But it’s probably not a good sign that the company didn’t include him with an unexpected Sunday afternoon news dump.
Perhaps Neville’s release will come tomorrow, or maybe he’ll even fly onto television as a surprise member of Team Raw. But it seems more likely the freeze out will continue, as McMahon makes an example of his former Cruiserweight King.
WWE is coming off a crazy week with several of their wrestlers being sidelined with an illness, Kevin Owens flying home because of a family emergency, and the news about several Superstars being released from their contracts. Things should get back to normal soon and the belief is that Roman Reigns should be ready in […]
According to PWInsider.com, Nia Jax is scheduled to be at tomorrow’s taping for WWE Monday Night Raw, which takes place in Baltimore, MD.
Jax has been off television for several weeks, although the exact reason why has been heavily speculated on. Depending on which report you read, she’s either been taking time off to deal with nagging injuries, unhappy with her position in the company, she walked out of Raw because The Rock told her to do it, or she wasn’t even at Raw to walk out in the first place. At this point, we don’t care – we’re just happy Nia will be back on TV soon.
The following results are from PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 56: La Danse Macabre at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. London, England on October 29th, 2017: Pre-show Fatal Four-Way – The O.J.M.O defeated Big T Justice, Charlie Carter & Oisin Delaney by pinfall. Pete Dunne announced that his time in the UK is uncertain. Zack Gibson and…
The following results are from Attack! Pro Wrestling Goosebumps V at The Trinity Centre in Bristol, England on October 29th, 2017: Bowl-A-Rama (Splits McPins & Lloyd Katt) defeated Wild Boar & Mike Bird by pinfall. Attack! Pro Championship – Flash Morgan Webster defeated Danny Jones by pinfall to retain the Attack! Pro Championship. “Speedball” Mike…
Fans on social media have been buzzing about the Twitter war between Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega. Over the past week, Jericho has been running down New Japan Pro Wrestling and talking down to anyone not currently wrestling for WWE. Specifically, he’s been targeting Kenny Omega. Fans have been hoping that this would lead to […]
The following results are from Pro Wrestling Chaos Coalition Of Chaos Part 2 at the Hanham Community Centre in Bristol, England on October 28th, 2017: King Of Chaos Championship – “The Pride Of Wales” Eddie Dennis defeated “The English Lion” Eddie Ryan by pinfall to retain the King Of Chaos Championship. James Drake defeated Martin Kirby by…
It looks like we have confirmation on why Nia Jax disappeared from WWE TV in recent weeks. Dave Meltzer reported last week that there was nothing to the stories about her walking out or demanding a pay raise. We also reported that a friend close to Jax told us that she never walked out. In […]
The following results are from Pro Wrestling Chaos Coalition Of Chaos Part 1 at the Hanham Community Centre in Bristol, England on October 28th, 2017: Maiden Of Chaos Tournament – Quarter-Final – Jinny defeated Viper by pinfall to advance to the Maiden Of Chaos tournament semi-finals. Maiden Of Chaos Tournament – Quarter-Final – “The Freaky…
The following results are from Shropshire Wrestling Alliance Bulletproof at the Dawley Town Hall in Telford, England on October 28th, 2017: Pre-show – Fatal Four-Way – Damo Scorpio defeated Conor Clyne, Joe Black & Shogun J by pinfall. Hustle Malone defeated Luke Basham by pinfall. Triple Threat – Kat Von Kaige defeated Shax & Charli…
The following results are from 4FW Battle Britannia 2017 at The Oxford Academy in Oxford, England on October 28th, 2017: Winner Earns A 4FW Heavyweight Championship Match – The Saint defeated Dynamite Drake Khaan by pinfall. Tiger Ali defeated Mega Pegasus by pinfall. Saime Sahin defeated Dave Mastiff by pinfall. The Bruisers defeated Clarkewood by…
Nia Jax is returning to Monday Night Raw this week. She will start back on the road with the rest if the crew as they get ready to fly out on Tuesday to Europe. The UK tour starts on Wednesday. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter was the first to report last week that […]
NORTH Wrestling have announced a sixth contest for their November 4th event, Fire Fire Fire at The Riverside in Newcastle, England. It has been confirmed that Shreddybrek & Lou Nixon of England’s Hardest Men will face The Landed Gentry’s Zeo Knox & Benji in tag team action in Newcastle on November 4th. Photo Credit: NORTH Wrestling…
Discovery Wrestling have announced details for the first Disco Derby match scheduled for their January 19th event, The Disco Derby at The Jam House in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has been confirmed that The Disco Derby contest shall consist of 20 competitors who have not competed for Discovery Wrestling previously or have only appeared no more than…
WWE will start their November European tour on Wednesday and it’s clear that they are not expecting Roman Reigns for those shows because they’ve announced that Triple H will be wrestling, likely as a Reigns’ replacement. Triple H is scheduled for the following shows: Glasgow (11/1), Brighton (11/2), London (11/3), Minehead (11/4), and Cardiff (11/5). As […]
Insane Championship Wrestling have signed two contests for their November 18th event, France 98 at The Garage in Glasgow, Scotland. The first match announced will see “The Bollocks” Kenny Williams compete against “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero in singles action in Glasgow on November 18th. The second contest scheduled for November 18th shall see Jack Jester…
Main Event Wrestling have confirmed a second championship match for their November 24th event, Clash Of The Radgies at the Innisfree Sports & Social Club in Longbenton, England. It has been announced that “Gimmick Killer” HT Drake will defend the Calling Spots Championship against Dave Carbon and Aaron Echo in a triple threat match in Longbenton…
Last week’s edition of WWE Raw contained quite the surprise ending, with the Smackdown Live roster firing the first shot in the WWE brand war which will end at Survivor Series.
According to PWInsider.com, the filming of the invasion angle actually took place earlier in the day on Monday, and was not a live segment.
The Smackdown roster was instructed to make their attack look as brutal as possible, in order to make the segment come across more realistic. One of the segments in the attack actually had to be reshot, because some of the punches being thrown looked too “worked” and not realistic enough for TV.
The battle for WWE brand supremacy will come to a head at Survivor Series, when team Raw faces team Smackdown in a 5 on 5 traditional Survivor Series elimination match.
IPW:UK have confirmed a championship match for their November 1st event, Bask In Our Glory at Unit Nine in Milton Keynes, England. It has been announced that “Superbad” Kip Sabian will defend the Z-Force Championship against Flash Morgan Webster in Milton Keynes on November 1st. Photo Credit: IPW:UK The announced match card is as follows: Match…
IPW:UK have confirmed the first match for their December 17th event, Undisputed at the Casino Rooms in Rochester, England. It has been announced that former WWE NXT star, Austin Aries will face “The Star Attraction” Mark Haskins in singles competition in Rochester on December 17th. Photo Credit: IPW:UK The announced match card is as follows: Match…
Chelsea Green has had a breakthrough year in pro wrestling. Her role as Laurel Van Ness on Impact Wrestling is one of the bright spots on their TV show and the sky is the limit for her. I would not be surprised if she eventually landed in WWE. She also wrestles on the independent scene […]
As previously reported, WWE announced the release of several Superstars today including Emma, Darren Young and Summer Rae. NXT newcomer Lio Rush then made some careless remarks on Twitter, “joking” about Emma not being “ready for Asuka” which provoked an immediate response from many of his WWE colleagues.
Rush has since deleted the original tweet and posted the following apology:
“At the end of the day there’s a certain level of respect within professional wrestlers in the sports & ENTERTAINMENT industry that is noted within peers. With that being said, Emma I respect you and everything that you’ve done for our business. It saddens me that the ‘controversial tweet’ got completely blown out of proportion and looked at in a very insensitive way. As a family man with a 4 year of son expecting another, I would never laugh or mock the fact of someone loosing there job because of how it can affect self person and there families. Whatever the situation may be regarding the release. You’re an amazing performer and respected athlete by yours truly and I’m sure you will excel beyond expections. To my fans who may have seen this as inappropriate as well as Emma’s fans, I apologize and I love you ALL regardless of the responses. On Behalf of myself and the WWE Goodluck!”
We’re not exactly sure how else to look at his original tweet (sent less than half an hour after Emma lost her job) besides “insensitive”, but at least Rush is sorry…that it got “blown out of proportion”. Apparently several members of the WWE roster didn’t buy into the apology either, including 205 Live Superstar Jack Gallagher and Dash Wilder.
– Gallagher: “Apologizing because people didn’t like your joke, not for joking about someone losing their job. Also, try the English classes at the PC.”
– Wilder: “So busy trying to be a comedian, you forget you’re a dumbass.”
In our age of social media, everybody, it seems, has a reaction to everything. Emma’s release was no different, and NXT’s Lio Rush took to Twitter to comment on the matter and well… he had jokes.
It’s an obvious joke, and the amusement value of it is definitely subjective, but the timing, well, folks didn’t take to a wrestler still in WWE’s employ and so low on the proverbial totem pole making a joke about a fellow talent’s release.
And boy did he hear it. From former WWE Superstars…
@itsLioRush SHOW SOME RESPECT!! Have some class. You work for the same company. I’m so disgusted.
Earlier we noted that Lio Rush had heat on him for joking about Emma’s release. Other wrestlers (including some current WWE stars have also chimed in and they’re not happy about what Rush said). Check out some of the tweets below: You aint gonna make it here with the wolves, kid. — Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) […]
As was previously reported, WWE Superstar Chris Jericho and current NJPW IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega have been taking jabs at each other on Twitter over the past week. It appears that they’ve agreed to stop talking to each other, at least for now:
WWE has made a few changes to their upcoming tour of the United Kingdom. Originally, The Shield was supposed to take on Braun Strowman, Sheamus and Cesaro in a series of Six-Man Tag Team Matches, but now it will be traditional Tag Team Matches where Ambrose and Rollins will defend
For Halloween, Breezango (and of course they were followed by the Ascension) made their way into the woods to tape a second Fashion Files this week. With Halloween just two days away, this is spoofing the Blair Witch Project as Fandango is out late looking for his lost cat.
It’s the same goofiness as you would expect on the usual Tuesday installments. The Ascension continue to deliver. We get a surprise appearance from another SmackDown wrestler. But personally, it’s the opening Blair Witch Project style explanation of the video that is my favorite part.
The “Phenomenal One” AJ Styles is this week’s guest on the “Canvas 2 Canvas” series on the official WWE YouTube page. Check it out in the video above.
Sami Callihan, No Disqualification
Independent wrestling promotion WrestleCircus out of Austin, TX has posted the full match between Sami Callihan and Jordan Len-X from one of their recent events. Check it out below!
Watch: Kurt Angle vs. John Cena
WWE has posted the full match between John Cena and Kurt Angle from Survivor Series 2005. As we noted earlier this week, the Raw general manager has been teasing an in-ring comeback following his surprise addition to the WWE TLC main event last Sunday night.
The following results are from Reckless Intent Wrestling’s event at the Twechar Healthy Living Centre in Twechar, Scotland on October 28th, 2017: Michael Chase defeated David Devlin by Pinfall. Hardcore Match – Jonathan Richards defeated Jam O’Malley by Pinfall. Reckless Intent Heavyweight Championship – James Scott defeated Theo Doros by Pinfall to retain the…
Many fans would say that the unfortunate circumstances that led to making changes to the card made the TLC pay-per-view better than it should have been. Kurt Angle’s return and the AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor match made the show feel like a bigger deal. Well, we almost did not get to see Styles vs. […]
As news about Emma’s release from the WWE continues to spread, reactions to the news is coming in just as fast.
WWE’s Paige retweeted Emma, thanking the Austrailian star.
Check out Paige’s tweet below:
Earlier today it was reported that Emma had been released from her contract with WWE, after more than six years with the company.
While many from the wrestling world have been pouring out their support for Emma, as well as Darren Young and Summer Rae who were also let go, it took Lio Rush all of half an hour to take an unnecessary shot at the Australian star.
“I guess these are the things that happen when you’re not TRULY ready for Asuka,” the 22-year-old developmental newcomer taunted on Twitter shortly after news broke. Emma’s final matches in WWE were against the debuting “Empress of Tomorrow”, who had spent more than 500 days as women’s champion in NXT before Rush even made his debut.
Several members of the roster are apparently unhappy with his comments. Peyton Royce fired back stating, “Wow kid. Didn’t you just get here? Professionalism goes a long way.”
It’s never fun to hear about a WWE Superstar losing their job and the classy thing to do is to wish them well as they figure out what they are going to do in their next line of work. Lio Rush apparently doesn’t know that making light of someone getting fired is a big no-no. […]
We now have an update on the semifinal matches in the Super Junior Tag Tournament, following Sunday morning’s show at Korakuen Hall.
The semifinals will take place on Monday morning in Tokyo, with Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi of LIJ taking on the brand new IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Roppongi 3K. Desperado and Kanemaru of Suzuki-Gun will also face the team of Ryusuke Taguchi and ACH. The finals will of course take place at NJPW Power Struggle on November 5th.
NJPW Road to Power Struggle October 29, 2017
(1) Juice Robinson & David Finlay def. Yujiro Takahashi & Leo Tonga
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross used a portion of his weekly blog to comment on the status of Jeff Jarrett, who reportedly entered a WWE sponsored rehab facility to battle his alcohol addiction.
The legendary broadcaster also shared his thoughts on the future of Impact Wrestling.
“Troubling to hear that
Emma’s run with WWE is over. As noted earlier, she is among the names that were released on Sunday. Her release is a surprise because she was given more TV time in recent weeks and there were hints that she was going to feud with Paige. Obviously, that will no longer be happening. WWE’s statement: […]
Shoot name Tenille Dashwood, the 28-year-old Australian born wrestler has always been into modeling outside of the ring. The photo above could mean Emma is simply excited for the weekend or ready for a fresh start in her wrestling career, depending on how you read the tea leaves.
Over the past 72 hours, Rae was a little more cryptic or philosophical with her latest social media posts.
From Thursday October 26th, Rae had this to say about life or flowers.
“You need to understand that life isn’t what you’re given; it’s what you create, what you overcome, and what you achieve that makes it beautiful.”
Here is why Darren Young leaving the WWE on Sunday morning is the most surprising of the three; he spent Saturday night promoting WWE events with Becky Lynch, The Miz and Enzo at a LA Clippers NBA game.
From Saturday night, Young’s most recent post around 11:00 PM PST.
There is no denying that there is more talent in the women’s division than at any point in WWE’s history. The early 80’s women’s matches were treated as a sideshow. There was a push for serious women’s wrestling in the mid 90’s but there weren’t enough women to challenge Alundra Blayze and Vince McMahon dropped […]
As the buildup to WWE Survivor Series heats up, both Smackdown and RAW rosters are invading each brand’s shows, making for great television moments.
Last week, WWE Smackdown Live Commissioner ordered his roster to show up on RAW and cause havoc during the broadcast. When the SmackDown roster came toe
Beyond returns to Powerbomb.tv today at 2PM Eastern with Apocalypse Dudes in Worcester, Massachusetts. So sign up (with a ten-day free trial, twenty days with promo code BEYOND) or log in, have a sit-down, and chat about it with the finest pro wrestling community on the internet while you watch, whether that’s on your computer or through the brand new Roku app that Powerbomb have released for public beta testing.
Best of all, the first five matches will be airing free for everyone on Powerbomb’s social media and Beyond’s YouTube channel!
Here’s a run-down of the card for tonight, and we’ll update with basic results here, too:
American Gaijin (Jay Freddie & Rory Gulak) vs. Amityville Project (Mike Verna & Ryan Galeone)
Dante Caballero vs. Sage Phillips
Brandon Watts & Zenshi vs. Hot Wheelz (“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams & Wheeler Yuta)
Ace Romero vs. John Silver
Brian Milonas vs. ???
Alexxis, Anthony Stone, & Da Hoodz (Davey Cash & Kris Pyro) vs. Anthony Green, Brick Mastone, Davienne, & Mikey Webb
Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) vs. Viking War Party (Alexander Rudolph & Jake Parnell)
Flip Gordon vs. Jonathan Gresham (c) (Powerbomb.tv Independent Wrestling Championship)
“Supercop” Dick Justice vs. Orange Cassidy
Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) vs. Team PAWG (Jordynne Grace & LuFisto)
JT Dunn vs. Matt Riddle
EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik) vs. Unbreakable F’n Machines (Brian Cage & Michael Elgin)
As previously noted, WWE has released Emma from her contract. It looks like this is the start of a wave of releases because they have also announced that Summer Rae and Darren Young have been released from their contract. Young recently returned on their ‘B’ shows after being sidelined with an injury. Summer Rae hasn’t […]
WWE just announced that Darren Young has been released from his contract.
The company released a statement saying they’ve come to terms on his release and wish him “the best” in all his future endeavors.”
Young made his WWE debut in 2010 during the first season of NXT, with CM Punk as his mentor, and went on to be part of the Nexus stable.
After splitting from the group, Darren and Titus O’Neil formed the Primetime Players. The tag team were on-again, off-again for the next few years.
When that ran its course, Young was paired with Bob Backlund and the duo attempted to “Make Darren Young Great Again.” The 33-year-old wrestler got injured in January though and things were halted. He was cleared for action in August, but hasn’t been used on TV since.
This is a bit surprising since Emma had recently received more television time with her “It’s all about me” gimmick focusing on her Twitter personality. Just last week she was picked to be Asuka’s first match on the WWE main roster.
It was a bit of a rocky road for the Aussie after she became a fan favorite in NXT. This isn’t her first release, as she was also let go for less than a day years back after a shoplifting incident.
After a failed initial run on the main roster as the bubbly, clumsy Emma, she went back to NXT and reinvented herself as a villain. Her second main roster run was marred by injuries and a failed repackaging as Emmalina, where rumors were management felt she wasn’t committed to the role.
The wording “come to terms” hints that this could have been a mutual thing, but we’ll have to wait to see if we ever learn the actual reason surrounding this.
WWE has announced that they have come to terms on the release of Emma. Emma lost to Asuka at last weekend’s WWE TLC pay-per-view and then last again to her at Monday Night Raw. We don’t know what led to her release but we’ll pass along more information when it becomes available. The 28-year-old began […]
WWE just announced that Emma has been released from her contract.
The company put out a statement saying, “WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Emma. WWE wishes Emma the best in all of her future endeavors.”
The 28-year-old, whose real name is Tenille Dashwood, had a rough stint in WWE. After a successful run in NXT, she was brought to the main roster and paired with Santino Marella. A year later she was sent back to NXT and debuted her Evil version of the character.
Emma returned to the main roster in 2016 but failed to get much of a push. She was supposed to debut a new character earlier this year named Emmalina, but plans were scrapped.
She last wrestled Asuka on Monday Night Raw this week and lost.
Kurt Angle’s return to the ring last Sunday was earlier than WWE wanted but that was not his last match. Angle has hinted in interviews that there were plans for him and that was confirmed in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter. His storyline that would lead to his in-ring return was likely for WrestleMania. There […]
There’s a ton of wrestling content nowadays and unless you’re a hardcore pro-graps fan, you have to decide what to watch when and what to consider leaving out. That’s where we come in to help.
Every week, we are going to run down the big in-ring happenings for the easily accessible US wrestling. This won’t cover your indie needs, but ReverendKain always has you covered in his weekly Sermon on the Mat for that.
Bear in mind, matches could be added after this posts that would definitely change how worth a show is to watch.
Monday Night Raw (USA Network)
Last week’s Raw ended with a bang when SmackDown Live invaded and laid waste to the red brand. On Tuesday following, Raw opted not to retaliate just yet. Raw putting together a team for Survivor Series is likely going to be a major focus of this show.
Also, Braun Strowman may or may not be dead. But even if he is, he’ll be back soon for revenge against Miz, the Bar, and Kane for murder by garbage truck at TLC. Will the fact these men turned on him lead to him not willing to help Raw in their battle with SmackDown?
Verdict: Last week’s attack sparked a story for Survivor Series that has potential to be really big. It’s worth keeping an eye on.
SmackDown Live (USA Network)
The Survivor Series story will obviously continue here. A Raw attack will always be looming but my bet is a week from this episode.
There are other happenings on the blue brand. Shinsuke Nakamura will face Kevin Owens for the right to join the Survivors Series team. Last week, Randy Orton defeated Sami Zayn to win that right himself. It possible Kevin will be on the outside looking in as well.
Sami Zayn is continuing to be fantastic as a heel, by the way.
Verdict: SmackDown has been pretty consistent lately.
205 Live (WWE Network)
The cruisers continue to do their thing with Enzo as their champ.
Verdict: If you like the cruisers or certified g’s, check it out.
NXT (WWE Network)
NXT continues to build their way to TakeOver: War Game.
This week Drew McIntyre and Andrade “Cien” Almas will sign the contract for their NXT title match at TakeOver. Also, the Authors of Pain will exercise their rematch clause to challenge SAnitY for the tag team titles.
There are three episodes left headed into TakeOver and there’s plenty to be set up with the story surrounding the Undisputed Era, excuse me ERA, as well.
Verdict: NXT has been consistently enjoyable. It’s worth checking out.
Impact Wrestling (Pop TV)
While this is the go home show for Bound for Glory, Impact has not been good lately. Wait for Bound for Glory and that fallout. You can probalby skip tonight.
Verdict: I wouldn’t recommend it.
NJPW Power Struggle (NJPW World)
According to my man ReverendKain, this is the last big singles show prior to Wrestle Kingdom. And it looks like a good one.
The card is here. There’s an Intercontinental title match between Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi. Plus Will Ospreay will defend his Junior Heavyweight title against the Villain Marty Scrull.
Verdict: It looks like a pretty fun show.
If I could only watch one thing this week, it’d be:
SmackDown Live has been improving as of late. Heel Sami Zayn has been fantastic. We’re getting Fashion Files on the reg more. Daniel Bryan and Shane are at odds a bit over the siege of Monday Night Raw.
I’m very interested in how this big brand war plays out. While it will happen on both shows, I’d take the two hour SmackDown over the three hour Raw.
There’s a ton of other wrestling out there and we can’t cover it all on here. So if there’s something you’re particularly excited for this week, let your fellow wrestling fans know in the comments.
Seth Rollins had high praise for Sasha Banks during a recent fan Q&A video, claiming she is one of the best wrestlers of all time.
The Shield member was taking questions from fans and was asked about his relationship with the Boss. Rollins told the fan they are friends and stated that she is one of the best women’s wrestlers of all time.
WWE has announced that the next installment of the popular WWE Network series, Table For 3 will air after Monday Night Raw this week. On the episode will be all three members of the Shield, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns.
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley is a future feud WWE is already laying the groundwork for and it could be the planned match for WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, considering the location and all the history between the two.
It did not happen at Mania last year. It’ll happen eventually for sure, but not as quickly as this rumor speculated. (0/1)
Apparently the Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt House of Horrors match at Payback may be partially taped, with the end of the match happening in the arena but the beginning pre-taped somewhere else.
That’s how it went down. Orton arrived at the house in his limo wearing jeans and elbow pads but it ended live in the arena. (1/1)
Roman Reigns was at Raw this week but WWE chose not to use him for television, instead holding off on his return until Payback.
That’s how it happened.
WWE is apparently interested in Crazzy Steve, Gunner, Lio Rush, Donovan Dijak, and Kyle O’Reilly, all of which will likely end up with the company with the next few months.
Poor Steve is the only one of this list not in WWE now. (Gunner is in NXT working some house shows and the Dijak signing was recently announced. The others have made their way to TV.) (4/5)
PW Insider is reporting on a backstage “incident” involving Karen and Jeff Jarrett and Bob Ryder that took place a few days ago at the Impact tapings. Apparently it was bad but it looks like all sides are still working together for now.
They didn’t work together much longer as Impact has parted ways with Jeff Jarrett. Recent reports is that he checked himself into a rehab facility.
Donald Trump, fake news, and Travis Banks, on paper, have nothing in common, but all three have been dominating the headlines so far in 2017, this year really has been the year of the Kiwi Buzzsaw. Matthew Wilkinson recently sat down with Banks to discuss his incredible rise to being one of independent wrestling’s biggest names.
“This has definitely been my busiest year, I think any prior to this pales in comparison to anything I’ve done. I thought 2016 was quite busy like things started picking up from the end of 2016 and then I couldn’t have even dreamed of what 2017 would’ve been like,” Banks explained.
Busy might be an understatement for Banks who has gone from being one of the hardest working talents on the booming British wrestling scene to one of the marquee names on the posters for the likes of PROGRESS and What Culture Pro Wrestling.
Luckily for Banks, being busy is exactly what he wants right now, as he states: “I think it’s good because sometimes if I feel like I’ve had a poor match or something like that it just doesn’t matter, I just carry on to the next one; I don’t need to worry about it. I think that this is what I’ve always dreamed of so it’s exactly what I wanted so I can’t complain about anything that’s happened.”
All the extra matches and travel certainly take a toll on a wrestler’s body, but the Prestige member claims that his body is, “surprisingly, not too bad, I just have a lot more trips to the sports therapists.”
However, Banks does believe that the physical beating a wrestler withstands is something that isn’t given enough credit. “Sometimes I nurse little niggly injuries and when you just keep wrestling all the time over these injuries it can get a little bit worse, but I seem to come through on the other side okay. That’s definitely part of the job that is never really glorified, it’s quite tough sometimes,” he said.
The Kiwi Buzzsaw had a breakout moment earlier in the year when he won the PROGRESS Strong Style tournament, something that catapulted him to the forefront of wrestling fans minds.
The tournament was a big deal for Banks who claimed: “That was huge, I was super nervous going into that weekend. That was one of the times when there was a lot of pressure on me and I put a lot on myself too. So, to come away that weekend with all the praise and accolades was well worth the stress I put on myself.”
Winning the tournament earned him a shot at Pete Dunne’s Progress Championship at the Chase The Sun event and yet again Banks stepped up, putting on a blockbuster main event with the Bruiserweight; capturing the title in the process.
For most people, those two achievements alone would be enough but Banks has done so much more already in 2017. He was given the chance to showcase his strong style to the WWE Universe over WrestleMania weekend when he worked at the Axxess event, giving him, a teaser of what life could be should he eventually join the company he has had a try-out for.
“I was doing the Wrestlecon weekend, I wrestled for PROGRESS and I wrestled for Evolve and I had a massive stand out match with Sami Callahan and with TK Cooper as well. So, I was already on a high from that so then to wrestle that weekend and get to wrestle for WWE as well, was like… I had to take a moment when I was in my hotel room and think ‘I just wrestled for WWE’ and that’s what I’ve been wanting to do my whole career.
“The matches weren’t particularly long and I don’t think anyone particularly remembers those matches but to actually get to wrestle for WWE and hang out backstage and talk to everybody and show my face and make connections was great.
“It’s definitely like dangling the carrot and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I do actually kind of want to be here,’” Banks stated.
However, the highlight of his year (so far) came when he got the news he would be competing in this year’s Battle of Los Angeles. Banks reached the semi-finals of the tournament that he has always wanted to compete in, a goal that he set months before.
“It’s actually quite funny, BOLA has always been a goal of mine in the back of my head, but three or four months before I thought, ‘You know what I’m going to really push for this’. I put it on my goals list three months out before I got the call.
“Then out of the blue they called me up and I was like whoa, I didn’t really expect to get it. But it was nuts, my social media pretty much just shat itself so I had to put my phone in a drawer while it was buzzing but it was good. It’s a good feeling, it’s pretty exciting to see so many people excited about seeing me being in such a prestigious tournament,” Banks explained.
To get in the position that Banks finds himself in has taken a lot of hard work and dedication, but he attributes his big break to several elements.
Firstly, “There’s a few matches that started it, there was me versus Tyler (Bate) at Attack. I think that’s the first time a crowd over here had seen the strong style side of me, they were kind of just taken aback, I don’t think they expected it from me.
“And then from there, following on from that match was me versus Zack Sabre Junior at Fight Club, it was the opening match and we went 37 minutes or something like that and after, everyone was talking about it. Then anytime me and Sabre have tangled since they’ve always been on board,” the Kiwi Buzzsaw said.
Another factor has been his involvement with WCPW, which has put Banks on a platform to a more global audience, as he explained: “I was just in New York and Boston for the PROGRESS shows and a lot of people who spoke to me there, had actually seen me wrestle through WhatCulture.
“They had seen my work and they were all really big fans of WhatCulture, so it’s definitely helped and got my name out there and got me exposure that I didn’t really think it may do. It does have its reach and they always set me great matches and I’m happy to work for them.”
Whilst Banks may well be on WWE’s radar, right now he isn’t fixated on a move to the McMahon house, and is happy to be patient as he enjoys working the independent scene, not just in England but across the globe.
However, the Kiwi Buzzsaw and new PROGRESS Champion does have a few set goals in mind as he continues to take his career to the next level.
“I would like to work for New Japan and I just want to wrestle in some more countries that I’ve never wrestled in, I’ve wrestled in eleven countries so anywhere else that wants to have me I’ll probably work for,” he said.
Here’s your “Daily Open Thread” for Oct. 29, 2017. Come chat about whatever you would like. Come back all day and night for discussion of all things pro wrestling and beyond, some of the former but much more of the latter. Basically, this is the spot to yak about anything related to anything other than pro wrestling.
Don’t forget to check out everything else we have going on here at Cageside today. Keep checking that front page for content throughout the day, but for now, scroll on down to the comments and talk about whatever your heart desires.
An interesting situation has developed on Twitter over the past few days involving wrestling legends and longtime friends Terry Bollea (Hulk Hogan) and Ed Leslie (Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake). Beefcake has announced that he has a new book coming out and apparently it will shed a negative light on Hogan.
No means no, even if you’re a cute NBA mascot … a point Becky Lynch drove home this weekend during WWE night at the Staples Center.
Becky was in attendance at the Clippers game on Saturday with Enzo Amore, The Miz and Darren Young to hype an upcoming live event in Los Angeles — but things got physical during the kiss cam segment (and not in a good way).
The Clippers mascot Chuck made repeated attempts to snag a kiss from the SmackDown Superstar and was shot down every time. When he tried to force his way in, the bird learned a quick lesson.
Everybody who comes to Cageside Seats has an opinion about what’s going on in pro wrestling – The Smark’s Shoot Standings (S3) are where YOU let us know YOURS.
Cast a vote in the comments. Give us the four performers you think entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why. And/or vote for your top performer in our poll.
We also have the outcome of last week’s voting, the results of which make up our annual competition for Performer of the Year.
Remember, the Standings are for the previous week’s nationally televised and internet streaming pro wrestling shows – WWE’s TLC pay-per-view (PPV), the Oct. 23 episode of Monday Night Raw, Tuesday’s SmackDown and 205 Live, NXTfrom Wednesday, Thursday’s Impact Wrestling, ROH TV #318, and any other internet streaming wrestling that aired from Oct. 22 – 28, 2017.
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
We will, big guy. We will…
Yep, the best friends ruled the roost for a second straight week. And KO didn’t have to fight a McMahon on the roof of anything to pull it off this time!
Just give The Boss an angle, even one which leads to a fine for Foxy and a pre-show match, and watch the votes roll in.
The Crazy One’s presence in the Top Ten wasn’t any more surprising than that of The Devil’s Favorite Mayoral Candidate, who tussled with The Shield – 2⁄3 of whom placed (the grudge against Traitorface lingers, apparently).
It may or may not be over, but LU made a splash for the first time in a while with its season three finale as both the new champ and the departing first one both earned nods.
Hey Ember! How ya been?
The S3: 2017 – 18, Week 29
1. Sami Zayn 2. Kevin Owens 3. Sasha Banks 4. Pentagon Dark 5. Kane 6. (tie) Alicia Fox 6. (tie) Prince Puma 8. Dean Ambrose 9. Roman Reigns 10. Ember Moon
Points in our weekly Standings determine our annual list – full details on rules and scoring HERE.
Where Kevin and Dean keep inching up, and Miz is now here (and should have been since two weeks ago after winning week 27, but your friendly neighborhood counter and compiler screwed up updating the post).
The S3 Performer of the Year – through the Week Ending Oct. 21
1. Roman Reigns – 130.5 2. Braun Strowman – 86.5 3. Sasha Banks – 82.5 4. (tie) Fandango – 60 4. (tie) Kevin Owens – 60 6. Tyler Breeze – 50.5 7. Samoa Joe – 43.5 8. Dean Ambrose – 41 9. Kenny Omega – 40.5 10. The Miz – 38.5
The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the Survivor Series event set to take place on Sun., Nov. 19, 2016, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Thanks to the brand split, this show will feature match-ups exclusively pitting Monday Night Raw wrestlers against SmackDown Live wrestlers.
We’re three weeks from showtime and the card is basically already complete:
Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal
This originated with Mahal making a challenge but before Lesnar could even respond, it was booked as part of a champion vs. champion series. Brock went for it anyway.
Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya
The Raw women’s champion ran from confrontation when the SmackDown women’s champion showed up during the invasion this past week.
The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
The United States Champion, Corbin, was front and center in the invasion but the Intercontinental Champion, Miz, was nowhere to be found.
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. The Usos
The Raw tag team and SmackDown tag team champions were building this match on house shows a while back, so this works out perfectly.
Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown (Men’s elimination match)
Team Raw: TBA Team SmackDown: Randy Orton & TBA
Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown (Women’s elimination match)
Team Raw: Alicia Fox & Sasha Banks & Bayley Team SmackDown: Becky Lynch & Carmella & Charlotte & Naomi & Tamina
That’s the card so far, but expect a cruiserweight match or two to be announced.
ProWrestling.com recently spoke with WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross about his brand new autobiography Slobberknocker: My Life In Wrestling. You can check out the full interview in the video below, or read written highlights by clicking here.
During the interview, JR confirmed for the first time that he is in talks with long-time broadcast partner Jerry “The King” Lawler about a tour featuring both members of the iconic Monday Night Raw announce team. Ross has been doing his own “Ringside” tours for many years traveling all over the United States and even internationally, but this would be the first time The King would join him in any official capacity.
“The King and I are willing and happy and excited about the opportunity to work together in an adlib environment. Should be hilarious stuff, informative, and fun. It’s just a matter of getting the tour booked, and all that good stuff. Hopefully it will happen, and it should be fun, without a doubt.”
When we asked about the possibility of a second autobiography and sequel to Slobberknocker, JR was all but certain the project will eventually happen, noting that they already have material ready to go.
“I’m sure that we will, or [at least] I feel like we will. We’ve already got most of the stuff organized to write. I would look forward to reading** a second, because now I’ve got one under my belt and I kind of know what I’m doing. I can emotional prepare myself for what I’m about to do – it won’t come as a surprise anymore.”
**JR was referring to the unexpected difficulty in reading lines for the audiobook version of Slobberknocker, which he did himself.
The following results are from Absolute Wrestling Uprising #1, #2 & #3 at the NE6 Suite in Newcastle, England on October 5th, 2017: Uprising #1 – Broadcast Date: 11/10/2017 The show began with the announcement that due to injury, Bubblegum would be relinquishing the Absolute Supreme Heavyweight Championship. The Absolute Wrestling board of directors announced…
It looks like Kurt Angle’s surprise return to the ring at WWE TLC earlier this month was not a one-off occasion. The Olympic gold medalist continues to hype his “comeback” and even posted a photo on Instagram showing off new gear he’s having custom made. Check it out below!
WWE Shop has also released new “Don’t Call it a Comeback” themed merch for Angle, which just hit their website this week. As we recently reported, the Raw general manager has been confirmed for the upcoming WWE UK and European tour this November, although he isn’t expected to compete inside the ring.
It’s been discussed that Kurt may be added to the Survivor Series card however, leading speculation being that he and Shane McMahon may captain the men’s 5-on-5 elimination match at the pay-per-view. At the very least we know from WWE TLC that he is cleared by company doctors to compete, and given that he’s having brand new ring gear created you can bet it’s only a matter of time before we see the red, white and blue singlet in action.
For years, people have come up with reasons to rip on Triple H from stories about him burying people when he was a full-time wrestler to his supposed creative influence, etc. But you can’t argue that he’s done so much for the younger talent in recent years, especially the talent that has come up from […]
The following results are from Wrestlezone Halloween Hijinx 2017 at the Kincorth Community Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland on October 28th, 2017: Wrestlezone Tri-Counties Championship – Aspen Faith defeated Bradley Evans by pinfall to retain the Wrestlezone Tri-Counties Championship. Following the match, Aspen Faith attempted to tombstone Bradley Evans until Zach Dynamite intervened. Sammii Jayne defeated Debbie…
Former longtime WCW announcer Tony Schiavone recently appeared in a video posted by the WHW (What Happened When) Monday podcast’s official Facebook page, in which he promotes the upcoming WWE Starrcade event "from the Starrcade control center."
In the video, Schiavone runs down the entire card that has been announced
The following results are from PCW Wrestling Fright Night 2017 at Evoque Nightclub in Preston, England on October 27th, 2017: Pre-Show – T-Bone defeated Arcadian by pinfall. Soner Dursun defeated CJ Banks by pinfall. Chris Ridgeway defeated Dean Allmark by submission. Lionheart & Sha Samuels defeated Jake Long & Philip Michael by pinfall. Following the…
Congratulations to two future WWE Superstars. Well, one is technically under contract with WWE and the other one is expected in the near future. NXT star Sarah Logan (fka Crazy Mary Dobson) announced on Instagram that she said “yes” when ROH star Raymond Rowe of War Machine proposed to her. She said, “Im going to […]
It was also revealed that General Manager Kurt Angle, in addition to being at Monday Night Raw, will appear live at a show the next night. No opponents for the tag champs have been revealed but considering how rarely title changes occur on house shows, it hardly matters.
The following results are from Southside Wrestling 7 Year Anniversary: Masked Mania at The Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage, England on October 28th, 2017: Southside Speed King Championship (Vacant) – Stevie Boy defeated “The One And Only” Chris Tyler by pinfall to win the vacant Southside Speed King Championship. *NEW CHAMPION* Brady Phillips defeated Evil Uno…
Vice Sports has a fantastic piece up today breaking down the various issues with WWE using the Ultimate Warrior for a cancer awareness campaign despite the fact that he made so many controversial statements throughout his life, many of them publicized. That includes racism, bigotry, homophobia, and once saying Bobby Heenan’s throat cancer was karma and calling him a two-faced bag of shit.
Considering all this, it was always strange WWE immediately took to using Warrior to push positive messages of inspiration and courage in the face of adversity, like naming an award after him and now using his widow, Dana, as the face of the “Unleash Your Warrior,” campaign as part of its partnership with Susan G. Komen to combat breast cancer.
“I will not be disloyal to my husband’s memory or speak ill of a man who is not here to defend himself. I can, however, tell you his heart was changed by conversations with his two daughters. The true testament of the man behind the character is his ability to evolve. My husband did just that.”
“WWE’s ‘Unleash Your Warrior’ breast cancer awareness campaign and annual ‘Warrior Award’ recognize individuals that exhibit the strength and courage of WWE’s legendary character The Ultimate Warrior. Any attempt to distract from the mission of these initiatives and take the spotlight away from the honorees is unfortunately misguided.”
It’s worth noting there is a distinction to be made between the characters played on television and the man himself but WWE isn’t doing much to make that distinction clear and Warrior himself legally changed his name to just that. Truth it truth and Vice really hits the mark with its story.
As noted a few days ago, Jeff Jarrett is seeking help in a rehabilitation center believed to be sponsored by WWE. Jarrett is done with Impact Wrestling but, according to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the decision to part ways with Jarrett was made before the incident in Canada last weekend. The story about Jarrett […]
HOPE Wrestling Leicester have signed two new contests for their November 4th event, Grand Theft Autumn at the West End Working Mens Club in Leicester, England. The first new match confirmed will see Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher of Aussie Open face Team MAD’s Danny Mayhem and Chase Williams in tag team action in Leicester on…
Target Wrestling have signed a second contest for their November 10th event at the Lochside Club in Dumfires, Scotland. It has been announced that Carbon shall compete against Theo Doros in singles action in Dumfries on November 10th. Photo Credit: Target Wrestling The announced match card is as follows: Match Card Target Heavyweight Championship Karnage…
New Generation Wrestling have confirmed the first match for their November 12th event, Proving Grounds 36 at the Beverley Memorial Hall in Beverley, England. It has been announced that Ace Matthews will face the current NGW Undisputed Champion, “The Professional” Nathan Cruz in a non-title contest in Beverley on November 12th. Photo Credit: New Generation Wrestling…
After several recent departures, Impact Wrestling is reportedly interested in replenishing their roster with a few top independent stars. Two of the talents on their radar are said to be the real-life couple of Ricochet and Tessa Blanchard.
As many fans may already be aware, Ricochet is considered to be
“I mean if you look at my background and how popular combat sports are now, then it is one hell of an opportunity but also one hell of a risk which could be an even greater reward. I have been training for months now getting into shape but it’s been ten years since I competed at amateur wrestling levels. There are a lot of things to consider. I like what Bellator are doing right now and the roster is filling up and its not just top heavy, the guys in the middle of the rankings are very competitive and dangerous. My good friend Josh Rafferty has done MMA and pro-wrestling so we are always talking about it.”
Since leaving WWE, Swagger hasn’t had as high a profile as, say, Cody Rhodes, but he’s still getting his name out there however he can. That could include a future in MMA. Considering his size and amateur wrestling background, perhaps he can do just well enough with the right matchmaking to earn a few bucks at it.
That said, he’s already 35-years-old and has never competed professionally. Would it be another CM Punk situation?
The official WWE UK Twitter account has confirmed that Hall of Famer and Raw general manager Kurt Angle will make an appearance at the upcoming WWE Live event in Birmingham, England on November 7th. The Olympic gold medalist will also be in Manchester the night before for Monday Night Raw.
WWE begins a massive international tour featuring both the Raw and Smackdown brands next Wednesday in Glasgow, Scotland. They will be running two shows every day for almost two weeks, traveling to Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Portugal, Spain, Germany and Italy before returning home.
Classic Casket Match Footage
WWE has uploaded footage from an episode of Raw in 2002 where Kane fought Triple H in a Casket Match. I guess…because Halloween? Check it out below.
WWE has an early Raw preview up on WWE.com. They are not giving many details but here is what they are promoting for Monday night: – How will Raw respond to #UnderSiege? – Who will join the Raw Men and Women’s Traditional Survivor Series Teams? – Will the current Raw titleholders still be in place […]
Above is the latest video from Impact Wrestling, featuring the GFW Tag Team Champions Dave and Jake Crist teasing a new addition to the “family”. OVE has suffered several attacks at the hands of LAX and Konnan’s The Crash promotion in recent weeks.
In the video Dave Crist implies they will “bring a family” to fight LAX, who they will face at the upcoming Bound For Glory pay-per-view for the titles. The tattooed arm of a mystery man is then shown, which obviously belongs to former NXT Superstar and the resident mayor of independent wrestling Sami Callihan.
On the indies Sami is extremely close with the Crist brothers, known collectively as OI4K or the Killer Cult along with the “Iron Manager” JT Davidson. Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz, who are the current AAW Tag Team Champions, have also been associated with the group in various promotions. It will be interesting to see exactly who OVE brings with them to Bound For Glory next weekend, as well as the six days of television tapings that follow.
Backstage News on Plans For Alberto El Patron at Bound For Glory
Impact Wrestling star Alberto El Patron, who has been absent from the company since his suspension back in August, will be returning at Bound for Glory taking place next month in Ottawa.
According to PWInsider.com, there are big plans in place for Patron when he returns to Impact, and one rumored plan is inserting him into the main event match, which right now featured Eli Drake vs Johnny Impact for the Impact Championship. Another rumored plan for Patron is making him the guest referee for the bout, however nothing has been officially announced.
Title Defense Set for WWE UK Tour
As noted, WWE Raw GM Kurt Angle will be appearing on the upcoming tour of The UK, and the WWE UK Twitter account has now announced Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose will be defending the Raw Tag Titles on the tour:
The main reason why the decision was made to move Bound For Glory and the Impact Wrestling TV Tapings to Ottawa is because it makes sense for them from a financial standpoint. One of the reasons for the recent departures is because of cost-cutting. Ring announcer Dave Penzer is not being flown in and instead, […]
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, there have been recent negotiations between Impact Wrestling and top independent wrestling star Ricochet. At this point we don’t know how those talks went or even if he’d be legally able to appear for them at this point; all that’s being reported is that they’ve had conversations.
The issue with Ricochet is that he’s not only a big star in the juniors division with New Japan Pro Wrestling, but a vital part of Lucha Underground as the masked character Prince Puma. According to multiple sources his contract with LU expires in January and he’s been looking for a new home, as the company hasn’t held a taping since summer 2016.
Johnson is also reporting that Impact is very interested in Tessa Blanchard, who was one of the most popular names in the Mae Young Classic and is currently the champion for at least five different indie promotions including Shimmer and WrestleCircus. One source reportedly told PWInsider that she could be starting as quickly as the Impact Wrestling television tapings after Bound For Glory.
It may be worth pointing out that Ricochet and Blanchard have been in a dating relationship for quite some time.