SLAM! Wrestling News/Rumours
Friday, November 21, 2014Dixie Carter of TNA promised fans north of the border -- outside of Quebec, where Impact is redubbed in French as a one-hour show -- that Impact would be available soon, once it moves to Destination America, a channel not available here. "A special message to our great fans in Canada. We're negotiating with potential TV partners to bring ?#?ImpactWrestling? to you! Stay tuned," she wrote on Facebook today.
The Cauliflower Alley Club announced that Beth Phoenix would be receiving one of its 2015 women's wrestling awards at its annual banquet in Las Vegas in April.
Cut the f’n music! Unless you’re playing “Happy Birthday” for ECW original Shane Douglas, who turns 50 today. Also celebrating are Hall of Famer Wild Samoan Arthur "Afa" Anoa'i, Sr. (72); Brie Bella (31); and (coincidentally) Nikki Bella (31). And indy worker KC Andrews, from BC, is 28.
On this date in 1990, Dean Hart of the legendary Canadian wrestling family passed away. A year ago today, Hall of Famer Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon passed away at the age of 84. Besides the long feature up today on the site -- Mad Dog Vachon: A filmmaker's memories -- SLAM! Wrestling contributors Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hebert announced that their biography on Vachon will be released on April 1, 2015 in French by Libre Expression.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Former WCW star Vampiro is looking to bring a chapter of the crime patrol group, the Guardian Angels, to his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario -- report is at this link. WCW fans may recall that Ray “Big Boss Man” Traylor used a Guardian Angels gimmick for part of his stint with the company, even going so far as to join the organization.
Pro Wrestling Eclipse presents November Bash on Sunday, November 23rd, with special guest WWE legend Tatanka, at the Oshawa Legion, 471 Simcoe St S., in Oshawa, Ontario. VIP Tickets and early entry at 12:30 are $20, general admission is $15, and it's a 2 p.m. bell time.
Happy birthday to WWE NXT referee Dan Engler (formerly, Rudy Charles in TNA), who turns 37 today.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Dixie Carter is teasing, "What is the future of @IMPACTWRESTLING?" and the answer later today.
WWE taped Smackdown last night in Knoxville, TN, and here's what to expect: Triple H cut a promo talking about Survivor Series; Rusev vs Dolph Ziggler; Los Matadores vs The Miz & Mizdow; Dean Ambrose had an in-ring segment; Brie Bella vs AJ Lee; Luke Harper vs Cesaro; John Cena spoke about Survivor Series; Seth Rollins & Kane vs Ryback & Big Show. The faces were winning when Triple H ordered the rest of Team Authority to take out Ryback and Show and they did. Triple H hit a Pedigree on Ryback and his team stood tall to end the show.
John Cena is in a just-released Foot Locker commercial:
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
There's a review of the documentary I Am Santa Claus, from Mick Foley, Morgan Spurlock and Tommy Avallone, up at Craveonline.
Monday, November 17, 2014
USA Network and WWE announced that December 15-19 will be WWE week on the station, including the usual Raw, from Detroit, a live Smackdown from 8-10 pm ET coming from live from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a two-hour Tribute to the Troops show on December 17th, from 8-10 pm ET. (NBC will air a shortened one-hour version of the Tribute to the Troops on Saturday, December 27 from 8-9 pm ET.) Various WWE personalities will also be on the USA Daytime slot, from 11 am - 3 pm that week.
It is expected that TNA will be announcing a new TV deal shortly, though it won't be on Spike TV.
For your holiday shopping consideration: currently on the WWE Auction site is the ring skirt used at the last three Tribute to the Troops shows, signed by 50 WWE stars, including Vince and Stephanie McMahon, and Triple H.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
To put you in the spirit of the season, Mick Foley gave Newsday a tour of his year-round Christmas room on Long Island and talked about his participation in the recently released documentary I Am Santa Claus. Check it out here
A news item on former WWE superstar Bull Buchanan, who is now a full-time police officer and is doing one final match for charity here.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Tickets went on sale for WrestleMania to advance ticket buyers -- those with codes -- yesterday. It is not expected that it will take long for the rest of the tickets to be gone today when it opens to the general public.
The Great Khali has been moved to WWE.com's alumni section.
Happy birthday to "The King" Gary Allen out in British Columbia, as well as to wrestling superfan Lewis "When's Your Birthday?" Curry. Also best wishes to WWE announcer/trainer Matt “Albert / Tensai” Bloom, who turns 42.
British legend Shirley Crabtree Jr., better known to wrestling fans as “Big Daddy”, was born on this date in 1929. He passed away in 1997 in Halifax.
Just for fun, here’s a clip of Seattle Seahawks defensive player Michael Bennett doing his post-sack dance, and in doing so conjuring up memories of “Ravishing” Rick Rude - http://imgur.com/W88JxAb
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Thursday, November 13, 2014
According to historian Tom Burke, Jim Judge, who wrestled as Jesse James, died recently. He was 87.
The Blue Meanie (Brian Heffron) posted a notice on his Facebook page that talks about a future DVD project for WWE: "I've sat on this announcement for a couple weeks and I'm glad I could announce it today. Between the TMZ article, being in I Am Santa Claus, the great things coming a long at The Monster Factory, rebuilding a better Meanie & Tracy, and Stevie and I being asked to host a WWE produced dvd for ECW. I am grateful for the good people I have in my life. I'm grateful to have a woman like Tracy in my life. We are our own sitcom and I wouldn't trade it for ANYTHING. I'm grateful for the opportunities that positive thinking has produced. Sometimes I forget who I am and what I'm capable of. I've let the cretins rent space in my head far too long. The same can go for ALL of you. Keep moving forward. Know who YOU are. Love who YOU are. Negativity be damned and be the best at who you are!! Thank you for all your kind words. It means the WORLD to me."
All Star Wrestling runs a show on Friday, November 14th, with an 8 pm start, at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver, BC. The main event is the fifth Adam Firestorm Memorial Rumble V. Money raised from the show goes towards the education of Adam's son, Thomas. Here's the rest of the card: Gangrel The Vampire Warrior vs Fabulous Fabio; Artemis Spencer vs Nick Price; Bambi Hall, Nate Daniels & Disco Fury vs Vixxxen, Jason Cage & Flexx; Salty Seaman vs The Great Kasaki. www.allstarwrestlingcanada.ca
Smash Wrestling has a show on Sunday, November 23rd, with a 5 p.m. start, at the CanLan Sportsplex in Mississauga, Ontario. Here's the lineup: Alex Shelley vs Matt Cross; The Young Bucks vs Biff Busick and Drew Gulak; Scotty O’Shea vs Brent Banks in an Ambulance Match (which the promotion is billing as Canada's first); Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae vs Pepper Parks and Cherry Bomb; Johnny Gargano vs Gregory Iron; Tyson Dux vs Sebastian Suave; John Greed vs Josh Alexander. www.smash-wrestling.com
Happy birthday to Gurvinder Sihra of the Bollywood Boys.
Today marks nine years since the death of Eddie Guerrero.
WWE announced it has lengthened its deal with Spanish broadcaster ATRESMEDIA, which runs the Neox channel, for another two years.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The WGN TV network is airing commercials for a new reality program debuting in January called Wrestling with Death. The show features a family that owns a funeral home and are also promoters and performers in an indy wrestling promotion.
WWE taped Smackdown on Tuesday in Liverpool, England (brings to mind "I'm going down to Liverpool to do nothing / All the days of my life"). Here's what to expect on Friday show: Chris Jericho returned and hosted the Highlight Reel with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon; Vince McMahon makes an appearance; Bray Wyatt vs Sin Cara; Goldust & Stardust vs Adam Rose & The Bunny; Dolph Ziggler vs Cesaro vs Tyson Kidd; Natalya vs Layla; Ryback vs Kane
Happy birthday to "Big" Bill Anderson, who used to be "Flying" Bill Anderson.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
It was announced today that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's new movie in the works is a comedy called Central Intelligence, and he'll star with Kevin Hart.
It was announced that Jim Ross will be doing to be the play-by-play announcer for Global Force Wrestling's North American pay-per-view broadcast of the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9 event in the Tokyo Dome.
Chris Jericho wrestled on the house show in Bournemouth, England, where he took on Bray Wyatt. He hasn't been on WWE TV since the Night of Champions pay-per-view.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Stop the presses! Internet sensation Grumpy Cat will guest star on Monday Night Raw next week, November 17th! Naturally, this ties in with something -- Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever which will air November 29th on Lifetime.
Heather Savage, a woman wrestler who was based in the midwest and worked for Harley Race's WLW outfit often, died in a car accident.
In a Twitter post (in Spanish), Alberto Del Rio said that he has made a deal with WWE and is able to work in the U.S. again. He is expected to be a big part of the Lucha Underground show on the El Rey Network.
The inaugural International Sports Film Festival will be held on Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25, 2015 in Toronto. According to its website, "The mission of the festival is to continue the rich tradition of film as a mechanism for entertaining, educating and engaging audiences about pertinent social issues by using the theme of sports, bringing together lovers of film and sports." From a wrestling perspective, there is a planned gallery for the photography of Roger Baker, who shot for many wrestling and boxing magazines. You can learn more at internationalsportsfilmfestival.com
An update from Harry Smith: "Thank you all for the nice thoughts and get well wishes. The antibiotics through IV seem to be working and I actually ate for the first time in 3 days! Believe me when I say this in all my years I have never ever experienced pain like this. Not even when I broke my humerus in half when I was 13. Nothing quite trumps the pain of feeling like your swallowing razor blades and different sized pieces of glass, and not being able to breathe. I think I would rather be tied down and be brutally beaten and then spit on than to ever experience this again. I am feeling better though, I'll keep you all on an update on how my progress is going. Slurpees have been my best friend!"
Feed! Me! More! Birthday cake! WWE superstar Ryback turns 33 today. Also celebrating are “Ace” Cowboy Bob Orton Jr. (64) and WWE trainer Bill “Hugh Morris” DeMott (48). Also, happy birthday wishes to a couple of Canadian indy mainstays -- "Go Time" Chris LaPlante and Scotty Mac are both celebrating.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Zack Ryder announced that he tore his rotator cuff and may need surgery, and is off the current WWE European tour.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Get well wishes to Harry Smith, who posted a health update on his Facebook page: "I have the unfortunate news to my fans in UK and Wales that I will not be at this weekend comic convention in Wales with FPW. I had to go to Emergency at 4 am with breathing complications, from tounsilitis. Also have sever trouble speaking, and swallowing. With more medical attention I have learned it is a peritonsillar abscess behind the tounsil. Inflaming my Tounsils, throat and causing problems with breathing swallowing and talking. I have been in the hospital all day - real fun, and don't feel any better. Tomorrow I will be needing an incision to drain the puss, and more anti biotics via IV. I hope to be back in action soon wrestling. Right now I can not do anything."
Today, WWE legend King Kong Bundy turns FIVE! Actually, 57. Also celebrating are indy / former TNA star Joey Ryan (35), former WWE star Mark “Muhammad Hassan” Copani (33), and out east on Prince Edward Island, Kowboy Mike Hughes is celebrating too.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
WWE taped Smackdown Tuesday night in Albany, NY. Here's what to expect when the show airs on Friday: Jey & Jimmy Uso vs Goldust & Stardust in a cage match; Ryback vs Cesaro; R-Truth vs Adam Rose; Christian returned and hosted The Peep Show with Dean Ambrose; Natalya vs Summer Rae; Dolph Ziggler vs Kane in another cage match.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling has announced it will be presenting its first show in conjunction with New Japan Pro Wrestling. The traditional January 4th Tokyo Dome show is being billed as “GFW Presents New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 9”. The show will air live in North America at 2am Eastern Time and again on pay-per-view that evening, including in Canada on Bell ExpressVu TV, Rogers, Shaw, Sasktel and Telus. The main event for the 2015 show will be an IGWP heavyweight title match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada.
Though WWE is reporting that Randy Orton suffered a concussion during his bout with Seth Rollins, it is believed that it part of a storyline so Orton can go film The Condemned 2 in New Mexico.
A real injury was Cesaro, who suffered a gash to his head when he was battling Dean Ambrose. He ended up with five staples in the side of his head to close the wound.
Happy birthday to long-time Winnipeg wrestler Adam Knight.
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Monday, November 3, 2014
WWE Network was supposed to launch today in the United Kingdom, but was delayed at the last minute.
WWE announced that Bo Dallas hurt his left foot and is on the shelf.
WrestleMania 31 tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, November 15, beginning at 9 a.m. PST / Noon EST.
A few WWE legends will be appearing at the Sport Card & Memorabilia Fall Expo, running Nov 7-9 at the Toronto International Centre. Trish Stratus appears on Friday, while the “Dream Team” of Greg “the Hammer” Valentine and Brutus “the Barber” Beefcake appear on Sunday. For schedule and pricing info, visit www.sportcardexpo.com
This weekend’s Toronto Sun TV Guide insert featured a profile story on John Cena called “Company Man”, discussing his loyalty to WWE while trying to also boost his Hollywood career.
WWE Diva Cameron (Ariane on Total Divas) turns 27 today. Also celebrating are ECW original valet Dawn Marie turns 44 and former WWE diva and “Tough Enough” winner Jackie Gayda-Haas turns 33.
Canadian legend Bronko Nagurski was born on this date in 1908. The football player turned NWA Champion passed away in 1990.