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SLAM! Wrestling News/Rumours
By SLAM! Wrestling

Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Stacy Keibler and her husband welcomed a baby girl into the world on Wednesday, named, Ava Grace Pobre.

  • ODB (Jessica Kresa) and TNA have parted company, and she has been removed from the roster page.




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    Friday, August 22, 2014
  • Border City Wrestling runs tonight at the Caboto Club in Windsor, Ontario. BCW champ Phil Atlas defends against Jon Bolen; Tyson Dux faces Brent Banks; also announced are former TNA Knockout Taelor Hendrix, and the monster Kongo Kong. Details and ticket info at https://www.facebook.com/bordercitywrestling. Fans in attendance will get first crack at buying tickets for BCW’s Oct 18 show featuring Bret “Hitman” Hart.

  • On a related note, Tyson Dux was interviewed by CTV News regarding his recent WWE tryout - https://www.facebook.com/bordercitywrestling.

  • The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation has its second Annual charity golf tournament on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Granite Ridge Golf Club in Milton, ON. The event is in support of the Foundation’s upcoming 6th annual ‘Miracle on Main Street’ winter charity event scheduled to take place in December of this year. Proceeds from the golf tournament will go towards the purchase of toys, food and life essentials for families experiencing poverty via the Salvation Army, Halton Women’s Shelter and children suffering from sickness at SickKids and McMaster Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $125, which includes golf, golf cart, lunch and dinner. http://tigerjeetsinghfoundation.com/teeing-off-with-the-tigers-registration-form/

  • Today’s birthdays: “Precious” Paul Ellering, famed manager of the Road Warriors, turns 61; former WCW star Stevie Ray turns 56; and Uhaa Nation is 27 years old.


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    Thursday, August 21, 2014
  • Here are the schedules for the various WWE legends that will be appearing at the Fan Expo Canada in Toronto from Aug 28-31. Hulk Hogan will be appearing on Friday and Saturday for autographs and photo ops with a Q&A session at 2pm on Saturday. Dave Batista will appearing on Saturday for autographs and photo ops with a Q&A session at 3:30pm on Saturday. Trish Stratus and Amy “Lita” Dumas will be appearing all four days for autographs and photo ops (separately all four days, together on Fri-Sun) with a joint Q&A session on Friday at 4:15pm. For tickets and other details, visit fanexpocanada.com

  • Some birthdays today in the “Remember me?” category: stuntwoman and former GLOW and WWE wrestler Caryn “Muffy” Mower turns 49; former WWE star Nathan Jones turns 44; former WWE Diva Eve Torres turns 30; and Keith Hart from the legendary Hart family turns 62. On the more recent front, Short Sleeve Sampson, who is on his retirement tour, turns 41 years old, and Ring of Honor's Raymond Rowe, who was recently in a motorcycle accident, turns 30 years old.

  • Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson has the cover story in the newest edition of Muscle & Fitness magazine. Chris Jericho has the cover and a pictorial in the newest tattoo lifestyle magazine Rebel Ink.


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    Wednesday, August 20, 2014
  • TNA President Dixie Carter issued the following statement today: “IMPACT WRESTLING will remain a vital part of Spike TV's programming on Wednesday nights, 9/8c, through the end of the year. Negotiations remain ongoing beyond this time frame.”

  • WWE Network premieres a new one-hour special tonight called Journey to SummerSlam at 8 pm ET. Here's the promotional spiel: "As the Shield, they were the most dominant faction inside the ring, taking the entire WWE by storm. Now, the Hounds of Justice have disbanded, and all roads lead to SummerSlam. Witness the journey of three superstars - Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns - from their humble beginnings en route to the biggest event of the summer, SummerSlam 2014."

  • Sgt. Slaughter is on the mend, and reported this on his Facebook page: "My Doctor finally tapped out & said I could leave the hospital, so I let him out of the Cobra Clutch! Thank you ALL for your Concern & Well Wishes! As you were & Carry On."

  • Pre-sale tickets start today for the WWE house show at Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum on Oct 3. Password is CHAMP.

  • CWE has a show on Friday August 22nd in Winnipeg at Rookie's Sports Bar (201 Melrose Ave. E) with an 8:30pm start. It's Spin The Wheel Make The Deal show, with a battle royal, Danny Duggan vs. Tyler Colton, Robby Royce vs. Moses Luke, Anderson Tyson Moore vs. Nate Hardy, Dick Blood vs. Kevin Cannon, Billy Blaze vs. Bobby Collins vs. Steven Styles, Adam Race vs. Stefan Epic, Mike Mission vs. Brian Rich. www.cwecanada.ca

  • A rematch from SummerSlam is going to headline the WWE's Night of Champions PPV, with Brock Lesnar defending against John Cena.

  • WWE Smackdown was taped Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona. Here's what to expect on Thursday's broadcast: Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam; Seth Rollins vs. Jack Swagger; Roman Reigns vs. The Miz; Wyatts vs. Goldust & Cody Rhodes; Paige vs. Natalya; Rusev vs. Sin Cara

  • EW.com speculates over Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s potential role in a Shazam movie: Check it out.

  • Happy birthday to Bob Cook, a Florida mainstay trained by the Malenkos, who is 51; former WWE Diva Tori turns 50; WWE announcer Byron Saxton turns 33 and Ontario indy stars/promoters Sebastian Suave and Ashley Sixx are both celebrating today too.


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    Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Expect Dean Ambrose to be off WWE TV for a while based on the injury angle last night at Raw.

  • The Rock has confirmed he will be in an upcoming Shazaam movie based on the DC Comics character.

  • Today’s birthdays: WWE ring announcer Lillian Garcia turns 48, and former WWE star Percy Watson turns 33.

  • The Toronto Sun takes a look at wrestlers’ acting highlights and lowlights. Check it out here. Of course, the real source for wrestling and film is our The SLAM! Wrestling Movie Database.


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    Monday, August 18, 2014
  • Another day, another ALS challenge. ALS.ca is the place to make donations. Here's Stephanie McMahon:
  • Ring of Honor Wrestling announced Ring of Honor: Final Battle 2014 will be at New York City's Terminal 5 on Sunday, December 7th.

  • Expect a new WWE title in the coming days -- maybe even tonight on Raw -- with the updated WWE logo.

  • According to numerous sources, Bully Ray's contract with TNA is almost up, and he said his goodbyes in the locker room at a TNA show in Hagerstown, MD.

  • SummerSlam will not be in Los Angeles next year, as it has been the last number of years. Though a location has not been confirmed yet, it is expected to be in the New York City area, perhaps Brooklyn at the Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden.

  • Some upcoming interviews on SLAM! Wrestling: WWE Divas Rosa Mendes and Natalya; The Grappler Lynn Denton on his autobiography; lengthy pieces talking to Chris Nowinski and Zack Gowen; and AJ Styles.

  • Best wishes to Tito Carreon, who is in a terrible fight against cancer.

  • Tickets to WWE’s October 3 house show at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

  • Happy 55th birthday to Dr. Tom Prichard, who was formerly a performer (as Bodydonna Zip) and a trainer in WWE.


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    Sunday, August 17, 2014
  • There are rumours out there that Bully Ray has announced his departure from TNA Wrestling. This has not been officially confirmed on TNA's website or on Bully Ray's Twitter (@REALBully5150), but stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for any developments.

  • Here are match results from the Ultimate Championship Wrestling event in Spryfield, Nova Scotia on August 16: In a hardcore tag-team match, Maritime Menace and Trash Canyon beat Lumber Jack Johnson and the Red Dragon when Canyon pinned Johnson; Donnie Vegas retained his UCW Junior-Heavyweight title by pinning "Greaser" James Carr; Double XL defeated Dillon Sharpe (with Coco Rose) by pinfall; J.P. Simms retained the UCW Heavyweight championship by pinning Gangrel with an RKO; Bret "Hitman" Hart and "British Bulldog" Harry Smith defeated Julian Young and Mr. Suave by submission with duelling sharpshooters. Biggest pops: Bret Hart, Harry Smith, J.P. Simms. Biggest heat: "Greaser" James Carr, Double XL (for accidentally knocking out Coco Rose). Attendance: 1000. (Courtesy John Greeley)

  • Happy birthday to Cheerleader Melissa Anderson.


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    Saturday, August 16, 2014
  • WWE unveiled a new logo. Following that, Entertainment Weekly took a look at the history of WWE's logos. Check it out.

  • TNA's Davey Richards broke his leg last night at a show in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He tweeted: "Sorry to fans in Indiana & to the fans in Washington & Hagerstown. I broke my leg in the main event tonight and will b out for a bit."

  • August 21st live at the Halifax Forum Wrestlecentre presents: IFWA Champion Christopher Daniels vs. Lance Storm, J.P.Simms and a 'mystery partner' will face Titus and Matt Bullen in a tag match. It's a live TV event and tickets are $20 at the door.

  • After being challenged by his son-in-law, Triple H, WWE boss Vince McMahon took the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge. ALS.ca is the place to make donations.

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    Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Triple H took the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" -- it's a hoot. ALS.ca is the place to make donations.
  • According to the Hollywood Report, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson will be revisiting the Journey to the Centre of the Earth movie franchise in the next two sequels. Click here for the story.

  • Just down the road from SummerSlam, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian will be appearing at the Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention, at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center at 700 W. 32nd St., Los Angeles, CA, this Sunday, August 17, from 1:00-4:00 at the Hollywood Book and Poster company booth. www.comicbookscifi.com.


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    Thursday, August 14, 2014
  • TNA Wrestling has announced that Impact will be moving to Wednesday nights, still on Spike TV and still at 9pm EST. The change takes effect next week, with the first Wednesday show taking place on August 20. Though no official reason was given for the change, this has got to be seen as a positive move, since Impact will no longer be competing against Thursday night NFL games, and also avoids a potential (rumoured, but not confirmed) future move to Thursday nights of WWE Smackdown.

  • Ring of Honor's Raymond Rowe was in an accident on his motorcyle. He posted photos of the incident on his Instagram and Facebook pages, and this detail: "I was riding Tues night when a car pulled out in front of me. I had no chance to break or swerve. Hit her doing about 30. Flew off my bike and broke her rear window with my face. Broke my nose. Nasty cut above eye. Broke my thumb and left arm. Arm will need surgery. I make this promise in blood. I will be back. Bigger. Stronger. Better than ever!! Thank you for your prayers and support."

  • Sgt. Slaughter has been hospitalized recently too. He posted the following on his Facebook page: "Listen up, maggots! Thanks for your concern. I am undergoing some tests. Will keep you posted. Until then, drop & give me 20! You're dismissed!"

  • A few notes on the recent swing of WWE through the Pacific Northwest ... The woman who played Daniel Bryan's physical therapist on Raw was Chelsea Green, who wrestles as Jaida; she trained with Lance Storm and has worked in Western Canada ... The Bollywood Boyz, Gurv and Harv Sihra, were two of the Rosebuds for Adam Rose ...

  • To celebrate the 65th birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund, why not pre-order his autobiography, which is scheduled to come out next month. Also celebrating are WWE superstar Kofi Kingston (33) and the legendary “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton (56). ... Happy birthday to Johnny Gargano, who turns 27; word is that he has asked for a winning season for the Cleveland Browns as a present.

  • How's your Spanish? In this video, Alberta Del Rio announces that he will be at the AAA Triplemanía XXII show on Sunday in Mexico City.

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    Wednesday, August 13, 2014
  • THE F1RST HERO #1, the first comic book by writer Anthony Ruttgaizer (a.k.a. independent wrestler Anthony Kingdom James) hits stands today, Wednesday August 13th, at comic shops in Canada and the United States, and worldwide via digital distributors such as Comixology. The series, being published by Action Lab Entertainment, follows the story of a world where superpowers drive anyone who get them insane, creating a world composed entirely of villains. The story's main character, Jake Roth, is the first person who maintains his sanity after getting powers. He must decide whether to use his new abilities to help people but risk be hunted down by the government or to keep his powers a secret and watch innocent people being hurt every day. The story shifts from the battlefield of Afghanistan in Issue 1 to the streets of South Philadelphia in issue 2. Kingdom promises wrestling fans that a certain "Arena" plays an important part in the story in Issues 2 and 3 of the four-issue series. www.sixteenhectares.com

  • Happy birthday to Susan "Tex" Green, who is turning 61 years young today.


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    Tuesday, August 12, 2014
  • The Rock's mother has been released from hospital, where she had been admitted following a car crash a couple of weeks ago. People Magazine wrote about it, and she sent an email to SLAM! Wrestling Producer Greg Oliver: "Scary stuff, having never been in an accident, let alone a head-on collision! By the grace of God and a big heavy strong car, is why my niece and I are alive and kicking today!!! The drunk woman with suspended license was running from the cops and she crossed over the median at breakneck speed and my car was the first car coming in the opposite direction. We didn't even see her coming...she crashed head-on into us! Wasn't pretty. But, thank you GOD, we are recovering beautifully! We are alive and kicking...it's the Samoan warrior in us Greg...HA!!!"

  • Jeff Hardy recently granted a wish through the Starlight Children's Foundation, an organization in the UK similar to Make-a-Wish. Hardy met with a UK fan who flew into New York for the August 5 taping held at the Manhattan Centre.

  • On an optimistic note, given the speculation about TNA's future in light of its TV deal situation, the company has announced a UK tour in January, with tickets going on sale this Friday. The shows, taking place in Glasgow, Manchester, and London over Jan 29-31, will also include Fan InterACTION sessions. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/tnawrestlinguk

  • Today's birthdays: WWE trainer Terry Taylor (59); and former WWE commentator / interviewer Jonathan "Coach" Coachman (42).

  • The WWE has made the Network available to 170 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, and the Nordics as of today. Still out of the loop and off the air are Italy, UAE, Germany, Japan, India, China, Thailand and Malaysia. In an update on the UK, the WWE stated the service will be available by October.The scope of the Network's partners has also expanded. Tomorrow, the Network will be available on Sony internet connected TVs, Blu-ray Disc players and Blu-ray Home Theater systems and by Friday, on Samsung Smart TV devices, Blu-ray Players and Home Theater systems. The WWE has been available online at launch for those who use a common workaround. For Rogers cable subscribers in Canada a preview of the Network will be available on a subscription basis on Rogers Channel 512 starting today.


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    Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Whatchoo gonna do? That’s easy: wish the legendary Hulk Hogan a very happy 61st birthday. Check out WWE Raw tonight for a birthday celebration for the Hulkster. ... others celebrating today, but not being featured on national television, are Nicole Bass (50), New England promoter Sheldon Goldberg and referee/manager Bill Alfonso.

  • Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson is breathing a sigh of relief after his mother and cousin survived an horrific car accident caused by an alleged drunk driver. The Hercules star shared a photo of the wreckage caused by the head-on crash on his Instagram.com blog on Sunday, days after the incident, and confessed he had wanted to track down the suspect and beat him up for putting his mum Ata and cousin, WWE Diva Savelina Fanene, in harms' way. (WENN.COM)

  • Here is a quick recap of the WWE show in Abbotsford, BC on Saturday, courtesy Ed Ludwig: Big Show d. Damien Sandow by pinfall. Following the match Sandow stated he wanted another match with anyone in the back because his losing streak will end tonight; Adam Rose d. Damien Sandow by pinfall; Tyson Kidd, Sin Cara & El Torito d. Heath Slater, Titus O'Neil & Hornswoggle when Kidd pinned Slater; Rusev d. Big E by submission with the Accolade; Goldust & Stardust d. Rybaxel when Goldust pinned Axel; AJ d. Natalya & Paige in a three way match for the women's title when AJ forced Paige to tap out; Dean Ambrose d. Seth Rollins via DQ; Dolph Ziggler d. Randy Orton by pinfall with the Zig Zag. Biggest Pops: Randy Orton, Big Show, Rhodes Brothers. Most Heat: Damien Sandow, Rusev, Seth Rollins. Attendance roughly 4000.

  • Here are the results from Pro Wrestling Eclipse Summer Surrender on Sunday in Oshawa, Ontario: The Fraternity narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of the Barbarians; Ryan Swift retained his PWEclipse cruiserweight Championship by defeating Ashley Sixx; Johnny Atlas was defeated by submission by RJ City; Rip Impact became the number one contender for the PWE Crusierweight Championship by defeating Carter Mason; The match between Gabriel Fuerza and Vaughan Vertigo was deemed a no contest when The Red Menace interfered and floored both men; Xandra Bale became the first ever PWEclipse Flame Champion after a hard fought match against Addy Starr, Leah Von Dutch and Jewels Malone; Ethan Page bested the Hardcore Hick; Tyler Tirva defeated Cody Deaner with help from Leah Von Dutch after senior PWEclipse referee was not unconscious and bleeding from the mouth. Next event is Sept. 14 featuring PWEclipse Heavy Weight Champion Joshua James vs Will White in a "fans bring the weapons match" and Tyler Tirva vs 3rd generation superstar Davey Boy Smith Junior.


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    Sunday, August 10, 2014
  • Good news for Wade "Bad News" Barrett - he turns 34 today. Also celebrating are WWE legend Fred Ottman (aka Tugboat, the Shockmaster) who turns 58, and ECW original Roadkill who turns 38.


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    Friday, August 8, 2014
  • Raise a glass to wish “Coach” Scott D’Amore a happy 40th birthday. Normally a glass of Canadian would be appropriate for the head of Team Canada, but he’s in Japan this week, so maybe go for some sake instead. Also celebrating are former WWE Diva, and Mrs. Brock Lesnar, Rena “Sable” Lesnar (47); the now-retired Japanese star Dick Togo (45); and Kurt Angle’s brother Eric, who some will remember from his appearances in WWE during the early 2000s (47).


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    Thursday, August 7, 2014
  • Conan O'Brien has posted a video that parodies some of the recent WWE roster cuts -- watch it here. It's a pretty lame bit - what's funniest is how much the first guy looks like Bastion Booger.

  • WWE has announced that this coming episode of Monday Night RAW will feature a birthday bash for Hulk Hogan. They are teasing special guests - it's rumoured that Scott Hall and Kevin Nash may be there for an nWo reunion.

  • Squared Circle Wrestling has announced three upcoming events: This Sunday, August 10th is "Collision Course" at the Playdium in Mississauga, Ontario. TNA Knockout Angelina Love and former TNA Knockout So Cal Val will be on hand for autographs and photos. On Saturday, September 6, "Battle of the Best" runs at the Pickering Rec Complex. Then, on Sunday, September 7, "Golden Harts" will run at the Variety Village Gymnasium on the Danforth in Scarborough, Ontario. Bret Hart will be holding a VIP signing and Q&A session at both of the September events. For tickets and more details, visit squaredcirclewrestling.ca

  • Ken Lucas, one of the stars of the Gulf Coast Wrestling promotion, died yesterday. We'll have more later.

  • One more behind-the-scenes names that we have learned was released in last week's WWE cost-cutting was time keeper Mark Yeaton. "Mark was genuinely a sweet guy with whom I have had many great talks with. He was company to the core and I'm sure this shocked me as much as anyone in the locker room," wrote "Highlander" Rory McAlister on Facebook. "I wish him nothing but glory moving forward and hope that if he needs anyone to talk to, he understands I and many of the other guys have his back if he needs anything."

  • The premiere edition of "YouShoot iPPV" happens tonight with Matt Sydal, who worked as Evan Bourne on WWE TV. More info here.

  • There's a wrestling show at the Oshawa Legion, 471 Simcoe Street South, in Oshawa, Ontario, on Sunday, August 10th, with a 2 pm start. Featured bouts include The Fraternity vs the Barbarians, and four lady wrestlers -- Jewels Malone, Addy Starr , Xandra Bale and Leah Von Dutch -- compete to become the first ever Pro Wrestling Eclipse Flame Champion. Also on the card are Cody Deaner, RJ City, Scotty Turner, Ethan Page and more. This event is in support of the Fancey Family who lost their family home and everything they owned in a fire in Bowmanville, Ontario, on the August long weekend. We ask that anyone wanting to make donations do so at this event on Sunday. Tickets are $15 the door.

  • There is talk of Smackdown moving back to Thursday in the new Syfy lineup.


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    Wednesday, August 6, 2014
  • Hulk Hogan is being advertised for Raw next Monday.