Happy birthday to former WWE superstar, Canada's own Sylvain Grenier, who turns 38. Also celebrating is former WWE/ROH star Mike Mondo, who turns 32.
In the "just for fun" department, here's a Tommy Dreamer's ECW theme song parody sung by cartoon cats (warning: language... and cartoon cats):
Jason Roche of LA Weekly, a newspaper out of Los Angeles, has a unique article about John Cena's theme music. It's about the origins of the horn samples that are used in John Cena's "The Time Is Now." Definitely something different: Check it out.
Canadian Wrestling Federation is having a show on March 28th, at the Haig Bowl Arena in St. Catharines, Ontario. Bell time is 7 pm. TNA's, "Showtime" Eric Young will be on the card.
Indy Sportz Film Fest Experience will be screening classic wrestling bouts at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario (Jackman Hall Theatre) on Saturday, April 25th as part of its Fight Time segment, which includes boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts. Three wrestling bouts, totalling roughly 30 minutes, will be shown: Verne Gagne vs. Mad Dog Vachon, Killer Kowalski vs Luis Martinez, and clips from Whipper Billy Watson vs. Buddy Rogers from Maple Leaf Gardens. The ticket also includes the documentary George Chuvalo: Never Knocked Down (32 mins.) and the MMA short hu.mans (10 mins.). The festival is a non-profit event in partnership with the Alexandra Park Community Centre in Toronto. Tickets are now on sale online and the Indy Sportz Film Fest Experience website is www.isffexperience.org.
WWE and Authentic Brands Group announced a joint venture for Tapout, the fitness lifestyle brand. The deal makes Tapout the official fitness and training partner of WWE, and it'll be featured on TV programming, the WWE Network, pay-per-view broadcasts, live events, and in digital and social media.
In a recent interview with The MMA Hour, Kurt Angle talked about being courted by UFC. Read it here.
WWE announced that Skylar Grey, Kid Ink and Travis Barker, will take the stage at WrestleMania 31, on Sunday. Since we had to look it up, maybe you do too -- one of the WrestleMania 31 theme songs, “Rise”, by David Guetta, features Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Skylar Grey and “Money and the Power” by multi-platinum rapper, Kid Ink. Travis Barker is the well-known drummer that will be joining them, and he's played with Blink-182, Pink and Demi Lovato in the past.
Here are the results from this past Sunday's Destiny World Wrestling show in Mississauga, Ontario , courtesy Bob Kapur:
1) Will White's dark persona Bill Black emerged during his match with Jimmy Notts, leading to him getting the win.
2) Jennifer Blake beat Leah Von Dutch, thanks to interference from Tyler Tirva.
3) George Terzis beat Tyson Dux in a great technical match.
4) "Walking Weapon" Josh Alexander won a Triple Threat match over El Jefe and Jon Bolen, earning the right to hang up the Canadian flag.
5) In his debut match for the company, the monstrous Kongo Kong got disqualified when he shoved the referee who was checking in on Kong's opponent, "Mr. Adventure" Stone Rockwell. After the match, Kong hit a fallen Rockwell with a giant Superfly splash. Kong's handler, "Coach" Scott D'Amore announced that Kong would be entering the future tournament to crown the first Destiny champion.
6) Jennifer Blake returned the favour to Tirva, causing a distraction that allowed her man to get the win over Phil Atlas.
7) Kevin Nash and Randy Reign beat Cody Deaner and RJ City, after Nash hit RJ with a chokeslam and Jack-knife Powerbomb.
NOTES: WWE superstar Santino Marella made a brief in-ring cameo appearance during the intermission. ... This was the largest crowd ever for the relatively young company, approximately 400 fans on hand, resulting in a legit standing room only situation. Another fun event ... The company announced a number of upcoming shows: May 3 will see Lucha Underground star Brian Cage face off against PJ Black (formerly, WWE's Justin Gabriel) in a TLC match; June 21 will be the aforementioned tournament to crown the first Destiny champion; On August 30, the company presents "Summer Heat", which will be preceded with a formal banquet / awards dinner on the night before the event. www.destinywrestling.ca
Happy 50th birthday to the Undertaker - may he rest... up, before his big return match this weekend at WrestleMania. Also celebrating are: former WWE star Barry Horowitz (55); "Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels (45); and WWE superstars Orlando "Epico" Colon and Jack Swagger (both of whom turn 33). Today is also “Highlander” Robbie McAllister’s birthday.
One hundred years ago today, George Wagner, better known as the legendary "Gorgeous George" was born. On this date in 1940, Canadian legend "The Spoiler" Don Jardine was born.
On this date in 1997, former AWA world champion Dr. Bill Miller passed away at the age of 69.
In case you missed it on Raw, WWE announced that it has become a Promotional Partner for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which run in Los Angeles from July 25-August 2, 2015. Here's a video WWE put together:
Great North Wrestling Canadian Champion Hannibal be be starting for the new Crucial Conflict Wrestling Group (CCW) on May 16th in Winston Salem, NC, at The Annex and May 23rd in Ashevill NC at the US Cellular Center. CCW officials say it will be announcing a national TV deal soon.
Monday, March 23, 2015
SportsNet 360 will be airing SmackDown on Thursday night this week, March 26th. The station usually airs it on Wednesdays.
The Sports Illustrated website has a story on WrestleMania, written by Richard Deitsch, focusing mainly on Michael Cole and the calling of the show. Check it out here.
For fans in Ontario, Rogers Durham TV started broadcasting Eclipse New Dawn on channels 10, 59 and 510. beginning on March 15th. This show featured international superstar Joe E Legend. It is still available to any Rogers customers on any Rogers device using Rogers Anyplace TV. www.prowrestlingeclipse.com
Today’s birthdays: Former WWE superstar Ray “Jesse / Slam Master J” Gordy turns 36; former WWE/TNA star Travis Tomko turns 39; former TNA star Kevin Northcutt turns 42; Japanese star, and current NWA Heavyweight Champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan turns 44; and Mexican legend Villano III turns 63.
As of this morning, there were still tickets available on TicketMaster for next weekend’s WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, WrestleMania, the next night’s RAW and Tuesday night’s Smackdown.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Kevin Nash was signing autographs at the Destiny Wrestling show this weekend as "Kevin Nash WWE HoF 2015", which seems to confirm that he will be announced on RAW this Monday as the final inductee next weekend.
Jimmy Kimmel faces off against Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on a show called Lip Sync Battle on April 2 - preview is here.
Santino Marella will be making a special appearance at tonight's Destiny Wrestling show, which takes place at the Don Kolov Arena in Marella's Battle Arts Academy in Mississauga, Ontario. Kevin Nash - who is heavily rumoured to be named this week as the final WWE Hall of Fame 2015 inductee - will be on the show. Matches include a purist's dream of Tyson Dux vs. George Terzis.
Today's birthdays: Wayne "The Train" Bloom, aka Beau Beverly turns 57; Mexican star Villano V turns 53; and Mexican star El Felino turns 51.
On this date in 2009, Steve Doll, who wrestled in WWE as Steven Dunn, passed away at the age of 48. Also, Mexican star Abismo Negro was found dead on the same day, days after suffering an anxiety attack, during which he demandeed to be let off of a bus heading to Mexico City, and got lost in the surrounding hills. Two years ago today, the legendary Joe Blanchard, father of Horseman Tully, passed away at the age of 83.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Happy birthday to Beverly Shade, one of the great women wrestlers of the 1960s and 1970s; we won't reveal her age for fear of repercussions when we see her at the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas.
Friday, March 20, 2015
The Toronto duo of writer Anthony Ruttgaizer (a.k.a. professional wrestler and manager Anthony Kingdom James) and artist Danny Zabbal have launched a month-long fundraising campaign to help cover the costs of producing their new comic book series, The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life. We wrote about their first campaign back in 2013 [Anthony Ruttgaizer will give his Kingdom to be The F1rst Hero] and this comic is a sequel to those books. The Kickstarter campaign can be accessed here.
TNA announced that it is returning Orlando and Universal Studios Florida for Impact tapings in May. The event on Friday, May 8 will be a live broadcast on Destination America, and May 9, 10 and 11 will be television tapings. Admission is free.
Jan Murphy of the Kingston Whig-Standard interviewed Daniel Bryan yesterday, and watch for that story on SLAM! Wrestling this weekend.
Today is Sting’s 56th birthday. According to our SLAM! Wrestling statistician, only three other people were older at the time of their first WrestleMania match: The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, and Vince McMahon. Sting’s, of course, will be happening this year. Indy wrestler Matt Taven turns 30 today. Happy birthday as well to Ring of Honor's Caprice Coleman.
On this date in 1995, WWE Hall of Famer Big John Studd passed away. In 2003, “Sailor” Art Thomas passed after a short battle with cancer.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
WWE announced Japanese wrestling legend Tatsumi Fujinami will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015.
The UK Daily Mail reported that a man has been arrested for uploading WWE and UFC shows on various bit-torrent sites. Known as “Sir Paul”, he is accused of uploading approximately 3,000 videos to various peer-to-peer sites, leading to two million illegal downloads. WWE senior vice president Jim Langham commented to the Daily Mail: "WWE provides many options for our fans to watch our content lawfully - on television, pay-per-view, and digitally via YouTube and the WWE Network. We will continue to protect our intellectual property aggressively and combat piracy in any form." Some Canadian fans have noted that WWE has been cracking down lately, with increased notices having being received recently from their ISP providers on behalf of WWE, warning them about downloading copyrighted content.
The AVClub talks about a new wrestling mockumentary Wrestling isn’t Wrestling. Check it out here.
Great North Wrestling returns to the Smiths Falls Memorial Center May 29th and The Earl Armstrong Arena in Ottawa May 30th for events featuring Brutus Beefcake, Hannibal, Alex Silva, Jeremy Prophet, Sexy Eddy and more! www.hannibalprowrestling.ca
Happy birthday to former WWE referee and all-around good guy, Toronto’s own Jimmy Korderas – he turns 53 today. WWE Diva AJ Lee turns 28, former WWE superstar Evan Bourne turns 32, Lucha legend Brazo de Plata (aka Super Porky) turns 52, and Japanese star Taichi Ishikari turns 35. Also, best wishes to Toronto indy wrestler, and Battle Arts Academy trainer George “GT Dynamite” Terzis, and Toronto indy referee Ian “Pee Wee” Kastles.
WWE and daily fantasy sports company DraftKings announced a new partnership, where one fan who picks basketball winners gets a trip to SummerSlam. See this link for more info.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Niagara Falls Sports and Hobby Expo takes place on Saturday, March 21 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The show starts at 10 a.m. and concludes at 5 pm. There will be wrestling legends in attendance such as Bret Hart, Kevin Nash and Dan Severn as well as other sports greats, like Grant Fuhr, Cito Gaston, and even golf pro Shooter McGavin of Happy Gilmore fame (actor Christopher McDonald). As part of the admission you can watch a full wrestling card put on by Crossfire Wrestling featuring Cody Deaner. As far as SLAM! Wrestling goes, Greg Oliver will be selling his array of books, including Duck with the Puck, which he wrote with his son, Quinn, and if you are lucky you might see reporter Caleb Smith lurking around. www.nfsportsexpo.com
Happy birthday to Canadian legend Rick Martel who turns 59 today. Also celebrating are trainer/wrestler/author Mike Quackenbush (39) and TNA blue-chipper Ethan Carter III (32).
Snoop Dogg will be the guest star on Monday Night Raw next week, March 23rd.
Ring of Honor announced two more matches for its Supercard of Honor show WrestleMania weekend -- ROH World Television Championship Match, Jay Lethal (c) vs Jushin "Thunder" Liger, and ROH World Television Championship Match, reDRagon (c) vs the Kingdom w/ Maria Kanellis.
NXT champion Kevin Owens had knee surgery. He told WWE.com: "I don't think it's going to slow me down."
Several fans in the Greater Toronto Area experienced mild power failures - flickering lights and such - right as the Undertaker-Wyatt video package was airing on RAW. Spooky!
Two former TNA stars turn 36 today - Samoa Joe and former wrestler/valet Lollipop.
Today would have been the 40th birthday of Andrew “Test” Martin.
Larry Zbyszko was announced as a 2015 WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
Ring of Honor's main event at its Supercard of Honor show WrestleMania weekend is Jay Briscoe defending the ROH World title against Samoa Joe.
There's a launch for a new biography on Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon on March 31st, at 5 pm, at La Cage aux Sports - Place Versailles, 7275 Sherbrooke Est, in Montreal. It is a French-language book written by occasional SLAM! Wrestling contributors Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hebert. Confirmed for the launch are Gino Brito, Paul Leduc, Gilles Poisson, Denis Gauthier et Fernand Fréchette, announcer Fernand Ste-Marie, documentarian Yves Thériault, and more to be confirmed. There's a Facebook page with more info.
PWA Canada posted on its Facebook page: "Congratulations to former PWA Elite Womens Champion Jasmin on being signed to the WWE." SLAM! Wrestling interviewed Jasmin Areebi in February 2014, when she was a Toronto Sun SUNshine Girl. Her ability to speak Arabic was no doubt a selling point.
Poll results: Which of these announced WrestleMania 31 matches has you most excited?
Triple H vs Sting - 29%; Undertaker vs Wyatt - 19%; Intercontinental title ladder match - 17%; Rollins vs Orton - 13%; Lesnar vs Reigns - 13%; Bellas vs Paige & AJ Lee - 4%; Cena vs Rusev - 3%;
Jeff Jarrett will be hosting a 90-minute pro wrestling seminar on Friday April 10th at 3pm at the Rutland Centennial Hall in Kelowna, British Columbia. This seminar is also open to the casual fan who would like the opportunity to meet Jeff Jarrett, and have a chance for some Q&A. Cost of the seminar is $100 per person, and includes a ticket to the Kelowna Invasion Wrestling event that night. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Today’s birthdays: Former WWE superstar Henry O. Godwinn turns 51; Steve Armstrong of the legendary wrestling family turns 50; former WWE superstar Kenny Dykstra (29); and former WWE developmental wrestler Brett DiBiase, son of WWE Hall of Famer Ted (27).
On this date in 2008, legendary manager Gary Hart passed away.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Better wish The Iron Sheik a happy 73rd birthday, or he'll break your back and make you humble.
Here are the results of the Ultimate Championship Wrestling show held at the Spryfield Lion's Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 14th, courtesy John Greeley: Julian Fantana pinned Sidewalk Sam (with manager Pappy); Cody Youngblood beat Straight Jacket by disqualification when Straight Jacket was biting the referee; in an old-school slugfest, "Dazzling" Dick Durning beat James Steele (with Gina) by pinfall; Cletus Clearwater won the UCW Junior Heavyweight title from Donnie Vegas with the help of interference from Coco Rose; in a tag-team bout, Los Amigos defeated the Italian Connection by pinfall; in the main event, J.P. Simms retained the UCW Heavyweight title by pinning Forrest Cullen with an RKO.
The night before WrestleMania 31, Saturday, March 28th, "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson is scheduled to host Saturday Night Live. He is promoting two movies -- Furious 7, which comes out on April 3 and San Andreas, which hits theatres on May 29.
WWE is sending NXT on the road a lot more. It's a stand-alone show as part of WrestleMania week on Friday, March 27 at the San Jose State University Event Center, with a 10 p.m. start, and tickets go on sale this Monday, March 16, at 12 noon ET. As well, PWInsider.com has confirmed that NXT is planning to run the 2300 (formerly ECW) Arena in Philadelphia, for two dates, Friday May 15th and Saturday May 16th.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Happy birthday to WWE superstar Santino Marella - Mississauga, Ontario's favourite son turns 41 today.
A few independent shows this weekend:
- Speaking of Santino, his Battle Arts Academy runs "Rising Stars" tonight at 7pm (4880 Tomken Road, Mississauga). The legendary Rip Rogers will be a special guest.
- In Calgary, Alberta, PWA presents "Revelation" tonight at 7:30pm at the Century Casino.
- Tomorrow, Toronto's Smash Wrestling runs at 5pm at the Franklin Horner Community Centre at 432 Horner Ave. Chris Hero takes on ROH star Tommaso Ciampa, and Vanessa Kraven faces Courtney Rush in a Chairs Match.
What better way to celebrate Pi Day (3-14) than with the Rock's Pie Song:
Word is that Jimmy Jacobs has been hired by WWE, but as a writer.
On this date in 2007, "Golden Boy" Arnold Skaaland passed away at the age of 82. On this date in 2009, former WWE star, Canada's Andrew "Test" Martin passed away, four days before his 34th birthday.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Another WWE Canadian date -- Saturday May 2nd in Halifax, NS, at the Halifax Forum. It has been four years since WWE ran there. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m.
TNA announced that Matt Hardy has re-signed with the company.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
On Sunday, March 15, 2015 Smash Wrestling presents its third installment of Any Given Sunday at the Franklin Horner Community Centre at 432 Horner Avenue, Etobicoke, Ontario, with doors opening at 4 p.m. and a 5 p.m. bell time. The event will feature Chris Hero vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano vs. Tyson Dux, Courtney Rush vs. Vanessa Kraven in a Chairs Match, Candice LeRae, Drew Gulak, Biff Busick, The Super Smash Brothers, Matt Cross, Josh Alexander and many more. A special media and VIP ticket holders only press conference will take place prior to the doors opening. www.smash-wrestling.com
WWE announced Monday Night Raw for Montreal on May 4th. Tickets go on sale Sat, Mar 14 10:00 am, through evenko.ca. Other Canadian dates include Sat. May 2 at First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario (on sale March 20th), Sun. May 3, at Harbour Station in Saint John, NB (on sale March 14th), and Smackdown in Ottawa on Tues. May 5th (tickets on sale now).
Smackdown taped last night in Detroit. We'll have a gallery later this week on the site, but in the meantime and in between time, here's what to expect Wednesday night in Canada and Thursday in the U.S.: A Daniel Bryan promo; Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and The Usos vs Tyson Kidd, Cesaro and Los Matadors; Ryback vs The Miz; Roman Reigns cut a promo; Paige & AJ Lee vs Summer Rae & Cameron; Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose & Dolph Ziggler vs Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper & Stardust.
For Canadian fans, the March 16 episode of Murdoch Mysteries will focus on the suspicious death of a professional wrestler. Some of Toronto's independent stars will be featured in the episode. A preview of the episode can be seen at this link.
Here's a trailer for the upcoming movie, San Andreas, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Retired wrestler Tim Gerrard was recently interviewed on local TV in Guelph, Ontario, talking about his current job, training dogs. You can watch it here.
A biography on Wild Bull Curry has just been released. It's called The Walking Riot, and it was written by his son, Flying Fred Curry. It's a self-published effort, and here's a description: "This book is a fact filled, indepth look at God Father of Hard Core Wrestling, Bull Curry. The book tells the story of a young teenage going off to join the carnival to becoming one of the major stars of professional wrestling. Fifty years of Bull's wrestling career is well documented in the work by Flying Fred as a tribute to his bushy eye brow father. An autographed copy of the book may be purchased via the U S Mail. Cost of the book is $24.99 Priority Postage is $5.75 per book Media Mail is $4.00 per book. Fred Koury, 59 Three Rod Road, Windsor CT 06095.
WWE announced that it returns to Oshawa, Ontario, on May 3rd, for the first time in over 10 years for a show at the General Motors Centre. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 20 at 10 a.m.
WWE developmental Diva JoJo turns 21 today.
On this date in 1993, WWE legend Dino Bravo was gunned down in an apparent mob hit. On this date in 2007, WWE Hall of Famer “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd passed away.
Monday, March 9, 2015
WWE Hall of Famer Tammy "Sunny" Sytch has announced that she recently got engaged.
The Bulletin Magazine, which reaches residents of East Gwillimbury, Ontario, has a lengthy feature on Whipper Billy Watson which is worth going out of your way to check out. It includes some never before published photos as well. Check it out in the March issue here at thebulletinmagazine.com. Quoted in the story is Greg Oliver, Producer of SLAM! Wrestling.
Canadian Wrestling's Elite announced the return of its Elite 8 tournament. It is set for Friday, April 24th at the Holy Cross Gymnasium Hall in Winnipeg. Participants have not been announced yet. www.cwecanada.ca
Today’s birthdays: Rick Steiner turns 54 and former WWE Diva Melina Perez turns 36.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Pro Wrestling Eclipse returns to the Oshawa Legion, 471 Simcoe St. S. on Sunday March 8th, with doors opening a 1 pm doors and a 2 pm bell. The featured attraction is ECW Legend Shane Douglas. www.prowrestlingeclipse
Friday, March 6, 2015
In the past couple of weeks, Bill DeMott, a trainer with WWE in NXT, has been under accusation for bullying at the training facilities by former students. He just issued the following statement on his Twitter account: "I deny the recent allegations made about me, however, to avoid any embarrassment or damage to the WWE, I've decided to step down from my role effective immediately."
Springfield College announced that John Cena (Class of 1999) is one of five inductees who will be enshrined into its Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 18. From the press release: "In 1998, Cena was one of three captains on the football team that was 9-2 and advanced to play in the NCAA Division III Championship. At season’s end, the accolades rolled in for the senior, as he was named a Hewlett-Packard Division III First Team All-American, a Football Gazette All-American, an ECAC New England/Northeast Division III All Star, and a New England Football Writers DII/DIII All Star. After graduating from Springfield College in 1999, Cena went on to become one of the most recognizable sports and entertainment faces on the planet. As a WWE Superstar and 15-time World Champion, Cena combines his athleticism, charisma, strong work ethic and genuine personality to make him one of the brightest stars in WWE and it’s hit cable program, Monday Night RAW on the USA Network. Cena devotes much of his time working on behalf of numerous charitable causes, including Make-A-Wish and Susan G. Komen. In 2009, Cena was awarded Make-A-Wish’s highest honor, the Chris Grecius Award, and in June 2012, set a Make-A-Wish record granting his 300th wish and continues to keep grant wishes as long as there are children who want to meet him. He has currently granted over 460 wishes, the most of any celebrity or athlete involved with Make-A-Wish. Also in 2012, Cena led WWE's partnership with Susan G. Komen, and special edition merchandise debuted, helping raise more than $1.5 million to support Susan G. Komen’s mission to eradicate breast cancer and save lives."
Here are the match results of WrestleCentre's First Anniversary card held at the Halifax Forum on March 5, courtesy John Greeley: "Mr. Energy" Julien Young pinned Earl Cooter; Colt Cabana pinned Tommy Starr after interference from "Greaser" James Carr backfired; Double XL beat Dillon Sharpe by pinfall; Markus Burke pinned Lincoln Steen; Brody Steele came to the ring and once again challenged the retired "Wildman" Gary Williams to "one more match". Williams came out and said it would be his pleasure to kick Steele's ass, but he can't due to doctor's orders. WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley then entered the ring and told Williams his legacy will be forever cemented if he had the match and he wouldn't be asking himself five years later "what if?". Williams said he loved Foley and respected his opinion, but said he still wouldn't do it and left the ring; in an unscheduled match, Titus pinned Julien Young; Matt Bullen defeated "Red Dragon" Shane Stevens by pinfall; Nick Diggz beat "Greaser" James Carr in a Last Man Standing match with Mick Foley serving as special guest referee. After the match, Carr and Tommy Starr proceeded to beat down Diggz until Dillon Sharpe ran out for the save. Brody Steele came out and choke-slammed Sharpe and two "paramedics" until Gary Williams came out and finally accepted Steele's challenge at the next WrestleCentre card April 9th; in the main event, "Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels retained his IFWA heavyweight title by pinning Riddick Stone with the help of fellow "Heel Faction: members Titus and Matt Bullen. Daniels was bragging after the match about how great a champion he is and how nobody could beat him when the arena lights went out. When the lights came back on, Samoa Joe was in the ring and proceeded to destroy all Daniels, Titus and Bullen, and will challenge Daniels for the championship April 9th. Also on that card, Double XL faces Matt Sydal (a.k.a. Evan Bourne).
Apparently, independent female wrestler Rachel Summerlyn has been the victim of a hacker, as there are naked pictures - some of which are fairly graphic - floating around the internet. SLAM! Wrestling does not encourage the viewing of illegally-obtained private images.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Here are the results from the Deathproof show this past Sunday night in Toronto: Before the show, Iron Sheik was signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.
1) Sigma Tau Delta came out to the ring with Necro Butcher to start the show. They called out the Salvation faction. Leader, and Deathproof co-owner Adam Haze called out team member Rage for letting Steve Corino throw Haze through a table at the last show, and then fired him. Warhed, representing co-owner Steve Corino, then hired back Rage, who joined Sigma Tau Delta. Haze then instituted drug testing, and "randomly" selected Warhed, PD Flex, and Rage to take one. After they left, Haze tried to recruit Youngblood Champion Aiden Rayne into Salvation. He then insulted the Iron Sheik, who responded by threatening to make him humble. The guys came back with their urine samples and not surprisingly, threw them in the face of Haze.
2) Tyson Dux vs Tariq (formerly "Rocksteady" Alex Vega). Tariq ran away after getting beaten up pretty good by Dux and got counted out. A very good match while it lasted.
3) Shaunymo and "White Trash" Matt Cash (White Trash Circus) vs Logan Savage and "Downtown" Steve Brown (Team Shake and Bake). This one was a hardcore brawl that saw both teams use plunder - including a kitchen sink! Shake and Bake won after hitting Shaunymo with a 3-D onto a barbed-wire-wrapped crutch bridged on two chairs.
4) Hardcore Hick vs "Cockzilla" PD Flex. Another good hardcore match. PD won after distracting Hick with a full-on mouth kiss then hitting a Cock-Knocker. After the match, Danny Orlando hit the ring and offered to help Hick get into shape. Hick agreed, though one suspects it was only so he could ogle Orlando in workout gear.
5) Somersby's on a Pole match : The Overdogs (Sebastian Suave and John Greed) vs Aiden Prince and Abe "Action" Jackson.
6) Youngblood Championship: Aiden Rayne vs Taylor Kaydeen. Rayne won after a good technical match.
7) Necro Butcher vs Warhed. This was a crazy, violent brawl that went all around the building, including to the bar area in the back and even the parking lot. Even the fans got involved in this one, with one of them paying the price for trying to steal Necro's beer. Warhed eventually won.
8) Deathproof Championship: Josh Alexander vs EZE Eric Cairnie. Alexander won with a spinning piledriver after a good solid match. After the match, Sigma Tau Delta came out to celebrate. Haze started jawing at them, and Rage took him out to end the show.
WWE announced today that the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, will be home to SummerSlam, on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. and will be available online at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Ring of Honor fans announced that Samoa Joe will face Michael Elgin in Chicago Ridge on Saturday, March 14, at the Frontier Fieldhouse.
Details have finally be released on the long-delayed autobiography by The Iron Sheik, written with Keith Elliot Greenberg. The cover is at right, and the text, from publisher ECW Press, reads: "In the pantheon of legendary WWE antagonists, perhaps none were as reviled as the Iron Sheik. Loathed for his anti-American diatribes, the former AAU champion and bodyguard for the Shah of Iran braved riots, death threats, and legal threats during his tumultuous career. Now, the man whose diatribes have gained him a newfound mainstream notoriety finally delivers his life story. The Sheik shoots straight on the events that shaped his life on both sides of the curtain, with the type of brutal honesty that will leave anyone 'humble.' Get the former WWE champion’s take on all the controversy. Learn about the crippling personal demons and unspeakable family tragedy he has endured. Hear him reflect on the notorious and amusing rants he’s directed at Hulk Hogan, the late Randy Savage, and several others. With interviews and insights from other WWE personalities, readers are taken on a journey from the Iron Sheik’s teen years as a competitor for his native Iran to his time as an assistant coach for the United States Olympic team to the era when the Iranian hostage crisis transformed him into arguably the most vilified figure in sports entertainment to his current status as a YouTube and Twitter sensation. This book is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended—but those who want an irreverent uncensored edge to their reading material will love this long-awaited memoir."
Tommaso Ciampa of ROH is on the injury shelf.
Two years ago today, legendary manager Paul Bearer passed away.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Best wishes to the Blue Meanie (Brian Heffron), who broke his hand. He posted this to his Facebook account: "So guess which blue haired fella just left the E.R. After falling and fracturing his hand in 3 places. THIS guy......*sigh* did the job to ice......."
The Big Click is an online crime fiction site, and this month it is turning its focus on pro wrestling.
New Japan Pro Wrestling, along with Bruce Tharpe and the NWA, announced today that Jushin Liger will be attending the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas in April.
Today's birthdays: former WCW star "Crowbar" Devon Storm turns 41, and Canada's "Dark Angel" Sarah Stock (formerly TNA's Sarita) turns 36.
On this date in 2009, Canadian legend "The Beast" Yvon Cormier passed away at the age of 70. In 2010, Angelo Poffo (father of Randy "Macho Man" Savage and "Leaping" Lanny Poffo) passed away at the age of 84.
In case you missed the Ring of Honor PPV on Sunday, here's a highlight -- Samoa Joe returning to the promotion:
USA Network will broadcast a one-hour special highlighting the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, March 30 at 11/10C, immediately following Monday Night Raw.
The Cape Breton Post has a feature up on wrestling in the Maritimes, and in particular, the documentary from a few years ago, This Wrestling Life. Here's the story: Wrestling Life: From fan to filmmaker
There's a nice story from out in British Columbia, where Disco Fury fulfilled a wish of a senior -- who wanted to help during a match. Check it out here.
Happy birthday to women's wrestling great Lorraine Johnson, who is 85 years old today. She was married to wrestler/promoter Nick Roberts, and their daughter is Baby Doll Nickla Roberts.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, will be on Raw tonight to confront Seth Rollins.
It was Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Friday night, and a banner was raised to the rafters in his honour.
It is expected that Debrah Miceli, better known as Madusa Miceli and Alundra Blaze, will be announced to the WWE Hall of Fame today.
Empire State Wrestling's next show is on Saturday, March 7th, 2014 at the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, 7165 Ward Road - North Tonawanda, NY. Doors Open: 5:00pm - Bell Time: 6:00pm. The show features matches between Blackjack Phoenix (w/ Brittany Force) vs. "Big Time" Bill Collier (c) for the ESW Heavyweight Title, ESW Interstate Title Match: RJ City (w/ Brian DeVille) vs. Kevin Bennett (c) and the Monster Mafia (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) vs. Oi4K (Dave & Jake Crist) and many more.
Today’s birthdays: former WCW/WWE valet (and ex-wife of Steve “Mongo” McMichaels and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin) Debra Marshall turns 55; and female Japanese legend Manami Toyota – considered by some to be the best female wrestler of all time - turns 44.