SLAM! Wrestling News/Rumours
Wednesday, October 1, 2014Smackdown was taped last night in Milwaukee. Here's what to expect on Friday: John Cena and Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton and Kane; Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz and Damien Sandow; Paige vs. Naomi; The Usos vs. Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil; Cesaro vs. R-Truth
Happy birthday wishes go out to Hector Guerrero, as well as rising women's star Leah Von Dutch, who is 27 today, WWE superstar Joe “Curtis Axel” Hennig turns 35, and former WWE star Rico Costantino turns 53.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Cauliflower Alley Club announced that Bruiser Brody would be honoured posthumously at the 50th anniversary reunion next April in Las Vegas.
Ron Starr recently sustained a heart attack and a stroke.
The AVClub has an interview with Kurt Fuller, the character actor who played the villainous Brell in No Holds Barred, including a memorable moment shooting a scene with Hulk Hogan. It’s a full career retrospective, and his comments about the movie are about half-way in. Read it here.
Former WWE Diva Candice Michelle turns 36 today, Ontario indy wrestler Hornet is 30, and also celebrating today is Tim Gerrard, who was enhancement talent for Maple Leaf Wrestling for many years.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Hulk Hogan is expected on Raw tonight.
WWE sent out a press release announcing that it would once again be teaming with Susan G. Komen for its third annual breast cancer awareness campaign, starting tonight on Raw.
Here's the tribute video made for Sweet Daddy Siki at Saturday's Titans in Toronto VI dinner, a fundraiser for the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame:
Today's birthdays: David Sammartino turns 54; ECW original Tajiri turns 44; and Japanese star Togi Makabe turns 42. Others celebrating include women's wrestling great Ann Casey, Prairie indy star Wavell Starr and Dan Murphy of Pro Wrestling Illustrated (and occasionally SLAM! Wrestling.
A year ago today, Gene Petit (WWE's Cousin Luke) passed away. Today would have been the 70th birthday of Skandor Akbar, who passed away in 2010 from prostate cancer.
Empire State Wrestling has a show on Saturday, October 4th, at Frontier Fire Hall (Banquet Hall), 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls, NY, with a 6 pm bell time and this lineup: Adam Cole vs. Chris Cooper, Hurricane Helms & Johnny Adams vs. The Flatliners, Handicapped Heroes (Zach Gowen & Gregory Iron) vs. Double Down (Salvatore Morocco & James Santel, Brandon Thurston vs Pepper Parks, Will Calrissian vs. Jonny Puma, Gabreal Saint vs. Blackjack Phoenix.
Friday, September 26, 2014
The AVClub presents a Beginners Guide to WWE. Check it out here.
Dave Bautista has been named as one of the stars of the new Robert DeNiro film Bus 657. The film also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, and MMA star Gina Carano. Here's a story on it.
Happy birthday to NOAH’s current GHC Heavyweight Champion, Naomichi Marufuji, who turns 35.
Ten years ago today marked the passing of Marianna Komlos, who was known as Mrs. Cleavage in a short-lived gimmick during the WWE Attitude Era. She passed away at the age of 35, losing her battle with breast cancer.
TNA Knockout Gail Kim is interviewed in the latest issue of Flex Magazine.
WWE Diva Eva Marie has the cover story in this month's Iron Man Magazine.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Here are the results from the Crossfire Wrestling show in St. Catharines. Chief Ade defeated Buck Gunderson and Custom Ryan, Skylar Rose pinned Alexia Nicole, Chris Laplante and Jeremy Elliot defeated Tomer Shalom and Jaxon Jarvis, Custom Ryan defeated Mark Hauss, The Italianos were disqualified against Revelation, Dan Severn defeated Cody Deaner.
Finn Balor will be the name for Prince Devitt going forward in NXT.
Mickie James and Magnus welcomed their first child into the world, Donovan Patrick Aldis.
We just learned of the passing of former midget wrestler Cuddles Anderson (real name Marilu Walker), who died Thursday, September 12, 2014 at Karlstad Senior Living, in Karlstad, Minnesota. She was 69. SLAM! Wrestling's Gary Howard profiled her in 2010 in a great interview: Cuddles Anderson was embraced by fans wherever she appeared.
Today’s birthdays: “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin turns 62; female Japanese star Aja Kong turns 44.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Congratulations to SLAM! Wrestling’s good friend Arda Ocal - former broadcaster for the Score and the Weather Network –for landing his dream job as a WWE announcer. He’ll be known as Kyle Edwards in his new role. Perhaps he’ll once again be seen with his former on-screen partner Renee Young, with whom he used to host the Score’s “Right After Wrestling / Aftermath” program.
Smackdown was taped Tuesday night in Little Rock, Arkansas. Here's what to expect on the show Friday night: A battle royal to determine the top contender for the Intercontinental championship; Usos vs Goldust & Stardust; Dolph Zigger vs Cesaro; Layla & Summer Rae vs Natalya & Rosa Mendes; The Big Show vs Rusev.
WWE and WWE Network have been recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Artswith four W3 Gold Awards and 13 Silver Awards for creative excellence.
The Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event goes down this Saturday in Toronto, and it's always a fun time. Former WWE star Tiger Ali Singh is participating, on an All South-Asian team called "The Speedy Singhs." Tiger Ali Singh and his legendary father, Tiger Jeet Singh, are celebrity ambassadors for the event as well. See teamuptoconquercancer.ca for more info, and if you want to specifically sponsor the Speedy Singhs, here's that link.
Celebrating birthdays today are a couple of Montreal mainstays, the monstrous Dru Onyx and the XL Carl Leduc, the lovely April Hunter, and Joey Knight of the All-Knighters.
Monday, September 22, 2014
TNA Wrestling announced the signing of Indian wrestler Mahabali Shera, who previously wrestled for the company’s Ring ka King brand as the “Indian Superman” Mahabali Veera. The company announced this jointly with its Indian TV partner SONY SIX, and is notable for being the first signing to the company of an Indian wrestler (for all you nitpickers, Sonjay Dutt was born in the U.S.).
The Entertainment Software Rating Board assigned a rating of Teen to the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game, attributed to the following factors: Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence. The detailed write-up is pretty funny with references to exaggerated-size breasts, pelvic thrusting, and shaking buttocks, and Stone Cold’s love for beer. Read it here.
Rocky Johnson, WWE Hall of Famer, and father of Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, will be appearing at the Canadian Action Figure Expo, taking place on Sunday, September 28, at the Delta Meadowvale Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. This would make a great double-header after the Titans in Toronto Dinner the night before!
Michael Moody, the son of William Moody (a.k.a. Paul Bearer and Percy Pringle III), died on Sunday. Michael and his brother Daniel were the ones on stage accepting their father's induction into the WWE Hall of Fame at WrestleMania earlier this year.
Hospitalization reports: Cowboy Bob Kelly is in hospital in Mobile, Alabama .... Bobby Eaton was hospitalized on the weekend in Omaha, Nebraska.
Tamara Lynn Sytch, a.k.a. Sunny, also had a health scare on Sunday, and posted this on her Facebook page: "To clarify the events from this afternoon, I DID NOT have a stroke. My blood sugar levels dropped to a dangerous level b/c I hadn't eaten in 7 hours or had anything with sugar..... so I passed out. DO NOT believe everything you read or hear.... it's mostly bullsh--. I am now home, and resting."
On Friday, WWE released a couple of talents from its training facility -- Troy McLain (real name Alexander Jones) and Kendall Sky (Kendra Smith).
Happy birthday today to "Pretty Boy" Doug Somers, who is turning 63. Retired football player, wrestler, and MMA star Bob Sapp turns 41 today. Former Miss USA and WWE Tough Enough contestant Rima Fakih turns 29 today.
Ten years ago today, Ray “Big Boss Man” Traylor, one of the best big men ever in the business, passed away from a heart attack. #BossmanWWEHoF2015
Friday, September 19, 2014
Paul Alperstein, who owed the ambitious AWF promotion in the mid-1990s, passed away.
WWE diva Eva Marie turns 30, Japanese star Yoshihiro Takayama turns 48 today, and the great Jerry Brisco is turning 68 years young. NXT host Renee Young is also celebrating today, though she'll always be Renee Paquette to us in Canada. Also celebrating is “The Russian Bear” Alexander Karelin who is generally considered one of the greatest amateur wrestlers of all time. Karelin, now a Russian politician, once went 13 years undefeated in international competition. His lifetime achievements include winning three Olympic gold medals and one silver medal, though there is some dispute as to whether that loss – to American Rulon Gardner at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 – was due to referee error. Karelin had one professional wrestling match in 1999, defeating company owner Akira Maeda in a match for the RINGS promotion.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Titans in Toronto is coming up quick -- Sat. Sep. 27th. Just confirming today are Rocky "Soulman" Johnson and Jim Korderas. Only about 10 tickets remain, so grab 'em if you want 'em at this link.
Stephen Amell, star of CW’s Arrow apparently wants to guest host RAW. He tweeted (@amellywood): Hey @WWE -- How do I score a Raw hosting gig? I'll wrestle and everything. #AmellGetsRaw.
Crossfire Wrestling is holding a show on September 21st at 2:30 pm at the Merriton Community Centre in St. Catharines. The card features DanSevern vs Cody Deaner, Tomer Shalom and Jaxon Jarvis vs Chris LaPlante and Jeremy Elliot, The Italianos vs Revelation, Skyler Rose vs Alexia Nicole, Rage vs Marc Hauss, Chief Ade vs Buck Gunderson vs Custom Ryan
All Star Wrestling has a show at the Alice McKay Building-Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, BC, on Friday, September 26th, with an 8 pm start. Here's the lineup: Gangrel vs Rocket Randy Tyler , 2 out of 3 Falls; Bad Boy Jason Cage & Flexx & Vixxxen vs Gorgeous Michelle Starr & Short Sleeve Sampson; Bambi Hall vs Kaitlin Diemond; The Great Kasaki vs Christopher Ryseck; Cougar Meat vs Matt XStatic & Adam Ryder; Azeem The Dream vs Breaker Iton. www.allstar-wrestling.com
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Last night, Brodus Clay debuted for TNA Wrestling, apparently part of EC3’s stable. Here’s a pic. And, yes, it appears that the new monster heel is wearing a Muppet T-shirt.
Santino Marella / Anthony Carelli just had neck surgery and posted this update: "Surgery went well, there were some unexpected broken bones in my neck apparently but everything is looking good now, let the legendary comeback begin! 6 months till I get to do what I was born to do again, perform in front of the wwe universe."
A number of WWE legends will be appearing at the Hamilton Comic Con on October 4. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, the Honky Tonk Man, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, George “the Animal” Steele, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Howard Finkel, Bushwhacker Luke, and Tugboat/Typhoon/Shockmaster. In addition to photo ops and autographs, all of them will also be part of a Legends Q&A session at 12:30pm that day. Also appearing will be WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus, and our good buddies from Live Audio Wrestling. For more information, visit: hamiltoncomiccon.com
WWE taped Smackdown last night in Biloxi, MS, and here's a preview of what'll run on Friday's show: Roman Reigns vs Rusev; The Big Show and Los Matadores vs Wyatts; Paige vs Nikki Bella; Adam Rose vs Heath Slater; Jimmy Uso vs Stardust; Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler vs The Miz and Cesaro; Bo Dallas vs Jack Swagger
Wild Bill Irwin -- The Goon! -- is 60 years old today. The legendary Jim Cornette turns 53 today. Also celebrating is Japanese star Masahiro Chono, who turns 51.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Mick Foley has an extensive tour of British Columbia and Alberta in September and into early October with his comedy gigs. Find out more, including venue and ticket info, at www.realmickfoley.com/events
Sep 16 - Maple Ridge, BC
Sep 17 - Revelstoke, BC
Sep 18 - Vernon, BC
Sep 19 - Kamloops, BC
Sep 20 - Prince George, BC
Sep 21 - Grand Prairie, AB
Sep 22, 23 - Edmonton, AB
Sep 24 - Lloydminster, AB
Sep 25 - Calgary, AB
Sep 26 - Red Deer, AB
Sep 27 - Medicine Hat, AB
Sep 28 - Lethbridge, AB
Sep 30 - Cranbrook, BC
Oct 1 - Castlegar, BC
Oct 2 - Kelowna, BC
Oct 3 - Salmon Arm, BC
Oct 4 - Abbotsford, BC
Then he's in eastern Canada in October
Oct 22 - Cornwall, ON
Oct 23-24 - Ottawa, ON
Oct 25 - Quebec City, QC (Quebec City Comic Con)
Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald interviewed Fergal Devitt at a recent NXT show, and here's the video:
Happy 62nd birthday to Mickey Rourke, who portrayed Randy “the Ram” Robinson in the acclaimed movie The Wrestler, and made a memorable appearance at WrestleMania 25 where he knocked out Chris Jericho. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should. And some Ontario workers are celebrating today too -- trainer extraordinaire Rob Fuego, Farhan Faruqui and the Canadian girl who made good in Mexico as Girl Dynamite, Jennifer Blake.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Historian Jim Zordani of Illinois died in Friday. He was an expert on the midwest wrestling scene, especially with results. He was 50.
The final WWE Magazine is on shelves now.
The Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers presented its final ever event on Sunday in Scarborough, Ontario. Here are the results: Anthony Kingdom James pinned Logan Savage; Ashley Sixx defeated Psycho Mike Rollins to win the 2014 King of Toronto in a gauntlet match that included Carter Mason, Seleziya Sparx, Rip Impact and Steve Brown; Jon Atlas pinned RJ City; Alex Vega pinned Buck Gunderson to win the Northern Lights Cruiserweight title; Checkmate defeated the Southern Vultures to keep the Union Tag Team titles; Brent Banks defeated Ethan Page, Josh Alexander and Michael Elgin to win a four-way dance and become the final ever Union Heavyweight Champion.
Hey there, playa… today is former WWE personality Teddy Long’s 67th birthday. Long-time indy promoter/manager Carmine DeSpirito is 45 years old (and we mean old!), and up-and-coming Albertan talent Kat Von Heez turns 25 years young today.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Happy birthday to Richie Acevedo (44), better known as Cuban Assassin #2.
Friday, September 12, 2014
It’s being reported that Seleziya Sparx, a Toronto wrestler who appears regularly for ROH, has been subject to a ban from entering into the U.S. after she was turned away from the border twice in two days on her way to a show. Given the circumstances, the reports say, the ban could be for as long as five years, and apply to travel for both business and personal reasons. This follows visa issues that Michael Elgin recently had, forcing him to stay in Canada after last weekend’s ROH show in Toronto.
The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame put together a nice video from its July induction weekend:
TMZ.COM is reporting that Sean O’Haire committed suicide, and that he had had six different trips to a rehab clinic, funded by WWE.
Jacques Rougeau Jr. was added to the Montreal ComicCon lineup, and will be appearing alongside his son, Cedric.
In case you missed it, Japanese star KENTA will be known as Hideo Itami in NXT and WWE.
TheWrap.com is reporting that WWE is talking with Warner Bros. about selling its entire back catalog of wrestling footage.
Today would have been the 60th birthday of “Adorable” Adrian Adonis – hard to believe that it’s been over 25 years ago since his death.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
On October 30th, The Iron Sheik will host an event featuring comedians and former grapplers at Carolines on Broadway in New York City. They are calling it "The Roast Rumble — The Ultimate Insult Fest." More details at Carolines.
All Star Wrestling has a show in Abbotsford, BC at the Abbey Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, on Thursday, September 25, with a 7:30pm bell time. Scheduled matches include: Short Sleeve Sampson & Bambi Hall vs Travis Sionys & Kaitlin Diemond, Matt XStatic vs Nick Price, Alex Prestige vs The Toga Boy, Nasty Nate Daniels vs Azeem The Dream, Bruiser Joe vs TKO Cody Smith. www.allstar-wrestling.com
Ric Flair appears on the Cartoon Network's Uncle Grandpa show tonight at 7:30 pm EST.
Ladies and gentlemen… his name is Paul Heyman… and he turns 49 years old today.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
All Star Wrestling has a show in Richmond, BC, on Saturday, September 20th at The FRIDGE at Fraserview Church, 11295 Mellis Drive; doors open at 7pm action starts at 730 pm. Scheduled matches include: Superstar Short Sleeve Sampson vs The Great Kasaki, a Battle Royal, Bambi Hall vs Kaitlin Diemond, Azeem The Dream vs Nasty Nate Daniels, Johnny Obsession vs Matt X Static, Johnny Hung Lo vs Don Ciever. www.allstar-wrestling.com
Today’s birthdays: WWE Hall of Famer “Magnificent” Don Muraco turns 65, former WWE/TNA star Matt Morgan turns 38, Trevor Murdoch, the former WWE tag team champion, is 36, and up-and-coming Canadian wrestler Bobby Sharp is 26 years old.