SLAM! Wrestling News/Rumours
Friday, October 24, 2014The Asian Television Network in Canada will be airing the TigerFest wrestling show from Canada Day in Brampton, Ontario, in two parts ... but given the times, it might just be a PVR "watching" them first: Part 1 of TigerFest will air on Monday Oct 27, 2014 @ 6:00 AM EST; Part 2 will air on Tues Oct 28, 2014 @
6:00 AM EST. "This is an Asian Magazine program and is the first 2 of 4 parts in the series," said Tiger Ali Singh. "ATN will keep us informed about the rest of the air dates and times and any repeats that may be scheduled on any of their ATN channels."
Canadian Wrestling's Elite returns to Transcona, Manitoba and Rookie's Sports Bar (201 Melrose Ave. E) on Friday, November 7th with these names: Danny Duggan, Dick Blood, Moses Luke, Bobby Collins, Stefan Epic, Adam Race, Pete Chee and Ryan Starr. It's an 8:30 pm start, but an 18+ show. www.cwecanada.ca
Happy birthday to the one and only Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
From wrestler Short Sleeve Sampson on Facebook: I am excited to announce that there is a brand new Midget Wrestling company that I am co-running. It will be called "Midget Wrestling Warriors"! M.W.W. will have it's debut tour in Canada starting November 13th that will travel throughout several Provinces in Canada. Please stay tuned over the next few weeks for more information about the company, the wrestlers that will be a part of M.W.W. and tour date information. "It's Midget Time!"
One-time wrestler and manager turned evangelist Johnny Angel / Johnny Lee Clary died yesterday from a heart attack. We'll have a story up later.
Variety.com takes a detailed (positive) look at John Cena’s Hollywood potential. Click here for the story.
Today would have been the 50th birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Rodney “Yokozuna” Anoa'i.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
WWE taped Smackdown last night in Wichita, Kansas. Here's what to expect on Friday's show: Promos from both Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins; The Miz and Damien Sandow vs Los Matadores, with El Torito; AJ Lee vs Alicia Fox, who had Paige in her corner; Cesaro vs Dolph Ziggler; Nikki Bella, Cameron & Summer Rae defeated Brie, Natalya & Naomi; The Usos & Mark Henry vs Goldust, Stardust & Bo Dallas.
Variety.com reports on John Cena’s deal to start producing new reality TV shows. Click here for the story.
The WWE Slam City cartoons have been added to the NickSports programming block from 9-11 p.m. EST on Nicktoons.
Lilian Garcia is back doing ring announcing on Raw, replacing Justin Roberts. Eden Stiles is the ring announcer on Smackdown.
Paige and Alicia Fox will be part Total Divas when the new episodes start up again in January.
Canadian Wrestling's Elite has a booth at the Central Canadian Comic Con in Winnipeg, from October 31st-November 2nd, and will be presenting some matches every day as well. Guests at their booth are Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Tito Santana, and Victoria/Tara. www.cwecanada.ca
Happy birthday to former WWE / TNA star D-Lo Brown, who turns 44. Also celebrating is famed wrestling journalist and photographer Bill Apter, and key New Zealand historian Dave Cameron, who is 81.
Today would have been the 71st birthday of Allen “Bad News Brown” Coage. He passed away in 2007 from a heart attack.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Here’s a clip of Ox Baker as a contestant on The Price is Right back in 1981:
Last night on RAW, Canadian fans heard the voice of Toronto’s own Kyle Edwards (Arda Ocal) do the voiceover for the News Slam. Congratulations, Arda!
Former WCW jobber Horace Hogan (Hulk’s nephew) turns 49 today.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Congratulations to Japanese / CZW star MASADA on his wedding.
Hey, yo. If you don’t know that Scott Hall turns 56 today, the Bad Guy’s gonna carve you up. Also celebrating are Dave “Fit” Finlay (56); and Chavo Guerrero Jr. (44).
Hulk Hogan is expected on Raw tonight.
Here are the results from Empire State Wrestling's October 18th show in Olean, NY: Brandon Thurston beat Coconut Jones, Inferno Johnny Adams beat Salvatore Morocco, Superbeast beat Randy Philbrick & Andrew Cravatta in a handicap match, Kevin Bennett beat Sean Carr, Brute Van Slyke beat Tyson Williams, Bill Collier beat Brute Van Slyke, Hellcat beat Frankie Feathers, Vince Valor beat Tyler Nitro, Al Snow & Big Cat Lemmer beat Rob Cook & Triple X.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014
WWE was in Quebec City on Saturday night for a house show. Here are the results: R-Truth beat The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow), The Great Khali deafeated Damien Mizdow; Adrian Neville beat Sami Zayn to remain NXT Champion; Natalya & Naomi beat Cameron & Layla; Goldust & Stardust defeated The Usos to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships; Adam Rose beat Justin Gabriel; Mark Henry defeated Rusev (w/Lana) by DQ; in a Tag Team Street Fight, Dean Ambrose & Dolph Ziggler beat Randy Orton & Kane
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir said he'd welcome a rematch with Brock Lesnar, should the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion decide to return to the mixed martial arts arena. "A new fight between us would be very welcome," Mir said in a recent interview. "I'd love to welcome him in the UFC." Mir beat Lesnar in seconds in one of Lesnar's earliest UFC fights. At UFC 100, Lesnar destroyed Mir to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
On this date in 1903, wrestler/actor Tor Johnson was born. Johnson was in one of the best worst movies of all time, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and was memorably played by George "the Animal" Steele in the biopic about the director of that film Ed Wood.
On this day in 2003, legendary tag team wrestler Mike Hegstrand - better known as Road Warrior Hawk - passed away. Two years ago today, Mike Graham tragically committed suicide, just as his father, wrestler/promoter Eddie Graham, had done back in 1985.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Border City Wrestling presents "Excellence", running in Windsor, Ontario today at the St. Clair College Sportsplex. WWE Hall of Famer Bret "Hitman" Hart appears. Names announced include: Scott Steiner, Rhino, Kongo Kong, Chris Sabin, Joe Doering, the TimeSplitters, Phil Atlas, and more. For tickets, visit facebook.com/BorderCityWrestling.
"Viking" John Nord, who was WWE's Berzerker, turns 55 today.
On this day in 1939, Ted Boy Marino was born. After successful stints in wrestling and acting, mainly in South America, Marino passed away at the age of 72 due to a cardiac arrest. On this day in 2012, hardcore indy star Brain Damage (Marvin Lambert) was found dead, apparently by suicide.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Happy birthday to the worst Horseman ever, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, who turns 57 today. Because it’s his birthday, we’ll say something nice about Mongo – his wrestling was pretty good… when compared to his commentating. ... Also celebrating is former WWE developmental diva, and younger sister of Alicia Fox, Christina “Caylee Turner” Crawford – she turns 26.
On this day in 2000, Leo “the Lion” Nomellini passed away at the age of 76. A famed long-time San Francisco 49er throughout the 50s and early 60s, Nomellini wrestled in the off-season, earning himself a number of tag team championships, including a pair of NWA Tag Title runs with the legendary Verne Gagne.
Stephanie McMahon has been selected as a 2015 Eisenhower USA Fellow, one of nine U.S. leaders to participate in the prestigious international leadership exchange program for outstanding professionals.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
He’s not just the coolest, he’s not just the best, he’s turning 41 today – and by “he”, we mean ECW original Justin Credible. Also celebrating are Japanese stars Takao Omori (45) and Kazuyuki Fujita (44), as well as Pittsburgh legend Lord Zoltan and Canada's greatest export to Japan, Kenny Omega.
On this date in 2003, Canadian legend Stu Hart passed away.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Ring of Honor Wrestling announced that it would return to live pay-per-view for Final Battle 2014, from New York City on Sunday December 7th.
WWE taped Smackdown last night in Birmingham, Alabama. Here's what to expect on Friday's show: Dean Ambrose vs Kane; Sheamus & The Usos vs The Miz, Goldust & Stardust; Dolph Ziggler vs Seth Rollins; A.J. Lee vs Layla; Nikki Bella vs Naomi.
Chris Jericho’s latest book, The Best In The World” At What I Have No Idea, is now on shelves.
CWE has a show on Sunday, October 19th in Morden, MB, at the Access Event Centre (111 Gilmour St.), with a 7 p.m. start. Here's the lineup: Sonjay Dutt vs. Jason Kincaid; Chase Owens vs. MENTALLO; Danny Duggan vs. Stefan Epic; Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mike Mission; Robby Royce vs. Bobby Collins; Nate Hardy vs. Tyler Colton; Syndey Manson vs. SIGMON. www.cwecanada.ca
Today’s birthdays: WWE “legend” Joey Abs of the Mean Street Posse turns 43; and Japanese star Takeshi Morishima turns 36. Also celebrating are "Vicious" Verne Siebert of B.C.'s All-Star Wrestling heyday and rising star Tama Tonga.
Today would have been the 49th birthday of WCW star Al Green – he passed away last year of lung disease. Mexican star “El Brazo” Juan Alvarado Nieves passed away a year ago today at the age of 52 due to complications from diabetes. Nieves was part of the famed Alvarado wrestling family, which spans three generations of wrestlers so far.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
On October 9th, former WWE star Tiger Ali Singh got the chance to introduce former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at a dinner in Milton for local MP and federal cabinet minister Lisa Raitt. Here's a photo from the event:
Justin Roberts and WWE have parted ways. Here's the note from the WWE.com website: "WWE has chosen to not exercise its option to renew ring announcer Justin Roberts' contract. Effective immediately, Roberts is released from WWE. WWE wishes him the best in all his future endeavors."
Lisa Raitt, Tiger Ali Singh, Brian Mulroney and Tiger Jeet Singh.
Ringbelles.com co-founder Stewart Allen passed away on Monday. Here's a nice obit wrote by the other co-founder, Lee Burton: David Stewart Allen 1977-2014.
CWE runs Saturday, October 18th in Gladstone, MB, at the Gladstone Community Centre (79-5th Street), with a bell time of 7 p.m. Here's the lineup: Sonjay Dutt vs. Nate Hardy; Jimmy Jacobs vs. Robby Royce; Danny Duggan vs. Mike Mission; Chase Owens vs. MENTALLO; Jason Kincaid vs. SIGMON; Anderson Tyson Moore vs. Bobby Collins; Dick Blood vs. Tyler Colton. www.cwecanada.ca
Bob Kelly's funeral is this Friday, October 17th, 2014. Visitation 2 pm services at 3 pm, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1621 Boykin Blvd., Mobile, AL 36605.
Today’s birthdays: WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff (67); Insane Clown Posse member, wrestler/promoter Shaggy 2 Dope (40); former WCW and WWE diva (and one-time Clooney-squeeze) Stacy Kiebler (35); former WWE developmental performer, and daughter of Eddie and Vicky, Shaul “Racquel Diaz” Guerrero (24).
Five years ago today, one of the most colourful characters of all time, Captain Lou Albano, passed away from heart attack at the age of 76.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian readers, happy Columbus Day to our American friends ... and happy day to everyone else too!
Reality star NeNe Leakes (The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Celebrity Apprentice, Glee) will host Monday Night Raw tonight.
SummerSlam was confirmed for the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, August 23, 2015.
Willie Mack was apparently released from the WWE developmental system already.
According to reports, Dave Bautista landed a role as a key villain in the next James Bond movie.
CWE runs on Friday, October 17th in Winnipeg at Holy Cross Gymnasium Hall (290 Dubuc St.), with a 7 p.m. start and these matches: 50 Man Rumble To Remember- Winner Receives A CWE Championship Match At The 6th Anniversary Show; Chase Owens vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. MENTALLO vs. Jason Kincaid; Danny Duggan vs. Mr, Inkredible; Jimmy Jacobs vs. SIGMON; Anderson Tyson Moore vs. Tyler Colton; Robby Royce vs. Heavy Metal. www.cwecanada.ca
Sunday, October 12, 2014
We're sorry to report the passing of "Cowboy" Bob Kelly, who was a wrestling legend in the Gulf Coast territory. We will have a lengthy obituary in the days to come.
On a happier note, Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis were married in Chicago.
The next WWE Tribute to the Troops show -- the company's 12th -- will happen on Tuesday, December 9, at the Columbus Civic Center, in Columbus, Georgia
The WWE Network is scheduled to launch in the United Kingdom on November 1st.
CWE runs a show on Thursday, October 16th in Souris, Manitoba at the Souris Curling Club (32 3rd Ave W), with a 7 p.m. Matches include: Sonjay Dutt & MENTALLO vs. Chase Owens & Jason Kincaid; Danny Duggan vs. SIGMON; Jimmy Jacobs vs. Nate Hardy; Robby Royce vs. Mr. Inkredible; Tommy Lee Curtis vs. Heavy Metal; Dick Blood vs. Tyler Colton; Todd Bullet vs. Bobby Collins. www.cwecanada.ca
Friday, October 10, 2014
WWE sent out a press release about 15 years of Smackdown. Of note are some neat "Did you know?" facts about the show:
- The name SmackDown came from WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s popular catchphrase, “Lay the Smackdown.”
- SmackDown has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities and towns, in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico.
- It would take more than two months of uninterrupted viewing to watch every episode of SmackDown back-to-back.
- WWE Superstar John Cena made his WWE debut in June 2002 on SmackDown.
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar competed in a 60-minute Iron Man match on SmackDown in September 2003.
- Brock Lesnar and Big Show fought to a no contest when the ring collapsed after Lesnar superplexed Big Show on SmackDown in June 2003.
- Stephanie McMahon was the first SmackDown general manager while Teddy Long has the longest total tenure as a SmackDown general manager.
- Mr. McMahon won his only WWE Championship on SmackDown on September 16, 1999 when he defeated Triple H with Shane McMahon as special guest referee.
- The first Friday episode of SmackDown was on September 9, 2005 and featured Batista defeating JBL in a Bull Rope Match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
Former women's champion Madusa Micelli was in an accident during a recent monster truck event in Australia. She's okay and posted this message to her fans: "Hello all my '#?pinkwarriors' just want to give you an update I have had hundreds of questions asking if I'm okay so I want to set the record straight. Yes. '#timewillheal' Had an awesome night in Melbourne the pit party was phenomenal and I did take a bad spill during freestyle.... however I am on my way to recovery and I will be in Adelaide and Sidney. I was at one of the best hospitals in Melbourne. I want to say thanks to all the doctors and nurses and staff you guys were great, all of my fans who are such great supporters I thank you. The biggest of big shout out to my colleagues of monster jam.
Former WWE star Eugene, who was just released as a NXT trainer, will be doing a meet and greet at Heroes Toys, Comics and Collectibles in Woodbridge, ON on Saturday, November 1 at 1 p.m. Heroes is located just two blocks west of Weston Road and only three blocks west of Colossus Theatre on Highway 7, only minutes from Highway 400.
Happy birthday to former Detroit manager "Supermouth" Dave Drason, who hits the big 6-0 today, and as Thunderfoot II Gene Ligon is 64 years old.
Historical birthdays today: “The Great Antonio” Anton Baričević was born on this date in 1925 in Croatia. He moved to Canada after World War II, where he gained fame as a strongman and a professional wrestler. He was slated to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship, but the fear of fan revolt changed these plans. At the age of 52, he faced Japanese legend Antonio Inoki, who legitimately beat him up when Antonio started to no-sell Inoki’s offense. Antonio died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 77. ... “Giant Haystacks” Martin Ruane was born on this date in 1946. In addition to becoming a household name in Britain, his home country, Ruane also wrestled internationally, including for Stampede Wrestling in Calgary. Modern fans may remember him from his short stint in WCW as Loch Ness, a member of the Dungeon of Doom. Ruane passed away in 1998 after a bout with cancer.
Alex Karras, the football player turned wrestler turned actor passed away two years ago today.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Cauliflower Alley Club announced that Diamond Dallas Page will be receiving two awards at the 2015 CAC Reunion -- the Jason Sanderson Humanitarian Award, as well as a men's wrestling award. Magazine edited Dennis Brent was announced as the James C. Melby Historian Award winner.
All Star Wrestling has a show on Friday, October 24, with an 8 p.m. start at Cloverdale Fairgrounds (Alice McKay Building) in Surrey, BC. Here's the lineup: Jinder Mahal & Gama Singh Jr vs Cougar Meat; Gangrel The Vampire Warrior vs The Cremator; a Moondog Manson Hardcore Battle Royal with The Toga Boy, The Breakers, Flexx, Jason Cage, Kwick Kick Kirk, Fabulous Fabio, Don Ciever, Johnny Hoang, Salty Seaman, Mr India and more; Riea Von Slasher vs Bambi Hall; Disco Fury, Great Kasaki & Nate Daniels vs Azeem The Dream, Johnny Obsession & Christopher Ryseck; Matt XStatic & Adam Ryder vs Nick Price & Travis Sionys. www.allstar-wrestling.com
Canadian Wrestling's Elite returns to Virden, Manitoba on Wednesday, October 15th at the Royal Canadian Legion. Bell time is 7 p.m., and the show features: Sonjay Dutt vs. SIGMON; Jimmy Jacobs vs. Tommy Lee Curtis; Danny Duggan & Robby Royce vs. Mr. Inkredible & Heavy Metal; Chase Owens vs. MENTALLO; Jason Kincaid vs. Bobby Collins; Dick Blood vs. Tyler Colton. www.cwecanada.ca
Following his tour of British Columbia and Alberta, Mick Foley heads to Ontario and Quebec for some comedy shows later this month. Find out more, including venue and ticket info, at www.realmickfoley.com/events
Oct 22 - Cornwall, ON
Oct 23-24 - Ottawa, ON
Oct 25 - Quebec City, QC (Quebec City Comic Con)
Some birthdays today: Rockin' Robin Smith, former WWF Women's champion, turns 50, but you'd never know it to look at her; Former B.C. manager Jonathan "Fuzzy" Sayers is celebrating today, especially through his health battles of late; important wrestling historian and writer Scott Teal is a year old. Also, happy birthday to ECW original Stevie Richards, who turns 43 today. Here’s some trivia for you: Stevie competed in the first match at the first ever Eastern Championship Wrestling show, which later became the ECW we know and love – truly an ECW “original”.
Today would have been the 47th birthday of Eddie Guerrero.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Spike TV has announced it will be launching in the UK in the coming months, coming out of its recent purchase of British broadcaster Channel 5. This is apparently the first step of plans for international rollout of the network. It’s only speculation, but it seems unlikely that TNA’s flagship show “Impact Wrestling”, which airs on Spike TV in the US and Canada, will be affected. First, the show is currently only scheduled to air on Spike in North America until the end of the year; and second, TNA has its own separate deals in the UK and other countries for distribution.
On the Superstar Billy Graham Facebook page, his wife, Valerie offered news of Graham's hospitalization: "Hello Fellow Superstar Fans, This is a message from Superstar's wife Valerie. Billy has been admitted to the Mayo Clinic from complications from his previous medical conditions. Not much specific information is known at this time, but this post will be updated soon. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers."
Truth Martini posted on Wednesday that one of his students, Zahra Schreiber, had signed a WWE deal: "Congratulations to HOT Wrestling School graduate Zahra Schreiber for signing a WWE contract. Work hard grasshopper!" Schreiber is from Sagninaw, Michigan, and stands out because of her many tattoos.
Anthony Carelli, a.k.a. Santino Marella, announced his engagement to Anna Babij on Wednesday. "Anna and I are engaged to be married! She said yes!" he posted on Facebook.
Smackdown was taped last night in Philadelphia, and WWE is calling the show its 15th anniversary show. Here's what to expect on Friday: Miz TV featured John Cena and Dean Ambrose; AJ Lee vs Alicia Fox; Dolph Ziggler vs Rusev; Seth Rollins vs Kofi Kingston; Kane vs Adam Rose; Sheamus, Mark Henry, Los Matadores, El Torito, The Usos and Jack Swagger vs The Miz, Damien Mizdow, Bo Dallas, Slater Gator, Goldust, Stardust and Hornswoggle; and The Rock was in a pre-taped segment.
The Royal Rumble was announced for Philadelphia in January.
On October 17th, Sonjay Dutt will put on a wrestling seminar from 4:30pm-6pm in Winnipeg. The seminar has limited spaces available and costs only $30 to attend. To register e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
He’s the Miz, and he’s turning 34 today - wonder if his stunt double Damien Mizdow has to celebrate as well? Former WWE superstar Paul Burchill turns 35 today.
Today would have been the 48th birthday of former WCW/AAA star “Love Machine” Art Barr. Go back in our time machine to a great feature from 1999: Art Barr: What could have been
On this date in 1920, John Olin passed away at the age of 34 – Olin was one of the earliest professional wrestlers, having his first match in 1904. As historical records are sketchy, there is often confusion as to whether it was Olin, or Finnish wrestler Johan Olin who competed at the same time, that once held the original World Heavyweight Championship.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
It's a way off, but the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame announced today that Brian Blair would receive the Lou Thesz Award in on induction weekend, July 10-11, 2015. The Lou Thesz Award is given to an individual in wrestling who has taken the skills of the sport into the realm of public service. "I am both honored and humbled to be recognized with the coveted Lou Thesz Award from the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Waterloo," said Blair in a press release. "Lou Thesz is a legend and one of the toughest to ever step foot in a ring. July 10th cannot come soon enough for me."
Michael Elgin tweeted yesterday that he had quit from Ring of Honor, and offered this followup today online:
"A little insight.
I first want to say thank you to all the supporters out there, it has been my pleasure to perform for you.
I want to admit the quitting on twitter is a little childish but I don't want to be advertised for a show I won't be a part of.
I will give kudos to ROH for rushing to get me back home, for that I am grateful. I had numerous conversations with the company about all situations that have occurred and told them my stance. I was trying to be business minded and was trying to reach a full understanding that would allow both parties to move forward. Nothing was agreed upon and instead of trying to reach an agreement they announced me for this weekends upcoming shows.
I would not have taken to twitter in this matter as I have held my tongue this entire time. I feel everything that has went down is between the parties involved and no one else. In all that I just don't want to have people thinking I'll be somewhere I won't be.
I love professional wrestling, i have given almost 14 years to it and wouldn't change it for the world. It's my passion and what has drove me to become the man I am today. I love and respect Professional wrestling with the upmost regard. Thank you for supporting it and please continue to do so."
WWE posted the entire speech from Joan Lunden from last night's Raw for fans to watch:
Tim Flowers promotes a show on Friday October 17th, in Kelowna, BC, at the Rutland Centennial Hall, 188 Rutland Rd. N., with a 7:30 pm bell time. The show features Val Venis and The Godfather, Eric Locker of OVW, as well as B.C. indy scene stars such as Scotty Mac, Gurv Sihra, Kenny Lush, Adam Ryder, ShreddZ, "Cougar Meat" Collin Cutler & Kyle Sebastian, Danni Deeds, Tim Flowers Jr, Jaida, Cat Powers, Black Dragon, Bishop, Sid Sylum, Tony Baroni, Mantasia, Jack Cunningham, KC Andrews. The show is a fundraiser for a number of B.C. charities, including the Breakfast Club of Canada, and R.A.I.N.N.
Today’s birthdays: Paul "The Butcher" Vachon is 77; retired female star Malia Hosaka turns 45; ECW original Rhino turns 39; and former WWE diva Kaitlyn turns 28.