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Sunday, December 21, 2014Squared Circle Wrestling presents a stacked show today at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 101, 3850 Lakeshore Boulevard West, in Toronto, Ontario. TNA and Amazing Race star Robbie E, former TNA Stars Crimson, So Cal Val, Angelina Love, and the Amazing Red, former TNA champion Chris Sabin, ROH star Jimmy Jacobs, and a number of House of Glory stars, plus several local Squared Circle Wrestling stars will be appearing. For more details, visit squaredcirclewrestling.ca
Today's birthdays: "Outlaw" Ron Bass is 66, "The Patriot" Del Wilkes turns 53, WWE superstar Eddie "Primo/Diego" Colon turns 32, and Quebec female star Pink Flash Kira is 24.
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Friday, December 19, 2014
Robbie E and Brooke Adams finished fourth on the finale of The Amazing Race Friday night.
The AVClub lists tonight’s Christmas at Washington, hosted by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, as their top TV pick of the day. Here's the story.
TNA confirmed that Josh Mathews will join Taz as the new Impact Wrestling announcing team on Destination America. “Josh Mathews is a dynamic talent who brings great energy and experience to commentating,” said John Gaburick, TNA’s executive vice president of television, in a press release. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with Josh for many years and know he, alongside Taz, will captivate fans and enhance the viewing experience.”
Long-time friend of SLAM! Wrestling, Michael Landsberg, star of TSN's Off The Record, gets schooled by CM Punk. It's fun to watch:
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The finale of The Amazing Race on CBS goes down on Friday night, 8 pm ET. The TNA Wrestling team of Robbie E and Brooke Adams are still alive. "Will @RobbieEImpact & @RealBrookeAdams WIN $1,000,000? 25% CHANCE! #TeamBro" tweeted Robbie E. UPDATE: SLAM! Wrestling Producer Greg Oliver just interviewed Robbie E -- watch for that story on Friday.
Canadian Wrestling's Elite has a show on Friday, December 26th at Rookie's Sports Bar in Transcona, Manitoba, featuring "Hotshot" Johnny Devine (who is no doubt in town to visit family over the holidays!). He will face Stefan Epic, who was one of his students when Devine trained wrestlers in 2006 in town. www.cwecanada.ca
What a day for birthdays -- some minors names truly. Happy birthday to Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam and Trish Stratus.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
WWE sent out its Christmas, er, Holiday card electronically today:
Some of the Rosebuds shown on this week’s Raw and Smackdown were ROH star Jimmy Jacobs, former TNA Knockout Taeler Hendrix, Windsor Ontario’s Abe “Action” Jackson, and Toronto’s own Leah Von Dutch.
TNA Entertainment has announced it will be premiering a new show called Impact Wrestling: Unlocked starting on January 17, on its new network, Destination America. The show, which will be hosted by “The Professor” Mike Tenay will include exclusive content from that week’s Impact Wrestling show, including behind the scenes footage and exclusive interviews and other content. The company debuts on Destination America with a live broadcast of Impact Wrestling on January 7.
There's a feature on Dolph Ziggler over at Rolling Stone, which is sure the kind of mainstream coverage that makes a company happy: WWE Wrestler of the Year: Dolph Ziggler
Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore turns 39 today.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Former wrestler and promoter Johnny Rougeau will be inducted into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Hall of Fame. In the 1970s he owned and coached the Rosemont National and Laval National teams. He was elected president of the league in 1981, position he held until his passing in May of 1983. Alongside Rougeau, all-star goalie Martin Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens' head coach Michel Therrien and former players Martin Gelinas and Billy Campbell will also be inducted. The ceremony will be held on April 8, 2015. A more in-depth piece on Johnny Rougeau and his hockey career will be published on SLAM! Wrestling as the ceremony approaches.
Jim Londos was announced as a posthumous inductee into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, at The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. If we have to tell you who Jim Londos is, well, do yourself a favour and go buy a copy of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons, where he was named the Number One babyface of all-time in pro wrestling by authors Greg Oliver and Steven Johnson. Yes, ahead of Hulk Hogan, Sting, Dusty Rhodes, Bruno Sammartino and others. In his time, he was one of the best-known athletes on the planet.
Happy birthday to Luke Harper.
Jim Ross has a great feature on "Droz" Darren Drozdov at FOX Sports. Check it out here.
Monday, December 15, 2014
The Cauliflower Alley Club announced that the Romero Family will be receiving the Family Award in Las Vegas this April. To many, the Romeros are known as the Youngbloods -- Jay, Mark and Chris.
A couple of Canadian stars have birthdays today: TNA’s Eric Young turns 35 and former WWE star Rene Dupree turns 31 (how he is not with a major promotion is astounding). Former TNA star Elix Skipper turns 47.
On this date in 2001, Russ Haas (brother of former WWE / ROH star Charlie) passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 27.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
TNA's Brooke and Robbie E. made it through another week on The Amazing Race, finishing first in this past leg, the first time that they came in first all season. On next week's season finale, airing December 19, they will be competing with three other teams for the prize of a million dollars.
Former WWE Spirit Squad member Johnny Jeter turns 33 today.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014
Smash Wrestling presents "The Usual Suspects" tomorrow at 2pm at the Canlan Sportsplex, 3360 Wolfedale Road in Mississauga. Announced matches include The Overdogs vs. Team Checkmate, Matt Cross vs. Alex Vega, and a 5-woman matchup. Fans are encouraged to bring canned foods for donation to a local food bank. After the show, it is traditional for the roster and fans to go to a nearby venue to watch the WWE pay-per-view.
MCW runs tonight at 7:30 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Brantford, Ontario. Cody Deaner vs. "Outlaw" Scott Chase has been announced. Other names appearing are "Hacker" Scotty O'Shea, Rip Impact, and Ms. Holly Madison.
Acclaim Pro Wrestling runs tonight at the Polish Combatants Centre, 379 Waverly Street in Ottawa, Ontario. Payne "the Hellraizer" vs. Damien "the Barbarian" headlines. Also announced are Michael Von Payton, The Incredible Hunks, and Ray Steele.
Happy birthday to ROH star Michael Elgin who turns 28, Ontario indy star Tomer Shalom who turns 27, and former WWE superstar Boris Zhukov who turns 55.
Today would have been the 67th birthday of The Junkyard Dog.
If you didn't see it when it aired on this week's NXT special, here is Finn Balor's amazing entrance from that night:
Here are Bob Kapur's notes from last weekend's Destiny World Wrestling debut show:
- This was the first time in a long time that I watched an indy show that reminded me of the shows I loved as a kid. Strong characters easily identifiable as either a hero or villain, solid in-ring action with simple story-telling and smart psychology, a show that anyone in the family could enjoy. Good pacing, not too short or too long, a good mix of action and entertainment - overall, a really fun event.
- General positives: The venue (Santino Marella's Battle Arts Academy in Mississauga) was great for the size of the crowd, but could be too tight for larger events. What was really impressive was the lighting and sound - they actually out-did the production values of many promotions, including Ring of Honor's last few GTA shows in this regard.
- Possible areas for improvement: the ring announcer (burlesque star Laura Desiree) did a fine job on the mic, but sometimes tended to get too "editorial" in her comments and risked becoming too much a part of the show - though there is no denying her skimpy outfit was a plus! Also, while this debut show did a good job of introducing characters, it didn't necessarily set up feuds or storylines to capitalize on for the next show. Promoter George Theiceman noted their intent is to run every seven weeks, so they may want to plant seeds for upcoming shows to ensure the crowd will return again and again.
- Match Results
- 1. Hornet won a No-disqualification, No-countout three-way scramble over Cheech Hernandez and Tyler Tirva.
- 2. The match between Will White and "The Professional" Jaxon Jarvis (w/ Mysterion) was solid, but suffered a bit due to the challenge of introducing White's split personality as part of this one. During the match, White was clearly fighting some voices in his head. In the end, he snapped and his darker persona of "Bill Black" broke through, and he aggressively attacked and pinned Jarvis. This would have been more effective if it had built up over the course of a few shows - i.e. we saw White's descent into madness come more subtly and out of some desperation (this match against Jarvis didn't seem high stakes enough for White to snap).
- 3. Cherry Bomb beat Leah Von Dutch in a very good match.
- 4. In his debut match, "Mr. Adventure" Stone Rockwell beat one of Ontario's finest in Cody Deaner. Rockwell is a throwback to the old 50s adventure movie stars, like a dashing and heroic Alan Quartermain type. This was one of the most fun characters this writer has seen in a long time, and was executed brilliantly. This character is TV-ready, with signature moves and catchphrases that fit the character incredibly and had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Seriously, this character could easily be brought to WWE or TNA with little modification.
- 5. RJ City vs Pepper Parks. RJ used the distraction of the lights going out to hit Parks with a cheap low kick and got the pin. Again, a solid match.
- 6. Abe "Action" Jackson vs Sycho Mike Rollins. Rollins was busy blabbing on the mic to notice the bell had rang, so Jackson rolled him up for the surprise pin.
- 7. Colt Cabana and Randy Reign beat the Monster Mafia (Josh Alexander and Ethan Page) when Colt hit Alexander with the GTS to get the win.
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Friday, December 12, 2014
Former star, Tom Jones, who had been battling dementia, suffered a heart attack and is in ICU in a Northwest Texas Hospital.
Fresh off his appearances on WWE TV, Anthony Carelli, a.k.a. Santino Marella, had surgery on his neck again yesterday, as "complications forced doctors to remove all the titanium hardware from the surgery 3 months ago."
Pre-sale tickets for WWE's Feb 28 show at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto are available at Ticketmaster.ca now until 10pm tonight. Presale code is ROAD2WM. General public sales start Saturday at 10am.
Satire site "The Onion" announced their Person of the Year for 2014 as a tie between human rights activist Malala Yousafzai and WWE superstar John Cena. Worth a read here.
He's homicidal, suicidal, genocidal, and turning 50 today - happy birthday to ECW original Sabu. Also celebrating are Japanese legend Ultimo Dragon (48) and former WWE Tough Enough contestant and current MMA fighter Jeremiah Riggs (32).
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Ring of Honor announced that Alberto Del Rio -- "the hottest free agent in the world" -- will debut for the company on January 3, 2015 in Nashville, as Alberto El Patron.
TNA Impact Wrestling debuts on Destination America on Wednesday, January 7 from 9-11 pm ET, televised from New York City’s legendary Manhattan Center. Then, as of January 16th, it'll move to Fridays, from 9-11 pm ET beginning January 16 on Destination America.
The funeral service for Jimmy Del Rey / Jimmy Backlund (David Ferrier) is on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, 2323 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL.
Booyaka! Rey Misterio turns 619 today. Actually, 40.
A year ago today, the “Canadian Giant” Garry “Paul Bunyan” Robbins passed away at the age of 57.
On Saturday night, in Brantford, Ontario, at the MCW card, Ontario's senior ref, Old School Eddington James will climb between the ropes for the 1000th time.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Triple H answered questions about the upcoming NXT special, as well as the future of NXT itself, during a media conference call today. Here's a sneak peak at questions Hunter spoke on during the Q&A session, which we will have in a proper story later:
- The career-threatening match between Neville and Zayne
- Thoughts on Charlotte and Nattie's short match on this week's Raw
- Kevin Owens' debut on R Evolution
- The timeline of when to call up an NXT wrestler to the main roster
- The evolution of Sami Zayne
- Hunter's hopes for NXT in 2015 and beyond
Dixie Carter and the folks at TNA revealed a new logo today, to coincide with the promotion's new home on the Destination American channel:
Smackdown and the Tribute To The Troops special were both taped Tuesday night in Columbus, Georgia at Fort Benning. Here's what to expect on Smackdown on Friday night: The Usos vs Cesaro & Tyson Kidd; Nikki Bella vs Alicia Fox; Titus O'Neil vs Jack Swagger; Big E vs Goldust; and John Cena had a moment with Seth Rollins over their upcoming match at TLC. ... As for Tribute To The Troops, here's the lineup: The Usos vs Stardust & Goldust; Naomi, Emma & Natalya vs The Bellas & Paige; Bray Wyatt vs Dean Ambrose; John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback & Erick Rowan vs Seth Rollins, The Big Show, Luke Harper & Kane; Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter were there too.
Here’s a quick item about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his role in the film San Andreas, slated for a May 2015 release.
As he’s no longer with WWE, perhaps an appropriate birthday present for JTG, who turns 30 today, is money, money, yeah, yeah. Also celebrating are former TNA star Matt Bentley (35) and Mexican star Mr. Águila (36). Today would have been the 39th birthday of former WWE developmental wrestler Steve Bradley – he passed away in 2008.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Huh. What a coincidence. Right as their respective fitness DVDs come out, American Media, Inc. and WWE announced that Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer has been appointed Editorial Advisor to Shape magazine and Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative has been appointed Editorial Advisor to Muscle & Fitness magazine. Talk about synergy.
Kurt Angle turns 46 today – it’s true, it’s true!
Monday, December 8, 2014
Randall Lee “Buck” Buchanan, who was The Mighty Wilbur, died on November 26, 2014 in Ocala, Florida. He was 57.
It was announced by the Cauliflower Alley Club will be honouring Sinn Bodhi (Kizarny in WWE) with its active Men's Wrestling Award in April at its annual reunion.
David Ferrier, who was best known to wrestling fans as Jimmy Del Rey of the Heavenly Bodies tag team in Smoky Mountain Wrestling and as Jimmy Backlund before that, died Sunday in a car accident. We will have more later.
Roman Reigns was married on the weekend.
Somehow we missed the passing of Rodger Kent, the voice of the AWA for many years. He passed away on November 28th. Here's a story from the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Obituary: Rodger Kent, a signature voice in Twin Cities pro wrestling, which is a nice compliment from our interview with him from 2008: Rodger Kent's voice still booming in retirement
Frank Earl, who worked in Stampede Wrestling as Earl Black, and all over England, just had hip replacement surgery in London. "What a feeling! To be pain free for the first time in a year and a half," he posted on Facebook.
Lots of birthdays today: Indo-Canadian legend Gama Singh turns 60; WWE legend Slick turns 57; Japanese star Toshiaki Kawada turns 51; Japanese female star/promoter Chigusa Nagayo turns 50; and former ROH/TNA star Jimmy Rave turns 32.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Destiny World Wrestling runs today at the Kozlov Arena in the Battlearts Academy (Santino Marella's gym) in Mississauga. Appearing are Colt Cabana, Cody Deaner, former WWE star Colin Delaney, and Cherry Bomb. Belltime is 5pm.
Wishing a sunny day to Tammy Sytch who turns 42 today. Also celebrating is WWE superstar Dean Ambrose who turns 29. "Ravishing" Rick Rude would have turned 56 today.
The legendary Haystacks Calhoun, one of wrestling's all-time super heavyweights, passed away on this date in 1989 at the age of 55.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Happy 80th birthday to the legendary Nick Bockwinkel.
On this date in 2003, Jerry Tuite - better known as The Wall and Sgt. Awol in WCW and then Malice in TNA - passed away at the age of 36.
Friday, December 5, 2014
The website “The Richest” takes a look at what it calls “shocking” backstage incidents -- check it out. No big revelations that haven’t been publicized elsewhere, but it’s a fun read nonetheless.
The legend lives on! Happy birthday to Larry Zybysko who turns 63 today. Also celebrating are the legendary “Exotic” Adrian Street (74), and Tom “the Dynamite Kid” Billington (56).
Hey, fans in the Greater Toronto Area. Chris Jericho will be appearing in Woodbridge on Dec 14.
Congratulations to Ontario wrestling mainstay and promoter Sebastian Suave and his wife Sarah on the birth of their son, Remy.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014
Dave Bautista will be a part of the just-announced James Bond movie, Spectre, set for release in November 2015.
Today’s birthdays: former WWE superstar Sylvester Terkay (44), and TNA Knockout (and current Amazing Race contestant and goddess) Brooke “Tessmacher” Adams (30).
On this date in 1995, Canadian midget star Lionel “Little Beaver” Giroux passed away. On this date five years ago, Eddie “Umaga” Fatu Jr. passed away.
Never one to miss tooting its horn, WWE released a press release about sales on so-called Black Friday, last Friday, November 28: "On Black Friday, WWE recorded its single biggest online sales day ever, drawing a 44% increase in sales on WWEShop.com compared to last year's record-setting day. WWE also broke records on Cyber Monday, with sales +32% year-over-year, making it the No 2. best-selling day on WWEShop.com ever. WWEShop.com’s five-day holiday weekend saw sales +39% year-over-year. WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose "Unstable" Hoodie Sweatshirt was the hottest seller, and the WWE Monopoly Board Game came in at No. 2. Mobile traffic was +80% year-over-year and accounted for 61% of overall traffic to WWEShop.com
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
WWE taped Smackdown on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Here's what to expect on the show on Friday: Dolph Ziggler vs Luke Harper; Promo by Seth Rollins, Kane, Big Show, and J&J Security; The New Day vs Cesaro & Tyson Kidd; Dean Ambrose promo; Jey Uso vs The Miz; Naomi vs Brie Bella; Ryback & Erick Rowan vs Seth Rollins & Big Show when Ryback
WWE announced that Seth Green will guest host Monday Night Raw and the Slammy Awards this Monday.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will induct Greg Wojciechowski into the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member next July.
It is expected that Kurt Angle will indeed remain in TNA.
Because we KNOW you were dying to check it out trailer for The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown:
Monday, December 1, 2014
It is expected that Josh Mathews will replace Mike Tenay as the lead TNA broadcaster when the company begins taping its new shows in January.
There is a live podcast running after Raw tonight, with Steve Austin hosting Vince McMahon.
Canadian Wrestling's Elite has opened a new wrestling school and training facility in Selkirk, Manitoba. It's a partnership with The GYM. The official opening of the new Elite Wrestling Academy is January 1st. Further information regarding pricing or to register -- email firstname.lastname@example.org
WWE superstar Christian was profiled in this weekend’s Toronto Sun TV magazine, in advance of his appearance on Haven this Thursday night.
Today’s birthdays: former TNA and WWE star Trinity (not the Funkadactyl) turns 43. And former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Blue Wolf turns 38. Blue Wolf was the first Mongolian professional wrestler, but should be actually honoured for having the coolest-looking real name ever - Dolgorsürengiin Serjbüdee.