SLAM! Wrestling News/Rumours
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
From Bob Kapur: I was curious after watching last night’s RAW about the last time a Divas singles match was the last match of the show. Though my first thought was to go back to the Trish-Lita era, the answer is much more recent than that. On October 28 of this very year, Natalya beat Summer Rae in the last match of the episode. Who would-a thunk it?
Alberto Del Rio apparently suffered a concussion on Raw.
Today’s birthdays: Former WWE superstar Essa Rios (aka Mr. Águila) turns 35; former ROH and TNA star Matt Bentley turns 34; and WWE superstar JTG turns 29 (and yes, that’s not a typo – he still works for the company).
Gawker and other websites are running with this story about disabled former pro wrestler Joe Cantrell who was banned from Wal-Mart for life for ad-matching. Yeah, we don’t know who he is either.
Since Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon's funeral was held in Iowa and nothing was planned for Montreal, Pat Laprade (co-author of Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs) and Yves Theriault (director of the documentary on Maurice) are holding a commemorative night in memory of Mad Dog, this Wednesday, December 11, 5:30pm, at La Cage aux Sports, 7275 Sherbrooke Street East in Montreal. Many wrestling personalities have confirmed their presence such as Paul Leduc, Gino Brito, Gilles "The Fish" Poisson, Fernand Fréchette, Denis Gauthier Sr., Fernand Ste-Marie, "The Hangman" Neil Guay, Sylvain Grenier, Marc Blondin, Ludger Proulx, Armand Rougeau, Tony Mule and LuFisto. Paul "The Butcher" Vachon will also be there, alongside many of his brothers, his sister and many nephews and nieces, including Maurice's only son who actually wrestled, Mike Vachon. Some other well-known personalities will be on hand and the event will be covered by many medias as well. The event is open to all, so fans are welcome, too.
WWE sent out a press release announcing that it received 1.64 million votes via the WWE app, an increase of 180 percent from last year's awards show.
Hamilton, Ontario, wrestler Norbert "Knobby" McDonald died on Saturday of a heart attack. We wrote about Knobby back in 2007: Knobby McDonald: Mat technician and excellent dodger
Monday, December 9, 2013
TNA Wrestling has announced it has signed a multi-year television deal with Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV) in Japan. The NTV channel G+ has been airing TNA Impact Wrestling since January 2013. Under the new deal, the show will continue to air on the network, as will TNA’s monthly PPV and One Night Only events. In the past few months, TNA has announced similar deals with broadcasters in France, Portugal, and India.
Today is Kurt Angle's 45th birthday. It's true, it's true.
WWE star The Miz and announcer Michael Buffer, who used to announce the main event matches at WCW PPVs, appear in a new Muppets video that sees the Swedish Chef take on chef Gordon Ramsay in a cooking challenge – video can be seen here:
Do you have your Slammy Awards office pool going? Here are the categories for tonight's show:
- Superstar of the Year - Presented by Shawn Michaels
- Diva of the Year - Presented by Eve Torres
- Double-Cross of the Year - Presented by The Shield
- Match of the Year - Presented by Bret Hart
- Insult of the Year - Presented by The Miz
- LOL Moment of the Year - Presented by Road Dogg and Billy Gunn
- Fan Participation Award - Presented by The Prime Time Players
- Extreme moment of the Year – Presented by Mick Foley
Word is that WrestleMania 31 will be held in San Francisco (though technically the new 49ers stadium, Levi’s Stadium, is in Santa Clara), and the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will be in San Jose.
Indy star Sami Callihan has debuted in NXT as Solomon Crowe.
AJ Styles has started taking indy bookings and has not signed a new contract with TNA.
The Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers has a show on Sunday December 29th at the Rockpile East Nightclub, 2787A Eglinton Ave East at Danforth Rd in Scarborough, Ontario, with a bell time of 4 p.m. Scheduled matches include Josh Alexander vs John Greed, Checkmate vs Carter Mason & Scotty Turner, Sinn Bodhi vs RJ City, and the King of Toronto Tournament Semi-Finals and Final. www.wrestlersunion.ca.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Birthdays today include former WWE manager Slick (70); Stampede Wrestling star, and uncle of WWE’s Jinder Mahal, Gama Singh (59); Japanese star Toshiaki Kawada (50); Japanese female star Chigusa Nagayo (49); former ROH and TNA star Jimmy Rave (31); and the voice of WWE, Michael Cole (45).
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Happy birthday to WWE's original Diva, Tammy "Sunny" Sytch, who turns 41. Tammy has been going through a series of medical tests in the past couple of days according to her Facebook status - we at SLAM! Wrestling wish her the best.
Also celebrating today is WWE superstar and current US Champion Dean Ambrose, who turns 28.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Tiger Ali Singh and Tiger Jeet Singh present their annual Miracle on Main Street in Milton, Ontario, Monday morning. Their message to all the children they meet in the schools they visit is a simple one: "no matter what religion, colour or race you are, sickness and poverty do not discriminate, and neither should the spirit of giving." Here's a promo for the event:
WWE sent out this short release concerning the WWE Network: “In addition to not being able to confirm timing of WWE Network launch, WWE is still considering all options for distribution, pricing and role of pay-per-view.”
Honky Tonk Man and Bret Hart will be at the Pop Expo in Ottawa this coming weekend. Also wrestling matches by CapitalCity ChampionshipCombat. www.ottawapopexpo.ca
Retired wrestler Vance Nevada (Vern May) was featured in yesterday's Brandon Sun for his work in Souris, Manitoba, where he has a new job as the economic development officer.
Ric Flair will appear at Niagara Falls Comic Con next year, June 6 and 7, at the fourth annual event, held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Also joining this year’s Comic Con will be former WWE tag team champs Demolition – Ax and Smash. They’ll be signing autographs all three days, June 6 to 8. In previous years, wrestlers Bret Hart, Mick Foley, Ted Dibiase and Brutus Beefcake have been part of the Niagara Falls Comic Con. (John Law, Niagara Falls Review)
There's an article on Rick Titan -- the "fake" Razon Ramon -- in the Calgary Journal. Check it out here.
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Thursday, December 5, 2013
TNA's "Bad Influence" - Kaz and Christopher Daniels - will be participating in a live, real-time Fan Q&A session during tonight's broadcast of TNA Impact Wrestling. Fans can participate by going to impactwrestling.com and clicking on the IMPACT WRESTLING InterActive graphic or by visiting impactwrestling.com/secondscreen.
Some major changes to WWE's corporate executive team have been announced. Michelle D. Wilson, formerly Chief Marketing Officer, has been promoted to Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer. She will be responsible for spear-heading the oft-discussed WWE Network. George Barrios, formerly Chief Financial Officer, has been promoted to Chief Strategy and Financial Officer and will now oversee all of the company’s strategic planning processes and take over management of WWE’s day-to-day Television Operations. Stephanie McMahon, formerly Executive Vice President, Creative, has been promoted to Chief Brand Officer. Kevin Dunn will serve as Executive Producer of all WWE programming. These change are all being done in an effort to grow the company in all of its key areas.
Today is the birthday of several wrestling legends. "Exotic" Adrian Street turns 73; Larry Zybysko turns 62; and the "Dynamite Kid" Tom Billington turns 55. Billington reportedly suffered a stroke late last month - we at SLAM! Wrestling wish him well in his recovery.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Wrestling promoters and rap band, the Insane Clown Posse, have announced that their annual Gathering of the Juggalos Festival will be changing locations after six years at the same venue. The festival – which typically includes a wrestling show as part of the festivities – has seen its share of controversies, including death, drug overdoses, and incidents of assault, rape, and violence, and the throwing of feces at performers.
Many fans would undoubtedly like to give Brooke Adams – aka TNA’s Miss Tessmacher – a birthday pinch today. She turns 29. Also celebrating is former WWE superstar Sylvester Terkay, who turns 36.
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Femme Fatales Volume 12 DVD
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Today’s birthdays: Japanese wrestler/promoter Riki Choshu turns 62, and ECW original Super Crazy turns 40.
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Monday, December 2, 2013
Davey Richards announced that he is completely through with Ring of Honor.
WWE Diva Kaitlyn got engaged to her boyfriend PJ Braun at the Smackdown tapings at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena.
Tribute to the Troops this year will be on Wednesday, December 11, starting at 7 p.m., at the base in Fort Lewis, Washington.
Ultimate Championship Wrestling had a show at the Lions Club in Spryfield, Nova Scotia on November 30, with these results: Jeremy Prophet defeated Ryan Rogan and Julian Young; Titus pinned Nick Diggs; Donnie Vegas retained the UCW Junior Heavyweight title by pinning Tommy Scott; Maritime Menace and Winkin The Little Menace beat Cletus Clearwater and his manager C. David Rutherford; "Greaser" James defeated Montreal rapper-turned-wrestler Allexxiss; Lumber Jack Johnson pinned Shane Stevens; J.P. Simms retained his IAWF heavyweight title by pinning former WWE star Matt Striker after an RKO; Riddick Stone and Dylan Sharpe beat the Backwoods Boys; Double XL won the vacant UCW heavyweight championship by pinning Chris Cooke. (Thanks to John Greeley)
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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Today's wrestling birthdays: Jushin "Thunder" Liger turns 49; WWE Superstar Christian turns the big 4-0, and Funkadactyl Naomi (Trinity for Total Divas viewers) turns 26.
Friday, November 29, 2013
A couple of WWE announcers share a birthday today: Hall of Famer Jerry "the King" Lawler turns 64, and John "JBL" Layfield turns 47. Dirty Dutch Mantel - aka Zeb Colter - also turns 64, while Japanese star Minoru Tanaka turns 41.
A year ago today, Freebird Buddy Jack Roberts passed away. It was ten years ago that former tag team champion Moondog Spot passed away.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Joyce Farhat, the widow of Eddie Farhat -- The Original Sheik -- passed away.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers!
Plenty of wrestling birthdays today: WWE Diva Summer Rae turns 30; Smith Hart, the oldest of Helen and Stu's brood, hits 65 today; Joel Maximo of the independent team the Spanish Announce Team turns 34; ROH star Brent Albright turns 35; Rory McAlister of the Highlanders tag team turns 36; and former WWE superstar Rob Conway turns 42 (no truth to the rumours that he's the twin brother of SLAM! Wrestling’s “Bloodthirsty” Bob Kapur who also turns 42 today).
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Smackdown was taped Tuesday night in Uncasville, Conn. Here's what to expect on Friday's show: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The Shield; Mark Henry vs. Curtis Axel; Xavier Woods & R-Truth vs. Tons of Funk; Antonio Cesaro vs. Titus O'Neil; Los Matadores vs. 3MB.
Congratulations to Steve Corino and his wife on the birth of their son today.
All Star Wrestling has two upcoming shows, both which are a part of Short Sleeve Sampson's retirement tour -- Friday November 29th., 8pm, Alice Mckay Building-Cloverdale Fairgrounds 6050 176st., Surrey, BC, where scheduled matches include: Kenny Lush vs Kyle Sebastian, Breaker Iton vs Nasty Nate Daniels, Fabulous Fabio vs Oly Olsen, Raven Lake vs Bambi Hall, Adam Ryder & Cody Smith vs The Great Kasaki & Disco Fury, Christopher Ryseck vs Collin Cutler. And Saturday November 30th, Chilliwack, BC, with a 7:30 pm start, at Vedder Middle School, 45560 South Sumas Road; scheduled matches include: Matt X Static vs The Great Kasaki, Kyle Sebastian vs Adam Ryder, Collin Cutler vs Disco Fury. www.allstar-wrestling.com.
Happy birthday to Cowboy Johnny Mantell!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Today's birthdays: Former WWE Diva Lisa "Ivory" Moretti turns 52, and former WWE Tough Enough winner Maven Huffman turns 37.
Christmas Bounty, an ABC Family movie with The Miz in it, debuts tonight at 8 pm EST.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Funeral information for Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon: Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday with special remarks at 4:00 p.m. followed by a reception in the community room at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home & Crematory, 1221 North 16th Street, in Council Bluffs, IA ((712) 256-9988). The family will direct memorials. There's a great collection of Mad Dog photos on the funeral home website.
At the most recent set of TNA tapings, Canadian female star Cherry Bomb accepted Gail Kim's open challenge. The match should air on the Dec 5th edition of Impact.
Wrestling journalist Arda Ocal has recently joined Canada's national Weather Network. On the network's video channel, he can be seen trying to start a campaign to cancel winter. To date, there has been no formal response from Katarina Waters.
Since SLAM! Wrestling interviewed him [Rick Bassman pitching a book to showcase his 'Forrest Gump-like' life], Rick Bassman has unfortunately been going through a very serious medical situation which required surgery. In August 2013 he went in for what was to be major routine back surgery, but instead it resulted in his needing to be hospitalized multiple times. On November 14th, he had surgery on his lumbar and abdominal regions and since that time has reported on his Facebook page that several of the pre-operative pains are gone and that he is able to stand up straight again. Presently, he is still recovering from his surgery, however, for anyone who would like to wish him well, Rick Bassman is in Room 8006 North Tower at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles or he can be messaged via Facebook. As well, today is his birthday.
TNA President Dixie Carter is featured on SI.com here.
Happy birthday to Canadian wrestling great Velvet McIntyre!