SLAM! Wrestling News/Rumours
Thursday, October 30, 2014Scrambling to up the subscriber count, WWE announced today that its WWE Network would be free for November to new subscribers. The company is also offering what it is calling a "New Simplified Price Plan" where "WWE Network will be available for $9.99 per month with no commitment and the ability to cancel at any time." From the press release: "We are excited to offer new WWE Network subscribers the month of November free to experience all of our live programming, explore thousands of hours of video-on-demand content, and watch Survivor Series, one of our most popular events," said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. "Our research combined with best practices in digital subscription businesses affirms our belief that a simple, single price plan will help us continue to grow WWE Network’s subscriber base." There's even a video of Vince McMahon offering the new deal:
Monster Pro Wrestling has a big show on Saturday, at 9210 118 Avenue, in Edmonton. Matches include Bobby Sharp vs Kato, Chris Perish and Tyler vs James Irishman and Krazy Kore vs Darren Dalton and Jack Hammer, but the match most are talking about is Massive Damage vs Bulldog MacBain in a career vs. career challenge match. www.monsterprowrestling.com
WWE Hall of Famer “Edge” Adam Copeland turns 41 today. Also celebrating are "The People's Uncle" Ricky Johnson and Davey Rich.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
WWE Smackdown was taped Tuesday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Here's what to expect on Friday's show -- which is, of course, Halloween! Dean Ambrose vs Cesaro in a Trick or Street Fight; Dolph Ziggler vs Kane; Goldust and Stardust vs Los Matadores; Ryback vs Heath Slater; Rusev vs Great Khali; Miz TV with Mark Henry; and a Halloween costume Divas Battle Royal.
WWE announces its third quarter earnings for 2014 tomorrow.
It is expected that Daniel Bryan will require another surgery.
Greg "The Hammer' Valentine will be appearing at the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, NY, on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1pm until 4pm. www.pwhf.org
Tickets for Ring of Honor Wrestling's Supercard of Honor IX during WrestleMania weekend are on sale now for Ringside Members and go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 31st @ 10am EST. The shows are in Redwood City, Calif. www.ROHWrestling.com.
The Asian Television Network in Canada will be airing the TigerFest wrestling show from Canada Day in Brampton, Ontario, in four parts ... but given the times, it might just be a PVR "watching" them first: Part 1 and 2 already aired, but Part 1 of TigerFest will be repeated on its main ATN channel on Thurs Oct 30, 2014 6:00 PM EST. Part 3 of 4 will air on its main ATN channel on Fri Oct 31, 2014 @ 6:00 AM EST. Part 4 of 4 for TIgerFest will air on its main ATN channel on Sat Nov 1, 2014 @ 6:00 AM EST.
WWE.com has a pictorial of a recent tryout at their Performance Centre, in which Toronto star Asylum participated (he's the one dressed up like Indiana Jones in one of the last pictures in the set). Check it out here.
Here's wishing Paul Orndorff a "wonderful" 65th birthday.
The AVClub lists tonight's debut of Lucha Underground, airing on the El Rey network, as the Top Pick of What's On tonight.
The Asian Television Network in Canada will be airing the TigerFest wrestling show from Canada Day in Brampton, Ontario, in four parts ... but given the times, it might just be a PVR "watching" them first: Part 1 and 2 already aired, but Part 1 of TigerFest will be repeated on its main ATN channel on Thurs Oct 30, 2014 6:00 PM EST. Part 3 of 4 will air on its main ATN channel on Fri Oct 31, 2014 @ 6:00 AM EST.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Ring of Honor Wrestling and Figures Toy Company today announced a licensing agreement today for a line of collectible figures and accessories. From the press release: "For the first time ever, Ring of Honor fans will be able to collect their favorite ROH wrestlers while younger fans can relive classic ROH matches and moments with some of ROH’s most popular stars now available in toy form. This will include a “throwback” line of figures as well as replica title belts."
Thirty-four years ago today, the lovely and talented Christy Hemme descended from Heaven to grace us mere mortals with her human form. Also celebrating a birthday today are wrestler, trainer and announcer extraordinaire, Les Thatcher, who is 74, TNA star MVP, who turns 41, and Ontario indy worker Persephone Vice, who we know better than to reveal her age.
Monday, October 27, 2014
The first Great North Wrestling event of 2015 will take place Saturday Feb. 28th 2015 at the Robert Hartley Arena in Hawkesbury ON with UFC Hall of Famer Dan "The Beast' Severn taking on GNW Canadian Champion Hannibal for the title. Tickets are available at ticketweb.ca
The newest PWI 500 is on shelves. The list includes nearly 60 Canadians, including a number of independent stars. The highest-ranked Canadian is former ROH Champion Michael Elgin, at number 14. At number 19, former TNA Champion Eric Young is the only other within the top 20.
Apparently there's going to be a sequel to the 2007 film, The Condemned, which will star Randy Orton. The first one starred Steve Austin.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Lenny Hurst, a veteran of the wrestling scene who had been living in England the last number of years has died. He did stints out in Calgary Stampede Wrestling, Vancouver's All-Star Wrestling, and in the Gulf Coast territory in the southeastern U.S., among other territories, often under the name "Calypso Kid" Lenny Hurst. Because of his close likeness to Haku / Meng / King Tonga, some of his early days are erroneously credited to Haku.
Rolling Stone takes a look at Dean Ambrose here.
CM Punk turns 36 today - maybe he'll give his fans a present and show up at the WWE PPV tonight? Others celebrating are the legendary "Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan (65) and former WWE superstar Taka Michinoku (41). On the Canadian side of the border, happy birthday wishes go out to Portia Perez, the erstwhile SLAM! Wrestling columnist, and to Robert Maillet, who was Kurrgan or the Acadian Giant to wrestling fans, but who is now an established name in the movie business.
Former WWE star Billy Jack Haynes has filed a lawsuit against WWE for allegedly not warning talent about the physical dangers of professional wrestling - article is here.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley won his fight on Friday's Bellator MMA show, defeating his opponent by TKO in the first round.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Pro Wrestling Eclipse presents Rocktoberfest at the Oshawa Legion 471 Simcoe St S. in Oshawa, Ontario. Matches to include a tag team rumble to crown The first ever Eclipse tag champions featuring the Flatliners, the Barbarians, Total Devastation, The Thrill Bilies, The Bee Machines, The Red Army and the Fraternity. $15 at the door, $10 if you come dressed as your favorite wrestling personality -- 6:30 start
Friday, October 24, 2014
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.