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SLAM! Wrestling News/Rumours
By SLAM! Wrestling

Friday, August 1, 2014

  • PWInsider.com is reporting that NXT talents Garett Dylan, Travis Tyler, Slate Randall, Mac Miles and Dani Jax were released. SLAM! Wrestling can confirm that the WWE public relations department lost Al Stavola, who had been this site's liaison to the WWE for many years.

  • Devon… get the candles! Make that 42 of them to put on your birthday cake. Also celebrating are former WCW wrestler, and Jack Swagger’s TV father Bunkhouse Buck (64), and former WWE wrestler Yoshi Tatsu (37).


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    Thursday, July 31, 2014
  • Harley Race recently fell and won't be making the trip to Charlotte for the NWA Mid-Atlantic Fan Fest.

  • WWE Magazine will be ceasing publication.

  • Vince Russo announced on his Twitter feed that he is no longer working with TNA Wrestling. "Officially DONE w/TNA. Today they 'suggested' a break, I declined. Finality was better for me," he wrote on his Twitter account.

  • Today's birthdays: WWE producer John Laurinaitis turns 52, and ECW Original Kid Kash turns 45.


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    Wednesday, July 30, 2014
  • WWE announced that it had parted ways with Ricardo Rodriguez.

  • Jim Raschke and Brad Rheingans will be honoured by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum's Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Kennedy Center on the campus of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. This is the fifth induction class. Of course, Jim Raschke is better known to pro wrestling fans as Baron Von Raschke. www.nwhof.org

  • Smackdown was taped last night in Corpus Christi, Texas. Here's what to expect when the show airs on Friday: Jack Swagger vs Cesaro; R-Truth vs Bo Dallas; Rosa Mendes vs AJ Lee; Kane & Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose in a handicap match; Diego vs Fandango; Dolph Ziggler vs Alberto Del Rio; Chris Jericho vs Erick Rowan; and Randy Orton cut a promo in-ring talking about ... you guessed correctly! Roman Reigns.

  • Canadian Wrestling's Elite donated $500 to the Museums Of Souris after its recent show in the Manitoba town.


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    Monday, July 28, 2014
  • WWE officially announced the signing of Fergal Devitt on its website.

  • Gossip website TMZ.com is reporting that Spike TV will not be renewing TNA's flagship show Impact Wrestling. The site says that Spike officials advised Dixie Carter about the decision, and she in turn informed some of her inner circle. Under the current contract, the show is scheduled to air until October. Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for any developments on this story.

  • Colt Cabana and Marty Derosa will be presenting their Midwest Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches tour. They will be performing at the following venues; August 29 at Rockstar Arena, Dayton, August 30 The Bards Town, Louisville, August 31 The Firebird, St. Louis and September 3rd Emporium, Chicago.

  • The next Jacques Rougeau Family Wrestling event will take place December 27, 2014 in Tetford Mines, Quebec, at the Mario Gosselin arena. The event will feature Jacques and Cedric Rougeau, Tiger Jackson and Hannibal "Le Predateur". www.jacquesrougeau.com

  • Buffalo Championship Wrestling's results from their July 26th show at the F.J. Donovan Post in Cheektowaga. "The Professional" Jaxon Jarvis defeated Nick Paradise, T-Rex Atkins defeated Levi Connors by DQ, Vince Valor and the substituting Ryan Swift defeated Sless Taylor and Jeff Mayhem to retain the BCW tag team titles, Troy Buchannan and Davey Deelight defeated Midnight in Vegas, T-Rex Atkins and Rikishi defeated Jock Samson and Levi Connors, BCW Heavyweight Champion John McChesney defeated Brian Jennings to retain the title.

  • Here are the results from the All Star Wrestling show on Friday, July 25th at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Vancouver: Matt XStatic, Kwick Kick Kirk & Oly Olsen beat Alex Prestige, Fabulous Fabio & Nick Price; Azeem The Dream beat Nasty Nate Daniels by disqualification; Great Kasaki pinned Travis Sionys; Collin Cutler & Kyle Sebastian beat Mighty Iton & Bruiser Joe to win ASW Tag Team Titles; Jason Cage beat Gorgeous Michelle Starr to retain ASW Legends Title; Gangrel pinned Rocket Randy Tyler to retain ASW Trans Canada Title in a 1 fall match.


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  • Order a Sting TNA Impact Autographed Baseball Bat
    Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • Happy birthday to Triple H who turns 45. Also celebrating are former WWE / TNA star Shannon Moore (35), and WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler (34).


    Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Long time Maritime wrestling favourite Trash Canyon (Rick Doyle) steps into the cage again tonight for his third professional MMA fight against Joe MacDougall at Olympic Hall in Halifax.

  • TNA announced that Tajiri will appear at its Impact television tapings in New York, August 5- 7. It will be his first TNA appearance.

  • Happy birthday to Tommy "Wildfire" Rich.


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    Friday, July 25, 2014
  • Sting made a surprise appearance at the WWE-Mattel Comic-Con panel in San Diego yesterday. It was announced that Sting will have an action figure under the WWE “Defining Moments” line. IGN.com has an interview with Sting at the Comic-Con along with a picture of him with Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan, and Paul Heyman, who were also part of the panel.

  • WWE Studios and Liongate Films also had a panel at Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming Leprechaun: Origins movie featuring Hornswoggle as the titular character. A new clip of the movie, showing a good look at the new, more vicious-looking Leprechaun, is available on EW.com.

  • Harv Sihra of the Bollywood Boys tag team has announced that he has signed to play the lead role in an upcoming Indo-Canadian gangster movie entitled The Line.

  • Hercules, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson opens today. Check out the Toronto Sun review here. The film review site Rotten Tomatoes shows the movie with a 64% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes from all critics, and a 72% Fresh rating from fans.

  • Toronto Sun article about Dave Bautista’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film: Guardians of the Galaxy an original Marvel movie: Kevin Feige

  • On a related note, the National Post has an article up today about wrestlers-turned-actors.

  • Today’s birthdays: All Japan star, and former WWE star, Kenzo “KENSO” Suzuki (40); and lucha libre star El Zorro (39).


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    Thursday, July 24, 2014
  • There's a San Diego Comicon panel with Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan and Paul Heyman.

  • Crossfire Wrestling has a show on on July 27th, 2:30 pm at the Merritton Community Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario. Matches include Sebastian Suave and Johnny Greed vs Revelation, Primo Scordino vs Markus Custom Ryan, Troy Buchanan vs Chris LaPlante, Jaxon Jarvis vs Jeremy Elliot, Kaitlin Diemond vs Skylar Rose, Marc Hauss vs Tomer Shalom and Rikishi will be on the show.

  • Former WCW / WWE stunner Torrie Wilson turns 39 today.


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    Wednesday, July 23, 2014
  • Percival A. Friend, manager in Kansas City, had his foot amputated a few days ago. SLAM! Wrestling talked to Al, and will be in the hospital for a while longer and welcomes calls from his wrestling friends at 419-893-7769.

  • Today’s birthdays: Retired Mid-South star “Latin Heart-throb” Al Perez turns 57, and lucha star Perro Aguayo, Jr. turns 35. Also celebrating is former TNA star Sonny Siaki who turns 40. Interesting note about Siaki is that he retired from wrestling in 2008, even though he was with Florida Championship Wrestling, which was WWE’s developmental program at the time, when he announced that he would be donating a kidney to his brother.


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    Tuesday, July 22, 2014
  • Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson making some headlines today, as it was announced he was last year's second-highest paid actor, making an estimated $52 million USD. Only "Iron Man", Robert Downy Jr. has him beat.

  • On the other hand, here's a Forbes article speculating over whether Johnson's box office appeal is enough for his upcoming film Hercules. The article includes a link to a story about a call to boycott the movie.

  • In more Johnson news, here's an interview clip of him hinting that it will be announced that he will soon be cast as Captain Marvel in an upcoming film.

  • In non-Rock news, here are some birthdays: WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels turns 49; retired WCCW star Sammy Cohen turns 48; British indy mainstay James Mason turns 35; WWE superstar Fandango turns 33; and Japanese star Akira Tozawa turns 29.


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    Monday, July 21, 2014
  • The roast of The Iron Sheik got a write-up at Rolling Stone. Check it out here.

  • John Cena is filming a movie and is not expected at Raw tonight.

  • A lengthy interview about Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson in this past weekend’s Toronto Sun. Check it out here.

  • Neil "Hangman" Guay is 72 years old today, former WWE “Oddity” the Giant Silva turns 51, former WCW/WWE star Shawn “Meat” Stasiak turns 44, and Japanese star / Zero-One President Shinjiro Otani turns 42.



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  • Order The Kevin Steen Show with Kyle OReilly DVD-R
    Sunday, July 20, 2014
  • Buffalo Championship Wrestling has a show on Saturday July 26th at the F.J. Donovan Post, 3210 Genesee St., in Cheektowaga, NY, with a 4 pm start and these matches: John McChesney vs. Brian Jennings, Rikishi vs. Jock Samson, Troy Buchannan & Davey Deelight vs. Robby Vegas & Markus Midnight, T.Rex Atkins vs. Levi Williams.

  • The folks at ECCW put together a short video tribute to the late Johnny Canuck (John Collins):


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    Saturday, July 19, 2014
  • Lots of birthdays today: Japanese legend Yoshiaki Yatsu turns 58; Robert Gibson of the Rock 'n' Roll Express" turns 56; indy veteran Mike Modest turns 43; international star Ray Bucanero turns 40; and former WCW and ECW star Tony Mamaluke turns 37.
  • A year ago today, Canadian legend Newton Tattie, best known as Geeto Mongol, passed away.

  • From the TV archives -- here's a clip of Judy Grable on "What's My Line" featuring Groucho Marx:



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    Friday, July 18, 2014
  • There was a roast of the Iron Sheik last night in Los Angeles at at Hollywood's World Famous Comedy Store. Celebrity roasters included Cryme Tyme (JTG and Shad), Ezekiel Jackson, Gangrel, John Morrison, Dennis Haskins (Saved by the Bell), Chavo Guerrero, Tiny Lister, Buff Bagwell, and Rock Riddle. Wrote Riddle on his Facebook page: "It was so good to see Shad Gaspard (6'7", 285 lbs.) take one of the offending comics to the deck. They'll be talking about this one for many years to come. A fun time was had by all! Also roasting/performing were Sam Tripoli, Matty Goldberg, Earl Skakel, Barbara Gray, Ronald Funches, Manny Peeples, Mike Lawrence, Brody Stevens, Tony Hinchcliffe, Willie Hunter, and the Hobo."

  • The Vancouver wrestling scene is abuzz with the news of the passing of Lumberjack Johnny Canuck, who was a mainstay of British Columbia rings for much of the 1990s. SLAM! Wrestling profiled him in 2006: Johnny Canuck: Back for G.O.D. and Honky Tonk. We will have more on his death shortly.

  • Rene Dupree dropped us a line, excited to be heading to Osaka, Japan tomorrow, where three Japanese wrestling legends will be out: Fujinami, Riki Choshu and the Original Tiger Mask.

  • What does everybody want? To wish Al Snow a happy 51st birthday. Also celebrating: WWE Hall of Famer Carlos Colon (66); Hollywood John Tatum (55); Japanese star the Great Sasuke (45); and WWE trainer Joey Mercury (35).




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    Thursday, July 17, 2014
  • Space Network Canada has posted that Dave "Batista" Bautista will be announced as another guest for the upcoming Toronto Fan Expo, joining Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, and Amy "Lita" Dumas. The official site, fanexpocanada.com doesn't mention Big Dave yet, but stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for updates.

  • NBC will be airing a one-hour edition of WrestleMania on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 7 pm ET. According to the press release: "The one-hour broadcast will feature the return of pop culture icons and WWE legends Hulk Hogan, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and The Rock, as well as highly-anticipated matches, including John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt, and Undertaker defending his epic WrestleMania undefeated streak against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar."

  • Smash Wrestling has a show on Sunday, July 20th, at 5 pm, at the eZone in Toronto, Ontario. Here's the lineup: Kevin Steen vs Tyson Dux; Christopher Daniels vs Takaaki Watanabe; Chris Hero vs Josh Alexander; The Super Smash Bros. vs The GOAT Brigade; The Overdogs vs TDT; Cherry Bomb vs Xandra Bale; Pepper Parks vs Brent Banks vs Scotty O'Shea. Following the show, there is a free showing of WWE Battleground. www.smash-wrestling.com

  • TNA’s Knux turns 36 today, while both former TNA Knockout Lacey Von Erich and NXT star Mojo Rawley turn 28.

  • Francis Patrick "Pat" Roach, an English actor who is best known as the guy who got shredded by an airplane propeller in Raiders of the Lost Ark, passed away on this date in 2004. In 1988, the wrestling world lost a legend in Bruiser Brody, who was murdered backstage at a show in Puerto Rico.


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    Wednesday, July 16, 2014
  • Viewers Choice Canada has been cancelled by Bell Media and service will be ending later this year. Here's the information from the press release: "Viewer’s Choice Canada (VCC) will cease operations as of September 30, 2014. The two co-owners of VCC, Bell and Rogers, both have their own pay-per-view services and thus feel there is no need to keep the service operating as a standalone entity. VCC will be working with its Affiliate partners to ensure that a smooth transition to another provider of pay-per-view (including Bell, Rogers, and Shaw) will occur."

  • On the WWE.com website, CM Punk's bio has been moved to the alumni section. According to most reports, his contract has expired or is just about to.

  • Following the announcement of Sting being a part of the next WWE video game, the WWE shop starting selling Sting t-shirts.

  • Steel Domain Wrestling is bringing together Colt Cabana and Adam Pearce for an iPPV on Saturday, live from the Hopkins Pavilion in Hopkins, MN. The two battled in a storied "7 Levels of Hate" series of matches two years ago. This time, they are meeting in a steel cage. Click here for info on ordering the iPPV/

  • Power Slam Magazine, the United Kingdom-based wrestling mag, has ceased publication.

  • Vendetta Pro Wrestling, based in Santa Maria, California, has joined the National Wrestling Alliance.

  • TNA is going ahead with British Boot Camp 2.

  • The Toronto Sun featured an interview with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson about his upcoming Fast & Furious movie.

  • TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley turns 38 today.

  • On this date in 2001, the legendary Freebird Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy passed away. On this date in 2006, Bob Orton senior, father of WWE Hall of Famer “Ace” Cowboy Bob Orton Jr. and grandfather of current WWE superstar Randy Orton, passed away.


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    Tuesday, July 15, 2014
  • Hulk Hogan has been added to the lineup to Montréal Comic Con for Friday September 12. The show already included Lita and Trish Stratus.

  • A couple of WWE Hall of Famers share a birthday today: Lucha legend Mil Mascaras turns 72, and Jesse “the Body / Mouth / Governor” Ventura turns 63. Others celebrating are WWE superstar Heath Slater (31), and former WWE Diva Cherry (39).


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  • Order Finding Zach Gowen DVD-R
    Monday, July 14, 2014
  • Rapper Flo Rida will perform a medley of his hits and serve as the guest star on Monday Night Raw, on July 21, in Miami.

  • Canadian Wrestling's Elite had two events in Manitoba over the weekend. Here are the results: July 12th- Rumble At The Rock -- Moses Luke beat Kory Kinkade; Mike Mission beat Rick Matthews; Bubbles McFly defeated Kevin Cannon; MENTALLO defeated AJ Sanchez; MENTALLO, Kory Kinkade, & Rick Matthews beat AJ Sanchez, Moses Luke, and Mike Mission. July 13th- Hell On Wheels Motorcycle Show -- Dick Blood beat Mike Mission; MENTALLO pinned Rick Matthews; Moses Luke beat Dick Blood; MENTALLO beat AJ Sanchez; Moses Luke beat Brian Rich; Danny Duggan beat AJ Sanchez. CWE returns to action on Thursday with 10 shows in 11 days across Manitoba. www.cwecanada.ca

  • Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is in Toronto to promote his new movie Hercules.

  • H-A-Double-P-Y Birthday to Jeff Jarrett today - the founding father of Global Force Wrestling turns 47. Other birthdays: New Japan Pro Wrestling and mixed martial arts star Kazushi Sakuraba turns 45; modern legend Bully Ray turns 43; and Joey “Oh my God!” Styles turns 43.