Tiger Jeet Singh and his son Tiger Ali Singh will be addressing Brampton, Ontario's City Council on Wednesday, June 19th at 1:00 p.m. at Brampton’s City Hall. The Tigers will be on hand to officially invite everyone to attend Brampton's TigerFest as part of this year’s Canada Day Celebrations. "TigerFest is a significant charity event in our City," said Mayor Susan Fennell "and I am proud to see it as part of our exciting Canada Day celebrations on Monday, July 1, 2013."
Memphis wrestling legend Jackie Fargo has been hospitalized the prognosis is apparently grim.
Former pro wrestler and promoter Joe Bailey passed away on Sunday, June 16, at the age of 59 from cancer. He owned Bad 2 the Bone Pro Wrestling out of Bardstown, Kentucky. Joe was the father of pro wrestler Joseph Carl "J.C." Bailey, Jr., who competed in Combat Zone Wrestling and IWA Mid-South,and died on August 30, 2010 from a brain aneurysm at the age of 27.
Today is the 45th birthday of Minoru Suzuki, Japanese wrestler and co-founder of the Pancrase MMA promotion. Also celebrating is Len Davis, the owner of Real Quality Wrestling, a British pro wrestling company – visit http://www.rqwtv.com/ for more details on the company.
SLAM! Wrestling's Greg Oliver interviewed WWE star Brodus Clay. Watch for that story in the coming days. Other upcoming stories include women wrestlers Erin Angel, Santana Garrett and Daffney, and a feature on 25 years since the passing of "Bearman" Dave McKigney.
Crack open a beer to celebrate the 50th birthday of ECW original, The Sandman.
Crack open the cosmos and look past the stars and galaxies and peer into the very soul of the universe and know that the hands of the gods were created on this day to celebrate the mind-trip promo skills of the Ultimate Warrior who turns 54 today.
PWInsider.com is reporting the death of Al "The Dog" Green, at the age of 58. Green teamed with Marcus Laurinaitis in the Wrestling Crew and with Kevin Nash as half of the Master Blasters.
The Undertaker is raffling off one of his motorcycles for charity. Unfortunately, Canadians are not eligible to win. But it’s still worth going to the link to see the Undertaker cut an out-of-character promo wearing a Kenny Rogers beard and a hipster hat. Here's the link.
Michael Elgin announced on Facebook that he and Rachel Collins -- MsChif -- are now engaged.
Instead of a PPV, TNA Destination X will be a part of Impact on July 18 from Louisville, Kentucky.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is on the cover of the most recent issue of Sharp magazine. The online edition also features an interview with Johnson, with a funny look at how his movie career compares with those of Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper. Check it out here.
Toronto’s Twin Wrestling Entertainment promoters Jian and Page, who are also the Iron Sheik’s nephews, and who have been behind the Titans in Toronto events, have recently opened a new sub restaurant in Toronto. Read the story in the Toronto Star.
Today is the 67th birthday of WWE Hall of Famer, real estate tycoon Donald Trump.
The Houston Chronicle has a rare, out of character interview with The Undertaker up on its site. Check it out here.
Bonne fête to Jacques Rougeau who turns 53 today.
On this date in 2009, one of the best wrestlers in history, Japan’s Mitsuharu Misawa, died in the ring during a match. Misawa took a belly-to-back suplex and was knocked unconscious -- he was taken to a hospital, but never recovered, and his death was called later that night. Speculation is that the suplex severed his spinal cord which in turn triggered a heart attack. SLAM! Wrestling’s coverage of the tragedy is here.
British Columbia wrestlers Harv & Gurv Sihra -- the Bollywood Boyz -- were featured in a sports story on OMNI Punjabi news two nights ago. It is in both English and Punjabi.
Tito Santana was featured on the CBS Morning News as a schoolteacher this morning.
WWE taping TV last night in Greensboro, NC, and here's what to expect in the coming days ... On Main Event, it's The Miz vs Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow vs Sin Cara and Brodus Clay & Tensai vs The Usos ... Smackdown has Sheamus vs Antonio Cesaro, Great Khali vs Heath Slater, Chris Jericho & Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston when Ziggler was pinned by Alberto, Curtis Axel vs Wade Barrett, The Shield vs Daniel Bryan, Kane & Randy Orton.
Happy birthday to ECW Original Jerry Lynn who hits half a century today. WWE Superstar Mark Henry turns 42 today, and Bryan Alvarez from Figure Four Weekly newsletter and radio fame and the co-author of The Death of WCW, turns 38.
Capitalizing on the UFC show in town, Premier Championship Wrestling has a show on Friday, June 14th at the Doubles Fun Club (at the Travelodge Hotel) in Winnipeg. Scheduled matches include a Royal Rumble-type bout, Antonio Scorpio Jr. vs Adam Knight, and Scott Justice vs Jackie Lee. It's a 9 p.m. start. www.PCWAction.com
C*4: Capital City Championship Combat has a show on Saturday, June 15th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 260 McArthur Road, in Ottawa, with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Scheduled matches include Scotty O’Shea Vs. Mike Bailey Vs. Josh Alexander; Sonjay Dutt Vs. Buxx Belmar; Franky the Mobster Vs. Pinkie Sanchez; Chris Dickinson Vs. Tyson Dux; Twiggy Vs. Vanessa Kraven; Cheech Hernandez Vs. Alex Vega; Sebastian Suave Vs. Amasis Vs. Shayne Hawke Vs. Surfer Mitch; and a C*4 Tag Team Championship Open. www.c4wrestling.com
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Toronto-born midget wrestler John Adams, who wrestled as Little John and Ivan the Terrible, passed away yesterday in Hamilton, Ontario. We hope to have more on this story in the coming days.
Upcoming dates for the 2013 Atlantic Grand Prix Tour:
June 11 - Sussex, NB
June 12- Chipman, NB
June 13- Fredriction Junction, NB
June 14- Blacks Harbour, NB
June 15, 16- OFF
June 17- Baddeck, NS.
June 18-Cheticamp, NS
June 19- North Sydney, NS.
June 20- Antigonish, NS.
June 21- ?
June 22- Berwick, NS.
June 23- OFF.
The next Legends of the Ring fan fest in New Jersey is on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
Here are the details on the visitation and funeral for wrestler Mark Starr:
Visitation - Thursday, June 13, 2013, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, 2323 West Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511, (813) 689-8121
Funeral Service - Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:00am, First Freewill Baptist Church of Tampa, 11605 US Hwy 92, Seffner, FL, 813-626-5383
Fandango is on the shelf with a concussion from last week's Smackdown taping.
Today is the 54th birthday of Terry "Magnum T.A." Allen. For you youngsters out there, Allen was one of the most popular wrestlers in the NWA during the mid-'80s who had epic feuds with the Four Horsemen and then afterwards with Nikita Koloff. It seemed that Allen was on track to win the NWA Heavyweight Championship, but a major automobile accident in 1986 ended his career many years too soon. Though he never competed in the WWE, it would not be surprising to see him one day inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. Here's our 2008 story on Magnum: Hometown folks still have Magnum T.A. on the mind.
Today is also the 31st birthday of semi-retired independent wrestler Johnny Candido, who was the younger brother of the late Chris Candido.
Florida-based wrestler Mark Starr has died. He was 50 years old. He was the brother of Chris Champion and they wrestled together as Wildside. As well, Starr was in the Men at Work tag team with Chris Kanyon.
Women's wrestling star Mercedes Martinez is getting married today.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Here's hoping Mick Foley has a nice day, being that he turns 48 today. ... On this date in 2006, "Earthquake" John Tenta passed away. ... One of the greatest wrestling managers of all time, "Grand Wizard" Ernie Roth was born on this date in 1929. The WWE Hall of Famer passed away in 1983 due to cancer.
WWE superstar and 3MB member Drew McIntyre turns 28 today. Remember when he was personally endorsed by Vince McMahon as a future World Champion? ... Former WWE superstar and likely never a future Hall of Famer Ahmed Johnson turns 43 today.
Doug Williams and TNA have parted ways.
Longtime Dallas wrestler Ray Evans passed away from cancer. He was 49 years old. He spent many years wrestling at the famed Sportatorium for numerous promotions.
The Rock's new reality TV show, The Hero, debuts at 8 p.m. ET tonight on TNT in the U.S. In Canada, it is available on Slice. The preview for tonight's episode is: "Nine strangers move into a Panamanian penthouse to compete for the title of 'The Hero'; a sudden change of heart shocks the group." You can read more about it in the Jam! Showbiz TV listings.
Interesting Entertainment Weekly story about The Rock's current theatrical success. Check it out here.
Superstar Billy Graham is having surgery today to remove gallstones.
On July 1, The Score will be rebranded Sportsnet 360. This was expected, as a part of Rogers Media purchase of the station. No changes are expected to the WWE schedule on the station.
WWE taped last night in Long Island, NY, and here's what to expect down the road ... On WWE Main Event: Sheamus vs Antonio Ceasaro; The Usos vs Rhodes Scholars; Justin Gabriel vs Curt Hawkins; Aksana vs Cameron ... On Smackdown: Miz TV had Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and Kane; Chris Jericho vs Curt Axel; Heath Slater vs Alberto Del Rio; Ryback vs Kane; Fandango vs Zack Ryder; Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan; a Damien Sandow skit that Sheamus interrupts ... and Alicia Fox vs Naomi was taped for Total Divas.
Quebec wrestler Kalamity announced that she has stopped wrestling. She had competed in both Femmes Fatales and SHIMMER.
Mike Bucci (formerly WWE’s Simon Dean and ECW original Nova) turns 41 today.
Dolph Ziggler has been okayed to return following his concussion a couple of weeks ago.
Todd Kenely is apparently out as a TNA announcer.
Attention Kmart shoppers! There's a John Cena apparel line coming down the pipe exclusive to the store. "I am excited to announce WWE's relationship with Kmart and bring the Never Give Up by John Cena™ collection to all of our young fans," said Cena in a press release. "For the first time ever, young shoppers will be able to go to Kmart and find a new line of apparel that expresses my lifestyle and my never give up attitude."
AftermathTV will return to its 7 p.m. ET time slot tonight right after the RAW replay on The ScoreTV.
Taped for WWE Superstars last night in Hartford, CT, were Brodius Clay & Tensai vs Primo and Epico, and Natalya vs Tamina Snuka. The Main Event match to be taped tonight was announced as Sheamus vs Antonio Cesaro.
Long time Puerto Rican WWC announcer, commentator and producer Hector Moyano Sr. passed away on Monday.
Former ECW World Heavyweight Champion, and everyone’s favourite underdog Mikey Whipwreck turns 40 today. Today would have been the 76th birthday of Gorilla Monsoon, but kayfabe that.
Joe E Legend announced on his Facebook page that he signed a deal with Solstice Publishing to write his autobiography. "Now I just gotta condense 24 years of training and crazy road stories in to 3 books! Gonna be a challenge! :)" he wrote.
Don't be surprised if someone goes into a birthday cake at tonight's TNA PPV as there are two TNA stars celebrating birthdays today - AJ Styles turns 36 and Knockout Velvet Sky turns 32. Also celebrating are Lex Luger who turns 55 and Canadian indy star Max Boyer who turns 29.
On this date in 1998 the Junkyard Dog passed away. Five years later, "Classy" Freddie Blassie joined him in that big ring in the sky.
Raise a beer bottle for TNA star "Cowboy" James Storm who turns 36 today.
Congratulations to Ontario indy wrestler Warhed (Chad Gowing) on getting engaged last night. After losing his Deathproof Championship to Joey Kings in an insane bloodbath three-way elimination match that also featured Jesse F'n Amato, Gowing proposed to his girlfriend Alexandra in the ring to end the show.
Some independent shows happening this weekend: Canadian Pro Wrestling runs a few times on Saturday and Sunday as part of the GNC Toronto Pro Super Show happening at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Check out www.torontoprosupershow.com for more details. Deathproof Wrestling presents "Death Do Us Part" tonight at the Elements Nightclub in Kitchener, Ontario - 8pm bell time.
TNA announced that Bound For Glory will be in San Diego, Calif., on October 20, 2013, at Viejas Arena/San Diego State University. Tickets go on sale June 7.
There was a roast of the Iron Sheik last night in Los Angeles at the Legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. The Ultimate Warrior even turned out.
Yabba dabba doo! WWE announced Wednesday that it will be teaming with Warner Brothers on an animated Flintsones movie, that will revolve around a storyline about the birth of WWE in prehistoric times. Naturally, some WWE wrestlers will be voicing some of the characters. It is set for a 2015 release.
The AVClub has an article about the director of the upcoming WWE Films reboot of Leprechaun. Read it here.
Happy birthday to Jake “the Snake” Roberts who turns 58 today. As is well-documented, Jake has a new lease on life thanks to a fitness and lifestyle regimen imposed on him by his friend Diamond Dallas Page. As a result, there may be many more birthdays to come for this legend.
The International Olympic Committee announced that amateur wrestling is one of three finalists for a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games, following meetings in St. Petersburg, Russia today. Baseball/softball and squash will compete with wrestling for the final spot. Wakeboarding, wushsu, and roller sports did not make the cut.
Kofi Kingston is scheduled for elbow surgery tomorrow, and expected to be off WWE TV for four to eight weeks.
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper appeared on the show Storage Wars last night. He assessed the value of some kilts that Barry Weiss had found in a locker.
"Cowboy" Johnny Mantell's podcast, Mantell's Corral, will feature memories of Buck Robley on Wednesday night's show, 9 pm CST. Check it out here.
Women's wrestling great Joyce Grable heads into into Atlanta's Emory Hospital on June 6th for chemotherapy, and then a bone marrow transplant, with her sister. Grable put off the operation so she could attend the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend, where she was inducted into the women's wrestling category.
Missy Hyatt is writing a new book about her career. Unlike her first book -- Missy Hyatt: First Lady of Pro Wrestling -- it is not a tell-all, but more of a behind-the-scenes stories. She is writing it herself, and relying on Dennis Brent, who published the World Class and WCW magazines for help with the editing.
Brian Kendrick turns 34 today, and WWE’s Hornswoggle turns 27.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Bobby Eaton of the Midnight Express has been hospitalized. His sister has been keeping people updated via a Facebook page.
Today’s wrestling birthdays: Shield member Seth Rollins turns 27, TNA announcer Jeremy Borash turns 39, and WWE legend Kamala turns 63.
From Gabe Sapolsky, the booker from EVOLVE, comes confirmation that Sami Callihan is indeed off to WWE developmental: "We can announce now that Sami Callihan has already wrestled on his final DGUSA/EVOLVE event. We want to extend a heartfelt 'thank you' to Sami for being an important part of DGUSA/EVOLVE history. Callihan started at the bottom of his card and through hard work and determination became a main player in the WWNLive Family. Sami first made waves by forming D.U.F. and entering an intense feud against AR Fox. Shortly after the feud vs. Fox started, Callihan reached another turning point when he battled Fit Finlay at EVOLVE 9 in a bout that was voted by the fans as the 2011 DGUSA/EVOLVE Match Of The Year. Callihan went on to give us many memorable moments including the infamous closing of the former ECW Arena at EVOLVE 10. His resume of great matches is at the top of DGUSA/EVOLVE history including the rematch vs. Finlay at EVOLVE 11, a classic vs. El Generico at EVOLVE 13 and an epic Open The Freedom Gate Title Match against Johnny Gargano at EVOLVE 18. Thanks for everything, Sami! We are sure you are headed for great success!"
More dates for the Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling tour:
June 3, Cocagne, NB
June 4, Tatamagouche, NS
June 5, Sunny Corner, NB
June 6, Truro, NS
June 7, Bridgewater, NS
June 8, Berwick, NS
June 9, O’Leary, PEI
June 10, Cocagne, NB
June 11, Sussex, NB
June 12, Chipman, NB
June 13, Fredericton Junction, NB
June 14, Blacks Harbour, NB
BattleWar in Montreal Sunday night at Les Foufounes Électriques: Tank Rukn. Def Electrico. Prior to the match, Mike Paterson was confronted and chased out of the building by The Green Phantom; Mike Bailey def. Player Uno; 3.0 def. The Tankmen; Giant Tige def. the man he accused of stealing his barbecue, Ryan Rogan; The Rock N' Roid Express def. RD Evans and Union Jack; Le Tabarnak de Team def. Radioactive Wave in a 2/3 Falls Match; Dirty Buxx Belmar def. Shayne Hawke. BattleWar will be back on Sunday afternoon, July 28 for another outdoor extravaganza and on August 4 for BattleWar 11.