POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Starrcast adds Bret vs. Magee panel

Starrcast announces Kenta Kobashi and a panel with Bret Hart & Tom Magee, AAA does a big number, Bruiser Brody episode,USADA suspensions & more.


**This week’s edition of Rewind-A-SmackDown is up on the site with Wai Ting and I reviewing Tuesday’s episode from Lincoln, Nebraska. We go through the Kevin Owens turn on the New Day, two solid matches on the show, Becky Lynch’s matches for Money in the Bank, Shane McMahon and Elias paired together, and more. Plus, the two of us chat the top matches from New Japan’s Sengoku Lord last weekend, The Undertaker & Kurt Angle pulled from Starrcast, the Raw viewership figure, Viceland’s announcement of another wrestling series, and your feedback at the end of the show.

**Wai Ting and I will be back with the Double Shot tonight for members of the POST Wrestling Café to review:
-The Dark Side of the Ring episode on “The Killing of Bruiser Brody”
-Being the Elite Episode 148
-MLW Fusion from this past weekend featuring Sami Callihan vs. Mance Warner & more

**On Thursday, we are live at 3 pm Eastern with the Café Hangout and will be joined by Brandon Howard discuss the WWE’s first-quarter report and investors call that takes place Thursday morning. This will be live for Double Double, Iced Capp & Espresso members of the Café.

**There will be a new edition of upNXT on Thursday with Braden Herrington and Davie Portman.

**You can also leave feedback for this week’s MCU review of Guardians of the Galaxy on the POST Wrestling Forum.


**Starrcast has announced that Kenta Kobashi will be at next month’s convention in a rare U.S. appearance. It is the first time Kobashi has come to the United States since his legendary match against Samoa Joe at the Manhattan Center in October 2005 for Ring of Honor. The convention has also announced LAX, Allie, Rosemary, Private Party, and David Crockett appearing that weekend in Las Vegas.

**After the Kobashi announcement, they announced that Bret Hart and Tom Magee will be part of a panel to discuss their match from 1986. The panel will be on Saturday, May 25th at Caesar’s Palace. We originally wrote that they would be screening the match, which the teaser video implies but doesn’t outright confirm and only states the two will be discussing the match.

**The Dark Side of the Ring series continues tonight at 9 pm Eastern with “The Killing of Bruiser Brody” on Viceland. The episode was initially screened at Starrcast last year and Viceland did make this show available for U.S. viewers prior to tonight’s airing. The episode features several of the wrestlers that were in the locker room in Bayamon on July 16, 1988, with Tony Atlas and Dutch Mantell the key people in the documentary with Atlas being right there as it happened and hearing Brody scream. Abdullah the Butcher (Larry Shreve) was there that night but in the heel locker room and doesn’t come off well in tonight’s piece. They also spoke to Brody’s widow Barbara Goodish and their son, Geoffrey. We will have an extensive review of the episode on tonight’s Double Shot for Café members.

**Here are the matches for tonight’s episode of NXT at 8 pm Eastern on the WWE Network:
*Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong
*War Raiders vs. The Street Profits in a non-title match
*Vanessa Borne & Aliyah vs. Candice LeRae & Kacy Catanzaro
*Humberto Carrillo vs. Jaxson Ryker

**Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers moved to SmackDown on Tuesday night. Mahal was set for the match against Chad Gable when Lars Sullivan attacked Gable and The Singhs.

**Prior to the SmackDown tapings, there was a dark match with Heavy Machinery defeating The B Team. After 205 Live, Randy Orton faced Roman Reigns and it ended with Elias interfering and Finn Balor running in to assist Reigns.

**Lucha Central has reported on the recent television viewership figures AAA has been posting on Friday nights on TV Azteca’s Azteca 7 network. This past Friday’s show on Good Friday did a 3.2 rating and 5,400,000 viewers for the show featuring The Young Bucks defeating Pentagon Jr. and Fenix for the AAA tag titles from the Rey de Reyes card last month. The audience number is up 38% from the previous week’s episode that averaged 3,900,000 viewers. This past week’s audience was their highest mark since starting on Azteca 7 with the previous weekly high of 4.4 million viewers.

**Here is the updated card for the Money in the Bank show on May 19th in Hartford, Connecticut:
*Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles for the Universal title
*Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown women’s title
*Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans for the Raw women’s title
*Roman Reigns vs. Elias
*Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match
*Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match

**There are three shows remaining in this year’s Champion Carnival tournament. There is a tournament show Thursday at Korakuen Hall with the following matches:
*Yuma Aoyagi vs. Ryoji Sai – Block A
*Shuji Ishikawa vs. Zeus – Block A
*Dylan James vs. Atsushi Aoki – Block A
*Kento Miyahara vs. Yuji Okabayashi – Block A

**Ring of Honor has announced more matches for their War of the Worlds card in Toronto on Thursday, May 9th at the Ted Reeve Arena. Here is the updated card, which is the second of four events on that tour:
*Matt Taven vs. PCO for the ROH title
*Jay Lethal vs. Satoshi Kojima
*Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King vs. Shane Taylor vs. Hirooki Goto in a Four-Corner Survival match
*Yuji Nagata vs. Silas Young
*The Briscoes vs. Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams

**Impact Wrestling writer and performer Jimmy Jacobs is launching a podcast on May 1st called “Jimmy Jacobs Doesn’t Know”. He has posted a trailer for the series and discussed his drug addiction that led to rehab several years ago. He has interviewed Bryan Danielson for a future show.

**Damian Abraham is on The Jasta Show to discuss “The Wrestlers” that will be premiering on Viceland.

**The NWA and Lightning One has released the latest edition of Ten Pounds of Gold, promoting this Saturday’s NWA title match between Nick Aldis and Marty Scurll at the Crockett Cup event and going through their history:

**USADA announced Tuesday that four UFC fighters have been suspended for six months after testing positive for ostarine. Sean O’Malley, Nicco Montano, Augusto Mendes, and Marvin Vettori were found to have a trace amount of the substance in their systems but USADA ruled there was no intentional use and believed it was a result of contaminated supplements. Montano is eligible on May 15th, O’Malley is eligible to return immediately, Vettori is also eligible to compete immediately but is no longer with the UFC after being granted his release last June. For Mendes, he was first flagged in March 2018 and told MMA Fighting that he spent over $20,000 in legal fees and having his supplements tested. Mendes has left the UFC but can also compete immediately.

**Jimmy Smith and Laura Sanko will be calling Invicta’s Phoenix Rising Series card on Friday, May 3rd from Kansas and will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

RASD 4/23/19: Turn Owens Turn, Starrcast removals, BOSJ lineup

John Pollock and Wai Ting review Tuesday’s episode of WWE SmackDown as Kofi Kingston took on Shinsuke Nakamura with a big angle closing the show to set up Kingston’s next program, Charlotte Flair took on Bayley in a #1 contender’s match, Roman Reigns was not fired for attacking Vince McMahon, and we played Memento with Finn Balor and Andrade going right back to where they started last week
RAR 4/22/19: Never Rest & Never Rust, MITB title match, Firefly Fun House
The mysterious Superstar Shakeup continued with more roster moves reflected on the show, a pair of three-way matches took place with the winners facing off to determine Seth Rollins’ next challenger for the Universal title, an insane re-introduction of Bray Wyatt, the transformation of Bobby to Robert Roode & more.
Café Hangout – David Lagana of the NWA

John Pollock and Wai Ting welcome NWA Vice President David Lagana to discuss the revival of The Crockett Cup tag team tournament, the importance of basing storylines on reality in the Cody vs. Nick Aldis build-up to ALL IN, and how he and Billy Corgan want to make the most out of the average wrestling fan’s limited supply of time.
REWIND-A-WAI #34: PWG Battle of Los Angeles (Patreon)
John Pollock and Wai Ting review the Final Stage of Pro Wrestling Guerilla’s Battle of Los Angeles 2018 tournament featuring Bandido, Jeff Cobb, Shingo Takagi, WALTER, Joey Janela, PCO, CIMA, Trevor Lee, Brody King and more.
upNXT 4/18/19: The NXT Experience
Braden Herrington and Davie Portman review this week’s edition of WWE NXT featuring an instant TV classic for the North American championship between Velveteen Dream & Buddy Murphy, a heated segment between The Undisputed Era & Johnny Gargano, Shayna Bazler vs. Kairi Sane for the NXT Women’s Championship with a heartbreaking ending… and more.
John Pollock and Wai Ting review Joey Janela’s Spring Break III Part 1 & 2, Dark Side of the Ring on the Montreal Screwjob, Being the Elite & more.

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Born on a Friday, John Pollock is a reporter, editor & podcaster at POST Wrestling. He runs and owns POST Wrestling alongside Wai Ting.