POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Lacey Evans issues statement over video

Lacey Evans has issued several statements addressing her online video with an RCMP officer, Daniel Cormier wants one more fight, Kenny Omega on BTE, a big story on Brian Lawler's death & more.

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**Wai Ting and I did a special bonus show on Sunday with our NJPW Destruction in Kobe POST Show. On the show, we did a full rundown of the Kobe card, Jay White’s Intercontinental title win, the usage of Hirooki Goto, the major angle with Jushin Thunder Liger and Minoru Suzuki, along with a discussion on where the major programs are headed. Plus, we tackled the latest news items from over the weekend and took your feedback. This show is up for members of the POST Wrestling Café.

**Wai Ting and I are back with Rewind-A-Raw tonight chatting the show from San Francisco, all the latest news, and we will reveal the new scheduled at POST Wrestling that goes into effect next week.

**We have a feedback thread posted for this week’s Rewind-A-Wai covering “The Big Event” from the WWF in August 1986 from Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.

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*Tonight: Rewind-A-Raw with John Pollock & Wai Ting
*Tuesday:
Rewind-A-SmackDown
*Wednesday: upNXT with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
*Wednesday:
The FINAL Double Shot (Patreon)
*Thursday:
Café Hangout (Live at 3 pm Eastern for Double Double+ members)
*Friday: Rewind-A-Wai #45: WWF “The Big Event” (Patreon)
*Friday:
ROH Death Before Dishonor POST Show with John Pollock & Mike Murray
*Saturday:
The Rocky Maivia Picture Show with Nate Milton “Get Smart” (2008)

WRESTLING NEWS

**Tonight’s episode of Raw takes place from the Chase Center in San Francisco, California with two straight nights of television from the new arena. Over the weekend, they announced the following matches for tonight’s show:
*Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Ricochet vs. Robert Roode in a fatal five-way – the winner will face Seth Rollins for the Universal title on next week’s episode, which is being advertised as the “season-premiere” of Raw
*Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross
*Baron Corbin vs. Chad Gable

**For Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown, they have announced Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair & Carmella. They have also revealed a sit-down interview with Kofi Kingston will air on the show as well as a segment involving Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan. Tuesday’s episode will also take place at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

**On Monday’s edition of Being the Elite, Kenny Omega ended the show with a bit where he gave a fake apology over the comments that he made towards NXT last week and then thought the camera as he tore them down again. Omega referred to Donovan Dijakovic as “Donovan Dickhead” and mocked Dijakovic’s response last week thinking he was trying to score points with Paul Levesque. I didn’t think came off very well, but I also understand what they are attempting.

As much as each side has pushed the idea that this head-to-head battle is not personal and the fans win, etc. The fact is, many fans eat this stuff up and it’s a by-product of a very romanticized period in wrestling where shots at the other side are met with great interest by the fanbase.

To me, there is a way to do it in a clever fashion but in this instance, they spent five minutes with Omega cutting a promo and taking aim at a guy that is not wrestling for AEW anytime soon and builds nothing. At least on Being the Elite, they are taking this direction and making light of the online buzz for Omega’s comments but it is a totally different tone than the “Road to” series and it will be interesting to see how the weekly television addresses their competition and if they feel the need to bring up NXT.

**It was implied on Being the Elite that there will be a six-man tag with SCU against Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy & Marko Stunt on the October 2nd show from Washington, D.C. AEW has also announced that Hangman Page will be appearing on the first show on TNT.

**Over the weekend, Lacey Evans (Macey Estrella-Kadlec) posted a video of a police officer in Edmonton, Alberta allegedly issuing her a citation for speeding. The video went all over the place with Evans largely staying in-character and complaining about Canada to the officer. Considering the circulation of the video, Evans has issued a statement and said the video was created by both parties to promote WWE’s event in the city on Saturday. Below is the full statement:

“As prior law enforcement myself and a United States Marine, I do not condone, agree with or promote disrespecting or making LEO’s jobs harder than they already are. The video was created by both parties to promote the local live event taking place in the Edmonton area. As a sports entertainer its is my job to not only entertain but also set the proper example. So with that being said…I’m glad you all were entertained but if you ever try to honestly disrespect or put my brothers and sisters in blue in harm…I hope you get what you ask for. – Sgt Estrella”

Evans provided an additional statement to CTV News in Edmonton:

“My character is a sassy bad guy so I play the role often. The general public now believe this interaction was real when the officer and I planned to start recording and have him walk up again with the citation in hand. As prior law enforcement myself, I didn’t expect people to honestly believe this was real considering I am an entertainer and was in town for a performance”.

Cpl. Chris Warren spoke to CTV in Edmonton and was surprised at Evans’ statement stating, “That’s news to me. I know the original traffic stop was legitimate and I don’t have any further information at this time“.

**Keith Elliot Greenberg has a huge feature on Brian Lawler’s death last year and spoke with Jerry Lawler for the piece.

**Richard Deitsch of The Athletic has a media roundtable in his column this week discussing SmackDown’s move to Fox, the synergy between the company and its broadcaster, AEW’s potential in the market, and other subjects. The roundtable includes Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, David Bixenspan of Deadspin and the Babyface v. Heel newsletter, and Justin Barrasso of SI.com.

**Kylie Rae returned this past Saturday on a Freelance Wrestling show working against Isaias Velazquez on short notice. Rae had not wrestled since May at the All Elite Wrestling “Double or Nothing” pay-per-view and had gone silent, including deleting her Twitter account. It was stated by Tony Khan during a media scrum after “All Out” that Rae had requested and been granted her released by the company but did not go into the details of why she requested her release. Rae replaced Shotzi Blackheart on Saturday’s Freelance card as Blackheart wrestled at the EVOLVE 136 card that night at La Boom in New York.

**The NWA has announced that Eddie Kingston has been added to next week’s television tapings in Atlanta at GPB Studios.

**Revolution Pro is holding their British J-Cup on Sunday, November 24th at York Hall and have released the names of the first two entrants. Robbie Eagles and Amazing Red will be among the field in the tournament and continues Red’s career. Red announced his retirement prior to WrestleMania weekend citing injuries he had accumulated and pulled out of his scheduled matches that weekend. He returned in August for New Japan’s Super J-Cup and wrestled Will Ospreay in the opening round in Tacoma, Washington. The British J-Cup card will also feature a non-tournament match between Tessa Blanchard and Kanji.

**This Saturday’s New Japan card at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City will stream on New Japan World at 7 pm Eastern. The tour will feature shows on Friday night in Lowell, Massachusetts, and Sunday in Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena, but neither are listed for New Japan World.

**Mauro Ranallo will be calling the NXT show on Wednesday at Full Sail University and is also scheduled for the Bellator 228 show this Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

**There is a big billboard promoting AEW on TNT in Las Vegas near the ARIA Resort & Casino.

**Congratulations to Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and wife Maryse, who had their second child this past Friday.

**A new episode of WWE Photo Shoot featuring Christian will be airing tonight on the WWE Network following Raw.

**The WWE stock closed at $71.61 on Monday.

MMA NEWS

**Daniel Cormier spoke on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday regarding his loss to Stipe Miocic last month at UFC 241. Cormier confirmed he will fight one more time, but it needs to be a third fight with Miocic because he is not interested in fighting anyone else. He said his wife Selena has encouraged him to fight one more and not end his career the way he did last month.

Cormier added that “no one else matters” and the UFC wants to make the rematch with Miocic, as well. There is no date scheduled for the fight, but Cormier is “ready to go” and would be open to fighting on December 14th at the UFC 245 pay-per-view, if it was offered.

**There was a minor incident involving Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez on Sunday following their no contest the night prior in Mexico City. Both parties spoke to ESPN and confirmed the incident occurred at the hotel. Rodriguez said he went up to check on Stephens and the state of his eye after the fight was stopped after 15 seconds due to an eye injury from a poke by Rodriguez. When Stephens said the eye was fine, Rodriguez asked if the eye is okay now then what happened in the fight? Both sides acknowledged that Stephens shoved Rodriguez.

Stephens was on Ariel Helwani’s show on Monday and said there were bruises and scratches on both eyes from pokes, but the left eye was worse. Stephens is pushing for a rematch and thrown out options to fight on October 18th in Boston, November 2nd in New York at UFC 244, or December 7th in Washington, D.C.

**John Nash at Bloody Elbow has a great piece out today looking at the recent UFC finances that have come out. In this piece, Nash analyzes the UFC’s live event revenue from 2008-2013 with the amount it cost to put on an event, the revenue generated, and the expenses paid to the fighters for the show. There is a lot of fascinating information available here.

**From Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event in Mexico City, the Fight of the Night bonus went to Carla Esparza and Alexa Grasso while the two Performance of the Night bonuses were awarded to Steven Peterson and Paul Craig for $50,000 each.

**Bellator is running two cards this weekend that will be promoted as three. On Friday, Bellator Europe 4 will stream on the Bellator app at 5 pm Eastern headlined by James Gallagher and Roman Salazar from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Later that night, DAZN and the Paramount Network will air the Bellator 227 portion from Dublin on tape delay at 9 pm. That card will feature Benson Henderson vs. Myles Jury in the main event.

Then, on Saturday it’s the Bellator 228 show from The Forum in Inglewood with the four remaining opening round fights in the Featherweight Grand Prix, including champion Patricio Freire defending against Juan Archuleta. The main card in Inglewood will also see Lyoto Machida face Gegard Mousasi in a rematch from February 2014 that Machida won by unanimous decision. Saturday’s card airs exclusively on DAZN.

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NJPW Destruction in Kobe POST Show (Patreon)
John Pollock & Wai Ting review NJPW’s Destruction in Kobe featuring Tetsuya Naito defending the IWGP Intercontinental title against Jay White and a major angle involving Jushin “Thunder” Liger and Minoru Suzuki.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/09/23/njpw-destruction-in-kobe-2019-post-show/
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upNXT’s EVOLVE 135 & 136 POST Show
Davie Portman is back to chat all about this weekend’s two EVOLVE cards taking place from Brooklyn and Queens, New York with Jesse from the Six and John Siino.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/09/21/upnxt-9-21-19-evolve-135-136-post-show/
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POST MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
John Pollock and Wai Ting review the fifteenth Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). We discuss James Gunn’s sequel to his 2014 surprise hit, the comedic talents of Dave Bautista as Drax, Yondu’s fantastic babyface turn, the incredible emotive abilities of a CGI raccoon, and how Awesome Mix Vol. 2 stacks up against the original.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/30096101
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CAFÉ HANGOUT – Sept. 19th, 2019

John Pollock and Wai Ting are joined live in-studio by upNXT’s Braden Herrington and Davie Portman (The BDE) to discuss last night’s NXT debut on USA and their recently launched Patreon.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/09/19/cafe-hangout-nxt-debuts-on-usa-w-upnxt
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THE DOUBLE SHOT: GLOW Season Finale, Bloodsport 2, WWE Chronicle
On this week’s Double Shot, John Pollock & Wai Ting review Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 2, WWE Chronicle: Sasha Banks, and Episodes 9 & 10 (Finale) of GLOW Season 3.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/09/19/double-shot-glow-s3-finale-bloodsport-2-sasha-banks/
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upNXT 9/18/19: The Prohecy Fulfilled on USA
Braden Herrington & Davie Portman are back to chat about the very first Live episode of WWE NXT on the USA Network with Velveteen Dream vs. Roderick Strong.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/09/19/upnxt-9-18-19-the-prophecy-fulfilled-on-usa/
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BWE 9/18/19: Daniel Makabe interview 
Martin, Benno & Jamesie are back to review OTT Road To 5th Anniversary (David Starr vs. Scotty Davis), NJPW Super J Cup (Will Ospreay vs. Amazing Red) & Breed Pro Wrestling. Daniel Makabe joins them to discuss his career, influences and his debut in the UK.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/09/18/bwe-9-18-19-ott-road-to-5th-anniversary-daniel-makabe-interview/
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RASD 9/17/19: Brock Lesnar challenges Kofi Kingston on Fox
John Pollock and Wai Ting review Tuesday’s WWE SmackDown as Brock Lesnar appeared to challenge Kofi Kingston, Baron Corbin is coronated as King of the Ring, and Kevin Owens files a wrongful termination lawsuit against Shane McMahon.
https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/09/18/rasd-9-17-19-brock-lesnar-challenges-kofi-kingston-on-fox/
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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.