** Per TVAzteca, Karis la Momia Jr. who is the son of La Parka stated that his father is in stable condition after attempting to hit a suicide dive in a match this past Sunday. La Parka crashed into a barricade head first. It is noted in the article that doctors planned to reevaluate La Parka on 10/24 and Karis la Momia Jr. sent his thank you’s to all who wished La Parka well.
** WWE confirmed that Xavier Woods was pulled from the company’s Australia tour due to an Achilles injury and Woods commented on his injury as well. On the most recent installment of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer stated that Woods will be undergoing surgery for a torn Achilles.
** On the ‘Buried Alive 1996’ edition of the Grilling J.R. podcast, Jim Ross gave his thoughts on Seth Rollins’ remarks during a Q&A session about Kenny Omega leaving the “minor leagues” in AEW so that he and Rollins could have a match at WrestleMania. Ross expressed his thoughts on the comment and stated that someday, maybe Rollins will be a bigger star than Becky Lynch.
“You’re right, I am pissed off about it. Here’s why I feel soft about it: Number one, it doesn’t do any favors for our business. Our business in general, any promotion in the total of all the wrestling business is bigger than any individual. Now I’m not inferring that Seth thinks he’s bigger than the business, but by what he says sometimes, you could make that assessment, rightly or wrongly. But it’s not a classy thing to say for an athlete of his designation. Since this came out, I talked to two Hall Of Fame guys — off the record, because I’m not going to throw them under the bus, that were embarrassed about those remarks as well. It doesn’t do the business any good and one of these cats even said to me, ‘Well maybe Rollins is breaking under the pressure because he’s getting a lot of criticism.’ Here’s the deal folks, the WWE today is a whole different world than it was when guys were earning above their downside guarantee significantly based on what the live events and pay-per-views were producing. So, a guy like Steve Austin might be making a million dollars downside guarantee which was $19,323 a week I believe… but he might have a year though he would make ten million, thirteen million, nine million, so it’s always over that. Now guys in WWE, like Rollins I’m assuming, is cut on a salary, in broad terms. So, I don’t know how many houses Seth has drawn, that have sold out, because another Hall Of Famer mentioned to me, ‘It’s not about the individual being over, or drawing the house, or selling out. It’s about the WWE brand selling out.’ Hence, the best illustration is WrestleMania.”
“The brand name WrestleMania and the parent company, the big dog in the yard, WWE is what sells tickets at WrestleMania, under the auspices that they’re going to deliver a special show. Opponents and participants to be named. But Rollins, he’s in a great spot, he’s blessed. Maybe some day he’ll be as over as girlfriend. I don’t know. But nonetheless, I’ve always liked his work. He’s a solid guy, but saying things like that make him look bad and for that I feel badly. I just do. So, it’s just a different… you can’t mix all the different rules and metaphors and apples and oranges and all those crazy ass cliches man. It’s a different structure so for anybody to say… here’s the thing I found incredulous about this deal — one of the things: He says, ‘Well when you’re through playing in the minor leagues.’ Ironically, Mr. Khan’s got more money than Vince, but nonetheless, that’s another story for another day. We believe that we’re on a great network in TNT, and we think we have a chance to build a nice brand. You never heard from me ever, Conrad, even when we’re drinking, say, ‘We’re gonna kick WWE’s ass’”, Conrad agreed. “It’s stupid.”
** ‘TheNewsWire24’ has a video up of Booker T explaining how the “Spinaroonie” came to be.
** Eric Bischoff is selling “You Can Find Me In Catering” and “Bischoff Moving Company” shirts to make light of his removal as Executive Director of SmackDown.
** On the 10/25/19 edition of SmackDown, Nikki Cross will take on Mandy Rose. The Miz will host MizTV with Hulk Hogan and two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair. Also, Kofi Kingston and Big E of the New Day will face Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode.
** The 10/22/19 episode of Total Divas on E! brought in 279,000 viewers. Last week’s show drew 281,000 viewers.
** WWE 2K is hosting a Twitch Rivals WWE 2K20 tournament and the winner will receive $50,000. That tournament can be watched at this link.
** MLW National Openweight Champion Alex Hammerstone joined Busted Open Radio with David LaGreca and Tommy Dreamer.
** GameSpot has a feature up which includes comments from Johnny Gargano, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Adam Cole and Candice LeRae.
** WrestleZone interviewed Anthony Greene.
** Four matches have been made official for the 10/30/19 episode of NXT: Kairi Sane and Asuka defending their Women’s Tag Team Titles against Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox, Tyler Bate versus Cameron Grimes, and Io Shirai and Candice LeRae running it back in singles competition. Prior to the 10/23/19 edition of NXT going live on the USA Network, Taynara Conti defeated Jessi Kamea, and Raul Mendoza defeated Brendan Vink.
** The October 30th episode of All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite will see The Lucha Bros. and S.C.U. (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) clash to determine the first-ever AEW World Tag Team Champions. Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express will be appearing on the show to present either the Lucha Bros. or S.C.U. with the tag titles. There are several notes coming out the 10/23/19 edition of AEW: Dynamite such as The Young Bucks accepting Santana and Ortiz’s challenge for a match at Full Gear and Adam Cole briefly appearing in a promo package for Britt Baker. Also, after the show went off the air, Hangman Page called out PAC for a match at Full Gear and here are the matches that were taped for next Tuesday’s AEW Dark: Emi Sakura versus Penelope Ford versus Allie versus Sadie Gibbs in a four-way match. Darby Allin versus Jimmy Havoc versus Jack Evans in a three-way, and Dustin Rhodes teaming with Sonny Kiss to take on QT Marshall and Peter Avalon. Fans in attendance for next week’s show in Charleston, West Virginia will receive Rick and Morty masks.
** Tessa Blanchard sat down with Chris Van Vliet for an exclusive interview and during the conversation, Tessa talked about why she did not make the move to WWE:
“You know, I don’t know. There was a lot of… playing with my head a little bit. I’m not saying that I didn’t have the opportunity to go there but, IMPACT definitely felt right. I want to… something that is important to me is I’m so confident in my own ability and my drive. No matter what it is, I’m waiting tables or in school or wrestling, I want to be the best at it. That’s just how I’ve always been. I wanna be the best at it and I’m so competitive. But, I wanted to become a star on my own. I want to be out here. I want to wrestle the best in the world. I want to be different in my own way and make history in my own way and do that for myself and not have someone take credit for it. Not saying that someone would but, it’s just something that’s important to me. My resume is important to me. I wanna go into AAA to become the first American Women’s Champion and wrestle at The Garden and travel all these places — I wanna do that for me, before anything else.”
Tessa then took a deep dive into how she secured a role in Fighting With My Family, how WWE approached her about it and meeting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson:
“That was a cool experience though because literally, I was in my apartment in Florida, and I get a call from WWE and they said, ‘Hey, we need you to fly to California tomorrow’, and I’m like, ‘What for?’ They’re like, ‘We’ll tell you when you get there’ and I’m like, ‘What!?’ I was confused. I didn’t know anything. So they were like, ‘I need you to either pack for three days or three weeks’, and I’m like, ‘That’s quite the difference’. So, I landed, they had someone pick me up, took me to my hotel and I’m there. They gave me an address to be at the next day. I show up to the studio — it was myself and three other girls and there was a ring set up and Dave Taylor’s there, a WWE ring, Thea Trinidad who’s Zelina Vega was there, and they had us in the ring rolling around, trying some stuff out, working with each other, asked us if we could do certain moves, and then took some photos, looked at us — like our body types and what not. I guess to compare with the actress and at the end of the day, they ended up telling me that I was staying and sent the other girls home and told me what we would be doing and I actually ended up staying there for a few months. They put me up in a hotel in Studio City for a few months. We trained every day, worked with different people from Hollywood and stunt coordinators and whatnot and The Rock ended up coming and training with us. He showed up, he was so hands on with our matches and I learned a few things… I remember actually in training, this is funny: He pinned me and then I kicked out and then he hit me in the face and I’m like, ‘It’s okay, that’s cool’,” Blanchard laughed. “It was a cool experience and then when we had the match at the Staples Center. I wasn’t supposed to go to the UK. It was another girl in the UK because they weren’t going to get me a work VISA. So, I was just supposed to do all the stunt doubling in America, and when we go to the Staples Center, Thea and I had the match. They treated that as an extension of RAW… and afterwards, his manager came and grabbed me and Thea and said, ‘He would like to see us in his locker room’. So we went there, met his [Dwayne Johnson] family and just talked — he had no idea that I was my dad’s daughter. He just thought it was an indie name or like a worker name, and then he put over my wrestling and talked to me about my wrestling and the things that he said, like really meant a lot because he didn’t know who I was. He just thought I was good, and so then when he found out that I was my dad’s daughter, he was like, ‘That’s crazy!’ But I went home after that and then they called me in a week and they said, ‘We’re sending you to the U.K.’ and I went there for a few months, and lived in London and we traveled around to do the different scenes and whatnot. It was just an overall cool experience.”
** Sherdog.com chatted with Jake Hager ahead of Hager’s Bellator 231 bout on October 25th against Anthony Garrett. Hager talked about Cain Velasquez venturing into WWE and receiving a WWE Championship opportunity in his first match and hopes that the company does not set their expectations too high for the former UFC Heavyweight Champion:
“Entertainment is a different animal. The same reason why I’m here on the main card is the same reason why Cain is able to go over there to WWE and go right for the championship. But, the thing I know… it takes years and years to go in there and have a great match with somebody. So, as excited as I am that he crossed over, and I love the competition, I love the comparisons because him and I are the same age, we went to college together at the same time. I just don’t think somebody can walk off the street and go into the pro wrestling ring and have that Hall Of Fame five star match. It’s a really tough thing and it’s gonna be an eye-opener for a lot of fans and for him. I just hope they don’t have their expectations too high and they allow him to grow into it because I know he can be successful at it. But, honestly, it took me over three years in developmental to be on the main roster and you can’t just erase that. You need that time. Just like you need time in the cage, working on your stand-up. It’s the same aspect no matter what job it is.”
Hager was then asked what current wrestler he thinks could have a successful career in MMA and Hager believes Roman Reigns could have a successful transition:
“I definitely think Roman Reigns could come over and do very well. He was an excellent college football player, ex-pro football player. One of the best athletes I’ve ever been around, and he really just has that toughness to him. We’ve rolled a couple times and I felt him. He could definitely come over and hold his own if that’s something he was interested in doing.”
** CTV News Calgary ran an article about Rick Bognar, who passed away this past September. Rick is remembered in professional wrestling for playing the role of “Fake Razor Ramon”.
** Peter Avalon was the most recent guest on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk Is Jericho’ podcast.
** New Japan Pro-Wrestling official Tiger Hattori will be refereeing CMLL’s November 15th show as a part of his retirement tour. Hattori’s last bout that he will officiate will be at the Tokyo Dome in January.
** WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins did a meet-and-greet at a grocery store in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa.
** On top of Jushin Thunder Liger, Keiji Muto and Kento Miyahara versus SANADA, BUSHI and KAI being official for the “Destroyer” Dick Beyer Memorial show on November 15th, additional matches featuring stars from New Japan Pro-Wrestling have been added to the card. Jun Akiyama will team with Shiro Koshinaka and Tatsumi Fujinami to take on Hiro Saito, Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan. Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru are slated to face Yuma and Atsuki Aoyagi. Also, Minoru Suzuki and Taiyo Kea will clash with Suwama and Shuji Kondo.
** Brian Fritz of Sporting News interviewed Keith Lee and asked Lee has his run in NXT been what he’s expected it to be thus far:
“I think, for me, I’m probably more of an impatient individual because I’m very strategic in the way that I do things. However, I think that patience and kind of just the belief in what we have going on and the people that run the show has afforded me a lot of opportunities to make changes in myself to become better. Under the tutelage of Terry Taylor, especially, there’s a lot that I’ve learned and a lot that I’ve applied in my current style that has been very useful. So, I think that within the time, it’s been kind of more stop-starty but its allowed me to develop even further, or evolve in terms of my fighting style, in the way that I make use of my limitless capabilities.”
** TV Guide spoke with Nyla Rose and Brandi Rhodes at New York City Comic Con. Nyla told the publication that she would love to see more women of color in Executive roles such as the one Brandi is in:
“I would love to see more women, especially women of color, backstage in executive roles. I love seeing Brandi do what she does and knock it out the park. Of course, there’s leaps and bounds we’ve made in the ring, but backstage, it’s still a little bit like it used to be. Those areas could definitely use some attention, and I personally would love to see that.”
** Josh Barnett announced the third installment of his Bloodsport event in conjunction with Game Changer Wrestling. The event is scheduled for WrestleMania 36 weekend in Tampa, Florida.
** Monsters & Critics chatted with All Elite Wrestling Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes. Brandi spoke to the site about a handful of topics including allowing talents to be themselves on-screen and not try to change who they present themselves as:
“I think that’s been a lot of our core in acquiring talent is that if we acquired a talent because we liked them, why on earth would we want to change who they are once we get them? Talents are allowed to be authentically who they are. So, in the case of someone like Sonny Kiss — Sonny is Sonny a thousand percent. There’s no influence from any of our creative team for Sonny to act any sort of way or do any certain moves. That’s just authentically who he is and what he wants to do, and we like that. So we wouldn’t want to change that, and I think it makes our talent feel very much at home. It also allows them to feel like they can be creative and try different things and do different things for themselves, and a lot of times if you’re the creator, you’re going to feel it the most, and the fans are going to notice that passion.”
** Sportskeeda has an interview published with Michael Nakazawa. Nakazawa shared that he is more involved in the backstage scene of All Elite Wrestling opposed to the in-ring portion. Nakazawa specifically mentioned assisting Kenny Omega and helping Japanese talent.
** According to WWE Network News, a new addition is on the way to the ‘Hidden Gems’ section in the form of the 1988 Great American Bash event which was headlined by a War Games match that included the likes of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Dusty Rhodes, Tully Blanchard, and Paul Ellering.
** Halifax Courier has a feature up about NXT’s Luke Menzies training with Tyson Fury ahead of Fury’s WWE debut match against Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel.
** Kevin Nash wrote the following to Cody Rhodes following the 10/23/19 edition of AEW: Dynamite on-which Cody told Chris Jericho that they are “not in the other place” before they brawled around the arena:
“@CodyRhodes if you’re going to say you’re not @WWE and the ropes don’t stop you. Make sure @IAmJericho isn’t in his box with a AEW Mike. Couldn’t spell work any clearer. It’s the details. I ran thur the DVR to see Chris’s segment. Not a great first impression on detailed thought”
** After laying out Johnny Gargano on the 10/23/19 episode of NXT, Finn Balor went dark on his personal Instagram page as there is nothing but blank images on his photo reel.
** During an interview with Sky Sports to promote his bout at Bellator 231, Hager spoke about training at Dave Bautista’s gym in Tampa, Florida and how helpful Bautista has been with his MMA training. Hager added that he hopes people do not think he’s playing games about MMA because he’s wrestling on AEW: Dynamite:
“Talk about success, he’s [Dave Bautista] incredibly busy but we talk and whatnot, he’s a great coach from afar with his MMA background so he’s been a great help. I gave him a black eye back in 2017 so I’ve been afraid of him for a while now. Hopefully, people are going to see that I’ve really improved a lot, since May, when I fight Garrett and that I’m not playing games. Everyone thinks that I’m playing games because I wrestle every Wednesday night on AEW. If you think I’m playing games then tune in and watch.”
** Kevin Nash chatted with The Daily Cardinal ahead of his appearance at Wizard World Comic Con in Wisconsin.
** WWE’s Eric Young is covering fantasy Hockey for The Athletic and the publication did a feature story on him. To start off the piece, Young was asked who is he and why is he covering Hockey for The Athletic and here’s how he responded:
“Well, my job, if you want to call it that, is a full time (kinda) wrestler for the WWE. I am a wrestler for the RAW brand, which can be seen every Monday night on the USA Network. I’ve traveled the world entertaining people as a professional wrestler for over 16 years. This was my ultimate goal in life and a childhood dream. I won’t bore non-wrestling people with the details of my road to glory and stardom, but what I will say is this: it is never lost on me that I am one of the very few people who get to live my dream daily.”
Eric Young added that in 2018, his schedule was as light as its ever been and he was able to tune into a multitude of hockey games.
** Sky Sports has an on-going competition and winners can earn tickets to WWE’s Survivor Series pay-per-view next month along with free travel.
** The following matches are being advertised for WWE’s live event on November 5th in Aberdeen, Scotland, per the ‘Evening Express’:
– WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Bray Wyatt
– RAW Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks
– Braun Strowman & The Viking Raiders (Ivar and Erik) vs. The O.C. (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson)
– Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton
– Rey Mysterio vs. Cesaro
– Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre
– WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kairi Sane & Asuka (c) vs. Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss
** Deontay Wilder told SunSport he believes Tyson Fury is going to use a made-up injury after his match at Crown Jewel as an excuse to hold off he and Fury’s rematch:
“I’m not surprised he got into WWE. We’d been saying this a long time ago that he’s gonna try it, he’s been making excuses about the rematch. Now he’s got into the WWE, he’s gonna get ‘injured’, make up excuses and lo and behold, we’re already hearing about his sprained ankle. But yeah, he’s messing around with those big guys, but I do not want to hear no excuses, none, no excuses.”
Wilder also stated that he does not believe the reported number that WWE is paying Tyson Fury to be with the company. He questioned why WWE would even give that type of money to Tyson when he can’t sell out Las Vegas.
“I wish everyone well, especially fighters. We work so hard and put our lives on the line so whatever outside of boxing comes to us, I’m happy for everyone. I’m into acting, my thing is acting. I’ve been doing my thing, super busy, I got a lot of acting stuff, movies, a lot of sh*t presented to me. But I’ve been hearing some bits about the WWE. You know, some of the stuff I just don’t believe – like the $15 million. I just can’t see them giving Fury $15 million for what is a guest appearance, when the highest paid I believe is Brock Lesnar on $12 million. Why would they give that to a guy that can’t even sell out Vegas? In his first fight he sold 1,500 tickets, and the second he sold 3,500 tickets. The rest he gave away. Why would they give someone $15 million after that? It’s just like the ESPN deal, that was a lie. He was never getting $100 million. Even his promoter Bob Arum came out and said that’s not true. If everything goes perfect then maybe he got $100 million. A lot of it is smoking mirrors and clout chasing.”
** Justin Wren, Bellator Middleweight World Champion Rafael Lovato Jr., and WWE’s Mick Foley came together in support of a special needs child that was bullied and the footage of the bullying made the rounds on social media. TMZ has the full story.
** IMPACT Wrestling issued the following press release about their product premiering on Fight Network U.K. on Wednesday at 9 PM local time:
IMPACT Wrestling to Premiere on Fight Network UK Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.
Flagship Weekly Wrestling Series ‘IMPACT!’ Debuts in New Timeslot on Oct. 30
TORONTO | LONDON – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and one of the world’s largest professional wrestling organizations, announced today that its flagship weekly two-hour program IMPACT! will move to Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. on Fight Network UK, available on Sky Channel 192 and Freesat Channel 161, beginning on Oct. 30.
In addition to the broadcast premiere Wednesdays on Fight Network UK, which takes over Showcase TV every night at 9:00 p.m., IMPACT! will continue to air across the U.K. on 5STAR on Friday nights.
The first episode in the new time slot will feature the aftermath of IMPACT’s biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory 2019 (BFG), kicking off the new era with a World Title Cage Match as Champion Brian Cage faces ruthless rival Sami Callihan in a rematch of their high-octane BFG headlining bout.
In more fallout from Bound For Glory, the star-studded episode includes UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock addressing his future and wrestling legend Rob Van Dam explaining his heinous his actions at BFG after turning on his tag team partner Rhino. Plus, Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie continues her record-breaking reign, leading Kiera Hogan and Madison Rayne in a 6-woman tag team match against Rosemary, Jordynne Grace and Alexia Nicole. Newly crowned X-Division Champion Ace Austin faces off with BFG Gauntlet winner Eddie Edwards in a non-title Street Fight, while Josh Alexander, one half of the World Tag Team Champions The North, kicks off the AXS TV era as he takes on Japanese strong style legend Naomichi Marufuji.
IMPACT Wrestling is renowned for its world-class roster of athletes, led by IMPACT World Champion Brian Cage and UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, legends Rob Van Dam and Rhino, third-generation superstar Tessa Blanchard, high-flying X-Division stars such as Rich Swann and TJP, former NFL player Moose, Sami Callihan, Eddie Edwards and Michael Elgin, plus the Knockouts, including Champion Taya Valkyrie, Rosemary, Tenille Dashwood and others.
IMPACT Wrestling content is also available in the U.K. on IMPACT Plus, the multi-platform digital subscription video-on-demand (VOD) and live event service featuring instant access to the 3,000-plus hour library spanning over 17 years, live monthly specials, groundbreaking original series, reality shows and documentaries, exclusive events from international promotional partners and historical content from old territories.
Since its inception in 2002 IMPACT! has been a leading destination for professional wrestling fans, televised globally in 120 countries, while growing its popularity and reach on YouTube, Twitch, Pluto and social media platforms.
For more information, visit www.impactwrestling.com.
** Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven) could no longer appear at the International Wrestling Syndicate’s show on November 8th and All Elite Wrestling stepped in and is sending Private Party to the promotion’s show as a replacement.
** WWE provided a storyline update on Rusev after Rusev crashed Lana and Bobby Lashley’s dinner and was taken into custody. Rusev has been “released” from police custody and will be present on this Monday’s RAW in Kansas City.
** All Japan Pro Wrestling ‘Raising An Army Memorial Series’ Results (10/24/19) Korakuen Hall
– Atsuki Aoyagi, Dan Tamura & Hokuto Omori def. Akirya Hyodo, Takuho Kato & Yuki Ishikawa
– Hikaru Sato & Yusuke Okada def. Masayuki Mitomi & UTAMARO
– Black Menso-re, Masanobu Fuchi & Takao Omori def. Jun Akiyama, Osamu Nishimura & SUSHI
– Fuminori Abe & Koji Iwamoto def. Atsushi Maruyama & Kotaro Suzuki
– Naoya Nomura, Yuma Aoyagi, KAI & TAJIRI def. Shuji Ishikawa, Suwama, Daisuke Sekimoto & The Bodyguard
– AJPW World Tag Team Championships: Ryouji Sai & Zeus (c) def. Joel Redman & Yoshitatsu
– AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship: Kento Miyahara (c) def. Jake Lee
** Here are the current list of names competing in the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship tournament: Koji Iwamoto, Fuminori Abe, Atsushi Maruyama, Susumu Yokosuka (Dragon Gate), Black Menso~Re, Hikaru Sato Yusuke Okada and KAGETORA (Dragon Gate). The finals of the tournament will take place on January 3rd at Korakuen Hall.
** XFL 8th round draft pick Corey Vereen and his agent have decided to forgo Vereen’s XFL opportunity after finding out the league’s salary schedule did not match what was being discussed during the XFL combine. It is noted in the press release issued by Logan Brown Sports that the base salary is $27,040 with per game active bonuses of $1,685 and a weekly win bonus of $2,222.
** Observer.com ran a long-form story about the ‘Ultimate Christian Wrestling’ promotion.
** Loudwire hosted a new edition of Wikipedia fact check with CM Punk. Punk talked about his nose being broken in Ohio Valley Wrestling by Danny Gimondo or known by some as “Danny Inferno”. Punk stated that Gimondo had to drive him to the hospital and Gimondo later found out that he tore his quad punching Punk.
“Yes, that was my first match in Ohio Valley Wrestling. ‘Welcome to developmental kid!’ That’s what that was. But then he had to drive me to the hospital, then we had a conversation in the car where I was like, ‘Hey, if we got a problem, we can pull over right now.’ ‘No, no problem brother. No problem brother. It was an accident.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, okay’, and then, this is a great story: I’m in the room getting checked out by the doctor and the doctor tells me that it is broken and I’m gonna have to come back. They have to wait for it to heal and then I have to come back, they re-break it then they set it which to me was like, ‘What!?’ I was saying I’ve had my nose broken already. Just set it. He’s like, ‘Oh we don’t do that. Okay, I’ll be right back’ and he left the room, and I went into the bathroom and I set my nose myself. You [interviewer] can see my nose, it’s ugly. When I came back in the room, dude was sitting on a table, dude who punched me and I was like, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ He’s like, ‘I was sitting in the waiting room and my leg started to really hurt’. They MRI’d him, dude tore his quad punching me in the face.”
** NXT Champion Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa are scheduled for meet-and-greets at EVOLVE 139 and EVOLVE 140 in November.
** All Elite Wrestling will be airing exclusively in France on ’Toonami’ starting in November.
** Adweek has a brief interview with Todd Eisner, who is the creative director for barrettSF which is the organization that helped put together the mansion commercial for WWE 2K20.
** Natalya spoke with Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald.
** Scott Fishman of TV Insider released his interview with Charlotte and Ric Flair from the WWE 2K20 launch event.
** Former WWE star Adam Rose posted a photo of his body transformation on Instagram.
** WWE conducted a sit-down interview with Universal Champion Seth Rollins during-which Rollins reflected on some of the high points of his WWE career. The feud between The Shield and The Wyatt Family was recounted and Rollins had the following to say about Bray Wyatt:
“Yeah I mean there’s something about Bray Wyatt I think. It’s funny because you look at where he came from, and you look at some of his previous incarnations. We don’t need to name names but you know what I’m saying if you know, and you may not have seen it. It may not have been apparent but as soon as Bray Wyatt appeared on the scene, you know there was something special there and I remember seeing inklings of it down in NXT before it received this giant amount of production on a WWE scope, and yeah, there’s just something about his mindset when he walks through the curtain that’s different than anybody else. There’s something about that-that just captivates people and it’s a little weird and a little funky but I think it certainly caters to a certain audience.”
When Rollins’ Universal Title win over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 35 was brought up as a topic of conversation, Rollins revealed that he was so fired up stepping out in front of the crowd that he almost passed out during his entrance:
“So, Brock Lesnar and myself at WrestleMania 35. We opened the show, which was not the original card. You know WWE is crazy and things change on a whim sometimes and that was one of them. The difference between going on close to midnight and going on at 7 PM or 6 PM or whatever it is, it’s night and day. Literally night and day. When I found out that I was going on first it was like, ‘Ohh, ahh!’ Because you see the card and you’re stacked at the end and you’re like, ‘Okay, you got four hours to prepare or whatever to get mentally set up’, and now you’ve got 30 minutes, and it’s Brock Lesnar and it’s WrestleMania and it’s 80,000 people and it’s the Universal Title and it’s ahhhh.’ So, it almost worked in a nice way that I didn’t have time to process all that information. It sort of, for better or worse, shed off all those layers of pressure that you usually put on yourself when you have to wait until the back end of a WrestleMania so, I don’t know. It might have helped, and I’m just hustling in my gear and trying to get out there and a funny story: I was so amped up, so fired up for that match and for Brock Lesnar that I legitimately almost passed out on my entrance. No joke, I don’t know if you can ever catch it, but there’s a moment where I’m kind of drifting back to the center of the ramp and I’m glossed over because when you get so fired up, it’s that feeling like when you’ve been laying down or sitting down for too long, you stand up and you get light-headed. That’s what I had and it was to the point where you start kind of going, ‘Woah, woah, woah’, and I recovered just in time to walk down the ramp and beat Brock Lesnar but, it was a moment right there when I didn’t know if it was going to happen. They were going to have to cart me off the stage. Wouldn’t that have been a great opening to WrestleMania,” Rollins laughed.
** Screen Rant conducted an interview with CM Punk and Punk said that All Elite Wrestling should focus on themselves and stop talking about WWE:
“Yeah, I think AEW needs to focus on themselves and stop talking about WWE. Cody and The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley, all those guys have something great going on. I just think it lessens and cheapens what they are doing when they constantly attack WWE. There hasn’t been an alternative to WWE in so very long, and I think they do a disservice to themselves when they’re trying to be the alternative but constantly bring up WWE. But I understand, when people ask you the questions during the interviews you have to answer them. But that’s just part of life. You have to learn how to navigate that. I would like them to just try to focus on their product and building it up and making it better. I think that would benefit all the fans.”
** At Ring of Honor’s ‘Unauthorized’ show on November 3rd, Jeff Cobb and Jay Lethal will be sporting luchador masks and they’ll be teaming up to take on Delirious and “Mini Delirious”. The loser of the match will have to unmask. Cheeseburger is teaming with Brian Milonas and Beer City Bruiser at the event and they’ll be facing Dalton Castle, Flip Gordon and Kenny King.
** Next week’s episode of NXT U.K. on October 31st will air at 11 AM EST and 4 PM GMT. Next week’s show will see the NXT U.K. debut of A-Kid, and Dave Mastiff taking on Jordan Devlin.
** Glory Pro Wrestling will have a show during WrestleMania week.
** WrestlePro announced that Scarlett Bordeaux has been pulled from their show in Alaska on December 7th. Replacing Scarlett is former two-time SHINE Champion Ivelisse.
** ICW Women’s Champion Kasey spoke with Sportskeeda and expressed that she’d like to wrestle Tessa Blanchard:
“Tessa Blanchard, she is the epitome of what a female athlete in the sport should be. She is in great shape. She’s shown that women – the same way Kay Lee Ray has, that they can take on men and not be seen as the weaker sex. She has taken on Sami Callihan for crying out loud, so I want to face her and I want to see if I can beat her. Actually, no, not see if I can beat her, I’m going to beat her.”
** WWE Hall Of Famer Alundra Blayze was the latest to join Vickie Guerrero’s podcast.
** Mirror Sport chatted with Colt Cabana and Cabana wants Rampage Brown and Sha Samuels to join Ring of Honor full-time. Also, Cabana is hopeful that he can be the “peacekeeper” between ROH and the NWA.
** Dakota Kai and Cathy Kelley made light of the video that went viral featuring Dakota Kai doing the “duck walk” glitch in WWE 2K20.
** The newest edition of ‘Wrestlers On The Road Ordering Room Service’ premiered on the Being The Elite YouTube channel featuring The Young Bucks, Chuck Taylor, and Trent. During their conversation, Matt Jackson stated that there are people within AEW who are “not sure” about Orange Cassidy and Matt questioned what is so hard to understand about him.
** Jake Baigis, the lead stage carpenter for WWE was profiled by New Castle News.
** Natalya’s latest blog post for the Calgary Sun is about finding your drive and motivation.
** Immediately following the 10/25/19 edition of Friday Night SmackDown, a new episode of WWE Backstage will air on FS1 hosted by Renee Young, Booker T and will include an appearance from Finn Balor.
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John Pollock and Wai Ting review Friday Night SmackDown on Fox featuring the announcement of Hulk Hogan’s new Team Captain at Crown Jewel, Bayley explains her new demeanor, and Shorty Gable receives an even shorter name.
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