POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Edge says “Greatest Match Ever” is impossible

Edge discusses the marketing of the match at Backlash, New Day's latest podcast, title match added to Backlash, DVR numbers, NXT media call notes & more.


**Braden Herrington and Davie Portman have the NXT TakeOver: In Your House POST Show up on the site with a review of Sunday night’s event. The two did a live watch along on their upNXT YouTube channel followed by their POST Show. You can hear Braden & Davie every Wednesday here on the site with upNXT.

**A new Rewind-A-Raw is up tonight with Wai Ting and I discussing Raw, TakeOver: In Your House, New Japan’s press conference, and all the major news from the past few days.

**On Tuesday, we will release Rewind-A-Wai #63 featuring a review of the May 21, 2001, episode of Raw is War from San Jose featuring Steve Austin & Triple H vs. Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit for the WWF tag titles. This was chosen by Espresso Executive Producer Brian Schick, who will join us to discuss his selection. This show will be available for all members of the POST Wrestling Café.

**On Tuesday, Andrew Thompson will have an interview posted with Ayesha Raymond, who has wrestled for more than a decade and competed in the Mae Young Classic in 2017.

**The first edition of The Long & Winding Royal Road was released on Sunday with WH Park being joined by Joseph Montecillo to discuss the history of the Triple Crown championship. The two go through several important matches leading to the formation of the Triple Crown with Genichiro Tenryu vs. Ted DiBiase from April 1986, Tenryu vs. Stan Hansen in March 1988, Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Bruiser Brody in April 1988, Hansen vs. Tenryu in July 1988, the unification match in April 1989 between Tsuruta and Hansen, and a Triple Crown match between Tsuruta and Hansen in June 1989.


Tonight: Rewind-A-Raw with John Pollock & Wai Ting
Rewind-A-Wai #63 – WWF Raw is War from 5/21/2020 (Patreon)
Tuesday: Andrew Thompson interviews Ayesha Raymond
Wednesday: Rewind-A-Dynamite with John & Wai
Wednesday: upNXT with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
Thursday: British Wrestling Experience with guest Andrew Thompson
Friday: Rewind-A-SmackDown LIVE with Wai Ting & Andrew Thompson (LIVE for all Patrons)
Sunday: WWE Backlash POST Show with John & Wai (LIVE for Double Double, Iced Capp & Espresso Patrons)



**Here are the matches and segments that have been announced for tonight’s episode of Raw, which is a new show at the WWE Performance Center today:
*Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair
*Bobby Lashley appears on the VIP Lounge
*The Street Profits and Viking Raiders have a decathlon
*Bayley and Sasha Banks appear on the show

**They have announced that Bayley & Sasha Banks will defend the women’s tag titles this Sunday at Backlash against Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross and The IIconics.

**WWE was set to hold both Raw and this Friday’s episode of SmackDown today at the Performance Center. They have already taped the Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles match prior to this week and airs on Friday. Dave Meltzer is reporting that the Edge vs. Randy Orton match at Backlash was taped over the weekend.

**New Japan Pro Wrestling will hold a press conference tonight at 11 pm Eastern and will stream on New Japan World. It is expected that this will contain additional information on their plans to resume shows following Bushiroad’s announcement last week.

**On New Day’s latest Feel the Power podcast they spoke with reporter Andreas Hale on the murder of George Floyd, the protests, and all the subjects that everyone is confronting and addressing. The following is how Big E. began the show:

I think, for me, the first thing that came to my mind is that when I saw George Floyd on the ground being murdered. I see myself in George Floyd, when I hear Breonna Taylor’s story I see myself, I see my sisters, I see my aunts, I see us – that could have been us, man, that could have been us. I haven’t been able to get this out of my mind and it’s really weighed heavy on me. It’s been a hard couple of months for so many of us. When Shad (Gaspard) passed, when Hana Kimura passed, I kept thinking, I kept imagining myself in the water for some reason, and I kept putting myself in Shad’s position and I don’t know if he knows his son got to safety, I don’t know what his last thoughts were when he died. With Hana, with the stuff that was going through her mind when she took her life, like, and I just keep putting myself in George Floyd’s position and when I saw him be murdered like that and to have a man put his knee on his neck like that, man and I don’t know how you don’t feel empathy for a man like that, who was accused of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, he didn’t deserve to die like that. We cannot be okay for murdering us, you just can’t be okay with it because it isn’t the first time and it’s not the second time. I’ve seen and hear these stories from my parents and their parents and their parents before them and I cannot accept living in a country where this is acceptable where it takes two days to get an arrest for this man. There was video tape, clear as day, that bothers me, that hurts me to my very core, to my soul that this took two days of anger and frustration and people saying that this has to be enough. How long can we allow this to happen?

From Andreas Hale:

I started the thread ‘When I met racism’ on Twitter because I wanted people to see that we are just like you. We hurt. We are in pain as well. When the house is on fire, guess what? Your house is probably next if you don’t put this one out. Like, you have to help put out our fire and everyone else’s because it’s just not fair. It’s not fair what’s happening.

What can we do? Education is the key because we talk about Black Wall Street or we talk about these situations, but we need to learn about the legal system as well. It’s very key for us to get out there and understand what a second-degree murder charge is or what a first-degree murder charge is, what that entails so we can temper our expectations when these things go to trial. You know, I think it’s like a football team. The protest is the offensive line, which pushes the conversation forward but you need a quarterback, you need an offensive coordinator, you need a head coach, you need people who are judges, you need people who are attorneys, law enforcement that looks like us that police our neighborhoods. You need people that tell our stories. I need you guys out there having a good time showing that we’re different because the only way this is going to change is if it changes on multiple fronts because people say ‘I’m not going to protest it doesn’t change anything’ – no, it kind of just starts the conversation. So, how do we continue that conversation? When you guys use your platform to voice your pain, but E when you use your platform, throwing things about the civil rights era that people just don’t know – I was so surprised at how many white people just didn’t know our history because it’s not really taught in school like that.

**For those that want to learn more about Black Wall Street referenced above, The PWT Cast covered this on their newest show that is out today.

**Edge (Adam Copeland) spoke with Arda Ocal of ESPN about this Sunday’s Backlash match with Randy Orton and the marketing of it as ‘The Greatest Match Ever’. Edge was very frank about his reaction to the tagline and citing Vince McMahon’s promotional decision to build up the match:

Vince is a promoter, and he’s promoting, but it’s like hyperbole. I mean, to me [the greatest match is] not possible. So that takes that pressure out of my mind immediately.

I just laughed because I didn’t think it was serious. Then I realized fairly quickly it was. Then my reaction was, is this wise, because anytime you say something the greatest ever beforehand, you’re setting yourself up for failure. And I don’t ever want to think that way. I need to think the opposite of that. I can’t control the court of public opinion. I need to do and be proud of the work that I put in.

Would I have preferred they not billed it as that? Absolutely. But I also know there are times where heels get dug in the sand and there’s no changing it.

In the interview, he stated the match would not be a choreographed dance with lots of flips but focus on selling and said it may be
“a bit of a learning curve” for the audience.

**Paul Levesque held a post-show call with members of the media after TakeOver: In Your House and below are notes from the call:
*Felt Damian Priest had a “star-making night” with his performance against Finn Balor
*Did not elaborate on Charlotte Flair’s status on NXT after losing the title to Io Shirai in the main event
*They tried to get Michael Hayes to cut his hair and reprise his role at Dok Hendrix and he was “loud” in his refusal at the idea
*They are able to be back in the training environments such as the PC and have been doing a lot of seminars, Zoom calls with the likes of Shawn Michaels and Sara Amato teaching
*Johnny Gargano’s lower back and hips were a bit tight after the match but the doctor didn’t think it was anything serious

**NXT trainee A.J Francis posted the following regarding Paul Levesque’s handling of talent that wanted to discuss Black Lives Matter and wanting to have those conversations:

While somebody out here snitchin to these dirt sheets about everything, somebody need to snitch that @TripleH came & told us all that if we today, tomorrow or ever want to talk to him about our feelings on #BlackLivesMatter he wants to have that convo. And HE DONT HAVE TO DO THAT and he still made sure we knew that we could… that’s an ally.

**A correction from Friday’s update is that last Thursday’s episode of Total Bellas was not the season finale. There will be an eleventh episode this season airing this Thursday on E!

**Here are some DVR numbers for the May 25th episode of Raw on Memorial Day, NXT on May 27th, and AEW Dynamite on the same night:
*Raw added 205,000 viewers with the Live+3 numbers. The show averaged 1,735,000 viewers that night. With the Live+3 numbers, the first hour grows from 1.806 to 1.984, hour two from 1.726 to 1.925, and the third hour from 1.673 to 1.910.
*NXT on May 27th averaged 731,000 and increased by 14.5% to 837,000 viewers and up 0.05 in the 18-49 demo
*AEW the same night increased by 25% from 827,000 to 1,033,000 viewers and up 0.09 in the 18-49 demo

**The WWE stock closed at $48.76 on Monday.

**MLW has signed Saieve Al Sabah and he has joined the Injustice group with Myron Reed and Jordan Oliver.

**Fozzy has been announced for the Kiss Kruise that takes place from October 29th to November 3rd, 2021.

**Mick Foley turns 55 today.

**The latest edition of Being the Elite.

**Tamina Snuka posted the following video introducing a new idea for her character with the takeaway that she has snapped after working for WWE for a decade:



NXT TakeOver: In Your House POST Show
Braden Herrington and Davie Portman return with a review of NXT TakeOver: In Your House! The lads run down the entire card including Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair for the NXT Women’s Championship and Velveteen Dream vs. Adam Cole in a “Backlot Brawl” match for the NXT Championship.
The Long & Winding Road #0: Origin of the Triple Crown
WH Park starts his new series about All Japan Pro Wrestling during the 1990s with a special prelude episode looking at the creation of AJPW’s top title, The Triple Crown. Joining him is wrestling video essayist Joseph Montecillo.
UFC 250 POST SHOW: Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer
John Pollock is joined by Phil Chertok for their UFC 250 POST Show covering Saturday’s card from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
TOTAL RECALL: Total Bellas Season 5, Ep. 9 & 10
Wai Ting and Pauline are back to review Total Bellas Season 5, Episode 9 “Sweat It Out” & Episode 10 “The Proposal”.
REWIND-A-SMACKDOWN 6/5/20: New Champions, TakeOver Preview
John Pollock and Wai Ting review SmackDown where Braun Strowman conquered a van. Plus, Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross defend their tag titles against Bayley & Sasha Banks, today’s news, our NXT TakeOver preview and your calls.
UFC 250 Preview with Mike Bohn
John Pollock chats with Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie & USA Today about the UFC 250 card, Dana White vs. Jon Jones & covering the sport during the pandemic.
upNXT 5/3/20: You Can Thank Me Now

Braden Herrington and Davie Portman review the June 3rd, 2020 edition of WWE NXT featuring Drake Maverick vs. El Hijo del Fantasma in the finals for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. The BDE start the show off with an important discussion about Black Lives Matter.
REWIND-A-DYNAMITE 6/3/20: “Welcome to the Jungle”, Fyter Fest dates

John Pollock and Wai Ting review AEW Dynamite featuring the start of Cody’s TNT Championship Open Challenge as he defends against Jungle Boy. Plus, Page & Omega defend their tag titles against Sabian & Havoc.
POST INTERVIEW: Damian Abraham remembers Grant Berkland
John Pollock speaks with Damian Abraham on the passing of Grant Berkland a.k.a. Danny Havoc, who died this past week at the age of 34.
POST INTERVIEW: Damian Abraham remembers Grant Berkland
John Pollock speaks with Damian Abraham on the passing of Grant Berkland a.k.a. Danny Havoc, who died this past week at the age of 34.
ASK-A-WAI: Ask Us Anything! (June 2020)
John Pollock and Wai Ting answer their patrons’ questions from the POST Wrestling Forum in the June 2020 edition of Ask-A-Wai.

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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.