POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: NJPW’s guidelines for upcoming shows

New Japan's guidelines for upcoming shows, more on Johnny Walker, Talk is Jericho covers Stadium Stampede & notes on the formation of the group.


**Rewind-A-Wai #63 is out for all members of the POST Wrestling Café with our review of the May 21, 2001, edition of Raw is War from San Jose, California. This episode featured Steve Austin & Triple H defending the WWF tag titles against Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit in one of the best matches in Raw’s history and the match where Hunter tore his quad and was gone for the rest of the year. We spoke about the state of the WWF after WrestleMania X-7, the pending invasion angle, possible directions if Hunter wasn’t hurt, the viability of Kurt Angle as the company’s top babyface, the “forgotten TLC” the night after,

**The poll for our next Rewind-A-Wai show is up on the POST Wrestling Forum. The four options are In Your House from May 1995 (Diesel vs. Sid, Bret Hart vs. Hakushi), In Your House from July 1995 (Diesel vs. Sid in a Lumberjack Match, Shawn Michaels vs. Jeff Jarrett), Ground Zero from September 1997 (The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart vs. The Patriot), and In Your House: Breakdown from September 1998 (Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker vs. Kane). The poll is open until Friday night and the show will be released for Café members on Tuesday, June 23rd.

**We will have Rewind-A-Dynamite and upNXT coming up tonight with reviews of both AEW Dynamite and NXT.

**The new edition of the British Wrestling Experience will be released Thursday with Martin Bushby, Jamesie & Benno being joined by our own Andrew Thompson.

**Davie Portman has his Tuesday night reviews up on the site looking at Impact Wrestling and a 90-minute version of AEW Dark featuring CZW alumni Jon Moxley and Robert Anthony in the main event.


Tonight: Rewind-A-Dynamite with John Pollock & Wai Ting
Tonight: upNXT with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
Thursday: The British Wrestling Experience with guest Andrew Thompson
Friday: Rewind-A-SmackDown 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)


**Johnny Walker, who had a celebrated career as both Johnny “Rubberman” Walker and later under a mask as Mr. Wrestling II has died at the age of 85. We have a full bio and story on his career on the main page and will discuss his career on Rewind-A-Dynamite tonight.

**Highspots has released the full interview that Steve Corino conducted with Johnny Walker several years ago. In 2007, Walker came out of retirement under the mask to team with Corino as “Mr. Wrestling III” in Hawaii and was Walker’s last match.

**In September 2015, Kris Zellner wrote an extensive biography on Johnny Walker for the Wrestling Observer website and is a very thorough breakdown of his legacy.

**Here are the matches and announcements for tonight’s episode of AEW Dynamite airing at 8 pm Eastern on TNT and TSN 1 and 2 in Canada:
*Cody vs. Marq Quen for the TNT championship
*Jake Hager, Santana & Ortiz vs. Best Friends & Orange Cassidy
*FTR vs. The Butcher & The Blade
*Colt Cabana vs. Sammy Guevara
*Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander vs. Nyla Rose & Penelope Ford
*Chris Jericho on commentary

**NXT is coming off its TakeOver: In Your House event with a show that was taped Tuesday at Full Sail University. Below are the matches advertised airing at 8 pm Eastern on the USA Network:
*Adam Cole vs. Dexter Lumis in a non-title match
*Finn Balor vs. Cameron Grimes

**New Japan Pro Wrestling has released guidelines for their upcoming shows, which include two events at Osaka-jo Hall on July 11th & 12th that will be open to 1/3 of its capacity or roughly 4,000 fans:
*Wrestlers will take their temperature twice daily when they wake up and go to bed and will be logged
*Logs of date, place, and people they are in physical contact with
*Any symptoms related to COVID-19 will result in the wrestler quarantining
*New Japan has a Medical Affairs Committee that trainers can report to as they monitor wrestlers
*Limited staff, wrestlers, and press at events
*Pre-screening and won’t allow those in with a consistent fever of 37.5 Celsius and other symptoms consistent with the virus
*Those involved must make a legal declaration they are complying with the policy
*Mandatory masks, temperature checks, use of disinfectants, submit contact details
*Limiting the amount of time in the venue
*Limit contact with others in the building and if speaking to keep a two-meter distance, this includes keeping loud cheers to a minimum during the show
*No autograph sessions or meet-and-greets, merchandise will be sold and are recommending credit cards to limit cash being exchanged and will have a transparent shield in place
*No areas for smoking in the buildings
*Interviews will be canceled or limited to New Japan’s official interviewer
* Individually packed food in lieu of catering will be used for the wrestlers with their names printed on the packages of food for each individual
*Fans are asked to write down their contact details on the back of their ticket to submit upon entry or on a separate form for e-ticket buyers and New Japan will hold onto this information for one month

**On Wednesday’s edition of Talk Is Jericho, the Inner Circle were on the show to discuss the formation of the group, the making of Stadium Stampede and other stories since joining together last October on the debut episode of Dynamite:
*Sammy Guevera was first told he would be part of a group with Chris Jericho over All Out weekend in August 2019
*AEW reached out to Santana & Ortiz to see how much time they had left on their deals with Impact Wrestling and were pitched on the idea of a group with Jericho, as they were big fans of him
*Jericho said they initially suggested Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix for the team in the group but Jericho thought they were too gimmicky for what he wanted
*Jericho and Jake Hager trained together at Josh Rafferty’s gym in Florida. One idea was to use Anthony Ogogo and signed last October but Jericho thought Hager was a better fit
*Konnan was pitching to be Santana & Ortiz’s manager
*Jericho gave the explanation to the MMA fighters during the Mike Tyson angle and Vitor Belfort asked if he should double-leg someone. Hager brought up he wrestled Rashad Evans when he in college.
*The original plan was for Tyson to knock out Sammy Guevara but that changed. They were expecting four of them to come out and instead way more came out.
*Jericho was pissed about The Gooch’s role in the pull apart and got in the middle of everything, but it did convey the craziness they wanted to achieve.
*They were going to tape Stadium Stampede on Thursday night but Jericho wanted some time to plan it out further and it was taped Friday night
*The elaborate bar fight between Jake Hager and Hangman Page was done with one take and they used baby oil on the bar but it didn’t help slide Page across the bar
*There was a downpour prior to when they finished the closing scene with Kenny Omega and Sammy Guevara with the One-Winged Angel off the platform. The fire marshal was getting upset because of all the pyro and explosives
*They finished just after 5 am on Saturday morning
*Santana came up with the idea of The Bubbly Bunch and the Flim-Flam came from Jericho’s daughters dancing on TikTok

**The NXT UK tapings that were scheduled for July 24th and 25th at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland have been canceled. The following update was posted by the venue:

NXT UK Live events scheduled to take place on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at Braehead Arena, Glasgow, have been cancelled. Ticketholders will be contacted by their ticket providers shortly.

**The WWE stock closed at $46.90 on Wednesday.

**Tessa Blanchard is being advertised to return to Impact Wrestling at the Slammiversary pay-per-view on Saturday, July 18th. On Tuesday’s episode, they announced that Blanchard will defend the title in a five-way match with Ace Austin, Trey, Eddie Edwards, and Michael Elgin. Blanchard has not appeared at any of the closed-set tapings Impact has shot during the pandemic in Nashville.

**Dakota Kai paid tribute to Hana Kimura with her hair color this past Sunday at TakeOver: In Your House.

**It was made official on AEW Dark that Alan Angels will be part of the Dark Order as ‘5’.

**Next week’s episode of Impact Wrestling will include the following matches the promotion has announced: The North vs. Dez & Wentz for the Impact tag titles, Moose vs. Hernandez for the TNA title, Eddie Edwards vs. Ace Austin in a street fight, and Rohit Raju vs. Rhino.

**Game Changer Wrestling is returning on June 20th with their first show back since the shutdown. They have also added a show for July 4th with ‘Backyard Wrestling 2’ and will air on Fite TV.

**The NWA has put out a video of Joe Galli speaking with David Marquez and Trevor Murdoch discussing Harley Race.

**With all the announcements of upcoming shows in both professional wrestling and MMA, here is the schedule over the next month:
*June 14th – WWE Backlash
*June 14th – NOAH “Go Forward”
*June 15th – NJPW Together Project
*June 16th – Opening round of the New Japan Cup
*June 17th – Opening round of the New Japan Cup
*June 20th – GCW: The Wrld on GCW Part 2
*June 22nd – Opening round of the New Japan Cup
*June 23rd – Opening round of the New Japan Cup
*June 24th – Second round of the New Japan Cup
*July 1st – Second round of the New Japan Cup
*July 1st – AEW Fyter Fest Night 1
*July 2nd – Quarter-finals of the New Japan Cup
*July 2nd – Invicta FC 40
*July 3rd – Semi-finals of the New Japan Cup
*July 4th – GCW Backyard Wrestling II
*July 8th – AEW Fyter Fest Night 2
*July 11th – New Japan at Osaka-jo Hall, finals of the New Japan Cup
*July 11th – UFC 251 on Yas Island
*July 12th – New Japan at Osaka-jo Hall, Tetsuya Naito vs. New Japan Cup winner
*July 15th –  UFC Fight Night on Yas Island
*July 18th – UFC Fight Night on Yas Island
*July 18th – Impact Slammiversary
*July 19th – WWE Extreme Rules
*July 25th – UFC Fight Night on Yas Island




REWIND-A-WAI #63: WWF Raw is War (May 21, 2001)

John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWF Raw Is War from May 21, 2001, featuring a tag team title match between Steve Austin & Triple H vs. Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit in one of WWE’s most critically acclaimed TV main events.
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The Long & Winding Road #0: Origin of the Triple Crown
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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.