POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Promotional statements, MLW drops announcer, Stardom returns

The latest #SpeakingOut stories, MLW drops announcer, statements issued, GCW runs show with fans, IWA MS criticized, Stardom returns, NOAH card & more.


**This past Friday’s edition of Rewind-A-SmackDown featured a lengthy discussion on #SpeakingOut for the first hour of the show. We were joined by Kristen Ashly from the Bell to Belles site and has launched the Association of Women in Wrestling to discuss the story and was a tremendous guest. The first hour of the show is free with the review of SmackDown part of the show on the Café feed for members.

**Wai Ting and I will be back Monday night for Rewind-A-Raw with the latest news, a review of Raw, and the finale of The Last Ride.

**Eric Marcotte has a review of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card where Curtis Blaydes defeated Alexander Volkov by unanimous decision in the main event.


**Progress Wrestling has added Travis Banks and Ligero to the list of talent that will no longer work for the promotion joining David Starr and Marc Parry. They have suspended Jordan Devlin and Scotty Davis indefinitely and stripped them of the tag titles. The company added:

We take all these allegations extremely seriously. Those under suspension will have their situation reviewed periodically between now, and events starting again.

We continue to monitor and listen to the Speaking Out movement so that we can take appropriate action where necessary.

**MLW has cut ties with announcer Mark Adam Haggerty following the posting of screenshots of Haggerty exchanging inappropriate messages with a minor. Shortly after, Catalyst Wrestling, Wrestlers’ Laboratory, Synergy Pro Wrestling, and Battle Club Pro announced they would no longer work with Haggerty as well.

**Scotty Davis has issued a statement regarding allegations against him.

**Because 205 Live had already been taped, a match with Jack Gallagher did air on Friday night with Jake Atlas following Gallagher’s release from the company earlier that evening.

**CHIKARA has announced that Kobald (Anthony Wilson) has been removed from its roster stemming from several allegations including physical abuse.

**From Fight Club Pro:

We understand that some of you have lost faith in FCP. However, we are taking every matter and case incredibly seriously. The safety of the fans, staff, and wrestlers is paramount.

No live show or wrestling training will commence until every aspect of safety is addressed with the relevant authorities and implemented.

We will do whatever is needed to provide the safest environment for you.

**The wXw promotion out of Germany has issued a statement regarding the #SpeakingOut movement and measures they will be putting in place moving forward. It is a lengthy statement but below is a portion of it:

We have scanned through thousands of tweets, we have searched for the ones mentioning wXw, the wXw Wrestling Academy, Germany, wrestlers/coaches we used to work with and wrestlers/coaches we were planning to work with in the future. We are going to follow up investigating all of these.

We have prepared a system to reach out to our wrestlers and staff members, to our Academy coaches, to our Academy members. We are going to make them aware of the systemic problem. We are going to make them aware what kind of behaviour we won’t tolerate. We are going to make them aware that this problem starts earlier than they might think, be it with coaches making fun of other students in front of students, with talent chatting up fans and exchanging phone numbers / social media accounts, with using derogatory terms like ‘ring rats’.

Equally importantly we are going to make sure they know they have our attention. We are going to encourage them to speak up about any issues, so we can tackle them.


**Stardom returned with a card on Sunday that did have fans in attendance at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. It was the promotion’s first show since the death of Hana Kimura and a ten-bell salute was held at the start of the show. The main event featured Giulia, Shuri, Maika & Himeka Arita (making her debut for Stardom) defeating Tam Nakano, Mayu Iwatani, Starlight Kid & Saya Iida. Arita joined Donna del Mondo.

**The New Japan Cup resumes Monday morning with a show streaming at 6 am Eastern with the following opening round matches:
*Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taichi
*Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Kota Ibushi
*Sanada vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
*Shingo Takagi vs. SHO

**Game Changer Wrestling held an outdoor event on Saturday in Indianapolis, Indiana with fans spread out on the field around the ring. Promoter Brett Lauderdale stated that there were four multi-outlet sanitizer stations, ropes and turnbuckles were sanitized between matches, masks available at the door, a social distance seating chart, 50% ringside seating, and group limited to two or four based on the household purchase.

**During the GCW show, a regular at their events named Shelby had a medical episode and fell causing the show to stop while she was tended to. The promotion stated later that night she was okay and feeling better.

**IWA: Mid-South received plenty of criticism after running a card Friday where there was no social distancing. A photo began to circulate showing the quarters the event was taking place in and the number of people present

Promoter Ian Rotten (John Williams) spoke on Facebook regarding the backlash to the event:

Yes, folks. The rumors are true. Last night, I took a club and beat 226 people over the head like they were baby seals and then took $20 out of each one of their pockets and made them sit there for 4 hours. I forced them to enjoy the hell out of themselves.

Seriously though, thank you to everyone whom came out and showed their support last night. I would say that I hoped you enjoyed yourself and that we entertained you, but then I would just be fishing for compliments because 90% of you told me on the way out the door what a great time you had. Thank you Indy.

We will see you in September.

When pressed about requiring people to wears masks at future shows, Williams responded:

I had 300 masks available free of charge to anyone. Whether people chose to wear them or not was up to them. There are ridiculous reports saying that no one was wearing masks and I would definitely say the ratio was about 60:40 of people wearing vs not wearing.

I’m not going to require someone with respiratory problems, trauma triggers, asthma, severe anxiety, sensory disorders, etc., all of which I could never see with my naked eye, to wear a mask.

I believe the right thing to do was to provide fans with the masks and if they wanted to wear them, it was available and up to them. Knowing that, coming into the show itself is also up to those individuals.

To answer your question fully, no I won’t require someone to wear a mask but for those whom do want to, I will supply them. I believe that is as fair as I can be to each and every persons individual rights.

**Pro Wrestling NOAH held a card without fans today headlined by Katsuhiko Nakajima defeating Manabu Soya to retain the GHC National title. Here are the full list of results:
*Shuhei Taniguchi and Akitoshi Saito went to a fifteen-minute draw
*Rene Dupree over Mohammed Yone
*Kenoh, Nioh & Haoh over Atsushi Kotoge, Hajime Ohara & Seiki Yoshioka
*Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & Yo-Hey over Yoshinari Ogawa, Hayata & Kinya Okada
*Kotaro Suzuki over Kaz Hayashi to retain the GHC junior heavyweight title
*Go Shiozaki & Kaito Kiyomiya over Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura
*Keiji Muto, Naomichi Marufuji, Masaaki Mochizuki & Yuko Miyamoto over Takashi Sugiura, Kazushi Sakuraba, Kendo Kashin & Nosawa
*Katsuhiko Nakajima over Manabu Soya to retain the GHC National title

**Corey Erdman has a great piece on VICE covering the Antonio Inoki vs. Masa Saito match on Ganryujima Island. Erdman did outstanding research for this piece.

**ESPN’s Arda Ocal has an extensive piece on The Undertaker’s history at WrestleMania with numerous interviews of those that have worked with him. The feature includes memories and stories from Jake Roberts, Kane, Matt Bloom, Big Show, Randy Orton, Edge, Jimmy Korderas (the referee for Undertaker vs. Edge in 2008), Triple H, Shane McMahon, and Roman Reigns.

**WWE is off until Friday when they will tape Friday Night SmackDown that day to air that evening on Fox. This Monday’s Raw and Wednesday’s NXT have all been taped ahead of time. The following is being advertised for Raw:
*Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair for the Raw women’s title
*Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. The IIconics for the WWE women’s tag titles
*The return of Rey Mysterio
*An appearance by Ric Flair

**Here is the full list of matches for AEW Dark on Tuesday night at 7 pm Eastern: Brian Cage vs. Robert Anthony, Jurassic Express vs. Luther, Serpentico & Max Caster, Lance Archer vs. Griff Garrison, Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss vs. John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Musa & David Ali, Scorpio Sky vs. Lee Johnson, Shawn Spears vs. Pineapple Pete, and Mel vs. KiLynn King.

**New Japan revealed a new series called Lion’s Break Collision that will be airing Friday nights on New Japan World beginning July 3rd at 10 pm Eastern. The first episode will feature Clark Connors vs. Alex Coughlin, Jeff Cobb & Rocky Romero vs. TJP & Karl Fredericks, as well as matches with Tom Lawlor of MLW, Misterioso, Rust Taylor, Danny Limelight, and The DKC.

**AEW has announced the following for Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite on TNT:
*FTR vs. Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall
*Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara
*Luchasaurus vs. Wardlow in a Lumberjack Match
*Brodie Lee & Colt Cabana vs. Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss
*A face-off between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy
*Press conference highlights for Cody and Jake Hager’s match at Fyter Fest
*Jon Moxley in action with Taz on commentary


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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.