POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE: Terry Funk passes at 79


**Rewind-A-Dynamite is live at 10 p.m. ET tonight with Wai Ting & John Pollock going through all the latest news and discussing the final episode of Dynamite before All In. They will also preview the card for Wembley Stadium and take your questions & feedback from the Forum. Tune in live on the POST YouTube channel tonight.

**Nick Hausman was a guest on Pollock & Thurston today to chat about the lead-up to All In, the backstage drama, Cash Wheeler, and coming back with a second pay-per-view next weekend in Chicago.

**On Thursday, Rewind-A-Wai #137 will be available with a review of the WWE Royal Rumble 2008. John & Wai chat about the surprise return of John Cena, Jeff Hardy challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship, the programs in place for WrestleMania 24, Ric Flair’s career on the line, and the major news from that week fifteen years ago. The show will be released for all POST Wrestling Café members.

**This Friday, we will re-release our review of the original All In from September 2018 and our live experience at the show in Hoffman Estates.


Tonight: Rewind-A-Dynamite with John Pollock & Wai Ting
Thursday: Rewind-A-Wai #137 – WWE Royal Rumble 2008 (POST Wrestling Café)
Friday: Rewind-A-SmackDown (POST Wrestling Café)
Friday: All In 2018 Review (Re-Release)
Saturday: POSTmarks with guest Mark Pollesel
: Collision Course with John Siino & Kate from Montreal (POST Wrestling Café)
Sunday: AEW All In Review with John Pollock & Wai Ting (LIVE immediately after)


**The news just broke that Terry Funk has died at the age of 79. There is no way to put his career and influence into the proper context in such a short amount of time. Funk had a career that dates to 1965 inside of the ring and even further back when it comes to education through his father, Dory Funk Sr. Terry, and brother Dory Jr. assumed the Amarillo territory after their father died in 1973 and would become power brokers in the U.S. and later, in All Japan Pro Wrestling as the foreign talent bookers. In 1975, Funk received the requisite votes and succeeded Jack Brisco as NWA Champion with the title change occurring in Miami. This is a major loss in the industry and one of the all-time legends, who many will categorize as the best to ever do it. He was a personality unto his own with a sharpness about the industry and where it was going with a keen eye toward talent and trends, which few possessed. His career spanned multiple eras from Texas to Florida, Memphis, JCP, All Japan, FMW, WWF, WCW, ECW, XPW, and one of the greatest promos ever. We will have much more on Funk tonight on Rewind-A-Dynamite and in the days to come on the site. We send our condolences to all his family and friends who are mourning this giant of the industry.

**Tony Khan spoke with The Hollywood Reporter to promote All In and spoke about the divisiveness backstage among several personalities stemming from last year:

The most important thing to me as the CEO is the wrestling fans. I’m a huge wrestling fan, and I try to think like a wrestling fan. I want the best wrestlers here in AEW. I want the best roster. And there may be some of them that don’t get along with each other backstage or on TV. It’s not ideal, but it’s a reality, and I can’t make everyone get along. I’m not sure it’s necessarily even in the best interest of pro wrestling for everybody t get along. But ideally, everybody is going to be able to focus on their matches and putting on the best shows for the fans. And I think that’s what we’ve been doing. We’ve had really strong ratings. So even though … wrestlers backstage hate each other and don’t want to be friends with each other, I think we all agree this is a really exciting time for the company. And it’s a really exciting time for the wrestling business and for the wrestling fans.

**The final Dynamite before All takes place from the Gas South Arena in Duluth, Georgia and includes a Collision taping for this Saturday’s program. It will be the second time that CM Punk and The Elite are under one roof since Punk’s return and that’s always going to be a story while this issue remains pacified but not solved. Rampage was taped last week, so that’s one less hour of tapings tonight, but will still be a nearly four-hour taping tonight. There is a ton of segments and matches scheduled for tonight and the expectation of changes to the All In card, which Tony Khan indicated on Tuesday:
*ROH Tag Team Championships: Aussie Open © vs. The Hardys
*Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks vs. Juice Robinson & The Gunns
*Jon Moxley vs. Rey Fenix
*Swerve Strickland & AR Fox vs. Darby Allin & Nick Wayne
*Ruby Soho vs. Skye Blue
*Face-to-face between FTR and The Young Bucks
*Contract signing between Chris Jericho and Will Ospreay
*Renee Paquette interviews MJF & Adam Cole
*Jack Perry retires the FTW Championship

**The Collision taping will include an “All-Star Eight-Man Tag” with the participants yet to be revealed.

**WrestleTix reports just over 4,800 tickets have been distributed for tonight’s Dynamite/Collision tapings in Duluth.

**There is a listing for AEW’s All In event to air on ITV 4 on a four-day delay next Thursday at 4 p.m. local time in the U.K.

**Fightful reported on Tuesday that Rey Fenix is expected to be one of the performers affected by changes to the All In card due to a travel restriction that the performer is facing. Fenix had been announced for the Stadium Stampede Match with Penta, Eddie Kingston, Orange Cassidy, and the Best Friends against Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli, Wheeler Yuta, and three mystery partners.

**Labor lawyer Lucas Middlebrook was on Haus of Wrestling and spoke about the ongoing UFC antitrust lawsuit and the inroads that the plaintiffs have made over the past several weeks. Host Nick Hausman focused on similarities between the UFC fighters and performers in the WWE with the way their businesses are structured and whether this opens WWE for a similar probe. The next step for the UFC antitrust case is the expected appeal by the promotion regarding Judge Richard Boulware’s recommendation for a trial in early 2024 and then, it’s in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court to allow or reject the appeal. If the appeal is rejected, it’s one less barrier to get the UFC to trial but most are going to anticipate that a settlement would be the next step for the UFC to avoid the threat of treble damages when the plaintiffs are seeking $800 million to $1.6 billion in damages. There is a lot of potential crossover with the MLW lawsuit against WWE and for Endeavor’s sake, the desire to make these lawsuits go away.

**Pollstar has the paid figures for AEW’s back-to-back shows in Hamilton, Ontario on June 28 & 29 at the First Ontario Centre. The first night for Dynamite & Rampage sold 4,022 tickets with a gate of $277,085 and the following night’s Collision taping sold 2,819 tickets but the gate was $80,867 and featured a lot of comps.

**Stephanie Chase has an extensive interview with RevPro promoter Andy Quildan ahead of their 11th Anniversary card at the Copper Box Arena this Saturday featuring Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi.

**Demand Lucha and House of Glory have a joint show in Toronto on Thursday night at Parkdale Hall, which will be streaming on IWTV. The lineup includes Alex Shelley vs. Aramis, The Mane Event vs. Los Medicos (both sets of tag champions), Black Taurus vs. Charles Mason, Joey Silver vs. Vaughn Vertigo vs. Francesco Akira, Mantequilla vs. FredDIE vs. Nolo Kitano for the HOG Cruiserweight title, Sam Adonis vs. Ken Broadway, and Jody Threat vs. The Ultra Violette.

**IMPACT Wrestling has listed the following matches for Monday’s TV tapings in Toronto following the Emergence special: Chris Sabin vs. Zachary Wentz, Lio Rush vs. Kevin Knight, Subculture vs. Rich Swann & Sami Callihan, Deonna Purrazzo vs. Dani Luna, Laredo Kid & Eric Young vs. The Design, and a women’s battle royal for a title shot at Victory Road on September 8 in White Plains, New York.

**The Calling (Talon & Cannonball) debut on MLW’s Fusion TV taping on Sunday, September 3 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. MLW will present its live Fury Road card on FITE+ that day followed by a television taping for future episodes of Fusion.


**There was a press conference held on Tuesday to promote the Misfits Boxing card on October 14 featuring KSI vs. Tommy Fury and Logan Paul vs. KSI. As expected, it was a complete circus including Paul bringing out a cake that featured an image of Danis being knocked out. All hell broke loose when Fury’s father and trainer, John Fury, erupted and began cussing and destroying the press conference set which led to a pull-apart with everyone on stage. The card takes place at the Manchester Arena in England and will be available through DAZN. They have announced that if Danis doesn’t make it to the fight, Mike Perry will be the replacement with Danis also agreeing to a penalty he would have to pay if he pulls out of the fight. Thus far, WWE has not shown any promotional involvement, and will be interesting to see if they hype the fight as it gets closer given Paul’s role.

**BetOnline is listing Logan Paul as a -600 favorite while Dillon Danis is a +400 underdog. For the backup fight, Mike Perry is the -150 favorite with Paul listed at +120.

**Attorney Rob Maysey and former UFC & Strikeforce fighter Cung Le spoke on MMA Uncensored about the major developments in the antitrust suit against the UFC over the past few weeks. Maysey and Le were among the key people who filed the suit in December 2014 and have leading the charge for nearly a decade with Maysey serving as the lead attorney.

**Last month, Marya Bueno Silva scored the biggest win of her career when she submitted former bantamweight champion Holly Holm. Five weeks later, she has revealed that she failed her pre-fight drug test and cited a positive result for a substance that is “consistent with the prescription medication I take for my ADHD.” Silva’s case is set to be heard on Thursday with the Nevada Athletic Commission and it remains to be seen what type of punishment she will receive with the fighter adding she is cooperating with both the commission and USADA. Silva (11-2-1) came off the Brazilian version of Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018 and started her UFC career at flyweight before moving to bantamweight last year where she has gone 4-0 including the win against Holm last month.

**The PFL card tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN & ESPN+ features the semi-finals of the lightweight and welterweight tournaments. In the lightweight tournament, Clay Collard (23-10) takes on Shane Burgos (16-4), and 2022 winner Olivier Aubin-Mercier (19-5) faces Bruno Miranda (16-3). The welterweight semi-finals feature Carlos Leal (18-4) against last year’s tournament winner Sadibou Sy (14-6-2), and Magomed Magomedkerimov (32-6) against Solomon Renfro (9-3). The main card runs against the second hour of AEW Dynamite with the PFL prelims streaming on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET from The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

**Three fighters were awarded contracts on Tuesday’s episode of Contender Series with middleweight Zachary Reese, welterweight Oban Elliott, and featherweight Luis Pajuelo earning deals at the end of the show. Below are the results from the Apex card in Las Vegas:
*Zachary Reese def. Eli Aronov by armbar at 1:14 of Round 1
*Oban Elliott def. Kaik Brito by majority decision (29-28 all)
*Josefine Knutsson def. Isis Verbeek by unanimous decision (30-27 all)
*Luis Pajuelo def. Robbie Ring by TKO at 3:43 of Round 1

**Bellator 300 takes place on October 7 in San Diego and will feature four title fights on the main card. On Wednesday, they added five prelim fights and will see Davion Franklin (6-1) vs. Slim Trabelsi (5-0), Sara McMann (14-6) vs. Leah McCourt (7-3), Kai Kamaka III (11-5-1) vs. Henry Corrales (21-6), Ilara Joanne (11-7) vs. Jena Bishop (5-0), and Bobby Seronio III (3-0) vs. Alberto Garcia (2-0). The prelims will be streamed on the Bellator & Showtime Sports YouTube channels as well as Pluto TV with the main card airing on Showtime.

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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.