POST NEWS UPDATE: Bryan Danielson reflects on William Regal’s departure from AEW, discusses match with Swerve Strickland

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** As Bryan Danielson was speaking to Jeff Adams of Sports Nightly, he looked back on William Regal’s departure from AEW. Danielson was sad when Regal left but is glad he got to spend time with him because there was a point where he thought that would never happen again.

Some of the things that have also been really cool and really fun in this period that I’ve been in AEW are some of the surprises. Like William Regal coming to AEW and being part of the Blackpool Combat Club… There was a time period where I didn’t know if I’d ever see him again and then I got to see him every single week and we got to drive together and we’d come in and we’d show up early and we help train people together and that sort of thing and so when he left, it was sad for me, personally, but I was grateful that I got to spend that time with him, right?

One of the two matches Danielson competed in recently was his bout against Swerve Strickland to open AEW Dynamite Title Tuesday. Danielson said Strickland is the ‘next level of great’.

I also wanna say, so this last Tuesday was the first time I had ever been in the ring with Swerve (Strickland) and I’d watched him wrestling before and he’s just — he’s that next level of great… Seeing him is one thing, being in the ring with him is a completely different thing, but that dude is something special.

** For episode #117 of WWE Die Woche, Chad Gable joined the show and he reflected on NXT TakeOver: Dallas 2016 where him and Jason Jordan won the NXT Tag Titles from FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler). Gable dove into how special of a time period that was.

It’s interesting you bring that up (NXT Tag Title match at TakeOver: Dallas 2016) because I was doing an interview earlier and talked about that match specifically. Just, not only that match but, a unique time period in NXT that-that was because we were all kind of just finding ourselves as wrestlers and superstars and we were doing it together so the relationships, it was like a family there in NXT at that time. So for us to be able to put on that show, that TakeOver, at that level, WrestleMania weekend, we were like the first thing everybody was gonna see that weekend in Dallas. The whole world was coming together for 100 different shows that weekend all over the place and WrestleMania and we were the first thing and not only that but we were the first match on that show. So for me, it was extra special. I remember Hunter was there that night and he told us, ‘You guys are kicking off WrestleMania weekend right now.’ So, not only do we have the pressure of the title match but now that pressure was on our shoulders and man, it was just so good to be able to deliver and give everybody that moment that night. It was very, very special.

Gable is a member of Alpha Academy with Otis and Maxxine Dupri. He shared that a turning point in his career was realizing that his on-screen character can have comedic elements to it while still being a credible challenger to a championship.

That was one of the big turning points in my career I had to make mentally was realizing that like, you can do the funny, entertaining stuff and doesn’t always just have to be funny but like entertaining. The things that maybe you didn’t come in thinking you would do. You come in thinking you’re gonna be this serious, I’m gonna beat everybody up all the time but, not everybody’s Brock Lesnar, you know? That intimidating and even Brock isn’t afraid to have a little fun out there once in a while so, I think you have to take that step and realize the audience loves that. That’s what makes our WWE universe connect with you is when they can see you kind of being able to make fun of yourself a little bit, laugh at yourself and they like to have fun along with that but then, you also gotta remember that it’s a fight out there. So when the bell rings, that stuff goes away. Especially in a match with GUNTHER like you talked about, when there’s championships on the line and you’re in the main event of Raw. It gets very serious very quick so…

The title Gable has had his sights set on is the WWE Intercontinental Title which is in GUNTHER’s possession. In late October, WWE is doing a string of shows in Germany and Gable said he’s looking forward to sharing the ring with Imperium (GUNTHER, Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci) during that tour and their babyface/heel roles possibly being switched around.

You know, I would love that (Imperium to be the babyfaces in their interactions during WWE Germany tour). I think that-that would be such a cool dynamic to have to switch things up and play with the crowd that night and see what they’re gonna do. That’s what makes live events so fun too is that we have the freedom to play around a little more. It’s not like our TV show where we have time constraints and we have commercials and things like that. Live events, it’s like all bets are off, so we have fun, we can do what we want and if that’s the case in Germany, I think we’ll have a hell of a time. It’ll be fun.

** Mahabali Shera is one of the Ohio Valley Wrestling talents that is featured in the ‘Wrestlers’ series on Netflix. He told the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast that in 2018 when IMPACT President Scott D’Amore suggested he go to OVW, he did not want to. Shera said he did not like Louisville, Kentucky, but he had a good relationship with Al Snow. Shera added that for the early stages of his time in OVW, he was not paid.

After 2018 when WWE released me and then I reach out to IMPACT Wrestling and Scott (D’Amore) wanted me to come here (to OVW). I said, ‘Why? Why do you want to send me to OVW? I don’t wanna go there.’ It’s not about OVW. I just don’t like, you know, Louisville, Kentucky at that time. I don’t know why. So, he said, ‘No. I really want you to go there because it’s gonna be easy for you and you’re gonna get more money’ and I had a good relationship with Al Snow, and me Al Snow have a really good relationship always, you know? And always helped me many ways. So I said, ‘I finally made a decision.’ I came here and then first couple of months, I was actually only doing dark matches for OVW, but there is no money at that time and I was not happy because I was talking to Scott. ‘So you told me I was gonna get paid but I’m not getting paid.’ So, he said, ‘No worries. Just stay there.’

** STARDOM Goddesses of STARDOM Tag League Results (10/15/23) Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan
Pre-Show: Ruaka def. Yuna Mizumori
– Donna del Mondo (Mai Sakurai & Thekla) def. MIRAI & Miyu Amasaki
– Giulia def. MICHIKO
Goddesses of Stardom Tag League Block B: Crazy Star (Mei Seira & Suzu Suzuki) [1] vs. Prominence (Hiragi Kurumi & Risa Sera) [1] – Time Limit Draw (15:00)
Goddesses of Stardom Tag League Block B: Club Venus (Mina Shirakawa & Waka Tsukiyama) [2] def. HANAKO & Saya Iida [0]
Goddesses of Stardom Tag League Block A: Maika & Megan Bayne [2] def. Ami Sourei & Lady C [0]
Goddesses of STARDOM Tag League Block B: Oedo Tai (Momo Watanabe & Natsuko Tora) [2] def. God’s Eye (Saki Kashima & Syuri) [0]
Goddesses of STARDOM Tag League Block A: Hazuki & Koguma [2] def. Hanan & Mayu Iwatani [0]

** DDT Pro-Wrestling Results (10/15/23) Sapporo ii-one Stadium in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
– Yusuke Okada def. Danshoku Dino
– DAMNATION T.A (Daisuke Sasaki & KANON) def. Yukio Naya & Yuya Koroku
– Kouki Iwasaki & MAO def. HARASHIMA & Rukiya
– Jun Akiyama, Tetsuya Endo & Noriyuki Yoshida def. Kazuki Hirata, Kazuma Sumi & Tomoya
KO-D Six Man Tag Team Championships: Eruption (Hideki Okatani, Saki Akai & Yukio Sakaguchi) (c) def. Akito, Makoto Oishi & Sanshiro Takagi
– Chris Brookes & Takeshi Masada def. Kazusada Higuchi & Toi Kojima
DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship: MAO def. Takeshi Masada (c)
DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship: Takeshi Masada def. MAO (c)

** WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley spoke to The Advertiser.

** Jushin Thunder Liger shared his thoughts about NJPW Destruction of Ryogoku in his blog post for Tokyo Sports.

** Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling Results (10/15/23) CLUB eX in Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan
– Yuki Arai def. Shino Suzuki
– Hyper Misao & Raku def. Mahiro Kiryu & Toga
– Arisu Endo & Suzume def. Runa Okubo & Yuki Kamifuku
– Maki Itoh def. HIMAWARI
– Free WiFi (Hikari Noa & Nao Kakuta) def. Haru Kazashiro & Moka Miyamoto
– Rika Tatsumi def. Wakana Uehara
– Max The Impaler, Pom Harajuku & Yuki Aino def. Kaya Toribami, Mizuki & Shoko Nakajima

** Michinoku Pro Wrestling 30th Anniversary Part 2 Results (10/15/23) Yahaba Townsman Gymnasium in Yahaba, Iwate, Japan
– Ken45 def. Ringo Yamaya
– Rasse, Yapper Man 1 & Yapper Man 2 def. Brahman Kei, Brahman Shu & OSO11
– Manjimaru def. Yasutaka Oosera
– Dick Togo, Jinsei Shinzaki & The Great Sasuke def. Ayumu Gunji, MUSASHI & Rui Hiugaji
MPW Tohoku Tag Team Championships: Kagetora & Yoshitsune (c) def. GAINA & Taro Nohashi
– Hiromu Takahashi def. Fujita Hayato

** Dragongate ‘The Gate of Victory’ Results (10/15/23) Art Center of Kobe in Kobe, Japan
– ISHIN, H•Y•O & KAI def. Kota Minoura, Ben-K & B×B Hulk
Royal Sambo Battle Royal: Genki Horiguchi wins
– Don Fujii, Takashi Yoshida & Eita def. U-T, JACKY ‘FUNKY’ KAMEI & Jason Lee
Yoshiki Kato’s Five Singles Match Series #3: Shun Skywalker def. Yoshiki Kato
– YAMATO, Dragon Kid, Naruki Doi & Lius Mante def. Masaaki Mochizuki, Susumu Mochizuki, Yasushi Kanda & Mochizuki Junior
– Madoka Kikuta, Yuki Yoshioka & Dragon Dia def. Kzy, BIGBOSS Shimizu & Strong Machine J

** There’s an interview with Suzu Suzuki on ENCOUNT’s website.

** Dragongate announced that Akihiro Sahara, Homare Kato and Dai Tsujiguchi are joining the promotion as trainees.

** Pro Wrestling ZERO1 Results (10/15/23) from Iruma, Saitama, Japan
Three Way Match: Takumi Baba def. Takumi Saito and Tsugutaka Sato  
– Takuya Sugawara def. Gabai Ji-chan
Tenkaichi Junior Tournament Second Round: Bambeat def. Hikaru Sato by Count Out
– Chris Vice & Yoshikazu Yokoyama def. Junya Matsunaga & Yuki Toki
– Arisa Nakajima & Makoto def. Mima Shimoda & Riko Kaiju
– Shiro Koshinaka & Shoki Kitamura def. Aja Kong & Satsuki Nagao

** 17 years ago on October 15th, ICW (Insane Championship Wrestling) in Scotland launched.

** Former WWE personality and commentator Todd Grisham was interviewed by MuscleManMalcolm.

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