It’s not too early. With WrestleMania 35 less than a month away, it’s time to start putting the card together. We already have a few matches set up but there is still a lot that needs to be done. A lot of the matches have already been set up or even challenged for on the weekly TV show, including one grudge match this week on SmackDown Live. It didn’t take long to make it official. As announced on the official WrestleMania Twitter account, AJ Styles will face Randy Orton at WrestleMania 35. This match has long been rumored for the card and was teased over the last few weeks. Orton has recently been calling out Styles for taking a long time to get to WWE while Styles has said that the company is being taken over by people like him. Styles challenged Orton this week on SmackDown Live. So who does #SDLive REALLY belong to? @AJStylesOrg will battle it out with @RandyOrton at #WrestleMania! https://t.co/I5e5mRdCR1 pic.twitter.com/aM6Xnqrxf0 — WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) March 14, 20..
I guess you need to know what to say. According to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, prior to WWE’s press conference in which they made the announcement of Wrestlemania 36, the company handed a series of do’s and don’ts to the mainstream media reporters that were covering the event. It contained a set of instructions about the verbiage that media outlets can and cannot use when writing reports about WWE. Here is the list: 1) When referring to our talent, we ask that you refer to them as WWE Superstars both for the men and women and NOT as “professional wrestlers;” 2) As of March 2016, our female Superstars are NO longer referred to as WWE Divas, so please call them WWE Superstars; 3) Please refer to our company as WWE and NOT World Wrestling Entertainment; 4) Please do not refer to our company as “the WWE,” but rather “WWE.” 5) Please do NOT use the term “professional wrestling,” instead using WWE or Sports Entertainment to describe our brand (E.G. “We have..
Some people have a drive that just won’t quit. According to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Jerry “The King” Lawler is in need of double knee replacement surgery, but will not be undergoing the procedure. He, in fact, will continue to compete in the ring. Here’s a clip of him in a heated rivalry with Michael Cole from 2013: [This post contains video, click to play] The King has made sporadic appearances with WWE, mostly as a member of various kick-off panels prior to pay-per-view events. However, has not competed in a match with them in quite some time. Lawler was most recently in the news when it was reported that his son, Brian, took his own life while being in person for a Disorderly Conduct charge. Editor’s Opinion: No matter where he goes, he will always be a draw and people will always look forward to seeing him. The King is one of the most legendary figures in the history of professional wrestling, both on the mic and in the ring, and is always e..
It had been previously reported that WWE has recently re-hired Bruce Prichard to be a “right-hand man” for Vince McMahon in upper management. Prichard was formerly known as Brother Love in the 80s. But what will his official title be? According to the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Prichard will officially be known as a Senior Vice President. Jim Cornette elaborated on Prichard’s hiring on a recent edition of the “Two Man Power Trip: “Bruce Prichard is going to serve on the creative team because Vince McMahon knows that Bruce get it. He gets it and he can relay it to other people. What is `it?’ `It’ is what Vince McMahon likes and what Vince wants and I he is probably (and I can see Vince sitting there) saying that they just don’t get it, these damn people and these kids they just don’t get it.” “I guarantee you that Bruce Prichard will be able to articulate what Vince McMahon wants to these people probably better than Vince can because Vince sometimes sends it..
It’s that time of year again. The latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter contains their annual awards for the year 2018. They are based on the time frame from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 and are voted upon by the readers. Here are the various categories, along with the winners: LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD (WRESTLER OF THE YEAR) : Kenny Omega MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MOST VALUABLE: Conor McGregor MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Kenny Omega MOST OUTSTANDING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Daniel Cormier TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR: Young Bucks BEST ON INTERVIEWS: Daniel Bryan PROMOTION OF THE YEAR: New Japan Pro Wrestling BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW: NXT PRO WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR: Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada, Dominion 6.9, June 9, Osaka MMA MATCH OF THE YEAR: Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier, April 14 [This post contains video, click to play] UNITED STATES/CANADA MVP: AJ Styles JAPANESE MVP: Kenny Omega MEXICO MVP: L.A. Park EUROPE MVP: Walter NON-HEAVYWEIGHT MVP: Will Osp..
The injury bug strikes again. According to her Instagram account, NXT superstar Chelsea Green is set to undergo surgery. This occurred after she broke her wrist during a match at this week’s television tapings. She posted the following message: “Today I had the opportunity to wrestle for the first time at Full Sail for @wwenxt after years of dreaming of it! Wow, it was everything I had imagined it would be!!!? “Of course, with this job comes occupational hazards. Unfortunately, I broke my wrist mid-match & will require surgery first thing tomorrow morning. “It sucks. I’m upset, I’m angry, I’m sore… but I’ll be back soon. This is just a tiny bump in the road to many goals I have set for 2019!” View this post on Instagram ?Today I had the opportunity to wrestle for the first time at Full Sail for @wwenxt after years of dreaming of it! Wow, it was everything I had imagined it would be!!!? Of course, with this job comes occupational hazards. ?Unfortunately, I broke my wrist mid-match ..
Ring of Honor Date: March 13, 2019 Location: RP Funding Center, Lakeland, Florida Commentators: Ian Riccaboni, Colt Cabana I’m not sure what to expect from this show anymore and that’s a very cool thing to say. The stories have gotten awesome as of late and that makes me want to keep watching. This is the unofficial go home show for the Anniversary Show this Friday, where a lot of things will be set up for the MSG show. Let’s get to it. We open with a recap of Jay Lethal destroying Matt Taven’s fake World Title last week. Opening sequence. Kingdom vs. Villain Enterprises TK O’Ryan/Vinny Marseglia vs. Marty Scurll/PCO here with no one in either corner. The Kingdom jumps them before the bell but a screaming PCO clotheslines them both. He and Scurll clear the ring and pose before settling down to work on O’Ryan’s arm. Marseglia breaks up a sunset flip attempt though and whips Scurll nearly through the barricade to take over. Back in and a double suplex gets two on Marty as we take a b..
205 Live Date: March 12, 2019 Location: Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, Aiden English The tournament season continues around here with the final four of the Cruiserweight Title #1 Contender tournament. In this case, there aren’t exactly a ton of great options but that’s the case with a lot of the title scene at the moment. Cedric Alexander is probably the favorite to win the whole thing, as tends to be the case, but bigger surprises have happened before. Let’s get to it. We open with Drew Gulak for a change. He loves tournament semifinals because it’s where you separate the men from the boys. In other words, it’s the round where Tony Nese collapses under the pressure. Drew owns him and tonight will be no different. Nese knows that Gulak is different than anyone else on the roster because Gulak will dissect every mistake that Nese makes. His focus is his best asset and Gulak knows nothing about him. Oney Lorcan says this is all business and he..
With Fastlane out of the way (thank goodness, though the show was solid), it’s time to finally focus on WrestleMania 35, which means we need a card. The matches are either put together or starting to become obvious and one thing is very clear: we are, yet again, in for a freaking ton of matches involving several people, many of whom don’t deserve to be on the show but will be anyway because of this everyone belongs policy from WWE. That’s what we’re going to look at today: this ridiculous idea that everyone in the company needs to be on WrestleMania for one reason or another. Now before we start, I know that the show has to fill in seven hours somehow and that a lot of it comes down to the bonuses that WWE gives out for appearing on the show (as they should). We’re looking at this from more of a kayfabe perspective this time around, as there is very little reason to have so many people on the show. Let’s start with some history. WrestleMania hasn’t always been such a crazy long show...
NXT UK Date: March 13, 2019 Location: Coventry Skydome Arena, Coventry, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness With less than a month to go before Wrestlemania, it’s time to get things ready for what should be the most obvious title match in years. Tonight Pete Dunne and Walter team up to face the Coffey Brothers in what should be an interesting match. Other than that it’s time to keep setting things up for what is probably coming up after New York. Let’s get to it. Sid Scala and Johnny Saint arrive and promise a big night. Opening sequence. Flash Morgan Webster vs. Wolfgang The Coffey Brothers go to the back as Wolfgang goes after Webster, who comes out with a jumping knee to the face and some right hands. The springboard attempt earns him a face first drop onto the top turnbuckle and a clothesline turns Webster inside out. The front facelock keeps Webster in trouble until he fights up for a dropkick to the floor. A suicide clothesline to the back of the head and a re..