New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar Will Ospreay injured his shoulder at Saturday night’s New Japan Showdown in San Jose event, as his shoulder popped out during a handspring move, leading to Ospreay receiving medical attention.
For those that did not see the show, this led to Kazuchika Okada working several minutes on his own as Ospreay was treated until Ospreay continued on in the match.
The feeling is that Ospreay will work NJPW Showdown in Los Angeles event and be assessed prior to and after the match.
Ring Of Honor Wrestling original, Dan Maff, who returned to the company last week for the first time in almost 15 years, announced today that he has signed a two-year contract with the company.
On August 19, 2011, Maff became Impact Championship Wrestling's Heavyweight Champion after winning one-day tournament. He defeated Azrieal in the first round, Devon Moore in semifinal and Danny Demanto in final.
On August 15, 2014, Maff made a surprise appearance for House of Glory Wrestling in Queens, New York. He was a last minute replacement for Jay Lethal and took the loss against Anthony Gangone. In June 2015, Maff became Pro Wrestling Syndicate Champion by defeating Mario Bokara and Fallah Bahh in a Tri Force Match.
Since 2016, Maff has been a mainstay at Pat Buck's WrestlePro. On November 18, 2016, Danny Maff became WrestlePro's first Silver Champion.
Return to ROH On November 2019, Maff made his return to Ring of Honor, facing PCO in a match. After his good performance, ROH offered him a contract, which he signed.
Marty Scurll’s ROH contract is up very soon and we have heard nothing about him making a decision to sign any kind of new contract. Fans of AEW can’t wait to see him on Dynamite, but Marty Scurll has a very important decision to make.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that ROH is making “a big play” to keep Marty Scurll. The expectation might be for Marty to end up in AEW, but nothing is guaranteed just yet.
“Everyone seems to think it’s AEW, but I know ROH is making a big play. You know it’s not like WWE — there’s no chance of WWE, but I kinda don’t expect him to go to WWE. That’s just my expectation right now.”
Marty Scurll showing up in NXT would certainly blow the roof off of Full Sail Arena. NXT would probably treat him like a big star, but you never know how Vince McMahon will end up treating a guy like The Villain.
Odds are if I were going to place a bet on this situation, Mary Scurll’s image doesn’t show up in the Being The Elite intro every week without any plans for him to eventually get his title card back on The Elite’s weekly YouTube series. The Young Bucks have even confirmed this in the past.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Radio
"Everyone backstage at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, NC was said to be really thrilled with last night's AEW Dynamite episode, according to PWInsider. This was the first pay-per-view go-home show they've had since Dynamite launched.
- Speaking of Saturday's AEW Full Gear pay-per-view from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD, Ticketmaster shows more than 1,200 tickets are left at this link.
They are going for $30 - $125. There are also two floor seats that come together, and include the commemorative take-home chair, for $300 each.
The estimated attendance for Dynamite episode from Charlotte was in the 5,000 range, according to PWInsider. A hot topic on social media has been the photos going around of the empty seats on the hard cam side, which you can see below along with tweets from All Elite Wrestling Charlotte fans:
"So no one wants to talk about how half the building was tarped off for last night's #AEWDynamite. If this was a WWE show it would have been all over every website"
"Jesus Did AEW learn anything from WWE about attendance?"
"AEW claims to be an alternative, then copies Smackdown's attendance."
Credit: Wrestling Inc & AEW fans from Twitter
Cody Rhodes went all out at Full Gear. He did not pull down the AEW World Title which means he can never challenge for the belt that he helped design again. He also isn’t medically cleared to compete, but he’s got more going on than just the apparent facial contusion.
Dave Meltzer revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio that Cody Rhodes actually suffered a separated rib during his Full Gear Title match as well.
“Cody’s got a separated rib to go along with that nasty gash [on his eyebrow].”
A separated rib can usually take three to four weeks to continue. If you take into consideration the kind of damage that Cody takes in the ring it could be even longer. Then again, he might return faster knowing his dedication to the business. Hopefully, he will be okay to compete soon enough because odds are he will have MJF to deal with next.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Radio
There are unfortunately some people out there who want to take advantage of people, including pro wrestlers. Due to social media, it has made it more difficult to pull off some of the more carny shenanigans, but it still happens.
Tony Deppen, an indie wrestler said that a promotion called LA Lucha agreed to fly him from Chicago to LA for a show. Then what happened next was nothing they agreed on.
After saying that they would pay his rate, they flew him to an airport that is about an hour and half drive from LAX where he was supposed to land. Then he was told the show was canceled due to legal reasons.
They were apparently set up in a “roach motel” that cost $75, but the promoter refused to pay the $100 deposit so it was on the wrestlers. Instead of staying there, Deppen and another wrestler pulled their money together to get a better hotel.
It’s been two weeks and some wrestlers have been paid, but Deppen has not. So, he let everything out in a tweet which you can read below.
Francine entertained fans for years as a part of ECW, but she is having a rather difficult time right now. She just had a procedure done, but now she is back in the hospital for more care.
PW Insider reports that Francine was admitted into a New Jersey hospital last night due to issues she had from a previous surgery. She had abdominal reconstruction last week as well as having a hernia repaired
That was the third such surgery that she had to undergo. Doctors placed mesh around her stitching to secure it, but it came undone prematurely after her first two operations.
We are wishing Francine the best and hope that she will be able to heal up soon.
Credit: PW Insider
WWE has a few former NXT Champions on the cusp of a push including Aleister Black. He continues to work backstage angles where he cuts the same kind of promo looking for someone to pick a fight with him. Why hasn’t he been actually wrestling?
Dave Meltzer revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio that there is a very good reason why Black continues to cut those backstage promos. He is currently dealing with a knee injury, but the company wanted to keep him on television.
Okay, so here’s the deal. He’s got a knee injury and they wanted to keep him on TV.”
Hopefully, Aleister Black’s knee isn’t too bad. He needs his legs to be in working order for all of those kicks he delivers in the ring. It is a good thing that WWE is still giving him a focus even though he can’t work in the ring. At least that shows that they haven’t given up on him.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Radio
The Fiend and Daniel Bryan are set to begin a epic program.
The Fiend has easily become WWE’s hottest SuperStar and Daniel Bryan will have to step into the ring with him.
Daniel Bryan will be a “face” heading into this program and WWE is excited at the in-ring excellence Bryan will bring to this feud.
There are no plans whatsoever for The Fiend to drop his WWE Universal Championship anytime soon as WWE is hell bent on making The Fiend to most terrifying character in recent WWE history since The Undertaker.
The Fiend making his entrance as Universal Champion at WrestleMania 36 will surely be a sight to behold.
Tyson Fury and WWE are a unique partnership.
The former WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, Lineal Heavyweight Champion boasts a professional record of
• 30 fights
• 29 wins (20 via KO)
• 0 losses
• 1 draw
WWE and Tyson Fury have yet to sign a official contract and the two sides are currently working on a pay-per-appearance deal.
WWE is big on bringing in cross mainstream stars to heighten WWE’s publicity and drawing power, and this isn’t the first time WWE has used this strategy.
Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, Rob Gronkowski, Cain Velasquez and Ronda Rousey are examples of WWE using big names to sell big shows, especially WrestleMania.
Next year WWE plans to do the same with WrestleMania 36 and Tyson Fury.
WWE and Tyson Fury are discussing plans for the “Gypsy King” to have a match at WrestleMania 36 in singles match or Tag-Team match with Braun Strowman as his partner.
Tyson Fury enjoys wrestling and is said to be advancing significantly in his training as a professional wrestler.
Looks like WrestleMania 36 and Tyson Fury will be making some noise in Tampa, FL in 2020
The 630 Senton vs The RKO
WWE has put the wheels into motion and WWE officials are drooling at the prospective of a Orton vs Ricochet explosive match at a major PPV
Randy Orton has always been entrusted with bringing high quality in-ring performances on the biggest stage at WrestleMania. Orton rarely has a bad match especially when he’s called upon in big moments.
WWE officials also feel Ricochet will benefit from “The Rub” Randy Orton will give him in a such high-profile match.
Randy Orton vs Ricochet is currently planned for WrestleMania 36 in 2020 but there is a possibility WWE could move up the match based on booking needs but for the WWE Universe’s sake we hope it remains WrestleMania.
The 630 Senton reversed into a RKO is everything you need to know about a possible mega match between these talented stars.
Cain Velasquez lost at WWE Crown Jewel in a very short match against Brock Lesnar. This was likely due to the fact that Velasquez needs a knee procedure. He was also pulled from an upcoming Mexico City appearance.
The Sun recently spoke to Cesaro where he brought up Cain Velasquez. He said that the former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion didn’t get off to the best start in WWE. He did put forth an impressive outing in AAA.
In the end, Cesaro has hope that he’ll be able to work with Velasquez because the two could “tear it up” in the ring.
“Cain came in and wasn’t that successful. I don’t know what he’s doing now, but I’m sat here talking to you. It’s a marathon—that’s how I look at it and what I tell myself. Of course, I wish I’d had those opportunities, but when the opportunity comes for me I’ll be ready. And I’ll do better than Cain Velasquez did.”
“To be fair, that was just something like his third match, and he was very impressive with the other two. WWE is such a strong learning curve. Even with NXT, which is maybe more like the independents, that’s still a learning curve to adjust to this style. Given time, if I step in the ring with Cain I think that we could really tear it up.”
If WWE wants Cain Velasquez to be the best possible working with someone like Cesaro could do a lot of good. We’ll just have to see what the company has in mind for him.
Sin Cara just returned from injury and they gave him a big night in El Paso. Now it looks like he could be on his way out.
In a letter written in Spanish, Sin Cara let fans know that he has requested his WWE release. This a rather surprising development since he just returned to action.
WWE put Carolina with him as a masked female counterpart, but then they sent her back to NXT. He might also not appreciate how he was booked.
At this point, we have received no word on whether WWE will grant this release request. Also, keep in mind, that this is not the original Sin Cara. The former Hunico has been wearing the Sin Cara ask for a majority of the character’s run in WWE.
Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega had an insane match that closed out AEW Full Gear. There were dangerous and unconventional weapons like chains, mouse traps, and broken glass. They also used plenty of barbed wire and there was a fair amount of blood as well. Don’t expect this to be the status quo in All Elite Wrestling.
Bryan Alvarez stated during Wrestling Observer Live that it’s very likely we won’t see another weapons-filled unsanctioned match in AEW for quite a while.
My impression after talking to people today is I don’t think you’re gonna see a match like this again for a long time if ever, okay? I could be wrong, but the impression I was given is that Jon Moxley really wanted to do a match like this so they let him do the match. I think it’s out of his — I shouldn’t say it’s out of his system — but, it’s done now. I think it’s over.”
You can never rule out Jon Moxley doing something incredibly dangerous in one of his matches down the line. Nobody can stop him from doing what he wants out there, but it might be a very long time until fans see something like this out of AEW again.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Live
The Shield debuted and it was a storm of violence and chaos. Now Jon Moxley has left WWE and the Hounds Of Justice behind, but he remembers those days well.
While speaking during Starrcast IV, Jon Moxley revealed that CM Punk told them that other Superstars were likely told not to sell for them. That being said, they made doubly sure that guys like Ryback made them look good.
“I remember the first night we were attacking Ryback and I remember CM Punk pulled us to the side and this is probably just paranoia, because Ryback is a sweetheart, but [Punk] was like ‘People have probably been told not to sell for you. Somebody’s probably in Ryback’s ear telling him not to sell for you… so make sure he does.'”
“That was all I needed to hear I was was like, ‘Well f*ck him then’ so we literally beat the sh*t out of [Ryback].”
Jon Moxley confirmed once again that The Shield was intended to be a stable for CM Punk. They traveled with the Second City Savior on his bus until WWE split them up. It might have been a good thing that they had Punk in their ears in the beginning because that advice added another level of intensity to The Shield’s big debut.
Chyna was taken from us far too soon. She sadly passed away before she could reconcile with WWE. There was a documentary that was being filmed about her during the time of her death as well. That film might never see the light of day for multiple reasons.
According to the Gazette local newspaper, Eric Angra was arrested for a slew of crimes including drug trafficking. He was also working on the Chyna documentary at the time of her death.
“ERIC ANGRA was indicted on one count of conspiracy to aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony; one count of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; two counts of possession of heroin, one a fourth-degree felony and the other a third- degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree; one count of possessing criminal tools, a fifth- degree felony; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony; one count of trafficking in heroin, a third-degree felony; and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony.”
It should be noted that Angra told people after Chyna died that he had no idea how bad her drug problem was. He said he was “blind” to the situation and that her death “changed” who he was as a person.
There is a lot to unpack in this situation, but it looks like he got himself caught up in a very messy set of circumstance.
Credit: The Gazette Local Newspaper
Chasyn Rance is a very controversial figure in pro wrestling. He is a registered sex offender and was recently involved in another big controversy involving a chloroform angle.
A promo which involved chloroform sparked a huge controversy. This caused Teddy Hart to distance himself totally from Chasyn Rance after he was allegedly involved. Now Rance is speaking out on the matter.
Kallie Koxxx, who is an admitted escort tweeted out a very concerning story about Rasen.
Pt.1 So we all know I offer adult companionship services. This “pro” wrestler name @ChasynRance who works for @TeamVisionDojo and dates @AmberNova73 went and set up an appointment with me last night just to try and cancel once I got there and then he threatened to have me killed.
Chasyn Rance says that people have been ordering pizzas and escorts to his home as a “prank.” He recently had to deal with an escort showing up that he did not order and then apparently, whoever was texting this escort then threatened her.
Rance also addressed his crimes from 11 years ago by saying that it was “a mistake that ruined my career and ruined my life.” He said that he doesn’t have anyone to blame but himself for this and he will “forever hate” himself for it.
There was also a fair amount of controversy involving Rance in the past when Kenny Omega hired him to be a part of the ring crew at a show he was holding. Rance also got to work a dark match before the event. Kenny Omega later apologized for using Rance on the show because he had no idea about his history.
Billy Thoughts: This man is a registered Sex Offender and has right to be in or around this business that has children of all ages around. When we found out about one in our area we made damn sure that all working talent male and female, all running promotions, and all people in and around the business knew and that said person was banned everywhere. This something that I have been seeing more and more around some of the small feds. Kids look up to us workers as super hero's and no child anywhere should NEVER have to go through any of this at all.
There's so much more to this story.
Credit: Ring Side News
AEW Full Gear just concluded, but fans are already pining for the next All Elite Wrestling pay-per-view event. It’s coming, but Tony Khan isn’t revealing much right now.
During the post event media scrum, Tony Khan was asked about AEW’s next pay-per-view. All Elite Wrestling wants to continue doing the best thing for fans to give them “a great quarterly pay-per-view experience.”
Khan confirmed that All Out, Double Or Nothing, and Full Gear are now “big quarterly brands for us.” He said in the first quarter they will make a big announcement about a new event that will be on their “Mount Rushmore.” Double Or Nothing 2 was also confirmed.
Tony Khan said he couldn’t give all of the details about their fourth quarterly pay-per-view, but he’s very excited about it. “It’s gonna be awesome,” he said. We’ll just have to wait and see what they’re planning.
Eric Bischoff’s time in WWE didn’t last long. There were plenty of stories that came out after he was released from the company. Now he is able to speak his mind about a few of those rumors.
While speaking to Wrestling Inc, Eric Bischoff addressed reports that he was brought in to facilitate WWE’s move to Fox.
“I don’t know who said that. There were a lot of things written, so much of what you read in the dirtsheets at the time when I came into WWE, and subsequently, after getting into WWE. It’s just like nuclear horses—, so far off base. Nobody articulate that I was brought in to help manage the process with FOX. If that was true, somebody forgot to tell me.”
When asked what happened between himself and WWE, he summed it up to just having a different approach. Things obviously didn’t work out between the two sides, but it’s no fault of theirs.
“One of the things I learned is you not to be really, really passionate about making a commitment that big, and it was a big job. To be honest about it I think that my personality and the way I approach things creatively and the way I approach business didn’t fit their formula and I think that’s going to be one thing that I’ll be a little more careful about moving forward. Is to make sure the opportunity and personalities kind of match a little bit better than they did. That was no fault of theirs, they were very honest and very open about the opportunity when I took it. I thought it was going to be a great opportunity, and it just wasn’t.”
Eric Bischoff moved across the country for his new job with WWE. Now it looks like he won’t be needing to buy any property in Stamford.
Credit: Wrestling Inc.
We have very sad news to report as the pro wrestling world grieves the loss of Matt Travis. He was only 25 years old.
Travis died in a hit and run. He was riding his bike in Harlem when he was hit by a dump truck. Plenty of people have reacted so far including Curt Hawkins who tweeted out:
My thoughts are with the HOG Wrestling locker room, students, friends & family. Very sad news.
In January, 2019 Travis was interviewed by Vice. He said that wrestling was his “lifeline.” He kept wondering if his shot was coming next. Sadly, he was taken far too soon.
“Wrestling is my lifeline. Every night I come home and hear how someone got shot… like, what if I’m next? But with wrestling I feel like, finally, I have a shot.”
Travis was known for his work with HOG Wrestling, CZW, and GCW. He will be missed by anyone who ever watched him perform. Our thoughts are with anyone involved in this very sad situation.
The Young Bucks spent some time in TNA as “Generation Me.” They can look back at that time fondly because of the friends they made like Okada, but at the time it might not have been so wonderful.
The fact is that Nick and Matt Jackson were wrestling for a pro wrestling company that had a show on Spike TV and they were losing money.
Nick Jackson revealed during their Starrcast IV show that there were times when the Young Bucks actually lost money wrestling for TNA.
“It was the right deal at the time. We should have probably negotiated a little more because we were young and stupid.”
“The contract was so bad — I’ll tell you guys this — that sometimes we would fly to Orlando, we would have to rent a car, and we would have to get a hotel room and eat. By the time we came back from some of those trips we lost money wrestling for TNA.”
“Our deal was $300 per match.”
Matt Jackson worked a day job during the week at that time. He molded plastic and had to wear big gloves that went up his arms. Matt still has scars on his arms from where he burned himself at that job, but it was all worth it in the end.
MJF turned on Cody Rhodes at AEW Full Gear. As Friedman was leaving, someone threw beer at him and that made the Salt Of The Earth smile even bigger.
The truth is that it wasn’t beer that was thrown on MFJ. It was only water. It also wasn’t a rogue fan because AEW enlisted in the help of indie wrestler Alan Angels to throw the liquid at MJF.
Angels wrestles competes around the Georgia area. Obviously, this was a huge deal for him and it only added to MJF’s turn on Cody Rhodes.
Billy's Thoughts: I actually called this months ago. AEW didn't hide it very well at all. THey kept teasing it and the last time it was obvious when he came to the rescue with the chair a few weeks ago. This is also a good story line to get Cody back into the Title picture later. MJF vs Cody Feud is money.
AEW Full Gear was a packed card of professional wrestling. The AEW roster brought everything they could to the table, but no major injuries were reported.
PW Insider reports that no major injuries came out of Full Gear. That being said, Adam “Hangman” Page is apparently dealing with an issue.
Hangman Page believed he may have suffered a stinger during his bout and was having some issues with his right arm, but believed he would be fine for Dynamite this Wednesday.
Hopefully, Hangman Page will be all good by the time Dynamite rolls around. He had a pretty brutal match against PAC at Full Gear where he came out the winner. Now we’ll have to see what kind of “Cowboy Sh*t” is next for Page.
Billy's Thoughts: Stingers happen all the time in wrestling and football as well. I myself suffered 2 major Stingers during my Arena Football days caused me to retire. Stingers in wrestling are even worse they can cause severe neck and spinal issues if not treated right away. We here at Heel Turn hope Hangman got checked out and is good to go.
Credit: PW Insider
AEW Full Gear is the topic of conversation for a lot of pro wrestling fans this morning. Plenty of fans are talking about the brutal lights out match that closed out the show. As it turns out, Full Gear was set to open a lot differently too.
During the media scrum following Full Gear, Tony Khan revealed that he had a lot to do with Britt Baker and Bea Priestley’s feud. He helped map it out and wanted it to be on the pay-per-view, but due to a “totally understandable” personal situation that match needed to be switched around.
“It wasn’t supposed to be — the Britt/Bea — just so you know I felt very strong about that match and I was heavily involved in the layout from the beginning. I worked on the Casino Battle Royale at All Out and worked very closely with them and the idea of planning… we wanted Britt and Bea to have issues for a long time and the seeds have been planted for a long time since Britt got hurt and work it into a big feud with a major personal issue and I think that the promos that they have done built it into a huge match.”
“I wanted it to be on the pay-per-view like I had a lot of involvement in it. It was probably the first match that I had a lot of involvement in like the Battle Royal — they were the only two with Nyla and they kinda knocked each other out when Bea kinda screwed over Britt.”
“So, like I wanted it to be on the pay-per-view, but because of some timing circumstances and in terms of somebody having a personal situation which was completely understandable… we ended up moving another match that we had originally laid out for the Buy In as recently as a week ago, we switched it. It was originally supposed to be on the pay-per-view because it was important to have both of those matches on the show.”
He didn’t clarify what the personal situation was, but it didn’t seem to be a big deal. It also makes us wonder which match was initially scheduled to be a part of the Buy-In. Given the process of elimination since there were only seven other matches it might not be hard to guess.
AEW Full Gear just ended, but the company is already getting to work on a loaded episode of AEW Dynamite this Wednesday. Now we have a big title match scheduled.
During the post-event media scrum after Full Gear, Tony Khan confirmed that there will be a match for the AEW World Tag Team Titles next week on Dynamite.
Next week on AEW Dynamite we will see Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara challenge Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian for the AEW World Tag Team Titles. This could be a very interesting match and fans might see Y2J holding two belts in All Elite Wrestling this time next week.