AEW Full Gear went down last night and there was a lot to take in. There were two women’s matches on the card if you include the Buy In contest between Britt Baker and Bea Priestley. Now AEW will start introducing some new female stars.
During the post-event media scrum following Full Gear, Tony Khan said that AEW plans on announcing more female signings soon. There are a lot of very exciting possibilities of who they could lock down with a deal.
We previously reported that Big Swole signed a deal. The company hasn’t made that announcement official yet so that could be coming. Shazza McKenzie’s recent appearance on AEW Dark sparked a “Sign Shazza” hashtag on social media as well. We’ll have to see how all that turns out, so stay tuned.
As noted on HTW, AEW Dynamite was finally toppled by NXT in the ratings, at least for one segment. One woman who is not surprised by this is one of the two women responsible for toppling AEW in this segment, Taynara Conti.
When a fan quote tweeted her and said both she and Santana Garrett's match on NXT on USA drew more than AEW, she said "I'm NOT surprised, Taynara means business".
According to the Observer, for this particular segment, AEW drew 809,000 while NXT on USA drew 813,000.
Let us know what you think in the comments.
It's official, NXT has finally beaten AEW in a segment. What's even more surprising is that no NXT champion was involved in the segment and one of the participants in the segment was having her debut match on NXT T.V.
The NXT segment that topped AEW Dynamite was none other than a match between Judo black belt Taynara (Conti) and debuting superstar Santana Garrett. The match had some pretty high stakes, with both ladies looking to earn the final spot in either Rhea Ripley or Shayna Baszler's War Games teams.
The segment drew 813,000 compared to AEW's 809,000 at the time.
What do you think about NXT finally beating AEW in the ratings? Sound off in the comments.
We all know that Cody Rhodes is one of the biggest names in modern wrestling. Being one of the figureheads of a company that looks set to challenge WWE in every aspect of competition, Rhodes has certainly found his stride as an Executive Vice President, but more importantly, as a talent on the show.
This was never more evident than on this week's AEW Dynamite, when Cody delivered one of the promos of the year, speaking with a passion rarely seen in modern wrestling. He spoke with character. He spoke like a man on a mission. But most importantly, for the first time in years, he spoke like a Rhodes.
Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer raved about the promo as an all - timer, impressed with the depth to what Cody was saying. He stressed the importance of it, claiming that it should be taught in wrestling schools.
While Cody took on Chris Jericho today for the AEW World Championship, the future looks even brighter for the "American Nightmare", as a feud with incredible talker MJF is looming.
What do you think about Cody's promo? Let us know in the comments.
WWE Officials have set their target on Jeff Cobb.
Jeff Cobb (36 yrs old) is currently signed with Ring Of Honor and is a former ROH World Television Champion and has also wrestled in New Japan Pro Wrestling where he is a former NEVER OpenWeight Champion.
Jeff Cobb’s contract with ROH expires at the end of 2019 and WWE is looking to sign him to replenish NXT after roster moves are expected to happen after WrestleMania season.
WWE Jeff Cobb in-ring style likens him to Samoa Joe and his no nonsense demeanor also follows that character.
The Wednesday Night Wars have caused many changes in the pro wrestling industry.
The newest development is WWE discussing taking NXT on the road to major arenas every Wednesday in 2020.
WWE feels like they are losing ground and ratings to AEW based on the significant aspect that their rivals are in lager arenas than Full Sail University.
When the viewer switches the channel from NXT to AEW the atmosphere and big league feel favours AEW which is something Vince McMahon and Triple H are looking to change in 2020.
NXT hitting major wrestling hotspots such as New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles would certainly help them with their war in ratings against AEW.
Wednesday night is already the best night of the week for wrestling and 2020 looks like it can get even better.
AEW and Kulture City have partnered up for every AEW event to provide sensory inclusion services for fans. It looks like that won’t fly in Baltimore.
In a now deleted tweet, Kulture City posted that they were removed from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore before Full Gear started. We’re not sure what their reason for this was. Kulture City said some arenas just don’t get it.
“Due to Royal Farms Arena not understanding the importance of sensory inclusion and accoltwnce [sic] to all fans, we have been asked to leave the arena. We are outside the arena in our mobile trailer if anyone needs ya.
This is not Brandi or Cody’s fault. This is simply a call by the arena. If any fans need their services, they will be outside."
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Cody Rhodes took MJF under his wing when he signed with AEW. Since then the two have been best friends, but Maxwell Jacob Friedman has always been a heel.
Click here for our complete AEW Full Gear results.
Cody Rhodes and Chris Jericho had a brutal match at AEW Full Gear. Then Y2J locked on the Walls Of Jericho and MJF threw in the towel as he stood in Cody’s corner.
After the match was over, it seemed as though Cody Rhodes was going to let this one slide. Then MJF kicked Cody in the groin and he went down.
The arena exploded with heat and boos at MJF as he left. He finally turned full heel as if he wasn’t already enough of a bad guy.
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Excalibur and Jimmy Havoc got into an altercation in public at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, where they were celebrating at Tony Schiavone’s Birthday.
Witnesses said that Havoc was very drunk and tried to punch Excalibur but missed. Excalibur subsequently choked him until security intervened. Tony Khan was in attendance and said to have witnessed the incident.
The pair would end up outside, and Havoc threw his phone at Excalibur, again missing and it smashed against the wall. Security would separate the pair again.
We understand both have spoken today and cleared the air.
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AEW started off incredibly hot selling out out arenas in record time, but their crowds at Dynamite haven’t been too full recently.
Dave Meltzer noted 3,600 fans were in Charlotte for the last episode of Dynamite. As you can see by the picture below, they had to tarp off a huge amount of seats with virtually every seat on the hard camera side remaining empty.
They know how to shoot the crowd to avoid empty seats which is key to giving a better presentation on television. It seems that they will get a lot of practice in knowing where to shoot the crowd in the weeks to come.
AEW isn’t slowing down their touring Dynamite show and they have dates booked through 2019 and into 2020. Hopefully, the crowds will remain consistent or even improve as they venture into regions that they have yet to perform in.
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Tyson Fury’s match at Crown Jewel may have been a one-time appearance, but now the boxer seems interested in returning to face another difficult opponent.
Fury was a guest on the latest “After the Bell” podcast and talked about wrestling against Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel last week in Saudi Arabia.
The interview ended with Graves asking what the odds were like that we’d once again see him step into a WWE ring after his next boxing fight. “Hopefully you see me in the ring again,” Fury replied. “I want to fight Brock Lesnar next. One clip from the Gypsy King and he’ll wake up in Tokyo.”
Tyson also teased that maybe the match between he and Brock could go down at WrestleMania 36.
In case you missed it, Tyson Fury defeated Strowman in his WWE debut via countout after Braun was unable to gain his composure on the outside of ring following a big right hand.
FYI — Fury will appear on this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown from Manchester.
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WWE heads to the Manchester arena in Manchester, England to tape tonight’s episode of SmackDown. Below are the spoiler results.
WWE heads to the Manchester arena in Manchester, England to tape the November 11, 2019 episode of RAW. Below are the spoiler results.
WWE held a big event in Manchester today. They filmed two episodes of their main roster television show with Raw and Friday Night SmackDown in the same night. Click here for those SmackDown spoilers.
Click here to find out what happens during Raw this week.
Rusev, Lana, and Bobby Lashley storyline took the stage today so it will continue on Raw next week. The fans in Manchester were not accepting of this angle at all and they didn’t give it much of a chance at all.
Fans pelted the ring with chants of: STD, You’re Boring, Rusev Day, Daddy’s Home, Shut The F*ck Up, and What?”
The boos were heavy and it was actually hard to hear anything that was said because of the negative reaction. You can find a video of the crowd’s overwhelmingly negative reaction below.
It was also noted that Rusev did receive a fair amount of “golf claps” because fans know he deserves far better.
Billy's Thoughts: This is a very bad angle and WWE needs to take note of this. They are wasting away 3 talents for this stupid angle and it needs to stop.
Sami Zayn is now Shinsuke Nakamura’s mouthpiece. He is good at that role, but some fans are wondering why he isn’t wrestling. There is a very good reason for that.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that Sami Zayn is having trouble with his shoulders. This is less than a year since he had double shoulder surgery. It is said that “he’s okay” and he can wrestle, but WWE is placing him in this role nonetheless.
Zayn was having trouble with his shoulders in recent months which is why he’s been wrestling less and has been managing Nakamura. But we’re told he’s okay now and can wrestle but this is the role they have him in.
Sami Zayn has expertly avoiding competition in recent weeks. It has also made some fans wonder if he’s injured. He might be having an issue, but it won’t keep him out of the ring if WWE needs him. After all, he took bumps for Matt Riddle and Keith Lee on last week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown
Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Before NXT went live on the USA Network last night, Triple H came out and he had a very special announcement to make. There was a hero in the building and he deserved some attention.
Jeremy Ganger is an indie wrestler in the Dayton Ohio area. He worked as a bouncer at Ned Peppers bar in Dayton Ohio. On August 9th, Ganger stepped up in a big way and became a hero. A shooter tried to enter the bar, but he stopped him.
The shooter, Connor Betts ended up killing 9 people and another 27 were injured. It’s unknown how many people Ganger saved by doing what he did, but Triple H wanted to make sure he got recognition last night.
Before NXT kicked off, Triple H invited Ganger to the ring and he was presented with an NXT Title and tons of praise from the Full Sail Arena crowd. It was a pretty cool moment. Triple H said that he is a real hero and everyone agreed.
Ganger had also previously received an invitation to attend Starrcast III and All Out from AEW.
The Usos have not been brought back to WWE since just before SummerSlam. Jimmy Uso was arrested for DUI and it was not a pleasant situation.
Rikishi, father of the Usos recently spoke to Wrestling Inc where he was asked about his son’s recent arrest. It’s hard to hide anything in today’s media, but his boys have to “live and learn.”
“Today you can’t hide anything; you have to be careful with social media. It’s not just when you come to an arena as it’s in your personal life and there are camera phones all over the place. For me, I’m always cautious of things that I do and if it’s not the right thing, then you definitely don’t wanna do that.”
“With the boys, they are gonna live and learn. Nobody’s perfect, and I’m the first to say, but I’ve learned off my failures. If I did get in trouble, maybe had a few too many drinks and knew I wasn’t supposed to be behind the wheel, you can rest assure that I’m ready to pay the consequences. Sometimes you have to grow up.”
Both Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso have DUI arrest in recent years. This is not something we like reporting on, but it is a sad fact. Neither of the Usos were invited to SummerSlam due to the fact that Canada wouldn’t allow them entry.
Credit: Wrestling Inc.
Jerry Lynn won’t be at Starrcast or Full Gear. He wasn’t at AEW Dynamite last night and they mentioned their AEW coach during the show. He was wished the best of luck on commentary and we hope that he gets better as well.
Lynn put his body through a ton of punishment in ECW, ROH, and other companies over the last thirty years. Now PW Insider reports that he is scheduled for an MRI to determine what is wrong with him.
Lynn is slated for an MRI today and hopes to have results by Tuesday to pinpoint and treat the problem.
Hopefully, the doctors can determine what Lynn’s issue is so they can properly treat him. He is currently a coach for AEW and they obviously miss him by the heartfelt message during last night’s broadcast.
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Virgil is quite a character and he has gone by several names throughout his career. Last night he brought back Soultrain Jones and appeared on AEW Dynamite.
It was a big surprise to see Soul Train Jones on Dynamite. He made this announcement quite clear on his Instagram that he has “dipped his breadstick” into AEW.
Virgil Kahn (Con) aka Soul Train Jones aka Meatsauce Mike is @allelitewrestling 4 life. My decision to take ownership of the hottest product in the game will soon be released for all the meatsauce minions to be notified that my inner circle is dripping with meatsauce…. stay tuned to hear it from the horses mouth for the exclusive beef.
He sent out a second post saying that he was “headhunted” by Shad and Tony Khan who he mentored. Now it looks like Soultrain Jones is going to make the most out of his brief appearance on AEW Dynamite.
The hottest free agent has dipped his breadsticks into the ALL Elite Era. It was an easy decision. Since I wasn’t going to give my equity back from the WWF days, I got Headhuntered years ago by one of my students who I mentor to this day Shahid and Tony Kahn. From their I have given my life’s work to help big media conglomerates to enhance their brand. TNT has been in my pocket since Teddy and I crushed WCW. So when they brought to me AEW The first thing I thought Alfredo Enchilada Wrestling. Head blown. Finally someone that can mix cuisine into the squared circle. So when Tony offered me equity for my brand I knew that the deal was gonna be right. Tony offered me a VP position to get a piece of my ass and I said “Veal Parm? sure but load me up with that unlimited Pasta Pass”. He said “yes Lord Veezus”
When Le Champion called me and said we need your meat in our Inner Circle. I said It simple to my WCW southpaw “show me Le F*ck Monay”. Deal done. We signed a contract at my home turf @olivegarden and the rest was Wednesday night history. The catering has been upped, the story has been cemented and the breadsticks are now FOREVER unlimited.
Virgil’s appearance as Soultrain Jones was pretty entertaining last night. He delivered some lines that really stood out in that hilarious promo for Chris Jericho. We’ll just have to see if Soultrain Jones becomes an official member of the Inner Circle, but it sounds like he’s not done dealing the meatsauce.
It should also be noted that he changed his Instagram name to “SoultrainJonesAEW” so he seems serious about this new endeavor.
WWE’s NXT brand brought a big show to the USA Network on Wednesday nights. Their efforts ended up coming the closest yet to defeating AEW Dynamite, but some NXT Superstars were injured in the process.
An update from WWE Now said that Adam Cole suffered a laceration over his eye during the attack from the OC before the show started. He’s okay, but his wrist really is fractured.
Bobby Fish suffered “internal injuries” and he lost an incisor tooth during the attack from The OC as well. This happened when Luke Gallows sent him face-first into a storage container before chokeslamming him through a table. He reportedly has an MRI scheduled and is listed as “questionable.”
Damian Priest also potentially fractured his back during the attack from Killian Dain. He had X-rays and is waiting for those results.
Finally, Dakota Kai might have sprained her knee in her loss to Shayna Baszler. She’s been having a lot of issues with her knee and her status is listed as “day to day” at this time.
WWE Crown Jewel was a big event, but then there was a ton of controversy and worry that followed. WWE Superstars didn’t make it out of the country as planned. Mechanical issues were cites and their their pilots “timed out” and needed to sleep. This left the WWE Superstars stuck in Saudi Arabia for an additional day.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that Vince McMahon was out of the country as quickly as possible. This is nothing new for Vince McMahon because he is very busy and always on the go. It is notable exactly how much sooner he was able to leave.
WWE sources said that he was already out of the country before learning of any mechanical issues or travel problems with the crew. Flight records show that McMahon left the country at about 12:40 a.m. local time, more than two hours before the flight that never took off was even boarding.
Vince McMahon was in the air two hours before his Superstars even boarded the flight. He didn’t abandon anyone because he had no idea there would be an issue. It’s still a pretty good bet that Vince McMahon will make sure that his Superstars’ flight is given a thorough mechanical check-up before he leaves after future Saudi Arabian shows.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
WWE Crown Jewel was a historic event, but it was overshadowed in some ways by the controversy that followed in regards to Superstars not being able to leave Saudi Arabia.
Vince McMahon was out of Saudi Arabia very quickly after the Crown Jewel show was over. He had no idea that there was an issue with the Superstars’ flight. After six hours on the tarmac, the Superstars weren’t going anywhere for an entire day.
There was a private charter plane that brought twenty people back early. That plane experienced its own delay and nobody made it back until SmackDown was almost over the next day. The charter had twenty people on it and roughly a dozen Superstars.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that WWE paid for that charter flight. This is in spite of them saying that those Superstars pulled their own money together because they felt so strongly about not missing the show.
We were told that, in fact, nobody paid a dime for the flight and WWE both arranged and paid for it, which makes the WWE’s wording in the release strange.
WWE paying for a flight out of Saudi Arabia for only twenty people might not have been a good look at the time. Perhaps they decided to say that the Superstars and staff pulled their own funds together as a way to excuse why WWE didn’t pay to have everyone else brought back as well. Either way, everyone made it back from Saudi Arabia and we are very happy about this.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Radio
Since winning the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia, "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt has yet to appear on Friday Night Smackdown.
This could all be set to change, as Wyatt has been confirmed for this week's Smackdown on Fox, eminating from the Manchester arena in Manchester, England.
Despite not having Wyatt or WWE champion Brock Lesnar advertised for this week's double tapings for RAW and Smackdown, he (Wyatt) has reportedly been confirmed for the event.
No word yet as to whether or not Brock Lesnar will fly over for the RAW tapings.
How do you feel about "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt on Smackdown? Sound off in the comments.
This week's episode of Monday Night RAW was certainly eventful. We saw Seth Rollins given an ultimatum by Triple H, when the Game said "You're either with me or against me" to Rollins, while the Undisputed Era stood on the apron, ready to attack if Rollins chose unfavourably.
Surprisingly enough, it was the O.C. that intervened and made the UE retreat. On NXT, we saw the O.C. pop up and assault the Undisputed Era before the show went on the air. Later that night, A.J. Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson took on Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Riddle and Keith Lee in a 6 - man tag team match which ended in pure chaos.
The match ended after the referee was taken out and Adam Cole made his presence felt by super kicking A.J. Styles. NXT ended with no conclusive winner of the match.
Regardless of what happens between these equally volatile elements, the build up to Survivor Series has sure been eventful and continues to excite on many levels.
How do you feel about the O.C. on NXT? Let us know in the comments.
Seth Rollins is one of the top superstars on Monday Night RAW. He’s an in – ring fire cracker and his athletic talent speaks for itself. He’s been a part of RAW since the initial brand split in 2016, where he was the first overall draft pick and has won the Universal title twice, is a former Royal Rumble winner and is a Grand Slam Champion (having one reign with the WWE/Universal, tag, intercontinental and U.S. titles).
But if this week’s episode of RAW is anything to go by, Rollins is at somewhat of a crossroads in his career. He was given an offer by Triple H, his long-time mentor, turned enemy, turned co – operative work boss to join NXT and he seemingly did not deny it, saying he wants to come in as the “Top Guy”. He also demanded an NXT title shot against champion Adam Cole, which Triple H swiftly gave him.
Are all these subtle queues leading to a Seth Rollins heel turn at Survivor Series? Are we going to see him form a super group with Triple H and the Undisputed Era in NXT? Lord only knows what is running through Rollins’ mind.
Let us know what you think in the comments.