Adam Cole and Kenny Omega might be friends, but they are two very different people.
One fan tweeted out to Kenny Omega saying that he is a huge fan. This was followed by him saying that “Adam Cole is far better in regards to promo work.”
This prompted a response from The Cleaner as he said:
“I’m jacked to all hell and Adam Cole is dead. Unless you’re like, into that sorta thing….”
Adam Cole might be alive and well on WWE NXT, but he’s dead on Being The Elite. This is something that Britt Baker still hasn’t brought up to her bosses just yet about how they murdered her boyfriend.
An indie wrestler with a history of preying on children was arrested yet again.
In February, 2018 NBC Bay Area news’ Damian Trujillo reported that indie wrestler Will Cuevas was arrested for sending harmful matter to seduce a child.
JUST IN: @SanJosePD arrests SF pro wrestler Will Cuevas for sending “harmful matter to seduce a minor”. Cuevas is a military veteran who wrestled for charity/veterans groups. He once appeared on @nbcbayarea ‘s Comunidad Del Valle: Video: From Youtube
This is a very disturbing story. Cuevas worked for APW, Big Time Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Revolution. He has not worked a recorded match since 2017 according to CageMatch.
Will Cuevas was arrested on January 14th once again for alleged criminal acts against a minor. He was charged with three sexually related crimes against children. You can see the documentation from his arrest below.
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Steve Gillespie. He was only 56 years old and no details have been released concerning cause of death.
Gillespie was found dead in his car. His most notable run was as Dr. Hannibal in FMW teaming with Dr. Luther. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that he heard Gillespie was “involved in the training of Chris Jericho and Lance Storm” as well.
Gillespie had a run with WWE as an enhancement talent. He also worked with Stampede wrestling later in his career during the 1980’s. He also held a few titles including the CRMW Mid-Heavyweight Title on two occasions and the CRMW Tag Team Titles three different times.
Our thoughts go out to everyone involved in this sad situation.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Radio
Bully Ray has a lot of responsibilities, but now he doesn’t have to worry about managing ROH’s Women’s Division anymore.
Squared Circle Sirens reports that Bully Ray is no longer in charge of the Women Of Honor division of ROH. He has been replaced by Jonathan Gresham.
It is reported that Jonathan Gresham took the position in early January. He plans on giving the division a face-lift as well.
Jonathan Gresham is also a wrestler for ROH. He helps train at the ROH Dojo in Baltimore as well.
Stephanie McMahon is very proud of WWE’s Women’s Division. She has been an advocate for the women of WWE and got to witness WrestleMania 35’s all-female main event with pride.
While speaking to WWE The Bump, Stephanie McMahon discussed how big of a deal it was for women to main even WrestleMania. She also revealed a discussion she had with the women in the main event before they performed at the show of shows.
Stephanie Mcmahon was quoted on the Bump “Thank you to every single woman who has ever stepped foot in what we call the squared circle,” McMahon graciously mentioned. “From any independent promotion, from anywhere, ever since the beginning of wrestling in the world. A huge thanks also goes to, of course, the way that we started training and recruiting our women, and that, of course, is my husband, Triple H, for hiring the first-ever female coach at the Performance Center. All the changes really started there. Then, you go to our fans, who really made the movement happen in the WWE with the #GiveDivasAChance.”
“Being a mom of three girls, and having them grow up in this business, I actually said to Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, and Charlotte Flair before their match at WrestleMania 35, I called them over and I thanked them because my three girls would be sitting in the front row later that night, watching our women as the main event, simply because that’s the way it is.”
“It wasn’t a match buried in the middle of the card. It wasn’t the same portrayal that I grew up with when I was younger. These women are being featured in the main event because they are the biggest stars, with the biggest storyline, and they were right where they deserved to be. Anybody can be anything they want to be. It’s so important, especially for girls and women to know that they can do anything they want to do, but they have to work hard and believe in themselves.”
We’ll have to see when women main event another WrestleMania event. Stephanie McMahon’s pride for how far the WWE Women’s Division probably won’t diminish much at all when it does happen.
WWE NXT held a battle royal match on Wednesday to help determine the #1 contender for the NXT Women’s Title. One notable name missing from that match was absent for a reason.
Fightful Select reports that Deonna Purrazzo was left out of the battle royal this week. Since her appearance on Raw the company is still trying to figure things out for her.
Deonna Purrazzo was kept out of the battle royal because her status with NXT is unclear after her Raw debut.
Chelsea Green appeared on Raw and Main Event. She ended up debuting on NXT alongside Robert Stone as her new manager. Deonna Purrazzo’s status remains unclear.
Brandi Rhodes planned on attending the Chris Jericho Cruise. That’s not happening now.
Rhodes tweeted out to let fans know that her passport was stolen tonight. This means she can’t go on the cruise since a passport is mandatory.
She had to leave early anyway because she’s speaking at the National Association of Television Program Executives convention. She just won’t be joining the Chris Jericho Cruise at all now.
I hope this doesn’t disappoint anyone, as I was having to leave early to deliver the keynote at NATPE next week (which I am insanely excited for!) but I will not be on the cruise at all this year. My passport was stolen this evening and I cannot attend. Be safe and have fun.
This is unfortunate because Brandi Rhodes will now have to get a new passport. Hopefully, her speech goes well at NATPE.
WWE really wanted to sign Jazzy Gabert, but now it appears that she is on to the next phase of her career.
Jazzy tweeted out: “Free Agent.” She also posted a picture of a reset button with the following caption:
Jazzy Gabert said on Instagram “I will press the RESET button!! I will be OFFLINE for a short while!
Need a change! Will change!
Body, mind and soul needs a break!! 10 days of fasting, including keeping off from social media, is the first step
Second one, which I look most forward too is changing my look!
And i change my profession… one came to an end and one is rising like a Phoenix. Watch out for it!
Thank you for being on this journey”.
Gabert was a standout in the Mae Young Classic. WWE wanted her, but they discovered an injury. She needed surgery, but once she was better WWE NXT UK signed her to a deal.
Jazzy Gabert also competed at the WWE NXT UK television taping today.
We’ll have to see what’s next for Jazzy Gabert. This could be an interesting time for her career.
Kairi Sane returned to action last night at a WWE house show. She was injured at WWE TLC in the main event match. Charlotte Flair had a lot to do with that injury, but she didn’t know the Pirate Princess was hurt during the match.
It wasn’t until later when Becky Lynch discovered Sane was hurt that she rolled Kairi Sane under the ring to protect her from further injury.
While speaking to Talk Sport, Charlotte Flair discussed how difficult that situation was. She didn’t know what was going on and there isn’t much time to discuss things in that environment.
“It didn’t in the moment. I guess, everyone—how they felt afterwards is what made them feel different. In the moment, it was more—it’s a tough spot. It’s the main event of a brutal pay-per-view and everyone has already seen Tables, Ladders and Chairs.”
“It’s feeding off the crowd, going with the crowd and feeding off their reactions. So I didn’t really think anything until after. Obviously Kairi was hurt, but in the match I’m just thinking ‘How do we keep people invested?’ with them already seeing so many different TLC, brutal matches. You’ve already seen a kendo stick, you’ve already seen a chair, you’ve seen a ladder, a table.”
“And the pressure of us delivering that, with a weird dynamic seeing me and Becky tag? To me, me and Becky tagging is more what I was thinking about. How does that come across and how our characters should be interacting on television. How do you go from this [indicates high level] to all of a sudden, ‘They’re tagging?’ We had the ‘Let’s fight the enemy because we have a common enemy’ [mentality].”
Thankfully, Kairi Sane is okay and is now wrestling again. The day after WWE TLC some fans were worried that things were very bad with The Pirate Princess.
Mike Kanellis asked for his WWE release, but the company didn’t give it to him. Now he is working on something in NXT.
We previously reported that Mike Kanellis returned to action at an NXT event last night. PW Insider reports that they were trying Mike Kanellis out in a new tag team with Tony Nese.
“Tony Nese and Mike Kanellis were teaming on this weekend’s WWE NXT live events as a test run for a potential team that could be used regularly on WWE NXT TV.”
Last night’s Melbourne, Florida event was a tryout. They defeated Nick Ogarelli and Mohamed. This did mark Kanellis’ first match since publicly asking for his WWE release.
Bray Wyatt worked hard to rebuild his character, but some fans aren’t happy. All of the negativity hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The WWE Universal Champion sent out an Instagram post where he discussed the negativity on social media. After repeating some of the things he has heard from fans online, Bray Wyatt hoped that people will be better.
“You are stale. They ruined you. He is boring. I hate his matches.
My life is art. My art’s successes and my loved ones are the only exit I have from my mental health. You have no idea how much a simple, thoughtless comment on social media can directly affect the person you are sending it to. With great power comes great responsibility. The negativity in our world is astonishing. And mental health is at an all time decline. Be better…. it could save a life. They saved mine.
I love you JoJo
I love you kids
I love you Mom”
Bray Wyatt is correct about a lot of things. People are growing increasingly hard to please and he knows this all too well. At least he was able to find people to help him find happiness.
Owen Hart’s memory will never go away. The tragedy surrounding his death will forever be a dark time in WWE history. Martha Hart, Owen’s widow will never let WWE use his name or likeness either.
Dark Side Of The Ring is covering the Owen Hart tragedy in season two of their Viceland series. They sat down with Martha Hart for that documentary series where they got a very rare interview.
The Owen Hart Foundation updated their Facebook with some images from the interview along with the following caption:
“New York’s Vice Media flew to Calgary to film OHF members Dr. Martha Hart, Virginia Xavier, Tammi Christopher, and Athena Hart for their upcoming Dark Side Of The Ring series airing this Spring on CRAVE TV in Canada. Thanks guys for a job well done!”
There is no release date for Dark Side Of The Ring’s second season. The Owen Hart episode might be a can’t miss show.
The British Bulldog passed away far too soon. For some reason he has yet to receive a WWE Hall Of Fame induction. Paige wants that to change.
The 2020 WWE Hall Of Fame will see the nWo and Batista see their inductions. Paige sent out a tweet wondering if Davey Boy Smith might finally see his year.
“So.. we gonna get British Bulldog in the Hall Of Fame this year or? @WWE”
The fact that Paige mentioned WWE in her post might help get some attention. Let’s see if Vince McMahon notices because it’s 100% his call.
John Cena is not able to wrestle in WWE much anymore due to Hollywood. 2019 was the first year in forever that Big Match John didn’t compete on a WWE pay-per-view. This is something John Cena certainly realizes, but he can’t make both professions work at the same time.
Collider recently spoke to John Cena about his current Hollywood career. He admitted that there was a time when he tried to work on movies and be a WWE Superstar. That couldn’t happen because his heart wasn’t fully in either passion.
John Cena was quote on the Collider “The pay-per-views are so often and the engine never stops. It’s a demanding profession. It really is a demanding profession. I think once you’re there, you know the investment it takes to be there. Plus, I’m also really super passionate about this and it takes all of your heart and soul to be successful in that arena. It takes all of your heart and soul to be successful in this room.”
“I tried to split them before in 2004, ‘05, ‘06 when I did all those movies for WWE. The movie thing failed because my heart wasn’t in that. Now my heart is in this. I have to enjoy this and not long to be someplace else, not have that fear of missing out. As much as most of the people who tell me that I suck at the top of their lungs are like, “Man, you got to come back.” I’m invested in this and I really am enjoying the ride.”
John Cena reportedly wants a “substantial” role at WrestleMania this year. We’ll have to see if he can work it out in his busy schedule.
Cena is making a lot of money in Hollywood and tons of people rely on him to be healthy so they can film the movies that he stars in. Perhaps he will be able to split his time in the future, but Cena also knows that he must be able to concentrate fully on something for it to be a success.
WWE owns a lot of intellectual property. Vince McMahon might have decided against The Revival vs Harlem Heat at the Royal Rumble, but he also doesn’t want anyone else using the Hall Of Famers’ name.
Recent filings indicate that WWE filed for a trademark on “Harlem Heat” on Monday, January 13. This is very interesting as it seems to have occurred around the time that WWE was locking down other names for top Superstars.
WWE filed trademarks recently for the names of Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, and more. Now Harlem Heat is apparently about to be under the WWE umbrella of owned names as well.
Booker T still works for WWE and appears on kickoff shows. He is also a co-host on WWE Backstage. His brother Stevie Ray is not as involved in the pro wrestling business. That being said, it still wouldn’t be a huge shock if The Revival and Harlem Heat have a little angle in Houston on January 26th.
There are many stars rising up through the ranks of All Elite Wrestling that are quite clearly going to be big players in the promotion for a long time to come.
With 2020 being just the second year of AEW’s existence there are still things that need to be ironed out and perfected, but the manner in which they’ve been able to get several superstars over doesn’t feel like it needs rectifying whatsoever.
One man who seems to be well on his way to the top is Darby Allin, and one man who is more than ready to knock him back down again is Shawn Spears.
As a side note: “The Reaper” should be the sort of name that Spears sticks with. In terms of the potential feud itself, we like it, and we think it offers up a series of really intriguing possibilities.
Allin is a man on a mission and could quite easily be world champion by the end of the year, but in equal measure, AEW may just see him as the guy that serves as the final obstacle before reaching that main event scene.
Whatever the case may be we’re intrigued, and that’s the best thing that can be said for a feud that starts almost exclusively over social media. People have their qualms about Twitter and it’s understandable, but the benefits are definitely there for all to see as we enter a brand new age for pro wrestling.
Will their inevitable match be a perfect ten? Only time will tell.
NJPW and ROH’s partnership is bringing another top New Japan star to Ring Of Honor.
ROH announced that KENTA will be returning to the company for the first time in over ten years. He will compete at the Supercard Of Honor show during WrestleMania weekend.
“KENTA is returning to an ROH ring for the first time in more than a decade! The Japanese star, regarded as one of the best pro wrestlers in the world, has been signed to compete at Supercard of Honor on Saturday, April 4 in Lakeland, Fla.”
This is a big get for ROH’s April 4th show. The former WWE Superstar left the Hideo Itami name behind and became KENTA once again in NJPW. Now he is poised to have a big 2020.
Tessa Blanchard won the Impact World Title at Hard Times. Booker T said this was the worst idea in pro wrestling history for a reason. A day prior to her big title win a ton of stories came out about her backstage behavior.
Blanchard addressed the story that Sienna told about spitting in La Rosa Negra’s face and calling her the N-Word. Rosa later confirmed this happened while in Japan in 2017. Tessa Blanchard flat-out denied it ever happened.
Sienna responded to Blanchard’s tweet. Blanchard might be able to get one over on the fans, but Sienna says there were witnesses to what Blanchard said.
“You can try to babyface the fans, but the majority of our peers know Rosa’s story is true and that’s what matters.”
I really hope that one day the other two witnesses of this incident come forward and further expose you as not only a racist, but a liar and an undeniable scumbag.
Tessa Blanchard didn’t do herself many favors by addressing this situation as she did. It certainly didn’t seem to change Sienna’s mind that the Impact Wrestling World Champion is an “undeniable scumbag.”
WWE is holding the Royal Rumble event on January 26th. Since they only have one more episode of SmackDown until the big show they took care of booking two more matches this week.
Sheamus will face Shorty G at the Royal Rumble. The Celtic Warrior was giving Shorty G a hard time this week and the two escalated things from there.
Lacey Evans defeated Bayley in a non title match on SmackDown this week. That opened the door for a Royal Rumble match. Now The Lady Of WWE will face Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Title.
As previously reported, The Fiend will defend the WWE Title against Daniel Bryan in a strap match.
Roman Reigns is facing King Corbin at the Royal Rumble. King Corbin thought that he would have an easy win if he got to pick the stipulation for their match. That did not turn out as planned.
Roman Reigns and Robert Roode faced each other in a tables match that closed out Friday Night SmackDown this week. If Roode won then Corbin picked the stipulation, but Roman was fighting for himself.
Corbin tried to use strength in numbers along with Dolph Ziggler to steal a win, but he forgot that The Usos are back.
Jimmy and Jey Uso soon rushed the ring and evened up the odds. This gave Roman Reigns a chance to spear Robert Roode through a table.
After he won, Roman Reigns said that he will beat King Corbin all around the baseball stadium in Houston. They will face each other in a falls count anywhere match on January 26th at the Royal Rumble.
King Corbin did not seem too happy about this.
Mandy Rose and Otis continued their storyline on Friday Night SmackDown this week. Sonya Deville did not win her match against Alexa Bliss, but Mandy Rose was still saved by Otis.
Rose was taking a fall this week on the blue brand’s show. Then Otis caught her. They posed for a priceless photo-op and Mandy later tweeted out about the spot. The wording she used was quite interesting.
Rose tweeted “Always there to help me when I’m down. I feel like I’m always falling for you!!”
We’ll have to see what the next phase is in this storyline. It seems like Otis might drive a wedge between Fire & Desire. Vince McMahon is very high on Otis so he might end up getting the girl.
John Cena has one big movie coming out after another. He learned a lot as a WWE Superstars and still has a lot to give. Now he must figure out a way to help others while continuing on his current career trajectory.
Collider recently spoke to John Cena about his current career position. He can’t wrestle much in WWE anymore due to his outside commitments. That won’t keep him from influencing Superstars when he can. Cena revealed that he’s even discussed coaching or mentoring a Superstar or two.
John Cena quoted on the Collider “That’s been three years of hard conversations with that dude looking back in the mirror and I’m at peace with where it’s at. I want to contribute where I can. I’ve even talked about coaching or mentoring. Like I said, it’s the environment I feel the most fluid, so I can sit down and talk to you about WWE as long as you want to talk, but what I don’t want to do is take somebody who has spent 50 bucks on a ticket for themselves, their partner, their families, they bought souvenirs, they bought popcorn and paid for parking and have look at me like, ‘He used to be something.’ You know?”
Any current WWE Superstar would be lucky to have someone like John Cena that they can call for advice. Cena has experienced a lot in pro wrestling and entertainment so he could provide some great tutelage especially if that Superstar wants to eventually break out of WWE and go mainstream.
WrestleMania is the showcase of the immortals and regardless of how much people try to big up events like Wrestle Kingdom, here is simply no bigger show in the world of professional wrestling than Mania.
Every single year thousands upon thousands of fans descend on the host city in order to have, what could be, a once in a lifetime experience. Over the years that has taken on many different forms, but one idea that has been floated around quite a bit recently is for WWE to turn WrestleMania into a two-day showcase.
One person who seems to be largely in favor of that is none other than Corey Graves.
WrestleMania week as a whole is already a pretty long experience, whereas the show itself on the Sunday feels like it drags on forever – with Graves even joking about it being “31 hours” long.
While WWE’s roster may be at a stage where it’s difficult not to throw just about everyone onto the card for the sake of it, we tend to believe that Mania should be reserved for the elite of the elite, regardless of how many championship bouts you want to throw on there for the sake of it.
If WWE had a pre-show that lasted for one hour and then the main card went on for three & and a half, we think that’d be a pretty suitable length for a show of this nature. Some people are going to miss out on the payday, but if you make the battle royals a much bigger deal, then there shouldn’t be anything to worry about.
Triple H made an off-handed joke about Paige having kids she might might not know about. This sparked a storm and he later apologized for the joke.
Paige’s rocker boyfriend Ronnie Radke might not be as forgiving. He tweeted out saying : “It’s f*ck @TripleH all 2020.” This was the caption of an unflattering photo of The Game.
In another tweet that is now deleted, Radke tweeted out to inform WWE that they should be embarrassed to have Triple H running WWE.
"Hey @WWE you should be embarrassed and ashamed of yourselves for letting someone like @TripleH run your company and publicly disrespect one of your divas @RealPaigeWWE biased or not I hate watching her cry over YOU. hasn’t she been through enough?"
Let’s see if time will calm down this situation. Triple H did call and reach out to Paige as well. Things seem to be better now, but there was a time when Triple H’s comment really upset Paige’s inner circle.
Kacy Catanzaro surprised fans when she made a return to WWE NXT this week. She did not win the battle royal match, but her inclusion means she did not quit as previously speculated.
Catanzaro sent out a very short tweet after her return. Along with a waving hand emoji, Kacy announced that she is back.
“Oh hey [waving hand emoji] I’m back.”
We’ll have to see what’s next for Kacy Catanzaro. The fact that she made her way to the ring this week was certainly a great step in the right direction.