Originally published at POLLOCK'S NEWS UPDATE: Dax Harwood comments on CM Punk, his door was always open in AEW
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**Rewind-A-Dynamite is live at 10 p.m. ET tonight. We will review Dynamite from Indianapolis and go through Wednesday’s news items as well as look at some of the shows we have coming up in December for POST Wrestling Café members.
**The November edition of the ASK-A-WAI Mailbag Show is now available for POST Wrestling Café members. Wai and I spent 90-minutes going through listener questions that covered tons of topics including the potential of Naomi in The Bloodline, New Japan’s camera work, reporting on different eras of pro wrestling, the “Worst of” awards, preparation for interviews, finding fulfillment in your work, and many other interesting subjects this month.
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**AEW Dynamite is live from the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis tonight with the first appearance by MJF since winning the championship at Full Gear. As of Tuesday, there were just over 3,600 tickets distributed according to WrestleTix. Below is the lineup for the show airing at 8 p.m. ET on TBS and TSN 2 in Canada:
*Best-of-Seven Series, Match #3: Death Triangle vs. The Elite
*TNT Championship: Samoa Joe (champion) vs. AR Fox
*Bryan Danielson vs. Dax Harwood
*Willow Nightingale vs. Anna Jay
*Jade Cargill’s championship celebration
**After announcing his signing on Wednesday, Tony Khan revealed that AR Fox will challenge Samoa Joe for the TNT Championship in an open challenge on tonight’s show.
**Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful recently spoke with Dax Harwood, who shared his interactions with CM Punk at AEW and seeing how he was around others:
A man who obviously has his detractors and sometimes the detractors, and not just in AEW – around the wrestling world, and some times the detractors are louder than him and get their news out more than him. But again, it all comes from a place of passion. When he first came into the company, I remember talking to Cash (Wheeler) and I said, “if this motherf—er comes in and if he says something to me about how I dress, dress code or whatever, we’re going to have a problem” and he came in, and he was the complete opposite. He had his door always open, invited people in, watched matches of the young wrestlers that asked him to, stuck around until the end of the show and anybody that had questions, he would answer the questions. He loves wrestling. Just like me, unabashedly is a professional wrestling fan. Just like Sasha (Banks), I talk to him every day and whatever he decides to do, I hope it brings him happiness and joy because he deserves it.
**Fozzy is kicking off a four-show tour of Australia beginning today in Brisbane, so Chris Jericho won’t be at Dynamite or Rampage this week (it is not known if he taped anything last week to air). Fozzy will be playing Melbourne on Friday, Sydney on Saturday, and Sunday in Adelaide for their final shows of the year. Jericho defends the ROH Championship against Claudio Castagnoli next Saturday in the main event of Final Battle in Texas.
**Andrade confirmed that his torn pectoral muscle occurred during the August 17th Trios tournament match on Dynamite with Rush & Dragon Lee against The Elite. Andrade posted a clip of the spot where he suffered the injury during a triple vertical suplex spot in the middle of the ring. Andrade worked once more after the injury with his involvement in the Casino Ladder Match at All Out on September 4th and has not wrestled since. Earlier this week, he revealed that he had surgery for the torn pec but didn’t specify if it was a full or partial tear, which would affect the recovery time.
**The first episode of the Teddy Hart documentary series aired on the USA Network on Monday immediately after Raw. Despite having a producer credit on the series, WWE has done zero promotion for the series without any mention during Raw that it was airing immediately after the show. The show didn’t do a strong number with 275,000 viewers and 0.06 in the demo, which is very low for USA despite the lead-in from the WWE. I saw the first episode and for anyone that is familiar with Teddy Hart, his persona is not going to be as jarring compared with those learning about him. It was an uncomfortable watch at certain points including arguments with his girlfriend on camera and the producer continuing to shoot during tense interactions. After avoiding the Canadian government once Hart is accused of sexual assault by his wife and girlfriend, Hart returns to Canada at the end of the first episode and is taken away by the authorities with the footage captured on camera. Frederick Kroetsch is the filmmaker, who worked on this project for years and becomes the narrator of the series reflecting on the footage, the accusations, and his own role in the entire saga that is fueled by his own guilt and inability to step away from the project once he had sunk so much money and time into the effort. All three episodes are streaming on Peacock. The series is not listed on USA Network’s schedule for next Monday after Raw.
**Long-time agent and manager Barry Bloom was a guest on Talk is Jericho discussing his decades of representing various professional wrestlers. Bloom, who began his career in the ‘70s first linked up in the industry by representing Jesse Ventura and went on to represent myriad figures including Bill Goldberg, Triple H, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall, and currently represents Jim Ross and Chris Jericho. Bloom spoke about Ventura’s dealings with Vince McMahon and the WWF when Ventura’s role came up for Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger and later, successfully suing the company for the rights to royalties from the home video releases. In 1996, Bloom stated Sean Waltman informed him Scott Hall’s deal was coming up in WWF and Bloom had heard through Eric Bischoff that WCW was going to be aggressive in going after big names and putting the sides in touch which led to Hall’s return to WCW in May followed by Kevin Nash, who Bloom later worked with as well. Specific to the deals for Hall & Nash, Bloom spoke about negotiating a maximum number of dates into the deal, which few performers did (and this became a bigger issue when Goldberg went to WWE in 2003 with a maximum number of dates per month and the company tried to exceed that number) as well the famous “favored nation’s clause” where any major talent coming to WCW could not be paid more than Hall and Nash unless the two were received a raise to equal the incoming talent’s amount. Jericho also shared his own experiences enlisting Bloom in 1998 when he knew he wanted out of his WCW deal, which expired the following year. Bloom met with Jim Ross and eventually got Jericho a downside guarantee of $450,000 per year along with a $175,000 signing bonus as Jericho arrived in the summer of 1999.
**The Tatsumi Fujinami 50th Anniversary card will be available on pay-per-view through New Japan World on Thursday at 4:30 a.m. ET and is headlined by Fujinami taking on Hiroshi Tanahashi. The event will cost approximately $22 U.S. and is not part of the New Japan World subscription.
**AEW president Tony Khan was asked on Busted Open Radio about the possibility of Ricky Steamboat having one final match in AEW following his match for Big Time Wrestling:
I think it’s amazing that Ricky Steamboat got back in the ring. FTR, one of the greatest tag teams on the planet. I’m excited tonight for Dax Harwood to go one on one with Bryan Danielson, two of the best pro wrestlers in the world. It’s certainly something to think about, Ricky Steamboat’s last match, one of my personal heroes. Somebody, as a kid, one of my all-time favorites and to this day one of my all-time favorites. I do think he was a great part of AEW already when he came in as the guest timekeeper. (Transcribed by Jeremy Lambert at Fightful)
**David Bixenspan’s latest piece at Wrestling Inc. covers the up-and-down relationship Jim Ross has had with WWE since his first role with the company in 1993 up until his exit several years ago when he joined AEW.
**PWG has been revealing the participants for January’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament at the Globe Theatre. The two-day tournament is set for January 7 & 8 and they have announced Michael Oku, Shun Skywalker, Masha Slamovich, Speedball Mike Bailey, Komander, Alex Shelley, and Jonathan Gresham so far.
**Chris Hero is holding a wrestling seminar on December 4th at the Iron City Wrestling Academy in Pittsburgh at 11 a.m. ET. You can reserve a spot by contacting [email protected]. The cost of the seminar is $50.
**The following matches are scheduled for IMPACT Wrestling on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV from the recent tapings in Louisville, Kentucky:
*The Last Rodeo: Mickie James vs. Deonna Purrazzo
*Bully Ray vs. Rich Swann
*Steve Maclin vs. Frankie Kazarian
*Moose vs. Bhupinder Gujjar
*Before the Impact: Miss Bea Haven (Alisha) vs. Ladybird Johnson (Jessicka Havok)
**New Japan is off Thursday and resumes their Tag League tournaments on Friday with a combined show in Osaka with five World Tag League and five Super Jr. Tag League matches. Friday’s show will stream live on New Japan World at 5 a.m. ET and will feature Tetsuya Naito & SANADA vs. Aussie Open in the main event, which are the two teams most have isolated as the favorites to win the World Tag League. Aussie Open is the only undefeated team left in the round-robin portion at 4-0.
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