POLLOCK'S NEWS UPDATE: NXT TakeOver in Bridgeport Tonight

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/06/01/pollocks-news-update-nxt-takeover-in-bridgeport-tonight/


**The first edition of Cruel Summer is up with WH Park going back and beginning with the 1991 G-1 Climax Final. Each Saturday and Sunday, we will be releasing new editions of the show as WH goes year-by-year analyzing the G1 finals, beginning with Masahiro Chono vs. Keiji Mutoh and I am his first guest. A new episode will drop Sunday morning where WH welcomes Matt McEwen to review the 1992 final between Chono and Rick Rude. This show will be free and available on the site and through the main POST Wrestling RSS feed.

**Braden Herrington and Davie Portman will be back late tonight with an NXT TakeOver POST Show reviewing the card from Bridgeport and sharing their thoughts on the show as well as taking your feedback.

**On Sunday night, the latest POST PROFILE BONUS Interview will be released with my chat with Heath McCoy. In 1999, McCoy was an intern at The Calgary Herald and covered Owen Hart’s passing extensively and shared his stories of going to the Hart House the day after Owen died, his coverage at the funeral, the civil war within the family, and other notes. McCoy is an authority on Stampede Wrestling and wrote the best book on the territory’s history with “Pain and Passion” that was released in 2005 and I highly recommend. This interview will be available to all members of the POST Wrestling Café.


**Tonight, is the NXT TakeOver special from the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut and billed as the 25th TakeOver since the series of specials began in May 2014. The shows have become the most consistent across the industry regarding match-quality and remaining at an easily digestible length in the age of mass content production from WWE. Tonight’s show looks like another solid one on paper with five matches advertised, including a rematch for the NXT title between Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole, which stole the show in Brooklyn this past April. Here are the matches of the show, which begins with a pre-show at 6:30 pm Eastern and the card is at 7 pm:
*Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole for the NXT title
*Shayna Baszler vs. Io Shirai for the NXT women’s title
*Velveteen Dream vs. Tyler Breeze for the North American title
*Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Forgotten Sons vs. Street Profits in a Ladder match for the vacant NXT tag titles
*Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong

**Tommaso Ciampa will be appearing on the TakeOver pre-show at 6:30 pm.

**WWE has announced a six-man tag match for Raw on Monday with Roman Reigns & The Usos taking on Drew McIntyre & The Revival in Austin, Texas.

**The Sames Auto Arena in Laredo, Texas is advertising The Undertaker to appear at Tuesday’s SmackDown taping. The Undertaker is currently scheduled to appear on Raw the night prior in Austin while WWE is also promoting an appearance by Bill Goldberg for Tuesday’s show in Laredo.

**Wade Keller of PW Torch recently conducted a 2+ hour interview with Jon Moxley and has posted the first half of the discussion. Keller explained at the start that he went with the assumption most had listened to Moxley’s interview with Chris Jericho and avoided going over the same talking points and covered different elements of his WWE career. The interview was Moxley’s first since Double or Nothing, as the Jericho one was taped prior and didn’t discuss his appearance in Las Vegas last weekend.

**MLW is holding their Fury Road television tapings tonight from the Waukesha County Expo Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There will be a live broadcast at 9 pm Eastern on beIN Sports with three matches scheduled to air. Below is the full lineup of matches for the tapings:
*Tom Lawlor, Marshall & Ross Von Erich vs. Simon Gotch, Jacob Fatu & Josef Samael in a Tornado Tag Team match
*Teddy Hart vs. Jimmy Havoc for the MLW middleweight title
*Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. MJF
*Austin Aries vs. Adam Brooks
*Sami Callihan vs. Mance Warner
*Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Alex Hammerstone in the finals of the National Championship tournament
*Flamita vs. Rey Horus
*Low Ki vs. Ricky Martinez

**Ring of Honor is holding events tonight and tomorrow in the Pacific Northwest. Tonight, they will be in Kent, Washington for a set of television tapings and have announced the following matches:
*Matt Taven vs. Tracy Williams for the ROH title
*Jay Lethal vs. Kenny King
*Brian Milonas & Beer City Bruiser vs. TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia
*Colt Cabana vs. Mark Briscoe for the NWA National title
*Jay Briscoe vs. PCO
*Jeff Cobb vs. Mark Haskins
*Rush vs. Dalton Castle vs. PJ Black vs. Flip Gordon

**Smash Wrestling starts their Northern Tournament tonight from the Franklin Horner Community Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario at 7 pm with the following first round matches:
*Ultimo Dragon vs. Matt Cross
*Sebastian Suave vs. Lufisto
*Tyson Dux vs. Carter Mason
*Speedball Mike Bailey vs. John Greed
*Mike Rollins vs. The Blade
*Josh Briggs vs. Stu Grayson
*Evil Uno vs. Anthony Greene
*Jason Kincaid vs. Jim Stryder

**Ric Flair posted an update regarding his health issue from two weeks back, which forced Flair to pull out of his appearances at Starrcast II last weekend in Las Vegas. Flair posted two videos with the first done like a classic Flair promo about never growing old. In the second video, he was more serious and was critical of the comments made by Shawn Michaels in the ESPN 30 for 30. In the piece, Michaels said Flair had never taken the time to get to know Richard Fliehr and suggesting that Flair became the character and lost touch with who he really was. In the video, Flair asked who Michaels was to judge him and essentially felt Michaels was a hypocrite for being critical of someone he grew up idolizing. It was a surprising comment given that Flair has always placed Michaels on a pedestal and holds him at a high level, but clearly, the comments from the documentary stung.

**Last Sunday, a live Talk is Jericho show was scheduled for Starrcast following Jericho’s match the night prior at Double or Nothing. The show never took place and instead, a cardboard cut out of Jericho was placed on stage in lieu of the live show. Dave Meltzer has reported that a month prior, Jericho informed people at Starrcast he would no longer be doing his live show because of Starrcast’s deal with Fite TV to broadcast the show. In its place, Jericho was scheduled to appear, cut a promo and refuse to the do the show because he didn’t receive a “thank you” the night prior at Double or Nothing. On Friday, Jericho informed organizer Conrad Thompson that he could not appear Sunday for the promo because of a family commitment he could not get out of and would send in a video instead. The video could not air until after Double or Nothing because it discussed the match and would spoil the ending.

In the end, fans received the short end of this deal because they were never alerted the show was canceled until they arrived and that’s the unfortunate part. No fan in attendance was going to be satisfied watching Jericho cut a quick heel promo and not deliver a show. So, when Jericho told them a month out, he couldn’t do the live show, it should have been canceled right then.

**Impact Wrestling has announced that the main event of their next pay-per-view will feature Brian Cage defending the Impact title against Michael Elgin. The Slammiversary card will take place from Gilley’s in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, July 7th.

**The next installment of WWE’s 24 series will be titled Revolutionary: The Year of Ronda Rousey and will premiere Monday night on the WWE Network following Raw.

**Steve Austin has announced his podcast will return from hiatus on Tuesday, June 18th with Podcast One.

**On Thursday’s Bar Wrestling event in Los Angeles, Joey Ryan announced he was remaining on the independent wrestling scene amidst rumors he would be signing with either WWE or AEW. He said that in signing with a larger company he would be eliminating elements of his character and does not want to do that.

**Eburry Press is putting out an autobiography on Michael Bisping titled “Quitters Never Win” and will have a release date in July. The book will chronicle his starting as a child training in martial arts and rising within the sport to become UFC middleweight champion in June 2016 when he defeated Luke Rockhold in one of the sport’s bigger upsets.

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review the 1993 straight-to-video feature film, Thunder In Paradise starring Terry “Hulk” Hogan.
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Pulling Talk is Jericho last minute seems tacky. Starrcast should have given the fans refunds for this if they asked. I doubt they did. They are already selling bracelets for Starrcast 3 with a no refund policy and no panels are even announced yet.