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**Our POST Wrestling LIVE in Toronto Q&A show is now available for members of the POST Wrestling Café. This show was recorded at the John Candy Box Theatre this past Sunday with Wai Ting and I taking questions for the entire show. This was a great show to participate in and the questions were excellent. This is available in both audio and video for Patrons.
**We have an interview on the site with WWE referee Darryl Sharma, who is promoting a Tragically Hip tribute concert tonight in Etobicoke, Ontario at The Rockpile at 5555 Dundas Street West. The proceeds for the show will be going to the Wildlife Preservation Canada’s bumblebee recovery. The doors are at 7 pm tonight and tickets can be purchased at this link along with an option to make a donation.
In the interview, we discussed with Darryl how he came up in the Ontario independent scene, starting his career in 2002, traveling around the world, how he was signed by WWE, transitioning to becoming a referee, protocol in certain situations of a match, SummerSlam week in Toronto, and more.
**The latest edition of upNXT is available with Braden Herrington and Davie Portman reviewing Wednesday’s episode with the finals of the Breakout tournament and Breezango vs. The Forgotten Sons, which were taped in Toronto prior to TakeOver.
**We also have a Q&A on the site with Mark Pollesel of C*4 Wrestling out of Ottawa, Ontario. Friday night is the promotion’s annual ‘Fighting Back’ card where 100% of proceeds are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of wrestler Phrank Morin. The card on Friday takes place from St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall (523 St. Anthony Street) featuring Cody & MJF vs. TDT, along with Dark Order, Joey Janela, and others on the card.
**Wai Ting recently appeared on The Immigrant Hustle Pod to discuss his upbringing, moving to Canada, his earliest memories of professional wrestling, getting into broadcasting, and launching POST Wrestling.
**AEW has announced that the first defense of their women’s championship will take place on Wednesday, October 16th at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on TNT. The first champion will be determined on AEW’s debut show on TNT two-weeks earlier. On the same show in Philadelphia, the AEW title will be defended with the first champion being determined at All Out when Chris Jericho faces Hangman Page.
**This fall, Ronda Rousey is going to have a recurring role on the Fox drama ’9-1-1’. The former UFC fighter will play Lena Bosko as a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department with the series returning for its third season on September 23rd at 8 pm, which airs head-to-head with Raw on the USA Network.
**The WWE has announced the latest class of trainees at the Performance Center. At the top of the list is EVOLVE champion Austin Theory (Austin White) and female talent Santana Garrett.
**SmackDown Live performed well with 2,164,000 viewers coming out of SummerSlam and a jump of 3.5% from last week’s number. It was the series’ highest viewership average since the Superstar Shakeup in April.
**Tuesday’s episode of Miz & Mrs. averaged 1,009,000 viewers on the USA Network, which was down 4.5% from the prior week.
**This past Saturday at The Met in Toronto, there was a combined show involving female performers from SHIMMER, RISE, Femme Fatales, and Smash Wrestling that drew 343 paid. It was one of the higher attended shows that were part of The Summit at The Met last week during SummerSlam week. The women’s show was headlined by Nicole Savoy and Nicole Matthews for the SHIMMER title.
**WWE has announced that Kendo Kashin (Tokimitsu Ishizawa) has been hired as a coach at the Performance Center in Florida. Kashin was trained in the New Japan Dojo and debuted in 1992 where he became a two-time IWGP junior heavyweight champion and holding the IWGP junior heavyweight tag titles with Dr. Wagner Jr. In 2002, he joined Keiji Muto and Satoshi Kojima jumping to All Japan Pro Wrestling where he won their junior heavyweight title in April 2002 and held the tag titles. Kashin also ventured into mixed martial arts where he fought for Pride, K-1 Hero’s and Dream. He had a professional record of 1-5-1 with his lone win coming against the late Ryan Gracie in July 2001. His last fight took place in October of 2009 where he stopped Katsuyori Shibata on the Dream 12 card in Osaka. Kashin wrestled twice this year with an eight-man tag at the Giant Baba Memorial show this past February and in a tag match back in June for Real Japan Pro Wrestling, which is Satoru Sayama’s company.
**MLW has hired Dr. Tom Prichard to serve as a senior agent beginning with the War Chamber show on Saturday, September 7th in North Richland Hills, Texas.
**Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) underwent neck surgery on Wednesday to address a hernia that she’s been dealing with since her last match in 2017. Dr. Juan Uribe performed the surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.
**Madison Square Garden is promoting the semi-finals of the King of the Ring tournament taking place at the venue where Raw and SmackDown take place from New York City on September 9th and 10th. Earlier this week, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that the finals would take place at the Clash of Champions card on Sunday, September 15th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
**Impact Wrestling is in Mexico City tonight and tomorrow with television tapings at Fronton Mexico with the following matches announced for tonight:
*Rhino vs. Michael Elgin
*Josh Alexander & Ethan Page vs. LAX for the Impact tag titles
*Willie Mack & Rich Swann vs. Dez & Wentz
*Jessicka Havok vs. Su Yung
**The Briscoe Brothers will defend the ROH tag titles against The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express on Sunday, August 25th at the Nashville Fairgrounds at ROH’s Honor for All show. The show will also feature PCO, Marty Scurll & Brody King defending the ROH six-man tag titles against Bandido, Tracy Williams & Mark Haskins and Shane Taylor will defend the Television title against a mystery opponent.
**Progress Wrestling has added their two shows from Toronto to Demand Progress. The first night was a Progress vs. Smash Wrestling themed show and the second event was Progress on its own headlined by WALTER vs. Paul Robinson.
**Progress has announced that “Chapter 99: With a Flake, Please” will take place on Sunday, December 15th at 2 pm at the O2 Academy in Sheffield, England. This was will be the second to last show for Jim Smallman, who will finish up at Chapter 100 with the company.
**The WWE stock closed at $68.95 on Thursday.
**Randy Orton won his World title on this date in 2004 at the WWE’s SummerSlam show in Toronto defeating Chris Benoit at the Air Canada Centre. This accelerated Orton’s babyface switch with Evolution turning on him the next night on Raw from London, Ontario and losing the title to Triple H three weeks later at the Unforgiven pay-per-view.
**Conor McGregor is the subject of yet another public incident, this time over an alleged altercation at a bar in Ireland this past April. TMZ has posted a video of McGregor entering the Marble Arch Pub in Dublin on April 6th this year and started pouring his Proper Twelve whiskey to patrons in the bar. One man seated at the bar continually refused, ending with McGregor striking the elderly man on his stool. Police were notified of the incident but told TMZ that while they are investigating the incident that no arrests have been made.
**In a surprising move, the UFC has released former title contender Cat Zingano with MMA Junkie breaking the story on Wednesday. Zingano, who just turned 37, entered the promotion in 2013 and defeated Miesha Tate to earn a spot as a coach on TUF opposite Ronda Rousey and receive the next title fight. A knee injury that required surgery for Zingano led to Tate replacing her as a coach and getting the title fight. Zingano didn’t return until September 2014, where she beat current two-division champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 178 and then challenged Rousey at UFC 184 in February 2015 with Rousey submitting her in fourteen seconds. Since the loss to Rousey, she has gone 1-3 and last fought in December where she went up to featherweight and was defeated by Megan Anderson in controversial fashion. Anderson threw a head kick and her toe caught Zingano’s eye and affected her vision leading to the stoppage. Zingano gave a statement to ESPN indicating she was in the middle of an outside project and would not disrupt that and the UFC opted to release her.
**With Cat Zingano recently fighting at featherweight and Cris “Cyborg” Justino free to sign elsewhere, both Bellator and the Professional Fighters League could make a big splash by signing either or both women to bolster their featherweight divisions.
**The ESPN E:60 feature on Daniel Cormier that aired this past weekend, will premiere in Canada tonight at 7 pm Eastern on TSN 1 and 4.
**ESPN’s Marc Raimondi recently spent 24 hours at the Firehall where Stipe Miocic works several days per week and does it all year regardless of when he’s fighting.
**Here is the latest edition of UFC Embedded promoting this Saturday’s UFC 241 card in Anaheim:
upNXT 8/15/19: HangOver VII – Toronto TailGate
Braden Herrington and Davie Portman are back with another HangOver edition of upNXT discussing all the fallout from NXT TakeOver: Toronto and the pre-tapings from the Scotiabank Arena.
POST Interview: WWE referee Darryl Sharma
John Pollock speaks with WWE referee Darryl Sharma about a tribute concert he is promoting tonight, coming up through Ontario, joining WWE in 2016, SummerSlam week & more.
POST Wrestling LIVE in Toronto Q&A
John Pollock and Wai Ting host a very special live Q&A from a sold-out John Candy Box Theatre in Toronto just hours before SummerSlam on August 11th, 2019.
RASD 8/13/19: Lyin’ Bryan and The Case of the Libel Lock
John Pollock and Wai Ting review Tuesday’s WWE SmackDown as Roman Reigns took on Buddy Murphy in the continuing search for his attacker.
RAR 8/12/19: The Sasha Banks Arena
John Pollock & Wai Ting provide a condensed review of Raw from Toronto featuring the return of Sasha Banks, a new 24/7 champion, Steve Austin on Skype & more.
G1 CLIMAX 29 FINAL POST SHOW
After 19 shows, John Pollock & Wai Ting review NJPW’s G1 Climax 29 Final featuring Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White. Plus, a new Bullet Club member is revealed and a wrestler makes a shocking return.
WWE SUMMERSLAM 2019 POST SHOW
John Pollock & Wai Ting review WWE SummerSlam headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins, the debut of The Fiend and the singles match return of Trish Stratus.
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