POST Wrestling News Update
By: Andrew Thompson
**We at POST Wrestling would like to send our condolences to Fit Finlay who announced that his mother passed away.
**IMPACT Wrestling will begin airing weekly on AXS TV following the Bound For Glory pay-per-view on October 20th. Here’s the official press release concerning the announcement:
**PWInsider reached out to Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Ed Nordholm about the future of Women Of Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling on AXS TV and here’s how Nordholm responded:
“Anthem has been public that it has not made any decisions regarding current programming. We have been long-time broadcast partners with TV Asahi for NJPW at Fight Network and hope to build on that relationship. We are in the middle of a season with WOW and about to tape another series of episodes next week, so no reason to make any decisions there in the short term. We’re looking forward to getting to know them better.”
**Ring of Honor announced that Dalton Castle will take on Mark Haskins, and Jay Lethal will face Bandido at the post-Death Before Dishonor television tapings on September 28th to determine who advances in the ‘Final Battle’ ROH World Title #1 contender tournament.
**Tickets for WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view at Minute Maid Park in 2020 go on sale September 20th. Royal Rumble week will include a Worlds Collide event that will take place at the Toyota Center. Here’s the official press release about the ticket information:
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that tickets for the 2020 WWE Royal Rumble will be available on Friday, September 20 at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT. Royal Rumble takes place on Sunday, January 26, 2020, from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas and will be streamed live around the world on WWE Network.
Tickets for Royal Rumble will be available online at astros.com/rumble, at the Minute Maid Park box office or by phone at 800-352-0212.
The event will mark WWE’s debut at Minute Maid Park and the second time Royal Rumble has been held at a baseball stadium following this year’s event at Chase Field in Phoenix which took place in front of 48,193 fans from around the world. The event will feature a 30-Man Royal Rumble match and a 30-Woman Royal Rumble match, with the winners of both matches receiving Championship opportunities at WrestleMania® 36.
In addition, Royal Rumble travel packages, which includes tickets to Royal Rumble Week events, are available today at 12 Noon ET/9 AM PT through RoyalRumbleTravel.com.
Royal Rumble Week will also feature Worlds Collide at the Toyota Center, as well as autograph signings, Superstar meet & greets and local community outreach programs including Be a STAR bullying prevention rallies and hospital visits designed to leave a lasting impact throughout the region.
**Game Changer Wrestling is set to host a press conference for Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport II event on September 13th in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
**Sami Callihan is making his Insane Championship Wrestling debut on November 1st at the promotion’s ‘Fear & Loathing XII’ show.
**Septimo Dragon has signed a multi-year deal with Major League Wrestling.
**Arab News spoke with NXT’s Mansoor about several topics including his Battle Royal victory at WWE Super Showdown this past June.
**It is noted in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Drew McIntyre was very ill at the time of his King Of The Ring match against Ricochet on RAW. McIntyre worked through it and kept his illness to himself until WWE ordered him to go see a doctor.
**During the 2004 WWE Unforgiven episode of the Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross explained why he consistently mentioned Riho’s size and weight during her AEW Women’s World Title #1 contender match at All Out:
“Here we go — J.R.’s talking about size again.” Ross said sarcastically. “I mentioned the other day on the AEW show on Saturday in Chicago, All Out, that I made a point that this one young athlete from China was 98 pounds.” Ross continued, “That’s what it said on my sheet. I was provided with that information. To me, that’s a story. That’s a storytelling thing. I had no idea who was going over in that match for example, but I knew that the 98-pound athlete, fighting a much larger person was going to be the underdog and had to fight from quote-unquote underneath. I didn’t think the 98-pounder was going to win.”
**WWE United Kingdom Champion WALTER will be in action at EVOLVE 135 and EVOLVE 136.
**The National Wrestling Alliance announced that Jim Cornette is set to be the color commentator for the organization’s television tapings in Atlanta on September 30th and October 1st. Cornette and Joe Galli will be on the call for the tapings.
**Bleacher Report spoke with AEW’s Joey Janela and Janela shared his thoughts on the three-way match from All Out involving himself, Darby Allin and Jimmy Havoc:
“The three-way, I think it was good, harmless fun with some craziness in there. We were within the boundaries of a PG-14 environment, and, if we had done it without the staple gun, I think the match could work in a PG environment. For the most part, the craziness was contained.” Janela said. “I’m not really big on people taking chairs to the head. I know how bad concussions can be. When I was younger, I did take chair shots to the head. That’s a no-no for me now.”
**Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s own convention entitled ‘ATHLETICON’ is scheduled to take place in Georgia in October of 2020.
**On next week’s edition of NXT U.K., Kassius Ohno and NXT U.K. Assistant GM Sid Scala will clash in a ‘British Rounds’ match. In this match, there are six rounds which last three minutes. Participants in the match can add to their score by pinfall, submission or knockout.
**David Starr spoke with the Daily Star about the union ‘Equity’ which offers disability welfare and contract advice to pro wrestlers.
**Adam Cole spoke with Comicbook.com and said he was surprised that he can continue being the Adam Cole that he was before he got to WWE:
“That was such an interesting process for me… because when I first got hired here, I for sure was like, ‘How much of me is going to change? Will there be much of anything that changes?’ It was just so much unknown as far as what was going on,” Cole said. “I was a little bit surprised but definitely really, really happy that pretty much the Adam Cole that I have been for years before I got to NXT, I got to keep in NXT as well because I’ve become so comfortable with that character and who that character is,” he added. “So a little bit surprised but incredibly happy and relieved that Adam Cole has pretty much stayed Adam Cole.”
**Angelina Love was the latest ROH star to partake in ROHWrestling.com’s 10 Questions series.
**Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Bret Hart heaped praise onto Becky Lynch and Drew McIntyre during an interview with Sports Illustrated.
**Candice LeRae has been added to the NXT Women’s Title #1 contender match that is slated for NXT’s debut on the USA Network. It is now Mia Yim vs. Bianca Belair vs. Candice LeRae vs. Io Shirai. The return of Dakota Kai was also promoted during the 9/11/19 episode of NXT TV. Kai suffered a torn ACL at an NXT live event in December of 2018. Also, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins will receive their rematch for the NXT Tag Team Championships next Wednesday on NXT TV.
**To celebrate Black History month in the United Kingdom in October, Roy Johnson, who competed in the first-ever WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament is partnering with the ‘Wrestling Resurgence’ promotion to present an event entitled ‘Everything Patterned’. The talent lineup for the show is all-ethnic.
**‘LI Herald’ profiled professional wrestling writer/author Brian Shields to celebrate Shields receiving the Jim Melby award and a spot in the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall Of Fame.
**Luke Gallows was interviewed by The Macon Telegraph to promote WWE’s live event in Macon, Georgia on Saturday. Gallows expressed his excitement to be able to perform with two of his closest friends in AJ Styles and Karl Anderson: “To come back and doing it the way we are doing it on RAW, the big stage, with guys I am going to be hanging out with after the show … is a lot of fun,” Gallows said. “It is still a thrill and I still get goosebumps every night.”
NJPW Road To Destruction Results (9/12/19)
* Young Lion Cup League Match: Yota Tsuji (1-3) def. Ren Narita (3-1)
* Young Lion Cup League Match: Karl Fredericks (3-1) def. Alex Coughlin (2-2)
* Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuya Uemura & Shota Umino def. Michael Richards, Clark Connors & Satoshi Kojima
* Jado, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa def. Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Togi Makabe, Toa Henare & Tomoaki Honma
* Chase Owens, El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori def. Ryusuke Taguchi, Robbie Eagles & Will Ospreay
* Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Thunder Liger, SHO & YOH def. DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
* Shingo Takagi, SANADA & EVIL def. Hirooki Goto, Rocky Romero & Kazuchika Okada
* Jay White & Gedo def. BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito
**New WWE signee Briana Brandy spoke with CantonRep.com and shared advice she received from NXT founder and senior producer Triple H upon signing with the company: “I asked him, ’What’s something you wish someone would have told you when you started wrestling?” Brandy said. “He just told me, ’Bank on yourself. Believe in you. Believe your intuition and go with what makes you happy. Be you, but just turn yourself up.”
**ESPN Deportes’ mini-documentary about former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez’s venture into professional wrestling can be watched here.
**Gabrielle Loren joined IMPACT Wrestling’s broadcast team as a backstage interviewer at the most recent set of television tapings in Las Vegas, Nevada. Loren was a part of Afterbuzz TV and will also be a part of the Women Of Wrestling broadcast team.
**UFC Hall Of Famer Chuck Liddell told Comicbook.com that he used to hang out with Shane McMahon quite often and Shane once presented the idea of Liddell coming to WWE. Liddell said he had/has nothing against pro wrestling but loves real fighting and added that he wouldn’t mind “doing that now”.
**WWE Champion Kofi Kingston joined Jim Norton and Sam Roberts on SiriusXM ahead of WWE’s shows in Madison Square Garden this week. Kofi spoke about capturing the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35 but having the idea in the back of his mind that his reign could be just a moment:
“For me, like you said, things happen so fast. The first example that came to my mind was Zack Ryder at WrestleMania winning the Intercontinental Championship. His dad was in the ring, such a beautiful moment and then less than 24 hours later, losing it so in the back of my mind I was like, ‘Man, this is a great moment. Are they going to do me like this? Am I going to lose the next day? Are we just going to have the moment?’ And then all of a sudden we didn’t.” Kofi said.
**NWA aired footage on their YouTube channel of Royce Isaacs and Thomas Latimer defeating PCO and Brody King to capture the NWA World Tag Team Championships. Brody King and PCO first captured the titles by winning the Crockett Cup tournament in April. Over the Summer, the NWA ended their partnership with Ring Of Honor.
**On a recent edition of Sean “X-Pac” Waltman’s podcast, he told the story of how he and Scott Hall played a pivotal role in getting The Carters to purchase TNA Wrestling:
“Jerry Jarrett came up to me and Scott and he’s like ‘Hey can you please talk to these people, you know we’re trying to get them to invest.’ And Scott and I we talked to the Carters and Dixie’s brother actually told me that we were the reason, Scott and I, we’re the ones that talked them into buying TNA… we just talked about our love for wrestling and the need for competition.”
**AAW documented their 2019 Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament.
**Here’s the trailer for the film ‘100 Acres Of Hell’ starring Samu Anoa’i and Gene Snitsky:
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DOUBLE SHOT: GLOW S3 Ep. 7 & 8, Road to AEW on TNT, Pollock’s ??? Review
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RAR 9/9/19: Steve Austin at MSG, Anthem-AXS TV purchase
John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE Raw featuring Steve Austin’s return to Madison Square Garden, King of the Ring Semi-Finals, and a tag team match involving The Four Horsewomen. Plus, we discuss Anthem’s majority purchase of AXS TV.
POST Puroresu: September 2019 Edition
John Pollock & WH Park chat their final thoughts on the G1, the Royal Quest streaming issues, Destruction & KOPW cards, Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix, N-1 Victory & lots more.
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