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** NWA World Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa joined the ‘This Is The NWA Podcast’ one day after her AEW Women’s World Title match against Hikaru Shida at All Out. Thunder Rosa was defeated by Shida in the match but feels that she gained more than she lost. Rosa feels that from the moment she showed up in AEW to promote the match with Shida, she showed that AEW does not have a woman like her on their roster.
“It’s been a team effort and I just came there and just represented and yesterday Shida was — she was willing to do something different. She’s worked with us, I mean of course the people that she works with in AEW, but I don’t think they have a woman like me on the roster and I showed it from the moment I showed up there. That first week, I went there and I went to training and I showed the girls how you should look when you train, and how you should look when you get in the ring. You should be the same way and you should train as hard because it’s national TV and it’s prime time, you know?”
Rosa said the powers that be were pleased with the match. She shared the advice that Kenny Omega gave to her and Shida before their match and that was to show everyone what a “real women’s wrestling match should look like.”
“The thing is the pressure was Omega came then he looked at us and said, ‘Show them what a real women’s wrestling match should look like.’”
Regarding her match against Serena Deeb on Dynamite, Rosa came across a few comments on social media which read that she gave too much to Deeb during their match. Here is Rosa’s response to that:
“And that’s the thing, people were like, ‘Oh, who’s this Thunder Rosa chick, man? What’s the hype all about?’ And that’s when I was like, ‘Okay, if I underdeliver, I’m f*cked,’ you know? So, that’s why the Serena Deeb match was so important and yes I had some like, ‘Oh man, she gave her too much and she didn’t look that strong.’ Well, the problem was all my stuff was in between commercials so people didn’t see what we did do to say.”
** Arn Anderson and Conrad Thompson recapped the 2015 WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view for the newest installment of the ARN podcast. At the time of this event, Rusev and Lana were involved in a storyline together but were on opposites sides of said storyline. Lana was also engaged in a storyline relationship with Dolph Ziggler. Arn Anderson shared that when Rusev and Lana publicly revealed that they had gotten married while their storyline was going on, Vince McMahon was not happy about it.
“Oh yeah, it was pretty tense. It was one of those things of trying to pitch a storyline on TV but it gets exposed… it’s hard for me to actually even have an opinion because the minute I go old school and go, ‘They shouldn’t have did that,’ then entire companies or groups of people are exposing the business on the other side of the tracks. So, I don’t know what to think to be honest with you.”
** Silas Young was a guest on the ROHStrong podcast and he talked about CM Punk’s run-in during the MKE Wrestling show in 2019. Silas Young runs the Milwaukee-based promotion and he told the story of how the run-in came to be from his perspective but reiterated that he can not “100 percent” confirm that it was CM Punk.
“I had reached out to a lot of guys who had worked there when other independent promotions ran out of there and I actually happened to book Ace Steel who for people don’t know is the guy who trained CM Punk so I had Ace booked for the show and I learned shortly before the show, there was going to be a run-in and that it was going to be Punk and… I didn’t really think much of it because I kinda thought it was a joke at first, and then later learning on that Punk was actually in town, literally maybe a three-minute drive from the building he had done a Jiu-Jitsu tournament or something that day, so I think that was the whole way it worked out was that it was the building he had his first match in, the match that he did something in was Ace Steel’s match which is the guy who trained him and he happened to be in town that day anyways, right up the street for a Jiu-Jitsu tournament and someone else had pointed out after the fact that apparently, he had made some comments in past interviews that if he was ever to show up on a show again, it would be in a mask and it would be wrestling with his friends so… all those things seem to add up but I will say this, I never saw Punk in the back. He was apparently in the car, ran in, did the thing and ran back out.”
Silas Young dove into his feud with Dalton Castle that unfolded early in their respective runs in Ring of Honor. Silas admitted that initially, Dalton was difficult to work with.
“I will say this, at first, I hated working with Dalton Castle. I hated it. He’s a professional, he’s very good at what he does, but he was just… he was a little bit of a pain in the ass to work with in the beginning and I’ve told him this before and we laughed about it, as that was years ago but, it’s probably one of the most memorable things I’ve ever done in pro wrestling. For one thing, it was a storyline I think lasted over a year and during that course, we had only really wrestled a few singles matches with The Boys being involved. It was something that really made the story be able to go different ways.
He was just so indecisive about everything, you know? It would take forever to put stuff together. He would maybe second guess himself a lot so, it was just little things like that but he was great to work with. But yeah, he was definitely a pain in the ass in the beginning. I think the longer it went on, the more comfortable we got with each other and the easier it was to figure out what we wanted to do.”
** Malcolm Bivens and Karen Q hosted a live stream on Twitch during-which they brought on several guests. One of those guests was Big E. E discussed police brutality against African-Americans that has led to an uprise of Black people banding together and demanding change. Big E stated that he wants to do more than send out a few tweets and that making it seem like he’s contributing to the cause. He wants to make an effective change and related that back to showing his solidarity with his people on Friday Night SmackDown on FOX.
“So for us, one of the things I think about too is, we are blessed to be in a position where we have a pretty long leash as far as what we’re able to say, our style, our presentation, the fact that everybody is just cool with me log-rolling down to the ring. That’s not even an issue so we have a long leash when it comes to that and my perspective, if I am afforded a long leash to be vulgar or nonsensical, I need to use that same long leash to do something that’s important, to do something that’s meaningful and this was something that weighed on us, weighed on me so heavy man. We talked about it on our podcast. We had that platform to discuss how we were feeling with my buddy Andreas Hale, who’s worked as an activist for years and for us, it just felt like something when we had to say something. We had to make a statement of some sort and I always think, man, I don’t want my activism to be performative. I don’t wanna just send off a few tweets or put up a couple posts on Instagram and think, ‘Hey, I did my job for the day’ and I don’t , then to me it was a waste. If it’s not about the impact I made, even if it’s small, even if I can help change a couple minds or let a few people know it’s cool to say something in WWE. Just because you have this perception that if I make a statement, I could be perceived as controversial or I might get heat or I might lose my position and so often, that’s kind of been the idea in wrestling that, ‘I don’t wanna rock the boat because I wanna keep my spot, I need to keep making money, I need to provide for my family.’ I get where that sentiment comes from but I also wanted people to know that you can stand for something meaningful and important and this was something that was so pressing on my mind, something that had really moved me and I didn’t wanna look back and regret this opportunity years from now and say that something that the whole country was feeling, people around the world were protesting, that I did nothing or I didn’t do enough, I would’ve regretted that for a long time so…”
** Damian Sandow is now a co-booker of the Championship Wrestling from Hollywood promotion, per PWInsider.
** The latest episode of Tama Tonga’s ‘Tama’s Island’ podcast featured Karl Anderson. During their conversation, Anderson recalled a chat he had with Shinsuke Nakamaura and Shinsuke jokingly telling him that every August, he starts getting anxiety thinking about the G1 and having to have main event-caliber matches every night.
“Shinsuke goes — because Shinsuke’s still my buddy and he goes, ‘Every year, almost August, still I feel anxiety for G1, f*ck.’ I was like, ‘Not me anymore bro, f*ck. What’s wrong with you?’ Because Shinsuke was there for what? 15 years. Every August you think, ‘Oh no, main event match every day. F*ck, f*ck, f*ck.’”
** TV Insider chatted with IMPACT Wrestling talent Heath Slater. Heath shared that there are a few talents in WWE who he has been in contact with that have expressed that they would like to experience what’s transpiring in wrestling outside of WWE but they have a significant amount of time left on their respective contracts.
“They know when they are locked down under contract, they can’t get out. That’s the bottom line. You may have well signed yourself up for the military. But guys that did get released and guys from other companies have been texting and calling and asking about Impact. The WWE crew, some of them have been like, ‘Man, that would be awesome to do this, But I still got a year-and-a-half or another year.’ I’m like, ‘Remember what you’re saying because years go by pretty fast. So if you really want to, I might know a guy.’ The interest is there for sure.”
Elsewhere during the interview, Heath recounted his time in WWE as the focus of the ‘Free Agent’ storyline. Heath stated that he pitched to go to EVOLVE to help further the storyline that he was not exclusive to the RAW or SmackDown brand.
“It was when I was not drafted on Raw or SmackDown. It was supposed to be a joke. That type of thing. Make Heath the butt of the joke. Then JBL both want me for their show. I would end up not signed anywhere and win the title. I even pitched to go do EVOLVE and outside promotions WWE trusts to make people think this free agent thing was real. They went with the watered down version of it. But I did get one of my best friends in Rhino out of that and won the tag titles with him. I wouldn’t change that for nothing though. It was a childhood dream to be IC champion. Though if I had to pick I’d rather have Rhino as my best friend. I hope I can get this #Heath4Impact going and have a run with him in Impact.”
After being released, Heath made an appearance on RAW and had a promo segment and a quick match with WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. Initially, Heath turned it down but stated that McIntyre pleaded with him to do the segment as it got approved.
“That’s exactly what that was. McIntyre called me a month or so in advance. I told him I wasn’t going back, and I didn’t want it. Then literally two weeks before Slammiversary he pleaded with me to let him pitch working together. He was sure they would go for it. Then when he called me back and said they went for it I was like, what?! It was one of those things where Drew is one of my best friends inside and outside the ring.
We just clicked 12 years ago when we met. I’m in the ring with him and Dolph , who is a friend too. I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to hit a home run and speak from the heart and let you know how I feel.’ Thankfully, it was one take and came off great. I wanted to prove to them that I could have been doing this the whole damn time if you gave me the opportunity. Now you give me the opportunity to come back one day to show what I can do, I’m going to spread my wings and fly to other companies and give them my talent.”
** A new episode of ‘Ten Pounds Of Gold’ was uploaded to the NWA’s YouTube channel to promote Mike Bennett and Nick Aldis’ NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title match on 9/15.
** WhatCulture spoke with IMPACT World Tag Team Champion Chris Sabin. The M.C.M.G. member has tallied up a number of injuries over his career. Sabin admitted that throughout the years, he has contemplated the idea of completely stepping away from in-ring competition.
“Yeah, it crossed my mind, for sure. There were instances where I was like, ‘My career could be over, really.’ I could step back in the ring and something could happen, but you always sort of have that in the back of your mind with wrestling being such a dangerous activity. As far as my effort and what I did, everything I did as far as physical therapy and getting back in the ring and watching wrestling and all that, all my motivation and energy was put toward coming back at the highest level I could in being a wrestler.
Like I said, even with that, you have moments where you get down and think to yourself, ‘Man, a bad day at training or you pull something or tweak something, I don’t know if this is in the books for me. Is this supposed to happen?’ You have to take yourself out of that and keep a positive mindset and keep your efforts toward what you really want to do and that’s what I really want to do was wrestle.”
When it comes to how Sabin has seen tag team wrestling change over the past decade, he feels that a good portion of that credit should go to Matt and Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks. Sabin feels that a handful of tag teams have patterned their style after The Bucks.
“Honestly, I think as far as tag team wrestling goes, The Young Bucks had a huge influence on today’s tag team style of wrestling. Not everyone does it of course, but a lot of teams on independent shows try to replicate The Young Bucks’ style of matches. I think that’s the biggest difference I see from back then is the difference those guys have had on tag team wrestling. They really changed the business, that’s for sure.”
Sabin was asked if there were any plans for Motor City Machine Guns to reunite elsewhere before their return to IMPACT Wrestling and Sabin responded with the following:
“No, I don’t think so. I don’t think we ever had any realistic discussions of returning to IMPACT. Some things just so happen to fall into place like that. I was coming back and I had some discussions with Scott D’Amore about coming back and I said, ‘Oh, man, it’d be awesome if we could get The Motor City Machine Guns to come back.’ He said, ‘Oh, yeah, that’d be really cool.’ So we ended up asking Alex Shelley and he agreed and it just kind of worked out that way.”
** AR Fox vs. 2 Cold Scorpio has been added to GCW’s ‘For The Culture’ in October.
** Nick Aldis revealed that the National Wrestling Alliance had plans in place to tour the U.K. before the COVID-19 pandemic.
** Matt Sydal guest appeared on the ‘One Man Faction’ podcast. Sydal feels that he was one of the guys from the independent scene that made it to WWE and slightly opened the door for fellow independent talents to follow suit.
“This is what happened: WWE had this door and it opened just a little bit and I stuck my foot in so they couldn’t close it and I weaseled my way in there and now it has opened up and the opportunities are there for so many more guys. It’s not directly through me, but I feel like I was one of the first people who crossed in the fog. I crossed in night time when it wasn’t as safe and it was a little risky. But then people started to see that there is a path and they started to really be able to believe in themselves to be successful because they could see themselves in me, and I really think that helped a lot of guys. The guys like El Generico and Kevin Steen from the indies, to really go to WWE and not feel like they don’t fit in… because they do because they’re the best wrestlers.”
** Alexa Bliss’ ‘Uncool with Alexa Bliss’ podcast is joining WWE’s podcast lineup on September 22nd. Her first guest will be The Miz.
** Allison Danger chatted with Nicole Savoy for the latest installment of her video interview series. Nicole spoke about her experience working with AEW in the Women’s Tag Team Cup tournament alongside Big Swole.
“I did. That was pretty fun. Got to be reunited with Big Swole. All the crazy stuff that we did in SHIMMER, we got to do there. Everyone got to see what the Swole Family was about. I mean, we drove you guys crazy at SHIMMER so we got to bring that to the AEW locker rooms and stuff and driving a few people crazy with our nonsense and beating on the chest and swelling of the chest and stuff.”
Savoy was asked to list off her top three female independent wrestlers and her list included Hyan, Alex Gracia and Heather Monroe.
“I definitely would have to say Hyan is getting a lot of traction. Heather Monroe. Like, I hate to say it but, that girl should’ve been everywhere. What she’s doing now, she should’ve been doing this, like traveling a long time ago. She’s so good, like amazing. So I’d have to say Hyan, Heather, Alex Gracia is actually catching a lot of traction herself. She’s getting out there, getting a name for herself so I would say those are my three.”
** On the 9/9 edition of AEW Dynamite, Jake Hager and Chris Jericho are taking on Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela in a No-DQ tag match.
** Rocky Romero was the most recent guest on the Sitting Ringside with David Penzer podcast. Rocky was asked if he considered making the move to All Elite Wrestling around the company’s launch. Rocky stated that he’s under contract to New Japan so he doesn’t think that could’ve happened and even if he wasn’t, he feels that he’s a New Japan-lifer.
“I’m probably a lifer with New Japan I feel like. You know, I’ve been here since 2011 non-stop, consistently and before that, obviously for many years on and off. I was under contract, so the opportunity really didn’t present itself to go anywhere else and I don’t think I would’ve either way, because I’m pretty happy where I am and New Japan is like a family to me and just kind of a different situation. I think for Trent, he had spent some time there and I know it was a difficult decision for him as well during this time, but he had some roots but he didn’t have the roots that go so deep like me there, you know? So, I don’t know. So yeah, that opportunity really didn’t present itself because I was under contract like I said and it’s just different circumstances and situations so… like I said, I think I’ll probably be a lifer with New Japan.”
** NJPW ‘New Japan Road’ Results (9/8/20) Mito, Japan
– Yuji Nagata def. Gabriel Kidd
– Yota Tsuji, YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii def. Yuya Uemura, SHO, Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano
– Jado, Gedo, Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi def. Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
– Tomoaki Honma, Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi def. DOUKI, Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi
– BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi def. Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
– SANADA & Tetsuya Naito def. Dick Togo & EVIL
** Yen Press announced a new series titled ‘New Japan Academy’. It’ll be available in October and the series is described as followed:
“It’s the stars of New Japan Pro-Wrestling as you’ve never seen them before! Teenager Tetsuya Naito is aiming for the top of New Japan Academy, but to be the champ, he’ll have to face the greats!”
** The following video is from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s YouTube channel:
** Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated spoke with WWE United States Champion Bobby Lashley. Lashley discussed backstage politics in wrestling and said that there have been fellow wrestlers in WWE throughout his overall time in the company that have lobbied to go over him in a match.
“I’m not a guy that is going to politic or badmouth someone in this company. I don’t do it. Ever. I’ve had people I was wrestling go to Vince and say, ‘I think it would be a good idea if I beat Bobby.’ And it was completely ignorant for someone to ever say that if you saw the two of us. I’ve always done what the company thought was best, but I’ve also always known what I was capable of doing. I know that I’m valuable and I know what I can accomplish.”
Lashley talked about working with Shelton Benjamin and MVP as a part of The Hurt Business. He said they are three black businessmen and that’s how they want to be viewed by those watching them.
“That’s another reason that I love being part of The Hurt Business. We’re not thugs, we’re dressed clean. We’re businessmen, Black businessmen. We’ve been in this business a long time, and that’s how we conduct ourselves. We have put in the work and we’re going to continue to do that.”
As far as winning the WWE Championship goes, that’s still a goal on Lashley’s checklist. He described himself as the “Black Superman” and says the world title is what he needs.
“I’ve got the United States title, and that’s an amazing accomplishment, but I need a stamp on my career. That’s the WWE Championship, and the opportunity is there for me. I’m the ‘Black Superman,’ and that world title is what I need. I just need to stay healthy, keep kicking ass, and continue moving forward.
If I win that world title, I’ll always be known as a former world champion. I want to do that for myself, I want to do that for my children, and I also want to do it for the kids that look like me.”
** Here’s the newest episode of AEW Dark:
** Daniel Cormier and Ariel Helwani talked about Brock Lesnar becoming a free agent. Cormier pitched that he wants to wrestle Lesnar at a future WrestleMania.
** Wrestling Inc. interviewed Fred Rosser to promote his bouts on NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed. Rosser opened up about the concussions that he’s suffered and stated that there is not much he remembers about his career.
“A lot of concussions over the years. CTE so I don’t remember half the stuff that I’ve done. You just have to tune in. I’m excited myself. Rocky Romero, who I’m always texting saying, ‘I can’t wait. I can’t wait till the announcement’s made.’ I was going crazy. No one knew except for me and a handful of my friends. So I didn’t want to jump the gun on this huge announcement made by New Japan Pro Wrestling, but that’s my excuse, CTE. I don’t remember what I’ve done. You just gotta tune in.”
** Comicbook.com spoke with Adam Cole. Cole responded to the mixed reactions that spawned from the finish of the NXT Championship Fatal 4-Way Iron Man match from last week. Cole admitted that he’s one who views things in a positive light and saw the finish as a cliffhanger. He also understands why some viewers were not happy with the result.
“However, I do understand that some people were upset. I understand that some people want to see a definitive end to a match like that, and it makes total sense. But that’s actually kind of, as weird as it sounds, that’s what I love so much about pro wrestling, is you’ll have one match that will happen with a certain result, and like you said, half the people will go, ‘That was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. They couldn’t have ended that any better. This was perfect’, and then you’ve got another group of people who were so upset and so angry, and think it’s the dumbest thing in the world. The beautiful thing is that both people aren’t wrong, and both people are right, and you can think whatever you want to think.”
** PJ Black joined Wes Brisco on ‘The Brisco and Big Ace Show’. Wes feels that PJ Black invented the modern style of wrestling while a name such as Kenny Omega just receives credit for it.
“We kind of got a lot of time in FCW. We were able to be us and do our stuff to get us over. When you got to the main roster they kind of like toned you down a little bit. The kind of stuff you were doing in FCW was way advanced what anyone else was doing… Everyone wants to say Kenny Omega invented that style, but you guys (PJ, Rollins, and others) kind of were on the forefront and really changed the game. You guys were kind of the first to do all that stuff… You guys did all of the storytelling, but started doing all of the cool high flying moves.”
** TribLIVE posted their interview with Adam Cole. Cole spoke about doing virtual meet-and-greets with patients of the UMPC Children’s hospital in Pittsburgh.
** Former 3-time WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres revealed through Instagram that she and her husband tested positive for COVID-19.
“I debated sharing this, as it still feels raw and personal right now, but I’ve always believed in sharing both the good and the tough with our community. My husband, Rener, tested positive for COVID last Wednesday in the beginning of our vacation in Utah with my family. We all returned home immediately. I have now tested positive, and my 2 year old, Renson, has had a fever, who we also assume to be positive. We have a great support system and a great vitamin/ supplement regimen, and we know many of you may have already battled with this virus and all the weight that comes with it. We welcome your positive thoughts for us and my family as we are hoping to be on the other side of this soon. 🖤”
** WhatCulture conducted an interview with The Miz. The Miz said that WWE talents such as Sasha Banks come up to him weekly and ask when they’ll be able to come on the USA Network series ‘Cannonball’. Miz added that he has a new project in the works with WWE Studios. Here’s a portion of his answer to the question proposed by WhatCulture:
“Well, I don’t really have much downtime, which is what I like. My mind is always going, my wife’s mind is always going. When our kids go to sleep, most people would go and relax and watch TV. Maryse and I will sit down and start talking about different things and projects that we want to do with our production company. We have something in development right now with WWE Studios that we’ve been working on and are really passionate about as well as another show with Bunim/Murray.”
** Shawn Michaels reacted to Pascal Siakam accidentally kicking Daniel Theis in the chin during the Raptors versus Celtics game.
** The Wrestle Carnival promotion announced that Chris Ridgeway is joining their creative team and will also be working as an event producer and in-ring talent.
** Josh Barnett announced former IMPACT World Tag Team Champion Josh Alexander for Bloodsport on October 11th.
** In a new video for Boston Wrestling MWF, Tony Atlas discussed the passing of “Bullet” Bob Armstrong:
** Chris Van Vliet spoke with Billie Kay.
** Daily DDT chatted with Bobby Lashley ahead of the 9/7/20 episode of Monday Night RAW. Lashley recalled working out the details of his Bellator contract and having a clause put in that if WWE were to offer him a deal, he could put his Bellator deal on pause and rejoin the sports-entertainment company.
“The reason I bring that up, is because I do a lot of mental work. Before getting into WWE, I was fighting with Bellator. When I went to sign with Bellator, I told them, ‘I need a clause in here that says when WWE offers me a contract, then I can at least pause this one or get out of this one so I have the ability to go do that.’ He goes, ‘Man, you’ve been out of the business for seven years. You really think you’re going to have the opportunity to go back?’ I said, ‘Yes! It’s going to happen.’”
** Adam Cole chatted with GameSpot to promote his NXT Championship match against Finn Balor.
** Ruby Riott uploaded a new video to her YouTube channel.
** Here’s the first-ever NXT Championship match between Seth Rollins and Jinder Mahal.
** STARDOM’s cancelled August 22nd and August 23rd shows are being combined into a joint-show that’s set for October 3rd. The shows were originally cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.
** Dustin Rhodes joined the Sports Guys Talking Wrestling podcast prior to AEW All Out.
** A new episode of ‘The Day Of’ based around the 2020 SummerSlam event is coming to the WWE Network on 9/13.
** Bianca Belair did a Q&A on her YouTube channel:
** Here are the matches set for NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed on 9/11:
– TJP & ACH vs. Adrian Quest & Logan Riegel
– Rocky Romero vs. Danny Limelight
– PJ Black & David Finlay vs. Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)
– #1 Contender’s Match for IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Cobb vs. KENTA
** Jay Lethal and Brian Kendrick’s ROH Pure Title match from ‘Stalemate’ 2005 is available to watch on Ring of Honor’s YouTube channel.
** Nick Aldis appeared on GalaxyCon’s live stream with Kid Cadet and Danica Jenelle.
** Alicia Atout chatted with Dominik Mysterio.
** Sports Illustrated interviewed Adam Cole. Cole reiterated that he’s focused on what he’s doing in NXT but believes Undisputed ERA would make a big impact on either RAW or SmackDown.
** Rebel, who has been featured on AEW programming over the last several months with Britt Baker is celebrating a birthday today.
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