Saturday, April 30, 2016

Promoter Says Bobby Roode And Eric Young Left TNA Because They Were Owed Large Amount Of Money

Below is a recent episode of The Pro Wrestling Report with Dameon Nelson and David Herro, who has worked as a booking agent to many pro wrestlers. When discussing TNA's troubles, Herro says former World Heavyweight Champions Eric Young and Bobby Roode left because they were owed a pretty big amount of money. At around the 11:40 mark, Hero commented:

Police Find Multiple Medications Near Chyna's Body, WWE Legend Has Surgery

- TMZ reports that Chyna's habit of mixing prescription pills in the same bottle is making it hard for detectives to figure out what she took before she passed away earlier this month. As noted, Chyna's manager and friend has stated she was taking Ambien and Valium, but it will be a few months before the toxicology results are back. A source told TMZ that police found several full prescription pill bottles near

Top WWE NXT Superstar Banged Up, Indie Wrestler Talking With WWE?

- As noted, the ankle injury that Finn Balor reportedly suffered during the WWE NXT Title loss to Samoa Joe on April 21st was just part of the match. However, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Balor is said to be banged up, especially his shoulder.

Fans on Payback Title Changes, No Way Jose's Theme

- WWE has a new poll asking fans who is most in danger of losing their gold at WWE Payback - WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, WWE Women's Champion Charlotte, WWE United States Champion Kalisto or WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz. As of this writing, 42% went with The Miz to Cesaro, 26% voted for Reigns to AJ Styles and 19% voted for Natalya to Charlotte.

Possible Big Spoiler on Vince McMahon’s Announcement at WWE Payback

As noted, Vince McMahon will be at Sunday’s WWE Payback pay-per-view in Chicago to announce who will be running RAW – Shane McMahon or Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.

A source notes that the plan for this angle, going back to before WrestleMania 32,

Indie Star Talks WWE GCS, Triple H And Stephanie McMahon Clips, The Rock, Fans On New Shows

- As noted, Florida indie wrestler Lince Dorado recently announced he would be in the WWE Global Cruiserweight Series that takes place this summer. WWN Live released this video of Dorado discussing his entry into the series at the FIP Florida Rumble event.

WWE Power Rankings, New John Cena Gym Clip, Top 10 McMahon Family Showdowns

- Here is the latest WWE Power Rankings video with Dolph Ziggler coming in at #20 and AJ Styles taking the #1 spot.

Friday, April 29, 2016

WWE SmackDown Rating Down, Xavier Woods Comments On Eric Young Debuting

- As noted, last night's WWE SmackDown drew 2.109 million viewers, down from last week's 2.431 million viewers. This was the least-viewed episode since moving to the USA Network this year. The final rating for the show was a 1.54, down from last week's 1.71 rating. This is also the lowest SmackDown rating going back to December.

Early Rumors on Brock Lesnar Opponent for WrestleMania 33, Who Vince Feels Was “Wasted” This Year

No word yet on when Brock Lesnar will be back on WWE TV but he’s expected to be back in time to begin a feud for SummerSlam, possibly against The Wyatt Family.

However, Vince McMahon has recently discussed WrestleMania 33 plans and he wants

Jim Ross Predictions for Sunday's WWE Payback

Jim Ross updated his blog on Friday with his predictions for this Sunday's WWE Payback Pay-Per-View.

Ross predicted the main event first, saying he thinks while AJ’s first WWE PPV main event will be impressive, Roman Reigns will get the win to retain the World

Kevin Owens Threatened By Fan, Another Drop for John Cena’s Show, Gallows and Anderson

- WWE has a new poll asking fans if they think Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson will get involved in the WWE Payback main event on Sunday.

As of this writing, 80% voted, "Yes. They will do whatever it takes to help AJ Styles win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship." The rest went with,

Camp WWE Not On The WWE Network Live Stream, WWE Payback Kickoff Pre-show, Edge And Christian

- WWE Network has a one-hour WWE Payback Kickoff pre-show scheduled for 7pm EST on Sunday.Renee Young, Booker T, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton will be live from Chicago. As noted, Ryback vs. WWE United States Champion Kalisto will take place on the pre-show.

WWE Network Shows On DVD?, WWE NXT Announcer News, Xavier Woods Gaming Challenge, Becky Lynch

- WWE Tag Team Champion Xavier Woods was unable to appear at the PAX East 2016 convention this year but he still sent a video message to call out his longtime gaming rival, Dan Ryckert.

Alberto Del Rio Tapout Video, 'WWE 100 Greatest Matches' Book News, Samoa Joe, SmackDown - Twitter

- Last night's WWE SmackDown ranked #4 among series & specials for the night in Nielsen's Twitter TV ratings, behind the NFL Draft, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. As noted, Nielsen recently confirmed to us that they have changed the way Twitter ratings are being released as Unique Audience will no longer be included. The weekly lists will now include and be ranked by tweet volume.

Stephanie McMahon Workout Clip, WWE Dubai Video, Fans On Last Night's SmackDown, Stock Takes A Hit

- WWE posted this video below from the recent mini-tour in Dubai.

American Alpha On WWE NXT Crowd Reactions And More, WWE Stars On World Wish Day, Charlotte's Pick

- The WWE website recently spoke with WWE NXT Tag Team Champions American Alpha about their success. Below are a few highlights:

Chad Gable on the "warrior's mentality" that won them gold: "That warrior's mentality comes from amateur wrestling. We've experienced a lot of the exact same

How Did WWE SmackDown Viewership Do Against The NFL Draft And The NBA Playoffs?

Last night's WWE SmackDown, with The Miz vs. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns in the main event, drew 2.109 million viewers.This is down from last week's show, which drew 2.431 million viewers.

SmackDown was #3 for the night in viewership, behind the NFL Draft,

TNA Re-Signed Robbie E, Announces Two New Signings

TNA announced three new signings this evening, Former TNA X-Division and Tag Team Champion Robbie E, Caleb Konley and Sienna.

Below are the announcements from Robbie E and TNA accounts:

Another Announcer Parts Ways With WWE

In addition to Rich Brennan, WWE parted ways with Kyle Edwards this week.

Edwards, whose real name is Arda Ocal, announced Friday on Twitter that he has parted ways with the organization.

Johnny Gargano Talks Earning His Spot in WWE, Wrestlers Being Fans, Dream WrestleMania Opponent?

WWE NXT star Johnny Gargano recently appeared on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show, and below are some interview highlights, transcription courtesy of Chris Featherstone for SportsIllustrated.com:

Rumor Killer on Bayley's Injury, Update on The Authority and Shane McMahon, More on Rachael Ellering’s NXT Debut

- Following last night’s WWE NXT TV tapings, there were rumors floating around that Bayley suffered a possible injury during her match against Nia Jax. The injury was part of the match story line, however, as the trainer who checked on Bayley during the bout is developmental talent Chris Atkins.

Paul Heyman Reportedly Working on His Own Reality Show

According to The Wrap, Paul Heyman and his Looking 4 Larry marketing agency will be teaming up with Left/Right Productions to produce a new unscripted reality TV series.

The series will take a look at Heyman’s “ingeniously dysfunctional” approach to

Hot New Pics of Mandy Rose, Adrienne Reese On WWE NXT TV, Indie Stars Team Up On WWE NXT

- Mandy Rose shows off her stunning body in these hot new bikini pics and sexy mini skirts!

Chyna On WWE Network, Apollo Crews On His WWE SmackDown Win, WWE Network Wins Award

- In this WWE SmackDown Fallout video, Apollo Crews reacts to his second win over Stardust and says it was his most challenging match to date in WWE. Crews says he came to WWE for challenges because he just likes overcoming them.

Titus O'Neil Birthday, Next NXT Tapings, WWE SmackDown Top 10

- The next WWE NXT TV tapings will take place on Thursday, May 19th from Full Sail University. These will be the final tapings before the June 8th Takeover event.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ric Flair’s Podcast Coming to an End?

According to Conrad Thompson, co-host of the “WOOOOO Nation!” podcast, the show is currently on hiatus because Flair chose to “terminate the contract.”

Thompson elaborated on the situation and remained adamant that the show is not

Eric Young On His NXT Debut And Why He's Here (Video), WWE Announcement On Young's Arrival

WWE correspondent Cathy Kelley talks with former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young backstage at tonight's WWE NXT tapings.

WWE NXT Star Making TV Debut Next Week, Triple H Welcomes WWE Recruits (Photo), Tessa Blanchard

- Noah Kekoah will make his WWE NXT TV debut on next Wednesday's episode, against No Way Jose. Noah was signed in May 2014 and was trained by WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan.

WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS - APRIL 28, 2016

This week’s episode of Smackdown starts off with a look at what happened on Raw when Roman Reigns came to the aid of his cousins when Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows attacked Jimmy and Jey. Then we see AJ Styles confronting Luke and Karl about the attack and the discussion suggesting that maybe they are working together. We see what happened at the end of Raw when Styles and Reigns clashed

NXT Taping Results Airing in May ** SPOILERS **

May 4th Episode:

* New NXT Champion Samoa Joe opens with a promo in the ring. Joe says it's a new era and he runs things. Eric Young interrupts to a huge pop. Young says everyone knows him and the only thing that's guaranteed is he brings change. Joe

Daughter Of WWE Legend Debuts At WWE NXT, Bayley Injured at WWE NXT TV Tapings?

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WWE NXT Takeover Main Event Set ** SPOILER **

As noted, the next WWE NXT Takeover event will take place on Wednesday, June 8th from Full Sail University.

NXT General Manager William Regal announced at tonight's tapings that the Takeover main event will see

Eric Young To Wrestle On Next Week's WWE NXT Episode, Backstage Photo From Tonight's Tapings

As noted, WWE NXT announced that former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young debuted at tonight's tapings, in a segment with NXT Champion Samoa Joe.

Young will make his in-ring debut on next Wednesday's show against Joe in a

WWE NXT Announces Eric Young's Arrival, Triple H Comments (Video)

Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young interrupted a promo by WWE NXT Champion Samoa Joe at tonight's Full Sail NXT TV tapings. It should air on next week's episode.


Below is video from WWE:

Manny Andrade Wins WWE NXT Dark Match, Titus O'Neil Reads To Kids, Hall Of Famer At WWE HQ (Photo)

- The dark match before tonight's WWE NXT TV tapings at Full Sail University saw Manny Andrade defeat Angelo Dawkins.

Manny won with the running knees in the corner, in front of a hot crowd. The former La Sombra was said to be way over.

Cameron's Interesting Response To Fan Complaint, The New Day, Fans On The Miz And Maryse, WWE Stock

- WWE has a new poll asking fans which couple they would like to see shut the mouths of Maryse and WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz - John Cena and Nikki Bella, Zack Ryder and Emma, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, Rusev and Lana or Jimmy Uso and Naomi. As of this writing, 39% went with Cena and Nikki while 24% voted for Ryder and Emma, 17% went with The Authority and 14%

Comedy Show Takes Shots at Roman Reigns, Reigns & Usos Respond (Video)

During last night’s edition of @Midnight, host Chris Hardwick and a panel of comedians took shots at Roman Reigns and his taste in jeans.

Hardwick referred to Reign’s name as a “Pompeian porn star”, and then the panel brought up the Ad Council Fatherhood PSA Reigns did and his choice of jeans

Dolph Ziggler’s Brother Wanted for Aggravated Murder

According to Cleveland.com, Donald Nemeth, the 29 year old younger brother of WWE star Dolph Ziggler, is wanted for aggravated murder in connection with the death of 34-year-old Joseph Mascol, who was shot and killed on January 23rd at the University Hotel and Suites in Cleveland, OH.

Karl Anderson on AJ Styles Vs. Roman Reigns, Lilian Garcia Responds To Reports, WWE Shortening Another Name?

- WWE recently filed to trademark "Enzo" for Enzo Amore. As noted, they've started calling Colin Cassady just "Big Cass" now that the two are on the main roster.

Current WWE Payback Betting Odds

The betting odds for WWE Payback 2016 are in and listed below. For those unfamiliar with how these lines work a plus sign indicates the underdog and a minus sign represents the favorite. The corresponding number after the plus or minus indicates exactly how favored or unfavored the competitor(s) are by the sportsbook. For example betting $100 on AJ Styles would win the bettor $375 upon

WWE Network Cracking Down On Account Sharing

The WWE Network is cracking down on account sharing with the latest update of its Terms of Service. Several readers are already getting error messages about “stream limit exceeded” and “too many usage attempts.”

The updated Terms of service reads:

Bret Hart Criticizes Triple H, Says WrestleMania 32 Had No Great Wrestling

Bret Hart continues to have very few nice things to say about Triple H. In an interview with Notts TV News, the WWE Hall of Famer criticized Triple H for his desire to push performers based on their physiques. Hart does give credit to his NXT brand for having better wrestling than WrestleMania 32, which Hart says had

Update on the Status of Ricochet, Current Contract Negotiations, Possible WWE Deal

There has been much speculation regarding the future of former Lucha Underground Champion Prince Puma, aka Ricochet.

According to The Wrestling Observer, Puma was brought back to Lucha Underground at the last set of TV tapings this week, and there appear to be plans to

Note On Viktor In The Social Outcasts, Aliyah Made Her Official Debut to NXT

- We noted before that Viktor joined The Social Outcasts during the recent WWE European tour as Adam Rose and Viktor's partner Konnor were suspended for 60 days due to WWE Wellness Violations. While Viktor was really playing the part, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter confirms this is a temporary move.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ric Flair "Kill Yourself" Video, WWE Announcer Released

- According to ProWrestlingSheet, WWE has released announcer Rich Brennan. Brennan was reportedly informed of his release on Wednesday of this week, and as of this writing the reason for his release is unknown. Brennan made his WWE debut in 2014 as an announcer for NXT alongside Corey Graves. He was later promoted to lead announcer of Smackdown, but returned to being an interviewer

WWE NXT RESULTS - APRIL 27, 2016

We are in Dallas, Texas and your announcers are Tom Phillips and Corey Graves.

Tom mentions Samoa Joe's victory over Finn Balor in Lowell, Massachusetts and we will see footage.

Jim Ross Says Cesaro & Crews Will Be Main Eventers, Talks Fans Booing Reigns

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross watched RAW on Monday and says he thinks Cesaro is a main eventer “waiting to explode.” In a new blog entry on his website, Ross says once Cesaro gets “over,” he would pay to see him wrestle Brock Lesnar.

Ross predicted another future main eventer after watching Monday’s RAW: