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Pro Wrestling Thread 2017

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9 minutes ago, Bus said:

In response they made a cease and desist shirt which is #1 seller

Thats great, WWE try to put out their fire, and they come back even stronger.

Sure they would coyright the term Wrestling if they could, but I know McMahon's never been a big fan of the word, as crazy as that sounds.

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3 minutes ago, DragonClaws said:

Thats great, WWE try to put out their fire, and they come back even stronger.

Sure they would coyright the term Wrestling if they could, but I know McMahon's never been a big fan of the word, as crazy as that sounds.

Lmao it's pretty epic. They're actually really laid back people 

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7 hours ago, DragonClaws said:

Sure they would coyright the term Wrestling if they could, but I know McMahon's never been a big fan of the word, as crazy as that sounds.

Yeah he clearly prefers the term "sports entertainment" and wrestlers are "sports entertainers" or "superstars" to him.

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It is now being updated that Sister Abigail will not be NXT star Sage Beckett but rather Bray Wyatt's alternate personality. Similar to the "Demon King" gimmick of Finn Balor, Wyatt will sport a more demonic look for the role.

And this pretty much says it all...

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20 hours ago, Silver and Gold Dragon said:

Yeah he clearly prefers the term "sports entertainment" and wrestlers are "sports entertainers" or "superstars" to him.

What can you say? he runs a pro wrestling promotion/business, but wont refer to it as wrestling.

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MMA fighter Shayna Baszler has joined the WWE Performance Center and began her training last week.

There is a rumor that there may be a 4-on-4 match at Survivor Series that will pit WWE's Four Horsewomen (Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks) against MMA's "Four Horsewomen" (Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamine Duke, and Marina Shafir)

Eddie Kingston has left Impact Wrestling.

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Hell In A Cell Results.

 Preshow:

Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable def The Hype Bros.

A Hype Bros break-up was teased.

 

Tag Team Championship Match.

The Usos def The New Day to win the title.

A great match which was clearly the match of the day.

 

Randy Orton vs Rusev

Randy def Rusev

Decent match but that rivalry have run it's course – time to move on.

 

United States Championship Match.

AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin vs Tye Dillinger

Baron Corbin won the title after pinning Dillinger. Styles hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Tye but Corbin threw Styles out of the ring to win.

 

Smackdown Women’s Title.

Natalya vs Charlotte Flair

Natalya was disqualified after hitting Flair with a steel chair but she retained the title.

 

WWE Championship

Jinder Mahal vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Jinder retained.

The Singh Brothers was booted from ringside.

The only logical reason I see them still keeping the title on Jinder Mahal is because of the upcoming WWE India tour which will take place on Dec 8 & 9th. So it looks like 2 more month of Jinder being champion.

 

Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggle.

Roode via pinfall with a “holding the tights” assist. Dolph hits a Ziz-Zag after the bell.

  

Main Event

Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon

Kevin def Shane

Good match with both guys taking the bumps, risks and all.

The end result came after Shane took the dive from the cage aiming at Kevin by then Owens was saved by Sami Zayn (heel turn).

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Kalisto is the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, defeating Enzo Amore in a Lumberjack match last night on Raw.

...and poor Enzo didn't take it so well...boo freakity hoo!

Asuka will make her RAW debut at the TLC PPV and her first opponent will be...Emma, who defeated Sasha Banks during an Elimination Fatal 5-Way taking advantage of just letting go of the Banks Statement against Alicia Fox.

Bray Wyatt looks terrifying as Sister Abigail as the new demonic side made her debut last night on Raw!

It has been teased...but now it is official....The Shield is back!

and they will face The Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus, and Braun Strowman at TLC PPV. I'm digging the new shirts!

 

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Major rumor alert: Neville may be leaving the WWE. Apparently, he was to have faced Enzo Amore and lose the match in the Lumberjack match on Raw until it was decided that Kalisto would not only face Amore, but as you know, he is the new Cruiserweight Champion. Apparently, Neville walked out on Raw before the decision of Kalisto becoming the champ was made and it is now being speculated that he is planning a request to leave WWE.

As reported, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are once again together, but they are now going under a new name: The Bludgeon Brothers

SmackDown highlight videos:

 

 

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This past weekend at an autograph signing in Cobo Hall, Jim Cornette got into a very heated argument with Anthony Carelli, aka WWEs Santino Marella. Carelli issued a statement about what happened, according to eWrestlingnews:

Hi everyone, ok so here’s my one-and-only official statement regarding Cornette. He can definitely dish it out so lets see if he can take it too. You will soon identify a reoccurring theme here, he’s complete bullshit, from head to toe. My original stance from day one was to just let him rant and NOT to stoop to his level, and I tried to for a long time, but sometimes a brother gots to set things straight. Its important to note that Cornette has been lying for so long about all this stuff that he actually believes it like an actually memory. Some would say he’s a good bull-sh**ter. But it’s actually called being a compulsive liar.

12 years ago I moved to Louisville to train at OVW, after a month of the beginners class I was invited to the intermediate class where I would train with the legendary Rip Rogers. At that time I was also invited to come and watch an OVW TV taping. Upon arrival to my first ever TV taping I was told I could sit in the student area in the audience. Keep in mind I’m with my daughter and simply a member of the audience, or so I thought.

The show starts, its great, and then there’s the debut of the bogeyman who was supposed to leave the arena through an emergency door directly behind us, no one gave me the 411, so as bogeyman was leaving he turned right towards us and I thought he was gonna do me a solid and scare my daughter thus creating a memory that she would never forget, so as a dad I was pretty stoked, and yes I was definitely smiling. The bogeyman then jars the guard rail, we all run, and he exits out the door. It’s all on YouTube if you care to see it. Actually I encourage one to do so, so you can see for yourself that I’m not laughing. Hence BS #1. There was never any agenda to the whole thing. I wasn’t trying to be anything other than a fan. I wasn’t part of the show, heck it was my first time there for show. Gosh when I look back now I was so green to everything but I was definitely enjoying a pro-wrestling show with the rest of the audience. The eagerness, the learning, the dedication, they’re all fond memories.

I’m then summoned to the back where Cornette is flipping out and proceeds to slap me several times. He claims 17 but lets just call that Bullsh**#2. I had no idea what he was even talking about. I remember saying just that, which of course got him even more mad. I remember him saying “you are nothing in this business”, and I’m like yeah no sh** I literally just signed up here a month ago lol. He knew I couldn’t do anything, he took complete advantage of the situation, and he assaulted someone, period, and probably should have been arrested and charged for that matter. He acted completely unprofessional and very much disrespected the business he claims to love, I say claims to love cause all he ever does is go on completely negative rants about various aspects and his personal opinions. All that hatred and negativity must be such a heavy burden to carry around all the time. He has become his own prison sentence, left to marinade in his own negative filth. Thank God he has become a non-entity and quite frankly irrelevant for some time now. His overall contribution to the industry has been quite damaging and by no means, is he an authority. He was merely tolerated and permitted, by real men, to be around the business during one of the best eras in history. Hey don’t get me wrong I’m not an authority either but I’ve been around great men in this business that truly are and trust me he is NOT on that list. Most people in the industry generally think him of as an asshole and loser today. Most, but not all. There are those few that do like him and that’s 100% fine by me.

He also said that Bogeyman was furious at me and wanted to kick my ass, so years later and after I got to know Marty pretty well I asked him about that night and he said he was just upset at his “wardrobe malfunction”. They failed to calculate the effect that the ring lights would have on Bogyman’s makeup and it was proving to be an issue. Thus the original source of that segment’s frustration is what I always thought. So what are we at now, BS #3?

Cornette was subsequently fired and pretty much resented me ever since. I don’t hate him. I don’t hate anyone but he was in the wrong and everyone knows it, especially him. That is why he so desperately tries to put me down and make excuses as to why he acted the way he did. The answer is simple Jim, because you are and insecure poor excuse of a man.

I would get asked about it from time to time but mostly down played it as it really didn’t bother to too much. I’ve endured much more than a slap, or 7, in my life. I actually do have a few friends in the business that still like Cornette so I thought that perhaps we could have had a good working relationship if things had been different. I was not opposed to learning from him, in fact I regret not being able to. I was taught to respect my elders in life in general, and my seniors in the pro-wrestling business, and until this moment I have.

Fast forward 10 years and I’m now forced to retire due to 2 neck surgeries. My WWE career was a dream come true, an amazing 10 year chapter in my life, and I am forever grateful to all the fans all over the world. I sacrificed everything important to me and risked it all to make it. I gave it more than 100% and am quite proud to say that I made it on my own merit. When I got hired almost 2 years after the incident and thanked Johnny Ace for not holding the incident against me he didn’t even know what I was referring to. I had to actually remind him, which was nice cause it reassured me that my employment was by my own hand. So trying to say that I was gifted my job is a big pile of BS, #4 in fact, and Cornette knows that too. I get it, it’s quite simple, he’s just trying to press my buttons and stay relevant. However it’s the time I spent away from my daughter that I will not allow him to diminish.

My intention was not to be a comedy wrestler, (check out my Boris Alexiev videos on YouTube) but I was given a once in a lifetime opportunity and I ran with it, just like anyone would do in my position. Looking back I actually love the fact that I was able to bring laughter into people’s homes, and for so many years. It’s entertainment. It’s my absolute favorite thing to hear from fans, that I made their family laugh. I think laughter is the greatest indicator of having a good time. I don’t know if he was just jealous because he was not athletic enough to make it in the ring as a wrestler or what, but he’s definitely made some poor comments over the years. I actually heard through a pretty good source that he can’t even cast a fishing rod. Now that’s uncoordinated. You might as well hand your balls in if you can’t cast a fishing rod. Look I’ve been given the stamp of approval by people that actually matter so I’m able to rest well at night when it comes to my in ring ability. Sorry buddy but comedy is an essential component of Sports Entertainment. Honestly shouldn’t you actually know that? And btw Kay Fabe was ruined long before I ever laced up my boots. I too wished it hadn’t been, but it is what it is. We work with what we have, whenever we get our chance to do so. The business has evolved, and it will continue to evolve. Those that can’t adapt, can’t evolve, get left behind. And please don’t hate on WWE, it makes you look really pathetic. Vince has done a million times more for this business than you will ever be credited for. Bottom line is he is one of the most successful people in the world, and well you are definitely not Vince. Put it this way, when I grow up I wanna be like Vince, but if I ever end up like you, I will consider my life a failure.

Little does Jim know that all those countless negative comments and rants just make him look like an unconfident bitter person that has no class. That is why I never made a big deal about it because he was already doing a great job of tarnishing his own legacy. He sh**s on the comedic component and my in ring ability but duh I’m from OVW so he’s actually sh**ting on himself and the company that he partly owns. He’s also sh**ing on his “friends” Rip, Danny, and Al, that all had a hand in my development and training, plus I can list off many great and iconic comedic wrestlers, 1st and foremost however is the late great Bobby Heenan. Now you try and tell me that he had no place in wrestling and well I would have to say that you really don’t know as much as I thought you did about Pro-Wrestling Mr. Cornette.

So one day I see that I got a voicemail from my friend Josh in Tennessee, then I get a text saying “omg I’m so sorry I didn’t know he was going to do that” then I get a call from Josh and he’s all upset about Jim Cornette tricking him in to calling me and then taking the phone from Josh and going on one of his classic rants. Keep in mind I’m still in bandages fresh out of neck surgery so yeah I’m a little shocked that he could actually stoop this low.

So I mention the message he left in my shoot interview with Rob Feinstein and after it circulated a few people left messages for Cornette on social media letting him know what they thought of what he did. So now his panties are all bunched up, yet again, and he goes off on his podcast actually denying the whole thing. A blatant lie told to all of his loyal listeners, BS #5. I guess he was ashamed of what he did so he just pretended it didn’t happen, and then proceeds to say again it anyway, lol, duh you just stooged yourself off shmarts. Anyhow no skin off my back, it is what it is, and then he proceeds to call me midget, goof, etc. lol come on Jim you are known for a tennis racket, please tell me you are kidding me when you call me a clown, you were a red nose shy of being the biggest clown in wrestling history. I think they call that “projecting”, like when he accuses me of disrespecting the business, when in reality its all he ever does. He also stated that he will slap again the next time he sees me.

Fast forward to the Cobo Centre in Detroit last Saturday and his table is just 2 tables down from mine, so I know at some point we will have a chance to meet, as in actually meet, for the first time, since I don’t consider our first interaction an actual meeting, because no greetings and pleasantries were exchanged etc.

As I’m heading back down the hallway after I got a bite to eat, its Jim and I walking straight towards one another and no one is around, what a perfect opportunity to talk it over and hopefully hash things out. I say Hello sir and I extend my hand to shake hands. After all why not, peace is better then enemies right? Its funny he looked shocked to hear my real voice, lol, mark. He then proceeds to try to tell me about what happened 12 years ago like I wasn’t there lol, insults me, disrespects me, and then tries to walk away. I remember being disappointed in how poorly he was dressed that day. He made no effort at all to make himself presentable to meet his fans, visibly dirty clothing and in poor health I actually felt bad for him, until he decided to be a piece of garbage once again. I said to him that I was hoping we could walk away from this with a new found respect for one another after possibly talking it out, and that I always regretted not learning from him. I always hope for the best in people, like my mom. He laughed and said that he had no respect for me, called me a joke, and that he should slap me again, that’s when I said to myself f*** this guy, there is no way in hell he’s going to punk me off after what he did all those years ago, so I said “do it” “please”, “slap me again and see what happens” trust me Jim it was not so that I could “sue” you. That’s what you see in the video. Me cutting him off and saying “do it then”. You cant make a claim like that and then walk away, at least not where I’m from. It was at that moment that I saw his true colours. He tried to run away and actually cried out for security. I guess his wrestling instincts kicked in because he was a classic heal, brave guy when back up is around, but when its just him and the baby-face alone at the end, he begged off. What happened to slapping me the next time you saw me Jim? Then when he saw a fan and or security personnel his mock bravery started to kick in and he started to put on a show, Cornette style. He was a complete b**** as I expected he would be, if it ended up going down this way, and when it was just the 2 of us, nose to nose, eye to eye, quite frankly a coward. And believe you me I called him those exact words to his face “coward” and “b**ch” and all he did was turn another shade of red. He knows in his heart that I saw it in his eyes. He can never say anything about it again because he backed down after shooting his mouth off so that’s BS # sh** I lost count. He also said publically that he decided to leave when we all know he was kicked out, escorted out in fact. Taken out like the trash that he is. So don’t forget to add another one to the BS list. It was the perfect ending, the bully got what he deserved in the end.

Sorry to all the fans that came out to the convention and show. I really tried to put it all behind us. Cornette had other plans. Sometimes we just have to take a stand.

I hope the show was still a blast, well I’m sure it was because there were a great bunch of guys performing that night!

So I now get to have some closure from the original incident. I get to return to my wonderful Canadian life, and come home to my hot Polish fitness model wife. This week we are going camping up north to enjoy the beauty of mother nature, kayaking, hiking, fishing etc . . . . . let me guess you’re gonna go on a few rants this week. Truly pathetic bro, sad, but hey enjoy them cause for a brief moment people are taking about you. And we all know how important that is to you. In the wrestling business you are always one headline away from having your spotlight taken away. And since the shield has reunited . . . .well I guess its gone.

The End!

Here's some video footage of the incident

Security escorted both men from the premises

In WWE news, creative writer and former ROH wrestler Jimmy Jacobs is no longer with the company. When the "invasion" involving the Bullet Club occurred, Jacobs took a photo with the group and posted it on Instagram and rumor is that the company fired Jacobs as a result, but it is unclear if they fired him. Jacobs was the one who came up with The List of Jericho!

 

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Madison Rayne has been seen at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, sparking spec that WWE may be signing her. Surprisingly, last week, former WWE star Austin Aries was also seen at the WWEPC as well as Serena Deeb.

During a promo at a Ring of Honor even, Matt Jackson ripped at WWE for their use of "too sweet", which as mentioned, resulted in a cease-and-desist letter from WWE.

Alberto El Patron will make his official return to Impact Wrestling at the Bound for Glory event in Ottawa on November 5.

Stu Bennett recently spoke about his leaving WWE and said while his request for leaving wasn't on complete amicable terms, he did say it is nothing more than water under the bridge and has not completely given up on a possible return to WWE...but right now, he's happy with becoming the GM of Defiant Wrestling.

 

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Wonder if WWE will blacklist them now.

ROH Global Wars: Buffalo

Deonna Purazzo pinned Sumie Sakai.

The Dawgs (Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara) defeated Coast 2 Coast (LSG and Shaheem Ali).

Kushida submitted Hangman Page. Page teased the too sweet gesture but stopped before his fingers touched.

Jay Lethal pinned Frankie Kazarian

Minoru Suzuki and KES beat Mark Briscoe and War Machine.

Mandy Leon pinned Jenny Rose.

Hiromu Takahashi defeated Christopher Daniels.

Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll outsmarted Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi for the win.

Punishment Martinez beat Will Ospreay

The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega retained the ROH trios titles against The Kingdom. Apparently a stable can sub members in and out as Hangman Page was part of the team that originally won them.

NJPW King of Pro Wrestling

Bushi, Sanada and Hiromu Takahashi beat Leo Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, and Yujiro Takahashi via interference from Darryl Takahashi.

Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto defeated Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr.

Roppongi 3K (aka the Tempura Boys here in the US) captured the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight tag titles from Funky Future (Ryusuke Taguchi and Ricochet).

KES retained the IWGP Heavyweight tag titles against GOD and War Machine in a noDQ tornado match.

Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll beat Jado, Baretta and Yoshi-Hashi.

Kota Ibushi and Juice Robinson defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi and Togi Makabe.

Will Ospreay finally beat Kushida and won the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title.

Tetsuya Naito retained the WK12 main event briefcase against Tomohiro Ishii.

Kazuchika Okada retained the IWGP Heavyweight title against Evil.

NJPW announced the teams for the Jr. Tag League:

  As you can see no Ricochet or Young Bucks. Ricochet is probably in the WWE now and the Young Bucks may have moved up to heavyweight or busy doing PWG/ROH stuff.

NJPW Young Lion cup rankings: Tomoyuki Oka, Katsuya Kitamura, and Hirai Kawato with 2 points. Ren Narita, Shota Umino and Tetsuhiro Yagi with no points. I wonder if the WWE will send a cease and desist to Kitamura for this little move...

Anthem has reached a deal with Pluto TV to stream episodes of Impact! Wrestling on everything from smartphones and game consoles to Roku and smart TVs.

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Over 30 athletes attended a 3-day training tryout camp with Matt "Prince Albert" Bloom at the WWE Performance Center. Some of the talents included the following:

– Taishan Dong, a 7-foot-tall boxer from China who is 6-0 in professional fights. Once dubbed “the most intimidating boxer on this earth” by Sporting News, Dong was formerly signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. He also goes by the nickname, “The Great Wall.”

– Trish McNair, a 28-year-old U.S. Army veteran who trained for wrestling under Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley at the Team 3D Academy. The 5-foot-7 McNair also played college rugby.

– 6-foot-6, 255-pound NFL free agent Weslye Saunders. Saunders played tight end at the University of South Carolina before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He also played for the Indianapolis Colts.

– 24-year-old footballer Mandel Dixon, who played H-back and tight end at the University of Tulsa and has participated in NFL camps with numerous teams.

– Barrel-chested giant Edward Ard, a 6-foot-8 semi-pro football player from North Carolina who tips the scales at more than 300 pounds.

– Second-generation wrestler Munraj Sahota, a 12-year veteran. Sahota is the son of The Great Gama Singh, one of the most feared competitors in the history of Stampede Wrestling.

– MMA fighter and karate champion Andrews Nakahara. The Brazilian national, of Japanese descent, trained with the Blackzillians fighting camp and specializes in Kyokushin, a full-contact style of karate.

– Harpreet Singh, aka “The Punjabi Lion” Robo, a muscular prospect from the New England independent circuit. A product of the Massachusetts-based New England Pro Wrestling Academy, the powerful Singh has competed in Chaotic Wrestling, among other organizations, and has a background in track and field.

– Ashley Lomberger, a sports-entertainment veteran of more than a decade who competed nationally under the ring alias of Madison Rayne.

– 27-year-old wrestler Victor Ortiz of Puerto Rico. Ortiz is the grandson of El Vikingo, a longtime wrestler on the island, and is a former medalist in amateur grappling.

– Ontario’s Jeremy LaTour, a former Canadian national wrestling champion in the 130kg and 98kg weight classes. The 6-foot-5 LaTour took part in the 2015 Pan American Championships and has wrestled internationally under freestyle rules.

– 6-foot-4, 315-pound former offensive lineman Jesse Somsel. The 26-year-old Somsel played football at Saginaw Valley State University and had stints with the Minnesota Vikings and the Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators.

– 220-pound powerhouse Alex Rohde, who wrestles on the West Coast as Alexander Hammerstone for outfits including California’s Pacific Coast Wrestling and Las Vegas’ Future Stars of Wrestling.

– 24-year-old grappler Johnathan Hatch. The 6-foot-4, 225-poud Hatch was an NJCAA All-American at Southwestern Oregon and is a former Greco-Roman State Champion.

– Bill Vavau, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound footballer from Utah. Vavau played on the offensive line with the Utah State Aggies.

– 23-year-old CrossFit athlete Shykeera Booker of Omaha, Neb.

– 6-foot-5, 240-pound Jeremiah Mullinax, a football player from Lincoln Park, Mich. He played tight end at Western Michigan University, earning a full scholarship as a walk-on.

– 26-year-old undefeated boxer Logan Holler. The 5-foot-7 Holler is 8-0 as a pro fighter, and she was also on a Division I equestrian team at South Carolina University.

– Independent wrestler John Washington, also known as Owen Travers. A veteran of six years, Washington learned the ropes at the House of Truth Wrestling School in Michigan and has a background in the martial art of capoeira.

– Wrestler and pro stuntwoman Karleena Ailie of Seattle. Ailie has competed on the indies for the past year under the name Karleena Gore.

– Daniel Vidot, a 27-year old pro rugby player from Brisbane, Australia. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder played wing in Australia’s National Rugby League.

– Russian wrestler and fitness model Natalia Markova, who has fought in Shine Wrestling, among other organizations.

– Darley Desamot, a 240-pound independent wrestler from Boston trained at the New England Pro Wrestling Academy.

– Bodybuilder William Bradley, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound veteran of the U.S. Navy.

– 280-pound Jeremiah Jones, who played college football at University of Northern Michigan before stints in the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League.

– U.S. Marine veteran John Hartley, who served as a machine gunner while in the service. Attending his second WWE tryout, Hartley has also received ring training at The Brian Kendrick’s wrestling school.

– Karen Yu, a 26-year-old independent wrestler from New York who competes under the name Karen Q in organizations like Ring of Honor and Beyond Wrestling. She has 12 years of experience in gymnastics and received a Division II scholarship for volleyball and diving.

– Multisport athlete Sean Dawkins of Toronto. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder played rugby, was a member of Canada’s national development bobsleigh team and is a two-time provincial wrestling champion in Ontario.

– 280-pound Matt Knotts, a 24-year-old student of The Dudley Boyz who played football at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has experience in powerlifting.

– Detroit’s Jarrell McKinney, who played linebacker and defensive end at Western Michigan University. McKinney, 25, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 250 pounds, participated in a Houston Texans camp and played football with the Aarhus Tigers in Denmark.

– 24-year-old fitness and bikini model Federica Pezzulla, who has experience in soccer, volleyball, swimming, and track and field.

– 6-foot-1, 225-pound Matt Hannan, better known to independent wrestling fans as Matthew Justice. Mentored by the late JT Lightning, Justice has claimed titles in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

– 27-year-old police officer-turned-wrestler Leroy Gordon from Boston. The self-proclaimed “Fastest Wrestler Alive,” Gordon has competed in indies including IWA Mid-South. He attended a previous WWE tryout at the Arnold Classic.

– 6-foot-3, 230-pound Haleem Ramdoum, an independent wrestler based out of the Midwest who goes by the name GT Vega.

– Marilyn “Mikki” Bailey, a 26-year-old model from Dallas who competed in basketball, volleyball and track and field, among other sports.

– Three-year wrestling veteran Raquel Dyer. Also known by her ring alias Lea Nox, Dyer has held independent titles in Florida.

– 21-year-old Ryan Meehan, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound bodybuilder from New York City.

– National Physique Committee bikini competitor Alexis Halcomb, who has also trained at a wrestling academy in California.

– The 6-foot-1 Hijo del Medico Asesino from Tijuana, Mexico is a third generation luchador with three generations of experience.

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Get ready tomorrow night as Kofi Kingston will debut a new look on SmackDown Live! He has cut off his trademark dreads

 

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2 hours ago, AlbertV said:

Over 30 athletes attended a 3-day training tryout camp with Matt "Prince Albert" Bloom at the WWE Performance Center. Some of the talents included the following:

It more like a Performance factory, there's must be thousands of people go through this centre each year??.

 

 

I think WWE may have been inspired by WarMachine, wth the new tag team they have created with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.

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Mark LoMonaco, known as both Bubba Ray Dudley and Bully Ray announced at ROH Global Wars that he is retiring from in-ring competition to focus on his health. He will still be coaching at the Team 3D Academy in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Bullet Club also unveiled a new hand gesture after they were sent that cease-and-desist order from WWE. The hand gesture is called "One Sweet" and it is basically "Too Sweet" with one finger rather than two.

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Kane has returned to Raw and it will now be The Shield against The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro), The Miz, Braun Strowman, and Kane at TLC

The latest on Neville-Gate: It is now looking like Neville has most likely left the WWE, but there is no official word from WWE. There is a possibility that either they are working out the terms of his release or they are planning something more that will boost Neville. That is up in the air right now.

Also at TLC, Finn Balor is going into Demon King mode to face Sister Abigail, Bray Wyatt's demonic side.

Finally...the former WhatCulture Wrestling team of "Blampy", Adam, King Ross, Jack the Jobber, and Sam have unveiled the first promo for their new channel, Cultaholic, set to officially begin on November 1.

 

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On 10/16/2017 at 11:38 AM, DragonClaws said:

It more like a Performance factory, there's must be thousands of people go through this centre each year??.

They usually have between 60-80 people in there training but I'm not sure how many tryouts they do or the typical size of them.

I found a video of a tryout. It's interesting they try the men and women at the same time doing the same things.

http://www.wwe.com/videos/go-inside-a-tryout-at-the-wwe-performance-center

For comparison, here's Jay White talking about NJPW's training:

http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/19709861/new-japan-pro-wrestling-jay-white-coming-own-ring-honor

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"You're up at 8 o'clock, you clean the dojo and clean the bathrooms and the floors -- outside, as well -- you sweep the road outside the house. Then, once you've done that, you've got between then and about 9:30, 9:45 to have some food if you want. But then at 10 o'clock, you're gonna start training for three hours at least, usually sometimes longer. The training is horrible, especially at the start; it's just such a shock to anything you've done before. Five hundred squats every morning, sometimes a thousand. Normal squats, that is, and then you'll have jumping squats on top of that. Hundreds of press-ups, just grinding you into the ground in the training there. Once that's done you'll finish up, go shower, and then you'll go and wait in the kitchen to look after the Senpai, the older wrestlers who are gonna obviously be eating and stuff. So you do their dishes for them. When they're training, you're going to do their laundry, keeping an eye out for them putting their laundry baskets out. Wash, dry, fold it. Once it quiets down in the kitchen, you'll get a chance to go and have lunch yourself. Once that's done, clean up and you've kind of just got to hang around to keep an eye on the older guys, really anyone that's coming in, just make sure you're around to help them out. In the evening, if you have time, it's up to each person; I would go in and do more weights, seeing as in the morning it would be a lot more body weight-based."

And then...

http://forums.thesmartmarks.com/lofiversion/index.php?t21575.html

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Here's a story about NJPW holding their tryouts for the dojo. credit:Strong Style Spirit

New Japan ran it's annual tryout for dojo entrants at 10am on 11/16. It took place at New Japan's Setagaya Dojo, with around 24 hopefuls in attendance. Also in attendance to observe and test the youngsters were Kengo Kimura, Osamu Kido, Black Cat, Jushin Thunder Liger, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, and Minoru Tanaka. Athletes of all different backgrounds, including amaresu, judo, karate, boxing, American football, volleyball, baseball, and speed skating were there. One of last year's successful candidates, Fujihiro Ushiro, was in attendance. He got injured last time though, so missed out, and hopes to gain entry again.

They started with a physical test to determine the stability of their body, and also test their stamina. They were firstly made to run 50m, and were timed by wrestlers, who held stopwatches. After that, they had to do the same, but holding a person of similar weight.

Back inside the dojo, things got tougher. They had to do, in succession, 500 squats, 50 push-ups, and 100 abdominal muscle exercises. Those who couldn't get through this were immediately sent home, and those who survived it moved on to the final selection test. Only nine men survived this.

The remnants of the stern training had to do fundamental movements, such as backward turning and forward rolling with legs astride. They then had to do high bridges with their noses touching the mat. Two people were sent home after this, and Nagata said they did well, and told them to return next year.

ROH has a two-day tryout that's only open to people with a year's experience.

http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/next-roh-try-outseminar-has-been-set

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Tommy Dreamer announced that he has signed an exclusive partnership with Twitch to stream his promotion House of Hardcore weekly. The channel will officially go live on November 18. Dreamer also stated he is happy as now HOH can be a real promotion with storylines and the whole nine yards.

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NJPW is short two men as Jado is off the tour for now with spinal stenosis of the lower back/pelvis and Tomoyuki Oka will miss two shows due to a ligament issue in his right knee.

However, a new wrestler has been teased for Power Struggle. People have debated between Jay White and Sami Callahan.

ROH Global Wars: Chicago

Silas Young and the Beer City Bruiser defeated Best Friends (Chuck T and Baretta)

Marty Scurll submitted Hiromu Takahashi

The Addiction beat Kushida and Cheeseburger

The Hung Bucks (Young Bucks +Hangman Page) and Cody Rhodes won against Search & Destroy (MCMG, Jonathan Gresham and Jay White)

The Dawgs (Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara) beat One Mean Team

Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki and KES) defeated Jay Lethal, Shane Taylor and Kenny King

Colt Cabana pinned Toru Yano

Will Ospreay beat Flip Gordon

Kenny Omega successfully defended the IWGP US Heavyweight title against Yoshi-Hashi

My question is... ROH is featuring title defenses of other promotions' belts but when is it going to get a belt for Women of Honor?

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Nia Jax has apparently walked out of WWE as well, but it's been revealed she has been granted a leave of absence for "personal reasons". She is unhappy with the direction her character is going, according to sources. This is most likely what happened to Neville last week and he's apparently left for WWE.

Jinder Mahal has challenged WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar to a Champion vs. Champion match at this year's Survivor Series. However, AJ Styles has other plans so we will see how this will turn out.

Chris Jericho had this to say about Neville and his departure:
“It doesn’t surprise me because I think a guy like Neville, whenever I worked with him we had great matches. He reminds me a lot, actually, of working with Chris Benoit in that he’s very hard-hitting, he’s very solid, very graceful and not stiff in the least, just a really innovative, smart worker. I think he wasn’t really getting his shot in the WWE, and the cruiserweight thing is fine but let’s be honest, it is what it is. I think there’s a lot higher potential for a guy like Neville in the ring and also the character.”

Kofi Kingston showed his new look, but it's nothing major. He just "trimmed down" his dreads as seen in this clip, but it looks like he shaved off his facial hair:

Sin Cara returned to Smackdown and faced Baron Corbin, who lost via count out because it looks like "The Lone Wolf" who is U.S. Champion, is a "chump".

Shane McMahon will return to Smackdown next week and has plans for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

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