Tonight is the eve before Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary XVI – I checked, “16” is not a typo! On the card tomorrow, LIVE from the Rebel Complex (Nightclub) in Toronto, Canada:
All the news that fits, we print!
- TMZ reports that Mr. Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne, is getting the itch to enter the grappling game. If Ronda goes heel he could be the world’s best version of K-Fed!
- NXT’s Instagram published a photo of Dallas Page teaching DDP Yoga to the Performance Centre trainees and presumably continuing to be an all-around great guy.
- Impact Wrestling announced on Twitter that their Slammiversary PPV has sold out, with tickets only available for TV tapings the next two nights. Since retooling as a glorified Canadian indie with a potentially lucrative tape library, the former “TNA Wrestling” has been steadily building a new audience.
- In another blow to Progress Wrestling, Zach Sabre Jr. has had to drop out of the upcoming Progress Wembley show on Sept. 30Th, citing New Japan commitments. At this rate, he may end up doing spot shows for Rev Pro and others in the UK between his primary commitments.
And as always, discuss!
Good evening, Doomers! Tonight we’ll get a brief rundown of the upcoming WWE card and some developing tidbits in video gaming and wrestling cinema…
WWE has their Extreme Rules PPV tomorrow night from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh:
I find reading the archived Observers from the early 90s endlessly fascinating, partially because I’m finding all these crazy details I never realized before, and partly because of all the hindsight involved. For instance, the initial Hogan v. Flair main event of Bash at the Beach 94 was not as set-in-stone as you’d think. Even into June, the main event was presumed to be Hogan & Sting v. Flair & Curt Hennig, but Hennig was still locked into his WWF deal until September so they would have had to do some legal wrangling. Before that, it was going to be Hogan & Sting v. Flair & Rick Rude, but Rude refused to job for Hogan, and THAT led to him getting fired after the neck injury in Japan. Meltzer was very skeptical about the injury back then, although obviously Rude never wrestled again. With those possibilities shot down, we were left with Hogan v. Flair. Huh. Here’s his thoughts in 1994 on how to best use Hogan:
“Many would argue that just as Vince McMahon didn’t get the most out of the late 1991 Hogan-Flair series because Flair wasn’t cast as an outsider who wasn’t part of the WWF, that Hogan’s best role to draw money would be as an outsider who isn’t part of WCW rather than a new fixture talked about incessantly on every weekly television show.”
Give that man a cigar.