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NXT star Sami Zayn to appear at two New York Evolve shows this weekend

Gabe Sapolsky, booker and founder of Evolve, announced that WWE star and former NXT Champion Sami Zayn would be appearing about both Evolve 49 and 50.  Evolve 49 takes place on Saturday, October 17th 2015 in Queens, NY, while Evolve 50 is Sunday, October 18th, 2015 in Deer Park, NY.

This should confirm that there is a working relationship of sorts between Evolve and WWE.  While there is no news to his involvement at the shows, Zayn has said he didn’t expect to return to the ring in 2015.

Full details at DGUSA.tv.

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More Than a Storyline: Lana and Rusev are Engaged

It was first broken by TMZ earlier today that Lana (a/k/a C. J. Perry) and Rusev (a/k/a Miroslav Barnyashev) have gotten engaged.  The pair bought a home together in Nashville, TN a few months ago.  Rusev reportedly proposed sometime over the past couple months while the pair spent time at home together.  In the link provided, you can see photos of the couple together, with Lana showing off the ring that was given.

WWE has acknowledged the story on their website as well.  In their piece, WWE is teasing that we may find more out about this situation tonight on Raw.  You can check the link out for the details.

Summer Rae has to just absolutely be crushed by this, as do millions of the “horny male demographic” who wanted Lana for themselves.  Hey, I hear Summer might be looking for a rebound?  Anyhow, looks like real life will work its way into art and if it means this God-awful storyline between Rusev and Ziggler ends as a result, I am ALL for it.



Daughter of Former WWE Head Trainer Bill DeMott Killed in Car Accident

Sad news to report, as the Orlando Sentinel is saying Keri DeMott, daughter of former WWE Head Trainer Bill DeMott, has passed away after injuries sustained in a car accident.

According to the report, Keri DeMott, 20, was killed after a head-on collision over the weekend.  The driver of the other vehicle remains in critical condition.

Details available at OrlandoSentinel.com.

Our condolences go out to the DeMott family.


NXT October Television Taping *SPOILERS*

One night removed from their Takeover: Respect event, NXT taped the next several weeks of television at Full Sail University at Winter Garden, FL.  The following are spoilers for the next three weeks of broadcasts.  If you want to find out what happened tonight, click on that “Continue Reading” link.  Spoilers are courtesy LordsofPain.net.

If you were at the tapings and have information to add or more details you’d care to share, email me at bwentz@ring-rap.com, or hit me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.

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WWE Announces NXT Debut of Former TNA Tag Team and World Heavyweight Champion

At the NXT television tapings this evening, a former TNA World Heavyweight Champion and multiple time tag team champion made his debut.  The Cowboy, James Storm, arrived and worked a match against Danny Burch.  The match will air on the October 21 episode of NXT television on the WWE Network.  Hard to say if this is a one-off appearance, an extended deal, or something in between, but those details will surely come out in the days ahead.

This was originally considered spoiler material, but WWE released the following statement:

ORLANDO, Fla. — One night after the critically acclaimed TakeOver: Respect special on WWE Network, NXT has again made waves.

James Storm, an 18-year veteran and former heavyweight champion, made his unannounced debut at tonight’s NXT TV tapings. He competed in a match that will air on NXT on Wednesday, Oct. 21, only on WWE Network.

Storm’s arrival just underscores what the WWE Universe already realizes: You just never know who will show up in NXT

Triple H also re-tweeted a tweet from NXT, showing Storm making his entrance for the match as seen below:


TNA Announces Television Tapings for 2016 Tour of United Kingdom

Today, TNA issued a press release stating that they will be taping television episodes during the January 2016 tour of the United Kingdom.  The UK crowds generally provide TNA with a good atmosphere, so the news is certainly welcome.  Where they air in the US (or if, as the case might be) will all be hinging upon what TNA ends up doing with regard to television after their deal with Destination America expires.

The press release is shown in full below:

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Interview Highlight: Daniel Bryan Speaks on Third Doctor Visit for Concussions, Says He Would Wrestle in the Indies if WWE Does Not Clear Him

Former WWE World Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan sat down with Meghan Sullivan of IGN to talk about a variety of topics.  The full interview is available at this link.  One of the topics they hit on was the current debate regarding his head trauma and concussion history.

Bryan noted that he did have a concussion in April, and that WWE is “very hyper-sensitive about concussion stuff right now.”  Bryan went on to explain that his future is a bit in limbo at the moment, and that WWE is sending him to a third doctor for evaluation.

“One neurologist who specializes in concussions – who was the neurologist for the Super Bowl last year – cleared me with no limitations. All my testing came back excellent. But the WWE’s medical doctor is skeptical, because of my history of concussions and that sort of thing. So they will not clear me. So now, we have two doctors: one saying no, one saying yes. They’re going to send me to a third doctor at some point in the near future and that doctor will decide my fate.”

Bryan noted that he would consider returning to the independent wrestling scene if WWE refuses to clear him.  “John Cena and I actually had this discussion.  He said, ‘if something were to happen to you and WWE, would you go back to doing the indies?’  Absolutely!”

He also noted in the article that he does have second thoughts about returning to the ring if the third doctor advises that he should not do so, which is encouraging to hear.  He also mentioned going to Mexico as the first place he would go if he would return to the independent scene, which is an interesting choice.  The full interview is definitely worth the read.



TNA Wrestling Bound for Glory 10/04/15 Reaction and Results

Due to some previous plans outside of the pro-wrestling world, our coverage of TNA’s Bound for Glory was in “Quick Results” format last night as the show aired live.  Today, I will be covering the show proper, in full, in “virtual time.”  Refresh periodically throughout the day as I update this post – I will try to cover it to completion with minimal interruption.

TNA’s Bound for Glory looks fantastic on paper, and I have avoided all spoilers, so I am looking forward to watching this and hoping it ends up being as strong as I think it could be.  TNA needs a win right now and this could be that win.  Let’s take a look at the card.

  • Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young
  • Bobby Roode (c) vs. Bobby Lashley; TNA “King of the Mountain” Championship
  • Gail Kim (c) vs. Awesome Kong; TNA Knockouts Championship
  • Tigre Uno (c) vs. Opponents to Be Determined; Ultimate X Match for the TNA X Division Championship
  • The Wolves (c) vs. Bryan Myers and Trevor Lee; TNA Tag Team Championship
  • Abyss vs. Chris Melendez vs. Eli Drake vs. Jessie Godderz vs. Robbie E vs. Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Mahabali Shera vs Aiden O’Shea; “Bound for Gold” Gauntlet Match, winner gets a TNA World Championship Match.
  • Ethan Carter III (c) vs. Drew Galloway vs. Matt Hardy; TNA World Heavyweight Championship under Triple Threat rules, Jeff Hardy as Special Referee

Let’s get started!

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