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Performance Center Tryouts – WWE
Some interesting names tried out for WWE at a recent tryout camp. 19 Women and 19 Men attended the tryout including:
- Shayna Baszler (former UFC fighter, AIW Women’s Champion, friend of Ronda Rousey, trained by Billy Robinson & Josh Barnett)
- Kimber Lee (former CHIKARA Grand Champion trained by CWC competitor, Drew Gulak)
- Eddie Kingston (14-year veteran and former champion with CHIKARA, AAW, CZW, & IWA-MS)
- Cedric Rougeau (Son of former WWE star Jacques Rougeau)
- Jacob Fatu (Son of Tonga Kid, nephew of Rikishi)
Dusty Rhodes Classic Teams – WWE
WWE has officially announced six of the 16 teams for this year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic:
- NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival
- Kota Ibushi & Hideo Itami
- Johnny Gargano & Tomasso Ciampa
- Cedric Alexander & Andrade “Cien” Almas
- Bobby Roode & Tye Dillinger
- Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss
Unofficially, but based on the recent NXT TV tapings, we also know that The Authors of Pain, CWC competitors The Bollywood Boys, TM-61, and the debuting Sanity will also be competing in the tournament bringing the total up to 10 teams so far.
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As discussed on last night’s Chad Dukes Wrestling Show, there are lots of rumors and speculation flying around regarding the looming sale of TNA Wrestling. This morning we’ll recap some of the tidbits from the story dominating the wrestling landscape this morning.
Corgan on Sirius XM Busted Open – PW Torch
Recently appointed TNA President and minority owner Billy Corgan was a guest on SiriusXM’s Busted Open radio show on Wednesday afternoon. Corgan promoted the Bound For Glory pay-per-view, but also went into some details about the state of his bid to purchase the company. Corgan stated he was “working very hard on acquiring a majority share in TNA” and keep the company afloat, long-term. He’s also making this bid to own TNA alone with no additional investors. Corgan also opened up about his recent investment to finance the last set of television tapings at the last-minute.
Rumors on Flight Cancellations – WrestleZone
One of the more damaging rumors going around last night has been shot down this morning. PW Insider and Wrestlezone are refuting the rumor from Mark Middleton, who writes for several sites like Lords of Pain & Wrestling, Inc., that TNA canceled the flights of several wrestlers ahead of Bound for Glory.
Latest Update On The Sale – Wrestling, INC
This morning Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer released his latest update on the impending sale. Meltzer is blaming Dixie Carter for the chaos surrounding the sale, current TNA executive John Gabrick was the one who brought WWE into the picture (they are apparently now out of the picture again), and a deal needs to be made by Friday or risk putting Bound For Glory & the POP TV tapings in jeopardy.
Career vs. IC Title at No Mercy – WWE
Dolph Ziggler will put his career on the line after a very compelling segment between himself and the Miz last night on SmackDown Live. Rumors are swirling Ziggler’s contract could be coming up, despite a report last year he resigned to a multi-year deal. Could this be the end for the Show Off in WWE?
TNA Finances Still In Flux – Cageside Seats
Dave Meltzer is reporting on Wrestling Observer Live Radio that TNA still needs money is still needed to run both Sunday’s Bound For Glory and the following television tapings. WWE’s offer to purchase the company is allegedly still on the table, with their primary focus being the tape library and select talents.
All Star Extravaganza Line-Up – PW Torch
The other PPV this weekend comes from ROH on Friday night from Lowell, Massachusetts. All Star Extravaganza VIII will feature Ladder War 6 for the ROH Tag Team Championships, Adam Cole defending the ROH World Championship against Michael Elgin, and the opening match in the ROH 6-man Tag Team Championship tournament. Speaking of that tournament there has been a change to one team as Lio Rush will replace KUSHIDA as ACH & Jay White’s partner against The Briscoes and Toru Yano.
Ryback Talks with Bellator – Wrestling Observer
Dave Meltzer is reporting that Ryback has had talks with Bellator MMA about fighting in the cage. Bellator confirmed they talked with Ryback but “nothing serious.”
Corgan Talks Expanding Broken-verse – Cageside Seats
Billy Corgan talked about the successes of “Final Deletion” and wanting to use it as a jumping off point for more out of arena content with other characters, as evidenced with “Delete or Decay.” Also, Corgan claims a Broken Matt Hardy movie is “in the works.”
Balor Receives Stem Cells – With Spandex
Finn Balor underwent a stem cell transplant this past week, “pulling bone marrow from his pelvis to inject into his shoulder.” The procedure is aimed at helping repair cartilage in The Demon King’s shoulder.