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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ROH Adds Six-Man Championship – ROH Wrestling
Ring of Honor will be introducing a new Six-Man Tag Team Championship with a tournament beginning at All Star Extravaganza 8. Teams announced so far include The Bullet Club, The Cabinet, and Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Kamaitachi. With the popularity of six-man matches in Mexico (see also Lucha Underground) I’d expect some of the talent coming to ROH from new partner CMLL will be involved in the division as well as the teams in New Japan’s NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Division.
Alberto Del Rio On The Outs Again – Wrestling INC
Wrestling INC is reporting that Alberto Del Rio gave notice to WWE 60 Days ago and will not be returning once his wellness policy suspension is completed. Things seemed to go south with Del Rio rather rapidly after the dissolution of the League of Nations and then he and Paige, who he has been romantically linked, being drafted to separate shows.
SmackDown Tournament Semifinals Set – WWE
After The Hype Bros defeat of The Vaudevillains and Rhyno & Heath Slater’s victory over the returning Headbangers, the semifinals in the tournament to crown SmackDown Tag Team Champions are set. Next week, American Alpha faces the Usos and Hype Bros square off with Rhyno & Heath Slater. C’mon Rhyno & Slater, Beulah needs a double wide and an in-ground pool. The winners of next week’s matches will meet in the Finals at BackLash.
Orton-Wyatt/Ziggler-Miz at BackLash – WWE
Also coming out of last night’s SmackDown Live, The Eater of Worlds will face The Viper at BackLash. This matchup is a sticky wicket as both men need to gain some momentum, Wyatt, fresh off another Family breakup and Orton, fresh off a Brock Lesnar thrashing. In addition, Dolph Ziggler will challenge The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.
ROH-CMLL Relationship Made Official – ROH Wrestling
In what they are touting as three companies working towards one goal, Ring of Honor announced a working relationship with Mexico’s CMLL in conjunction with the relationships between ROH-NJPW & NJPW-CMLL.
Cesaro vs. Sheamus Added to SummerSlam – WWE
A best of 7 series between Cesaro and Sheamus will begin Sunday at SummerSlam. With this addition, the card is up to 10 matches: 7 for Raw, 3 for Smack Down. No word yet if any matches will be shifted to the 2 hr kickoff show.
No Mercy Added to PPV Calendar – Cageside Seats
No Mercy has returned to the WWE PPV calendar on October 9th as a SmackDown exclusive PPV. So the upcoming schedule looks like this: Backlash (SmackDown, September 11th), Clash of Champions (Raw, September 25th), No Mercy (SmackDown, October 9th), Hell in a Cell (Raw, October 30th), and Survivor Series (November 20th).
Women’s Title Rematch Set for SummerSlam – WWE
The rematch of last week’s Sasha Banks-Charlotte match for the WWE Women’s Championship has been scheduled for SummerSlam, joining Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose, & Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton on the show.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Defense in Ring of Honor – ROH
Michael Elgin will return to ROH to defend his IWGP Intercontinental Championship at the upcoming Field of Honor event in Brooklyn, NY on August 27th.
NXT Curtain Call – Pro Wrestling Sheet
Bayley held a post show, in-ring send off for Finn Balor, Mojo Rawley, Carmella, & Nia Jax in Houston Saturday night. All the NXT talents are wrapping up their time there before moving to the main roster. Finn Balor took the mic after that to praise Matt Bloom and the NXT roster.
ZZ Released – Pro Wrestling Sheet
WWE released Zamariah “ZZ” Loupe from his WWE developmental contract yesterday. ZZ is best remembered from the Tough Enough reboot placing second despite struggling with every aspect of the competition. His struggles continued to be documented on WWE’s Breaking Ground series after being signed to a developmental contract once Tough Enough concluded. I’m sure he’s a nice guy but from what we saw on both shows, it seems he never took the opportunity seriously and got in proper physical condition.
Lucha Underground Season 3 Premiere Date – Twitter
Cero Miedo, Fat Marks! El Rey Network has announced that Lucha Underground will return for their 40 episode season 3 on Wednesday, September 7.
Okada vs. Castle – ROH Wrestling
The card for ROH’s next PPV extravaganza is starting to come together. Adam Cole will challenge Jay Lethal for the ROH World Championship, CHAOS vs. Bullet Club, and now IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada will meet Dalton Castle in a non-title match in Las Vegas.