By: Kevin Gray
You can add two more names to the "future endeavored" list. The WWE has announced that they have come to terms with superstars Darren Young and Summer Rae. This comes after news of the release of Emma.
Darren Young has been with the WWE since 2009 when he signed a developmental deal and performed for Florida Championship Wrestling. He was a member of the first NXT show and later a member of the Nexus faction. After a brief return to NXT in 2011, he formed a team with Titus O'Neal called the Prime Time Players, achieving mild success. He most recently was teamed up with Bob Backland as his manager but was then sidelined with an injury.
Summer Rae is a former Legends Football League player who played for the Chicago Bliss. She signed with WWE in 2011. While she hasn't had a large amount of success in the ring, she is well known for her stint as Fandango's manager/dance partner and Rusev's Lana replacement during a failed program that also include Lana and Dolph Ziggler.
By: Kevin Gray
In a move that may come as a surprise to some, especially given her recent push and her program vs Asuka, the WWE has released Raw superstar Emma.
Emma has been with the WWE in some form since 2011, spending most of her time on the NXT roster. While she never won a championship in WWE, she is a former champion for Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling and Ohio Word Wrestling.
As always, WWE has wish her he best in all of her future endeavors. I am sure her fans hope she will pop up somewhere soon as she is a very talented performer.
WWE superstar Mustafa Ali isn't forgetting his Chicago roots. It's one of the reasons why he has been helping get the word out about the injury relief fund for his former rival, Isaias Velazquez.
Velazquez, a former champion with Freelance Wrestling, was injured in a freak accident during a match on August 28. He was dropped on his head which caused severe head and neck injuries. The fund was started by Chicago wrestler and promoter Matt Knicks.
Any donations can be made to the GoFundMe page by clicking HERE.
WWE TLC PPV Results: The Demon & Styles Are Too Sweet, Asuka Debuts, Elias Performs & Kurt Angle Returns
WWE TLC PPV is taking place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Due to illness, two major matches have been altered. Bray Wyatt is unable to compete so instead fans will be treated to a match up of SmackDown Live's AJ Styles vs "The Demon" Finn Balor. Roman Reigns is also sidelined with illness so taking his place, and wrestling in a WWE ring for the first time in 11 years, will be Raw general manager Kurt Angle. Asuka will be making her Raw roster debut vs Emma and unfortunately Drew Gulak's power-point presentation has been cancelled.
TLC Kickoff Show: Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox
Banks and Fox start things out getting into each others face. As the action continues, Fox starts to control the action showing she is the stronger competitor. After escaping a bank statement, Fox dominated eventually getting a near count-out victory.
As the action continued, Alicia started to lose focus allowing Sasha a chance to gain the upper hand. After a couple of big moves, Sasha hit the bank statement again and got the submission victory.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Match One: Asuka vs. Emma
Back and forth action early mixed in with some trash talk from Emma and smiles and laughs from Asuka. Emma hits the ropes. Asuka hits them right behind Emma and hip attacks Emma. Asuka locks in an ankle lock. Emma rolls out of it, which sends Asuka flying out the ring. Emma slams Asuka into the barricade.
As the action continued, Emma surprises Asuka with a dropkick for another near fall. Emma steps on the back of Asuka’s head. Asuka picks Emma’s ankle and locks in the ankle lock. Emma tries to roll out of it but Asuka rolls with her. Emma gets to her feet. Asuka hits a leg trap German suplex. Emma rolls out of the ring. Emma pulls Asuka out of the ring by her hair. Emma rolls Asuka back into the ring. Emma walks right into a head kick. Asuka slaps on the Asuka Lock. Emma has no choice but to tap out.
Backstage, Miz complains to Sheamus and Cesaro about Kurt Angle stepping in to steal the spotlight from the rest of them. Braun Strowman walks in and tells them all to stay out of his way. Kane joins them and says if anyone is going to destroy Rollins, Ambrose, and Angle it’s going to be him. Miz tells Strowman and Kane that there is going to be more than enough carnage to go around. Miz says if they do this right they can run Monday Night Raw. Strowman adds that there is no tomorrow for Ambrose, Rollins, and Angle. Kane says he is going to turn TLC into hell on earth. Miz, Sheamus, and Cesaro all do the Shield pose. Miz says it’s true, its damn true.
Between matches we get treated to the melodic tones of the one and only Elias. Elias starts off with a Prince line then makes a joke about the people of Minnesota being dead inside… As Elias starts to play his guitar someone throws a head of lettuce at him. Then some celery… then a few tomatoes. The camera pans and it’s Jason Jordan with a shopping cart. Jordan laughs and rolls the cart away.
Match Two: Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann vs. Gentleman Jack Gallagher & The Brian Kendrick
Kendrick clubs Swann on the back. Swann responds with multiple chops. Kendrick trips Swann into the corner head-first. Gallagher tags in and ties up Swann. Swann counters into a side headlock. Swann sends Gallagher into the ropes. Gallagher drops down. Swann front flips over Gallagher and hits a dropkick. Alexander hits the ring and elbows Gallagher in the face. Kendrick charges in and walks right into a backflip head scissor that sends him flying out of the ring. Gallagher trips Alexander. Swann clotheslines Gallagher outside the ring. Alexander dumps Kendrick out of the ring. Alexander takes out Kendrick and Gallagher with a topè con hilo. Alexander gets a two count. Running corner elbow by Swann. Swann sends Kendrick into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker by Alexander. Swann goes up top but after a Gallagher distraction, Kendrick pulls Swann off the top rope.
Gallagher locks in a cravat. Gallagher stomps on Swann’s face before tagging int Kendrick. Double underhook suplex by Kendrick. Kendrick and Gallagher cut the ring and half and are wearing down Swann in their corner. Swann back body drops Kendric over the top rope. Swann finally makes a tag. Alexander blasts Gallagher with a back elbow, then a handspring head kick. Springboard clothesline by Alexander. Kendrick takes out Swann. Kendrick hits two superkicks on Alexander. Kendrick locks in the Captain’s Hook. Swann dives off the top and breaks the hold with a phoenix splash! Gallagher tries to attack Swann but eats a spin kick from Swann. Gallagher responds with a sick headbutt. Alexander completely destroys Kendrick with the Lumbar Check for the win!
Winner: Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann
Match Three: Raw Women’s Championship Match - Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Mickie James
James locks in a hammerlock before tripping Bliss to the mat. Jackknife cover by James. Bliss kicks out. Bliss retreats to the ropes. James grabs Bliss by her hair. James smacks the heck out of Bliss’ butt. James laughs as Bliss growls. Bliss locks in an armbar. Bliss pulls James down by her hair. James kips up. Bliss does it again, James kips up. James pulls Bliss down to the mat by her hair and Bliss just lays there. Running dropkick by James. James kicks Bliss in the gut. Bliss sends James into the corner. Bliss yanks James’ arm over the top rope. Bliss wraps James’ arm around the rope and wrenches on it. Multiple arm wringers by Bliss. James rolls into the corner. Bliss pulls James to the middle of the ring and manages to get a two count. Bliss puts James in a top hammerlock. James tries to fight out of it but Bliss won’t let go. James fights to her feet. Bliss drops James with a sick arm breaker for another near fall. Bliss goes for two more pins.
James won’t stay down! Bliss stands on James’ arm and screams at her to give up! James kicks Bliss in the head, then hits an elbow. Hurricanranna by James. Bliss and James get into a slap fight in the middle of the ring. James and Bliss kick each other in the face at the same time! James and Bliss are out on the mat. Bliss and James trade shots while still down on the mat. As they both get to their feet, James traps Bliss’ head and unloads with multiple elbows to the face. Running clothesline by James. Bliss kicks out. James calls for a DDT. Bliss counters but James rolls her up. Bliss kicks out. Bliss kicks James in the gut and hits a sunset bomb. James kicks out! Flapjack by Bliss. James goes up top. Bliss cuts her off. Bliss trips James and James falls shoulder first off the top. Bliss misses Twisted Bliss. James hits a dropkick off the top. Bliss kicks out. James kicks Bliss in the head. Bliss kicks out again. Bliss hides in the corner. Bliss refuses. James grabs Bliss’ arm. Bliss sends James shoulder first into the corner. Bliss hits a DDT for the win.
Winner: And Still Raw Women's Champion, Alexa Bliss
Backstage, Angle tells Ambrose and Rollins that he couldn’t let them go two-on-five. Rollins tells Angle to stop. They didn’t come in here for that. They came in her to give him this… Rollins hands Angle a swat vest. Angle is elated.
Elias is back on the stage. Elias introduces himself to the crowd… again. Elias says he was interrupted earlier. The crowd is booing mercilessly. Elias says nothing is going to stop him from giving them the performance they need. Elias starts to play… badly. Elias stops and tells the crowd he is going to have to start over. Elias starts to sing… badly. Elias stops again. Elias is having trouble hearing himself. The crowd needs to hold their applause until after. Elias gets hit in the head with a pound of lettuce. Elias stands up and Jordan pelts Elias with everything he can get his hands on. Elias runs away.
Match Four: WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match - Kalisto (c) vs. Enzo Amore
Headlock by Kalisto. Enzo elbows Kalisto in the head. Kalisto misses a head kick. Enzo dances in Kalisto’s face. Enzo runs out of the ring. Kalisto chases. Enoz tries to sneak in an elbow as Kalisto gets back into the ring. Head scissors by Kalisto. Enzo rolls out of the ring. Kalisto takes Enzo out with a suicide dive. Enzo rolls into the ring and holds on the bottom rope. Kalisto tries to bring Enzo back into the ring. Enzo drops Kalisto face first on the top rope. Enzo stomps Kalisto in the corner. Enzo pulls Kalisto out of the corner into a sidewalk slam. Kalisto kicks out. Enzo goes up top but drops down while mocking the fans.
Kalisto grabs Enzo and hits the roll through kick. Enzo gets to his feet. Kalisto charges in but runs right into a standing stomp. Kalisto kicks out. Baseball strike for another near fall by Enzo. Rear chin lock by Enzo. Kalisto sends Enzo tumbling into the corner. springboard by Kalisto. HurricanDDT by Kalisto! Enzo gets his foot on the bottom rope. Enzo school boys Kalisto head first into the bottom turnbuckle. DDG by Enzo for a long two count. Enzo tries the JawDonZo but Kalisto reverses it into the Salida Del Sol. Enzo avoids it. After a distraction, Enzo pokes Kalisto in the eye. Enzo hits the JawDonZo for the win!
Winner: And new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Enzo Amore.
Match Five: “The Demon” Finn Bálor vs. AJ Styles
Bálor and Styles lock up. Bálor drives Styles into the corner. Bálor gives Styles a clean break on the ropes. Side headlock by Bálor. Styles sends Bálor into the ropes. Both Bálor and Styles attempt a shoulder block. Neither man budges. Styles and Bálor each take each other down. Neither man can get an advantage. Kidney shot by Bálor. After a leapfrog drop down spot Styles floors Bálor with a dropkick. Bálor ends up on the apron. Styles charges in and eats a head kick. Bálor takes down Styles and traps him in a surfboard stretch. Modified death lock by Bálor. Styles gets to the rope to break the hold. Styles hits a jawbreaker. Sunset flip by Styles. Bálor rolls through and dropkicks Styles in the face. Bálor sets up a dive. Styles cuts Bálor off with a flying elbow. Diving punch by Styles for a near fall. Backbreaker by Styles. Styles lays in a few strikes. Bálor fires up but Styles levels Bálor with a leaping head kick. Styles chops Bálor. Bálor chops Styles. Styles hopes up to the top rope.
Bálor immediately kicks Styles off the top rope. Bálor takes Styles out with a topé to the outside. Bálor sends Styles back into the ring. Slingblade by Bálor. Bálor sets up the torpedo dropkick. Styles counters into the ushigoroshi. Styles calls for the Styles Clash. Bálor escapes, but Styles lifts Bálor up and hits a wicked facebuster for another near fall. Bálor double legs Styles and crushes him with a standing double stomp to the face. Corner dropkick by Bálor. Bálor lifts Styles up but Styles rolls into the calf crusher! Bálor tries to get to the bottom rope but Styles rolls him back to the center of the ring. Bálor grabs Styles’ head and slams it into the mat to break the hold. Bálor back body drops Styles to the apron. Styles lands on his feet and sets up the Phoenominal Forearm. Bálor pushes Styles off the top rope.
Styles hits the floor hard. Bálor penalty kicks Styles off the apron. torpedo dropkick into the barricade by Bálor. The referee almost counts Styles out but Bálor breaks the count. Styles picks up Bálor and drives him over the German announce table! Styles and Bálor are down. Styles and Bálor both roll into the ring at the same time. Styles and Bálor both cross body each other at the same time. Bálor and Styles pop back up to their feet. Bálor and Styles double clothesline each other. Strike combo by Styles. Bálor surprises Styles with the overhead kick. Bálor sets up a DDT. Styles reverses it but Bálor counters into 1916. Styles counters that but Bálor drops a standing elbow to Styles. Bálor hits 1916. Styles kicks out! Torpedo dropkick by Bálor. Bálor goes up top. Styles Pelé kicks Bálor while he is on the top rope! Styles takes Bálor off the top with a springboard top rope hurricanrana! Styles misses a springboard 450. Clothesline by Bálor. Torpedo dropkick by Bálor. Bálor hits the Coup de Grâs for the win!
After the match, Bálor helps Styles up and they too sweet each other.
Winner: “The Demon” Finn Bálor
Match Six: Elias vs. Jason Jordan
Elias says that’s enough with Jordan’s childish pranks. Elias isn’t surprised since Jordan didn’t have a dad around to teach him any better. Elias is going to sing a song for Jordan as he walks to the ring. Jordan’s music cuts Elias off.
Jordan and Elias lock up. Jordan traps Elias in the corner. The referee breaks it up. Go behind by Jordan. Jordan drops Elias down to the mat. Jordan deadlifts Elias off the mat and drops him back down. Jordan picks up Elias and slams him once again. Elias rolls out of the ring. Jordan tries to pick Elias’ ankle but Elias decks him. Shoulder block by Elias. Elias tries to leapfrog Jordan but Jordan catches Elias and slams him to the mat Dog Face Gremlin Style. Jordan sets up a belly-to-belly but Elias breaks it with a punch to the face. Elias hits a flying knee that sends Jordan into the turnbuckle. Elias blast Jordan in the corner. Running clothesline by Elias. Jordan kicks out. Abdominal stretch by Elias.
Jordan tries to counter the hold but Jordan ends up sending Elias out of the ring. Elias gets back int he ring and he and Jordan trade punches. Jordan drives Elias into the corner over and over again. Belly-to-belly by Jordan. Running corner spear by Jordan followed by a side suplex for another near fall for Jordan. Jordan sits Elias on the top rope. Elias knocks Jordan off the top. Elias knees Jordan in the face. Elias picks up Jordan and tosses him knees first into the corner. Elias picks up Jordan for a suplex. Jordan counters into a small package. The referee counts to three but Elias’ shoulder was off the mat…
Winner: Jason Jordan
Main Event: Kurt Angle & Raw Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus, Braun Strowman & Kane
Rollins, Ambrose, and Angle enter through the crowd. Angle is in full tactical gear .
The Shield (and Angle) surround the ring with chairs. Rollins springboards into the ring. Ambrose and Angle attack everyone with chairs. Kane stomps Angle in the corner. Angle, Rollins, and Ambrose destroy Kane and Strowman with the chairs. Ambrose and Rollins dive onto The Bar and Miz. The Shield grabs a ladder and blasts Miz, Sheamus, and Cesaro with it. Angle beat Strowman with a ladder on the outside of the ring. Kane tries to chokeslam Ambrose but Rollins saves Ambrose with a springboard knee. The Sheild triple team Kane on the outside. Angle hits Kane in the stomach with the ladder. Rollins and Ambrose clean the announce table. Sheamus and Cesaro attack Rollins and Ambrose from behind. Rollins sends Sheamus into the ring steps. Ambrose crotches Cesaro on the barricade. Kane lands a few uppercuts but Rollins levels him with a chair. Rollins sets Kane on the table. Strowman attacks EVERYONE. Strowman tries to powerbomb Angle but Rollins hits him with a chair. Ambrose and Kane send Strowman into the ring post. Ambrose puts Strowman on the other announce table. Rollins and Ambrose set up two ladders. Ambrose and Rollins frog splash Kane and Strowman. Rollins is clutching at his knee. That can’t be good.
Angle sends Miz back into the ring. Sheamus and Cesaro level Angle with chairs. Sheamus stomps Angle in the corner. Sheamus and Cesaro kick a ladder into Angle’s gut. Sheamus, Cesaro, and Miz try to Cerberus Bomb Angle. Rollins and Ambrose hit the ring and make the save. In the ring, Angle waist locks Miz and hits three German suplexes. Sheamus hits the ring and eats a German suplex. Cesaro runs into the ring and eats a German suplex as well. Kane sits up and gets into the ring. Angle tries to German suplex Kane. Kane fights out of it. Angle picks Kane’s ankle and locks in the Angle Lock! Strowman breaks it up. Strowman tosses Angle into the barricade. Strowman sets up a table. Strowman picks up Angle and running power slams him through the table on the outside. Angle is out. Referees and medical staff come to check on Angle. Rollins and Ambrose attack Strowman. Sheamus, Cesaro, and Miz beat the heck out of Rollins and Ambrose with chairs. Side slam by Kane.
Angle is being helped to the back. Angle drops to his knees. He can’t make it to the back. In the ring, the heels are destroying Ambrose and Rollins. Rollins is sent head first into a steel chair in the corner. Ax handle off the top by Sheamus to Ambrose. Miz, Sheamus, and Cesaro are taking turns wearing Rollins and Ambrose out with chairs. Running European uppercut by Cesaro. Strowman misses a corner splash and goes head first into a chair. Ambrose and Rollins are fighting for their lives. Kane accidentally hits Strowman with a chair. Strowman pushes Kane clear across the ring. Rollins and Ambrose jump on Kane and Strowman. All five mean kick the crap out of Ambrose and Rollins. The Bar sets up a table and tries to high cross Ambrose through it. The table doesn’t break. Strowman picks up Ambrose and throws him through the table. Miz has Strowman throw Ambrose out of the ring. Miz calls for a garbage truck to pull up next to the stage. The heels drag The Shield down o the stage. Ambrose and Rollins are thrown into the back of the truck. Rollins and Ambrose fight out of it. Rollins and Ambrose climb the truck and dive onto everyone but Miz. Miz realizes he is all alone. Miz runs away. Ambrose catches him. Rollins and Ambrose set up a few tables.
Miz tries to crawl away. Kane saves Miz. Ambrose and Rollins try to suplex Kane through the tables. Strowman makes the save. Kane punches Strowman in the back of the head. Kane grabs Strowman by the throat and chokeslams him through the stage! Kane is standing there leering at Strowman. Strowman’s hand reaches up out of the hole and grabs Kane’s foot. Kane reaches up and pulls down a string of chairs that were hanging from the ceiling. Strowman gets hit with about 10 chairs in the process. Rollins and Ambrose send Miz into the LED board. Kane grabs Ambrose and Rollins. Kane chokeslams them both through tables. Strowman crawls out of the hole. Kane looks shocked. Miz begs Strowman not to do this. Strowman sends Miz back into the LED board and decks Sheamus and Cesaro. Strowman tries to put Kane in the trash. The heels gang up on Strowman. Miz and the rest throw Strowman into the back of the garbage truck. Miz has the technician pull the lever.
Strowman is trapped (or has been crushed to death) in the back of the truck. Sheamus sends Rollins back into the ring. Miz, Sheamus, and Cesaro enter the ring, Shield style. DDT by Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus hit their finish on Rollins. Ambrose breaks up the pin. Angle’s music hits and he walks back to the ring. Cesaro runs at Angle but eats a back body drop on the ramp. Sheamus gets Angle Slammed on the floor. Cesaro gets up and Angle promptly Angle Slams him through a table. Angle gets in the ring and tackles Miz. Kane clothesline Angle. Kane sets up the tombstone. Ambrose and Rollins make the save. Ambrose and Rollins spear Kane through the barricade. Miz sneaks up behind Angle and hits the Skull Crushing Finale! Angle kicks out! Miz tries another Skull Crushing Finale but Angle reverses it into the Angle Lock. Miz kicks Angle away. Angle falls outside. Ambrose, Rollins, and Angle all surround Miz. Rollins hits the Ripcord V-Trigger, Ambrose hits Dirt Deeds, then Angle hits an Angle Slam. The Shield Cerberus Bombs Miz for the win.
Winner: Kurt Angle & Raw Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins, Oh It's True!
The WWE just released a press release via WWE.com regarding changes being made to this Sunday's WWE TLC card...
Due to medical issues impacting two WWE Superstars scheduled to appear at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, streaming live on WWE Network this Sunday, the special event will now feature Kurt Angle competing in a WWE ring for the first time in more than 11 years, as he replaces Roman Reigns. In addition, former WWE Champion AJ Styles will replace Bray Wyatt and face “The Demon” Finn Bálor.
A WWE Hall of Famer and the current General Manager of Raw, Angle will join forces with Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose to battle the daunting combination of Braun Strowman, Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus and The Big Red Machine Kane in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs 5-on-3 Handicap Match.
The showdown between “The Demon” and Styles is one that the WWE Universe has been wanting for a long time and promises to be one of the most exciting matches of 2017.
Check back with WWE.com as more information becomes available. Don’t miss a moment of WWE TLC, streaming live on WWE Network, this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT.
By: Patrick Ketza
It's October. The tenth month of the year. The holidays are fast approaching. Easter is 5.5 months away. And yet... There's already announcements for the biggest show of the year. The ticket dates for Wrestlemania 34 were announced earlier in the week, and with it, announcements for other festivities of the weekend. While Wrestlecon info is scarce, WWNLive already has their entire schedule known. And a packed schedule it is. But it begs the question... how much is too much?
Obviously, the Wrestlemania weekend schedule is well-known by now, aside from the day change last year. Hall of fame, Takeover, Mania, Raw, Smackdown Live. It's a set-in-stone schedule that unlikely to change, unless SDL goes back to Thursday's. Wrestlemania "weekend" is now a week. Maybe NXT can start doing fill TV taping, too. Anything is possible.
But with it comes...everything else. Wrestlecon, WWNLive, Ring of Honor, and other smaller companies. It started modest, with ROH, but then the conventions started, and it's grown from there. Now, WWNLive has 11 shows, including shows starting at midnight. Wrestlecon has expended to 3 days with 10 shows themselves. ROH just had one of their largest crowds ever, then did TV taping. It's exploded to almost be too much.
Now, I'm not saying everyone should flat stop. There's certain fans that will go to the host city just to avoid WWE. Fans will be fans. They want to spend their money how they spend it. But, it feels like eventually, you'll burn fans out.
Why bring this up? Cause I was one of them. I smashed in as much as I could for Orlando. Wrestlemania running long meant I would be late for WrestleCircus vs. Revolver. It was supposed to start at Midnight, local. Then got pushed... again and again. Until finally, it started at 1:30in the morning. ...yup. The show was great. Everyone left happy especially after the Undertaker event they had witnessedhours before. But, by the time it was 4:45 in the morning, and I was eating McDonald's while sitting on the bathroom floor of my hotel room (didn't want to wake up the others in the room with the bag), I kinda wondered... "what the hell is wrong with me?"
I still wasn't done. I still had Raw. But at that point, I had been to 7 shows in 4 days all over Florida. I did do the 8th, too. I skipped SDL instead of making it 9. Thank God. And yet, as I look at the schedule for New Orleans, I wonder... what the hell do I do, now?
Despite WWN's troubles, they'll continue on with their tradition. Progress, Shimmer, Evolve, everyone will be there. So will the fans, hopefully. I have no doubt Highspots will as well, with Wrestlecon. As a matter of fact, it's expanding to include Sunday this time. But yet, I'm still wondering, where does it end?
WWE announced today that tickets to the pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 34, will be available on Friday, Nov. 17 starting at 11 a.m. ET/ 8 a.m PT. WrestleMania 34 will take place Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and will be streamed live around the world on WWE Network.
Ticket prices range from $35 to $1,000. There will also be a limited number of “Gold Circle” VIP Packages available for $2,000. The Gold Circle packages include seating in the first nine rows ringside, access to a Gold Circle VIP Stadium Entrance and a commemorative WrestleMania 34 take-home folding chair. Tickets can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.
In addition, WrestleMania 34 Travel Packages, which will include tickets to WrestleMania Week events, will be available Monday, Oct. 30 starting at noon ET at www.wrestlemaniatravel.com. WrestleMania is more than just a one-day event; it is a week-long celebration. In addition to WrestleMania 34, other events include: WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s four-day, interactive fan festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and four spectacular live events taking place at Smoothie King Center, including the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; NXT TakeOver, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.
WWE will also host activities designed to give back to the local community during WrestleMania Week including “Be a STAR” anti-bullying rallies, hospital visits and Make-A-Wish events. Additional information on these events will be announced in the future at www.wrestlemania.com.
Over the past 10 years, WrestleMania has generated nearly $1 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event.
The following matches have been confirmed for Sunday’s WWE TLC pay-per-view at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota:
Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match
The Shield vs The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus, Braun Strowman & Kane
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Enzo Amore vs Kalisto (c)
RAW Women’s Championship
Mickie James vs Alexa Bliss (c)
Bray Wyatt (as Sister Abigail) vs Finn Balor (Demon King)
Asuka vs Emma
Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick vs Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann
WWE TLC Kickoff
Sasha Banks vs Alicia Fox
BOOM! Studios and WWE today announced that January’s WWE #13 will feature the WWE comic book writing debut of WWE Superstar Samoa Joe in a story co-written by Michael Kingston (Headlocked) and illustrated by Michel Mulipola (Headlocked). Samoa Joe and Kingston’s story will go behind the scenes of how the Superstar first joined Monday Night RAW. WWE #13 will also contain a story by writer Kevin Panetta (Zodiac Starforce) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) about this year’s Festival of Friendship featuring Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens.
“As a lifelong comic book fan, it’s a thrill to partner with BOOM! Studios on the official WWE comic book series and tell the true story behind my journey to WWE,” says WWE Superstar Samoa Joe. “Ever wonder how Triple H really convinced me to make the jump? Now you’ll get the real story, from me and my incredible co-writer Michael Kingston.”
The announcement comes after BOOM! Studios and WWE recently revealed that WWE Superstar AJ Styles will make his WWE comics writing debut in WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special, also arriving in comic shops in January 2018.
The main cover for WWE #13 is illustrated by Dan Mora (Klaus, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), with variant covers by Adam Riches (Street Fighter X G.I. Joe), Brent Schoonover (Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell), and Adam X Vass (BOOM! Box 2015 Mix Tape).
“Monday Night RAW has been the place where some of the most exciting, shocking, and hilarious moments in WWE history have taken place, and we’re so happy to take a ride down memory lane with this special issue,” says Chris Rosa, Associate Editor, BOOM! Studios.
Print copies of WWE #13 will be available for sale in January 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, and Google Play, or on the BOOM! Studios app.
BOOM! Studios launched its WWE line of comics in November 2016, drawing acclaim from critics and fans alike, with Bleacher Report recently declaring, “BOOM! Studios has clearly figured out the winning formula to melding the worlds of WWE and comic books.” The first graphic novel collection of the series, WWE Vol. 1: Redesign. Rebuild. Reclaim., was recently released in comic shops and bookstores worldwide.
For continuing news on WWE #13 and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
The PPV opened with Ian Riccaboni and BJ Whitmer discussing the main events for tonight.
ROH champion Cody Rhodes came out and said that a number of people in the company stopped him and thanked him, because this weekend is the highest grossing tour in ROH history. He said he had to address a Tweet from earlier today. He didn’t say who the Tweet was from, but this was it:
Rhodes said that Reigns (never mentioning him by name) must wear a tactical vest to hide drug test failures. He said that what they were wasn’t indy wrestling, it was a club and everyone was in Bullet Club. He said someone was going to kiss his ring tonight. He wanted it to be Cary Silkin, but Cary, man of distinction, turned down that opportunity. Cody instead picked a fan and said they were filming for Being the Elite and brought him into the ring. They posed for a selfie but the fan, who was wearing a mask, ripped it off to reveal Dalton Castle and he laid out Rhodes. The crowd loved this and chanted for Dalton.
Match One: Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser vs. Best Friends
Bruiser nailed Taylor with his keg of beer as he rebouned off the ropes and Young nailed him with Misery for the pin.
Winner: Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser
Match Two: Marty Scurll vs. Hiromu Takahashi
Scurll nailed a superkick and a big lariat. They went back and forth until Scurll locked in the chickenwing and scored the submission.
Winner: Marty Scurll
Match Three: KUSHIDA & Cheeseburger vs. The Addiction
KUSHIDA grabbed a hover board (from Back to the Future) and came off with a high cross bodyblock off the top for a two count on Kazarian. KUSHIDA began unloaded with kicks. KUSHIDA went for a handspring elbow and was caughtg with a lung blower. They nailed Celebrity Rehab on KUSHIDA and….the feed froze.
Winners: The Addiction
When the stream returned, the Addiction was trying to put Cheeseburger through a table when Bully Ray hit the ring and chokeslammed Kazarian through the table. We are told the feed dying was due to a power outage in the production truck in Chicago.
Ray said that in this very building in 1999, he and D-Von set a table on fire and put someone through it. He said that as most of the fans know, it’s “about that time for him.” The crowd booed and chanted “No.” He said for the first time, he has to think of himself first. The fans chanted for him. Ray soaked in the chants, took off his baseball cap and just acknowledged the crowd. The fans chanted “Thank you Bully” and “Thank you Bubba.” Ray said that it doesn’t get any better than that and thanked the fans.
Ray said that he doesn’t think fans understand. He’s been asked since he began his career where were his favorite places to wrestle. He said Chicago was in the top. Ray took a broken piece of table and called a kid into the ring to receive it. He said that the boy represents every fan that he has been in front of in his whole life. Ray said it’s really hard to thank every single person, so he’s going to represent every single person in the world tonight. Ray told him “Thank you” and hugged the kid.
Ray said this is the last table he will be breaking and asked the kid to hold up the piece of it high. The kid did and then returned to the crowd. Ray apologized if he took up too much of anyone’s time. He said he knew ROH was always a place where he would do well and said that if this is the last time he’s here, he wants to than God for being able to step into a Ring of Honor ring.
Match Four: ROH champion Cody Rhodes & Young Bucks & Adam Page vs. ROH Tag Team champions The Motor City Machine Guns & Jay White & Jonathan Gresham
Cody hit the ring and nailed CrossRhodes. Everyone hit the ring and hit big spot after big spot. Machine Guns whipped out the Dream Sequence. They turned it into a sequence where everyone from BC got their opponents in Sharpshooters but Jay White had Cody in one. The others dropped their moves and hit a triple superkick, allowing Cody to join them as all four locked in the moves. Bullet Club wiped out everyone, leaving Gresham alone in a four on one.
Gresham fought valiantly and even told them to “suck it”, leading to him being wiped out and hit with the Rite of Passage by Page for the pin.
Winners: Bullet Club
Match Five: One Mean Team (with Miss Jasmin) vs. The Dawgs
The Dawgs are Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara doing a gimmick where Rhett is the big dog and Ferrara is the smaller one who gets used as an offensive weapon. This was about spotlighting them and even teasing perhaps they aren’t really on the same page. They had some great double team moves, almost Midnight Express-like in terms of unique offense.
Winner: The Dawgs!
After the match, Jay Briscoe hit the ring and beat the hell out of One Mean Team. Jay took the mic and said he was here to address one person – his brother Mark. He said that he told him they needed to get back to “doing what they do” and being the best tag team on the planet. He said Mark has been worrying about singles matches and titles and six man tag team titles and all it got him was sitting home with a busted elbow. He told Mark to ice the elbow and come back quick because it’s time for the Briscoes to “take this sh** over.”
Match Six: Jay Lethal, Shane Taylor & Kenny King vs. Minoru Suzuki and The Killer Elite Squad
Taylor drilled Suzuki with several forearms but Suzuki caught him with the choke. He failed to get the Gotch piledriver again but escaped a DVDR. Taylor was choked out and nailed with the piledriver and pinned.
Winner: Minoru Suzuki & The Killer Elite Squad
Suzuki attacked referee Paul Turner and tossed him out of the ring. Suzuki took the mic to put his team over.
Match Seven: Colt Cabana vs. Toru Yano
They did a comedy deal where they shoved the referee back and forth to each other unti he was finally knocked down. Cabana went to help the referee but Yano low blowed him. Yano tied up Cabana’s arms and went to hit him with another buckle. Cabana nailed an elbow and used a pinfall combination to score the pin.
Winner: Colt Cabana
Match Eight: Will Ospreay vs. Flip Gordon
Ospreay cut him off and draped him across the top rope, then hit a standing shooting star press for a two count. They went back and forth until Ospreay hit the Ozcutter for the pin.
Winner: Will Ospreay
Main Event: IWGP United States champion Kenny Omega vs. YOSHI-HASHI
They began slugging it out. Finally, Omega tossed HASHI into the Bucks, then tossed him into CHAOS’ boots. He nailed the One Winged Angel but HASHI kicked out. Omega nailed another but Toru Yano pulled the referee out. Beretta hit the ring and nailed the Dudebuseter on Omega. This led to everyone hitting all their big moves on everyone else. It all ended with Ospreay hitting a shooting star off the top on everyone on the floor, then Nick Jackson hitting a springboard 450 splash through a table on Flip Gordon.
HASHI went for a swanton but Omega put his knees up. He nailed a shining wizard and nailed the One Winged Angel for the pin.
Winner and still IWGP United States champion: Kenny Omega
After the match, they were looking to do a Bullet Club selfie but none of them had brought a camera. Then, they “realized” Jimmy Jacobs was in the crowd and they all went to ringside to take the selfie. Nick Jackson then took the mic and said, “Sorry we got your a** fired Jimmy!” The announcers played this up as if they were shocked Jacobs was there and hinted he could be back.
Source: Ringside News