Last night at Final Battle, ROH confirmed that the first-ever Women of Honor Champion will be crowned in 2018 following a tournament that is set to begin in January. The WOH division has been largely non-existent in comparison to WWE and TNA over the last few years, but it seems as if Ring of Honor is finally starting to take steps in the right direction.
WWE is bringing the action of the squared circle to Facebook Watch. The Facebook exclusive show will feature only mixed tag team matches which means every team will consist of a man and a woman.
The 12-episode series is designed as a single-elimination, tag-team tournament pitting male and female stars from its Raw and SmackDown Live rosters — and will let fans get in on the action by voting on certain elements of the matches.
Each 20-minute live episode of “Mixed Match Challenge” will be produced in a way that’s optimized for mobile viewing and social interaction, according to WWE. Fans will have the opportunity to vote on Facebook for the final competitor from the Raw roster, as well as which tag-team member of The New Day will be added to the SmackDown Live team.
WWE is slated to announce the tag-team partners for the show Jan. 4. The “Monday Night Raw” roster includes Alexa Bliss; Alicia Fox; Asuka; Bayley; Braun Strowman; Enzo Amore; Finn Bálor; Nia Jax; Goldust; Sasha Banks; and The Miz.
From “SmackDown Live,” the lineup includes Becky Lynch; Bobby Roode; Carmella; Charlotte Flair; Jimmy Uso; Lana; Naomi; Natalya; Rusev; Sami Zayn; Shinsuke Nakamura; and the fan-voted member of The New Day (which will most likely be Xavier Woods).
The show will stream live in the U.S. exclusively on Facebook’s Watch platform on Tuesday nights, starting Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. ET, following “SmackDown Live” on USA Network.
One of the greatest things about sports is it brings people together. I doesn't matter if it's baseball, football, soccer or professional wrestling, when different people come together to enjoy a sport, something magical happens. Often times that magic leads to barriers being broken and history being made, this was the case during the WWE recent tour stop in Abu Dhabi. For the first time ever, the fans were treated to a live women's wrestling match.
Last year when the WWE toured Abu Dhabi and the rest of the Middle East, women wrestlers were not allowed to compete in the ring. On Thursday (Dec. 7), that all changed as fans in Abu Dhabi got to see "The Boss" Sasha Banks take on "The Goddess" Alexa Bliss in the first women's wrestling match in the region. While the look of the match was a little different that what we are used to seeing, both competitors wore full bodysuits instead of their usually ring gear, the action and excitement was clearly there as both women received huge pops when their music hit.
After the match backstage, Sasha Banks was overcome with emotions and cut a great promo on what the moment meant to her.
During the Wednesday's episode of NXT, a teaser video was shown promising an "ominous force" making their way to NXT. The video didn't offer many clues, but it did show the word "soon" with the o's replaced by spades. Many people have speculated on who this could be, but Dave Meltzer is reporting that this is leading to the debut of former Trifecta member (Shimmer) and MMA star, Shayna Baszler.
Baszler, who also goes by "Queen of Spades" was last use on TV during the finals of the Mae Young Classic, where she lost to Kairi Sane. Baszler has been used on NXT live events in Florida, but has yet to make her television debut. It has been reported that she did play an on-screen role during the last set of NXT tapings on November 29th, so her debut should take place sometime in December.
The next set of NXT tapings are scheduled for January 4th at Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta.
For years, the true A-list couple of the WWE has been WWE Superstar David Otunga and Grammy Winner Jennifer Hudson, but now that is all coming to an end. According to People Magazine, Hudson and Otunga have split after a nearly ten year relationship. They have one child together.
In addition to the split, Hudson has been granted an order of protection against Otunga. TMZ has a report out detailing new revelations from the protective order filed by Jennifer Hudson against David Otunga.
You can read the full report HERE.
With the WWE just three days away from the 31st annual Survivor Series, the WWE has decided it was the right time to reveal where Survivor Series 2018 will be held. The lucky city to be host next year will be...Los Angeles, California.
The Staples Center in LA will be the venue for Survivor Series Weekend in 2018. This will include the following shows:
Additional details about these events, including ticket on sale info and travel packages, will be announced in early 2018.
By: Patrick Ketza
Warning ahead of time- Spoilers WILL be dropped here. So if you haven’t seen or read what happened, this is your ONLY warning.
Oh, Shimmer… you arrive so quickly, and leave even quicker. In the blink of an eye, 4 (yes…4) shows occur in a 29 hour window that takes every bit of energy every single person in the building has. Every wrestler, every crew member, every fan, everyone. It’s a weird feeling to tell someone you’re going to 4 shows in a weekend (I’m not including Rise in this, but I mean absolutely no disrespect to them, it just doesn’t fit into the time frame like Shimmer has), and realize it happens in barely a day+. And yet, here we are, coming off of yet another chaotic weekend where the landscape of the company shifted drastically in a matter of hours.
Going into the weekend, Mercedes Martinez had a stranglehold on her Shimmer Championship, had a badass crew behind her, and was on top of the world. As did Mt. Tessa, the tag team champions. Though they didn’t get along, they got along just enough to keep their tag belts around their waists. And Heart of Shimmer Champion Shazza McKenzie was still enjoying her title she earned in July by beating Nicole Savoy. Little did anyone know how much would change in the blink of an eye.
By the end of day 1, the tag champs fell. By the end of day 2, one half of the tag team was effectively dead at the hand of the other half. With as much verbal abuse that Tessa gave Kraven, and with the fans getting behind Kraven because of it, it was a wonder how they managed to get along as long as they did. But, once Tessa hit Kraven with the Magnum at the wrong point, everything changed. Suddenly, the belts were gone. And suddenly, Mount Tessa was gone. By the end of Day 2, Tessa was gone, thanks to a lumberjill match that proved to everyone a mountain could fly, as Kraven came off the top rope to take out almost everyone. In the end, like she usually does, being so damn big, Kraven stood tall, and for at least one time, Tessa finally got what she had coming to her.
And then… there was trifecta. It took one comment. One small, seemingly passable comment, to start the downfall of the group. With Shayna Baszler gone, Trifecta was down to Bifecta. But, as they announced their new member, Aja freaking Kong, Trifecta seemed bigger and badder than ever, with Mercedes holding the belt, and a bigger badass behind her. But one thing ate away at someone. Mercedes called Aja the new number 2 of the group, relegating Nicole Savoy to #3. Who would’ve thought something like that would rip a group apart. And when Savoy refused to attack a downed Hikaru Shida and attack her knee, a position Savoy was all too familiar with, it was settled. Trifecta was back to 2 members, and only one original member.
Mercedes felt Savoy needed to learn her place, being #3. Savoy felt she could be #1. The crowd, who almost ruthlessly jeered Savoy since her debut, suddenly changed. Everything changed. The crowd got behind the new #1 (in theory) to the point that when Lexie Fyfe chewed out Andy Long as the worst ref she’d ever seen (to one of the biggest reactions of the weekend), and announced Mercedes would finish the weekend facing her former stablemate for her title, the crowd was foaming at the mouth for Savoy to pull off the big one. And in a shocking turn of events, at the end of volume 99, at the end of the weekend… the crowd got what they wanted. Nicole Savoy had beaten the champ to claim the belt as her own and to become the true #1.
It wasn’t even just those. It was Rosemary and Chelsea Green finishing off 8 consecutive days of wrestling for Impact and Shimmer. It was the sold out crowd on Saturday. It was Leva Bates, in her 4th attempt, FINALLY laying claim to the Shimmer tag team titles. It was the return of Aja freaking Kong. It was the return of the Joshis. It was Delilah Doom becoming the first Rise/Shimmer double champ. It was Sienna getting split open 5 minutes into a title match to the point it had to be stopped, only for her to come back later doing her best Terry Funk impression. It was Andy Freaking Long doing his best to be fired by Shimmer brass, and still somehow keeping his job.
It was all of that… in less than 30 hours
By: Patrick Ketza
Every year, Chikara Pro Wrestling has one of the biggest tournaments in pro wrestling, with their King of Trios tournament. 24 groups of 3 people from around the world battle for the right to be the champion. It’s one of the most prestigious tournaments in US Indie wrestling, alongside the Battle of Los Angeles, and lately, the Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament. But, given the current landscape of pro wrestling, and one company, in particular, could the idea be moved to the biggest fish in the pond?
Lately, the WWE has been weird. Like, really weird. Ever since the somewhat letdown that was WWE No Mercy, and the clusterf^%k that led to major changes at WWE TLC, the build to Survivor Series has been interesting. In the last couple of weeks, the entire Survivor Series card has been tossed around, leading to a massively stacked card for the #4 PPV of the year. Add to that the knowledge that WWE will use WAR GAMES for the first time in company history, WWE is in an interesting spot.
Gone are the days that WWE won’t use an idea that isn’t theirs. You never got War Games. Instead, you’ll get Elimination Chamber and you’ll like it. You want Russo back? You get a guitar on a pole and you’ll like it. But now, WCW is seeping into the cracks, and so are the indies with the WWE’s constant building of their massive roster.
This leaves the idea of one huge thing… Could the WWE actually pull off their own version of the King of Trios? Obviously, yes, this is a Chikara idea, no doubt. I’m not taking their idea away from them at all, it’s theirs. But, given the landscape of the WWE over the past 6-8 months, is it so out there to think this is possible? Given the shape of the roster since Summerslam, especially, but even before it, the WWE has been grouping their wrestlers into groups of 3 and 4 that leaves this idea open to some.
New Day, Shield, Sanity, Undisputed Era, Miztourage, British Strong Style, Titus Worldwide, Jinder and Singh Bros., some sort of Balor Club, Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong (just go with it, I know what’ll happen on Saturday), this is just a chunk of the groups you could put into a single elimination tournament over 2 or 3 nights. The question becomes just how many teams do you use?
If you do 16, how do you split them? If you do 12, which teams get a bye? The reason Chikara is able to pull off 24 is because of their ability to work with multiple companies who send a team, and then they have 3 nights. And even with that, teams will have to wrestle multiple times on the final day of the tournament, no matter what. WWE would obviously not be as willing to do something like this and would have to stay within their umbrella. Sure, they could get an extra Progress team outside of BSS, and get a team from ICW, but there are not many more people they’d talk to, unless they allowed a women’s team, for some odd reason (then they can talk to Shimmer, or get Trifecta as a team)
Obviously, this is super unlikely that it will happen. It’d be a strange idea to them, plus would require they use all 3 brands, plus outside companies. It’s a total unknown to the WWE. But, it’s not an impossible idea. Plus hey, if it leads Shield vs. Wyatts again, or Shield vs. New Day again (if the first one is good), then why not take the chance?
Over the last month or so, there has been a major war of words between future WWE Hall of Famer Chris Jericho and the IWGP US Champion, and Bullet Club member, Kenny Omega. The feud seemed to settle down last week but early this morning (Nov. 5) the feud was put on a fast track. At this morning’s Power Struggle event, Chris Jericho challenged Kenny Omega to an IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Match at Wrestle Kingdom.
Apparently, Y2J and Omega will settle their beef at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo, Japan on January 4, 2018. Jericho last wrestled in the WWE this summer in a triple threat US Championship match on SmackDown Live versus Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. He is currently on a break from WWE to tour with his band Fozzy.
As for Y2J's contract status with the WWE, I believe he is or will soon be a free agent, however it is rumored that the WWE wanted to use him as Roman Reigns replacement at TLC before going with Kurt Angle.