10 News Stories You May Have Missed (July 26 – Aug 1)

7. New Junior Heavyweight Champion

New Japan Pro Wrestling held their Wrestle Grand Slam event from the Tokyo Dome this week, which saw Shingo Takagi successfully retain his IWGP Heavyweight Championship over Hiroshi Tanahashi, before the latter then appeared on AEW Fight For The Fallen, what a weird timeline this is.

However, slightly less newsworthy from New Japan this week, but also of note, El Desperado was unsuccessful in retaining his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, losing out to Robbie Eagles.

Eagles’ win marks the first time an Australian has ever held the belt.

Elsewhere on the show, Zack Sabre Jr. & TAICHI won the IWGP Tag Championship from the team of Tetsuya Naito and SANADA from Los Ingobernables de Japon. That’s not very Tranquilo.

6. All Elite Wedd-stling

AEW star and member of The Factory Nick Comoroto heartwarmingly proposed to his long-term girlfriend during an indie show this week.

N’aww. See, wrestling’s nice sometimes. Should have swerved him though. Somewhere Vince Russo is very upset at such a missing swerving opportunity.

5. All The Wrestling Birthdays

As well as all of the wrestling news, there were also all of the wrestling birthdays. Hangman Page turned 30, tweeting: “thank you for all the birthday wishes and for not reminding me that at 30 statistically speaking over 38% of my life is over oh god now I thought about it.”

What an anxious millennial, but also you’re almost four years younger than me, so f**k off.

Joe D’Orazio, a British professional wrestler who later worked as a referee, turned 99. He is considered the world’s oldest living wrestler.

Dolph Ziggler turned 40, here’s to you, Zigglypuff, and Triple H celebrated the big 52, with Stephanie McMahon tweeting: “Happy Birthday to my badass, Motorhead loving, man of my dreams!”

We assume that was about Triple H, otherwise that’s a hell of a subtweet.

4. Super Porky Passes Away

Unfortunately there was some sadness in the news this week too, as lucha libre legend Super Porky, or Brazo de Plata, passed away on Monday at the age of 58.

Real name José Luis Alvarado Nieves, Brazo de Plata had wrestled since the 70s, including a brief stint in WWE in the Juniors division in 2005-2006 as Super Porky.

2 years ago by Adam Blampied



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