Covering all of the day’s other news bits and pieces that you might have missed . . .
- PCO (formerly Jean-Pierre Lafitte), Jody Fleisch, Brody King and Ilja Dragunov are the first four participants announced for PWG’s famed Battle of Los Angeles tournament, which takes place in September.
- John Cena has been nominated by ESPN in their Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year award alongside Doug Baldwin, Kevin Durant and J.J. Watt. Cena is in the running thanks to his tireless efforts with the Make-A-Wish foundation, having granted over 500 wishes for the charity. The winner will be announce don July 17 and the ceremony will air the following week on ESPN.
- Cena remains in the news after settling his unusual lawsuit with car manufacturer Ford. Cena purchased a 1-in-250 Ford GT in September of last year and sold it the following month, unknowingly breaching a no-resale contract on the purchase of the car that should have stood for two years. The two parties settled out of court, with Ford agreeing to donate the money to charity.
- In yet more Cena news (sort of), the rating for the latest episode of Total Bellas (after that vasectomy bombshell) has come in, with the show pulling a very strong 0.72 rating. It is the second highest number in the show’s history.
- After two months of delays, Sanity finally made their SmackDown Live TV debut last night. The group (sans Nikki Cross, contrary to rumors) attacked The Usos in an angle, setting up a future program with the brothers.
- Lio Rush will make his main roster debut on next week’s episode of 205 Live.
- Noam Dar made his return from injury at last night’s NXT UK Championship special at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
- Jinny – who was injured on night one of the special forcing a planned four-way to be restarted as a three-way – put out a statement on Twitter telling her fans that she was “heartbroken” but not seriously injured. Triple H later confirmed she had a concussion.
- William Regal will be back on the road as NXT General Manager and will be at Thursday’s tapings in Orlando. Regal has been out of commission for several months with undisclosed health issues.
- In the video above, Piers Morgan tells Triple H he can “take him anytime”. Trips takes it all in good spirits.
- The Rock confirmed that there will be a sequel to Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, his most successful box office smash to date. Rock said work had started on the movie and that writer/director Jake Kasdan would return. The film is scheduled to hit the screen before the end of next year.
- In the picture below, Enzo Amore and Kevin Nash take a selfie at a convention. The fan on the left looks positively dumbstruck by this act.
- WWE stock was up to a record $66.14 per share.
- Austin Aries returns to Ring of Honor at the group’s Best In The World pay-per-view on June 29
- They may be down on their luck on Raw but at least The Revival can count Bret Hart among their fans. Well, a fan of their action figures at the very least:
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) June 19, 2018
- LA Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, MGM Television President Mark Brunett and GLOW mastermind David McLane have teamed up with AXS TV (home of New Japan in the US) to bring WOW – Women of Wrestling to the channel. The all-female group will debut on the station in early 2019.
- On a similar note, the second season of the award-winning Netflix series GLOW debuts on the streaming service on June 29.
- In a heart-warming story, 61-year-old Joe Sarracino made his wrestling debut on June 9 as a way of helping his son cope with the loss of his mother. Guinness World Records are looking into whether he is the oldest person to ever make a wrestling debut.