Geoffrey The Giraffe To NXT?
Children of the 1980s and 90s mourned last week when the magical place with toys in their millions all under one roof, Toys R Us closed its doors for the final time on June 29th . The popular toy retailer announced it had filed for bankruptcy in September last year, which now means its loveable mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe is out of a job. But all is not lost.
NXT recently held tryouts for various independent wrestlers including former Impact stars Robbie E and Laurel Van Ness, and wrestling journalist Scott Fishman sent a tweet to Triple H to suggest a new name to add to the list. “Dear @TripleH, Please sign Geoffrey the Giraffe to #WWENXT or the #WWE main roster. Has the size, charisma and good with the fans. He would be a great asset to your organization.”
A recommendation Triple H has taken seriously.
“You know what they say, Geoffrey when one door closes…another one opens!” posting a picture of the Giraffe at the NXT Performance Centre.
Kenny Omega Apologises For CEO x NJPW Controversy
Over the week current IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega put on CEO x NJPW: When Worlds Collide which took place in Florida at the CEO Fighting Game Championships. The whole event is available to watch on their Twitch channel which CageSideSeats called “a tough watch” and noted it was, “part of Kenny Omega’s dream of bringing the gaming and wrestling fandoms together.” The main event of the show however was a lot of fun and saw The Golden Lovers take on Tetsuya Naito and Hiromu Takahashi , which will have enraged Jim Cornette when Ibushi feigned locking up with Darryl the stuffed cat.
However there was a more controversial choice made in the show; featuring Chasyn Rance in the first dark match of the evening. Rance is a registered sex offender, which is something Omega was clearly unaware of. After being sent messages about it on social media, the Cleaner responded, “I produced all matches from dark match #2 on.I gave the ring crew (also a wrestling school) carte Blanche to have our first dark. No entrances,no name graphics. And thus they had a match. I met Chasyn once in 2004 so his name was familiar. The other guy I’d never met. Regardless of their history or whatever, this crew of people were all very helpful in set up, tear down, and various odd jobs around the arena. I’d felt giving them the opportunity to have a dark match was the least I could do as a way to show appreciation. I’m gutted that people feel betrayed by their involvement, but at no point did I feel I was working with criminals or anything of the sort. As I’d said earlier, they were nothing but polite and helpful throughout the entire experience. I’ll know better for next time to only use those I’m absolutely familiar/comfortable with.”
Posting a further explanation later on which offered personal refunds to anyone in attendance.
But we’re now about to head into the Spoiler Room Brawl so if you don’t want anything from the latest ROH tapings spoiled then I would suggest you leave now. Obviously watch another WrestleTalk video, though. Here we go, we’re going into the Spoiler Room Brawl in 3…2…1…
New ROH Champion Crowned!
Dalton Castle won the Ring of Honor Championship at Final Battle 2017, but his run has had its fair share of issues – with Castle dealing with injuries for most of 2018 including a back fracture and nerve damage. It was because of this that many people expected Castle to lose the ROH Championship at Best in the World when he faced Marty Scurll and Cody in a triple threat – but he managed to retain once again.
However Castle’s near 200-day reign as Champion is now over, losing the title in a match from Fairfax that is available to watch now exclusively on HonorClub. Castle defended the belt in a Fatal Four-Way which included Matt Taven, Cody and Jay Lethal, and the finish saw it come down to Castle and Lethal after a Tower of Doom Spot. After a series of nearfalls, Jay hit the Lethal Injection to become a 2x Ring of Honor Champion. Lethal is set to defend the Championship against Cody, and will be a part of All In on September 1st.