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What was your favourite show from this past packed weekend of wrestling? And coming up in today’s news we’ve got backstage notes from AEW’s All Out show, a potential huge announcement for WWE, and which wrestlers from both WWE and AEW have requested their release? Click the timestamps down below to jump to any of those news stories, but first.
Let’s kick things off by giving a shoutout to the awesome Swaft Nation members who came to hang out with us here at WrestleTalk before New Japan’s incredible Royal Quest show in London. It was so cool to be able to meet and chat with you all about a variety of different topics, and have a few drinks before watching Minoru Suzuki forearm Kazuchika Okada in the face so hard it ruptured everyone’s eardrums. A particular shout out to Sarmad Ali, who not only made us this lovely card but also bought us this empty box.
And the results of Royal Quest have played into the announced matches for New Japan’s three-night Destruction series – with new British Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi defending against Zack Sabre Jr. in a rematch on night one, while Jay White challenges for Tetsuya Naito’s IWGP Intercontinental Championship in Kobe, and Will Ospreay and Robbie Eagle’s team Birds of Prey will get a title shot against Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo, after beating the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions at Royal Quest. The Kagoshima show will also see new Never Openweight Champion KENTA will take on Kota Ibushi and his Right to Challenge contract.
KENTA won the Never Openweight Championship from Tomohiro Ishii at Royal Quest due to interference from the Gorillas of Destiny, who retained their IWGP Tag titles against Aussie Open earlier in the night. However the bigger news from the show was the KENTA seemed to pick up an injury during the match with Ishii, seemingly losing himself during some spots including a very late kick out towards the end of the bout.
While nothing official has been said by New Japan in terms of what the injury was, KENTA himself took to Twitter to announce that he was taken to hospital following the match and is fine – joking about the London crowd booing him out the building.
Just a few hours later, AEW held All Out in Chicago, an event Tony Khan announced would now be an annual show. The superb show saw Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin and Joey Janela have the terrific CRACKER BARREL CLASH, Cody get revenge on Shawn Spears with the aide of an Arn Anderson spinebuster, and The Lucha Brothers retain their AAA Tag Team Championships against The Young Bucks in the craziest ladder match I’ve ever seen. I mean he hit a Canadian Destroyer from the top of a ladder through a table!
The main event of the show saw Chris Jericho become the inaugural AEW World Champion by beating Hangman Page with the still-rubbish-looking Judas Elbow. And while many felt there could be a rematch down the line, it wasn’t Jericho who interrupted Page’s post-match media scrum but instead the returning Pac – who announced that contrary to some reports, he’s staying with All Elite Wrestling.
And it’s not just Pac who will be doing more dates with AEW.
Following the insane ladder match between Young Bucks and Lucha Brothers, both teams were attacked by two wrestlers wearing masks of former American presidents, revealing themselves to be former Impact Tag Team Champions Santana and Ortiz, better known as the second iteration of the Latin American Xchange. It had been reported by Dave Meltzer following Impact’s Slammiversary show that LAX would be heading to AEW once they’d finished up with them, and the two are speculated to be the mystery tag partners of Chris Jericho when he takes on The Elite on AEW’s first TV show on October 2nd.
And perhaps to the surprise of no-one, Mike Johnson has reported on PWInsider that Santana and Ortiz won’t be able to use the name LAX in AEW – which they’ve been known as for several years now – as that is owned by Impact Wrestling.
Another surprise debut came during the Casino Battle Royale which kicked off the Buy In pre-show, when Tenille Dashwood entered the match. Dashwood, the former Emma in WWE, has previously wrestled for ROH’s fledgling Women of Honor division, and was recently announced to have signed with Impact Wrestling.
Interestingly, Mike Johnson is also reporting on PWInsider that AEW would like to use Dashwood more for upcoming dates, but adds that there’s “nothing confirmed going forward.” While Dashwood working more dates with AEW certainly seem possible, PWInsider did report following Double or Nothing that Impact Champion Brian Cage was set to make an appearance in that show’s Casino Battle Royal, but was told just before the show by Impact that he wasn’t allowed to due to stipulations in his contract.
However according to Britt Baker, Dashwood isn’t officially under contract with Impact Wrestling. She told the media scrum after the show, “I know she’s working with Impact, but she’s not officially contracted.” WrestleZone reported recently that Dashwood with Impact until Bound For Glory in October, which has since been backed up by Sean Ross Sap of Fightful, who says that Dashwood is only working with Impact on a nightly deal.
Someone who will be doing more dates for All Elite Wrestling is referee Aubrey Edwards, who officiated the main event match between Page and Jericho for the AEW Championship. Bleacher Report noted that Edwards was the first female to ref a PPV world championship main event – sorry, Lacey Evans you don’t count apparently – and she announced on Twitter the day after All Out that she was now officially signed with All Elite Wrestling full-time. She posted: “Today I’m officially a full-time referee for @AEWrestling. This was a long time coming, but I needed to close the doors on my previous job before saying anything. Now I yell at people to pay my bills… I can’t thank @AEWrestling enough for the opportunities they’ve already given me. I have never been happier. Matt, Nick, Cody, Brandi, Kenny, Tony, everybody…they are all the most wonderful people! See you in DC on October 2nd on @AEWonTNT.”
The same cannot be said however for Kylie Rae.
Along with Britt Baker and Nyla Rose, Kylie Rae was the first of AEW’s women’s division to be announced, and she wrestled on the Double or Nothing card in a four-way match that also featured the surprise debut of Awesome Kong. However nothing has been heard from her since, with Rae even deleting her social media accounts shortly after Double or Nothing.
And during the post-All Out media scrum, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful asked Tony Khan what her status was, with Khan revealing that Kylie Rae asked for her release from the company which was granted. Sapp then later posted a clip of the interview, where Khan says Rae parting ways with All Elite Wrestling was amicable.
And Kylie Rea isn’t the only wrestler who asked for their release over the weekend.
Casey Michaels of Square Circle Sirens is reporting that Kacey Catenzaro has requested her release from WWE, saying that a back injury she suffered has made her decide to quit wrestling completely.
WWE were clearly quite high on Catenzaro, who was the first woman to qualify for the finals of American Ninja Warrior – which still sounds like the title of a Chuck Norris Cannon movie in the 80s – and she was part of the second Mae Young Classic, appeared several times on NXT television, and even competed in the 2019 Royal Rumble where she was given the Kofi Kingston highlight spot. Her last match was on July 19th, where she teamed with Lacey Lane to defeat Marina Shafir and Taynara Conti, and her last TV appearance was in a losing effort to Io Shirai in July.
At the time of this recording, WWE have not confirmed if Catenzaro’s request has been accepted.
Which means that Catenzaro won’t be around for a reported big announcement coming from WWE. Bryan Alvarez reported via Wrestling Observer Live that something big is coming from WWE, but didn’t give any details on what the announcement would be connected to – but did say that it would on a similar level of “big” to NXT going to USA Network. Alvarez says that WWE were expecting the story to get out over the weekend as something happened in the company, and were surprised that it didn’t. According to Alvarez, we can expect to hear this news drop this week.
And maybe that big news could tie into a Dave Meltzer report, that WWE are currently planning a major NXT show for October 2nd to counter All Elite Wrestling’s first show on TNT.
This of course was to be expected. When TNA announced they were going to air an episode of Impact on Spike against Raw in 2010, WWE quickly hashed out a deal to bring back Bret Hart back into the company so he could have his first in-ring face-to-face meeting with Shawn Michaels since the Montreal Screwjob in 1997.
Meltzer doesn’t say what the show could feature, just that it will be “a major NXT show”. It had been previously reported that Vince McMahon had talked about the idea of using more main roster wrestlers on NXT in order to bring in viewers, and there is some speculation that this show could be loaded with main roster names to make it unmissable against AEW.
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