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Which wrestler would you have on your side to survive your own person Friday the 13th? We’ve got a packed show of news for you today, including a potential spoiler for this Sunday’s Clash of Champions, every company looking to sign Cain Velasquez, and a top indie star possibly signing with Impact Wrestling. You can jump to any of the news stories using the timestamps in the video description, but first.
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This is Session Moth Martina, one of the most popular wrestlers on the British Wrestling scene and the Queen of Session Style – who has won championships in promotions like ICW and OTT – and is the proud holder of the fact that everyone fancies Martina. We even have this cute little figure of her in the studio. But for all of her accomplishments, Session Moth only ever had one dream in her life: to have John Cena follow her on Twitter. Even wrestling fans have asked Cena to follow her, but Big Match John wouldn’t be Big Follow Back John. Even when Cena had that weird day where he started following everyone on Twitter, even no-name minor celebrities with literally nothing important to say, he still wouldn’t follow Session Moth.
But now, the boyhood dream has come true for Martina – posting on Twitter: “He said NEVER GIVE UP AND I DIDN’T!!!!!!! I guess it’s officially true… @JohnCena #fanciesmartina #greatestdayofmylife” with a picture of John Cena following her back on Twitter. It truly has been one of the greatest wrestling stories of 2019. And like a true professional, Martina used this achievement to push her new t-shirt.
And that wasn’t the only bit of Session Moth news this week, as it’s been reported that Martina has signed with Ring of Honor for their Women of Honor division. Martina actually had an NXT UK try-out earlier this year, with many speculating that’s where the Queen of Session Style would end up. But it’s rumoured she turned down their offer to instead work with ROH, which would allow her to still do her European indie dates, as well as continue to work for Stardom in Japan.
And it’s not just Session Moth Martina who is currently in demand around the wrestling world.
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez made his professional wrestling debut last month at AAA’s TripleMania, where he teamed with Cody Rhodes and Psycho Clown in a six-man tag which garnered positive reviews from critics and fans. And with his popularity and recognisable name from the world of Mixed Martial Arts, it should come as no surprise that everyone in the wrestling war is trying to sign him.
Dave Meltzer writes that, “He’s been approached by WWE, who he did a one week camp with last year, and AEW, since his debut came at TripleMania with the top AEW stars on the show and Cody teaming with him” – also noting that he’s had discussions with New Japan about doing some matches there.
Velasquez himself confirmed these rumours, telling Ariel Helwani, “We’ve been in talks with [WWE]. They’re going pretty good.” He said of AEW, “I want to talk to [Cody] a little more. I think they are doing great things. Now that I’ve started watching a little more pro wrestling, I think AEW is doing some really cool things. And they have a good relationship with AAA as well, so they have a lot of guys going to AAA, and back to AEW. And AEW too does a lot of like, lucha stuff, you know.” Ah, the Kalisto school of Lucha.
And maybe Impact Wrestling could throw their hats into the ring in getting Velasquez on their show. Following the rumour that Impact’s parent company Anthem were in talks to purchase Ring of Honor, the company announced yesterday that they would be moving from their home on Pursuit to the way better channel AXS, which Anthem now own.
AXS’s press release about the new show reiterates that the show will air following Bound For Glory on AXS, as well as Impact’s Twitch channel, but doesn’t say what day it will air on. One would presume this means that Impact are keeping their Friday airdate, but there is a question over the start time of 10pm. If they want to move into a primetime position to get more viewers, they’ll be going head-to-head with WWE’s Smackdown on Fox. And if they stay at 10pm, they could still compete with one hour of that show if the rumours of Fox bumping Smackdown to three hours prove to be true..
And following the news that Impact had signed Tenille Dashwood until Bound For Glory in October as well as former WWF Attitude Era star Ken Shamrock, it’s being reported that they might have one of the biggest members on the independent scene signed to a deal. Biggest members OF the independent scene. Ahem.
Dave Meltzer has written in the latest Observer that Joey Ryan was backstage at Impact’s latest set of tapings in Las Vegas filming stuff for the promotion – noting that he’s spoken to a few indie promotions who have said that Ryan “was cutting back on dates due to signing with Impact.” As Meltzer notes, this doesn’t mean that Ryan will be exclusive to Impact, as he’ll still be able to work anywhere he wants apart from WWE, AEW and Ring of Honor.
But that list may grow, if the WWE Network has anything to say about it.
It’s been rumoured for the last few years now that a new pricing tier version of the WWE Network would be coming into affect. While unconfirmed, it was believed this would include some tiers only giving you access to PPVs, while others would only give you access to a certain amount of the archive, while the highest point would give you everything you get now as well as access to independent promotion shows.
And according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, these changes are set to come iin January 2020. According to Johnson, “WWE has been reaching out to independent companies about their potential interest in appearing on the Network,” which would include their partnership groups like PROGRESS, ICW, Evolve, OTT and wXw, and he also says that WWE have reached out to Chikara, and even some Mexican promotions.
It’s the latest in what appears to be a big shake-up in WWE – with it being reported last week that writers were being moved around, and WrestleVotes recent report that the commentary teams might also be shaken up when Smackdown moves to Fox.
Seemingly having fun with all of this, Corey Graves tweeted yesterday: “Just to clear up all of the rumors I see swirling around about the commentary changes in WWE… I’m retiring.”
I’m just kidding obviously, I like Corey.
He later added that he was instead retiring the jacket he wore on Smackdown this week. However it clearly promoted a few people to reach out to WrestleVotes to see if Graves really was stepping down, which they responded to by saying: “Corey Graves is not retiring. However the plan as of this Tuesday was that he is moving to Fox alongside Michael Cole. And he will only appear on SD. No more double duty for Graves.”
Which would suggest that WWE really are gearing up to make Smackdown the A show over Raw for the first-time in history, moving over their lead commentator and best colour commentator to the Blue Brand, as well as advertising that their big stars like Charlotte Flair, Roman Reigns and Becky Lynch will be part of Smackdown in October. But what about one of their hottest acts in the company, Bray Wyatt?
Recently it was leaked that Bray Wyatt would be challenging the winner of this Sunday’s match between Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman, who appears to be channeling Blue Steel in his new fighter image. Not only that, but it would be for the Universal Championship. A leak that has since been confirmed on TV, with Bray cutting Firefly Funhouse promos about The Fiend going after either Rollins or Braun at Hell in a Cell.
Well according to a new bit of advertising by WWE, we may now know who The Fiend will be facing at Hell in Cell next month. Of course this could always be card subject to change so take this with a pinch of salt, but if you do want to avoid spoilers, I would suggest clicking off now. Obviously watch another WrestleTalk video, or one from ScreenStalker, as we’re heading into the Spoiler Room Brawl in 3…2…1.
WWE are advertising for their upcoming house show on September 21st in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada a Universal Championship match between The Fiend and Seth Rollins, and posted a video that features Rollins cutting a promo on The Fiend.
As we said, this is card subject to change, so do take it with a pinch of salt, but it does further the rumours that WWE have big plans for The Fiend.
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