Hello and welcome to the WrestleTalk MECHA NEWS. I am Luke Owen. Pete will be up later on this video to give the rundown on what happened on the packed episodes of both NXT and AEW Dynamite, after I take you through the latest wrestling news. So give this channel a subscribe, and support WrestleTalk like this fan did at last night’s Dynamite show. Not all heroes wear capes, but they can carry signs.
And clearly it’s this level of support, and the popularity of WrestleTalk’s Oli Davis, that gave WWE Backstage on FS1 a big boost in the ratings this week, as fans flocked to see Oli’s face featured in a video package. Because of this, the ratings for the show were actually triple from what they did in the first episode, and up 80,000 views from last week – drawing 180,000 viewers, and cracking the Cable Top 150 for the first time. Which we are very confident was all down to Oli Davis, and had nothing to do with the fact that CM Punk returned confirmed.
There was a time earlier this year when everyone was convinced – us included – that CM Punk would not be returning to WWE via a Fox affiliated show, and would instead be joining All Elite Wrestling – certainly helped by Punk appearing at Starrcast III before AEW’s All Out show in September, and the constant bringing up of his name by AEW executives Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Tony KHAAAAAAN! Some thought that the bad blood between Punk and WWE couldn’t be worked out, especially after the reports that WWE bankrolled Dr. Chris Amann’s lawsuit against Punk over his Colt Cabana podcast.
Speaking of WWE, AEW and court rooms. Law & Order style segue – chunk chunk.
On Monday this week, AEW announced that their Maimi Dynamite show in January would be themed around Bash at the Beach – which will tie into Chris Jericho’s second Rock N Wrestling Rager At Sea. Longtime wrestling fans will remember the name Bash at the Beach as an old World Championship Wrestling PPV concept – best remembered for matches featuring basketball players Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone, the ill-thought out “shoot” angle with Hulk Hogan and Jeff Jarrett, and Bobby Heenan shouting WHO’S SIDE IS HE ON just before Hogan did his famous heel turn to create the New World Order with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. And of course, WCW stars appearing on Baywatch. Because there is nothing more 90s than Baywatch.
When AEW announced Bash at the Beach, it was met with some confusion from fans – as everything that was related to WCW – including its various IPs – were purchased by WWE when they bought the company in 2001. This has been seen in the last few years, with WWE holding annual Starrcade house shows – the name of WCW’s biggest event of the calendar year – and NXT hosting several War Games matches for the last few years in the November TakeOver slot.
However in March this year, PWInsider reported that Cody Rhodes had trademarked the name Bash at the Beach, along with a few other wrestling concepts created by his father like Battle Bowl and Bunkhouse Stampede. Man, Dusty really liked the letter B. This, it would seem, is how AEW are able to hold an event with the name of a WWE-owned WCW PPV.
And those aren’t the only trademarks Cody has been filing – recently trying to file to trademark the name “Dusty Rhodes” – which Dave Meltzer reports is because Cody wants to write a book about his late father but couldn’t because WWE owned his name – as well as The Match Beyond – which reportedly will be AEW’s version of War Games.
Which is certainly interesting when you take into consideration Cody’s since deleted tweet.
Cody posted on Twitter yesterday – which he later deleted – that he’s going back to court soon and he’ll need to buy a new suit – with a gif parodying Jurassic Park which says Welcome to Pettyville. Luchasarus as Cody’s lawyer confirmed.
Now it’s interesting that this post has been deleted, but it’s even more interesting that it came just days after the announcement of AEW Bash at the Beach. The Miami show was promoted on last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite so clearly the company are confident it will go ahead, but it has led to some speculation that WWE are set to take AEW to court over the use of the name and Cody’s other trademark attempts.
And Cody himself seemed to confirm this following last night’s AEW Dynamite, when he came out to address the crowd and pointed to a sign that had been visible throughout the broadcast. No not the one that said Support WrestleTalk, the one that read: said “suck it Vince”. When the crowd started chanting along with the sign, Cody responded: “legally can not say anything. I think that sign says it all.”
What do you think of this news? Do you think WWE are really suing AEW over the Bash at the Beach name? Let us know in the comments down below as I’ll be replying to them for the first 30 minutes of this video going live!
And there could be someone who is joining the AEW ranks, which means it’s time to play…
t’s Marty Scurll, it’s Marty Scurll.
Since AEW launched earlier this year, all eyes have been on The Villian and former WrestleTalk TV host Marty Scurll and his contract with Ring of Honor. Scurll was a big part of The Elite’s rise to fame in Bullet Club – working alongside them in their invasion of WWE – and had one of the biggest marquee matches at All In last year when he took on Kazuchika Okada. He’s even still featured in the Being the Elite opening credits. But while all of his Elite comrades went to launch AEW, Marty had a different contract to everyone else and would be with Ring of Honor for the rest of 2019.
However Scurll’s ROH contract ends very, very soon – and he was featured in some way this past week on Being The Elite, when Hangman Page turned away from The Elite, with a picture frame that also included Marty. Dave Meltzer has since noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Scurll is almost certainly heading to AEW when his contract expires at the end of this month.
And like Cody’s tweet, there has been a bit of deleted Internet history that might have revealed he is indeed heading to All Elite Wrestling.
Pro Wrestling Tees posted up a new hoodie that has Marty’s Villain Enterprises logo on it, along with the logo for KultureCity, which are the company that have partnered with All Elite Wrestling for various events including providing their sensory bags which will now be available at every AEW show.
And while that could all be a coincidence, Pro Wrestling Tees quickly took the hoodie down off the site.
Marty Scurll to AEW confirmed.
And speaking of AEW, let’s head on over to Chopper Pete Quinnell, with the run down of what happened on both Dynamite and the go-home edition of NXT before Survivor Series!