WWE Confirms Tyson Kidd’s Injury From Monday’s RAW

WWE has publicly acknowledged Tyson Kidd’s injury on WWE.com.

The article reads, “Tyson Kidd sustained an injury while competing in a non-televised match against Samoa Joe last Monday night, June 1, in San Antonio. As the former WWE Tag Team Champion continues to be evaluated, check back with WWE.com for the latest information on Kidd’s condition.”

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Today’s Pro Wrestling Birthdays, ‘WWE List’ To Debut After RAW

– The latest “Beyond the Ring” special being added to the WWE Network this week is the documentary from the WWWE Money in the Bank anthology.

– The WWE List premieres on the Network this week following RAW. The first show is titled “Trending Divas” and is described as follows: “Whether it’s winning the Diva’s Championship, or posting a very flattering photos on Twitter… These Divas do it all to stay trending.”

Mick Foley turns fifty years old today, while Howard Finkel turns sixty-five.

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Jeff Jarrett Discusses CM Punk, GFW’s Upcoming Tour, Owen Hart

Jeff Jarrett spoke with the Roman Show for a new interview. Check out the highlights:

On Owen Hart in the WWE Hall of Fame: “That’s not something I would answer or discuss. It is solely upon one man’s decision and that’s WWE’s CEO Vince McMahon, a brilliant marketer. It is his decision. It doesn’t matter what hall of fame he goes in. It goes without saying Owen Hart whether he gets inducted or not it’s truly irrelevant. I remember, the fans remember, the family remembers the great human being he was and it supersedes the wrestling.”

On GFW’s upcoming tour: “The shows are hard hitting action…As you know my family comes from the professional wrestling business over 70 years,” he said. “One thing I learned from my father and grandfather and my career is that you really have to create brand awareness and in 2015 that isn’t easy to do.”

On Chael Sonnen’s role in the company: “We tabled it. Chael is an athlete first of all. He is charismatic and he has a passion for professional wrestling.”

On CM Punk: “CM Punk is headed in his career,” he said. “I don’t like to comment on hypothetical’s what ifs. I leave it. I have a lot respect for CM Punk win or lose, he already won because he is following his passion of MMA.”

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The Updated ROH ‘Best In The World’ Pay-Per-View Card

Here is the updated card for the ROH “Best in the World” pay-per-view event:

* ROH World & TV Title Match: Jay Briscoe vs. Jay Lethal (w/Truth Martini)
* ROH World Title #1 Contender’s Match: Roderick Strong vs. Moose vs. Michael Elgin
* The Kingdom (Adam Cole, Michael Bennett, Matt Taven w/Maria Kanellis) vs. Bullet Club (AJ Styles & Young Bucks)
* Mark Briscoe (w/ODB) versus Donovan Dijak (w/Truth Martini)
* ROH Tag Team Title Match: The Addiction versus ReDRagon

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NJPW News – G1 Climax Tournament Competitors, Big Special, More

– Here is the updated card for Tuesday’s We Are Suzuki Gun special event, which takes place at Korakuen Hall. The show will be available on VOD via New Japan World…

1. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Yuji Nagata
2. Genba Hirayangi & Hitoshi Kumano vs. John Webb & Jack Gamble
3. Gedo & Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Captain New Japan & Captain NOAH
4. Jushin Thunder Liger & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Taichi & El Desperado
5. Takashi Sugiura & Daisuke Harada vs. Shelton Benjamin & TAKA Michinoku
6. NWA World Tag Team Title: Champions Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
7. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & MAYBACH Taniguchi

– Here is the updated card for New Japan’s Dominion 7.5 card, which is the promotion’s next major event on July 5th. The event will air on New Japan World…

* Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
* Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toru Yano
* IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title Match: Champion Kenny Omega vs. Best of Super Juniors Tournament Winner KUSHIIDA
* IWGP Tag Team Title Match: Champions Michael Bennett & Matt Taven vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
* NEVER Openweight Title Match: Champion Togi Makabe vs. Tomohiro Ishii
* IWGP IC Title Match: Champion Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
* IWGP Title Match: Champion AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada

– During the Best of the Super Junior Finals, which aired this morning on New Japan World, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced the 20 competitors for the G1 Climax tournament. The tournament will take place between July 20 and August 16th…

* Kazuchika Okada
* AJ Styles
* Hirooki Goto
* Togi Makabe
* Hiroyoshi Tenza
* Hiroshi Tanahashi
* Yuji Nagata
* Satoshi Kojima
* Tetsuya Naito
* Katsuyori Shibata
* Shinsuke Nakamura
* Toru Yano
* Tomohiro Ishii
* Yujiro Takahashi
* Karl Anderson
* Doc Gallows
* Bad Luck Fale
* Michael Elgin
* Kota Ibushi
* Tomoaki Honma

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More Backstage News On Kevin Owens & WWE, Jericho Update

– As noted earlier here on the website, WWE pulled Kevin Owens from all of their scheduled live events this weekend.

The reason the NXT Champion was pulled is because he is now scheduled to begin working WWE live events the weekend after the Money In The Bank pay-per-view, where he will be taking on WWE United States Champion John Cena in a rematch from the WWE Elimination Chamber event.

Kevin Owens will make his WWE live event debut at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan on Friday, June 19th.

WWE Money In The Bank is scheduled for Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

– In a new Glide Magazine interview with Chris Jericho, the part-time WWE performer and Fozzy front man talks about balancing his pro wrestling and music careers, and how he doesn’t see much difference in what he does in wrestling compared to what he does in music.

Below is an excerpt from the interview.

“When I was a kid I wanted to be in a rock band and I wanted to be a wrestler. Twelve years old I started playing in bands and I love rock & roll and I love music, I love playing and I also really love wrestling. I kind of thought I could probably do that too. It’s something I had a real passion for. There’s never been like one or the other. It’s always been a duality there whereas I believe in both and I love both and I’ve done both my entire life. It’s not like I started in music when Fozzy started. I was playing in high school bands and garage bands since I was twelve years old so it’s something I have always done. Even when I started wrestling, I still played and recorded demos and played in bands and did what I could. So it’s just always something that I’ve done. There’re two halves to what I do career-wise and I don’t see the difference between the two. They are both very much based in an entertainment element; a live, grooving off of the audience, very hard hitting, aggressive forms of entertainment that are both very contingent on the energy that you get from the crowd. And that’s kind of the same properties that I use as the frontman of Fozzy, the same properties I use when I’m wrestling. It’s making that connection with the audience and that’s the most important thing.”

Check out the complete interview at GlideMagazine.com.

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Report: WWE Performance Center Fantasy Camp Changes

Source: The Wrestling Observer

In late 2014, it was reported that WWE was toying with the idea of hosting a fantasy camp for fans at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The idea was to run a regular package and a V.I.P. package with the V.I.P. package priced at $7,500 for a three night, two day experience. The camps would have been limited to just 40 fans over the age of 18, with V.I.P. packages being split into two separate groups of ten to provide a more intimate experience. Both packages were loaded with perks for the fans.

Now, WWE has issued another survey regarding potential WWE Performance Center Fantasy Camps, and it now appears that a lot of the details have been changed.

WWE’s Performance Center camps would now run for just one day and would be limited to 20 fans instead of 40. Perks would now include the following:

– Participants signing a “training contract” with NXT coaches and “getting a welcome from Triple H himself.”
– Breakfast and lunch with NXT Champions
– Tour of the WWE Performance Center
– Observe a promo class being taught by WWE Hall Of Famer Dusty Rhodes
– Watch NXT training session, “Skill Session” and watch talents create their own promos
– Create your own voice-overs
– Watch an NXT showcase show inside the WWE Performance Center
– Receive autographed photos of all participating NXT talents

The WWE Performance Center Fantasy Camps could be launched later this year, or in early 2016, and would likely be a way to make money off of the Performance Center.

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Major Backstage Samoa Joe/WWE Update – Name Change?, Future?

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Despite the fact that he has signed a new full-time deal with WWE, Samoa Joe is still scheduled to team with AJ Styles to take on Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels at the Ring Of Honor television taping in New York City. According to sources, however, WWE has been pushing very hard for that match to not be taped for television, which was the original plan before Joe signed his new WWE deal. As of right now, the belief is that the match will not be taped for the ROH television show.

It’s said that ROH wanted Joe for more dates, but their new national cable television deal with Destination America is one of the factors that led to WWE offering Joe a full-time deal, which will likely prevent Joe from doing so.

Samoa Joe is no longer taking independent dates past August 31st, as he is scheduled to begin working in NXT full-time in September. Until then, Joe will be working the big NXT live events and any other WWE Network specials.

According to sources, a name change for Samoa Joe and a main roster spot are reportedly still up in the air. We can tell you that he doesn’t want a name change to happen but he really doesn’t have a choice if WWE decides to go that route as he’s now under an exclusive contract with them.

Another big deciding factor behind WWE bringing Samoa Joe in full-time to work in NXT is because of the perceived lack of depth of high-profile stars in the promotion. With Kevin Owens moving up to the main roster, and other top stars such as Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami on the sidelines, WWE felt the need to bring in another high-profile name to the NXT brand.

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Jim Ross Goes On A Rant On The State Of The Pro Wrestling Industry

The following is an excerpt from the latest Jim Ross blog, where JR admittedly “rants” about the state of the pro wrestling industry.

“I’ve said here many times that I hope that all wrestling promotions are successful and make it through their respective rough waters that many are currently encountering. Nonetheless, some within these organizations can’t handle constructive criticism and seem to take some things that I say personally which is both childish and unprofessional. It is my prerogative to criticize bad acting, over scripted promos, no selling major moves, illogical creative and other eye rolling creative content in an attempt to re-invent what isn’t broken. I think that I’ve paid my dues, earned a decent track record within the biz and, above all, I am still a fan of over 50 years.

The vast majority of wrestlers these days are not good promo talents. Reason being is that creative staffs seemingly have to justify their existence by role playing with these individuals and scripting virtually every word that the talents say. That system is both outdated and unproductive as fans today can recognize a wrestler reciting a promo from memory instead as from their heart within a few sentences.

Wrestling is best when it comes from a logically, realistic place and is executed inside the ring as an athletic contest built on common sense and not an acrobatic show that exposes the business as a sham with no selling and the complete lack of some talent’s ability to properly apply an actual wrestling hold.

The faster some talent perform the louder that they tell us that their skill set is lacking and that they are trying to get by on sensationalism instead of realism.

I get taken to task because of my 21 years in WWE as if I’m picking on the TNA’s, ROH’s, Lucha Underground’s, etc of the world when nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve dedicated 40+ years of my life to the wrestling business, proudly I might add, and would do it all over again if the opportunity presented itself. But that isn’t going to happen. I want the business to be healthy and to prosper long after I’m gone for future generations to enjoy. At the rate of some of the things that I’m watching each week on TV are happening, I’m not sure sure that’s going to occur.

Some feel that we are allegedly in a pending “boom” period because there is so much TV wrestling product available o n a weekly. Does average, at times at best average, TV product indicate “Boom” to any one who actually thinks about it? I think not.

The product is by and large over thought and those in creative charge seemingly feel compelled to take a tried and true product and put their personal finger prints on it as if they are going to be the one who is forever known as “changing the wrestling business forever.” The wrestling business changed forever when the territories died due largely because local promoters got lazy and complacent and did not want to move into the modern era of marketing and producing TV programs plus they stopped developing new, young stars. Blame who you want but the territory system stopped doing what brought them to the dance and that was featuring new stars in compelling rivalries that were based in easy to understand, common sense story lines produced in weekly, episodic television. Plus, the talents back in the day were, by and large, better story tellers than we are fed today with some exceptions.

An essentially, easy to watch, non complex hour of TV that virtually anyone could understand and enjoy was what worked best for many of us lifers.

Where have those days gone?

Yes, I’ve been involved with many lame, ineffective and impotent TV storylines in my career but I was always a team player and had no problem cashing the checks to do what my employer instructed me to do in the fictional, show business word of pro wrestling. It was like an actor being cast in a role in a film. Some days were better than others…some shows were better than others, too.

Perhaps some day someone in a promotion will understand that simpler is better and the majority of fans don’t want bad acting or predictable promos but instead want to get lost in personal issues featuring the stars settling the conflict in the ring utilizing superior athletic representation.”

Check out the complete blog at JRSBARBQ. You can also order JR’s Bar-B-Q products online at WWEShop.com.

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Backstage News – ROH Live Specials On Destination America?, NJPW

– With ROH now airing on Destination America, there will be an increase in the TV production values. The company is also reportedly talking with Destination America about doing live specials on the network. At this time, the talk is about doing one or two live specials per year. With that being said, TNA was caught completely of guard by this news. TNA is not being “clued in” on any talks between ROH and Destination America. Talks between the three companies are being kept completely private at this time. Take that for what it’s worth.

– Here is the card for tomorrow’s New Japan Pro Wrestling Best of the Super Juniors finals event. The show airs live at 4AM ET on New Japan World…

* Jushin Liger & Sho Tanaka vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Yohei Komatsu
* Tiger Mask vs. Chase Owens
* Mascara Dorada vs. Barbaro Cavenario
* Bobby Fish vs. Barreta
* Nick Jackson vs. Rocky Romero
* Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & David Finlay
* Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall
* Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Togi Makabe, Katsuyori Shibata & Captain New Japan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, Kazushi Sakuraba & Yoshi-Hashi
* Best of the Super Juniors Finals: Kushida vs. Kyle O’Reilly

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