WrestleMania 36 will take place on April 5, 2020 from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. This announcement was made via press conference which I’ll be honest I didn’t pay a lot of attention to but Hulk Hogan, a local in the area, opened the proceedings and it’s still weird to see him do things for the company. You can watch the press conference if you want below:
I hope Tampa is ready for an influx of rasslin’ fans and rasslin’ events and other such rasslin’ things.
Samoa Joe captured the WWE United States Championship last night on SmackDown Live, defeating champ R-Truth, Andrade, and Rey Mysterio in a fatal four way match. Truth was attempting to emulate his ‘childhood hero’ John Cena by keeping the U.S. Open Challenge alive but instead of one competitor he got three and that DAMNED NUMBERS GAME cost him the championship. Poor guy. This is Joe’s first main roster championship and his first championship since 2016, when he reigned atop the NXT mountain. While I’m bummed the U.S. Open Challenge under R-Truth didn’t lead to him defending the title in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal or facing John Cena at WrestleMania, we still got a couple of funny segments out of it so not a total loss. Now we can sit back and watch Joe eat folks alive and finally WIN again.
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton
It’s more Fastlane build this week as The Miz takes on Jey Uso and…other things related to the PPV happen, I think. Also R-Truth is here for another U.S. Title open challenge so that’ll be fun! Anyway let’s get to it.
WWE CHAMPION: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: R-Truth
SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
The Miz vs. Jey Uso (**)
OPEN CHALLENGE:R-Truth [c] vs. Samoa Joe vs. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
Sad news to report as King Kong Bundy (real name Christopher Pallies) has passed away at the age of 61. Bundy began his career in the early-80s, first gaining recognition in Texas-based World Class Championship Wrestling where he got the ‘King Kong’ name, feuding with the Von Erichs and wrestling Fritz Von Erich in the latter’s ‘Retirement’ match. Bundy moved on to the WWF in 1985 and memorably defeated S.D. Jones in record time a the inaugural WrestleMania (in canon it was 9 seconds, in reality it was closer to 30). He rode this momentum to the main event of WrestleMania 2, coming up short in his pursuit of the WWF Championship against Hulk Hogan in a Steel Cage match.
Bundy left the WWF and toured the independents until returning in 1994 as part of Ted DiBiase‘s Million Dollar Corporation, facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania XI. In addition to pro wrestling Bundy was known for his appearances on Married…With Children as well as other TV shows/films. He retied from in-ring competition in 2007.
Pro Wrestling Update sends its condolences to Bundy’s family and friends.
Date: March 2, 2019 Venue: Cicero Stadium (Cicero, IL) Commentators: Jim Cornette (?!?) & Rich Bocchini
Last Friday MLW broadcast a one-hour Intimidation Games special on beIN Sports, featuring a steel cage rematch between MLW World Champion ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor and the man he choked out for the title Low-Ki. Thankfully MLW takes pity on those of us without that in our cable package and have posted the show online, so here I am with a recap! Let’s do this.
MLW World Heavyweight Champion: ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor
MLW World Middleweight Champion: Teddy Hart
MLW World Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Teddy Hart & Davey Boy Smith Jr.)
The Lucha Bros vs. Team AAA (***)
Steel Cage Match:Tom Lawlor [c] vs. Low-Ki for the MLW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
Torrie Wilson has been announced as the next member of the 2019 Class of the WWE Hall of Fame, reports espnW. Wilson began her pro wrestling career in 1999, first with WCW and later on with WWE until a back injury forced her out of action in 2008. She remained out of the industry until last year when Wilson made her return as part of the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match at, uh, Royal Rumble. Wilson joins D-Generation X and The Honky Tonk Man as the currently announced induction class, though a certain Barber is rumored to be announced as well in the coming weeks.
The 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place on April 6th live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Hey here’s a thing out of left field; WWE.com reports that Michael Che and Colin Jost, the anchors for Saturday Night Live’s ‘Weekend Update’ segment’, will appear tomorrow night on Monday Night RAW in Philly. WWE and SNL have worked together in the past, from Hulk Hogan‘s co-hosting stint in the 80s to The Rock‘s first hosting stint during the Attitude Era.
Given the show’s anti-Trump stance and the fact one of the McMahons actually serves in Trump’s cabinet, this is a surprising turn of events. Honestly I wouldn’t mind Che and Jost ripping on WWE, that would be hilarious, but I doubt WWE will let them go as far as they could so I’m not sure what’s to be gained here. All I know is I can’t wait to see what happens…the next day via YouTube.