Another week down and it's time to look back at the news from the last week that didn't get the spotlight.
This past Tuesday saw the season finale of the Dark Side of the Ring which told the story of the final days of Owen Hart. For the first time to my knowledge since the tragic event twenty one years ago his family spoke on his passing in this documentary. I will not spoil anything of what was said for that you need to go back and watch it. It has changed my opinion on the entire situation and I'm happy his family finally got the chance to speak.
The episode being the final episode of the season had high expectations and the subject of the episode raised expectations even more. They more than delivered with the season finale drawing a record rating and viewers for the finale. The final tally puts it at 349,000 people up 32% from the previous week's episode on the Road Warriors which might bound well for a season 3. Fact is I would love to see them return next year, but we won't know until probably the fall what the fate is of our favorite wrestling docu series.
Unfortunately we also lost a valued member of the wrestling family yesterday as youngster Hana Kimura passed away at the age of 22. I don't know the first thing about her, but this when I look to Ring of Honor's website for help: "Hana was one of the top young stars in STARDOM, the premier women’s professional wrestling organization in the sport. She also competed in several matches in ROH, including a six-woman tag match at G1 Supercard before a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.Hana followed in her mother Kyoko Kimura’s footsteps into pro wrestling, making her official in-ring debut in 2016 at the age of 18. She won STARDOM’s prestigious Five Star Grand Prix in 2019. In 2018, Hana participated in the tournament to crown the inaugural Women of Honor Champion. This past January, Hana competed in a tag match at New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 14 before more than 40,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome. It was the first women’s match at the Tokyo Dome in nearly 20 years."
It is always a horrible tragedy when something like this happens and we can only hope that people learn how much words can hurt and cause push people to the very brink. I want to offer my deepest condolences to Hana's family, friends, and fans. Rest in Peace!! Gone far to soon!!!
Another week is done and we look back before we move forward to a new week.
By far the biggest coming out of this week is the announcement made earlier this week by now former Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch. It absolutely was unexpected headline when I saw that Becky was pregnant and not just, because I know her Seth are together it's more I didn't expect it at all. In wrestling it often very difficult to know when a performer will decide it's time to start a family and put their career on hold especially when they are at the top of their game like Becky Lynch. The amount of emotion during the speech made it seem like she was going to retire. It was one of Becky's best promo's in a long time and this will be a blessing, because it will give Becky some needed time off for people to start missing her.
It was reported earlier this week that "Iron" Mike Tyson will be a special guest at the upcoming AEW Double or Nothing event. Tyson will not be physically involved in anything at this point and will be the man to present the new TNT Championship belt to the winner of Lance Archer vs Cody. Tyson has been pretty absent from the public eye in recent years, but was making headlines recently with the talk of his return to boxing gaining attention. The one thing we knew is that when "Iron" Mike is around we can truly expect the unexpected.
A week has come to an end and we need to look back again but a day earlier this time around.
In an interesting turn of events the publisher of WWE games 2K tweeted about the future of the game this coming after the universally panned failure that the recent installment in the series was considered. I for one haven't played a WWE game in a few years based on the series lacking in the last few years and just not really being a game I thought was worth spending money on. In the past the WWE game was a yearly purchase, but I think after 2K17 the interest hit a low and we stop really wasting the money.
On this week's edition of Dynamite we were treated to a street fight and the debut of Matt Hardy. Hardy & Kenny Omega fought Sammy Guevara and Chris Jericho in an interesting match to say the least and a few sights I never thought I would see in a wrestling match. I think there is a line and even though we are in a time unlike any other there is still a line that shouldn't be crossed with wrestling and this hovered on that line I'm not really sure how I feel about this match, but I am intrigued enough to see the follow up.
Another update with another week coming to a close we need to move forward, not before looking back.
With the current societal restrictions in place it has been a few months since we've seen fans in the crowd for the WWE and AEW. But in a quote taken from a forbes article: "The site wrote, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a press briefing...that he is optimistic that if positive trends continue, that fans could return to sporting events like wrestling, UFC, etc. possibly in June or July with limited arena capacity and social distancing adherence. DeSantis stated WWE has a positive effect on the Florida economy, thus why it was important to keep them filming in Orlando. He mentioned that Wrestlemania 36 was going to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to the Sunshine State, therefore he wants to keep that relationship strong.”
Though its unclear when exactly things will change back this is definitely a step forward and heading in the right direction. I don't know that things will ever really be normal again or at least for right now, but we should just take a win when we can get it, because there has been a lot of bad out there. It's getting calm and more controlled and we will be able to recover from this eventually. The obvious thing might be we all might just have to slow down a little bit and not rush through our days like we use to. Enjoying the little things can help better understand the importance of the small things and why it helps ease some tensions and anxiety you might be feeling in a particular moment.
The end of the week is here again it's time to look back at another week from the past.
Even though Chris Hemsworth was announced for the Hulk Hogan biopic last year and there hasn't been anything reported or mentioned on the project since. According to a recent interview with Chris about the project the script is currently being worked on, but hasn't been completed as of now. In a quote taken from an IGN article: "When ScreenRant asked about the Hulk Hogan project, Hemsworth admitted, "Look, I haven't read a script yet. I know it's being written now and worked on. I know very little about that. It's sort of in the process now.""
"Joker's Todd Phillips is attached to direct the Hulk Hogan biopic, which is being scripted by Joker's Scott Silver along with John Pollono. The movie -- which is expected to be made at Netflix and counts Bradley Cooper among its producers -- will explore Hogan's rise to fame in the 1980s and reportedly won't cover his more recent scandals and lawsuits."
On Friday's episode of Smackdown we witnessed a celebration for Triple H as he has been in the WWE for the last twenty-five years. It is crazy to think that when he debuted back in 1995 Triple H would become not only a prominent WWE star, but an executive within the company. It is has unquestionably been an incredible ride for Triple H and props to him for celebrating 25 years in WWE.
Another week has finished and a new week is about the begin so it's time to look back before the new week begins.
One of the only companies that I didn't put up an update about this week was Ring of Honor so here we get an update from Ring of Honor and Kevin Eck. "There are no Ring of Honor live events scheduled until June due to COVID-19, but there’s a plethora of great ROH content available now and coming in the near future to help fill the void."
"Beginning with this weekend’s episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling,” the weekly television program will spotlight a specific wrestler or tag team. First up, it’s time to man up, as Jay and Mark Briscoe are the featured stars." For the full article visit here!!
The main focus for this past week was the shocking surprise of WWE terminating an alarmingly high number of wrestlers and staff. In some cases it was a number of stars that had been under contract for a few years with WWE which came as a major surprise, but also seeing some talent on the list wasn't a surprise. Rumors had been around for a few months now that Rusev would be following The Revival out the door when his contract expires. The questionable decision making comes to the forefront for WWE with them deciding to release some stars they had only resigned last year to new contracts. Right now WWE has a lot of work to do to rehab their image after current events and show that this was the right time to make certain decisions.
Another week has come to an end and this means we move forward to the start of a new week.
If this week's Smackdown is any indication it seems like we have found our first challenger for the Universal Champion. For those who have been living under a rock Braun Strowman dominated Goldberg at Wrestlemania last week to win the Universal Championship. Bray Wyatt rewrote history and got his win back against John Cena at Wrestlemania and now it's time for him to do it again. Back in February Wyatt lost the Universal Championship to Goldberg in a controversial contest in Saudi Arabia. But with more repair done to his character at the hand of John Cena. Now back at the type of his game Bray Wyatt is set to challenge Braun for the gold. With this current situation it is unclear when the upcoming match will take place, but it is a real question if Bray will take the belt back.
According to various articles All Elite Wrestling has decided to take a brief hiatus or go dark for the foreseeable future due to the health crisis going on in America. Recently, AEW had tapped episodes of Dynamite and Dark from QT Marshall's gym in Georgia and have enough programming in the can to last them for about a month. In my opinion, this is what WWE should've done to allow for talent to rest and for the office to plan ahead. Apparently though it seems like WWE's TV deals limit the amount of taped footage they can do over the course of a year. I'm glad that TNT didn't place such limitations on AEW and their deal, because it will allow stars of AEW to rest up and come back in 100% after the hiatus.
Last week I broke the normal and talked about the current events in society and if you'd like to see last week's report click here.
It would be hard to talk about anything else that is happening this week other than the fact that we have reached Wrestlemania weekend. All opinions aside on if they should've canceled the event or not it is still the biggest event of the calendar year for WWE and we as fans always look forward to every year. For the first time ever Wrestlemania has been split up into two days with Night one happening yesterday and Night Two taking place tonight. Last night we saw The Undertaker vs AJ Styles, Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch vs Shayna Baszler, and other matches. Tonight we can look forward to Brock Lesnar vs Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton vs Edge, John Cena vs Bray Wyatt, and other action. In my opinion, night one was a success and onto night two we go.
I just found out that All Elite Wrestling has been preparing for a few weeks off by taping weeks of television the past couple of weeks. Apparently they've been taping television Tuesday-Thursday as a way to make sure they have the content for the upcoming few weeks. Smart move by AEW either way as it is for the best at least for right now. Most likely the tapings they had been doing were the TNT Championship tournament and maybe some other stuff built in as they likely taped episodes of AEW Dark as well during the taping week. I guess this why live TV isn't always a blessing and sometimes it is a curse.
So we've had a few months unlike anything we've ever seen in our lifetimes and hopefully will ever see again. I've stayed silent for the most part on this subject since things started going crazy, because I wanted my site to be an escape for you the readers and not just another site talking about what is going on in society. I wanted you all to have an escape for a short period of time and in a small way try to help you forget any stress you might be struggling with at this time. With that being said this will be the first and only time I talk about the current pandemic troubling society.
First off, I have the utmost respect for the healthcare personal that are on the front line helping combat this pandemic. I don't know how they have as much strength, will, and determination as they do, when you think that they reached their breaking points they just move to another level or some hidden energy. I had respect for healthcare personal before this, but now I idolize them for the sacrifices they're making during this time of crisis.
I'm going to really try and put into words what this situation means for me and I hope that it helps someone or just gives you a minute or two of a breather, because I mean this from the bottom of my heart. The last time I felt the way I feel right now is when I wrote about losing my grandfather on October 2nd, 2017. I've got goosebumps, because for once I will be open and honest. It is difficult to say:
From the bottom of my heart I'm extensively and humbly grateful to each and every person on the front line this means healthcare personal, police, EMT, Military, and fire. Anyone who is risking their personal health to help fight back this virus don't just deserve praise you deserve the spotlight and recognition for helping save lives every damn day. I will be honest I've had arguments with people, because plenty of people have gotten mad at me for not taking things seriously, but the reality is I've been trying to help those I care about the only way I know how, and that is by distracting them even if it means them getting mad at me, because at least then they're not worried about the virus.
Over the last month I've worried a time or two about the spread and the virus as a whole, but then I just keep trying to be positive and optimistic it has helped. The more we let the negative energy control us the harder it is to ignore the elephant in the room. I will be more then happy to talk to anyone who is having a rough day or stressed out from the current situation, because I want to be a beacon of hope for during a crisis. Even if it's an argument at least you wont be thinking about your other problems you will focus on being pissed at me.
Originally this was suppose to be talking about how the pandemic has effected the wrestling business, but I changed my mind and wanted to write about how it has effected me. I've feared it a time or two, but this is testing our will as humans and we all have the strength to overcome. I know I'm fortunate to still be able to be working right now as I work for Stop and Shop in Produce. I know that some might think that I'm out on the front line too and deserve praise well I don't want it. You want to make me happy thank you healthcare personal, thank an officer, firefighter, EMT, anyone risking their health deserves the spotlight. Even though I might be I don't care I don't feel like I deserve the spotlight as much as they do.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart thank you for everything that you are doing now and do during our normal time. We as people wouldn't be able to live without you and can't put into words how grateful we are for you. I'm a worrier and my anxiety is a trouble sometimes, but know that someone out there is rooting for each and everyone of you to be okay. I've worried some days more than others ever since someone I think of as a brother became a New York Police Officer, and have gotten anxiety (shed tears at thought of getting that phone call) but I believe in my heart he was trained well enough to know how to protect himself.
It's been a long time since I've opened up like this, but a wise man told me I should do it more and I thought this was the right time to do it. We will beat this back, because we are stronger then this pandemic if anything let this bring us together. Pray for each other, fight for each other and support each other!! I'm gonna stop now before I start crying!!! Thank you!!!
Another week is down and it's a little bit of a milestone for the weekly report number ten. I admit that I've been focusing on other things and not really doing my best to keep up on the news or recent news. I will elaborate on the stance I have taken on this subject matter at a later date. Right now we will focus on the recent news and updates in wrestling world.
The biggest news coming out of All Elite Wrestling this week is two major debuts for the promotion and one mystery finally is reveled. For months we have heard about an "Exalted One" leading the Dark Order and rumors have been abound about who the leader could be. In my opinion, Brodie Lee being named as the "Exalted One" is fitting, but at the same time from out of left field. As for the other debut it was the way the show ended and we all knew who it was going to be when Vanguard One arrived in the arena. It was then reveled that "Broken" Matt Hardy had finally arrived and sided with the The Elite against the Inner Circle.
One of the things that I have been focusing a lot of my attention on and my excitement is coming on Tuesday, March 24, when Season 2 of Dark Side of the Ring will arrive. After providing us an incredible in depth look into the dark side of pro-wrestling it is excited to think about what is to come this season especially knowing that we will be seeing ten episodes instead of six like we saw in season one.
We will return to our normal weekly report next week with more in depth focus on the current news going around your favorite wrestling promotions. Spotlighting the small news you might've missed during a busy week!!!