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!!!
Another weekly report you know what that means a week has finished and we need to retrace our steps and look back.
I had heard a few weeks ago that the Dark Side of the Ring will be returning at the end of this month and now today we got the fantastic news from the Dark of the Ring twitter. Last year the series premiered shining a light on the stories that have fallen to the waist side. The biggest difference between Season 1 and Season 2 will be that the season has expanded from six episodes to ten episodes. The series will be returning March 24 with a two hour premiere on Vice land.
There is a limited amount of news to cover the rest of this week's report based on the effect that the coronavirus prevention has had on the events. Recently, WWE has been confined to the performance center shaking up the WWE scene for the first time in quite a while. This will be the setting for WWE events for the foreseeable future or at least until the virus is under control. Until then everyone needs to be a little more cautious and aware of what is going on, and try to avoid basing your opinion on one source and just do some research before forming an opinion, because this is something you shouldn't really be ignorant about. Stay safe!!!
We are ending this week a day early, because we have a PPV this week end to focus on this Sunday.
Speaking of the PPV this Sunday the WWE will have it's final spot before Wrestlemania with the Elimination Chamber. With Drew McIntyre set to fight Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania we will find out who will challenge Goldberg for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania.
A few weeks ago there were a lot of questions about Matt Hardy's future in WWE with his contract expiring in the first week of March. With the first week over with it is official that Matt Hardy is now a free agent and ready to possibly move on from WWE. The only question now is if Matt Hardy is done with WWE does this mean he will be heading to All Elite Wrestling.
Earlier this week it was announced that Japanese Wrestling legend Yuji Nagata has been added to the upcoming ROH Pure Championship tournament. The wrestlers included in the tournament are as followed: Yuji Nagata, Fred Yehi, Marty Scurll, Tracy Williams, Mark Haskins, Slex, Rocky Romero, Alex Shelley, Doug Williams, Jonathan Gresham. The tournament will begin at ROH Night of Excellence on Friday, April 10 in Columbus Ohio and continued the following night in Pittsburgh, PA. Later in the month on Friday, April 24 in Philadelphia, PA the tournament to crown the new ROH Women's World Champion begins at ROH Quest for the Gold. The women included are as followed: Alex Gracia, Mandy Leon, Tasha Steelz, Session Moth Martina, Jenny Rose, Katarina, Nicole Savoy, Angelina Love, Kellyanne, Sumie Sakai. It is clear that ROH is set to have a very busy month of April.
Another week has completed and let's keep with the tradition of looking back at the previous weeks events that didn't get the proper spotlight.
Earlier this week it was announced that New Japan Pro-Wrestling has made the decision to cancel all live events scheduled between March 1 and March 15. In a quote taken directly from the New Japan website it reads "NJPW has reached this difficult decision after careful consideration. Ultimately, the health and safety of our fans, staff, and wrestlers is our highest concern. We remain deeply appreciative of your support of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The events effected by the cancellation include Anniversary Tour, Anniversary Event, and New Japan Cup. For further announcements and more information please visit www.njpw1972.com/72903
For months at this point one of the more underrated news stories due to impact this move could have on All Elite Wrestling. Matt Hardy has been in limbo for months at this point all centered around him possibly leaving WWE. Now with March 2nd only a day away which is when his contract is set to expire the questions will continue. I've exalted all the possibilities and we will have our answers very soon.
This week on NXT we saw Finn Balor make his next move or at least Imperium made the decision for him. The Imperium made the decision easy for him by jumping him and prompting a possible move in the future for Finn to NXT UK. Since his move to NXT it seems like Balor has hit his stride again and was given a much needed rehab of his character. In my opinion, there is a problem that Balor could be booked so well in NXT, but so differently on the main roster.
A new week is almost here and that means we need to look back at the previous week one more time.
This past week's edition of AEW Dynamite was by far the best, and most well rounded episode thus far and set the bar high for upcoming episodes of the show. Reality is it is where we are going and not something to expect on a regular basis. Cody and Wardlow really defied expectations for the first Steel Cage in AEW history and Cody's moonsault was the smoothest thing I've seen in a long time. I don't always praise AEW, but this was a great show ahead of Revolution and I will be paying attention this Wednesday night.
WWE will return to Saudi Arabia this week coming up with another Super Showdown, but this time The Fiend will collide with Goldberg for the Universal Title and it will be the test for WWE to see if they've changed. The Fiend needs to be given his chance to show how credible he can be and Super Showdown is the first step for him to do that.
A month after Jushin "Thunder" Liger officially called it a career another legendary figure from New Japan's past will be hanging up the boot for the last time. New Japan legend Manabu Nakanishi wrestled his final match yesterday in Korakuen Hall competing alongside his friends Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Yuji Nagata one final time. Nakanishi may not have reached the level of some of his fellow stars, but he will leave behind legacy of incredible moments and memories that helped define a generation of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Nakanishi chose to go out on his terms and in wrestling that is always applauded so even though we are sad to see you go we are thankful you leave on your terms. Thanks for the memories and enjoy a much deserved retirement.
It's Sunday and that means it's time for a weekly report and to look back at another week of wrestling moments.
After Free Enterprise last weekend it became official on this week's edition of NWA Power at Crockett Cup in April it will be "National Treasure" Nick Aldis defending the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship against "The Villain" Marty Scurll. If Marty wins he takes the "Ten Pounds of Gold" and if Nick wins Marty will write him a check for $500,000.
Speaking of championship on this week's edition of AEW Dynamite a new Women's Champion was crowned as Nyla Rose toppled Riho. I for one thought that Nyla should've been the first champion this way Riho could have chased the gold instead of things going the way they have, but either way Nyla now has the gold and should maintain control of the division for the foreseeable future.
After a brutal attack from Randy Orton this past week on Raw it seems like Matt Hardy wants to prove a point and will go head to head with the "Viper" this week in a No Holds Barred Match. The only question we need to ask is how "dark" this match will get?
Another week has come and gone now it's time for our weekly report!!
After receiving his 10 Lashes this past week on AEW Dynamite it appears that it's time for the next stipulation. The three stipulations were Cody can't touch MJF, 10 Lashes and a match with Wardlow. Now Cody I'm sure will showing the effects of the 10 lashes to, but they will be just some of the battle scars Cody will have ahead of his highly anticipated match with MJF at Revolution on February 29. Either way though it's Cody vs Wardlow in a Cage on February 19.
Speaking of Wednesday night NXT had a major return that shook the present dynamic to it's very core when after four months on the shelf Velveteen Dream has finally returned to action. If Undisputed Era didn't already have enough problems they have another with a healthy Velveteen Dream.
Tonight in Baltimore there will be a very special event presented by Ring of Honor called Free Enterprise. The reason this event is special is due to the involvement of NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis in the main event. Tonight Nick Aldis teams with Rush against PCO & Marty Scurll of Villain Enterprises. This match is another step forward in the developing rivarly between Marty Scurll and NWA World Champion Nick Aldis. Will Marty accept Nick's terms or will he have a counter offer for the match at Crockett Cup we find out tonight!!
As we look forward to another week it's time to look back at the week that has just ended and talk about the biggest news of the week. Even though Drew McIntyre challenging Brock Lesnar is big news it is also something we saw coming during the Royal Rumble or at least could've predicted so there really isn't anything more to talk about on that front at least right now.
One story I found interesting this week was according to both Fightful and Ringside news the WWE is trying to curb information from being leaked to dirt-sheets. During meetings at the Performance Center this week WWE informed talent of the new I guess they'd be called requests considering talent obviously still spoke with a dirt sheet. In my opinion, if this allows for more surprises to take place without information leaking out the nit would be a good thing, because it would allow for WWE to bring surprises back to programming and could make programs more interesting.
Two matches have been officially announced for AEW's upcoming PPV Revolution set for Saturday February 29 from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL. The two matches set for the event so far are AEW World Champion Chris Jericho defending his title against Jon Moxley and Cody vs MJF in a grudge match. I for one didn't expect Cody and MJF to have a match at this event, but even though they're having the first match of the feud it doesn't mean it should be or will be the blow-off.
Last week I kicked off a series looking back at some of the biggest news of the past week that I might've either missed or that deserve more attention. As I mentioned last week to I will attempting to give new promotions the spotlight to mix things up.
It was announced earlier in the week that Jon Moxley will be challenging Chris Jericho for the AEW World Title at Revolution in February. Though this has been a match most of have been expecting to see it is now official and we can look forward to the first big match of 2020 for AEW.
Considering the day I am posting this it would be hard not to mention that tonight is the Royal Rumble event and the official start of the Road to Wrestlemania. I will be posting predictions for the event later tonight so I won't talk much about it other than saying the Royal Rumble is always my favorite event of the year, because of the Royal Rumble match. Who will win? Who will show up?
As Billy Corgan continues to grow the NWA brand he made a step in the right direction starting to work with Ring of Honor once again. The two companies were working together two years ago in the build up to All In. I'm not really sure if the agreement ever ended, but after All Elite Wrestling was formed the agreement did go on the back burner to allow ROH to focus on fixing their roster to replace all the talent they lost. Now with ROH in a better place then they were in 12 months ago they have returned to the old agreement. Considering tension has been building between Villain Enterprises and NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis it is clear that things seem to have just begun with this agreement, and should help both companies continue to build positive momentum.