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04/24 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast with Jason Powell on WWE Raw, WWE Payback, Braun Strowman vs. Kalisto in a dumpster match, and more

Jason Powell hosts the Prowrestling.net Daily All Access Podcast and discusses tonight’s WWE Raw, WWE Payback, Braun Strowman vs. Kalisto in a dumpster match, and more (9:44)…

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Jim Duggan on tough guys in the WWF locker room, his favorite opponents, Mid South Wrestling’s impact on WWE

The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast with Jim Duggan
Hosts: John and Chad
Interview available at Tmptow.podomatic.com

The locker room vibe of the WWF and who were the stand out “tough guys”: “It was actually a snake pit of tough guys in that dressing and there was not hardly a weak link in there because if there was you would have been eaten up. Anybody could beat anybody on a given day if you got the first one in on them. It was mutual shared destruction and nobody was going to walk away clean and that is why everybody got along in a very high pressured situation. Of course there was a few flare ups but relatively not many considering the whole deal. Haku, who I’ve known for thirty five years and is known as one of the toughest men in our business and of course The Barbarian is right up there with him.”

Who were the ideal opponents for Hacksaw: “To work with I enjoyed (Ted) DiBiase and I think really all the second generation wrestlers with guys like Curt Hennig, Jake The Snake, DiBiase and guys who grew up in the business were just a little more polished and they understood more. I didn’t start wrestling until I was twenty five and coming out of a football background I really wasn’t a big wrestling fan growing up and when I first started wrestling down there at the Sporatorium in Dallas with Fritz Von Erich and they said that my opponent was going to beat me in twelve minuets I would say: ‘Well I know I can beat him.'”

Mid-South’s Impact On The WWE: “The library of the WWE Network has opened up my generation of guys to a whole new audience and I’ve got a lot of young kids that say they know the Hacksaw or saw me on Legends House. The Network is great and with all those libraries but I’m not sure what percentage of WWE Hall of Fame guys came through Mid South but it has to be an awful lot of them. It was a great training territory because you’d wrestle nine or ten times a week with a lot of traveling but we were all a bunch of young guys. You’d drive to Shreveport do a show and party, drive to New Orleans and do a show and party and it was just a bunch of young guys having fun on the road. It wasn’t only a great place to learn to wrestle but Bill Watts was very critical of your interviews so you also learned how to talk on the microphone too which is a lost art now. You wouldn’t do one generic interview it would be interview after interview until you got it right. In an example when I was up at WWE, a young man came up to me and said: “Hacksaw here is your verbiage for your interview.” And I looked at it and looked at him and thought how is some punk kid going to tell Hacksaw Jim Duggan how to cut his interview and I thought well send me the check okay (laughing). I have a very big respect though for actors who have to deliver lines because I was very robotic. I was losing all my mannerisms and my “hacksaw-ness” trying to remember lines so I really respect those actors and actresses that can do that.”

The long lasting impact of the “Hacksaw” character: “It is being genuine. ‘Hacksaw’ is part of Jim Duggan. It is an extension of my personality and I saw that in another guy and when I first met Daniel Bryan I thought there was no way this kid was going to make it in our business. But there was a guy who had the work ethic and desire, the hustle and he made it work and he was genuine. The fans got behind the “YES, YES, YES” and it reminded me of the “HO HO HO” (laughing) and I saw a lot of the genuineness in that young man that is what has helped me get through thirty plus years.”

The origin of HOOOO and carrying the American flag: I joke and say that one time I was out with my 2×4 and I got a big giant splinter in my finger and said “ohhhhhh” (laughing). I don’t know but it is kind of like Flair’s “WOOO” or when One Man Gang had a yell going for a little while but it was just a way back in Mid South when I was really starting to develop the Hacksaw character that was a way to interact with the fans. I was a heel and I was interacting with the fans and when yelling at them, they would yell back and why I made the switch (babyface) and Ted DiBiase was put with Skandor Akbar I started carrying the American Flag and HOOO just stuck with it.”

WWE Payback lineup: Seven matches advertised for Sunday’s event

The following matches are advertised for the WWE Payback event that will be held on Sunday in San Jose, California at SAP Center.

-Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt in a House of Horrors match for the WWE Championship.

-Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman.

-Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho for the U.S. Championship.

-Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins.

-Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Titles.

-Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship.

-Neville vs. Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

Powell’s POV: Tonight’s Raw is the go-home edition for Payback, so we should get some match additions even if only for the Kickoff Show. Join me for live coverage of WWE Payback on Sunday night. Dot Net Members will hear an exclusive audio review afterward.

4/23 Impact Wrestling TV Taping spoilers: Full report on matches taped for Impact Wrestling (spoilers)

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Impact Wrestling TV Taping
Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios
Report by Dot Net reader MrEddyG

Jeremy Borash announced that Josh Mathews would not be here. Bruce Prichard was in the ring and said he’s hired Tyrus for security after EC3’s actions and there will be a review of his actions. Lashley was introduced and he didn’t care who would win the triple threat. EC3, Magnus, and James Storm came out and Bruce announced their three way match would be a no DQ, but if anyone of them touch before that, the match is off.

1. KM and Kongo Kongo (w/Laurel Van Ness, Sienna) beat Mahabali Shera and Braxton Sutrer w/Allie. Shera was distracted by Kongo outside and was rolled by KM for the clean win. Sienna and Laurel got Allie in the ring and are were beating her up when Rosemary came down to spray green mist at Sienna and gave Laurel a Black Wedding. She pointed at Allie and just left. On the One Night Only taping, Allie helped Rosemary, so this may be her way of paying Allie back?

2. “VOW” Mayweather and Wilcox beat FALLAH Bah and Baraka to advance in the GFW Tag Title Tournament. Mayweather pinned Baraka and they’re off to the finals.

Josh Mathews came down to ring and called Borash to join him. He says has made a lot of mistakes since he’s been here. He apologized to Mike Tenay for taking his job, he’s unblocked the legendary Dave Penzer from Twitter, and even made up with Shark Boy. He said as the vice president, he wants to apologize to JB and offered him a handshake. Joseph Park came out and advised Borash not to do it. Josh got upset and said he would not apologize. JB wants to know who Josh’s partner is. Matthews say his partner will be revealed at the right time. Park says they don’t have to wait til Slammiversary. Josh said to bring a referee down and he would fight Joseph now. As the match was about to begin, “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner’s music hit! He chased Park outside, brought him back to the ring and laid him out. Mathews announced Steiner would be his partner at Slammiversary.

3. Eddie Edwards and Alisha Edwards beat Davey Richards and Angelina Love in a mixed tag match. Josh was calling the matches with Pope after JB was chased to the back. Alisha rolled up Angelina to win but she was attacked after the match as Angelina put her through a table while Davey held Edwards back and told him this is all his fault.

4. EC3 defeated Magnus and James Storm in a three-way to become No. 1 contender to the Impact Wrestling Championship. Magnus and Carter worked together against Storm for a lot of the match before Carter hit Magnus by accident with a Singapore cane and Magnus returned the favor. Everything was used: canes, chairs, trash can lids. The end came when Storm hit The Last Call on Magnus. As Storm was about to turn around to make the cover, EC3 got a jumping knee to the back of Storm to knock him outside and stole the win. So it’ll be EC3 and Lashley at Slammiversary for the Impact Heavyweight Title. Good effort from everyone.

Xplosion match: Marshae Rockett beat Mahabali Shera. Apparently, this is was also a no DQ match, which is rare for an Xpolsion match. Rockett hit Shera multiple times with a chair. KM came out to give Shera his front first pump handle slam allowing Marshae to get the upset win.

5. Moose defeated Eli Drake (w/Chris Adonis) to retain the Grand Championship. Bruce Prichard (Tyrus was still with him), Scott D’Amore, and Dutch Mantel were the judges and they were all at a table near the ramp for a different setup. Midway through the 1st round, Drake clipped Moose’s knee and works on it until the end of the round. Eli was awarded round 1. Drake continued to work on the knee for most of round 2. Moose came back and was awarded round 2. I don’t agree with that. Moose hit a Sky High from the second turnbuckle early in round 3 for a very close near fall. Lots of back and forth action with Adonis grabbing Moose’s leg outside when referee Stifler had his back turned. It went to the judges and they declared Moose the winner of round 3 and he retained. Eli and Chris throw a fit at the judges. The crowd chanted “Happy Birthday” to Moose after the match.

6. Allie (w/Braxton Sutter) beat Amber Devine. Allie won a short match. There’s been a lot of short women’s matches at these tapings. I hope this isn’t a trend.

The Orange Blossom Quartet was introduced. I don’t know who they are or why they’re here. EC3’s music played and he declared tonight a night of celebration. The Quartet plays a not good version of his theme.EC3 said he’s on the precipice of reclaiming his world title because: he cued the Quartet and they played a lame “Because he’s the #1 contender” in “The he’s a jolly good fellow” tune. Yikes. The band played another horrible song before Alberto El Patron’s music played. Karen and Bruce came out and made Alberto vs EC3 for the GFW Title in cage match of and the winner will face Lashley at Slammiversary for the Impact Heavyweight Championship.

7. Santana and Ortiz (w/Diamente, Konnan, Homicide) beat “VOW” Mayweather and Wilcox in GFW Tag Title Tournament finals. While Mayweather was outside, Konnan hit him with a pipe to the back of his leg. As Dave Hebner was trying to keep the rest of LAX away from Mayweather, Ortiz grabbed one of the GFW belts and hit Wilcox in the back. Santana and Ortiz performed their top rope blockbuster into a power bomb finisher to become the new GFW tag team champions.

8. Low Ki defeated Sonjay Dutt and Andrew Everett in a three-way to retain the X Division Title. Late in the match, Everett goes for a Shooting Star Press on Low Ki, he got his knees up, dropkicked him in the corner, and got the Warrior’s Way to retain. Another solid, long X division match.

Before the main event Swoggle was shown and Spud attacked him from the crowd and beat with a hammer he grabbed from underneath the ring. I don’t get this at all.

9. Alberto El Patron defeated EC3 in a six sides of steel cage match to retain the GFW Title. The win could come by pinfall, submission, or escaping the cage. El Patron went for the cross-arm breaker twice, but EC3 escaped. Ethan countered a cutter, a TKO, a sit-out powerbommb, and it still not enough. Both men fought at the top of the cage and EC3 was caught upside down in a tree of woe; El Patron did a double stomp from the top of the cage, dragged Ethan to the middle of the ring, and hit a top rope splash for the win. A bit of a surprise finish to me. So it’s El Patron vs Lashley in the main event of Slammiversary. Excellent match! Alberto celebrated in the crowd afterward.

4/23 WWE in Hammond results: Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt vs. A.J. Styles for the WWE Championship, Erick Rowan vs. Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin for the Intercontinental Championship

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WWE Live Event
Hammond, Indiana
Results courtesy of PWTorch.com

1. Naomi defeated Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Becky Lynch, Natalya, and Carmella to retain WWE Smackdown Women’s Title. Naomi pinned Carmella

2. Mojo Rawley defeated Dolph Ziggler.

3. American Alpha defeated Heath Slater & Rhyno, and Tyler Breeze & Fandango in a Triple Threat.

4. Dean Ambrose defeated Baron Corbin to retain Intercontinental Championship.

5. Kalisto and Apollo Crews defeated The Ascension.

6. Luke Harper defeated Erick Rowan.

7. Randy Orton defeated Bray Wyatt and A.J. Styles to retain WWE Championship. Orton pinned Wyatt.

Tajiri announces his WWE departure

Yoshihiro Tajiri announced his departure from WWE. In a post on his Twitter page, Tajiri attributed his departure to a knee injury and noted that is moving back to Japan.

Powell’s POV: Tajiri said he even tried coaching in NXT, but the injury was enough of an issue at age 46 that he opted to move on. WWE has yet to acknowledge his departure on their website as of this update.

4/24 WWE Network Schedule: Live stream programming lineup

The following is the schedule for the WWE Network’s live stream for April 24, 2017. All times listed below are ET.

9:00 AM: WWE Payback 2016

12:00 PM: WWE Payback 2016

3:00 PM: WWE Countdown (Mysterious Wrestlers)

4:00 PM: Authentic Untold Story of ECW

5:00 PM: WWE Countdown (Chris Jericho)

6:00 PM: Total Bellas (November 9, 2016)

7:00 PM: Swerved

7:30 PM: This Week In WWE

8:00 PM: WWE Countdown (Mysterious Wrestlers)

9:00 PM: Authentic Untold Story of ECW

10:00 PM: WWE Countdown (Chris Jericho)

11:06 PM: Table For 3 (New – AJ Styles, Kevin Nash, Shaw Michaels)

11:36 PM: Swerved

12:06 AM: Authentic Untold Story of ECW

1:06 AM: WWE Countdown (Chris Jericho)

2:06 AM: Table For 3 (AJ Styles, Kevin Nash, Shaw Michaels)

2:36 AM: Swerved

3:06 AM: Authentic Untold Story of ECW

4:06 AM: Total Bellas (November 9, 2016)

5:06 AM: Table For 3 (Blayze, Ivory, Molly)

5:36 AM: Table For 3 (Styles, Nash, Michaels)

6:00 AM: Authentic Untold Story of ECW

7:00 AM: Monday Night War (Chris Jericho)

8:00 AM: Table For 3 (Styles, Nash, Michaels)

8:30 AM: Swerved

9:00 AM: Authentic Untold Story of ECW

10:00 AM: Monday Night War (Chris Jericho)

Evolve 83 results: Matt Riddle vs. Drew Galloway in an I Quit match for the WWN Championship, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Lio Rush for the Evolve Championship, Kyle O’Reilly vs. Fred Yehi

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Evolve 83
Brooklyn, New York at Saint Finbar Catholic Church Gym
Report by Dot Net reader Shin-Blade (FB: @officialshinblade Twitter: @shinsationalone)

1- “All Ego” Ethan Page beat Austin Theory.

2. “Hot Sauce Tracy Williams beat “Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson.

3. JAKA over ACH.

4. “Limitless” Keith Lee defeated “The Product” David Starr.

5. Kyle O’Reilly beat Fred Yehi. Match Of The Night.

6. Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Lio Rush to retain the Evolve Championship

7. Matthew Riddle defeated Drew Galloway in an I Quit Match for the WWN Championship. This was Galloway’s final match with Evolve.

WWE Raw in Kansas City (correspondents needed), WWE Smackdown in Peoria (correspondents needed), Dot Net Audio, John Cena, Lou Thesz, Tony Atlas, Terry Gordy, Yuji Nagata, Chuck Taylor

By Jason Powell

-WWE Raw will be held tonight in Kansas City, Missouri at Sprint Center Arena with the final show before Sunday’s WWE Payback event. The first match announced is Braun Strowman vs. Kalisto in a dumpster match. Roman Reigns is advertised on the WWE live events page after missing the weekend house shows following the death of his brother Rosey. Join me for live Raw as the show airs on USA Network at 7:00 p.m. CT.

-The WWE Smackdown crew is in Peoria, Illinois at Peoria Civic Center with the following advertised talent: Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, American Alpha, The Usos, Naomi, and Charlotte Flair.

-Dot Net Members will be listening to my Q&A audio show this afternoon (submit questions in our members’ forum) and my Raw audio review later tonight. Join us on the ad-free version of the Prowrestling.net website and special section of our free iPhone and Android apps by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members’ Signup Page.

-We are looking for correspondents for tonight’s WWE Raw in Kansas City, tonight’s live event in Peoria, and Tuesday’s Smackdown in Des Moines, Iowa. If you are going to Raw, Smackdown, or an upcoming live event and want to help us out with reports or live updates, contact me at dotnetjason@gmail.com

-The advertised dark match for tonight’s WWE Raw is Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman.

Birthdays and Notables

-The late, great Lou Thesz was born on April 24, 1916. He died on April 28, 2002 at age 86 due to complications from a triple bypass.

-Yuji Nagata is 49 today.

-Tony Atlas turned 63 on Sunday.

-John Cena turned 40 on Sunday.

-The late Terry Gordy was born on April 23, 1961. He died on July 16, 2001 at age 40 due to a heart attack.

-Rycklon Stephens, who worked as Big Ryck in Lucha Underground and Ezekiel Jackson in WWE, turned 39 on Saturday.

-Chuck Taylor (Dustin Howard) turned 31 on Saturday.

WWE announces a dumpster match for Raw

WWE has announced that Braun Strowman will face Kalisto in a dumpster match on Monday’s Raw. Read the official announcement at WWE.com

Powell’s POV: The dumpster match was used at WrestleMania 14 for the New Age Outlaws vs. Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie (Terry Funk) match. The goal of the match was to put your opponents inside the dumpster and close the lid.

4/22 Impact Wrestling TV Taping spoilers: Full report on matches taped for Impact Wrestling (spoilers)

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Impact Wrestling TV Taping
Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios
Report by Dot Net reader MrEddyG

Jeremy Borash is still suspended indefinitely, so Josh Mathews and D’Angelo Dinero were still announcing with Dave Penzer back again for the in-ring introductions. These will air on May 12th.

1. Andrew Everett beat Caleb Konoley, Dezmond Xavier, and Matt Sydal in a four-way. Everett pinned Dezmond with the Frankenrana.

2. Alisha Edwards (w/Eddie Edwards) beat Angelina Love (w/Davey Richards) by DQ. Eddie used crutches from “last week’s” attack. While the ref was distracted by Davey outside, Angelina gets brass knuckles and hit Alicia in the back, but she was caught and disqualified. Eddie came in to check on his wife, but was slapped by Angelina. Davey hit Edwards with a crutch to his bad leg. Referees and other officials came out to finally break things up. During the break,

Borash confirmed Impact will be taping from Mumbai, India in May and the next tapings in Orlando would begin with Slammivesary on July 2nd.

A tournament match for the vacant GFW championships. Really? Why? Anyways…

3. Impact Tag Team Champions LAX (w/Diamanté, Konann, Homicide) beat Garza Jr and Laredo Kid. Crazy action with Diamante getting a top rope rana on Garza behind the ref’s back leading to LAX hitting their blockbuster into a powerbomb finish. Hopefully this will lead to some “unification” of both titles.

4. Alberto El Patron beat Magnus to win the GFW Title. A long match with lots of near falls. Alberto got Magnus to tap to the cross-arm breaker to become the new GFW champion.

5. Mahabali Shera and Braxton Sutter (w/Allie) beat KM and Kongo Kong (w/Sienna, Laurel Van Ness). Kong ended up walking out on KM and carried Laurel with him. Shera pins KM with the Sky High. The main event will be an Ultimate X match with Low Ki defending against Andrew Everett and Trevor Lee.

Xplosion Match: Dezmond Xavier beat Suicide. Xavier won with a corkscrew Swanton Bomb.

6. Kongo Kong )w/Laurel Van Ness) beat Braxton Sutter (w/Allie). Kongo won a short match with a Driver move. KM and Sienna came out after to attack before Shera came out for the save. Sutter challenged Kongo and KM to a tag match next week. I think that was the match that was taped earlier.

Officials come to ring with wreaths and black covers for the ring posts. LAX were all out to somber music. Konnan says this will be symbolic of all of the teams in the GFW tournament. He pie faced a man with an American flag, who had to be a plant. VOW come down and clear LAX from the ring.

Magnus appeared to join the announce team. Up next was EC3 vs. James Storm. Storm tried to use a belt, but Magnus took it from him and got in Storm’s face. Dave, Earl, and Bruce Prichard run out to send Magnus to the back. Ethan went out to get the belt and referee Brian Stiffler tried to take it away and was shoved down. Ethan took the belt, then took Stiffler’s shirt off and started to beat Brian with it. Magnus came back to attack Storm and got in EC3’s face. Bruce ame down and told them to knock it off and now there’s no main event for Slammiversary. Next week, it’ll be a three-way with Storm, EC3, and Magnus. Prichard said he told EC3 a few weeks ago to look into the mirror and find himself, now he says EC3 should go to the back and find his balls. EC3 attacked Prichard before Al Snow and other officials pull him off.

Borash announced he’s been reinstated and he’s hired an attorney: Joseph Park. Park proposed a tag team with him and JB vs. Josh and a partner of his choosing. Josh left and JB will call the main event.

7. Low Ki beat Andrew Everett and Trevor Lee (w/Gregory Shane Helms) in a three-way Ultimate X match to retain the X Division Championship. Low Ki may have hurt his right hand at one point after punching a chair into Lee’s face. Helms went to the top and performed a fantastic looking swinging neck breaker on Everett..The finish came with Low Ki climbing up to the top of the structure while Lee and Everett were scaling the ropes. Low Ki climbed to the middle and kicked Trevor and Adam off grabbed the hanging X Division Title belt.

4/23 WWE Network Schedule: Live stream programming lineup

The following is the schedule for the WWE Network’s live stream for April 23, 2017. All times listed below are ET.

10:00 AM: 205 Live replay

11:00 AM: Raw Flashback (New – April 25, 2016)

1:30 PM: Smackdown Flashback (New – April 28, 2016)

3:00 PM: WWE Payback 2016

6:00 PM: Stone Cold Podcast (Mick Foley)

7:00 PM: This Week In WWE

7:30 PM: Swerved

8:00 PM: WWE Payback 2016

11:00 PM: WWE Payback 2016

2:00 AM: WWE Ride Along (Swann, TJP, Gallagher, Kendrick)

2:30 AM: Swerved

3:00 AM: NXT TV replay

4:00 AM: Legends With JBL (Michael Hayes)

5:00 AM: Total Divas (April 5, 2016)

6:00 AM: WWE Payback 2016

9:00 AM: WWE Payback 2016

Evolve 82 results: Kyle O’Reilly vs. Keith Lee, Drew Galloway and Zack Sabre Jr. brawl, ACH vs. Austin Theory, Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher for the WWN Championship

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Evolve 82
Queens, New York at La Boom
Report by Dot Net reader Shin-Blade (FB: @officialshinblade Twitter: @shinsationalone)

Ring Announcer: Joanna Rose

1. Matthew Riddle defeated Timothy Thatcher via submission to retain the WWN Championship.

2. ACH beat Austin Theory.

3. Drew Galloway and Evolve Champion Zack Sabre Jr brawled after Galloway knocked out the referee. Ethan Page and The Gatekeepers attacked Sabre Jr. Keith Lee then made the save.

4. Kyle O’Reilly defeated “Limitless” Keith Lee. Match Of The Night.

5. “Dirty” Chris Dickinson and JAKA beat “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams and Fred Yehi to retain the Evolve Tag Team Championship.

6. “All Ego” Ethan Page defeated Darby Allin in a Last Man Standing match.

4/22 Impact Wrestling Taping spoilers: Full report on matches taped for Turning Point and Xplosion (spoilers)

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Impact Wrestling Taping
Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios
Report by Dot Net reader MrEddyG

Xplosion Taping

1. Mahabali Shera beat Marshe Rockett by DQ. Dave Penzer did ring introductions again. Rockett kept trying to hide behind referee Brian Stifler for some reason. At one point, he pushed Stiffler into an oncoming Shera, who he barely managed to avoid. Brian finally had enough and DQ’d Rockett.

1. Dezmond Xavier beat. Idris Abraham. Xavier won a good X Division match.

2. KM (w/Sienna) beat Joe Coleman. KM won with a pump handle slam where he drives the man stomach first. Unique finisher.

Turning Point Taping

This event will air in May.

Josh Mathews and D’Angelo Dinero called the action.

1. “VOW” Wilcox and Mayweather beat Fallah Bah and Mario Bokara. Wilcox and Bah traded shoulder blocks with Wilcox knocking finally getting Bah out after numerous attempts by both in an impressive big men collision. Bah has a lot of charisma and I think he’ll have an eventual good face run. VOW won with a modified 3D. Good match.

2. Laurel Van Ness (w/Kongo Kong) beat Ava Storie. Van Ness won with a very safe Curb Stomp to the back. Van Ness continued to attack Storie afterweard before Allie came out to attack Laurel. Alli and Ava headed to the back. Kongo carried Laurel to the back afterward.

3. Mahabali Shera beat Marshe “All Day” Rockett. Shera wins a short match with The Sky High. The guy needs to learn a suplex, drop kick, back breaker… anything else. His offense is mostly punches and clotheslines.

4. Matt Morgan defeated KM (w/Sienna). Morgan got the surprising upset win with The Carbon Footprint. Solid match.

5. “The Lone Wolf” Davey Richards (w/Angelina Love) beat Suicide. Davey won another good long match with the Shining Wizard.

6. Knockouts Champion Rosemary beat GFW Women’s Champion Sienna (w/KM). Rosemary won with the Black Wedding.

7. Eli Drake beat Eddie Edwards (w/Alisha Edwards). Edwards won an ok match.

8. Lashley defeated Moose to retain the Impact Wrestling Championship. Great back and forth match with a REF BUMP – shocking. Moose missed the Game Changer,l and Lashley nailed a spear to retain the title.

Mauro Ranallo comments on the end of his WWE run, says his departure had nothing to do with JBL

Mauro Ranallo’s run with WWE has come to an end. Ranallo told Newsweek.com that his exit had nothing to do with broadcast team member JBL (John Layfield). “WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways,” Ranallo said in a statement. “It has nothing to do with JBL.”

JBL also issued a statement to Newsday. “Admittedly, I took part in locker room pranks that existed within the industry years ago,” Layfield said. “WWE addressed my behavior and I responded accordingly, yet my past is being brought up because of recent unfounded rumors. I apologize if anything I said playing ‘the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.” Read the full story at Newsweek.com.

Powell’s POV: Ranallo will remain under contract with WWE through August 12, but there are no plans to bring him back to television. The announcement feels highly orchestrated. I have stated repeatedly that it is important to get the full story on this particular matter before passing judgement on JBL rather than assuming guilt based on his track record. However, these statements don’t tell the full story either. For what it’s worth, Newsweek piece also includes a quote from WWE indicating that the company investigated the matter despite no formal complaint being filed.

Eric Bischoff on returning to WWE to induct Dallas Page into the WWE Hall of Fame, WCW’s legacy, the rise of women’s wrestling

Main Event Radio with Eric Bischoff
Host: Ryan Rider
Interview conducted for MainEventRadio.com

Returning to WWE for the Hall of Fame Ceremony: It was a lot of fun. You get to meet so many people who are behind the camera. They have such a hard-working loyal, professional and dedicated staff. I was probably just as excited to see people who work behind the scenes as those in front of the camera. The woman who handles travel who has been there for 31 years. The production team, they all know who they are and they’re a great staff of people.

On inducting Dallas Page into the WWE Hall of Fame: It was a blast. It was an emotional moment. I knew how much it would mean to him. Thus it meant a lot to me to be able to do it. I felt bad in a way. I was kind of conflicted because in Page’s heart he wished and still does wish that Dusty Rhodes would’ve been able to do that. I felt like such a distant insignificant 2nd choice as a result. I also know that Page has a lot of respect for me and I do for him. I wish Dusty could’ve done it. Dusty was a mentor to Dallas in more ways than just getting in the ring. He had an influence on his entire life.

On WCW’s enduring legacy: People are finally figuring it out that at the end of the day that WCW created some of the best talent in the history of the world. It was a great run. WCW had its moment and that’s what it was; it was a moment. And we created some great stories and changed the industry to a large degree. The fact that we are watching a live Monday Night Raw every week is due to Nitro. The fact that we are watching 205 Live and the cruiserweight division is because of what we did. There are so many things that we changed in the industry that we still enjoy today. Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page, myself, and even Bill Goldberg for crying out loud main eventing WrestleMania. That is WCW’s legacy. We are still here today. The nWo is still selling merchandise 20 years later. That’s our legacy.

On the women’s wrestling revolution: I was sitting in the front row during Beth [Phoenix]’s speech. I had never met her before and she made me cry 3 times. She was so emotional and she was speaking from her heart. She really crystallized for me the growth we are seeing now in women’s wrestling. To see her talk about what it means for her as a girl, as a woman to be able to aspire to reach the level that she did in WWE and to know that same emotion and desire exists in young girls all over the world. It’s possible, yes you can do it, and when you do you can now achieve that level of success.

Mike Bennett and Maria on leaving Impact Wrestling, how they met

Main Event Radio with Mike Bennett and Maria
Host: Ryan Rider
Interview conducted for MainEventRadio.com

On how they met:

Maria: It was actually at an independent wrestling show, Northeast Wrestling. I saw him across the room and he was wearing a Ring of Honor hat. I loved ROH at the time. So I went over to him, and this was my pick up line, ‘hey so you work at Ring of Honor?’ I wasn’t actually trying to pick him up but I thought he was really cute.

Mike: She could’ve been like hey, nice face. And I’d be like yeah.

Maria: So we met there and ended up communicating through Twitter and that was our correspondence for a while.

Mike: I direct messaged her, I slid into her DM’s. It was love at first sight for me.

Maria: Hey! That’s gross. That’s filthy. It was love at first sight for him, for me it was something. Might have taken a little bit. We were both dating other people so it couldn’t be more than that. I knew after our first date, we went to Cheesecake Factory, then I knew for sure. [Editor’s note: We last interviewed Maria as she was getting photographed by Playboy in March 2008] Wanna know something funny? That wasn’t a few years ago…that was nine years ago!! I’m very very ancient now. I love it on Instagram when people say I’m so old. Yeah, I’m 35 and I’m proud of all those years.

Mike: I think she gets better with age. She’s like a fine wine.

Maria: It’s crazy. You know I haven’t been in the WWE for seven years. A lot has changed since then. I’m a married woman now. I’ve worked for every organization known to man. Ring of Honor, New Japan, TNA, worked for them all. It’s been a good run. I took a break for one year after leaving WWE and I really thought I was done. Then I met this guy and he made it okay for me again. I was nervous; I’ve never been the greatest wrestler. I’ve always wanted to manage. And I am a real manager…I manage his bookings, rental cars, etc.

Leaving Impact:

Maria: It was wonderful there. We had a great time. We worked with the best talent in the world. They were fantastic and we really enjoyed ourselves. It was just time to go. We’re excited to see where the road leads us next. Maybe the moon. Maybe I’ll go back and be at manager at Jimmy John’s.

Mike: It was time for a change. Leaving all the talent was the hardest part. We’ll go somewhere; if not we’ll be living on the street in a box.

4/22 WWE Network Schedule: Live stream programming lineup

The following is the schedule for the WWE Network’s live stream for April 22, 2017. All times listed below are ET.

10:00 AM: Authentic Untold Story of ECW

11:00 AM: Stone Cold Podcast (Mick Foley)

12:00 PM: WWE Beyond The Ring (The Dudleys)

1:00 PM: Authentic Untold Story of ECW

2:00 PM: Kurt Angle: Oh, It’s True, It’s True

2:30 PM: Table For 3 (Nash, Hall, Waltman)

3:00 PM: This Week In WWE (New)

3:30 PM: WWE Ride Along (Swann, TJP, Gallagher, Kendrick)

4:00 PM: WWE Beyond The Ring (The Dudleys)

5:00 PM: Kurt Angle: Oh, It’s True, It’s True

5:30 PM: WWE Ride Along (Swann, TJP, Gallagher, Kendrick)

6:00 PM: Kurt Angle: Oh, It’s True, It’s True

7:00 PM: WrestleMania 33

12:30 AM: Kurt Angle: Oh, It’s True, It’s True

1:00 AM: NXT TV replay

2:00 AM: This Week In WWE

2:30 AM: Table For 3 (Nash, Hall, Waltman)

3:00 AM: 205 Live replay

4:00 AM: NXT TV replay

5:00 AM: Total Bellas (November 9, 2016)

6:00 AM: This Week In WWE

6:30 AM: Table For 3 (Nash, Hall, Waltman)

7:00 AM: 205 Live replay

8:00 AM: NXT TV replay

9:00 AM: This Week In WWE

9:30 AM: Table For 3 (Nash, Hall, Waltman)

10:00 AM: 205 Live replay

Impact Wrestling viewership for the “live” show

Thursday’s TNA Impact Wrestling television drew 320,000 total viewers on Pop TV, according to Showbuzzdaily.com. The number was up from the 302,000 viewers the show accumulated last week.

Powell’s POV: This is the second most viewed edition of Impact Wrestling since the Jeff Jarrett and Dutch Mantell creative regime took over. The previous high was week two of their run when the March 16 edition delivered 344,000 viewers.

Moore’s Impact Wrestling Hit List: Lashley vs. James Storm for the Impact Wrestling Championship, Low Ki returns, Karen Jarrett’s announcements, Rosemary vs. ODB, six-way X Division Championship match

By John Moore

Impact Wrestling Hits

Lashley vs. James Storm: I’ll get the bad part out of the way. We got another ref bump. TNA is never truly is dead these days, I guess. That said, this was picking up right where they left off in the Lashley vs. Storm feud over the King of the Mountain Championship last year, which was really solid due to Lashley and Storm being two of the best promos in Impact Wrestling. Storm also carries his end of the ring work when he’s motivated and he looked motivated without giving too much away if they want to come back to this. This match was built up well in the little time they had to for that with some good promo clips and sit-down interviews earlier on in the show. We also got the long awaited EC3 heel turn, which didn’t come off as huge, but can be a huge thing down the road since EC3 is a much better heel than he is babyface.

Kongo Kong vs. Chris Silvio: While I’m not sold 100 percent on the ’80s savage heel character and not completely sold on the Laurel Van Ness faction; I did like how this was a simple and effective squash match for a monster heel. Kongo Kong moves pretty well for a guy his size.

LAX vs. vs. Jake Holmes and Joe Coleman: While LAX is a returning team from the past TNA, these dominating squash tune-up matches are good to let the viewers know about the new members, Santana and Ortiz. It also helped that Konnan was able to give a quick rundown of his crew after the match.

Rosemary vs. ODB: While this was a bit rushed in that we never really got a program between the two, the match was surprisingly good, mostly due to the aggression that Rosemary shows. ODB’s matches can be a bit formula because she works a comedy style but it managed to mesh well with Rosemary’s in ring moveset here without going too much into comedy mode. It’s also so far so good with trying to make Rosemary dominant as the “most dominant knockout in history”. The only problem with this booking that I can foresee is that they might fall into the same folly that they did with Gail Kim where it’s scorched earth as far as opponents are concerned up to the point where Rosemary will have no more opponents who can take her down.

Impact Wrestling Misses

X-Division Six Way Title Match: The lone positive from this match was putting the X Division guys in the main event slot. The positives end there because just like what they did with Josh Mathews in the second act of the show, they are back to performing retroactive continuity on what were solidly built programs. Matt Hardy and Shane Helms joked on Total NonStop Deletion that they buried [in the ground] young promising talent (Lee and Everett) just like “The Man With Three H’s” would. With the Impact landscape currently, you can make the same joke with “The Man With Two J’s”. I honestly thought Impact was on the verge of creating a new future star in Andrew Everett because it seemed his white-meat high-flying babyface character was really connecting with the audience. Another Miss comes in this being a poor debut of Dezmond Xavier, who I hear great things about. He got to shine at times in the multi-man spotfest and reminded me of Ricochet/Prince Puma a bit. Everett also got a good spot in there with his rapid frankendriver sequence, but that’s just it, it was only a spot in what was again a very homogenous spotfest again. It even included multiple cute choreographed high spot sequences where it looked like the wrestlers were helping each other more than trying to hurt each other.

Low Ki: To get this out of the way first, I’m a huge supporter of Low Ki in that I feel like he’s one of the most underutilized talents in professional wrestling with every promotion he works with. Sadly, I felt like he would do well with any promotion except TNA because they literally did everything they could with him and he’s already been defined down as a standard X-Division guy. He started off as Low Ki, he was a part of the S.E.X faction (yes, there was actually a faction called that in bad-TNA folks), he became “Senshi”, and he became a brute in MVP’s Beat Down Clan. All of those runs included forgettable X Division Championship reigns. I was excited to see him back at first, but then he came out looking like he was late to the DCC party. Then I figured out with the red tie, suit, black gloves, and barcode that he was dressed up as Agent 47 from the Hitman video game. When I think Low Ki, I don’t think Agent 47 because that would fit more of a Cesaro, or even Magnus if only he were bald. The worst part is that they threw away one of their two good feuds in 2017 (the other being Edwards vs. Richards) in favor of putting over the old X Division champion over the rising stars Andrew Everett and Trevor Lee. I’ll keep a bit of an open mind that they’ll put some effort into trying to make Low Ki and the X-Division watchable, but Ki coming out as an Agent 47 cosplayer didn’t leave a good first impression. It made me think of Okada as Kato or Samoa Joe as the Green Hornet.

Josh Mathews: So not only do they kill off the payoff to the Everett vs. Lee feud, but they also killed the payoff to their top program at the last set of tapings. That Team Mathews vs. Team JB with all of the main eventers in it was all for nothing. I keep referencing Josh Mathews’ PWTorch interview from a few years back where he mentioned how he was a huge proponent of the heel Michael Cole character and it seems like he’s just trying to relive that time period as more of a personal passion project. I’m sorry, but this is not good heat, whereas Cole as a manager at least produced good heat and funny moments. This is channel-changing heat and they can honestly lose viewers who don’t want to hear what sounds like two children bickering with Elijah Burke as the only sane man at the table. This also really is a slap in the face to the fans who invested in this story, just like they did with Everett and Lee by just ending a story out of nowhere. We were having an awesome commentary night with Dinero and Borash up to the point where Mathews came out, and stayed out.

Magnus: Magnus’s return so far has been very underwhelming and the promo he cut with McKenzie Mitchell reminded me of the bad World Champion Magnus as opposed to the really entertaining Magnus we got when he wasn’t world champion. The phantom-promotion known as Global Force Wrestling doesn’t give him any credibility either.

Karen Jarrett’s Segment: The Impact Zone continues to be bizarro land in this case when they give Karen even the little bit of encouragement for what seems to be nothing. Her “big announcement” of Global Force Wrestling and Impact being one company now didn’t mean anything. Plus, to Impact viewers, I wonder if a handful of them remember how much Global Force looked like scrubs when they ran the invasion angle that included allusions of trying to bring TNA back to the “good ol’ days”. Her announcement of putting the X Division in the main event spot was good, but then they cluttered things up by booking the six-way. I keep going back to what they did with Everett and Lee, but it seemed like Everett and Shane Helms were making honest cases as to why this time should have been utilized to book a good one on one match. Then Bruce Prichard waddled out there to add to the contrived authority figure picture of Impact in 2017. Can we just have Prichard take lessons to what William Regal is doing on NXT, and just have the authority figure have roughly 30 seconds of talking time at most to get to the point?

Overall Show: This show wasn’t terrible, it was just disappointing. It was a bit sad to see some of the things that worked in the last set of tapings just wiped away. It’s also disappointing that they keep talking about making Impact great [again]. Well, Impact was great in 2016 even before the Final Deletion stuff. They had the Matt Hardy and EC3 double turn that was well done and some solid promo segments came from it along with good matches. We also had the rise of Lashley and Decay. Drew Galloway was a solid flag bearer for the company. This year, Impact decided to be “nostalgic” what’s sad is a lot of TNA’s nostalgia is bad nostalgia, especially the ref bump and authority figure nonsense.

04/21 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily – Pretentious Wrestling Podcast: First post-Shakeup WWE Raw and Smackdown shows plus way too early WrestleMania 34 predictions!

Dot Net’s self-proclaimed senior staffers Will Pruett and Jake Barnett discuss how the first post-Shakeup Raw and Smackdown episodes went including Jinder Mahal, Alexa Bliss, Charlotte Flair, and Braun Strowman. Then, they give their way too early WrestleMania 34 main event predictions (31:04)…

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Crazzy Steve of Decay says farewell to Impact Wrestling

Crazzy Steve (Steven Scott) said farewell to Impact Wrestling via Twitter after Thursday’s television taping. He later added his booking info for independent events and autograph signings. Follow him online at Twitter.com/steveofcrazzy.

Powell’s POV: Well, this explains why Decay was used to elevate other acts at the last batch of Impact Wrestling television tapings. It’s a shame to see Steve go, as he, Abyss, and Rosemary evolved into a very good act. Steve will appear on next week’s Impact Wrestling television show in a street fight featuring Decay vs. LAX for the Impact Wrestling Tag Titles.

Moose brings in NFL player help on Impact Wrestling (spoilers)

Moose teased during Thursday’s Impact Wrestling television show that he would be bringing in some friends for a Grand Championship match. Although he was interrupted before he could elaborate, the match was taped for next week’s show after Impact went off the air. TMZ reports that NFL players Gary Barnidge and DeAngelo Williams joined Moose, and Barnidge got involved physically by bodyslamming Davey Richards. You can view footage at TMZ.com.

Powell’s POV: Williams is a free agent running back who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season. He recently appeared on the “Talking Dead” show and discussed his “The Walking Dead” themed wedding. Barnidge is the starting tight end for the Cleveland Browns. This is not Barnidge’s first involvement in pro wrestling, as he previously appeared on two episodes of WWE’s Total Divas reality show. I labeled it a spoiler in the headline, but I suspect that Impact Wrestling will be pushing this heavily as a hook for next week’s television show.

WWE Smackdown Live rating: Final numbers for the April 18 edition

Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown Live scored a 1.72 rating, down from the 2.14 rating the show drew last week. As previously noted, the show averaged 2.554 million viewers, down from last week’s 3.105 million viewers.

Powell’s POV: Smackdown was opposed by an NBA playoff game that drew 3.368 million viewers for TNT and likely contributed to the decline. The April 21, 2016 edition of Smackdown delivered a 1.71 rating with 2.431 million viewers.

WWE Raw rating for the April 17 edition

Monday’s WWE Raw scored a 2.26 rating, down from the 2.35 rating the show drew last week. Raw averaged 3.346 million viewers, down from the 3.429 million average from last week.

Powell’s POV: Raw maintained most of its audience from the Superstar Shakeup edition, which is encouraging. The April 18, 2016 edition of Raw delivered a 2.32 rating with 3.335 million viewers.