Hey what’s up everybody! Welcome to the WrestleToys Wrestling News August 8 2015 edition – with links to wrestling action figures!
- Fresh off the presses, looks like Canada isn’t as safe it is perceived to be. Romain Reigns, while competing against Bray Wyatt at a live even in British Columbia, was struck on the head by a projectile thrown into the ring by a fan. Not just any projectile though, a freaking Money in the Bank Briefcase replica! Fan reports are saying that Roman was noticeably shaken after the ordeal, but did finish the match. That Briefcase did not make Roman look strong.
- Tommy Dreamer posted the following on his Facebook page, effectively ending his relationship with the Choke Slam.
There comes a time in every persons life they say ugh I’m getting old. We can fight it as much as possible but it happens. It is harder to come to terms with many athletes that they are losing a step. Ironically I watched a story about Earl Campbell the iconic running back for the Houston Oilers whose punishing style made him famous. He has a myriad of back issues walks w/a walker from when the documentary was made. He said after he got traded, he had the toughest call to make & he called his wife & said I’m losing a step. It’s time to retire. Well on Sunday in Houston Texas. I took my last ever chokeslam. This move was invented by Paul Heyman. He visualized it & gave it to a wrestler named 911. Well I took my share of them from him as well as from Brian Lee which made me famous for being crazy & extreme. I actually enjoyed taking them. I’ve taken them on chairs, concrete, a cinderblock, outside on someone’s lawn. Into a trash can, into a dumpster, from the top of the ECW Arena, the top of steel cages, you name it i’ve taken them. Well I took this one on Sunday & I felt something weird. PAIN. & heard crunch. Wasn’t Lance Hoyts fault he placed me perfect. Im just 44 & after a 20min hardcore match my chokeslam bump card has expired. Going into my own companies largest show im hurt. Im pissed at myself because when im performing in ring im still 25 years old, but my body reminded me im 44 w/a broken neck & back. So thank you Chokeslam we had a great relationship. Ive taken them from 911,Brian Lee, The Undertaker, Kane, Test, Big Show and a few I probably forgot. I will heal, I will fight thru the pain but knowing my wrestling career is on the tail end of ending is the hardest part. No regrets, I got a few good matches left in me. Thanks for reading.
- Stone Cold Steve Austin had this to say regarding the comments Dana White made when he called wrestling “fake” after being asked about it competing with UFC.
“I know Dana [White] is from the world of boxing and MMA, but I know he respects the world of professional wrestling. I thought that was his way of saying, ‘It’s a work’ because there’s a difference. Is it fake? It’s predetermined. It’s a work! So I don’t think [White] meant any disrespect to the business because I’ll say this, Daniel [Cormier]: I’ll take you, I’ll take Jon Jones, I’ll take the heavyweight champion of the world, I’ll take the bantamweight champion of the world, I’ll take any of you guys who want to go on the road for two years and be on the road for 250 days and go through that grind and you’ll never say ‘fake’, but what you will say, ‘It’s tough as hell!’ Fake, Dana? Not so much. A work? Yes, and I’m not saying that to put Dana on blast because I love him, I love the UFC, and he has always treated me well and always got me tickets when I got to see you fight in [Las] Vegas, so he’s always taken care of me but I think he does respect the business, and, hell, one of his biggest draws [Brock Lesnar] came from the world of pro wrestling.“
- Vince Russo took to his blog over at CSRWrestling.com and proclaimed that “Wrestling is Dead”:
“Professional Wrestling is officially dead. With last week’s loss of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, fans from my generation had to come to grips with the cold heart fact, that the business we grew up on is long gone . . . and will never be returning again.Unfortunately, since 2000 the wrestling business started to decline in popularity, and now it has for 15 straight years. The massive audience that was once there . . . is now only a fraction of itself. As the business moves further and further away from the entertainment aspect in favor of longer wrestling matches . . . less people seem to care. The internet exposed professional wrestling many years ago, and in 2015 we all understand what it is, with that being said, why would casual fans want to see a choreographed fight when they can see a real one over in UFC. The answer—they don’t—and that’s why they now spend their money on UFC. What they want to see is what they always wanted to see—entertainment.”
- Following the issue of Submission Sorority being a porn site name, WWE has officially changed the group’s name to PCB. This was seen on Smackdown, and has been confirmed by TMZ. WWE changed the name because they are a PG rated product and had no idea the Submission Sorority name had any ties to the adult film industry.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 7, 2015