Former WWE World Champion Alberto Del Rio, real name Jose Rodriguez Chucuan, was arrested on May 9th. This came after police responded to a report from May 4th that he had assaulted a woman, causing her multiple injuries.
Fox San Antonio reporter that he had slapped the victim across the head twice and then dragged her downstairs and forced her to put on a dress and dance for him threatening that if she cried he would take her son and drop him in the middle of the road somewhere.
The arrest report alleges that Chucuan sexually assaulted the victim and she had her injuries photographed.
Hall of Famer Jim Ross has responded to WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins, who called AEW the “minor leagues” on October 21st when asked if he would face Kenny Omega. You can see that full interaction here.
This was the latest in a long line of jabs back and forth between WWE and AEW since the companies inception. Legendary commentator Jim Ross sis not take the comments light; on the latest episode of Grilling JR he had the following to say:
” I’m pissed off about it… It doesn’t do any favours for our business… I’m not inferring that Seth thinks he’s bigger than the business. But, by what he says sometimes, you can make that assessment, rightly or wrongly. It’s not a classy thing to say for an athlete of his designation.
Rollins is in a great spot… maybe someday he’ll be as over as his girlfriend. I don’t know. I’ve always liked his work. He’s a solid guy. But saying things like that makes him look bad. I feel bad for him. I was upset at Seth because I thought his comments made him sound bad. Made him sound bush league, like he was born on third base, woke up, and thought he hit a triple. I don’t know what’s happened to some of these guys. I don’t know if it’s internal, what they’re driven to say, what they’re obligated to say. They think it’ll gain favour of their bosses. I don’t know what the answer is.”
All quotes are taken from Grilling JR on Westwood One Podcasts
WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin has been back in front of the WWE audience over the last couple of months, appearing on Raw Reunion, two weeks ago on Raw and will be appearing next Friday on Smackdown.
Speaking on his Podcast, The Steve Austin Show, the wrestling legend spoke about how he is in good shape once again.
“For the last couple of weeks, down there at the RAW reunion in Tampa, down there at the Madison Square Garden show at Monday Night RAW – people always ask me, ‘Hey man, you’re still in really good shape. You got one more match left in you?’ And I tell them, ‘Man.’ I say, ‘You know, it’s a tough thing to think about.’ Physically, would I be able to have one more match? Yes, most definitely, and I could make it to that match without being injured. Although the risks are always there, just because I think all of the surgeries, I had… where I had the spinal stenosis, and getting that bone spur taken off my spinal cord – I’m in a good place. Nerves are feeling a lot better than they use to. So, you know, in theory, could I have a match? In theory, yes.”
The chances of seeing Stone Cold back in the ring are slim to none as he’s now content with his new show ‘Straight up Steve Austin’ – but in wrestling you can never say never.
UPDATE: AEW have confirmed that the AEW World Championship has been stolen and released the following video:
The newly crowned first ever AEW World Champion Chris Jericho appears to have had his championship title stolen, according to a police report from Tallahassee Police department. Reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet, Fightful.com and the Blog of Doom
It should be noted that the report does not specify that it was the AEW Championship which had been stolen from Jericho, but speculation is that this is the case.
The police report reads:
“The victim reported the theft of his championship wrestling belt while he was eating inside Longhorn Steakhouse. The victim stated he arrived at the Millionaire Club Airport Terminal and place the belt inside his rented limousine. The limo driver shuttled the victim to Longhorn for dinner. The victim remained at Longhorn while the limo driver returned to the airport. The victim had taken the wrong luggage from the airport and the driver took it back to the terminal. When the driver picked up the victim from the restaurant, the belt was missing. Responding officers searched the limo and airport for the belt without success. On-call CID was consulted, and forensics responded to the scene.
Victim: Christopher “Jericho” Irvine, W/M, 11/9/70″
Tallahassee PD has confirmed that this case is still open
Wrestling legend Harley Race has passed away today at age 76.
Race referred to himself as “the Greatest Wrestler on God’s Green Earth” and he had every right to do so. Harley is one of only 6 men to be inducted into every major wrestling hall of fame and is considered to be one of the best pro-wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots.
During the 1970’s and 80’s Race dominated the NWA and his 7 NWA Worlds’ Title reigns stood as a record until overtaken by Ric Flair. Harley went on to hold the NWA title 8 times and was the first ever NWA United States Champion. His rugged, tough style of wrestling earned him the reputation as one of the toughest men in the sports history.
Race joined the WWE in the 1980’s and had an infamous match under the moniker of ‘King’ Harley Race against the Junkyard Dog at Wrestlemania 3 in front of over 93,000 fans. In 2004 Harley took his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. He remains one of the biggest names to ever grace the sport of professional wrestling and his legacy will be felt forever more.
Rest in Peace Harley Race, our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones at this time
During today’s WWE second quarter earnings conference call Vince McMahon was asked about the recent hires of Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman and what this means for the creative direction of the company.
During his answer Vince referenced AEW without mentioning them directy, this is what he said:
“We’re gonna be a bit edgier, but still remain in the PG environment. We won’t come anywhere close to going into another level. That will be something we do in terms of the direction of content, more controversy, and better storylines. “
“At the same time, we’re not going to go back to the Attitude Era. We’re not gonna do blood and guts, such as being done on perhaps a new potential competitor. We’re not going to go back to that gory crap that we graduated from. It’s a more sophisticated product.”
The CEO of WWE also mentioned TNT, AEW’s TV Network by name during the call. He said ” I can’t speak for TNT, but I can’t imagine they would put up with that” whilst talking about a bloodier product.
WWE has, this morning, released a major press release about the future of the creative development and the trajectory of their two flagship brands. Below is the full release from WWE:
WWE® NAMES PAUL HEYMAN AND ERIC BISCHOFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
Stamford, Conn., June 27, 2019–WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that it has named Paul Heyman as Executive Director of Monday Night Raw and Eric Bischoff as Executive Director of SmackDown Live, newly created positions reporting directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.
In their executive roles, Heyman and Bischoff will oversee the creative development of WWE’s flagship programming and ensure integration across all platforms and lines of business. The creation of these roles further establishes WWE’s ability to continuously reinvent its global brand while providing two distinct creative processes for its flagship shows.
With more than 30 years of experience in the sports entertainment industry, Heyman served as President of ECW from 1993-2001, securing pay-per-view distribution for the company as well as a national cable television deal with TNN. After his time with ECW, Heyman joined WWE’s Creative team and is widely credited with helping launch the careers of many current and former WWE Superstars.
Bischoff is a former WCW President and New York Times bestselling author. During his WCW career, Bischoff oversaw the signing of some of the biggest names in sports entertainment and helped create and develop the NWO storyline. He was also instrumental in securing a television deal for WCW Monday Nitro on TNT and WCW Thunder on TBS. After WCW, Bischoff co-founded Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, a production company that launched TV reality shows and mobile games.
WWE wishes to create “two distinct creative processes for its flagship shows.” with Bischoff working closely with Fox executives when Smackdown makes the jump in October
In case you missed it, AEW are running their second major show, called ‘All Out’, in Chicago on August 31st in the same arena as the show which started all of this last year ‘All In’.
Tickets for All Out sold out in a mere 15 minutes this past Friday but this is not the biggest news coming out of this. Whilst a great achievement selling out the 10,000 seat Sears center, the real achievement is how many people were actively trying to buy tickets for the event.
The early estimates for numbers of tickets that could have been sold to the event are totalling upward of 137,600. More than 70,000 people were waiting in the virtual queues at any one time to try their hand at getting All Out Tickets.
Dave Meltzer said on WON that he has never heard of such demand for a wrestling show and that it is unprecedented and likened it to the UFC’s Silva fight in Brazil which had demand of around 150,000 for a 16,000 seat arena.
Wrestlemania this year, while a legitimate sell out at over 75,000 tickets took weeks to become a full sell out. This is on on the heels of the fact that this Sunday WWE are holding their Stomping Grounds PPV and are struggling to sell tickets.
WWE have, as of writing, been offering buy one get one free on tickets as well as handing out free tickets to the neighbouring area and have closed off several sections of the Tacoma Dome. Ticketmaster.com still shows dozens of tickets available in every section of the building that is open for sale.
Call it beginners luck if you want, however it is undeniable that AEW is sought after right now and has a traction behind it which WWE has lacked for some time.