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Huge Changes to WrestleMania | Wrestling News Update, March 18, 2020

With huge changes to this year’s WrestleMania and John Cena’s new book; Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update

 

WWE MAKE HUGE WRESTLEMANIA ANNOUNCEMENT

A moment ago WWE announced huge changed to the format of this year’s WrestleMania. Click here to read the full story and find out who the special host will be!

JOHN CENA RELEASES THIRD BOOK

John Cena revealed that he has a third book on the way via an Instagram post earlier today.

The book will be the third in the Elbow Grease series, titled Elbow Grease: Fast Friends. In the post Cena wrote, “New characters, new friendships, and new fun lessons. Thanks to @GMA #GMABookClub for helping me debut the newest installment in the #ElbowGrease series… Elbow Grease: Fast Friends!”. The blurb for the book is as follows:

There’s a new truck on the block in superstar entertainer John Cena’s third picture book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Elbow Grease series, featuring the truck who never gives up!

Elbow Grease and his monster truck brothers are hardly prepared when they meet Chopper, a speedy, purple monster motorcycle. Chopper wants to be friends with the brothers, who are more than impressed with her epic skills! But when the trucks start to get jealous of her talents, they must learn to overcome their frustrations and welcome a new friend into the group–especially when it’s up to them to work together to save the day! Elbow Grease and gang are back in another rip-roaring adventure, in John Cena’s third installment in the series!

WWE ISSUES A CEASE AND DESIST

WWE has issued a cease and desist notice to Freelance Wrestling over their ‘In Our Warehouse’ logo.

WWE has taken issue with the logo as it is a copy of their old ‘In Your House’ logo from the ’90s. The news was broken by Black Label Pro Owner, Mikey Blanton.

The timing of the order is interesting, coming less than 24 hours after Mustafa Ali Tweeted support for the event, and elevated awearness of it. His original post has been deleted and replaced with the message above. Originally he wrote:

Scary times only exist when you feel like you’re on your own. I’ll be donating to cover all of the performers pay for the 1st event. I encourage anyone that is in the position to do so, please donate and allow these incredible artists to perform for you. @FreelanceWres is home.

The shows themselves will be running in empty venues, and will be streamed live. During the steams, Freelance Wrestling is planning to allow fans to support the wrestlers directly, offing an option to donate to them via PayPal.

GAME CHANGER WRESTLING ANNOUNCES STREAMING DEAL

Independent wrestling promotion, Game Changer Wrestling, or GCW has announced a new streaming deal today. The company will be working with IWTV to stream the promotions shows.

The company, based out of New Jersey, has been operating since 1999. In that time they have gained the reputations of one of the best independent shows around.

The deal is for 10 shows through the remainder of 2020. This will be alongside classic GCW footage, which will be added to the catalog as time goes by. The first event shown on IWTV will be tomorrow night, March 19.

ANOTHER WWE LIVE EVENT CANCELLED

WWE has moved to cancel yet another live event due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The latest show to be axed was due to happen this weekend in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Please see the full statement below:

The WWE live event scheduled for this Saturday, March 21 in Alexandria, LA has been cancelled. Refunds are available at all points of purchase.

If you purchased your ticket at the Box Office, we are open Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. Please be sure to bring the credit or debit card you used for purchase.

If you purchased your ticket on Ticketmaster.com, there’s nothing you need to do. It’s Ticketmaster’s standing policy to automatically refund the full cost of the ticket and fees to the original purchaser’s credit card. For any canceled events: Due to the unprecedented volume of cancelations, please note that you should expect to receive your refund in as soon as 30 days.

WRESTLECON MARRIOTT UPDATE

In what became a very public issue, Marriott International has agreed to drop the $114,000 bill following the cancellation of WrestleMania.

WrestleCon made the announcement yeasterday via their Twitter feed:

5:46pm update. Thanks to Marriott Westshore for agreeing to honor the Force Majeure clause and not holding either our guests or WC responsible for the liquidated damages. The Emergency Declaration by Gov DeSantis to cancel events over the next 30 days was a major factor.

We’d also like to thank the NY Yankees and Steinbrenner Field for agreeing today to return our rental payment, in full, due to circumstances. They are an outstanding organization and if we are able to return to Tampa in the future, they will be our first phone call.

We anxiously await the decision of The Ritz and the Bus company we paid to complete the list of venues and services that we contracted to use in Tampa.

And although they specifically mentioned that the social media campaign led by @IAmJericho had absolutely nothing to do with their decision making process, we appreciate both Chris and our Twitter audience for having our back… now back to issuing refunds…

A number of stars from the Wrestling world tweeted their support for the company after Marriott International declined to honour their refund policy.

CAULIFLOWER ALLEY CLUB CANCEL APRIL REUNION

After orginally moving the date of this year’s reunion, Cailiflower Alley Club have been forced to move it once again.

The original date for the reuinon was March 13th. When it became obvious that this wouldn’t be possible the decision was made to postpone the event until the 26th-29th of April.

Unfortunately, due to the rapidly escalating situation, this year’s reunion will not be taking place in April. The company has stated that they are working on back up plans, and have just announced new dates of 21st to 23rd September.

PROGRESS WRESTLING UPDATE

Earlier this evening Progress Wrestling issued an update on the status of their upcoming shows. The information below is subject to change of course.

March 29 and April 20 Camden shows are both cancelled. Following governmental advice neither show will be going ahead.

May 9 and 10, at present both shows have been postponed. Progress is activly looking for new dates.

Super Strong Style 16 2020 has been postponed until the end of August. Tickets will be valid for the new dates, or a refund is avalible if holders are unable to make it. It is still taking place at the Alexandra Palace in London.

Progress promise to keep fans updated as plans become clearer over the next few days

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