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Lionheart, WWE At The ESPY’s & All Elite Wrestling | Wrestling News Update, 19th June​​, 2019

Covering the sad passing of Lionheart and other major stories from the day, Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

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LIONHEART PASSES AWAY

The wrestling world has been shocked by the tragic news of Lionheart’s passing, click here to read our full article.

 

WWE CATEGORY ADDED TO ESPY’S

WWE has had its own category added to this year’s ESPY awards. ESPN revealed this today as voting opened.

At the moment the only category for WWE is ‘Best WWE Moment of the Year’. There are four nominees taken from the main roster solely. The four candidates are:

  • Roman Reigns returning to RAW and announcing his leukaemia was in remission.
  • Becky Lynch winning the RAW and SmackDown Women’s titles at WrestleMania 35.
  • Kofi Kingston winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35
  • Ronda Rousey winning her first title at SummerSlam 2018.

 

AEW ANNOUNCE PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN

AEW released a press statement today announcing that Farah & Farah would be the presenting sponsor for the upcoming Fight For The Fallen event.

Already announced for the event, Cody and Dustin Rhodes will battle the Young Bucks, Brandi Rhodes will face Allie, and Japanese legend Cima will take on Kenny Omega.

The event is planned to run on the 13th of July and will be held at Daily’s Place Amphitheater, Jacksonville, Florida. 

Please see the statement below:

Farah & Farah Announced As Presenting Sponsor For Fight For The Fallen

— Regional Law Firm Specializing in Personal Injury Litigation is On Board for AEW’s Third Major Event to Benefit Jacksonville’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council —

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL (June 19, 2019) – All Elite Wresting (AEW) today announced that the respected regional law firm Farah & Farah has been named Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN event in Jacksonville. With 15 offices throughout Florida and Georgia, Farah & Farah has been supporting and protecting families in the region for the past 40 years.

The integrated sponsorship with Farah & Farah includes cross-promotional activities with AEW talent, customized co-branded graphics, signage on the ring apron and in-venue, and a variety of digital and social media activations.

FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN will take place in Daily’s Place Amphitheater at TIAA Bank Field at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 13, just a few feet from where AEW was first introduced to the world in January. Stars scheduled to appear include Cody, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, Kenny Omega, CIMA, Brandi Rhodes, Allie and many more. Proceeds from the gate will benefit Jacksonville’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council (VAAC), which coordinates cooperative efforts among social service, criminal justice, mental health and other agencies to provide assistance to crime victims and their families.

“We have a moral obligation to give back to the communities in which we live,” said Eddie Farah, Managing Partner of Farah & Farah. “The fact that a mass shooting occurred here in Jacksonville just a few blocks from our office last year makes that moral obligation even stronger. We make it our mission to help protect injured people and their families, and supporting AEW’s Fight for the Fallen is one of the ways we actively live out that mission. When we saw that the proceeds of this event would be used to support victims of crime and their families – connecting them with crucial supportive services – we had to be part of this.”

“Eddie Farah started the firm in Jacksonville 40 years ago, and has been giving back to the community ever since,” said Tony Khan, President and CEO of AEW. “Everyone at AEW cares deeply about the vibrancy and safety of Jacksonville, and we think that Farah & Farah is the perfect presenting sponsor of Fight for the Fallen as we all endeavor to raise money for the Victim Assistance Advisory Council.”

Farah & Farah For 40 years, the personal injury law firm of Farah & Farah has fought insurance companies and corporations to protect the rights of injured people and their families. Farah & Farah has 15 office locations throughout Florida and Georgia, and has made recoveries in excess $1 billion. Under the leadership of managing partners, brothers Eddie and Chuck Farah, the dedicated team of attorneys and staff prioritize listening to the needs of clients, and treating all clients with dignity and respect. There are no out-of-pocket fees for Farah & Farah’s services. If you’ve been injured in an accident, let Farah & Farah go to work for you. For a free review of your case, visit farahandfarah.com or call 1-800-HURT-247. Follow us @farahandfarah (Twitter), @farah_and_farah (Instagram), @FarahAndFarah (FB), Farah & Farah (YouTube), and farahandfarah.com.

All Elite Wrestling AEW is a new professional wrestling promotion headlined by members of The Elite (Cody and Brandi Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page) and Chris Jericho. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a growing roster of world-class male and female wrestlers who are poised to bring new spirit, freshness and energy to the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner was DOUBLE OR NOTHING on May 25 in Las Vegas, followed by FYTER FEST on June 29 in Daytona Beach, FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN on July 13 in Jacksonville, and ALL OUT on August 31 in Chicago. For more info, check out @AEWrestling (Twitter), @AllEliteWrestling (Instagram), /AllEliteWrestling (FB), AllEliteWrestling (YouTube), and additionally, AllEliteWrestling.com.

Victim Assistance Advisory Council The Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council (VAAC) coordinates and encourages cooperative efforts among social service, criminal justice, mental health and other agencies to provide assistance to crime victims and their families.

 

WWE AND NETFLIX WORKING TOGETHER

Earlier today, WWE and Netflix announced that they were working together on a project.

The companies are making a film, titled ‘Main Event’ and aimed at the family audience. So far announced for the feature are Seth Carr, Tichina Arnold, Ken Marino and Adam Pally. A number of WWE star will also feature, including current WWE champion Kofi Kingston. Bray Wyatt, and The Miz. 

Although no dates have been announced, production starts next week and many expect to see trailers for the film in early 2020. 

Netflix sent the following blurb to WrestlingInc:

“The Main Event joins a growing slate of live action movies featuring kids and teens and made for families, which includes the upcoming comedy Tall Girl, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, and Hello, Universe, based on Erin Entrada Kelly’s Newbery Award-winning, New York Times bestselling novel.”

 

“WWE Studios is WWE’s multi-platform content division that develops and produces scripted and non-scripted series, documentaries and feature films. Recent projects include Andre the Giant, the Emmy-nominated documentary in partnership with HBO, as well as hit shows Total Divas and Total Bellas on E! and Miz & Mrs. on USA. WWE Studios also recently produced the feature film Fighting with My Family in association with MGM and Seven Bucks Productions.”

 

KONNAN HINTS THAT IMPACT ARE ABOUT TO LEAVE PURSUIT

We recently reported on the souring relationship between Impact and the Pursuit Channel that hosts them. Although both companies are owned by Anthem Media, this hasn’t eased ties. Recently the promotion has been forced to endure the channel failing to return from an ad break and rerunning an episode instead of airing the new one. 

All of this has led many to speculate as to where Impact may end up, rather than if they would leave. Speaking to WrestlingInc, Konnan spoke frankly about changes that seem to be about to happen. Ask why Pursuit wasn’t the best option for Impact Konnan replied:

“First of all no one can get the channel and second of all it’s a hunting channel. It doesn’t matter how good you are if no one is watching you. And that’s a problem because we’re real good right now. …No one can really see it unless you get it on Twitch and a lot of people don’t wanna go on Twitch. So, I think them looking for a better platform, which I think they will find, will help image-wise, morale-wise and people will be watching a really good product.”

When asked about where specifically he though the promotion should head Konnan interestingly dodged the question:

“The place they are going is substantially better.”

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