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Shad Gaspard’s Wife Makes Statement | Wrestling News Update, May 21 2020

With a statement regarding Shad Gaspard and ratings from AEW & NXT; Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

 

SHAD GASPARD’S WIFE ISSUES STATEMENT

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Aryeh, myself and the Gaspard and Chittick families would like to take this time to thank everyone for their prayers and support, as we mourn the terrible loss of our beloved Shad. . . Shad was our whole world and we were his. There are not enough words to describe what he means to all of us. He was our heart, our soul, our protector, our warrior. He was a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many through his joyous and gracious nature. . . The outpouring of love from Shad’s friends, colleagues and fans has meant more to us than you can even imagine. . . We’d like to once again thank the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their efforts. . . Shad was and will always be our real life super hero. . . I love you more, my love ❤️ . . Proudly, Siliana Gaspard

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Siliana Gaspard has issued a statement following the passing of her husband, Shad. 

The message described Shad as a real-life superhero who brought joy to the whole family. Siliana also thanked everyone for their prayers and support and singled out the work of the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments. Please see the full statement below:

Aryeh, myself and the Gaspard and Chittick families would like to take this time to thank everyone for their prayers and support, as we mourn the terrible loss of our beloved Shad. .
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Shad was our whole world and we were his. There are not enough words to describe what he means to all of us. He was our heart, our soul, our protector, our warrior. He was a bright force of nature, who brought joy to many through his joyous and gracious nature. .
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The outpouring of love from Shad’s friends, colleagues and fans has meant more to us than you can even imagine. .
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We’d like to once again thank the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their efforts.
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Shad was and will always be our real life super hero.
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I love you more, my love ❤️
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Proudly,
Siliana Gaspard

SHAD GASPARD T-SHIRT RELEASED WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO FAMILY

COLLARxELBOW clothing company has unveiled a shirt to honour Shad Gaspard. Shad, unfortunately, passed away at the beginning of this week and is survived by his wife and son. 

COLLARxELBOW has pledged that 100% of the proceeds made from the shirt will go directly to Shad’s family. COLLARxELBOW clothing line was founded by Al Snow, who worked with Shad at OVW.

AEW DYNAMITE RATINGS UP AHEAD OF DOUBLE OR NOTHING

AEW vs. NXT Viewerships

The Double or nothing go-home episode of AEW Dynamite did see an increase in viewership last night, averaging 701,000 viewers, up seven percent from last week.

In the 18-49 demo, AEW finished the highest they have on the cable TV rankings since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, drawing a 0.26 rating in the demo, up 13 per cent from last week. 

Meanwhile, NXT was down two per cent from last week, averaging 592,000 viewers. In the 18-49 demo with a 0.13 rating, down 13 per cent. This was the lowest number NXT has done in that demo since debuting on the USA Network.

On a worrying note, The combined viewership of 1.293 million viewers for Dynamite and NXT was the third-lowest since the start of the Wednesday Night Wars. 

The yearly average for AEW is 812,000, NXT trails behind with a weekly average of 679,000.

AEW INJURY UPDATE

It’s fair to say that last night’s episode of Dynamite didn’t go to plan, with an above-normal number of injuries. Unfortunately for AEW, this Saturday sees their Double or Nothing pay per view. Dave Meltzer provided an update on a number of the stars who seemed to pick up bumps last night.

Matt Jackson: Matt is booked to take part in The Elite vs. The Inner Circle tag match on Saturday, this may well not happen though. Dave claims that he suffered a serious injury to his left side last night. Dave claimed that one half of The Young Bucks may have broken a rib, torn cartilage or badly bruised his side after a dive.

Britt Baker: Britt took part in a tag match last night with Nyla Rose, Kris Statlander and Hikaru Shida. During the match, Rose was dumped awkwardly onto Baker’s knee by Statlander and Shida. Baker was obviously in pain and was quickly seen by an AEW medic. Britt is supposed to face Statlander in a singles match at Double or Nothing.

Thankfully, in better news, following Rey Fenix’s dive last night, although he is quite bruised, Meltzer reports that he will be good to compete on Saturday. Rey Fenix is booked into the nine-person Casino ladder match at Double or Nothing.

DUSTIN RHODES VS. SHAWN SPEARS BOOKED FOR DOUBLE OR NOTHING

Announced on last night’s episode of Dynamite, Dustin Rhodes will be taking on Shawn Spears this Saturday. 

The match was set up by Shawn, who during a Shawn Spears News segment put Rhodes on blast. Spears said that Rhodes had already retired, before taking shots at Dustin’s past. Shawn then challenged the elder Rhodes to a match at the pay per view.

Double or Nothing will take place this Saturday, Although not confirmed, it is likely to be taking place at Daily’s Place, where AEW has taken up residence during this pandemic. 

AEW ANNOUNCE BATTLE ROYAL FOR NEXT WEEK’S DYNAMITE

AEW has announced that next week edition of Dynamite will feature a Battle Royal match, where the winner will go on to face the newly crowned TNT Champion. 

The first TNT Champion will decided during Double or Nothing. Cody and Lance Archer will finish the TNT Tile Tournament, with Mike Tyson presenting the winner the Championship belt. 

CIAMPA VS. KROSS BOOKED FOR TAKEOVER: IN YOUR HOUSE

Former NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa has been booked to face Karrion Kross at TakeOver: In Your House. This will be Cross’s first TakeOver match.

Ciampa initiated the conflict, coming down after Cross’s match. Ciampa said that NXT was his home, but that Cross knew that and that why Cross has attacked him. Ciampa went on to say that Cross stands out even in the NXT locker room, and that was why Tommaso wanted to face him at the next TakeOver event. 

CRUISERWEIGHT TIEBREAKER AND CAGE MATCH SET FOR NEXT WEEK

Next week will see who can prevail when Drake Maverick, Kushida, and Jake Atlas meet to try and break the deadlock at the top of Group A. The winner will move forward, towards the Interim Cruiserweight title.

El Hijo Fantasma waits for the winner in the tournament’s final.

Jordan Devlin is the current Cruiserweight Champion but is stuck in the UK, suffering under a travel ban during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt Riddle will also meet Timothy Thatcher in a ‘Cage Fight’ next week. During last night’s episode, Thatcher challenged Riddle to a match which could only be won by knockout or submission. Later on in the evening, Riddle accepted the match, stating that it would take place in a cage. The match was then announced for next week.

WWE BACKSTAGE TO RETURN TO NORMAL TIMESLOT

This week’s episode of Backstage has to be moved due to the return of NASCAR. Next week’s episode was then also announced to have a new time slot. These two changed led some to believe that the move would be permanent. The new time slot is an hour later, and wouldn’t receive the same viewership.

But it seems the moves were just temporary, with Backstage returning to its normal timeslot on June 2. This update comes from the newly released TV Guide for that week.

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