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Arn Anderson Signs Multi-Year Deal With AEW | Wrestling News Update, June 4 2020

With news on Arn Anderson & the latest ratings from NXT & AEW, Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

 

ARN ANDERSON SIGNS MULTIYEAR DEAL WITH AEW

Arn Anderson has announced his signing of a multi-year deal with AEW on last night’s Dynamite.

The WWE Hall of Famer said 

About a year ago I said I didn’t want to be anywhere that I’m not wanted, and that’s the way I felt. A year later it seems that I am wanted somewhere, and I’m very happy to say that today I signed a multiyear contract with AEW. I am absolutely thrilled to be here with all this young talent and watch this company blossom into the platinum of all of our industry.

Arn began wrestling in 1982, before joining Jim Crockett Promotions/WCW in 1984. Arn went on to wrestle until 1997, unfortunately retiring due to neck and back issues. Anderson joined the WWE, becoming a road agent in 2001, working there until February 2019. Arn debuted with AEW in August of 2019, working on screen with Cody Rhodes.

AEW ANNOUNCE FYTER FEST TWO WEEK EVENT

AEW announced last night that this year’s Fyter Fest will be a two-week event, broadcast on TNT.

The event will be held on the 1 and 8 of July. The location for the event hasn’t been announced, although AEW has been making use of Daly’s Place in Florida for their filming. Interestingly, before the COVID-19 Fyter Fest was supposed to take place in London. The event was also formally billed as a pay-per-view. 

AEW also announced that all titles would be defended over the two nights. The two matches already set are Jon Moxley defending the AEW World Championship against Brian Cage, and Hangman Page and Kenny Omega defending the AEW Tag Team titles against Best Friends.

CODY SET TO DEFEND TNT CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST MARQ QUEN NEXT WEEK

Cody is set to defend his TNT Championship for the second time next week. Cody will be facing Marq Quen in the TNT Championship open challenge.

Cody saw off Jungle Boy last night in the first defence of the title he defeated Lance Archer at Double or Nothing to win. 

Additionally, on the show FTR will be making their in-ring debut, taking on The Butcher and The Blade. This rivalry was evident the night FTR debuted, with the two teams getting into it straight away. Then again last night, Butcher and Blade managed to crash FTR’s interview, prompting the match.

CHRIS JERICHO RETURNING TO COMMENTARY NEXT WEEK

In what many will see as very welcome news, AEW has confirmed that Chris Jericho will be returning to the commentary desk next week.

Jericho filled in doing commentary for AEW’s taped episodes. He partnered with Tony Schiavone and the pair won much praise for their work. 

NXT/AEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT RATINGS

With all that is going on in the world, it is no surprise that both AEW and NXT were down compared to last week. News programming dominated the ratings with people following the #BLM protests and later riots/looting.

AEW averaged 730,000 viewers, while NXT managed 715,000. This shows a significant narrowing between the two promotions.

SIX WOMAN TAG MATCH ADDED TO TAKEOVER: IN YOUR HOUSE

Announced on last night’s episode of NXT, Mia Yim, Tegan Nox, and Shotzi Blackheart will team up to take on Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, and Raquel Gonzalez.

The match was made after the six women ended up in a brawl at the end of Yim vs. LeRae. Yim and LeRae were fighting outside the ring during their match and suffered a double count-out. They didn’t stop, and the other four women joined in at the top of the ramp.

WWE DROPS FREE FIRST MONTH FOR PAID SUBSCRIBERS

With the introduction of the free tier of the WWE network, it seems WWE has done away with their long-standing free first month with a paid subscription.

Most see this as a sensible move, the free month was always to allow people to sample the Network, now there is a free tier this isn’t needed.

EDGE TO STAR ALONGSIDE KELSEY GRAMMER IN MOVIE

Edge has been announced for a new action movie starring Kelsey Grammer and Denise Richards. 

The film will be title “Money Plane”, and was written by Andrew Lawrence. Edge plays the main character, a thief in $40m worth of Debt to an underground kingpin (Grammer). To have the debt wiped Edge has to rob a flying casino filled with the worlds most dangerous criminals.

Money Plane will be released July 10 via digital platforms. 

DRAGON GATE ANNOUNCES THE CANCELLATION OF MORE SHOWS

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dragon Gate has been forced to cancel more shows.

The Japanese promotion announced on twitter that there would be no live shows held in June. They did say that they were preparing for the time that shows could resume, and Japan did lift its state of emergency on May 25 after a decline in COVID cases.

FIGHT CLUB PRO CANCEL DTTI 2020

Fight Club: PRO has been forced to cancel this year’s Dream Tag Team Invitational event.

The event was supposed to take place between the 10 and 12 of April this year. This was changed due to the global pandemic to the 31 July to 2 August. Unfortunately, the promotion has had to call off the rebooked events and has decided to cancel the event instead.

Happily, the promotion can announce that next year’s DTTI will take place between April 2 and 4.

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