JERICHO OPEN TO FACE TYSON IN BOXING MATCH
Former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho spoke with ESPN’s Marc Raimondi about the Mike Tyson scuffle from Wednesday’s Dynamite and said a deal is being put together for the two to face off.
In the interview, Jericho said;
“Obviously, the idea is to do something more. That’s the thought process, I think between both parties. What that is at this moment, we’re thinking and discussing. Look, Chris Jericho versus Mike Tyson in a wrestling match, in a street fight, in a boxing match, would be big. I’m not Mike Tyson. I’m not 1/1,000th of Mike Tyson, but I’ve been boxing for six years. I know how to box. I could win fights on my own against people of my skill level. So if that’s what he wants to do, that works too. Whatever he feels comfortable with, I can make it good. That’s what I do for a living. That’s what I’ve been doing for 30 years,”
He also said that he had no idea that former UFC champions Henry Cejudo, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort were going to come out with Tyson, saying he assumes there weren’t there just to hang around and “want to be part of the business.”
MOMENT OF BLISS AND DEVILLE VS EVANS SET FOR SMACKDOWN
— WWE (@WWE) May 29, 2020
A big match and a new episode of ‘A Moment of Bliss’ have been announced for tonight’s SmackDown.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross will host a special “Tag Team Champion Summit” edition of their show, with SmackDown tag team champions The New Day tonight.
Sonya Deville vs. Lacey Evans has also been announced for tonight’s SmackDown after he two went back and forth on Twitter earlier this week.
JOJO AND BRAY WYATT WELCOME SECOND CHILD
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— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) May 28, 2020
Late yesterday Jojo and Bray Wyatt announced the arrival of their second child. The newest addition will be named Hyrie Von Rotunda.
This will be Bray and Jojo’s second child, after their son, Knash, was born May 18 2019. Braun Strowman was later named as a godparent. Wyatt was last seen losing to Braun Strowman at Money in the Bank. Although Braun has now been booked to face The Miz and John Morrison at Backlash, WWE has been clear that the Braun vs Brey feud isn’t over.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
NIGEL MCGUINNESS ADDED FOR FURLOUGH LIST
It turns out that Nigel McGuinness was also furloughed by WWE mid last month. The news comes from The Wrestling Observer, who makes the point that many lower profile and NXT personnel were not announced by WWE.
McGuinness had been working with NXT UK in a commentary role most recently alongside Andy Shepherd. NXT UK has been running clip shows since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but these have been hosted by only Andy.
SAMOA JOE SET TO PERMANENTLY REPLACE JERRY LAWLER
According to the most recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Samoa Joe is now considered Jerry Lawler’s permanent replacement on RAW.
Joe has received a lot of praise during his time behind the commentary desk whilst working with Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton. It was noted that Joe still hasn’t be cleared to return to the ring, but when he is he’ll be able to utilise his new position to instigate new feuds.
Jerry Lawler leaving the RAW commentary team seemingly brings to an end a relationship that has spanned more than 26 year. Lawler started his commentary life on March 20 at WrestleMania X.
AEW SEES STRONG STREAMING VIEWERSHIP FOR DOUBLE OR NOTHING
As the dust settles on another fantastic AEW pay per view the final figures are announced regarding streaming sales.
Apparently, as the number start to come in from different providers AEW is noticing a general trend 10% above that of Revolution. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Cody and Co are looking at between 100,000 and 110,000 buys in total. This would place the event second in terms of viewership, only beaten by last year’s Double or Nothing. Meltzer went on to say that when cable buys are factored in, this could be AEW’s most-watched show.
Non-streaming buys can take up to three months to process, for this reason, Revolution’s numbers are only being finalised now. We’ll know the final numbers for Double or nothing around the end of August.
DANIEL BRYAN ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT WEEK’S EPISODE OF BACKSTAGE
After announcing CM Punk’s inclusion earlier this week, WWE has now announced that former WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan, will be guest-starring on next week’s episode.
Bryan’s next challenge is Jeff Hardy in the semi-final’s of the Intercontinental Championship tournament, that’s happening tonight. The winner will go on to face either AJ Styles or Elias in the final.
NEW DATE FOR AJPW CHAMPION CARNIVAL TOURNAMENT
All Japan Pro Wrestling has announced that their annual Champion Carnival event has a new date, almost.
The event was supposed to run between April 6 and May 5, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had to be postponed. However, recently Japan has lifted its state of emergency, meaning that some wrestling should be able to return mid-June, in theory.
Earlier today the promotion held a press conference, saying that they are now planning to run the event in September. Additionally, all foreign stars that were scheduled for the event have been removed due to travel restrictions. Due to the changing nature of the situation, AJPW didn’t announce a schedule.