SHAD GASPARD SEARCH SCALED BACK
In an unfortunate development, it seems the search for Shad Gaspard has been suspended. TMZ has confirmed the news with the US Coast Guard.
As of Tuesday morning, one boat was still actively searching for the former two time OVW Southern Tag Team Champion. However, with the extended time since his disappearance, the chance of finding him at sea is only getting smaller.
SHAD’S FAMILY ISSUE STATEMENT
Shad Gaspard’s family has issued a statement through Siliana Gaspard’s Instagram account. The statement read as follows:
We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad. .
Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul. We are hoping and praying for his safe return. As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad. .
From The Entire Gaspard & Chittick Family
Siliana and Shad have been married for 11 years.
WWE TITLE MATCH ADDED TO BACKLASH
— WWE (@WWE) May 19, 2020
Drew McIntyre will defend his title for the first time at Backlash WWE announced today. McIntyre will face off against Bobby Lashley after the two went back and forth on social media.
Did I stutter?
— Bobby Lashley (@fightbobby) May 19, 2020
Drew won his title at Money in the Bank, the last WWE pay per view. WWE had the following to say on their website:
Drew McIntyre has defeated Kings, Messiahs and titleholders as the WWE Champion, but now he must take down The All Mighty. Prior to McIntyre’s brand-to-brand invitational showdown with King Corbin on Raw, Bobby Lashley emerged to let the Scottish Superstar know that he was coming for the title by any means necessary.
The imposing strongman has brutally dispatched of R-Truth in his most recent bouts but craves a better test of his jaw-dropping strength. It’s been 13 long years since Lashley challenged for the WWE Title, and a consummate fighting champion now stands in his path. Since slaying Brock Lesnar for the title, McIntyre has fought off challenger after challenger, as The Big Show, Andrade, Angel Garza, Murphy, Seth Rollins and King Corbin all were left stranded in Claymore Country.
The game plan has changed for The All Mighty, who has replaced Lana with MVP in his corner. The Ravishing Russian has been livid with the recent developments, and she presents an unpredictable wild card for Lashley’s championship training.
Backlash will be taking place on June 14, the location is yet to be announced, but no fans will be allowed to attend at present.
UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH MADE FOR NEXT WEEK’S RAW
(And @Zelina_VegaWWE is NOT pleased!) pic.twitter.com/hgl7FJrfod
— WWE (@WWE) May 19, 2020
Announced on last night’s episode of RAW, next week’s edition will see Andrade defend his championship against Apollo Crews once again.
Crews earned the title match by winning a tag team match. The match was only made after Crews attacked Andrade during his segment on The Kevin Owens Show. The tag match itself saw Apollo team up with Kevin Owens, taking on Andrade and Angel Garza.
AEW SET TO LAUNCH WOMEN’S ONLINE COMMUNITY
— Brandi Rhodes (@TheBrandiRhodes) May 18, 2020
AEW’s Chief Branding Officer, Brandi Rhodes, has introduced a new online community for women, called ‘AEW heels’.
Little is known about the project currently with only the video above to go on. More information has been promised during the week, with the full launch expected on May 22, Friday. The full transcript of Brandi’s video can be seen below:
I would like to be heard. I’d like to feel included. I’d like to feel respected. I would love a sense of community. I’d like to be taken seriously. I’d like to just be myself. I want to know that I matter, that my thoughts, my perspective, my ideas, my creativity, my happiness… I want to know that it matters. I’d like to do more than just watch. I’d like to actually contribute. I’d like to be part of a movement. I’d like for everyone to feel confident in their own heels,
OFFICIAL OWEN HART T-SHIRTS RELEASED BY PRO WRESTLING TEES
Excited to announce that we signed a deal w/ both Martha Hart & @VICE to bring you BRAND NEW Owen Hart shirts along with the first @DarkSideOfRing shirts. All profits from Owen's tees will be donated to the Owen Hart Foundation @owen_foundation. Visit https://t.co/O6bpncMD8f! ?? pic.twitter.com/khyJjfGvD4
— One Hour Tees (@OneHourTees) May 18, 2020
The recent release of a new Owen Hart t-shirt hasn’t gone unnoticed. But then, Owen is one of the most popular wrestlers of all time, and he hasn’t had a new shirt released for more than 20 years.
Pro Wrestling Tees, Martha Hart, and Dark Side of the Ring have come together, with all the profits going to the Owen Hart Foundation.
The Owen Hart Foundation was created in 2000 by Martha Hart. The foundation has a number of signature programs, including help into homeownership, and a scholarship fund.
CZW ISSUES STATEMENT AMID CONTROVERSY
Combat Zone Wrestling has come under increased pressure recently, following the naming of a number of its shows. They have been re-releasing old material due to the current situation and whilst the wrestling has been good, the names that were chosen for the events has caused obvious issues.
One of the shows has been titled, CZW Girlz: Top Heavy & Tough. Another, CZW Girlz: Hot & Sweaty has also been ridiculed, with both being compared to softcore porn. CZW has issued a statement on the whole matter, which can be seen here:
Two years ago, CZW entered into a licensing agreement with a national media distributor to license CZW and WSU footage. That company has the right to utilize the footage without limitation. They have repackaged and renamed shows as it is their right to do so. Our athletes, regardless of gender, are just that, athletes, whom we are proud of and appreciate. We stand behind the ring action in all our footage.
But the statement has only enraged the stars more. See a selection of the responses on Twitter:
Just so everyone is aware, there are many women already speaking to lawyers about this, as releases were not signed to authorize licensing footage for profit and distribution. https://t.co/nLVDBA3s5I
— Trisha Parker (@JordynneGrace) May 19, 2020
And I’m certain I NEVER signed an agreement giving you the right to sell my intellectual property…. nor did ANY of the women you’re blatantly disrespecting. Or how you told us all you wouldn’t book us if you wouldn’t f**k us. It’s about time the harassment gets exposed. ?? https://t.co/vU8OOtavzf
— Kimber Lee ⓥ (@Kimber_Lee90) May 19, 2020
“I could f*ck any of y’all any time I want.” Sound familiar? https://t.co/TQSwIVtJNk
— Trisha Parker (@JordynneGrace) May 19, 2020
Fuck CZW. Fuck them for trashing women that work for them. Fuck the dipshit owner that broke my neck and didn't give a fuck. Fuck hiding behind bullshit excuses instead of owning up to your mistakes. Fuck screwing over the boys. Jesus christ it's not hard to be a good person!
— Queen of the Dinosaurs ? (@TerraCalaway) May 19, 2020
VAN HAMMER RECEIVES ONE YEAR PROBATION IN DUI CASE
Former WCW wrestler, Van Hammer, has pled guilty to DUI. The judge has sentenced him to one year’s probation as part of a plea deal. Van Hammer, real name, Mark Hildreth, has also had his driver’s licence suspended for a year, and will also have an interlock device placed on his car when he returns to the road.
Hildreth will also have to attend a victim’s impact session, dealing with the impact of DUI’s.
Mark started wrestling in 1991, signing straight to WCW. He remained with the company through to 2000, before moving around a little. Mark retired from wrestling in 2009, following a five-year layoff.