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JR SIGNS WITH AEW
It was announced in the latest episode of ‘Being the Elite’ that legendary announcer, Jim Ross, had signed a multi-year deal with AEW. JR had made no secret that he was in talks with AEW at the very end of March. As far back as when he first announced that he was leaving WWE, Ross had said that he wanted to get back behind the announcers’ desk and call regular play-by-play commentary. AEW issues a press release following the announcement, this isn’t something the company normally does but is befitting when considering the importance of this signing.
Legendary Commentator Jim Ross Joins All Elite Wrestling in Most Lucrative Deal in Commentary History
— AEW Signs Jim Ross to 3-Year Deal as Senior Advisor —
Las Vegas, NV (April 3, 2019) – All Elite Wrestling announced a groundbreaking three-year deal with legendary commentator Jim Ross, generally considered to be the greatest pro wrestling announcer of all time. Effective immediately, Ross will take on the role as Senior Advisor in what is the most lucrative deal in pro wrestling commentary history.
Ross’ first in ring appearance for AEW will be at DOUBLE OR NOTHING, the highly-anticipated event on Saturday, May 25, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. He will also work closely with the senior leaders at AEW on their roadmap to shift and reinvent the wrestling landscape.
“I’ve been part of the wrestling community since I was 7 years old, and there’s no greater thrill than welcoming the voice that I grew up with, Jim Ross, to our AEW family,” said Tony Khan, President of AEW. “We all share a common goal to make this the true golden age, to make this the greatest time ever to be a professional wrestling fan. And, as a business, we also seek to make this a new golden age for the performers and our staff members. Our entire team is thrilled to have Jim onboard and we can’t wait to shake things up together.”
“We’re all excited about having the legendary voice of our childhood come here and help the new generation of talent with his expertise,” said Nick Jackson, EVP at AEW.
“I’m moving on in a very positive way to this timely opportunity to be on the ground floor of one of the most exciting moments in the history of pro wrestling,” said Jim Ross. “I’ve known Tony, Cody, The Young Bucks and Kenny for a long time, and I know they’re going to change the world of pro wrestling. Their roster is already packed with top-level talent and up-and-comers. They’ve got a huge show coming up in May. They’ve brought in game-changing partners like KultureCity. And they’ve got an all-inclusive, welcoming culture like I’ve never seen before. I’m ready to change the world with them.”
Also announced as part of the commentary team were Excalibur and Alex Marvez. Former Impact backstage interviewer Alicia Atout will be carrying out the same duties for AEW. Former WWE ring announcer Justin Robert will be the ring announcer for AEW. Brandi Rhodes has claimed responsibility for Roberts’ signing.
MARTY SCURLL AND VILLAN ENTERPRISES WIN THE 6-MAN TAG TITLES
Last night ROH aired Marty Scurll and Villan Enterprises winning the 6-Man Tag Team Championship. The trio faced off against the now former champions and also inaugural champions, The Kingdom. The match ended with Scurll catching O’Ryan in the Chicken Wing, winning via submission. Fittingly, the ending of the Kingdom’s third title reign marked the start of Villan Enterprises first.
REY MYSTERIO POSSIBLY OUT FOR WRESTLEMANIA
WWE released a video yesterday stating that following Rey Mysterio’s match with Baron Corbin the previous evening on RAW, Rey would be unable to compete as billed against Andrade. WWE has said that Rey injured his ankle and would be re-evaluated closer to WrestleMania. Rey to supposed to be facing Samoa Joe for his United States Championship at WrestleMania this Sunday.
NEW MATCH ADDED TO THE G1 SUPERCARD
Announced on the Women of Honor Twitter feed, a 6 Woman tag match has been added to the G1 Supercard. The event produced jointly by ROH and NJPW will be held at Madison Square Garden this Saturday. The women involved will be Kagetsu, Jenny Rose and Hazuki, taking on Hana Kimura, Stella Grey and Sumie Sakai.
Another @Women_of_Honor match has been signed for @TheGarden!! @doranyanpa @JennyRose_JRo @0929_hazuki— ROH Womens Division (@Women_of_Honor) April 2, 2019
vs@hanadayo0903 @StellaGrey215 @SumieSakai #G1Supercard #GoingToTheGarden #WOH pic.twitter.com/surBmuvsLF
15TH ENTRANT ANNOUNCED FOR SSS16
Billed as Europes biggest Pro Wrestling Tournament, Progress Wrestling’s Super Strong Style 16 already has a packed roster of some of the biggest names on the independent circuit. Featuring the likes of DJZ, Trevor Lee and Jordan Devlin, the tournament can’t fail to throw out fantastic matches and interesting match up’s.
Earlier today Progress added another name to the already huge list of combatants. WWE superstar Kyle O’Reilly has become entrant number 16 in the tournament. O’Reilly is currently wrestling for WWE developmental promotion Evolve.
DYLAN BOSTIC INVOLVED IN CAR ACCIDENT
OVW wrestler Dylan Bostic was involved in a serious car accident last night. It’s important to note the Dylan has reported that he’ll be ok, although pretty banged up.
Rip Rogers was first to report the accident, only knowing that Dylan has been in an accident and was in pretty bad shape:
Dylan Bostic was on his way to Jacksonville Fla.. he was driving in slow lane and got smashed from behind … is in hospital I don’t know where … car totaled … he has broken hands – in neck brace … and I don’t know what else … this is all I know pic.twitter.com/N1ZhGT3D6P— Rip Rogers (@Hustler2754) April 3, 2019
As time went by, a clearer picture of what had happened emerged:
Dylan was in car wreck last nite – got hit from behind in slow lane driving to Jacksonville fla. his car totaled – went to hospital – released – hurt neck – lost his phone – bad night pic.twitter.com/3JYI6m1IBG— Rip Rogers (@Hustler2754) April 3, 2019
Thankfully Dylan was released from the hospital earlier today and managed to post a quick update. In it, he said that he was going to be ok, but was lucky to be alive. Dylan also claimed that the other car was traveling well over 100mph.
Hey guys I'll be ok. I'm pretty badly banged up as my car was struck by an SUV doing well over 100 mph and flipped about 10 times. I'm just thankful I'm alive! Thanks for all the love, prayers, and support! And god bless @garybarnidge for picking me up from the hospital!— ????? ?????? (@Dylan_Bostic) April 3, 2019
RVD RETURNING TO IMPACT
SportingNews has broken the news the RVD is set to make his return to an Impact ring. After making his debut for Impact in March 2010 and his first run lasted until 2013. During this time he won the X-Division Championship and the Heavyweight Title.
Speaking to SportingNews, Rob said the following regarding returning to Impact Wrestling:
“It looks like you are going to be seeing my face around for the foreseeable future. We have an agreement to where I will be sticking after the show on Thursday. It does have a beginning and an end, but they can extend, so this is something to start us off. I had agreed to one match, and then we talked about and discussed doing their upcoming tapings after the show on Thursday and a couple of television tapings over the next few months. We looked at the schedule moving forward, and they asked if I was available. I told them I was.”
When asked what fan could expect from his return to the ring, Rob reassuringly said:
“There’s going to be certain fans who haven’t seen me in a while or never at all that will be surprised that I’m still RVD. I still move the way I used to move, and they are still going to appreciate the distance. All these other wrestlers are trying to emulate me, and I’m thrilled to inspire.
Whatever I do different with the way my body moves, the way I execute my moves, all of the people will realize this is why they love RVD.”
BREAKING: RVD is BACK!— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 3, 2019
As reported by @sportingnews, United We Stand won't be the last you'll see of @TherealRVD in IMPACT!
He'll make his IMPACT TV return on April 29th in Toronto!
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RUMORS SURFACE OVER HOF LEGACY WING INDUCTEES
WrestleVotes has released a list of names they claim will be receiving the WWE Hall of Fame Legacy Award. Normally this would be swept aside as idle rumor, but WrestleVote has a reputation for accurately prediciting things like Hall of Fame inductees. The names they provided are as follows:
- Wahoo McDaniel
- Jim Barnett
- Luna Vachon
- Playboy Buddy Rose
A few of the names included in this years 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Legacy Award class are: Wahoo McDaniel, Jim Barnett, Luna Vachon & Playboy Buddy Rose among others.— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) April 3, 2019
The Legacy category was introduced in 2016. A wrestler who is inducted into this wing is normally from the early years of professional wrestling. Every wrestler who has been inducted so far has been inducted posthumously.