AEW wrestler dealing with injury

AEW star Marq Quen of Private Party is currently out of action as he has been sidelined due to an undisclosed injury.

Fightful Select reported the news today. With the exact injury not known, there’s no word yet on the timetable for his return. Isiah Kassidy and The Blade have been working multi-man matches with Matt Hardy as of late as The Butcher is also on the sidelines with a biceps injury.

The last match that Quen worked was when he teamed up with Hardy and Kassidy for a six-man tag team match win over Channing Thomas, Tommy Grayson and JP Grayson at NEW’s Better Than You event on October 12th.

Private Party teamed with The Butcher and The Blade where they lost to Brock Anderson, Lee Johnson, Chuck Taylor, and Wheeler Yuta during an episode of AEW Dark: Elevation on October 11th.

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The Briscoes want AEW’s Tony Khan to send them a plane ticket so they can fight FTR

The Briscoes want to get their hands on FTR after being attacked at ROH Final Battle and they are calling on AEW’s Tony Khan to make things happen.

Jay and Mark Briscoe said that FTR made a mistake and it’s just a matter of “when and where” and all they need is a plane or bus ticket. Jay Briscoe specifically called on Khan to let them use his private jet.

FTR have talked about wanting this match for years and both teams had been going back and forth on Twitter for weeks until the big brawl at Final Battle.

In recent interviews, Tony Khan has been teasing surprises and big matches coming soon and perhaps FTR vs. The Briscoes will be one of those dream matches booked for an upcoming AEW weekly TV show or a pay-per-view.

AEW presents Winter Is Coming tomorrow night so perhaps, there will be a surprise or two on the show.

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Miranda Gordy to make MLW debut at Blood & Thunder event next month

MLW issued the following:

Miranda Gordy makes MLW debut in Dallas
See MLW LIVE in Dallas Jan. 21

Tickets Available NOW at MLWDallas.com.

Major League Wrestling (MLW®) today announced Miranda Gordy will make her MLW debut Friday, January 21 at MLW Blood & Thunder at Gilley’s in Dallas, featuring an MLW Fusion TV taping.

A new generation has emerged from Badstreet USA with Miranda Gordy threatening to tear up Major League Wrestling when she makes her debut in Dallas.

The daughter of the legendary Terry Gordy of the Fabulous Freebirds, Miranda Gordy is a brawling powerhouse grappler who adds a new dimension to the roster.

🎟 Buy tickets starting at $10 at: www.MLWDallas.com.

Competing just across the train tracks from where her father wreaked havoc at the old Sportatorium, Gordy barks about raising hell in out of the ring… and makes no bones about her feelings on the Von Erichs.

Now the question is who will sign the open contract to fight Gordy in her debut?

Find out January 21 in Dallas as MLW presents Blood & Thunder!

🎟 Get tickets for just $10 at MLWDallas.com.

Tracking to be another hot ticket in the DFW metroplex, MLW will return Saturday night January 21 to Gilley’s in Downtown Dallas with MLW: Blood & Thunder.

The event will be an MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

CARD:
Texas Tornado Match for the World Tag Team Championship:
5150 (champions) vs. Ross & Marshall Von Erich

Some of the athletes and talent signed to compete and appear include:
World Heavyweight Champion Alex Hammerstone
Jacob Fatu
World Middleweight Champion Tajiri
Davey Richards
“The Judge” EJ Nduka
Cesar Duran
5150 with Konnan
Mads Krugger
Calvin Tankman
Richard Holliday
Rok-C
Matt Cross
TJP
National Openweight Champion Alex Kane
Ho Ho Lun
Alicia Atout
Aramis
Arez
Miranda Gordy
KC Navarro
Savio Vega
Myron Reed
All Japan’s Saito Bros
Plus MORE wrestlers will be announced soon.

More athletes and matches will be announced at MLW.com.

Tickets start at $10 at MLWDallas.com. Tickets will also be available day of show at the box office unless the event sales out in advance.

DAY OF EVENT INFO
The schedule is as follows:
6:00 p.m.: Early entry for First Row Ticket Holders
6:30 p.m.: Doors open for general public (all ticket holders)
7:30 p.m.: Showtime

MORE ABOUT THE VENUE
Gilley’s is just a 10-minute walk south of the Convention Center in Dallas, conveniently located at the epicenter of Dallas.
The world-famous venue opened its doors in 1971 and has played host to a who’s who in sports and entertainment, including being featured in movies such as Urban Cowboy. The venue offers modern facilities, parking, and easy accessibility. Gilley’s provides the highest quality service makes the venue a premier event destination.

The venue is located at:

1135 Botham Jean Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75215

Adjacent paved lots provide ample parking.

⚠️Tickets for the postponed September 11 card will be honored only at MLW’s March 31 card. Get your tickets NOW to see MLW’s new January event.

About Major League Wrestling
Major League Wrestling (MLW®) is a sports media holding company with a focus on professional wrestling sporting events/programming, digital content and ancillary entertainment. One of the fastest growing wrestling leagues today, MLW programming is available worldwide in YouTube, FITE.tv and beIN Sports.

For more information visit mlw.com and follow MLW on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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New segment announced for tonight’s WWE NXT 2.0

WWE has announced that Grayson Waller will answer for his actions on tonight’s episode of NXT 2.0.

Waller attacked Johnny Gargano as he gave his farewell speech to the NXT brand on last week’s show, which was done to write Gargano off television as his contract expired on December 10th.

Gargano has re-launched his Pro Wrestling Tees shop and is going back to streaming on Twitch. It has been reported that WWE expects Gargano as well as Kyle O’Reilly to return to the company.

Here is the updated card for tonight’s NXT 2.0 on the USA Network:

Tony D’Angelo vs. Andre Chase

Boa vs. Edris Enofe

NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong vs. Bron Breakker in a non-title match

Cameron Grimes vs. Duke Hudson in a No Holds Barred match

Harland makes his in-ring debut

Cora Jade vs. Dakota Kai

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EC3 and Braun Strowman adding another former WWE star to their stable?

Braun Strowman, who is now going by the name “The Titan,” got fans talking when he released an interesting image on his Instagram account of himself, EC3, and fellow former WWE star Karrion Kross.

Strowman captioned the post with “Time will tell!!!!! @controlyournarrative #ControlYourNarrative #TickTock #AllYouHaveToDoIsKnick #YouveBeenWarned #TheIdea.”

With this post, it appears Kross could be joining the new stable featuring Strowman, EC3, Westin Blake (the former Wesley Blake), and an unnamed wrestler. The group was formed this past Saturday night at the ROH Final Battle pay-per-view event.

Kross was let go by WWE last month alongside several other wrestlers including his fiancee Scarlett. He is still waiting on his 90-day non-compete clause to expire, which will be in the first quarter of 2022, but has already started making bookings. 

With ROH taking off the first quarter of next year to reimagine the company and releasing all of its talent with the idea of booking wrestlers on per-show deals, it will be interesting to see where the group ends up if it’s not ROH.

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WWE Raw (12/13/21) viewership dips, key demo rebounds from last week’s record low

This week’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw saw its ratings be mixed. According to ShowBuzz Daily, the episode drew an average of 1.573 million viewers on the USA Network, which is down from the 1.599 million viewers last week. The 18-49 demo saw the average rating be 0.39, up from the 0.35 rating last week, which was the lowest key demo rating the show has done in history.

The 18-49 demos saw hour one had 0.39 then 0.40 in hour two, and 0.37 in hour three. Here is the hourly viewership breakdown:

Hour 1 (8 pm): 1.620 million – last week: 1.669
Hour 2 (9 pm): 1.627 million – last week: 1.636
Hour 3 (10 pm): 1.474 million – last week: 1.494

Raw ranked #6 in the top 150 shows on cable for the night, which is up from the #8 ranking last week. An NFL game was at the top of the chart in the key demo and drew over 7.9 million viewers on ESPN.

Here is a list of total viewership and the key demo rating that Raw has done thus far this year:

1/4/21: 2,128,000 viewers – 0.68 key demo rating
1/11/21: 1,819,000 viewers – 0.55 key demo rating
1/18/21: 1,854,000 viewers – 0.60 key demo rating
1/25/21: 1,819,000 viewers – 0.52 key demo rating
2/1/21: 1,892,000 viewers – 0.58 key demo rating
2/8/21: 1,715,000 viewers – 0.49 key demo rating
2/15/21: 1,810,000 viewers – 0.57 key demo rating
2/22/21: 1,889,000 viewers – 0.57 key demo rating
3/1/21: 1,884,000 viewers – 0.58 key demo rating
3/8/21: 1,897,000 viewers – 0.55 key demo rating
3/15/21: 1,847,000 viewers – 0.56 key demo rating
3/22/21: 1,816,000 viewers – 0.53 key demo rating
3/29/21: 1,701,000 viewers – 0.56 key demo rating
4/5/21: 1,701,000 viewers – 0.52 key demo rating
4/12/21: 2,026,000 viewers – 0.68 key demo rating
4/19/21: 1,907,000 viewers – 0.61 key demo rating
4/26/21: 1,774,000 viewers – 0.49 key demo rating
5/3/21: 1,872,000 viewers – 0.53 key demo rating
5/10/21: 1,817,000 viewers – 0.53 key demo rating
5/17/21: 1,823,000 viewers – 0.48 key demo rating
5/24/21: 1,621,000 viewers – 0.45 key demo rating
5/31/21: 1,557,000 viewers – 0.44 key demo rating
6/7/2021: 1,640,000 viewers – 0.48 key demo rating
6/14/2021: 1,742,000 viewers – 0.49 key demo rating – go-home Hell in a Cell show
6/21/2021: 1,719,000 viewers – 0.49 key demo rating – post-Hell in a Cell show
6/28/2021: 1,570,000 viewers – 0.41 key demo rating
7/5/2021: 1,472,000 viewers – 0.41 key demo rating – new all-time low viewership
7/12/2021: 1,609,000 viewers – 0.43 key demo rating – go-home Money in the Bank show (final ThunderDome show)
7/19/2021: 1,923,000 viewers – 0.57 key demo rating – Money in the Bank fall out and first show with fans back
7/26/2021: 1,814,000 viewers – 0.49 key demo rating
8/2/2021: 1,821,000 viewers – 0.51 key demo rating
8/9/2021: 1,790,000 viewers – 0.49 key demo rating
8/16/21: 1,857,000 viewers – 0.55 key demo rating
8/23/21: 2,067,000 viewers – 0.64 key demo rating
8/30/21: 1,907,000 viewers – 0.54 key demo rating
9/6/21: 1,849,000 viewers – 0.52 key demo rating
9/13/21: 1,670,000 viewers – 0.43 key demo rating
9/20/21: 1,793,000 viewers – 0.49 key demo rating – Extreme Rules go-home show
9/27/21: 1,709,000 viewers – 0.48 key demo rating – post Extreme Rules show
10/4/21: 1,857,000 viewers – 0.52 key demo rating – night 2 of the Draft
10/11/21: 1,582,000 viewers – 0.42 key demo rating
10/18/21: 1,593,000 viewers – 0.39 key demo rating – Crown Jewel go-home show
10/25/21: 1,658,000 viewers – 0.47 key demo rating
11/1/21: 1,689,000 viewers – 0.47 key demo rating
11/8/21: 1,549,000 viewers – 0.40 key demo rating
11/15/21: 1,584,000 viewers – 0.42 key demo rating – Survivor Series go-home show
11/22/21: 1,699,000 viewers – 0.49 key demo rating – Survivor Series fallout
11/29/21: 1,678,000 viewers – 0.45 key demo rating
12/6/21: 1,599,000 viewers – 0.35 key demo rating
12/13/21: 1,573,000 viewers – 0.39 key demo rating

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Mick Foley critical of WWE releasing SmackDown star

Mick Foley is high on AJ Francis, formerly known as Top Dolla, and has given his take on WWE’s decision to release him last month alongside the rest of Hit Row.

The WWE Hall of Famer talked about Top Dolla during a recent interview with Wrestling Inc where he noted that he thought Top Dolla was money as he was a big and powerful guy who had a bunch of charisma. He once asked Dolla if WWE had an issue with his lyrics and if WWE even knew he had an album out. He recalled how after Bruce Prichard overheard him talking to Shawn Michaels about this childhood dream he had to portray his Dude Love character, Prichard pitched it to Vince McMahon and he later did the gimmick.

Foley continued on by stating that he thinks if you have someone in developmental and looking for future stars, you should be at least aware of all the assets they bring to the table because if you don’t then you’re doing a disservice to the talent and the company.

Foley took to Twitter today to note that he thought the decision to release Top Dolla was baffling. He wrote: “The release of ⁦@AJFrancis410⁩ was particularly baffling to me: a mountain of a man, charisma for days, rapper, top tier promo guy, would have been a go to guy for media; potential crossover star. Baffling.”

Dolla reportedly had backstage heat that likely led to the company releasing the group.

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Kevin Owens says spot in WWE Raw match destroyed him

There was a gauntlet match on Monday’s episode of WWE Raw where Bobby Lashley beat Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, and WWE Champion Big E. This was done as a way for him to earn his way into the fatal 4-way match with the wrestlers listed above at the Day 1 pay-per-view event.

In the match, he went for a cannonball dive off the apron, but Lashley moved and he hit the floor hard. Owens has since shared three of the most painful spots he’s been a part of.

Owens wrote: “I often get asked what hurt me the most throughout my career and there’s 2 specific things that always come to mind but as of last night, there’s a new answer to add to that list because for some reason, this absolutely destroyed me.”

He also trolled some fans and shared the two other painful spots, as seen below:

 

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