TNA Wrestling Officially Re-branded as GFW


According to a report released today by The Tennessean, TNA Wrestling will officially be re-branded as Global Force Wrestling, or GFW. This news comes after the announcement that the organization’s parent company, Anthem Entertainment, purchased the rights to the GFW earlier this week.

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The official rebranding will take place this Sunday at “Slammiversary.” Jeff Jarrett says that the company has international momentum, and will continue to build on that in the future.

“We’re a global brand,” Jarrett said of the rebranding. “We have partnerships in Mexico, Japan, other places. Collectively coming together, we’ve combined forces and basically the rebrand final touches happen (on Sunday) at ‘Slammiversary.’”

The company will continue to keep their headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Anthem Executive Vice President Ed Nordholm says that part of the company’s new objectives are to continue to create more of an international brand, as well as create their own on-demand video library, much like the WWE Network.

“One part of our international strategy is not just to take WWE-style ‘Impact’ and export it to other countries, but as well to more deeply penetrate those international markets in association with (wrestling) promotions that are centric to those markets,” Nordholm said. “The (international promotions) want to tap into our expertise to boost those shows, but also to in turn boost the GFW content.”

“The objective is to make that our own video on-demand hub,” Nordholm said.

Jarrett also says that he is very excited about the current roster and what they are able to bring to the professional wrestling market.

“Perseverance,” Jarrett said when asked to describe the company’s legacy over its first 15 years. “Nobody said it would be easy. But when you really chart the road map of the business side of things, it was a challenge day in and day out. But in spite of those business challenges, I will say the brand persevered, the talent persevered.

“And when you look back on history, 2005 to 2015, the stars of today were created right under our watch – A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode, arguably the top freshest stars in the world today. I’m excited for this roster now. I’m excited to show the next A.J. Styles to the world.”

Editor’s Note:

This is exactly what the company needs. TNA has garnered such a bad reputation over the years, due to lawsuits, financial mishaps and generally bad management. There is some great talent in GFW, and as wrestling fans, we should hope for them to be successful and provide us with the best product that they possibly can.

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“Impact Wrestling” Ratings Take a Big Hit


And down the rankings they go. For the last four weeks, “Impact Wrestling” has aired episodes taped in India, making them the first major promotion to film TV in the country. While it’s a cool story, the question became how strong of an impact would the location have on the audience.

The audience for the final India episode is in and the numbers aren’t great. According to Showbuzz Daily, this week’s episode of “Impact Wrestling” drew 268,000 viewers, down 22% from the previous week’s 342,000. This week’s show was the fourth lowest of the year while last week’s was the second highest. Last night’s show was headlined by an eight man tag, mostly comprised of wrestlers who will face off at Sunday’s “Slammiversary 2017”.

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Opinion: This is “Impact Wrestling’s” big issue all over again: they’ll get something going for a few weeks and then come crashing right back down, seemingly for no particular reason. Odds are they’ll bounce back in a few weeks but losing over a fifth of your audience in a single week is really hard to spin.

Why do you think the audience dropped so far? What would you like to see change on the show? Let us know in the comments below.

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Naomi vs. Lana Scheduled for Next Week’s “Smackdown Live”


Just in case you really didn’t get it. Lana recently made her singles debut at “Money in the Bank 2017” in a losing effort against Smackdown Women’s Champion Naomi. Soon after the loss, Lana requested and was granted a rematch for the title. This one went even worse as she lost in less than a minute, but we’re not done yet.

According to a new announcement from WWE via their Twitter account, Lana will receive a third title shot on the Fourth of July episode of “Smackdown Live”. This is due to the way the second match ended, as Naomi pulled Lana’s shoulder up during the pinfall. Lana complained about the match’s ending and was granted a rematch as a result.

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BREAKING: After disputing last week’s result, @LanaWWE gets one more #SDLive #WomensTitle opportunity THIS TUESDAY! https://t.co/cGDk7AHhZS

— WWE (@WWE) June 30, 2017

Opinion: I’m really not sure on this one as Lana is basically getting this on a technicality. She already got beaten in less than a minute, which makes me think that she’ll be winning the title, possibly with help from a returning Rusev. That would be WWE in a nutshell: lose the first two in increasingly dominant fashion and then win the third match via shenanigans.

Do you think Lana wins the title? If she doesn’t take it from Naomi, who should? Let us know in the comments below.


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Video: The New Day Participate in Hilarious Internet Challenge


The New Day are one of the most hilarious teams WWE have ever had. The combination of talent provided by Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods is astounding. From being the longest reigning Tag Team Champions of all time to hosting ‘WrestleMania 33,’ The New Day have done a lot in the business. You thought they’d done it all? Well you haven’t seen this!

Popular YouTube channel ‘Good Mythical Morning’ uploaded their latest daily video today with The New Day guest hosting as they participated in the ‘Random Commercial Challenge.’

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In this video, each member of The New Day has two different commercials that they are to star in based around ideas that they draw from a hat. This is the third edition of the challenge, as hosts Rhett and Link have participated in the previous two.

It should be noted that an additional ad was uploaded onto the official YouTube channel that you can watch.

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New Day appear on the post-show of ‘Good Mythical Morning’ where they sit down, drink tea and talk about themselves for a few minutes. All videos are hilarious and we at Wrestling Rumors definitely suggest you give them all a watch.

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Editor’s Note:

I love The New Day and Rhett & Link. If you’ve never seen Good Mythical Morning before, I highly suggest it. It is a show that comes out morning time (American) and available for you to watch to begin your day. They do insane challenges and talk about the coolest, weirdest topics. New Day being on it was for me amazing to see!

Have you ever seen Good Mythical Morning before? What are your thoughts on New Day’s ads? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Rumored “Raw” Match for “SummerSlam”


It is safe to say that the women in WWE are on fire right now, with the announcement of the ‘Mae Young Classic,’ the recent two editions of the Women’s Money In The Bank match and the recent women’s match on ‘Raw.’

Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer recently explained that one of the storylines going into ‘SummerSlam’ will have a focus between former friends.

Meltzer noted that at ‘SummerSlam,’ Alexa Bliss is suppoedly going to be defending her Raw Women’s Championship against Nia Jax. This will put both real-life and storyline friends up against one another in what will likely be a heel vs. heel match, unless one of them were to turn face before the event.

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The video above showcases the duo becoming friends on ‘Raw,’ despite being friends in real life. This is truly where this feud started, so we recommend watching this to see the beginning of the premier rivalry for the women in the Summer!

It has been speculated that they and a ‘Smackdown Live‘ superstar may join ‘Total Divas’ on the E! Network. This match may play a factor into the storylines and events showcased on that show.

Editor’s Note:

I don’t know what to think of this personally. I love both of these athletes. They are good, no denying that. I just wanted to see something that felt BIG and this doesn’t exactly feel that way to me. Albeit it, I am biased as I can tell it won’t be someone like Emma or Sasha Banks against Alexa and both are heel. Mickie James vs. Alexa Bliss could’ve been great, going back off Bliss having James helping her to bring her back to WWE.

What are your thoughts on this potential match? Which match do you want to see for ‘SummerSlam?’ Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Four More Superstars Announced For The “Mae Young Classic”


As the ‘Mae Young Classic’ draws closer, more names are being confirmed from around the world. There have been a range of competitors already confirmed but as the weeks progress, the talent comprising the upcoming tournament appears to be getting much more strong.

WWE have confirmed the latest four participants today for the upcoming ‘Mae Young Classic’ tournament that begins on August 28 this year on the WWE Network.

We at Wrestling Rumors have just learnt of these competitors and have the details here for you, provided by WWE via their website. Here are the four participants:

Kairi Sane (fka Kairi Hojo)

“Twenty-eight year-old Kairi Sane, nicknamed “The Pirate Princess” in her home country of Japan, where she is one of the most celebrated women’s wrestlers of the modern era, announced today that she has signed with NXT and will compete in this summer’s global women’s tournament.

Sane broke the news via a video message that played on the big screen inside Ry?goku Kokugikan Sumo Hall, the site of today’s WWE Live Event in Tokyo.”

Kairi Sane announces that she will take part in the historic #MaeYoungClassic! #WWETokyo pic.twitter.com/LleJ4P9XHN

— WWE (@WWE) June 30, 2017

“Formerly known by the alias Kairi Hojo, Sane has wrestled for five years and was a multi-time champion in the Japanese organization Stardom. Her pirate persona is inspired by her elite background in yachting: Before entering the mat game, Sane competed in the yachting world championship and was considered an Olympic hopeful. Though Sane has often carried a spyglass to the ring, it’s her highlight reel-worthy diving elbow drop — thought by many to be the most beautiful in the world — that has navigated her to many milestone victories.”

Dakota Kai

“Auckland, New Zealand’s Dakota Kai has held titles not just in her native country, but also in Australia, Japan and the United States (including the SHIMMER Tag Titles with NXT Superstar Ruby Riot). The 10-year veteran, also known as “The Captain of Team Kick,” is famous for her wide variety of strikes, including a running Yakuza kick that, in GIF form, has taken on a life of its own among wrestling fans. She ventured into WWE’s orbit once before, in a 2015 loss to Nia Jax on NXT. Two years later, she is now a recruit at the WWE Performance Center and looking to prove she belongs for good this time.”

Piper Niven (fka Viper)

Please note that it has been rumored in a previous article we released that Viper would be joining the ‘Mae Young Classic.’

“Hailing from Ayrshire, Scotland, Piper Niven is an experienced powerhouse who has competed across numerous promotions, including Shine, SHIMMER and Glasgow-based Insane Championship Wrestling. Drawn to sports-entertainment at an early age thanks to the likes of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Chyna, Niven played contact sports in her youth, setting the foundation for her eventual in-ring debut in 2008. She is revered for her high-impact offense, which includes senton splashes, powerslams and a signature Michinoku Driver.”

Bianca Belair

“Bianca Belair, of Knoxville, Tenn., qualified for the Mae Young Classic with a recent victory over NXT Superstar Aliyah. (Watch the match in its entirety, below.) Calling herself the “EST of NXT,” Belair claims to be the strongest, fastest and toughest woman on the Performance Center roster. Before joining WWE in 2016, she competed in track and field at University of South Carolina, Texas A&M and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and she is a regional CrossFit competitor who has been featured in RX Magazine. Prior to making her NXT debut, she shined in last year’s inaugural Performance Center Combine, putting up amazing numbers such as a 400-pound trap-bar deadlift and a 2.07-second 10-yard sprint.”

 

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The match above is her qualifying match on WWE NXT against Aliyah to enter the ‘Mae Young Classic’ and it is very worthy of a watch if you’re paying attention to the tournament.

Editor’s Note:

Most people will be excited for Kairi, I would assume. Me, however? I’m most excited to see Kai and Niven because Kai is from New Zealand, just close to Australia where I live, and Niven as I have been a fan of Viper (her previous name) for ages! I can’t wait to see what all four of these women bring to the table in the ‘Mae Young Classic.’

Which of these four girls are you most excited to see perform? Who should win the ‘Mae Young Classic?’ Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.


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Watch: Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker from ‘WrestleMania 30’


Few moments in wrestling caused as much outrage, frustration and emotion in general from wrestling fans all over the world than when Brock Lesnar hit the final F5 on The Undertaker at ‘WrestleMania 30‘ and pinned him to end the streak.

WWE have uploaded Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker from the ‘WrestleMania 30’ event to their YouTube channel. If you’ve never watched this, now is the time.

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It was during this match that WWE officially chose to end the undefeated streak of The Undertaker at the ‘WrestleMania’ series of pay-per-views in what at the time was a shock victory for Brock Lesnar, as many assumed he would go on to fall to ‘The Deadman’ and be another victim.

Editor’s Note:

There isn’t a moment I think I’ve hated more in wrestling than seeing The Undertaker lose to Brock Lesnar. Growing up, and still to this day, I consider The Undertaker to be my favorite superstar of all time. He was for me a ‘hero,’ in that watching him helped me a lot through my life. Seeing his streak end in such fashion had me furious for months, and I still don’t fully accept it.

What was your initial reaction to Brock Lesnar defeating the streak? Have you grown to accept it? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995. We also want to remind you that we have a Newsletter you can sign up to. This will allow us to send you the best news in one place via an email. We also have the Wrestling Rumors app that we encourage you all to download to get updates faster than they release on our various pages. It is available on Android and iOS devices.

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Ember Moon Discusses Her Rehab, Return to NXT


NXT Superstar Ember Moon was recently interviewed by WWE.com, where she discussed a number of topics. Rehabbing from her injury and her return to the ring were among the topics discussed.

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Below are some questions, along with Moon’s responses:

WWE.COM: What exactly was the injury to your shoulder?

MOON: I had a grade-one AC joint tear or, in layman terms, a separated shoulder.

WWE.COM: Take us through that moment last May when your shoulder slammed against the ringside barricade, thus causing the injury.

MOON: When I hit the barricade, I knew that I was hurt. I heard something pop in my shoulder and I initially thought it was my collarbone. The pain didn’t hit until I rolled over onto my back. I remember telling myself that it hurts, but it won’t be too bad. As soon as the medical trainers tried to move me, I realized that it was worse than I thought. I remember literally hitting the floor with my hand, realizing that I was probably going to miss NXT TakeOver: Chicago.

WWE.COM: What’s the difference between the Ember Moon of today compared to the Ember Moon who was injured two months ago?

MOON: Two months ago, Ember Moon thought she was invincible. I thought I could take the world by storm with no consequences. When I lost to Asuka, I began a downward spiral, which culminated with my injury. When you lose the ability to do what you love, it makes you rethink some life decisions, and I realized I needed to make some changes. Today I realize I’m not invincible, but I’m also in a much better mindset because I am truly ready for anything, and I train to make sure that’s the case.

They also discuss her return to the company, her drive for success and more.

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Moose Discusses Teaming With DeAngelo Williams at “Slammiversary”


Impact Wrestling Grand Champion Moose was recently interviewed by the Sporting News in preparation for his tag team match upcoming at “Slammiversary.” Moose, along with his partner, former Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers star running back DeAngelo Williams, will take on the team of Eli Drake and Chris Adonis.

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One of the first questions that comes to mind, whenever an athlete outside of the world of professional wrestling enters the ring, is how everything came together. Moose says that the initial idea came from Jeff Jarrett.

“He had called me a while ago asking me if I knew anybody that would want to wrestle,” said Moose (real name Quinn Ojinnaka). “I was like just let me work on it and I’ll see what I can do. DeAngelo happened to be at one of our Impact tapings. I went to Jeff and was like, ‘I think he would be the perfect guy to be my partner for Slammiversary.’

“Well, we didn’t even know what was going to happen at that point but I told them he would be the perfect guy that he was asking me about. DeAngelo and I had a conversation and the rest is history.”

How does the Impact Grand Champion feel that his partner will fare in the ring?

“You guys just wait to see what he does,” said Moose. “I’ve trained with him and I was blown away by how quick he picked it up and how athletic and gifted he was in the ring. Just wait to see.”

They also discuss Moose’s feelings on Impact Wrestling, Cody Rhodes and more.

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Rumors: WWE SummerSlam Title Match

– The New Day appeared on Good Mythical Morning and took part in their “Random Commercial Challenge”, which you can watch in the video above.

– There are rumors that Alexa Bliss will defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Nia Jax at SummerSlam. These stem from Dave Meltzer noting in the latest issue of The Wrestling Observer that the match “was likely” for SummerSlam based on storylines. As noted, the current plan is for Roman Reigns to face Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.

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