“205 Live” Performer Defends the Show Against Internet Critics

Fighting for what you believe in. Over the last few months, “205 Live” has been up and down to put it mildly. The show started off as little more than a bunch of six man tag matches but has now turned into a pretty well balanced show with a series of stories and a few matches that have stolen more than a few shows. However, the show hasn’t been received so well by everyone.

In a Tweet which you can read below, “205 Live” performer Ariya Daivari vented against an unnamed internet critic who doesn’t seem to like the show. Daivari talks about how Florida Championship Wrestling wasn’t well received to start either but wound up producing so many of the top stars on WWE TV today, including Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and the Revival.

Love my job. pic.twitter.com/AWwMlCocOG

— Ariya Daivari (@AriyaDaivariWWE) June 1, 2017

Opinion: Good for Daivari. I haven’t been the biggest fan of how WWE has booked “205 Live” but I can’t blame that on a lot of the performers. Daivari might not be the best or most interesting performer on the show but it’s nice to see someone stand up for something they care about.

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Ring of Honor TV Results – May 31, 2017

Ring of Honor
Date: May 31, 2017
Location: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Ian Riccaboni, Colt Cabana

We’re back to the regular shows this week after a quick trip to Japan (and back in time about three months). That means it’s time to deal with the War of the Worlds fallout along with starting the build towards Best in the World on June 23. Christopher Daniels is still World Champion but it’s hard to say who challenges him next. Let’s get to it.

We look back at War of the Worlds where Adam Cole seemingly finished up with the promotion with a Bullet Club sendoff. Bullet Club leader Kenny Omega came on screen and said this was the end of Cole’s fairy tale because there was a new member of the team. This brought out Marty Scurll for the big beatdown to a very strong reaction.

Opening sequence.

Here’s Bullet Club to open things up. The Young Bucks brag about what happened and say no one saw that coming, unless you watch their YouTube series. They bring out Scurll to talk about how it’s time for a new era in the Bullet Club because they needed some villany. Instead of a Superkick Party, let’s have a tea party. Scurll: “Bring out the crumpets!”

Actually it’s Adam Cole to a huge reaction. Cole thinks we should have story time instead of a tea party. He lists off his resume and talks about what a mistake it was for Bullet Club to make an enemy. Hangman Page says he’s going to run Cole out of this company and a match is made for some point.

Clip of David Starr laying out Josh Woods.

David Starr vs. Josh Woods

Despite being the heel, Starr is the hometown boy and has a bunch of monikers, including “Your Favorite Wrestler’s Favorite Wrestler.” Woods takes him into the corner and strikes away, earning quite a few boos. A springboard clothesline sends Woods outside but he grabs a fall away slam on the floor.

They head back in with Starr grabbing a DDT on the apron, followed by a hard clothesline. Starr’s superkick gets two but Woods reverses into a LeBell Lock. Back up and they slug it out with Starr kneeing him in the face but getting pulled down into a heel hook. Woods takes him into the corner and grabs a kneebar for the tap at 4:35.

Result: Josh Woods b. David Starr – Kneebar (4:35)

Video on Punishment Martinez.

Cole vs. Page next week.

Here are Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser for a chat. Young is coming off a victory over Jay Lethal (not mentioned until now) who he also attacked backstage after the loss. We saw the attack but not the win, which is why this company is so hard to follow at times. Young brags about his victory over Lethal and says he has Jay’s number. Cue Lethal to say let’s fight so Silas bails, setting up this.

Beer City Bruiser vs. Jay Lethal

Bruiser punches away in the corner to start as Young is on commentary. Lethal dropkicks him outside and chops Bruiser up against the barricade for a running Cannonball. Back from a break with Bruiser hitting a running right hand in the corner as the fans think Bruiser still sucks. It’s off to some shots to Lethal’s knee but Jay is quickly out and kicking Bruiser in the face. Lethal can’t hit the top rope elbow but can hit a dive to the floor, only to have Young start a brawl for the DQ at 10:13.

Result: Jay Lethal b. Beer City Bruiser via DQ when Silas Young interfered (10:13)

Bobby Fish comes out to save Lethal.

We look back at the end of the War of the Worlds Main event with Daniels pinning Cody, who had Lethal in a Figure Four.

Cody vs. Frankie Kazarian

Before the match, Cody says he wants a rematch with Daniels because, as Cabana said on the pay per view’s commentary, the Figure Four should have had Lethal pinned. Kazarian goes right after him to start and we head outside for a Frankie dive. A swinging neckbreaker takes us to a break but we come back with Kazarian in trouble on the floor.

Cody gets two off a delayed gordbuster and an Alabama Slam as the fans are split on their favorite. A butterfly arm crank keeps Kazarian down for a bit before it’s time to stomp on the ankle. The Beautiful Disaster sends Kazarian outside, only to have him catch Cody with a crossbody as we take a second break.

Back again with Cody’s kick to the ribs and another Beautiful Disaster for two. Kazarian grabs an Unprettier for two, followed by a cutter for the same. Not that it matters as Kazarian kicks him in the face and tries a neckbreaker but gets caught in Cross Rhodes for the pin at 17:35.

Result: Cody b. Frankie Kazarian – Cross Rhodes (17:35)

Hangman Page comes in to beat on Kazarian but Daniels runs in for the save to end the show.

 

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Sin Cara Teaching His Son To Wrestle (Video), Michael Hayes ‘Pick Of The Week’ Video, WWE Stock

– Above is the latest WWE Network Pick of the Week video with WWE Hall of Famer Michael “PS” Hayes plugging his recent Table For 3 episode with Jim Cornette and Eric Bischoff.

– WWE stock was down 1.00% today, closing at $20.70 per share. Today’s high was $21.00 and the low was $20.64.

– As seen below, Sin Cara is teaching his 8 year old son to wrestle. He wrote, “My 8 year old son learning everyday! Loves wrestling! #LuchaLuchaLucha #LuchaLibre #FollowTheFaceless #ElPaso @WWE @wweespanol @WWEUniverse

My 8 year old son learning everyday! Loves wrestling! #LuchaLuchaLucha #LuchaLibre#FollowTheFaceless #ElPaso @WWE @wweespanol @WWEUniversepic.twitter.com/OFbbWPFknO

— Sin Cara (@SinCaraWWE) June 1, 2017

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How Are WWE Extreme Rules Ticket Sales?, New Matt Hardy ‘Exhilarating’ Shirt, HHH Vs. Sheamus Video

– With WWE Extreme Rules this Sunday, WWE posted the full street fight between Triple H and Sheamus at the 2010 Extreme Rules pay-per-view. Sheamus defeated The Game after four Brogue kicks.

TicketIQ.com sent us word that this Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore is nearly a sell out, with just $125+ floor seating still available on Ticketmaster. There’s also about 200 tickets available on the secondary market starting at $43 ($3 above the face value of $40), which can be found here.

– Elements of the “Broken” gimmick are making their way to WWE Hardy Boyz merch. Their new t-shirt dubs them “The Most Exhilarating Tag Team in History,” as seen below. You can purchase the shirt at WWEShop.com. Also, this weekend you can save 20% off orders $30+, 25% off $50+ and 30% off $100+ at WWEShop.com by clicking here and using code EXTREME at checkout.

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Impact Wrestling Announces Live Event

Impact Wrestling is finally resuming non-televised live events as they have announced a show for Saturday, August 5th at the Richmond County Hall Ball Park in Staten Island, NY.

Tickets for the show go on sale June 9th. More live events are expected to be announced soon but this was the only event announced today.

Impact has not ran regular live events since the fall of 2014.

The rumors are CONFIRMED! IMPACT is going back on the road starting Aug. 5 from #NYC! @SIYanks#IMPACTonPOP pic.twitter.com/1Q0wOQWQxk

— IMPACT WRESTLING (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 2, 2017

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AJ Lee And WWE SmackDown Star Twitter Exchange Over Past Botch On RAW

It has been more than four years since Big E inadvertently smacked AJ Lee in the sternum during an entrance [with Dolph Ziggler] on live WWE television but it hasn’t stopped fans from trolling him on Twitter about it. Earlier this week, Big E addressed a tweet over the botch and AJ Lee herself responded.

More than 4 years ago…Y’all so petty. https://t.co/iNPI4BN4qG

— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) May 31, 2017

 

My shattered sternum feels like it was just yesterday…

— AJ Mendez Brooks (@TheAJMendez) May 31, 2017

 

pic.twitter.com/UjnLkfKOhq

— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) May 31, 2017

 

Big E and AJ Lee go back with a behind-the-scenes friendship as WWE showed a commitment to them both in the earlier days of their careers. Following some failed [and sometimes vengeful] romance angles, WWE aligned Lee, Big E and Dolph Ziggler in a fun trio. When asked by IGN this past April about what is often considered an underrated stable, she explained how she views Big E as her child.

“There were so many iterations that were planned [with Big E and Dolph Ziggler] and it ended up being something of our own creation,” Lee said. “I always refer to Big E as my child. I don’t know how that started, but I think it started with me saying I brought him into the wrestling world and I could take him out. I think it went into me saying I had birthed him. To this day he calls me mama. That was fun. I think it was supposed to be a Mickey and Mallory thing [with Dolph] and it turned into this ridiculous family. It was fun to not be the little kid with the unrequited love. Like how much of a loser do I have to be all the time? It was fun to be the bad guy for the first time and really embrace that. I never thought that was something I’d be able to pull off legitimately.”

Big E explained in January 2014 that bonding with AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler came due to the three sharing a similar sense of humor:

“I knew AJ from developmental a year before she was on NXT. I didn’t know Dolph at all. But when we started working together and traveling to different shows we realized that we shared a similar sense of humor. It didn’t take us long to realize that it was kind of an odd pairing but it worked. We had a lot of fun and it is something that I’ll always remember. I learned a lot from Dolph when I was ringside for all of the Cena matches at house shows. It was a positive way for me to start my career.”

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Rey Mysterio On Almost Working For Impact, Lucha Underground A ‘Pioneer’ For Cruiserweights, WCW

Source: Sports Illustrated

Rey Mysterio spoke with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” section on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Lucha Underground and today’s Cruiserweights:

“Lucha Underground is the pioneer in the cruiserweight division. Years ago, Konnan mentioned to me, ‘Wrestling has to change. Wrestling cannot always be a world for the giants,’ and he was right. Wrestling has changed. That change is because of Lucha Underground. That is not boxing anyone in. Cruiserweight is a form of giving life to those that still want to break into this business. There have been more opportunities given to that cruiserweight division, and that’s been helped by a lot of companies, including Ring of Honor and TNA.”

Almost working with Impact Wrestling:

“I was actually in conversations a while back with Impact about doing some shows. To be honest with you, it’s not that I don’t want to go work for them, it’s just like I didn’t have it in my game plan. I also didn’t have Lucha Underground in my game plan before it was created. If the circumstances were right, I wouldn’t mind going. I’m not interested in signing a contractual deal, but I would love to do some shows. People want to see diversity in their opponents and fans want to see their dream matches. If people want to see a match-up, let’s make it happen.”

Security not letting him back into the building, when he had a tryout match with WCW:

“People still tell me I have a babyface, and I was 21 at the time, so I looked like a 12-year-old back then. I recall explaining to the security guards, ‘No, no, it’s OK, I wrestle,’ and they looked at me and laughed. So I continued to say that I was a wrestler, and they finally asked me for a credential. I didn’t have any credentials, this was a tryout. Finally, security was cool enough to find out who I was and let me back in the building, but that happened several times after that, too. I learned my lesson after the fourth time, and I started carrying a WCW badge everywhere with me.”

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AJ Styles Vs. Seth Rollins Madden Finals, Rusev Hates Fan’s Idea, WWE Looks At Underrated Stars

– Above is the WWE Madden Finals between Seth Rollins and AJ Styles. For those who are unable to watch the video, spoilers are ahead, so read no further if you want to be surprised. Rollins went with the Chicago Bears and Styles took the Atlanta Falcons. The game was over before it started though, as Rollins had no trouble finishing off Styles in a blowout game. The score was 41-3 with just under two minutes left when Styles went ballistic, after Rollins returned an interception for a touchdown. Styles blamed the loss on the Playstation, since he usually plays on X-Box. Styles demanded a rematch on X-Box, it will not be a title rematch. Then – if Styles wasn’t already bothered enough – Xavier Woods presented him with a tiny runner-up trophy, which Styles smashed on the ground.

– WWE posted an article looking at the “8 most underrated Superstars in WWE right now.” The eight picks were: The Miz, American Alpha, Emma, Cedric Alexander, Curtis Axel, Apollo Crews, Liv Morgan, and Gran Metalik.

– A fan on Twitter offered up the idea of putting Rusev and Summer Rae in a feud together to get them back on TV. Rusev responded by saying:

That is probably no it’s actually the single worst idea I have ever seen. https://t.co/kAUW8bhm95

— Rusev The Ruler (@RusevBUL) June 2, 2017

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WWE NXT Signs WWN Live Referee, Darren Young – Finn Balor Rehab Note, Ladder Match Collection Video

– Above is a preview for the new “Ladder Match: Reaching for Glory” WWE Network Collection.

– WWN Live announced today that referee DA Brewer has been signed to work for WWE NXT. They issued the following:

“Congratulations to referee DA Brewer, who is leaving WWN to join NXT fulltime. Brewer earned a fulltime job in EVOLVE after taking part in a WWN Seminar/Tryout. He became a valuable member of the WWN Family seeing time in EVOLVE, FIP and Style Battle. We are very happy to see this quality person move on to NXT. The next WWN Seminar/Tryout will be August 11th in Joppa, MD. There will be a Seminar/Tryout for in ring talent as well as a Creative Seminar with Gabe Sapolsky on August 11th. Go here for more info.”

– Darren Young continues to train for his ring return and noted on Twitter that Finn Balor introduced him to blood flow restriction therapy for rehabilitation. Young has been out of action since January with an arm injury. He tweeted the following thanks to Balor:

Thanks 2 @FinnBalor 4 introducing me 2 #bloodflowrestriction for rehabilitation training. It’s helped so much in my recovery. #blockthehate pic.twitter.com/K6yFoOAW3R

— nodaysoff D-Young (@DarrenYoungWWE) June 1, 2017

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Update On WWE Network Airing UK Indie Promotions By Marc Middleton

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE Chief Financial Officer George Barrios spoke at the Needham Emerging Technology Conference in New York City last month and indicated that the company will be working with UK indie promotions Insane Championship Wrestling and PROGRESS going forward. As we’ve noted in the past, there are deals in place for both promotions to air on the WWE Network if Vince McMahon gives the OK.

When asked about airing other promotions on the WWE Network, specifically Ring of Honor, Barrios said:

“Yeah, I think there’s something there. It’s always priority and what once comes first. We recently announced a deal with ICW and Progress, which are wrestling promotions in the UK. So we’re thinking about the best way to utilize that content. As you know, we’ve been fairly active over the years in purchasing wrestling libraries, video libraries, a lot of which now you can see on the network. We think there’s a home for that, and it just a matter of priority.”

It was reported earlier this year that WWE officials were close to announcing partnerships with ICW and likely other UK indie promotions, which would open the door for North American promotions to sign similar deals. It was noted at the time that Vince had changed his mind several times but the multi-year deals remained on the table. WWE has had minor working relationships with both ICW and PROGRESS over the past year or so. The announcement Barrios is referring to in the comments above could be for the WWE UK tournament or the matches at WrestleMania 33 Axxess that featured ICW and PROGRESS talents but no content partnerships have been announced.

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