Indie Wrestler Dies at Unsanctioned Event in His First Match


A 25-year-old man from Oklahoma City has died this week following his involvement in an unsanctioned wrestling match.

William Ogletree was a comedian, singer and just beginning to pursue a career in professional wrestling, with this being his first match. Ogletree took a Spinebuster according to his uncle, leading to him being injured. We highly suggest you watch the video WWE released a while back on 22 of the most insane Spinebusters in the history of the company.

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According to Joe Miller, the administrator of the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, the event wasn’t licensed by the commission despite a state requirement that all wrestling based events need approval before they begin operating in any fashion. Miller has since identified the promoter as Leslie Hesley of Balthazar’s Ladies of Wrestling (B.LO.W.). who has yet to comment on the incident.

As mentioned, Ogletree was known by the community as a stand-up comedian and guitarist for a local rock band. Fox 25 News has a video on their website featuring his friends reminiscing about his passions. You can watch the video here.

The family said that Ogletree showed no sign of brain activity after the injury sustained at the wrestling event, which took place at a venue known as The Blue Note. His family ultimately decided it was best to remove him from life support in order to grant his final wish, which was to be an organ donor.

An investigation into the wrestling match that caused the injury is reportedly ongoing by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission. The commission has said it will request a criminal investigation by the Oklahoma County District Attorny’s office.

Since his death, a GoFundMe has been set up and has currently raised $5,000 of a $15,000 goal. This is a memorial fund. You can donate here if you so wish to.

Wrestling Rumors would like to expend our deepest sympathies with the family and the community around the Oklahoma area during this time. We hope that justice is served and that William can rest in peace.

What are your thoughts on this incident? Have you heard about 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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More Backstage News on the John Cena/Roman Reigns Segment


WrestlingInc and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter have provided a backstage update on the segment between John Cena and Roman Reigns from ‘Raw.’

If you would like a reminder of the promo, we highly suggest watching the video we’ve linked down below this text. Alternatively, we have the full segment between Reigns and Cena available here. This was one of the most talked about segments in recent memory for both ‘Raw’ and WWE as a whole.

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The segment between Cena and Reigns during ‘Raw’ in Memphis, as previously reported, went down exactly as it was designed to be.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has added that the only part of the segment that was not planned was for Cena to make fun of Reigns for forgetting his lines.

The script for that segment was completed last week, with Vince McMahon personally speaking with both Cena and Reigns about what he wanted to happen. They were given their outlines for the script there.

Reigns and Cena will meet at ‘No Mercy’ on September 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It is being said that Cena potentially filming the new Transformers spin-off movie has forced WWE to move forward the feud. That said, this will certainly not be the final match between the two.

Did you enjoy that segment? Are you interested in this feud? 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: The Full Confrontation Between Roman Reigns and John Cena


WWE uploaded to their official YouTube channel the entire segment between Roman Reigns and John Cena from ‘Raw‘ this past week.

One of, if not the biggest stories coming out of ‘Raw’ this week was the segment between Roman Reigns and 16 time WWE Champion John Cena. Over the course of the past few days, social media has been wild in discussions about what both men said.

We previously reported details on the segment that you can find here if you’re interested. That said, it wasn’t a shoot as many fans of the business were quick to assume.

We highly recommend re-watching the segment below and let us know who you think wins at ‘No Mercy.’ Which side, if any, are you on? Does this match excite you?

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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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Roman Reigns on if He Considers Himself a Babyface, a Possible Shield Reunion


Roman Reigns was interviewed by ESPN where he talked about improving in the ring, if he considers himself a babyface and potentially reuniting with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.

Reigns was recently on ‘Sportscenter’ where he spoke about his grueling match against Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar at ‘SummerSlam‘ a few weeks back. This is a very interesting interview with Reigns’ explanation of his positioning in the match and we do highly recommend just giving it a watch to hear what he has to say.

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On having to face such big men:

“I hate to say it’s the norm, but it feels that way. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I’ve been kind of used to running into these big redwood trees.”

On if he is a babyface:

“To me, I’m neither. If I’m totally off here, then I’m totally off, but I’m the first of my type. I’m the first true gray area guy … just being what he was born to be.”

“I don’t go out there and act crazy and flail around and be a heel. I don’t come out there smiling and kissing babies, telling each town it’s my favorite town at the end of the night. I keep it real. Sometimes I’m in a good mood. Sometimes I’m in a bad one. I want my character to be as human as possible, but not just a regular human that you see every single day.”

On his versatility:

“It’s just one of those things that helps me work with everybody. It’s not about, ‘Well, we can’t tell this story because it’s two bad guys going against each other, or it’s two good guys.’ I can adjust to any way [we want to do it]. I can wrestle any way I want. Sometimes you fight pissed off. Sometimes you fight smart with technique. It just depends.”

On the reaction of the audience:

“I get excited no matter what, because it’s a different crowd every time for me. Now that I’ve been able to make my rounds a few years now and be to each market several times, I have a better understanding. That’s what makes a performer smarter … the experience of knowing each region, knowing the fan base that’s at the actual show, knowing how they sound. If you just sit back and listen to each reaction, you can really tell what’s out there. You can hear the kids. You can hear the women. You can hear the grown men.”

On The Shield debuting at the Barclays Center in December of 2012:

“That’s where my career started, essentially. Our first match ever, when we broke in as The Shield, was in the Barclays in a TLC match against Team Hell No and Ryback.”

On potentially reuniting with Ambrose and Rollins:

“Over the next few weeks, we’ll be able to see it play out. But the main thing right now is I’ve been in the title picture for the Raw brand, so I can firmly say neither of those guys would leave [that opportunity] to rejoin The Shield [and] rekindle that flame.”

“Maybe I’m a third wheel at this point. It just really depends. I feel like the next few weeks are really going to play out some important things for me. Obviously, I need to transition coming out of this big feud between the four monsters.”

On being able to face people of all size and ability such as Strowman and AJ Styles:

“For me, it’s just a learning experience. I like it different, because I feel like that’s what really made me progress in such a short amount of time. I mean, I think I’ve been on the road now for five years coming up, about three of them in a singles capacity. When you get thrown in the fire like that, considering I’ve only been wrestling since 2010 — granted, I’m from a wrestling family and I’ve been around it — it’s a whole other beast being in the ring.”

On his evolution since debuting:

“Early in my career, I looked towards veteran wrestlers or people before me and tried to tap into that. Not necessarily their mannerisms or how they carried themselves, but just the way they conducted their matches and the psychology and why they were doing stuff. Why they would take their times here, why they would flurry here, why they would pander to the crowd here. There’s just different little things that I needed to look at.”

“At this point in my career, it’s hard for me to watch some of my stuff. It kind of always has been. Early on, I would watch my stuff and I would learn from it, treat it like football tape. Watch my footwork, watch my mannerisms, looking at my shoulders and how I was carrying myself.”

On how he picks up nuances for how his character should be:

“I just try and tap into other things, like real life mannerisms. I get them from my kids, different emotions. Sometimes when you’re playing with your kids and they get pissed, you can see a true anger emotion that’s not convoluted with any other reasoning. They’re just mad. They know they’re mad and they’re going to show you they’re mad.”

About opportunities for up-and-coming wrestlers:

“Guys like Big Cass… like Baron Corbin, different guys that are new. “Jinder [Mahal] is another one. They’re getting these opportunities, and it’s important that they run with the ball and they don’t look back, because you drop that ball you may never get it again.”

“For me, learning every single night by being thrown in the fire, sink or swim — that’s what made me the performer I am today.”

With H/T to ESPN for quotes.

Editor’s Note:

I am a massive fan of Reigns. I love how humble the man is, regardless of what people think of him. All the power to him and what he does in the business.

What did you think of Reigns’ comments? Do you agree with what he said? 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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NXT Combine 2017- Day 1 Results


WWE have uploaded the results to the first day of the 2017 WWE Performance Center Combine featuring a number of male and female talent.

If you want more of an idea of what the NXT Combine is, we highly suggest watching the following video taken from the 2016 Combine. Essentially, as the video explains, this series is based on athletic talent. See which one of the new NXT recruits excels during this series.

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The results are as follows:

10-Yard Reverse Ground Start Sprint

Women:

  1. Ember Moon at 2.25 seconds
  2. Bianca Belair at 2.38 seconds
  3. Liv Morgan & Peyton Royce at 2.44 seconds, tied

Men:

  1. Tino Sabbetelli at 1.96 seconds
  2. Montez Ford at 2.13 seconds
  3. Demitrius Bronson at 2.15 seconds

Standing Broad Jump

Women:

  1. Bianca Belair at 8 feet, 7 inches
  2. Jessie Elaban at 8 feet, 6 inches
  3. Ember Moon & Mandy Rose at 8 feet, 1 inch, tied

Men:

  1. Montez Ford at 11 feet, 2 inches
  2. Tino Sabbatelli at 10 feet, 3 inches
  3. Babatunde Aiyegbusi & Big Boa at 9 feet, 9 inches, tied

Overhead Medicine Ball Toss (10 lb. medicine ball for women, 20 lb. medicine ball for men)

Women:

  1. Bianca Belair at 38 feet, 10 inches
  2. Ember Moon at 35 feet, 8 inches
  3. Rhea Ripley at 35 feet, 7 inches

Men:

  1. Tino Sabbatelli at 51 feet, 10 inches
  2. Babatunde Aiyegbusi at 47 feet, 2 inches
  3. Demitrius Bronson at 45 feet

1,000-Meter Row

Women:

  1. Bianca Belair at 3:29
  2. Reina Gonzalez at 3:30
  3. Rhea Ripley at 3:43

Men:

  1. Babatunde Aiyegbusi at 2:56
  2. Demitrius Bronson at 2:58
  3. No Way Jose at 3:00

What did you think of these results? Were they surprising to you? 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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Lucha Underground Results – August 30, 2017

Lucha Underground
Date: August 30, 2017
Location: Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, California
Commentators: Vampiro, Matt Striker

We’re into the final stretch of the season now (after what feels like 183 years) and that means we’re on the way to Ultima Lucha Tres. With the main event set, there shouldn’t be too many more weeks to go before we get to the big show. That being said, this is Lucha Underground so we’ll likely have three tournaments and ten new characters before we get there. Let’s get to it.

The opening video looks at Marty Martinez being creepy, Cortez Castro being unmasked, Son of Havoc vs. Son of Madness and Johnny Mundo retaining last week.

Dario Cueto comes in to see Matanza, whose protection he now requires. In two weeks, Matanza gets to face Mysterio one on one.

Ultima Lucha Tres starts in four weeks and will be four weeks long this year.

Son of Madness vs. Mascarita Sagrada


Sagrada comes out in the biker vest given to him by Son of Havoc. Madness kicks him in the back to start and stomps him down in the corner as this is looking squashish. Sagrada gets in a kick of his own but a suplex puts him away at 2:13.

Result: Son of Madness b. Mascarita Sagrada – Suplex (2:13)

Son of Havoc comes in for the save as Dario makes Havoc vs. Madness in a Boyle Heights Biker Brawl for an Aztec Medallion later tonight. As he’s making the announcement, Paul London comes out to carry Sagrada away.

Marty Martinez vs. Argenis

Marty drives him into the corner for some rapid fire shots to the face and chest but misses a charge. A springboard….something is broken up with a faceplant and it’s time for Marty to start after the mask. Marty gets sent outside for a big dive and a hurricanrana off the steps. Since it’s just a hurricanrana, Marty sends him into the post to draw some blood. With his blood on Marty’s shoulder, Argenis comes back with a neckbreaker as Striker talks about platelets falling. Marty loads him up for a Dominator and flips it into a Codebreaker for the pin at 5:11.

Result: Marty Martinez b. Argenis – Dominator into a Codebreaker (5:11)

Post match Marty beats on him even more and steals the bloody mask. Marty gets in Melissa’s face, saying he wants Fenix’s mask. He’ll get it at Ultima Lucha Tres. Fenix comes out for some kicks and issues a challenge for mask vs. hair.

Joey Ryan vs. Sexy Star

Star hammers away in the corner as Striker talks about smart women loving smart men. A tornado DDT gives Star two and a victory roll gets the same. Joey pulls her down by the hair and here’s Taya with a sign to mock Sexy and her fans. Star biels him around by the chest hair, followed by Three Amigas for two. She dives onto Taya instead of following up though and it’s a superkick to give Joey the pin at 4:57.

Result: Joey Ryan b. Sexy Star – Superkick (4:57)

Post match Joey tries to put the lollipop in Star’s mouth so Castro comes in for the save with a kendo stick.

Back from a break with Castro coming into Dario’s office. He should arrest Dario right now but Dario gives him a street fight with Joey for an Aztec Medallion next week.

Aztec Medallion: Son of Havoc vs. Son of Madness

Street fight. Havoc knees Madness in the face to start as the vest is already off. A trashcan shot drops Havoc and they fight into the crowd as Striker makes Repo Man jokes. They take turns being sent into various objects with some fans catching Havoc as he’s thrown into the crowd again.

Madness gets thrown back to ringside for a dive out of the crowd, only to have Havoc knee the barricade by mistake. A backdrop sends Madness into the same barricade though as Striker talks about how you would do some of this stuff in a bar fight. Back in and Madness clotheslines him down as Striker keeps making jokes about the beards.

Havoc sends him outside again and into the steps, setting up a handspring elbow in the corner. A cutter gives Havoc two but Madness drops him again and goes to find a toolbox. Instead he picks up a garbage can for a Death Valley Driver. Now it’s time for a hammer but Havoc charges into a beer bottle to the head. The shooting star gives Havoc the pin at 13:03.

Result: Son of Havoc b. Son of Madness – Shooting star press (13:03)


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Kane Believes Undertaker Will Wrestle Again, Attitude Era’ The ‘Golden Age’

Source: The Ross Report On recently ofThe Ross Report WWE Superstar Kane, was a guest.  Kane called WWE’s Attitude Era, “the golden age” of professional wrestling, whether The Undertaker will wrestle another match and other wrestling topics. Here are the some highlights: On called WWE’s ‘Attitude Era’ the “golden age” of pro wrestling: “That was the golden age. So much […]

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