**I usually don’t comment about the promotions I work for outside the realm of color commentary, as it could be seen as a conflict of interest.
However, I see what other people don’t, and the match between Derek Simonetti and Sean Leiter, tomorrow night at Proving Ground’s Crossing the Streams, hits a little differently.
Again, I see what others don’t.**
They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
It’s a lesson Proving Ground president Derek Simonetti has learned the hard way in recent weeks by crossing the streams more than he could have imagined. Amid putting on a benefit show are accusations of self-dealing. If that’s not enough gasoline on the fire, Simonetti has drawn the ire of the new Proving Ground Heavyweight Champion, Sean Leiter.
The forbidden door is no longer just a cool catchphrase.
Tony Khan announced last night on Dynamit that AEW and NJPW will hold a joint pay-per-view aptly titled Forbidden Door. The show is set for Sunday, June 26, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
AEW president Tony Khan and NJPW president Takami Ohbari appeared on stage to make the announcement but were interrupted by AEW’s Adam Cole and NJPW’s Jay White who filled in the blanks regarding the event’s details.
Fightful reported that Kushida has left WWE after his contract expired.
Kushida signed with WWE in 2019. He won the NXT Cruiserweight Championship and had some standout matches with Walter, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunn, Santos Escobar, and Kyle O’Reilly. Following his Cruiserweight Title loss, Kushida formed a team with Ikemen Jiro and became known as Jacket Time.
Kushida’s final NXT appearance occurred on last week’s episode. He was initially scheduled to face Von Wager but was taken out in a backstage attack by Wager. Jiro took Kushida’s place in a losing effort to Wagner. His final match aired on the 3/25 episode of NXT LVL UP as Jacket Time lost to Malik Blade and Edris Enofe, with Kushida taking the fall.
Another WrestleMania is in the books, and Roman Reigns is the unified WWE Universal Champion. The question of who will dethrone “The Tribal Chief” is a hot-button topic. The issue has intensified even more now that Roman holds the WWE Championship and Universal Championship, allowing him to appear on Raw and SmackDown for the foreseeable future. However, Roman won’t hold both belts forever.
Elevation requires separation, and with the brand split staying the course, the company will only go for so long without a champion on each of its flagship shows. Eventually, the titles will be separated, and Reigns will remain the Universal Champion because it is the title that encompasses his historic run. The title itself is only five years old, and while it’s front and center on the championship spectrum, it lacks a legendary reign that Roman can obtain.
What I’m about to say I’ve only uttered to a handful of people, but now it’s time to unleash my bold prediction. Roman Reigns will be Universal Champion until WrestleMania 40. Yep, that’s right, two years from now, eclipsing Pedro Morales on the all-time list as the 5th longest title reign.
Over the past two weeks, the highly volatile personal situation between NXT’s Nash Carter and his wife, IMPACT Wrestling’s Kimber Lee, was a top news item. It got uglier with each passing day, including domestic violence allegations hurled against Carter.
It’s a controversial topic with many talking heads. Last Monday, Kimber Lee released a photo of Carter imitating Hitler, and WWE released the 27-year-old two days later. However, there is one question many are not asking.
The AEW faithful in Japan received some great news this morning as New Japan Pro Wrestling’s streaming service New Japan World announced that AEW television shows, Dynamite and Rampage, are coming soon to the streaming service. Also, a Japanese live version of the shows are in the works, all at no additional cost.
WrestleMania 38 Night 2 kicked off with an unexpected appearance by Triple H, who came to the ring, did his classic water spit, and left his wrestling boots in the middle of the ring, signifying his retirement from the squared circle. While H officially two weeks ago, it was on ESPN +. It was fitting for him to have one more meaningful appearance in front of a contemporary WWE crowd that he helped cultivate.
Wow, WrestleMania 38 – Night 1 lived up to the marketing and was a stupendous event. WWE produced two exceptional matches and the return of a legend to cap off the festivities. The bar is set extremely high for Night 2.
On Friday Friday, Mark Calaway, otherwise known as the Undertaker, will take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. Undertaker headlines the 2022 class featuring Vader, Queen Sharmell, The Steiner Brothers, and Shad Gaspard will receive the Warrior Award posthumously.
Undertaker receives so much love for his WrestleMania matches we sometimes forget about his career-defining moments outside of the grandest stage. Let’s look at the ten best non-WrestleMania matches of the Undertaker’s legendary career.