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JR Blog: Cena vs. Orton Title Unification Match?, Reigns, Big E, More

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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with a new blog over on jrsbarbq.com with thoughts on the Survivor Series pay-per-view. Here are some highlights:

– I watched WWE Survivor Series Sunday night from Boston. No, I don’t get them for free and never have but who’s complaining? I get asked this question every PPV weekend. I pay my way and don’t condone people stealing including PPV’s from any company.


– Highlight of the PPV for me was the spotlight placed on Roman Reigns who pinned four members of the opposition with the same move, a nice, snug clothesline. Reigns has “it” and has always been high on everyone’s list of hopeful, future WWE main eventers. The son of WWE Hall of Famer Wild Samoan Sika has transformed his former nose tackle body into a more healthy, appealing and more marketable one since signing with WWE’s developmental program.

– Soon…I expect that the other two Shield members will also be more in the spotlight as both Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are also marketably skilled and have excellent futures, as well.

– Bothers me to read some tweets @JRsBBQ regarding Big E Langston who I got to know well in NXT and who I feel has a very significant upside. ‘E’ is another talented, educated, dependable athlete who is so much more than a former power lifter. The former state high school wrestling champion and D1 football lineman at Iowa has great feet and agility plus he’s another student of the game and takes his preparation and in ring progress seriously.

– Enjoyed the old school fundamentals of the Punk/Bryan vs. Wyatt tag team match. Tag team wrestling is far from dead and with a little effort and creativity it would be considered ‘new’ to younger fans who haven’t experienced great, tag team wrestling in their lives.

– Not sure what to make of a title unification match, if that’s where WWE is headed, with Cena and Orton. A unique way to end the show that certainly presented more questions and speculation than answers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’d expect that particular matter to be at the center of attention on RAW Monday night.

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Kenny Omega & Don Callis Hatch Plot To Steal AEW World Title; Duo To Speak On IMPACT Next Tues.

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Perhaps the single most bizarre year in the history of professional wrestling continued tonight on AEW Dynamite, as IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Don Callis realigned himself with Kenny Omega in what appears to be a carefully orchestrated plot to steal the AEW World Championship.

For weeks Omega had been pleading with Jon Moxley to meet him in a fair-and-square professional wrestling contest, a stark contrast to their first collision in 2019 that saw both men crash through a trampoline made completely out of barbed wire.


Two weeks ago things took another twist on Dynamite when Moxley was attacked backstage, knocked unconscious by an unknown entity. Omega, to his credit, was in the ring awaiting an official contract signing for their world title bout.

Callis is a long-time friend of Omega and fellow Canadian who called some of his most important matches in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. When he showed up tonight on Dynamite, joining the commentary booth for the show’s main event, no one thought anything of it. After all, the IMPACT official was also present at Full Gear to witness his friend’s victory over Hangman Page.

Omega and Moxley had an incredible match this evening, leaving it all in the ring as the show crawled closer and closer to the top of the hour. That made it all the more heartbreaking, and for many fans, infuriating, when Callis came to the ring and involved himself in the action.

Callis first approached the ring after Omega took a nasty spill to the floor, prompeting the AEW medical team to check on him. He then grabbed the microphone and insisted the referee call off the bout. However, with the ref sufficiently distracted, Omega was able to use the mic to draw blood from the now-former champion’s forehead. That and the One-Winged Angel was all he needed to steal the one-two-three in the middle of the ring.

Omega and Callis quickly grabbed the world title belt as soon as the bell rang and rushed backstage, not even waiting for ring announcer Justin Roberts to make the title change official. On their way out they exchanged heated words with AEW President Tony Khan and waded through a sea of upset AEW wrestlers who clearly all wanted answers, finally arriving at their car.

And that’s when they dropped a bombshell. Omega and Callis will speak on their actions next week, but it won’t be Wednesday on Dynamite. Fans will have to tune in to IMPACT Wrestling live on AXS next Tuesday night to see how this all plays out.

2020, am I right?

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MLW 2020 Opera Cup Semi-Finals Set

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The first round of MLW’s 2020 Opera Cup tournament is in the books.

This week’s MLW Fusion saw ACH beat Laredo Kid, while Low Ki beat Davey Boy Smith Jr. in the main event. The previous first round matches saw Tom Lawlor withstand Rocky Romero and Richard Holliday outlast TJP.


As a result, the tournament’s semi-finals matches will be Lawlor versus ACH and Holliday versus Low Ki.

This is the second year for the Opera Cup tourney under the MLW banner. Davey Boy Smith Jr. won the 2019 edition by beating Brian Pillman Jr. in the finals.

The company is in the midst of their restart after shutting down production for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In preparation for new, weekly episodes of Fusion, MLW has welcomed the likes of ACH, TJP, and Lio Rush.

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Sting Signs Multi-Year, Full-Time Contract With All Elite Wrestling

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All Elite Wrestling has signed Sting to a multi-year contract.

Yes, you read that correctly. The heart and soul of NITRO and the “Icon” of World Championship Wrestling will once again compete on the TNT network after shocking the world in his AEW Dynamite debut on Wednesday night.


Sting made an immediate impact, coming face-to-face with both the “American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes and the TNT Champion Darby Allin, taking his very first steps in an AEW ring.

An official press release from the company, shared in its entirety below, revealed that the 12-time world heavyweight champion signed not only a multi-year deal, but a full-time deal, implying that he will be on AEW programming consistently going forward.

“THE ICON” STING MAKES DEBUT ON AEW DYNAMITE “WINTER IS COMING” EPISODE ON TNT

December 2, 2020 – “Winter is Coming” was already guaranteed to be the biggest episode
of AEW DYNAMITE yet, but on a night packed with tremendous clashes, the debut of
wrestling legend Sting took the world by surprise.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever, Sting’s jaw-dropping
appearance sent electricity through the crowd at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Fla., and
throughout the wrestling world, when he stepped in the ring.

AEW has also confirmed tonight that it has officially signed Sting to a full-time, multi-year
agreement.

“The surprise introduction of Sting was a great way to celebrate our biggest episode of Dynamite
yet,” said Tony Khan, CEO and GM of AEW. “When AEW launched, I was ecstatic to bring
wrestling back to TNT after a very long absence. Sting defeated the legendary Ric Flair in the
final wrestling match to be shown on TNT for more than 18 years until the debut of Dynamite in
2019. Now, almost two decades later, it’s such a thrill to welcome Sting to AEW and bring him
back home to TNT!”

Tune in to AEW DYNAMITE on TNT next week to see why Sting is joining the most boundless
promotion in all of wrestling.

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