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WWE News: WWE Confirms More Names For Mae Young Classic

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With the news that former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn would be returning to the company for the Mae Young Classic (check that story out here), which begins filming on August 8th and 9th at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, there’s been a lot of talk about who else will be entering the field for the second installment of the tournament. We’ve seen reports that NXT Superstar Rhea Ripley would be participating for the second time (read about that here), plus Japan’s Meiko Satomura possibly competing as well (find that here), but no other names confirmed by WWE.

That has now changed as WWE has now announced that Rhea Ripley, Io Shirai, Kacy Catanzaro, Nicole Matthews and Jinny will join Kaitlyn in the Mae Young Classic. Catanzaro, the former American Ninja Warrior competitor, is also signed to NXT and has been working Live Events over the past few months. Shirai is a new signing for NXT (for more on that go here), one of the most recognized female performers out of Japan who nearly signed in 2016 when Kairi Sane joined the company, but could not pass her medical examination.

Nicole Matthews is a 12-year veteran out of Vancouver who has mixed it up in the past with the likes of Becky Lynch and Asuka. Meanwhile, Jinny is out of London, England and another reported recent WWE signee (go here for that story) who was scheduled to compete recently at the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament, but was pulled due to an injury. She is also the reigning PROGRESS Women’s Champion and the first female graduate of PROGRESS’s school.

 

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Press Release: Lucha Underground’s Mariposa On Latest WPW Weekly

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The Chairshot was sent the following press release for the newest episode of Women’s Pro Wrestling Weekly, featuring Melissa Deadrich, also known as Lucha Underground’s Mariposa:

LUCHA UNDERGROUND WRESTLER MARIPOSA AKA MELISSA DEADRICH,  IS THE SPECIAL GUEST ON WOMEN’S WRESTLING WEEKLY AND TALKS ABOUT WHAT SEPARATES LUCHA UNDERGROUND FROM ALL OTHER PROMOTIONS AND ABOUT HER BEING MARIPOSA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WPW Weekly Hosts, TK Trinidad,  Evan T Mack and Sarah The Rebel  Break Down Women Wrestling News For The Week
PRESS RELEASE- Los Angeles
Get it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/OPrAyDw3psk or download the podcast version on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/womens-pro-wrestling-weekly/id1354335221?mt=2 with highlights below:
Melissa Talks About Mariposa came about: So, basically…when I first met with Lucha Underground, they had already had in mind that there was going to be I think 5 or 7 Tribes. And each Tribe was going to be “The Snake Tribe” and the This Tribe and That Tribe, and two of the Tribe Leaders were female…and they did actually open the door to give me an option whether do I want to go this direction, or do I want to go that direction? So I ended up choosing The Moth Tribe…My personality and my wrestling style fit what they needed for the character specifically. So it was a character that they had already came [sic] up with, they just needed somebody to fill the role.
Melissa Talks About Who She Would Like To Wrestle: You know who I’ve always wanted to wrestle but she’s retired now, [in WWE/Smackdown] is I’ve always wanted to have a singles match with Lioness Asuka. Yeah, I’m going back like a long time — I got to tag with her in Arsion when I was in Japan in 2002. That would have been my dream match, to have a singles with her.
Melissa Talks About Why She Wants To Go WWE as Staff And Not Talent: I’ve learned about myself over the years, and I really, really enjoy helping people and I’ve really gotten to get a lot of experience working behind the scenes, and I just feel like I’d be more valuable to the company doing that. Especially being female wrestler with my experience I would be able to focus on helping the girls. If they ever needed or wanted guidance, I would love to be that person for them.
(If she goes, she could get that dream match with Asuka!)
Melissa Talks About Whether She Will Go Back To Impact: No…and, uh, not interested…the drama and politics wasn’t fun at the time. But, I mean, who I am to say that now? I mean, they have a completely new staff, times have definitely changed. New ownership and everything, so really me saying that kinda has no credibility now…but, no, I still don’t wanna go back (laughs)…Not for any negative reasons, I’m happy where I’m at right now.
Melissa Talks About Who She Like To Watch Wrestle: Definitely Io [Shirai] now, even though Io hasn’t really personally announced that she is going to WWE, but she did announce that she’s leaving Stardom…and then of course there are The Rivers…but if and when Io goes to the WWE and debuts, I mean, she’s amazing. I mean, they were amazing when they came to Lucha Underground. They’re gonna be so amazing in WWE.
This may sound like a little biased because she’s one of my best friends, but Taya [Valkyrie]. I love watching her wrestle, I mean who doesn’t? She’s so entertaining! I love watching her, and I think she’s gonna really blow up even more than she already is now.
Melissa Gives Us Spoilers For Season 4 of Lucha Underground: It’s just crazy, ridiculous…It’s definitely as crazy as it looks [in the trailer]. I don’t have any specifics on when we will be filming again…it does appear that Mariposa will be coming back…
Melissa Talks About What Separates Lucha Underground From Other Promotions: First of all, Lucha Underground is not a “wrestling company.” It’s a TV show and it’s treated like a television show. For example, WWE, there’s no Seasons when it comes to WWE. And with Lucha Underground, it’s a television show — we film seasons, and then everybody’s off and back to working other jobs and taking other gigs. So, first of all, it’s a television show — it’s treated like a TV show in the aspect of not just the unique storylines but, I mean, we have characters! We have dragons and witches and people are “immortal” and hell, I mean on Season 2 when I debuted I “killed” five people! So, it’s an exaggerated TV show with Lucha Libre being almost kind of like the supporting character of the show, if you will. And that’s how it’s really separated out.
And another thing that makes it stand out if you go to a live event, which I absolutely love, is the experience doesn’t start once the show starts. The experience starts from outside…when you’re coming to a taping, it’s in an older building, it’s kind of dirty (laughs) — it’s got a real underground feel as you’re walking in, and when you’re in The Temple, just down to the little details and the lighting, really really brings in that different experience than what you would have at a normal wrestling show.
Melissa Talks About Her Favorite Character: I would say Raisha Saeed was my favorite and not favorite. Not Favorite because, the mask HOT and it was impossible to breathe in that thing. But, my Favorite because there were a lot of times where I was on TV and all I had to do was manage.  And I’ll be honest I’d be up there and I was like ‘Yeah, I’m standing here and this is payday, I don’t have to do anything!”
Melissa Talks About Her Top Five Wrestlers She Would Love to Wrestle Again: One of my favorite matches that was just absolute FUN was in Shimmer, I had a match with Thunder Kitty. And it was just fun! First of all, everyone was just really excited about it, so we didn’t even touch each other, we didn’t even lock up for a good few minutes at the beginning of the match and the fans were already on their feet and they were like really excited!
Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s WPW Weekly. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!


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WWE News: Latest On Kane’s Injury, Status Moving Forward

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Sunday at WWE’s Extreme Rules, the scheduled SmackDown Tag Team Championship match in which Team Hell No was to challenge The Bludgeon Brothers, did not quite go as fans or even the WWE had expected.

The Team Hell No reunion went awry as an angle was run earlier in the show where The Bludgeon Brothers ambushed Kane and Daniel Bryan backstage, leaving ‘The Devil’s Favorite Demon’ laying. Bryan would go on to compete the majority of the match on his own before Kane made his way to the ring sporting a walking boot, but the damage had already been done and The Bludgeon Brothers retained.

WWE later reported that Kane had suffered a broken ankle and while the severity of the injury was exaggerated, PWInsider later confirmed that he was in fact injured and that was the reason for the backstage attack (read that here). Some more details have now come out regarding the former WWE Champion’s status, as PWInsider has added that Kane injured the achilles tendon in his left foot on the final episode of SmackDown Live going into Extreme Rules, but the severity of the ailment is not known.

Of course, Kane is still in the midst of his bid for Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee and at this time he’s not expected to be returning to WWE television anytime soon.

 

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NJPW News: Tetsuya Naito Critical Of G1 Climax Participants

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With the 28th edition of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax in full swing, Los Ingobernables de Japon leader, Tetsuya Naito, recently spoke with NJPW and offered his thoughts on the event. The former IWGP Intercontinental Champion had some critical words regarding the setup of the G1, including some of the participants.

When asked his opinion on the Kenny Omega vs. Kota Ibushi match on August 11th, Naito offered the following:

“I don’t really have any thoughts on that one way or the other. It’s what the fans wanted, isn’t it? They’re getting it. Fine. I have more of a bone to pick with the choice of entrants this year.”

He would then expand on his comments, saying the block drawings aren’t the issue, but the participants:

“Right. I said the same thing last year, but there are 19 shows in this tour. So because of that, the decision was made to have 20 wrestlers, right? All that’s happening is that entrants are being picked to fill out spaces on the cards. We have to have 19 shows, so we have to have 20 wrestlers, so we have to have two blocks of ten. You do that and it’s a given; there’s always going to be entrants that don’t have a chance of winning the tournament.

For example, somebody in the same block as me: Toru Yano.

Him, and guys who aren’t around all that often on tours. Someone like Tama Tonga. I get that you have to have Ibushi and Omega, but Tonga hasn’t done much recently.”

Naito would explain further, stating that the G1 should consist of the top talent:

“Look, all I’m saying is that this line of thought- ‘we have this many shows so let’s choose guys to fill the spots,’ that’s weird, isn’t it? This is the G1 Climax. We should be thinking ‘these are the absolute top guys that are really ‘grade one’, so we’ll decide the number of shows in the tour based on that’. But I get it. It’s not about that. It’s about being able to book all those buildings, really, isn’t it?”

Quotes c/o NJPW1972.com, where you can also read the full interview.

Andrew Balaz’s Take: He said the same thing about the veterans and part timers (Ibushi and Nagata) last year. Naito is just playing the part of curmudgeon when it comes to New Japan. Too many belts, too many participants. He wants a more simplified and “tranquilo” New Japan. G1 wasn’t always 20 participants so this is his way of continuing to say he’d rather it be more high level competition instead of like, YOSHI-HASHI that barely makes the cut. It’s just Naito’s character stirring the pot as he has the last couple of years honestly. He throws in enough truth and points where people will agree, cause he’s a heel and they tell the truth.

 

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