With SummerSlam just six days away now from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, WWE has issued the following announcement detailing all of the events taking place this week and into next week surrounding the event:
WWE® TAKES OVER NEW YORK CITY WITH SUMMERSLAM®
STAMFORD, Conn., August 13, 2018 – WWE’s SummerSlam returns to the NYC-Metro area with a week-long lineup of events including interactive fan experiences and community outreach programs. SummerSlam takes place this Sunday, August 19, streaming live around the world on WWE Network at 7 p.m. ET from a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The events begin today and include:
* O.A.R. Concert Benefitting Connors Cure – Monday August 13
WWE and O.A.R. have teamed up to raise awareness and funds for Connor’s Cure through O.A.R.’s Just Like Paradise tour this summer. Connor’s Cure was created by Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque to support pediatric brain and spinal cord cancer research. O.A.R will highlight Connor’s Cure during their SummerStage concert, in New York’s Central Park.
* Children’s Hospital Visit – Tuesday, August 14
WWE Superstars Alexa Bliss®, Apollo Crews®, Titus O’Neil® and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior will visit children at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. During the visit, WWE Superstars will spend time with children and their families, take pictures and sign autographs.
* UNICEF Kid Power Event – Wednesday, August 15
WWE Superstars Nia Jax, Ember Moon, Big Show®, Mark Henry® and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior are bringing Kid Power to the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson, New Jersey. UNICEF Kid Power is a program of UNICEF USA that gives kids the power to save lives by connecting their everyday activity to real-world impact. During the event, kids will join Superstars in hands on experiences that get kids physically active. The Kid Power journey will continue for the Club kids of Paterson, as WWE is sending them home with their own UNICEF Kid Power Bands.
* New York Yankees Batting Practice – Wednesday, August 15
WWE Superstars AJ Styles, Bobby Lashley and Charlotte Flair® will visit Yankee Stadium to interact with players and take part in batting practice prior to their game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.
* Brooklyn Cyclones Connor’s Cure Night – Thursday, August 16
WWE Superstars Big Show, Mark Henry, Ember Moon and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior will visit MCU Park in Coney Island to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs for VIP ticket holders. The Brooklyn Cyclones will wear special jerseys during the game that will be auctioned with proceeds benefitting Connor’s Cure.
* Hire Heroes USA Veteran Career Panel & Networking Event – Friday, August 17
The third annual Veteran Career Panel and Networking Event will be held at NBCUniversal’s 30 Rock headquarters in support of Hire Heroes USA. The event, hosted by WWE Announcer Corey Graves, will give more than 70 veterans the opportunity to receive one-on-one career coaching while networking with key employers from the Tri-State area, including Comcast, Hilton, MetLife Stadium, Starbucks, Verizon Communications, Viacom and many more. WWE Superstars Mark Henry, Big Show and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior will greet veterans as they arrive.
* “Be a STAR” Bullying Prevention Rally – Friday, August 17
WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstars Nia Jax, Titus O’Neil, Dolph Ziggler® and WWE Announcer Charly Caruso will speak about the importance of bullying prevention to Club members at the Boys & Girls Club of Kips Bay. In 2016, WWE and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America launched a multi-year partnership focusing on youth development and bullying prevention efforts around Be a STAR, WWE’s bullying prevention initiative. The event will be held in partnership with Cricket Wireless whose Chief Marketing Officer, Tiffany Baehman, will also be on hand.
* New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell (NYSE) – Friday, August 17
WWE Superstars Bobby Lashley, Carmella and Shinsuke Nakamura® will ring the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
* Special Olympics Unified Bocce Tournament – Saturday, August 18
WWE, an international partner of Special Olympics, will support the Play Unified campaign by hosting a Unified Bocce Tournament at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Special Olympics athletes will be joined by WWE Superstars Mark Henry, Big Show, Shinsuke Nakamura, Asuka, Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas, Jinder Mahal®, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Natalya and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior.
* New York Jets Training Camp – Saturday, August 18
WWE Superstars Baron Corbin and Carmella will visit the New York Jets Training Facility to interact with players and get a behind-the-scenes look at training camp.
* NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 – Saturday, August 18
NXT Superstars take over Barclays Center for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4. NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa will defend his title against Johnny Gargano in a Last Man Standing match; NXT North American Champion Adam Cole will take on Ricochet; Kairi Sane will look to take the NXT Women’s Championship title from Shayna Baszler; NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era will take on Moustache Mountain; EC3 goes up against Velveteen Dream; and more!
* SummerSlam – Sunday, August 19
A sold-out crowd will converge on Barclays Center for SummerSlam, WWE’s biggest event of the summer. A WrestleMania® 34 rematch will see Roman Reigns® looking to take The Universal Championship from Brock Lesnar; Ronda Rousey will challenge Alexa Bliss® for the Raw Women’s Championship; AJ Styles will defend his WWE Championship against Samoa Joe®; Seth Rollins® will challenge the Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler; Carmella, Becky Lynch® and Charlotte Flair will take part in a Triple Threat SmackDown Women’s Championship match; The Miz will take on Daniel Bryan®; SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers put their titles on the line vs. The New Day®; United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura takes on Jeff Hardy; and more!
* Rescue Dogs Rock Event – Monday, August 20
WWE Superstars The Miz, Maryse and Asuka will visit Faithful Friends Animal Hospital in Coney Island in their first appearance as celebrity social media ambassadors for the organization. Rescue Dogs Rock is a New York-based non-profit that rescues the most medically urgent cases of animal abuse and neglect, treats animals with the necessary medical care and then finds adoptive families for their forever homes. During this visit, The Miz, Maryse and Asuka will meet with rescued dogs, the vets that treated them, and their adoptive owners.
* Monday Night Raw® – Monday, August 20
For the third consecutive night, WWE will take over Barclays Center with Monday Night Raw. Fans in attendance will witness the fall-out from SummerSlam, with the event broadcast live on USA Network at 8/7C. With more than 1,300 episodes, Monday Night Raw is the longest-running, weekly episodic program in U.S. primetime TV history.
* SmackDown® Live – Tuesday, August 21
WWE caps off four consecutive nights of action at Barclays Center with SmackDown Live with the event broadcast live at 8/7C on USA Network.
* WWE Night at Citi Field – Wednesday, August 22
WWE Superstars Jeff Hardy, Mickie James and Curt Hawkins® will sign autographs and meet fans and players from the New York Mets ahead of their game vs. the San Francisco Giants.
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IMPACT News: Abyss & Sonjay Dutt Depart IMPACT, Possibly Going To WWE
Abyss & Sonjay Dutt have left IMPACT Wrestling!
Some breaking news this evening for fans of IMPACT Wrestling, as PWInsider is reporting they have confirmed that Abyss and Sonjay Dutt have parted ways with the promotion.
According to PWInsider, the decision for both men to leave the company is said to be “amicable” for all parties and IMPACT informed the roster of Abyss and Dutt’s departures in an email today. Additionally, it’s being said that IMPACT officials did not want to hold either man back from taking a bigger opportunity, which also according to PWInsider looks to be WWE, where they reportedly will begin shortly. At this time their possible roles in WWE are not known, however it’s believed that both will be working in a backstage capacity.
Abyss had recently re-signed with IMPACT last year (see that story here) and was inducted into the IMPACT Hall Of Fame over Bound For Glory weekend. Since then, ‘The Monster’ has been filling a producer’s role behind-the-scenes. As for Sonjay Dutt, he had been a member of IMPACT’s creative team and it’s believed he will take on similar duties for WWE, should that turn out to be the destination.
Regarding what this means for IMPACT’s current creative team, PWInsider is also reporting they have confirmed that Tommy Dreamer and Konnan have now stepped in.
ROH News: Latest Match Added To Road To G1 Supercard San Antonio
Another match revealed for Ring Of Honor’s G1 Supercard in San Antonio!
With just a few days left before the third and final of a trifecta of Road To G1 Supercard events coming up in San Antonio, Texas this Saturday, Ring Of Honor has begun revealing the first matches for the show today.
After announcing that Marty Scurll will meet either Jonathan Gresham or Mark Haskins (depending on what happens in Dallas and Houston for Tag Wars), plus adding a WOH World Title Match that will see Kelly Klein defending against the former champion Sumie Sakai (more on that here), Ring Of Honor has now revealed that Bandido will be in action as he takes on Rocky Romero:
The road to Madison Square Garden begins deep in the heart of Texas as the stars of Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling do battle on Road to G1 Supercard – San Antonio on Jan. 26!
Your favorite stars will be in action, jockeying for position as ROH heads toward 17th Anniversary in Las Vegas, the final stop on the Road to G1 Supercard in Baltimore, and finally, The World’s Most Famous Arena!
ROH’s return to San Antonio features Night 3 of Tag Wars, the semifinals and finals of a 12-team tournament for a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles at 17th Anniversary on March 15 and a spot in the Crockett Cup, a tag team tournament co-promoted by the NWA and ROH, on April 27.
A first-time ever bout pitting ROH newcomer Bandido against New Japan Pro-Wrestling star Rocky Romero is the latest big match to be signed for the show.
BANDIDO vs. ROCKY ROMERO
Bandido was one of pro wrestling’s breakout stars in 2018, as the 23-year-old sensation wowed audiences all around the globe. The fourth-generation luchador competed in the prestigious Battle of Los Angeles in September and made it all the way to the finals. Also that month, he participated in the six-man tag match that headlined the All In pay-per-view before more than 11,000 fans at the sold-out Sears Centre near Chicago.
He recently signed an exclusive contract with ROH to test his skills against the best wrestlers in the world, and he will face one of the best in Romero
The veteran from Los Angeles has become one of the best player-coaches in wrestling, leading Roppongi 3K to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship while also maintaining an active schedule. Romero is a three-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion and is one of only two wrestlers to hold championships in ROH, NJPW and CMLL (Matt Taven is the other).
Will Bandido score one of the biggest victories of his career over the highly decorated Romero? Or will Romero school the young star? Join us LIVE in San Antonio or watch on HonorClub to find out!
All three nights of Road to G1 Supercard in Texas Jan. 24-26 will stream LIVE worldwide for HonorClub. Keep it locked to ROHWrestling.com and the ROH App for more match announcements.
ROAD TO G1 SUPERCARD – SAN ANTONIO
SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2019
BELL TIME @ 07:00 PM CT
AUSTIN HIGHWAY EVENT CENTER
1948 AUSTIN HWY
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78218
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPION KELLY KLEIN vs. SUMIE SAKAI
TAG WARS FINALS
TAG WARS SEMIFINALS
“THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL vs. JONATHAN GRESHAM OR MARK HASKINS
BANDIDO vs. ROCKY ROMERO
OTHER MATCHES FEATURING COMPETITORS FROM THE FIRST ROUND OF TAG WARS
SIGNED TO APPEAR:
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal
ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia)
PLUS MUCH MORE!
CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE