It’s been just over a month now since the WWE’s last pay-per-view, Extreme Rules, back on July 15th that featured a 30-Minute Ironman match main event for the Intercontinental Championship between Seth Rollins and the titleholder, Dolph Ziggler. While it was certainly a good match, the biggest story coming out of it was the crowd reaction as they were seemingly more focused on counting down with the match timer for every minute than the action inside the ring.
Many fans were displeased with how the Pittsburgh crowd treated the contest, as well as the participants themselves (go here for Dolph and Seth’s thoughts while in the ring). While speaking with CBS’ In This Corner Podcast this week, ‘The KingSlayer’ elaborated on his feelings about it, stating that he was “upset” with how it played out:
“I think upset is the right way to put it. People are like, ‘did you get mad?’ Naw dude, I just get sad because I love performing and I love having that synergy with the crowd and when they’re, you know paying attention to something else, inexplicably really, it’s frustrating from a performance perspective. Especially when you know you’re in the main event of a pay-per-view for the Intercontinental Championship, it hasn’t been done in twenty-odd years and it’s the match that you know, most people in the building paid money to see, to begin with.
So it still doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t get it. I can’t imagine myself paying money to go to some sort of show or game or concert or something and you know and not paying attention to what’s going on. Again, you know they did buy their tickets they’re allowed to do whatever they wanna do with their time. So it’s sort of a double-edged sword in that sense. They can do what they want, but yeah it definitely makes you question your own validity in that spot.”
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EA’s Take: I, for one, am with you Seth. For me watching at home, I found it to be incredibly disrespectful to the performers in the ring and it did not come across well on television. On top of that, all they did was make themselves look like idiots and ruin their credibility as fans. So many people piss and moan about seeing the same people in the main event all the time, so WWE gives you what you seemingly have asked for and that’s how you repay it. Why would they bother listening to the fans again if that’s how they are going to act? The problem is that so many people feel they are in the “majority” without realizing they’re actually in the “minority”.
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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