Here is your fight size update for Sunday, January 9, 2022.
- Danhausen is still trying to get a job at AEW (A&W). Smart guy, too. Filling out paper applications to avoid online questionnaires.
Very busy, very evil day filling out job applications pic.twitter.com/zF86E1qQ2Z— Danhausen (@DanhausenAD) January 9, 2022
-DDP compared Bron Breakker to Goldberg on the latest episode of Sportskeeda's Bro Show:
"I thought they killed it. The beginning was a bit slow but they got a long way go. That second last half of the match - the cat (Breakker) is money. He's believable - he's as believable as a Brock Lesnar or any of those top guys, who are wrestling shoot-a**, bad*** wrestlers. And Brock is, of course, at the top of the food chain," said DDP.
-Tasha Steelz and Jordynne Grace had pushed IMPACT Wrestling management to hold the first-ever Ultimate X match for the Knockouts (via PWInsider)
- There is a new wrestling series, Against The Ropes now streaming on The Roku Channel after its debut this past Friday.
An introduction of the crew discussing Against the Ropes! -- --#againsttheropes #kaylasparks @kaylasparks247 #filmproduction #tvproduction #prowrestling #lgbtq #cinematic #stream #wwe #aew #producer #love #loveyourself #beyourself@PrimeVideo @hulu @REVRYTV @OUTtv @filmhubhq pic.twitter.com/xrlkpXC7ca— Against the Ropes: The Series (@ATR_TheTVSeries) November 28, 2021
- Speaking with What Culture, JONAH (Bronson Reed) praised Grayson Waller for finding his way on NXT 2.0
I support all of my Australian friends. And I think he's perfect for that role. Like, I am a friend of his, but even sometimes some of the things he will say, and I know it's written or whatever, I'm like, This guy just shut up. But it's his character and he doesn't really well. I'm longtime friends and I came up in the business with Duke Hudson , and he started to do things on 2.0 So even though it might be an avenue that I wasn't able to take and other people don't fit in, it is something different where and maybe some other people could fit in and be seen.
In Memoriam: Shozo ‘Strong’ Kobayashi (1940-2021)
Shozo Kobayashi, better known to wrestling fans as “Strong” Kobayashi in IWE, WWWF and NJPW rings, passed away on December 31 2021, it was announced yesterday. He was 81.
A dedicated wrestling fan who got involved in weight lifting at a young age before working for Japan National Railways, Kobayashi was scouted in 1966 by the pioneering International Wrestling Enterprise organization at a body building event. He made his professional debut in 1967 as ‘Masked Taro’, notable for being the first masked Japanese wrestler in history.
Yet it was in 1968 Kobayashi would unmask, and take up the ring name of Strong Kobayashi. Quickly becoming the ace of IWE, Kobayashi would feud with the top worldwide stars of the day, including a young Andre the Giant. He also plied his trade in rings across Europe and the US, including what was then the WWWF (now WWE).
February 1974 saw Kobayashi leave IWE, and in March, he shocked the nation by appearing in New Japan Pro-Wrestling to challenge Antonio Inoki to a match at Kuramae Sumo Hall. This dream encounter between two of Japan’s biggest stars for the NWF title sold out the venue and led to huge television ratings.
Kobayashi joined NJPW full time in 1975, and was a main event star, notably teaming with Seiji Sakaguchi to lift the NWA North American Tag Team Championships. Kobayashi continued to wrestle NJPW’s elite, until suffering from back injury in 1981. Unable to return to the ring, he formally retired on August 26 1984.
Kobayashi still delighted millions in the decades to come. His charisma and uncanny comic timing made him a television favourite under the name Strong Kongo. Among other hugely successful programs, he appeared as the villain in international cult classic Takeshi’s Castle from 1986.
The thoughts and deepest sympathies of New Japan Pro-Wrestling go to Kobayashi’s family, friends and fans.
We are saddened to learn that Deanna Booher, better known as “Matilda The Hun” and beloved by fans all over the world, passed away at the age of 73. Our sincerest thoughts are with her family, friends and those affected by her passing.
Born in Southern California, Booher would spend much of her life in the spotlight as a pioneer in sports-entertainment. After helping the wrestling team at El Camino Junior College win a state championship, Booher made her professional debut as the masked “Queen Kong.” Booher broke through competing as the feared Matilda The Hun in the innovative Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) promotion. Outside of the ring, Booher appeared in movies such as “Spaceballs” and “Brainsmasher… A Love Story,” the television shows “Married… with Children” and “Night Court,” and even in the Aerosmith music video for “Love in an Elevator.”
- Thunder Rosa - New Year New Challenges
- HBO Max's Peacemaker released the following vignettes ahead of its debut on 1/13:
- Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell, presiding over a lawsuit Jackson Parksons lawsuit against WWE, approved a motion filed by WWE to extend a deadline for the two sides to conduct mediation by an additional 150 days on 1/3.
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