Here is your fight size update for Saturday, July 17, 2021.
- Per the O'Connell Center, 'The WWE Supershow originally scheduled for August 8 in Gainesville will no longer be taking place.'
- On the latest episode of his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross commented on the criticism of AEW signing too many former WWE talents. He said the following (h/t 411 Mania for the transcription):
“It’s a weak argument. ‘They’re WWE lite.’ I don’t agree with that, and I’m not knocking WWE. I had 26 great years there and I’m not anti-WWE. I don’t feel like we’re in a wrestling war. The war is AEW against itself – getting our young guys to continue to evolve and get better. I think we’re seeing that. Some of your homegrown kids are starting to find their way. There’s a big difference in working in PWG or an indie show and working a match on a national television show. It’s a different mindset and a different ballgame…..I just believe we’ve got some talent and I love watching the evolution of it.”
- In a bonus scene of his upcoming Broken Skull Sessions appearance, Kevin Nash named his Mount Rushmore of big men in pro wrestling. His list included Andre the Giant, Giant Gonzalez, Yeti, and Master Blaster Steel.
- Speaking with Wrestle Zone's Bill Pritchard, Chris Sabin says that this past year has been one of adaptation and progress.
“I think it’s just been a year of adaptation. Unexpected things have happened over and over. When I first returned with Alex Shelley, I thought that was gonna be more of a long-term thing, us sticking together, wrestling for IMPACT for a while, maybe branching out, who knows? And then Alex had other things going on, I ended up going on without him, IMPACT and myself have gone without him,” he noted, “and then here comes James Storm. So alright, let’s do this, you know, James Storm and I, and then obviously circumstances happened and James Storm isn’t around anymore. So yeah this has been a year of adaptation but at the same time, progress."
- The newest WWE Top 10 takes a look back at this week’s Friday Night SmackDown to revisit the show’s most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.
- Per Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, "WWE's deal with Hulu for next-day video-on-demand access in the U.S. to Raw, Smackdown and other in-ring content is ending sometime in 2022 or as early as the end of 2021, we've been told. We asked WWE and Hulu about if that timeline is correct and haven't received a response."
- Speaking with Rick Ucchino of Sportskeeda Wrestling, Nikki Cross says that she has been studying Black Widow extensively and is hoping for some advice from the superhero to help her scale the ladder at Money in the Bank.
.@NikkiCrossWWE shared with @RickUcchino— Sportskeeda Wrestling (@SKWrestling_) July 17, 2021
how #BlackWidow inspired her game plan for a marvelous #MITB this Sunday.
Listen: https://t.co/eNJPNHitCp pic.twitter.com/LvoI7rL0Zj
- Sheamus and Isabella Revilla are engaged! She shared some candid photos of the proposal on her Instagram account.
- Black Adam has officially wrapped filming.
- Liv Morgan has an emotional response when the members of the WWE Universe cheer for her en route to the Money in the Bank Ladder Match during a commercial break on last night's SmackDown.