Here is your Fight-Size Update for the evening Saturday, December 5, 2020.
~ Since his departure from IMPACT Wrestling, Rob Van Dam has been keeping busy on the set of a new indie film. The project, entitled A Pro Rasslin’ Movie: The Legend of Dirty Ron, Stoner Clown, is described as "Rocky meets Half Baked." The former TNA Champion recently shared a photo of himself and two of his co-stars, which prompted some fans to comment on his less-than-youthful appearance.
The former WWE Superstar, however, chimed in on Twitter after one user pointed out that he was clearly in costume.
Uh oh. You’re going to hurt some people’s brains by adding thought to the equation. https://t.co/Gdct75qdkj— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) December 4, 2020
The film is currently scheduled to release in 2021.
~ GCW Slime Season streams LIVE & FREE today at 7PM EST/4PM PST. You can catch all the action by visiting the promotions official YouTube page.
"This event will be held w/ no fans in attendance & serve as a fundraiser for the GCW performers facing uncertainty in the coming months as shows are cancelled & their income dissappears."
Donations can be made here.
GCW streams LIVE & FREE for EVERYONE on the GCW YOUTUBE SATURDAY at 7PM EST/4PM PST!— GameChangerWrestling (@GCWrestling_) December 4, 2020
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100% proceeds to the locker room!
"We're open for business in a lot of ways and a lot of things. ... It just depends on what they are and if they're beneficial to us in the long-term," he said.
Bullet Club's Tama Tonga replied online with a Tweet that echoes the sentiment of former stable member AJ Styles' entrance music.
Your boys don’t want none. https://t.co/TPEGTcOZvq— Tama Tonga (@Tama_Tonga) December 5, 2020
~ Jim Varsallone of The Miami Herald sat down with Lacey Evans ahead of this Sunday's 18th annual Tribute to the Troops event, and asked the WWE Superstar what the show means to her.
"It's just a motivated way that we can give them an outlet, a distraction from the struggle that their families face every day. Me being prior military myself, these events, like this, from people that actually care about what they go through really just distracts from their every day hustle and bustle, trying to provide for their families and the stress of being active duty, the stress of being a veteran, and it's cool, they get to escape. It's an escape for them to have some fun and let loose and be thanked for what they go through and for their service."
~ MJF will defend his Dynamite Diamond Ring next Wednesday when he faces off against Orange Cassidy. Via Twitter, the newest member of The Inner Circle shared a clip of his "Momoo," who seems to be confident in the outcome, comparing Cassidy to some freshly cooked challah bread; "toast!"
Momoo has some choice words for that dipshit orange Cassidy pic.twitter.com/q1lmR6O7PO— Maxwell Jacob Friedman (@The_MJF) December 5, 2020
~ Yesterday, WWE Superstar Andrade posted a video to his and Charlotte's Anywhere Flair & Andrade YouTube channel, which offered a brief overview of his family history, career milestones, and how they're influencing what he does next.
~ On the latest edition of his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff spoke about story architecture and the need for "threads" that tie through the beginning, middle, and end of an episode. Transcription via Wrestling Inc.
"That's how you grow an audience during the course of an hour as opposed to getting a big tune in, leveling off during the middle of the show, and if you're lucky, maybe pumping your number towards the end. That's simple basic fundamental storytelling that will never ever, ever change! Whether it's a book, an infomercial, a movie, or yes indeed, a wrestling show."
While some argue that the audience and their viewing habits have changed, the former WCW President believes that the problem lies amongst the people that produce the programs, chalking it up to a "lack of discipline."
The full episode also features discussions about his dismissal from WWE in 2005, living next door to Vince McMahon, and his desire to perform on camera.
~ Three matches have been announced for next Tuesday's episode of NWA Shockwave.
~ EVOLVE 137, ICW Fight Club 148, WXW Catch Grand Prix #3, and The Best of Eddie Dennis in PROGRESS are now streaming on the WWE Network.
~ Nikki and Brie show off their belly bumps and talk about the potential repercussions from a natural birth to their bodies in a new Total Bellas preview clip.
~ Billie Kay interrupted Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan's Talking Smack appearance to show off her resume and offer some guidance on how to be a successful tag team. The Riott Squad did not take kindly to Kay's intrusion and implication, suggesting that she find a partner and meet them in the ring next Friday night.
The challenge appears to have been accepted.
See you next week --— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) December 5, 2020
And I have the voice of an angel!! https://t.co/mzNavCW3IO
~ IMPACT Wrestling has released a new video that takes a look at their Top 5 inter-promotional showdowns. They are set to host new AEW Champion Kenny Omega this Tuesday, continuing the angle set in motion at the end of last week's Dynamite.
~ A WWE Network Exclusive clip shows a backstage encounter between Bayley and Bianca Belair. The former SmackDown Women's Champion called herself the true (b)EST of WWE, before having her "dusty" style and uneven hairdo mocked. An auspicious back strain, however, forced Bayley to walk away just as a fight appeared to be starting.
~ It has been announced that tomorrow before NXT TakeOver: WarGames, McKenzie Mitchell will be conducting an exclusive interview with Triple H. It will take place live at 2:30 pm EST on his official Facebook page.
~ Paul Heyman offered Talking Smack co-host Kayla Braxton an apology on behalf of Roman Reigns for the actions of Kevin Owens on Friday Night SmackDown. Heyman regrets that she was caught in the middle of what became a hostile and violent situation. According to the WWE Universal Champions Special Council, Kevin Owens' mother did not raise a gentleman. In fact, he claims, "she raised a misogynist, a sexist, and a savage."
The full clip can be seen below, via WWE's official YouTube channel.
~ WWE has released a new Top 10, which spotlights "the most thrilling, physical and controversial moments" from this weeks episode of Friday Night SmackDown.
~ Big E jumped on Twitter last night to thank Wale for performing his new entrance theme. The artist was quick to reciprocate, sharing his love for the man who, he believes, will one day become WWE Champion.
We stan the future WWE champ. U know I got u for life bro RNC https://t.co/KwvIEYVRTo— Wale (@Wale) December 5, 2020
~ “Stone Cold” Steve Austin spoke about what the late, great Pat Patterson meant to his own career and the careers of so many other WWE Superstars.
“When I first came into WWE many years ago, I always heard Pat Patterson was this great wrestling mind. One of the funniest guys I ever met. He always had this smile on his face and he liked to have a couple of cocktails as well. Pat's one of the best dudes in the history of the business. He's the guy who's contributions to the business are incredible. First and foremost, as a performer in the ring and as the first Intercontinental Champion. A lot of people know him for being one of Vince McMahon's stooges, along with Gerry Brisco, and those guys were so entertaining together. Along with the fact that he invented, basically, the original format for the Royal Rumble. His biggest contribution to the business, along with the great body of work, was all of the knowledge that he passed to all of the Superstars who came through those doors. So instrumental in my career, really in The Rock's career, but really in every WWE Superstar who came through those doors, he would bestow knowledge and learnings and psychology, and ways to take things further, and further, and further. A way to push the envelope as far as creativity, and I'm going to miss him. I'll say this, Pat Patterson is gone but he will always be remembered, and that dude lived one of the craziest, most fun, interesting, and amazing lives anybody has ever lived. Bottom line!"
~ Ahead of his match this coming Monday on RAW, AJ Styles took a shot at WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, saying that a partnership with Sheamus is bound to be his undoing.
~ WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns has offered an explanation for his actions last night on SmackDown, where he attacked both Jey Uso and Kevin Owens.
I am doing nothing but what is necessary. If someone falls out of line, I will put them back in it and if someone challenges my family’s position ... they will get knocked down.— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) December 5, 2020
Fear is a powerful motivator. #WWETLC #Smackdown https://t.co/YeWpszseja
~ Pro Wrestling Illustrated sent out a tweet asking fans who they would vote for in their now defunct Manager of the Year category. Taya Valkyrie responded to the post with her choice, John E. Bravo.
~ Joe Hendry shared a new promo to his Twitter page, putting the entire Ring of Honor roster on notice. He claims that tag team partner Dalton Castle and himself have been too concerned with creating memorable moments for the crowd, but that he's done being the company man. Hendry listed off his impressive credentials and said that with no fans in attendance they are only worried about wins. Take a look!
ROH better pray my partner never gets out of his cage. https://t.co/hFI9Ai6ZXB— Dalton Castle (@theDALTONcastle) December 5, 2020
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