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Old 07-07-2016, 10:30 PM   #88
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Dirtsheets sponsored by the 20th Anniversary of the nWo's debut:

Originally Posted by Observer
Impact Wrestling is again changing nights.

TNA president Dixie Carter announced on her Twitter account Thursday afternoon that the company’s flagship television show will move to Thursday nights on Pop TV starting on July 21st. Impact is also moving timeslots and will now air at 8 PM eastern ...

The move comes at a bad time for TNA after this Tuesday's episode, anchored by the spectactle that was the Final Deletion, led to Impact's highest rating in over a year.
Originally Posted by PWI
The move was obviously predicated on WWE and the USA Network moving Smackdown to Tuesdays live starting on Tuesday 7/19, a decision which would have put Impact Wrestling in the direct line of fire. When TNA attempted to place Impact against Raw on Mondays several years ago while on SpikeTV, the results were brutal for the TNA side.

The move is going to be marketed as Impact "returning home" since the series, for most of it's prime-time run, aired on Thursdays during it's SpikeTV era. The series moved to Wednesdays late in that run and was moved to Tuesdays on Pop with that strategy being employed partially so that TNA could benefit from the overall interest in pro wrestling early in the week with Sunday PPVs and WWE Raw on Mondays.
Some more details about Impact's new date and why it was likely done.

Originally Posted by Observer
The absurdity of "The Final Deletion" ultimately proved to be a success for TNA Wrestling.

According to ShowBuzzDaily, this week’s edition of Impact did 410,000 viewers on television, up from 322,000 viewers the previous week. It was the highest rated episode of Impact on Pop TV and the highest rated episode since May 2015.
Originally Posted by Observer
While the Smackdown show airing tonight in Canada made no mention of Brock Lesnar at all (after Raw had advertised Lesnar's opponent being announced on the show) Randy Orton was finally announced as Lesnar's SummerSlam opponent during the Aftermath show that airs on Canada's Sportsnet channel.

It is not clear if WWE failed to put the Lesnar announcement on the Canadian version of Smackdown show in fear it would break before airing in the U.S., or there was a change in plans.
Originally Posted by Observer
Nick Nemeth, better known as Dolph Ziggler, will be inducted into the Kent State University Varsity K Hall of Fame on 9/17 at 10 a.m. Nemeth was a three-time Mid-American conference champion in wrestling in 2001, 2002 and 2003 at 165 pounds.
Originally Posted by Observer
ROH has announced a return to England with shows on 11/18, 11/19 and 11/20. No other details have been announced.
Tour is currently called "Reach for the Sky Tour" based on recent promo images.

Originally Posted by PWI announced their plans for the 2016 San Diego Comic Con, which takes place later this month.

On Thursday 7/21 at 1 PM, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Corey Graves with The New Day, AJ Styles and Becky Lynch joining Mattel execs in revealing new action figures and answering questions. The panel will be live streamed.

Mattel will be releasing an exclusive Dean Ambrose Mighty Minis action figure as well as an exclusive Elite Flashback Series action figure of The Shockmaster at the Mattel booth (#3029).
WWE released the bracketing for the WWE Cruiserweight Classic tournament during their "Bracketology" special on the WWE Network. For those of you curious how the tournament brackets play out, here they are:

  • Kenneth Johnson vs. Akira Tozawa.
  • Jack Gallagher vs. Fabian Aichner.
  • Tajiri vs. Damian Slater.
  • Gran Metallik vs. Alejandro Saez.
  • Drew Gulak vs. Harv Sihra.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tyson Dux.
  • Noam Dar vs. Girv Sihra.
  • Hoho Lun vs. Ariya Daivari.

  • Brian Kendrick vs. Raul Mendoza.
  • Tony Nese vs. Anthony Bennett.
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Sean Maluta.
  • Cedric Alexander vs. Clement Patiot
  • TJ Perkins vs. Da Mack
  • Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa
  • Mustafa Ali vs. Lince Dorado
  • Jason Lee vs. Rich Swann
Originally Posted by PWI
Cody Rhodes was the guest on the debut edition of "The Ric Flair Show" on MLW Radio for the first part of a two-part interview.

During the interview, Cody stated that the reported "merchandising deal" between himself and WWE was related to a biography of his father, Rhodes. Cody stated that he was working on rights to be able to still write the book memorializing his father. Rhodes has been working on the project since his father's passing last summer.
Originally Posted by PWI
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt will now be headlining UFC 200 after UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was been notified by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that he has potentially failed a pre-fight drug test and therefore has been pulled from UFC 200.

Lesnar is returning to the UFC Octagon with the blessing of WWE, but now finds himself in the position of being a main event player for UFC in his first fight in years.
Well, the good news is there is still a lot more from Chris Jericho in WWE, as he revealed in a recent interview with International Business that he has no plans with full-time band Fozzy for the rest of the year. Paving the way for an extended WWE run in 2016 for the self-proclaimed best in the world at what he does.

“Fozzy, we made a concerted idea to not do anything in 2016. We’re gonna do a new record, it’ll be released early 2017, then it’s full-time back in Fozzy. Until then, I’m having so much fun in the WWE. I plan to continue for the next who knows how long it is. I’d never say, but suffice it to say it’s going to be for a little while longer for sure.”
Originally Posted by 411Mania
Owner Takaaki Kidani said in Weekly Pro Wrestling magazine that he’s happy with the alliance with ROH but they’d like to do a pure New Japan show in the U.S. in a 3,000 to 4,000 seat arena. They are very serious about this and there are specific plans as well as continuing to work with ROH.
Nike has filed a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) for the use of “Just Bring It” phrase made famous by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Nike believes the mark is too similar to its "Just Do It" slogan.

According to Forbes, WWE used the mark as a subtitle for a “SmackDown” video game fifteen years ago, but the lawsuit stems from WWE’s filing for federal trademark protection in October 2014. WWE is seeking to use the phrase on a variety of clothing, including shirts, jackets, pants, underwear and pajamas. In December 2015, WWE’s application was published for opposition and Nike filed a claim.

Originally Posted by Observer
Roderick Strong comes in, it’s expected to be along the lines of Austin Aries or Johnny Gargano (he won’t have to train daily at the Performance Center kind of a deal). A funny story about the difference between guys like Aries, Gargano or Tommaso Ciampa is that at least until they officially signed, Gargano & Ciampa were on per-show deals and not contracts (that has changed) but they got to wrestle the way they wanted so did really well at the house shows. The guys who trained in Orlando were mad, not at them, but at the idea they are taught to wrestle a style that doesn’t get over as much as the style they were wrestling, but they are allowed to wrestle a style the Orlando guys are taught is wrong and then it gets over

Some other sheet news includes:
  • Besides the WWE, Lucha Underground also announced they will be sending wrestlers for free signings at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con event.
  • In a "WWE Did You Know" type fact, today is the 20th anniversary of Hulk Hogan's WCW heel turn and formation of the nWo.
  • In another "WWE Did You Know" type fact, the inspiration for Bob Backland's heel character was due to him one day randomly listening to a Rush Limbaugh show while driving. Limbaugh yelling at a caller because she had some life issues ended up being the basis for the Mr Backland character.
  • Aparently The Rock and Taz had a small Twitter feud occur recently over an announcement by The Rock regarding a new Youtube show he was working on. The show will be called "Rock The Promo" which people send in wrestling-style promos to be judged. Taz got upset when he found out since its very similar to a show he does. Feud itself was settled in a few tweets with most of the online backlash coming from Taz's podcast listeners.
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