Chad Gable in Action on Tonight’s WWE 205 Live

PWInsider is reporting that tonight’s 205 Live will feature Jack Gallagher taking on Chad Gable. The two have built quite the rivalry over the past few weeks, with Gable beating Gallagher by countout on the June 10th edition of 205 Live.

It is also reported that the fallout from WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak’s victory over Tony Neese will be shown as well.

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Ali Wants To Tell Shane McMahon “Exactly” What Is On His Mind

WWE has promised that Superstars will be able to “speak their minds” on tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live, and Mustafa Ali plans on doing just that. Ali took to twitter, saying that he will tell Shane McMahon “exactly what is on [his]mind.”

Ali has been one of SmackDown Live’s most consistent presences over the course of 2019, but the results haven’t been exactly fair. An injury in February led to Ali being pulled from the Elimination Chamber, the match that led to Kofi Kingston’s elevation to the main event scene. Ali came within inches of winning Money In The Bank, but was thwarted by now-WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.

SmackDown LIVE will air at 8/7c on USA.

TONIGHT on , will host a town hall meeting to let the Superstars SPEAK THEIR MINDS, and it all goes down at 8/7c on !

I’d love to let you know exactly what is on my mind.

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More Details Behind Jeff Hardy’s Recent Arrest for Public Intoxication

Former-WWE Champion Jeff Hardy was recently arrested for public intoxication over the weekend in Myrtle Beach. He was arrested, booked, and released the same day on a bond of less than $200.

According to TMZ, he was found in a stairwell, passed out. Hardy reportedly told police he’d been drinking vodka. He is not facing a conviction on his record, as paying his bond closed the case. Hardy is currently recovering from knee surgery, following an injury in May.

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John ‘The Berzerker’ Nord Sentenced to 5 Years Probation Following DUIs

Former-WWF Superstar John “The Berzerker” Nord has been sentenced to five years probation, under the the condition that he avoid driving and stay in restrictive housing, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.

The sentence comes after Nord was arrested for driving under the influence of painkillers. He has been arrested for the crime seven times, and will have to make visits to the court to update the judge on his condition.

Nord was best known for his time with WWE (then WWF) in the early 90s, as the viking character known as The Berzerker. He got his start with a lumberjack character, Yukon John, in the AWA, eventually going to WWF, and then AJPW & WCW under his real name.

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MJF to Challenge Teddy Hart for the MLW World Middleweight Title

MLW issued the following:

MJF challenges Teddy Hart for the World Middleweight Title in NYC next Thursday
Can MJF complete the Dynasty’s sweep of the Hart Foundation?

One-half of the new World Tag Team Champions MJF wants more gold and on July 25, the bigmouth New Yorker will look to become a double champion when he challenges for the title he never lost in the ring: the World Middleweight Championship.

MLW today announced a World Middleweight Title Bout: World Middleweight Champion Teddy Hart vs. MJF for MLW: Never Say Never ’19 at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City on July 25. The event will be a MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

Tickets start at $20 at http://www.MLWTickets.com.

The first-ever World Middleweight Champion MJF has never gotten over Teddy Hart walking around with “his” World Middleweight Championship. So much so, MJF has run his mouth calling Hart a “fraud” – and that’s one of the more polite terms used when the trust fund kid trolls Hart on social media and in the press.

Hart will be attempting a record-setting 5th title defense when the two clash in New York City Thursday July 25.

The Dynasty enter the title bout with significant momentum. In the last month, the Dynasty all have won championship gold in MLW: Alex Hammerstone winning the National Openweight Championship and MJF along with Holliday defeating the Hart Foundation in a ladder match in Chicago.

The last time MJF and Hart battled for the championship, Hart was the victor… only for Richard Holliday to crash Hart’s post match interview and along with MJF pummel the champ.  Thus began the era of the Dynasty.

Nearly a half year later, the landscape has changed. Dynasty has defeated the Hart Foundation for the World Tag Team Championships. Brian Pillman was defeated in the National Openweight Finals.  Now, MJF looks to clinch the elusive World Middleweight Title. Can he?

Find out LIVE in New York July 25 at the Melrose Ballroom as MLW presents an MLW Fusion TV taping (buy tickets). The card has a 7pm start time.

MAAASigned for July 25:
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Jacob Fatu (c) vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor

DREAM MATCH
LA Park vs. Jimmy Havoc

FIRST-TIME EVER
Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Timothy Thatcher

WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT
Teddy Hart (champion) vs. MJF

Austin Aries vs. Ace Austin

¡LUCHA LIBRE!
Rey Horus vs. Bestia 666 (presented by Salina de la Renta)

Low Ki vs. Jimmy Yuta

Some of the athletes and talent signed to compete and appear include: Brian Pillman Jr. • World Tag Team Champions The Dynasty • Ross & Marshall Von Erich • National Openweight Champion Alex Hammerstone • Mance Warner • Hijo de LA Park • Ricky “El Sicario” Martinez • Air Wolf • Savio Vega • Konnan • Myron Reed • Jordan Oliver and more!

More matches and wrestlers will be announced at MLW.com.

The event will be a Major League Wrestling: FUSION television taping for beIN SPORTS, FreeSports in UK and Ireland as well as EGO TV in Israel.

Tickets are moving fast for MLW’s return July 25 card. Buy tickets at MLWTickets.com.

Tickets start at just $20.  There are limited VIP tickets available which includes early entry (5:30 P.M.) featuring a Pre-Show Meet and Greet with select MLW fighting athletes.

Please note: General Admission SRO Tickets are: $20 for advance sales, $25 Day of Event at the door.

General Public Doors Open: 6:00 p.m. with a bell time of: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 at MLWtickets.com.  Tickets will also be available day of show at the box office unless the event sales out in advance.

About Major League Wrestling
Major League Wrestling (MLW®) is a sports media holding company with a focus on professional wrestling sporting events/programming, digital content and ancillary entertainment.

The fastest growing wrestling league today, MLW’s weekly TV series, Major League Wrestling: FUSION, airs Saturday nights 9pm ET / 6pm PT on beIN SPORTS in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  Wrestling fans in the United Kingdom and Ireland can watch FUSION on FreeSports Tuesday nights at 10pm.  In Israel, FUSION airs at 6:10pm on Ego Total.

MLW features a roster full of high profile fighters and on-air talent from around the world including: The Hart Foundation, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, Ross & Marshall Von Erich, Low Ki, LA Park, Salina de la Renta, CONTA Unit, Alex Hammerstone, MJF, Mance Warner, Richard Holliday and many more.

MLW is the parent company of the MLW Radio Network, the leading provider of professional wrestling podcasts in the world with 5-6 podcasts in the top iTunes 100 in the sports category on the average day.

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The Latest King of Trios Team Will Cleanse Chikara With Fire

Too much fire talk for my liking
Graphics via ChikaraPro.com

About a year or so ago, The Whisper and Ophidian were bitter rivals, or at least it appeared as such. Recently, the two have revealed that they are in cahoots and that their feud may have been a ruse. Chikara has seen threats from invading forces so many times in the past, with The Flood being the most destructive, even causing the company to close for almost a year. Whisper and Ophidian, well, they don’t want to see that happen again, so they formed The Crucible, an autoimmune system that would enact whenever a threat would descend on Chikara.

The problem is, the incoming threats are kinda at a minimum. The Beyond Wrestling invasion kinda petered out when Mark Angelosetti defeated Chris Dickinson earlier this year. And while the newly unmasked Dasher Hatfield is kind of a prick, well, he’s also the kind of prick who wants to rule Chikara, not destroy it. Sometimes, when nothing’s wrong, the autoimmune system stays quiet. Other times, it manifests by attacking healthy bodily cells. While few people know why autoimmune disorders like primary biliary cholangitis or lupus develop, a human response team like The Crucible might act out because they’re slightly fascist and get bored waiting around for the next threat to come in. Their brand of showing off feels the same as military demonstrations in times of peace.

Of course, one could forgive them for getting restless except their mission statement includes cleansing things in fire. Sending the team of Ophidian, Whisper, and the surprising Crucible member Lance Steel doesn’t seem like a military exercise in time of peace. I think they want to set King of Trios on fire. Maybe not literal fire, but I’m not sure at this point. I don’t think The Crucible wins the tournament. What I do think is that they go far enough and their loss sets off an epic temper tantrum that will carry the narrative into the finale. Either way, their inclusion in King of Trios signifies that the poop is real.

The Crucible represents the seventh team in King of Trios this year. The other six are:

  • Team Pump (Scott Steiner, Jordynne Grace, Petey Williams)
  • The Ancient Order of Nations (Mick Moretti, Adam Hoffman, Jack Bonza)
  • The Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, Tripp Cassidy)
  • The Embassy (Prince Nana, Jimmy Rave, Sal Rinauro)
  • The VeloCities (Mat Diamond, Jude London, Paris DeSilva)
  • Team FIST (Icarus, Tony Deppen, Travis Huckabee)

Additionally, Boomer Hatfield is the first of eight scheduled competitors to be announced for the Rey de Voladores tournament to occur starting Night 2. King of Trios will take place in Reading, PA October 4-6 at the Goodwill Benefit Association. Tickets are on sale now.

MJF Got Hurt, but Apparently It’s Not Too Bad

MJF, seen here with the CZW Wired Championship, had to forfeit an Inspire Pro title due to injury
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein

MJF, who got a microphone and some time at All Elite Wrestling’s Fyter Fest to show his wares as a blowhard with a black hat, was suspiciously placed in a ho-hum six-man tag at Fight for the Fallen that served to advance a questionable story with criss-crossed alignments. If his actions in the match were the only notable thing going on, it wouldn’t be notable to post about him today. Except news broke Sunday by Inspire Pro Wrestling, of which MJF was the Pure Prestige Champion, that he would be missing the show because of a “severe” elbow injury and thus be forfeiting the title, not because of bad blood, but because his AEW exclusivity would prevent him from wrestling for Inspire in the future. In case you’re wondering, Ricky Starks won the title against Steve-O Reno. Starks was originally slated to challenge MJF for it before the injury.

However, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful “was told” (probably by MJF, but I’m sure he has reason to keep the source anonymous) that the injury wasn’t that severe, that he was just “banged up,” and wanted to rest a little bit between Fight for the Fallen and his AAA appearance in a tag match teaming with Cody. I guess he chose the lucha giant over one of three major Central Texas indies for what he’d want to risk further injury on his elbow, which makes sense, to be fair. Other than AAA, MJF doesn’t seem to have a lot on his fight card going forward. He doesn’t have a match for All Out yet, for example, but with only four matches announced so far, a lot of people don’t have matches there yet. Hopefully, this injury remains minor enough that he can either recover from it with rest or work through it and get lucky enough that it doesn’t aggravate.