WED. UPDATE: Special ROH/TNA chaos edition

July 24, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.com | Follow @davidbix

TV notes for tonight:

NXT at 8:00 p.m. ET on WWE Network has Kevin Owens vs. Solomon Crowe in a non-title match, Bayley vs. Emma, Finn Balor vs. Tye Dillinger, and the team of Blake & Murphy vs. Elias Samson & Mike Rallis.

Lucha Underground at 8:00 p.m. ET on El Rey has Fenix vs. Mil Muertes in a Death Match, Prince Puma (c) vs. Hernandez for the Lucha Underground Title, Johnny Mundo vs. Aerostar, and Vampiro conducting a sit-down interview with Sexy Star. The official description from El Rey…is basically just what I told you without any colorful flourishes, so no reason to include it this week.

Tonight’s UFC programming on Fox Sports 1 is…

8:00 p.m. ET – New episode of UFC Tonight.

9:00 p.m. ET – Last week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter.

10:00 p.m. ET – A new episode of The Ultimate Fighter titled “Fight Through the Pain” which is being described like so: American Top Team finds support through each other as the fighters look to get through the challenges presented to them, while the Blackzilians find that the competition does not always go through their way and must get through the turbulence. If you DVR the show andwant to catch the “TUF Talk” segments that open the subsequent episode of Fox Sports Live, either make a point to record that show or pad your DVR recording by half an hour.

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Wednesday Daily Update

— As noted earlier, Destination America announced on Twitter that Ring of Honor debuts on the network a week from tonight at 8:00 p.m.—meaning they’re going to be TNA’s lead-in for Impact Wrestling in its new time slot. And, well, that’s about all we know right now in terms of the really important, substantive details. On the TNA side, Dixie Carter is holding a conference call for employees and talent today, and we’ll have breaking news audio for subscribers from Dave and Bryan when the dust clears from the call.

The press release frames it as ROH increasing its footprint (specifically mentioning New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles) outside of the Sinclair-owned stations and their handful of syndication partners. Also per the press release, the first episode will feature the Briscoes vs. the House of Truth in the main event plus Moose vs. BJ Whitmer and a NJPW vs. ROH match.

— MVP was tweeting about the news, saying none of the TNA talent received advanc notice, sarcastically called the move “classy,” tweeted his booking contact information, and promised to retire within a few years. But morale is great!

— For however much you may want to fault TNA for not having exclusivity, remember that United Talent Agency negotiated the deal for them.

— Rockstar Spud was scheduled to do a media day to promote this week’s episode of Impact, but it was cancelled at the last minute.

— Figures Toy Company announced that The Young Bucks will be coming to the new ROH action figure line.

— To recap, in the last day or so, ROH has announced:

* Their action figure of pushed WWE/NXT talent Kevin Owens, beating WWE to the market.

* Pushed NXT talent with his own t-shirt Samoa Joe working the June TV taping in New York.

* A TV deal with Destination America as TNA’s lead-in.

Pure chaos in every direction.

— ESPN.com and Five Thirty Eight have a new documentary short about Jesse Ventura being elected Governor of Minnsota in 1998.

— Jim Ross’s latest blog post is up with lots of good stuff on everything from TNA to the ROH action figures…well, at least with how everything stood yesterday.

— Myself and Dylan Hales have a new edition of The Trade Marks podcast talking to Kevin Kleinrock about the rise and fall of DVDs as a viable revenue stream in pro wrestling. Dylan and I are also on the latest episode of Kris Zellner’s Exile on Badstreet podcast talking about the last three months of 1988 in Jim Crockett Promotions/WCW.