Adrian Lionheart McCallum Writes Open Letter Asking AJ Styles to Stop Using the Styles Clash

stylesAdrian “Lionheart” McCallum, a British wrestler who was injured taking the “Styles Clash” finishing maneuver, posted an open letter to AJ Styles today on his Facebook page requesting that Styles stop using the move for the safety of his fellow wrestlers. Lionheart is one of several performers who have been injured at the hands of Styles while taking the finisher. He and one other suffered a broken neck.

Lionheart’s open letter is below and he makes a very strong argument. We’ve seen many wrestlers, as they age and evolve, modify their movesets. When the safety of your opponent comes into play, there’s really no reason to keep using a move that has proven to be very dangerous.

I’ll make the assumption he sees this somehow so please read and share… I’d like to openly address him…

Firstly, I hope things are well for you and family… I wanted to write you because I feel it’s important someone speak up in a more formal and diplomatic manner, as opposed to simply throwing abuse via anonymous social media ramblings…

Here’s the truth… The move is not directly dangerous… It’s a simple move in principle… Arms and legs locked, you fall forward, guy looks up/back, easy… The Styles Clash ‘on paper’ is a fairly safe and basic process…

That said, what is dangerous, is the instinctual reaction of your opponent… The wrestler taking the move, who like any wrestler taking any move, their safety and welfare is the priority…

Without ANY injuries, it could be argued that the mechanics of the move are unnatural, and injury could easily happen due to the physical restrictions and instinctual habits of the recipient… The numbers now are surely too great to even call it an argument?

I’m more than happy to be educated on my statistics, but there can be no move in wrestling history that carries more (documented) serious and potentially career threatening injuries than this… This, is what makes the move dangerous, whether indirectly or not…

Thus far, more specifically the last 12 months, several performers, actual experienced athletes, have been injured with this, 2 of them now with broken necks… The question I want to put to you honestly is, what does it take? What will it actually take for you to stop using this move, at the very least on an independent level, with people not necessarily exposed to the experience of working with you and taking the move semi regularly… How honestly will you feel the day you receive the news that the man you just wrestled has a broken neck and will never walk again? Statistically, that day is coming… It is a mathematical certainty…

I take this opportunity now, to openly and publicly beg you… Please, stop using the Styles Clash… You are unquestionably one of the greatest in ring performers of our time, I truly believe that… But the time is now, to put all pride, ego, blame aside, and acknowledge that irrelevant of fault, circumstance or anything else, the move is a direct risk and a danger to the safety and well being of your fellow wrestler…

All the best.

A

Ring of Honor Returns to the ECW Arena in January

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Ring of Honor announced today that the company’s January 24th show, which was scheduled to take place at the Philadelphia National Guard Armory, will now be held at the famed ECW Arena. More correctly, the show will be held at 2300 Arena, the venue’s current name.

While the ECW Arena doesn’t look like much or have the capacity of some of the more famous arenas in the country, it is undoubtedly one of the most important venues in wrestling history. More than just ECW, the building has played host to several other wrestling promotions, including Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore and past ROH events.

If you’ve purchased tickets for the January 24th show, the date and time remain the same. If you haven’t yet, tickets are still available for purchase at ROHWrestling.com.

TNA Announces First Set of Tapings for Impact on Destination America

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TNA will begin taping episodes of Impact Wrestling for broadcast on Destination America in January, according to the company. The Manhattan Center will host three consecutive nights of television tapings on January 7th through the 9th.

TNA has found a nice home away from home in the Manhattan Center, where the crowds are undoubtedly better than those at the Impact Zone. According to Dixie Carter, it was a no-brainer to return to New York City for TNA’s debut episodes with new television partner Destination America. “With the explosive sold-out crowds in New York City this past summer, returning to the Manhattan Center for three huge events as IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America was an easy decision,” she said in the company’s press release announcing the news.

TNA Releases Details on Final Episodes of Impact on Spike

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The final first-run episode of Impact Wrestling aired on Spike TV last Wednesday. Ahead of the company’s move to Destination America in 2015, TNA has released details on the final four episodes of Impact, which will be compilation specials airing on the usual night and time of Wednesdays at 9pm ET.

“Best of Impact Wrestling 2014″ will air on December 3rd and 10th and “Countdown to the All-Time Best TNA Moment” will air on December 17th and 24th.

Tomorrow’s episode of Impact, “Thanksgiving Throwdown,” will air exclusively on TNA’s YouTube channel and will also be available on-demand through Black Friday. According to the company, the special will feature “the best Turkey Bowl matches in TNA history and offers viewers ShopTNA Black Friday deals, including a free replica TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt for one lucky shopper.”

Survivor Series 2014 Review: Sting and Dolph Ziggler Steal the Show

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The most notable moment from Survivor Series 2014, of course, was Sting finally making an appearance inside a WWE ring, delivering a Scorpion Death Drop to Triple H. The other huge takeaway is that this was really Dolph Ziggler’s show. With John Cena being eliminated after a knockout punch from the heel-turning Big Show, Ziggler was left to face three members of Team Authority by himself.

Alas, it was Dolph Ziggler – not John Cena – who overcame the odds last night.

While Sting placed Ziggler on top of Seth Rollins to get the final pinfall, it doesn’t take away from the fact that WWE made Ziggler look like a main event star last night.

The events of last night also set up a few programs moving forward, with John Cena and Big Show likely to square off and a potential Triple H-Sting showdown in the works. While WrestleMania XXXI seems the likely candidate, I could see the company not wanting to wait that long to get Sting on a pay-per-view card.

If I were picking nits (which I am about to) my only gripe with Sting’s appearance was that WWE gave him new theme music, even though his “Crow” theme was used in WWE 2K15 promotion and in the game itself. But it didn’t really matter. Once the crow noises hit, coupled with rumors that Sting was going to appear, the building erupted.

Below are my thoughts on the rest of the show:

– The Fatal 4-Way opener was a really solid match that kept the crowd hot. I missed the mark on my prediction of Goldust & Stardust retaining the straps but I really liked how the match ended, with Damien Mizdow finally getting in and stealing the pinfall from Miz. It’s a subtle nudge of things to come, when the pair inevitably breaks up because Mizdow is taking all of Miz’s spotlight, but that’s probably a little way down the line. Miz holding both belts and Mizdow still mimicking his celebration was great and I’m looking forward to what these two come up with as their reign rolls on.

– The Divas elimination match was… a match. I have no clue what the booking of this accomplished. The babyfaces (Is Alicia a babyface?) won in a clean sweep, with Naomi getting the final pinfall on Paige. The whole contest felt like a giant cluster with very little direction. I was hoping they would have Natalya and Paige be the final survivors for their respective teams, do battle for a bit, and set up a program between the two of them. It wasn’t meant to be.

– Roman Reigns appeared via satellite in one of his better interviews since his injury. That’s not saying much but this one at least wasn’t cringeworthy. Of note, Reigns said he’ll be back “this time next month,” meaning we’ll probably see him at TLC. My guess would be a match with Seth Rollins but time will tell if WWE holds him off pay-per-view until the Royal Rumble.

– I’m sure there was an uproar over AJ Lee losing the Divas Championship in the fashion she did (I stayed off Twitter for most of the show) but I’m fine with it. It was a nice tip of the cap to how Daniel Bryan lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Sheamus at WrestleMania XXVIII and Brie’s motivation made sense since AJ had DDT’ed Brie on Monday’s Raw, along with her marriage to Bryan.

There are still some questions. Is Brie a heel now and happily in the company of her sister once again? Or was this a one-off revenge move on AJ? Or did WWE not really think this out and just need a quick way to get the title off AJ, who is rumored to be leaving the company for another break?

Unanswered questions aren’t bad. Really, that’s the point. But do people really care much about the answers?

– Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose by disqualification when Ambrose hit Wyatt with a chair. During the post-match, Ambrose elbow dropped Wyatt through a table, then piled a bunch of chairs on top of him and climbed a ladder to mug for the cameras. The whole ladder thing was a strange and punch-you-in-the-face obvious way to set up another showdown between the two at TLC, which the broadcast team announced was official later on during Survivor Series.

– We got a surprise Bunny & Adam Rose v. Slater Gator tag team match, which was fine time-filler. I was hoping we would get our Bunny reveal but that will likely come on Raw. As silly as the Bunny’s involvement is, it’s a pretty well flushed out storyline and I’m actually interested in the payoff. I’m also excited about Adam Rose playing a heel, which seems to be a more natural fit for him.

– The pre-show Cesaro v. Jack Swagger match was pretty good and did well to get the crowd going early. That’s one thing that shouldn’t be understated: The crowd was great and that plays a big part in how the big moments of the show come off.

– I won’t make the “another heel turn for Big Show” joke. It’s a little strange, though, that we’re going to get another Cena-Show program, especially with Cena being the number one contender and Brock Lesnar rumored to be wrestling at TLC. Perhaps that isn’t the case and we won’t see Lesnar until the Rumble. If you don’t remember Brock Lesnar, he’s the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Yep, they still have one of those.

– All in all, WWE did a good job of making this feel bigger than it did going in. A lot of people didn’t like the Raw-style 15-minute opening promo, but it made the main event feel like more of a big deal. The follow-up will be important, as WWE could please a lot of fans by naming a new GM on tonight’s Raw that brings some excitement to the table. I’m not sure if I can buy in to the rumors of Sting being the GM just yet. We’ll see on tonight’s Raw.

– As for my predictions, I was 3-for-5. I was wrong on AJ Lee and Goldust & Stardust retaining their titles and three of the other matches were unadvertised or, in the case of Fandango, an opponent wasn’t named.

Luke Harper Wins Intercontinental Championship from Dolph Ziggler on Raw

A surprise title change took place on tonight’s episode of Raw, as Luke Harper defeated Dolph Ziggler with plenty of help from The Authority to capture the Intercontinental Championship.

The switch makes perfect sense in the way it played out. The Authority beat down Ziggler before the opening bell rang, helping Harper win the strap. It adds fuel to the fire for Ziggler and likely means bigger things are coming for him.

Jim Ross to Announce GFW’s Presentation of New Japan’s Annual Tokyo Dome Show

Global Force Wrestling teased a huge announcement coming this morning and, quite unlike TNA, they delivered in spades. The company will be handling the United States and Canada presentation of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual Tokyo Dome Show, Wrestle Kingdom, and the lead announcer will be one of the all-time greats, Jim Ross.

GFW and Jim Ross announced the news in a statement released Tuesday morning. The event will air live on pay-per-view in the US and Canada on January 4, 2015 at 2:00 am EST. The show will re-air at 7pm EST.

No mention has been made yet of a broadcast partner for Ross but you can be sure that it won’t be difficult to find a good color commentator that wants to call some excellent wrestling with – at least in my opinion – the greatest pro wrestling broadcaster of all time.

The card is headlined by an IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada, along with an appearance by The Bullet Club.

WWE Announces Workout DVDs featuring Triple H and Stephanie McMahon

AuthorityDVDsWWE will release a workout DVD series featuring Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. In an email sent out today, the company announced that we can all “Train with Authority.” Get it?

The set includes two DVDs. The first is the “Power Series,” featuring six workouts and 100 minutes of exercises with The Game. The second is hosted by Stephanie McMahon and titled “Fit Series,” which offers five workouts and a four week workout calendar. Available now for pre-order, the DVDs will release on Tuesday, December 2nd in the United States.

The full breakdown from WWEShop for each DVD is after the jump.

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WWE and Alberto Del Rio Reach “Mutual Understanding”

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WWE quietly announced today that the company has come to a “mutual understanding” with Alberto Del Rio regarding his future booking opportunities and, of course, wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Del Rio also announced the agreement on Twitter. There has been much talk of his move to AAA, which will likely come sooner than later now that he and WWE have come to an understanding.

(Image via PWMania)