The Weekend 3 Count is brought to you by Triple Threat CLE. This week I bring you all the news and rumors around the WWE, TNA, GFW and the Independent wrestling scene for March 2nd - March 8th.
*** Weekend Flashback ***
- Growing up, my favorite wrestling family to watch were the Von Erich's. I remember watching the old WCCW episodes on ESPN and cheering them on every week. My favorite of the family was and will always be Kerry Von Erich. I remember it hit me hard the day I found out Kerry took his own life. Here was one of my childhood idols that passed away and now knowing I'd never see him wrestle ever again. I'm going back to 1984, one day after my sixth birthday. Ric Flair defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Kerry Von Erich.
*** WWE News and Rumors ***
- Comedy Central's own Jon Stewart, showed up at RAW last week to confront Seth Rollins. Check out my recap of RAW to see how that went down.
The Madusa Stunt:
- As of now, the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame class is as follows: "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Rikishi, The Bushwackers, Alundra Blayze and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- This past Monday on RAW, A.J. Lee, made her return to the company.
- Bray Wyatt is bringing The Undertaker's urn to RAW, tomorrow night. The past few weeks, Wyatt, has used druids, caskets, Taker's theme music and has torched a casket, to try to draw out the deadman for Wrestlemania. Wyatt has failed so far.
- 15 Time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena, will be inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 18.
- Independent wrestler, Uhaa Nation, is headed to WWE. Nation, who was on WWE's radar since the late summer, has official signed and we be appearing in NXT soon.
- As of March 1st, if you have WWE Network, you are now no longer allowed to have the Network streaming on two seperate devices. Only one device at a time can be used to watch the Network.
- NXT trainer, Bill DeMott has been the talk of the company this week. Many current and former NXT/WWE superstars have opened up about Bill DeMott and his unprofessionalism, while training the new NXT talent. Many have stated that Demott, was very abusive, physically and mentally to the NXT talent. Former WWE developmental talent, Kevin Matthews, sent a copy of a letter he wrote on his experiences with Bill DeMott. You can read Matthews' letter HERE./
- As of Friday March 6th, DeMott, officially resigned from the company. Makes you think that all the complaints were true. As of now, Matt Bloom (aka Albert, Tensai) has been announced as DeMott's intern head trainer.
*** TNA News and Rumors ***
- Also on Impact, Kurt Angle became the new #1 Contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Angle defeated Eric Young and Bobby Roode in a triple threat match.
- TNA Impact has taken a hit in ratings, two weeks in a row now, as viewership has dropped back to back weeks.
- TNA longtime producer, Bryan Edwards and producer/editor Stu Marchetti have left TNA.
*** GFW News and Rumors ***
- Quiet week in Jeff Jarrett land with GFW.
*** Other Wrestling News ***
- Phil "CM Punk" Brooks has been recently spotted with a camera crew, following him around. Sources are saying that Punk has been filming a documentary on his switch from professional wrestler to MMA fighter.
- Jonny Candido, the brother of the late Chris Candido, is making a documentary. The documentary, currently being titled "No Gimmicks Needed", will be about his brother, Chris and Chris' life in professional wrestling before his life ended too soon.
- Chris Dickinson of Beyond Wrestling, is making news this week and not in a good way. Beyond Wrestling had an Intergender Match this past weekend at their "King of Arts" show, with Chris Dickinson facing female star Kimber Lee. At the end of the match Dickinson, low blows Lee, hits her in the head with a chair, then delivers a viscious "Outsiders Edge" power bomb, that causes Lee to slide under the bottom rope and almost smacking her head on the steel ring post. The company is under fire now for the viciousness of how female performers are being treated and Dickinson himself is under fire on social media for committing the violent actions. You can check out the closing moments of that match below, but viewer discretion is advised.
- Kimber Lee was interviewed a day after the match, had no regrets and didn't blame Dickinson at all for how the ending of the match went. You can read that interview HERE.
And that is this weekend's 3 Count. Join me every Sunday afternoon, where I give you the major stories in WWE, TNA, GFW and the independent wrestling scene. Till next time, tap or snap.