TOO MUCH HAPPENED!
Seriously, the weekend of July 24-26 was chaotic. From Global Force Wrestling’s debut TV tapings, to ROH’s most recent iPPV, to New Japan Pro Wrestling and Beyond… too much happened. Oh, and there was breaking news on the biggest star in wrestling history.
Hulk Hogan fired by WWE (July 24)
It hasn’t been a good time for icons of the 80’s lately, and this weekend, another one bit the dust. Hulk Hogan, who for the past month has been a staple on WWE’s Tough Enough, was let go from the promotion on Thursday. WWE preemptively fired the superstar in preparation of what was to be big news coming on Friday, with the National Enquirer releasing a story complete with audio of racially charged conversations involving Hogan.
Hulk Hogan dropped from WWE due to audio recording in which Hogan goes on a racial tirade. WWE preemptively cutting ties before it breaks.
— Roberto El Patron (@ShakeThemRopes) July 24, 2015
The Twitter universe was buzzing early Friday morning as WWE removed Hogan’s likeness from their website, including the elimination of the Axelmania gimmick that Curtis Axel had been using. Hulk Hogan being fired by WWE has turned into a huge mainstream story, with reports out that WWE lost $50million during the weekend due to the Hogan news. Obviously, Hogan’s firing was unexpected, but it turned into the biggest story of the pro wrestling weekend.
GFW debuts AMPED! (July 24)
With a reported 4000+ fans in attendance at the Orleands Hotel in Las Vegas, Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling debuted its AMPED TV tapings on Friday. With several stars formerly of TNA Impact Wrestling involved, including Bobby Roode, Nick “Magnus” Aldis, Jigsaw, Seiya Sanada, and others, GFW made a more than respectable debut. GFW is set to tape more television at the Orleans Hotel in the coming months, so we’ll see if this momentum can carry over.
ROH Death Before Dishonor (July 24)
Ring of Honor held an internet Pay Per View on Friday in Baltimore, while taping TV the next night in the same arena. The Pay Per View was headlined by an ROH World Championship match between Jay Lethal and Roderick Strong. Lethal retained his championship in an hour draw. Aaron Bentley reviews ROH DBD here!
PWG Threemendous 4 (July 24)
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla held their anniversary event, entitled Threemendous, on Friday in Reseda, California. The main event on the show featured the Young Bucks going up against Jack Evans & Angelico of AAA. You can follow PWG on Twitter @OfficialPWG. The event drew a quick sellout, as has been common for the promotion, of 400+ fans. Dave Meltzer, William Regal, and Seth Rollins were amongst the onlookers in the crowd.
- Bill Carr & Dan Barry of Team Tremendous def. Candice & Joey of World’s Cutest Tag Team
- Brian Cage def. Johnny Gargano
- Andrew Everett def. Rich Swann
- Trevor Lee def. Tommaso Ciampa
- “Speedball” Mike Bailey def. Chris Hero
- Ricochet def. Akira Tozawa
- Young Bucks def. Jack Evans & Angelico (World Tag Titles)
Beyond Wrestling & CHIKARA (July 25/26)
In Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday, Beyond Wrestling held an event headlined by the Young Bucks taking on Chris Hero & JT Dunn. CHIKARA held two events, with the Sunday show being in conjunction with Beyond in Providence.
New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax (July 24/25/26)
NJPW continued their G1 Climax 25 tournament all throughout the weekend. We have results and reviews up on the website for every event, which we’ll link below. Be sure to check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel as we’ll provide quick video recaps of the tournament, with match clips included, throughout the month! The biggest news, potentially, coming out of the weekend was the news of an injury to Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura missed his scheduled tag match on Sunday’s Night 5 event, and is next set to face Michael Elgin in the tournament on Tuesday.
- July 24 – Night 3 Review (Tenzan vs Tanahashi)
- July 25 – Night 4 Review (Okada vs Honma)
- July 26 – Night 5 Review (Naito vs Tanahashi)