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Body Slam Brigade 72 – Uncertainty

Body Slam Brigade 72 – Uncertainty

November 12, 2021

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This newsletter took a bit of a hiatus in October, but we’re back now.

One of the saddest things to happen during the hiatus was the announcement from Ring of Honor that they’ll be releasing all of their talent as the company pauses operations until April.

I wrote about my feelings on that subject here, and Caprice Coleman wrote about his experience at the final ROH TV tapings.

At the end of Coleman’s post, he writes “Uncertainty is only a season. Its time will pass.”

Given the fact that WWE has released 74 people in 2021, it seems everyone in the wrestling business could benefit from Caprice’s wisdom.

Eddie Kingston also wrote an incredible article about his story and struggles with mental health. You can find that here.

Wishing you all a great weekend full of wrestling. I’ve listed the cards for some of the major shows under number 4 below.

– Ryan

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1. Key Wrestlers with Contract Expirations this Month
Fightful tracks information known about wrestler contracts and and other information on their website here.

According to Fightful, there are several wrestlers with contracts expiring or potentially expiring before the end of 2021.

While we haven’t heard updates from the individuals themselves, it’s interesting to see names like Chris Jericho and Nick Aldis on the list as potentially expiring next month.

Kyle O’Reilly and Johnny Gargano are two people to watch in December

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2. All 74 Wrestlers Released from WWE This Year
WWE released 18 wrestlers following their Q3 earnings call last week.

Here is the complete list of all WWE talent released in 2021 according to PW Insider.

Not mentioned in this article is the fact that Adam Cole and Daniel Bryan also left WWE when their deals expired.

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3. Results
Also: I’m hosting the Essential Wrestling Podcast a lot over the next few weeks while the regular host (Al Karl) performs his day job. Link below for this week’s Essential Wrestling Podcast.

Television, Livestream, PPV Results:

  • Smackdown from 11/5
  • AEW Rampage from 11/5
  • 205 Live from 11/5
  • ROH TV Episode 529 from weekend of 11/5
  • Monday Night Raw from 11/8
  • AEW Dark Elevation from 11/8
  • Bonus: Essential Wrestling Podcast from 11/9
  • CCW Alive Wrestling Episode 60 from 11/9
  • NXT 2.0 from 11/9
  • AEW Dark from 11/9
  • NWA Powerrr from 11/9
  • ROH Week by Week from 11/9
  • AEW Dynamite from 11/10
  • MLW Fusion Alpha from 11/10
  • ROH Women’s Division Wednesday from 11/10
  • NXT UK from 11/11
  • Impact from 11/11

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4. What to Do This Weekend
AEW is running their Full Gear Show from Minneapolis, MN on Saturday November 13. Here’s the card:

  • Kenny Omega (c) vs. Hangman Adam Page – for the AEW World Championship
  • Christian Cage & Jurassic Express vs. The SuperKliq – Falls Count Anywhere Match
  • CM Punk vs. Eddie Kingston
  • AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament FINALS: Bryan Danielson vs. Miro
  • Britt Baker (c) vs. Tay Conti – for the AEW Women’s Championship
  • Lucha Brothers (c) vs. FTR – for the AEW Tag Team Championship
  • MJF vs. Darby Allin
  • Inner Circle vs. Ethan Page, Scorpio Sky, Junior Dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski, Dan Lambert – Minneapolis Street Fight
  • Cody Rhodes and Pac v. Malakai Black and Andrade
  • Nyla Rose and Jamie Hayter v. Thunder Rosa and Hikaru Shida

New Japan Pro Wrestling is Running their Battle in the Valley Show on November 13 from San Jose. Here’s the card:

  • Yuya Uemura v. Josh Alexander
  • Brody King and Chris Dickinson v. Bateman and Misterioso
  • Fred Rosser, David Finlay, Rocky Romero, Alex Coughlin, Alex Zayne v. Tom Lawlor, JR Kratos, Danny Limelight, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson
  • Clark Connors and Karl Fredericks v. Jeff Cobb and TJP
  • Ren Narita v. Will Ospreay
  • Juice Robinson v. Moose
  • Kazuchika Okada v. Buddy Matthews (FKA Buddy Murphy)
  • Jay White (c) v. Tomohiro Ishii – NEVER Championship

Ring of Honor is Running an Honor for All Special on their Honor Club Streaming Service. Here’s the card:

  • Demonic Flamita v. Bandido (c) – ROH World Championship No DQ Match
  • Brody King v. Jonathan Gresham
  • Effy and AJ Gray v. The Briscoes (c) – GCW Tag Titles
  • Taylor Rust v. Tracy Williams
  • The OGK v. Dragon Lee and Kenny King (c) – ROH World Tag Team Championship Match
  • Quinn McKAY v. Vita Vonstarr v. Holidead v. Trish Adora

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