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- Coral Avalon needed medical attention after both his brutal match with Sage Pontiff and the unexpected assault from the newest members of the “Glueminati.” However, he did not need to be transported to a hospital and left the Pit under his own power.
Avalon was said to be unusually morose and brimming with tranquil anger regarding the betrayal of Joe Fontaine and Sid Phillips after nearly two years of mentorship, and refused to answer reporters asking about it. He had slightly more to say about his battle with Sage Pontiff, which left him with monitor-shaped bruising after the fact, “A win is a win. I know I got away with that one.”
Despite his litany of injuries, the 5-Star Champion is still expected to be in Mexico for his match with HOW World Champion STRONK at next week’s PWA-02 show.
- Among the other heinous actions occurring at ReVival 30, Arthur Pleasant appeared to have obtained footage of the residence of The Anglo Luchador. In addition to showing a brief glimpse of him unmasked and filming his children leaving the house, it’s rumored that the drone has *days* of footage collected over the course of an unspecified length of time. Obviously, the Luchador is furious. Here’s what we know about the follow-up:
– TAL called both the local and state police, but they were unhelpful at best. He said on Jabber that they told him “what do you want us to do, put out an APB on all drones?” which was corroborated when we contacted the police department ourselves.
– TAL has made plans that whenever he’s not home but his family is that his brother and former wrestler Mikey would be at his house for added protection in case Pleasant or anyone associated with him showed up in person.
– The family stayed overnight at a local hotel after a private investigator searched the house for cameras or audio bugs. Due to the unresponsiveness of the police, the family decided to go a more thorough, private route.
– Finally, while Lindsay Troy sent her concerns, she allegedly warned the Luchador not to put his hands on Pleasant outside of the ring. When asked why, TAL said “no comment.” When asked why, Troy said “We both know why, but I am not comfortable talking about it at this time.”
We will have more information as it becomes available.
- Joe Fontaine refused to talk to reporters after the shocking conclusion of ReVival 29, with Sid Phillips menacingly away those who tried a little too hard to get answers out of the second-generation stars under implied threat of powerbombs.
One individual who has at least one answer is Bang! Openweight and Hardweight Champion, Claire Merci, who leads the Crownless Kingdom originally led by Coral Avalon in Bang! Pro Wrestling.
After initially expressing confusion over what happened on ReVival 29, Merci issued a statement stating the following: “Regardless of how I feel about my mentor at any given moment, the fact remains that members of the Kingdom betrayed another. The Kingdom needs no traitors. If you set foot in Bang!, expect no… quarter.”
Merci did not respond to further inquiries asking if she wanted to say “no mercy” and couldn’t because of the obvious pun.
- More than a few PRIME fans were more than surprised at Joe Bergman’s appearance on Friday night’s show to hype up his upcoming match with Sage Pontiff at the PWA 2 supershow. However, Bergman also had other business to attend to on his visit.
Bergman and his wife Laura also met with President and CEO of PRIME Lindsay Troy in their new capacity as 25% owners of Missouri Valley Wrestling to discuss PWA business. Actually, most of the actual business discussion took place between Laura (the new Chief Business Officer of MVW). Joe said hello and wandered off to chase down Adam Ellis backstage leaving the two women to discuss PWA matters in what was described as a very productive meeting.
- Despite all the chaos surrounding him from the fallout of ReV 30, The Anglo Luchador still has sights on Arena Mexico and PWA-02. News dropped recently that El Hombre Blanco would not be able to make the show. However, the Luchador committed to his attendance.
“Look,” he told our senior reporter Angelica Brooks, “I don’t care why Blanco or Mike Best, like, I don’t have to keep up with that charade, right? Anyway, I don’t care why he’s not making it. The point is, I am. I’m not missing any shot at doing anything at Arena Mexico. That’s like my Vatican.”
When asked if he still wanted to wrestle, or fight technically, El Hombre Blanco, the Luchador gave a resounding yes. The match will most likely be rescheduled for PWA-03, which will happen on a date and at a site TBA.
- For the first time since PRIME’s return, former Universal Champion Hayes Hanlon was not present on air, stating a death in the family keeping him away from ReVival 29.
Later on, PRIME representatives reached out, asking if he was able to watch the events of the show. Specifically, the battering of Jared Sykes at the hands of Ivan Stanislav, and the Glueminati yet again making their presence known at the end of Coral Avalon’s successful defense of the Five Star Title against Sage Pontiff, this time with the additions of Joe Fontaine and Sid Phillips.
He replied with five words via text message.
“Yeah. I fucking watched it.”
- Following Ivan Stanislav’s brutal attack on Jared Sykes last ReVival, PRIME medical personnel Drs. Astrid Fihlguud and Graham Erly tended to The Dragonslayer and helped EMT’s load him into the ambulance in the rear of The Pit. However there was an unexpected problem: All four tires had been slashed.
For reference, slashing the tires of an ambulance is a felony.
After arrangements were made for Sykes to be safely transported to the Albuquerque ER & Hospital, local police began to investigate the incident and apprehended one individual who worked as a janitor at The Pit. All we know currently is his name: Sopov Yaroslavovich.
On a hunch, police intercepted Ivan Stanislav and Alexei Ruslan the next day before they departed for Russia. Questioning them briefly at the Albuquerque International Sunport, Ivan Stanislav said, “A single individual has a Russian sounding name and you simply pick two other random Russians in this state? Try harder next time.”
Without any probable cause to detain the two Russians, they boarded their plane without incident.
Albuquerque police are still investigating the case and PRIME has given them their full cooperation.
- Ivan Stanislav and Alexei Rulsan were crying foul by the end of ReVival 29, when they realized that Lindsay Troy had in fact not sought them out to discuss the interviewer strike against The Russian Bear. For context: Stanislav requested an interviewer for ReVival 28 and the PRIME interviewers, as a group, decided that Stanislav created an unsafe work environment and have refused to interview him.
Stanislav was heard roaring, “Lindsay Troy will take time out to stop Jared Sykes from being mauled, but will not talk to me about this ridiculous protest? She clearly has her priorities wrong!”
- Over the weekend, there was a flurry of statements back and forth between Cecilworth Farthington and many of his former colleagues in High Octane Wrestling. These comments stemmed from Steve Solex’s biting words to Lindsay Troy and the PRIME roster ahead of PWA-02. Given his level of engagement, it has been questioned whether Farthington would participate in a future PWA event. The Glueminati’s Cecilworth Farthington decided to clear the air:
“Okay, I’ve been getting so cute recently that the Dance Mom’s team got in touch but let may spell it out simply…
There’s still a lot of hurt when it comes to HOW, and I don’t believe those wounds will ever fully heal, on either side. That said, a lot of my friends still either work for, or engage with the company. For personal reasons, I do not ever anticipate competing at a PWA event, the trust isn’t there.
However, what is personal for me should not impact my long established bonds across the PRIME/HOW divide. I’ll certainly watch and engage with the show from a safe distance. I wish everyone a pleasant PWA-02…
Apart from Scott Stevens.
Fuck Scott Stevens.”
- The Belmont Foundation has been without a leader since early February, but that may not be the case much longer. They have put together a short list of candidates to take over for Carter Laughlin, and it is strongly suspected that the frontrunner has ties to PRIME.
Our sources tell us that an “anonymous donor” pledged a substantial amount of money if their preferred candidate is chosen. Rumors are currently swirling as to who that might be; some of the names batted around include Lindsay Troy, Cecilworth Farthington, and Timo Bolamba. Whoever it is, we hope they’re up to the task of running such a prestigious event.
Laughlin, it should be remembered, stepped down in disgrace earlier this year amid the fallout of Paxton Ray’s inclusion in the 2022 Belmont Classic. This resulted in career-ending injuries for Justin Wheelwright and Sammy Broadway, two very promising talents whose dreams were cut short by the former Intense Champion.
- Ivan Stanislav and Lindsay Troy shared some tense words in the ring at ReVival 29, and the internet is abuzz speculating what was said during the exchange. So much so that one person with far too much time on their hands created a poll in an attempt to learn the truth. A link to the poll is below, complete with an option for write-in responses. More on the fallout of this poll as it becomes available.
- Dark news for former manager Daniel Darby, who once directed the business and marketing affairs of FLAMBERGE. In an apparent effort to get back on the Neck Collector’s good graces, Darby invested a five-figure sum of money in a terrarium for exotic reptiles. One specimen purchased for the terrarium is reported to be a Komodo dragon, which bit Mr. Darby in the left hand and has left him hospitalized and at risk of losing one or more fingers.
When asked for comment, FLAMBO responded “but how is the Komodo dragon doing?”
No word at this time on the status of FLAMBODO the Komodo.
- The 5-Star Champion, Coral Avalon, was asked in an interview about Cecilworth Farthington’s upcoming match, to which Avalon responded, “I wanted to keep this whole thing on the level, you know. Two top-level competitors, the two of us battling it out in a classic wrestling match. But I owe him a receipt now, and he’s not the only one in this company who takes arms as trophies.”
The interviewer paused, and clarified that they meant Farthington’s upcoming aerial kickboxing match against HOW’s Mike Best, to take place on ReVival 31. Avalon was so bewildered that his only response was, “Uh. What?”
He made no further comments.
- Eddie Cross has been seen recently in public with members of his old gaming team. What negotiations might be going on are a thing of mystery, but it is clear to this reporter that the door is not shut for him in the gaming world.
- Lindsay Troy recently had a meeting with Nate Colton at PRIME HQ, mostly to address Colton’s recent unreliability. The discussion quickly devolved into a shouting match, specifically when the topic of conversation turned to the renewal of Colton’s PRIME contract.
Colton signed a one-year agreement shortly before last year’s Great American Nightmare event, following the sudden dissolution of his tag team with Nathan Filmix. He has agreed to honor any commitments made through Tropical Turmoil, but it seems both parties are questioning if the partnership should continue–Troy because of Nate’s loss of dedication since Culture Shock, and Colton because of safety concerns for the roster. Whether these differences can be reconciled remains to be seen.
- We were unable to reach either member of Eminence after the vicious, coordinated assault by Ivan Stanislav and the Red Army sent Jared Sykes to the hospital, but were able to speak with Lawrence Podehl, the agent for both Jared Sykes and Justine Calvin, about the events that unfolded on ReVival 29.
“I’ve known Jared since his career started over twenty years ago. He was a bit of an instigator back then, and old habits sometimes die hard, but I’ve been looking through all the information provided over what evidence there is to warrant a response like that and I keep coming up empty-handed. I’ve got two clients in PRIME, and right now they’re both dealing with the aftermath of everything that happened. Frankly, I find the whole thing troubling.”
When the topic of injuries came up, Mr. Podehl offered the following regarding Justine Calvin:
“There’s some bruising and a few lacerations around her left wrist that were suffered trying to get herself free from the cuffs, but those should heal up pretty quickly. I know she’s scheduled to compete at your next show, and I think physically she should be fine. Right now I’m more concerned with the mental and emotional impact this is having. We’re taking advantage of all available resources in that regard. That’s all I can disclose at this time.”
Regarding Sykes’ status, Mr. Podehl was more tight-lipped.
“I don’t want to get into specifics of the injury. I know that Jared’s scheduled to be in that turmoil match thing, and that if we start talking specifics then it’s just going to get him targeted, even though we all know he doesn’t need my help with that. So let’s talk about it like a hockey injury. Guys go down in that sport and you get reports about lower body injuries or upper body injuries. Right now Jared has an upper body injury and we’re keeping a close eye on it.”
Mr. Podehl would not comment on rumors regarding his clients’ contract status following the conclusion of Tropical Turmoil.
- Reports have come in regarding Tony Gamble’s absence from ReVival, which was odd considering the Gamble Championship was on the line that evening. Records show that Tony checked himself into a local hospital that evening due to shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat. After several hours of tests were performed, he was released when all tests came back negative and there were no irregularities found.
We reached out to Tony, who only had this to say…
“My boy C. Mortgomery Byrnes had everything in control. No way some rookie prick on a lucky streak was going to derail the Morty Express, because that train is rolling into Tropical Turmoil with one goal in mind…”
He never actually said what the goal was, but he did seem to have more of a smile than a grin when he walked away.
- Vickie Hall wants more respect placed on Jonathan-Christopher’s name. She has put in a formal request to PRIME staff, asking for a specific future pay-per-view to be named after them in some way.
“Cancer Jiles got Coolossus. Where is the LOVE CONVOY’s event? We beat Cancer Jiles!” she stated.
- Rumor is nobody likes Cecilworth and they are sick of his overused one line quips.
- Rumor is Vickie Hall bought Lindsay Troy something very nice but she’s not asking for anything in return, just like it would be nice you know if Jonathan-Christopher was booked in more Universal Title matches and main events.
- Rumor is Brock and Craig are sillypants.
- Rumor is someone named Rolly Emerman doesn’t know how News and Notes works.
- Following the events of ReVival 29, we have some breaking news regarding the Masters of the Moscowverse, in order from left to right.
Left: Kenny Freeman has declined to comment, nor does he wish to answer for his crimes.
Middle: In a week full of busy back and forth bantering via newswire, the Masters of the Moscowverse would like to remind you to keep your friends close and your cowburgers closer. This message is brought to you by the Burger Czar, because we know where the burgers are.
Right: Randall Schwartz has been cleared to compete at PWA-02 in the tag match against the Kings of the Wild Frontier after it’s become clear that he can in fact walk again. Fool us once, shame on us. Fool us twice, time to get booked again…or something like that.
- In a follow up to a previous report, Kenny Freeman has confirmed that he will not answer for his crimes…but he will address his enemies in the near future.