• Old School Wrestling Veteran Would Celebrate His Birthday
Today would have been the 82nd birthday of Old School Wrestling Legend Hiro Matsuda (Real name: Yasuhiro Kojima).
Matsuda wrestled professionally all over the planet during the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, but also worked as a pro wrestling teacher in the meanwhile.
Some of the students he trained, who eventually became house hold names were “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, “The Total Package” Lex Luger, “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr., “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, “Faarooq” Ron Simmons and “Razor Ramon” Scott Hall.
In 2018, Hiro Matsuda was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the annual Legacy-Wing inductions.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE!
July 22, 1937 – November 27, 1999
• Real Reason Behind WWE Doing SmackVille Special Event Revealed
WWE made the following announcement:
“WWE is proud to announce the SMACKVILLE special event, featuring a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship and streaming live from Nashville, Tenn. exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network on Saturday, July 27.
The explosive in-ring action will include a main event Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship in which Kofi Kingston will be challenged by Dolph Ziggler and Samoa Joe.
In addition, newly crowned Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura will go head-to-head with former titleholder Finn Bálor in a rematch from WWE Extreme Rules. The evening will also feature a special musical performance by Elias.
Don’t miss SMACKVILLE, streaming live from Music City, U.S.A., on Saturday, July 27, at 9 ET/6 PT, exclusively on WWE Network.”
According to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, WWE is doing this special event to see if they can run things smoothly on a short notice:
“I’ve been told WWE is doing this for a variety of reasons, including to seeing how smooth things run on somewhat short notice, which doesn’t seem to be much of an issue for them. Another person involved suggested it was to gauge how well they could counter program on short notice.”
Brad Shepard back up Sean Ross Sapp’s report by posting the following:
“I’m being told Sean Ross Sapp’s report is correct. ‘We are taking the fight to them before they take it to us’, were allegedly Vince McMahon’s exact words on Friday. Some of these network specials will include title changes and unannounced appearances going forward.”
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