• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (June 22, 2015) – Old School Wrestling Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2015, we lost Old School Wrestling Veteran “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel (Real name: William Ensor) at the age of 53 due to complications after a car accident.
Buddy Landel wrestled for various territories during the 70s, 80s & 90s, including Mid South Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions, the United States Wrestling Association, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, … & many more, before he even had brief stints in the World Wrestling Federation in 1995, 1996 & 1999.
Landel won several championships during his career, such as the USWA Heavyweight Championship, the SMW Heavyweight Championship, the NWA National Heavyweight Championship, the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship, the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship , among many other titles.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE!
August 14, 1961 – June 22, 2015
• WWE Officials Blaming SummerSlam For Low Ticket Sales For Stomping Grounds PPV
WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 PPV will take place this Sunday and things aren’t looking good for this PPV so far.
Not only does most of the match-card for this PPV consist of rematches, but the ticket sales for this PPV are very poor.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer noted that WWE is giving away tickets for very low prices in hopes of increasing the attendance for this PPV:
“Look at the PPV in Tacoma, they’re having to give away tickets. I mean they’re doing 2 for 1 tickets. They’re blocking off all kinds of places [in the Tacoma Dome] so you know, 2 tickets for $20 for a PPV — unheard of. I mean, when’s the last time that happened for a WWE show?”
WrestleVotes is reporting the following regarding how WWE wrestlers feel heading into this PPV:
“Texting with a WWE source, who travels with the crew. Said the vibe going into Sunday’s PPV is similar to the vibe around the ‘In Your House’ shows from back in the day. Lack of meaningful matches, low ticket sales and general feeling reminds them of 1995/1996. Yikes.”
In an update to this, Brad Shepard is reporting the following regarding WWE Stomping Grounds ticket sales:
“According to a source in WWE, Stomping Grounds is the lowest sale for any ‘special event’ since Starrcade on November 25th, 2018.”
Shepard also noted that WWE officials are blaming SummerSlam 2019 PPV for poor ticket sales for Stomping Grounds:
“I asked the same source what the company felt was the cause for low ticket sales for WWE Stomping Grounds, and was told they believe it’s due to a lack of proper build because of Super ShowDown and fans saving to make the trip to Canada for SummerSlam and NXT TakeOver.”