Dolph Ziggler inducted into Kent State’s “K” Hall of Fame

WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler was recently inducted into Kent State’s “K” Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as an amateur wrestler while attending Kent State from 1999 to 2003.

Dolph Ziggler reminisced on his time as a member of Kent State’s amateur wrestling league, telling WWE.com, “I had a very fun career there,” Ziggler told WWE.com. “We did a lot of cool things, we won a conference championship, [and] a lot of special bonds [were] made with friends who I still talk to to this day.”

Dolph’s accomplishments while wrestling for Kent State include graduating as the career leader in victories, being a three-time Mid-American Conference Champion and being one of three members in Kent State history to be a four-time NCAA qualifier.

“I started wrestling when I was five,” Ziggler said. “I lost my first match and cried in front of my dad, and I never wanted to do that again. I grew from that day on, and when I get up there I will have a couple of people to thank.”

Dolph Ziggler took to Twitter to share this amazing moments with his family, friends and fans.

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Congratulations to Dolph Ziggler on this incredible achievement!

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TJ Perkins is crowned the first Cruiserweight Classic Champion

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History was made last night as the inaugural winner of the Cruiserweight Classic was crowned. We witnessed 32 of the most talented men in the industry compete for this prestigious title, reducing the number from 32 to 16, then to 8 and finally, down to 4.  These four men competed in the semi-finals to move onto the finals for the chance to become victorious in this tournament.  These semi-final matches resulted in the following men advancing:

 

Gran Metalik vs Zack Sabre Jr.

Winner: Gran Metalik

Kota Ibushi vs TJ Perkins

Winner: TJ Perkins

 

Before Gran Metalik and TJ Perkins’ match took place, Triple H came out to make an exciting announcement. Whoever won this match would not only win the Tournament and the trophy, but would go onto Monday Night Raw as the first ever WWE Cruiserweight Champion!  Triple H introduced the belt to the WWE Universe and it’s somewhat identical to the Tag Team Championship belts with its circular shape, except it does resemble an octagon, placed on a purple strap with the “CWC” logo on the sides.  Triple H placed the title in front of both men, adding more motivation to these two competitors, handed it to the referee who held it high in the air with the bell being rung shortly after.

Throughout this whole competition, each competitor fought tooth and nail for this incredible opportunity, and last night was no different. Both men had given it their all then gave it some more.  As Triple H said prior to introducing everyone to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship belt, there can only be one winner and that winner was TJ Perkins as he successfully defeated Gran Metalik by submission.

Each competitor has their story, but Perkins’ really tugged at your heartstrings. Perkins experienced abandonment, became homeless, struggled financially all while chasing a dream everyone in his path said would never come true.  It’s been a rough journey throughout his eighteen years in the business, but it’s also had its moments of glory and triumph, this undeniably being the biggest moment in his life.  Deserving is an understatement and I could not be more excited for Perkins on the next step in his professional wrestling career.tjperkins

 

What are your thoughts on last night’s Cruiserweight Classic finale? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Liv Morgan calls out NXT Women’s Champion Asuka

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Liv Morgan may be tiny, but there is no denying she has a ton of fire and fight inside of her. Speaking of fight, that’s exactly what she wanted against NXT Women’s Champion, Asuka.

After winning her match against Rachel Fazio via submission, Liv addressed the statements she’s heard that the NXT Women’s Division has cleared out and there’s no one left to fight for the NXT Women’s Championship.  She stated that’s not the case and she wants a fight.  Although the world may think she has a death wish, if she cared the world thought she would not be here and she wants the NXT Women’s Championship and Asuka!

Asuka has yet to respond to Liv’s request (on NXT or social media), granting or denying a title shot, but stay tuned to NXT every Wednesday at 8:00pm ET to see how our NXT Women’s Champion responds!

Warrior Wednesday (Writing)

The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE.  He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling.  Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer.  In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday.  This week, we are discussing The Ultimate Warrior’s period of time where he was a writer.

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The Ultimate Warrior had published a comic book called Warrior in 1996, with Warrior being the main character.  He also ran a blog on his website called Warrior’s Machete. On this blog, he discussed his views on religion, sexuality and politics as well as his professional and personal life.  Warrior discussed various people in wrestling such as Vince McMahon, Owen Hart and Hulk Hogan to name a few as well as historical people such as Martin Luther King and religious figures such as Jesus.  He also touched based on his respect for our Founding Fathers and books like Odyssey by Homer, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen and even replied to fans’ letters.  In 2012, he created and sold small paintings called Weapons of Wisdom.  These paintings were 6×9 in size, painted with watercolors and either had an inspirational quote or a doodle by The Ultimate Warrior himself.

Tag Team Championship Match for Backlash // Chad Gable injured

tagteamtitlesLast night, The WWE Universe witnessed the final matches for the Tag Team Tournament on Smackdown Live.  The winner of each match would move forward to Backlash to compete and possibly become the inaugural Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions!  Unfortunately, the night didn’t go in the direction the American Alphas had intended.

The American Alphas Jason Jordan and Chad Gable kickstarted the Tournament against 2x Tag Team Champions The Usos. The Usos played dirty right from the beginning as they immediately attacked The American Alphas as soon as the bell rang.  The American Alphas bounced back incredibly quickly as they were victorious with what felt like a minute into the match!  As The American Alphas continued their celebration, The Usos shook hands and showing sportsmanship as usual.  What happened next took everyone completely by surprise as one half of The Usos (no clue which one if I am being honest) superkicked Jason Jordan square in the face.  This allowed The Usos to gang up on Chad Gable and focus on injuring his leg, which they were successful.

It was undetermined at that time as to the status of Gable’s injury although Shane McMahon gave us an update on Talking Smack.  Shane reported that Chad Gable’s MCL was injured and is required 2-4 weeks out of action to allow his injury to heal.  Luckily, this injury does not require surgery but it will prevent Gable and Jordan to compete at Backlash this Sunday.  Daniel Bryan made a decision on the spot that The Usos and The Hype Bros will have a match at Backlash to see which team will qualify to the Tag Team Championship match that same night.  Shane agreed and the match has now been implemented into the Backlash pay-per-view.

If no one picked it up, I have the results for the second Tag Team Tournament match held later in the evening. The Hype Bros took of the team of Heath Slater and Rhyno, which they lost.  Heath Slater celebrated their victory as he hugged his wife and all seven of his redheaded children watching in the front row.  The Hype Bros, as already discussed, do have an opportunity to compete in the Tag Team Championship match at Backlash if they are able to defeat The Usos.

 

See who becomes Smackdown Live’s inaugural Tag Team Champions and tune into Backlash this Sunday, September 11th on the WWE Network!