Various: WWE Network Hidden Gems, BJ Whitmer’s ROH Departure, Indies

WWE Network Hidden Gems Addition; More AWA Classics

Saturday’s addition to WWE Network’s Hidden Gems series will be American Wrestling Association themed, featuring one classic event.

This gem is the near-complete December 25, 1986 Brawl in St. Paul event from AWA featuring a Steel Cage tag team match of Buddy Rose & Doug Somers vs. The Midnight Rockers.

Full card of AWA Brawl in St. Paul 1986:

  • Buddy Wolfe vs. Buck Zumhofe
  • Earthquake Ferris vs. Brian Knobbs
  • Boris Zhukov vs. Steve O
  • Leon White, Greg Gagne, & Scott Hall vs. Mr. Saito, The Super Ninja, & Larry Zbyszko
  • AWA World Heavyweight Championship match – Curt Hennig vs. Nick Bockwinkel (c)
  • Jimmy Snuka vs. Col. DeBeers
  • Steel Cage Tag Team match – Buddy Rose & Doug Somers vs. The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels)

Official synopsis:

AWA 12/25/1986 – AWA Brawl in St. Paul

It’s a St. Paul Steel Cage Showdown when Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty look to grab AWA tag team gold on Christmas Night 1986.

BJ Whitmer Departs from ROH Over Management Issues

BJ Whitmer reportedly has left Ring of Honor over lingering management issues, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet and PWInsider.

Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Whitmer tendered his resignation yesterday due to his growing unhappiness with the company’s management during the past several months.

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that an email sent by Whitmer to ROH’s roster stated that his issues had been “brewing since September” and he felt he was being “treated with utter disrespect” by the company’s management during that time period. Johnson reported that a big cause of friction between the two sides was an incident involving an invitation sent by WWE to Whitmer to be a guest coach for their Performance Center. Whitmer was preparing to accept the invitation before ROH got involved and refused to approve of his appearance.

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

Capitol Wrestling reportedly has signed a streaming deal with Anthem Sports and Entertainment, according to Post Wrestling. Terms of the deal include Capitol Wrestling providing both archived and new weekly television content to Anthem’s Global Wrestling Network service and in return, Capitol will continue airing their content on both Fite TV and Twitch.

ROH announced that Mark Haskins will be making his official debut for the company at their January 12th ROH TV tapings in Atlanta, Georgia. Haskins was also announced to be making an appearance at their Honor Reigns Supreme 2019 event in Concord, North Carolina on the following night.

Bar Wrestling announced that Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, & Scorpio Sky will be making an appearance for the company at their January 16th The Best City I’ve Ever Been To event in Los Angeles, California.