Various: XFL Sale Approved, Eric Bischoff & Others AEW Updates, NJPW Summer Struggle 2020 Results

Court Approves Sale of XFL to The Rock’s Group

As noted before, the purchase of the XFL by a group led by The Rock was put on hold due to a motion of opposition filed by a group representing the league’s creditors. The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for Alpha Entertainment filed the opposition due to issues they had regarding the some of the assets sold and quickness of the sale.

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that the sale of the XFL to Alpha Acquico, LLC. was approved by U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Silverstein earlier today. Johnson reported that during today’s hearing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for Alpha Entertainment was satisfied with the terms of a modified agreement for the league’s purchase and withdrew their objection to the sale.

Johnson also reported that the official sale of the league to Alpha Acquico will take place at the end of this month.

It was also reported that former XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck’s lawsuit against Vince McMahon was given court approval to continue forward.

Eric Bischoff, Vickie Guerrero, & Ariane Andrew AEW Status Updates

This past Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite featured Eric Bischoff making his debut appearance for the company. Bischoff was the moderator for the debate segment between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy.

WrestleZone held a recent interview with Eric Bischoff who revealed that his appearance on AEW Dynamite was just a one-night deal.

“No. It was a cameo and it made sense in that particular scene between Orange Cassidy and Chris Jericho.”

Another notable person who has made appearances in recent weeks in AEW has been Vickie Guerrero. Guerrero was recently revealed to be the manager of Nyla Rose.

Daily DDT held a recent interview with Guerrero and one of the topics discussed included Guerrero revealing that she signed an official contract with AEW earlier this week. Guerrero also discussed her reason for joining AEW instead of returning to WWE.

“No hesitation, put it that way. I retired from WWE in 2014. My focus was not to return to them. We just had a lot of just difference of opinions and things going on. If it wasn’t going to be for AEW, I don’t think I would be anywhere else, but when AEW presented that there was some opportunity, I gave 100%, just my whole being. I said, “I’m here for you and I can’t wait to be a team player with the company.

I think it was a lot of mutual friends. I have a lot of great friends that I’ve known from past years, Cody Rhodes, and Dean Malenko, gosh, just me collaborating and being at different appearances. There’s been conversation back and forth. I think with that, we just came to the conclusion that I would love to work at AEW, which I expressed fully. I just, I fell in love with the company and the respect they have for the superstars and the way they run their company was something that attracted me. That’s where I am now. I’m really happy to be there.”

In regards to AEW’s on-going Women’s Tag Team Cup tournament, a notable non-AEW competitor was Ariane Andrew, formerly known as Cameron in WWE. Andrew teamed up with Nyla Rose in a losing effort against Tay Conti and Anna Jay in the first round of the tournament.

In a recent episode of the Sippin The Tea podcast with Naomi as the guest, co-host Andrew discussed her time in AEW and revealed that she has not signed a deal with the company and currently is a free agent.

“So since we are spilling tea, I’m gonna keep it 1,000 percent so everyone can hear it right here, right now. I am not with AEW. That was just a little something, something. A little something, something.

I’m a free agent. As excited a people were, people were like, ‘So what does that mean? There’s no Funkadactyl reunion?’ And the thing is, I can’t say anything — not that I can’t say anything but it’s like I don’t wanna spill the tea but I’m spilling the tea right here, right now that it’s not official so there’s still a door. Hello Vince, are you listening? Funkadactyl reunion.”

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NJPW Summer Struggle 2020 Results – Aug. 8, 2020

August 8, 2020
Tokyo, Japan – Korakuen Hall

Quick Match Results:

  1. Taiji Ishimori defeated Yuya Uemura via YES Lock (submission 8:13)
  2. Gedo & Yujiro Takahashi defeated Gabriel Kidd & Yota Tsuji via Pimp Juice (pinfall 7:51)
  3. Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Jr., & Taichi defeated Yugi Nagata, Tomoaki Honma, & Togi Makabe via Seitei Jujiro (submission 10:34)
  4. Ryusuke Taguchi, Satoshi Kojima, & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated DOUKI, El Desperado, & Minoru Suzuki via Lariat (pinfall 9:37)
  5. NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament Semi-Finals Round – SHO, Toru Yano, & Kazuchika Okada defeated BUSHI, SANADA, & Shingo Takagi via Count Out (13:07)
  6. NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament Semi-Finals Round – YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii, & Hirooki Goto defeated Master Wato, Kota Ibushi, & Hiroshi Tanahashi via Karma (pinfall 17:11)