Weekend Roundup: Sting, SmackDown & FOX Update, AEW & NJPW Update, Kris Statlander, AAA had Plans for Moxley, Indies


  • Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE officials currently are planning for AJ Styles vs. Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship to be the main event match for TLC 2020 later this month.
  • Dave Meltzer reported in Sunday’s Daily Update on F4WOnline.com that WWE officials finalized their plans and card for TLC 2020 this past Thursday.
  • WrestleTalk reported that the reason why Sting did not renew his merchandise deal with WWE and signed a contract with AEW was due to him being unhappy over how he was used during his run in WWE. It was also reported that Sting currently wants to be able to have one final proper run for his fans before retiring.
  • Big E recently reflected on Twitter about his new entrance theme from hip hop artist Wale.
  • WWE announced that the upcoming Goldberg episode of their WWE Untold documentary series will be airing on the WWE Network on December 13th.
  • Meltzer reported in Sunday’s Daily Update that the December 18th episode of Friday Night SmackDown might be moved to FS1 due to FOX’s current PAC-12 football commitments. The date for the PAC-12 Championship game is currently being considered for either December 18th or December 19th.
  • Arturo Ruas stated on Twitter that he underwent successful surgery for his right shoulder injury on Saturday.


  • AEW reportedly drew an attendance of around 1,000 for their “Winter is Coming” themed episode of AEW Dynamite this past Wednesday at Daily’s Place, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The split reportedly was 750 paid and the rest being sponsors and those associated with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Khan family.
  • AEW CEO Tony Khan reportedly has been holding recent talks with NPJW talent Rocky Romero in regards to a potential partnership deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
  • AEW officials reportedly still do not have an official start date in mind for their planned second television show, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
  • A recent episode of the Shot of Brandi show had Kris Statlander as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Statlander providing an injury update on her knee. Statlander stated “pretty good, going well. I’ve heard that I’m a little bit, maybe two weeks ahead of where most people are at. Maybe it’s just my alien genetics or something but, I don’t know. I just work out very hard. Every day, I do way too much rehab but it’s more of a mental challenge than it is a physical challenge for sure. Being just sitting on the sidelines and watching everybody else and you’re just like, ‘I just — like that’s my family and I can’t even help them.” (Transcript h/t: PostWrestling.com)

Other Wrestling

  • The state government of Florida recently deemed professional wrestlers to be considered as essential workers meaning any new travel bans and stay-at-home orders within the United States will not affect WWE, AEW, and other promotions running shows in the state, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
  • Lucha Libre AAA officials reportedly had plans for Jon Moxley and other AEW talent to make an appearance at their upcoming Triplemania XXVIII event, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Those plans reportedly were dropped when AAA decided to scale down their Triplemania plans due to the lack of fans for the event.
  • Due to Thunder Studios shutting down for the next several weeks over the new stay-at-home orders from the state of California, the NWA reportedly will not be taping any new episodes for their NWA Shockwave series during that time period, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
  • Renee Paquette recently revealed on Instagram that she and Jon Moxley will be having a girl as their first child.
  • Post Wrestling’s John Pollock reported that Cody Hall had signed a deal with Major League Wrestling earlier this year but both sides decided to part ways some time afterwards. The reason for the decision is currently not known but Pollock stated it was not due to any ill will from MLW’s side.