Various: Mickie James on Selection Process for NWA Empowerrr, Friday’s NJPW Strong Card, Indies

Mickie James Comments on Talent Selection Process for NWA Empowerrr

A recent episode of the Shining Wizards podcast had Mickie James as the guest. One of the topics discussed included James revealing the talent selection process for NWA’s upcoming all-women’s Empowerrr event this Saturday in St. Louis, Missouri.

“I really had to be cognizant of the fact of, you know, who the girls that were all wrestling on [AEW] Dark matches, or different things, you know?… Because I did say that I wanted to give new women opportunities – women who you haven’t necessarily seen, and sometimes you see the same women – not that they don’t deserve it and they’re getting those opportunities for a reason. But you get to see a lot of the same girls show up everywhere…but not really get pushed per se. So I was like, well, here’s a cool opportunity for me to not only define the NWA women’s roster and to start hand kind of selecting and start really seeing who’s going to be in the NWA women’s locker room as a whole. The easiest and the funnest part has been making these phone calls, and having these conversations on the phone and saying ‘hey, we want you to come to Empowerrr.”…That’s been the best part, by far…It feels good to be able to like, you know, let someone else realize that someone believes in you, because I think it goes a long way.”

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Full Card for Friday’s Episode of NJPW Strong

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced the full card for tonight’s Summer Struggle USA Night 2 themed episode of NJPW Strong, which airs on New Japan World starting at 10PM EST.

  • The DKC, Adrian Quest, & Wheeler Yuta vs. Barrett Brown, Misterioso, & Bateman
  • Karl Fredericks vs. Alexander James
  • Violence Unlimited (Chris Dickinson & Brody King), Lio Rush, & Juice Robinson vs. Team Filthy (Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson, JR Kratos, & “Filthy” Tom Lawlor)

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

Major League Wrestling announced that Nicole Savoy will be making her official debut for the company at their MLW Fightland 2021 event on October 2nd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre talent Mistico, the second one and not the original Mistico, reportedly recently left the company, according to Mas Luchas. Following his departure, CMLL announced that Caristico, who is the original Mistico, will be given his old name back to become his new ring name going forward in the company.

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced that Will Ospreay, Minoru Suzuki, and Lance Archer will be making appearances at their New Japan Showdown themed tapings for NJPW Strong on October 16th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

NJPW also recently announced four new matches for the card of their Autumn Attack themed tapings for NJPW Strong on September 25-26 in Garland, Texas:

  • September 25th, Night One – Karl Fredericks vs. Will Ospreay
  • September 25th, Night One – Minoru Suzuki vs. Fred Rosser
  • September 26th, Night Two – Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer) vs. Team Filthy (“Filthy” Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs)
  • September 26th, Night Two – Lio Rush vs. Taiji Ishimori

The National Wrestling Alliance recently announced a new match for the card of their NWA Empowerrr event this Saturday in St. Louis, Missouri:

  • Kenzie Page vs. Paola Mayfield

Game Changer Wrestling announced a new match for the card of their Highest in the Room event on September 17th in Los Angeles, California:

  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Jonathan Gresham