Various: Jim Ross Health Update, Saturday’s NJPW Strong Card, Trademarks, Indies

Jim Ross Health Status Update

As noted before, Jim Ross was diagnosed with skin cancer this past October and was medically cleared of his battle with cancer this past December following a series of radiation treatments.

During a recent episode of his Grilling JR podcast, Ross provided an update on the status of his health since finishing his radiation treatments.

“I had a doctor’s appointment today. I’m going back in 30 days which is good because at one point in time, I was seeing the doctor daily. Then when I got my treatments all done, I started every other week and so today, we scheduled it in a month.

So the doctor is pleased with my healing. My leg has not healed yet. I came back to work about 30 days too early according to the doctor. It wasn’t too early for me. I was ready to go, but yeah, he’s pleased with my progress. He said you can’t let yourself be tricked into thinking that you’re healed. You’re not.”

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Full Card for Saturday’s Episode of NJPW Strong

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced the full card for this Saturday’s New Beginning USA 2022 Night 1 themed episode of NJPW Strong, which airs on New Japan World starting at 8PM EST.

  • Yuya Uemura vs. Brody King
  • Roppongi Rush (Rocky Romero & Lio Rush) vs. West Coast Wrecking Crew (Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson)
  • Clark Connors vs. TJP

Austin Gunn, EC3, & EFFY File New Trademarks

Austin Gunn, EC3, and EFFY recently filed several new trademarks to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

A trademark for “Ass Boys” was filed by Austin Gunn on January 27th for wrestling and merchandise-related purposes. This is the nickname that was coined by Danhausen on social media this past December for the Gunn Club’s Austin and Colten Gunn and in reference to their father Billy’s former “Mr. Ass” nickname in WWE.

Several trademarks for “Control Your Narrative” were filed by EC3 on January 26th for wrestling and merchandise-related purposes.

Trademarks for “EFFY” and “Big Gay Brunch” were filed by indie wrestler EFFY on January 30th for wrestling and entertainment-related purposes. Big Gay Brunch is the name of a series of events held by EFFY and Game Changer Wrestling.

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

Kyoko Kimura, mother of the late Hana Kimura, recently announced on Twitter that the second Hana Kimura Memorial Show will be taking place on May 23rd in Tokyo, Japan.

Ring of Honor recently announced that The Briscoes, Mark and Jay Briscoe, are the first official inductees for the inaugural class of their ROH Hall of Fame.

Major League Wrestling recently announced that wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat will be making an appearance for the company at their SuperFight 2022 event on February 26th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

MLW also announced that they will be holding an MLW Azteca event on April 1st in Dallas, Texas.

Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling announced that they have pulled Maki Itoh, Moka Miyamoto, and Yuki Kamifuku off the card of their February 5th event in Yokohama, Japan due to COVID-19 related issues. The company announced that Kamifuku recently tested positive for COVID-19 while Itoh and Mitamoto had been in recent close contact with Makifuku. (English translation via

As noted before, Chase Owens announced earlier this week that his contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling had expired at the end of this past January. During a recent streaming session on Twitch, Owens stated that he recently signed a new multi-year contract with NJPW to remain in the company. Owens stated “I’m going to be in New Japan Pro Wrestling for a long freaking time. I’m not going anywhere. I’m ‘for life. The money I’m given is worth the sacrifice. I’m not going to say exactly how long. My last contract was two years. It was way longer than two years. I’m 31 now. I’m going to be damn near 40 when my contract comes up.” (Transcript h/t:

Fightful Select reported that Juice Robinson’s contract with NJPW expired at the end of this past January and he is currently a free agent.

Terminus announced that Kenny Alfonso and Killa Kate will be making an appearance for the company at their Terminus II event on February 24th in Atlanta, Georgia.

DEFY Wrestling recently announced a new match for the card of their Year V event on February 12th in Seattle, Washington:

  • ROH World Championship – Cody Chhun vs. Jonathan Gresham (c)

Warrior Wrestling recently announced a new match for the card of their Warrior Wrestling 19 event on February 12th in Cicero, Illinois:

  • Thunder Rosa vs. Athena (former Ember Moon in WWE)

PROGRESS WRESTLING recently announced a new match for the card of their Chapter 128 event on February 6th in Manchester, England:

  • ROH World Championship – Chris Ridgeway vs. Jonathan Gresham (c)