Kip Sabian Comments on Why He & Penelope Ford Rushed to Get Married in Real Life Before AEW Wedding
A recent episode of the Sappenin podcast featured Kip Sabian as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Sabian’s thoughts on why he and Penelope Ford rushed to get married in real life before their AEW wedding segment at AEW’s Beach Break 2021 show in February of 2021.
“We got engaged, and then the idea was pitched to us, ‘Do you guys want to do a wrestling wedding?’ ‘Yeah, sounds great.’ As a wrestler, as soon as you’re presented with TV time, you’re probably going to want to take the TV time. We thought we would have plenty of time to get married, but the timeline of the wrestling wedding got shot up. Don’t know of the reason why, but I guess there were changes in plans for stuff down the line, so they had to move it sooner. I’m pretty sure we had maybe three to four weeks to put together the wrestling wedding. I’m very big on bad luck and omens. I didn’t want to get pretend married before we got really married because, to me, it could be a bad omen for our real marriage. We had to rush to get that done. We didn’t want a big wedding anyway, we wanted to put our money into our house as opposed to our wedding. We did a courthouse wedding, but that was almost canceled. That was two days or the day before we got married before the TV wedding. That was almost canceled because there was a snowstorm. The night before we got married, they called us up and said, ‘hey, we can’t do it, the roads aren’t clear.’ We’re panicking. The next morning, we get a call, ‘If you get here within an hour, we can do it.’ We rushed to get ready, we let our family know, we rushed through the snow to the courthouse to do it. Two days later, we got pretend married and [Penelope] nearly broke her face on the cake because it was so hard.”
Transcript h/t: Fightful.com
June 2nd AEW Rampage Show Currently Scheduled for Regular Date & Start Time
These past six weeks have seen AEW’s Rampage series be preempted to earlier start times on Fridays in some occasions and to a Saturday date on other occasions due to TNT’s commitments with the 2023 NBA and NHL Playoffs on their network. This week’s show will make the seventh week in a row that Rampage will be preempted but for a start time of 12AM EST on Sunday, May 28th.
In a recent update to their programming schedule on their official website, TNT revealed that the upcoming June 2nd episode of Rampage is currently scheduled to air at its normal Friday night 10PM EST timeslot on the network.
AEW News & Notes
Deadline.com reported that AEW’s television partner Warner Bros Discovery is currently set to undergo another wave of layoffs likely this summer. It was reported that these upcoming layoffs were described to be “pockets of refinement” instead of wholesale staff cuts based on their sources.
Stokely Hathaway recently posted a video on Twitter featuring him moving into Tony Khan’s office at the Jacksonville Jaguars headquarters building in Jacksonville, Florida.
AEW filed trademarks for “Transfer Protocol” and the logo of AEW Saturday Collision for wrestling and entertainment-related purposes on May 17th to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that AEW officials had pulled Skye Blue from this past Wednesday’s Dynamite and Rampage tapings in Austin, Texas. It was reported that the reason why Blue was pulled was not due to any injury or illness related reasons and AEW officials currently are expecting her to return to in-ring action soon.
As noted before, AEW is currently considering backup plans for the location for their Collision debut show due to recent issues related to CM Punk. Fightful Select reported that their sources confirmed that AEW officials have held recent talks regarding potential backup plans for Collision’s debut show should they decide against running it at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. It was reported that their sources have yet to confirm that AEW officials have held any talks regarding Daily’s Place being the backup location.
In a recent interview with the Talk Is Jericho podcast, AEW Vice President of Live Events and Touring Rafael Morffi confirmed the reports that AEW had hired former WWE Vice President of Communications Adam Hopkins to a similar executive level job in the company. Morffi stated “We have a great asset coming here too from WWE, he was there forever, Adam Hopkins. I look forward to working with Adam in terms of getting the local word out in these markets.” (Transcript h/t: PostWrestling.com)