Various: Shayna Baszler vs. Masha Slamovich Announced for GCW Bloodsport X, Afa Anoa’i Suffered Fractured Back Injury, Indies

Shayna Baszler vs. Masha Slamovich Announced for GCW Bloodsport X

As noted before, WWE talent Shayna Baszler will be making an appearance for Game Changer Wrestling at their Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport X event next month in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Barnett announced on Twitter that Baszler will be facing off against TNA Wrestling talent Masha Slamovich at the event.

Current card for the GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport X:

  • Shayna Baszler vs. Masha Slamovich
  • Erik Hammer vs. Lou Nixon
  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Royce Isaacs
  • Josh Barnett vs. Johnny Bloodsport (John Hennigan)
  • Nic Nemeth vs. Mike Bailey
  • AKIRA vs. Matt Makowski
  • Axel Tischer vs. Timothy Thatcher
  • Takuya Nomura vs. Fuminori Abe

Afa Anoa’i Suffered Fractured Back Injury Following Fall Incident

Afa Anoa’i Jr. announced on Facebook that his father and WWE Hall of Famer Afa The Wild Samoan, real name Afa Anoa’i, recently suffered a fractured back injury following a fall incident and is currently hospitalized.

Update: My father fell and fractured his back in 2 places. He is currently being transferred into a different hospital. Continued prayers are requested as well as privacy during these stressful times. The family will post updates as they come.

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that Major League Wrestling officials recently named MLW talent Salina de la Renta as their new Creative Director of their Women’s division. Johnson reported that de la Renta is currently believed to be the first Latina woman to be in charge of the booking of an entire division at this level in the United States and possibly Mexico as well.

Monday’s New Japan Cup 2024 event for New Japan Pro Wrestling in Koriyama, Japan featured Yota Tsuji and Hirooki Goto advancing to the Finals of this year’s New Japan Cup tournament.

Following his tag team match at this past Monday’s NJPW New Japan Cup 2024 event in Koriyama, Zack Sabre Jr. gave his thoughts in a post-match press conference about his belief that Boltin Oleg has the potential of becoming a future IWGP World Champion in NJPW. Sabre Jr. stated “Well, we’re in the opening match against Young Lions, so I’d say [the] tour is going great. Tour is going great. [Nicholls responded that it was all downhill from there.] Yeah, like some white water rafting, you just plummet to your death, don’t you? Career suicide right now. It’s fun being in with the young lions. When that man, when Oleg Boltin figures it all out, he’s terrifying. That’s future IWGP World Heavyweight Championship material. But I want to be the man that he’s chasing for that championship. Hopefully, there’s a bit of a gap. Take your time, and let me get the championship first.” (Transcript h/t:

In a recent interview with Fightful’s In The Weeds podcast, House of Glory promoter Brian XL revealed that his company had booked El Hijo del Vikingo to compete in a “dream match” against the Amazing Red at an upcoming HOG event prior to Vikingo recently suffered knee injury. Brian XL stated “To be completely honest, we were supposed to do Amazing Red vs. Vikingo for Boston. The older high flier with the newer high flier, putting those two giants together. Obviously, Vikingo got hurt, so we have to find a replacement. That’s one dream match I definitely want to do. That would be really good.” (Transcript h/t:

In a recent interview with the Talk Is Jericho podcast, Will Ospreay gave his thoughts about his online feud with WWE Hall of Famer Vader in 2016 that led to them having a match in Revolution Pro Wrestling. Ospreay stated “Vader popped off at me, I didn’t think nothing of it, I was more like, ‘Thanks for the share, mate.’ He was burying (me vs. Richochet). He didn’t see the match. People just get mad. They got no reason to get mad, they get mad. I get it. I’ve been around it too much. At the time, it was the first legend that every buried me, so I was like, ‘wwwhhhhat?’ Then, guys like yourself [Chris Jericho], strange saying it now, but Seth Rollins stuck up for me, Regal [William Regal] stuck up for me. It was great, but it became too much to basically be like, I thought he actually wanted to fight me. We got into a group conversation with myself, Andy Quildan from RevPro, Vader, and basically sorted out the match. For me, it was like a horrible experience. He’s not the nicest chap in the world. I don’t want to speak ill because he’s passed on, bless him, and he’s someone’s dad, all the best to the family, but he wasn’t very nice to me. All in all, Chris Hero loved it. It was wonderful for what it was. Probably, at the time, it was my biggest one-match payday. So it was fun looking back on it, and it’s a good story to tell the boys. He wanted a three-match clause. He wanted to do three matches. I was like, ‘fuck off.’ [laughs]. What more of a story can we do out of it? It’s the one match, you’re getting your pay day.” (Transcript h/t:

As noted before, Lucha legend Psicosis, former Psychosis in WCW, suffered a broken right hip injury this past February. Psicosis recently provided an update on Twitter about his hip injury and stated that he is currently resting at his home. Psicosis also stated that he will be in recovery for the next six months and gave his thanks to everyone who has supported him through his ordeal.

Revolution Pro Wrestling recently announced one new match for the card of their Revolution London event on March 31st in Bethnal Green, England:

  • Undisputed Tag Team Championship – Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson) vs. Subculture (Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews) (c)

DEFY Wrestling recently announced one new match for the card of their Here And Now event on May 10th in Seattle, Washington:

  • 60 Minute Iron Man match – Nick Wayne vs. Joey Janela