Various: TNA Rebellion 2024 TV PPV Buys Update, Mark Henry on His Belief Patrick Clark Should Get Second Chance for His Wrestling Career, Indies

TNA Rebellion PPV Buys Estimates Update

As noted before, TNA Wrestling had generated around 1,800 cable television pay-per-view buys for this past April’s Rebellion 2024 event based on updated late buy purchases.

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Rebellion 2024 is currently at around 3,200 cable TV PPV buys based on updated late buys numbers.

Meltzer reported that when including estimated streaming buys numbers, Rebellion 2024 is currently estimated to have generated around 10,700 total PPV buys as of this week.

Meltzer reported that Rebellion 2024 is currently down around 85.6% compared to this past January’s Hard To Kill 2024 final buys number of around 66,000.

Mark Henry Comments on His Belief It’s Time for Patrick Clark to Get Second Chance for His Wrestling Career

As noted before, former WWE NXT talent Velveteen Dream, real name Patrick Clark, was released from WWE in May of 2021. Prior to his release, Dream had been accused in 2020 of committing sexual misconduct towards a minor and had also been involved in several other controversial incidents during his time in the company. Following his release, Dream was accused in 2022 of unsolicited filming of NXT talents in a bathroom without their consent. Besides his WWE issues, Dream also had been involved in legal issues over his multiple arrests in Florida in August of 2022.

K&S WrestleFest held a recent virtual fan signing event featuring Mark Henry as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Henry’s thoughts about who he would pick to be in a new Nation of Domination stable and his belief that it is time for Clark to get a second chance for his wresting career.

“So easy (to pick a new Nation of Domination). Number one draft pick, (Powerhouse) Hobbs, and then number two, Omos, and then I would go Carmelo Hayes and as much as I love Trick Williams, I think that Trick is — he’s too liked. I want people that people don’t like. I want Bobby Lashley. I want people that you just don’t like ‘em.

And there’s a lot of young guys that I think could hold up. But, my wildcard would probably be Velveteen Dream, would be Patrick (Clark). I think it’s time for his second chance. A lot of people in the world of wrestling love the talent. We’re in a cancel culture that is justified as so. We need a cancel culture. But, at some point, you gotta have grace and forgiveness and you gotta see if that person is gonna bury themselves again because habitual line steppers, that’s exactly who they are. Once they get that second chance and they’re out, I ain’t cosigning for you no more. But, everybody needs their second chance. I think that would be my new Nation.

Looked great too (at the convention I was at). I saw him.

A lot of people didn’t want to touch that and you know, I don’t get into the guilt or innocence. Even though, from what I’m understanding, there was a lot of confusion and judgment about male sexuality, which I’m not a politician and I’m not gonna cast judgment one way or the other but I do realize I’ve been lied on before, so I know what it feels like to not be able to defend yourself in the court of public opinion, and at some point, you gotta say, you know what? Whatever happened, happened. But I need to make a living and I need another chance and I’m begging the fans for a chance. That’s what I would do. I would throw myself on the mercy of the fans, and say give me another shot.”

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Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

House of Glory announced that Swerve Strickland will be making an appearance for the company at their High Intensity 2024 event on July 26th in New York City, New York.

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced that El Desperado will be making an appearance for the company at their co-promoted NJPW x CMLL Fantasticamania USA 2024 event on July 13th in San Jose, California.

As noted before, Japanese household goods manufacturer L.E.C. will be ending their sponsorship of the pro wrestling industry this July. Bushiroad CEO Takaaki Kidani recently stated on Twitter that the impact from the loss of LEC sponsorship money for NJPW will be minimal due to it was less than 1% of NJPW’s yearly revenues. Kidani statedWe are truly grateful to REC for their support not only of New Japan but of the entire professional wrestling world. As the Bushiroad Group, we also do business with them outside of professional wrestling, and we will continue to work to maintain a good relationship in the future. Incidentally, REC’s sponsorship fees are less than 1% of New Japan’s sales. The impact on New Japan’s management, as reported, is minor.

Major League Wrestling recently announced that Chris Danger is the next official competitor for this year’s Battle Riot match at their Battle Riot VI event on June 1st in Atlanta, Georgia.

Game Changer Wrestling recently announced that Megan Bayne will be making an appearance for the company at their Cage of Survival 3 event on June 2nd in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

GCW also recently announced that Zilla Fatu will be making an appearance for the company at their Can I Trust You? event on August 4th in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

GCW also recently announced one new match for the card of their No Sleep event on June 28th in Houston, Texas:

  • Dulce Tormenta vs. Broski Jimmy

GCW also recently announced one new match for the card of their Hit Em Up event on June 15th in Los Angeles, California:

  • Sidney Akeem (former Scrypts in WWE) vs. Jack Cartwheel

GCW also recently announced one new match for the card of their Worst Behavior event on July 5th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • Joey Janela vs. Gabe Kidd

Prestige Wrestling recently announced two new matches for the card of their Combat Clash PDX event on July 12th in Portland, Oregon:

  • Alex Shelley vs. Chris Sabin
  • Amazing Red vs. “Blackheart” Lio Rush