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The Wrestling Hot Stove #5 (May 13, 2019): Moxley, Austin Aries, WWE contracts extended, AEW gets more tag teams

It’s not gonna be May - we’re already halfway into it! And as always, I’ve got my eyes on the comings and goings in pro wrestling.


  • Dean Ambrose is dead, Jon Moxley seems to have killed him on his way out of a prison? Many are claiming there are Easter Eggs in this video that point to Mox going to AEW, while a wilder theory is positing he’ll show up in Impact.
  • NXT’s signed two guys you probably don’t remember from The Greatest Royal Rumble: Hussein Aldgal & Faisal Kurdi. These two were involved in what became a slightly controversial segment — though nothing in comparison to WWE’s continued work in Saudi Arabia.
  • WWE has yet to release former IC champ Luke Harper, fka Brodie Lee, who publicly announced his request for a release. Instead, they’ve reportedly nixed a feud set for Harper and Sami Zayn, and tacked another six months onto the independent contractor’s contract, to make up for the time he spent on the injury list.
  • Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder reportedly turned down a massive contract re-up, and that report was followed by rumblings of Wilder’s contract being extended per the amount of time he spent injured. Then, in a likely completely unrelated segment, the pair got Ucey Hot slathered on their nether regions.
  • Sasha Banks has still yet to be seen (outside of social media) following reports she wants out of WWE.


  • Angelico and Jack Evans — who gained a bit of fame during their time on Lucha Underground — are All Elite, which was announced via a slick video that the former (who’s recently been seen in European wrestling promotions such as Progress and Fight Club Pro) tweeted:
  • Dustin Rhodes: one day after my last edition of this report came out, it was revealed that the former Goldust is joining his younger brother Cody in AEW. The two are set for a grudge match at Double or Nothing on May 25, and a promo from Cody, via The Road to Double or Nothing YouTube series, has me more than ready to pay to watch:
  • AEW’s signed “Coach” Jerry Lynn.
  • AEW’s also signed veteran ref Rick Knox, known for his time in PWG, Bar Wrestling and Lucha Underground.
  • NYC indie promotion House of Glory’s got a pair of its students — Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy, the tag team known as Private Partycoming to AEW, as revealed during a segment in this BTE episode. EVP Matt Jackson claimed that he and his brother Nick made the call here:
  • Leva Bates and Peter Avalon are the dual Librarians in AEW, per this BTE episode. What that means, we’ll find out.


  • I didn’t note this last time, but Brandi Lauren, fka Ava Storie, became the only woman signed to EVOLVE, which is slowly trying to start a women’s division. Lauren wrestled as Storie in Impact.
  • Shotzi Blackheart is consistently appearing at Evolve shows, but hasn’t been publicly signed yet.


  • Major League Wrestling announced its signing of Austin Aries, who is “coming soon.” In his last appearance at a semi-major promotion, the outspoken vegan wrestler (and former WWE Cruiserweight champ) was flipping birds at everyone at Impact Wrestling, after breaking kayfabe by no-selling the finish of the main event at Bound For Glory in 2018.

Ring of Honor

  • So, Enzo and Cass are out? The pair hasn’t worked with the company since their first appearance at G1 Supercard, and Large Dave Meltzer said the duo isn’t a part of the future plans of the company, claiming the former WWE talents spent much more time brawling at the Madison Square Garden show than they were supposed to. NJPW-and-ROH tag champ Tama Tonga released a video wherein the Bullet Club member called Enzo and Cass a “fucking cancer,” a “real fuckin’ idiot,” and implied that both he, and the ROH roster as a whole, vetoed the decision to let Enzo and Cass into the company.
  • ROH signed the Maryland Championship Wrestling tag champs Songs of Savagery.
  • Also, in early April, reports popped up that ROH wanted to sign Maria Manic, though that hasn’t come to a deal yet.


  • Michael Elgin (seemingly done with NJPW) has now signed with Impact, and debuted at the last Impact PPV, Rebellion, which cost $40 as an iPPV.
  • Rich Swann signed a new 2-year deal with Impact, where he has recently been defending the X-Division championship against fellow ex-WWE wrestler Sami Callihan.
  • Eli Drake is out of Impact, leaving on a less than positive note, as a series of tweets from the wrestler suggest he refuses to work intergender wrestling matches, because “nobody is suspending their disbelief,” for that. It is believed that he refused to work with Tessa Blanchard, one of the top talents in that company, who tweeted that she or any of Impact’s Knockouts (or as she shortened it “KOs”) “could kick Eli’s ass!”

The stove stays hot these days, so stick with Cageside Seats for further talent movement. We’ll see you back here hopefully sooner rather than later with report #6!

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