TNA weekend in West Virginia, ROH 12th Anniversary weekend in Philadelphia, NXT in Jacksonville, Brodus Clay, Carlito, Crimson, Dos Caras, Oliver Grey, Bertha Faye
By Chris Shore
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-TNA is in West Virginia all weekend, beginning in Huntington at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena tonight. The show is headlined by Magnus vs Samoa Joe for the TNA Championship in a cage. The Wolves, Bro-Mans, Gunner, James Storm, Bobby Roode, Gail Kim and more are also schedule to appear.
-TNA is in Beckley on Saturday night at the Beckley Convention Center. The show is also headlined by Magnus vs. Samoa Joe for the TNA Championship, but not in a cage. The rest of the card is the same as Huntington.
-TNA is in Morgantown Sunday at the Morgantown Event Center. Magnus and Samoa Joe are back in the cage for this event with the rest of the card still the same.
-ROH kicks of its 12th Anniversary Weekend tonight at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Philadelphia. The show is headlined by Adam Cole vs. Chris Hero for the ROH Championship. AJ Styles, Matt Hardy, Kevin Steen, Jay Lethal, Michael Elgin, and more are also scheduled to appear.
-ROH will hold its first ever HonorCon on Saturday in Philly as well. The event is free to the public and features a Q&A session, autograph signings, an arm wrestling tournament, and more. Afterward, ROH will hold TV tapings headlined by AJ Styles vs. Michael Elgin and the same crew as Friday night.
-NXT is at the Jacksonville Armory tonight in Jacksonville, Florida. Neither the WWE website nor any website associated with the armory has any listings for talent.
-WWE star Brodus Clay (a/k/a George Murdoch) turns 34 today. Brodus was a break out star on the old NXT show as a monster hel before being saddled with the terrible Funkadactyl gimmick. He has recently been off WWE TV, hopefully getting repackaged as that monster heel.
-Former WWE star Carlito (a/k/a Carlos Edwin "Carly" Colón, Jr.) turns 35 today. Carlito showed great promise in WWE, winning several singles and tag titles, but was let go in May 2010 after reportedly failing a wellness test and refusing to go to rehab.
-Former TNA star Crimson (a/k/a Tommy Mercer) turns 29 today. Crimson went undefeated in his initial run in TNA, causing push back by fans who didn't feel he was a good enough wrestler to warrant that storyline. He eventually lost and was sent down to OVW for more seasoning, but was released in July 2013.
-Lucha star Dos Caras (a/k/a José Luis Rodríguez Arellano) turns 63 today. Besides being a star in Mexico, Dos Caras is also the father of lucha star Dos Caras Jr., who now works in WWE as Alberto Del Rio.
-WWE NXT wrestler Oliver Grey (a/k/a Joel Pettyfer) turns 27 today. Grey is one of several English wrestlers in the WWE developmental system. He was signed to the roster in 2012 and teemed with Aaron Neville in 2013 before being sidelined with an ACL tear for nine months.
-The late WWE women's wrestler Bertha Faye (a/k/a Rhonda Ann Sing) would have turned 53 today. A large woman, Sing was repackaged from a monster to the comedic Bertha Faye, a trailer park resident who dated Harvey Whippleman, when she worked for WWE. She left wrestling in 2000 and committed suicide the next year.
-There are no classic wrestling shows on ESPN Classic this weekend.
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