Bray Wyatt in the ring at WWE Crown Jewel 2022

Bray Wyatt Passes Away Aged 36; Wrestling News August 25th 2023

Welcome to the August 25th 2023 TJRWrestling live blog, where every Wednesday and Friday we bring you the latest news from across the wrestling world including WWE, AEW, NJPW, ROH and more!

Today’s top stories are:

  • Bray Wyatt Passes Away Aged 36
  • WWE Donating Merchandise Profits To The Family Of Bray Wyatt
  • Jack Perry Reprimanded For Using Divisive Language On AEW TV
  • John Cena Set To Join The Cast Of Mortal Kombat 1
  • Santos Escobar Reveals He Is Not Cleared For In-Ring Competition
  • AEW Remove Reference To Cash Wheeler’s Arrest From Dynamite
  • Big E Predicts Carmelo Hayes Will Be A Future World Champion
  • Booker T Finds Out About Bray Wyatt’s Passing Live On Air
  • MJF Recalls Winning An Indie Match After S**tting Himself

MJF Recalls Winning An Indie Match After S**tting Himself

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Everyone has little accidents sometimes including MJF, although the AEW World Champion recently bragged about how he won a match on the independents despite it…

Appearing alongside Adam Cole on the latest Hot Ones’ Truth Or Dab, Friedman admitted that he once pooped himself during an indie match against Ace Romero but despite it, he still managed to come out on top of the bout!

“I’ve shat myself in the ring. Guys name was Ace Romero. So what happened was, he was coming off the the top rope, brother hit me with a splash and I thought I took a big enough log before the match, clearly I didn’t finish the job. Luckily, I was wearing black trunks so nobody noticed and it was a multi-man match, so when he landed on me, immediately shit myself and within that moment I was like, ‘You know what, I’m just going to roll out.’ So I rolled out, kind of stayed low for a little bit and waited for my moment to strike, still won the match with a full diaper. [laughs] That’s why I’m a world champion, didn’t happen by accident.”

MJF is set to defend his AEW World Championship against Cole in the main event of All In: London. Beforehand, however, the two will team up to compete on the show’s Buy-In to challenge Aussie Open for the ROH World Tag Team Championship.

h/t to Fightful

Booker T

Booker T Finds Out About Bray Wyatt's Passing Live On Air

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During a live edition of his Hall of Fame podcast last night, Booker T found out about the passing of WWE star Bray Wyatt as the news broke.

The WWE Hall of Famer and his co-host Brad Gilmore were just a few minutes into the latest edition of their podcast when Triple H announced the tragic news of Bray Wyatt’s passing at just 36 years old via his official X account.

Gilmore quickly noticed the tweet and read it live on the air, leaving Booker at a loss for words. The two took a quick break to recover before the two spoke about the former WWE champion’s family and recent history.

You can see Booker’s full reaction to the news in the below clip posted to his Reality of Wrestling YouTube channel.

Big E

Big E Predicts Carmelo Hayes Will Be A Future World Champion

Big E and Carmelo Hayes holding their respective NXT Championships

Big E sees big things in the future of current NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes and has predicted he will become a world champion someday!

Following this week’s edition of NXT, Big E and Hayes took part in a photoshoot backstage with their respective NXT Championship belts. Hayes posted the resulting photo on X, leaving fans clamoring for a match between the two.

Now Big E has given his own thoughts on the photo and Hayes himself as a performer. Quoting Hayes’ post on X, the former WWE Champion claims Hayes will be involved in main roster main events and hold world titles in the near future

“Melo is a STAR. Couldn’t be a bigger fan of @Carmelo_WWE as a talent & professional. Looking forward to the main roster main events & world titles.”


AEW Remove Reference To Cash Wheeler's Arrest From Dynamite

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AEW seemingly removed a reference to Cash Wheeler’s arrest for aggravated assault with a firearm from AEW Dynamite earlier this week.

On the August 23rd edition of Dynamite, FTR and The Young Bucks appeared in a sitdown interview with Renee Paquette ahead of their AEW World Tag Team Championship bout at AEW All In: London this weekend – five days on from Wheeler’s arrest.

Later, however, the company posted the segment to social media and eagle-eyed fans noticed new parts of the interview that were seemingly cut from the version that was broadcast on TBS. FTR’s Dax Harwood quoted the post and said it was “the version they didn’t want you to see.”

In it, FTR have a considerably longer response to The Young Bucks towards the end of the segment and Cash Wheeler makes a direct reference to his current legal troubles, stating “I don’t know what’s next for me.”

How should AEW handle the Cash Wheeler situation? Let us know your thoughts by sharing on Facebook or Twitter down below!

Santos Escobar

Santos Escobar Reveals He Is Not Cleared For In-Ring Competition

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Santos Escobar has revealed he is currently not cleared to compete following his last appearance on the August 11th edition of SmackDown

Escobar was originally meant to face Austin Theory for the United States Championship but was attacked backstage by the champion before the bout and seemingly suffered an injury to his knee. Rey Mysterio replaced his Lucha World Order ally and dethroned Theory.

Speaking to The Babyfaces Podcast, Escobar revealed the news but did not give a timeframe for his return to the ring.

“I’m not cleared to compete right now as it is, because of Austin Theory, but trust me, my mind, my heart are strong. I’m a strong willed person. I will comeback. When I comeback, I will come back full steam.”


Check Out This Compliation Of WWE's Loudest Pops EVER!

WWE have released a brand-new compilation video showcasing some of the loudest crowd reactions in WWE history.

Moments featured include Cody Rhodes’ return at WrestleMania 38, Becky Lynch’s return at SummerSlam 2021 and Brock Lesnar’s WWE return in 2012.

Check out the video above and let us know what your favourite WWE crowd reaction of all time is by sharing on Facebook or Twitter down below!

John Cena

John Cena Set To Join The Cast Of Mortal Kombat 1

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John Cena is set to join the brutal, gory and violent world of fighting video game franchise Mortal Kombat in the series’ upcoming title.

Cena will reprise his role as Peacemaker in the game and joins Homelander from The Boys, Omni-man from the Invincible comic books as well as Mortal Kombat original characters Takeda, Quan Chi and Ermac in the game’s post-launch character DLC pack.

The game’s Creative Director Ed Boon confirmed Cena will be joining the cast in an interview with IGN at Gamescom yesterday.

“We had J.K. Simmons coming in, we had John Cena. We’re super fortunate… that they know what Mortal Kombat is and they come in and it just adds that additional layer of authenticity to get the voice actor in there.”

h/t to Eventshub

Jungle Boy

Jack Perry Reprimanded For Using Divisive Language On AEW TV

Jack Perry making his entrance with the FTW Championship

Jack Perry received a warning from AEW management about using divisive language during a promo on AEW programming.

During the latest edition of Hey! (EW), the former Jungle Boy revealed that during his feud with Christian Cage he was warned to never use a particular promo line ever again. The line in question was, “You are the biggest p*ssy I have met in my entire life.”

“Literally that line exposed all the p*ssies back here, because I got in so much trouble about that word. They’re emailing me saying, ‘Please don’t ever say that again.’”

In response to the warning, Perry claims he wanted to release with “p*ssy” on it in protest but he was unable to. Perry is set to compete at AEW All In: London this weekend where he’ll defend his FTW Championship against HOOK.

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WWE Donating Merchandise Profits To The Family Of Bray Wyatt

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WWE has announced that they will donate all profits from Bray Wyatt’s merchandise to his family following his passing yesterday.

A new message has been added to all merchandise relating to the late Bray Wyatt on WWE’s online store. It reveals the company’s plans to support Wyatt’s surviving family, namely his wife and former WWE announcer JoJo Offerman and Bray’s four children, through a donation of all profits made on his merchandise.

“In the wake of Bray Wyatt’s death, WWE will donate all net proceeds to support JoJo Offerman and Bray’s children.”

The message can be seen in the description of this item.

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Bray Wyatt Passes Away Aged 36

Bray Wyatt in the ring at WWE Crown Jewel 2022

Windham Rotunda, more commonly known to WWE fans as Bray Wyatt, has passed away. He was just 36 years old.

WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H announced the tragic news on X last night, having been informed by Rotunda’s father Mike. Rotunda’s family later disclosed, through Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp, that the star suffered a heart attack yesterday and subsequently passed away. He had been battling exacerbated heart issues after contracting COVID-19 earlier this year.

Tributes have poured in from across the wrestling world to the former WWE Champion from the likes of Alexa Bliss, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, John Cena, Cody Rhodes, Big E and more. Rival promotions such as AEW and IMPACT also paid tribute to the late star on social media.

Wyatt last competed on-screen at the 2023 Royal Rumble earlier this year where he defeated LA Knight in a Mountain Dew Pitch Black match. Wyatt went on to compete at a number of live events following that appearance and wrestled the final match of his career on February 24th in Rockford, Illinois.

Everybody at TJRWrestling is absolutely devastated by this news. We send our condolences to Bray’s family and friends while also mourning with his millions of fans around the world.


Morning Everyone!

Morning everyone, hope you’re all having a good Friday despite the tragic news yesterday.

Welcome back to the TJRWrestling live blog! I’ll be with you from 7am to 1pm EST covering the latest stories & breaking news from WWE, AEW, NJPW and elsewhere across the wrestling world!

Today’s top story is:

  • Bray Wyatt Passes Away Aged 36