NEWS ITEMS: WWE announces women’s match for Raw, Punk and a chair at UFC 218 make news, WWE’s NXT grads, Jessie Godderz renewal

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

C.M. Punk (artist Grant Gould © PWTorch)

-WWE has announced Paige vs. Sasha Banks for Monday Night Raw tomorrow night on USA Network, which is added to the Sheamus & Cesaro defending the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles against Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose and the second Cruiserweight Fatal Four-way match already announced featuring Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Drew Gulak, and Tony Nese. I’ll be covering Raw live here at with a written report, and then check out few hours after Raw ends the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with my guest cohost Rich Fann from “The Deep Dive with Rich Fann” PWTorch Livecast. has published a slideshow today on “WWE Superstars” who competed in NXT. It includes a picture of Roman Reigns back then sans the body vest in just regular trunks, Baron Corbin with a very different haircut, and Fandango minus the gimmick (vs. EC3) with a very different among dozens of others. LINK

-C.M. Punk attended UFC 218 last night and he had bad luck with a chair.

-The soap opera starring longtime TNA wrestler Jessie Godderz will back for a second season on Amazon. Here’s the press release rundown of the news: “Mr. PEC-Tacular” Jessie Godderz just announced that Amazon greenlit his new TV Series “Tainted Dreams” for Season 2. The 5x Daytime Emmy Award Nominated and critically-acclaimed series has been a tremendous success for the streaming network, and is one of the highest-rated programs currently featured on both Amazon and Amazon Prime. The program is currently seen in 200+ countries. ACCESS HOLLYWOOD will be exclusively announcing the launch date for Season 2 this weekend. Godderz portrays the character of Leading Man Dylan Buckwald on the soap within a soap. “Tainted Dreams” was created and produced by one of the most successful Producer/Directors in Daytime Television History, the Multiple Emmy-Award Winning Sonia Blangiardo. Blangiardo has previously played integral roles for such world-renowned soaps as ABC’s General Hospital, ABC’s All My Children, ABC’s One Life To Live and CBS’ As The World Turns. She is also currently Director of both NBC’s Days Of Our Lives and Amazon’s Ladies Of The Lake. “Tainted Dreams” stars many of the biggest names in Daytime TV History such as Alicia Minshew, Austin Peck, Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Michael Lowry, Terri Ivens, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Meagan Robar, and many more.

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