MONDAY NEWS UPDATE 2/11: Batista update for WrestleMania and AEW, WWE award, Salvatore Bellomo obit, MLW Fusion timeslot move, AEW Omega announcement YouTube views

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

Tony Khan gives update on Kenny Omega
Kenny Omega (photo provided to PWTorch by AEW, credit Al Powers)


-WWE has been voted by fans the “favorite live entertainment performances of 2018″ at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. WWE Live beat the local favorite, Scottish boxer Josh Taylor, and his World Boxing Super Series match vs. Ryan Martin. Other category winners including Jess Glynne (Best Solo Artist), The Script (Best Group) and conductor Andre Rieu (Best Live Entertainment). Other shows at the SSE Hydro last year included Paul McCartney, Britney Spears, Disney on Ice, Paul Simon, and Harry Styles. “We are thrilled to accept the 2018 SSE Live Award for Best Sporting Event,” said Triple H. “Our mission is to put smiles on faces and give every fan attending WWE Live a unique, action-packed, sports-entertainment experience. It is truly an honor to be recognized by the fans, and we look forward to seeing them again in 2019.”

-Longtime WWE TV “gatekeeper/jobber” in the 1980s, Salvatore Bellomo, died on Saturday. He was 67. His family reports that he died of cancer.

-Dave Bautista (“Batista”) is negotiating with WWE for a match at WrestleMania 35, reports Pro Wrestling Sheet today, but also that All Elite Wrestling is interested in him too. Batista has been the subject of speculation lately regarding both being a surprise at an AEW press event or a special attraction at WrestleMania, perhaps against Triple H.

-MLW has announced its weekly TV show, “MLW Fusion,” is moving to Saturday nights at 9 p.m. on Be In Sports network (and Monday night’s on their Spanish channel). “With the majority of our cards on Saturday nights and Be In interested in doing more live broadcasts in 2019, it made sense to move the show to Saturdays,” MLW CEO Court Bauer said in a press release. “Saturday night wrestling has a history dating back decades. It’s an honor to bring that tradition back starting this Saturday night on Be In.”

-The “Being the Elite” YouTube Channel stream for the AEW press event last Thursday in Las Vegas, Nev. which included the Kenny Omega signing announcement and appearance has surpassed 400,000 views. “Being the Elite” rarely draws more than 300,000 views and often under 200,000, although the first press conference in Jacksonville, Fla. has surpassed 500,000. View it HERE.

-AEW released the seating chart for their AEW “Double or Nothing” event on May 25 in Las Vegas, Nev. at the MGM Grand. Tickets are $211.10 ringside and as low as $36.70 upper deck. The event headlines with Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho.

-WWE has announced the latest class of recruits to begin refining their skills at the Performance Center. It includes Trevor Lee, ACH, Sam Shaw, and Rachel Ellering/Evers. Trevor Lee is a standout indy performer based out of North Carolina who has also wrestled on Impact Wrestling and AAW in Chicago, among other groups. He’s considered a top prospect and all-around rising star. Sam Shaw has been an Impact Wrestling performer with a good look and distinct personality. ACH has been a regular with ROH. Others listed include Karen Q, Scott Parker, Big Magic, Ellio Sexton, Jonah Rock, Nick Cojoroto, Omari Palmer, and Ricardo Miller.

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