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Sting Announced for Starrcast III
Starrcast III has been announced for All Out weekend in Chicago at the end of August. They’ve announced one of their headliners for the weekend: WWE Hall of Famer Sting (h/t CagesideSeats). Also a TNA Hall of Famer, Sting was announced for Starrcast on their twitter Tuesday.
He’s an industry icon. He’s a former World Champion. He’s a Hall of Famer & we’re proud to announce him as a guest superstarr!#Starrcast is honored to welcome the man they call @Sting to Chicago, Labor Day weekend!
— #Starrcast (@StarrcastEvents) June 3, 2019
For Starrcast II, WWE pulled some legends away from the AEW-associated event. Both Kurt Angle and Undertaker were removed from that event due to their WWE ties. With Sting still listed as a WWE Legend, time will tell if he is also removed from Starrcast.
NXT Talents Get New Names
Some NXT talents have recently been renamed while in developmental (h/t PWInsider). This includes a former Impact champion and a very popular NXT air-guitar enthusiast. The name changes are:
- Adrian Jaoude is now known as Arturo Ruas.
- Fan favorite Eric Bugenhagen is now Rik Bugez. No word on if he still loves air guitar or not.
- Jessie Elaban is now Jessi Kamea.
- Luke Menzies’ new name is Ridge Holland.
- Trevor Lee, well known to Impact fans, is now Cameron Grimes.
Of the name changes, only Bugenhagen’s feels odd. He already had a cult following for his NXT appearances, but he should be able to adjust with the name change.
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Atsushi Aoki Passes Away
Japanese wrestler Atsushi Aoki passed away on Monday night after a motorcycle accident. The news has been confirmed by many Japanese outlets, and New Japan Pro Wrestling color commentator Chris Charlton has been providing English translation updates (h/t SEScoops).
New Japan Pro Wrestling was deeply saddened today by the tragic passing of All Japan Pro Wrestling's Atsushi Aoki. Our deepest sympathies go to his friends, family and fans. pic.twitter.com/2aVwCu7EVt
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) June 4, 2019
The 41-year-old Aoki was the current All Japan Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Champion and the head trainer at their dojo. Aoki began wrestling in 2005 in Pro Wrestling NOAH, and moved to AJPW in 2013. He was the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Rookie of the Year for 2006. Our condolences to Aoki’s family, friends, and fans.