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AEW’s Tony Khan Talks Hiring of Soap Vet Jennifer Pepperman, Sting’s Retirement Match at ‘Revolution’ and His Well-Deserved Send-Off

On Thursday during a media call, AEW President, Tony Khan fielded questions from the press leading up to Sunday’s AEW: Revolution pay-per-view (8 pm ET). Khan spoke on a myriad of topics including: the hiring of former One Life to Live executive producer, Jennifer Pepperman, and that Sunday will be the final match of the iconic Sting’s wrestling career.

Pepperman, who made news last week when she jumped from rival WWE as Senior Writer/Producer to AEW as its VP Content Development, brings with her experience as not only the former EP of Prospect Park’s One Life to Live, but as a Daytime Emmy-winning director for One Life, As the World Turns, as well as the digital series, After Forever.

Khan addressed the addition of Pepperman and what she brings to the table for AEW, “I love the world of soap operas and I think it’s fascinating the work she’s done. She’s an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and it’s a very different medium than soap opera, but obviously there are similarities. It was a unique hire when she joined pro wrestling and now she’s learned the wrestling business. There are a lot of wrestlers that have great experience working with her and so she was a popular hire. I think she adds a lot.  She would add a lot to any women’s story. She can add ideas, but she also adds ideas to men’s stories. I think any aspect of it wrestling or television that you’re working on, Jen, can be insightful, and she’s very additive. I wanted to bring Jen in to help just with AEW all across the board.”

“Jen is somebody who’s got a really great wrestling mind,” Khan expressed. “It’s really nice to have somebody like Jen who has experience in pro wrestling but also a lot of experience in television.  A lot of the people who had worked with Jen previously, had really great things to say about her, and on my visits with her I really liked her a lot. She was very excited about what she’d seen in AEW and she’s fitting in great. We’ve done a lot of shows now, and she’s been doing a great job catching up on it. She brings a lot of knowledge of pro wrestling and television from outside AEW.”

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It’s going to be a sad day for Sting fans all around the world, when he wrestles in his final match this Sunday. Khan shared how important it was to him, to AEW, and to Sting, for him to go out with one final historic match. “I’m very excited about AEW Revolution, first and foremost being Sting’s last pro wrestling match and Sting’s retirement,” Tony shared. “I think he’s been a huge part of pro wrestling for my entire life. He’s been a hero since I was very young and when Sting came into AEW, I was so excited. This is exactly where I hoped we would get – setting up an incredible retirement match for Sting this Sunday at Revolution. He’s an incredible pro wrestler and an incredible man, and giving him the send off that he deserves – these past few years has been really important to me and now having a match for the weekend with high states, a personal rivalry, a great story, it’s going to be a tremendous show. It’s got certainly something that nobody will ever forget and that is Sting’s final wrestling match.”

The Greensboro Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina is where Sunday’s AEW Revolution will emanate from. Khan believes, “It’s the perfect place to pay tribute to Sting’s great career in the Greensboro Coliseum. It was where Sting really first arrived on the national map in 1988.”

Sting appearing on Wednesday night’s AEW Dynamite was also special. Khan felt, “It was very fitting that he had his final appearance last night on TBS.”  Tony added, “Sting coming down from the rafters one last time I thought was a perfect way to cap off the final ‘Dynamite’ before ‘Revolution” and the final ‘Dynamite’ of Sting’s career. After 37 years on TBS .. and being so identifiable with it, it’s pretty special and pretty rare, and it’s befitting the great career and the great person that we have in Sting.”

While some feel Sting may be back in some capacity with AEW behind the scenes, Khan says anything is on the table. “When Sting came back in 2020, he did not need the money. Sting is very, very well off and has earned a lot of money in his career and is taking care of it very well,” Tony related. “He’s really a great person and he’s made great investments and he does this because he loves it. He loves the fans and he wanted to have a great run in wrestling and for these past three years, that’s exactly what we’ve done.  So for me, I would love to have Sting back in AEW anytime. I know he said he would like to come back. We won’t hold him or force him to come back at any point. Now is a great time for Sting to take time for himself and his family after this and whatever the result is Sunday, I think Sting can take pride that he’s had the most incredible final run.”

So, what did you think about the words Tony Khan expressed on the hiring of Jennifer Pepperman who brings both her soap opera and wrestling experience to AEW? We have always said that pro wrestling is a ‘soap opera in the ring’ and apparently Khan knows there is link to the two as well.  And, are you ready for Sting’s final match in his legendary career? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives Sloan Recast: Natasha Hall Temporarily Fills-In For Jessica Serfaty

Sloan will have a new look for several upcoming episodes on Days of our Lives. Natasha Hall will step in for Jessica Serfaty the week of March 4-8

A spokesperson for DAYS confirmed to Soap Opera Digest, that Hall will take on the role of Sloan Petersen for three episodes.

If Natasha looks familiar she was seen on Netflicx’s The Kominsky Method and has appeared on The Rookie, S.W.A.T., Mom, HBO’s Entourage and the movie Game Night.

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Serfaty began in her run as Sloan back in August of 2022, and has been heavily featured in the Nicole baby switch storyline where along with Melinda Trask (Tina Huang), Sloan is passing of Nicole and Eric’s baby, as her adopted chid, while Nicole continues to mourn the loss of the little bundle of joy.

Since Days had been taking 6 to 7 months ahead of streaming its episodes on Peacock, Hall taped her scenes filling in for Serfaty months ago.

So, interested to see what Natasha Hall brings to the role of Sloan, while Jessica is temporarily off the show? Comment below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Trends on ‘X’ after Finn Puts His Hand in Sheila’s Blood

We got to give it up for fans of The Bold and the Beautiful, who during and after the CBS daytime drama series aired its Thursday, February 29th, took to X (formerly Twitter) to let their feelings be known on what they just witnessed. B&B is still trending on the social media platform as of this posing

In story, Finn (Tanner Novlan) is reeling from Sheila’s (Kimberlin Brown) death. He seems more pre-occupied that he lost his mother (who previously shot him, and his wife Steffy, and kept him hostage for months and separated from his family) than he is his wife. Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) is also in shock and upset that she had to act in self-defense when Sheila broke into their home and was there to harm her.

The end of the line for Sheila came when Steffy stabbed the supervillain and is now presumed dead; after the paramedics and the cops arrived on the scene. (That is if you believe everyone who showed up from the first responders is legit.)

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At the cliff house, Finn becomes emotional over the thought of something happening to Steffy or the kids. Steffy tells Finn that she truly thought Sheila was going to shoot her.

Finn fires back, “So you plunged a knife into her?” Steffy explains she had to protect herself, and that she is “sorry!” Finn snarls, “You’re sorry? You’re sorry for killing my mom?”

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Next, in what can only be defined as Finn showing his ‘inner-Sheila’ he walks over to the blood stained carpet. He kneels down and touches it and put his hand it it, and cries.

A startled Steffy says, “What are you doing?” With his blood-soaked hand, Finn stands up and as Steffy steps toward him to attempt to comfort him, he backs away. In the tag of the episode, Finn says to Steffy, “My mom’s blood is on my hand. And yours, Steffy.”

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Meanwhile, Hope (Annika Noelle) is flummoxed when she learned from Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) that Sheila died when Steffy in self-defense grabbed a knife and stabbed her. Hope’s first reaction was, “Does Finn know?! Does Finn know that Steffy killed his birth mom?!” Many a viewer believes this is all leading to Hope ‘comforting’ Finn.

Take a look below and just some of the gifs, memes and comments that are making The Bold and the Beautiful still trend on X today below.

Now let us know, what did you think of Finn’s reaction to Sheila’s death, his blood-stained hands and how he seems to be blaming Steffy for his mother’s death? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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