In a move that, like an RKO, absolutely came outta nowhere, WWE sent out a tweet yesterday announcing a new series on the WWE Network, titled Southpaw Regional Wrestling, . So far, it looks to be the Network’s first successful stab at scripted comedy. To be honest, any show with John Cena doing his best Gordon Solie impersonation — as the character and play-by-play announcer “Lance Catamaran” — ought to be good.
In the trailer at the top of this post, you’ll also see Handsome Rusev and Lana in cowboy hats, TJ Perkins playing a champion of an old school territory, a fusion of “Classy” Freddie Blassie and The Wizard played by “Y2J” Chris Jericho, promos filmed in front of green-screened crashing waves, and other wacky things from the old era of territorial professional wrestling. Wrestling fans are almost required to have SOME SORT of a sense of humor (because wrestling is strange and funny sometimes), and Southpaw Regional Wrestling sounds like it’s right in my alley. This is especially true because, to me, old-school territorial pro wrestling is actually hilarious to watch; just watch some AWA and Mid-South on the Network to prove my point.