After the success of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Cruiserweight Classic and the United Kingdom Championship tournaments, the news of WWE’s first all-women’s tournament has grabbed the attention of the pro-wrestling world since its announcement during this year’s WrestleMania weekend. The tournament is confirmed to begin filming this July at Full Sail, and this past Tuesday, WWE COO Triple H not only confirmed the dates, but also revealed the tournament’s new, official name and logo: The Mae Young Classic, using the namesake of the late WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young, who passed away in 2014.
Back in March, pro wrestling veteran Christopher Daniels won the Ring of Honor World Championship for the first time in his career, occurring about 15 years after he first debuted with the promotion. While people like myself have followed Daniel’s career for almost as long as he’s been with the company — I’ve followed his career since the spring of 2000 — other more casual wrestling fans might be left wondering why ROH awarded its top prize to a 47-year-old while their company is focused on building new stars. However, at the end of the day, Daniels’ championship victory was one of the most memorable moments in ROH’s history, because finally — FINALLY — watching Daniels lifelong dream in the twilight of his career come into fruition is what wrestling is truly about. Continue reading Christopher Daniels Talks To Ring Rust Radio about Ring of Honor, Retirement, and the Mount Rushmore of ROH
Yesterday, WWE announced that Charlotte Flair, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, made history by becoming the first female Superstar in the company’s history to main event a pay-per-view, Raw and SmackDown in singles matches. Flair completed this trifecta this past Tuesday night on SmackDown Live when she competed with SmackDown Women’s champion Naomi to a no contest in the main event, after multiple main event matches against Sasha Banks on Raw, as well as at the 2016 edition of Hell in a Cell. Continue reading Charlotte Flair Becomes 1st Woman in WWE History to Main Event on PPV, Raw AND SmackDown!
“Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe, taking on Dominic DeNucci at Madison Square Garden in 1980.
If you’re a longtime professional wrestling fan with specific memories of the NWA and early-WCW, it’s incredibly likely that you remember Larry Sharpe. Sharpe had a pretty decent career as a mid-card wrestler, but he’s likely best remembered for running the legendary Monster Factory, which he and Buddy Rogers opened in 1983 in Paulsboro, New Jersey. For the uninitiated, the Monster Factory is notable for produced perhaps more pro wrestling stars than any one training facility before WWE consolidated its developmental promotions to its Performance Center and NXT. Continue reading Legendary Pro Wrestling Trainer Larry Sharpe Has Passed Away At Age 66
Performing acrobatic moves in the course of a professional wrestling match is risky and — in some cases — dangerous, but to some wrestlers it’s a second-nature thing. Now, think about performing a move like the moonsault, which involves flipping backwards from the top rope onto your grounded opponent while landing chest first. Now, think about doing a moonsault while dressed in a full mascot costume; those things make everyday tasks like walking and running difficult, and you’ll do/see these tasks in EVERY wrestling match. Well, nobody told that to this guy dressed as Pikachu… Continue reading Who Wants to See A Pro Wrestler Dressed as Pikachu do a Perfect Moonsault? (It Should be EVERYONE…)
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. Continue reading WWE Network’s “Southpaw Regional Wrestling” is Everything I Didn’t Know I Wanted…
GLOW, Netflix’s reimagining of the ’80s cult-classic professional wrestling promotion Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — executive produced by Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan — has finally announced a release date for said series, stating via the above teaser trailer that the ten-episode series debuts on June 23rd, 2017. The show stars Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) as a struggling actress who joins the weekly episodic women’s wrestling television program as her final shot at fame. Continue reading Netflix’s New ‘GLOW’ Series Finally Set A Release Date: June 23rd, 2017!
Some things just don’t last, and the same can be said about things involving the business of professional wrestling. We CAN say that one of more enduring things in the WWE has been the relationship between Paul Levesque (Triple H) and Stephanie McMahon, two of the most powerful people (on-and-off-screen) behind the most powerful wrestling organization in the world. Over the years, these two (both as themselves and as on-screen characters) have gone through their fair share of ups-and-downs, personality changes, and senses of style. But let’s be honest, we ALL do; I used to think wearing oversized and baggy shirts and pants back in the early-to-mid 2000s was all the comfort I needed. Continue reading A Redditor’s Video on the Evolution of Triple H & Stephanie McMahon’s Relationship…
I was one of the 52,020 people in attendance at the 30th annual WWE Royal Rumble at the Alamodome in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas this past Sunday night (following an excellent 3-day excursion through PAX South 2017), and overall the show was very entertaining with a few surprises. One pleasant surprise was the method of which some WWE Superstars made their way to the ring when their number in the Royal Rumble match came up. Continue reading #RememberTheRumble? #RememberTheRumbleCart!
In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the popular, and often very humorous, independent professional wrestling promotion, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.
1) Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Official Website [http://www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com]
2) PWG Blu-rays/DVD on Amazon [http://amzn.to/2jW882M] & PWG Merchandise [http://www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com/merch]
3) r/SquaredCircle’s Guide on How To Watch PWG [https://goo.gl/CzJk08] Continue reading Pro Wrestling Guerrilla – Doc’D #60