AJ Styles on Why We Should Support Indy Wrestling…

 

This past Sunday, AJ Styles, the current WWE United States Champion on Smackdown Live, showed up at a NWA Wildside reunion event in his home state of Georgia. Your first question might be: How can he be allowed to attend a indy wreslting event if he’s signed to WWE? Well, Styles was off last weekend (in preparation of his busy week coming up as WWE talent work four days per week on average) so he was able to schedule the appearance.  According to Jerry “The King” Lawler from his recent podcast, WWE talent are “technically tax-wise, considered independent contractors” and can make “third-party appearances” at indy events permitted they are not scheduled to work a WWE-based booking, which is done (typically) with the indy promotion making a request to WWE, paying an agreed appearance fee, then WWE asks the talent if they would like to appear, and the deal is done. Continue reading “AJ Styles on Why We Should Support Indy Wrestling…”

Ring of Honor Pure Championship – Doc’D #44

In this month’s architecture/technology/video game/pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, uniqueness and legacy of the retired Ring of Honor’s Pure Championship title. Continue reading “Ring of Honor Pure Championship – Doc’D #44”

WCW’s ‘Ghost’ Title: The Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship

Many titles in professional wrestling have long, detailed histories and lineages, lasting decades; one in particular only lasted a mere 8 days. Yup, you read that right, EIGHT DAYS. I present to you, the short history of the Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship of World Championship Wrestling. As the Cruiserweight division of WCW was widely regarded as a unique feature in the company (even Goldberg himself often lauded that the Cruiserweights were the best overall in-ring product of the promotion), the WCW Cruiserweight Championship often had the best matches.  With the large number of number of cruiserweight talent signed with the company, WCW decided to expand the visibility of the division, and created the Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship in February 2001. Continue reading “WCW’s ‘Ghost’ Title: The Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship”

TNA Wrestling’s First Pay-Per-View Match: The Flying Elvises vs. AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn & Low Ki

In 2002, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling held their first ever pay-per-view event from the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as a promotion within the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).  The pay-per-view’s opening match was a 6-Man Tag Team Match between the team of AJ Styles, Low-Ki & Jerry Lynn versus The Flying Elvises (consisting of Jimmy Yang, Jorge Estrada & Sonny Siaki).  The purpose of … Continue reading TNA Wrestling’s First Pay-Per-View Match: The Flying Elvises vs. AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn & Low Ki

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