Who’s Ready for an EIGHT-HOUR WrestleMania 35?

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A show of hands: who felt physically exhausted after watching WWE WrestleMania 34 this past April? I’m talking about starting the near SEVEN HOURS show from the pre-show kickoff to the WWE sign-off graphic with Roman Reigns covered in blood. **raises hands** With RAW being 3 hours (thank you for the condensed 1-1/2 hour re-braodcast, Hulu), SmackDown likely move to Fox and possible extension to 3 hours, and now every pay-per-view being brand-combined and extended by another hour, you’d think that WrestleMania and the other “Big Four” events that already use the RAW and SmackDown rosters (SummerSlam, Royal Rumble, and Survivor Series) would be exempt. Well, as far a WrestleMania is concerned, L-O-L of course not; it appears that next year’s WrestleMania might find a way to go even longer than this year’s, somehow…someway. Why God? Continue reading “Who’s Ready for an EIGHT-HOUR WrestleMania 35?”

Remembering Eddie Guerrero Outsmarting Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XX to Retain the WWE Championship…

While Eddie Guerrero never main-evented a WrestleMania in his storied career, it is still difficult to argue that his match with Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XX definitely FELT like a main event match for all intents and purposes. Despite being the third-to-the-last match at the show, Guerrero and Angle put on quite the performance with all of the drama and athleticism fitting of ANY WrestleMania’s main event match. To this day, it stands as my SECOND favorite WrestleMania match of all time (with Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels at the following year’s WrestleMania at number one on my list). Continue reading “Remembering Eddie Guerrero Outsmarting Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XX to Retain the WWE Championship…”

Anthem Sports Has Officially Launched The Global Wrestling Network! (You Know, TNA/IMPACT Wrestling…)

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Today, Anthem Sports — the parent company of Impact Wrestling, or is it/is it not Global Force Wrestling, I’m not sure as I’me just as confused as most of you are, so who knows — has launched their own over-the-top streaming pro wrestling network, the Global Wrestling Network, a’la WWE Network and New Japan WORLD. When you sign up for the 30-day free trial, you’ll have access to EVERYTHING TNA/Impact has ever done, including their original weekly pay-per-views from 2002. Continue reading “Anthem Sports Has Officially Launched The Global Wrestling Network! (You Know, TNA/IMPACT Wrestling…)”

WWE Network’s “Southpaw Regional Wrestling” is Everything I Didn’t Know I Wanted…

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…”

WWE Purchases the Entire Heartland Wrestling Association Library

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O Hai Dean Ambrose (a.k.a., Jon Moxley)

While WWE may have failed to purchase and obtain most of the video library from TNA/Impact Wrestling — mostly to adding new media content to WWE Network library for its subscribers — the company has managed to obtain the complete library of the Ohio-bases Heartland Wrestling Association.  Along with the current acquisitions o the WCW, NWA, ECW, WCCW, and Mid-South (among others), the WWE Network is continuing to beef up its streaming content. Continue reading “WWE Purchases the Entire Heartland Wrestling Association Library”

Smokey Mountain Wrestling – Doc’D #56

In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the influential and short-lived southeastern professional wrestling promotion, Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

I also wrote about Smoky Mountain Wrestling back in early 2014! [https://thepractitionerd.com/2014/01/30/smoky-mountain-wrestling]

FOR MORE about Smoky Mountain Wrestling:

1) The Complete History of Smoky Mountain Wrestling [http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/smw]
3) ‘Smoky Mountain Wrestling’ on the WWE Network [http://network.wwe.com/shows/vault/smoky-mountain-wrestling] Continue reading “Smokey Mountain Wrestling – Doc’D #56”

Floating MP3Cassette Band Gems – WIRed #119


It’s time for Episode 119 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses floating architecture in Nigeria, how to hack an MP3 player and an old cassette tape, a Behind The Music style look at a Nintendo Rock Band, and some of the best matches on the WWE Network! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Floating MP3Cassette Band Gems – WIRed #119”

Here’s Some of the Best Wrestling Matches on the WWE Network!

Let’s be honest: there’s a HECKUVA LOT of wrestling matches to choose from on the WWE Network (granted that it includes matches from WWE, WCW, ECW, SMW, AWA, NWA, WCCW, etc.); meaning that it takes a good amount of browsing to dig past the less-than-good matches in order to find the gems. You also have to take into consideration that there are varied factors in what a good match comprises of, whether that’s the type of match, the build of the workers, the flow of a match, and the intensity of the match.  According to this (in my honest opinion) spot-on series of lists by the gang at Bleacher Report, here are some of the best matches to watch over on the good ol’ network, ranging by the best technical, high-flying, bloody, cage-style, underrated, and tag team type of matches, including which event that match takes place. Continue reading “Here’s Some of the Best Wrestling Matches on the WWE Network!”

WWE Purchases the Mid-South Wrestling Library; Well I Be Dog-Gone!

It became very clear after World Wrestling Entertainment purchased the video libraries or Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions, Smokey Mountain Wrestling, World Class Championship Wrestling, and others that this trend would continue.  Well, after years of negotiations, Ene Watts and the Watts family agreed on a deal to sell about 1,200 hours of video from Mid-South Wrestling ‘s 1970s to 1980s TV programming and shows to the WWE for a undisclosed amount of cash.  Ene Watts, the ex-wife of WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bill Watts, had owned the footage as part of a divorce settlement.   Continue reading “WWE Purchases the Mid-South Wrestling Library; Well I Be Dog-Gone!”