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.
In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the background, the event itself, and the aftermath of WWE’s final ECW-branded pay-per-view event, 2006’s December to Dismember. Let’s just say it was the final one for a reason… Continue reading ECW December to Dismember 2006 – Doc’D #64
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
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…
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 the WWE United Kingdom Championship Finals this past Sunday afternoon, 19-year-old Tyler Bate defeated Pete Dunne after Bate kicked out of the Bitter End and eventually hit the Tyler Driver 97 to get the pin and become the first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion. In my opinion, the entire WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament held this past weekend on the WWE Network has been fantastic from top to bottom, from the first-round to the finals. The network-exclusive presentation showcased so many great talents who were given an opportunity to show their abilities to the world, and every one of them stepped up to make it the event a giant success. Continue reading Tyler Bate, the First WWE United Kingdom Champion
In case you wondering; YES, the WWE is still releasing print-and-paper books. In fact, their latest offering will be the soon-to-be-a-classic The Book Of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It. I’m ALMOST certain that just from the title alone, that this latest literary project will be coming from the new longest-reigning tag team champs in history, The New Day (and yes, I know they lost the titles to Sheamus and Cesaro this past Monday; the record still stands). This book, being co-written by members Xavier Woods, Big E Langston and Kofi Kingston, is currently on Amazon for pre-order, and the listing features their real names, so YOU KNOW it’s a real thing about to happen! Continue reading The New Day Are Writing A Book About Themselves so we can all FEEL THE POWER!
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
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I KNOW Survivor Series was this past weekend too — the show was really good overall, there wasn’t a ‘bad’ match in sight, and even Brock Lesnar getting squashed in 1:25 by Goldberg was very, VERY satisfying — but seriously, lets talk about NXT Takeover: Toronto for a minute. After months of #DIY (Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano) feuding with the NXT Tag Team Champions, The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, or as I call them, The New Brainbusters), the titles were put back on the line as the two teams battled in a Best Two-Out-of-Three Falls match. In my opinion, this match is competing with the John Cena vs. AJ Styles match from this year’s SummerSlam for the best match of the year; no joke. Continue reading Hey Guys! How AWESOME was that #DIY vs. The Revival NXT Tag Team Title Match at Takeover: Toronto?!?