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Friday, January 23, 2015Rolling Stone interviewed Paul Heyman. A great read.
Vince Russo turns 54 today, while ROH star Jay Briscoe turns 31.
Today would have been ECW original Mike Awesome's 50th birthday.
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper appeared briefly on tonight's episode of Undercover Boss. The subject on the episode was the CEO of Rocket Fizz, an American candy company. He visited Hot Rod at home to announce the launch of a new product, Roddy Piper's "I'm all out of" bubblegum. The line, for you youngsters is a reference to Piper's famous line from the movie They Live.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Watch for our interview with Roman Reigns tomorrow on SLAM! Wrestling. Next week, we have an interview with NWA World Women's champion Barbi Hayden.
WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard turns 61 today. Japanese star Manabu Nakanishi (who wrestled in WCW as Kurasawa) turns 48.
Twenty years ago today, “Crusher” Jerry Blackwell passed away. SLAM! Wrestling reader Scott Holliday sent in a nice reminder about Blackwell, who was one of the best "big" men in pro wrestling. "I will never forget watching him deliver a standing dropkick to finish many matches (obviously followed by the splash), it was always amazing to see him apparantly rotate his whole body in the air about his head, no other wrestler of any size has ever performed the standing drop kick with such precision and effect."
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Radio-Canada -- the French CBC -- has picked up for a second season La théorie du K.O., a comedy about the tribulations of a weekend warrior on the current independant wrestling scene. The show averaged an audience of 675,000 during its 12 episodes in the first season. Wrestling is not the main focus of the show as it is more the backdrop of the show; still former AWA world champion Rick Martel guested star as himself in this season's final episode. Season one is available online at this link.
WWE Smackdown was taped last night in Austin, Texas, on the campus of the University of Texas. Here's what to expect on the show, which airs Wednesdays in Canada now, and Thursdays in the U.S.: Dolph Ziggler vs Bad News Barrett, Ryback vs Rusev, Brie Bella vs Naomi, Erick Rowan vs Luke Harper, Daniel Bryan vs Kane ... and naturally there are some promos to hype the Royal Rumble on Sunday, including from Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, and The Authority.
The autobiography of Kamala is at the publisher and will be out shortly. We wrote about the book back in September. Here's a note from Jeff Archer: "It's done. One of the most poignant autobiographies I've ever read (I edited and designed the book). They were shipped to the publisher today and will be ready for distribution next week. The legendary pro wrestler, Kamala, was a Ugandan headhunter. For years, he filled arenas all over the world, but never spoke a word. Now, James Harris, who played Kamala, tells his story. It is humbling, hilarious, sad, triumphant and informative. Very frank. The book is 352 pages long and has almost 100 original and rare photos."
The Cauliflower Alley Club announced that its Iron Mike Mazurki Award -- the top award in the business -- will go to Larry "The Axe" Hennig. The reunion is in April in Las Vegas.
Wrestling historian and writer Mike Chapman has just published a biography on Nat Pendleton. Check it out here.
Canadian Wrestling's Elite debuts in Steinbach, Manitoba, at the Steinbach Legion Community Hall (294 Lumber Ave.), on Saturday, April 25th, headlined by "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels. www.cwecanada.ca
Today’s birthdays: WWE Hall of Famer “Polish Power” Ivan Putski turns 74; Japanese star Go Shiozaki turns 33; former WWE Diva (and current Mrs. Miz) Maryse Ouellet turns 32; and independent star (though he recently announced that he would be taking a sabbatical from the business) Alex Koslov turns 31.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Today’s birthdays: former WCW star Firebreaker Chip turns 52 and ECW original “Da Baldie” Tony Devito turns 43.
On this date in 1998, Hall of Famer Bobo Brazil passed away at the age of 73. A year ago today, legendary Canadian wrestler-promoter George Scott passed away at the age of 84.
WWE is expected to announce next year's WrestleMania today at a press conference in Dallas at AT&T Stadium.
Border City Wrestling has a show today at the University of Windsor at the CAW Student Centre featuring Rhino, Joe Doering, Kongo Kong, BCW Champion Bolen, Tyson Dux, Phil Atlas and more. It's being put on for the students of the university, but there will be limited space for non university students at the event.
CWF Wrestling, January 24, 2015, at the Black Sea Hall, 455 Welland Avenue, St. Catharines, Ontario, show starts at 7 pm and features former WWE tag team champion Rene Dupree as well as Tyson Dux and Cody Deaner
WWE is coming out with a Daniel Bryan DVD.
Canadian Wrestling's Elite has a show at Rookie's Sports Bar (201 Melrose Ave. E) in Transcona, Manitoba on Friday, February 6th, featuring the likes of Danny Duggan, Tyler Colton, Dick Blood, Billy Blaze, The Peg City Punishers (Mike Mission & Moses Luke) and Adam Race. It's an 8:30 pm start. www.cwecanada.ca
Here are the results from the Empire State Wrestling event held in North Tonawanda, NY on Saturday evening. Plunkett beat Salvatore Morocco, Blackjack Phoenix beat Inferno Johnny Adams. Hate Brigade beat Brett Mednik & Ron Falco. Dick Justice beat Yuri Koloff by DQ.
Jonny Puma & Frankie Feathers beat Rochester Wrecking Crew by DQ. Will Calrissian beat Colin Delaney. Afterward Ryot returned to confront Caesar and Calrissian who ran away. ESW Interstate Title: Kevin Bennett beat Brandon Thurston by DQ to retain. Asylum beat Cedric Alexander. ESW Heavyweight Title: Bill Collier beat Chris Cooper to retain.
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Monday, January 19, 2015
Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Billy Gunn, Ron Simmons and X-Pac are the legends expected at Monday Night Raw tonight from Dallas.
According the Madison Square Garden website, the WWE show on February 27th will be Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night.
As expected Lucha Underground has inked the artist formerly known as Alberto Del Rio to a deal. As Alberto El Patron, he is the current AAA World Heavyweight champion.
What’s up? What’s up is that WWE superstar Ron “R-Truth” Killings turns 43 today. Also celebrating is WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, who turns 74.
On this date in 2007, the legendary Bam Bam Bigelow passed away.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Today's birthdays: Mexican legend El Perro Aguayo turns 69; WWE Hall of Famer "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase turns 61; and WWE legend-turned-actor Dave Batista turns 46.
On this date in 2005, "Pistol" Pez Whatley passed away. On this date in 2003, "The Sheik" Eddie Farhat passed away.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Today's birthdays: Japanese star Masaaki Mochizuki turns 45; former WWE star Kevin Fertig (Kevin Thorn, Mordecai) turns 38; former TNA star Chase Stevens turns 36; TNA star Sam Shaw turns 31; ROH star Mark Briscoe turns 30; and former TNA Knockout Rosie Lottalove turns 30. Speaking of Rosie, she recently posted a photo of herself after having lost nearly 130 pounds.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Charges dropped against wrestling star Heath Slater.
"Gorgeous" Michelle Starr, a long-time B.C. wrestler and trainer, has announced that his final in-ring match will be January 31st in Cloverdale, BC.
In conjunction with Triple H’s induction into the International Sports Hall of Fame, this year’s Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio will feature a WWE NXT extravaganza event. The two-day event (March 7 and 8) will include a number of fan Q&A sessions and autograph sessions with NXT stars and WWE legends, live tryouts, and live NXT shows. For details, visit arnoldsportsfestival.com
Toronto independent wrestler Farhan Faruqui is spotlighted by LinkedIn in a couple of recent stories - here's one and here's the other.
Today’s birthdays: Mexican legend Estrella Blanca turns 77; former WWE superstar Bull Buchanan turns 47; Shane McMahon turns 45; former WWE goddess Barbara “Kelly Kelly” Blank turns 27; and Canadian indy/SHIMMER star Nicole Matthews turns 28.
Speaking of Nicole Matthews, there's a feature on her in the new Georgia Straight alternative newspaper in Vancouver. Check it out here.
News that is likely to affect SummerSlam -- The Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ, is likely closing down, perhaps even by the end of the month, according to a story in the New Jersey Advance. The arena was the home to the New Jersey Devils and New Jersey Nets for 30 years, but the Devils are in Newark now and the Nets in Brooklyn. SummerSlam was scheduled to go down there on August 23rd.
An update from yesterday -- Winnipeg's Puppy Dog Peloquin did have a stroke in December, but his wife, Eva, reports that he is up walking again with the use of a walker, and he is planning on getting to the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in April in Las Vegas.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
It's not my fault that you didn't know that today is Snitsky's birthday. The former WWE and TNA star turns 45 today. Also celebrating are the legendary "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (61), Japanese star Masanobu Fuchi (61) and "The Cat" Ernest Miller (51).
A year ago today, Hall of Famer Mae Young passed away.
A reminder that in Canada, Smackdown airs TONIGHT and on Wednesdays for the foreseeable future on Sportsnet 360. A conflict with hockey prevents it from airing on Thursdays like in the United States.
A bunch of health updates to share:
NWA World champion Ron Conway went in for emergency surgery. Here's what he posted to his Facebook page: "Heading down to the operating room for a surprise appendectomy (surgery).prayer's would be appreciated." ** UPDATE: He came through the surgery fine.
Women's wrestling great Joyce Grable continues her battles with cancer, and posted this to her Facebook page: "Hi everyone. I am having a bad reaction from chemo. My tongue is swollen and have to go to Doctor tomorrow. Can't eat anything but soft things. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day."
Famed referee Charlie Smith was recently hospitalized. Our best wishes to one of the greats.
Puppy Dog Peloquin of Winnipeg had a stroke in December and has been institutionalized ever since.
Results from Sunday's Deathproof Wrestling show in Etobicoke, Ontario, courtesy "Bloodthirsty" Bob Kapur:
- The Rockpile West club was full for the show, with a typically raucous crowd. Say what you will about Deathproof, but the company has a strong following of diehard fans that attend every show. The shows are more like a party of friends with wrestling going on as opposed to a traditional wrestling show. But always fun.
- The show was centred around the two battling factions: Deathproof favourites Sigma Tau Delta (STD) and the old-school, anti-hardcore faction the Salvation, led by their manager Adam Haze. At earlier shows, Haze cheated his way to own 50% of the company, along with co-owner, ECW Original Steve Corino, who has sided with STD.
- 1. In a gauntlet match, Salvation member Justin Sane beat Super Somebody, Sledgehammer Pete, and the Hardcore Hick.
- 2. Kurt Warmack and Shane Sabre were supposed to wrestle Sycho Mike Rollins and his blow-up doll Molly but Rollins wasn't able to make it. They were going to beat her up, but Josh Alexander and Ethan Page made the save. They teamed up with Molly to beat Sabre and Warmack. If Deathproof tradition holds, Sabre and Warmack will have to face each other at the next show.
- 3. STD's Aiden Rayne threw a chair into the face of Salvation member Rage's face and then hit a facebuster on the chair to get the win and capture the Youngblood Championship in a three-way match that also featured Volkano.
- 4. The Overdogs (Sebastian Suave and John Greed) vs STD (Warhed and PD Flex) ended in a draw when Sabre and Warmack ran in to attack STD. They were dispatched by STD and the Overdogs who then had a karaoke singoff to settle the match. Everybody won.
- 5. In the night's bloodiest affair, a brawl that spilled into the crowd and all around the building, the Green Phantom beat Jesse F'n Amato. Even Amato's valet, Jewells Malone, wasn't spared from the big man's ferocious temper, receiving some devastating chops that riled up the crowd so much that someone actually attacked the Phantom. Barbed wire boards, thumbtacks, and a barbed wire bat were only some of the toys used in this one. Lots of fun.
- 6. Salvation's EZE retained the Deathproof Championship through sketchy means over Steve Corino in a traditional-rules wrestling match. Haze and EZE used the old Eddie Guerrero chair fake-out to convince the ref that Corino had cheated, so he got disqualified. After the match, Salvation and STD squared off again. STD cleared the ring leaving Corino and Haze in the middle of the ring. Corino demanded Haze apologize to the fans for the screwjob ending, and when Haze didn't, Corino ran him face-first through a propped up table. Corino and Sigma Delta Tau celebrated in the ring to end the show.
- Deathproof's next show is March 1st at the Rockpile West in Etobicoke, and is being billed as a Fans Book the Card show.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Now that the first inductee has been announced, the push can begin to sell the tickets for the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PST (1PM EST) on Saturday, January 17 at Ticketmaster.com as well as at the SAP Center box office in San Jose. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 1-800-745-3000.
ECW original Jason Knight disclosed that he is battling throat cancer.
The various versions of WWE Tough Enough are being added to the WWE Network.
All Star Wrestling has a show at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, in Vancouver, BC, on Friday, January 23, and the doors open at 7 p.m. Scheduled matches include: Jinder Mahal vs Travis Sionys; Azeem The Dream vs Mr India; The Great Kasaki vs Fabulous Fabio; Bambi Hall vs viXen; The Breakers vs Johnny Obsession & Christopher Ryseck; Don Ciever vs Hurricane Adam Ryder; Flexx Payne vs Toga Boy. www.allstar-wrestling.com
Birthdays today include the great Buddy Colt and former AWA announcer Mick Karch. As well, a number of former WWE stars are celebrating birthdays today: Reno Riggins turns 48, Shad Gaspard turns 34; Mason Ryan turns 33; and Tough Enough finalist Luke Robinson turns 30. Stampede Wrestling’s Bruce Hart turns 65 and New Japan star Yujiro Takahashi turns 34.
Monday, January 12, 2015
TaDarius Thomas announced that he is transitioning from pro wrestling to mixed martial arts. "TD's final matches. Xicw on the 17th n ROH on the 30th n Dearborn. As TD says farewell and returns 2 professional MMA" he wrote on Twitter.
TMZ.com is reporting that WWE will announced Randy "Macho Man" Savage as an inductee into its WWE Hall of Fame tonight on Raw. Chances are that his father, Angelo Poffo, and brother, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, will also be honoured in some capacity. WWE.com was forced to address the story, and posted: "Though not yet official, it is expected that "Macho Man" Randy Savage will be announced tonight on Raw as the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, WWE.com has learned."
Chris Jericho posted a short video of him signing his latest WWE deal. Check it out.
Empire State Wrestling has a show coming up on Saturday, January 17th, at the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, 7165 Ward Road - North Tonawanda, NY. Doors Open: 5:00pm - Bell Time: 6:00pm. Featuring Ring of Honor's Cedric Alexander
A couple of Roddy Piper notes. First off, there's a new graphic novel entitled Rowdy Roddy Piper: Monster Killer from Grind House Comics hitting shelves soon. Here's what Piper had to say about it: "I have said that 2015 is going to be a great year! I have been working with world class artists for 2 years to bring to all the wonderful people that have supported me my entire life my best work as you deserve it. Most people know at 15 I was the youngest full time professional wrestler in history. YOU KNOW I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING MONSTERS & DEMONS MY ENTIRE LIFE IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. This graphic novel Rowdy Roddy Piper Monster Killer although not about wrestling, is my story. ---- Available at www.RowdyRoddyPiper.com."
Hot Rod is also the star of a film entitled Portal To Hell that just got its funding and is a go. The movie, in short, is Piper versus the demon Cthulhu. Here's an article about the film reaching its funding goal: Raven Banner Wants To Rumble With Cthulhu! Tags In For PORTAL TO HELL Feature!
AJ Lee told the Twitterverse that she will be back shortly after some time off to heal, but that she is most definitely not pregnant.
This week marks the start of new announcing teams on Raw and Smackdown. Monday Night Raw will be Michael Cole, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, and Booker T. Smackdown, which is now on Thursdays, will have Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Jerry Lawler.
Break his back and make him… a birthday cake. WWE legend B. Brian Blair turns 58 today. Also celebrating are independent star Ares (35) and former WWE developmental diva Krissy Vaine (34).
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Deathproof Wrestling runs today at the Rockpile West in Etobicoke Ontario tonight at 7pm. ECW original, the "King of Old School" Steve Corino has been announced. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/DeathproofFightClub
Happy birthday to the legendary Abdullah the Butcher - the Madman from Sudan (by way of Windsor, Ontario) turns 74 today. Also celebrating are retired Japanese star Kuniaki Kobayashi (59) and Mini Lucha star Mascarita Sagrada (50).
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Triple H (Paul Levesque) will be inducted into the 2015 International Sports Hall of Fame in March, as a part of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Also in the Class of 2015 are former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, Ms. Olympia bodybuilding champion Lenda Murray, martial artist turned movie star (Spawn!) Michael Jai White, world kickboxing champion Don Wilson, and world powerlifting champion Ed Coan. WWE sent out a press release about the honour for the company's Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “We are excited for Paul “Triple H” Levesque to headline the International Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 for his accomplishments both in and out of the WWE ring,” said Dr. Bob Goldman, the founder of the International Sports Hall of Fame. “In addition to being inducted as one of the greatest WWE Superstars of all time, Paul will be recognized for the work he has done as a WWE executive, becoming the first executive inducted into the Hall of Fame.” Bruno Sammartino was previously honoured by the same organization. “It is an honor to join some of the world’s greatest athletes and be inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame,” said Levesque. “These men and women have reached the pinnacle of their sport or athlete endeavor, and I am humbled to join them on stage at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival.”
Congratulations to Christy Hemme and her husband, who welcomed Charlie Rose Patterson into the world on January 6th, weighing 6 pounds 15 ounces. Photos of mom and daughter are at pic.twitter.com/iIRIMnyD9O.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum announced that Matt Lindland will be presented with the George Tragos Award during the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend, July 10-11, in Waterloo. The award is given to an exceptionally competitive wrestler who adapted his wrestling skills and competitive nature to excel in Mixed Martial Arts. Lindland receives the award based on his wrestling background, his successful tenure as a Mixed Martial Artist and his leadership at USA Wrestling as the Greco-Roman national team coach. “The great thing about Matt getting honored is that he isn’t finished contributing,” said museum namesake Dan Gable in a press release. “Hopefully his best is yet to come with coaching Greco-Roman wrestlers to medals at the World and Olympic level. Matt Lindland is a contributor for life.”
Happy birthday to: "Bushwhacker" Luke WIlliams (68); Rey Misterio Sr., who's not the father but the uncle of the same-named WWE superstar (67); legendary Japanese woman wrestler Bull Nakano (47); and former WWE superstar (and mind-bogglingly not currently signed with a major company) Chris Masters (31).
Condolences to the friends and family of Tim Arson, who infamously portrayed The Zombie in WWE's version of ECW.
Rolling Stone conducted an interview with former WWE/WCW star Barry Horwitz in the debut edition of its new feature called "Don't Call me a Jobber." Check it out.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Caleb Konley is off this weekend's EVOLVE shows due to an injury.
Toronto wrestler RJ Skinner is performing in a comedy improv show on Wednesday, January 8th, at the Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., Toronto. Reads the hype: "Toronto MEANEST Improv show is back, and this time we're scarring some young improvisers! 6 young improvisers compete in improv games and scenes playing both with and against one another as the audience eliminates them one by one until only one improviser remains! The sole survivor earns the chance to go on and compete in the Two Strikes All Stars game the very next night!" There's another wrestling connection too -- the host is Jason Agnew of The LAW. See the Facebook page for more info.
ECW original CW Anderson turns 44 today. Chavo Guerrero Sr. aka “Chavo Classic” turns 66. Best wishes as well to veteran referee, and recent author, James Beard, and to Nick Kiniski, who had a fine career of his own as the son of the great Gene Kiniski.
On this date in 2000, Gary Albright, who had famous stints in Stampede Wrestling as Karachi Vice member Vokahn Singh, and in Japan’s UWFi and All-Japan promotions died after suffering a heart attack in the ring.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Naturally, TNA is hyping big news for its debut Wednesday on Destination America. From its website: "With the hours counting down to the debut on TNA IMPACT Wrestling on Destination America, a series of closed door meetings took place today with the top executives. These meetings included TNA President Dixie Carter, Executive Vice President John Gaburick, as well as members of the TNA Board of Directors. While the agenda of this meeting was not made public, one thing was announced to IMPACTWrestling.com. TNA Executive Director Kurt Angle will be making a major announcement this coming Wednesday.
When pressed for more details, we were told everyone will find out Wednesday at 9/8c LIVE on Destination America."
In case you missed it on Raw, Seth Rollins was added to the WWE World title bout at Royal Rumble, making it Rollins vs John Cena vs champion Brock Lesnar.
Canadian Wrestling's Elite booked Christopher Daniels for a tour -- Yorkton, SK on April 22nd, Souris, MB on April 23rd, Winnipeg, MB on April 24th, and a a to be announced location on April 25th. www.cwecanada.ca
Órale! Mexican legend Konnan turns 50 today. Also reaching the mid-century mark today is “Miss Texas” Jacqueline Moore.
WWE legend Moondog Spot passed away on this date in 2003. In 2010, former WWE superstar Tony “Ludvig Borga” Halme committed suicide. Besides wrestling, Halme was also a Member of Parliament in Finland, appeared on their version of American Gladiators, cut an album, and competed in mixed martial arts including a fight against Randy Couture in the UFC.
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Sunday, January 4, 2015
WWE announced that its WWE Network will finally be available in the United Kingdom and in Ireland. It goes live beginning Monday, January 19, and is £9.99 per month in the UK and in Ireland it is €12.99 per month. “We are thrilled to start the new year by offering WWE Network directly to our fans in the UK and Ireland,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO in a press release. “I want to thank our fans in the UK and Ireland for their patience, and I’m confident it will be well worth the wait.”
The Cauliflower Alley Club announced that the 2015 CAC Lou Thesz Lifetime Achievement Award winner will be Jerry Brisco. The banquet is in April in Las Vegas.
The artist formerly known as Alberto del Rio made his Ring of Honor debut last night against Christopher Daniels in Nashville, as Alberto El Patron. He tweeted out (Twitter: @VivaDelRio: "Nothing but respect,soooo much #respect for all this guys working their ass off @ringofhonor #ThisIsWrestling" and "Special mention to @facdaniels U R awesome amigo thanks for the fun and for that amazing match
Pagando respeto a mi rival,gracias x l luchon"
Saturday, January 3, 2015
As if there wasn't enough reason to love Hayley Atwell, who plays Marvel's Agent Carter, which begins on January 6. It turns out she's a wrestling fan. "I was called Hulk Hayley in elementary school, because I was quite tough," she recalled in an interview in today's Toronto Star. "Despite my physical appearance (now), I was definitely more of a tomboy growing up, always scraping my knees."
For those of you who still care about former professional wrestler CM Punk, here's a recent UFC fan Q&A session with him. The Q&A was done just the other day as part of the hype for tonight's UFC 182 pay-per-view. In the session, Punk announced that he had selected his training camp, but didn't know yet who his first opponent would be or whether his entrance music would continue to be "Cult of Personality." He revealed the origin of the name "CM" - it was a nickname he got when he was a young fan of the band Faith No More whose lead singer's name is Chuck Mosley.
Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross. Good ol' JR turns 63 today. ECW original new Jack turns 52.
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Friday, January 2, 2015
Jessie Godderz and TNA have agreed to a new contract.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Happy New Year to all of our readers!
SportsNet 360 (formerly The Score) presents a free preview of the WWE Network today.
TNA and Ethan Carter III extended their deal.
We missed the passing of Al Greene (Al Denney) of the Heavenly Bodies on December 26th. It was just months after the passing of his long-time partner Don Greene -- Don Greene was not so 'Mean'.
The sixth annual Miracle on Main Street, run by the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation out of Milton, Ontario, raised over $200,000 in donations that were distributed over the holidays to SickKids, McMaster Children's Hospital, Salvation Army and Women's Shelters.
A number of New Year's babies to mention: Women's wrestling great Candi Divine, World Class and Mid-South veteran Steve Cox is 56 years old, and Ontario grappler Seleziya Esho -- still on a ban from working in the United States, alas -- is 23 years young. Legendary manager Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart turns 71, Mexican legend Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. turns 55, WCW beauty Kimberly Page turns 45, former WWE Mean Street Posse member Rodney turns 44, and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode turns 38.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Happy New Year to all of our readers! All the best for 2015!
In the past few days, both Abyss and Kurt Angle had renewed their deals with TNA.
Today’s birthdays: Japanese wrestler Ryan Sakoda, who had a cup of coffee stint in WWE, turns 40; independent star Matt “M-Dogg 20” Cross turns 34.
In 1994, Woody Strode passed away. Strode was one of the stars of the first Golden Age of professional wrestling in the '50s and '60s. Before his wrestling career, Strode played a prominent role in breaking the colour barrier in professional football, being one of the first African-Americans to play college and in the NFL before going on to win a CFL Grey Cup in 1948. On top of his athletic achievements, Strode probably achieved his main fame as an actor, earning a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the 1960 movie Spartacus. Apparently, the character Woody from the Toy Story movies was named after Strode. There's a feature on him in our Movie Database: Woody Strode: Pioneer of ring, field and screen
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
TNA Knockout Brooke "Miss Tessmacher" Adams announced on her Facebook that she and Robbie E have split up. The two were together during the filming of The Amazing Race last summer and broke up sometime before the filming ended. Unbelievably, she has not yet reached out to SLAM! Wrestling's Bob Kapur to console her, but he remains hopeful.
Today's birthdays: former WWE/WCW "Quebecer" Carl Ouellet Pierre turns 47; former WCW strongman Bill Kazmaier turns 61.
On this date in 1998, legendary St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick passed away at the age of 93.