Sunday, February 23, 2014
Ring of Honor recently announced two super shows that they will be co-promoting with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2014. Here's the promo for the shows coming up this year:
NJPW has previously worked with promotions such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling (TNA), Full Impact Pro (FIP), WAR, and even the WWE. New Japan also happens to be the home of "Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada, who made this ridiculously AWESOME entrance recently at "The New Beginning" event on Feb. 11, 2014:
In other news, AJ Styles did not appear at Preston City Wrestling's "Festive Fury" on Dec. 6 to face Lionheart (More information on their war of words here). Instead, Styles returned to TNA where he dropped his belt to the interim champion, Magnus, unifying the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. After negotiations over his contract with TNA broke down, Styles returned to ROH defeating Roderick Strong in his return followed by Jay Lethal. Styles is still slated for an appearance at PCW soon but more importantly, might make an appearance at the super shows with NJPW.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Looks like the match has been set for Dec. 6 between AJ Styles and Lionheart at Preston City Wrestling, an indy promotion based in the UK. I think it'll be interesting to see AJ Styles defend his title against another Champion. Not to take anything away from the wrestlers that he's faced already, but he should've been facing top guys if he's going to jump from one promotion to the next. I think it would be really interesting if he was collecting title belts from different promotions too. He could come out looking like Ultimo Dragon did back in the day.
|Like a total bad ass|
In other news, it seems Vader will be at the event as well. Looks like he'll be wrestling in addition to signing autographs. The last time I saw Vader on TV, he was way out of shape and I assumed he had retired. I would like to see this event!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
As you know, TNA has been doing a ton of cross promotion lately with AJ Styles, the current TNA World Heavyweight Champion, touring different promotions around the world. Most recently on Nov. 16, Styles defended his title in Japan at the Wrestle-1 promotion (supposedly during an earthquake). Here are some clips from that show:
AJ was successful in his title defense in Japan but was immediately called out on Twitter by Lionheart, a champion from the Scottish wrestling promotion Pro Wrestling Elite. This war of words most likely sets up AJ's next match, which will be his first match against another champion! How interesting...
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I'm a big time wrestling fan and I've always been a sucker for a good crossover. Whether it's in the comics, movies, or even professional sports. There have been rumors floating around online that TNA might be looking to sell the company due to poor ticket sales and failure to turn a profit. In the middle of all this, TNA is running a storyline similar to the one WWE did with CM Punk a couple years back.
AJ Styles, one of TNA's top stars whose contract was expiring, captured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship title and threatened to leave with it. The biggest difference with story this time is that AJ Styles is actually defending his title in different promotions around the world.
Starting in Mexico, Styles successfully defended his title against Judas Mesias on Nov. 3 at the AAA Lucha Libre promotion. This wasn't so much a hostile "invasion" as it seems Styles might've been a face during his appearance. Mesias was attacked by Konnan, Hijo del Fantasma, and Texano Jr. after the match was over, prompting Styles to make the save.
This was something that WWE just wasn't willing to do with CM Punk in their angle and hasn't been done in pro wrestling in years. I personally feel that this is how a champion should earn the prestige of calling his belt a "World" title. How can you call yourself a World Champion if you haven't defended the belt against top stars in different parts of the world?
After retaining his title in Mexico, Styles is headed to Japan next to defend his title against this man:
Styles will be defending against Seiya Sanada on Nov. 16 in The Great Muta's promotion, Wrestle-1. Sanada previously worked in All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he first gained prominence as a tag team wrestler before becoming a singles competitor. Sanada is a strange choice for an opponent since he just signed with Wrestle-1 as recently as last month and lost his debut match in the promotion. I'm assuming Styles will retain his title against, leaving him with back-to-back losses.
Meanwhile, TNA is currently holding an 8-man tournament to crown a new (interim) Heavyweight Champion. All eyes are on the winner as it is believed Styles will return after having defend his belt in multiple promotions to unify the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
So far, Jeff Hardy has defeated Chris Sabin to advance to the next round of the tournament. The next match announced is a Submission match between Kurt Angle and Austin Aries. While TNA is promoting their Heavyweight division, Bully Ray made a surprise appearance at House of Hardcore that sparked yet another headline.
Tommy Dreamer founded the promotion, House of Hardcore, in the spirit of ECW. They've only had 3 shows to date but Bully Ray made a surprise appearance at their third show on Nov. 9. Ray issued a challenge to Dreamer for a Falls Count Anywhere match at TNA's One Night Only: Old School pay-per-view event scheduled for Dec 30.
Just as rumors of a potential buyer for TNA begins circulating, the company starts doing some really interesting things with their talent and storylines. Could this be too little too late for the company?
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
So there's an officially licensed Rambo game coming out for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. I have to say, I'm excited. Let's be honest, who doesn't think they're Rambo when they're playing first-person shooters? Now you can go full Rambo AS Rambo. I don't expect this to step FPS game to the next level, but I just hope it's as fun as it looks in this trailer