WWE Superstar and former member of the Shield
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[WWE Event] WWE.com are reporting that WWE Raw will be heading to New Zealand on July 3, 2009 for one show at Vector Arena in Auckland. Tickets for the event go on sale on October 17 from TicketMaster. Keep an eye on www.nzpwi.co.nz for more details!
[ROH Events] Ring of Honor will return to Japan for two more shows on 9/13 & 14 in Tokyo. Both shows will be at Differ Ariake. The tour will feature the Japanese debuts of ROH World Tag Team Champions Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black. ROH’s Vice President was in Japan last week to hold a formal press conference to announce the tour.. [reported by www.ROHwrestling.com]
[SHIMMER] Nykk of The SHIMMER Forum has posted his newest SHIMMER-trons (short video clips of the SHIMMER roster members set to their entrance music). Click Here for MsChif – Championship Edition..
[TNA News] The “TNA iMPACT!” video game features TNA World Champion Wrestler Kurt Angle and fans of Kurt will be pleased to hear that he appears in a new online game called Anger Angle which invites people to push him over the edge by beating the living daylights out him with a plank of wood www.angerangle.com — TNA iMPACT! is released in Europe on September 12 on XBOX 360, PlayStation 2, PS3 and Nintendo Wii.
[TNA News] TNA is heading to the west coast for the first time in November. A house show will be held at the Bakersfield Dome in Bakersfield, California on November 1st, 2008. Bell time is 6 PM. Go to http://www.myspace.com/thebakersfielddome for info about the venue.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[BLOG] Richard Berger has posted a new BLOG entitled “Tape Two,” talking about a journey he took by popped a couple old wrestling tapes into his VCR recently. If you’re a fan of the past, check it out at http://perspectivesonwrestling.blogspot.com/
[Fan Convention] Turnbuckle Promotions Inc. presents “A Night to Remember, Reunion of the Superstars” at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, Pennsylvania on September 27th: Scheduled to appear: Wildfire Tommy Rich, Tracy Smothers, Elisabeth (from WWE Tough Enough), Joy Giovanni (former WWE Diva), Midejah (WCW), Kristal Marshall, Dawn Marie, Rocky Johnson, Bobby Lashley, Lance Storm, the Steiner Brothers, Leticia Cline, and “so much more”.. go to www.turnbucklepromtions.com for all the details!!!!
[Indy Event] Jay Lethal & Ultimo Dragon will be appearing at the American Championship Entertainment event in Union City, New Jersey on September 27th, 2008. Go to http://aceprowrestling.com for info about ACE.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] The Professional Girl Wrestling Association is proud to present “A Banner Night”, an evening of women’s wrestling action in tribute to the late, great Penny Banner, woman’s wrestling legend and long time PGWA Commissioner. The show takes place on Saturday, November 15 at the SAW Arena in Millersville, Tennessee. Booked to compete is Roxxi Laveaux (Nikki Roxx), Tasha Simone, Tracy Taylor, Mia Martinez, and more…. For further information and developments, visit www.LadySports.com
[Indy Event] WrestleReality presents The Diamond and Steel 4th Anniversary on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey. Featuring Diamond Dallas Page, Savio Vega, Bushwhacker Luke, Sandman, Nikolai Volkoff, George Frankinstein and all the stars of Pro Wrestling Unplugged and Devastation Wrestling.
[Indy Event] Raven will be appearing back-to-back nights for Showtime All-Star Wrestling on September 19 and 20 at The SAW Mill in Millersville, TN. For more information, go to http://www.southernwrestling.net/
[Indy Event] The next A.W.E.S.O.M.E. event will take place on September 20 with a special 2 p.m. bell time at the Bloomfield Harvest Fest in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Visit http://www.awesomewrestlingonline.com for more information on what is sure to be a fun-filled event.
[Canadian Event] Chris Masters and Robbie McAllister from The Highlanders will be appearing at the Twin Wrestling Entertainment event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 27th, 2008. Go to http://www.jandpevents.com for information about TWE.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Canadian Event] Matt Morgan & Traci Brooks will be appearing at the Blood Sweat & Ears event in Timmins, Ontario, Canada on November 8th, 2008. Go to http://bloodsweatandears.com for info about BSE.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Canadian Event] East Coast Pro Wrestling presents AUTUMN AGGRESSION 2008 live from The North Sydney Forum in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Sunday, September 28th – This event will benefit the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation and their Campaign to raise money for the expansion of the CBRH Cancer Treatment Centre. ECPW Champion Kowboy Mike Hughes will defend against WWE Superstar Eugene, plus former WWE Tag Team champion Joey Mercury is scheduled to appear. Check out http://www.eastcoastprowrestling.com for all the news in ECPW. [reported by http://www.newscott.com]
[European Event] Kip James will be appearing at the European Wrestling Promotion events in Hannover, Germany on October 9th, 10th and 11th. Go to http://www.european-wrestling-promotion.de for info about the EWP and http://www.prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
[Canadian Event] Ultimate Championship Wrestling will be in Halifax, NS (Spryfield Lion’s Rink) on Sept. 19 and in Berwick, NS (Berwick Arena) on Sept. 20 – Featuring Wrestling Reality stars Brody Steele, Kowboy Mike Hughes (1st show only), and ‘Lumber’ Jack Johnson.. [reported by http://www.newscott.com]
[Book Review] David Frederick – from www.titosantana.net – has posted his review of Tito Santana’s book “Tales from the Ring” at http://www.titosantana.net/Book_Review.html
[Book News] Bruno Lauer, known professionally as Downtown Bruno or Harvey Wippleman (WWF), has published his hilariously entertaining biography, entitled “Wrestling with the Truth” though Scott Teal’s Crowbar Press (www.crowbarpress.com). The book was launched at this year’s Cauliflower Ally Club reunion but will be available to the public through 1wrestlinglegends.com – I had the honor of being one of the proof readers for this book and I am thrilled to endorse the book and proclaim that Bruno’s story will open your eyes to the world of pro-wrestling and make you laugh out loud.
[Article] New York Port article on new Gorgeous George book [reported by Evan Ginzburg]
[Article] Roger Ebert reviews “The Wrestler” [reported by Dr. Keith Lipinski]
[Radio] Evan Ginzburg’s Legends Radio has a KILLER KOWALSKI RADIO TRIBUTE at www.wrestling-radio.com – Guests include: Bruno Sammartino, Jimmy Valiant, Johnny Valiant, Lanny Poffo, JJ Dillon, Chris Cruise, and Don Bravo..
[Radio] “The Mouthpiece Wrestling Show” returns this Friday afternoon from 6 to 7 PM EST on WWZN, Boston’s Sport’s Station, 1510 The Zone. This week’s show looks back at one of wrestling’s most important an influential figures, Gorgeous George.
[Radio] The World Famous Bizzle show recently had both members of the Rock and roll Express as well as “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers on their show. You can download this great interview at: http://www.webmediazone.net/click/click.php?id=13
[Radio] The 9/1 edition of Monday Night Mayhem (www.mondaynightmayhem.com) included a WWE Unforgiven PPV Preview (w/Scott Hudson, Jim Molineaux, & Graham Cawthon), plus an 2008 NFL Preview (w/Ken Palmer), and an exclusive interview with Sycho Sid Vicious .. To listen to the interview, go to http://www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/090108.wax
[Radio] There is a huge Killer Kowalski Tribute show on Wrestling-radio.com right now featuring interviews with JJ Dillon, George “The Animal” Steel, Frankie Kazarian and Ivan Koloff. Listen to the show at: WRESTLING-RADIO.COM & False Count Radio.. [reported by Ben Kerin]
[Interview] Lucha Libra Online has an exclusive interview with the former NWA World Champion and TNA Superstar Rhino. Comments on how and when he started his career, his runs in the major promotions, and his participation in Puerto Rico’s most important wrestling event, WWC Anniversary 35. All this and more, on LLO News. History.. is ours. Here is the link – http://www.luchalibreonline.tv/video/287723-llo-news-rhino.html
[Event News] Torrie Wilson will be appearing at the Wrestler’s Rescue Events to be held on September 14th, at the Radisson in Piscataway, New Jersey. Visit http://www.wrestlersrescue.org to find out how you can attend the event! Tickets are going fast!
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Memphis Wrestling History
Vol. 2: The Programs (1972 – 1976)
by Mark James
Forward by Lance Russell
Most fans today associate Memphis wrestling with WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and although it may be true that Lawler helped bring the Memphis territory into a brighter spotlight, there is a lot of great history that paved the road for the “King.” Those trailblazers include Eddie Marlin, Jerry Jarrett, Jackie Fargo, Tojo Yamamoto, Billy Wicks, Sputnik Monroe, and countless others.
Mark James has done his part to teach the students of the wrestling community about Memphis with his website, Memphis Wrestling History (www.memphiswrestlinghistory.com). He has also gone above and beyond the call of duty by writing a book with the same name. I am here to give you my review for Mark’s second book, “Memphis Wrestling History Vol. 2: The Programs 1972-1976.” There are printed contributions from Memphis legends such as Lance Russell, Billy Wicks, Bill Dundee, Jimmy Hart, Jerry Jarrett, Jimmy Valiant, Scott Bowden, and others. The bulk of this 400+ page coffee table-sized book is a huge collection of scanned programs from Memphis. Each program features pictures and text hyping and celebrating the various aspects of the Memphis circuit.
If you’re a big fan of Jerry Lawler, you may have some extra incentive to check out this book, because it covers the unfamiliar era of Lawler’s early years as a professional wrestler. You will quickly realize why Lawler would eventually become the “King” of Memphis wrestling, having learned the ropes from so many extraordinary legends of the industry.
CLICK HERE to read the full review by Brad Dykens..