Online World of Wrestling http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com Professional Wrestling News, Profiles, Results, Pictures and more Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Professional Wrestling News, Profiles, Results, Pictures and more Online World of Wrestling no Online World of Wrestling info@blackpants.net info@blackpants.net (Online World of Wrestling) Online World of Wrestling Professional Wrestling News, Profiles, Results, Pictures and more Professional Wrestling Online World of Wrestling http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com Pro Wrestler Has Ties To Oscar Buzz-Worthy “Foxcatcher” http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98574/pro-wrestler-ties-oscar-buzz-worthy-foxcatcher/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98574/pro-wrestler-ties-oscar-buzz-worthy-foxcatcher/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:00:46 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=98574 “Foxcatcher” tells the story of the relationship between Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and John E. DuPont, as well as the eccentric millionaire’s murder of David Schultz.

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Tommy Faime Foxcatcher

This fall there’s been a reminder of the underbelly of athletics, specifically wrestling, with the release of Annapurna Pictures’ “Foxcatcher”. Written for the screen by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher” tells the story of the relationship between Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and John E. DuPont, as well as the eccentric millionaire’s murder of David Schultz.

DuPont grew up with excess family wealth. Liseter Hall Farm was the name of the family’s 800-acre farm in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania and “Foxcatcher” was the horse racing stable.

DuPont began his philanthropic interests in athletics in the 1960’s with swimming, amateur wrestling and other programs. In the mid-1980’s he donated substantial funds to the Villanova University wrestling team under the agreement that he would be named its coach. Mark Schultz was an assistant coach for the wrestling team.

From 1985 to 1987 Pittsburgh professional wrestler Tom Dobbin, known in the ring as Tommy Faime, attended Drexel University and got to know both Mark and Dave Schultz. The Schultz brothers were just off the heels of winning Olympic gold in 1984. There wasn’t much in the way of endorsement deals and other perks that would later present themselves to Olympic gold medalists.

John DuPont offered a salary and training facilities to Mark Schultz and he eagerly took the opportunity. Sometime after that, David Schultz and his family joined his brother at Foxcatcher.

“Those were the beginning days of the DuPont era at Villanova University,” said Faime. “Because there’s was a new wrestling program they didn’t have a lot of guys on the team so they often worked out with us (Drexel).”

Faime remembered that the Schultz brothers spoke at camp for children in the area. “You could tell that Mark was a little bit crazy just by the speech he gave the children that day,” he continued. “He mentioned in international wrestling there were no top seeds and second seeds that the two top guys could wrestle the first match of the tournament. He said that happened to him during the Olympics. So he told the kids he just went out and broke the guy’s arm and that’s how he won his gold medal. He eliminated the top competition.

“He told them you had to have that mentality in wrestling,” Faime continued. “He said you’ve got to go destroy your opponent before he destroys you.”

Mark Schultz had the “winner’s” edge that DuPont so extolled and coveted. In a promotional video showcasing his generosity and benevolence, the un-athletic DuPont is shown fishing in a personal pond. He comments that he will be the “winner” in his fishing escapades and the fish will be on the losing end of his competitive attack. Just prior to that, DuPont is shown casting a line and losing a fish from a bite. Based on the short video, DuPont’s fishing skills could be described as pedestrian at best.

Faime said he was able to work out with Mark Schultz. “He was tough as nails. He could wrestle all day and none of us in the room could even take him down he was that good.”

Faime said he never spoke to the Villanova head coach much. “Dupont was a creepy-looking man he was thin and frail and sat in the corner almost like he was enjoying watching the guys compete but not in a competitive way, more like he was getting turned on kind of way.”

(There has been much conjecture over DuPont’s personal attachment to the wrestlers. Schultz has also stated that DuPont never made any advances toward him and in a November 14 interview, relayed for the first time that he believed that DuPont was injured in a horse-riding accident and didn’t have any love interests. Upon DuPont’s death in 2010, his will read that 80% of his estate would go to a Bulgarian wrestler who was on the Foxcatcher farm along with the Schultz brothers.)

The Drexel student added that DuPont never really shared why he got into the wrestling program. Faime went back to Pittsburgh in 1987 and was shocked about the murder on January 26, 1996. (In a recent rfvideo.com interview, Pittsburgh’s Kurt Angle noted that he spoke to Schultz the morning of the shooting, as he was gearing up for his own run at the 1996 Olympics.)

“I remember seeing it on the news and thinking to myself I got out of there just in time and remembering that I wasn’t all that surprised,” Faime added. “I was devastated for the wrestling family. Dave Schultz was very well-respected but I was not surprised the Dupont did that.”

“Foxcatcher” was filmed in and around Pittsburgh—among other locales—in late 2012. The movie was scheduled for release during Oscar season in 2013; however, some buzz from insiders claimed that management was hoping that Steve Carell would garner Oscar interest for his portrayal of DuPont. It was believed that 2013’s field was already strong. Movie honchos officially state that the movie needed more editing.

The movie has received glowing reviews from any number of sources. It has an 86% “fresh” rating on Rottentomatoes.com. At the recent Hollywood film award, “Foxcatcher” won for best ensemble. As of November 18, 2014 and in very limited release, the film has earned $347,707 in domestic sales. A slow roll-out schedule continues until January 9, 2015. The film opened the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh on November 14. It currently isn’t scheduled for an official return.

— Tom Leturgey, OWW columnist

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Big changes coming to the IMPACT announcing team http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98790/big-changes-coming-impact-announcers-team/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98790/big-changes-coming-impact-announcers-team/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:43:43 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=98790 Former WWE announcer Josh Mathews is set to replace Mike Tenay as the lead announcer on IMPACT.

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As noted, TNA is planning another reboot for Impact Wrestling with a new look and more, when they premiere on Destination America in January.

Current plans for former WWE announcer Josh Mathews to replace Mike Tenay as the lead announcer. Mathews will be working with Taz. It’s expected that Tenay will keep an on-air role.

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Afa and Sika in the OWW Hall of Fame! http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98717/welcome-wild-samoans-oww-hall-fame/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98717/welcome-wild-samoans-oww-hall-fame/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:00:52 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=98717 It is hard to argue that the Wild Samoans are not one of the most influential and successful tag teams of all time.

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Wild Samoans HOF

Online World of Wrestling is pleased to welcome the Wild Samoans, Afa and Sika, into its Hall of Fame!

The Wild Samoans are a legendary team that spent time wrestling in Mid-South Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance and the World Wrestling Federation. Throughout their careers the Samoans held 21 tag team championships around the world. That’s remarkable!  Afa and Sika were known for their savagery, and in interviews the duo rarely spoke, only grunting in a primitive dialect that only their manager Capt. Lou Albano could understand.  Afa and Aika engaged in outrageous behavior such as eating raw fish during interviews, which only added to their mystique.

OWW’s editor-in-chief David Buckler wrote this tribute to the Wild Samoans:

It is hard to argue that the Wild Samoans are not one of the most influential and successful tag teams of all time.  Afa and Sika wrestled all over the world and won an unbelievable 21 tag team championships. The team began its career in Stampede Wrestling, and spent the majority of the 1970s in various NWA territories.  The Samoans came to the WWF in the early 1980’s, and although they occasionally competed in singles competition, they found their greatest success as a tag team.  They won their first WWF tag team championship in 1981 and over the next few years had great feuds with Tony Garea, Rene Goulet, Rick Martel, Rocky Johnson, Jimmy Snuka, and André the Giant, winning the WWF titles on three occasions.  Although the Samoans appeared in other promotions such as Mid-South Wrestling and Georgia Championship Wrestling, most people remember their time in WWF where they were one of the best teams of their era.  Each man also found success as a trainer, especially Afa who opened the Wild Samoans Training Center (the school’s graduates include Paul Orndorff, Junkyard Dog, Luna Vachon, Michael P.S. Hayes, Yokozuna, Bam Bam Bigelow, Batista, among others).  Afa and Sika were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.  By any measure, the Wild Samoans are one of the best teams ever.

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“The Grappler” will be honored this April http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98583/grappler-will-honored-april/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98583/grappler-will-honored-april/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=98583 The CAC is pleased to announce that "The Grappler" Len Denton will be receiving a retired men's wrestling award at the 50th annual reunion this coming April!

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The Cauliflower Alley Club is pleased to announce that “The Grappler” Len Denton will be receiving a retired men’s wrestling award at the 50th annual CAC Reunion this coming April in Las Vegas, NV!

Highlights of Len Denton’s career, courtesy of Wikipedia.com:

Len Denton worked early in his career under a few different monikers and wrestled all over the territories across North America. His first real push came in the Southern territories first capturing titles in the Mid-South promotion. In Memphis with a young Jim Cornette as his manager he was teamed with Tony Anthony as the Dirty White Boys. When the Dirty White Boys lost their hair in a hair vs. hair match Denton and Anthony donned masks and became Grapplers 1 and 2. Denton was Grappler #2. The donning of the mask actually made fans believe they were seeing a brand new team in the area. They achieved some success with this new gimmick, winning the AWA Southern Tag Titles and feuding with the Fabulous Ones. The Grapplers would eventually leave Memphis and travel to the Central States area winning tag team gold there as well.

At this point in their careers Anthony and Denton split up, with Anthony wrestling as The Dirty White Boy, and Denton taking the Grappler gimmick to Texas before eventually moving on to the Pacific Northwest. While Denton was wrestling there in the early 1990s, a local jobber named Bobbly Blair assumed the “Dirty White Boy” moniker, though he had no connection to Anthony.

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The Grappler has an extensive history in the Pacific Northwest as wrestler, booker, promoter, trainer and most recently (after neck surgery) a manager. The Grappler is one of the last remaining wrestlers from the NWA Pacific Northwest (Portland Wrestling) days.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts claims that in a Mid-South Wrestling bout, Jake “The Snake” Roberts put Denton in a front facelock and during the move Jake tripped on Denton’s foot, falling backwards, causing Denton to fall on his head. As a result, Roberts claims to have invented the professional wrestling move known as the DDT.

During the late 1990s, Denton worked for World Championship Wrestling under his real name. Of note is his title match against the undefeated WCW United States Champion Bill Goldberg on the May 11, 1998 edition of Monday Nitro. Play-by-play announcer Mike Tenay described Denton as “a very accomplished veteran grappler.”

The Grappler was active as a Wrestler for and Operated as the President of the Booking Committee for the new Portland Wrestling from 2001 to 2006.

The Grappler announced his “return from retirement” on January 10, 2010.

Read more about Len Denton’s title history and match highlights here:

http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/bios/l/len-denton/

Listen to Len Denton’s interview on OWW Radio here:
http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/90062/grappler-reflects-great-career/

Here are some of Len Denton’s famous matches:

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Happy Thanksgiving from OWW! http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98741/happy-thanksgiving-oww/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98741/happy-thanksgiving-oww/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:00:22 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=98741 Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at OWW! We hope your holiday is filled with health, happiness, and headlocks!

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Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at OWW!  We hope your holiday is filled with health, happiness, and headlocks!

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TNA “Thanksgiving Throwdown” 2014 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98744/tna-thanksgiving-throwdown-2014/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98744/tna-thanksgiving-throwdown-2014/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:48:47 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=98744 TNA is sharing an online exclusive of the best Turkey Bowl matches of all time with “Thanksgiving Throwdown”.

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TNA-ThanksgivingThanksgiving is here! A time to stuff your face with delicious food, spend time with family and friends, and shop til’ you drop.

Since IMPACT is taking a week off of Spike, TNA is sharing an online exclusive of the best Turkey Bowl matches of all time with “Thanksgiving Throwdown”.

“Thanksgiving Throwdown” is hosted by everyone’s favorite turkey, Jeremy Borash, and gives you the best Turkey Bowl matches in TNA history. Relive the hilarious moments when grown men must put on the famous TNA turkey suit.

Also, ShopTNA is starting Black Friday early for fans who watch the show. Get an exclusive offer revealed during the “Thanksgiving Throwdown” YouTube broadcast. One lucky fan that places an order at ShopTNA through Black Friday will win a World Heavyweight Championship replica belt.

And be sure to watch IMPACT as we return to Spike December 3.

More information at http://www.impactwrestling.com.

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ClickWrestle Match of the Week: Jessie Brooks vs. Mia Yim http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98652/clickwrestle-match-week-jessie-brooks-vs-mia-yim/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98652/clickwrestle-match-week-jessie-brooks-vs-mia-yim/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:47:11 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=98652 It's chops vs. kicks as "Bonesaw" Jessie Brooks takes on Mia Yim.

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This week’s ClickWrestle Match of the Week is Jessie Brooks vs. Mia Yim from October 24, 2014.  It’s chops vs. kicks as “Bonesaw” Jessie Brooks takes on Mia Yim. Mia is making her Valkyrie debut, while Jessie is looking to improve on her 2-1 record with the organization.

All week, this match’s price will be cut in half: from $2.49 to just $1.25.

Click here to view a preview of the match and purchase at ClickWrestle.

Download more full-length women’s wrestling matches from top promotions including SHIMMER, NCW Femmes Fatales, Pro Wrestling EVE, WSU, ChickFight and more only on ClickWrestle.

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Yoshi Tatsu suffers a broken neck http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98612/yoshi-tatsu-suffers-broken-neck/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98612/yoshi-tatsu-suffers-broken-neck/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:40:50 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=98612 On November 8th, AJ Styles hit the Styles Clash on Yoshi Tatsu who failed to tuck his head and thus broke his neck.

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Full story at the link above, but at the NJPW PowerStruggle PPV on Nov 8th, AJ Styles hit the Styles Clash on Yoshi Tatsu who failed to tuck his head and thus broke his neck. He worked a further 2 shows before being pulled from the tour and checked into a hospital. Crazy stuff and hopefully he makes a full recovery.

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TNA announces NYC tapings to debut on Destination America http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98536/tna-announces-nyc-tapings-debut-destination-america/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98536/tna-announces-nyc-tapings-debut-destination-america/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:00:36 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=98536 TNA announced tickets will be on sale beginning Dec. 5 for three consecutive events, Jan. 7-9, 2015

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IMPACT WRESTLING’S DESTINATION AMERICA TELEVISION DEBUT TO TAKE PLACE AT NEW YORK CITY’S MANHATTAN CENTER

TICKETS FOR THE THREE NIGHT RUN, JANUARY 7-9, ON SALE DECEMBER 5, 2014.

TNA Entertainment today announced tickets will be on sale beginning Dec. 5 for three consecutive televised events, Jan. 7-9, emanating from the legendary Manhattan Center in New York City for IMPACT WRESTLING’s debut on Destination America.

“With the explosive sold-out crowds in New York City this past summer, returning to the Manhattan Center for three huge events as IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America was an easy decision,” said Dixie Carter.

Tickets for the Jan. 7-9 televised events will go on sale beginning Friday, Dec. 5 at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800.745.3000. Starting at just $20, tickets make great holiday gifts.

For an exclusive pre-sale code follow TNA President Dixie Carter on twitter @TNADixie.

For more information about IMPACT WRESTLING, including Manhattan Center event details, visit www.impactwrestling.com and click on Tickets. And be sure to follow IMPACT WRESTLING on twitter @impactwrestling.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling coming to AXS TV in 2015 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98484/new-japan-pro-wrestling-coming-axs-tv-2015/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/98484/new-japan-pro-wrestling-coming-axs-tv-2015/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=98484 AXS TV has acquired a 13 episode series from Japan's NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV in 2015

Building on the success of the AXS TV FIGHTS Friday night franchise, AXS TV has acquired a 13 episode series from Japan’s largest professional wrestling promotion, NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING (NJPW). Premiering Jan. 16, 2015, NJPW will air on Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT leading into the network’s weekly live MMA, Muay Thai, and kickboxing broadcasts.

Airing for the first time ever in the U.S., the hour-long weekly series features the most exciting matches from NJPW’s Japanese broadcasts and pay-per-view events. Former UFC Heavyweight champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett and famed combat sports commentator Mauro Ranallo are providing English language commentary for the series.

Founded in 1972, NJPW has established itself as the premier wrestling organization in Japan and the second largest and fastest growing wrestling promotion in the world. In recent years, NJPW has gained international recognition, winning the Wrestling Observer Newsletter “Promotion of the Year” award two years running and boasting three-year reigning “Wrestler of the Year” Hiroshi Tanahashi.

The series premiere features Tanahashi defending the promotion’s prestigious IWGP Heavyweight Title against his long-time rival Kazuchika Okada in front of 29,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome.

“With this acquisition, AXS TV FIGHTS now offers one of the most diverse combat sports and sports entertainment programming line-ups on television,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. “There is a strong relationship and influence between professional wrestling and MMA, and with the addition of Josh Barnett and Mauro Ranallo as our commentators, we’re confident this new venture will be a crossover hit with wrestling and MMA fans alike.”

AXS TV’s NJPW episodes were produced by and purchased from TV ASAHI CORPORATION.

ABOUT AXS TV FIGHTS

AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing events than any other television network with 40+ LIVE world-class fight cards each year. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world champion Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 10pE/7pP. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also carried in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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