Online World of Wrestling http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com Professional Wrestling News, Profiles, Results, Pictures and more Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:53:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 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 TNA IMPACT cancelled! http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88714/tna-impact-cancelled/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88714/tna-impact-cancelled/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:53:18 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88714 TNA Wrestling's flagship show "Impact Wrestling" could soon be without a home.

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Courtesy of TMZ.com:
TNA Wrestling‘s flagship show “Impact Wrestling” could soon be without a home — Spike TV quietly let the league know it’s not renewing their TV contract … TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the deal … tell us Spike execs contacted TNA President Dixie Carter late last week to break the news — and the following day Carter informed members of her inner circle.

TNA’s current deal with Spike reportedly runs through October. It’s unclear at this point when “Impact Wrestling” will stop airing on Spike.

We’re told there’s no bad blood, and Spike gave TNA such advance notice so it would have time to shop for a new TV deal.

TNA’s show debuted on Spike TV in October 2005 — and helped the league rise to #2 on the wrestling scene … behind the WWE.

We’ve called TNA and Spike for comment  … so far, no word back.

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Bo Dallas compares WWE to working NXT http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88706/bo-dallas-compares-wwe-working-nxt/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88706/bo-dallas-compares-wwe-working-nxt/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:46:45 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88706 Donald Wood, Mike Chiari, and Brandon Galvin had WWE SUPERSTAR BO DALLAS on the show this week, and it was a great episode with plenty of exclusive content. They talked about Battleground, Growing Up in a Wrestling Family, Bray Wyatt, WWE NXT and so much more! Ring Rust Radio Interview: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ringrustradio/2014/07/22/ring-rust-radio–july-22-w-wwe-star-bo-dallas-and-battleground-review Transcript: Donald Wood: Sunday, […]

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Donald Wood, Mike Chiari, and Brandon Galvin had WWE SUPERSTAR BO DALLAS on the show this week, and it was a great episode with plenty of exclusive content.

They talked about Battleground, Growing Up in a Wrestling Family, Bray Wyatt, WWE NXT and so much more!

Ring Rust Radio Interview: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ringrustradio/2014/07/22/ring-rust-radio–july-22-w-wwe-star-bo-dallas-and-battleground-review

Transcript:

Donald Wood: Sunday, July 20 is WWE’s Battleground Pay-Per-View on the WWE Network. You are scheduled to compete in the Battle Royal for the Intercontinental title. Do you Bo-lieve you’re going to walk out as the new champion?

Bo Dallas: Absolutely. You’ve got to look at any situation as the most positive that you can and the most positive is obviously me winning. So if I bo-lieve I can do it, then I can.

Mike Chiari: So many of the all-time greats took their first step toward the top in WWE by winning the Intercontinental Championship. Is that how you view the IC title? As a potential stepping stone to the main-event scene down the line?

Bo Dallas: Oh absolutely. Look at the Intercontinental Championship’s legacy. You’ve got Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig. The Intercontinental Championship is a legacy, not only something I’ve strived to get in my life, but a big step in my career. Yes, it’s a dream, and if I could accomplish it, it would mean the world to me.

Brandon Galvin: Bo, is there any specific backstory as to how you developed your current character? Was there a certain life-changing moment or other inspiration? Or did happen to stumble on something completely different from the norm and run with it?

Bo Dallas: There was no one moment that I could look at that says, ‘this is what happened.’ It was just a series of events. I got the opportunity to become NXT Champion down in the NXT developmental, and luckily I got 8 months as the champion and it just sort of developed. Things started happening and everything was clicking on all cylinders and working and it developed and morphed into its own monster. I just rolled with the punches, kept my eyes open and my ears sharp to everything that was coming in and took it and ran with it.

Donald Wood: Before your incredible winning streak on the main roster, you were the longest-reigning NXT Champion in history. With you experience in both WWE and NXT, what are some of the major difference between performing in NXT and the main roster and what advice would you give to a star making the transition?

Bo Dallas: The way the developmental system is these days is different than it has ever been. They do so much to prepare us for making that jump from NXT to the big stage that there’s not many differences. NXT is its own brand and has become bigger than I think ever thought was possible. But if I can give any inspirational advice to anyone coming up, really look at what you do and know that what works, works. It doesn’t matter the size of the stage, if it works at a smaller stage, it will work at a bigger stage and stay true to what you are and Bo-lieve in yourself.

Mike Chiari: Your brother is currently having a lot of success in WWE as Bray Wyatt and your dad works for the company as well. What’s it like for you to work so closely with your family? Do you think that it’s been beneficial to your career so far?

Bo Dallas: Absolutely. Road life is hard. You’re always traveling and you never get to go home, but when you have your family on the road, you always have someone you can trust to bounce ideas off of and know that the advice you get is in the best interest for you. It’s just a great feeling to know you can have someone like that on the road with you at the hardest times

Brandon Galvin: Not many have the opportunity to grow up in a wrestling family as successful as yours. Are there any memories that stand out to you that helped better prepare you to be a WWE Superstar?

Bo Dallas: Oh yeah, tons. Just being around WWE superstars throughout the past that I consider friends and family, and learning from them and watching them and having little memories growing up that help today and just having the comradery and seeing old friends and people I grew up with. Seeing their sons and their daughters and being together with them, it’s just like a family.

Donald Wood: You have dominated SmackDown as one of the most promising prospects of the last several years. WWE returns to Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 7, for a SmackDown taping. How do you think the hardcore wrestling fans of Philadelphia will react to you?

Bo Dallas: Oh they’re going to love me! I’ve got to look at any situation as a positive situation, and I know there are some Bo-lievers out there in Philadelphia somewhere. If they’re not, I’m going to make them one.

Mike Chiari: Early last year you had a brief run on the main roster when you entered the Royal Rumble and then beat Wade Barrett the next night on Raw. Do you feel like that taste of being a full-time WWE Superstar helped prepare you for your current stint?

Bo Dallas: Yes, absolutely. I got the taste which lit a fire under me. In this industry, you have to evolve to stay relevant, what I wanted, I felt. So I had that eight months to know that that’s what I wanted and just worked as hard as I could, nonstop, to get where I needed to be, develop this character and develop who I am today. So yes, it absolutely lit a fire under me.

Brandon Galvin: WWE Network has provided fans and wrestlers with the opportunity to rewatch and relive their favorite moments. Are there any wrestlers that you’ve gone back to study in order to help you continue to develop into one of the top WWE Superstars?

Bo Dallas: Oh yeah, constantly. I’m on the WWE Network all the time. If I have free time, if I wasn’t on the radio right now, I would be on the WWE Network. There’s tons. A lot of what I watch is Mr. Perfect. I am a diehard fan of Mr. Perfect and Curt Hennig and his work. If I could go back in time and be in the ring with him, I would do anything for it. But I watch a lot of Curt Hennig’s old matches.

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Paul Vachon shares memories from the road http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88618/paul-vachon-shares-memories-road/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88618/paul-vachon-shares-memories-road/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:00:53 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88618 This article appeared in a 2013 edition of the Ear, CAC's official newsletter.

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This article appeared in a 2013 edition of the Ear, CAC’s official newsletter. We hope you enjoy this look back at a great column written by a true friend of the Cauliflower Alley Club, Paul “The Butcher” Vachon. I included some old YouTube videos of “The Butcher” just for fun.

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Bobby Shields defends his ECWA title http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88679/bobby-shields-defends-ecwa-title/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88679/bobby-shields-defends-ecwa-title/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:04:21 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88679 Bobby Shields defeated Napalm Bomb to retain the heavyweight title at the ECWA HOF show.

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ECWA Recap & Results 7-12-14 Hall of Fame Show

1- Dirty Money defeats Drolix and Oz Tyler- What made this match intriguing was the debut of both Dirty Money and Drolix. However, the fans were solely behind the youngster Oz Tyler. Dirty Money was content letting Drolix do all the work… they even allied temporarily to beat down Tyler badly. It all broke down when Drolix went for the pin as Dirty Money took exception. A huge flurry of offense by all 3 men excited the crowd. Drolix hit a vertical suplex and utilized his old school beat down forearms to the head while Oz flew around the ring hitting an impressive STO and dropkick. Dirty Money was sent reeling! But Drolix would hit Oz Tyler with a devastating DDT but Dirty Money would seize the chance throwing Drolix from the ring and covering the stunned Tyler for the pinfall.

2- Breaker Morant defeats Michael Spanos- Sporting a new look and attitude, the former Little Mikey was just as happy showing off to the woman in the crowd as fighting Breaker Morant. Morant would not have any of that… he would hit a flurry of his trademark haymakers and even a Frankensteiner off the top turnbuckle. But Spanos wouldn’t go down that easy hitting his usual array of power moves like a sidewalk slam and big suplexes. But Spanos’s cockiness would be his downfall… Breaker Morant would surprise him with his cutter neck breaker slam for the 1…2..3!

3- ECWA developmental talent Brandon defeats Kid USA- Kid USA looked to easily be able to take care of a rookie like Brandon. He would hit numerous punches and suplexes. It looked like a quick debut for Brandon. But Kid USA went for leap frog and injured his knee. Taking advantage, Brandon showed why he has a bright future in the business hitting a sky high dropkick and ring to top turnbuckle jumping hurricarana that left everyone in attendance stunned. The Kid would recover and look to close in on the victory but Brandon rolled up Kid USA on a sunset flip for the victory!

*The Boss’s Chair began with Mike Tartaglia calling out the ECWA tag team champions Team CK and Woman’s Champion Renee Michelle. They would take to the microphone insulting everyone in the crowd and singing the praises of their tag team title reign. Knowing D-Line wasn’t in the building they issued an open challenge to any team. Ricky Martinez would hit the ring first dumping Renee Michelle much to crowd’s delight… and then introducing his partner that would help him answer the open challenge… the GREEK GOD PAPADON! Papadon’s return spelled trouble for the champions! After accepting the match, all parties left except for Tartaglia… only for Matt Saigon to enter out of nowhere trying to assault The Boss! He would be attacked by the Boss’s new assassin Bolo Yung which led too…

4- Matt Saigon defeats Bolo Yung- In match 2 of the Boss’s Challenge, Saigon was matched against the deadly Bolo Yung who loves to dish out heavy punishment with his wide variety of kicks and chops. Yung dominated early landing HUGE kicks to Saigon’s body and head. With The Boss encouraging him, he would slowly weaken Saigon with chops and karate inspired submissions. But Saigon’s unpredictability led him back as Saigon fought fire with fire with kicks and running knees. Feeling the support of the crowd, he landed an ace crusher that seemed to do the trick but a near fall! Climbing to the top rope, he would hit a frog splash for the win!

5- Chris Wylde defeats Mark Harro and Kao Storm to retain the Mid Atlantic Championship- The 3 men absolutely blew the roof of the building with what many called match of the night. Storm and Wylde would start the match double teaming Harro trying to take him out of commission early. Beating him down with clotheslines and stomps they would throw him from the ring. Storm and Wylde would square off. Storm would get the early nod hitting Wylde with suplexes and body slams. Wylde would counter with a cannonball roll of his own onto Storm in the corner but that’s where it broke down. Harro would re-enter the match jumping off of Wylde’s bent knee with a devastating knee to Storm in the corner. Then hitting a running moonsault for a near fall. Wylde would be up first putting Kao Storm in a STF submission while at the same time giving Harro a fisher man suplex! The crowd was crazy throughout! Then Storm picked up business by suplexing Wylde over the top rope onto Harro who was recovering on the floor! Then the big move as Storm flew through the ropes hitting both men! As all 3 men recovered in the ring the end was near… Wylde would send Harro and Storm into the turnbuckle. Climbing to the top rope he would jump over both men super kicking Harro after landing! Storm would try his Canadian Destroyed finisher for the win but Wylde would counter with a Destroyer of his own to retain the Mid Atlantic Championship!

6- Renee Michelle vs. Jessie Kaye ended in a double pinfall, vacating the Woman’s Championship- It’s no secret that Michelle and Kaye have no love lost for each other. Kaye wouldn’t even wait for entrance music attacking the champion from behind landing a huge boot to the face, body slam, and leg drop for the near fall. But the champion wasn’t so easily defeated… Michelle hit a running bulldog and stomped away at the challenger. Michelle would try a moonsault only to miss! However, Kaye would attempt a flying shoulder block hitting the referee! With him down she hit her finisher, a foot on the neck style stomp, but the referee was out! Another referee would enter the ring and try to make the pinfall but NO the champion would not give up. Going for a big move of her own, Michelle smelt blood but Kaye would counter with a Northern Lights Suplex. The new referee and now recovered original referee would both make the count with one saying Jessie Kaye won and the other Renee Michelle. Chaos ensued as neither man could come to an agreement on who the victor was. ECWA booker Joe Zanolle and both referees entered the locker room arguing over who was the rightful winner.

7- Chuck Payne, Phil Sly, and his legal counsel defeat Meisure Ooh La La, Kid USA, and Coach Jim Shorts- The debuting Chuck Payne joined the cocky Phil Sly and his legal counsel to fight Ooh La La and Jim Shorts, but ECWA booker Joe Zanolle would make Kid USA their third partner. Things started slow. Sly and his legal counsel would tag in and out… same for Ooh La La and Jim Shorts to see who would finally fight. Ooh La La would eventually get his hands on the legal counsel kicking and punching him into the corner. He would hit a Stinkface! The fans laughed as Chuck Payne was tagged in. Billed as the ‘Extreme Redneck”, he would prove that moniker true. He would destroy Ooh La La  with a huge body slam for a near fall. The wily Frenchman would make enough room to tag in Kid USA who would unless a flurry of offense onto Chuck Payne. He would hit a dropkick and rally the fans by stunning the bigger Payne with anything he could hit Payne with. But it wouldn’t work, using his superior strength he would down the Kid with a devastating clothesline first in the middle of the ring and then into the corner. Kid USA tried to counter but Payne would hit a crushing sit down power bomb for the pinfall.

8- Papadon & Ricky Martinez defeat Team CK- The tag team champions would be stunned with how well Papadon and Martinez worked together. Papadon would ground Sean Carr with an impressive display of chain wrestling. Martinez would tag in and out as well showcasing both men’s abilities. Papadon would hit a sit down clothesline and side slam for a near fall. Martinez would tag in and hit a suplex and neck breaker for another near fall. It seemed the tag team champions just couldn’t mount any offense. But then Carr would counter a body slam attempt tagging in Kage. Kage would hit huge blows onto Martinez. Slowly showcasing why they are the best team in ECWA currently, CK would tag in and out weakening Martinez with submissions and tandem moves. But the fans were willing Martinez to tag in his partner.. . And when he finally did Papadon cleared house! Papadon would fly around the ring delivered clubbing blows to Team CK. All 4 men would enter the fray! Stunning Martinez with a haymaker, Kage would pick up Papadon setting up for their super kick powerslam combo… but Carr would accidentally hit Kage with the super kick! A shocked Carr tried to attack but Ricky Martinez would hit a backstabber followed by an Alpha-Omega shining wizard by Papadon for the win to become NEW ECWA TAG TEAM CHAMPIOS… or so they thought. Mike Tartaglia would get on the mic saying that while this was an open challenge it was NOT for the ECWA Tag Team Titles… the fans voiced their displeasure as The Boss would explain they would get their shot… at the 47 year anniversary show in September. Turning back over the belts, Papadon and Martinez would accept.

9- Bobby Shields defeats Napalm Bomb to retain the ECWA Heavyweight Championship- Napalm was out for blood. He would brutally assault the champion with a heel kick and clotheslines in the corner. The Bomb would pick apart Shields piece by piece with submission and a big vertical suplex. The fans would will Shields back into it however. Beginning his assault, Shields hit a big heel kick in the corner followed by an STO. The fans backed the champion as he stunned Napalm Bomb with quick, fast offense looking for pin falls throughout. But Napalm’s far too deadly to go down that easy. Countering a Shields suplex he would deliver one of his own then climb the turnbuckle to try for a Swanton Bomb. He would hit it for a 1..2.. No near fall for the challenger. Clearly upset, Napalm Bomb decided if you can’t beat them clean, beat them down dirty. Grabbing a chair he would climb back into the ring. His evil manager Joel Blackhart would try to distract the referee so Napalm could use the chair but Bobby Shields was ready! As he went to use the chair, Bobby Shields would hit a dropkick onto the chair with it hitting Napalm in the face! Going for the pinfall Shields would seemingly easily get the 3 count but Napalm Bomb’s foot was on the bottom rope! But no! The referee didn’t see it and continued the count anyway! Much to the chagrin of an irate Joel Blackhart and Napalm, Bobby Shields retained his ECWA Heavyweight Championship.

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Former superstar talks about Sting working in WWE http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88677/former-superstar-talks-sting-working-wwe/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88677/former-superstar-talks-sting-working-wwe/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:00:04 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88677 Scotty Riggs talks about Sting, Paul Heyman, ECW, WCW and more.

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Former WCW and ECW Superstar Scotty Riggs recently took some time to participate in an exclusive interview with PWMania.com. Riggs talks about Sting in WWE, working with Paul Heyman in ECW, the backstage attitude in WCW vs. ECW and more. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Working with Paul Heyman:
I came into ECW after talking with RVD, Tommy Dreamer and Paul Heyman at an event in Atlanta and it was an honor working for the evil creative genius of Paul. He actually sat down with me and helped me with my character, moves and attitude… something few office guys beyond Arn did in WCW.
 
Backstage Attitude In WCW vs. ECW:
The crew in WCW when I got there in 1995 were a tight bunch of guys but by the end in 1999 a big divide had happened because of too many “bigger than thou” players had come into the company and created a separation in the locker room. Not all the in coming talent had the “better than thou” attitude and were actually great teachers and friends… but the entire ECW locker room and crew ALL had the attitude of wanting the best for the whole of the show. They welcomed me lime I belonged and that was humbling to me. I was honored to be considered extreme.
 
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Sting is one of the few men in the wrestling business I’m blessed to still know as a friend and as I told him the week of his WWE 2K15 announcement that this whole WWE deal was and is a well deserved honor for his blood, sweat and tears that he gave to wrestling. I’m very happy that he gained this honor for his character and today’s fans can respect his work.
Scotty Riggs also talks more on his friend Sting, WWE, Eric Bischoff, his time in WCW, his current health, what he’s been up to recently and much more. You can read the interview in its entirety at this link.

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Japanese star to appear on IMPACT http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88683/japanese-star-appear-impact/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88683/japanese-star-appear-impact/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:21:11 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88683 TNA has announced that Tajiri is coming to NYC for the upcoming IMPACT tapings in August.

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Courtesy of ImpactWrestling.com:

ImpactWrestling.com has just learned that the Japanese Buzzsaw, Tajiri, is coming to New York City for the upcoming IMPACT tapings at the Manhattan Center from August 5-7. The thrilling Japanese star made a name for himself wrestling in ECW and currently works for Wrestle-1 in Japan.

Just weeks ago, Rockstar Spud and EC3 travelled to Japan and faced off with Tajiri, falling victim to his signature green mist. At this time, we are searching for details on Tajiri’s involvement at the upcoming #TNANYC shows, but if we had to guess, we’re predicting that someone will be eating a Buzzsaw Kick!

Get your tickets now! [Hyperlink: http://www.impactwrestling.com/EVENTS]

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The 50 greatest WWE title matches ever http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88613/50-greatest-wwe-title-matches-ever/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88613/50-greatest-wwe-title-matches-ever/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:00:53 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88613 Courtesy of WWE.com: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross once called the WWE World Heavyweight Title “the ultimate dream of everyone who aspires to be a wrestler.” Indeed, whether it was The Dirtiest Player in the Game or The Demon from Death Valley, the Superstars who have captured sports-entertainment’s ultimate prize have realized a goal […]

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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross once called the WWE World Heavyweight Title “the ultimate dream of everyone who aspires to be a wrestler.” Indeed, whether it was The Dirtiest Player in the Game or The Demon from Death Valley, the Superstars who have captured sports-entertainment’s ultimate prize have realized a goal that millions fantasized about, but only 44 men have accomplished.

It’s been more than 50 years since the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was first established on April 25, 1963. Since then, the world has seen 10 different United States Presidents, the innovation of the personal computer and the rise and fall of Crystal Pepsi. Through it all, the title has remained the pinnacle of sports-entertainment competition.

See photos from the 50 best bouts

Here, WWE.com presents the 50 most outstanding bouts in the championship’s storied history. These are the contests that made myths out of men. These are the matches that triggered WWE Hall of Fame careers and highlight reels. These are the 50 greatest WWE World Heavyweight Title bouts ever.

See the list here!

Editor’s note: I love lists, and normally I agree with WWE’s staff, but Hulk vs. Andre is NOT #1?  Man, that’s a stretch.


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Global Force Wrestling forms additional alliances http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88611/global-force-wrestling-forms-additional-alliances/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88611/global-force-wrestling-forms-additional-alliances/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:00:17 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88611 Global Force Wrestling has formed an alliance with several of the top independent wrestling promotions throughout Europe.

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On the heels of partnership agreements with the top promotions in Japan and Mexico, Global Force Wrestling has formed an alliance with several of the top independent wrestling promotions throughout Europe, including the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland.

Stepping forward to #JointheForce are Revolution Pro Wrestling (www.revolutionprowrestling.com, covering south of England), New Generation Wrestling (www.ngwuk.com, covering north of England), Premier British Wrestling (www.pbwwrestling.com, covering Scotland), Westside Xtreme Wrestling (www.wxw-wrestling.com,  covering Germany) and Emerald Wrestling Promotions (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emerald-Wrestling-Promotions/100651866652805, covering Ireland).

“If you look through the history of pro wrestling you’ll find great talent from Europe woven throughout,” Global Force Wrestling founder and CEO Jeff Jarrett said. “We put the word ‘Global’ in this new brand, and we meant it. We believe fans want a wrestling promotion that brings something new and exciting and will engage them at every turn, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Veteran wrestler Doug Williams, a multiple singles and tag team champion in his native England and in various U.S. promotions, has been instrumental in helping Global Force Wrestling put together this European alliance.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Force, and I really look forward to helping facilitate the relationships between GFW and these top independent wrestling promotions,” Williams said. “The European style will bring something a little different to the table, just as the other partners will.I can’t wait to see it all come together under one umbrella.”

GFW announced its partnership with Mexico’s AAA on April 29 and with New Japan Pro Wrestling on June 23.

CONTACT:
Global Force Wrestling
PR@GlobalForceWrestling.com

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Rise of the Phoenix? http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88604/rise-phoenix/ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/88604/rise-phoenix/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/?p=88604 I enjoyed Ronda Rousey’s performance at UFC 175 because it is the perfect motivation for Beth Phoenix to return to wrestling.

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I was watching UFC 175 a few weeks ago because anything that involves pizza, beer, and friends is OK with me. I’ll admit I’m not a huge UFC fan; it will never captivate me like professional wrestling. But I do appreciate the athleticism and skill set it takes to compete in the octagon. In other words, I watch UFC once in a while because it is a fun social night out.

I don’t know many of the individual competitors but what I enjoy most about UFC is that regardless of the fighters I can always enjoy the “fight”. I don’t need to know much about the participants, the world-class announcers build the match-ups well and I always find myself with a rooting interest.

At UFC 175 Dana White pieced together a very good line-up, headlined by the middleweight champion Chris Weidman, with female superstar Ronda Rousey booked as the co-main event. I knew a little bit about Weidman, and I certainly knew about Ronda Rousey. I mean at this point who doesn’t know Ronda Rousey?! (I’m looking at YOU Floyd Mayweather!) If nothing else I would enjoy those two fights.

The undercard did hold my attention and got everybody warmed up for the main events. I especially enjoyed Uriah Hall. I had never heard of him before, but after this pay-per-view he will always be known as “Uriah Hall’s broken toe”…good lord that was nasty!

Chris Weidman’s title defense was very competitive. The challenger, “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida, started slow, but he hung in there to push the champion. In the end Weidman retained the title and cemented himself as one of the true stars of UFC.

Then there was Ronda Rousey.

Oh…my…goodness.

What in the name of Mike Tyson was that?!? I had never seen her fight “live” before, and on this night the UFC women’s bantamweight champion absolutely destroyed someone named Alexis Davis. The official time was 16 seconds. 16 seconds!!  What a beating. It really was “Tyson-like”. It was short, brutal, and absolutely exhilarating. I was breathless after the fight was over.

I like watching excellence.

I saw this coming after watching their entrances to the ring. Poor Alexis looked like someone going to the dentist, with a goofy smile and nervous demeanor. Even her theme song “Royals” was a joke. “I’ll never be royal…” Talk about a premonition. Then Ronda came out of her dressing room…bad ass song, bad ass look…and Davis was completely outclassed in every regard.

I told my friends during the introductions, “Holy shit Ronda’s going to kick her ass!”  Nobody argued.  And it wasn’t because of the statistics or metrics or “reach advantage”. We all know Ronda’s bio.  At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Ronda became the first American woman ever to earn an Olympic medal in Judo.  In November 2012, UFC announced she had become the first female fighter to sign with them. Now she is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world. And it’s not even close.  Ronda Rousey is undefeated for a reason.

That in itself would cement her star power. But then there is her sex appeal. Wow. Her beauty is unmatched within her sport, but unlike fellow sex symbols Anna Kournikova and Danica Patrick, she actually WINS! (I should be struck by lightning because Danica is so beautiful it makes me dizzy…but she doesn’t actually “win” races…which is sadly the truth…) Thank you ESPN for putting Ronda in your Body Issue.

Side note – Ronda reportedly likes sex…a LOT.  Rousey is on the record claiming that in the weeks leading up to her big fights she tries to have as much sex as possible. Apparently it builds up her aggressiveness or something. Wait…what? I thought fighters were supposed to AVOID sex for a few weeks so they come to the ring with weeks of pent up frustration, ready to pounce on their opponent. Even better, if Ronda is not “dating” anybody at the time, she finds a “temporary” boyfriend for these few weeks (ummm, how do I become eligible for THAT job?!?)  God bless her.

But all of that is window dressing.

We all knew Ronda was going to kick Alexis’s ass because, more than anything, the best thing about Ronda Rousey is that she comes to fight. For all of the media attention, magazine covers, photographs, and glamour that has become Ronda Rousey, give her credit, she is always prepared to rip out her opponent’s throat. What a beautiful, skilled, powerful, masterful athlete. It is such a rare combination.

Ronda came out of her dressing room and carried herself like a champion in every regard. She entered the octagon and kicked the living shit out of her opponent. 16 seconds. (And what a side headlock takedown!)  It really WAS like watching vintage Mike Tyson when he was the “baddest man on the planet”. I was a teenager back in the 1980’s so I remember Tyson’s glory days. There has been nothing like it since. Until now.

The whole thing was intoxicating to watch.

I love when athletes are even better than advertised and on this night Ronda backed up all the hype.  After her victory, officials placed the UFC championship belt around Ronda’s waist. A beautiful belt for a beautiful athlete. (By the way, does anybody NOT think the UFC belts are the best in sports? Maybe the “white strap” version of the WWE Intercontinental title is a close second?)

As they were fitting Ronda with the belt the whole scene reminded me of professional wrestling.   I don’t know Ronda personally (obviously) but she carried herself that night like a classic heel. Almost like Brock Lesnar: Eat, Sleep, Conquer, Repeat. Maybe she is the sweetest person but she had the look and feel of a pro wrestler that just devoured her opponent and was waiting for the next victim, if there was anybody out there who could actually stand up to her raw power. I half expected someone’s theme song to start playing as they walked out in front of the Titan Tron, throwing down a challenge.

Then I laughed, because even if this WAS professional wrestling, who would be a believable challenger for this machine. Nikki Bella? AJ Lee? Gail Kim? No. No. No. The funny thing is the whole scenario isn’t that far-fetched. Rumors have circulated that Ronda would actually appear on WWE television at some point, albeit in a ‘non-wrestling capacity’. That’s probably just as well. Nobody could handle her, I don’t care how ‘scripted’ this business is.

Then it hit me! The reason I enjoyed Ronda’s performance that night was because Ronda Rousey is the perfect motivation for my beloved Glamazon, Beth Phoenix to return to wrestling!

By all accounts Beth is doing well in her life away from the ring. She is a new mother and enjoying aspects of life that are not possible when you are on the road 300 days a year. I suppose retiring from WWE made sense at the time, the WWE wasn’t really using her character well (losing to Maria Menounos?), but if she IS thinking of returning, I highly doubt Beth would come back to wrestle Paige…or Cameron…or Nikki Bella. Been there, done that.

But how about Ronda Rousey? Or better yet, how about training for an MMA-style fight where she can showcase her OWN considerable physical gifts? Don’t forget Beth Phoenix is a legitimate wrestler who had a successful amateur wrestling career in high school. Beth Phoenix is not the stereotypical “model-turned-wrestler”. She has authentic toughness and strength. There is a reason WWE allowed her to enter the Royal Rumble in 2010.

I know she doesn’t have MMA training, but seriously, Beth couldn’t handle Alexis Davis? The problem, obviously, is that Ronda Rousey is no Alexis Davis. She’s the best in the world at what she does, so in an MMA-style match Beth would lack the overall technique to defeat her. I know this. Even with a 15-20 pound weight advantage, it would be too much for Beth to overcome. (I don’t know why they even have weight classes in the female UFC division…how many are there, two?)

But how about a professional wrestling match? You could sell Rousey vs. Phoenix at WrestleMania. Rousey is already a cross-over star, appearing on magazine covers and in feature films (she has roles in The Expendables 3 and Fast & Furious 7), so she likes show business. And Beth is already a physical presence, a dominant female wrestler. If pro wrestling is about storytelling and “suspension of disbelief” then this is perfect.

UFC 175 was a great show, another successful night for the company. On the walk home I remember thinking “nobody can beat this bad-ass chick”. Then I got home, walked downstairs, saw my Glamazon poster, and thought, “Well, almost nobody…”

— David B. (@dlb19338), OWW editor-in-chief

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Rebecca Smouse writes for The Arizona Republic, a Gannett property.

A WWE superstar chased down two men who were suspected of burglarizing a Phoenix home on Thursday evening, according to police.

Former WWE World Heavyweight champion Bryan Danielson, known in the ring as Daniel Bryan, ran after two men who were exiting an Arcadia home around 7 p.m. Thursday, said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

When Danielson and his wife pulled up to the home Thursday evening, they saw a door leading to the driveway begin to open, Thompson said. The two suspects then fled the scene, with Danielson quickly on their tail.

Danielson caught up with one of the suspects, who was identified as Cesar Sosa, Thompson said. The pro wrestler “was able to subdue” Sosa until police arrived, according to Thompson.

Sosa explained to police that he and his accomplice broke into the home through the back door but dropped “their loot” when the burglary was “interrupted,” Thompson said.

Sosa was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of burglary. Sosa also had a felony warrant out for his arrest in connection with kidnapping and burglary, Thompson said.

 

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