Courtesy of Diva-Dirt.com:
According to WrestlingInc, SmackDown Superstar Eva Marie will not be renewing her contract with WWE.
The site states that a source at WWE informed them that “the company will not be renewing Eva’s contract.”
Eva Marie made her name known to the WWE Universe as she starred in Total Divas since the first episode. She has since appeared at two Wrestlemanias and was drafted to SmackDown in July 2016.
Things went downhill for All Red Everything as she was suspended the week of SummerSlam, and has yet to return.
Since then, Marie changed her hair color back to black and filmed two movies.
Speculation amongst the WWE Universe suggests that Marie purposely got herself suspended and didn’t plan on returning. Further speculation indicates that the Emmalina character that debuted on RAW was WWE’s attempt at replacing Eva.
With Eva leaving WWE, her spot on Total Divas will most likely be gone also, as the relationship between All Red Everything and WWE may not be at its best.
The last time we saw Marie on WWE television was on the August 9th edition of SmackDown Live – just days before her suspension. Here Eva was supposed to compete against Becky Lynch, but experienced a wardrobe malfunction and was escorted backstage. Alexa Bliss then took Marie’s space and defeated Lynch in her debut match.]]>
Welcome to The Armpit wrestling quiz for the week of March 27, 2017.
Truly a sad week with the passing of Jan Ross, the loving wife of everybody’s favorite announcer, Jim Ross. Most of us never met Jan, however from all accounts everyone who knew her considered her part of their family. For example, X-Pac broke down in tears on his podcast when talking about her, and others too were reacting as if there had been a death in their family. As for Jim, very few people in pro wrestling have ever been so likable and well respected, and she must’ve been quite a wife to put up with all the long hours and hard work he put into every job he’s ever had (including today with his podcast, AXS TV, and other ventures).
I’ve only met Jim once, after one of his one-man shows when he took pictures with fans. Unlike most celebrities, when Jim shook your hand and asked your name, you immediately knew he was genuine.
While we’d love to do a quiz on the life of Jan Ross, unfortunately we never knew her and don’t know much about her other than she was a terrific wife and a terrific person. Instead we’ll do the next best thing and do a quiz on the life of the man who is constantly in our thoughts this week: “Jim Ross.”
Congratulations to last week’s quiz winner: Art Harvey
Last week’s answers:
1) Both of Paige’s parents were pro wrestlers. Her brother too.
2) Apologies for goofing up this question. We asked if it was true or false that Paige is the first ever “women’s Women’s Champion.” That was a typo and I meant to say “NXT Women’s Champion.” All answers were accepted, but yes, it’s true. It’s damn true.
3) Of all the women we listed, the one Paige never wrestled in FCW/NXT was Lana.
4) Paige’s WWE debut, in which she won the Diva’s title from AJ Lee, took played at the Raw after WrestleMania 30 in 2014. If you’ve seen the documentary on Paige’s family, you can just imagine how excited they all were back at home watching that.
5) Paige, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch called themselves Team PCB.
6) For Paige’s second Wellness Policy violation, she claimed it was an administrative error (as she did for her first violation). This prompted WWE to come back and say No, it was for a banned substance.
7) The Rock is filming a movie on Paige’s family because he saw the original one (which aired in the UK) and thought it would make a great full length feature film.
8) Of all the names we listed, the one who has never had nude pictures or videos released (with or without their permission) to the public is Elizabeth.
This week’s questions:
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Home of the backstage fights
1- Matt Wylde won a battle royal to win a future contract with BCW. Wylde last eliminated Jonny X.
2- South Philly’s Finest defeated The Gun Show.
3- Juggernaut defeated “Black Piranha” Havoc Shade, “The Reverend” Ace Dallas, and Ty Awesome in a Fatal 4-Way Match.
4- “Hitman For Hire” Mr Grim defeated TJay Sykes in a Grudge Match (“Match Of The Night” winner).
5- 410Massiv defeated The Millennials (Killian McMurphy & Rob Radke).
6- Tanner Reynolds defeatd Gory.
7- Kindred Kymari defeated JT Funk to retain the Indy Roundup Championship.
8- TNA’s Elijah Burke defeated EVOLVE’s Fred Yehi to become the first Baltimore Championship Wrestling Champion. After the match, Burke thanked the near sold out crowd for the love and support.
One of the highlights of every WrestleMania weekend is the WWN Supershow. Following in that tradition, this year’s event features an impressive slate of matchups in Orlando, Florida, on April 1.
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The main event of the WWN Supershow is a six-man elimination bout to crown the first-ever WWN champion. The holder of the belt will defend the belt across the full family of WWN promotions.
As previously announced, Catch Point members Tracy Williams, Fred Yehi, and Matt Riddle as well as Drew Galloway were confirmed for the bout. After Parrow’s successful title defense against Jason Cade at ACW: Luck of the Irish, he was announced as ACW’s entrant into the match. On Sunday night, Jon Davis won the Style Battle S1:E3 tournament, and following his win, he was announced as the final entrant into the match.
Should Zack Sabre Jr. retain the EVOLVE Championship against ACH at EVOLVE 80, he will meet former PROGRESS champion Mark Haskins in the first of four EVOLVE versus PROGRESS matchups. In the other matches, PROGRESS champ Pete Dunne will battle ACH. Ethan Page will face Jimmy Havoc, and Chris Dickinson and Jaka meet Travis Banks and TK Cooper.
This past Friday at SHINE 41, Su Yung invited SHINE champ LuFisto to the “Red Wedding” at the WWN Supershow, and the match is now official. LuFisto will put her title on the line against Su Yung in what could be the night’s most violent affair.
Keith Lee will meet Jason Kincaid in a very unique clash of styles. Kincaid has a style that’s difficult to describe but revolves around his ability to improvise and use his speed and daredevil tactics to get the upper hand. Lee is a massive man who complements his power-based attacks with moments of wild aerial offense.
Finally, former EVOLVE champion Timothy Thatcher is expected to meet 19-year-old Austin Theory, but Thatcher has not yet returned his bout agreement. Thatcher lost the title to Sabre at EVOLVE 79 after a nearly 600-day title reign.
On this edition of OWW Radio David is joined by the Stro “The Maestro of Wrestling”. Born Robert Kellum, the Stro is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling under the ring name The Maestro, but he has wrestled for many other promotions over the past 30 years, and has also done some film and TV work.
On this show David (@dlb19338) and Stro (@TheStro) talk about:
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Editor’s note: I am originally from York, PA, so when Ayden’s story became national news and I heard he was a wrestling fan, I donated wrestling toys and gifts on behalf of the Cauliflower Alley Club. He is pictured with some of them here. In addition, the WWE reached out and Ayden spoke with Triple H and other WWE Superstars. Thanks to the WWE for trying to help this little boy as well. Personal friends of mine told me he was a good young man. RIP Ayden.
Courtesy of the York Daily Record: The boy’s family knew it was coming, the day his heart would stop beating. They’d known since August, when he was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer at 9 years old. Doctors said he had eight to 12 months to live. He didn’t even make it eight months.
Ayden Zeigler-Kohler died Wednesday in his Springettsbury Township home, surrounded by people who loved him. He was 10.
The final months of Ayden’s short life were filled with adventures. His father, Bill Kohler, made sure of that. Between doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy and MRIs, they tried to fit a full life into a few months. After they shared their story in February, people from around the world reached out, offering to help them make lasting memories. Friends and complete strangers raised nearly $90,000 in the last month to help cover costs. He went on hunting and fishing trips, spending hours with his family outside — one of his favorite places.
Ayden, who could no longer walk, clung to his father’s back on the way to visit bear cubs in the woods. They nuzzled his cheeks and curled up in his lap, a moment set up by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Duff Goldman from “Ace of Cakes” and Guy Fieri, a restaurant owner and TV personality, called to talk to Ayden.
And on Sunday, he went backstage at a WWE match to meet some of his professional wrestling heroes. This weekend, they were supposed to see the Harlem Globetrotters, a trick basketball team.
Read more about Ayden here.]]>
By Adam Martin:
ITV Studios Entertainment, Anthem and Impact Wrestling issued the following press release this week announcing they would be partnering up to bring WOS Wrestling back to ITV for an initial 10-part forthcoming series.
WOS Wrestling was brought back for a one-off special that aired on New Years Eve 2016, nearly 30 years after the original series ended featuring the likes of talent such as Big Daddy, Mick McManus and Rollerball Rocco.
TV tapings are scheduled for May 25 and May 26 at Preston Guild Hall. Tickets will go on sale starting on April 7 at 9:00 a.m. local time.
Iconic ‘WOS’ British Wrestling to Return to ITV
MANCHESTER | NASHVILLE – ITV Studios Entertainment Manchester announced today that it has teamed up with IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., to bring WOS Wrestling back to ITV, with an initial commission for a 10-part series.
The commission from ITV’s Helen Warner follows a successful one-off-special, which aired on New Year’s Eve 2016. The Executive Producers for ITV Studios are Tom McLennan and Simon Marsh. Jeff Jarrett, the Chief Creative Officer for IMPACT Wrestling, will be the Executive Producer for IMPACT Wrestling.
Thirty years after the original WOS ended – and legendary stars such as Big Daddy, Mick McManus and Rollerball Rocco left British screens – this new series will feature the very best of today’s wrestlers from the current red-hot U.K. wrestling scene.
They will compete in front of a live audience at the intimate Preston Guild Hall on Thursday 25th May and Friday 26th May (doors 7pm / bell time 7.30pm).
Tickets for these historic shows will go on sale at 9am on Friday 7th April from Gigsandtours.com / Ticketmaster.co.uk / prestonguildhall.co.uk
There will also be a launch event this Monday (27th March) at 2 pm in Manchester, where the full details of the WOS live shows will be announced, including the roster. Press and fans are invited to attend to the launch, which will include a Q&A and meet & greet. Places are extremely limited, to reserve one please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This initial commission is part of a comprehensive co-production agreement between ITV Studios and IMPACT Wrestling to relaunch the WOS Wrestling brand, bringing British stars to ITV while leveraging the roster and creative team of IMPACT Wrestling along with its expertise in live event production and international distribution.
“This opportunity to work with ITV Studios to revive this iconic brand in the United Kingdom is a perfect example of the ways in which we intend to leverage our strengths to build our presence in international markets in collaboration with local organizations,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling.
Director of Entertainment, ITV Studios Manchester, Tom McLennan said: “Britain’s wrestling scene is thriving and there has never been a better time to bring it back to ITV after a gap of 30 years.”
Jeff Jarrett, Chief Creative Officer for IMPACT Wrestling, added: “The WOS brand is etched in professional wrestling tradition. My family’s lineage in the industry dates back 70-plus years, so I am honoured for the opportunity to work on reviving the legacy of this historic British series.”
By: Richard Cossey
The story of Zack Ryder is one of the most frustrating for many wrestling fans. Ryder was a lower/lower mid-card talent who never seemed destined to rise any further up the card. He wasn’t bad per se, just fairly uninteresting. Then suddenly that changed. Ryder took to YouTube and his show, Long Island Iced Z, became huge. Fans were chanting his name at events that he wasn’t even participating in. ‘We want Ryder’ chants erupted during main events. WWE had to listen and they did. Ryder began getting featured on WWE TV and then inexplicably he was dropped again and fell like a stone to the same status he had before his rise. Now he is committed to starting again on social media and hoping that lightning will strike twice, though few expect this to be easy for him. This frustrates because he reached for the fabled brass rings, grabbed them and pulled himself up, only to find the rings had been oiled and he slipped off. The rise, fall, and future of Ryder can be neatly explained using Robert K. Merton’s social Strain Theory and may illuminate some aspects of Ryder’s motivation and provide an insight into where he goes from here.
Strain Theory states that the motivating factors for individuals are the goals put forward by society; money and success. Achievement of these goals is represented by status signifiers such as cars, homes, and clothes. Society gives us the means to achieve these goals through institutionalised systems, namely careers and professions. Merton states that although everyone in a society is conditioned to want the goals, not everyone has equal access to the means and so they have to find new ways to achieve the ends.
Those who have access to the means ‘conform’ and operate as society expects. For those who do not have access to the means, there are a few different ways to achieve the goals. The most common way is to partake in ‘innovation’ whereby different means are utilised; instead of working in a job for a number of years, one can find shortcuts and steal or use other socially disapproved of means. Another is to ‘retreat’, and reject the goals and the means and look for a way to escape the system. A third is to ‘rebel’; reject society’s goals and means and actively try to replace both.
In professional wrestling, the normalised goal is success, just as in the real world. The signifiers of this success are championship titles, appearing towards the top of the card, and getting screen time on TV and PPV. The means to achieving the goals are ostensibly the ‘brass rings’ that Vince McMahon has spoken of. Grab the brass rings, show what you can do, and you will receive a push. This is what those that conform do and what Zack Ryder attempted. Ryder, however, ended up languishing in obscurity as first an Edge lookalike and then a Jersey Shore parody, neither establishing him as a contender in the WWE.
So, Ryder ‘innovated’. He found a different route to success through social media. Long Island Iced Z was a ground-breaking foray into alternative media in which Ryder found he could connect with the fans. He was not getting screen time on the official shows, so he made his own show and gave himself every second of screen time. He even achieved another signifier of success in a championship belt, one that he created and awarded himself, the unsanctioned Internet Championship. Eventually, the WWE realised this had to be addressed and Ryder entered into an angle with John Cena, a sure sign that Ryder had achieved the systematic goals the WWE promotes.
But it did not last. Within a year, Ryder was already dropping down the card and now, five years later he is at the bottom. Ryder has a couple of options here. He can ‘retreat’ which in the case of wrestling essentially means to retire, or he can ‘rebel’. If Ryder were to reject the WWE defined goals and their signifiers and put in place his own goals, to create his own system, he can redefine what it means to be a wrestling success. He has already returned to YouTube, but now with the knowledge that rising to the top of the current system is no guarantee of continued success. To connect strongly with the fans through new media and eschew the traditional, legacy means, cutting out the middle man of the WWE and Vince McMahon, would enable Ryder to tour the world with his character. He could create a meta-narrative in which individual wrestling companies are meaningless, it is the fans that matter, the fans that connect the wrestling world together. We are currently seeing Matt Hardy gaining recognition for this approach, and maybe these rebels will become the new norm.
— Richard Cossey]]>
By Ryan Satin:
Pro Wrestling Sheet has learned WWE and Sinclair Broadcast Group have recently discussed a potential buyout of Ring of Honor in secret … this according to sources.
Multiple sources with direct knowledge tell us the companies have been talking since January and things have been slowly progressing, with the plan being a full takeover if the deal is made official.
This would include the weekly TV show beginning to air on the WWE Network. No word at this point on whether every wrestler on the roster would continue working in ROH if it happens.
Keep in mind, there’s no actual deal on the table right now and discussions are simply that. This means the buyout could always fall through if both sides can’t agree on specifics.
Case in point, WWE had discussions with TNA last year about a buyout that never came to fruition.
Reps for WWE for ROH declined to comment.]]>
UPDATE: Jan Ross passed away on Wednesday March 22. RIP to a beautiful, warm, and classy woman.
Courtesy of TMZ.com:
WWE legend Jim Ross says his wife was hit while riding her Vespa and suffered multiple skull fractures … and now he’s praying for a miracle.
We spoke with Jim who tells us he’s absolutely devastated. He says Jan was riding her Vespa to the gym near their home in Oklahoma when she was struck by another vehicle.
Jim says Jan was not wearing her helmet and struck her head, causing multiple skull fractures. She was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition where she underwent surgery.
Jim says the situation is “touch and go” at the moment. Jim says he’s “hanging in there. It could be a tough day.”
Ross tweeted about the situation, “My wife Jan, my little angel, was hit while riding her Vespa & has multiple skull fractures. She’s in surgery now. We need a miracle.”
Story developing …]]>