This week Ring of Honor Wrestling announced that it is taking another huge step in its evolvement. They will be airing their annual Best In The World event on television PPV. Yes for the first time ever you will be able to order a ROH PPV from your local cable provider. Just recently they announced that their two shows with NJPW will be available on iPPV via Ustream but going to actual PPV is a huge step.
This move maybe right on time for Ring of Honor. They have long been the number 3 wrestling organization in the United States but the between them and number 2 could be closing. Also with the WWE Network changing how they do their now labeled “Special Events” and cable providers shying away from them there is a gap where those companies will need content. TNA has scaled back their PPV events to 4 per year so there is another avenue to exploit. Ring of Honor and Sinclair maybe a national TV deal away from really making a move.
The Best in The World event is being held in Nashville, TN on June 22nd. This gives ROH two months of solid promotion time. The internet fan base is already buzzing and Ring of Honor fans are generally very loyal and supportive. The 24.95 price point to me is great for PPV. I actually have wondered why TNA had not priced their events in that price range. This is a huge step for Ring of Honor with hopefully more to come.
The most famous training territory in the country is still producing top quality television. Ohio Valley Wrestling may not be affiliated with the WWE or TNA anymore but they are still going strong down in Louisville, KY. So straight from the OVW website to you we present their latest episode.
OVW Episode 764
After the way Marcus Anthony retained his OVW Heavyweight Championship, Danny Davis orders Ryan Howe and Marcus Anthony to compete in a rematch for the Heavyweight Championship. Gilbert Corsey interviews Trailer Park Trash about how the Body Guy was able to cheat his way out of the first blood match.
Championship Wrestling From Hollywood
Championship Wrestling from Hollywood has some of the best production values of any independent promotion. I guess being from Hollywood that should be expected. They also have some high quality wrestling going on down there. Check out guys like Adam Pearce, Colt Cabana and former TNA talent Joey Ryan doing their thing in Hollywood. They are going to take a run at going national with a deal with MAVTV that will bring their program to 40 million homes via Direct TV.
Eric Young has been in TNA for more than 10 years and worked really hard for the company. Last night he became the World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Magnus on Impact. Now let me get this out there first, I am happy for Eric Young on his accomplishment. That being said it does seem a little fishy that a guy who nowhere near the main event less 3 weeks ago is now the champion. Even Chris Sabin had more of a build up to his push for the belt.
The set-up for EY to win the belt seemed a little too familiar. Let’s say there is a champion that was handpicked by the company’s hierarchy and cheated his way through his matches. He takes on a bearded underdog who isn’t supposed to have a chance at winning the belt. You are probably saying, “That’s was this Sunday right” but no this was an episode of Impact.
How did Young get his title shot well he won a 10 man gauntlet match earlier in the evening to become the number 1 contender. The winner was supposed to challenge the champion another night but Eric wanted to face Magnus the same night. At least it was a not Eric versus Dixie’s husband to get into the match. During the match against Magnus he even focused on Young’s injured arm. TNA was at least able to mix it up and make sure EY hurt the opposite arm than Bryan’s. None of this is to knock Eric Young but I think this is a bad situation to give him the title in.
Not the first time TNA has had a similar scenario to one in the WWE. I mean they even had their nice sweet owner out there trying to be an obnoxious dictator maybe to rival a Stephanie McMahon or Vickie Guerrero. Is it a coincidence not long after Tamina started escorting Diva’s Champ AJ Lee to the ring that Knockouts Champ Gail Kim acquired the services of Lei’D Tapa as her enforcer. Long Island Iced Z existed in the same world as Robbie E. It’s not uncommon in any business for companies to imitate the market leader. That being said in wrestling sometimes it looks kind of tacky when done at the same time or soon after.
I am sure some industry insider will say I am just a mark talking out the side of my neck especially if they work at TNA. The problem is that a lot of social media saw the same thing I did. People not familiar with the current wrestling product were able to pick this up at the beginning of the main even last night. TNA has a habit of trying to find a way to be like the WWE instead of highlighting the ways that they are different.
We at Ring Time Pro Wrestling are saddened by the passing away of The Ultimate Warrior. Born as Jim Hellwig, he started his career in the 1980’s as one of the team The BladeRunners along with the man known as Sting. Warrior then split from the team and started his solo career as the Dingo Warrior in World Class Championship Wrestling. He then left the Texas promotion for the WWF in the late 80s and shot to superstardom. He was one of the few stars whose popularity could rival Hulk Hogan’s.
The Warrior parted ways with the WWE and had a long and difficult relationship with them. During that time they went through a couple of lawsuits and the WWE putting out a not so flattering DVD about him. They have since reconciled their issues and just Saturday night he was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. He made his first appearance on WWE television in 18 years this Monday on RAW.
Fans around the world are shocked and mourn the loss of one of the great performers in wrestling history. Our condolences go out to the Warrior’s family, his wife Dana and his two daughters.
On this past Monday Jeff Jarrett confirmed what most of the wrestling world has been buzzing about. He is starting his own promotion called Global Force Wrestling. After teasing the internet with the hashtag #ItsComing we now know what Jeff was talking about. Here is the press release from Global Force Wrestling.
It is nice to see more competition coming into the United States. Jarrett definitely knows wrestling and was very successful in launching TNA. He now has the chance to do it again. He has a good eye for talent and a lot of young aspiring performers will have another opportunity to prove they have what it takes to be in the wrestling business. I believe this will be a successful for the Jarrett’s and anybody who is working with them.
I had to give Wrestlemania almost 24 hours to digest before I gave my thoughts on last night’s big event. The conversation that has taken place since end of last night was the end of The Undertaker’s win streak at Wrestlemania. No one ever really believed that The Streak was going to end. Especially against a guy who is seen as a part timer. I like most fans was furious and felt even a little betrayed seeing Taker lose that match. Now with a little time to think about it, maybe this was what was best for business.
The Undertaker is not getting any younger and has been limited to mostly just performing at Wrestlemania. No matter what he is a Hall of Famer and the streak still stands. No one has or ever will 21 straight matches at Wrestlemania. Think about this how many wrestlers have even competed at 20 Wrestlemanias? This year’s Showcase of The Immortals was about transition and passing the torch. The streak was this big remnant of the past and maybe it was time to let go. Brock Lesnar maybe part time but this achievement adds to an already dangerous mystique that the company use as they please. Beating the man who conquered the unbeatable Undertaker can only put that performer over ten fold.
The WWE had a good night last night and for the most part they gave their fans what they asked for. A few stars were made most notably Antonio Cesaro. Also the fact all down my Facebook and Twitter time lines people are still talking about The Streak ending lets me know that the rating for RAW is going to be nuts even against a NCAA Championship basketball game. . The results of the match not only outraged fans but angered journalist, other professional wrestlers both past and present. To be able to tap into emotions of people who are so called in the know and the bitter cynical smart marks is an achievement in itself. So now the question is what did the streak ending help start?
At the biggest event of the year one thing the WWE Superstars always have is awesome entrances. Their walk to the ring tends to take a little longer but they are definitely entertaining. When creativity meets big budgets we get spectacular Wrestlemania moments. On this Wrestlemania Sunday we at Ring Time Pro Wrestling decided to share some of our favorites.
The Miz – Wrestlemania 27 Entrance
The Miz does not have a lot Wrestlemania moments to date but he did main event XXVII with John Cena. His video package along with his entrance was very memorable. It was nice to see somebody embrace their character and find a way to thrive off it.
The UnderTaker Wrestlemania 21
The Undertaker actually could be the top 8 or 9 Wrestlemania entrances of all time on any list. Taker is the master of pageantry at The Showcase of The Immortals. Our favorite Deadman walk to the ring actually doesn’t involve any walking. At Wrestlemania 21 somehow floated or glided to ring in one of the most impressive entrances of all time.
Shawn Michaels Wrestlemania 25 Entrance
The Heartbreak Kid is Mr. Wrestlemania. His entrance at Wrestlemania 25 was perfect for his match with The Undertaker. The all-white was the ideal contrast of darkness and light. Even his descending from above while Taker rose from the ground added a lot of flair to this match.
John Cena – Wrestlemania 25 Entrance
At Wrestlemania 25 John Cena showed up huge. There were like 50 or more John Cena’s that accompanied the real one to the ring in his match against Edge and The Big Show.
The last 5 years around Wrestlemania time the rumors start flying about Sting coming to the WWE. The anticipation for a Sting versus Undertaker match has taken over internet wrestling discussions for the past few years. I am not saying this is not going to ever happen but I can wait. Now don’t get me wrong I am as big of Sting fan as they come but I am not going to let my emotions keep getting toyed with.
Most of the rumors are pure speculation and wishful thinking but at this point it has taken a life of its own. It’s not just blogs of the smarks but a lot of reputable outlets have been giving their Sting plans over the past few years. The sites speak as if they have read the contracts and what do we get every year? So I am just saying stop it and stop it now. Until I see Sting in rafters at RAW with a baseball bat I will not excited about any news regarding The Franchise of WCW.
With less than one week to go until Wrestlemania I figured we can talk about some of these matches. The Undertaker’s streak is one of the biggest parts of the event and actually may have more credibility than of the WWE titles. To be in this match is both a gift and a curse. I don’t think the streak has been in doubt in the last 3 or 4 years. This year is no different and the lead up too it hasn’t been done right at all.
When setting up a match with two part time performers it is already hard to create an issue. Because Undertaker and Brock Lesnar have a little history this wasn’t that hard but a large part of the audience may not have seen them feud 10 years ago and maybe didn’t the little exchange after the UFC match a few years ago. Since each one of them are not there each week the promos have to carry the match. What maybe should have been done is a lot of pre-taped segments that could have aired each week. The actual confrontations that the two have had have not helped this match at all.
You have one of the legitimate bad men on the planet and he has been booked like he is scared. Brock Lesnar should never give the impression that he is intimidated by anyone not even The Undertaker. The way they have set the match up someone would think that either that Brock is going over which is not going to happen. Heyman’s promos have been good at putting over Taker but the actions that follow don’t lead anyone to think that Brock is an imposing figure. It’s like all the beating up of Mark Henry was for nothing. Lesnar and Taker should not have any actual physical altercations. The Undertaker could have chokeslammed a few other guys on roster that they kill each week anyway to give him that aura of fear. At this point we have another stale match already on a too long card.
Stars: Glenn Jacobs (Kane), Christina Vidal, Michael J. Pagan, Samantha Noble, and Steven Vidler
Run time: 83 minutes
In 2006 WWE Studios decided to step into idea of a horror movie with the film See No Evil. The movie stars WWE Superstar Kane (Glenn Jacobs) as the deranged Jacob Goodnight. Buying Kane as a crazy homicidal killer is not a hard stretch considers he brands himself the “Devils Favorite Demon”. The movie is rated R so it’s definitely a move away from WWE’s current product.
The film was written by Dan Madigan who is also worked as a writer on the Smackdown brand. See No Evil for the most part is the standard horror movie and hits most of all the scary flick marks. We kick off with two police officers who investigate a creepy house and all hell breaks loose. They encounter a crying woman and while checking on her they are ambushed by a monster of a man with an ax. Only of the officers survives the crazy slashing that takes place. Officer Frank Williams (Steven Vidler) lives but he is not fully intact.
Williams changes careers and brings a group of misfit kids to an abandoned hotel that I guess they are trying to help rebuild to become some kind of home. Of course the hotel is not just some simple hotel. One thing that we learn is that horny teenagers are easy targets to kill, especially the ones that are juvenile delinquents. Not giving away too much of the movie, the monster killer is somehow at this same building and people die. There is one guy that you will root for to get killed and the black guy does die. Wrestling fans don’t expect a lot from Kane. The movie doesn’t really challenge his acting.
All in the entire movie is 83 minutes long but it seems a little longer. If you got time to kill it will pass by.