TNA Wrestling posted the following on their website:
Terry Taylor, TNA Director of Talent Relations, has decided to leave TNA effective May 31, 2011. TNA is grateful for Terry's contributions to TNA's growth and wishes him success in his future endeavors.
The May 20th, 2011 edition of WWE Vintage Collection featured these matches:
* Scott Hall vs. Ray Traylor from WCW Saturday Night on December 27th, 1997 * Jake Roberts vs. Marcus Alexander Bagwell from WCW Saturday Night on August 22nd, 1992 * The Barbarian vs. Magnum TA from WCW Saturday Night on January 4th, 1986 * Diamond Dallas Page vs. Billy Kidman from WCW Saturday Night on August 31st, 1996 * Sid Vicious vs. Mark Merro from WCW Saturday Night on March 2nd, 1991 * Sting vs. Lord Steven Regal from WCW Saturday Night on February 5th, 1994
The first ever WWF tape I was given as a 4 yr old boy was Wrestlemania 4, it was a split over 2 videos and it was me and my father who sat down to watch it together. I got to watch "The Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Bam Bam Bigelow, Jake "The Snake" Roberts & "Ravishing" Rick Rude. That was all great but I also got to watch "The Macho Man" Randy Savage, he wrestled four times in one night & had 4 very diffrent matches. That night Savage wrestled Butch Reed, Greg Valentine, The One Man Gang & Ted Dibiase, one of the many many things that caught my attention about The Macho Man that night was he wore different colour trunks each time he came out. I thought that was awesome & I thought Randy Savage was awesome, he came of the top rope and hit big moves and even when you thought he was out of it he somehow pulled it out of the bag.
I am not gonna tell you the reason I fell in love with Professional Wrestling was Randy Savage, because that would be a lie. However to say that from the second I started watching this business his matches were always ones I enjoyed and loved to watch that would be 100% truthful. There are 3 matches that stand out for me, head & shoulders above any others. The matches with Steamboat at WM 3, with The Ultimate Warrior at WM 7 & with Ric Flair at WM8. They are my three favorite Macho Man matches of all time, I could watch those matches everyday for the rest of my life and never get bored of any of them. I am sure some people will disagree with me, to you I say thats cool send me an E-Mail or a Tweet or a message on Facebook (all my contact details are at the bottom of this article) i would love to hear your favorite Savage matches. Hell you might even tell me about one I havent seen and I can look that shit up and I am sure I will be entertained.
I am sure I am not the only person who is getting really tired of having to write stuff like this about Pro Wrestlers but sadly it comes with the profession. It seems that candles burn hard and fast and some brighter than others, Randy Savage's candle burnt just about as bright as anyones ever has and I am so glad that I was able to enjoy what this man had to give. Randy Savage is a legend and has had a Hall of Fame career, I am sad that just when it seemed that him and Vince were maybe gonna be able to reconcile that this has happened. I am sorry that he wont get his moment in front of a crowd to tell some stories and get that one last standing ovation he deserves. He is such a massive part of my pro wrestling life as I have tried to put across in this column. I hate that every time I watch a Macho Man match now I will have the same feeling as when I watch a Rick Rude, Owen Hart or Eddie Guerrero match.
He was the tower of power funky like a monkey the sky was the limit and space was the place.
Tune in tonight to www.sundaynightshowdown.com starting at 10:30pm EST, 8:30pm MST as UnPlugged with JJ $exay returns tonight on The SNS Radio Network. On tonights show JJ will review the go home edition of WWE Smackdown going into Sunday's "Over the Limit" PPV . Chris Kelly of Headlocks2Headlines.com joins the show to discuss the latest news of the week. Tonights format will possibly change from the norm as JJ plans to tribute one of his favorite performers and a childhood Idol in "The Macho Man" Randy Savage who unfortunately passed away this morning in a car accident as a result of a heart attack. JJ will be opening the phone lines sponsored by Headlocks2Headlines.com to celebrate the life and career of The Macho Man ...if you have a moment or a few you would like to share call 501 588 7957 or add sundaynightshowdown to skype or send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and join the "Live" chatroom to be an interactive part of what will be an emotionally charged episode of UnPlugged.
TNA Wrestling posted the following on their website:
TNA joins the entire wrestling world in mourning the passing of the legendary "Macho Man" Randy Savage
Savage was one of the most talented athletes to ever compete inside a wrestling ring. He truly transcended professional wrestling, becoming one of the true "icons" of our sport. Millions of wrestling fans grew up watching Savage battle other legends such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat and many more.
Savage appeared with TNA during our 2004 "Victory Road" and "Turning Point" events - memorable moments that we hope wrestling fans will never forget.
TNA hopes all of our fans remember Randy Savage's amazing life and career, and how he helped shape the sport as we know it today.
Hulk Hogan via his Twitter account @HulkHogan4Real "I'm completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we finally started to talk and communicate. He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he's happy and in a better place and we miss him. We miss him a lot. I feel horrible about the ten years of having no communication. This was a tough one. I just pray that Randy's happy and in a better place and we miss him."
TNA Founder Jeff Jarrett via his Twitter @JeffJarrettTNA "Just got a call with the news. RIP Randy. I met him when I was 11yrs old. He would always teach, correct, encourage, and compliment as my career progressed. I have NEVER forgotten the intricacies and attention to detail he taught me over the years. Randy always had a method to his madness. Randy is gone, but will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers are w the entire Poffo family."
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest Superstars of his time, Randy Poffo, a.k.a. Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Poffo was under contract with WWE from 1985 to 1993 and held both the WWE and Intercontinental Championships. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. We wish a speedy recovery to his wife Lynn. Poffo will be greatly missed by WWE and his fan
Some of the greatest rivalries end with brutal cage matches that keep the combatants in the ring and interference out. For decades, steel-cage matches have been one of the most popular matches in every wrestling company, including WWE, WCW, ECW, Smokey Mountain, AWA, WCCW, and more. This 3-disc set collects the greatest steel cage matches in history.
WWEDVDNews reports that WWE has once again changed the name of the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray set that was originally titled "The Top 50 Biggest Matches in WWE History."
That title was changed to "The 50 Most Shocking, Surprising & Amazing Moments in WWE History" but the new title is "OMG! - The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History." The set is scheduled to be released on August 23rd.
According to Pwtorch, Jesse Neal reportedly suffered a neck injury and possible concussion at Sunday's TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view when Hernandez hit his finisher on Neal at the end of the Ink Inc. vs. Mexican America match. An MRI showed that Neal had a bulged disc and to be safe, he was not booked at this week's TV tapings.
On WWE Superstars, Tyson Kid was defeated by Yoshi Tatsu and following the match, Michael Hayes elbowed Tyson in the head apparently breaking up their partnership. According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there was talk of Hayes managing other talents so this could happen next
7:00pm Bell Time Live from The AIW Arena St. Gregory's Byzantine Hall 12920 Madison Ave. Lakewood,Ohio
Tickets: Night 1:$15 Night 2:$15 Two Day Pass:$30
Tickets are on sale now at http://shop.aiwrestling.com/tickets.html
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
TPI 2011 is a two night single elimination Pro Wrestling tournament that will feature 24 of the best Independent Wrestlers in the world ending in a 3 way dance final on Saturday May 21st.
The winner will receive a open contract for the AIW Absolute Title which he can use at any time!
******************************************************** First Round Match ups (Friday May 20th,2011) Tim Donst VS. Mad Man Pondo Paul London VS. Shiima Xion Louis Lyndon VS. Flip Kendrick Sonjay Dutt VS. Bobby Beverly Facade VS. Sugar Dunkerton Colt Cabana VS. Marion Fontaine John Kermon VS. Gregory Iron Dave Crist VS. Ricky Shane Page Jonathan Gresham VS. Jake Crist The Duke VS. Aero! "MR. RBI" Izeah Bonds VS. SJK BJ Whitmer VS. Jimmy Jacobs
The Event will also Feature Non Tournament Matches on Both Nights
Non Tournament Matches Night 1 (Friday May 20th,2011)
Johnny Gargano VS. Akira Tozawa
AIW Womens Championship Mickie Knuckles VS. AIW Womens Champion Jessica Havok ******************************************************** Non Tournament Matches Night 2 (Saturday May 21st,2011) Johnny Gargano VS. ???
Tough Enough contestant Christina wrestled at tonight's Florida Championship Wrestling television taping, which could indicate that she wasn't eliminated due to an ankle injury suffered at the conclusion of this week's episode.
The follow report is from PWInsider.com
Before they taped the first episode of FCW Television, they had the Tough Enough ring apron around the ring.
They held a number of ‘Exhibition Matches’ with the finalists.
The first exhibition match featured Bill Demott and Christina. They exchange side head lock take downs and then Christina got a near fall on Demott. She gave Demott an arm drag and drop kick. Christina went up top and went for a cross body press but Demott caught her and then put her down. Then Demott shook Christina’s hand and they were done.
The second exhibition match featured Bill Demott and Luke. They locked up and Luke took Demott down with a side head lock. Demott gave Luke a head scissors but Luke escaped. Luke gave Demott a hip toss and followed that with a drop kick. Luke goes up top and hits an elbow drop on Demott. Demott gets in Luke’s face as the exhibition ends.
This was the end of the first Tough Enough Segment.
After the second of the episodes of FCW, they did another segment.
Booker T rejoined FCW Play by Play Announcer Matt Martlaro at the announce table.
The third exhibition match featured Bill Demott and Andy. Before they lock up, Demott and Andy argue with each other. Andy connects with a forearm but Demott responds with a clothesline. Andy gives Bill a big boot and then he goes up top and hits an elbow to get a near fall. They get up and shake hands to end the exhibition.
The fourth and final exhibition was between Peter Orlov and Jeremiah. They exchange side head locks and then Orlov hits a drop kick and gets a near fall. Orlov with a kick followed by a splash in the corner. Orlov slams Jeremiah but he misses a knee drop. Jeremiah goes up top and hits a cross body and gets a near fall. Orlov with a drop kick and chops but Jeremiah punches Orlov and hits a suplex. Jeremiah goes up top and hits a cross body press to get a three count.
Bo Rotundo defeated Lucky Cannon to win the Florida Heavyweight Championship at tonight's Florida Championship Wrestling television taping whilst Big E Langston and Calvin Raines defeated Richie Steamboat and Seth Rollins for the tag team titles.
Before the first show was taped, they filmed a segment for the Tough Enough Finale on June 6th. The announcers were Matt Martlaro and Booker T.
In an exhibition match, Bill Demott faced Tough Enough finalist Christina Crawford.
In an exhibition match, Bill Demott faced Tough Enough finalist Luke Robinson.
The turnbuckles and ring apron were switched for the first episode of FCW Television.
Results for June 12, 2011
Your announcers are Matt Martlaro and William Regal.
Match Number One: FCW Tag Team Champions Big E Langston and Calvin Raines defeated Los Aviadores (Hunico and Epico) to retain the FCW Tag Team Titles when Langston pinned Hunico after hitting the Big Ending.
Match Number Two: Percy Watson defeated Bobby Dutch with a floatover DDT
James Bronson was interviewed.
Match Number Three: Desean Bishop defeated Rick Victor with a full nelson slam.
Leakee was interviewed and he said that he has dealt with adversity his entire life, but he will win the FCW Championship.
Maxine comes to the ring with Damien Sandow, FCW Champion Lucky Cannon, and FCW Divas Champion and Queen of FCW Aksana. Maxine mentioned the issues she has had with Mr. Florida and she knows that it is Bo Rotundo. Mr. Florida will be facing Lucky Cannon later on this week’s show.
Match Number Four: Mr. Florida defeated FCW Champion Lucky Cannon in a non-title match after Bo Rotundo interfered and speared Cannon, allowing Mr. Florida to get the win. Rotundo was sitting in the front row and throughout the match, Cannon and other members of the FCW All Stars would get into arguments with Rotundo.
After the match, Rotundo returned to the ring and he speared Damien Sandow. Rotundo also speared Mr. Florida.
Results for June 19, 2011
Your announcers were Matt Martlaro and William Regal.
Match Number One: FCW 15 Champion Seth Rollins defeated Damien Sandow to retain the FCW 15 Title. The final totals were Seth Rollins with three falls and Damien Sandow with two falls. Rollins got two falls in the last minute of the match to win.
FCW Tag Team Champions Big E Langston and Calvin Raines were interviewed.
They showed a segment in FCW General Manager Maxine’s office with Lucky Cannon and Aksana. Maxine told Lucky that he would have to defend the FCW title tonight against Lucky Cannon. Steve Keirn enters and tells Maxine that she is being relieved of her duties as FCW General Manager and her replacement is Norman Smiley. Smiley tells Maxine that she will have a match later tonight.
Match Number Two: Leakee defeated Ricardo Rodriguez (with Brodus Clay) with a running forearm.
Leo Kruger was interviewed and he said that he was overlooked and he pointed out that he wrestled with a broken neck. Kruger vowed that he would win the FCW Title next week.
Match Number Three: Ms. Florida defeated Maxine (with Aksana) with a rollup in about five seconds. Before the match started Maxine wanted Aksana to take care of Ms. Florida who Maxine thought was Naomi, but Aksana said that she does not work for Maxine any more since she isn’t the General Manager so she wished Maxine good luck before leaving the ring.
Match Number Four: Bo Rotundo defeated Lucky Cannon (with Damien Sandow) to become the new FCW Champion with a spear.
After the match, the faces in the locker room came to the ring to celebrate Bo’s victory. After they left the ring, Bo’s father Mike ‘IRS’ Rotundo came to the ring and celebrated with his son. Dusty Rhodes was also at ringside for the celebration.
The Tough Enough ring apron and turnbuckles replaced the FCW ring apron and turnbuckle pads for the next set of Tough Enough segments.
Your announcers were Matt Martlaro and Booker T.
In an exhibition match, Bill Demott faced Tough Enough Finalist Andy Leavine.
In an exhibition match, Peter Orlov faced Tough Enough Finalist Jeremiah Riggs.
Results for June 26, 2011
Your announcers are Matt Martlaro and William Regal.
New FCW General Manager Norman Smiley comes to the ring and he brings out the New FCW Heavyweight Champion Bo Rotundo. Norman mentions that Bo is the youngest FCW Champion (which was true when Bo held the title for about five minutes before he lost it to Lucky Cannon). Norman announces a Fatal Four Way Match for the FCW Title as Bo’s first title defense of this title reign. Bo will be facing Richie Steamboat, Leo Kruger, and the former FCW Champion Lucky Cannon.
Cannon comes out and he says that it is a sham and a fluke. He mentioned that he has beaten Rotundo for the last five months in every redneck town. He also demands to get his rematch in a one-on-one match.
Rotundo punches Cannon and then Leo Kruger and Richie Steamboat get involved in the brawl until referees separate the men.
Jinder Mahal cuts a promo before his match and he says that we will see the new and refined Punjabi superstar.
Match Number One: Titus O’Neil defeats Jinder Mahal by disqualification after Damien Sandow interfered. Sandow and Mahal attacked O’Neil.
In the back, Maxine tries to convince the new General Manager Norman Smiley to reconsider his decision after she apologizes to Norman.
Match Number Two: Xavier Woods defeated FCW Tag Team Champion Calvin Raines (with Big E Langston) with a rollup.
Match Number Three: FCW Tag Team Champion Big E Langston (with Calvin Raines) defeated Briley Pierce with the Big Ending.
Match Number Four: FCW Champion Bo Rotundo defeated Leo Kruger, Lucky Cannon, and Richie Steamboat in a Fatal Four Way Match to retain the FCW Title when Bo pinned Kruger after a spear.
Thoughts on the Tapings and Other information
Before the show Ricky Steamboat was signing autographs as you entered the arena.
The Wild Samoans Afa and Sika were in the crowd for the tapings. Sika is the father of FCW wrestler Leakee.
I don’t know if it was because of the Tough Enough taping, but it was the biggest crowd that I saw outside the building before the doors opened. It was also the largest crowd of the four tapings that I have attended.
I have to give credit to Elite subscriber Jacob Cohen for this, but the unofficial nickname for FCW Tag Team Champions Calvin Raines and Big E Langston is Chocolate Raines.
I thought the best match of the night was the FCW 15 Match between Damien Sandow and Seth Rollins. Because they took the tag titles off Steamboat and Rollins, I was thinking that they were going to take the FCW 15 medal off Rollins with the hope that he would make it to the ‘big show’ very soon. I was surprised that there were five falls in the match. The first fall went to Seth Rollins by disqualification after Sandow refused to release a Boston Crab while on the turnbuckles. Despite this, Sandow was able to get the next two falls on Rollins to take the lead in the match. I thought Sandow did a great job working on Rollins back throughout the match. He also impressed me with the way that he hit the Maple Leaf on Rollins during the match. I thought Sandow was going to take a three to one lead only to see Rollins get a desperation fall to cut it to three-to-two in the same way that a hockey team falls behind and gets what some consider a meaningless goal to cut the lead. Rollins got the fall to tie the match with just under a minute left with an inside cradle. Then even though he did not need to get another fall, Rollins was able to win the match instead of retaining after a tie.
I was surprised to see Maxine’s group disintegrate, but with what was reported on the site this week, it seems reasonable.
It appeared that they were trying to set up some issues between the members of Chocolate Raines with the matches on the third show. I was not surprised that Xavier Woods got the win over Calvin Raines because it would set up a tag title match with Woods and a partner of his choice. Then I thought they were going to have Briley Pierce get the major upset over Langston. Instead, Langston squashed Pierce.
This was the first time that I saw Briley Pierce in the ring and he looked okay, at least what you could tell from someone being destroyed by Langston.
Since he is Dolph Ziggler’s brother, maybe they can call Briley Pierce “Mr. Zigglerico II”
I really liked that they had Mike Rotundo come to the ring to celebrate with his son since the episode that he wins the FCW title will air on Father’s Day.
Also in attendance were Mike Rotundo and Dusty Rhodes.
Mr. Florida was Trent Barreta.
Ms. Florida was Naomi Knight.
While he did not appear in any matches on this week’s show, I did see Jon Moxley at the building. I know that I was looking forward to seeing his FCW television debut this week.
The next FCW Television Tapings are on Thursday, June 9, 2011 with a 7:00 PM Bell Time.
Because of the Tough Enough segments, they did not have an intermission like they normally do for the television tapings between the first and second episodes.