Saturday, May 21, 2011

WWE Hall Of Famers Appear At TNA Event

TNA Wrestling posted the following on their website:

At Friday's TNA Live Event in Amsterdam, New York, several wrestling legends made a surprise appearance. The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam is inducting new members this weekend, and TNA was happy to have them as our special guests at the event. You can check out photos below from the TNA Live Event featuring the following legends:

Johnny Rodz, The Destroyer, Animal & Paul Ellering, Danny Hodge (with Dreamer), Nick Bockwinkel (with Jarrett), referee Dick Worley (with Hebner), Joyce Grable, Larry Sharpe and Dominick DeNuccci

* Note from Chris Kelly*

Road Warrior Animal was meant to host a live event for WWE next week but was pulled due to comments about WWE's wellness testing.
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Video: Hulk Hogan Comments On Macho Man Randy Savage's Passing

TNA Wrestling Hulk Hogan posted a video on his Twitter page talking about the passing of Macho Man Randy Savage. The video can be seen here
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Breaking News: Ring Of Honor Is Bought By Sinclair Broadcast Group

The following was posted on the ROHWrestling.com

BRISTOL, PA. (MAY 21, 2011)–Ring of Honor Wrestling owner, Cary Silkin, announced today the sale of the promotion to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest television broadcasters in the country and which owns and operates, programs, or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 35 markets across the United States.

ROH, currently the third largest wrestling promotion in the country, just celebrated its ninth anniversary, and Mr. Silkin is excited about taking the next step towards increasing the company’s visibility and expanding its operations.

“We have been waiting for and working for this opportunity for quite some time”, he said, “and of our 9 years in business, there has been no better roster of wrestlers than this one to expose the ROH product to the masses. With Sinclair’s resources and many avenues of distribution, we believe many new fans around the world will be as captivated as those who have followed Ring of Honor over the years.”

The month of September will see the debut of the new Ring of Honor television program which will be syndicated across the Sinclair network of stations, and with it, ROH will become the only wrestling promotion in the United States with a major, multi-market presence on broadcast TV. But if you don’t live in a market with a Sinclair station, fear not, says Mr. Silkin. “Through our revamped website we will be able to make the TV show available to anyone in the world with internet access.”

Sinclair officials are enthused about the project as well.

“We are very excited about this acquisition,” commented Steve Marks, COO of Sinclair’s Television Group. “Television and professional wrestling have a long history of successful partnerships and driving viewership. Unfortunately, the broadcast networks have not protected that relationship, allowing professional wrestling to migrate to cable network distribution. We believe that the powerful promotional platform that our TV stations provide, coupled with our 22% share of the U.S. TV households, will allow ROH to achieve name brand recognition and grow its share of the wrestling market. When you consider the makeup of