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 our station mix and the number of CW, MYTV and FOX affiliates we operate, this is a perfect fit for our viewer demographics.” Mr. Marks also noted, “Longer-term, we can envision syndicating ROH wrestling to broadcasters in markets where Sinclair does not have a presence, and even internationally.”

Mr. Silkin assures the ROH fans worldwide that they will be seeing the same exciting, hard-hitting style of pro wrestling that they have become accustomed to. “We have established the name Ring of Honor as synonymous with the best in-ring action in the sport. The only thing that will change is that it will now be easier for fans around the world to follow. Our visibility will increase greatly–our production will be upgraded–but the work ethic of our incredible talent roster and our athletic style of wrestling will remain the same. This is what our fans have told us they want, and we will continue to give it to them.”

The current front office staff, including Cary Silkin, Syd Eick, and Ross Abrams, will remain with ROH going forward. Hunter Johnston, a favorite of ROH fans for years as the masked grappler Delirious, will still handle matchmaking, Jim Cornette will remain as executive producer, and other familiar faces like ring announcer Bobby Cruise and senior referee Todd Sinclair will be in place.”

Additionally, longtime wrestling broadcaster Kevin Kelly, already the voice of ROH internet pay-per-views, will assume the TV play-by-play chair this fall. Veteran NWA and WCW promoter Gary Juster will come aboard to be in charge of live event operations, which are planned to continue in current ROH markets as well as expanding into new locations concurrent with the increased TV exposure.

Mr. Cornette, who along with Mr. Johnston, will be in charge of talent and matchmaking, sees this as a new beginning for pro wrestling. “This is not old-school wrestling, and it’s not sports entertainment,” said Mr. Cornette. “This is wrestling for the 21st century, a new style developed by fresh, young stars that incorporates wrestling, mixed martial arts and high-flying, high-risk action with unique personalities, and it’s showcased by a sports-based presentation completely different from any other product out there. In my 30 years in the sport, it’s the most exciting live-event wrestling experience I’ve seen, and I’m thrilled to help bring it to broadcast TV.”

A major press conference, open to wrestling press and mainstream media alike, is being planned for Baltimore on Friday, June 24th. This event will feature a number of the ROH staff and wrestlers both announcing news about ROH’s future and answering questions. The media event will be presided over by new ROH COO, Joe Koff. Mr. Koff, a longtime Sinclair executive with an extensive background in TV sales and management, also has experience in pro wrestling television production and syndication. Most visible of his projects may have been the first-ever live, prime time syndicated pro wrestling events, the Battle of the Belts, which aired from 1985 to 1987. These Championship Wrestling from Florida-based cards were broadcast live to a syndicated network of stations and may be best-remembered for the classic Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham NWA World Title contest from St. Petersburg.

The press event will kick off a weekend which includes ROH’s next internet pay-per-view event, “Best In The World 2011,” live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Sunday, June 26th at 4PM EST. In addition to all the top stars on the ROH roster, this event will feature the return of some favorite stars from Ring of Honor’s past, and can be ordered by anyone in the world with internet access through Gofightlive.tv for only $14.95. More information about Ring of Honor can be obtained through their website, www.rohwrestling.com.
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Audio: Unplugged Remembers "The Macho Man" Randy Savage 5/20/11

UnPlugged with JJ $exay returned on 5-20-11 on the SNS Radio Network to pay tribute to a true Wrestling Icon and Legend "The Macho Man" Randy Savage. Randy Savage passed away on the morning of 5-20-11 as a result of a heart attack while driving his vehicle with his wife Lynn....he leaves behind millions of devastated fans as well as friends and family. JJ quickly covered the Smackdown recap and News of the week with Chris Kelly of Headlocks2Headlines. About an hour in JJ dedicates the entire rest of the show to the memory of his fallen Idol playing clips and promos from Randy's life, telling stories and taking calls from the listeners who tell JJ about Savage and their favorite moments. The show ran almost 3 and a half hours with numerous calls as well as SNS Personalities including The TreyDawg, The Sensational Sequel" Sean, Crelly, Harmony "Boom Boom" $exay and Nem.If you are a fan of "The Macho Man" Randy Savage you cannot miss this emotional episode of UnPlugged, bring your tissues cause you will need them.

http://www.archive.org/download/Unplugged_5-20-11_machoManTribute/Unplugged5-20-11_machoManTribute.mp3
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Audio: What Would Fans Do (WWFD) 5/21/11 Archived

The Nemesis, Mr. Zodiac and 'El Diablo' Ramirez record their first podcast for the SNS network. They talk briefly about "Macho Man" Randy Savage, the news of the week ,your emails. Zod has his own segment "Kneel Before Zodd" .You're in for a random night here on What Would Fans Do.

http://www.archive.org/download/WWFD-21-5-2011/WWFD-21-5-11.mp3
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Video: Billy Goldberg Meets With TNA Official Eric Bischoff

On his facebook, Eric Bischoff wrote the following:

Just arrived in NYC for meetings over the weekend. Some pretty exciting stuff happening. Going to try and get in a 3 mile run before my first meeting tonight and try out this new pair of NIKE Frees! I have been wanting to try."

Former WCW and WWE World champion Bill Goldberg posted the following video on his Twiitter account and commented "The last tweet was a sign of the end of the world...."

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Audio: The Dawg House 5/20/11 Archived

The DawgHouse with The TreyDawg officially debuts on the SNS Network via this brand new archived podcast. On this premeire episode The Dawg pays tribute to "The Macho Man" Randy Savage who unfortunately passed away on the morning of 5-20-11, Trey reviews the 5-19-11 edition of "Impact Wrestling" ,news of the day ,listener emails and a wrestling journalist finds himself in the dawgs crosshairs.....


http://www.archive.org/download/TheDawghousePremeireEpisode5-20-11/DawghouseEpisode1.mp3
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Jay Lethal Comments On Passing Of "Macho Man" Randy Savage

Former TNA talent Jay Lethal tweeted the following poem:

You inspired me more than this world will ever know. Enjoy.

You were a tower of power that was too sweet to be sour,
You were funky like a monkey every minute of every hour.
For you, space was the place and time distortion had to be,
And your fans here on earth wanted the madness for eternity.
You met every challenge with fists clinched and face to face,
You even fought and defeats dragons and snakes.
Flying off the ropes with an elbow drop,
There was no way you could ever be stopped.
Identifiable by your voice alone,
Even being Dubbed the macho king while you sat on your throne.
We hung on your words with interviews memorable and classic,
And we knew it was serious when you took off your glasses.
I promise not to lose you in the sands of time,
For you will always be that all time hero of mine.
--jay lethal--
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Update On If WWE Honor Randy Savage On Television

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter & PWInsider.com, WWE has ordered their production team to start work on video packages for the late "Macho Man" Randy Savage that will air on next weeks television.
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TNA Honors Randy Savage At Live Event

According to live reports, TNA Wrestling held a ten-bell salute for Randy Savage at tonight's live event at Amsterdam High School in Amsterdam, New York.
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