Every fan of Japanese Wrestling is normally just speaking of New Japan when they talk about the wrestling scene across the Pacific much like people have tendency to just speak of the WWE when they talk about the wrestling scene in the US. However, to some peoples surprise Japan actually does have companies in the country other then NJPW and though the companies may not get as much attention from the fans that doesn't mean the wrestlers don't get attention from other companies and don't deserve the spotlight.
Now I will take a look at three contract of talent from Pro-Wrestling NOAH talent that will be expiring very soon and one of them maybe on their way to a certain company like cohorts in NJPW are rumored to be:
Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls: collectively known as The Mighty Don't Kneel they have been under contracts with NOAH for the last two years. With their contracts coming up soon rumors have began to surface that TMDK could be NXT bound before long. Both Haste & Nicholls were a part of a WWE tryout last summer were they impressed officials, and both were offered contracts, but nothing ever came of it for one reason or another.
Takeshi Morishima: It was announced last April that he was retirinig from wrestling due to health concerns, and he was going to have a retirement ceremony in September. However, the ceremony ended getting canceled because Morishima wanted another match instead. Now as months continue to pass and Morishima continue to train and is in the best shape of his career.
Before arriving in the WWE current NXT star Hideo Itami was one of NOAH's biggeest stars and was actually in a stable with Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls so if they do sign their history should be a interesting point of possible comparison.
This title is another "series title" that had fallen out of favor with me once I moved to the new site which was here last year and has been that way since. Now you apparently can cause a lot more damage in the games then you were once able to do. Hearing about this I started to think about old wrestling video games that haven't seen the "main stage" in a few years. Many different games popped into my head as they were mostly WWE banner games, but the one that got most of my attention was.......
As of this writing Rey Mysterio's current deal with AAA seems to be coming to an end and will working with fewer dates with the company as he will be focusing on Lucha Underground. The reason for him to focus more on Lucha Underground is that it's a bigger money deal and will allow him to be at home more often.
He doesn't want work too much in 2016, because of the injury risk, which is one of the reasons he left WWE, AAA us hopeful that they will be they will be able to get him for their big shows. At this time AAA is lacking main event level talent after various departures and unforeseen issues, the year will see AAA forced to make something happen and make some new stars or fall.
It was a few weeks ago when current CZW World Champion "Bulldozer" Matt Tremont opened "Bulldozer's Collectibles" which is a Pro Wrestling and Sports Memorabilia/ Collectibles store. The store is located inside Mike's Custom Airbrush inside the Berlin Farmers Market located at 41 Clementon Road in Berlin, NJ.
The store feature WWE figures both old & new -- CZW/ On Point Wrestling/ TNA/ ROH/ WWE & wrestling DVD's -- NFL/NBA/ and MLB Authentic Jerseys --- WWE apparel shirts and jerseys and other misc wrestling items. The store's hours of operation are listed below:
Hours of Operation:
Thursday: 10am -- 5:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am -- 8pm
Sunday: 10am -- 5:30pm
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Due to the magnitude of this story I've decided to split it up between two separate posts. Right now I will speak to a point about the big rumors and huge story that shook the wrestling world to it's core earlier this week. As top NJPW Stars apparently gave their notice to the company following the Wrestle Kingdom 10 event that took place last weekend. Those stars include AJ Styles, current IWGP Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, and Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson. I feel it necessary to mention that the "King of Strong Style" will have his own article centered around him later this week, and now I will focus on the Bullet Club.
Though it is true that all four men have given their notice to New Japan it is untrue that they have signed contracts with WWE at the moment, but are in negotiation with the company. Rumors have been flying around for months regarding the possibility of AJ Styles joining WWE this year. Now it seems all the more likely that one of the biggest free agents in wrestling maybe destined for the WWE. If the small rumors of his arrival wasn't enough then adding more fuel to the fire is that he wouldn't go to NXT and would actually be signed for the Main Roster. After 12 years with TNA he joined NJPW back in January 2014 and became an international sensation and now it seems like he will be finding a home in the only company he's never been.
In terms of the other two Bullet Club members Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson they also gave their notice with NJPW at the same time as AJ & Shinsuke, but much like Shinsuke they still have some dates left to fulfill with both ROH & NJPW. Anderson & Gallows became one of the top teams in NJPW after coming together seemingly following Giant Bernard's WWE Return in 2012. That's right Albert aka Lord Tensai was Karl "Machine Gun" Anderson's partner in Japan before re-joining WWE and ultimately retiring. Now with the former leader of the Bullet Club and current NXT World Champion Finn Balor down in NXT the interest and intrigue surrounding the supposed eventual debut of Anderson & return of Gallows brings more to the table. Just imagine the Bullet Club down in NXT and even on Raw.
It is signings like these that may give the WWE the shot in the arm they so desperately need right now as it seems like nothing is going right for them at the moment. Especially with half the roster on the shelf with long term injuries and Wrestlemania hanging in the balance they needed a big splash and this is what they did. I must say in terms of signings this is by far one of if not the most intriguing "signings" WWE has done in a long time.
Near the end of last year I got the sudden urge to conduct sort of interviews with various interviews with various independent wrestling personalities on the state of Indy wrestling and the fans perception of the Indy circuit. For this shoot I was joined by wrestling manager Mortimer Blankenship.
Mortimer and I discuss how important the role of a manager is in wrestling and what some talent are missing out on without a manager.
Mortimer was under the weather when we recorded this video just thought I mention it.
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Though our last attempt may not have worked very well we are at it again and I feel like I hit a home run with this guest. As later this afternoon I will be joined by another talent for a live chat right here on Wrestlingexpress.net. My guest tomorrow will be the "Crown Jewel" of the NWA and former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. That's right! up and comer Chase Owens will be joining us tomorrow at 2pm.
So join me tomorrow at 2pm for the opportunity to have a chat with the former Jr Heavyweight champion and one of the better lightweights in wrestling today. So come join us and pose any questions you've wanted to ask one of the better young wrestlers in the world today.
It's true yes you may not know the company or the talent in the match, but fact is that is the point of this post. As we kick off the new year the spotlight I have been casting on the Independent circuit recently. Enjoy this as 2015 was just the beginning for the indies jolt forward into the "public eye" and in 2016 that push will continue. Now let's flashback a few months to Supreme Supershine Showdown where Billy Mattern fought Andrew Hunter. Take a look and I hope you enjoy!!
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We are half way through the Year end award for 2015 as we have now reached our fourth award. This award is given to the company that has done the most to improve with the calendar and ends up in a better position then which they started. 2015 has been the biggest year for independent wrestling in recent memory with various companies landing National TV deals and other expanding onto other networks to gain more exposure.
This year has given the Independent circuit more exposure and more attention then it ever has had before, but let's not stop here & let's continue the growth and expansion in 2016 as Indy wrestling continues to get bigger and bigger. Below are the companies up for the award.
It seems to be never ending every time I think the updates will stop more come out, whoever is in charge of releasing information really knows how to keep people's attention. The expected launch for the company is still early next year. I will say from what I have read this company seems like it will be very unique from any other company around right now, but I'll let you be the judge of that:
- The TV series for the company will be called Revolution TV, with the product being promoted as "reality sports". All of the ring segments would be the reality aspect. The name of the show and the "reality sports" term were trademarked by Bill Townsend, President of CWR.
- The idea behind the promotion seems to have something to do with veterans like Shane Douglas & Animal training and managing new talents.
- Douglas has contact several wrestlers in recent months, asking if they were "ready to move to Vegas". The promotion is also looking for multiple announcers who can speak various languages.
- The promotion has been working on a launch since March 2014 when Shane first began contacting talent for them to sign letter of intent that they would be interested in working for CWR (Then known as Classic Wrestling Federation)
The biggest part of the CWR business plan is that they plan to offer talent things like health insurance benefits, or stipends, a 401k retirement plan and other benefits, and to create a profit sharing plan where all athletes share in the success of the company. It has also been said that the company plans to make a portion of the TV revenue open to retiring wrestlers as a pension plan of sorts. All these unique ideas have never been tried by a wrestling company and it will be interesting to see how the company does when they finally do launch. I guess it's fair to ask "Are You Ready for a Revolution?