To say that some controversy has followed Rey Mysterio since the time he left the WWE a few months ago would probably be considered a pretty big understatement. Though Rey's full-time in ring career may likely be over at this point he has still been apart of the same company for the last 10 years and is considered a very valuable commodity for those who can afford to pay him.
Lucha Underground has been somewhat thrilling Independent wrestling fans on and off since it's debut on the El Rey Network a few months ago. Now it might be fair to say that it took the American fans sometime to get used to the style that was seen weekly on Lucha Underground, but once they warmed up to it most fans have loved the show. Now take into account a Mexican Wrestling legend that is free to be apart of any company he wants to for the first time in 10 years. Right now I would think that calling Rey a Semi-Active or Part-Time wrestler wouldn't be to far from the truth, and even though that is true Rey still has tremendous drawing power among some fans who haven't seen him in the ring for 10 years or even longer in some cases.
Though at this point Lucha Underground's first season is drawing to a close and the likely hood that Rey will show before the end of the first season being very slim. I would figure that Rey would be a major factor and a big selling point for Lucha Underground going into Season 2 of the show.
For those who may not be aware last week House of Hardcore made a major announcement regarding them actually landing a National TV deal with The Fight Network out of Toronto. I sometimes forget about the fact that Indy wrestling doesn't always get the attention it deserves that prevents great companies like from being known by fans. So that is why if you have never seen House of Hardcore now is your chance.
For those who don't know about a week ago it was rumored that a new Indy company has signed on with Direct TV and will be debuting with the company on May 11th. The name of the company is Crucial Conflict Wrestling and they apparently have some sort of connection to the Boston Wrestling Club. Below is part of an article taken from another site about this topic:
"The company has booked a number of larger scale arenas in the Carolinas for TV tapings. They have booked tapings at The Annex in Winston Salem, North Carolina on May 16th and The U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC on May 23rd. Hacksaw Duggan, Kevin Nash, John Cena Sr., Vader, Ricky Morton, Boogeyman, Al Snow and Chris Sabin have been advertised as appearing."
Though I am very excited about the amount of Independent Wrestling companies getting National TV deals over this short period of time. I will say that I am a little confused how they could announce a TV deal an not say which channel they are on. I look forward to hopefully finding out more info about this company. Also I wonder if the trend of Indy companies getting National TV deal can and will continue or will the trend fizzle out.
About a week or so ago I did a write up on an independent company based out of Vegas that a National TV deal recently and will be appearing on POP TV; for those who may have forgotten that company's name was Paragon Pro-Wrestling. Well to the surprise of many fans and many writers another Independent wrestling company has landed a National TV deal and that company is House of Hardcore which is Owned by Wrestling Legend Tommy Dreamer. For those that might be unaware Tommy opened House of Hardcore in late 2012 and has been running show all over the east coast since and he even did one show in California.
The network that will be home to House of Hardcore is The Fight Network. The Fight Network is the world's premier 24/7 TV channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. Also though the Fight Network is a Toronto based TV network it is still available for viewing on selected TV companies throughout the US. "The channel is available on Cablevision’s Optimum TV and Texas-based Grande Communications in the U.S., all major carriers in Canada, over 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East."
Tommy is one of the most well respected members of the pro-wrestling industry and has been now for almost over 25 years. The first live show that will appear on The Fight Network will be House of Hardcore 9 on July 18, live from Toronto, ON. In the 8-weeks leading up to the event The Fight Network will have a one hour show featuring highlights from all of the past House of Hardcore events; new episodes will air Tuesdays @ 9PM. As a wrestling fan I love seeing this and not just because I get the station, but because this means more alternatives to the WWE will be available on TV which is awesome.
To say that wrestling could be nearing the break of another golden age may not be to far from the truth. Just think about this for a second when was the last time that Six wrestling companies were on National TV. I will tell you this has never happened, also have to add GFW to the mix as they will likely have a National TV provider so then at that point it would be seven companies with a National TV contract. That would be incredible and I get goose bumps just thinking about it, because that means the business is getting healthier and someone maybe more likely to pose a threat to Vince as fans would have other alternatives on TV. I am calling it now 2015 will be a Big year for the Wrestling business and I for one am looking forward to it.
This is actually the first time I am doing any sort of post in 5 years of writing about the NWA so if seem to have less knowledge than normal about the subject matter then that is why. I will say bearing that in mind that the NWA is actually getting more newsworthy exposure shows the difference in ownership from the old president and the new president.
Since the early part of the 1900’s the NWA has had some part in the wrestling business and though they aren’t as prominent as they once were they are still alive and well. Now like everything else it seems in wrestling the NWA is just another piece of the puzzle that is gaining steam and fans by the day. The old saying that "Rome wasn't built in a day" is something that I feel like fits here, because the best things take time to build and require patience to wait for.
Found in a press release sent to Wrestleview.com from the NWA I noticed a couple of major news makers that are worth hitting on:
Right now tentative plans have the newest adventure for the NWA scheduled to launch in the summer of 2015 and that adventure is "NWA Classics 24/7." Some might remember the old WWE 24/7 which was a TV station for a few years before the WWE moved their on demand service online. Well the NWA aren't going to go to TV first they are going right to the online service. NWA Classics is set to be a monthly subscription service featuring some of the most classic matches in NWA history. For more information please visit: NWAClassics.com.
As many fans know the NWA has had a long history in practically every state that is in the United States; though some states may have a longer and richer history others, that changes nothing other than the idea of fan interest. One of the states that has had a rich history in the NWA is Oregon, for those who don't know the history at one point Oregon was the home of the NWA's oldest company called Pacific Northwest Wrestling ran by Don Owens. The company ran from 1925-1992 before filing for bankruptcy in the summer of 1992 and it was ran by the Owens family for it's entire existence. Though as of 2012 wrestling was back in Portland with the help of Roddy Piper & Don Coss, they never and still aren't a member of the NWA which means the NWA haven't had a territory in Portland at this point since 1992.
Well that was until 2 weeks ago when the NWA welcomed a new company into the NWA Family and take a guess where that company is located, Portland, Oregon. The company once known as Blue Collar Wrestling is now NWA Blue Collar and will reprise the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship. Also adding to the expansion the NWA is back in the state of Indiana with the company now known as NWA Supreme. Finally we can also mention that the NWA is going International with the expansion of the NWA brand as they welcome the exciting UK based promotion now known as NWA New Breed.
I for one am very happy to see that NWA is very healthy and expanding at such a great pace right now. it would be awesome to see the NWA get back on TV, I am not saying that I want to see them get back to where the brand was in the 1980's because it will take a lot of time for those in charge to get even close that. However, I will say it is great to see the NWA's popularity and exposure are both growing at a great pace and will continue to grow with the brand. Right now the future seems bright for the NWA and the only place they can go is up.
A few months ago I was watching one Jeff Jarrett's hype videos for GFW and he said "Wrestling is on the brink of another golden age" or something like that. Right now I am starting to believe him, because think about when was the last time 5 different wrestling companies (TNA, ROH, WWE, NJPW, & PPW) all had National TV deals. Through Lucha Underground in the mix also and you don't have to look to far to see just how healthy this business is right now and it is a great feeling.
If you are unaware who the folks are at PPW or Paragon Pro-Wrestling it's ok before the news broke that they have gotten a National TV deal I think most people out of their region didn't know who they were either. However, once June rolls around everyone who has access to the network known as Pop TV will know who they are also. Yes!! As of earlier this week the Vegas wrestling company known as Paragon Pro-Wrestling has signed a long term contract with POP TV. At this time the plan for the show is to book a very old school style show, which will be taped on the second Tuesday of every month. The tapings will take place at Samstown in Las Vegas, which had been the home of Future Stars of Wrestling.
For those that may not know what POP TV is well it was once called the TV Guide Network and is owned by CBS and Lions Gate. Paragon Pro has been running shows out of Vegas for a little over a year now and is considered to have an old school style to the show. The promotion is owned and operated by Jeff Manning who had been running the Portland area for years and the "booker" for the promotion is Len "The Grappler" Denton. The promotion has brought in former TNA announcer Todd Kenely for the TV tapings which will happen the first Tuesday of every month.
For more information about the company or POP TV visit these links below:
Two weeks a horrible tragedy struck the wrestling business at an event in Mexico, where a member of the pro-wrestling family was unfortunately and tragically taken from us far too soon while in the ring. Now I am aware that some might say this is the past and I shouldn't be writing about it anymore, but when I saw the Lucha Underground video embedded below, I knew I had to share it.
The words that are spoken in this video display the real emotion and give a real perspective on the effect one person can have on everyone around them. The emotions this video drags out of you cannot be put into words because to try and do that would be impossible. I will not lie to you guys when I sat and watch the video, I cried and though I would be lying if I told you that I was a fan of Mexican wrestling, I am not lying when I say I love the business and have tremendous respect for everyone who risks their lives in that ring no matter if I am a fan of their particular genre of wrestling.
Thank you the sacrifices that you make for us fans and Thank you for giving your all every single night you’re in that ring to make sure we have the best show possible. The hardest thing about being a fan of pro-wrestling and loving this business the way a lot of us do is having to say goodbye to so many of your favorites too soon. Thank You Perro: You are Tremendously Missed, Amazingly Respect, and as the tears roll down my face I will that I hope you are tearing down the house up in Heaven!! Thank You For All You Did for The Wrestling Industry and Rest in Peace.