Though over the last few years we have seen huge changes in the look of the independent circuit due to a rise in the amount of talent off the indies that WWE and TNA have signed. But at one point so many extremely talented wrestlers were on the circuit like Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, Tyler Black, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Samoa Joe, CM Punk, and various others were a part of the sence and now all are in a Major company in some form. Now much like I did in the past look at the 90 minute TLC match that CM Punk & Chris Hero put together when they were a part of IWA-MS. I am going to look back at the match that in my mind had one of the craziest finishes that I have ever seen. This match comes from the Ted Petty Invitational which I do believe is a tournament with IWA-MS, but the match is:
Mike Quackenbush vs Claudio Castanogli (aka Cesaro)
Note: Wasn't able to find the full match (Damn WWE) but did find the last few minutes of the Match which is great so you can see the ending. Enjoy!!
Over the last few years the WWE has come to the realization that training people from scratch isn't the easiest thing in the world and most of the time doesn't work out the way you thought it would. So instead why not sign people who not only have already been trained, but have already gotten "over" in the companies they work for which means they already have developed some what of a following and will get better reaction when they debut for them in NXT. Smart right? the company has finally began to do something should have and could been doing for years, but instead chose to spend years not caring or taking good care of the developmental territories that was until they brought it all in house.
Now the next set of talents on WWE's radar are two former champions and talents that were a part of the most recent set of WWE tryouts. The wrestlers names are Rich Swann & former CZW World Champion Biff Busick. It has been said that they impressed WWE officials enough to be at the top of their radar of talent they want to sign. If these suspected contract talks expand and continue to get more serious then I will take the next step and dig deeper into how the signing of these men would help NXT, but until that point. Below are two matches one from Rich Swann and the other from Biff Busick just to give you a taste of what these men can do:
Though I could get heat from some insignificant, delusional, wannabe keyboard warrior I don't care. As I always say if you don't like what I say then you don't have to read it, and you can leave the site. To give a little background a few weeks ago at an Independent show somewhere in the US, the Young Bucks actually had an 8 year old kid & his dad join them in the ring. Now you might think ok the Bucks being nice, and that's what I thought but that was before this "skit" really started. Because well.........
Matt & Nick super-kicked the kids Dad and then the kid went after them, they sold for the kid. That's right two pro-wrestlers sold for an 8 year old. Now I am not pissed off about this for the same reason that Corny is, but I am pissed about because they went to far. After taking the "comeback" from the 8 year old they ended super kicking the kid and it was a double super kick at that. What the F**** does that prove, What the F**** is that selling, and What GOOD does that do for the company or the Bucks.
If you believe that did anything good for any person involved then fact is you are delusional and probably same person that thought Daniel Bryan not being featured in the World Title Match at Mania was wrong for business. Even if it meant ignoring the possibility of him not being 100% and if he isn't 100% they weren't going to give him the title. The Bucks aren't the best and this proves it, because NO Matter good or fluid they might be in that ring if they are half as cocky as they are on camera backstage then I can picture how much of a headache they to deal with.
Fact is this isn't about "protecting the business" because well it's open and the secrets have been known for to long to even try to protect it. This is about logical booking!!!! This is about making the best product possible where people aren't ashamed to be a wrestling fan, because of the crap companies do. This is another reason why people can say that wrestling nowadays is a joke and not as serious as it once was. It's stunts like this that prove the fact that The Young Bucks are leading charge in making wrestling more of a joke.
I love the Bucks in the ring, but their matches have become formulaic and just simply spot fests. If you don't agree with anything Cornette says well guess your the one who is more then likely wrong, because he has experience and has a lot better idea of what works then you do. So how about you be a F***** Fan and Shut your F**** Mouths, You dumb, delusional KEYBOARD Warriors!!!!
The original title of this post was going to be "Update on the Cluster*** known as Lucha Underground. Because over the last few months we as fan have heard so many different stories about the possibility of another season for the El Rey Network show that nobody is really what is going on. However, now we may have a clear cut answer as Eric Van Wagemen who is a producer for the show was actually a guest on "Wrestling Compadres Podcast" recently & confirmed that a new season would happening. Currently the thing that seems to be holding up the announcement of an official start date for season 2 is the ability of getting the money together to begin filming.
Last season the total cost topped out at nearly 20 million dollars to produce the show which is insane for a company the status of Lucha which now it is understandable why it is taking so long for season 2. The cost of editing the show and creating vignettes aren't cheap and apparently El Rey is great to work with but just can't afford to give Lucha the same amount of money that other networks might able to. Right now the expected return to TV is pegged to be sometime in January, either way at this point don't expect to see Lucha Underground back on your TV until 2016.
Just when we think things are going to be totally clear something else pops up and that becomes the wildcard or the unexpected problem. Which seems to have lead to the never ending question of will Lucha Underground be able to start filming again or will the expense just be to much for them to bear.
Someone reading that title is probably thinking something like this "What the heck is the guy talking about there is no art to a death match, it's just garbage wrestling. Well you couldn't be more wrong, from what I have been able to find the actual match type was first done in Japan back in the day. Then with the help of companies like ECW, CZW, IWA-MS, XPW, and various others the death match craft has made it's way into the states. Anyone who doesn't know what a death match is for whatever the reason let me explain it then.
In all honesty the reason you don't know what is probably has something to do with the company or companies that you watch. To be a little more specific your probably only watching companies like ROH, TNA, Lucha Underground, NJPW, or WWE where death matches have never really been seen. In these companies it is normally known as Hardcore which is really nothing more then a tone down version of the death match style. As everyone probably is aware companies like WWE & WCW had a hardcore division back during the Monday Night Wars (1997-2001). After society changed and due over saturation the idea of hardcore wrestling really went away for a few years. But then companies like CZW and IWA-MS brought some of the popularity it once had back but this time they turned up the volume and the violence.
Though you may have your opinion and I have my opinion on the situation I also have Photographer Marc McAndrew to back me up as he said "There's a creativity to it. ... I see almost an artistic side to it. They're like a musician engaging with the audience." Coming from a guy who from what I saw in the article it doesn't seem like Marc is a huge fan of wrestling, yet he shows respect for the wrestling business and what the guys are able to do in the ring. If the above quote wasn't enough Marc also has this to say "Hardcore is a style of wrestling that's a little bit nontraditional, and it can be in an unusual environment; it can have unusual weapons, ladders, things like that," McAndrews said. "Death matches are much more about taking that level of violence a little bit further. The stipulations for some of these death matches are even more bizarre than the matches themselves. McAndrews mentioned one in which, after the match, the loser is thrown -- open wounds and all -- into a kiddie pool filled with salt and lemon juice." Fact of the matter is if this random photographer can learn to respect the business then why can't other do the same. There is an art to the death match and I hope this either showed you that or maybe gave you some doubt that their could be.
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Strange title huh!! You ain't the only one who thought that, but this is the only title I could think of to fit the post I wanted to do. Fact is that this title isn't my way of saying that the fans should control what companies do on their shows or put on TV or anything like that, because that would be a very bad idea. Just still back relax and let me explain this title to you before you try and figure it out yourself.
Everyone knows that the wrestling business consists of so many companies that it's hard to keep track of which companies are active and which aren't. However, most people don't even realize that they are within walking distance from a wrestling show in most cases. Those people don't realize it because they are the ones who believe that if I am not seeing on my TV screen then it doesn't exist or it's not worth my time whatever the reason those are the worst type of fans; because they are the fans who go on social media and complain week in and week out about the show. Then they state their opinion and you better agree or boy you'll be in for it because nobody is allowed to disagree with a "Keyboard Warrior." But I will talk about this specific item of business at a later date. So back to business it doesn't matter where you are in the world there is likely a wrestling company within either walking distance or just a short drive away. Do you even know they exist?
The Independent circuit, has become known as the breeding ground for future WWE superstars as WWE has made a theme about taking known independent talent into the company. But if you walk up to a group of WWE fans and say "Did you Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, CM Punk, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Kevin Owens, and various others actually started on the Indies." Guaranteed that fan/s will either not care or tell you your a joke and that it doesn't matter where they came from because nobody knew who they were until they arrived on Raw. Well in reality which is the not the place most wrestling fans live, everyone had a career before WWE unless they were found by WWE & put right in developmental.
However, everyone I listed above, and just to add a few names: Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Big Show, Shawn Michaels, Booker, T, Alberto Del Rio, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan, and the list goes on. all of these wrestlers that I listed had a career a in most cases achieved at least some success prior to the WWE. But once again a fan would say "It doesn't matter who they were before WWE, because I didn't know who they were until they got on TV. Well fact is what if it was like used to be where if you lived on the East Coast then the only companies you could see where Mid-Atlantic Wrestling (JCP/WCW), WWF, and possibly AWA or WWA, and you would even no that wrestling existed in other places without the magazines. But things have changed and technology has improved...... hmmm technology has improved!! Hmmm......
Technology! YouTube has made the ability to find local wrestling companies so easy that all you have to do is type the name of the company in the search bar and see the results. Look the point of this post was not to drill home the idea of people having careers outside WWE. The point of this post was tell to you that there are other companies then those you see on your TV screen every week. Don't be that person who sticks your nose up at Indy wrestling fans and say that the talent on those shows don't matter, because then you'll be a hypocrite when those wrestlers end up on your TV screen. Give Indy Wrestling a chance, because who knows you may end up liking it a little more then major companies and also you would be supporting the little guy instead continuing to feed the egos of the bigger ones. I guess all I am saying is that "It's Your Wrestling World & You Control it" don't let somebody else control it for you.
Top of FormLast week I did a post highlighting some recent news that has come out about what the company has been up to in recent months. Due to the amount of news that came out regarding the company I chose to split the post into two parts to cut down on the amount information that was needed to digest at one time. With that being said let's get to the other information that was given out in the update:
- First things first and that is without talent there really can't be a promotion, and that's why actually starting in the spring of last year Shane Douglas began calling talent to get them to sign letters of intent to work for the company when they officially open.
- The company also has an investor who is an Internet entrepreneur who created websites like Lycos.com (before he became a writer, motivational speaker, and philanthropist) the man’s name is Bill Townshend, he is being listed as the president of the company on all paperwork.
- They are also looking to be the first ever American wrestling company to offer talent 401k's and retirement plans. Also they plan on making a profit sharing program so all the athletes can share in the growth of the company. Finally, they will also offer insurance benefits and stipends for talent as well along with higher pay than alternatives. This company seems like they are trying to innovate the one sport that nobody has really tried to innovate ever before, the one problem is that doing this doesn't always work and could end up costing them in the long run.
Top of FormThe above updates provide a glimpse into what this company is trying to do and how they are trying to be totally different than any other company in the history of wrestling. Also this in my opinion tells us why it has been so long for updates to reach us about this company, because it seems like they have a lot to do in a time limit to do it. I said it before and will stay again that innovation is good, but then on the other side of it that too much innovation could come back to haunt you for trying to do too much too soon.
Right now other than some of the talent on the roster, then only thing we know is that they will be filming in Las Vegas as they actually came to an exclusive agreement with a Vegas hotel to run events. Now to get a little more technical, CWR is also looking to capture the attention of the 18-34 demographic that existed during the Monday Night Wars and disappeared following the end of the war. With a "non" PG-13 product with faces vs heels and capturing the right demographic is apparently their map for success as a company. For any more information on this subject, visit the link below:
Last Friday night the wrestling world sustained a terrible loss as another legend left us far to young. We lost another great man and another one of my idols Roddy "Rowdy" Piper passed away at the age at 61. In all honesty I can't put into words what Roddy Piper meant to me and this profession overall. The impact that he had on this industry and the fans of this business will be felt for decades to come, because Roddy was a natural heel and had so much talent.
It's always hard to say goodbye to people you grew up watching and became your favorites. But it is even harder to say goodbye to someone who wasn't just one of your favorites, but also one of you idols in the business. Roddy's memory will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who he had an impact on in his life. Thank you Roddy for having an impact on my life and Thank you for being the man that you were and being most of all Thank for you being Roddy "Rowdy" Piper, because you were One of a Kind!!!
Earlier tonight I found out that Maryland Championship Wrestling had released footage of the Final Edition of Piper's Pit. I am done talking it's time for you to watch history. The Final Piper's Pit!!
God Bless "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
April 17, 1954 - July 31,2015
RIP You Maybe Gone But You'll Never Be Forgotten
God Speed "Hot Rod"
With Global Force Wrestling's debut out of the way now we move on to the newest talk of the town and that the company in which we know a very minimal amount about and heard very little about within the last year. For those who may not be aware CWR (Classic Wrestling Revolution) was at one point called Classic Wrestling Federation which is the company that "Franchise" Shane Douglas will be a part of in some form. Though at this point the updates from the company have been very little or nothing as been "leaked" in a while about the company.
However, now we have received a lot of information about the company even though not all is clear but that's where I come in to send you the stuff that matters and throw away the stuff that doesn't matter. To once again change things up I will be just giving bullet points rather then long paragraphs:
- CWR (Classic Wrestling Revolution) recently taped a "sizzle reel" that will be used for potential TV, licensing, and financial partners in California. They shot the footage at a recent Championship Wrestling From Hollywood event.
- Some talent featured on the event were Rocky Romero, Mason Ryan, Michael Tarver, Colt Toombs (Roderick Toombs Jr), Roddy Piper, Shane Douglas, and others.
- Road Warrior Animal, and Shane Douglas were a producer and the booker respectively. In neither case it is if they just worked on the CWR matches or if they had a part in the other matches as well.
- CWR scouted talent CWH talent that worked the "Red Carpet Rumble" event. Also they scouted talent that worked at the recent Paragon Pro Wrestling taping. (Click Here for info on PPW) (Click Here for more info on CWH)
- Currently the company isn't project to run any events until sometime in 2016. The idea behind not running events until next is that it will give them plenty of time to plan out a debut & touring schedule. Also they are apparently planning to debut with around 250 events in the US with possible international dates as well.
Talk about everything coming out at once.... There is so much information about this company at this point that putting it all in one post I think would a little to much. So there will be a part 2 with updates regarding the status of this company and my thoughts on the company will all be included in part 2. So keep an eye out for that!