Title :
NOTES & NEWS FOR TUESDAY 4/1/14
Author : Bob Mulrenin
Date : 04/01/2014 (05:56:28 PM)


This week's Who's Slamming Who podcast featured a trifecta of guests, with the Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Dave Meltzer coming on for a half-hour to talk about WWE's ongoing WrestleMania planning. In addition, former WWE star Mo from Men on a Mission and WWE, ROH, and ECW star Tony Devito came in-studio for sit-down interviews as well.

Who's Slamming Who airs live each Thursday, 7 PM ET as part of the VOC Nation Radio Network on 
vocnation.com. Call in to the show (855) VOC-RADIO. The show is also available for download courtesy of vocnation.com.

Check it out as Mo offers memories of his close friend and partner Nelson "Mabel / Viscera" Frazier, coming up through the USWA and his WWE tryout, losing the WWE tag team titles after just two days, and his upcoming Nelson Frazier benefit show and "Real Deal" DVD.

On Mabel as a Possible Hall of Fame Inductee:
The one thing that [Nelson Frazier] talked about more than anything in the weeks before he passed, he wanted to be in the Hall of Fame. He felt like looking at the way the business is now, and he felt like, in his heart of hearts, Men on a Mission ... had done enough and we had brought so much to the business because ... how [of] many acts have spawned off of just the Men on a Mission characters ... He really felt like we should be in the Hall of Fame. He would tell me all the time, "Man, if you've got anything bad to say about WWE, anything, just please man don't say it. Keep it to yourself. Don't say it. We deserve the Hall of Fame."

On WWE Still Using Men on a Mission Gimmick:
If you look at 2014 WWE, right now, just about 60% of the gimmicked characters [or] whatever they have on that TV program right now is a take from either Men on a Mission or from Oscar's character in a sense. Just about everybody's using some type of rap thing, some type of rap music. Even John Cena comes to the ring rapping. You've got the Usos, now, instead of saying "Whoop there it is" they're saying "U-so, U-so," you've got Ron Killings (R-Truth) instead of going "Whoop there it is" it's "What's up? What's up?." You know?

On Getting Heat Because of Oscar:
We met Oscar the same day we flew up to New York and took a limo to Connecticut. We didn't click because Oscar didn't know about the wrestling business. He knew everything in the world about the entertainment business but he didn't know anything about our business. So, in the beginning we had a lot of problems trying to get him to realize "We're going to get heat for this, we're going to get heat for that," and all these different things ... He did [get us heat] ... Nobody ever knew we (Mo and Mabel) [were] separate [from Oscar].
 
 
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SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES News for April 1, 2014

Courtesy of the SHIMMER Yahoo Group
groups.yahoo.com/group/shimmerwrestling

Follow SHIMMER on Twitter
www.twitter.com/shimmerwomen

Like SHIMMER on Facebook
www.facebook.com/shimmerwomen

Headlines:
- SHIMMER 62 live on iPPV this Sat. from New Orleans!
- Ray & Leon to return at SHIMMER 63-66 in Berwyn!

SHIMMER 62 THIS SAT. ON iPPV, LIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS!

SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES presents "SHIMMER 62" this Saturday afternoon, April 5, 2014 at McAlister Auditorium (6823 St. Charles Avenue) on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Bell time for SHIMMER 62 is 3pm. Tickets for SHIMMER 62 are being sold through the World Wrestling Network, at the link below. They will also be available at the door on the day of the event.

Tickets:
www.wwnlive.com/NOLA/TIX/tix-shimmer.htm

First and third row ringside seating (on the stage where the ring will be positioned) is already SOLD OUT. Some second row stage seating is still available, if you act fast! Cost for second row stage seats for SHIMMER 62 is $75. Also still available is floor seating in the auditorium. VIP floor seats (rows 1-10) are available at a cost of $35. General admission floor seats (rows 11 and back) are available at a cost of $25.

The iPPV broadcast of the SHIMMER 62 event can now be be pre-ordered, with two pricing options. It's $9.99 for the live stream only, or $14.99 for the live stream plus unlimited VOD access to the event for future viewing. Additionally, the SHIMMER 62 bouts will be available at
www.clickwrestle.com after the show for MP4 download.

Pre-order the iPPV at:
wwnlive.com/event-shimmer-04-05-14.html
 

CHEERLEADER MELISSA VS. LUFISTO THIS SATURDAY!

The main event for SHIMMER 62 in New Orleans has been signed! SHIMMER Champion CHEERLEADER MELISSA will put the title on the line against "Super Hardcore Anime" LUFISTO in a Two out of Three Falls Match, with a 90 minute time limit!

Melissa and LuFisto first battled against one another back at SHIMMER 20 in 2008, in a match that earned SHIMMER Match of the Year honors based on fan voting that year.
The Berwyn events will feature the long awaited return of the masked duo RAY & LEON from Japan! We've posted a free match from their 2012 visit on YouTube at the link below. Post it on your favorite wrestling message boards to help spread the word!

Video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFyq4Nr1U-M

Visit www.shimmerwrestling.com for tickets to the SHIMMER 63-66 events. Still available are two front row reserved seats for Sunday's taping ($80 each), second row reserved seating for both days ($40 per day), and general admission seating for both days ($20 per day). If interested in either or both of the available front row tickets to Sunday's taping, E-mail shimmernews@yahoo.com to let us know.

Make your plans to join us live in Berwyn on April 12th & 13th!
 
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"Finding Zach Gowen" Official Trailer Released - Available Worldwide & In New Orleans Starting This Friday

View the "Finding Zach Gowen" trailer featuring Zach Gowen, Jimmy Jacobs, Truth Martini, Rhino, Paul London, Jimmy Korderas, Brian Gorie & more here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=919nofDzkRw

Available Starting APRIL 4, 2014 on DVD & Digital Download at JOE-DOMBROWSKI.COM or buy your copy in New Orleans at Mid-South Legends Fanfeat or WrestleCon this weekend!

After a tumultuous childhood, an 8-year-old Zach Gowen faced the ultimate adversity — cancer. It was a battle that would cost Zach his left leg, but still he refused to be a victim. Just ten years later, Zach would see his childhood dream come true — a career as a world-famous professional wrestler, eventually signing with the global phenomenon World Wrestling Entertainment. However, success was fleeting, and a young, immature, and now unemployed Zach now found himself on a new road — one of self-destruction. Fame and fortune gave way to drugs and alcohol, and it seemed like what was once an inspirational story of hope was destined for a dark and depressing end — death. Had Zach lost his way for good or could he re-discover that light that had guided him through so many perils of his past? For the first time ever, watch in its entirety, the life story of one man who was given everything, before he was ready to handle anything, and who had to lose it all… to find himself.

“Finding Zach Gowen: The Life Story of the World’s First One-Legged Pro Wrestler” is a journey of emotion and drama that must be seen to be believed. Despite being just 30 years of age, Zach has experienced enough to fill four or five lifetimes, and for the first time ever, Zach is completely open and honest about his greatest triumphs & tragedies in this two-disc four-hour DVD set.

FEATURING: In-depth interviews with Zach Gowen and his family & personal friends, as well as wrestling superstars Jimmy Jacobs, Truth Martini, Rhino, Paul London, Jimmy Korderas, Gregory Iron, Brian Gorie and more!

Rarely or never-before-seen photographs and video footage of Zach throughout his life from the cast’s personal collections!

Plus: Special Bonus Matches featuring alternate commentary by Zach himself, including:
Zach Gowen vs. Truth Martini (Zach’s first ever match)
Zach Gowen vs. N8 Mattson (Zach’s final match before rehab)
Zach Gowen, Christopher Daniels & Matt Cross vs. Johnny Gargano, Josh Prohibition & N8 Mattson
Zach Gowen vs. Gregory Iron

BE THE FIRST TO OWN “FINDING ZACH GOWEN”
“Finding Zach Gowen” will be available in New Orleans next weekend! Film co-producer Joe Dombrowski (Montreal Theory, Ring of Honor) will be on hand at the following locations:

Mid-South Legends Fanfest — Friday, April 4 — www.MidSouthLegends.com
Wrestlecon — Saturday & Sunday, April 5-6 — www.Wrestlecon.com

“Finding Zach Gowen” will also be available on DVD as well as Digital Download starting April 4 on www.Joe-Dombrowski.com!


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Order the Season 14 Premiere in the Next 30 Days and Save!

We asked our fans, and the message came through loud and clear: Put the Season 14 Premiere event
"You Only Live Twice" on iPay-Per-View. And when the CHIKARMY speaks, we listen.

So that we can deliver this event to you at the optimal level that the medium of live streaming will permit, we have upgraded the Palmer Center's internet service specifically for "
You Only Live Twice
". With a dedicated line and much higher speed we can provide the best possible stream for our worldwide fanbase.

Our 5.25.14 iPay-Per-View will be offered for $16.99 US, but in the month of April, we are pleased to offer this limited-time special:
Pre-order the iPPV from our partners Smart Mark Video before 5.1.14, and you'll get the event for just $12.99!

Craving a sweeter deal? How about this - when you pre-order our May iPPV event "
You Only Live Twice" from Smart Mark Video, we'll give you the brand new eBook "CHIKARA: Press Start" for your smart phone or tablet device ABSOLUTELY FREE!


Pre-Order the live stream here, and get the discounted price now!

Get the free eBook at this link after you complete your order!

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EXTREME RISING PRO WRESTLING returns to the former ECW Arena (now 2300 Arena) for a jam packed weekend with two big live events Friday, April 25th with “SPRINGTIME BEATDOWN” and Saturday, April 26th with “Extreme Rising Anniversary”.  Both events begin at 8pm, with doors opening at 7pm.  The Arena is located at 2300 Swanson Street Philadelphia, PA 19148. 

Friday, April 25th “SPRINGTIME BEATDOWN”

-THE SANDMAN will make his return to Extreme Rising and the former ECW Arena. He will be bring cigarettes, beer, and his trusted cane.

-"World Title" STEVIE RICHARDS* (c) vs. "The Homicidal, Suicial, Genocidal" SABU

-"Falls Count Anywhere" "The War Machine" RHINO vs. "The Dark One" DEVON STORM

-“Hardcore Tag Team Match” "The Chair Swingin Freaks" BALLS MAHONEY & AXL ROTTEN vs. 2 TUFF TONY & MATT TREMONT

-“Modern Warfare” LUKE HAWX vs. “The Ultimate Superstar” RICH “BEAST” ORTIZ (formerly Ricky Ortiz WWE/ECW/SMACKDOWN)

-“Global Conquest 2” GREEK GOD PAPADON vs. SONJAY DUTT

-“Six Man Tag” BLK OUT vs. DA HIT SQUAD W/PITBULL GARY WOLF

-Wildkat Four Way” “The SituAsian” BUKO DAO vs. PURPLE HAZE vs. “Absoulte” RICKY STARKS vs. BOLT BRADY

More talent and matches to be announced…

Also scheduled to appear “Lonesome” JAY BRADELY, BLUE MEANIE, ROBBIE MIRENO, MAN SCOUT, AMERICAN TIGER, AND more to be announced.

Saturday, April 26th “ANNIVERSARY EVENT”

***ALL tickets (besides Golden Circle) are ONLY $20!!!***

"World Title" "Extreme Rising World Champion" STEVIE RICHARDS vs "Southern Stomper" LUKE HAWX

-"World's Collide" "The Homicidal, Genocidal, Suicidal" SABU vs LA PARK(a) (the original L.A. PARKA from the ECW and WCW) 

-“Old School” STEVE CORINO vs. “The Dark One” DEVON STORM

-“Global Conquest 3” GREEK GOD PAPADON vs. TAKAAKI WATANABE (New Japan Pro Wrestling)

-The first ever "EXTREME RIOT" match.  More details on that match, talent lineup, matches and more to be unveiled in time.

More matches to be announced. Also scheduled to appear... RICH "BEAST" ORTIZ, BALLS MAHONEY, BLK OUT, THE BLUE MEANIE, 2 TUFFY TONY, MAN SCOUT, ROBBIE ILLUMINATI, and more to be announced. PURCHASE your tickets now here online… www.extremetixs.com

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Superstars Of Wrestling Returns To Spotswood At The Knights Of Columbus Hall 30 Crescent Avenue On May 2 With A 7PM Bell Time

With TV Wrestling Stars Headlining All Star Event


The event will feature top TV wrestling superstars including WWE alumni Chris Masters, ECW/WWE stars Nunzio, The Sandman and ECW Original Pit Bull Gary Wolf plus the arrogant Salvatore Sincere who claims it will be the fans pleasure to see him.

Partial proceeds from the event will go toward helping the family of Salvatore Tague, who is a ten month boy in need of heart surgery.

In addition, other top stars appearing will be Kevin Matthews, Pat Buck, The Zombie, Kristi Kriss, Rob Fury, Tony Moose, Dave Destruction, One Warrior Nation, Too Hot Steve Scott and more.

Tickets are $25 for rows 1 and 2 (very limited) and $20 for all other seats.


Tickets are available now by calling 718-207-5032

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Impact Pro Wrestling Tickets go on sale for HOF show
WATERLOO, Iowa—Tickets for the Impact Pro Wrestling show during the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend are now on sale.

The Hall of Fame show will take place on Friday, July 18 at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a bell time of 7 p.m.

Ringside seats are $20 each and general admission tickets are $15 each. Ringside seats consist of the first four rows.

Scheduled guests include Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, Diamond Dallas Page, Larry “The Axe” Hennig, Jim Ross, Gerry Brisco, Baron Von Raschke, Danny Hodge, Colt Cabana, and many others.

A talent evaluation for aspiring professional wrestlers will be held prior to the Impact Pro Wrestling show at noon. Professional wrestling legends Gerry Brisco and Jim Ross will evaluate the talent. The event is open to spectators at a cost of $10 each. There are also a few all access passes available for $100 each.

Professional wrestlers interested in participating in the talent evaluation should contact Troy Peterson at wresshow@yahoo.com.

“Seven people who participated in this evaluation in the past were brought to the WWE performance center in Florida for a three-day tryout in March,” said Troy Peterson, owner of Impact Pro Wrestling. “This is a unique opportunity to wrestle in front of wrestling icons Gerry Brisco and Jim Ross. Very few people get a chance like this.”

To purchase tickets by phone, call the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at 
(319) 233 0745.

For more information or to purchase tickets by email contact wresshow@yahoo.com or dgmstaff@nwhof.org.   

2014 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Hall of Fame schedule

Thursday, July 17 

6 p.m. – Ribbon cutting at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and a tribute to the life of Mad Dog Vachon. Reception with appetizers and drinks following ribbon cutting.

(All-access pass holders and hall of fame inductees only).

 

Friday, July 18

Noon – Impact Pro Wrestling evaluation with Gerald Brisco and Jim Ross at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

5:30 p.m. – Doors open to the Impact Pro Wrestling show at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. Autographs with professional wrestling legends begins.

7 p.m. – Impact Pro Wrestling show starts at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

 

Saturday, July 19

9 a.m. to noon – Doors open at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum for all-access pass holders. Special live broadcast of Takedown Wrestling radio with Scott Casber airs from the Dan Gable Museum.

11:00 a.m. – Story hour with professional wrestling legends.

(All-access pass holders only).

11:55 a.m. – Exclusive raffle for all access pass holders.

Noon – Doors open at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum to general public.

12:30 p.m. – Salute to the legacy of Baron Von Raschke (includes panel discussion with professional wrestling legends) at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.

1:30 p.m. – Autograph signing with professional wrestling legends at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.

(All-access pass holders allowed to enter first).

5 p.m. – Hall of Fame reception at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center

6 p.m. – Induction banquet at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center

7 p.m. – Induction ceremony at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center with Arda Ocal as master of ceremonies

 

Sunday, July 20
9 a.m. – Special breakfast at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum

(Lifetime members and Hall of Famers only).

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Friday, May 9, 2014 – 8:00pm
The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue, Toronto ON

Embrace proudly presents wrestling legend Jim Ross speaking at The Danforth Music Hall on Friday, May 9, 2014.
 
From sports entertainment executive to New York Times Bestselling Author, to coping with the struggle of Bell’s palsy and even playing the role of entrepreneur with his own barbeque sauce brand, Jim Ross has certainly worn many hats.
 
As one of the most influential sports executives of the past 40 years, J.R. has been welcomed into the homes of millions of viewers each and every week. His cool yet dry Southern charm became the soundtrack for some of wrestling’s many memorable clashes and spectacular moments in the sport’s rich history.  J.R.’s tales of the road and personal anecdotes feature some of sports entertainment’s most legendary stars.
 
Wrestling fans unite at The Danforth Music Hall on Friday, May 9 as Jim Ross takes the stage for one night only!
 
ADV. TICKETS $23.50 to $50.00 (plus s.c.) · All Ages Event · Doors 8:00PM
 
Pre-sale tickets are available now with general on sale beginning Tuesday, April 1 at 10AM.
 
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.ca, Rotate This & Soundscapes.
 
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