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Thursday’s TNA Impact Wrestling television drew 305,000 total viewers on Pop TV, according to Showbuzzdaily.com. The number was down from the 344,000 viewers the show…

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Jan Ross dead at age 55

Jan Ross died on Wednesday at age 55 from injuries suffered two nights earlier when she was hit by a car while driving her Vespa…

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03/24 ROH TV Audio Review: Jay Briscoe vs. Jay White, Lio Rush vs. Kenny King, Top Prospect Tournament match, Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser vs. Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara

Jason Powell reviews the latest Ring of Honor television show featuring Jay Briscoe vs. Jay White, Lio Rush vs. Kenny King, Top Prospect Tournament match, Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser vs. Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara (11:37)…

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03/24 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily – Pretentious Wrestling Podcast: Rumors of WWE buying Ring of Honor and how it could change the wrestling landscape

Dot Net’s self-proclaimed senior staffers Will Pruett and Jake Barnett discuss the rumor of WWE potentially buying Ring of Honor, what it could mean for talent, our hopes for the video library, and how the wrestling landscape in general could change (19:57)…

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3/24 New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS: G1 Climax tournament doubleheader includes Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada

Tonight’s New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS television shows feature the following matches.

-Tenzan vs. Sanada

-Togi Makabe vs. Tomohiro Ishii

-Hirooki Goto vs. Naomichi Marufuji

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-Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada

Powell’s POV: The first episode airs at 6CT/7ET with the second show immediately afterward. AXS is available on Ch. 340 on DirecTV and Ch. 167 on Dish Network, and on some cable systems. There is also a replay of the first show 11CT/12ET.

Moore’s Impact Wrestling Hit List: Karen Jarrett returns as the mystery woman, Lashley interviewed by Bruce Prichard, Decay vs. Reno Scum, LAX vs. DCC, Davey Richards vs. Suicide

By John Moore

Impact Wrestling Hits

LAX vs. DCC: There’s going to be an ongoing pattern on this episode and it’s a positive pattern in that it looks like the company formerly known as TNA is trying to do some long term booking all across board. Some of it worked, some of it didn’t (which I’ll address in the Miss section). I have a feeling this might be the positive influence of Dutch Mantell as far as the long term booking is concerned. LAX’s reintroduction has been solid so far. They had a cool, Lucha Underground-esque cinematic and Konnan is good as the babyface manager. Santana and Ortiz don’t really stand out yet, but that should come in time and the commentators did a decent job trying to give some identity to the two new LAX members. Another hit involved in the match they had was the post-match was it looks like we’re marching towards the end of the DCC faction (after we learned that their hand symbol is supposedly a “U” for Unity).

Davey Richards vs. Suicide: One negative in these enhancement matches was that they went a bit too long with the enhancement wrestlers getting more offense than they should, especially if a handful of them aren’t going to be booked long term. That aside, this was a better reintroduction of the Davey Richards character as the “Lone Wolf”. Davey was the American Wolf who always showed more personality and uniqueness and he got to start to establish a new persona here. What also helped was he was drawing lots of heat with his PDA moments with Angelina Love. Love so far has been a good complement to heel Davey. I hope they keep Eddie Edwards away from him a bit more since they kinda rushed to that initially. This was a good first step towards the new Richards.

Idris Abraham, Fallah Bahh and Mario Bokara vs. Mahabali Shera, Garza Jr., and Laredo Kid: Again, this match went three minutes too long for my book, but it was a good showcase again for the Laredo Kid and Garza Jr team. Unlike the new LAX guys, these two have anchored unique identities since day one. Garza is the arrogant one and the mat wrestler while Laredo Kid is the Lucha Libre guy with enough hybrid moves to make him not just like every other luchador. Shera is still Shera and he’ll be green for life, maybe they can call him Evergreen? He literally has only three moves and no real charisma. Another person that Impact might find some value in is that big 400 pound guy since he’s unique enough and he looked to have more stamina than most guys his size.

Cody Rhodes and Moose: The segment was short and effective and really good in forwarding the Moose and Cody storyline. Cody was rushed in his last run in the company when he got the World Title shot right out of the gate for no real reason. Now he’s a weekly fixture and they are writing chapters between Rhodes and Moose. Brandi is also playing her role way better than her trying to be a wrestler. This is also helping build towards Moose finally getting his hands on Cody in a fair fight, so there’s sympathy there. Another benefit for Moose, is he didn’t get kicked in the balls this week because there was a stretch of time in the past few months where he would just take nut shots on a weekly basis to almost comical levels.

Rebel vs. ODB: Rebel is down there with Mahabali Shera and Brandi Rhodes as far as in-ring talent is concerned, but at least she did her job here by doing the job. ODB oozes this strange charisma and she got to quickly reestablish herself in this enhancement match. There was a Miss here, which I’ll get into, but at least it was good to see ODB back and getting a win.

The Impact Zone crowd: This was an oddly good Impact Zone tonight. We must have gotten the wrestling fans strolling through rather than the apathetic Universal Studio tourists. They were into almost everything tonight. They also gave Karen Jarrett “Yes” chants and chanted her name. To be honest, what has Karen Jarrett ever really done in wrestling other than be the wife of Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett? Good for the crowd though for caring at least and this was really comparable to how a Full Sail University crowd would react. It was odd, but Impact should try to draw more of this crowd more often.

Impact Wrestling Misses

Karen Jarrett: Great crowd aside, why are we supposed to be excited that Karen Jarrett is the latest authority figure in Impact Wrestling? I think we’re at three at least with Bruce Prichard, Dutch Mantell, and Karen Jarrett at the current tally. They were treating this like it was a big deal, but why? Why is this a big deal? This was like Dixie Carter hyping a big surprise only for it to be Tommy Dreamer or something. I’m just not sure what audience they are trying to serve or what they were trying to sell here. We also got the return of the “Jeff Jarrett Siren”. The Jeff Jarrett Siren are the opening notes to JJ’s TNA theme which usually signified we were getting an overbooked match finish, a ref bump, and/or a guitar shot to the head. What also made this segment less than impressive was it looks like we’re heading into some extended feud involving the announce team.

Earl Hebner: Even though ODB had a good reintroduction, the Earl Hebner forcing himself thing was not only out of place but a bit appalling. I can totally see this fitting in “old” TNA, maybe that’s what they are going for? Anyways, this was still in bad taste. Earl’s character literally just sexually harassed Rebel for no reason.

Reno Scum vs. Decay: I get trying to get the new tag team over, but at the expense of the only surviving established tag team? Decay is an awesome act and have proved character-wise that they should be the flagbearers of TNA’s tag team division. Suddenly they are fed to Reno Scum, who don’t really mean anything yet other than being the “Oy” guys? While I feel like Impact is doing a few thing right, I feel like some of the guys that stuck through the past few years are getting thrown under the bus, like Decay, Jessie Godderz, Eli Drake, and even EC3 to some extent (even though it looks like there might be some positive long term planning on Ethan’s case).

Lashley: Let me get this out of the way, Lashley was good in his interview. He’s a great talker now. He became one of the top tier pro wrestling promo guys in 2016. What I didn’t like was that they told a babyface story with him talking about coming back from almost getting shot to becoming a top tier athlete. He was also all smiles and nothing was heelish in any of the sit-down interview segments. Lashley might be able to be a good babyface but he’s a great heel. It’s the converse problem that they had with Drew Galloway when they tried to transfer his pop to Aron Rex. At least Lashley was acting heelish during his squash, but I still don’t know where they are going with him when is should be simple in booking him as the dominant bully of Impact.

NJPW tickets for California debut on sale date and ticket pricing info, meet and greets available

The following press release was issued to Prowrestling.net on Friday to promote the on sale date for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s events in Long Beach, California on July 1-2.

In potentially the most pivotal shows of the year, New Japan Pro Wrestling presents a two-night extravaganza, as the “G1 Special in USA” emanate LIVE from the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California – and your chance to purchase tickets is right around the corner!

On Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8am PST(Pacific)/11am EST(Eastern), you will be able to purchase your official “G1 Special in USA” for both Saturday July 1, 2017 & Sunday July, 2, 2017!

In addition to securing a seat for the best professional wrestling promotion on the planet, you will have the chance to get up close and personal with the superstars of New Japan Pro Wrestling in the exclusive G1 Special in USA Meet & Greet, for only an additional $10 on your ticket price! Space in the Meet & Greet is limited, so make sure to get your spot early!

The price range will be as follows:

Front row : $150
Rows 2-5 : $100
Rows 6-9 : $80
Rows 10-13 : $60
Rows 14-17 : $30

There is also a G1 Special in USA Meet & Greet ticket, which you can combine with any ticket for an additional charge of $10*.

The Meet & Greet portion of our event is limited both days due to space restrictions. With your individual Meet & Greet ticket you will be able to get your picture and secure an autograph from your favorite New Japan Pro Wrestling Superstar.

G1 Special in USA Meet & Greet will be 12pm-2pm on both Saturday, July 1, 2017 & Sunday July 2, 2017.

*Meet & Greet tickets are sold individually. Everyone attending the meet & greet must have their own individual ticket to enter.

G1 Special in USA Day 1 Meet & Greet
Time & Date 12pm-2pm PST, Saturday July 1, 2017
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center Hall B
300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach CA 90802
* Main doors are accessible off Pine Avenue/ Bay Street. Use the Prom Lobby entrance

G1 Special in USA Day 1
Doors Open at 3:30pm PST Saturday July 1, 2017
Starts at 5:00pm PST Saturday July 1, 2017
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center Hall B
300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach CA 90802
* Main doors are accessible off Pine Avenue/ Bay Street. Use the Prom Lobby entrance

G1 Special in USA Day 2 Meet & Greet
Time & Date 12pm-2pm PST, Sunday July 2, 2017
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center Hall B
300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach CA 90802
* Main doors are accessible off Pine Avenue/ Bay Street. Use the Prom Lobby entrance

G1 Special in USA Day 2
Doors Open at 3:30pm PST Sunday July 2, 2017
Starts at 5:00pm PST Sunday July 2, 2017
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center Hall B
300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach CA 90802
* Main doors are accessible off Pine Avenue/ Bay Street. Use the Prom Lobby entrance

Powell’s POV: For more details on tickets and the events, visit NJPW1972.com.

Mauro Ranallo issues first comment in over a week

WWE play-by-play voice Mauro Ranallo issued a statement on his Twitter page on Thursday night. “I’m deeply touched by your tweets of support,” Ranallo wrote. “My doctor wants me to stay off social media for now but I wanted to thank you.”

Powell’s POV: Ranallo has missed the last two editions of Smackdown. The first absence was blamed on a snow storm, and this past Tuesday’s absence was attributed to Mauro being sick. Mauro has been a great voice for people battling mental health issues by going public about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Here’s wishing him the best and a speedy return.

03/24 Powell’s Impact Wrestling Audio Review – Karen Jarrett returns, LAX vs. James Storm and Bram, Decay vs. Reno Scum, ODB vs. Rebel, Davey Richards vs. Suicide

Jason Powell reviews the latest Impact Wrestling television show: Karen Jarrett returns, LAX vs. James Storm and Bram, Decay vs. Reno Scum, ODB vs. Rebel, Davey Richards vs. Suicide (35:27)…

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World of Sport returning, co-production agreement with Impact Wrestling

The following press release was issued by Anthem Sports & Entertainment to announce the return of World of Sport on ITV in England, and the involvement of Impact Wrestling and Jeff Jarrett.

MANCHESTER | NASHVILLE – ITV Studios Entertainment Manchester announced today that it has teamed up with IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., to bring WOS Wrestling back to ITV, with an initial commission for a 10-part series.

The commission from ITV’s Helen Warner follows a successful one-off-special, which aired on New Year’s Eve 2016. The Executive Producers for ITV Studios are Tom McLennan and Simon Marsh. Jeff Jarrett, the Chief Creative Officer for IMPACT Wrestling, will be the Executive Producer for IMPACT Wrestling.

Thirty years after the original WOS ended – and legendary stars such as Big Daddy, Mick McManus and Rollerball Rocco left British screens – this new series will feature the very best of today’s wrestlers from the current red-hot U.K. wrestling scene.

They will compete in front of a live audience at the intimate Preston Guild Hall on Thursday 25th May and Friday 26th May (doors 7pm / bell time 7.30pm).

Tickets for these historic shows will go on sale at 9am on Friday 7th April from Gigsandtours.com / Ticketmaster.co.uk / prestonguildhall.co.uk

There will also be a launch event this Monday (27th March) at 2 pm in Manchester, where the full details of the WOS live shows will be announced, including the roster. Press and fans are invited to attend to the launch, which will include a Q&A and meet & greet. Places are extremely limited, to reserve one please email wswaudience@itv.com

This initial commission is part of a comprehensive co-production agreement between ITV Studios and IMPACT Wrestling to relaunch the WOS Wrestling brand, bringing British stars to ITV while leveraging the roster and creative team of IMPACT Wrestling along with its expertise in live event production and international distribution.

“This opportunity to work with ITV Studios to revive this iconic brand in the United Kingdom is a perfect example of the ways in which we intend to leverage our strengths to build our presence in international markets in collaboration with local organizations,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling.

Director of Entertainment, ITV Studios Manchester, Tom McLennan said: “Britain’s wrestling scene is thriving and there has never been a better time to bring it back to ITV after a gap of 30 years.”

Jeff Jarrett, Chief Creative Officer for IMPACT Wrestling, added: “The WOS brand is etched in professional wrestling tradition. My family’s lineage in the industry dates back 70-plus years, so I am honoured for the opportunity to work on reviving the legacy of this historic British series.”

Powell’s POV: Jarrett and Nordolm continue to hustle by lining up new partnerships and working agreements. I’m not sure what it will ultimately lead to, but it’s encouraging to see working hard to establish these new relationships.

3/24 WWE Network Schedule: Live stream programming lineup

The following is the schedule for the WWE Network’s live stream for March 24, 2017. All times listed below are ET.

10:00 AM: Total Divas (March 8, 2016)

11:00 AM: Holy Foley

11:30 AM: Edge & Christian Show

12:00 PM: Total Bellas (October 12, 2016)

1:00 PM: Total Divas (March 8, 2016)

2:00 PM: Holy Foley

2:30 PM: Edge & Christian Show

3:00 PM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Triple H)

5:00 PM: Stone Cold Podcast (Shawn Michaels)

6:00 PM: Total Bellas (October 12, 2016)

7:00 PM: Total Divas (March 8, 2016)

8:00 PM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Triple H)

10:00 PM: Stone Cold Podcast (Shawn Michaels)

11:00 PM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Triple H)

1:00 AM: Stone Cold Podcast (Shawn Michaels)

2:00 AM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Triple H)

4:00 AM: Stone Cold Podcast (Shawn Michaels)

5:00 AM: WWE Countdown (Crybabies)

6:00 AM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Triple H)

8:00 AM: Stone Cold Podcast (Shawn Michaels)

9:00 AM: WWE Beyond The Ring (Triple H)

Undertaker, WWE weekend (correspondents needed), next Impact Wrestling, ROH, and Evolve dates, Christopher Daniels, Lana, Jack Swagger, Epico, Barry Horowitz

By Jason Powell

-We are looking for correspondents for the following WWE events listed below, as well as the NXT events that we listed yesterday. If you are attending a show and want to help, send your report (or basic results) to dotnetjason@gmail.com

-WWE is in Montreal, Quebec at Bell Centre tonight with the following advertised talent: Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, Sheamus, Samoa Joe, Bayley, Cesaro, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, New Day, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Austin Aries.

-WWE is in Johnson City, Tennessee at Freedom Hall Civic Center on Saturday with the following advertised talent: John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, The Miz, and Baron Corbin.

-WWE is in Portland, Oregon at Cross Insurance Arena on Saturday with the following advertised matches: Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn, and Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman.

-WWE is in Raleigh, North Carolina at PNC Arena on Sunday with the following advertised matches: Bray Wyatt vs. Luke Harper for the WWE Championship, John Cena vs. AJ Styles in a street fight, Randy Orton vs. AJ styles, Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin for the Intercontinental Title (listed as a Triple Threat, yet only two men advertised), Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Tamina, and Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Natalya, and Carmella.

-WWE is in White Plains, New York at Westchester County Center on Sunday with the following advertised main event: Triple H, Kevin Owens, and Samoa Joe vs. Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn, and Finn Balor.

-The next Impact Wrestling taping dates are April 20-23 in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios.

-The next Ring of Honor event is the Supercard of Honor event n April 1 in Lakeland, Florida at Jenkins Arena. The show features Matt and Jeff Hardy vs. The Young Bucks in a ladder match for the ROH Tag Titles.

-The next Evolve shows take place WrestleMania weekend on March 30-31 in Orlando, Florida at Orlando Live Events.

Birthdays and Notables

-Undertaker (Mark Calaway) is 52.

-ROH Champion Christopher Daniels is 47.

-Barry Horowitz is 57.

-Jack Swagger (Jake Hager Jr.) is 35.

-Epico (Orlando Colon) is 35.

-Lana (CJ Perry) is 32.

3/23 Powell’s Impact Wrestling TV Review: Mystery woman reveal, Moose defends the Grand Championship, LAX followup

By Jason Powell

Impact Wrestling on PopTV
Taped in February in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios

Impact opened with a graphic acknowledging the death of Jan Ross, who died tragically in an accident earlier this week… The opening montage aired… Josh Mathews, “Pope” D’Angelo Dinero, and Jeremy Borash were on commentary…

1. Davey Richards (w/Angelina Love) vs. Suicide. Richards took a couple of arm drags to start. Suicide threw a nice dropkick and covered Richards for an early two count. Richards tossed Suicide to the floor and then ran him into the barricade. Richards kissed his wife on the floor before rolling Suicide back inside the ring.

Richards kicked Suicide repeatedly, then kissed his wife again. Suicide came back with a springboard missile dropkick and followed up with a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Suicide performed a rolling senton and then performed a springboard moonsault for another two count. Richards came back and put Suicide away with a kick to the side of the head…

Davey Richards defeated Suicide in 6:00.

Powell’s POV: A nice opening match with Suicide performing some nice acrobatics and Richards showing good intensity. The over the top making out with Love is a good turnoff in a heelish way.

The broadcast team checked in at ringside. Borash was on the phone again and teased the arrival of the mystery woman. He said Mathews wouldn’t be happy about it. Mathews wasn’t happy about Borash not offering more details…

An LAX video aired. The group was playing cards and drinking beers at an undisclosed location. Konnan spoke about Tijuana. He said the “Impact crackers” came across the border and tried to take his belts. He said he wants the tag titles and said the two new members will win them and defend them wherever they want…

Powell’s POV: A good video that felt inspired by Lucha Underground. The setting was cool and this was a good way to reestablish what LAX is all about beyond just the usual match or promo.

[Q2] [C] Backstage interviewer McKenzie Mitchell found Laurel Van Ness, who was still wearing her wedding dress and acted belliggerant. Sienna entered the picture and told Van Ness that she shouldn’t hate her or Maria. She said she should hate Allie, who took everything away. Sienna told Van Ness to take a shower. Van Ness sang “The sun will come out tomorrow” and started sobbing again…

2. Idris Abraham, Fallah Bahh and Mario Bokara vs. Mahabali Shera, Garza Jr., and Laredo Kid. The broadcast team joked that Rockstar Spud, who was doing the ring announcing, was earning his paycheck pronouncing the names of these wrestlers. Abraham ran the ropes until he stopped in his tracks when Garza held up his hand. Garza removed his tearaway pants, which drew cheers from some women in the crowd.

The massive Bahh performed a running cross body block on Kid, then slammed Bokara onto him. Shera ended up performing a Sky High on Bahh. In the end, Shera performed the Sky High on Bokara for the win…

Mahabali Shera, Garza Jr., and Laredo Kid beat Idris Abraham, Fallah Bahh and Mario Bokara in 5:25.

A limo arrived backstage… [C]

Powell’s POV: Bahh stands out visually as a 400-pounder who is going for a Yokozuna style look. It was odd to see him be taken off his feet and even thrown around on night one. Shera reintroduced his silly dance. Ugh. Garza and Kid are impressive.

Powell’s POV: Bahh stands out visually as a 400-pounder who is going for a Yokozuna style look. It was odd to see him be taken off his feet and even thrown around on night one. Shera reintroduced his silly dance. Ugh. Garza and Kid are impressive.

[Q3] Another shot aired of the limo backstage…

3. Abyss and Crazzy Steve (w/Rosemary) vs. Reno Scum. Adam Thornstowe and Steve started. The big men Abyss and Luster the Legend checked in. Luster got the better of the exchange. Abyss and Steve ended up isolating Thornstowe. Luster took a hot tag and worked over Steve, then threw a clumsy elbow at Abyss and fell down. Luster performed a shoulder block off the second rope and then went to the floor. Luster threw Abyss toward the steps.

In the ring, Rosemary tried to spray mist at Thronstowe, but he moved and she sprayed Steve instead. Luster tossed Rosemary onto Abyss at ringside. Luster arched the back of Steve and then Thornstowe leapt over his partner’s back and double stomped the back of Steve’s head, which led to the pin…

Reno Scum defeated Decay in 7:10.

Powell’s POV: I realize creative is trying to get over the new talent, but I wouldn’t have done it at the expense of the strong Decay act. Reno Scum don’t do much for me, whereas Decay was a really strong act at one point.

[Q4] Moose vs. Eli Drake was hyped for later in the show… Footage aired of Bruce Prichard interviewing Lashley. The interview will air later… [C] A “Fury Will Be Unleashed” video teased the arrival of what appears to be a large woman(?) on April 6…

Eli Drake and Tyrus came to the ring for the Grand Championship match. They cut backstage to the limo. Cody and Brandi Rhodes emerged from the limo. Cody, who was wearing a Bullet Club sweatshirt, told his wife he wasn’t going to do anything, then walked away from her. Cody grabbed a chair and struck Moose from behind near the entrance area. They came into the studio and Cody put him down with CrossRhodes on the entrance ramp. An unhappy Brandi came out and stood by Cody, who mugged with the Grand Championship belt. Trainers checked on Moose and helped him to the back…

The broadcast team spoke. Mathews thought Cody and Brandi were the only people in the limo. Borash said “she” was in the limo and would be out in just a few moments… [C]

Powell’s POV: Another good angle involving Cody, Brandi, and Moose. They have done a consistently nice job of building this up as a showdown match. Meanwhile, Drake felt like a fast rising star under old management. So far he’s been cast as just another guy, which is a real shame.

[Q5] LAX made their entrance. Borash said the new male members joining Konnan and Homicide are Ortiz and Santana, and the female is Diamante. Konnan said they were there for the tag titles. He said his past with the “Impact Mafia” has been contentious. He said it won’t be decided in the tribunals, as LAX is taking it street style. DCC made their entrance…

4. Sananta and Ortiz (w/Konnan, Homicide, Diamante) vs. James Storm and Bram (w/Kingston). LAX worked over Bram heading into the break. [C] Coming out of the break. Mathews said LAX dominated. Storm came back with a clothesline and tagged in Bram, but the referee didn’t see it. Rinse and repeat again with the ref missing the tag. Bram eventually took a hot tag and powerbombed Ortiz. Storm tagged himself in and worked over both opponents. Storm got a two count off a neckbreaker.

Storm caught Santana with the Codebreaker (lung blower) and set up for his superkick, but he was distracted briefly. The two LAX members performed a reverse double suplex on Storm and pinned him.

[Q6] After LAX left, Storm blamed Kingston for the ref distractions. Kingston shoved him. Storm shoved him back. Bram shoved Storm. Storm told Bram that he is the Cowboy and he’s the one who started this. Fans chanted Cowboy, and Storm left the ring alone…

Sananta and Ortiz beat James Storm and Bram in 11:05.

Prichard interviewed Lashley and said most people don’t know about his amateur background. Lashley discussed it and said he spent three and a half years at the Olympic training center. Prichard asked how this makes him the best athlete in the world. Lashley said he separated himself. They aired a teaser for the continuation of the interview…

Powell’s POV: LAX defeating the crumbling DCC faction was logical. It’s obvious that DCC are breaking up soon and it looks like Storm is going back into Cowboy mode. Here’s hoping they have a plan for Bram, who has been wasted throughout his run with the company. I’m not sure what we are supposed to take from the Lashley interview just yet. So far, he comes off like a nice guy. It seems odd that they are acting like most viewers are not aware of Lashley’s background when it’s been discussed so many times over the years. It’s actually Prichard who needs to be reintroduced. Even if you know Prichard’s background, it still feels odd that he’s all over the show without a real explanation for his role in the company is.

DJZ was featured in a “Make Impact Great” video. He said the company has always been ahead of the curve. He said they are taking something great and making it greater and it’s a great time to give it a chance…

Backstage, McKenzie Mitchell announced Moose vs. Cody for the Grand Championship for next week’s television show. She interviewed Braxton Sutter and Allie about Sienna threatening them last week. Sutter said Allie is the best thing that has ever happened to him. He said he had to watch her be treated like garbage. He said he wouldn’t let Maria, Laurel, and Sienna phase them…

5. Rebel vs. ODB. Rebel attacked ODB before the bell and controlled the opening minute. ODB avoided Rebel going for a move off the top rope. ODB took a swig from her flask and then worked over Rebel with clotheslines. Rebel rolled up ODB and held the tights for a two count. Rebel threw an embarrassing slap at referee Earl Hebner, who put on her hat and kissed her. Hebner strutted around the ring and the fans cheered.

[Q7] Hebner also took a swig from ODB’s flask. He spit it out. ODB sprayed her mouth and then kissed Hebner, who did the Flair flop. ODB performed a TKO for the win… [C]

ODB beat Rebel in 3:55.

Powell’s POV: The referee forcing a kiss on the heel was odd, but the live crowd got a kick out of his antics and had fun with the match. Rebel is still very green, but her look and entrance left me feeling like she could click as a babyface.

More of Prichard’s interview with Lashley aired. He recalled avoiding a gunshot at a bank and destroying his knee when he hit the ground. He said he was left wondering what’s next following surgery. He said he went from thinking he was going to the Olympics to having a thief take it all away from him…

Powell’s POV: A sad story and a lot of smiles. Are they turning Lashley babyface again? Alberto El Patron seems to be the top babyface, so maybe I’m reading it wrong. If so, then I have no idea what they are going for with this sit-down interview. Quite frankly, the athletically arrogant and superior Lashley is better than nice guy Lashley.

6. Impact Wrestling Champion Lashley vs. Jake Holmes in a non-title match. Lashley dominated Holmes. He could have pinned him once and picked him up instead. Lashley speared Holmes and pinned him…

Lashley defeated Jake Holmes in 2:00.

The broadcast team hyped that “she” will appear after the break. A graphic questioned “who is she?”… [C]

Powell’s POV: Heel Mathews was gushing over Lashley. Plus, Lashley could have pinned Holmes and picked him up. The good news is he is a heel. The bad news is that I have no clue what they want viewers to take away from the Prichard interview.

[Q8] [C] Jeremy Borash stood in the ring with a microphone and said it took a lot of people to get the company to this point. He said he wanted to introduce someone who was integral in getting them to the point. Borash introduced Karen Jarrett. They cut to Josh Mathews, who didn’t look pleased. Karen stopped and signed an autograph as she walked to the ring. She also stopped to kiss two young boys.

The live crowd chanted “welcome back” briefly. They also chanted her name. Borash welcomed her back. Karen hugged Borash. The “welcome back” chant fired up again. Borash asked for her thoughts on everything going on. Karen said her family started the company. She said they put their hard work, sweat, and tears into the company.

Karen said the last three years have been very difficult. She said there were times when it was incredibly humbling and there were a lot of changes that happened in their life. She said the old Karen would have came out and given everyone all of the answers to the questions that everyone has, but she’s going to take the high road. She said she is looking forward to the future and to the changes. The fans chanted “Fire Josh.”

Karen said she will put that on her list of changes. Fans chanted, “Thank you, Karen.” She said she didn’t expect this response. She said there’s energy backstage and with the production crew. Karen thanked the fans. She said they were there for the good times in the beginning.

EC3’s music interrupted Karen’s promo. EC3 said Karen is right in that they have the best fans in the world. EC3 said he’s friends with a lot of the fans. EC3 said it wasn’t just about the fans. He said the whole team rules. EC3 entered the ring and said the most important part is the locker room.

EC3 said he’s like a locker room leader. He said the new guys who don’t introduce themselves will get to it. EC3 brought up the “make Impact great” slogan and said he feels like he already did when he beat legends, shaved heads, and became a world champion, and the only original star the company created. “Karen, your top man is reporting for duty,” he said. She clapped.

EC3 said that with all the fans, they will make Impact great. “But I’m not doing it for your last name,” he said. “I’m going to do it for mine.” Karen backed up as EC3 looked intense. Josh Mathews called for them to stop from a house mic at the broadcast table. Mathews said he had something to say.

Mathews entered the ring and said, “So the evil tyrant queen has returned.” Mathews said the first move Karen made was to put the JV squad with the All Star at the broadcast table. Mathews brought up Bruce Prichard joining the company. Mathews said he thought Prichard was dead. He said Dutch Mantell is 267 years old. Mathews said Borash has been a stooge for 25 years. He told the fans who come for free because they can’t afford a ticket to shut up.

Mathews said his problem is with Karen. Mathews said his wife is a five-time champion who has forgotten more about wrestling than Karen will ever know. Mathews said it’s only a matter of time before the Jarrett family is gone from Impact Wrestling forever. Karen slapped Mathews. Off mic, she told him not to bring up her family again. Pope said on commentary that he wasn’t sure if Josh would be with them next week…

Powell’s POV: I never would have guessed that the live crowd would be so pleased to see Karen Jarrett. A nice reaction? Sure, but they treated her like a returning mega star. Mathews getting involved was odd. He’s toned down his heel antics on commentary to a far more tolerable level, so it actually felt strange when he stood up and confronted her. Is there a reason why Josh dislikes the Jarrett family so much? Do viewers really care? The best part about this was EC3, who is clearly turning heel. I will have more to say in members’ audio on Friday, and John Moore will be by with his Impact Wrestling Hit List on Friday as well. Thanks for watching along with me.

Gutteridge’s NXT Hit List: Tye Dillinger, No Way José and Roderick Strong vs. Sanity, Andrade Almas vs. Oney Lorcan, and Asuka vs. Pricilla Domiga

By Darren Gutteridge

NXT Hits

Oney Lorcan vs. Andrade Almas: These two have such great chemistry that I thought they might have a Dusty finish here to drag out the rubber match until Takeover. Both men needs wins, so perhaps it would be counterproductive to have one of them definitively beat the other, but considering how well they have been able to get fans on-side during their matches, I’d argue the fact one of them has to take the pin is irrelevant – both men would be more over thanks to their effort in the ring.

Asuka vs. Pricilla Domiga I was on the fence about this match. As a squash heading into Asuka vs. Ember Moon, it was very effective, and ultimately worthy of a Hit. However, Asuka’s flitting between babyface and heel annoys me a lot. The crowd obviously didn’t know what to make of the vicious heel like beatdown, as they were fairly muted throughout before cheering at the end. If she had been booked a heel consistently, I’d have no problems giving this a strong Hit, as opposed to a borderline one.

Takeover: Orlando hype: I really wasn’t feeling Takeover: Orlando prior to this show. We’ve all had our say on the state of NXT as a whole compared to where it was a year ago, but I didn’t feel my lack of excitement for this show was because of a weaker roster – NXT just appeared to have lost their knack for building matches with purpose for Takeover shows. This show addressed a lot of these problems, with the right kind of emphasis put on the NXT Title match, the NXT Tag Title match, and the NXT Women’s Title match, on top of confirmation that we’ll be seeing the debut of Aleister Black. All in all, I’m now just about where I should be in terms of excitement with only one week left to go.

NXT Misses

Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose and Roderick Strong vs. Sanity: This multi-man feud has been up and down, but this was firmly in the “down” category. Already labored with the inescapable feeling that it was a feud put together to get everyone on the Takeover card, it now seems to have been a feud written week to week, as how else do you explain having a double DQ finish and a bungled debut for Ruby Riot (Heidi Lovelace) two weeks out from Takeover? In a well thought out storyline, Riot would have been debuted before this point, and the teams would not have been thrown together in a six or eight person tag match this close to essentially the same match at Takeover.

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ROH SuperCard of Honor will be available via FITE TV pay-per-view

Ring of Honor and FITE TV issued the following press release to announce that the ROH Supercard of Honor event will be available as a digital pay-per-view.

New York, NY (March 23rd, 2017)​ – FITE TV and Ring of Honor Wrestling announced today that in conjunction with ROHWrestling.com and FITE TV, that FITE will be the exclusive digital/online PPV broadcast platform for Ring of Honor’s Supercard of Honor XI which takes place Saturday April 1st at 6:30PM EDT live from Lakeland, FL.

Fresh off of the biggest PPV event in ROH history, the Ring of Honor 15th Anniversary from Las Vegas, ROH and FITE TV will team up to bring fans an even bigger event that has fans buzzing with three championship matches headlining the card. The newly crowned ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels defends his title against rising star and fan favorite Dalton Castle. In tag team action, the ROH Tag Team Champions The Hardys (Jeff and Matt Hardy) defend their titles against The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) in a tag team championship ladder match and the ROH Television Champion “The Villain” Marty Scurll defends his title against the former three time ROH World Champion Adam Cole.

In other action, the 6-Man Tag Champions – The Briscoes (Jay and Mark) & Bully Ray take on Hangman Page & The Guerrillas of Destiny, which for the first time ever, puts Bully Ray up against two of his students in Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa. Many more matches are being announced daily. The action happens live on PPV exclusively on the FITE app, www.FITE.tv and www.ROHwrestling.com at 6:30PM EDT, April 1st for only $29.99.

Fans can also watch the Facebook Live Pre-Show on the Ring of Honor Facebook page with special guest and FITE TV personality SoCal Val as she brings you analysis and previews of all the matchups.

The partnership between Ring of Honor, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcasting, and FITE TV as the exclusive online PPV broadcast platform represents a milestone for both brands and strengthens one of the most successful partnerships in combat sports and entertainment, positioning each brand for even greater heights. This is the next step in FITE TV’s evolution, for both the FITE app and the FITE.tv web site. To be the exclusive online PPV distributor for such an accomplished promotion like Ring of Honor is a huge step forward for our brand!” said Michael Weber, COO of FITE TV.

In what is shaping up to be the biggest weekend in wrestling history, FITE TV will also be broadcasting live from Wrestlecon in Orlando, FL on Fri 3/31 and Sat 4/1 with FITE Live at Wrestlecon presented by FITE TV and Pro Wrestling Report. Hosts Dameon Nelson and SoCal Val will be bringing you exclusive interviews with the biggest names in Professional Wrestling.

Powell’s POV: This is great news for fans who want to see the event, yet couldn’t make the trip to Florida. I’m surprised the announcement is just coming now, but better late than never. The bad news is that the show runs opposite the NXT Takeover special, but at least fans will have the ability to choose or to watch both if they watch one on delay.

Matt Riddle on WWE passing on him in the past, says the company can’t match what he has now

Former UFC fighter and current independent wrestling standout Matt Riddle spoke with Brian Fritz of SportingNews.com and was asked about WWE once declining to offer him a deal. “I know they’re watching” Riddle said. “They like what they see. I think what they’re kind of doing is, you know, when I had the tryout and they said yes and then they kind of strung me around and then said maybe and strung me around a little longer and said no. I think that was a big test. What’s he going to do, quit? Run? Try to go back to MMA? What’s he going to do? I think what I did was I stuck to my guns and I was like you’re not going to sign me? Awesome. I’m going to make you guys regret that decision.”

Riddle also recalled a recent conversation he had with WWE officials. “I talked to William Regal not too long ago and other WWE people and I basically told them my schedule, how much I make right now, and how I have the freedom to see my family every single week,” he recalled. “I go, ‘Can you match that? Match that money, match that schedule, match the time I have with my family?’ And they can’t. They couldn’t. They can’t even come close. So right now, I’m the happiest guy I could be.” Read the full interview at SportingNews.com.

Powell’s POV: It’s an interesting interview, as Riddle isn’t bashful about floating the idea that he may never go to WWE, listening New Japan as one option. It will be interesting to see if his approach to this makes the company want him more or if they will continue to be content to have one of the hottest prospects out there working as an independent. He also has a very blunt assessment of Bill Goldberg, and discusses his departure from UFC and how he feels he would fare against the wrestlers in his division if he was fighting for the company today.

03/23 Will and Jake’s Pretentious Wrestling Podcast: Where could Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Kurt Angle, Mike Bennett, and Maria fit into WWE?

Dot Net’s self-proclaimed senior staffers Will Pruett and Jake Barnett discuss the amazing constricting wrestling business and some of the big named wrestlers who could be coming to WWE including Matt and Jeff Hardy, Mike Bennett and Maria, and Kurt Angle (23:50)…

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WWE brings former ECW and ROH Champion to the Performance Center

Former ECW and ROH Champion Jerry Lynn is working as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida this week. Lynn and fellow ECW and ROH alum Steve Corino were featured in a video involving the Bollywood Boyz.

Powell’s POV: Lynn certainly has a lot of knowledge to pass along and would be a terrific addition to the training staff. Meanwhile, Corino started full-time as a trainer with the company earlier this year.

03/23 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast: Paul “Triple H” Levesque takes pro wrestling media questions and promotes the NXT Takeover: Orlando live special

WWE executive Paul Levesque (a/k/a Triple H) takes questions from Jason Powell and other members of the pro wrestling media regarding the NXT Takeover: Orlando live special that airs Saturday, April 1 on WWE Network. Levesque also spoke about the current state of the NXT brand, Kassius Ohno returning to NXT, Kyle O’Reilly, his own schedule heading into WrestleMania, Patrick Clark and other young developmental wrestlers, and much more (35:41)…

Join us for live coverage of NXT Takeover: Orlando on Prowrestling.net on April 1. Dot Net Members will also hear an exclusive audio review afterward.

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What Culture Pro Wrestling results: The first matches of a 64-man tournament, Christopher Daniels defends the ROH Title, Adam Cole and the Young Bucks, Drew Galloway vs. Ricochet for the WCPW Title

We are looking for correspondents for all WWE, NXT, Impact Wrestling, ROH, Evolve, and other notable live events. If you attend a show, you are encouraged to send a report to dotnetjason@gmail.com

What Culture Pro Wrestling
Nottingham, England at Harvey Hadden Sports Hall
Report by Dot Net reader Rob Clark

Potential spoiler alert: This show will be broadcast the WCPW YouTube channel at 19:00 GMT on Saturday 25th March and will be available to view thereafter. Very recommended viewing.

This is a new 64 man tournament taking place over the coming months. This evening features the quarter and semi final matches for the English competitors. A seriously loaded card and keen ticket prices have meant a full house has been drawn out on a cold and wet evening in the English Midlands.

1. Will Ospreay defeated Martin Kirby in a quarterfinal match. First up the ‘Aerial Assassin’ Ospreay, who drew some heat from the crowd and was the subject of ‘Essex Wa**er’ chants. Kirby, a former chairman of the company, has the support of large sections of the crowd. A lively opener, with Ospreay taking the win after a diamond cutter off the roops.

2. Rampage defeated Nick ‘Magnus’ Aldis in a quarterfinal match. Nick drew a lukewarm reception until the ring announcer reminded everyone that he was the first TNA champion from the UK. Typical slow, big man power match. Rampage reserved a small package to get the win, a rather weak ending to an unspectacular match.

3. Liam Slater and Matt Riddle defeated Prospect (Alex Gracie & Lucas Archer). A fast paced tag match broke up the tournament action. A random wooden stick fight broke out mid match. I am not familiar with these teams, but I am sure that had some significance there! Slater and Riddle go over and it is back to tournament action.

4. Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Marty Scrull in a quarterfinal match. The pick of the first round matches. Both guys are well over with the crowd. An impressive contest of innovative mat wrestling, Scrull is very impressive interacting with the crowd and drawing heat and humour. After his trade mark finger snap routine, Sabre breaks out of the Chicken Wing and gets the pin fall. Match of the night so far and a minor upset.

5. Jimmy Havoc defeated Zak Gibson in a quarterfinal match. Gibson got instant heat from the crowd due to being from Liverpool. He took the mic and proclaimed he is the number one in Liverpool and the best in England, cue more heat and ‘What’ chants. Havoc took the win and it was time for interval.

Interval

5. Christopher Daniels defeated El Ligero to retain the ROH Championship. This bonus match was announced after the interval. Daniels was a late addition to the card following Cody Rhodes being called away to film Arrow. The crowd was not as hot for Daniels as I expected, maybe they expected a higher profile opponent for him. A solid match with some high flying spots and several comedic moments. Daniels got the win following a moonsault. Never really felt like a credible title match but great to see Daniels nevertheless.

6. WCPW World Champion Drew Galloway defeated Ricochet. My tip for match of the night going in. A good reception for both competitors, TV does not do Galloway’s size justice. He is in full on beast mode early on, tossing Ricochet around like a rag doll. It soon settles in to a very impressive even contest, with numerous credible near falls on both sides. Both men gave their all and had the crowd on its feet. Galloway got the win in the end after a Claymore kick and three implant DDT’s in a row. One of the best matches I have seen live, make sure you watch it on YouTube.

7. Will Ospreay defeated Rampage in a semifinal match. Ospreay was out first and sold a back injury from his first match. A fierce contest with plenty of outside action. The standout moment came when Ospreay performed a frog splash from the top onto Rampage, who was four or five rows deep into the crowd at the time. Ospreay took the win after a ref bump and interference from the Women’s Champion.

8. Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Jimmy Havoc in a semifinal match. Jimmy started off at a fast pace, performing several high spots in the early going. Sabre predictably took the win and moved on to face Ospreay in the finals event in August.

9. The Prestige (BT Gunn, Joe Coffey, Joe Hendry, and Travis Banks) defeated Adam Cole, the Young Bucks, and Gabriel Kidd. Local favourite Gabriel Kidd took the place of Cody in the main event, alongside Bullet Club. He had been screwed out of a title shot by the Prestige the night before in Manchester. Bullet Club are understandably well over with the crowd and didn’t disappoint throughout the match. They played the reluctant team mate to Gabriel for most of the match, comically refusing to tag him in or include him in celebrations. The expected superkick party broke out on several occasions, before the Prestige managed to take out Bullet Club and isolate Gabriel. A ref bump then leads to them picking up a surprise victory. After the match, Bullet Club took to the mic and start to console Gabriel before turning on him with a triple super kick. Further celebrations followed to send the crowd home happy.

A top notch show, over three hours of action from a very high quality card. It was well above the standard of your typical house show from the major companies. The crowd was brilliant throughout and it should come across very well in the taping. This organisation may only be a year old but they are certainly making an impact!

03/23 Moore’s NXT TV audio review: Sanity vs. Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, and No Way Jose, Asuka vs. Pricilla Domiga, Andrade Almas vs. Oney Lorcan

Dot Net staffer John Moore reviews the March 22 NXT television show featuring Sanity vs. Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, and No Way Jose, Asuka vs. Pricilla Domiga, Andrade Almas vs. Oney Lorcan (34:01)…

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WWE Smackdown Live rating: Final numbers for the March 21 edition

Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown Live scored a 1.79 rating, equal to the rating the show drew last week. As previously noted, the show averaged 2.647 million viewers, up from last week’s 2.628 million viewers.

Powell’s POV: A flat week for Smackdown coming off the big AJ Styles and Shane McMahon angle on the previous show. The March 31, 2016 edition of Smackdown delivered a 1.66 rating with 2.328 million viewers.

WWE reportedly in talks regarding a potential ROH buyout

WWE and Sinclair Broadcast Group recently discussed a potential buyout of Ring of Honor. ProwrestlingSheet.com reports that the two sides have been talking since January about the idea of a full takeover. Read more at Prowrestlingsheet.com.

Powell’s POV: There is nothing official at this point and there are so many directions this could take if this results in a sale. The ROH tape library would be a strong asset for WWE. In fact, I’ve always wondered why SBG hasn’t done more with the library, as it seems like they have left a lot of money on the table by not making it more accessible in some fashion.

3/23 WWE Network Schedule: Live stream programming lineup

The following is the schedule for the WWE Network’s live stream for March 23, 2017. All times listed below are ET.

10:00 AM: 205 Live replay

11:00 AM: WrestleMania Rewind (Chris Jericho)

12:00 PM: NXT TV replay

1:00 PM: 205 Live replay

2:00 PM: WrestleMania Rewind (Chris Jericho)

3:00 PM: Total Bellas (October 12, 2016)

4:00 PM: Total Divas (March 8, 2016)

5:00 PM: Holy Foley

5:30 PM: Edge & Christian Show

6:00 PM: WWE Story Time

6:30 PM: WWE Unfiltered (Roman Reigns, Dr. Phil)

7:00 PM: WWE 24 (WM32)

8:00 PM: Total Bellas (October 12, 2016)

9:00 PM: Total Divas (March 8, 2016)

10:00 PM: Holy Foley

10:30 PM: Edge & Christian Show

11:00 PM: Total Bellas (October 12, 2016)

12:00 AM: Total Divas (March 8, 2016)

1:00 AM: Holy Foley

1:30 AM: Edge & Christian Show

2:00 AM: Total Bellas (October 12, 2016)

3:00 AM: Total Divas (March 8, 2016)

4:00 AM: Holy Foley

4:30 AM: Edge & Christian Show

5:00 AM: WWE 24 (WM32)

6:00 AM: Total Bellas (October 12, 2016)

7:00 AM: Total Divas (March 8, 2016)

8:00 AM: Holy Foley

8:30 AM: Edge & Christian Show

9:00 AM: Total Bellas (October 12, 2016)

10:00 AM: Total Divas (March 8, 2016)

Impact Wrestling TV, Dot Net Weekly audio show, NXT in Florida (correspondents needed), Hiroshi Tenzan, Ray Gordy

By Jason Powell

-Impact Wrestling features the a mystery female who was teased by Jeremy Borash on commentary as being part of management’s plan to shake things up. Join me for live coverage of Impact as the show airs tonight at 7CT/8ET. John Moore’s Impact Wrestling Hit List will be available on Friday.

-Dot Net Members are listening to the new Dot Net Weekly audio show with Will Pruett and I discussing all the news of the week. Join us on the ad-free version of the site and access and our entire audio history by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members’ Signup Page.

-We are looking for correspondents for the NXT live events listed below. If you are going to one of these events or another upcoming show and want to help by sending in a report, contact me at dotnetjason@gmail.com

-NXT is in Cocoa Beach, Florida at the Cocoa Amory tonight. NXT no longer lists the talent for their Florida spot shows.

-NXT is in Jacksonville, Florida at the Maxwell Snyder Armory on Friday.

-NXT is in Tampa, Florida at University Area CDC Gymnasium on Saturday.

Birthdays and Notables

-Hiroshi Tenzan is 46.

-Ray Gordy, who worked as Jesse in WWE, is 38.

Jan Ross dead at age 55

Jan Ross died on Wednesday at age 55 from injuries suffered two nights earlier when she was hit by a car while driving her Vespa scooter. Her husband Jim Ross announced her death via his Twitter page: “A Priest gave my wife Jan her last rites tonight. My little Angel is gone.”

Powell’s POV: Truly devastating news. Jim previously wrote that they needed a miracle, and we were all hopeful this story would have a happy ending. My heartfelt condolences to Jim and his family on this terrible loss.