Tag: professional wrestling

Tommy Dreamer is right: No more head chairshots

ECW Original Tommy Dreamer said in a recent interview that wrestling needs to do away with unprotected chairshots to the head.


Podcast: WWE Extreme Rules review, more Rise and Demise of AWE

CGI host Chris Graham brings back wrestling promoter Doug Ward to review the WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view. Then Graham and Ward return to the oral history of Awesome Wrestling Entertainment, a company that Ward founded in 2010, and with Graham on board in 2011 produced a live pay-per-view legends wrestling show broadcast across the United States and Canada.


Podcast: Awesome Wrestling Entertainment founder Doug Ward talks about the rise of NXT

CGI host Chris Graham talks with Doug Ward, the founder of Awesome Wrestling Entertainment, on the state of professional wrestling, the rise of NXT, and what he’s been doing during his hiatus from the business.


Line up the tomato cans: How will CM Punk fare in UFC?

Brock Lesnar was an NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion before leaving WWE to star in UFC. The best CM Punk can claim is that he has trained in MMA off and on for a few years.


CM Punk to UFC: Didn’t see this one coming

CM Punk announced Saturday night on the live UFC 181 pay-per-view that he has signed a multi-fight deal with UFC and will debut in 2015.


WWE under fire for Alexander Rusev dedicating match to Putin: Why?

Lana, the leggy mouthpiece for new WWE talent Alexander Rusev, has been the subject of criticism from some fans who didn’t like her promo dedicating Rusev’s match at last night’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view to Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Shenandoah Valley Championship Wrestling to raise money for Spotswood High School hoops team

A Shenandoah Valley Championship Wrestling event, Summer Brawl 2014, will emanate from Spotswood High School in Penn Laird, Va., on Saturday, June 7, with a 7:30 p.m. bell time. The event is the debut event for the SVCW.


Free tickets for Friday’s MCW event for fans who purchased tickets for Extreme Rising

If you are at all familiar with the events surrounding Extreme Rising and the shows that were scheduled for this Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia at the former ECW arena, then you also realize that many employees of the company lost work and many of the fans have most likely lost money.


Jeff Jarrett announces new wrestling promotion: Global Force Wrestling

Jeff Jarrett finally unveiled his next pro wrestling project on Monday, Global Force Wrestling, which he promises in a press release will be the “most fan-interactive and immersive wrestling experience in history.”


WrestleMania 30: Is The Streak really over? Undertaker loses to Brock Lesnar

There is plenty of speculation online about the surprise ending to the Brock Lesnar-Undertaker match at WrestleMania 30, which ended with the biggest swerve in wrestling history: Undertaker losing for the first time ever at a WrestleMania.


Wrestling Night of the Superstars to hit Luray’s Darkwood Manor

Night of the Superstars – being brought to you by 96.9 Real Country WSIG, Top Rope Pro Wrestling, Page County Dot Net and Rawhide Productions – is proud to announce the latest in a series of community events slated to occur during the days leading up to the fundraising effort being held for the senior […]


Think bigger, think smarter, with your business

No matter what business you’re in, the more people who know about the great work that you can do, the better your bottom line is going to look.


Short Sleeve Sampson announces retirement tour

Short Sleeve Sampson, one of wrestling’s most recognizable midget wrestlers and star of Hulk Hogan’s Micro Championship Wrestling, announced on Monday that he will be embarking on a 40-city Farewell Retirement Tour beginning Oct. 1.


New Year’s Chaos: Not your average indy house show

It starts with state-of-the-art sound for ring entrances. Then there are the multiple big screens that will be used to highlight the superstars who will bring New Year’s Chaos to life. A steel-cage match here, a possible world-title change there, and you can get a sense of what Marvin Ward, the general manager of Top Rope Pro Wrestling, is trying to do.


Suggested New Year’s Resolutions for New Year’s Chaos

It’s that time of year – when we all vow to go to the gym, stop eating like horses, go to bed at a decent hour and a million other things that we want to do, know that we should do, and have no intention of doing anymore this time next week. They’re called New Year’s Resolutions, and they apply to professional wrestlers, too. Imagining what the wrestlers on the card at New Year’s Chaos might be resolving for 2013 …


Daivari: Duggan is no ‘hero’

Shawn Daivari has been in the news recently for something a bit out of character. The bad-guy wrestler turned face for a few minutes on a subway train in Minnesota to confront a passenger who was threatening another man – putting the aggressor in a chokehold until he was subdued, then throwing him off the train for the police to deal with.


Meatball’s back: Pray for Short Sleeve Sampson

Micro Championship Wrestling champion Meatball has a request for Top Rope Pro Wrestling fans. Pray for Short Sleeve Sampson.


‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan: 30 years with Old Glory

You think of “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and three letters immediately come to mind. “U-S-A!” “People will ask me, Hacksaw, do you ever get tired of it?” said Duggan, who will face Daivari at New Year’s Chaos, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.


Short Sleeve Sampson: Ready to tackle his biggest challenge

Short Sleeve Sampson knows what he is facing when he takes on Micro Championship Wrestling world champion Meatball at New Year’s Chaos on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.


Shawn Daivari: Don’t call me hero

You might have heard the story of how bad-guy wrestler Shawn Daivari confronted a drunk, disorderly passenger on a train in Minneapolis and put him down with a sleeperhold. Just don’t call him hero.


Kat’s Meow: Waters looks forward to match with Love

You’ve known her as Katie Lea Burchill. You’ve known her as Winter. Now content with Kat, the German-born and -raised Katarina Waters is gearing up for something she’s never done before in wrestling – a one-on-one match with former tag-team partner Angelina Love.


Dustin Rhodes: Out of the darkness

When Dustin Rhodes was mulling over the offer to headline New Year’s Chaos, the debut show of Top Rope Pro Wrestling, he quietly asked who else was going to be a part of the show. Now we know why. “If I get booked on a show, I want to make sure that that locker room is not full of a bunch of drunks and things like that. Because that’s not good for me,” said Rhodes, who lists getting clean and sober at the top of his list of career accomplishments after 25 years in the pro-wrestling business.


Pro wrestling comes to Main Street

Awesome Wrestling Entertainment has opened its East Coast corporate headquarters in a location in Downtown Waynesboro. The company, which stages live-event pro-wrestling shows across the United States, has set up its East Coast office at 421 W. Main St., Waynesboro. “This is a big step for us as a company,” said CEO Marvin Ward, who […]


Off The Top Rope: Life after wrestling

This week’s Off the Top Rope puts the focus outside the ropes. Dawn Marie’s Wrestlers Rescue organization has come under scrutiny for its efforts to raise money for professional wrestlers facing financial issues. Hosts Chris Graham and Christopher Saint discuss that news and the bigger issue of workplace and life protections for professional wrestlers. Should […]


Back to pro wrestling’s roots

Remember when Augusta Expo and Harrisonburg High School were hotbeds of professional wrestling? If it seems like a hundred years ago, you’re not far off. It’s been a good while since the business model for WWE and its top challenger TNA had in it room for live events at venues outside of the main drags.