AAA has announced that Matt Striker will join Hugo Savinovich on commentary for the English language broadcast of Triplemania XXIII. The August 9th show will air live on pay-per-view beginning at 7pm ET.
More, from the company’s press release:
“Along with our established AAA announcer, Hugo, Matt allows us to provide unparalleled coverage for this very special event. Their insights from years in the ring and broadcasting will enhance Triplemanía for our English speaking fans,” said AAA EVP Dorian Roldan Peña.
“Hugo is rich in experience and insight while Matt is a tremendous analyst. We are excited to have them join the pay-per-view production,” said Court Bauer, Executive Producer for Triplemanía XIII.
Triplemanía XXIII is headlined by a double main event featuring a dream match of Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Myzteziz for the first-time ever. Complimenting this double main event is a Hair vs. Hair match pitting Alberto El Patron vs. Brian Cage.
The PPV is available in High-Definition for $29.95 in the U.S. and Canada on both cable and satellite pay-per-view carriers iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH and in the United States and Bell TV, Rogers and Shaw in Canada.
Striker was a logical grab for AAA since he’s already the play-by-play man for Lucha Underground and has familiarity with many of the AAA wrestlers. Along with Rey Mysterio facing the former Sin Cara and Alberto El Patron wrestling Brian Cage, the other announced matches are Los Psycho Circus v. Los Villanos and Blue Demon Jr. & La Parka v. El Mesisas & Electroshock.
WWE announced that the Stone Cold Podcast will return to the WWE Network with a live airing following next Monday’s episode of Raw. Steve Austin’s guest will be Paige.
This probably won’t be as hard-hitting as Austin’s previous interviews with Triple H and Vince McMahon, but it should be interesting nonetheless, especially given the “revolution” that is going on in the WWE Divas division.
WWE has confirmed the speculation, announcing that this year’s SummerSlam will be a four hour show. The event will now start at 7pm ET on Sunday, August 23rd.
Right now, the card only has one official match, which is the Brock Lesnar – Undertaker rematch. We can expect the card to start filling out on tonight’s Raw, with John Cena v. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Kevin Owens v. Cesaro and a Dolph Ziggler & Lana v. Rusev & Summer Rae mixed tag match as likely additions.
The first trailer for the new WWE Studios film, 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown, dropped today. Below is the synopsis of the film.
WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose plays Shaw, a detective who returns to active duty after the death of his partner. When he uncovers evidence linking his fellow officers to a murder, they frame him for a homicide he didn’t commit. Trapped in his own precinct, Shaw will do whatever it takes to expose the dirty cops and clear his name. With twelve rounds in the clip and one shot at redemption, nothing will stand in Shaw’s way in this action-packed thriller.
The film also features Lochlyn Munro, who some may remember as Cliff in Dead Man on Campus and for his roles in White Chicks and Scary Movie. The movie will be released on September 11, 2015.
Ring of Honor Wrestling announced today that the company will return to traditional pay-per-view with this September’s All Star Extravaganza VII. The event will take place Friday, September 18th from the Shrine Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.
With the fall-out from our recent Death Before Dishonor XIII iPPV now in the rear-view mirror, all roads will lead to San Antonio and All Star Extravaganza VII. Will Jay Lethal make it to this event as dual ROH World & ROH World Champion? Will Roderick Strong be knocking on the door for another chance? Will Jay Briscoe be looking for his rematch? Kyle O’Reilly is telling anyone who listens that he has Jay Lethal’s number! And do not forget Bobby Fish’s recent win now declares him the #1 contender to the ROH World Television Championship! This is just a sample of the excitement heading towards All Star Extravaganza XIII. If you are in San Antonio, you will not want to miss out on the chance to witness the best wrestlers on the planet collide!
Ring of Honor is bringing a jam-packed lineup to San Antonio, Texas to celebrate a truly unique event. The stars in Texas sky will shine bright, but they will pale in compassion to the stars signed for this live Pay Per View event. This is an event you cannot afford to miss!
RING OF HONOR STARS SIGNED TO APPEAR
ROH World & World TV Champion Jay Lethal w/ Truth Martini
ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addiction
“Phenomenal” AJ Styles
Jay & Mark Briscoe
#Reborn Matt Sydal
The Young Bucks
The Kingdom (Bennett & Taven) w/ Maria
“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin
2K has announced that the pre-order bonus for WWE 2K16 will be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator as a playable character. The game will actually have two Terminators; one modeled after the original in the 1984 movie and the other modeled after 1991’s Judgment Day Terminator.
The above commercial will most likely debut on tonight’s episode of Raw and features a reenactment of Schwarzenegger’s famous scene in Terminator 2, along with appearances by Daniel Bryan, Eva Marie, Paige, Finn Balor and Dean Ambrose.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage joins Jim Kaat and Lee Smith as inductees into the 2015 class of the Hall of Very Good. HOVG is a website aimed at starting water cooler talk about who should or shouldn’t be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. It has evolved into something much more, creating its own Hall class last year.
Savage – enshrined into the celebrity wing – is inducted based on his Minor League Baseball career with the Cardinals, Reds and White Sox organizations. From the Hall of Very Good’s press release:
Long before Savage was the “Macho Man”, Randy Poffo was an aspiring young baseball player. From 1971 to 1974, Randy spent time with farm clubs for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox.
In 1973, Savage followed in the footsteps of his father Angelo Poffo and embarked on a career in pro wrestling that would make him a household name by the mid-1980s.
“When he was playing baseball, he never spoke of wrestling. After his baseball career imploded, he became a Wrestler and never spoke of baseball,” Lanny Poffo said of his famous brother. “He focused on what he was doing with no other distractions except to be the very best!”
Jim Kaat, Lee Smith and “Macho Man” Randy Savage join former inductees Tommy John (2012), Dale Murphy (2013), Steve Blass (2013), Luis Tiant (2014), Tony Oliva 2014) and The San Diego Chicken (2014).
“The Hall of Very Good has a solid class for 2015,” said Out of the Park Baseball creator Markus Heinsohn. “Jim Kaat had a solid career during which he won an amazing 25 games in 1966, and you couldn’t go wrong with Lee Smith stepping out of the bullpen to close out games for you, with 478 saves during his time in the big leagues. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage offers a glimpse at what could have been, had his baseball career held more promise.”
In a much ballyhooed move that many thought signaled the end of TNA’s relationship with Destination America, Ring of Honor was brought in to re-air the company’s Sinclair broadcasting show at 8pm on Wednesdays, leading into Impact.
After only eight weeks, that will no longer be the case.
According to Destination America’s TV lineup (via Cageside Seats) Ring of Honor Wrestling will be replaced by Bigfoot in America, at least for the next two weeks. ROH will still air in its regular 11pm ET slot, except this will be the first run on Destination America.
Ratings for the 8pm ET showing of ROH on Destination America rose through June after a 163,000 viewer debut, then sharply declined through the first three weeks of July, landing only 80,000 viewers on July 15th.
Global Force Wrestling is getting set for the company’s first set of “Amped” television tapings tonight at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. GFW released the above image of the ring for the show and also has announced the broadcast duo.
Kickboxing announcer Cyrus Fees will handle play-by-play, while the previously announced Chael Sonnen will be the color analyst. Fees does have experience broadcasting wrestling, previously working for NWA Smoky Mountain. While Sonnen has plenty of television and broadcasting experience in the world of MMA, this will be his first shot at announcing pro wrestling.
While tonight is the first night of tapings for the new company, GFW has yet to find and/or announce a television broadcasting partner.
You have undoubtedly heard by now that Hulk Hogan’s WWE contract has been terminated after audio from his sex tape leaked which included Hogan making very racist comments. Here are some writings from around the wrestling interwebs about the story:
– Before the story was published by the Enquirer, WWE had already issued a statement saying Hogan was no longer with the company and alluded to racism playing a part. The full statement reads, “WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
– Hogan issued his own statement to People Magazine owning up to the comments, which are from several years ago. His statement reads, “Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”
– Obviously WWE does not have a stellar track record when it comes to the portrayal of various cultures on its programming but the company clearly needed to distance itself from Hogan and did so quickly, removing all mentions of him from WWE.com before issuing a statement. Some have viewed this as WWE hypocritically taking the moral high-ground but what else could the company do in this situation?