It was a busy day in the pro wrestling world, with New Japan Pro Wrestling launching its own WWE Network-style streaming service and more fallout from CM Punk’s tell-all interview with Colt Cabana. Let’s take a look at what the interwebs are saying today:
• New Japan’s aforementioned streaming service, New Japan World, is available now and includes archived content and live events, including the upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 9. It costs around $8.50 per month in US dollars and is currently available on desktops, tablets and smartphones. No announcement has been made about Roku, Apple TV or console availability. [Wrestlezone]
• Steve Austin says he plans to ask Vince McMahon about CM Punk during his live podcast with the WWE Chairman, airing on the WWE Network following tonight’s broadcast of Raw. [Cageside Seats]
• Ring of Honor’s Top Prospect Tournament returns to Nashville in January. [ROH Wrestling]
• Chris Jericho was one of the many people CM Punk mentioned in his talk with Colt Cabana. Today, Jericho responded. [Cageside Seats]
• A tag team turmoil match has been added to tonight’s Raw to determine the number one contenders to the straps. [WWE.com]
The wrestling internet was abuzz yesterday with the news of CM Punk’s departure from WWE. Below is a roundup of some of the best writing on the topic, in case you missed it:
• CM Punk Walks Out on WWE [Ringside Rants] – Certainly not among the best but I had to shill my own piece first. #cheappop
• New Kayfabe: The Many Levels of CM Punk & Daniel Bryan [4CRWrestling] – An excellent piece by Martin Dixon that had a lot of people talking yesterday.
• “Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire”: The Exit [4CRWrestling] – Another great piece from Billy Carpenter.
• CM Punk Quits The WWE: More Details Emerge [CamelClutchBlog] – A good roundup of the lead-up to and analysis of Punk’s exit.
• Memo to Punk: Be Careful [WrestleZone] – Former WCW personality Mark Madden warns CM Punk that WWE may not want him back.
• Thank You, CM Punk [CagesideSeats] – A “thanks for the memories” post, if Punk is really gone.
• Making Sense of CM Punk Walking Out on WWE [CagesideSeats] – Trying to wrap our heads around this whole story.
Some interesting reads from around the wrestling-related interwebs on this Sunday morning:
• Following recent departures from within the WWE creative team, Keith Harris at Cageside Seats wonders if the horrors of working for the McMahon family are catching up to them.
• WrestlingDVDNews.com has some more information on ECW Unreleased Volume 2, including some tidbits from Joey Styles that appear in this month’s WWE Magazine.
• Matt Striker was released by WWE on Thursday, ending a long run with the company as a wrestler, broadcaster, backstage interviewer and house show emcee. He spoke to PWInsider.com about his departure and upcoming plans.
• This past Monday’s episode of Raw has been universally praised and Arda Ocal weighs in with his concurrent thoughts at the Baltimore Sun Ring Posts blog.
- Tommy Dreamer announced on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that he will co-host the upcoming DVD and Blu ray title, ECW Unreleased Volume 2, along with Joey Styles. The collection hits stores July 30th.
– Mike Mooneyham tells the story of Lars Anderson, who helped pave the way for the “Minnesota Wrecking Crew.”
– Arda Ocal reviews his friend and Aftermath co-host Jimmy Korderas’ new book, The Three Count: My Life in Stripes as a WWE Referee.
– The Houston Texans cheerleaders can be found on YouTube “Fandangoing.”
Saturday morning links from around the world wide wrestling web:
– WWEDVDNews.com has the cover art for WWE’s Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History Blu ray and DVD set, coming out May 28th.
– Another Q&A from Arda Ocal at Ring Posts, this time with “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
– The Wrestling Chronicle recaps last night’s Smackdown broadcast.
– The Wrestling Blog with some Instant Feedback on the return of People Power on last night’s show.
– CoworkerJim has some early WrestleMania XXIX predictions at Getting Over. I should have my own thoughts on the show up late next week.
Some links from around the wrestling blogosphere, while you watch Impact Wrestling and the NCAA Tournament tonight:
– Arda Ocal of the Baltimore Sun blog Ring Posts did a Q&A with Kevin Nash, who will be wrestling in the Baltimore area this weekend.
– With the changes announced to TNA’s X Division, 4 Corners Radio has some suggestions of wrestlers the company should take a look at for the division.
– Brandon Stroud has this week’s Best and Worst of Monday Night Raw at With Leather.
– Speaking of With Leather, the Bad Wrestling Theme Lyrics March Madness tournament is in Round Three.
– CoworkerJim with this week’s pro wrestling Power Rankings.
A few links from around the web on this Wednesday afternoon:
– Kotaku has put together a list detailing the Evolution of Crazy Japanese Wrestling Games. It’s an interesting visual breakdown, although they somehow left Fire Pro Wrestling off the list.
– According to Cageside Seats, Bully Ray is justifiably in hot water with TNA management after his recent house show rant to a fan, which included homophobic slurs.
– Arda Ocal weighs in with his thoughts on Monday’s episode of Raw at the Baltimore Sun Ring Posts blog.
– The Camel Clutch Blog has a list of the Top Ten WrestleMania celebrities.
Your Tuesday afternoon wrestling linkage:
– Author Kevin Sullivan weighs in with his Weekly Top Five from last night’s Raw, giving Paul Heyman the number one spot.
– Arda Ocal of The Score gives his thoughts on Raw at the Baltimore Sun‘s Ring Posts blog.
– Of course, don’t forget to check out my recap of the show.
– WWEDVDNews has some exclusive photos of the upcoming Best of Nitro collection.
And some Royal Rumble related reading:
– Our friends at TnF Wrestling recap the pay-per-view.
– The aforementioned Arda Ocal has some thoughts and interviews from the Royal Rumble fanfest.
Some links of interest from around the wrestling interwebs:
– In great news, Norm Sousa announced today that he and Archi Zuber, formerly of the Aftermath Daily Dose have made their triumphant return to podcasting with The Cool Dudes Wrestling Podcast. It’s available now on iTunes and Podbean. These guys are seriously great to listen to and they’ve also shouted me out a few times, so go check them out if you’re unfamiliar.
– The always entertaining Brandon Stroud with his usual Raw review and thoughts at With Leather.
– Arda Ocal has his five prop bet predictions for the Royal Rumble match at the Baltimore Sun.
– Some 90s gimmicks that would be fun to see again, from The Wrestling Blog.
A few notes from around the web on this Sunday afternoon:
– JBL apologized to the Dudley’s and “all you Twitter police so you can get out of Momma’s basement and enjoy the weekend.” Good one, JBL. The apology comes after he “criticized” the singles careers of the Dudley’s, along with the Hart Foundation and other tag teams. Really the whole thing was a non-issue. |Gerweck.net|
– The Best and Worst of TNA Impact Wrestling 1/17/13 Extreme Championship Wedding |With Leather|
– Goldust recently spoke to Arda Ocal about his brother Cody, the evolution of the Goldust character, and more. |Ring Posts|