It’s been a long time coming for Ethan Carter III. One of the best performers on TNA’s diminishing roster, EC3 has gotten better and better each week. His social media presence, mic skills and look have solidified him as a breakout star. With that, TNA decided it was time to give the kid the strap. Carter pinned Kurt Angle on last night’s episode of Impact Wrestling to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Miss last night’s episode of Lucha Underground? No problem, here are the highlights.
The second episode of Ring of Honor’s run on Destination America premieres tonight at 8pm ET. For those that didn’t catch the first run on Sinclair, a video preview of tonight’s show is above.
Wrestling Crush Wednesday returns tonight with new episodes of Impact Wrestling, NXT, Ring of Honor (at least to non-Sinclair customers) and – the most unique of the bunch – Lucha Underground. Prepare yourself for tonight’s 8pm ET episode on El Rey Network with a look back at last week.
Following Bret Hart calling Hulk Hogan a dirt bag via Citi Field’s Twitter account his afternoon, I wondered if the two – who have had a mutual disdain for one another for quite some time – had squared off. Of course, the two are forever tied together from the odd WrestleMania IX finishing sequence, which saw Hart lose the WWE Championship to Yokozuna only to have Hogan come out (for some reason) and get an impromptu title match and victory.
But the two did have a match against each other. Only one.
During a September 1998 episode of WCW Nitro, the Hitman and the Hulkster did battle.
There were rumors heading into Monday’s Raw that an NXT call-up would debut on the show. Instead we got two debuts, Neville and the Lucha Dragons. While Sin Cara has, of course, been on Raw before, this was Kalisto’s first time.
Unfortunately, WWE couldn’t resist its desire to drop the first name of wrestlers, removing “Adrian” from Neville’s name.
Either way, it’s cool to see an NXT favorite getting his well-deserved shot on the main roster. The same goes for the Lucha Dragons, who will add some spice to the tag team division.
WWE announced before the show began that the Celtic Warrior Sheamus would be returning on Raw and he did just that following the Daniel Bryan v. Dolph Ziggler Intercontinental Championship match as Wade Barrett was attacking Bryan.
Barrett retreated and the new look Sheamus then nailed Daniel Bryan with a brogue kick and followed that up by beating down Dolph Ziggler.
This was beautiful.
Brock Lesnar is an absolute monster. Seth Rollins is such a great heel. And everyone else sold this to make it look amazing. From Paul Heyman’s facial expressions and reactions to Michael Cole selling an F5 like a champ, this was a great segment on a very good episode of Raw.
You’ve probably heard about the “Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling” video made by Max Landis that everyone is talking about. If you haven’t watched it yet, check it out above. It’s a really great look at why we love wrestling and how it’s just as compelling as any other television show (even if, right now, the product isn’t so compelling.) The whole thing is told through the storyline of Triple H’s career. There is also a vast number of cameos in the video, including Joey Ryan, John Morrison, Seth Green, Macauley Culkin, Haley Joel Osment, Colt Cabana, Brittany Furlan, Chris Hero, Justin Roberts, the “I Like Turtles” kid, former WCW Champion David Arquette, Max’s father John Landis, and probably a ton more that I missed.
Yeah, the whole “Shawn Michaels coming back” part is out of order but it’s pretty great nonetheless.
TNA has uploaded its weekly Impact in 60, highlighting all the happenings from the March 13, 2015 episode of Impact Wrestling on Destination America. The show featured Bobby Roode taking on Eric Young in a Last Man Standing match, a Hair v. Hair contest between Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud and Brooke taking on Robbie E.