Impact Wrestling has undergone a litany of changes behind the scenes over the last twelve months. Lawsuits, wrestlers and staff members are not getting paid, a dwindling audience and a severe lack of leadership finally took its toll. Just when it looked like TNA’s nine lives were about to expire, the Toronto-based Anthem Sports & Entertainment group came out of nowhere and purchased the company.
Dixie Carter, John Gaburick and the rest of the management team were evicted, and in a weird twist of fate, company co-founder Jeff Jarrett was hired to run the day-to-day operations along with Dutch Mantell and Bruce Pritchard. The new administration’s appointment prompted the resignation of several wrestlers and the signing of new talent, all to usher in the new era of Impact Wrestling that was utter garbage. Continue reading →
After many delays, which led even more question if he would ever step foot in the octagon, on September 10th, CM Punk will make his long-awaited UFC debut when he faces Mickey Gall in a welterweight bout at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio.
UFC 203 is headlined by Stipe Miocic defending the heavyweight title for the first time against Alistair Overeem. In the co-main event, Fabricio Werdum, who lost the title to Miocic, looks to get back in the championship picture as he takes on Ben Rothwell. Continue reading →
Reports have surfaced regarding CM Punk’s MMA training and they’re not good. If this is true, what does the future hold for the former WWE superstar and will he ever fight in the UFC? I recorded a news update on the story along with some analysis that you can listen to on the official YouTube channel of Gerweck.Net
CM Punk was ringside for this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 82 event as Mickey Gall quickly defeated Mike Jackson to earn the right to be Punk’s first UFC opponent later this year. Frank Dee and Atlee Greene break it all down including Punk’s chances in the Octagon.
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This past Saturday at UFC 181 in Las Vages, it was announced that former WWE Superstar CM Punk has signed to fight in UFC and will make his Octagon debut sometime in 2015.
Punk was interviewed at cage side by Joe Rogan and said he is done with professional wrestling and that MMA is his full-time career now because it’s now or never for him.
Punk said that the weight class he will fight at is up in the air but he is looking at middleweight (185 lbs) but welterweight (170 lbs) is a possibility. He also said that he will not fight at light heavyweight (205 lbs)
When asked who he was going to train with, Punk said he didn’t want to tip his hat just yet and that he is making inquires with a few camps. Continue reading →
The WWE championship is the holy grail of professional wrestling. It’s the belt that every aspiring, and current, wrestler dreams of holding. Having this honor bestowed upon you means you are the best that this business has to offer which in turn produced some of the most memorable feuds. Today, I will rank the top ten WWE champions of all time.
To say this list was hard to compile would be a huge understatement. 42 wrestlers over a 50 year time span made for several list changes. The thing to remember is that all lists of this type are subjective. You do the best you can with a criteria that makes sense to you.
For example, Money is extremely important, but being a big draw doesn’t define a wrestler. Iron Man 3 made over four hundred million at the box office but it’s not going to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
WWE Superstars #1 | Writer: Mick Foley & Shane Riches | Artist: Alitha Martinez | Colorist: Jay Jay Jackson | Publisher: Super Genius | Release Date: 12/11/13 | UPC: 07189645305801 | Price: $2.99
Superstars marks the newest foray into the comic book genre for WWE. While their previous efforts were met with little success, in essence, this offering has already succeeded where the others have failed because Mick Foley pens the script. The book reads like an episode of Monday Night Raw with several different story lines taking place within the noir landscape.
There is an inconvenient truth when it comes wrestlers in the WWE. It doesn’t matter how good their matches are, how hard they work, how loud the audience cheers for them, how good they make the company look in the media, or how much merchandise they sell. In the end, it’s all about John Cena and Randy Orton. It’s always been about them and until a new era is ushered in, nothing will ever change that. For the last eight years, no one has been booked stronger or protected more than Cena and Orton. They are the two performers that the company has put their faith in to lead them to the promised land because more than anyone else on the roster, they embody what it means to be a sports entertainer and not a professional wrestler.
Money in the Bank was an excellent event that pulled out all the stops and produced a great moment when Paul Heyman blindsided CM Punk with a ladder and cost him the MITB briefcase. These moments are normally reserved for Monday Night Raw. It’s not hard to understand why, considering that more people will always watch free Raw than a pay-per-view. Still, I would have bet any amount of money that the turn would have happened on Raw and build to a Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk match at Summer Slam.