ElkMania 5: Romano vs. Simonetti -Tomorrow Night in Beverly, MA

For Immediate Release:

Romano vs. Simonetti “I Quit” Match headlines ElkMania 5 this Saturday night!

 

BEVERLY, MA, September 23, 2017 – Professional wrestling returns to the Beverly/Salem Elks Lodge on tomorrow night on Saturday, September 23 for the fifth installment of our preeminent event, ELKMANIA 5. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Special bell time is at 6:35 PM.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and are on sale at Silver Moon Comics & Collectibles located inside of the Museum Place Mall, Salem, MA. Tickets will be available at the door for $12.00. Creative Salem members will get two dollars off their admission at the door.

The main event will feature Salem’s own Derek Simonetti challenging “Bitter” Buddy Romano for the Bay State Championship in an “I Quit” Match. One year ago, Buddy Romano announced his retirement from wrestling and surrendered the championship, after he was ordered to defend the belt against Derek Simonetti. Continue reading

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Mayweather vs. McGregor Evolved The Fight Game

One of the biggest sporting events of our generation captivated a near capacity crowd inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas along with millions watching at home. Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor, in a boxing match, at 1:05 of the 10th round via TKO. The significance of this is lost on many but equally realized by others.

McGregor won the first three rounds by most scorecards and I also gave him rounds four and five. Mayweather had then downloaded everything he needed to know about McGregor’s unorthodox approach in that pugilistic supercomputer of a brain. “Money” won rounds six, seven, eight and nine before closing the show.  Continue reading

Backdrops and Body Slams at Fenway Park

Sometimes, I think I know how special things are until I’m immersed in the splendor of the moment. Then I realize that I didn’t have a clue. This past Sunday I was the play by play commentator for the Wrestling All-Stars of New England show at Fenway Park. I was also given an extra duty at the last minute that I had always been eager to experience.   Continue reading

Late to the Party: Thoughts on WWE Money in the Bank

Sorry for the lack of wrestling blogs as of late. I’ve been so busy with my Clark Kent job that finding time to write has been next to impossible.

I never thought that I would say this about a Money in the Bank event, but the 2017 incarnation, for the most part, was a failed deposit. Every match had an anti-climactic finish, except for the WWE title showdown between Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton…And that’s not an endorsement.

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Should We Buy Mayweather vs. McGregor?

It’s official folks. The highly anticipated boxing showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is officially set for August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight will air live on pay-per-view, courtesy of Showtime, with a $100.00 price tag to finally see what happens when a top-level MMA fighter steps out of the cage and into the ring.

Let’s get this out of the way: McGregor only has a 1% chance of winning this fight and, depending on who you talk to, that’s being generous. Mayweather is arguably the greatest fighter of all-time and certainly the greatest defensive fighter that has ever lived. The sweet science is imprinted in the DNA of the Mayweather family and professionals who have trained most of their lives never came close to beating Floyd.

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Samoa Joe wins Fatal 5-Way at WWE Extreme Rules

Samoa Joe is the number one contender for the WWE Universal Championship and will challenge Brock Lesnar on 7/9 at Great Balls of Fire. Joe defeated Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Fin Balor in the Fatal 5-Way main event, last night, at Extreme Rules.

The finish saw Finn Balor hit Roman Reigns with the Coupe de Grace, only for Joe to pull him away from the cover and apply the Coquina Clutch. Balor passed and out and the referee called for the bell.

Finn Balor was the favorite to win the match from a booking perspective since it was teased on Raw a couple of weeks ago that Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar are watching Balor with a vested interest. The match would have made sense being that Balor never lost the Universal Title.

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WWE Announces First ever Women’s Money in the Bank LadderMatch

WWE will make history at Money in the Bank on June 18th. Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina will compete in the first-ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Shane McMahon made the announcement last night after a fatal five-way didn’t happen when a brawl ensued between the participants.

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NJPW Releases Best of the Super Juniors Schedule

It’s one of my favorite times of the year as New Japan Pro Wrestling will kick off the Best of the Super Juniors 24 (BOSJ) on May 17th at Korakuen Hall. This tournament will span two weeks, which culminates on June 3rd at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

The winners of Block A and Block B will face off to decide who will get a shot at the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title on June 11th at Dominion. That is of course, if the current champ, Hiromu Takahashi should win the tournament.

The brackets are very interesting. Block A is so stacked that I almost want to skip the Block B matches…Almost.

Block A

  1. Jushin Thunder Liger
  2. Ricochet
  3. Will Ospreay
  4. Taichi
  5. Taka Michinoku
  6. Hiromu Takahashi
  7. Dragon Lee
  8. Marty Scurll

 

Block B

  1. Tiger Mask IV
  2. Ryusuke Taguchi
  3. KUSHIDA
  4. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  5. El Desperado
  6. BUSHI
  7. Volador Jr.
  8. ACH

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Billy Corgan Buys the NWA; Now What?

Smashing Pumpkins frontman and former TNA Wrestling President Billy Corgan has purchased National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). PWInsider.com broke the news last week and has confirmed that Corgan owns the name, rights, and trademarks to the NWA as well as the rights and possession of the NWA championship belt.

At one time, the NWA was the governing body of professional wrestling and the NWA championship was the most prestigious belt in the industry. Iconic names such as Lou Thez, Harley Race, Dory Funk, Ric Flair, and others were among its stars.

The group of promoters who governed the NWA and voted on who the champion would be started going out of business by the 1980’s when Vince McMahon’s then-WWF went national, destroying the territory system.

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Okada vs. Omega II Officially Announced

The match that many have called the greatest of all-time will get its second chapter. Kenny Omega will lockup with Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Title at NJPW Dominion on June 11, at Osaka-Jo Hall.

The match was made on Wednesday at Wrestling Dontaku when Okada called Omega into the ring after defeating Bad Luck Fale. Omega entered the ring for a staredown, looked to the camera and said that Okada is not the champion that people want.

Okada defeated Omega in January at Wrestle Kingdom to retain the championship in a 45-minute classic, which earned an unprecedented six-star rating by famed journalist Dave Meltzer. Those who missed out on their first encounter will no doubt look forward to the sequel.

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