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Saturday, January 2, 2100

More About Me

Since the, "About Me" section of this blog is limited to a specific amount of characters, I decided to write a post that discusses more about what I have done in the pro-wrestling industry, beginning with when I first started in it and leading up to now.

Technically, I started back in the 1990's, contributing to, "Pro Wrestling Illustrated" and then, "Pro Wrestling Torch". In 1997, I contributed to The Official Website of the NWO. That same year, I briefly published my own newsletter, "The Wrestling Express".

In 1998, I taught myself how to design websites, and served as a consultant for various independent promotions. That next year, I worked as a website designer/maintainer for Dylan Summers (Necro Butcher) who was running the Texas-based Power Pro Wrestling Federation, and later was involved with Texas Outlaw Promotions.

During the period of 2000-2002, I was involved in many different projects at once. I was working as a website designer/publicist for talent, contributing to WCW.com, writing columns for independent promotions and the website of former WCW star The Stro, and writing for a variety of pro-wrestling media sites (including WrestlingObserver.com and PWTorch.com). In 2003, I began running my own website, World Wrestling Optimum, which consisted of news, articles, and interviews.

In 2004, I started working for the Michigan-based Ultimate Championship Wrestling as a publicist/columnist. They were an affiliate of AWA Wrestling Superstars Live, and I soon became the publicist/columnist of the main governing body of AWA Wrestling Superstars Live as well. During my time working for UCW, I played a major role in bringing in new talent, due to over the years my having had come into contact with many talents being underused and going unnoticed in the industry.

In 2005, I started doing a column for 3PW. With DVDs sold nationwide, they had the potential to become much bigger than they already were at the time, and were very open to my ideas. I pushed for many changes behind-the-scenes. I had encouraged management to improve the production quality of their DVDs, which led to them dealing with a different production company. 3PW management had planned on waiting for it's fan base to increase before getting TV for 3PW. I explained how getting TV for 3PW is what would increase it's fan base, and I was then given the green light to find networks that were interested. Two networks were very interested, and I encouraged 3PW management to meet with them as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the owner of the company instead opted to shut 3PW down, due to losing interest. Working for 3PW put me in connection with the UK-based 1PW, who I worked as a columnist for.

After 3PW shut down, I began working as a publicist for independent promotions, including CHIKARA. I also worked as a columnist for CZW. Interestingly though, it was 2006 at this point yet I'm still most recognized for the work that I had done for 3PW and AWA/UCW.

In 2007 I started working as a columnist for XCW, a promotion that was seen nationally on MAVTV, had a national DVD deal, and also had PPV events. Working for a promotion of national status was my biggest achievement at that point, and two years later I reached a bigger achievement- Big Japan Pro-Wrestling. Along with working for them as a columnist and an Administrator for their Facebook page, I helped bring Big Japan Pro Wrestling together with Combat Zone Wrestling to form a working relationship after a previous working relationship between the two promotions had fallen apart. This new working relationship has led to Big Japan Pro Wrestling having their first event in the United States.

In October 2009 I assisted publicity & promotions company MGM Management with the HULKAMANIA- Let the Battle Begin tour by distributing their press release to pro-wrestling news sites that are popular with Australian fans, and conducting an interview with Solofa Fatu Jr. (better known as, "Rikishi"). Also, in 2012 I wrote a number of columns for Women Superstars Uncensored.

Most recently, I have done social media for Great North Wrestling.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

[DVD][PREVIEW] WWE: Best of NXT Takeover 2018

"WWE: Best of NXT Takeover 2018 " presents NXT's picks for the best Takeover matches of 2018. Matches on this DVD are as follows:

Extreme Rules Match
Aleister Black
vs.
Adam Cole

NXT Championship Match
Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas (NXT Champion)
vs.
Johnny Gargano

NXT North American Championship Ladder match
Adam Cole (NXT North American Champion)
vs.
EC3
vs.
Killian Dane
vs.
Lars Sullivan
vs.
Velveteen Dream
vs.
Ricochet

Velveteen Dream
vs.
Ricochet

Chicago Street Fight
Tommaso Ciampa
vs.
Johnny Gargano

NXT Tag Team Championship match
Undisputed Era (NXT Tag Team Champions)
vs.
Moustache Mountain

North American Championship match
Adam Cole (North American Champion)
vs.
Ricochet

NXT Women’s Championship Match
Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Champion)
vs.
Kairi Sane

Johnny Gargano
vs.
Aleister Black

NXT Championship match
Tommaso Ciampa (NXT Champion)
vs.
Velveteen Dream

WarGames match
Undisputed Era
vs.
Pete Dunne
Ricochet
War Raiders

Friday, March 15, 2019

Patricia Summerland ("Sunny" from GLOW) Interview 2019

Patricia Summerland ("Sunny" from GLOW) discusses her radio talk show, her new comic book, the current state of the pro-wrestling scene, her opinion on the new GLOW series, and more.

Q: It’s been about six years since our first interview. How have things been?

A: It has been great did 3 Afterglow Cruises and many Comic cons and moved to the Mtns. Also did 3 Theatrical Afterglow shows as Sunny and me now.

Q: You are currently one of the radio talk show hosts of American Adversaries. For those who are not familiar, what is American Adversaries about?

A: American Adversaries is about political facts and realities of this world, I cover all news in California and events.

Q: How did you become interested in broadcasting?

A: I went to School for public speaking, I always wanted to be a Host on a radio show or television. It came easy and natural to me on my first show, the American Adversaries reached out to me in 2012 for a celeb interview as Sunny the California Girl and then proceeded to ask me after my first show if I would do more segments as a regular on Sunday shows, I said yes I would love too, 7 years later still on the show and loving it of course I would love to find a paid Weekly gig at a Huge radio show . πŸ˜‰ But love my American Adversaries Family: Jeff Senas, Christopher Hart, Layr Adams, Nostra Dennis, Kathy Santomassino, Aubrey Khan.

Q: Since the first interview, you have gotten involved in the real estate industry. How did you become interested in real estate?

A: I became interested in real estate as I fell into that as an assistant up here where I live its really the only Lucrative jobs here, I'm no longer involved in it. I heart was not captured there.

Q: What sports, if any, have you been participating in outside of pro-wrestling?

A: I love all sports. I will never turn down a baseball or basketball / volleyball game..Or hiking. Love it all, that tom boy is still inside me and let's not forget boxing. I wish I still was training but my trainer passed away Forest Henry RIP and I have not picked up my gloves since.

Q: Do you still do pro-wrestling training?

A: I still get in the ring And wrestle here n there, I'm starting to train people now. I wont do anything off the 3rd turn buckle or flips from there. Everything else I will do.

Q: Squared Circle Comics is a creator of biographies of members of the pro-wrestling industry, and you will be the first GLOW Girl to be a part of this, giving input into the creation of your biography. How did this relationship come to be?

A: I'm the first female pro-wrestler To have My BIO comic book in the Squared Circle its my story and my input was involved from beginning to end. They contacted me and ask if I wanted to do it, and I said YES as it's going to help so many out there..Bullying and suicide in our world is a tragedy and so many have succumb to it...[The Squared Circle family) are a wonderful creative family to me now. Love them all, John Crowther, Rich Perotta and Blake Wilkie, and Kevin Laporte.

Q: There have been many changes on the female pro-wrestling scene since our first interview. What is your opinion on the current state of the scene?

A: I believe the wrestling scene is much better, the cross overs & selling is better, the Girl Power has Taken Over. πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ Keep on Glowing WWE / WOW / and more indy greats.

Q: What is your opinion on the current state of the pro-wrestling scene in general?

A: The current wrestling scene is better, but honestly I don't have time To get involved with it like I did when I was on AfterBuzz TV as a host for WWE SmackDown.

Q: Have you seen the GLOW series that is currently on Netflix, and if so, what is your opinion on it?

A: I love the GLOW Netflix season 1, okay season 2 better and look forward to season 3, after all its based on us ORIGINAL GLOW GIRLS its FICTION but its awesome to have a show paying homage to US. 🌞

Q: What can we expect to see from you in coming months?

A: I'm working on Afterglow Series with is Original Glow Girls, Roxy Astor owns Afterglow. She is my buddy and partner in fame. Keep a look out for many more Sunny Adventures at many comic cons & news stations & much more and Cloudy is making some Appearances..Stay Tuned For My BIO COMIC BOOK and Bio book and movie series too!!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Japanese Pro-Wrestling on TV in Japan (and Potentially Beyond) in 2019

A big topic as of late has been the increase of the amount of pro-wrestling shows on American television. This year, WWE, NJPW, WOW, ROH, CMLL, AAA, Impact Wrestling, CWFH, and MLW have been presenting pro-wrestling on a weekly basis. And there may be an addition this year as AEW aspires to have a TV deal in the near future as well.

Meanwhile, pro-wrestling has also been thriving as a television product in Japan. NJPW -Japan's biggest pro-wrestling company- is seen weekly via the TV Asahi network. Unlike the United States, where fans are required to have cable in order to watch programs of the most popular companies in the country, cable is not required to watch NJPW programs in Japan on TV Asahi.

GAORA SPORTS provides viewers with Dragon Gate, AJPW, OZ Academy, and WRESTLE-1. Meanwhile, NOAH can be seen regularly on the Nittele G+ sports channel and Samurai TV via satellite. Samurai TV also shows NJPW, ZERO1, Stardom, AJPW, BJW, DDT Pro, and more on their network. In total, pro-wrestling fans in Japan are able watch at least 10 different companies on television regularly, with the biggest one being able to be viewed without needing cable or satellite.

Although the pro-wrestling scene is very healthy in Japan, it has the potential to be even healthier. Being that WWE is biggest company in the industry, they have made the United States the center of the pro-wrestling industry. Alexa (a web traffic and ranking website) shows how much attention WWE captures from fans who live in the United States, and how much of an impact they have on their traffic rank. According to Alexa, http://www.WWE.com has a traffic rank of 3,009, with the majority of its visitors being based in the United States.

Japanese pro-wrestling companies branching out to the American market would enable them to potentially gain new fans from the same fan base that WWE has, as well as pro-wrestling fans who don't like the WWE product and are looking for something different. NJPW has already done this- they are currently featured on AXS TV, a network that presents the NJPW product to 200,000 American viewers every week. There are many other networks for the NJPW product to potentially be on, including ones that would be better than AXS TV, but the fact remains that NJPW's exposure had a positive impact on the company. Alexa's report on http://www.njpw.co.jp/ 's traffic rankings from the past three months are proof of this. As of this writing, the website was ranked at 75,409, having had moved up 19,483 positions versus the previous three months.

Just as how NJPW has increased its exposure by branching out to the American market, other pro-wrestling companies in Japan can (and should) do the same. Every company has a style of wrestling that is different from what American pro-wrestling fans usually are exposed to, which surely would gain their attention. And along with exposure, the pro-wrestling company would gain the financial benefit of the American television network paying them to show episodes of the wrestling program on the American television network.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The World Heavyweight Championship: Too valuable to stay retired

On the November 25, 2013 edition of "RAW", Triple H announced that a WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Title match would take place at the WWE TLC PPV that year. Both belts hung above the ring and John Cena and Randy Orton faced each other in a, "Tables, Ladders and Chairs", match. In the match's climax, Randy Orton won both titles and unified them, retiring the World Heavyweight Title/Big Gold Belt in the process. Make no mistake- from a financial standpoint, the WWE Championship (as well the WWE Universal Championship) is the most valuable title in the pro-wrestling industry. Being WWE Champion gives a talent the distinction of being the face of the biggest drawing pro-wrestling company in the world. However, retiring the World Heavyweight Title effectively phased out one of the most prestigious titles in pro-wrestling history, and I highly doubt that we have seen the last of it.

For starters, let's look at the lineage of the World Heavyweight Title, which started in 1905 (then known as the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship), making it the oldest title in the pro-wrestling industry. The industry was very different during this period. While today the pro-wrestling industry focuses mainly on giving fans the best shows possible, during that time it was focused mainly on in-ring competition. And for that reason, George Hackenschmidt became the first holder of the World Heavyweight Title. Whether or not he had the ability to work a crowd was irrelevant, because during that era, the wrestling skills of the talents in the ring were all that mattered. Hackenschmidt was the first pure wrestler to become a world champion, and he is a former champion who is a part of the World Heavyweight Championship lineage.

Following George Hackenschmidt in the lineage of the World Heavyweight Championship is Frank Gotch, a talent who revolutionized the pro-wrestling industry in the 1900's and 1910's, just as Hulk Hogan did in the 1980's and 1990's. In 1949, Lou Thesz was given the NWA World Heavyweight Title, and then merged the World Heavyweight Wrestling Wrestling Title into it (which he won in 1952). The NWA World Heavyweight Title is the only title that was ultimately defended in WWE, WCW, TNA, and ECW. Also it has the distinction of having legends a part of it's legacy such as Dory Funk Jr., Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Jack Brisco, Kerry Von Erich, Ricky Steamboat, and Terry Funk. In 1991, the NWA World Heavyweight Title began to be referred to as the WCW World Heavyweight Title in WCW. In 1992, Ron Simmons became WCW World Heavyweight Champion. He is currently a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.

It's understandable that WWE takes pride in their titles and want them to be the only world titles represented in their company. However, the World Heavyweight Title is also respected and has importance and a relevant legacy behind it. I believe that it is only a matter of time before it make it's appearance again.



Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Powerslam Wrestling Network

Recently I became aware of the Powerslam Wrestling Network, a pro-wrestling mega-channel that launched a few months and is avalable on iOs, AppleTV, iTunes, Android, and Roku apps, and online at http://Powerslam.TV. It is also available on Chromecast. The Powerslam Wrestling Network has over 4,300 hours of content from over 110 promotions around the world, including Japan's Sendai Girls, BJW, and FREEDOMS; the UK's RPW; Canada's ECCW; and the United States' CZW and WSU.

The Powerslam Wrestling Network is one of the best pro-wrestling channels available today, as well as the largest. Along with excellent wrestling content that is updated on a regular basis (which includes events and shows that are presented exclusively), it has no ads, and also presents interviews, backstage footage, round tables, and lifestyle videos-all at a low price of only $5.99 a month.

Click here for a 7-day free trial.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Global Localization: How Big Can NXT Get in the Pro-Wrestling Industry?

Pro-wrestling companies based in the United States having working relationships with pro-wrestling companies based in other countries is nothing new. ROH works with NJPW, a Japan-based company that has existed for 46 years and is continuing to grow. However, NXT has the potential to become the most international professional-wrestling promotion in the industry since World Championship Wrestling. WCW was not as recognized worldwide as WWE, but WWE usually focuses on only their own expansive roster and only has events outside of the United States on occasion. In the 1990's, WCW simultaneously had a working relationship with not only NJPW, but also AAA, one of the biggest pro-wrestling companies in Mexico. WCW and NJPW co-produced many PPV events, WCW took part in an NJPW-produced supercard in 1996, and the two companies traded talent on a regular basis. Meanwhile, WCW co-promoted a lucha libre PPV with AAA in 1994, and booked AAA talent for WCW events frequently in the mid-1990's. Out of all of the companies that defined themselves as being of worldwide status, WCW best represented that definition.

Now, NXT has positioned themselves where they can potentially be established in the same manner that WCW was as being a true GLOBAL promotion. At the 2018 Business Partner Summit, NXT producer Triple H introduced "Global Localization", his plan of creating NXT brands in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. This plan began taking shape with NXT UK, and with the birth of this brand began relationships with PROGRESS and ICW, two major companies in the UK. This relationship enables NXT UK to present fans outside of the UK to names that they are familiar with as well as talent that they currently are unaware of but should know about. Not only does this legitimize NXT as a global brand, but it also gives PROGRESS and ICW increased exposure as well.

As the NXT brand continues to expand globally, NXT could be used to provide the unpredictability that pro-wrestling fans enjoy, and opportunity that all pro-wrestlers desire. With NXT currently having an NXT North American Championship, the NXT Championship could be elevated to world title status. The blueprint of NXT could be different from traditional pro-wrestling governing bodies, where the main brand stands at the top of the heap, while the affiliates are treated as the minor-leagues. In NXT, each territory could be treated as an equal. The next NXT World Champion could come from NXT. They could come from NXT UK, where Pete Dunne is making an impact. Or they could come from one of the other NXT brands than will be created as a result of the Global Localization project. NXT could feature a form of surprise and excitement that has not been seen in the industry for quite some time.

I look forward to seeing the Global Localization project continue as NXT expands worldwide. I currently reside in Japan, and there many promoters and talents here who would be a great for WWE/NXT. It is only matter of NXT coming into contact with those people. Like I had mentioned in my blog post about WWE shining the spotlight on independent wrestling, every time NXT expands to a different area, people with knowledge of that pro-wrestling scene will need to brought in if the Global Localization project is going to be a success, which of course WWE has the resources to accomplish.