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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.

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.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

[Blu-ray][PREVIEW] WWE: NXT Greatest Matches Vol.1

"WWE: NXT Greatest Matches Vol.1" presents NXT's picks for the best matches of 2017. Matches on this Blu-ray disk are as follows:

NXT Championship Tournament Final
Seth Rollins
vs.
Jinder Mahal

NXT Championship No Disqualification match
Seth Rollins (NXT Champion)
vs.
Big E Langston

Chris Jericho
vs.
Bray Wyatt

NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Final
Paige
vs.
Emma

Best 2 Out of 3 Falls match
Sami Zayn
vs.
Antonio Cesaro

William Regal
vs.
Antonio Cesaro

NXT Championship Ladder match
Bo Dallas (NXT Champion)
vs.
Adrian Neville

NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Final
Charlotte
vs.
Natalya

Sami Zayn
vs.
Tyson Kidd

NXT Championship match
Adrian Neville (NXT Champion)
vs.
Sami Zayn

NXT Women's Championship Fatal Four-Way match
Charlotte (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Sasha Banks
vs.
Becky Lynch
vs.
Bayley

NXT Championship match
Sami Zayn (NXT Champion)
vs.
Kevin Owens

Adrian Neville
vs.
Cesaro

Hideo Itami
vs.
Tyler Breeze

Enzo Amore
Colin Cassady
Carmella
vs.
Blake
Murphy
Alexa Bliss

NXT Championship match
Kevin Owens (NXT Champion)
vs.
Finn Bálor

NXT Women’s Championship match
Sasha Banks (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Bayley

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Final
Finn Bálor
Samoa Joe
vs.
Baron Corbin
Rhyno

CM Punk
Seth Rollins
vs.
Antonio Cesaro
Kassius Ohno

Best 2 Out of 3 Falls match
Adrian Neville
vs.
Corey Graves

Paige
vs.
Becky Lynch

NXT Women’s Championship match
Sasha Banks (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Charlotte

Apollo Crews
vs.
Tyler Breeze

Saturday, December 8, 2018

[DVD][PREVIEW] WWE: Best of NXT 2017

"WWE: Best of NXT 2017" presents NXT's picks for the best matches of 2017. Matches on this DVD are as follows:

NXT Tag Team Championship match
#DIY (NXT Tag Team Champions)
vs. <>br> TM61

NXT Tag Team Championship Match
#DIY (NXT Tag Team Champions)
vs.
The Revival

NXT Championship match
Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT Champion)
vs.
Bobby Roode

NXT Women’s Championship match
Asuka (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Peyton Royce

Eight-Person Mixed Tag Team match
Sanity
vs.
Roderick Strong
Kassius Ohno
Tye Dillinger
Ruby Riot

Drew McIntyre
vs.
Oney Lorcan

Steel Cage match
Tye Dillinger
vs.
Eric Young

#1 Contender’s Match
Hideo Itami
vs.
Roderick Strong

United Kingdom Championship match
Tyler Bate (United Kingdom Champion)
vs.
Pete Dunne

NXT Tag Team Championship Ladder match
Authors of Pain (NXT Tag Team Champions)
vs.
#DIY

Hideo Itami
vs.
Oney Lorcan

NXT Women's Championship Last Woman Standing match
Asuka (NXT Woman's Champion) vs.
Nikki Cross

NXT Championship match
Bobby Roode (NXT Champion)
vs.
Roderick Strong

Ruby Riot
vs.
Ember Moon

#1 Contender’s Match
Drew McIntyre
vs.
Killian Dain

Aleister Black
vs.
Kyle O’Reily

Johnny Gargano
vs.
Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas

Johnny Gargano
vs.
Raul Mendoza

Undisputed Era
vs.
Sanity

NXT Championship match (Special Guest Referee: Shawn Michaels
Drew McIntyre (NXT Champion)
vs.
Adam Cole

NXT Championship match
Drew McIntyre (NXT Champion)
vs.
Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas

War Games match
Undisputed Era
vs.
Sanity
vs.
Roderick Strong
Authors of Pain

[DVD][PREVIEW] WWE: NXT - From Secret to Sensation

"WWE: NXT - From Secret to Sensation" presents matches featuring the 25 Superstars that NXT has chosen as their greatest. Matches on this DVD are as follows:

Big E Langston
vs.
Xavier Woods

NXT Championship match
Seth Rollins (NXT Champion)
vs.
Corey Graves

Bo Dallas
vs.
Bray Wyatt

Antonio Cesaro
vs.
Sami Zayn

Dolph Ziggler
vs.
Alexander Rusev

Paige
vs.
Sasha Banks

Adrian Neville
vs.
Tyler Breeze

Big E Langston
vs.
Bo Dallas

Fatal 4-Way Match NXT Championship match
Adrian Neville (NXT Champion)
vs.
Sami Zayn
vs.
Tyler Breeze
vs.
Tyson Kidd

Barron Corbin
vs.
Elias Samson

NXT Championship match
Kevin Owens (NXT Champion)
vs.
Finn Bálor

NXT Women’s Championship match
Sasha Banks (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Becky Lynch

NXT Women’s Championship match
Sasha Banks (NXT Women’s Champion)
vs.
Charlotte

Sami Zayn
vs.
Shinsuke Nakamura

NXT Championship match
Finn Bálor (NXT Champion)
vs.
Samoa Joe

Bayley
vs.
Alexa Bliss

Tye Dillinger
vs.
Bobby Roode

NXT Women’s Championship match
Asuka (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Ember Moon

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

[Choshu Power Produce][PREVIEW] "POWER HALL 2018 Year End Special" 12/28/18

Riki Choshu presents, "POWER HALL 2018 Year End Special" on December 28 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The card will be as follows:

AKIRA (former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion)
Akitoshi Saito (GHC Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Tokyo Gurentai
MAZADA (AJPW Junior Tag League 2006 winner)
FUJITA (former NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champion)

Yoshitatsu
Ryo Kawamura
Ayato Yoshida
vs.
Hikaru Sato (former All Asia Tag Team Champion)
Tomohiko Hashimoto
KAZMA SAKAMOTO

Yoshiaki Fujiwara (former IWGP Tag Team Champion)
Gōta Ihashi
vs.
Minoru Tanaka (former All Asia Tag Team Champion)
Mitsuhiro Yoshida

Shiro Koshinaka
Yukio Sakaguchi (KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion)
Dinosaur Takuma
vs.
Daisuke Sekimoto (former Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Champion)
Kengo Mashimo
Kota Umeda (former KO-D Six Man Tag Team Champion)

Shinjiro Otani
Yutaka Yoshie (Triathlon Survivor League 2002 winner)
Takuya Nomura (former Yokohama Shopping Street Six Man Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Kendo Kashin
Kohei Sato
Katsuhiko Nakajima
Tomoya Hirata

Riki Choshu (Six Man Tag Team Cup League 1988 winner)
Tatsumi Fujinami
Masa Kitamiya
vs.
Nosawa Rongai
Jun Kasai
Kaito Kiyomiya

Monday, November 26, 2018

[Michinoku Pro][PREVIEW] "Space Great War ~ Impossible Challenge" 12/21/18

Michinoku Pro presents, "Space Great War ~ Impossible Challenge" on December 21 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The card will be as follows:

Yasutaka Oosera
Koji Kawamura
vs.
ZERO1
Towa Iwasaki from ZERO1
Syouki Kitamura from ZERO1

Asian Dream Mixed Match
Greg Glorious
Riho from Gatoh Move
Mei Suruga from Gatoh Move
vs.
Emi Sakura from Gatoh Move
Masa Takanashi from DDT (former KO-D Six Man Tag Team Champion)
Baliyan Akki

Michinoku Legends
Ultimo Dragon
Dick Togo
Kesen Numajiro
vs.
BADBOY
Manabu Murakami
Ken45°
Kengo

Kenbai (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
Rasse (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)
vs.
Rui Hyūgaji
Ayumu Gunji (former Tohoku Tag Team Champion)

Great Space War 13
The Great Sasuke
Brahman Shu
Brahman Kei
Gorgeous Matsuno
Ultraman Robin
vs.
Yapper Man #1
Yapper Man #2
Yapper Man #3
LGBTaro
GAINA