WWE: Congratulations to Kelly Kelly, the New Divas Champion

Posted by Kari on June 26, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

This past Monday on Monday Night RAW “Power to the People”, the “people” voted for Kelly Kelly to compete for the Divas title.

In typical WWE fashion, they gave the Divas a little amount of air time to work with, thus providing a less than stellar match for the viewers.

But that was not the interesting part of the whole match, the end result was the interesting part because the challenger who the “people” voted for WON! 

Kelly Kelly won the Divas Championship!

Now this isn’t shocking to say the least, as Kelly Kelly is currently the top diva in the division and has been pushed the most recently, so I won’t complain here.

In fact, I’m congratulating her.

She has worked hard since her debut in ECW in 2006 to get to the top. Even if she was just a “tease” at first, she grew up throughout the years, evolving from an “exhibitionist” to a “Diva” who wrestled (although her wrestling skills could be questioned).

She improved her in-ring work and worked hard to get a chance to achieve her dream of winning the Divas championship.

Kelly Kelly actually worked to get to where she is. 

She didn’t rely on her looks alone to get to the top.

She trained and trained, trying to fully achieve the definition of a Diva.

Kelly Kelly wanted to be “smart, sexy, and powerful.”

After RAW ended on Monday, she was finally able to achieve that lifelong career goal.

She finally fulfilled her goal of becoming the Diva.

Congratulations, Kelly Kelly, you deserve it.

You have finally reached your career milestone. 

The title is yours to lose now.

From a little girl with a dream to a Diva, you put a storybook moment in your career by becoming the Divas champion.

You cried with emotion because your passion took you places.

It was an emotional victory for a well-deserving Diva.

Congratulations Kelly Kelly, you are the new definition of Diva.

Congratulations.

You may finally defend a title that truly belongs to you.

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/748584-wwe-congratulations-to-kelly-kelly-the-new-divas-champion

Al Snow Talks TNA, Wrestling’s Popularity, More

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 23, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

This week, Pro Wrestling Illustrated contributing writer Brady Hicks, plus DJ and Anthony Sarlo, are joined IN THE ROOM by a very special guest: former WWE and ECW star AL SNOW! Take it all in as the former WWE star (and current TNA agent) plugs his upcoming Mondo Wrestling A Go Go show at the Danny Davis Arena in Louisville, Kentucky, 6/24 and 6/25. Plus, check out Al’s thoughts on WWE and TNA renaming their product, what wrestling needs to be big once again, and how the developmental system could be and should be fixed. A must listen for fans of any wrestling promotion! Check it out at thebradyhicks.com.

For a direct link to the show click here.

How TNA is Positioned For the Future:
I can tell you this … I have been impressed with just how hard everybody seems to work there. It’s just impressive. From the talent down, everybody really busts their hump and really puts in the time and the effort and the passion when it comes to those TV shows and pay-per-views … Sitting in those meetings, nobody ever says “Let’s just do this.” Everything is agonized over. Every single person works really hard, I couldn’t single one out.

On WWE and Impact Wrestling’s Recent Name Changes:
WWE taking it out? I don’t care. They can call it whatever they want. They can call it farming. At the end of the day, it’s professional wrestling. That’s what they’re selling. Tell me one completely brand new thing that is now fake that is different or unique from TNA, from Mexico, from All Japan Pro Wrestling, from New Japan Pro Wrestling, wherever.

The Difference Between Setting Up Independent Shows and Doing Similar Work for TNA:
How is [anything] different than TNA? Not really. Different perspectives or ideas, different talent, and that’s a BIG thing … Wrestling as a whole is and should always be entertainment. The reclassification that it’s no longer wrestling and that it’s entertainment is really just an attempt to say they reinvented the wheel and made something different. But I was there for 13, 14 years … and when the pyro stops, the music ended, and the bell rings, I’m really curious about what is done different in the one place than in the other.

Why Wrestling Has Become Less Popular:
Everybody has played other sports growing up. You connect to it. That’s why hockey has got a bigger following in Canada, more people have played it. That’s why soccer is more popular in the rest of the world, everybody has played it. That’s why it’s going to continue to grow in the US, more kids play it. That’s why more men like sports than women. What happens with wrestling is that people are attracted to the characters and to the personalities. The only thing that has changed between 1911 and 2011 is that the crowd has gotten more sophisticated.

On His Mondo Wrestling A Go Go Show:
It’s an adult circus, that’s the best way to describe it. It’s a combination of burlesque, aerial acts, circus acts, fire dancers … drag queens, drag KINGS – the lesbian equivalent of women that dress up as men – …, got a guy who has a fire whip … very intriguing, and then wrestling matches, the way I can best describe it is very old-ECW-like where the referees are just there to count the fall.

All that, plus Al Snow compares wrestling to the UFC, his thoughts on Tough Enough (and compared to The Ultimate Fighter), Brock Lesnar, the future of Impact Wrestling as it continues to grow, and recreating territories.

Also on the site: Brady’s thoughts on Austin Aries on Impact, and Ratboy’s undefeated prediction streak continues with WWE Capitol Punishment. Weekly Show Schedule:

Monday – Wrasslin’ Roundup with The Wrestling Press’ Matt Roberts
Tuesday – IN THE ROOM
Wednesday – Minding The Business with “Dr. Wrestling” Rich Jones
Thursday – VOC Wrestling Nation (formerly 1Wrestling Radio)
Friday – What’s Wrong With Wrestling with Harry Barnett
Saturday – Completely Damaged TV
Saturday – Saturday Night Akbaz with Mr. Akbaz
Sunday – WrestleDope Radio LIVE
Sunday – Carny Knowledge with Matt “Doink” Borne

Thanks for supporting the IN THE ROOM podcast on thebradyhicks.com. To leave a message for the show, you can e-mail us at intheroompodcast@gmail.com or call (206) 337-1031. And while you’re at the site, be sure to check out great interviews with AJ Styles (8/9/10), Kurt Angle (10/8/10), Sunny (3/21/11), Don West (12/13/10), Serena Deeb (11/8/10), Madison Rayne (6/8/10), and Kevin Thorn (10/25/10).

Brady Hicks has been writing about wrestling for more than 15 years, for Web sites, newspapers, and magazines. He is a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated and is also the host of his acclaimed weekly podcast – IN THE ROOM.


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Article source: http://www.tnastars.com/2011/06/22/al-snow-talks-tna-wrestlings-popularity-more/

Al Snow Talks TNA Wrestling’s Future, Wrestling’s Popularity, WWE

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 22, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

Former WWE ECW star and current TNA Wrestling agent was recently interviewed by Brady Hick, DJ, and Anthony Sarlo of Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s In the Room. Below are a few highlights of the interview:

How TNA is Positioned For the Future: I can tell you this … I have been impressed with just how hard everybody seems to work there. It’s just impressive. From the talent down, everybody really busts their hump and really puts in the time and the effort and the passion when it comes to those TV shows and pay-per-views … Sitting in those meetings, nobody ever says “Let’s just do this.” Everything is agonized over. Every single person works really hard, I couldn’t single one out.

On WWE and Impact Wrestling’s Recent Name Changes: WWE taking it out? I don’t care. They can call it whatever they want. They can call it farming. At the end of the day, it’s professional wrestling. That’s what they’re selling. Tell me one completely brand new thing that is now fake that is different or unique from TNA, from Mexico, from All Japan Pro Wrestling, from New Japan Pro Wrestling, wherever.

The Difference Between Setting Up Independent Shows and Doing Similar Work for TNA: How is [anything] different than TNA? Not really. Different perspectives or ideas, different talent, and that’s a BIG thing … Wrestling as a whole is and should always be entertainment. The reclassification that it’s no longer wrestling and that it’s entertainment is really just an attempt to say they reinvented the wheel and made something different. But I was there for 13, 14 years … and when the pyro stops, the music ended, and the bell rings, I’m really curious about what is done different in the one place than in the other.

Why Wrestling Has Become Less Popular: Everybody has played other sports growing up. You connect to it. That’s why hockey has got a bigger following in Canada, more people have played it. That’s why soccer is more popular in the rest of the world, everybody has played it. That’s why it’s going to continue to grow in the US, more kids play it. That’s why more men like sports than women. What happens with wrestling is that people are attracted to the characters and to the personalities. The only thing that has changed between 1911 and 2011 is that the crowd has gotten more sophisticated.

On His Mondo Wrestling A Go Go Show: It’s an adult circus, that’s the best way to describe it. It’s a combination of burlesque, aerial acts, circus acts, fire dancers … drag queens, drag KINGS – the lesbian equivalent of women that dress up as men – …, got a guy who has a fire whip … very intriguing, and then wrestling matches, the way I can best describe it is very old-ECW-like where the referees are just there to count the fall.

Article source: http://wrestleheat.com/al-snow-talks-tna-wrestlings-future-wrestlings-popularity-wwe=8268

Creatively Endeavored #5 – Promotion on the Pulse of Pro Wrestling

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 16, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

I was never an “indy” wrestling fan. I don’t chant “This is awesome” at every event I go to or make sure I’ve seen every clip of Bryan Danielson before he “sold out” on YouTube. I only review the “big three” shows on my website (Raw, Smackdown iMPACT) and I watch old WWF “Wrestlefest” tapes when I’m bored. So take this to heart when I say that lately I can’t get enough of ROH.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve caught Ring of Honor in the past and I’ve always somewhat kept up with their product. I’ve seen certain big matches here and there and have always done my homework when I’m writing an article about a ROH alum. But I’ve never truly been a FAN. Their production values have always bothered me and since I work in television, I can see all the potential for fixes and it frustrates me to no end that I can’t do anything about it. The wrestling is consistently stellar but the stories were never ones that drew me in. It’s kind of how I feel about soccer, I always WANTED to be a fan but every time, without fail, I would lose interest. Recently I’ve begun to come over to the “light side” and actually seek out ROH shows and DVDs. While I never previously wanted to go to a Ring of Honor show, I find myself checking out their events page more often for opportunities to see them live. And ROH DVDs have become must-sees whenever they’re released. Ring of Honor as a company is truly offering an alternative product and that’s not just a played out marketing campaign.

Ring of Honor doesn’t have the marketing machine of WWE to create international superstars. Nor do they have the pocketbook to pay for guys who were once international superstars like TNA does. What they have is a core of young guys who grew up watching wrestling and dreamed of one day being able to lace the boots like their heroes. While they weren’t blessed with the size or looks of a John Cena or Randy Orton, their determination to succeed in a business they love broke height and/or weight barriers, placing them on the semi-national scene in a company with an undoubtedly diehard following.

But you know all of that. ROH is the ECW of the new millennium and they’ve been scratching and clawing for close to 10 years to be considered on the same level as the “big 2″. They started slow; building themselves up as a Northeastern promotion with a “Code of Honor” that had never been seen in pro wrestling before. Guys like CM Punk, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe and Brian Danielson laid the groundwork for a company that provided their audience with superior athleticism instead of focusing on lackluster storytelling. Whatever happened between the ropes is what mattered in Ring of Honor and not only did fans respect that but with the growing “entertainment” aspects of WWE TNA, fans like myself are beginning to appreciate what ROH offers more and more.

As an example, let’s look at WrestleMania 27 weekend. Billed as the biggest show of the year, almost every wrestling fan in the world looks forward to this night every year. It truly is the spectacle to end all spectacles and more often than not, some of the greatest matches or moments in wrestling history happen on this night. WrestleMania 27 was completely positioned to continue this tradition with The Rock returning, Triple H battling The Undertaker and some undercard matches that could steal the show. What we were left with was a subpar performance from an increasingly stale Rock, a match between two future Hall of Famers incredibly slow that I even left the room numerous times and an undercard so mediocre Snooki’s performance was a highlight. But across town the previous two nights, Ring of Honor took Center Stage with 2 tremendous shows that showcased not only their talent in the ring but the stories they could tell to get you excited for these bouts. A blood feud between the Briscoes and the All-Night Express, dream matches between Haas Benjamin vs The Kings of Wrestling and The American Wolves and a World Championship match pitting Christopher Daniels against Eddie Edwards proved that ROH is more than just a spot fest company. I watched both of these shows without seeing a minute of their HDNet show and not only was I enthralled by the action but I was invested in who won or lost. I was rooting for Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team to win the belts because I was told numerous times by Kevin Kelly that The Kings of Wrestling have had a stranglehold on the titles for close to a year. I was excited to see the All-Night Express get their hands on the Briscoes after their brawl on Friday and was disappointed when they couldn’t get the job done Saturday. And I, like most other fans out there, am waiting on the edge of my seat to see Eddie Edwards defend his championship against Davey Richards at Best in the World on June 26th. Within the span of two shows that took place two months ago, I’m more excited for their next iPPV than anything TNA has offered me in a year.

Pro wrestling is an extremely tough business where you have to deal with large egos, opinionated fans and an ever-evolving culture. But out of the 3 biggest promotions in North America, Ring of Honor seems to be the only company to truly have their proverbial fingers on the pulse of the business. There is just not another wrestling company out there that presents it’s product with the blend of “real” sport and entertainment that ROH provides. Will the recent sale to the Sinclair Broadcast Group see the path ROH is on and consider it the right one? Or will they strong foot the promotion to be more “mainstream”? Only time will give us the answers to those questions but I do know one thing…

This WRESTLING fan is now proud to call himself an “indy” fan!

Website: Creatively Endeavored

Twitter: @Matt_Harrak

Facebook: Be A Fan


Article source: http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/06/15/creatively-endeavored-5-promotion-on-the-pulse-of-pro-wrestling/

Creatively Endeavored #5 – Promotion on the Pulse of Pro Wrestling

Posted by Joe Wrestling on under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

I was never an “indy” wrestling fan. I don’t chant “This is awesome” at every event I go to or make sure I’ve seen every clip of Bryan Danielson before he “sold out” on YouTube. I only review the “big three” shows on my website (Raw, Smackdown iMPACT) and I watch old WWF “Wrestlefest” tapes when I’m bored. So take this to heart when I say that lately I can’t get enough of ROH.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve caught Ring of Honor in the past and I’ve always somewhat kept up with their product. I’ve seen certain big matches here and there and have always done my homework when I’m writing an article about a ROH alum. But I’ve never truly been a FAN. Their production values have always bothered me and since I work in television, I can see all the potential for fixes and it frustrates me to no end that I can’t do anything about it. The wrestling is consistently stellar but the stories were never ones that drew me in. It’s kind of how I feel about soccer, I always WANTED to be a fan but every time, without fail, I would lose interest. Recently I’ve begun to come over to the “light side” and actually seek out ROH shows and DVDs. While I never previously wanted to go to a Ring of Honor show, I find myself checking out their events page more often for opportunities to see them live. And ROH DVDs have become must-sees whenever they’re released. Ring of Honor as a company is truly offering an alternative product and that’s not just a played out marketing campaign.

Ring of Honor doesn’t have the marketing machine of WWE to create international superstars. Nor do they have the pocketbook to pay for guys who were once international superstars like TNA does. What they have is a core of young guys who grew up watching wrestling and dreamed of one day being able to lace the boots like their heroes. While they weren’t blessed with the size or looks of a John Cena or Randy Orton, their determination to succeed in a business they love broke height and/or weight barriers, placing them on the semi-national scene in a company with an undoubtedly diehard following.

But you know all of that. ROH is the ECW of the new millennium and they’ve been scratching and clawing for close to 10 years to be considered on the same level as the “big 2″. They started slow; building themselves up as a Northeastern promotion with a “Code of Honor” that had never been seen in pro wrestling before. Guys like CM Punk, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe and Brian Danielson laid the groundwork for a company that provided their audience with superior athleticism instead of focusing on lackluster storytelling. Whatever happened between the ropes is what mattered in Ring of Honor and not only did fans respect that but with the growing “entertainment” aspects of WWE TNA, fans like myself are beginning to appreciate what ROH offers more and more.

As an example, let’s look at WrestleMania 27 weekend. Billed as the biggest show of the year, almost every wrestling fan in the world looks forward to this night every year. It truly is the spectacle to end all spectacles and more often than not, some of the greatest matches or moments in wrestling history happen on this night. WrestleMania 27 was completely positioned to continue this tradition with The Rock returning, Triple H battling The Undertaker and some undercard matches that could steal the show. What we were left with was a subpar performance from an increasingly stale Rock, a match between two future Hall of Famers incredibly slow that I even left the room numerous times and an undercard so mediocre Snooki’s performance was a highlight. But across town the previous two nights, Ring of Honor took Center Stage with 2 tremendous shows that showcased not only their talent in the ring but the stories they could tell to get you excited for these bouts. A blood feud between the Briscoes and the All-Night Express, dream matches between Haas Benjamin vs The Kings of Wrestling and The American Wolves and a World Championship match pitting Christopher Daniels against Eddie Edwards proved that ROH is more than just a spot fest company. I watched both of these shows without seeing a minute of their HDNet show and not only was I enthralled by the action but I was invested in who won or lost. I was rooting for Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team to win the belts because I was told numerous times by Kevin Kelly that The Kings of Wrestling have had a stranglehold on the titles for close to a year. I was excited to see the All-Night Express get their hands on the Briscoes after their brawl on Friday and was disappointed when they couldn’t get the job done Saturday. And I, like most other fans out there, am waiting on the edge of my seat to see Eddie Edwards defend his championship against Davey Richards at Best in the World on June 26th. Within the span of two shows that took place two months ago, I’m more excited for their next iPPV than anything TNA has offered me in a year.

Pro wrestling is an extremely tough business where you have to deal with large egos, opinionated fans and an ever-evolving culture. But out of the 3 biggest promotions in North America, Ring of Honor seems to be the only company to truly have their proverbial fingers on the pulse of the business. There is just not another wrestling company out there that presents it’s product with the blend of “real” sport and entertainment that ROH provides. Will the recent sale to the Sinclair Broadcast Group see the path ROH is on and consider it the right one? Or will they strong foot the promotion to be more “mainstream”? Only time will give us the answers to those questions but I do know one thing…

This WRESTLING fan is now proud to call himself an “indy” fan!

Website: Creatively Endeavored

Twitter: @Matt_Harrak

Facebook: Be A Fan


Article source: http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/06/15/creatively-endeavored-5-promotion-on-the-pulse-of-pro-wrestling/