Patrick and Kevin talk with Australian wrestling star and former Heart of Shimmer Champion, Shazza McKenzie following her tumultuous Shimmer weekend. On her 10th trip to America, Shazza is sticking around for an extended period to get extra matches in, which are all covered during this chat, along with talks about what's NXT... I mean next for her in the future.
Tonight on Monday Night Raw #AfterMania Edition, Paige delivered the said news that we all already knew. She officially announced her in-ring retirement due to neck injuries. She chose to do it in New Orleans, the very place she made her Raw debut just four years ago, winning the Diva's Championship in the process. You can check out the emotional video below:
Just ahead of a huge weekend of wrestling in New Orleans, Progress Wrestling co-owner Jim Smallman talks to Going Broadway. We discuss his two events in the Big Easy, Mardi Graps and Bourbon is also a Biscuit, as well as how his company's wrestlers have transition well to the WWE.
By: Patrick Ketza
Needless to say, it's been an interesting week for the WWE. In an effort to continue their "Women's Revolution", they announced on Monday that they would hold their first annual "Fabulous Moolah Memorial Women's Battle Royal" at Wrestlemania, in the same light of the Andre The Giant memorial match of the same type.
However, something happened, something I think very few actually expected to happen. The fans practically revolted. Spewing a vengeance the likes of which would put the hatred of Roman Reigns to shame. Fans and a LOT of wrestlers were not happy. But why? Why the hatred for a female wrestler that's been dead over a decade? Well, you have to go to even before Vince Jr. owning the WWE to see why.
Now, of course, this could be heresy, and there's no paper trail or any tangible evidence, but with how many people have come out with what's been said, it's hard to ignore everything that's been said about this vile woman.
Wendy Richter, Sherry Mattel, Sweet Georgia Brown, Luna Vachon have all come out to say that Moolah was a terrible person. Stealing money, running a school but never actually training anyone, and worst of all... essentially being a pimp. Promising sexual favors to promoters by the very wrestlers she was controlling in favor of continuing doing business with both sides. If the wrestler refused, she'd be blackballed, or worse. Multiple people have alleged that Moolah would drug and rape girls she trained if they wouldn't comply with what they were asked/demanded.
Then, there was fraud. Richter and Vachon both said they worked almost 2 years without making any money because Moolah with take their pay, take out her mandatory cut (travel, lodging, fees, etc.), then only give them half of what remained saying it was all she was given, pocketing the rest.
Now, why was this never brought up before? Like when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Well, at the time she was inducted, it wasn't as big of knowledge as it is now. The interviews where wrestlers brought up the allegations didn't happen until well after she was retired, most not occurring until the late 90s/early 2000s. And even then, it wasn't like we had all of the information at our fingertips like we do now. You had to dig.
But now, it's far more known than it was when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame (Class of 1996). I won't lie, when I first saw the WWE was going to hold a women's tournament, I was dead set that it'd be named after Moolah. I was ok with it being Mae Young, however, knowing what I knew then and still know now.
So, when WWE announced the Fabulous Moolah Memorial Women's Battle Royal, I sighed. I knew, I know a lot of people who knew. And people let it be known. But, it didn't stop. That's where it got weird. For the last 3 days, the people kept getting louder about their displeasure. But, the WWE stayed firm.
That was until the big rumor popped up. The announcement was made on Thursday that the WWE would rename the match to the "Wrestlemania Women's Battle Royal" and would no longer use the Fabulous Moolah in the name. Turns out, the fans had one extra unexpected ally... Snickers.
The main rumor is Snickers pushed for the name change, and whether it's true or not, it was enough for WWE to pull the trigger. For once, the WWE listened to their fans, kind of.
I'm not crying or upset about it. I'm rather happy. The dark cloud that has come out since the turn of the millennium overshadowing Moolah is one that can't be ignored anymore. It was a large enough cloud that the WWE actually did something about it when the fans went against what try wanted.
...And during Women's History Month, no less.
IMPACT Wrestling announced today a historic co-promotion with Lucha Underground has been set for WrestleCon weekend scheduled for April 5 to April 8, 2018 in New Orleans, La.
The stars of IMPACT Wrestling will face off against the stars of Lucha Underground on Friday, April 6, starting at 9:00 p.m. CT at The Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd.) during what will be the biggest weekend of the year in professional wrestling.
IMPACT Wrestling vs. Lucha Underground will stream live exclusively on IMPACT Wrestling’s Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/impactwrestling). The channel will feature over 10 hours of original daily content for three days during WrestleCon weekend, including exclusive podcasts and behind-the-scenes footage.
Matches for the show will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for IMPACT Wrestling vs. Lucha Underground on April 6 are available at www.wrestlecon.com.
Earlier this year, there was news of former WWE superstar Serena Deeb returning to the company. At the time many assumed that she was going to be used in the first ever Women's Royal Rumble, but that was not the case. Now we know what her official role will be, a performance center coach.
As for Deeb's role, she will be working with Sara Amato in coaching the new female recruits to the center.
When asked what she hopes to bring to the PC, Deeb had this to say.
"To really step up into this leadership role, which is a new thing for me. I’m just looking forward to the set of challenges and rewards that are coming with this responsibility and getting to improve myself personally and professionally. I’m focused on how I can be a better person and a better coach. [I want] to give my best self to them so I can be a reflection of them and receive their best selves back. I think it’s so important for the individual, regardless of the role you’re in, to always be mindful of where you’re at and always take your self-inventory so you can garner the best side of them as well."
Congrats to Serena Deeb.
Ring Of Honor issued the following, announcing details on their new ‘Honor Club’ streaming service:
Ring of Honor is proud to officially announce HonorClub.
With the imminent launch of HonorClub, the Ringside Membership will be deprecated to make way for this new and improved HonorClub. In addition to live streaming ROH Pay Per Views and On Tour events, and a vast on-demand library, HonorClub will be the destination to connect wrestling fans with exclusive content, offers, and more.
LIVE STREAMING & VOD
Ring of Honor will begin live streaming ROH On Tour events! Live events will also be accessible anytime as part of the VOD library which also includes complete access to the ROH TV Archive, and the VOD Vault containing historical events, compilations, interviews, and more. Standard Memberships will include a 50% discount on ROH’s major Pay Per Views when bought digitally, however, an Annual VIP Membership will include all Pay Per Views for FREE!
HonorClub memberships also include exclusive access to all ROH event ticket pre-sales and 15% off all ROH-branded products in the ROH Pro Shop, in addition to any other discounts or sales. Many fans have also asked about the ROH Forum, and even though there is a large world of social media, there is nothing like having an intimate ROH community to engage with. The ROH Forum returns as an exclusive to HonorClub members!
PRICING & RINGSIDE MEMBERSHIP ROLLOVER
Ringside Members will automatically become an HonorClub member until their subscription expires. At that time, previous members can decide how they would like to proceed with their HonorClub membership. The various plans will include both monthly and annual options for the Standard Membership. Fans can choose whether they would like to pay $9.99 per month or a discounted $99.99 for the entire year. However, for the ultimate Ring of Honor experience, fans will have the option to purchase an Annual VIP membership for just $119.99. This package includes all of the wonderful features of the Standard Membership, but it also gives you free access to all ROH Pay Per Views!
HOW TO ACCESS HONORCLUB
At initial launch, HonorClub will be available on your computer or personal device through ROHWrestling.com.
HonorClub will also be available through the new ROH App on Android and iOS, and channels on Roku, Apple TV, and Android TV as a Beta version for select fans. In an effort to provide fans with a quality user experience, these platforms will be tested thoroughly during this phase with an official launch coming very soon.
By Kevin Gray
Usually when Stephanie McMahon hits the ring something big is about happen. Many times she comes to the ring to degrade a superstar that she deems isn't best for business or to just flat out fire them. Other times, like tonight, she is there to make announcements that change the future of the WWE forever.
After tonight's Raw main event broke down into a full brawl featuring the entire Raw Women's roster, Steph's music hit and everything came to a halt. When she stepped into the ring she had nothing but praise for the women, not just on the Raw roster but SmackDown Live as well. After listing all the things they have accomplished, she asked her roster if they wanted to make history again. Then Steph made it known that on January 28, for the first time ever, there will be an all-women Royal Rumble match.