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#141 LowBlowPodcast

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:54 PM

WWF NEWS

-Word out of the WWF right now is that Sam Houston's time may be coming to an end. He was brought in as a favor for Jake Roberts but Houston isn't what the WWF is looking for, hence the arrival of Blackjack Mulligan. Mulligan fits the mold if you will and he has also been linked to the "machines" team that has been on house shows but yet to appear on television.

 

-The call for the machines come from Japan as they have been prominent in New Japan and the WWF has decided to keep the gimmick going.

 

-There is talk of about big card after this weekend's King of the Ring. The WWF will be hosting a televised event in cooperation with NBC called "The Main Event" and on that card, there is talk of a Piper vs Hogan or Orton vs Hogan World Title contest with Piper being involved in some way. This is being used as a way to promote "WrestleMania" which will be held on March the 31st, 1985, the next time the WWF tours the North East. No word on what "WrestleMania" is going to be yet, but there has already been talks of using Antonio Inoki on the show along with some other very big names.

 

-The WWF is looking to bolster their tag team division in the coming months. With the Russians firmly at the top and the Bulldogs right behind them. Look for some more additions to the ranks as seen with the rise of the Youngbloods and the arrival of the Machines. 

 

-Speaking of tag teams, there is talk that Gino Hernandez may be headed back to the WWF after his time in Mexico is done... no word on if Chris Adams will be with him or not. 

 

- The Barbarian suffered an injury this week on the road, not sure if he will be good to go for the King of the Ring or if there will be a last minute replacement. 



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Posted 31 January 2017 - 07:30 PM

Inoki at WrestleMania! Looking forward to reading about that.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 05:57 PM

NWA Lutte Internationale News

 

-The biggest news coming from the recent live events is the crowning of Terry Funk as the new NWA International Heavyweight Champion on the March 1st event in Sherbrooke. This move is said to be a return of favor to Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling for giving The Rougeau Brothers an NWA World Tag Team Championship run. There's no word out yet as to how long Funk will reign as NWA International Heavyweight Champion but there isn't any plan to have him drop the title quickly. The negotiations to make this happen were said to have gone quite smoothly but Lutte Internationale had a back up plan with Billy Robinson winning the title if discussions with Terry Funk had fallen through. So, it looks like Rick Martel dropping the title was the plan all along, especially since he & Gino Brito won the NWA International Tag Team Championships. Frank Valois wants Martel to focus on that in the meantime, to give him a break from the rigorous schedule.

 

-The 2nd annual Johnny Rougeau Memorial Cup is coming at the beginning of May and promoter Frank Valois wants to promote it across the United States and it's the reason behind his decision to hold a weekend of live events in the United States in the first weekend of April. The first event will take place in Los Angeles on April 5 with Terry Funk headlining the card in an NWA International Heavyweight Title defense. The following show will take place the next night in Orlando, Florida with Nick Bockwinkel facing Bob Backlund in the main event. Finally, the April 7th show will take place closer to their stomping grounds in Brattleboro, Vermont with a Gauntlet Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship as the main event. The April 5 show will be a matinee event while the 2 other shows will take place at the usual starting time of 8 PM.

 

-Speaking of the Johnny Rougeau Memorial Cup, the dates will be announced soon but we already know it will take place at the Montreal Forum like last year on the span of 3 nights. Other than Lutte Internationale, invitations will be extended to Mid-Atlantic, the AWA, USWA, Continental, New Japan & CMLL to participate. The spots originally planned for the WWF in the tournament will be filled by freelancers yet to be determined. Each territory will have 4 wrestlers, like last year, representing them in the tournament. As mentioned before, the only WWF star allowed to participate will be Andre the Giant because of his freelancing status

 

-Frank Valois is hopeful to bring in the Rock N' Roll Express for a series of shows in the month of April and is working on reshuffling his schedule to allow them to be brought in. Right now, they're mostly engaged with the USWA on a permanent basis but negotiations seem to be also going well.

 

-On a more disappointing side, it seems like Fatu is struggling to get over, even if being paired with his cousin Samu in the Creatchman Family. There is now talks of sending him in another territory to allow him to shine on his own.

 

-Finally, NWA Lutte Internationale have set two dates for their 2 biggest events of 1985: August 16th and November 30th, both Saturday nights. Frank Valois wants those to be some sort of complements to Mid-Atlantic's Great American Bash and Starrcade events, in which he wants to feature stars of both territories and maybe 1 or 2 special guests. The locations haven't been disclosed yet.



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Posted 09 March 2017 - 12:00 PM

Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling News & Notes

 

The Crockett family are pleased with the partnership with Lutte Internationale. The talent exchanges have been accepted by both talents and the fans. Talks of doing another combined show are already underway.  There is also some discussion about running the Great American Bash tour north of the border as well. The Crockett's have been doing some intense research for venues for this summer tour. All ideas are in the early stages of planning, but they want to make this a really memorable tour. Last year was the first ever Summer Games event, and we hear something like that could be a special attraction to the arena shows, if the stadium venues are added to the tour.

 

Speaking of working relationships, MACW is also working closely with New Japan Pro Wrestling to bring some talents over on tours. In February, The Windham's and The Grappler's were sent for the tag team tournament.  In March, youngsters 2 Cold Scorpio and Owen Hart on participating in a Young Lion's Cup.

 

This year MACW is going to keep on the four major shows to be televised live. The idea is to run a show live on WTBS in March with Clash of the Champions. The other three shows this year will be on closed circuit like was done last year. The Clash special is a try-out for maybe a potential series of live events on the cable station.

 

A few roster changes are ongoing, bringing in some fresher talent, and letting other talents get over in other territories.

 

More news and notes to come as we get closer to Clash of the Champions.



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Posted 11 March 2017 - 07:31 AM

Some very intriguing news from overseas for those who are fans of Japanese Pro Wrestling:

 

Antonio Inoki, who is arguably the biggest name and the biggest draw in all of Japanese wrestling, has been seen in several locations in Tokyo talking with Akira Maeda.

 

Maeda left NJPW in 1984 to form a "Shoot Style" promotion, called the Universal Wrestling Federation, with Fujiwara, Sayama (the original Tiger Mask), and others. Rumor has it that Maeda and Sayama have been feuding over the direction of the UWF. It's also been rumored in the past that Maeda refused to work a potential big-money program with Inoki, so the two of them being seen in discussion now is big news indeed. 

 

Furthermore, it has been reported by reliable sources that Shohei "Giant" Baba (the other major superstar of Japanese wrestling, and the founder of NJPW's rival promotion, All Japan Pro Wrestling) has been meeting with the current NJPW booker, "gordi." 

 

It's impossible to confirm what these men have been talking about, but it seems safe to say that these covert meetings could have a profound impact on the entire puroresu scene. 



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Posted 11 March 2017 - 11:05 PM

CCW NEWS

 

Continental Championship Wrestling kicked off March 4th with tv tapings, TV Station owner David Woods bought in as a partner with Ron Fuller to bring back the Southeastern Territory, it was decided that it would be named Continental Championship Wrestling to give it a bigger feel.  After the first set of tapings, there has been an adjustment made. The matches for television will be taped every two weeks in various locations with backstage interviews taped on location with Charlie Platt, however the host segments and commentary will be recorded in the studio in Dothan with Gordon Solie and Joe Pedicino as a way to both make travel easier on Solie and Pedicino and to make it easier for them to push storylines on tv, that might be spoilers to the live crowd.

 

There's also been talk that Fuller/CCW has entered into an agreement with Bill Watts and Fritz Von Erich to join the UWF, and Watts is scheduled to appeared at the March 18th tapings in Birmingham, either live or via video tape to discuss CCW joining the UWF.

 

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 07:00 AM

The UWF officially welcomes the CCW into their wrestling family.



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Posted 12 March 2017 - 12:12 PM

Love that partnership between you two. Everyone seems to be getting their ducks in row to be as competitive as they can. Looking very much forward to your work together, guys!



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:38 PM

Tatsumi Fujinami's regular partner, Kengo Kimura, has been sidelined with a shoulder injury. Fujinami and Kimura had been set to face Canek and Dos Caras for the IWGP Tag Team belts at the Young Lions Cup tour-ending show on March 23rd, at the Fukuoka Sports Center.

 

Their place in that match has been taken by Antoinio Inoki and a "Mystery Partner." As previously reported in these pages, Inoki has recently been seen around Tokyo in talks with "Shoot Style" pioneer Akira Maeda. There are also rumours that Blade Runner Sting, a muscular youngster working out of Montreal, could be the mystery partner, as he will be staying in Japan for 3 ore months after participating in the Young Lions Cup.

 

Speaking of the YLC, the final match will be between two recent NJPW dojo graduates: Shinya Hashimoto and Keiji Mutoh. Will these young boys some day step up to fill the giant boots of Inoki and Fujinami? Only time will tell! 

 

Finally, after Rick Steiner and Naoki Sano vs Masakatsu Funaki and Steven Regal broke down into chaos at their last big show, Inoki promised to appoint a special guest referee who could keep order for the rematch. Word out of Japan has it that former Karl Gotch Cup winner Yoshiaki Fujiwara has agreed to fill that role. 

 

  



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:23 AM

East Tennessee (Wright/Thatcher)

 

- After their mini revival last summer, Smoky Mountain Wrestling looks to be making a return to the Tri-Cities area (Johnson City, Kingsport and lesser so Bristol), West Virginia and Knoxville which will be their base. Its believed Ron Wright and Les Thatcher have found the funding to re-launch, and negotiations are on going with local promoters and arena's. In line with the promotion re-opening Les Thatcher will be opening a wrestling school to help fill out cards with younger talent.

 

- The promotion is still in negotiations with several lead announcers as Rick Stewart is now back working with David Woods in Alabama promotion. They have even reached out to commentating duo Lance Russell and Dave Brown of Memphis fame, although unlikely it shows ambition from the Knoxville promotion. To keep cost's low, its expected Ron Wright and Les Thatcher will be the announcers for TV. Bill Mercer is also another name flowing about. Television will be taped on Saturday mornings at the Knoxville Civic Ballroom.

- The territory loop will be Friday nights in Johnson City, TV tapings Saturday mornings in Knoxville, Kingsports Saturday night and the weekly big show back in Knoxville at the Civic Auditorium on Mondays, with a double header of smaller shows on Sunday in Hazard and Harlan Kentucky. The rest of the week will be filled out with spots shows. TV will not be on the road like last time, as this was felt to be one of the main cash issue.

- The roster is similar to the roster we last saw with the exception Tom Pritchard and Johnny Rich who have both moved on, so expect to see the likes of Ron Starr, The Flame, Don Bass and Dirty Rhodes, The Wild Hoggs with some new faces added into the mix. 

- We will have more updates as the week progress's towards the big return in Knoxville a week Monday.



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 05:25 AM

East Knoxville - Wright/Thatcher

- The deal has been signed and Charlie Platt will be the new lead announcer for Smoky Mountain Wrestling weekly TV All Star Wrestling. Platt will continue with Continental as his home base and his main wage but will come across every Saturday morning to film TV in Knoxville.

- We expect the roster to settle down over the next couple of weeks. Like with most promotions setting out, talent comes in and out expecting to be in a set position but that doesn't always pan out. Going forward the top guys look to be Brian Adias, Ron Starr and Gama Singh with a supporting cast of Don Kernodle, The Flame with Don Bass and Roger Smith. Guys like Ken Pat Rose and Phil Hickerson will mainly be used on house show loop as enhancement talent for the TV guys not in programs.

- In probably the biggest news this week, "The King" Jerry Lawler has been brought in for selected dates. With Lawler being a free agent, he has struck a deal with Thatcher and Wright which will begin this week, it's believed he will be doing short skints every few months to pop the big Monday night shows in Knoxville (this is where the money is to be made on their loop), Lawler will be replaced by either Ken Lucas or Ken Timbs for the days he's not about. The expectations are Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton will sign a similar deal going forward. Les Thatcher and Ron Wright are going to push very hard for Lawler, Gibson and Morton to use Smoky Mountain as a base for when they aren't touring the country.

- While the roster has a lot of quality, mostly unknown outside of the territory, Thatcher and Wright feel there are missing some top tier level guys and may have to look for working relationships with some of the bigger territories to bring younger guys in to add that extra star power.

- WATE 6 out of Knoxville were very pleased with the first 2 weeks of TV, although they aren't overly keen on the name All Star Wrestling, back in the fall they tolled with the name Power Hour, which comes across a lot more modern and up to date. It'll be a work in progress over the next few weeks, but they will be trying several different ideas to the show feel different to the standard territory look.

- Captain Lou Albano has been brought in to manage the Wild Hoggs, the Hoggs will be a face team very much in the mold of the Moondogs face run, and Albano as a mouthpiece will get the act over.

- There is a feel in the promotion that although they were tag champs, the Battens aren't going to around too long. The feeling is they are being used to get Doug Vines and Jeff Sword under their gimmick as the Karachi Puraa's with leader Gama Singh, and then they will be done, this may change though, all depends on how Gama Singh can get the gimmick over.

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 10:12 PM

Continental Championship Wrestling News

 

When David Woods bought into the former Southeastern Territory it was renamed Continental Championship Wrestling and television started being taped at the Boutwell Auditorium instead of the WTVY Studios in Dothan.  Ron Fuller did not agree with this but went along with it....after several weeks it's now been decided the company will go back to it's old format....They will tape television in the studio in Dothan, then run the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingam every Monday night, then other towns throughout the territory.  Fuller has also announced that for now, CCW is pulling out of Knoxville and will allow Smoky Mountain to run that area while they focus on Alabama, North Mississippi, and Florida.

 

Due to a dispute over how they were being booked the Guerreros have walked out of CCW causing some booking changes for this week's cards.  Rumor has that Woman will be bringing in Fred Ottman under a mask as 'Giant Olympia' soon to obviously feud with Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs). Tag Team Champions "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal and "Hollywood" John Tatum are said to be angry over some of their payoffs and may be looking to leave the territory soon which would shake up the "Platinum Club".



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Posted 02 April 2017 - 02:13 PM

Big news out of the WWF post WrestleMania…

 

David Sammartino was said to have gotten into a very heated argument with Larry Z after their contest and both men were sent home. It is rumored that Bruno was the one who got into it with both men and this has caused a major falling out.

 

Kamala is said to be out of the territory now as he was extremely upset with his WrestleMania role and then pay.

 

Blackjack Mulligan and Scott Casey are looking for a change of scenery after the weekend’s event. Mulligan was not happy about doing the job to Ron Bass and wants to be featured more as a star but it just isn’t on the books right now in the WWF. Casey is looking to tag along with him not just as a partner but as his protégé.

 

The Guerreros, Hector, Mando, & Chavo are all set to come back into the WWF. There is talk of them doing a big feud with the tag team titles and Gino Hernandez/Chris Adams. There is also talk of Chavo being featured out of the three as a singles star but nothing has been decided.

 

A huge tag team tournament has been announced for the coming weeks and will feature the top 8 teams in the WWF in a round robin tournament. These are said to be taking place on Saturdays and Sundays and will culminate with the winner getting a big title shot against the champions. 

 

Recent talks between the JWA and WWF have cultivated into a good working relationship, however, the WWF is still passive on hurting its home business to get a profit from sending individuals overseas. With big draws like the Bulldogs, Andre, and Hogan being the most wanted... the WWF could be looking to different schemes in order to get the most out of the relationship. 



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 12:02 PM

​East Tennessee - Wright/Thatcher - ​(News from the Wrestling Observer)

 

​- In another busy week for in's and out's in Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

  • Talent out this week is the Batten Twins, who dropped the titles to Doug Vines and Jeff Sword, it's believed the Batten could make more money working in around St. Louis and Kansas on independent shows without the hassle of  travelling to Tennessee each week, they are also holding out for Harley Race to put some of his Wrestlemania pay into re-opening  the St Louis office.
  • ​Smoky Mountain have set up a deal with Japanese promotion JWA and in a talent exchange rookie Akira Nogami comes in and Ron Wrights right hand man Phil Hickerson has gone over there. Although this seems odd, its more of a talent scouting opportunity for the East Tennessee office. Akira Nogami will be tagging along with Hiro Saito who will be managed by someone, but we don't know who as of yet.
  • ​Last seen in Dallas as Lance Von Erich, blue chipper Ricky Vaughan has come in, this deal came about after Brian Adias (school friend of Kerry Von Erich) saw potential in from his time in Portland.
  • ​Jerry Lawler and the Rock N Roll Express have signed deals through the summer, although the plan isn't to sign full time, its something both parties are interested in.
  • ​The Mongolian Stomper has also signed a deal, it's unknown what his role will be.

​- ​With Jerry Lawler in the fold, he is pushing Les Thatcher and Ron Wright to consider running the Mid-South Coliseum, with Jerry Jarrett busy with the USWA, MSC is not always booked on Mondays, and Lawler feels if Smoky Mountain can get onto WMC-5 in Memphis then they could easily run the MSC with the likes of him and Rock N Roll Express. Thatcher and Wright aren't fully on board, reason being is that they know how big a draw those three guys are in Memphis, but without them on written contracts it could cause issues.

 

​- We brought you the story last week but its believed All Star Wrestling will change their name over to Power Hour before long, this is to try and market the show across the country, this is no way being down to run shows elsewhere, just a way to make a bit of extra cash. One station that has picked up the show is Spanish International, a channel in the New York City metropolitan area, this is a Spanish speaking channel, and the show has been put on at 2am on a Wednesday morning and is running 2 weeks behind, the show name is Toda La Estrella Lucha. We don't expect it to stay around for long, but for the time being its much easier for us to get footage due to the amount of tape traders in the New York area, not a bad idea to get more eyes on the company, by that I mean traders video taping everything and not a cult following of wrestling fans sitting up to 2am to watch some southern wrestling.

 

- ​Due to the talent pool being very dry at the moment Ron Wright and Les Thatcher have asked Mike Jackson to tour the UK for the next few weeks with Shirley Crabtree's Joint Promotions to see what talent is like over in the United Kingdom, two high on the list were David Taylor and Marty Jones. Shirley Crabtree also known as Big Daddy, the biggest draw in the UK is trying to get himself booked in the US, Crabtree a 600 pound man who mainly does tag matches where he tags in and gets the win, is very much over and would be crazy to leave. Mike Jackson has said to have taken a liking to David Taylor and thinks he could get over as a British Tough Guy.

 



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 06:27 AM

UWF NEWS

 

The recent brand split has met with mixed reviews and once again many are putting the blame squarely on Fritz VonErich.  He continues to work to push his boys and a Jerry Jarrett said, "He can't see the forest through the trees."  

 

As Watts found out before, Jarrett is quickly coming to realize that Fritz quickly puts down angles that do not help his sons reach the top.  This has caused many of the big names in the USWA not to want to travel to Dallas as they know they are just being used to put over the VonErichs.  Those said to be most upset include Jerry Lawler, Tommy Rich and Eddie Gilbert. 

 

It is rumored that Jarrett would like out of his deal with the USWA but nobody is sure what that means.  There are a few options here.  Memphis and Dallas could run small promotions and each still be part of the UWF but that would really cut their talent down a few notches.  Memphis could leave Fritz all together and join forces with Watts.  One could only imagine the matches out of that.  Dusty vs Lawler or the Road Warriors vs the Rock n Roll Express could sell out arenas all over the South.  Or maybe, just maybe, Jarrett will attempt a coup of some kind where he tries to secure all the power in the USWA.  This sounds daring as it could mean he looses everything.

 

One thing to consider if he ever won that power struggle is what would happen to the VonErichs? 



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:36 AM

The backstory & backstage politics between Jerry Jarrett and Fritz Von Erich is really awesome.



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 11:41 AM

NWA Lutte Internationale News

 

-Preparations are going around smoothly as we're inching closer to the date of the 2nd Annual Johnny Rougeau Memorial Cup from April 28 to April 30 at the Montreal Forum. The brackets are now set and fans should be in for some exciting first round matches. As for the predicted winner of the tournament, a few names have been tossed around but the general feeling is that the winner of the tournament could prove to be a huge surprise to the wrestling world when it's all said and done.

 

-As seen in the brackets, the only invited promotion that declined to take part in the tournament was CMLL in Mexico. CMLL had expressed its desire to separate themselves from the NWA earlier this year and this decision most certainly reflects that direction. While some officials within Lutte are questioning if WWF didn't get in the ear of CMLL (as a reminder, The Dynamic Duo are both WWF & Mexican National Tag Team Champions), no one wants to stir the pot any further and make the situation as more tense than it already is between both promotions.

 

-Speaking of which, one thing that didn't help the situation between both promotions was Jack Tunney securing the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to show Wrestlemania in closed circuit when Lutte Internationale was scheduled to run a show in that venue on the same day. With Tunney ousting Lutte out of the building, this left Frank Valois and other officials scrambling to find another venue in the area. Luckily for them, management from the CNE Coliseum easily accomodated Lutte and the event was moved in that venue. It's now impossible to say how long will Lutte be able to hold events at the Maple Leaf Gardens with Jack Tunney securing the promoting rights to WWF in Toronto but CNE Coliseum management made it clear that they could make their venue the permanent home for Lutte in Toronto should things come to that. Frank Valois is said to be "willing to fight tooth and nail" to ensure that WWF doesn't steal the Montreal Forum and oust them from the territory's biggest venue.

 

-Lutte is also looking to expand in Canada and hold shows west of Ontario in the near future, namely in the Prairies. It's said that with the partnership with Mid-Atlantic, and the Hart Brothers on their roster, Lutte could draw some interesting crowds there, knowing that the Hart Brothers could eventually show up at one of the shows. Lutte is already looking to hold a few shows occasionally in the Western part of Canada but the main reason could also be that with the numerous amounts of events that took place at the Centre Paul-Sauvé in Montreal recently, attendance numbers have seen a drop and many have expressed their concern to Frank Valois about saturation in the area, thus why they'd like to tour other parts of Canada more often. The one thing that won't change will be that every TV taping will still take place at the CHLT-TV studios in Sherbrooke, QC.

 

-Frank Valois has been monitoring Sting's excursion in Japan since March and he is said to be in constant communication with JWA officials. Valois is apparently very pleased with how things have been going for Sting and he has received some very high praises from JWA, thus why Valois accepted the request of JWA to extend Sting's trip in Japan until the end of June. Frank Valois is on the belief that the more travelling Sting does in the early stages, the more seasoned he'll be to take a big role on the roster when the time will come. And with Smokey Mountain Wrestling officially joining the National Wrestling Alliance, Sting will more than likely be headed to that territory to gain even more experience.

 

-Speaking of Smokey Mountain, Frank Valois hopes to be able to return the favor to Les Thatcher by giving some exposure to his top stars during the summer, namely Don Kernodle & the Karachi Puraas. He's expected to book one or two slots for Smokey Mountain on the August 16th & November 30th supercards with Mid-Atlantic.

 

-Finally, Samu is recovering very nicely from his sports hernia and will be back in action in early May. Officials are very happy with how he & The Great Kabuki have gelled together in the Creatchman Family. Expect Kabuki & Samu to be heavily featured as the crown jewels of the Creatchman Family in the future.



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 09:02 PM

CCW News & Rumors

 

​​Word is that Ron Fuller brought in Blackjack Mulligan and Scott Casey to have them do "The Machines" gimmick to capitalize on the popularity of Wrestlemania but someone in the WWF office caught wind of this and threatened legal action if they wrestled in CCW as the Machines so Fuller sent Mulligan out of the territory as part of a soon to be announced trade. 

 

The Grapplers (Len Denton and Tony Anthony) are on their way to the area, but word is that Tony Anthony will be wrestling without the mask as 'Dirty White Boy' Tony Anthony while Troy Graham will don the mask as Grappler 2 teaming with Denton.

 

As reported previously in the newsletter, big man Fred Ottman is set to debut soon..it was originally thought that Ottman would debut under a mask as 'Giant Olympia' to feud with Mr. Olympia but it's now being reconsidered because of the abundance of masked wrestlers currently on the CCW roster.

 

Fans are reacting well to the combination of Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels on recent house shows, it has been said that Ron Fuller is looking at putting a "Rock & Roll Express" type gimmick on them soon and running with them as a tag team.

 

The Platinum Club group appears to be done for now with Regal/Tatum leaving for seperate territories, it's unclear if Idol will go on his own or a new stable will be formed.

 

Bill Watts was said to be furious when he sent word to the booker at a recent CCW event that they wanted Mil Mascaras to drop the U.S. Jr title to Tom Prichard and Mil Mascaras replied "No Yob".  Watts stripped him of the title and will put it up in a tournament...Prichard was livid as well and has asked Watts to be moved to either USWA or Mid South which appears to be happening soon.  "Superstar" Bill Dundee will be stepping into Prichard's spot as the top junior heavyweight heel.  It's also rumored that Watts booked Mascaras into a Southeastern title match with Hercules Hernandez who will likely be able to get Mascaras to "do the Yob" regardless. 

 

There has been some friction with Ron Fuller and Bill Watts recently when Watts put pressure on Fuller to make Porkchop Cash the CCW Champion, Fuller said that would make no sense at this time considering how Cash has been booked recently, but cooler heads have prevailed and Watts was pleased with Mr. Olympia as champion.

 

Fuller also had a falling out recently with Wayne Ferris over some pay offs recently which resulted in HTM dropping the Alabama title sooner than planned to Wendell Cooley, Fuller is said to be looking to trade Honky Tonk Man to another territory as soon as possible for the right offer. 
 






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