ProWrestling.com Signs New Managing Editor, Creative Director Ahead of Relaunch

ProWrestling.com is excited to announce the signings of Nick Paglino and Mike Killam to the senior management team, effective immediately.

The two boast a combined twenty years experience covering the world of professional wrestling. Their acquisition is the first step in a major overhaul to our website which will roll out over the next few months, beginning with a complete visual rework tentatively set for early October.

Nick Paglino will be stepping in as our new Managing Editor, heading up the day-to-day operations of the website including our writing staff, scheduling and the implementation of SEO and social media best practices, among other responsibilities.

“I am excited to be joining the ProWrestling.com team and look forward to the future of the brand, and working with its amazing staff. We have great things in store for PW and its loyal, tremendous fan base.”

Mike Killam will be coming on board as Senior Editor and Creative Director, responsible for executing the bold new creative vision and direction for the website, crafted in conjunction with ProWrestling.com’s primary owners.

“More than anything, I’m excited to have this opportunity to create something truly special and unique, free of the restraints we’ve had placed on us in the past. I have so many plans and ideas for both the short-term and long-term growth of the brand, and I’m excited to reveal some of the incredibly talented names that we’ll be working with going forward.”

We are thrilled to have both Nick and Mike on our team going forward, and excited to begin rolling out our collective vision for ProWrestling.com’s future.

As noted, the first step in that process is a complete visual overhaul tentatively set to launch going into next weekend’s WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. We also have more than a dozen exclusive interviews scheduled, including backstage access to the upcoming Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling “Global Wars” event in Chicago.

Stay tuned for more information, coming very soon!

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Fan Charges The Ring And Gets Owned By NXT Star

– At last night’s NXT live event in Tampa, Florida a fan charged the ring during a match between Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly vs. Heavy Machinery and Kassius Ohno.

It’s reported that O’Reilly kicked the man in the face when he made his way to the ring before security was able to pull him to the back.

Check out the video below:

Footage of the fan who got kicked in the face by Kyle O’Reilly being taken out by security at #NXTTampa 👀👀pic.twitter.com/uYOk4NC8tN

— Annette 💕 6 Days 😎 (@AnnetteReid24) September 30, 2017

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Kurt Angle On His In-Ring Return: “I Will Most Likely Wrestle”

– WWE RAW General Manager Kurt Angle spoke with Fox Sports Australia on a number of wrestling topics, check out the highlights below:

On being part if WWE’s drug testing pool:

“I haven’t taken the physical to wrestle but the drug testing — I’m part of that. I’m a talent on TV. Although they don’t treat me as a wrestler, if you’re a talent, you’re involved in everything. You can get drug tested at any point in time.”

The potential of the Jason Jordan storyline leading to his wrestling return:

“I would say I will most likely wrestle. I have not taken a physical yet. I’m basically waiting on the boss. It’s up to Vince McMahon. I would imagine I will. I’d imagine the storyline is going to go somewhere with Jason Jordan, so I’m just being patient and enjoying the general manager job. Hopefully, eventually I’ll get back to wrestling.”

How much he could wrestle and who he’d like to face:

“Depending on how they use me — I could wrestle a few years or I could wrestle a few months. If they’re selective and put me with guys who really need that rub or guys at the top and want to put me in the title picture. I can’t do it full-time. I can’t do what I used to be doing but I can still go. I can probably do it for a few more years. They would have to be very selective with how they use me. There’s talent I’ve wrestled already like HHH, [John] Cena, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton and ones I haven’t. The ones that come to mind are Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns. Dean Ambrose, Sheamus and Cesaro, Rusev — hopefully I’ll be able to mix it up with a few of those guys as well.”

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Torrie Wilson Recalls Hugh Hefner’s Impact On Her Career (Video)

– Former WWE Superstar Torrie Wilson recently caught up with TMZ Sports and discussed the passing of Hugh Hefner, who passed away two days ago at the age of 91. While in the WWE, Wilson appeared on the cover of Playboy numerous times and said she’s incredibly grateful for everything Hef and Playboy did for her career.

“It definitely helped my popularity while I was with the WWE,” Wilson said. “It was a huge opportunity for me and kind of brought me to the next level.”

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Former Star On His Backstage Scuffle With The Rock, Thoughts On The New Day

– The Unsanctioned Podcast at FightBooth PW recently recently spoke with former WWE Intercontinental Champion Ahmed Johnson regarding his controversial career, they sent us the following highlights:

His backstage scuffle with The Rock:

“What happened was, he was back in the locker room and I was already back there on the other side of the lockers, so, he couldn’t see me. And he walked in there with Triple H and Shawn, and they were all talking and they were making black jokes, and they didn’t know I was there. When Triple H said, ‘Man, we were joking Rocky, we were joking,’ and Rock said, ‘That’s okay, people look at me and think I’m black. I’m not black, man. My dad had an affair on my dad with a white man. That’s my dad. The white guy is my dad.’

“He was serious as a heart attack. So I stepped from around the locker and said, ‘What you just say?’ He said, ‘Aw, aw, nothing, man, you know just here bulls–tting,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I heard you over there selling that bulls–t, man. What did you say about your dad? You mean to tell me this man bust his ass for us to be in this federation, and you’re denying him?’ Then he got cocky and said, ‘Man, this ain’t none of your business’ Once he said that, we went for blows. After that, Ron Simmons and Papa Shango broke it up.”

Responds to Teddy Long recently calling him an “idiot”:

“That b—h. First of all, I don’t even know this punk motherf–ker. Ain’t never met him once in my life. Never. Never ever been in the same room with this fool. And I’ll tell you right now, straight up, if I ever see him cause he’s got himself going around with churches and being a Christian, I swear to God if he ever comes to Houston, I’m giving you my word, I’m going to that church where it is he is, and I’m gonna go to him and I’m gonna slap him in the f–king face. And I mean that with all my heart. He’s going to be more elderly when I get done with him.”

His thoughts on the The New Day:

“Now come on, don’t one of them got a doctorate degree or something? Come on, man. But he [Vince] got you acting like a clown on a clown car. I think it is shucking and jiving for him. I just think that especially homeboy with that degree [Xavier Woods], they can find something better for him. He could be like a Clarence Mason, like a black wrestling Clarence Mason.”

If he would welcome closure with Vince McMahon:

“As a man, I would want closure with any man. If could make closure with any man, I would want that. As a man and as a Christian, I would want that. But as far as me kissing your behind, forget it. Naw. That ain’t even gonna happen.”

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Sami Zayn: ‘The Quality Of WWE Talent We Have Now Has Never Been Better’

– WWE Superstar Sami Zayn recently spoke with Joe.co.uk on a wide variety of wrestling topics, check out the highlights below:

How things have changed for the next generation of wrestlers:

“It’s not just the wrestling industry that has changed, the world has changed. Unfortunately a lot of that generation paid a very heavy price for it. And it would be very silly for our generation to not learn from their mistakes. Not to mention the WWE wellness policy as well, which I think is a great thing, honestly. It sort of keeps people in check! But at the end of the day I think matches are at a higher level than ever, the quality of talent we have now has never been better, and the work rate has never been higher.”

On more high-risk moves being performed now in wrestling:

“Well, there was a time when I would have said yes. But I think even that is scaling down a little these day. Definitely, we are performing more moves now, and they are high impact moves. The game has changed since the ’80s, where you could punch and kick and headlock, and do one suplex, and that’s a 25 minute match. Those days are gone and you’ve got to adapt accordingly. But I think when I started wrestling on the independents it was definitely a time when people were pushing the envelope on how risky or dangerous some stunts could be. Whereas now I think a lot of the stunt show aspect of it has gone down. There’s a lot more technical skill executing these moves than it is falling off a giant scaffold or something like that. I think the stunt show aspect of the business has regressed, which is a good thing.”

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Chris Jericho On The Release Of His New Book, His Love For Wrtiting, Southpaw Regional Wrestling

– WWE Superstar Chris Jericho was a guest on Ring Rust Radio this week and discussed a wide variety of topics, they sent us the following transcription:

You recently released your latest book, No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life. Why did you feel now was the right time to write this book and what are you hoping to accomplish with its release?

“It’s pretty philosophical man. Like there is some kind of otherworldly design behind it. What happened was I’ve already written three autobiographies in the course of seven years. I love to write and I have lots to write about. A fourth autobiography at this stage in my life might be a little pretentious, like does the world really need another Jericho autobiography? I’m not exactly Jack Kerouac or whatever. So, I thought I would answer a question that gets asked quite often in how you did all these things you do. How did you make it in wrestling? How did you make it in music? How do you continue to do all these things?

“So, I sat down I came up with 20 principles of things I learned over the years from celebrities, family members, people that I know, fictional characters, and put them all down. Twenty principles like I said, the David Bowie principle of always reinvent yourself; The Vince McMahon principle of work hard then work harder; the Steve Austin principle, always be a little bit of an asshole. All these little things that helped me get these goals accomplished that I wanted to accomplish. It became almost like a motivational book or self-help book and it never really intended to be that way but that’s the kind of way it morphed. Now that it’s out, it’s really cool to see people’s reactions and how people are gaining a lot of advice from things that I’ve learned and applying it to their own life. It is a pretty cool feeling.”

Southpaw Regional Wrestling is one of our favorite things this year. What was your experience like filming that and playing the role of Clint Bobski and do you think we’ll get more episodes in the future?

“It’s something I heard about a while back when they came up with the idea and asked if I wanted to be involved. I said yea I want to be the backstage interviewer Clint Bobski. That’s the name that I used in college when I went to do creative communications, television classes and radio classes. Whenever we were doing box sports casts or mock radio on sports, I was always Clint Bobski. I love that name and I don’t know why. I used it again for Southpaw and it was a lot of fun because I used to watch wrestling like that. Stampede Wrestling and local wrestling in Winnipeg it was called the FWA. They were filmed in the exact same type of cheap gritty videotapes and the backstage announcers were over the top and cheesy. They were playing backstage announcers saying things like, “Oh my goodness look at what we have here! I have never seen such a thing!”

“It was a lot of fun to do and people were very confused early this summer when I came back for Smackdown for one night only and they thought that I was back. I wasn’t back I was there because I was filming the second season of Southpaw Wrestling and asked if I could do a match and thought might as well while I am here. I would love to see a few more but I don’t know if the series took off virally like they thought it would and I am not sure what the numbers are on that but it was a lot of fun while we did it and hopefully get to do more.

“I think a lot of times the initial one is always the best because it’s such a surprise and nobody really knows what they’re getting into. Where with the second one everybody wanted to get involved and some of the characters weren’t as strong. I think Miz’s guy was terrible in it whatever he was called. I just thought it was terrible and it wasn’t funny. I thought the Butcher Boys weren’t funny. The first one was really funny because no one was really trying. They were just being whatever they wanted to be. It’s like a sequel to a movie where you stumble onto something and it’s never as good as the original. If they do more Clint Bobski will be there and if they don’t it was fun while it lasted.”

Your band Fozzy’s latest hit is Judas, I think it’s an awesome song and it’s done so well for you on the charts. I know they’re different mediums, but how does the feeling of having a hit song like Judas compare to a big accomplishment in wrestling like winning a title or really getting a character over or something to that effect?

“I think it might be even harder to get a number one song in music. It’s hard to become a champion too, so they would be very similar. It’s a real pat on the back for years of hard work. This is not a song that went to number one instantly. It went from 15 to 10 to nine to eight to seven, so we’re building this fan base and I think there’s a lot of people that have heard of Fozzy but never actually heard Fozzy before and now that’s changing. There are a lot of people checking out the band because of what they heard about Judas did or they know about Jericho and wrestling and they go back to check out Fozzy and then they suddenly hear the greatest song we have done in our career.

“We’ve had successful songs in the past, but nothing like this. It’s on a whole different level and a whole different world. It’s really cool that after all this hard work we put in, which is the whole motto of my life which is no is a four-letter word. When people told me I would never make it in music and guess what? We just did. That’s very, very cool to see the fan base growing and the buzz about the band growing and we are still getting started. Judas is still rising in the charts which is great. It has been a pretty cool experience but very, very well deserved after years and years of hard work.”

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Former Impact Star Announces His Departure

– Former Tag Team Champion Robbie E took to Twitter earlier today and announced that he is officiallyleaving the company.

Thank you @impactwrestling for the last 7 plus years that have changed my life forever and I’ll always appreciate… on to the next…

Thank you @impactwrestling for the last 7 plus years that have changed my life forever and I’ll always appreciate… on to the next… pic.twitter.com/nQKow4UgSK

— Robbie E (@RobbieEImpact) September 29, 2017

Impact wrestling following up this tweet:

Thanks @RobbieEImpact for all your passion and hard work! Don’t miss a new #DadBodDestroyer from Robbie & @muscle_fitness every Monday. https://t.co/9z8kjVLKyr

— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 29, 2017

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Triple H Announced For WWE Live Event In Portugal

– WWE has announced Triple H for the SmackDown live event in Lisbon, Portugal on Monday, November 6th. However, it appears he wont be wrestling.

Triple H joins WWE Live in Lisbon, Portugal this November

When AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode, Charlotte Flair, Jinder Mahal and more of your favorite WWE Superstars* come to Lisbon, Portugal, on Monday, 6 November, they’ll be joined by none other than The Game himself, Triple H.

The King of Kings is making a special appearance at the WWE Live Event at Lisbon’s Campo Pequeno, which is presented by WWE 2K18 The Video Game. And as the WWE Universe well knows, when Triple H shows up, an already exciting night of sports-entertainment action is guaranteed to become even more unforgettable.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Triple H and SmackDown LIVE’s Superstars in Portugal this November. Tickets for WWE Live in Lisbon are available now at blueticket.pt.

*Talent referenced and depicted above are subject to change.

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Michael Cole To Miss This Monday’s RAW, Who Will Be His Replacement?

– WWE announced earlier today that Michael Cole will miss Monday’s RAW to attend his son’s wedding and will be replaced by Tom Phillips.

Check out WWE’s announcement:

Tom Phillips to step in for Michael Cole this Monday on Raw

Michael Cole will miss this Monday’s Raw in Denver to attend his son’s wedding, WWE.com can confirm. Instead, the night’s action — including Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman and an Intercontinental Championship Match pitting Roman Reigns against The Miz — will be called by SmackDown LIVE’s Tom Phillips.

This marks only the second time in 20 years that Cole — considered “The Voice of WWE” — has missed a week of WWE television broadcasts.

Don’t miss Phillips and the rest of the Team Red broadcast team this Monday on Raw, kicking off at 8/7 C on USA Network!

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