PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.
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TORCH TODAY – Saturday, January 23, 2016
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– It’s a huge pre-Royal Rumble Saturday in wrestling. WWE’s main roster has a Supershow in Florida, A.J. Styles is making his final ROH appearance in Georgia, WWNLive continues their EVOLVE weekend in Florida, there is a major gathering of wrestling legends in Miami, Global Force and PWS are getting together in New Jersey, and more events are taking place. (FULL WEEKEND EVENTS CENTER)
– Daniel Bryan appeared at a car show Friday night at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. PWPodcasts.com contributor Dominic DeAngelo noted that it was a good turn-out with about 350-400 people and Bryan was extremely nice and patient with everyone. It only cost $16 to get in and he signed and took pictures for free, but from where I was in line I heard no one ask him about the Royal Rumble or his health. That being said, conversations were very brief as it was an exchange of quick pleasantries, autograph, picture, and move along.
– Ahead of the Royal Rumble in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel published a report on WWE’s Performance Center in Central Florida. Included are quotes from Triple H, head trainer Matt Bloom, and NXT Women’s champion Bayley. (Full Story at OrlandoSentinel.com)
– Jim Ross covered several big subjects in his latest blog at jrsbarbq.com. In addition to discussing NJPW/AXS TV broadcasting plans, Ross speculated on potential WWE TV involvement by Sting and The Undertaker on Sunday or Monday.
– What does C.M. Punk look like right now? Punk was part of a UFC training program with the New Jersey Devils NHL team. Pictures surfaced of Punk’s new look at NHL.com.
– What would NFL teams look like with a pro wrestler as their logo? Uproxx.com released a 32-team break down of NFL team logos reimagined as wrestlers. Who tops the list for you? Check it out HERE.
– New Japan’s “Fantastica Mania” Tour continues Saturday in Tokyo with with top NJPW and CMLL stars mixing it up throughout the card. (Full Results at PuroresuSpirit.net)
– VIDEOS: TV entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet interviewed Bushwhacker Luke and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine ahead of Saturday’s huge “Legends of Wrestling” show in Miami.