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Roll Call of Wrestling Champions: April 2014 Edition

April 22nd, 2014 at 2:44 PM
By Peter Schifani

It is that time of the month again to take a snapshot of the current champions in the world of pro wrestling/sports entertainment in the United States. As always we focus in on WWE, NXT, TNA, the NWA, ROH, PWG and Shimmer. New Champions are in BOLD.

WWE title holders:

WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Bryan, Intercontinental Champion: Big E Langston, WWE Tag-Team Champions: Jimmy and Jey (The Usos), United States Champion: Dean Ambrose (1/3 of The Shield) and Divas Champion: Paige

NXT title holders:

NXT HW Champion: Adrian Neville, NXT Tag-Team Champions: Konnor and Viktor (The Ascension) and NXT Women's Champion: Paige

TNA title holders:

World Heavyweight Champion: Eric Young, X-Division Champion: Sanada, World Tag-Team Champions: Robbie E and Jessie Godderz (Bro-Mans), Women's Knockout Champion: Madison Rayne, Television Champion: Abyss (title retired)

NWA title holders:

World Heavyweight Champion: Satoshi Kojima, Junior Heavyweight Champion: Chase Owens, World Tag-Team Champions: Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan (Tencozy), Women's Champion: Barbi Hayden, North American Champion: Kahagas, National Champion: Phil "Nitro" Monahan, United States Tag-Team Champions: Damien Wayne and Lance Erikson (Lords of Kaos)

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Wrestling Review Weekly First Edition, Number 38

April 20th, 2014 at 11:33 AM
By Peter Schifani

As we head into Easter weekend here in the United States the world of professional wrestling/sports entertainment heads towards back-to-back pay-per-view events in the coming weeks. TNA will produce 'Sacrifice' on Sunday April 27th, while WWE will give us 'Extreme Rules' on Sunday May 4th as it's normal follow-up to 'WrestleMania.'

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On Thursday night's Impact broadcast the main event was a "Monster's Ball" match between TNA World Champion Eric Young and Abyss. Thumbtacks and Abyss' favorite weapon "Janice" were introduced during the contest but Young was able to get the victory and retain his title. Now Young will be looking forward to defending his newly won championship against the former title holder Magnus on April 27th at 'Sacrifice' since the re-match clause was exercised. The TNA World Tag-Team Championship was on the line as well as The BroMans defended once again against The Wolves. Of course Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards were "screwed" once more out of the titles as DJ Z aka Zema Ion interfered with his laptop giving The Wolves the win but by disqualification. Hopefully they can get a clean match for the tag titles at 'Sacrifice' to attempt to regain the championships. Next Thursday on Impact there will be several more set-up matches before the pay-per-view including MVP taking on Austin Aries, the returning Kurt Angle versus Rockstar Spud and tag-team "reunion" of sorts as James Storm and Bobby Roode (Beer Money) team up against there 'Sacrifice' opponents of Gunner and Bully Ray.

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Top 10 Wrestling Managers, Countdown Part Three

April 17th, 2014 at 3:33 PM
By Peter Schifani

After revealing numbers seven, six and five earlier this week, we advance to numbers four, three and two in our top 10 countdown of wrestling managers. In case you missed the prior parts you may read part one here and part two here.

Number Four: "Captain" Lou Albano

Probably the most successful manager of tag-teams in the history of pro wrestling despite being considered mediocre as a member of a tag-team during his brief wrestling career. Bruno Sammartino would suggest to WWWF owner Vince Sr. that Albano be the "mouthpiece" for a newcomer "Crusher" Verdu since Verdu knew very little English. So starting in 1970 Albano would begin a 15 year run as a heel manager that culminated in no less than 15 different tag-teams being lead to championship reigns and two Intercontinental Championships as well. Albano managed such teams as The Moondogs, Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika), the Valiant Brothers, The Blackjacks, and while as a face in the 80's the British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith), The Machines (including Andre as Giant Machine) and before retiring the Headshrinkers. Captain Lou's most famous feud though was as manager of Ivan Koloff as he challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF title and ended his seven year reign in January 1971. He retired altogether from wrestling in 1995 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame with the class of 1996.

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Top 10 Wrestling Managers, Countdown Part Two

April 15th, 2014 at 2:22 PM
By Peter Schifani

As we continue our top 10 countdown for the month of April with the best wrestling managers in the business we look at numbers seven, six and five. In case you missed the first part of our countdown from last week with numbers 10 through eight you may read it here.

Number Seven:Skandor Akbar/Devastation Inc.

Many forget that Akbar was a wrestler before he became the manager of a group called "Devastation Inc." in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) back in the early 1980's in Texas. King Kong Bundy was the very first member of the group that would be lead by Akbar, but it would also include the Great Kabuki, Cactus Jack (Mick Foley), the Missing Link, Angel of Death, Sweet Daddy Falcone, "Gorgeous" Gary Young and so many more men over the 10 plus years that Akbar held them together. This group would not only be a thorn in the side of the Von Erichs and all the faces of World Class but also Bill Watts' Mid-South territory towards the end of days of World Class and the GWF after that federation took over in The Sportatorium in Dallas. Akbar's trademark was his lit cigar while being at ring side with all of his wrestlers and while they didn't always win gold often they certainly were a threat to do so at any time.

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Wrestling Review Weekly First Edition, Number 37

April 13th, 2014 at 12:36 PM
By Peter Schifani

Last week with the biggest event of the year happening in 'WrestleMania' XXX we did skip a week of our normal weekly review edition. Now we are back to look at the past week in the world of sports entertainment/pro wrestling as TNA heads towards 'Sacrifice' and WWE moves on to 'Extreme Rules.'

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On Thursday night's Impact broadcast TNA Wrestling held a 10 man gauntlet match that eventually became a mini battle royale to determine a new number one contender for TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The winner would be Eric Young eliminating Abyss, but instead of having that title match at TNA's next pay-per-view later this month, 'Sacrifice', Young convinced MVP to have the match on Impact. In the end Young overcame a low-blow by Magnus to win the TNA World Championship with a piledriver on the man from England. That match wasn't the only number one contender's contest as Angelina Love bested Gail Kim, ODB and new-come Brittany in a fatal-four-way to become the top contender to Madison Rayne's TNA Women's Knockout Championship.

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