Around 20 years ago Altavista Journal and The Union Star editor Debra Ferrell wrote a popular weekly column called “Wrestling Round Up.” It’s been gone a long time, but the explosion of great wrestling going on is calling for a return of the column.
Featured in it will be information on top wrestling promotions available on cable television as well as information and interviews with local promotions and wrestlers that work hard to put on entertaining shows that you can jump in your car to attend.
Local wrestlers are encouraged to send information and contacts to email@example.com.
This week’s edition will give a bird’s eye view of what’s happening on television right now. There are some terrific promotions that you may be missing out on.
WWE: Although WWE brings out the “legends” for short visits, most of its programming is built on stars that have been created by the company itself in the last few years. NXT is its secondary promotion where a lot of the training and polishing is done to get them ready for the big time of WWE. 205 Live features the cruiserweight division. NXT and 205 Live are only available when subscribing to the WWE cable channel. Although Smackdown has been seen on USA channel since 2016 it will be moving to Fox TV on October 4 when it broadcasts its 20 Year Anniversary show with lots of legends coming by. The deal between WWE and Fox has been reported as a billion dollar deal.
Lucha Underground: This is a well rounded program that has been seen the past four years on the El Rey Network. It features wrestlers from the independent circuit as well as Mexican stars from the Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA). The show is crafted in the style of director Robert Rodriguez movies with the big, bold storylines, intriguing characters, and splashy matches. It is not determined yet if it will be renewed for season 5 since there are reportedly some money problems.
Impact Wrestling: Once known as Total Nonstop Action (TNA), the program has undergone some trials since its early days. Now it’s called Impact and it is looking for a permanent home after recently going on the Pursuit channel where it’s a little hard to find. Once enjoying its heyday on Spike TV, it was moved for a year to Pop TV which let it go due to clashing with its regular programming content. The promotion was started by wrestling legend Jeff Jarrett after WCW ended in 2001. In the beginning, the show was only seen on weekly pay per views available for around $10 apiece. It later acquired a television deal and has seen its ups and downs. Things have been improving with the show since it’s been on Pursuit with an edgier content with lots of hardcore action. It has been heavily promoting its women’s division which is very supportive on new star Tessa Blanchard who has burst on the scene in the past year. Blanchard is currently in a storyline where she is doing pretty well wrestling and feuding with the male wrestlers. Some think she will even get a chance at the men’s heavyweight title. She is the daughter of former Four Horsemen Tully Blanchard and the stepdaughter of wrestling legend Magnum T.A.
Ring of Honor: This high quality wrestling program is available on the local ABC television station twice on Saturdays. Affiliated with New Japan Pro Wrestling, it has a number of top stars and features a strong women’s wrestling program. Are there any fans out there of former Impact stars Angelina Love and Velvet Sky from the Beautiful People? They’re on Ring of Honor now with another partner in a new group called The Allure.
New Japan Pro Wrestling: If you haven’t seen New Japan, you are missing out on some fantastic strong style wrestling! Many will know Japanese star Shinsuke Nakamura who wrestles nowadays on WWE. He came from New Japan where he was a major star who wanted to go “world wide.” Many other top wrestlers in the world have worked alongside Japanese stars there such as A.J. Styles and Brock Lesner. New Japan features many of its own stars such as Hiroshi Tanahashi (who practically saved the company himself), Kazushika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, Switchblade Jay White, Will Ospreay, Zack Sabre Jr., Juice Robinson, and many more. Popular WWE star Dean Ambrose left WWE to work in New Japan where he is having a successful run as bad guy Jon Moxley. Ladies don’t play much of a role here, but it would be hard to find better wrestling on television once you “get to know” the wrestlers. It has been the goal to “break through” to the American audience. That goal has been realized the past year with several big shows in the United States that have been aired on television. It is seen on the AXS channel on DirecTV.
Women of Wrestling (WOW): AXS channel is all about wrestling and rock n roll. Right before New Japan comes the all female wrestling promotion Women of Wrestling. If you think women can’t wrestle, you haven’t seen the ladies of WOW. Impact star Tessa Blanchard had a successful run on the promotion’s first season where she shared the ring with top stars like Jungle Grrl and Santana Garrett. At only 60 minutes long, it won’t take much of your time to check it out and see for yourself. Reruns of the original eight-episode first season are airing now right before New Japan which is finishing up its grueling month-long tournament G1 Climax.
All Elite Wrestling (AEW): We saved the most exciting new thing in pro wrestling for last. On October 2 on the TNT channel, a brand new promotion will make its television debut. AEW is chock full of some of the former top stars of New Japan. It features Cody and his brother, Dustin Runnels, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, “Hangman” Adam Page, Chris Jericho, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, and many other top wrestlers. It is rumored that former WWE and New Japan commentator Jim Ross will be onboard since he didn’t sign his New Japan renewal contract. This is going to be good and it is not too late to get onboard!
Although this barely scratches the surface of the top wrestling shows easily accessible on cable television, it gives a short introduction into what you may be missing if you are a hardcore fan.
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