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    Japanese 101 for プロレス Nerds, Part 2

    Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro. Today, she’s introducing you to the Japanese language, which she is not good at at all, but that makes her the perfect person to explain some things to you, since she has no discernible trappings of ego.

    If you’re new here, check out Japanese 101 for プロレス Nerds, Part 1: we learned about katakana, hiragana, kanji, and why we need all of them and just what exactly is going on here.

    This week in part 2, we’re going to look at specific words, catchphrases, and ring names. Let’s go!

    Important wrestling words

    Puroresu:

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    You probably see “puroresu” or “puro” in romaji like this when you’re looking up things about professional wrestling from Japan. In katakana, this word is プロレス (pu ro re su) short for プロレスリング (pu ro re su ri n gu). In Japanese and English, you can just say “prowres,” even though Mauro Ranallo says “poorooreesuu” on the AXS NJPW show. Don’t worry about him.

    This is a very strange loan word. In English, we use it to mean “professional wrestling from Japan” and in Japan, they use it to mean all pro wrestling, period. So when we talk about “puro” in English, we mean any of the wrestling that originates from Japan, but when the Japanese talk about puro, they could be talking about WWE, TNA, ROH, anything. People argue about this on the internet, like they do, but I think most people think it’s fine to talk about “puro” the way we do because “Japanese professional wrestling” is pretty long to say & type. Plus プロレス looks really cool.

    Joshi puroresu:

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    In Japan, women’s wrestling is important and men and women usually wrestle in completely separate companies. Women’s wrestling in Japan is called 女子プロレス (joshi puroresu, literally: girl 女子 pro wrestling プロレス) or “joshi” for short in English.

    Shin Nihon Puroresu:

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    New Japan Pro-Wrestling uses their English name in English on most of their merchandise and print matter, but on their broadcasts they almost always say the company name in Japanese: 新日本プロレス: New (shin,) Japan (nihon, 日本) Pro Wrestling (puroresu, プロレス).

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    WWE Wrestlemania 31 Preview and Predictions

    Wrestlemania is here. We think.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed, @IndianDeathlock and @TomBlargh.

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    Cesaro and Tyson Kidd vs. The Usos vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores for the WWE Tag Team Championship on the pre-show

    Joey:

    Cesaro and utility player wrestler with manager vs. The Usos vs. Los Matadores returning to PPV after being non-existent for months vs. a team you won’t remember in a year from now on the pre-show for the tag team titles. Shades of last year. Except less hope for Cesaro. The match should be fine if the Usos are healthy.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd win.

    Tim:

    Oh damn. It’s time for The T Man to dish out some very self-indulgent hot takes! This should be a good match but it will feel hollow as most WWE tag team matches do. The typical stuff. It’ll be solid. It’ll have some spots we’ve seen a million times before. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd would be a great tag team if being a tag team meant anything in WWE besides “filler.” The Usos are fantastic but we’ve seen them wrestle every combination of these teams so many times. Los Matadores have a horrible gimmick and haven’t really done much lately. I feel awful for The New Day. This is the most pre-show pre-show match you could imagine for Wrestlemania. I think Cesaro and Kidd win here. I’m sure they’ll eventually bring prestige to these belts once and for all if they hold them long enough!

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd win.

    Deathlock:

    This will be fun and get us jazzed for the show. It’ll be fine!

    Interest Level: 6/10 Strong Style Interest Points™
    Prediction: CATS, FACTS, AND MINORU SUZUKI COSPLAY FOR THE WIN.

    Tom:

    It’ll be good, y’know? Y’KNOW? Yeah, you know.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd win.

    Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal on the pre-show

    Joey:

    Does anyone in the world care about this? Noteworthy predictions: Curtis Axel will be eliminated first. Big Show and Kane will double eliminate each other. Sandow will eliminate Miz. Sheamus returns and wins.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.

    Tim:

    A ring full of dorks, Sandow, and an NXT guy. GOOD STUFF. Showcase of The Immortals and all of that jazz, ya know? Best case scenario, it ends up with just Sandow and Miz left in the ring leading to Sandow throwing Miz out. Most probable scenario, Sheamus returns and wins.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.

    Deathlock:

    Hi, I dunno who’s in this match at all. Is this the part where I tell you that If I ran the WWE, Damien Sandow would be on a record-breaking title run right now?

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Damien Sandow?

    Tom:

    If they have Sheamus return to win a pre-show battle royal then el oh fucking el, welcome to the Reality Era, fella. I look forward to seeing how the enormous trophy is destroyed.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Mizdow wins.

    AJ Lee and Paige vs. The Bella Twins

    Joey:

    The four noteworthy divas in the company will have a chance this year. This is probably the best divas match option they could have went with to be honest. I think it will be one of the better matches on the show – not sure if that says more about this match or the full card.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: AJ and Paige wins.

    Tim:

    I still believe AJ is the best female wrestler in WWE. Paige is wonderful but I still don’t think she’s close to hitting her stride on the main roster and that’s not entirely her fault. Nikki Bella has grown a lot as a personality and a wrestler but I still don’t think she is that wonderful. Brie Bella is Brie Bella. I’ve seen potential in her a lot here and there but it’s a one step forward, two steps back kind of thing with her. Popularity-wise this is definitely the four WWE should showcase at the biggest show of the year. Will it be the best divas match WWE could put on? No way. There’s definitely a chance these four could do something entertaining though.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: AJ and Paige win.

    Deathlock:

    Thirty seconds, probably humiliating. It might even just get cut from the show so Triple H’s entrance can go longer.

    Interest Level: -10/10 regular points, 10/10 Strong Style Interest Points™ for Nikki Bella’s elbow.
    Prediction: We all lose.

    Tom:

    “Fearless” Nicole Bella is here to show all you candyasses that girls are doing it for themselves! Holla at your girl! I don’t know, I’m sick of seeing all of these girls compete in various different combinations. It’s all we’ve seen in PPV Divas matches for the last year and I want some variety.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: April Jeanette “Ape” Lee-Mendez-Punker-Brooks and Paige win.

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    This Or That (3/24/2015) Wrestlemania Edition

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Better wrestler?

    Adrian Neville – 68%, Bad News Barrett – 32%

    Better wrestler?

    Rockstar Spud – 87%, Grado – 13%

    Better wrestler?

    Nigel McGuinness – 67%, Dynamite Kid – 33%

    Better food?

    Fish and chips – 75%, Meat pie – 25%

    More valuable to Wrestlemania history: The Undertaker or Shawn Michaels?

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    Tim:

    The Undertaker and his streak became more important for Wrestlemania later on. I think his two matches with Shawn Michaels, the Wrestlemania 27 match against Triple H, and his match against CM Punk were not only great but pretty important to those specific Wrestlemanias. Besides the matches I just named there are no Undertaker matches at Wrestlemania that I actively go back and watch.

    Shawn Michaels definitely had a few of his own Wrestlemania clunkers but there was always something about him that captivated me. He just oozed charisma. As a kid who was raised on WCW, HBK was the main reason to ever get excited about a Wrestlemania. Now that I’m older HBK is still one of, if not THE, biggest reason to go back and watch old Wrestlemanias on the WWE Network. You just knew you were going to see a star do what he does best even if the chemistry wasn’t right or the build was shitty. When The Undertaker is in a boring or just plain bad match he does not grab my attention at all. Without the right build or the right opponent, The Undertaker at Wrestlemania was and is just an entrance.

    Shawn Michaels

    Joey:

    Guess what – half of The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania matches are unwatchable. They started to get better in the 2000’s but didn’t become as legendary as they are viewed until Shawn Michaels and ‘Taker had arguably the best match of all time at Wrestlemania 25.

    The crazy thing is you can debate it wasn’t even Michaels best Wrestlemania match. His bouts with Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Triple H, Chris Benoit and others could rival it based on your preference. Not to mention all the other classics he had over the years. Undertaker may have meant more for a few years but in the bigger picture, Michaels provided better matches, better moments and will always stand the test of time.

    Shawn Michaels

    Tom:

    I came into this assuming that it’d have to be The Undertaker, but thinking back, he really did have too many clunkers to take it. Not all of Shawn’s were classics, but he was still almost always in the best match on the card. He was also pretty much responsible for solidifying Undertaker’s Wrestlemania legacy and making “The Streak” the attraction it became, so yeah, gonna have to go for HBK here.

    Shawn Michaels

    More valuable to Wrestlemania history?

    • Shawn Michaels (62%, 37 Votes)
    • The Undertaker (38%, 23 Votes)

    Total Voters: 60

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    ScoopZone Elite: March 23, 2015

    We’ve consulted our inside sources to bring you the best and most EXCLUSIVE dirt on your favorite wrestling promotions from around the world. Unlike other sites, we’ll only bring you 100% accurate and truthful wrestling news every week. We’re still working on our paywall, so please only read these stories if you’re an elite member.

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    News for The Week of March 23, 2015

    WWE

    • Dean Ambrose recently bought a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am. He won’t let anyone ride with him and calls it “The Bad Boy.”

     

    • The Wrestlemania 31 set will be a huge computer screen. The plan is to have it glitch and lock up on Roman Reigns face early on in the night so that he is always in view.

     

    • Chris Jericho and Triple H are conducting a “Freaky Friday” experiment about “smart mark perception.”

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    TNA

    • Kurt Angle wrote into his new TNA contract that he must be given one world title reign or be allowed to do three moonsaults off steel cages per year.

     

    • TNA had promised all of their wrestlers a bonus. The bad news is it ended up not being a bonus check. The good news is that the they will never get wet again since they now all have old Willow umbrellas.

     

    • James Storm is currently perplexed about his own damn luck.


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    Other

    • Lucha Underground has banned Vince Russo from their tapings after Russo was spotted hiding in a casket during the recent main event Casket Match.

     

    • Kevin Nash is hosting his own public Wrestlemania party. Three cigars is the price of admission and everyone is encouraged to help him shape his goatee.

     

    • Lance Storm is celebrating his birthday next week by having a silent book club party with all you can eat tofu-cakes.

     

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    Around The Wrestling World In 7 Days: March 22nd, 2015

    Every weekend, Joey will give a glimpse of the things that have entered his mind.

    Hi. I have a lot of thoughts about wrestling. I decided to start a concept where I talk about what’s on my mind every weekend. I hope it’s enjoyable.

    Follow me on Twitter and let me know if you want me to hit on any wrestling topics next week: @JoeySplashwater

    WWE Universe

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    Stinger

    I did not watch RAW this week. The only thing I looked for after the show was Sting’s appearance helping Randy Orton take down The Authority. This was by far the best Sting has looked in a WWE setting so far. His past appearances have made me care significantly less about his debut match at Wrestlemania but this added more optimism.

    Ultimate Ladder Spotfest

    A myriad of great in ring performers having a ladder match full of dazzling spots will always be fun but I can’t get myself interested in this the way others are. It reminds me of when TNA would randomly book all the X Division talent they don’t care about in an 8 man Ultimate X spotfest. Sure, it’s fun but it means absolutely nothing no matter how many times you try to tell yourself it will make a division/belt more credible.

    NXT

    This week’s NXT episode was one of my favorite TV episodes they’ve done. I absolutely loved the opening match between Tyler Breeze and Kalisto. It was only about 7 minutes and nothing too special occurred but it was straight up fun wrestling.

    The setting of a new crowd in Cleveland was a bonus as Full Sail is starting to remind me of the Impact Zone during the “Hoytmania” days.

    Kevin Owens kicking Alex Riley in the face was a beautiful moment.

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    All Aboard the S.S. Strong Style: Japanese 101 for プロレス Nerds, Part 1

    Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro. Today, she’s introducing you to the Japanese language, which she is not good at at all, but that makes her the perfect person to explain some things to you, since she has no discernible trappings of ego.

    こんにちは!Guess what? You don’t need anything except eyes and a brain to enjoy professional wrestling from Japan. And the brain helps but it isn’t even absolutely mandatory. Storylines aren’t really complicated and, since it’s wrestling, most of the storytelling happens in the ring in a language we all understand.

    Nevertheless, maybe you want to learn some things about Japanese anyway to help you get around. I can help a little, since I’ve started learning with the aim of reading Shinsuke Nakamura’s autobiography. Optimistically, I expect to be able to do that in about ten years, which is coincidentally when I’ll have my midlife crisis and move to Japan to live in an arcade for the rest of my life. My 40’s are gonna be sweet, you guys.

    These aren't gonna read themselves you know.

    These aren’t gonna read themselves you know.

    Anyway, it won’t take you ten years to learn some basic things. Maybe a couple weeks. Let’s go!

    What are all these characters and oh my god, why?

    Yes it is crazy. Here are the answers to these questions:

    Katakana:

    Katakana is a simplified character set. It’s the sharp pointy one that’s really cool looking. Like プロレス and ワカリマスカ?! It’s used for loanwords from other languages, the names of businesses, and sometimes ring names. Kazuchika Okada’s ring name, オカダ・カズチカ is in katakana. The name of the company that owns New Japan Pro Wrestling, Bushiroad, is in katakana: ブシロード. Shinsuke Nakamura’s nickname, King of Strong Style, is actually in English, so it’s either written in English or in this katakana phrase instead of translating the words to Japanese: キング・オブ・ストロングスタイル.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Let’s make a splash and name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week.

    It’s that time again. The votes have been counted and all of that. It’s been quite the week but I believe the voters nailed it with who they voted as the winner this week… AS THEY DO EVERY WEEK. Face paint is really cool, after all.

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    Steve “Sting” Borden is The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. He is finally getting his Wrestlemania moment this year so you all felt he should get his Sexy Wrestler of The Week moment this year as well. This may be a bigger deal than the Wrestlemania moment. Hell, we know it is.

    Not many people know that Sting was leading a double life as real estate agent for most of his career. He kept it under wraps really well. Frank Trigg didn’t even know that “Real Estate Steve” and the Stinger were the same person. You can read that story in the latest Dirt Sheet History. Since we are the site known for having the most accurate and shocking scoops on the net, I am about to reveal something never seen before. I worked really hard and even paid a pretty penny to get my hands on this. I mean, that penny was beautiful. Here is the only known photo of The man called “Real Estate” Steve.

    Warning: This is SHOCKING.

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    Look at that man. How much did that suit cost him? Those sleek glasses that say “I’m a 90’s badass but also a classic. Please, buy this house.” I’m proud to say Sting is The Sexy Wrestler of The Week and a sharp real estate pro.

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    Dirt Sheet History: September 2008

    Take a trip back to a memorable timeline in sports entertainment with the most important stories reported as fact in the journalistic world of pro wrestling dirt sheets.

    Following the timeline of the last Dirt Sheet History looking back at August 2008, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from September of 2008 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2007 right here. Now enjoy September 2008.

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    9/1/2008

    * The creative team discussed the subject of Undertaker‘s WrestleMania winning streak last week during a booking meeting. They believe it should only be ended by a superstar on the rise, not an established star. The general feeling is that it will never end but Vince McMahon isn’t completely opposed to it. If it’s ever going to end, he doesn’t want to waste it on a “maybe” star, only someone that everyone can agree on being a top star in the company for a number of years.

    Some officials are leery on who to use in the role due to the likes of Brock Lesnar & Bobby Lashley bolting from WWE. In regards to who can possibly end the streak, a few names have been discussed, but nobody everyone can agree on.

    However, the name most talked about was none other than Ted DiBiase as they believe he can be the next Randy Orton. McMahon is said to be very high on him, but doesn’t feel it could be done by next year with him. One long-term idea brought up is that a few years from now, DiBiase’s father can be brought in because he storyline introduced Undertaker to WWE.

    9/2/2008

    * MVP upset management following a recent incident in which he made a derogatory comment to one of the drug testing monitors who watches the WWE performers while they submit urine samples.

    Following the implementation of the WWE Wellness policy a few years ago, some wrestlers were submitting fake urine samples to beat the drug tests. One wrestler was eventually caught cheating in WWE developmental wrestler Afa Anoa’i, Jr. As a result, Anoa’i was suspended by WWE for 30 days, on March 20, 2008, as cheating is an obvious violation of the WWE’s Wellness policy. Following the incident, WWE instituted a new rule in which the performers have to be bare from their chest down to their knees while giving urine in front of a doctor to make sure they’re not cheating. A number of the wrestlers are grouchy to the monitors as you would imagine. However, MVP went too far in what he said to one of them.

    MVP asked the monitor if he graduated from college. The monitor said yet. MVP then insulted him, saying something along the lines of, “So you went to school for four years to watch people’s (expletive)?”

    The monitor promptly complained to WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis as well as Bruce Prichard. Soon after, Laurinaitis indirectly addressed the matter in locker room meeting, instructing talent to be respectful of the testers and to not harass them. People aware of the MVP incident felt it was obvious that the meeting was held due to it.

    Since the incident, MVP has been getting the cold shoulder from a few officials. Suddenly, the word backstage is that he doesn’t know how to work as a heel to get heat. At last week’s SmackDown/ECW tapings in Pittsburgh, Shelton Benjamin – who’s been in-and-out of favor with WWE officials for a number of years – was given high praise in that he knows to work as an effective heel. They liked his smiling facials after he laid out MVP with his “Paydirt” finisher and more so later in the show after clocking Triple H with a belt.

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    This Or That (3/17/2015)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Will Wrestlemania 31 be the worst Wrestlemania of the last 15 years?

    Yes – 54%, No – 46%

    Better version of Paul Heyman?

    Current day Paul Heyman – 80%, Paul E. Dangerously – 20%

    Who do you side with in their podcast war?

    Chris Jericho – 67%, Taz – 33%

    Better junk food snack?

    Potato chips – 68%, Cookies – 32%

    This week, there’s a British invasion theme submitted by @AnimeKing420.

    Better wrestler: Adrian Neville or Bad News Barrett?

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    Tim:

    I think Adrian Neville has more potential overall but as of right now, Bad News Barrett has the whole package. He’s a good talker and pretty good in the ring. I really like the guy. Hopefully one day WWE will use him to his full potential.

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    Joey:

    Adrian Neville has special talents that very few can imagine but Bad News Barrett is the better overall wrestler. It took me a while to see it but Barrett is very good and if he ever gets away from the hell that is the Intercontinental title picture, he may have a chance at being elevated higher on the card. Love what Neville does in NXT but it’s hard to see him adapting to a broader product without making some changes and I’m not sure he can.

    Bad News Barrett

    Tom:

    First of all, I’d like to thank Nightlife for these extremely respectful questions. As the site’s resident British person, I’m delighted to share my informed opinion on these hot-button issues.

    Anyway, Barrett. I like Barrett, man. I like him a whole bunch. He deserves better than he’s had so far and I hope he gets a chance to be in a spotlight position this year. However, I’ve really gotten into Adrian Neville over the past year or so; his feud with Sami Zayn showcased that he’s able to play more than just the flippy nice guy and I think he’s improved a huge amount in terms of putting together a great match.

    ALSO, Neville is from Newcastle so his accent’s more of a laugh than Barrett’s Lancashire drawl. It reminds me of Byker Grove, and that is NEVER a bad thing.

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    Better wrestler?

    • Adrian Neville (68%, 41 Votes)
    • Bad News Barrett (32%, 19 Votes)

    Total Voters: 60

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    ScoopZone Elite: March 16, 2015

    We’ve consulted our inside sources to bring you the best and most EXCLUSIVE dirt on your favorite wrestling promotions from around the world. Unlike other sites, we’ll only bring you 100% accurate and truthful wrestling news every week. We’re still working on our paywall, so please only read these stories if you’re an elite member.

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    News for The Week of March 16, 2015

    WWE

    • Vince McMahon always pitches angles involving Jim Ross getting beat up or made fun of until someone reminds him that he is still not back with the company.

     

    • Seth Rollins threatened to tweet out more nude photos of WWE employees if Jimmy Jacobs wasn’t hired.

     

    • There is a clause in every contract for popular indie wrestlers who sign with WWE that says they must pose for selfies with Triple H at least twice a month.

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    TNA

    • TJ Perkins/Manik is protesting Women’s History Month by using the women’s restroom all month.

     

    • Matt Hardy claims that he and his brother will soon make Impact Wrestling a “weekly can’t miss product.” Word from backstage is that Jeff Hardy has been recording voice-overs for his thoughts and Matt Hardy’s hair has been braided.

     

    •  Disgruntled TNA office employees put orange peels in Taz‘s mailbox to piss him off.


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    Other

    • PWG is the first wrestling promotion to have a 4 star average match rating by Dave Meltzer.

     

    • After years of pressure Tony Schiavone is finally working on creating his own brand of BBQ sauce.

     

    • Lance Storm can only be contacted via AIM chat.