PWTorch.com reported last night that Ric Flair has given notice to WWE and has quit the promotion over frustration at the way he has been used. Flair’s departure comes at a time when WWE is reeling from injuries and suspensions to top stars. According to reports at PWTorch.com and WrestlingObserver.com, Flair’s departure is not related to the current steroid investigation or suspensions. The reports say negotiations are underway between Flair and WWE about a possible return. The report also speculates on Flair making a jump to TNA.
NWA Champ Nick Aldis Discusses State Of Wrestling
NWA World Champion Nick Aldis was a recent guest on the Arm Drag Takedown with Pollo Del Mar and talked about the state of the professional wrestling industry today.
Some of the topics Aldis touched on was the over-use of big spots in matches.
“[Wrestling] got hoodwinked into thinking the most important thing in our business was the match in the ring” Aldis said.
“I got into this to tell stories and to get people invested into characters and emotion. I wanted to be an entertainer! I wanted to be able to indulge in all the things pro wrestling provides which ‘real sports’ don’t.”
Aldis believes that using an older promotion model, similar to what UFC is using, may be the key to gaining fan interest.
“Essentially, if you changed the final outcome of the UFC builds with an NWA World Championship match from the 1980s, the whole lot of it leading up to that is very much the same. The reality was, if you wanted to see these two guys go at it, without interference or in the full match, you either had to buy a ticket or you had to tune into this pay-per-view or this special. That’s essentially what UFC’s model is. They put out [UFC Embedded], they put out smaller cards on free TV, but everything else they put out is press conferences, interviews, profile pieces, all of which is leading to the fight. The fight is the attraction.”
Aldis also discussed his storyline of the “unknown champion” and turning it into something much bigger.
“Dave [Lagana] and Billy [Corgan], as the Managing Editor and Executive Producer, took that story and instead of [pretending] certain elements [that] some people might look at as ‘negative’ didn’t exist, they, in fact, embraced that and made it a compelling part of the story. In fact, that’s the part people have been most interested in. … You can find the elements of people’s real lives and make them into a compelling story, if you know how to do it right.”
Lex Luger Comments On Chris Benoit
Former professional wrestler Lex Luger who lives in the Metro Atlanta area told 11Alive News Wednesday that he is shocked and saddened by the death of Chris Benoit. Benoit and Luger were aquainted through wrestling but Luger told 11Alive’s Valerie Hoff that the two had not seen each other in some time.
Luger said alcohol and drugs, including steroids, wreaked havoc on his own life for years before a jail chaplain converted him to Christianity. He said he believes it is possible steroid use played a part in the Benoit family tragedy. “Obviously, they were in his home. Let’s face it. There’s a pretty good chance he was on them and to discount that they didn’t play a role, as far as with his temperament, I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t that possibility,” Luger told 11Alive’s Valerie Hoff.
Luger is now a fitness and nutrition coach in Cobb County.
NWA Announces World Championship Tournament
The National Wrestling Alliance announced the following participants and locations and the first round match ups for “Reclaiming the Glory: The NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament presented by Big Vision Entertainment.” The tournament will take place at events across North America and begins Saturday June 2, 2007.
Saturday June 2, 2007
Cornelia, GA – www.nwa-wildside.com
CHAD PARHAM Vs. “MR. MID-ATLANTIC” DAMIEN WAYNE
Thayer, MO – www.cswwrestling.com
AARON AGUILERA Vs. “SCRAP IRON” ADAM PEARCE
Salyersville, KY – www.nwabluegrass.com
“SHOOTER” BRENT ALBRIGHT Vs. OSAMU NISHIMORA
Saturday June 9, 2007
Phoenix, AZ – www.risingphoenixwrestling.com
FRED SAMPSON Vs. GLAMOUR BOY SHANE
Saturday June 16, 2007
Vancouver B.C., Canada – www.eccw.com
“THE BOMBER” NELSON CREED Vs. “THE AMERICAN DRAGON” BRYAN DANIELSON
Danvers, MA – www.necwwrestling.com
PEPPER PARKS Vs. CLAUDIO CASTIGNOLI
Saturday June 30, 2007
Lebanon, TN – www.nwatop-ropewrestling.com
ROUGHNECK RYAN Vs. SICODELICO, JR.
MIKEY NICHOLLS Vs. FERGAL DEVITT
The NWA Board of Directors selected the participants and Executive Director Robert K. Trobich will supervise the tournament. For more information about these events and the NWA visit nwawrestling.com.
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