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domingo, 28 de abril de 2019

#ClutchWrestling: Notas de la lucha libre

Johnny Impact & Taya Valkyrie Philadelphia Media Availability in Advance of IMPACT Wrestling Events at 2300 Arena
TORONTO | PHILADELPHIA – IMPACT Wrestling superstars and real-life husband and wife, Johnny Impact and Taya Valkyrie, will be in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-2, in advance of back-to-back nights of IMPACT Wrestling events on May 3-4 at the 2300 Arena.

Johnny and Taya will be available for in-person media interviews on May 1-2, and will have limited time those days for phone interviews with media that is not in Philadelphia.

Johnny Impact is the reigning IMPACT World Champion, as he puts the title on the line April 28 in the main event of the Rebellion pay-per-view in Toronto against “The Machine” Brian Cage.  Impact has held the title since defeating Austin Aries last October in New York City.

Born and raised in Southern California, Johnny Impact still calls Los Angeles home. He has been wrestling professionally since 2002 and has been a shining star in the U.S. and in Mexico, where he also has been competing for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. He is a crossover star too, appearing on various television shows, including Survivorin 2018. Plus, he has numerous film credits, including Boone: The Bounty Hunter, which he created, co-wrote and executive produced.

“Lucha Royalty” Taya Valkyrie is the reigning IMPACT Knockouts Champion, a title she has held since early-January after defeating Tessa Blanchard. She is set to defend the Knockouts Championship at the Rebellion pay-per-view against Jordynne Grace.

aya Valkyrie, who has been wrestling since 2010 and was trained by legendary Canadian wrestler Lance Storm, has had an illustrious career in Mexico. Competing for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, she is a former two-time and the longest-reigning Reina de Reinas Champion in history.

Johnny Impact and Taya Valkyrie were married in June 2018.

IMPACT Wrestling Presents Rebellion from Toronto Live this Sunday, April 28 on Pay-Per-View, Streams Live Globally on 
TORONTO – IMPACT Wrestling returns to pay-per-view this Sunday, April 28 for Rebellion live from the Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto, Canada. The three-hour extravaganza kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be distributed on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view, including DISH, DirecTV, iN Demand, Vubiquity, Rogers, Bell, Shaw and Sasktel across North America, and streaming live globally exclusively on the app, which is now available on Sony PlayStation systems.

Tickets are still available at for Rebellion on April 28, as well as television tapings for the flagship weekly show IMPACT! on April 29. Both shows emanate from Toronto’s Rebel Entertainment Complex.

In the main event of Rebellion, Brian Cage continues his quest to claim the top prize in IMPACT Wrestling, as he challenges IMPACT World Champion Johnny Impact in a rematch from Homecoming. This time, however, Canadian wrestling legend Lance Storm will serve as the special guest referee, who will keep a close eye on Impact’s underhanded shenanigans.

In a dream match that fans have been anticipating for months, IMPACT Hall of Famer and Toronto native Gail Kim comes out of retirement to battle third-generation superstar Tessa Blanchard.

The IMPACT World Tag Team Titles are on the line, as Champions the Lucha Brothers, Pentagon Jr. and Fenix, defend against former titleholders LAX, Santana and Ortiz, in a Full Metal Mayhem match, in what will be the final chapter of their heated rivalry.

IMPACT Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie will defend her gold against fast-rising powerhouse Jordynne Grace, who might be the one Knockout on the roster who can match power with the queen of the division.

The IMPACT X-Division Championship will also be on the line, as Rich Swann defends against oVe leader Sami Callihan. Their history runs deep and emotions will be at a peak when these two clash, as they were once as close as brothers.

For more information on how to order Rebellion, visit

For more information about Rebellion on, including pricing details, visit is a premium digital live streaming network that has presented over 1,000 live professional wrestling, mixed martial arts, boxing and other combat sports events since its launch in 2016. It is available online at, as an app on all iOS and Android devices, as well as Roku, Apple TV and Android TV boxes, and Sony Playstation systems.

IMPACT Wrestling Partners with Reality of Wrestling for Deep Impact on July 6 in Houston 

TORONTO | HOUSTON – IMPACT Wrestling teams up with Reality of Wrestling to present Deep Impact on Saturday, July 6, at the Booker T World Gym Arena near Houston, both promotions jointly announced.

Deep Impact will feature cross-promotional dream matches with the stars of IMPACT Wrestling battling the stars from Reality of Wrestling in the first-ever intra-promotional show.

Deep Impact will air live on IMPACT Wrestling’s Twitch channel.

Booker T is the owner of Reality of Wrestling, which has been training and developing top wrestlers from around the world since 2005. He had a legendary in-ring career himself, shining in WCW, WWE and IMPACT Wrestling – and he is a two-time member of the WWE Hall of Fame, including his 2019 induction with his brother Stevie Ray, as the WWE honored the 10-time tag team champions, Harlem Heat.  He was the inaugural Legends Champion and a World Tag Team Champion (with Scott Steiner) during his run with IMPACT Wrestling.

“IMPACT Wrestling is always looking to expand the wrestling landscape and give fans more and more dream matches, and Deep Impact will do just that,” said IMPACT Executive Vice-President Scott D’Amore. “Joining forces with Booker T is an honor as he is one of the most respected wrestlers of all time.”

“Reality of Wrestling has always been about spotlighting young and fresh talent, so to be able to put our talented men and women on the same stage as those from IMPACT Wrestling, it’s going to be a night to remember,” Booker T said.

IMPACT Wrestling’s diverse talent roster features reigning World Champion Johnny Impact, plus Rob Van Dam, Brian Cage, Killer Kross, Eddie Edwards and Moose, among others. The IMPACT Knockouts division includes reigning Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie, third-generation star Tessa Blanchard, Madison Rayne, Rosemary, Su Yung and others.

Reality of Wrestling is the flagship of professional wrestling in the State of Texas, led by multi-time former ROW Champion Gino and featuring Mysterious Q, “Ruthless” Ryan Davidson, Terrale Tempo and the high-energy team of Zack Mason & Warren Johnson, among others. Reality of Wrestling airs on FITE TV every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. CST, on Reality of Wrestling’s official YouTube channel, and at

Matches for Deep Impact will be announced in May.

Tickets to Deep Impact are now available at:

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Gail Kim Toronto Media Tour Set for Friday, April 26 Before IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion Pay-Per-View 

TORONTO – One of the most decorated female wrestlers of all time, Gail Kim returns to her native Toronto to compete at the IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion pay-per-view on Sunday, April 28, at the Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto.

Kim faces third-generation wrestler Tessa Blanchard in one of the most anticipated matches at Rebellion. Kim also will be at the IMPACT Wrestling show on Monday, April 29 in Toronto, as the same venue plays host to television tapings for the company’s flagship weekly TV show, IMPACT!

Kim is available for in-person interviews on Friday, April 26, in Toronto.

In 2007, Kim became the first-ever IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion, and her seven title reigns is the most ever. Her combined 711 days as Knockouts Champion also is a record.

Kim was inducted into the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016, and she remains the only female honoree.

Born and raised in Toronto, Kim was a multi-sport standout at York Memorial Collegiate Institute, where she played basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer and competed in track & field. She was named the school’s Athlete of the Year.

Kim then went on to the University of Toronto, where she studied physical and health education. She also attended Ryerson University to study nutrition.

Kim trained to be a professional wrestler in Toronto and is a lifelong Blue Jays fans – Pat Borders was her favorite player.

Kim is married to celebrity chef and talk show host Robert Irvine. The two, married in 2012, met on the set of Dinner: Impossible.

The Rebellion pay-per-view emanates from Toronto, featuring reigning World Champion Johnny Impact defending the title against Brian Cage. Other matches confirmed for Rebellion include Rich Swann defending the X-Division Championship against Sami Callihan and The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Fenix) defending the World Tag Team Championship against former champions LAX (Santana and Ortiz).

For more about Rebellion, visit

IMPACT Wrestling Announces New UK TV Deal with 5STAR
TORONTO | LONDON – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., announced today a new broadcast deal with Viacom-owned Channel 5 to broadcast its flagship weekly show IMPACT! on 5STAR across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland starting on April 26, 2019.

This is a renewal of the partnership of IMPACT Wrestling’s deal with Channel 5, which launched IMPACT! on 5Spike in spring 2017. 5STAR, which is also part of the Channel 5 stable, is available on Sky TV (128), Freeview (30), Freesat (131), Virgin Media (151) and other DTT platforms.

New episodes of IMPACT! will premiere on 5STAR from 26th April at 11pm with weekly episodes airing in the same timeslot on Friday nights.

“Since IMPACT Wrestling’s inception in 2002, the UK has always been one of our most passionate markets,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “We are excited to extend our broadcast partnership with Channel 5 and launch our weekly programming on 5Star, whose younger audience more effectively aligns with our core fan base.”

Cherry Yeandle, Senior Manager, Acquisitions and Co-Productions said: “We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with IMPACT Wrestling and are looking forward to bringing all of the high-octane action to 5STAR. As well as quenching the appetite of the UK fans with this flagship weekly show, we are excited to introduce a new audience to all the wrestling drama – with its young audience demographic, we see 5STAR as a perfect fit.”

In 2018, IMPACT Wrestling enjoyed strong weekly audiences on 5Spike and a social media reach of over 48 million in the UK.

IMPACT Wrestling showcases top professional wrestling stars such as IMPACT World Champion Johnny Impact, Rob Van Dam, Brian Cage, Moose, Killer Kross, Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan, Mexican superstars such as Pentagon Jr. and Fenix, the high-flying X-Division and the Knockouts, including Champion Taya Valkyrie, third-generation star Tessa Blanchard and Rosemary.
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viernes, 26 de abril de 2019

G1 Supercard (ROH y NJPW) 2019

G1 Supercard (ROH y NJPW)
Por Daniel “Mr. Clutch” Mercado Castro

En un abarrotado Madison Square Garden en New York City, New York, las empresas Ring of Honor y New Japan Pro Wrestling se unieron para dar un magistral evento luchístico. Veteranos, leyendas y talento joven se unieron para deleitar a los presentes con pura lucha libre. Un evento excelente, de buenas luchas, continuaciones de historias y momentos inolvidables. Sin duda un 10!
La lucha estelar fue un clásico entre Jay White vs Kazuchika Okada por el campeonato Heavyweight IWGP. Estos dos dejaron hasta el alma dentro del ring y mantuvieron al borde de las silas a los presentes con cada espectacular movida y en cada falso final. Okada venció a White con su Rainmaker. Que luchón!
Otra lucha espectacular fue la batalla de escaleras por el campeonato Mundial de ROH entre Jay Lethal, Marty Scurll y Matt Taven. De más está decir que llevaron la lucha a otro nivel y hasta un fanático recibió un golpe con una de las escaleras. Se dieron duro y con todo lo que encontraron. Al final, Taven logra coronarse el nuevo campeón de ROH al agarrar el campeonato. Lo bueno de este final es que abre la historia para luchas individuales ante Scurll y Lethal.
Si las dos luchas anteriores fueron buenas, Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi por el campeonato Intercontinental de la IWGP fue la mejor de la noche. Los gritos euforicos de This is awesome! Holy shit! Fight for ever! se dejaron sentir por todo el Garden para agradecer la labor de estas dos estrellas dentro del ring. Ibushi se apuntó el triunfo y se coronó el nuevo campeón Intercontinental. Mega luchón!
En la guerra de título vs título, Jeff Cobb derrotó con su Tour of the Island a Will Ospreay para coronarse nuevo campeón del Never Openweight, y retener su campeonato Mundial de la TV (ROH). Otra gran lucha dentro del mega cartel. Rush venció rápidamente con Drop Kicks a Dalton Castle. Castle luego de la lucha se desquitó la derrota atacando a sus Boys. Fue una lucha demasiada de corta para un luchador como Castle, lo que me lleva a pensar que estaba lesionado.
Dragon Lee se coronó campeón JR Heavyweight de la IWGP al vencer a Taiji Ishimori y Bandido en una magistral lucha. Movidas áreas y falsos finales hicieron de está lucha de las mejores del cartel. Se escucharon los gritos de This is Awesome! para aplaudir su labor dentro del ring. Zack Sabre Jr. retuvo su campeonato British Heavyweight de RPW al derrotar por sumisión al gran Hiroshi Tanahashi. De más está decir que fue una clase de lucha libre para los presentes.
Una de las luchas más interesantes de la noche fue la batalla por los campeonatos de Parejas de las compañías ROH y IWGP, donde el ganador se llevaba todos las fajas. Guerrillas of Destiny (GOD) derrotaron a la dupla de Evil & Sanada, a la dupla de PCO & Brody King y a los Briscoes, en tremenda lucha. Lo interesante fue ver que desde el público se mentieron los luchadores conocidos en WWE como Big Cass y Enzo Amore. Estos dos se pelearon con algunas parejas, como los Briscoes, en las afueras del ring, mientras continuaba la lucha. Se vio hasta Bully Ray salir corriendo para intervenir. Será libreto o realidad?
Kelly Klein se coronó la nueva campeona de Mujeres en ROH al vencer a Mayu Iwatani con su movida final; pero luego de la lucha aparecieron Angelina Love y Velvet Sky para juntarse con Mandy Leon y atacar a Klein. Este nuevo trío de bellezas se llama The Allure. Estas tres bellezas prometen dar candela en ROH. El New York City Street Fight entre Bully Ray vs Juice Robinson se volvió un 3 vs 3 cuando intervinieron Taylor y Silas por Ray y Haskins junto a Flip Gordon por Juice. El 3 vs 3 estuvo buenísimo y deleito a los presentes, en especial aquellos que le gusta el hardcore. Flip, Haskins y Robinson se alzaron con el triunfo luego de usar sillas, mesas, candlesticks y hasta una cadena.
En las luchas Pre-Show; Kenny King fue el ganador del Honor Rumble, el cual contó con las leyendas Jushin Liger y The Great Muta. El trío de Kagetsu, Jenny Rose y Hazuki derrotaron a Stella Grey, Hana Kimura y Sumie Sakai.

sábado, 30 de marzo de 2019

#Knockeando: Notas sobre la Lucha Libre

IMPACT Wrestling Re-establishes Developmental Agreement with Ohio Valley Wrestling
TORONTO | LOUISVILLE – IMPACT Wrestling announced today that it has re-entered into an agreement with Louisville-based Ohio Valley Wrestling to serve as an official development and training territory for IMPACT Wrestling.

The announcement of the renewed partnership follows the success of the co-promoted One Night Only: Clash in the Bluegrass event, a sold-out show from Davis Arena in Louisville, Kentucky, which featured stars from both organizations.

“We are excited to grow our outreach and partnership with promotions worldwide,” said IMPACT Wrestling Executive VP Scott D’Amore. “It is great to work with Al Snow and the team at OVW, which has a long history of developing great talent.”

“OVW is proud to be entrusted with the development of the true lifeblood of any professional wrestling promotion – the in-ring talent,” said OVW CEO and owner Al Snow.

As part of the agreement, IMPACT Wrestling management will look to OVW when scouting new talent and those on the development roster will see future opportunities to appear on the flagship weekly show IMPACT!, which is televised in more than 120 countries around the world.

Al Snow acquired OVW in June 2018 and formed Gladiator Sports Network, which also produces professional boxing events and a high school sports prep series while keeping wrestling as its signature brand. OVW served as the official development training ground for World Wrestling Entertainment from 2000 to 2008 and as IMPACT Wrestling’s training territory from 2012 to 2014. With more than 1,000 television episodes, OVW is the longest running professional wrestling series broadcast on local television in the U.S. The series is the signature of the company’s elite training program, which boasts more than 150 alumni who went on to international fame, including John Cena, Brock Lesnar and reigning IMPACT World Champion Johnny Impact.

For more information about IMPACT Wrestling, visit

For more information on schedules, enrollment and cost of training, visit OVW online at