Here is your fight size update for Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
- On the latest A&E Biography, covering the life and career of Booker T, Wale opened up about how he felt watching Harlem heat growing up in WCW.
“As a kid, you just like all the bright colors and the energy. I just feel like they represented us. They felt like they were from around my way. How they talked, how they dressed, how they carried themselves. Even their music was tight. Like, they had the best music on WCW, probably ever.”
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- Speaking with WrestlingInc, Mr. T reflected on WrestleMania 1 and whether or not he had real heat with Roddy Piper.
“[Roddy Piper] was the ultimate professional. Later on, people threw out we had a beef or whatnot, but no, we were trying to promote something else so I had to come out and say, ‘Yeah, I don’t like Piper. I’m gonna get him,’ and this and that. Something was gonna happen but it didn’t happen. We were setting the stage because we were trying to sell tickets. I learned from Muhammad Ali. You got to promote it. You gotta sell it, and that’s the whole thing. You don’t want to give people too much. You want to give them enough.
“You want to make them excited, make them believe, ‘Hey, I want to see that.’ He was a professional. He was good. He was a scholar. He wrote stuff down and prepared. You’ll notice that when he got into the camera to say stuff, he had it together. Some wrestlers, they can’t really sell it that good. Well, he could sell it. That’s what Ali was. He was a promoter. He could sell it. He was an entertainer, and that’s what Piper was. He was an entertainer, and he was tough. He knew the business. He knew his toughness.”
- Braun Strowman and Cesaro have Been announced as guests on Sunday's WrestleMania Backlash preview episode of The Bump.
- Robert Strauss, Robert Stone in NXT has announced that he will be opening a new F45 gym location following the success of the first location he opened.
- Indi Hartwell is already looking to get signed to Hit Row Records.
Hit Row Records, please sign me to a record deal.— Indi Wrestling (@indi_hartwell) May 12, 2021
- Speaking with Sportskeeda, Erik Watts described the Curtain Call incident from 1996 in Madison Square Garden from his perspective.
"Our first two matches were Madison Square Garden and Boston Garden," said Watts. "So I'm freaking out, we're there, we're having a good time. Chad was brand new,, that was his first match in front of a live crowd and not at a TV taping so he's going crazy. I didn't know what the heck was going on."
"I was trained to watch every match," Watts continued. "Vince [McMahon] was right next to us and let me tell you, he was just as surprised as I was. I remember thinking, 'Vince is not going to really think this is good' and I look at him and I go, 'I don't need to think about it, I can tell on his face, he doesn't think it's good.'"
- Speaking on Foundation Radio, Eric Bischoff opened up on how to get back to storyline-driven presentations in professional wrestling.
“You can’t produce a professional wrestling show like you produce a sitcom, or a drama series on television. You can’t produce a professional wrestling show like you produce a movie. But there are elements from both of those and other forms of storytelling…that can be applied and modified to fit wrestling so that you can have a more systematic and precise approach to telling your story or creating one.”
- Today, WWE stock closed at $52.81 per share
- IMPACT Wrestling issued the following regarding collectibles:
IMPACT Wrestling Offers Limited-Edition Autographed & Match-Used or Match-Worn Collectibles
Signed Turnbuckles, T-Shirts, Hats & More are now available, along with autographed 8x10 photos
(MAY 11, 2021) - IMPACT Wrestling continues its trend-setting approach to Wrestling Collectibles, with many new items now available in the company’s official eBay Store (ebay.com/impactwrestling), including autographed and match-used or match-worn souvenirs.
New IMPACT World Champion Kenny Omega, also the reigning AEW World Champion, is front and center, with an autographed, match-used Turnbuckle from the Rebellion pay-per-view: ebay.us/3Ad6Wh.
Another Omega-signed, match-used Turnbuckle from Rebellion, numbered 1/12 and on which he added the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPION inscription, also is for sale – with all proceeds being donated to Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue in Winnipeg, which is Omega’s favorite charity. To bid: ebay.us/XpqkuF
Also from Rebellion, fans have the chance to acquire the autographed, ring-worn Sunglasses of Doc Gallows. To bid: ebay.us/Had0Z9
Autograph collectors will be thrilled to see many new signed 8x10 photos now available, including:
Ace Austin & Madman Fulton: ebay.us/SKOkIr
Taylor Wilde: ebay.us/a9wjqA
Alisha Edwards: ebay.us/QXng88
Fans also have the chance to acquire match-worn shirts from a variety of IMPACT stars, such as:
Karl Anderson: ebay.us/2vJpXY
Chris Sabin: ebay.us/a0K5Jt
Ace Austin: ebay.us/I9B5bI
Matt Cardona: ebay.us/NfwUI5
Brian Myers: ebay.us/v53I1E
Another unique collectible now available are Slabs of the Broken Table, used at Rebellion for the Last Man Standing Match – and they were autographed by either or both match participants, Sami Callihan and Trey Miguel. To purchase: ebay.us/VCG6gG
Fans of Trey Miguel also will want to check out the Rebellion-worn Baseball Hat, which includes Trey’s autograph and a special inscription: ebay.us/JR8KYI
One of the most eye-popping Collectibles now available from IMPACT is the custom-made, high-quality, worn Rebellion Vest of referee Brandon Tolle – and the vest was autographed by 39 members of the IMPACT roster, including Rosemary, Willie Mack, Chris Bey, TJP, Trey Miguel, Crazzy Steve, Black Taurus, Havok, Alisha Edwards, Jordynne Grace, Rachael Ellering, Deaner, Taylor Wilde, Johnny Swinger, Don Callis, and more others. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS VEST ARE BEING DONATED TO THE ARTS COUNCIL, INC., an artist relief fund that provides money to out-of-work artists due to COVID-19. To view the Vest: ebay.us/i1brJX.
Collectors also can score a Broken Table Slab, signed by Doc Gallows, used in various 2021 matches on #IMPACTonAXSTV: ebay.us/sAYLKK
IMPACT has unique 1-of-1 collectibles available on eBay, including the pens used to autograph series 2 of the IMPACT Micro Brawlers, such as, Karl Anderson: ebay.us/FTqwex
All IMPACT Wrestling Collectibles feature the official IMPACT Hologram, which certify an item’s authenticity and the autograph(s).
IMPACT updates items to its eBay Store daily, so be sure to watch often.
About IMPACT Wrestling
A subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc., IMPACT Wrestling is one of the world's top wrestling brands, producing over 200 hours of original content annually and televised in 120 countries including AXS TV in the United States. Founded in 2002, IMPACT Wrestling’s deep library of premium content is streamed across the world on the promotion’s own on-demand subscription service IMPACT PLUS, as well as OTT platforms such as Pluto TV and XUMO. A Twitter official partner, IMPACT has a powerful social media presence with over 10 million engaged followers across all major services. Ancillary businesses include live events, merchandise, licensing and sponsorship. For more information, visit impactwrestling.com.
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