Wrestling Legend The Iron Sheik Passes Away at 81

Professional wrestling legend The Iron Sheik passed away at the age of 81. News of the Sheik’s passing was announced with a statement via his Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

Legend, icon, social media star, cultural phenomenon. Hollow platitudes, in most instances, undoubtedly ring true when talking about the life and times of Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaz, aka The Iron Sheik.

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 Premier Streaming Network Launches Podcast Network

Premier Podcast Network is On the Air

Fresh off the heels of successfully creating Premier Steaming Network (PSN), inking deals with more than 20 independent wrestling promotions, acquiring over 2,000 hours of content libraries, and hosting live events, the PSN team have now launched Premier Podcast Network.

“We are thrilled to officially announce the launch of Premier Podcast Network. There was a strong demand for creating our own podcast network as we witnessed the rapid growth of our podcast and interview programming on Premier Streaming Network,” said Josh Shernoff, Vice President of Programming and Creative Development at PSN. “With the launch of Premier Podcast Network, we are providing our fans with another exciting medium to enjoy the great content Premier has to offer. Premier Podcast Network is the first of many extensions from the core Premier Streaming Network concept, and we couldn’t be more excited about the future.”

Currently available on every major podcasting platform, Premier Podcast Network boasts a lineup including;

–    “Everybody’s Got a Pod” with Ted DiBiase

–    “1 of a Kind” with Rob Van Dam

–    “Sabu Speaks” with Sabu

–    “Spotlight Series” with Josh Shernoff

–    “Mind of Meanie” with The Blue Meanie

–    CHOP Sports Media library including DudeCast, Chop Sports Fight Factory, and more

–    Foundation Radio with Adam Barnard

To keep up with Premier Podcast Network, show updates, and new show announcements, follow PSN on social media:

Twitter: @WatchOnPremier

Facebook: Premier Streaming Network

Instagram: @PremierStreamingNetwork

For advertisement opportunities, contact info@premierstreamingnetwork.com.

NXT Battleground 2023 Review

Lowell, MA, a city with an underrated wrestling history, hosted NXT’s latest PLE, Battleground, at the Paul Tsongas Center. Six matches filled out the card, including the main event where Carmelo Hayes returns home to defend the NXT Championship against Bron Breakker.

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WWE Announces New World Heavyweight Championship

Triple H announced a new World Heavyweight Championship, and the new champion will be determined at Night of Champions on May 27 in Saudi Arabia.

As the WWE Draft begins Friday on SmackDown, Triple H expressed the need for two top championships. Roman Reigns will remain the Undisputed Universal Champion and bring that title to whatever brand he’s drafted to, leaving the other brand with the new world title.

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Pluto TV to Premiere ‘WOW! The History of Women’s Wrestling’ Documentary

Pluto TV will premiere WOW! The History of Women’s Wrestling on Wednesday, April 26th at 8pm ET on the Fight channel, with a special encore presentation on April 29th at 10pm ET. WOW!

The History of Women’s Wrestling, produced by Fishbowl Worldwide Media, is a documentary exploring the larger-than-life story behind the evolution of women’s wrestling, from a sideshow act at the fairgrounds to the rise of the first all-female wrestling league with GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) in the 1980s, and the rocky road to success leading up to today with WOW – Women Of Wrestling.

To continue the celebration on Wednesday, WOW – Women Of Wrestling wrestlers Reina Del Rey and Samantha Smart will be joining Pluto TV’s social media Stream-Along, offering a behind-the-scenes look at creating the documentary. View Pluto TV’s Twitter here.

Pluto TV’s Fight Channel features nonstop mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, and the latest highlights from all of the top promotions in the world. Check out Pluto TV for more sports programming and a wide selection of films and TV series available to stream for free with ads. 

Josh Alexander Injured, Vacates Impact World Title

Josh Alexander appeared on Busted Open Radio Friday and announced he has a torn tricep, will undergo surgery on Friday, and is vacating the Impact Wrestling World Title.

“The Walking Weapon” had two upcoming title defenses before his injury. KUSHIDA on March 30 at Multiverse United co-promoted show with NJPW and Steve Maclin on April 16 at Rebellion. Now it will be Maclin taking on KUSHIDA for the vacant title at Rebellion.

To say this is a bad beat for Josh Alexander would be an understatement.

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MLW Joins Premier Streaming Network

Major League Wrestling (MLW) is making moves to increase its footprint in the pro wrestling space. MLW lost its streaming deal with REELZ once the channel joined Peacock.

NBC Universal owns Peacock, and WWE’s long-standing business relationship with the company meant curtains for MLW on the platform.

Despite the setback, MLW has found a new International home.

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The Great Muta Announced for the WWE Hall of Fame

First announced on WWE’s The Bump on Wednesday afternoon, Japanese legend The Great Muta will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on 3/31/23, joining Rey Mysterio.

Ric Flair, who will induct Muta into the Hall of Fame, stated on The Bump, “He’s a tremendous guy, a tremendous athlete, a great person, a great man,” and went on to say Muta has a special place in his heart due working with his late son Reid In Japan during his time in All Japan Pro Wrestling.

Keiji Muto, aka The Great Muta, recently completed a retirement tour where he wrestled his last match. The tour included a match against Shinsuke Nakamura on New Year’s Day for Pro Wrestling NOAH. Many assume WWE allowed Nakamura to work the show in exchange for Muta entering the Hall of Fame.

Keiji Muto wrestled his final match as The Great Muta on January 22, teaming with Darby Allin & Sting in a six-man tag team match. His final match as Muto occurred last month, where he faced Tetsuya Naito, followed by a last showdown with Masahiro Chono.

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AEW: New Title, Same Ol’ Stuff

Tony Khan announced Wednesday on Dynamite that AEW has “leveled up” the All-Atlantic Championship, and it’s now the AEW International Championship. Orange Cassidy will make the title’s inaugural defense against Jeff Jarrett next week on Dynamite when AEW debuts in Winnipeg.

Nine months ago, the All-Atlantic Championship was created to represent AEW fans in the United Kingdom. AEW touts they are the #1 wrestling promotion in the UK via their presence on television.

Plus, the British Isles are bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. In a nutshell, it was AEW’s way of creating a UK Title without calling it the UK Title.

However, the physical belt had a geographical error. Japan, which resides in the pacific ocean, is one of six countries represented on the title’s main center plate.

The current design of the title will remain intact. Simply the wording is changed from All Atlantic to International.

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WrestleMania 39 Match Card and Rumors.

The grandest stage of them all is upon us. WrestleMania 39 emanates from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. WWE will again go with the two-night format on Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, and stream live on Peacock.

While the lineups for each night have not been announced, Royal Rumble winner Cody Rhodes versus WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns is the official main event and is expected to headline on night 2.

WrestleMania 39 Official Match Card:

WWE Undisputed Universal Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley

Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair vs. Asuka

WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory vs. John Cena

-Brock Lesnar vs. Omos

-Becky Lynch, Lita & Trish Stratus vs. Damage CNTRL

-Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul

Rumored Matches:

Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens vs. The Usos

Edge vs. Finn Balor

Bray Wyatt vs. Bobby Lashley

Rey Mysterio vs. Dominick Mysterio

Gunther vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus

Twelve matches, between the official and rumored lineups, will give each night of WrestleMania six matches. If this ends up as the final card, it falls in line with the reports of Triple H wanting fewer matches on the show, leaving many wrestlers off the Premium Live Event.

While not officially announced, Logan Paul stated on his podcast Wednesday that WWE sent him confirmation his match with Seth Rollins will occur on night 1, which is his birthday.

If Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens versus The Usos becomes official for WrestleMania, it absolutely needs to headline night 1. I know that will not be a popular opinion. Rhea Ripley won the Royal Rumble and deserves one of the two main event spots, but this is show business. Sami/KO vs. Usos would be the second-biggest match on the card by a country mile.

The Bloodline saga is the best story WWE has told in decades. The rest of the matches are fighting for a distant third place.