Ringside Logic Goes Toy Hunting

Hello everyone! Welcome to the first of what I hope will be many action figure toy hunts. I used to collect action figures back in the day, stopped for a long time, and started back up again during the early days of the pandemic.

Wrestling figures are what I collect the most, but I dabble in Masters of the Universe and Star Wars figure collecting as well. Please feel free to leave any feedback about the video. Any tips and suggestions are most appreciated.

I hope you enjoy Ringside Logic’s Toy Hunt!

NWA POWERRR: Old School Look with New School Energy

Over two years ago, when Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan bought the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), everyone wondered what could be possibly done with the brand. We’re long removed from the days when the NWA was the governing body of professional wrestling or even relevant within the industry.

The last twenty plus years saw the vestiges of the promotion attach itself to any independent promotion willing to pay a membership fee. Most obtained membership out of nostalgia for the once-mighty company where iconic names such as Lou Thez, Harley Race, and Ric Flair showcased their skills.

Last week, NWA debuted their new show on YouTube called POWERRR filmed in front of a live studio audience in Atlanta. The set design is a replica of the old Georgia Championship Wrestling cable television show on channel 17 (TBS).

Old school production graphics are used, similar Georgia show format, and they even used the old yellow NWA logo. If that’s not cool enough, the show has a worldwide air time on Tuesday at 6:05 EST. The: 05 start time was a distinguished hallmark of TBS programming for many years and most synonymous with wrestling. Unforgettable start time is an excellent piece of marketing, and it’s free.

Powerrr is a one-hour commercial-free show with a mixture of squash matches and competitive matches between stars. Promos occur at the studio podium after the match where current storylines and advanced and future angles and born. This is precisely how Georgia Championship Wrestling was formatted.

However, what makes Powerr different from other nostalgia acts is the show’s old school motif coupled with contemporary wrestling. This gives the show a new school energy that makes it feel fresh. Industry leader WWE has thrown basic wrestling storytelling by the wayside. The NWA is giving older fans what they’ve missed while providing younger fans with a version of wrestling they never knew they wanted.

What a difference two years makes. In 2017, WWE was the only wrestling promotion that could get a viable television deal. Jeff Jarrett and Tobey Keith couldn’t even get a tv deal. The belief within the television industry was that wrestling’s popularity is fading, and WWE is the only company that can do it on a large scale.

Today, WWE has three shows on television worth billions of dollars, and AEW is making waves on TNT. Billy Corgan might have picked the perfect time to debut Powerrr. The response to the show has been overwhelmingly positive. Hopefully, continued success can be parlayed into a television deal to coincide with the recent resurgence of wrestling’s popularity.

The first two episodes are posted down below. I highly recommend giving NWA Powerrr a close look. The second episode features a wrestler I’ve had the pleasure fo working with named Ashley Vox who wrestles the NWA Women’s Champion in a non-title match.

 

Report: CM Punk Not Progressing Well As A Fighter

Reports have surfaced regarding CM Punk’s MMA training, and they’re not good. If this is true, what does the future hold for the former WWE superstar, and will he ever fight in the UFC? I recorded a news update on the story along with some analysis that you can listen to on the official YouTube channel of Gerweck.Net

The Raw Deal: Finn Balor, The Bullet Club, ROH, New Japan, & More

There are a lot of hot topics in the world of professional wrestling with most of it involving Finn Balor’s potential move from NXT to WWE’s main roster. Frank Dee and I discuss the following news items and more on this segment from The Raw Deal.

  • Finn Balor moving up from NXT to WWE’s main roster?
  • Will “The Club” transition to become the Balor Club?
  • Is ROH relying too much on New Japan Pro Wrestling?
  • The Bullet Club’s current happenings with Adam Cole joining their ranks.
  • nWo’s influence on these factions and more.

You can check out The Raw Deal, Breaking Raw and more on the official You Tube Channel of Gerweck.net: Pro Wrestling Since 1997.

WWE Suspends Adam Rose and Konnor

WWE announced this morning that Adam Rose and Konnor of the Ascension have both been suspended for 60 days for a second Wellness policy violation. There is more to this story than meets the eye as this announcement exposes some of the holes in WWE’s wellness policy.

Check out the video from the official You Tube channel of Gerweck.net where I break it all down.

Randy Savage vs. Jushin Liger: I Never Knew This Happened!

 

One of the fun things that comes with being a fan of any genre are the undiscovered gems you stumble upon. That wow factor kicks into overdrive because it sounds too good to be true when you find something that you never knew existed.

‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger are two of my favorite professional wrestlers. Up until this past weekend, I would’ve called you a liar if you said they actually wrestled each other. Well, they did in fact tango in the squared circle.

Their one and only encounter took place on July 17, 1996, in Sapporo, Japan, during a New Japan Pro Wrestling tour. Savage was one of four wrestlers representing WCW and hurt his leg on a dive the night before in a losing effort to Ric Flair.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, a sellout crowd 6,400 fans filled the Makomanai Ice Arena as Savage hobbled to the ring for his showdown with the esteemed junior heavyweight. Liger entered next with his usual flash and energy as an admirer handed him a bouquet.

While the match was only eight minutes and really nothing special, it was a nice novelty to see two of the all-time greats dance one time. It was odd seeing Savage being the bigger of the two wrestlers since he was often the smallest guy in the ring.

Despite winning the match with his patented flying elbow drop, Savage really worked to put Liger over as a serious threat. He played defense most of the time due to his leg injury, sold like a champ for the palm strike, and took a Liger Bomb.

Wrestlers have always been expected to wear their working shoes when traveling to Japan. However, looking at the landscape of superstar American heavyweights at the time, I don’t think that many of them would have gone out of their way to make a wrestler in a weight class below look like credible.

It was fun to see Savage out of his element and with Liger. Again, the match is nothing to write home about, but this one time encounter is worth a gander if you a fan of these colorful titans of the mat. The Madness versus The Thunder, Ooh Yeah!

 

The WWE Santa Clause

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Does the WWE have a clause in their contract with Santa Claus that he has to receive a yuletide beating each year? Around the holidays every year, the Santa Claus character receives a squared circle thrashing, in some way, shape, or form. Sometimes, a suspect Santa gets a fist in the face and other times, the genuine article gets a body slam for his troubles. Trust me, no one is safe, not even someone as pure and jolly as Santa Claus, from the shenanigans of professional wrestling.

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