Wherever you are, and whatever you may be doing, be safe, have fun, and Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Sunday, December 25, 2016
I know, I know ... I hardly update this thing, but, if you happen to be reading this, Merry Christmas! Hell, even if you're not reading this, Merry Christmas, too!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Note from Ric: Look at the cute dawggiez!
ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 13, 2016 -- WWE fans can now share their passion with their pets as Petmate, the worldwide leader of solutions and excellence in the pet industry providing fun trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, announces the launch of its new collection of WWE pet products available at retailers nationwide. The new collection features iconic pet beds, fan favorite collars and leashes, and assorted rough and tough rubber and plush toys, capturing the excitement of WWE.
Showcasing the brand's mega-themes and fan-favorite Superstars including WWE Superstars John Cena and The Rock, and WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin, the collection is now on pet store shelves near you and online at PetSmart.com, Amazon.com and Walmart.com. For more information visit Petmate.com.
"There are more than 68 million American families devoted to their pets and you can count WWE fans among those passionate pet lovers," said Chris Wilson, executive vice president of marketing and new product development for Petmate. "The Superstars and iconic symbols of WWE translate extremely well into these new innovative quality pet products that appeal to all fans."
WWE Superstars are brought to life with printed canvas and rugged rubber chew toys.
WWE Championship and Diva Belt Tug - $14.99
WWE Money in the Bank Tug - $10.99
Designed for tough tug play between you and your dog, or for two dogs to wrestle and tug together.
The WWE World Heavyweight Championship makes an appearance in the shape of a rectangular lounger for your pet to enjoy after a hard day of play. Other pillow beds and loungers feature The Rock, the iconic WWE logo and Divas leopard print.
WWE Pillow Bed with The Rock Logo- $24.99
WWE Diva Pink Leopard Pinch Corner Lounger Bed - $24.99
WWE Championship Rectangular Lounger Bed - $29.99
A wide variety of bedding styles for dogs of all sizes who want to feel like a true Superstar.
Collars & Leashes
WWE collars and leashes feature custom Superstar prints showcasing WWE favorites, such as John Cena, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
WWE Adjustable Collars - $5.99 - $9.99
These adjustable dog collars are soft and durable, and feature patterns from your favorite WWE Superstars.
WWE Leashes - $13.99
Leashes feature custom fan favorite Superstar patterns and coordinate to match WWE adjustable collars.
Founded in 1963, and headquartered in Arlington, Texas, Petmate is passionate about providing fun, trusted quality products worldwide to enhance the lives of pets and their families. The company's vision, to be the worldwide leader of solutions and excellence in the pet industry, encapsulates its commitment to deliver award-winning, innovative ideas daily to each of its product categories including bedding, kennels, dog houses, feeding and watering products, litter maintenance products, toys, collars, leads and travel. Petmate's portfolio of pet, family-favorite brands include Aspen Pet®, Chuckit!®, Dogzilla®, Jackson Galaxy®, JW®, MuttNation™ Fueled by Miranda Lambert and WWE®. For more information, visit www.petmate.com.
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Sunday, May 1, 2016
Bellator has been informed of a terrible accident that occurred last night involving featherweight fighter Jordan Parsons, who was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run incident. We are still in the process of uncovering details and with his family’s consent, hope to have an update on his medical condition soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jordan and his family as he recovers.
The hit-and-run occurred on Lindell Blvd. and South Federal Highway in Delray Beach, Florida. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Delray Beach Police Department at (561) 243-7800.
Director of Communications
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
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Sounds like quite the winner, doesn't it?
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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Press Release - Get Tickets: RiFF RAFF To Perform At UR Fight In Phoenix March 20th; MMA Fighters Tank Abbott And Dan Severn Replaced
TORONTO, March 19, 2016 - URSHOW.tv announces UR FIGHT changes and a hotly anticipated ballin' performance by RiFF RAFF. American Rapper and viral sensation, has kept his fans buzzin` about when his next album will drop but now he brings an adrenaline pumpin', sonic performance to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona this Sunday March 20th. Now a high roller unto himself he is sure to bring this spectacle to a whole other level.
On the MMA front, Tank Abbott was forced to withdraw from the eagerly awaited fight with Dan Severn this week live in Phoenix, Arizona. As a replacement, Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch will step in and square off against Mavrick Harvey. A quadruple main event like you've never seen including Roy Jones Jr., Rey Mysterio, Michael Bisping and Chael Sonnen, now brings The Cannon and Mavrick into the limelight and gives them their chance to go head to head.
Live venue and iPPV tickets now available.
Along side these 4 once-in-a lifetime fights are legends in the business commentating throughout:
- Jim Ross, Legendary Announcer and Wrestling Hall of Famer
- Sean Wheelock, renowned MMA and Football Commentator
- Rampage Jackson, UFC legend, Actor and current Bellator Fighter
- Justin Roberts, best known for his work with WWE and a ``born entertainer``.
For those looking to catch UR Fight in person, visit the Celebrity Theatre Website and Box Office today. Tickets are priced at $40, $60 and $100 respectively.
The Live Stream iPPV, broadcast only on URSHOW.tv, is also now available directly from our website for only $11.99US.
To stay up to date on the latest exclusive celebrity content and the most epic live events, visit URSHOW.tv for more information.
URSHOW.tv is a new digital television network of celebrity channels that will bring U exclusive programs on-demand and incredible live events streamed directly to you. Watch from any device you choose, no matter where you are in the world. Amazing features give you an unprecedented level of interaction with your favorite stars. Connect with celebrities like never before, gain behind the scenes access, shape the experience and be a part of URSHOW.tv.
To learn more visit www.URSHOW.tv
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Thursday, February 25, 2016
Press Release: JACKSON WINK MMA ACADEMY FEATURED ON THE NEXT EDITION OF “60 MINUTES SPORTS” TUESDAY, MARCH 1 ON SHOWTIME®
Click HERE To Watch A Video Preview Of This Segment:
NEW YORK (Feb. 25, 2016) – Noted mixed martial arts journalist Jon L. Wertheim takes an in-depth and personal look at how Holly Holm, a barely known underdog, was able to knock out women’s MMA queen Ronda Rousey. In the piece, Wertheim visits Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, N.M., the home of Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn. Wertheim investigates how the world-renowned trainers helped guide Holm to victory last November and have established their once-unheralded outpost in Albuquerque as a mecca for some of the best MMA fighters in the world.
Wertheim’s report appears on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, premiering Tuesday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Nathalie Sommer is the producer.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon and Google. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Hulu, Sony PlayStation® Vue and Amazon Prime Video. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.
SOURCE: Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc.
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
ADDITIONAL DETAILS REVEALED ABOUT THE PREMIERE BELLATOR KICKBOXING MEGA EVENT IN ITALY APRIL 16
Houston, TX, (February 18, 2016) – Scott Coker, President of Bellator MMA and one of combat sport's most accomplished promoters, will launch “Bellator Kickboxing” this April with his partners at Spike. The announcement was made today at a press conference ahead of "Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie," which airs tomorrow night on Spike at 9e/8c.
Bellator Kickboxing will feature many of the world’s best kickboxers including Joe Schilling, Raymond Daniels, Kevin Ross, Keri Melendez and Anastasia Yankova, who were in attendance at today’s press conference. The current Bellator MMA team based out of Santa Monica, CA will run the new league.
Coker has over 30 years of experience promoting combat sports, overseeing both K-1 and Strikeforce Kickboxing leagues during his illustrious career. “Kickboxing is a thrilling, non-stop action-packed sport that I believe will resonate with MMA fans,” said Coker. “Our first goal is to develop stars and showcase these incredible athletes on the #1 home for combat sports, Spike TV.”
The first event for Bellator Kickboxing will be a co-promoted show with Bellator MMA and Oktagon Kickboxing on April 16 at the Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy.
The Bellator Kickboxing event's headliner will feature Melvin Manhoef vs. Alexandru Negrea as well as a 5-round title fight when current ISKA 72kg champion Mustapha Haida will move up in weight to challenge Karim Ghajii for his ISKA 75 KG belt. Other participants competing at the inaugural Bellator Kickboxing extravaganza include Ross, Daniels and Denise Kielholtz. Opponents for these participants will be announced in the near future.
The event will also include "Bellator 152," a mixed martial arts card will feature Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Rogers, and also features Bellator MMA stars Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, Brent Primus, Anastasia Yankova and A.J. McKee.
Bellator Kickboxing’s debut event will air on Spike Saturday, April 16 at 9:00pm ET/PT on brief tape delay. Earlier that day, Spike will broadcast Bellator MMA’s first international show, "Bellator 152," LIVE at 3:00pm ET.
Details on future events will be announced in the near future.
About Bellator MMA:
Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader. Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.
Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike's Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike's press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.
SOURCE: Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Bellator MMA has issued the following statement:
Following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties, the always entertaining and exciting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is returning to Bellator. Bellator MMA is thrilled to have “Rampage,” one of the most recognizable fighters in the history of the sport, joining a very competitive light heavyweight division featuring champion Liam McGeary, Phil Davis, King Mo, Tito Ortiz, Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell among others.
I've been fairly quiet on the Jackson/Bellator contract dispute, but this outcome sure seems to lend credence to my opinion that the UFC wasn't as interested in Jackson as they were in using him to "prove that the UFC isn't a monopoly."
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Friday, February 5, 2016
As most of you already know, yesterday, Axl Rotten was found dead.
At this time, I don't want to judge Axl's personal life, his career choices, or the way he came to pass.
I do, however, want to sincerely thank Axl, because were it not for him, I can't imagine how drastically different my life would be.
To shorten a long story, Axl not only got me started in pro wrestling, he literally made it possible for me to eventually make a living covering the sport.
Axl was a friend and a mentor, and, though I've shown my gratitude to him many times, one more time certainly can't hurt.
Axl, may you find the peace in death that you never seemed to find in life.
Until we meet again.
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Monday, January 25, 2016
Hollywood Powerhouse and Innovative Performance Brand Strike Landmark Deal
BALTIMORE, Jan. 25, 2016 -- Under Armour (NYSE: UA) today announced a global partnership with the dynamic actor, producer and global superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. As part of the long-term partnership, Johnson will work hand-in-hand with the innovative performance brand to create a range of products across footwear, apparel and accessories as well as support Under Armour's Connected Fitness initiatives.
This multi-faceted partnership will include the collaborative development of original content, inspired by the actor's lifestyle, fitness regimen, and philanthropic initiatives. Johnson will play an integral role in the promotion of Under Armour's Connected Fitness platforms including the recently debuted Under Armour HealthBox™ and Record™ application. Additionally, the brand will develop product capsules including footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the films Johnson is currently working on. The first product capsule will feature a Rock-inspired backpack and duffle bag that will launch on UA.com and be available in select Brand Houses in the next few weeks.
Under Armour will also enroll Johnson to help support and drive awareness around the brand's philanthropic initiative, UA Freedom, developed to inspire, honor and support members of the United States Military, first responders and public safety officials.
Following a career in the WWE that includes seven WWE Championships, Johnson has solidified himself as a worldwide box-office powerhouse, ranking number one on Forbes's Top Grossing Actors of 2013 and being named the Top International Box Office Star for 2015. On the heels of his success in 2015, Johnson will be starring in the highly anticipated Central Intelligence this year and is currently in production of the second season of the critically acclaimed "Ballers" on HBO, for which he received a 2016 People's Choice Award for Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor.
Throughout his successful career, Johnson has remained dedicated to promoting health and fitness, with a continued mission to educate, empower and motivate people around the world through health and physical fitness.
"We wanted to empower as many people as possible to attack their goals, so we partnered with the best innovators in the health and fitness business. Together with Under Armour, we will deliver game changing products to help people get after it and chase greatness," said Johnson.
"Dwayne has been a key partner to the Under Armour brand for many years and a key contributor to sports and entertainment as a whole. We are thrilled to have him officially join the UA Team. His values and commitment to health and fitness directly align with Under Armour's brand mission to make all athletes better and we look forward to working with him for many years to come," said Todd Montesano, Senior Vice President Strategic Partnerships and Entertainment.
Johnson joins Under Armour's all-star roster that includes Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Misty Copeland, Jordan Spieth, Lindsey Vonn, Andy Murray and Michael Phelps.
Follow Dwayne on Under Armour's connected Fitness app UA Record™ to check out his workouts and get exclusive training tips and content. You can also follow him @TheRock on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and follow Under Armour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @UnderArmour.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand's innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world's largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.uabiz.com.
Source: Under Armour, Inc.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Press Release: The World's Craziest & Insanely Violent Men's And Women's Wrestling Is Available On Video On Demand
NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2016 -- The most fierce violence ever waged in and out of the ring involving wrestling's most ruthless combatants (men and women) is now available for home and mobile viewing. This controversial content is seen on iNDemand Networks, Vubiquity Network, DIRECTV and Shaw Cable Canada.
The rage and depraved behavior is equivalent within the sexes. Whether the executioners are men or women, their cutthroat actions prove they are out for the kill. Laws do not apply to these confrontations as both sexes vow to take any action needed, legal or illegal to come out victorious. Bloodshed, criminal brutality and moral disregard separate those who reign victorious and those who go to the morgue.
Full available viewing schedule includes:
Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars
(iNDemand) Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars: Brutal Massacre
(Vubiquity) 'Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars - Deadly Maniacs
(DIRECTV) 'Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars – Death Wish
(Shaw Cable Canada) 'Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars – Guilty Verdict
Women's Extreme Wrestling
(DIRECTV) Women's Extreme Wrestling: Booty Beating
(DIRECTV) Women's Extreme Wrestling: Locker Room Assault
(iNDemand) Women's Extreme Wrestling: Illicit Violence
Women's Erotic Wrestling
(Shaw Cable Canada & Vubiquity) December 2015 – Women's Erotic: Female Beating
Women's Wrestling Wars
(Shaw Cable Canada & Vubiquity) December 2015 – Women's Wrestling Wars: Booty Attack
Female Wrestling's Violent Brawls
(Vubiquity) Female Wrestling's Most Violent Brawls 26
(iNDemand) Female Wrestling's Most Violent Brawls 23
INdemand affiliates include: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Cable, RCN, Cablevision, Brighthouse, Mid-Continent and many others.
Vubiquity's affiliates include: Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS, and many more.
Video - http://youtu.be/efp2ahRcpSY
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SOURCE: Stonecutter Media, Ltd.
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New Action-Packed Gameplay Trailer Highlights Big Moments From Recent Title Fights
Fans Who Pre-Order Get Bas Rutten, Kazushi Sakuraba, and a Mystery Fighter*
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan 6, 2015 -- Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) today announced EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 launches on March 15, 2016 in North America, and March 17, 2016 worldwide. In addition to the announcement, EA released a cinematic trailer for EA SPORTS UFC 2 featuring some of the biggest moments from recent bouts, showcasing authentic gameplay features, and highlighting new character visuals and signature animations. The trailer opens on EA SPORTS UFC 2 cover athlete and UFC® featherweight champion, Conor McGregor showing fans the all-new Knockout Physics System in his championship fight at UFC® 194. From there, fans will see Dynamic Grappling, and Next-Level Submissions while reliving some of the heart-stopping moments from recent fights, and speculating what could happen in upcoming contests. Watch the trailer here.
“Whether fans want to play upcoming cards, recreate the outcome of recent fights, or go back to fight with MMA legends, we’ll help them do that in the most authentic and exciting way ever in an MMA simulation,” said Brian Hayes, Creative Director. “Our first two pre-order fighters, Bas Rutten and Kazushi Sakuraba are perfect additions to what is already the biggest roster ever for an official UFC game. Adding them is huge, and fans are going to go nuts when we reveal who the mystery fighter is. I can’t wait.”
Fans excited to step into the Octagon® can pre-order EA SPORTS UFC 2 and get day one access to two legendary fighters: UFC Hall of Famer and three-time King of Pancrase, Bas Rutten; and Japanese MMA legend, “The Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba, with an additional mystery fighter who will be named later.* The deluxe edition of the game also includes up to $60 of UFC Ultimate Team™ Premium Packs**. For pre-order information, visit http://easports.com/UFC/buy.
EA SPORTS UFC 2 is headlined by five brand new game modes including KO Mode and UFC Ultimate Team, a revamped Career Mode that lets fans create female fighters for the first time ever in an official UFC game, and Grapple Assist, an integrated visual tool to help players learn and perfect takedowns, ground game transitions, and submissions. Full feature and mode details can be found at http://easports.com/ufc/features.
* Internet connection and EA Account required. Must be 13+ to create an account. Offer restrictions apply. Please see www.easports.com/ufc/game-and-offer-disclaimers for details.
**ADDED VALUE CALCULATED BASED ON AN UFC ULTIMATE TEAM PACK PRICE OF $2.00 AT GAME LAUNCH. PRICES MAY CHANGE. Offer restrictions apply. Please see www.easports.com/ufc/game-and-offer-disclaimers for details.
EA SPORTS UFC 2 is developed in Burnaby, British Columbia by EA Canada, and will be available on March 15 in North America and March 17 worldwide on Xbox One and PlayStation®4. More information is available on the EA SPORTS UFC website, and in-depth feature details will be announced in the months leading up to launch. Fans should keep an eye on the website, as well as the EA SPORTS UFC Facebook and Twitter pages to make sure they’re always up-to-date on the latest and greatest news.
EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®.
For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players around the world.
In fiscal year 2015, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.5 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Dragon Age™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.
EA SPORTS, Ultimate Team, SSX, The Sims, Dragon Age, Plants vs. Zombies and Battlefield are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. and its subsidiaries. Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Octagon Girls®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, Zuffa®,The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC and affiliated entities in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners. Any use of the preceding copyrighted program, trademarks, trade dress, or other intellectual property owned by Zuffa, LLC is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of Zuffa. All rights are hereby expressly reserved. John Madden, NFL, NHL, NBA, PGA TOUR and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. Xbox is a trademark of the Microsoft group of companies. "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
UFC® is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in 158 countries and territories to over 1 billion TV households worldwide in 21 different languages. The UFC has a multi-year broadcast agreement with FOX in the U.S., which annually includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network, as well as The Ultimate Fighter® reality television show and thousands of hours of programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service that is available throughout the world with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT® (an in-home fitness and nutrition program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTS, UFC Fight Club®, UFC Fan Expo®, UFC branded apparel, DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading Cards. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter and Instagram: @UFC.
SOURCE: EA Studios
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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Sure, I don't post as much as I used to, and I don't even follow pro wrestling and mixed-martial-arts the way that I once did, but they, and this website, will always be a big part of me.
No matter how few of you read this, it's my interest in those sports, and your interest in my interest, that have allowed me to live the extraordinary life that I've been privileged to lead, and I can't thank any of you enough.
Now, we all know that tonight's a party night, and no matter where you are or what you do, please, be safe and have fun.
It's a bit of a cliche, I know, but what I'm really trying to say is, Happy New Year! See you in 2016!
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Monday, December 14, 2015
May 23, 1999 was the worst day in the history of professional wrestling/sports entertainment. In what many media people called a “Monday Night Wars” tragedy, Owen James Hart fell 75 feet into a wrestling ring in a stunt gone horribly wrong and died soon after. The Hart family literally fell apart (read the books written by his widow Martha and his brother Bret for details) in the aftermath. One thing can be said, modern wrestling superstars were influenced by Owen’s in-ring style & many more will love this history trip called OWEN: HEART OF GOLD.
This DVD release nearly didn’t happen due to Martha Hart suing World Wrestling Entertainment over the use of Owen’s likeness & feeling it was only to make a profit. I am one person who will write here I am happy that WWE did this release as it’s a celebration of Owen Hart’s life and career with amazing stories from the people who knew him including:
Brothers Bret, Bruce, Keith, Ross & Smith, sisters Ellie, Diana, Georgia & Alison plus his niece Nattie, nephew Harry (archive footage) brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith (archived footage) & Jim Neidhart, current & former superstars Lex Luger, Mark Henry, Triple H, Mick Foley, Road Dogg, Ron Simmons, Big Van Vader, Chris Jericho, Jerry Lawler, Edge & Christian, Billy Gunn, Rob Van Dam, Paul Bearer (archive footage), Sami Zayn, Terry Taylor, Beth Phoenix, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Scott Hall, Tyson Kidd, referee Mike Chioda, Steve Lombardi, Michael Cole, Tony Chimel, Ted DiBiase, Koko B Ware, Jim Ross & Vince McMahon.
The feature covers his growth in Stampede Wrestling to becoming the masked Blue Blazer and returning to partner with Neidhart & Ware. The legendary feud with Bret is outlined in amazing detail (every wrestling training class must watch their WrestleMania 10 battle) along with the Hart Foundation reformation in 1997. The hard part is to watch after the Montreal Screwjob how the “Attitude Era” evolved into what led to his tragic demise. “Owen Tales” are mixed in that will make you laugh yourself out of your chair plus the awe inspiring 2-time Slammy Awards. Martha and the children Athena and Oje are not mentioned by name in the presentation and it’s all for the best. My major problem is the length of the feature, one hour and seven minutes. The CM Punk DVD clocked in over 2 hours yet Owen barely gets one hour? Included in this multi-disc set are 26 additional “Owen Tales”, the individual testimonies from the May 24, 1999 Raw plus 21 wrestling matches.
SOURCE: Alan Wojcik
For information on Alan Wojcik’s wrestling coverage, check out www.Facebook.com/KayfabeWrestlingRadio & www.Twitter.com/MyNameIsWojcik
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STAMFORD, Conn., Dec 14, 2015 -- WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that veteran announcer Mauro Ranallo will be the new voice of SmackDown beginning Thursday, January 7 when the show moves to its new home on USA Network at 8 pm ET. Ranallo brings nearly 30 years of broadcasting experience, and is currently the play-by-play announcer for Championship Boxing on Showtime and former lead announcer for the Strikeforce MMA promotion.
Earlier this year, Ranallo called the international feed for the historic Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. Ranallo is the only sports broadcaster to call every major combat sport on national television, including boxing, kickboxing and MMA, as well as helping to launch New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.
“Joining WWE has always been a lifelong dream of mine,” said Ranallo. “I am thrilled to add my voice to the SmackDown broadcasts as the show moves to its new home on USA Network.”
With more than 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind Monday Night Raw®. Over the past 15 years, SmackDown has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities, in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico. Now the exclusive cable home to WWE’s flagship programs, USA Network will air SmackDown every Thursday night beginning January 7. USA also airs Monday Night Raw live 52 weeks a year.
Prior to joining Showtime, Ranallo was the voice of the Pride Fighting Championships, and spent six years in Toronto where he hosted Canada’s first TV show dedicated to MMA while also hosting a daily combat sports radio show.
Ranallo lives in Los Angeles where he is a social advocate for mental health, an avid hiker and voice artist for commercials, books and film.
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 175 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.
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Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to: WWE Network; major distribution agreements; our need to continue to develop creative and entertaining programs and events; the possibility of a decline in the popularity of our brand of sports entertainment; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent K. McMahon; possible adverse changes in the regulatory atmosphere and related private sector initiatives; the highly competitive, rapidly changing and increasingly fragmented nature of the markets in which we operate and greater financial resources or marketplace presence of many of our competitors; uncertainties associated with international markets; our difficulty or inability to promote and conduct our live events and/or other businesses if we do not comply with applicable regulations; our dependence on our intellectual property rights, our need to protect those rights, and the risks of our infringement of others’ intellectual property rights; the complexity of our rights agreements across distribution mechanisms and geographical areas; potential substantial liability in the event of accidents or injuries occurring during our physically demanding events including, without limitation, claims relating to CTE; large public events as well as travel to and from such events; our feature film business; our expansion into new or complementary businesses and/or strategic investments; our computer systems and online operations; a possible decline in general economic conditions and disruption in financial markets; our accounts receivable; our revolving credit facility; litigation; our potential failure to meet market expectations for our financial performance, which could adversely affect our stock; Vincent K. McMahon exercises control over our affairs, and his interests may conflict with the holders of our Class A common stock; a substantial number of shares are eligible for sale by the McMahons and the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of those shares could lower our stock price; and the relatively small public “float” of our Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant. Forward-looking statements made by the Company speak only as of the date made and are subject to change without any obligation on the part of the Company to update or revise them. Undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. For more information about risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.
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