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[Site News] Goodbye The Pro Wrestling Nerd and Hello Pro Wrestling Update

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After eight awesome months, I’m shutting The Pro Wrestling Nerd down for good. Ever since starting this site back in July I have seen my readership grow, my writing improve, and more importantly I have seen the way I take in wrestling grow and evolve. And with this growth it’s time to change gears and start something new. Next month my new site, Pro Wrestling Update, will launch and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Although still a one man operation at this point (I don’t accept free labor), Pro Wrestling Update presents a shift in the way I’m going to do things; this site represents wrestling journalism and commentary the way I want to see it done: without all the tabloid gossip, spoiler reporting, and the dirtier aspects of the industry that continue to make the pro wrestling media irrelevant in many people’s eyes. At Pro Wrestling Update, you’ll still find news, recaps/reviews, features, all sorts of wrestling site staples but the news reporting will be relevant and will not rely on misleading headlines or female wrestlers in skimpy outfits for hits. Pro Wrestling Update is for the wrestling fan who wants to be informed and entertained without being insulted.

Right now I’m still working out the kinks, but make sure to bookmark Pro Wrestling Update for future reference. It’s just a landing page right now but the site is all but set to go live Wrestlemania 29 weekend. You can also follow me on Twitter for more site-related announcements (or general wrestling blather) and “like” the new PWUpdate Facebook page which will kick into gear once the site does. As for The Pro Wrestling Nerd…the site will stay up as long as WordPress (and the internet) exists so feel free to scope through the archives to get a handle on my writing style. Hopefully you’ll dig it and follow me over to my new digs.

The end is truly the beginning and I cannot be more thrilled.

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[WWE News] The Rock Debuts New WWE Championship on ‘Raw’

After eight long years, the Spinner Belt is no more as champion The Rock debuted a brand-new belt to go along with his brand-new title reign (a month after he won it but still). The early response on Twitter was overwhelmingly negative, including yours truly, but now that I’ve had time to digest it I have made peace with it. The lack of a nameplate is sad and the black leather background will take some getting used to, but it looks like a proper championship again instead of a vanity belt that has overstayed its welcome. It’s a step in the right direction and I’m already 100% less embarrassed by it as a fan.

Got any thoughts? Chime in on the comments section.

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[WWE News] Wrestlemania XXX Date and Location Officially Announced

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In a press conference held earlier in the day WWE officially announced that the 30th edition of its flagship event Wrestlemania will take place on April 7, 2014 from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Joining Mayor Mitch Landrieu for the big announcement were Chairman Vince McMahonJohn Cena, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, The Rock, Alberto Del Rio, The Big Show, Mark Henry, The Great Khali, Brodus ClayThe Funkadactyls, and Layla. To watch the entire conference, click the link provided earlier in the article.

Being that New Orleans has long been rumored to be the location this probably doesn’t come as much of a shock to anyone who bfrequents the bevy of news sites on the internet. But it’s still nice to finally have it be official. And much respect to the WWE for keeping the Roman numerals for the official logo; it’s going to be unfortunate when this time next year everyone is going to make the “LOL TRIPLE X MEANS PORN” joke. Be prepared.

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[WWE News] ‘Elimination Chamber’ 2013 Preview; Lineup + Predictions

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The march to Wrestlemania 29 makes a pit stop in New Orleans this Sunday as WWE presents Elimination Chamber. With a big main event and a star-studded Elimination Chamber match it’s definitely looking more like a must-buy than most non-big four WWE PPV’s.

Click “read more” for the full lineup plus my own thoughts and predictions.

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[TNA News] Jeff Hardy Signs For Two More Years; More ‘IMPACT Wrestling’ Dates Announced

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Source = IMPACT Wrestling

To keep the cross-pollination going between the two shows, TNA President Dixie Carter appeared on the MMA show Bellator to drop some news about TNA. First, and most important I’d argue, Carter announced that their World Champion Jeff Hardy has signed on for an additional two years locking him up and preventing him from making the jump to the WWE without having ever lost the title. A very smart move on TNA’s part to sign Hardy as he continues to be a license to print money for them, no matter how much some of us hope he loses the title soon (maybe now that the contract is signed…).

In addition to this big news, Carter also announced some new IMPACT Wrestling dates and locations. They are as follows:

  • March 28 in Jonesboro, Arkansas at the ASU Convocation Center
  • April 11 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the American Bank Center
  • June 6 in Duluth, Georgia at the Gwinnett Center

Two decent-sized news bites for Carter to break on Bellator and more importantly I’m glad the MMA fans now also get to suffer this forced co-promotion between the two.

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[WWE News] Bruno Sammartino to Be the Fourth Inductee in the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame

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It is now safe to go ice skating in Hell as WWE announced today that Bruno Sammartino is the 4th member of the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Class. In the annals of WWE history, Sammartino is the third most important wrestler to ever work for the company, behind Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin. Sammartino became the face of the WWE, then known as the WWWF, defeating Buddy Rogers to become World Champion in 1963 and holding it for eight years before losing it to Ivan Koloff. During that time he sold out Madison Square Garden more times than anyone can count, becoming the hero for the scores of Italian immigrants that made their home in New York City (and the surrounding areas). Sammartino would win the gold once again in the 70’s and hold it a few more years before dropping it to “Superstar” Billy Graham in 1977. Sammartino would continue to be a big part of the WWE as the years went on, feuding with Larry Zbyszko and eventually even returning to the ring part-time in the 1980’s during the company’s national expansion.

With such a storied and impactful career, it seemed almost ridiculous for Sammartino not to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame but a fallout between Sammartino and the WWE has prevented this from coming to fruition for the past few years. Sammartino has been highly critical of the WWE product and where it brought wrestling, and distanced himself from anything WWE-related instead making appearances at independent wrestling promotions and conventions (most notably in Ring of Honor). But after a talk with Triple H and a chance to watch the current-day product, Sammartino is finally comfortable enough to accept the Hall of Fame induction. And considering it’s being held in the same building he helped make a wrestling mecca in the 60’s and 70’s, it’s almost too damn perfect.

The 2013 WWE Hall of Fame takes place at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 6th the night before Wrestlemania 29. Joining Sammartino thus far in the 2013 class are Mick Foley, Bob Backlund, and Trish Stratus.

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[Indy Wrestling News] ‘National Pro Wrestling’ is Tomorrow; Afternoon and Evening Match Lineups

npwdProfessional wrestling is the latest to make up their own “day” and tomorrow a whole host of independent companies join together in Philadelphia, PA for National Pro Wrestling Day. Click “read more” to see the lineups for both the afternoon and evening cards, featuring stars from companies like CHIKARA, Ring of Honor, and Resistance Pro, plus info on how to watch the shows on iPPV if you can’t make it to see the shows live.

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