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Wed
17
Oct

XFL Commish Suggests That Fans Could Pay Players Directly

XFL Commissioner, Oliver Luck, was at the Sports Business Journal's Sports, Media & Technology summit yesterday and discussed a myriad of ideas the new league is bringing to the table to be "fan friendly".

Not looking to compete, so much as compliment the NFL, the XFL from its initial inception back in 2001 has always been about the fans. From custom jerseys sporting nicknames instead of surnames, which MLB has now adopted during "Player's Weekend", to WWE style locker room interviews, everything they have done was meant to appeal to the fans.

Fri
21
Sep

Enter Sandman: James Quinn Talks About His New Supernatural Boxing Film

James Quinn Sandman Interview

We've seen the trailers online for SANDMAN, but we all know that trailers aren't often representative of the whole story. What can you tell us that's a bit more in-depth about the film?

SANDMAN is kind of a passion for us, for our whole team. It's a project that I wrote about a year and a half ago. Some of the premise is based upon my own life, so it made it a little bit easier to bring the story together.

Sat
04
Aug

The Masked Ace's Recap and Review of "World of Sport Wrestling Season 1, Episode 2"

Review By The Masked Ace

Sun
29
Jul

The Masked Ace's Review of "World of Sport Wrestling Episode 1"

Review By The Masked Ace

In the UK, ITV debuted the first episode of it's new World of Sport Wrestling this week.  While it is not really available to US viewers, it is not particularly hard to find if you want to check it out.  Not that the Masked Ace is suggesting that you should violate any copyright laws...of course...

Tue
17
Jul

Who will be facing Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam?

During Sunday’s EXTREME RULES Pay-Per-View, Kurt Angle accounted that Brock Lesnar needed to appear on the July 16, 2018 episode of Raw to set up a match for SummerSlam or else Brock would forfeit the WWE Universal Championship.  Brock wasn’t there, but Paul Heyman was, and he did agree to have Brock face anyone of Kurt Angle’s choosing.

Kurt set up two triple threat matches with the winners going on to have a number one contender’s match on next week’s Raw.

The two matches featured some of WWE’s hottest talent.

Sun
15
Jul

Hulk Hogan reinstated by WWE

From WWE.com:

STAMFORD, Conn. — After a three-year suspension, Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.

Hulk Hogan also Tweeted:

Mon
21
May

WWE scores big on new TV Deals

Once again, it is I, The Masked Ace, Critical Blast's resident wrestling expert! 

Last week, it was announced that Universal/NBC had decided to keep Raw on the USA Network, reportedly tripling what they were paying the WWE.  Smackdown would no longer be on USA, and WWE had been shopping it around.  The frontrunners included Fox, Facebook, and Amazon.  

Wed
18
Apr

Wrestling Icon Bruno Sammartino passes away at 82

From WWE:

WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino passed away at age 82.

The story of Bruno Sammartino is the story of the American dream.

During his childhood in the small Italian mountain town of Abruzzi, Italy, Bruno Sammartino heard stories about how the streets in the United States were paved with gold. Though he believed it literally at the time, Sammartino would experience fortune and fame first-hand as the longest-reigning WWE Champion and the most beloved competitor in the history of the squared circle.

Fri
06
Apr

The Masked Ace's Wrestlemania 34 Predictions

The Masked Ace has returned, and I have your Wrestlemania predictions here!


André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal for the André the Giant Memorial Trophy

Tue
20
Mar

YES! YES! YES!! WWE clears Daniel Bryan for in-ring return

From WWE.com

Following more than two years of extensive evaluations, four-time World Champion Daniel Bryan has been medically cleared to return to in-ring competition by leading neurosurgeons, neurologists and concussion experts, including Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Javier Cárdenas and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.
 
Bryan underwent a full review of his medical history and received comprehensive neurological and physical evaluations independent of WWE. He was cleared by each doctor as well as WWE’s Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Maroon.

Thu
25
Jan

XFL to return in 2020

From WWE:

STAMFORD, CONN. – Professional football will be reimagined when the new XFL kicks off in early 2020, Vince McMahon announced in a live stream event today.

The XFL will deliver a fan-centric, innovative experience, including shorter, fast-paced games and a family-friendly environment, complemented by cross-platform viewing options and real-time fan engagement.

Plans for the XFL at launch include eight teams, 40-man active rosters and a 10-week regular-season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game.

Wed
10
Jan

The Masked Ace Talks Raw 25th Anniversary

The Masked Ace has returned!  January 22 marks the 25th Anniversary of Raw!  To celebrate, the WWE will be doing a huge live Raw from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as well as the Manhattan Center (home to the first ever Raw taping back in 1993).  On Raw and Smackdown, WWE announced a who's who of stars returning for the celebration

Fri
20
Oct

The Masked Ace Previews WWE TLC 2017

When The Masked Ace was looking at the card for TLC, he was not all that impresed.  There were two big draw matches: the Shield VS Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus, Braun Strowman, and Kane in a TLC match and The Demon Vs Sister Abigail.  But, the Universal, Intercontinental, and Tag Titles were not being defended.  And the rest of the card was three women’s matches (one featured the debut of Asuka on the main roster) and two cruiserweight matches.

Wed
27
Sep

The Masked Ace's Wrestling News Round-Up!

WWE NEWS

  • Coming out of No Mercy

Mon
25
Sep

Villanueva Stands Alone, Fans Stand Up

Ajejandro Villanueva

Last year, the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick sat out and eventually took to one knee during the opening National Anthem of the NFL games he played in, stating that he was "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." It was a controversial move then, and remains one even today as more and more players have opted to join with him in solidarity. What was the action of one man became the action of a few, which then became the action of many, until the point where entire teams began to "take a knee" or simply not show up on the field at all during the playing of the anthem.

Wed
20
Sep

WWE Sends out Survey about "Premium Content From Network"

I received an interesting email from WWE this afternoon asking if I would be interested in a survey about "premium content" for the WWE Network.   There was nothing in the survey that said it was confidential, so I decided to share it.  Some really interesting ideas here, including audio content, and even content from RoH, TNA, and NJPW.  I suspect most of this is just a red herring, but I still thought it was interesting enough to share.  I am terrified by the idea of original dramas and comedies from WWE...

For the record, I am happy with my $10 a month, but I rarely get to watch the network.  If they raised the price much, I am not sure I would still be a subscriber.  BUT, this all seems optional.

Sun
17
Sep

Legendary Wrestling Manager/Commentator Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Passes Away

It's been widely reported today that Bobby "The Brain" Heenan has passed away at the age of 72.  Bobby Heenan spent his entire life in professional wrestling, working for the World Wrestling Association, American Wrestling Association, WWF, and WCW.  He is probably the greatest heel manager of all time, having managed everyone from Angelo Poffo and Nick Bockwinkel to Andre the Giant, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.  He is also one of the best heel commentators of all time, especially when he was partnered up with Gorilla Monsoon, and later having a run on commentary in WCW.  On the July 31 episode of his Podcast, "What Happened When," Tony Schiavone did a whole episode on Bobby Heenan, and I would really reccomend checking that out.

Thu
20
Jul

The Juice is Loose! O.J. Simpson Makes Parole

O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing 2017

Nearly ten years after going to prison for attempted robbery, Orenthal James Simpson has been granted parole. But don't go lining up for autographs just yet. The beleagured football star / film actor has to wait until October 1, at the earliest, before he can set foot on the sunny side of those prison walls.

The 70 year old who who was a running back for the Buffalo Bills and who comically portrayed Nordberg in the POLICE SQUAD! films will likely always be remembered for his role as a suspect in the murders of his wife, Nicole Simpson, and her associate Ronald Goldman, a case that obsessed American culture and engulfed media outlets for much of 1994 as the courtroom drama unfolded with phrases like, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

Mon
03
Jul

Trump Tweets from WrestleMania XXIII in 2007; Media Loses Mind

Trump Clotheslines Vince McMahon aka CNN

"He's going to get someone killed."

That was CNN contributor Ana Navarro's take on the fan-edited video of Donald Trump from WrestleMania (circa 2007), in which WWE head honcho Vince McMahon got clotheslined by The Donald in a guest appearance. In the edit, McMahon's face has been replaced by a CNN logo.

For the literal minded out there, this was a stunt. Also, there is no Mr. CNN running around out there with an animated CNN logo for a head. The guy in the Jack-in-the-Box commercials isn't real, either.

Wed
07
Jun

WrestlePro Predictions for June 10 show in Keyport, NJ

WrestlePro is going to be at St. Joe’s Church in Keyport, NJ this Saturday.  There are more matches to be announced (I will likely be adding to this as we get closer to show time), and Hardcore Holly and Fake News Bennett (FKA Bad News Barrett) will also be at this show!  It’s going to be a big one!  You also get to see hometown hero (and huge friend of this column) Coach Dylan Stiffwood make his triumphant return to Keyport!

Tickets available here!

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