Author - Colin Vassallo

WrestleMania Today report for 03/26/2015

WrestleMania 31

The WWE Network had its first WrestleMania week broadcast with WrestleMania Today live from Axxess in San Jose, California. The show was anchored by Michael Cole and featured Booker T and Corey Graves on the panel as well. The first item to cover was the Brock Lesnar news that he re-signed wit the WWE. They show the ESPN SportsCenter clip where...

WWE Studios teams up with Gene Simmons for new horror label

WWE Studios

Variety is reporting that WWE Studios has teamed up with Gene Simmons to launch label Erebus Pictures to finance and produce horror movies. “The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences,” said Simmons. “Horror films fall into a genre that thrives on genuine passion, and I...

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal moved to the Kickoff show

Andre Memorial

The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal has been moved from the WrestleMania pay-per-view to the Kickoff show. The Kickoff show will now have two matches, the battle royal and the fatal four way for the WWE Tag Team titles. The demotion of the match to the Kickoff show now leaves the pay-per-view with seven matches on the card. The move is...

First look at the WrestleMania 31 stage setup

WrestleMania 31

A photo snapped from inside the Levi’s Stadium, the home of WrestleMania 31, shows the set that is being constructed for this Sunday’s mega event. The set features a gigantic LED video wall going across from one side to another with a big circle in the middle which looks like it will be the “play” button that has been part of the...

WWE Diva Eva Marie to host the Hall of Fame ceremony

Eva Marie

PWInsider.com is reporting that Jerry “The King” Lawler will be given the day off on Hall of Fame night as his hosting gig has just been given to someone else. For the first time ever, a Diva will be the MC for the evening, and the honor has been given to Eva Marie. Only four other individuals have hosted the Hall of Fame ceremony since 2005...

TNA lands big television deal in Brazil

Impact Wrestling

TNA announced today that it has signed a new television deal in Brazil to bring Impact Wrestling for the first time ever to the country on the free-to-air sports broadcaster Esporte Interativo (EI). Impact Wrestling will first air on Esporte Interativo every Sunday at 10PM and fans will also be able to watch TNA’s monthly PPV and One Night Only...

Aloe Blacc to sing America The Beautiful at WrestleMania 31

WrestleMania 31

WWE fans and country duo Florida Georgia Line revealed on Twitter that their writing partner and singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc will be singing America The Beautiful to kick off WrestleMania 31 this coming Sunday. “Just found out our #writingpartner @aloeblacc will also experience the @WWE stage! #WM31 #AmericatheBeautiful #WellBeWatching...

Massive eight-man tag team match headlines Smackdown tonight

Smackdown

A massive eight-man tag team match headlines Smackdown tonight on SyFy, the last stop before WrestleMania 31 this Sunday. The main event will be Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Mark Henry, and Roman Reigns teaming up to take on Bray Wyatt, Kane, Big Show, and Seth Rollins. The only other match taped for the show was Jimmy Uso vs Fernando vs Big E. vs...

Toy State to develop WWE-branded R/C vehicles

WWE logo

Toy State, a toy industry leader and innovator, has entered into a licensing agreement with WWE to develop remote-controlled (R/C) vehicles for the North America market, the first of which will be in stores later this year. This agreement marks Toy State’s first licensing agreement under the Nikko brand since their acquisition of the company...

WWE Hall of Fame ring being sold on eBay for $20,000

Hall of Fame

A company called Power Pro Wrestling Figs which specializes in wrestling memorabilia is selling Abdullah The Butcher’s WWE Hall of Fame ring on eBay. The eBay entry has photos of Abdullah wearing the ring as well as photos of the ring on its own and a short video of himself showing off the ring in its case. The ring was presented to him in 2011...

Paul Heyman interrupts Roman Reigns on ESPN’s SportsCenter

Paul Heyman

Continuing their angle away from WWE television, Paul Heyman interrupted Roman Reigns during his appearance on ESPN’s SportsNation. Reigns was being interviewed by Michelle Beadle and just before Reigns was going to show how hard he can punch on a boxing machine, Brock Lesnar’s theme kicked in and out came the advocate for the WWE World...

First photos of WWE Superstars sporting Tapout apparel

Dolph Ziggler

The first photos of WWE Superstars and Divas sporting Tapout apparel were published by Business Wire as part of the press release which was issued announcing the deal. Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler, Alicia Fox, and Charlotte were the ones chosen to “model” the Tapout clothing while they are training. Tapout was founded back in 1997 and by the...

ABG and WWE launch Tapout apparel joint venture

WWE logo

In a deal that was expected for the past few months, WWE and Authentic Brands Group today announced a joint venture for Tapout, a newly repositioned fitness lifestyle brand. Tapout is now the official fitness and training partner of WWE, and will be integrated across WWE’s global platforms including TV programming, WWE Network, pay-per-view...

Raw rating for 03/23/2015

RAW

The last Raw before WrestleMania pulled in 4,188,000 viewers, up 269,000 viewers from last week’s show. It was the best number since the February 2 show and the first time they broke the 4 million viewer barrier since February 23. Hour one did 4,178,000 viewers, followed by 4,342,000 in the second hour, and then 4,043,000 in the third and final...