- Former WWE star Rene Dupree will be appearing at Sunday’s IPW:UK’s Extreme Measures 2012 event in Sittingbourne, Kent. TNA star Magnus is also confirmed to be appearing at the event. DragonGate star Akira Tozawa is scheduled for a singles match against TNA’s British prospect Mark Haskins. Tickets start at £12, more information is available at IPWUK.com. – We can confirm many recently signed British wrestlers have started to make their way out to Florida and reporting to WWE’s developmental facility, FCW. Sources very close to the situation told me,Read More
- The WWE Smackdown house show on November 9th, 2012 will be held at the Jose Maria Martin Carpena Sports Palace in Malaga, Spain. Bell time is 7:30 PM. – Matches for tonight’s WWE SmackDown include Sin Cara vs. Heath Slater, Damien Sandow vs. Ezekiel Jackson, Ryback vs. two local wrestlers, Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus, Darren Young & Titus O’Neil vs. Zack Ryder & Santino Marella, Tyson Kidd vs. Cody Rhodes plus CM Punk vs. Kane for the WWE Title in the main event. – William Regal vs. Dean AmbroseRead More

Posted On May 30, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Report: Top Trainer Leaving WWE Developmental; Full Details

Dr. Tom Prichard was let go from WWE developmental today after working as a top trainer at Florida Championship Wrestling since it launched it 2007. Back in ’07, Prichard took over the job of Bill DeMott, who was in charge of WWE’s previous developmental territory, Deep South Wrestling. Demott will be taking over Prichard’s duties at FCW. The news of Prichard’s departure comes while WWE is in the process of revamping its developmental system, streaming it with NXT. (Source: PWInsider.com)Read More

Posted On May 30, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Andy Leavine Talks About His WWE Release & His Future Plans

Recently released WWE developmental wrestler and the latest Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine discussed his release with The Full Nelson. Here are some of the highlights: On the news of his release from WWE and why it happened: “To be honest, man, I wish I knew the whole story of why I was released. It was one of those things where (John) Laurinaitus called me up and told me I wasn’t progressing enough down there at FCW. So, they released me to go out on the independent scene and gainRead More
- As WWE has suspended Chris Jericho for the flag incident in Brazil, PWMania.com reader Edu sent word that Jericho has already been replaced by Daniel Bryan in WWE Title matches against CM Punk for WWE’s upcoming tour of Spain in June. – Fan reports from Sao Paulo indicate that there was about 5,000 to 6,000 fans present for WWE’s debut in Brazil last night. The venue holds up to 12,000 fans. Word is that WWE having to postpone the show made a lot of people from cities outside ofRead More
- WWE developmental FCW taped another three weeks of TV tapings in Tampa, Florida last night. It was announced that the final FCW TV tapings will take place on June 7th. – In other news from the tapings, the main event of week three saw FCW Champion Seth Rollins take on Dean Ambrose. A report from the tapings said that Ambrose may have injured his shoulder in the match, after taking a superplex. – WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio turns 35 years old today. – WWE Superstar Ezekiel Jackson hasRead More

Posted On May 19, 2012By Joe ThunderIn Columns

ThunderStruck: FCW Recap And Thoughts 05/13/12

Antonio Cesaro goes one on one with Kassius Ohno. The ref gets knocked out by Ohno’s rolling elbow roughly fourteen minutes into the match when Cesaro pulls the ref in the way. Ohno wins the match by DQ and the FCW locker room has to come down and pull these two apart. ^Cesaro and Ohno wrestled as the Kings of Wrestling on the independent circuit. This match was ppv quality without question and I want to see more of these two going one on one. The finish was good becauseRead More
As noted before, WWE NXT and some kind of FCW tapings will be taped tonight at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. We can confirm that the event is sold out and tickets were hard to come by on campus. Besides Triple H making an appearance tonight, matches confirmed for the tapings include Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title plus R-Truth & Kofi Kingston vs. Epico & Primo for the WWE Tag Team Titles. Fans who wear WWE clothing and bring signs to tonight’s tapingsRead More

Posted On May 9, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

WWE Seeking Mexican Stars, Stand Up For WWE, Kassius Ohno

- Vince McMahon has been talking about doing another “Stand Up for WWE” campaign. He’s told people that WWE will be getting a lot more aggressive about the persecution from the “liberal media.” One person close to the situation said that if Linda McMahon doesn’t do good in the current Senate bid, then they are looking to get more outspoken. – With John Cena turning 35 recently, there is talk that after going with names like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and nowRead More

Posted On May 9, 2012By Joe ThunderIn Columns

ThunderStruck: FCW Recap And Thoughts 05/06/12

Jason Jordan and Mike Dalton team up in our opening match to take on former Florida Heavyweight Champion Leo Kruger and Brad Maddox. Maddox uses some sort of jumping swinging pull down facebuster(apparently called the Deal Breaker) on Jason Jordan to get the three count win for him and Kruger. ^Looks like we found out what Leo Kruger is going to do now that his title run is over. Jordan and Dalton both looked good in this match; I’m starting to like their potential as a tag team together. MaddoxRead More
The internet feud between FCW star Dean Ambrose and Mick Foley appeared to have died down as it’s been several weeks since either man went back and forth online. Ambrose picked things back up yesterday while taking fan questions on Twitter. A fan asked when will Ambrose finally “rid us” of Foley. Ambrose replied, “There is a long cleanup job ahead to get rid of everything foley poisoned #wwe #raw” Another fan asked if Ambrose has a dream opponent from any era in wrestling. The former Jon Moxley replied, “MickRead More

Posted On May 8, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Indy Star Reports To WWE Developmental, CM Punk, FCW, Foley

- 6 ft. 7 in. independent wrestling star Brodie Lee has reported to WWE developmental in Tampa, Florida. – WWE Champion CM Punk continues to express his frustration with Twitter this week. He wrote this morning: “Twitter. How silly. You know who I don’t follow? People I don’t like.Y’all should try it. That unfollow button…is…right…THERE! Adios!” – FCW will kick off their Summer Slamarama series on June 8th with a show at the Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda, Florida. FCW Champion Seth Rollins is the focal point of the advertising.Read More

Posted On May 4, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

WWE Scouting Amateur Wrestlers, WWE Negotiating With Hulu, FCW

- WWE officials are negotiating with NBC Universal’s Hulu where they may make Superstars and NXT as Hulu exclusives in an attempt to get more people to use the service. The new developmental show that begins taping on May 17th in Winter Park, Florida may also be included in the deal. – Terry Taylor has been at FCW for the past week but nobody seems to know what his official job is. Talents in FCW were told that nothing is going to be changing except the TV tapings will nowRead More
- WWE referee Scott Armstrong turns 53 years old today while WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Fuji turns 77. – WWE Superstar Mason Ryan was added as a last-minute addition to tonight’s FCW live event in Eustis, Florida at the Eustis Armory. A meet & greet will take place at 6:30pm and Ryan will be wrestling later on. – There is a lot of talk about WWE releases coming shortly. Usually by this time of the year there are releases so many of WWE’s low and midcard talents are holdingRead More

Posted On May 3, 2012By Joe ThunderIn Columns

ThunderStruck: FCW Recap And Thoughts 04/29/12

Rick Victor defeats Benicio Salazar in the opening match using the Canadian Lifter(flying back elbow). ^Victor was actually trained in the Hart family dungeon and has been wrestling on the independent scene since 2001. I’m somewhat surprised by how very basic his in ring approach seem to be. Despite having a very solid technical game, it seems as though he needs a lot more work before he’s ready for any sort of push up the roster with his lack of wow factor with his moveset. Salazar doesn’t seem like anythingRead More

Posted On April 27, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

List Of FCW Television Taping Dates In Tampa & Orlando

To follow up on our earlier report regarding the schedule for WWE’s developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling’s television tapings in Orlando and Tampa, FCW had a list of upcoming tapings over the next few months at the television tapings on Thursday in Tampa: Tapings will take place in Orlando on the following dates: May 17, 2012 June 14, 2012 July 5, 2012 July 19, 2012 August 9, 2012 August 23, 2012 September 6, 2012 September 20, 2012 Tapings will take place in Tampa on the following dates: May 24, 2012Read More

Posted On April 27, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

WWE Developmental Promotion FCW Moving Tapings To Orlando, FL

WWE developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling will be moving their TV Tapings to Full Sail University near Orlando, FL on Thursday May 17, according to PWInsider. The exclusive deal WWE has signed with the facility insures them they will be the wrestling promotion that can run in the building. WWE have been planning and discussing to move the FCW tapings there since they ran a very quiet pilot taping several months ago. The company have booked dates in the venue through September currently. The FCW Arena in Tampa will stillRead More

Posted On April 26, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

JR Blog: Cena vs. Lesnar At Extreme Rules, WWE Developmental

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with a new blog on jrsbarbq.com. Here are some highlights: – FCW records three, one hour TV shows tonight at 7. I expect all three shows to feature some outstanding main events. For these kids, every match in every segment is imperative. Love the sense of urgency that these broadcasts produce for young talents looking to earn the opportunity to move up to WWE. These kids are being trained well by some dedicated individuals. I like this group as I feel theirRead More

Posted On April 26, 2012By Joe ThunderIn Columns

ThunderStruck: FCW Recap And Thoughts 04/22/12

Jason Jordan goes one on one with Damien Sandow. They wrestle for about six and a half minutes before Jordan gets the “upset” bridging trap pinfall. ^This was surprising to see Sandow lose here after his promos have aired on Smackdown. I’m guessing that he might be the guy that thinks he’s always right but doesn’t necessarily win every match. This could also just be his FCW sendoff and his way of putting someone over before he goes to the main roster full time. Jordan was very impressive in thisRead More