5 Things Happening in the World of Pro Wrestling

– by Tim Jousma
image.jpg

1.Sad news this week in the world of pro wrestling when it was announced that legendary performer Mr. Fuji, Harry Fujiwara, passed away at the age of 83. Mr. Fuji had a long stay in the business, first as an in ring performer, collecting many tag team championships around the world, than as a manager of such acts as Demolition and The Powers of Pain. He also had a reputation as a ribber, someone in the business who pulls pranks to lighten the mood. Hearing a couple of the ribs he pulled off as they were discussed on the Eric Bischoff podcast when he interviewed Hulk Hogan, I have to say I am glad I never made that guy angry. Hide your cats! (Listen to the podcast to find out why.) Mr. Fuji was a legend and will be missed.

image.jpg

2.Ring of Honor has announced a new Six Man Tag Championship belt which will be crowned at their December Pay Per View, Final Battle. They claimed that this was the first Six Man Tag Championship in North America in over 30 years which is not true since Lucha Underground has a Trios Championship. For a show that only has an hour of television a week to fill, I find it odd they’ve decided to create another championship. I don’t deny it could work. The biggest benefit of course is that it will get more people on television. But right now, apart from The Bullet Club and The Cabinet, they have no real three man teams that can enter this tournament. What I would have liked to see is a natural build up of three man teams during the past six months or so that would have made this belt choice logical.

image.jpg

3.According to ProWrestlingSheet.com, Chavo Guerrero has signed on to be a technical advisor to the Netflix show GLOW. The show is a dramedy from the creators of Orange is the New Black based on the real life wrestling organization from the 80’s, Gourgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A couple years ago, Netflix had this great documentary about GLOW which apparently inspired this show. Former WWE Women’s Champion Ivory actually got her start there. In regards to Chavo, his uncle Mondo Guerrero worked with the GLOW company as a trainer so it will be interesting to see if he’s actually included on camera playing his Uncle. If the documentary is any indication, this show will be a must see.

image.jpg

4.According to Dave Meltzer, Dixie Carter has stepped away from all vestiges of power in TNA, allowing Billy Corgan free reign to run the company as he sees fit. If reports over the years are to be believed, this is a positive sign for the company. Dixie, while probably having her heart in the right place, seemed more interested in keeping people around her that she liked than hiring a group of people that could run a successful wrestling company. Fans are looking for alternatives from the WWE style of wrestling and at one point, TNA had a shot to be that alternative. Thanks to severe mismanagement, they blew that chance. However, with the show still on the air, they have the opportunity to regain the trust of fans by creating a consistent, compelling product that folks will want to watch.

image.jpg

5.Kevin Owens won the WWE Universal Championship this past Monday thanks to help from Triple H. ProWrestlingSheet.com posted up a great story of how his eight year old son, who is autistic, reacted to the victory, which I encourage you to check out. Yet someone had to ruin it. ESPN analyst Amin Elhassan took to Twitter to essentially goof on the kid, acknowledging he was autistic yet making fun of him for not knowing wrestling is scripted. What a dick move! There’s always someone who has to act like they’re the cool guy in the room by telling wrestling fans that it’s fake. No kidding. What’s next, telling me Star Wars isn’t a documentary? Trying to goof on a kid who was proud of his father was classless.

Finally, the WWE Network has added more classic NWA: World Championship Wrestling footage. Relive the buildup to the classic Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat rivalry of 1989 with these amazing shows. Also, check out the latest episode of the Eric Bischoff podcast as he begins his first of a three part interview with Hulk Hogan. Hogan is a legend in wrestling who has a lot of great road stories to tell. For folks interested in the history of the business or someone looking to break in, hearing the thoughts of a legend like Hogan is invaluable.

TV, Column, Discussion Ring of Honor, Billy Corgan, Kevin Owens, Dixie Carter, Netflix, WWE, Orange is the New Black, Mr. Fuji, GLOW, Chavo Guerrero