Another edition of Jay Cal’s View, glad to be back on the new and improved SoCalUNCESORED. Take a look around and get comfy. Breaking news from the WWE, we finally announced the 2010 award winners, TJ Perkin’s might answer your questions, WPW is back, and a new direction for Battleground Pro Wrestling. Plus a run down of the shows happening this weekend.
5 Wrestlers Cut from the WWE
The WWE released five talents today and word is more talents are being released. Of the five talents who were released today two of them broke into the business right here in our backyards. Melina and “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters both were released today. One of the most viewed items on this website is when Melina first signed with the WWE (here). She started her career in EWF and later went on to work with UPW.
SoCal 2010 Year End Awards
Congrats to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, the RockNES Monsters, Nick Madrid, Akira Tozawa, Chris Hero vs. Tozawa, and Willie Mack the 2010 End of the Year Award Winners. If you’d like to discuss the results, please check here.
TJ Perkins answers your questions
One of my new favorite things I’ve discovered recently is the TJ Perkins formspring account. TJ is very candid in his responses and it’s a very interesting look at one of the youngest veterans in the business today. TJ doesn’t stray from controversy as he speaks about steroids in the business, coming up in the New Japan dojo, working in CMLL, and his experiences with ROH, TNA, PWG, CMLL, NJPW, and even his time in WWE development. I can’t recommend checking it out enough.
WPW Training Facility
Sometimes I wonder how many new readers even know about World Power Wrestling. There was a point in time long before PWG or a Mach-1 Wrestling, there was WPW. WPW along with EWF were two of the longest consecutively running wrestling promotions in the area. EWF focusing more on the American Style of wrestling and WPW was Lucha Libre in SoCal for many years. I remember reading over Tom’s Walters reviews and photos over at the old SoCal-Wrestling.com. I thought WPW had closed shop. But recently perusing the SuperLuchas.net online magazine, I saw that the school had re-opened. It has been endorsed by Dr. Wagner as well. If you are looking for options in your lucha libre/professional wrestling development, you might want to consider WPW.
Changes at BPW
There have been some changes in the front office for Battleground Pro Wrestling. The Step Daddy has quietly stepped down into semi-retirement. Step Daddy added that he’ll only be doing the occasional wrestling match with the Stepchild. Peter Villiano has taken over much of the vacant duties. I always appreciated Step Daddy’s candor and creativity, wish him well in his semi retirement and hope to see him at the show. I don’t know if it was a philosophical change, but I like the direction BPW is heading.
It was a year ago I interview B-Boy for the site and he was excited to be back in SoCal hoping to make an impact like before he had left. Unfortunately the bookings that B-Boy had hoped for hadn’t come in. B-Boy had gotten a few days with SoCal Pro (with Angel Santos which was pretty awesome) and some matches in New Wave. It now appears people are starting to realize B-Boy is here and available for bookings. Battleground is bringing in B-Boy for their next show as he will be taking on Famous B and “Pretty” Peter Avalon. Both of his opponents have been growing quite the reputation, both in NWA Hollywood and elsewhere. I exchanged a few messages with B-Boy this past week and he said, “The dates are starting to come in. On the 20th I’m taking on Ric Ellis for WCWC. And I’ll be working with Chris Kadilack at the next New Wave show.” Personally I hope to see B-Boy get more upcoming dates. I have never seen a bad B-Boy match and I think he could really be a shot in the arm for the newer crops of wrestlers in the area looking to get the next level of opponents.
LLME/FMLL: Benefit for Alondra Garcia
Friday, August 5th 2011 • 7:30pm
Salon St. Bartolome
7540 Passions Blvd. Pico Rivera CA. 90660
Tickets are $10 for Adults, $3 for Kids (12 and Under)
Featuring 25 of SoCal’s Best Wrestlers
NWA Pro/Mach-1: Friday Fight Night
Friday, August 5th 2011 • 8:00pm
American Sports Center
1500 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim,
Tickets are $6, $3 for students w/ ID and children 12 and under
M1W Champion James Morgan defends 2010 Rookie of the Year Nick Madrid
El Pappy Pineda Promotions: Battle of the Cities
Saturday, August 6th 2011 • 5:00pm
3629 W. Imperial HWY, Inglewood, CA 90303
Tickets are $15
International Championship match between Piloto Suicida vs. Magno,
MPW/DCW Presents: COLLISION
Saturday, August 6th 2011 • 7:00pm
American Legion Post 507
24527 Spruce St. Newhall, CA. 91321 Tickets are $12 (Kids 5 and under free)
Famous B defends the DCW title against the Giant Ty-Tan
Lucha Pro: COLLISION
Sunday, August 7th 2011 • 6:30pm
132 E. Florence Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90003
Tickets are $10, $3 for Kids
Featuring Lucha Pro Heavyweight Champion Extreme Loco
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