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AXS TV Airing Block of Pro Wrestling Tonight, Including Hulk Hogan Interview

A brief review of the TV listings for tonight reveals that AXS TV will be airing a pair of the new New Japan Pro Wrestling shows tonight.  Starting at 9PM EST, they will air the first show, which will feature Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroki Goto and an advertised six man tag.  That match will feature Lance Archer, Taka Michinoku, and Minoru Suzuki against Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii and Jado.

The second broadcast will be at 10PM EST, and feature Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada.  This is listed as a premiere, so it could be the same match shown last week when the product debuted.

Adding to this is “The Voice vs. Hulk Hogan” interview.  That show is listed to air at 8PM EST.  So it looks like you can get a wrestling related fix for about three hours this evening via AXS TV.

I have not yet seen the AXS TV broadcasts of New Japan Pro Wrestling, but from what I have heard others say, it is a good hour of television.  If you check these out and want to share your thoughts, hit me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or drop me a line (bwentz@ring-rap.com).

 

 

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Ring of Honor Talent and One Half of “Forever Hooligans” Announces “Indefinite Sabbatical” from Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling talent Alex Koslov took to Twitter to state that he is stepping away from the squared circle.  On Twitter he wrote that “I am hesitant to say I’m retiring from pro wrestling, but I am taking a much needed indefinite sabbatical to focus on my life.”  He went on to say that thanks to social media he will “continue to entertain you in different ways.”

The 31-year old is known for teaming with Rocky Romero in the “Forever Hooligans” tag team, and the pair recently worked the Wrestle Kingdom 9 event at the Tokyo Dome.  He stated that he had given New Japan three months’ notice that he was going to be stepping away.  Also, he thanked the fans, his tag partner Romero, and New Japan for their support.

You can see the tweets, and follow Alex, on Twitter at this link.

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Ring Rap Audio: 01/06/15 – Presenting the 2014 Ring Rap Year-End Award Winners, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9 Review, WWE Raw, TNA Impact, plus more!

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It’s time for our 2014 Ring Rap Year End Awards!  Where, YOU, the listener, have spoken and voted on topics like Match of the Year, Wrestler of the Year, Stupid Gimmick of the Year, and lots more!

In addition to that, Bill and Drew talk about the amazing New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestle Kingdom 9,” and contrast it to the absolutely, positively terrible WWE Raw this week.

Plus, a discussion on TNA’s debut this week, plus lots more!

Follow all of us on Twitter as well: @RingRapAudio and @RingRap.  Bill is on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.  Matt is on Twitter @bigmat75.  Drew is on Twitter too @PsionStorm.

Be sure to tune in to our shorter, more frequent solo audio show, Around the Ring with Ring Rap! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestle Kingdom 9″ Tokyo Dome Show Live Coverage 1/4/2015 – AJ Styles, The Young Bucks, The Forever Hooligans, rEDragon, Bullet Club All Scheduled To Appear, Tanahashi vs. Okada for the IWGP Championship, and More

It’s a special January pay per view weekend, as we bring you live coverage of this year’s New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestle Kingdom 9″ Tokyo Dome Show.  This is the Japanese equivalent of Wrestlemania, and this year it’s being brought to the United States via pay per view through Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling organization.  The pay per view will air live at 2AM EST, and will have English commentary courtesy of WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and Lucha Underground’s Matt Striker.

The card for this show is loaded, and is as follows:

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada; IWGP Heavyweight Championship

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi; IWGP Intercontinental Championship

Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (Bullet Club) vs. Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata; IWGP Tag Team Championship

Tyusuke Taguchi vs. Kenny Omega; IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Togi Makabe; NEVER Openweight Championship

rEDragon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) vs. The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson) vs. The Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida); IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship under four-way rules

AJ Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito

Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba; match must end either by submission or knockout

Naomichi Marufuji, Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste, and Toru Yano vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Shelton Benjamin, and Takashi Iizuka; Eight Man Tag Match

Jeff Jarrett, Yoijiro Takahashi, and Bad Luck Fale vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Tomoaki Honma

15 Man New Japan Rumble match

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READER POLL: 2014 Ring Rap Year-End Awards

2014 has come to a close, and it was a fairly eventful year for pro-wrestling fans.  We want to take a moment to look at the Year in Review, and host our reader-voted Year End Awards.

Please take a few moments to vote on your favorites throughout the year, and be sure to tune in to Ring Rap Audio on Tuesday as we discuss the results!

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Ring Rap Audio: 12/23/14 – Updates on NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9, TNA gets more shows on Destination America, WWE Raw, is Roman Reigns ready?

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Another week of calling it in the ring as it’s a slow news week for the holiday.

New Japan Pro Wrestling and Global Force Wrestling have started announcing details for their joint Wrestle Kingdom 9 show coming on January 4th, 2015.  Included is a fan fest the day before. How does this shape up in the bigger picture?

Plus, Dixie Carter said she wanted to have more TNA shows with her new TV deal, and Destination America seems to be all in.  What are some of the details of the new programming, and is this a good move for the product?

Plus, a look at WWE Raw, thoughts on if Roman Reigns is ready to carry the torch, plus lots more!

Follow all of us on Twitter as well: @RingRapAudio and @RingRap.  Bill is on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.  Matt is on Twitter @bigmat75.  Drew is on Twitter too @PsionStorm.

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Global Force Wrestling Announces Jim Ross’ Announce Team Partner for New Japan Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 9 Event

Earlier this week, it was rumored that someone had been selected for the WrestleKingdom 9 pay per view that will take place on January 4, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.  There were a lot of names speculated, such as Mike Tenay among others.  However, via a Youtube video that has been published by Global Force Wrestling, it is now known that the man who will work with Jim Ross at that event will be Matt Striker.

Mike Tenay would have been a good first choice to work with Ross, but it’s said that TNA would not allow him to work the event.  That, to me as a fan, sounds like pettiness because it’s something that Jeff Jarrett has his hands in.  Maybe that isn’t the case, especially since TNA has involvement with Wrestle-1, a competitive organization to NJPWTNA could have used the goodwill with other wrestling fans they have lost, and this could have also given them some great exposure as they move to Destination America as well.

I am curious how Striker and Ross will gel as a team.  I think it can work, and hopefully Striker puts in the work needed to be an effective color guy to Ross.

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Global Force Wrestling Begins Releasing Daily Promotional Content for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s “Wrestle Kingdom 9″ Event

Today, Global Force Wrestling put out a press release regarding their worldwide marketing efforts for their presentation of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s “Wrestle Kingdom 9″ event that they will be airing live and on tape delay from the TokyoDome in Japan on January 4.  The release is as follows:

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