Rob Conway: “It’s Going to Make Me Happy to Make the People of Kingsport Eat Their Words”

June 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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"The Iron Man" Rob Conway headlines NWA Smoky Mountain's latest card on Friday, June 12.

“The Iron Man” Rob Conway headlines NWA Smoky Mountain’s latest card on Friday, June 12.

“The Iron Man” takes on Nick Hammond at NWA Smoky Mountain on GFL.tv

By Randy Jean

Rob Conway is a man who has accomplished many feats in the sport of wrestling.

The former, two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion was nothing short but incredibly insightful during our conversation. With years of experience and thorough knowledge of the business, Conway lent me some of his thoughts just days before his matchup with Nick Hammond at the latest installment of NWA Smoky Mountain action in Kingsport, Tenn. on Friday, June 12, on GFL.tv.

Randy Jean: You’ve almost spent about two decades in the ring, what is it that you do to prolong your career longevity?

Rob Conway: Well, before I started wrestling I was always into fitness, which then led me into professional wrestling.  Over the years, I’d modify my training because I used to be a little bit bigger before I got into wrestling.

Before, my regimen would usually just include heavy weights but, once I got into wrestling, I started doing more cardio and lifted less heavy at the gym because you want to minimize the chances of you getting hurt in the ring, so you can wrestle longer.

RJ: As a child growing up, I remember watching you in the WWE as part of La Résistance. Is there anything you learned there that you still put into practice?

RC: I learned a lot when I was in Ohio Valley Wrestling, and then WWE.  I was on RAW and I wasn’t the main event guy, but I would watch the main event guys like Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and Triple H and watch how they would carry themselves.

I got to work with guys like The Rock, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Mick Foley, all who are main event talent. You can’t learn to be a main event guy if you don’t watch the main event. In different independent promotions, some of the guys will leave as soon as their match is over and I believe that, if you’re not in the main event, you should watch so you know what to do when the time comes.

RJ: Do you think WWE was a catapult for your success at a young age?

RC: WWE is still one of the most watched out of all the wrestling promotions. Being exposed to 3-4 million people a week on RAW definitely gets your name out there. So if you leave a company like that, it gives you a great head start to go to every town in America where people already know who you are.

For me, people would be like ‘Oh, I know who he is,” but they wouldn’t say that guy was great or anything. So I had to go out and become a better wrestler.

Now when people come up to me, they let me know how much my ring work has improved and how I should be on television instead of these small promotions, (in response to) which I tell them I’m just happy to be here.  It’s great to be a main eventer and get your shine with 4 or 500 people compared to if you were in a bigger promotion and you’re in the middle fighting for a spot.

Rj: Talking to you now, I feel like you definitely learned a lot during your tenure in WWE. Were there any guys that gave you veteran advice as you were coming up?

RC: I got a lot advice from many wrestlers. Most of it was how to perfect your in-ring work from guys like Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, “The Hustler” Rick Rodgers and Danny Davis. Then when I got onto the main roster, guys like Shawn Michaels, Chris Beniot, Edge and, especially my agent Pat Patterson, all played a huge role during my growth.

RJ: Switching gears, I’m sure you’re aware of Jeff Jarrett upcoming promotion called Global Force Wrestling. Care to share your thoughts on it?

RC: Well to me, any new up and coming wrestling company is exciting. It creates more jobs, brings more professional wrestling awareness. I know a lot of guys who will be wrestling on there from the guys of New Japan to those of NWA. They don’t have an exclusive contract or anything like that, but I certainly want nothing but the best for them.

I want all the promotions like TNA, ROH and GFW to succeed. You don’t want only one big promotion; you want to be able to have a variety. If there’s only one pizza and burger place, you’re stuck with what they put on the menu.

RJ: Speaking of TNA, it was rumored that they have lost their distribution deal with Destination America.  Ring Of Honor now has a deal with the channel. What’s your take on that?

RC: As of last week, ROH was on from I think 8-9 o’clock and then TNA was on from 9-11. There’s a whole bunch of rumors that go on that I feel hurt the wrestling business in general because they’re all negative rumors. It’s like people want to see bad things to happen to certain promotions. If they lost their television deal, that’s 2 hours of wrestling a week we lose on television and jobs that a lot of people won’t have. I would think that if you were a wrestling fan you would want to see all promotions succeed. If not, there are going to be guys who like to watch who will only appear when they come by your town once a year.

RJ: You have a point. I mean, the more promotions that get televised, essentially the more mouths that are getting fed.

RC: Yeah, I just don’t see how anything good can come from wishing anything bad on somebody else. Just hope that they make it and that you’ll make it too.

RJ: When we were talking about NWA AND New Japan it made me want to go back to the topic of Jeff Jarrett. He’s a man who’s left an imprint on everything he’s touched in the wrestling industry. Do you feel the same?

RC: Jeff Jarrett is a wrestling legend. He’s a guy that’s been in the business his entire life. He’s wrestled in WWE and WCW. He founded TNA and now GFW.

I grew up watching the USWA, which his father owned. I grew up watching guys like Jerry “The king” Lawler and “Macho Man” Randy Savage when they wrestled in the Louisville Garden so I have nothing but respect for what he’s trying to do from transitioning from the ring full time, to working behind the scenes. He’s been a guy who stays healthy and has a great head on his shoulders. I wish nothing but the best for him and I hope GFW reaches success.

RJ: Will we see you on GFW?

RC: I mean you never know but, as of right now, my loyalty lies with NWA and New Japan. My word means a lot but, with that being said, we’re all free agents, so I’m not forbidden to wrestle there. I just hope it does great because it’ll help the sport of wrestling a lot.

RJ: You have a match coming up on Friday. What’s your mindset heading into it?

RC: I love coming into Kingsport, Tenn. The last few times I came in there, I faced a guy by the name of Jason Kincaid. He had a few choice words to say about me. On top of that, he’s from that area so people love him down there.

I’ve been the face of NWA for the last couple years but, when I go down there, I have to admit they don’t appreciate me being there. Now, I’m going against Nick Hammond who’s from there and doesn’t wrestle anywhere else. He’s loyal to the guys in that area and they love him there.

So now come Friday on ippv, he’s going up against a 2- time NWA world heavyweight champion, a 3 time former world tag team champion for the WWE, a guy who’s wrestled in 49 states and 12 countries, came into Kingsport as an outsider and gets 100% of what “The Iron man” Rob Conway has.

It’s going to make me happy to make the people of Kingsport eat their words. I never turned my back on them, but they did towards me so I’ll get a little rough and could careless what they think.

RJ: Makes sense. People want to see a fight, so give them their moneys worth.

RC: I’ve been wrestling for a long time. Wrestling in Japan, I realized that once you leave the ring, it’s all about survival of the fittest. So I bring that mentality back to the States. It’s just the way it is. We’re not “sports entertainment” we’re an entertaining sport. He’s going to have to bring his ‘A’ game and I don’t think his ‘A’ game is as great as mine.

RJ: When it’s all said and done, will you ride into the sunset or do you see yourself remaining in the business in a different role?

RC: Wrestling is my passion. It’s what I wake up thinking about and, when I’m sleeping, I’m dreaming about matches. I can still run and jump and all of the other stuff as great as ever. So I don’t see myself slowing down anytime soon.

FSW Star Kris Rex Talks His Upcoming Matchup With Former WWE Star Lanny Poffo, the Origins of “The SNOT” and working with Sandman

June 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Fighting Spirit Wrestling star and SNOT founder Kris Rex.  Photo credit: Dorothy Lee

Fighting Spirit Wrestling star and The SNOT founder Kris Rex. Photo credit: Dorothy Lee

By Randy Jean

Kris Rex isn’t short of personality. Proudly proclaiming his roots from New York City, the nitty gritty New Yorker wrestles with a huge chip on his shoulder.

Dubbed as FSW’s most vocal wrestler, Rex, is scheduled to face former WWF star Lanny Poffo on a special FSW card that will serve as a tribute to Poffo’s deceased brother, wrestling legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage, on Sat., June 27.

Randy Jean: After watching some of your ring work, I’ve noticed you’ve picked it up rather quickly for someone who’s only been at it for four years.  Do you owe that fast progression to Joel Maximo and the FSW promotion?

Kris Rex: I mean of course. I’ve trained at a few other places prior to coming to LUDAS.  But Joel Maximo was the man who really gave me the opportunity. When everyone else was busy telling me “you’re to this or you’re to that,” he saw me and gave me the opportunity, so I pretty much owe him everything.

RJ: I spoke with a few wrestlers you might know, such as Suntan Superman, and he too was raving on how great Joel Maximo really is and how he has a mind for the business.

KR: Yeah, I know Suntan and he’s right.  Joel has been in the game for a while. That’s definitely one person (who), if you want to learn about the business, you would want to learn it from Joel.

RJ: Were you always a fan of mainstream wrestling growing up?

KR: I grew up being a fan (of) WCW, and then I got into watching WWE. I didn’t find out about Indy wrestling until I was about 11 or 12 years old and I was living in Florida at that time. That’s when I found out about this company called Major League Wrestling, which then became my introduction to Indy wrestling.

RJ: So did you go and attend events that would take place there?

KR: No. I never got the chance to watch the events live, but they used to have their own show on the Sunshine Network at 2 a.m. called “MLW Underground.”  It would consist of them showing highlights of their matches and music videos hyping up their next events.

RJ: Almost like ECW.   I remember them doing something similar to that.

KR: Oh yeah! It was pretty much like the next ECW, the way they presented it. Also, a lot of (ECW’s) old stars were in it, so it pretty much gave it new generation feel.

RJ: Ok, so you previously stated that you used to tune in to WWF programming, so what’s the feeling like knowing that you get the chance to go up against Randy Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo?

KR: When I found out about it, I was excited. I mean “Macho Man” was my mother favorite wrestler, so when I found out that I was going to get the chance to go up against his brother Lanny, I was honored.

RJ: When I was watching your tapes, I couldn’t help but notice your ring style sort of reminds me of Brian Kendrick, while at the same time you have a CM Punk look. Was there a certain wrestler you tried to emulate when you first started?

KR: Um, I wouldn’t go as far to say ‘emulate’ in terms of using their moves, but there were definitely influences from the WWE characters like Raven.   I was a huge fan of his growing up, and I actually had the opportunity to work with him as a member of the “Raven Flock” when they did the whole extreme reunion thing in Philly in 2012. I was cast (as) a member, and it was just so exciting. I was canned by Sandman and powerbombed by Gary Wolf (laughs).

RJ: Is Sandman as crazy in person as he is on television?

KR: I only got the chance to have a few words with him, but yeah he’s crazy, man.  He’s a great dude for sure, but he’s definitely out there for sure!

The SNOT members (from left to right) Kris Rex, Casanova Valentine and Azrieal.  Photo credit: Peter Garritano

The SNOT members (from left to right) Kris Rex, Casanova Valentine and Azrieal. Photo credit: Peter Garritano

RJ: You’re in a group called “The SNOT.” How did that group come about? Are you the mastermind behind it?

KR: Pretty much, yeah. What had happen was, in 2012, I had to leave for knee surgery. I basically tore my ACL, PCL and MCL.

So through that, I just got fed up of sitting at home, so I hopped up on my crutches and walked to the old school that was at 15th Street, and Joel was like ‘What are you doing here?’  I wanted to do anything I could to keep myself in the stories, and do whatever I could to help out. That’s when we came up with the idea for me to start my own stable. That basically became the birth of The SNOT.

RJ: I heard you carry yourself with a sort of attitude that clearly travels with you into the ring.  Would you say that is a good snapshot of who you are? 

KR: I mean, yeah man. A lot of people are humble and some of them are scared to open their mouths and say something. For me, I’m basically an open book. Whether I catch heat for it or not, I’m going to say what I have to say and sometimes it’s an issue (laughs), and sometimes it’s not.

RJ: Ok, so with that being said, will we ever see you as FSW Champion or Primero Champion one day?

KR: I’m hoping! The Primero Champion means a lot more to me than the FSW Championship. Mainly because it’s kind of like the WWE’s Intercontinental Championship, which is like the workers title. The Primero Championship, to me, is the biggest title I can get here.

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Remix Pro Wrestling’s “Throwdown For the Pound 11” Hits Hard

June 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Former WWE superstar A.J. Styles headlined Remix Pro Wrestling's latest event.

Former WWE superstar A.J. Styles headlined Remix Pro Wrestling’s latest event.

By Randy Jean

Remix Pro Wrestling “Throwdown For The Pound 11” was a star studded event. Wrestling stars like AJ Styles, The Young Bucks and Mickie James all graced the mat as they fought against Remix Wrestling’s all-star roster. Marietta, OH wasn’t the only the home where you could’ve watch this event. The event is available for viewing on GFL.tv.

The fans were seated and ready as the first bout of the night was between (C) Sassy Stephanie vs. Leftist vs. Veda Scott for the Women’s Fury Championship. This was a great contest to open up the show, as all three women shared their desire to be Remix Wrestling credited champion.

Great back and forth action between Stephanie and Lufisto went under way as they kept Scott from establishing any offense in this match. Scott’s ability to play the villain also lent this match some comedic effect.

In the end, both Stephanie and Lufisto engaged their signature submission simultaneously on Scott, forcing her to tap. Unfortunately due to the confusion, the match ended in a draw. The referee awarded the win to Stephanie, who retained her title. Lufisto was visibly upset.

We next found ourselves watching Viper enter the ring to challenge Bulldozer. Although this match was slow, it did carry quite some entertainment along with it.

Bulldozer and his valet, “Homewrecker” Morgan, added some dancing to get the fans moving. This proved to be Bulldozer’s downfall.

As Morgan enticed him to dance some more, Bulldozer became too distracted which gave Viper the chance to steal the win.   After the match we watched an upset Bulldozer take out his aggression on his partner Morgan.

Next up, was a Fatal four- way match between Chris Lerusso, “Omega” Aaron Draven, Zac Vincent and Onyx.  All four contestants were intriguing to watch to say the least, especially “the heir apparent” Lerruso.

From antagonizing the crowd to calling the match with the commentary team, Lerusso did it all. Onyx’s brute style played a big role in this match, as he was tossed everyone out of the ring.  Draven almost came out with the win before Lerusso blindsided him to steal the pin and walk away with the victory.

Following up that bout was a six-man tag team match with no disqualification. The Young Bucks teamed up with Chance “The Prophet” as they faced the team of Gory, Matt Conard and Ron Mathis of the Headless Horsemen.

This was definitely a contender for the match of the night as the Young Bucks, so agile and poised, proved to be a great choice made by the prophet. Ron Mathis, the loud mouth for the Headless Horsemen, proved he was no scrub. He looked absolutely great in this match, as he helped his team steal a win over Chance and the Young Bucks.

A match between Jock Samson and Marion Fontaine came under way next.  Samson played the crybaby villain quite well, and for a moment, he had things go his way. Unfortunately for Samson, Fontaine proved to be too smart for that.

Not only was Fontaine witty, but he also knew how to get the crowd’s attention. He’s quite the fan favorite as he’s clearly a wrestler who fans find it easy to cheer for.  Eventually, due to interference by the ring announcer, Samson was granted the win over Fontaine.

Next up was a number one contender match for the Remix Pro Fury Women’s title pitting Athena against Mickie James. Before the match went underway, Stephanie returned to the ring to observe the action as a spectator.

The women were terrific in this match, proving they weren’t afraid to fly off the top rope. James, a proven veteran coming from WWE and TNA, showed no sign of ring rust even after being away from the circuit for more than a year.

“The Indy Darling,” as they bill Athena, lived up to her moniker, stealing the win in a convincing fashion from James. We were later met with a stare down between the champion, Stephanie, and Athena.

Lufisto then entered the ring, only to escalate the confrontation. Lufisto left a mark, shoving both wrestlers to the ground. As she walked away, Lufisto continued to proclaim that she was the clear winner in the bout earlier that night and that she’d find a way to get the belt.

The main event pitted Bullet Club member and IWGP World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles against Façade. This was a match that had everyone glued to their seats.

From the opening bell, both contestants attacked each other with such vigor, you would have thought they actually had some disdain towards each other. Styles proves day in day out that he’s still the phenomenal one, and Façade deserves just as much credit for not backing down once from the wily ring veteran.

This was a great match that would have likely been won by Façade, had it not been for the interference of the Headless Horsemen.  They showed no class as they sought out and grabbed the girlfriend of the Neon Ninja out of the crowd.

Despite thwarting the Headless Horsemen’s plans, a small lapse of judgment placed Façade in the vicinity of a styles clash, thus ending the match and giving Styles the win.

 

 

FSW’s ‘Suntan Superman’ on the dynamics of indy wrestling, the ‘depressing’ politics of the pro wrestling business and his prediction for the winner of ‘Batman vs. Superman’

May 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Fighting Spirit Wrestling's "Suntan Superman"

Fighting Spirit Wrestling’s “Suntan Superman”

By Randy Jean

‘Suntan Superman.’  It’s a catchy name, but the man behind it, a former Fighting Spirit Wresting (FSW) Primero Champion, is far more intriguing when you take 30 minutes to sit down and speak with him.

Being a competitive pro wrestler for the better part of a decade has not only allowed him to master his craft, but also heightened his awareness of what is going on around him in the business he has chosen to making his living in.

From being a fan of The Golden Era of wrestling to being a trailblazer in the independent circuit, Suntan isn’t afraid to chase a childhood dream.

Two days removed from the FSW: “Men of Mayhem” live event, which streamed live on GFL.tv, Suntan addressed the state of pro wrestling today, the idea behind “Omega Black,” the role Santa clause played in creating his ring name and his thoughts on next year’s highly-anticipated silver screen release, ‘Batman vs. Superman.’

Randy Jean: Judging by the amount of excitement you bring into the ring day in and day out, I take it wrestling has always been a passion of yours?

Suntan Superman: Wrestling was always a passion of mine. Specifically, I’ll say it actually started when I was at the age of 14. Now this was basically towards the end of the Golden Age era in the WWF (WWE at the time). I also loved the Lucha Libre style that they were showing on TV, which I would always try to emulate at the parks growing up.

RJ: They actually have that new promotion going on called Lucha Underground, have you checked it out?

SS: Yeah man, it’s actually a pretty cool format. It’s actually nice that they getting that sort of platform. It still needs a little more though. Give it a couple more years to grow.

RJ: Wrestling is art within itself. Would fans benefit from it more if there were different genres of it? For example, could ROH (Ring of Honor) or even GFW (Global Force Wrestling) change the game if they were to capture the same level of mainstream attention as WWE?

SS: All depends on who’s willing to shell out the most dough. If you notice, WWE has now decided to cater to the independent crowd, while still doing things their way.

But you’re right. There are promotions out there that can use the limelight, which can benefit from being seen. What we do is an art and a lot of people tend to forget this, but it’s an art because it’s mainly subjective. There’s a definite skill set that’s needed to do what we do. You have a lot of ‘smarks,’ or smart marks, whatever you want to call them, who forget that this is an art that requires skill.

RJ: We actually should give props to WWE for adding more emphasis on that “Indy style” of wrestling.

Take NXT for example. It’s a WWE brand but it’s basically a different entity in itself that fans aren’t used to seeing from that the WWE. It’s great that they’re allowing their younger fanbase to ease themselves into that style of wrestling.  Do you agree?

SS: No. Look, that is true. I watched it the other day on the WWE Network. All the lights and special effects it has are exhilarating. I was glued to the screen. It was so beautiful.

But I’m telling you, if they could have put that on the main roster, they wouldn’t have needed that. I don’t know if you remember this company, but TNA (Total Nonstop Action) had this concept called the ‘X Division,’ which almost rivaled ‘The Attitude Era.’

What they did was basically keep that concept of X and package it into an exclusive brand of it’s own. There’s so much more to the art that’s out there. I met this guy by the name of Mike Quackenbush who clued me in on various styles of wrestling and the technique. He basically told me there’s a lot more to be seen behind the WWE style thanmeets the eye.

It’s more tragedy and triumph that caters a lot to the old American principals. My teacher Joel Maximo came up with a style that I’ve yet been able to see (elsewhere) today. If you watch the old ROH material with the S.A.T/Maximo brothers, watch their style and go back to wrestling today. You’ll notice theirs is being utilized, or emulating WWE and mainstream television, which I love.

But in terms of business practices, what you clearly see is this move to intentionally trump any sort of competition. In other words, you’re going to make very hard for any other brand to potentially come up.

RJ: Within the promotions is there a lot of back stabbing going on? In a sense, are there people trying to be the top dog in the expense of others?

SS: In our business, the word ‘entertainment’ is sort of a taboo word you can say to a fellow wrestler. Essentially that’s all you’re going to be when there’s a lot of entertainers. You’re going to meet them in every corner. But when you’re trying to get ahead, there are certain principals you need to exhibit before you move up within any position in the business.

The Maximo brothers and Amazing Red – one of the main reasons why they didn’t make it to the Hall of Fame position like the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express was because their work ethic out shined the other guys on the roster, which they built up.

What these guys didn’t know was that you don’t want to do that in this business. When you have these old timers guys putting all of this light and shine on their people, you don’t want to become this phenomena unless you’re given the green light, and that’s just one (of the) depressing parts I’ve noticed about this business.

Imagine this, you come in wanting to be a wrestler. So you come in, train and work your ass off, and manage to out shine the other wrestlers. The promoter will do anything in his power to cut you down. This is just the old way of doing things. If you go into the WWE locker room and do more than what their guys are doing, they’ll just shut you down.

RJ: You’re right, some of the Indy wrestlers who come into the WWE like Daniel Bryan and the CM Punks of the world, come in with a huge fan base and once they start to get elevated the promoters retaliate by saying no, you come up when I say so.

SS: Exactly! I take it you watch a lot of the American Dragon, or Daniel Bryan as they call him now. His style is completely different to what it was in the Indies years ago. He’s clearly one of the best technical wrestlers who’s ever came up to the game. If you watch him now, you realize it’s a more watered down version in order to cater to the mainstream fans.

RJ: All right, let’s talk about the “Omega Black”. It was a stable with the names Greg Jones, Dashing D. Weatherford and Suntan Superman attached to it. Who created the group?

SS: “Omega Black” was the brainchild of Greg Jones and Joel Maximo.  I wasn’t an original member there were four other individuals and I just came in to try to help them. They basically getting their asses handed to them almost every night.

That’s when I told Joel that he has got to put me in there and instead of being security for them; I basically became an enforcer and then eventually got into the ring. I love a good rumble and getting hit. I enjoy(expletive) like that. Sorry, excuse my French, ha-ha.

RJ: It tells a better story when you project it that way.

SS: Yeah, you’re right. I came in there to join the group thinking I was going to be some kind of equalizer but you know Greg he’s always got his head up his ass and I figured I should probably let it go and get the hell out of there.

They feel a certain type of way and I’m out there trying to have a real good fight. This is pro wrestling, not a beauty pageant contest. Just give me a fight. Put me in a corner with somebody and have them put their dukes up and lets rumble. That’s my thing.

RJ: Speaking of rumbles, what were your thoughts heading into the two on one Rumble in the Bronx match against your former comrades?

SS: Basically to sum it up, I wanted to kick their asses. I hopped on that bull and rode it. I punched and chopped all throughout the match. I did a lot of heaving and hoeing.

You got that little manager in Weatherford whose got all these bumps in bruises for always getting in the way a lot and you would think he’d learn his lesson by now, but nope so I had to let him know.

RJ: I’m sure fans are dying to know if we’ll ever see a rematch between you and Magma for the FSW Primero Championship?

SS: You see what I did rubbed Greg and Dashing the wrong way so they cost me the title. I really have no beef towards Magma, but I would love to get my chance against him again.

Unfortunately right now I can only focus on one thing right now, but I’m sure we’ll meet up again. He knows who I am; he’s felt the power before. I put the boots to him a couple times.  So he knows whom the real meat and potatoes really is, I’m not worried.

RJ: So where did the name Suntan Superman come from? Did you come up with it?

SS: In 2002-03 I was at this bar called Santa’s Pub near Nashville, Tennessee, where they were filming TNA for their weekly PPV. After that show a bunch of the guys went to this bar, which was owned by this guy who was skinny but had this beard like Santa.

There was this wrestler name K-Quick (R-truth in WWE) and a bunch of other wrestlers who were coming in and out. So K-Quick and I got drunk and we were trying to mack on the bar tender. I was telling her how I was known as the son of Superman and so we were standing in the middle of the bar floor and the bar tender was trying to call Santa but instead yelled out “Suntan, Suntan” mind you she was a little drunk because we bought her a couple shots.

So I go up and told her I like that name and K-Quick was next to me and said he was going to also use that name in his song. I was always known as the son of superman because I am a big time mark for Superman; I love the guy’s philosophy and work. Suntan was basically created at a bar and on top of that, it’s a name that can easily roll of your tongue.

RJ: ‘Batman vs. Superman’ comes out next summer in theaters. Who’s going to win?

SS: I’m telling you Batman is the braniac in the DC universe. If there’s a rock, Batman will find it and put Superman down.

I got my money on Batman. I know Batman has all those gadgets and such, but it’s proven that Superman isn’t invincible. Both Braniac and Doomsday have proved it. Batman is one up against these guys. The movie will be an awesome picture, but I have to put my money on Batman.

Review: NWA Smoky Mountain’s ‘Collision Course 10’ Delivers

May 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Former WWE superstar John Morrison aka "Johnny Mundo" headlined NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling: "Collision Course"

Former WWE superstar John Morrison aka “Johnny Mundo” headlined NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling: “Collision Course”

By Randy Jean

May 9, 2015 was a spectacle to say the least. That is, if you are a wrestling fan.

NWA Smoky Mountain presented Collision Course 10, from Kingsport, Tennessee’s civic center.  The event is available for purchase as an iPPV on Go Fight Live (GFL).

What looked to be a packed crowd, all seemed to be waiting anxiously as Bruce Tarpe came out to address them. Fans were then introduced to the induction of Rob and Don Wright into the NWA Hall of Fame. The two brothers dominated the promotion as a tag team tangent in the early to late 70’s.

The first match on the card presented members of “The Agency” in Galvin Daring, Jordan Kage and Shawn Shultz vs. The newcomer in Skylar Kruze, Wayne Adkins and Axton Ray. There was some great back and forth action coming from both sides with an impressive showing from Skylar Kruze.

NWA original Adkins, for sure, had his hands tied with Kage, who proved to be an overwhelming opponent for the opposing trio. Eventually, The Agency pulled away with the win, as the referee mistakenly thought the chain used by Daring to gain an advantage, came from Kruze.

Nick Hammon won the vacant Mountain Empire Heavyweight Championship, in an impressive fatal 4-way match with EZ Money, Timmy Lou Retton and Jeff Connelly. From the fans’ reaction towards Connelly to the array of talent in each corner, this match was quite special and, in the end, Hammond came out victorious and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

We next found ourselves watching Rob Conway and Bruce Tarpe entering the ring and totally disrespecting the accomplishments of Jax Dane. After Conway aired out his disdain of Dane, the latter competitor demanded an apology from him.

Unfortunately, Dane’s hot headed temper backfired, as he hurt his shoulder while attempting to spear Conway.  It’s then that we found out that, under Conway’s ring attire, were metal plates attached to his chest.

It was an overwhelming matchup for Dane, as Tarpe interfered to protect his meal ticket. After Dane warded Tarpe off, he only found himself in more hot water as he had to defend himself against KAOS.

After fighting his way through, Dane found himself with the advantage as he almost decapitated Conway with a clothesline. Unfortunately, as Dane turned around to spear Conway, Conway managed to avoid it and knocked Tarpe out.

Conway screamed for help as the locker room emptied out to carry the president away.  The interference ended up proving to be too much for Dane to handle. It’s going to be interesting to see how Tarpe responds to the situation he was placed in by Dane.

Next up, Vince Brent took on Chris Richards, with a number one contender spot at stake for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight championship. Brent, although demoralized by Richards’s brute like offense, ended up coming out with the win.

IWGP World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles proved to the world that, at the age of 37, he has no ring rust, making one wonder why TNA ever got rid of him.   Although he came up short, Chase Owen is a superstar that should not be overlooked.

In the main event, NWA Southeastern World Heavyweight Champion Jason Kincaid took on former WWE intercontinental champion John Morrison. All I have to say is WOW.  This match had a sort of cruiserweight-like feel to it as both opponents showed that they weren’t afraid of heights – literally.  Although Morrison came up short, he showed that he’s a different type of competitor from the one who used to reside in WWE.

Not only have Morrison’s parkour-like moves improved, his knack for feeling the crowd didn’t go unnoticed. As for Kincaid, he will be a force to reckon with in the future. His tenure as longest running champion in history (1,200 days) cannot be ignored.

Collision Course 10, without a doubt, lived up to the hype. With the wrestling industry in desperate need of a change, I’m interested to see how NWA will continue to shake things up.

GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents Cagezilla FC on TCN, CSN Comcast, DISH, DirecTV, FiOS & U-Verse

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN), COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN), DISH, DIRECTV, AT&T U-VERSE AND VERIZON FIOS
GFL PRESENTS “CAGEZILLA FC” BEGINNING April 6

April 3, 2015

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as Cagezilla FC presents another show stopper with Cagezilla FC featuring a full lineup of extreme cage fights emanating from Ashburn, Virginia. This event will showcase the top regional MMA stars in the Mid-Atlantic region as CFC presents another hard-hitting event anchored by multiple title fights!

Ashburn, Virginia, March 2, 2015 – OO Fights, the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area’s most established and respected Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion company, is pleased to announce its newest project, Cagezilla Fighting Championship, featuring the Main Event, a Flyweight (125 lbs.) Championship Title Fight, three other Championship Title Fights and 14 other top-notch MMA fights at its next production:

At the newly expanded and renovated Silver Eagle Group in front of a huge crowd of roaring fight fans, George Billy will enter the Cage against Todd Holshouser for a chance to battle for the Flyweight Championship. These incredibly tough and talented fighters are two of the area’s top Flyweight prospects.

Billy, was a former VA high school state champ is now a top MMA prospect. He is highly skilled in all disciplines of MMA but is an outstanding wrestler that was tough to find an opponent for. He trains with local Professional MMA fighter Brent Hess in Bailey’s Crossroads, VA.

His worthy adversary, the very tough Todd Holshouser, is a highly disciplined and well-rounded fighter. He is coached by the very well respected David Morris in Charlottesville, VA.

If this bout is anything like their last battles, this bout between these warriors is destined to become one for the ages in the MMA world and is not to be missed!

The fight card for March 21st will also feature three additional and exciting Championship Title matches.

In the Light Heavyweight division, Middleweight Champ Scott Noble of Ground Control will go for a Title in a SECOND weightclass against, Mike Desantos of Freedom MMA. Scott has the notoriety of being the fighter with “The Head Kick Hear ‘Round the World” as we call it. Scott delivered a 7 second Head Kick KO to Francis Grant in our event in December 2012 that is still popular today, including being voted “KO of the Week” on cagepotato.com, “Best Head Kick KO of All Time” on worldstarhiphop.com and has been seen by millions around the world. These are two phenoms to watch.

A battle of UNDEFEATED fighters will be featured in our Bantamweight Title match. Roque Zapata, who trains under Eric Zamora, will defend his Bantamweight Title belt against MMA Institute’s Shaun Spath, who boasts an 8-0-0 record and was our Flyweight Title Holder until vacating when he moved up to Bantamweight.

Undefeated Lightweight Champ Tevin Cooke of MMA Institute puts his belt on the line versus former Welterweight Champ Raz Syan. Syan recently won his first battle at 155 after dropping from 170 after losing to current Welterweight Champ Esrom Montesino. Raz won his Welterweight Belt in August at the DC Convention center versus Jay Bee and was featured on Inside MMA for putting a huge hematoma on Jay’s forehead in that battle.

Not to be left out are more than 20 other well-trained and dangerous MMA fighters, who will enter the Cage to punch, kick, elbow and grapple each other into submission for the glory of victory and entertainment of the fans of Cagezilla Fighting Championship!

Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Monday, April 6 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Wednesday, April 8 at 8:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Friday, April 10 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Friday, April 10 at 10:00pm
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Saturday, April 11 at 1:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, April 11 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, April 12 at 3:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, April 11 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, April 12 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Cagezilla FC in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN including Dish, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn
CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings
CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv
CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv
CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn
CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv
CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast
4/6: Cagezilla Fighting Championship (MMA)
4/13: Broadway Boxing: Rafael “Dynamite” Vazquez v Joseph Rios (boxing)
4/20: GPG 19 (MMA)

About GFL:
GFL (www.gfl.tv) is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience. With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more. Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content. In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

GFL REAL FIGHTS – Sosa VS Bergman on TCN, CSN, DISH, DirecTV, U-Verse & FiOS Beginning March 30

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN), COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN), DISH, DIRECTV, AT&T U-VERSE AND VERIZON FIOS
GFL PRESENTS “JASON SOSA VS BERGMAN AGUILAR” BEGINNING MARCH 30

March 27, 2015

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing from Philadelphia as Peltz Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions presents another showstopper!

Jason Sosa of Camden, NJ, riding an eight-fight knockout streak, returns to action when he boxes Bergman Aguilar of Escazu, Costa Rica, in an eight-round junior lightweight fight at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

The Sosa-Bergman contest, along with an eight-round heavyweight match featuring Joey Dawejko of Philadelphia, headlines a seven-fight card.

Sosa, 26, who knocked out Juan Cruz in his last fight Oct. 18 in Catano, Puerto Rico, is 13-1-3 with 9 K0s. He has been a pro since 2009.
Earlier in 2014, Sosa scored his biggest win when he knocked out Michael Brooks of Long Island, NY, in the ninth round at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Sosa is ranked No. 2 in the United States at 130 pounds by the USBA and No. 31 in the world by the WBC.

“I’m excited to be back fighting in Philadelphia in front of my fans, family and friends who will be crossing the bridge from my hometown of Camden,” said Sosa. “I expect 2015 to be a great year, and I will continue where I left off with my explosive knockouts. I want to thank my manager, Mark Cipparone, of Club 1957 Management, and the entire Rocco’s Collision Team for believing in me and making a lot of things possible. I would like to thank Russell Peltz as well. El Canito is back!”

Sosa has not boxed in Philadelphia since Dec. 8, 2012, when he knocked out Isaac Suarez of Lancaster, PA, in two rounds at Temple University’s McGonigle Hall.

Aguilar, 30, now living in Puerto Rico, is 12-1-1 with 4 K0s. In his last fight April 24 in Panama, Aguilar scored an 11-round decision over previously unbeaten hometown hero Juan Huertas for the interim WBA Fedelatin Title.

A pro since 2008, Aguilar will be making his first start outside Central America.

“I ask for all Costa Rican fans to come out and support me in Philadelphia,” said Aguilar.

Heavyweight prospect Joey Dawejko, who has scored three straight one-round knockouts, takes on Enobong Umohette, of Nigeria, in an eight-round fight.

Dawejko, 24, had a big year in 2014, going 5-0 and beating fringe contender Derric Rossy, of New York, to break onto the heavyweight scene 12 months ago.

A pro since 2009, Dawejko, also known as The Tank, is 13-3-2, 6 K0s. In his last three fights, neither David Williams, of Philadelphia, Yohan Banks, of Redwood City, CA, nor Rayford Johnson, of Longview, TX, were able to survive the first round. Dawejko also defeated then-unbeaten Philadelphia Mark Rideout in 2014.

“This could be the start of a big year for me,” Dawejko said, “so I’m not taking any chances. I’m going away to the mountains to train for this fight. Umohette is a big, strong guy and I need to be prepared. Last year was a rebuilding year for me and I hope to get into the world rankings in 2015.

“I saw Umohette fight on video and I listened to his story. This is a big fight for him, also.”

Umohette (left), 35, now living in Milwaukee, WI, started boxing in 1998. Known as The Nigerian Gentleman, he won his country’s National Amateur Championship in 2005 in the super heavyweight division.

After relocating to Wisconsin, he won that state’s Novice Heavyweight Title in 2007.

Umohette turned pro in 2009 and promptly lost his first fight before going on a nine-fight winning streak which included winning the Wisconsin State Heavyweight Title.

“It will be an honor and a privilege to compete against the highly decorated former World Amateur Champion, Joey Dawejko, in his home state of Pennsylvania, which has a legendary boxing history,” Umohette said. “Dawejko’s very distinguished amateur career and his blazing pro career is testimony to his enormous talent. I look forward to an entertaining bout against The Tank.”

Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Monday, March 30 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Tuesday, March 31 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Friday, April 3 at 8:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, April 4 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, April 5 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, April 2 at 7:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, April 4 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Mid Atlantic: Sunday, April 5 at 12:30am ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Sosa VS Aguilar in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN including Dish, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn
CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings
CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv
CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv
CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn
CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv
CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast
3/30: Tuesday Night Fights: Jason Sosa v Bergman Aguilar (boxing)
4/6: Cagezilla Fighting Championship (MMA)
4/13: GPG 19: Portugal VS USA (MMA)
4/20: Broadway Boxing: Rafael “Dynamite” Vazquez v Joseph Rios

About GFL:
GFL (www.gfl.tv) is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience. With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more. Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content. In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

IZW Coronation XI Results

March 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Order Event – http://www.gfl.tv/event/Fight/Wrestling/IZW-Coronation-XI-2015/2837

Courtesy of oklafan.com

IZW returned to GFL with “Coronation”. “Coronation” is IZW’s biggest iPPV of the year and brings together the top stars of the Southwest and Central states as these wrestlers look to rise above the rest and cement their names and legacies in the annuals of pro wrestling history. This year’s “Coronation” delivered in spades as 3 titles were at stake and through all the blood, sweat and tears, IZW delivered another PPV classic!

IZW Impact Division Champion Jordan Jacobs def. Guy Atticus, Damien Morte, Sheepy O’Brien, Vinnie and Bobby Starr (w/ Mark Wilson) in an Impact X Match

Damon Windsor (w/ Lisa Generro) def. Kevin Morgan

Jeff Wolfenbarger (w/ Margaret Wolfenbarger) def. Aaron Neil (w/ Mark Wilson)

IZW Tag Team Champions The K. C. Wolves (Graham Bell & Luke Langley) def. The Old School Studs (Randy Price & Gary Tool) in an I Quit Match

Mark Wilson & Angel Blue def. Shawn McHale & IZW Queen Erica in an Intergender Match

IZW Champion Jermaine Johnson def. Double D and Johnny Z in a Triple Threat/TLC Match

No other wrestling organization on the Independent landscape carves out as much new content as IZW. Developed and cultivated in the Sooner State, IZW is second to none. Be there for every bump, bruise and jaw-dropping moment all of which have made IZW recognized around the world.

Website: www.izwrestling.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IZWWORLD
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/IZWOklahoma
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImpactZoneWrestling

GFL REAL FIGHTS – Broadway Boxing: Hardy VS Anderson on TCN, CSN, DISH, DirecTV, FiOS, U-verse

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN), COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN), DISH, DIRECTV, AT&T U-VERSE AND VERIZON FIOS
GFL PRESENTS “BROADWAY BOXING: HARDY VS ANDERSON” BEGINNING MARCH 23

March 20, 2015

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing from NYC as Dibella Entertainment presents another episode of its long running series, Broadway Boxing.

NEW YORK, NY – It was decided that popular female boxer Heather “The Heat” Hardy, 11-0 (2 KOs), will be added to the next installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series. The card will take place at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, in Times Square, New York City. The thrilling six-bout card is headlined by the always-exciting Heather “The Heat” Hardy, known as the “First Lady of DBE” and often referred to as “a female Arturo Gatti”. The card will also feature three up-and-coming prospects and former amateur stars hailing from the former Eastern Bloc, in Ivan Golub, Ivan Baranchyk and Dauren Yeleussinov, all of whom are now living and training in Brooklyn, NY, and co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc.

Following her WBC International super bantamweight title victory on October 15 and the premiere of a documentary based on her boxing career, titled “HARDY”, that was executive produced by Lou DiBella, the popular Hardy, from Brooklyn, NY, will step into the ring for the fifth time this year when she squares off against Salt Lake City’s Elizabeth Anderson, 3-5, in an eight-round junior featherweight contest. In her last bout, Hardy, 11-0 (2 KOs), expertly outboxed her opponent over 10 frames, throwing in combination, counterpunching and showing adept footwork, in what was her most impressive performance to date.

DBE-promoted New York Golden Gloves champion Louis Cruz, 9-0 (4 KOs), will see action in a six-round junior welterweight contest. Following a second-place finish at the 2011 National Golden Gloves, the 23-year-old Cruz competed in the 2012 US Olympic Trials before turning pro later that same year. The Bronx-native has already picked up four victories this year and will be determined to stay on course. Facing off against Cruz will be Rogelio Casarez, 7-2 (3 KOs), of Batesville, AR.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian Ivan Golub amassed an astonishing record of 270-32 during his amateur career. He became a five-time Ukrainian National champion, won bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and at the World Championships in 2009. He also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts. Turning pro this past June, Golub, now 3-0 (2 KOs), is anxious to keep up the career momentum and will compete in a six-round middleweight contest against Josh Williams, 9-6 (5 KOs), of Sheridan, AR.
Also on the undercard is a rematch between undefeated DiBella Entertainment-promoted middleweight prospect Paul Littleton, 9-0-2 (5 KOs), and Lamar Harris, 8-10-4 (4 KOs), in a six-round contest. The two engaged in a captivating battle that ended in a disputed draw, on September 13, in Saint Charles, MO, near Harris’ hometown of St. Louis. The 28-year-old Littleton is a crowd pleaser with an aggressive style, originally from Chicago and now living in Miami, FL. After winning the Chicago Golden Gloves three times while accruing an amateur record of 85-20, Littleton turned pro in December 2011. He has since beaten three undefeated prospects, including the 7-0 Roberto Acevedo. In June 2014, Littleton signed an exclusive promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment and the rematch against Harris will be his third under the DBE banner.

Belarusian-native junior welterweight Ivan Baranchyk, 1-0 (1 KO), will return to the ring less than three weeks after his professional debut on November 13. Facing Christopher Haney at the Baltimore Arena, in Baltimore, MD, Baranchyk quickly dropped his foe with a straight right then sent him to the canvas for the second and final time with a left hook just 45 seconds into the bout. Looking for his second straight victory, Baranchyk will take on Alfonso Olvera, 1-0 (1 KO), of Tucson, AZ. As an amateur, Baranchyk won gold at the 2010 Class A Vilnuse tournament, 2011 and 2013 Match Event tournament, 2011 Kostukovichi International tournament, 2011 and 2012 Soligorsk Open International tournament, 2012 Class A Liventsev tournament, 2013 Active Military tournament, 2013 Republic of Belarus Open Cup, 2014 Vitebsk University tournament in Belarus, and was an amateur champion of Belarus from 2009-2014.

Very anxious to turn pro is Kazakhstan’s 28-year-old Dauren Yeleussinov. This hard-punching southpaw had an extensive amateur career that saw him compile a 397-23 record, with more than 100 knockouts. He is a four-time National champion for Kazakhstan and has won gold twice at the Universiade Championships as well as at the National Junior Championships. On Wednesday, he will challenge Biloxi, Mississippi’s Anthony Madden, 1-5-1 (1 KO).

Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Wednesday, March 25 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, March 28 at 1:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Saturday, March 28 at 3:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, March 28 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, March 29 at 3:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Sunday, March 29 at 4:30pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, March 26 at 7:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, March 29 at 8:00pm ET
CSN Mid Atlantic: Sunday, March 29 at 10:30pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Hardy VS Anderson in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN including Dish, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn
CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings
CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv
CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv
CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn
CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv
CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast
3/24: Hardy VS Anderson (boxing)
3/30: Tuesday Night Fights: Jason Sosa v Bergman Aguilar (boxing)
4/6: Cagezilla Fighting Championship (MMA)

About GFL:
GFL (www.gfl.tv) is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience. With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more. Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content. In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents Strike Off FC 4 on TCN, CSN Comcast, DISH, DirecTV, U-Verse & FiOS

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN), COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN), DISH, DIRECTV, AT&T U-VERSE AND VERIZON FIOS
GFL PRESENTS “STRIKE OFF FC 4” BEGINNING MARCH 16

March 13, 2015

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class MMA as Strike Off FC presents another show stopper with Strike Off FC 4 featuring a full lineup of world class MMA from NOVA College in Annandale, Virginia. Strike Off FC has quickly established itself as a rising combat sports promotion in the Mid-Atlantic region.
In the main event, Billy Quarantillo (5-1) battles Khama Worthy (7-2) for the Strike Off FC Featherweight Championship. Quarantillo is a grappling specialist earning 4 wins via tapout. Quarantillo is an aggressive fighter who likes to push the pace and go for the finish early and often. Don’t be surprised if he goes for a takedown in the opening minute and tries to work his submission game on the ground. Quarantillo values submission over position and has a very active top game as well as guard and is just as dangerous off of his back as he is when he is working from side control or has the mount. Worthy is riding a 6-fight winning streak and has racked up 5 wins via TKO. Worthy brings KO power into the cage with both hands and can end a fight with a single punch. Look for Worthy to try and keep this fight standing as he can do substantially more damage in the striking aspect of MMA. This will be a contrast of styles and the winner will be able to impose his will on where he wants the fight to go.

In the co-main event, Elder Ramos (8-6) fights Bellator vet Derrick Kennington (7-6) for the Strike Off FC Welterweight Title. Ramos looks to add another title to his collection and has won 3 out of his last 4, to go along with 4 first round KOs on his record. He is the very definition of a quick starter. Look for Ramos to push the pace and immediately close the distance in the cage with his strikes. If the fight goes to the mat, expect Ramos to be active looking to scramble and improve his position whenever he can as he is also devastating on the ground. Kennington is a well-rounded fighter and his standup, particularly his Muay Thai, is punishing to his opponents. Kennington mixes up knees, kicks and punches very well to keep his opponent off balance. But it is his grappling that is most dangerous as he has scored submission victories in 5 of his wins.

The promotion’s third inaugural belt will be on the line as the Strike Off FC Flyweight Championship is at stake when the #1 ranked Flyweight in the region, Samir Farid, will be facing North Carolina’s Varon Webb. Still undefeated in his young career, Farid, 4-0, is coming off a spectacular come-from-behind win over Dennis Brown at Strike Off 2. Webb, 5-2, has fought in two previous title fights with NFC in Georgia, but just as Farid, has never made it into the championship rounds.

Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Monday, March 16 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Thursday, March 19 at 9:30pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, March 21 at 1:30pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Saturday, March 21 at 10:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, March 21 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Sunday, March 22 at 1:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, March 22 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, March 21 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, March 22 at 7:00pm ET
CSN Mid-Atlantic: Saturday, April 18 at 10:30pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Strike Off FC 4 in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN including Dish, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn
CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings
CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv
CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv
CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn
CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv
CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast
3/16: Strike Off FC 4 (MMA)

About GFL:
GFL (www.gfl.tv) is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience. With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more. Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content. In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

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