Natalya has been a pillar of the women’s division in WWE for some time, and I had been waiting for my favorite look to come out so I could finally get a figure of her. I really dug the outfit she wore while she was a valet for Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, and in WWE Basic Series 61 we finally got that toy.
The figure has some pros and cons, so check out the review in the video above to find out if this is the definitive version of this diva or not.
Paige is one of my favorite wrestlers on the current WWE roster, but how does her action figure stand up against the ranks of the rest of the six-inch plastic locker room? Check out this review to get a closer look at this NXT and Diva’s champ, and determine if she is good enough for your collection.
Check out the new WWE Micro Maulers from Wicked Cool Toys. This set of mini-figures of pro wrestling stars from the past and present is a fun bucket of nostalgia, but is it worth your hard earned cash? Check out the video to find out!
Matty Collector announced another Mattel exclusive for San Diego Comic Con 2016, and this one is here to rule the world!
Joining their other extensive line-up of previously announced items, WWE is getting a new exclusive in the form of the infamous WCW wrestler, The Shockmaster. This poor guy debuted by falling through a wall and ruining his grand entrance, as well as losing his silver-spray painted stormtrooper helmet in the process. The character was a mess and lasted for a very short time, much like this exclusive.
Check out photos and their official description below:
Die-hard WWE® fans will enjoy the ultimate tribute to the legendary Shockmaster™ with this Elite 6-inch figure. This limited edition figure celebrates the iconic debut of The Shockmaster™ at WCW® Clash of the Champions XXIV, and is packaged in a unique way to recreate his epic fall during his television debut. He also comes with his entrance coat that was intended to enhance his first ever appearance. Now WWE® fans have a chance to celebrate one of sports entertainment’s most talked about Superstars!
This product will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 16, 2016 for subscribers only (Early Access), and from June 17 through June 26 for everyone else (All Access). Orders must be picked up in person at San Diego Comic-Con. Products will also be available for purchase at the convention. Details on this and more to come.
If you don’t know who this guy is, sit back and enjoy the video (and if you do know, better just watch it again):
Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios announced today an animated sequel to “Surf’s Up,” the 2007 Academy Award-nominated action-comedy about surfing penguins. The companies are co-financing and producing the movie, which is expected to release in 2017, in time for the original film’s 10th anniversary. “Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania” will be distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with WWE Studios providing marketing support by leveraging its extensive multi-platform reach.
Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big-wave-riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where, legend has it, they’ll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer. Genndy Tartakovsky’s protégé Henry Yu (story artist on “Sym-Bionic Titan” and both “Hotel Transylvania” feature films) makes his directorial debut with this project, which is produced by Michelle Wong (production manager on “Hotel Transylvania 2”) and features computer animation from Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. Abdul Williams (“Lottery Ticket”) is writing the screenplay.
More information after these character designs:
“We are thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Animation to bring Cody Maverick back to audiences for more adventures, paired with our WWE Superstars in what promises to be a fun animated film for the entire family,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President.
“WWE has a proven track record with family audiences, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with them and dive back into the fun world of our surfing penguins,” adds Kristine Belson, President, Sony Pictures Animation.
I was lucky enough to get 30 minutes with the legendary Jim Ross, and I can easily say this will be one of my favorite interviews I have ever conducted. While the main topic of our conversation was pro wrestling – specifically his arrival as new commentator alongside Josh Barnett on “New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV” premiering March 4th at 9 PM EST – I was able to sneak in an MMA question when the opportunity arose.
Ross, who is an owner of the FITE TV app (which we discuss at the start of the clip), had some comments about Ronda Rousey, specifically whether or not she is still an interesting story line to MMA fans, as well as mainstream media, without an undefeated streak or a championship belt after Holly Holm violently took it from her, and whether or not she will be the face of women’s MMA again.
“I think that Ronda’s future is very bright still, without question” Ross responded. “If for some reason her popularity wanes, then it seems to me it may be because of how she is presented. I don’t think the UFC, which has not made a habit of making bad mistakes when it comes to building their stars, will replicate any kind of undesirable history.”
“She is a major star. She’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated, she gets the mainstream publicity, and she’s got another eagerly anticipated movie,” he said. “I think the one loss is a scenario where it just goes to show you that in the sport of MMA, no one is untouchable, no one is unbeatable… as long as they are wearing four ounce gloves.”
“We like to give people a second chance. Ronda did not do anything wrong to be forgiven for but her fan base is sure disappointed… and I think she is going to be fine and I think she is still a major player.”
For those interested, here are the other segments from my interview with JR, where we talk much more about his new role back in the commentary seat with New Japan Pro Wrestling and AXS TV.
In this part, Ross talks to us about coming out of retirement to do commentary once more and why NJPW was a perfect fit for him, his chemistry and relationship with Josh Barnett, how he educated himself on the rich history of New Japan, and what matches we can look forward to hearing this team call.
Continuing our discussion here in this part, Ross talks about who some of his favorite wrestlers to watch in NJPW are, and also discusses how he would book the recent NJPW departees (AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) in WWE to make them effective and interesting.
And finally, my personal favorite section, where JR explains the art of selling in pro wrestling, including the difference between how a babyface should sell as opposed to a heel. We also hear about some ribs in pro wrestling, as in pranks, not babyback ribs slathered in JR’s BBQ sauce.
Jim Ross debuts as commentator this Friday, March 4th at 9 PM EST, with “New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV”, which is headlined by Shinsuke Nakamura taking on Hirokii Goto for the IWGP Intercontinental title. For MMA fans that do not like WWE-style wrestling, I guarantee you will prefer the strong style of NJPW once you give it a chance.
WWE Network continues to add to its already robust slate of original programming in 2016, with the newly green-lit show, Global Cruiserweight Series, a tournament which brings together more than 30 of the greatest in-ring competitors at Full Sail University in Orlando, to vie for the right to call themselves the best cruiserweight in the world. Global Cruiserweight Series is set to premiere Wednesday, July 13 at 9pm ET on WWE Network.
WWE previously announced three new original series for WWE Network including The Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness, WWE Ride Along, and Camp WWE, along with new episodes of Stone Cold Podcast Live!, the second season of Swerved, new episodes of Legends with JBL and more.
WWE NETWORK 2016 NEW ORIGINAL SERIES:
THE EDGE & CHRISTIAN SHOW THAT TOTALLY REEKS OF AWESOMENESS – PREMIERES THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING FASTLANE
WWE presents a half-hour variety show starring the talented duo, Edge and Christian, in a series that will take a look back at all the highs and lows of sports entertainment, while offering a unique and humor filled perspective to the WWE Universe. Following its premiere this Sunday, new episodes will air every week following Monday Night Raw.
CAMP WWE – SERIES PREMIERE MONDAY, MAY 2 ONLY ON DEMAND
Imagine WWE Superstars, Legends and Divas when they were kids at their favorite summer camp… owned by none other than Mr. McMahon! This all-new, in-your-face, adult animated comedy series will show fans a side of the WWE they have never seen before. In partnership with Seth Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Camp WWE will be available exclusively in the WWE Network video-on-demand library.
GLOBAL CRUISERWEIGHT SERIES – SERIES PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 AT 9PM ET
For the first time ever, WWE invites cruiserweights from all over the world to compete in the inaugural Global Cruiserweight Series. Thirty-two of the greatest in-ring competitors under 205 lbs. will descend upon Full Sail University in Orlando and collide over 10 weeks to earn the right to call themselves the best cruiserweight in the world.
WWE RIDE ALONG – NEW EPISODES AIRING AND AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
Ever want to know what happens to your favorite WWE Superstars and Divas immediately following a WWE live event? On WWE Ride Along, the WWE Universe rides shotgun with the Superstars and Divas themselves as they travel from city to city on the tour that never ends. Hear inside stories and witness over-the-top hilarity that can only take place within the confines of a car.
STONE COLD PODCAST LIVE! – NEW EPISODES AIRING AND AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
WWE Hall of Famer and Icon “Stone Cold” Steve Austin sits down with the biggest names in WWE and the world of sports and entertainment for no-holds-barred, in-your-face, exclusive interviews.
LEGENDS WITH JBL – NEW EPISODES AIRING AND AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
In this revealing talk show, host John Bradshaw Layfield, former WWE Champion and current Monday Night Raw analyst, presses the biggest and most influential names in WWE on the most controversial topics in sports entertainment history. Upcoming guests include Booker T, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Hart.
SWERVED – SEASON TWO PREMIERE MONDAY, JUNE 6
WWE reunites with the director of Jackass and Bad Grandpa, Jeff Tremaine, for a second season of the hilarious WWE original series – Swerved!
NEW CONTENT ON DEMAND:
In addition to the more than 4,300 hours of content available on demand, WWE Network now offers specially curated themed “Collections” including Daniel Bryan’s Greatest Moments, The Best of Stone Cold vs. Mr. McMahon, Brock Lesnar: Road to the Undisputed Title and more. Each month new collections will be added. February Collections include:
DANIEL BRYAN’S GREATEST MOMENTS
On an electric night in front of a hometown crowd, Daniel Bryan announced his retirement with an emotional and moving speech to the WWE Universe. Relive the charismatic Superstar’s Greatest Moments with this definitive collection featuring early career highlights, the hilarious antics of Team Hell No, improbable WrestleMania® triumphs, and so much more.
THE BEST OF STONE COLD vs MR. MCMAHON
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Mr. McMahon – say no more. The working class hero and the evil corporate boss go head-to-head, and the outcome is historic moments, intense matches, and hilarious antics from one of WWE’s greatest rivalries.
BROCK LESNAR: ROAD TO THE UNDISPUTED TITLE
From his impactful debut and hunt for the Undisputed WWE Championship, Brock Lesnar quickly became one of the most dominant Superstars in WWE history. Relive the early exploits of ‘The Next Big Thing’ as he faces off against The Rock, Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, The Hardy Boyz, and more.
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY
WWE Network honors Black History Month with your favorite African American Superstars. From WWE Hall Of Famers Ron Simmons, Rocky Johnson, Tony Atlas, The Junkyard Dog and Booker T to current stars like The Prime Time Players, Mark Henry, and The New Day, this collection has it all.
TLC TAG TEAMS
Edge & Christian, The Hardy Boyz and The Dudleyz – three young tag teams looking to make a name for themselves and willing to put their bodies on the line, in what remains to this day one of WWE’s most high-flying and dangerous series of matches – Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
THE BEST OF WWE NETWORK
Welcome to the award winning WWE Network. Start your journey with these essentials; from ground breaking original programming, to revolutionary in-ring specials. Enjoy a taste of the ever-growing video-on-demand library currently featuring more than 4,300 hours of entertainment. This collection includes WrestleMania 31, Stone Cold Podcast Live! featuring Triple H, The Monday Night War, Breaking Ground and NXT Takeover.
THE GREATEST MATCHES EVER
The very best matches from the biggest superstars of all time featuring Ricky Steamboat vs Ric Flair, to John Cena vs Daniel Bryan, you’ll be on the edge of your seat as the most dramatic bouts and jaw dropping matches of all time are on display.
One of the lines that I collect with a rabid fever is Mattel’s WWE line. The company has had the license since 2009 and their figures continue to be solid. At NY Toy Fair 2016, there was not much new to show unfortunately, as most of the prototypes on display were of figures that were already out or about to come out. However, there were a few surprises that made me very happy.
Aside from the new elites and basic figures, we also got our first chance to see the Defining Moments exclusive Chris Jericho, as well as a new classic style Sting with an American jacket. The coolest item had to be the world debut of their WWE Zombies line, which includes John Cena, Triple H, Paige, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and The Undertaker in an undead style.
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AXS TV today confirmed legendary pro wrestling commentator Jim Ross will join AXS TV’s hit series ‘New Japan Pro Wrestling’ (NJPW) to call play-by-play commentary alongside NJPW veteran and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett beginning Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. In Ross’ first episode, he and Barnett will call the action for matches from Wrestling Dontaku 2015.
NJPW, which premiered its 52-episode second season on AXS TV Jan. 15, airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. This season features episodes highlighting matches from the 2015 New Japan Cup, Invasion Attack, HINOKUNI, Best of the Super Juniors 22, Dominion 7.5, G1 Climax 25 and more throughout the year.
A WWE Hall of Famer, Ross was known as the voice of WWE for nearly two decades, bringing his incomparable broadcasting talent to hundreds of TV and pay-per-view broadcasts for the organization. No stranger to New Japan Pro Wrestling, Oklahoma native Ross also called the first-ever, live English-language broadcast of NJPW with Wrestle Kingdom 9 in 2015.
“I’m excited to join the AXS TV team in presenting the amazing athletes of the New Japan Pro Wrestling brand,” said Ross. “I’m a major fan of NJPW and look forward to joining Josh Barnett to form the best broadcast team in the genre. Business just picked up!”
“It’s a dream to be able to sit next to the legendary Jim Ross and call the incredible wrestling action of New Japan Pro Wrestling,” said Barnett. “I’ve listened to his commentary throughout the years and I’m glad to have someone as distinguished as him to work with in the booth.”
“Jim Ross is unquestionably one of the best announcers in the history of professional wrestling. He is a true legend and we look forward to leveraging his unparalleled experience to continue to make NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING on AXS TV the best wrestling show on television,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon
AXS TV’s NJPW episodes are produced by and acquired from TV ASAHI CORPORATION.
WWE announced today that Sting will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas as part of WrestleMania Week.
Sting is one of the biggest Superstars in the history of the sports entertainment industry and a multi-time WCW and United States Champion. For more than 10 years, he was the face of WCW, competing in memorable rivalries against Ric Flair, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Vader, The Four Horsemen™ and NWO. In November of 2014, Sting made his long-awaited debut in WWE, and went on to have his first-ever WrestleMania match against Triple H at WrestleMania 31.
“We are truly honored to have Sting take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, Paul Levesque. “His contributions to our industry are unprecedented and we look forward to celebrating his incredible career with fans all over the world.”
Tickets for the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on sale this Friday, January 15 at 10 AM Eastern/9 AM Central through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.
WrestleMania 32 takes place Sunday, April 3 live from AT&T Stadium in Dallas live on WWE Network.
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