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IWTV Officially Launches Roku Channel

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*The Following Press Release Was Issued By IWTV*

IWTV Officially Launches Free & Premium Roku Channel

IWTV’s new Roku app is officially live!

In addition to making improvements to the original beta version, the new app allows you to sign up for IWTV directly through Roku and immediately jump into our extensive catalog.

Roku users can enjoy free content from our library including:

  • the Independent Wrestling Championship reign of “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams
  • “The Road to Americanrana 2019” featuring the rivalry between Joey Janela and David Starr
  • Orange Cassidy vs Stokely Hathaway’s GRAMMY Street Fight and more!

Our development team is now focusing on making similar improvements to the Apple TV app.

Roku users can enjoy free content from our library including:

  • the Independent Wrestling Championship reign of “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams
  • “The Road to Americanrana 2019” featuring the rivalry between Joey Janela and David Starr
  • Orange Cassidy vs Stokely Hathaway’s GRAMMY Street Fight and more!

Our development team is now focusing on making similar improvements to the Apple TV app.

Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive – Q & A – John Cosper Discusses Tracy Smothers’ Autobiography “If You Don’t Buy This Book, Everybody Dies”

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

As someone who has been hired and fired from every major wrestling company, played many roles, held many championships, beat cancer and wrestled three different bears, Tracy Smothers has damn near done it all in the business.

Smothers grew up in Springfield, Tenn. and experienced everything from Mexico City fan riots to Malaysian bar fights. He survived the territories’ last days, broke through in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, served as a jobber in his World Wrestling Federation days and even had a hand in Extreme Championship Wrestling.

Pro Wrestling Opinion recently had the chance to talk to John Cosper of Eat Sleep Wrestle and co-author of Smothers’ 314-page autobiography “If You Don’t Buy This Book, Everybody Dies,” now available on Amazon.

Photo courtesy of Eat Sleep Wrestle.

Pro Wrestling Opinion – What would you say was yours and Tracy’s biggest goal with this autobiography?

John Cosper – The goal was to tell Tracy’s story in his own words. Tracy has so many amazing stories, from wrestling bears to working the territories to working for the “big three” during the Monday Night Wars. We wanted to get all the stories everyone has heard in print and we captured a lot of stories that have never been told. This book is going to be a treat for wrestling fans of all eras.

 

Pro Wrestling Opinion – What significance would you say this book serves the modern generation of wrestling fans?

John Cosper – Outside of Smoky Mountain Wrestling, Tracy was never the top guy, but he worked with everyone. He saw the big stars on their way up and many on the way back down. In recent times, he has had an incalculable impact on the modern independent scene. There are hundreds of young stars who call him “Pops” and hang on his every word. He watches every match and he gives positive, constructive feedback to anyone who will listen.

 

Pro Wrestling Opinion – Which would you say was the biggest challenge in telling a story of this magnitude?

John Cosper – That’s easy. We wrote this book while Tracy was battling cancer! There were nights we spent two hours on the phone while he was hopped up on medication and hooked up to chemo. There was one scary night when we hung up after five minutes and he had to be rushed to the hospital. Of all the fights Tracy has had, cancer was the worst. He’d rather wrestle 20 more bears than go through that again. It’s a miracle he survived and he will tell you working on the book gave him a reason to keep going every day.

 

Pro Wrestling Opinion – Did you have any other potential titles for the book or was it set from the beginning?

John Cosper – The title was my suggestion from the start, but we did hear and consider two others. Tim Denison is the guy who connected me to Tracy. He’s a good friend of Tracy’s who wrote one of the forewords for the book and he suggested the title “Tracy and the Three Bears.” Hy Zaya, who also wrote a foreword, suggested “G is for Jail ‘Cause a Thug Can’t Spell.”

 

Pro Wrestling Opinion – How does it stand out or differ from other pro wrestling autobiographies?

John Cosper – Every book is different because it gives you another angle on the wrestling business. The more vantage points we get, the better we can see the bigger picture. Tracy has worked with everyone and for everyone. He’s been hired and fired from every major company. He pulls no punches and more often than not, his stories are hilarious.

Arch Rival Roller Derby & Dynamo Pro Wrestling Team Up For Inaugural “Jams & Slams”

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*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Dynamo Pro Wrestling*

ARCH RIVAL ROLLER DERBY & DYNAMO PRO WRESTLING TEAM UP FOR INAUGURAL “JAMS & SLAMS”

(ST. LOUIS, MO) In an homage to 1970’s Saturday night television content, a pair of St. Louis-based professional sports franchises are teaming up for a live, inaugural event that features both flat-track and hard mat action!

“JAMS & SLAMS” – an all-ages attraction featuring women’s roller derby and professional wrestling – will be presented on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Midwest Sport Hockey located inside of Queeny Park at 570 Weidman Road in Ballwin, Missouri.

WHAT: ”JAMS & SLAMS”: A St. Louis roller derby and pro wrestling event
WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – 6:30 pm
WHERE: Midwest Sport Hockey – Queeny Park (570 Weidman Rd. Ballwin, MO)

Leading off the night is a full-length game by Arch Rival Roller Derby, currently ranked fifth internationally by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), as the current defending League champions, the Smashinistas, tangle with five-time local kingpins, the Stunt Devils.

Then, in the second half of the event, a four match card from Dynamo Pro Wrestling (DPW) will be presented. The main event features DPW Women’s Champion “The Empress of Evil” Rahne Victoria defending her championship against #1 contender “The Barbie Killer” Hayley Shadows. A long-standing Dynamo Pro Wrestling rivalry continues at “Jams & Slams” as C.J. Shine takes on The Snitch. In addition, a special “Bragging Rights” non-title match will take place at “Jams & Slams” as Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion “Lights Out” Adrian Surge will face the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion Camaro Jackson!

Historically, this is the first time in St. Louis that a roller derby event and a professional wrestling event have been jointly held at the same venue on the same night! Both the respective ARCH and DPW franchises each have over a decade of promotion in the local sports scene and the combination marks a breakthrough in sports production.

TIckets:
$15 each – General Admission at the Door
$12 each – Individual Advance Admission Online
$9 each – Groups of six and Above – Advance Admission Online
$8 each – Student (w/ID)
Free – Children 10 & Under

“JAMS & SLAMS” 2/1/20 EVENT LINE-UP

Doors Open at 6:00 PM

6:30 PM – ARCH RIVAL ROLLER DERBY
Smashinistas vs. Stunt Devils full-length game

8:00 PM – DYNAMO PRO WRESTLING
DPW Women’s Championship Match
“The Empress of Evil” Rahne Victoria © vs. “The Barbie Killer” Hayley Shadows

“Bragging Rights” Match (Non-Title)
Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion “Lights Out” Adrian Surge vs. Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion Camaro Jackson

C.J. Shine vs. The Snitch

PLUS one additional match (Participants to be named shortly).

ABOUT THE SPORT FRANCHISES
Founded in 2005, Arch Rival Roller Derby consists of over 80 eight-wheeled warriors that compete in a high-energy, seven-event, local season that mixes athleticism and attitude. The League’s local season at Midwest Sport Hockey takes place monthly from December to April. The league is currently ranked fifth internationally by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) out of 367 global leagues and finished fourth at last November’s WFTDA International Championships. For more information, visit archrivalrollerderby.com.

Founded in 2007, Dynamo Pro Wrestling has promoted top-flight professional wrestling events in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas in front of enthusiastic crowds. Considered the echelon of area wrestling promotions, they currently feature monthly events at St. Louis’ Concordia Turners and have presented multiple events at the Cinco De Mayo celebration in the Cherokee neighborhood and have held full-length matches at highly-attended festivals. For more information, visit dynamoprowrestling.com.

Revolver Valentine’s Day Massacre With Stronghearts; Pancakes And Piledrivers With The Ascension

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*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Phillip Stamper*

Revolver Valentine’s Day Massacre w/ Stronghearts; Pancakes and Piledrivers w/ The Ascension

ProWrestlingRevolver.com – Wrestling Revolver brings it’s unique style back Friday, February 14 in Dayton, OH and for the annual #PancakesAndPiledrivers during WrestleMania Week at WrestleCon on Saturday, April 4!
Friday February 14 – #ValentinesDayMassacre
The Brightside, 905 E Third ST in Dayton, OH
Meet and Greet 6:30 pm, Bell Time 8 pm
– OWE’s Stronghearts (CIMA, Lindaman, T-Hawk) vs. Impact Wrestling X-Division champion Ace Austin, Blake Christian, and the debut of Alex Zayne
– FANS BRING THE WEAPONS: Ace Romero vs. Nick Gage
– Warhausen (Danhausen, Warhorse) vs. “Manscout” Jake Manning and Jon Murray
– More to be announced!
Tickets: ProWrestlingRevolver.com. THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT (VIP 1 ticket left, 2 SECOND ROW left, FRONT ROW ALREADY SOLD OUT)! Show support on Facebook at bit.ly/vdayrevolver.
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Saturday, March 28 – #BackdropToTheFuture
Horizon Event Center, 2100 NW 100th ST in Clive, IA
Meet and Greet 6:30 pm, Bell Time 8 pm
Tickets on-sale Monday, February 3 at 8 pm (EST).
(Watch the commercial at bit.ly/backdropiowa)
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Saturday, April 4 – #PancakesAndPiledrivers
The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E 7th Ave in Tampa, FL
Bell Time 11 a.m.
JUST ADDED: The Ascension! Viktor and Connor are out of their WWE contracts and debut for Revolver during Mania Weekend!
Impact Wrestling World champion Sami Callihan vs. What Culture’s Simon Miller
Also featuring: Jessicka Havok, Mance Warner, Cole Radrick, and more!
Tickets available NOW at bit.ly/panseats! Show support on Facebook at bit.ly/revolverpancakes!
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Advertising and sponsorship opportunities available at office@prowrestlingrevolver.com.

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Smart Mark Video & IWTV Announce Merger

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*The Following Press Release Was Issued By IWTV*

SMART MARK VIDEO AND IWTV ANNOUNCE MERGER

We’re excited to announce that IWTV and Smart Mark Video have come to terms on a new agreement that will expand our partnership into 2020 and beyond.

This new agreement will build upon our existing relationship with Smark Mark Video, which has allowed us to bring thousands of hours of independent wrestling content to IWTV subscribers. Now the two companies are merging into a united force, in an effort to better service the independent wrestling community and the promotions we partner with.

What does this mean?

  • Smart Mark Video will head our video production efforts to help improve on the quality of our live streamed events
  • Speaking of live streams, new live streams will be announced soon featuring new partner promotions
  • In addition to heading IWTV live even production, Smart Mark Video will continue to partner with FITE for live streams, including featured IWTV partner promotion events
  • New promotions will also become a regular part of our weekly Throwback Thursday release schedule
  • All IWTV partner promotions will now have access to additional distribution options through Smart Mark Video including DVD, Blu-Ray, VOD and MP4
  • Equipment upgrades and further development of our apps will ensure the best possible viewing experience for fans
  • A multi-casting feature will be added soon, allowing multiple events to stream live on IWTV at the same time

 

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PWO Audio Exclusive – Luke Roberts Talks “The Spectrum Slam” And More

*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive* 

Luke Roberts from Dynamo Pro Wrestling based in St. Louis, MO talks “The Spectrum Slam” taking place on Saturday, 8/24, an event presented by Dynamo Pro, Fighting For Autism and Car Shield.

PWO Audio Exclusive – Glacier Interview

*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive* 

Check out Nick’s interview with Glacier, as he discusses the pressures of his grand WCW entrance, the “Blood Runs Cold” storyline, his experiences competing in AEW, ROH, CHIKARA, as well as his upcoming match this Saturday, 8/24/19 at “The Spectrum Slam” in St. Louis presented by Dynamo Pro Wrestling, Fighting For Autism and Car Shield.

WrestlePOST – Pro Wrestling Under Your Thumb

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Armed with a background of both marketing and 20 years of restaurant management experience, RJ had worked for the West Coast Wrestling Connection (WCWC) as a referee, ring announcer and interviewer for five years. One of his last projects with The WCWC was to create an app for them.

Once their weekly television show came off the air this past December, RJ had an opportunity to move on. He figured, “Why not create an app for everybody?”

“That is one of the main reasons I did it,” said RJ. “Any database out there that I have found is messy and out of date if you’re looking for pro wrestling promotions, so I wanted to bring those two things together.”

Thus, the WrestlePOST app was launched in March 2019 with the purpose of being a tool for fans, promotions and wrestling talent to find each other, buy and sell gear, merchandise and equipment, as well as post and find other wrestling-related services.

“In the time I spent in wrestling getting to know the performers, if there is a struggle, it’s [for] independent contractors to market themselves and try to promote themselves and get booked,” said RJ.

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Streaming Live: IWTV Announces August – September Live Streaming Schedule

*The Following Press Release Was Issued By IWTV*

If you’re looking for an introduction to independent wrestling, IWTV has you covered!

Now available on your Android and iPhone devices, IWTV is excited to announce a new partnership with Ground Zero (San Diego, CA) and Prestige Wrestling (Portland, OR) as part of our upcoming live streaming schedule!

Let’s take a look at where you’ll be able to catch independent wrestling streaming live on IWTV!

Streaming Live (All start times are listed in EDT)

  • Friday August 16th at 9PM – Freelance Wrestling
  • Sunday August 18th at 2PM – Women’s Wrestling Revolution
  • Friday August 23rd at 10:30PM – Xtremely Serious Wrestling
  • Saturday August 24th at 5:30PM – Black Label Pro
  • Saturday September 7th at 3PM – CHIKARA
  • Friday September 13th at 8PM – St Louis Anarchy
  • Friday September 20th at 8PM – ICW NY
  • Friday September 20th – Freelance Wrestling
  • Saturday September 21st at 2PM – Black Label Pro
  • Saturday September 21st at 5:30PM – Black Label Pro
  • Sunday September 22nd at 3PM – Beyond Wrestling
  • Saturday September 28th at 11PM – Ground Zero
  • Sunday September 29th at 9PM – Prestige Wrestling

More to be announced (no, really, we’re still adding more events!)

We’ll keep you updated with full event previews at https://independentwrestling.tv/schedule

Dynamo Pro Wrestling And Gateway Harley-Davidson Present Bikes, Beer And Body Slams

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*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Dynamo Pro Wrestling*

Dynamo Pro Wrestling and Gateway Harley-Davidson Present Bikes, Beer, and Body Slams

    Dynamo Pro Wrestling, in association with Gateway Harley-Davidson, are pleased to announce a series of professional wrestling events. For years, professional wrestling and Harley-Davidson have been highly recognized in the St. Louis area. Dynamo Pro Wrestling and Gateway Harley-Davidson have chosen to come together and present great evenings of professional wrestling. The final event of this series will take place as a part of Gateway Harley-Davidson’s “Bike Night” events on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. This event will be held at Gateway Harley-Davidson, located at 3600 Lemay Ferry Road in St. Louis, Missouri. In a match already signed for this event, the brand-new Gateway Harley-Davidson champion, C.J. Shine, will make his first defense of the championship against the challenge of “The Snitch”.

    C.J. Shine had been looking to regain his momentum after completing his first reign as Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion in 2018. Since winning the Gateway Harley-Davidson championship at our last “Bikes, Beer, and Body Slams” event, C.J. Shine has competed in many high-profile matchups. His challenger, The Snitch, has complained for over six hundred days that he has not received a chance at either the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 or heavyweight championship. The current Dynamo Pro Wrestling RIOT on the River tournament champion, The Snitch outlasted all other competitors in a battle royal at the last “Beer, Bikes, and Body Slams” event to become the number-one contender for the Gateway Harley-Davidson championship. The next chapter in this long-standing rivalry will take place on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at Gateway Harley-Davidson in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Since 2007, Dynamo Pro Wrestling has strived to bring professional wrestling fans of all ages with hard hitting, fast paced, edge of your seat professional wrestling action. For additional information on Dynamo Pro Wrestling, you can check out our website at www.dynamoprowrestling.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dynamopro, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DynamoPro.

    Since April 2002, Gateway Harley-Davidson has taken great pride in being part of the St. Louis, Missouri area and we believe in giving back to those in the community. We strive to excel when it comes to providing the greatest customer experience possible for every single customer that walks through our doors. For additional information on Gateway Harley-Davidson, you can check out their website at https://www.gatewayharleydavidson.com. You can also follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GatewayHarley and on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/GatewayHarley.