Friday 1/8 Torch Today – LIVECAST ALERT, Live Coverage of Brock’s WWE return, TNA PPV tonight, Styles vs. Tanahashi on U.S. TV, Lesnar at Feb. PPV, Ranallo interview, WM32 contest for Torch Readers, Muchnick & Nowinski on concussions, Batista, Reigns, Video – WWE stars on GMA

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


TORCH TODAY – Friday, January 8

– What a wild week in pro wrestling. And, it’s not even over.

Brock Lesnar returns to a WWE ring Friday night in Houston to face Sheamus. (Check back for in-person reporting from the show later tonight.) Plus, TNA is on PPV tonight with a “One Night Only” special from Bethlehem, Pa. featuring Kurt Angle, Beer Money, and the TNA in-ring debut of Mike Bennett (with Maria).

Also, you can watch A.J. Styles vs. Tanahashi from the New Japan series on AXS TV tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST. Or, settle for “Superstars” at the same time on WWE Network. That’s actually the place to find Tyler Breeze, who faces Jack Swagger on Superstars tonight.

Or, in movie theaters this weekend is “The Masked Saint” featuring the late Roddy Piper.

– The Full Weekend Events Center can be found HERE previewing all of the big shows tonight and this weekend.

– PWTORCH LIVECAST ALERT: Bruce Mitchell and Travis Bryant of the East Coast Cast will take your calls and talk about this huge week in wrestling at 7:00 p.m. EST at

Brock Lesnar is officially advertised for the “Fastlane” PPV in February in Cleveland. (Report at

– New Smackdown announcer Mauro Ranallo talked to about his mental health challenges and career in combat sports broadcasting. There was no WWE talk, but it’s an interesting interview with more background on the new voice of WWE.

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– Wrestling author Irv Muchnick continued his series on the ramifications of the “Concussion” movie by looking at quotes from former WWE star Chris Nowinski on the NFL’s approach to youth football. (Blog at

– Toys R Us is promoting a WrestleMania contest available for Torch readers. Toys R Us is giving away a prize package of two tickets, travel, and accommodations for WrestleMania 32 in Texas. The contest details can be found on the U.K. version of the Toys R Us website HERE.

– WWE sent out an email alert that replica Roman Reigns WWE Title side plates are available on their Shop site. The price tag is $99.

Batista has released the first look at his character in the forthcoming “Bushwick” movie set in Brooklyn, New York.

– ABC released video of WWE World Hvt. champion Roman Reigns & The Bellas appearing on Thursday’s edition of “Good Morning America.” The video segment features the trio discussing health and fitness tips.

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