Wednesday 1/13 Torch Today – Gunner on the Livecast, ECC, NXT battle royal tonight, WWE HOF pre-sale, Hogan teases wrestling again, Styles’s indies dates, TNA star Manik released, WWE DVD distributor exits, Jericho on Fozzy, Ross reviews Raw, Video – WWNLive Free match

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


Torch Today – Wednesday, January 13, 2016

– LIVECAST ALERT: PWTorch columnist Pat McNeill interviews former TNA star Gunner today at 5:00 p.m. EST at Also, the East Coast Cast is live tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST with Travis Bryant at

– WWE kicks off a new NXT season tonight on WWE Network with a #1 contender battle royal to the Women’s Title held by Bayley. Plus, NXT tag champions Dash & Dawson and Tommaso Ciampa are in action.

– WWE has launched a pre-sale for WWE Hall of Fame tickets in Dallas on April 2. The pre-sale code is “AACVIP.” (Thanks to VIP member James in Dallas)

Hulk Hogan talked about wanting to wrestle again while on the way to court Wednesday morning in Florida for his latest Gawker lawsuit hearing. “I’ve lost weight, I’m jacked up, I’m ready to slam another giant,” Hogan boasted upon entering the court room.

A.J. Styles wrestles in the U.K. this weekend, including a dream match against Rey Mysterio. After that, Styles’s last remaining publicly-announced independent booking is February 5 for DSCW in Canton, Georgia.

– TNA and T.J. Perkins (who played Manik) have parted ways. PWTorch has learned that TNA decided not to renew Perkins’s contract.

– WWE’s Australian DVD distributor, Shock Records, has decided to end their distribution partnership. Shock announced that it will no longer distribute WWE home videos after March 31. (Report at

Jim Ross’s latest blog at includes a review of Monday’s Raw, Royal Rumble build-up, and more topics, including details on his WrestleMania Weekend shows in Dallas.

Chris Jericho talked on a recent music podcast about still trying to get respect for his “Fozzy” band due to his association with wrestling. ”Because I have notoriety from another area, that works against Fozzy. People think it’s some kind of a novelty thing. Not as much any more, but you still get people who say, ‘Yeah I’ve heard of them, but I’ve never listened to them – it’s Jericho.'”

– The latest free match released by WWNLive is the Young Bucks vs. Bravado Brothers from DGUSA in 2013.

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