Wednesday 4/13 Torch Today – Reigns-Wyatt booking, CAC, WWE highlights “Bullet Club,” Anderson & Gallows merch exiting, Balor talks Mania plans, Taker/U.K. Tour, Flairs/L.A. Kings, Mr. Anderson attempts “F-TNA” explanation, NJPW sets Six-Man Tag Title match, Videos – Steph & Young Bucks interviews

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

Finn Balor - April 7, 2016 NXT house show (Photo credit Scott Lunn @ScottLunn)


TORCH TODAY – Wednesday, April 13

– One big reason why it appears WWE shifted to a Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt main event-level side story is the European Tour. Reigns-Wyatt is the advertised main event for the A Shows throughout the tour, creating a situation where WWE needed to give European fans a reason to be excited about the main events. On Monday’s Raw TV, WWE gave fans permission to cheer Bray for the next few weeks until the storyline plays out. Now it will not be as weird of a situation when the crowd is booing the babyface WWE champion Roman Reigns opposite an historical heel like Bray Wyatt.

At TNA Hvt. champion Drew Galloway is scheduled for the Livecast with Pat McNeill at 8:00 p.m. EST tonight. Call in or listen live at

– CAC Update: Be sure to follow PWTorch contributor Jim Valley live-tweeting @JimValley from the week-long Cauliflower Alley Club gathering in Las Vegas.

– WWE released a new YouTube show hosted by Cathy Kelley focusing on social media reaction to big WWE TV events. Notable was WWE highlighting the “Bullet Club” label used for Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows following their debut on Raw. According to the U.S. trademark office, New Japan still owns the U.S. rights to the “Bullet Club” trademark, while WWE owns the “Balor Club” trademark.

– Independent t-shirts for Anderson & Gallows are leaving the market soon following their WWE debut. ProWrestlingTees announced that their BizCliz, Machine Gun, and other related t-shirts are going soon. “Get these designs before they are gone forever!” the email blast reads. Related to trademarks, Gallows owns the U.S. rights to the “BizCliz” term.

– NXT champion Finn Balor revealed in a new interview that when he first came to WWE, he expected to be on the main roster rather quickly, but he’s glad he got to be part of the rise of NXT.

“I came to WWE to be on WrestleMania and to be in a WrestleMania main event. I won’t say I got sidetracked, but I took a different direction to work with NXT and be part of something I consider incredibly special. I stumbled upon this little pot of gold with NXT. It wasn’t the plan when I came here, but it’s got all of my focus. I’m proud to be the standard-bearer for NXT,” Balor told Phil Strum of the Poughkeepsie Journal promoting next weekend’s NXT tour in New York.

– In an update from yesterday’s Torch Today, The Undertaker is still listed and advertised for the Smackdown TV taping in London on April 19 and Newcastle house show on April 20. It appears there is no change to Taker’s U.K. tour status.

– At Raw TV Monday night in Los Angeles, the L.A. Kings presented Ric Flair and Charlotte with custom L.A. Kings jerseys. (Fox Sports)

– Former TNA star Ken Anderson tried to clear up what happened with his “F— TNA” line at an ICW show in Scotland after he was cut from the company.

“The fans were chanting. It was a very adult crowd, wild crowd. 5-600 people in Scotland at ICW. ICW is a huge deal in Scotland. Reminds me a lot of ECW. You can say whatever you want on the mic. Anything goes. So, they started chanting, ‘F TNA!, F TNA!’ I said okay, I don’t work for them anymore, so yeah, I agree. And then I said after that, ‘Well, F you too!’ because I was playing a heel. But whoever posted the video in the first place just took the eight seconds out so it looks like I’m on a soapbox. I have friends that work in TNA. I’m not gonna badmouth the company,” Anderson told Chris Featherstone of the Pancakes & Powerslams podcast. has all of the day’s news from the Japanese wrestling scene, including New Japan announcing a NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Title match for next Saturday, April 23 in Tokyo. New champions Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Yoshitatsu will defend against Bullet Club’s Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi.

Video Collection

Stephanie McMahon talking to the Busted Open satellite radio show.

The Young Bucks talking to the Busted Open satellite radio show.

Finn Balor with Sam Roberts.

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