Tuesday 4/19 Torch Today – Livecast On-Demand, Connor McGregor teases retirement, Rock’s “Ballers” Season 2 premiere, Stephanie speaking at big NYC event & grand marshal, TNA int’l TV deal, Anderson & Gallows t-shirts exiting, WM32 DVD, Lance Storm injury, Videos – Flair hypes Leicester City, Sasha Banks interview, Yehi doc

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

The Rock (artist Travis Beaven © PWTorch)


TORCH TODAY – Tuesday, April 19, 2016

At PWTorchLivecast.com: On-demand access to Monday’s Raw post-game show with James Caldwell & Greg Parks, plus Tuesday’s Livecast with Wade Keller & Jonny Fairplay.

At MMATorch.com: Connor McGregor randomly teased retirement Tuesday on Twitter.

– HBO revealed that Season 2 of “Ballers” starring “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, July 17. Ballers is slotted for 10:00 p.m. EST on summer Sunday nights, followed by “Vice Principals” at 10:30 p.m. Rock hyped the new season on Twitter. As we covered on Monday, HBO is seeking a court date in July to clear a lawsuit against the show, hoping to have the legal situation resolved before the premiere date.

– WWE executive Stephanie McMahon is scheduled to speak at Variety’s “Entertainment and Technology Summit NY” on May 5 in New York City. Variety sent out an email blast announcing “WWE, New York Giants, Facebook, and Google” executives will be part of the event. Stephanie and Spike TV president Kevin Kay are among the execs scheduled to speak as part of a “Hunting For Millennials” series.

Stephanie McMahon is also scheduled to be the Grand Marshal of the Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 7 in Westport, Conn.

– In the face of questions about the future of TNA, TNA president Dixie Carter announced a new international TV clearance on FX in the Middle East that is scheduled to begin on May 20.

– Independent t-shirts for Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson will no longer be sold after Tuesday night. ProWrestlingTees announced: “Last Chance, Gone At 5:00 p.m. PST! We were asked to take down all of the Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson shirts today, so this is your last chance to get them.”

WrestlingDVDNetwork.com published more artwork and previews of the WrestleMania 32 DVD/Blu-ray home video release. The artwork is still planned to feature Charlotte holding the retired Divas Title belt.

Lance Storm announced an injury situation affecting his elbow.


– From the Collectibles Department, Figures Toy Company is promoting a new ROH play ring and Michael Elgin action figure from the first line of ROH figures.


Ric Flair hyped Leicester City’s magical Premiere League season during an interview on BBC Radio’s “5 Live” program while in the U.K. on the European Tour. Hopefully for Leicester fans, Flair did not just jinx their run to the EPL title. (Thanks to David)

Sasha Banks was interviewed by the Busted Open satellite radio show about changing WWE’s women’s division, Total Divas, Bayley on the main roster, and more topics.

– WWNLive released a new mini-documentary on rising star Fred Yehi, who is scheduled to be part of WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Series.

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