Sunday 4/24 Torch Today – Super Busy Weekend Recap, UFC 197, The Grappler, Chyna, Konnor & Rose, Japan News & Notes, Videos – Owens vs. Zayn, Schamberger paints Nakamura, Hogan at celeb wedding, NWA Smoky Mountain TV, WXW TV

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

Samoa Joe (photo credit Wade Keller © PWTorch)


TORCH TODAY – Sunday, April 24, 2016

– What a wild weekend, mainly from the NXT tour that included Samoa Joe winning the NXT Title, Finn Balor teasing a farewell, and Shinsuke Nakamura being Nakamura.

Plus, the main WWE roster wrapped up a two-week European Tour that saw Papa Hunter team with Kevin Owens against Dean Ambrose and Sami Zayn.

Plus, down in Florida, TMDK and Nikki Storm made their NXT in-ring debuts. TMDK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste) are like Nakamura being head-and-shoulders above their peers at the NXT developmental level. It’s only a matter of time until TMDK takes over the tag division after battling for position with American Alpha and The Revival.

Plus, WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Series kicked off Sunday in London with Zack Sabre, Jr. now officially official for the 32-person tournament field.

Full Weekend News Summary from every WWE tour.

Full Weekend Results from each individual show, including Ring of Honor returning to San Antonio.

At Full Coverage of the UFC 197 event featuring rusty Jon Jones back in action following suspension.

At Listen on-demand to Jim Valley’s “Saturday Morning Wrestling” Livecast with “The Grappler” Lynn Denton.

At Full Recap of ROH announcer Steve Corino on the Wednesday PWTorch Livecast with Pat McNeill.

Plus, McNeill & Valley’s Wayback Playback highlights a ton of weekend VIP Audio Content available for Torch VIP members in the VIP Audio Section. Wade Keller, Bruce Mitchell, Travis Bryant, McNeill, Valley, Greg Parks, Sean Radican, and Brian Leahy all represented.

– Featured Audio Clip: Listen to a 25-minute respectful and insightful conversation between Wade Keller and Jim Ross on Chyna’s life and death from Thursday’s PWTorch Livecast.

– Wrestling columnist Mike Mooneyham’s Sunday newspaper column covers Chyna’s career from several different angles speaking to colleagues. (

– Suspended WWE wrestler Konnor has been silent on Twitter since his suspension was announced. Meanwhile, Adam Rose has not commented since he spoke out against his Wellness Policy suspension four days ago. Rose says he will be issuing a formal response with his doctor.

Full News Briefing of Sunday’s news & notes & results in Japan via, including New Japan in Tokyo and NOAH’s Global Tag League.

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– WWE released a brief video history of the Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn feud, including Zayn unmasked during his indies run. The historical footage setting up their WWE feud is limited since Zayn wrestled under a mask as El Generico before coming to WWE.

– The latest edition of wrestling artist Rob Schamberger’s video series features Shinsuke Nakamura, complete with Nakamura’s NXT theme music in the background. Schamberger also voices-over an essay about Nakamura’s popularity in Japan and how it will translate to WWE.

Chael Sonnen talked on-camera to about his WrestleMania 32 Weekend experience in Dallas and C.M. Punk’s upcoming UFC debut looking to fulfill a dream to have a professional fight.  (Video Clip)

Hulk Hogan stepped out in public with his wife Jennifer to attend a big celebrity wedding in Miami for local personality Dave Grutman. (Video via Daily Mail)

This week’s episode of NWA Smoky Mountain TV features matches from the Smoky Mountain Cup held last weekend in Kingsport, Tenn. Included is Jimmy Rave in action.

– The WXW promotion released a new half-hour episode from their “WXW Shotgun” series featuring clips from their recent sold-out event in Frankfurt, Germany.

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