Sunday 5/1 Torch Today – Key for tonight’s Payback match results, Jake Roberts on-demand interview, WWE Network crack-down & streaming tips, Flairs at Cubs game, Phillies/Stone Cold, Ross details next set of NJPW/AXS TV episodes, New Japan Sunday Results, Season 2 of “WAGS” with Kelly Kelly, Video – Schamberger paints Joe

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


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TORCH TODAY – Sunday, May 1, 2016

Payback Key: One of the big keys for the match results tonight is looking ahead to immediate re-matches tomorrow night on Raw or at Extreme Rules with a quick three-week turnaround. We like to watch and react to a PPV as a stand-alone event, but in this case with so many fresh feuds and characters in the mix, Payback is just the start of several multi-match situations.

At PWTorchLivecast.com: On-demand access to Pat McNeill’s “Saturday Morning Wrestling” Livecast with Jake Roberts and “The Grappler” Lynn Denton.

At MMATorch.com: The latest weekend news and notes.

– Payback represents the start of WWE trying to crack down on Network account sharing. WWE also noted Network stream tips…

– Prior to Payback in Chicago, Ric Flair and Women’s champion Charlotte met with the Chicago Cubs and Charlotte threw out the first pitch.

– The Philadelphia Phillies’s director of fun (and celebrity liaison for the famous Phillie Phanatic mascot) relayed a story about working with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin back in the Attitude Era at Philly.com. (Thanks to Barry Werner)

Jim Ross detailed the next set of New Japan TV episodes on AXS TV focusing on the 2015 G1 Climax Series in a new blog at jrsbarbq.com. Ross also hit on Payback and heel/face topics.

– Weekend news from Japan via PuroresuSpirit.net. Plus, New Japan Sunday Results leading into “Wrestling Dontaku” on Sunday.

– Season 2 of E!’s “WAGS” show featuring former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly (Barbie Blank) premieres on Sunday, June 26 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Kelly noted that the cast splits up into teams going against each other. (Full Preview)

– Video: Wrestling artist Rob Schamberger’s latest painting is new NXT champion Samoa Joe.

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