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-Former WWWF Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and WWWF Tag Team Champion Pedro Morales has died at age 76. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995. WWE.com has posted a story and a video clip HERE.
-ROH has announced Jay Lethal will defend the ROH Title against Matt Taven on ROH’s 17th Anniversary PPV event in Las Vegas, Nev. at Sam’s Town Live on Apr. 6. The event will air on traditional PPV and on their Honor Club streaming service. Also announced: Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. PCO & Brody King, plus Rush, Bandido, Dalton Castle, Marty Scurll, Jeff Cobb. More at ROH’s website HERE.
-Cody tweeted a picture of himself in a hospital bed post knee surgery yesterday. “Surgery Completed,” he said. “Went smooth. Back to work. (Cowabunga, I guess).”
Surgery completed. Went smooth. Back to work. (Cowabunga I guess) pic.twitter.com/xtUmaJKnWX
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) February 12, 2019
-Former AWA ring announcer Mick Karch is promoting an AWA Appreciation Event on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 12-4 p.m. Details: “Wrestling fans in the Twin Cities: AWA Appreciation Event, in conjunction with the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame: Saturday, Feb. 23, 12-4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, 2800 W. American Blvd., Bloomington Minn.! Casual event! Buffet lunch, meet and greet, photos/autographs, question and answer session, AWA videos courtesy of Joe Ciupik, legacy awards to the Hennig and Kowalski families, trivia contest (prizes awarded), and AWA merchandise for sale from the Mick Karch collection, with partial proceeds from Slick Mick’s table going to Homeward Bound Animal Rescue. Scheduled to appear: Paul Ellering, Steve O, Ken Anderson, Kenny Jay, Nord the Barbarian, The Terminators, Ken Resnick, The Golden Idol, Ed Hellier, George Schire, Al DeRusha, Eddie Sharkey, and Amy Hennig. Tickets are $20. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
-MLW has announced a Tom Lawlor vs. Low Ki main event for “Intimidation Games” on March 2 in Chicago, Ill. at Cicero Stadium with the MLW World Title on the line. The event will air live on Be In Sports on March 2. For ticket info, visit MLWTickets.com.
-Booker T Huffman has filed a copyright infringement suit against publishers of the video game franchise “Call of Duty,” claiming its character “Prophet” is too similar to the “G.I. Bro” comic book action hero character he created based on one of his early pro wrestling personas. The 2018 release Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 prequel depicts the pre-cybernetics Prophet which, according to Booker T, bears striking similarities to G.I. Bro, a special operations soldier created and copyrighted by Booker. “When seen side-by-side there can be no question that this character was copied from G.I. Bro. From the hair, body type and clothing, right down to facial expressions, the similarities are too profound to be an accident,” said Micah Dortch of the Dallas office of the Potts Law Firm. Mr. Huffman is represented by Mr. Dortch and Houston attorney Patrick Zummo with the Law Offices of Patrick Zummo. Since the 2015 release of the G.I. Bro and the Dragon of Death Preview and G.I. Bro and the Dragon of Death comic books, Mr. Huffman has appeared at a number of events dressed as G.I. Bro to promote the titles. In the first three days of its release by Activision Publishing Inc., Activision Blizzard Inc., and Major League Gaming Corp., Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 sold more than $500 million in physical copies and downloads. Total sales to date are thought to exceed $1 billion. “Booker T. has devoted a significant amount of time and money creating and organically growing his G.I. Bro character,” said Mr. Dortch. “That entrepreneurial investment should not be erased by such a blatant act of copyright infringement by a gaming juggernaut.” The case is Booker T. Huffman v. Activision Publishing, Inc., Activision Blizzard, Inc., and Major League Gaming Corp. filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The “Prophet” character was recently confirmed as being gay , although that is not mentioned in the press release sent to PWTorch regarding the lawsuit.
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