AXS TV is proud to announce it will premiere New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest show of the year, “Wrestle Kingdom 11,” in a four-part TV event starting Friday, Jan. 13, the week after it takes place at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. In addition to WRESTLE KINGDOM 11, AXS TV also renewed the popular weekly wrestling series for over 50 episodes in 2017 and it will premiere an hour earlier at 8pE/5pP.
AXS TV’s acclaimed commentary duo, WWE Hall-of-Famer Jim Ross and former UFC Heavyweight Champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett, will call the action for WRESTLE KINGDOM 11. The first of four Friday night WRESTLE KINGDOM episodes kicks off Jan. 13 with WRESTLE KINGDOM 11’s scheduled main event featuring four-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, who defends his championship against 2016 G1 Climax Tournament Champion Kenny Omega. The highly anticipated bout is the first meeting between Okada and Omega, who was a breakout star in 2016.
The second episode on Friday, Jan. 20 will feature the scheduled co-main event match between NJPW legend Hiroshi Tanahashi and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito. The scheduled matches for the final two episodes from WRESTLE KINGDOM 11 will be announced at a later date.
“The response and critical acclaim for the NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING weekly series has exceeded our wildest expectations and we are looking forward to furthering our relationship in 2017,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. “We appreciate that TV Asahi and New Japan Pro Wrestling are allowing us to broadcast WRESTLE KINGDOM 11 to their loyal fans in the United States just a week after the event in Japan. This is a huge step for our companies and we hope to offer more events in this timely format in the future.”
“Wrestle Kingdom is a pro wrestling broadcaster’s dream event,” said Ross. “It’s the Japanese equivalent to the Super Bowl. The biggest NJPW stars in the most important bouts on the most lucrative card of the year where everyone brings their ‘A’ game in the Tokyo Dome!”
“Wrestle Kingdom is one of the greatest events in the world of professional wrestling year after year!” said Barnett. “The Tokyo Dome sets the stage for the biggest and best New Japan has to offer.”
Opinion: AXS TV is doing a great job at making New Japan Pro Wrestling feel like a main priority for them. I just hope to see a better turn around on getting fresh content out.
During the third quarter conference call, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon was asked about a potential sale of the organization. The question came from an investor citing the sale of UFC to WME.
McMahon stated that he is “open” to hearing offers. However, McMahon said that he isn’t sure how much control he would lose, leading suspicions that McMahon doesn’t want to lose control of WWE but also wants to secure the future for his daughter Stephanie McMahon and son-in-law Paul Levesque.
According to Forbes, WWE is worth about $1.5 Billion.
Look who I came across at closing ceremony; cool chica & USA flag bearer pic.twitter.com/wbpbFEA5sy
— Brinn Bevan (@brinnbevan) August 22, 2016
Amid rain the closing ceremonies of the 31st Olympiad started with a reminder of who Brazil thinks invited the airplane and a countdown symbolizing his famous watches. Oh and fireworks.
The celebrations at Maracana Stadium in Rio capped a successful first South American Olympics. The games started under the cloud of pollution, politics and problems, but finished with a celebration of the diversity of the host country and all humanity.
Overall the closing ceremonies showcased the culture of Brazil through music and a fantastic light show. The evening started with dancers in tropical bird costumes forming, marching band style, signature visuals of the games. Starting with Christ the Redeemer, then a cable car on Sugar loaf Mountain and continuing with the Rio Olympics logos and the Olympic rings.
The closing ceremonies are a chance for the host country/city to show off the local culture and Rio began with the music. Famed Samba composer Martinho Da Vilaa took the stage with a chorus of his daughters and granddaughters to perform two songs.
Next, the Brazilian national anthem was performed with fantastic drums and a show on the stadium floor where a group clad in white costumes ended up forming the starts on a Brazilian flag that was projected on the stadium. All this happened while tennis great Maria Bueno held the Brazilian flag.
Performer Roberta Sa took to the stadium in a Carmen Miranda influenced dance to a magical Samba beat and a spectacular light show of projections of birds that became her shadow before the Olympic flag bearers entered the stadium.
The USA’s flag was carried by gymnastic super star Siome Biles. Who, by the way, ended up holding up the line of athletes entering the stadium. Not by her own fault, but because so many of her fellow competitors wanted to take selfies with her.
Dancers performed as the around 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries entered the stadium. Waving to cameras and celebrating, they took their places in seats surrounding the stadium floor.
Can I take a second here and give a shout out to the Canadian team and their amazing mittens? Where can I get some of those? It was great fun and represented their home country well.
— Liz Gleadle (@Javelizz) August 22, 2016
After the athletes settled in their place the ceremonies featured a performance by international superstar Kygo. He captained his keyboard while singer Julian Michaels serenaded the world and rain baptized their performance.
During Kygo and Michaels’ performance the IOC announced the Olympic Channel. It’s a digital platform that will highlight Olympic sports 24-7.
Next the ceremony was all about showcasing the people’s culture of Brazil. Starting with music from a children’s choir and performers forming images of cave painting by indigenous Brazilians.
This was followed by poetry about Saudades, a Portuguese word on melancholy and about remembering those that have gone before us.
Next was a beautiful performance centering on lace created by slaves in Brazil.
Following that, ballet dancers form the Brazilian Ballet Company performed in the rain celebrating the clay influenced style of Brazil. The lighting once again played a huge role here, making the dancers look like clay. Then, just off the stage that ballet dancers were on, the floor of the stadium was taken over by dancers dressed and lighted like clay dolls.
Next up was the medal ceremony for the marathon. Kenya took the gold, Ethiopia the silver and the United States the bronze.
The ceremony to hand off the Olympics from Rio to 2020 host Tokyo came next. Starting with the Greek National Anthem, the mayor of Rio handed off the games to the governor of Tokyo with the help of the ICO president.
Then it was the superbly fun Tokyo preview video. It featured athletes, shots of Tokyo, Pac-Man, Hello Kitty and Nintendo’s Mario. Mario helped the Japanese Prime Minister make a quick trip to Rio with the help of a Mario Bros. pipe through the earth.
A fabulous light show followed showcasing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo.
After that the ICO president thanked Brazil and Rio in a speech, presented the Olympic Cup and officially closed the games. Followed by a performance that was a tribute to Brazilin artist and landscape designer Robert Marx, then the Olympic flame was extinguished.
But, there was one last performance. A Carnival inspired number that brought the athletes to the floor of the stadium in celebration, then more fireworks.
The 2016 games started after a lead up of doom and gloom. They finished with music and fête that brought the best of Rio de Janeiro to the world stage. The United States saw the rise of new superstars, the final performances of others and a final medal count that led the world. Rio showed the world that in spite of turmoil they are a city demanding their place in the world of the 21st century.
Mario from Super Mario Bros. helped Japanese Prime Minster Shinzō Abe get to the Rio Olympic closing ceremonies to preview the 202o games in Tokyo.
LOS ANGELES KISS HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED FOUR FREE AGENTS HEADING INTO RIVALRY MATCH-UP AGAINST LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS
LA KISS HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED JOE CLANCY, SHAINE BOYLE,
AUSTIN FRANKLIN AND JT GILMORE
Los Angeles, CA (April 30th, 2015) – The Los Angeles KISS made moves to their roster this week by signing four free agents as they head into their rivalry match-up against the Las Vegas Outlaws on Monday, May 4th at 7:30pm at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV. The LA KISS hopes these moves will give their roster a boost so they can even the 3 game series at 1-1.
With QB Adrian McPherson on the sidelines nursing an injury, the LA KISS looked to add depth to the quarterback position with the assignment of Joe Clancy. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Clancy played college football at Merrimack College where he became the first player in the Northeast-10 Conference history to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a single-season.
The LA KISS offense got another boost at the wide receiver position with the addition of ex-St. Louis Ram Austin Franklin. The 5-foot-11, 189-pounder collected 160 receptions for 2,439 yards and 19 touchdowns over his three-year career as a standout player at New Mexico State. His deep threat ability will help open the field and also complement star wide receiver, Donovan Morgan.
The LA KISS also added to the secondary with the assignment of DB Shaine Boyle. The 5-foot-11 speedster stacks up at 185 pounds and perfected his craft at Faulkner University in Alabama.
The last of the bunch is linebacker JT Gilmore who started his 2015 AFL rookie season with the Arizona Rattlers. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Gilmore signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011 with the Minnesota Vikings. Gilmore played three seasons at Division II Western Oregon before transferring to NAIA member Southern Oregon for his senior season.
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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, two of the greatest showmen of all time, brought pro football to Los Angeles with the formation of Los Angeles KISS. In just one year, LA KISS has become a phenomenon by taking the KISS mentality and applying it to a sports team. LA KISS represents the fusion of entertainment and sports like no other brand and delivers an all-encompassing in-game experience that is second to none. LA KISS ownership combines over 40 years of success in both entertainment, sports and business. The leadership team looks to challenge and redefine the term “sports entertainment” by applying the KISS mentality to everything they do. For more information, visit lakissfootball.com or follow the team on Facebook, facebook.com/lakissfootball, Twitter, twitter.com/LAKISS_AFL or Instagram, instagram.com/lakissfootball.
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football has showcased their fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. Twelve regular season games will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS, while more than 80 games will be delivered on ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network. For the first time, each round of the AFL postseason games will also be televised on ESPN networks, including ArenaBowl XXVIII, which will air on Saturday, August 29th at 8PM EST on ESPN.