TNA lands big television deal in Brazil

TNA announced today that it has signed a new television deal in Brazil to bring Impact Wrestling for the first time ever to the country on the free-to-air sports broadcaster Esporte Interativo (EI).

Impact Wrestling will first air on Esporte Interativo every Sunday at 10PM and fans will also be able to watch TNA’s monthly PPV and One Night Only events, as well as TNA Xplosion. Xplosion will broadcast every Monday at 7:45PM. Programming will air in Portuguese, thanks to a dedicated Brazilian announce team.

TNA will join global brands including the NFL and the UEFA Champions League on Esporte Interativo, which can be seen by 105 million people in Brazil and is also the home of MMA in the country. Turner Broadcasting, the television arm of the American media group Time Warner, recently became the sole owner of the network.

TNA President Dixie Carter said, “To partner with Esporte Interativo, a major Brazilian network with a reach of more than 100 million people, is another significant chapter in the incredible TNA international story and an important milestone as we look to expand across South America.”

Aloe Blacc to sing America The Beautiful at WrestleMania 31

WWE fans and country duo Florida Georgia Line revealed on Twitter that their writing partner and singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc will be singing America The Beautiful to kick off WrestleMania 31 this coming Sunday.

“Just found out our #writingpartner @aloeblacc will also experience the @WWE stage! #WM31 #AmericatheBeautiful #WellBeWatching #WWEMusicFam,” the Twitter of FGL read.

The 36 year old California native was recently announced as the guest advisor for Adam Levine’s team on Season 6 of NBC’s The Voice.

He is perhaps best known for writing and performing the vocals on Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” song which went #1 in 22 different countries.

Massive eight-man tag team match headlines Smackdown tonight

A massive eight-man tag team match headlines Smackdown tonight on SyFy, the last stop before WrestleMania 31 this Sunday.

The main event will be Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Mark Henry, and Roman Reigns teaming up to take on Bray Wyatt, Kane, Big Show, and Seth Rollins.

The only other match taped for the show was Jimmy Uso vs Fernando vs Big E. vs Cesaro. The show will feature a lot of WrestleMania-related footage including live cut-ins to WrestleMania Axxess where matches will be held.

Toy State to develop WWE-branded R/C vehicles

Toy State, a toy industry leader and innovator, has entered into a licensing agreement with WWE to develop remote-controlled (R/C) vehicles for the North America market, the first of which will be in stores later this year. This agreement marks Toy State’s first licensing agreement under the Nikko brand since their acquisition of the company last year.

“There are few brands with as loyal and passionate a fan base as the WWE,” said Andy Friess, Toy State president. “The personality of the brand is perfectly aligned with the attitude and innovation of our toys, and we can’t wait for WWE fans to see our products when they hit the shelves.”

WrestleMania Today kicks off Mania week on WWE Network at 6PM EST

The WWE Network will start its WrestleMania week today with the first live broadcast from Axxess at 6PM EST titled WrestleMania Today.

Today’s exclusive sit-down interviews are with WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, and Triple H.

WWE Hall of Famers Booker T and Ric Flair will be among the hosts who will be covering the show live from the San Jose Convention Center. WrestleMania Today will run till 8PM EST and then tomorrow another live link will be done for two hours for the final WrestleMania Today broadcast.

Brock Lesnar talks with Jonathan Coachman about staying in the WWE

During an interview on ESPN hosted by former WWE personality Jonathan Coachman, Brock Lesnar said that the older he got, the wiser he became so the decision to completely forget MMA was not an overnight decision, but was a long process for him.

He told Coach that he weighed the pros and the cons but at the end of the day, on Monday night, “old Vince McMahon” put the offer on the table that he couldn’t refuse.

“That’s what it comes down to, business, and money, and health, and wellbeing. I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. I’ve been in a bad position with my health, I’ve been in a bad position with my money, and now I’m in a great position with both,” Lesnar said, adding that he loves what he’s doing and that he’s happy.

“I work part time with full time pay, like everybody wants,” Lesnar smiled. “But you can’t have! It’s just me, so I’m happy!”

Coach told Lesnar that he seems at ease with the decision and asks him how much fun does he plan on having, especially Sunday night at WrestleMania.

“If you can’t watch me in the ring and not be entertained and not think that I’m not having any fun, there’s something definitely wrong,” Lsnar said.

He added that he loves being in the squared circle and always did, but he always hated the outside ambiance of everything outside. He mentions the old saying in the wrestling business which goes, “It’s all fake but the money and the miles,” and he said the miles were not for him. “Me and the highway did not get along!”

You can watch the interview below.

WWE Hall of Fame ring being sold on eBay for $20,000

A company called Power Pro Wrestling Figs which specializes in wrestling memorabilia is selling Abdullah The Butcher’s WWE Hall of Fame ring on eBay.

The eBay entry has photos of Abdullah wearing the ring as well as photos of the ring on its own and a short video of himself showing off the ring in its case.

The ring was presented to him in 2011 when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and now the same ring is being sold for $20,000 minus one cent. Hey, at least they’re throwing in free shipping!

No offers have been made for the ring yet although there are 97 accounts watching the auction. To view it you can go to eBay.com and search for item 391092579646.

Vince McMahon congratulates himself on Twitter after re-signing Lesnar

Vince McMahon congratulated himself on Twitter after managing to acquire the signature of Brock Lesnar which will keep the current WWE World Heavyweight champion in the company for at least the next year. Terms of the new deal were never revealed.

“Brock re-signs with @WWE.” #CongratsToUs,” wrote McMahon on Twitter, posting the tweet along with a photo of Lesnar with Michelle Beadle at ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Lesnar re-signing with WWE was the company’s biggest issue going into WrestleMania. Talks between the two parties went south after a few weeks ago Lesnar walked out prior to Monday Night Raw in an incident which was described as a breakdown in negotiations. Leaving the issue till the last week was not the ideal situation as creatively things were obviously going to change if Lesnar did not re-sign but now the outcome of the main event is even harder to try and guess.

WWE offered Lesnar a deal which basically pays him full time for working part time. The champ had one of the most lucrative deals in the history of professional wrestling, one which even allows him to have his sponsors on his ring gear, something which no one else is allowed to.

Paul Heyman interrupts Roman Reigns on ESPN’s SportsCenter

Continuing their angle away from WWE television, Paul Heyman interrupted Roman Reigns yesterday during his appearance on ESPN’s SportsNation.

Reigns was being interviewed by Michelle Beadle and just before Reigns was going to show how hard he can punch on a boxing machine, Brock Lesnar’s theme kicked in and out came the advocate for the WWE World Heavyweight champion.

“I’m a great admirer of your work, sir,” Heyman told Reigns as he shook his hand. Heyman then introduced himself as Beadle lip synced along.

“Punching bags don’t hit back, Brock Lesnar hits back,” Heyman said as all three stood in front of the machine. Then Heyman told Beadle that Reigns is a WrestleMania main event and she is dressed inappropriately. Beadle, who is a huge WWE fan, pointed out that she was wearing The Shield t-shirt but then Heyman got a “I’m A Paul Heyman Girl” t-shirt from his pocket and presented it to Beadle. “Now you’re dressed appropriately,” Heyman concluded, as he put his shirt on her shoulder.

Heyman then left the stage as he shook hands with Reigns again, wishing him luck for Sunday. You can see the segment below.

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First photos of WWE Superstars sporting Tapout apparel

The first photos of WWE Superstars and Divas sporting Tapout apparel were published by Business Wire as part of the press release which was issued announcing the deal.

Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler, Alicia Fox, and Charlotte were the ones chosen to “model” the Tapout clothing while they are training.

Tapout was founded back in 1997 and by the late 2000 the company took the world of MMA by storm with most fighters wearing their apparel for fights. It’s co-founder, Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr., is the only Non-fighter to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame.

You can see the photos of WWE personalities with the Tapout clothing below.