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10 Live Observations From Wwn Mercury Rising 2016

4 April 2016 7:43 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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WrestleMania weekend was a huge spectacle for pro wrestling in general, but it was particularly wild for the World Wrestling Network family of promotions.

The group held more than half a dozen shows and events, including two fantastic Evolve Wrestling cards, a Czw show, the inaugural Heart of Shimmer tournament, Kaiju Big Battel featuring Kota Ibushi, and even a pre-WrestleMania barbecue with the legendary Terry Funk.

As rousing a success as all those events were, though, the crowning glory of Wwn’s weekend was the group’s annual Mercury Rising supershow.

More than just an Evolve card, the show featured participation from fellow Wwn groups Full Impact Pro and Shine, as well as a host of international talent (including Ibushi). The result was an incredible card with action for just about everybody – whether you like submission wrestling, striking, high-flying, or even comedy wrestling, Wwn had you covered. »

- Scott Fried

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Triple H Announces First 7 Participants For WWE Global Cruiserweight Series

1 April 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

During yesterday’s Nxt conference call, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative Triple H announced the first seven men confirmed to compete in the 32-man Global Cruiserweight Series this summer. 

The men represent Nxt, U.S. independent wrestling, and the pro scene from around the world:

Rich Swann – The 25-year-old Swann signed with WWE last year and has since made a pair of appearances on Nxt TV. Prior to joining Nxt, the high-flyer competed for Evolve, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Full Impact Pro, and Japan’s Dragon Gate promotion.

Johnny Gargano – “Johnny Wrestling” has already made several appearances with Nxt, but he’s continued to dominate the indies in the meantime. Along with former WWE star Drew Galloway, Gargano holds the Evolve Tag Team Championship.

Tommaso Ciampa – Like Gargano, Ciampa has wrestled for Nxt extensively despite not being signed to WWE. He’s also competed for Ring of Honor in the past, »

- Scott Fried

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