WWE has been mining the indies for talent for years, but we’re seeing those stars make it on a national stage (CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Antonio Cesaro). It’s a tectonic shift for the world’s largest wrestling company, moving from potential “TV stars” who can’t wrestle and to indie stars who may not have the right physique but who can go.
Recently, WWE reached a deal with El Generico, regarded as one of the best workers in the world, and, if used properly, he could be the next masked superstar. And now comes word via the Wrestling Observer (subscription required) that the Briscoe brothers, Adam Cole, Sami Callihan and Ricky Reyes will be getting a look in the WWE’s next tryout camp at the end of this month.
Read more at the new Wrestling DeLorean site.

WWE has been mining the indies for talent for years, but we’re seeing those stars make it on a national stage (CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Antonio Cesaro). It’s a tectonic shift for the world’s largest wrestling company, moving from potential “TV stars” who can’t wrestle and to indie stars who may not have the right physique but who can go.

Recently, WWE reached a deal with El Generico, regarded as one of the best workers in the world, and, if used properly, he could be the next masked superstar. And now comes word via the Wrestling Observer (subscription required) that the Briscoe brothers, Adam Cole, Sami Callihan and Ricky Reyes will be getting a look in the WWE’s next tryout camp at the end of this month.

Read more at the new Wrestling DeLorean site.

The Callihan Death Machine by artist Rob Schamberger: January 20, 2013

The Callihan Death Machine by artist Rob Schamberger: January 20, 2013

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WWE has future endeavored Trent Barreta: January 11, 2013
The announcement hasn’t reached the WWE website yet, but Pro Wrestling Syndicate is already advertising Barreta for its WrestleMania weekend show.

WWE has future endeavored Trent Barreta: January 11, 2013

The announcement hasn’t reached the WWE website yet, but Pro Wrestling Syndicate is already advertising Barreta for its WrestleMania weekend show.

El Generico to WWE? Indie star’s signing rumored: January 9, 2013
Independent wrestling sensation El Generico is headed to the big time, according to the indie watchers at PWPonderings.

El Generico to WWE? Indie star’s signing rumored: January 9, 2013

Independent wrestling sensation El Generico is headed to the big time, according to the indie watchers at PWPonderings.

Homicide, Samoa Joe and CM Punk by Rob Schamberger: December 23, 2012
Artist Rob Schamberger is a friend, and a damn good artist. Check out his stuff by clicking on his latest painting.

Homicide, Samoa Joe and CM Punk by Rob Schamberger: December 23, 2012

Artist Rob Schamberger is a friend, and a damn good artist. Check out his stuff by clicking on his latest painting.

(via robschamberger)

The animated Art of Wrestling podcast, featuring CM Punk and Colt Cabana, now with an alternative ending: December 21, 2012

I really enjoyed these shots, especially with all of the cameos by stars throughout wrestling history. It’s also fun to hear Punk and Cabana discussing John Cena, who Cabana thought hated him. And now, we get an alt-ending, featuring an Avengers-style battle and post-credits extra scene.

Nigel Mcguinness documentary trailer: November 15, 2012

Really want to see this documentary, if only to finally hear Nigel ‘s explanation of why he vanished from TNA.

Chris Masters featured in the latest Art of Wrestling Animated with Colt Cabana: November 2, 2012

Colt doesn’t seem to like the Masterpiece very much.

"Former WCW star the legendary Mortis" (aka the late Chris Kanyon) advertised for NWA Jersey show: October 18, 2012
Of all the classless things done by wrestling promoters, advertising a dead wrestler is near the top. Kanyon has been dead since April 2010.
Shane Helms posted this photo on Twitter and took promoter Ricky Otazu to task.
"Mortis aka Chris Kanyon passed away tragically years ago, and this company is using his pic to advertise an imposter.
"It takes a LOT to get to me. This legit has offended me. No class at all.
"If anyone can get me info on this guy claiming to be Mortis I’d appreciate it. Thank you."
Also advertised … “WWE legends the Machines.” Helms called out Otazu on that too.
"Plus I see you’re promoting The Machines as well. Since Hogan and Eadie aren’t on the show, you resurrecting Andre too?? @Dagoon44”
“Who’s on your next show? Savage? Benoit? Oh, it’s only masked dead guys, Blue Blazer then? @Dagoon44”
An unscrupulous promoter? No way!

"Former WCW star the legendary Mortis" (aka the late Chris Kanyon) advertised for NWA Jersey show: October 18, 2012

Of all the classless things done by wrestling promoters, advertising a dead wrestler is near the top. Kanyon has been dead since April 2010.

Shane Helms posted this photo on Twitter and took promoter Ricky Otazu to task.

"Mortis aka Chris Kanyon passed away tragically years ago, and this company is using his pic to advertise an imposter.

"It takes a LOT to get to me. This legit has offended me. No class at all.

"If anyone can get me info on this guy claiming to be Mortis I’d appreciate it. Thank you."

Also advertised … “WWE legends the Machines.” Helms called out Otazu on that too.

"Plus I see you’re promoting The Machines as well. Since Hogan and Eadie aren’t on the show, you resurrecting Andre too??

Who’s on your next show? Savage? Benoit? Oh, it’s only masked dead guys, Blue Blazer then?

An unscrupulous promoter? No way!

Jon Stewart vs. Bill O’Reilly — The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium: October 6, 2012

A much bigger fight than Dave Batista’s MMA debut.

ODB talks about getting implants in the latest animated Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana: October 5, 2012

And she explains how one of ‘em popped during a match.

Go Shiozaki, Nigel McGuinness, Kensuke Sasaki, Adam Pearce and Daniel Bryan: September 20, 2008
This would make a pretty impressive stable.

Go Shiozaki, Nigel McGuinness, Kensuke Sasaki, Adam Pearce and Daniel Bryan: September 20, 2008

This would make a pretty impressive stable.

A.C.H. featured in Chikara’s latest Podcast-A-Go-Go: October 2, 2012

A.C.H. has been tearing up Missouri indies in 2012. So it’s good to see him getting a shot with the major indies — Chikara and Ring of Honor. And the Last Hero shows why with the 450 off the second rope.

Also featured here: an eight-man tag featuring Hallowicked, Ultramantis Black, Mike Quackenbush and Jigsaw against the Young Bucks and the debuting Heart Throbs.

The Spectral Envoy wins Chikara’s King of Trios: September 16, 2012
Hallowicked, Frightmare and Ultramantis Black defeat Team Ring of Honor (Mike Bennett and the Young Bucks) in the finals. Sounds like an awesome weekend of wrestling (and a DVD set worth getting).

The Spectral Envoy wins Chikara’s King of Trios: September 16, 2012

Hallowicked, Frightmare and Ultramantis Black defeat Team Ring of Honor (Mike Bennett and the Young Bucks) in the finals. Sounds like an awesome weekend of wrestling (and a DVD set worth getting).

Marty Jannetty and the 1-2-3 Kid win Chikara’s 10 team gauntlet match: September 16, 2012
Chikara loves underdogs. Who doesn’t?

Marty Jannetty and the 1-2-3 Kid win Chikara’s 10 team gauntlet match: September 16, 2012

Chikara loves underdogs. Who doesn’t?