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Bound For Glory Live From Sam’s Town In Las Vegas: Tickets On Sale September 24

IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest show of the year, Bound For Glory, will be its first since the start of COVID to take place outside of Skyway Studios. The venue that’s been chosen for this monumental occasion is Sam’s Town Live! Tickets go on sale September 24. Read on for the full press release, including pricing.

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Review: NWA 73

It was quite the weekend for the NWA. This past Saturday was its first all-women PPV, EmPowerrr, and on Sunday NWA 73 took place, with both events emanating from The Chase in St. Louis. As with NWA Powerrr, these PPVs aired exclusively on FITE. If you want to watch EmPowerrr, you can do so here, and NWA 73 can be watched here. So how was NWA 73, and which of these two PPVs was the best? Read on for my thoughts.

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Review: NWA EmPowerrr

On August 28, the NWA held its first-ever all-women pay-per-view, EmPowerrr, emanating from the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis — a legendary home to a multitude of professional wrestling events over the years. In addition to EmPowerrr on August 28, the next day, on August 29, NWA 73 is taking place at The Chase, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the formation of the National Wrestling Alliance, which took place in 1948. Read on for my thoughts on NWA EmPowerrr.

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Review: NWA When Our Shadows Fall

Last night was the latest NWA PPV on FITE: When Our Shadows Fall. Featuring seven matches, this two-hour event was an action packed evening that welcomed fans back into the NWA Arena for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the full results and my thoughts on this NWA PPV, read on.

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Review: NWA Back For The Attack

Tonight marked the return of the NWA since the start of the pandemic last year. A two-hour PPV event on FITE, Back For The Attack was an excellent return to form for one of the most compelling wrestling promotions in the world today. Before I dive into my match-by-match review, I want to let you know that NWA Powerrr is now exclusively on FITE, with the first new episode airing this Tuesday. If you want to watch NWA Powerrr, you can do so by paying only $5 a month. This subscription is absolutely worth it, and I encourage you to sign up for it today. Now, let’s take a look at tonight’s PPV and my thoughts on each match!

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Book Review – Wrestling With The Devil by Lex Luger

Lex Luger - Wrestling With The DevilWhen I became a wrestling fan, it was in the heyday of larger-than-life characters like Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior and the British Bulldog. Not only did these superstars have otherworldly personas, they had spectacular physiques. While Lex Luger wasn’t known for being the most charismatic performer, his physical presence couldn’t be denied. In the 1980s he was a force to be reckoned with in the National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and when he came to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Luger was a top babyface (i.e., good guy). After his stint in the WWF, Luger went back to WCW and became World Champion and eventually joined the rebellious New World Order. Luger had a stellar career but he wasn’t without his vices. His autobiography reveals all of the ups and downs he went through, including the death of the “First Lady of Wrestling,” Miss Elizabeth. I found it to be a captivating read up until the final couple chapters where the book turned into what felt like an infomercial for Christianity. While I’m glad religion helped Luger turn his life around, his heavy-handed use of Bible verses came off as preachy instead of inspirational. Nevertheless, Wrestling With The Devil was an enlightening and entertaining read that wrestling fans should check out.

Synopsis 

Pro wrestling sensation Lex Luger was leading a thrill-ride life, with fans screaming his name and money pouring in faster than he could spend it. One of the most memorable figures in the sport’s history, Lex was the ultimate all-American muscleman. The three-time world champion could slam anything that got in his way—and he believed he was invincible.

But outside the ring, Lex was self-destructing. He lived a secret double life that was taking him down and ripping his family apart, culminating when his mistress died from a much-publicized drug overdose. Without realizing it, Lex was fighting for his very life—and the enemy was a host of his own demons.

Yet it wasn’t until he was at his lowest point that Lex Luger began to discover what true strength is all about. That strength would get him through the greatest challenge of his life: a paralyzing spinal cord injury.

In this stunningly honest memoir, Lex Luger reveals behind-the-scenes stories from the world of pro wrestling, recounts his dramatic struggles with personal failings, and shares how—through unexpected faith, grace, and redemption—today he’s standing stronger than ever and fighting the battles that matter the most.

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