Wednesday 3/30 Torch Today – WM32 Media Bonanza, Austin & X-Pac, Mania matches getting top billing, Cena talks Shane to TMZ, Shane’s day job, Ziggler talks Trump to Fox Business, new WWE/Scooby Doo movie, 2K Sports expands SuperCard, WWE/Avid, Chikara’s first team for King of Trios 2016, New Japan Results, Joe Doering, Lucha Underground to Japan, Pics of The Day – Rhodes vs. Ryders


PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.

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TORCH TODAY – Wednesday, March 30, 2016

– At On-demand access to Wade Keller & Jason Powell of breaking down the final stop on the Road to WrestleMania.

– At Full Recap of an intriguing conversation between “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Sean Waltman on the latest Stone Cold Podcast.

– At Latest Daily Top Five List previewing the biggest MMA fights in April.

– Plenty of TV and print interviews/appearances this week leading up to WrestleMania – John Cena on the “Today” and “Tonight” shows, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon on SportsCenter, Brock Lesnar on SportsCenter, Michael Hayes with a very revealing interview with JBL on WWE Network, Linda McMahon talking to Katie Couric, and more to come this week with Shane McMahon on SportsCenter tonight and Mick Foley on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s podcast tomorrow night on WWE Network. Follow all the latest news, recaps, and interviews at

– WWE sent out a Network email blast hyping the top matches at WrestleMania on Sunday. Triple H vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Title is got top billing, followed by Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker in Hell in a Cell and Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar in a No Holds Barred Street Fight. The fourth match included after the Big Three is the Divas Title match between Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch.

WWE sent out a separate email blast to lapsed Network subscribers hyping A.J. Styles vs. Chris Jericho trying to get former customers to come back to the Network for WrestleMania.

– While basically living in New York City to start the week, John Cena talked to TMZ about WrestleMania, politics, and random topics. Included was the interviewer asking Cena if Shane McMahon could be a full-time wrestler like the WWE roster. Cena took exception to the question, saying he thinks Shane has full-time passion and energy for WWE.

Outside of WWE, Shane’s day job includes a fourth quarter conference call for YOU On Demand scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Shane is scheduled to join other YOU executives at 4:30 p.m. EST to discuss fourth quarter 2015 business.

– Dolph Ziggler talked to Fox Business about working with Donald Trump in WWE and whether he has political aspirations. Ziggler, who has been tweeting a lot about the Republican party race during campaign season, explained where the enthusiasm comes from: “I’ve always been very interested and now that everyone else is interested it makes me excited because I don’t have to just find a political science professor from Kent State from 20 years ago and try and text them something.”

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— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) March 30, 2016

– WWE announced basic details of a new “Scooby-Doo” movie from WWE Studios scheduled for release this summer. The movie is titled “Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon.” The cover art indicates The Undertaker and Corporate Triple H will be featured in the movie.

– 2K Sports announced an update to the “WWE SuperCard” mobile card game. On Wednesday, 2K introduced 70 new cards as part of the “WrestleMania Tier,” including new cards for A.J. Styles, Braun Strowman, Trish Stratus, and Asuka. SuperCard is available in all major mobile gaming stores such as the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore.

– WWE and Avid announced a partnership to help WWE’s content work flow and prevent major disruptions with the Avid MediaCentral Platform. From the press release: “By embracing Avid Everywhere, the global sports media company can enable its production teams to work more efficiently.  WWE has chosen to protect its investment in the new workflow solution, as well as its media assets by implementing a back-up system so it can continue to produce content in the event of an unexpected disruption.”

Japan News Central

– New Japan Pro Wrestling continued the march to “Invasion Attack” on Wednesday. (Full Results via

– Lucha Underground is heading to Japan. A show mixing Japanese wrestling, AAA, and Lucha Underground is scheduled for April 20 in Tokyo. Included is Fenix vs. Pentagon, Jr. representing LU. (Full Details on the show)

– All Japan held a press conference addressing the status of Joe Doering, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will undergoe chemotherapy. Doering is off the Champion Carnival tournament and his teammate Atsushi Aoki is scheduled to replace him. (Details via

Video and Photos of the Day

– Chikara announced Team Sendai Girls as the first trio for the 2016 King of Trios tournament. Tickets go on-sale Thursday.

– Cody Rhodes, as Stardust, driving around Texas in-character with his wife, Eden Stiles. Then, a battle between couples Stardust/Eden and Zack Ryder/Emma at Six Flags Over Texas.

This is happening right now #WrestleMania32

— Eden (@RealEdenWWE) March 30, 2016

#WRESTLEMANIA MADNESS! @StardustWWE and @ZackRyder don't want to wait until Sunday's IC Title Ladder Match!

— Joey Styles (@JoeyStyles) March 30, 2016

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