Last weekend was the busiest week in the pro-wrestling industry. It was Wrestlemania Weekend. As has been tradition for the last two Wrestlemanias, it is not a week exlusively for the WWE anymore, as hundreds of wrestling promotions around the world has latched onto the phenomenon of Mania week, with 100s of pop-up events around the host city of Wrestlemania.
For a few promotions it has bode well to be a part of the busiest weekend of the year. One of those promotions, ofcourse Ring of Honor (ROH), whom co-hosted with another giant in pro-wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) their annual G1-Supercard event at the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Arena – known as the most famous Arena in the world. Not only was it ROH’s first event live at MSG, but it was completely sold out. Many fans whom attended the G1-Supercard would arguably contest that the show and specifically the main event, Jay White vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, was by far worlds better than any of the matches that was on the main card for the WWE at their Show of shows. This was testament that the professional wrestling industry is wide awake and booming at the moment. Fans are waing up to the reality that there is far better shows, wrestlers and matches out there, other than being satisfied with what they can see week in and week out on the WWE Network.
One of those options became clear when during FITE tv’s Free for All studio coverage of Mania weekend, had a very special guest on with MMA and Wrestling play-by-play announcer Cyrus Fees, South Africa’s very own and greatest wrestling export, PJ Black.
Black broke the news exclusively on FITE tv that he was offered a deal to return to his home country a few times a year to wrestle for a new promotion Slamforce Africa. PJ Black also stated that he will be assisting in developing talent in South Africa, with the eye on setting up a few wrestlings schools in major cities around South Africa. By the sounds of it, Black will not only be wrestling for the promotion, but help out here and there in some capacity to run certain aspects of the new upstart company.
It is about time that the African continent gets its very own world class premier wrestling promotion, pushing and developing talent from the African continent to biggest stages of the world.
You can view an excerpt of the interview below.
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