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Wrestling With…(Ep.14): Told You So’s & Eating Crow

This week, Sam and Adam discuss the controversy surrounding the Women’s Money In The Bank match and fallout on SDLive, Enzo & Cass’ “big break”, the return of the Strowman Moment, the GLOW Netflix series premiere, and much more. As always, a strong sense of humor and listener discretion is advised.

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Wrestling With… (Ep.10): Triumphs And Tragedies

This week, Sam and Adam discuss WWE Backlash weekend, get into a deep conversation regarding the unfortunate events in Manchester and Egypt, and lighten the mood with their usual satirical banter. As always, listener discretion is advised.

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Cody Rhodes Accepts Challenge To Sell Out 10,000 Seat Arena For ROH

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer was asked on Twitter by a fan if ROH would ever sell out an arena with 10,000 fans?”

Meltzer responded to the question, saying “not anytime soon” which caused ROH star and former WWE talent Cody Rhodes to accept the challenge proposing that he & The Young Bucks would help Ring Of Honor sell out an arena.

Here are the tweets:

Jay Lethal Talks Standing Out On The Card & Why You Shouldn’t Save Spots For The Main Event

Former ROH Champion, Jay Lethal spoke with Newsday.com to promote the upcoming ‘War of the Worlds’ event at the Hammerstein Ballroom where he will face Christopher Daniels and Cody (Rhodes) for the ROH Championship.

Here are some highlights:

Standing Out:

“It forces me to do something different. With other matches being so great, it’s becoming harder to stand out to make your match better or special or memorable.”

Not Saving Everything For The Main Event:

“I think the old rule of holding back and saving something for the main event is old. It doesn’t hold up today in my opinion,” said Lethal, a former ROH heavyweight champion. “Think of it this way . . . Let’s take Shawn Michaels. With that philosophy of holding back in the main event, if Shawn Michaels were in the first match. . . Wouldn’t you feel robbed if Shawn Michaels held something back to save something for the main event? I think the fans get cheated that way.”

Check out the full article here. 

ROH’s War Of The Worlds Results May 10, 2017 (Dearborn, Michigan)

Here are the results from ROH’s War of the Worlds from Dearborn, Michigan.

Dalton Castle vs. Bobby Fish
Singles Match
Winner: Dalton Castle


Jay White & Motor City Machine Guns vs. Carice Coleman, Rhett TItus & Shane Taylor
Six-Man Tag Team Match
Winners: Jay White & Motor City Machine Guns


Silas Young vs. Kushida
Singles Match
Winner: Silas Young


War Machine vs. Tanahashi & Jay Lethal
Tag Team match
Winners: War Machine


Bully Ray & The Briscoes (c) vs. BUSHI, Sanada & EVIL
-ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship-
Six-Man Tag Team Match
Winners: Bully Ray & The Briscoes (retained)


Naito vs. Punishment Martinez
Singles Match
Winner: Naito


Cheeseburger vs. Frankie Kazarian vs. Gedo vs. Beer City Bruiser vs. Will Ferrera vs. Marty Scurll vs. Vinny Marseglia
ROH TV Championship Proving Ground Match
Winner: Cheeseburger


Cheeseburger vs. Marty Scurll (c)
-ROH TV Championship-
Singles Match
Winner: Marty Scurll (retains)


Christopher Daniels (c) vs. Matt Taven
-ROH World Championship-
Singles Match
Winner: Christopher Daniels (retains) 


Will Ospreay, Goto, RPG Vice vs. Cody Rhodes, Hangman Page & Young Bucks
8-Man Tag Team Match
Winners: Will Ospreay, Goto, RPG Vice

Updated Lineup For ROH/NJPW War Of The Worlds Tour & TV Taping

Here are the match lineups for the remaining ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds shows:

May 10 (Dearborn, Michigan)

Christopher Daniels (c) vs. Matt Taven
Non-Title Singles Match

Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes & Hangman Page vs. Roppongi Vice, Will Ospreay & Hirooki Goto
8-Man Tag Team Match

War Machine (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi 
Non-Title Tag Team Match

Tetsuya (c) vs. Punishment Martinez
Non-Title Singles Match

The Briscoes & Bully Ray (c) vs. Bushi, Evil & Sanada
Non-Title Six man Tag Team Match

Kushida vs. Silas Young
Single Match

The Rebellion vs. Jonathen Gresham & Chris Sabin
Tag Team match

Gedo & Roppongi Vice vs. Dalton Castle & The Boys
Six-Man Tag Team Match

Marty Scurll (c) vs. Frankie Kazarian vs. Will Ferrera vs. The Beer City Bruiser vs. Cheeseburger vs. Gedo
Non-Title Fatal-6-Way

Bobby Fish vs. Dalton Castle
Singles Match


May 12th (War of the Worlds 2017 PPV in New York City)

Kushida vs. Dalton Castle vs. Silas Young vs. Bobby Fish
Fatal-4-Way

Adam “Hangman” Page vs. Frankie Kazarian
Singles Match

Will Ospreay vs. Jay White
Singles Match

War Machine (c) vs. Evil & Sanada vs. Jonathan Gresham & Chris Sabin
Non-Title Tag Team Triple Threat

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Adam Cole
Singles Match

Marty Scurll (c) vs. Matt Sydal
-ROH TV Championship-
Singles Match

Bully Ray & The Briscoes (c) vs. Hirooki Goto, Rocky Romero & Baretta
-ROH Six-Man Tag Team Championship-
Six-Man Tag Team Match

Young Bucks (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI
-ROH Tag Team Championship-
Tag Team Match

Christopher Daniels (c) vs. Jay Lethal
-ROH Championship-
Singles Match


May 14th ROH TV Taping (Philadelphia, PA)

Marty Scurll vs. KUSHIDA
Singles Match

Bully Ray, The Briscoes & Dalton Castle vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Sanada & Bushi
8-Man Tag Team Match

Frankie Kazarian vs. Cody Rhodes
Singles Match

Josh Woods vs. David Starr
Singles Match 

ROH Parent Company Acquiring Tribune Media Company

The folllwing press release was issued:

Sinclair Broadcast Group To Acquire Tribune Media Company For Approximately $3.9 Billion

BALTIMORE and CHICAGO, May 8, 2017 — Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (SBGI) (“Sinclair”) and Tribune Media Company (TRCO) (NYSE: TRCO) (“Tribune”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sinclair will acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Tribune for $43.50 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $3.9 billion, plus the assumption of approximately $2.7 billion in net debt.

Under the terms of the agreement, Tribune stockholders will receive $35.00 in cash and 0.23 shares of Sinclair Class A common stock for each share of Tribune Class A common stock and Class B common stock they own. The total $43.50 per share consideration represents a premium of approximately 26% over Tribune’s unaffected closing share price on February 28, 2017, the day prior to media speculation regarding a possible transaction; approximately 14% over Tribune’s 30-day volume weighted average closing stock price; and approximately 8% over Tribune’s closing share price on May 5, 2017, the last trading day prior to today’s announcement.

Tribune owns or operates 42 television stations in 33 markets, cable network WGN America, digital multicast network Antenna TV, minority stakes in the TV Food Network and CareerBuilder, and a variety of real estate assets. Tribune’s stations, a list of which is available in Tribune’s most recent Form 10-K filed on March 1, 2017, consist of 14 FOX, 12 CW, 6 CBS, 3 ABC, 2 NBC, 3 MyNetworkTV affiliates and 2 independent stations. The group includes stations in the top three DMAs in the country, seven in the top 10 and 34 in the top 50 DMAs.1

“This is a transformational acquisition for Sinclair that will open up a myriad of opportunities for the company,” commented Chris Ripley, President and CEO of Sinclair. “The Tribune stations are highly complementary to Sinclair’s existing footprint and will create a leading nationwide media platform that includes our country’s largest markets. The acquisition will enable Sinclair to build ATSC 3.0 (Next Generation Broadcast Platform) advanced services, scale emerging networks and national sales, and integrate content verticals. The acquisition will also create substantial synergistic value through operating efficiencies, revenue streams, programming strategies and digital platforms.”

“This will be the largest acquisition in our company’s history, and I want to thank everyone from the Sinclair team, as well as our advisors and bankers who made this possible,” commented David Smith, Executive Chairman of Sinclair. “Television broadcasting is even more relevant today, especially when it comes to serving our local communities. Tribune’s stations allow Sinclair to strengthen our commitment to serving local communities and to advance the Next Generation Broadcast Platform. This acquisition will be a turning point for Sinclair, allowing us to better serve our viewers and advertisers while creating value for our shareholders.”

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of an extensive strategic review, which has delivered significant value to our stockholders,” said Peter Kern, Tribune’s Chief Executive Officer. “Since we announced the strategic review 15 months ago, we have streamlined the business, monetized non-core assets, strengthened our balance sheet and returned more than $800 million to stockholders — all of which has resulted in a 50% increase in stockholder value. We are extremely proud to join Sinclair, and we’re excited that Tribune stockholders and employees will have the opportunity to participate in the long-term growth of the combined company.”

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and is anticipated to close and fund in the fourth quarter of 2017. Completion of the transaction is subject to approval by Tribune’s stockholders, as well as customary closing conditions, including approval by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), and antitrust clearance.

Sinclair expects to fund the purchase price at closing through a combination of cash on hand, fully committed debt financing to be provided by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Royal Bank of Canada, Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and by accessing the capital markets.

In order to comply with FCC ownership requirements and antitrust regulations, Sinclair may sell certain stations in markets where it currently owns stations. Such divestitures will be determined through the regulatory approval process.

Including the Tribune acquisition (before any related divestitures), all previously announced pending transactions, and pro forma for expected synergies, Sinclair’s 2015 and 2016 media revenues would have been $4.070 billion and $4.603 billion, respectively. The $6.6 billion enterprise value represents an average pro forma EBITDA multiple of less than 7.0x on the core television and entertainment business and is expected to add over 40% pro forma 2016/2017 free cash flow per share accretion2.

Sinclair Advisors:

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Thomas & Libowitz P.A. acted as legal advisors to Sinclair in connection with this transaction.

Tribune Media Advisors:

Moelis & Company and Guggenheim Securities acted as financial advisors and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Covington & Burling LLP acted as legal advisors to Tribune in connection with this transaction.

Investor Call:

The senior management of Sinclair intends to hold a conference call to discuss the acquisition of Tribune on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. ET. After the call, an audio replay will be available at http://www.sbgi.net. The press and the public will be welcome on the call in a listen-only mode. The dial-in number is (877) 407-8033. A slide presentation is available during the call and can be accessed at http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=175940

Tribune will release its first quarter results, and host an investor call, as previously scheduled, prior to market open, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The investor call will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET and can be accessed by dialing 888-317-6003 (domestic) or 412-317-6061 (international). The confirmation code is 2831845.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.:

Sinclair is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. Pro forma for the Tribune acquisition (before any related divestitures) and all previously announced pending transactions, the Company will own, operate and/or provide services to 233 television stations in 108 markets. The Company has multiple emerging networks as well as being affiliated with all the major networks. Sinclair is a leading local news provider in the country and a producer of live sports content. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at http://www.sbgi.net.

About Tribune Media Company:

Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching approximately 50 million households, national entertainment cable network WGN America, whose reach is approximately 80 million households, Tribune Studios, and a variety of digital applications and websites commanding 60 million monthly unique visitors online. Tribune also includes Chicago’s WGN-AM and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, Tribune owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds a variety of investments, including a 32% interest in CareerBuilder, LLC and a 31% interest in Television Food Network, G.P., which operates Food Network and Cooking Channel. For more information please visit http://www.investors.tribunemedia.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements and information in this communication may be deemed to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Tribune’s and Sinclair’s objectives, plans and strategies, and all statements (other than statements of historical facts) that address activities, events or developments that Tribune and Sinclair intend, expect, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future. These statements are often characterized by terminology such as “believe,” “hope,” “may,” “anticipate,” “should,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “positioned,” “strategy” and similar expressions, and are based on assumptions and assessments made by Tribune’s and Sinclair’s management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments, and other factors they believe to be appropriate. Any forward-looking statements in this communication are made as of the date hereof, and Tribune and Sinclair undertake no duty to update or revise any such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Whether actual results will conform to expectations and predictions is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including: risks and uncertainties discussed in the reports that Tribune and Sinclair have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”); general economic, market, or business conditions; risks associated with the ability to consummate the business combination between Tribune and Sinclair and the timing of the closing of the business combination; the risk that a regulatory approval that may be required for the proposed transaction is delayed, is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; pricing fluctuations in local and national advertising; future regulatory actions and conditions in the television stations’ operating areas; competition from others in the broadcast television markets; volatility in programming costs; the ability to successfully integrate Tribune’s and Sinclair’s operations and employees; the ability to realize anticipated benefits and synergies of the business combination; the potential impact of announcement of the business combination or consummation of the transaction on relationships, including with employees, customers and competitors; and other circumstances beyond Tribune’s and Sinclair’s control. Refer to the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Tribune’s and Sinclair’s annual and quarterly reports filed with the SEC and in the Form S-4 to be filed by Sinclair with the SEC at a future date for a discussion of important factors that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from forward-looking statements.

No Offer or Solicitation / Additional Information and Where to Find It:

This communication is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

This communication is being made in respect of a proposed business combination involving Sinclair and Tribune. In connection with the proposed transaction, Tribune and Sinclair intend to file relevant materials with the SEC, including a Registration Statement on Form S-4 to be filed by Sinclair that will include a preliminary proxy statement of Tribune and that will also constitute a prospectus of Sinclair. The information in the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus will not be complete and may be changed. Tribune will deliver the definitive proxy statement to its shareholders as required by applicable law. This communication is not a substitute for any prospectus, proxy statement or any other document that may be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed business combination.

INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF SINCLAIR AND TRIBUNE ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.

Investors and security holders will be able to obtain these materials (when they are available) and other documents filed with the SEC free of charge at the SEC’s website, http://www.sec.gov. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by Sinclair (when they become available) may be obtained free of charge on Sinclair’s website at http://www.sbgi.net or by directing a written request to Sinclair at 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030, Attention: Lucy A. Rutishauser. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by Tribune (when they become available) may be obtained free of charge on Tribune’s website at http://www.tribunemedia.com.

Participants in the Merger Solicitation:

Tribune and its directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding these persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of Tribune stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction is set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus described above filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding Tribune’s executive officers and directors is included in Tribune’s proxy statement for its 2017 annual meeting of shareholders filed with the SEC on March 24, 2017 which can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

1 “DMAs” are television designated market areas according to the Nielsen Company. The rankings are in terms of size of the DMA out of the 210 generally recognized DMAs in the United States.

2 Sinclair management considers free cash flow to be an indicator of Sinclair’s assets’ operating performance. Sinclair management also believes that free cash flow is a commonly used measure of valuation for companies in the broadcast industry. In addition, this measure is frequently used by industry analysts, investors and lenders as a measure of valuation for broadcast companies, although their definitions of free cash flow may differ from Sinclair’s definition. Sinclair believes this measure serves as a valuable assessment tool for investors to identify potential trends in the company’s performance. For the definition of free cash flow, please refer to Sinclair’s website: http://sbgi.net/investor-relations/#NonGAAP.

Jay Lethal Comments On His Release From TNA & Why He’s Not In The WWE

Former TNA and ROH talent Jay Lethal recently spoke with The Post & Courier on several subjects.

Here are some highlights:

Regarding his release from TNA:

“I never ever really got the full true story. Just one day they called and said they were going to have to release me. I’ve heard several different stories. I heard Dixie’s parents came in and cut the budget and got rid of me. I heard three other stories, but when it comes down to it, I guess Dixie owned the company at the time. Nothing can happen without crossing her desk. So I guess the idea came up to get rid of me, and she signed off on it. I really don’t know what else to say.”

Why he’s not in the WWE:

“It’s funny. When I got into the wrestling business, all I wanted to do was wrestle for WWE. That was a major goal for everyone from my generation. I’m not saying that’s something that I would not want to do, but along the way I sort of re-prioritized some things. With that said, if I never got to work for WWE, I wouldn’t be too upset. I wouldn’t feel that my career wasn’t complete. I think that I’ve made it. And that’s something that a lot of wrestlers struggle with.”

Check out the entire interview here. 

Bully Ray Says He Was One Day Away From Debuting The Bully Character In WWE

Bully Ray (Bubba Ray Dudley in WWE) was recently interviewed by ESPN and spoke about several subject which included him joining RO, debuting the Bully Ray character in WWE and much more.

Here are some highlights:

Feeling at home in ROH:

“It was really cool, because this had been the first time in a long time I was genuinely excited. I’ve told people that going out there in the Hammerstein for Ring of Honor that night was actually more exciting for me than walking out in front of 100,000 people at WrestleMania. A lot of people say, ‘That’s impossible. It can’t be. You’re crazy.’ For me it’s more exciting because of the intimate feel. When you come up in a company like ECW and you’re used to that intimacy, that’s what you really crave.”

“Earlier in the day I thought I had an upset stomach. Like, ‘Oh man, I don’t feel well. There’s something wrong. What’s wrong with me?’ And I was like, ‘You got butterflies’. I actually had a little bit of butterflies. It was nervous energy. I was really excited to be back in my hometown of New York City for Ring of Honor. But what a surprise.”

Wanting to help ROH grow:

“ECW needed something in 1995 to help them get more notoriety, and Terry Funk was that guy. He was that veteran wrestler who was able to help with the credibility of the product and that’s what I hope I could do with Ring of Honor. No matter what they have me doing, if they want me wrestling in six mans with the Briscoes, if they want me working with the World Heavyweight Champion or they want me working the opening match, it doesn’t matter to me. As long as I can lend the name credibility of Bully Ray, or Bubba Ray, or the Dudley Boyz, or Team 3D, whatever it is to help get that company more exposure.”

“Ring of Honor picked up where ECW left off. When ECW was gone there was a huge void left to be filled and Ring of Honor did it. They’ve been around for 15 years and they have gotten better, and better, and better. They are a perfect example of how slow and steady wins the race.”

Bully Ray Almost debuting in WWE:

“We were one day away from becoming Bully Ray in WWE,” Bully Ray told ESPN.com. “One of the problems with having Bully Ray in the WWE was the word bully. How could they have a guy named Bully when they had the ‘Be a STAR’ program? It was a little too risky for them.”

“I mean [the WWE] have other characters there that do bully-ish type things, but the whole basis of Bully Ray is he is the quintessential bully,” he said. “His entire character is built around bullying people. Built around making people do things against their will. And with the business they have going on now — the Be a STAR program and more PG-rated stuff, bullying being such a sensitive subject around an entire world — it just wasn’t gonna work out.”

Check out the entire interview here. 

ROH Masters Of The Craft Event Results April 29, 2017

Here are the results from ROH’s Masters Of The Craft Event from Hopkins, Minnesota.

Vinny Marseglia vs. Shaheem Ali
Singles Match
Winner: Vinny Marseglia 

Jay Lethal vs. Beer City Bruiser
Singles Match
Winner: Jay Lethal

War Machine vs. The Rebellion
Tag Team Match
Winners: War Machine

Matt Taven vs. Adam Cole
Singles Match
Winner: Matt Taven

Marty Scurll (c) vs. Ken Anderson
-ROH World Television Championship-
Singles Match
Winner: Marty Scurll (retains)

Cheeseburger & Will Ferrara vs. The Carnies
Tag Team Match
Winners: Cheeseburger & Will Ferrara

Jay White vs. Damian Martinez
Singles Match
Winner: Jay White

The Briscoes vs. Motor City Machine Guns
Tag Team Match
Winners: The Briscoes

Bully Ray vs. Silas Young
No Disqualifications Match
Winner: Bully Ray

Dalton Castle & The Addiction vs. Bullet Club (Hangman Page, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
Six Man Tag Team Match
Winners: Dalton Castle & The Addiction