— Speaking to USA Today, music mogul-turned-boxing promoter 50 Cent believes the sport of professional boxing could benefit from utilizing WWE-style theatrics.
“(We should) use some of the theatrics that you see in WWE and bringing them into a sport that doesn’t have a question mark — we know boxing is real. We don’t say ‘is that real?’ like wrestling. If you add those different elements to it you can offer something that would be entertaining enough to watch the entire show,” said 50 Cent.
Details on 50 Cent’s promotion plans are available here.
— Puroresu Spirit has now confirmed that Japanese wrestling legend Kenta Kobashi, age 45, announced today that he is retiring from pro wrestling. Kobashi said that a recovery from an accumulation of injuries at this point is “impossible.” Kobashi’s retirement ceremony and likely farewell match will take place on February 26th, 2013. This will also mark his 25th anniversary as a pro wrestler. This is the end of a tumultuous week for the Japanese NOAH pro-wrestling promotion. Rumors have been circulating all week that the contracts for top stars would not be renewed at the end of the year and puts the promotion’s future in question. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
— EVOLVE/DGUSA booker Gabe Sapolsky has released a new “Book It Cam” following Saturday night’s EVOLVE 18 iPPV. The video features comments from Sami Callihan, who was unable to win the DGUSA title from Johnny Gargano: