All Elite Wrestling was announced¬† New Year’s day, as a consolidation and progression from the All In event held last year, with Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks pulling off the first 10,0000+ crowd wrestling crowd in recent history.

Here’s a video of the live stream of their rally yesterday, firming up their plans for a Double or Nothing vent, and the start of their own promotion.

The stand out moment for me has to be Chris Jericho announcing he’s All In.

As someone who has been having some of the performances of his career in New Japan Pro Wrestling over the last year, and a recent superb run in WWE prior to that, this is an excellent signing in terms of quality and bringing attention to the product.

I look forwards to hearing more on his thoughts on this on future Talk Is Jericho podcasts.

Other interesting points from the rally include

  • There will be a ladies division, with equal pay to the men
  • OWE (Oriental Wrestling Entertainment) of China will be involved
  • Hangman Page and PAC (Neville in WWE) involved

2019 is shaping up to be an exciting time for professional wrestling, with more choices and options seeming to me to be good for the business as a whole, especially with the money and profile that Shad Khan bring to the table.

 

Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection #53 – Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor

John Byrne is one of my favourite comic writers and artists. His run on Fantastic Four is to my mind one of the best runs on any superhero comic ever, and made me a fan of the First Family for life. His X-Men, She Hulk, Alpha Flight and Incredible Hulk runs for Marvel, as well as Superman at DC, creator owned Next Men, are all worthy of attention for their concepts, art and quality of story telling.

In his drawn work for IDW on the Star Trek franchise, he created a little bubble of continuity and stories that referenced one another. His Crew followed Number One from the Pike headed Enterprise crew (As seen in The Cage), and Assignment: Earth was intended as an attempt to do the series that the final episode of series two of Star Trek was intended to be a pilot for.

This story is in some ways the third part of this trilogy, which has a certain story line running through it. We see McCoy in a Medecins Sans Frontiers type situation, traveling around in a barely serviceable space ship offering help where needed. The grumpy and yet fundamentally good and wise character DeForest Kelley so masterfully performed is bough back to life,  with the voice of the character being captured well.

This being set between the end of the five year mission and Star Trek The Motion Picture, we see a framing device of McCoy relating stories back to Admiral Kirk back at Star Base as he supervises the refit of the Enterprise. We get character development, some very idiomatic Trek style problems to solve, and a couple of warmly welcomed cameo appearances. Well worth a read for any fan of the original series of Star Trek.

 

RIP Mean Gene

I’ve been a wrestling fan since 8 at least.

I started with ITV stuff with Big Daddy, Kendo Nagasaki et al ..

However, the game changer was seeing WWF (As it was) on Sky

The voice of reason in those chaotic days was Mean Gene – the presenter who made sense of what was going on. Who could interview anyone and get the story.

He later did the same in WCW and elsewhere, but WWF was where he made his name for me (No AWA in the UK for me ) …

From everything I hear on podcasts he was a personality who kept giving, and for me was a star of sanity in a world of super powered chaos – Mean Gene, you will be missed.

RIP