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-- CHIKARA sent out the following today... CHIKARA: Johnny Saint! Mima Shimoda! Johnny Kidd! It's Chikarasaurus Rex! Last July, we shattered our live attendance record with a special event called "Chikarasaurus Rex!" Well, the Rex is back - and we're loading up on special guest stars to help make this an unforgettable event! For starters, we are proud to welcome back British wrestling legend Johnny Saint, returning to the U.S. for the first time since King of Trios 2009! This will also mark the U.S. debut of Saint's long time friendly rival Johnny Kidd! Plus, we've got two of the fastest-rising females stars from Japan, as Ice Ribbon sends us Makoto and Tsukasa Fujimoto, both set to make their U.S. debuts at "Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel." And that's not all! We're pleased to announce the inclusion of one of the most popular joshi stars in the world, who most recently has been active in CMLL learning the lucha style - the inimitable Mima Shimoda is coming to CHIKARA as well! Although more guests are yet to be announced, plus the scheduled "12 Large: Summit" round robin tournament matches for the weekend, advance tickets are already on sale! Don't miss out on this unique event coming to Reading and Philadelphia, PA! For more info or advance tickets to the show: chikarapro.com/events.php
-- The New York Times announced the following today: Kristoffer Diaz is the winner of the 2011 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award for "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," his satire of professional wrestling and the ethnic stereotypes and political imagery of that industry, The Times has announced. The award, created in 2009, recognizes an American playwright whose work recently received its professional debut in New York; "Chad Deity" was produced Off Broadway in 2010 by Second Stage Theater, drawing mostly positive reviews. (The play was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama that year.) Previous recipients of the Times playwright award, which comes with a cash prize of $5,000, were Tarell Alvin McCraney for "The Brothers Size" and Dan LeFranc for "Sixty Miles to Silver Lake." The selection committee included the Pulitzer-winning playwrights Richard Greenberg , James Lapine and Lynn Nottage, as well as Times writers and editors. The committee chairwoman, Sylviane Gold, said in the statement announcing the award, "The play appropriates both the comedy and cruelty of professional wrestling in order to explore the complex dance America does with its minorities." She added, "We were floored by its swaggering language, vivid theatricality and sheer energy."
-- Here are some upcoming wrestling-related books:
- June 28th, 2011 - Countdown to Lockdown in Paperback by Mick Foley
- June 28th, 2011 - Wrestling the Hulk: My Life on the Ropes by Linda Hogan.
- October 1st, 2011 - Hot Shots and High Spots: George Napolitano's Amazing Pictorial History of
- October 25th 2011 - The Heyman Hustle - Wrestling's Most Extreme Promoter Tells All by Paul Heyman
- October 25th 2011 - Blood Brothers by Daniel Joseph (WWE Studios novelization)
- November 1st 2011 - Wrestling Reality: The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon Wrestling's Gay Superstar
- November 29th 2011 - The WWE Championship: A Look Back at the Rich History of the WWE Championship (paperback) by Kevin Sullivan
-- Here are the latest updates to the WWE Classics OnDemand service…
The Big Events:
Royal Rumble 2011
Best of WWF Vol 19
Extreme Championship Wrestling 10/7/97
Prime Time Wrestling 4/3/89
-- The Urban Wrestling Federation debuts Sunday on PPV, with the following card…
* Homicide vs. Eddie Kingston - UWF Title Bout Qualifyer
* Facade vs. Beastia - UWF Title Bout Qualifyer
* Murder-1 vs. Lowlife Louie Ramos
* The Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz vs. Ghetto Mafia vs. Ruckus & Grim Reefer
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