Edge's WWE Future, Wrestling Revolution Talents, More

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Source: PWInsider

-- As noted earlier here on the website, local advertising for WWE's Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View in New Orleans includes Edge among the listed talents set for the show. This means that, unless an error was made by the local company, Edge will be involved in WWE storylines leading up to the PPV on October 2.

-- Jeff Katz's Wrestling Revolution has revealed former WWE talent Shawn Spears and Joey Ryan as two more names that will be part of the promotion. Katz recently noted that all the talents booked will be portraying new personalities and characters for the show, which will be distributed via streaming and DVD.

-- MTV sent out the following press release today:

High-Flying, Exuberant Fun from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque

New York, NY (September 14, 2011) – Over-the-top is an understatement when it comes to Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors, the high-spirited Mexican wrestling spectacular that marries exciting aerial maneuvers and extraordinary acrobatics with flamboyant characters and outlandish story lines. Beginning on October 1, Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors begins its second season of explosive battles—in and out of the ring—on MTV2 and MTV Tr3´s. The series is recorded before enthusiastic live audiences at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque in NM.

Almost a religion in Mexico, where it rivals soccer in attendance, lucha libre (free wrestling) boasts a 75-year history of colorful, fun-for-the-whole family entertainment. The tradition of wearing masks harkens back to the Aztecs and the designs are meant to evoke the power of animals, gods and other ancient heroes. The "luchador" or wrestler takes on that identity and the mask is so sacred that to wager and lose one's mask in a battle is considered a disgrace.

But make no mistake, this is not a sport frozen in time. Having already won the loyalty of generations of Latino fans of all ages, Lucha Libre USA is conquering American audiences—particularly the sought after young male 12-34 demographics—with its unique spin on the art of wrestling and the outsized personalities of its Luchastars.

Beyond the mystique of the mask, lucha stands apart from American pro wrestling with its strict code of honor, the six-sided ring and its own set of tag-team rules. Unlike their American pro wrestling counterparts, luchadors rely on their speed and agility not just power to subdue opponents. Using the ropes, luchadors catapult themselves through the air and stop their opponents with a succession of rapid-fire moves and complex submission holds.

"Lucha is like an action telenovela," says Lucha Libre USA's CEO Steven Ship. With over 50 million Hispanics living in the US and a huge contingent of American wrestling fans itching for something to reinvigorate the sport, he sees a bright future for this English language version of this global phenomenon.

To capture that audience, Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors has brought in a well-known, world-class roster of Mexican and U.S .wrestlers, like Lizmark Jr. Super Nova, Marco Corleone, Shane Helms and Tinieblas Jr. They've also created some new larger-than-life characters, such as RJ Brewer, an Arizona patriot and supporter of the state's anti-immigration bill SB 1070, and Tigresa Caliente, a woman of Amazonian proportions.

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