Wednesday 3/23 Torch Today – Remembering Joe Garagiola, UFC at MSG?, Anniversary of WWE buying WCW, Shane speaks, Davey’s recovery, Cryme Tyme back to WWE?, Ranallo’s “big plans” on WWE TV, former Diva lands CBS TV role, Ross’s latest blog, Report – Callihan joining L. Underground

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TORCH TODAY – Wednesday, March 23, 2016

– In Remembrance: Joe Garagiola, the former St. Louis Cardinals and “Wrestling at the Chase” TV announcer, died at the age of 90 this week. (Local News Report)

– At PWTorchLivecast.com: On-Demand access to Pat McNeill’s All-Star Panel with Shimmer’s Dave Prazak and wrestling artist Rob Schamberger.

– At MMATorch.com: Coverage of MMA being legalized in New York, setting up UFC’s potential MSG debut.

– History: Today marks the 15-year anniversary of WWE buying WCW, ending the Monday Night Wars. (VIP Members – PWTorch Newsletter #647 covering one of the biggest stories in pro wrestling history)

– Shane McMahon gave a shout-out to the production team that made him look good in video packages that aired on Raw promoting his WrestleMania match against The Undertaker.

There are so many talented people who work @WWE who the audience will never know or have a chance to thank. They help us tell stories…

— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) March 23, 2016

…and evoke every single one of our emotions every time one of their videos play on screen. They get ME excited for #WrestleMania…

— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) March 23, 2016

…no one does it better. Here is a #salute to the best production team in the world.https://t.co/RxkRHoGegvhttps://t.co/x4hR8kkcTT

— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) March 23, 2016

– TNA wrestler Davey Richards tweeted a video of his knee rehabilitation. Richards noted that he is five weeks into rehabbing his left knee trying to get back in the ring.

Rehabbing. 5 weeks in. pic.twitter.com/6cloRKBUfz

— Wesley Richards (@RichardsWesley) March 23, 2016

– Former WWE tag team Cryme Tyme is interested in returning to WWE, but Shad Gaspard & JTG made it sound like they might not fit in today’s WWE culture and roster.

“The WWE is where we belong. We’re nothing without our fans, and Jay (JTG) is my brother for life. If we can come back to entertain wrestling fans, we’d do it in a minute,” Gaspard told Justin Barrasso for Sports Illustrated. However… “I love the WWE. It’s my family, but the goal isn’t to have a great product. The goal is to have a controlled product. What’s going on right now isn’t what mad us successful… Now, guys are so scared of the heat that they’re not willing to step out of bounds, and we were.”

– Former WWE Diva Eve has landed a role on CBS’s “Supergirl” show. Eve will be appearing on the April 11 episode as the “Maxima” character. (WWE Interview with Eve)

– New Smackdown announcer Mauro Ranallo says WWE has “big plans” for his announcing role on Smackdown, hinting that WWE will eventually differentiate Smackdown from Raw after moving to USA Network.

“I would love to build a future with WWE. At the same time, I was hired to be the voice of SmackDown, and Michael Cole – who is the voice of the WWE and the guy that books the on-air talent – has told me they do have big plans for me and are invested in me and I am fully committed to them and appreciate everything that my other employers Showtime, Glory Kickboxing and Inside MMA have done in order to facilitate a relationship with WWE,” Ranallo told Donald Wood of Ring Rust Radio.

– Jim Ross’s latest blog at jrsbarbq.com includes his review of Raw and the WrestleMania build-up, thoughts on his New Japan/AXS TV broadcasting, WrestleMania Weekend in Dallas, and Mickie James on his latest podcast.

– Sami Callihan is reportedly joining the Lucha Underground roster for Season 3. Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that Callihan will debut at this weekend’s TV tapings in Los Angeles. Callihan is expected to be play a unique character on the next set of episodes being taped.

– L.A. Weekly published an overview of Lucha Underground’s underground product coinciding with the latest set of TV tapings in Los Angeles this month. (Full Article at LAWeekly.com)