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Far from easy
After a rough beginning, Bautista finishes the job in highly-anticipated MMA debut
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 6, 2012) – Now that his nerves have finally calmed, Dave Bautista can fully absorb his first victory in professional mixed martial arts.
The former six-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) heavyweight champion overcame a shaky start – and his own nervous energy – Saturday night to knock out veteran Vince Lucero 4 minutes and 55 seconds into the opening round of his professional debut in front of a worldwide Pay Per View audience at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence.
Bautista (1-0, 1 KO), the headliner of “Real Pain,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports in association with June Entertainment and 4zero1 Entertainment Group, absorbed a series of blows from Lucero and appeared dazed before scoring a critical takedown late in the round and ultimately finishing the fight on the ground with a series of unanswered strikes.
“My nerves got the best of me,” Bautista said. “He hits like a [expletive] horse.
“I didn’t have my legs under me at all coming out. I needed to regain my composure after getting rocked. For a split second, I was wondering if I’d be able to gather myself. I really didn’t gain my wits until we got on the ground.”
Lucero (22-23), who took the fight on less than a week’s notice when Bautista’s original opponent fell through, came out quick, landing left and rights at will until Bautista forced him to the canvas. Once Bautista had his opponent on his stomach, he unloaded with a series of unanswered strikes to the head before referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the bout.
“I thought I had him, but he fought back, and I respect that,” said Lucero, whose resume includes fights against former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and former UFC heavyweight contenders Justin Eilers, Homer Moore and Christian Wellisch.
“When you’ve been in as many fights as I have, it’s about having fun. It’s too late for me to get nervous. With all of my experience, I thought it’d be enough to carry me. He’s a big, strong guy, and when he gets on top of you it’s hard to win.”
The 43-year-old Bautista made his mixed martial arts debut less than a month before the release of his latest motion picture, The Man With The Iron Fists, which hits theaters Nov. 2. He trained exclusively at his Gracie Jiu-Jitsu gym in Tampa, Fla., with – among others – former The Ultimate Fighter reality television star Josh Rafferty.
“My real accomplishment came in camp because I gained the respect of my team,” Bautista said. “I want to fight again for sure. I just had to get the first one out of the way.
“I’m better than I showed tonight.”
Melbourne, Florida – October 1 2012 –The Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment is proud to announce that along with “Hope for a Single Mom” they were able to raise more than $7,000 to help in the fight against breast cancer.
On September 8, 2012, Devon Hughes, p/k/a Devon Dudley in WWE and Brother Devon in TNA, teamed with “Hope for a Single Mom” in order to put on a family friendly wrestling show at Viera High School in Melbourne, FL. All proceeds from the show went towards the “Hope for a Single Mom” charity. The show featured talent from QWEST Pro wrestling, a top independent wrestling promotion in Florida, which showcases many of the Team 3D academy students.
The “Hope for a Single Mom” charity was started 2 years ago. Every year, the two founders and the people at Breast Friends of Florida choose a single mother to raise money for in order to help with medical and other expenses that have been incurred to lost income while battling cancer.
Devon is a 23 time World Tag Team champion along with his long time tag team partner, Bubba/Bully Ray, holding championships in every major organization in North America, including TNA, WWE, ECW, WCW, NWA as well as Japan. They are the most decorated team in the history of Professional Wrestling.
The Team 3D Academy was opened in May of 2007 and prides itself on having trained some of the best young talent in professional wrestling today, having students signed to WWE Developmental contracts, TNA Gut Check, Ring of Honor (ROH), and Zero-1 Japan.
The Team 3D Academy, located in Kissimmee, FL, is under an open enrollment policy and is always accepting new students. All interested in joining the Team 3D Academy may visit www.team3dacademy.com and also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Team-3D-Academy-of-Professional-Wrestling/. All SERIOUS applicants may schedule a preliminary appointment by calling (407) 390-9005.
Rashid Evans won’t be standing toe-to-toe with “The Animal” on Saturday night, but former six-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion Dave Bautista will still make his long-awaited professional mixed martial arts debut this weekend at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Upon learning Evans would be unable to fight, matchmaker Patrick Sullivan worked in conjunction with Bautista’s team to secure a new opponent within 48 hours. Further details on the main event for Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 will be announced Tuesday morning. The show, titled “Real Pain,” is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports in association with June Entertainment and 4zero1 Entertainment Group.
“This is going to be a dynamite event,” Burchfield said. “Dave Bautista’s loyal fans have waited years to see him cross over into mixed martial arts and they will get their money’s worth on Saturday night. Dave has been working incredibly hard since this fight was announced. He’s in tremendous shape and ready to fight.
“He’s going to show the entire MMA world what he’s capable of inside the cage.”
Tickets are priced at $20.00, $35.00, $55.00, $75.00, $125.00 and $250.00 and can be purchased at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com. The show will also air live on DirecTV Pay Per View for $29.95 ($39.95 in high definition) – available now – beginning at 8 p.m., or through Livestream via www.bautistamma.com in high definition.
Bautista, 43, who will fight in Saturday’s main event, is also the star of the motion picture The Man With The Iron Fists, which will be released in theaters worldwide on Nov. 2. He is currently training at his Gracie Fighter Jiu-Jitsu facility in Tampa with Matheus Andre, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and Josh Rafferty, a contestant on the debut season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series.
“Real Pain” features 14 bouts, including four former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) contenders – John “Doomsday” Howard of Boston; Marc Stevens of Lorraine, N.Y.; Chad Reiner of Omaha, Neb.; and Montreal native David Loiseau, who fought for the UFC middleweight title in 2006.
Today we are writing to just say THANK YOU again to all the great fans, and media who have supported the Unauthorized ECW Documentary Kickstarter campaign and helped spread the word to make this a reality. We wanted to share three new clips we have uploaded to continue to give small tastes of what is to come from this fascinating film. There is still time to pledge and pre-order great “gifts” such as the DVD (which will be replicated at a professional facility as the final DVDs will not be burns or dubs), poster, t-shirt, tickets to the Philly premiere and after party, as well as a home screening with the producers, and even have ECW Wrestlers come to your house or venue to sign autographs and take pictures while talking about the film.
The Unauthorized ECW Documentary not only features very rare footage captured immediately after Extreme Championship Wrestling closed, but also went in-depth with staff, and really deep with the wrestling journalist who covered every movement and action made by ECW. Enjoy some clips from the editing room featuring some of the journalist who lived and breathed ECW as it was happening, in the clip links provided below.
John Philavage the filmmaker of the Unauthorized ECW Documentary released a rough cut of a sub-chapter from the film on the violence in Extreme Championship Wrestling; where Pwinsider’s Mike Johnson was featured and some his words were taken out of context and started a major debate about what he said in concerns to the violence and concussion in not only pro wrestling –but pro and amateur sports. Watch Johnson’s full commentary on the subject here… http://youtu.be/ocM5JZfcKRU
The documentary also features two of Pwtorch’s main journalists in Wade Keller and Bruce Mitchell. Keller compares Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling and Jim Cornette’s Smokey Mountain Wrestling to see how both companies would fare and where both companies would end. Mitchell talks about the escalating violence and out of control incidents at ECW live events. Watch it here… http://youtu.be/8oa468RFMuQ
Jason Powell of Prowrestling.com talks about the dying days of ECW and what was being said and promised. Watch the clip here… http://youtu.be/ul-jqj4JUbM
Legendary professional wrestler, turned multi-time best-selling author, turned stand-up comic Mick Foley will also make a special guest appearance at the 7th Annual New York’s Funniest Reporter Show (www.nyfunniestreporter.com) which takes place on Thursday, September 27th at 8:00 pm at Comic Strip Live (1568 Second Ave / bet 81st & 82nd) comedy club.
Foley, having recently returned from the Montreal Comedy Festival, has been building an impressive buzz among the stand up comedy circuit. Several insiders say he’s we’ll on his way to reaching the same pinnacle type success in comedy that he’s had in wrestling and as an author.
Foley’s fans are welcome to attend his debut dance with the national media.
Joining Foley in the show this year will be: Greg Kelly (FOX 5 NY), Clayton Morris (FOX News Channel), Michele Steele (ESPN), Lauren Lyster (RT America), Marianne Garvey (In Touch Magazine), and Dr. Manny Alvarez (FOX News Channel).
The cost of admission is $20. To make a reservation, please call (212) 861-9386.
For years Dutch Pro Wrestling has been the leading wrestling promotion in The Netherlands. Promoting monthly and being in business for nearly 5 years has resulted in a steady and rapidly growing fanbase. Last year we promoted 2 supershows (Grandslam and Main Event) which involved the likes of Big Sexy Kevin Nash, The War Machine Rhyno, Al Snow and the whole F’N show Rob van Dam which exited record breaking crowds. This year we had Grandslam 2012 featuring one other then former WWE superstars the Masterpiece Chris Masters, Chavo Guerrero, Bad Ass Billy Gunn, Joe E Legend, Impact Wrestling’s Star attraction Mark Haskins & many more. Now it’s time for Main Event 2012 which takes place at the Leuningjes Arena (Julianastraat 49) in Poeldijk (next to The Hague), the Netherlands. Already announced are TNA’s Bully Ray (formerly known as Bubba Ray Dudley in WWE), Tajiri and soon we will announce a 3rd superstar who joins the line up along with many others still to be announced.
In addition to that we have a very special FanFest in the afternoon with all the stars of the evening in which the fans can take part in a Q&A, witness a bonusmatch, pictures and signing sessions, take a look at our huge merchandise stand and reserve their seats (as of the 4th row) in the freeseating area.
Tickets for the show are as low as 10 EUROS and can be ordered [url=http://dutchprowrestling.
On November 6th the forecast predicts a downpour of bullets and a thunderstorm of fists moving in with Anchor Bay Films’ voracious action/thriller MAXIMUM CONVICTION. Starring the stellar action duo of martial arts action film guru Steven Seagal (Under Siege, Above the Law, Into the Sun) and Steve Austin (The Expendables, Hunt to Kill), MAXIMUM CONVICTION comes to Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack for an SRP of $34.99 and DVD –available with a limited edition lenticular cover — for an SRP of $26.98.
When former black ops operative Tom Steele (Steven Seagal) and his partner Manning (Steve Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Steele realizes he’s caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined. Fists will fly and bones will shatter as the situation escalates with every passing minute.
Also starring Michael Paré (The Virgin Suicides, The Philadelphia Experiment), Aliyah O’Brien (Kill Switch, Bringing Ashley Home) and Bren Foster (“Days of Our Lives,” Drowning), MAXIMUM CONVICTION is a relentless thrill ride that lets the shell casings fall as they may.
Bonus features on MAXIMUM CONVICTION Blu-ray™ and DVD include audio commentary with executive producer/director Keoni Waxman and co-executive producer Binh Dang, and four behind-the-scenes featurettes featuring interviews with cast and crew.
Six-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion David Bautistawill team up Friday with the City of Providence in a Town Hall-style setting in an effort to remind area youth of the importance of making responsible decisions and peaceful conflict resolutions within the community.
Friday’s Town Hall Meeting, which will also address the value of physical fitness and education, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Chad Brown Community Center, located at 285 Chad Brown St., in Providence and will be open to the public.
The Town Hall Meeting will run in conjunction with Project Night Vision, a new program in Providence aimed at providing at-risk youths with a safe learning environment through athletics and team-building. Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare and members of the Providence and State Police Departments will also be in attendance.
Friday’s festivities will kick off the official countdown to Bautista’s Oct. 6 mixed martial arts debut at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Following the Town Hall Meeting, Bautista will participate in a special autograph signing beginning at 5:30 at Cerrone Chevrolet GMC Buick, located at 68 Washington St., in Attleboro, Mass.
Bautista’s tour will conclude with an exclusive appearance at Vanity Restaurant & Lounge, located at 566 South Main St., in downtown Providence, beginning at 10 p.m. All events Friday are open to the public.
Bautista, an actor, wrestler and former bodybuilder, will make his professional debut against heavyweight Rashid Evans (1-2) of New York. The show, titled “Real Pain,” is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports in association with June Entertainment and 4zero1 Entertainment Group. Tickets are priced at $20.00, $35.00, $55.00, $75.00, $125.00 and $250.00 and can be purchased at www.cesmma.com orwww.ticketmaster.com. The show will also air live on Direct TV Pay Per View.
Former six-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion Dave Bautista is coming to Providence on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 to kick off his press tour in anticipation of his professional mixed martial arts debut, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., in association with June Entertainment and 4zero1 Entertainment Group on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Direct TV Pay Per View.
Friday’s tour will culminate with a live meet-and-greet and autograph signing in downtown Providence (time and venue to be determined) followed by a second public appearance at Vanity Restaurant & Lounge, located at 566 South Main St., Providence, at 11 p.m. (EST) Bautista’s opponent, Rashid Evans of Newburgh, N.Y., will also be attendance.
Specifics on Bautista’s appearance will be released Tuesday. Both appearances are open to the public and both fighters will be available for media interviews.
Tickets for “Real Pain,” starring Bautista, are available through www.ticketmaster.com or at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box Office and are priced at $20.00, $35.00, $55.00, $75.00, $125.00 and $250.00. The show features 14 bouts, including the return of John “Doomsday” Howard (17-7, 6 KOs), a Boston native and veteran of seven UFC bouts; nine-time UFC veteran David Loiseau (20-10, 13 KOs) of Montreal; Providence lightweight Mike “The Beast” Campbell (11-4, 7 KOs), a former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) contender; Woonsocket, R.I., bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath (2-1, 1 KO); and Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Todd “The Hulk” Chattelle (10-7, 8 KOs). “Real Pain” will also be available on Direct TV Pay Per View for $29.95.