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By Mike Johnson on 2023-02-11 10:00:00


With all these promotions on TV, AEW, etc.  how is it Joey Styles hasn't returned to what he does best?

By his own choice.  Styles is happily working outside the business and I know for a fact he's turned down a number overtures to do commentary, signings, etc.  He's divorced himself from pro wrestling.

Did Rusev retire?

He's signed to AEW.

I know this is a weird one, but whatever happened to the old Memphis wrestling set?

My guess is that it was likely trashed when WMC ended their association with the USWA.

I've heard mentions of an Andre the Giant exhibit in a museum in North Carolina.  Any idea where I can see it?  Is it a cool collection?

The Rankin Museum of American Heritage in Ellerbee, NC has a number of Andre mementos on display in a section devoted to him as he lived in the town for many years.  I've never visited the Museum as I write this, but you can find full details on it at this link.

I am visiting the United States from Germany and wanted to visit where ECW and WWE ran in New York.  Do you have addresses for the buildings?  Are they near each other?  Are the clubs from Shotgun Saturday Night still around?

Manhattan Center/Grand Ballroom - 311 West 34th Street in Manhattan.  Unless there is an event, don't expect to get anywhere except the lobby.

Madison Square Garden - 4 Penn Plaza in Manhattan.  They have resumed doing behind the scenes tours.

You can easily walk from MSG to the Manhattan Center.  Under MSG is Penn Station, where WWE once broadcast an episode of Shotgun Saturday Night.

The old ECW Madhouse of Extreme is now a Church.  The address is 82-10 Queens Boulevard, but it's quite possible you won't be able to gain access to where the shows took place on the second floor.

ECW also ran Lost Battalion Hall in Queens at 93-29 Queens Blvd, which can be walked from the Elks Lodge but it will take some time and is on the opposite side of Queens Boulevard.  I believe that venue, which is a community center, is currently under renovations. Don;'t expect to gain access.

The only club from the Shotgun Saturday Night era still in existence is Webster Hall, which remains a dance club and concert venue.  If you are a music buff, it was formerly The Ritz, where the famous Guns N' Roses concert that is considered one of the best sets of all time was filmed in the 1988.  It's located at 125 East 11th Street in Manhattan and was the site of the first and only televised Mick Foley vs. Bret Hart match.

The Shotgun Saturday night premiere was broadcast from a club called The Mirage.  It no longer exists but is now known as Terminal 5, which ROH used for PPVs and House of Glory has run as well.  It's located at 610 West 56th Street in Manhattan but be aware it's a LONG walk from any subway.

The All Star Cafe that WWE ran for Shotgun was converted into a Planet Hollywood location but I don't believe that is open any longer.  The address would have been 1540 Broadway in Manhattan.

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