Rich Howells

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Break the Barrier indie wrestling festival in Old Forge and Powerbomb.TV

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Break the Barrier indie wrestling festival in Old Forge and Powerbomb.TV

The NEPA Scene Podcast is back in a new location with new co-hosts and a fresh format, conducting the same honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about Northeastern Pennsylvania that the show has become known for, covering local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to the area. Recorded and produced every week by Internet […]

 Rich Howells

Break the Barrier indie wrestling festival smashes into GSW Arena in Old Forge on June 11

Break the Barrier indie wrestling festival smashes into GSW Arena in Old Forge on June 11

“WWE SmackDown Live” sold out the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township last year (with “WWE Monday Night Raw” coming back this June), and smaller promotions like Big Time Wrestling have stopped in the area over the years (like those classic CYC matches), so it’s safe to say that wrestling is as […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

‘WWE Monday Night Raw’ returns to Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre for 1st time in 8 years on June 5

‘WWE Monday Night Raw’ returns to Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre for 1st time in 8 years on June 5

From a press release: For the first time in eight years, “WWE Monday Night Raw” will take over the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. The flagship wrestling show is part of the longest-running episodic television program on cable TV and airs live on Mondays at […]

 Rich Howells

New song by Scranton’s Motionless In White featured in WWE event NXT TakeOver: Orlando

New song by Scranton’s Motionless In White featured in WWE event NXT TakeOver: Orlando

Scranton metal band Motionless In White is once again providing an official theme song for an NXT TakeOver event, this time in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, April 1. Growing since its inception in 2012, NXT is a developmental division of the WWE. Motionless In White was the first-ever NXT Loud artist, providing theme songs for […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Micro Wrestling Federation brings midget wresting to Leonard Theater in Scranton on Dec. 16

Micro Wrestling Federation brings midget wresting to Leonard Theater in Scranton on Dec. 16

From a press release: All the fun and excitement of wrestling will come in a much smaller package when the Micro Wrestling Federation brings their live show to The Leonard Theater in downtown Scranton on Friday, Dec. 16. The event is 18+, and advance tickets are $15. Doors at The Leonard (335 Adams Ave., Scranton) […]

 Guest Contributor

Are Cirque du Soleil and Philadelphia wrestling promotion CHIKARA spiritual cousins?

Are Cirque du Soleil and Philadelphia wrestling promotion CHIKARA spiritual cousins?

Global juggernaut Cirque du Soleil has revolutionized the circus arts in the last three decades, but it had less lofty aspirations at its start. Street performer, accordionist, and fire-breather Guy Laliberté joined forces with Gilles Ste-Croix and Daniel Gauthier after leaving college, and the earliest incarnations of what would one day be Cirque started marching […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

WWE Superstar ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan performs one-man show at Radisson in Scranton on March 25

WWE Superstar ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan performs one-man show at Radisson in Scranton on March 25

From a press release: WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan is one of the most popular American professional wrestlers of all time. People everywhere know his trademark 2×4, his battle cry of “HOOO!” and his “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” chant. He has sold out stadiums, headlined Pay-Per-Views, and is now bringing his own comical one-man show […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

WWE smashes through Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on the ‘Road to Wrestlemania’ on March 20

WWE smashes through Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on the ‘Road to Wrestlemania’ on March 20

From a press release: This March, WWE Live comes through Wilkes-Barre once again on the “Road to Wrestlemania.” Anything can happen when Wrestlemania 32 looms near, just two weeks away from the show on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. If you missed the WWE when it came to the Mohegan Sun Arena at […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

TNA Impact Wrestling takes over Sands Bethlehem Event Center Jan. 5-9 with live TV broadcast

TNA Impact Wrestling takes over Sands Bethlehem Event Center Jan. 5-9 with live TV broadcast

From a press release: Following the announcement that Impact Wrestling is moving to Pop beginning in 2016, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling announced today that it will return to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center Jan. 5-9 for five action-packed nights of television events, beginning with the live broadcast debut of Impact Wrestling on Pop on […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: As professional wrestling takes its lumps, so does my childhood

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: As professional wrestling takes its lumps, so does my childhood

There were three absolute truths about me as a child: I loved superheroes, video games, and professional wrestling. If you know me at all, that has not changed one iota over the years. Sure, more interests have been integrated into my life, but that has only made me more lovable… or insufferable, depending on one’s […]