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TNA Interested In Ric Flair, Update On His Reality TV Show, Reid
By Daniel Pena
Jan 24, 2009 - 6:57:28 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

TNA continues to send out feelers to Ric Flair, but he has said several times he's not interested in joining them. Flair is not contractually eligible to join TNA until Monday, March 30, 2009 based on the terms of his release from World Wrestling Entertainment last August. TNA is expected to make a substantial offer to Flair after the date.

His reality show is currently being shopped around with multiple offers on the table. The show will be based around Ric and son Reid living together as bachelors with Ric living vicariously through his son. He will be training him to be a professional wrestler, show him how to pick up women, and live life like how he did.

Reid will be teaming up with brother David in a series of tag matches over the next two months which includes a stop at a Millennium Wrestling Federation show in New England where Ric will manage his sons in one corner and John Cena's father will manage two other wrestlers in another corner.

Karl Kox:
Good Stuff man

Royal Rumble Dark Match, Who Was Backstage & More
By Michael Bluth
Jan 25, 2009 - 11:42:39 PM

Here are some more Royal Rumble news items:

- The announced attendance for tonight's Royal Rumble pay-per-view was 16,685. The show was a legitimate sellout.

-- Among the names backstage at the Royal Rumble in Detroit were "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Umaga and Evan Bourne. (Source:

- Jimmy Wang Yang beat Paul Burchill in a dark match prior to the show going live on PPV.

- Randy Orton, the winner of tonight's 30-Man Royal Rumble match, entered as the eighth participant and was in the match for 48 minutes and 27 seconds.

Update On J.R.'s WWE Hall of Fame Plans, Cena vs. Orton, More
By Daniel Pena
Jan 25, 2009 - 7:20:50 PM


-- It has been confirmed that Jim Ross will be inducting "Cowboy" Bill Watts into the WWE Hall of Fame this April. Ross worked under Watts in the Mid-South territory in the 1980s and have been close friends for a number of years.

-- Joe sent in the following... First off, great site, I read it daily. Secondly, found this little tip that could spoil the next two PPVs including tonight's Royal Rumble. WWE Raw on 2/16 scheduled to take place at the Spokane Arena is advertising a main event of John Cena vs Randy Orton for the championship on the arena's event calendar. You can see the official calendar (with the spoiler) at - just scroll down to Feb 16.

-- Nick Cleroux sent in the following... I was on WWE.COM a few weeks ago and noticed that their Royal Rumble history section is wrong. The first Royal Rumble was indeed held back in 1988 but it took place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada at Copps Coliseum not at MSG as the WWE states on their Rumble History page. I've E-Mailed WWE several times without response which makes me think that they don't really care about being correct. They even show pictures of the first Rumble match and the pictures clearly aren't of MSG. Whenever there is a WWE show at MSG, the ring is always dead centre with that tunnel that leads to the back (They've used it as an entrance way for countless PPV's). You will notice that in the pictures of the '88 Rumble, there is no tunnel. Just thought you guys might like to know.

Update On Changed Royal Rumble Plans, Jeff Hardy's "Overdose"
By Daniel Pena
Jan 25, 2009 - 7:06:46 PM


-- Booking plans for tonight's Royal Rumble were changed at some point between the SmackDown double tapings nearly two weeks ago and the airing of Friday night's show. Last Friday's show was scheduled to be based around Vince Guerrero forcing Triple H to be first person to enter the Rumble match, but the angle was completely scratched. Commentary and interviews were redone, and all references to the storyline were removed from Friday's broadcast.

-- WWE's tease of Jeff Hardy overdosing on the morning of the Survivor Series pay-per-view this past November was named the "Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic" in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced this past week. Here is the final voter tally regarding this dubious award:

2. TNA Using Jill Jarrett’s death in Angle vs. Jeff storyline 165
3. WWE having the set collapse on Vince McMahon just days after a TNA crew member was killed in similar fashion 49
4. ROH Larry Sweeney rape tease on Allison Danger 46
5. IWA Mid South Mike Levy incident 41
6. Elite XC pushing Kimbo Slice as a main eventer 29
7. AAA using Antonio Pena’s ashes in an angle 25
8. WWE McMahon’s Millions 23

-- Today is the birthday of the longest reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion of all-time, the Honky Tonk Man. His real name is Wayne Ferris and he turns 56 years old today.


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