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Title: Industry News & Notes:
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 02:08:58 AM
HHH Royal Rumble Plans Dropped, WWE HOF'er Flying To The Rumble
By Daniel Pena
Jan 24, 2009 - 7:37:13 PM

source: www.f4wonline.com

-- On SmackDown, they were doing a storyline where Vickie Guerrero was going to have Triple H enter the Royal Rumble match as the number one entrant, but the angle has been dropped. The Rumble match has been re-booked in recent days and his originally scheduled role and storyline in the match has changed.

-- WWE Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Jr. was on the plane to Detroit, Michigan this morning for tomorrow night's Royal Rumble event. No word yet if he'll be used on the show. Bob Orton, Jr. was dropped from his WWE contract on February 13, 2006.


Title: WWE Cancels Show Due To Low Ticket Sales, Great Khali Wins Award
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 02:10:51 AM
WWE Cancels Show Due To Low Ticket Sales, Great Khali Wins Award
By Daniel Pena
Jan 24, 2009 - 8:35:03 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- The Smackdown brand house show scheduled for Wednesday, February 18 in Tijuana, Mexico has been canceled due to poor ticket sales. WWE's running a show on Thursday, February 19 in Leon, Mexico instead. Tickets for the event went on sale this past Thursday.

-- SmackDown Superstar The Great Khali's "Khali Kiss Kam" was named "Worst Gimmick" in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced this past week. This is Khali's second Wrestling Observer Newsletter award as he was voted "Most Overrated" by the publication's readership last year. Here is the final voter tally:

1. KHALI KISS CAM 62
2. Whiny world champion Samoa Joe 59
3. Super Eric 52
4. G.M. Mike Adamle 25
5. Stone Cold Shark Boy 21
6. Cute Kip 19
7. Kung Fu Naki 15
8. Sheik Abdul Bashir 14
9. Charlie Haas 12
10. Bella Twins 11

-- Reportedly, Michelle Wilson, who recently quit her job as head of marketing for the U.S. Tennis Association, will be joining World Wrestling Entertainment to replace Geof Rochester as head of marketing. Rochester was among those laid off two weeks ago during the company's cost-cutting initiative. Wilson has previous ties with WWE as she was Vice President of marketing with the XFL. When the league folded, Wilson moved to the tennis group.


Title: WWE Returning To MSG, Maryse Hospital Pics, Dos Caras, Jr. Update
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 02:12:45 AM
WWE Returning To MSG, Maryse Hospital Pics, Dos Caras, Jr. Update
By Daniel Pena
Jan 24, 2009 - 7:20:51 PM

sources: PWInsider.com, www.f4wonline.com

-- WWE will holding a Smackdown/ECW television taping on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at "The World's Most Famous Arena," Madison Square Garden.

-- Lucha Libre star Dos Caras, Jr. said he is not going to WWE after all as he recently signed a four-year contract with CMLL. Reportedly, WWE officials wanted Caras to go to their developmental program and "learn to work" first. Caras said if that was the case, he wasn't going to WWE. For several months, Caras said he was going to debut at the Royal Rumble.

-- WWE Divas Champion Maryse made her much anticipated return on last night's SmackDown after dislocating her kneecap at a SmackDown live event in Raleigh, North Carolina late last month. She isn't quite ready to return to the ring yet, but she did join Tazz and Jim Ross at the announce table last night. The WWE site has posted recovery photos from her stay in the hospital, which you can see at the following link.


Title: No Way Out Spoiler, Big Star Appearing At WrestleMania?, Low Ki
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 02:14:06 AM
No Way Out Spoiler, Big Star Appearing At WrestleMania?, Low Ki
By Daniel Pena
Jan 24, 2009 - 6:32:14 PM

sources: PWInsider.com, www.f4wonline.com

-- During last night's SmackDown in the Washington area, a local commercial aired promoting the 2/15 No Way Out pay-per-view at the KeyArena in Seattle. Like last year, the commercial said both the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship will be defended in the Elimination Chamber.

-- WWE (or rather, Vince McMahon) have done a complete turnaround on their stance regarding The Wrestler ever since lead actor Mickey Rourke won a Golden Globe and got an Oscar nomination for his role in the film. On last night's SmackDown, they ran a video promoting the movie, and on the company website they have another video regarding the film with Ric Flair, Lilian Garcia and Mark Henry offering their thoughts on it (you can see the video at this link). WWE changed their stance to ride the wave of success of the movie through WrestleMania in hopes of getting mainstream attention. Also, there has been internal talk of doing something with Rourke at WrestleMania.

-- You can see photos from Thursday's Florida Championship Wrestling television taping at the following link. The show featured a number of WWE stars including DJ Gabriel, Kizarny, DH Smith, Ricky Ortiz, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Tiffany and Ryan Braddock. Kawal (Low-Ki) beat TJ Wilson in the main event of the show in what was said to be an excellent m


Title: Randy Orton On ESPN.com, 2 More Rumble Participants, The Wrestler
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 02:15:48 AM
Randy Orton On ESPN.com, 2 More Rumble Participants, The Wrestler
By Michael Bluth
Jan 24, 2009 - 10:16:00 AM

-- ESPN.com has an interview up with Randy Orton. Orton goes in and out of character during the interview, talking about kicking Vince McMahon in the head on RAW, Sunday's Royal Rumble and possible additions to The Legacy, growing up as a the son of a wrestler and the influence that Ric Flair and Triple H had on his career.

-- WWE's website has posted a a video about "The Wrestler" with comments from Mickey Rourke, Lilian Garcia, Mark Henry and Ric Flair, who gives the film a "Whoo!" You can check it out WWE.com.

-- Last night on Smackdown, it was revealed that The Great Khali and Chavo Guerrero will be part of the Roya


Title: TNA Interested In Ric Flair, Update On His Reality TV Show, Reid
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 02:18:30 AM
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.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on January 25, 2009, 01:50:17 PM
Good Stuff man


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 10:56:23 PM
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: F4Wonline.com)

- 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.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 10:59:17 PM
Update On J.R.'s WWE Hall of Fame Plans, Cena vs. Orton, More
By Daniel Pena
Jan 25, 2009 - 7:20:50 PM

source: www.f4wonline.com

-- 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 http://www.spokanearena.com/arenaevents.php - 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.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 11:01:28 PM
Update On Changed Royal Rumble Plans, Jeff Hardy's "Overdose"
By Daniel Pena
Jan 25, 2009 - 7:06:46 PM

source: www.f4wonline.com

-- 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:

1. WWE JEFF HARDY TEASED OVERDOSE TO GET HITS 241
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.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 11:04:47 PM
Complete List of Royal Rumble
Entrants & Eliminations
By Michael Bluth
Jan 25, 2009 - 11:25:17 PM

The 2009 WWE Royal Rumble is in the books and Randy Orton is our winner. Orton entered the Rumble at #8 and eliminated Triple H at the end to secure his place in the main event of WrestleMania 25. Here's the complete list of entrants and eliminations:

Order of Entry

1. Rey Mysterio
2. John Morrison
3. Carlito
4. MVP
5. Great Khali
6. Vladamir Kozlov
7. Triple H
8. Randy Orton
9. JTG
10. Ted DiBiase
11. Chris Jericho
12. Mike Knox
13. The Miz
14. Finlay
15. Cody Rhodes
16. Undertaker
17. Goldust
18. CM Punk
19. Mark Henry
20. Shelton Benjamin
21. William Regal
22. Kofi Kingston
23. Kane
24. R-Truth
25. RVD
26. Brian Kendrick
27. Dolph Zigler
28. Santino
29. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
30. Big Show

Order of Eliminations

1. Great Khali (by Kozlov)
2. MVP (by Kozlov)
3. Carlito (by Kozlov)
4. Kozlov (by Triple H)
5. Miz (by Triple H)
6. Morrison (by Triple H)
7. JTG (by Undertaker)
8. Goldust (by Cody)
9. Mark Henry (by Rey Mysterio)
10 Shelton Benjamin (by The Undertaker)
11. William Regal (by CM Punk)
12. Kofi Kingston (by Brian Kendrick)
13. Brian Kendrick (by Triple H)
14. Dolph Zigler (by Kane)
15. Santino (by Kane)
16. Jim Duggan (by Big Show)
17. R-Truth (by Big Show)
18. CM Punk (by Big Show)
19. Rey Mysterio (by Big Show)
20. Mike Knox (by Big Show)
21. Finlay (by Kane)
22. RVD (by Chris Jericho)
23. Chris Jericho (by Undertaker)
24. Kane (by Legacy)
25. Big Show (by Orton)
26. Undertaker (by Big Show)
27. DiBiase (by Triple H)
28. Cody Rhodes (by Triple H)
29. Triple H (by Randy Orton)

Your winner: RANDY ORTON


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 25, 2009, 11:05:37 PM
Latest On Austin-Flair-WWE HOF, Cena Pulled From Shows, Orton
By Daniel Pena
Jan 25, 2009 - 6:55:00 PM

source: www.f4wonline.com

-- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin had his eyes set on Ric Flair inducting him into the WWE Hall of Fame in April, but he will not be getting his way. Vince McMahon made the call this past week to not have Flair induct Austin into the Hall of Fame. However, Flair has been invited to the event nonetheless. Austin's inductor is up in the air now, although Vince McMahon has been speculated as the most likely choice.

-- John Cena has been pulled from next week's Raw brand house show swing. Cena was advertised to defend his belt against Chris Jericho, but the main events have been changed to Rey Mysterio vs. Jericho in two out of three fall matches.

-- The story on "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Jr. flying to Detroit yesterday for tonight's Royal Rumble event is not true. The WWE Hall of Famer flew to Virginia on Friday and wrestled at an indy show in Danville, West Virginia last night.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 26, 2009, 09:09:51 AM
RVD's WWE Status, More Rumble Stats, Orton's Titantron Updated
By Michael Bluth
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:27:56 AM

-- Several readers sent in word that video footage of Randy Orton's attack on Vince McMahon from last week's RAW was already edited into his Titantron entrance video at last night's Rumble. As Jim Ross wrote in his blog this weekend, the storyline WWE is going with is that Vince McMahon suffered a concussion from Orton's head kick.

-- While Randy Orton was the final man standing after last night's Royal Rumble, Triple H spent the most time in the ring (49:55) and tied Big Show for the most eliminations (6). For more Rumble stats, visit WWE.com.

-- The word backstage was that Rob Van Dam's appearance at last night's Royal Rumble was a one-time appearance. While the door is open for him to make a full-time return at any time, he is currently tending to his wife's health issues. WWE approached Van Dam about about making the cameo two days before the PPV. From reading several live reports, his appearance got the biggest pop of the night.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 26, 2009, 04:23:35 PM
    
NEWS > WWE >

Posted in: WWE
WWE's
Cost-Cutting Continues, Elimination Chamber, Raw Before WM
By Daniel Pena
Jan 26, 2009 - 6:53:26 PM

source: www.f4wonline.com

-- In WWE's latest cost-cutting move, the company is shutting down its Canadian office with the exception of its sales division. People working with WWE's broadcast partner in Canada, The Score, received memos regarding the news. This makes at least three offices gutted in the past few weeks as WWE recently shut down their offices in Sydney, Australia and China as well.

-- WWE has begun the push for next month's Elimination Chamber Match(es) at No Way Out. They posted the rules to the match tonight on the company website at the following link. The event will take place less than three weeks from now on Sunday, February 15.

-- The final Raw before WrestleMania will be taking place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Monday, March 30. Tickets for the event go on sale on Saturday, February 21st at Noon.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 26, 2009, 04:25:21 PM
Possible Legends Match At WrestleMania, Maria Looking Beyond WWE
By Daniel Pena
Jan 26, 2009 - 6:15:01 PM

source: PWInsider.com

-- This year's WWE Hall of Fame special on the USA Network will be sponsored by THQ's Legends of Wrestlemania video game, which will be released in March. There has been talk of holding some sort of nostalgia match at Wrestlemania XXV to coincide with the release of the game.

-- SmackDown Diva Maria Kanellis has launched an official website at www.MariaKanellis.net. Maria appears to be looking beyond World Wrestling Entertainment as she's largely pushing her burgeoning career in the entertainment world rather than her career in professional wrestling on the website. On the website she lists herself as an "Actress/Model/Singer/Wrestler" in that order. The website features her resume as well as some non-WWE modeling photos.

-- At last night's Royal Rumble, Melina won the WWE Women's Championship for a third time by beating Beth Phoenix. You can see a new photo gallery of Melina posing with the belt at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 26, 2009, 04:26:48 PM
TNA Impact Named Worst TV Show, Beautiful People On Soccer AM
By Daniel Pena
Jan 26, 2009 - 5:56:52 PM

-- By a landslide, TNA Wrestling's flagship television program "iMPACT!" was named 2008's "Worst Television Show" in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced this past week. The program won this dubious award last year as well. Here is the final voter tally:

1. TNA IMPACT 520
2. Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling 43
3. WWE ECW 41
4. WWE Raw
34
5. AAA 11
6. WWE Smackdown 10

-- TNA Knockouts Angelina Love and Velvet Sky appeared on the Saturday morning UK program Soccer AM this past week promoting TNA's show at Wembley Arena. The Beautiful People were named honorary "Soccerettes" due to their appearance on the show. In case you missed it, you can see video of their appearance on Soccer AM at the following link.

-- TNA is taping the next two editions of "iMPACT!" this week. The 1/29 show is being taped tonight with the 2/5 show being taped tomorrow. Stars scheduled to appear at this week's tapings include Sting, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Booker T, Team 3D, The Latin American Xchange, The Motor City Machineguns, the TNA Knockouts and more.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 26, 2009, 04:29:52 PM
TNA Named Worst Promotion of the Year, TNA Star Interviews, More
By Daniel Pena
Jan 26, 2009 - 5:02:11 PM

-- TNA Wrestling was named "Worst Promotion of the Year" in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced this past week. It beat out defunct MMA promotion Elite XC, which ceased operations this past October. TNA won this dubious award last year as well. Here is the final voter tally:

WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
1. TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION 404
2. Elite XC 232
3. All Japan Pro Wrestling 36
4. World Wrestling Entertainment 34
5. Inoki Genome Federation 19
IWA Mid South 19
7. Hustle Fighting Opera 18
8. AAA 16

-- Dave Power of the World Wrestling Revolution website conducted interviews with TNA wrestlers AJ Styles, Consequences Creed and Alex Shelley during TNA's recent tour of Dublin, Ireland. You can listen to the interviews at www.wwr.ie.

-- The TNA house show at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles, Ohio has been moved to April 26th. This is the second date change for this event. It was originally scheduled for March 13th, then got changed to April 23rd. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 26, 2009, 04:32:39 PM
    
NEWS > WWE >

Posted in: WWE
RVD Talks About Rumble Appearance, Heyman Blogs On WrestleMania
By Daniel Pena
Jan 26, 2009 - 4:09:42 PM

-- Rob Van Dam made a surprise appearance during last night's Royal Rumble match before eventually being eliminated by Chris Jericho. Following his appearance, RVD appeared on the WWE Universe's live blog. RVD said he received a phone call from management to appear at the event just last Friday. "The idea to be in the Royal Rumble is only 2 days old. Got a phone call Friday and it worked out," Van Dam said. RVD also explained to fans that his appearance was a one time thing, but he appreciates the company's open door policy for him to return one day. "I'm back in WWE..for tonight," Van Dam said. "Still happy at home. I'm not here full time by my own choice. I appreciate the open door that I have here and I appreciate being Home in California with Sonya even more." On how he felt being out there last night, Van Dam said "awesome." You can read a transcript of his chat session at the following link.

-- In Paul Heyman's latest commentary on the UK's Sun website, he raves over Randy Orton's performance during the conclusion of last week's episode of Raw. He also believes Orton will be the focal point of this year's WrestleMania. "Orton has been chosen by McMahon to be WWE's focal point heading into this year's WrestleMania, and bluntly, there isn't a member of the roster who could possibly be a better choice," Heyman wrote. "So here's Vince, reveling in the spotlight, and Stephanie, delivering what could be her best performance ever," he continued. "And yet, when Orton stepped into the ring and started talking, he compelled you to watch him. Orton's control of the mic was masterful." {Heyman: Now it's Orton's time}

-- The term "Royal Rumble" was listed on the "In The News" tab on the Google News homepage this afternoon (news.google.com).


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 26, 2009, 04:39:28 PM
    
NEWS > WWE >

Posted in: WWE
WWE Working On A New Reality Show
By Brad Ingles
Jan 26, 2009 - 2:54:36 PM

WWE creative team members have been discussing the possibility of producing a new reality show. Several ideas have been pitched and one source described it as a "Tough Enough reboot".

Vince McMahon has been indecisive on if development talent or proven wrestlers should star in the show. He wants there to be fan voting if there is an elimination process, and it is possible the show would launch this year.

Credit: ProWrestling.net


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on January 26, 2009, 04:56:03 PM
look at wolfgang on top of shit. very nice


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 28, 2009, 04:01:46 AM
Details On Vince McMahon and Randy Orton
Angle
By Brad Ingles
Jan 27, 2009 - 8:47:21 PM

WWE officials were concerned with last week's Raw angle when Randy Orton punted Vince McMahon's head. It was a legit kick and McMahon's face was cut from Orton's boot. Recent reports have said Vince McMahon suffered a concussion following the incident but that was not the case. Vince told Orton to bring it for the angle to make it more realistic and draw more viewers in since he has a known history for taking real abuse from past angles.

Credit: Figure Four Weekly Newsletter


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 28, 2009, 11:21:38 AM
Top WWE Star Missing WrestleMania, Jericho Honored, DJ Gabriel
By Daniel Pena
Jan 28, 2009 - 2:06:19 PM

-- In the latest update on the official website of Batista, www.Demon-Wrestling.com, his people are saying he won't be cleared to return to the ring from injury for five or six months. WWE still had hopes for Batista to wrestle at WrestleMania, but that's off the cards now. Here is his website's statement:

Dave's recovery is going very well. He's in the gym twice a day but being very cautious.

Looking forward to coming back as soon as he's able.

Doubtful he'll be cleared before 5-6 months but he'll be back stronger and better than ever.

-- Chris Jericho was honored with the "Wrestler of the Year" award in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced last week. Jericho beat out Edge by a mere 30 votes. Here is the final voting tally:

1. CHRIS JERICHO (139)1,198
2. Edge (116)1,168
3. Shawn Michaels (157)1,111
4. Keiji Muto (97)976
5. Nigel McGuinness (45)658
6. John Cena
(73)595
7. Shingo Takagi (57)449
8. Cibernetico (53)377
9. Kurt Angle (32)275
10. Bryan Danielson (12)215

-- ECW Superstar DJ Gabriel posted a blog on the WWE Universe site admitting he's not a great dancer. Gabriel wrote: "Granted, there are probably a great many people out there in the WWE Universe who aren't too fond of my dancing in particular. But that's o.k! I don't pretend for one minute that I'm a great dancer, I'm not going to be a contender on 'Dancing with the Stars'. I'm just being myself, and proving that I don't mind making a fool of myself in front of millions of people in the name of entertainment." {Shall We Dance?}


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 28, 2009, 11:24:56 AM
Orton Storyline Disorder Linked To Steroid Use; WWE Encyclopedia
By Daniel Pena
Jan 28, 2009 - 1:46:07 PM

-- On Monday's Raw, WWE explained Randy Orton's recent rash of violent behavior by saying he had the behavioral disorder IED (intermittent explosive disorder). According to a number of medical websites, IED is defined as "a behavioral disorder characterized by extreme expressions of anger, often to the point of uncontrollable rage." It's interesting to note that medical websites link the disorder to steroids as IED can be exacerbated by steroid use based on chemical changes in the person's brain.

The news website www.huliq.com posted an
href="http://www.huliq.com/3257/76784/what-intermittent-explosive-disorder" target="new">article yesterday regarding intermittent explosive disorder and Randy Orton was mentioned. They wrote: "Interestingly, according to recent reports, WWE wrestler Randy Orton has intermittent explosive disorder or IED. He says he's been diagnosed with it, in fact. But it should be noted that some have posited that IED may be exacerbated by steroid use."

For the record, Orton has ties to past steroid use as in March 2007, Sports Illustrated said the former WWE Champion was part of a steroid and HGH ring used by a number of professional athletes in several sports. The article mentioned several current and former WWE wrestlers, including Orton, who was alleged to have obtained clomiphene citrate, anastrozole and the steroids stanozolol, nandrolone, oxandrolone, and testosterone. WWE made a statement on the situation, claiming that the allegations preceded the Talent Wellness program WWE launched in February 2006. However, it was later revealed that Orton continued to receive drugs until February 2007. Amidst the Signature Pharmacy drug scandal in August 2007, Sports Illustrated said Orton received somatropin, nandrolone and stanozolol from September 2004 through February 2007 when the online pharmacy was shut down by authorities.

-- A one-volume encyclopedia with more than 700 WWE entries and more than 2500 images will be released on Tuesday, March 30. Here is the official product description of the WWE Encyclopedia: "As a unique, one-volume encyclopedia with more than 700 WWE entries and more than 2500 images, this is the book for all WWE fans! Featuring hundreds of superstars of all eras, from the World Wrestling Federation of the 60s and 70s to today's WWE, this thrilling, one-of-a-kind reference guide contains a visual glossary of all wrestling moves and provides coverage of the television shows that put the WWE into millions of households. From the Hardcore Champion to the World Heavyweight title holder, from the WWE's showcase events to the Pay-per-views, from Survivor Series to the grand spectacle of WrestleMania-this encyclopedia covers it all."

-- On Monday's Raw, Santino Marella was seen wearing a new T-shirt. The red "Flex" T-shirt is now up for sale on WWEShop.com.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 28, 2009, 11:26:22 AM
WWE Star Changes Brands, Mickie James Appearing At OVW, Swagger
By Daniel Pena
Jan 28, 2009 - 12:14:25 PM

-- ECW General Manager Theodore Long kicked off last night's edition of ECW by saying former ECW Champion Matt Hardy was leaving the brand for SmackDown. The move comes after Hardy's betrayal of his own brother, former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy, at the Royal Rumble. Long said Hardy asked for his release and the GM OK'd the move to the blue brand. Hardy's profile has been moved back to the SmackDown section.

-- Mickie James will be the next WWE star to appear at Ohio Valley Wrestling's headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. James will be making her appearance on Tuesday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m. the Davis Arena, located at 4400 Shepherdsville Road, Louisville, KY 40218.

-- WWE.com has a brand new feature updating every Monday though Friday, the "Jack Swagger Photo of the Day." You can see the feature at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 28, 2009, 11:27:28 AM
Ric Flair Comments On A WrestleMania Appearance (Interview Recap)
By Brad Ingles
Jan 28, 2009 - 10:17:24 AM

Ric Flair confirmed in an interview with the Houston Chronicle that he would be at WrestleMania 25. “Let’s just say, I will be at Wrestlemania, and that’s all I’m saying,” Flair said.

Rourke said on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards that Flair is teaching him some tricks.


Title: Breaking News : Mickey Rourke Back In at Wrestlemania
Post by: Karl Kox on January 28, 2009, 08:31:08 PM
In response to news breaking today of Mickey Rourke pulling of out of his proposed match with Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 25, Vince McMahon issued the following statement to E Online:

"I am pleased that Mickey Rourke will be in attendance at WrestleMania to support the WWE Superstars who support him and the film in which he stars, The Wrestler."

source PWinsider.com

________________________ ________________________ ________________________ _____________

The Associated Press issued the following this evening:
 
Mickey Rourke won't rumble with WWE superstar
HOUSTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for actor Mickey Rourke says he won't be taking his role as a professional wrestler into a real-life ring after all.

Paula Woods told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Rourke will not wrestle WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 in April at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

Woods wrote in an e-mail that the Oscar-nominated actor "will not be participating in Wrestlemania. He is focusing entirely on his acting career."

Rourke portrays professional wrestler Randy the Ram in the acclaimed movie "The Wrestler." He made a surprise announcement about the wrestling event Sunday night on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

Rourke had said he was going to toss Jericho "around the ring like tossed salad."

source pwinsider.com


Title: G.L.O.W. is Returning
Post by: Karl Kox on January 28, 2009, 10:52:35 PM
GLOW Open Casting Call!

The 1980's TV sensation is getting ready to cast a new generation of GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) girls to take part in an incredible journey! If you think you have what it takes, show up in person!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Between 4-6 PM

Big Vision Entertainment
14431 Hamlin St.
Van Nuys, CA 91401
818-779-0703

If you have questions, please Email: mikehartsfield@gmail.com (email is quickest and more effective than calling)

You do not need experience in professional wrestling to take part. We are looking for a very wide range of types and styles of people. You do not need to RSVP, jus' come on down!

Think you have what it takes? PROVE IT! We will see you there!!

View GLOW on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/glowrestling

View Big Vision Entertainment on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/bigvisionentertainment
Source wrestlingworldnews.com


Title: Re: G.L.O.W. is Returning
Post by: Soundness on January 28, 2009, 11:29:12 PM
GLOW Open Casting Call!

The 1980's TV sensation is getting ready to cast a new generation of GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) girls to take part in an incredible journey! If you think you have what it takes, show up in person!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Between 4-6 PM

Big Vision Entertainment
14431 Hamlin St.
Van Nuys, CA 91401
818-779-0703

If you have questions, please Email: mikehartsfield@gmail.com (email is quickest and more effective than calling)

You do not need experience in professional wrestling to take part. We are looking for a very wide range of types and styles of people. You do not need to RSVP, jus' come on down!

Think you have what it takes? PROVE IT! We will see you there!!

View GLOW on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/glowrestling

View Big Vision Entertainment on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/bigvisionentertainment
Source wrestlingworldnews.com
Oh shit this will be hot.  ;D

The big question is, what will they be wearing? Hmmmmm.... ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2LcpZtbtRI


Title: Re: G.L.O.W. is Returning
Post by: Karl Kox on January 28, 2009, 11:50:43 PM
I don't know but I'm sure I will be cracking


Title: Re: G.L.O.W. is Returning
Post by: Soundness on January 28, 2009, 11:53:14 PM
I don't know but I'm sure I will be cracking
;D Yes I will as well. I was thinking they need a women's league. I just hope the wardrobes are skimpy, that's the most important thing to me right now.  ;)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 29, 2009, 02:56:09 AM
 Big Name Finally Going Into The WWE HOF This Year, Adamle Honored
By Daniel Pena
Jan 28, 2009 - 3:41:52 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- It has been confirmed that Ricky Steamboat will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. He will be inducted by Ric Flair.

Steamboat and Ted DiBiase got a lot of votes for last year's internal election regarding the WWE Hall of Fame. Vince McMahon takes the candidates with the most votes under consideration but makes all the picks in the end. The two wrestling legends weren't snubbed last year, but Vince knows he can't put all the best candidates in at once, so they are spread out over years.

-- Mike Adamle was honored with the "Worst Television Announcer" award in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced last week. Adamle beat out TNA color commentator Don West by 259 votes. Here is the final voting tally:

1. MIKE ADAMLE (289)1,623
2. Don West (93)1,364
3. Michael Cole (107)1,310
4. Todd Grisham (70)806
5. Mike Tenay (12)274
6. Jerry Lawler (4)172
7. Mauro Ranallo (14)141
8. Tazz (13)107
9. Bubba the Love Sponge (12)90
10. Jay Glazer 67

-- In case you missed it, you can see the trailer for WWE's next highly anticipated feature film, 12 Rounds, at WWE.com. The film starring WWE Raw Superstar John Cena is scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, March 27, 2009. The movie is rated "PG-13" for "intense sequences of violence and action" by the MPAA.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 29, 2009, 02:57:30 AM
WWE Comments On Mickey Rourke Appearing At WrestleMania
By Michael Bluth
Jan 28, 2009 - 8:30:49 PM

Source: Reuters.com

Reuters news service published a story today questioning whether Mickey Rourke is actually signed for a WrestleMania 25 appearance to wrestle Chris Jericho after Rourke appeared to back down from Chris Jericho last night Larry King Live.

When Larry King asked Rourke if he will wrestle Jericho, Rourke said no. ”It’s not my world, I was a professional fighter. Would I box him in a boxing ring or a bare-knuckle match? Yeah,” Rourke said. “Wrestling? That’s his world, that’s what this man does.”

That did not please Jericho, who told Rourke he had no respect for the actor and playing a wrestler in a movie is nothing like being one in real life. So will the two actually end up fighting in the ring?

WWE is playing up the spat for all it’s worth, even without pledging that Rourke will show up at WrestleMania.

A WWE spokesperson told Reuters that "Rourke is still in talks" to appear at WrestleMania. ”You never know what’s going to happen at the 25th anniversary of WrestleMania.”


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 29, 2009, 02:58:31 AM
AP Reports Mickey Rourke Not Appearing At WrestleMania 25
By Daniel Pena
Jan 28, 2009 - 11:33:27 PM

The Associated Press issued the following press release this evening saying Mickey Rourke won't be appearing at WrestleMania after all:

Mickey Rourke won't rumble with WWE superstar

HOUSTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for actor Mickey Rourke says he won't be taking his role as a professional wrestler into a real-life ring after all.

Paula Woods told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Rourke will not wrestle WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 in April at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

Woods wrote in an e-mail that the Oscar-nominated actor "will not be participating in Wrestlemania. He is focusing entirely on his acting career."

Rourke portrays professional wrestler Randy the Ram in the acclaimed movie "The Wrestler." He made a surprise announcement about the wrestling event Sunday night on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

Rourke had said he was going to toss Jericho "around the ring like tossed salad."


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 29, 2009, 02:59:05 AM
Former TNA Star Backstage At Raw, WWE SVR 2009 Sales Disappoint
By Daniel Pena
Jan 28, 2009 - 10:15:33 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- Former TNA Superstar Johnny Devine was backstage at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and according to SLAM! Wrestling, at Monday's Raw in Cleveland as well. Devine was also backstage at the Raw in Toronto a few weeks ago. There has been talk between both sides.

-- WWE flew in Bill Watts last week to get him ready for his upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, and also tape a couple of "Legends of Wrestling" discussion show episodes for WWE 24/7. WWE taped one episode focusing on the history of African-American wrestlers with a panel of Watts, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Ross, Teddy Long and Tony Atlas. Ron Simmons was scheduled to participate in the show, but when he got released two weeks ago, Tony Atlas got the slot. WWE also taped a show with Watts and Rhodes regarding the history of wrestling in the state of Texas.

-- TNA iMPACT is not the only wrestling video game
having sales difficulty as sales for the SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 are reportedly down as well. Sales were down 22% at of the end of the year compared with the same time period for the 2008 version of the game. THQ was hoping to break even this year, but lackluster sales for the WWE game as well as the SpongeBob SquarePants game (down 19% from last year) will make it difficult for the video game publisher. "The WWE decline is particularly concerning since that franchise had been one of THQ's last bastions of strength," said Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz. The decline was said to be more alarming since this year's game has considerably better critical reviews compared to last year. {THQ Will Miss Targets - Analyst}


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 29, 2009, 03:03:06 AM
    
NEWS > WWE >

Posted in: WWE
Mickey Rourke
Drops Out Of WrestleMania?, Candice At K-Mart, More
By Daniel Pena
Jan 28, 2009 - 10:38:58 PM

-- According to a post on the L.A. gossip blog Defamer.com, Mickey Rourke is having second thoughts about appearing at Wrestlemania. Rourke's publicist issued the following statement to the gossip blog this afternoon: "Mickey was very honored to be asked as he has the greatest respect for WWE however he will not be participating in Wrestle-Mania. He is focusing entirely on his acting
career." You can read the blog post at the following link. They posted another blog earlier in the day regarding his appearance on Larry King Live last night with Chris Jerichosaying an appearance at WrestleMania could cost him the Oscar for his role in The Wrestler. They wrote: "Though Jericho was clearly into it, Rourke seemed withdrawn—perhaps realizing that the Academy likes to hand out awards that they think will encourage legitimate work, not paid faux-sports appearances on cable that Rourke could probably even have secured pre-comeback."

-- Starting this weekend, the weekly replay of Raw on mun2 will be airing at 6:00 p.m on Sundays instead of Wednesday nights.

-- Attention K-Mart shoppers, Candice Michelle, Layla and The Miz will be appearing at the discount department store in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, March 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 29, 2009, 03:04:11 AM
    
NEWS > WWE >

Posted in: WWE
WWE
Official Wants MVP On ECW, Latest From Lilian Garcia; Finland
By Daniel Pena
Jan 28, 2009 - 11:22:17 PM

-- Howard Finkel posted a blog on the WWE Universe site asking how General Manager Theodore Long could let Matt Hardy walk away from ECW without getting anyone in return. "Teddy, what were you thinking? What is wrong with you?," Finkel wrote. "How could you let Matt Hardy just walk away from ECW, and not get anything in return from SmackDown? Once Matt expressed his desire to you to be released, did you not even think about picking up the phone, calling your SmackDown GM counterpart Vickie Guerrero, and regardless of past feelings, let her know of Matt's desires, and attempt to make a deal with her?" Finkel believes Long should have made a deal with Guerrero and asked for MVP in return. "The air is stagnant now for MVP, and in my opinion, all he needs is a fresh start to get back on track," Finkel wrote. "It's amazing what a change of scenery can do for someone. And Teddy, MVP is that talented enough that he WOULD have made a difference in your brand; believe that playa!!!" Finkel also asks what happened to the "new talent initiative" on ECW. Finkel believes MVP could have fit into that category quiet well. (Teddy, What Happened?)

-- Lilian Garcia posted a blog answering select questions from fans on her MySpace account {myspace.com/liliangarcia). Lilian is asked to name her most memorable moment during her time in WWE, but she can't pick just one. You can read what she has to say at the following link.

-- WWE will be returning to Finland after a long absence. They will be holding a house show at the Ice Hall in Helsinki, Finland on June 10th, 2009. Tickets go on sale February 23rd, 2009 at 9 AM. This will be the first WWE event in Helsinki since November of 2005. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 29, 2009, 10:02:26 AM
John Cena Superbowl Commercial, Dr. Astin Pleads Guilty, RVD News
By Michael Bluth
Jan 29, 2009 - 11:56:09 AM

-- This Sunday night is the National Football League's SuperBowl XLIII on NBC. Multichannelnews.com reports that characters from all of the USA Network's original series will be featured in a 60-second promo that "weaves the on-air talent into the daily life of a USA viewer" and will air immediately after the game. The featured characters include Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Debra Messing (The Starter Wife) and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena.

-- The Atlanta Journal Constituion is reporting that Dr. Phil Astin, who was Chris Benoit's personal doctor, has changed his plea from "not guilty" to "guilty" in a Georgia courtroom this morning. Astin is charged with 175 counts of unlawful drug distribution to various clients, including Chris Benoit and other WWE superstars. He faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines. His sentencing is scheduled for May 12. Visit AJC.com for the full report.

-- Reader Matt sent the following: "On RVD radio, Van Dam has stated that he is going to be filming a movie with director David Defalco titled "Wrong Side of Town". RVD stated that the film was written especially for him and that it will be an action movie. Filming is going to take place in February, putting live RVD radio shows on hiatus till March. Blog Talk Radio will however air "Best Of RVD Radio" until he returns from filming. One other note to RVD fans, I highly recommend checking out RVD Radio. He always has a plethora of guests such as: Sonya Van Dam, Sabu, Fonzie, Kid Cash, Gregory Helms, Booker T, Harry Slash (the ECW theme song writer) and many others. He also gives updates on his new projects and of course always has interesting topics that stimulate some great conversation."


Title: Re: G.L.O.W. is Returning
Post by: Thin Lizzy on January 29, 2009, 10:03:24 AM
The problem with this concept is that, now, the WWE and TNA already have their own versions of GLOW. When the original GLOW was hot, there was nothing like it.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 29, 2009, 10:05:15 AM
Jim Ross Blog: Mickey Rourke, Umaga's Return, RVD's Wife
By Michael Bluth
Jan 29, 2009 - 8:40:14 AM

Jim Ross updated the blog section of JRsbarbq.com. Here are some highlights:

- Mickey Rourke & Chris Jericho: "Mickey Rourke seems like a likable guy as depicted on The Larry King Show on CNN this week. I caught the replay while in Indianapolis and was entertained by Rourke's laid back banter and mild rebuttal to Chris Jericho as the two of them discussed various possibilities at Wrestlemania 25. If Rourke and Jericho were ever to meet in a wrestling ring, I wonder how many die hard wrestling fans would boo the Golden Globe winning actor and cheer the controversial Jericho? Second question is, does it matter if there is a backside every 18"?"

- An update on Rob Van Dam's wife: "The highlight of the Royal Rumble was seeing RVD's wife Sonja who looked absolutely amazing especially in light that she just finished several weeks of chemotherapy in her battle with cancer. I am so thankful that Sonja, with her husband's support, is winning her fight with the Big "C" as this native Oklahoma lass is one of the nicest wrestler's wives in the business."

- Umaga's Return: "Umaga returns to Friday Night Smackdown this week which will add an addition spark to the broadcast. It also appears that Matt Hardy likely will be joining the SD roster which adds much needed, main event depth to the show as well."


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 29, 2009, 10:06:25 AM
Bobby Lashley Down With An Injury, Terri Helps Man Battle Illness
By Daniel Pena
Jan 28, 2009 - 9:54:32 PM

-- According to MMAJunkie.com, former WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley has been forced to pull out of his second MMA fight after suffering an ankle ligament injury during a training session. No other information regarding his injury has been disclosed at this time.

-- Hemeltoday.co.uk has a story on Terri Runnels helping a 28-year-old man from the UK suffering with failing kidneys and in desperate need of a transplant. The former WWE Diva has promised to fly to the UK from Florida to be by his side if a donor can be found. The fan started speaking to Terri last summer after he began posting tributes on her on the internet. "When I was younger I didn't like wrestling but my friend was watching it and I saw her and thought, 'wow she is gorgeous' and that's how it started," 28-year-old Martin Duggan said. "When we started talking I told her my problems and knowing that I am a big fan she took an interest in me and it meant a lot." Terri explained to Hemeltoday.co.uk what the fan means to her. "Martin is the sweetest teddy bear in the world to me. I have a plethora of fans across the world and he is a true die-hard fan," Terri said. "I have told him I will do whatever I can to be with him when he has the operation. If I lived in the UK in a heart beat I would be tested to see if I'm a match for him. People only need one kidney, so if there was anyone out there who could help it
would be amazing." {Wrestling stars helps man battle illness}

-- ShelbyStar.com has an article on Ric Flair headlining a wrestling fundraiser in Shelby, North Carolina on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 29, 2009, 10:34:06 AM
Flair's Reality Show, Angle Lands Movie Role, THQ Not Closing
By Michael Bluth
Jan 29, 2009 - 1:28:44 PM

-- PWInsider.com reports that Ric Flair's new reality television pilot is currently being shopped around Hollywood
. The production company, Pink Sneakers ("Hogan Knows Best"), is looking for network financing so they can film a full season.

-- FilmStew.com is reporting that Kurt Angle has signed on to play the lead role in the upcoming action film "Rescue from Hell," which begins shooting this Spring.

-- The John Cena film "12 Rounds" has launched an official website at www.12rounds-movie.com.

-- Earlier today, video game website N-Europe broke the news that THQ, which publishes WWE's SmackDown vs. RAW franchise and is developing the upcoming "Legends of WrestleMania" game, was on the verge of shutting down. After stirring up a lot of commotion, N-Europe later issued following retraction: "Updated - THQ have contacted N-Europe and debunked the story. We apologise for raising a panic; we had good reason to trust our source on this matter, but it looks like some wires were crossed along the way."


Title: Re: Breaking News : Mickey Rourke Out Of Wrestlemania !
Post by: leonp1981 on January 29, 2009, 09:16:31 PM
Apparently Vince has now come out and said that Rourke will be at Wrestlemania, although he didn't state whether it would be in a match.


Title: Re: Breaking News : Mickey Rourke Out Of Wrestlemania !
Post by: flexingtonsteele on January 29, 2009, 09:40:40 PM
hollywood told rourke this would hurt his chance of winning the oscar thats why he had to step out.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 30, 2009, 01:04:40 AM
    
NEWS > WWE >

Posted in: WWE
McMahon Upset Over Internet Rumor, Greatest WrestleMania Legend
By Daniel Pena
Jan 29, 2009 - 6:07:28 PM

sources: PWInsider.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- As reported yesterday, Ric Flair will be inducting Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat in this year's WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin had his sights set on Flair inducting him, but when word got out regarding his request, Vince McMahon got upset and shot the plan down. No word yet on who will be inducting Austin.

-- Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit drew a legitimate sellout, announced at 16,685 fans (14,000 paid) with a $800,000 gate.

-- WWE.com has a poll asking fans to vote for the greatest WrestleMania legend of all-time. Five wrestlers are listing including Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Ted DiBiase, Mick Foley and Big Show. You can vote in the poll at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 30, 2009, 08:10:10 AM
Brooke Hogan To Wrestle Reid Flair At Florida State Fair
By Michael Bluth
Jan 30, 2009 - 10:35:11 AM

Source: TampaBay.com

Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair are two of the biggest names in pro wrestling history. With their children making their way into the entertainment business, you knew it was only a matter of time before the second generation squared off in the ring.

According to TampaBay.com, Brooke Hogan and her VH1 handlers are shooting an episode of Brooke Knows Best at the Florida State Fair on February 6th. A deal for Brooke to wrestle at the event is "90 percent done" and her will be none other than Reid Flair. The match will take place in a circus tent after the last show of the day by Circus Hollywood.

The newspaper speculated that "The Hulkster and Co. are no doubt going to show up for those shenanigans." We'll keep you posted.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on January 30, 2009, 09:19:31 AM
Brooke Hogan To Wrestle Reid Flair At Florida State Fair
By Michael Bluth
Jan 30, 2009 - 10:35:11 AM

Source: TampaBay.com

Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair are two of the biggest names in pro wrestling history. With their children making their way into the entertainment business, you knew it was only a matter of time before the second generation squared off in the ring.

According to TampaBay.com, Brooke Hogan and her VH1 handlers are shooting an episode of Brooke Knows Best at the Florida State Fair on February 6th. A deal for Brooke to wrestle at the event is "90 percent done" and her will be none other than Reid Flair. The match will take place in a circus tent after the last show of the day by Circus Hollywood.

The newspaper speculated that "The Hulkster and Co. are no doubt going to show up for those shenanigans." We'll keep you posted.

Thats pretty damn funny


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 30, 2009, 08:28:28 PM
YEH, I WAS LIKE WHAT THE FU.CK IS SHE DOING


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 05:55:06 AM
Shane McMahon's Missed Punches, JBL Appearance Flops, Bourne DVD
By Daniel Pena
Jan 30, 2009 - 4:17:13 PM

source: PWInsider.com

-- According to a fan in attendance, John Bradshaw Layfield's appearance at Ohio Valley Wrestling this past Tuesday drew poorly. It's interesting to note that last September, JBL did an autograph signing for his MamaJuana Energy Drink at The Vitamin Shoppe in Cleveland a few hours prior to the Unforgiven pay-per-view and according to a fan in attendance who attends countless shows & signings, it drew around a dozen fans. It was also a free signing. Back to his appearance this past Tuesday, OVW had been building up a JBL match on television for several weeks, but an issue with the Kentucky Athletic Commission prevented him from working the OVW house show that night in The Davis Arena.

-- Image Entertainment, Inc. released a DVD on current ECW wrestler Evan Bourne titled "Before They Were Stars: Matt Sydal: Bourne Is Born" last week. The DVD features every match Bourne participated in Wrestling Society X as well as promos and a music video.

-- People watching the end of Monday's Raw noticed that Shane McMahon missed a few punches directed towards Randy Orton during their brawl. On the replay of Raw that aired this past week on mun2, the footage aired as is with no changes made as the missed punches were still shown with Orton selling them. Oftentimes, WWE edits around moves gone blatantly wrong on live television, but not in this case.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 05:57:58 AM
Palumbo On Today's WWE Drug Culture, Batista's Bodybuilding Tips
By Daniel Pena
Jan 30, 2009 - 2:15:26 PM

-- The latest issue of Power Slam magazine has an interview with Chuck Palumbo that took place five weeks after his release from World Wrestling Entertainment. Palumbo talked about all aspects of his career including how he got into wrestling, his time in WCW, entering WWE and the politics behind the scenes, Billy & Chuck, the Full Blooded Italians, his release from WWE in 2004, the WWE road agent who always buried him, going to Japan, re-signing with WWE in 2006, not being used for a year, how his biker character came about, his program with Jamie Noble, his last days in WWE, and more. Palumbo is also asked if the drug culture in WWE is changing. Here is his response:

Q: Contracted WWE wrestlers when quizzed typically deny that prescription drugs and steroids are an issue in the company. Is the drug culture changing?

A: "I think it is, yeah. It's still there and it will always be there, but it's definitely not as rampant as it was. Now, with drug-testing and suspensions, people are still doing it, people are still getting away with it, but it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be. It'll always be there but, hopefully, it won't be that bad. I hate to see guys (die)... I was close with Curt Hennig, I was close with Eddie Guerrero."

-- Bodybuilding.com recently conducted an interview with Batista and he talks about how he developed his physique at it's current state and what his current weight training program is.

"My weight training program nowadays is just really high reps. Very fast and intense; I don't use heavy weight anymore and I don't over do my workout," Batista said. "I also never go to complete failure; because with WWE I am on the road wrestling so much that my body does not have time to recover, So basically I do more of a maintenance work out, a lot of machines because I work out on my own. High intensity; fast and furious."

Batista also talks about his diet and the supplements he uses to look the way he does.

"My diet consists of very high amounts of protein; and I supplement my diet with a product called Isobolic which is from Nutrabolics, the company I endorse. I can take it any time of the day or night so there's no need to have a daytime and a night time protein, it's all in one," Batista said. "My diet is simple: high protein, low carbs and sugar. Nutrabolics always supplies me with some great products."

Additionally, Batista finally admits why he couldn't get through the WCW Power Plant when he tried entering the wrestling business. His conditioning was really bad at the time as he was a monstrous 350 pounds and the instructors at the Power Plant would try to break down potential wrestlers with a number of brutal training exercises. Batista eventually dropped the weight, entered a private wrestling school, and the rest is history.

Batista also talks about his sporting background, the wrestlers who inspired him, his main strengths as a wrestler, his worst injury, the toughest aspect about being a professional wrestler, what he could like to ultimately achieve in wrestling, and more. You can read the interview in its entirety at the following link.

-- The latest issue of WWE Magazine has an article listing twenty-five reasons why WrestleMania is better than the Super Bowl. You can read the article at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 06:00:11 AM
nformation On WWE Greatest Stars of the 90's Three-Disc DVD Set
By Daniel Pena
Jan 30, 2009 - 11:25:30 AM

SilverVision has released information regarding the upcoming WWE Greatest Stars of the 90's three-disc DVD set. Fifteen wrestlers are profiled on the DVD including Shawn Michaels, Yokozuna, The Rock, Kevin Nash, Owen Hart, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan, Triple H, Bret Hart, Lex Luger, Sting, Razor Ramon, The Undertaker, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. You can see the cover of the DVD set at the following link. It is scheduled to be released in April.

Disc 1

Tazz - Introduction

Shawn Michaels

From the Smallest Champion to the Largest

Yokozuna

Samoan Culture

The Rock

Drawing the Casual Fan

Women of the 90s

Tough and Sexy

Kevin Nash

Battle for Superstardom

Owen Hart

Fun Filled Memories

Ric Flair

Infamous Figure

Mick Foley

The Quest for Success

Not So Great Stars of the 90s

The Reinvention

Hulk Hogan

Attitude and Controversy

Triple H

Technical Savvy

Bret Hart

Pop Culture Phenomenon

Vince McMahon / Eric Bischoff / Paul Heyman

The Total Package

Lex Luger

The IT Factor

Sting

The Bad Guy

Razor Ramon

Respect

The Undertaker

A Rebel

Stone Cold Steve Austin

Tazz - Close

Extras

• Razor Ramon – Restaurant Vignette
July 11, 1992

• The Undertaker Builds a Coffin for Yokozuna
December 1993

• Bret Hart – New Generation Vignette
July 1994

• Owen Hart Inside a Steel Cage
August 20, 1994

• Shawn Michaels Press Conference Before WrestleMania XI
February 28, 1995

• Hunter Hearst Helmsley - "Riff Raff"
April 15, 1995

• Mankind – “And God Created Mankind”
January 6, 1996

• Scott Hall & Kevin Nash N.W.O. Vignette
August 19, 1996

• The Hart Foundation Reunites
March 31, 1997

• D-Generation X Reenacts the Montreal Incident
November 24, 1997

• The Rock Reads Steve Austin’s Eulogy
April 19, 1999

• Steve Austin remembers the Shockmaster

Disc 2

Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan
Madison Square Garden - November 30, 1991

WWE Championship Match
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Survivor Series - November 25, 1992

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna
King of the Ring - June 13, 1993

Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart
WrestleMania X - March 20, 1994

Intercontinental Championship Match
Diesel vs. Razor Ramon
Superstars – April 13, 1994

International World Heavyweight Championship Match
Sting vs. Vader
Slamboree – May 22, 1994

WWE Championship Match
Bret Hart vs. Diesel
Royal Rumble – January 22, 1995

WWE Women’s Championship Match
Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano
Monday Night Raw – April 3, 1995

Disc 3

Triple Header Match
Shawn Michaels & Diesel vs. Yokozuna & British Bulldog
In Your House – September 24, 1995

#1 Contender Match
Owen Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
In Your House – February 18, 1996

WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Vader
SummerSlam – August 18, 1996

Steel Cage Match
Mankind vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley
SummerSlam – August 3, 1997

WCW Championship Match
Lex Luger vs. Hulk Hogan
Monday Nitro – August 4, 1997

WWE Championship Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker
SummerSlam – August 30, 1998

United States Championship Match
Sting vs. Bret Hart
Halloween Havoc – October 25, 1998

Strap Match
Triple H vs. The Rock
Fully Loaded – July 25, 1999


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 06:03:50 AM
J.R. Doesn't Want Rourke Wrestling At WM, 12 Rounds Site Launched
By Daniel Pena
Jan 30, 2009 - 12:13:36 PM

-- In Jim Ross' latest SmackDown This column on the WWE Universe site, he says he doesn't want to see Mickey Rourke wrestle Chris Jericho at WrestleMania.

"...Rourke really doesn't have any business getting in a high-level, memory making match at the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania XXV," Ross wrote. "I loved Rourke’s role as Randy "The Ram" Robinson in "The Wrestler" and even saw the film twice. However, the brash Jericho accurately pointed out that playing a wrestler on film with the ability to have multiple takes for a scene, etc is a far cry from actually getting in the ring live without a net or the ability to do a re-take against a man who is proud, egocentric and not willing to compromise his skill level or legacy to a Golden Globe winner or not."

Ross continued: "Don't do it Mickey. Do come to Houston; enjoy a great presentation at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, have fun, but stay out of the ring. Or do what in the hell you want."

You can read his blog at the following link.

-- WWE has launched a website for the much anticipated 12 Rounds movie at www.12Rounds-Movie.com.

-- Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin was in attendance at last night's Florida Championship Wrestling television taping in Tampa, Florida, reports PWInsider.com.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 06:05:05 AM
Trish Stratus Hints Possible Match At WWE WrestleMania XXV
By Daniel Pena
Jan 30, 2009 - 12:31:43 PM

SLAM! Wrestling conducted an interview with former WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus at an autograph signing this past Tuesday in downtown Toronto. Stratus was signing copies of Inside Fitness magazine and wrestling memorabilia for her loyal fans.

Stratus discussed her one-off appearance on Raw last month. She said she practiced her "Matrix" move "at least 40 times" prior to the show (which she used against opponent Santino Marella) to make sure she could still do it. Stratus also said it would be hard to pass off wrestling at WrestleMania 25. Stratus said she had not been contacted about appearing, but left the impression that something could come together in the future.

"I would definitely like the chance to finish off what I started with Beth in a one-on-one scenario," Stratus said. "No tagging out, no Santino shenanigans, just one dominant female against the other."

Stratus also said she wouldn't mind wrestling another WWE Diva in Natalya.

"Nattie I think is going to be a major player soon, given the right chance to do what she does best," Stratus said. "Everyone knows how much I respect the Hart lineage, using Bret's sharpshooter in my retirement match, wearing the pink and black boots in Toronto ... it's not a coincidence. So I would be honoured to face someone who is a part of that legacy and I have no doubt in my mind that we could blow away an audience."

Stratus also wanted fans to know that she does not have a page on Facebook as there are a number of pages impersonating her on the social networking site. However, she does indeed have a page on MySpace.com.

"It would be great to clear up that I can be found on MySpace only. I am not on Facebook. That way no one is duped into thinking they are communicating with me when they are not," Stratus said to make things clear.

You can read the article in its entirety at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 06:07:19 AM
A Message From Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne Wins 2 Awards, Meet Stars
By Daniel Pena
Jan 30, 2009 - 1:13:01 PM

-- SmackDown Superstar Matt Hardy posted the following blog telling people to watch tonight's edition of SmackDown because he'll be giving the answers people are looking for. Hardy also said Sunday night was the beginning of a new era in WWE.

You Have Questions?

Then tune into Smackdown on January 30th, 2009 at 8 o'clock sharp.. I will open up the show and give you the answers you are looking for. Last Sunday night was the beginning of a new era in the WWE.. The Era Of The Sensei Of Mattitude, The Starmaker, The Black Cloud.. The Era Of Matt Hardy.

-- ECW Superstar Evan Bourne was honored with two awards in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced last week. Bourne was named the "Best Flying Wrestler" and his shooting star press was the named the "Best Wrestling Maneuver." Here are final voting results for both categories:

BEST FLYING WRESTLER
1. EVAN BOURNE (323)2,188
2. Kota Ibushi (108)1,746
3. Mistico (115)1,510
4. Jack Evans (59)1,217
5. Dragon Kid (67)604
6. Masato Yoshino (49)424
7. A.J. Styles (24)399
8. Jeff Hardy (22)351
8. Rey Mysterio (2)332
10. Pac (15)277

BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER
1. EVAN BOURNE SHOOTING STAR PRESS 259
2. Tyler Black God’s Last Gift 46
3. Undertaker gogoplata 34
4. Mistico La Mistica 30
5. Chris Jericho codebreaker 26
6. KENTA Go 2 sleep 24
7. Randy Orton RKO 22
8. Dragon Kid dragonrana 20
9. Kota Ibushi double moonsault 19
10. Taiji Ishimori superstar elbow 18

-- Raw Superstar Charlie Haas will be on hand for the grand opening of his Custom Muscle supplement store tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 12388 FM 423 Suite 400, Frisco, TX 75034. Haas, John Bradshaw Layfield, Matt Striker and former WWE Diva Jackie Gayda will also be on hand at the store's grand opening. Haas posted a blog on the opening of his store.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 06:08:56 AM
Macho Man DVD Set, Rourke's Co-Star Disrespected, Lashley Update
By Michael Bluth
Jan 30, 2009 - 3:57:08 PM

-- Reuters.com reports that Evan Rachel Wood, who played Mickey Rourke's daughter in "The Wrestler," feels disrespected by Rourke now that rumors are circulating that the two are dating. "I'm upset because I feel disrespected by the press and by Mr. Rourke," she said. "Just because I'm single doesn't mean that you can take advantage of me. She added, "It's unfair that the performances might suffer because of all of these distractions. I'm not attracted to him; he's too old for me. Nothing ever happened and nothing ever will."

-- To follow up on the story that Bobby Lashley Palace Fighting Championships (PFC) today announced the final mixed martial arts line up for the upcoming “Best of Both Worlds” event and Lashley (1-0), who was set to do battle against CageSport veteran Mike Hayes (4-0), was absent from the card. Lashley, who had just inked a two-fight deal with the growing California-based promotion, was pulled from the event due to a significant ankle injury sustained during training. There is no timetable for his return at this time.

-- The on-again off-again "Macho Man" Randy Savage 'best of' DVD collection appears to be back on again. After WWE announced the project last year but later pulled it, WWE's Canadian DVD distributor (KOCH) is listing a 3-DVD Randy Savage WWE set titled "Macho Madness" for release on June 9th.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 06:10:36 AM
TNA Offers Rod Blagojevich A Job With The Main Event Mafia
By Michael Bluth
Jan 30, 2009 - 6:13:55 PM

TNA sent out the following press release this afternoon touting their latest publicity stunt:

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich offered job as Chairman of TNA Wrestling’s Main Event Mafia

TNA Wrestling is offering the newly created position of Chairman for its Main Event Mafia faction - and the opportunity to openly sell chairs, steel chairs - to ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

TNA officials confirmed today that Blagojevich, who was impeached by the Illinois House of Representatives on January 29, is being offered the “Chairman” job within its Main Event Mafia faction, an elite unit which includes U.S. Olympic Gold Medal winner Kurt Angle, former World Heavyweight Champions Kevin Nash, Booker T., and Scott Steiner, and reigning TNA Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Sting.

Blagojevich was arrested on criminal charges on December 9, 2008, for conspiring to sell the senate seat vacated by then-President Elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder, but Angle truly believes in the U.S. justice system.

“He’s innocent until proven guilty,” Angle said. “As the leader of the Main Event Mafia, I am a huge fan of the Illinois style of politics. As such, Governor Blagojevich is welcome to join me and the entire Main Event Mafia at any and all TNA events in the future, and certainly is welcome to sell his seat with us should he choose not to accept our generous offer.”

Blagojevich is a former amateur boxer, so Angle is convinced Blagojevich, “easily will be able to handle the transition to pro wrestling,” Angle said.

The Illinois House of Representatives voted in favor of impeachment by an astounding margin of 114-1. Only 60 votes were needed to push the impeachment forward. The single dissenting vote came from Democratic State Representative Milton Patterson, who represents the Southwest side of Chicago.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 05:06:23 PM
Mickey Rourke-WrestleMania Update, WM Theme Songs Revealed, Cena
By Daniel Pena
Jan 31, 2009 - 5:10:00 PM

-- WWE's official word on Mickey Rourke at WrestleMania 25 is that he will be merely in attendance at the event and not as a participant. WWE's statement reads: "WWE.com has learned that while Rourke will not be participating in the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania in Houston on April 5, WWE has, in fact, invited the actor to the event and looks forward to his attendance – as a guest of the company." {"Wrestler" indeed 'Mania bound}

-- Rock band AC/DC is providing the official theme songs for WrestleMania 25 including "Shoot to Thrill" (live) and "War Machine". {Rockin' to the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania with AC/DC}

-- Monday's edition of TMZ will feature a segment on John Cena. In the preview on Friday's show, he was seen making fun of former WWE Diva Chyna by basically calling her a man.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 05:07:37 PM
Backstage Problems For SmackDown Star, Candice Talks Football
By Daniel Pena
Jan 31, 2009 - 5:21:45 PM

source: Wrestling Observer

-- The reason for The Brian Kendrick's quick elimination during last Sunday's Royal Rumble match is because he is currently not in good graces with management. Officials are upset with him for 'not listening' to them on certain issues.

-- In the latest issue of WWE Magazine, Candice Michelle talks about her love of the Green Bay Packers and why WrestleMania trumps the Super Bowl. On why WrestleMania is better than the Super Bowl, Candice said, "Even though the Super Bowl has my GoDaddy commercials, you can only see me for 30 seconds. At WrestleMania, you can see me running around for a lot longer." Candice also talks about her favorite Super Bowl snack. "As a Wisconsiner, I'm the best beer and brats girl around. I only serve brats at my parties, boiled in good ol’ Miller Lite," Candice said. "If I’m feeling really festive I add grilled onions and peppers. I hate it when people serve fruit and vegetables at a Super Bowl party. That's a big party no-no." {Gridiron Girl}

-- In the latest "Superstar to Superstar" interview on WWE.com, CM Punk talks to the star of 'Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,' Kevin Grevioux. You can read the interview at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 31, 2009, 05:10:53 PM
WWE Predicts Kelly Will Pose For Playboy, Adamle Honored, HBK
By Daniel Pena
Jan 31, 2009 - 5:40:43 PM

-- The latest issue of WWE Magazine has an article making their predictions for 2009, and in one of the predictions, they predict Kelly Kelly to pose for Playboy this year. Here is what they wrote:

"Kelly Kelly graces the pages of Playboy. We can continue dreaming, can't we?"

-- WrestleCrap.com announced their annual "Gooker Award" this past week, which is given each year to the worst gimmick, storyline, or event in wrestling in that year. The award is named after The Gobbledygooker, one of the most disastrous wrestling gimmicks of all time. This year's award goes to Mike Adamle for his dubious stint in World Wrestling Entertainment in 2008. You can read their entry on Adamle at the following link.

-- Shawn Michaels will be doing an autograph signing on Sunday, March 1 at Last Licks Rye Brook from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 104 South Ridge Street, Rye Brook, NY 10573. Tickets are required for admission – visit www.lastlicksicecream.co m for more information.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 02, 2009, 07:47:58 AM
Cena Misses Show, Wrestler Changes Name, Kelly Parties, Candice
By Daniel Pena
Feb 2, 2009 - 12:48:16 AM

source: PWInsider.com

-- Though he was advertised, WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena was unable to appear at Saturday night's Raw brand house show in Hammond, Indiana. Ring announcer Tony Chimel informed the audience at the start of the show that Cena wouldn't be there, which was met with a chorus of boos. Chimel said full refunds would be issued until the start of the second match. Michaels replaced Cena on the show, defeating Chris Jericho in the main event.

-- WWE developmental wrestler Johnny Riggs, who was recently signed to a contract, is now going under the name Dylan Klein in Florida Championship Wrestling. He is also being managed by Wesley Holiday (former model Beverly Mullins).

-- WWE Diva Kelly Kelly was at the Models and Bottles party at Jackson's Bistro on Harbour Island last Saturday. You can see images of Kelly at the event at the following link.

-- Candice Michelle will be appearing at The Atlantic City Boat Show this Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.




John Chapiewski sent in the following:

I just got back from a church by the name of Victory Assembly of God down here in Columbus, GA. Lex Luger was the guest speaker and gave a truly impassioned speech about his life ( He referred to it as the "Old Lex" vs. the "New Lex"). He looked very brittle on the stage but he said this was the first time he could walk without the aid of a cane in months. He talked about his football career, wrestling career, the time he spent in prison, his stroke and paralysis, the death of Elizabeth, the demise of his marriage and his salvation through Jesus Christ. Lots of tears in the crowd. He posed for pictures afterward but he couldn't sign autographs because he still doesn't have total control of his motor skills. He now volunteers his time with paralysis patients and does public speaking appearances at churches. I just wanted to let you know that because he seems very sincere with his "second chance" at life.



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 02, 2009, 07:48:51 AM
WWE Star Quietly Changes Brands, Randy Savage DVD Update, Tiffany
By Daniel Pena
Feb 2, 2009 - 12:11:27 AM

-- WWE.com has moved Chavo Guerrero's profile to the SmackDown section. Since Bam Neely's disappearance from ECW in November, Guerrero has generally appeared on SmackDown in recent months as Vickie Guerrero's lackey. Also, Chavo's still pictured on the ECW roster section, but his profile has been deleted. It would appear that simply they forget to remove his picture.

-- As reported earlier, KOCH, WWE's Canadian DVD distributor, has a listing for a three-disc DVD set on "Macho Man" Randy Savage. The scheduled DVD release is legit and the title of the product is actually "Macho Madness: The Ultimate Randy Savage Collection." It is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 and it has a suggested retail price of $42.99. You can see the listing for the scheduled title at the following link.

-- ECW Diva Tiffany was photographed alongside Tila Tequila at the Jet Nightclub in Las Vegas last week. You can see a picture of the ECW Diva with the MTV star at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 02, 2009, 07:50:23 AM
Raw Star Qualifies For Chamber Match, WWE Hall of Fame Update
By Daniel Pena
Feb 1, 2009 - 11:51:57 PM

-- Mike Knox qualified for the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match at No Way Out at a house show event held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri earlier today. Knox outlasted Shad, JTG, Dolph Ziggler, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes in a Six-Man Battle Royal Qualifying Match. Knox booted Shad in the face to secure the victory. Knox joins John Cena, Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston and Rey Mysterio in the match. {Knox: One in the Chamber}

-- Mike Mooneyham of The Post and Courier takes a look at Ricky Steamboat's induction into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. Ric Flair, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, is expected to induct his longtime friend/foe. {Flair and Steamboat one more time?}

-- Charlie Haas held the grand opening of his "Custom Muscle" supplement store in Frisco, Texas yesterday. The event was attended by John Bradshaw Layfield, Matt Striker and wife/former WWE Diva Jackie Gayda. Haas talks about yesterday's grand opening in the following blog post.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 03, 2009, 09:54:07 AM
Cena's Finisher Gets A New Name, Tomorrow Night's ECW Matches
By Daniel Pena
Feb 3, 2009 - 12:18:04 AM

-- During tonight's edition of Raw when John Cena was getting ready to drop Chris Jericho with his finishing maneuver formerly known as the "F-U," Jerry "The King" Lawler said on commentary that John Cena calls it the "Attitude Adjuster."

-- The following matches will be taking place on tomorrow night's edition of ECW on Sci Fi:

* Tommy Dreamer vs. Paul Burchill

* The Boogeyman vs. Jamie Noble

* Jack Swagger vs. Finlay (Non-Title Match)

-- John Bradshaw Layfield will be making an appearance in St. Louis on Tuesday. JBL wrote: "Come out and see me tomorrow at CC Food Mart at 1011 Hwy 50 in St Louis, going to be doing a live remote with Moose from the morning show and will be there from 9-10a. You can also buy some Energy Plus, the new relaxation beverage Drank Deuce andMamajuana." {JBL Appearance in St Louis}


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 03, 2009, 09:56:46 AM
Undertaker vs. Orton Announced, Title Match Advertised For Raw
By Daniel Pena
Feb 2, 2009 - 11:48:01 PM

-- In a backstage segment prior to the main event on tonight's Raw, a stressed out Stephanie McMahon asked whether he spoke to someone. "He'll be here," Kane said. Stephanie announced that Kane is in the Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out, and Undertaker will face Randy Orton in a singles match on next week's Raw.

-- It was announced during tonight's Raw that CM Punk would be defending his Intercontinental Championship against William Regal on next week's show.

-- WWE's official YouTube account has a promo video featuring WWE Diva Maria encouraging people to read. You can see the video at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 03, 2009, 09:59:01 AM
Major Name Returning To Raw Next Week, Another No Way Out Match
By Daniel Pena
Feb 2, 2009 - 11:37:26 PM

-- It was announced during tonight's Raw that Ric Flair would be appearing on next week's show to respond to Chris Jericho's comments earlier in the evening. This will be Flair's first appearance on WWE television since his requested release from the company this past summer. Flair last appeared on WWE television back in June during a "McMahon Million Dollar Mania" segment.

-- John Bradshaw Layfield announced on Raw tonight that at No Way Out, he will be wrestling Shawn Michaels with the stipulation that if Michaels wins, he is free from being employed to him not to mention that he keeps the money in his "contract." However, if Michaels loses, he loses the rights to his name to Layfield for life. {Match Preview}

-- WWE will be running three television tapings over the course of two weeks in the state of Ohio during the month of May. The 5/11 Monday Night Raw taping will be at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus; the 5/12 SmackDown/ECW taping will be at the Nutter Center in Dayton; and the 5/19 SmackDown/ECW taping will be at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Tickets for all three events go on sale on Saturday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. at TicketMaster.com.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 03, 2009, 10:02:02 AM
The Latest On Batista, Kizarny Update, WWE Touts Male Viewership
By Daniel Pena
Feb 2, 2009 - 6:26:57 PM

-- Here is the latest update on Batista and his rehabilitation, courtesy of www.Demon-Wrestling.com:

He's in the gym 2x a day still. Everything is going very well.

Looking forward to coming to the DC Auto show next week.

After that he has a scheduled visit to the surgeon to take a look at how he's healing.

-- WWE.com added a profile on Kizarny today at the following link. Kizarny has not appeared on SmackDown in exactly one month, but appeared at house shows over the weekend. He beat WWE developmental wrestler Eric Escobar and Chavo Guerrero in separate matches.

-- WWE issued a press release today noting it's three main shows - Raw, Smackdown and ECW - are the No. 1 show shows among males on the cable and broadcast television on the nights they air. According to WWE, Smackdown is the No. 1 show for Males under 50 among the broadcast networks on Fridays, Raw is the No. 1 entertainment show on cable for men, and ECW is the top rated show on Sci-Fi among men. {Oh man, ratings supremacy achieved}


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 03, 2009, 04:59:09 PM
RAW Rating, AC/DC Not Performing At WM25, WWE At D.C. Auto Show
By Michael Bluth
Feb 3, 2009 - 6:58:48 PM

-- According to data compiled by Neilson Media Research, the February 2nd edition of Raw did a 3.6 cable rating, on par with last week. The show did hours of 3.55 and 3.63 and averaged 5.3 million viewers.

-- WWE personalities Batista, John Cena and Maria will be appearing this week at the Washington DC Auto Show. For scheduling information, visit WashingtonAutoShow.com.

-- Contrary to previous reports, AC/DC will not be performing live at WrestleMania 25. The band's publicist told Blabbermouth.net that they will be in the midst of a European tour on April 5th. The band is providing the two theme songs for the show: "Shoot to Thrill" and "War Machine."


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 03, 2009, 04:59:50 PM
What You Didn't See On RAW Last Night
By Michael Bluth
Feb 3, 2009 - 1:09:27 PM

Here's a live recap of what happened off-air from last night's WWE RAW and ECW tapings from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri:

-- The arena was mostly full with some sections tarped off.

-- Mark Henry (w/Tony Atlas) defeated DJ Gabriel (w/Alicia Fox) in a dark match prior to last night's ECW tapings from St. Louis. It was a short match that ended with Henry hitting the World's Strongest Slam and scoring the pinfall.

-- After the ECW tapings and before RAW went on the air, Joey Styles was shown interviewing Randy Orton on the Titantron. Styles asks Orton how it feels to return to his hometown of St. Louis to be with his family and friends. Orton corrected Styles by saying he has no friends and doesn't care about St. Louis due to the high crime rate and the suffering economy there.

-- World Heavyweight Champion John Cena defeated Randy Orton to retain the World Heavyweight championship in a dark match held after RAW went off the air. Orton dominated most of the match but Cena hit the Attitude Adjuster out of nowhere for the win.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 04, 2009, 03:59:54 PM
WWE Officials Upset Over Hardy News Leak, More On WWE CD Sales
By Daniel Pena
Feb 4, 2009 - 6:34:23 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- There was a lot of unhappiness among WWE officials regarding news of Matt Hardy's turn on brother Jeff at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view leaking onto the internet before the show. They're especially upset because the original idea they had in mind had gotten out, hence the Hardy heel turn. News regarding Hardy's heel turn was available online a few hours prior to the show.

-- As reported earlier today, Voices: WWE The Music, Vol. 9 debuted at No. 11 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart this week, selling approximately 25,000 to 26,000 albums. Music industry expert Mike Omansky had this to say regarding the album's sales figures: "I would be disappointed with 25,0006 units if I were WWE. Usually the first week is the best week, unless there is some massive retail effort that I'm unaware of. And then it starts the descent. The 25,006 includes the special effort at Best Buy. Also, this CD will not be a big money maker, more of an image thing within the massive WWE Universe."

-- The WWE website is kicking off Black History Month with a look at former Superstar S.D. "Special Delivery" Jones, who passed away this past October. His profile has been added to the WWE Alumni section at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 04, 2009, 04:01:11 PM
Kelly Says No More Bra & Panties Matches, WWE Star Changes Brands
By Daniel Pena
Feb 4, 2009 - 6:18:30 PM

-- Kelly Kelly did an interview with the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show this past weekend and said plans haven't been finalized on how the WWE Divas are going to be used at WrestleMania 25. "Don't really know what the girls are doing right now," she said.

Kelly was then asked if a bra and panties match could be in the works, and she laughingly said, "We're high-road now. We're PG."

When asked how much money she makes in WWE, Kelly wouldn't say, but admitted to driving a BMW. She also added, "the video game checks are very good."

Bubba asked Kelly about her relationship with former WWE Superstar Andrew "Test" Martin. The WWE Diva said they're not together anymore, but remain close friends. Kelly was asked if Martin's departure from the company had an effect on their relationship and she said that it was a strong factor.

"He's never been one at home waiting around," Kelly said. "He's on the other side of the coin now. I think that had a lot to do with it." Kelly said Martin has plans to attend school to become a personal trainer.

Kelly added that she is currently involved in a relationship with a wrestler who is now competing in Japan.

And last but not least, Kelly said she lives in Tampa, Florida so she is able to train at the Florida Championship Wrestling school on her off-days when she's not on the road.

You can listen to the interview at the following link.

-- Following his appearance on last night's edition of ECW on Sci Fi in a match against The Boogeyman, Jamie Noble has been officially moved to the brand. Noble's profile on WWE.com has been moved from the Raw section to the ECW section.

-- WWE will be holding a house show at the Tesla Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on June 11th, 2009. Tickets go on sale February 21st, 2009 at 10 AM. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 04, 2009, 04:02:40 PM
Cena Reveals His Favorite WWE Diva, Finisher Name Change, More
By Daniel Pena
Feb 4, 2009 - 5:57:37 PM

SI.com has an interview with WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena that took place last night at the Gillette-EA Sports Champions of Gaming Global Finals. Cena talks about his favorite WWE Diva, watching the Super Bowl, future WWE stars and his true favorite baseball team.

Regarding Sunday's Super Bowl, Cena said it was the first time he got to watch the whole game in a long time. He was also happy with the game's outcome and believes it over-delivered.

When asked about his favorite Diva in the company, Cena said: "My No. 1 has always been Candice Michelle. She understands what we do in our business. She's an unbelievable athlete, works very hard and is unbelievably gorgeous."

Cena also admits that his finisher's name was changed due to WWE attracting so many children now. Cena said: "It was totally my call. It's actually Attitude Adjustment. I realize that our audience has changed now and when I look out past the ring now I see so many children. Originally the FU was a pun in response to Brock Lesner's move, he used to wrestle in the WWE. I never really called it that. It's something I said once and the announcers picked it up. I know that kids are watching my every move and there are a lot of parents know their kids look up to me and I know a lot of people watch our program with closed eyes and I kind of live by the motto -- "Hustle Loyalty Respect." If someone is out of line, I think instead of giving them an FU, it's better to give them an attitude adjustment."

Cena names Cody Rhodes. Ted DiBiase and Harry ("DH") Smith as stars people will be talking about in five years.

While Cena was spotted wearing a Tampa Bay Rays hat late last season, his true allegiance is with his hometown Boston Red Sox. "I was just trying to stir up a division rivalry that was dead in the water," Cena said. "I actually went to Fenway Park in a Rays jersey and hat and I was sitting in the middle of Red Sox nation and I was answering Red Sox trivia all night long so my fandom is not in jeopardy," Cena said.

You can read the interview in its entirety at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 04, 2009, 04:04:15 PM
TNA Star Up For WWE Honor, Tiffany Parties With Tila, WWE-Serbia
By Daniel Pena
Feb 4, 2009 - 5:04:38 PM

-- In this week's poll for the greatest "WWE Legend of WrestleMania," former WWE Superstar & current TNA wrestler Kurt Angle is one of the choices for the honor. Other wrestlers listed in this week's poll include Kane, Triple H, Andre the Giant and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. WWE will be running a new poll featuring five Superstars for six consecutive weeks and the winner will be announced during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, April 4, 2009. You can vote in this week's poll at the following link.

-- WWE.com has a brief article on ECW Diva Tiffany appearing at an event in Las Vegas last week alongside MTV star Tila Tequila. {Tiffany parties with Tila in Sin City}

-- WWE will be holding a house show at the Belgrade Arena in Belgrade, Serbia on June 12th, 2009. Tickets go on sale February 21st, 2009 at 10 AM. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Title: Rourke Reveals Why He Can't Wrestle At Mania, More On CD Sales
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 04, 2009, 04:06:04 PM
Rourke Reveals Why He Can't Wrestle At Mania, More On CD Sales
By Daniel Pena
Feb 4, 2009 - 5:20:58 PM

source: PWInsider.com

-- The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke was awarded with the American Riviera award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this past Saturday. Rourke took part in a discussion about his career at the festival. The subject of Wrestlemania 25 came up and Rourke said that he wanted to do the match at first, but changed his mind later. "My people suggested it might not be a wise career move," Rourke said. This should explain his comments during his appearance on Larry King Live last week in which he said he "took the high road" by admitting he "may have put his foot in his mouth" with his comments regarding Chris Jericho at the SAG Awards two Sundays ago. Considering that Chris Jericho was on the show, it would appear that his appearance on CNN was designed to build the angle, but he put an end to it instead.

-- As reported earlier today, Voices: WWE The Music, Vol. 9 debuted at No. 11 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart this week, selling approximately 26,000 albums. The WWE site has an article on its CD sales and they are saying it sold 25,155 albums to be exact. The article notes it sold more records this week than the likes of Metallica, AC/DC, Mariah Carey, Kid Rock, Lil' Wayne, Pink, Akon, David Cook, Rihanna and "many other artists," although they don't say that many of these albums have already been out. You can read their article at the following link with more mentions of other albums they beat.

-- In the latest edition of "What's Crackin' with Scotty Goldman," the SmackDown Superstar discusses SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero's nude photographs. He also reveals his own "overexposed" shots. {"What's Crackin'" - February 4, 2009}


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 04, 2009, 04:10:11 PM
BL, Haas & Striker Give Exclusive Comments For The WWE Sign Guy
By Daniel Pena
Feb 4, 2009 - 4:26:35 PM

WWE STARS JBL, CHARLIE HAAS, AND MATT STRIKER GIVE EXCLUSIVE COMMENTS, MIKE CHAPMAN DISCUSSES HIS NEW DAN HODGE BOOK, JONNY FAIRPLAY TALKS CELEBRITY INVOLVEMENT AT WRESTLEMANIA 25, BRIAN SOLOMON TALKS CURRENT WWE STORYLINES, AND MUCH MORE THIS WEEK ON WHO'S SLAMMING WHO

WWE Superstars JBL, Charlie Haas, and Matt Striker all appear this week on Who's Slamming Who as part of Rick The WWE Sign Guy's segment, Up Close & Personal. All three WWE Superstars give exclusive comments for The WWE Sign Guy.

Brian Solomon, former editor of WWE Magazine, joins the main show this week on Who's Slamming Who to discuss the recent Randy Orton/Shane McMahon storyline with host Tommy Fierro. They also discuss the Mickey Rourke/WrestleMania 25 situation.

Jonny Fairplay also joins the main show this week, discussing celebrity involvement for WrestleMania 25. Fairplay and Fierro toss around some names who they think would help draw interest for WWE's biggest event ever.

Wrestling author and Executive Director of the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum, Mike Chapman joins Who's Slamming Who this week, talking all about his new book that he's recently published, Oklahoma Shooter: The Dan Hodge Story.

Evan Ginzburg, Associate Producer of The Wrestler and Host of Legends Radio makes his debut on Who's Slamming Who this week with his new weekly segment Wrestling Then & Now. Ginzburg talks about ROH coming to HD Net TV as well as about the autograph scene in The Wrestler movie.

Another weekly segment debut on this week's show will be Robert Rosen, who will be doing a wrestling book review called Piledriving the Pages. This week, Rosen will review "Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel". Rosen was a featured voice in The Wrestler movie.

Ean Levy brings you all the news going on in and around the world of professional wrestling over the last week, including: news of Ric Flair's new reality TV show, Kurt Angle lands lead role in movie, Bobby Lashley injured, ROH news, former WWE wrestler to debut in MMA, WWE Hall of Fame update, Trish Stratus' new TV show, Randy Savage DVD, and much more.

Jerry Jarrett returns with an all new edition of All Things Are Possible. Jerry has some advice this week regarding the advantages of not producing yourself. His advice is for those who are or want to become wrestlers. However, this same advice is relevant if your in the music business or just going out to dinner. Jerry does not name those examples of self-producers, but it might be fun to play the guessing game.

Joe "The Assassin" Hamilton returns with Wrestle This, commenting on some negative e-mail he received regarding his comments on what he would do if he was in charge of wrestling throught the country. He reads the E-mail and comments on on it. He also comments on the quality of the story lines seen on today's TV wrestling shows.

Lanny Poffo is back this week with an all new Poetry in Motion. Lanny takes on Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Vince McMahon in what has come to be known as the Montreal Screw-Job on November 9th, 1997. You don't want to miss this!

This week on Inside The Behrens Bubble, Bill Behrens continues his discussion of the subjective nature of booking referencing the recent WWE Raw & TNA iMPACT programs, and the negative reaction many had to the booking. He discussing the challenge TNA is having booking Awesome Kong, and cautions both WWE & TNA to be careful whenever lawsuits are pending.

Ace Darling returns this week with No More Bumps. Darling talks about last weekend's ECWA show and all that went on there. He also talks about Mickey Rourkes showing up at Wrestlemaina. He hopes that he is there as a guest and not a wrestler. He hates when a person outside of Wrestling can make more on one night than some top guys do there entire career like Floyd Mayfield.

Plus listen to all new exclusive weekly segments by: Iron Sheik, John Cena Sr., Brian Solomon, Michael Modest, Lodi, Danny Doring, Danny Inferno, Allan Funk, Mike Quackenbush, and Rob Feinstein.

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HEADSHRINKER SAMU TO DEBUT NEW SEGMENT NEXT WEEK!

Former WWF Tag Team Champion Headshrinker Samu will be joining the cast of Who's Slamming Who! Samu debuts his new weekly segment this Monday night on Who's Slamming Who, "On The Road".

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Be sure to visit Who's Slamming Who's MySpace page on a daily basis, as it's filled with late breaking news, media articles, videos, and so much more. We send out a Video of the Day to our friends and post over 30 wrestling videos on our page every week.

Videos posted on our MySpace page this week include: Earthquack vs. Ronnie Garvin, Dusty Rhodes vs. Rick Martel, Honky Tonk Man vs. Hercules, Tatanka vs. Lex Luger in a Steel Cage, El Matador vs. Ric Flair, Owen Hart & Koko B. Ware vs. Mike Sharpe & Glenn Ruth, Roddy Piper on The Barber Shop, Baron Von Raschke vs. Sheik Adnan El-Kassie, Jesse Ventura interview Price on TNT, Mr. Wonderful at the gym, WWF Gong Show, Blow Away Diet promo, Berzerker on Prime Time Wrestling, Ted DiBiase's Thanksgiving promo, WWF Oktoberfest 1990, Randy Orton vs. Kamala, Jesse Ventura vs. Tony Atlas in a Steel Cage, Pat Tanaka vs. Glacier, Mike Tenay interviews Sean Waltman, Jeff Jarrett vs. Jeff Hardy in Six Sides of Steel, Shane McMahon vs. Steve Blackman Hardcore Match, Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy Hardcore Match, Raven vs. Rhino Hardcore Match, David Sammartino vs. Ron Shaw, Gino Hernandez vs. Tom Pritchard, Lance Storm vs. Don Callis, Ron Simmons vs. Oz, Black Blood vs. Big Josh, WWF Tag Team Battle Royal, Bruiser Brody vs. Invader 1, Matt Sydal vs. AJ Styles, Greg Valentine vs. Col. Mustafa, The Rockers vs. Beverly Brothers, Texas Tornando vs. Big Bully Busick, Head Bangers vs. Stevie Richards & Val Venis, Jack Brisco vs. Bill Irwin, Dory Funk vs. Giant Baba, Ricky Steamboat Jr. vs. Jake Manning, and Mr. Kennedy as a jobber vs. Sean O' Haire.

Check out our MySpace page now at: MySpace.com/WhosSlammingWho.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 04, 2009, 04:13:42 PM
Huge Update On Christy Hemme, Kevin Nash vs. Joe, Impact Rating
By Daniel Pena
Feb 4, 2009 - 4:50:21 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- It was reported last month that Christy Hemme had sustained a neck injury while training in the ring with AJ Styles for her Women's Championship match at the Genesis pay-per-view. As a result, Hemme was unable to compete at Genesis against Awesome Kong. Her injury reportedly require surgery that would have put her out of action for an undetermined length of time. In an update on the situation, the TNA Knockout is already back in action. Hemme wrestled at an indy show this past Saturday in Brampton, Ontario.

-- Last Thursday's edition of TNA Impact drew a 1.2 cable rating (rounded up from 1.18) and 1.6 million viewers. The ratings for the show grew quickly, but started to fall 45 minutes into the show. In the segment-by-segment numbers, Booker T vs. referees Andrew Thomas and Rudy Charles gained 14,000 viewers. The Matt Morgan vs. Petey Williams match with the Booker T beatdown out of the broadcast booth and Mick Foley's arrival gained 95,000 viewers for a strong 1.27 quarter. The Team 3D vs. Sting match lost 68,000 viewers. The Scott Steiner vs. Abyss match following it lost 68,000 viewers. The ratings hit rock bottom for the main event featuring Kurt Angle vs. LAX as it lost 176,000 viewers and fell to a show-low 1.04 number. In the demos, the show drew 0.75 in Males 18-34 and 0.77 in Males 35-49.

-- TNA had been hoping to do the Kevin Nash vs. Samoa Joe match at this Sunday's Against All Odds pay-per-view, but it doesn't look like Nash will be be ready on time. The match will more than likely take place at next month's Destination X pay-per-view.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 04, 2009, 04:20:35 PM
No More Divas In Playboy? Nick Hogan Driving Again, WWE CD Sales
By Michael Bluth
Feb 4, 2009 - 3:34:14 PM

- The UK Sun has posted a new article today that questions whether Maria was the last WWE Diva to pose for Playboy. With WWE gearing their content more towards a younger audience and going "PG", the annual tradition of a diva posing for Playboy before WrestleMania could be over. You can check out the article that includes a new photo shoot from Maria at TheSun.co.uk.

-- WWE: the Music Vol. 9, "Voices," placed surprisingly high on the Billboard music charts for its debut last week. The CD sold approximately 26,000 units, which beat last year's album on opening week. Volume 8 debuted last March with approximately 20,000 units sold. At the top of last week's charts was Bruce Springsteen's new album, "Working on a Dream." The CD features the title track for the film "The Wrestler," which won the Golden Globe for Best Song but got snubbed by the Academy Awards. The album sold 224,000 units and got a ton of hype from Springsteen's performance at the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday. Billboard.com.

-- Nick Hogan is back behind the wheel, according to ABC Action News in Tampa, Florida. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee told ABC that Nick was granted a permit that allows him to drive to and from work. No word yet on his employment status. The original plea bargain agreement he accepted from the John Graziano trial suspended his license for three years. For the full story, visit ABCActionNews.com.......   "WOLFGANG SAYS KEEP THIS KID OFF THE ROAD"


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 04, 2009, 04:21:27 PM
Jim Ross Blogs About Flair's WWE Return & UFC's Vaseline Scandal
By Michael Bluth
Feb 4, 2009 - 9:56:44 AM

Jim Ross has posted his latest blog entry, which you can check out at JRsBarBQ.com. Some highlights:

Ric Flair's WWE Return:: Ric Flair will be making a special appearance on Monday Night Raw this week (you weren't naive enough to think that a huge star like Naitch would show up on Friday Night Smackdown for a special guest appearance would you?) .... I am certainly going to change my travel plans to Fresno so I can be there to watch Raw on Monday night prior to taping another Smackdown doubleheader on Tuesday. Flair is still an amazing personality who can verbalize as well as any one in the business today, past or present. As a fan I would pay good, hard earned money any time to hear the Nature Boy step into the ring and listen to Flair speak on any subject with the passion and emotion that helped make Ric famous. Ric Flair, veins popping, with his face beet red and eyes bulging is still great TV and will transcend young fans and their baby booming Dads and Moms.

The issue for me is that I don't want to see Naitch wrestle again not just one year after retiring. I think Ric keeps himself more special and his retirement, which was an entertainment and emotional work of art, special and an ever lasting memory in the minds of fans worldwide. To see Ric manage someone, be a guest Ref, etc works for me personally. ... Ric Flair makes any event bigger and his star still shines brightly in my eyes but, simply as a fan, I would rather remember Ric Flair the wrestler, no pun intended, as he was and enjoy his antics and machinations in other forms at an event like Wrestlemania if that indeed is a potential destination for the incomparable "Nature Boy."

UFC's Vasaline Scandal: My GSP over B.J. Penn prediction was on the money and all seemed well in UFC land until the feared and deadly term Vaseline was uttered after the fight. Allegedly, someone in St. Pierre's corner "greased" GSP down specifically on his chest and back which could obviously impact a fight. From what I have seen, the Vaseline issue is a mute point as GSP dominated the fight. However, the UFC has an unwanted and unneeded controversy on their hands. The UFC is a new sports league and unlike any other new sports league they are going to be faced with situations like this that are going to arise and that they will have to address in a succinct and non knee jerk fashion. The corner men, if proved guilty, must be punished but is that a life time ban? Certainly not in my mind but this infraction wouldn't be a slap on the wrist either. The officiating and the judging in the UFC will continue to evolve one has to assume and the refereeing is an area that I have mentioned before that needs to have a strong internal training regime in place all the while training new referees for the future. The same small handful of ref's handling the majority of the fights doesn't seem prudent to me. Every pro league has a through training program for it's Ref's and the UFC shouldn't be any different.


Title: Re: Rourke Reveals Why He Can't Wrestle At Mania, More On CD Sales
Post by: Karl Kox on February 04, 2009, 11:57:55 PM
I would have liked to see him and Jerico, but oh well. If anyone could have made a good thing it would have been Jerico.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 05, 2009, 12:48:37 AM
Latest On WrestleMania 25 Tickets & Revenue
By Brad Ingles
Feb 4, 2009 - 8:08:26 PM

WWE are past a $5 million advance for WrestleMania 25 despite there being many tickets available for purchase. The Fan Axxess and the Hall of Fame events have sold well and grossed more than last year's total. This is a good sign for the company considering Steve Austin is the only official announced inductee.

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 05, 2009, 12:56:25 PM
Torrie Wilson Talks About "The Wrestler" & Victoria's Retirement
By Michael Bluth
Feb 5, 2009 - 3:24:59 PM

Former WWE Diva Torrie Wilson recently updated her MySpace blog where she talked about “The Wrestler”, Victoria’s retirement, and more. Some highlights:

“The Wrestler”: I saw the movie "The Wrestler" the other day and agree with the masses in saying it was nothing short of magnificent! I cried a few times and felt very nostalgic for what I called my career for 8 years. I can't believe how spot on so many things were!

Victoria’s retirement: All I can say is that I feel very lucky to have been able to work with this girl and better yet...be her travel partner for so long. There are many times that we were on the road together that I seriously knew in my heart I wouldn't be plugging along every week without her by my side. She kept me laughing nonstop and also helped me through one of the deepest darkest periods of my life. That is a true friend and she is one for life!

Not only was Victoria, in my opinion, the best female wrestler that WWE has seen in years...she was also the most unselfish. I mean this by saying that she always did her best to make her opponent look the very best that she could. Never was there any jealousy on her part because someone was getting a bigger "nudge" on t.v. and she was just there to make everybody look like the best dang wrestler possible. That, unfortunately, can be very rare. Sometimes it can be a big "game" with those that THINK they are better than everyone else..and they try with all their being to make the person they are fighting look much worse than they really are. Of course, I have had this happen to me on many occasions with others that shall remain nameless but never ever one time did this happen with Victoria.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 05, 2009, 12:59:29 PM
Trish Stratus Talks About Returning To WWE (Interview Recap)
By Michael Bluth
Feb 5, 2009 - 3:17:23 PM

Fresh off her recent appearance and autograph signing last week at the downtown Toronto Eaton Centre Chapters-Indigo store, seven-time WWE women's champion Trish Stratus spoke to Slam! Sports about the possibility of returning to WWE at some point. To read the full interview, visit Slam.Canoe.ca.

Trish Stratus was asked which past or present female wrestlers she would like to have matches with. Trish responded, "I think a matchup with Nattie Neidhart (a/k/a Natalya) or Beth Phoenix would deliver some serious Stratusfaction."

She also kept an open mind to returning to the ring. "If the right scenario presented itself -- like my recent return in Toronto -- it was the right scenario to come out of retirement just to whoop Beth's ass."

There is plenty of speculation even amongst people who work for WWE that Trish will return for a match against Beth Phoenix for a match at WrestleMania 25. Her comments in this interview certainly add fuel to that fire.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 06, 2009, 02:03:34 PM
Hardy's ECW Exodus, WWE Marking Down All 2008 PPV DVDs, Kane
By Daniel Pena
Feb 6, 2009 - 2:45:27 PM

-- Matt Hardy has posted an in-character blog regarding his exodus from ECW. "Although I wanted out, I honestly couldn't believe he let me go they easy. I thought I was gonna have to put up a fight to get out of my ECW contract," Hardy wrote. "But no, I was allowed to leave the brand at the mere mention of "I want my contractual release."

Hardy calls Theodore Long a bad general manager and says he carried ECW on his back for months. "I was the ECW Heavyweight Champion for nearly 5 months and I carried his company on my back. I was undoubtedly the greatest WWE ECW Champion there has been. I made the Sci-Fi program of ECW a must-see event if I was on it," Hardy wrote.

Hardy also talks about how many members of the ECW roster had the best matches of their career with him. "I made all these guys into bigger stars than they were before wrestling me," Hardy wrote. "That's what I do, I make people stars. I get more out of human beings than they've ever known their capable of. I've done it my entire career." He then names more wrestlers he turned into bigger stars including Lita, Edge and Jeff Hardy.

Click here to read his blog in its entirety.

-- WWEShop.com is selling a package featuring DVDs of all 14 WWE pay-per-views in 2008 for $99.99. The package includes: Royal Rumble 2008 DVD, No Way Out 2008 DVD, WrestleMania 24 DVD, Backlash 2008 DVD, Judgment Day 2008 DVD, One Night Stand 2008 DVD, Night of Champions 2008 DVD, Great American Bash 2008 DVD, SummerSlam 2008 DVD, Unforgiven 2008 DVD, No Mercy 2008 DVD, Cyber Sunday 2008 DVD, Survivor Series 2008 DVD, Armageddon 2008 DVD. Click here for the product page.

-- Kane will be doing a rare autograph signing on Thursday, March 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at KMART #3644 located 2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 06, 2009, 02:04:49 PM
A Few Legends Confirmed For WM Video Game, Cena At Auto Show
By Daniel Pena
Feb 6, 2009 - 2:27:25 PM

-- THQ still has yet to reveal the majority of the characters for the upcoming Legends of WrestleMania video game scheduled to be released next month, although a recent post on the WWE website confirms a few rumored names.

WWE.com has posted the synopsis for next month's programming on WWE 24/7 with the theme being "Legends of WrestleMania." The "Shorties" section will feature classic WrestleMania matches that will be featured in the video game including one featuring Ultimate Warrior, which should confirm his appearance in the game. Featured matches include Hulk Hogan vs. the Ultimate Warrior (WM 6), The Undertaker vs. Jake "The Snake" Roberts (WM 8), and Mr. Perfect vs. Big Boss Man (WM 8), so all six legends are confirmed for the game. "Shorties" will be hosted by "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, which should confirm his appearance in the game as well.

WWE 24/7 will also feature a look at Hulk Hogan, a discussion on Texas wrestling, WrestleMania 1 & 17, and the episode of SmackDown prior to WrestleMania 17. For a complete preview, click here.

-- Photos have been posted of John Cena's appearance at the Washington Auto Show yesterday, which attracted quite a few fans to say the least. You can see the photos at the following link. Model Vida Guerra was also there signing autographs.

-- In this week's "Santino's Casa," Santino Marella runs through a list of women who could be his "secret admirer." The Raw Superstar plans on revealing his admirer on next week's webshow. Click here to see this week's show.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 06, 2009, 02:06:53 PM
Francine Talks Life After Wrestling, WEW, Being Pregnant (Recap)
By Daniel Pena
Feb 6, 2009 - 2:01:47 PM

Show: The Interactive Interview
Guest(s): "The Queen of Extreme" Francine & Brimstone
Date: 2/5/09
Your Hosts: Patrick Kelley, James Walsh, & Nick Noel
Transcript By: Patrick Kelley & James Walsh

In 2003, Francine made her first appearance on The Interactive Interview in an interview that lasted over an hour. In 2005, she rejoined us for another long interview. On the strength of our previous interviews, Francine actually ended up co-hosting The Interactive Interview with James and various co-hosts from June of 2005through May of 2006. Now, almost 3 years later, Francine is ready to get interactive again!

In a short interview, Francine takes us briefly through her life over the past 3 years including really high highs and really low lows. Thankfully, she's now in on the highest of highs as she is an expecting mother and will be appearing at an event that we want everyone to turn out for and tell everyone that the Epicenter sent you, The Staten Island Super Sign where you can meet and mingle with the undisputed "Queen of Extreme"! And, if you view Lita as the "Queen of Extreme" as she was briefly known, you can meet her too! Get your tickets at http://myspace.com/statenislandsupersign and tell them the Epicenter sent you!

You can hear this great interview as well as every other Francine appearance on our show right now in digital audio for free at http://www.WrestlingEpicenter.com. We only ask that you keep us free and check out our store so we can keep bringing you these interviews free of charge as we have for the past 6 and a half years!

FRANCINE:

- After finishing up with Brimstone, Francine makes her Epicenter return after a 3 year absence! She says, "My Wednesday nights have been lonely without you!"

- James mentions that everyone that he has interviewed over the past year has said that Francine is the happiest they have ever seen her now that she's married. Francine says she really is and says that is what the love of a good man can do for you. She says, however, that losing her father and sister so close to one another really was a down time in her life but sees her pregnancy as a chance to look forward to a happier 2009. She is in her second trimester.

- Francine is going to be a part of the Staten Island Supersign and she goes through the long list of names that are set to appear at the event. Some of those names include ODB, Brutus Beefcake, Nikolai Volkoff, Shelley Martinez, Justin Credible, Christy Hemme, Gorgeous George, John Cena Sr., Balls Mahoney, & Ninzio (....or Little Guido) Many other guests have been announced since the interview.

- James and Francine banter back and forth over if Vince McMahon renamed Little Guido "Nunzio" as "guido" isn't exactly a positive name to Italians.

- Francine says she's proud to be part of the Staten Island Super Sign because while it is a paid event, the promoter (Michelle Mupo) is doing nice things for charitable causes while there. James says that the good things that are being done is why he has jumped on board with both feet. Francine says she feels the same way and can't wait to see everyone this Saturday!

- Francine is still a part of WEW. She is the head writer and booker for the show. The next show is sometime in April. Right now she obviously can't do much but she's more interested in passing the torch to the younger girls. For example, on the last PPV, she wrote herself in as a referee since that is a safer place to be.

- When asked if the WEW are still auditioning for PWO girls, Francine laughs and says they are trying to back away from that aspect of the show. But, she says the PWO girl sketches, which are very risque, are a necessary evil because a lot of people buy the pay per views just for that despite the fact that the girls wrestling really do try hard. She says that she doesn't mind that people make fun of WEW but thinks it deserves a little more credit than it gets.

- Patrick asks who she still keeps in contact with. Francine says she's still very close with Daffney, Amy Lee, Bobcat, and some of the other girls.

- Francine never thought she'd be such close friends with Sarah Palin (Daffney's TNA character). James says he didn't even realize it was Daffney to which he gets made fun of a little.

- Francine will be a brides made at the Bobcat and Al Snow wedding. She says she'll be the saddest one there because of her belly.

- Patrick and James thank her for coming by saying they know she doesn't like doing many of these. Francine says it isn't that she doesn't like doing these but has had some bad luck and things she wasn't up to talking about very much. But, she did our show because "I like you guys!"

- Francine closes out with a final plug saying to check out http://myspace.com/statenislandsupersign and to buy tickets. They are $20 in advance and $30 at the door and you get a free surprise autograph with purchase of a ticket. Come on out for a great cause and meet some of the biggest stars in wrestling history like Francine, Lita, and so many others!

- The interview closes out with James playing, as requested by Brimstone, a snippet of Chinese Democracy and James' pick of Tesla's I Wanna Live.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 06, 2009, 02:08:25 PM
The Rock's New Movie Trailer, Lashley-UFC News, Billboard DVDs
By Michael Bluth
Feb 6, 2009 - 12:26:33 PM

-- An official website for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's upcoming animated film "Planet 51" has now launched. Visit Planet51.com to watch the HD trailer and see what the animated aliens look like. Planet 51 hits theaters on November 20, 2009.

-- The latest Billboard.com Top 10 Recreational Sports DVD list has been released and once again, it's WWE domination:

1. WWE: Starrcade: The Essential Collection
2. WWE: Armageddon 2008
3. WWE: Edge: A Decade Of Decadence
4. WWE: The Life And Times Of Mr. Perfect
5. WWE: Hell In A Cell
6. WWE: The Legacy Of Stone Cold Steve Austin
7. WWE: WrestleMania XXIV
8. MLB: 2008 World Series: Philadelphia Phillies Vs. Tampa Bay Rays
9. TNA: Bound For Glory IV
10. WWE: The Rock: The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment

-- Many fans are excited to see what former WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley will do with his new mixed martial arts career and if he'll have a home in the UFC. Lashley seems to have a lot of the same characteristics that have helped UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar get to where he is - both guys are huge, had very good amateur wrestling careers and have a look that is highly marketable. In an interview with TheFukerton.com, UFC President Dana white was asked who will be in the UFC first - Bobby Lashley or Kurt Angle. White responded, "Neither. I don't know, just because Brock did it doesn't mean everyone can do it." Lashley was scheduled for his second MMA fight later this month but was forced to pull out after suffering an ankle ligament injury during a training session.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 08, 2009, 07:39:42 AM
More Legends of WrestleMania Characters Revealed, Rey vs. Hardy
By Daniel Pena
Feb 7, 2009 - 1:49:04 PM

-- IGN.com has started revealing the Superstars and managers that will be featured in the upcoming WWE Legends of WrestleMania video game. Yesterday, IGN aired the first of a series of videos announcing the wrestlers and managers featured in the game. As well as the previously announced Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Bobby Heenan and Shawn Michaels, the video announced the inclusion of The Iron Sheik
, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Big John Studd, Junkyard Dog
, Bam Bam Bigelow, Sgt. Slaughter and "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. You can see footage of the characters in the game at the following link. IGN will be posting another video next week revealing more characters.

-- Rey Mysterio is scheduled to wrestle Matt Hardy at this Tuesday night's SmackDown/ECW taping at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. The arena's website is also advertising Edge vs. Jeff Hardy in a Steel Cage Match and a Fatal Four Way Match featuring Undertaker vs. Triple H vs. Big Show vs. Vladimir Kozlov. Click here for more information on the show.

-- Carlito & Primo Colon, who are still the WWE Tag Team Champions, will be signing autographs at the Save Mart Center this Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. {WWE Superstars Carlito & Primo to Sign Autographs at SMC!}


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 08, 2009, 01:59:35 PM
Another WWE HOF Inductee Revealed, WWE Site Undergoing Upgrade
By Daniel Pena
Feb 8, 2009 - 3:58:36 PM

-- According to an article on Amarillo.com, wrestling legend Terry Funk will be inducted into this year's WWE Hall of Fame. When asked for comment, Funk said, "I don't deserve the honor." You can read the article at the following link. Terry's brother Dory has been rumored to join him in the Hall of Fame as well.

-- According to a post on WWE.com, they are upgrading its web servers and infrastructure this weekend "for a better user experience." The article also notes exclusive coverage of the Legends of WrestleMania video game, which was posted today. {WWE.com to undergo weekend upgrade}

-- The latest issue of WWE Magazine comes in three different collectible covers featuring John Cena, Jeff Hardy and Triple H. The issue is a big plug for WrestleMania 25.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 08, 2009, 05:38:27 PM
Updated WWE Developmental Roster With Several Name Changes
By Daniel Pena
Feb 8, 2009 - 1:58:11 PM

After several months, the official website of WWE's developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling has updated their roster page with several new wrestlers as well as a few name changes. They also have some WWE performers listed on the page who regularly appear at FCW events when they're off the road. You can see the updated page at the following link. Here is a rundown of who's who in Florida Championship Wrestling:

Alex Riley - formerly Kevin Kiley

Alicia Fox - ECW Diva

Angela - 24-year-old Canadian model signed early last year

Brett DiBiase - younger brother of WWE star Ted DiBiase, Jr.

Brian Jossie - one of the wrestlers WWE signed following a tryout at Ohio Valley Wrestling headquarters in Louisville back in the fall

Bryan Saxton - former journalist WWE signed in 2007; while he's a trained wrestler, he's primarily used a manager for a stable of wrestlers

Byron Wilcott - signed to a developmental contract a few months ago; did some sort of Christopher Daniels-like gimmick on the indy scene

Caylen Croft - formerly Chris Cage; released in March 2006, but regained his developmental contract following tryout at OVW in the fall

DH Smith - technically on SmackDown roster, but generally appears in Florida Championship Wrestling

DJ Gabriel - ECW Superstar

Drew McIntyre - formerly known as Drew Galloway; signed in the spring of 2007 following tryouts in Europe; called up to SmackDown in October 2007, but sent down to developmental at the start of 2008

Dylan Klein - formerly Johnny Riggs; released in 2006 alongside tag team partner Jason Riggs, but recently re-signed

Eric Escobar - currently reigning as the FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion and has worked a number of SmackDown brand house shows in recent weeks; has been in developmental longer than anyone -- since September 2005

Jason Elliot - formerly Jason Riggs; released in 2006 alongside tag team partner Johnny Riggs, but recently re-signed; currently out with an injury

Jason Garrison - signed to a developmental contract following tryout at OVW this past fall

Jenny Cash - 25-year-old model Jenny Quinn who debuted this past October

Joe Hennig - 29-year-old son of the late Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig; has been wrestling since July 2007 after asking about being a wrestler during his father's induction into the WWE Hall of Fame two years ago

Johnny Curtis - worked a few Raw brand house show events in 2008, but was not called up to the main roster; currently one half of the FCW Florida Tag Team Champions with Tyler Reks

Johnny Prime - formerly Jon Emminger

Jon Cutler - Canadian based wrestler signed this past spring following match with Paul Burchill on Raw

Kafu - Brazilian wrestler signed in January 2008

Kaleb O'Neal - formerly known as Patrick Brink; signed to a developmental deal this past fall out of Maryland Championship Wrestling

Kaval - formerly TNA wrestler Low Ki; debuted in January

Kip Christianson - formerly known as Phil Shatter; signed out of the Carolinas this past year

Kizarny - SmackDown Superstar

Kris Logan - formerly known as Brian Cage; signed in June following a tryout before a show in California

Lawrence Knight - English wrestler Stu Sanders; signed to a developmental contract in October 2007

Lupe Santiago - formerly known as Lupe Viscara; signed out of Ohio Valley Wrestling in the summer of 2007

Matt Walsh - signed following tryout at FCW in October; male model with some wrestling experience

Maverick Darsow - 21-year-old son of former WWE wrestler Barry Darsow (a.k.a. Demolition Smash, Repo Man); signed to a developmental contract late last year

Mike Hutter - real name Michael Hutter; signed this past year out of Ohio

Paul Lloyd - formerly PJ Black; signed this past year out of South Africa

Ricky Ortiz - ECW Superstar

Rosa Mendes - 2006 Diva Search contestant currently appearing on Raw

Ryback - formerly Tough Enough 4 contestant Ryan Reeves; let go from his developmental contract in January 2007, but signed with WWE again this past October following tryout at OVW; received a 30-day suspension for failing the WWE Wellness Program in July 2006

Scotty Goldman - infrequently used SmackDown wrestler generally appeared in FCW

Sebastian Slater - formerly Heath Miller; signed to a developmental contract in December 2006

Sheamus O'Shaunessy - Irish wrestler signed to a developmental contract following tryouts during WWE's tour of Europe in the spring of 2007

Sweet Papi Sanchez - formerly masked wrestler Black Pain; signed out of Puerto Rico in 2008

Tank Mulligan - Taylor Rotunda, son of WWE road agent Mike "Irwin R. Schyster" Rotunda; 18-year-old recently signed to a developmental deal despite no prior wrestling experience

Tiffany - assistant to ECW General Manager Theodore Long

TJ Wilson - signed to a developmental contract in November 2006

Trent Beretta - formerly known as Greg Cardona & Plazma; trained by Mikey Whipwreck; signed to a developmental contract this past year out of New York

Tristan Delta - formerly known as Ian Richardson

Tyler Reks - formerly known as Gabe Tuft & Taj Milano; signed out of UPW in February 2008; currently one half of the FCW Florida Tag Team Champions with Johnny Curtis

Tyson Tarver - formerly known as Tyrone Jones; signed out of Ohio in the fall of 2007

Vic Adams - formerly known as Janus on the indy scene; signed out of the Carolinas early last year

Wes Brisco - son of WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco; recently signed to a developmental contract despite no prior pro wrestling experience

Wesley Holliday - former model Beverly Mullins signed to a developmental contract early last year; currently the valet of Dylan Klein

Windham Rotunda - 21-year-old son of Mike Rotunda; offensive guard out of Troy University; signed to a developmental contract this past summer

Yoshitatsu - formerly known as Naofumi Yamamoto; signed out of New Japan Pro Wrestling last year


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 09, 2009, 09:20:54 AM
Jim Ross Blogs About WM25 Surprises, The Rock, WWE Creative
By Michael Bluth
Feb 9, 2009 - 10:07:48 AM

Jim Ross has posted his latest blog entry, which you can check out at JRsBarBQ.com. Some highlights:

- I think that because some fans think that because I am an announcer on Friday Night Smackdown that I am involved in the creative process and can impact creative changes. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I do not attend creative meetings, none are held in Oklahoma at JR's Family BBQ, and the complete and total extent of my creative involvement is to make an occasional suggestion if I think that I have a good idea which is quite infrequent. Some emails you never see are in attack mode from the get go at me personally because I don't change things some fans don't like. Those emails are read and deleted without problem but there is a general misconception of what my role these days is with the WWE. Hopefully this helps clarify the matter.

- I will be doing more THQ video game voice overs in a couple of weeks here in Norman. As I said the storylines in this game are more involved that I can recall in the past but the over lying issue of the game is the increased physicality of it. I think some mistake a PG TV rating as factoring out physicality and that's not the case in my view but it does eliminate HLA type moments which shouldn't offend any true wrestling fan. I am anxious to see if the THQ trend continues with the next collection of copy.

- Some friends have asked me about where Friday Night Smackdown will be produced during the week leading into WM25 and I still don't know. My assumption is that SD will be produced down in Houston which adds another live event for the fans who travel to Houston for WM25 week to attend. Sounds like a cool event for Axxess. Hopefully that matter will be made known to us all sooner than later so every one can plan.

- Yours truly exchanged emails with Dwayne Johnson at the Super Bowl and we wanted to hook up but his schedule and mine just would not allow it. He is really excited about his next film "Return to Witch Mountain" and the movie trailer looks great. Dwayne has been wise beyond his years in the movie roles that he has selected all of which will seemingly have long shelf lives and be family friendly for years to come. I hope to hook up with the former Miami Hurricane this fall when Oklahoma travels to Miami to play "The U." I am profoundly proud of Dwayne's film success and I'm happy to say that, as it relates to our relationship and that's all that concerns me personally, success hasn't changed the "Great One" one bit.

- We are often asked about any Wrestlemania surprises on tap for Houston. First of all and to be totally honest with you I don't know of any at this time and I really don't want to know. I, too, love surprises which are becoming rare in today's pro wrestling world. Many folks who know insider info feel compelled to leak the info to outside sources for reasons beyond me. Can you provide an answer as to why someone would reveal the "end of the movie" to those planning on seeing the "movie" but as of yet have not? Nonetheless if I knew of any surprises why would I reveal them and ruin them for the fans? I think it goes without saying that the WWE will pull out all the stops to make WM25 a success including a surprise or two here and there.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 09, 2009, 09:22:20 AM
Video Of RVD On Geraldo, Rourke Wins Big Award, Big Show Birthday
By Michael Bluth
Feb 9, 2009 - 10:35:13 AM

-- Big Show turned 37 years old yesterday. Today marks his tenth year since signing his WWE contract. Big Show made his WWE debut in 1999 at the St. Valentines Day Massacre steel cage match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon.

-- Mickey Rourke walked away with the Best Actor Award at last night's British Academy Film and Television Awards. The BAFTA's are considered the UK version of the Oscars and last year, all four "best actor" BAFTA winners went on to win Oscars.

-- A video clip is now online of former WWE and ECW Champion Rob Van Dam's appearance on "Geraldo At Large" from Friday night and can be viewed at YouTube.com. RVD talks about the recent Michael Phelps bong controversey, the government's law that marijuana is considered more dangerous than cocaine and methamphetamines, his 2006 arrest for pot that led him to being stripped of his titles and more.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 09, 2009, 10:45:28 AM
WWE Names New Executive Vice President Of Marketing
By Michael Bluth
Feb 9, 2009 - 1:38:47 PM

WWE issued the following press release today:

WWE® NAMES NEW MARKETING LEADER

STAMFORD, Conn., February 9, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has named Michelle D. Wilson as Executive Vice President, Marketing. In her new role, Wilson will head WWE’s global marketing and integrated brand initiatives, including pay-per-view, advertising, promotions, research, creative services, and public and government relations.

“Michelle brings a unique combination of sports, entertainment and brand marketing experience to WWE,” said Linda McMahon, CEO, World Wrestling Entertainment. “She will be a key player in furthering the WWE brand and bringing great value to our network, advertising and promotional partners.”

As the former Chief Marketing Officer of the United States Tennis Association, she was instrumental in making the US Open the highest attended annual sporting event in the world. She developed innovative advertising and promotional campaigns -- It’s Showtime and The Greatest Road Trip in Sports -- that significantly elevated the image and awareness of tennis in the United States resulting in record television viewership and ticket sales. Wilson was also a pivotal player in the implementation of several innovations for the sport, including in-stadium video screens, blue courts, instant replay, celebrity entertainment and the 2004 launch of the Olympus US Open Series.

Prior to the USTA, Wilson oversaw all marketing efforts for the launch of the XFL football league, a partnership between WWE and NBC. She also held positions at the NBA in its domestic and international consumer products groups. Before her career in the sports industry, Wilson held brand management positions at Nabisco.

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on February 09, 2009, 11:49:37 AM
World Wrestling Entertainment has signed yet another second generation talent to a developmental deal. Tavita Fifita, the son of former WWF and WCW star Haku, signed last week with the company and will be starting with Florida Championship Wrestling shortly.


source-pw insider


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on February 09, 2009, 12:07:11 PM
Yea I just read that . Good for him.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 09, 2009, 08:13:13 PM
Ten More Characters Confirmed For "Legends of WrestleMania" Game
By Daniel Pena
Feb 9, 2009 - 8:56:42 PM

IGN.com posted a video today confirming ten more characters for the upcoming "Legends of WrestleMania" video game, which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 24, 2009.

- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
- The Rock
- Jimmy Hart
- Road Warrior Hawk
- Road Warrior Animal
- "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
- Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
- "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
- British Bulldog
- "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase

Here is a list of the characters the official WWE website confirmed over the weekend.

- Hulk Hogan
- Andre the Giant
- Bobby Heenan
- Shawn Michaels
- The Iron Sheik
- Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
- Big John Studd
- Junkyard Dog
- Bam Bam Bigelow
- Sgt. Slaughter
- Dusty Rhodes
- Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka

Additionally, here is a list of characters that have yet to be officially confirmed, but were culled together through various pictures, videos, etc...:

- Bret "The Hitman" Hart (print ad/various screenshots)
- Jake "The Snake" Roberts (print ad/WWE 24/7 synopsis on WWE.com promoting "Legends of Wrestling")
- Mr. Fuji (shown throwing salt at Bret Hart in print ad, which should likely confirm Yokozuna)
- Ultimate Warrior (shown in commercial during the Royal Rumble/WWE 24/7 synopsis on WWE.com)
- Undertaker (WWE 24/7 synopsis on WWE.com)
- Mr. Perfect (WWE 24/7 synopsis on WWE.com)
- Big Boss Man (WWE 24/7 synopsis on WWE.com)
- Howard Finkel (various screenshots)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 09, 2009, 08:14:36 PM
MyNetworkTV Getting An Overhaul - Will SmackDown Be Affected?
By Daniel Pena
Feb 9, 2009 - 7:53:32 PM

MyNetworkTV is rebranding itself once again. Starting this fall, the channel will move away from a "broadcast TV" channel to what will essentially become a "rerun network," according to an article from the Associated Press. They will no longer develop first-run shows, but instead offer programs from "big franchise, big branded shows" such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent and other series.

As a result of the change, News Corp. will no longer consider MyNetworkTV a broadcast network alongside FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS and The CW.

Regarding the status of Friday Night SmackDown, all outlets are reporting that WWE will remain in its normal time slot. In light of the announcement, WWE quickly issued a press release tonight saying SmackDown "has a bright future" on MyNetworkTV. You can read WWE's press release at the following link.

For more details on MyNetworkTV's shift, click here.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 09, 2009, 08:15:49 PM
New Match Advertised For Raw, Jericho Getting Mainstream Coverage
By Daniel Pena
Feb 9, 2009 - 6:00:34 PM

-- WWE.com has announced a six-man tag match for tonight's Raw in Oakland featuring all of the participants in the Elimination Chamber match at this Sunday's No Way Out pay-per-view. WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston will team up to take on Chris Jericho, Kane and Mike Knox.

-- Yahoo.com currently has a front page headline regarding Chris Jericho's scuffle with fans this past weekend. Click here to see the video story.

-- After pulling their statement regarding Jericho's scuffle with fans earlier in the day, WWE.com has put the statement back up. The statement was updated to say that the man and woman who assaulted Jericho were arrested. The last line originally said: "The WWE is working with local authorities who are investigating the incident to identify the man and woman who fled the scene." {Chris Jericho assaulted}


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 09, 2009, 08:17:13 PM
Jim Cornette Debuts New Weekly Online Talk Show Tonight
By Daniel Pena
Feb 9, 2009 - 5:47:47 PM

JIM CORNETTE DEBUTS NEW WEEKLY ONLINE TALK SHOW, INCREDIBLE ONE HOUR DANNY HODGE INTERVIEW, FORMER WWE MAGAZINE EDITOR BRIAN SOLOMON JOINS AS NEW HOST, HEADSHRINKER SAMU DEBUTS NEW WEEKLY SEGMENT, JOHN CENA SR. PREVIEWS NO WAY OUT, AND SO MUCH MORE TONIGHT ON WHO'S SLAMMING WHO!

Jim Cornette debuts his new weekly talk show "Cornette's Commentary" tonight on an all new edition of Who's Slamming Who. Jim Cornette is not only one of the most entertaining personalities in the history of professional wrestling, he's also one of the greatest minds as well. Cornette is very excited to finally be entering the world of the Internet after all these years.

In his first installment on Cornette's Commentary, Cornette gives his thoughts on the movie The Wrestler. To say Cornette wasn't a big fan of the movie would be a huge understatement. What will Cornette's reaction be to the movie everyone is raving about? Be sure to tune in tonight and find out!

Brian Solomon, the former editor of WWE Magazine, will be debuting as the new weekly host of Who's Slamming Who tonight with Tommy Fierro. Solomon brings a very unique perspective to the show and we are very excited to be having him come aboard as the new host with Fierro.

Solomon and Fierro will be talking about a number of different topics on tonight's show, including: Vince McMahon's new idea for a reality TV show, Ric Flair's return to the WWE tonight on Raw and where they are headed with it, more on the Randy Orton/Shane McMahon storyline, looking at the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame, and much more.

John Cena Sr. will be joining the show tonight to give his predictions on this Sunday's WWE No Way Out PPV.

Former WWE Tag Team Champion Headshrinker Samu will also be debuting a new weekly segment on tonight's show called On The Road. Samu is a true veteran in our industry and he will be delivering all of his great knowledge and experience to Who's Slamming Who each and every week.

Danny Hodge is the special guest tonight on Who's Slamming Who. Hodge came out of Perry, Oklahoma, to set the amateur wrestling world on fire in the mid 1950s. He won three NCAA Championships at 177 pounds for the University of Oklahoma, never losing a match or even being taken down. He also won three national titles in freestyle wrestling and one in Greco-Roman.

Hodge joins the show tonight for over an hour and talks about: His amateur wrestling background and how he got involved with wrestling, how wrestling wasn't a dream of his growing up, being on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine, boxing both amateur and professionally, entering the world of professional wrestling, Lou Thesz, The Briscos, wrestling in Japan, his thoughts on Bruno Sammartino, comparing today's wrestling business from his day, his thoughts on the current product, how he still watches Raw each and every Monday night, some of today's wrestlers that he wishes he had the chance to wrestle, where he would be on the card if he was in his prime and in WWE today, thoughts on Hulk Hogan, boxing Bob Orton, wrestling ninety-minute matches with Hiro Matsuda, if today's talent could compete for that long, UFC, being before his time, and so much more. This will go down as one of the most interesting interviews ever.

The Oklahoma Shooter: The Dan Hodge story is now available. For more information on Hodge's unbelievable new book, be sure to contact Culture House Books at (641) 791-3072 for further information.

We will also be making a huge announcement tonight regarding a new weekly segment that will be beginning on Who's Slamming Who starting next week. Who will it be? Be sure to tune in tonight to find out! We stress HUGE!

There will also be all new weekly exclusive segments by Jerry Jarrett, Iron Sheik, Joe "The Assassin" Hamilton, Lanny Poffo, Bill Behrens, Danny Doring, Allan Funk, Ace Darling, Mike Quackenbush, Evan Ginzburg, Rob Feinstein, Michael Modest, Danny Inferno, Robert Rosen, and more.

Ean Levy will also be bringing you all the latest news going on in and around the world of professional wrestling over the last seven days.

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Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 09, 2009, 08:18:52 PM
WWE Signs Haku's Son, The Rock & Brooke Hogan At The Grammys
By Michael Bluth
Feb 9, 2009 - 3:20:06 PM

Source: PWInsider.com

-- World Wrestling Entertainment has signed yet another second generation talent to a developmental deal. Tavita Fifita, the son of former WWF and WCW star Haku, signed last week with the company and will be starting with Florida Championship Wrestling shortly. Fifita was trained at the Team 3D Wrestling Academy.

-- To confirm what we reported last week, ABC has officially announced the next lineup for their "Dancing With The Stars" show and WrestleMania 11 main eventer (and NFL great) Lawrence Taylor will be appearing. Another celebrity with ties to pro wrestling, Jackass' Steve O, will also be on this season.

-- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Brooke Hogan were at last night's 51st Grammy Awards. Brooke was seen on the red carpet and was part of the audience while The Great One opened the show with some jokes before presenting Justin Timberlake.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 09, 2009, 08:20:24 PM
Burke's No-Compete Clause Expires, Chris Masters Workout Tips
By Daniel Pena
Feb 9, 2009 - 8:30:18 PM

-- Elijah Burke's ninety-day no-compete clause with WWE expired yesterday (as did Kenny Dykstra and Lena Yada's), so he's free to conduct business with any wrestling entity now. Burke will be giving his first interview since his release from WWE tonight on www.MondayNightMayhem.co m from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

-- Former WWE Superstar Chris Masters has launched an official website at www.ChristopherMordetzky .com. Masters reveals his entire training regime as well as his diet on the website.

-- Paul London will be appearing at the Westside Xtreme Wrestling event in Oberhausen, Germany on May 1st, 2009. Go to http://wxw-wrestling.com for info about WXW and http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)




Update On Shelly Martinez, London On MySpace, Jonathan Coachman
By Daniel Pena
Feb 9, 2009 - 6:22:31 PM

-- Former WWE/TNA performer Shelly Martinez has a new website at www.ShellyMartinez.com. The site won't be officially launched until March 1, 2009 as it's set to feature a pay section. Also, Martinez reunited with Kevin Thorn this past weekend at a wrestling convention in Staten Island, New York. Today is also her birthday as she turns 29 years old.

-- Former WWE Superstar Paul London now has an account on MySpace. He can be reached at www.myspace.com/officialpaullondon. His ninety-day no-compete clause with WWE expired this past week and he's started taking a number of bookings and interview requests. Promoters interested in booking him can do so through the page.

-- It's interesting to note that former WWE announcer Jonathan Coachman was sitting in the anchor chair on ESPNews when the Alex Rodriguez-steroids story broke this past weekend. The former WWE performer editorialized on the improprieties of baseball players using steroids, reports www.f4wonline.com.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on February 10, 2009, 01:18:41 AM
NEW TNA SIGNING, MICK FOLEY UPDATE, FORMER WWE STARS AT TNA THIS WEEK & LOTS MORE
by Mike Johnson @ 1:42 AM on 2/10/2009


TNA has signed Rob Terry, who had been training at the Team 3D Wrestling Academy in Florida, to a two year deal last week. Terry is originally from Wales. He's the third student from 3D's school to be signed by one of the national companies.

TNA will debut a new weekly Mick Foley segment, "Hardcore History" on Impact this Thursday. Foley will be telling inside stories from his career in the segment.

As Buck Woodward reported on the TNA Against All Odds post-game show in the PWInsider.com Elite section, former WWE talent Shawn (Gavin) Spears was backstage at the PPV. Spears was sporting a broken hand. I'd love to see TNA pick him up as he's one heck of a heel, something WWE failed to utilize when he was on the ECW brand.

Former WWE and ECW star Stevie Richards was backstage at the Impact taping last night. There's talk he may be coming in, which would be another great signing for TNA, but I haven't heard anything concrete.

Matt Morgan worked the Against All Odds PPV with his shoulder taped as he underwent surgery the week before on it to remove an infection.

For those of you who subscribe to the PWInsider.com Elite section, currently online is an interview with Team 3D's Brother Ray that was conducted Sunday prior to the Against All Odds PPV discussing the PPV's main event, the state of TNA's tag team scene with discussion on each team, watching TNA grow and comparing it to his time in ECW, The Dudley Boyz inciting riots, whether that type of behavior could fly in professional wrestling today, whether he ever felt he went too far, the night he nearly caused an ECW PPV to be pulled off the air, Paul Heyman, leaving ECW and then watching it fall apart, promoting, the Team 3D Wrestling Academy, training new talents, opening his businesses outside of wrestling, Jake Roberts and much more.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on February 10, 2009, 08:57:01 AM
Several readers sent word that WWE Diva Maria was attacked while signing autographs at the Washington Auto Show over the weekend. According to fans in attendance, Maria was signing when a man who was waiting in line rushed her and began grabbing & squeezing her. Security guards rushed him and removed him from the building. Maria was said to be shaken up for a few minutes but eventually kept on signing.
 


Credit: Impact Wrestling




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The original plan for WrestleMania was to be Chris Jericho vs. Mickey Rourke in some form of boxing match, with Ric Flair in the corner of Rourke. That may still happen, but if Rourke ends up not coming back into the angle, there are two ways the angle could go. The first is the Jericho vs. Flair match, which seems to be already teased. The second is a match between Chris Jericho and Steve Austin. Austin reportedly says Jericho is one of the few people he would trust to have a match with at this point, and also, it would play into Jericho’s recent promo work, where he made fun of “washed up Hall of Famers.”

There is belief among some that Rourke is just holding off until the Academy Awards are over on February 22nd to see if he wins an award for The Wrestler.


Source: NoDq.Com



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 10, 2009, 10:00:06 AM
More WWE HOF Inductees Confirmed, New DVD, Last Week's Raw Rating
By Daniel Pena
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:37:27 PM

source: www.f4wonline.com

-- The legendary Von Erich family has been confirmed to be inducted into this year's WWE Hall of Fame. Other names confirmed for induction this year include "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, "Cowboy" Bill Watts, and Terry & Dory Funk, Jr.

-- Last week's edition of Raw drew a 3.59 cable rating off hours of 3.55 and 3.63. The first hour drew 5.1 million viewers and the second hour drew 5.4 million. The median age of the show was 36.4 and it was number one in adults 18-49 and males 18-49 for the night.

-- WWE's The Best of Saturday Night Main Event DVD is officially released today. The DVD set runs 540 minutes long, features more than 30 matches, as well as humorous videos, interviews and Superstar commentary. You can purchase the DVD at the following link. WWE did not plug the DVD on last night's edition of Raw.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 10, 2009, 10:01:44 AM
Evan Bourne's Return, Jericho Update, Former Diva Training MMA
By Michael Bluth
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:04:33 PM

Source: PWInsider.com

-- WWE.com mentioned the Chris Jericho incident on their 'Industry News' section. Similar to their initial statement, they only mention that Jericho was "physically and verbally assaulted" and with no mention of Jericho fighting back and striking a female fan. Speaking of the Jericho incident, another video has surfaced on YouTube that shows Jericho right before the incident, getting into his car and trying to drive away. You can check that out here.

-- Former WWE Women's champion Victoria, who retired from the squared circle last month, is now taking Mixed Martial Arts classes in anticipation of a possible MMA career. You can read her complete blog at MySpace.com.

-- The latest on injured Raw star Evan Bourne is that he is expected back early next month. Bourne has been out of action for several months with an ankle injury and will be back in action in time to be used at WrestleMania.





TNA Signs WWE Castoff, Former WWE Stars Backstage This Week
By Daniel Pena
Feb 10, 2009 - 10:34:53 AM

source: PWInsider.com

-- Former ECW Superstar Shawn "Gavin" Spears was backstage at Sunday's Against All Odds pay-per-view in Orlando. The recently released WWE wrestler was seen sporting a broken hand.

-- Former WWE/ECW Superstar Stevie Richards was backstage at last night's Impact taping in Orlando. There has been talk of Richards joining the organization.

-- According to the official MySpace page of the Team 3D Wrestling Academy (www.myspace.com/team3dacademy) in Florida, TNA has signed Rob Terry to a two-year deal. Terry was quietly released from his WWE developmental contract this past August. Terry, a former bodybuilder, is originally from Wales.

-- The official TNA website has post-show footage from Sunday's Against All Odds pay-per-view at the following link. The video features an exclusive interview with TNA World Heavyweight Champion Sting following his successful title defense.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on February 10, 2009, 03:47:06 PM
I never thought the Von Erichs would be in the WWE HOF


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 10, 2009, 04:46:06 PM
Ricky Steamboat-WWE Hall of Fame Update, Lilian Garcia Performing
By Daniel Pena
Feb 10, 2009 - 2:54:34 PM

-- Courtesy of the Wrestling Observer, news broke online a few weeks ago saying WWE has plans to induct Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat into their Hall of Fame this year. In light of the report, the webmaster behind the wrestling legend's official website, www.RickyTheDragonSteamb oat.com, posted a statement informing his fans of the news. As it turns out, the site's webmaster was not authorized by the Steamboat family to post an announcement regarding Steamboat and the Hall of Fame. The website is also saying that news of Steamboat going into the WWE Hall of Fame is false. Here is a message Bonnie Steamboat released regarding the error:

DISCLAIMER:

INFORMATION REGARDING THE INDUCTION OF RICKY STEAMBOAT INTO THE WWE HALL OF FAME IS FALSE AND WAS INADVERTENTLY PLACED ON THIS WEBSITE. THE OWNERS OF THIS WEBSITE REGRET THIS ERROR AND APOLOGIZE TO THE WWE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE IT MAY HAVE CAUSED.

Rick, Bonnie and Richie regret to inform wrestling fans that we have temporarily had to put our web site under suspension. The good news is we expect it to be back up and running in the near future. Thank you for your patience. In addition, neither Rick, Richie or myself have not given anyone our "official" permission to put up a MY Space account for us on the Internet. Please be aware of imposters that claim they are our 'friends' ... who continue to try corrupt the reputation of the Steamboat family. Thank you all so much. Bonnie Steamboat

WWE still has plans to put Steamboat into the WWE Hall of Fame this year as this is simply a case of damage control on the part of the Steamboats. The wrestling legend works for WWE in a road agent role and it would not be wise to make an official announcement before the company does.

-- Lilian Garcia announced on her MySpace account (myspace.com/liliangarcia) that she will be performing at the Borgata Hotel Casino's Gypsy Bar in Atlantic City, New Jersey this Friday from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. Garcia will be performing with members of the New Jersey band Lifespeed. This show is for ages 21 and older.

-- Click here for a video preview of WWE's The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event three-disc DVD set, which is officially out today. The video preview features the chapter on "Macho Man
" Randy Savage turning on Hulk Hogan in February 1989.



Will Jericho Be Punished?, MMA Fighter Issues Challenge To Kofi
By Daniel Pena
Feb 10, 2009 - 2:27:00 PM

source: PWInsider.com

-- According to several sources, Chris Jericho will not be punished by WWE officials over his scuffle with fans this past Saturday. Officials feel he was put in a situation in which he was forced to defend himself, so he's clear of any wrongdoing.

-- MMA fighter Kevin Randleman issued a challenge to Raw Superstar Kofi Kingston. Randleman doesn't want to fight or wrestle Kingston, but rather, take the WWE Superstar on in a "corner jumping contest." Randleman issued the challenge during an interview with Absolute Wrestling Radio this past week. You can listen to the interview at MWR.Podomatic.com.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 10, 2009, 07:25:31 PM
Raw Rating Drops Again, ECW Match Announced For Tonight, CC-Cena
By Daniel Pena
Feb 10, 2009 - 8:41:10 PM

source: PWInsider.com

-- Despite heavy promotion of the return of Ric Flair as well as a match pitting Randy Orton against Undertaker, last night's edition of Raw drew a 3.4 cable rating, down from the 3.6 the show did the two previous weeks. The show did hours of 3.34 and 3.50. Three weeks ago, the show drew a 3.9 rating.

-- Seeing how they're on the West Coast, tonight's edition of ECW will be a rare live edition of the program. One match has already been announced for tonight's show as Tommy Dreamer will be going one-on-one with one-half of the WWE World Tag Team Champions, The Miz.

-- As seen on Raw last night, New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia was in attendance. WWE.com has posted photos of Sabathia meeting up with John Cena backstage at the show, which you can see at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 11, 2009, 10:41:28 AM
Chris Harris To ROH?, Dave Hebner Breaks His Silence, Chris Adams
By Daniel Pena
Feb 10, 2009 - 11:23:05 PM

-- Courtesy of Marvin Ward:

DAVID HEBNER BREAKS HIS SILENCE:

DAVID HEBNER, ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MEN IN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING, SPENDING ALMOST 30 YEARS OF HIS LIFE WITH WWE BEFORE BEING LET GO, JOINED TRASH TALKING RADIO TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. ALMOST 3 ½ YEARS OF SILENCE, DAVE TELLS THE WHOLE STORY AND SHOOTS HARD ON MANY NAMES IN THE BUSINESS. TELLS INSIDE DIRT ON SEVERAL KEY FIGURES IN WWE, HOW TNA NEEDS SERIOUS HELP IN THE MARKETING HOUSE SHOW DEPARTMENT, AND TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW VENTURE BECOMING BUSINESS PARTNERS WITH MARVIN WARD.

GO TO TRASH TALKING RADIO FOR AN INTERVIEW YOU WILL NEVER FORGET - PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW!

http://www.trashtalkingradio.com/wn/2009.htm

-- Courtesy of Mathijs Affourtit:

Do you remember “Gentleman” Chris Adams from World Class Wrestling in the 80s? There’s this great documentary about his rise and fall, called “Gentleman’s Choice: The Chris Adams Story.” It can only be seen online at: http://gentleman.eyesoda.com/film/374 where there is also a discussion board for fans of Chris.

This film is made by one of the Creators of WCW, Mickey Grant. It has got some great footage from the very beginning of pro-wrestling. It’s also got some footage of Stone Cold Steve Austin when he was in Chris’ school for pro-wrestlers. It has got some revealing interviews with Kevin von Erich and some other former pro wrestlers.

Mathijs Affourtit
Promotion team
www.eyesoda.com

-- Courtesy of reader WWEYanks:

Hello, I attended the NYC comic con this past weekend where I had the opportunity to meet several wrestlers from past and present.

First man I met was the legend himself The Honky Tonk Man. Honky Tonk Man was a great guy. I took a picture with him and got his autograph. We talked for about a half hour about his injured finger and how he can't even bend it totally. He told me he will probably never use the guitar as a weapon again, but he will be a part of Wrestlemania, but they didn't tell him about the hall of fame. I then bought up Jeff Jarrett and he in a comedic fashion called him a punk. He couldn't have been a nicer guy.

I also had the chance to meet Christopher Daniels as Curry Man. He was definitely portraying the comedic Curry Man in full force. I was even on the phone with my dad and he took the phone from me and said that I was drinking beer. He was so funny. He pretended like he couldn't read English and I was with him for a long time. He was awesome. At about 1 pm Curry Man went to the back never came back and Christopher Daniels at the fallen Angel came out. He was a great guy with a bunch of people bringing suitcases of stuff for him to sign. He was gracious enough to sign everything. I asked him why he bleeds so much and said he has thin skin haha. He was awesome and I bought his shirt which he signed.

I met Taylor Wilde and hands down she's the prettiest woman in wrestling today. She was so nice. Not a bad word to say about her. Than I met Roxxi who was one of the nicest ladies I've ever met we joked about the Voodoo Queen Gimmick and I called her the next Lita and she said that was sweet of me and hugged me.

I met Scott Steiner and the things people say about him are not true at all. He is one of the biggest stars I've met and one of the nicest big stars. So we can all clear the air that Steiner is a great man. Internet rumors aren't true though I asked him about his knees and he said they were fine.

I then met my hero Wildcat Chirs Harris and he was the nicest guy be it wrestler or friend I've ever met. best man I think I ever encountered. After he wasn't busy and the booth wasn't crowded I had about an hour conversation with him. We talked about the horrors of WWE, his entrances when he came out and made fun of Don west where he got fined, to his greatest matches with Triple X and how he loved to work with Storm, Roode, and Eric Young. He was awesome enough to sing all my AMW merchandise and he was an all around nice guy. And he told me he may sign a contract with ROH. I just want to let all the readers know Wildcat Chris Harris was the greatest man I've ever met.

Identity Of New ECW Wrestler, WWE Diva Changes Brands Due To Move
By Daniel Pena
Feb 10, 2009 - 11:24:19 PM

During tonight's edition of ECW on Sci Fi, General Manager Theodore Long blew off a discussion with Jamie Noble to talk to a wrestler by the name of Tyson -- who was accompanied by SmackDown Diva Natalya. They discussed his background of training in the Stu Hart's legendary "Dungeon." Tyson then directed a one-liner towards Noble, saying he would send the "big dog" back to the pound.

Following the commercial break, Tyson, under the name Tyson Kidd, beat the one and only Bao Nguyen in his ECW debut. Kidd hit a spinning kick and then followed it up with a springboard flying elbow before pinning Nguyen. Following the bout, Noble walked onto the stage and clapped.

Kidd is longtime Hart family friend T.J. Wilson. Wilson signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment in November 2006 and had been in developmental ever since. Wilson has a wealth of wrestling experience as he has been grappling since 1995 when he was only fifteen years old.

For the past few months, there had been talk of bringing Wilson and longtime friend DH Smith up to the main roster as The New Hart Foundation with Natalya as their manager. As recently as December, officials had given thought to placing them on SmackDown to feud with WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito and Primo Colon, but they went with the already established The Brian Kendrick and Ezekiel Jackson instead. Shortly there after, Smith and Wilson lost the FCW Florida Tag Team Championships and broke up.

The team broke up after Smith went to the creative team on his own and requested to be brought on board for the Legacy. Officials had plans to add him to group, but those plans cooled off after the sudden twist on Raw a few weeks ago involving Randy Orton and Vince McMahon. Now Smith is back in a state of limbo and it is unknown as to when officials will finally call him up to main roster.

With Wilson on ECW, Natalya has been transferred from the SmackDown roster to manage him. Natalya is close to Wilson as the WWE Diva has been dating him since November 2001 and the two have lived together for approximately six years.

In recent months, Natalya had done little of note on SmackDown and was being left off television more often than not. Her strong initial push in the company came to an end last July at the hands of Michelle McCool in a match to determine the first WWE Divas Champion at the Great American Bash pay-per-view. Soon after, officials started having her put over less experienced Divas on the roster such as The Bella Twins and backstage announcer Eve Torres.

In a case of turnabout is fair play, Smith appeared to be headed for a major role in the company, leaving his close friends behind to fend for themselves. Now Wilson and Natalya have stable roles in the company whereas Smith has been left to fend for himself in developmental.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 11, 2009, 10:43:30 AM
Backstage Heat On DH Smith, WrestleMania Site Launched, Burchill
By Daniel Pena
Feb 11, 2009 - 12:21:51 AM

source: PWInsider.com

-- As seen on tonight's edition of ECW on Sci Fi, Tyson Kidd made his WWE debut in a win over local competitor Bao Nguyen. Kidd is WWE developmental wrestler T.J. Wilson. WWE had plans to call Wilson up to the Smackdown roster with DH Smith and Natalya several weeks back as the New Hart Foundation, but those plans changed when Smith went to the creative team and pitched a role for himself on the Raw roster as a member of Legacy. As a result, there was heat on Smith from other wrestlers as they felt he damaged Wilson and Natalya's chances of making it to the main roster in a pronounced role. A tag team with Smith appeared to be Wilson's best and perhaps only chance at making it on the main roster as we never heard anything about WWE utilizing him as a singles wrestler. Until Monday's Raw, Wilson never worked a singles match before a WWE crowd, and he had been under contract for over two years. Wilson beat Jamie Noble in a dark match prior to the show. In the end, Wilson made it to the roster before Smith did, who is now on his own in developmental.

-- WWE has launched a cutting edge micro-site promoting WrestleMania 25. You can reach the site at www.Wrestlemania25.com or wm25.wwe.com. (Thanks to Mike Vendely)

-- Paul Burchill, who did not appear during tonight's ECW broadcast, was still utilized at the taping. In between a commercial break, Burchill came out on stage and spoofed actor Christian Bale's recently publicized angry tirade on the set of Terminator: Salvation. Footage of the ECW wrestler's take-off on the British actor is currently available to WWE Mobile subscribers. WWE.com will likely post the footage later in the week. {WWE Mobile on AT&T: Paul Burchill}


Ric Flair Hosting Wrestling Seminar For Active Wrestlers
By Michael Bluth
Feb 11, 2009 - 10:18:57 AM

Ric Flair's management team sent out the following last night:

RIC FLAIR TO HOST WRESTLING TRAINING SEMINAR FOR ALL PROFESSIONALS!

Wrestling Legend comes to Boston area to provide once in a life time opportunity.

Webster, Massachusetts, 12/10/08 – Ric Flair, the 16-time World Heavyweight Champion known world wide as “The Nature Boy” will be giving active professional wrestlers a once in a life time opportunity on Sunday, March 29, 2008. Flair, for the first time ever, will step in the ring and hold an open seminar for active professionals within the wrestling industry. This first ever event will take place at the Webster Town Hall in Webster, Mass.

“Never before has a training seminar of this magnitude been open to the general public.” said Steve Perkins of Big Time Wrestling, “Not only wrestlers, but anyone involved in this industry will benefit greatly from this experience, we expect attendees from around the country.” Ric Flair will provide his unequaled insight into the industry with only 50 lucky professionals. Flair will be assisted by his son Reid, who recently made his pro debut.

“The standouts at the seminar are very likely to be given a match that evening at our event at Webster Town Hall.” said Terry Allen of Big Time Wrestling. “It’s a once in a life time opportunity to work a show alongside Ric Flair”. Ric Flair will be managing his son Reid Flair in the main event of the evening, and has vowed to not let any outside interference occur.

This once in a life time opportunity takes place, March 29, 2009 at Webster Town Hall. Price of enrollment is only $150 for the first 25 that enroll and $200 for the second 50 attendees. You can reserve your spot right now at www.flairseminar.com.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 11, 2009, 10:45:33 AM
JBL Blogs About WWE's Wellness Policy, Steroids
By Michael Bluth
Feb 11, 2009 - 10:40:21 AM

John Bradshaw Layfield has updated his WWE Universe Blog with his thoughts on WWE's Wellness Policy, the latest steroid controversy in pro baseball and more.

JBL says he's "thrilled" that WWE has a strict drug policy and he's 100% against steroids. "I am thrilled that WWE is a leader in testing. I don't say that because I work for them, I say that because I am thrilled that the temptation to take drugs to look better or perform better was taken away by WWE's strict drug policy."

He says that as he was training to get back into wrestling shape and nearly lost 100 pounds, he had no temptation to use performance enhance drugs "I am very glad that when I was trying to get back into shape to make a return to the ring that drugs was not an option, because if it had been an option I would have been tempted to go to a doctor (which you can do easily at my age) and get a prescription for testosterone or other drug and take a short cut," JBL said. "Because, getting into shape after getting so out of shape was tough, and still is. Taking the option of drugs out of the equation was a great thing the WWE did."

JBL believes WWE has created a healthy environment for wrestlers to help remove the temptation of using banned substances. "I have been tested for drugs, AIDS, high cholesterol, concussions; you name it in the past six months alone," JBL said. "WWE has made sure it has created an environment that is healthy, just as the NFL has done and baseball started doing a few years ago."


Ric Flair's WWE Contract Status, WWE-MLB Steroids
By Michael Bluth
Feb 11, 2009 - 11:47:07 AM

-- In a column printed in today's Houston Chronicle, sports reporter Jerome Solomon about this week's steroid scandal in baseball, with Alex Rodriguez admitting he used performance enhancing drugs from 2001-2003. Solomon said the focus should be shifted to WWE, where he claims the wrestlers are readily available to be investigated by Congress. "That is good law enforce-ment - when it comes to laws we want to enforce. Is this really one of them? ... If so, I submit that a couple dozen steroids arrests could be made if the long arm of the law showed up at a WWE event (or most major gyms around the country on a random Wednesday) with urine sample cups in hand. Heck, several guys could have been scooped up in any Major League Baseball clubhouse a few years ago." To read more, check out Chron.com.

-- Ric Flair has not signed a new deal with World Wrestling Entertainment. PWInsider.com reports that the Nature Boy is scheduled to be a regular part of WWE television up through Wrestlemania. He is still taking independent appearances and bookings.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 11, 2009, 10:46:49 AM
TNA Releases Another Star: Backstage News On Releases *Spoilers*
By Michael Bluth
Feb 11, 2009 - 11:54:53 AM

Source: PWInsider.com

Warning: The following contains a spoiler for Thursday's iMAPCT!:

As reported yesterday, TNA Wrestling has released homegrown stars Petey Williams and Lance "Rock" Hoyt. You can now add Jimmy Rave to that list of released stars. There is a rumor that Eric Young was also released, but so far that appears to be false.

There was no backstage heat on any of the released talent. In fact, Petey Williams has a reputation of being one of the most willing and capable stars in TNA. The reason they were released is that TNA is looking to freshen up the roster by clearing out undercard talent that has been on the roster for years and bringing in some fresh faces.

Petey was spotted leaving Orlando this morning with a new look - he's shaved his head and beard. He is now accepting bookings at canam@bordercitywrestling.com.



Former WWE Star Likely Joining TNA, Petey Williams Update, Young
By Daniel Pena
Feb 11, 2009 - 12:18:16 PM

source: PWInsider.com

-- As reported yesterday, Stevie Richards was backstage at Monday's Impact taping in Orlando. The word going around at the taping is that Richards will likely be starting soon with TNA.

-- Regarding rumors of Eric Young being released, there is nothing to the story.

-- Petey Williams, who TNA released yesterday, is now accepting independent bookings. The following press release was issued last night:

Effective immediately, two-time TNA X-Division champion, 'Maple Leaf Muscle' Petey Williams is now accepting bookings for wrestling events, autograph signings and seminars. Don't miss out on an opportunity to have the 2004 "Rookie of the Year", winner of "Best Finishing Move" (Canadian Destroyer) three years running (2004-2006), and one of the top young superstars in professional wrestling as part of your next event!

Also available for bookings are TNA's Japanese sensation Kiyoshi and All Japan Pro Wrestling's 6'6", 270lbs superstar Joe Doering.

For booking information please email canam@bordercitywrestling.com


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 11, 2009, 10:48:19 AM
Mick Foley On Dixie Carter vs. Vince, His HOF Chances (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Feb 11, 2009 - 1:10:45 PM

The Sun recently had Mick Foley on their WrestleCast radio show, which you can listen to at TheSun.co.uk. Here are some highlights of what Foley said about:

His return match in TNA: “I learned the lesson that if you’re going to forget one thing it shouldn’t be: ‘Hey, there’s two guys crashing through a table – you might not want to have your leg there.' I thought I broke my leg. I could barely walk, but thankfully the swelling has gone down.”

TNA President Dixie Carter: “Dixie is definitely not Vince – and that’s a good thing. Once I got involved with TNA, it was something I really wanted to become a bigger part of. Dixie actually let me make an investment in the company, which was a good thing.”

Vince McMahon and "The Wrestler": “I was asked whether I thought Vince McMahon would like the movie and I said: ‘Personally I don’t think he’ll like it, as he doesn’t like to shine a spotlight on some of the troubles the guys go through.’ Mickey Rourke called me and the first thing he said was: ‘Screw Vince McMahon!’"

His Chances for Making WWE's Hall of Fame: “It’s weird how much talk the Hall Of Fame gets and it’s definitely something people consider. You have to keep in mind that there are guys like Baron Mikel Scicluna, Johnny Rodz, The Fridge and Pete Rose in there – but Bruno Sammartino is not in there. Between Bruno and Bob Backlund, they held the old WWWF title for about 13 years and neither one is in. I’m not going to let Vince determine whether or not my career is a good one by whether or not I’m inducted. Still it would be nice to be asked one day – but I’m not counting on it and in no way would that greatly shape my memories.”


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 11, 2009, 01:24:25 PM
Update On WWE's Randy Savage DVD, WWE Signs "Bambikiller"?, Cena
By Daniel Pena
Feb 11, 2009 - 3:32:56 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- As reported last week, World Wrestling Entertainment has plans to release a three-disc DVD set on "Macho Man" Randy Savage on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 entitled Macho Madness: The Ultimate Randy Savage Collection. As expected, several fans are skeptical of WWE releasing a DVD on Savage considering Vince McMahon pulled the plug on the project once before, but the company is legitimately going through with the release. Internally, the feeling is with the state of the economy that this isn't the time to kill projects they believe will make significant money, especially for petty reasons such as McMahon's personal feelings towards Savage. In other sign indicating the company's change of heart towards Savage, he is featured on the cover of the Best of Saturday Night’s Main Event DVD released this week.

-- An Austrian wrestler by the name Chris Raaber, also known as Chris "The Bambikiller", is telling people he has signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. His signing has yet to be confirmed by company sources. Raaber has mostly worked in Japan and Europe, but trained under wrestling legend Dory Funk in Florida. He is a big, muscular wrestler as Raaber bills himself at 6' 4" and 246 pounds. For more information on Raaber, you can visit his MySpace page at www.myspace.com/chrisraaber.

-- WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena is currently featured in magazine ads for Ultimate Nutrition, a bodybuilding supplement company. The ads can be found in assorted bodybuilding magazines and MMA magazines.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 11, 2009, 01:25:46 PM
WWE Officials Down On Member Of Cryme Tyme, Voices CD Sales Sink
By Daniel Pena
Feb 11, 2009 - 3:13:14 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- Cryme Tyme member Shad Gaspard is said to be the on bubble, which could affect JTG's standing in the company if the company doesn't want to push him as a singles wrestler. Gaspard was originally slated to participate in the Royal Rumble match a few weeks ago, but officials pulled him as a message to improve.

John Laurinaitis, WWE's Senior Vice President of Talent Relations, recently had a face-to-face meeting with Gaspard specifically telling him the company was unhappy with his lack of progress. Gaspard has been training at the Florida Championship Wrestling school in between road trips.

Gaspard has always been slow when it comes to picking things up. While he's actually improved greatly, it is because he started out so slowly that he's now only below average. This is one of the reasons why he is never used in singles matches and his ring time is generally kept short in tag matches with JTG doing most of the work. Had it not been for the Cryme Tyme gimmick, it is unknown if Gaspard would have been called up to the main roster in the first place.

-- As predicted, sales for WWE's "Voices" CD took a plunge in week two. The CD fell out of Billboard's top 50 chart and is estimated at selling approximately 7,000 copies. Regarding this, music industry insider Mike Omansky said, "Unless there is a major retail event, which is doubtful at this point, this album is dying a quick death as far as significant sales go." It should be noted that CD sales includes sales from all retail outlets except Wal-mart, which doesn't report to Billboard.

-- Here are some recent attendance figures. Friday's Raw brand house show in Vancouver, BC, drew a sellout in advance of 5,500. The 2/7 Raw show in Victoria, BC, drew 5,000. Sunday's show in Sacramento did 9,500. Friday's Smackdown show in Kennewick, Washington drew 2,000. Sunday's Smackdown show in Bakersfield, California drew a sellout in the 2,500-seat convention center.




WWE Star Moves Back To Raw, Who Is Bao Nguyen?, Butch Reed
By Daniel Pena
Feb 11, 2009 - 1:52:16 PM

-- Even though Jamie Noble appears to be a member of the ECW roster, technically, he's a member of Raw. WWE.com has moved Jamie Noble's profile back to the Raw roster section. Last week, WWE.com moved his profile to the ECW section.

-- Tyson Kidd made his WWE debut on last night's edition of ECW in a win over local competitor Bao Nguyen. Nguyen is a 27-year-old indy wrestler from California, but currently living in Eldon, Missouri. He's worked for a number of California-based indy promotions over the years such as Supreme Pro Wrestling. Nguyen is Vietnamese as he calls himself the "Vietnam Phenom." For more information on Nguyen, you can visit his MySpace page at www.myspace.com/vietnamphenom23.

-- WWE.com continues celebrating Black History Month with a look at former Superstar "The Natural" Butch Reed. Click here to see his WWE alumni profile. Reed joined WWE in September 1986 and quietly left the promotion shortly after WrestleMania IV.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 11, 2009, 06:19:08 PM
WWE Draft Announced, WWE Looking For Play-By-Play Announcer, More
By Daniel Pena
Feb 11, 2009 - 7:36:17 PM

-- The WWE website has announced the date for this year's WWE Draft. WWE will "shake things up" once again eight days following WrestleMania on the April 13th edition of Raw in Atlanta, Georgia. (2009 WWE Draft announced for Raw April 13}

-- WWE has a job opening for a play-by-play announcer. The job requirement calls for one to three years of play-by-play sports announcing experience. You can see the job opening at the following link.

-- WWE returns to the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California on June 30th, 2009. Last night's SmackDown/ECW taping took place at the Save Mart Center. Tickets go on sale April 11th, 2009 at 10 AM. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 12, 2009, 09:55:40 AM
Von Erichs Comment On WWE HOF, WWE Holding Second Tryout, More
By Daniel Pena
Feb 12, 2009 - 12:04:02 PM

-- As reported earlier, the legendary Von Erich family will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this April. The family confirmed the report on their official website, www.vonerich.com, with the following statement: "We are honored to announce that the Von Erich Family will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 4th. The induction will be held in Houston, TX. For those of you that have been asking about Kevin's sons, we are planning on including Ross and Marshall in the ceremony."

-- World Wrestling Entertainment will be holding their second open tryout at Florida Championship Wrestling's headquarters in Tampa, Florida this May. Here is the statement they released on www.fcwwrestling.com:

FCW To Hold Second Talent Evaluation Clinic

FCW will host another Talent Evaluation Clinic on Friday May 1st thru Monday May 4th. The clinic will be run by FCW Chief Steve Keirn and FCW trainers Tom Prichard, Billy Kidman, and Norman Smiley. The clinic will include WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, WWE Producers and Talent Scouts, and other special guests.

Registration Info Forthcoming

-- Here is the updated card for the WWE house show in Santiago, Chile on February 22nd, courtesy of MovistarArena.cl:

Triple H & The Undertaker vs. Vladimir Kozlov & The Big Show
Jeff Hardy vs. Edge for the WWE Championship
Carlito vs. Shelton Benjamin for the US Championship

Also appearing are Mr. Kennedy, The Great Khali, MVP, Michelle McCool & Primo.

Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Daughter Of Wrestling Legend Posing For Playboy Magazine
By Michael Bluth
Feb 12, 2009 - 10:11:54 AM

It looks like third generational talent and former WWE developmental Diva Lacey Von Erich, daughter of the late "Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich, will be posing for Playboy Magazine. KARL YOU HAVE TO GET THOSE PICTURES

The 22 year old blond beauty posted a message on her official MySpace on 2/4 that said: “Playboy next Thurs. at 12:15! Wish me luck! I’m scared !!” "Next Thursday” is today (2/12).

Lacey was signed to a WWE developmental deal back in August of 2007 and worked a few dates with Florida Championship Wrestling. She was released from her WWE developmental deal in late 2007. Since then she has been modeling and worked a few independent shows.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 12, 2009, 07:30:00 PM
Twenty More Characters Of "Legends of WrestleMania" Leaked Online
By Daniel Pena
Feb 12, 2009 - 6:13:28 PM

Images revealing twenty previously undisclosed characters in the upcoming Legends of WrestleMania video game have surfaced online. Presumably, these are the last twenty characters WWE.com and IGN.com will reveal over the next few days. Images featuring the following characters surfaced:

- Arn Anderson
- Big Boss Man
- Bret Hart
- Honky Tonk Man
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley
- Jake "The Snake" Roberts
- Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
- Kamala
- King Kong Bundy
- Koko B. Ware
- Michael Hayes
- Mr. Fuji
- Mr. Perfect
- Nikolai Volkoff
- Paul Bearer
- "Ravishing" Rick Rude
- Ric Flair
- Ultimate Warrior
- Undertaker
- Yokozuna

The following characters were confirmed last Friday:

- Hulk Hogan
- Andre the Giant
- Bobby Heenan
- Shawn Michaels
- The Iron Sheik
- Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
- Big John Studd
- Junkyard Dog
- Bam Bam Bigelow
- Sgt. Slaughter
- Dusty Rhodes
- Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka

The following characters were confirmed this past Monday:

- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
- The Rock
- Jimmy Hart
- Road Warrior Hawk
- Road Warrior Animal
- "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
- Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
- "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
- British Bulldog
- "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase


Confirmed 2009 Hall Of Fame Inductees
By Brad Ingles
Feb 12, 2009 - 6:41:46 PM

Confirmed inductees for the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame in Houston, TX are Steve Austin, Bill Watts, Ricky Steamboat, Terry and Dory Funk Jr, and the Von Erich family. Jim Ross will induct Watts and Ric Flair will induct Steamboat. There is no word on who will induct Austin, Funk's, or Von Erich's.

Credit: Figure Four Weekly Newsletter


WWE Interested In Signing TNA Champion
By Brad Ingles
Feb 12, 2009 - 7:02:18 PM

WWE officials are interested in signing one-half of TNA Tag Team Champions Robert Roode when his contract expires this Spring. Roode, who has been with TNA since 2004, is seen as a valuable asset to the company and they will do what they can to keep him happy from now until negotiations begin later this year.

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Jim Ross Blogs About Christian & Ric Flair's Return, WWE Draft
By Brad Ingles
Feb 12, 2009 - 7:30:30 PM

Jim Ross updated his blog, JRsbarbq.com, and commented on Christian and Ric Flair's WWE return, 2009 Draft, and more.

Christian's ECW debut: I have to admit that I was surprised to see Christian return to the WWE Tuesday night on ECW. Christian returning to the WWE at some point wasn't a big secret in many circles but Christian going to the ECW brand was. Personally, I was hoping that "Captain Charisma" would have joined the Smackdown team. ECW got a nice addition to their roster and because they only do one hour or 6 segments of TV weekly, the ECW show should feature solid, in ring wrestling more weeks than not. I think fans want to see more bell to bell action and ECW seems to provide that most weeks.

On WWE Draft: Tuesday in Fresno lots of WWE talents were speculating and discussing the upcoming WWE Draft on April 13 from Atlanta when, I assume, every one and their Mom, will be required to be front and center for the annual "let's shake up the WWE night." This Raw broadcast will likely garner a healthy TV rating. After last June's night of surprises in San Antonio, any thing can happen and likely will. I am prepared for whatever unlike last year when I wasn't expecting to leave Raw. Change can often times be effective and I personally think it is a good thing to shake up the rosters and create new rivalries and issues. Plus, it is a great time to provide some young talents a nice "jump start."

On Ric Flair's return: It was great to see Ric Flair back on WWE programming this week as he added excitement to Monday Night Raw in Oakland, Calif. “Naitch” still has “it” -- that magical intangible that cannot be manufactured or replicated. I don’t know what Ric’s future plans are as they relate to WWE, but I, for one, hope that we see Flair in Houston in some shape, form or fashion during WrestleMania week festivities … as long as he isn’t wrestling. Flair’s verbal exchange with Chris Jericho Monday night got Raw off to a rousing start and was arguably the best aspect of the broadcast.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 13, 2009, 12:50:10 PM
Steve Austin Booked For Raw, ESPN Covering WWE, "Voices" CD Sales
By Daniel Pena
Feb 13, 2009 - 3:00:42 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- At last word, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin is booked to appear at Raw tapings in Nashville (2/23) and San Antonio (3/16).

-- ESPN's E:60 program have plans to do a major feature in WWE. Their crew will be on hand for this Sunday's No Way Out pay-per-view in Seattle.

-- In its second week out, WWE's "Voices" CD sold just over 9,000 copies, finishing No. 61 on the Billboard chart. The CD sold approximately 26,000 copies in its first week out.


Update On Randy Savage DVD, Jennifer Hudson's Fiancee, Terry Funk
By Daniel Pena
Feb 13, 2009 - 3:24:06 PM

sources: PWInsider.com, FloridaIndies.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- Independent WWE sources have confirmed reports of the company releasing a DVD on "Macho Man" Randy Savage. According to sources, the three-disc DVD set will not feature a documentary on Savage as it will simply be a collection of matches featuring the wrestling legend.

Jim Ross also confirmed the DVD in a blog yesterday. Ross wrote: "Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection" will be released by the WWE on June 9 and as of today the match selection process was still on going. Obviously, some of Savage's bouts are no brainers to include on this upcoming DVD including Savage vs. Steamboat from WM3 but there is so much excellent content to pick from that making a final decision on this particular DVD won't be easy. Of course this will create the obligatory and predictable concerns as to why certain matches were not included. It's obviously a conspiracy of the Oliver Stone magnitude. BTW Macho Man would be a great candidate for the WWE Hall of Fame some day and I wonder why no one has ever suggested such in the past? I think Matt Striker may be penciled in to host the Savage DVD....dig it?!"

-- The fiancee of actress/signer Jennifer Hudson, reality television star David "Punk" Otunga, has started appearing on Florida Championship Wrestling shows. He appeared at last night's television taping to help break a brawl between DH Smith and ECW wrestler Tyson Kidd. Otunga is going under the name "Dawson Alexander Esq." in FCW. He wrestled his debut match at a show outdoors a few weeks ago. Otunga recently appeared on the reality series, I Love New York 2 and was in the next-to-last episode as one of the final contestants. Several weeks ago, Otunga took a leave of absence to be with Hudson in light of tragic events surrounding her family.

-- Terry Funk, who has been confirmed for induction into this year's WWE Hall of Fame, is planning on bringing his daughters and granddaughters to the ceremony.


ECW Star "Shoots" On DH Smith During Show, Legends To Be Revealed
By Daniel Pena
Feb 13, 2009 - 2:32:19 PM

-- Last night's Florida Championship Wrestling television taping in Tampa apparently featured a "worked shoot" angle based on some recent wrestling news site reports.

Following DH Smith's loss to FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion Eric Escobar, new ECW wrestler Tyson Kidd (TJ Wilson) ran down to the ring and laid out Smith. The two then got into a brawl that was eventually separated by FCW talent.

During the brawl, Kidd grabbed the mic and said even though Smith went to "WWE creative" to get on television before him, he (Kidd) made it to television before him.

As we've been reporting, WWE had plans to bring The New Hart Foundation up to the main roster, but plans changed when Smith went to the creative team and pitched a role for himself on the Raw roster as a member of Legacy. As a result, the team was disbanded. There was heat on Smith from other wrestlers as they felt he damaged Wilson and Natalya's chances of making it to the main roster in a pronounced role, but luckily for them, they were brought to ECW this past Tuesday.

For complete taping results from last night's FCW show, click here.

-- According to a cracked source code on WWE.com, IGN will confirm the following legends later today in their video:

- Bret Hart
- Honky Tonk Man
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley
- Jake "The Snake" Roberts
- Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
- Kamala
- King Kong Bundy
- Mr. Fuji
- Nikolai Volkoff
- "Ravishing" Rick Rude
- Yokozuna

-- In a poll on WWE.com, more people are looking forward to SmackDown's Elimination Chamber Match (65%) at No Way Out rather than Raw's (35%).




Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 13, 2009, 05:59:38 PM
WrestleMania 25 Poster Hints Towards A Steve Austin Match
By Brad Ingles
Feb 13, 2009 - 3:59:15 PM

A posted released for WrestleMania 25 shows Steve Austin in his wrestling clothes, which further hints that he will have a retirement match at the PPV. The poster also features The Undertaker, Triple H, Jeff Hardy, CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Shawn Michaels, Kane, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, and Edge.


Paul London Lashes Out At Several Wrestlers (Interview)
By Brad Ingles
Feb 13, 2009 - 1:50:52 PM

False Count Pro Wrestling Radio interviewed Paul London in his first post WWE interview. Below are highlights from interview.

- When asked if he was shocked about his WWE release, London immediately said "No", but was shocked that they were still paying him.

- London said that he never liked Billy Kidman as a person, but admired his work in WCW "when he was 100 lbs. lighter". He also said that Kidman "threw him under the bus".

- "The Albert Einstein of Pro Wrestling" Alex asked London how it was working with the Dudleyz, in which London stated that D-Von was great to work with, but that Bubba was an "xxxxxxx".

- A caller asks him what he thinks of Evan Bourne using the shooting star press, to which London replies that "it's ridiculous" and gives a funny story why he thinks that.

- Caller A.G. Vito asks what the reasoning was for him smiling on the day Mr. McMahon "died", where London discusses how hard it was not to laugh at the whole thing.

- London says that Rob Van Dam would be his dream opponent, as he not only idolizes the wrestler, but also the person.

- Calls Matt Hardy a "piece of ****" and a "coward".

- Says his favorite match ever was against Jeff Hardy at a house show in Mexico That Was Never Seen.

- Juicin Jobber asks if London plans on training wrestlers, to which London said he would like to in the future.

- Says he's very happy for Brian Kendrick and wishes him the best.

- JT Evans asks London what the fans can expect in his PWG debut, which London replies "an uncensored, unrestrained spirit...the fans can look forward to honesty".


Latest On WM25 Smackdown Broadcast, Summerslam Tickets
By Brad Ingles
Feb 13, 2009 - 7:13:06 PM

- The latest on the WWE Smackdown broadcast during WrestleMania weekend is that there will be live footage from the AXXESS event with matches and promos, but the show will also include taped footage. The show will primarily be used to promote their flagship pay-per-view event.

- Tickets for WWE Summerslam go on sale tomorrow at 1PM EST. The PPV will be held in Los Angeles, CA at the Staples Center.

Credit: PWInsider.com


Punk Reveals What "CM" Means, Kennedy's Return Date, Lilian, MVP
By Daniel Pena
Feb 13, 2009 - 5:07:03 PM

-- CM Punk was interviewed in the "Cash For Questions" section in the latest issue of WWE Magazine One of the questions asked was, "Did The Miz steal your nickname, as in CM: Chick Magnet?" Punk responsed with the following: "C'mon, why would I have such a ridiculous nickname? If you must know, CM is short for "Chicago Made" End of Story."

-- It was announced on last night's Florida Championship Wrestling show that Dolph Ziggler and MVP would be appearing at tonight's show at the Florida State Fair. In a small Ziggler note, he still has yet to wrestle on TV this year. He last competed on Raw on December 29, 2008 in a ten-man tag match.

-- As a reminder, Lilian Garcia is performing in New Jersey tonight. She sent out the following bulletin on her MySpace page this morning: "Perfo ​rming​ Tonig​ht!​ - I will be singi​ng this tonig​ht at the Borga​ta Hotel​ Casin​o’s Gypsy​ Bar in Atlan​tic City,​ N.J. in a speci​al early​ show from 7 to 10:​30 p.m. This show is for ages 21 and older​.​ The Borga​ta’s Gypsy​ Bar is at 1 Borga​ta Way in Atlan​tic City.​ For more infor​matio​n,​ visit​ www. borga​tanig​htlif​e.​com."

-- Mr. Kennedy is scheduled to make his much anticipated return to the ring a little more than a week from now on Sunday, February 22 as he's advertised for a SmackDown brand house show in Santiago, Chile, reports prowrestling.net.

Austin wrestling at WrestleMania? See *NEW* photo of him in his ring gear


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 13, 2009, 09:27:11 PM
Upcoming Raw Main Event With Possible WrestleMania Implications
By Daniel Pena
Feb 13, 2009 - 11:43:15 PM

source: PWInsider.com

Local advertising for Monday's Raw at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington, as well as the 3/2 Raw at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, have all three members of Legacy taking on WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena and a reunited D-Generation X of Shawn Michaels & SmackDown wrestler Triple H in the main events.

While this advertised match-up appears to simply be a dark match with Triple H making a special appearance, this could be a hint of things to come as WWE marches towards WrestleMania. In a backstage segment on Monday's Raw, Stephanie McMahon was seen talking to an undisclosed person she seemed to know pretty well on the phone.

(Thanks to reader Kris Style for the tip on the Spokane show


New Star Possibly Coming To ECW, LOW Characters Revealed, Jericho
By Daniel Pena
Feb 13, 2009 - 11:41:51 PM

sources: FloridaIndies.com, PWInsider.com

-- At last night's Florida Championship Wrestling television taping, Tiffany, representing ECW General Manager Theodore Long, called out WWE developmental wrestler Sheamus O'Shaunessy to talk about the brand. Sheamus O'Shaunessy, who is Irish, insulted both Finley and Hornswoggle, as well as ECW wrestler Ricky Ortiz. Ortiz came out to confront O'Shaunessy. Soon after, O'Shaunessy shoved Tiffany down, prompting a brawl he eventually got the better of.

-- It was announced during today's edition of The Bonnie Hunt Show that WWE star Chris Jericho would be a guest on Monday's show. The talk show is syndicated, so check your local listings for time and channel.    "WOLFGANG SAYS HE MIGHT SMACK THE BITCH"

-- IGN.com introduced the following characters for the upcoming "Legends of WrestleMania" video game:

- Bret Hart
- Honky Tonk Man
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley
- Jake "The Snake" Roberts
- Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
- Kamala
- King Kong Bundy
- Mr. Fuji
- Nikolai Volkoff
- "Ravishing" Rick Rude
- Yokozuna

You can see IGN's video introducing them at the following link. The final set of characters will be revealed on Monday.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 15, 2009, 12:09:11 AM
Foley Pulls Out Of Project, Production Company Issues Statement
By Daniel Pena
Feb 14, 2009 - 3:23:31 PM

A proposed sitcom involving Mick Foley and a former cast member of Survivor was in the works, but the TNA star recently pulled out of the project. Lost Colony Entertainment was working with Foley on the proposed sitcom and they issued a statement today on their MySpace account talking about why the project was nixed.

For those of you who have asked, yes, Mick Foley has once again pulled out of the "Have a Nice Day" sitcom, citing time constraints (specifically due to his busy wrestling schedule and family commitments).

Mick is a true legend in the world of pro wrestling and he has literally given his body to entertain his fans. Producing and starring in a situation comedy is a full-time job and a person really has to want it badly enough in order to devote their time to it. Otherwise, it's not gonna be a success.

Fortunately, Mick understood that he wasn't cut out for this project and he respectfully backed out before we got too far into negotiations with a major broadcast network. Everyone at Amdram Productions and Lost Colony Entertainment wishes Mick well as he continues with his work as a professional wrestler at the age of 43.

Now? We move forward with our current slate of projects, relishing the opportunity to work with a talented group of individuals who are anxious and ready to devote their time and energy towards making things happen.


Ric Flair Holding Training Seminar Week Before WrestleMania
By Brad Ingles
Feb 14, 2009 - 1:13:52 PM


Ric Flair will hold a training seminar for wrestlers on March 29 in Webster, MA at the Webster Townhall from 1-3PM. The first 25 people will be charged $150 and then $200 following that. The maximum amount of participants is 50. For more information visit FlairSeminar.com.

"Never before has a training seminar of this magnitude been open to the general public,” said Steve Perkins of Big Time Wrestling, “Not only wrestlers, but anyone involved in this industry will benefit greatly from this experience, we expect attendees from around the country.”

“The standouts at the seminar are very likely to be given a match that evening at our event at Webster Town Hall,” said Terry Allen of Big Time Wrestling. “It’s a once in a life time opportunity to work a show alongside Ric Flair”.

Former WWE Hardcore Champions Wed, Ted DiBiase, Kenny Dykstra
By Daniel Pena
Feb 14, 2009 - 4:17:16 PM

sources: PWInsider.com, www.f4wonline.com

-- Former WWE Hardcore Champions Al Snow and Cynthia "Bobcat" Lynch recently got married. A number of wrestling personalities attended the ceremony including WWE Diva Katie Lea, a very pregnant Francine, April Hunter, JD Michaels, Lollipop, The Blue Meanie and Serena Deeb.

-- Former WWE stars Ted DiBiase and Chris Nowinski will be on TSN's Off the Record next Friday. The show's theme will focus on life after wrestling. Bret Hart was scheduled to appear at the show but pulled out due to a scheduling conflict.

-- Kenny Dykstra & Lance Cade will be appearing at the Extreme World Wrestling event in Hastings, England on April 30th, 2009. Go to http://eww-wrestling.co.uk for info about EWW & http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)

WWE Spoils No Way Out?, Paul Burchill Flips Out, Divas Live Blog
By Daniel Pena
Feb 14, 2009 - 4:38:28 PM

-- Last month's issue of WWE Magazine released about a month ago apparently spoiled the outcomes of the qualifying matches for SmackDown's Elimination Chamber Match that ran over the course of a few recent episodes of Friday Night SmackDown. The feature correctly noted all six participants for the match. The magazine reads: "Six Superstars. One WWE Championship. Mix together these elements and you have the potential for an explosive Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out." The magazine goes on to list Jeff Hardy as Wildfire, Triple H as an Avalanche, Undertaker as a Blizzard, Big Show as an Earthquake, Edge as a Tsunami, and Vladimir Kozlov as a Volcanic Eruption.

-- WWE.com has posted video of ECW Superstar Paul Burchill spoofing actor Christian Bale's recent meltdown at the following link.

-- Mickie James will be participating in tomorrow's live blog on the WWE Universe site from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. ET. Then, throughout the night, Melina, Beth Phoenix, and Layla will join the blog. Click here for more information.


J.R. "Like You've Never Seen Him Before," WWE Hall of Fame Update
By Daniel Pena
Feb 14, 2009 - 5:10:34 PM

sources: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, PWInsider.com

-- As reported earlier, the legendary Von Erich family is set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this April. In an update on their induction into the Hall of Fame, Kevin Von Erich and his sons Ross and Marshall will be accepting the award on behalf of the family.

-- The final Raw taping before WrestleMania on Monday, March 30 will actually be a SuperShow featuring wrestlers from all three brands. Also, local advertising for the March 9th Raw taping in Jacksonville, Florida has a John Cena vs. Randy Orton match taking place.

-- Michael Moody of Hollymood Entertainment, the production company behind the 2005 documentary 101 Reasons Not To Be A Pro Wrestler, has decided to upload all productions that he has produced and directed over the past ten years onto YouTube.com for free public viewing.

In their first release, Hollymood Entertainment has posted two videos of never before released footage featuring SmackDown play-by-play commentator Jim Ross dating back to his early days in the professional wrestling business on the company YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/slowdive626.

Here is a description of the footage in question: "The footage is very rare and could be considered controversial but nothing that necessarily deserves censorship other than the fact that this is real footage and Jim Ross likely does not want the public to view such footage." It is recommended that you turn up your audio to understand clearly what Ross is discussing in the videos.

For "Jim Ross Exposed," visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p84faX9OA8. For "Horny Jim Ross is Naughty," visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MA7zFv0rKg.

For more information on Hollymood Entertainment's upcoming plans, you can visit their official website at www.HollymoodEntertainme nt.com.


Matt Hardy Takes Aim At Paul London Again, Calls Him A Psychopath
By Daniel Pena
Feb 14, 2009 - 5:25:56 PM

SmackDown Superstar Matt Hardy has posted another blog commenting on former WWE wrestler Paul London -- this time on his MySpace account. In his latest blog, he calls London a "psychopath."

Regarding London, Hardy wrote: "To my hooligan friend-I actually appreciate when crazy, bitter people give me free publicity by addressing me in interviews that are supposed to be about them. Where I'm currently at now in my career, believe it or not, it actually helps promote the Matt Hardy you see on TV. So thanks. Thanks for giving the Black Cloud image credibility. I know you've probably got some more interviews coming up, so please, keep on ranting and raving and promoting me. It certainly doesn't hurt my feelings or my paychecks. Especially when almost 100% of your comments are about nonsensical events and stories that never really happened. But I guess that's what people that are mentally and emotionally unstable do. It's really sad actually-when seemingly normal people that are so physically gifted can never capitalize on their talents because they're psychopaths."

In his first public interview since his release from WWE last week, London had some choice comments for the elder Hardy, calling him a "coward" among some other insults.

"All I remember was that I hate Matt Hardy," London told the False Count radio show. "I think he's a piece of s---. And I was trying to go into that (ladder match at Armageddon 2006) with as much of a professional mindset as possible without trying to murder this person. I think he's a coward."

In Hardy's blog, he also comments on (wrestling) internet journalists. Hardy wrote: "I don't hate or dislike the "internet journalist." Some of these guys have a good grasp on our business. Unfortunately several of them don't. Although I realize in actuality they are some of the biggest fans of our industry. And I do appreciate that. But like any other type of media, they often present their opinions and perspectives as facts, and their "facts" are frequently incorrect and wrong. It's the nature of the beast."

You can read Hardy's blog in its entirety at the following link.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 16, 2009, 07:32:40 PM
Big Update On WWE's Title Situation & Rumored WM25 Main Event
By Michael Bluth
Feb 16, 2009 - 3:44:23 PM

Partial Source: PWInsider.com

Heading into last night's No Way Out PPV, there was a lot of uncertainty regarding what top matches will take place at WrestleMania 25 on April 5th. At No Way Out, SmackDown star Edge dropped the WWE title (to Triple H) only to win the RAW brand's World Heavyweight title later in the night. WWE.com currently lists both titles on their SmackDown Superstars page (link), so the situation has been acknowledged and is expected to be part of WWE storylines in the coming weeks.

As Brad reported earlier, one possible scenario is that Triple H will take the WWE title to RAW and come to Stephanie's rescue from the Legacy. The word backstage at last night's PPV is that WWE is planning for Triple H to defend the WWE title against Randy Orton in the main event at WrestleMania XXV.

It's also important to note that former World Heavyweight champion John Cena is being advertised to appear on Smackdown this week, so another possible scenario could see Cena winning one of the belts and bringing it back to RAW.

Complete Roster For Upcoming "Legends of WrestleMania" Video Game
By Daniel Pena
Feb 16, 2009 - 8:32:05 PM

As reported earlier today, IGN.com revealed the final batch of characters for the upcoming Legends of WrestleMania video game this afternoon. According to the latest issue of WWE Magazine, the game includes 38 playable characters - the exact number of wrestlers that were revealed online. Following the final announcement, the complete Legends of WrestleMania roster is as follows:

Wrestlers
- Andre the Giant
- Animal
- Arn Anderson
- Bam Bam Bigelow
- Big Boss Man
- Big John Studd
- Bret Hart
- British Bulldog
- Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
- Dusty Rhodes
- Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
- "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
- Hawk
- Honky Tonk Man
- Hulk Hogan
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley
- Jake "The Snake" Roberts
- Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
- Junkyard Dog
- Kamala
- King Kong Bundy
- Koko B. Ware
- Michael Hayes
- "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
- Mr. Perfect
- Nikolai Volkoff
- Paul Bearer
- "Ravishing" Rick Rude
- Ric Flair
- "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
- Sgt. Slaughter
- Shawn Michaels
- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
- The Iron Sheik
- The Rock
- Ultimate Warrior
- Undertaker
- Yokozuna

Managers (Non-playable)
- Bobby Heenan
- Jimmy Hart
- Mr. Fuji

Matt Hardy Blogs About Jeff, WWE's Next DVD Anthology Set, Orton
By Daniel Pena
Feb 16, 2009 - 7:45:38 PM

source: PWInsider.com

-- Matt Hardy has posted a blog talking about why he didn't interfere with Jeff Hardy's involvement in last night's Elimination Chamber Match. Hardy wrote: "At No Way Out in Seattle, I gave you the opportunity to win the WWE Title inside of the Elimination Chamber. I listened very closely to what you had to say on Smackdown last week. You said you were going to "move on" and win the WWE Title regardless of what I wanted. You also mentioned that you hoped this issue between us will one day pass over.

So from the bottom of my heart, I didn't interfere with your Elimination Chamber appearance and/or match. Nor did I need to.. You failed like you always do. I wanted to reinforce to everyone what a failure you truly are-how you can never pull through and succeed in a "big time" atmosphere. How you always choke. It's nothing new though."

Hardy added: "I'm afraid the WWE is not big enough for the both of us. I recommend you do the smartest thing possible for your life and livelihood right now. And that's walk out of the WWE and my life. You have until Friday to make your decision."

You can read his blog at the following link.

-- WWE has plans to release an DVD anthology box set on the Survivor Series, reports PWInsider.com

-- Randy Orton is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Power Slam magazine, which takes a look at the road to WrestleMania.

-- Mr. Kennedy has some appearances lined up next month as he will be participating in the Youth and Government Day at Keystone College in Clarks Summit, PA, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13. He will also be at the Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers game at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to meet fans.


Cena Appearing At SmackDown Taping, New Raw Matches Announced
By Daniel Pena
Feb 16, 2009 - 6:07:59 PM

-- Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena is scheduled to appear at tomorrow night's Smackdown double taping in Portland, Oregon, reports ProWrestling.NET. Other matches scheduled for the event include Triple H defending his newly won WWE Championship in a Triple Threat match against Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy. Plus, Big Show will face Undertaker in a casket match.

-- WWE.com has updated their preview for tonight's Raw. In addition to WWE Women's Champion Melina defending her belt against Beth Phoenix tonight, WWE Intercontinental Champion CM Punk will team up with Cryme Tyme to take on William Regal, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. As if that isn't enough, Mike Knox will be in action tonight. He is scheduled to wrestle Rey Mysterio.

-- WWE.com has posted a new photo gallery on SmackDown Diva Maria. Click here to see "Pucker up."

*RUMOR* WWE Star Expected To Switch Brands
By Brad Ingles
Feb 16, 2009 - 1:58:08 PM

It is expected for the new WWE Champion Triple H to move to the Raw brand since Smackdown has two champions. He moved to Smackdown to help the show make a smooth transition to the new network, and with MyNetworkTV becoming a rerun network and Raw ratings slipping, a move to Raw will boost the ratings leading up to WrestleMania.

With the recent tease of Stephanie McMahon talking to someone on the phone, Triple H will be revealed as the person she has been talking to. Randy Orton could put Stephanie in danger and Triple H would run out to save her. Vickie Guerrero and Stephanie will meet and agree to swap their champions.

Credit: PWInsider.com


RAW Preview: Women's Title Match, DX Reuniting & More
By Michael Bluth
Feb 16, 2009 - 8:37:48 AM

World Wrestling Entertainment will tape this week’s edition of ECW and RAW tonight at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington.

Here's an early preview for tonight's RAW:

-- Women's Champion Melina is scheduled to defend her Championship against the Beth Phoenix.

-- D-Generation X and John Cena vs. Randy Orton, Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes is being advertised locally as the dark match main event. Christian is also being advertised to appear at tonight’s ECW taping.

-- Expect to see plenty of fallout from No Way Out, with SmackDown star Edge becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton defeating Shane McMahon and Shawn Michaels now a free man.

-- As of this writing, tickets still remain available in the lower levels.



Title: Ric Flair Signs With Ring Of Honor To Appear At Several Shows
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 16, 2009, 07:36:28 PM
Ric Flair Signs With Ring Of Honor To Appear At Several Shows
By Michael Bluth
Feb 16, 2009 - 10:13:00 AM

The following announcement was released by Ring Of Honor this morning:

Ring of Honor is proud to announce that it has signed a multi-event agreement with the legendary "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. His first appearance with the company will be in the St. Louis area on Friday, March 13th at the Gateway Center located at One Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234. Tickets for this historic event are now on sale at www.rohwrestling.com.

"Ric Flair is a legend in this industry and has been a huge influence on the careers of many Ring of Honor stars," said Ring of Honor president Cary Silkin. "The name ‘Flair’ has been synonymous with professional wrestling in the United States over the past 30 years, and it’s a wonderful privilege to have Ric appearing in Ring of Honor, adding his name to the list of legends that have set foot in the ROH ring. We agreed that the St. Louis area would be perfect for his first appearance in ROH because of his great wrestling history in that area. What could be a more wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ to those great St. Louis fans for supporting ROH than to bring the “Nature Boy” back to town one more time?"

Flair will be in the St. Louis area on March 13th for a special meet & greet autograph session that will be held from 6pm-8pm at The Gateway Center and he will also appear before the live crowd later that evening during the event. Autograph and show tickets are now on sale at www.rohwrestling.com. Autograph prices are $30 for the 1st item and $20 for each additional item to be signed. You can bring your own item or purchase Ric Flair merchandise at the building on the night of the show to get signed.

Please stay tuned to www.rohwrestling.com for more information on Ric Flair's appearance on March 13th along with additional events where you can meet the legendary “Nature Boy” in person!


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 16, 2009, 07:44:55 PM
Update On Drug Use In WWE, Orton's Anger Issues Examined, More
By Daniel Pena
Feb 15, 2009 - 7:23:20 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- While testing positive for marijuana under WWE's drug testing policy still only results in a fine, many wrestlers have seen what happens to guys who fail tests, so many are staying away from it knowing it gets heat with management.

- As a result of declining house show numbers, WWE has started booking smaller buildings in major cities. One example includes last weekend's show in Vancouver. Instead of using the big arena where the NHL's Canucks play, they held the house show at the 5,500-seat secondary arena and sold it out. This also occurred in Bakersfield, California where instead of using the major arena in the town, they sold out a much smaller convention center. This new business change has allowed WWE to cut down on costs by booking cheaper buildings since they aren't going to sell 8,000 tickets to a non-televised house show in many markets.

-- The latest issue of Inside Wrestling features Randy Orton on the cover with a story looking at his apparent anger issues. The headline reads: "The Rage of Orton - Are Randy's Anger Issues Holding Him Back?"

WWE Putting Together New Tag Team, Stock Down Again, Legends Game
By Daniel Pena
Feb 15, 2009 - 6:59:56 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- WWE officials are putting Edge and Matt Hardy together as a new tag team as the two are booked on some house shows coming up. The two SmackDown wrestlers were told ahead of time before the recent house show line-ups were announced that they wanted them together as a tag team for the house show run leading up to WrestleMania. Pre-Mania house show plans have Matt Hardy & Edge against Jeff Hardy & Undertaker, with Triple H taking on Big Show, and Carlito & Primo Colon defending their tag titles against Jesse & Festus.

-- As a result of the recent downturn in the stock market, WWE stock has hit the skids again. The stock closed at $9.24 per share on Friday, very close to the five-year low of 8.76.

-- Gamestop.com is offering alternate attires of Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Iron Sheik, Jimmy Hart and The Rock for those who pre-order the Legends of WrestleMania video game. You can see an advertisement featuring the listed wrestlers in their alternate clothing at the following link.


Latest On WWE & Playboy, Ashley Massaro, WWE's New Marketing Plan
By Daniel Pena
Feb 15, 2009 - 6:37:54 PM

sources: PWInsider.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- The March issue of Playboy has been released and the preview section for next month's issue makes no mention of a WWE Diva gracing the cover of the magazine. For the first time since 2002, it looks there will be no Playboy connection for WrestleMania's synergy this year.

-- As Ashley Massaro noted in a blog last week, the former WWE Diva recently had a talk with John Laurinaitis, WWE's Senior Vice President of Talent Relations. However, with Gail Kim still sitting on the sidelines and a new batch of women waiting in the wings in developmental, her chances of returning to the company appear to be slim.

WWE's head television producer Kevin Dunn, at least in the past, was a huge supporter of hers when most were negative on her. Dunn was high on her because she was selected by the fans as a Diva Search winner and he was the main person behind the concept. Dunn also had a hand in her landing the Survivor gig when most felt the role should have gone to someone who had more long-term potential such as Mike "The Miz" Mizanin.

When Massaro returned from the show early last year, many felt her crowd appeal was gone due to her change in appearance. Many have also credited Paul London's downfall in the company to Massaro.

-- WWE has a new marketing strategy as they're pushing themselves as "The Best Value In Entertainment." This new strategy is as a result of the struggling economy so they're pushing the fact that they are charging lower prices to arena events than most major league sports and entertainment events. WWE's also pushing that their pay-per-view events are priced cheaper than either boxing or mixed martial arts events, saying they are the best family bargain.


Reason Shad Gaspard Was Not In Royal Rumble
By Brad Ingles
Feb 15, 2009 - 2:59:11 PM

Shad Gaspard was not selected as a participant for the Royal Rumble because of his lack of improvement. John Laurinaitis met with Gaspard and told him WWE officials are not impressed with his progress. The general feeling backstage is that Gaspard's inability to improve could hurt his tag partner JTG's stance with the company unless they have plans to use him as a singles wrestler.

Gaspard's poor performance at house shows could be the reason Cryme Tyme has loss so many televised matches.

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Title: Re: Ric Flair Signs With Ring Of Honor To Appear At Several Shows
Post by: Karl Kox on February 16, 2009, 07:51:23 PM
That might be intresting.


Title: Re: Ric Flair Signs With Ring Of Honor To Appear At Several Shows
Post by: Thin Lizzy on February 16, 2009, 11:00:28 PM
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Title: Re: Ric Flair Signs With Ring Of Honor To Appear At Several Shows
Post by: Ruffneck on February 17, 2009, 02:24:23 AM
I met Flair last year on a show I was on, he was a great guy!


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 18, 2009, 06:07:29 PM
More On Hogan & WrestleMania 25, Rosa Mendes, Christian Ring Tone
By Daniel Pena
Feb 18, 2009 - 3:17:50 PM

-- During today's Bubba the Love Sponge radio show, a caller asked Bubba if Hulk Hogan would be appearing at WrestleMania 25 since a number of WrestleMania moment clips on WWE television seem to feature him. Bubba said he knew why WWE was running the clips, but could not comment at this time, reports ProWrestling.NET.

As many of you know, Bubba is one of Hogan's best friends. Seeing how he didn't deny anything, his silence on the matter should spark even more speculation on "The Hulkster" appearing at WrestleMania 25.

-- WWE.com has added a profile on Rosa Mendes to the Raw section. She has also been added to the Diva section.

-- WWE.com has added Christian's entrance theme "Just Close Your Eyes" to their mobile ringtone service. Click here for more infomation.


Rourke Says He'll Be At WM25, JBL's Wife Starting Her Own Firm
By Michael Bluth
Feb 18, 2009 - 3:45:40 PM


-- New York Magazine caught up with Mickey Rourke last night at a fashion show in New York City and asked him about his involvement at WrestleMania. "We're gonna go in support. Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Ric Flair have been such a part of the movie," Rourke said. "So whatever support I can give back to all those people from WWE, I'm gonna do that." When the reporter asked Rourke why he backed out of his rumored match with Chris Jericho, NYMag.com writes that Rourke's publicist jumped in and said, "We don't need to talk about that."

-- CNBC.com has a breaking news alert that financial guru Meredith Whitney, the wife of WWE superstar John Bradshaw Layfield, is leaving Oppenheimer Funds to start her own firm. The story is developing and there should be more details shortly.

-- The Chicago Sun Times has an article up about WWE developmental star Dvaid Otunga, the reality TV star and fiance of Oscar winner and American Idol winner Jennifer Hudson. SunTimes.com writes about Otunga being the second Harvard graduate to move on to World Wrestling Entertainment. Otunga was fascinated by Hulk Hogan growing up and wanted to be a wrestler from a young age. His parents told him to be a doctor or a lawyer, which lead him to Harvard Law School. "After Harvard, I knew I could go wherever I want, do whatever I want to do." Otunga is currently training at Florida Championship Wrestling, where he wrestles as Dawson Alexander, Esquire.

WWE Confirms Another HOF Inductee, LOW Update, Raw In Buffalo
By Daniel Pena
Feb 18, 2009 - 3:01:40 PM


-- WWE has confirmed the induction of "Cowboy" Bill Watts into the WWE Hall of Fame. In the latest edition of Legends of Wrestling on WWE 24/7 Classics On Demand, Watts, who appears on the program, is listed as a 2009 WWE Hall of Fame inductee. So, WWE ended up spoiling the news before it was announced on Raw or Smackdown.

-- The May 4, 2009 edition of Raw is set to take place at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 a.m. at the arena box office, Tops Supermarkets and www.tickets.com.

-- WWE.com has posted models of the final batch of characters to be revealed for the upcoming "Legends of WrestleMania" video game. Images of Arn Anderson, Big Boss Man, Koko B. Ware, Michael Hayes, Mr. Perfect, Paul Bearer, Ric Flair, Ultimate Warrior, and Undertaker have been disclosed. You can see the images at the following link.

If you're wondering how the images previously leaked online last week (and when specific characters were going to be introduced by IGN.com), it was as a result of one ardent person who managed to crack WWE.com's code.

After WWE.com released images of the first batch of Legends, through tons of trial and error, one person meticulously discovered the other images by constantly changing the wrestler name and photo set number in the URL (for example -"/legendswrestlemania/photos/rosterpt3/mr.-fuji.jpg" to "/legendswrestlemania/photos/rosterpt4/ric-flair.jpg"). Although, a list correctly revealing all 40+ characters leaked online about four weeks ago, so he was able to use the information from the list when changing the character names. The URL's to the images were then posted online, which WWE.com soon found out about and quickly deleted.

Legend Speaks Out On HOF Induction; Chris Benoit, Theodore Long
By Daniel Pena
Feb 18, 2009 - 1:23:45 PM

-- As announced on Monday's Raw, Terry and Dory Funk, Jr. will be inducted into the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Houston, Texas. Dory Funk, Jr. offered comment on the honor to the Ocala Star-Banner "I feel so privileged," Funk said. "This is one of the highlights of my life." The brothers will be inducted by Dusty Rhodes, who helps run things in WWE's developmental promotion in Tampa, Florida. Dory Funk, Jr. runs a wrestling training school out of Ocala, and has helped trained the likes of Kurt Angle, Amy "Lita" Dumas & "up and comer" Adam Windsor. {Ocala's Dory Funk Jr. named to WWE Hall of Fame}

-- WWE continues to celebrate Black History Month with a look at the career of ECW General Manager Theodore Long. Long is also featured on the latest episode of "Legends of Wrestling" on WWE 24/7 Classics on Demand.

-- WCW SuperBrawl III won the "Pick Your Big One" poll on WWE 24/7 Classics on Demand. Therefore, the event is scheduled to air later in the month. When WWE.com put up the match listing for the show, Chris Benoit's encounter with Too Cold Scorpio was interestingly listed. Although, WWE 24/7 still cuts out matches featuring Benoit, so it was probably a mistake on the website's part. WWE 24/7 has aired the pay-per-view before as it was available on the video on demand service a week or two before his double murder and suicide (and still available for a few days following the incident). Also, this month's poll features WrestleMania IV, WrestleMania X, and WrestleMania XII. On WWE.com, Hulk Hogan's pictured for WrestleMania X even though he didn't appear at the event.


Lawler Reveals Vince's Reaction Jericho's "Incident" (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Feb 18, 2009 - 8:57:01 PM

Source: TheSun.co.uk

The UK Sun has posted an interview with Jerry Lawler, which can read here in its entirety. Some highlights from this interview:

Working with Jim Ross again at the Royal Rumble: It was fun – JR and I have a great rapport and a great relationship. A lot of people say ‘I bet you really miss JR now he’s on Smackdown’, but the truth of the matter is we still get to see each other quite often. We also talk on the phone and we text. But by the same token, I tell everyone I really enjoy working with Michael Cole as well. Michael might be a little easier, maybe a little less demanding than JR. JR is so passionate, and such a huge fan which is a great. It’s what makes JR one of the best in the business. But because of that he’ll want us to go to production meetings and run through things. Whereas Michael and I like to show up and go in and get the thing done and head out as quickly as possible. And I know that may sound like we’re slackers, and taking the easy way out, but the truth of the matter is it works better for me in the way that I do my job. I don’t want to go to production meetings and I don’t want to be too prepared. I like to watch the matches like a fan. I like to be surprised by the things I see. I like to not know what’s going to happen next. I feel like my commentary is more honest that way – it’s more sincere in the way that I’m as surprised as the fans are!

Mick Foley's claims that Vince McMahon screams into the headsets of announcers during live shows: Let’s face it, Vince is the man who owns the company and he has definite ideas about how he wants things done. And if you do something that he doesn’t approve of, then he’s going to let you know it. I don’t know if I’m fortunate, or if Vince is just a big fan of my work, but he absolutely in the 15 years of me doing it has never ever yelled at me. Not even once. I was surprised when I heard that from Mick. But Vince has a direct line to every announcer. If we’re doing a broadcast and Vince wants to say something to me, Michael Cole doesn’t hear it, and the same goes with Michael Cole. So occasionally, after a show, Michael will say: “Oh man, Vince yelled at me when I screwed this up.” But if you’re out there doing a good job, and saying what you’re supposed to say, he’s not going to yell at you!

How He's Avoided Drug and Alcohol Abuse: I just didn’t do it! I’ve never had a taste of alcohol, never done any kind of drug and never smoked a cigarette. Some people will think that’s not true, but I’ve honestly never tasted one sip of beer, wine or whiskey. And I think that’s been a long part of my longevity in the business. I’m not saying it's given me a youthful appearance but it’s certainly helped me not look any older. And it’s not something that years ago I thought about, I simply just didn’t do it. There was a choice out there, and I always felt it was the wrong choice. That was the way I was raised. I was told those things were bad for me.

The Recent Chris Jericho "Incident": I have not seen it but I heard them talking about it last week at the show – Vince (McMahon) was kinda chuckling about it. Vince and I were talking and Jericho walked by and he said: “Watch out! Jericho will hit you! He’ll knock you right down!” Then he adds: “Especially if you’re a girl!” Everybody is having a joke about it and to me it’s not a big deal, because that used to be very prevalent in the past. We used to be able to get the fans so riled up that they literally wanted to physically attack you after the matches. That hasn’t happened in a long time, so it’s almost like hats off to Chris Jericho – for doing his job. He’s being the best bad guy that he can be. And it’s working as he’s making the people so mad at him that they want to get physical with him themselves.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 18, 2009, 06:32:15 PM

The Rock
Praises WWE, Shane Douglas Update, Lena Sees WWE Friends
By Daniel Pena
Feb 18, 2009 - 12:53:10 PM


-- Actor and former WWE star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is featured in a cover story on the March issue of Giant Magazine. In the article, "Dwayne Johnson: Metamorphic," he discusses everything from growing up in a wrestling family to his now thriving movie career. In addition, he credits professional wrestling with providing him a unique lesson in the art of performing. He tells Giant Magazine, "Wrestling gave me the platform to entertain crowds of twenty, thirty, forty, fifty thousand people. The experience was invaluable. ..We played Madison Square Garden every month and a half, one little stage. That was my theater, and what a learning experience it was." The magazine, now available on newsstands, features nine full-page pictures of Johnson. In addition, Giant Magazine's website features an excerpt from the article along with an exclusive photo album. You can see it at the following link.

-- Shane Douglas, 44, is advertised to make his return to the ring for an NWA affiliate on March 13th at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, New Jersey against Little Guido (former WWE star Nunzio).

-- Former ECW backstage announcer Lena Yada posted a blog on her MySpace account talking about seeing her former WWE co-workers at a recent show. She also says she spoke to former WWE Diva Victoria over the phone. The two were traveling partners during Yada's short stay in WWE.

"I just spoke with Victoria on the phone and I must say, I MISS HER!!!!! I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with her and more so, to still have her friendship. She is truly one of a kind," Yada wrote. "A couple of the boys were in town for the west coast house shows and tapings. It was super fun to see them and hang out again. Sorry everybody, no pics this time....my camera was broken :-( But I must say, and please repeat after me: Alcohol is not a food group....alcohol is not a food group...."

You can read her blog in its entirety at the following link.

New WM25 Sponsor, WWE's Oscar Party, WM25 Travel Package Contents
By Michael Bluth
Feb 18, 2009 - 12:48:26 PM


-- Online gaming company Ultimate Bet sent out a press release earlier today announcing a partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment to be one of the sponsors of WrestleMania 25. UltimateBet.com will be holding several poker tournaments with the grand prize winner receiving tickets to the show. An Ultimate Bet representative said, "We’re proud to partner with WWE on the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania and to offer one lucky player the ultimate entertainment experience to be part of all the drama and action of this pop culture extravaganza."

-- WWE fans who signed up for the WrestleMania 25 Travel Package received a package this week that included:

* One WM 25 ticket
* One Hall of Fame ticket
* One Saturday and one Sunday Axxess ticket
* One Mid-day Madness autograph session ticket
* One breakfast ticket
* One WM 25 full zip hooded sweatshirt
* One drawstring WM 25 bag

-- As we reported yesterday, WWE is hosting a red carpet Oscar party in Beverly Hills tonight. ProWrestling.net reports that the invitation says over a dozen WWE superstars will be in attendance and reads, "We know at least one film that's on everybody's minds, come check out the one party that will be on everyone's lips this week."


*RUMOR* Tentative Plans For The Top Matches At WrestleMania 25
By Daniel Pena
Feb 17, 2009 - 12:06:49 AM

According to a well-placed source in WWE, the following matches are being talked about for WrestleMania 25:

- Hulk Hogan vs. John Cena

- Triple H vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship Match)

- Edge vs. Big Show (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)

- Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker

- Chris Jericho vs. Mickey Rourke

- Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy

Regarding the possibility of Hogan vs. Cena at WrestleMania, it has not yet been confirmed, but feelers have been sent Hogan's way about doing the match.

DISCLAIMER: Take this report as a rumor for now as we'll likely update or correct the story as more information becomes available.


Details On WWE's "Superstars" Show
By Brad Ingles
Feb 17, 2009 - 12:17:45 PM


WWE's new show "Superstars" will air on WGN in April on Thursday night's. The show will be similar to Sunday Night Heat and feature mid-card talent from Raw, Smackdown and ECW. The show will be taped before Raw, and ECW will be taped with Smackdown on Tuesday nights.

Credit: PWTorch.com





Title: Re: Ric Flair Signs With Ring Of Honor To Appear At Several Shows
Post by: The Showstoppa on February 19, 2009, 05:11:21 AM
Did you guys read a few months ago when Flair got into a tussle with his daughter's boyfriend in Chapel Hill?  The cops were called and Flair had a bloody nose, but refused to press charges.  His daughter was a bit unruly with the cops.


Flair is the greatest of all-time.  If he wants to do this, more power to him.


Title: Hogan Comments On WrestleMania Status, Says He Spoke To McMahon
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 20, 2009, 01:39:43 PM
 By Daniel Pena
Feb 20, 2009 - 1:19:08 PM

Hulk Hogan appeared on good friend Bubba the Love Sponge's radio show this morning to discuss rumors of a possible appearance at WrestleMania 25, reports www.prowrestling.NET. Hogan said he spoke to Vince McMahon this past Sunday.

It would appear that the two discussed plans of an appearance at WrestleMania as Hogan said he was willing to donate his payoff for the event to the family of John Graziano. However, Hogan said they were unable to agree on a specific scenario for him at the event, but McMahon is open to doing something with him in the future.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 22, 2009, 09:57:50 AM
Update On Batista's Return, WWE's Least Used Superstars, Goldman
By Daniel Pena
Feb 20, 2009 - 4:07:13 PM

-- At last word, Batista is slated to return to the ring in early August from hamstring repair surgery, reports PWInsider.com.

-- Starting this April on WGN America, you can catch WWE Superstars, an all-new program featuring Superstars from all three brands in first-run matches. This show will more than likely be a platform for Superstars having trouble getting ring time on the televised Raw, SmackDown and ECW programs. Thus far in 2009, about two dozen WWE stars have had trouble getting ring time on either of the three main shows. Here is a list of the WWE wrestlers you can probably expect to regularly see on the program as they have all had two matches or less on television so far this year (through this week's SmackDown):

Raw
Candice Michelle - 1
Charlie Haas - 0
Dolph Ziggler - 0
Goldust - 1
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan - 1
Jamie Noble - 2
Manu - 0
Mickie James - 1
Sim Snuka - 1

SmackDown
Brie Bella - 2 (regularly used in angle with Colons)
Curt Hawkins - 2
Festus - 2
Hurricane Helms - 1
Jesse - 2
Jimmy Wang Yang - 1
Kizarny - 2
Kung Fu Naki - 2
Maria - 2 (regularly used in angle with Michelle McCool)
Nikki Bella - 2 (regularly used in angle with Colons)
Scotty Goldman - 2
Zack Ryder - 2

ECW
Alicia Fox - 2
DJ Gabriel - 1
Katie Lea Burchill - 2 (accompanying ECW regular Paul Burchill)
Natalya - 1 (accompanying newcomer Tyson Kidd)
Ricky Ortiz - 2

This list is also a good indication of which wrestlers WWE doesn't really have any plans for at the moment.

Note: This list doesn't include injured stars Batista & Maryse, newcomers Christian & Tyson Kidd, developmental wrestlers DH Smith & Ryan Braddock, and Eve Torres - who started wrestling on television two weeks ago.

-- SmackDown Superstar Scotty Goldman's web show on WWE.com, What's Crackin' with Scotty Goldman, has been renamed Good as Goldman. Click here to watch the latest episode. On tonight's edition of SmackDown, Goldman will be competing in his first televised singles match in just over five months when he squares off against Umaga. Goldman actually made his return to television two weeks ago in an Elimination Chamber qualifying battle royal. He was the first wrestler to be eliminated.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 22, 2009, 10:06:39 AM

Posted in: NEWS
The Rock
Appearing On Disney Show, Updates On Flair, Thorn, More
By Daniel Pena
Feb 20, 2009 - 3:24:11 PM

-- As part of Disney's promotion for their upcoming film Race to Witch Mountain, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be appearing on the Sunday, March 1st episode of the Disney Channel series The Wizards of Waverly Place playing himself. The former WWE wrestler will be doing a ton of promotional work in support of his upcoming film in the next few weeks. Johnson has appeared on two other Disney Channel series in the past in Hannah Montana and Cory in the House.

-- Former WWE worker Kevin Thorn will be making an appearance at The Fan Shop in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday from 3 PM to 6 PM. The shop is located at 1393 Covington Manor Drive. For more information you can check out Kevin Thorn's official website at. www.Seven-Thorn.com.

-- Trading card company Donruss is marketing Ric Flair's first match-worn memorabilia card. For a sneak preview of the card, click here. According to the article, Flair has only appeared in one other memorabilia trading card, which was featured in the 2002 Fleer Raw vs. Smackdown set.

-- The Highlanders & Brutus Beefcake will be appearing at the TWA event in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada on April 26th, 2009. Go to http://facebook.com/group.php?gid=35593793135 for info about the TWA & http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 23, 2009, 06:13:48 AM
Hulk Hogan Claims He Was Offered Lead Role In "The Wrestler"
By Daniel Pena
Feb 22, 2009 - 5:48:08 PM

source: www.pwtorch.com

-- In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Hulk Hogan reveals that he was asked to play the lead character in The Wrestler. Hogan claims he was sent the script and considered for the part of Randy "The Ram" Robinson. He read it a few times when it crossed his agent's desk, but passed on the movie. Nonetheless, Hogan believes Mickey Rourke did a great job in the film.

"The movie got made and they cast Mickey Rourke," Hogan said. "I thought he did a great job."

While Hogan was complimentary of Rourke, he wishes Rourke could have had 30 years of wrestling experience to tell a more accurate story.

"I don't think the public could have handled it, though," Hogan told the Los Angeles Times. "Just made me realize after seeing the movie with Mickey Rourke that if someone does the real Hulk Hogan movie, you better hang on for the ride, brother."

In his eyes, Hogan believes the whole movie is shock value. He fears the public perception of professional wrestling will be tainted by the film's view of the business.

"Made me realize how shock value - that just the drop of reality - can have an effect on the public," Hogan said. "It was wrestling light. Very light version of wrestling."

When talking about blading, Hogan said there are wrestlers who blade 25 to 30 times per week. He also said he has friends who do staple gun matches similar to the one in The Wrestler 300 nights per year.

When asked if Rourke should accept WWE's offer to make an appearance at WrestleMania and cross-promote the movie, Hogan said the actor should be careful based on his own experience.

"You don't want to jade your performance or have the Hollywood community look at you like, 'you sold out,'" Hogan said.

Hogan also said he talked to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson about distancing himself from professional wrestling if wanted to be a successful actor. Hogan said he was held back in Hollywood, doing B-movies because he kept going back to wrestling. As a result, the Hollywood community didn't accept him.

To listen to audio excerpts from the interview, click here.

-- Recently released WWE Superstar Scotty Goldman is already back in the ring as he competed at last night's Pro Wrestling Guerrilla event in California, losing a three-way match against Human Tornado and PWG Champion Chris Hero. Additionally, Paul London made his first wrestling-related appearance since his departure from WWE at last night's PWG show as well. London cut a promo saying said he would be working his "first wrestling match in five years" by wrestling in a six-man tag in the event's main event. Paul London and Young Buck (PWG Tag Team Champions Nick & Matt Jackson) beat "Machine Gun" Karl Anderson and Dynasty (Joey Ryan & Scott Lost) when London nailed a Shooting Star Press on Lost for the win.

-- Courtesy of Hollywood Entertainment: Hollymood Entertainment has posted more exclusive pro wrestling content to the company Youtube channel and more footage is being uploaded daily. Subscribe to the Hollymood Entertainment Youtube channel if you want future notifications when the company uploads free backstage uncensored pro wrestling documentaries, individual shoot interviews with famous pro wrestlers, rare footage relating to pro wrestling and also a never before released pro wrestling documentary that Michael Moody has been producing and directing for the past 3 years that will be released soon for free.

Watch New Jack: Hardcore the Documentary and 101 Reasons Not To Be A Pro Wrestler for free right now at www.Youtube.com/slowdive626.

Also, this weekend on, Sunday, February 22 2009, a very hard to find and rare pro wrestling backstage shoot interview documentary that Michael Moody directed 7 years ago and owns the copyright of will be uploaded to this channel so subscribe if you want immediate notification when the production is available for free viewing on Youtube. Again the Youtube channel for these free productions and DVDS is www.Youtube.com/slowdive626.

Enjoy the free DVDs & Documentaries,
Michael Moody
www.HollymoodEntertainme nt.com


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on February 23, 2009, 08:36:10 AM
He would have been horrible


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on February 24, 2009, 08:20:30 AM
A press conference will be held tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 PM Pacific to officially reveal that, as expected, Wrestlemania 26 will be held at The University of Phoenix Stadium, which can hold upwards of 70,000.

Representatives of WWE, The Arizona Cardinals, Global Spectrum and Glendale, AZ Mayor Elaine Scruggs will be present at the announcement.

Arizona had been expected for well over a year as the city was actively campaigning for the event in mid 2008.



By. Mike Johnson


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on February 24, 2009, 08:25:05 AM
World Wrestling Entertainment announced that Manu (Afa Anoa'i, Jr.), son of Afa the Wild Samoan, has been released from the company.

Manu was signed to a developmental deal in late 2006. He was brought up to the Raw brand last year to second Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes as part of a second generation unit.

There had been some unhappiness about his work and look in comparison to other members of Legacy, which led to his removal from group.

Manu hadn't been seen in several weeks after being broken off from the Legacy storyline with the last tease sort of being that he and Sim Snuka would have some sort of partnership.

Georgia Makropoulos sent word Afa Jr. is already accepting bookings via sstorm316@aol.com.




source pwinsider.com


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 25, 2009, 09:26:00 AM
WWE PPV Buy Numbers Down From 2007, Tazz & Styles Talk Funk, More
By Daniel Pena
Feb 25, 2009 - 11:17:39 AM

-- Yesterday, WWE reported the buy numbers for the final four pay-per-view events of the year in their fourth quarter report for 2008. Numbers were down across the board compared to the previous year. Here are the figures:

- WWE No Mercy: 261,000 buys (down from 271,000)

- WWE Cyber Sunday: 153,000 buys (down from 194,000)

- WWE Survivor Series: 319,000 buys (down from 341,000)

- WWE Armageddon: 193,000 buys (down from 237,000)

-- Tazz and Joey Styles have posted blogs on the WWE Universe site about Terry Funk going into the WWE Hall of Fame this year.

-- WWE returns to the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire on July 31sr, 2009. Tickets go on sale February 27th, 2009 at 10 AM. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 25, 2009, 06:48:49 PM
 Posted in: WWE
Backstage
News On Freddie Prinze's Departure, A Night of Extreme
By Daniel Pena
Feb 25, 2009 - 9:21:47 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- As reported earlier, Freddie Prinze, Jr., star of such hits as To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, left his post as a member of World Wrestling Entertainment's creative team this past week. He had been working underneath the tenured wing of SmackDown head writer Michael Hayes. It's interesting to note that Prinze, Jr. actually tried quitting the company a few months ago, but was talked into staying part-time. He was in the loop on everything up until last week's shows.

A few months ago, Stephanie McMahon had approached the She's All That star about adding to his creative team duties and heading up a few new projects she had in mind. The buxom brunette even offered him a promotion and more money, but he politely declined, saying he was actually a few days away from handing in his notice to the company. Stephanie was caught off guard by his response, but talked him into staying part-time for a short period of time.

Prinze, Jr. was included on all script drafts sent via e-mail, although he had not traveled with the creative team in many weeks. If the Scooby-Doo star gave feedback to the e-mailed scripts, nobody was aware of it.

Prinze, Jr. helped WWE out with their apparent "Oscar" party last week, which was attended by a number of WWE stars as well as a slew of big Hollywood names including Gonzalo Menendez, Vicki Roberts, Corinne Kaplan, and Ferdinand Bare.

The feeling is that both sides hope to maintain some sort of a relationship, but he's definitely out of creative.

-- The formerly titled One Night Stand pay-per-view scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2009 will now be titled "Night of Extreme." The June pay-per-view was re-named "Extreme Rules" a few weeks back. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)

-- WWE Diva Rosa Mendes now has an account on the WWE Universe website. The 2006 Diva Search contestant can be reached at fans.wwe.com/rosamendes. The profile features a funny in-character note from Mendes reading: "BETH PHOENIX'S NO. 1 FAN IS ON WWE UNIVERSE! ALL HAIL THE GLAMAZON!"


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on February 26, 2009, 07:37:08 PM
INSANE TWIST TO THE HOGAN-GRAZIANO SITUATION FOLLOWING MURDER PLOT ARREST
by Mike Johnson @ 3:28 PM on 2/26/2009

Several Florida media outlers reported today that John Graziano Sr., the father of John Graziano Jr., the young man terribly injured in Nick Hogan's August 2007 car wreck, was arrested for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his  wife, Debra. Graziano allegedly paid for the hit with $1,100 cash, a $1,000 personal check and a $13.06 gift card to Westshore Pizza, but he was actually dealing with an undercover police officer the entire time. 
Graziano had been investigated for several months after authorities received a tip in December about the plot. Upon proof of the plot's legitimacy, they contacted Debra Graziano and made her aware of the situation.

John Sr. had requested she be killed in a car wreck (which is unbelievably callous, when you think of all that family has been through) during a time period where he would have had an alibi.

Authorities believe that Graziano was hoping that Debra's death would provide him an escape from financial issues stemming from their divorce. He was arrested at 11 AM this morning and arraigned this afternoon.

The Hogan family had long intimated there was an issue between Graziano Sr. and Jr. and that was a major reason why John had spent so much time with the family prior to his tour of duty in the Middle East.

At the time of the car wreck, Hulk Hogan began paying for a residence for Debra as the couple were estranged and she had nowhere to turn.

The Graziano family had shown a united front during Nick Hogan's sentencing as part of a plea deal, but this sad and strange turn of events certainly brings credence to the Hogan family's claims that there was more going on within the family than was obvious on the outside.

A lawsuit filed by the Graziano family in the wake of the car wreck against the Hogans is still ongoing. The Hogan family has not commented on the situation as of this writing.  


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: njflex on February 27, 2009, 12:21:28 PM
KARMA DOES EXIST YA KNOW,AND IT COMES OUT OF NO WHERE AND SOMEWHERE.NICK HOGAN WAS NO INNOCENT PERSON,AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT KID WILL TEAR ANYONE APART,BUT EVERYONE AND I MEAN EVERYONE HAS SKELETONS AND PROBLEMS IN THERE LIVES.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on February 28, 2009, 09:35:54 PM
Ed Graziano Wanted Linda Hogan Killed? Iron Sheik Goes Mobile
By Michael Bluth
Feb 27, 2009 - 1:56:34 PM

-- If you've got an iPhone, get ready to be humbled - Iron Sheik style. According to CNN.com, the WWE Hall of Famer has signed a three year licensing agreement with the Bomani Corporation, which develops mobile phone applications for the Apple phone. The article notes that he's gained a good deal of attention in recent years for his "colorful" appearances on the Howard Stern show as well as on YouTube. Bonami plans to use Sheik for a number of different applications, "capturing his unique personality, opinions, and worldwide fame."

-- Yesterday, we reported the disturbing story that Edward Graziano, the father of Nick Hogan crash victim John Graziano, had been arrested for soliciting an undercover police officer (posing as a hit man) to kill his wife in an automobile accident. The publicist of Linda "Hogan" Bollea, estranged wife of Hulk Hogan, has contacted TampaBays10.com and claims "people around the case" have told Linda that Graziano also made threats aimed at her. After hearing about the possible threats Bollea's publicist described Linda as "scared to death." In a statement issued by Linda on Thursday night, she said, "Any threat from Ed Graziano would and is being taken very seriously."


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 02, 2009, 08:46:38 AM
Bret Hart On A WWE Return, Forgiving HBK, Vince (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Mar 2, 2009 - 10:33:02 AM

Elevation Radio Program with Bret Hart
Available on BlogTalkRadio.com.

Bret Hart, the legendary wrestler and author of the fantastic book Hitman joined John Kline for a 25-minute interview on Elevation Radio Friday night. Joining Kline live from the island paradise of Hawaii with birds chirping in the background and sunshine raining down, Bret spoke about many topics including the process he used to recall information for his book, his experiences as a young wrestler in hostile Puerto Rico, his fantastic in-ring chemistry with the likes of Curt Hennig, the Undertaker and Steve Austin, his current relationship with Vince McMahon, his thoughts on today’s WWE product, and whether he would ever be willing to talk to Shawn Michaels again.

Bret spoke about how the reason his book is more accurate than most other wrestlers’ accounts is because throughout his career he recorded a collection of audio tapes in order to document what exactly happened during his career and to keep all of facts straight. He cites Tom Billington’s book as an example of an account with glowing inaccuracies:

“Some of these wrestlers books, you read these stories and I can assure you they’re really wrong……I can cite way too many examples in Dynamite Kid’s book for example where you go ‘that’s not even close to what really happened like the real stories and stuff, he was just so muddled at the end that he just had stories mixed together…..but in my case I can say when you’re reading a lot of the little stories in there and a lot of the little incidents that happened when I tell you who was in the room, that’s exactly who was in the room, because that’s exactly what I would have told myself, like that’s the reason I made the tapes, to be really accurate.”

Bret discussed his time in the original Hart Foundation and how being paired with Jim Neidhart helped save his career and helped the Hitman launch into super stardom: “I don’t think I would have made it, if it hadn’t been for Jim Neidhart. I think I would have never gotten a chance…..to show what my talents were. Being tagged up with Jim allowed me to almost sort of hide behind him and get my foot in the door and work with a lot of big guys who weren’t always so cooperative to work with,……in many ways the tag of me and Jim being mixed together was perfect. And it gave me a chance to grow and get my confidence.”

Bret discussed his current relationship and whether he has any sort of communication with Vince McMahon today: “Generally we’re not in contact with one another, but if either one of us is trying to get ahold of each other we can do it easy enough. The last time I spoke to Vince we were more than cordial. He was really quite grateful that I spoke up a little bit about Chris Benoit and what happened there. …..I don’t know for sure how he liked my book or not……………I wasn’t especially worried about how it affected Vince or offended Shawn (HBK) or offended (Hulk) Hogan. All these people said enough about me and it was time to tell how it was from my perspective. I think Vince is OK with me, but who knows?”

Bret on whether he has any future plans on appearing on WWE television: “I try to cooperate with them when I can, I think its good to be on better terms with them (WWE), but I have no plans at all to appear on any TV show or pay per view for them, ever. I don’t ever want to be in a position where I have to work and actually expect to make a check from them or contract. I’ve already made a contract with them that they broke, and I don’t think you can really do business with them after that………I don’t want to be a character in wrestling at all. I don’t want to do that again anymore.“

Hart on whether he watches the current wrestling TV Product: “I do try and watch it. I think Randy Orton is pretty good. The little thing they’re doing with Shane and Stephanie and everything, I’m kind of liking it so far. It seems interesting enough………Theres a few guys out there that are wrestling pretty good. I think they can do a better job with their storylines, but they seem to be getting a little better lately then they were a few months back.”

Bret on his backstage meeting with Shawn Michaels following the incident in Montreal: ”I walked up to him (HBK) thinking there were two choices. Kick him in the face while he as bent over and knock him out cold, because I had broke my hand, but that wasn’t the right thing to do, because you have to know. You have to be 100 percent sure. Because sometimes when you do something like that you have to know for sure. I really knew there was a 99 percent chance, but maybe there was some chance he had nothing to with all that. He threw the belt down and said he wasn’t going to go out on TV the next day…..I offered my arm, stuck my hand out and he started crying. He (HBK) felt like such a coward, and he doesn’t write about that in his book, but you can ask Undertaker about any of that.”

On the possibility of ever meeting and clearing the air with Shawn Michaels, if HBK ever approached him about a meeting: “….I’m at that stage in my life where I’d probably hear him out maybe, I don’t know. Sometimes you’re better off, you don’t want to be carrying around a lot anguish, you know, bitterness or anything. Sometimes you’re better off letting it go, I don’t know what it would take to do that…….I just kind of prefer to stay away from it.”

Other topics we covered include: Ultimate Warrior, his willingness to help his younger relatives and friends like TJ Wilson (a/k/a Tyson Kidd) or Harry Smith, the Calgary Hitmen, Bruce Springsteen, Hart’s acting career, and the possibility of trying to get “Hitman” made into a movie or a TV Series and his recovery from the stroke.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on March 02, 2009, 10:52:24 AM
cool I would like to here that


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on March 02, 2009, 11:16:15 AM
LET IT GO BRET.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 02, 2009, 07:13:24 PM
Hogan Teases WrestleMania Return, Booker T/WWE Update, RAW
By Scott Anspach
Mar 2, 2009 - 5:20:38 PM

credit: WrestlingObserver.com

-- Hulk Hogan announced on his Twitter page that he called Vince McMahon recently, and McMahon is open to Hulk coming back. In actuality, Vince is the one who contacted Hogan and asked him to come back. He also teased being at WrestleMania, saying "There seems to be a lot of buzz about my involvement with WrestleMania 25; I guess we'll just have to see what happens. Stay tuned Maniacs."

-- The weather is real bad in Boston today, but it likely won’t be affecting RAW tonight. Most of the WWE crew was already in the Northeast area for house shows, and WWE always asks talent to be at the arena in the afternoon anyway in case of flight delays due to weather.

-- To update on our previous story about WWE taking talent from Booker T’s WrestleMania weekend fanfest in Houston, it turns out that Booker’s convention is for charity and the proceeds will be going to an organization called the Fight for Kids Foundation.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 09, 2009, 09:47:04 AM
WWE Contacts Surprising Name For WM XXV, More On Recent Release
By Daniel Pena
Mar 9, 2009 - 1:00:37 PM


source: PWInsider.com

-- Within the last few days, WWE has contacted a number of past female performers about appearing in the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXV in Houston. One interesting name contacted for the event comes in the form of former WWF Women's Champion Wendi Richter, who hasn't appeared in the company since being "screwjobbed" out of the title at the hands of The Fabulous Moolah in 1985.

Moments into the match, Moolah, as the masked wrestler "The Spider Lady," broke from the pre-scripted events and pinned Richter's shoulders to the mat. The referee — who was in on the plan — delivered a swift three count, despite Richter kicking out after a count of one.

-- As reported earlier, WWE recently released Afa Anoa'i, Sr. in a cost-cutting move. The WWE Hall of Famer had been working in some sort of consultant's position where he'd suggest talent to the company. WWE's Senior Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis is still scheduled to attend a training camp at the Wild Samoan Wrestling School in Leesburg, Florida, so his association with the company will remain.

-- WWE will be returning to the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a SmackDown/ECW taping on June 23, 2009. Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 17th at 10:00 a.m.




Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on March 09, 2009, 10:14:22 AM
Hey Wolf nice to have you back


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 09, 2009, 10:26:57 AM
Hey Wolf nice to have you back




THANK YOU VERY MUCH KARL, I FEEL A LOT BETTER NOW... BTW RON HAS A GOOD PICTURE OF MR.G HHH AND ME I HOPE HE WILL POST SOON FROM THE 2009 ARNOLD AFTER PARTY...


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 10, 2009, 10:42:59 AM
Bret Hart Talks About Early 90's WWF & More (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Mar 10, 2009 - 1:04:08 PM

WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart recently sat down with ESPN.com to discuss WWE's new "Legends of WrestleMania" video game. During the interview, the Hitman discusses a number of topics, including the rocky atmosphere in the WWE during early 1990's, his favorite WrestleMania match, his beef with Shawn Michaels and more. It's a long interview that's worth reading (link).

Bret said things changed drastically in WWE when WWE started drug testing in 1992 and made the transition from muscle heads (Hogan, Warrior, Legion of Doom) to the workers (Bret, Shawn Michaels, Marty Janetty). When asked whether he was upset that Hulk Hogan never gave him a match at WrestleMania, he replied:

Bret Hart: I just thought that somebody preempted my run. For somebody like Hulk Hogan, when he was on his run, nobody preempted it. Everyone was happy to make him. But when I needed some of the bigger guys to make me, especially some of the bigger names like Jake Roberts or Ultimate Warrior or Hogan, when it came to passing the torch down and doing me a favor&I had always been loyal, working my ass off on their undercards and I was always respectful of those guys and paid my dues, but I always felt short changed by some of those guys who didn't do anything to help me. And that was a critical time in the business. The wrestling business back then was kind of like the stock market right now. There were some tough times business-wise, and everyone was fearful of the future, especially after they implemented the drug testing. But they handed me the ball, and back then I was only six feet tall, I wasn't a giant, I didn't have 24-inch arms, and I wasn't a good interview. Then all of a sudden I found myself carrying the torch at a tough time and trying my hardest.

Hart continued, "If you look at wrestling when I started to get my big break back in 1992, I changed wrestling from the cartoons of Hulk Hogan and Iron Sheik and the matches with the leg drop and the hand behind the ear and the playing to the crowd. They were just cartoon characters if you ask me. Hogan had the same match every night for years and so did Warrior. They didn't tell great stories, to be honest. I went out there and had those matches with Piper and Perfect and the match with Davey at Wembley. I went out there and tried to have great matches all the time, and it wasn't about Bret Hart, it was about these matches. I think I changed the style of wrestling, and even today, there's not another Hulk Hogan out there, it's guys like Edge, and it's all about work rate. When you see Bret Hart versus Steve Austin, it just seemed so much more real than Hulk Hogan versus Sgt. Slaughter. All of the storylines started to be more realistic and the belt started to mean more. I made the belt seem like the world to me and to my fans. I kind of pat myself on the back today and think that I did more good for professional wrestling than people realize."


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 10, 2009, 10:47:45 AM
Orton's "Wife" Appears On Raw, Stephanie Feeding False Info, More
By Daniel Pena
Mar 10, 2009 - 12:50:30 AM

-- As seen on tonight's edition of Raw, Randy Orton was shown watching the program from his St. Louis estate alongside his wife Samantha. Quite like the hit and run incident on SmackDown a few weeks ago in which Jeff Hardy was accompanied by an actress portraying his girlfriend, Orton's significant other in the segments was an actress as well. While the woman portraying Orton's wife on the show looks strikingly similar to his real-life wife, it was not her.

-- As noted earlier, Vince McMahon recently issued a company-wide directive to prevent storyline plans from getting out on the Internet. They are going as far to plant red herrings in order to keep their creative plans a mystery to the Internet wrestling fans, not to mention discover the individuals within the company leaking confidential information to the people behind the wrestling news websites. In an update on the situation, Stephanie McMahon has been feeding false information to members of the creative team she suspects may be leaking stories, reports The Sun. Also, the writers are using company laptops with special software that tracks their e-mails and which websites they view.

-- For those interested, Joey Styles has posted a blog on the topic of separation of church and state. "I know this is is not WWE related but as I don't participate on MySpace and Facebook, I consider this my online outlet to discuss anything I want including religion," Styles wrote. "This Sunday, while at church I was shocked upon being told that the State of Connecticut is trying to oversee the finances of Catholic Church. Personally, I don't want religion overseeing our state or federal government and vice versa." Click here to read his blog.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on March 10, 2009, 10:50:00 AM
 ::) Good lord, i've never seen anyone that was a mark for themselves more than Bret Hart. He was a great worker, but he believes his own hype. Say what you want about Hogan, i'm not his biggest fan but he told a story in the ring. His problem is he's stuck in 1990 and can't or won't acknowledge that the business has changed.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 10, 2009, 10:51:59 AM
Flair vs. Jericho Next Week On Raw?, Huge Match On Raw Next Week
By Daniel Pena
Mar 9, 2009 - 11:58:24 PM

-- As seen on tonight's Raw, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair made an unadvertised appearance during the Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston bout to distract Jericho and allow Kingston to qualify for the Money in the Bank Match at WrestleMania XXV.

Flair simply walked out on stage and distracted Jericho, setting up Kofi's victory. Following the loss, an incensed Chris Jericho dared Flair to return to the ring for a match against him next week on Raw.

-- As announced on Raw, WrestleMania XXV opponents Undertaker and Shawn Michaels will team up to take on John Bradshaw Layfield and Vladimir Kozlov on next week's show.

-- In the latest edition of Stylin & Profilin' on WWE.com, Ric Flair opens up on a subject he's quite familiar with: how to handle the ladies. Click here to see the video.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 10, 2009, 11:19:07 AM
WWE Frustrated With Barack Obama, Updates On DH Smith & Boogeyman
By Daniel Pena
Mar 10, 2009 - 2:45:01 PM

sources: www.f4wonline.com, PWInsider.com

-- WWE officials are said to be frustrated with new United States President Barack Obama. They feel he is an enemy of business.

-- DH Smith will be appearing on the Between The Ropes radio show tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m ET on ESPN Radio 1080 in Orlando. You can also catch the online stream at BetweenTheRopes.com.

-- Representatives of The Boogeyman are claiming Marty Wright created the persona and gimmick and has full rights to use it outside of World Wrestling Entertainment. The recently released WWE star is scheduled to make a number of independent and convention appearances over the next few months under the gimmick.


Ex-WCW Star Speaks On WCW Politics, Drugs, Benoit, Flair & More
By Daniel Pena
Mar 4, 2009 - 9:10:15 PM

Former WCW Superstar, The Stro (The Meastro), who worked for WCW, recently took some time out of his scheduled to speak with www.PWMania.com. He spoke on several topics from how he started his career in WCW, working with Chris Benoit & Sting, politics in WCW, drugs in wrestling, Ric Flair and much more. Here are some highlights from the interview or to read the complete interview, visit http://www.pwmania.com/interviews.php?page=thestro:

On his time in WCW: My time with WCW was one of if not the best of my career. My overseas run along with my time with the USWA was very influential in meeting the higher ups in WCW at the time. Wrestling and working with arguably the best wrestling talent in the world was a real treat and a time in my career I will always cherish and appreciate.

On a WWE tryout with Chris Benoit: We both tried out for the WWE in the mid-90's. But neither of us were taken in the company at the time. Ironically we both ended up in WCW years later.

On being given false promises in WCW: One with Flair for example that I was really looking forward to along with Sting, and a few others. Merchandising was another. Believe I got a spot on a WCW Backstage Assault game. I was promised a lot more though. But like a lot of things, just got mysteriously forgotten. But it is what it is.

On drugs in wrestling: The drug testing today is a lot stricter. Something I have always pride myself on is that I have always trained naturally. Longevity should be the key in anything as well as life.

On working with several stars in WCW: Sting was the first wrestler I faced in WCW in the 90's. Awesome charisma and a great athlete. Jerry Lawler and I have had some great matches in the mid 90's with the USWA. Scott Hall and I had a great tag team match with Sid Vicious and Jerry Lawler during that time as well. Scott Hall was a great guy and wished we could have done more together during my run with WCW. Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan went to bat for me signing a deal with WCW.

To read the interview in its entirety, visit http://www.pwmania.com/interviews.php?page=thestro.



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on March 10, 2009, 04:08:32 PM
::) Good lord, i've never seen anyone that was a mark for themselves more than Bret Hart. He was a great worker, but he believes his own hype. Say what you want about Hogan, i'm not his biggest fan but he told a story in the ring. His problem is he's stuck in 1990 and can't or won't acknowledge that the business has changed.

Yeah I know you should read his book.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 11, 2009, 07:59:40 AM
Hulk Hogan In Financial Trouble; Asked Judge For $300,000
By Brad Ingles
Mar 11, 2009 - 10:35:58 AM

According to USA Today, Hulk Hogan recently asked a judge to grant him access to the $300,000 frozen assets from his divorce with Linda. He has $410,000 available and his bills are $312,000. As previously reported, Hogan had back surgery and with no deal in place for WrestleMania 25, there is no other way he could make money now. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday regarding the request.


John Cena Movie News: New "Classified" Project, Predator Remake
By Michael Bluth
Mar 11, 2009 - 11:43:44 AM

Source: MovieHole.com

John Cena's latest big budget feature film "12 Rounds" hasn't even hit theaters yet and the former WWE Champ is already looking ahead to his next projects. Cena and 12 Rounds director Renny Harlin ("Die Hard 2", "The Cleaner") are talking about a sequel. "It’s totally based on the consumer but if this does well, Renny and I look forward to doing 13 Rounds."

While Cena and Harlin are good friends now, things weren't always so good. "I think he was planning for the worst." says Cena. "He thought he was going to be working with a walking broomstick. We laugh about it now, but he really didn’t know what he was going to get with me. He didn’t even know who I was."

Meanwhile, Cena wants to work with Twentieth Century Fox on their upcoming remake of the movie, The Predator. "Just to be a part of that team would be awesome. I’d be happy playing Governor Ventura’s character – the gum-chewing gun-toting [Blain]."

While 13 Rounds and The Predator are wishful thinking for Cena, he does have another big role lined up. He told Movie Hole that he's about to start a new "still classified" film in June/July.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: BigKevinD on March 11, 2009, 08:26:34 AM
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Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on March 11, 2009, 09:47:33 AM
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Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 11, 2009, 12:21:02 PM
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Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 11, 2009, 12:31:39 PM
Smith Interested In Joining Legacy, Christian Separates From Wife
By Daniel Pena
Mar 11, 2009 - 3:15:25 PM

-- In an interview with the Between the Ropes radio show last night, WWE developmental wrestler DH Smith admitted he'd like to be part of Randy Orton's Legacy faction.

"There's a lot of talk about a lot of things," Smith said. "It's one of those things where you can't exactly believe everything you read on the internet... I think I'd be a perfect fit. I'm big, I'm strong, I've got the ability. I'm working at getting the personality. I've been getting a lot more confident and a lot more mean in the ring. Whether I'm with the Legacy or not, I can prove on any brand that I can carry my own legacy."

Smith also offered his comments on the New Hart Foundation not materializing in WWE.

"Nothing really happened," Smith said. "There was a slot for Tyson Kidd to go on ECW. He's a great wrestler. He's one of my great friends. He's gone up there. It wasn't one of those things that I decided... He's doing good. I hope he does really well with Natalya. Maybe I'll join him someday in ECW, who knows?"

Smith also commented on growing up as the son of "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, being stretched by Stu Hart, his training, his weekly schedule in Florida Championship, and more. To listen to the full interview, visit www.BetweenTheRopes.com. TNA wrestler Robert Roode and former WWE Superstar Elijah Burke also appeared on the program.

-- As reported over the weekend, WWE.com was advertising former WWE wrestler Raven in their appearances section for a non-affiliated ECW reunion event on Saturday, March 28th in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Raven's name has since been removed as the listing now simply reads: "This unbelievable event will feature Tommy Dreamer and Joey Styles." Raven being listed was somewhat surprising considering he recently pursued litigation against the company. However, the case was thrown out.

-- According to Georgiann Makropoulos of the Wrestling Chatterbox Newsletter, ECW wrestler Christian has reportedly separated from his wife, German model Denise Hartmann. The couple tied the knot on May 25, 2001.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 11, 2009, 06:00:12 PM
WWE Star Likely Retiring Soon, Latest On Imminent Plans
By Daniel Pena
Mar 11, 2009 - 5:12:10 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE Intercontinental Champion John Bradshaw Layfield, 42, has been telling people backstage that he will likely be retiring from the ring by May. His back problems that caused him to originally retire in 2006 have resurfaced and his retirement from WWE appears imminent. Layfield is not listed in the May house show bookings that have been released.

As noted earlier, Layfield recently claimed he would be doing something historical that would shock the wrestling world at Wrestlemania XXV. Regarding his claim, it's been speculated that JBL will retire as the Intercontinental Champion, something nobody with the exception of Trish Stratus as WWE Women's Champion at the 2006 Unforgiven pay-per-view has ever done.

In a strange pairing, Layfield will be teaming up with Vladimir Kozlov against the team of Undertaker and Shawn Michaels next week on Raw. It's interesting to note that in a blog post yesterday, Jim Ross actually speculated on a Layfield vs. Kozlov feud. While this is only speculation, Dave Meltzer believes the strange pairing could indicate a quick Kozlov/JBL break-up, allowing JBL to go to his home state of Texas at WrestleMania XXV as the babyface and face "The Moscow Mauler" with the Intercontinental Championship on the line. It would cast JBL in the right atmosphere for a retirement ceremony/moment.

Considering CM Punk is already tied to the Money in the Bank Match, he will definitely not be facing JBL at WrestleMania — so there's not many candidates left. With the exception of Kozlov, the highest slotted candidate not already accounted for on the lineup at "The 25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania" is Rey Mysterio. However, nothing has been done to even start anything in that direction, and time is running short. Following next week's show, there will only be two weeks left to build towards WrestleMania.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: leonp1981 on March 11, 2009, 06:23:40 PM
I can't see a JBL face turn happening.  The guy is a natural heel, and has slagged off everyone at every show for a long time.  Would Texas accept him again?


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 12, 2009, 08:50:53 AM
Big Scare At The Haas Household, MyNetworkTV Sinking, ECW Rating
By Daniel Pena
Mar 12, 2009 - 11:29:49 AM

sources: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, PWInsider.com

-- As reported earlier, former WWE Diva Jackie Gayda told a fan at the Arnold Classic Expo this past weekend that WWE recently approached her about wrestling at the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXV. Gayda was called about coming back by John Laurinaitis (WWE Senior Vice President of Talent Relations). When she answered the call, she was 100% sure he was calling to fire her husband, Charlie Haas. It was not the case and she was relieved to find out they were offering her a spot at WrestleMania instead.

-- While Friday Night SmackDown has performed quite well for MyNetworkTV, the station's overall ratings are worse off than last year when they didn't even have the show. This past week, the overall rating for MyNetworkTV was at 0.88, but if you subtract Smackdown's record rating, it's an anemic 0.60 for the rest of the week.

There was hope that WWE would not only boost the ratings of MyNetworkTV, but bring new viewers to the network to help other programming. Historically, pro wrestling's weakness has been its inability to get viewers to watch other shows on the station it's on. That's pretty much why The CW Television Network canceled SmackDown last year despite the program's solid ratings.

The lackluster ratings for the station is bad news for both MyNetworkTV and World Wrestling Entertainment because SmackDown probably won't be able to save the network on its own. Some television insiders have speculated that the network could go under in 2010 or 2011. They've already got one foot out the door as MyNetworkTV executives ceased production on all original programming last month for a rerun based format instead.

If worse comes to worst, the only avenue left for SmackDown would be the even-weaker WGN, which is at the end of the dial on most cable providers and generally features several year old reruns of America's Funniest Home Videos, Becker, Nash Bridges and I Dream of Jeannie. The main reason WWE went to WGN for the upcoming "Superstars" show is so they'd at least have something to fall back on in case MyNetworkTV went under.

-- This week's edition of ECW on Sci Fi featuring the Tri-Branded Money in the Bank Qualifying Battle Royal drew a 1.34 cable rating.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 12, 2009, 05:54:31 PM
Vince McMahon's View On Christian, WWE's Next DVD Project, More
By Daniel Pena
Mar 12, 2009 - 4:38:41 PM

sources: www.pwtorch.com, PWInsider.com

-- Vince McMahon isn't a big fan of ECW wrestler Christian, according to one former WWE employee. It's no secret that the WWE chairman doesn't view him as a "star."

"He cares more about the doormat at his house than Christian," said the former employee. "I don't understand why you re-up with the guy and then don't do anything with him."

In another Christian note, he told friends TNA's final offer to him was a five-year deal worth $2.5 million for a certain number of dates per year. However, one company source disputes the contract offer as Christian would have jumped at it.

The two time NWA World Heavyweight Champion made it clear to TNA president Dixie Carter that his lack of faith in the creative team was a big reason for his departure from the organization.

-- WWE has plans to release a DVD on "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka near the end of the year. Production has already started on the upcoming DVD set, which is being titled "Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story." Unlike recent DVD releases, this one will feature a documentary.

-- Tomorrow night's edition of Friday Night SmackDown is being preempted in the Washington D.C. area for the ACC Basketball Tournament. You can catch the program at midnight following the game.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 13, 2009, 09:34:07 AM
Hulk Hogan Gets Into Heated Argument With Linda's Lawyer
By Brad Ingles
Mar 12, 2009 - 10:59:14 PM

Hulk Hogan and Raymond Rafool, Linda's lawyer, got in an argument after their court hearing earlier today. Before the hearing, Rafool asked for an autograph photo of Hogan for his son.

Hogan came in to court on crutches and asked the judge to allow him access to his $300,000 frozen marital assets in order to pay his lawyer bills, pending personal injury lawsuit for his son, and other business entanglements.

Hogan said he has $412,000 in his bank account and owes $312,000. He was then asked about the $1,000 he spends on transportation. "I use town cars," he said. "The town cars are much cheaper than the limos Linda and I used throughout our whole marriage."

Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer agreed to free up $225,000 a month for three months.

After the hearing, Rafool answered a question by a reporter about financial compensation for John Graziano, and that is when Hogan interrupted.

"Are you gonna wrestle with me here?" Rafool yelled. "Then be quiet!"

"You've had your time to talk, you're done," he told Hogan.

"It's a free world," Hogan responded.

"No, it's not a free world," Rafool fired back. "It's called professionalism. It's called ethics."

"I hope your son enjoys the autograph you asked for," Hogan said. "Thank you, brother. Thank you, Hulkamaniac brother."

Watch Video Of Hulk Hogan & Lawyer Arguing


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 13, 2009, 09:37:39 AM
Jesse Ventura Wanted To Investigate WWE, Sabu Shaved Bald, Rourke
By Daniel Pena
Mar 13, 2009 - 12:50:35 PM

-- Former Governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura wanted to investigate the WWE on all the recent deaths besides the business if he would've been elected to the Senate this past election cycle. Ventura tells Chris Yandek of CYInterview.com, "It's one of the things that if I would run for the senate I was going to do a senatorial investigation on the WWE."

Ventura continued, "And you know for concerning what? What’s even a bigger importance is the fact that today they are still called independent contractors by the government which is absurd. They tell you when you wrestle. They tell you who you wrestle. They tell whether you win or lose. They tell you where you're going to wrestle. They are your boss as much as any job in the universe. Yet McMahon is able to get away with calling all the wrestlers even today when he has them signed to exclusive contracts he still is allowed to call them independent contractors where they have to pay their own social security and he doesn’t have to pay a penny.”

You can read and listen to the interview at http://www.cyinterview.com.

-- This past Wednesday, Mickey Rourke paid a visit to Russia to promote The Wrestler. Rourke gave an exclusive interview for Russian wrestling promotion - Independent Wrestling Federation (IWF) (Official English site - http://eng.wrestlingfederation.ru). Rourke talked about his role in the film, his wrestling training, the upcoming Wrestlemania XXV pay-per-view, and much more. It was Rourke's only interview in Russia made specially for wrestling fans. You can see the interview at the following link. It's in English language with Russian subtitles.

-- Former ECW wrestler Sabu, 44, recently shaved his head bald, and he did not take part in a hair vs. hair match.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on March 13, 2009, 10:35:52 AM
Hulk Hogan Gets Into Heated Argument With Linda's Lawyer
By Brad Ingles
Mar 12, 2009 - 10:59:14 PM

Hulk Hogan and Raymond Rafool, Linda's lawyer, got in an argument after their court hearing earlier today. Before the hearing, Rafool asked for an autograph photo of Hogan for his son.

Hogan came in to court on crutches and asked the judge to allow him access to his $300,000 frozen marital assets in order to pay his lawyer bills, pending personal injury lawsuit for his son, and other business entanglements.

Hogan said he has $412,000 in his bank account and owes $312,000. He was then asked about the $1,000 he spends on transportation. "I use town cars," he said. "The town cars are much cheaper than the limos Linda and I used throughout our whole marriage."

Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer agreed to free up $225,000 a month for three months.

After the hearing, Rafool answered a question by a reporter about financial compensation for John Graziano, and that is when Hogan interrupted.

"Are you gonna wrestle with me here?" Rafool yelled. "Then be quiet!"

"You've had your time to talk, you're done," he told Hogan.

"It's a free world," Hogan responded.

"No, it's not a free world," Rafool fired back. "It's called professionalism. It's called ethics."

"I hope your son enjoys the autograph you asked for," Hogan said. "Thank you, brother. Thank you, Hulkamaniac brother."

Watch Video Of Hulk Hogan & Lawyer Arguing


because of his little bratt son he's going broke.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 13, 2009, 11:58:14 AM

because of his little bratt son he's going broke.




He may lose everything he worked for his entire life because of his little wigger son, that sad!


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on March 13, 2009, 12:05:06 PM



He may lose everything he worked for his entire life because of his little wigger son, that sad!


Yea I know.  Very sad. I hope Hogan is not one of the wrestlers that worked so hard his whole career to be broke when he is old like so many others.  Maybe he will work wrestlmania.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 13, 2009, 12:20:34 PM

Yea I know.  Very sad. I hope Hogan is not one of the wrestlers that worked so hard his whole career to be broke when he is old like so many others.  Maybe he will work wrestlmania.



This is such a mean thing to say, but he would have really came out ahead if every one would have just gotten killed in that car crash...... sorry


AND THIS JUST IN!



Leading Venue Candidate For WrestleMania 27
By Brad Ingles
Mar 12, 2009 - 10:36:35 PM

The Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN is the leading candidate to host WWE WrestleMania 27 in 2011. The Lucas Oil Stadium has a retractable dome and can hold up to 70,000 people. The stadium opened on August 14, 2008 and replaced the RCA Dome (Hoosier Dome) that hosted WrestleMania 8 in 1992. An interesting note is that WrestleMania 8 holds the record for the most tickets given away for a WrestleMania at approximately 15,000.

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter







Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 17, 2009, 08:22:27 AM
Next HOF Inductees Announced, Legend Comments On Savage-Vince
By Michael Bluth
Mar 17, 2009 - 11:22:57 AM

-- WWE.com has announced that The Von Erichs will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009. They will be inducted by longtime rival Michael Hayes.

-- Yesterday morning, Danny Bonaduce announced on his Philadelphia radio show that the producers of Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling have granted him permission to compete at TNA Wrestling's next Pay-Per-View event, Lockdown on April 19th.

-- WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter was interviewed by video game website GiantBomb.com about the upcoming Legends of WrestleMania game. Slaughter answers a few questions about the game before the host mentions that the number one question fans sent in was regarding the strained relationship between "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Vince McMahon. Slaughter said Savage has a great mind for the business and he wishes he was still a part of it. He said over the years, Vince McMahon has done business with many individuals who he previously disliked or tried to put him out of business, but Randy is a different story because of the way he double crossed McMahon. He said he would like to see Savage in the Hall of Fame one day and he encouraged Savage to call Vince and "bury the hatchet." To watch a video of the interview, visit GiantBomb.com.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 17, 2009, 08:28:37 AM
    


Posted in: NEWS
Prescription Drugs
& Steroids Found In Andrew Martin's Apartment
By Daniel Pena
Mar 17, 2009 - 1:39:06 AM

According to a report in the St. Petersburg Times, a police investigation following Andrew "Test" Martin's death on Friday revealed drugs in his Hillsborough County residence. Tampa police discovered prescription drugs, including painkillers and steroids, at the Harbour Place apartment of the former WWE wrestler.

Martin appeared to be in the middle of a meal when he died, according to Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. Police found a half-eaten pizza and soda near where his body was found.

On Friday night, a neighbor had become suspicious after watching Martin lie motionless on a couch for hours and called police for a wellness check.

As reported earlier, authorities will determine Martin's actual cause of death in a few weeks when a toxicology test is completed and results are available.

Click here to read the St. Petersburg Times article.

In another note, today would have been Martin's 34th birthday.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 18, 2009, 03:51:05 AM
    
NEWS > WWE >

Posted in: WWE
WWE Shying Away From Test, McMahon Blows A Gasket, Judgment Day
By Daniel Pena
Mar 17, 2009 - 7:33:14 PM

source: www.f4wonline.com

-- As seen on Raw last night — or not seen — they didn't bother to air a graphic in honor of Andrew "Test" Martin, who served nearly seven years of service to the company at various points from 1998 through 2007. Company officials are said to be on edge about Martin as his death brought them some unwanted bad publicity when they're trying harder than to ever to present a clean image to the public. As result, they didn't announce the Von Erichs' induction into the WWE Hall of Fame during the broadcast since of the five wrestling sons of the legendary Fritz Von Erich, four died before their 34th birthday (quite like Martin). Instead, they quietly made the announcement on WWE.com.

Perhaps in another sign that WWE is trying to shy away from the death of Martin, they put up a graphic acknowledging his passing on the front page of the company website on Saturday, but pulled it early Sunday. While the statement regarding his passing is still up, it's buried amidst a sea of miscellaneous headlines. Furthermore, they didn't bother to put up a tribute photo gallery in honor of Martin like they usually do when a past or present company performer passes away.

-- Last week's edition of Friday Night SmackDown was the least watched episode of the year as it drew a lackluster 1.9 rating. When Vince McMahon found out about the show's dismal rating, he "blew a gasket," according to a company source. It's going to be a rough week for those working alongside him as the rating for last night's Raw declined for the third week in the row.

-- WWE has posted ticket information for Judgment Day
at the following link. Judgment Day takes place on May 17th, 2009 in Chicago. Go to http://www.prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for details about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 18, 2009, 12:00:37 PM
Divas Special Next Week On ECW, Rourke Appearing At WrestleMania
By Daniel Pena
Mar 18, 2009 - 2:02:39 PM

-- Next week's edition of ECW on Sci Fi will be a WWE Divas-themed broadcast. In a backstage segment on last night's show, Tiffany pitched the idea of holding a "Divas Night" on ECW next week to Theodore Long. The ECW General Manager approved of the idea. An ECW taping is scheduled to be held prior to Raw next Monday in Kansas City, so the special will feature matches/skits instead of just profile videos.

-- According to various online reports, The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke will be appearing at WrestleMania XXV on Sunday, April 5. This past Monday night on Raw, Chris Jericho issued a challenge to WWE Hall of Famers "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat to a match at WrestleMania with Ric Flair in their corner. Jericho also included Rourke, who said he would sitting in the front row to watch the match. (Online sources confirm Mickey Rourke for WrestleMania)

-- WWE.com has released the international release dates for the much anticipated 12 Rounds movie, starring WWE Superstar John Cena. While the flick hits U.S. theaters next week, it opens on various dates in theaters worldwide. Click here to see the dates. Unfortunately, people in Venezuela will have to wait until September 18 to see the movie.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 20, 2009, 12:13:58 AM
McMahon Was Against Putting Christian In MITB, Hayes-McMahon, ECW
By Daniel Pena
Mar 19, 2009 - 2:54:47 PM

source: www.pwtorch.com

-- Vince McMahon is still not a big supporter of Christian as he was initially against putting the ECW Superstar in the Money in the Bank Match at WrestleMania XXV. According to a well-placed source, agents and writers had to talk McMahon into putting Christian in the match. Christian is said to be close with Raw head writer Brian Gewirtz among others involved in the creative process.

With that being said, a possible Christian win at WrestleMania should not be ruled out as McMahon has been in a swerve mode as of late as he enjoys delivering the opposite of what people expect these days. He's upset over people within his company leaking info to the wrestling media, hence his mood.

-- One source said it should be interesting to see whether head Smackdown writer Michael Hayes takes his annual post-WrestleMania vacation this year. Hayes usually needs time to recharge his batteries, but this year, it is believed that Hayes wlll hold off on taking his annual vacation because he feels he's not in good standing with Vince McMahon these days. The WWE Chairman of the Board has not been too receptive of Hayes' storyline ideas in recent weeks as he quickly cuts him off during his pitches in meetings. Some believe McMahon lost faith in him after some suggestions he made for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view did not pan out as well as expected.

-- WWE has released a statement touting the rating for last Tuesday's edition of ECW. For the 25th week in a row, ECW was the Sci Fi Channel's most-watched telecast, not to mention that it was seen by more males ages 25-54 than any other program on television that evening. Additionally, the show delivered its best ratings for the 25-54 age range in more than six months. (ECW reigns Extreme)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 20, 2009, 06:25:36 PM
John Cena Explains Why He Dislikes The Rock (Interview)
By Brad Ingles
Mar 20, 2009 - 6:32:01 PM

During last night's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Cena said he has a problem with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson because of the way he left pro wrestling. Johnson has stated that he loved the business but did not intend on returning when he became a movie star, and Cena said how that has affected wrestling fans when he is gone to film movies.

"He's obviously got his start in the WWE, gone onto movies, but in the process, the whole time while he was in the WWE, he just preached to our fans -- who are very loyal -- how much he loved the business," Cena said of Johnson. "He says he loves the business so much, but then just up and leaves. So here I am, I've done The Marine, I'm still working full-time for the WWE, I've got 12 Rounds coming out and everybody's asking, 'When are you leaving?'"


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 23, 2009, 10:01:52 AM
    
NEWS > WWE >

Posted in: WWE
Update On Vince McMahon & Creative Team Issues
By Brad Ingles
Mar 23, 2009 - 1:13:34 PM

WWE creative team members were told to head to Vince McMahon's penthouse condominium in Boca Raton following the Raw tapings in Jacksonville, FL on March 9, as he would be spending the week there. They were told it would be a big meeting to finalize the next few weeks of TV storylines, the direction of WrestleMania 25 and the upcoming Draft in April. Brian Gewirtz and Michael Hayes were told on March 11 via phone that Vince will not attend the meeting and for the team to return to Stamford, CT and come up with options on their own.

They were also told Stephanie McMahon would attend the meeting via teleconference to hear the options. She was described as being frustrated with how Vince has handled the situation.

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 24, 2009, 12:15:44 PM
Celebs Confirmed For WrestleMania XXV, Next WWE HOF Announcement
By Daniel Pena
Mar 24, 2009 - 12:39:15 AM

-- WWE has announced that Kid Rock and lead Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, will be performing at WrestleMania XXV on April 5 in Houston. Scherzinger is scheduled to open the show with America the Beautiful. Later in the show, Kid Rock will play a medley of his songs including Cowboy, Bawitdaba, Rock N Roll Jesus and So Hott. (Kid Rock and Nicole Scherzinger to perform at WrestleMania)

-- As announced on Raw, the final inductee for this year's Hall of Fame class will be announced on tomorrow night's edition of ECW on Sci Fi. As reported last week, the final inductee is expected to be longtime ring announcer Howard Finkel.

-- The Score in Canada will be airing the WWE Hall Of Fame Ceremony on April 5th, 2009 at 5 PM (ET). Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 25, 2009, 02:11:03 PM
Vince McMahon Says TNA Does Some "Reprehensible" Things On Impact
By Daniel Pena
Mar 25, 2009 - 12:17:32 PM

The Hollywood Reporter has an interview with Vince McMahon today promoting Wrestlemania XXV. Here are some highlights from the interview:

If UFC and other mixed martial arts programming has had an impact on WWE: "Most people thought at one point that we would be competitors. But it turns out they are not competition to us at all, or hardly at all. They are sport, we are entertainment; it's a huge difference. The revenue they have cut into is that of boxing."

If it's okay to show Triple H invading Randy Orton's home with a sledgehammer: "Right. What we try to do in situations like that is use things that you can't find around the house. You will never see us use a baseball bat. You don't find folding metal chairs around the house. We are very selective. You can go up to the line. It's storytelling; that's how our business thrives. If you have well-defined characters and put them in the right story line against other characters, people care about their welfare."

If he's concerned with the ratings in recent weeks: "Quite frankly our TV ratings have been very good. We averaged over a 4, I think, three weeks ago. Last week and the week before it was a bit less so because of a number of factors: how many people watched TV and one-off events. What you have to look at is our overall reach in the course of a week. On TV, we reach over 15 million people each and every week, 52 weeks a year."

Whether he is concerned with rival promotion TNA Wrestling as competition: "My concern with TNA is not in terms of competition. My concern with TNA is that they are TV-14, and we are PG. They have to change with the times. I think some of the things they do on television are reprehensible, but it is a TV-14 rating. That's the only bone I have to pick with them. Their TV ratings are a fraction of ours."

McMahon also discusses using celebrities at WrestleMania, how the business has changed since the first WrestleMania, how his company has diversified itself, and more. Click here to read the interview in its entirety.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 25, 2009, 03:14:02 PM
HHH Talks About Working With Vince, Stephanie, more (Interview)
By Brad Ingles
Mar 20, 2009 - 4:21:20 PM

In a rare interview with Dave McCoy from MSN TV, Triple H talks about his relationship with Vince McMahon, prefers being a heel, crazy storylines, and more.

On WWE's grueling schedule:
Sometimes people say, "It's so rough, it's so rough." It's not that bad. It used to be a lot worse. But I have two kids and I am home three days a week. But when you do go on the road, it's hectic. You're in a different city every day. You fly in to a new town, you do a show, you go to the next town, you sleep, you wake up and do it again. It's basically just a series of transportation, to the gym, to the arena, to the plane.

What keeps fans coming back:
Entertainment. Sometimes I watch TV and I think, "Who watches this crap?" It's OK, but it's not exciting, it's not entertaining -- and I'm not saying we're everyone's cup of tea. I think there's a large section of our population -- more than people want to believe -- that know what we are, want to be entertained. It's like live comic books. You've got good guys and bad guys, good looking women and good looking men, music and pyro and you live out your fantasies with it. There's this big anti-aggression sentiment, but when you're a kid, that's what you think about. You don't think about picking daisies when you're a 12-year-old boy; you think about being Batman or Spider-man, or John Cena or Triple H. From there, the story lines meld that all together and keep people involved and interested. Sometimes people look at the stories we do and say they are wacky, but it's no more wacky than "Desperate Housewives." I remember when that show first came on and hearing all about it. My wife was watching it and I sat down to watch a few minutes. I was like, "Are you kidding? This is the big rage? And they give us at hard time?"

Decision to reveal his marriage with Stephanie McMahon in storyline:
For story lines and business, we try to keep that stuff separate. But people knew and we joked about it when I was in DX [comic wrestling tag team formed with fellow superstar Shawn Michaels]. The only reason I was apprehensive is where do we go on the flip side of it. Look at it like this: There is the real world and the WWE Universe. So the cat is now out of the bag in the WWE Universe and it now exists there. So anything that has to do with me story-line-wise, you have to be conscious of the fact that I am married into the McMahon family. That throws a different curve into it. So my only concern was it tainting future story lines. Say something happens, and it's like, "Well, why doesn't he get that change through his father-in-law?" [Laughs.] We have created a wrinkle in the fabric of the WWE Universe.

Working for his father-in-law Vince McMahon:
Well, the good thing is I had a really good relationship with him before I even met Steph. We had a great relationship not only from a talent standpoint, but I used to work a lot with Vince hand-in-hand to create story lines behind the scenes, not just for myself but other guys. But if you have ever met Vince, he's a complex man and it can be trying. There are times he wants to choke me and there are times when I want to choke him.

On Vince taking his ideas:
Let me put it this way: When I come up with a good idea in the back, there's not 70,000 people standing up and cheering. Usually when I have an idea in the back, it is dismissed and Vince will bring it up later and pretend it is his idea.

On being a heel:
I love being a heel. If I had my way, I'd have been a heel my whole career. I compare it to Darth Vader by the second or third movie, when he came on, you started saying, "Yeah!" Even though he was trying to kill Luke Skywalker... he was just cool. There was a point in time with my character where I had been here a long time, I had a certain amount of respect [from the fans] and ... you know, I beat up a lot of people and caused mayhem, and to teenagers and kids, that is cool. It just became a cool character and we were struggling ... the worse things we thought I was doing, the louder the audience would cheer me for it. I was coming out and drilling a guy with a sledgehammer and people would go nuts. So I had no choice as people basically turned me. If I thought it would work, I'd turn back in a minute.



Posted in: WWE
WWE
Official Predicts 1 Million Buys For WM, Snuka DVD, 12 Rounds
By Daniel Pena
Mar 21, 2009 - 2:54:54 PM

-- Despite the difficult economic environment, a WWE executive expects WrestleMania XXV to generate around 1.0 million pay-per-view buys.

Peter Clifford, WWE's senior vice president of distribution and affiliate marketing, made the bold prediction to Multichannel News and says WWE will be mailing out over a million pieces of direct mail to previous PPV buyers to encourage them to buy the annual pay-per-view spectacular.

The company has also expanded its marketing effort to achieve the lofty goal, most notably by spending $10 million in advertising spots on ESPN, MTV, and USA Network.

To read the article, click here.

Last year's event drew 1,058,000 buys for $23.8 million, which is less than the 1.2 million buys and $24.6 million the company earned for WrestleMania 23. If WrestleMania XXV experiences the same percentage drop as the 2009 Royal Rumble did (23 percent), the number would be around 800,000 buys.

-- As reported earlier, WWE has plans to release a DVD on "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. According to the calender section of the latest issue of WWE Magazine, Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story hits shelves on Tuesday, April 14th. WWE's Greatest Stars of the 90's DVD will be hitting shelves the same day, although it's not listed on the calender. However, WWEShop.com has started taking pre-orders for the Greatest Stars of the 90's DVD, while there's nothing on the Snuka DVD. Amazon.com doesn't have anything on the Snuka DVD either. It was reported a few weeks ago that production had recently started on the Snuka DVD, and that it was scheduled to be released at the end of the year.

-- On Monday night after Raw, the USA Network will air a special, never-before-seen sneak peek of 12 Rounds, according to WWE.com.


McMahon's Reaction To Script Leaking Online, WWE Superstars, More
By Daniel Pena
Mar 23, 2009 - 3:27:00 PM

source: www.f4wonline.com

As expected, Vince McMahon was infuriated over the script for a recent edition of Raw (March 2, 2009) leaking online (the script was initially leaked to this very website). One source believes John Carle, a creative team writer who was let go just before the script hit the net, is responsible for the sheets going online.

"No coincidence that it's published the same day [creative team member] John Carle is dropped and that apparently has gotten back to Stephanie and Vince," the source said. "Apparently, they had creative sign some absurdly one-sided addendum in late 2007 where if you do something like this after being terminated, they have all sorts of legal action against you. Given the timing and circumstances, he shouldn't be surprised to get a nice legal notice from Stamford shortly. Vince is on a warpath and was mega hot over this so I'm thinking someone is going to be made a legal example of."

It should be noted that Carle was not the only member of the creative team fired three weeks ago as another individual was let go as well, although we don't have his name. The source believes the person who leaked the script felt safe to leak it as it would be hard to pinpoint one guilty party.

For those wondering why more scripts haven't leaked online, it is because the performers don't actually get to handle them for the most part, as the scripts go to the producers of a segment, who then go over the script with the talent.

Another source added his take on the script: "So I took at look at the RAW script that was leaked. That is the real deal -- and from the looks of it was an early draft (most likely PRE-Agent meeting). The show hasn't been timed yet (the time for the breaks are in but not the actual timing of the show). The producers are in, but not the writer assignments. This might have even been the draft that was brought on the plane for Vince to review before RAW. It's funny to look at the amount of crap that has been jammed into those scripts over the years. The live attendance box was added so they can know what the last two dates at the building. The side boxes next to the matches are the announcer notes (that announcers hated and would make fun of). The 'not working' list allows them to see who they 'missed' on not putting on the show. As you can see, the amount of detail that goes into the promos that are written and why these talents have not grown at that art of promos. Though this is what demanded of the creative team to write for Vince. A script can not be turned in without that detail. It's become so rigid a process."

-- As noted earlier, WWE Superstars is set to debut on Thursday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m on WGN America. "The biggest WWE Superstars" from all three brands will compete on this new one-hour show. Unfortunately, a number of wrestling fans don't seem to know if they have WGN America — or if they do, what channel it's on. To see if you get WGN America in your area, click here

-- Amarillo.com has a story on Terry and Dory Funk going in the WWE Hall of Fame next month. Terry described the Hall of Fame as "the Academy Awards of professional wrestling." He added, "I'm elated. (The induction) is in Texas, and what better place to have it? And what better place to have grown up than in Amarillo? That makes it mean even more to me." Click here to read the article.


WWE's Reaction To Not Mentioning Test, Original Big Show WM Plans
By Daniel Pena
Mar 23, 2009 - 4:22:55 PM

sources: 1Wrestling.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- A number of people are wondering why WWE didn't bother to acknowledge the passing of longtime wrestler Andrew "Test" Martin on any of their shows last week. Regarding this, 1Wrestling's Bill Apter attempted to get an answer from his numerous sources within the company, but all he could get was "no comment." (ASK APTER -- ABOUT TEST'S DEATH NOT MENTIONED ON WWE TV)

-- Big Show was originally earmarked to take part in the Money in the Bank Match at WrestleMania XXV, but pulled after the decision was made to include him in the World Heavyweight Championship bout. Company officials then decided between Mark Henry and R-Truth as his replacement for the match, with Henry winning out.

-- John Bradshaw Layfield has posted a blog acknowledging Rey Mysterio's challenge to him at WrestleMania. "Got brand new boots for Wrestlemania, first time to wear them," Layfield wrote. "Not sure why Rey Mysterio is so stupid to challenge me on such a historic occasion, but he will be the one that suffers.


Angle Talks About His Drug Addiction, McMahon, MMA & More (Recap)
By Daniel Pena
Mar 25, 2009 - 12:45:12 PM

(Thanks to Jonathan Pine)

Kurt Angle appeared yesterday on Opie & Anthony. Here's a recap:

They talk about the wrestling organization that he is in now, TNA, and his falling out with the WWE . He mentions that he went to Vince for help with his drug addiction and Vince pretty much told him to fix it while he was on the road. He claimed it took about 5-6 months to fully get off the pain pills.

Opie asks Kurt more about what went down with his problem he had with pain pills after one of the five times that Kurt broke his neck. I believe he said that he took upwards to 20+ pills a day. Kurt talks about the addiction that he had to them and says that he won't take them anymore even if he needs them for something else. Kurt talks briefly about the drug policy that TNA and WWE have. Says that Vince has made it possible for former stars to go to rehab at no cost. Also stresses that BOTH companies need to be around for everyone to succeed, and touches on the number of guys that have gone back and forth between the two companies, mentioning Christian by name.

Opie then asks Kurt about steroids which they talk about for a little while. They talk about MMA and Kurt's opportunity to get into it - he says that he will get into it but wrestling will remain his top priority. He says that he already has had some MMA training. Kurt talks about the few people from WWE whom he still keeps in touch with. The Rock and Stone Cold are two guys he wishes still stayed in touch, but understand they are busy with other projects and movies.

Opie asks "Primetime" Sam Roberts of NYSWF fame if they covered everything they should with Kurt and Sam asks Kurt about Internet rumors of someone Kurt dated. Kurt tells them about his divorce and kids, and how this is the third time he has split with Karen. They goof around about Mick Foley a little, Jim Norton asks Kurt what he thought about The Wrestler movie he loved it and felt that they took a lot of Jake the Snake and put it into the movie, and they end by goofing about Vince McMahon a little.


Vince McMahon Says TNA Does Some "Reprehensible" Things On Impact
By Daniel Pena
Mar 25, 2009 - 12:17:32 PM

The Hollywood Reporter has an interview with Vince McMahon today promoting Wrestlemania XXV. Here are some highlights from the interview:

If UFC and other mixed martial arts programming has had an impact on WWE: "Most people thought at one point that we would be competitors. But it turns out they are not competition to us at all, or hardly at all. They are sport, we are entertainment; it's a huge difference. The revenue they have cut into is that of boxing."

If it's okay to show Triple H invading Randy Orton's home with a sledgehammer: "Right. What we try to do in situations like that is use things that you can't find around the house. You will never see us use a baseball bat. You don't find folding metal chairs around the house. We are very selective. You can go up to the line. It's storytelling; that's how our business thrives. If you have well-defined characters and put them in the right story line against other characters, people care about their welfare."

If he's concerned with the ratings in recent weeks: "Quite frankly our TV ratings have been very good. We averaged over a 4, I think, three weeks ago. Last week and the week before it was a bit less so because of a number of factors: how many people watched TV and one-off events. What you have to look at is our overall reach in the course of a week. On TV, we reach over 15 million people each and every week, 52 weeks a year."

Whether he is concerned with rival promotion TNA Wrestling as competition: "My concern with TNA is not in terms of competition. My concern with TNA is that they are TV-14, and we are PG. They have to change with the times. I think some of the things they do on television are reprehensible, but it is a TV-14 rating. That's the only bone I have to pick with them. Their TV ratings are a fraction of ours."

McMahon also discusses using celebrities at WrestleMania, how the business has changed since the first WrestleMania, how his company has diversified itself, and more.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 27, 2009, 01:26:52 PM
TNA President Dixie Carter hits back at WWE Chairman McMahon
By Patterson, Emma
Mar 27, 2009 - 10:39:40 AM


TNA President Dixie Carter has hit back at WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in an exclusive interview with The Sun.

Earlier this week Vince - who is trying to make his company more "family friendly" - said that he found some of the things on TNA television "reprehensible".

Carter blasts rival, saying what happens on the PG rated Raw is WORSE than Impact!

To read the full story, click on the link below -



McMahon Shoves SmackDown Aside, Cena Off Shows This Weekend, More
By Daniel Pena
Mar 27, 2009 - 1:59:42 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- Original plans called for the Big Show vs. Edge match to main event last week's edition of SmackDown, but Vince McMahon pulled it from the show and put it on Monday's Raw instead. McMahon then had a blow up because head SmackDown writer Michael Hayes wanted to make last week's SmackDown a loaded show, but told him there are more important things going on right now than the 500th episode of SmackDown. Hayes wanted to do a major Raw vs. SmackDown interbrand match on the 500th episode of SmackDown, but McMahon nixed it as well.

-- John Cena is off this weekend's slate of house shows because he's doing the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice awards tomorrow night as a presenter.

-- Live event business continues to look strong as this Sunday's house show in Hidalgo, Texas is already sold out. Furthermore, next Monday's television taping is expected to sellout. Ticket sales for next's month's European tour are also strong with the Raw and Smackdown television tapings in London both nearly sold out.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...cle2344951.ece


Posted in: WWE
WWE Legend Looking To Confront Flair, Cena Uses A Ton Of Water
By Daniel Pena
Mar 26, 2009 - 1:18:35 PM


-- In a post on his newly launched website, www.HonkyTonkMan.net, The Honky Tonk Man is looking to confront Ric Flair before or at the WWE Hall of Fame on April 4 in Houston for the things he said about the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all-time in his 2004 book release, Ric Flair: To Be the Man.

"For the things he said about me in his book, I will finally get a chance to confront him in Conn. this coming Friday night," Honky said. "If he dodges me, I will confront him on Sunday night in Mass. If he dodges me again, I will confront him at HOF, and if he skates on me there I will catch him at Mania."

Honky is upset with Flair saying he was only a main-eventer in WWE because of Hulk Hogan.

"I want to know why he says I would be nothing without a Hogan rub when I spent 12 years working main events before I went to WWE without a Hogan rub and Flair knows that," Honky said.

To read his post, click here.

This is in response to the following excerpt: "Other guys were just lucky to be working for the company. With Hogan headlining the show, anybody wrestling on the card shared his glory. Where would the Honky Tonk Man have been if he hadn't been employed by Vince McMahon?"

-- The St. Petersburg Times has a story listing John Cena as one of the biggest water users in the Tampa Bay area — third to be exact. According to the article, his mansion in Land O'Lakes, Florida used 2 million gallons of water last year despite a drought. In comparison, the average family uses 7,500 gallons of water per month — or 90,000 gallons per year. Click here to read the article. WTF

-- Despite the declining trend of ratings, the WWE website issued a statement touting Monday's Raw for being the number one show on cable television once again. They wrote: "With a 3.5 rating, Raw was the most-watched cable program for the sixth consecutive week reaching more than 3.4 million households and 5.1 million viewers. This includes drawing twice as many men as the World Baseball Classic on ESPN."


Originally Proposed Winner For Money in the Bank, Chat With Cena
By Daniel Pena
Mar 26, 2009 - 12:48:25 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- As reported earlier, Big Show was originally earmarked to take part in the Money in the Bank Match at WrestleMania XXV, but Vince McMahon decided to put him in the World Heavyweight Championship bout instead. Mark Henry ended up taking place in the bout. Had Big Show stayed in the match, he was expected to win the briefcase.

McMahon felt they had done John Cena vs. Edge way too many times before, so he changed the bout to a three-way match by adding Big Show to it. Although, weeks worth of angles between Cena and Edge were shot before he came to this decision.

-- Fans will be able to chat with John Cena next Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. on Comcast.net. Nicole Alexander sent in the following... I just wanted to share this information with you for all of your wrestling fans: If they aren't lucky enough to actually be at the Reliant Center for the most anticipated wrestling event of the year - The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania - they can watch it on Comcast Pay-Per-View. Be sure to catch this milestone event, a quarter-century in the making on April 5th at 7PM EST/4PM PT. Leading up to the match Comcast has profiles of WWE superstars including The Rock, Bret Hart, Triple H and Edge available On Demand in the "Movies & Events" folder under "WrestleMania Icons." You can also chat live with John Cena on April 1st at 3PM EST/12PM PT at www.comcast.net/wrestling.


Bret Hart Coming To The WWE HOF?, John Cena On ESPN Today, More
By Daniel Pena
Mar 26, 2009 - 3:23:14 PM


source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- Dory Funk, who is set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 4 alongside his brother Terry, recently called Bret Hart to ask him if he could induct him. Hart actually accepted, but it should be noted that WWE makes the decisions and they plan on having Dusty Rhodes induct both Funk brothers into the Hall of Fame.

-- As a reminder, John Cena will be appearing on ESPNews today sometime after 3:00 p.m. He will then join ESPN2's NASCAR Now at 5 p.m. ET. The program replays at midnight.

-- NewsDay.com has an article giving praise to the new WWE Encyclopedia. (How to read the new WWE encyclopedia)


Ricky Steamboat Talks About His Return To The Ring (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Mar 26, 2009 - 12:57:40 PM

Slam! Wrestling recently interviewed Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat regarding his upcoming return to the ring at WrestleMania 25 on April 5th. To read the entire interview, visit Slam.Canoe.ca. Here's what Steamboat had to say about:

His Return to the Ring: "I haven't changed my preparation that much," Steamboat said regarding the handicap match against Chris Jericho. "I still get into the ring and work out with the guys, I have been since 1994, I know I am not the Dragon that I was 15 years ago, I am probably about 80 percent of what I was."

Steamboat added, "I can still move pretty good and hit the ropes and come off the top. I feel good about myself. I've been asked about being embarrassed but I am very comfortable. I don't know long I will be able to go in this match, thank goodness I have help from Snuka and Piper, but personally I feel good about it."

Flair Inducting Him into the Hall of Fame: "That was a great choice for me personally having 'The Naitch' induct me. He is going to induct a guy who he has wrestled against so many times. When people talk about the two of us, every time I am asked about him, it is about the respect we have brought to each other. We brought each other along early in our career when we were young back in the 1970s. What a fitting moment for him to induct me."


Posted in: WWE
WWE Switches PPVs, 12 Rounds Not Being Screened For Critics, Punk
By Daniel Pena
Mar 26, 2009 - 12:11:25 PM


-- According to the upcoming pay-per-view schedule on WWE.com, the Great American Bash will be taking place on June 28 in Sacramento with Night of Champions taking place on July 26 in Philadelphia.

-- 12 Rounds, which is set to open tomorrow in theaters, is apparently not being screened for movie critics. Unlike the three other movies opening tomorrow — Everlasting Moments, The Haunting in Connecticut and Monsters vs. Aliens — there are absolutely no movie reviews online regarding 12 Rounds. This isn't the first time WWE has done this as they would not allow See No Evil, The Marine and The Condemned to be screened for critics.

-- In an interview with the Chicago-Sun Times, CM Punk is asked about the possibility of starring in a movie like John Cena.

"Not any time soon, probably," Punk said. "I don't think I'm a Hollywood property. If it's offered, I won't shoot it down. I'll consider it, but it's not something I'm actively pursuing. I'm a wrestling guy."


Update On WWE Divas Special, Finkel Reveals His WWE HOF Inductor
By Daniel Pena
Mar 25, 2009 - 8:18:17 PM

sources: www.f4wonline.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- At last word, the All-Divas episode of ECW originally scheduled for last night is now scheduled for this coming Tuesday.

-- WWE's Voices CD was No. 199 this past week on the Billboard charts, selling 2,735 copies to bring the total sales to 58,563.

-- In a blog on the WWE Universe, Howard Finkel said he will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by fellow Hall of Famer "Mean Gene" Okerlund the night before WrestleMania XXV. "The Fink" said he's glad to be recognized by the company for the passion he brought to his job as a ring announcer.

"It is an elite honor to be recognized for what I have brought to the table, as it relates to the ring announcing that I have done through the years," Finkel wrote. "I love what I do in the ring, am passionate about it, and continue to enjoy it today when the opportunity presents itself."

WWE announced his induction into the Hall of Fame on last night's episode of ECW, which was followed by a video package showcasing his humorous antics in the company.

"Everything else that has happened to me from a standpoint of 'ha-ha' ...was what it was," Finkel wrote. "That was all just a part of being 'The Fink.'"

To read his blog, click here




Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 27, 2009, 01:32:31 PM
Posted in: WWE
WWE
Offers To Help Former Talent With Drug Problems, Cena, Benoit
By Daniel Pena
Mar 25, 2009 - 7:52:58 PM

-- World Wrestling Entertainment posted a letter on their corporate website yesterday offering rehabilitation assistance to all former WWE contracted talent. This past month, more than 535 former talent letters were sent out. To date, 3.1% of former company performers have accepted assistance (approximately 16 talents in all).

FORMER TALENT REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE

March 24, 2009

Beginning in September 2007, WWE distributed its first rehabilitation assistance offer to all former WWE contracted talent. The goal of the initiative is designed to help any former talent that may have a substance-related dependency problem. The WWE distributes an annual letter to all former talent notifying them of the program and relevant details. In March 2009, more than 535 former talent letters were sent out. The WWE has a confidential hotline where former talent may call and seek admittance to a certified treatment center, with all expenses covered by WWE. In addition, the WWE maintains regular contact with talent who have entered a rehab program or reached out for WWE assistance. To date, 3.1% of former talent have accepted assistance.

You can read Vince McMahon's letter at the following link.

-- As a reminder, John Cena will be appearing on MTV3's Entertainment as a Second Language tonight at 9 p.m. ET. He will be appearing on the Fox News Channel's Hannity at 9 p.m. ET as well. His appearance on the program was pushed back from yesterday to tonight. You can also catch a replay of Cena's appearance on ESPN2's NASCAR Now earlier today at midnight.

-- WWE 24/7 Classics On Demand is currently airing the March 29, 2001 episode of SmackDown. The original broadcast featured a tag match pitting Chris Benoit and Test against Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle, but it has been edited out of the airing on WWE 24/7 as a result of the company's edict to cut out all matches involved Benoit. For the record, Benoit and Test beat Angle and Guerrero when Guerrero submitted to Benoit's "Crippler Crossface" maneuver. Other matches featured on the show include X-Pac and Justin Credible vs. The Acolytes, Matt Hardy vs. Rhyno, Big Show and William Regal vs. Chris Jericho and Kane, and a Trish Stratus vs. Ivory "Bra and Panties Match." (Thanks to Robert Lokotar)


Chris Jericho Won't Face Charges, "Legends of WM" Reviewed
By Michael Bluth
Mar 25, 2009 - 4:38:36 PM


-- TimesColonist.com reports that no charges will be filed against Chris Jericho after last month's altercation where the WWE superstar was swarmed by heckling fans and accused of punching a woman. After Victoria police interviewed several witnesses and watched hours of video recordings of the incident, police spokesman Sgt. Grant Hamilton says no charges will be filed beceause there were conflicting stories and "It's hard to determine who provoked who."

-- IGN.com has posted their official review of the new "WWE Legends of WrestleMania" video game and it's not pretty. The game was given a 6.5/10 rating, which they deem as "passable." Reviewer Greg Miller's review summary reads, "WWE Legends of WrestleMania is kind of just there. The historic videos are great, Road to WrestleMania is an interesting idea and who doesn't love seeing the Ultimate Warrior back in the ring? Still, the actual gameplay falls short in this one. The matches aren't that exciting, the controls are lacking, little nuances are missing and this just doesn't feel like a solid WWE offering." You can read Greg's full review at IGN.com.



Can Cena Overcome The Odds?, Hottest Divas Countdown, Name Change
By Daniel Pena
Mar 27, 2009 - 4:39:13 PM


sources: PWInsider.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- The big day has finally arrived as WWE's Studios's much anticipated 12 Rounds movie starring John Cena opens in theaters today. Unfortunately for Cena and WWE, the flick will face a tough challenge to win the opening weekend as it's slated to open in only 2,321 theaters — the fewest among the new movie releases this weekend.

The Haunting in Connecticut will open in 2,600 theaters whereas DreamWorks's Monsters vs. Aliens opens in 3,500 theaters.

In another comparison, The Marine opened in 2,545 theaters during its opening weekend, generating $7,138,774.

-- In related news, Hollywood's "A-list" will be most surely be out in full force tonight as the red carpet premiere for 12 Rounds is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles.

-- WWE developmental wrestler Taylor Rotunda is now going under the name Duke Rotundo. He previously went under his real name as well as Tank Rotundo.

-- Last night's episode of Attack of the Show featured a countdown "counting down the ten hottest Divas in the WWE." Here is the list in its entirety:

10. Beth Phoenix
9. Candice Michelle
8. Mickie James
7. Michelle McCool
6. Alicia Fox
5. Maria
4. Maryse
3. The Bella Twins
2. Kelly Kelly
1. Eve


Cena Talks About His Next Movie Project & Retirement (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Mar 27, 2009 - 4:46:15 PM


John Cena, whose new film "12 Rounds" opens today in theaters, could miss several months of action this summer to film yet another action movie for WWE Studios.

In an interview with ShowbizCafe.com, Cena said "If everything goes well, we should be shooting from July to September. It's in pre-production. It's another action movie. If it comes back all right, there will not be a girl in jeopardy." For those wondering what the "girl in jeopardy" comment is about, Cena has been criticized because his last two films "The Marine" and now "12 Rounds" feature very similar plots in which Cena fights the bad guys who have taken his woman.

Cena also addressed concerns that he'll pull a Dwayne Johnson and leave the wrestling industry if his movie career takes off.
"They should all worry because of what people before me have done. I can say it until I'm blue in the face that I'm not going anywhere; I'll still be on Monday Night Raw. As much as I say it, everyone will worry. I will be the first to be successful on the big screen and keep my dedication to the loyal fans of WWE."


Austin Lands Movie Role, Cena Denies Steroid Use, ECW Streak Ends
By Michael Bluth
Mar 26, 2009 - 12:04:43 PM


Source: PWInsider.com, Prowrestling.net

-- In a radio interview to promote his new movie "12 Rounds," John Cena repeated to Booomer and Carlton of WFAN AM Sports Radio his claim that he's never done steroids.

-- Stone Cold Steve Austin, who recently finished shooting scenes for the movie "Damage", has signed on for yet another movie role. Moviehole.com reports that Austin will star in "The Stranger," an action film described as similar to "The Fugitive" and "The Bourne Identity." The movie will be directed by Rob Lieberman (Dexter) and production is set to begin in late May. Aside from Damage and The Stranger, Austin also recently joined the mega-cast of the Sylvester Stallone film "The Expendables" alongside Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, and Jason Statham.

-- ECW's 25-week streak of being the top rated program on the Sci-Fi Channel has come to an end. The 3/24 edition of "ECW on Sci-Fi" show drew a 1.3 rating with 1.7 million viewers. The series finale of "Battlestar Galactica," which aired on Friday night, drew a 1.7 rating.


Jericho Mocks Obama, Hardy News, Brooke Hogan Pole Dancing Update
By Michael Bluth
Mar 26, 2009 - 1:55:18 PM


-- TMZ.com cameras caught up with Chris Jericho this week, who had some choice words for President Barack Obama. When asked, "You're a wrestler, so do you think you have better abs than Barack Obama?", Jericho responded, "As of right now I have better abs ... but pretty soon he's gonna take 65% of my abs away from me and give 'em to somebody else." Jericho also said he plans to pull Mickey Rourke over the guardrail at WrestleMania and punch him in the face in front of 70,000 people. You can see the video clip at TMZ.com.

-- One former WWE creative team member tells the Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter that the Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy feud will likely be a short one. The source said, "The fact that they're doing a gimmick match (at WrestleMania 25) tells me that this is it," he said. "They won't be going to SummerSlam like Bret and Owen (Hart)."

-- Earlier this month, we reported that Brooke Hogan performed at a music festival in Miami, Florida and was shown dancing on a stripper pole. Hulk Hogan, who attended the performance, recently spoke to Life and Style magazine about the performance: "I try to make it to as many of Brooke’s performances as possible. I support her and everything that she does. I’d watch my daughter perform no matter what she does."


Fan Report Of "Legends Tour" In Germany Featuring Past WWE Stars
By Daniel Pena
Mar 26, 2009 - 2:28:12 PM


(Thanks to Jenny Meyer

This past weekend there was a two-day "Legends Tour" through Germany with more than ten former WWE superstars and some of Europe's best wrestlers. More than 1,000 fans turned up to see the stars. Unfortunately there was a no show by Greg Valentine. Robbie Brookside was injured, but he showed up to meet the fans. Valentine was replaced by DWAs (one of the seven promotions who promoted this tour) Martin Nolte. Brookside was replaced on Saturday by Leon van Gasteren and on the second day they had only five matches with a 3-way. There was also an announcement for a second tour in 2010 headlined by non other than "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.

On Saturday in Rotenburg they had a Meet & Greet with some sort of pre show. They had two photographers in the ring, who were doing digital pictures with the stars & the fans, which where printed out and signed by the stars later. A great alternative to the very expensive Polaroid thing. They also had four offer matches by some of the promotions:

(1) Freestyle Championship Wrestling (http://www.fcw-wrestling.nl) presented:
Mot van Kunder beat Bernd Föhr

(2) Deutsche Wrestling Allianz (dwa-wrestling.de) presented:
Lazio Feé & Ken Mahler beat The German Suicide Squad (Craig BC & Machine)

(3) Flemish Wrestling Force (fwf-wrestling.be) presented:
FWF Heavyweight Title Match: Rob Raw beat Dr. Gangreen (c) – New Champion

(4) Catch Wrestling Norddeutschland (catchwrestling.de) presented:
One Knight in Paris (Michael Knight & Pierre Le Prestee) beat Haero Magnusson & Masterpiece Marsellus

The Fourth match of the meet & greet was definitely the best match. Match three was a lot of fun with the crowd work. After a break they started the evening show:

(1) Eugene beat Big Vito
>>> super entertaining and great wrestling, a perfect start into such a night, right after the main event the second best match of the night

(2) Karsten Kretschmer beat Doink the Clown (with Dink)
>>> a bit of a letdown, only plus for Dink. I don't know who was under the mask of Doink, but he definitely don't know what Doink was about in WWE.

(3) Joe E. Legend beat Jim Powers
>>> WOW! The body of Jim Powers looked better than ever! A bit of ringrust on his part, but a strong performance from both guys. Legend is one of the best wrestlers over here (although he's from Canada, but he lives here in Hannover) and he showed why.

Intermission with a special appearance by Adam Bomb, who was the special guest for the meet & greet, but showed up here too.

(4) Marty Jannetty beat Leon van Gasteren
>>> What can I say? He's rockin' as always. Really good match.

(5) Demolition (Ax & Smash) beat The Honky Tonk Man & Martin Nolte
>>> Too see Rhythm 'n' Blues would have been great, but after what Honky said at the meet & greet it was all Valentines fault, not the promoters, so blame him for it. Nolte is a big man so he fits into this match and he did very well. Old School match and after the finish Honky turned on Nolte and smashed the guitar over his head.

(6) DWA World Heavyweight Title: Tatanka (c) beat Doug Williams
>>> Unbelievable!!! Tatanka ist DWA champion since late 2007 and wrestled every big DWA show since then and this was his strongest showing! Unbelievable 40 minutes of action and what a reaction for the Native American. He's some sort of regular over here (I think, this was his seventh stay in the last 1 ½ years) and he always gets the biggest reaction of all stars. Oh yeah, European legend Tony St. Clair was special referee for this match.

That show really proved, that there are legends shows with good ringwork. The combination of stars of the WWF era, the WWE days and European Stars was perfect and made a perfect day.

I only visited the Saturday show here in the north, but here are also the results of the show in the south. The ring broke, so no pre show, but for the main show everything worked fine, but I've heard the matches weren't nearly as good as Saturday.

(1) Eric Schwarz beat Big Vito
(2) Marty Jannetty beat Martin Nolte
(3) 3-Way: Honky Tonk Man beat Eugene and Doink the Clown
(4) Tatanka beat Jim Powers
(5) Joe E. Legend & Doug Williams beat Demolition via DQ (Special Referee: Tony St. Clair)

Announced for the next tour is one date are one date and five stars, here is the promo poster: http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...d70908ef74.jpg



More On Former WWE Star's Drug Test Failure, Weber vs. Giovanni
By Daniel Pena
Mar 27, 2009 - 12:48:00 PM


-- As reported earlier, former WWE wrestler Mike Brendli (Mikey from the Spirit Squad) failed a drug test this past Saturday at an Ohio Valley Wrestling event in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The former WWE World Tag Team Champion tested positive for THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, and was suspended by the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority as a result.

A spokesperson for the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority told The Sun: "The KBWA can confirm Mr. Brendli has been suspended, dating back to March 21, 2009. The KBWA board will be meeting next month to review the suspension and until that time, we cannot release the reasons behind the suspension."

Drug suspensions such as in this case have ranged from six months to one full year with fines up to $500. This past June, Brendli was released from his WWE contract following a Driving under the influence charge in Florida.

-- As reported earlier, Big Vision Entertainment has plans to release a DVD based on former WWE SmackDown Divas Joy Giovanni and Amy Weber wrestling each other. The website promoting the upcoming release is up, which you can be seen at www.AmyvsJoy.com. It's still under construction, but features the DVD cover as well as a photo of a Weber putting Giovanni in the Camel clutch.

-- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be hosting Kids' Choice Awards, which airs tomorrow night on Nickelodeon at 8:00 p.m. In an interview with Nick Magazine, Johnson said, "I can hold my own when it comes to burping. I've got a good feeling that I could win a championship." Click here to read the full interview.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 29, 2009, 04:04:36 PM
John Cena Challenges The Rock To A Match At WrestleMania 26
By Michael Bluth
Mar 28, 2009 - 11:03:17 AM

Source: MTV.com

Over the past year, John Cena has been very vocal about his feelings towards Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and how he's turned his back on the wrestling industry. Cena has called The Rock out on several occasions, saying The Rock has gone back on his word that he'd always remember the fans who made him a star. Now, Cena wants to settle their score in the ring.

In an interview with MTV, Cena said he wants to wrestle The Rock Dwayne Johnson at WrestleMania 26 for a one-night-only showdown of action stars. "I've been trying to wrestle him," Cena told MTV's Josh Horowitz. "It's not that he won't accept the challenge. He truly has a full plate."

Cena then set a date for the possible showdown and revealed that he's not even that confident that he could beat the Great One. "What a better showdown .. Dwayne Johnson, or The Rock, or whatever he wants to be called .. versus John Cena at, let's say, WrestleMania 26. I'm not even saying I'm going to win. He's a hell of an athlete. God-given ability. One of the nicest people ever to grace a WWE ring. I'd just like to get him back for a night."


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 29, 2009, 04:06:47 PM
WWE's Lowered Expectations, Latest Plans For Raw, 12 Rounds Demos
By Daniel Pena
Mar 29, 2009 - 6:40:50 PM

source: www.f4wonline.com

-- As reported earlier, WWE Studios' latest feature film, 12 Rounds, is estimated at doing $5.3 million for the weekend. This is far below what WWE executives had initially projected.

Going into the weekend, internal expectations were at a $10.1 million opening. The film's distributer, 20th Century Fox, then lowered WWE's expectations to a more realistic figure — $7.5 million. Following opening night, expectations were lowered once again — to $5.5 million. Then yesterday's numbers came in and the movie is projected to finish with a $5.3 million weekend.

-- As reported earlier on the official website of the American Airlines Center, John Cena is scheduled to take on Big Show tomorrow night on Raw. The WWE website confirmed the match over the weekend, so it will not be a mere dark match. Here is the official preview: "Days after knocking out World Heavyweight Champion Edge, Big Show issued a challenge to his other WrestleMania opponent, John Cena. The "12 Rounds" star accepted and the two collide live on Monday Night Raw."

The only other thing announced so far for tomorrow night's show is a match between Chris Jericho and Jerry "The King" Lawler.

Also, here is the TV Guide preview for tomorrow night's show: New, HD, (TV-PG,V), A live WrestleMania kickoff featuring Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Randy Orton and John Cena. (Pro Wrestling), (V=Moderate Violence).

-- HollywoodReporter.com revealed the type of audience that saw 12 Rounds over the weekend. According to them, the John Cena-centered film drew audiences comprised 57% of males, with 53% of patrons aged 25 and older.

Movie executives said exit polls showed patrons responded positively to the WWE feature film, which in their eyes, could bode well for its word-of-mouth prospects over the next two weekends.

"Hopefully, we have momentum to play through Easter," Fox Senior VP Distribution Bert Livingston said.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 29, 2009, 04:07:27 PM
Did Cena Beat Rock At The Box Office?, Styles On Twitter, Linda
By Daniel Pena
Mar 29, 2009 - 5:48:28 PM

-- WWE Studios' 12 Rounds starring John Cena will gross an estimated $5.3 million this weekend, which is nearly $2.0 million less than the opening weekend for Cena's first movie, The Marine. The official number will be released tomorrow.

12 Rounds will finish at No. 7, behind Race to Witch Mountain in its third week out, which is estimated at $5.64 million for the weekend. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's movie came from behind on Saturday as a result of better matinee business.

12 Rounds pulled in an additional $2,100,000 at the box office yesterday. The film drew $1,775,000 on Friday, so it currently sits at $3,875,000. The movie is estimated at doing $1.4 million today.

Click here to see the weekend's box office results.

-- Speaking of Dwayne Johnson and John Cena, both former WWE Champions were at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards last night. There was no interaction between the two on the show.

-- WWE CEO Linda McMahon spoke to CNN this past week about how World Wrestling Entertainment continues to thrive in a struggling economy. Click here to see the full interview.

-- Joey Styles now has an account on Twitter. Click here to visit his page.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 29, 2009, 04:08:03 PM
Sting Considered For WWE HOF This Year, "Macho Man" Randy Savage
By Daniel Pena
Mar 28, 2009 - 5:55:46 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- TNA wrestler Sting's name actually came up this year regarding a possible induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

The reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion got support because a number of people involved in the company's creative and producing process that were asked for input were not even aware he was working for the competition.

Sting is on good terms with Vince McMahon, so the company will likely produce a DVD based on the WCW footage they own and consider him in conjunction for the Hall of Fame when his time in TNA comes to an end.

-- Comcast on Demand is currently airing a WWE special entitled WrestleMania: 25 Stories, which consists of the year-by-year WrestleMania video packages the company has been running on television in recent weeks. It's interesting to note that the special features two video packages that have yet to air on WWE programming — WrestleManias IV & V at the Trump Plaza as well as WrestleMania X featuring Bret Hart. The video package on WrestleManias IV & V centers around "Macho Man" Randy Savage's title win, the break-up of "The Mega Powers," and subsequent title loss. For some reason, WWE has yet to air the Randy Savage-themed package on television, so it should be interesting to see whether WWE airs it or not in the final week building towards WrestleMania.

-- As noted earlier, a recent episode of G4's Attack of the Show featured a countdown of their top ten WWE Divas. In case you missed it, you can see the video at the following


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 29, 2009, 04:08:46 PM
More On 12 Rounds' Disappointing Start, Khali Talks WrestleMania
By Daniel Pena
Mar 28, 2009 - 5:26:01 PM

-- As reported earlier, WWE Studios' 12 Rounds opened yesterday with a disappointing $1.75 million in ticket sales, finishing in sixth-place. As a result, the movie looks to be on its way to generating the second-least amount of money on a per-theater basis in the history of WWE film releases as it's only ahead of The Condemned thus far. The Condemned was a financial disaster for the company as they had to write off $15.0 million from their financial statement due to its poor performance.

Opening in 2,331 theaters, 12 Rounds averaged $751 per theater - the second-least amount of money ever generated by a WWE film on a per-theater basis on opening day in company history. Comparably, The Condemned drew $1.33 million on opening day and averaged $577 per theater (in 2,310 theaters); Cena's first movie, The Marine, drew $2.36 million on opening day and averaged $930 per theater (in 2,545 theaters); and See No Evil drew $1.68 million on opening day and averaged $1,338 per theater (in 1,257 theaters).

Internally, company officials were hoping the movie would do $10 million during opening weekend, but unless business picks up today, they will fall well short of their goal.

The movie's currently projected to do between $5 and $6 million for the weekend.

-- The Great Khali recently joined WorldBand Media for an interview. During the interview, the SmackDown Superstar said he was involved in the filming of a movie starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, which is now in post-production. Khali also added that he went to India a few months ago and missed his opportunity to be written into a major storyline for Wrestlemania XXV. Click here to listen to the interview, which was conducted in Hindu. (Thanks to Jatinder Dhoot)

-- ECW Superstar The Miz recently talked to BuddyTV.com for their audio podcast. Miz discusses WrestleMania XXV, the origins of "The Dirt Sheet," differences between building a persona for reality television and WWE, and more. Click here for the interview.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 29, 2009, 04:09:22 PM
WWE Hall Of Fame Announcer Jim "JR" Ross on the Pain Clinic Recap
By Rich "Cashman" Jones
Mar 28, 2009 - 3:51:03 PM

WWE Hall Of Fame Announcer Jim "JR" Ross on the Pain Clinic 3/28 recap
www.feelthepain.net

Jim Ross joins the show and we immediately get into Oklahoma Sooner's win last
night against central New York's Syracuse Orange in the NCAA Sweet 16.
We talk about Oklahoma's phenom Blake Griffin. JR thinks he could be a great
wrestling star.

JR updates us on his recent pneumonia diagnosis and how he's feeling. He's
asked about what kind of work load he has this upcoming week and if he gets
any enjoyment or is it all business.

We ask about the barbecue in Houston and JR plans on sampling some. He brings
up our local barbecue highlight the Dinosaur Bar-b-que. This leads into our food
network segment and on to a discussion of the Cracker Barrel.

JR talks about next week's Smackdown show and the format of it. It's going
to have a few matches but also Fan Axxess footage. He's excited about it.

This leads into a question about why the Wrestlemania 25 card took so long
to be solidified. JR said it sold over 40,000 tickets before there was even a
card. JR talks about what he is most excited for this coming Wrestlemania
weekend. He loves the card and really thinks it's not predictable.

We talk about matches on the card and what will be the main event or last
match on the card. JR thinks this cards has multiple main events. He thinks
a title match will be the last match on the card. He takes a guess which match
that will be.

JR talks about the induction of the Von Erich family and Funks in the WWE
Hall of Fame. He discusses going in as groups over individuals. This leads
into who he thinks will be on the USA Hall Of Fame Special the Saturday
before Wrestlemania 25.

We ask JR about My Network's recent change in programming philosophy
and what the WWE thinks about it. JR thinks that the WWE is the anchor
of the network and it should be all good.

JR talks about the "Rise and Fall of WCW" DVD set being produced by WWE
and he talks about the focus of the new DVD set.

We let him go soon after. He was an awesome interview!
You can check it out at www.feelthepain.net.

Rich "Cashman" Jones
Producer/Host
The Pain Clinic
Sportsradio 1280 WHTK


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on March 29, 2009, 04:10:06 PM
"12 Rounds" Off To A Poor Start, Title Match On SmackDown, More
By Daniel Pena
Mar 28, 2009 - 1:46:27 PM

-- According to Box Office Mojo, John Cena's 12 Rounds did an estimated $1,750,000 at the box office last night, putting it in sixth place on the current movie list.

In comparison, The Marine drew $2,366,981 on its opening day, finishing with $7,138,774 for the weekend; See No Evil drew $1,681,241 on its opening day, finishing with $4,581,233; and The Condemned drew $1,333,622 on its opening day, finishing with $3,807,595.

Based on these past numbers, the movie's projected to do between $5 and 6 million for the weekend.

On the plus side, 12 Rounds beat out Dwayne Johnson's Race To Witch Mountain by an estimated $250,000.

Click here to see yesterday's box office chart in its entirety.

-- As announced during last night's SmackDown, Shelton Benjamin will be getting a rematch for the United States Championship against MVP on next week's show. MVP has won his second United States Championship on the 500th episode of SmackDown.

-- ECW color commentator Matt Striker will be signing autographs today from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Park City SportsFest in Bridgeport, Connecticut.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on April 08, 2009, 04:25:51 PM
    
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Posted in: WWE
Mickey Rourke
Reveals Why He Backed Out Of WM25 Match (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Apr 6, 2009 - 12:28:46 PM

Mickey Rourke apoke to the Baltimore Sun over the weekend and revealed why his rumored match with Chris Jericho at WrestleMania fell through.

Rourke said, "After I got done with the movie, I really started liking this sport a lot. And I believe it was through Vince [McMahon's] people who said, 'Would you like to come and do WrestleMania and wrestle?' And Jericho’s name came up and I said, 'Yeah, I want to do it.' To be real honest with you, because I had left acting for six years to go back to professional fighting, my agents said it would be detrimental to my career."

He continued, "If I took time off at this point in my career and did the wrestling, I wouldn’t be taken seriously in the acting world again. I’ve always enjoyed sports a lot more than I have acting, but they just advised me not to do it. I was kind of disappointed."







backstage Reaction To Mania, Rourke Hangs Out With Diana Hart
By Daniel Pena
Apr 6, 2009 - 2:35:00 PM

source: PWInsider.com

-- Most everyone backstage felt the Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels last night at WrestleMania tore the house down. There was also a lot of talk backstage on how great Ricky Steamboat looked for his age in his match with Chris Jericho.

The other big topic backstage was on how poorly the Randy Orton vs. Triple H main event match came off, both in the ring and with how it was booked. Although, many feel the creative team has something planned to get the title onto Orton tonight.

In closing, the mood was said to be good overall and company officials were quite pleased with the show's attendance and gate.

-- While staying at the WWE hotel this past weekend for Wrestlemania XXV, Mickey Rourke was cordial with the wrestlers and said to be approachable to everyone from the company. He spent a lot of time with Ric Flair, Afa "The Wild Samoan" and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, but was approachable to everyone from the company. It's also being said that he spent a lot of time with Diana Hart, mother of WWE developmental wrestler DH Smith, who was on hand for the festivities this past week.

-- MMA fighter Frank Shamrock could be seen sitting next to Mickey Rourke last night at Wrestlemania XXV.










Hogan Offered Reality Dating Show, SmackDown/ECW Preview & More
By Michael Bluth
Apr 7, 2009 - 11:05:06 AM

-- Tonight's WWE Smackdown and ECW tapings take place from Austin, Texas. The advertised main event of the show features a 6-man tag match with John Cena, Triple H, and Jeff Hardy teaming together to face Randy Orton, Edge, and Matt Hardy. This could be a dark match.

-- Last week's SmackDown, the "go-home" show before WrestleMania, did a 1.9 broadcast rating. (Source: PWInsider.com)

-- In an interview with celebrity gossip site PopEater.com, Hulk Hogan says he was recently approached by VH1 to star in a reality TV dating show similar to Bret Michaels' "Rock of Love" and Flavor Flav's "Flavor of Love." Although both shows have drawn big ratings for the cable channel, Hogan, who split with wife Linda back in 2007, said, "I passed on it. That's not my deal brother. It'd have to be 'Hulk Hogan: 55 and Still Alive on Viagra' or something."









Dwayne Johnson Laughs At John Cena's Challenge (Interview)
By Brad Ingles
Apr 7, 2009 - 2:24:04 PM

While taking to the media for the "Race to Witch Mountain" UK tour, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was asked when we would see him in the wrestling ring again.

Reporter: When will we see you in the ring again?
Johnson: No. Probably not. I retired quietly 5 years ago.
Reporter: John Cena at WrestleMania possibly?
Johnson: *laughs* That's very funny, he's funny.














Announcer Returning To WWE?, Sim Snuka In Disguise, WM Record Set
By Daniel Pena
Apr 7, 2009 - 2:50:37 PM

source: PWInsider.com

-- DirecTV's preview for the premiere of WWE Superstars on WGN America next week simply reads: "With Kevin Kelly."

We haven't heard anything on Kevin Kelly returning to the company, although company officials were scrambling to find commentators for the program. If so, he would be returning to the company after a six year absence. It could be a mistake on the part of DirecTV, but it would be a really strange mistake to make.

-- Some have speculated that the cameraman on the receiving end of Undertaker's insane dive spot at WrestleMania XXV was actually Sim Snuka in disguise. According to one source, it was indeed the Raw Superstar, although it is not 100% confirmed.

Snuka was brought in for WrestleMania weekend as he squared off against Dolph Ziggler at the Axxess event earlier in the day. This could also explain why he was not used in the Lumberjack Match to unify the WWE Tag Team Championship and World Tag Team Championship.

-- Following his bout against Chris Jericho this past Sunday, WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka is now the oldest performer to ever wrestle a match at any Wrestlemania event.




Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on April 08, 2009, 04:30:22 PM
Update On Randy Savage, Obama Watches "The Wrestler", Lashley
By Daniel Pena
Apr 8, 2009 - 4:46:04 PM

-- According to the official website of "Macho Man" Randy Savage, www.MachoMadness.com, Columbia Pictures have requested Savage's permission in regards to using his trademark "Macho Man" likeness in a brand new television pilot.

-- There is an article today revealing U.S. President Barack Obama's wide range of tastes across the television and film spectrums. In a passing mention, it is revealed that the Obamas have seen The Wrestler. (Obama Loves His "Entourage")

-- Former WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley has relaunched his online supplement store at www.LashleyNutrition.com .




Jim Ross Takes Shot At Heath Ledger?, Ricky Ortiz Weekly Segment
By Daniel Pena
Apr 8, 2009 - 1:23:52 PM

-- In case you missed it, while Rey Mysterio was making his ring entrance for his match against John Bradshaw Layfield at WrestleMania, Jim Ross apparently took a dig at deceased actor Heath Ledger.

During Mysterio's entrance, Jerry Lawler asked if he was paying tribute to Heath Ledger's Joker — due to the design of his mask. Ross replied, "At least Rey's career is alive and well."

-- Ricky Ortiz has a new weekly segment on WWE Mobile on AT&T. Each week, the ECW Superstar will offer the WWE Universe his "Ricky-O Rally Up: Inspirational Thought of the Week." (WWE Mobile on AT&T: Ricky Ortiz)

-- Yahoo.com's "OMG" section has photos from WrestleMania XXV.


 


Candice Michelle Return Update, Vickie Guerrero Gets Raw, More
By Daniel Pena
Apr 8, 2009 - 1:43:43 PM

-- In an update on Candice Michelle's ankle injury — which has kept her sidelined since mid-February — she was telling fans at WrestleMania Axxess over the weekend that she was three weeks away from returning to the ring.

-- As announced this past Monday, Vickie Guerrero said that WWE
's Board of Director's had told her that she would have to choose one show to run. Promising to bring her own unique vision to the program, Guerrero revealed that she would be running Raw. In an update, Guerrero's profile has been moved to the Raw section.

-- WWE.com has released a statement touting Raw's 3.9 cable rating this past Monday. WWE claims it was the most-watched Raw the night after WrestleMania since the March 19, 2002 show, which had 6,513,000 viewers. Monday's show drew 5,946,000 viewers. (Raw scores big ratings)




Batista-WWE-Wolverine Crossover, Striker & Grisham, MSG Classics
By Daniel Pena
Apr 8, 2009 - 1:55:47 PM

source: PWInsider.com

-- An upcoming issue of WWE Magazine features Batista on the cover doing a takeoff of Marvel Comics' Wolverine character undergoing his Weapon X experiment. This is a takeoff of the upcoming Wolverine movie, which hits theaters in May.

Additionally, reader Koz Million sent in the following:

"WWE Superstar Batista's martial arts trainer is Marrese Crump. He is a well-known martial artist who recently launched a social network for martial artists at www.CrumpDojo.com where special news about Batista and his training might be released first.

It is rumored that Dave Batista will be on the cover of an upcoming issue of WWE Magazine when he makes his comeback from injury. The concept is entitled "I've Created A Monster" and will have Batista in a laboratory inside a "Wolverine-like" water tank with monitoring pads on his body, as well as trainer Marrese Crump standing by and monitoring his progress with a clipboard. This seems fitting for the training Batista has received from Crump that has aided him after his last injury and successful comeback. It is also rumored that when Batista makes his comeback, he will be on the road to uniting the Heavyweight and WWE Championship Titles next year at Wrestlemania. Marrese Crump is rumored to possibly sign with the WWE as well and accompany Batista to the Ring as his manager."

-- In perhaps their final announcing duty together, Matt Striker and Todd Grisham called the Lumberjack Match to unify the WWE Tag Team Championship and World Tag Team Championship prior to the WrestleMania XXV pay-per-view. The match will be featured in the upcoming WrestleMania XXV DVD release.

-- WWE's Madison Square Garden Classics series will return to the MSG Network on Wednesday, April 22nd for another round of episodes.



Edge Wants To Feud With Christian, Hogan's New Energy Suppliments
By Michael Bluth
Apr 8, 2009 - 2:51:56 PM

-- In the latest issue of WWE Magazine, the Rated R Superstar Edge says he's excited that Christian is back in WWE and is eager to step in the ring with his "brother." When asked whether he'd be willing to team up with Christian for another TLC match against the Hardy Boyz, Edge said "I’d love to face those guys in another TLC match. It’s fantastic having Christian back in WWE. But I’d much rather oppose him in the ring than team up again. Hopefully, someday soon I’ll get my chance."

-- As previously reported, the June 15th edition of WWE Raw from Charlotte, North Carolina will be a special 3-hour show. The show is rumored to feature a 1-night tournament to crown a 2009 King of the Ring. The pre-sale password to get tickets early (they went on sale this morning) is "CENA".

-- Looking for a quick boost of energy, brother? Since drinking energy beverages out of a can is apparently a hassle, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan is now selling his own line of Extreme Energy Granules. Now you can "feel awake, alert and productive for hours" and gain "immediate mental clarity and focus" by letting the Hulkster's citrus-flavored powder dissolve in your mouth. Visit HulkHogan.com to learn more about Hogan Energy Granules and sign up for a free trial of 20 packets.



Edge Heading Back To Raw?, WWE Releasing DVD On Tag Teams, Long
By Daniel Pena
Apr 8, 2009 - 5:20:53 PM

-- World Wrestling Entertainment has plans to release a DVD compilation set on the greatest wrestling tag teams of all-time this summer. The DVD is actually being named after the short-lived tag team that consisted of Lex Luger and "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith for eight months in 1995 - The Allied Powers. Allied Powers: The World's Greatest Tag Teams will be officially released on Tuesday, July 14, 2009. Click here to see the product page on Amazon.com, although information on the DVD has yet to be released.

-- The WWE website has an article looking at Vickie Guerrero becoming the new General Manager of Raw and what plans she may have in store for said brand. The article also speculates that Edge could be moved back to Raw in next week's draft.

"Working on Raw also provides a benefit that many in the WWE Universe probably don't think about. For you, SmackDown is the most exciting two hours on network television, but for those on the show, it's a challenging, difficult (albeit exciting) job," the article reads. "By moving to Raw, Vickie will have her Friday nights free for whatever she likes. If her hubby Edge gets drafted to Raw, then we'd suggest using the time for marriage counseling."

The article also adds that Burn Notice star Bruce Campbell reminds them in no small way of "The Rated-R Superstar" what with his "imposing chin" and "smarmy charm." The article speculates it being part of Guerrero's master plan to get closer to the cast of USA Network's original series.

Click here to read the article.

-- As announced on last night's episode of ECW on Sci Fi, Theodore Long will be returning to SmackDown as the brand's General Manager, with his assistant Tiffany replacing him on ECW. Long's profile has been moved to the SmackDown roster section.


Diva Starring In Movie Opening This Week, Candice On Disney Show?
By Daniel Pena
Apr 8, 2009 - 5:52:23 PM

-- Royal Kill, an independent movie starring Gail Kim, opens this weekend in select theaters. The SmackDown Diva filmed scenes for the movie during her tenure in TNA Wrestling.

The former TNA Knockout cornerstone was initially pegged for a small role in the film as a villain, but her role was expanded after impressing the film's makers with her performance, not to mention that focus groups said they wanted to see more of her character in the movie.

"Gail Kim in the whole movie had the strongest reaction to her," director Babar Ahmed said. "Her role is extremely impactful, extremely."

SmackDown Superstar Jimmy Wang Yang has a small cameo in the movie, playing the role of a cop.

"Jimmy has a very small but very impactful role. He comes, there's carnage, then he leaves," Ahmed said. "Jimmy was actually crucial because some of the moves that Gail does, she could only have done with Jimmy. It was very important that he was there so we could up the level of the stunts in the movie."

Click here to read SLAM! Wrestling's article on Royal Kill. If you have not see the trailer for the movie, you can do so here.

-- According to www.AceShowBiz.com, WWE Diva Candice Michelle will be making a guest appearance on an episode of the Disney Channel show Wizards of Waverly Place. The episode is set to air on Sunday, April 19th. Although, the website also has her listed for an episode that aired this past Sunday and we haven't heard any reports on her appearing.

-- A columnist for MSN TV has an article detailing his WrestleMania weekend. (WrestleMania 25: Weekend Diary)







Trish Stratus' WrestleMania No-Show, Undertaker Ailing, Christian
By Daniel Pena
Apr 8, 2009 - 6:32:05 PM

source: www.f4wonline.com

-- According to a company source, Trish Stratus was in negotiations with WWE to take part in the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania this past Sunday, but only if she won the match. Once she was informed Santino Marella was going over, she rejected the offer.

-- It's being said that Undertaker largely kept to himself during WrestleMania weekend. Multiple sources are saying he stayed in his hotel room and was constantly icing his knees. While he's in rough shape these days, he can still obviously perform at a high level. However, he plans on taking some time off over the next year — as does Shawn Michaels.

-- WWE recently pulled Christian from appearing in a movie.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on April 08, 2009, 04:36:50 PM
Sim really let himself go..



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: chaos on April 08, 2009, 07:09:43 PM
Sim really let himself go..


Any shots of when he's closer to the ground or right at impact? :D


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Karl Kox on April 08, 2009, 09:11:15 PM
Quote
According to a company source, Trish Stratus was in negotiations with WWE to take part in the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania this past Sunday, but only if she won the match. Once she was informed Santino Marella was going over, she rejected the offer.


Good for her


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on May 04, 2009, 09:23:15 AM
"Superstar" Billy Graham's WWE Termination Notice Posted Online
By Daniel Pena
May 2, 2009 - 3:02:24 PM

As reported earlier, World Wrestling Entertainment recently released "Superstar" Billy Graham from his contract in a cost-cutting measure. The Hall of Famer was collecting $2,000 per month from the company as a consultant.

As you would imagine, Graham is upset over their decision to release him from his contract. Perhaps as retribution, he asked Georgiann Makropoulos of WrestlingFigs.com to post the letter WWE sent him two weeks ago informing him of his release from the company. You can see a scan of the letter at the following link.

WWE is apparently claiming the rights to the "Superstar" Billy Graham name and his character's trademark likeness as the letter specifies that he is forever precluded from "using any names, likeness, costumes, props, gimmicks, gestures, routines, themes, personalities, or caricatures, which refer or relate to, or which are confusingly similar to those [he] used while bound by the contract."

They are also requesting that Graham return any property belonging to the company prior to the termination date of his contract, citing championship belts and costumes.

He is also informed that he is prohibited from appearing at any wrestling-related events through the termination date of his contract on July 19, 2009.


Legal Setback For Hulk Hogan, Santino Wets The Bed, Classic Trish
By Michael Bluth
Apr 30, 2009 - 5:01:19 PM

-- WWE.com has posted a new photo gallery featuring classic pictures of former Diva Trish Stratus, which can be viewed here.

-- In the latest episode of Santino's Casa over at WWE.com, Santino and "girlfriend" Beth Phoenix visited a relationship counselor. During the episode, Beth reveals that Santino wets the bed when he drinks too much "Yoo-hoo" chocolate milk.

-- A judge in Pinellas County, Florida has denied Hulk Hogan's request for Linda Hogan's 19-year-old boyfriend Charlie Hill to be prohibited from driving Hogan-owned cars. Hulk argued that his assets would be at risk if accident-prone Hill got into an accident while behind the wheel of one of Hulk's cars. While the judge did state that "it would appear to be exceedingly imprudent" to keep Charlie from behind the wheel, the request was still denied. Hulk Hogan's attorney told TMZ.com, "This issue certainly isn't over... clearly from [the judge's] statement from this hearing that in principal he agrees with our position but legally does not feel he is able to grant an injunction." To view the legal documents, visit TMZ.com.



Buff Bagwell Discusses Shooting His Father, Torrie Wilson's Pay
By Daniel Pena
Apr 29, 2009 - 9:53:29 PM

-- Former WCW star Buff Bagwell is working on an autobiography entitled Gladiators Don't Cry.

"I've got a story that is completely off the chain. It's crazy, literally, it really is. I shot my father when I was 18 years old for beating my mom up. So, way beyond wrestling my life's been crazy. He's still alive and now we're best friends," Bagwell said. "I've led a pretty crazy life outside of wrestling, but that too. In wrestling it was just wide open."

In an interview with the Coshocton Tribune, the five-time WCW World Tag Team Champion discusses his numerous tag team partnerships, working indy shows, meeting the fans, and more. (Buff Bagwell to headline OCW show)

-- Former WWE Diva Torrie Wilson stands to earn $70,000 for her participation in NBC's upcoming reality television show, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!, reports The Sun. The winner of the show will donate $100,000 to a charity of his or her choosing.

In it, a cast of nine celebrities live in jungle conditions with few comforts and have to earn human essentials. The show premieres on Monday, June 1st and will air Monday through Thursday nights for the entire month.

-- Former wrestling manager Percy Pringle has issued a statement regarding the passing of former Pringle Dynasty member "Playboy" Buddy Rose, who was found dead by his wife yesterday afternoon at their home in Vancouver, Washington. Pringle managed Rose in the Florida Championship Wrestling territory in 1985. You can read his statement here.



"12 Rounds" On Its Last Legs, Buddy Rose Remembered, Sim Snuka
By Daniel Pena
Apr 29, 2009 - 10:16:19 PM

-- 12 Rounds, starring WWE Superstar John Cena, is on its last legs as the film was carried in a limited number of theaters this past weekend — 223 to be exact.

According to www.BoxOfficeMojo.com, 12 Rounds brought in an additional $100,484 last weekend, bringing its five week total to $11,492,383. In comparison, The Marine was at $17,945,427 by the same point, drawing an additional $705,576 in it's fifth weekend out.

-- WWE.com has uploaded a tribute photo gallery honoring former WWE Superstar "Playboy" Buddy Rose (real name Paul Perschmann), who was found dead by his wife yesterday afternoon at their home in Vancouver, Washington. The gallery features images of Rose from his cup of coffee stint in the promotion in 1990.

-- Seldom seen Raw Superstar Sim Snuka (in his plain black T-shirt gimmick) is today's "Superstar of the Day" on WWE.com. Snuka has not been seen since the January 12, 2009 episode of Monday Night Raw where Ted DiBiase betrayed him and Manu.



    
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SmackDown
Draws Record Low Rating, WrestleMania 27 Location, More
By Daniel Pena
Apr 29, 2009 - 11:30:42 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- WWE probably won't be issuing a press release this week as last week's episode of Friday Night SmackDown drew a 1.6 rating with 2.7 million viewers, setting a record low number for the program on myNetworkTV. The show was headlined by Batista and Shane McMahon vs. Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes.

-- At the moment, WWE is leaning toward holding WrestleMania 27 in Indianapolis. However, nothing will be decided until early next year.

-- WWE plans on keeping all three brands apart from this point forward. For the most part, WWE managed to stay true to their new directive as announcer Josh Mathews and United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter were the sole talents to cross brands following Backlash. It was noted on commentary during last week's episode of SmackDown that MVP's title defense against Dolph Ziggler on this week's show was signed prior to the Draft.



Linda Hogan Looking To Cash In On Hulk's "O.J. Simpson" Comments
By Michael Bluth
Apr 28, 2009 - 4:36:29 PM

Earlier this month, Hulk Hogan made tabloid headlines when he told Rolling Stone magazine that after the latest round of divorce proceedings, he empathizes with O.J. Simpson. Hogan told Rolling Stone, "I could have turned everything into a crime scene, like OJ, cutting everybody's throat. You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can't go to anymore, you're driving through downtown Clearwater and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife . . . I totally understand OJ. I get it."

Now, TMZ.com reports that Linda Hogan is looking to cash in on Hulk's poor choice of words. This afternoon, Linda filed papers in Pinellas County, Florida claiming she is in "imminent danger of becoming a victim" and needs an additional $8,200 a month from Hulk so she can move "thousands of miles away" from him.

Linda is also asking for $24,000 for "advanced rent and security deposits" so she can find a new home in California - where, as TMZ points out, O.J. allegedly killed his wife.





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Bret Hart Interview: Forgiving HBK, Taking Wrestling Too Serious
By Michael Bluth
Apr 27, 2009 - 12:12:05 PM

WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart was interviewed by Sky Sports in Great Britain while on his overseas book tour. You can read the entire interview at SkySports.com. Here's what the Hitman said about:

Writing His Book: "In a lot of ways the writing was really cathartic for me. I tried to let it take its own course. I never rushed anything. I found myself putting a full day just into writing a whole page."

The Montreal Screwjob: "For me I don't really have much issue with it anymore. If you asked me that up until probably about a year ago I'd have probably said something different. But I've cooled off a bit now. I don't want to carry it around anymore. If [Shawn Michaels] wanted to apologize I would accept it. I'd move on but I wouldn't forget it."

Inducting Shawn Michaels into the WWE Hall of Fame: "Maybe if he wants to make himself feel better about it he should have the guts to pick up the phone and apologize. Then we'll see after that.

Did He Take the Business Too Seriously?: "Maybe I did take it all a bit too serious. But that's what made me special and hopefully makes people remember me as someone who was passionate about what I did and what I thought wrestling was really all about."



Eric Bischoff Rejects Working With WWE, GAB Poster Released, More
By Daniel Pena
May 2, 2009 - 2:17:52 PM

-- Via Twitter (twitter.com/EBischoff), a fan asked Eric Bischoff if he'll be taking part in WWE's upcoming "Rise and Fall of WCW" DVD release — which Jim Ross noted was in production in a recent blog post. Bischoff responded with the following:

"They called and asked me to be a part of it and I declined. No desire to give credibility to their revisionist hist."

Bischoff later added the following in response to another fan:

"Chose not to participate in WWE's latest revisionist history initiative for many reasons including the obvious one."

-- in DEMAND has released the promotional poster for the upcoming Great American Bash pay-per-view, which features Batista. You can see the poster here. Although, the poster appears to be a placeholder poster.

The Great American Bash will be taking place on Sunday, June 28 as its date was switched with Night of Champions.

-- The Bella Twins are featured on the latest edition of "Diva Shorts" on WWE.com.



Dwayne Johnson Lands Another Starring Movie Role With Disney
By Michael Bluth
May 4, 2009 - 10:59:45 AM

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has signed on to star in yet another Disney motion picture. Johnson will play Captain Nemo in a planned remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The film is slated to film later this year in Australia.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is about "a fugitive whaler who teams up with a naturalist, a mysterious woman and a captain of a futuristic submarine to search for a lost underwater civilization that holds libraries of vast knowledge and a weapon with the power to destroy mankind."

This will be Johnson's third project with Disney. He previously starred in The Game Plan and Race To Witch Mountain, both of which were box office hits and helped solidify him as a bankable leading man. Johnson scored major points with Disney executives by going above and beyond the call of duty to promote "The Game Plan."



Reid Flair Resurfaces, News On Roddy Piper's Son's MMA Career
By Michael Bluth
May 4, 2009 - 11:11:02 AM

-- MMAJunkie.com features an article about up and coming MMA fighter Colt Toombs, son of WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy "Roddy" Piper. The 19 year old fighter is 3-0 and trains with Team Quest, coached by UFC regular Matt Lindland.

"I did a lot of boxing growing up with my dad, and I also did other various martial arts, including wrestling and training with ("Judo") Gene Lebell," Toombs said. Although he's been successful so far in his young career, Toombs admits that he's already thinking about making a name for himself in the MMA world. "I'd like to have at least a couple more fights for experience," Toombs said. "But being a kid, of course I want to jump in there with the top guys right now."

Toombs' father does have some influence over his career, but Piper told MMAJunkie that his son "goes by his Christian name, Colten Toombs, because he doesn't want to ride off his fathers name. He wants to make it on his own."

-- Over the weekend, Reid Flair made his first public appearance since being arrested for DWI and heroin possession on 4/26. At a wrestling show in Shelby, North Carolina to raise money for the police department's youth prevention programs, Reid teamed up with his brother David in the main event against Buff Bagwell & Rikki Nelson. Bagewell and Nelson got the win after Ric Flair was removed from ringside by police. For more on the appearance, visit ShelbyStar.com.



Bret Hart To ROH, Batista-Pacquiao Video, Mayweather Boxing Again
By Michael Bluth
May 4, 2009 - 11:50:21 AM

-- WWE superstar Batista accompanied Manny Pacquiao to the ring over the weekend for his boxing fight against Ricky Hatton. You can see video of at Youtube.com. Batista and Pacquiao share Filipino heritage and are two of the country's biggest celebrities. For those who missed it, Pacquiao dismantled Ricky Hatton and scored a knockout victory at the end of the second round.

-- The other wrestling-related news coming out of the Manny Pacquio vs. Ricky Hatton fight was that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. came out of retirement to announce his return to boxing. Mayweather "fought" Big Show at last year's WrestleMania 24 in Orlando and is rumored to be next in line to fight Manny Pacquiao.

-- Ring of Honor announced this morning that WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart will make a special appearance for the company on July 24th in Toronto, Ontario. Hart will be on-hand for a special autograph signing prior to the scheduled ROH event, as well as making an appearance during the show. It will be Bret's first ROH appearance. For ticket information, visit ROHWrestling.com.



    
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Hall of Famer Compares Wrestling Promoter To Adolf Hitler
By Daniel Pena
May 3, 2009 - 3:16:27 PM

"Superstar" Billy Graham is — or was — quite upset with Karl Lauer, the Executive Vice President of the Cauliflower Alley Club.

Last weekend, Graham sent a threatening e-mail to Lauer, likening him to Adolf Hiter and saying he should get "666" tattooed on his head. Graham forwarded the e-mail to a number of people with one person receiving it sending it to me.

The WWE Hall of Famer was upset over teaching a seminar at the annual convention in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and not being paid. Apparently, he was going to send his payoff for the event to a nine-year-old girl by the name of Shiloh. However, it should be noted that the Cauliflower Alley Club is a non-profit organization.

Here is his e-mail in its entirety:

Mr. Lauer,

Please return Paulette Nordmann from the Bronx, NY her income tax refund check of $200, that she wanted to donate to Shiloh. Ms Nordmann has set an example that you would have been wise to follow. She gave all she had to help this handicap child. But you, a filthy rich cattle baron has not given that child a penny. I know people with almost nothing that have given something, to this handicap child. I would urge you, you worthless piece of dung to go out and hang yourself and then send us all a postcard from Hell. You are a pure dictator and your middle name should be Hitler. You walk up to me and tell me, that I have a seminar at 10 AM the next morning. You do not ask, you tell, you order, you demand. You are nothing more than a mark whore for this business and the numbers 666 should be tattooed across your forehead. I have been told by more than one person that you were the worst pay off promoter in this disgusting business. You stole and robbed money from wrestlers as a wanta be promoter. You promoted a silent auction? It was so silent that know one even knew about it. You comped me a fold up table worth $150? So what, you should have, would you have the nerve to have charged Hulk or Ventura for a gimmick table? Or, charge them $100 for a plate of mashed potatoes? Or charged them $32 per night in a white trash hotel? Dont you get it? You comp people that will bring marks and add prestige to your event. But you are whining you multi millionaire fool who did not give a handicap child a penny? Fuck you, you worthless pile of dung. I hate your guts Mr. Hitler. The CAC board of good and decent folks need to vote you out, burn in Hell please.

SUPERSTAR BILLY GRAHAM

Shiloh (Pepin) is the nine-year old "Mermaid Girl" that was featured on a Discovery Channel special last year. She's a huge WWE fan who Graham has been raising money for in recent months. He tried to convince Vince McMahon to bring her in as celebrity at this year's WrestleMania, but he refused.

Graham's official MySpace account (www.myspace.com/superstargraham) notes a statement from the official website of the Millennium Wrestling Federation, www.BostonWrestling.com, thanking him for raising enough money for Shiloh and her family to attend the Backlash pay-per-view in Providence, Rhode Island last week. The statement notes that Shiloh was personally presented with a WWE Women's Championship by John Cena himself.

It would appear that Lauer gave in to Graham's request as he is also credited with helping raise money for the Pepin family to attend Backlash.


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Post by: wolfgang187 on May 08, 2009, 12:21:40 PM
Brooke Hogan Talks About Dating Girls, Linda's Drug Use
By Michael Bluth
May 8, 2009 - 12:56:30 PM

Source: FoxNews.com

In an interview with Fox News, Brooke Hogan revealed that she's been on a date with another woman. "The girl was really awesome and we had a blast," Brooke said. "Then it got to the point where she was wanting to kiss me. Everyone knows I do not go there.” Brooke went on to say that she understands how people can "fall in love with anyone," yet she maintains that she "naturally migrates toward men first."

Brooke also spoke about her mother Linda and her relationship with 19-year-old Charlie Hill. Brooke says she doesn't approve of Charlie, who she calls a "bad influence" on Linda. "We are totally different women. I’m straight laced, don’t do drugs, stick to my regimen. It’s different there."

Brooke said she's more comfortable with her father’s new girlfriend and looks up to Hulk for the lessons he's taught her in life, including love and physical fitness. "I feel great at this weight, but I’ve started sticking to a diet again. People should know, I’m only doing the diet for the entertainment business. It’s not really what you’re supposed to look like in real life."




PPV Buyrates Released, New WWE Videogame, Cena's Movie Career
By Michael Bluth
May 7, 2009 - 12:46:17 PM

-- In an interview with Vindy.com, John Cena was once again asked about whether his budding movie career will take away from his time in WWE. Cena said "I’m going to be the first guy to work two full-time jobs. I’m certainly not going to leave wrestling anytime soon, but I’m not going to do movies as a hobby. I really want to devote 100-percent effort into any project I get involved with."

-- In its quarterly earnings call with stock holders on Wednesday morning, THQ, developers of World Wrestling Entertainment's video games, announced that they are developing a new game called WWE Online. At this point, not much else is known about the title aside from the fact that it's being developed in Asia. WWE's video games are one of THQ's main profit centers, although sales of this year's SmackDown vs. RAW were down 25% from the 2008 edition.

-- WWE released first quarter 2009 financial results and the buyrates are in for this year's Royal Rumble and No Way Out. The 2009 Royal Rumble drew 450,000 buys, down from 533,000 in 2008. No Way Out 2009 drew 272,000 buys, down from 329,000 in 2008. It should be noted that unlike last year, this year's WrestleMania took place in WWE's second fiscal quarter, so we'll have to wait until August before seeing the final buyrate. During the investor conference call this morning, Vince did state that WrestleMania drew over 70,000 fans and is on track to doing close to 1 million buys.


WWE Releases First Quarter 2009 Financial Results
By Michael Bluth
May 7, 2009 - 12:02:33 PM

STAMFORD, Conn., May 7, 2009 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2009.

* Revenues totaled $107.8 million as compared to $162.6 million in the comparable prior year quarter.

* Operating income was $16.7 million as compared to $27.1 million in the prior year quarter.

* Net income was $10.3 million, or $0.14 per share, as compared to $19.5 million, or $0.27 per share, in the prior year quarter.

For a complete breakdown of WWE's first quarter financial results and how this quarter compared to Q1 2008 (including data on live events, merchandise, PPV buyrates, revenue by region and more), visit Corporate.WWE.com [PDF file].




Billy Graham Calls McMahon 'Evil' & Says He Will 'Burn In Hell'
By Daniel Pena
May 6, 2009 - 9:11:39 PM

As reported earlier, "Superstar" Billy Graham was recently informed that World Wrestling Entertainment would be releasing him from his $500 a week contract not to mention prohibiting him from using his trademark moniker in any capacity related to wrestling any longer.

As you would imagine, he was initially furious over their decision to retain all rights to his stage name and character as he had been using the "Superstar" Billy Graham persona long before he joined WWE. Fortunately for Graham, WWE made a clerical error by sending him a form letter release as the terms on the letter don't apply to him.

The issue between Graham and WWE has since been resolved as company officials told him on Monday morning that he owns all rights to his three wrestling names — Wayne Coleman, Billy Graham and "Superstar" Billy Graham — and is free to use them at wrestling related events without interference.

However, before Graham resolved things with WWE, he was apparently going on a mini-crusade online to get back at the company. First, he had his termination paper posted online — something's he's prohibited from doing. A few days later, he forwarded an e-mail condemning Vince McMahon, calling him an "evil man" and saying he will "burn in Hell" for trying to prevent him from using his wrestling name.

We managed to get a hold of Graham's e-mail. Here is what was written in its enirety:

"One more thought concerning not being able to use my wrestling name of Superstar Billy Graham in any capacity related to wrestling once my contract is up. What if I wanted to paint a portrait of a dead wrestler, my dear and precious friend, Eddie G. And I wanted to sell this painting of Eddie for his memory to and for wrestling fans and wrestlers alike. I would not be able to sign my wrestling name of Superstar Billy Graham to a portrait I just painted of Eddie? Vince will indeed burn in Hell for trying to stop me from using my pro wrestling name, because he doesn't want me to, let him burn, he is one evil man."  "GOD DAM WHAT A CRAZY OLD MAN"



Batista Retirement Update, Developmental Talent Getting Called Up
By Michael Bluth
May 5, 2009 - 3:03:59 PM

-- WWE developmental talent Sheamus O'Shaunessy has been called up to the main roster and will be working some WWE house shows in the coming weeks. There's also been some talk of calling up Eric Escobar, according to PWInsider.com.

-- WSOC-TV channel 9 news in Charlotte, NC has posted an article about the recent increase in black tar heroin use in the area. The article, which you can read here, notes that according to police, "21-year-old Richard Fliehr crashed his car and had black tar heroin inside."

-- We reported yesterday that Dave Batista is considering retiring from WWE when his contract expires next year. Batista was interviewed today by the UK Sun and once again brought up the prospect of retirement. "I realize that I am closer to the end of my career than I am to the beginning. It's something I’m really going to have to take a look at. I don’t want to hang around past my welcome. I also don’t want to hang around to the point where I’m so beat up that it’s hard for me to get out of bed. I don’t want to be that guy." Batista's WWE contract expires next Spring. To read the interview, visit TheSun.co.uk.



Hardcore Holly Threatens Current WWE Star Over Incident Last Year
By Daniel Pena
May 5, 2009 - 3:32:47 PM

RF Video recently conducted a shoot interview with former WWE wrestler Hardcore Holly and he holds nothing back while discussing his 15-year tenure in the company.

Perhaps the most notable portion of the interview concerns Holly's explanation for being let go from World Wrestling Entertainment back in January. He has some choice words for a certain wrestler in the company to say the least — that person being Raw Superstar Mr. Kennedy. Holly believes Kennedy is responsible for his ultimate release from the company and is angry with him to this day, so much so that he issues a personal threat to him during the interview.

Courtesy of RFVideo.com, here is a synopsis of what you can expect to hear from Holly concerning his issue with Kennedy in the shoot interview:

"I got a call from Bob today when he was boarding his plane and he told me what he wanted to talk about on the shoot. He asked me point blank can he say what ever he wants and I told him that this is his day. This would be his platform to do what ever he wanted. He went off on a 5 minute promo on how he wants to beat the hell out of Ken Kennedy on the phone and told me about his major heat with him. This is not a work at all and on the interview, Bob goes into what happened to get these two once best friends into a bitter battle. You will hear right from the mouth of Bob, how Kennedy told Bob to go into his bag and get something out of it for himself. I do not want to get to graphic here because it makes the shoot. You have to watch this as soon as you can, as Bob sends a private message to Ken on this tape. I would not want to be in the shoes of Mr. Kennedy!!!"

Here is another synopsis on the subject, noting Holly making a threat "that is sure to get the WWE's attention":

"The highlight of this interview is Bob talking about his WWE release. How did someone once so close to the boss get released? Bob sends a clear message to a current WWE superstar and calls him out by name. What is this wrestler's culpability in Bob's firing? Bob will tell you a story that will shock even his biggest detractors. No names are protected and nobody is innocent as Bob makes a threat that is sure to get the WWE's attention. What happened between Bob and his former friend? You will hear about it all from the horse's mouth in this classic RF Video Shoot Interview."

Reportedly, Holly was caught stealing pain pills from another wrestler's bag this past summer, hence his sudden disappearance from television. He was immediately taken off the road, sent to a rehabilitation facility, and ultimately released.




WWE Signs New Superstar, Another Movie For The Rock, WCW DVD
By Michael Bluth
May 7, 2009 - 4:42:09 PM

-- WWE's upcoming DVD set for World Championship Wrestling will be titled, "The Rise and Fall of WCW." It will be a 3-disc set and will be available on August 25th. As reported last week, several big names from WCW's heyday have turned down invitations to be part of the project, including Eric Bischoff and Ted Turner.

-- ComingSoon.net reports that CBS Films is in final negotiations with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to star in "Faster," an action drama that will be directed by Phil Joanou (Gridiron Gang). Johnson will play "an ex-con bent on avenging the death of his brother, murdered 10 years earlier when the two were double-crossed during a heist." Shooting begins in August.

-- WWE has signed independent wrestler Fred Sampson, who wrestles in New Jersey based ECWA as "Frederick of Hollywood", to a developmental deal. Sampson has done some enhancement work for WWE in the past, including posing as a police officer for several on-air segments. (Credit: PWInsider.com)






Bret Hart Interview: HBK-Taker, Passing The Torch, Cena, Drugs
By Michael Bluth
May 7, 2009 - 6:46:28 PM

WWE Hall of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart was recently interviewed by the UK Sun's WrestleCast radio show, which you can listen to here. Some highlights:

HBK vs. Undertaker: "I’ll be the first to say that I thought Taker v Shawn was the best match at WrestleMania, maybe one of the best matches I’ve seen in years. To a certain degree, I was proud of both of them. I never take away the fact that Shawn was a great wrestler and he did a lot of great stuff. I’ve always been really proud of the match we had in Anaheim, when I dropped the title to him.”

Passing the Torch: "If you look back when I first won the title, too many guys – Warrior, Hogan, Jake Roberts – didn’t pass the torch back. When I left the business I had a lousy ending, but I would have loved to have wrestled Steve Austin one more time at the end of my career and really put him over – or Shawn. I would have loved to have given back. I didn’t end up being able to pass the torch back, that was an honour I would have liked to have done."

John Cena being a company guy: “When Chris Benoit died he was on Larry King and somebody asked him if wrestlers need a union – and he shot that down and said 'no'. The truth is only an idiot would say wrestlers don’t need a union, because we do! But it is hard not to take that company position and be a company guy when you’re on the team later. I was in his shoes and you try and do the best you can. As far as his career and how they’re using him – he’s better off working with them and doing everything the way he’s doing it."

Wrestlers dying young: "I don’t understand why so many of them are dying from the prescription pill problems and downers and things like that. There’s an addiction I don’t understand, as I was never addicted to anything like that and never had any desire to tranquilize myself after the matches. I couldn’t understand why these guys would take pills all the time. Back then it was stupid, but now they’re all dying. There have been so many who died that shouldn’t have. Curt Hennig, Miss Elizabeth, Davey Boy, Test and Crush should all be alive. But I think it’s unfair to pin this epidemic of wrestlers dying on Vince McMahon. It’s the wrestlers who need to clean up their act."



WWE Reaches Out To Ted Turner, Tyson Kidd & Natalya vs. Tiffany
By Daniel Pena
May 5, 2009 - 11:49:52 PM

-- Eric Bischoff noted on his Twitter page (twitter.com/EBischoff) that Ted Turner — Vince McMahon's arch nemesis — declined World Wrestling Entertainment's offer to take part in their upcoming "Rise and Fall of WCW" DVD.

Bischoff also notes speaking to former TBS president Bill Shaw, who helped him rise to power in World Championship Wrestling in the early-1990s. He says Shaw declined to participate in WWE's project as well.

-- WWE may be doing a wrestler vs. General Manager angle on ECW.

Following his loss to Evan Bourne on tonight's episode of ECW on Sci Fi, Tyson Kidd and his associate Natalya launched a number of complaints towards ECW interim General Manager Tiffany. (WWE Mobile on AT&T exclusive video: Tyson Kidd & Natalya and Tiffany)

-- In today's birthdays, WWE Diva Eve Torres turns 25 years old whereas WWE Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bill Watts turns 70 years old.






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Post by: wolfgang187 on May 08, 2009, 12:22:27 PM
JR Comments On Batista Retiring, Update On The Rock's Next Movie
By Michael Bluth
May 6, 2009 - 2:42:37 PM

-- Yesterday we wrote about a news story reported by entertainment industry publication Production Weekly about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson being selected to star in the upcoming Disney remake of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." It turns out that news is false. During a phone interview conducted on Monday with SciFiWire.com, "20,000 Leagues" director McG was asked about the Dwayne Johnson report and said, "I don't know where that came from. I've never spoken to Dwayne Johnson. You can be the first to report that I have no idea where that came from. I wish him every success, but I never spoke to Dwayne about this." McG reiterated, "I like him. He's great. He's a wonderful human being and an excellent screen presence, but we have not spoken about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Not a word." He added that he'd like to have actor Will Smith play the lead.

-- In his latest blog over at JRsBarBQ.com, Jim Ross has addressed the online reports that Batista is considering retirement next year when his WWE contract expires. Heres what Ross said:

"Been reading where Batista may retire in a year or so but I'd bet that won't happen. Unless Batista has saved a boat load of cash I say he stays in WWE and makes more of those big pay days and 7 figure years. Big Dave likes the good life, who doesn't, but the "good life" isn't facilitated w/ coupons. Dave's value to WWE, considering especially the overall lack of main event depth may never be greater. I know I thoroughly enjoy my paychecks even thought I feel I'm underpaid (who doesn't?)and hope to successfully negotiate a new contract w/ WWE when the time comes later in 2009. Hey, we ALL feel like we're under paid, right?"




WWE Legend Trashes Mickey Rourke, Brooke Hogan Turns 21
By Michael Bluth
May 6, 2009 - 2:00:52 PM

-- Brooke Hogan celebrated her 21st birthday yesterday in Las Vegas with her father Hulk and family friend Eric Bischoff.

-- Hacksaw Jim Duggan has posted a blog on his WWE Universe page (link) and he tells a story about getting into a confrontation with Mickey Rourke during WrestleMania weekend in Houston. Duggan wrote:

"BUT, my one high spot of the night, I went up to the top floor to check on my girls and on the way back downstairs I saw three guys coming toward me in the hallway. The top floors of the hotel have security, so I figured they must be someone I knew. As we get closer, I step to the right and two of the other guys do also, but one guy takes up the whole hallway, even though he is not all that big. I don't have on my glasses, so I can't really tell who he is, but anyway, as we pass I say " you got enough room there Mack" and keep walking. The other guy stops and says "What did you say to me?" So I told him again, but with a few adjectives. He says " You don't talk to me that way" now, as I start to focus in on the guy, I can see it is Mickey Rourke. The other two guys step in and break up the war of words. But, I was disappointed to see someone like that, act like he was a big shot. After of years of meeting real Movie stars, musicians, sports stars and other true big time celebrity's, I was not going to let that ruin my night."




Update On HHH's Return To The Ring, Batista Shooting Movie, More
By Daniel Pena
May 6, 2009 - 1:22:33 AM

sources: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, The Sun

-- In an update on Triple H's eventual return to the ring, he is currently booked to appear on house shows following Judgment Day.

-- Alongside Rob Van Dam, Batista will be in Louisiana this week to begin shooting for a movie entitled Wrong Side Of Town. The wrestlers' roles in the film have yet to be disclosed.

The movie is about a former Navy Seal by the name of Bobby Kalinowski who accidentally kills a mob boss. The brother of the mob boss puts a bounty on Kalinowski's head and must escape Los Angeles while being pursued by every criminal, wise guy and thug in the city.

To read the synopsis for the film. click here.

-- A new special edition issue of WWE Magazine has hit newsstands. Entitled the Big Book of Wrestling, the magazine is a composition of dozens upon dozens of lists and rankings rating subjects such as the greatest champions of all-time, the most downloaded Divas photos in WWE.com history, the funniest blunders you were never meant to see, the 25 most mind-blowing finishers, the 10 worst ring outfits in WWE history, the 7 most bizarre Superstars in WWE history, the 12 most stunning moments in WWE history, and much, much more.



Backstage Update On Carlito, Shane Douglas Visits WWE Show, More
By Daniel Pena
May 6, 2009 - 8:46:39 PM

sources: www.pwtorch.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- While he can still be quite moody at times, Carlito has been telling friends that he's enjoying his job much more now because his brother Primo is working and traveling with him.

Officials put the two brothers together in hopes that it would light a fire under the former WWE Intercontinental Champion, who has a reputation for getting frustrated and lazy when he's unhappy with his standing in the company.

-- Shane Douglas was backstage at last night's SmackDown/ECW taping as they were in his home city of Pittsburgh.

-- Last week's SmackDown/ECW taping drew just over 12,000 paid for a gate of $500,000. The morale at the show was strong, especially among the younger wrestlers as the SmackDown brand typically doesn't sell out big arenas.



Raw Rating Continues To Stumble, WWE Changes PPV Locations, More
By Daniel Pena
May 7, 2009 - 12:30:45 PM

source: www.pwtorch.com

-- Monday's episode of Raw scored a 3.3 cable rating, down from 3.4 the week before.

Raw was seen by an average audience of 4.6 million viewers, a drop of 18.5 percent compared to the previous five weeks of the program.

In the key Male 18-49 demo, the show declined to a 2.6 rating, its worst performance in that demo since the December 22, 2008.

-- WWE announced at Tuesday night's SmackDown taping that Cyber Sunday will be held at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on October 25th, 2009. The original plan was for Pittsburgh to host No Mercy with Cyber Sunday taking place at the Izod Center in New Jersey. No word yet on the new location for No Mercy. Go to http://sportsentertainmentevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)

-- Linda McMahon will be on the Fox Business Channel today at 12:40 p.m. ET. to discuss WWE's earning results from the past quarter. (WWE CEO on Fox Business Channel today)




"12 Rounds" Shows Signs Of Life, WWE Divas Up For Award, MVP
By Daniel Pena
May 7, 2009 - 2:49:44 PM

-- 12 Rounds starring WWE Superstar John Cena garnered $297,333 at the box office this past weekend, an increase of 195.9 percent. As a result, it's box office total was brought to $11,812,067 through its sixth weekend out. The movie played in 159 theaters.

-- The Bella Twins were nominated in the category of Hottest Twins in Spike TV’s "Guy Awards." The WWE Divas are facing off against MTV's the Ikki Twins. To cast a vote, click here. (Bella Twins go for "Hottest")

-- In case you missed it, you can see video of MVP's brief appearance on The View here.



Reason For WWE Cuts, New Talent Being Called Up Soon, Zack Ryder
By Daniel Pena
May 7, 2009 - 3:44:50 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- The reason WWE continues making cuts (even those that save very little money such as "Superstar" Billy Graham's $500 a week deal and less talent being brought on the road) while the company remains profitable is because the feeling in Wall Street is that stock isn't a good buy at the moment as their profits aren't coming close to meeting the dividend.

Company officials don't want to give up the dividend, feeling it gives them a niche as an attractive buy because of the payout. However, leading market analysts that were bullish on WWE's stock have gotten off the bandwagon.

The company's arena business is far stronger than expected in North America right now and television revenue will increase in light of their deal with WGN.

On the negative side, there is a feeling that video game revenue is on the downswing because that particular sector is weakening. DVD revenue is also on the downswing and likely not turning around anytime soon because they've released DVDs on pretty much every big name in wrestling history that would generate big numbers. The upcoming Randy Savage DVD may be the last DVD release to generate big numbers for a while.

Most of all, many people are pointing at the significant decrease in pay-per-view revenue as it's been the largest profit center of the company for the past decade.

Coming out of today's financial report, WWE missed analyst expectations by $12.5 million as their first quarter revenue total of $107.8 million was significantly below analysts' expectations of $120.3 million.

-- Company officials have described the next few months as a rebuilding period because they hope to push new talent to the top even if the ratings slip a little. They also plan on calling up more talent from Florida Championship Wrestling within the next few months and giving them a purpose as opposed to putting them on television and having them flounder. However, the question remains as to who those people are.

Another detail in light of the extra hour of television being produced every week is that more and more, the ideas for entertainment will be put on Raw with ECW, SmackDown and Superstars generally focusing on wrestling.

-- You can follow ECW wrestler Zack Ryder on Twitter at twitter.com/ZackRyder. This was confirmed through WWE's account.






















Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on May 14, 2009, 07:54:42 AM
Partial source: F4Wonline.com

- It seems like a long shot considering they might not waste a third generation debut on something like this, but a person who works down at WWE's developmental territory in Tampa, Florida Championship Wrestling, says that a rumor going around the place is that Joe Hennig, son of the late Mr. Perfect, is set to be called up to the main roster as the tag team partner of The Brian Kendrick on the RAW brand.

As seen on this week's RAW, Kendrick said he was going to seek out "the tag team partner" and become the WWE Unified Tag Team Champions.

Joe was trained by his late father and WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race, making his pro debut in 2007 in a tag match with Ted DiBiase Jr. for Race's WLW promotion. Joe was signed to a developmental deal by WWE in 2008 and held the FCW Tag Team Titles with Heath Miller. Recently, he won the FCW Heavyweight Title but surrendered it in March of this year after it was announced that he was injured.

We haven't heard any update on Hennig's injury or when he is supposed to return, but this is the rumor down in Florida. I figured that they would pair someone bigger with Kendrick and Hennig at 6'3 and 235 pounds, fits the bill. Stay tuned for more


http://impactwrestling.com/Content.aspx?ID=26547

- According to a fan who attending a voiceover session in Los Angeles this past weekend for WWE's SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 video game, the following names are set to be included in the next game. Keep in mind that more names than these will be in the game, but these are just the ones they recorded chants for this past weekend. The person attending the voiceover session was verified by ProWrestling.net. The person, who remains anonymous for confidentiality reasons, says they read about eight pages of chants and stuff for the matches and wrestlers. The guy running the voiceover session was the former ring announcer for MTV's Wrestling Society X promotion. Indy wrestler The Human Tornado was also there and they had to chant "Tornado" for the create-a-wrestler nicknames.

Here are the names:

* Ricky Steamboat, possibly Bruiser Brody ("Bruise em up, Bruiser, Beat em up" was the chant so this is assumed), Evan Bourne, Vladimir Kozlov, Trish Stratus, Ted DiBiase Sr., Dusty Rhodes, Christian, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Santina Marella, Goldust, The Brian Kendrick, Primo, Carlito, Randy Orton, MVP, Maryse, Big Show, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, The Great Khali, Mike Knox, Ezekiel Jackson and most interesting of all, "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

Regarding Savage, the person assumes Savage will be in the game because the chant they had to record was "Let's go Macho, let's go."

http://impactwrestling.com/Content.aspx?ID=26546


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on May 20, 2009, 06:11:20 PM
WWE Selects An Arena To Host Next Week's RAW
By likuidm5
May 20, 2009 - 5:31:18 PM

One of the biggest WWE news stories of the week has been that the May 25th edition of Raw was bumped from Denver's Pepsi Arena in favor of Game 4 of the NBA's Western Conference finals. The "Denver Debacle" has gotten WWE a lot of mainstream media attention with most commentators agreeing that WWE was treated unfairly and probably has legal grounds to go after the arena for damages.

NBC news affiliate KNBC in Los Angeles has announced that WWE has selected LA's Staples Center to host next week's show. The network is reporting that WWE will hold a press conference this evening announce the move. According to KNBC, Staples Center representative Michael Roth has confirmed the decision.

The Staples Center will also host SummerSlam 2009 on August 23rd.

There's still no word on how WWE will handle the ticket situation, but fans who purchased tickets for RAW at the Pepsi Center will likely get refunds. WWE will have just 5 days to sell tickets for Monday's show.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on May 20, 2009, 06:52:53 PM
Vince To Sue Nuggets Owner? Denver SD/ECW & House Show Cancelled
By Michael Bluth
May 20, 2009 - 9:57:34 PM

-- Denver, Colorado's 9News.com reports that aside from Monday's Raw no longer taking place from Denver, WWE has also canceled Sunday's Loveland, Co house show as well as Tuesday's Smackdown/ECW tapings from Colorado Springs.

-- Vince McMahon spoke to 9News and once again seems to be considering legal action against Denver Nuggets and Pepsi Center owner Stan Kroenke. McMahon said:

"It's really unfortunate because if he were just a regular business man and picked up the phone and said, 'Vince, you know, we're throwing you out but I want to make it right, what can we do?' I never heard from Kroenke, I don't know if anyone else has either, by the way, he's somewhat of a Howard Hughes guy I understand. I think our company has been damaged severely from a financial standpoint and from a psychological standpoint as well. You don't treat people the way Kroenke's management treated us. I'm not a litigious kind of guy, but quite frankly when we have a contract and we have over 10,000 tickets sold and you just say: we're out, and we're not going to do anything for you, you know we're not going to make any restitution. We may pay for your additional expenses, that's it. There could very well be a lawsuit down the road."

-- In related news, TMZ.com has picked up the news that Raw is moving to Los Angeles and writes, "Vince isn't moving out of the kindness of his heart, he and the Nuggets struck a settlement -- but the terms of that deal haven't been made public yet."
















Latest On Shawn Michaels' Future In Wrestling, Heat On Announcer
By Daniel Pena
May 20, 2009 - 4:17:20 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- Shawn Michaels recently told company officials that he's looking to take more time off than originally planned. He believes he's financially set for life and his children are at a certain age where they like him around, and he knows that's a very short window.

Original plans called for Michaels to return at SummerSlam, but he's looking to hold his return off until late this year or early next year for a good WrestleMania storyline. Although, this could change depending on his mood or if any of the major Superstars come down with an injury. If you recall, two years ago, Michaels talked about not coming back for a long time as a result of knee problems. Then John Cena tore his pec and his wife joked that he would be getting a phone call soon. He received the phone call the next day and was back in the ring sooner than initially hoped.

Michaels appears unsure about his long-term future in wrestling as he's made noise about retiring next year at WrestleMania, but he also feels he can still make appearances at big shows well into his fifties like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. He also said that once his children become teenagers, being at home won't be as much as priority anymore as his kids won't want to hang around him as much. At that point, he'd be more open to spending more time on the road.

-- Vince McMahon was said to really be on Michael Cole's case at last week's Raw taping.

-- WWE hauled in the steel cage for last night's SmackDown/ECW taping, but the Edge vs. Jeff Hardy dark match following the tapings lasted a mere four minutes.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on May 26, 2009, 03:51:36 PM
10th Anniversary Of The Death Of Owen Hart, Manu Available, More
By Daniel Pena
May 24, 2009 - 11:37:05 PM

 
-- Saturday marked the ten year anniversary of the death of Owen Hart. He was the youngest of twelve children to Helen and Stu Hart.

He fell to his death in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday, May 23, 1999 during the World Wrestling Federation's "Over The Edge" pay-per-view event when a stunt where he was supposed to be lowered into the ring from the rafters went wrong. Hart fell 78 feet (24 m) into the ring, landing chest-first on the top rope, approximately a foot from the nearest turnbuckle, throwing him into the ring.

Owen had just celebrated his 34th birthday a couple weeks before, and is survived by his wife and two children. (Thanks to Ryan Mawhinney)

-- Afa Anoa'i, Jr.'s (a.k.a. Manu) ninety-day no-compete clause as a result of his release from World Wrestling Entertainment on Monday, February 23, 2009 has expired, so he is now free to work anywhere at his discretion.

-- Today is WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter's birthday, who turns 61 years old.





Update On Ric Flair's Pro Wrestling Status
By Brad Ingles
May 25, 2009 - 2:58:28 PM

 
As of this writing, Ric Flair will be working for WWE without a contract. Flair's status with Ring of Honor is uncertain, as he stated publicly that one of the main reasons he agreed to appear for ROH is to make a path for Reid Flair to join the company. ROH has no interest in Reid following his recent arrest for possession of heroin. Flair is still scheduled for future appearances with ROH and that does not sit well with WWE officials since ROH recently made their debut on HDNet.

Ric Flair is currently negotiating an international tour with several promoters to do a 30-match tour starting in July through March in Europe, South Africa, China and Egypt. Those close to Flair overheard him say the deal is too huge to turn down. Some question the international tour, as the feeling is that it will not be successful without some top name opponents.

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter






Three Cage Matches Announced For SD, David Hart Smith, Backlash
By Daniel Pena
May 25, 2009 - 5:48:17 PM

 
-- WWE announced that there will be three cage matches held at tomorrow night's SmackDown/ECW taping at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The matches are as follows:

* Edge vs. Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship

* John Cena vs. Big Show

* Randy Orton vs. Batista for the WWE Championship

Click here for more information on tomorrow night's event.

-- Last month's Backlash pay-per-view event will be released on DVD tomorrow. You can order it here.

-- WWE.com has changed David Hart Smith's profile page to reflect his new heel persona.















WWE Ticket Sales Problems, Serena Deeb Update, Eddie's Daughter
By Daniel Pena
May 25, 2009 - 6:06:11 PM

 
source: The Sun

-- As a result of such short notice, this week's WWE tapings at the STAPLES Center are being heavily papered. Furthermore, WWE's even offering a coupon where fans can get 20% off any priced ticket to either night's event. You can see it here, which is a PDF file.

-- In an update on independent women's wrestler Serena Deeb's status with World Wrestling Entertainment, she has not signed a contract with the organization, but has been offered one and is expected to come to terms.

-- Eddie Guerrero's 18-year-old daughter Shaul Marie sat at ringside for WWE's SmackDown/ECW live event on the campus of New Mexico State University on Saturday night.








WWE Monday Night Raw Results 5/25/09
By PainLord
May 25, 2009 - 11:15:15 PM

 
Report by Richard Trionfo and PWinsider.com

Tonight’s show starts off with a tribute to those people who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

We are live from Los Angeles, California and your announcers are Jim Ross and Michael Cole.

‘E. Stan Kroenke’ comes to the ring. We see the footage from the coverage of the issues between Raw and the NBA playoffs on the same night.

‘Stan’ sees ‘Jack Nicholson’, ‘David Stern’, and ‘Jerry Buss’ in the front row. Stan introduces himself to the Los Angeles crowd and they are not big fans of his. He says that he cannot stand the WWE or its fans. He says that he does not care about screwing thousands of WWE fans and calls them ‘you people’. He points out that he is a billionaire. He says that he has been made fun of by the WWE, the media, and everyone in Los Angeles. We see the graphic that has been all over WWE television this week where he is depicted as the devil. Stan says that he is no devil and Vince is no angel.

Cue the music and Vince does his walk to the ring. Vince takes the mic while ‘Stan’ backs off. Vince says that he is announcing the formation of a new basketball league. It will be called the XBA. Vince says the league will be a total miserable failure. That is because he will have ‘Stan’ and his staff run it. Vince tells ‘Stan’ that this did not have to happen. Vince tells ‘Stan’ that he could have said that he screwed up and did not expect to have a team in the playoffs. Vince says that they are going to have fun. Vince comments on Stan’s name. He says that he does not trust anyone with an initial as a first name. Vince says that he thinks he knows what the ‘E’ stands for. Vince says that it stands for Enos. Vince says that Enos rhymes with some words and mentions Venus. Vince says that it also rhymes with genius, but that isn’t the case with him. Vince says that ‘Stan’ has Enos envy. Vince says that ‘Stan’ disrespects WWE fans. Vince says that ‘Stan’ cannot push around the WWE Universe because they push back, and Vince pushes ‘Stan’.

The Miz comes out and he says that he does not want to come out to interrupt Vince. He has something important to say to the WWE fans. Miz says that he became a huge television star in Los Angeles, the home of the Lakers. Miz says that everyone in the building thinks they are going to be the NBA Champions. Miz says that he is from the city where the future NBA Champions reside. Miz reveals a Cavaliers’ jersey and says that he is from Cleveland. Miz says that the Cavs are down 2 games to 1 but they will overcome the odds because they are awesome. He says that Cena is an overrated phony poseur, just like Kobe Bryant. Miz says that he will run John Cena out of this town just like Kobe ran out Shaq. It will be more painful than Magic Johnson’s talk show. Miz says that he will make it 6-0 against John Cena.

John Cena comes out and he is attacked from behind by Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes. Batista comes out to help Cena and Batista with a round of spinebusters. Big Show comes to the ring and he attacks Cena and Batista. Jerry Lawler comes out in Lakers colors and he punches Show. Show with a head butt and Lawler goes down. Cena and Batista clothesline Show over the top rope to the floor.

Kelly Kelly is stretching in the back and then she walks in split screen with Maryse as we go to commercial.

We are back with the WWE Rewind: Kelly Kelly getting her title match by winning a battle royal.

Match Number One: Kelly Kelly versus Maryse for the Divas Title

Maryse does her pose for no reason before they lock up and then Kelly mocks her. Maryse with a spear and then she punches Kelly. Maryse with an uranage back breaker for a near fall. Maryse slams Kelly’s head into the mat and then she yells at her. Maryse tells off the referee before returning to Kelly. Maryse with a punch to the back of the head. Kelly with an Irish whip and a splash in the corner. Kelly with a clothesline followed by an Irish whip. Kelly with a handspring back elbow and drop kick for a near fall. Kelly punches Maryse and then they roll around the ring. Maryse goes out of the ring and Kelly follows. Kelly is sent onto the announce table and then Maryse pushes Kelly over the announce table as Maryse returns to the ring, but the referee has disqualified Maryse.
Winner: Kelly Kelly

After the match, Kelly attacks Maryse in the ring but Maryse leaves the ring.

We go to commercial.

We are back and the Bellas are walking with ‘Jack Nicholson’. Goldust is there and he says that he is a big fan. Hornswoggle jumps into the scene. Goldust was hoping for some acting lessons because they have a scene to do for him. They do the courtroom scene from A Few Good Men and it looks like Hornswoggle learned some new words and Goldust’s Tourette’s might be coming back.

We go to footage from last week when Ric Flair told Randy Orton that he would be facing Batista again at the next big pay per view and they will be inside a steel cage.

Ric Flair and Batista are in the locker room. Flair says that he is going to call out Randy Orton tonight because he is Ric Flair. Batista wonders if it has to be tonight. Batista says that he has Orton in a cage in two weeks. Batista wants Flair to wait until after the cage match to call him out. Flair says that he can handle himself. Flair is going to walk out tonight and call out Orton. He tells Batista if he does not want to see it, don’t watch it.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Two: Match Number Two: Matt Hardy versus William Regal versus Kofi Kingston in a Number One Contenders Match for the United States Title

Kofi kicks Hardy and then Regal goes after Kofi. Regal with knees to Kofi while Hardy is on the floor. Regal with a punch to Kofi followed by an Irish whip and a forearm for a near fall. Regal with an uppercut and then he tries to throw Kofi out of the ring but he bounces off the ropes and then hits a monkey flip. Kofi does laps around Regal and then he is grabbed by Hardy on the floor. Regal and Kofi with clotheslines and Hardy tries for near falls on both men. Hardy with a hard Irish whip and then he sends Kofi into the turnbuckles.

MVP comes to the ring to watch as we go to commercial.

We are back and Regal has Kofi in a full nelson and then Regal hits a half nelson suplex. Hardy stops a cover with a sunset flip for a near fall. Regal works on Hardy’s injured wrist. Kofi with a shoulder to Regal from the apron and then he tries for a sunset flip but Regal stays up. Hardy throws Regal out of the ring. Hardy with a neck breaker to Kofi. Regal with a chin lock and arm bar. Regal and Kofi exchange forearms and Regal with a side head lock. Hardy with a clothesline in the corner followed by a punch to Kofi. Regal works on Hardy’s wrist again. Kofi with an Irish whip and then he is sent to the apron. Kofi goes up top and hits a missile drop kick for a near fall but Hardy stops the cover. Kofi with a stunner and chops followed by a drop kick. Kofi with a leaping clothesline and then it is time for the Boop Boop Leg Drop for a near fall. Kofi with the leap into the corner for punches but Regal pulls Kofi off and hits an Exploder Suplex on Kofi. Hardy with a Side Effect to Regal for a near fall. Hardy with a Side Effect to Regal for a near fall. Regal counters the Twist of Fate with a belly-to-back suplex. Regal pulls down the knee pad but Kofi with Trouble in Paradise but Hardy breaks up the cover. Hardy misses with the cast but Hardy falls victim to Trouble in Paradise for the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston

After the match, Kofi goes to the announce table and goes to MVP... and MVP says that he is looking forward to facing Kofi next week for the title.

Ric Flair is walking as we go to commercial.

Ric Flair comes to the ring. Flair points out that Randy Orton sucker punched him and had his way with him. Flair says that all he could think about was what Jericho did to him and that is not going to happen again. Flair was thinking that he is a sixteen time World Champion. Randy Orton is the current World Champion. He wants Orton to try to beat him up and do it to his face. Flair takes off his jacket and he wants Orton to come to the ring.

Randy Orton comes out very methodically and he has a mic with him. Orton asks Flair what he thinks will happen if they get in the ring and fight. Orton says that he would love to fight Flair and beat him down on principle alone. He cannot do it because he lowered himself to punching a sixty year old man. Flair says that he wants Orton to do it again. Orton and Flair talk over each other. Orton says that it is over for him and it has been over for him. Six years ago, it was over for Flair in Evolution. Triple H kept Flair around because he felt sorry for Flair. Orton says that he is starting to feel sorry for Flair and so are the fans. Orton tells Flair that it is over.

Orton gets face to face with Flair and he says that it is over. Flair slaps Orton and then Orton punches Flair and Orton leaves the ring when he sees Batista coming to the ring. Batista has to hold Flair back. Orton tells Batista to waste his time watching after Flair. After he gets done with Batista at Extreme Rules, Batista will be just like Flair because it will be all over for him.

Ken Kennedy’s music plays and he comes out. The microphone comes down from the ceiling. Kennedy says that Orton looks a bit surprised. He asks Randy if he thought it was over because it is just getting started. It is just the beginning. Tonight is the official return of a man who will very shortly be the WWE Champion as well as the final man in the main event. That man happens to be Mr. Kennedy.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Santino Marella and Mickie James versus Chavo Guerrero and Beth Phoenix with Rosa Mendes in a Winner Gets to Choose the Stipulation for Santina’s match against Vickie Guerrero in their Extreme Rules Match

Chavo attacks Santino as the bell rings and he connects with a Latino uppercut. Chavo with a Saito suplex for a near fall. Chavo chokes Santino in the ropes. Chavo punches Santino in the corner and then Beth chokes and punches Santino while Chavo distracted the referee. Beth tags in and Santino gets out of the ring. Mickie with a forearm to Beth followed by a drop kick for a near fall that is broken up by Chavo. Chavo charges at Santino and Santino moves and Chavo goes to the floor. Mickie with a crucifix for the three count.
Winners: Mickie James and Santino Marella

After groping Mickie after the win, Santino gets the mic but Vickie Guerrero comes out and excuses herself a few times as she waves regally. Vickie congratulates Santino on his victory, but she tells him that she will not be worried because Chavo will be in her corner. Santino says that he has a number of match ideas in his head. He says that he will choose a hog pen match.

The Miz sees Big Show in the hall and Big Show tells Miz that he does not like him and nobody likes him. Show says that he does not have any problem with Miz being in the ring with John Cena, but he will not be pinning John Cena. Show says that nobody will be pinning John Cena. He will make John Cena tap out tonight. Show walks away and Miz asks rhetorically if it was just like at Judgment Day. Show asks Miz if he said anything and Miz says that he didn’t say anything.

We go to commercial.

The Colons are at the announce table to join Cole and Ross. We see footage from the Colons’ victory over The Brian Kendrick and Goldust.

Match Number Four: Goldust and Hornswoggle versus The Brian Kendrick and Festus

Festus comes to the ring in a Clippers jersey.

The bell rings and Festus goes after Goldust and Hornswoggle tags himself in. Festus is confused by Hornswoggle’s size. Hornswoggle with a baseball slide to Kendrick. Kendrick wants to be tagged in and he tosses Hornswoggle around and gets a near fall with an inside cradle. Kendrick kicks Hornswoggle but Hornswoggle with a DDT and Goldust is tagged in. Goldust with a clothesline and a reverse atomic drop and clothesline. Goldust with a drop down uppercut. Kendrick with a drop kick and Festus refuses the tag and Kendrick slaps him. Goldust with a power slam and Hornswoggle with a frog splash and Goldust hits the Final Cut for the three count.
Winners: Goldust and Hornswoggle

After the match, Kendrick yells at the catatonic Festus and then he brings in a chair. Primo gets up and he rings the bell before Kendrick can use the chair. Kendrick leaves the ring before Festus can get him.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for Jim Ross and Michael Cole to talk about the Extreme Rules pay per view.

We have the Lakers’ PA Announcer and it is time for the announcements of the Nuggets (Heels). They are followed by the Lakers (faces)

Match Number Five: The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Big Show, and Randy Orton versus John Cena, MVP, Ken Kennedy, Batista, and Jerry Lawler

Lawler and Rhodes start things off and they lock up and Lawler with a punch and a slam. Batista is tagged in and he sends Rhodes into the corner and connects with shoulders and a clothesline followed by another shoulder. Batista with a snap mare and a running boot to the head. MVP is tagged in and he punches Rhodes. MVP sends Rhodes into the turnbuckles and then he punches Rhodes. Rhodes with a kick and then he hits a clothesline and then he tags in DiBiase who kicks MVP and punches him. DiBiase with a kick and MVP with a back body drop but Orton made the blind tag and Orton hits a back breaker. Show with a clothesline on the floor as the referee was distracted. Orton with a near fall as we go to commercial.

We are back and DiBiase with a reverse chin lock on MVP. MVP with a jawbreaker and Miz stops MVP from making the tag. Miz with a kick and a rear chin lock. MVP punches Miz but Miz with a knee. MVP with an overhead belly-to-belly throw and both men are down. MVP tags in Kennedy and he punches Miz. Kennedy with a clothesline. Kennedy with a kick to Miz in the corner and then he hits a roundhouse kick for a near fall after missing a kick a few seconds earlier. Rhodes and DiBiase pull Kennedy out of the ring and they send Kennedy into the ringside barrier. Miz gets a near fall on Kennedy. Orton tags in and he punches Kennedy. Orton with a kick to the ribs and then he stomps on Kennedy’s abdomen. Orton with a knee to Kennedy’s head. Show tags in and he kicks Kennedy in the chest. Show with a head butt to Kennedy followed by a slam and elbow drop for a near fall. Show with a forearm to the back and a chop to the chest.

Rhodes tags in and he kicks and punches Kennedy. DiBiase is tagged in and he kicks Kennedy in the chest. DiBiase with a punch and then he tags Rhodes back in. Kennedy gets double teamed by DiBiase and Rhodes and then Rhodes gets a near fall. Miz tags in and he kicks Kennedy and follows that with a leg drop. Miz with a reverse chin lock. Kennedy punches Miz but Miz backs Kennedy into his corner and DiBiase is tagged back in. DIBiase with punches and knees followed by a near fall. DiBiase asks who wants Kennedy and Orton tags in. DiBiase holds Kennedy for Orton and Orton gets a near fall. Orton with a reverse chin lock. Orton with a drop kick to Kennedy for a near fall but Batista breaks up the cover. Kennedy with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down.

Rhodes and Cena tag in and Cena with the flying shoulder tackles and then he hits the Blue Thunder Bomb. MVP tags in and it is time for a double barreled Five Knuckle Shuffle and Ballin Elbow. Lawler with a vintage punch to Miz. MVP with the Playmaker on Rhodes for the three count.
Winners: John Cena, MVP, Ken Kennedy, Batista, and Jerry Lawler

After the match, DiBiase hits the Million Dollar Dream Slam on MVP. Kennedy with the Mic Check to DiBiase. Orton with an RKO to Kennedy. Cena and Batista with a double suplex to Show. We go to credits...



























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Post by: wolfgang187 on May 26, 2009, 03:58:32 PM
Ken Kennedy Injured, RAW Dark Match, Bob Sapp Taps Out & More
By Michael Bluth
May 26, 2009 - 11:00:09 AM

 
-- Ken Kennedy made his in-ring return on Raw last night after being out of action for several months with a shoulder injury. Kennedy was a surprise participant in the "Lakers vs. Nuggets" 10-man tag match, but his return may be short lived. PWInsider.com reports that Kennedy injured his wrist during the match while taking an RKO from Randy Orton. There's no word yet on whether he'll miss any time, but this is another tough break for the fragile superstar. Kennedy has been injured for a considerable portion of his 4-year WWE career, missing 2 out of the last 4 WrestleManias.

-- Although the Los Angeles times reports that almost 9,000 fans attended Raw, several fans have emailed in saying WWE gave away a ton of tickets to the show around town.








Undertaker Has Surgery, Identity of Kroenke Impersonator & More
By Michael Bluth
May 26, 2009 - 4:26:48 PM

 
-- The Undertaker has undergone hip surgery, according to ProWrestling.net. He had been suffering from hip and back pain for several months and the hope is that the surgery will eliminate the pain in both areas.

-- Ric Flair will be special guest referee for the ROH World Title match in New York City on 6/13. ROH champ Jerry Lynn will defend against Austin Aries. Nigel McGuinness will be ringside to watch the match.

-- The man who played Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke last night on Raw was Troy Stone, an NWA ring announcer. (Source: PWInsider.com)


-- After Raw went off the air, John Cena defeated The Miz in a dark match.

-- Bob Sapp, the MMA fighter who will compete against former WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley on June 27th, fought at the Yokohama Arena in Japan over the weekend at the DREAM 9 event. Sapp lost his fight after Japanese fan favorite Ikuhisa Minowa made him tap out with an Achilles lock. Also on the card, former MLB slugger Jose Conseco made his MMA debut against 7’2" Korean giant Hong Man Choi. Conseco lasted only 76 seconds before Choi got him on the ground and smothered him with punches, causing the referee to stop the fight.









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John Cena Insults WWE Critics, Still Wants The Rock (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
May 26, 2009 - 12:35:52 PM

 
The UK Sun has published a new interview with John Cena, which can be read in its entirety at TheSun.co.uk. Here are some highlights of what Cena said about people who are critical of WWE's product, a possible match with The Rock at WrestleMania next year and certain people within WWE who want him to leave the company:

Critics of WWE: "I've had to fight that battle my entire career. "Vince McMahon has been fighting that battle since he took the company global. It's personal ignorance. People don't know how good we are as entertainers. They don't know how good we are as people in the media. The only way we can silence those voices is by putting together a good product. We've done that with 12 Rounds."

The Rock: "Selfishly, I miss him in the ring. I wish he would come back. He is physically in his prime. One of the greatest sports entertainers we've ever had. But he's an actor now. The trouble is, here I am telling everybody I love the business - it's the same thing Rock said then went out and made movies. He's basically made my life tougher. I'd love to have him back. I'd love to have a WrestleMania match with him - maybe next year. I would love that. That would be great."

People In WWE Wanting Him To Leave: "In WWE, there's a lot of folks who like me and a lot who don't, and those that don't are just waiting for me to leave. What gets to me is people questioning my resolve. People who think I'm in WWE as a stepping stone and don't think I'm telling the truth. The only thing I can do is keep doing what I'm doing."
 






Candice Michelle Backstage At Raw, Natalya Remembers Owen Hart
By Daniel Pena
May 26, 2009 - 5:19:41 PM

 
-- Candice Michelle said on her Twitter page (www.twitter.com/DIVACANDICEM) she was backstage visiting friends at Raw last night. Candice wrote: "Backstage at raw, great seeing everyone!"

-- Natalya posted a blog over the weekend in remembrance of her uncle, Owen Hart, who tragically passed away ten years ago Saturday.

"Sometimes when you lose people you love, you try not to think about them because it's too painful. With Owen, we think about him all the time. We are reminded of what a remarkable person he was, every single day," Natalya wrote. "I have to say, that I have never met a person, who met Owen, and wasn't touched by him."

You can read her blog in its entirety at the following link.

-- The WWE website has posted new photos of Maryse.











Match Announced For ECW, Last Week's ECW Rating, The Hart Trilogy
By Daniel Pena
May 26, 2009 - 5:37:11 PM

 
-- Evan Bourne will be making his much anticipated return to the squared circle on tonight's episode of ECW on Sci Fi as he squares off again "The World's Strongest Man" Mark Henry.

-- Last week's episode of ECW scored 1.1 cable rating, up from the previous week's atrocious 0.93 rating. The show featured a lengthy contest between David Hart Smith and Finlay. (credit PWInsider.com)

-- Click here to see some posed photos of The Hart Trilogy from a few months ago, taken by photographer Robert Beukema. You can see a look they had in mind, but ultimately decided against.










When Taz Will Be Able To Join TNA, Kong Comments On Victoria
By Daniel Pena
May 26, 2009 - 6:16:35 PM

 
-- For those wondering, Taz will not be able to join TNA Wrestling until at least July when his 90-day no-compete clause with World Wrestling Entertainment expires.

-- When asked to comment on former WWE Diva Victoria's impending arrival to TNA Wrestling, Awesome Kong replied with the following on her Twitter account (www.twitter.com/awesomekong): "Fresh meat?"

-- As noted last week during TNA Wrestling's important announcement to wrestling fans in Colorado feeling burned by WWE canceling shows, president Dixie Carter made a formal invitation to the Denver Nuggets players and staff to attend this Friday's TNA live event in Pueblo, Colorado. Unfortunately, they will not be able to attend the event as a result of their win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night at the Pepsi Center. They evened the series and have Game 6 scheduled for Friday night at home.

-- Today is former TNA wrestler Pat Kenney's birthday. He turns 41 years old.














 
















Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on June 02, 2009, 03:57:33 PM
Ex-WCW Star Says He'd Work For WWE For Free, Diva Training In BJJ
By Daniel Pena
May 29, 2009 - 2:25:17 PM

 
-- In an interview with the New York Daily News, former WCW wrestler Marcus "Buff" Bagwell said he would work for World Wrestling Entertainment for free.

Bagwell said, "I'd love to join them so much I'd work for free!"

Regarding recent rumors of the five-time tag team champion heading to TNA Wrestling, Bagwell adamantly denied them.

"I don't know who started them, but (the rumors) are totally false. I have not been contacted by TNA," Bagwell said. "If they did call, I'd answer and listen."




Follow Kennedy On Facebook & Twitter, HHH & McCool Visit Japan
By Daniel Pena
May 31, 2009 - 12:40:41 PM

 
-- Wrestling fans can keep up with former WWE Superstar Mr. Kennedy on Facebook at the following link. You can also follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/secondpower. Both accounts were confirmed by his official website. It was also noted that he does not have a page on MySpace.

-- Triple H and Michelle McCool are currently doing promotional work on behalf of World Wrestling Entertainment for their upcoming tour of Japan in early July. Additionally, both WWE Superstars presented awards during the MTV Japan Music Video Awards yesterday in Saitama. Click here to see a video interview DJ Kaori conducted with "The Game" and the former WWE Divas Champion.

-- John Cena will be throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field on Saturday, June 20th prior to the Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians baseball game.



Flair Says He's Done Wrestling In U.S., But Will Wrestle Overseas
By Daniel Pena
May 31, 2009 - 12:16:26 PM

 
In an interview with Mike Mooneyham of the Charleston Post and Courier, Ric Flair said he has no plans to diminish his sendoff at WrestleMania 24.

"Don't worry about that ... I'm never going to wrestle again here. It's not going to happen," Flair said. However, he does have plans to wrestle overseas on a tour.

"I don't think anyone could begrudge me for throwing my gear on (overseas)," said Flair.

Flair also commented on WWE officials pulling him from Friday's Ring of Honor television taping.

"I just can't work for two people," Flair said. "It doesn't make sense... It would be hypocritical if I tried to do both. I just told the truth. You can't go wrong telling the truth. My loyalty is with WWE, and that's where I'm at."

To read the article in its entirety, click here.




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JR Comments On Kennedy's Release, Torrie Wilson, John Tolos, More
By Daniel pena
May 31, 2009 - 11:18:35 AM

 
Jim Ross has posted his latest blog entry on his official website, www.jrsbarbq.com. Here are some of the highlights of his latest blog:

Mr. Kennedy's release: "Sorry to year that 33 year old Mr. Kennedy was released at the end of the week by WWE. Kennedy got the old "future endeavored" send off that has happened to many. If Kennedy can remain healthy, one would like to think that he his string of injuries is behind him, and can continue with his career in the relatively near future many feel Kennedy has the skills to be a main eventer on a consistent basis. Kennedy is a studious guy and likely won't find it difficult to secure work. Sometimes a fresh start is good for a wrestler and I hope that's the case for Kennedy or what ever his next wrestling name will be."

The passing of John Tolos: "Our condolences to the family and friends of former wrestling great John Tolos who passed away at the age of 78 a day or so ago and who is considered one of the best hands on the mic ever and especially in his hey day. Tolos is famous for his run in Southern California and his 70's rivalry with WWE HOF'er Classy Freddie Blassie. Neither man was ever considered to be a fabulous in ring performer but all they did was sell tickets because what they did they did well and both could verbalize and paint vivid word pictures that enhanced the all important emotional investment from the paying customers and sold tickets. Wrestlers who can verbalize and especially those that can ad lib and be spontaneous on the mic greatly enhance their opportunities to become stars. That art form seems to be fleeting which is not a good thing."

Receiving an e-mail from Torrie Wilson: "I got a nice email a few hours ago from Torrie Wilson who is competing on the new NBC reality show, "I'm a Celebrity...Get me Out of Here" that debuts on NBC on Monday June 1. I hope all wrestling fans will be watching and more importantly VOTING for Torrie to win it all. She is a marathon runner who is in great physical condition and is much more mentally tough then perhaps her reality show peers will give her credit. Torrie has a great mind set for this irreverent competition and without question she will be the hottest celeb in the rainy jungle of Costa Rica. Hey, Boise State, Torrie's favorite college team, upset might Oklahoma once upon a time so why can't some one from the wrestling world win a network reality show??"

Finlay's legitimate eye issue: "Finlay has a scratched cornea from what I understand but don't expect the tough, veteran from Belfast to miss much in ring time. WWE could use more experienced hands like Finlay to help teach the young guys right from wrong inside the ropes."

Ric Flair possibly working with Hulk Hogan Overseas: "Perhaps Hulk should try and be Ric Flair's opponent on some of the international destinations Ric has spoken about to various media outlets including China and South Africa. Or, better yet, what about a tag of Flair and Hogan vs. (fill in the blank)? Hey, it's just an idea and please don't tell me that it wouldn't garner big PR and sell tickets especially in international lands or even in the states for a special occasion."



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Backstage Heat On Missing WWE Star, John Cena Garners Low Rating
By Daniel Pena
May 30, 2009 - 12:36:48 AM

 
sources: The Sun, PWInsider.com

-- In an update on the whereabouts of missing Raw Superstar Sim Snuka (Jimmy Reiher, Jr.), he is said to be in the doghouse for what has been described as a very serious reason. The second generation wrestler has not appeared on television in nearly five months.

-- In a minor update on independent women's wrestler Serena Deeb, she still has yet to sign a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. She was offered a deal after making a cameo appearance on last week's episode of ECW on Sci Fi.

-- Last night's episode of WWE Superstars on WGN America scored a 0.76 cable rating, resulting in the lowest rated episode of the series to date. This week's episode was hyped as John Cena's first appearance on WWE Superstars, as he took on Ted DiBiase.



Former World Wrestling Federation Manager Passes Away
By Daniel Pena
May 29, 2009 - 2:54:36 PM

 
source: www.f4wonline.com

John Tolos passed away last night in California at the age of 78. His death is believed to be as a result of kidney failure.

"The Golden Greek" and his brother Chris worked a number of territories as a tag team including the WWWF, NWA Detroit, Maple Leaf Wrestling, NWA Los Angeles, Stampede Wrestling and Championship Wrestling from Florida. They held several tag team championships throughout North America as heels.

Following his split from his brother, Tolos went on to become a top singles heel in Los Angeles and was considered one of the top talkers of the seventies.

Tolos may be best known for feuding with Fred Blassie in one of pro wrestling's all-time greatest feuds. He was chosen by Blassie to be his opponent in a match in 1971 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, which was one of the biggest events in wrestling of the time.

Tolos had a brief run in the World Wrestling Federation in 1991 as the manager of Intercontinental Champion "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, replacing Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Known as "The Coach," the character never really caught on, partially because Hennig took an extended leave of absence following SummerSlam after suffering a severe back injury. With Hennig indefinitely out of action, along with The Beverly Brothers changing their manager to "The Genius" Lanny Poffo, Tolos quietly disappeared from the World Wrestling Federation by the end of the year.

Tolos later worked for Herb Abrams' Universal Wrestling Federation as an announcer and heel manager for "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Cactus Jack and The Power Twins.

Tolos' career in wrestling spanned three decades and he worked regularly into his 50s. He was known for his tremendous conditioning as he continued distance running well into his 60s. However, a near fatal stroke slowed him down in recent years.

Click here to read an article on "The Golden Greek."









Nude Images Allegedly Of WWE Star Surface Online, Mickie, Tiffany
By Daniel Pena
May 29, 2009 - 11:28:26 AM

 
-- A celebrity gossip website that typically doesn't cover professional wrestling has posted some very explicit nude cell phone images allegedly of ECW color commentator Matt Striker. The images were allegedly taken by him and display full frontal nudity. They were apparently passed on to the celebrity gossip website by a former partner.

The person who leaked them claimed the following to the gossip website: "It says "GM presents Matt Striker" because these are his pictures and he doesn't want anyone else claiming them. Please don't ask me how he got them. He is not willing to share that information and they weren’t leaked online."

-- ECW's Interim General Manager Tiffany has been nominated for PETA's World's Sexiest Vegetarian 2009 contest. She is going up the likes of Hayden Panettiere, singer Kellie Pickler and Pamela Anderson, to name a few. (Vote Tiffany World’s Sexiest Vegetarian)

-- WWE.com has an article on Mickie James touring 9-year-old Sarah Lindauer's garden, WWE's latest "Community Champion." What was once was an abandoned field was cleaned up by Lindauer, and today, "olive trees and vegetables flourish." The greens grown will then be donated to local families and the senior center.

"I thought the whole project was beautiful," James said. "I loved how everything was organic and that they were trying to give back, not just to their community, but to those in need."

You can read the article at the following link.




WWE Universe Turns Its Back On McMahon, Dolph Ziggler Interview
By Daniel Pena
May 29, 2009 - 11:06:55 AM

 
source: PWInsider.com

-- Here are the quarter hour numbers for this past Monday's episode of Monday Night Raw. It's interesting to note that Raw lost 0.13 ratings points by the time Vince McMahon was through mocking Denver Nuggets owner E. Stan Kroenke. The rating would continue to free fall through the first hour, although viewership spiked come hour two.

* 9:00: 3.28 - Vince McMahon mocks Stan Kroenke, The Miz appears
* 9:15: 3.15 - Miz and John Cena, Maryse vs. Kelly Kelly
* 9:30: 2.99 - Backstage with "Jack Nicholson," star of United States Championship Shot Triple Threat
* 9:45: 2.90 - conclusion of United States shampionship shot, Ric Flair walks backstage
* 10:00: 3.26 - Flair vs. Randy Orton confrontation, Santino's ring entrance
* 10:15: 3.42 - Santino and Mickie James vs. Chavo Guerrero and Beth, start of Kendrick and Festus vs. Goldust and Hornswoggle
* 10:30: 3.29 - conclusion Kendrick and Festus vs. Goldust and Hornswoggle, ring announcement of "players" for main event
* 10:45: 3.31 - 5-on-5 main event
* Overrun: 3.81 - conclusion of 5-on-5 main event and aftermath

Overall, the show scored a 3.2 cable rating, with hours of 3.08 and 3.38.

-- The latest issue of WWE Magazine has an interview with rising SmackDown star Dolph Ziggler. He discusses handshakes. (60 Seconds with...Dolph Ziggler)

-- WWE has renamed their online video on-demand service once again. It will now simply be known as WWEClassics.com. (Welcome to WWECLASSICS.com)





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Ric Flair Says He Will Probably Wrestle Again (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
May 28, 2009 - 7:17:57 PM

 
Source: NBCSports.MSNBC.com

"If Brett Favre can come back once in a while, I certainly can" - Ric Flair.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Ric Flair says the chances of him wrestling again are very likely. "I would like to, but I'm not going to do anything to rock the boat," Flair said. "I'm in the same kind of shape I was last year when I retired. It's hard to stay away from something you like so well, especially when you still feel like you can do it. If I did wrestle, it would be overseas, it wouldn't be here."

Flair currently serves as an "ambassador" for Ring of Honor and thinks the promotion's young talent has a lot to offer. "I do like working with the young guys and talking to them a lot," Flair said. "They've got some great kids. It's very professional. I wouldn't put my name somewhere I didn't think was professional."

Still, as much as Flair likes being around the action, he still has the urge to walk that aisle and wrestle again. "In my gut, I do," he said. "Do I think I will? Yes. I'm not going to take no easily. Like I've said, I haven't retired, they retired me."
 
 



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Backstage Struggle Between McMahon & HHH, Scary SD Rating, More
By Daniel Pena
May 28, 2009 - 3:05:39 PM

 
sources: www.pwtorch.com, PWInsider.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- During his absence from television, Triple H has been helping out behind the scenes at weekly Raw tapings. However, one source said Triple H is not as passionate about the product when he's not involved, and the feeling of more than one person is that Raw has featured more comedy as of late because he and Shawn Michaels are not around to lobby against skits in production meetings. If you recall, it was reported a few months ago that Triple H and Michaels were being praised internally for speaking out against the campy comedy McMahon seems to enjoy.

-- Last week's episode of Friday Night SmackDown drew an anemic 1.6 broadcast rating, tying a series worst on myNetworkTV. The show even featured their top program in a one-on-one match as Jeff Hardy took on Edge in a Winner chooses the Stipulation for Extreme Rules Championship Match.

-- Considering Wrestlemania XXV performed so well on pay-per-view in Mexico, more cable systems in Mexico plan on offering more WWE pay-per-view events. For years, all WWE pay-per-view events had been airing on regular television in Mexico because people aren't culturally used to paying for wrestling on television.

 
 










Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on June 02, 2009, 03:58:20 PM
Posted in: NEWS
Jim Ross Blogs About Kimbo Slice In UFC, RAW, Junkyard Dog
By Michael Bluth
Jun 2, 2009 - 3:37:18 PM

 
Jim Ross has posted another blog at JRsBarBQ.com, which can be read here in its entirety. Some highlights:

RAW Thoughts: "I liked the focus on Batista-Orton. This is RAW's obvious main event for Sunday's PPV and Orton was a "wanted man" as RAW left the air. Seems as if fans will want to see the Animal destroy Orton in New Orleans. Nice match between Kofi Kingston & MVP w/ Kofi taking another step up the ladder by winning the US Title. Kofi has "it" and has the tools to become a star. Really nice kid."

Junyard Dog "Today marks the 11th year anniversary of the car accident death of my friend the Junkyard Dog, Sylvester Ritter. Dog was never a great wrestler but had a magnificent presence, charisma, and was a superbly effective communicator. The WWE HOF'er became a star in Bill Watts' Mid South Wrestling under the learning tree of Watts and Ernie Ladd. No doubt that next week the JYD memories will be prevelent when WWE is in New Orleans & Lafayette. I sure miss my dominoe games with Dog and The Big Cat. I am honored. to have know both men and they both taught me so much about African American athletes. JYD died in a car accident on June 2, 1998. I can't tell you the hell Watts caught from many white, wrestling promoters because of the way Watts positioned JY and Ernie in the Cowboy's company. The Junkyard Dog will always be know as one of wrestling's greatest "attractions.""

Kimbo Slice in UFC: Kimbo Slice's new involvement in UFC is intriging. I don't see Slice making it as his ground game is non existant but perhaps the idea is for the slugger to learn that aspect of MMA. I don't like his chances but if I'm wrong it makes for a great story.





Where Kennedy Wants To Wrestle, Main Event For ECW, Lilian Garcia
By Daniel Pena
Jun 2, 2009 - 11:53:59 AM

 
-- Recently released WWE Superstar Mr. Kennedy has already made enquiries about wrestling in Japan, reports The Sun.

-- As announced last night during Raw, ECW Champion Christian will face Hart Dynasty member Tyson Kidd on tonight's episode of ECW on Sci Fi.

-- Lilian Garcia recently took part as a celebrity judge for the NFL's New York Jets Flight Crew cheerleading finals.

"I also was a cheerleader in school growing up in South Carolina, so I have some personal identification to it," Garcia told NewYorkJets.com. "It's going to be very exciting to see these girls and I know how I felt when I was trying out and wanted to be a part of a cheerleading squad so bad, so I know how these girls feel and it’s just going to be very exciting to see what they bring to the table."

Garcia, who has sung the National Anthem at a number of Jets games and has become a good friend of the organization, watched the squad's initial takeoff the past two years.

"They are the one thing that always attracts my attention. I love to watch them because it has a personal connection with me," she said. "I just think it is great what they do, their routines, and I see they’re having so much fun. Again, that's what really attracts a person watching, when you see that there is so much enjoyment."

Click here to read the full article.



Kennedy's No-Compete Clause, MVP Returning To The View & More
By Michael Bluth
Jun 2, 2009 - 10:56:13 AM

 
-- MVP will return to the ABC daytime talkshow "The View" later this month. The June 15th episode will feature MVP taking Sherri Shepherd to the Prom this past Saturday in Chicago.

-- Mirror.co.uk has an article looking at the Top 10 winning streaks in sports and alongside tennis champion Rafael Nadal and track star Ed Moses is The Undertaker. Ranked at number 7, the article notes that, "The Undertaker boasts the most wins at Wrestlemania, the WWE's annual grappling jamboree, with a win-loss record of 17-0 in appearances since 1991. Unsubstantiated rumors have it that Sid Eudy, his opponent at Wrestlemania 13, defecated in his tights during the match."

-- Ken "Kennedy" Anderson can be booked via DavidHerro@aol.com. Due to a no-compete clause in his WWE contract, he won't be available until September 1st. Anderson posted a message on his Twitter page this week saying that he wants to do culinary school, as he's found cooking to be a "stress reliever" during his time away from the ring.




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Lashley Puts TNA On Hold, Love-Kong Segment A Hit, Jenna Morasca
By Daniel Pena
Jun 1, 2009 - 2:00:44 PM

 
source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- Bobby Lashley has put TNA officials on hold regarding his future plans with the organization until his MMA fight with Bob Sapp on Saturday, June 27. His fight with Sapp is by far the biggest match of his career and he wants to put all of his focus on it.

-- The May 21st episode of TNA Impact drew a 1.05 cable rating with 1.52 million viewers. The show did a 0.91 in Males 18-34 and 0.87 in Males 35-49.

In the segment-by-segment numbers, viewership for the Suicide and Daniels vs. The Motor City Machineguns vs. Lethal Consequences match stayed even. Segments featuring Kevin Nash and Booker T training in the ring, and Team 3D cutting a promo backstage with the British Invasion attacking them gained 14,000 viewers. Sting's match with Eric Young lost 29,000 viewers. The strongest growth segment of the show was the contract signing with Angelina Love and Awesome Kong for a match at Sacrifice, gaining 130,000 viewers. Viewers immediately tuned out following the contract signing as Kurt Angle's match with Matt Morgan lost 101,000 viewers. Samoa Joe's encounter with Jeff Jarrett gained 43,000 viewers. The final segment featuring Mick Foley bringing out "Rocky Balboa" with Jarrett, Sting and Angle running in gained 100,000 viewers to finish with the highest quarter of the show at 1.12.

Overall, this was one of lowest rated Impact broadcasts in a while, although it went head-to-head with a Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets game.

-- TNA Knockout Jenna Morasca will be hosting Survivor Millionaires on the TV Guide Channel today at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., according to the TNA website. The broadcast will re-run all week long.



Former WWE Diva Returns To TV Tonight, Mr. Kennedy Update, More
By Daniel Pena
Jun 1, 2009 - 12:42:16 PM

 
-- Torrie Wilson makes her return to television as tonight marks the debut of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! at 8:00 p.m. on NBC. The former WWE Diva will compete against other celebrities in jungle conditions with few comforts.

Wilson posted a blog on her MySpace last week regarding his upcoming challenge, which you can read at the following link.

You can catch the show Monday through Thursday at 8:00 p.m. throughout the month of June.

-- Mr. Kennedy noted on his Twitter account that his Facebook page has reached the maximum number of 5,000 friends, and as a result, he is unable to accept any additional friend requests. In response, he has set up an official fan page on Facebook because it doesn't have a limit on the number of users he can accept. You can reach his page at the following link.

-- Former WWE Superstar Scotty Goldman (a.k.a Colt Cabana) is selling video copies of a sitdown interview he recently did on his MySpace account (www.myspace.com/coltcabana). He wrote, "This is my first POST-WWE interview where I tell my whole story."






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Jim Ross Blogs About Kennedy's Future, Flair Wrestling Overseas
By Michael Bluth
Jun 1, 2009 - 11:38:19 AM

 
Jim Ross has posted a new blog, which can be read in its entirety at JRsBarBQ.com. Some highlights from this entry:

Flair Wrestling Again: When will we next see Ric Flair in a WWE ring? Will it be as early as Monday Night? Naitch called me late Friday night and told me he would see me in a few days, whatever that means. It was late and it was Friday night and it was loud where ever Ric was which I assume wasn't the public library. Flair "wrestling" in WWE still seems unlikely. Ric wrestling outside the USA seems like a gimme.

Kofi vs. MVP: My uninformed guess is that Kofi Kingston might well win a fan favorite bout against MVP Monday night in Birmingham on Raw and become the new United States Champion. My reasoning? MVP had his prom date experience with Sherri Sheppard this weekend which I am speculating will alter Montel's game on Monday night. MVP & Sherri do make a cute couple and I assume this date will be discussed on ABC's "The View" at some point.

WWE In Mexico: Huge crowd in Mexico City Saturday night with over 20,000 fans in the arena grossing a whopping $650K at the box office. I wonder how many Rey Mysterio masks were sold on the four day WWE tour of Mexico?

Kennedy's Future: It is regrettable that WWE decided to release Mr. Kennedy, that ring name will be long gone, as he was at the age to really begin to come into his own. Injuries have plagued the Wisconsin native for a good part of his career but as best I know Kennedy is 100% as we speak. Without question, Kennedy has a definable upside and he will hopefully continue his journey in this biz and make his dreams become realties. Take it from me being released isn't the end of the world and things in our lives have a way of working out for the best unless one throws in the towel and simply says "what the hell?" As I mentioned before, a change of scenery sometimes is what the doctor ordered. Hopefully this will work out for the best for all involved. For the record, I do not know why Kennedy was released and look at that matter as none of my business.































You can read the article here.

-- SmackDown Diva Eve Torres has been taking classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Academy in Los Angeles, California, reports The Sun. A number of her fellow Divas are regulars at Gracie-certified gyms in California and Florida.

-- Ricky Ortiz, who is now a heel, offered another "Inspirational Thought of the Week" to WWE Mobile on AT&T following last week's episode of Friday Night SmackDown. This week's theme is losing, something the SmackDown Superstar describes as "temporary defeat and an opportunity in disguise." (WWE Mobile on AT&T exclusive video: Rally Up!)




Ric Flair Booked For South African Shows, Angle, Hardy
By Michael Bluth
May 29, 2009 - 2:12:47 PM

 
Source: PWInsider.com

-- Nu Wrestling Evolution, the overseas promotion that brought the Ultimate Warrior out of retirement last summer, is advertising that Ric Flair will be appearing on three of their shows in South Africa this summer. The Nature Boy will be appearing in Johannesburg, South Africa on 8/30, Cape Town on 9/1 and Durban on on 9/3. It was recently reported that Ric Flair has been negotiating to wrestle on several overseas shows for huge money and South Africa was mentioned . Given Ric Flair's recent comments about getting back in the ring and the public reactions of Jim Ross and Triple H, there's a good chance Flair will be wrestling on this tour. For more information on the shows, visit NWEwrestling.com.

-- Matt Hardy posted a blog on MySpace asking fans, "What do you guys and gals want out of Matt Hardy? The person and the character. This is a very open ended question." Visit Matt Hardy's page at Myspace.com to leave feedback.

-- TNA star Kurt Angle will be be in Pittsburgh on Saturday filming scenes for the MMA-themed film "Warrior." According to Variety.com, "Nolte plays an ex-Vietnam vet boxer-turned-steel mill worker whose family was torn apart by his alcoholism; the now-sober and remorseful dad welcomes back his youngest son (Hardy) and trains him to compete in a mixed martial arts tournament. He and his older brother, played by Edgerton, are on a collision course in the ring." Angle plays the role of Koba, a Russian Olympic hero. Producers are looking for extras, so check out Warriorevent.com if you're interested.





Hulk Hogan Offers To Take A Drug Test After Linda's Accusations
By Michael Bluth
May 29, 2009 - 12:03:43 PM

 
Source: HollywoodScoop.com

Hulk Hogan is firing back at Linda Hogan's latest round of allegations. Last week, Linda's public relations representative issued a statement to PerezHilton.com trashing Brooke, her boyfriend $tacks and of course, the Hulkster. Among Linda's claims are that Hulk and Brooke's boyfriend smoke pot together.

However, even Linda's drug accusations come after Brooke strongly hinted to Perez Hilton in a recent video chat that her mother is "on something."

Hulk’s lawyer fired back a statement defending his client, saying: "Brooke Hogan has spoken out in support of her father only because of her mother’s repeated fabricated attacks on him.

"She is in the unique position of knowing both parties in this litigation and she has only spoken as to what she knows to be the truth based upon her personal experience with each.

"Linda has refused repeated invitations by Brooke to reconcile and given these recent comments it appears a mother/daughter relationship is impossible at this time. It is sad that Linda Hogan continues to attempt to throw her family under the bus to gain publicity.”

Hulk also offered to take a legally supervised drug test to prove he’s clean, and challenged Linda to do the same, since he believes she’s the one doing drugs with her young boyfriend Charlie.




Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on June 15, 2009, 04:02:20 PM
Hulk Hogan Claims Linda Is Blowing Her Alimony Money On Drugs
By Michael Bluth
Jun 15, 2009 - 7:02:58 PM

 
TMZ.com reports that Hulk Hogan's legal team had a slew of witnesses attack Linda Bollea's character today -- because Hulk claims she's been wasting a lot of her $40,000 monthly alimony payments on drugs.

A hairdresser named Tracy Morgan testified in a Florida courtroom this morning that Linda came into her salon and asked to have some checks cashed because she needed money to buy her drugs. The hairdresser claimed Linda's favorite drug combo was marijuana and the painkiller roxycodon.

Also, a truck driver testified he saw Linda snort cocaine on a boat and a postal worker claimed Linda wanted to buy a car from him without Hulk's attorneys finding out.

Hulk's legal team is hoping these witnesses demonstrate that Linda doesn't deserve the $40,000 monthly allowance.




Kennedy Looking Forward To TNA, TNA Stars Visit J.R.'s Restaurant
By Daniel Pena
Jun 12, 2009 - 1:26:46 PM

 
source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- One person close to recently released WWE wrestler Mr. Kennedy said he's very much looking forward to joining TNA Wrestling in September when his 90-day no-compete clause expires.

Kennedy has a lot of confidence and believes he can be a top guy, something he feels Vince McMahon didn't see him as. He feels if he goes to TNA, he can be that top guy, thinking they will allow him to be the character he wants to be without constantly trying to get him to change.

-- Garrett Borden, the son of Steve "Sting" Borden, is now playing fullback for the Azusa Pacific University football team, a top Christian college in Southern California.

-- A number of TNA wrestlers stopped by Jim Ross' J.R.'s Family Bar-B-Q restaurant following a recent live event in Oklahoma City. TNA World Heavyweight Champion Mick Foley, Robert Roode, James Storm, Rhino, Matt Morgan and a few others went.


How Umaga's Feeling, Hogan Book Details, 170-Pound Lex Luger
By Daniel Pena
Jun 12, 2009 - 2:26:32 PM

 
-- Complete details for Hulk Hogan's upcoming autobiography, My Life Outside The Ring, have been released. Unlike his WWE-produced bio, this one will focus on the more recent turmoil in his and his family's life. To read the synopsis, and see the cover of the book, click here.

The book is co-authored by Mark Dagostino and will be released on October 27, 2009.

-- As reported earlier, Umaga is turning down all independent bookings offered to him. The reason for this is he's "burned out" on wrestling and not interested in accepting dates for at least another month, reports www.f4wonline.com.

-- Prime Time Sam Roberts from The Opie & Anthony Show and Jersey All Pro Wrestling recently appeared at a wrestling convention and he sent out a picture to his followers on Twitter of Lex Luger. The former WCW World Heavyweight Champion told him he is in good spirits and feeling much better. Click here to see the image. Luger is about 170 pounds these days.




Coverage Of Benoit Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Randy Savage-Slim Jim
By Daniel Penad
Jun 12, 2009 - 4:08:43 PM

 
-- Irv Muchnick wrote an indepth article for SLAM! Wrestling looking at the wrongful death lawsuit, Paul and Maureen Toffoloni, the parents of Nancy Benoit, filed against Dr. Phil Astin III in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. Click here to read it.

-- In a weird coincidence, the Slim Jim food plant out of North Carolina exploded the same day WWE released a DVD set on "Macho Man" Randy Savage, a former spokesperson for the brand. The explosion was serious as two people were found dead and a third person is still believed to be missing. To read the story, click here.

Other spokesmen from the world of wrestling for the beef jerky snack food have included Ultimate Warrior, Bam Bam Bigelow, Kevin Nash and Edge.

-- Former WWE wrestler Chuck Palumbo wrote on his Twitter account (twitter.com/ChuckPalumbo) that his band, 3 Spoke Wheel, will be playing at the Thunder Run Bike Show in Bakersfield, California tomorrow.
HOT PIX: Photo of John Cena�s Florida mansion



Is WWE Covering Up Batista's Injury For A Wellness Violation?
By Daniel Pena
Jun 12, 2009 - 4:19:13 PM

 
source: www.f4wonline.com

This past weekend, some people within World Wrestling Entertainment leaked a story to PWInsider.com saying Batista had suffered a biceps tear. Their story was later changed to a torn tendon in his left biceps and that it was not a full fledged muscle tear. The webmaster of his official website, www.Demon-Wrestling.com, soon acknowledged his injury, confirming it as a torn tendon.

The webmaster wrote: "We originally thought Dave had a torn muscle (he's been hurt for around 2-3 weeks), but this has now been confirmed as a torn tendon."

However, the official WWE website would say differently.

According to their report concerning Batista's injury, he suffered a completely torn left biceps requiring surgery that will keep him out of action for at least four months — not a torn tendon.

A full fledged muscle tear is much more serious than a tendon tear, so something's clearly not adding up. If he did indeed suffer a torn tendon like his official website is saying, the amount of ring time he would miss would be considerably less.

Among some of the wrestlers, there has been plenty of skepticism over the true severity of his injury. The injury supposedly occurred over three weeks ago, but he had been working television, pay-per-views, and live events without any sort of tape on his arm whatsoever, let alone showing any signs of an injury. If the biceps tear was serious, and people within WWE are claiming it was serious enough for him to get surgery two days after his championship victory, it would certainly have been taped up. If the injury was not serious enough to require tape, one would think there would be no need for surgery.

Even partially torn biceps injuries are taped up, but considering WWE is saying he suffered a full fledged muscle tear, it makes the severity of his injury all the more suspicious.

At Monday's Raw in Lafayette‎, the wrestlers were told his injury was legitimate and he was having surgery the next day. However, the talk among wrestlers in the locker room is that his injury angle on Raw was a cover-up to have him avoid being suspended due to a violation of the company's drug testing policy.

For what it's worth, Monday's show was re-written several times during the day and the creative team was given a list of wrestlers not to use for the foreseeable future prior to show time as a result of drug testing held earlier in the day and at shows over the weekend.

WWE covering up a drug test failure with an injury would certainly be a major change of philosophy on how they handle their drug testing policy, and while things appear fishy, right now there is no concrete evidence indicating that has happened.




Simon Dean Interview On WWE, Benoit, Drugs In Wrestling, More
By Daniel Pena
Jun 13, 2009 - 12:42:25 PM

 
Former head of WWE Developmental and Superstar Mike Bucci/Simon Dean had an interview with China's only wrestling online radio show, Wrestle-Network.com and touched on many subjects. The always straight shooting Mike Bucci went deep in Wrestle-Network's best interview yet.

- Mike and Daddyshawn joked on their "history".

- Mike and Daddyshawn talked about WWE's expansion in China and the possibility of it. Daddyshawn specifically mentioned he can hook up wrestling promoters to work in China if offer comes.

- Mike talked about his time when he was in charged of the developmental. How some of the guys do not even know the agents and some wrestling legends. How Mike created a list of 100 of the most influential wrestling personalities in wrestling.

- Mike talked about the incident between Santino Marella and Jim Cornette.

- Daddyshawn talked to Mike about the guys who he has hired while he was in WWE.

- Mike mentioned why Ted DiBiase Jr. wrestled in All-Japan for two years and wrestled with Harley Race's WLW before going to developmental.

- Mike talked about TNA and Rong of Honor. Also talked about Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuinness.

- He also talked about how the business has changed from his time in the indies to going to WWE.

- Mike mentioned how some tough guys who are portrayed a comedy characters in wrestling.

- Mike's take on Bob Sapp and Bobby Lashley's up-coming MMA match.

- He also mentioned on how WWE is losing its battle to UFC.

- Mike's thoughts and memories on Chris Benoit. How wrestling has left a huge mark on professional wrestling.

- Mike's praised John Lauranaitis and the talents relations department.

- Mike Bucci will be wrestling June 27th with Blue Meanie in the former ECW Arena.

- Mike talked about Booker T and Sharmell and his company PWA.

- Mike mentioned drugs and wrestling business and WWE's Wellness Policy.

- He also mentioned about WWE not signing enough international wrestlers, especially people from China and South Korea.

Plus many more, to listen to the entire over 1 hour interview, please go to the following link.




Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on June 15, 2009, 04:13:35 PM
Issues Between Mysterio & WWE, Creative Team Scrambling, More
By Daniel Pena
Jun 13, 2009 - 3:31:01 PM

 
source: www.f4wonline.com

-- As announced last night on Friday Night SmackDown, CM Punk will defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Edge and Jeff Hardy in a three-way bout. As it turns out, the match was originally scheduled to take place at The Bash pay-per-view later this month, but due to next Monday's three-hour Raw, it's being moved up. As of Thursday, the creative team were still scrambling on how to figure things out for Monday's show, not to mention how it would all lead to matches for the pay-per-view in two weeks.

-- For the first time in several months, the 5/29 episode of Friday Night SmackDown was the first show to hit the top ten chart in English language viewership among Hispanics, at No. 6. It's actually not as good as it sounds because it was 520,000 Hispanic viewers, which is about half of what they used to do before Mysterio was drafted to Raw last year, and no more than they've been doing most of the past year. With most regular programming in re-runs and SmackDown being first-run, it looks better in comparison, but it's only doing a 2.4 in Hispanic homes when it used to do high 5's.

-- In a follow-up on an earlier report, Rey Mysterio did not hand in his notice to WWE officials as he still remains in the company. However, there are some issues between both sides which need to be worked out.


Update On Tomorrow's Raw, WWE Issues Statement On Misawa, More
By Daniel Pena
Jun 14, 2009 - 7:19:09 PM

 
-- John Laurinaitis, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, issued a statement on WWE.com concerning the passing of Mitsuharu Misawa.

"On behalf of WWE, we were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Mitsuharu Misawa," Laurinaitis said. "We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Misawa will be remembered as one of the all-time greats in Japan."

Laurinaitis worked with Misawa throughout the 1990s as both were stars with All-Japan Pro Wrestling.

-- Tommy Dreamer's ECW Championship victory at Extreme Rules was acknowledged in a column by the New York Daily News. (After 9 years, Tommy Dreamer becomes ECW champion again)

-- WWE is still putting together tomorrow night's episode of Raw because as of last night, a lot of talent (mostly SmackDown & ECW) had not been given the word whether they would be appearing on the show or not, reports www.f4wonline.com.

Last Monday, the WWE creative team was reportedly given a specific list of wrestlers not to write ideas for starting tomorrow as they will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.


Will Hogan Go On A Book Tour?, Jake Roberts Going To The Circus
By Daniel Pena
Jun 14, 2009 - 9:16:16 PM

 
-- For those wondering, Hulk Hogan will indeed be going on a book tour to promote his autobiography, My Life Outside The Ring, when it's released in October. In case you missed it, click here for details on the book and see the cover. (source: PWInsider.com)

-- Starting in July, Jake Roberts will be going on tour with Jim Rose for the When Legends Collide Tour. The show will include wrestling along with circus stunts. You can find all the information on the event including dates and further information at the link below:

http://www.ymlp117.com/pubarchive_show_message.php?magnumpr+10015

You can also find more information about Jim Rose's Circus at

http://www.jimrosecircus.com

-- The Honky Tonk Man will be part of the wrestling shows at the San Diego County Fair on July 5th, 2009. Go to http://sdfair.com for info about the fair and http://sportsentertainmentevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)


Chris Masters Returning To WWE, The Hurricane Returns, Steamboat
By Daniel Pena
Jun 14, 2009 - 9:48:44 PM

 
sources: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, www.pwtorch.com

-- Chris Masters was indeed hired back by World Wrestling Entertainment this past week.

"The Masterpiece" had a meeting with Vince McMahon at the Los Angeles tapings a few weeks ago and was recommended by Randy Orton to be brought back. Many in WWE are curious as to how he will look like when he returns as it was noted that it will send a message.

WWE released Masters from his contract on November 8, 2007 six days after he had been suspended for 60 days for having violated the company's drug testing policy on a second occasion. The suspension was for 60 days because he had been previously suspended on August 30, 2007 when the Signature Pharmacy scandal broke out. Shortly after his return to the ring, he was suspended for failing a drug test.

Contrary to his Wikipedia bio, Masters was not suspended when he quietly taken off the road in May 2006. Masters entered a drug rehabilitation due to an issue with prescription painkillers, but it did not count as a strike against because there was no drug test failure associated with him being sent to rehab.

He returned to WWE four months later with much less muscle mass, leading Jerry "The King" Lawler to refer to him as "leaner and meaner" Chris Masters.

-- After a several year absence, The Hurricane returned to the WWE ring at last night's SmackDown/ECW live event in Binghamton, New York, teaming with Evan Bourne. The duo lost to The Hart Dynasty when David Hart Smith pinned Hurricane with a clothesline. In another note, The Hurricane's ring time was limited as Bourne worked most of the match.

-- In other news coming out of last night's live event, WWE Hall of Famer Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat squared off against developmental wrestler Drew McIntyre in a 20-minute affair. The match was not well received as it largely consisted of rest holds, resulting in the audience booing at times.

Reader Wilson Wells wrote: "The most boring match of the night. Almost 20 minutes of mat-wrestling. No, not even. They were sitting on the mat, just holding each other. They would get up for three seconds, get back down, and there was thunderous booing."



Rey Mysterio Update, Orton Says He Doesn't Want To Wrestle At 50
By Daniel Pena
Jun 14, 2009 - 10:30:31 PM

 
source: PWInsider.com

-- Rey Mysterio competed at last night's SmackDown/ECW live event in Binghamton, New York, working a Triple Threat Match against World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk and Jeff Hardy. Punk came out on top to retain his title.

There were rumors going around last week saying he had handed in his notice to the company, but that is not the case. However, there were some issues between both sides which needed to be resolved.

-- In an interview with the Charlotte Observer, former WWE Champion Randy Orton said he doesn't want to put himself in a position where he has to continue wrestling past his mid-40s in order to provide for his family.

"I don't want to put myself in a position where financially I need to perform when I'm 60 or 50 or even in my mid-40s," Orton said. "There will be a time when I'm a dad of two or three and I just want to be at home with my family."

While Orton has no plans to leave wrestling anytime soon, he wouldn't mind crossing over to films.

"I think that I'd thrive if I could be a bad guy," says Orton. "Or I'd love to play a superhero. It would be cool to have powers."

To read the article, click here.

-- Ricky Ortiz continues bringing inspiration to the WWE Universe with the latest edition of the "Ricky O. Rally Up Inspirational Thought of the Week." Click here to see the video.



WWE Studios Hires New Executive Vice President
By Michael Bluth
Jun 15, 2009 - 10:24:07 AM

 
World Wrestling Entertainment sent out the following press release today announcing a new Executive Vice President of WWE Studios:

Pavone to Head WWE Studios

STAMFORD, Conn., June 15, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has named Mike Pavone as Executive Vice President of WWE Studios. In his new role, Pavone will lead WWE Studios’ theatrical releases, direct-to-DVD movies, series and reality programming and report directly to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

Pavone brings with him more than 18 years of experience in the film and television industry having worked as a writer, producer, director and actor. His projects include such notable titles as: The Client (CBS), Prison Break (FOX), High Incident with Steven Spielberg (ABC), Jack & Jill (WB), Against The Grain (NBC), Street Time (Showtime), The Blue Wall (Disney), Northmen for Warner Bros. and Seven Men from Now for Beacon Films.

Since 2008, Pavone has been a strategic consultant to WWE’s Creative Writing department, collaborating on the company’s top-rated, signature television programs, “Monday Night Raw®” and “Friday Night SmackDown®”.

“Mike brings a great combination of both filmed entertainment and television experience to his new role. We are confident that he can expand the breadth and depth of opportunities for WWE Studios,“ said Vince McMahon.

Pavone holds a BA in Film and Television Production from California State University at Sacramento and currently resides in Santa Rosa, California.

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/










Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on June 22, 2009, 01:37:59 PM
Complete Details For The Best of SmackDown! 10th Anniversary DVD
By Daniel Pena
Jun 22, 2009 - 5:26:57 PM

 
Courtesy of SilverVision.co.uk, here is the content listing for The Best of SmackDown! 10th Anniversary three-disc DVD set, which will be released on Tuesday, September 15, 2009:

For ten years, SmackDown has provided the most unpredictable moments and matches on network television. The Best of SmackDown 1999 – 2009 counts down the 100 greatest moments in the show’s history.

Disc 1

Introduction by Michael Cole & Matt Striker

# 100 – The Spinner April 14, 2005

# 99 – Unlikely Merger October 31, 2002

# 98 – Here Comes the Chokeslam July 10, 2003

# 97 – A SmackDown Tradition

# 96 – Randy Orton vs. The Undertaker September 16, 2005

# 95 – Mattitude

# 94 – Show Hunters September 23, 2004

# 93 – Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero September 9, 2005

# 92 – Mr. America

# 91 – Out of Tune July 19, 2001

# 90 – Signs of Friendship

# 89 – Chris Jericho vs. Chyna December 30, 1999

# 88 – Hardcore Injury June 29, 2000

# 87 – No Way Out February 24, 2000

# 86 – Return of Piper’s Pit April 10, 2003

# 85 – Carlito vs. John Cena October 7, 2004

# 84 – Sewage Bath October 9, 2003

# 83 – The BoogeyMan

# 82 – Hulkster Returns January 23, 2003

# 81 – Triple H vs. Tazz April 20, 2000

# 80 – Bar Room Brawl January 20, 2000

# 79 – Gore! Gore! Gore! August 9, 2001

# 78 – Time to Play the Game September 23, 1999

# 77 – Rock ‘N’ Sock Connection

# 76 – Hulk Hogan vs. Chris Jericho May 2, 2002

# 75 – Gold Medal Thief August 30, 2001

# 74 – Gold Medal Auction July 29, 2004

# 73 – Funeral Fight

# 72 – Life Sucks … May 11, 2000

# 71 – Al Snow & Steve Blackman

# 70 – Batista/Rey/Finlay/Jeff Hardy vs. MVP/JBL/Kane/Brian Kendrick October 3, 2008

Disc 2

# 69 – Mr. Kennedy

# 68 – Rough Landing September 9, 1999

# 67 – Stephanie’s The Champ March 30, 2000

# 66 – Randy Orton vs. Hardcore Holly April 25, 2002

# 65 – Angle Wins Gold February 10, 2000

# 64 – New Tag Champs December 16, 2005

# 63 – Heidenreich Poetry September 16, 2004

# 62 – The Rock vs. Dudley Boyz March 9, 2000

# 61 – Lethal Dose of Poison January 24, 2002

# 60 – Parking Lot Brawl September 11, 2003

# 59 – Rey Mysterio vs. Matt Hardy June 5, 2003

# 58 – Sincerest Form of Flattery

# 57 – Superhuman Strength

# 56 – You’re Hired! April 11, 2002

# 55 – Rob Van Dam vs. Steve Austin September 4, 2001

# 54 – Edge & Vickie

# 53 – Austin Stalks DX October 28, 1999

# 52 – Debra’s Cookies

# 51 – Stinkdown!

# 50 – Team Angle vs. Tajiri / Eddie Guerrero May 29, 2003

# 49 – Rock & Busta July 11, 2002

# 48 – Fate Fulfilled December 19, 2008

# 47 – Billy & Chuck Wedding September 12, 2002

# 46 – Tribute to Eddie November 18, 2005

# 45 – Where is Foley?

# 44 – A Classic Hit September 9, 1999

# 43 – Eddie Guerrero vs. JBL July 15, 2004

# 42 – Air Mysterio October 31, 2002

# 41 – Noble & Nidia

# 40 – Kurt Angle vs. Undertaker July 4, 2002

Disc 3

# 39 – MotherSlapper March 23, 2000

# 38 – A Celebration To Remember February 19, 2004

# 37 – Big Show Returns September 9, 2004

# 36 – Sexy Kurt March 24, 2005

# 35 – Rock ‘n’ Sock vs. New Age Outlaws October 14, 1999

# 34 – Houdini of Hardcore

# 33 – Mysterio Flies July 25, 2002

# 32 – Undertaker’s Revenge September 26, 2008

# 31 – Divorce Court

# 30 – John Cena vs. Kurt Angle June 27, 2002

# 29 – Icon Destruction August 8, 2002

# 28 – Get In My Belly April 13, 2000

# 27 – Bald is Beautiful June 13, 2002

# 26 – Border Patrol April 8, 2004

# 25 – Zach Gowen / Stephanie McMahon vs. Big Show July 3, 2003

# 24 – Right Place, Wrong Time July 27, 2000

# 23 – Ultimate Opportunist May 11, 2007

# 22 – Angle vs. Lesnar September 18, 2003

# 21 – DX-plosion April 27, 2000

# 20 – Batista Forfeits Title January 13, 2006

# 19 – People’s Elbow September 30, 1999

# 18 – Edge / Hulk Hogan vs. Billy / Chuck July 4, 2002

# 17 – Kurt Kisses Stephanie August 24, 2000

# 16 – JBL vs. Dollzilla February 10, 2005

# 15 – TLC III May 24, 2001

# 14 – Blockbuster Champ November 11, 1999

# 13 – Jeff Hardy vs. Triple H April 12, 2001

# 12 – Champion Chairman September 16, 1999

# 11 – Thuganomics

# 10 – Tribute to the Troops

# 9 – Supermarket Brawl December 13, 2001

# 8 – Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero September 26, 2002

# 7 – The Rock Says…

# 6 – Funeral Crasher November 11, 1999

# 5 – Austin & Angle – Unplugged July 12, 2001

# 4 – The Pilot April 29, 1999

# 3 – The Rock vs. Triple H August 26, 1999

# 2 – The Bigger They Are… June 12, 2003

# 1 – 9-11 Tribute Show September 13, 2001


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on June 22, 2009, 01:49:30 PM
Mentality Behind Tonight's Raw, Women's Wrestler Not Signed, More
By Daniel Pena
Jun 22, 2009 - 5:36:09 PM

 
sources: www.f4wonline.com, The Sun

-- The mentality behind tonight's episode of Raw is that it is being written as a "go-home show" for all three brands for Sunday's "The Bash" pay-per-view. The feeling is that Smackdown and ECW aren't delivering enough of an audience for their respective shows to be "go-home shows." Expect to see the top angles from both brands to be featured on tonight's show.

-- Contrary to reports, six-time OVW Women's Championship Serena Deeb has yet to receive a formal offer from World Wrestling Entertainment regarding a developmental contract. She is telling people that any reports of her signing with WWE are premature.

-- Randy Orton is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated.





Candice Michelle's Pulled Blog, New Diva On The Road With WWE
By Daniel Pena
Jun 20, 2009 - 12:54:43 PM

 
-- Shortly after the announcement of her release on the official WWE website, Candice Michelle made the following comment on her Twitter account (twitter.com/divacandicem): "I'm Free to Grow! :)"

As Michael reported earlier, Candice posted a blog on the WWE Universe site thanking company executives, current and past Divas, and male wrestlers for contributing to her five-year run in World Wrestling Entertainment. The blog was subsequently taken down as her account was disabled.

We managed to get ahold of what she wrote. Here is her blog in its entirety:

Dear WWE Universe,

Today is the first day of my next journey! I am filled with excitement and gratitude that I wanna express! First and foremost I wanna say thank-you to the McMahon family! Thank-you Vince, Linda, and Stephanie! I have had an amazing 5years wrestling for you guys! You have taught me and given me so many incredible memories! My time in the WWE was so heartfelt and an incredible journey that I will never forget. I wanna thank the people who have helped me there to be successful! Thank-You Johnny Laurenitis, Mark Corrono, and the rest of talent relations! You guys are awesome at what you do and I appreciate everything you have done for me! Thanks to the amazing agents Arn, Dean, Ricky, Mike, Fit, Barry, Steve, and Billy. You guys are incredible at what you do and it was so exciting for me to get the oppurtunity to learn from the BEST! Speaking of the best, John Cena was a champ in every sense of the word, inside and outside of the ring! Thank-you John for our great friendship, conversations, and encouragement in the business! I have so many fun filled memories on the road that I will never forget thanks to Victoria, Torrie(vote for her, shes amazing), Carlito, Tommy ( what a Dream), and Mickie ( one half of the nasty girls)! You guys will be my buddies for life and I will never forget you! Thank you to the other amazing superstars and Divas! You guys are simply the best at what you do! You have contributed so much in me becoming a wrestler, thanks to HHH, Big Show, Melina, Mickie, John Cena, Tommy Dreamer, Shawn Michaels, and everyone else who every helped me in the ring(in no particular order)! Thanks to the awesome crew and people behind the scenes, without them the show wouldnt even begin, they are all so incredible and full of talent! My time in the WWE was a true blessing!

I am excited that I was the FIRST WWE Diva Search contestant to become the WWE Womans Champion! I know I have paved a way for the woman like me and am so proud of them now! Go get em ladies, your all so talented and beautiful!

A special dedication to all the amazing and wonderful fans who have supported me, made sites for me, were always positive, and mostly just showed your love! I really appreciate you! I hope to see you in my next journey! I feel it coming fast! You can see my new website in less than 1.5 months at candicemichelle.com and catch up with my updates, also on twitter!

I have loved that journey and am ready to grow into this next chapter! Stay tuned.... much more to come!

Yours Truly,

Candice Michelle

"Defining Beauty"...in every sense of the word!

Her profile was also pulled from the SmackDown roster page, and not moved to the WWE Alumni section.

-- Developmental women's wrestler Angela Fong is once again on the road with WWE this weekend. She noted on her Twitter account yesterday (twitter.com/missangelafong) that she was in Des Moines, Iowa, the site of last night's Raw brand house show. She also said she lost her luggage on her way to Iowa.





Paul Roma Rips HBK, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, TNA & More (Recap)
By Daniel Pena
Jun 21, 2009 - 4:46:34 PM

 
World Wrestling Insanity interview with Paul Roma
Host: James Guttman
Interview available at WorldWrestlingInsanity.c om via ClubWWI.

Too hot for the Horsemen. Too stacked for Vinnie Mac. He's the most controversial guest in WorldWrestlingInsanity.c om, so what could we do but give him his own show? That's right. Paul Roma has come to ClubWWI.com to host his own audio program and he's so notorious, we could only call it "Glorious!"

The first time Roma joined James Guttman for a ClubWWI.com interview, no one was safe. Paul had choice words for everyone from John Cena to Hulk Hogan. With no desire to return to the wrestling industry, Roma offers his opinions completely unfiltered. As he says in his debut 34 minute episode of "Glorious," he's burned every bridge and had too much heat. In other words, no one has the freedom to shoot like Paul.

The Former Horsemen's first show hits a ton of topics including TNA's "piss poor wrestling" and "horrible writing." From the "stupid ring" to the writers wanting to be wrestlers, Roma is not a big fan of the product TNA is putting up. He goes into detail on the talks he had with the company at one point and the changes he told them they need to make. James brings up one member of Total Nonstop Action's roster, Mick Foley, and Paul has an opinion on that too…

"Mick Foley can't wrestle – plain and simple. Most wrestlers would agree. Probably even him. So if he's not launching himself off a roof, gouging his head, breaking bones, or spitting blood, it's boring. He can't do anything. What is it he can do?...They expect to see this idiot jeopardize his life, otherwise they don't care because that's what they're used to."

Guttman asks if it's tough to follow Mick (or someone like him on a show) and Roma says it's actually a blessing. Fans want to see something interesting rather than a clown. He compares real wrestling to a magician. A magician makes you think. A clown trips over his own feet.

"It is what it is. It's a clown. And that's what Mick Foley is. He's a clown."

One man who Paul Roma has been familiar with is Ric Flair. Never shy about his feelings on his former stablemate, Paul talks about his impending return at "70 years old." Why is he coming back? Roma explains to ClubWWI.com listeners:

"Flair's running around doing these autograph sessions because he's broke. All those years you busted your butt, you travelled, and you have nothing to show for it. You owe the government what? A million dollars in taxes? Dude, you might as well kill yourself. That's the only way you'll ever beat the government. You'll never ever pay them back, unless you hit a Powerball. Even then. Oh. Here's your million dollars."

On that subject, Roma gets into wrestlers who can't retire in the industry for whatever reason. One name he brings up is…

"Shawn Michaels, he should have been gone a long time ago. But since he's friends with Triple H, they keep him around. I don't know what kind of money he makes, but I'm sure it's decent. He's a mess. Physically. I look at him and his face looks like he did a Michael Jackson."

Guttman points out that HBK is still one of the best in the industry, but in any other sport, he'd be able to retire by now for good. After all, just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should. We should let Shawn relax and take a nap. Paul agrees. It's not that Michaels can't perform. It's that he shouldn't still have to.

Alongside Bull Buchanan's "Bullpen," D-Lo Brown's "Lo-Down," and Orlando Jordan's "Club O.J.,' "Glorious" hosted by Paul Roma (with James Guttman) is available right now on ClubWWI.com. The debut edition features tons of other topics including: Hulk Hogan's Joke of a Heel Turn, Batista: Not An Athlete, The Backstage Run-In He and Hercules Had With The Hart Foundation, How Bret Hart Was a Gentleman Afterwards, His Relative Tookie Tucker in FCW, Trump Buying Raw, Feelings About The Ultimate Warrior, A Parting Salute For Vince McMahon, Why Vince Didn't Like Paul Orndorff, and More. It's more than Pretty Wonderful. It's Glorious!





Jericho Says Taker Is Coasting On His Reputation, DiBiase, Cena
By Daniel Pena
Jun 21, 2009 - 5:17:45 PM

 
-- In an interview with About.com, it's noted that Chris Jericho has yet to have face Undertaker in a one-on-one encounter. He's asked to compare ending his undefeated streak at WrestleMania to beating "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock to become the first Undisputed Champion.

"It would be a huge deal. Obviously it would be at the same level," Jericho said. "But Undertaker is still on crutches as we speak so if he was smart he'd would stay on crutches and stay away from me. Now that I'm on his show, it is inevitable that our paths cross. I think he has been coasting for the past few years and has been taking it easy and living on his reputation. I'm not intimidated by him and we'll see what happens once he gets back."

Chris Jericho also said SmackDown is superior to Raw.

"Smackdown is the better show overall. Better performers, better wrestling," Jericho said. "I think it's a much better show. I think a lot of that has to do with the acquisitions of Punk and myself. With Mysterio, Hardy, Edge, and the Undertaker coming back I think there are some great combinations and some great matches to be had."

Jericho also said he's working on a second book through Grand Central Publishing, which published his first book, rather than WWE. He also says WWE ran some movie ideas through him (Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia and The Marine 2), but he wasn't interested.

Jericho also discusses the biggest difference between WCW and WWE, his upcoming appearance on Aaron Stone, the current status of Fozzy, and more. Click here to read the interview.

-- Ted DiBiase was interviewed by PostCrescent.com to promote tomorrow night's Raw taping in Green Bay. He discusses his family legacy, but also talked about injuries.

"I've hurt my knees, broken fingers, separated a shoulder; you go through a lot," DiBiase said. "But I love it. I mean I love it."

Click here to read the article.

-- John Cena threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Chicago Cubs' interleague matchup against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field yesterday. He also spent some on-air time with Cubs broadcasters during the WGN broadcast.






WWE Star Working With Sore Neck, Cena On Cover, Orton's "Wife"
By Daniel Pena
Jun 21, 2009 - 6:33:50 PM

 
source: PWInsider.com

-- "Legacy" member Cody Rhodes is currently working with a sore neck.

-- The latest issue of Playboy, featuring Attack of the Show! host Olivia Munn on the cover, notes that July 2008 "Playmate of the Month" Laura Croft played the role of Randy Orton's wife Samantha on Raw back in March.

-- John Cena and his brother Matt, who is an NPC bodybuilder, are on the cover of the latest issue of Flex. Click here to see the cover.














Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on June 22, 2009, 01:55:56 PM
Former WWF Wrestler Arrested On Child Abuse Charges
By Daniel Pena
Jun 21, 2009 - 9:22:31 PM

 
Former WWF wrestler Brian Blair, 52, was arrested early this morning on two counts of child abuse.

The former Hillsborough County Commissioner was arrested shortly after 5:00 a.m. following an altercation with his two sons at the family's home in the Forest Hills area of Tampa.

According to The St. Petersburg Times, Blair pushed his oldest son Brett, 17, in the chest and then punched him in the face with a closed fist, leaving a red mark and causing swelling. Blair then allegedly put the teenager in a chokehold, causing him to have trouble breathing.


Jericho On Disney Show Tonight, DiBiase Interview & More
By Michael Bluth
Jun 22, 2009 - 12:57:48 PM

 
-- WWE superstar Chris Jericho will be appearing on tonight's episode of the popular Disney channel action series, Aaron Stone. The show is about kid who was enlisted to play the real-life part of a video game character. Here's Disney's preview for the episode:

“"Xero Control" – Xero captures the world's most feared fighter, World Champion Billy "The Body Bag" Cobb, to teach them the moves necessary to program his combat suit. Aaron Stone is enlisted to rescue Billy Cobb and destroy the combat suit, in Aaron Stone, MONDAY, JUNE 22 (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD.

To see 2 video clips of Jericho as Billy Cobb from the episode, head over to CinemaBlend.com.

-- Wisconsin's PostCrescent.com features an interview with WWE superstar Ted DiBiase, who talks about tonight's RAW, breaking into wrestling, his movie career and more.

-- Friday's Smackdown will be preempted in the New York area due to the Mets vs. Yankees baseball game. When SmackDown was preempted in the past, it would typically air the following night. However, cable guides in New York are saying the show will air on Friday night at 11pm. Since there is a possibility that the baseball game runs long and is not over at 11pm, fans who DVR SmackDown should set their recording times accordingly.




Jim Ross Blog: Jerry Brisco Health Update, Tonight's RAW
By Michael Bluth
Jun 22, 2009 - 2:05:38 PM

 
Jim Ross posted a new blog update, which you can read in its entirety at JRsBarBQ.com.

Jerry Brisco Health Update: "Exchanged a few text messages over the weekend with Jerry Brisco who is in a positive state of mind after suffering three strokes and discovering that he has a hole in his heart and a faulty heart valve. Jerry's wife Barbara had to confiscate his cell phone as many of Jerry's friends were reaching out to him. The WWE Hall of Famer is respected by all that know him not to mention the fact that Jerry has helped so many men get their start in the business. Jerry told me that he will know more on Monday when he will have heart surgery as it was expected to be this week but that is not definite."

Tonight's RAW: "One can assume that the Smackdown contribution Monday night on the first ever commercial free Monday Night Raw will consist of probably one bout. However, that one match could be a dandy. There should be no issues with matches having an adequate amount of time to take care of their business on Monday night with no commercial breaks."

The Bash: "I expect ECW to also have one bout on the show obviously, in some fashion, promoting the ECW Title Bout at "The Bash" which is all of the sudden here.... as in next Sunday in Sacramento."




Brian Blair Appears In Court, Still Facing Felony Charges
By Michael Bluth
Jun 22, 2009 - 2:39:47 PM

 
Source: TampaBay.com

As Daniel reported over the weekend, former 1980's WWE tag team wrestler B. Brian Blair was arrested early Sunday morning in Florida after a violent altercation involving his two teenage sons.

According to the arrest report, Blair, shoved his son Brett in the chest at about 4am Sunday morning. When Brett tried to walk away, Blair grabbed him, punched him in the face and put him in a choke hold, the report states. He then let go of Brett, grabbed younger son Bradley by the throat and punched him, deputies said. Both sons identified their father as the person who attacked them, and Blair was taken to the Hillsborough County jail on two felony counts of child abuse.

Blair appeared in a Florida court this morning after spending last night in jail. The presiding judge in this morning's proceedings ordered Blair to be released from jail and turned over the case to the Department of Children and Families.

Blair did not have to post bail to be released, which could take several hours to process before he's allowed to return home. The judge also ordered "no contact" between Blair and his sons.




Recap Of Kurt Angle On The Pain Clinic Radio Show
By Michael Bluth
Jun 22, 2009 - 2:46:21 PM

 
New TNA World Champion Kurt Angle was a guest on the Pain Clinic radio show over the weekend. You can listen to the show at www.feelthepain.net. Here's a recap:

Kurt Angle joins the show and talks about his 'calm' promo from Impact this last Thursday. He explains his calmness and how it progressed the storyline. He said have no fear, the yelling screaming Kurt Angle will return.

Kurt talks about the King of the Mountain Match at TNA's 7th anniversary pay per view Slammiversary. Kurt starts telling us some of TNA's accomplishments and how far they have come. When he gets to the match itself he said he's terrified of it. Kurt explains the match and tells us that it is the biggest fan favorite match in TNA.

Kurt talks about all the participants in the match and what each brings to the match. Kurt likes the match but he's a "one-on-one" match guy. He's excited to see how it goes.

Kurt talks about the match some more and lets us know that Slammiversary and Bound For Glory are two TNA's biggest buy rate pay per views. He does mention the X-Division King Of The Mountain match on the card and talks about how the X-Division needs to be elevated back into higher profile.

Mick Foley is the next topic. Kurt said the writing has spiked the rating as well as Mick Foley's microphone work. He says that Mick is a great wrestler and unfortunately he's remembered as 'falling off a cage through an announcers table'. He gives Mick allot of credit for his matches. This leads Kurt into putting over the entire roster.

He explains the purpose of the Main Event Mafia in TNA and it may surprise a few people.

Kurt talks about the passing of Misawa last week and he explains that people don't know what kind of stress wrestlers bodies go through in their career.

Kurt talks about his acting career and tells us about what movie he's making right now. He tells us what his future plans are acting-wise.

This leads into Kurt talking about Frank Trigg and the plans TNA had for him. Franks signed back with UFC and Kurt explains that once you sign with UFC, you can't do other things but UFC. Kurt talks about his dealing with Dana White and his dabbling with fighting for UFC.

Kurt leaves soon afterwards




He then grabbed his youngest son, who is either 12 or 13, around the throat and punched him on the top of his head, leaving a bump.

He is currently being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Blair is perhaps best known for his partnership with "Jumping" Jim Brunzell as part of the masked tag team The Killer Bees. The two wrestled throughout the 1980s in the World Wrestling Federation.

Click here to read the story on The St. Petersburg Times website. You can also view his charge report on the official website of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.





Donald Trump Hosting Press Conference This Afternoon
By Michael Bluth
Jun 22, 2009 - 11:09:31 AM

 
WWE sent out the following announcement to WWE Universe members who live in Wisconsin regarding a press conference to be held this afternoon:

Dear WWE® Universe:

The new owner of RAW®, Donald Trump, has some exciting news for the WWE Universe in Green Bay. Trump, along with WWE Divas, will be holding a special news conference as soon as his plane touches down at Green Bay Airport on Monday, June 22 at 4 PM.

All WWE Fans are invited to the Executive Air Terminal to attend this free event (subject to capacity). In addition, Mr. Trump has extended an invitation to former WWE RAW owner Mr. McMahon to also attend the conference.

Join Mr. Trump, Mr. McMahon and the WWE Divas, as a special announcement will be made regarding that evening’s Monday Night RAW® event at the Resch Center that will put the “green back” in Green Bay.

What: Special News Conference with New Owner of RAW, Donald Trump, WWE Divas and Former Owner of RAW, Mr. McMahon.

When: Monday, June 22, 2009 at 4 PM

Where: Executive Air Terminal2131 Airport DriveGreen Bay, WI




Taz Relaunches FTW Gear, Talks About Slammiversary, Heyman & More
By Michael Bluth
Jun 22, 2009 - 12:23:39 PM

 
-- Former WWE announcer Taz has relaunched his clothing brand FTW Gear, which he created during his time in ECW back in the late 90s. Taz designed the new line of t-shirts and hats himself, which can be purchased at TazFTWGear.com.

-- Taz has posted a new batch of "Taz Answers" Q&A's, which you can read over at Facebook.com. Here's what the Human Suplex Machine said about:

Paul Heyman: "Paul and I speak every once and a while via text or email. We NEED to sit down and grab a bite to eat and laugh!! I miss working with and for Paul and I really cherish and miss the original ECW days!! It was the greatest time of my professional career."

Mike Adamle: "I had fun working with Mike BEHIND THE SCENES! He is a great guy, who is actually very funny! On air it was very tough because Mike was in over his head. So than I was put in a position were I had never been were I was doing the "play by play" at the announce desk. Bottomline, he didn't belong in an broadcaster position at that level. Zero experience calling matches or telling stories.....the powers that be thought Mike was gonna replace JR."

TNA Slammiversary: "I enjoined [Slammiversary] very much! Unique concepts and tremendous wrestling talent in TNA....BIG FAN! Me like everyone else didn't expect the turn of events at the conclusion of the Main Event last night!"








Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on June 22, 2009, 02:01:14 PM
Brian Blair Releaed From Jail & Comments On His Arrest
By Michael Bluth
Jun 22, 2009 - 4:22:31 PM

 
Former WWF superstar and Brian Blair was released from Orient Road Jail in Tampa, Florida this morning a day after he was accused of beating up his two sons on Father's Day.

Fox News in Tampa Bay caught up with Blair, who called the incident "unfortunate." You can see a video of Blair speaking outside of the Orient Road Jail at MyFoxTampaNews.com.

"It's a real, I guess, unfortunate situation, that it's a misunderstanding that could have been prevented," Blair told reporters. "I have over 7,000 hours mentoring children, and the last thing that I'd ever do is hurt a kid. Sometimes the hardest kids to mentor are your own."

Blair told reporters that he loves his constituents and hopes to continue his life in politics. "If they were there, I think they'd understand the situation," he said. "The most important thing is that my wife is OK."



Donald Trump Storyline News, Warrior Blogs About Turning 50
By Michael Bluth
Jun 22, 2009 - 5:07:00 PM

 
-- The Ultimate Warrior has updated his blog with a post titled, "18,543 days," where he talks about turning 50 years old last week.

I didn’t know living to be 50 was such a big deal — or something to be despised or ridiculed. Of course, not many former WWF, or even today’s WWE, wrestlers hang around alive long enough to celebrate their 50th birthday.

I always thought, though, that the mindless misfits and useful idiots charged with commentating on the industry could at least have started and continued that whole posthumous birthday homage media and entertainment pay to all their dead criminal heroes and OD’ed drug addicts.

To read the entire post, visit UltimateWarrior.com.

-- With the "Donld Trump buys Raw" storyline in full force this week, word has come out that Vince McMahon has wanted to do a similar storyline in the past. According to ProWrestling.net, the reason Vince never went through with such a storyline until last week was that WWE officials feared such a storyline would have a negative impact on WWE stock. Their fears were realized last week after WWE stock took a serious hit the day after the Trump announcement. There was such confusion among shareholders after WWE & USA issued a press release announcing the sale on Tuesday that the USA Network issued a follow-up press release later in the week admitting the "sale" was simply a storyline. WWE stock closed today at $12.24 a share, the lowest it's been all month.





All 3 Brands At RAW, WWE Loses Trademark Dispute, Triple H
By Michael Bluth
Jun 18, 2009 - 1:56:24 PM

 
-- Monday's SmackDown & ECW house show that was scheduled for Valparaiso, Indiana has been pushed back to August 30. PWInsider.com is reporting that the move was made so SmackDown and ECW stars will be able to attend Monday's commercial-free RAW.

-- World Wrestling Entertainment has been involved in a multi-year trademark dispute with Muscle Flex Inc. over their "In the Raw" trademarks, which WWE claimed infringed on their "WWE RAW" property. Muscle Flex Inc. is now claiming victory over WWE after a ruling from the CIPO (Canadian Intellectual Property Office). From Reuters.com:

On June 18, 2008, the CIPO (Canadian Intellectual Property Office) issued a final decision that found certain wares listed in the WWE "RAW" trademark application 1,153,018 were confusingly similar and thus lacked distinctiveness from the "In the Raw" registered trademark, which Muscle Flex is in the process of acquiring. The WWE appealed the CIPO's ruling to the Federal Court of Canada, but failed to file the required documents by the deadline. On April 22, 2009, a Notice of Discontinuance was issued by the Federal Court of Appeals of Canada that formally ended the multi year trademark dispute.

-- After WWE RAW went off the air on Monday night, Triple H took young kid out of the audience and brought him into the ring to celebrate battle royal victory. The mother of that lucky kid has postd a message on Craigslist.com asking if anybody took pictures of her son in the ring. Click here to read her Craiglist post and find out how you can contact her.




Kennedy Jokes About His WWE Release, Former Porn Star To TNA?
By Michael Bluth
Jun 18, 2009 - 2:48:15 PM

 
-- Ken Anderson (formerly Mr. Kennedy) has posted a new video clip on his Facebook page making light of his recent WWE release. The video is labeled "Episode One" and has a "Stay Tuned for More" message at the end. The former WWE superstar is currently sitting out his 90-day no-compete clause and will officially be a free agent at the end of August. To see what Kennedy says about his current employment status, visit Facebook.com.

-- There has been some talk that California indy wrestling valet Trina is in talks with TNA Wrestling. Trina, who formerly worked in the "adult video" business, recently mentioned TNA on her MySpace page. It appears that there could be something to the rumors, because on last night's TNA Spin Cycle, Mick Foley was shown texting a woman named Trina. Foley has mentioned Trina on his own MySpace page before. You can check out yesterday's TNA Spin Cycle now at YouTube.com (Foley mentions her at the 1:40 mark).





World Wrestling Entertainment Quietly Releases Wrestler
By Daniel Pena
Jun 18, 2009 - 3:45:28 PM

 
Amidst the talent purge of developmental two Thursdays ago, World Wrestling Entertainment also released Matt Walsh, otherwise known as Joseph Canterbury in Florida Championship Wrestling. (Click here to view his promotional photo, which has since been removed from the official FCW website.)

Walsh confirmed the company's decision to let him go in a blog post on his MySpace account last Friday.

Walsh wrote: "If you didnt hear... I was released by WWE last week. This has been the biggest and most rewarding experience in my life. Although I will no longer be under contract I plan to continue my training and work on the things I need to so I can be a better and more rounded athlete to hopefully return in the future. Thanks to everyone in the WWE FCW and everyone who supported me!"

If you recall, Walsh is the model/bodybuilder WWE signed following a talent evaluation camp at Florida Championship Wrestling headquarters last fall.

Following the camp, Walsh continued honing his wresting skills. He would make his television debut on Florida Championship Wrestling in April, losing to Sheamus O'Shaunessy. Under the name Agent J, he soon joined Abraham Washington's camp as part of "The Presidential Security."

John Laurinaitis, WWE's Executive Vice President, Talent Relations, was in Florida for the weekly Florida Championship Wrestling television tapings when he made the roster cuts. Other developmental talent let go that fateful Thursday include Lupe Viscara, Kafu, Jon Cutler and Dakota "Maverick" Darsow. It is believed that at least two of the cuts were related to Wellness Policy violations, although they were not publicly announced.




Batista Accused Of Steroid Use, Victoria Not Benoit's Mistress
By Daniel Pena
Jun 18, 2009 - 5:39:39 PM

 
-- Irv Muchnick, author of Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal, has confirmed in a blog post on his official website that Lisa Marie Varon (a/k/a Victoria) was not Chris Benoit's mystery "Diva mistress."

Muchnick's forthcoming book on Chris Benoit will investigate the suspicions of Nancy Benoit, Chris's wife, that he was carrying an affair with a "WWE Diva."

-- Muchnick has another blog post, this time looking at the suspicious nature of Dave Batista's most recent injury, entitled Batista, Master of the Torn Triceps ... And Bicep.

In November 2007, he headlined a blog post Batista, Master of the Torn Triceps to note two previous occasions in which he was stricken with that particular injury, which is common among steroid users whose disproportionate muscle mass overloads tendons. Shortly after forming the Evolution faction, Batista tore his tricep during a match at the March 1, 2003 live event in Reading, Pennsylvania. Then, a few weeks later during rehab, he re-tore it "in a freak accident while jogging with his wife," according to WWE.com. As a result, Batista would be sidelined until October of that year.

In last week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, editor Dave Meltzer said Batista's frequent injuries are definitely not just a case of bad luck.

Meltzer wrote: "Batista's frequent injuries are hardly just bad luck. It's a combination of age, physique, and likely a lot of muscle/tendon imbalances because he's so big and muscular at his age. Torn biceps are not like torn triceps, torn lats and torn abs, which are usually the signs of steroid-related muscle injuries. The biceps, being a small muscle that bodybuilders train heavy, will tear more frequently on steroids, but non-steroid using lifters often have problems with biceps tears. He looked to be high risk when he returned carrying noticeably more muscle mass than when he left, even though he’s now 40. His new look raised a lot of eyebrows and questions including rumors that this injury was a cover reason for a suspension. However, we were able to confirm the injury was real and you don't have surgery to cover a drug suspension."

Via e-mail, Muchnick asked Meltzer if he could make his comments regarding Batista a bit more clear because while his injury was announced as biceps, it doesn't mean that it wasn't actually his triceps.

Meltzer, who rarely goes on record to outright accuse a wrestler of steroid use (unless there is concrete proof), said Batista's latest injury was steroid related.

"Obviously, it was steroid related," Meltzer wrote in his e-mail to Muchnick, "but in fairness, guys not on steroids also tear biceps and not triceps."

To read Muchnick's blog post in its entirety, click here.

Muchnick further noted, "As soon as I can figure out what’s going on with this latest round of WWE drug PR, I'll blog further about it."

-- As reported earlier, last week's episode of Monday Night Raw drew a 3.61 cable rating with 5.40 million viewers overall. Here is a rundown of the rating:

The Intercontinental Championship match between Kofi Kingston and William Regal lost 464,000 viewers while Maryse's WWE Divas title defense against Kelly Kelly gained 75,000 viewers. Following the Divas match, the Santino Marella, Goldust and Festus vs. Chavo Guerrero, The Brian Kendrick and Jamie Noble match would lose 45,000 viewers. Successfully, The Miz's promo and non-match with John Cena due to Big Show coming out gained 748,000 viewers. At 10:15 p.m., the MVP vs. Matt Hardy match lost 75,000 viewers, which actually is not bad coming off a huge growth segment. At a time slot that is usually a ratings loser, Vickie Guerrero announcing her resignation as the General Manager of Raw and Edge coming out to belittle her gained 239,000 viewers. The segment drew a 3.86, which was the highest full quarter rating for the show. The Carlito and Primo vs. Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes tag match following it lost 209,000 viewers. The final segment with Randy Orton getting a title shot against Batista and Triple H returning gained 1,122,000 viewers to draw a 4.47 overrun. Although, the segment went on so long that they attracted a number of viewers expecting to see the program following Raw. (source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)



Details On USA Network's Decision To Have Commercial Free Raw
By Brad Ingles
Jun 18, 2009 - 10:09:31 PM

 
WWE and USA Network started discussions of a commercial free Raw several weeks ago. The move to not air commercials during Raw is an experiment to see if it would result to higher ratings since a large percentage of Raw viewers switch channels during commercial breaks. The loss in the ratings battle to TNT's "The Closer" and other shows also help with the decision not to air commercials.

USA pays WWE $550,000 per week for the rights fees to Raw and makes a profit from selling commercial time. If there is no major jump in the ratings, expect the next Raw to air commercials.



WWE Diva Turns Babyface, Dusty Rhodes Rumor Killer, Chris Jericho
By Daniel Pena
Jun 19, 2009 - 3:45:43 PM

 
-- It would appear that Layla's feud with Eve is officially water under the bridge as following their match last night on WWE Superstars, no brawl ensued and instead, at the beckoning of Maria, the two rivals shook hands.

In a small spoiler for tonight's episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Layla, Eve and Maria are shown together in a backstage segment poking fun at Dolph Ziggler's name and later acting friendly with one another.

Hence, this leaves six babyface Divas on the blue brand, (Candice Michelle, Eve, Gail Kim, Layla, Maria, Melina) with only two heels (Alicia Fox and Michelle McCool). Based on the tremendous gap between babyfaces and heels on SmackDown, it would appear that someone will turn soon to help even things out.

Candice Michelle is due to return any week now as she announced on her Twitter account on Tuesday that she has been medically cleared to return to the ring. In an interesting coincidence, next week's SmackDown taping will take place in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

-- For the record, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes has not passed away. The rumor was sprung from baseball legend Dusty Rhodes passing away on Wednesday. Rhodes' passing has gotten some media attention and as the story is being passed on, it would appear that some people have confused him with the WWE Hall of Famer instead.

-- As reported earlier, Chris Jericho will make a special guest appearance Monday night on cable network Disney XD's Aaron Stone. The WWE Intercontinental Champion plays Billy Cobb, an Ultimate Fighter with a degree in Russian Literature who eventually fights side-by-side with teenage hero, Aaron Stone against the evil Omega Defiance. You can catch the episode at 9:00 p.m. (Article link)



Brock Lesnar Talks Steroids, Punishing Opponents (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Jun 19, 2009 - 2:40:15 PM

 
The latest issue of Maxim Magazine features an interview with UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and you can read it online over at Maxim.com.

Earlier this week, Brock Lesnar was quoted in the UK Sun saying he's doing MMA for the money and it's just the job. In the Maxim interview, he set the record straight - he likes to fight. “I like to punish people," Lesnar said. “It’s a feeling you can’t get anywhere else, really. If I did it to somebody on the street, I’d get sued or arrested.”

Lesnar was asked about an interview he did with ESPN last year where he got pissed off after being asked about taking steroids. Lesnar told Maxim, “I bet you I’ve taken over 60 steroid tests. In college I had 15 random drug tests in two years. I’ve taken drug tests for the NFL, the WWE, the UFC. I must be pretty good at masking steroids. God gave me this body: Are you jealous of it or what? Give me a break. I got the genetics of—not to get into racism or anything—but I’m built like a black man. Would you say so?”

The Maxim interviewer brought up an issue that angered Lesnar during that ESPN interview, saying “There’s a difference between saying, ‘I’ve never tested positive,’ and saying, ‘I’ve never taken steroids,’” the Maxim interviewer pointed out. Lesnar responded, “How isn’t it the same thing? It’s all genetics. I wouldn’t say we’re all created equal. That’s just to make the other guys feel good who don’t have what you’ve got.”




Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on July 13, 2009, 08:28:03 PM

Pro Wrestling Extra: A conversation with Hulk Hogan
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The Southland has been a buzz ever since Hulk Hogan Fan Appreciation Day at Toyota Park was announced. Hopefully you read my pro wrestling column in last Thursday's (7/02) Fifty-Two Weekends since there was some information on this Friday (7/10) event set for Bridgeview. And this week's pro wrestling column in this Thursday's (7/09) Fifty-Two Weekends will feature some of my conversation with Hogan. He will discuss why he is making a rare autograph signing appearance, what will be in his upcoming book, and more.

For now, though, grab yourself a drink and soak up some of what the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer had to say about several subjects. Hogan discusses what his dream matches would be if he were to get in the ring one more time, what he has to say to those who might think the pricing for Hulk Hogan Fan Appreciation Day is steep, and much more.

Dream matches

Many fans want to know if Hogan will ever get back in the ring.

"I'm trying to figure that out. I've had two back surgeries in the last five months. Just the middle of my waistline up and halfway down my back, it's so stiff that I just can't seem to get flexible. I'm trying to work through it. I'm 55 years old. With the knee replacements and hip replacements, I'm trying to not joke or fool myself. I'm trying to get a logical assessment," he said.

"I'm dying to do it. I'm dying to get in there. To me, it's fun to get in there. There has to be a talented wrestler willing to slow dance with me. I could go out there and pretty much do almost everything I could do before. I couldn't do the leg drop anymore because of my lower back. I could go out and have fun. It's going to take more time to see if I can get steady enough to even attempt something like that."

And just who would Hogan want to square off against if he had the chance?

"The match that everybody would love to see would be Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair," said Hogan, who picked that as his top dream match. "Everyone would love to see me kick Vince McMahon again. Hulk Hogan-"Stone Cold" Steve Austin (is another match). Stone Cold's bragger's claim to fame is: 'I never wrestled Hulk Hogan.' I think he thinks he's God's gift to wrestling. It would be a tremendous match for the fans. If he can get on the same page with me and put ego out of the way, who cares who wins? It would be a match people would love to see."

Even though Hogan isn't in the ring anymore, that doesn't mean he doesn't still have the love for pro wrestling in his blood. And that is part of the reason why he is doing Hulk Hogan Fan Appreciation Day.

"I've only done two or three autograph signings in my whole career really. I'm trying to get back out. There's no question of seeing the fans. There's genuine excitement that I just love. I was telling my girlfriend (Jennifer McDaniel) that I used to walk by the ring and touch it and get goose bumps," he said.

WWE and TNA

Hogan watches both WWE and Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling, which are considered the top two American pro wrestling companies.

"I watch both products. (TNA's) like the little engine that could. Everybody thought they wouldn't be around for long, and they've been chugging along for seven years. They gain momentum every week. They seem to be real fresh. When a lot of guys go over to that side of the fence, they seem to get a spring in their step," he said.

"I also watch Vince's product (WWE). Vince is the constant. He's the standard of excellence. I just love watching his show because you never know what he is going to do. Plus, the production -- you can't even touch his production. It's so dialed-in. It's amazing just to see how they put the pieces together."

Since Hogan was involved in a previous war between WWE and then-rival World Championship Wrestling, he does have an informed perspective of the war for fans between WWE and TNA.

"If you look at history, everyone says, 'History repeats itself.' With all of the choices in the universe of entertainment, I look at the big package and look at the big picture from 40,000 feet. I see history repeating itself. I see TNA getting strong. I see Vince McMahon being impeccable except for a few little holes in the boat," he said.

"TNA is lacking that one momentum-shifting move, that one big name that would even the playing field, the brand (that is) just as powerful as the WWE brand. (TNA's) lacking the big piece of the puzzle. It wouldn't matter who did what in the past. It will be a totally even playing field. You never know."

'Celebrity Championship Wrestling'

Hogan did have a wrestling show of his own in "Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling" on Country Music Television, and he hopes there will be a second season featuring a different take on training.

"We got too full of ourselves. We fell into that celebrity elimination formula. We should have followed our gut before. We should have went (with) the 'American Idol' type of peole that would leave their homes and families and sleep in cars to become wrestlers. We've been in constant talks (with CMT). We're trying to get the budget way down. The budget was huge. I think there was a real shot at maybe revamping that thing and making it bigger and better. Just how the crowd reacted, I had no idea that teaching a bunch of celebrities three moves in the first week (would go over so well)," he said.

"It was kind of like a drug. Once you get in that ring, there's this crazy positive energy once you realize that it's not that easy, that it can cripple you. Once the celebrities got in the ring, their whole personas droped off and their true competitive nature (kicked in). It was so weird to watch the arrogance and built-in egos that protect personas, fall away. They all wanted to do as best as they could. After a few days, I thought, 'We got something here.' ... It was just amazing how passionate people were and how bad they wanted to win."

Advice for aspiring wrestlers

As for young wrestlers who have dreams of attaining as much success as Hogan has, he said the love for wrestling has to be there first and foremost.

"It has to be your passion," he said. "If you want to do this, you have to really assess your situation. You have a family or kids that depend on you, and you really have to roll the dice. My job, my family, my quality of life -- you have to be willing to let all that go. The training is very intense. A lot of people don't understand it's lonely. It's hard. You're gone all the time. ... You have to give up everything to do this. Really take a good look at yourself. Decide if you want to roll the dice. Most people don't realize what they're getting into when they give this a shot. Be careful what you wish for. It could get crazy."

Family first

Although Hogan has had a number of legendary wrestling matches, it is his family, daughter Brooke and son Nick, who make him most proud. He chuckled when relaying that the recent Independence Day was filled with lots of family fun.

"This was the first Fourth of July that I didn't see the fireworks. My girlfriend was doing their hair. We were taking pictures and laughing our butts off," he said.

"Other than watching my daughter have her first song come on the radio and watching my son get his pro license for precision driving, watching my kids be born is the most important event of my life. The personal stuff goes before Andre the Giant at 'WrestleMania III', and 'WrestleMania X8' against the Rock. Everyone thought I was washed-up. It was because the fans were so loyal (that I came back). Those were milestones for me."

Fan Appreciation Day

Fans who attend this weekend's Hulk Hogan Fan Appreciation Day will likely be mentioning their favorite moments from the Hulkster. Given the $99 fee for one photo with the attendee's camera and an autograph from Hogan (along with one autograph each with "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags), a number of local fans have been critical of the event's price tag.

"It's all relative. I guess you could pay huge amounts to watch an Ultimate Fighting Championship fight, and it can end in 30 seconds. I'm just going to try and get back to the fans, and this was up to Chris Sader (a longtime friend of Hogan) and Toyota Park to set the prices. If it's too inconvenient for fans, I'm sure there's going to be another time in the near future to see them. I really hope to see many people, and afterwards enjoy the matches," he said.

After the meet-and-greet with Hogan from 2 to 6 p.m., Toyota Park and Windy City Pro Wrestling will host "Legends Under the Stars," an 7:30 p.m. show that will feature several legends in action including Tito Santana and Al Snow. Hogan will not be wrestling at the evening event, but he said he might be in the audience.

"I think it will just be a good day to have fun. ... I just look forward to being up there and seeing all the kids come out. It should be a great day," he said. "After my autograph signing, there's a wrestling show that I'm not involved in at all. But I'm going to be sneaking around to watch. Some of my buddies are wrestling that night."

Keeping a positive outlook

Even with the turmoil that Hogan has been through recently, especially with his personal life splashed all over media outlets, he remains decidedly upbeat.

"I'm positive, if you're a good person and you treat people well, it's like a karma thing. If you're negative and hateful, you'll attract more of the same. I think people needed to realize, through all the craziness and stuff happening, how can I smile and take the high road? My whole life is turning around because I decided not to become a story. My life outside the ring and the turning point that happened to me a year-and-a-half-ago, it was probably one of the lowest points of my life. My wife and kids and all my dogs were gone. I just didn't really want to live anymore, but I picked myself up. ...

"I've been misused, spitefully misused by a lot of people. You have to bless those people and pray for those people. ... I got caught up in that. But all those journalists and all that negative writing and all that TMZ ends up on the bottom of a birdcage the next day. The only thing that matters is if you're a good person. I don't even watch the news because it's just all negative. That karma, I'm functioning on a much higher level. Once you rise above and function on that level, it's like breathing clean air. It used to affect me, but now it doesn't."

A longtime fascination

Like many who love wrestling, the fascination started at a young age for Hogan.

"I was watching it ever since I was a kid, 7 or 8 years old. I started with weights in high school. Tampa was a hot bed for wrestling. There was such a mystique. I just wanted to see how far I can go and got involved in it, and then it became my passion," he said.

When it comes to passion, Hogan said two of WWE's top talents fit that bill.

"There's two guys that I really love to watch -- John Cena and Randy Orton. I just love watching those guys because they understand the art form. They understand what this business is all about. There's more than just going out there and going through the motions," he said.

Even with all his injuries, Hogan has no regrets.

"It's been a huge part of my life," he said of wrestling. "I wouldn't change anything. It's been a great business, a great experience. If you're lucky to be one of those guys to have the instinct to really get in there and really live and breathe this business, it can be a lot of fun. And it can be a great lifestyle. You can't force it."

---

    * For more of my conversation with Hulk Hogan, check out my pro wrestling column in Thursday's (7/10) Fifty-Two Weekends and also online after 4 a.m. that day at:


      www.southtownstar.com/entertainment/firstlook/virtusio/index.html



Title: Brian Kendrick Released
Post by: mass 04 on July 30, 2009, 05:51:04 PM
Good riddance to the skinny fat pothead

Brian Kendrick Released
July 30th, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of Raw Superstar Brian Kendrick as of today, July 30, 2009. WWE wishes Brian the best in all future endeavors.

http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/briankendrickreleased


Title: Re: Brian Kendrick Released
Post by: Playboy on July 31, 2009, 03:10:31 AM
Agreed. He was a useless tit and he had a really bad pot habit which i'm sure didn't help the matter.


Title: Re: Brian Kendrick Released
Post by: Playboy on July 31, 2009, 12:54:10 PM
More on why Kendrick was released. PWI report below:

The latest victim of WWE's dreaded "future endeavors" announcement was The Brian Kendrick, and a PWInsider report sheds the first bit of light on the matter.

According to the report, Kendrick's release can largely be attributed to his backstage attitude and motivation as a performer. The internal feeling was that while Kendrick did what he was told, he carried a negative attitude and gave the impression that he did not deeply care about being there. WWE thus saw little potential for Kendrick to breakout as a valuable member of the roster and opted to sever its ties with the wrestler.

It remains to be seen if Kendrick's release is a compounded consequence of his behavior or if a specific incident brought WWE officials' concerns to a boil.

Sources are also quick to mention reports that Kendrick was one of WWE's most frequently-fined Superstars for marijuana use, although it is unclear if that played any role in his release--under the Wellness Policy, there is no punishment, beyond the fine, for using the drug.





Title: Re: Brian Kendrick Released
Post by: leonp1981 on August 01, 2009, 03:04:59 PM
Good riddance, I couldn't stand him or his character.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on August 03, 2009, 07:14:12 AM
Vince McMahon Frustrated With WWE Product
By Brad Ingles
Aug 2, 2009 - 1:23:49 AM

Since the recent injuries to WWE's top stars, Vince McMahon has been described as "on edge" and "unhappy with the product now." The lack of depth of main event talent is said to frustrate and worry Vince. WWE officials have been criticized for recent decisions and not working to elevate talent such as MVP and Jack Swagger. Both wrestlers have been highly praised and some have questioned why they were moved to Raw only to become midcarders.

Most within the company also feel the development system is doing a horrible job of producing ready talent, and the success in recruiting top athletes has declined.

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: leonp1981 on August 03, 2009, 10:43:43 AM
Vince McMahon Frustrated With WWE Product
By Brad Ingles
Aug 2, 2009 - 1:23:49 AM

Since the recent injuries to WWE's top stars, Vince McMahon has been described as "on edge" and "unhappy with the product now." The lack of depth of main event talent is said to frustrate and worry Vince. WWE officials have been criticized for recent decisions and not working to elevate talent such as MVP and Jack Swagger. Both wrestlers have been highly praised and some have questioned why they were moved to Raw only to become midcarders.

Most within the company also feel the development system is doing a horrible job of producing ready talent, and the success in recruiting top athletes has declined.

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


He needs to start working with some of the smaller independent companies to give the younger guys somewhere else to hone their talents.


Title: Another guy released
Post by: leonp1981 on August 08, 2009, 05:00:17 PM
Source: prowrestling.com

"WWE has come to terms on the release of SmackDown Superstar Ricky Ortiz as of today, Aug. 8, 2009. We wish Ricky the best in all future endeavors," said the WWE statement.

Didn't seem to get much of a chance.  They haven't done anything with him since he came over to SD from ECW.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: leonp1981 on August 11, 2009, 06:11:04 PM
Source: prowrestling.com

- Vince McMahon has been upset with the product as of late and has been heard complaining about the company's inability to create new stars. During a recent creative meeting, McMahon actually said, "G** D*****! WHY CAN'T WE CREATE NEW STARS?"


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on August 13, 2009, 10:59:41 AM
WrestleMania Celebrity Rumored To Host Raw In 2 Weeks
By Michael Bluth
Aug 13, 2009 - 10:47:06 AM

There's been a lot of news coming out this week regarding future guest hosts for Monday Night Raw. It was announced on Raw that actor and former WWE writer Freddy Prinze Jr. will host next week's show.

Earlier this week, news broke that former Raw General Manager Mike Adamle would be returning to guest host the show in 2 weeks on August 24th. Adamle is currently a sports anchor and reporter for Chicago's NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV and announced on the air that he'd accepted an invitation from WWE to host Raw on 8/24.

Now, word is coming out that there may be a different guest host when Raw rolls into Las Vegas on the 24th. According to PWInsider.com, there's buzz going around the WWE office in Stanford, CT that boxing champ Floyd "Money" Mayweather is rumored to be hosting that show - not Adamle.

Mayweather lives in Las Vegas and has a big fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on September 19th to promote.




Rumor Killer On RAW Host, Ted Dibiase On His Father, Cody Rhodes and more
By Amish Patel
Aug 13, 2009 - 9:15:08 AM

- It has been recently rumored Jerry Springer may be hosting WWE RAW due to him being spotted in Stamford, CT, however this is only due to 'The Springer Show' moving its tapings there from Chicago. (Credit - PWInsider.com)

- Legacy member Ted Dibiase was recently interview by The Peoria Journal Star and below are some of the highlights:

Teaming With Orton: It has skyrocketed my career. He is just incredible. He is one of the top guys. People hate him but they will pay money to come see him and hope he gets his butt whooped. He knows the business and how to be successful. That is exactly what we are doing.

Slapping His Father On RAW: Not at all. I've been waiting to slap my dad in the face for a long time. I loved it (laughs). Yeah, I guess afterward I may have felt a little guilty, but it wasn't too hard.

Teaming With Cody Rhodes: (Laughs) They are proud fathers in any way you look at it. They were Nemesis back in the day, but we come from a blood line of wrestlers. That's our lineage, and we are a new generation and a new breed and era, so we'll make our own decisions. I like Cody. We get along very well. We have good chemistry in the ring. Teaming with Randy Orton has put the icing on the cake.



Latest On Ricky Ortiz, Hulk Hogan Mentioned On PTI, Buff Bagwell, Matt Bentley
By Daniel Pena
Aug 12, 2009 - 8:57:22 PM

-- It was announced this morning that Ricky Ortiz, who was released by WWE over the weekend, will be competing against "Glamour Boy" Shane Sewell at the WWC's "Summer Madness" event in Puerto Rico this Saturday. Click here for more information.

In another Ortiz tidbit, his profile was removed from the SmackDown section on WWE.com this afternoon.

-- Hulk Hogan received a birthday shout-out during today's "Happy Birthday" segment on ESPN's Pardon The Interruption. The sports television program is often quite positive towards wrestling and today was no different as they mentioned his rise to prominence in the industry and work on Hogan Knows Best. Hogan turned 56 years old yesterday.

-- The following was sent in: What's up guys,

Be sure to check out this weeks edition of Hit The Ropes Radio on blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow or at www.hittheropes.com.

We had an exclusive interview with former WCW and WWE star Buff Bagwell! He talks about wrestling the independent circuit, his desire to return to TNA or WWE and why he thinks he's better than some of the current stars in wrestling.

Also check out hittheropes.com to enter the Smack The Mic contest!

Thanks for the continued support,

Demetrus
www.hittheropes.com

-- After a hiatus, former TNA wrestler Matt Bentley has resumed his wrestling career as he is looking for bookings. Promoters interested in booking him should contact bentleybookings@ymail.com.

After doing job duty to Vladimir Kozlov in his WWE in-ring television debut last year, Bentley reportedly had a tryout at Florida Championship Wrestling's headquarters in Tampa. WWE opted against signing the cousin of Shawn Michaels to a contract and he temporarily left wrestling in order to form a band named "Lost in Chaos" with his friends.





Jericho Appearing In SNL Movie, DiBiase Recalls Slapping His Father, SvR 2010
By Michael Bluth
Aug 13, 2009 - 12:46:01 PM

-- THQ has launched the official website for WWE's upcoming SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 video game at Smackdownvsraw.com. Virtually everything on the site says "coming soon" and there's a countdown clock (set to expire in one week) teasing a first look at this year's game, which will be releaed in the fall.

-- Ted DiBiase, Jr. was recently interviewed by the Peoria Journal-Star and was asked whether slapping his father on national television several weeks ago was the hardest thing he's had to do yet in WWE. "Not at all. I've been waiting to slap my dad in the face for a long time. I loved it (laughs)," DiBiase said. "Yeah, I guess afterward I may have felt a little guilty, but it wasn't too hard." The slap came after the Million Dollar Man booked his son to face fellow legacy member, WWE Champion Randy Orton. For more, visit PJStar.com.

-- Chris Jericho will be appearing in the upcoming "MacGruber" feature film based on a popular recurring Saturday Night Live sketch. SNL cast member Will Forte stars as MacGruber, a takeoff on the popular 1980s television show MacGyver. IMDB.com calls the MacGruber character "a bumbling secret agent whose lack of skill and abundance of personal problems serve as a detriment to him -- and those around him." Hollywood heavyweights Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe will also have roles in the film, which is currently filming in New Mexico. Chris Jericho just wrote on Twitter, "Chilling in my trailer on set preparing for my scene...lion face lemon face lion face lemon face."



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: leonp1981 on August 15, 2009, 12:36:42 PM
Just in case anyone cares, Eugene has been released. 


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on August 26, 2009, 09:40:01 AM
Speaking to UK tabloid newspaper "The Sun", WWE Champion Randy Orton revealed he is upset with the again released Nick "Eugene" Dinsmore. Below is what he had to say:

"Eugene was just given a second chance."

"He came back two weeks ago and came in a little heavy from where [management] wanted him to come in."

"Nick is a good friend of mine. I pulled some strings to get his job back and he comes back all overweight."


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on August 31, 2009, 09:40:21 AM
credit: lordsofpain.net

In an interview with the Dragon Gate USA website promoting his debut for the company against CIMA on September 6th, former WWE wrestler Brian Kendrick comments on his release from his previous employer for the first time. Kendrick said he's happy to not to be in WWE anymore as a comedy heel designed to "make old men laugh." While he plans on incorporating some of what he learned in WWE into his wrestling style on the indy circuit, he will ultimately wrestle in a style that pleases himself. Kendrick summed up his time in WWE by saying neither side was compatible. Kendrick said: "I had some fun in WWE, I learned a lot, made some friends. It's a corporation, I am a human. This human didn't fit into the corporation's plans, and that corporation didn't fit with my human side. I had some laughs, but I am awfully happy the ride is over, and I don't want back on."


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on August 31, 2009, 09:54:06 AM
Former NWA, WCW & WWE World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair still hasn't returned any of the advancement payments owed to Ring of Honor back when he pulled out of his on air role with the company as "ROH Ambassador" last May. There is also said to be another company where Flair did business with over the last year that is also owed payments as well. While there has been talk of a possible lawsuit, nothing has been filed and it isn't expected that anything will develop.

As reported on earlier, a recent film deal about Flair's life didn't end up happening as his new management team were demanding executive producer credits and even blew off a meeting with the screenwriters hired. The production company that was interested in financing the project decided to drop out as a result of this situation with Flair's new management team (which isn't The Gillespie Agency who Flair fired a few weeks ago that had been representing him for some time now).

Flair's actions as of late has definitely gotten many people talking about how said it is to see his behavior as of late with so many business deals never fully developing. There still remains no interest from WWE to bring him back. As reported on a few months ago, Flair was given an offer by WWE to become the General Manager of Smackdown. However, Flair decided to turn the deal down. Flair's one-year no compete regarding TNA Wrestling just expired, but Flair has openly stated he has no interest in working for them. One theory is that Flair could be putting all of his future success on his current deal with the North Carolina Lottery (which starts September 22) and that he could be ignoring other deals for the time being



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on August 31, 2009, 10:07:19 AM
credit: lordsofpain.net

The Daytona Beach-Journal spoke with TNA President Dixie Carter about the new deal with Spike TV. Discussion of Jeff Jarrett came up, and Carter started that he would be back sooner rather than later. Jarrett is working on TNA projects from home.

The Baltimore Sun also spoke with Carter. Here are some highlights:

On Kurt Angle: "I can talk about it to some degree because it's an ongoing legal case. I was briefed on the details of what happened, and I also know that people are innocent until proven guilty. And I think just like most sports franchises these days, they let the legal system do what they do best and you await the outcome. And that's what we did."

On Her Creative Control: "I've had more and more input as of late, but I'm also the type of person who puts people in place, and as long as structure is being followed and we're seeing positive results, I like to let people try to do what they do best. I don't pretend to be a wrestling booker, but I do know when we're having success, because a lot of other parts of the business are impacted by that, as well as our relationship with the network. We've made a lot of changes this year over the last six or seven months and we're starting to really see positive changes in ratings, and we're just ready for those to continue to grow."


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on September 05, 2009, 07:29:11 PM
According to Pwinsider.com, former TNA Knockouts champion Angelina Love has been released by TNA. The reason for the release is that there was some form of issue with her work Visa either expiring or not being properly renewed. Love has been working under the Visa that she was issues when she got her WWE developmental deal. Due to her not having the proper paper work, TNA was said to have their hands tied, since they cannot legally use her without the proper paperwork complete.

It will be interested to see how TNA handles the situation, as Angelina Love and Velvet Sky had advanced to the finals of the Knockouts tag title tournament, which will conclude at the No Surrender PPV. Love and Sky, forming The Beautiful People, have been the top heel act on the Knockouts division since they formed their alliance.



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: leonp1981 on September 09, 2009, 03:14:18 AM
Source: prowrestling.com

In an update to the earlier story on The Great Khali and Big Show's backstage fight over the weekend, apparently there has been some underlying heat between the two for some time now as Big Show has been upset that Khali uses some moves in the ring that Show feels should be exclusive to him "as a giant."

Another account of the fight says that they were arguing for a few minutes before Big Show threw the first punch. Khali blocked it "exactly like he does in the ring" and they began fighting. That's when Show slipped on someone's bag and went down. Khali then mounted him before they were broken up.

Some backstage felt that Big Show was at fault in the situation.


Title: Big Show & Khali get into a scrap backstage...
Post by: Playboy on September 09, 2009, 03:36:46 AM
Here's the latest from PWI....

As noted earlier, the talk at last night's RAW taping in Chicago was a backstage fight between The Great Khali and Big Show that took place at Saturday's WWE Smackdown/ECW house show event in Arecibo, Puerto Rico at the Manuel Iguina Coliseum.

According to several sources, there was said to have been some heat between the two even before the fight took place. This includes Show reportedly being upset with Khali using moves that he feels should be exclusive to him as a "giant" in WWE. As for the fight itself, the two were described as getting into an argument after a six man tag team match that night which featured The Undertaker, The Great Khali & Matt Hardy vs. WWE World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk & WWE Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show. One story said Khali botched the finish and Show called him out on it and they started grappling around.

Upon arriving backstage, The Big Show reportedly threw the first punch as one source described it. Khali blocked it (in what some described as the same exact way he does it in the ring) and the two began fighting. Show then slipped on something and went down leading to Khali jumping on top of him. At this point several wrestlers including The Undertaker broke it up and the crew was ordered at that point to keep them apart of the rest of the tour in Puerto Rico. For what it is worth, Big Show was seen as being at fault for the fight among the wrestlers as we noted earlier


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on September 09, 2009, 05:32:05 AM
Source: prowrestling.com

In an update to the earlier story on The Great Khali and Big Show's backstage fight over the weekend, apparently there has been some underlying heat between the two for some time now as Big Show has been upset that Khali uses some moves in the ring that Show feels should be exclusive to him "as a giant."

Another account of the fight says that they were arguing for a few minutes before Big Show threw the first punch. Khali blocked it "exactly like he does in the ring" and they began fighting. That's when Show slipped on someone's bag and went down. Khali then mounted him before they were broken up.

Some backstage felt that Big Show was at fault in the situation.

lol exclusive to him. You mean the 3 moves that he does?


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on September 09, 2009, 07:05:45 AM
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-- The very audible "Cody" chant that took place at the conclusion of last week's episode of RAW was dubbed out in favor of "Cena" chants on A.M. Raw over the weekend.

For those wondering, Floyd Mayweather Jr’s legal issues surrounding a shooting did indeed cause him to arrive late at the building for RAW last week. A WWE source says that company officials handled him “with kid gloves” and noted Mayweather was noticeably, but understandably, distracted.

His delayed arrival caused a lot of last minute re-writes by the RAW creative team and they had to bring him up to speed on what he’d be doing on the show. One source says that Vince’s birthday celebration was moved to the opening segment because Mayweather wasn’t ready to go yet. In a show of just how chaotic things were backstage, during the broadcast Michael Cole plugged a Kofi Kingston match for later in the evening which never took place.

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Hulk Hogan is definitely "making overtures" to try to get into TNA. Hogan has used TNA as a negotiating ploy to get back with WWE in the past so we shall see.

As noted earlier today here on the website, Hulk Hogan was on the "Bubba the Love Sponge" radio yesterday and talked about Kurt Angle's current women problems. They ended up calling Angle and Angle suggested that Hogan put the red, white and blue back on and they could have a feud together in TNA. Hogan responded saying he could definitely make that happen. At this point Bubba tried to call TNA President Dixie Carter, but no one answered. This again seems to be another attempt by Hogan to get back into WWE that he seems to do every year. It should be noted that Hogan and Bubba were both drinking as they did the show.



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on September 09, 2009, 07:08:11 AM
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-- Vince McMahon is said to be more focused on the RAW program than ever before, and giving less time to SmackDown and ECW. There’s a lot of frustration within WWE regarding the shaky status of MyNetwork TV going forward, and as a result, SmackDown isn’t commanding as much of Vince’s attention as it has in the past. There are some weeks where lead SmackDown writer Michael Hayes spends as little as 20 to 30 minutes running the show by Vince


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Despite an apparent real-life feud, Jeff Jarrett noted Kurt Angle as the best in-ring performer in the history of the wrestling industry during a media appearance in Australia over the weekend.

"He doesn't have a peer in this business for his ability once the bell rings," Jarrett said. "From bell to bell I think he may be the best this business has ever produced."

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

According to sources, the belief is that Rey Mysterio's 30 day suspension from WWE will cost him in excess of $100,000. This figure has been determined due to Mysterio missing two PPV events (he will miss Sunday's Breaking Point PPV and will likely miss the Hell in a Cell PPV on October 4 since they would have no TV time to build up a match) and four weeks of house show events.

Like other drug-related suspensions in WWE, Mysterio will not be getting paid his downside guarantee and will not be able to collect the normal money he would make from appearing on house show and PPV events if he was still performing. He will still be collecting merchandise revenue during his 30 day suspension though, which is still a huge revenue source for him in WWE. It is believed that Mysterio is earning in the range of $1.5 million annually, but a good deal of that comes from strong merchandise sales as he is one of the top sellers in WWE. It is interesting to note that his money earning ability from merchandise has always been strong and even continued to be while he was out battling injuries on a frequent basis. Mysterio dropped the Intercontinental Championship to John Morrison on this past week's Friday Night Smackdown and Morrison will now defend that title against Dolph Ziggler at Breaking Point on Sunday.



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Playboy on September 09, 2009, 10:33:30 AM
lol exclusive to him. You mean the 3 moves that he does?
Ya really, ha ha ha....

What kills me is he's one to complain considering he get 1 mill per yr from the fed.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on September 16, 2009, 05:51:33 AM
-- As reported earlier, WWE cut a number of developmental talents over the weekend including Espiral (Sicodelico, Jr.), Kris Logan (Brian Cage), Aiden Frost (Jason Riggs), Troy Jackman (Ian Richardson) and Fletcher Chase (Jason Garrison). Apparently, WWE isn't through yet. It's being said that more cuts within developmental are expected. Stay tuned.

-- As seen last night on Raw, Lilian Garcia made a noticeable miscue by announcing a Triple Threat Match for the Number One Contendership to the WWE Divas Championship. However, there were only two Divas in the match — Alicia Fox and Gail Kim. Garcia addressed the announcing mishap this morning on her Twitter account.

Here's what she wrote down:

"Was told that it was going to be a Triple Threat match so that is what I announced. That's Live TV for ya. Only doing my job, cause I got told by the ref in the ring after my announcement that it was a singles match. Things not always what they seem." It's been speculated that some people backstage may have purposefully given her false information considering WWE has a history of making talent who are on their way out of the company look bad. While that may have been the case, as of early in the afternoon, WWE had plans for the Divas match to be a Triple Threat Match.
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Newsday has reported that Jack Foley, the father of TNA performer Mick Foley, passed away yesterday. He had been battling a very long illness. We would like to pass along our condolences to the Foley family.
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Former WCW U.S. and World Heavyweight Champion Bill Goldberg will not be a part of the upcoming Hulk Hogan Tour of Australia, according to his Twitter: Zero plans to join Hogan's Tour.....The old man wants all the $ for himself. Plus, 3 reality shows on tap.

Hulk Hogan's former attorneys are denying all charges and accusations against them.

Former WWE I-C and Women's Champion Chyna will be appearing at the Legends of the Ring on October 24th in Monroe, NJ
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-- Former WWE superstar Jeff Hardy is thanking fans for their support in the wake of his Friday arrest for drug trafficking. Hardy wrote a message on Twitter on Monday morning stating, "Thanks for your undying support-Love u guys!" He also encouraged his followers to add a "Twibbon" to their avatars, which is a small icon that allows Twitter users to show support for a particular cause. The description of Jeff Hardy's Twibbon icon reads, "To show Jeff Hardy that we all support him and love him no matter what. That we as fans stand beside him thru everything! If you are a Twitter user, visit Twibbon.com to add a Jeff Hardy Twibbon to your profile.

-- Brett DiBiase was described as a stud by at least one WWE source who said that he was more relaxed than his brother Ted when the camera was on. Mike DiBiase, the third brother, is said to have lots of potential, but he has lots of different problems and that is why he isn't currently with the company. The original idea in WWE was to team all three of them up and call them the "Billionaire Boys Society" playing off of Ted Sr.'s gimmick and making them very pompous.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Playboy on September 16, 2009, 09:54:11 AM
-- As reported earlier, WWE cut a number of developmental talents over the weekend including Espiral (Sicodelico, Jr.), Kris Logan (Brian Cage), Aiden Frost (Jason Riggs), Troy Jackman (Ian Richardson) and Fletcher Chase (Jason Garrison). Apparently, WWE isn't through yet. It's being said that more cuts within developmental are expected. Stay tuned.

-- As seen last night on Raw, Lilian Garcia made a noticeable miscue by announcing a Triple Threat Match for the Number One Contendership to the WWE Divas Championship. However, there were only two Divas in the match — Alicia Fox and Gail Kim. Garcia addressed the announcing mishap this morning on her Twitter account.

Here's what she wrote down:

"Was told that it was going to be a Triple Threat match so that is what I announced. That's Live TV for ya. Only doing my job, cause I got told by the ref in the ring after my announcement that it was a singles match. Things not always what they seem." It's been speculated that some people backstage may have purposefully given her false information considering WWE has a history of making talent who are on their way out of the company look bad. While that may have been the case, as of early in the afternoon, WWE had plans for the Divas match to be a Triple Threat Match.
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Newsday has reported that Jack Foley, the father of TNA performer Mick Foley, passed away yesterday. He had been battling a very long illness. We would like to pass along our condolences to the Foley family.
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Former WCW U.S. and World Heavyweight Champion Bill Goldberg will not be a part of the upcoming Hulk Hogan Tour of Australia, according to his Twitter: Zero plans to join Hogan's Tour.....The old man wants all the $ for himself. Plus, 3 reality shows on tap.

Hulk Hogan's former attorneys are denying all charges and accusations against them.

Former WWE I-C and Women's Champion Chyna will be appearing at the Legends of the Ring on October 24th in Monroe, NJ
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-- Former WWE superstar Jeff Hardy is thanking fans for their support in the wake of his Friday arrest for drug trafficking. Hardy wrote a message on Twitter on Monday morning stating, "Thanks for your undying support-Love u guys!" He also encouraged his followers to add a "Twibbon" to their avatars, which is a small icon that allows Twitter users to show support for a particular cause. The description of Jeff Hardy's Twibbon icon reads, "To show Jeff Hardy that we all support him and love him no matter what. That we as fans stand beside him thru everything! If you are a Twitter user, visit Twibbon.com to add a Jeff Hardy Twibbon to your profile.

-- Brett DiBiase was described as a stud by at least one WWE source who said that he was more relaxed than his brother Ted when the camera was on. Mike DiBiase, the third brother, is said to have lots of potential, but he has lots of different problems and that is why he isn't currently with the company. The original idea in WWE was to team all three of them up and call them the "Billionaire Boys Society" playing off of Ted Sr.'s gimmick and making them very pompous.

Lillian has been screwing up a lot in the past year.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on October 07, 2009, 06:31:43 PM
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On her Facebook account, Former WWE/ECW Vixen Tammy "Sunny" Sytch had some rather harsh things to say regarding Lacey Von Erich's "less than stellar" TNA debut last week. Many online have criticized the clothesline she delivered to Taylor Wilde upon jumping the ring.

Sytch's original status update is as follows: "Tamara Lynn Sytch wants to know who else thought Lacey Von Erich's TNA debut was less than stellar?? Man, she stinks!"

Here are further comments she made regarding the TNA newcomer under her status update:

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "i mean, shes so bad, WWE fired her from developmental after 4 months... I thought TNA prided themselves on girls who could WORK!"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "hey, it's not hard at all to LOOK hot...it's a lot harder to know how to work"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "nope, not a single ounce of jealousy Tim...just wondering where the business that I grew up loving has gone. Talent just doesn't seem to matter anymore"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "how can I be jealous of a disrespectful no-talent bimbo who is only in the business b/c she was born to a suicidal drug addict?"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "no personal issue with her...it just aggrivates me when some get jobs and dont deserve it, when there are plenty of girls out there with looks and talent who should have those spots"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "hey, I never relied on my looks for ANY job....think about it...I was one of the girls who was actually GOOD on the mike. I never said I was a wrestler...Im not. Never was. Never will be. do what I do for 20 years and you earn the right to critique the work of others...dont like it? Dont listen. Easy as that."

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "i agree.. Trish started a whole new era of women's wrestling.,I tell her that every time I see her...You see, I gladly give credit where credit is due.... but Lacey doesn't know how to handle herself in the ring, or out of the ring among her peers either...trust me, she's not a popular girl, for more reasons than one."

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "ok...so if Uncle Kevin says do it, does that make you good? If your uncle told you to be a plumber, would you be good at it?"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "no, ive seen her work on indies that Ive been on...there's no helping that situation...she's bad. Candice was better than her."

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "I also heard she's walking around the locker room like she owns the place... Just wait til Kong gets a hold of that!"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "the only thing she has going for her is her looks...its sad


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: mass 04 on October 07, 2009, 06:34:48 PM
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The early WWE SummerSlam 2009 PPV buyrate estimated by WWE according to their official WWE Corporate website is 375,000-380,000. With the figure being an early estimate, the official number could always come in higher. Comparatively, SummerSlam 2008 last year drew 500,000 PPV buys.


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On Monday, it was reported that A.J. Styles and Matt Morgan have signed new 5-year contract extensions with TNA Wrestling.

As noted yesterday, Matt Morgan wrote a message on his Twitter page (Twitter.com/TNAMattMorgan) responding to a fan who asked if news about his new contract was true. Morgan responded, “Have no clue how you would know that, but yes that’s true. Signed it last week and am looking forward to five more improving years.”

A.J. Styles on the other hand may not have signed a new contract. In an update from yesterday's report, the deal is not finalized yet. Styles is currently in the second year of a deal he signed over a year ago.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Montague on October 09, 2009, 05:50:12 PM
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On her Facebook account, Former WWE/ECW Vixen Tammy "Sunny" Sytch had some rather harsh things to say regarding Lacey Von Erich's "less than stellar" TNA debut last week. Many online have criticized the clothesline she delivered to Taylor Wilde upon jumping the ring.

Sytch's original status update is as follows: "Tamara Lynn Sytch wants to know who else thought Lacey Von Erich's TNA debut was less than stellar?? Man, she stinks!"

Here are further comments she made regarding the TNA newcomer under her status update:

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "i mean, shes so bad, WWE fired her from developmental after 4 months... I thought TNA prided themselves on girls who could WORK!"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "hey, it's not hard at all to LOOK hot...it's a lot harder to know how to work"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "nope, not a single ounce of jealousy Tim...just wondering where the business that I grew up loving has gone. Talent just doesn't seem to matter anymore"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "how can I be jealous of a disrespectful no-talent bimbo who is only in the business b/c she was born to a suicidal drug addict?"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "no personal issue with her...it just aggrivates me when some get jobs and dont deserve it, when there are plenty of girls out there with looks and talent who should have those spots"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "hey, I never relied on my looks for ANY job....think about it...I was one of the girls who was actually GOOD on the mike. I never said I was a wrestler...Im not. Never was. Never will be. do what I do for 20 years and you earn the right to critique the work of others...dont like it? Dont listen. Easy as that."

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "i agree.. Trish started a whole new era of women's wrestling.,I tell her that every time I see her...You see, I gladly give credit where credit is due.... but Lacey doesn't know how to handle herself in the ring, or out of the ring among her peers either...trust me, she's not a popular girl, for more reasons than one."

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "ok...so if Uncle Kevin says do it, does that make you good? If your uncle told you to be a plumber, would you be good at it?"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "no, ive seen her work on indies that Ive been on...there's no helping that situation...she's bad. Candice was better than her."

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "I also heard she's walking around the locker room like she owns the place... Just wait til Kong gets a hold of that!"

Tamara Lynn Sytch: "the only thing she has going for her is her looks...its sad

I have a hard time believing this is NOT personal.
Tammy seems to care just a little bit too much about it for this to be a purely subjective critique.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 12, 2009, 01:30:11 PM
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Ric Flair Engaged Again, WWE Sues Wine School, Austin Talks Movies
By Michael Bluth
Oct 12, 2009 - 3:26:56 PM

 
-- According to Philadelphia's CityPaper.net, WWE lawyers have sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Wine School of Philadelphia for an event they're holding called “Sommelier Smackdown,“ where a professional sommelier’s food and wine pairings are matched against those of a member of the Wine School, with students voting for the winner. Keith Wallace, the school's founder and director, says he has no plans to stop using the smackdown phrase. “They don’t have a leg to stand on. I am not going to bow down to a bully,” he said in a press release. “They claim that they own the term "smackdown" but they don’t.” In response to the WWE threat, Wallace is calling out Mr. McMahon Chris Jerico to a wine-tasting double-team cage match.

-- HecklerSpray.com has posted an interview with Steve Austin, who talks about his various movie projects.

-- Ric Flair is said to be engaged to be married once again. According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Flair has been seen around with his girlfriend, who is sporting a new ring on his finger. This would be Flair's fourth time down the aisle.

 
 
Nancy O'Dell "WWE's Hottest Fan", Kane's Role in Puerto Rico Wild Riot and more
By Amish Patel
Oct 12, 2009 - 2:39:07 PM

 
- There is an article on OKMagazine about Nancy O'Dell and her being named "WWE's Hottest Fan". Check that out here.

- In his latest blog update, Dutch Mantell talks about Kane and his early years in wrestling, including details on a wild riot in Puerto Rico in which Kane was involved. There are also some rare Kane photos posted. You can read it here.


More On Trish & Lilian In NYC, Austin's New Movie Does Well Overseas & More
By Michael Bluth
Oct 12, 2009 - 2:35:23 PM

 
-- As we reported last week, John Cena's next WWE Studios movie "Oxley's Road" is set to start shooting in New Orleans later this year. guy.com posted a note that says producers are still looking for the young actor who'll play John Cena's little brother.

-- Jim Ross wrote in his latest JRsBarBQ.com blog that Steve Austin's new movie "Damage" did strong sales in its first week in the United Kingdom. "Damage debuted at #5 on the i-Tunes store chart in the U.K. and #3 in DVD sales through major retailer HMV," Ross said. The movie went straight to DVD in the UK and is scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. on January 28, 2010.

-- As reported over the weekend, former WWE divas Trish Stratus and Lilian Garcia partied in New York City together celebrating Lilian's recent wedding. This morning, Lilian wrote a message on Twitter.com/LilianGarcia thanking Trish for the "amazing" weekend: "Sad today cause Trish has to leave. :-( Had an amazing wkend with her. Thks grl 4 cming & celebrtng my wedding! U r the best!! Luv ya!"


Access Hollywood Hosts for Tonight and Update on Osbourne's Hosting RAW
By Amish Patel
Oct 12, 2009 - 2:30:18 PM

 
- Hey guys just wanted to pass along that Nancy O’Dell and Maria Menounos of Access Hollywood were on the Bob and Tom show this morning, talking about their appearance on Raw tonight. The Bob and Tom show is based out of Indianapolis, where Raw is tonight. Anyway, it was about a five minute segment with them talking about Nancy’s foundation, which is hoping to spread the word through hosting the show. Apparently Nancy and Maria are both big wrestling fans. When asked who their favorites are O’Dell said, “The good girl in me says John Cena but I really like Randy Orton.” Menounos also said Orton was her favorite. O’Dell then added “but I really like Chris Jericho and Big Show, they make a great tag team.” The segment ended with them plugging the show for tonight saying it will be a lot of fun with some surprises. A TV version of the show airs at Midnight tonight on WGNAmerican. (Credit: to Kevin McGuffey and PWInsider.com)

- In an update to my earlier post, Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon are likely to be hosting RAW on November 2nd from Worcester, Massachusetts.




SNL's Andy Sandberg Not Guest Hosting WWE Monday Night RAW
By Justncredible818
Oct 12, 2009 - 1:38:21 PM

 
There has been speculation that Andy Sandberg, from NBC's "Saturday Night Live" would be hosting the forthcoming edition of WWE Monday Night RAW two weeks from tonight @ The HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY, but to all the fans of Andy & "SNL" alike, along with the WWE Universe, I received word from Andy's agent, Molly Kawachi: "Andy is not hosting the WWE event." Let the speculation continue as to who will be leading the charge on October 26th, the night after the WWE Bragging Rights PPV in Pittsburgh, PA.

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The Return of "War Games", RAW vs. SmackDown and WWE PPV Name Changes
By Amish Patel
Oct 12, 2009 - 8:25:52 AM

 
- Jim Ross has updated his blog at JRsBarBQ.com. Here are some highlights:

* I read on line where WWE was kicking around the "War Games" theme for a possible return to PPV. I think that's a good idea as the traditional "War Games" concept was two teams of five and the bad guys winning every coin toss in existence which allowed them to always start with a 2 on 1 advantage. No, I don't endorse that "every match be a War Games match" but I do think that it makes for a cool theme name and having one "War Games" bout would be marketable if the table was set correctly with the right talents that all had organic reasons to be "teammates." Please read this carefully and don't go into business for yourself inasmuch as I'm saying that this is going to happen but that it was merely something that I read being discussed on line and we all know all those things can be at times.

* How many Raw vs. Smackdown bouts will there end up being at Bragging Rights? I don't have the answer but I'm assuming just one or maybe two and the second one could even be a Divas bout. Again, that's individual speculation as the only thing that I've heard is a big, Raw vs. Smackdown tag bout which will likely be a focus of Raw and SD this week. It's hard to believe that there is another PPV in just a couple of weeks. These three week turnarounds from PPV to PPV are like NASCAR pit stops.

* We've gotten many emails about why WWE is changing so many of their PPV names. I haven't been consulted nor am I complaining about such but obviously it's with the thought of better marketing upcoming PPV events and therefore increasing the # of PPV buys these events garner. I would be surprised if any of the old school originals are changed but I see no issue in re-branding some of the other lesser tenured PPV's.

Read the blog in its entirety here.






Media outlet rips Al Sharpton for Monday's WWE RAW hosting gig
By Brian Cantor
Sep 28, 2009 - 12:51:29 AM

 
The Durham Herald-Sun is the latest media outlet to criticize the Reverend Al Sharpton for booking a gig as a WWE RAW guest host, with the commentator noting, "I haven't been this disappointed since MC Hammer was dancing around with a bucket of fried chicken in those KFC commercials back in the day."

Calling Sharpton's scheduled WWE appearance evidence of "hard times for Civil Rights leaders," author Paul Scott adds, "Now, I know that WWE has millions of viewers but I just don't see why the good Rev would lower himself to appear on a show with overweight men in tights beating each other's brains out with steel chairs."

Noting Sharpton's goal of promoting his education initiative, the outlet does not believe WWE represents a good venue for the cause, likening Sharpton appearing on RAW to "Gloria Steinem [doing] an appearance at a strip club to promote her new book on Sexism."

"So, whatcha gonna do Al, blindside Randy Orton with an encyclopedia on his way to the ring," the author asks.







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Post by: wolfgang187 on October 12, 2009, 01:34:16 PM
Former WWE Diva Appearing In 'Playboy' Again?, George "The Animal" Steele Speaks
By Daniel Pena
Sep 27, 2009 - 11:01:10 AM

 
-- Former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro is claiming on her Twitter account that she has a Playboy cover shoot coming up shortly.

Massaro wrote: "officially got word my next Playboy cover shoot is approaching rapidly! finally yay! i assume should be out by winter!!!!!! booyaaaaaaa"

Massaro appeared on the cover of the April 2007 edition of Playboy. She has largely kept herself out of the public eye since her July 2008 release from WWE.







Bret Hart discusses Breaking Point Montreal Screwjob, WWE return, and lots more!
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Sep 23, 2009 - 10:43:43 PM

 
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Bret "Hitman" Hart Discusses The Breaking Point Screwjob In Montreal (And If A WWE Return Is Indeed In The Works/Forthcoming), Ric Flair "Wrestling In Front Of Chairs Every Night" (And His Response To "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's Comments For Him To End His "War Of Words" With "The Nature Boy"), Working With Ring Of Honor (And How His Current Negotiations To Be A Part Of The Company Full-Time Are Progressing), & If He Has Been Approached By Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff To Be A Part Of This November's "Hulkamania" Tour In Australia

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WWE Hall Of Famer (Class Of 2006), former five-time WWE Champion, & former two-time WWE Intercontinental/World Tag Team Champion, Bret "Hitman" Hart, was the special guest on this week's live edition (09/21/09) of Monday Night Mayhem (presented by ReelWrestling.com), hosted by The Big Mosh, Blade, & "The Chairman Of The Board" Todd Vincent (with special guest analyst, The History Of WWE.com's Graham Cawthon). You can feel The Mayhem live & in streaming audio every Monday night (at 8PM ET/7PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.co m, www.ITunes.com. www.AudioWrestling.com, www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem, www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem, & www.OnlineWorldOfWrestli ng.com).

Bret's return to The Mayhem (his first MNM appearance in over three years/as part of the "MNM Fall Tour '09") is now available for free in Windows Streaming Media, or via The Mayhem's official Podcast On ITunes:

Bret "Hitman" Hart/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Streaming Audio): http://www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/092109.wax

Bret "Hitman" Hart/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Podcast On ITunes): http://www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/sept09/092109.mp3

Here are some of the highlights of the Bret's exclusive interview, provided by The Mayhem's official correspondent, Paterson From New Jersey:

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"The Excellence Of Execution" joined The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network for his second-ever MNM appearance, this time to discuss his work with Ring Of Honor as part of their "Final Countdown Tour." Bret was very candid with The Mayhem Crew about how happy he has been in this latest chapter, in working with ROH, since the summer. "Everything's been really good. I've had a lot of fun so far with being part of this Ring Of Honor stuff for the last few months. I had a great time in Chicago, and I'm looking forward to going back to The Manhattan Center in New York. I have a lot of memories there, and I'm hoping a lot of my old fans come down just to say hi. For me, I always had my best fans in New York. If I could have one match in one place, it would be Madison Square Garden."

Bret was part of the Ring Of Honor show last weekend in "The Windy City," and many who attended the event have gone public about the tremendous fan interaction with Bret & the fans in attendance. Mosh asked "The Hitman" how has been working with Ring Of Honor so far to this point. "I have a lot of respect for the company & the wrestlers that work the shows. The wrestlers work really hard on the shows I've watched, and I just have respect for anyone who can just leave it on the field. For me it's been a lot of fun, I'm kinda riding the coattails of the guys that are really doing all the work on these shows. I'm quite honored to be aligned with them & to help a little more attention to them."

As part of "The Summer Of Mayhem 2009" this July, Ring Of Honor's Owner, Cary Silkin, appeared on the program, and said that he would love to have the opportunity & chance to sit down with Bret to see if a possible longer-term deal could happen for him to stay around as more of a permanent fixture than just the few appearances he is in the midst of right now. Hart was asked for his response & Cary's Mayhem comments, and if any type of negotiations have started. "We've kinda talked about it a little bit, but we really never had that 'heart-to-heart' the way he talked about. I'm not sure what I could do for them. I sometimes feel I'm somewhat limited in what I can do and the different roles I could play in wrestling is quite limited. At the same time, I do have a lot of high regard for Ring Of Honor, and in a way they remind of my dad's old Stampede Wrestling company. I'm confident that with or without me, or whatever role I could play with them, that they're a company that's gonna keep getting bigger & bigger, and that's a credit to there fan base & the wrestlers that work for them every night."

"The Chairman Of The Board" asked Bret what about Ring Of Honor made him want to work with them & what standout wrestlers has he seen so far in ROH. "I think what I liked about it was that they had AJ Styles for example, someone I have a lot of respect for. One of the first times I saw him was in Ring Of Honor. There's a lot of guys like that. Teddy Hart, CM Punk...There's a lot of guys that really stepped up a notch in the business & taken the business in a good direction right now with hard work. And that's what I like about them the most." And ROH guys that have caught his eye: "I'll be honest with you, I'm not so familiar with many of the names. I know them all by face in the back. And I've talked to them like regular guys, but I'm not sure what their gimmick names are. I may not be much help to you on that."

In addition to Bret Hart, Ring Of Honor has also recently used Ric Flair to help promote, and the history between "The Best There Is, The Best There Was, And The Best There Ever Will Be" & "The Nature Boy" is well known & well-documented. & Hart is well known. Both do not get along, and it pretty much started in a few books written by the two over the past several years. A clip was played from "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's appearance on The Mayhem this past August (as part of "The Summer Of Mayhem 2009") about the two (saying the both should try to make peace with one another as much as possible, let it go, & move on), and Bret was asked to comment on the what Piper said & his feud with Flair. "Well I relate to what Roddy is saying. It's not his place to get involved between the little 'war of words' between me & Ric Flair. But the truth is the 'war of words' between me & Ric Flair, I said my peace in my book. I was honest about my working relationship with Ric Flair, and it's funny for guys like Hulk Hogan & Ric Flair to write stuff in their books and say what they want, and I don't even know if I agree with their honesty in their books. But my book was very honest, and I just told the truth." He continued, "To be honest, I don't have a big issue with Ric Flair. I hope Ric Flair is well, and I have a lot of respect for Ric Flair at different levels. He was a great wrestler, one of the best-conditioned wrestlers, and these are things I said in my book. I just didn't tear him down with no credit at all. I think he is a great wrestler, and he contributed a lot to the business over the years. Other than, there are no war of words. I respect what he has done, but I don't know if I could agree with him. He's the one who tries to belittle what I have accomplished in wrestling saying I never drew money & stuff like that. I stand for everything I've done in the business. I wrestled in front of audiences every night all around the United States, while in WCW Ric Flair wrestled in front of chairs every night...All in all I can say a lot of things about Ric Flair as a wrestler. It's just unfortunate that he's got a drinking problem, and it tends to shoot his mouth off sometimes, and that's just more of a sad, pathetic state of affairs than anything else."

At the latest WWE Pay-Per-View, Breaking Point, "The Montreal Screwjob" was redone once again (in the World Heavyweight Championship submission Match between CM Punk & The Undertaker), and many fans are getting more irritated at the fact that the WWE simply cannot let this go. Bret was asked for his candid thoughts about the events of last Sunday night & the chants of "You Screwed Bret" that not only echoed the confines of The Bell Centre, but The Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario the next night on RAW. "I have al ot of fans across Canada, so you're get the same reaction in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, or anywhere else. But Montreal is especially sensitive to it. People second-guess me today & say 'You should just done what you were told that day,' and 'he thought he was bigger than the business.' I think people don't understand sometimes what it was like for me & how much was at stake. I was on the verge of being a national hero up here at that time. Just winning the World Title made me a huge hero up here. To every Canadian, that was a huge thing, a big accomplishment, and when they tried to turn me into a heel and & say all those negative things about America, it did something for the Canadian fans, and gave them a platform & a voice." Bret profoundly remembers telling Vince McMahon right before the '97 Survivor Series that he could not walk in that building in Montreal & lose. "The whole intention of everything they did that day was to tear me down as much as possible so I would mean nothing going into WCW."

The History Of WWE.com's Graham Cawthon asked Bret for his comments about the success of The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, & Natalya Neidhart) on SmackDown, as well as if he feels that the three are progressing in the right fashion. "I think they are all doing a great job. They're getting better & better and more confident. Technically, they are as good as they're gonna get, and they're as good as anybody in the company when it comes to actually working. Their work stands on its own. I'm proud of all three of them."

The big question that has been on the hearts & minds of wrestling fans across the globe is "Will Bret return to WWE TV?" "The Hitman" has done it all in the wrestling business, and with the recent news of his eldest daughter (Jade) expecting her first child (making Bret a grandfather for the first time), what else is left for him to do & accomplish? With the recent speculation that has made the rounds on the internet of Bret's "imminent" WWE return, Mosh asked the man himself what's next for him in the next phase of his career. "I'm just going to keep pulling one of my guiding rules in life, doing what makes me happy & taking good care of myself. I've done my hard work, and now, I'm just looking to fulfill whatever dreams I have left. I'll like to write two or three more books about various topics, maybe even write some fictional books about wrestling." Will Bret stay true to his Stampede Wrestling roots & potentially take the "Ambassador" role of "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair in Ring Of Honor, or will he "head on home" to World Wrestling Entertainment & return as a regular character/personality on World Wrestling Entertainment television? All we can say is...Stay tuned...

More is contained in this exclusive Mayhem interview with the one & only "Excellence Of Execution," including his uncensored thoughts/comments on if he has been approached by Hulk Hogan and/or Eric Bischoff to be a part of the forthcoming "Hulkamania" tour in Australia this November, the advice he has for both "The American Dragon Bryan Danielson & Nigel McGuinness as they get ready to depart Ring Of Honor for the WWE (and if he believes they have a good chance of success in World Wrestling Entertainment), the evolution of the Ladder Match over the years (and what he is looking forward to seeing most in this weekend's ROH World Tag Team Title "Ladder War" between The American Wolves & Kevin Steen/El Generico), & so much more. Get ready for "the best there is, the best there was, & the best there ever will be," as Bret "Hitman" Hart takes center stage for the MNM "Fall Tour '09!"

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Hulk Hogan Addresses Threatening Voicemail Making Media Rounds and More
By Amish Patel
Sep 23, 2009 - 8:58:08 AM

 
Thanks to Cosmo C and PWInsider.com for the following:

Hogan was on Bubba the Love Sponge's show today. They played the recording of him threatening the guy in the band. Hogan said that the guy was his friend Dr. Unger's daughter Chelsea's friend (the name that is beeped out is Chelsea). They were at dinner about a year ago and the Dr. and Chelsea had Hogan leave it as a rib to joke with the guy according to Hogan. Hogan said he'd give Dr. Unger's number to call him and ask him if he wanted to.

Bubba and Hogan then talked about wrestling. Bubba said that Vince Russo was out for him. Bubba said he's inviting Russo in if he wants to get into it. Hogan and Bubba then trashed Russo for a couple minutes, basically saying he doesn't really get the wrestling business and he certainly wasn't brains behind McMahon. Hogan said Vince Russo wanted him fired in WCW before he even met him. Then Hogan proved him wrong by going back to WWE and doing big business with The Rock in Toronto and everything that followed.

Bubba said how much he loved Orton and Hogan went on to highly praise Orton and Cena. Saying that they both have that "it" factor and how great the two of them are. That sooner or later, they're both so established Vince will be able to turn Orton babyface and Cena heel and make money with it. Bubba asked him about Batista, Bubba said he met him and thinks he's a great guy. Hogan said Batista had a heart of gold and was a great guy, he just needs to avoid the injuries that he continually gets.
They brought up Edge. Bubba's producer said he heard that the injury is bad and that he might still be another 8 months out. Hogan said he didn't know but hopes the best for him and how much he loved working with him. Bubba also said how great Edge is. Then the most praise seemed to go to Chris Jericho. Bubba brought up how he caught him the other night and just how great Jericho is, how he truly is like the old school guys and just completely knows how to work a crowd. Hogan then said he didn't really know what Jericho was about in Atlanta but when he got back to WWE, he told Vince to just keep booking him with Jericho and that Jericho was amazing and a complete wrestler. Hogan said that he just wanted Jericho around him as much as possible, in the ring and backstage. That he was as great a person as he was a wrestler. A lot of praise for Jericho by Hogan. Hogan said that Jericho would be the ring general and call their matches. Hogan said he would love to work exclusively with Jericho. A lot of interesting tidbits out of the interview/phone call.






-- WWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele recently spoke with ForceOfWrestling.Com on a number of topics. (George "The Animal" Steele Talks To FOW)

-- SLAM! Wrestling has a story on former WCW wrestler Johnny Swinger. Since being released from WWE in late June 2006, he's been wrestling in the Georgia area. He's also tried his hand at acting.





Bret Hart Reportedly Open To Returning To World Wrestling Entertainment
By Daniel Pena
Sep 23, 2009 - 3:14:36 PM

 
source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

For the first time since the infamous "Montreal Screwjob" in 1997, Bret Hart is said to be open to returning to World Wrestling Entertainment as a weekly storyline character.

Hart has had business talks with WWE in recent months, which played a part in the company rehashing "Montreal" at last week's Breaking Point pay-per-view — in case he agrees to return.

While nothing yet has been agreed upon, nor should one expect anything to happen anytime soon, he is no longer against returning to WWE. In the past he has said he didn't see himself ever coming back as a character on television because he could no longer wrestle and didn't want to become some authority figure or manager.

WWE has had talks over the years regarding Hart returning to the company as a character. In fact, Vince McMahon told the creative team in 2006 that he was going to do a street fight with Hart on a pay-per-view. Of course, it never came to be and Hart at the time was saying that he was never going to wrestle again. Apparently, Hart was tentatively penciled in to team up with Shawn Michaels vs. Vince and Shane McMahon at Backlash 2006 instead of "God."



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 14, 2009, 06:25:32 AM
Former WWE Women's Champion Returning to RAW Soon, Undertaker/Mexico Tour & more
By Amish Patel
Oct 13, 2009 - 10:13:24 AM

 
Source: F4wonline.com

- She has been out of action since her Summer knee surgery, but WWE Diva Maryse should be returning to television imminently.

- The Undertaker will work and headline this week's upcoming Mexico tour.

- The dark match before last night's RAW in Indianapolis saw Primo Colon defeat Jamie Noble with a crossbody from the top.



Off-Air Notes from RAW, WrestleMania Tickets News
By Amish Patel
Oct 13, 2009 - 10:19:34 AM

 
Credit: Adam Parker and PWInsider.com

Here are some off-air notes from Raw.

-As noted last night, tickets for WrestleMania go on sale on November 7th at 10 a.m. ET.

-The WWE crew were seriously watching the Monday Night Football game on a big monitor that they had setup where they have all of the camera shots for the show.

-During the commercial after the Santino Marella segment, they did a sign of the night segment. There were mostly DX and Cena signs. A few others that I saw were "Age of O", "I told my mom
I was at the mall" and "My boyfriend is the real Big Show". After seeing some signs get confiscated, it's interesting to note that they don't throw them away. They keep them by ring announcer Justin Roberts, who sits in the square area beside the announcers

-Unlike during the promo package before the show, John Cena got a huge face reaction. It was deafening.

-Randy Orton came out looking especially glossy last night and after he rolled around the ring, they changed the mat.

-After the divas match, the women slapped hands on their way out, to Kelly Kelly's music. Maria M. stayed behind and slapped hands with pretty much everyone. Her teammates waited on the ramp for her. As she ran up the ramp, she did a cartwheel and posed for the crowd.

-After the main event, people started pouring out of the building. After the show, Cena's music played as legacy stood shoulder- to-shoulder on the stage as they stared at Cena in the ring. Legacy left and Cena stood in the ring smiling. He then played to the crowd to end the night.

-The biggest pops went to Cena, DX, then The Undertaker during the WrestleMania promo.

-Randy Orton and Legacy had most heat.




Former WWE Diva Torrie Wilson Hospitalized Last Night
By Michael Bluth
Oct 13, 2009 - 11:16:29 AM

 
Former WWE diva and reality television star Torrie Wilson was hospitalized this week, according to messages on her Facebook page (link). Wilson posted a message early this morning:

"Big scare for me tonight!!! I was in the emergency room, Though i was heading up to heaven for a minute there... like I put on my Twitter page earlier, thanks for letting me stay a bit longer Jesus!"

She then elaborated on what it was that sent her to the hospital:

"Bad reaction to some meds and I just got really sick all of the sudden!!! I'm feeling much better now, but it was a big scare! Gonna get some rest tonight for sure!"




Update On RVD Considering Going to TNA, Linda McMahon's Senate Run
By Michael Bluth
Oct 13, 2009 - 11:51:55 AM

 
-- Reader "Lee" sent in word that he called RVD's Internet radio show the other night to discuss the main topic of the show, which was whether RVD should return to WWE or go to TNA. When he called in, the person who was screening the calls asked whether he thinks RVD should go to WWE or TNA. When he said WWE, the screener responded, "Ok, well I will put you through anyway".

Lee got the strong impression that they were trying to get more TNA callers and push possibility of RVD going to TNA. Van Dam mentioned during the show that going to TNA would put him closer to his parents, who live in Florida.

-- ESPN.com has another an article up that looks at Linda McMahon's aspirations to be a United States Senator. Aside from the typical argument that her association with pro wrestling will likely hurt her chances, columnist Jeff MacGregor looks at the situation from a different perspective.

He asks why Linda would want to walk away from the money, power and control she has over running a large corporation. "You aren't the boss anymore. No one has to do what you say. No one has to listen to you. No one cares what you think. The one thing you need to be able to do as a politician is the one thing you never had to bother with in business: build consensus," he said.

"Why Mrs. McMahon wants to give up the power, money and prestige of professional wrestling to join a sideshow like the U.S. Senate remains a mystery to me." Visit ESPN.com for more.



Ted DiBiase Responds To Paul Roma's Claims That He's Sold Out To Vince McMahon
By Michael Bluth
Oct 13, 2009 - 2:26:51 PM

 
Ted DiBiase Sr. has issued a statement responding to recent comments by former WWF and WCW wrestler Paul Roma.

To recap, Roma was interviewed by James Guttman of WorldWrestlingInsanity.c om and said the following about Ted DiBiase:

"I guess probably like ten years ago, I had spoken to DiBiase, he was out of wrestling, and he became this reverend or whatever he became. So I called him up and we were talking and he goes, 'Yeah. Listen. I found a good place.' He says, 'I was a bad person when I was with Vince (McMahon). I'll never go back to that again. He's evil. Blah, blah, blah.' And then, the next thing I know, this guy is working for Vince again. Like, you know, so at the end of the day it doesn't matter - wait let me rephrase that. At the end of the day, for Ted DiBiase, he can preach all he wants. He can talk about God all he wants. Bu his God is spelled M-O-N-E-Y." He continued, "If he really believes and wanted to sell me what he was trying to sell me, he wouldn't be back with Vince. He wouldn't be back with the devil."

Ted DiBiase issued the following statement this morning:

In response to Paul Roma,

I told many people about the wrong things I did, I even wrote a book about it. That's something everybody knows. I also have been very vocal about a lot of the WWE programming in the past. And, yes, when I went back to work for them, they were well aware of my objections to some of the programming. But what I realized as a Christian is this, if I'm genuinely going to make a difference in the world and try to impact others with what I've found in Christ, then I can't do it sitting in church praying about it. I have to be visible in the market place. I went back to the WWE to show them the difference in who I am now and to try to make a difference. You can't promote change standing on the sidelines. So I went back. The truth is, the WWE has changed incredibly since my wrestling days. The work schedule is not as demanding overall, and the compensation is much better. Also, a state of the art drug testing policy brings accountability into the business that wasn't there before. People getting into the WWE now, know that there is zero tolerance for steroid and drug abuse. If I hadn't seen the changes I would never have given my son my blessing to go into the business. The programming, by the way, is once again, totally PG rated.

The truth is, I'm still very much sold out to Jesus Christ. I don't think Vince McMahon is evil or the devil. I think he's a very shrewd business man. He's also the guy responsible for the unbelievable fan base that professional wrestling enjoys today on a world wide scale.

Please tell Paul Roma that's he's got it wrong all the way around, including how much I'm paid for going back and making an appearance. And the Million Dollar Man, well, that would be my son in the not so distant future!!

Ted DiBiase








Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 14, 2009, 06:31:59 AM
Posted in: NEWS
Lou Albano fallen ill, Currently at home with family under hospice care
By Casey Carnage
Oct 13, 2009 - 4:12:04 PM

 
*Captain Lou Albano is Ill**

*Speaking on behalf of the Albano family, Wrestler's Rescue is sad to report
that Captain Lou Albano has fallen ill, and is currently at home with his
family under hospice care.

Albano is not suffering from cancer, according to his family. While the
family is grateful for the in outpouring of affection, please respect their
privacy during these tough times.

Wrestler's Rescue is collecting donations to be forwarded to the Albano
family for medical expenses.

For more information, go to
www.WrestlersRescue.Org or
email questions to WrestlersRescue@aol.com






Jim Ross Blog: Divas Trade, Miz vs. Morrison, Raw Thoughts
By Michael Bluth
Oct 13, 2009 - 5:09:38 PM

 
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has updated his blog, which you can read in its entirety at JRsBarBQ.com. Here's what JR said about:

Monday's Raw: One element that I really enjoyed regarding Raw was the various "hooks" that were utilized to keep me tuned in and to not channel surf as much during the commercial breaks. In my opinion, every episodically produced TV show, wrestling or otherwise, should do al they can to keep their audience emotionally invested from segment to segment but to also promote "next week." Getting a TV audience to think "next week" is a huge matter when producing weekly, episodic TV. At least I know that next week's Raw main event will be HHH vs. Cena. Billboarding "next week" just seems to be a "must do" for any show that is episodically produced.

Divas Trade:I haven't throughly examined the 'huge' Diva trade...is that where 'huge' or plus sized Divas are traded....never mind. Bottom line is that many fans would like to see the Divas become a more vital part of every TV wrestling show that airs. I would like to see on going issues forwarded on the weekly, wrestling TV shows too as it simply provides the viewer with more TV personas to emotionally invest.

Miz vs. Morrison at Bragging Rights: I did like the news of a Bragging Rights bout between Miz and Morrison which assume will not feature either's championship. This should be an excellent match especially if the mat aspect of it is a focused. Nice addition to the PPV from Pittsburgh which is one of my favorite towns in addition to being the wife's hometown. I wonder how many more WWE events will be held in the old, Igloo aka Mellon Arena, before the new place is completed. Probably not too many.







Kurt Angle Court Hearing Rescheduled After Accuser Is A No-Show
By Michael Bluth
Oct 13, 2009 - 6:35:10 PM

 
Source: ThePittsburghChannel.com

Kurt Angle was in court on Tuesday to address charges that he harassed his ex-girlfriend, Trenesha Biggers (TNA knockout Rhaka Kahn). Biggers did not show up for the hearing, so prosecutors requested a postponement. District Judge Marry Murray granted the postponement, but if Biggers no-shows again, the charges against Angle will be dropped.

Outside the court house, the Olympic gold medalist and TNA superstar told reporters, "All I can say is I'm innocent and I just want to move on with my life ... I never asked for this and I would never do this to anybody. What has happened to me is a darn shame."

Angle's defense attorney Michelle Santicola said Biggers not showing up to court is another example of how she conducts herself. "She told the officer that she would be here. We're not surprised that she once again told an untruth because the affidavit of probable cause is filled with her untruths."


Rating for WWE RAW increases, but the news is not all positive
By Brian Cantor
Oct 13, 2009 - 7:14:14 PM

 
Despite a minor increase over last week, the news stemming from this week's WWE RAW rating was not all positive.

Monday's telecast posted a 3.4 (via rounding), up slightly from last week's 3.3 household rating. While an increase is always good, especially because this week's show did not benefit post-PPV buzz, there are reasons to keep WWE from getting too excited.

For starters, this week's Monday Night Football game did a significantly lower rating than last week's record-breaking telecast. The minor increase indicates that RAW did not pickup a notable portion of the NFL audience (and thus means WWE cannot fully blame last week's low number on the heavy NFL competition).

Further, the show lost viewers as it progressed, posting hours of 3.4 and 3.3; such a trend is almost always a sign that viewers were not especially hooked by the broadcast.

And, as focus of a lot of television industry members has shifted to demographic numbers, as opposed to the household rating, there was additional disappointment for WWE. PWTorch notes that the show did a 2.39 rating among males in the 18-49 demographic, which is the lowest demo figure since November of 2008.








Backstage WWE reaction to RAW, Menounos, Latest guest host rumor
By Brian Cantor
Oct 13, 2009 - 11:22:49 PM

 
-- WWE officials were reportedly very pleased with guest host Maria Menounos' performance on Monday's RAW. While the idea of the television personality performing for WWE as a regular is not on the table, the feeling is that WWE would definitely be interested in booking Menounos for another appearance if it made sense creatively.

-- The November 16, 2009 edition of RAW, which takes place in Madison Square Garden, has been the subject of numerous guest host rumors. One such rumor says that WWE is looking to book a New York Yankees player as the host for the event. No deal has been finalized, however, and how the Yankees ultimately do in the playoffs this year, among other factors, will play a role in determining whether the hosting gig comes to fruition.





Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 15, 2009, 01:43:03 PM
Another Rumored Raw Guest Host, Iron Man Adamle, Goldberg's Huge Breakfast
By Michael Bluth
Oct 15, 2009 - 4:28:23 PM

 
-- Former WWE announcer Mike Adamle recently competed the Iron Man World Championship, which included a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile marathon. Adamle told the Chicago Tribune, "This was the hardest thing I ever did. The conditions were amazing, the tire made me adjust on the fly, but it was something special everybody should experience once." For more on the story, visit ChicagoTribune.com.

-- TMZ cameras caught up with Bill Goldberg this week and asked the former WCW/WWE champion what his typical day is like and what he has for breakfast. Goldberg said he typically does 10 eggwhites and a half pound of turkey bacon for breakfast. When asked how much he can bench press, Goldberg said benching is for "pretty boys." He trains for functional strength with dumbells and the camera man said he looks great for a 42 year old. You can see the video at TMZ.com.

-- Actor Verne Troyer, best known as "Mini Me" from the Austin Powers movies, is rumored to be hosting WWE Raw this fall. One can imagine the comedy gold WWE will come up with between him and Horswoggle.





Ric Flair Reveals Vince McMahon's Reaction To Him Coming Out Of Retirement
By Michael Bluth
Oct 15, 2009 - 2:06:28 PM

 
Ric Flair appeared on “Busted Open” on Sirius radio on Tuesday and revealed what Vince McMahon was to him coming out of retirement and wrestling overseas.

"I told Vince McMahon about three months ago that I wanted to back and work and that I’d just work overseas. He said, ‘You know, go for it."

Flair added, "I’m in good health. I like to sign autographs and I’m really enjoying (non-wrestling projects), but there’s nothing like wrestling. I’ve been working out really hard and I’m looking forward to it. It gives Hulk (Hogan) and I a chance to see if we’ve still got it going on."

Flair was also asked about the possibility of appearing as a guest host on WWE Raw. "That may still happen," he said. "My schedule hasn’t allowed it to happen. I work with Coca-Cole, Krogers, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club. The lottery thing has been huge to me. I can’t give enough credit to the North Carolina education lottery for giving me the opportunity to work for them. It’s been great."

The Busted Open radio show airs on Tuesdays and Fridays 4-5 p.m. EST on Sirius 127, and XM 242. Visit Sirius.com for more info.


Update on WWE Re-Introducing "War Games" Concept to PPV
By Amish Patel
Oct 15, 2009 - 9:03:27 AM

 
Source: F4W Newsletter

- Bryan Alvarez reports if WWE decide to re-introduce the "War Games" concept for pay-per-view, it will not be a duplicate of the same match WCW had with the dual cages, but that could change.

The idea of bringing back War Games to WWE has been brought up several times over the years but was always shot down. The WWE creative team was recently told to watch old War Games matches to come up with ideas they can use or tweak.






Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 15, 2009, 01:47:41 PM
WWE's Changing Its Image, Stacy Keibler Turns 30, Taz' Role In TNA & More
By Michael Bluth
Oct 14, 2009 - 4:05:03 PM

 
-- Congratulations to former WWE Diva Stacey Keibler, who turns 30 years old today. She was born on October 14, 1979 in Baltimore, Maryland.

-- Longtime WWE employee Howard Finkel has posted an excellent tribute to the late Captain Lou Albano, which you can read here. Chris Jericho, Paul Heyman and Taz are among those who have acknowledged Albano's passing on Twitter. Jericho called him "one of the integral performers who put the WWF on the map."

-- Kanascity.com has an article that looks at WWE's attempt to improve its image in hopes of attracting better advertisers. The article cites WWE's shift to PG-13 programming and the Celebrity Raw Guest host gimmick as examples of WWE attempting to broaden its appeal.

-- TNA announcer Taz wrote a message on his Facebook responding to fan suggestions on how to improve the TNA product. "Folks, I get many suggestions on my Tweet/FB pages asking me to do "this" or do "that" in TNA with certain talents...just so you all hear this from me...I am NOT a member of the TNA booking team guys....so there (lol)!"


Lacey Von Erich and Other Divas Film Pilot Similar to MTV's The Hills
By Amish Patel
Oct 8, 2009 - 6:53:23 AM

 
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- A pilot was filmed on October 2nd for a scripted show starring Lacey Von Erich. The idea is to sell the show to VH-1 and have it be something similar to MTV's The Hills with Von Erich in the Lauren Conrad role.

The pilot featured former WWE Diva Shelly Martinez, indy wrestler Lizzy Valentine and former TNA Knockout Rhaka Khan at Lacey's home. It's said to be reality based but scripted as in the pilot had the other girls being jealous that Lacey got the job with TNA. There also is supposedly a scene where Khan talks about living with Kurt Angle. They also filmed a fight scene with the girls.

No word yet on where the show will go from here



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 16, 2009, 01:11:11 PM
More On Shane McMahon Leaving WWE
By Brad Ingles
Oct 16, 2009 - 4:37:52 PM

 
The latest on Shane McMahon leaving WWE is that it is legit, and not a storyline. WWE issued a press release on their corporate website, which gives the departure more creditability that this in fact true.

There is no word on why Shane left the company. Vince has come down hard on his son over the past several years and it could have played a part. It could also be possible that he wanted to pursue other interests. Shane is a huge mixed martial arts fan and has tried to convince his father to get involved in the market a few years ago. He could join an existing MMA promotion or launch his own company.

Most within the company seem to think Shane left so he can join his mother Linda McMahon during her U.S. Senate campaign, and to avoid upsetting WWE’s shareholders while helping with the campaign. "Unless he's going to fund a vanity venture, all signs point to him helping his mother (with the campaign)," said one former WWE employee. "She needs some backup."



Next Celebrity Apprentice Cast To Feature Goldberg & WWE Diva Maria
By Michael Bluth
Oct 16, 2009 - 3:50:28 PM

 
The upcoming season of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice reality show on NBC will feature several people who have current and past ties to the pro wrestling industry.

- Bill Goldberg (Former WCW/WWE Champion)
- WWE Diva Maria Kanellis
- Singer Cyndi Lauper (linked to the late Captain Lo Albano)
- Sharon Osbourne (rumored to be guest hosting Raw soon)
- Baseball great Darryl Strawberry
- Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
- Comedian Sinbad
- Olympic gold-medal swimmer Summer Sanders
- Celebrity chef Curtis Stone
- Singer & reality TV star Bret Michaels
- Actress Holly Robinson Peete
- Comedian Carol Leifer

The next season of Celebrity Apprentice premiers on NBC in March.


Plans for Beth Phoenix and Why The Bella Twins are Back on RAW
By Amish Patel
Oct 16, 2009 - 8:38:02 AM

 
- As part of the Diva trade this past Monday on RAW, Beth Phoenix was moved over to SmackDown and the plan right now for her is to be Dolph Ziggler's new girlfriend.

- Several weeks ago The Bella Twins took part in guest host skits on RAW, and it is for that reason they have been moved back to WWE's Monday night offering. Vince McMahon was said to have "fallen in love with them" after the skits and they are expected to feature in guest host segments regularly now.




Another Rumored Raw Guest Host, Iron Man Adamle, Goldberg's Huge Breakfast
By Michael Bluth
Oct 15, 2009 - 4:28:23 PM

 
-- Former WWE announcer Mike Adamle recently competed the Iron Man World Championship, which included a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile marathon. Adamle told the Chicago Tribune, "This was the hardest thing I ever did. The conditions were amazing, the tire made me adjust on the fly, but it was something special everybody should experience once." For more on the story, visit ChicagoTribune.com.

-- TMZ cameras caught up with Bill Goldberg this week and asked the former WCW/WWE champion what his typical day is like and what he has for breakfast. Goldberg said he typically does 10 eggwhites and a half pound of turkey bacon for breakfast. When asked how much he can bench press, Goldberg said benching is for "pretty boys." He trains for functional strength with dumbells and the camera man said he looks great for a 42 year old. You can see the video at TMZ.com.

-- Actor Verne Troyer, best known as "Mini Me" from the Austin Powers movies, is rumored to be hosting WWE Raw this fall. One can imagine the comedy gold WWE will come up with between him and Horswoggle.












Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 19, 2009, 07:50:37 AM
Jim Ross on Wrestlers Leaving the Business, Speaking to Ric Flair and more
By Amish Patel
Oct 19, 2009 - 9:33:16 AM

 
- Jim Ross has updated his blog at JRsBarBQ.com. Here are some highlights:

* I have always found it amazing when fans cannot understand when someone who is seemingly entrenched in the wrestling business decides to explore other opportunities. Both the Rock and Stone Cold have been dissed because they no longer have the desire to "wrestle" but have both said that they would be interested in making selected appearances at the right place and the right time. For some fans that isn't good enough. I admire "wrestlers" or "wrestling people" who want to explore other opportunities. Life cannot become one dimensional and one cannot allow their own lives to revolve around one, singular entity. That mindset isn't healthy or smart. Unless one is in a very unique position, IE ownership, and that's arguable, one should not allow the wrestling biz or any other biz to become their "life." Those that due usually end up miserable and make those around them unhappy as well. I have great empathy for ex-wrestlers who have to or feel compelled to to hang on to whatever they can within the wrestling business under the guise of "loving the business" while it's really all about not having any marketable skills to replace their income. This is just one of the reasons that I always encourage young wrestlers to be to get college degrees so that they will have something to fall back on in case becoming a wrestling star doesn't' work out....and it usually doesn't. If 2-3 out of 100 prospect become legit, main event level wrestling stars then a company should feel fortunate.

* No website has any definitive news on why Shane McMahon resigned from his family's company, WWE, on Friday. Perhaps more news sites will elaborate on this matter come Monday as Friday is always the best day to drop big news as sometimes it gets somewhat lost on the weekend. Nonetheless no one knows why Shane seemingly abruptly decided to leave the family business and I don't feel that any one will know the reason until he declares what his next venture will be. Shane has a great formal education not to mention years of "on the job" training since starting out on the ring crew as a teen during the summers. I know Shane has many interests and who's to say that he simply wants to reassess where he is in his life and spend more time with his family which includes two sons? Until Shane himself makes an official statement as to what he is going to tee up next, then every thing any one can read, report or write about is pure speculation. Shane has excellent people skills and a unique skill set in a one of a kind genre that employs basic promotional and organization skills that should be transferable to many businesses.

* Speaking of "Naitch" he called me Saturday morning early to wish me good luck at the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl which was a classy gesture. He's excited to be going to Australia to wrestle but Flair vs. Hogan isn't what I would book as it would be Flair and Hogan together against two, younger athletic guys. Ric going down under to make a big payday doesn't bother me at all nor do I think it bothers HBK who a fan recently asked about in our Q&A section of this site.





Many Former WWE Stars Backstage At Bound For Glory
By Michael Bluth
Oct 18, 2009 - 5:59:43 PM

 
-- Former WWE & ECW champion Rob Van Dam was a guest on the Between The Ropes radio show last week and said he will be at Bound For Glory - but he's just visiting. "I certainly don’t have any plans of bringing my wrestling boots." RVD added that his wife Sonya has been talking to Sharmell and that he planned on seeing Booker T while he was there.

-- Former WWE superstars Brian Kendrick and Chuck Palumbo are backstage at Bound for Glory, according to Jeremy Borash on Twitter. Former WWE diva Lena Yada is also there.

-- TMZ's Harvey Levin backstage as well. Borash posted a picture of him, which you can see here.

-- Former WWE Diva & TNA Knockout Shelly Martinez wrote on Twitter a few days ago that she'll be visiting friends at tonight's show.



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 19, 2009, 11:44:30 AM
Comedy Central Hype's Wednesday's WWE-Themed South Park Episode
By Michael Bluth
Oct 19, 2009 - 2:26:20 PM

 
-- The TV Guide preview for tonight's Monday Night RAW: "Snoop Dogg is guest host as John Cena meets Triple H in what could be Cena's Raw finale."

-- PWInsider.com reports a rumor that David Arquette will be hosting next week's RAW. Earlier this month, rumors claimed that "Saturday Night Live" star Andy Samberg was to host the episode, but a representative for Samberg shot those talks down. Next week's show, the 10/26 episode, emanates from Buffalo.




Comedy Central Hype's Wednesday's WWE-Themed South Park Episode
By Michael Bluth
Oct 19, 2009 - 2:26:20 PM

 
Comedy Central sent out the following press release hyping Wednesday's WWE-themed episode of South Park:

The Boys Go to the WWE for the First Time in an All-New 'South Park' Premiering on Wednesday, October 21 at 10:00 p.m. on COMEDY CENTRAL(R)

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 -- After attending a WWE match, the boys all want to be professional wrestlers in an all-new "South Park" titled, "W.T.F.," premiering on Wednesday, October 21 at 10:00 p.m. on COMEDY CENTRAL.

The boys have found their new calling in life and they hurry to sign up for the wrestling club. They soon find out the kind of wrestling they teach at school is not the same thing they saw at the WWE. The boy's wrestling coach has the same problem. He's been struggling for years to get people to see the difference.

Launched in 1997, "South Park," now in its 13th season, remains the highest-rated series on COMEDY CENTRAL. "South Park" repeats Wednesdays at 12:00 a.m., Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. and Sundays at 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

Co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are executive producers, along with Anne Garefino, of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning "South Park." Frank C. Agnone II is the supervising producer. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell, Vernon Chatman and Erica Rivinoja are producers. "South Park's" Web site is www.southparkstudios.com .

 
 
 



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 20, 2009, 10:21:53 AM
WWE Diva Flips Burgers, Chris Jericho/Tonight's RAW and Rock Obama
By Amish Patel
Oct 19, 2009 - 5:21:27 PM

 
Source: F4WOnline.com

- As part of filming for the Celebrity Apprentice Show, WWE Diva Maria Kanelis and the likes of Sharon Osbourne were flipping burgers at Burger Heaven in Manhattan earlier today.

- In order to make tonight's RAW from Jacksonville, Chris Jericho did not make his advertised appearance at last night's house show in Mexico City.

- ContactMusic.com has a note on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson playing President Obama. Read that here: http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/johnson-fulfills-obama-amibition-1119425




Next week's guest RAW hosts, WWE Bragging Rights card, Randy Orton's brother
By Brian Cantor
Oct 19, 2009 - 11:58:08 PM

 
LordsofPain reader "GLORY" sent in the following:
This past Saturday in Dupo, Illinois at an Independent Hardcore Wrestling show, Nathan Orton made his first appearance in front of a pro wrestling crowd. Nathan is the son of WWE Hall Of Fame inductee Bob Orton and the brother of Randy Orton. Nathan looks a lot like his brother Randy. Nathan accompanied his father, Cowboy Bob Orton, to the ring for Bob's match against Champion Bloody Harker Dirge. Nathan, who is a training in MMA, got involved after being slapped by Harker Dirge. Nathan used a roundhouse kick on Dirge which got his father disqualified.
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WWE confirmed that NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano will serve as the guest hosts for next week’s edition of RAW.

Earlier rumors had speculated that either David Arquette or Andy Samberg would assume the hosting duties, but it ultimately went to the NASCAR racers.


After WWE RAW, here is the card for WWE Bragging Rights.

--WWE RAW (DX, Big Show, Mark Henry, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swager, Kofi Kingston) vs. SmackDown! (Chris Jericho, Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Cryme Tyme, Eric Escobar, Drew McIntyre) Tag Match

-- WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. John Cena (Anything Goes Ironman Match)

-- World Champion Undertaker vs. CM Punk vs. Batista vs. Rey Mysterio (Fatal Four Way)

-- Intercontinental Champion John Morrison vs. US Champion The Miz

-- RAW Divas (Melina, Gail Kim, Kelly) vs. SD Divas (Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix, Natalya)






Fan Notes from RAW Last Night - What Happened Off-Air?
By Amish Patel
Oct 20, 2009 - 8:13:35 AM

 
Thanks to Don for these live notes from last night's RAW:

- Arena was packed with exception of upper decks behind the camera – very nice crowd on hand on a school night. I managed to sit next to a guy who must have weighed 400 lbs. I was waiting for the seats to bend and break.

Start time was announced as 8:15; started off with all of the Superstars gear on the ring and the Superstars lights going – just one thing missing: the ring announcers! Not sure why they had it all running during the dark match.

Dark Match was Heath Slater vs. Jamie Noble – Slater hailed from some town in W. Virginia; he cut a decent heel promo and got the crowd behind Noble. Noble looked at least a foot shorter than Slater, but he still managed to hit his finisher to get the pin on Slater.

Ring crew pulls the ring apron for Raw out and we get a 10 minute wait for Raw to start.

They ran a promo for the fall of WCW DVD and also did a memorial for Captain Lou Albino.

Lots of promos (at least 4) pushing ticket sales for Wrestlemania 26 that starts on November 6. All of the promos for WM26 included every Jeff Hardy spot from WM 25 as well as Edge.

One thing that they did all night was turned up the music at certain points during the intros – it seemed like they were using the changes for a cue to the wrestlers/host.

Raw begins with Snoop Dogg taking his sweet time to come down to the ring.

During the commercial breaks they ran a few salute to the troops in Iraq and they featured Jeff Hardy in a few shots. No real attempt to ‘clean’ him out of any of their promos during the evening.

Crowd was dead for Orton-Ted Jr. – crowd popped for anything related to Cena, DX or Snoop.

Snoop Dogg did a little free style dancing during the break after his Chavo run in – Kelly Kelly didn’t look like she wanted to be out there with the other girls!

They showed NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano as hosts for Raw next week – entire arena booed loudly. I thought we were screwed with Snoop Dogg.

Right before Jericho comes out the ring crew set up Kane’s pyro – we knew Kane would show up somewhere. Was surprised to see him come thru the crowd with the rest of Team Smackdown. We knew there was no match when Jericho waltzed out at 11:01.

Not sure where the live feed cuts off – Team Raw gets an assist from John Cena who cleared house of team Smackdown, only to get blindsided by Orton who was joined by both Legacy members. DX runs off Legacy to leave Orton in the ring with all three men. At some point during the melee HBK puts on Jerry ‘the King’ Lawler’s crown and wears it into the ring.

Orton grabs HHH’s DX cap and puts it on, and tries to talk HHH into doing the DX chant. Orton plays the crowd with the cap, doing the X with his arms, only to get boos. Orton turns into HBK to get Sweet Chin Music, followed by a Pedigree, followed by Cena hitting his F-U.

Cena gets a standing ovation, heads up the ramp only to be called back to the ring by DX.

DX try to teach Cena the DX stance, tells him to swivel his hips, says he too stiff. HHH makes a ring rat joke about HBK and swiveling his hips, then includes himself on the joke saying he did the ring rats thing too!

DX ask if we’re ready…then break down when talking about this might being Cena’s last show. Cena hugs HBK then HHH, Hunter reminds him that he can’t hug if his hips are loose now. They do the DX gimmick after some coaxing by the remaining fans and give Cena a send off.

HHH and HBK circled the ring and shook hands and took pictures to wrap up the night.

As we left, Ring announcer Justin Roberts announced we would see them again very soon, but no date given.






Last Night's RAW, Torrie Wilson on Her Medical Scare and Chat With CM Punk
By Amish Patel
Oct 20, 2009 - 8:22:59 AM

 
- Former WWE and WCW Diva Torrie Wilson was recnetly interviewed by The Houston Chronicle, where she talks about her medical scare last week and the fallout that ensued after she mentioned it on her twitter page. Read that here.

- To promote tonight's SmackDown and ECW taping at the Colonial Life Arena, South Carolina's The State is hosting a live chat with CM Punk this morning, beginning at 10:35am. Go here for more details.

- There is an article on Jacksonville.com here about last night's RAW from Florida, with native Kelly Kelly and several other fans commenting.



SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 Video Game Reviewed & Now On Sale
By Michael Bluth
Oct 20, 2009 - 11:29:03 AM

 
The new WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 video game is now available the PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, DS, PSPand PS2 consoles.

Video game site IGN.com has posted a review of the game and gave it an 8.5/10 - Great. Reviewer Gregory Miller had a lot of good things to say about this year's installment, as there have been improvements in many aspects of the game. You can read IGN.com's full written review of the game here and watch their video review of the game here. Some of this year's improvements include:

-- The presentation of the game is better than ever, "practically nonexistent" load timess and plenty of small details (the WWE live logo, the end of show copyright, etc.) that make this feel like you’re watching a real WWE broadcast.

-- The Royal Rumble match has been completely redesigned from the ground up and is more authentic than ever.

-- WWE Story Designer is another brand new addition to the game this year. Players the ability to create their own original story.

-- Created Superstars, highlight reels, created finishing moves, and screenshots can all be uploaded online and downloaded by other players.

-- The characters models continue to evolve, looking "as good as ever". The animations are smooth and everything seems to move fluidly.

-- The new blood system is said to be a great feature, with cuts starting small and blood flow increasing as more damage is done.





SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 Video Game Reviewed & Now On Sale
By Michael Bluth
Oct 20, 2009 - 11:29:03 AM

 
The new WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 video game is now available the PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, DS, PSPand PS2 consoles.

Video game site IGN.com has posted a review of the game and gave it an 8.5/10 - Great. Reviewer Gregory Miller had a lot of good things to say about this year's installment, as there have been improvements in many aspects of the game. You can read IGN.com's full written review of the game here and watch their video review of the game here. Some of this year's improvements include:

-- The presentation of the game is better than ever, "practically nonexistent" load timess and plenty of small details (the WWE live logo, the end of show copyright, etc.) that make this feel like you’re watching a real WWE broadcast.

-- The Royal Rumble match has been completely redesigned from the ground up and is more authentic than ever.

-- WWE Story Designer is another brand new addition to the game this year. Players the ability to create their own original story.

-- Created Superstars, highlight reels, created finishing moves, and screenshots can all be uploaded online and downloaded by other players.

-- The characters models continue to evolve, looking "as good as ever". The animations are smooth and everything seems to move fluidly.

-- The new blood system is said to be a great feature, with cuts starting small and blood flow increasing as more damage is done.





SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 Video Game Reviewed & Now On Sale
By Michael Bluth
Oct 20, 2009 - 11:29:03 AM

 
The new WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 video game is now available the PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, DS, PSPand PS2 consoles.

Video game site IGN.com has posted a review of the game and gave it an 8.5/10 - Great. Reviewer Gregory Miller had a lot of good things to say about this year's installment, as there have been improvements in many aspects of the game. You can read IGN.com's full written review of the game here and watch their video review of the game here. Some of this year's improvements include:

-- The presentation of the game is better than ever, "practically nonexistent" load timess and plenty of small details (the WWE live logo, the end of show copyright, etc.) that make this feel like you’re watching a real WWE broadcast.

-- The Royal Rumble match has been completely redesigned from the ground up and is more authentic than ever.

-- WWE Story Designer is another brand new addition to the game this year. Players the ability to create their own original story.

-- Created Superstars, highlight reels, created finishing moves, and screenshots can all be uploaded online and downloaded by other players.

-- The characters models continue to evolve, looking "as good as ever". The animations are smooth and everything seems to move fluidly.

-- The new blood system is said to be a great feature, with cuts starting small and blood flow increasing as more damage is done.
















CM Punk's Dream WrestleMania Opponent and WWE Divas in Reality TV Shows
By Amish Patel
Oct 20, 2009 - 11:29:20 AM

 
- As reported earlier, CM Punk was featured in an interview with TheState.com this morning to help promote the WWE SmackDown/ECW taping in Columbia, S.C. One topic covered was Punk's dream WrestleMania opponent, "Last year, before I was in the MITB match, it was Rey (Mysterio), Punk said. "This year, it's still Rey. Mania is a long ways away right now, so it's hard to say where I'll end up, but I do need a haircut." Read the full recap here.

- There is a blurb on The Chicago Tribute talking about WWE Diva Maria being part of this season's "Celebrity Apprentice", as well as other females from the WWE who have particpated in reality shows. Check that out here.












CM Punk's Dream WrestleMania Opponent and WWE Divas in Reality TV Shows
By Amish Patel
Oct 20, 2009 - 11:29:20 AM

 
- As reported earlier, CM Punk was featured in an interview with TheState.com this morning to help promote the WWE SmackDown/ECW taping in Columbia, S.C. One topic covered was Punk's dream WrestleMania opponent, "Last year, before I was in the MITB match, it was Rey (Mysterio), Punk said. "This year, it's still Rey. Mania is a long ways away right now, so it's hard to say where I'll end up, but I do need a haircut." Read the full recap here.

- There is a blurb on The Chicago Tribute talking about WWE Diva Maria being part of this season's "Celebrity Apprentice", as well as other females from the WWE who have particpated in reality shows. Check that out here.








Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 21, 2009, 01:48:56 PM
More on Shane McMahon's WWE Resignation, His Future Plans and Internal Reaction
By Amish Patel
Oct 21, 2009 - 3:48:00 PM

 
Source: F4W Newsletter

- As of this week, nobody who is talking within WWE has any idea what caused Shane McMahon's resignation from WWE or what he plans on doing next. People who worked under Shane are said to be shocked and devastated, saying it came completely out of left field. The department that Shane was in charge of always has had great morale and word is that all the good morale plummeted on Friday when the announcement came out. A lot of people were very worried about their future with the company and there was talk that layoffs might be coming.

Shane was flooded with calls over the weekend and he pretty much told everyone the same thing he said in his official statement. It is very likely that the only people who know what is going on are Shane, Vince McMahon and perhaps Linda or Stephanie. Even people who spoke with Triple H had the impression that he didn't know really what went down.

While Vince had good things to say about Shane's departure in the release, word within WWE is that Vince went on a complete rampage (as our own Brian Cantor reported yesterday) when the news came out and everyone was doing anything they could to not be seen. The release was issued early Friday morning because they were concerned that the news would leak out and be on other wrestling websites before WWE broke it. Vince's behavior suggests that Shane might not be leaving to work on his mother's Senate campaign, which has been speculated. The reports of Vince flipping out may be a bit hyped up because we do know that Shane was in the office on Friday and Monday. Shane will continue working for WWE until January 1st of 2010.

It's still unknown what Shane plans on doing with his future. There is a lot of speculation that he will jump into the world of promoting MMA and it's no secret that he's a huge fan and has had interest before in getting involved. One source close to Shane says he is very intrigued by the TV and film business and could end up there but as noted above, nobody right now knows what's next for Shane. Shane is playing it smart by not talking about his plans. Most expect that he will be approached with lots of offers in the next few months.

There was a lot of people in WWE who were nervous when the story broke because they saw it as Vince's son had decided it was time to get out of the family business, for whatever reason. Some are concerned that Shane feels the WWE ship has sailed and is getting out so he doesn't go down with it.


Real Reason Why ROH Star Didn't Sign With WWE
By Amish Patel
Oct 21, 2009 - 3:37:44 PM

 
- We noted last night that Nigel McGuinness was telling people at last night's iMPACT tapings that he didn't sign with WWE because they took too long to send him his contract. However, Prowrestling.net reports that it's confirmed he failed WWE's pre-screening test and WWE pulled their verbal offer to him and never offered him an actual contract.

The story goes that this was not the case of Nigel failing a drug test, but a medically related test that caused WWE to shy away from signing him. TNA does not have a pre-screening test for their incoming talents.




Batista Says Rey Mysterio is Wasted in WWE and Why Carlito is Off TV
By Amish Patel
Oct 21, 2009 - 3:32:09 PM

 
Source: F4W Newsletter

- Apparently Batista did an interview in Mexico recently saying that Rey Mysterio's talent was wasted in WWE and that the high-flyer should be a top main-eventer.

- Carlito is off WWE TV right now because the creative team has nothing for him. The feeling is that he doesn't care too much these days and creative would rather spend more time with people that are actually contributing ideas.



Hulk Hogan Talks About His Suicide Attempt & Family Turmoil
By Michael Bluth
Oct 21, 2009 - 3:14:53 PM

 
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan says he had his finger on the trigger of a gun and was about to kill himself when he received a phone call from a concerned celebrity friend.

The New York Daily News has published quotes from Hulk's new book "My Life Outside the Ring," where he describes hit rock bottom after the nasty breakup with his wife of 23 years and coping with Nick's car accident that put Nick in jail and left family friend John Graziano brain-damaged.

Hulk says he did everything he could to keep his family together. "I practically begged her, 'Please, don't file. Our son's just had this accident -- if we do this now, it'll make us look like the Britney Spears family. Please, don't file for divorce.'" Hogan calls Linda an abusive alcoholic who once threatened to beat Nick with a wine bottle. Hulk says the extend of Linda's crazy side was never really seen on their "Hogan Knows Best" VH1 reality show because "There were plenty of times when Linda would lose it, but no one wanted to see that kind of ugliness on TV."

Hogan then describes a darker chapter in his life, where he almost committed suicide. Hulk said one day while filming NBC's "American Gladiators," he downed a heavy cocktail of rum and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax. Later in the day, he received a phone call from co-host Laila Ali, daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali, who was concerned for him after noticing he seemed distracted at work. Hogan said in the book that he had reached for a gun and put his finger on the trigger when Ali called.








RVD Talks About Meeting Dixie Carter & Vince Russo At BFG (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Oct 21, 2009 - 1:19:09 PM

 
Former WWE & ECW champion Rob Van Dam appeared on the Between The Ropes radio show with Brian Fritz on Tuesday night and talked about his experience at Sunday's TNA Bound For Glory event. Van Dam met Vince Russo and Dixie Carter for the first time at the show. To listen to the full interview, visit BetweenTheRopes.com.

Regarding his meeting with Vince Russo, he said, "I think that was the first I've met him," Van Dam said. "I've talked to him on the phone a few times. I stood there and talked with him for a few minutes the other day. I've only known him by reputation before, which was a little choppy." Van Dam sounded a bit skeptical of Russo, but acknowledged that most of what he's heard has been second and third hand information.

Van Dam also described his brief encounter with TNA president Dixie Carter. "It was real short," Van Dam said. I introduced myself to her. She said, 'Yeah, we've talked on the phone.' And then it was it was real awkward like she wanted to talk, but there wasn't anything to say."




Vince McMahon goes on backstage rampage?, WWE RAW rating, Maria
By Brian Cantor
Oct 20, 2009 - 11:12:20 PM

 
-- This week's edition of WWE RAW posted a 3.3 rating, which marks a very slight decline from last week's number. More newsworthy than the actual household number, however, is the fact that the telecast once again lost viewers from hour one (3.48 rating) to hour two (3.17). While competing sports programs generally draw more viewers for later parts of the game (and thus become more competitive against RAW), the presence of baseball and football on other networks has not historically produced that kind of hourly drop on a weekly basis--something about WWE's program is presently turning away viewers mid-episode. (Source: PWInsider)

-- A wise move to correspond with her publicity for "Celebrity Apprentice," Maria received the featured WWE.com Diva Gallery on Tuesday. It is titled "en fuego."

-- While the motivation behind Shane McMahon's resignation is still largely a mystery, F4WOnline.com reports that the situation was intense enough to cause Vince McMahon to go on a "complete rampage" the morning the resignation was announced. Even though most do not believe any sort of major family blowup occurred, the McMahon reaction does seemingly indicate the resignation was about more than Linda's Senate campaign.



Latest On The Undertaker's WWE Future, Solofa Fatu Jr. (Rikishi) Interview
By Brad Ingles
Oct 20, 2009 - 6:36:41 PM

 
There has been speculation that the Undertaker will retire at WrestleMania 26, however a new report from ProWrestling.net revealed that is not the plan. Undertaker is hoping to work his current schedule for another two to three years, and then just make special appearances for major events.

There was also speculation that Undertaker had hip replacement surgery after WrestleMania, but one source said that is not the case. "That's physically impossible to come back that soon," said the source.




--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Interview by Harold Williams

One of the most popular and charismatic stars in the history of
professional wrestling, Solofa Fatu Jr. (previous ring name, "Kishi" and
formerly contracted to WWE as, "Rikishi") is looking forward to taking
part in the HULKAMANIA - Let the Battle Begin tour.

Q: When you were first contacted regarding the HULKAMANIA - Let
the Battle Begin tour, what was your reason for being interested in
being a part of it?

A: I was first contacted by KNOKX PRO ENTERTAINMENT awhile back. I
wanted to be a part of wrestling history coming to Australia, Hulk
Hogan's first time ever in the country. Also I miss the fans of
Australia. It's been awhile since I've been there.

To be a part of this TOUR is a BIG deal. I mean everyone and anyone
who's in the wrestling business are trying to get on. I mean who doesn't
want to be on the same show as the ICON OF WRESTLING with the MAN HULK
HOGAN, FLAIR. BLACK PEARL, MY BROTHER Eddie Fatu formerly known as
"UMAGA", man the list goes on.

You got to be stupid not to accept an invitation. You mean I get paid to
go to Australia and have fun. And be a part of WRESTLING HISTORY in
Ossieland (Fun Place). That's awesome. I'm there!!


Q: Who will you be wrestling on the tour, and is there anyone in
particular that you would like to wrestle on the tour?

A: Really don't know yet. But I will be in a tag team match teaming up
with my buddy GRANMASTA BRIAN CHRISTOPHER. It doesn't matter who we
face, but you can bet GRANMASTA and myself will bust a move on who ever
steps in to the ring with us. Bring your 'A' Game, boys.

I'm bringing the whole OSSIELAND fans with us ......


Q: What do you think the tour will lead to in the future? Do you see it
expanding to other countries, perhaps even growing into a full-time
promotion?

A: Surely I have no doubt that Michael Condon of CONDON SPORTS &
ENTERTAINMENT GROUP AND Reno Anoa'i of KNOKX PRO ENTERTAINMENT can book
any type of events there in Australia. Hell if they can bring WRESTLING
ICON HULK HOGAN there with the help of Bischoff Hervey Entertainment,
anything's possible in the future for these two groups as for
ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS...

This event is BIG and STRONG enough to move into other countries and
even GOOD enough to open a NEW WRESTLING LEAGUE. Just depends how far
these 3 groups want to take it. My hope is that they are ALL able to
work together in the future to give the WRESTLING/MMA fans a chance to
see other LEAGUES beside the same two companies in US over and over again.


Q: How long is your commitment for this tour? Is it only for November,
or are you planning on being a part of it if it goes longer?

A: For 4 events. I'm committed to Michael Condon of CONDON SPORTS &
ENTERTAINMENT GROUP and Reno Anoa'i of KNOKX PRO ENTERTAINMENT. I
believe in these two gents. They are professional guys with BIG VISIONS
for AUSTRALIA and other oversea countries for Pro Wrestling / MMA.

To have Australia have their own MAINSTREAM WORLDWIDE WRESTLING COMPANY
like the other two in USA. Would be BIG. And I believe these two can
pull it off.


Q: You have wrestled all over the word. How are Australian fans
different in regards to fans in other countries where you have wrestled?

A: OSSIELAND fans are full of energy and CRAZY. They're loud and come to
see a fight or get entertained. Just fun people. I love them.....


Q: KnokX Pro is involved in promoting the tour, and you are one of the
coaches at their school. Along with being a beneficial experience for
the individual talents involved, do you think that the tour will be
beneficial to KnokX Pro as a promotion as well?

A: YES. Its getting lots of media attention WORLDWIDE being involved
with HULKAMANIA TOUR. Which is good for us. Along with CONDON SPORTS &
ENTERTAINMENT GROUP and Bischoff Hervey Entertainment.


Q: For fans who are interested in being trained to wrestle, in your
opinion, why is KnokX Pro Academy the school that they should choose?

A: We provide our students the ALL around knowledge of the wrestling
business. The ins and outs of the wrestling world. For one we know what
we're talking about and also lived the life of wrestling. It's very easy
to teach something that you've lived all your life. KnokX Pro has that.
I have trainers who know what to teach to get our student ready for the
wrestling world and business part.

We care about my students. They're like my own kids when they walk
through that door of THE DOMAIN at KnokX Pro. We will teach them to be
ready when they leave us for the PRO WRESTLING WORLD. At the DOMAIN we
are all family. Tight and close bunch, who work hard together to help
fulfill the dreams of each other in pro wrestling life.

We are committed to our students and each other. We WILL give them the
BEST of the BEST training they can possibly get. To be THE NEXT BIG
THING IN PRO WRESTLING 50 yrs of EXPERIENCE COMBINED .....

Come see us at www.knokxpro.com "WHERE THE CHAMPIONS PLAY"

That's a GUARANTEE ...


Q: You are a very big part of a promotion that is based in Italy, and
also has shows in Spain and Switzerland. Do you have in any interest in
bringing the tour to those areas in the future?

A: But of course. We are looking in on that as we speak. Those markets
are very big in Pro Wrestling / MMA. I mean they love it out there. So
hopefully we are able to move into that part of the world with this tour
OR any other CONDON SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP and KNOKX PRO
ENTERTAINMENT event in the near future .

Sky's the limit here....


Q: With your involvement in the tour, combined with your work in Italy
and coaching for the KnokX Pro Academy, it seems like your career is
busier than ever. When you first started in the business, did you ever
imagine that over 20 years later, you would be this active in the industry?

A: Yes I know huh!! Crazy. But I love this business it's what I'm good
at. I am no longer working with the Italian company it was good while it
lasted, but now its full-time with my students at The DOMAIN .....I got
to give them 22 yrs of my mind in PRO WRESTLING BIZ .......


Q: During the rare opportunities that you have spare time, how do you
use it?

A: FAMILY TIME, FAMILY TIME, FAMILY TIME. Just try to catch up lost time
cause of being on the road. I like to cook for them. Maybe catch a DVD
movie or else just simply relax and listen to some reggae music and
chill. Or Billie Jean (Michael Jackson). I'm easy ..... Spend time with
my lil boy everyday

,,,,,,,,,,, Now that's a full-time, but I love it.

Daddy at home.

KISHI/ JR FATU on the road .....

Fa'afetai lava ( Thank You Much ) Peace and Love to Australia and the
World !!!!






Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 26, 2009, 01:46:27 PM
WWE Says WrestleMania Brings Big Money To Host Cities (Press Release)
By Michael Bluth
Oct 26, 2009 - 12:05:55 PM

 
WWE issued the following press release today:

WrestleMania Makes Close to $50 Million for Host City

STAMFORD, Conn.--(Business Wire)-- World Wrestling Entertainment announced today that The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania generated a $49.8 million dollar economic windfall for the greater Houston area, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. Despite one of the biggest economic downturns in recent history, local and state governments collected $5.7 million in taxes. This follows the $51.5 million of economic impact WrestleMania XXIV brought to Orlando.

"Having the opportunity to host The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania was a huge honor and success," said Greg Ortale, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitor`s Bureau. "The direct expenditure demonstrates that WrestleMania is indeed economically on par with the world`s greatest sports and entertainment offerings."

"Our overarching goal with our public and private sector partners is to consistently provide positive economic impact for WrestleMania`s host communities and establish a lasting pro-social legacy, "said John P. Saboor, Senior Vice President of Special Events for World Wrestling Entertainment.

A capacitycrowd of72,744from all 50 states, 24 countries and seven Canadian provinces attended the pop culture extravaganza. Key highlights from the study included:

* $49.8 million of direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by non-locals visiting specifically for The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, equating to 600 full time jobs for the area.
* During WrestleMania Week, 86% of out of state, overnight visitors who came in for the festivities, stayed in local Houston area hotels. 67% stayed for three nights or more.
* Nearly 75% of fans that came to The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania from outside of Houston traveled by air.
* 23% of the fans that came from out of state were from California and New York.
* Nearly 65% of the fans that attended were between the ages of 10 and 34.

Next year, WrestleMania XXVI will take place March 28, 2010 from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 7 at 10 AM MT through the University of Phoenix Stadium box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The event will be broadcast live on pay-per-view, and viewed in more than 100 countries.

Enigma Research Corporation is an international consulting firm which specializes in measuring the economic impact of special events. Enigma`s economists developed a customized model which converted expenditures into economic impact, employment created and taxes generated as a result of the event.

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media company and recognized leader in global entertainment. With programming broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages, WWE provides 22 hours of weekly PG-rated programming domestically, in addition to 14 pay-per-views a year. Each week, 16 million people tune-in domestically to see WWE Superstars and Divas on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, ECW, and WWE Superstars` with millions more internationally. WWE holds more than 300 live events, entertaining over two million fans a year. The company`s brand extends across multiple platforms including: WWE Studios; WWE.com and WWEKids.com; WWE Magazine and WWE Kids Magazine; licensed merchandise; music and home entertainment. In addition, WWE "In Your Corner" is WWE`s charitable arm that focuses on literacy programs, civic engagement, military support and a 20+ year partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. More information on World Wrestling Entertainment can be found at http://corporate.wwe.com/

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, copyrights and logos are the exclusive property of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 26, 2009, 01:51:19 PM
Why The Clocked Was Stopped During Cena-Orton Iron Man Match
By Amish Patel
Oct 26, 2009 - 11:10:31 AM

 
Source: PWInsider.com

- During last night's iron man match, John Cena was busted open after being hit by a microphone - this was not apparently a planned spot.

Vince McMahon ordered Cena to be cleaned up immediately after seeing the spot, and WWE's John Laurinaitis along with trainers rushed to ringside to clean him up. With their first attempt, Cena wasn't aware what they intended to do so played babyface and mounted offence against Randy Orton. The cut was finally glued shoot and cleaned up after the next fall.

Cena and Orton were scheduled to work among the crowd and WWE wanted to ensure there was no health issue with a bloody wrestler among fans. If it were to have happened, the issue would have been taken seriously by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and likely used as more ammuniton against Linda McMahon's senate campaign.

As the blood was unplanned, WWE decided to stop the clock during the bout as it wasn't known how long the clean up operation on Cena would take.







Early Raw Preview, Lex Luger Speaks, Parts Unknown
By Michael Bluth
Oct 26, 2009 - 11:07:10 AM

 
-- Tonight's edition of WWE Raw takes from the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. The special guest hosts are NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. The advertised dark match main event is John Cena, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, and Big Show in a six-man tag. For the first time in months, WWE has 4 weeks to build to the next Pay-Per-View instead of only 3.

-- The WWE website has a tongue-in-cheek article about superstars who have hailed from "parts unknown," which you can read here.

-- WWE's website has also added Lex Luger to the "Where Are They Now?" section. Luger says, "One of the things I do is try to get a positive message out there in the local schools and tell my story,” Luger said. “I also do a lot of faith-based speaking, sharing my story and testimony, to help show what God has done in my life and what he can do in others’ lives." For more, visit WWE.com.



Jim Ross Speaks On Bragging Rights, DX/Jeri-Show Feud On Horizon and His Health
By Amish Patel
Oct 26, 2009 - 10:17:25 AM

 
- Jim Ross' has a new blog up at http://www.jrsbarbq.com/ - below are the highlights:

* Surprising night for Smackdown. I would have lost my bet in that I was suggesting that one take Raw and lay the points. Shows what I know.

* A Jericho/Big Show vs. DX issue looms one would assume.

* Fatal 4 Ways can only have so many agendas and the biggest thing to come out of the World Title Match was the Batista-Mysterio issue which should make for some interesting Friday Night Smackdown. The big, disgruntled bully against the smaller underdog seems to be a dog that will hunt.

* I throughly enjoyed the 60 Minute Ironman Match and that was the match that I would have most loved to have participated in from an old school perspective. Cena and Orton rose to the occasion, in a physically demanding environment and told a magnificent story to bring the PPV to the close it needed. Loved the physicality and intensity as "going the hour" is a challenging piece of business. Cena is unquestionably and obviously the "Face of WWE" which is no revelation but was certainly reaffirmed Sunday night. Orton has raised his game to an extraordinary level and he's still not nearly as good as he is going to be considering his age and what lies ahead for the third generation wrestler. That's a scary thought.

* On a personal note, I am scheduled to get my MRI results late Monday afternoon of which I feel exprememly confident that I'll get good news.





Update On Shawn Michaels Future In WWE
By Amish Patel
Oct 25, 2009 - 11:40:14 PM

 
- ProWrestling.net report that Shawn Michaels is likely to continue wrestling on a regular basis for another 2-3 years and he is not giving the impression that his retirement is imminent.

Michaels' schedule may be lightened further in the next year or so, but right now he doesn't appear on house show events or work a full-time schedule like other WWE superstars.

It is believed that when the time does come for Michaels to call it quits, he will receive a spectacular sendoff similar to that of Ric Flair's when he retired.






Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 29, 2009, 03:25:39 PM
Concern Over Edge's Return for WrestleMania, WWE's New Hogan DVD
By Marc Middleton
Oct 29, 2009 - 2:13:16 PM

 
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- As of last word, WWE was still scheduled to release the Hulk Hogan DVD set this week but people in the company wouldn't be surprised if Vince McMahon yanks it.

- There has been a lot of concern lately within WWE that Edge won't return to the ring in time for WrestleMania. His injury is one you really can't rush back from if it's not 100% ready.




Posted in: WWE
Hulk Hogan & Ric Flair Removed From WWE.com's Alumni Section
By Michael Bluth
Oct 29, 2009 - 3:27:15 PM

 
Following the announcement that Hulk Hogan will now be working with TNA Wrestling, there have been some curious changes to WWE.com that are worth noting.

Both Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair's profiles have been removed from the Alumni section of WWE.com. Eric Bischoff, who will be joining Hulk Hogan in working with TNA, still has a profile on the Alumni page.

While its somewhat understandable why Hogan's profile would be taken down now that he's working for WWE's top competitor, there hasn't really been anything newsworthy with Ric Flair in recent days. While he is wrestling next month despite WWE's grand sendoff last year at WrestleMania, this has been known for quite some time.





Samoa Joe Furious After Bound For Glory, Turmoil Within TNA, Sting's Return
By Marc Middleton
Oct 29, 2009 - 2:08:56 PM

 
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- Samoa Joe was fuming mad after Bound For Glory when some kind of barbecue for friends of his he had planned at the show didn't happen. Somehow the deal didn't go through and he was furious to the point where there was a chance he would have been sent home before the pay-per-view began.

- Sting is not scheduled to return to the TNA storylines for a while.

- Sources say there has been a lot of turmoil within TNA in recent days. Several wrestlers have been complaining to each other about not getting the direction they need. Several of the top guys have been wondering what their direction is because they couldn't understand where their characters were headed and they weren't satisfied with a lack of an answer. Word is that AJ Styles has felt he's been booked too weakly as World Champion.




TNA Wrestler Has Surgery, Low TNA Attendance, iMPACT Tapings, Rhino/Kip
By Marc Middleton
Oct 29, 2009 - 2:03:05 PM

 
Sources: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, PWInsider.com

- TNA recently sent a note to people on their mailing list saying that iMPACT tapings will now begin at 5:30PM. VIP's should start arriving at 4:30PM.

- Rhino and Kip James appeared at the University of Wisconsin vs. Minnesota State game on October 24th to promote a WWE live event and shoot off the cannon after a touchdown. They were introduced as WWF stars Billy Gunn and Rhino.

- The TNA live event on October 23rd in Chicago drew 450 fans while the show on October 24th in Racine, Wisconsin drew 600 fans and the show on October 25th in Green Bay drew 800 fans.

- Eric Young underwent throat surgery on October 28th in Nashville. Young has a throat problem similar to the one Brian Pillman had. He had multiple surgeries as a child which resulted in the unique voice he has now. Every few years a new surgery is needed and his last operation was in 2006.






More WWE Reaction To TNA-Hogan, Meet Mickie James and Co, More
By Amish Patel
Oct 29, 2009 - 12:40:06 PM

 
Source: PWInsider.com

- In an update to Brad's post here, the internal reaction in WWE to Hulk Hogan signing with TNA was that it was a mistake on TNA's part, with the consensus that Hogan and Eric Bischoff would put themselves before the promotion. As reported, there was no shock at the announcement backstage at the SmackDown tapings.

- Nick Hogan to follow Hulk leading to Hogans vs. Flairs? Jeff Wilen's JAWBreaker breaks down everything involved in Hogan's signing with TNA Wrestling here: http://www.go386.com/jawbreaker/ including a move to Monday nights, who will follow Hogan (leading to a Hogan/Nick Hogan vs. The Flairs match), what it means for Vince Russo/Sting/Kevin Nash and WWE's reaction.

- The Heyman Hustle has some photos of Dwayne "The Rock" posing with co-star Samuel L. Jackson from his latest movie, "The Other Guys."

- WWE will be holding a WWE Magazine Fanfest at the next WWE event in Dusseldorf, Germany with fans being greeted by Mickie James, Cryme Time and Savannah.




Roddy Piper Hosting Raw & Wants To Wrestle Vince, "Always Sunny" Cameo
By Michael Bluth
Oct 29, 2009 - 11:35:15 AM

 
In an interview with IconvsIcon.com, WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper says that he'll be hosting an upcoming edition of WWE Raw. While Piper hosting WWE Raw seems to be an indication that everything is fine between the two parties, that's far from the case. Piper says he wasn't happy with his involvement at WrestleMania 25 this April and wants to close his career on a better note.

"I wasn’t very happy with Wrestlemania XXV. In my mind, I want to put a cap on it as you say, with one more match, an extraordinary performance," Piper said. "Ya know the clock is tickin’, let’s be honest, so sooner rather then later. So, I think if you saw me in Raw that it would be leading into that match. I don’t know what it is yet. But yeah, you are correct."

Since WrestleMania back in April, Piper has been outspoken against WWE for booking him in a three-on-one handicap match with Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka against Chris Jericho. "I wasn't wild about WrestleMania 25 to put it mildly. There's not a chance in hell that that's the last way you're gonna see me," Piper said on the Monday Night Mayhem radio show in August. "There will definitely be a return of Roddy Piper...and sooner than later. How many more fights I have in me, I don't know."

Piper knows that his days in the ring are virtually over, but he's got an idea for one more high profile match that he'd like to see take place at WrestleMania 26 next year. "You got Vince McMahon who's done a great job of promoting, who became a bodybuilder, and the last I saw him, I think he's convinced himself he could fight now," Piper said. "I say this...why don't you just put Roddy Piper and Vince McMahon in the ring."





Funny backstage Hulk Hogan/Kurt Angle note, Hogan audio, TNA TV rumors
By Brian Cantor
Oct 28, 2009 - 11:38:01 PM

 


Though Hulk Hogan and Kurt Angle wrestled on opposite sides of the ring during their WWE careers (and would presumably be paired in TNA should Hogan enter the ring), a source says Hulk Hogan began vetoing plans to work with Angle in late 2005.

According to F4WOnline.com's Wrestling Observer, Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon jointly watched the RAW Homecoming Iron Man Match between Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels from the backstage area. At one point, Angle delivered a suplex, and Hogan reportedly oversold the impact of what he had seen on the monitor. Hogan also provided McMahon with a comedic facial expression that essentially said "no way" to working that way with Angle (the Observer described the reaction as "No worko with Mr Stiffo, kay"); Vince reportedly made fun of the story later on.


TNA posted audio of Hulk Hogan's "Howard Stern" interview here.


As has been reported, Spike TV is outright denying that there are plans to move TNA iMPACT! to Monday nights, as it remains strongly committed to using the TNA program as a Thursday tentpole. PWInsider.com additionally notes that there are no plans to turn iMPACT! into a live show.











Idea Mentioned to Write Shane McMahon Out of WWE, What HHH Is Saying Backstage
By Marc Middleton
Oct 29, 2009 - 2:11:31 PM

 
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- At a recent WWE creative meeting, Michael Hayes brought up the idea of doing something to "write Shane McMahon out of the promotion." Hayes brought this up only as an idea in front of other writers and to the best of anyone's knowledge, has not mentioned it in front of the McMahons yet.

Besides that, the creative team is taking Shane's departure as something that is a taboo subject to talk about, especially in public. Triple H has been asked by wrestlers what's the story with Shane leaving and he's been saying he knows as much as everyone else does, which nobody believes.




Posted in: TNA
Hulk Hogan's Secret TNA Signing, TNA Meets with Spike TV on the Future and More
By Marc Middleton
Oct 29, 2009 - 2:07:13 PM

 
Source: PWInsider

- Dixie Carter, Vince Russo and other top TNA officials had a meeting with Spike TV officials in New York City this week to work on strategies moving forward. The meeting was something that had been planned well in advance of the Hulk Hogan announcement. Jeff Jarrett was not there and neither was Hulk Hogan or Eric Bischoff.

Despite what's being said elsewhere, several TNA sources are saying that Bischoff and Hogan are not taking over creatively. Hogan will likely have creative control over his character but word is that Russo and company are not being replaced. Hogan has suggestions of talents he would like to see brought into TNA but there are currently no wrestlers or other personalities 100% set to come in.

TNA office workers were informed of the Hulk Hogan signing about 15 minutes before the press conference in New York City took place. Word is that only 5-6 people total knew that the deal was going down before that day.

The rumors of TNA planned a show on Monday nights appear to be false, according to Spike TV sources. TNA's production schedule is planned through April of 2010 and live event tours are already booked through May of 2010. Spike TV wants to build iMPACT as their top show for Thursday nights, which is one of the reasons why the Saturday iMPACT replay was pulled. There also has been no discussion of changing the iMPACT format to a live production.


Another Future Raw Guest Host Revealed, Jeff Hardy & Dixie Carter On Twitter
By Michael Bluth
Oct 29, 2009 - 5:50:19 PM

 
-- The UK Sun is reporting that boxer Ricky Hatton will be guest hosting WWE Raw on 11/9 from the UK's Sheffield Arena. Hatton will be the second boxer to host Raw after his recent opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr appeared held the job back in August.

-- TNA president Dixie Carter has joined Twitter at Twitter.com/TNADixie. Her first post detailed an eventful day at TNA headquarters. "Celebrated the Hogan signing at staff meeting this morning with champagne and donuts" Carter called it "a new beginning for TNA!"

-- Speaking of Twitter, former WWE superstar Jeff Hardy's Twitter page is now back online at Twitter.com/jeffhardybrand. He has not added any posts yet. The page was taken down shortly after his drug arrest on September 11th.












Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 29, 2009, 03:32:32 PM
Hulk Hogan Explains Why He Chose TNA Over WWE
By Amish Patel
Oct 28, 2009 - 10:18:58 AM

 
Thanks to ProWrestling.net and Aghazi for the following report on Hulk Hogan's appearance on Howard Stern satellite radio show this morning:

Vince McMahon asked him to guest host the MSG Raw coming up on November 16.

Vince wanted to do a merchandising deal where WWE would get the rights to the Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania names.

Hogan didn't go back with Vince because he isn't ready to be put out to pasture just yet. He feels he has a lot to offer still, which is why he signed with TNA.

WWE talked about him facing John Cena at WrestleMania 25 in Houston last April, but Hogan threw his back out.

Howard mentioned him signing with TNA (by name) and asked if Vince was cool. Hogan said he imagined Vince wasn't too pleased. Hogan didn't say too much about TNA, from what I heard.

Howard started asking him about his book and Hogan told a story about his brother dying years ago from drugs and how he blames himself.




Updates on Hogan and Russo, Nash Suspended
By Ernie Valenzuela
Oct 27, 2009 - 8:45:17 PM

 
Here are a few items regarding the Hogan-TNA situation that PWTorch.com has learned in the last few hours:

-Vince Russo still has his job and is not acting shocked or worried by this news. He's scheduled to be part of a small contingent of TNA representatives at Spike TV headquarters in New York tomorrow.

-Dixie Carter first floated the idea of having Hulk Hogan as an on-air authority figure for the company within a short time of the falling out with Jeff Jarrett.

-Although not the sole reason Sting was talked into staying around, if Dixie had an inkling of this happening, it might have been a reason she pushed for him to stick around for another year when he had spent most of the year pretty convinced his last match would have been nine days ago at Bound for Glory.

-The rumor among wrestlers is that Hulk Hogan wanted Kevin Nash to be booker, but it doesn't appear there is anything to that. In fact, Nash is officially suspended from the next TV taping because of his going off script in the ring at the last taping.

Source: PwTorch.com




Latest On Hulk Hogan Signing With TNA
By Brad Ingles
Oct 27, 2009 - 6:16:52 PM

 
The latest on Hulk Hogan signing with TNA is that he will be a major on-screen character, but will not wrestle on a regular basis. With Hogan and Eric Bischoff joining TNA, it allows Spike TV to get first opportunity at signing a deal for the Hogan/Ric Flair reality series.

The Hogan signing is said to be the first of many major announcements from TNA and Spike TV. A speculated announcement is a timeslot change for Impact to go head-to-head with Raw and additional programming.

Credit: F4WOnline.com






Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Montague on October 29, 2009, 06:56:15 PM
Vince wanted to do a merchandising deal where WWE would get the rights to the Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania names.

Man, I can't believe Hulkster didn't jump at that one. ::)



edit: I wonder how accurate many of the TNA/Hogan stories out there really are.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 29, 2009, 08:17:34 PM
Man, I can't believe Hulkster didn't jump at that one. ::)



edit: I wonder how accurate many of the TNA/Hogan stories out there really are.



He won't ever sell his own brand name thats he make a living.  No one would ever buy tickets to go watch some guy name Terry wrestle....


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Montague on October 30, 2009, 04:34:18 AM


He won't ever sell his own brand name thats he make a living.  No one would ever buy tickets to go watch some guy name Terry wrestle....

Yep.
That’s why I question the legitimacy of a lot of these “reports.”
I can’t see the old man believing that Hogan would even CONSIDER surrendering the rights to his name, image, and likeness.
Even for a lucrative lump sum, I think the Hulk Hogan character is worth more to Hogan than the price he would get “selling” it to Vince.

Look how long & hard he fought to secure the rights to use the name “HULK” without having to cut a check to Marvel.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on October 30, 2009, 10:28:10 AM
Tonight's WWE SmackDown, What is Hulk Hogan saying about TNA?
By Brian Cantor
Oct 30, 2009 - 12:59:15 AM


-- The MSN TV preview for tonight's WWE SmackDown: "At Bragging Rights, what provoked the vicious attack of Rey Mysterio by Batista?"

-- Though public reports continue to maintain that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff will not have indoctrinated creative power under the TNA umbrella, Hogan has been telling friends and wrestling peers something to the contrary.

F4WOnline.com says that Hogan is telling wrestlers he hopes to recruit that, regardless of what is said publicly, he will be calling the shots in TNA--he will have more influence than anyone (including Bischoff), with the exception of Bob Carter, who is the financial power behind the company.






-- WWE's latest Hulk Hogan DVD is still advertised as going on sale in November. It is not clear if WWE will pull the plug on the release.



Hogan Says He's Going To TNA To Teach The Lost Art Of Pro Wrestling (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Oct 30, 2009 - 12:22:10 PM

Even if you didn't follow pro wrestling in the 1980s, you would recognize Terry Bollea. With his white-blond ponytail, bodybuilder physique and ever-present bandanna, the man better known as Hulk Hogan (as well as Hollywood Hogan, the Hulkster, the Incredible or simply Mr. America) has ruled the ring since 1984, when he won his first World Wrestling Federation championship. He's been called the industry's "first big iconic star" (Vince McMahon Jr.) and "the greatest of all time" (Muhammad Ali), and he remains the only pro wrestler to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In his new memoir, My Life Outside the Ring, Hogan talks about everything from his first break (literally) in the business to his VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best and the tabloid chaos that followed the end of his 23-year-long marriage.


How has your family reacted to the book?
I don't know. A friend asked about my wife and whether she's read the book and I said I really hope she has because her publicist is already responding for her. I talked with my son about it, and I talked with my daughter. They haven't read it yet, but they understand why I wrote the book. [After the divorce], I hit rock bottom. A lot of people didn't realize that with the carpet being pulled out from under me in such a short time frame I got to such a bad place. [But] I woke up and realized life is great and people are awesome and life is worth living. People are having a tough time nowadays and I wanted to pass the story along and say, "Hey, don't give up. Life is good. Just keep believing and pushing and things will get better."

The release of your book coincided with the announcement that you're getting back into the business, and not for World Wrestling Entertainment.When I woke up and realized I should be my own man and be responsible for being happy, I realized I still have a lot to contribute to the wrestling business. And jumping into TNA [Total Nonstop Action] and being a part of that company is huge. I have a chance to give back and help these young wrestlers who don't understand the business and the art form.

Why do you think this younger generation has changed?
The business moves so much faster now. It used to be if Andre the Giant and I had a feud, it'd probably play out six or seven months later at a big event. Nowadays, if Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan have a feud at 9 o'clock, it's usually over by 9:30. It's a story-telling art form to create emotion and drama and I just think a lot of that is lost.

You played bass guitar for nearly 10 years before becoming a wrestler. What was the switch like?
After watching wrestling for 20 years, I thought I had enough confidence to do it. There were no wrestling schools at the time. There were just six or seven huge 300- or 400-lb. wrestlers in a room, and to get in the business you had to take the livelihood away from one of them, take their place. So when I first went into the ring, they exercised me until I was ready to faint. And then they broke my leg.

I couldn't believe that was your first experience.
That's the way it was 30 years ago. I was a huge fan. We call them "marks." They hang around the wrestlers and all of a sudden go, "Oh my gosh, I want to be a wrestler too." So it was like an unwritten law of camaraderie or fraternity of wrestlers that you protected the business. If anybody dared say wrestling was fake, you'd punch 'em. And you never used the word show. If you used the word show it was an insult.

How do you feel films like The Wrestler have affected the popular perception of the industry?I thought it was great film, but as far as capturing the wrestling business it was a snapshot of a very small percentage of ex-wrestlers. It's not really how every wrestler ends up. It wasn't as intense as what the business is all about. And Mickey Rourke making so much drama out of cutting himself with a razor blade. Making a phone call from the dressing room is harder than cutting yourself with a razor blade. I've done that thousands of times.

In your book, you talked about steroids — how they were legal and really common when you first started out.
I just drank an iced tea here with lunch. If next year they say iced tea is worse than steroids, I'll probably quit drinking that too. But at the time it was legal, just like drinking an iced tea is legal. The baseball players, the football players, the hockey players — everybody I knew in every professional sport was using it to up their game, or to heal injuries, or to stay at their peak. And everybody thought it was safe.

You also mentioned that what the baseball industry is facing as far as government regulation is nothing like what pro wrestling faced in the early '90s.
The baseball thing is a joke. This has been a problem in baseball for as long as I can remember. I've got a lot of these guys' rookie cards and if you see the size of their necks and forearms compared to their size when they were first signed, it's pretty obvious that they've got a problem. For some reason everyone else has been under the microscope — wrestling, football, the Olympics — and now all of a sudden the baseball industry is going, "We had no idea," which is just insulting.


What do you think, looking back, about your decision to star in a reality show?
I think the show was good for our family. I was praying and hoping that it would be the glue that would keep my marriage together, but my marriage was already totally unraveled by the time we started filming.

What do you think about your daughter having her own reality show now?
I think it's a great vehicle if you want to be in the entertainment business to keep you visible. I'm not saying she should live and die by being a reality star, but I mean it beats just sitting at home waiting for something to happen.





http://www.time.com/time/arts/articl...933311,00.html



Concern Over Edge's Return for WrestleMania, WWE's New Hogan DVD
By Marc Middleton
Oct 29, 2009 - 2:13:16 PM


Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- As of last word, WWE was still scheduled to release the Hulk Hogan DVD set this week but people in the company wouldn't be surprised if Vince McMahon yanks it.






Posted in: WWE
Mickie James Hires Image Consultant, WrestleMania 26 Pre-Sale Party, Edge
By Amish Patel
Oct 30, 2009 - 12:22:11 PM


- Happy birthday to Edge who turns 36 years old today.

- There will be a special WWE WrestleMania 26 pre-sale party at Westgate City Centre from 6-10PM on Friday, November 6, giving fans the opportunity to purchase tickets for the PPV. Chris Jericho and Kelly Kelly will also be there to sign autographs.

- To help her pursue a country music career, WWE Diva Mickie James recently hired Nashville-based image consultant/stylist Lori Bumgarner. Here is a photo of the pair backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.




JR Blog: Lance Cade's WWE Return, Health Update, Heyman & Lesnar
By Marc Middleton
Oct 30, 2009 - 3:26:47 AM


Jim Ross is back with another blog on jrsbarbq.com. Here are some of the highlights:

- We got some medical tests back this morning which eliminated me having MS which was a relief. We had been waiting on that news for over a week. We have more tests scheduled next week as the process is essentially trying to eliminate issues that I might have but likely don't. The waiting process gets a little stressful and my wife is a Saint for putting up with my orneriness as patience isn't a virtue for yours truly.

- Good to see Lance Cade regroup and get back with WWE. Cade has size, athletic ability and the potential to be a really top hand and I hope that he makes it. Many of us have received second chances, or more, in our lives and I am a strong believer that second chances are a good thing. I hope that Lance realizes his dreams of becoming a main event level, WWE star and on a personal level I would love to see Cade in an issue with his mentor Shawn Michaels down the road.

- Did you know that Paul Heyman "consults" Brock Lesnar on selected projects? Strategic move by Brock who doesn't like to deal with matters of this sort. I hope the UFC Champion gets well soon and enjoys the holidays while preparing for his next fight tentatively scheduled for January 2010. If I'm still on IR, or whatever, I might try and make that one in Vegas.




Jim Ross Speaks On Bragging Rights, DX/Jeri-Show Feud On Horizon and His Health
By Amish Patel
Oct 26, 2009 - 10:17:25 AM


- Jim Ross' has a new blog up at http://www.jrsbarbq.com/ - below are the highlights:

* Surprising night for Smackdown. I would have lost my bet in that I was suggesting that one take Raw and lay the points. Shows what I know.

* A Jericho/Big Show vs. DX issue looms one would assume.

* Fatal 4 Ways can only have so many agendas and the biggest thing to come out of the World Title Match was the Batista-Mysterio issue which should make for some interesting Friday Night Smackdown. The big, disgruntled bully against the smaller underdog seems to be a dog that will hunt.

* I throughly enjoyed the 60 Minute Ironman Match and that was the match that I would have most loved to have participated in from an old school perspective. Cena and Orton rose to the occasion, in a physically demanding environment and told a magnificent story to bring the PPV to the close it needed. Loved the physicality and intensity as "going the hour" is a challenging piece of business. Cena is unquestionably and obviously the "Face of WWE" which is no revelation but was certainly reaffirmed Sunday night. Orton has raised his game to an extraordinary level and he's still not nearly as good as he is going to be considering his age and what lies ahead for the third generation wrestler. That's a scary thought.

* On a personal note, I am scheduled to get my MRI results late Monday afternoon of which I feel exprememly confident that I'll get good news.




WWE Says WrestleMania Brings Big Money To Host Cities (Press Release)
By Michael Bluth
Oct 26, 2009 - 12:05:55 PM


WWE issued the following press release today:

WrestleMania Makes Close to $50 Million for Host City

STAMFORD, Conn.--(Business Wire)-- World Wrestling Entertainment announced today that The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania generated a $49.8 million dollar economic windfall for the greater Houston area, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. Despite one of the biggest economic downturns in recent history, local and state governments collected $5.7 million in taxes. This follows the $51.5 million of economic impact WrestleMania XXIV brought to Orlando.

"Having the opportunity to host The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania was a huge honor and success," said Greg Ortale, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitor`s Bureau. "The direct expenditure demonstrates that WrestleMania is indeed economically on par with the world`s greatest sports and entertainment offerings."

"Our overarching goal with our public and private sector partners is to consistently provide positive economic impact for WrestleMania`s host communities and establish a lasting pro-social legacy, "said John P. Saboor, Senior Vice President of Special Events for World Wrestling Entertainment.

A capacitycrowd of72,744from all 50 states, 24 countries and seven Canadian provinces attended the pop culture extravaganza. Key highlights from the study included:

* $49.8 million of direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by non-locals visiting specifically for The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, equating to 600 full time jobs for the area.
* During WrestleMania Week, 86% of out of state, overnight visitors who came in for the festivities, stayed in local Houston area hotels. 67% stayed for three nights or more.
* Nearly 75% of fans that came to The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania from outside of Houston traveled by air.
* 23% of the fans that came from out of state were from California and New York.
* Nearly 65% of the fans that attended were between the ages of 10 and 34.

Next year, WrestleMania XXVI will take place March 28, 2010 from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 7 at 10 AM MT through the University of Phoenix Stadium box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The event will be broadcast live on pay-per-view, and viewed in more than 100 countries.

Enigma Research Corporation is an international consulting firm which specializes in measuring the economic impact of special events. Enigma`s economists developed a customized model which converted expenditures into economic impact, employment created and taxes generated as a result of the event.

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media company and recognized leader in global entertainment. With programming broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages, WWE provides 22 hours of weekly PG-rated programming domestically, in addition to 14 pay-per-views a year. Each week, 16 million people tune-in domestically to see WWE Superstars and Divas on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, ECW, and WWE Superstars` with millions more internationally. WWE holds more than 300 live events, entertaining over two million fans a year. The company`s brand extends across multiple platforms including: WWE Studios; WWE.com and WWEKids.com; WWE Magazine and WWE Kids Magazine; licensed merchandise; music and home entertainment. In addition, WWE "In Your Corner" is WWE`s charitable arm that focuses on literacy programs, civic engagement, military support and a 20+ year partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. More information on World Wrestling Entertainment can be found at http://corporate.wwe.com/

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, copyrights and logos are the exclusive property of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners
















Title: Mickey Rourke Wants to Wrestle for WWE, Recap of McCool on 'Fifth Grader'
Post by: wolfgang187 on November 05, 2009, 12:29:07 PM

Mickey Rourke Wants to Wrestle for WWE, Recap of McCool on 'Fifth Grader'
By Marc Middleton
Nov 5, 2009 - 3:11:03 PM


Sources: PWInsider.com and The Sun

- Eric Sturrock sent the following: Michelle McCool was on Smarter Then a 5th grader. McCool fell back to $2,500 twice on the show. In the final question she had $12,000 going in. McCool went for the final question for $125,000 if she got it wrong she would fall down to $2,500. The question was "What Animal is featured on the great seal of the United States? McCool answered "The Great Seal". The correct answer was The Bald Eagle. The show donated $2500 to the Make A Wish Foundation for her. Wasn't McCool a school teacher?

- The UK Sun today reports that actor Mickey Rourke wants another shot with WWE. This time Rourke wants to wrestle. Apparently he wanted to wrestle Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 25 but a contract he had for Iron Man 2 filming prevented him from doing so.

Biographer Sandro Monetti, author of a new book about Rourke titled "Mickey Rourke: Wrestling with Demons" told the Sun:

"Mickey has great respect for WWE owner Vince McMahon and says he is the man who turned wrestling from a sport for fat guys in speedos to a contest for superfit athletes."


Title: Re: Mickey Rourke Wants to Wrestle for WWE, Recap of McCool on 'Fifth Grader'
Post by: The Showstoppa on November 05, 2009, 12:39:37 PM
Mickey's time in the sun is over as far as wrestling. 


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on November 05, 2009, 12:45:11 PM
MTV Star Hosting WWE's Monday Night RAW Soon, Update on Booker's Student in WWE
By Marc Middleton
Nov 5, 2009 - 1:44:34 PM

 
Partial source: Wrestling Observer

- Steve Slocum, the student from Booker T's wrestling school that WWE signed, debuted in FCW recently under the name Jackson Andrews. They are billing him at 7 foot 1 inches and 340 pounds.

- Nikki Bella announced on her Facebook today that Rob Dyrdek of MTV's Fantasy Factory and Rob & Big show will be hosting RAW in the future.






Posted in: WWE
WWE Notes on Lauren Mayhew, Chris Jericho/Twitter and more
By Amish Patel
Nov 5, 2009 - 1:36:57 PM

 
- Lauren Mayhew and Vance Archer have been added to the ECW roster page.

- Chris Jericho posted the following on Twitter last night:

"Hey you ever wonder...wait am I gonna get in trouble?"

- Dinner Impossible on the Food Network will have a WWE-themed show on November 11th, featuring The Miz, Jim Ross and others.





Posted in: WWE
Investors like WWE earnings, WWE secures big partnership, Live events update
By Brian Cantor
Nov 5, 2009 - 11:49:29 AM

 
-- As of press time, WWE's stock was trading at 14.14, which marks a 4.42% increase over yesterday's close. While the broader market was up by about 1.5%, a portion of the price rise can undoubtedly be attributed to WWE beating earnings estimates and forecasting solid growth going forward.

-- In a conference call for its own earnings statement, WWE videogame partner THQ confirmed that it has renewed its license with the wrestling company through 2014. Under terms of the deal, THQ will apparently develop more WWE titles to capitalize on additional market opportunities.

-- With PPV revenue down year-over-year for Q3, it was live event revenue that drove the noteworthy increase--revenue rose from $20.3 million to $27.2 million. A good portion of that increase can be explained by an additional 5 international events; higher foreign event revenue comprised for $5.8 million worth of the incrase.




Brock Lesnar's Mystery Illness Revealed, Fight Postponed Again
By Michael Bluth
Nov 5, 2009 - 10:48:49 AM

 
UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was forced to pull out of his November 14th title defense against Shane Carwin because of illness. After some initial speculation that Lesnar had been suffering from the H1N1 virus (commonly known as swine flu), there's an update to the story.

MMA site BloodyElbow.com is reporting that UFC champion Brock Lesnar is actually suffering from mononucleosis, a viral disease that causes fatigue. It had been rumored that Lesnar would fight Carwin in January, but those plans are now off.

Shane Carwin has commented on the situation on his website:





WWE Changes Their Business Outlook - Plans To Cut More Costs (Press Release)
By Michael Bluth
Nov 5, 2009 - 10:19:33 AM

 
Following the release of WWE's third quarter financial results, the company issued the following statement this morning:

WWE, Inc. Announces 2009-12 Business Outlook
Expects 15% to 20% Earnings Growth

STAMFORD, Conn., Nov 05, 2009 -- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today issued a revised business outlook, targeting average annual earnings growth between 15% to 20% over the 2009 through 2012 period. The revised outlook is based on a comprehensive review of the Company's operations.

Vince McMahon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We believe we can achieve meaningful growth by strengthening our global expansion and television distribution, leveraging our new partnership with Mattel and continuing to improve operating efficiency. Through disciplined cost management, we expect our operating leverage to deliver outstanding earnings growth with even moderate increases in revenue."

George Barrios, Chief Financial Officer, added, "WWE's projected earnings growth reflects our focus on producing superior economic returns on the capital invested in our business and thereby creating value for our shareholders."

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) can be found at http://wwe.com and http://corporate.wwe.com/. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Notes:
1 The outlook above does not include the impact of any future merger or unplanned restructuring charges, the impact from sales and acquisitions of operating assets and investments, or the impact of taxes on the above items, that may occur from time to time due to management decisions and changing business circumstances. The Company is currently unable to forecast precisely the timing and/or magnitude of any such amounts or events.










Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on November 05, 2009, 12:51:20 PM
PPV Buyrates Revealed For SummerSlam, Breaking Point, Night of Champions
By Michael Bluth
Nov 5, 2009 - 9:54:26 AM

 
World Wrestling Entertainment has announced its 3rd Quarter 2009 financial results. You can read read the full report at Shareholder.com. The report is chock full of financial news that we'll be covering here throughout the day, but here's some data on WWE's pay-per-view buyrates from the third quarter:

* WWE Summerslam 2009 drew 369,000 PPV buys, down from 477,000 in 2008.

* WWE Breaking Point reported 169,000 buys. Last year's Unforgiven PPV, which Breaking Point replaced this year, did 211,000 buys.

* WWE Night of Champions reported 267,000 buys, up from the 196,000 buys that The Bash did in the same quarter last year.

Overall, WWE made $14.5 million in PPV revenue during this year's third quarter, down 10% from Q3 2008.





Truth on reports of Steve Austin possibly going to TNA, Latest on other names
By Brian Cantor
Nov 5, 2009 - 9:33:54 AM

 
When news broke that other names of pro wrestling prominence were expected to join Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in signing with TNA, Steve Austin's name jumped to the top of speculation lists.

But, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there is virtually no chance of it happening.

Austin is reportedly still under some sort of WWE contract that essentially pays him big money to not wrestle or otherwise perform for competing promotions.

Further, all sources maintain that Austin still does not want to impact his potential Hollywood career by getting into bed, full time, with a wrestling company.

-- Other names being discussed, according to F4WOnline: DDP still maintains that a TNA debut is not in the works, although his latest philosophy is that if his indy work goes well in the next few months that he might sign with TNA due to his friendship with Bischoff...as LordsofPain.net reported, JBL remains uninterested in a TNA deal...Nothing has been added regarding talk of Rob Van Dam being on a TNA/Hulk Hogan shortlist.





Kevin Nash Responds To Rumored TNA Suspension Claims
By Amish Patel
Nov 5, 2009 - 8:07:54 AM

 
- There have been strong rumors that Kevin Nash has been suspended from TNA after strongly criticizing the way the company handled Chris Sabin's ring injury last week. Regarding this, Nash has responded with a statement on his Facebook page:

"Thought I would clear up some internet bullshit. The reason I did not receive a letter from T.N.A was because this matter was discussed between President Dixie Carter and myself. I promise you it cost me money not a paid vacation at my beach home. I understand Dixie's reason for the action she has taken but stand by my reaction to what at the time appeared a serious neck injury to [Sabin]."



Names Being Discussed & Rumored for the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame
By Marc Middleton
Nov 5, 2009 - 1:55:23 AM

 
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- For what it's worth, names that have been discussed the most lately for the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame are Ted DiBiase, the Road Warriors, Demolition and Slick.

There are a lot of rumors about Ultimate Warrior, Lex Luger and The Honky Tonk Man being inducted also. Ron Simmons is also said to be a possibility.

Out of all these names, Ted DiBiase is considered the strongest possibility.



Vince's Reaction to the Hogan iMPACT Rating, WWE Wins Awards, Big Show, Bearer
By Marc Middleton
Nov 5, 2009 - 1:44:47 AM

 
Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- You can now follow Big Show on Twitter at twitter.com/no1knucklehead.

- The WWE website has added Paul Bearer to the Alumni section.

- WWE won an Outstanding Achievement in Web Development award from the Web Marketing Association recently for their WrestleMania website that was put up earlier this year. The SummerSlam sub-site from this year won a Gold W3 Award also, in the entertainment category.

- At a WWE creative meeting this past week, TNA ratings were brought up for the first time in a while. Apparently Michael Hayes brought up the low quarter-hour of last week's iMPACT with the Hulk Hogan announcement. Sources there say Vince's response was simply, "Ouch."




Rumor control on Big Show story, ECW rating, Post 'Mania plans
By Brian Cantor
Nov 5, 2009 - 1:19:27 AM

 


A scathing ESPN article on "Knucklehead," the upcoming WWE Films project starring The Big Show, has come under fire not for its obvious anti-WWE Films bias but for allegedly making a mistake in calling the film an MMA-themed movie.

While the MMA claim does contradict initial reports that the film would revolve around professional wrestling, it does not contradict WWE Corporate's statement on the film: "Written by Tom Sullivan & Bear Aderhold and Adam Rifkin, “Knucklehead” follows the on-the-road adventures of a trio of misfits – a naïve giant and church orphan-turned-amateur fighter Walter Krunk (BIG SHOW); former mixed martial arts champion-turned-manager Eddie Sullivan (MARK FEUERSTEIN); and church aide-turned-chaperone, Mary O’Connor (MELORA HARDIN) – fighting their way across the south to the annual Pro-Am mixed martial arts tournament in New Orleans."


This week's ECW posted a 1.0 rating.


The post-WrestleMania edition of WWE RAW will be held at US Airways Arena. Tickets go on sale December 5.













Title: Re: Mickey Rourke Wants to Wrestle for WWE, Recap of McCool on 'Fifth Grader'
Post by: funk51 on November 05, 2009, 01:03:28 PM
Mickey Rourke Wants to Wrestle for WWE, Recap of McCool on 'Fifth Grader'
By Marc Middleton
Nov 5, 2009 - 3:11:03 PM


Sources: PWInsider.com and The Sun

- Eric Sturrock sent the following: Michelle McCool was on Smarter Then a 5th grader. McCool fell back to $2,500 twice on the show. In the final question she had $12,000 going in. McCool went for the final question for $125,000 if she got it wrong she would fall down to $2,500. The question was "What Animal is featured on the great seal of the United States? McCool answered "The Great Seal". The correct answer was The Bald Eagle. The show donated $2500 to the Make A Wish Foundation for her. Wasn't McCool a school teacher?

- The UK Sun today reports that actor Mickey Rourke wants another shot with WWE. This time Rourke wants to wrestle. Apparently he wanted to wrestle Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 25 but a contract he had for Iron Man 2 filming prevented him from doing so.

Biographer Sandro Monetti, author of a new book about Rourke titled "Mickey Rourke: Wrestling with Demons" told the Sun:

"Mickey has great respect for WWE owner Vince McMahon and says he is the man who turned wrestling from a sport for fat guys in speedos to a contest for superfit athletes."
                                    rourke should wrestle flair for a years supply of geritol, got that vince can you say main event at wrestlemania. cha-ching.


Title: Re: Mickey Rourke Wants to Wrestle for WWE, Recap of McCool on 'Fifth Grader'
Post by: leonp1981 on November 05, 2009, 01:17:44 PM
Michelle McCool doing well there!   ::)  I'm not American and I knew that, so I must be smarter than a 5th Grader!

 ;D


Title: Re: Mickey Rourke Wants to Wrestle for WWE, Recap of McCool on 'Fifth Grader'
Post by: Playboy on November 06, 2009, 04:47:57 AM
Mickey Rourke belongs nowhere near a wrestling ring. End of story.


Title: Re: Mickey Rourke Wants to Wrestle for WWE, Recap of McCool on 'Fifth Grader'
Post by: wolfgang187 on November 06, 2009, 10:52:29 AM

A slight bump in ticket sales


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 07, 2009, 04:35:52 PM
Linda McMahon Says WWE Had "Significant" Steroid Problem (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Dec 7, 2009 - 7:15:18 PM

 
In an interview with political website TheHill.com, former WWE CEO and United States Senate hopeful Linda McMahon spoke about a number of topics pertaining to pro wrestling. McMahon acknowledged that steroids were a "significant problem" in WWE back in 2006 before the company relaunched its drug testing program. She says WWE's Wellness policy is "as good as it can be for today. But as technology advances and more is known and developed, we’ll continue to develop our policy, as we have done over the years.”

"Unlike football or baseball or basketball, where steroids can actually enhance performance, they do nothing to enhance performance in WWE,” McMahon said. She added that its mostly about a wrestler’s “charisma, the ability to connect with the audience, and how successfully they can act and perform within the storyline.” No mention about the long standing culture of freakishly muscular wrestlers getting pushed or the increasing pressure for wrestlers to stay in shape and maintain an HDTV-friendly physiques.

WWE legends Superstar Billy Graham and Bruno Sammartino have been very outspoken towards Linda McMahon since she began her Senate campaign. Graham recently told the Hartford Courant, "She may look like a Sunday school teacher, [but her] hands are as bloody as her husband’s, because she is aware of every move in the ring.” Linda called Graham a “self-confessed liar” and dismissed Sammartino as someone who has “still got sour grapes because he didn’t make as much money as the guys today are making." She said, “You’re going to always have the old-timers who are going to come out and say [things],” she said. “It’s just not like that.”




Segment Still Planned for RAW Tonight, WWE Star Talks About Becoming US Citizen
By Marc Middleton
Dec 7, 2009 - 5:44:51 PM

 
Source: PWInsider.com

- At last word this weekend, the little people's court segment with DX and Hornswoggle was set to take place on tonight's RAW from Dallas.

- WWE Superstar Vladimir Kozlov went through with the Oath of Allegiance in Florida today to become a US citizen. Kozlov said to FOX Tampa, "Oh to be a U.S. citizen has been like a dream for long time. When I was raised and born in Russia, I had [a] dream to come to United States because U.S. [is a] land of big opportunity. If you work hard, you can reach whatever you want."





Two Hollywood Guest Hosts Announced For RAW In January
By Amish Patel
Dec 7, 2009 - 5:20:18 PM

 
- The following was announced by World Wrestling Entertainment today:

Jan. 18, 2010 Raw Guest Hosts: Jon Heder & Don Johnson
Stars from the soon-to-be-released film When in Rome, Jon Heder and Don Johnson, will take center stage on Raw on Jan. 18 from Knoxville, Tenn. Known mostly from his role as the discomfited and unintentionally humorous main character in Napoleon Dynamite, Heder enjoyed tremendous success this decade in a variety of comedies. Johnson, meanwhile, who became a popular television icon in the 1980s when starring in the hit series Miami Vice, continues to be an admired Hollywood actor. Their new film is set to be released in theaters on Jan. 29.




Cena vs. Jericho For WWE Championship, Details On Low Ki's WWE Debut, more
By Amish Patel
Dec 7, 2009 - 5:09:54 PM

 
Source: PWInsider.com

- The synopsis for WWE Studios project "Big Red" is below:

"In 1965, as the world changes all around him, 12-year-old Andy Nichol comes of age when he's asked by his favorite teacher, Mr. Simon, to partner with school outcast Big Red for an English assignment."

- Chris Jericho vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship is being advertised for the RAW taping from Columbus, Ohio on 1/25.

- As of last week, the creative plan was for Kaval (Low Ki) to debut under a mask.

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WWE Talent Upset At Missing Iraq Tour, Former Diva Supports Gay Marriage
By Amish Patel
Dec 7, 2009 - 12:34:43 PM

 
Source: Wrestling Globe Newsletter

- Several WWE talents, including Diva Mickie James via her Twitter page, voiced their disappointment over not being booked for the Tribute to the Troops show in Iraq. With last week's show taped at the Balad Airbase in Iraq, the roster for the show was finalized months in advance as all talents are subject to FBI screening. Also, with all the production equipment and crew, there is limited space on the cargo plane.

- Former WWE Diva Lilian Garcia recently did a photo shoot for the No H8 campaign in support of same sex marriages.

Mickie James CURVEY ASS - Dedicated PHOTO GALLERY + *Spoilers* For RAW Tonight!

TNA Planning MAJOR Surprises For January 4th - Full Details (RVD? Flair?)

 
 
Linda McMahon Says WWE Had "Significant" Steroid Problem (Interview)
 
*SPOILER* for WWE RAW Tonight
 
Segment Still Planned for RAW Tonight, WWE Star Talks About Becoming US Citizen
 
Two Hollywood Guest Hosts Announced For RAW In January
 
Cena vs. Jericho For WWE Championship, Details On Low Ki's WWE Debut, more
 
WWE Talent Upset At Missing Iraq Tour, Former Diva Supports Gay Marriage
 
WWE Releasing a DVD Set on Shawn Michaels' Greatest Matches, Ted DiBiase News
 
WWE Superstar Taking Oath of Allegiance Today, WWE on Bluray News, Rey Mysterio
 
Batista Launches New Energy Drink, Tonight's RAW Main Event, The Marine 2 Extras
 
JR Blog: Umaga's Passing, Sheamus Reaching the Next Level in WWE and More
 

 
   
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WWE Releasing a DVD Set on Shawn Michaels' Greatest Matches, Ted DiBiase News
By Marc Middleton
Dec 7, 2009 - 5:07:22 AM

 
- Ted DiBiase will be signing copies of The Marine 2 at Kmart in Birmingham, Alabama on January 16th from 1-3pm. DiBiase will also be signing copies of the movie at Kmart in Columbus, Ohio on January 26th from 6-8pm.

- WWE will be releasing a three-disc DVD set for Shawn Michaels on March 9th, 2010. The set will contain Shawn's 25 greatest matches. The DVD has a runtime of 540



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WWE Superstar Taking Oath of Allegiance Today, WWE on Bluray News, Rey Mysterio
By Marc Middleton
Dec 7, 2009 - 5:01:04 AM

 
- Rey Mysterio will be signing copies of "Behind the Mask" at the Kmart in New York City on Thursday, January 21st from 5 to 7pm.

- WWE is releasing the 2010 Royal Rumble pay-per-view in standard DVD and Bluray formats. This is the first time a WWE pay-per-view event besides WrestleMania has been released on Bluray outside of Europe.

- Tampa Bay Online reports that WWE's Oleg "Vladimir Kozlov" Prudius will be taking the "Oath of Allegiance" at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida today. Kozlov will be there with 413 other people from over 74 countries to take the oath.



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Batista Launches New Energy Drink, Tonight's RAW Main Event, The Marine 2 Extras
By Marc Middleton
Dec 7, 2009 - 4:56:04 AM

 
- Batista was in the Phillipines this weekend to help launch a new energy drink called Xplode. Apparently he has some involvement in the company. Batista told Philstar.com that there is a movie coming out in 2010 that he has a small part in.

- Extras for WWE's The Marine 2 DVD with Ted DiBiase will include a look at the making of the movie, how Ted DiBiase got the role and an interview with his father, The Million Dollar Man. The movie hits stores on December 29th.

- Tonight's RAW from Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Arena will see Mark Cuban as the special guest host and feature the main event of DX vs. Chris Jericho in a Handicap match. Remember to join us later tonight for full coverage from Dallas.






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WWE Supershow Results from Monroe, LA 12/6/09
By Marc Middleton
Dec 7, 2009 - 4:52:52 AM

 
WWE Supershow Results
Monroe, LA - December 6th, 2009
Report by Chui, Matforums.com

- Tony Chimel is the ring announcer.

- Hurricane, Tommy Dreamer, Goldust and Alex Riley vs. Ryder, Archer, Zeke and Chavo Guerrero (with Rosa). Goldust over Ryder at 10:56 with his spinning brainbuster.

- Savannah is in the stands to quiz fans for front row seats. Question was where is Mania next year. Kid got it right.

- Sheamus cut promo. Sheamus vs. Bourne.

- Sheamus defeated Evan Bourne in 8:39 with the razor's edge.

- Jack Doane and Scott Armstrong alternate as referee.

- Christian vs. William Regal for the ECW title. Christian wins at 13:10 with the killswitch. Very good match.

- Place is fullest I've ever seen for wrestling. About 75% full.

- Drew McIntyre cuts a promo. McIntyre vs. Jimmy Wang Yang. McIntyre in 9:04 with a double arm DDT. Crowd was apathetic for this.

- Swagger vs. Kingston. Kingston is OVER. Kingston wins in 10:30 with the Trouble In Paradise after avoiding Swagger's Doctor Bomb.

- Chimel plugs the merchandise table. Some kids from the crowd display some shirts in the ring. Intermission.

- Jillian is guest ring announcer for Beth vs. Mickie. Jillian sings jingle bells until the bell rings to stop her. Jillian Hall's singing legit hurt my ears.

- Mickie James defeated Beth Phoenix in 6:51 with a swinging DDT.

- Legacy vs. Matt Hardy and Kane. Matt's pop in Monroe is usually huge, but today's wasn't as big as Kane's or Kofi's. Crowd is hot for this one. Kane over Rhodes in 13:59 with a chokeslam.

- Chimel thanks us for coming. Main event is Triple H vs. Randy Orton in a falls count anywhere match.

- Lots of heat for Orton and a deafening pop for Triple H. Orton brings in steps. Hunter does a drop toe hold onto the steps. Pedigree. Legacy runs in. Kofi makes the save. RKO to Kofi. Hunter hits Orton with the sledge hammer for the win at 16:50. Hunter and Kingston celebrate.

Big Taker Spoiler, Backstage TLC News, Amazing


JR Blog: Umaga's Passing, Sheamus Reaching the Next Level in WWE and More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 7, 2009 - 4:44:53 AM

 
Here are some highlights from JR's latest blog on jrsbarbq.com:

- The sudden passing of Eddie "Umaga" Fatu certainly put a damper on the weekend as Eddie's death on Friday came as a total shock to me. Eddie had moved his family to Houston a while back as many WWE performers now base out of the Houston area and some of them actually are neighbors. Nonetheless, when I think of Eddie I think of the many, many conversations that we had over the years and how they usually ended up with Eddie talking about his wife and children.

- Apparently, the #1 contender for the WWE Title Sheamus is getting a strong reaction on the road while the days are being counted down until the TLC PPV where the young Irish lad challenges John Cena for the WWE Title in a Tables Match. Getting to and staying put at the next level is not an overnight process and takes time. How much time? Good question. It depends on the talent and said talent's presentation and tools with which to work.

- Heard from Steve Austin this week and had to give him a football update as Steve and crew are really working hard trying to finish his current film in the cold, outdoor environment of Vancouver by Christmas. Apparently, this film is particularly physically demanding and has a provocative, action adventure plot.













Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 07, 2009, 04:38:53 PM
Dixie Carter Says 3-Hour Special Is "First Shot" At WWE, Crew Return From Iraq
By Amish Patel
Dec 6, 2009 - 10:18:01 AM

 
- TNA President Dixie Carter posted the following message via her twitter page:

"Hogan to debut Jan 4 in a live 3 hr iMPACT! special up against Raw. How's that for a 1st shot? Spread the word."

- The WWE contingent that went to Iraq for the annual Tribute to the Troops returned yesterday morning. For the crew, they were returning from the Middle Eastern heat to a snowstorm in Washington, DC.



News on Hulk Hogan, TNA vs. WWE, TNA will be live Jan 4, Official Press Release
By PainLord
Dec 5, 2009 - 10:09:19 PM

 
Hulk Hogan is at the UFC Ultimate Finale tonight, and he just officially announced that TNA will be Live on Monday Night Jan 4 as "they will go to war with the WWE" as he said. It was an interview with Joe Rogan. TNA President Dixie Carter and Eric Bischoff are at the show as well.

From Ryan in Baltimore MD.




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While watching The Ultimate Fighter finale, Hulk
Hogan was in attendance. Also, Joe Rogan did an interview with him and Joe asked
Hulk if he is ever going to step back in the ring, to which Hulk replied, "On
January 4th, TNA Impact! is going head to head against WWE on Monday night. You
never know when the red and yellow will hit the ring again".

- Kevin


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HULKAMANIA IS COMING BACK TO MONDAY NIGHT ON “TNA iMPACT!” LIVE JANUARY 4 ON SPIKE TV

Hulk Hogan’s First Live Appearance On Spike TV’s “TNA iMPACT” Will Be In A Special 3-Hour Live Episode Monday, January 4 At 8:00 PM ET/PT



The biggest name in professional wrestling history, Hulk Hogan, will make his first live appearance on Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling’s “TNA iMPACT!” in a live 3-hour special on Spike TV Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Hogan and TNA President Dixie Carter attended “The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights” Finale in Las Vegas where Hogan made the announcement in an interview with Joe Rogan.

“TNA iMPACT!” will be going against “WWE Monday Raw” on USA Network, the first time two wrestling companies have broadcast live head-to-head since the “Monday Night Wars” in the late 1990’s between WWE and WCW. This “iMPACT!” special will broadcast live from the TNA iMPACT! Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fl.

Hogan’s first appearance inside the six-sided ring of TNA Wrestling will follow weeks of speculation after Hogan and Carter announced their partnership on October 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hogan has hinted in various media interviews that he’ll have multiple surprises in store for TNA Wrestling fans.

“I knew when I signed with TNA, that it would be important to make a statement with the first episode. Going head-to-head on January 4th, makes the statement loud and clear: Game on!” Hogan said.

“TNA is kicking off 2010 in the biggest way possible with the biggest name in the history of our sport. Hulk Hogan is a pop culture icon, and his arrival will change not only TNA, but the entire professional wrestling landscape. We’re firing that first shot,” Carter said.

Joining Hogan for the three-hour live “iMPACT!” will be TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, “The Boss” Bobby Lashley and “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan.

“TNA iMPACT!” will resume its normal timeslot on Thursday, January 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT with an encore viewing of the live “iMPACT!” special.

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Superstars Rating, Matches for WWE's Troops Tribute, Theme for WWE's TLC, Arn
By Marc Middleton
Dec 5, 2009 - 2:45:50 AM

 
Partial source: PWInsider.com

- This week's edition of WWE Superstars on WGN America scored an 0.9 rating. The replay later on scored an 0.2.

- Arn Anderson has been added to the WWE Alumni pages.

- The official theme song for WWE's Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view is Bullet Soul by the band Switchfoot.

- The following matches were taped for WWE's Tribute to the Troops special that airs on NBC: MVP vs. Chris Masters, Mark Henry & Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk & Carlito, The Miz vs. John Morrison and Chris Jericho vs. John Cena.

R-Truth also makes an appearance as Santa Claus with the WWE Divas. According to reports, Vince McMahon did not make an on-air appearance at this year's show.

 
 iMPACT Rating, Updates on Hulk Hogan's iMPACT Debut, TNA's New TV Show and More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 5, 2009 - 2:35:56 AM

 
Partial source: F4Wonline.com

- TNA's action figures by Jakks Pacific will be released in July of 2010.

- This week's edition of TNA iMPACT on Spike TV scored a 1.0 rating.

- There is no timeslot or date confirmed yet for the TNA Epics series that will debut on Spike TV in January. The show has previously aired in the UK and is made up of older TNA matches.

- As noted before, the plan is to have Hulk Hogan debut at the January 4th TNA iMPACT tapings. Bubba the Love Sponge said yesterday on his show that Hogan would indeed be in attendance at those tapings in Orlando.



The Complete Interview With Dixie Carter, Comments On Hulk Hogan's TNA Debut
By Amish Patel
Dec 5, 2009 - 2:31:29 AM

 
- During an extended interview with Mike Tenay, Dixie Carter commented on Hulk Hogan's potential debut:

"I know everybody has been asking and we're all anxious," Carter said regarding Hogan. "but that question will be answered with in days. I promise."

Carter was also asked if she prefers the TNA product to be labelled as pro wrestling or sports entertainment:

"TNA is pro wrestling," she said. "I don't care what you try to call it, we are a wrestling company and our entertainment revolves around wrestlers wrestling and we're proud of that... Why does wrestling have to be such a dirty word?"

On Thursday's TNA "iMPACT!" (12/3/09) on SpikeTV, an exclusive interview aired with TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter in which she discussed Hulk Hogan, Sting, Jeff Jarrett and the future of TNA Wrestling. You can watch the complete interview below, including Dixie Carter answering fan questions from Twitter:


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Why Has Carlito Been Off WWE TV So Long? RAW Day After WrestleMania 26
By Amish Patel
Dec 4, 2009 - 9:13:29 AM

 
- According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the reason for Carlito's absence from WWE TV was because of "something bad that [WWE is] trying to keep quiet." It had been rumored that Carlito had not been on television because creative simply had no plans for him.

- "WWELIVE" is the pre-sale code for the RAW the day after WrestleMania 26, which will emanate from the US Airways Arena.



TNA Monday Rumors Continue, Hulk Hogan Changing the Six-Sided Ring?, More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 4, 2009 - 8:18:48 AM

 
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Prowrestling.net

- It's interesting to note that the DVD cover for "End Game" which starred Kurt Angle and former TNA Knockout Jenna Morasca promotes Angle as a WWE star with no mention of TNA. There is also no mention of Jenna's run in wrestling.

- Despite being advertised on the TNA Genesis poster, sources say Hulk Hogan is not expected to wrestle at the show. Hogan has been advised to hold off on wrestling for TNA until the time is right and the build is right.

- While nobody from TNA or Spike TV has teased this, people who are being recruited by the Hogan and Bischoff side are still under the impression they will be airing on Monday nights beginning January 4th or at least that the January 4th date will be live on Monday.

Hogan has also been telling people he wants to get rid of the six-sided ring. There is also confidence that Rob Van Dam and Ric Flair will eventually come to TNA with Hogan.


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Mark Cuban vs. Randy Orton and Legacy on This Coming Monday's RAW in Dallas?
By Marc Middleton
Dec 4, 2009 - 8:00:59 AM

 
- DallasNews.com is teasing that Mark Cuban may be wrestling at RAW this coming week as he will be the special guest host. Cody Rhodes has challenged Cuban to get in the ring at this week's show. It looks like they are playing off the RKO that Randy Orton gave Cuban back in 2003.

"We've had some guest hosts like Bob Barker who couldn't get in the ring, but Mark Cuban is a pretty active guy," Rhodes said. "I suggest that if he wants to get some payback on [Orton], he bring a couple of Cowboys or Mavericks to the ring on Monday and put his money where his mouth is. We'll have an old-fashioned six-man tag match."

Cuban's response to the paper: "What makes them think I would need any help? Orton got lucky one time. It won't happen again."


















Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 08, 2009, 04:47:52 PM
Jim Ross Blog: HBK Retiring At WrestleMania, His Health, Mark Cuban
By Michael Bluth
Dec 8, 2009 - 4:02:06 PM

 
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has updated his blog, which you can read in its entirety at JRsBarBQ.com. Some highlights:

HBK Retiring at WrestleMania: "We get emails all the time with fans assuming that WM26 will be HBK's last Wrestlemania. I have not heard that confirmed whatsoever and if it is true wouldn't one think that WWE would be preparing to make it a HUGE deal? In my mind's eye, Wrestlemania season officially launches at the Royal Rumble. I am excited about the Match 2010 release of the next HBK DVD which is a countdown of Shawn's Best Matches. Good luck in narrowing that list down to a three disc set."

Ross on his own health: "It's back to the doctor's today for me as I will be seeing a Rheumatologist today which is a first. I had to go on line to find out what a Rheumatologist does in their world of specialty medicine. However, I'm feeling better every day and remain upbeat and optimistic that I have not called my last match and that my next one might be sooner than some expect."

Mark Cuban: "Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban likely got cheered in the only major arena in America as the controversial, young billionaire is essentially one of the most vilified individuals in pro sports. Cuban is defiant, has been fined by NBA Commissioner David Stern many times and basically has been caught on TV court side acting like a tool. Nonetheless Cuban did a solid job on Raw and one could tell that the Mavs owner keeps up with the product or was tremendously prep."




Eddie "Umaga" Fatu Reportedly Headed Back to WWE Before His Death
By Marc Middleton
Dec 8, 2009 - 2:03:36 PM

 
- The Sun reports that the late Eddie "Umaga" Fatu was set to return to WWE by the end of the year of early 2010 had he passed a screening test. One source expected Umaga to return at the Royal Rumble.

Umaga had two strikes against him with WWE and was released this year after refusing to enter rehab. Had he returned to WWE, his previous two offenses would have remained.

F4Wonline.com also reports that Hulk Hogan wanted to bring Umaga to TNA following the Hulkamania tour last month. Apparently Umaga told people there was no way he was going to TNA and he was headed back to WWE



WWE Superstar Responds to Twitter Reports, Story Behind Maryse Fainting on RAW
By Marc Middleton
Dec 8, 2009 - 1:59:31 PM

 
Source: F4Wonline.com

- As seen on RAW last week, Maryse looked to faint after her Divas tag match with Melina and Gail Kim. The story behind her falling is that she was just really tired and blown up. She went to do her signature hair flip and realized she wasn't on the hard camera side so she just laid down and laughed about it.

- In response to the recent report that WWE talent weren't allowed to Tweet after midnight or talk about other promotions, Gregory Helms posted the following last week on Twitter: "Uh-oh! Tweeting after midnight! Don't believe everything you read kiddies. I even watched TUF tonight. Oh no!!!! This might blow the Tiger Woods story away!"




John Cena's New Movie, Former Superstars Blast Linda McMahon
By Michael Bluth
Dec 8, 2009 - 12:57:24 PM

 
- The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that several Hollywood names have joined the cast of WWE Films' next project, Brothers Keeper, starring John Cena. THR writes:

"Patricia Clarkson, Devon Graye, Madeleine Martin, Danny Glover and wrestling champ John Cena have been cast in "Brother's Keeper," a PG-rated family drama from WWE Films. Mel Damski ("Mischief") will direct a screenplay by John Posey about a teenage boy (Graye) who tries to reunite his mother (Clarkson) and estranged older brother (Cena) 10 years after the death of their father, a state college wrestling legend. A brilliant student with no apparent athletic talents, the teenager decides to join the high school wrestling team as a way to pull the family together.

- Politico.com has an article up that paints former WWE CEO and United States Senate hopeful Linda McMahon in a very negative light. The article includes quotes from several former WWE employees, who say it would be downright wrong for McMahon to reach such a high position of power in the United States government. Here are some quotes:

Joanie "Chyna" Lauer: “If there is a race to Capitol Hill, I hope she gets knocked off before she even starts."

Bruno Sammartino: “I would not vote for her because I know what she contributed to the wrestling world with her husband. The vulgarity, the nudity, the profanity, all that kind of crap — it bothers me.”

Llarry Zbyszko: “If the people in Connecticut are stupid enough to elect Linda, that’s their problem."

Superstar Billy Graham: “This campaign is the height of hypocrisy. I believe the voters and citizens in Connecticut deserve to be told the truth. In no way does she have a rightful place in the U.S. Senate. The fact that we were out there experiencing trauma and drawing in untold millions for the company [means] we should have at least had some sort of health insurance.”

The Blue Meanie: "We’re the guys out there sacrificing ourselves. You’d think they’d throw us a bone. Sometimes you wondered if they saw their employees as humans or farm animals It was like being in the circus. You’re shipped here, perform there; it’s almost like you’re disposable.”"

WWE’s lack of health insurance is at the heart of the wrestlers’ grievances. They allege that McMahon and her husband, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, ran a billion-dollar company that provided no health insurance for the wrestlers who put their bodies on the line to help turn the WWE into the global phenomenon it is today.





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Hulk Hogan Comments On Jeff Hardy, RVD & Kennedy Going To TNA (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Dec 8, 2009 - 12:06:54 PM

 
Thanks to reader Andrew for sending in the following live report of Hulk Hogan’s Monday appearance on Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show:

– Interestingly, he made mention of Rob Van Dam and how over he was in WWE. He said “politics” was the reason RVD was never as successful as he should have been.

– When Bubba mentioned Jeff Hardy, Hulk said he would “love to have Jeff Hardy” in TNA.

– Hulk said he has not spoken to Randy Savage or Scott Hall.

– Hogan said he has not spoken to Vince Russo. He once again said that if Vince Russo is able to come up with a great idea he would listen.

– He once again squashed rumors that he was only coming to TNA as a talent. He said that he would be the booker in TNA.

– Hogan said the writers will be in a “secondary position” in TNA and that if the workers have to have the writers to get over then they can “head up north [to WWE] where everything is scripted.”

– Hulk put over Umaga and Mr. Kennedy [Hulk called him Mr. Kennedy, not Mr. Anderson] saying they “tore it down” in Australia.

– Hulk told a story about when he was wrestling in San Francisco and met a then 3-year-old Eddie “Umaga” Fatu.

–Hogan said that the night before Umaga died, he spoke with him and told Umaga he would love to involve him in his plans for TNA, and that was the last time he ever spoke to him.

– Bubba mentioned that today is Ravishing Rick Rude’s birthday. Hogan put Rick over and said that he was really good friends with him. They spoke about some other topics including Hogan’s divorce and the Tiger Woods situation but that was the extent of the TNA and wrestling related topics that were covered.






Interesting Championship Stat on John Cena, WWE Goes Big on Yahoo in 2009
By Marc Middleton
Dec 8, 2009 - 12:07:34 PM

 
Partial source: F4Wonline.com

- WWE was the number three most-searched term on Yahoo in 2009 behind Michael Jackson and Twilight.

- If John Cena is the WWE Champion through January 14th, 2010, he will enter the top 15 North American wrestlers in the last 60 years who have held a major version of a World Title for at least 1,000 days.



Another Raw Guest Host Revealed, Bischoff Taunts WWE, TNA Remembers Umaga
By Michael Bluth
Dec 8, 2009 - 11:50:58 AM

 
-- The guest host for the final WWE RAW of 2008 on December 28th will be rapper and music producer Timbaland, according to PWInsider.com. Timbaland will be promoting his new album, "Shock Value II."

-- Eric Bischoff, who is joining Hulk Hogan in partnering with TNA Wrestling, has posted a message on Twitter hyping the upcoming Monday Night iMPACT! special on January 4th with a little jab at WWE. Bischoff wrote, "Was anxious to make the announcement about the Jan 4 debut. Been in the works for more than a month and a tough one to keep quiet..s*its on!" To read more of Eric Bischoff Twitter posts, click here.

-- At Monday's TNA iMPACT! taping from Orlando (airing this Thursday on Spike), Team 3D and Homicide paid tribute to Umaga with messages on their wrist tape.





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WWE Talent Cuts a Heel Promo Before RAW, Update on DX & Hornswoggle, Superstars
By Marc Middleton
Dec 7, 2009 - 11:27:12 PM

 
- WWE has released Hornswoggle's very own DX t-shirt for sale on their shop website. Speaking of DX and Hornswoggle, no word yet on why the little people's segment didn't air this week but it looks to be scrapped altogether.

- Jack Swagger vs. MVP was taped for this week's WWE Superstars before RAW tonight.

- The dark match before tonight's RAW in Dallas saw Chris Masters defeat Alex Riley with the Masterlock. Riley, wearing a letterman's jacket, cut a promo before the match about how he beat people up in high school and now does it for money in WWE.








Tonight's SmackDown/ECW Tapings, Umaga-WWE Notes, New WWE DVD Packages
By Marc Middleton
Dec 8, 2009 - 3:12:03 AM


- WWE is selling a DVD, t-shirt and dog tag package for The Marine 2 and a DVD & t-shirt package for the World Heavyweight Championship DVD on their shop website for $24.99.

- WWE has added Umaga to their Alumni roster.

- WWE will tape tonight's ECW with this week's Superstars and Friday Night SmackDown tonight in Houston, Texas. Announced for SmackDown this week is a street fight between Batista and Rey Mysterio. The Undertaker vs. CM Punk for the World Title is also being advertised. It will be interesting to see if WWE airs the Umaga video package that was being put together since it didn't air on raw.








Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Montague on December 09, 2009, 01:51:51 PM
- Politico.com has an article up that paints former WWE CEO and United States Senate hopeful Linda McMahon in a very negative light. The article includes quotes from several former WWE employees, who say it would be downright wrong for McMahon to reach such a high position of power in the United States government. Here are some quotes:

Joanie "Chyna" Lauer: “If there is a race to Capitol Hill, I hope she gets knocked off before she even starts."

Bruno Sammartino: “I would not vote for her because I know what she contributed to the wrestling world with her husband. The vulgarity, the nudity, the profanity, all that kind of crap — it bothers me.”

Llarry Zbyszko: “If the people in Connecticut are stupid enough to elect Linda, that’s their problem."

Superstar Billy Graham: “This campaign is the height of hypocrisy. I believe the voters and citizens in Connecticut deserve to be told the truth. In no way does she have a rightful place in the U.S. Senate. The fact that we were out there experiencing trauma and drawing in untold millions for the company [means] we should have at least had some sort of health insurance.”

The Blue Meanie: "We’re the guys out there sacrificing ourselves. You’d think they’d throw us a bone. Sometimes you wondered if they saw their employees as humans or farm animals It was like being in the circus. You’re shipped here, perform there; it’s almost like you’re disposable.”"



WOW!
They all happen to be people who are bitter towards Vince.
Shocker!

Ya know...
Before making any important political decisions that will affect your way of life, these are the people you should first consult:

Graham – drug abuser… 
Chyna – drug abuser & junkie/amateur porn star…
Meanie – didn’t he do a stint in rehab, too? 

I still say Bruno is just bitter over his kid not making it in the biz.
Larry is Bruno’s buddy, and maybe a little jealous himself that he never had that big run in the Fed.

I’d rather hear from some political analysts, economists, etc…
Give me Ben Stein or Wolf Blitzer - anyone who's somewhat intelligent and doesn't have a personal grudge against the McMahons.

WTF credentials does CHYNA have?
What light could she possibly shed on the political arena?


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 09, 2009, 08:29:33 PM

WOW!
They all happen to be people who are bitter towards Vince.
Shocker!

Ya know...
Before making any important political decisions that will affect your way of life, these are the people you should first consult:

Graham – drug abuser… 
Chyna – drug abuser & junkie/amateur porn star…
Meanie – didn’t he do a stint in rehab, too? 

I still say Bruno is just bitter over his kid not making it in the biz.
Larry is Bruno’s buddy, and maybe a little jealous himself that he never had that big run in the Fed.

I’d rather hear from some political analysts, economists, etc…
Give me Ben Stein or Wolf Blitzer - anyone who's somewhat intelligent and doesn't have a personal grudge against the McMahons.

WTF credentials does CHYNA have?
What light could she possibly shed on the political arena?






If you step back an think about it OUT of all the people that have ever worked for VINCE an LINDA those 5 wwef superstars in question are probably broke, they wont work real jobs an they'll do anything to book a tv spot on a talk show in order for them to get their rent money in check...........




wolfgang


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Montague on December 10, 2009, 02:41:15 PM
 ;)


Title: Re: Mickey Rourke Wants to Wrestle for WWE, Recap of McCool on 'Fifth Grader'
Post by: Smokincrazy on December 11, 2009, 07:59:10 PM
Mickey Rourke belongs nowhere near a wrestling ring. End of story.
He didnt belong in a boxing ring either   ::)


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 14, 2009, 01:58:42 PM
Correction and the real story behind UFC moving its PPV to WrestleMania weekend
By Brian Cantor
Dec 14, 2009 - 11:51:38 AM

 
Though a report claiming UFC has decided to move its UFC 111 pay-per-view from 3/13 to 3/27 is correct in principle, the context of the report offers a very misleading perspective on the matter.

While it is true that the new date places the Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy-headlined event on the same weekend as WrestleMania 26, there is more to the story than some wrestling outlets are suggesting. The event, which features one of UFC's most popular fighters in GSP, will make an impact on WrestleMania 26's buyrate, but UFC insiders, unlike the wrestling media, are not ignoring the fact that it will be a two-way street. WrestleMania is a stable annual performer for WWE, and its presence that weekend will return the favor by making a dent in the UFC show's performance.

More important is the fact that the original 3/13 date would have tentatively put the UFC show head-to-head with the planned Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao boxing match. UFC 103 was dominated in the buyrate game when it went head-to-head with Mayweather's last fight, and this particular boxing show will do more than twice as many buys (likely setting the buyrate record). GSP might be a bigger draw than UFC 103 headliners Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort, but he will not be able to overcome a boxing PPV of that magnitude.

The feeling is that a two-week barrier was the bare minimum needed to minimize the boxing show's effect on the buyrate, and even that might not be enough.

Plus, as F4WOnline.com noted, UFC President Dana White has cracked that he too wants to see the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and thus would not want to program against it.





Posted in: WWE
Jim Ross On Sheamus' Shock Title Win, How One Big Feud Lost Momentum and more
By Amish Patel
Dec 14, 2009 - 11:44:33 AM

 
-- The blog section of Jrsbarbq.com has been updated, with the highlights below:

Sheamus Winning The WWE Championship: "Sheamus upsetting John Cena to win the WWE Title was a MAJOR shock to me. I mentioned in an earlier blog on Sunday that I liked surprises, especially surprises that are logical and believable, and this surpirse was that and more and really caught me off guard. Good stuff. It reminded me somewhat of many years ago when Stone Cold was red hot and he lost the WWE Title to Kane in a 'First Blood' match. Sheamus' victory is a huge and bold step in the right direction for another, young talent. It will be interesting to see what sort of publicity is generated in Ireland as a result of Sheamus becoming the WWE Champion."

Orton vs. Kingston Feud: "Funny...but it seemed to me watching at home that the Orton-Kofi issue was hotter a few weeks ago than it was Sunday night on PPV. It just might have been the crowd getting restless or looking ahead to the TLC bout. However, I thought the match was really solid and I was surprised that Orton won. Nonetheless I think that Kofi accounted himself well and is 'this close' to being perceived as a full time main eventer. Even if Kofi had won I would have said the same thing. It just takes time to get to the next level but I do feel that Kofi has had some outstanding exposure on Raw the past few weeks especially around the time Kofi defaced Orton's NASCAR."

Last Night's Three-Man Announce Team: "The three man announce booth is challenging especially when the three man team doesn't regularly work with each other. I enjoyed the announcing of the trio tonight better than I did at the Survivor Serieswhich would indicate that Cole, Lawler, and Striker were more comfortable working with each other in San Antonio. 'Comfort' and 'finding one's zone' are crucial when broadcasting live TV."



CM Punk Talks About Luke Gallows, His Success In WWE and more
By Amish Patel
Dec 14, 2009 - 9:18:40 AM

 
Source: PWInsider.com

-- To promote the 12/19 WWE Tribute to the Troops special on NBC, The Miami Herald featured an interview with former World Champion CM Punk. Below are the highlights:

Luke Gallows: "Luke Gallows means money to me. It's the beginning of something. Who knows where it's going to be in six months. It's a different direction. I get to play a little bit more of a role of a teacher which is something I think I'm good at -- if somebody actually wants to listen. It's fun. I get to wear a lot of different hats now. It's interesting."

His WWE Success: "I've always just done my best and work really, really hard. Sometimes it pays off. Well, actually, it always pays off, but sometimes the pay off is immediate, and sometimes, even though you tried your best, you worked your a** off at something, it doesn't come your way. I get back on the horse and ride."

Tribute to the Troops: "When any TV show we do goes into production, they're always looking for moments. You hear the term WrestleMania moment. They're always looking for sound bites or clips they can put together in a video package that makes what we do really stand out, and without words convey why you should come to a WWE show, why it's exciting, why it's pop culture. When we go to Iraq or Afghanistan, there are so many sound bites and so many three second video clips of pure raw emotion. It's hard to leave stuff on the cutting room floor. One of my favorite moments every year is seeing the video package they put together. We have 12-15 talents going over there along with cameramen, sound guys, production crew. Vince [McMahon] goes over. We're a family when we're on the road going over there, and putting smiles on the troops faces is one of the greatest things that we do every year as a WWE family."


WWE Signs Ricky Steamboat's Son, Batista: I Walk Alone Airing January
By Amish Patel
Dec 14, 2009 - 9:10:30 AM

 
Source: PWInsider.com

-- Richie Steamboat, son of WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat, is due to begin a WWE developmental run and will shortly be heading to Florida Championship Wrestling. In the past two years, Steamboat has been sending his son to different areas to train and develop, including Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan and Harley Race's School in Eldon, Missouri.

-- InDemand PPV will be airing The Batista: I Walk Alone DVD documentary in January.



Posted in: WWE
UFC Make Move Which Could Hurt WWE And WrestleMania 26
By Amish Patel
Dec 14, 2009 - 9:03:48 AM

 
Source: PWInsider.com

-- In a move that is likely to upset World Wrestling Entertainment and possibly hurt their PPV buyrate, UFC have decided to move their 3/12 PPV in Newark, NJ to 3/26, which is the night before WrestleMania 26.

As reported yesterday, UFC is also going head-to-head with RAW on 1/11 when they plan to run a Monday night Fight Night Live event on SpikeTV. This will be one week after the 1/4 WWE vs. TNA head-to-head.



Superstars Beats ECW in the Ratings, Tonight's Slammy RAW, Errors at WWE's TLC
By Marc Middleton
Dec 14, 2009 - 3:58:23 AM

 
Partial source: PWInsider.com

- Mike sent the following: I caught several errors during the color at WWE TLC. For one, they said that the last time a WWE Champion was born outside the US was Yokozuna but they seem to have forgot guys like Edge or Bret Hart. Another was when Striker said it's been decades since the IC belt changed hands in Texas but it just changed hands at Wrestlemania 25 when Rey Mysterio beat JBL among other times.

- This past Thursday's episode of WWE Superstars on WGN America scored an 0.9 rating with the replay doing an 0.15. The first showing actually did better numbers than ECW this week.

- Tonight's three-hour edition of RAW with the Slammy Awards will air at 8PM EST from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas with Dennis Miller as the special guest host. Talent from all three brands will be at RAW tonight.



Posted in: WWE
WWE Talent Releases Rumored for 2010, Edge Getting a New Theme?, WWE-FCW Tryouts
By Marc Middleton
Dec 14, 2009 - 3:54:51 AM

 
Partial source: PWInsider.com

- More tryouts at WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling were recently completed. ROH star Rhett Titus was one of the talents taking part. No word yet if anyone was offered a developmental contract.

- It's rumored that Edge will have a new theme song when he makes his WWE return.

- Word is that WWE will be releasing several talents from the main roster come early 2010 to go along with the ECW and SmackDown brand changes.





Nash Teases Big Reunion, The Steiner Brothers Reunite, Bischoff Update and More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 14, 2009 - 3:29:07 AM

 
Partial source: F4Wonline.com

- Several readers sent word that the Hulkamania Australia program that was set to air on One HD this past weekend did not air. TNA's Explosion show aired instead. No word yet on why Hulkamania didn't air.

- Eric Bischoff has been in Nashville this past week working with TNA officials. There was a Christmas party for the company this past Friday night but no word yet if he attended.

- Dan from PWTweets.com sent word that Kevin Nash recently hinted at a reunion of X-Pac, Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and himself in TNA with the following Tweet: "might see PAC Hogan Hall and Nash on tna togather real soon"

- Rick and Scott Steiner reunited at last night's Prime Time Wrestling show in Belleville, Michigan. The Steiners defeated Beer Money in the main event after Rick hit his top rope bulldog.









Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 14, 2009, 02:10:46 PM
Posted in: TNA
Plans for TNA's Four-Hour Knockout Show, TNA Epics Debut Details, iMPACT Rating
By Marc Middleton
Dec 14, 2009 - 3:25:05 AM

 
Partial source: F4Wonline.com

- This past Thursday's episode of TNA iMPACT scored a 1.0 rating.

- The first episode of TNA Epics in the United States will air on Thursday, January 14th at 11pm, right after TNA iMPACT on Spike TV. The first episode will be hosted by Mick Foley and focus on Kurt Angle with interviews and highlights from his TNA career.

- The New Year's eve edition of TNA iMPACT on Spike will be a four-hour special on the Knockouts beginning at 7pm EST. Word is that TNA's planning a Knockouts tag team tournament for this night. They have reached out to several independent women's wrestlers to come in and Roxxi has been brought back to participate. Other surprises are planned for the show.



Note on Sheamus' WWE Title Win, More on Punk vs. Truth, Cuban Comments on TLC
By Marc Middleton
Dec 14, 2009 - 3:18:05 AM

 
Partial source: F4Wonline.com

- As noted before, R-Truth defeated CM Punk in the dark match before last night's TLC pay-per-view. Truth for the win with a small package after a GTS attempt in a match where Luke Gallows was banned from ringside.

- Sheamus was a "trending topic" on Twitter last night for a few minutes after winning the WWE Title from John Cena.

- Mark Cuban posted the following on his Twitter page last night after WWE's TLC: "Bummer that Sheamus won.. But remember I put him on the ground first !"



Jim Ross Speculates On Tonight's TLC PPV, 2009 Slammy Awards Update
By Amish Patel
Dec 13, 2009 - 6:09:02 PM

 
- Via his website, Jim Ross mentioned a three-man announce team tonight and said he thought Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin would open and DX vs. JeriShow would end the PPV, but wasn't totally sure.

- The 2009 WWE Slammy categories and nominations will now be announced tonight. It will take place during a live chat with Howard Finkel on WWE.com following the conclusion of tonight's TLC PPV.




Eve/Chris Jericho Appearances, WWE vs. UFC & Chris Masters' Pec Shaking Featured
By Amish Patel
Dec 13, 2009 - 1:05:05 PM

 
Partial Source: PWInsider.com

-- WWE Diva Eve Torres will be promoting The 'Tribute to the Troops' special on CNN American Morning at 6AM on 12/16. She will also be appearing with Chris Jericho on on Fox News 'Fox and Friends' AT 6AM on 12/17, while Jericho will also make an appearance on Jimmy Fallon the same day at 12:35AM.

-- UFC's next live Fight Night on SpikeTV airs the week after WWE goes head-to-head with TNA on 1/11.

-- Chris Masters' pec shaking was featured on this week's episode of The Soup, with Joel McHale showing a recent clip from RAW.












Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 14, 2009, 02:18:05 PM
Maryse Talks About Sheamus, Her Infamous Hand Flip, The Rock and more
By Amish Patel
Dec 13, 2009 - 12:54:17 PM

 
- Maryse was recently interviewed by SLAM! Wrestling with the highlights below:

On Sheamus: "Sheamus is really different,” she said about the challenger. “He’s got a really unique look. He’s so white, and with his red hair and beard, it’s so weird! John Cena is pretty white, but he looks really tanned compared to Sheamus. I like his charisma in the ring, his aggressive style, and he’s got a great bad guy personality."

The Infamous Heel Hand Flip: "I never planned on doing it,” she said about that particular taunt. “I just did it one night and it caught on. People would come up to me to take a picture and they’d ask me to do the hand thing. So I thought I should keep it. It’s not something I would do normally, it’s really the character."

Her Inspiration: "The Rock. Even though I’m a girl, I look at him as an inspiration. He was just amazing. He had a lot of range in his character, he had the crowd reacting every night no matter what he was doing. It’s really hard to do, and he did it really well."




Posted in: TNA, WWE
Hulk Hogan lowers expectations for TNA's battle with WWE
By Brian Cantor
Dec 12, 2009 - 4:04:28 PM

 
After being publicly linked to a 3.0 ratings projection for the upcoming 1/4 edition of TNA iMPACT!, Hulk Hogan scaled back his claims in an interview with the Toronto Sun.

"Jan. 4, we're going head to head with WWE," said Hogan. "We've got to pick a fight. I don't know what's going to happen that night. If we get bodyslammed by WWE, we'll get back and go at them again."

As WWE RAW rarely posts a rating in significant excess of a 3.0, there is no way TNA would be "bodyslammed" if it posted such a figure (in fact, as there is a finite limit to the pro wrestling audience size on Monday, a 3.0 rating for TNA would almost definitely mark a victory for the number two wrestling group).

Hogan thus appears to be lower the expectation for his initial impact, instead hoping analysts focus on the big picture benefit he--and those wrestling standouts who accompany him in TNA--will bring to the table.

Hulk Hogan makes his live TNA television debut during a special three-hour iMPACT! on January 4. The TNA show will go head-to-head with RAW for at least two hours that Monday.



The Latest Details on WWE Making Big Changes to the SmackDown and ECW Brands
By Marc Middleton
Dec 11, 2009 - 5:07:59 AM

 
Source: PWInsider.com

- With the record low rating for ECW this week, speculation regarding the show's future on SyFy remain. With the current TV deal expiring soon, WWE has been working to freshen the show up to help the ratings. There was talk of a magazine style show that didn't work out. One recent idea was to drop everything ECW related and focus the entire show on new talents from the brands.

Changes are still being discussed for the SmackDown brand but word is that there won't be any major decisions made until after the first of 2010.




Bobby Lashley officially inks multi-year deal with major MMA group
By Brian Cantor
Dec 11, 2009 - 12:50:22 AM

 
A press release Thursday confirmed that TNA wrestler and former ECW Champion Bobby Lashley has signed a multi-year deal with Strikeforce, the number two mixed martial arts promotion in America.

Lashley will make his debut against a presently-undetermined opponent on January 30 at Florida's BankAtlantic Center. The fight will air as part of a live broadcast on Showtime.

"I'm looking forward to fighting for Strikeforce and challenging myself by taking on some of the top heavyweights in MMA," said Lashley.

Though Strikeforce's roster is viewed as considerably thinner than that of mixed martial arts leader UFC, the company does have contractual rights to Fedor Emelianenko, who many consider to be the world's top heavyweight fighter.


Shawn Michaels Says He's Taking Time Off After WrestleMania (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Dec 10, 2009 - 3:22:42 PM

 
Amid speculation that he will be retiring after WrestleMania, WWE Raw superstar Shawn Michaels spoke to MySanAntonio.com this week and implied that he might be taking another extended hiatus from WWE after WrestleMania 26 min MArch.

"I take four months off in the summer and just spend time with the family," Michaels said. "It's a tough line of work. Those injuries hang around longer and those injuries are tougher to deal with. When I stop, my body will have an opportunity to heal and rest. That comes along with the territory."

Michaels took four months off after his match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 earlier this year and now that he's back still only works a limited schedule.

"I actually don't have to take on the schedule that the other guys have to take on," Michaels said. "I wrestle more on a part-time basis."


Sheamus Talks About His Path To WWE, Sunday's TLC PPV & More
By Michael Bluth
Dec 10, 2009 - 3:46:16 PM


Raw superstar Sheamus, who will square off against WWE Champion John Cena this weekend in a tables match at the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view, was recently interviewed by IrishCentral.com and spoke about life on the road, his training regemin what his Irish heritage means to him, his career aspirations, the road that led him to WWE and more.

The 31-year-old Dublin native, whose real name is Stephen Farrelly, is actually a former IT professional, actor, and security guard.

When asked about his match against John Cena at Sunday's TLC PPV, Sheamus said, “There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m going to walk out of TLC as WWE champion. I’m ready. I want to make history. I want to be the first Irishman to become WWE champion — and I will," he said. "I’m going to put Cena through a table. I’ve already done it once and I’m gonna do it again. All the time I’ve been with WWE, I’ve been making statements, you know what I mean? I retired Jamie Noble. The fella can’t even walk properly. I’m not a nice guy!”

Sheamus explained that his path to WWE was unlike most of today's young superstars. “I wanted to do this my whole life. I did whatever it took to get noticed and get experience. I traveled in shows throughout Ireland, the U.K., Italy and Portugal. I honed my craft and proved my experience. People said I was crazy, I was working all the jobs back home. But anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”

















Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 14, 2009, 02:35:39 PM
Posted in: TNA
Hulk Hogan Predicts His TNA Debut Will Draw a 3.0 Rating
By Amish Patel
Dec 10, 2009 - 12:40:12 PM

 
- The following release was sent out by the Right After Wrestling show on Sirius radio today:

HOGAN SAYS THAT TNA IMPACT RATINGS WILL "TRIPLE" ON JANUARY 4

When interviewed by Arda Ocal and Corey Erdman of the "Right After Wrestling" program on SIRIUS 98, Hulk Hogan predicted that Nielsen ratings would triple to a 3.0 on his debut appearance on TNA Impact on Monday January 4. Hogan went on to list names such as AJ Styles and Matt Morgan as guys with "something there" and that he will look to mold and "bring to life".

The full interview will air on "Right After Wrestling" on Monday night December 14 at 11pm EST on SIRIUS Channel 98, Hardcore Sports Radio.


Posted in: WWE
WWE Diva Out of Action with Injury, Latest Details on Shane McMahon Leaving WWE
By Marc Middleton
Dec 10, 2009 - 3:17:35 AM

 
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- RAW Diva Alicia Fox suffered a dislocated shoulder at the WWE live event on November 28th in Johnson City, TN. She will be out of action for a few weeks.

- Shane McMahon has not been working for WWE since announcing his resignation, which takes effect January 1st. It's said that morale is the lowest with workers in the office since anyone can remember. One person close to Shane says that him leaving WWE had to do with being passed over for power and that he was tired of being humiliated publicly by Vince.






Marijuana Use Down on WWE's SmackDown Brand, PPV Promos at WWE Live Events, Hart
By Marc Middleton
Dec 10, 2009 - 3:12:28 AM

 
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- WWE are now having talents cut promos at live events to build up their matches at the next pay-per-view.

- WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart is about to become a grandfather at 52. His oldest daughter Jade is pregnant with a baby girl and due this coming May.

- Reports are that marijuana usage on the SmackDown brand is down and one wrestler described that side side as clean. Most feel that the $2,500 fines aren't worth it. Word is that there were a number of recent pot failures on the RAW brand, enough that it was an issue being talked about.





Heat on a Second Generation Star, Former WWE Superstar Retires, RAW vs. UFC
By Marc Middleton
Dec 10, 2009 - 3:05:03 AM

 
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- Former WWE star Armando Estrada wrestled his retirement match against Ken Kennedy at a Great Lakes Championship Wrestling show last weekend. Estrada has had success with his Baby's Steak & Lemonade restaurant in Glendale, AZ and is looking to franchise the brand.

- WWE and UFC will go head-to-head on Monday, January 11th as RAW will air up against Fight Night.

- Reports from Harley Race's recent training camp regarding the daughter of Curt Hennig, Amy, were not positive, except for her athletic ability which was praised. Some veterans have stopped giving her advice with the feeling that she doesn't listen. It was said that she could hang in the ring with any guy at the camp but her attitude is causing problems. Her brother Joe got the exact opposite at the camp. It's said that Amy wants to make it on her father's name and Joe does not.



Posted in: WWE
WWE Close to Signing Tour of China, Video Preview for Chuck with Steve Austin
By Marc Middleton
Dec 9, 2009 - 9:07:58 PM

 
Source: PWInsider

- WWE is close to finalizing a deal for their first tour of China in 2010.




Frustration in TNA Regarding Changes, Hogan Update, Rumor on Another TNA Tourney
By Marc Middleton
Dec 10, 2009 - 2:54:44 AM


Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- Hulk Hogan was hurting really bad during the recent Hulkamania tour of Australia which is why from the second night on they were doing run-ins early in the match. Hogan's hip went out during the match with Ric Flair in Melbourne and he couldn't do much from that point on.

- There is a lot of frustration within TNA right now because nobody has been given anything but a very basic outline of what's going to happen in a few weeks. The creative situation with the TV tapings this week was done with no idea given as to where everything is headed.

- Roxxi returns to TNA on next week's iMPACT in a match against ODB. There is talk of bringing back more Knockouts soon for a Knockouts Tag Title tournament at the tapings at the end of December.








Posted in: WWE
WWE's ECW show posts its worst rating in history
By Brian Cantor
Dec 9, 2009 - 8:10:32 PM

 
In yet another scary piece of news regarding the ECW brand, Tuesday's episode dropped to an all-time low 0.8 rating.

With an average viewership of just 1.06 million, according to PWTorch.com data, the show was the least-viewed timeslot airing in the show's history, including any airings that coincided with a holiday.

Talk on the Internet in recent weeks has concerned plans to overhaul the brand, and if the show keeps posting ratings like this, such an aggressive effort would appear to be an absolute necessity.






Posted in: WWE
WWE's ECW show posts its worst rating in history
By Brian Cantor
Dec 9, 2009 - 8:10:32 PM

 
In yet another scary piece of news regarding the ECW brand, Tuesday's episode dropped to an all-time low 0.8 rating.

With an average viewership of just 1.06 million, according to PWTorch.com data, the show was the least-viewed timeslot airing in the show's history, including any airings that coincided with a holiday.

Talk on the Internet in recent weeks has concerned plans to overhaul the brand, and if the show keeps posting ratings like this, such an aggressive effort would appear to be an absolute necessity.



Vince's thoughts on TNA's Monday show, Major WWE name to miss crucial RAW?
By Brian Cantor
Dec 9, 2009 - 3:17:28 PM

 
-- PWInsider.com reports that Vince McMahon has not openly reacted to TNA's announcement that it will run a live show on Monday, January 4.

McMahon has generally been no-selling anything involving TNA's recent attempts to wage war with WWE, so his lack of public reaction here fits the pattern.

There similarly has been no definitive plan made to turn the show into a three-hour special, although most assume that announcement will come.

Interestingly in WWE's case, John Cena, the company's most popular star, is expected to miss the show due to a coin flip obligation at the Fiesta Bowl. He might appear in a taped segment.










Details On WWE's Drug Testing Policy and Offending Talent, Kelly Kelly Note
By Amish Patel
Dec 9, 2009 - 1:02:24 PM

 
- Regarding WWE's policy on returning talent to the company with "strikes" from previous Wellness Policy breaches, here is the official WWE statement: "Any WWE talent who leaves the WWE for any reason with a first or second violation on his/her record will maintain those strikes if he/she returns to the WWE."

The policy also states: "A WWE Talent who is terminated by the WWE for a third violation will be prohibited from returning to the WWE for at least one year."

The statement above would currently apply to Chris Masters, William Regal and Jeff Hardy.

[Source: TheSun.com]

- Kelly Kelly will be swapping Tampa for Miami, Florida, she announced via her Twitter page.











Posted in: TNA
Hulk Hogan Cancels Appearance On The Surf Last Night
By Amish Patel
Dec 9, 2009 - 12:59:59 PM

 
Transcript Source: Erjus Resuli and Pwinsider.com

Hulk Hogan was supposed to be a guest on The Surf last night here in Canada, which is a live show, but they announced that he had an interview earlier and was coughing a lot, therefore couldn't make it on the show. Apparently he came down with a bad cold from Australia.

The host was wearing a yellow shirt and red tie and the backstage crew were all decked out in red and yellow Hulk gear. About halfway through the show they revealed that Jimmy Hart, who was thought to be making an appearance as well, also backed out. The host said it was odd how he couldn't make it considering how willing they were to provide transportation for him.

The interactive producer John Pollock called in and said he had talked to Hulk who sounded sick during the interview. He said Hulk claimed he had a problem with a lot of the people currently in TNA, some of who he had worked with before, particularly the writing staff and Russo. Hogan apparently said he was going to be assessing everyone and wouldn't have a problem walking out on TNA if he has issues with the way things are run there.

Hogan was apparently critical of Bischoff's work in WCW as well during the interview, to which the host said was odd because Bischoff has been the shining light for Hogan whenever he was in need. I don't know if Hogan was being "truthful" or doing a worked shoot for the interview.

They also talked about Hogan's financial issues with the divorce and said how his new book was by far better than the old one.



Posted in: TNA
Kurt Angle Injured, Knockout To Pitch Reality Show Idea, Christy Hemme Update
By Amish Patel
Dec 9, 2009 - 11:05:01 AM

 
Source: Wrestling Globe Newsletter

- Lisa Maria Varon (Tara in TNA) is pitching a reality series about her, as a professional wrestler, in Los Angeles today. She said her show will chart the crossover from pro wrestling into Mixed Martial Arts.

- Kurt Angle tweaked his back again at the weekend house shows, which is why he didn't compete on the iMPACT! tapings this past week.

- Christy Hemme will be returning to television soon in in an interviewer capacity. Her neck is reportedly still in a bad state.





TNA Promotion Charge Continues, Major Advertising In New York City
By Amish Patel
Dec 9, 2009 - 9:35:51 AM

 
- On her Twitter account last night, TNA President Dixie Carter had the following to say:

TNA's 1st Times Square billboard goes up tomorrow in NYC. TNA package of goodies to the 1st person who tweets me a pic!

- It's likely the billboard will be promoting TNA's iMPACT! special on January 4th on SpikeTV, or it could be for the Final Resolution PPV or just a general TNA advertisement.




Information on Private & Public Viewings for Edward 'Umaga' Fatu
By Marc Middleton
Dec 9, 2009 - 12:11:24 AM

 
- A private viewing for Edward "Umaga" Fatu will take place on December 18th and a service open to the public will be held on December 19th in Las Vegas at the Davis Funeral Home on S. Eastern Avenue. The phone number for the funeral home is 702-736-6200.

Flowers and cards can be sent to the following address:

Davis Funeral Home
6200 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV. 89119-3175







ROH Final Battle 2009 - New Match Added & New Promo
By E L Farrell
Dec 8, 2009 - 8:46:45 PM

 
ROH is proud to debut a new commercial for its first GOFIGHTLIVE.TV PPV – Final Battle 2009 airing on December 19th, 2009 at 7:30pm.

ROH Final Battle 2009 - LIVE on PPV (GoFightLive.tv)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2amkrAYTomg



ROH World Championship Match – MAIN EVENT

Tyler Black (Challenger) vs. Austin Aries (Champion)



ROH World Tag Team Championship

Briscoe Brothers (Challenger) vs. American Wolves (Champions)



And just added to the card by order of Jim Cornette

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E0PhKum6kY


The Rematch

Eddie Kingston vs. Chris Hero



In preparation for his match with Hero, a special web exclusive match featuring Eddie Kingston

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS47uFvwaG0


More information about Final Battle 2009 available at www.rohwrestling.com and www.gofightlive.tv






Monday Night RAW Rating for This Week's Show with Mark Cuban as Host
By Marc Middleton
Dec 8, 2009 - 7:33:23 PM

 
Source: PWInsider.com

- Last night's edition of WWE RAW with Mark Cuban as the special guest host did a 3.2 cable rating.

The show did hours of 3.18 and 3.28. Monday Night Football on ESPN this week did a 9.7 rating, down from recent weeks.








































Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 15, 2009, 01:37:46 PM
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MTV Mocks Batista, Vince McMahon Named On "Most Influential" List
By Michael Bluth
Dec 15, 2009 - 1:25:06 PM

 
-- WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has been named one of the Top 100 People in the cable industry by CableFax magazine. He earned the #40 spot. To see the full list, visit CableFaxMag-Digital.com.

-- At Monday's WWE Slammy Awards, Batista interrupted Maria's acceptance speech for Diva of the Year in what appeared to be a parody of the infamous Kanye West - Taylor Swift incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. "That's great, congratulations, I'm really happy for you," Batista said. "No disrespect, but let's talk about the greatest award ever: The Screwjob of the Year award, which goes to me! I got robbed last night. I should be World Heavyweight Champion, and I should be up for the Superstar of the Year award." MTV writer Kyle Anderson implied the joke is dated and has been done to death already on countless award shows since the VMAs






President Obama To Appear On Saturday's Tribute To The Troops Special
By Michael Bluth
Dec 15, 2009 - 11:41:40 AM

 
WWE issued the following announcement today:

President Obama To Deliver Special Holiday Message to the Troops this Saturday on NBC’s `WWE Tribute to the Troops’ Holiday Special

The holiday season is approaching and once again World Wrestling Entertainment® in conjunction with NBC will honor the United States Armed Forces. Taking ‘the reins from Bob Hope,’ Vince McMahon and the WWE Superstars and Divas traveled to the Middle East for the seventh consecutive year to put smiles on the faces of the men and women of the U.S. military.

The hour-long holiday special will air this Saturday, December 19 at 9:00 PM ET /8:00 PM CT on NBC.

President Barack Obama via tape will deliver a special Holiday message to the troops. In addition, General David H. Petraeus, Commander, U.S. Central Command, will also deliver his holiday wishes.

WWE Tribute to the Troops chronicles the three days that the WWE Superstars and Divas visited multiple forward operating bases to meet the troops, culminating with a special live performance in front of thousands of military personnel. The WWE makes its annual pilgrimage in recognition of the sacrifices made by our nation’s service men and women and to thank the troops for their commitment to our country.





New DVD Cover & Official Synopsis for WWE's Upcoming 'Best of RAW 2009' DVD Set
By Marc Middleton
Dec 15, 2009 - 8:02:12 AM

 
- As noted before, WWE will be releasing a RAW: Best of 2009 DVD on January 26th, 2010. It will be a three-disc set with a run-time of 540 minutes. Below is the official synopsis and DVD cover for the new release:

"Every Monday night, fans know there’s only one destination for the biggest superstars and best moments in sports entertainment—Monday Night Raw! The Superstars of WWE deliver new and exciting content year round—no repeats. Now for the first time ever on DVD, the best highlights and matches from the 100+ hours of Raw are collected into a single DVD set, Raw: The 2009 Season."












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More on WWE and Bret Hart, WWE Working on New Project with The Hart Foundation?
By Marc Middleton
Dec 15, 2009 - 7:43:52 AM

 
- Jim Neidhart said at an autograph signing this past weekend in Long Island, New York that WWE is working on a DVD looking at The Hart Foundation, likely the whole family and not just Neidhart and Bret Hart's tag team. Apparently Neidhart just finished shooting some interviews for the project.

With WWE teasing a return by Bret Hart on last night's RAW, this adds to the speculation that Bret might be returning to WWE in some fashion.




WWE Employees Cash In Big, JR-WWE Update, ECW vs. TNA Wrestling Times, Danielson
By Marc Middleton
Dec 15, 2009 - 7:36:07 AM

 
Source: F4W Newsletter

- Jim Ross is expected to re-sign his WWE deal as early as this week.

- Bryan Danielson is still in Las Vegas working out and waiting on the call from WWE to come to work.

- Michael Solomon, a member of WWE's Board of Directors, cashed in all of his stock last week, taking in more than $20 million. Apparently he was unhappy with the way certain things were being run and got out. John Laurinaitis also cashed in $155,000 of his stock.

- Last week, ECW on SyFy had 17 minutes and 45 seconds of wrestling including a 10 minute and 57 second main event. TNA on the same week had 26 minutes and 34 seconds of wrestling. That broke down to 9 minutes and 21 seconds in the first hour and 17 minutes and 14 seconds in the second hour, including a 4 minutes and 49 second main event.



Another Star Enters Rehab Paid for by WWE, Match for Tonight's WWE Taping & More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 15, 2009 - 7:40:20 AM


Partial source: F4W Newsletter

- WWE taped MVP vs. Jack Swagger last night before RAW for this week's episode of WWE Superstars on WGN.

- WWE will tape tonight's ECW and this week's Friday Night SmackDown tonight in Laredo, Texas. An appearance by Kane and The Hurricane vs. The Ripper has been announced for ECW.

- Apparently Sherri Shepherd recently said on The View that she's no longer "dating MVP" and that "we're just friends now."

- Former WWE star Matt "Doink" Borne recently completed a stint in WWE sponsored rehab. He will be meeting with the company soon about an agent job.







Hulk Hogan on The Main Event interview recap
By The Main Event
Dec 14, 2009 - 11:29:08 PM

 
MainEventRadio.com
HULK HOGAN INTERVIEW RECAP – DECEMBER 13TH 2009

Hulk Hogan Interview Recap: Hulk Hogan stepped into the Main Event this week to speak about what made him want to go to TNA, the changes he would like to see implemented, Dixie, Russo, finally gives an answer to the longstanding question of why WWE prevented Hogan/Flair from happening at WM8, dealing with adversity, and much more in this 20 minute discussion!

SHOW: The Main Event, Sundays on CJLO 1690AM in Montreal
HOSTS: Ryan Rider and the Viz

Can Be Downloaded At: MainEventRadio.com, on Itunes, or via YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GavMYDir3K0


Q: You are listening to the Main Event Radio show, my name is Ryan Rider, with me I have the Viz. 2010 is just a few weeks away and it’s shaping up to be a huge year for professional wrestling. The biggest story has got to be the acquisition by TNA Wrestling of the legendary icon, the Immortal Hulk Hogan. And now for the second time, I’d like to welcome on the line none other than the Hulkster himself, Hulk Hogan welcome to the Main Event!



A: Man, are you guys talking about me again? I’m doing good, really good. Just got back from a little Hulkamania tour in Australia, and I’m getting my momentum back, brother.



Q: The last time you joined our program you spoke about how you were watching TNA and that they needed that one momentum shifting move. Now, three years later it has finally happened – you’ve signed on the dotted line. Looks like you are going to give Vince McMahon a run for his money one more time. What can we expect from the partnership between you, Hulk, and TNA?



A: We kind of like made that announcement at the UFC in Las Vegas that we are going to go head-to-head on Monday nights. I think the fans want to see those Monday Night Wars again like 10-11 years ago. The fans need a choice and the talent also needs a choice. Me partnering up with Dixie Carter, I’ve got a set of fresh eyes. I’m not all about the writers and the writers telling you what to say. I’m not about going to the arena and having somebody go, “here’s your agent Gerald Brisco or your agent Pat Patterson”. I’m not about talking 4-5 hours about a 10 minute match. The way I feel is that if these guys can’t talk and they can’t wrestle they outta pack their bags and head up north.



On the Writers: "The writers have a place. They add like icing on the cake. I understand protocol and blocking shows and segments and I understand why they're necessary, but this is a talent-driven business. There's a feel; there's an 'it' factor for this. I want to give these wrestlers life and find themselves and become larger-than-life characters. Really do this wrestling business the right way instead of like a bunch of robots that are interchangeable parts and if somebody gets hurt, you replace the wrestler with another wrestler who used to work at Walmart. It’s gotta change."



Q: So what made you decide to finally decide to get the ball rolling and sign with Dixie?



A: The truth is I’ve been talking to her on and off for 4 or 5 years. I had a tough couple of years. I lost my family, financially I got wiped out, I had three back surgeries. It was so toxic and such a negative relationship at home for 23 years. That was kind of like the first half of the game – I did some good stuff in the first half of the game and there was a lot of negative stuff in my personal life. Now this is the second half of the game and I’ve decided to take the high road and go back to work, get back on track. I had the choice to go the route of reality TV or more kids movies or the wrestling business. The partnership with Dixie Carter was both self-serving and it was also necessary for me and it's in my blood. When they told me I could turn this thing upside down instead of just coming in as a talent and wrestling - and coming in with 'Vince McMahon' control - then I’m interested.



I wasn't going to just to come in as another wrestler and we do half-a-number this week, then after three or four weeks of seeing the shirt ripped off and the leg dropped, then nobody cares anymore. But if it was to really come in and see who can go and who can't - and I'm not coming in with an edge; everyone has something to contribute whether it's Vince Russo, the other writers, all the wrestlers. I want to hear what they have to say because I learn from everybody. And the people who can’t pull their own weight, they will be gone. So I’m excited about going there.



Q: On January 4th Live on SpikeTV TNA Impact is going head to head with Raw for a Monday Night War 2.0. What do you think their chances are going up against WWE’s flagship show?



A: Vince is going to throw everything he hast you. I just went to the Australian Tour and he did everything he could to upset the apple cart. He thinks he is the only one who should breathe the air in wrestling and I think that other people should have opportunities in business. When I talked to Spike about going head-to-head on Monday nights, I did it for a reason. If you're going to pick a fight, pick a big fight. Everybody was scared of their own shadow, “What if we don't do a number?”.



The thing is - don't even worry about it. You have to give the audience a choice. Ever since I made this announcement, you wouldn't believe some of the wrestlers that have been calling me. A lot of friends, a lot of people in WWE who are not happy with their current situation. And you know; we just might surprise you. We might just get some momentum on Monday nights and turn this thing upside down quicker than you think.



Q: On Impact, Kevin Nash has stated that you are coming in and you’re not coming alone. Which talents are you currently scouting to bring in with you?



A: Brother, I’m not telling you who I’m bringing in. You’ve been around long enough, you know I’m not gonna tell. But Kevin is talking about bringing the band back together, and you know what he’s talking about [the nWo]. I don’t need any problems; I just want guys who really want to work hard. We’ve all matured a lot and we’ve all learned from our mistakes. Putting the band back together might be a part of the whole deal.



Q: One of the biggest things you’ve done recently is work with Ric Flair, in Australia, as a part of the Hulkamania tour. How did the matches feel to you at this point in the game, and how was it working together after so long?



A: Talk about being a step behind – when you have three back surgeries in the period of one year, you just never know what’s going to happen in there. I didn’t know if my back was going to hold up. The first night I found out that whenever I take a bump, I can’t even roll to the right. That’s the first thing that woke me up. The first night really caught me off guard. Taking a bump to the outside, I couldn’t go out the way I usually did. There were a lot of things that we different because I had not wrestled since the back surgery. Halfway through the match I got my game back. There were a couple of situations I couldn’t do so I adjusted really quick. The good thing about it was that the fans were there. As soon as I came out, hit the stage, the fans are still there. It was so loud, it was unbelievable. That makes it easy when the fans were there. Once I got in there, Flair being the player that he is – he was all wound up, he was worried about being a step back. He lost his confidence because of all the crap they did to him in WWE, but he got back to his game and by the middle of the match we were back on and we had a great time. We tore it down. There are a few things that I do a differently than back then. You might notice the standard Hulk Hogan stuff that goes on in the ring. It’s not rocket science, it just works. That’s what’s beautiful about it.



I’m not going into TNA as a talent; I’m going in there to run the company. But you never know. I can be in there giving a corporate lecture, and if the fans are going “Hogan-Sting, Hogan-Sting,” it’s kind of hard not to give them what they want. I think we learned that at Wrestlemania 18. You can plan to make someone one of the most evil bad guys in the world and try to push someone to Mount Everest as a squeaky clean good guy but if the fans start booing the good guy in the building, you need to call an audible. You can’t tell the fans what to watch. When the fans booed the Rock out of the building they told Vince McMahon that you may try to get us to hate Hulk Hogan but that’s not how it is. We respect and love this guy for how long he’s been in the business and what he’s gone through. And I’m going through that gut instinct and give the fans what they want.



Q: On the Flair topic, one of the most wondered about and debated wrestling topics of this generation has been why WWE didn’t use Hogan vs. Flair for Wrestlemania when it had the chance, this topic has been commented on but never legitimately answered, why did one of the potentially biggest matches in history, not take place?



A: In my opinion, Vince was trying to even out the playing field. It started with Wrestlemania 1 – playing the music, the “Eye of the Tiger”. All of a sudden this Hulk Hogan character took off and it got out of control. There were different deals cut and Hulk Hogan was doing things that we never done before. All of a sudden, all the wrestlers like [Roddy] Piper, Big John Studd, Andre the Giant, and then Hulk Hogan has a whole different approach and attitude than everybody else. It kind of got larger than life and kind of got out of control. I think it was an attempt – ever since Wrestlemania with the Ultimate Warrior, the WWF were trying to make Hulk Hogan disappear. But the fans didn’t want that. I can go down the list of every single time they wanted to ride the horse until it dropped, shoot it, and then eat it. Every time they rode me until I dropped, I got back up and I kept going. I can go down and give you every single beat where they wantd to give a bullet to Hulk Hogan but it’s just not happening brother. The fans are loyal; I’ve been around so long so they know how I feel about the wrestling business. Whether you like my work or not, the fans respect me.



As far as Wrestlemania 8 goes, I think the situation was getting out of control. I think that Hogan vs Flair was so big that nothing else on that card mattered. I think that it would have made it out of control. You look at Hogan/Flair and then what do you do with the rest of the card after that? I think Vince saw the momentum of this tidal wave coming at him so he shut it down before it got enough momentum to wipe out the whole world. He put me against Sid Vicious – and I think the switch was at the last minute. Me and Flair just looked at each other and we knew what was up.



Q: Let’s move to another topic – you recently published a new autobiography entitled “My Life Outside the Ring”. Here’s a little plug – you are going to be in Montreal tomorrow at the Indigo Bookstore signing copies of it on 1500 McGill Street downtown from 2pm on so I definitely encourage all the Hulkamaniacs in the area to get down there. Hulk, what made you decide to write a second book, one that is much different and a lot more open than your first one?



A: The first book was censored by the WWE. I wrote this book because I had a couple of tough years like I said. I had the choice to become another statistic like some of these other wrestlers and turn everything into a crime scene but instead I decided to take the high road. Like I said, I lost everything in a two year period - my family, financially I got wiped out, I had to do a lot of soul searching. With the economy and with the way the world was down, people were having such a tough time. I wrote this book to show that people with tough times, no matter how bad things are, hang in there and things will get better. I also wrote this book because a lot of people didn’t realize that for 23 years I was in a real toxic, negative relationship with someone that drank a lot, cussed all the time, and hated everything. I wanted people to know that that’s not normal, that is not how things should be. Life is joyful and happy, and if you’re in a relationship like that, especially if you are passing on those values to your children, that is wrong. Life is not supposed to be like that. I wanted to let people know to be positive and to hang in there if you are having a tough time and things will get better.



Q: You’ve been one of the biggest stars on Planet Earth for the last almost 30 years. You’ve had the highest highs and some of the lowest lows that any human being can experience. After experiencing such bad adversity in your life, what would you you’re your millions of fans, how would you tell them to deal with the adversity in their lives?



A: You just got to get a grip and follow your gut. If you want to be happy or sad, negative or positive. You can’t get sucked into this giant vacuum like Tiger Woods is right now or just hide your head in the sand and think it will go away. If you’re in a bad relationship or if you’re unhappy with your current situation, when would “now” be the right time to change it? You can change it right now if you want to, moving on and thinking positively and moving away from the dirty air and breathing clean air – or the “now” could be 20 years from now and keep being miserable. But you’ve got the opportunity if you’re unhappy with your current situation to change it right now.



Q: I don’t want to spoil the book for those who have not yet had a chance to read it, but one of the most memorable parts of it for me was the part where you spoke about the initiations in your early days – Hiro Matsuda breaking your leg, and even more so the incident with Pat Patterson and Buddy Colt pulling a major rib on you which you fell for. Do you feel that wrestling has changed from back then?



A: I didn’t fall for that brother – I didn’t give anybody oral sex. The sick part is if I had big scarred and a big enough mark, those guys would have loved for it to happen. That’s what those guys are all about. They used to party like crazy. I haven’t been around Patterson for years but he’s still like that. I mean if you’re gay, then you’re gay, you don’t change that. [Maybe he misunderstood the question?]



Q: TNA is a 7-year old company that has maintained a strong base. What will Hulk Hogan build on top of that base?



A: Brother, we are going to flip this thing upside down. I’m going in January 4th and that is only going to be the very beginning so just hang on for the ride! I love you guys and I’ll talk to you later.
















Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 16, 2009, 05:04:57 PM
Bret Hart signs WWE contract
By Michael Bluth
Dec 16, 2009 - 5:38:16 PM

 
Amid speculation that Bret Hart is in talks to return to World Wrestling Entertainment to host an upcoming edition of WWE RAW, it now appears Bret Hart's involvement with WWE will extend well beyond a 1-night appearance.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart has signed a short-term talent contract with WWE that goes into effect on January 1, 2010 and runs until April 10th, approximately two weeks after WrestleMania 26.

There has been talk of talk of Hart returning to the ring for one match, but that is still speculation at this point.

Although nothing is official, he is expected to debut on the January 4 Raw show that will go head-to-head with TNA's Monday Night iMPACT! special

Booker T telling friends he is returning to WWE
By Amish Patel
Dec 16, 2009 - 5:13:37 PM

 
-- The Wrestling Observer reports that Booker T is telling friends that he is returning to World Wrestling Entertainment, to compete on the RAW brand.

He is telling friends that will return at January's Royal Rumble. There is no confirmation on Booker T's future, but only recently there were reports that negotiations between Booker T and WWE had broken down and that he was open to the idea of working for TNA again.






WWE Comic Book News: WWE Storylines & Fired Superstars
By Michael Bluth
Dec 16, 2009 - 1:22:34 PM

 
The creators of the WWE Heroes comic book were interviewed by Newsrama.com and discussed how WWE's television storylines will tie into the WWE Heroes comic book universe.

"We've got pretty free reign to do what we please," Keith Champagne said. "The only instances we've had to change something based on the TV stuff has been removing a couple of WWE superstars when they left the WWE.

"If WWE doesn't have the rights to use someone, we can't. Otherwise, it's the Wild West. By the way, the WWE has an AWESOME website we have access to listing tons of reference and photos of the people we can use, from classic superstars to modern day. I've spent hours in there getting lost...

"It's only happened a couple of times and with WWE superstars who were more or less being featured in the comic in minor roles. So it's been pretty easy to just surf the wave and do a little rewriting to line things back up. If Triple H or Undertaker were to suddenly leave, that would be a bit harder to fix at this stage of the game but so far, it's been a problem so minor it's not even worth mentioning."




 
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has updated his blog, which you can (and should) read in its entirety at JRsBarBQ.com. Some highlights:

WWE teasing Bret Hart will host RAW: "The teasing of Bret Hart potentially hosting Raw was cool. That was the first that I had officially heard of any sort of 'Hitman' return but it's always good to see Bret in any forum and one would think that the WWE HOF'er would enhance the ratings for Raw when and if Bret does make an appearance. Could that particular appearance occur on January 4? Your guess is as good as mine."

Shawn Michaels challenging Undertaker: "Shawn Michaels challenging the Undertaker for a match at WM26 captured my imagination. These two created magic in Houston at WM25 and the question will be asked if both future WWE HOF'ers can recreate such a moment one more time. I will always consider being a part of the broadcast team for WM25 and being a small part of the HBK-Taker presentation as one of the greatest experiences that I've had in this business."

His own health and WWE contract status: "Yours truly is awaiting some important, medical test results that I hope to have sometime this week. I am of the belief that they will provide good news and refuse to believe any thing else. It goes without saying that I sincerely appreciate all the get well wishes and prayers from so many of you. Since making many, overdue life style changes I have been feeling great the past several weeks as I await the aforementioned medical test results and the facial nerve to kick start. With my personal health still my most important issue, I am not stressing about any contractual issues or negotiations and nothing has changed on that front or my mindset regarding such since I last addressed this matter. All my contractual issues are still in motion and being discussed."









 
Source: PWInsider.com

- Last night's three-hour edition of RAW scored a 3.3 cable rating. During the usual time period, it did a 3.5 rating.

This week's show did hours of 2.95, 3.48 and 3.44. Monday Night Football on ESPN this week scored a 9.6 rating.








Mick Foley Rumor Killer, RVD & AJ Styles, Kenny Dykstra Update
By Michael Bluth
Dec 15, 2009 - 5:12:45 PM

 
-- To clear up an unfortunate rumor, Mick Foley is alive and well. Foley posted a blog today on his MySpace.com page saying a friend informed him of an Internet rumor that he had died. Foley wrote, "A friend of mine since middle school actually heard I had died on the Internet today. Just want to clear that one up. I am very much alive and well," Foley said. "I don't know how these things get started, but hopefully no one beside my friend took it seriously."

-- Former WWE superstar and Spirit Squad member Ken Doane ("Kenny Dykstra") will be appearing in a new FOX Reality channel series called "Seducing Cindy" - where a group of young guys compete to win the love of model/actress Cindy Margolis. Doane wrote on Twitter, "WWE don't want me,TNA don't want me right now. Guess I'm gonna get ready for "Seducing Cindy" Jan 30th 2010 glassmanmedia.com see the promo!" Visit PWTweets.com to read more Tweets from pro wrestlers and divas.

-- TNA Champion A.J. Styles and free agent Rob Van Dam are scheduled to appear on tonight's Between The Ropes radio show, hosted by Brian Fritz and D-Lo Brown. The show airs at 6PM (ET) at BetweenTheRopes.com.





















Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 17, 2009, 04:21:21 PM
Interview: Edge Talks About His WWE Return, Sheamus, His WWE Contract and More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:27:38 PM

 
Source: PWInsider.com, Terri Bey

- Edge appeared on the Bubba the Love Sponge show this morning. Here are some highlights:

* He mentioned he was in the North Carolina mountains in new property he has there. He said he didn't mind sitting out and getting paid.

* His WWE deal ended in October but they added on injury time and said however long it takes to recover, that much time will be added to his deal.

* He said he's went to Dr. James Andrews for follow-ups to the injury and is doing some major therapy in North Carolina with other therapy sessions in Florida.

* Edge said Christian and Shelton Benjamin had the best match at WWE's TLC but he also enjoyed the main event.

* He put over Sheamus. He also put over FCW and talked about Ted DiBiase and Drew McIntyre coming out of FCW.

* Edge said Umaga's death hit him hard as they were close. Umaga called Edge the night before he died but he said he didn't even think to keep the message.

* Edge put over The Undertaker and said he has no idea how he performs so well. Edge said they have always been on good terms.

* He has no idea when he will return. He was originally told six months to a year. He has to see Andrews and then get in a wrestling ring to see how everything holds up. He said he's hoping for the first quarter of 2010.







Obama Distances Himself from WWE, Themes for WWE's Royal Rumble, Maria on G4TV
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:18:02 PM

 
- WWE Diva Maria will be guest hosting G4TV's Attack of the Show this afternoon.

- The theme songs for WWE's 2010 Royal Rumble pay-per-view will be Martyr No More by Chris Jericho's band Fozzy and Hero by Skillet.

- After Linda McMahon seemed to use Barack Obama's promo on WWE's Tribute to the Troops special for political gain, The White House issued a statement to The Hartford Courant paper stating that the message Obama filmed for the special was for the Troops and not done in any way to show support for WWE. The White House said that Obama did not tape the promo for WWE but for the Troops and doesn't mention WWE once in the message.










Mickie James responds to "Piggy James" critique, Talks her weight
By Brian Cantor
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:13:01 PM

 
After issuing a blunt Twitter response to criticism of WWE's "Piggy James" storyline, Diva Mickie James was quick to clarify that she was not specifically ripping on her company or the angle.

Responding to a Tweet, "I'm really offended right now with the WWE making jokes about your [weight]...I really worry about girls who watch wrestling, see this kind of thing, and fall victim to hating their bodies," the Diva wrote, "I agree. I think the example being set is pathetic. Giving the youth a warped perception of beauty; after all...one has to love themselves first. Society makes that hard...I love myself and my body. 130 is hardly fat."

When a story broke quoting Mickie James as saying WWE's handling of the storyline is "pathetic," James responded, "I never said WWE...if anyone read it, I said society."

While it is true that Mickie did not specifically mention the WWE storyline in her response, one cannot fault those who assumed her response was WWE-centric: the Tweet to which she responded was purely related to the company's ongoing mockery of her weight.









Knockout Retires from Wrestling, Who's Getting Fired at TNA's Final Resolution?
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:04:32 PM

 
Partial source: PW Torch

- Word is that Cody Deaner won't be with TNA much longer. He's expected to be the one who grabs the "Fired" briefcase at Sunday's Final Resolution pay-per-view in the Feast or Fired match.

- TNA Knockout Christy Hemme announced on the RHS Podcast last night that she has retired from in-ring competition but would remain with TNA.

Hemme said she found herself tense and nervous about the possibility of re-injuring her neck during the six Knockout tag match on iMPACT a few weeks. Hemme said: "For the first time in wrestling, I was totally nervous. I knew in that match I was done."

Hemme told TNA officials at the recent tapings that she wasn't going to continue wrestling but asked them if they had anything else she could do. The company told her they would find a place for her, understanding her situation.






WWE's Developmental Territory FCW Beginning 15-City Wrestlelution Tour in 2010
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 11:58:27 AM

 
- The following was sent out earlier:

** NEW YEARS WRESTLELUTION TOUR**

Tampa, Florida – December 16, 2009

FCW Wrestling is kicking off 2010 with the “New Years Wrestlelution Tour”. The tour will make stops in 15 cities including first time visits to 7 new venues. Fans can catch some of their favorite FCW Superstars including Florida Heavyweight Champion Justin Angel and many of the future Superstars of RAW, Smackdown and ECW.

FCW Wrestling is the official WWE Developmental Territory. FCW Wrestling is where it all started for current WWE Champion Sheamus and Inter-Continental Champion Drew McIntyre.

Bell time is 7:30 pm with doors at 6:30 pm unless otherwise indicated. Tickets are now on sale for the following Live Events.

WHAT: Florida Championship Wrestling Live – New Years Wrestleution Tour

WHEN /WHERE:

January 9, 2010 (Saturday)
Eustis Fl
Lake County Fairgrounds Expo Hall
2101 County Road 452

January 15, 2010 (Friday)
Ft. Myers, Fl
Harborside Event Center
1375 Monroe Street

January 16, 2010 (Saturday)
Crystal River, Fl
Crystal River Armory
8551 W. Venable Street

January 22, 2010 (Friday)
Plant City, Fl
Plant City Armory
4004 Airport Road

January 23, 2010 (Saturday)
Orlando, Fl
Orlando Armory
2809 S. Ferncreek Ave.

January 29, 2010 (Friday)
Melbourne, Fl
Melbourne Armory
1889 Stewart Road

February 5, 2010 (Friday)
St. Petersburg, Fl
St. Petersburg Armory
3601 38th Ave. S.

February 6, 2010 (Saturday)
Haines City, Fl
Haines City Armory
1107 Commerce Ave.

February 12, 2010 (Friday)
Deland, Fl
Volusia County Fairgrounds Expo Hall
3150 E. New York Ave.

February 13, 2010 (Saturday)
Palatka, Fl
Palatka Armory
1301 Moseley Ave.

February 15, 2010 (Monday)
Tampa, Fl, Fl
Florida State Fair
3150 E. New York Ave.

February 19, 2010 (Friday)
Plant City, Fl
Plant City Armory
4800 US Hwy. 301
Bell time 2pm

February 20, 2010 (Saturday)
Brooksville, Fl
Hernando County Fairgrounds Auditorium
6434 Broad St.

February 26, 2010 (Friday)
Palmetto, Fl
Palmetto Armory
1107 14th Ave.

February 27, 2010 (Saturday)
Cocoa, Fl
Cocoa Armory
308 N. Frisked Ave.

TICKETS: Kids $10
Adults $115
Ringside Reserved (Rows 1-2) - $25

TICKETS AT: Online at www.fcwwrestlinglive@yahoo.com and participating Buddy’s Home Furnishings Stores.

TELEVISION: Florida Championship Wrestling airs every Sunday on Brighthouse channel 47 from 6-7 p.m.

ABOUT FCW: For nearly half a century, Florida Championship Wrestling has been the Sunshine State's primary wrestling promotion. Now officially sanctioned and recently reorganized by WWE, FCW has also become the training ground for future WWE Superstars.

Under the tutelage and leadership of Florida wrestling legend Steve Keirn, FCW's goal for the fans is simple: To give them a glimpse at the potential Superstars of tomorrow, while providing exciting ring action that leaves the entire family with smiles on their faces.

The key objective within Florida Championship Wrestling is to train the next generation of WWE Superstars. FCW takes enormous pride in its live events all over the southeast, and in promoting tryouts at the organization's Tampa location to showcase young men and women interested in a career as a sports-entertainer.

FCW Wrestling where it all started for current WWE Champion Sheamus and Inter-Continental Champion Drew McIntyre

INFORMATION

For more information please login www.fcwwrestling.com





New Details on Bret Hart's WWE Return, Possible Plans with Vince, New DVD & More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:21:57 AM

 
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- A source close to the situation says that Bret Hart has signed a short-term contract with WWE that will run from January 1st, 2010 until April 10th, 2010, about two weeks after WrestleMania. It was said that Hart wanted his signing to be kept quiet and his return a surprise but WWE all but officially announced it on RAW this past week.

The deal had been talked about for months now, possibly as far back as SummerSlam. WWE has expected Hart to come in for a program in the past but it's never materialized until now. There had also been talk over the past few months of possibly have Hart do something with The Hart Dynasty on TV to help move them up the ladder but that talk never materialized either.

Sources are under the impression that WWE wants to move forward with a storyline between Vince McMahon and Bret, playing off the Survivor Series 1997 screwjob. Some who were let in on Hart's return were even told that he would actually be wrestling, possibly only one match, but that still seems unlikely to most. Given his age and health, Hart wrestling probably won't happen.

A DVD on the Hart family is also part of the deal between Bret and WWE. It is still not confirmed that Hart will host the January 4th RAW head-to-head with TNA but he currently is not scheduled to appear for WWE before the 4th.




WWE Stars Worried About Their Jobs, More on DX and Hornswoggle, Miller Talks WWE
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:18:30 AM

 
Partial source: PWInsider.com

- WWE has been booking little people all week and have booked a Miami area courtroom for this coming Monday afternoon so it appears the segment with DX and Hornswoggle is finally happening after being put off for weeks.

- Dennis Miller noted on FOX's O'Reilly Factor show last night that WWE paid him no money for hosting the Slammy's last week and what he got in return was to promote the USAcares.org charity.

- There are a lot of undercard talents in WWE who are worried about their jobs right now as everyone is expecting the company to release a number of talents after the first of the year.
































More on the Recent WWE Tryouts, Jericho Reminder for Tonight, WWE Scouting OVW
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:14:47 AM

 
Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- As noted before, WWE sent Edge and Tiffany to speak to talents at the recent developmental tryouts at FCW. Other names who spoke were Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Mike Rotunda, Santino Marella, Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith. There were 32 wrestlers at the tryouts.

- WWE's John Laurinaitis is scheduled to travel to Louisville, KY soon to scout the wrestlers at former WWE developmental territory OVW.

- Chris Jericho will be appearing on tonight's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC to promote this Saturday's Tribute to the Troops special.







WWE Tapings vs. TNA Final Resolution on Sunday, WWE 2009 DVD Updates, WWE Extras
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:12:20 AM

 
Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- The most-shipped WWE DVD's so far this year is the WrestleMania DVD with 233,000 units shipped, the Rise and Fall of WCW DVD with 144,000 shipped, the Greatest Stars of the 90's DVD with 115,000 shipped and the Best of SNME DVD with 131,000 units shipped.

- A lot of the extras used at WWE's TV tapings this past week were talents who worked the recent FCW tryouts or have applied for tryouts.

- Due to the Christmas break, WWE will be taping next week's ECW and SmackDown this Sunday evening in Orlando. TNA's Final Resolution pay-per-view will be going on at the same time just a few miles away.














Ex-WWE Tag Champ Returning to SmackDown?, Bad News on SmackDown vs. RAW and More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:07:09 AM

 
Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- WWE had 14.5 million website viewers in October, which is the highest in several months. WWE averaged 871 orders per day on their shop website in October, up from 567 in September.

- Early numbers for WWE's SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 game aren't looking good. Video game charts for October in the United States showed that the only version to crack the top 20 was the Xbox version at #15.

- There has been talk within WWE of bringing Lance Cade back to the SmackDown brand.




TNA Planning Something for WrestleMania Weekend?, More on Hogan Wrestling in TNA
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:03:19 AM

 
Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- TNA has canceled their live events planned for Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Lethbridge, Alberta Canada during WrestleMania 26 weekend. A staff member at one of the buildings told Devin Cutting that it was TNA's decision to pull the shows. No word yet if TNA will try to have a presence in Arizona during WrestleMania 26 weekend.

- The analogy given by one source for Hulk Hogan as a wrestler in TNA is to be like the 1980's version of Bill Watts, where maybe once a year he gets pushed too far and comes back for a big match.










Major Ric Flair return update, New WWE star, Nash, WWE vs. UFC, Daniels
By Brian Cantor
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:33:14 AM

 
-- According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Ric Flair and TNA are closing in on the financial aspect of their negotiations. An interesting rumor going around claims that Flair wants to be contracted to Panda Energy, rather than TNA, so that he would still be entitled to a pay day if TNA went out of business.

-- To update the earlier story on Bryan Danielson's status, he is actually training at Randy Couture's "Xtreme Couture" gym in anticipation of his call from WWE.

-- Kevin Nash has reportedly been vocal in conveying his disapproval of Taz as a commentator.

-- WWE presently has a SmackDown! house show scheduled for 1/11, which would be the night WWE RAW goes head-to-head with UFC Fight Night. WWE has not yet committed to running that episode as a three-hour RAW, but should it make such a call, the assumption is that the house show would be postponed so that the SD wrestlers could work the TV show.

-- On Wednesday night Jeff Wilen had a chance to chat with Christopher Daniels about his world-title shot at TNA's Final Resolution pay-per-view this Sunday. The interview can be read HERE.











Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on December 17, 2009, 04:22:56 PM
Goldberg Shoots On What Went Down Backstage The Night Of WrestleMania XX At MSG
By Justncredible818
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:09:45 AM

 
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The Tenth Edition Of "Noonan Speaks" On Monday Night Mayhem: Former WWE/WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Goldberg, Shoots On What Went Down Backstage The Night Of WrestleMania XX At MSG After His Match With Brock Lesnar (And If He Feels Going To The WWE Was A Mistake), His Uncensored Comments On Vince McMahon, The Lowdown On What Truly Happened In His "Shoot Fight" With Chris Jericho, His Candid Thoughts On Hulk Hogan's Partnership With TNA/Dixie Carter/Spike TV (And If He Now Sees TNA As More Enticing For Himself To Potentially Return To The Business In 2010), & What To Expect From Him On NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"

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Former WWE & WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Bill Goldberg, was the special guest on this week's live edition (12/14/09) of Monday Night Mayhem (presented by ReelWrestling.com), hosted by The Big Mosh, "The Chairman Of The Board" Todd Vincent, & former WWE Head Of Security/the star of the cult-classic "Super Troopers," Jimmy Noonan. You can feel The Mayhem live & in streaming audio every Monday night (at 8PM ET/7PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.co m, www.ITunes.com, www.AudioWrestling.com, www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem, & www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem).

Mayhem Nation: Get ready for the continuation in the evolution of The Mayhem. Throughout the past five months, we have promised that the wrestling world was going to change & that people would take notice. Well, he's back! Monday Night Mayhem is proud to present a special edition of the critically-acclaimed "Noonan Speaks," joined by one of the biggest players ever in the wrestling business. Goldberg's MNM first-ever MNM appearance (as part of the final leg of The Mayhem's "Fall Tour '09") is now available for free in Windows Streaming Media, or via The Mayhem's official Podcast on ITunes:

Goldberg/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Streaming Audio): http://www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/121409.wax

Goldberg/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Podcast On ITunes): http://www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/dec09/121409.mp3

Here are some of the highlights of Goldberg's exclusive interview, provided by The Mayhem's official correspondent, Paterson From New Jersey:

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The man who holds the distinct record of having the longest undefeated streak in sports-entertainment history, Goldberg, joined The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network for a special edition of the critically-acclaimed "Noonan Speaks." As many wrestling fans across the globe remember, Jimmy Noonan worked as the WWE's Head Of Security when Goldberg came into World Wrestling Entertainment, and they instantly hit it off & became good friends...even to this day. Goldberg described to The Mayhem Nation just why him & Jimmy struck an accord in such a quick fashion. "One of the main reasons we got along was no BS, no backhandedness, and we treated each other like gentlemen."

Goldberg debuted in World Wrestling Entertainment the night after WrestleMania XIX at The Key Arena in Seattle, WA -- which many people to this day believe as one of the most underrated 'Mania's in history. Jimmy asked Bill what his thoughts were when waiting to come out & exactly what was going through his head that night. "I would be remiss if I didn't tell you it was anti-climatic. I've never been a guy to mess with the book or anything, but I didn't think it was the right time to do it. I think the timing was really good. I went into the WWE with my back against the wall & my fists waiting for something to happen, even though I knew something would happen. It really wasn't a memorable night for me; it was in one sense, but it wasn't in another, and I have mixed feelings about it." A large majority of fans still feel to this day that Goldberg should have debuted the night before at WrestleMania (at Safeco Field) in some type of run-in...to which Bill agrees. "I think that would have been better. Something along those lines would have been better than the way I was brought out. But like I said, I', not the type of guy who tries to steer the ship. I'm not the creative minds that come up with all the ideas...I was just the guy who could say 'yes' or 'no' to an idea. Granted, I did come into the WWE will full creative control, but I just never really wanted to use it, so I kinda' succumbed to all the BS they put me through."

One year later saw "where it all began for the WWE (at WrestleMania XX), but Madison Square Garden was where it all ended for Goldberg's run in World Wrestling Entertainment...as he faced off against Brock Lesnar. By that point, everyone knew that they were both leaving the company after this match -- something that a fact that a large majority of fans were distraught about during the spring of 2004 & some still to this day. But even before this night took place, Jimmy asked Bill if he feels that going to the WWE, in hindsight, was a mistake. "I'd be lying if I told you I didn't feel that way every single day of my tenure there. I did it for the fans...I did it for the business. I didn't do it because I wanted to do it. I went in for the wrong reasons; I was not disappointed, and I was not surprised of what happened. I questioned my decision throughout my entire tenure there." With the circumstances surrounding Lesnar vs. Goldberg (along with Brock heading back to the NFL & Goldberg's contract expiring), Noonan asked if they should have pulled the plug on the match. "I don't see why they would have...I don't see why they should of. I personally believe that since it is a business, and it isn't a business dealing with personal feelings, and it's all about making the most money, I think they dropped the ball. Whether you're leaving or not, you should milk the cow for as much milk you could get out of them, and I think it should have been a money-making opportunity; but in a way, they thought they were hurting our feelings. It just wasn't looked at as a business...and that was the problem."

After the bout with Lesnar, both men were in a rush to leave "The World's Most Famous Arena," but their limos were delayed so both were left waiting to leave the arena & World Wrestling Entertainment possibly forever. Jimmy was there that fateful night, and asked Goldberg about what went down during the evening after one of the most controversial endings in WWE history. "I wanted to get the hell of dodge. I had fulfilled my obligation; I saw how they set us up, and I was done. To say I wanted to hang around for one more second was a farce, I wanted to get the hell out, and Brock wanted to get the hell out too. I was so frustrated with the past year & so frustrated with the BS drama that goes on at that crappy place, and I think Brock was pretty fed up with all the stuff that was going on. I wanted out, and I know that certain people are in control of certain things, and to have us sitting there waiting at the end of the night to get our cars & get us out of there, it was an absolute joke. I thought it was intentional, and anyone around at that point was going to feel the wrath of it." Todd Vincent followed up with a clarification on the statement of it being intentional, and if he knew who set up Goldberg & Lesnar. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out bro. They didn't set us up, except for the fact they put us in a sh*tty slot, they didn't put an emphasis on the match that should have been put on the match, and they had ill will towards us; therefore they didn't capitalize on the big business of the match, so that's what I mean by being set up."

When asked about the relationship with the three other principles of that night (Vince McMahon, Brock Lesnar, & "Stone Cold" Steve Austin), Goldberg was very honest about where he left things with those gentlemen (and which one of the three he has kept in contact with over the years). "Brock is one of my best friends, and he & I will always be tight. As far as the other guys are concerned, that severed my ties with those guys, I fulfilled my obligation, and if I don't have to deal with those guys for the rest of my life, that will be my choice. I'll always have animosity toward people who don't do their jobs the way I think it should be done.

One of the most talked-about topics in the entire world of professional wrestling & sports-entertainment over the past several weeks has been Hulk Hogan signing with TNA Wrestling & partnering with Dixie Carter, along with TNA iMPACT going head-to-head with WWE Monday Night RAW on January 4th. Goldberg was a part of the original "Monday Night Wars," and plenty of fans & journalists alike have been quick to call 2010 as the rebirth of the "Monday Night Wars: Round II." Mosh asked Goldberg for his comments & thoughts on Hogan coming to terms with TNA. "Is Hogan the guy to go up against Vince & right the ship? It remains to be seen, but if anyone can do it, it's Hogan. Now the question is: 'How's he going to do it?' It is going to be using himself, or is it going to be using his knowledge? I think that is the determining factor. If he goes back to the 'less is more' (the adage that made him successful), I think that would be a good answer for them. As an ex-wrestler & a person who greatly appreciates the wrestling community, I sure as hell hope it works. I've been a big proponent of competition, and I think the wrestling business was at its height when both WCW & WWE were kicking each other's asses; I really think that was the pinnacle of the business." And considering the rumored names that have been discussed as possibly making a splash in TNA (including "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, & several others), what about Bill's own return to wrestling (and if that could include finally landing in TNA) in the forthcoming new year? "Do I see myself as part of that? I don't foresee it, because at this point with me having three (television) shows on the air in the spring, it's gonna' be harder than hell for me to spend time with my son & my wife. Would I consider almost anything? Is bringing the old guys back the ticket? I don't know. I really can't comment on the wrestling business, because I'm so far removed from it. It's not that I don't like it, it's that I don't like it. Is it a reality that I could be a member of TNA? I don't see it happening, but you never say never."




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More is contained in this epic interview heard exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (as part of the critically-acclaimed "Noonan Speaks") with the one & only Bill Goldberg, including his uncensored comments on the legendary rumored "shoot fight" backstage between Goldberg & Chris Jericho that you have to hear firsthand to hear what truly went down (including one of the parts of his response to The Mayhem Crew: "If you think for two seconds that Chris Jericho can get me in any submission hold & made me say 'uncle,' you & every other person listening should be checked into an insane asylum."), if he was promised the World Heavyweight Championship or the WWE Championship as part of his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (and whether or not he feels he should have exercised the full creative control in his deal), his thoughts on Shane McMahon, plus a "sneak preview" of the third season of "Bullrun" on The Speed Channel, in addition to the new season of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" (and how he almost came to close to "killing" Bret Michaels on the set). You may have to wait until Sunday, March 14th to see the season premiere, but let the debate begin on whether or not Bill Goldberg will be crowned by Donald Trump as the winner! Log onto Bill's official website (located at http://www.BillGoldberg.com), and be sure to keep up-to-date with Goldberg's additional projects he is working on into 2010 via MySpace (located at http://www.MySpace.com/SpearThis) & Twitter (located at http://www.Twitter.com/TheRealGoldberg). If you think Goldberg's first appearance on The Mayhem stacks up at the "tale of the tape," then head on over to http://www.WrestlingRadioAwards.com, and vote for this MNM exclusive in the "Male Interview Of The Year" category. Judge for yourself Mayhem Nation: Experience one of the most open & forthright interviews you will ever hear anywhere...and one that you cannot afford to miss!

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Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Montague on January 17, 2010, 08:38:31 AM
Sid’s apparent new look (courtesy of wrestlezone.com):

 (http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/wrestlezone.com/upl_images/sid-1.jpg)

(http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/wrestlezone.com/upl_images/sid-2.jpg)




Orlando Jordan now has a profile on TNA’s website.




An article in the Toronto Sun featured an interview with Dwayne Johnson:

"The plan was for me to be the (Monday Night RAW) host (Jan. 11)," says Johnson. "But then I had to go to Mexico (to promote the movie). The idea of me going back to WWE is intriguing and exciting. I grew up in the business.
"Will I go back? Absolutely. The goal is to go back and do something special. I talked to Vince (McMahon) a couple of months ago and we're trying to come up with something.
"After I wrap (filming of action movie) Faster, maybe in the summer I can go back."



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: Playboy on January 18, 2010, 08:22:53 AM
Sid’s apparent new look (courtesy of wrestlezone.com):

 (http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/wrestlezone.com/upl_images/sid-1.jpg)

(http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/wrestlezone.com/upl_images/sid-2.jpg)




Orlando Jordan now has a profile on TNA’s website.




An article in the Toronto Sun featured an interview with Dwayne Johnson:

"The plan was for me to be the (Monday Night RAW) host (Jan. 11)," says Johnson. "But then I had to go to Mexico (to promote the movie). The idea of me going back to WWE is intriguing and exciting. I grew up in the business.
"Will I go back? Absolutely. The goal is to go back and do something special. I talked to Vince (McMahon) a couple of months ago and we're trying to come up with something.
"After I wrap (filming of action movie) Faster, maybe in the summer I can go back."


Wow....Sid just killed himself with that knew look.  :o


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 21, 2010, 11:11:47 PM
Wow....Sid just killed himself with that knew look.  :o



Man oh man he should go into an 80s hair tribute metal band.................... .....


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 21, 2010, 11:41:32 PM






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by Matt Boone
Dec 20, 2009

WWE Hall Of Famer Mae Young was called to appear on this coming Monday night's WWE RAW in Tampa, Florida.





WWE & TNA Employees Meet Up In Orlando Sunday Night
By Michael Bluth
Dec 21, 2009 - 11:28:41 AM


Wrestlers and employees from both World Wrestling Entertainment and TNA Wrestling met up on Sunday night in Orlando, Florida - where WWE was taping this week's ECW, Superstars and SmackDown and TNA held its Final Resolution pay-per-view.

TNA president Dixie Carter was among the TNA employees who visited with WWE wrestlers a bar in Orlando, according to prowrestling.net. Carter hosted a Christmas party next door at the hotel where most of the TNA crew stays.

Several WWE superstars were said to be nervous about going over to the TNA party because of how WWE management might react. However, some of the TNA crew. It was said to be a "social" visit with Dixie Carter meeting some of the WWE crew for the first time.

TNA star Samoa Joe wrote the following on his Twitter page: "Just found out there are old associates in town. Tonight the Illuminati meets... Illuminati meeting became Illuminati sleepover and is now Illuminati pancake breakfast. Secret societies seem so much cooler in the movies."




Sheamus Talks About His WWE Title Win, Tribute To The Troops (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Dec 18, 2009 - 10:52:07 AM


WWE Champion Sheamus was interviewed in-character this week by IrishCentral.com and spoke in-depth about his big win last weekend at WWE's TLC PPV, Saturday's Tribute to the Troops special and more. Here are some highlights of what Sheamus said about:

His WWE Title win: “I came here to make a statement, to be the top wrestler in the world. That was the goal, and the goal has been achieved."

The Response from His WWE Title Win: “My family stayed up until 3 a.m. watching the show. They are in their element. I’m getting response from people I haven’t heard from in years.”

His Tables Match With John Cena: “I’m pretty beaten up. t was pretty crazy. There were a lot of tables used, rafters used. I’m a bit battered but it doesn’t really matter. The fact that I’m the first Irish WWE champion – that overwhelms everything.”

Saturday's Tribute To The Troops show: “It’s a big show on NBC. I have a lot of respect for the troops. I know there are a lot of Irish Americans who go to war and I’ve met a lot of them. To put your life on hold to go and serve your country, well, no matter what, you’ve got to have a lot of respect for that.”




The Miz Talks About Bret Hart, Tribute To The Troops & More (Interview)
By Michael Bluth
Dec 18, 2009 - 10:58:11 AM


WWE Raw superstar The Miz spoke was interviewed by Phil Strum of the PojoSlam blog this week and spoke about a number of topics including working with the various Raw celebrity guest hosts, wanting to feud with former partner John Morrison and more. Here's what the Miz said about:

Working With Mary Jannetty: "You have no idea how excited I was," Miz said. "I wanted to prove I wasn't the Marty Jannetty of the team. I almost felt bad because I was ripping on him right in front of his face. It's terrible, but it was something I can do because I'm the Miz and that's what I'd do."rs."

His Tribute to the Troops Experience. "It brought me a whole new respect for our armed forces," Miz said. "It was incredible seeing them and seeing the smiles on their faces. They don't get to see their families during Christmas and birthdays. It was incredible to meet these people and bring smiles to their faces."

Bret Hart Returning To WWE: "I'm really curious on the whole situation," he said. "Will Bret be a little bitter? Will Vince (McMahon) be bitter? It's one of those things: This will be very entertaining and definitely shocking. That would be fantastic if he came in. He hasn't been with us since he was inducted into the Hall of Fame and hasn't been in a WWE ring in over 12 years."




Why Damon Is Hosting RAW and More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 18, 2009 - 11:19:26 AM


Partial source: PWInsider.com

- Tommy Dreamer and Mickie James will be appearing at II Primo Pizza and Wings in Cape Coral, Florida on Monday, December 21st from 3-5PM.

- Ted DiBiase will be signing copies of The Marine 2 at FYE on East Randolph Street in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, January 6th from 12:30-2:30PM. The first 300 fans who purchase a Marine 2 DVD are guaranteed to get it signed by DiBiase.

- MLB star Johnny Damon will be promoting his non-profit Johnny Damon Foundation when he hosts WWE's Monday Night RAW later this month.





Report: TNA Knockout Leaving the Company Soon
By Marc Middleton
Dec 18, 2009 - 1:01:31 PM


Source: Prowrestling.net

- TNA personality Lauren Brooke is apparently leaving the company soon.

Like former WWE announcer Lilian Garcia earlier this year, word is that Lauren is getting married and simply wants to move on with her life. No word yet when she is leaving but it's expected to happen soon





TNA Debuting Another TV Show, Feast or Fired Update, Former WWE Diva Teasing TNA
By Marc Middleton
Dec 19, 2009 - 1:40:50 AM


Partial source: Wrestling Observer

- TNA will be debuting a new TV show on Direct TV beginning Monday, January 11th, 2010, titled Before the Bell. It will debut at 4:00PM. ET on Direct TV channel 101. No word yet on the format of the show.

- Unlike previous years, TNA will be announcing the wrestler who gets fired in the Feast or Fired match at this Sunday's Final Resolution pay-per-view in the ring, after the match.

- Former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro has promised her fans a return to the wrestling ring and has been teasing TNA as where we might see her in the future




This Week's iMPACT Rating, JB Talks January 4th's Rating, Lauren on Leaving TNA
By Marc Middleton
Dec 19, 2009 - 2:05:56 AM


Partial source: Wrestling Observer

- Dan from PWTweets.com sent the following: As noted before, TNA personality Lauren is leaving the company. She wrote the following on her Twitter: "Truly going to miss the wrestling fans and my fam @ TNA, but time to focus on my 2 Golf Channel Shows! Keep a lookout!"

- Arda Ocal sent word that Jeremy Borash appeared on Sirius' The Fight Show and regarding the iMPACT rating for TNA's January 4th special, said, "An irrelevant fact... the fact that everywhere I go fans are talking about it and excited to see it is a victory."

- This past Thursday's episode of TNA iMPACT scored a 1.0 rating, rounded up from a .99. The Colts vs. Jaguars game on the NFL Network on Thursday scored an 8.0.





Posted in: WWE
Shawn Michaels vs. Sheamus Coming Up, WCW Valet Resurfaces, WWE at WSU, Khali
By Marc Middleton
Dec 19, 2009 - 2:09:40 AM


Partial source: F4Wonline.com

- Former WCW and ECW valet Chastity has a role in an upcoming adult film called Tiger's Wood. Before she got into wrestling years ago, she appeared in another adult film called Live Bait.

- Paramjit Kaur, the mother-in-law of WWE star The Great Khali, was recently arrested on charges of abetting the suicide death of her husband, Banta Ram.

- Devin sent the following: The WWE Smackdown & ECW house show on March 6th, 2010 will be held in Pullman, Washington at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum on the campus of Washington State University. Tickets go on sale January 15th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

- Matches advertised for the WWE RAW live event on January 8th, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston are WWE Champion Sheamus vs. Shawn Michaels, Big Show vs. Triple H and Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston.



This Week's WWE Superstars Ratings, New Vladimir Kozlov Video, Steve Austin Note
By Marc Middleton
Dec 19, 2009 - 2:17:58 AM


Partial source: PWInsider

- WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin turned 45 years old yesterday.

- This past Thursday's episode of WWE Superstars scored an 0.9 rating. The replay later on scored an 0.2 rating. The Colts vs. Jaguars game on the NFL Network on Thursday scored an 8.0.



Plans for Hulk Hogan to Team with a Top TNA Star, Update on Scott Hall and TNA
By Marc Middleton
Dec 19, 2009 - 2:21:00 AM


Sources: Wrestling Observer, Prowrestling.net

- As of now, the current plan for early 2010 is to have the main feud in TNA be Hulk Hogan, Dixie Carter and Kurt Angle as faces on one side against Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley as heels.

- Regarding Scott Hall coming to TNA, there are still some bad feelings from within the company after he no-showed a pay-per-view two years ago. Hall has been receiving positive reports from independent shows and his name keeps coming up due to his history with Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan. While it's said that Nash has Dixie Carter's ear and could possibly have Hall brought in, he has been telling people he doesn't know of any plans for Hall to return.




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Christmas Theme and Two Huge Title Matches Set for Next Week's WWE SmackDown
By Marc Middleton
Dec 19, 2009 - 2:26:31 AM


- Next week's episode of Friday Night SmackDown will have a "DX Christmas" theme to it and will be taped this coming Sunday from Orlando, Florida. If you're attending the tapings and would like to help out with spoilers, please e-mail me.

The two main events airing on TV will see The Undertaker defend the World Heavyweight Title against new #1 contender Rey Mysterio and DX defend the Unified Tag Team Titles against The Hart Dynasty.



Friend of The Rock's Getting a WWE Tryout, DDP Wrestling, Writer Rips Wrestling
By Marc Middleton
Dec 20, 2009 - 2:30:55 AM


Partial source: Wrestling Observer

- Former WCW stars Diamond Dallas Page and Air Paris will be teaming together at the Purks International Championship Wrestling show on January 2nd, 2010 in Cedartown, Georgia. This will be DDP's first match in some time.

- ESPN writer Bill "The Sports Guy" Simmons ripped pro wrestling in his most recent column. Here's what he wrote:

"If you think football is bad, check out pro wrestling. It might not be a real "sport," but it combines every bad thing about every other sport. Steroids, painkillers and PEDs? Hell, yeah. Repeated concussions from chair shots? Absolutely. A union that doesn't look out for its members? There is no wrestling union, so I'm going to say yes. Fixed outcomes and shady referees? You betcha. Athletes getting paralyzed or dropping dead? And then some. (Google "dead wrestlers" sometime. Your eyes will pop out of their sockets.) The "sport" is a disgrace. They eat these guys up and spit them out. My friend Sal is friends with Roddy Piper and happened to be eating dinner with him the night Umaga, a WWE wrestler, died. When Roddy heard the news, he just started crying. His attitude was, "Another one … and there's going to be more … and nobody cares …"

- Sarona Snuka, the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka, is set to receive a WWE tryout before the SmackDown tapings in Orlando today. You may remember Sarona from photos of The Rock a few months back. The Rock showed up at a WXW indy event to support Sarona in her debut.


More on The Briscoes Joining WWE, Mysterio & Jericho Feuding?, SmackDown Rating
By Marc Middleton
Dec 20, 2009 - 2:38:14 AM


Partial source: Wrestling Observer

- CM Punk vs. John Morrison and Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho are matches being advertised for SmackDown live events in February 2010.

- The December 4th episode of WWE's Friday Night SmackDown scored a 1.79 broadcast rating.

- ROH tag team The Briscoe Brothers have been at WWE's Florida Championship Wrestling all week trying out. They also were in attendance at the last FCW show of 2009 this weekend.

RAW Star Frustrated, Reason for WWE Pushing Maria, WWE Replaces Hulk Hogan Intro
By Marc Middleton
Dec 20, 2009 - 2:34:43 AM


Partial source: Wrestling Observer

- It's said that RAW Superstar Primo Colon is frustrated with his current position in WWE.

- Ted sent the following: I thought you might want to know that Hulk Hogan has been removed from the opening video on WWE TV shows. His Hulkamania clip has been replaced by "Everybody has a price" and a shot of Ted DiBiase.

- Word is that WWE's pushing Maria because of her involvement with the upcoming season of NBC and Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, which premieres on March 14th, 2010. Apparently Maria getting more TV time lately including winning Diva of the Year all has to do with her Celebrity Apprentice appearance.



Sheamus vs. John Cena Note, WWE Elimination Chamber Supershows, Ted DiBiase
By Marc Middleton
Dec 20, 2009 - 2:28:01 AM


Partial source: Wrestling Observer

- John Cena vs. Sheamus for the WWE Title is on the books for RAW live events in the month of February 2010.

- Ted DiBiase will be signing copies of The Marine 2 at Kmart in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, January 16th from 1-3PM. The first 200 people who spend $35 or more on WWE merchandise or purchase The Marine 2 are guaranteed an autograph.

- WWE will be running two Supershows for the weekend of the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Talents from all three brands will be at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL on Friday, February 19th, 2010 and at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, IL on Saturday, February 20th. WWE's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place on the 21st from St. Louis, MO.

WWE Tribute to the Troops rating, Show places last in timeslot
By Brian Cantor
Dec 20, 2009 - 7:18:43 PM


-- Saturday's WWE: Tribute to the Troops special drew a low 0.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic with 2.39 million viewers. The household rating, most commonly known as "the rating" when it comes to analysis of pro wrestling television shows, was not available at press time, but it will likely be in the 1.2-1.6 range. Neither WWE nor NBC judges the success of this particular show based on ratings, although it is always worth noting when an original program places last on a Saturday in viewership and the demo.

To the show's credit, it built on the 0.6 demo rating for the re-airing of the "Muppet Christmas" special.

FOX's "America's Most Wanted" won the timeslot with 5.09 million viewers and a 1.6 rating.


Inside news update on the TNA Final Resolution firing
By Brian Cantor
Dec 20, 2009 - 9:43:37 PM


The match has taken place, and it has been confirmed that Sheik Abdul Bashir was the wrestler who drew the pink slip briefcase at Sunday's TNA Final Resolution.

Bashir, real name Shawn Daivari, was thus "fired" from TNA--a storyline move sources confirm is legitimate. PWInsider.com noted that Bashir was "saying his goodbyes" to TNA colleagues prior to the event going live and will be departing the company.

Mixed reports are going around about whether it was TNA or the wrestler responsible for severing the ties. While those close to Daivari say he gave notice, the going line from those within TNA is that the company made the decision to let him go several weeks ago. [/b]


Title: Re: News and Notes
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More on the Recent WWE Tryouts, Jericho Reminder for Tonight, WWE Scouting OVW
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:14:47 AM


Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- As noted before, WWE sent Edge and Tiffany to speak to talents at the recent developmental tryouts at FCW. Other names who spoke were Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Mike Rotunda, Santino Marella, Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith. There were 32 wrestlers at the tryouts.

- WWE's John Laurinaitis is scheduled to travel to Louisville, KY soon to scout the wrestlers at former WWE developmental territory OVW.

- Chris Jericho will be appearing on tonight's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC to promote this Saturday's Tribute to the Troops special.









WWE Tapings vs. TNA Final Resolution on Sunday, WWE 2009 DVD Updates, WWE Extras
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:12:20 AM


Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- The most-shipped WWE DVD's so far this year is the WrestleMania DVD with 233,000 units shipped, the Rise and Fall of WCW DVD with 144,000 shipped, the Greatest Stars of the 90's DVD with 115,000 shipped and the Best of SNME DVD with 131,000 units shipped.

- A lot of the extras used at WWE's TV tapings this past week were talents who worked the recent FCW tryouts or have applied for tryouts.

- Due to the Christmas break, WWE will be taping next week's ECW and SmackDown this Sunday evening in Orlando. TNA's Final Resolution pay-per-view will be going on at the same time just a few miles away.




Ex-WWE Tag Champ Returning to SmackDown?, Bad News on SmackDown vs. RAW and More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:07:09 AM


Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- WWE had 14.5 million website viewers in October, which is the highest in several months. WWE averaged 871 orders per day on their shop website in October, up from 567 in September.

- Early numbers for WWE's SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 game aren't looking good. Video game charts for October in the United States showed that the only version to crack the top 20 was the Xbox version at #15.

- There has been talk within WWE of bringing Lance Cade back to the SmackDown brand.





TNA Planning Something for WrestleMania Weekend?, More on Hogan Wrestling in TNA
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:03:19 AM


Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- TNA has canceled their live events planned for Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Lethbridge, Alberta Canada during WrestleMania 26 weekend. A staff member at one of the buildings told Devin Cutting that it was TNA's decision to pull the shows. No word yet if TNA will try to have a presence in Arizona during WrestleMania 26 weekend.

- The analogy given by one source for Hulk Hogan as a wrestler in TNA is to be like the 1980's version of Bill Watts, where maybe once a year he gets pushed too far and comes back for a big match.




Team Hogan Reportedly Frustrated, Kevin Nash Trying to Replace Taz?, More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 1:40:26 AM


Sources: PW Torch, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

- There is said to be some frustration among those on team Hogan over TNA's lack of marketing.

- There was a half-hour meeting with TNA talents at the recent iMPACT tapings where everyone was told to go back to working holds and telling stories in the ring with their matches.

- The Wrestling Observer reports that Kevin Nash has been talking to former WCW personality Mark Madden, trying to convince him to come to TNA as an announcer. Apparently Nash doesn't like Taz as an announcer and was complaining loudly when Taz replaced Don West.

Nash responded on his Twitter with the following: "just found out i wanted Taz out and madden in. let me see dave meltzer. nash's christmas wish list.....more money for me, more money for me"




Major Ric Flair return update, New WWE star, Nash, WWE vs. UFC, Daniels
By Brian Cantor
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:33:14 AM


-- According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Ric Flair and TNA are closing in on the financial aspect of their negotiations. An interesting rumor going around claims that Flair wants to be contracted to Panda Energy, rather than TNA, so that he would still be entitled to a pay day if TNA went out of business.

-- To update the earlier story on Bryan Danielson's status, he is actually training at Randy Couture's "Xtreme Couture" gym in anticipation of his call from WWE.

-- Kevin Nash has reportedly been vocal in conveying his disapproval of Taz as a commentator.

-- WWE presently has a SmackDown! house show scheduled for 1/11, which would be the night WWE RAW goes head-to-head with UFC Fight Night. WWE has not yet committed to running that episode as a three-hour RAW, but should it make such a call, the assumption is that the house show would be postponed so that the SD wrestlers could work the TV show.

-- On Wednesday night Jeff Wilen had a chance to chat with Christopher Daniels about his world-title shot at TNA's Final Resolution pay-per-view this Sunday. The interview can be read HERE.





Goldberg Shoots On What Went Down Backstage The Night Of WrestleMania XX At MSG
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Dec 17, 2009 - 12:09:45 AM


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Former WWE & WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Bill Goldberg, was the special guest on this week's live edition (12/14/09) of Monday Night Mayhem (presented by ReelWrestling.com), hosted by The Big Mosh, "The Chairman Of The Board" Todd Vincent, & former WWE Head Of Security/the star of the cult-classic "Super Troopers," Jimmy Noonan. You can feel The Mayhem live & in streaming audio every Monday night (at 8PM ET/7PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.co m, www.ITunes.com, www.AudioWrestling.com, www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem, & www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem).

Mayhem Nation: Get ready for the continuation in the evolution of The Mayhem. Throughout the past five months, we have promised that the wrestling world was going to change & that people would take notice. Well, he's back! Monday Night Mayhem is proud to present a special edition of the critically-acclaimed "Noonan Speaks," joined by one of the biggest players ever in the wrestling business. Goldberg's MNM first-ever MNM appearance (as part of the final leg of The Mayhem's "Fall Tour '09") is now available for free in Windows Streaming Media, or via The Mayhem's official Podcast on ITunes:

Goldberg/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Streaming Audio): http://www.mondaynightmayhemarchives...les/121409.wax

Goldberg/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Podcast On ITunes): http://www.mondaynightmayhemarchives...c09/121409.mp3

Here are some of the highlights of Goldberg's exclusive interview, provided by The Mayhem's official correspondent, Paterson From New Jersey:

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The man who holds the distinct record of having the longest undefeated streak in sports-entertainment history, Goldberg, joined The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network for a special edition of the critically-acclaimed "Noonan Speaks." As many wrestling fans across the globe remember, Jimmy Noonan worked as the WWE's Head Of Security when Goldberg came into World Wrestling Entertainment, and they instantly hit it off & became good friends...even to this day. Goldberg described to The Mayhem Nation just why him & Jimmy struck an accord in such a quick fashion. "One of the main reasons we got along was no BS, no backhandedness, and we treated each other like gentlemen."

Goldberg debuted in World Wrestling Entertainment the night after WrestleMania XIX at The Key Arena in Seattle, WA -- which many people to this day believe as one of the most underrated 'Mania's in history. Jimmy asked Bill what his thoughts were when waiting to come out & exactly what was going through his head that night. "I would be remiss if I didn't tell you it was anti-climatic. I've never been a guy to mess with the book or anything, but I didn't think it was the right time to do it. I think the timing was really good. I went into the WWE with my back against the wall & my fists waiting for something to happen, even though I knew something would happen. It really wasn't a memorable night for me; it was in one sense, but it wasn't in another, and I have mixed feelings about it." A large majority of fans still feel to this day that Goldberg should have debuted the night before at WrestleMania (at Safeco Field) in some type of run-in...to which Bill agrees. "I think that would have been better. Something along those lines would have been better than the way I was brought out. But like I said, I', not the type of guy who tries to steer the ship. I'm not the creative minds that come up with all the ideas...I was just the guy who could say 'yes' or 'no' to an idea. Granted, I did come into the WWE will full creative control, but I just never really wanted to use it, so I kinda' succumbed to all the BS they put me through."

One year later saw "where it all began for the WWE (at WrestleMania XX), but Madison Square Garden was where it all ended for Goldberg's run in World Wrestling Entertainment...as he faced off against Brock Lesnar. By that point, everyone knew that they were both leaving the company after this match -- something that a fact that a large majority of fans were distraught about during the spring of 2004 & some still to this day. But even before this night took place, Jimmy asked Bill if he feels that going to the WWE, in hindsight, was a mistake. "I'd be lying if I told you I didn't feel that way every single day of my tenure there. I did it for the fans...I did it for the business. I didn't do it because I wanted to do it. I went in for the wrong reasons; I was not disappointed, and I was not surprised of what happened. I questioned my decision throughout my entire tenure there." With the circumstances surrounding Lesnar vs. Goldberg (along with Brock heading back to the NFL & Goldberg's contract expiring), Noonan asked if they should have pulled the plug on the match. "I don't see why they would have...I don't see why they should of. I personally believe that since it is a business, and it isn't a business dealing with personal feelings, and it's all about making the most money, I think they dropped the ball. Whether you're leaving or not, you should milk the cow for as much milk you could get out of them, and I think it should have been a money-making opportunity; but in a way, they thought they were hurting our feelings. It just wasn't looked at as a business...and that was the problem."

After the bout with Lesnar, both men were in a rush to leave "The World's Most Famous Arena," but their limos were delayed so both were left waiting to leave the arena & World Wrestling Entertainment possibly forever. Jimmy was there that fateful night, and asked Goldberg about what went down during the evening after one of the most controversial endings in WWE history. "I wanted to get the hell of dodge. I had fulfilled my obligation; I saw how they set us up, and I was done. To say I wanted to hang around for one more second was a farce, I wanted to get the hell out, and Brock wanted to get the hell out too. I was so frustrated with the past year & so frustrated with the BS drama that goes on at that crappy place, and I think Brock was pretty fed up with all the stuff that was going on. I wanted out, and I know that certain people are in control of certain things, and to have us sitting there waiting at the end of the night to get our cars & get us out of there, it was an absolute joke. I thought it was intentional, and anyone around at that point was going to feel the wrath of it." Todd Vincent followed up with a clarification on the statement of it being intentional, and if he knew who set up Goldberg & Lesnar. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out bro. They didn't set us up, except for the fact they put us in a sh*tty slot, they didn't put an emphasis on the match that should have been put on the match, and they had ill will towards us; therefore they didn't capitalize on the big business of the match, so that's what I mean by being set up."

When asked about the relationship with the three other principles of that night (Vince McMahon, Brock Lesnar, & "Stone Cold" Steve Austin), Goldberg was very honest about where he left things with those gentlemen (and which one of the three he has kept in contact with over the years). "Brock is one of my best friends, and he & I will always be tight. As far as the other guys are concerned, that severed my ties with those guys, I fulfilled my obligation, and if I don't have to deal with those guys for the rest of my life, that will be my choice. I'll always have animosity toward people who don't do their jobs the way I think it should be done.

One of the most talked-about topics in the entire world of professional wrestling & sports-entertainment over the past several weeks has been Hulk Hogan signing with TNA Wrestling & partnering with Dixie Carter, along with TNA iMPACT going head-to-head with WWE Monday Night RAW on January 4th. Goldberg was a part of the original "Monday Night Wars," and plenty of fans & journalists alike have been quick to call 2010 as the rebirth of the "Monday Night Wars: Round II." Mosh asked Goldberg for his comments & thoughts on Hogan coming to terms with TNA. "Is Hogan the guy to go up against Vince & right the ship? It remains to be seen, but if anyone can do it, it's Hogan. Now the question is: 'How's he going to do it?' It is going to be using himself, or is it going to be using his knowledge? I think that is the determining factor. If he goes back to the 'less is more' (the adage that made him successful), I think that would be a good answer for them. As an ex-wrestler & a person who greatly appreciates the wrestling community, I sure as hell hope it works. I've been a big proponent of competition, and I think the wrestling business was at its height when both WCW & WWE were kicking each other's asses; I really think that was the pinnacle of the business." And considering the rumored names that have been discussed as possibly making a splash in TNA (including "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, & several others), what about Bill's own return to wrestling (and if that could include finally landing in TNA) in the forthcoming new year? "Do I see myself as part of that? I don't foresee it, because at this point with me having three (television) shows on the air in the spring, it's gonna' be harder than hell for me to spend time with my son & my wife. Would I consider almost anything? Is bringing the old guys back the ticket? I don't know. I really can't comment on the wrestling business, because I'm so far removed from it. It's not that I don't like it, it's that I don't like it. Is it a reality that I could be a member of TNA? I don't see it happening, but you never say never."




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More is contained in this epic interview heard exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (as part of the critically-acclaimed "Noonan Speaks") with the one & only Bill Goldberg, including his uncensored comments on the legendary rumored "shoot fight" backstage between Goldberg & Chris Jericho that you have to hear firsthand to hear what truly went down (including one of the parts of his response to The Mayhem Crew: "If you think for two seconds that Chris Jericho can get me in any submission hold & made me say 'uncle,' you & every other person listening should be checked into an insane asylum."), if he was promised the World Heavyweight Championship or the WWE Championship as part of his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (and whether or not he feels he should have exercised the full creative control in his deal), his thoughts on Shane McMahon, plus a "sneak preview" of the third season of "Bullrun" on The Speed Channel, in addition to the new season of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" (and how he almost came to close to "killing" Bret Michaels on the set). You may have to wait until Sunday, March 14th to see the season premiere, but let the debate begin on whether or not Bill Goldberg will be crowned by Donald Trump as the winner! Log onto Bill's official website (located at http://www.BillGoldberg.com), and be sure to keep up-to-date with Goldberg's additional projects he is working on into 2010 via MySpace (located at http://www.MySpace.com/SpearThis) & Twitter (located at http://www.Twitter.com/TheRealGoldberg). If you think Goldberg's first appearance on The Mayhem stacks up at the "tale of the tape," then head on over to http://www.WrestlingRadioAwards.com, and vote for this MNM exclusive in the "Male Interview Of The Year" category. Judge for yourself Mayhem Nation: Experience one of the most open & forthright interviews you will ever hear anywhere...and one that you cannot afford to miss!

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Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 21, 2010, 11:53:17 PM
interview: Edge Talks About His WWE Return, Sheamus, His WWE Contract and More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:27:38 PM


Source: PWInsider.com, Terri Bey

- Edge appeared on the Bubba the Love Sponge show this morning. Here are some highlights:

* He mentioned he was in the North Carolina mountains in new property he has there. He said he didn't mind sitting out and getting paid.

* His WWE deal ended in October but they added on injury time and said however long it takes to recover, that much time will be added to his deal.

* He said he's went to Dr. James Andrews for follow-ups to the injury and is doing some major therapy in North Carolina with other therapy sessions in Florida.

* Edge said Christian and Shelton Benjamin had the best match at WWE's TLC but he also enjoyed the main event.

* He put over Sheamus. He also put over FCW and talked about Ted DiBiase and Drew McIntyre coming out of FCW.

* Edge said Umaga's death hit him hard as they were close. Umaga called Edge the night before he died but he said he didn't even think to keep the message.

* Edge put over The Undertaker and said he has no idea how he performs so well. Edge said they have always been on good terms.

* He has no idea when he will return. He was originally told six months to a year. He has to see Andrews and then get in a wrestling ring to see how everything holds up. He said he's hoping for the first quarter of 2010.





Obama Distances Himself from WWE, Themes for WWE's Royal Rumble, Maria on G4TV
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:18:02 PM


- WWE Diva Maria will be guest hosting G4TV's Attack of the Show this afternoon.

- The theme songs for WWE's 2010 Royal Rumble pay-per-view will be Martyr No More by Chris Jericho's band Fozzy and Hero by Skillet.

- After Linda McMahon seemed to use Barack Obama's promo on WWE's Tribute to the Troops special for political gain, The White House issued a statement to The Hartford Courant paper stating that the message Obama filmed for the special was for the Troops and not done in any way to show support for WWE. The White House said that Obama did not tape the promo for WWE but for the Troops and doesn't mention WWE once in the message.





Mickie James responds to "Piggy James" critique, Talks her weight
By Brian Cantor
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:13:01 PM


After issuing a blunt Twitter response to criticism of WWE's "Piggy James" storyline, Diva Mickie James was quick to clarify that she was not specifically ripping on her company or the angle.

Responding to a Tweet, "I'm really offended right now with the WWE making jokes about your [weight]...I really worry about girls who watch wrestling, see this kind of thing, and fall victim to hating their bodies," the Diva wrote, "I agree. I think the example being set is pathetic. Giving the youth a warped perception of beauty; after all...one has to love themselves first. Society makes that hard...I love myself and my body. 130 is hardly fat."

When a story broke quoting Mickie James as saying WWE's handling of the storyline is "pathetic," James responded, "I never said WWE...if anyone read it, I said society."

While it is true that Mickie did not specifically mention the WWE storyline in her response, one cannot fault those who assumed her response was WWE-centric: the Tweet to which she responded was purely related to the company's ongoing mockery of her weight.




Knockout Retires from Wrestling, Who's Getting Fired at TNA's Final Resolution?
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:04:32 PM


Partial source: PW Torch

- Word is that Cody Deaner won't be with TNA much longer. He's expected to be the one who grabs the "Fired" briefcase at Sunday's Final Resolution pay-per-view in the Feast or Fired match.

- TNA Knockout Christy Hemme announced on the RHS Podcast last night that she has retired from in-ring competition but would remain with TNA.

Hemme said she found herself tense and nervous about the possibility of re-injuring her neck during the six Knockout tag match on iMPACT a few weeks. Hemme said: "For the first time in wrestling, I was totally nervous. I knew in that match I was done."

Hemme told TNA officials at the recent tapings that she wasn't going to continue wrestling but asked them if they had anything else she could do. The company told her they would find a place for her, understanding her situation.





WWE's Developmental Territory FCW Beginning 15-City Wrestlelution Tour in 2010
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 11:58:27 AM


- The following was sent out earlier:

** NEW YEARS WRESTLELUTION TOUR**

Tampa, Florida – December 16, 2009

FCW Wrestling is kicking off 2010 with the “New Years Wrestlelution Tour”. The tour will make stops in 15 cities including first time visits to 7 new venues. Fans can catch some of their favorite FCW Superstars including Florida Heavyweight Champion Justin Angel and many of the future Superstars of RAW, Smackdown and ECW.

FCW Wrestling is the official WWE Developmental Territory. FCW Wrestling is where it all started for current WWE Champion Sheamus and Inter-Continental Champion Drew McIntyre.

Bell time is 7:30 pm with doors at 6:30 pm unless otherwise indicated. Tickets are now on sale for the following Live Events.

WHAT: Florida Championship Wrestling Live – New Years Wrestleution Tour

WHEN /WHERE:

January 9, 2010 (Saturday)
Eustis Fl
Lake County Fairgrounds Expo Hall
2101 County Road 452

January 15, 2010 (Friday)
Ft. Myers, Fl
Harborside Event Center
1375 Monroe Street

January 16, 2010 (Saturday)
Crystal River, Fl
Crystal River Armory
8551 W. Venable Street

January 22, 2010 (Friday)
Plant City, Fl
Plant City Armory
4004 Airport Road

January 23, 2010 (Saturday)
Orlando, Fl
Orlando Armory
2809 S. Ferncreek Ave.

January 29, 2010 (Friday)
Melbourne, Fl
Melbourne Armory
1889 Stewart Road

February 5, 2010 (Friday)
St. Petersburg, Fl
St. Petersburg Armory
3601 38th Ave. S.

February 6, 2010 (Saturday)
Haines City, Fl
Haines City Armory
1107 Commerce Ave.

February 12, 2010 (Friday)
Deland, Fl
Volusia County Fairgrounds Expo Hall
3150 E. New York Ave.

February 13, 2010 (Saturday)
Palatka, Fl
Palatka Armory
1301 Moseley Ave.

February 15, 2010 (Monday)
Tampa, Fl, Fl
Florida State Fair
3150 E. New York Ave.

February 19, 2010 (Friday)
Plant City, Fl
Plant City Armory
4800 US Hwy. 301
Bell time 2pm

February 20, 2010 (Saturday)
Brooksville, Fl
Hernando County Fairgrounds Auditorium
6434 Broad St.

February 26, 2010 (Friday)
Palmetto, Fl
Palmetto Armory
1107 14th Ave.

February 27, 2010 (Saturday)
Cocoa, Fl
Cocoa Armory
308 N. Frisked Ave.

TICKETS: Kids $10
Adults $115
Ringside Reserved (Rows 1-2) - $25

TICKETS AT: Online at www.fcwwrestlinglive@yahoo.com and participating Buddy’s Home Furnishings Stores.

TELEVISION: Florida Championship Wrestling airs every Sunday on Brighthouse channel 47 from 6-7 p.m.

ABOUT FCW: For nearly half a century, Florida Championship Wrestling has been the Sunshine State's primary wrestling promotion. Now officially sanctioned and recently reorganized by WWE, FCW has also become the training ground for future WWE Superstars.

Under the tutelage and leadership of Florida wrestling legend Steve Keirn, FCW's goal for the fans is simple: To give them a glimpse at the potential Superstars of tomorrow, while providing exciting ring action that leaves the entire family with smiles on their faces.

The key objective within Florida Championship Wrestling is to train the next generation of WWE Superstars. FCW takes enormous pride in its live events all over the southeast, and in promoting tryouts at the organization's Tampa location to showcase young men and women interested in a career as a sports-entertainer.

FCW Wrestling where it all started for current WWE Champion Sheamus and Inter-Continental Champion Drew McIntyre

INFORMATION

For more information please login www.fcwwrestling.com






WWE Stars Worried About Their Jobs, More on DX and Hornswoggle, Miller Talks WWE
By Marc Middleton
Dec 17, 2009 - 2:18:30 AM


Partial source: PWInsider.com

- WWE has been booking little people all week and have booked a Miami area courtroom for this coming Monday afternoon so it appears the segment with DX and Hornswoggle is finally happening after being put off for weeks.

- Dennis Miller noted on FOX's O'Reilly Factor show last night that WWE paid him no money for hosting the Slammy's last week and what he got in return was to promote the USAcares.org charity.

- There are a lot of undercard talents in WWE who are worried about their jobs right now as everyone is expecting the company to release a number of talents after the first of the year.



Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 22, 2010, 11:25:57 AM
Second Generation Team Gets a New Name, ECW Star Wrestling Soon?, Taker-Batista
By Marc Middleton
Dec 21, 2009 - 3:55:31 AM






Chris Jericho on TV This Monday, What Did Carlito Say to Eve on RAW This Week?
By Marc Middleton
Dec 23, 2009 - 3:56:04 AM


- Chris Jericho will be hosting the 100 Most Shocking Music Moments on VH1 this coming Monday from 8-9PM.

- Angel sent the following: This week on RAW, Eve Torres could be seen getting some eggnog during a backstage segment. Moments later, Carlito came up to her and said, "Yo sabia que te gustaba el huevo." In English, that means, "I knew you liked eggs," or in slang terms, "I knew you liked balls." Huevo translated in English is egg. While it means the same thing in Spanish, it's also slang for testicles and can be construed in that manner depending on how it's said.



Posted in: TNA
Hulk Hogan Down on a TNA Gimmick, Original Ending for TNA's Feast or Fired Match
By Marc Middleton
Dec 23, 2009 - 3:49:07 AM


Source: Prowrestling.net

- As noted before, Sheik Abdul Bashir lost the Feast or Fired match at this past Sunday's Final Resolution pay-per-view because he is legitimately leaving TNA. The original plan for the match, as crazy as it sounds, was for Bashir and Cody Deaner to grab the pink slip briefcase at the same time. Bashir was then set to defeat Deaner in a "loser leaves TNA" match on an upcoming episode of iMPACT.

The plans for the match was changed because Bashir asked for his release. Word is that he was upset because TNA's director of talent relations Terry Taylor told him creative didn't have any plans for him and then asked Bashir to take a cut in pay from the rumored six-figure deal he signed earlier this year. Bashir was offended by this request and asked for his release instead.

Regarding Deaner, he might not stick around in TNA much longer as the original plan was for him to leave. Sources say that Hulk Hogan has said Deaner's gimmick makes TNA look low budget.






TNA Star Reportedly on Thin Ice These Days, Likely Getting Released Soon
By Marc Middleton
Dec 23, 2009 - 3:44:50 AM


Partial source: F4Wonline.com

- Word going around TNA is that Lacey Von Erich will be fired soon. Apparently officials have given up on her and feel that she is not learning what's being taught to her.

Lacey is said to be on "thin ice" with TNA officials.








WWE Pulls Tyson Announcement, Update on The Briscoes Joining WWE, HBK's New DVD
By Marc Middleton
Dec 22, 2009 - 6:17:52 PM


Source: PWInsider.com

- The Shawn Michaels DVD that WWE will be releasing in 2010 with his 25 greatest matches will be titled "My Journey."

- Regarding WWE signing The Briscoe Brothers, WWE has strong interest in bringing them in but the team wouldn't be able to sign until their ROH deals are up. ROH is aware of the situation between WWE and the Briscoes and has no problems with them considering WWE.

- WWE has removed the earlier mention of Mike Tyson hosting RAW from their website. The RAW on January 11th that Tyson is set to host will go head-to-head with the UFC Fight Night special. Below is the text WWE pulled from their site:

"Very familiar with being the center of attention inside the squared circle, Mike Tyson is ready to return to the ring. Unlike old times, however, the former heavyweight championship boxer will not be slipping on the gloves and delivering knockout punches. He will, on the other hand, be delegating responsibility to WWE Superstars as Monday Night Raw’s special guest host on Jan. 11 from Minneapolis."












Interesting 2009 Stats on Cena vs. Orton, Doctor to WWE Stars in Major Trouble
By Marc Middleton
Dec 22, 2009 - 12:50:27 PM


Source: F4Wonline.com

- In their feud this year, John Cena and Randy Orton had 23 live event matches, 2 dark matches and 5 matches on WWE TV - 30 matches total. Out of those, John Cena won 28 and Randy Orton won 2. They also had 50 tag matches this year with 35 of those being on live events, 5 being dark matches, 10 on WWE TV and 2 where they were forced to team together.

- David Chao, the doctor for a number of wrestlers including Rey Mysterio, had a complaint filed against him by the state medical board for unprofessional conduct and alcohol abuse recently. The complaints stem from alleged drunken driving incidents in 1995 and 2006.

Chao has been accused of screwing up a knee replacement so bad it needed to be amputated, fined for failing to maintain adequate medical records and unlawfully writing narcotic prescriptions. He also has been sued 20 times for malpractice, negligence, personal injury, fraud and severing an artery during surgery.









Report: What Happened After RAW Went Off-Air Last Night
By Amish Patel
Dec 22, 2009 - 11:57:28 AM


Thanks to Chris Benavidez and ProWrestling.NET for the following:

-- DX and Hornswoggle celebrated in the ring just going around the different sides posing for the crowd. When Big Show and Chris Jericho came in and attacked Shawn and HHH, they were both down and Hornswoggle came in and did the tuning up the band for the Sweet Chin Music and hit Jericho's knee, which did nothing and then Big Show grabbed him and went for the chokeslam.

Shawn hit the sweet chin music on Jericho, and Show let horn down and went to attack shawn in the corner. Shawn moved and then hit Sweet Chin Music, which was followed by Triple H hitting the Pedigree on Show. A ref came out of nowhere and Shawn, Hunter, and Hornswoggle pinned them.

All the other little people came out and they all jumped on big show. then they went after Jericho, who they chased back stage. Hunter, Shawn, and Hornswogle did another dx chop without pyro. Hunter got on the mic and said the camera man said there was more pyro and they went after them and just pretended to beat him up. Shawn and Hunter went around the ring and stuff for about 10 minutes shaking hands and just messing around. All three of them got on the stage and were posing some more and messing with Horny's hands and trying to get a real "X" going. They waved again and left.











Evan Bourne Impersonator Shot Down and News On WWE's Holiday Schedule
By Amish Patel
Dec 22, 2009 - 11:44:45 AM


-- There is an Evan Bourne impersonator on the loose, with recent online messsages via mySpace claiming that he was fined $2,500 and is frustrated with his lack of push in the company. A source close to Bourne has confirmed that he did no write these posts, including the one which claimed he had signed a new five-year contract with WWE. Bourne reportedly has a year remaining on his current contract. [Source: ProWrestling.NET]

-- To give the crew an extra day with their respective families during the holidays, WWE taped their SmackDown and ECW shows in Orlando, Fl on Sunday. Business picks up again on December 26th with two shows every day till the 29th. The 30th will feature a super show from Syracuse, Ny, before they break for a few days with the first show of 2010 being the all-important January 4th RAW taping vs. TNA.











TNA Knockout Breaks Ankle In Two Places During Last Night's Taping
By Amish Patel
Dec 22, 2009 - 11:38:52 AM


Source: ProWrestling.NET

-- During a match vs. Hamada at last night's New Year's Knockout Eve taping in Orlando, Knockout Roxxi unfortunately broke her ankle in two places.

Dixie Carter wrote the following on her Twitter page regarding the situation: "We wish her a very speedy recovery.











New Details on WWE's Hart Family DVD, Future RAW Host Builds a Wrestling Ring?
By Marc Middleton
Dec 22, 2009 - 3:23:03 AM


- As noted weeks ago, The Bella Twins announced online that MTV star Rob Dyrdek will be hosting Monday Night RAW soon. Rob has been going back and forth some with The Bellas on Twitter. Rob recently wrote the following: "My ring is built!! Are you ready?"

- Bret Hart mentioned on Wrestling Observer Live last week that WWE has a couple things Hart related in the works. The main one is the Hart family DVD. According to Bret, WWE has good intentions with the DVD and are looking to do something with the Hart family like they did this year with the Von Erich family. While other Hart family members including Jim Neidhart have done interviews for the DVD, Bret said he hasn't yet but plans on doing interviews in the next few weeks.













WWE Star Turning Heel, TNA Fans Sent to WWE Event, Tiger's Wife on RAW & More
By Marc Middleton
Dec 22, 2009 - 3:18:26 AM


Partial source: F4Wonline.com

- The woman at last night's RAW doing the parody of Elin Woods chasing "Tiger" around was WWE developmental Diva and former Playboy model Beverly Mullins. Mullins briefly appeared on ECW a few months ago as Courtney Taylor and has been training at FCW since.

- The following matches have been taped for this Thursday's episode of WWE Superstars on WGN America: Primo vs. Chavo Guerrero, Ezekiel Jackson vs. Vladimir Kozlov and Kane vs. Mike Knox.

- Apparently TNA's street team sent fans to the WWE TV tapings in Orlando on Sunday night to hand out TNA flyers. WWE and arena security ended up taking the flyers and kicking the TNA fans off the property.

- WWE has been trying out ECW Superstar Tyler Reks as a heel at live events and dark matches as of late. Reks has been cutting promos on his opponents while playing the whiny heel role.


Title: Re: News and Notes
Post by: wolfgang187 on January 22, 2010, 11:36:19 AM
WWE Making Changes to Live Events