Saturday, August 1, 2015

Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Passes Away

WWE posted the following:

WWE is deeply saddened that Roderick Toombs, aka “Rowdy” Roddy Piper — WWE Hall of Famer and Intercontinental Champion — passed away today at the age of 61.

WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Toombs’ family, friends and fans.


“Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”
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Friday, July 31, 2015

News On WWE Doing "Bash At The Beach" Event

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE is looking at doing a live special on the WWE Network that would be taped on a beach, similar to the first WCW Bash at the Beach event 20 years ago.
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

More On Sting Not Working WWE's Summerslam

It was reported by PWInsider a few weeks back that Sting would no longer be used at Summerslam for a match. According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, he original idea was to introduce Sting as a surprise about a week or two out from the show, likely as the mystery third partner in Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. The Wyatt Family. Sting was told a while back that he would be on the show in a six-man tag match and he was even mentioned in a SummerSlam TV commercial that WWE had cut more than a week ago.

Sting, 56, had reportedly gotten himself into "ridiculously good shape" for his age. At one point recently, Sting was informed that plans had changed and they would not be using him on the show.

No word yet on what this means for the six-man match with Reigns, Ambrose and The Wyatts but all elements of the original angle are still in place. WWE had the idea that Sting and Ambrose teaming with Reigns would maybe get a good reaction for Reigns in New York City, which is going to be a tough crowd for him.
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Michael Cole To Meet GFW Announcer

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter , GFW's Chael Sonnen is reportedly meeting with Michael Cole at the August 11th WWE SmackDown tapings in Portland, Oregon. The meeting was apparently set up by WWE talent scout Gerald Brisco and WWE's Senior Director of Talent Development Canyon Ceman.

Sonnen was in San Jose for WWE's WrestleMania 31 and the Hall of Fame earlier this year. It was reported that he was set to have unofficial talks with Kevin Dunn, possibly about a potential WWE TV role.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Layla Retires From WWE

WWE posted the following:

On a hot summer evening in New York City on August 16, 2006, the WWE Universe chose and then promptly welcomed Layla El as its newest Diva. In the heart of Times Square, the winner of the 2006 WWE Diva Search celebrated what would be the first of countless successes over the course of her nine-year career in sports-entertainment. Today, after almost a decade of dazzling WWE fans in every pocket of the globe, the former Divas and Women's Champion announces her retirement from WWE.

In an exclusive, candid interview with WWE.com, Layla discusses her departure, dancing, the Divas of tomorrow and more in a farewell message to the WWE Universe.

WWE.COM: Your decision to retire from WWE has to be the most difficult decision of your career. What makes walking away from the squared circle such a challenge?

LAYLA: I feel like deciding to retire from the ring has been a hard decision to make because I’m passionate and I love performing. I’ve known everybody in that company now for nine years. They’re family. I spend more time with crew and Superstars and Divas on the roster than I did with anybody else. It becomes part of your life. And not only that, it’s hard walking away from the fans. Part of me feels a little bit guilty for walking away because [WWE fans] are 100 percent loyal and have supported me since 2006. I wouldn’t even have this job if the fans didn’t vote in the Diva Search. I was able to win that competition because of them and I was blessed. But sometimes you just need to step out and take a risk and move onto the next phase in life.

WWE.COM: What are the key factors and thoughts of yours that led to this life-changing decision?

LAYLA: I’ve been traveling the world for nine years now and sometimes it’s just time to start the next chapter of your life. Traveling on the road was fun, but the older you get, it takes more time for recovery. I just got tired of the travel part.

WWE.COM: You mentioned the 2006 WWE Diva Search. I actually interviewed you the night you won. What is different about the Layla from that night and the Layla of 2015?

LAYLA: [gasp] SHUT UP! Why do I remember that?! You were my first interview and now you’re like my last. Wow, that is awesome. Can we note that?

WWE.COM: Yeah, I think we can. It’s kind of wild.

LAYLA: Yeah, that would be awesome. Anyway, so in 2006, I was very spunky and I had just finished dancing for the Heat and artists like Kanye and P. Diddy. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into of course — that innocent, gullible thing. And now, growing up with WWE, I feel like a grown woman, a mature woman. This Layla, I feel, is accomplished and has had a lot more world experiences than I could have dreamed of. I’ve traveled everywhere in the world. I’ve been to Iraq during the war and there’ve been so many things I’ve been able to do — participated in charity events, performed live. I feel like I’m wiser, more experienced and I know what I want now.

I am proud that I did make it in the ring and I can truly walk away saying, “I’m a good wrestler.” I did really well and I was able to break through the negative and definitely prove people wrong.

Layla wins the 2006 WWE Diva SearchWWE.COM: What’s next for Layla? What are your goals and where will you go from here?

LAYLA: What’s next for Layla? To be perfectly honest, the first two weeks, I’m doing absolutelynothing. [laughs] No, I have stuff that I would like to do. I would maybe like to do some TV stuff, whether it’s in the States or in the U.K. I’ve talked a little bit about maybe going back into my dance background. I’m going to start choreographing and might even go back to the Heat to start choreographing with them.

And then, of course, I’m engaged now to my fiancĂ© Richard. We’re going to get married and then later on, in a few years, I want to have some kids and start my family life.

WWE.COM: That sounds like an excellent plan. Looking at the Divas Division you are leaving behind, what are your hopes for WWE’s Divas in the immediate future and beyond?

LAYLA: I think I went through three or four different eras of the Divas and there’s always been change. And I feel like this most recent change [#GiveDivasAChance] is awesome, because women are making a stand and demanding this opportunity. With the Divas Revolution and these Divas that are coming up, I really do believe this is a great moment for a girl to be a Diva. Their matches are longer and more competitive, plus I don’t remember there ever being two [Divas] matches in one show. Everything has changed, and with more change comes more growth. I hope these girls can take it to another level and then, after that, the girls that are following them can take that to another level. With change grows more change so I’ll be happy to watch in support. I hope they kill it.

WWE.COM: What’s your parting message to the WWE Universe and something you want them to know?

LAYLA: I’d like to tell WWE Universe “Thank you” for always being loyal to me. They’ve seen me through my good times and in my bad times. In one of the first interviews when I won the Diva Search, I said to the fans, “I won’t let you down,” and I truly feel like I can walk away saying I have attained anything that any Diva was able to attain.

I was in the first-ever Divas Tables Match [at WWE TLC 2010]. I was the first Diva Search winner to win both championships — the Women’s Title and the Divas Title. I was able to be in LayCool, which was the highlight of my career. I am just blessed in every way. I feel like I have done everything that I would possibly have done with WWE, so I’m walking away a very happy camper and I hope everyone else is happy with my decision, too.

Thanks to WWE for giving me this amazing opportunity that has been nine years of seeing amazing things and meeting amazing people. I feel very accomplished. I’m walking away with a very happy glow in my heart. This isn’t a sad thing. It’s a positive thing. I’m moving on to the next part of my life.

Special thank you to Michelle McCool because with her, I had the best two-and-a-half years of my career. We’re still really good friends and I was privileged to work with and learn from her.

Kelly Kelly and I worked together from the get-go. I’d love to say to her “Thank you so much!” We had so much fun and became true friends. Together, Kelly Kelly and I learned how to wrestle. We became very good friends and we had so much fun together.

I’d like to thank Fit Finlay because he gives the Divas 125 percent. He basically gave me my opportunity; he started training me and taught me. He became a father figure to me, which I never had in my life. He took me under his wing and I’m forever grateful for that.

I also want to thank WWE’s executive offices, WWE’s talent relations group, the travel department, WWE producers and writers, make-up artists and seamstresses, and every other Superstar and Diva.
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