Friday, March 25, 2011

WWE Announces Who Will Sing "America The Beautiful" At WrestleMania

WWE sent the following out:

"Pretty Girl Rock's" Keri Hilson to Perform at WrestleMania XXVII

STAMFORD, Conn., March 25, 2011 – Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum recording artist Keri Hilson will perform “America the Beautiful” kicking-off WrestleMania XXVII live on pay-per-view Sunday, April 3 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Hilson joins a renowned list of legendary artists that includes Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Reba McIntyre, John Legend and Ashanti who have opened the annual pop-culture extravaganza.

The chart topping singer and Decatur, GA. native Keri Hilson is no stranger to the belting out hits as she recently performed her number one song “Pretty Girl Rock” (produced by Ne-Yo) on national television shows such as the Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Lopez Tonight. Coming off her sophomore album “No Boys Allowed,” Hilson’s garnered choice reviews in the New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal to name a few. Her RIAA Gold Certified debut album “In A Perfect World" spawned number one hits including “Turning Me On” featuring Lil’Wayne and “Knock You Down” featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo. The singer has scored critical acclaim winning awards and nominations from The Grammy’s, The American Music Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, MOBO Awards and Soul Train Awards.

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Update On Jeff Hardy Backstage At Victory Road

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According to multiple sources within TNA Wrestling, there was no indication that Jeff Hardy was in no condition to perform throughout the day of last week's Victory Road pay-per-view event.

"He was fine all day and then no one could find him," according to a company source.

Shortly before Hardy's match with Sting, production managers James Tilquist (a/k/a Big Tilly) and Bruno Sassi found him in or around his trailer.

"They had to carry him from his trailer to the gorilla position," stated an observer, whose story was deemed true by other employees.

Concern increased over the way Hardy stumbled during his ring entrance. TNA sources believe Eric Bischoff, who was at the "gorilla position," called the audible. He headed to the ring to deliver the altered match plans to Hardy and Sting while also announcing to the audience that it would be a No Disqualification Match.

Following the brief main event match, Sting responded to "bullshit" chants by reportedly saying "I agree." He headed backstage and there were no visible issues with management. Meanwhile, Hardy remained in the ring and played up the "bullshit" chants. He was led back to his trailer after arriving backstage. There were no visible confrontation between Hardy and management after the show.

The decision to not use Hardy for the week's iMPACT! tapings was made the following day. It was speculated backstage that Hardy would not be used again until his legal situation is finalized. Additionally, management has yet to address the situation with the wrestlers.

TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter was backstage at the Monday iMPACT! taping, but was not backstage at Tuesday or Wednesday's shows. She reportedly went on a vacation to Mexico. The feeling amongst some employees was that talk of Hardy was taboo with her on Monday. Some employees were frustrated that she did not address the situation to the locker room.

A number of people within the company strongly feel that Hardy should be fired or at the very least give him the ultimatum that World Wrestling Entertainment officials gave him in 2003 (Hardy declined the request and was fired as a result). Many assume that WWE would cover the cost of Hardy's rehabilitation if he opts for it. WWE has an ongoing offer to cover the expenses of drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for current and former talent. However, it has not been indicated that TNA made the request as talks between both parties have been kept quiet.
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TV Rating For TNA Impact 3/24/11

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