Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ex-WWE Star Participating In Tornado Relief Fundraiser‏

Luke Gallows will be part of the tornado relief fundraiser at the armory in Jackson, Georgia on August 20th, 2011. Start time is 7 PM. Tickets cost $10. Go to http://cpwrestling.tk for full info about the event, plus visit http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com and http://facebook.com/prowrestlingevents for info about wrestling shows worldwide.
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WWE And Euro Sports ReNew TV Deal

Eurosport And WWE® Renew Deal

WWE has extended its current distribution agreement with Eurosport for another two years. Eurosport, in all European territories excluding the UK, will continue to broadcast “This Week In WWE” and “WWE Vintage Collection” to more than 113 million homes in 57 countries across the continent on Monday nights, starting at 9PM CET.
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Announcing the deal, Julien Bergeaud, Broadcast Director for Eurosport, said “We are very happy to renew our agreement with WWE, the most prominent action entertainment organisation in the world. The continued partnership reinforces Eurosport’s positioning as Europe's leading sports and entertainment group and demonstrates our commitment to work with the best entertainment groups to offer top quality programmes to fans across Europe.”

Andrew Whitaker, Executive Vice President of WWE International, added “Eurosport is a highly valued partner for WWE. Their penetration across Europe is unrivalled and this renewal is testament to the ever-growing popularity of WWE across the continent.”

“This Week In WWE” is a weekly catch up show aired exclusively by Eurosport in Europe, featuring clips from WWE’s flagship programmes RAW®, SmackDown®, NXT® and WWE Superstars. Each Monday night at 9PM CET, fans can catch up on WWE’s week of action, including the latest matches, feuds and news on their favourite Superstars and Divas.

“WWE Vintage Collection”, which is dedicated to WWE legends from 1970 through to 2000, will also air each Monday at 9:30PM CET. Eurosport will be the only channel in continental Europe offering fans access to WWE’s greatest legends, including Stone Cold Steve Austin®, The Rock®, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart.
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Breakdown of WWE Raw TV Rating 6/13/11

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The June 13th WWE All Stars edition of RAW scored a 3.06 rating with 4.51 million viewers. In a segment breakdown, the show opened with a 2.72 rating with the segment between Steve Austin and The Miz. The segment with Austin and Alberto Del Rio plus Kane vs. Del Rio lost 210,000 viewers, which is unusual for the beginning of a three-hour RAW as people typically tune in throughout the first hour because they remember it's on early.

Sin Cara, Daniel Bryan and Ezekiel Jackson vs. Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase gained 65,000 viewers while Sheamus vs. Santino Marella lost 10,000 more viewers, both low numbers.

At 9pm, RAW went from a 2.62 rating to a 3.29 rating as more people tuned in at the normal start time. This brought 924,000 viewers for the segment with Randy Orton and Christian. Christian's match with Rey Mysterio and the angle with Nexus lost 154,000 viewers and the segment with R-Truth and John Morrison's injury lost 131,000 more viewers.

Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger gained 169,000 viewers. Piper's Pit with The Miz and Alex Riley with Miz vs. Roddy Piper gained 342,000 viewers, which is actually below average for that normal time. The Divas on Price is Right footage and the 7 vs. 7 Divas match lost 306,000 viewers while Steve Austin's in-ring segment where he destroyed the General Manager's laptop gained 72,000 more.

The main event with CM Punk vs. John Cena gained 501,000 viewers, which is also below average, bringing the overrun to a 3.62.
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Photo Of Cover For Randy Orton's Upcoming DVD

Randy Orton tweeted the following picture that will be the cover for his upcoming DVD. It can be seen here
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Smackdown Returning To Charlotte On November 29th‏

The WWE Smackdown taping on November 29th, 2011 will be held at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Go to http://sportsentertainmentevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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Wrestlers For TNA's Bound For Glory Series Announced

Impact Wrestling posted the following on their website:

On Thursday's IMPACT WRESTLING on SpikeTV at 9/8c, the first-ever "Bound For Glory Series" will be officially announced. There will be 12 Superstars participating in the ongoing competition, all leading to our biggest Pay-Per-View of the year in October!

As an online exclusive, the 12 participants in the "Bound For Glory Series" are:

Rob Van Dam
AJ Styles
Gunner
Bully Ray
Crimson
James Storm
Matt Morgan
Devon
Scott Steiner
The Pope
Bobby Roode
Samoa Joe

Tune into Thursday's IMPACT WRESTLING for more details and participants for the "Bound For Glory Series"

Can't watch IMPACT WRESTLING on Thursday night on SpikeTV at 9/8c? Make sure to set your DVR to record it so you don't miss any of the action

- Witness the fallout from Slammiversary this Thursday night on SpikeTV, with Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Sting, Mr. Anderson, AJ Styles, Jeff Jarrett, Rob Van Dam, Matt Morgan, Samoa Joe, Crimson, Mickie James, Velvet Sky and many more!

- NEW World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Anderson will be in attendance - how will Anderson celebrate his latest reign as World Champ?

- The first-ever "Bound For Glory Series" will be officially announced. There will be 12 Superstars participating in the ongoing competition, all leading to our biggest Pay-Per-View of the year in October!

- Matches announced for Thursday's broadcast include Hernandez of Mexican American vs. Devon, plus the Knockouts Tag Team Title will be on the line as Rosita and Sarita defend against Velvet Sky and Ms. Tessmacher

- The road to the July 10 "Destination X" event begins, featuring the daredevil, high-flying superstars of the X Division. The Six-Sided ring returns, plus the amazing Ultimate X match and much more!

- Plus, what do Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan have planned now that they are back in control of IMPACT WRESTLING? What are their plans for the X Division with "Destination X" right around the corner?
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Audio: The Pro Wrestling Rewind W/ Mercedes Martinez 6-15-11 Archived

The Pro Wrestling Rewind returned to the airwaves on the SNS Radio Network with "The Power" Andy Knowles and "The King of all of Italy" Mike Siciliano and were joined by Mercedes Martine.The WSU World Champion joined the Pro Wrestling Rewind for a candid conversation about women's wrestling and her career which includes her current two year plus world title reign. The news of the week and a your calls too. "Don't say Boston Bruins" to Andy or you'll get the boot tonight on the Pro Wrestling Rewind exclusively on the SNS Radio Network located at www.sundaynightshowdown.com .

http://www.archive.org/download/ProWrestlingRewindJune15th2011EspnSnsRadioNetwork/PWR061511.mp3
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Audio:The CAWsCast 6-14-11 Archived

The CAWsCast returned to its normal timeslot on 6-14-11 on the SNS Radio Network with "The Phenom" Charles Shane and "Mr. Money on the Mic" JJ (ALL CAPS) $exay. JJ talked about the exciting interviews taking place on the SNS Radio Network with both Lanny Poffo and Shawn Michaels both taking place next week on WNL. The Boys jumped into discussion over the new WWE12 game giving their thoughts on the hour long demo Q&A with Cory Ledesma and Marcus Stephenson. JJ opened the phone lines and took calls from Nighthawk, The Pope who announced that he may be joining the cast of the Real World, "The Sensational Sequel" Sean who had some mic issues...as well as hostility from Charles Shane & Matt Black. JJ & Charles shifted to the ppv this sunday and their picks for Capital Punishment, and the current status of John Cena before wrapping the show with an email and thoughts on possible gameplay features that could make WWE games better on the latest episode of the CAWsCast.

http://caws.ws/cawscast/podpress_trac/web/518/0/CAWsCast-06-14-2011.mp3
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Ccreative Team Member Leaving WWE

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Actor and WWE creative team member Freddie Prinze Jr. is rumored to be leaving the company soon, if he didn't finish up at this past Tuesday's tapings. Prinze Jr. returned to work for WWE late last year and had been working on producing vignettes, among other things.
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Attendance For Recent WWE Tour

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

* SmackDown on June 9th in Turin, Italy drew 4,500 fans for $270,000
* RAW on June 10th in Syracuse, NY drew 5,400 fans for $145,000
* SmackDown on June 10th in Florence, Italy drew 5,000 fans for $300,000
* RAW on June 11th in Rochester, NY drew 6,700 fans for $200,000
* SmackDown on June 11th in Barcelona, Spain drew 7,000 for $370,000
* RAW on June 12th in Bethlehem, PA drew 4,600 fans for $155,000
* SmackDown on June 12th in Madrid, Spain drew 11,000 fans for $500,000
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Report: Sin Cara Frustrated With WWE

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Sin Cara has been telling friends how much help Triple H has been with him and has talked about the frustration he's feeling with having to learn a new style of wrestling, all while the spotlight is on him. Cara is said to be fully aware of his situation of being in the right place at the right time and Triple H's first guy brought in as an international star.

Speaking of Sin Cara, there was heat after officials were disappointed with Cara and Chavo Guerrero's match at Over the Limit. Regarding the match, Chavo is said to have taken all the heat from officials for the match not being good.
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Michael Tarver Comments On WWE Release

Following his bio being removed from WWE.com, Michael Tarver posted the following on Twitter:

"Thanx for the kinds words guys but im just getting warmed up wwe was just the beginning ,,,,,,,,GOD HELP US .....stay tuned...

Whats going on family ,fyi im about to go H.A.M. all over the web starting this sunday night ,you havent seen my potential yet ,stay tuned..

Im cancerous so when I dance you wouldnt want to bomb either if you responded back with a battle rap you wrote for JOHN CENA ,stay tuned... Having some fun ,,,,,stay tuned..."
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WWE Reportedly Owned Money For PPVs

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, as of the end of March 2011, WWE was owed $10.2 million by various pay-per-view distributors for events that have already happened.
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WWE.com Interview Tough Enough's Winner Andy

Standing in the middle of the ring on Monday Night Raw, in front of more than 15,000 members of the WWE Universe in Richmond, Va., Andy Leavine experienced the kind of thrill every kid that grew up wanting to be a WWE Superstar dreamed of. With all eyes on the dynamic up-and-comer – his body shaking with anticipation for a moment that could define his life forever – WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin announced him as the “Tough Enough” Champion. Andy's lifelong dream had come true. In an instant, he was finally a WWE Superstar. The rush of adrenaline was indescribable.

Then, in the midst of celebration, reality literally gave him a harsh slap in the face. WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon officially welcomed WWE's newest Superstar into the WWE world with a blow to the face, followed by a “Stone Cold” Stunner from The Rattlesnake himself. With that, Andy realized that regardless of what he had just accomplished, there was plenty of work yet to be done.

Not at all deterred by his painful "congratulations," Leavine told WWE.com, "It's important that you pay your dues to the guys who came up in this business. I guess that was my official welcome to WWE."

The determined grappler, known as "Silent Rage," has captured an illustrious WWE contract by training with elite WWE ring warriors Booker T, Trish Stratus and Bill DeMott. And now, on the road to his WWE debut match, Leavine journeys to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) - WWE's prestigious training ground - to fine-tune his skills with a slew of WWE Hall of Famers.

"It was an incredible experience," Andy described of winning USA's hit reality series and the announcement of his triumph on Monday Night Raw. "It was pure emotion ... excitement. A huge adrenaline rush flowing through the entire body."

Leavine, who grew up idolizing larger-than-life icons like The Undertaker and Kane, has officially been initiated into one of the most exclusive clubs in all of entertainment. It's no wonder that he welcomes the chance to train with the cream-of-the-crop at the state-of-the-art FCW facility, before unleashing his legacy on the world.

"I felt like they made a great choice in Andy," remarked Steve Keirn, President of FCW. "He was really determined to make it and had a lot going for him: His size, his youth, his aggression. His heart seemed to be into it and we're happy that he made it.",

Leavine couldn't think of a better place than FCW to fine-tune his skills to meet the incredible challenges the WWE roster has to offer.

"First in 'Tough Enough,' and now in preparation for my impending WWE career, I get the opportunity to learn from the best," WWE's new Superstar added, describing the privilege of studying with the likes of Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. "Their overall influence and wisdom are the biggest advantages I have toward becoming a true force to be reckoned with."

"Generally speaking," Keirn expounded, "the biggest hurdle toward achieving success in WWE is intimidation. The bar has been raised pretty high. Everybody is looking to secure a position on Raw or SmackDown. Competition is probably at its highest level right now."

It's because those stakes are so high that Leavine has no intention of wasting his place at the table.

"I welcome all the challenges that I'm going to face." he said. "I am proud of winning 'Tough Enough.' However, now it's time to slap on the belt, tighten it up and get my WWE career rolling."

Chomping at the bit to officially begin competition in WWE on Raw or SmackDown, Leavine pledges to take on all comers. "I have no qualms about facing anybody in WWE," he said. "The more matches I can get, the better. That's how you become experienced. That's how you move your way up."

As the WWE Universe waits on the edge of its collective seats to see when and where the winner of "WWE Tough Enough" will make his debut, Leavine made it clear he would be focusing on one dominating philosophy: "Work hard, break bones and persevere."
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Update On Randy Orton's Concussion

As reported earlier, Randy Orton suffered a legitimately suffered a concussion whilst wrestling at a house show in Spain and according to PWInsider.com, it is said to be a "game day decision" if Randy is cleared to wrestle Sunday at Capitol Punishment.

Randy Orton tweeted the following:

"because I was knocked out in Spain. U can't wrestle, or should i say, perform, the day after a concussion."
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