Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Update On WWE Hall Of Fame

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE has made the decision to start very soon on construction for a physical Hall of Fame. Officials are still looking for a city to house the Hall of Fame and carry the financial burden of running it but Orlando, Florida is a possibility. WWE is in the process of purchasing legendary memorabilia for displays in the new Hall of Fame building.
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Update On Charges To WWE's Creative Team

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

There have been some significant changes to the WWE creative team lately as Brian Gewirtz is no longer the RAW head writer and Michael Hayes is no longer the SmackDown head writer as both have been moved a step above the head writer position.

Gewirtz's role now is to give ideas and set up the main direction for both shows, and transmit the ideas Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon have for what they want on the show. Hayes' new role is to be the guy who also gives ideas for both RAW and SmackDown, but he's also the guy who oversees the agents and tells them what key things have to be included in TV matches.

David Kapoor (Ranjin Singh) is now the head of RAW as he and his staff put together the scripts, but he is the actual writer. Ed Koskey is now doing the same thing on the SmackDown side. Both Koskey and Kapoor report to Brian Gewirtz, who reports to Stephanie McMahon, who then reports back to Vince McMahon. Hayes will also be working with Vince and Triple H on major show finishes
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Backstage Reaction To Randy Orton's Radio Interview

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

There was a lot of heat from management and other wrestlers regarding Randy Orton's recent interview where he bashed Kelly Kelly. It was noted by a source that any mid-card wrestler who said even part of what Orton did would be buried big time but Orton was able to get away with it because he's one of the "golden boys."
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Audio: The Pro Wrestling Rewind Live Tonight At 9pm EST

Tonight on the Pro Wrestling Rewind, 9pm est, on the http://www.snsradionetwork.com, "The Power" Andy Knowles returns to discuss the CM Punk - Vince McMahon - John Cena saga. Andy looks at some key moments during their exchange this past Monday and how they could effect the future of the WWE. The question is also asked, "What the hell happened to the Impact Wrestling PPV this past week?" Also, "The Power" weighs in on the unusual situation involving Crelly and the SNS Radio Network. No holds barred. Your news, your phone calls, your weekly excursion into the truth, tonight, 9pm est exclusively on the Pro Wrestling Rewind
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Report: Hulk Hogan Holds Meeting With TNA Talents

According to ProWrestling.net, Hulk Hogan held a meeting with the TNA talent on Tuesday prior to the Impact Wrestling taping. Hogan stressed that the wrestlers need to step up their games when it comes to storytelling in the ring, which is a common theme of his in meetings. The talent wasn't very receptive, as they've heard it before. Dixie Carter asked the wrestlers if they had any questions, and no one took the opportunity to do so.

It is interesting to note that neither Matt Conway or Vince Russo were in attendance.
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WWE Talents Looking Forward To Money In The Bank PPV

According to PWInsider, it's said that the WWE roster and crew members are looking forward to the Money in the Bank pay-per-view as much as they look forward to a WrestleMania or other major, exciting event. The recent happenings between CM Punk and John Cena is the hot topic within the company.
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WWE Holding Focus Group

WWE has been holding focus groups in the New York City area for males and females ages 18-54, who are current or former fans, to discuss the WWE product, it's positives and negatives, and if they stopped watching regularly and why they stopped watching. The focus groups were started by WWE to begin coming up with ways to bring back fans and to work on weaknesses in the current product
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John Cena Response To The Rock's Video

Following The Rock posting a video on Twitter, John Cena tweeted the following:

CeNation. Just saw Dwayne's statement. Via satellite of course. Sad, really. It was like an episode of mad money.I wonder if GLAAD will be offended by Dwayne's comments.

Either way..looks like I have really made him mad. But, certainly not mad enough to show up and do anything. Maybe he can send a stuntman.Dwayne. I am a WWE employee, and a proud one. The difference between us is you left for 'greener pastures'. For me...this is what I love I have never begged for anyones admiration or acceptance, u don't believe me..watch MITB. Its not about that. Its about showing up.

Id rather wrestle a thousand 'punks' than one 'rock'. Because I can see his passion. Wish I could see yours...yer just never there. :)

Until april 1st. Keep on bringing it my man. You're doing great. Your friend John Cena
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Audio: Beyond the Bell 7/13/11 Heel Hitman

Host Sean Beckerman brings you the first episode of Beyond The Bell Extra on the SNS Radio Network. This special edition features the monumental heel turn of Bret “The Hitman” Hart. Listen to classic promos and interviews of the “Heel Hitman”. So buckle up and get ready to go back in time and relive one of the greatest heel turns ever.

http://www.archive.org/download/BeyondTheBellExtraTheHeelTurnOfBretHart/BTB-HEELHITMAN.mp3
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Update On WWE Ice Cream Bars

Good Humor sent the following response to a fan today regarding the possible return of WWE Ice Cream bars:

"Thank you for writing us regarding Popsicle WWE Ice Cream Bar.

While we at Good Humor Ice Cream enjoy a good figure four leg lock and are sure glad you enjoyed the product, we don’t have plans to make a Superstar Ice Cream Bar at this time."

CM Punk, who started the the idea of the return, tweeted:

"Is good humor stupid?"
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COLUMN: Shooting From the Hip #1 by Tony Mirabella

Okay. So, this is my first time doing this “column” thing. Be gentle. Or, be rough. The Don can handle it!

I've been watching Raw and lately have been entertained. This shoot-style is very appealing to me. As a 33-year old wrestling fan, I’m very partial to this style, going back to WCW.

Eric Bischoff bringing in Hall and Nash, and calling them by their real names was revolutionary. I was much younger then, and more of a mark, but this ground breaking event actually had people scratching their heads. Was this an era of WCW/WWF cooperation, or were we seeing the beginnings of a wrestling war? “Smarts” all over the world began giving their opinions, including the very young IWC, which I am proud to consider myself a member.

Even the precursor, the proverbial “first shot in the Monday Night Wars,” which saw Lex Luger jump ship to WCW within days of leaving WWF started getting fans thinking about what goes on behind closed doors in the wrestling industry. There is no doubt in my mind that the Monday Night Wars gave birth to the IWC. We, as a community, owe our very existence to it. The “Montreal Screwjob,” which gave birth to the Mr. McMahon character, surely saved the WWF.

Even the Attitude Era helped evolve the “shoot style.” Guys with idiotic, fake-as-hell gimmicks like HHH, Rock and Stone Cold were allowed to evolve their characters into something we could relate to. No one cared about the Ringmaster. But, a blue-collar guy getting over on his rich boss? Everyone could relate to that! No one cared about a preppy, snobby Helmsley. But, HHH, joining with DX and then later crippling guys with sledge hammers? Hell yeah! Rocky going around smiling like an idiot? (yawn) But, the Rock kicking ass and throwing around catch phrases rules!

Let’s look at WCW’s death. Everyone wants to blame Bischoff, Russo, AOL, Hogan, OJ Simpson and everyone else. Well, maybe, just maybe what killed WCW was stupid crap like the “finger poke of doom.” Maybe it was putting the world title, held by men like Ric Flair and Sting, around the waist of an actor who had never wrestled a match in his life! Or, could it have been Hogan wrestling a fat talk show host like Jay Leno? A LOT of things helped kill WCW. And, descending from a touch of realism to madness could have been the nail in the coffin.

My point is, (you knew I’d get to it eventually,) is that making it more real, making it make more sense, seems to work! And, now, we have this whole CM Punk/John Cena/Vince McMahon scenario. Is Punk leaving? Has he signed an agreement? How much of that promo was a shoot? I don’t know. I DON’T KNOW! And, I love it! Not knowing! Something being pitched as such a shoot that I’m not 100% sure what the hell is going to happen. I’m looking forward to the MITB Pay Per View! I want to see it! You’ve sold me on it, and that’s what you should be doing every month.

Get the pattern, WWE? Stop insulting our intelligence. Give us something that screams of realism. John Cena seemed real to me for the first time, talking to Vince without yelling, without the gimmicks, just talking to him man to man. And, Cena willing to throw down that belt for his principles? Brilliant! This was the first time I’ve actually said, “Hell yeah, Cena! You go!” Yeah, I marked out for Cena.

In the end there aren’t just Little Jimmys out there. There are some Big Jimmys. Intelligent fans who like being thrown a swerve. Could the tides in the WWE be changing? Could HHH and Steph be giving a lot more input now? HHH is an Attitude Era junkie. So is Steph. Maybe WWE is switching those fan bases again, and coming back to what brought them to the dance. The old-ass 33 year olds like me.

And, remember. Kissing the ring isn’t an option, it’s a requirement!

Don_Bronx

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Video: The Rock Response To John Cena's Comments

The Rock posted the following on his Twitter page responding to John Cena's comment during a recent Australia tour.

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Update On Rey Mysterio's Whereabouts During Raw

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Rey Mysterio was reportedly not at Monday's RAW from Boston because he was at home resting up for Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
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Update On Drew McIntyre Following His Fall On Raw

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Drew McIntyre as not supposed to hit the floor like he did on Monday's RAW. McIntyre was supposed to stay on the stage, not fall off when Mark Henry crashed into he and Big Show. Drew ended up hitting his head on the concrete next to the entrance ramp but as was okay following the fall.
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Update On Tough Enough Season 2

When asked on Twitter if there was going to be a season two of Tough Enough, Bill Demott tweeted:

if and when there is another season of @wwetoughenough it will be @steveaustinBSR,@trishstratuscom ,@BookerT5X and myself..IF"
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TV Rating For WWE Raw 7/11/11

Credit:PWInsider.com

The 7/11 edition of Raw did a 2.9 rating, with 4,386,000 viewers. The show did hours of 2.86 and 2.96
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Tamina Joins Twitter

Smackdown Diva Tamina has joined Twitter and can be followed at @TaminaSnuka
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Update On Sarita's Facial Paralysis

Despite announcing that she was suffering from facial paralysis, TNA Knockout Sarita wrestled at night last's Impact taping under a lucha libre style mask.
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HWA Returns SUNDAY, 7/17 to Leonardtown, MD: Titus-Redwood, Cole-Shizo‏

Nate Stein sent the following in:

Horizon Wrestling Alliance returns THIS SUNDAY, July 17 to the Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown, MD with a 3 pm bell time.

Featuring stars from Ring of Honor & more:
* Battle Royal to determine the #1 seed in the HWA championship tournament
* Ring of Honor stars battle it out as Rhett Titus faces Great Mills High School Alum Grizzly Redwood
* International star Adam Cole vs. Great Mills High School Alum Milo Shizo
* Pelle Primeau vs. Latin Dragon
* Greg Excellent & The Bravado Brothers vs. The Hellions (Alex Payne, Shane Hagadorn, & Ernie Osiris)
* Mike Sydal vs. Drolix
* Brian Hardy, Harm City Fight Club (Harold Ian Varelli & Matt Wylde), Fredo Majors, Agent Sly Stetson, as well as Southern Maryland residents James Pash, Mike Mayhem, RW Buckler, Phil Stamper, & SO MUCH MORE!

Doors open at 2 pm. AND THE BUILDING IS AIR CONDITIONED! TICKETS ONLY $10!

Show your support on the HWA 7/17 Facebook Event Site!
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Update On Mark Haskins/TNA

Mark Haskins will be wrestling at the W3L Summer Fever event in Kinghorn, Scotland on July 17th, 2011. Go to http://w3lwrestling.com for full info about the event and http://sportsentertainmentevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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*Spoiler* Results For WWE Smackdown 7/15/11

Credit:PWInsider.com

*Smackdown opens with World champion Randy Orton being interviewed by Josh Mathews inside the ring. He discusses his match against Christian at Money in the Bank. Christian appears on the Titantron and says he will become champion again. Christian says that Orton's father was a joke and he's just as pathetic as Cowboy Bob Orton. Orton says what is pathetic is Christian holding the title for five days.

*WWE Intercontinental champ Ezekiel Jackson defeated Ted DiBiase.

*Backstage, Cody Rhodes warns Ted DiBiase that if he loses one more match, Rhodes will personally put a bag on his head.

*Cody Rhodes defeated Daniel Bryan.

*Teddy Long tells a referee to warn Mark Henry and Big Show that if there is any physicality between the two when they have a face to face later, their match at the PPV will be canceled.

*Kane comes into Long's office and thanks him for the match against Randy Orton. Kane says he doesn't feel like a monster anymore and asks Long what is happening to him. Long tells Kane that he's scaring the hell out of him.

*Backstage, someone has spraypainted Randy Orton's private bus with "ORTON SUX. TEDDY LONG = MORON. CHRISTIAN = UNCROWNED WORLD CHAMPION." Christian comes across it and acts shocked and says he can't imagine anyone would do this.

*Sin Cara defeated Sheamus. Cara messed up his entrance. Wade Barrett was on commentary at ringside and attacked Cara after the match.

*Christian is in the casino with Randy Orton's wallet. He pulls out $1,000 and says he's going toplay for Orton's daughter's college fund. He plays but loses and says Orton's luck has just run out.

*WWE Divas champ Kelly Kelly defeated Rosa Mendes.

*Johnny Curtis promo backstage. He says soon, the cat will be out of the bag, but pulls an elephant out of it and yells at an assistant in the room. He tells the man that the elephant in the room isn't until next week and rips up the stuffed animal.

*Justin Gabriel defeated Heath Slater.

*Kane defeated World champion Randy Orton via countout when Orton saw Christian coming out and Orton chased him off.
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*Spoiler* Results For TNA Impact Wrestling 7/21/11

Credit:PWInsider.com

In a dark match, Smith James defeated the Memphis Mofo.

Impact began with Sting coming to the ring for a promo. He talks about how insane he is. He calls out Bischoff and Hogan to come out. Kurt Angle comes out in his clown attire from last week and enters the ring. Angle says that he means no disrespect and says that it was him who saved Sting last week because it was the right thing to do. At Hardcore Justice their paths will cross again. Sting says he respects Angle. Angle says he wants to beat Sting since he never has. It has to be Angle because he has no other choice. Sting says they have a dilemma.

Immortal's music plays and out comes Ken Anderson and Bully Ray. Ray says it is Sting and Angle versus Anderson and Ray tonight.

In a Bound for Glory Series Match, Rob Van Dam defeated Scott Steiner with a rollup.

Mickie James came out for a promo and called out Velvet Sky. Mickie said she has watched Velvet get blamed for other wrestler’s problems. Mickie knows how it gets and its not good. Mickie wants to give Velvet her first knockouts championship shot tonight because Velvet has earned it and says that they are going to tear the roof off the Impact Zone.

Angelina Love and Winter come out. Angelina says she and Winter are competitors and that Mickie and Velvet just need to go get a hotel room. Angelina says that no matter who wins tonight it won't be long before the title is back around her waist. Winter insults both Mickie and Velvet for a bit before they go to the back.

Backstage Sarita and Rosita are brawling with Tara and Miss Tessmacher. Madison Rayne brawls with Tara as well until referees have to break it up.

Miss Tessmacher and Tara defeat Rosita and Sarita to become the new Knockouts Tag Champions. Tara and Tessmacher jumped Rosita and Sarita when they came out. Sarita was wrestling this match wearing a mask due to her recent facial injury. Tara had Sarita in the Widow's Peak and Madison ran out while the ref was distracted and Madison tackled Tara. Tara and Miss Tessmacher were able to hit stereo finishers (Stratusfaction by Tessmacher and fireman’s carry into side slam by Tara) for the three count.

In a Bound for Glory Series Match, Matt Morgan defeats AJ Styles, Gunner, and Samoa Joe to earn 10 points.

They show an Eric Young video package with him going into a gas station looking for an opponent to defend his TV title against. He finds D'Lo Brown. D'Lo tells Eric this is a road Eric doesn't want to go down. Eric rolls up D'Lo and counts the 3 himself and runs from D’Lo. Young gets away and D'Lo says "he didn't even recognize me."

In an X Division title match, Brian Kendrick defeated Alex Shelley Shelley hit sliced bread on Kendrick on the apron. When Shelley put Kendrick back in the ring, Aries ran out and hit Shelley with the title and threw him back in the ring for the fall.

Mexican America comes out for a promo. Anarquia comes out and calls what Tara and Tessmacher did earlier garbage. He says they are pissed off and when they are pissed off they kick ass. They call out Beer Money who enter the building and come face to face with Mexican America. James Storm tells them to do everyone a favor and leave the ring, the company, and go cut grass. Storm threatens to kick Anarquia’s teeth down his throat. Since they have been competing in the Bound for Glory Series, they came out to reintroduce themselves to everyone.

Storm says they are the best, being four time tag team champions. Storm says they aren't going to just beat them, they're going to kick their asses for the people here, the people watching, and all the Mexcians that came before Mexican America that they are disgracing. At Hardcore Justice, Beer Money will beat them to retain the tag titles. Storm advises them to mark the day after the pay per view on their calendars because Mexican America is going to wake up with their Green Cards stuck straight up their asses. Roode tells then Sorry About your damn luck.

The Knockouts Title Match between Velvet Sky and Mickie James never got to happen. Angelina Love and Winter attacked Mickie as she entered. Velvet tried to make the save. ODB and Jackie came out and attacked Velvet as Angelina and Winter bailed. Traci Brooks then came out for the save. Referees and security had to separate Traci, Mickie, and Velvet from Jackie and ODB. Cops came out and put handcuffs on Jackie and ODB and took them out of the Impact Zone.

TNA World Champion Sting and Kurt Angle defeated Ken Anderson and Bully Ray when Angle pinned Anderson after an Angle Slam. Ray tried to stop Anderson from doing his usual intro because Ray wants to get in the ring and take care of business. Anderson did it anyway. At one point during the match Bischoff came out and said something on commentary.

After the match, Angle and Sting shook hands and Angle pulled Sting in close before leaving the ring.

In a match for Xplosion, Magnus defeats Shannon Moore in an Xplosion Championship Challenge match. Douglas Williams ran out and pulled Shannon off the apron so Moore hit his face on the apron. Magnus then hit a Michinoku Driver for the win.
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Kid Kash Re-Signs With TNA

According to PWInsider.com, Former WWE, TNA and ECW star Kid Kash has signed a deal to return to TNA.
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