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, "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, 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 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.
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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!


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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