Friday, August 5, 2011

Audio: Melina Comments On WWE Release

Melina a podcost on here website and it can be heard at http://realmelina.com/2011/08/06/new-beginnings-podcast/
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TV Rating For TNA Impact Wrestling 8/4/11

According to PWInsider, the 8/4 edition of TNA Impact Wrestling scored a 1.14 cable rating, It should be noted that the season debut of Jersey Shore scored a 8.8 rating.
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WWE Returning To Wichita Falls, Texas On September 25th‏

WWE returns to the Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas on September 25th, 2011 at 5 PM. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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WWE Vintage Collection Summary: Summertime Battles‏

WWE Vintage Collection on August 5th, 2011 featured these matches:

* Tag Team Turmoil Match from WWF Summerslam 1999
* Rey Mysterio vs. Psychosis from WCW Bash At The Beach 1996
* Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko from WCW Nitro on July 8th, 1996

Go to http://sportsentertainmentevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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Hulk Hogan To Appear At More CWI Events In Canada‏

THE IMMORTAL HULK HOGAN SIGNS ON FOR CWI EAST COAST INVASION TOUR

The Immortal Hulk Hogan will lead the charge of Championship Wrestling International superstars headed for the Maritimes during CWI's upcoming East Coast Invasion Tour.

Hogan, along with CWI champion Scott Steiner, Native American Tatanka, Brutus the Barber Beefcake, Kevin Nash, The New Age Outlaws and many other wrestling superstars, promise to make CWI’s Invasion tour 9 days of wrestling action fans won't soon forget.

"Some of my fondest memories are of how loyal the Canadian fans are," Hogan said during CWI's recent Brawl at the Bush II in Brantford, Ontario. "CWI wrestling has some of the biggest superstars in the world. Whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania and CWI run wild on you, brother?"

Hogan has signed on for appearances at shows taking place August 19 in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, and August 20 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. CWI is also in negotiations with Hogan and our sponsors to appear at an additional East Coast Invasion Tour show, with the date yet to be determined.

Championship Wrestling International's 2011 East Coast Invasion Tour includes seven shows in 9 days, kicking off on August 18 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

"After bringing the Immortal Hulk Hogan to Brantford for CWI’s Brawl at the Bush, we received requests from fans across the country asking us to visit their communities," said CWI President Nick "Nitro" Wyman. "This wrestling organization is taking its brand across Canada, starting in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island."

Among the highlights of CWI's East Coast Invasion Tour will be Mayhem in the Maritimes, taking place August 26 at the Harbour Station in St. John, New Brunswick. The event will feature well-known wrestling superstars on top of current talent on the CWI roster, including The Hardcore Legend Mick Foley.

Championship Wrestling International features a stellar lineup of wrestling talent. As well as Hogan, the Invasion Tour will feature the long-awaited return of the New Age Outlaws, Road Dog Jesse James and Bad Ass Billy Gun, to the CWI ring.

More exciting announcements will be made about the East Coast Invasion Tour in coming weeks, so stay tuned to http://www.cwiwrestling.com and local media for more information.

Go to http://www.wherewrestlinghappens.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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COLUMN: Spoon-Fed Wrestling #3 by Huhn Jo

Welcome back to Spoon-Fed Wrestling.

It’s been quite an eventful couple of weeks in Pro Wrestling. From the continued push of Joker- Sting vs Immortal, the BFG tournament in TNA, Christian winning the WWE Heavyweight Title, and all the turmoil in the WWE with the return of CM Punk, Jim Ross, and HHH.

As most of the IWC, I have been watching the whole CM Punk angle play out on both the internet and on TV. While I’m one of those who is not a fan of how the angle seems to be rushed, I understand why. They are on the cusp of one of the biggest PPV events of the calendar year and as such they needed something to headline SummerSlam from the Raw brand. Hence, in my humble opinion, that’s the sole reason the storyline between Punk and Cena is being rushed for SummerSlam. It would be too easy to bash Creative at WWE for shot-gunning this and not starting this angle sooner, or allowing it to build organically, so I won’t take that route. What I’m going to do with this week’s column is explain in more detail why I put CM Punk in my top five all-time list.

In my last column, I laid out many of the reasons and actions that Punk has taken to cause me to elevate him to the top tier of my personal fan listing. I did, however, leave one major reason out of the article. At that time, I felt it was too personal and would show too much bias on my part. Then I realized, SpoonFed Wrestling is an opinion column and if I’m not going to list my opinions why bother? So with that said, it’s time to let some of my biases come to light.

As I stated before, I’ve had CM Punk on my radar since I had first heard about the year long feud that had taken place between Raven and Punk in ROH, I searched for and found several clips online of the feud and the Second City Saints Faction. Even on the small, poorly filmed clips I felt as if CM Punk had the tools to be something different in the business if he made the leap to the big time.

When I next saw him, he was in a feud with Mike Knox on the watered-down WWE adaptation of ECW. I instantly recognized him and paid attention. It didn’t take me long to see that the version we were destined to get of Punk was going to be Punk-light at best. His mic time was almost nonexistent. His work-rate in the ring had been homogenized into the WWE style of entertainment. Hell, there was no Pepsi Plunge or a Welcome to Chicago, Motherf**ker finishing moves. Finally, they had him playing the glad-handing, cheap-pop garnering face. It was nauseating and in short order I’d written him off as just another clone produced by the machine.

Despite the infrequent flashes of the brilliance with the long-overdue heel turn against Jeffery Nero Hardy, the birth of the Straight Edge Society, and finally the stunted run with the Nexus, his tenure in the Fed has been underwhelming at best. That was until the promo on June 27th. At that moment, Punk began his ascent in the Huhnjo rankings.

Let me be clear, all the reasons I just listed above are true, but there is one over-riding reason above all else. The primary reason I’ve had Punk on my radar is he’s as close as anyone has ever been in professional wrestling to the character I would have tried to create had I become a pro wrestler.

This come as no surprised, but as many long-time fans, I fantasized about stepping into the ring in my younger days. That dream grew stronger as I became a teen and took up martial arts. I learned early on that many of the moves in Jujitsu, Muay Thai, and Judo were mirrored in pro wrestling, albeit without the realism. I won’t bore you all as to why I ultimately gave up that dream, just that when I have a particularly bad day at work, I find myself wondering what if.

But I digress.

The character that Punk uses, particularly his Straight Edge gimmick that isn’t a gimmick, where he talks down to people who aren’t Straight Edge has many of the same undertones of the character I dreamt of portraying. The whole, ”I’m better than you because” is much the same as mine would have been in my dream career. Punk’s style of wrestling with a mixture of Muay Thai kicks and strikes with Jujitsu holds is not only what I would have done, it’s gotten me out of more than a few scrapes back in the day, which was a Wednesday.

To be clear, my character would have had some major differences. Namely the whole Straight Edge Lifestyle. As anyone who knows me can attest, I would never make it in the Straight Edge Society. Brewing my own beer is just one of the reasons. The other differences would be the ink and piercings, that’s just not my style.

Other than that, the gimmick that Punk has is as close to my own never-revealed character. Mine would have been about a character who had an over-the-top level of confidence. Not because the character was a blue blood, ala Hunter Hearst Helmsley, rather my character would act smug and cocky because winning at everything came easy. Not only would I have thought I was better, I would have had no problem telling anyone I was better than them. In fact, that would have been my catch phrase—I’m Better Than You!

I’d gone so far as to mentally script out my entrance. Upon entering the ring, I would grab a mic and when the music died down, which in my fantasy booking world would have been Better

Than You by Metallica. I would walk around the ring spouting whatever angle was underway, ending each promo by pointing at various audience members and say, “You know it. You know it.

You know it…Everyone knows it…” Finally pointing at my opponent and saying, “I’m! Better! Than! You!”

So here we are, you’ve all had a small peek inside my mind. I’m a mark for wrestling. So what. I’m a mark for the Second City Saint. So What. Get used to it, because you all know it. Punk! Is! Better! Than! You!
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Gail Kim Comments On Quitting WWE

Gail Kin wrote the following on Twitter:

Every1 sounds upset or sad or concerned..trust me its the best thing ever. Now my life can begin. All the negativity is gone and control over my life. No one can hold me down but me now!
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John Morrison Comments On The Release Of Melina

John Morrison wrote the following on Twitter in regards to the release of his girlfriend Melina:


I’ve always believed that Melina is the most talented Diva ever employed by World Wrestling Entertainment. (not to mention the hottest!) Her face conveys emotion. Vince McMahon likes to say “Television is a feeling” and I agree with him. That’s what Sports Entertainment is all about. Melina’s presence on Television, aside from the obvious (she be sexy!) is raw emotion- joy, rage, surprise, disgust… her passion just pours out of her.

Melina’s presence on Monday Night Raw will be missed by the WWE universe… and especially by me.

I think this is the end of a chapter in the book of @RealMelina – I met Melina on my audition for Tough Enough 3, I never forgot the smile, and hug she gave me when I made the show and she got cut and told to go home. I’ve stood next to her with Joey while MNM was yelled at; told we’d never make it, we were worthless. I’ve seen her come back from 2 career threatening injuries. She is one of a kind, and talented enough to do whatever she wants. I’m proud to be her man. I love her, and will support whatever she chooses to do next.
#staystrong #thankyoumelina
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Audio: Unplugged Following WWE Smackdown 8/5/11 With Young Bucks Interview At 10:30PM EST

Tune in tonight starting @ 10:30pm Est, 8:30pm Mst on the SNS Radio Network located at www.snsradionetwork.com as UnPlugged returns to the airwaves. JJ will review the 8/5/11 edition of WWE Smackdown, also Chris Kelly of Headlocks2Headlines.com joins the show to talk the latest “News of the Week” including today’s released by WWE of Chris Masters,David Hart Smith,Vladimir Kozlov Gail Kim and Melina Perez. The boys are then expecting to be joined by former TNA and ROH talents The Young Bucks. In the second hour “The Sensational Sequel” Sean joins the show to talk the latest Gaming News and JJ will open the skype sponsored by Headlocks2Headlines.com and take your phonecalls @ (501) 588 7957 or send your emails to unpluggedjj@yahoo.ca and join the “Live” chatroom to be an interactive part of the show.
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WWE Release David Hart Smith

The following was posted on WWE.com


WWE has come to terms on release of David Hart Smith as of Aug. 5. We wish David the best in all future endeavors.
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List Of Wrestlers Released By WWE Today

The following talents were released today by WWE

Chris Masters
Vladimir Kozlov
David Hart Smith
Gail Kim
Melina Perez
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WWE Release Chris Masters & Vladimir Kozlov

The following were posted on WWE.com

WWE has come to terms on the release of Chris Masters as of today, August 5, 2011. WWE wishes Chris the best in all of his future endeavors.

WWE has come to terms on the release of Vladimir Kozlov as of today, August 5, 2011. WWE wishes Vladimir the best in all of his future endeavors.
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WWE Release Melina

The following was posted on WWE.com:

WWE has come to terms on the release of Melina Perez as of today, August 5, 2011. WWE wishes Melina the best in all her future endeavors.
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*Breaking News* Gail Kim Quits WWE

Gail Kim wrote the following on Twitter:

Hey I just wanted every1 to know that I officially quit WWE on monday. So thank u wwe fans! This won't be the last u see of me. Love u guys :)
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CZW 8.5: More Names for August 13! MASADA on Ryuji Ito!










*AERIAL ASSAULT COMING TO ’TANGLED WEB 4’ ON iPPV – SATURDAY,
AUGUST 13*

CZWrestling.com
- On Saturday, August 13, ‘Tangled Web 4’ airs on iPPV from The
Asylum Arena, 7 W. Ritner ST in Philadelphia, PA at 7:30 pm.

The iPPV airs LIVE on HybridEnt.TV
. Pre-order TODAY for $14.99 or get a special package with the Live
Stream, the DVD, & an autographed poster signed by Scotty Vortekz &
Drake Younger for just $30.

ALSO, ADDITIONAL Front Row seats have been added to ‘Tangled Web
4’ and will be available first come, first serve when doors open on
August 13.

TWO RING AERIAL ASSAULT JUST GOT CRAZIER! Ricochet joins the action on
August 13! He’ll join the field of competition - Ryan McBride,
tHURTeen, Latin Dragon, Ty Hagan, Tony Nese, HyZaya, and ONE MORE TO
BE ANNOUNCED!

Joining The Runaways (Joe Gacy & Ryan Slater) and BLK OUT (Alex Colon
& Ruckus) in a four way dance for a CZW Tag Title shot – Azrieal &
Bandido, Jr. AND the return of The Set (Lance Lude & J-Sinn)!

TXT ALERT EXCLUSIVE! Updates are flying in for August 13. Find out the
FINAL ENTRANT of AERIAL ASSAULT by signing up for the CZW TXT ALERT
SYSTEM! Sign up atCZWrestling.com
!

Just over a week away from facing DJ Hyde’s “Mystery Opponent” &
Greg Excellent has some words for the CZW Owner on CZW Official
YouTube
.

ALREADY ANNOUNCED:

* *2 Ring Psycho Circus Death Match*: “The Golden Boy” Drake
Younger vs. Scotty Vortekz.

(See what Scotty Vortekz
and Drake Younger
have to say)

* *CZW World Heavyweight Title, Lumberjack Strap Match*: champion
Devon Moore vs. BLK JEEZ

(Fans can buy a raffle ticket for the chance to join in on the
match!)

(Watch BLK JEEZ’s message to Devon Moore & the Fans

)

* *Ultraviolent Table Match*: Matt Tremont vs. Rory Mondo

(See what ‘Not So Little’ Mondo has to say

)

* Sami Callihan vs. BJ Whitmer

(Read CZWrestling.com’s look at BJ Whitmer’s CZW history

)

* *2 Ring Aerial Assault Match*: Ricochet, Tony Nese, tHURTeen,
HyZaya, Latin Dragon, Ryan McBride, Ty Hagan, & two more yet to be
announced

* Greg Excellent vs. a DJ Hyde mystery opponent

* A Drew Gulak Wired Invitational Match

(NEW interested talent may submit materials to drew.gulak@gmail.com

)

(Watch Dewey Donovan & Mr. Tofiga explain why they are aiming for
August 13
)

* The Runaways (Joe Gacy & Ryan Slater) vs. BLK OUT (Alex Colon &
Ruckus) vs. Azrieal/Bandido, Jr. vs. The Set (Lance Lude & J-Sinn)
compete for a CZW Tag Title opportunity

(See how The Runaways pissed off Maven Bentley

to create this match)

* Will Men’s Club USA Make an impact

?

* More to be announced soon!

Show your support at the ’Tangled Web 4’ Facebook Event site

. You can also download and share the ‘Tangled Web 4’ Flyer

!

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*MASADA SPEAKS ON RYUJI IO*

MASADA, CZW’s Ultraviolent Underground champion and winner of the
Tenth Annual Tournament of Death, has some words to say for Ryuji Ito

, the man he’ll face at the Chri$ Ca$h Memorial Event “Down With
The Sickness” on Saturday, September 10 in Philadelphia, PA.

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*CZW INVADES MONSTER-MANIA CON – AUGUST 19-21 – CHERRY HILL, NJ*

MonsterMania.Net
– Staff members from Monster Mania recently attended ‘New
Heights’ and said, “This show is the closest thing to a real life
horror movie I have ever seen! High flying...mat
wrestling...ultraviolence...these guys have it ALL!!!”

From Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21, CZW World Heavyweight
champion Devon Moore, The Runaways, Chrissy Rivera, Kimber Lee, & Rory
Mondo will be on-hand and available for autographs and photos at
Monster-Mania Con 19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ. For
more information, visit CZWrestling.com preview of the CZW Invasion at
Monster-Mania Con

.

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*WIRED TV TAPING – SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 – PARKWOOD YOUTH
ORGANIZATION, PHILADELPHIA, PA*

CZWrestling.com
– On Sunday, August 28, a special Wired TV taping will take place
at the Parkwood Youth Organization, 3301 Mechanicsville Road in
Philadelphia, PA. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Admission is free with a
minimum $10 donation benefiting the J.T. Roberts memorial.

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*CZW HEADS TO EUROPE IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER!*

CZW heads to the United Kingdom for ‘Project Mayhem’ at Planet
Nightclub, Westbury Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1JD!

* Friday, September 23 at 20:30 at Fight Club Pro

* Saturday, September 24 at 17:30

* Sunday, September 25 at 17:30 at!

So far confirmed – DJ Hyde, Danny Havoc, Adam Cole, Devon Moore, Jon
Gresham, Sami Callihan, and more to be announced soon!

Tickets for all three United Kingdom events are available at
FightClubPro.com
.

The following weekend, CZW heads to Germany!

* Friday, September 30 at 19:00, CZW joins wXw ‘Fight Club 2011’

* Saturday, October 1 at 17:00 bell time with CZW ‘Back in
Germany’

* Sunday, October 2 and Monday, October 3, CZW, wXw and BJW join
forces for ‘The Triangle of Ultraviolence”

(TICKETS FOR OCT 2 & OCT 3 ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ON PRE-ORDER)

Tickets for all Germany events are available at wXw-wrestling.com

.

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*For news, tickets, and to sign up for CZW’s text service and e-mail
newsletter, visit CZWrestling.com
.

CZW DVDs and Streaming Videos are available at HybridEnt.TV

.*

CZW’s official DVD affiliates are SmartMarkVideo.com

, RFvideo.com
, and Highspots.com
. CZW DVDs are available for international fans at The wXw Shop

and BigJapanShop.com
.

*Follow CZW Social Networking at Youtube.com/user/CZWnews

, Twitter.com/CombatZone
, and Facebook.com/CombatZoneWrestling

*.
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Content Listing For Upcoming Shawn Michaels/Bret Hart DVD

Credit:Silvervision.co.uk

Disc 1

San Antonio vs. Calgary

The Rockers vs. The Hart Foundation

Heartbreak Kid vs.The Hit Man

Intercontinental Champion vs. WWE Champion

Showstopper vs. Excellence of Execution

Progressive vs. Traditional

Fantasy vs. Reality

Respect vs. Trust

Redemption vs. Reconciliation

Hope vs. Peace

Disc 2

The Rockers vs. The Hart Foundation
Madison Square Garden – 25th November, 1989

Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Wrestling Challenge – 10th February, 1990

The Rockers vs. The Hart Foundation
Tokyo Dome – 30th March, 1991

Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Portland, Oregon– 21st July, 1992

Intercontinental Championship Match
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Syracuse, New York– 29th April, 1992

WWE Championship Match
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Survivor Series – 25th November, 1992

Steel Cage Match
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Utica, New York – 1st December, 1993

Disc 3

Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania 12 – 31st March, 1996

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Bret Hart’s Induction
Chicago, Illinois – 1st April, 2006

Bret Hart Returns to Raw
Raw – 4th January, 2010

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Shawn Michaels’ Induction
Atlanta, Georgia – 2nd April, 2011

Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features

The First WWE Ladder Match

SummerSlam 1992

Winning the WWE Championship for the First Time

Bret’s WCW Regrets

Cameras Rolling Between Takes
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Sin Cara Returning From Suspension Early

Accordng to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Sin Cara will be returning at this coming Tuesday's WWE SmackDown tapings in Sacramento, California. This would mean that Cara's time off for suspension was cut to three weeks instead of the 30 days.
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Slam Wrestling Interviews Melina

Credit:SlamWrestling

Henry Ford famously said that "Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this." WWE Diva Melina might argue that it's actually not that hard -- which is why she is constantly searching for new and bigger experiences.

"Everything I've been through," she told SLAM! Wrestling last week, during a promotional stop at the Viewers Choice Canada offices, "has totally made me grow as a person, and see life differently."

That includes a recent promotional trip to Singapore, which Melina (last name Perez) was a true life highlight.

"Oh my goodness, it was amazing," she gushed. "I loved it. You don't really hear that much about Singapore, so I didn't really know what to expect. I didn't expect it to be a metropolis. It was beautiful."

It also allowed her a rare opportunity to actually take in some of the culture of the country, something that being there on a tour wouldn't necessarily allow.



"When we go (somewhere) to do shows, we never get the chance to fully appreciate the city. We go there, do the show, and then move on to the next city or country. Doing this was the best thing ever, because I got to see the sights and really absorb everything."

Mostly, it was a thrill to get to meet the Singapore fans. For Melina, this is often the best part of any trip, particularly in countries in which WWE doesn't tour frequently.

"The people were so nice -- they loved us. I see how happy they are with the little bit that we get to (see them), and I always feel bad that I don't give them enough."

Her fans here might have a similar comment, albeit this time directed towards WWE's creative team, who seem to forget at times that she's on the roster. For much of 2011, her appearances were mainly on the low-tier Superstars show, and, while brought back to Raw in recent weeks, it has been in a series of losing efforts. Speculation among the internet wrestling community is that this is a form of punishment for an alleged bad attitude -- for the record, during this interview, there was no evidence of this; indeed, Perez was absolutely charming, exuding friendliness and warmth throughout.

She dismissed any talk of discipline.

"That's just the way it goes," she said about her current situation. "Nothing goes smoothly all the time in life, nothing's always perfect in any career. In this business, everybody's going to get their shot; I can't always get mine. And I accept that."

"It's not that I'm being punished. It's just the way it goes. My fans may want me to get more time, to get more of a push, and I'm happy that they think that. I'm glad that they think that, because that means they still care. And one day it will happen, you've got to be patient."

In either case, she's not going to let it affect how she approaches things. In her view, any time she goes out there is a chance to show what she's capable of, whether she's in the limelight or not. In fact, she would extend those comments to the entire Diva roster.

"I trust there's a reason that we get the time we get," she said. "And that there's going to be a day that we get even more. But until then, we give everything that we can in our allotted time. I think there's an art to that, and I'm very proud of all the girls on the roster that we're able to do what we can in that amount of time."

"People don't always give the girls the credit that we deserve. I'm not saying that's within the company, because I know in our company people do know what we have to offer. But I think the 'smart' fans sometimes think that we're being held back because we're not talented -- but we are. I work with these girls every day, and I know what they have to offer."

"It's so difficult. We have to look good with our costumes, our hair, and our makeup. And still be PG. But then we have so much more to prove, since because we're women, it's like people think we're not going to be good wrestlers, or they judge us. People don't realize how much more work we have to do to prove that we can hang, that we're here, that we deserve to be here."

Which isn't to say that Melina wouldn't like to do more. Indeed, she is constantly looking for new experiences within the company."



"There could always be more, there's always a feeling that I could do this or I could do that. I've been telling people (when I was) in Singapore and Malaysia that 'I wouldn't mind being GM,' I wouldn't mind doing stuff like that, and it's something I would like to try to do in the future."

Another thing she wouldn't mind doing again is managing. Fans will recall that her first appearances were as the manager of Johnny Nitro (now, John Morrison) and Joey Mercury -- the trio was known as MNM. Perez sees managing as a lost art, particularly in today's WWE, and it's something she wouldn't mind bringing back.

"I miss it. It was a lot of fun. You can be a character behind it, and show little details. There's so much to be said for doing the little things, like showing a little facials, the way I react to my guy and what he's doing. I also miss cheating, doing stuff behind the ref's back. I like being a heel," she laughed. "Being a heel is fun, because there's so much fun you can have with the character. I get to act crazy, and basically be my alter-ego. When people are rude and mean to me, the person that I really am, I just say, 'Okay, let it go, and keep moving on with my day.' As a heel, I can take all those moments where I thought, 'I wish I could have said this to that person, or done that to this person' and put it into that character and act it out in the ring."

Though she also points out that there are some negatives to playing a villain, the largest being that people can often mistake her character for her real self. As mentioned, there have been a lot of negative things said about her, particularly online. And it has affected her personally in the past.

"In the past, it was really difficult," she said sadly, her voice a near-whisper, "because people didn't want to know me or give me a chance, because they believed in that character. Since my character was so mean and so vindictive, people didn't think I couldn't really be that way in real life, so that was really hard. It hit a point that everybody was treating me that I was such an evil person, that it kind of wore me down. It was very lonely."

One refuge she's had from the negativity is her official website, www.realmelina.com. Using that site to communicate directly to her fans, and show off her real personality, has allowed people to see "the real me," she said."

"Now, the character stays in the ring, and I go home and I'm me. (The website and) Twitter, people can get on those any time of the day. I get fans from all over, and they're great. It's allowed me to overcome a lot."

"It really hurt when people couldn't really see me for me. It was emotionally very hard, being bullied because of this character. And now I hope my experience can help other people who are being bullied. I think this has helped me help other people."

In other words, what Ford said.
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WWE Looking At Pre-Raw Show

According to Vince McMahon's conference call with investors, WWE is looking at having a show air just before Raw on the USA Network as a lead into Raw.
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