Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Update On Evan Bourne's Suspension

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE announced Tuesday they have suspended performer Evan Bourne for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company's Talent Wellness Program.

Bourne's suspension was not unexpected since he was summoned to a meeting with WWE officials at Monday's Raw SuperShow in Atlanta, Georgia regarding a recent violation of their Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy (a component of the Talent Wellness Program), which according to corporate.wwe.com, "prohibits the use of drugs by talent for other than a legitimate medical purpose pursuant to a valid prescription from a licensed and treating physician."

WWE employees were surprised he and Kofi Kingston didn't lose the Tag Team Championship on Raw. The duo is now expected to drop the titles at Tuesday's SmackDown taping in Greenville, North Carolina since his suspension has been publicly announced.

Many WWE performers believe the recent rash of suspensions is tied to Talent Wellness Program administers cracking down on usage of synthetic cannabis, which was added to the banned substances list in June. Sold under the brand names K2 and Spice, the substance was banned for at least a year effective March 1, 2011 by the Drug Enforcement Administration so they could study its effects more thoroughly and decide whether a permanent ban is necessary.

Bourne is the third WWE performer to be suspended in the past month, following Darren Young and Heath Slater.
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Backstage News On Recent WWE Suspensions

Following the recent suspensions by WWE to Sin Cara, Mike Chioda, Darren Young, Heath Slater and now Evan Bourne, some WWE superstars believe the suspensions are related to WWE cracking down on synthetic marijuana, which is a legal substance reports PWInsider.
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WWE "Upset" With Twitter Response To Raw

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE officials were upset with the tepid response towards their Twitter trending efforts Monday night during Raw. No WWE related terms trended until the show's conclusion.
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Update On Mick Foley Returning To WWE & Survivor Series Involvement

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Although he was removed from the advertisements for the 11/14 three hour edition of WWE Raw, there are still plans to feature Mick Foly on the show, and it will likely be in a referee capacity.

It's also being said that there is a good chance Foley will be appearing at Survivor Series, as he is working a comedy gig just 6 blocks away from Madison Square Garden at midnight on the night of the PPV.
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Why The "Michael Cole Challenge" Was Moved Back A Week

According to PWInsider.com, the "Michael Cole Challenge" involving Cole and Jim Ross was moved to next week's show due to lack of time.
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James Storm Set To Miss Between 6 To 8 Weeks Due To Concussion

James Storm wrote the following on Twitter yesterday:

Had a ct head scan and a MRI yesterday. Hate when doctors just come in and give you a look. Just tell me the bad news. Cowboy up!!!

The TNA world champion then tweeted:

Confirmed.... Tv tapings in Macon the cowboy sustaind a concussion. Doc says 6-8 weeks. But that's for a normal man
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Promotional Posters For WWE TLC & TNA Final Resolution

WWE TLC Poster

TNA Final Resolution

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Dave Finlay Turns Down TNA Offer

During an interview with The Sun, former WWE wrestler and agent Dave "Fit" Finlay revealed he turned down an offer to join TNA. He said:

At one time or another they all got in touch and I listened but the offers weren't right.

"They weren't enough – it's not like it's my first day in the business. I've been doing this for 37 years now and one thing I know is that you can't sell yourself cheap.

The interview in whole can be read at this link
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Breaking News: Evan Bourne Suspended By WWE

The following was posted on WWE.com

In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE has suspended Matthew Korklan (Evan Bourne) for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s policy
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CHIKARA: NYC bus trip to our season finale and iPPV event "High Noon"

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The bus trip departs NYC at 12:30 pm (please arrive by 12 noon.) Meeting for pick-up on 9th Avenue between 42nd & 43rd Streets, in front of Starbucks, a block away from Port Authority. Bus arrives back in NYC by 10:00 pm that same evening.
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