Wednesday, February 1, 2012

News On Bobby Lashley/WWE

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Although Bobby Lashley is interested in resuming his professional wrestling career, WWE reportedly "wants no part of him right now." WWE officials weren't happy about how he left the company years ago after receiving a large push, not to mention that there are lingering issues with creative head Michael Hayes.
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News On Mark Henry's Injury

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Mark Henry's knees went out in a match against Big Show on January 24th in Tucson, Arizona. The belief is that Henry's body was overcompensating because of the groin injury and that he shouldn't have been in the ring.

According to a script from the SmackDown show, Daniel Bryan was supposed to run-in when Mark Henry was down and take out Big Show with a chair, like he did. Show was supposed to come back and chokeslam him with Henry then laying out Bryan with a splash. Henry was in so much pain he couldn't get up and splash Bryan.
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TV Rating Breakdown For WWE Raw 1/30/12

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The January 30th RAW Supershow did a 3.55 cable rating and 5.21 million viewers. This was the most-watched RAW since May 23rd, 2011.

In the segment breakdown, the opener did a 3.90 quarter-rating. Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler lost 580,000 viewers while Tyler Reks vs. Brodus Clay lost 166,000 viewers. CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan gained 219,000 viewers to a 3.54 quarter-rating - which is actually a weak gain for that time slot.

The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston lost 231,000 viewers while The Rock's video lost 329,000. Eve Torres vs. Beth Phoenix and the Kane vs. John Cena brawl gained 325,000 viewers. The segment with Triple H, John Laurinaitis and The Undertaker gained 753,000 viewers
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News On Brodus Clay's Reaction To New Gimmick

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Brodus Clay was reportedly hesitant about doing his new gimmick at first but "Road Dogg" BG James has been working with him on it. Clay wanted to be a monster heel, like originally planned.
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News On Br

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Brodus Clay was reportedly hesitant about doing his new gimmick at first but "Road Dogg" BG James has been working with him on it. Clay wanted to be a monster heel, like originally planned.
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Press Release: WWE Confirms New Creative Team Hire

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- WWE(R) today announced the appointment of Eric Pankowski as Senior Vice President, Creative and Development. Pankowski, previously a senior executive at Reveille and Warner Bros., will report to WWE Executive Vice President of Creative, Stephanie McMahon. In this role, he will be responsible for the creative development of all television content including concepts that go beyond in-ring such as reality and kids programming; the management of WWE's creative writing teams; and selling programming to major cable and broadcast networks, studios and other content distributors.

"Eric is a creative veteran whose knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset in both the creation of new WWE content as well as enhancing our core product," said Stephanie McMahon.

Prior to joining WWE, Pankowski was the Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs for Reveille charged with launching a department that focused on daytime, access and late night programming in syndication and cable. Pankowski spent more than 12 years of his career working for Warner Bros., most recently serving as the Senior Vice President of paraMedia inc., Jim Paratore's production company. Pankowski oversaw paraMedia's development slate which included the development, launch and production of Lopez Tonight where he worked closely with the creative, promotion and product integration teams; managed pilots and sales presentations for all projects including TMZ; and produced and pitched original show ideas to broadcast and cable networks. Prior to paraMedia, Pankowski served as Director of Programming for Telepictures where he oversaw The Ellen DeGeneres Show and several other shows. Pankowski started his career at Warner Bros. Corporate Media Research Department as a Junior Analyst, quickly becoming Manager.

Pankowski holds a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University Bloomington
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Why Hacksaw Jim Duggan Was In WWE Royal Rumble

According to, WWE booked Hacksaw Jim Duggan for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view and other appearances this week part in because he has a new autobiography that comes out on April 1st. WWE wanted to help the Hall of Famer get some attention for his book. Look for Duggan to do promotional work for the book during WrestleMania week in Miami
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TNA Returning To Elmira In March‏

Elmira, NY will host the IMPACT WRESTLING World Tour on Friday, March 23 at the First Arena at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 10 at and charge by phone at 607-734-7825. Fans that purchase a $50 ticket will receive a special meet and greet with the IMPACT WRESTLING Superstars at 5:30pm (redeemable with ticket the night of the show). Appearing live and in person will be Bobby Roode, Matt Morgan, James Storm, Mr. Anderson, Gail Kim and more. Go to for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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WWE Releases Royal Rumble Survey-Mentions TNA & ROH

WWE sent the following out:

-- Did you watch the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on Sunday, January 29?

-- Including yourself, how many people were in your pay-per-view viewing group?

-- How did you watch the Royal Rumble pay-per-view?
-Watched at home through my cable provider
-Watched at home through my satellite provider
-Watched at a public restaurant or bar
-Watched at a friend or family member's home
-Watched on
-Watched on another website (please enter web address)

-- Prior to watching the Royal Rumble, which announced match were you most interested in seeing?

-- After watching the Royal Rumble, which match was your favorite?

-- Did you watch the Royal Rumble pay-per-view last January (2011)?

-- Please rate your overall enjoyment of the 2012 Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.

-- For non-PPV buyers, WWE asked: "We are interested in finding out why you didn't watch the Royal Ru