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 Rumble. Please select how much you agree or disagree with the following statements."
-Due to the economy, I've limited my spending on WWE pay-per-view.
-The announced matches did not interest me.
-I was not interested in the main event participants.
-I was unsatisfied with previous WWE pay-per-view purchases.
-I preferred to read the results online.
-Storylines leading into the Royal Rumble did not interest me.
-I opted to watch other non-WWE pay-per-views in January.
-I rarely purchase any WWE pay-per-views
-I tried to order the pay-per-view, but couldn't due to technical problems.
-I was satisfied learning the results on TV.
-Everything I need to see is available on WWE's weekly TV shows.
-I'm generally less interested in WWE.
-I've already spent my allotted expenditures on WWE pay-per-views
-The matches were similar to previous pay-per-view events.
-I didn't know the date or time of the event.
-I was not available to watch the event.
-I thought the match outcomes would be too predictable.
-WWE's TV programs were not focused enough on Royal Rumble.
-I preferred to watch Royal Rumble clips on YouTube.

-- Approximately how many WWE pay-per-view events have you watched in the last 12 months?

-- From the choices below, please select your three main reasons for purchasing any WWE pay-per-view.
-Dissimilar matches to previous pay-per-views
-Unpredictability of the match outcomes
-The undercard is intriguing
-Preference for "themed" pay-per-views.
-Availability to watch the event
-Preference for pay-per-views with "specialty" matches.
-My friends and family are available to gather on a particular night
-Storylines interest me
-My favorite superstar is in action
-The main event and major matches on the card are compelling
-Historically significant event

-- How have the “specialty" matches in general affected your interest in watching the events?

-- Do you plan on watching the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Sunday, February 19?

-- What other types of pay-per-views do you typically watch? (Select all that apply)
-Mixed Martial Arts (e.g. UFC)
-Other Wrestling (e.g. Impact!, Ring of Honor, etc.)

-- Approximately how often do you watch non-WWE pay-per-view movies or events?
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WRA 2012: Wrestling Radio Awards recap

The 11th annual Wrestling Radio Awards show (WRA 2012) was held on Sunday, January 29th and was streamed live on and The full 90 minute audio stream and video clips from the event are now archived on

This year's event was hosted by the award winning Ministry Of Slam U.K. radio show and nominated model Ruby Renegade who is currently featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Inked Girls Magazine.

The show kicked off with the announcement of the WRA "Host Of The Year" winner being Colt Cabana for his podcast "The Art Of Wrestling." Cabana then accepted the award personally and thanked all of the fans for the support. Cabana explained that his show is a forum for wrestlers like himself to tell their story. He regularly has on big named guests like CM Punk & Mick Foley but he urges everyone to check out the stories from some of the lesser known talents he has had on to share their experiences on the road in the wrestling business.

There was then a remote broadcast of The Score's "Aftermath Radio" hosted by Arda Ocal and former WWE Referee of over 20 years Jimmy Korderas. The topic was 2011 "Wrestler Of The Year" and top finalists for the award discussed included: TNA's Bobby Roode and WWE Superstars John Cena, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, and Randy Orton.

CM Punk was announced as the 2011 Wrestler Of The Year. An audio excerpt from CM Punk was played where he discusses the wrestling business being on a trail to not exist in 20-30 years. Punk wishes to facilitate changes to make the business fun again. Now that Punk is a main eventer, he feels it is his responsibility to make more money so that everyone lower on the card can survive. Punk made fun of how WWE has over-pushed Twitter on the air in recent weeks.

Rima Fakih was announced as the WRA Female Interview Of The Year for her appearance on "Running The Ropes." Fakih accepted her award personally to thank the fans. In her interview excerpt Fakih discussed potentially using TNA as a stepping stone to reach her ultimate goal of wrestling for WWE.

Kevin Nash was announced as the WRA Media Interview Of The Year for his appearance on Wrestling News Live. Topics discussed with Nash included his hair color where Nash revealed he was forced to die his hair black in order to return to WWE, a running disagreement between himself and Vince McMahon for two years.

There was then a tribute to the late Macho Man Randy Savage featuring a recap of his national wrestling career and commentaries from Bret Hart, Kevin Nash and Savage's ex-girlfriend Stephanie "Gorgeous George" Bellars courtesy of VOC Nation which was awarded with an Editor's Choice Award for their tribute show which originally aired the week of Savage's death.

The "Wrestling Voice Radio" show hosted a roundtable segment to discuss the best matches of 2011. The Money In The Bank match between John Cena and CM Punk was later announced as the 2011 Match Of The Year.

Serena Deeb was announced as the Editor's Choice Female Interview Of The Year for her appearance on VOC Nation. Topics discussed by Deeb included her concussion that put her out of action in 2011.

The Miz was announced as the Editor's Choice Male Interview Of The Year for his appearance on Ministry Of Slam. Topics discussed by The Miz included the awkwardness when the fans choose to cheer him. The Miz said losing the WWE title might be a good thing for his career because it will motivate him to earn a WWE title match by working his way up to being the #1 contender and actually "earning" his title shot rather than cashing in a Money In The Bank contract.

Dameon Nelson accepted the award for "Broadcast Show Of The Year" for his show "Pro Wrestling Report."

Eve Torres was announced as the "Hottest Babe In Wrestling." In an audio excerpt Torres discussed how the role of women in the business has changed in the last decade from a very sexualized portrayal to the current blend of beauty and talent.

John "The Big Mosh" Masiulionis accepted the award for "Best Booked Show Of The Year" for his show "Monday Night Mayhem."

Shawn Michaels was announced as the WRA Male Interview Of The Year for his appearance on Wrestling News Live. Topics discussed by Michaels included his plans to return to WWE one day to work backstage. Michaels puts down wrestlers that say they "love the business" but don't have the warrior mentality to return quickly from setbacks. Michaels talks about his losing record in his final months in the WWE as a great body of work because of great storytelling.

Arda Ocal and Jimmy Korderas accepted the award for "Show Of The Year" for their show "Aftermath Radio." After giving thanks, an audio excerpt from their interview with Stone Cold Steve Austin was played. Austin commented on a potential match with CM Punk at WM28 that might have made sense if CM Punk had stayed heel. Austin said their was never any plan at any point to wrestle Hulk Hogan.

There was an off air Twitter vote for "WRA People's Choice Award" that was awarded to "Wrestling News Live." All of the wrestling shows mentioned above are eligible to win "Internet Show Of The Year" (an award that is open to Internet radio shows and podcasts from all genres of entertainment) at the Alternative Media Awards being held on February 26. Fans can vote for their favorite shows on the website now.
Nominations for next year's awards show can be submitted here beginning this summer.
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Backstage News On Vince McMahon

People within WWE have been saying for months now that Vince McMahon just hasn't been acting himself. The same was being said at last night's RAW in Kansas City. Speculation is that the stress of running WWE, launching the Network and other things are taking its toll on him.
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