Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mick Foley Blogs On Dean Ambrose

The following is from Mick Foley's blog:

"Let me state for the record that I have only spoken to FCW prospect Dean Ambrose on three different occasions. Following his match on a WWE house show on Long Island, I went out of my way to tell him I had enjoyed his match. The skills and unique qualities qualities he posseses might very well make him a force to be reckoned with somewhere down the line. He has supporters in lofty places who feel he might be a huge asset to WWE for a decade or more in the future. I'm also told that his interviews ( "promos" as we call them) are compelling, intelligent and emotional; every bit as good as the top guys in WWE.

My second conversation with Mr Ambrose got quite a bit of attention. I know there has been alot of speculation as to the nature of this conversation. To me, it was whatever anyone wanted it to be; a shoot, a work, or somewhare in the middle - as almost all compelling pieces in sports-entertainment ultimately are.

I'm far more concerned with my third conversation with the guy. Look, Ive been accused from time to time of taking some things in the business a little too seriously. Maybe I do. But like that sailor-man of old, "I am what I am, and that's all that I am." After all these years, there are some things that just bother me. Remember that "Cane Dewey" promo from 1995 that so many are still fond of? It actually came from a very heavy place in my heart, when my wife impressed on me just how sick it was for any fan to be making a sign advocating the beating (even in jest) of my 3 year-old child.

That's the immediate feeling I got when I actually read the Dean Ambrose tweet that mentioned his dream to seeing me no longer able to make a dime in the wrestling business - with a particularly nasty mention of how he wanted to see my home repossesed and my children starved. Maybe the 1995 Cactus Jack would have cut a promo on the guy. The 2102 Mick Foley just wonders what would make something say something so stupid, heartless and ignorant. I felt Dean Ambrose had crossed a line that shouldn't be crossed, so took the opportunity before the Hampton, Virginia Smackdown to ask/tell him to please stop crossing a line that I wasn't comfortable with. Ric Flair had once asked a similar consideration of me before a memorable promo we shared in New Jersey in 2006. Of course I honored his request. Ours is a business built on trust and respect. I thought Dean Ambrose understood this. But less than a day after making my request, I saw that my children were once again the subject of his tweets - a reference to how I might feel differently about something if my children were in wheel-chairs. Maybe I would have cut a heck of a promo about it in 1995. Seventeen years later, I just wanted to get the fuck away from the whole scenario. It's not fun, it's not cutting edge. It just sucks.

Sports-entertainment has to involve a certain ammount of respect and trust. It's pretty obvious Dean Ambrose doesn't have any respect for me, my requests, or what I have done in the wrestling business. Therefore I can't place the slightest ammount of trust in him. Has anyone wondered if I'm feeling better following the concussion I spoke of in that December 2010 TNA Impact promo with Flair? I'm not feeling too much better. I tend to have two types of days when it comes to that muted, under-water feeling I spoke of in that promo - bad and worse. I'm just not the same guy who took 11 chair shots from the Rock in 1999. I haven't been that guy in a long time. Given my history of concussions, I would have to be a fool to place my future in the hands of someone I don't trust. Perhaps I do have another decent match left in me. If so, it will be with a guy like Dolph Ziggler, who might well be the best worker in the business, and just needs that ONE little something to allow the WWE Universe to see how talented he really is. Or a guy like the Miz - one of the best heels of this generation. Say what you want to about Miz, but the guy is damn good at what he does.

But Dean Ambrose? No. I may not have the power I once did in the business, but I still have the power to say no to things that just flat-out seem wrong. Like trying to put Dean Ambrose on the WWE map. A few weeks ago, it seemed like an interesting challenge. Now, it seems like an insult. A few weeks ago, it seemed like cutting-edge stuff. Now it just seems like bullshit. He is a very good talent. He has those supporters in high places. Let them wrestle him. Maybe they can put him on the WWE map. Good luck."
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Update On Smackdown Moving To Tuesday Nights

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

After recent live SmackDown specials that have disappointed in the ratings, there are currently no plans at all to move Friday Night SmackDown to Tuesdays and keep it as a live show.
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News On David Otunga & Possible US Title Run

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, As recent as last week, WWE officials were reportedly considering David Otunga for a run with the United States Title. The plan was to take the belt off Santino Marella after WrestleMania 28 and some within the company are surprised that he hasn't lost it yet.
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*Spoiler* Results For TNA Impact Wrestling 4/19/12

Credit:PWInsider

*TNA champion Bobby Roode comes to the ring. Roode brags about winning at Lockdown, which leads to Ken Anderson coming out. Roode blows him off, leading to Jeff Hardy coming out. Anderson says that he was here first and wants his shot. Hulk Hogan appears on the videoscreen and announces all the champions will need to be in the ring later. He announced a number one contender's bout with Hardy vs. Anderson for later.

Bully Ray & Crimson beat Matt Morgan & X Division champion Austin Aries.

*Team Garett Bischoff comes out to celebrate their Lockdown victory. Ric Flair appears at the top of the ramp and says that next week, he's hosting a party in Eric Bischoff's honor.

*Kurt Angle pinned AJ Styles. So much for taking time off! Chris Daniels and Kazarian come out. Angle is surprised they are there. They are trying to serve Styles with some sort of document. It leads to Styles' loss but Angle tells them he has nothing to do with any of it

*All the champions come to the ring. Hulk Hogan comes out and announced that once a month, Impact will now have "Open Fight Night" where talents from outside the company can show up to have a match and there will be three judges to determine with Hogan whether that talent should get a TNA contract. The talent can challenge anyone on the roster and that person must wrestle them. It's also announced that the TV title must be defended every week on Impact going forward.

*Brooke Tessmacher & Tara & Mickie James defeated Madison Rayne & Sarita & Rosita.

TNA TV champion Devon beat Gunner.

*James Storm came out let down and apologized for losing at Lockdown. He told a story about having to admit to his daughter that he lost when he tuckets her into bed. He says that he may have lost, but it's because he beat himself, not that he lost to Bobby Roode. He thanks the crowd and his family.

*Rob Van Dam beat Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson to become new #1 contender to the TNA World Title.
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WWE Hall Of Famer Appearing In Knoxville, Tennessee On 5/6‏

"Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr. will be at the Knoxville Wrestling Store on May 6th, 2012 from 1 to 5 PM.

Call (865) 281-5536 or visit http://facebook.com/pages/Tennessee-Mountain-Wrestling/151055634939986 for more information.

Go to http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming shows worldwide.
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*Spoiler* On Hulk Hogan's Big Announcement On TNA IMPACT Wrestling 4/19/12

Credit:PWTorch

During Tuesday's Impact Wrestling taping for Thursday's episode, TNA's "big announcement" and TV changes spoken through Hulk Hogan include the following three items:

(1) Once a month, Impact will be called "Open Fight Night." A talent from outside TNA will have a match to earn a slot on the roster. Three judges, and ultimately Hogan, will decide whether the talent receives a TNA contract.

(2) On "Open Fight Night," anyone on the current TNA roster can challenge anyone else, and the person must be ready to fight. This includes champions being ready to defend his or her title.

(3) TNA's TV Title, which is currently held by Devon, will be defended every week on Impact Wrestling.
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TV Rating For WWE Raw 4/16/12

Credit:PWInsider

The 4/16 edition of Raw did a 3.1 rating, with 4,336,000 viewers. The show did hours of 3.05 and 3.11 while the viewership rose by 34,000 people from hour one to hour two.
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