Thursday, April 19, 2012

Edge's WWE Contract Set To Expire


According to several different WWE sources, WWE Hall of Famer Edge's contract with the company is set to expire on 5/1, leaving him a free agent to go anywhere he would like.

While obviously Edge's in-ring career is over, the news is still pretty surprising considering he was the centerpiece of their 2012 Hall of Fame ceremony just last month and since the company has kept other retired names, like Shawn Michaels, under contract. One would have to think that any role Michaels could fill on television or in promotional media, Edge could also fill at the same level, especially in his home country of Canada, where he was the top native star of the modern era. They could also plug him into additional WWE Studios projects as well.

Edge has been under contract to WWE since 1997, so there is a lot of history that would be walking away with him when the contract ends. It should be interesting to see what happens with Edge, currently set for another season of SyFy's series Haven, should he leave WWE, especially since he has a close friendship with TNA's Hulk Hogan and obviously, TNA would love to have another marquee name as part of their product.

The Wrestlemania 28 DVD, which features Edge's Hall of Fame ceremony induction, is slated to be released on 5/8, a week after his contract expires. Edge's WWE Studios film "Bending the Rules" was recently released on DVD.

Over the course of his WWE run, Edge broke records with seven WWE title wins, four World title wins, as well as 14 Tag Title wins, The Intercontinental championship, The U.S. title, a King of the Ring win, a Royal Rumble win and was the first man to win Money in the Bank (not to mention cash it in). As I wrote, should the two sides part ways, a big part of the company's history over the last decade-plus leaves with Edge.
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News On Terry Taylor's WWE Return

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As reported before, Terry Taylor is being brought back by WWE for a new developmental job near WWE headquarters in Stamford, CT. The proposed role for Taylor is heading up something of a "finishing school" - a place where the top guys in FCW will be coached by him more individually before going to the main roster. The plan is to take around 10 or so of the best guys in developmental, the ones closest to being called up, and give them to Taylor for new ideas before their debut.
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Video: Chris Jericho Reveals When He Will Leave WWE

In an interview with, Chris Jericho revealed his current WWE contract expires just before Summerslam.
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News On WrestleMania 29 Main Event

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

It's being reported that WWE is still uncertain of exactly what's going to happen at WrestleMania 29 in 2013. As of right now, the penciled-in main event is Brock Lesnar vs. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, possibly for the WWE Championship. However, Brock Lesnar's future with WWE is uncertain, which could result in a WrestleMania rematch between The Rock and John Cena.

What is known is that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will almost certainly be in the main event, against either John Cena or Brock Lesnar
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News On WWE Draft

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Next week's three-hour RAW Supershow was earmarked for the 2012 WWE Draft at one point but there has been talk that the three-hour show on June 11th from Hartford, CT will be the Draft but that's not confirmed.

There has also been talk of not even holding a Draft this year because most guys are on RAW every week anyway and some Superstars have been switching brands back and forth. There's a feeling that some Superstars like Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler need a change of scenery but in Orton's case, he's needed to help draw at SmackDown live events.
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Update On Finlay's WWE Return

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Fit Finlay has been in talks with WWE about returning but he's currently working with Tajiri to help set up his new company over in Japan, as well as still working independent dates. No word yet where his talks with WWE stand but helping Tajiri is his main priority. Finlay is also still taking future independent dates so it appears a deal with WWE is not in place yet.
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TV Rating For WWE Raw 4/16/12

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As reported before, 4/16 edition RAW Supershow scored a 3.08 cable rating with 4.39 million viewers.

In the segment breakdown, the show began with a low 2.90 quarter-rating for the CM Punk vs. Mark Henry WWE Title match. That match and the Chris Jericho segment gained 308,000 viewers. David Otunga vs. Santino Marella and the Brock Lesnar vignette gained 117,000 viewers. Kane vs. Zack Ryder lost 306,000 viewers.

The in-ring segment with John Cena and John Laurinaitis gained 400,000 viewers to a 3.26 quarter rating. The Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston match lost 603,000 viewers for a 2.84 quarter rating. This is an unusual number considering how over Bryan is right now. Brodus Clay vs. Dolph Ziggler gained 298,000 viewers while Primo & Epico vs. Big Show & The Great Khali gained 205,000 more viewers.

The Extreme Rules main event with Lord Tensai vs. John Cena gained 319,000 viewers for a 3.42 quarter rating, which is a bad number for the overrun.
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Audio: Pro Wrestling Rewind 4/18/12

The Pro Wrestling Rewind returned on the SNS radio network, as both The Power Andy Knowles and the Bronxfather Tony Mirabella shared their memories of the late, great Dick Clark, who unfortunately passed away today, April 18, 2012, at the age of 82. The SNS Radio Network and the Pro Wrestling Rewind would like to thank Mr. Clark for all his years of entertainment, and for all the memories.

The hosts truly did “rewind” tonight, talking some old school wrestling and how it was back in the day. The Power Andy Knowles then revealed his wrestling career, yes, you heard right, his wrestling career which involved an attempted assault by a clown!

The hosts covered some news stories, including the WWE’s stock reaching its lowest point in years, the Mick Foley/Dean Ambrose Twitter war, and TNA Wrestler Austin Aeries’ comments on Ring Of Honor. We then took your phone calls before wrapping up this very interesting edition of the Pro Wrestling Rewind!
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Blunder Made On NXT‏

During this week's edition of NXT, William Regal ha