Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Posted by Chris Kelly on 11:40 PM
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter Brock Lesnar is reportedly in hot water with WWE management as a result of his recent appearance at UFC 146. Lesnar, who returned to WWE earlier this year and signed a one-year deal believed to be worth in the region of $5million, was ringside for UFC's recent Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir main event. The former UFC Heavyweight champion also met with UFC president Dana White after the pay-per-view, fuelling speculation of a return to the company before his WWE deal is up. White had also stated that fans know the difference between WWE and UFC and that he would not be averse to having a WWE-contracted performer fight inside the Octagon - something which WWE would almost certainly be against, even it was good for their own business. Lesnar is scheduled to headline WWE's Summerslam pay-per-view against Triple H, and at time of writing their bout will go ahead, with Triple H expected to appear at the No Way Out PPV later this month to keep the storyline going. But that storyline has not been mentioned on WWE programming over the past fortnight, and according to the Wrestling Observer, there has been no mention of Brock - and no further appearances from Paul Heyman - due to his UFC appearance and the meeting with White. While most in WWE expect Lesnar to still be with the company for Summerslam, some believe he will be gone before next year's WrestleMania event, where he is pencilled in to be in one of the main event matches, with The Rock and The Undertaker discussed as possible opponents. And according to Wednesday's report, Lesnar at time of writing is not scheduled to be involved in any WWE matches between Summerslam and WrestleMania. Although plans in WWE can - and usually do - change, right now, the 34-year-old will not be involved at Survivor Series or the 2013 Royal Rumble.
Posted by Chris Kelly on 11:37 PM
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it seems like the Dean Ambrose/Mick Foley online feud has stopped for now. Reportedly some backstage officials like Ambrose but feel his first feud with Mick Foley wouldn't be what is best for his career.
Posted by Chris Kelly on 11:34 PM
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there are talks about having John Laurinaitis joining Vince McMahon's Kiss My Ass Club when Vince McMahon returns this week,
Posted by Chris Kelly on 11:32 PM
TNA IMPACT WRESTLING STAR “COWBOY” JAMES STORM’S ENTRANCE THEME AND SINGLE “LONGNECKS AND REDNECKS” TAPPED AS THEME SONG FOR NEW CMT SERIES “REDNECK ISLAND” SERIES BEGINS JUNE 9 ON CMT STORM’S VIDEO IS CURRENTLY AIRING ON CMT PROPERTIES AND COUNTRY RADIO AMONG OTHERS Storm attends CMT AWARDS Red Carpet and Show Tonight NASHVILLE, TN (June 6, 2012) – TNA IMPACT WRESTLING superstar “Cowboy” James Storm’s entrance theme, single and video “Longnecks and Rednecks” has been tapped by CMT as the theme music for the new competition series “REDNECK ISLAND.” The series is hosted by Steve Austin and set to premiere on June 9that 10:00p.m. ET/PT on CMT. To purchase the music, please go to www.shoptna.comor www.iTunes.com. “REDNECK ISLAND” is set on a remote tropical paradise, where the host will guide the contestants through a number of hilarious mental and physical challenges resulting in teammates sending one competitor home each episode. “Cowboy” James Storm says, “I love my entrance music and to see the response we have been getting with the video and the song at country radio, I am digging this stuff. But, when I got word that they are using it for the ‘REDNECK ISLAND’ theme, now, that is really cool. I really appreciate the fact that it is being so well received and thank Serg Selinas and Dale Oliver for the kick-ass music.” Storm continues, “And on another note, I hung out with Steve Austin in Nashville last night and we had a ball.” For the first time, TNA Knockout Music has serviced the song “Longnecks and Rednecks” to country radio and is already receiving a lot of interest. “We have so many outlets to cross promote our brand and our product,” says TNA President Dixie Carter. “We feel we have created a great theme for “Cowboy” James Storm and feel that there is a lot of potential here with the single, the video, Spike TV and our various social media platforms to really push this promotion to the masses,” she continued. TNA Knockout Music is a division of TNA Entertainment, LLC. Writer and executive Serg Salinas had his own successful career in music prior to leading the publishing and merchandising division of the company. Salinas oversees all the recording and music publishing for all the TNA Knockout Music themes which can all be purchased at ShopTNA.com or on iTunes.
Posted by Chris Kelly on 5:17 PM
Credit:PWInsider Former WWE Divas champion Kelly Kelly has been granted "time off" by the company, according to a number of sources within WWE. One source noted that Kelly had been on the road full time since 2006 and needed the time off to recharge her batteries. "She's been here since he was a kid, " said one WWE source. "She had been pushing for time away to spend with her family and her boyfriend. Six years for someone of her age is a lifetime. She needed a break." With that said, the word among a number of talents within the company is that they don't believe she's returning anytime soon, if at all as she has started to get her given name of Barbi Blank back out into the public eye and is currently accepting endorsements and appearances outside of WWE auspices. That information was added to her Twitter account within the last few days. Kelly's last televised appearance for the company was the 5/21 Raw. She last wrestled on 5/26 during the Ecuador tour.
Posted by Chris Kelly on 3:51 PM
Credit:WWE.com For the first time since learning of Brock Lesnar’s lawsuit against WWE, COO Triple H will break his silence and publicly address a multitude of items – including his own future and the Lesnar litigation – at No Way Out on Sunday, June 17, WWE’s Breaking News mobile alert service reported Wednesday. The Game was last seen on the May 14 edition of Raw SuperShow, when Lesnar representative Paul Heyman and an attorney served him legal papers accusing WWE of breach of contract. According to Heyman, WWE owes his barrel-chested client “millions” of dollars. During that confrontation, a provoked Triple H grabbed Heyman by the mouth, prompting Lesnar’s fast-talking envoy to threaten even further legal action. (WATCH | PHOTOS) Although the WWE Universe will have to wait until No Way Out to find out exactly what’s on the COO’s mind, it is safe to assume that Triple H has not forgotten the very personal overtones of Lesnar’s chaotic departure from the WWE locker room. The Game is still healing from a broken left arm that Lesnar caused with a Kimura Lock in April. That parting shot marked Lesnar’s final appearance on WWE TV. (WATCH | PHOTOS) On the May 14 Raw, Triple H ominously told Heyman that Lesnar will get “everything he deserves.” Given the way that the lines between his business and personal affairs have been blurred, it seems unlikely that the WWE COO was referring to pure remuneration. Though Triple H has expressed in the past his desire to see Lesnar continue to compete in the WWE ring, he more recently dismissed Lesnar as arrogant, and he even admitted embarrassment over having jumped on the Lesnar bandwagon so quickly. By the time he walks into East Rutherford, N.J.’s IZOD Center for No Way Out, however, Triple H will be months removed from the incident that saw his arm break, and he will have had weeks to contemplate a response to Lesnar’s lawsuit. Presumably, The Game will have also consulted with WWE’s high-power legal team. Is it possible that the attorneys, perhaps looking to avert a drawn-out courtroom battle, recommend that Triple H acquiesce to Lesnar’s demands in full? Or, believing Lesnar to be a valuable commodity that’s worth the high risk, will The Game reconsider his previous stance and make a pitch for the only WWE, UFC and NCAA Heavyweight Champion in history to return again to the WWE fold? Despite the many glaring difficulties associated with trying to rein him in, the capricious Lesnar is an undeniable boon from a purely business perspective. And Triple H, in his capacity as COO, is always cognizant of WWE’s bottom line. Will he set aside his personal problems with Lesnar and reluctantly extend an olive branch? On the other hand, The Game’s tenure in the WWE C-Suite has been pocked with examples of reactionary outbursts. Is there any reason to think he can separate his professional and personal agendas now, especially when the stakes are as high as these? Furthermore, what can the WWE Universe expect from Triple H in terms of an update on his arm injury, and what will that prognosis mean for The Cerebral Assassin as a competitor? Even before Lensar cinched in the destructive Kimura Lock in April, Triple H was assuredly recuperating from his incomparably physical “End of an Era” Hell in a Cell Match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVIII. On top of that, he had already reduced his in-ring dates this past year to concentrate on business matters. Might Triple H’s address at No Way Out turn out to be a swan song?
Posted by Chris Kelly on 2:17 PM
Posted by Chris Kelly on 11:23 AM
Credit:TMZ Former pro wrestling champ John "Bradshaw" Layfield's attempt to climb 7 of the highest mountains in the world just got a quarter million dollar boost ... courtesy of his old cohorts at the WWE. If you didn't know, JBL has been planning to climb the highest peak on each continent to help raise money for a charity he works with called Family Center -- the group helps needy kids in Bermuda where he lives. JBL was going to pay for the expeditions out of his own pocket until the WWE stepped up to help. JBL tells TMZ, "The WWE is sponsoring my whole 7 summits trip and will help get the word out across their social media platforms ... all to raise money for the kids program." 45-year old JBL says 100% of the proceeds will go to Family Center -- and he hopes conquering legendary peaks like Everest and Kilimanjaro inspires the kids in Bermuda to know anything is possible. The WWE sponsorship is key because ... sources close to JBL tell us the epic 2-3 year adventure could cost upwards of $250k. Now JBL says, "All I have to do is not die."
Posted by Chris Kelly on 11:19 AM
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Tom Prichard's release from WWE this is just one of many changes that will happen as developmental is slowly taken over by Triple H. Many talents, including friends of Bill DeMott, were shocked to hear he had taken over for Prichard again.
Posted by Chris Kelly on 8:13 AM
According to PWInsider,Spike TV and TNA took out localized ads in a number of top markets on Monday night during WWE's RAW Supershow to promote the new timeslot and live showing for Impac
Posted by Chris Kelly on 8:13 AM
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter Alex Silva hasn't been back on TNA TV since winning a Gutcheck Challenge because he was not supposed to win. A Gutcheck talent but have two "yes votes" to get hired. Originally, both Bruce Prichard and Ric Flair were supposed to vote no while Al Snow would have been the only yes vote. Flair was so impressed with Silva's promo that he changed his vote in the middle of the segment. Prichard, who was also impressed, didn't know how to fix things in mid-ring so he just changed his vote to a yes as well. TNA had the option of re-filming the segment but it would have looked bad in front of the crowd so they just decided to hire him. Silva has been sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling and is currently working under a developmental deal.
Posted by Chris Kelly on 6:27 AM