Thursday, August 16, 2012

Former WWE Diva Debuts In TNA

Taryn "Tiffany" Terrell debuted tonight during Impact Wrestling as the guest Referee during the Knockouts Title match.
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CM Punk Says A.W. Deserved To Be Fired


Credit:TMZ

WWE Champion CM Punk believes Vince McMahon was RIGHT to fire Abraham Washington ... because rape jokes are not funny and have no place in the WWE.

TMZ spoke with the wrestling champ on his way in to Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills last night where he made it clear ... A.W.'s crack about Kobe Bryant during a live WWE event was definitely grounds for termination.

"I don't like to see anybody lose their job," Punk told us ... but says axing someone over a rape joke is "justified."

TMZ broke the story ... WWE fired A.W. last week, claiming it wasn't just the Kobe joke that cost him his job ... A.W. was habitually exhibiting "poor judgement."


Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/16/cm-punk-kobe-bryant-rape-joke-abrham-washington-fired/#ixzz23l0Ek2RE

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Paul Heyman Tweets On CM Punk, Brock Lesnar & More

Paul Heyman tweeted the following: "It is amazing how many rumors are flying around. I don't like to address rumors. It lends credibility to them, and the moment you answer ONE rumor,you immediately call attention to the other rumors (no matter how ridiculous they are) by NOT responding! We're going to clear up some issues. Set the record straight. Get some people "on point," and stir some things up! Brock's theory of "let them speculate" seems to be a damn smart one, and I certainly see the merits of that position. HOWEVER (aha! There is a "but" involved here)… Just to address two items that so many people seem to be giving credence to. @CMPunk and I have NOT pitched the idea of being aligned to anyone. If we did, you wouldn't know about it. Did anyone know I was coming back on May 7th as Brock's representative? NO ONE KNEW! So if @CMPunk and I have ... or had .. or will have a plan ... I assure you, it would have / will play out in front of your very eyes. @CMPunk doesn't need an advocate. Nor a spokesman. Nor a representative. That's not his character. Brock's character totally different. The other rumor to address ... Whether @WWE is interested in extending my deal, Brock's deal, etc. Not one single person has hit the nail on Brock's deal with @WWE ... and that's the way Brock likes it! … and since NO ONE knows what my deal is, it would be impossible for anyone to state with certainty what my situation IS ... or ISN'T! And, just for the record, I'm not discussing it. Here's my reasoning for it ... When I left @WWE in 2006, I thought I was done. Gone. Never to return. I loved working with Brock on his book. Building #Looking4Larry with @MStuart777 has been a total blast! The @HeymanHustle website and digital program has been the cornerstone of our agency, and we love doing it. This whole deal has been a surprise. A surprise for you. A surprise for my kids. A surprise for the WWE Universe. A surprise for ME, too. Enjoy the ride. Watch it unfold. See what happens. For the first time in forever, we have people GUESSING what comes next. If for no other reason but THAT, there's nothing 2 discuss. You know there's a heavily-promoted match this Sunday at @WWE #SummerSlam. You've seen @ShawnMichaels, Stephanie McMahon, all our CHILDREN be a part of this main event. Now it comes down to Brock Lesnar vs HHH. If we've sold you on buying the ppv, I bet you get your money's worth on this match alone. If we haven't sold you on the ppv yet, then thank you for your time, and I hope something else has captured your attention or imagination. Brock and I are "all-in" for this Sunday. And just based on what his future holds, HHH is "all-in," too. This is a match everyone wants you to remember. So ... I'm not addressing any more rumors. I'm not confirming. I'm not denying. I'm focused on this Sunday ... ... and I'm looking forward to watching Brock and HHH live up to, and indeed EXCEED everyone's expectations. Is this hype? Yes. But it's Hype routed in TRUTH. Is this a rant? A diatribe? A long-winded TwitSpeech? Absolutely! Hope you liked it."
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News On Michael McGillicutty's WWE Future

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Triple H is pushing to get Michael McGillicutty re-packaged. Triple H is high on McGillicutty and Drew McIntyre as far as long-term potential goes.
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News On Backstage Reaction To JTG's Twitter Comments

After reports that WWE talents were upset with the Central and South American tour payoffs, Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that WWE sent out a text message saying there was a clerical error and that new payments would be issued.

That text message to the talents read like this: "There was an accounting error on the Brazil checks that we have rectified. You will be receiving a new check asap." This text message came almost immediately after complaints were voiced by JTG, which saw him become very popular among the midcard wrestlers because some saw him as a guy at the lowest rung of the WWE ladder who stood up to management which resulted in everyone getting more money.
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News On Possible Names For WWE Hall Of Fame 2013

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


WWE wanted Bruno Sammartino for the 2013 Hall of Fame but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. Some names rumored for next year's class would be Mick Foley, Kevin Nash and Bob Backlund.WWE may make another play for The Ultimate Warrior also. People who have talked with Warrior believe he would be open to it but add that Warrior is almost impossible to do business with and it would be a big risk on WWE's end because he could agree to be inducted and then change his mind.
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News On Talent Meeting Before Raw

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As Adam reported earlier this week, a talent meeting was held before Monday's RAW. Word is that nobody really spoke up after everything that was said backstage last week.

Talents were told to use common sense in all dealings, mainly when it comes to social media. They were outright told that any kind of xenophobic comments or racial remarks will not be tolerated. It was also pushed that the company is PG programming. The idea is that anything anyone says that wouldn't be in good taste to children should not be said. Officials didn't use those exact words but that was the message sent. 

Regarding nobody speaking out, the feeling was that whatever problems there could have been from the talents, are all quelled because the top guys are happy with their positions and aren't going to make waves, and the bottom guys can only lose their jobs if they were to speak out. With AW being fired, most felt that it wasn't worth the risk to say anything that would come across as complaining
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News On Jeff Hardy's TNA Future

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Jeff Hardy contract with TNA expires in February 2013. Hardy, who is by far TNA's top merchandise seller and most popular wrestler at the live events, is described by nearly everyone as having made an amazing turnaround. It's said that he's always clear-headed at the shows. For what it's worth, some independent promoters have been told that dates on Jeff or the Hardys together would be available in February.
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Backstage Feeling Towards Brooke Hogan

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Within TNA, there is a lot of resentment regarding Brooke Hogan and the position she has. When she first debuted, the feeling was that if she can help things and is good on camera, then all is fine. Now the feeling is that whatever reality TV show fame she had means nothing on Impact, she's not over with fans and she's just not a good talker in the role that has been given to her.
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News On WWE's Tag Team & Diva's Division

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Some people who have worked closely with Triple H believe that when he gets more power in WWE, we will see more focus on the tag team division, putting the Divas division on the back-burner even more. It should be noted that Triple H has never been high on women's wrestling. While WWE has been adding new women to developmental as of late, most of the new recruits are men and not women. Since Laurinaitis has been out of power, the days of recruiting models from agencies seem to be over.
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WWE Sign Second Generation Talent

According to PWInsider, WWE developmental talent Memo Montenegro, who's profile was added to the NXT website this week, is the son of Mexican legend Dos Caras and the younger brother of Alberto Del Rio, Guillermo Rodríguez.
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