Thursday, August 23, 2012

Audio: The Hard Way SummerSlam Post Show Archived

Adam, Dan & Dean return with a special extra show covering the WWE SummerSlam PPV.

You can find the archve HERE
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Report: Alex Shelley Close To Joining WWE

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter , Former TNA star Alex Shelley has indeed been in serious talks with WWE. As of this past weekend, he has not signed a contract and is still booked for New Japan's tour in September. Word is that Shelley and WWE are close to a deal and that his signing is imminent.
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News On Ric Flair & Matt Morgan Possible Joining WWE

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Ric Flair's non-compete with TNA ends on September 6th as it was a 120-day non-compete. Even if there wasn't an ongoing lawsuit where he was named, Flair still could not have worked the 1000th RAW last month. With that lawsuit still up in the air, WWE is afraid to make any direct moves as far as contacting Flair and bringing him back.

There's a feeling that Flair and Matt Morgan would both be in WWE right now if that lawsuit wasn't still going on.

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Christian Reportedly Appearing At TNA's Hall Of Fame

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


WWE Superstar Christian is scheduled to return at TNA's Bound For Glory pay-per-view to induct Sting into the TNA Hall of Fame.

Christian working Bound For Glory was the second part of the deal made with WWE to allow Ric Flair to work WWE's Hall of Fame earlier this year. There was a push on the TNA side to get Ric Flair to induct Sting but that likely won't happen because of the lawsuit against WWE where Flair is named
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Olympian Looking At Joining WWE

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Olympian Diana Lopez is looking at negotiating a deal with WWE. She competed in this year's games from London in Tae Kwon Do at 125 pounds. She won a bronze medal back in 2008 but didn't place this year. She's from Sugarland, Texas
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News On What Caused Time Delays At SummerSlam

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As reported before, matches at SummerSlam had to be cut short due to production issues and time constraints. The WWE Title match actually had several minutes cut from it because some of the undercard went longer than planned.

A big part of the timing problems had to do with the Kevin Rudolph performance in the middle of the pay-per-view. Speaking of that performance, WWE reportedly had fans dancing that were planted in the crowd.
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TV Rating For WWE Raw 8/20/12

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter


As reported before, the 8/20/12 WWE RAW did a 3.14 rating with 4.47 million viewers, up from the previous week.

The show opened with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman at a 2.97 rating, significantly higher than usual. In the segment breakdown, the six-man match with R-Truth, Kofi Kingston and Sin Cara vs. Darren Young, Titus O'Neil and Cody Rhodes gained 9,000 viewers. The Ryback squash and backstage segment with Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho gained 198,000 viewers. The Alberto Del Rio segment gained 33,000 viewers while Del Rio vs. Randy Orton gained 280,000 viewers in the 9pm timeslot.

Brodus Clay vs. Damien Sandow lost 112,000 viewers and the satellite interview with Shawn Michaels lost 198,000 viewers. David Otunga vs. Big Show gained 86,000 viewers. Kane and Zack Ryder vs. Daniel Bryan and The Miz plus backstage stuff with John Cena and CM Punk gained 199,000 viewers for a 3.32 quarter rating at the 10pm timeslot.

The Divas Battle Royal to name a new #1 contender was the biggest loss of the show with 369,000 viewers. Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho in Jericho's exit lost 30,000 viewers. The main event segment with Punk, Cena and Jerry Lawler gained 466,000 viewers for a 3.36 overrun rating.


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News On TNA's HardCore Buyrate And Sonjay Dutt's TNA Future

Following his appearance at HardCore Justice, Sonjay Dutt has returned to doing indy dates and sources within TNA suggest there are no plans on bringing him back in according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Speaking of HardCore Justice, the PPV reportedly did around 8,000 buys.
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WWE Confirm Tyler Rex's Release

WWE tweeted the following:

WWE has come to terms on the release of Gabe Tufts (Tyler Reks) as of Tuesday, Aug. 21. We wish Gabe all the best in his future endeavors.
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