Thursday, August 30, 2012

Two Men Arrested For Stealing TNA Belt


"Two Ottumwa Men Arrested For Theft of TNA Championship Belt"

On August 20, 2012, the Ottumwa Police Department received a report from TNA Enterprises that their heavyweight wrestling championship belt had been stolen during a show in Ottumwa on August 18th. TNA Enterprises is a national professional wrestling organization based out of Nashville, Tennessee. The belt, valued at $6,000.00, along with a replica valued at $400.00, was taken during TNA’s performance at the Bridgeview Center located at 102 Church Street in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Following an investigation into the theft, 33-year-old Joel Ryan Luke of Ottumwa was arrested on August 29th and charged with Theft in the 2nd Degree in violation of Chapter 714.1. Theft in the 2nd Degree is a Class “D” Felony. Luke was released from the Wapello County Jail after posting $5,000.00 bond.

On August 30th, 39-year-old Forrest Courtney Jamison of Ottumwa was arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact in connection with the theft of the belts. Accessory After the Fact is an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Jamison was released from the Wapello County Jail after posting $3,000.00 bond.

Both the original championship belt and the replica have been recovered.

Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings:
“A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

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Drew McIntyre Says Current Generation Can "Save" Wrestling

Drew McIntyre tweeted the following:

Sometimes in life, you got to step back and realize no matter what you have accomplished or you feel the world owes you. In reality, you're damn lucky to even be involved in WWE. I know you're all calling for a's not time yet ;)"

"After all, no matter what the net says. Wrestlings future is ours!! The current generation have a chance to save our business, and if we don't wrestling as we know it is finished

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TV Rating Breakdown For WWE Raw 8/27/12

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As reported before the August 27th WWE RAW did a 3.1 rating with 4.48 million viewers. Here is the segment breakdown for this week:

Ryback vs. Jack Swagger and Layla vs. Natalya lost 160,000 viewers from the opener. The segment with Vickie Guerrero and AJ Lee in the ring gained 439,000 viewers. The Miz vs. John Cena gained 525,000 viewers in the segment that ran through the 9pm time slot.

Santino Marella vs. Heath Slater lost 124,000 viewers while Brodus Clay and Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes with the final anger management segment featuring Kane and Daniel Bryan lost 214,000 viewers. R-Truth vs. Bryan gained 232,000 viewers.

The high point of the show was the Triple H retirement segment. It gained 257,000 viewers and did a 3.51 quarter rating. Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler lost 576,000 viewers. This match likely lost viewers because of the extra hour added to RAW since one would expect the Triple H retirement segment to draw way more than it did. It appears the new 8pm start time is hurting the audience that 10pm brings in.

Zack Ryder vs. David Otunga lost 131,000 viewers. CM Punk vs. Jerry Lawler in a steel cage main event gained 479,000 viewers for a 3.35 overrun rating.

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NXT Star Returning Soon

Currently injured NXT star Bray Wyatt tweeted the following:

"Do you believe? The wait is almost over........"

"September the 20th. Full sail university #returnOfWyatt"

"Time to change the world. I will no longer be alone, i want to introduce you to my family"

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Press Release: THQ Announce “Attitude Era Themed Items In WWE '13 For Xbox 360