Friday, September 28, 2012

Audio: Running The Ropes Featuring An Interview With Sofia Cortez

Brian has been so happy this week that the “savior of the Divas Division”, Kelly Kelly has been released from the WWE. Also, there’s rumors going around for Jerry Lawler’s return scheduled for early 2013. Who’s going to replace him? Speaking of WWE, who’s going to be the new top guy to carry the company while John Cena is recovering? Certainly it couldn’t be…oh I dunno…a CHAMPION of anything, right? Finally, WWE is considering instant replays for their matches. It was a cool rare thing on WCW but can it work today? Find out Brian and Chris’ thoughts on this.

Over at TNA, the Knockouts are a little down in morale thanks to the lack of push and members. Find out the guys’ thoughts on this as well as a breakdown of this week in wrestling on Running The Ropes, the official podcast of the Unchained Wrestling Network and on the SNS Radio Network!

In the second hour, Chris is joined by former WWE Tough Enough and NXT talent Ivelisse VĂ©lez/Sofia Cortez to talk about her time on Tough Enough, her thoughts on FCW/NXT, her response to reports that her attitude got get released and more

The interview starts at the 1 hour 19 minute mark
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Kelly Kelly Released By WWE

The following was posted on

WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Diva Kelly Kelly as of today, September 28, 2012. WWE wishes Kelly Kelly the best in all her future endeavors.

Kelly Kelly posted the following on her website

I had an amazing 6 years with WWE and made great friends and have the most loyal and amazing fans in the world. Thanks for the never ending support. - Barbie Blank
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Backstage News On WWE Looking For Next Big Star

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

With John Cena currently injured, there has been a lot of talk for months about who is the next top guy for WWE. With Vince McMahon's days likely numbered, some believe that the next top guy after Cena will be Vince's last ever hand-picked top guy.

While Cena won't be replaced as the top guy until his body breaks down or until the public tires of him, there is a feeling that you have to think about the future now as Vince has never gone with anyone older than 40 as his top guy because people think he cuts bait early and then moves on.

Vince has told both the traveling and non-traveling writing staff, as well as the RAW and SmackDown crews, that they are now to put emphasis on storylines and angles for Sheamus. The idea is that CM Punk is a heel and won't be that top guy. Plus in their minds of what "the guy" is supposed to look like, Punk doesn't fit. Triple H is also backing Sheamus because he's big enough, dedicated enough and loyal enough. At the same time, many people feel Sheamus wouldn't be right as the face of the company because of his character. Another downside to Sheamus is he's almost 35 and if they are looking at grooming the next guy for Cena's spot, they should be looking at someone who is 25 or so.

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Chavo Guerrero Comments On Missing Indy Date- Company Responses

Chavo Guerrero tweeted the following :

I will not be appearing @NSPW on Oct 6 due to them not honoring their contract. They decided last min that they wanted to tape & sell DVD's Of me & that was never discussed. That is of course illegal to film & distribute w/out permission. I'm sorry to ppl who have already paid But that is completely on @NSPW plz don't blame me. I'm still willing to hold up my end of the deal. Plz take your complaints to @NSPW"

NSPW responded:

"Due to TNA deciding that their talent cant appear on indy feds' dvd, we hav no choice but to cancel Chavo Guerrero's appearance on Oct. 6th. Mr. Guerrero's claim that we decided last minute to tape and sell dvds is incorrect has we have done dvds of all of our shows. It is just not possible to cover the cost without dvds of the event. Never in the past has this been an issue with any guests. NSPW finds the situation and the decision made by TNA to prevent talent from appearing on dvds to be unfortunate. NSPW doesn't hold anything against Mr Guerrero and wishes him nothing but the best with TNA Wrestling. A suitable replacement for our Main Event will be announced tonight!"