Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Update On Aces & Eight's Leader

According to PWInsider.com, Eric Bischoff did indeed do voice overs for the mouthpiece of Aces & Eights on Impact a few weeks ago, it appears that was something done to keep people guessing as opposed to a clue that he's behind the gang, so to speak.
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WWE Issues Statement On CM Punk/Fan Incident

Following the incident at RAW, WWE issued the following statement to TMZ

"WWE security was unfortunately not in the appropriate place at the time. Given CM Punk's persona as a 'bad guy' fans were naturally heckling him, but unfortunately a few fans began shoving him and one struck him in the kidney and on the back." The rep adds, "WWE regrets that proper security measures were not in place, and CM Punk apologizes for reacting in the heat of the moment"
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Woman Upset With WWE After Wrestler Tears Up Sign


Credit:TMZ

A mother will do anything to protect her kid -- just ask former "Shark Tank" winner Shelly Ehler ... who's picking a fight with a 6'5", 239-pound WWE star after he made her 8-year-old cry.

Ehler -- who scored a $75k investment on "Tank" for her ShoNo towels -- has a serious beef with Alberto Del Rio ... who snatched her son's handmade sign during a WWE event in Anaheim, CA this weekend ... and RIPPED IT UP (or at least tried to).

In the video (above) Del Rio isn't quite strong enough to rip the sign in half (it is cardboard) ... so he takes off small, pathetic, chunks instead.

FYI -- it's standard practice for the wrestlers to interact with audience members "in character." In this case, the sign was pro-Sheamus ... the wrestling arch-nemesis of Del Rio.

But TMZ spoke to Shelly, who says her 8-year-old was terrified by the wrestler's actions and instantly burst into tears. She adds,  "Del Rio is a bully. I looked at him and said 'he's crying' ... and he mocked him."



Shelly -- who says her 8-year-old cried all the all way home -- vented her frustrations to the wrestler on Twitter and then fired off a an angry letter to the WWE.

In the letter she says, "Take signs from adults NOT KIDS!  My son was bullied by your superstars and it is not okay."

Despite her demands, Shelly claims she's heard crickets from Del Rio -- but his manager tweeted her back and said, "lol blah blah blah."

FYI -- as soon as Shelly contacted Sheamus about the incident ... he immediately offered to send her son a signed photo and meet with him next time he's in town.


7:15 AM PT -- A rep for the WWE tells TMZ ...“While Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez were portraying their WWE characters, we sincerely apologize for any misunderstanding that may have occurred.”

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/09/wwe-alberto-del-rio-sheamus-shark-tank-son-cried-apology/#ixzz28oPRG1Rp
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Latest On Change Within WWE Writing Team



Credit:PWInsider

The official word on Bryan Gewirtz's position with the company is that he will remain a "consultant" for the company. One source believed that contractually, they cannot let him go without paying him a penalty so he will remain in a position where he provides feedback to the company on their product.
Replacing Gewirtz will be Eric Pankowski, who was hired by the company in February as Senior Vice President, Creative and Development. Pankowski was a senior executive at Reveille and Warner Bros and has been working directly with Stephanie McMahon in recent months.

In another move that had talent talking, Ed Koskey is going to be taken off the road and will be working more out of WWE Headquarters. That had quite a few pieces of talent we've heard from in the last hour upset as Koskey was well liked and considered someone they could relate to and deal with while pushing their own ideas. Koskey being taken off the road was described to me as "collateral damage" from Gewirtz being removed as the two worked closely together


Vince McMahon was upset at last night's RAW and told the writers that he needs results now or he needs resignations. The scene was described as frightening in terms of Vince's tone and demeanor. Besides pressure from NBC Universal to fix the ratings, it's said that last week's 2.5 rating was a big slap in the face to Vince after a number of top talents voiced their concern to him.

A number of top talents have reportedly gone to Vince in recent weeks to complain about how the writing is bad and change is needed. At last week's RAW, Vince was in a bad mood after having a back-and-forth with one of the top talents in front of other people.

We have not been able to confirm who the top talent was but they basically told Vince in front of other people that the WWE writing sucks, that Vince is doing whatever he wants and that WWE is going off a cliff without anything being done about it. The talent then told Vince that he needs to listen to everyone else because he doesn't have his finger on WWE's pulse anymore, basically telling Vince that he's out of touch. The talent told Vince that when WWE goes to "hell in a handbasket" then it will be all Vince's fault.

Apparently several other people got through to Vince during the week and these factors played a big part in the changes made at RAW last night. As noted, expect to hear about more changes in the next few weeks.
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Tag Team Breaks Up

Over on WWE.com, it has been confirmed that R-Truth and Kofi Kingston have broke up and will continue as single wrestlers.
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