Thursday, November 1, 2012

Brad Armstrong Passes Away


Credit: WWE.com

WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Brad Armstrong, 51, one of four sons of “Bullet” Bob Armstrong. Brad Armstrong last participated in the ring for the ECW brand in 2006. WWE understands that Brad saw his physician last week for a medical issue and was found unresponsive this morning. WWE extends its sincerest condolences to the entire Armstrong family
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News On Finish Of Hall In A Cell Match

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As reported before, WWE officials went back and forth on the finish for Ryback vs. CM Punk at Hell In a Cell.

The original plan was for Ryback to win the WWE Title clean in the middle of the ring, hold it through Survivor Series and then drop it at TLC in a multi-man match where he wouldn't be pinned or submitted. This was the plan through October 25th, the Thursday before the pay-per-view. The next day, Vince changed his mind and concluded that of the two, Punk's streak was the one that had been hammered home on TV and keeping that streak alive would only help business through WrestleMania season. Vince noted that while it had been mentioned on TV that Ryback was undefeated, it wasn't central to the storyline.

One WWE source close to creative was amazed that Vince made up his mind on the finish on October 26th and three straight days went by without him changing his mind.

Once they decided to have Ryback lose, many ideas were discussed on how to make that happen. They eventually settled on the Brad Maddox finish but had discussed run-ins by Big Show, Brock Lesnar, Mark Henry, Vince himself and others.

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Early Buyrate For TNA's Bound For Glory

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Early estimates have TNA's Bound For Glory pay-per-view doing 20,000 buys, which would be slightly down from 2011 and way down from 2010 but would be TNA's best show of 2012 so far, beating Lockdown - estimated at around 17,000 buys.
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