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Thursday August 6, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
8/4 Raw TV results from Mohegan Sun, CT: Jack Swagger over Evan Bourne; Beth Phoenix & Jillian Hall over Mickie James & Gail Kim; The Legacy over Triple H in a handicap match; Carlito over Primo Colon; Mark Henry over Chavo Guerrero; Kofi Kingston over Big Show via DQ to retain the U.S. title; and John Cena over The Miz.
8/5 ECW TV results from Long Island, NY: Ezekiel Jackson over Danny Danger; Sheamus over Goldust; and Christian over Tommy Dreamer.
Tony Atlas was told creative has nothing for him right now since they moved Mark Henry to Raw. His contract expires soon and while he hasn’t been officially released he is under the impression he won’t be brought back.
Matt Hardy returns to TV on Friday’s edition of Smackdown. We had two reports from the TV tapings in Long Island saying he looked in great shape.
The Miz’ profile has been removed from the Raw-brand website in keeping with the storyline that he is “banned for all eternity” from Raw after losing to John Cena.
The episode of Psych with Cena airs on Friday, which is the fourth season premiere of the show on USA Network. He plays Ewan O’Hara, a special ops soldier and brother to Maggie Lawson’s character, who helps solve the murder of two soldiers and take down an officer involved in weapons trading.
Raw on Monday night did a 3.6 rating, down from last week’s 4.0.
The 7/31 edition of Smackdown did a 2.0 rating, its best number on MyNet in several months.
ECW on Tuesday night did a 1.25 rating. The show is pretty much holding its own despite the recent loss of Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger and Mark Henry to Raw, and Finlay and The Hart Dynasty to Smackdown.
Brooke Hogan at http://tinyurl.com/n8728t claims her dad taught her how to wrestle at age 12 and that she has a job with WWE anytime she wants one.
Superstar Billy Graham is auctioning off his Hall of Fame ceremony jacket at http://tinyurl.com/mam4yz… Slam Wrestling has a story on Graham at http://tinyurl.com/njwqct where he talks about selling his Hall of Fame ring.
The Stamford Advocate at http://tinyurl.com/ou6jr3 has a story on Kelly Kelly, Evan Bourne, and Beth Phoenix visiting kids at a local school to enrol in a Summer Camp program.
There are a few name changes in developmental. Lance Archer, the former Lance Hoyt, is now Vance Archer; DJ Gabriel has lost the DJ; and El Sicodelico is now called Espiral.
Chris Jericho wrote on his Twitter that he just shot a cover for Men’s Fitness.
The Hollywood Reporter ran a story this week noting Steve Austin and Adam Beach will star in The Stranger which starts shooting this week in Vancouver. Austin plays a key witness in a FBI investigation.
Shawn Michaels is featured on the promotional post for the Breaking Point PPV on 9/13 in Montreal. He is pictured holding a shovel in a graveyard scene with a silhouette of The Undertaker in the background.
New DX shirts arrived in the WWE merchandise warehouse this past week.
Friday’s Raw show in Denver, CO has been changed to a tri-branded show to make a mends over the recent debacle at the Pepsi Center. The advertised line up includes Triple H vs. Randy Orton in a steel cage; CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy in a ladder match; Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian in a hardcore match; and Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz vs. MVP vs. Carlito in a fatal four-way.
Sgt. Slaughter was announced as the guest host for next week’s Raw. His appearance coincides with the promotion for the new G.I. Joe movie. Not sure Calgary is the best city to get the movie over.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated named Triple H #1 this year in their 500 chart of top wrestlers. I would love to know what criteria that was based on and how he finished ahead of Orton and Jericho.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
Brutus Magnus at http://tinyurl.com/n3rk8s talks up his match with Sting on Impact.
New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that they did not santion the IWGP title match where Team 3D dropped the belts to The British Invasion, and therefore Team 3D are still the recognised champions. Vince Russo was the mastermind behind the title switch, which is history repeating itself, as while booking WCW a few years ago he had Jushin Liger drop the IWGP Jr Hwt title to Juventud Guerrera on Nitro, which New Japan didn’t sanction either. The tricky situation now is that the Brits are scheduled to defend the titles against Beer Money at the Hard Justice PPV in Orlando.
Bobby Lashley is featured on the promotional poster for the No Surrender PPV on 9/20. This will likely be his first title shot.
Auto Club Speedway are doing a deal where if you purchase a $55 ticket to the Pepsi 500 in Fontana, CA on 10/11, you get a free ticket to Bound for Glory on 10/18 at the Bren Center in Irvine. For more info you can call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
The Miami Herald at http://tinyurl.com/lhaxm7 has a story on Harley Race pushing the NWA Legends fanfest in Charlotte. Race said that he is training Becca Swanson for pro wrestling, a powerlifter who holds several world records and the only female in history to squat over 800 pounds, deadlift over 600 pounds, and bench 600 pounds. More info on fanfest at www.nwalegends.com.
Arn Anderson talks fanfest on Fox Charlotte at http://tinyurl.com/kuufjr.
St. Louis Today at http://tinyurl.com/lusefy talks to Jeff Leen about his new book on Mildred Burke.
Brian Kendrick’s first indy date is 8/28 for Pro Wrestling Guerilla.
Dragon Gate is planning another UK show in Oxford, England on 11/1.
TruTV has picked up Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory TV show which they say will air later this year. The show features Ventura traveling around the world examining various conspiracy theories.
Bret Hart is doing a Q&A session at the Big Time Wrestling event in Hayward, CA on Friday.
The latest edition of Legends Radio with Evan Ginzburg and Dr. Mike Lano is online at www.legendsradio.net with guests Sonjay Dutt and Antonio Thomas.
Justin Credible ran a convention last weekend in Cronwell, CT with Scott Hall, Terry Funk, Harley Race, Marty Jannetty, New Jack, Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney, Spike Dudley, Jason Knight, ODB, Bob Backlund, Stevie Richards, Nidia, Ryan Shamrock, Dawn Marie, Missy Hyatt, Joy Giovanni, King Kong Bundy, Ox Baker and others. The turn out was less than some expected. The major talking point was New Jack who was staggering around cussing at people in public areas despite the crowd being mostly families with kids.
Ring of Honor wrestler Brent Albright is scheduled to undergo surgery today for a blood clot in his calf. He is hoping to recover in time for the next ROH TV tapings in August.
Dwayne Johnson’s latest movie Race to Witch Mountain came out on DVD this week.
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