WRESTLING GLOBE NEWSLETTER
Tuesday September 8, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
9/6 Smackdown/ECW house show results from Ponce, Puerto Rico: Big Show & Chris Jericho over Primo & Carlito; Matt Hardy over Mike Knox; Great Khali over Kane; Cryme Tyme over The Hart Dynasty; Christian over William Regal, Shelton Benjamin & Tommy Dreamer in a four-way; Melina & Eve over Natalya & Michelle McCool; John Morrison over Dolph Ziggler; and Undertaker over CM Punk.
9/7 Raw TV results from Chicago, IL: MVP over Chris Jericho; Evan Bourne over Chavo Guerrero; John Cena over Cody Rhodes; Big Show over Santino Marella in a bodyslam match; Mark Henry over Big Show in a bodyslam match; and DX over Randy Orton & Chris Masters. Dark match was Alex Riley over Jamie Noble, and taped for Superstars was Yoshi Tatsu vs.
Sheamus and Jack Swagger & The Miz vs. Primo & Kofi Kingston.
The Smackdown/ECW tapings are tonight at the Rockford Metro Centre. ECW matches include Tommy Dreamer & Christian vs. Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson, and Paul Burchill vs. Hurricane.
We’re looking for reports from the show to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have an interview with The Hart Dynasty online at http://tinyurl.com/m6fffu.
In a strange story, Bob Barker’s appearance on Raw led to rumors of his demise. He topped Twitter trending topics last night and there were millions of Internet searches of his name, which, given his age, usually means the worst. 1010 News in New York City even ran a story reporting that Barker was alive and well. Story is at http://tinyurl.com/n4ypzw.
There was a backstage altercation between Big Show and Great Khali over the weekend in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Show was apparently upset over something that was messed up in their match. The version we heard is that words were exchanged, they locked up, and then either Show fell over a bag and Khali took him down, or Khali just took him down. Before the situation could escalate several guys, including The Undertaker, jumped in and pulled them apart. No blows were landed. Presumably they worked out their differences although they were kept apart for the remainder of the tour.
Batista is advertised to make a “career-altering announcement” next week at Raw in Toronto when Trish Stratus will be guest host.
Superstars did a 0.8 rating for last week’s show on WGN.
Another upcoming DVD release we have just learned about is a 3-disc History of the World Heavyweight Championship. How are they going to get around the Benoit issue with this one?
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
GlobalVisas.com ran a story on Angel Williams’ visa issues. They pretty much summed up her situation saying she had been working without a US visa for two years, ever since her contract with WWE ended, and that neither she nor her employer (TNA) applied for a new one: “TNA president Dixie Carter was recently alerted to the problem and potential legal ramifications of employing illegal workers. Williams’ contract has been promptly terminated. If investigations ensue, she could be banned from entering the US for ten years and forced to pay back any salary she earned while working without a visa.” This whole mess just boggles the mind.
Impact, despite being a great show last Thursday, drew a 0.95 rating on Spike, making it the lowest rated Impact of 2009. Go figure.
The Miami Herald at http://tinyurl.com/ngolqp has a story on Kip James.
A great look at his life from growing up in Florida wanting to be a cowboy to his WWE career and various gimmicks over the years. No real mention of TNA.
Jeremy Borash at http://tinyurl.com/l6gknh talks to media in Australia about being involved in the creative process as well as the prospect of running Impact live every Thursday from different venues around the country. He said when they are ready to do it they probably would.
Mick Foley was spotted yesterday at the Yankees-Rays game at Yankee Stadium. He was shown on the big screen during the fifth inning with his wife and kids.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
Today marks the ten year anniversary of the death of Brian Hildebrand aka Mark Curtis who died of stomach cancer at age 37. He was best known for his run as a referee with WCW in the 90s. During his time in WCW, he earned the nickname The Shooter after a fan attempted to interfere during a live television match. As the invading fan slid under the bottom rope to enter the ring, Hildebrand, who happened to have glanced over just as the man jumped the guard rail, dropped to the mat, placed the man in a guillotine choke, and held him there until WCW security could remove him. During the final stage of his disease in 1999, a benefit was held in his hometown of Rostraver Township, PA that featured several major stars at the time including Mick Foley, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Shane Douglas, Bruno Sammartino, Dominic DeNucci, Terry Taylor, D’Lo Brown, Al Snow, Billy Kidman, Chris Candido, and many others.
Stacy Keibler is hosting The Ultimate Spike Girl 2009 which airs on Spike October 1 at 11pm.
Raven turns 47 today.
TCW runs Saturday night in Russellville, AR. Main event is VH1’s Matt Riviera vs. TNA’s Jay Lethal; Malia Hosaka vs. Athena; plus, “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel returns to the ring and Jeff Jett, Prince Al Farat, Apoc, and many more will be in action. For more info, visit www.tcwvideo.com.
The 16-year-old son of Sid Eudy, Gunner, made his pro wrestling debut this past weekend. We don’t yet have any stats on him but he is working as Lord Humongous, a gimmick that his father used early in his career.
He teams with Scott Hall against Sid and Pokerface for Deep South Championship Wrestling in Jonesboro, AR on 9/19.
Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness was announced for Ring of Honor’s sold out Glory By Honor VIII event in New York City on September 26.
Tickets still remain at www.rohwrestling.com for the other live events as part of The Final Countdown Tour in Philadelphia on September 10 and 11, Dayton on September 18, Chicago on September 19, and Boston on September 25.
KENTA returns for ROH on November 13 in Detroit.
Tyler Black underwent minor surgery a few weeks ago to relieve pressure in his neck. The recovery from this procedure has not gone as hoped, and Black will be forced out of action for the ROH on HDNet tapings this weekend. Black will still be on hand for both events but the cards will be adjusted.
CZW run Saturday night at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
Driftwood, a horror movie starring Diamond Dallas Page, premieres on Chiller TV on Friday at 10pm. Check your local listings.
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