WRESTLING GLOBE NEWSLETTER
Sunday September 20, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
9/19 Raw house show results from Moncton, New Brunswick: Evan Bourne over Chavo Guerrero; Primo Colon over Alex Riley; Chris Masters over Santino Marella; Kofi Kingston over The Miz and Jack Swagger in a three-way; Alicia Fox over Rosa Mendes; The Legacy over MVP & Mark Henry; and John Cena over Randy Orton.
9/19 in Halifax, Nova Scotia was the same results as Moncton drawing around 7,000. A few upset people becaue of the Triple H no-show (he was in Las Vegas for the Mayweather Jr. fight). They announced he wouldn’t be appearing due to a scheduling conflict and offered refunds. Nobody took them. After the show Cena gave the house mic to an officer from one of the Canadian naval ships who proposed to his girlfriend. She said yes.
9/19 Smackdown/ECW house show results from Bangor, Maine: Cryme Tyme over The Hart Dynasty; Drew Mcintyre over R-Truth; Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson over Tommy Dreamer & The Hurricane; Melina over Layla; Christian over Zack Ryder; Kane over Finlay; John Morrison over Dolph Ziggler; and CM Punk over Matt Hardy.
Raw TV is Monday in Little Rock, AR with Cedric The Entertainer as the guest host. The crew then head to South America with shows next week in El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.
The Smackdown/ECW crew run today in Portland, Maine. The TV tapings are Tuesday in Tulsa, OK with Big Show vs. Batista and Christian vs. Zach Ryder for the ECW title. The crew then fly out to Europe for shows in France and Spain.
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The Monday Night Mayhem radio show interviewed Mike Adamle. He said he wasn’t sure why WWE brought him in other than he understood they wanted a long-term replacement for Jim Ross. He said: “Covering play-by-play for professional wrestling is a completely different animal than getting ready for a college sports broadcast… I think Vince took advantage of this guy who’s a ‘bumblehead’ so they made me the ‘bumblehead of ECW,’
and a guy who was prone to make mistakes, and I went along with the gag.” He says he would go back if given the opportunity. “If you’re any kind of athlete, you’ve been knocked down not once, not twice but hundreds of times and you get out of the game when you don’t want to get off the canvas anymore. So I got knocked down to the canvas a couple of times, but I want to get up, and I’ll too throw a few punches again. My greatest regret is that I was never able to get in the ring. I wanted to be chokeslammed a couple of times.” You can listen to the full interview at www.mondaynightmayhem.com.
Cedric the Entertainer will be promoting his new DVD with Shaq (the DVD, Shaq won’t be there) during Raw on Monday. Reverend Al Sharpton is also booked, we’re told for next Monday in Wilkes-Barre, to plug his Achievement Gap Tour – which includes former House Secretary Newt Gingrich, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Triple H was in Las Vegas over the weekend with the Floyd Mayweather Jr.
camp. He was clearly visable walking Mayweather to the ring for his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, and also spoke at the weigh-ins, saying that Mayweather would laugh last, which he did, to a choras of boo’s from Marquez’ supporters.
The Ottawa Sun at http://tinyurl.com/l7npjw has a story on Chris Jericho. On the development of his persona since coming back, he said:
“I wanted to develop this character, part of it was from Anton Chigurh, from No Country for Old Men — a complete psycho. I wanted to step away from everything Y2J was, from the hair to the entrance to the electricity. To still have serious heel heat a year and a half into that character is something to be proud of. I’m a very good puppet master. I don’t like when the fans chant ‘Y2J.’ It’s not cool. It’s hard to become a heel and harder to stay one — from Hannibal Lecter to Freddy Krueger to The Joker. This is the character I play. I love it.”
Big Show is confirmed for the next WWE Films project, Suckerpunch. We actually wrote about this movie months ago while it was still in development. WWE is holding auditions for extras next week in Los Angeles.
WWE agent Arn Anderson turns 51 today. Greg Valentine also has a birthday turning 59.
CNN’s Political Ticker at http://tinyurl.com/mhmykt has an article on
WWE programming affecting Linda McMahon’s Senate bid.
Jake Roberts talks Linda McMahon at http://tinyurl.com/krkkrd: “I think
that Linda has gotten to a point to where she wants to make a difference
in this world other than the WWE. Linda McMahon is certainly a very,
very strong woman. She’s proven that the whole time. They went from a
very small company to a billion dollars and pushing everything and
making jobs for a lot of people. They changed the wrestling world.
Hopefully she’ll be doing something positive for this country. I think
that her platform is going to be I’m not a politician. I’m a business
person. She damn sure is. A real great one.”
Cody Rhodes talks working with Shawn Michaels and getting to the next
level at http://tinyurl.com/mmcv8x.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
The No Surrender PPV is live tonight from Orlando, FL. Line up is Kurt
Angle vs. Sting vs. AJ Styles vs. Matt Morgan in a four-way for the TNA
title; Bobby Lashley vs. Rhino; Samoa Joe vs. Daniels for the X-title;
Beer Money & Team 3D vs. British Invasion, Booker T & Scott Steiner in
Lethal Lockdown; ODB vs. Cody Deaner for the Knockouts title; The
Beautiful People vs. Taylor Wilde & Sarita for the Knockouts tag titles
(probably Madison Rayne subbing Angelina Love); Kevin Nash vs. Abyss for
the Legends title; and Hernandez vs. Eric Young on the pre show.
The TV tapings are Monday and Tuesday in Orlando following by an
overseas tour of Germany including dates in Switzerland and Dublin,
Former WWE writer Ed Ferrara is coming in today for the PPV. That would
give credence to the story that Dutch Mantel and Jim Cornette were
pushed out of the creative picture, and also perhaps explains why.
Ferrera and Vince Russo, together, deserve some credit for the WWE’s
success in 1998 and the turn around of ratings before they jumped ship
to rivals WCW. The last I heard Ferrera was teaching at Columbia College
Simon Diamond and D-Lo Brown are already in Orlando for the PPV. They
start today as agents replacing Cornette and BJ James.
TNA at http://tinyurl.com/mx2pb3 posted a first-look at the new Knockout
tag title belts.
The Baltimore Sun at http://tinyurl.com/nvolee has a good Q&A with Shane
Douglas. On TNA, he said: “I think there’s a huge need to change the way
business is done. Whether they do or not will remain to be seen, but I
think TNA, especially, is at a fork in the road to whether Dixie Carter
will be prescient enough to make those changes or she has the guts to
make those changes. I don’t think she does, but I hope she does for the
guys’ sake, for wrestling’s sake, for her father’s money’s sake. There’s
no doubt in my mind with the talent they have there that they can turn
it around and they can do big business. My advice to Dixie right now
would be for her not to be content with being called the No. 2 company
in the United States, because being the No. 2 company in the United
States doesn’t mean what it used to. She should be striving to be the
No. 1 company, and I think she can do that, but it remains to be seen.”
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
Karl Afflis passed away this morning in Florida. He was the son of the
legendary Dick The Bruiser.
There is a wrestling convention on October 10 in Pell City, AL at the
Civic Center with Austin Idol, Tommy Rich, The Midnight Express (Dennis
Condrey & Bobby Eaton), Jimmy Golden, Bullet Bob Armstrong, Steve
Armstrong, The Assassin, and more names to be announced. Details at
www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/oww/radio/ has a new show online with
Mike Mooneyham talks Ric Flair at http://tinyurl.com/ntxkym.
Hulk Hogan was interviewed in the Sunday Telegraph in Australia. He said
WWE buried Hulkamania because they wanted to push younger talent. He
said: “World Wrestling Entertainment wanted to put me out to pasture, to
put me out to the graveyard, but I’m ready to fight for another title.
The WWE has this mindset, it wants to push young stars even if the fans
want to see Hulk Hogan so we’re doing this [tour] on our own.” He also
talked about relocating to Australia: “With this divorce happening and
my kids are grown, I’m sitting here thinking this might be a great
change for me to find a nice little pad on the beach somewhere… It’d
be great to just work right out of here.” He is such a great worker.
The St. Petersburg Times reported that differences between Hogan and his
ex-wife Linda have been settled. Linda withdrew her motion of
enforcement against Hogan on Friday over a late payment of $225,000 and
a Harley Davidson motorcycle that was outstanding as part of their
Bret Hart interview at http://tinyurl.com/mu79vc. He says he doesn’t
miss wrestling but misses being around the boys and visiting some of the
cities. He also talks about writing a new book. He said: “I’m starting
to think about writing another book. I’d like to write a fiction book,
but I might do a wrestling book that goes back in time. I would love to
know more about wrestlers like Gorgeous George or Buddy Rogers and what
it was like to be world champion in 1948. That’s a world that nobody
understands anymore. A lost era. This is a time when they’d load up six
cars with wrestlers and everyone would drive from Calgary to Salt Lake
City just for one show. No one ever documents it!”
WRESTLING GLOBE MAILBAG
I saw the letter Dennis Pitre wrote about Triple H being in Vegas. I
agree with him. It is terrible to advertise a top star and then pull
him/her just because 1. There was something better for the star to do to
give Vince’s company publicity and 2) That the star was supposed to be
in smaller venues. Vince only cares about the publicity and the money.
If he continues to pull this nonsense, fans in those smaller
towns/venues will just stop coming.
Terri Bey, Lexington, KY
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