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Friday October 2, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
10/1 Superstars TV results: Shad Gaspard over Tyson Kidd; Sheamus over Tyler Reks; and Kofi Kingston over The Miz.
No house shows this weekend.
Sunday is the Hell in the Cell PPV from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Line up is CM Punk vs. The Undertaker in a Hell In A Cell match for the World title; John Cena vs. Randy Orton in a Hell In A Cell match for the WWE title; DX vs. Legacy in a Hell In A Cell match; Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Batista & the returning Rey Mysterio for the tag titles; John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler for the IC title; Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz vs. Jack Swagger in a three-way for the U.S. title; and Mickie James vs. Alicia Fox for the Divas title.
The advance for the show is weak. Ringside tickets are still available as well as good seats all over the arena. They will need a very strong walk up to sell out here.
Raw is Monday in Wilkes-Barre, PA with Ben Roethlisberger as the guest host, and Smackdown/ECW tapes Tuesday in Trenton, NJ.
The Decade of Smackdown special tonight has a great 8-minute Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson promo; a very nice Eddie Guerrero tribute video package; the return of Vickie Guerrero; Kofi Kingston & John Morrison vs. The Miz & Dolph Ziggler; Michelle McCool vs. Melina in a Lumberjill match; and the main event of John Cena, Undertaker & DX vs. CM Punk & Randy Orton & The Legacy.
SteelCityInsider.com has a Q&A with Ben Roethlisberger talking up Monday’s Raw appearance. He said Vince called him to be on the show and he would know that he is doing today because they are sending him the script. That’s funny because they don’t even have Sunday’s PPV finished yet. He said he was a huge WWF fan growing up and some of his favorites were Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior. On whether he told his coach about the appearance before hand, he said: “It’s our off day. I talked to him about it, but I didn’t really ask for permission. I kind of went and talked to him and got a feel for if he was going to have a big problem with it. I figured he would tell me. But like I said, it’s our off day.
I want to let everyone know: I’m not coming off any top ropes or anything. People are freaking out that I’m going to be doing something.
I’m not going to be doing anything crazy, so relax.”
The Associated Press covers Roethlisberger’s legal issues amid rape allegations at http://tinyurl.com/yall9nb.
Not sure this is legit but for what it’s worth the Canadian band Thousand Foot Krunch has a new song whch may become the new Smackdown opening music. You can listen at http://tinyurl.com/yhft5ch. The bands publicist told us: “As far as I know it is not confirmed yet for WWE”.
Not exactly a denial…
Newsday at http://tinyurl.com/ydsoh3a nails the Matt Hardy-Twitter controversy.
Speaking of which, Hardy was back on the Twitter again last night claiming that because he was in the main event during recent house shows this some how means he wasn’t de-pushed on television. He also wrote:
“And to whom it concerns (you know who you are) – Thx for giving me what I was looking for, twice actually. Looks like you ribbed yourself!”
Some on the creative team are sweating right now over The Ultimate Fighter (Kimbo vs. Roy Nelson) doing a 3.7 rating on Spike beating out Raw’s 3.1 with Rev. Al Sharpton. Mostly worried about the next ride with Vince on the WWE jet. This was the first time ever TUF trumped Raw in a television rating.
The Fox News affiliate in Memphis has a great piece on Jerry Lawler and his bid for Mayor, including footage shot inside his home, at http://tinyurl.com/ydtz3t3.
Sky Sports in the UK are currently airing a one hour version of the Randy Savage DVD. The show airs at various times over the next couple of days.
Joey Styles hosted a WWE 24/7 Legends roundtable show on the lost art of managing and southern wrestling in Stamford on Wednesday. The panel consisted of Jim Ross, J.J. Dillon, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin. Bill Watts was originally scheduled but didn’t make the taping due to travel issues.
Chris Jericho appears tonight at the Fangoria Trinity of Terrors at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. He is promoting his movie just out on DVD, Albino Farm, which you can find out more about at http://tinyurl.com/ykrfwgh.
The Sun in the UK at http://tinyurl.com/ycvxykv has an interview with Ted DiBiase Jr.
The Baltimore Sun at http://tinyurl.com/ybjemp4 has a Q&A with Jim Ross.
He talks in-depth about the challenges of developing and building new talent.
Rapper Ice-T and his wife Coco on the Monday Night Mayhem radio show said that WWE called them to be future guest hosts on Raw: “We’ve been approached, so that’s a possibly in the future.”
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
10/1 TV results from Orlando, FL: Amazing Red over Sheik Bashir, Kiyoshi, Consequences Creed & Jay Lethal in a five-way ladder match for an X-Division title shot; Kevin Nash over Dr. Stevie; Christy Hemme over Traci Brooks; ODB over Awesome Kong to retain the Knockouts title; Hernandez vs. Kurt Angle was a DCO; Matt Morgan over Eric Young; and Team 3D & Bobby Lashley over The British Invasion & Rhyno.
TNA run tonight in Zurich, Switzerland, and finish up their European tour Saturday night in Dublin. We’re looking for reader reports from both shows to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are TV tapings next Monday and Tuesday at Universal Studios in Orlando. Already announced is Mick Foley & Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan & Abyss; ODB vs. Tara; Kevin Nash vs. Hernandez; and Sting responds to AJ Styles.
The Miami Herald at http://tinyurl.com/yal6cew has a story on Lacey Von Erich. Not sure if she was told to say some of this but she comes off like a chick from Mean Girls in this article, and totally buries Angelina Love, even though she admits having never met her. When asked about replacing Love in The Beautiful People, she said: “I feel like it was made for me, and she [Angelina] wasn’t a good fit for it in my opinion. I thought that everybody was going to be, ‘Oh no. Angelina is gone,’ but not one person said that. Nobody really missed her that much.
I feel like I can fill the shoes that I’m supposed to. TNA told me this role was made for me, and I feel the same way. So when I met the other members, Velvet and Madison, they are awesome. When I got there, we all just felt like we were one group, and the band was completed. I’ve never met Angelina before in my life. After what some people have said, I don’t know if I want to. I just feel like we can all be a group together and shine together, so I’m excited about that.” Lacey also noted working on an acting career and that TNA allows her to pursue that during her off days.
DirecTV will air a Bound for Glory Countdown show from October 7.
Ed Ferrera has apparently left his teaching job at Columbia College in Chicago.
Shark Boy is the guest on the latest Hermie’s Hotseat at http://tinyurl.com/ydt74cu.
Mick Foley at http://tinyurl.com/yjj3txp was interviewed in today’s Evening Herald in Ireland. A nice piece. The writer wrote of Foley: One has certain preconceptions before interviewing a professional wrestler.
It’s a seriously macho activity, laced with connotations — often negative — and rife with stereotypes. So, when I spoke to Mick Foley, I didn’t expect him to be a highly articulate, whip-smart and an impeccably well-mannered gentleman.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
A Ric Flair fan in Asheboro won the top prize in the Ric Flair Whoooooooooo! scratch lottery. Frankie Shirley won $100,000 ($68,001.60 after taxes) and said he was going to use some of the winnings to go on vacation. Perhaps he could buy that NWA title belt going up for sale next week.
Iron Sheik made Maxim’s list of 100 Twitter accounts guys should follow at http://tinyurl.com/y8ultat.
Sheik also has a web show coming soon at http://www.sheikshow.com/dvd.html.
Ken Shamrock, Candice Michelle, Umaga, Lance Storm, Bobby Heenan, Matt Morgan, Jackie Haas, The Nasty Boys, Christy Hemme, So Cal Val, Rick Steiner, Shelly Martinez, ODB, Sonjay Dutt, Tammy Sytch, Steve Corino, Greg Valentine, Dawn Marie, Blue Meanie, Stacy Carter, Sabu, King Kong Bundy, Terri Runnels, and April Hunter are listed as appearing in Philly this weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center for the Ultimate Collectibles & Autograph Show. More info at www.mp-events.net.
Tito Santana, The Honky Tonk Man, Al Snow, and Scotty 2 Hotty will be appearing this weekend at the Long Beach Comic Convention.
Eric Bischoff was on www.betweentherops.com discussing the upcoming Hulk Hogan tour in Australia. He noted they are looking at doing a highlight show that would air on PPV internationally as well as a DVD release. He said the proposed Hogan-Flair TV project would be more documentary than reality based and focus on them returning to the ring.
About.com at http://tinyurl.com/yaw2kuy interviewed Kevin Thorn.
JBL’s wife Merideth Whitney is featured in a piece in today’s Wall Street Journal.
A video of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s appearance at the WXW show in Florida last weekend is online at http://tinyurl.com/ycrrrek.
A teaser trailer for The Rock’s upcoming movie The Tooth Fairy is online at http://tinyurl.com/yancoce.
Story on Jim Duggan coming to Cornwall, Ontario at http://tinyurl.com/yddhno5.
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