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Sunday October 4, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Tonight 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. They also just added Drew McIntyre vs. R-Truth. Eight matches, including three cage matches, isn’t going leave much time for anyone.
Raw is Monday in Wilkes-Barre, PA with Ben Roethlisberger as the guest host, and Smackdown/ECW tapes Tuesday in Trenton, NJ.
The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader at http://tinyurl.com/ydhfj87 interviewed The Miz to push Raw on Monday. The newspaper described him as a “WWE veteran”. He talked about how WWE sends talent on seminars to learn how to manage their money so they don’t end up like Randy the Ram. He had a great line, which is the company line, when talking about MMA compared to pro wrestling: “Our main events aren’t three minutes long,” he said.
“We’re out to entertain the people. [A WWE event] is like a cross between a rock concert, a sporting event and an improv show. There’s just so much that goes into WWE that no other promotion has.” For the record, the Raw main event last Monday with John Cena running the gauntlet was approximately 3 minutes long. Just saying.
The New York Yankees’ WWE replica title belt they were passing around the clubhouse was auctioned off Friday for $9400 with proceeds benefiting Camp Sundown. Story is at http://tinyurl.com/ydb99mf.
Steve Austin is signing autographs at Forbidden Planet in London, England on Monday from 5.30pm.
WWE are pushing their tour of Australia next year as “The Official WWE Tour of 2010″ I guess so there is no confusion in the market place with any other groups. The top names listed for the tour are Undertaker, Edge and Rey Mysterio.
Edge and Eve Torres are heading to Australia for a promotional tour next month.
The New York Post at http://tinyurl.com/y9lj9c9 has a story on Rev. Al Sharpton’s Raw appearance. A WWE rep is quoted defending the drop in ratings for the show blaming Monday Night Football, which did have something to do with it.
Chelsea Handler on her E! TV show this week ripped Rev. Sharpton’s appearance, including a gag on Mark Henry.
Sting was featured on WWE programming this past week, kind of. On Vintage Collection, which is syndicated internationally, they aired the Sing-Great Muta match from Starrcade 89. The company is looking for a home for the show in the US that would air Wednesday night so they have wrestling on television every single week night.
The popular AM Law blog at http://tinyurl.com/y8zkojm has a story on correspondence between writer Irv Muchnick and Vince McMahon’s attorney Jerry McDevitt over Muchnick’s upcoming book examining the Chris Benoit murders.
Linda McMahon turns 61 today. John Morrison turned 30 on Saturday.
The update on the Bragging Rights PPV is a change to where the winners of Raw vs. Smackdown matches will face off in a tag team main event to give either the Raw or Smackdown the “Bragging Rights” as it were. The show takes place in Pittsburgh on October 25.
Maryland Championship Wrestling has a PPV party tonight at Loafers Sports Bar and Grill in Catonsville, MD.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
10/3 house show results from Dublin, Ireland: Hernandez over Sheik Bashir; Velvet Sky over Awesome Kong & Taylor Wilde in a three-way; Samoa Joe over Jay Lethal; Beer Money over The British Invasion; Suicide over Rhyno; and Team 3D & Abyss over Kurt Angle, Scott Steiner and Booker T.
We don’t have a number yet. They ran the O2 Arena which has nearly 10,000 seats, but they didn’t get close to a sell out. This show was expected to be the biggest house on the tour.
There are TV tapings 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.
There is a video of the Scott Steiner incident from Friday night in
Switzerland at http://tinyurl.com/ydhj4z8 – it breaks down around the
seven minute mark.
Steiner also buries Triple H for [expletive] “the bosses daughter” at
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
An independent film maker is shooting a soap-style wrestling show that
will closely resemble MTV’s The Hills. The cast includes former WWE
Divas and current TNA Knockouts including Shelly Martinez, Lacey Von
Erich, Lizzy Valentine and Rhaka Khan. The pilot is Lacey as the
babyface Lauren Conrad character playing against Lizzy as the heel Heidi
Montag. The main story of the first show is Lacey getting a job with TNA
and some of the other girls are jealous leading to a lot of drama. Khan
also has a role talking about her recent real-life drama with Kurt
Angle. The girls shot a “fight” scene outside a bar Friday night in the
South Bay region of Los Angeles. They are hoping to pitch the project as
a television series to VH-1.
Jim Cornette was added to the Ring of Honor shows next weekend in
Collinsville, IL and Indianapolis. More info at www.rohwrestling.com.
ROH have started teasing the return of Steve Corino.
Ric Flair talks College football to Mike Mooneyham at
The Tampa Tribune at http://tinyurl.com/ydekat9 has a story on lottery
millionaires, including a profile on Jay Vargus, the money man behind
the Wrestlicious project. Apparently as a result of the story he has
already received hundreds of requests for money via his website.
The Orlando Sentinel at http://tinyurl.com/y974avz has a story on Afa
Anoa’i talking about the earthquake and tsunami which wiped out his
native village in American Samoa. He said he was on the phone with his
brother when the tsunami hit killing two of his cousins. He is planning
a few fund raisers next month to help tsunami victims.
Hulk Hogan is doing a Barnes & Nobles book signing tour later this month
pushing his new autobiography, My Life Outside The Ring. He appears on
10/27 on Fifth Avenue in New York City; 10/27 at the Smith Haven Mall in
Lake Grove; 10/29 at North Michigan in Chicago; 10/30 at the Mall of
America in Bloomington, MN; 11/5 on Grove Dr. in Los Angels; and 11/6 at
Book Soup on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA.
Alex Marvez has a story on Gary Hart’s book at
Roddy Piper’s son, Colt Toombs, won his MMA fight Friday night in Oregon
over Matt Slosser, breaking his opponents nose in the process.
James Guttman at www.WorldWrestlingInsanity.com interviewed Lex Luger
talking about his career and his ministry work.
Bobby Fulton of Fantastics fame turns 47 today.
Missy Hyatt and Krissy Vaine have donated memorabilia to be auctioned
for charity in Diva-Dirt.com’s charity drive, ‘Diva Dirt Gives Back’.
All proceeds will be donated to charity [Wrestler’s Rescue & Susan G.
Komen for the Cure]. Fans can bid on the items at
The latest promo for the Hulkamania tour with The Nasty Boys and Jimmy
Hart is at http://tinyurl.com/y9pusc7.
Tito Ortiz chastises a homeless guy at http://tinyurl.com/y9b75on.
WRESTLING GLOBE MAILBAG
Doing a fantastic job as always, much appreciated. It was hard times
finding true information when you wasn’t available to do these
Would also just like to say, i watched the viewing of the Randy Savage
special on Sky Sports. One of the best documentaries I have seen on a
wrestler. It shows how much of a legend he really was to me, and brought
a lot of memories back. If anyone else is out there and remember those
Randy Savage days, it is well worth the watch.
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