WRESTLING GLOBE NEWSLETTER
Wednesday November 4, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
11/3 ECW TV results from Providence, RI: William Regal over Goldust; Shelton Benjamin over Zack Ryder; Vance Archer over Logan Jones; and Christian & Yoshi Tatsu over Ezekiel Jackson & Kozlov.
11/4 Raw house show results from Dublin, Ireland: Hornswoggle over Chavo Guerrero; Sheamus over Evan Bourne; The Miz over MVP; Melina over Alica Fox; Mark Henry over Chris Masters; Randy Orton over Koffi Kingston; DX over Legacy; and John Cena over Jack Swagger.
The show was near capacity and said to be a far larger crowd than what TNA drew here last month. Hometown hero Sheamus heeled the crowd calling them a bunch of Begrudgers. He didn’t get the reaction you would expect.
Jillian Hall got a lot of heat for coming out and signing a Sinead O’Connor song. Biggest pop of the night went to DX with Cena a close second. A lot of people were also cheering for Swagger during the main event.
We’re looking for reader reports from the WWE shows tomorrow in Glasgow, Scotland and Frankfurt, Germany to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roddy Piper has just had it confirmed from WWE that he will host Raw on November 16 at Madison Square Garden.
Mark Henry hurt his knee tonight in Dublin. No update at press time.
The Irish Sunday Times this past week reported that WWE stopped a company called Mideuro Imports in Dublin from shipping 100,000 Euros (just over $148,000) of counterfeit WWE merchandise from France. WWE has requested French customs to destroy the merchandise which was imported from China.
The upcoming DVD on the history of the World Heavyweight Championship will apparently trace all the way back to Frank Gotch in 1908. The documentary portion also includes chapters on Lou Thez and Buddy Rogers, and the following NWA matches: Pat O’Connor vs. Buddy Rogers from Chicago in 1961; Gene Kiniski vs. Dory Funk Jr. from 1969; Jack Brisco vs. Terry Funk from 1975; Harley Race vs. Dusty Rhodes from 1979; Ric Flair vs. Magnum TA at SuperClash in 1985; and Ric Flair vs. Sting from the Great American Bash in 1990. Of course there are also a selection of late 90s/early 2000 matches from WCW and WWE.
Jeff Hardy appeared in court this morning relating to the drug trafficking and possession charges in September. Nothing happened. A new probable cause hearing was set for November 14.
Batista will be presenting the best song award at the MTV Europe Awards in Berlin on Thursday night.
Two matches added to the Survivor Series PPV on November 21 in Washington, DC: Rey Mysterio vs. Batista, and Team Michelle McCool vs.
Team Mickie James in a traditional Survivor Series match.
ECW on Tuesday night did a 1.0 rating and averaged 1.3 million viewers.
WWE sent out a release touting Wrestlemania 26 tickets going on sale this Saturday. Ticket prices range from $25-$255 and ringside seats are $755. The release also including a list of weekend activities including the Hall of Fame, Axxess, and a Pro-Am Golf Tournament! There is an Internet pre sale on Thursday at 10am MST using the password WWEUOP at http://tinyurl.com/yao4h4o.
Raw the day after Wrestlemania is booked at the US Airways Arena in Phoenix. Tickets go on sale in December.
Jim Ross in his latest blog at www.jrsbarbq.com wrote about Matt Cappotelli, the former Tough Enough winner and developmental wrestler, who has been battling cancer and undergoing chemo now for three years:
“I always thought this kid had “it” but he has been sidetracked with battling cancer which has had to become a huge part of Matt’s life. Matt is an assistant manager at a Louisville health club and is also finishing his college degree at the University of Louisville in Exercise Physiology. I love Matt Cappotelli’s mental and physical toughness and his undying Faith. What a great young man.”
Maryse is signing autographs on Friday from 4pm to 6pm at The Room Store in Phoenix, AZ.
The WWE website has added Paul Bearer to it’s Alumni section.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
Hulk Hogan was a live studio guest this morning on KISW-FM in Seattle, WA, He mostly pushed his book but remembered to mention he was going to TNA to take charge and show all these younger wrestler’s how to work. He said the rumors romantically linking him to Pamela Anderson, Brooke Shields, Drew Barrymore and Dolly Parton weren’t true. No clue what he was talking about there because I have never heard those rumors. He also talked about ex-wife Linda needing help and said he heard she has been throwing wild Halloween parties with underage teens.
By the way, if any readers in Toronto want to learn the art form of professional wrestling, Hulk Hogan is a guest on CBC Television’s The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos in Toronto on November 18. Free audience tickets are available by emailing to email@example.com.
Dixie Carter on her Twitter today hinted she is talking Shannon Moore and said she doubted his TNA days were over.
Daniels recently shot some skits for the Fox Sports website series, called Cubed at http://msn.foxsports.com/video/shows/cubed. They’re scheduled to be posted next week.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to star opposite Dwayne Johnson in CBS Films’ Faster, an upcoming action movie starring Johnson as an ex-con who is out to avenge his brother’s murder after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. Director is George Tillman, Jr. who produced Notorious, the biopic on the life of Christopher ‘Biggie’ Wallace.
Q&A with Colt Cabana at http://tinyurl.com/y9u8g7d talking ROH, WWE and comedy.
Bruce “Brother Love” Prichard has joined Mick Foley with Total Xtreme Comedy. Prichard makes his standup debut on Thursday at the Dick Doherty’s Comedy Escape at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Worcester, MA. More info by calling 800-401-2221.
Ring of Honor return to Philadelphia on Thursday and Friday night for their HDNet tapings. Matches include: Austin Aries defending the ROH title; Tyler Black vs. Sonjay Dutt; Claudio Castagnoli vs. Colt Cabana; and Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico. Also scheduled to appear are The American Wolves, Chris Hero, Roderick Strong, Kenny Omega, Joey Ryan, “The King of Old School” Steve Corino, Kenny King, Rhett Titus, Delirious with Daizee Haze, Necro Butcher, plus more.
Tickets will be available to purchase at the door on the night of the show. More info at www.rohwrestling.com.
ROH also run on Saturday night at the Inman Center in Edison, NJ with Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Davey Richards & Chris Hero; Tyler Black vs. Kenny King; Roderick Strong vs. Delirious; Kenny Omega vs. Sonjay Dutt; Jay Briscoe vs. Claudio Castagnoli; Austin Aries & Rhett Titus in tag action, and more. Jim Cornette is doing a free meet and greet before each show with his Cornette’s Collectibles merchandise table setup.
Dragon Gate USA presents it’s Untouchable PPV on Friday at 10pm on iN DEMAND, DISH Network and TVN in the United States as well as TVN and Bell ExpressVU in Canada. This is said to be another awesome show for people who like wrestling as oppose to sports entertainment: Dragon Kid vs. Masato Yoshino; Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. YAMATO & Gran Akuma; Bryan Danielson vs. Naruki Doi; Brian Kendrick vs. CIMA; Davey Richards vs. Shingo; and The Young Bucks vs. Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi. There is a preview video at http://tinyurl.com/yc8plzv.
Former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro will be appearing for Playboy at Glamourcon on November 14 at the Hilton LAX.
“Mr. Kennedy” Anderson has dyed his hair dark. Photo at http://twitpic.com/ob5ui.
There is a where are they now on Mike Sharpe, Tito Santana, Nikolai VolKoff, Rick Martel, Paul Orndorff, Wendi Richter, and Luna Vachon at http://tinyurl.com/yhanew3.
There is a wrestling convention on December 12 at the Radisson Hotel in Carteret NJ with Dory Funk Jr, Ron and Don Harris, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Superstar Bill Dundee, Danny Spivey, Moondog Rex, Jack Victory, General Skandor Akbar, Clarence Mason, Outback Jack, Simon Diamond, Johnny Swinger, Brad Armstrong, Tim Horner, Mike Sanders, Lash LeRoux, Headbanger Mosh, former Nitro Girls Spice & Chae, David Sammartino, Sonjay Dutt, Jazz and So Cal Val. More info at www.kandswrestlefest.com.
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