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Tuesday November 24, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
11/23 Raw TV results results from Hershey, PA: Kofi Kingston over Dolph Ziggler; Sheamus over Finlay; John Cena over CM Punk; MVP, Mark Henry & R-Truth over Jack Swagger, Chris Masters & Chavo Guerrero, Randy Orton over Evan Bourne; Mickie James, Melina & Kelly Kelly over Michelle McCool, Jillian Hall & Layla, DX over The Hart Dynasty; Legacy over Cryme Tyme; and Sheamus won the a Battle Royal for a WWE title shot.
Dark match was Yoshi Tatsu over William Regal.
The Smackdown/ECW tapings are tonight at Harbor Yards in Bridgeport, CT with Batista vs. Kane, and Matt Hardy appears on tonight’s ECW broadcast. We’re looking for reader reports with basic match results and anything else noteworthy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ring announcer Lauren Mayhew has left WWE. She was working on a short-term contract and neither side could agree on anything more long term. Her rep noted that she was happy with the company and the feedback was positive. She could return in the future, but she is moving on for now and focusing on other creative opportunities.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is booked to guest host Raw on December 7 from the American Airlines Center.
Raw last night did a 3.2 rating over three hours. Hour one was 2.6 followed by two strong hours of 3.5.
John Cena will serve as Grand Marshall of the Fiesta Bowl parade in Phoenix, AZ on January 2. It’s part of a promotional deal for Wrestlemania 26.
Gerald Brisco won’t be returning to WWE in his previous role as road agent after suffering a series of mini strokes earlier this year. His doctor advised him not to go back on the road full-time so he may be doing something with developmental in Tampa. He is said to be recovering nicely but no timetable has been set for him to return to work. He is also accepting convention dates next year outside of WWE.
Maria Kanellis is likely returning to Smackdown TV this week after filming wrapped last week for Celebrity Apprentice in New York City.
Kelly Kelly is interviewed (at times in-character) at http://tinyurl.com/yz63vna. She says if she wasn’t with WWE she would go back to college for broadcasting as she wanted to be an anchor women growing up.
Beth Phoenix celebrates a birthday today.
Ted DiBiase Jr. talks how to look good using skin products on HD TV at http://tinyurl.com/yfbaobk. Seriously.
Linda McMahon’s opponents in the Connecticut Senate race are on the attack over comments Linda made on the 9/11 terror trial. Story is at http://tinyurl.com/yhbclwu.
Story on Great Khali visiting a Tihar, India jail to talk to 18-21 year olds about staying out of trouble at http://tinyurl.com/yzynuyz.
WWE canceled a house show in Jonesboro, AR on January 22… A house show was added at the Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey on April 18, 2010. This may be the first show in the country after programming debuted earlier this year on Fox Turkey.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
According to my friend who lives in Perth, Australia (and who isn’t a wrestling fan) Hulk Hogan has been wreaking havoc over there during the past few days. He is all over the newspapers pushing his show. The local radio station is even running regular “Hulk-watch” updates reporting all his shenanigans around the city. One report had him surfing on the beach while another had him picking up chicks at various night spots, although this was done tongue-in-cheek, as he is flanked every where by his bride-to-be, Jennifer McDaniel. “He’s just being very loud and obnoxious,” my friend said. The Hulkamania tour continues with shows tonight at the Burwood Dome in Perth (they were selling 2-for-1 tickets at the box office yesterday and Ticketek has been calling people and upgrading them for free), Thursday at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, and Saturday at the Acer Centre in Sydney. We’re looking for reader reports with basic match results and anything else noteworthy to email@example.com.
Awesome Kong had a scare last night when the floor of her apartment building caught fire. She wrote on Twitter that beside minor smoke damage her apartment was okay. When the local Fire Department let her back in, she joked: “Firestarter was playing on my TV. How ironic.”
Mick Foley was a guest in Puerto Rico this past weekend for a benefit for Carlos Beltran’s Baseball Academy… Footage of Foley on The Daily Show is now on the TNA website at http://tinyurl.com/y9p25g2… Foley along with Colt Cabana are doing their comedy act tomorrow night at the Comedy Connection in East Providence, RI.
Kip James is photographed watching Sunday’s Knicks-Celtics game with Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Tracy Morgan, Brooke Shields, and Rosie Perez at http://tinyurl.com/yjg9gm9.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Sweet Saraya, a female wrestler from the UK, has not signed with TNA.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
The Heyman Hustle at http://tinyurl.com/yao3h4y has photos of Dwayne Johnson and a possible new girlfriend from this past weekend at the CNN Heroes Awards taping in Hollywood, CA. The show airs at 9pm ET on Thanksgiving Night… The Arizona Republic has a story on Planet 51 with Johnson talking about his role at http://tinyurl.com/yexg3xa … Johnson on The Ellen DeGeneres show from last week is online at http://tinyurl.com/yhcstcp.
The Houston Chronicle at http://tinyurl.com/ykfkt9u has a story on Bruce “Brother Love” Prichard and his budding career as a stand up comic.
Brooke Hogan is currently shooting the third season of her reality show Brooke Knows Best in Southern California. She also has another album due out in the spring.
American Wrestling Rampage ran shows in Strasbourg, Cannes, and Lille in France this past weekend averaging just over 2000 paid for each show.
Mark and Jay Briscoe pulled out of the tour to do a WWE tryout. the major names were Rob Van Dam, Sean Waltman, Sid Vicious, Sabu, Rene Dupree, Scotty 2 Hotty, Joe Legend and Raven.
Lance Storm is interviewed at www.mondaynightmayhem.com.
The Wrestler with Mickey Rouke premieres on HBO this weekend.
My friend Ken Spence has a show on Thanksgiving Night at the West Central Community Center, 6130 Yadkinville Rd, Pfafftown, NC. Doors open at 6.30 and bell time is 8pm.
Matt Riviera, an indy wrestler worth millions, who appeared earlier this year on the ill-fated VH-1 show Megan Wants A Millionaire, has made the short list for Donald Trump’s new reality dating show, Omarsa’s Ultimate Merger to air next year on TV One. The show is going to be filmed soon in Las Vegas at the Trump Intl. Hotel and Tower.
Today’s Diva of the Day is Becky Bayless at http://tinyurl.com/yfw9egd.
Former WWE wrestler Armando Estrada announced that he will be wrestling his final match on December 5 against Mr. Ken Anderson at Dave Herro’s Great Lakes Championship Wrestling’s Blizzard Brawl in Milwaukee, WI.
Estrada has grown a successful restaurant business; Baby’s Steak & Lemonade in Glendale, Arizona and is in the works of opening more franchises in the near future. You can check out Baby’s Steak and Lemonade at www.steakandlemonade.com/ or visit in person at 8285 W.
Union Hills Drive in Glendale, Arizona
Photos from Ric Flair’s recent Bachelor Party were posted at http://tinyurl.com/yj8466g. In one photo he is wearing a t-short which
reads: “Last Wooooo before I do!”
A tribute to NWA Wildside/NWA Anarchy’s Iceberg (wrestled in TNA as Edward Chastain) from the 11-7-09 NWA Anarchy Television taping with comments from Bill Behrens, Steven Prazak, and Jerry Palmer at http://tinyurl.com/yh9ldal.
Congrats to Steve Gerweck on the birth of his baby.
WRESTLING GLOBE MAILBAG
Roddy Piper Fancypants Screening:
Thank you for the contact information that allowed me to see the screening of Fancypants. The movie was much better than I had anticipated. It stars a newcomer to acting, but he did a very good job.
There were independent wrestlers in the movie, who helped with tech advice, so the movie will not offend any smarks. It has similarities to The Wrestler but tells a story in a slightly different way, with elements of humor and tragedy. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot as I highly recommend seeing it without any expectations, it is likely to become a cult classic at the least. And the announce team of Roddy Piper and Robert Carradine in the film is perfect.
Roddy Piper was to attend the screening but unfortunately could not make it due to a delay in his flight. I was looking forward to meeting Roddy Piper as he is my favorite all time wrestler. There weren’t many fans there as it was an industry screening in hopes of getting a good distribution deal. The people who worked on the film were interested in my opinions of it as a fan, and invited me to a bar afterwards where Piper was to meet up with the rest of the cast and crew. After about three hours, Roddy Piper arrived and was a true class act. He spent time with me for waiting so long, took pictures, and signed my They Live DVD.
It was a great night and a great experience.
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