WRESTLING GLOBE NEWSLETTER
Tuesday February 9, 2010
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
2/8 Raw TV results from Lafayette, LA: Sheamus over Christian; ShowMiz over DX and CM Punk & Luke Gallows to capture the tag titles, Gail Kim over Jillian Hall, Cody Rhodes over Randy Orton, and John Cena vs. Ted DiBiase Jr never happened.
The Smackdown/ECW tapings are tonight in Baton Rouge. We’re looking for reader reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase was the first name announced on television for the 2010 Hall of Fame. WWE also hosted a press conference today in Tokyo to present Antonio Inoki with an invitation to accept his Hall of Fame award during Wrestlemania weekend in Phoenix. Press in Japan are hailing Inoki as the first Japanese wrestler ever to be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. His presenter wasn’t named but it’s believed to be Stan Hanson.
Maryse vs. Gail Kim for the Divas title will now take place at the pay-per-view in St. Louis. For those wondering, Maryse’ promo in French last night loosely translates to: “You smell like garbage, it’s terrible, I can smell you from 100 feet away, I pity you, you are a little girl, a nobody, you are a nobody!”
Chris Jericho did some media in Tampa on Monday to promote his band Fozzy and a Smackdown live event in June. He did both the Cowhead and Bubba the Love Sponge radio shows. He noted his next book, The Highlight of the Night, goes to the printers next month. He said he has been working on the book for several hours each night to meet the upcoming deadline. He also talked a little about his arrest last month joking that the reason he was smiling on his mug shot was because he was signing autographs for the cops while they were taking his picture. He said he was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and if TMZ didn’t exist then nobody would have known he got arrested.
Christian announced on Raw that the ECW talent roster will become free agents when the show is rebranded as NXT in two week’s. That will suck for some people and put many more on the endangered species list. The announcers are safe. Abraham Washington is also safe as Vince loves the gimmick. Tiffany may be Smackdown bound as they just did the angle where Michaels superkicked Teddy Long. Everyone else appears to be in the dark about their future although it’s understood NXT will be a reality-based series where young talent compete to win a spot on Raw or Smackdown–like a recycled version of Tough Enough. WWE producer Kevin Dunn is spearheading the new show.
Brother’s Keeper, the upcoming WWE Studios movie with John Cena was tentatively renamed Legendary. Apparently the name change was due to a potential legal issue with New Line Cinema, because of the similarity of the title to the movie My Sister’s Keeper, released by New Line last year starring Cameron Diaz.
The Raw house show this past Saturday night in Alexandria, LA, drew 5,400 paid, plus 500 comps. A story in the local newspaper noted the show generated more than $19,000 in concession sales. That’s a lot of nachos.
Due to inclement weather the Raw house show on Thursday in Philadelphia has been moved again to Valentine’s Day. As a result, Sunday’s Raw show in Peoria has been postponed until July 9. All tickets will be honored for both events.
The Smackdown tapings originally scheduled for today in New Orleans but bumped to Baton Rouge due to the Super Bowl celebrations was rescheduled for May 28.
Upcoming Raw guest hosts Cheech and Chong were interviewed on Arizona’s KQRS-FM radio station. When asked about WWE they didn’t appear to know anything about the company other than their agent booked them after WWE requested them.
TNA WRESTLING NEWS
Hulk Hogan was interviewed on the Monday Night Mayhem radio show at www.mondaynightmayhem.com. He said he learned a valuable lesson during his recent Australia tour: He shouldn’t be wrestling anymore, because of the condition his back, hips and legs are in. “I found out in Australia that me wrestling in a ring in not the place to be,” he said. “If I was to wrestle in TNA, the hardest part of my night is walking down that ramp and staying straight-faced, because my back, and my hips, and legs hurt so much. If you watch closely, I’m doing a bit of a shuffle out there, so if I was crazy enough to wrestle in that ring, they might be using a broom and a dustpan to sweep out the ring at the end of the match, so not anticipating going in the ring.” On TNA moving to Monday nights, he didn’t give anything away, but said, “It looks much better than it did yesterday.” He claimed everyone in WWE is calling him up around the clock to try to come to TNA. Not sure about that one. He said, “Jeff Hardy, Rob Van Dam, even if [John] Cena wants to play that game down the road, he can get real. I’m looking for guys who can get real with me and not a bunch of posers.” On working with Russo, he said:
“My mother told me if you can’t say something good, don’t say nothing at all. Sometimes you have to look at the big picture, and sometimes if things get real nasty, you don’t want to step in s–t, you want to step over it.” On daughter Brooke becoming an on-screen character: “Her just sitting in the crowd, hanging out in the crowd is good enough for me. I don’t want to see her crawling around half-naked on WWE. I don’t want to see her getting chest-slapped or drop kicked by the Beautiful People. At the end of the day, I love Brooke to death and I wouldn’t wish this life on anyone.”
For what it’s worth, Hogan said this morning on Bubba the Love Sponge that he would be turning heel soon on television.
Ric Flair says he’ll wrestle “sooner than later,” in an interview with the Virginian-Pilot. “The feud thing with Hogan will play out later,” he said. “The story line right now is that they’ve made all these changes to be competitive, and I’m just a part of that.” Flair added: “I wasn’t sure if [wrestling again] was something I wanted to do. But I’m a big fan of Kurt Angle, and working with Hulk in Australia really showed me how much I missed things.” Full interview at http://tinyurl.com/yzoglre.
The word on Scott Steiner is that his contract expired and the company opted not to renew his deal. Steiner has just released a wacky workout DVD. The trailer is online at http://tinyurl.com/ybt5ww3.
The Against All Odds count down show is now online at
http://tinyurl.com/yd49g59 complete with an interesting ranking system of heavyweight title contenders. Bischoff says on the show, “There needed to be some order, some organization, and some reason that’s justifiable to the wrestlers themselves and to the audience so that everyone understood when someone gets a title shot in TNA, they’ve earned it.”
Tara’s Impact wardrobe malfunction aired unedited in the UK over the weekend. I guess that means TNA production people missed it and it was actually Spike who made the final edit.
TNA Epics this week will be a special on Sting.
Kurt Angle has launched his own range of food products. Story is at www.the-sun.co.uk/wrestling.
There is a story on Matt Morgan in the March edition of Men’s Exercise magazine. The story focuses on his diet and workout regime.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
Former WWE wrestler Ken Doane survived week two of the FOX Reality show,
Seducing Cindy. You can watch the first two episodes online at
Roddy Piper’s DUI charge from last summer in Los Angeles was recently
There is a story on Colt Cabana on the Chicago Tribune website promoting
his comedy improv with Mick Foley and Bruce Prichard. Cabana has a show
Wednesday at the ComedySportz Theatre. He said he is using comedy to
keep himself in the spotlight and hopes to go back to WWE. He said: “A
lot of guys get released by WWE and vanish. I’m staying on and wrestling
full time [with Ring of Honor] and I’m doing comedy. I like to think
that by doing comedy, it shows I’m an asset to [WWE] in and outside of
Candice Michelle wrote a blog revealing that she will give birth to a
baby girl in April. She is planning a home birth.
Today’s Diva of the Day is Shelley Martinez at
WRESTLING GLOBE MAILBAG
Memories of The Great One, Jack Brisco
By Mike Lano
Just after losing wrestling’s greatest friend, Georgie Makropoulos,
we’ve now lost it’s modern-day greatest athlete with those amazing
amateur credentials of his that Kurt Angle told me in 2001, “blew me
away.” This guy was and will always be an incredible talent.
I had the pleasure of knowing Jack Brisco, from his times coming into my
home base territory (Los Angeles/Lebell) and kept in touch with him ever
since. I worked as one of the ringside photogs for our program sold to
the fans and Jack had perhaps the greatest ever 10 minute broadway in
Feb 1973 against Terry Funk underneath Sheik and Victor Rivera. They
were the opening match if you can believe it, for a No. 1 contender’s
tournament for Rivera’s America’s Title, which Terry actually went on to
Jack was a tremendously devoted husband to wife Jan. It helped that she
shared his passion for traveling around the country, taking in major
NASCAR events as well as some of the top amateur wrestling
championships, which of course took him to Iowa almost annually. Jan
told me in 2004: “It’s our way of getting some quality time together. I
don’t get to see him all the time he’s at his body shop, but we try to
make the most of all the rest of our time together, and we have the same
things we like doing together. We love planning out our trips and were
surprised at how much we enjoyed Las Vegas. Jack didn’t care for it too
much during all those NWA meetings each year in the seventies. We
especially love traveling around and seeing the U.S.”
Jack added: “Most of the time I was defending the belt or just being
sent here and there, I never really got to see this country or Canada
the right way during my career. Always on a plane and exhausted. Kiniski
and (Dork Funk) Junior can tell you, and Harley. We were given insane
schedules, and I dropped to Terry because like Bruno, I wanted out. That
was enough and I asked Sam to take it off me many times. Now if I go
somewhere to help support amateur wrestling and the NCAA, Dan Gable,
whatever; I make sure we get to see the sites. Traveling is no longer
stressful, but something I usually look forward to now.”
“About the only place I did make sure I took in everything I could was
in Japan, which Jerry and I just loved going to. You couldn’t ask for
nicer people over there and what a great promoter Baba was. A great man
concerned about us, and who made sure we got the culture and could see
how proud he was of his beautiful country. So I’m trying to make up for
my regrets by finally seeing the sites and smelling the roses in the
Jack loved fishing and just taking in nature. “I’ve always been an
outdoorsy guy,” he said on my radio show on a conference call with Bruno
Sammartino. They discussed their similar spinal injuries that almost
paralyzed them, bonding them together further beyond their mutual
respect for one another. “Bruno, we really never got a chance to meet
properly, but I hope you know I always idolized you. You stood for a lot
of great things, and have always shown the business respect and done it
the right way.” Jack, at one of our few Cauliflower Alley Club events on
the East Coast, told me in Tampa in 1995 that besides Bruno, Lou Thesz
and Danny Hodge were his all-time favorites in wrestling. “They each had
a lot of class and even more ability. They’re the very best and I’m not
taking anything away from (Dory) Junior or Harley.”
“When I walked away from wrestling, or me wrestling, I just walked away.
Just like that. I still loved the business, but after I finished what
became my last match and saw that I was on WWF’s list for some other
towns, enough. I just phoned in that I’d had enough and that I was
physically and emotionally done. I was just so tired and ready to walk
away and get on with the rest of my life. It was more than just my body
aching. We all made so many sacrifices for all our time in it, being
away from our families the main problem. Jerry still loved working, he
wasn’t ready yet. I didn’t want to let him down because we’ve always
been close, but that was it for me. I was lucky for all the time I did
get to spend with Jerry on the road though. I can’t complain, I’ve had a
great life so far.”
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