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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT
9/13 Raw TV results from Cincinnati, OH: Daniel Bryan over Alex Riley in a submission match; Edge over Evan Bourne in a body slam challenge; Mark Henry over Edge in a body slam challenge; R-Truth & Eve Torres over Ted DiBiase & Maryse in a song and dance match; Sheamus over John Morrison in a falls count anywhere match; Chris Jericho over The Hart Dynasty in a handicap cage match; Goldust over William Regal in what ever that was; and Randy Orton over John Cena in a tables match.
The NXT/Smackdown tapings are tonight in Detroit.
Following the events in Europe this past weekend Matt Hardy was taken off the road by WWE officials yesterday when the Smackdown crew arrived back on U.S. soil. Those on creative have been told that Hardy won’t be available for television moving forward. What happens next remains unclear at this point but Hardy posted today on Twitter that he has some decisions to make regarding his future.
A new poll of the Connecticut Senate race between Linda McMahon and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal shows the race tightening to a six point margin. The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute’s new survey out today shows that Linda trails Blumenthal by just 45% support to his 51%. “This is now a 6-point race among likely voters,” Quinnipiac Poll Director Douglas Schwartz told NBC Connecticut.
“With seven weeks to go and lots of money to be spent, anything can happen.” Schwartz added: “For Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, an elected official with a 70 percent approval rating, this race is surprisingly close.” Another poll done by Hamilton Campaigns, released today, shows Blumenthal leading the race 54% to 39% among likely voters.
His campaign released a statement today to voters which read, “Make no mistake — now that the McMahon campaign has seen these numbers, they will only get more aggressive in their relentless negative attacks. And we need your voice to break through all of the money she’ll spend attacking Dick Blumenthal. Can we count on you to help us fight back?
What these polls do tell us…is that the people of Connecticut want an election, not an auction. That we’re tired of McMahon’s negative politics as usual. And that we know Dick Blumenthal. We know he’s a fighter who stands up to special interests to protect the people of Connecticut. We know that you can’t buy a record of service like his.
But our opponent can’t be underestimated. McMahon is going to spend $50 million to try and buy this Senate seat. We can’t let that happen!”
A French company is suing WWE for 17 million Euros ($21.6 million) over WWE’s claims that merchandise made by a Portugese company and sold by the French company were counterfeit, which the French company denies.
Story is at http://tinyurl.com/36gtz24.
WWE held a casting call today in Las Vegas as they are looking for new girls. Former Playboy Playmate Tiffany Selby was among those the company auditioned.
Ezekiel Jackson returned to the ring last night in a dark match prior to Raw going over Zack Ryder. Jackson has been sidelined since April after tearing his quadriceps in a match against Kane while touring Europe.
Raw last night did a 3.0 rating and averaged 4.4 million viewers. That’s a good number up against the NFL doubleheader which did 10.9 and 8.8 respectively.
The Miz has been nominated for an Australian Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for “Baddest Baddie”.
The trailer for Steve Austin’s next movie, Hunt To Kill, is online at http://tinyurl.com/2cf6tkq. The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/9.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING
Kevin Nash’ contract expires on 10/12 and at this point his final date is Bound For Glory on 10/10. Most people in the company assume he will sign a new deal soon despite a Twitter rant last week in which he buried Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam. Nash has told friends recently that he wants out, but they took it that he was just venting.
Desmond Wolfe is sidelined right now as a precaution with an undisclosed medical issue. No idea where that leaves Magnus.
Tommy Dreamer at http://tinyurl.com/3yn4j8k talks ECW back in the day.
He also says he loves Dixie Carter and thinks she’s smoking hot.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
Sean “Syxx-Pac” Waltman was arrested and charged with CDS possession on Sunday while passing through New Jersey. He was busted by port authority police at Newark Airport who processed him before eventually releasing him without bail.
Tom Brandi wrote on his Facebook page warning people about a New England area promoter called Mike Sparta. He wrote, “Pro Wrestlers beware of a man by the name of Mike Sparta (notice I didn’t refer to him as a promoter), he’s from the New England area and gives out dates that 90% end up being canceled and he doesn’t cancel until it’s too late to get another date. He changes them and doesn’t tell the guys and when he has no money he offers to pay you in gimmick.”
Ring of Honor has announced the signing of Kenny King and Kyle O’Reilly to new deals… They also announced Homicide is scheduled to return to the ring for the company on 10/15 and 10/16 in Ohio and Illinois. More info at www.rohwrestling.com.
Combat Zone Wrestling is reportedly signing some regularly used talent to non-exclusive contracts.
The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame is hosting a fundraiser dinner on 10/30 in Carteret, NJ. More info at www.pwhof.org.
The Vancouver Sun has a story on Ted DiBiase Sr. discussing his career, turning his life around, Christianity and more at http://tinyurl.com/38fuyqr.
Stacy Keibler is among the guest stars in the second season of Blue Mountain State which premieres on 10/10 on Spike TV.
Brooke Hogan appeared as a guest host Sunday night at the Canadian Country Music Awards held in Edmonton. She was accompanied by Sam Gagner of the Oilers.
Today’s Babe of the Day is Lacey at
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