OWW Daily News & Notes for 6/23

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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Today in Memoriam: Luke Graham (66, 2006), Boogie Woogie Brown (54, 2007), and Daniel Benoit (7, 2007). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]

[WWE Interview] I have posted my big interview with “Downtown” Bruno Lauer, aka Harvey Wippleman, to hype his hilarious new book “Wrestling with the Truth.” To listen to the interview, Go Here!

[TNA News] As reported by Jason Powell on ProWrestling.NET, TNA has had intrest in Johnny Swinger & Joey Matthews but they are reluctant to sign them due to a number of reasons. TNA thought Basham and Damaja would be a huge hit but that didn’t work out at all so they are being cautious when it comes to signing former lower card WWE talents… [reported by www.wrestlingherald.com]

[TNA News] Frank Trigg will most likely be wrestling on a PPV before 2008 is over. No more information beyond that at the moment… [reported by www.wrestlingherald.com]

[Notes] From April Hunter: “I have spinal injuries from wrestling. Some days I can’t walk, others aren’t as bad. I’ve been in therapy for a year and the bills are REALLLLY adding up. I had insurance, but they dropped me when they found out I was a wrestler, so I’m paying everything out of pocket, which is sucking ass. Someone suggested I might be able to supplement my income doing this. I know I need an updated MRI ($1200.00 and $2000.00) worth of VAX treatments, asap, that I don’t have. And (hard to believe, right?), not a single promoter has offered to do that token “benefit show” so I’m on my own with this.” – Send donations via PayPal to comments@aprilhunter.com

[Radio] Total Wrestling Radio, hosted by Woody and Joe E Legend – This weeks guest: Terri Runnels. Play Show: http://www.totalwrestling.net/interviews/Terri_Runnels.mp3

[Book News] James Guttman’s second book, “Shoot First…Ask Questions Later,” is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com – Guttman’s previous book, “World Wrestling Insanity,” is based on his website by the same name (WorldWrestlingInsanity.com)

[Int'l News] As Dave Meltzer reported Japanese Star Akira Raijin did have a recent tryout before and iMPACT! but TNA was not all that excited by what they saw. Raijin has been trying to get bookings in the US for a while now but has not had any luck. He had a WWE tryout last year as well but they weren’t intrested after what they saw. He is said to work a style that is a cross between Chris Benoit and Keiji Muto but it is belived that he really has no charisma at all… [reported by www.wrestlingherald.com]

[ROH Events] -Ring Of Honor is entering two new major markets. The 7/25 Toronto debut event is already a huge success as almost 10 rows of ringside seats have been sold. November 7th will see ROH debut in Montreal. Tickets go on sale this Tuesday at 11am at ROHwrestling.com. ROH will have an important second show in Manassas, VA on 8/1. ROH will debut in Coral Springs, FL on 10/10 and return to Orlando 10/11. This is only ROH’s second trip to Florida.

[SHIMMER] SHIMMER – WOMEN ATHLETES will film Volumes 19 & 20 of the SHIMMER DVD series on Saturday, July 5, 2008 at the Eagles Club (6309 26th Street) in Berwyn, IL, just outside Chicago. Bell time will be 4pm for the taping.

[Indy Event] Pro Wrestling Unplugged returns to Philadelphia on Saturday, July 26 at Boyle’s World Gym for “Family Reunion,” an event that will feature every PWU championship on the line and a Rematch over TWO YEARS in the making: WWE Legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Hardcore Icon Sandman. Plus a #1 Contenders match between Chris Masters vs. Trent Acid. After “Family Reunion” on July 26, the PWU gang will head over to The Oakford Inn for the afterparty! Must be 21 years old or older with proper photo ID to attend (this is a gentleman’s club). For more information, go to www.ProWrestlingUnplugged.com

[Indy Event] Awesome Kong will be appearing at the Champions With Attitudes event in Hendersonville, North Carolina on June 28th, 2008.. [reported by Devin Cutting]

[Indy News] K&S Wrestlefest has announced that Ricky Steamboat, Arn Anderson, and Mike Rotondo will be at the American Legion Hall in Lindenhurst, NY, on July 19 between 2-4:00 PM. Call (516) 473-4944 for more information. (reported by Rich Tate)

[Misc News] Now on !BANG! TV at http://www.dory-funk.com, Cowboy James Storm vs Dory Funk Jr. match highlights, Osamu Nishimura Dory Funk Jr., Johnny Magnum Shane Chung, David Sands, Elvis Sharp, Blain Rage, Antonio Thomas, (Currently on tour for All Japan Pro Wrestling) The Claw, Damien Steel, Chris The Animal James, Peyton Gunn and Loudmouth Alan Lake and more.

[Puerto Rican News] Tribute to the Puerto Rican Acrobat: Carlos Colon vs. Terry Funk – For anyone still doubting how legendary Carlos Colon is, this will clear any and all doubts. Watch this video with Colon taking on the hardcore legend, Terry Funk. This match was the finals of a tournament to crown a new Universal Champion. See this classic by clicking here as we continue our tribute to the man himself, Carlos Colon. Here is the link – http://www.luchalibreonline.tv/video/239418-retro-memories-en-busca-del-oro-maximo.html?playlist=19442&position=7

[Training] Tampa, Florida… Ultimate Championship Wrestling will open its Wrestling training school doors starting June 24th. ***Free Tryouts @ 4 pm, June 23rd*** The school will be located at 1418 E Busch Blvd Unit 203 in Tampa, Florida – For more info call 813-323-7272 or go to http://www.ucwcentral.com/

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