OWW Weekly News & Notes for June 30th

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WWE issued the following statement: WrestleMania 27 Travel Packages will be available for purchase at WWE Shop at the end of July. As soon as information is available, it will be posted on WWE.com.

Wade Barrett and Drew McIntyre were written off television this past week due to visa issues. Nobody knows for sure when they will be back as both will have file new paperwork from the UK, and that process can take time, perhaps longer for McIntyre as he recently married Tiffany, and the process is more complex when your spouse is a U.S. citizen.. [reported by Mike Aldren]

Undertaker (Mark Calaway, 45) and Michelle McCool, 30, got married this past weekend at what was described as “a beautiful” ceremony in South Texas. The ceremony was attended by family and friends, including former Divas Torrie Wilson and Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria/Tara), and Booker T with a very pregnant-with-twins Sharmell Huffman. The couple got together three years ago. This is the third time down the aisle for Taker while McCool was previously married to her high school sweetheart. . [reported by Mike Aldren]

TNA Bound For Glory on October 10th, 2010 will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida.

All mentions of TNA Reaction have been removed from the schedule at Spike.com. Episodes of the reality program Jail are now listed instead. . [reported by Devin Cutting]

ECW & NXT ring announcer Savannah (aka Angela Fong) has been released by World Wrestling Entertainment. This comes as a shock to many as she may not have been the greatest ring announcer, but she wasn’t even given a chance to be an active wrestler OR an on-screen character on WWE television. She was thought to have a lot of potential quickly after being signed several years ago. There’s another one for TNA to scoop up! [reported by Brad Dykens]

A new announcer hired, Ashley Valence, has taken over Matt Striker’s hosting spot on NXT. Virtually nobody knew she was coming in until she showed up this week for TV. Ashley is her legit name but the later part may be kayfabe. She was previously co-emcee for the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum, a job she got after sending in some modeling photos that landed on the desk of Michael Heisley, majority owner of the Grizzlies. Her previous hosting experience includes working the rodeo circuit in Nashville. She’s originally from South Florida and was once a contestant in the Miss Florida pageant. Apparently, she likes to party hard, and was kicked out of four different colleges. She is also a huge UFC fan, which is a dirty word in the company, because it is with Vince. . [reported by Mike Aldren]

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Jake Roberts has issued the following statement on an upcoming show where he has been falsely booked: “To my fans, friends, anybody else planning to show up August 15th, 2010 at Justin Credible’s Pro Wrestling Icons II show in Cromwell CT. I won’t be there. Any questions? Maybe YOU can get Justin to call you back. GOOD LUCK with that. Good luck if you are going, I’d sure make an advance inquiry as to who’s really going to be there, or if there is really a show. I have no idea what has happened, except everyone that I have spoken with that is involved has abandoned ship. I got the message, I hope you do too.”

EVOLVE is wrestling’s newest brand with incredible main events, some of your favorite wrestlers, fresh faces being given a chance to shine and action, action, action. The DVDs of “EVOLVE 1: Ibushi vs. Richards” and “EVOLVE 2: Hero vs. Hidaka” have earned the praise of critics and fans. You can now get both DVDs together for just $25 for a limited time in the EVOLVEwrestling.com Shop or by calling 267-519-9744.

The June 23rd edition of Evan Ginzburg’s Legends Radio co-hosted by Dr. Mike Lano at www.legendsradio.net (Archived 24/7) featuring an interview with Cheerleader Melissa (aka Alissa Flash), plus singer Candice Anitra, and MMA Journalist Phil Lanides. You can listen to the show by clicking here..

Eight time NWA champion Harley Race will be the guest tonight on In Your Head Wrestling Radio starting at 8:05 PM EST on www.inyourheadonline.com – Call in and ask a question live, 1-508-644-8503 between 8:30 and 9:00 PM EST.

The June 27th edition of Live Audio Wrestling featuring interviews with Larry Zbyszko and Dave Meltzer is now available for download here..

Click here to listen to the latest episode of Right After Wrestling Radio featuring Arda Ocal with Jimmy Korderas..

Shelton Benjamin will be appearing at the Champions With Attitudes event in Columbia, South Carolina on August 6th, 2010. Go to http://cwaprowrestling.com for info about the CWA and http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.

The Pure Wrestling Association will be holding multiple events during the Canada Day festivities at Preston’s Riverside Park in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on Thursday, July 1st, 2010. Bell times are 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Admission is free. Go to http://pwacanada.com for info about the PWA and http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.

For those of you that also cover the MMA world as well as wrestling, and may be wondering whatever happened to Kimbo Slice?!?! Well with the help of the golden pipes of Mauro Ranallo, the people at BITE Television have just produced a Kimbo Slice comedy skit called Where’s Kimbo Now?..

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CTV in Canada will be airing back-to-back episodes of Stratusphere, starring Trish Stratus, on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 (Canada Day) at 6 & 6:30 AM.. [reported by Devin Cutting]

Long-time wrestling historian Libnan Ayoub has a new documentary coming about talking about the old Australia-based World Championship Wrestling promotion run by Jim Barnett. There is a preview on YouTube right here.. there’s some great stuff here!

WWE will be holding back-to-back Smackdown tapings on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 in Bakersfield, California and Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 in Fresno, California. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.

WWE returns to the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York on September 5th, 2010 at 5 PM. Tickets go on sale July 12th, 2010 at 10 AM. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.

The WWE Smackdown taping on September 7th, 2010 will be held at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Tickets go on sale July 17th, 2010 at 10 AM. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.

WWE will be touring Western Canada in October of 2010. Here are the dates & locations: October 16th – PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia October 17th – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia October 18th – Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta October 19th – Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta October 23rd – MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba

WWE returns to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on October 31st, 2010 at 3 PM. Tickets go on sale August 21st, 2010 at 10 AM. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.

Rick Bognar, who played Big Titan in Japan and portrayed the fake Razor Ramon in the WWF, wrote us the following note: I’ve completed my book ‘Wrestling with Consciousness’ a story of a man’s inner struggle during and after his wrestling career and the transition from anger and aggression to more centered states in meditation. I have currently started the Speaking Circuit in Calgary and have recently spoken at the Internatlional Publisher’s Association of Calgary and at the Calgary Drop In Center on Overcoming Adversity. My website is www.razorricktitan.com

Thomas McGovern’s book about the Empire Wrestling Federation and School of Hard Knocks entitled “HARD BOYS + BAD GIRLS” is now available. It follows the superstars of the EWF. 79 color photographs and twenty interviews tell the stories of what motivates these dedicated athletes. For more information go to www.thomasmcgovern.net

The Armpit, pro wrestling & MMA’s least trusted news source, has returned to the world wide web under new ownership. Brand new articles and content will be published regularly in the coming weeks, beginning with today’s exclusive headline story, “Dana White F-Bombs Iran.” In addition, the popular Backstage Fights page is now interactive, and more outrageous Pick My Brain interviews are in the works. The new regime at The Armpit is excited to bring readers the latest, hard-hitting news as only they can, featuring WWE, UFC, TNA, Strikeforce, and all the larger-than-life personalities therein. Since 2002, The Armpit has operated sporadically for 8 years, but is now permanently live and online at ArmpitWrestling.com. Under new ownership and leadership in 2010, The Armpit seeks to wave the flag as pro wrestling & MMA’s least trusted news source for many years to come.

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