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Thursday, January 6, 2011

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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT

1/3 Raw TV results from Phoenix, AZ: Miz over John Morrison in a falls count anywhere match to retain the WWE title; Natalya, Brie Bella & Eve Torres over Melina, Maryse & Alicia Fox; The Usos over Santino Marella & Kozlov; Alberto Del Rio over R-Truth; and Randy Orton over Sheamus & Wade Barrett in a cage to become No. 1 contender for the WWE title. Dark match was Mason Ryan over Primo.
 
1/4 NXT TV results from Tucson, AZ: Dolph Ziggler won the Pros battle royal; Byron Saxton over Jacob Novak; Conor O’Brian won the Battle of the Mic; Brodus Clay over Johnny Curtis; and Jacob Novak was eliminated.

 
Superstars tonight on WGN America has Yoshi Tatsu vs. Zach Ryder; Ted
DiBiase & Tyson Kidd vs. Daniel Bryan & Mark Henry; JTG vs. Tyler Reks;
and Chris Masters vs. Curt Hawkins.
 
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WWE Hall of Famer Paul Orndorff, 61, revealed this week that he’s been
diagnosed with cancer. Orndorff said he just found out so did not
elaborate further other than saying he was scheduled for several medical
consultations later this month.

Alex Riley is scheduled for court in Tampa on 1/13 for an arraignment
relating to his DUI arrest in November where he refused a sobriety test.

 
Ronald Basham III, an 18-year-old wrestling fan from Clarksville, IN
filed a lawsuit Monday against WWE, Paul Levesque (Triple H) and Dwayne
Johnson (The Rock) over injuries allegedly suffered a decade ago during
a live event in Louisville, KY. Basham claims he suffered “sustained
severe and painful injuries” during the Judgement Day PPV at Freedom
Hall in May 2000, when he was just 7 years old attending the show with
his mother. The pay-per-view was headlined by Triple H vs. The Rock in
an Iron Man match. During the match it’s claimed that Rock while
brawling with Triple H in the crowd collided with a women who fell onto
Basham which caused injuries to his leg and knee. The teenager, who
recently underwent knee surgery, is now seeking punitive damages and
compensation from WWE for “gross, reckless, wilful, and wanton disregard
for safety”. His attorney, Harris J. Berman, claims there is no statue
of limitations for filing the suit since his client was a minor at the
time of the alleged incident. No response from WWE at press time. Story
is developing.

Jim Ross endorses the idea of Sting going into the WWE Hall of Fame in
his latest blog at www.jrsbarbq.com. Ross writes, “I actually don’t know
the answer to that one but suspect that Sting is still officially with
TNA. Nonetheless many fans hope that Sting is inducted in the WWE HOF in
Atlanta at WM27. Theoretically, if Sting were not working for another
wrestling company, it would be a splendid idea. It still might be but
that’s not for me to speculate on. Sting was the first and only WCW star
that Turner’s people ‘made’ in Atlanta that never wrestled for WWE as
best that I recall. I’d love to help produce a definitive Sting DVD some
day as I was around him when he first started in the biz and teamed with
the Ultimate Warrior, then known as Rock, in the UWF as the tag team duo
known as the Bladerunners.”

WWE is criticized in a new report on SeekingAlpha.com for paying
dividends exceeding its net income for the past few years. The financial
website called for Vince McMahon to “demonstrate financial sanity” in a
soft economy which they think will encourage more people to invest in
WWE stock in the future. Full story at http://tinyurl.com/2wsbyh4.
 
WWE Producer Kevin Dunn and WWE COO Michelle Goldsmith were among
several major executives cashing in stock options at the end of the
year. Dunn sold 18,000 shares for $258,300 on 12/29 with stock remaining
valued at $1.7 million. Goldsmith sold 28,000 shares for $397,600 on
12/30 with stock remaining valued at $1.4 million. Vince McMahon also
sold nearly 3 million shares from his trust fund which he set up for his
family in 2008 which equates to just over $40 million–or enough to fund
a Senate campaign. The remaining worth of his trust after the sale goes
through will be around $145 million. Those shares are separate from his
own personal stock.

Raw on Monday night did a 3.1 rating and 4.5 million viewers. Q8 was the
highest rated quarter hour doing a 3.2 for the cage match with Orton,
Sheamus & Barrett. The overrun peaked at 3.8 which essentially added an
extra 1.5 million viewers which is a tremendous number without John
Cena.
 
Smackdown on 12/31 did a 1.4 rating and 2.2 million viewers. It’s the
lowest first-run Smackdown rating for years, but this was New Years Eve,
so the number wasn’t considered a major disappointment.
 
Joey Mercury is currently working as a trainer behind the scenes in
developmental. He’s been sidelined since September after undergoing
surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

Christian will be appearing at the FCW show on 1/15 in Port Charlotte,
FL at the County Fairgrounds Expo Hall. More info at
www.fcwwrestling.com. Christian is close to returning having also
undergone surgery in October to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

Great Khali is expected back soon too as his commitments on India’s Big
Boss house (Big Brother) come to an end this weekend.
 
The Smackdown TV taping Tuesday night in Tucson drew 4,600 at the
Convention Center.

Wade Barrett is now officially part of the Smackdown roster.

Rey Mysterio requested and was granted time off this month as he’s
dealing with a nagging shoulder injury. As a result he’s working a very
limited house show schedule.

Big Show has an upcoming cameo in the Nickelodeon kids TV show Supah
Ninjas.
 
Brooke Adams (TNA’s Miss Tessmacher) wasn’t very complimentary towards
Melina in a new interview when asked about the reasons she left WWE.
Brooke said: “The reason I left WWE never had anything to do with her,
that was just a rumor. When I left I was actually the only person that
liked her. She was such a rude, fake, bitch to everyone. She then tried
to turn my girls Layla and Kelly Kelly against me by telling them a lie
that I said which in reality was a rumor that SHE started. It was never
anything I said. I can’t stand her and neither can most of the rest (of
the locker room).”

Brian Shields, author of the WWE Encyclopedia, is appearing in New York
City at Franklin Square Library on 1/29. More info at
http://tinyurl.com/358tuz2.

Slam Wrestling has a story on Daniel Bryan at http://tinyurl.com/37sgxjm
who discusses his WWE experience thus far. He said he’s hoping for
programs with CM Punk and Tyson Kidd in 2011. “I’d love to wrestle Tyson
Kidd. We tag teamed in New Japan Pro Wrestling back in 2003 and I think
we even did a singles match in Budokan Hall in Japan.”
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING

Impact tonight on Spike is the go-home show for Sunday’s Genesis PPV
including Jay Lethal vs. Abyss; Douglas Williams vs. Rob Terry; Motor
City Machine Guns vs. AJ Styles & Kazarian; and Rob Van Dam vs. a
mystery opponent “selected” by Immortal.

TNA runs tonight in Wallingford, CT at the Oakdale Theatre headlined by
Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson; Jay Lethal vs. Kazarian & Robbie E in a
three-way; Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James; and Beer Money vs. Ink Inc. 
They also run Friday night in Westbury on Long Island at the Community
Bank Theatre.

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Former WCW personality Mark Madden takes TNA to task in his latest blog
over Jeff Hardy’s legal issues. Madden gives the following analogy
writing, “Let’s say Alex Rodriguez was arrested in possession of 262
doses of Vicodin, 180 somas, 55 ml of anabolic steroids, residual traces
of cocaine powder and drug paraphernalia, then pled guilty to lesser
drug charges by way of dodging jail time, would Major League Baseball
take punitive action? DAMN RIGHT. If Lebron James got pinched holding
262 doses of Vicodin, 180 somas, 55 ml of anabolic steroids, residual
traces of cocaine powder and drug paraphernalia, then pled guilty to
lesser drug charges by way of dodging jail time, would the National
Basketball Association take punitive action? DAMN RIGHT. That’s how the
sports world works. Major corporations like U.S. Steel and AT&T, too.
That’s how the world works. It’s not how TNA works. Jeff Hardy is still
TNA world champion. Still one of the promotion’s major foci. TNA isn’t
punishing, or even FLINCHING. TNA can’t think Hardy is innocent, because
he’s ADMITTING HE’S GUILTY. Tells you all you need to know about TNA.”
Full blog at http://tinyurl.com/3ayrohd.

KHon News 2 in Hawaii has a nice feature on Matt Morgan at
http://tinyurl.com/386gduj. Morgan played basketball at Chaminade
University on the Island, where he finished his college basketball
career before he broke into wrestling a few years later.

Some notes on Little Red, the storyline brother of Amazing Red. He’s
Tommy Mercer a 26-year-old Nashville indy wrestler who started training
under Jeff Daniels just a couple of years ago. TNA signed him after
several trips to Orlando. Before wrestling, Mercer served five years in
the United States Army, which included two tours of Iraq in the 101st
Airborne Division and as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently
works as a personal trainer in Clarksville, TN and attends classes in
business management at Austin Peay State University.
 
The Poughkeepsie Journal interviewed Matt Hardy about his future plans
at http://tinyurl.com/2eygsoa. He said he’s not taking many wrestling
bookings and is concentrating on having fun. When asked about TNA he
said they have some “creative issues” but a lot of potential and put
over the work of Beer Money, Generation Me and the Machine Guns in the
tag division. He also touched upon the concussion issue. “So much of a
big deal was made of the concussion thing. I was in the (WWE) meeting
where the no-chairshots thing was brought up. Over the past year, I
think like 32 or 36 wrestlers had concussions. It’s not that the
chairshots are going to help, but the reason they banned them is because
perception was reality. There is a way to do them that was somewhat
safe. Most concussions I know of in wrestling weren’t caused by
chairshots. Then you have the situation with Jeff and Mr. Anderson where
that concussion was caused by a bad chairshot. Yet, WWE still does TLC
pay-per-views. And after the pay-per-view, you have two nights of
television. They have to be careful about not setting a
double-standard.” Hardy added that he’s an advocate of a wrestling
off-season, especially for guys working in WWE. “One thing I do agree
with is that it would be great if they cycled everyone off . If they
could find a way to cycle talent off for six to eight weeks and still
paid them and not made them want to come back and be bloodthirsty for a
payday, it would be beneficial.”

Former WWE Diva Angela Fong noted that she turned down a TNA tryout last
year soon after her WWE release. She said she was busy doing other
things and didn’t want to waste their time.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS

Gyspy Joe (Gilberto Melendez, 77) often debated as the oldest ring
active wrestler in the world is planning to retire following a match
Friday for the SWF group in Tullahoma, TN. Joe made his debut in the
United States in 1963 after a brief career in Puerto Rico where he
trained with the likes of Pedro Morales and Carlos Colon. He has
continued to wrestle ever since. In April 2003 he was involved in a
memorable hardcore match with New Jack in which, due to Joe no-selling
throughout the match, Jack legitimately attacked Joe with a chain, a
baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, and chairs. In 2007, WWE Magazine
named Joe the world’s oldest wrestler at the age of 73. In recent years,
Joe has continued to wrestle regularly in the Tennessee area.

Chris Antal, who wrestles as “The Skunk” in eastern Massachusetts, was
arrested on 12/30 and charged with assault for punching a 59-year-old
woman. Authorities say that Antal assaulted the women after she
interjected herself in a fight between Antal and another man. The women
was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. Antal, who resides
in Marlborough, made national news headlines in 2007 when he pretended
to urinate on a Brazilian flag on local access TV. Brazilian news
network O Globo got hold of the footage and broadcast the segment to
millions of viewers. This caused uproar in the country and led to an
official from the Brazilian consulate visiting Marlborough to meet the
Mayor, who apologized on behalf of the city.

Brock Lesnar, who’s apparently lost his razor, hypes his new book at
http://tinyurl.com/2v84rh6. He said he’s going to be working hard over
the coming week’s to promote his book which was co-written by Paul
Heyman.

Vivendi Entertainment announced a distribution agreement with Nasser
Entertainment Group for home video, television and digital distribution
rights. Steve Austin is signed to Nasser and his upcoming film Hangar
14, co-starring Michael Jai White, will be the first title released
under the new deal.

The Miami Herald at http://tinyurl.com/32utqu7 has a story on Maria
Kanellis who’s planning a night club tour with former Divas Taryn
Terrell and Jillian Hall. Begging for trouble, the tour is promoted as
DivaMania 2011. Said Maria: “We are going to be there to have a good
time and visit with people who are fans. Just really let loose after all
the craziness with WWE. It’s our after party. I’m sure we will be
sending lots of photos and videos.”

Terrell was removed from a booking with Pro Wrestling Revolution against
Melissa Anderson in February after she reportedly made additional
demands following being signed. A statement on the groups website read:
“We were very excited to be working with Taryn in her first independent
match, however after confirming and promoting her for the show, Ms
Terrell made requests that should have been brought up prior to the
booking being accepted and promotion of the match taking place. While
these requests were simply not feasible for the independent wrestling
scene, we’d like to stress that ChickFight and Pro Wrestling Revolution
did attempt to cater to Ms Terrell’s requests, despite already having an
agreement with her. We’re saddened that things didn’t work out to either
sides’ satisfaction.” Terrell commented on the situation on her Twitter
account saying she was taken off the show without her knowledge, and
that she wasn’t asking for anything out of the ordinary.

Tammy Sytch at http://tinyurl.com/35kcnww talks about being back into
Sunny shape. She’s currently working on getting a cook book published
which will include several road stories. “Since many times I was the
only girl on the road with 30 or so guys, I had the birds-eye view to
all the shenanigans! I was one of the boys, so I was let in on many
funny jokes and pranks… that you’ll all soon read about!” Sounds
ominous.
 
Sean Waltman is now doing The X-Pac Show, an uncensored audio show at
CowHead.tv. He said he wants to use his show as an ear for others who
have gone through similar experiences to him in their life. The show
originates from St. Petersburg, FL from the Cowhead TV studios and airs
weekly on Wednesdays at 8pm ET.

The late Luna Vachon and April Hunter were announced as inductees into
the WSU Hall of Fame event on 3/5.

Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson along with Mike Mooneyham are working on a
new book with the working title of “Heroes and Icons” which is a follow
up to Greg and Steve’s 2007 book “Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The
Heels”.

Nick Bockwinkel is the latest legend added to the NWA Legends fanfest in
Atlanta in August. Other names announced so far include Ole Anderson,
The Assassin, Mr. Wrestling II, Ted Dibiase, David Schultz, Tony Atlas,
Killer Tim Brooks, The Masked Superstar, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk,
Eddie Mansfield, and Tommy Rich. More info at www.nwalegends.com.
 
Dustin Diamond aka Screech from the hit 90s show Saved by the bell and
Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity wrestling as well as The Iron Sheik are now
available for bookings for wrestling related appearances as a manager,
guest ref, special enforcer or autograph signings. For more info email
bookings@sheikshow.com.

Today’s Babe of the Day is Torrie Wilson at
http://thewrestlingpress.com/?page_id=298
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