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Monday, February 14, 2011
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT
2/11 Smackdown TV results from Green Bay, WI: Alberto Del Rio over Kofi Kingston in a non-title match; Justin Gabriel over Kozlov; Drew McIntyre over Chris Masters; Wade Barrett over Rey Mysterio; Kane over JTG; Eve Torres over Layla in a non-title match, and Edge over Dolph Ziggler to retain the World title although they are pushing the idea Edge forfeits the title to Ziggler due to utilizing the spear.
2/11 Raw house show results from Vancouver, BC: Daniel Bryan w/ Gail Kim over Tyson Kidd; Primo won a singing contest singing “La Bamba” over Zack Ryder; Natalya & Eve Torres over Melina & Alicia Fox; DH Smith over Ted DiBiase w/ Maryse; Santino & Kozlov over Mason Ryan & Michael McGullicutty; CM Punk over Mark Henry; John Morrison & Sheamus in a street fight; The Miz over Randy Orton when Nexus interfered. Multiple RKO’s to send the crowd home happy. The show was a sell-out which would be around 5,000 people.
The 2/12 Raw show in Victoria was the same show as Vancouver. Very poor turn out by WWE standards drawing just under 2,000 paid. The last time Raw came to town Chris Jericho got into an altercation with fans while leaving the building in his rental car. We didn’t receive a report from the 2/13 show in Bakersfield. Apparently this was a hellish trip for the crew including a two hour ferry from Victoria to Vancouver, a three hour drive to Seattle, a flight to Los Angeles, and then another two hour drive to Bakersfield.
2/12 Smackdown house show results from Lubbock, TX: Chris Masters over Jack Swagger; Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater over Tyler Reks & Curt Hawkins & Percy Watson & JTG in a three-way; Beth Phoenix over Lalya; Kofi Kingston over Kane; Drew McIntyre over Chavo Guerrero; Big Show over Wade Barrett; and Rey Mysterio & Edge over Alberto Del Rio & Dolph Ziggler. The show drew an estimated 7,000.
The same show took place on 2/13 in Canyon, TX with Terry Funk, who lives close to the venue, making a surprise appearance. The show drew
Raw is live tonight from Anaheim (Honda Center) which is the go-home show for Sunday’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. The guest host of Wrestlemania will be revealed, and Eve Torres defends the Divas Championship against Natalya.
The Smackdown/NXT taping takes place Tuesday in San Diego (Valley View Casino Center) which will be the 600th episode of Smackdown. Main match is John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge, Rey Mysterio, John Morrison & R-Truth vs. CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre, Kane & Sheamus.
Our condolences to Jerry Lawler who’s mother Hazel passed away yesterday afternoon. I believe she was 90. The King will be making funeral arrangements this morning from Memphis so needless to say he won’t be announcing Raw tonight in Anaheim. He was scheduled to be a big part of the show building to his WWE title match this Sunday against The Miz.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will air two days after the fact this year to allow for fewer time constraints due to the quick production turnaround in the past. The ceremony airs on 4/2 at 8pm before Raw and Tough Enough so there is a 4-hour block of wrestling that night on USA Network.
WWE announced dividends of 36 cents per share to all holders of its Class A stock on 3/25, except for shares held by members of the McMahon family. The McMahons are waiving 12 cents a share of the dividend on the Class A and Class B shares they own. Instead, they will receive 24 cents a share on their holdings. Huge chunk of change.
The San Bernardino Sun has a story on Miz at http://tinyurl.com/5rn2cor.
The Miami Herald has a story on Kelly Kelly at http://tinyurl.com/4jrlw7a who talks about wanting to become Divas champ and Wrestlemania coming to the city. in 2012.
The company announced shows in Italy on 6/9 at the Isozaki Olympic Arena in Turin, and 6/10 at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence. Tickets just went on sale.
Cartoon Network’s animated series MAD will include a WWE / ER crossover spoof on tonight’s episode.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING
2/11 house show results from Elmira, NY: Tommy Dreamer over Robbie E; Madison Rayne over Angelina Love; Jeff Jarrett over Crimson; Beer Money over Ink Inc; Devon over Bully Ray with Mick Foley as special referee in a tables match; and Mr. Anderson over Jeff Hardy.
2/13 Against All Odds pay-per-view results from Orlando, FL: Kazarian over Robbie E for the X-Division title; Beer Money & Scott Steiner over Rob Terry, Gunner & Murphy; Samoa Joe over The Pope; Madison Rayne over Mickie James in a Last Knockout Standing match to return her title; Rob Van Dam over Cold Blood Matt Hardy; Bully Ray over Brother Devon in a street fight; Jeff Jarrett over Kurt Angle; and Jeff Hardy over Mr. Anderson in a ladder match to capture the TNA heavyweight title.
Television tapings follow today and tomorrow in Orlando.
Ric Flair is expected to return today at the tapings. Hulk Hogan is also in Orlando.
Jeff Hardy’s court case continues tomorrow in Monroe, NC. To put the title back on Hardy last night the company must be very confident regarding his rumored plea deal.
The TNA website crashed last night for a short time after the pay-per-view went live.
Max and Jeremy Buck missed the show as they were stranded in Salt Lake City due to missing a flight connection. Paul London was also with them at the airport.
Isis the Amazon, one of the world’s tallest women who WWE released last year, has a tryout today at the Impact Zone.
Former TNA personality Goldy Locks has a new record out at http://www.thefactorybygoldylocks.com/golomu1.html. Readers can get a 20% discount using the code “cd112010″ at the checkout at Yahoo.com.
Matt Hardy confirmed on Twitter that he’s dating newcomer to the business Reby Sky. How does he do it?
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
Justin Credible is alive and well. He wrote last night, “The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated, I won’t even discuss this further. I am and was 100% for all my events yesterday, dead and done with this topic. And the reason I left right after my match was cause I have a six hour ride to CT.” The rumor started when Sean Waltman posted on Twitter that Credible, his friend dating back more than 15 years, went missing and was concerned for his well being.
Christopher Daniels is a guest tonight on Monday Night Mayhem at 7.35pm ET at www.mondaynightmayhem.com.
El Generico was named wrestler of the year for a second year in a row in the 2010 Quebec Wrestling Awards and Hall of Fame. LuFisto was named female wrestler of the year; Super Smash Bros. were named tag team of the year and El Generico vs. Kevin Steen was feud of the year. A special award was also given to Jacques Rougeau Sr. The latest inductees to the Hall of Fame are Frank Valois, Michel Normandin and Ivan Koloff. Valois was a longtime wrestler and promoter. He had success in France and was a co-owner of International Wrestling during the 1980’s. He was also Andre the Giant first manager and traveled with him for several years. Normandin was the very first French TV commentator in 1953 when wrestling got on the air in Quebec. When wrestling got red hot in Montreal during that period, he was one of the main voices of wrestling in the country. Koloff started his Russian gimmick in Montreal before joining the WWWF. He later became infamous for ending Bruno Sammartino’s 7 year plus heavyweight title reign. More info on the awards at www.quebecwrestling.ca.
Insane Clown Posse issued a statement on the police shutdown of their Southgate, MI event last week blaming the venue and Detroit police. The Posse had promoted it’s show by offering free beer. The show was shut down due to underage drinking.
Sgt. Slaughter will appear on Tuesday’s episode of Tosh.0 on Comedy Central in a Web Redemption segment for David “It’s still real to me…Damn it!” Willis. The show airs at 10pm ET.
Members of rock group Chickenfoot slipped into Ric Flair mode in a video greeting from their studio at http://tinyurl.com/69etfpm.
Former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia walked the red carpet at the Grammy Awards last night in Los Angeles.
Today’s Babe of the Day is Trish Stratus at http://thewrestlingpress.com/?page_id=298.
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