WRESTLING GLOBE NEWSLETTER
Monday March 30, 2009
by Mike Aldren
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3/28 Raw house show results from Laredo, TX: Kofi Kingston over Dolph Ziggler; Melina over Beth Phoenix; Evan Bourne over Mike Knox; Mark Henry over CM Punk; Carlito, Primo & Brie Bella over John Morrison, The Miz & Nikki Bella; Jack Swagger over Christian; Rey Mysterio over Kane; and Edge over Shawn Michaels.
3/29 Raw house show results from Hidalgo, TX: Kofi Kingston over Dolph Ziggler; Melina over Beth Phoenix; Evan Bourne over Mike Knox; Mark Henry over CM Punk; Carlito, Primo & Brie Bella over John Morrison, The Miz & Nikki Bella; Jack Swagger over Christian; and Shawn Michaels & Rey Mysterio over Edge & Kane.
3/29 Smackdown house show results from Wichita Falls, TX: R-Truth over Chavo Guerrero; The Great Kahli over Brian Kendrick; Kozlov over Jimmy Wang Yang; MVP over Shelton Benjamin; Gail Kim over Michelle McCool; Big Show over Jeff Hardy (Matt Hardy run in); The Undertaker & Triple H over Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes.
Wichita Falls drew 5500. We didn’t get numbers for Laredo or Hidalgo.
The live Raw tonight from American Airlines Center in Dallas has John Cena vs. Big Show and Chris Jericho vs. Jerry Lawler. It’s the go home show for Wrestlemania so expect the unexpected. There were booking changes over the past couple of days so the Diva special for ECW appears to be off again. They are still taping MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin for the US title for Smackdown. We’re looking for reader updates/reports from the show via email or text to firstname.lastname@example.org
12 Rounds with John Cena finished the weekend doing $5.3 million, and roughly $1 million overseas at the box office. The movie pretty much bombed. They will need strong DVD sales to turn a profit as the production budget was around $23-25 million.
Kane previews Wrestlemania and talks about The Undertaker, Katie Vick and much more right now at www.the-sun.co.uk/wrestling
There was an idea pitched for Santino to do the Diva Battle Royal in drag at Wrestlemania.
Tammy Sytch appearing a wrestling convention this past weekend said she’s still around 10 pounds away from being in “Sunny” shape for Wrestlemania.
The WWE Encyclopedia by Kevin Sullivan (no not that one) debuted at No.
10 on the New York Times Hardcover Books Bestsellers List. The Times
wrote: “The book gives the lowdown on everyone from Andre the Giant who began his career in France as “Monster” Eiffel Tower to Zeus, a 300-pound brawler from parts unknown who stalked Hulk Hogan in the late 1980s.” You can order the book online here: http://tinyurl.com/d7buu3
Cena is on the syndicated Live with Regis & Kelly on Tuesday.
Jim Ross has another new blog up at http://tinyurl.com/d5xotn answering questions from fans and talking about battling pneumonia and a lung infection.
Brian Fritz at http://tinyurl.com/cvqs9k interviewed Shawn Michaels. On short listing Bret Hart to induct him one day into the Hall of Fame:
“I’m one with who I was and I’m one with who I am. I felt that Bret Hart could bring a real perspective to that. He’s always been a guy even know that despite all of our differences, he’s still always been objective about my ability. They didn’t put this in there I don’t think – the only thing that he wouldn’t have any knowledge of is the person I am now and I understand that. It was from the idea of wanting someone that could give a real honest perspective of my career because it hasn’t all been fluff and it hasn’t all been fantastic and I think that’s OK.”
The exact price of Wrestlemania in the UK is £14.63, apparently due to recent tax cuts. They are also airing a free pre show of the greatest moments in Wrestlemania history this week on Sky Sports.
Three weeks worth of TV taped today and tomorrow at Universal Orlando, FL. If anyone attends the taping we would love a report to email@example.com
The 3/28 house show in Spencer, IA drew 829 paid.
Knockout Velvet Sky recently invested in some new implants.
UGO.com at http://tinyurl.com/dzdfmd has an interview with Madison Rayne. She talks about Shawn Michaels being her favorite wrestler and if she wasn’t in wrestling she would be “Cinderella at Disney World.”
There is trailer at http://tinyurl.com/crevjv for the movie End Game which stars Kurt Angle and Jenna Morasca.
TNA has been running commercials of late hyping all their 2007/2008 PPV’s available through iTunes. Upon checking they only have one PPV show up and the rest of the content is old episodes of Impact… they also sent out a press release today touting a new mobile video game:
The State in South Carolina at http://tinyurl.com/cyfxcm has video of Tully Blanchard ministering to inmates on 3/27 at the Broad River Correctional Institute.
The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke on DVD and Blu-ray comes out on 4/21.
You can pre-order now here: http://tinyurl.com/d4adg6
Story on Harley Race at http://tinyurl.com/cz9bft defending Verne Gagne:
“I have nothing derogatory to say about Verne Gagne and I never have – he’s always been a very class act.”
UnholyMatrimonyShow.com interviewed Debra Marshall talking about her marriage to Steve Austin. She said part of the terms of the divorce in
2003 was a gagging order which prevented her from talking about the alleged domestic abuse until 2006. Well, the rest is history.
Shane Douglas announced he’ll be promoting an ECW reunion show in November titled November to Remember. When WWE find out it won’t be called that. Douglas was part of an unofficial ECW convention this past weekend in Allentown, PA. Joey Styles and Tommy Dreamer attended the event during the weekend. Both joked they would fired for being there.
Other names who were booked or showed up included: Sandman, Balls Mahoney, Axl Rotten, Stevie Richards, Nova, Blue Meanie, Chris Chetti, Joel Gertner, Raven, Terry Funk, Scott Hall, Bob Backlund, Mikey Whipwreck, Kid Kash, Francine, Tammy Sytch and Beulah.
New Jack has been pitching a reality TV show starring himself to various TV networks.
Bad news for ROH fans in New York. Time Warner subscribers in New York may lose HD Net over the next few days. The following message was posted on it’s website today: “On or about March 31, 2009, in the event we are required to cease carriage of HD Net, ch. 798 and HD Net Movies, ch.
797, we plan to launch Smithsonian HD and MAV TV HD in their respective places.”
On this day in wrestling history:
* 1944 – Ronnie Garvin was born
* 1958 – Mike Rotundo (IRS) was born
* 1983 – Zach Gowen was born
* 1998 – Billy Gunn & the Road Dog defeated Cactus Jack & Terry Funk for the WWF tag titles
* 1999 – Kane & X-Pac defeated Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett for the WWF tag titles
* 2000 – Billy Kidman defeated The Artist for the WCW Cruiserweight title
* 2003 – Brock Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle for the World title
* 2003 – Trish Stratus defeated Victoria for the WWE Women’s title
WG Diva of the Day — Alicia Fox — http://tinyurl.com/dzsbyn
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