WRESTLING GLOBE NEWSLETTER
Friday April 24, 2009
by Mike Aldren
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4/23 Superstars TV results from London, England: Big Show & Kane over Rey Mysterio & CM Punk; Finlay & Hornswoggle over Tyson Kidd & Natalya; and Edge over Kofi Kingston.
4/23 Raw house show results from Newcastle, England: William Regal over Dolph Ziggler; Beth Phoenix & Santina Marella over Melina & Kelly Kelly; John Morrison over Jamie Noble; Carlito & Primo over Mike Knox & Charlie Haas; Kane over Kofi Kingston; The Miz over Goldust, Big Show over CM Punk; Rey Mysterio over Cjris Jericho; and John Cena over Edge.
4/23 Smackdown house show results from Glasgow, Scotland: Evan Bourne over Tyson Kidd; Gail Kim & Bella Twins over Natalya, Katie Lea & Maryse; MVP over R-Truth & Shelton Benjamin in a three-way; Finlay over Mark Henry; Jack Swagger over Christian; Jeff Hardy over Matt Hardy; and Triple H & Undertaker over Legacy in a handicap match.
We’re looking for reports from the WWE shows this weekend starting tonight in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Geneva, Switzerland to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re also looking for live notes from the Backlash PPV on Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.
Raw is live from the Bridgeport Arena At Harbor Yard on Monday, and the Smackdown/ECW tapings is Tuesday from Madison Square Garden with MVP vs.
Dolph Ziggler for the U.S. title.
Smackdown tonight has Jeff Hardy & CM Punk vs. Matt Hardy & Kane; Maryse vs. Gail Kim for the Divas title; Big Show va. The Undertaker; MVP vs.
Chavo Guerrero; and Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase vs. Batista & Sugar Shane Tyson.
William “The Refrigerator” Perry’s nephew said in an ESPN story at http://tinyurl.com/c5u6rj that his uncle is expected to fully recover following his recent hospitalization due to complications from Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Randy Orton is carrying a small knock. He didn’t work the shows earlier this week Birmingham and Glasgow as a precaution going into Sunday’s PPV.
Shawn Michaels is expected to be out until July. He is aiming to return for a program leading to Summerslam but is having some issues with his knees.
WWE sent out a release yesterday claiming a ratings victory over American Idol in the Male 18-34 demographic. It’s such a huge stretch.
To make it happen they basically combined the ratings of Raw, Smackdown, ECW and Superstars.
The Miami Herald at http://tinyurl.com/cv755n talked to Johnny Ace about the NFL draft which includes his nephew. Ace talked about him being a perfect fit for wrestling and noted he was bumping around a practise ring they had set up at the WWE hotel in Houston for Wrestlemania.
Michelle McCool, perhaps in response to the Trish Stratus article in the Times & Transcript, wrote in her WWE.com blog: “Yes there are a lot of girls (on the WWE roster). Sometimes, entirely too many for my liking.
Simply put, quarters can get a little cramped and I get tired of hearing about how they wanna do this and wanna do that. I have a great idea. How about learning how to work inside the ring and give me a little competition. How about that?” So McCool is Lou Thez now…
Jim Ross at http://tinyurl.com/dxmmdt has a new blog up talking about Backlash, the Draft, Taz, and complains about traffic in the UK.
4/23 Impact TV results from Orlando, FL: Beer Money Inc. over Lethal
Consequences; Sojo Bolt over Taylor Wilde; A.J. Styles over Kevin Nash
to retain the Legends title; Jethro Holiday & Eric Young over Team No
Limit; and Jeff Jarrett vs. Scott Steiner.
The main event for Sacrifice on 5/24 is a match with Mick Foley
defending the TNA title in a four-way with each wrestler putting up
something important to them as, well, a sacrifice. The other three in
the match will likely be Jarrett, Angle and Sting. They also announced a
tag tournament, the brainchild of Team 3D, with the finals and
“$100,000” to the winner at the PPV. Sojo Bolt winning the Knockouts
title shot means she would likely face Angelina Love at the PPV although
Love is out with a concussion at this point.
TNA has a full house show schedule this weekend starting tonight at
Phantasy Theater in Lakewood, OH. They also run the Eastwood Expo Center
in Niles on Saturday, and the Franklin County Veterans Memorial in
Columbus on Sunday. The listed main event at those shows is Kurt Angle &
Scott Steiner vs. Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe.
We’re looking for reports from all these shows to
TNA announced the 6/21 Slammiversary PPV at The Palace of Auburn Hills,
MI with the idea of breaking their attendance record (8,000 or so in
England earlier this year). That’s either really brave or insane
considering the arena would max nearly 23,000 for wrestling. Much of the
arena will likely be tarped off. I guess they are hoping fans from
Canada will cross the line, pun intended. Tickets go on sale on 5/8
They have also added house shows at the Mid-America Center in Council
Bluffs, IA on 6/13, and the FirsTier Event Center in Kearney, Nebraska
Bobby Lashley has taken a 5/15 fight against Mike Cook in Edmonton for
the Maximum Fighting Championships. The fight will air live on HDNet. He
also said he will continue to work with TNA for the time being although
there is nothing inked as yet.
The new British heel group we talked about a few weeks ago debuts in a
couple of weeks comprising of Brutus Magnus, Doug Williams and Rob Terry
(a huge bodybuilder from Wales).
A.J. Styles presented an award last night at the GMA Dove Awards which
aired on the Gospel Music Channel.
Taz on his Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/chvhcq is answering questions
from fans. He talks about an altercation he and Tommy Dreamer got into
at a hotel with the band Greenday in 1994.
Christy Hemme has released a digital EP on iTunes. “We are so excited to
release a sound that continues to evolve as we strengthen and grow as a
band,” Hemme said. “This is just the beginning. It is so fitting that
‘Don’t Give Up’ is the first song released, because it has been such a
winding road up to this point. As a band, this was the song that we
played and it kept us going, kept our heads up, and wouldn’t let us stop
believing in what we know we have to give from our hearts through our
music.” More info at her MySpace at www.myspace.com/hemmepowered
Daffney’s new entrance music is a take off of The Beautiful People by
Story on Sharkboy pushing the weekend shows at http://tinyurl.com/cg2dw8
Ted Grizzly passed away yesterday in Canada. He was 65. Grizzly worked
countless WWF shows as enhancement in the 70s and 80s.
Ring of Honor is back in the midwest this weekend starting tonight at
the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton, OH with Jerry Lynn vs.
Roderick Strong for the ROH title; plus Tyler Black vs. Davey Richards;
Bryan Danielson vs. Eddie Edwards; Kevin Steen & Jay Briscoe vs. The
Dark City Fight Club; Colt Cabana vs. Chris Hero; Austin Aries & Rhett
Titus vs. The Phoenix Twins; plus more.
ROH also run Saturday billed as Colt Cabana’s return to Chicago at the
Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, IL.
Saturday night’s ROH show on HDNet has The Dark City Fight Club vs.
Grizzly Redwood; Nigel McGuinness vs. Alex Payne; Jay Briscoe & Kevin
Steen vs. Chris Hero & Eddie Edwards; and Tyler Black vs. Bryan
Danielson. More info at www.rohwrestling.com.
Story at http://tinyurl.com/df4uyk with Cary Silkin talking ROH and The
OVW owner Danny Davis along with John Layfield debuts the Vyper Fight
League tonight in Louisville, KY.
JIm Neidhart is doing a seminar on Saturday night at Devastation
University, 523 Howard St. in Riverton, NJ. Open to everyone.
Wrestlers Rescue headed by Dawn Marie is selling a replica World title
belt signed by Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, John Cena, Ric Flair and
Dusty Rhodes at http://tinyurl.com/d6td2k to raise money for Dr. Death
Roddy Piper and his daughter, Ariel, 23, have roles in an horror movie
just released called The Portal with Michael Masden.
Lanny Poffo has relaunched his website at www.lannypoffo.com
Dragon Gate USA announced it’s debut show for 7/25 at the Arena in South
Philadelphia. More info at www.dgusa.com
Ox Baker has started writing a new cook book.
The CZW group was the subject of a show called Time Warp on the
Discovery Channel. You can watch the show featuring John Zandig, Nick
Gage, Devon Moore, DJ Hyde and Sabian at http://tinyurl.com/dkqpq5
WG Diva of the Day — Velvet Sky — http://tinyurl.com/co5fj8
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