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Monday May 11, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
5/10 Raw house show results from Wheeling, WV: Mickie James over Maryse in a non-title match; Sheamus O’Shaunessy over Jamie Noble; The Miz over Kofi Kingston; Chavo Guerrero over Festus; MVP over William Regal; Carlito & Primo over Legacy; Matt Hardy over Goldust; and Batista & John Cena over Randy Orton & Big Show.
5/10 Smackdown house show results from Fort Wayne, IN: Evan Bourne over Tyson Kidd; Vladimir Kozlov over Finlay; John Morrison over Shelton Benjamin; Gail Kim & Eve Torres over Natalya & Layla; CM Punk over Umaga via DQ; Christian & Tommy Dreamer over Jack Swagger & Mark Henry; Rey Mysterio over Chris Jericho; and Edge over Jeff Hardy.
Nothing of real note from the weekend shows. Angela Fong and Sheamus O’Shaunessy from developmental worked the tour. O’Shaunessy is using a Rock-bottom style finisher. Festus and Cena sang Country Roads West Virginia to close the show in Wheeling.
Raw is live tonight from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Nothing announced at press time nor any other WWE show this week. That probably means the script is being finalized as I write this.
There is a Smackdown house show tonight at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, and the TV taping is Tuesday from Wright State University in Dayton. We’re looking for reader reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interesting Q&A with Torrie Wilson at http://tinyurl.com/ps99g9 pushing NBC’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here. Much of the talk focused on her days in WWE. When asked about performance-enhancement drugs in wrestling, she said: “I honestly don’t know. I wouldn’t know, personally, if any of the other women used drugs. I can only speak for myself in saying that I am a very anti-steroids and anti whatever agents that you need to look the way you want to look. I believe in the old adage of eating well and working out. I’m a big runner, so as long as you’re running, you can get in your bikini.” She said using drugs is a personal choice: “As far as the wrestlers using drugs or abusing drugs, just like any athlete in the world, you have to look at the person. The only person that can be blamed is the person that is actually taking the pill.”
Superstars on WGN on 5/7 did a 1.0 rating it’s best number to date.
The 5/9 Raw house show at Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, OH drew 7100 paid.
StarHub in Singapore has picked up WWE 24/7 On Demand.
Rapper Eminem pictured at http://tinyurl.com/p43my9 in the UK trying to be inconspicuous shopping in a Rey Mysterio mask.
Silvervision in the UK at http://tinyurl.com/bp7jux posted details on the upcoming Randy Savage DVD. Bonus features include the “Wedding” to Miss Elizabeth at Summerslam 91.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
Kurt Angle is off the Carolinas tour this weekend due to shooting scenes for a movie this week in Pittsburgh. He has a supporting role as a Russian MMA fighter in a movie called Warrior. Today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://tinyurl.com/r8rbz5 has a piece on the movie which will hit theaters next year. The producers are looking for hundreds of extras to fill the Petersen Events Center on 5/30 for a day of filming.
Christy Hemme is still on the injured list following her neck surgery in January.
The company has come up with new contracts for talent who aren’t being used very often on television. Amazing Red, Jackie Moore and Cute Kip (Billy Gunn) are among those believed to be soon working under the new deals which allow talent more control to accept outside bookings for conventions and autograph signings.
The Miami Herald at http://tinyurl.com/o6orc3 has a story on Bret Hart pushing his autobiography. He feels both Mick Foley and Chris Jericho did a good job with their books although with Jericho “there is a lot of sanitizing to sort of make the [WWE] look good and protect themselves.”
He said the last conversation he had with Vince McMahon was about putting his father and Owen into the Hall of Fame: “… I don’t know how you can have a Hall of Fame and not credit or at least honor Owen and even my father.” He put over Tyson Kidd, DH Smith and Natalya saying if they formed a new Hart Foundation they would have his blessing: “I’m all for it. I hope it’s not something that holds them down. I think they all have enough talent that they don’t need my history, Bulldog or Neidhart or my dad’s history. They are all capable of making it on their own. They are all really exceptional, but at the same time, if they can take what we built and run with it, they can take the name further and keep the tradition alive.” He also put over ROH and didn’t rule out working for TNA in the future: “I have some good friends down there in TNA and would love to help them. However, I don’t see anything on their show where I would be any use to them, unless I wanted to play the role of some type of commissioner, chairperson, referee or even an announcer.
Those are all things I don’t really want to do.”
A reader who works for Best Buy emailed us and said stores nationwide have a TNA DVD sale starting today with many titles at $4.99.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
MovieSet.com at http://tinyurl.com/d458p8 has a behind the scenes look
at Rob Van Dam’s movie Wrong Side Of Town. In addition to Batista former
WWE wrestler Viscera (Nelson Frazier, Jr.) is also working on the movie.
Lance Storm is coming out of retirement for ROH in July. Full details at
Dr. Phil C. Astin III, who was the Benoit family physician at the time
of the Benoit double murder/suicide, will be sentanced on Tuesday after
pleading guilty to a 175-count indictment of illegally distributing
prescription drugs from May 2002 until July 2007. He is facing a maximum
sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million on each
count. Astin prescribed Lorcet, Xanax and Somas to the Benoit’s from
December 2004 until June 2007.
Ric Flair at http://tinyurl.com/p94wdd was interviewed by a local news
station during an autograph signing in Harrisonburg, VA on Saturday.
Flair said that he misses wrestling in the ring but didn’t miss the
12-hour days at a TV taping: “I try to keep in shape. I do miss it, but
I don’t dwell on it. I could do it tomorrow. I still feel great… but
it’s not something that’s going to happen right now.”
The Slam Wrestling website at http://tinyurl.com/onnad3 has a story on
Dan Severn on what he thinks Brock Lesnar’s strategy should be against
Frank Mir at UFC 100 .
Dana White and Brock Lesnar will be on CNBC today to announce a new deal
with toy company JAKKS Pacific.
Several readers wrote in that during Sunday’s Cubs-Brewers baseball game
Alfonso Soriano did the ‘You Can’t See Me’ hand gesture after hitting a
home run. The announcer said that Soriano was good friends with John
Roddy Piper recently shot a movie called Fancypants about a wrestler who
is afraid of conflict in real life. I assume this will go straight to
Billy Kidman turns 35 today. He works as a trainer for WWE in Tampa.
Brooke Hogan is touring Europe in June including some UK dates to
coincide with the release of her new album The Redemption on 7/14.
Stacey Keibler is featured in a pictorial in the June edition of FHM in
Australia. You can check out the pictures at http://tinyurl.com/cteysb
I Believe In Wrestling runs on 5/16 in Orlando at the Downtown Rec
Center with Roderick Strong, Chasyn Rance, Glacier and Larry Zbyszko.
Further info at www.ibelieveinwrestling.com
Nu-Wrestling Evolution’s next tour takes place in August, September and
October with shows in South Africa, Denmark and Germany. Further details
Following his no shows at several events over the past few weeks, Paul
London’s webmaster Corey sent us this email: “Although Mr London has not
been at the events he was scheduled for over the past few weeks, the
promoters were made aware of Mr. London’s health issues and his
inability to appear at their event with enough time to find a suitable
replacement. We apologize to any fan who bought a ticket to these events
to see Paul. Myself as well as the rest of Team London wish Paul the
quickest recovery possible and hope for a full return to wrestling soon.
Until that happens stay tune to http://www.p-london.net as more
information becomes available.”
WG Diva of the Day — Daffney — http://tinyurl.com/rxrztr
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