James Papa vs. WWE, etc.: The lawsuit over Papa’s WCW theme songs being used by WWE and credit and royalties for them being erroneously credited instead to WWE’s James Johnston will remain in Texas despite WWE attempting to have it removed to Connecticut where they are headquartered. Johnston and Michael “Hayes” Seitz were dismissed as defendants as the court ruled they had a lack of personal jurisdiction over them, leaving WWE and their music publishing company, Stephanie Music as Defendants. A claim of infringement was also dismissed as the court ruled that WWE did not knowingly infringe on Papas’ copyrights. Papas still has the right to attempt to recover damages in the suit. Court documents indicate Papas will file an update lawsuit with the court in an attempt to get some of his claims reinstated. If Papas does not enter an updated claim, WWE has until 6/28 to answer the remaining lawsuit claims.
Courtesy of David Dexter:
Nikki Bella has been announced as a guest judge for the 2013 Miss USA Competition. Nikki joins NeNe Leakes (Glee, Real Housewives Atlanta), Christina Milian (actress/singer), Bob Harper (The Biggest Loser), Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland) and more on the judging panel.
The pageant will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 16th at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The Miss Universe Organization is co-owned by Donald Trump.
David Dexter reports that Ian Rotten’s IWA Mid-South will begin running live events again. They will first have a show on June 14 in Clarksville, Indiana, featuring talent like Sabu, Ian & Axl Rotten, Zach Gowen, Jimmy Jacobs and BJ Whitmer. Front row tickets are sold out, but floor seats are $15 with general admission at $10.
Tennessee Williams said “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” Whether you relate to New Orleans through its history, its knack for throwing a great party, or because its a premiere sports and entertainment town, don’t deprive yourself from discovering New Orleans in April 2014. After several site visits to New Orleans, we have put together an affordable compliment to your Mania weekend with our WrestleCon convention and several hotel options. Join WrestleCon in one of the greatest cities in America, no offense to Cleveland, on a weekend when wrestling fans from around the world proudly unite.
I’m going to fast-forward ahead to when you finally got on the main roster in WWE after NXT. When you were doing the idioms gimmick with the spilled milk before Fandango came along, where’d you think your career in WWE was going?
I wasn’t really exactly sure where they were going with those vignettes. I was willing to do anything to get on TV. Obviously, I wouldn’t disagree or argue with any verbiage they’re going to give me for talking. Wasn’t exactly sure where that was going to go. I don’t if necessarily that was the way they wanted the vignettes to go. Obviously, they scratched it, and then I went back on the shelf for a little while [until] the Fandango thing.
David Dexter reports that WWE will be holding a new tryout camp featuring around 15 amateur wrestlers that Gerald Brisco has personally scouted. WWE’s Canyon Ceman has also been scouting in Colorado Springs looking at various Olympic athletes. As reported on earlier, Jim Ross recently met with the National Football League Players Association about creating some kind of a relationship with players cut by NFL teams.
When I first got into Ring of Honor, I expected it to be all great wrestling matches. Each one better than the last, with almost all four star matches. However the first years of R.O.H. were far from that. Now, at the end of 2004, it’s a rarity that there’s a bad match on the card, but back in 2002, during the first year of existence, it was a rarity to see a good match besides the main event. This was partly due to the talent that was brought in for the mid-card, which was not even close to being good, and that R.O.H. seemed to have a clear idea of who they wanted to push from the start. They had set their main-eventers from the start, with a surprise entrant, although very temporary.
WINNIPEG – Premier Championship Wrestling (PCW) is proud to launch the biggest Fight Weekend in Winnipeg’s History with our Annual HIGHWAY 2 HELL event featuring the PREMIER RUMBLE Friday June 14th At Doubles Fun Club in Winnipeg!
“PCW is ecstatic to return to Doubles in Winnipeg and hope to provide all of the UFC Fans excited for the event on Saturday a chance to whet their appetites the night before with PCW’s distinct hard hitting pro wrestling action,” said PCW Chairman Andrew Shallcross, who will be giving a State of PCW Address discussing the future of the company at HIGHWAY 2 HELL. “Our entire crew is dedicated to putting on the very best in ring product for the best fight fans in Winnipeg!”
TNA’S BIGGEST PAY-PER-VIEW EXTRAVAGANZA OF THE YEAR CAPS WEEKEND FULL OF NOTABLE EVENTS, INCLUDING INDUCTION OF THE SECOND MEMBER OF THE TNA HALL OF FAME*
The miles traveled, the battles fought, the challenges met and the lives changed … all of them lead here. TNA Wrestling is heading to San Diego for the very first time with its marquee Pay-Per-View event of 2013 BOUND FOR GLORY, live from Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State University Sunday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
Last Sunday – June 2nd – former WCW World Heavyweight Champion “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner defeated defending Champion Santos to win the Dutch Heavyweight Championship in front of a sold out crowd during the 2013 edition of Dutch Pro Wrestling’s Grand Slam event. 757 Fans from Holland and neighboring countries like Belgium, Germany and France gathered at the DPW Arena in Poeldijk, near The Hague, to watch history being made as Scott Steiner became the sixth Dutch Heavyweight Champion in the history of Dutch Pro Wrestling.