WWE issued the following today:
Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and WWE Extend Home Video Licensing Partnership
STAMFORD, Conn. and NEW YORK May 14, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (GVE), a leading distributor of entertainment and lifestyle media, today announced a multi-year extension for home video distribution of WWE programming.
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“A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” — Dorothy Canfield Fisher
She’s your biggest fan and your harshest critic. She’s there for you when you need it — and even when you don’t. She’s the one who puts up with all your nonsense, she supports you in everything you do and she encourages you to follow your dreams.
David Dexter reports that former WWE creative member Court Bauer said in a recent podcast that he believes WWE will regret the Rock’s latest run with the company. Bauer spoke with Steven Muehlhausen at Between The Ropes and said that the Rock’s run from 2011 to WrestleMania 29 didn’t help anyone.
Bauer said, “I think everyone’s going to look back and have a lot of regrets about this partnership. I don’t think John Cena is anymore over for quote unquote being endorsed by The Rock at all. I don’t think the creative and the booking was at any point really great with The Rock. From day one in 2011 to the last few weeks going into WrestleMania, there was no sparkling great moment ever.”
David Dexter reports that the WWE has announced that the May 27th episode of RAW will be Bret Hart Appreciation Night. Both Hart and Shawn Michaels are expected to make appearances that night. RAW will be live from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
HBK gets his own appreciation night on May 24 at a RAW-brand live event in Salt Lake City, Utah. WWE is trying to boost their live events due to the injury of John Cena and absence of CM Punk.
AS I SEE IT – The Story of George “The Animal” Steele
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
A new wrestling biography will be making its way to store shelves in June 2013, with “Animal”, the story of George “The Animal” Steele, written by Jim Myers and Jim Evans, published by Triumph Books.
In real life, George Steele was Jim Myers, a high school teacher and coach, a Michigan State graduate and football player.
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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross once called the WWE Title “the ultimate dream of everyone who aspires to be a wrestler.” Indeed, whether it was The Dirtiest Player in the Game or The Demon from Death Valley, the Superstars who have captured sports-entertainment’s ultimate prize have realized a goal that millions fantasized about, but only 43 men have accomplished.
It’s been 50 years since the WWE Championship was first established on April 25, 1963. Since then, the world has seen 10 different United States Presidents, the innovation of the personal computer and the fall of the Twinkie. And through it all, the WWE Title has remained the pinnacle of sports-entertainment.
WWE RAW and SmackDown branded house shows will end on May 26th.
Starting on May 31st, WWE house shows will now be advertised as “WWE Live” events. WWE is making the change due to the fact that the SmackDown shows had a stigma of being second tier events. The hope is that the newly branded “WWE Live” shows will be more appealing for fans.
Brian Soscia of the Beneath The Mat radio show sent in this interview he did with WWE World Heavyweight champion, Dolph Ziggler:
WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) called Brian Soscia (@THEBrianSoscia) to talk about this Saturday’s WWE Smackdown event in Reading, Pa. You can still get your tickets at the Sovereign Center box office or at TicketMaster.com.
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If you don’t believe in The Shield by now, there’s either some very impressive denial going on or you just haven’t been paying attention. Since debuting at Survivor Series 2012 and vowing to enforce “justice” throughout WWE by any means necessary, the trio of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns has backed up its promise with brutal, unrelenting force. Whether their merciless beatdowns of The Undertaker, WWE Champion John Cena and everyone in between have truly been an exacting of justice is somewhat up for debate, but the fact is the WWE Universe doesn’t need to believe in The Shield’s cause to believe in their abilities.
With a unique combination of fearlessness, innovation and take-no-prisoners physical prowess, The Shield has yet to suffer a defeat in which all three of its members are involved. And as the troika of NXT alums prepares to hit the six-month mark of their cruel crusade, WWE.com takes a look at just what gives the “Hounds of Justice” their bite.
Check out the article here:
Recap courtesy of LordsofPain.net:
Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis recently spoke to Slam.Canoe.Ca about recent reports that she was in talks with WWE about appearing at WrestleMania – and rumors that there are people in WWE who don’t want to work with her. Here are some highlights of what he said about: