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Thursday October 8, 2009

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Superstars tonight on WGN has Shelton Benjamin vs. Sheamus; Ted DiBiase vs. Evan Bourne; and The Hart Dynasty vs. Cryme Tyme.

Smackdown on Friday night has Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho in what was said to be a good match; Michelle McCool vs. Eve Torres; John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler with interesting results; R-Truth & Matt Hardy returning from main eventing four of the last six house shows vs. Drew McIntyre & Kane; and Batista vs. CM Punk.


Despite rumors to the contrary, Roddy Piper is not dying from terminal
cancer. The rumor escalated from one wrestling website and took a life
of it’s own. Noelle Kim-Retes, Piper’s agent, said that she talked to
Piper the other day and he is doing fine. “He’s been going at it without
a break since he was a teenager and the doctors told him that he needed
a rest.” she said. The same website that reported Piper was dying later
posted a “rumor killer” to kill the rumors they started.

Todd Grisham is getting married next weekend in Pennsylvania and will
likely miss the Smackdown taping in Columbia, SC due to going on

WWE has signed Joe Gomez and Reon Mahima to developmental deals. I don’t
know anything about them other than they were students at the Afa Anoa’i
wrestling school in Florida.

Umaga (Eddie Fatu) canceled out of a shoot interview taping with
RFVideo.com because he said he was returning to WWE. Fatu was fired this
past June for refusal to enter rehab following a Wellness Program

Kelly Kelly started back in the gym this week following a minor knee

The creative team can breathe easy now because The Ultimate Fighter on
Wednesday did a 2.2 rating, more than a full rating point behind Raw.

ECW on Tuesday night did a 1.1 rating.

A DVD on John Morrison is in the works for release in February.

The City of Pontiac, MI are trying to sell the Silverdome again. CNN
Money has the story at http://tinyurl.com/yb46d76 noting the Stadium
played host to Wrestlemania III in 1987. The reporter included the
worked attendance record that WWE still claims to this day. A city
official refused to give a valuation saying, “All of us will understand
the value of the Pontiac Silverdome when the auction ends,” and that
zoning regulations would be relaxed for any buyer in order to spark
development. The city previously tried to sell the stadium for a
reported price of $17.5 million, but the deal fell through.

The Hollywood Reporter at http://tinyurl.com/ykl8my7 has a story on the
WWE Films movie Knucklehead, which was previously titled Sucker Punch,
with Big Show, Melora Hardin, and Mark Feuerstein. Show plays a church
handyman who was an orphan who agrees to wrestle on behalf of his fellow
orphans. Filming began this week in New Orleans, according to the

A story on Steve Austin attending the West Ham soccer match in London
last weekend at http://tinyurl.com/ycarznl. He said it was the first
time in his life he watched a live game: “My first perception of soccer
was just a bunch of guys kicking the ball around but when you get paid
to do something, they are very good at it. Those guys are tough, it took
me a while to realise just how intense the sport is.”

James Guttman at www.clubwwi.com interviewed former WWF/WCW wrestler
Paul Roma. He called Ted DiBiase a hypocrite for doing business again
with Vince McMahon: “You mentioned (Ted) DiBiase and his son and all
that. I guess probably like ten years ago, I had spoken to DiBiase, he
was out of wrestling, and he became this reverend or whatever he became.
So I called him up and we were talking and he goes, ‘Yeah. Listen. I
found a good place.’ He says, ‘I was a bad person when I was with Vince
(McMahon). I’ll never go back to that again. He’s evil. Blah, blah,
blah.’ And then, the next thing I know, this guy is working for Vince
again. Like, you know, so at the end of the day it doesn’t matter – wait
let me rephrase that. At the end of the day, for Ted DiBiase, he can
preach all he wants. He can talk about God all he wants. But his God is
spelled M-O-N-E-Y.”If he really believes and wanted to sell me what he
was trying to sell me, he wouldn’t be back with Vince. He wouldn’t be
back with the devil.”

Michelle McCool donated three signed 8x10s for Diva-Dirt.com’s charity
drive, ‘Diva Dirt Gives Back’. All proceeds will be donated to
Wrestler’s Rescue & Susan G. Komen for the Cure. You can bid on items at

Paul Burchill turns 30, and The Miz turns 29 today.


Impact tonight on Spike has ODB vs. Tara for Knockouts title; Samoa Joe
vs. Amazing Red for X title; Kevin Nash vs. Hernandez for Legends title;
Taylor Wilde, Sarita, Christy Hemme & Hamada vs. Velvet Sky, Madison
, Alissa Flash & Traci Brooks; Suicide & Daniels vs. D’Angelo
Dinero & Homicide; and the main event is Mick Foley & Kurt Angle vs.
Matt Morgan & Abyss.

Global Impact II follows Impact which was taped in January at the Tokyo
Dome in Japan. This show has Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. Tetsuya
Naito & Yujiro for the IWGP Jr. tag titles that they won here and lost
months ago; Team 3D vs. Togi Makabe & Toru Yano for the IWGP tag titles
that they also won here and lost months ago; and Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle,
Masahiro Chono & Riki Choshu vs. Giant Bernard, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro
Ishii & Karl Anderson.


SoCal Val, Lauren Brooke and The Beautiful People (including Angelina
) are featured in the latest Muscle & Fitness magazine. A behind the
scenes video is at http://tinyurl.com/ygohzlf.

The Bound for Glory Countdown special is airing on Ch. 101 on DirecTV.
It’s very well produced and worth checking out.

The latest TNA Today webshow with Jeremy Borash is online at

Slam Wrestling at http://tinyurl.com/yzw9rh8 has a story on Traci


Michael Verdi, better known as Trent Acid on the indy circuit, was
arrested last weekend in Philadelphia after he was found in possession
of Percocet pills without a valid prescription. He told cops he was
taking the pills for an injured wrist. He was released without having to
pay bail and his next court date is scheduled for October 30. Verdi was
jailed for nine months last year for violating his house arrest stemming
from assault and drug charges. Percocet contains Oxycodone, which has
caused several wrestling deaths over the past few years, most notably
Andrew “Test” Martin earlier this year.

HighSpots.com have finally put Ric Flair‘s NWA title belt up for sale
and say they have a buyer to meet the asking price of $75,000. The only
hold up on the sale is an undisclosed third party that is involved.

Rene Dupre at http://tinyurl.com/yhnrme8 gives Tammy “Sunny” Sytch a
piece of his mind.

Lance Storm at http://tinyurl.com/yj79f9k has a new blog talking
Wrestlemania, CM Punk, The Rock and more.

Dutch Mantel at http://theworldaccordingtodutch.blogspot.com/ has
another new blog up, which is actually an entire chapter from his
upcoming book, looking at some of the talent he has helped over the
years. A very interesting read.

Ring of Honor wrestler Eddie Edwards underwent successful surgery to
repair his broken elbow. ROH noted he has already begun physical

The NWS group sent out an email noting Sandman pulled out of their show
on Saturday in Manville, NJ as he is in the hospital getting his knee
scoped. NWS has contacted several ECW originals to replace him on the
show. More info at www.nwswrestling.com.

Jeff Wilen’s Jaw Breaker blog has a Q&A with Shannon Rose at

OK! magazine at http://tinyurl.com/yjry9sr has a story on celebrity
homes up for sale, including Hulk Hogan‘s Bellaire mansion for $13.9


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