Sunday November 8, 2009

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11/7 Smackdown/ECW house show results from Dusseldorf, Germany:
Christian over William Regal; Yoshi Tatsu over Zack Ryder; Mickie James won a battle royal; Cryme Tyme over The Hart Dynasty; Ezekiel Jackson over Goldust; John Morrison over Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler & Matt Hardy in a four-way; Drew McIntyre over Finlay; Michelle McCool over Mickie James; and The Undertaker over CM Punk in a casket match. Show drew 8,000-9,000.

11/7 Raw house show results from Minehead, England: Santino Marella over Chavo Guerrero; Sheamus over Primo; Paul Burchill over The Hurricane; Mark Henry over Chris Masters; Jack Swagger over Evan Bourne; Melina over Alicia Fox; The Miz over Kofi Kingston & MVP in a three-way; DX & John Cena over Randy Orton & Legacy.

11/8 Raw house show results from Liverpool, England: Kofi Kingston over Chris Masters; The Hurricane over Paul Burchill; Sheamus over Primo; Jack Swagger over Evan Bourne; The Miz over MVP; Santino over Chavo; Melina & Kelly Kelly over Jillian Hall & Alicia Fox; Mark Henry over Chris Jericho via DQ; and John Cena & DX over Randy Orton & Legacy. Show drew an estimated 10,000. We have a detailed reader report in today’s mailbag.

We’re looking for a report from the Smackdown show today in Nottingham, England to [email protected].

Raw, Smackdown and ECW tape TV this coming Monday and Tuesday in Sheffield, England with Ricky Hatton as Raw guest host; Christian vs.
William Regal for the title headlining ECW; and John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler for the IC title; and The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho headlining Smackdown. Monday also has a Smackdown house show in Cardiff, Wales.


Today’s Fayetteville Observer at http://tinyurl.com/yaphf2e has a story
on prescription pain pill abuse in pro wrestling connecting Jeff Hardy
and a number of WWE names from the past who are no longer with us. Dr
Black, who runs WWE’s Wellness Program, is quoted defending the program
noting that prescription pill abuse is no greater in WWE than in society
at large. Carolinas promoter Greg Price is also quoted but is unhappy
with how the story came out, specifically the tie-in with Jeff Hardy
whom he hasn’t spoken to in over a decade. Greg told us: “I have no
reason to believe WWE doesn’t do whatever it can to help it’s employees
with prescription drug issues. But I am willing to talk about
prescription drug abuse, most importantly pointing out that prescription
drug abuse is one of society’s big dilemmas. It’ not just wrestling
folks that have these issues, but folks I meet in everyday life are
caught up in prescription drug abuse. Housewives, retired folks,
middle-aged America. I know folks of all ages that every little pain
they have, they get their doctors to write them a prescription for
painkillers. Some use the pills themselves; others use the opportunity
to sell the pills for money to buy other drugs. And these aren’t
wrestlers. They’re common, everyday people. Everything in the article
attributed to me is accurate, although some sentences are picked from
different discussions and placed together to make it sound like I’m
blaming WWE. But, my intention from the beginning was to point out that
prescription drug abuse is something that effects society as a whole and
isn’t limited to just pro wrestling. I’m happy to have that conversation
at any time with anybody.”

No numbers available yet on the first weekend of ticket sales for
Wrestlemania 26. They sold out ringside seats and the first few rows but
there are still good seats remaining in all other sections.

Catalina White, a former Maxim model who had been working in WWE
developmental earlier this year under the name Saylor James is part of
an upcoming adult video titled Model Amateur Tour. “Unlike a lot of the
other celebrity sex tapes, Catalina’s scene really delivers,” said
Andrew S., CEO of Shane’s World. “She isn’t shy or reluctant, she is
really into performing for the camera, and she has great chemistry with
her partner. She’s a famous model, a WWE wrestler and an up-and-coming
recording artist. She actually has talent, and her performance in this
scene shows us some other amazing talents she possesses that her fans
have never seen before, and will probably never see again.” Not very PG
I assume…

Kyle Busch won Saturday’s O’Reilly Challenge NASCAR race in his WWE
Smackdown vs. Raw video game themed car. Busch celebrated with his
replica title belt and said: “We out wrestled all these other guys!”
Jerry Lawler, R-Truth and The Bella Twins were in attendance
representing WWE.

WWE has a ‘best of Raw 2009’ DVD in the works. Must be a real task
putting this title together.

Fozzy, Chris Jericho’s band, releases their new and fourth album Chasing
the Grail via Riot! Entertainment on January 26, 2010.

ECW ring announcer Lauren Mayhew talks her upcoming movie Frat Party at

For whatever it’s worth, Vince McMahon’s WWE.com bio has been moved
across to the Smackdown subsite.

Ted DiBiase Jr. turns 27 today and Jericho turns 39 on Monday.


TNA run today in Jackson, TN at the Oman Arena. Not a great town to run
for wrestling even dating back to when Memphis was in its glory days.

There special charity show in Nashville on Monday night at the Wildhorse
Saloon to benefit The Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Full
line up is AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe; Bobby Lashley vs. Scott Steiner in
their first ever one-on-one match; Beer Money & Frank Wycheck vs. World
Elite; Abyss vs. Rhino in a Monster’s Ball match; Tara vs. Velvet Sky;
D’Angelo Dinero vs. Suicide vs. Homicide in a three-way; and Hernandez
vs. Kip James.


Dixie Carter posted on her Twitter that Kurt Angle has been taking
horseback riding lessons in preparation for a new movie role. “Stay
tuned for more details,” she Tweeted. Well, you don’t have to stay tuned
because we have out-scooped Dixie on her own story and can exclusively
reveal the film is called Deadman’s Gold from Lionsgate Home Video. Kurt
will play a villain called Boone. The film also stars Luke Perry, who
will be directing, replacing Lou Diamond Phillips, as Phillips had a
scheduling conflict on his Stargate show, plus Luke Goss (80s UK pop
star) and America Olivio (Friday The 13th). Kurt got the role because he
put himself on tape in Pittsburgh and sent it into the casting office.
Two other interesting notes on the film is that Paul Heyman was almost a
producer on the project, and Brock Lesnar was approached as one of the
villains. Both turned down the project, but the casting director is said
to keep in close contact with Heyman. The film, originally scheduled to
be shot in Vancouver, is now scheduled to be shot in California in

Hulk Hogan’s book My Life Outside the Ring entered the New York Times
hardcover nonfiction list at No. 12. This is a bad news for Hogan as the
Mick Foley, Steve Austin and Ric Flair bios all entered The Times’ best
seller lists in higher positions with far less publicity going in.


The Slam Wrestling website at http://tinyurl.com/yl6v35h has a story on
indy wrestler Adam “Firestorm” Dykes who passed away on Thursday from an
apparent suicide. In an eerie coincidence he took his life the day after
recording a radio show discussing the Chris Benoit double-murder

There is also a Firestorm tribute video at http://tinyurl.com/ykgozod.

Popular indy women’s wrestler Portia Perez is battling swine flu. Our
best to Portia on a speedy recovery.

Dutch Mantel, enjoying the sun in Puerto Rico, has a new blog online at
http://tinyurl.com/yca9b7u covering his TNA release and his views on the
Hulk Hogan signing. He also noted that his match against Jeff Jarrett on
November 14 in Princeton, KY would likely be his last.

Wrestle Talk Radio tonight at 10pm ET at www.wildtalkradio.com.


My friend and I went to the Raw DX Invasion Tour today at Liverpool.
Overall, the event was really good, though some of the matches left a
bit to be desired.
First up, Kofi Kingston against Chris Masters. Kofi got a nice pop,
Masters just got booed for the sake of it really. The match was good,
one of the best of the night simply because of Kofi whose high energy
was a good opener to the show. The match progressed with Masters in
charge and Kofi attempted to come back, but Masters thwarting his
attempts. In the end, Kofi fought back, there were a few near falls, but
Kofi won after about 10 minutes with Trouble In Paradise.
Next was an ECW match between Hurricane and Paul Burchill. I was
surprised there was no support for Burchill even though he is English.
The match was fairly simple and there was pretty much zero crowd
reaction throughout and Hurricane won in around 5 minutes.
The third match was Sheamus v Primo. Before it began Sheamus got on the
mike, and bashed Liverpool as a city and then the football teams saying
they were a ‘joke’. Primo recieved some support and got in a little bit
of offense but Sheamus won in around 5 minutes again with his kick to
the head.
The next bout was between Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger. Swagger attacked
Bourne on his entrance which got him a lot of heat, then he proceeded to
beat him down, Bourne rallied and teased the Shooting Star Press a few
times, but Swagger always got up before he could do it. This match was a
good technical match and Swagger won by reversing a Bourne move and
pulling him up into the Powerbomb.
Then The Miz fought MVP for the US Title. Pre-bout Miz got on the mike
and asked why people chanted he sucked when he was the only Raw member
to win at Bragging Rights, and he’s awesome. Miz had tons of heat and
was loving it. This match was very mat based and contained many
submissions. Miz won in around 10.
Santino v Chavo was up next. Santino got a good pop and cut a promo
saying he had been beaten by Chavo so went to the library and got out 7
books and 2 DVDs and learnt martial arts. He had created his own martial
arts Marella Martial Arts and was going to use his new move the Cobra
which could paralyse his opponent. I had heard he cut promos about this
before but he was genuinely funny, and throughout the match the 2 worked
really well making the crowd laugh with Marella going to use his Cobra
move. There was also a nice spot where Chavo went to the top rope for
the Frog Splash and Marella rolled to the opposite corner so Chavo went
to that corner and Marella rolled to the opposite one again. A decent
match with some nice reversals and Santino won with a roll-up.
Then there was a Divas Tag match between Jillian and Alicia Fox and
Melina and Kelly Kelly. Jillian started singing a Beatles song but was
thankfully cut short by Kelly’s entrance! The match was OK Kelly was
exposed and teased the tag for a while before finally Melina got in and
cleared house before pinning Jillian.
Chris Jericho v Mark Henry was next. Jericho cut a great promo talking
about why the crowd were saying he sucked when it wasn’t possible
because he’s not a scouser (a derogatory term for someone from
Liverpool), he was brilliant on the mike and said that the reaction to
him after he had flown a long way to be there meant he was going to
leave, but Henry’s music hit stopping him going. The bout took a long
time to get going as Jericho was not prepared to lock up with Henry.
Henry dominated, but Jericho tried to target his back and neck to keep
him down, when this was failing he got a chair and hit Henry in the
midriff and back to get disqualified, leaving Henry the winner. I
thought it was good Jericho kept his momentum but a realistic finish
without him cleanly beating Henry. Henry got his revenge and hit the
Worlds Strongest Slam after the finish.
Finally, the main event was Cena and DX against Orton and Legacy. The
match was good and fast-paced as you’d expect with a 6-man tag. There
was a funny spot with Cena and DX pulling Orton and Legacy’s trunks down
to reveal their buttocks and the superstars seemed to be having fun with
the match. The finish was a nice go home moment for the fans with the
faces winning each one hitting their finishing move on a separate
Overall, the crowd took a while to warm up but were electric for the
main event. Cena and DX got the biggest pop followed by Kofi, while
Orton and Legacy got the most heat followed by Jericho.

Jonathan Laughlin



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