Wrestling Globe Newsletter for 5/16


Saturday May 16, 2009

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5/15 Smackdown TV results from Dayton, OH: John Morrison & CM Punk over Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas; Jeff Hardy over Ricky Ortiz; Gail Kim & Melina over Michelle McCool & Alicia Fox; Dolph Ziggler over Jimmy Wang Yang; R-Truth over Mike Knox; and Edge over Chris Jericho via DQ.

WWE runs a tri-branded supershow tonight from the U.S.Cellular Center in Bloomington, IL headlined by John Cena, Jeff Hardy & Batista va. Randy Orton, Edge & Big Show; plus Primo & Carlito vs. Legacy, Christian vs.
Jack Swagger, and more.

Judgment Day this Sunday from the AllState Arena in Chicago has John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin (just added); CM Punk vs. Umaga; Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho for the IC title; Christian vs. Jack Swagger for the ECW title; John Cena vs. Big Show; Randy Orton vs. Batista for the WWE title; and Edge vs. Jeff Hardy for the World title.

Raw is live on Monday from Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY and the Smackdown/ECW tapings is Tuesday from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. We’re looking for reports from all these shows to [email protected]


John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin was just added to Judgment Day in Chicago. Originally with six matches the internal speculation was that CM Punk would cash in his Money in the Bank title shot. Nobody knows for sure because as of yesterday the booking wasn’t finalized.

Superstars on Thursday night scored a 1.0 rating, just beating out ECW this week. The ECW timeslot change to 10pm likely has something to do with the slight drop. I guess we’ll see next week.

Former WWE wrestler James Dick (John Toland) and Jillian Hall just got engaged. The couple met a few years ago while training in Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville.

I swear I’m not making this up. There is a new tag team in developmental in Tampa called Le French Men made up of Caylen Croft, Trent Beretta and Jenny Cash, who is now called Fifi in a French maid costume. They bring baguettes to the ring and use them as weapons on their opponents.

Another interview with Randy Orton at http://tinyurl.com/py2cua where he talks about growing up and becoming a daddy. 

John Cena, who is from Boston, got a ton of heat sitting courtside at Game 6 of the NBA playoff game between the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics. He arrived in a Celtics jersey but the Magic, who comp’d his seat, told him if he didn’t wear a Magic jersey he would have to hit the bricks. At half time he made a sign with a piece of paper and a felt-tip pen reading “LEAVE THE MAGIC AT DISNEY!” and held it up for TV cameras:

Jim Ross has his PPV predictions at http://tinyurl.com/otnngt

Tommy Dreamer is listed for upcoming house shows in August. We do know he was offered a new deal as his current contract expires shortly.

JBL and Charlie Haas have launched CustomMuscle.com selling nutrition products. Haas is the registered CEO of the company.

The WWE stock closed out the week at $11.23 on the NYSE.


5/14 Impact TV results from Orlando, FL: Daniels over Chris Sabin; Samoa Joe over Eric Young; Awesome Kong over Cute Kip in an intergenger stretcher match; The British Invasion over Amazing Red & Suicide to make the finals of the Team 3D tournament; Kevin Nash over Team No Limit; and Booker T over Jethro Holliday in an I Quit match.

5/15 house show results from Florence, SC: Suicide over Kiyoshi; Madison Rayne over Daffney; Rhino over Sheik Abdul Bashir; Jeff Jarrett & Daniels over Beer Money, Inc.; Eric Young over Cute Kip; and A.J. Styles over Booker T.

The show drew a crowd of around 1000 mostly made up of kids.

TNA run tonight at the DH Conley High School in Greenville, NC and then Sunday at the Crown Arena in Fayetteville, NC. The cards are as above.
We’re looking for reports from both shows with anything of significance to [email protected]


TNA has just signed James Storm to a new multi-year contract.

Impact on Thursday night did a 1.2 rating.

Bobby Lashley choked out Mike Cook last night in 25 seconds in Edmonton.
Before the fight Cook, wearing a Lucha mask, was goading Lashley at the weigh-ins, which didn’t sit well with Lashley: “Everybody tries to make fun of the wrestling thing. I’m real. I’m coming out here to fight,”
Lashley said in his post-fight interview. “You know, if they don’t want to fight me, they can play around. If they play around I’m gonna knock ’em out or choke ’em out. That’s what I did today. Choked him out. Made him pay. Now he can go put back on the mask and have fun with himself.”

There is a behind-the-scenes look at the movie Warrior at http://tinyurl.com/ppg6wx with Kurt Angle cast as a Russian MMA fighter.
He talks about wanting to get out of wrestling and do movies full-time.


The Calgary Herald at http://tinyurl.com/pedqdd has a story on Canadian
wrestler Jon Croitoru aka Bruiser Bedlam, who worked for Jim Cornette‘s
Smoky Mountain Wrestling in the 90s as well as a brief WWF stint as
Johnny K-9 in the 90s. Croitoru, 43, believed to be a member of the
Satan’s choice biker gang, was arrested on Friday in Vancouver for
allegedly plotting to kill members of a rival gang. Croitoru has
previous convictions for assault and trafficking cocaine.

Mike Lano has a story on Pat Paterson at http://tinyurl.com/qh5jyc who
is selling a CD of his favorite tunes.

Interview with the former Chris Masters at www.thewrestleblog.com. When
asked if the WWE Wellness Program works, he said: “I think now it does.
From my knowledge, I’m not up there anymore obviously, but it’s a good
policy. There is a lot of kids who watch wrestling, it’s a big part of
the product and audience, and kids look up to us as these super humans,
so you have to set a good example. You have to protect them, you can’t
have kids looking up to guys who are doing that stuff, that’s just how
it is. It’s a good policy, and it’s necessary. It protects the boys,
too. It can catch health issues that have nothing to do with drugs. So
now, I think it does work and I think you need to have it.”

The Oshawa Express at http://tinyurl.com/px27dp has a story on Jim

Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me! by Jesse Ventura went on sale on

Bret Hart at http://tinyurl.com/r7o4aw notes Andrew “Test” Martin was on
his short list of people he thought could die if they didn’t seek out

Story on Dory Funk Jr. at http://tinyurl.com/q5eodm talking about his
trip to Houston for the WWE Hall of Fame.

There is an interview with Blackjack Mulligan at
www.midatlanticgateway.com which is also a nice website I recommend.

Bushwhacker Luke at www.blogtalkradio.com/HitTheRopesRadioShow talks
about his WWF run, his Memphis days and more. He noted back in the day
when the Sheepherders were feuding with the Fabulous Ones, he often had
to get escorted out the building by police because fans literally wanted
to kill them. He said he would often get his car tires slashed and his
windshield smashed.

www.MachoMadness.com, the official website of Randy Savage, have an
online petition to get him in the Hall of Fame. Good luck with that one!

Brad Dykens at http://tinyurl.com/os5cel has a review of the Chis Adams
DVD Gentleman’s Choice.

Matt Farmer said that his book on Playboy Buddy Rose is two thirds
complete and will be published through Scott Teal at

To correct a typo from yesterday… Don Fargo, 81, reunites with his
“brother” Jackie for the first time in over 20 years at the upcoming NWA
Legends fanfest in Charlotte. Also, Tully Blanchard has also just been
added to the event. More info at www.nwalegends.com

WG Diva of the Day — Traci Brookshttp://tinyurl.com/plonlm


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