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Monday June 29, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
6/28 The Bash PPV results from Sacramento, CA: Tommy Dreamer retained the ECW title in a scramble match over Christian, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry and Finlay; Rey Mysterio over Chris Jericho to win the IC title; Dolph Ziggler over Great Khali after Kane interfered; Michelle McCool over Melina to win the Women’s title; John Cena squashed The Miz; Edge & Chris Jericho over The Colons & The Legacy in a three-way to win the Unified tag titles; CM Punk lost to Jeff Hardy via DQ but retained the World title; and Randy Orton over Triple H in a best of three series to retain the WWE title. Dark match was R-Truth over Shelton Benjamin.
The only major surprise on the show aside from the inane burial of The Miz was Edge and Jericho winning the tag titles. As tag champs they can appear on any brand which isn’t such a bad thing. Teddy Long put them in the title match after pressure from Vince McMahon to shake things up working the storyline that Long is under probation because Vince feels Smackdown has become a horrible show. So despite blowing Raw and ECW out of the water all year the storyline is that Smackdown is the worst show.
Two episodes of Raw are being taped tonight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Nothing announced at press time but they will be taping all the major storylines leading up to Night of Champions in Philadelphia on 7/26.
The Smackdown/ECW tapings are at the Save Mart Center in Fresno on Tuesday, and there is another taping at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield on Wednesday. The double tapings this week are due to a huge overseas tour including Australia, New Zealand and Japan. We’re looking for reader reports from these shows to [email protected].
The UK tour in November is once again being promoted as the DX Invasion
tour which is a good indication they expect Shawn Michaels to be back
before the end of the year. For whatever its worth he was also featured
in an ad for Summerslam last night during The Bash.
Lilian Garcia did a live webchat on WWE.com last night before The Bash.
She confirmed she was leaving the company and noted that a replacement
hasn’t been chosen yet as they are still auditioning. “I just hope
whomever is chosen appreciates this job because it really has been
incredible,” she said.
Diva-Dirt.com is reporting that Jemma Palmer has inked a WWE
developmental deal. Palmer is better known as ‘Inferno’ on the recently
cancelled UK version of American Gladiators. “23-year-old Palmer is
currently in the United States and is expected to start with WWE this
summer,” reports the website.
MVP appeared briefly on CNN last night before the BET Awards. He was on
the red carpet at the show as the date of Sherri Shepard.
Batista is finalising negotiations to shoot a movie in July with Boxer
Manny Pacquiao and Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls. The film
is called Wapak Man described as a Kung Fu comedy about a single dad
with five kids who accidentally acquires super powers.
Kelly Kelly recently shot a TV commercial for 7-11.
The State at http://tinyurl.com/mt5vla has a good article looking at NFL
Legend and WWE Hall of Famer William Perry who is fighting back from
Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder which affects the
The Undertaker and Michelle McCool visited the FCW training facility
last Thursday in Tampa. He watched some of the developmental talent work
out in the ring then gave out a few pointers. They left before the TV
tapings started as word spread and a swarm of fans had gathered in the
parking lot near their Cadillac Escalade. Hall of Famer Dory Funk Jr.
was also a guest at the evening show and observed the taping.
There are interviews with Maria at http://tinyurl.com/ku9n4x and with
The Miz at http://tinyurl.com/nqupgu. Nothing very noteworthy although
you can tell Maria’s interview was cut short looking at some of the
The Santina gimmick is dead as WWE.com ran a farewell address video at
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
1970s and 80s wrestler Bugsy McGraw is Mick Foley new head of security
Kurt Angle is shooting a movie next week in Los Angeles called The Land
of the Astronauts. Its a psychological drama that tells the story of a
man who starts to lose his mind who’s wife leaves him and who is haunted
by demons and delusions. Sounds almost too close to home…
Jim Cornette is doing a book signing from 12pm to 2pm at Signature
Sports in Marley Station Mall in Burnie, MD on 7/11. He will also be
appearing the later that evening at Maryland Championship Wrestling’s
event in Dundalk. More info at www.marylandwrestling.com.
Sojournor Bolt will be appearing at the Northern Wrestling Federation
event in Fairfield, OH on 7/11.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
The ABC News affiliate in Western Tennessee reported today that Brian
Lawler pled guilty to a public intoxication charge, stemming from his
arrest in the early hours of Friday morning. A judge ordered Lawler to
pay a $50 fine and attend 30 days of rehabilitation at Pathways, a
behavioral health facility. Lawler is the former WWE star Grandmaster
Sexay and oldest son of Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Juventud Guerrera is starting up a new promotion called Super-X GPCW. He
said he hopes to use a lot of American and Japanese talent as well as
established stars based in Mexico.
Lex Luger and Eric Young are guests tonight at www.mondaynightmayhem.com
at 8pm ET.
Ted DiBiase Sr. is giving a seminar in Central Falls, RI on 7/11. Cost
is $100. For more info you can call 508-335-6634.
Tokyo Sports reported that Akira Taue would be announced as the new
president of NOAH following the death of the Mitsuharu Misawa. There is
a public memorial show for Misawa on 7/4.
Val Venis is booked on the next tour with New Japan.
At a night club called The DNA Lounge in San Francisco on 7/16 there is
a “fist fight” advertised between Jake Roberts and the former Kizarny.
Its part of the deal with Roberts and The Jim Rome Circus.
www.wrestlingepicenter.com has a new interview up with Al Snow.
Bob Kapur at http://tinyurl.com/nf4wrh has a story on the Legends of the
Arena ECW reunion show that took place this past weekend in
Amy “Lita” Dumas and her band The Luchagors are doing a gig in
Huddersfield, England at The Parish on Friday. For more info call 01484
There is another new documentary on pro wrestling in the works called
Hard Knocks featuring several current and past stars from WWE, TNA and
the indy circuit. The film is directed and produced by Arthur Cauty.
Among those interviewed were Mick Foley, Al Snow, D’Lo Brown, Kip James,
Raven, CM Punk, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, and many more.
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