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Saturday August 8, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
8/6 Superstars TV results: Chris Masters over Santino Marella; William Regal & Paul Burchill over Yoshi Tatus & Tyler Reks; and Rey Mysterio over Mike Knox via DQ.
8/7 Smackdown TV results from Long Island, NY: John Morrison over Tyson Kidd; Slam Master J over Charlie Haas; Dolph Ziggler over R-Truth, Finlay and Mike Knox to win an IC title shot; JTG over Chris Jericho; Great Khali over Ricky Ortiz; and Jeff Hardy over CM Punk to retain the World title.
Two match added to SummerSlam – Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk in a TLC match, and Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler for the IC title.
We’re looking for reports from the house show this weekend in Denver, Loveland, Colorado Springs, Regina, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer to [email protected].
Hurricane Helms hinted on his Facebook that he and TNA Knockout Velvet Sky are no longer an item. He also wrote on his Twitter: “All good things come to an end.”
The producers of Deal or No Deal are looking for WWE fans to be contestants of an upcoming wrestling-themed show. The taping will take place in Connecticut. You have to email your name, phone number, email address, current photo and a few lines about what makes you a WWE fan to [email protected].
The former Mr. Kennedy did an interview with www.pwrshow.com on ESPN Milwaukee. He talked briefly about going to TNA but said nothing was finalised at this point. On the deal in Los Angeles with Randy Orton that led to his firing, he said: “Randy Orton and I had become very good friends. We rode together, we were tight, we were buds. When I got to the building I ran up behind him and gave him a big bear hug from behind and he treated me like I was just an acquaintance of his… and then the fact that he made such a big stink about supposedly dropping him on his head. He literally blew up in front of all the talent including Vince and Stephanie and began to lecture me about how I had to be careful and his health was very important. It just doesn’t make sense to me.” In a parting shot he also revealed that WWE talent are often left in the dark and some booking is done on the fly: “You’re never told anything. It kinda sucked being the talent being in the dark all the time… You hear all the horror stories about how WCW died. That’s the way it is now in WWE. Sometimes shows continue to be written after the show has started.”
Jim Ross in his latest blog at www.jrsbarbq.com shared his thoughts as it relates to creative: “Rey Mysterio vs. Mike Knox is the main event Thursday night on Superstars and the long and the short of it have a nice bout. Knox has plenty of potential and still reminds me at times of a young Bruiser Brody. Mysterio is a one of a kind competitor and I hope that some day the powers that be see that Rey vs. Tyson Kidd and Rey vs.
Evan Bourne would be matches fans would love to emotionally invest.
Goodness knows that wrestling fans in general are rapidly growing tired of seeing many of their favorites competing/performing with the same suspects week in and week out. Sometimes new bouts will suck but sometimes they won’t but at least it will be something different. Isn’t different still a good thing?”
Superstars on Thursday night scored a 0.7 rating, its worst number to date.
The latest WWE earnings report revealed that the Extreme Rules PPV did 213,000 buys, up slightly on last year. The Not American Bash did just 178,000 buys, making it one of the lowest PPV numbers of the past 10 years.
Sky Sports in the UK spoke to Kane about Summerslam and his feud with The Great Khali. You can watch the entire interview at http://tinyurl.com/ksxv4a.
Time.com at http://tinyurl.com/m3d72u included WWE’s name change from the WWF on their list of the Top 10 worst corporate name changes. How they ended up on this list is beyond me.
The Memphis Flyer at http://tinyurl.com/kokm9u has an article on the mayoral race which includes Jerry Lawler as a candidate.
R-Truth talks Hip-Hop and keeping his spot at http://tinyurl.com/lsdst6.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
8/6 Impact TV results from Orlando, FL: Eric Young over Daniels; Rob Terry, Doug Williams, Booker T & Scott Steiner over Team 3D & Beer Money in an 8-man; Sarita & Taylor Wilde over Alissa Flash & Traci Brooks; Matt Morgan over AJ Style to tie up their best two out of three series for a title shot; and Sting over Brutus Magnus.
8/6 house show results from Biloxi, MS:Suicide over Shark Boy; Awesome Kong & Raisha Saeed over The Beautiful People; Homicide over Daniels & Consequences Creed in a three-way; Hernandez over Eric Young; Beer Money over Kiyoshi & Sheik Bashir; and AJ Styles over Samoa Joe. The show drew around 1,000 and included a Mick Foley autograph signing. Jeremy Borash also did his carny deal telling the crowd that they might come back to Biloxi for a PPV.
We’re looking for reports from the house show tonight in Baton Rouge and the show Sunday in Alexandria, LA to [email protected].
The NWA Legends fanfest kicked off on Thursday with Q&A sessions with Ric Flair, Harley Race and Jim Cornette moderated by former wrestling broadcaster Chris Cruise. Race discussed in detail the controversy and politics that surrounded Starcade 83. Steve Johnson of Slam Wrestling has a good story covering that at http://tinyurl.com/kngwc6. The highlight of the night was said to be Cornette’s Q&A where he covered a mirade of topics, mostly bashing the WWE, Vince McMahonand Kevin Dunn who he nicknamed “Bucky Beaver”. When asked if he would be interested in booking TNA following the departure of Dutch Mantell, he said he probably wouldn’t but never say never.
Jeff Jarrett pulled out of his fanfest appearance. The promoters were told Wednesday night he wouldn’t be coming in due to personal reasons.
Impact on Thursday night scored a 1.2 rating, an average number despite all the hype over the parking lot brawl segment.
Elijah Burke debuts at Hard Justice under the name Pope D’Angelo Dinero.
He had been claiming that he wasn’t coming in.
The TV taping schedule will return to the old format of taping every two weeks following Hard Justice. They had been taping four weeks worth of TV once a month over four days as a cost cutting measure.
Kurt Angle is on the cover of the latest issue of Fitness RX magazine.
THQ has purchased the rights to Midway’s San Diego video game studio which created the first TNA video game.
The latest edition of the Spin Cycle at http://tinyurl.com/lrf2ue
features Taylor Wilde, Daffney, Dr. Stevie and Creed discussing Twitter.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
Jay Smith, known on the west coast indy circuit as DJ Rizz, passed away
on Tuesday in a car wreck at the age of 26. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt
and was driving in the wrong lane when his Ford Mustang ran head on with
a Geo Prism, killing the other driver, 42-year-old Donald Fletcher and
severley injuring his wife. The crash is currently under investigation
but there was no immediate indication that drugs or alcohol were a
Brent Albright’s surgery to remove the blood clot from his leg was a
Ring of Honor tonight on HDNet has Colt Cabana & Brent Albright vs.
Claudio Castagnoli & Jimmy Rave; Silas Young vs. Delirious; Alex Payne
vs. Mark Briscoe; and Davey Richards vs. El Generico.
Former WWE Diva Kristal Marshall is featured in the Flex Magzine model
search. You can vote for her at
Ken Anderson (Mr. Kennedy) has signed on with Nu-Wrestling Evolution in
Europe for a tour in September with dates in France and Malta.
Brian Kendrick has been added to the 9/6 Dragon Gate USA debut in
Chicago, IL. More info at www.dgusa.tv.
There is case study just published in the Journal of Aviation, Space and
Environmental Medicine about a patient who was aerovacuated out of Iraq
in 2007 who thought he was Ric Flair.
Ed “Brutus Beefcake” Leslie was knocked out in a double-cross in a
celebrity boxing match a couple of week’s ago. He was replacing Jose
Canseco against Bill Simmons with the understanding that the match would
be a work. Howevewr, Simmons knock him out in 20 seconds. Lesile, 52,
was furious because he has plates in his face from a para-sailing
accident that happened years ago.
Chuck Palumbo recently put together a custom bike for Rey Mysterio which
is featured in the latest issue of American Iron Magazine.
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