WRESTLING GLOBE NEWSLETTER
Wednesday September 30, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
9/29 ECW TV results from Boston, MA: Shelton Benjamin over Paul Burchill; and Christian , Tommy Dreamer,Yoshi Tatsu & Goldust over William Regal, Ezekiel Jackson, Kozlov & Zack Ryder.
Tiffany (Taryn Terrell) wrote on her Twitter page last night that she has a broken humerus bone. The ‘Tweet’ has since been deleted which you can probably put down to somebody in the office ordering her to do so.
The injury occurred last week wrestling for FCW in Tampa. The storyline explanation of her absence on ECW was that she was involved in a car crash. William Regal is now interim GM of the ECW brand.
A lot of speculation over the future of Gail Kim at the moment.
Jeff Hardy is due to appear this morning at Moore County Criminal District Court in Carthage, NC to answer multiple drug charges. As we went to press we had no information on the outcome. He faces charges of felony drug trafficking, two felony charges of possession of a Schedule III controlled substance or drug, felony possession of cocaine, felony maintaining a dwelling for redistribution of controlled substances, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
In case you can’t wait until Friday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s promo during the Smackdown tenth anniversary show can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/yatfpuz. He says he wants to guest host Raw, which is actually something he has been talking about since they started the deal.
There is a report elsewhere stating that Lauren Mayhew was “pulled” from ring announcing duties in Boston. She was actually only scheduled to sing the national anthem and announce the dark match. She spent the whole show sat ringside with Justin Roberts and was taking notes.
Raw on Monday night did a 3.1 rating, its lowest number of 2009, and one that will surely send Vince McMahon into a meltdown.
The ABC news affiliate in Pittsburgh ran a story this morning on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger hosting Raw next Monday. When asked whether he knew about Roethlisberger’s upcoming TV appearance, Steelers coach Mike Timlin said: “I’m aware of it. I just don’t have a comment at this time.” He didn’t sound amused.
Rev. Al Sharpton at http://ow.ly/15RWaC talks about his WWE experience and says he was a big fan of wrestling back in the day mentioning Bruno Sammartino, Bobo Brazil and Gorilla Monsoon as his favorites.
IGN at http://tinyurl.com/yaaufq4 has a first-look at The Marine 2 DVD starring Ted DiBiase Jr: The Blu-ray and DVD will come equipped with special features, including behind-the-scenes footage of the climatic fight scenes – without stunt doubles – between DiBiase and Morrison and between DiBiase and the film’s Muay Thai fighters. There are also storyboards, miniatures, interviews a making-of documentary featurette and more. The BD will be available for the MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) of $29.99 and the DVD will retail for $22.99.
Additionally, a DVD two-pack featuring both The Marine and The Marine 2 will be available for $34.98.
Atlanta, GA wants Wrestlemania 27 in 2011 to be hosted at the Georgia Dome, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. A city official said they could host WrestleMania Axxess at the Georgia World Congress Center, and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at either The Fox Theatre or Philips Arena.
John Cena on Boston radio Tuesday put over Linda McMahon’s Senate bid and thought she has a good chance of winning.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
9/29 house show results from Dortmund, Germany: Bad Bones over Karsten
Kretschmer; Jay Lethal over Sheik Bashir; Awesome Kong over Velvet Sky &
Taylor Wilde in a three-way; Rhino over Hernandez; Beer Money over The
British Invasion; Samoa Joe over Suicide; and Abyss & Team 3D over Kurt
Angle, Scott Steiner & Booker T with Mick Foley as special enforcer.
Match of the night was said to be Beer Money-British Invasion.
TNA are currently on tour in Europe. They run tonight in Hannover,
Germany, Friday in Switzerland, and Saturday in Ireland. We’re looking
for reader reports from these shows to [email protected].
www.diva-dirt.com interviewed Traci Brooks about her Playboy pictorial.
She puts over a lot of WWE Divas including Alicia Fox and Beth Phoenix.
Samoa Joe noted that his family members living in Samoa are safe
following the 8.0 magnitude earthquake reported all over the world
today. He is asking for donations to the Red Cross to assist people
affected by the the earthquake at http://tinyurl.com/yew49w4.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
Ric Flair‘s original NWA “Ten Pounds of Gold” title belt that he wore
from 1981-85 during the Jim Crockett Promotions era is earmarked for
auction next week. This was the belt used before the “Big Gold” NWA
title was introduced in 1986. Highspots.com who did business with Flair
when he retired from wrestling last year say they will put the belt up
for sale on eBay unless Flair pays them back money he owes from a
personal loan. Flair had given the company his belt as collateral on the
loan. He also owes a substantial amount of money to Ring of Honor for
personal appearance dates he was advanced that he pulled out of. The
talk among those in the collecting community, and this is based on two
expert opinions, is that the belt could fetch between $60,000 and
$100,000. Those we spoke to on the Flair side of things said that this
could become a legal issue if Highspots actually does put the belt up
for sale. They also said that a major point of contention is the extra
time Flair spent at the NWA Fanfest in August that he allegedly wasn’t
contracted or paid for, plus the sale of a Harley Race-Ric Flair Q&A
DVD. Organisers of Fanfest told us that Flair was paid an additional fee
for his extra time above the contracted rate. On a related note, Flair
recently parted ways with The Gillespie Agency who was handling his
bookings. The agency currently represents Roddy Piper and Mick Foley.
Marty “The Boogeyman” Wright is still MIA and a lot of people are
starting to worry about his well being. Booker T, who became one of his
best friends in the business, can’t reach him either after leaving
The adventure travel show Stratusphere which features Trish Stratus has
been sold for international syndication. The show should air in the UK
and Australia at some point in 2010.
Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Buddy Wayne who underwent open
heart surgery earlier this morning. You can send him well wishes at
[email protected] and info on his wrestling school out of Everett,
WA can be found at www.buddywayne.net/.
Bay News 9 in Tampa ran a story today on Hulk Hogan noting he is back
living in his Belleair mansion despite it being up for sale, and that he
has no plans to move away from the area. He also talked about returning
to the wrestling ring and his book due out next month.
King V (Viscera) pulled out of the November Hulkamania tour in Australia
due to accepting a movie role.
SHIMMER Women Athletes will hold its 4th Anniversary Celebration tapings
on Sunday, November 8 in Berwyn, IL, just outside Chicago. Less than 100
general admission tickets remain before the venue reaches capacity. The
first 24 wrestlers for the tapings were announced this morning: SHIMMER
Champion MsChif, SHIMMER Tag Team Champions Portia Perez & Nicole
Matthews, Amazing (Awesome) Kong, Portuguese Princess Ariel, Jennifer
Blake, Wesna Busic, Cheerleader Melissa (Alissa Flash), Melanie Cruise,
Daffney, Allison Danger, Sara Del Rey, Ayako Hamada, Malia Hosaka,
Jetta, Ashley Lane (Madison Rayne), Mercedes Martinez, Jessie McKay,
Nevaeh, Cat Power, Rain, Nikki Roxx (Roxxi), Kellie Skater, and Tenille.
Fans located anywhere in the world who email [email protected] with
their full name and postal mailing address can receive FREE glossy flyer
cards promoting the 4th Anniversary tapings.
JWA-United Wrestling run their first Halloween show of the season, this
Saturday, October 3 at the VFW Hall in Sayreville, New Jersey (across
from The Starland Ballroom) with a 7:30pm belltime.
Sean “X-Pac” Waltman is now accepting bookings through
Waltman was a guest on the latest edition of The Interactive Interview
at www.WrestlingEpicenter.com. He talked about working for AAA in Mexico
noting working over there now is like working in the U.S. 30 years ago.
He said that a lot of the Mexican wrestlers don’t know how to put
matches together and don’t use any psychology . He says that the ones
that have made it internationally are talented and have long term
futures because they are able to adapt their styles. Talking about his
run in WCW, he says that the name “Syxx” was something that Eric
Bischoff came up with, but thought that maybe it had something to do
with Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue. Hanging out with Nash and Hall
eventually led to him renaming himself as Syxx-Pac. When talking about
drug use in wrestling, he says that it is definitely a huge problem. He
feels that there is a certain type of personality that is attracted to
wrestling. He personally feels that the WWE is doing a good job on their
drug testing. He said he doesn’t have a definite answer on his future,
but he would love to still work, and if he couldn’t wrestle any more,
he’d still be involved in the business in some capacity.
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