Thursday, July 31, 2008

DVD Review : TNA’s Best of the Bloodiest Brawls Scars and Stitches”

Reviewed by : Steve “Rockamaniac” Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

Over the years, TNA has become notorious for releasing Best of DVD’s that focus in on a certain brand of matchups. We’ve seen multiple volumes dedicated to the best the X division has to offer, one for the Tag Teams and we’ve also seen 2 releases highlighting the blood filled hardcore action that TNA has offered over the years. Although they seemingly want you to forget that they made the first one which highlighted the 12 bloodiest battles from the year 2003, because in 2006 they released a DVD called Best of the Bloodiest Brawls and listed it as Volume 1, looking beyond that, hitting the market next week will be TNA’s Best of the Bloodiest Brawls : “Scars and Stitches” aka Volume 2 or Volume 3 depending on how you want to look at it, and this DVD picks up where the last one left off and take us on a 3 hour ride from Turning Point 2005 to this year’s Against All Odds PPV.

The DVD opens with a promo featuring the likes of Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Samoa Joe and others offering their thoughts on what it means to them to find themselves losing their own blood during a matchup, Nine matchups are then featured, ( 3 of which have been featured on previous best of releases) Before each match you get a short promo putting over the match, although the wrestlers involved don’t always talk about the specific match, that is left to the voiceover guy who explains some of the feud surrounding the match in question. Action begins with Jeff Jarrett vs Rhino from the December 2005 Turning Point PPV. This matchup didn’t have a hardcore stipulation on it but the intensity of the feud between Rhino and Jarrett at the time caused the matchup to spill out all over the arena, and needless to say caused the blood to flow. Second matchup is the Lethal Lockdown from April of 2006, as Sting’s Warriors took on Jarrett’s Army. This was a cage match, but most of the “blood and brutality” came in the final minutes once the cage ceiling is lowered and the weapons come into play, a good matchup nonetheless and this was the matchup where AJ Styles and James Storm battled at the top of the cage and Styles came flying off of a ladder setup on the roof of the cage, going through Storm and a table.

We then get the Daniels and Styles vs LAX, six sides of steel cage machup from Bound For Glory 2006. This matchup was featured on the best of tag teams dvd, and while I absolutely loved the match, I don’t think it warrants being on a DVD supposedly featuring the “best of the bloodiest brawls”. Next up is Christian Cage vs Rhino in a Six Sides of Steel Barbed Wire match from Impact in November 2006, a matchup which was included on the Best of Christian Cage DVD put out last year, it was also included as an extra on the Dark Rising DVD which the horror/comedy film that Christian Cage starred in a year plus back. The first battle between Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle is then up, this of course from Genesis in November of 2006. Ill never get sick of watching these two go at it, definitely one of the more enjoyable matchups on the disc for me.

A well deserving entry on this DVD is the Destination X 2007 Last Rites matchup between Abyss and Sting, this truly was a bloody brawl, as was the next matchup which is the Falls Count Anywhere battle between Cowboy James Storm and The Wildcat Chris Harris from the Sacrifice 2007 PPV, this was actually included on the Best of 2007 DVD, but was an absolute classic battle and in a way I cant imagine this DVD being put out without this matchup included. Mr Hardcore in TNA, Abyss, is featured in the two final matchups on this DVD, the first being against Tomko in a No DQ-Must be a winner matchup from the Slammiversary 2007 PPV, and then we top it all off with the obvious choice of the Barbed Wire Massacre between Abyss and Judas Macias from this past February’s Against All Odds PPV. I could break down every match but true TNA fans probably remember these matchups vividly, while others can have the chance to enjoy them for the first time.

The promo material included states that there is a “variety of bloody bonus features” although my screener version did not have those included, perhaps it will be included on the final pressing of the DVD.

There has always been pros and cons when it comes to Best of DVD’s, on one hand it’s a way to get some of the best footage in your collection for one low price, on the other hand, those who have most of the footage already have little to no interest in picking up the best of, especially when almost no new footage is included. The interview segments included before each match are sometimes too vague, and should of spent more time on having the guys involved talk about the match about to be shown. The fact that 3 of the 9 matchups were on other Best of DVD’s is a huge negative. One is acceptable, but a third of the disc’s content is too much. There is other candidates that could of replaced the previously released matches. For example Monsters Ball matchups from Bound For Glory 06 and 07, or the initial Full Metal Mayhem match from Sacrifice 2006. I could understand the argument that you wouldn’t want to make this a Abyss only DVD as all 3 matchups I just mentioned feature Abyss, So why not one of Team 3D’s battles from recent years?

Ultimately the DVD is not an absolute must buy, but it is buyable , specifically if your looking to add some solid hardcore TNA action to your collection with only one purchase.

TNA Wrestling’s “Best of the Bloodiest Brawls – Scars and Stitches” will be available on DVD across North America next Tuesday August 5th for 19.99$, Head out to your local TNA DVD retailer or check out TNAWrestling.com for more info and to order from their online shop.

Labels: , ,

The Sun's Latest Wrestling Offering

WWE's summer of mixed content

By THE LILSBOYS

WATCHING WWE TV in the run-up to SummerSlam has been an odd experience.

There are some things that are simply awesome, some that are frustratingly close to reaching that level - and some that leave you scratching your head asking 'is this meant to be a joke?'


Mike Adamle being announced as the new Raw general manager fits firmly into the latter category - but more on the least charismatic man in wrestling later.


First we want to big up the three fantastic feuds that will almost certainly be battling it out for a coveted SunSport Golden Robe Award at the end of the year.


All regular readers know just how much we love Shawn Michaels, but this week it was his opponent's turn to shine.


Even without HBK in attendance on Raw, Jericho brilliantly continued his Mick Foley style heel turn - turning on the fans by claiming they turned on him first.

Read the Rest of the article HERE

Labels: , , ,

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

WWE Facing a Lawsuit from a Fan in KC

From: PWInsider

KMBC in Kansas City, MO is reporting that Twyla Riley is suing WWE for injuries she says she sustained to her head, back, neck, knee, ankle and elbow at 5/19/07 Smackdown event at the Gale Bullman Multipurpose Center on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla. She is blaming WWE for a fall from the bleachers, where she said that a railing gave way. Her husband, who she attended the show with, is also part of the lawsuit. Lawyers for the university and WWE responded that Riley was at fault.

Labels:

Video of Honkey Tonk Man Almost Losing a Finger


The longest reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion of all-time, Honky Tonk Man, nearly lost a finger in a guitar stunt that went wrong a few days ago. Apparently, he was horsing around with a fan outside the Boston Pizza restaurant, where he made a special appearance earlier in the day. They were going to slam guitars together, but the fan missed hitting HTM's guitar, and accidentally hit his hand instead. Honky Tonk Man ended up almost losing a finger as he had to be rushed to the hospital. He needed eight stitches and was able to save the finger.

Labels:

Latest on the Return of HBK

sources: www.f4wonline.com

When it comes to plans for SummerSlam, things seem to be changing on a near daily basis. Last week, WWE took Shawn Michaels off all house shows because they wanted to hold off his match with Chris Jericho until after SummerSlam. Also, Jericho was also originally scheduled to do Highlight Reel segments at a number of house shows, but at last night's show, he said he was never going to do one again. Later, it was announced that Michaels would be back on Raw next Monday, so you'd have to think that their match will be taking place at SummerSlam.

Labels: ,

WWE Announces Addition of Fredd Prinze Jr. to Creative

Prinze, Jr. Joins WWE Creative Team
July 30, 2008

STAMFORD, Conn, July 30, 2008 – Freddie Prinze, Jr., a long-time fan of World Wrestling Entertainment®, joins WWE®’s creative team. Prinze, Jr. will now have a behind the scenes role contributing to WWE’s weekly television and pay-per-view programs.

“Freddie Prinze, Jr.’s passion, energy and creativity make him an excellent fit for WWE,” said Chairman Vince McMahon.

"Bringing on board an experienced Hollywood writer, actor and producer like Freddie Prinze, Jr. will only increase the level of entertainment to millions of viewers and passionate WWE fans every Monday on USA," said Chris McCumber, Executive Vice President Marketing Digital & Brand Strategy, USA Network.

WWE’s programming is seen weekly by nearly 15 million viewers in the United States alone, and in 130 countries around the world (Monday Night RAW®, ECW® and Friday Night SmackDown®).

Labels:

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Adamle Out, Grisham In

With last nights shocking news of Mike Admale taking over the GM duties on Raw, we needed a new announcer for ECW and that honor now goes to Todd Grisham. It was not a bad debut for Grisham who has plenty of experience in the WWE as locker room reporter and pay per view pre match host. Unlike Adamle he has experience in calling matches and is familiar with the terms used in the industry. This already makes him way more qualified than Admale was and it showed tonight. I'll admit the chemistry between Taz and Grisham was not there, but that will come in time. But already there is better quality to the matches and this move brings some legitimacy back to the ECW.

As for the action tonight the best way to some it up was average. Nothing really special happened but it was alright to watch. We opened the festivities tonight with Chavo taking on Rickie Ortiz. There was nothing really special about this match except for the ending. Chavo was disqualified due asSistance from Bam Neely during a pin attempt. Well this did not sit well with him so the two began to take it out on Ortiz. But before it could get ugly Evan Bourne came to Ortiz's rescue. This ending could set up some nice programs for those involved. Bourne and Chavo would be an excellent fit due to their athletic styles. Plus Bourne could learn plenty from a crafty veteran like Chavo and use these matches to firmly establish himself. Ortiz and Neely would be a great combo as they are both big bruisers who need some ring time to show what they have. Let them engage in a few knock out drag down matches to strut their stuff. You could even throw in an extreme rules match to spice it up. And further still there could be a couple of tag matches to keep all parties fresh in our minds. I have a feeling that's were it will start next week on ECW before it branches into singles competition.

And just because we love it so much we had another Finaly/Hornswoogle versus Miz and Morrison match. Even though I did predict it I'm gladsthe Irishmen did not take the tag belts from Miz and Morrison as it would have been a mockery to all the legitimate tag teams out there. This match really didn't impress me given the talent in the ring. We saw a botched Morrison spin kick and some lame comedic antics from the father and son team. It ended when Horswoggle tagged himself in only to be taken out hard by Morrison. As if that was not enough Mike Knox took to the ring and proceeded to take out both Hornswoggle and Finlay. It looks like they want to set up Knox and Finlay. I have to admit I agree with Knox's statements after when he claimed Finlay has gotten soft. Dancing with leprechauns and using squirt guns is no place for the man who loves to fight. Finlay is to good a worker to have to take this route in his career.

The main event saw Colin Delaney taking on Matt Hardy in order to impress Mark Henry and Tony Atlas. The champ wanted Delaney to take on Hardy in order to soften him up for Summer Slam. The outcome of this was never in question as Hardy make quick time with Delaney. I will admit though we got to see some decent offense out of Delaney for once. But it was not enough and Henry and Atlas came to the ring to show their disappointment in Delaney by picking him up and throwing him out of the ring. The question is will Delaney even establish himself as more than just the whipping boy of ECW. to be honest I would not be surprised if he found himself as champ, if only briefly, one day as they love the underdogs on ECW.

Adamle Screws up at RAW

From: WrestleScoop.com

According to reports from fans in attendance at last night's RAW tapings in Washington, DC, Mike Adamle pretty much gave it away to the fans in live attendance that he was the new General Manager.

As soon as Shane McMahon's music hit, Mike left the announcers booth and grabbed a ring mic but was told to go back to the announcing booth. Once Shane McMahon teased the new GM was backstage, Adamle quickly jumped into the ring.

Fans in attendance said it was pretty obvious before Shane announced it who the new General Manager was going to be.

Labels: ,

Ross Speaks on the Decision to Name Adamle GM

Jim Ross has updated his blog at jrsbarbq.com where he commented on last night's RAW:

The naming of Adamle as Ras GM was universally considered a shocker by the Raw superstars. I did not see this one coming and it will be most interesting to see how the former NFL running back and sports broadcaster settles into his new, high profile. Some wrestlers were especially vocal regarding Adamle’s announcement which was kept as a well concealed secret.

On other side notes regarding announcing, it is expected that a banged up Michael Cole will return to his Raw post next Monday in Knoxville.

With Adamle focusing on Raw, rumor has it that Todd Grisham will join Tazz on ECW TV show going forward.

My return, for one nite only on Raw, was fun and I had zero advance notice that my services would be needed Monday on my old post. It came as a total surprise that I would be appearing on Raw, I but really enjoyed sitting next to The King on our old show. I didn’t mean to come off as a jerk when correcting Adamle, but when one is wrong one is wrong and Lord knows every announcer in the WWE has been corrected at one time or another. It just goes with the territory sort of like breaking a few eggs to make an omelette. Yours truly arrived in Harrisburg, PA from D.C. at 2 a.m. this morning to get ready for Tuesday night’s Smackdown taping. That ended a 20 hour day in the glamorous world of sports entertainment. Any body got a cup of coffee?

Labels: ,

ECW Preview for Tonight from ECW.com

Challenging the World's Strongest
July 29, 2008

With Matt Hardy’s victory in a Fatal Four Way Match against Finlay, The Miz and John Morrison, the new ECW Superstar secured a chance to face Mark Henry for ECW gold at SummerSlam. Does Hardy have what it takes to face the World’s Strongest Champion? Or will Henry again prove his dominance in the Land of the Extreme? Who will both competitors face in the weeks leading up to SummerSlam? More on this story…

Colin Delaney’s betrayal of former ally Tommy Dreamer at The Great American Bash came back to haunt the young Superstar when he had to face the ECW Original this week. While Delaney may have joined forces with Henry and WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas, he was on his own during his match with Dreamer, which he lost. What’s next for Delaney now that he’s made a new alliance? Will this be the last Delaney sees from his former friend, Dreamer? Since Dreamer couldn’t claim ECW gold from Henry at the Bash, will the Original continue to persist in his quest for the championship?

ECW newcomer Evan Bourne has proven to be a fierce competitor in the Land of the Extreme. Thanks to picking up wins against Nunzio, Chavo Guerrero and James Curtis throughout the last three weeks, the high-flying youngster is on a winning streak. After defeating Curtis, Guerrero and his bodyguard, Bam Neely, tried to attack Bourne, but were unsuccessful. Who will be able to stop Bourne? Does the newcomer have hopes for championship gold?

Find out the answers to these questions and more by tuning into ECW on Sci Fi, Tuesday at 10/9 CT, and SummerSlam, live, and only on pay-per-view, Aug. 17 at 8/7 CT.

Labels: , , ,

Mike Adamle Named the new GM of RAW!

Labels: , , , ,

Freddie Prinze Junior To Join WWE Creative Team

Freddie Prinze Junior may have landed a job with WWE. PWinsider.com reports the 32-year-old actor will be a member of the organization's creative team starting at this week's WWE Raw TV show in Washington, DC. Prinze has been active with the Connecticut-based wrestling company before, serving as a celebrity blogger and was reportedly at several WWE events over the past few months. Prinze is most known for his role in the "Scooby-Doo" live-action movies. He also guest-starred on several episodes of the ABC dramedy "Boston Legal." He is married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Labels:

Monday, July 28, 2008

A New Age of Raw

Law and Order was restored tonight on Raw as Shane McMahon made an appearance. No he we was not there to take over the show, but instead to introduce the new GM. It what can be considered a surprise move Mike Adamle takes over the duties as GM. Since his arrival as the new announcer on ECW, Adamle has been criticized by fans and been the brunt of many jokes by the talent in the WWE. He really hasn't blended into the wrestling culture and still struggles calling most matches. How much of this is real cannot be said as they may just be playing up the character given his rocky start. This move to make him GM can be viewed in the same realm as Vickie Guerrero on Smack Down. One has to admit Vickie may be the biggest heel in the WWE as she can barely get a word out without vicious booing from the crowd. One has to figure this is the same reaction they are looking for with Adamle as the crowd is not on his side either.


Well tonight Adamle made his mark as he booked the main event of John Cena and Batista taking on Kane and JBL. This interrupted the plans of Cena who wanted to face Batista tonight to figure out who would face CM Punk at Summer Slam. This match pitted rivals with one another to see who would come out victorious. And like it always happens when these type of matches are booked there was a partner who turned on the other member of the team. This time Kane choke slammed JBL only to be taken out by Cena for the pin. Of course this would not be the end of the fun as Adamale, freshly announced as GM, told Batista and Cena they would face each other at Summer Slam. With these two guys out of the title picture look for JBL or Kane to face CM Punk. My bets are on Kane being the one who will get the chance as they still are featuring him on the show.

In other action that the new GM saw fit to change, we saw a match scheduled between the WWE Tag champs Rhodes and DiBiase against Jim Duggan and Jerry Lawler changed to Lawler and Michael Cole. The King tried to protect Cole by not tagging him, but you knew he would get involved. This lead to a serve beating of Cole at the hands of Rhodes. The match was interesting as again we really didn't see much out of Dibiase, as Rhodes was in the ring for the most part. I wonder did they rush him into the WWE to go with this story line. Anyway Cole was not able to finish his announcing duties as Adamle appeared after this match to take Cole's place and we later had Jim Ross show up. There have been rumors of the announce teams returning back to their normal pairings so we have to see if this is the start of that.

Chris Jericho tonight announced he was no longer doing his Highlight Reel show and was burying the Y2J persona. This comes on the heels of his feud with Shawn Michales. As Jericho stated he is not in it to entertain the fans but instead will quest for the title. He even went as far as telling HBK to retire while he is still healthy. Hopefully this does not continue this story line as I felt it has been trying to hard to go over for some time now and the bloody end at the Bash is a fitting way to stop it. But I know that will not be the case as there will be at least one more match in the coming months. I feel Jericho should move on now to become the top heel on Raw with the potential of a Mania match against Cena for the belt.

In other matches that featured people trying to impress the new GM we saw Katie Lea attack Mickie James after a match that saw James defeat Jillian. There was not much to say for the match, but this continued rivalry has the making of some classic women's bouts. James is perhaps the best female talent on the roster and Katie Lea is no slacker my any means. Look for this match at Summer Slam. We also saw Jamie Noble challenge Kofi Kingston to impress the GM and Layla. Of course he would lose as that is what Noble does now. It's a shame as he could have given Kingston a good match as both are very athletic. I really want to see Kingston push himself to show his full potential and Noble would be a better match than the Burchill program they have going right now.

We also saw the return of William Regal tonight from suspension. He took on CM Punk in what has to be seen as a big match for Regal. Nothing like taking on the champ on your return and looking good. To bad this match had to end in lame fashion with Regal dominating most of the match until the very end. Punk was able to counter one of his moves and finish the match with the GTS. I really hate this type of ending as it discredits the participants. At least have them exchange momentum instead of one move finishing a dominate performance by the loser. Regal did look good and even broke Punk's nose, but I'm not sure if he will regain the momentum he had as King of the Ring. The Raw and Smack Down rosters are full of talent and I really don't think he will be able to budge his way into any major programs again.

Finally, love is still in the air as Santino and Beth Phoenix defeated Kelly Kelly and De Lo Brown in an inter-gender match that featured Phoenix slamming Brown and Santino pinning Kelly Kelly. The match ended with some romantic tension that culminated in Phoenix grabbing Santino and giving him a big kiss. I really like this angle of Phoenix taking on the men and hope it continues as she really doesn't have much competition in the women's division now that Mickie and Katie Lea are in a feud. All and all an odd night on Raw as we will have to see if the Adamle era will be a success or disaster. Personally I really don't see it lasting to long and look for a new GM by the fall. I just don't think he can pull it off as he has struggled to establish himself as a serious announcer and I don't think he has the personality to play a good heel like Vickie does.

ECW Changing Time Slots in September

From: Wrestlescoop.com

As of September 30th, 2008, ECW will be moved up one hour to 9:00 EST on Tuesdays. The reported reason is due to the WWE making all of their television programming PG rated.

As we reported here on the site, the planned merger between the Raw and ECW brands has been dropped. This is due to the hectic schedule they already have on Mondays for the Raw tapings. Adding ECW would make it that much harder and more stressful. Additionally, Raw has a lot deeper roster which would not allow ECW superstars as much room on house shows as they do currently with Smackdown.

Labels: ,

Taker to Show Up at SNME?

From: WrestleScoop.com

Every time "Saturday Night's Main Event" comes up, WWE focuses on popping a good rating for the NBC special. You can't blame them and recent editions of the show have not done near as well as they had hoped. This leads some within the company to believe the Undertaker could have some sort of presence on the show. More than likely, they will save his actual return appearance for the SummerSlam pay per view, but it's not a stretch to think they could do some sort of tease for this weekend's SNME and still keep him off the show. The lights could flicker, the bells could sound, a life-sized cardboard cutout could appear in the ring.

Labels: ,

Full Details Surface Concerning Ashley Massaro's Release



From: WrestleScoop.com

No concrete details have come out regarding Ashley Massaro's departure from WWE a few weeks ago, although there was a lot of skepticism & speculation behind the scenes. When the news came out, it was quite the topic of discussion.

As noted earlier, Ashley announced on her MySpace account that her seven-year-old daughter was sick, which forced her to request her release from the company to take care of her. She didn't mention what the illness was and said she may be back if her daughter gets better. Ashley said she loves WWE, all the talent and the fans, but she can't go on the road at this point in time.

A number of people speculated that if her daughter did indeed have a very serious illness, the company would surely grant her the necessary time off to take care of the situation. For instance, WWE gave Monty "Marcus Cor Von" Brown a lot of time off to take care of his sister's children last year. However, when it became clear that Brown couldn't come back on the road, only then was he released from the company.

The most popular theory is that Ashley used this "sick daughter" story as a way to bow out of the limelight in light of the Rolling Stone article that listed her as participating as a high-priced escort several years ago. When the article came out, Ashley immediately posted a message on her MySpace saying that she was "beyond upset" and urged fans to not believe it. She also said she was getting in touch with her lawyer. However, we never heard about it again and there was no retraction. Rolling Stone stood by their story. Later, an anonymous person looked up the old website of the Los Angeles based "Bella Models" escort agency via Archive.org and found a page from 2004 listing a person by the name of Ashley Massaro offering her services for $25,000. The Ashley Massaro in question was also listed from New York City, the same city WWE billed the ex-Diva from.

There is, or at least was, "another Ashley Massaro" based out of Las Vegas who won some bikini competitions in 2003 and 2004, but no one could find any information on this supposed Ashley. There are some bikini modeling pictures of an Ashley Massaro from this time period online, but it's the same person.

Back in April, Massaro was originally slated for the push Mickie James ended up getting, but she got it instead because it would have set a bad example to give Massaro the top push after being sent home a few weeks prior. Massaro was sent home in late February for reasons unknown. The only thing that came out was that she was in "bad shape." WWE had no choice but to bring her back when Candice Michelle went down with an injury two weeks before her scheduled tag match at WrestleMania. Also, Torrie Wilson was out with a career-ending back injury at the time, and with no other healthy former Playboy covergirls on the roster, Ashley got the nod.

Massaro was a favorite of WWE television producer Kevin Dunn because it was through his project, the Diva Search, that got her discovered. Also, it was Dunn's call to put her on the CBS reality show Survivor last year, which created a lot of second-guessing.

Massaro's last match took place at the 4/28 Raw in New Jersey in a 12-Diva rematch from the night before at the Backlash pay-per-view. Massaro's final WWE appearance took place at the 5/5 Raw in Toronto. She and a number of other Divas crowded the ring as lumberjacks for a Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix title match. The story from Rolling Stone broke out the previous Saturday, so she would have already been on the road. Coincidently, or perhaps not so coincidently, Ashley was never seen in WWE again after that headline-grabbing week even though there were no reported injuries of her.

Labels:

Settle Down; Triple H-Khali is Filler for One Month



The countdown to SummerSlam starts in earnest tonight on RAW, and already there has been quite a bit of chatter about the SmackDown title match between Triple H and The Great Khali, and basically what the heck is the company thinking on this one? Our co-editor John Sefcik is so distraught about this match he's told me he'll boycott even watching it and will take in a restroom break or slurpee at the Conseco Fieldhouse when we're there for the event.

While I am not that upset about the booking, it's rather clear that the direction they are going in right now is to take the Hell in a Cell match between Edge and Undertaker and push that to the main event status for the card instead of the title match, which all in all is a good decision. There is also something that has not been talked about in these circles, and that is I would expect HHH to miss at least one TV taping as wife Stephanie is due to give birth any day now, and it's rather hard to have a heavy build to a program with the champ not at TV.

This (HHH-Khali) is clearly a program that should last a month until we put the Edge-Taker feud to rest, then get back on track with a heavier title program for Unforgiven in September in Cleveland. Not to start looking too far ahead, but there is already that underlying tone to a HHH-Taker match somewhere down the road, as described on the WWE's website a few days back.

For now, suffer through a quick Khali-HHH title match at SummerSlam, and then watch as the company puts that to bed and moves on to bigger and better soon thereafter.

Labels: , , , ,

RAW Preview from WWE.com

The following is from WWE.com:

When Raw convenes in Washington, D.C. on Monday night, Shane McMahon is scheduled to appear. In recent weeks, Shane and his sister, Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon have implored the WWE Universe to maintain composure on the brand, which has recently been overrun with civil unrest. They've also requested that our fans allow their injured father, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon, the privacy he desires. Could Shane be coming to Raw to name a new General Manager?

Last Monday night, World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk was battling Batista in a title match when all hell broke loose. The aftermath of the no-contest match saw John Cena rush the ring to tangle with longtime foe JBL, who had charged the ring moments earlier. During his tussle with JBL, Cena inadvertently leveled Batista with a right arm.

Accident or not, the already frustrated Animal was fit to be tied. He came up swinging and the two powerhouses traded blows to end the broadcast. The confrontation between Cena and Batista begs the question, how will the next meeting go between these two?

In no less disturbing Raw action, Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix shared what can best be described as the weirdest love/hate moment Raw has seen in ages.

As The Glamazon looked on from ringside, Marella lost a match to returning Superstar D-Lo Brown. After the match, Phoenix stepped into the ring and scuffled with the spicy Italian. As the two traded waist-lock holds, they suddenly, inexplicably ... kissed.

Just as quickly, they pulled back, seemingly afraid of any amorous feelings their lip lock may have evoked. Hmmm. What might have sparked these feelings of amore? And how might a relationship between these two develop, if at all?

Finally, announcers Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler touched on rumors last Monday that, in the absence of a General Manager, Shane and Stephanie McMahon are searching for a new Raw GM. Will our fans soon see a new face as Raw GM? If so, who will take the reins?

To find out the answers to these questions and more, be sure to tune into Monday Night Raw, live at 9/8 CT, only on USA Network.

Labels: , , , ,

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Already Looking Ahead to Taker vs Triple H?

From: PWPIX.net

WWE's apparently teasing a future match between the returning Undertaker and WWE Champion Triple H. Here is what WWE.com wrote in their preview for this Friday's edition of SmackDown: "The news that Guerrero re-instated The Phenom has surely drawn the attention of every Superstar within WWE. But, the first Superstars to take notice were most certainly those on the SmackDown roster who will come face-to-face with The Deadman on Friday nights, including WWE Champion Triple H. But before The Game has to contend with The Phenom, he'll be focused on his match against The Great Khali at SummerSlam."

Labels: ,

Stacy Keibler Talks at Comic Con About Series "Samurai Girls"

Labels:

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Hall of Famer Mae Young on RAW Monday Night



source: www.f4wonline.com

WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young has been contacted to appear at Monday's Raw/Saturday Night's Main Event taping at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. It unknown if she'll be appearing on Saturday Night's Main Event for NBC or for Raw on Monday. She'll likely interact with WWE World Tag Team Champions Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes in some form during her appearance.

Labels: , ,

Friday, July 25, 2008

Khali The Number One Contender?

You have go to to be kidding me. This is going to be one of the main events for a huge pay per view like Summer Slam. This is perhaps one of the greatest insults to WWE fans ever. All ticket holders for Summer Slam should get 20% of their purchase price refunded due to the fact they will have to sit through a garbage match featuring Khali. I though this guy was dead and buried after he took a short break to go to India. And now all of a sudden he is the number one guy to challenge Triple H for the WWE title. I know we did not want to go back to the Edge fountain again and are saving Jeff Hardy possibly for another title shot at Mania, but your telling me Khali is a better choice than Kennedy, the Big Show, MVP or Umanga. Well the WWE must think so as he won the Bastle Royal tonight in order to face Triple H at Summer Slam. What a joke, I suggest all in attendance at Summer Slam should leave their seats when this match happens to protest Vince McMahon's stupidity of pushing this lummox in a main event role. All I have to say is they better change this match or it will be the bomb of the night.

At least they made up for it somewhat tonight during Edge and Vickie's make up session. edge apologized at the the end of the show for his actions and Vickie did forgive him, but she also let Edge know she did already start her revenge for his little fling with Alicia Fox. In her rage Vickie reinstated the Undertaker and he will face Edge at Summer Slam in Hell in the Cell. Now we're talking a match worthy of a major pay per view as we all have seen in the past how Tacker raises his game when the cell is involved. This match should be the exclamation point and end all for all the bad blood between the two. You have to wonder though if there was a marketing idea to help promote the Hell in the Cell DVD the WWE has out. But who cares as both men have shown they will do what it takes to make a match go over big and look for this to be one the the best matches of the night if not in the history of Hell in the Cell.

Other than that Smack Down was a bit dull tonight and it started right from the start with the VIP Lounge. Tonights guest was Jeff Hardy and it did feature some good jabs at both Hardy and MVP's checkered pasts and the lose of Hardy's dog. But the ending was stupid to say the least. All of a sudden after the exchange of insults Hardy throws a lame shove at MVP who percedes to leave the ring. It was not very conniving that there was bad blood between the two, but I'm sure they want to see a program with them. It would be some decent matches to look forward to, but they need to work on their promos.

All the new champs on Smack Down saw themselves in fairly meaningless matches with results that really didn't do much of anything. The best of the bunch was Hawkins taking on Festus in singles competition. Festus go the win but was attacked by both Ryder and Hawkins after the bell when he reverts back to his docile state. This was the second time they used this gimmick and it's already getting old. Most likley it will be Jesse and Festus challenging the tag champs. I can see Jesse and Festus eventually becoming champs, but they need to do it soon before we tire of their gimmick much like 2 Cool.

Shelton Benjamin made his Smack Down debut as US champ against Jimmy Wang Yang and did not look all that impressive. I really felt this is a great move putting the belt on Benjamin as he has plenty of talent and I'm convinced he is willing to work to be one of the top perfomrers. But in the match tonight Yang looked better with sharper moves and a quicker pace. I'm not saying Yang is better, as I feel he is better off tagging with Shannon Moore, but Benjamin has to look his best against all opponents. Hopefully this was a one off for him and in the coming weeks will see the Shelton we all know as a great performer. And we also saw Michelle McCool take on Maryse in a nondescript women's match that really wasn't bad but not really good either.

The rest of the matches tonight saw Kozlov beat Stevie Richards and Brian Kendrick defeating Shannon Moore. Kozlov needs to start facing serious competition and not these lower card guys he lays waste to each week to show what he really is made of. A program with Umanga would be perfect as their styles match well as super heavyweights. As for Kendrick and Moore they both need to return to their tag team partners. Moore has not found a way to go over yet as we already have one CM Punk and the same can be said of Kendrick. John Morrison has been doing your bit for over a year now, please give him back his gimmick.

Poster for 2008 Unforgiven Released



A version of this year’s WWE Unforgiven pay-per-view promotional poster has been released. The poster features a sinister looking Kane. Unforgiven will take place on September 7, 2008 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Labels:

New Talent Coming to the Main Roster Soon

From: Wrestling Observer

WWE has plans to call up developmental wrestler Tyrone Evans to the roster in the near future. He worked his first match in front a WWE crowd last Monday in a dark match putting over Jamie Noble. In Florida Championship Wrestling he's working under the name Tyrone Jones because they have another Evans in Charles Evans. He does a militant gimmick and is said to be good on the mic. Evans signed a developmental contract earlier in the year.

Labels: ,

Forget RAW and ECW Brand Together

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

To put the speculation to rest, plans to tape ECW on Monday nights before Raw have been dropped. Pretty much everyone thought it was bad move in the first place because Mondays are much more stressful backstage than Tuesdays. Also, Raw has the greatest roster depth and it would be really difficult for the ECW guys to get on house shows.

Labels: ,

Jim Ross Comments on Brooke, Affliction, Coach, RAW

Here are some latest tidbits from Jim Ross' blog:

Brooke in Playboy

Is Brooke Bollea Hogan actually considering posing for Playboy Magazine? First of all, I have zero issues with Playboy Magazine but wouldn’t one think that the timing of this particular matter helps no one but Playboy? What’s next, Nick in semi prison garb in Playgirl magazine? Can everyone, all at one time, say…"LAY LOW"? Leave the media crazy, TMZ-like radar screen and watch public perception improve….if that matters and perhaps it doesn’t. There was a fan’s sign in Philly Tuesday that read, "Hulk We Still Love You." BROTHER!

Affliction PPV

Affliction made a nice foray into the pay per view marketplace last Saturday night. The franchise guy is obviously Fedor, who needs no last name, who, at 28-1, is a physical freak and as long as he can stay on top the brand has a great chance to continue to grow and build momentum. Affliction would be wise to carefully market Fedor outside their envelope all the while being careful not to overexpose Fedor and to maintain his "mystique". Also, rushing into a Fedor-Couture fight might not be the best promotional strategy for Affliction as fans love the build up to a big fight and "anticipation" is a great marketing tool for a potential consumer. Plus, Couture needs a fight in which he can display his skills prior to venturing into the ring with Fedor which obviously is a big money piece of business.

On the Coach at the Bash

It was great seeing Jonathan Coachman for a few minutes Sunday afternoon at the Nassau Coliseum and getting to meet his new, baby daughter who is beautiful for the record. Coach is leaving the WWE and will begin a new career with ESPN and will be moving to the Bristol area in the near future. I am not sure but I think I first met Coach in Kansas City where he was working with Len Dawson, the former K.C. Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback, doing local sports on TV. It seems as if Coach may have visited the day we produced Smackdown show #1 which I broadcast with The King. Michael Cole took over then the next week on episode #2. I wish Coach nothing but the best and he is genuinely and deservedly excited about his new gig. Our infamous "Country Whipping Match" that took place in Chicago on Monday night Raw was a unique experience for both of us and I am sure provided some insiders with a chuckle or two. I do think it got a decent TV ratings from what I recall, and quite frankly ladies and gentlemen, isn’t that what makes the world go ’round?

On the Going Back to RAW Rumors

I noticed that when I dispelled the "J.R.’s Heading Back To Raw" rumors that many printed that I inferred that I would not go back to the Monday show if asked which is inaccurate. Of course I would take the assignment because I still cash the WWE’s checks. My Dad taught me that if one is going to accept another’s cash then do your damnedest to earn one’s keep. The day that I decide to hang it up will occur some day but until then I am going to continue to be a team player and I have no issues in accepting pay for my work even though I personally believe that I am "bargain priced" :) for the WWE. I know this statement will cause some morons to write about my perceived lack of character or intellect for "being a team player" especially in light "of all the negative things" that have occurred to me over the years. Say what you wish, I still have fun seeing the wrestlers when I go to work, I enjoy meeting fans and interacting with them, and I still have a blast doing commentary of which I am damn competitive and still think that I can carry my share of the water (thanks to Deadwood’s Al Swearengin for that one).

Labels: , ,

Latest on Shawn Michaels and His Return

sources: www.f4wonline.com

Shawn Michaels is advertised for a number of house shows over the next month, so his "career ending" injury angle likely isn't going to last too long. At the 8/23 Raw brand house show at Madison Square Garden, the Michaels vs. Jericho match has been changed to a Steel Cage Match. Also, Cena & Michaels vs. Jericho & JBL is advertised for a few Raw brand main events after SummerSlam.

Labels:

Check out the Lets Wrestle Diva Pic of the Day

Click below for today's Lets Wrestle Diva Pic of the Day!

Let's Wrestle Divas

Lets Wrestle at WWE Raw Summerslam tour!



Its Summer, and you know what that means! The Biggest Party of the Summer is fast approaching! Lets Wrestle's own Tyler Moliterno will be on hand Tonight as the WWE Raw Summerslam Tour makes its way through Youngstown, Ohio! Check back Tomorrow for pictures and videos from the show, and an Exclusive complete video rundown of the Matches, Including a Batista vs. C.M Punk bout for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Labels: , , , , , ,

Thursday, July 24, 2008

No Suprise that Hulk's Little Girl Ready to Bare All in Playboy


It's of no shock at this point that the name "Hogan" is not as innocent or squeaky clean as we all once thought. From the messy divorce that has been in the headlines between Hulk and wife Linda for months, to the reckless accident by son Nick that has landed him in prison for the next few months, no more can Hulk with a straight face tell us to "say our prayers and take our vitamins."

This is why this latest story is not much of a shock. With her "music" career, and I use that term lightly after one song that got moderate play on the radio, daughter Brooke Hogan is now being rumored to be the next WWE lady (despite never being in a ring) to be doing Playboy. The rumor hit about a week ago, and this week it has picked up steam as the NY Daily News has confirmed that she has been approached about baring it all.

If you've seen Brooke more than once lately on your TV, it's due to the fact she's trying to push her new, awful, unwatchable TV show - "Brooke Knows Best," an unnecessary and sad take-off of "Hogan Knows Best," a popular reality show on VH-1 that actually was amusing, even more know with the extreme trouble the Hogan family in real life is having.

One of the main storylines in the "Hogan Knows Best" show centered around how daddy Hulk protected and basically sheltered Brooke for most of her youth, trying to keep her out of harms way, mostly meaning away from horny boys, for most of her teen years. Hulk's plans have clearly backfired, as Brooke not only used her "assets" to pose already for FHM magazine, but also her TV show seems to be about the young adult, her gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) roommate, and childhood friend roommate going to South Beach clubs to pick up guys.

Now the Playboy hotline is calling, complete with the WWE's likely backing if the Hogan daughter wants it. No better way to get Hulk in the fold for WrestleMania 25 in Houston than to have his naked daughter in Playboy and the WWE pushing it like they have for the past few years around Mania with Divas like Torrie, Ashley, Candice and last year's Maria.

With her "career" nothing more than hanging onto the coat tails of her father and sad attempts to be another peppy pop-star, I wouldn't doubt for a moment that the world will get to see ALL of what Hulk and Linda produced in the coming months in the most famous nudity magazine of them all.

Labels: , , ,

Possible Finlay-Knox ECW Feud Coming?

From: WrestleScoop.com

The WWE Mobile service has an "After The Bell" video of Mike Knox getting into a scuffle with Finlay backstage. On Tuesday's edition of ECW, they aired a Mike Knox video package, so it looks like he's in line for a more distinct role in the company. Knox has been directionless for the most part since the conclusion of his program with Kelly Kelly in December 2006.

Labels: ,

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

WWE Now Officially a "PG" Rating

WWE has announced that WWE programming will now be rated 'PG', which means "family programming". WWE's shows were previously rated 'TV 14' with the letters L, D and V (moderate to strong language, sexual dialogue and strong violence and/or blood).

WWE.com writes: WWE’s family programming has been deemed a PG television rating by their network distributors. World Wrestling Entertainment has been engaging families across all generations with their family programming for more than two decades, and will continue to do so for years to come with all the action on Raw, SmackDown and ECW.

Labels:

Kendrick's New Gimmick A Reprise of His ZERO1 Character

From: Lords of Pain.net

Brian Kendrick's new heel act appears to be similar to his "Leonardo Spanky" gimmick during his time in the ZERO1 promotion in Japan earlier in his career. Kendrick took on the gimmick due to his resemblance to actor Leonardo DiCaprio, at least in the eyes of Japanese wrestler Shinya Hashimoto. In a 2004 interview Kendrick did with SLAM! Wrestling following his initial release from WWE, he said, "When I got there, the guy picked me up (at the airport) and in broken English pretty much told me that Hashimoto thinks I look like Leonardo DiCaprio. I was like, okay, whatever." He also added, "Doing it in the States, I'd get killed. If they had brought me into the 'Fed doing that, I'd be the biggest heel in the company, and not a good kind of heel. People would just hate it. But over there, for whatever reason, Hashimoto knows what he's doing because it worked, so I just ran with it."

Labels:

Former Diva Stacy Kiebler to Appear at Friday's Comic Can



Former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler is going to be on hand at Comic Can this Friday, July 25th, as she'll be promoting her upcoming ABC Family mini-series special, "Samurai Girl." The former Diva will be signing autographs as well as taking pics with fans. Ticket distribution for the autographs will be between 10a-11a on Friday at the ABC Family booth, which is booth #3913.

At 12pm there will be a "Samurai Girl" Panel in room 2, and then at 1:30pm Stacy will do the autograph session with fans. "I am so excited to reconnect with all of my wrestling fans!!! I hope everyone will stop by and see me," Stacy told us. "I will be signing autographs from 1:30pm in the ABC Family booth I will also be shooting "a day in the life of" and I would love to record as many of you as I can. See you Friday at Comic Con!"

Labels:

More Talk About Brooke Hogan Doing Playboy



Brooke Hogan's publicist told the New York Daily News today that she was indeed approached by Playboy magazine to pose nude. Apparently Brooke didn't say no to the offer and her rep simply says that no decision has been made at this time.

Several gossip sites reported that Brooke could be posing for Playboy last week as a rumor but now her reps have confirmed that she has been asked to pose nude by Playboy. Although it might be good for her career, I bet The Hulkster wouldn't like that too much. Or would he?

Labels: ,

Talk of a New GM on RAW Confirmed

From: WrestleScoop.com

In case you missed it, Jerry Lawler noted on commentary during Monday's Raw that Shane and Stephanie are looking for a new General Manager for Raw. Here is what WWE.com wrote regarding this in their Raw recap: "As rumors swirled about that Shane and Stephanie McMahon were currently in the process of searching for a new Raw General Manager, World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk defended his title against Batista in a match that saw involvement from Kane, JBL and John Cena."

Labels: , , ,

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dawn of a New Era on ECW

As it seems the extreme era of ECW is now in the past as it is clearly the brand to bring in new talent, it was only fitting that the old championship belt should be retired. So tonight Teddy Long presented Mark Henry with the new belt in the birth place of ECW. To bad the belt looked like one of the cheap ones you can buy at the local toy store. This is only fitting as ECW is but a shell of what it once was and now is only cheap knock off brand for the WWE.

This presentation ceremony led to our fist match of the night as Teddy long called for a match between Tommy Dreamier and Colin Delaney. Delaney was in the ring celebrating his turn on Dreamer with Tony Atlas and Mark Henry, but those two left him to the wills of Dreamer as the match began. For once dreamer was the one dishing out the butt kicking as he mopped the ring with Delaney.

The main event was fatal four way to determine the opponent for Henry at Summer Slam. And to no surprise it was the former US champ Matt Hardy who won. You have to see him becoming champ at Summer Slam now the US belt is off him. That will be his chance to establish himself as a top tier wrestler as he will become the face of ECW much like CM Punk was. The match it self was decent for these types of matches. Nothing really stood out, but nothing stunk either. We did get to see the beginning of the end of Miz and Morrison as they are no longer tag champs. They had a few run ins during the match in order to establish them from breaking out on their own now. These two along with Hardy and Finlay, all who were in this match tonight, should be the driving force of this brand and will most likely find themselves in the title mix going forward.

The other match of the night saw Evan Bourne take on James Curtis tonight in which Bourne's weaknesses in technical wrestling were exposed. We all know the guy is an electrifying high risk taker, but he has to learn some grappling moves for when he takes on guys like Curtis who are more of the brawling type. Don't take this wrong, I feel Bourne can make something of himself as the crowd already loves him. Being on ECW will allow him to hone his skills and work on some technical moves. Plus with Finlay on the roster, can you think of anyone else better to coach the youngster. It should be a interesting year watching the development of Bourne and see how far he will take his potential.

SmackDown Spoiler for Friday

From: Wrestlescoop.com

The new preview for this Friday Night's SmackDown from TV Guide says we will see a Battle Royal on this week's show to determine the #1 contender for Triple H's WWE Title for a match at WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view this month.

Labels: , ,

Lena Yada Moving to SmackDown?



From: WrestleScoop.com

The word going around is that ECW Diva Lena Yada is preparing to move over to the SmackDown brand here shortly as management has told her to get ready.

Apparently she has been training with former WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison and The Miz to get ready for a more physical role in WWE. No word yet if the WWE creative team has plans to pair her up on TV with Miz and Morrison.

Labels: ,

WWE® and Jenny McCarthy SmackDown Autism



STAMFORD, Conn, July 22, 2008 – Jenny McCarthy and Generation Rescue will take their fight against Autism to a WWE ring during Saturday Night’s Main Event® on August 2, 2008 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

World Wrestling Entertainment® Superstars from RAW®, SmackDown® and ECW® will be joined by Ben Stiller, Toby Keith, Jewel and Billy Ray Cyrus among others for a very special edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event to join the fight against autism and support Generation Rescue.

“Many of our viewers have children or friends who are affected by autism and the WWE is committed to helping fund programs for families in need and advancing research that will help this generation of children,” said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

Throughout the show, WWE Superstars will encourage viewers to donate their time and money to better educate themselves on the subject of autism. Beginning the week of July 21, www.wwe.com will offer news and information from Generation Rescue on autism and promoting autism awareness.

“I love the WWE and when Vince McMahon called me and said he wanted to join the fight and help families suffering with autism I was really excited,” said actress and best-selling author Jenny McCarthy. “Who better to have on your side in a fight than WWE?”

Generation Rescue is a parent-founded, parent-led organization of more than 450 mentor families and leading researchers and clinicians from around the globe. Generation Rescue’s mission is to continue to discover and share the truth with families about the potential cause of their child's neurological disorders so they can focus on effective treatments. Additional information about Generation Rescue can be found at www.generationrescue.org.

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Labels: , ,

Sandman Arrested Sunday Night and Charged with Assault

Source: Associated Press

Former ECW Champion James "The Sandman" Fullington was arrested on Sunday night for an incident that occured at a New York City restaurant. Yonkers police say that when officers arrived at the restaurant, the 45-year-old wrestler was flinging glasses from a tray at employees.

A police spokeswoman says the 6-foot-4-inch, 280-pound Fullington also threw several glasses at police, injuring two officers.

Charges against Fullington include felony second-degree assault. He has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Labels:

Hector Guerrero Says Vickie Not Speaking to Eddie's Family Anymore

In a recent interview with the Miami Herald, Eddie Guerrero’s brother, Hector Guerrero revealed that he has lost contact with Vickie Guerrero:

"Vickie Guerrero is not Vickie Guerrero anymore," Hector said. "She is Vickie Lara. Till death do us part. She was in love with Eddy and he with her. She went into seclusion, and I can respect that."

He added, "We know why she kept the family name, but she's not reached out to us. She is loved by us, and we wish her the best. We just wish should we love us back and return the gesture of communication."

Hector Guerrero also spoke on working in TNA with LAX, the Guerrero family and more.

Labels: , ,

Monday, July 21, 2008

House Show Card for WWE RAW in North Little Rock 9/13



Alltel Arena

Saturday, September 13
@ 7:30pm

Ticket Prices:
$61.75, $41.75, $31.75 & $21.75

Tickets on sale NOW!!!

Tickets available at the Alltel Arena Box Office, all ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 501-975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Raw Superstars return to North Little Rock!!!

Come see your favorite Superstars including…

CM Punk vs. Batista vs. JBL in a Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Title
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
Kofi Kingston vs. Kane for the Intercontinental Championship
Cryme Tyme vs. Ted DiBiase/Cody Rhodes for the World Tag Team Championship
Mickie James/Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix/Katie Burchill Raw DIVAS Tag Team Match

Labels: , , , , ,

Chaos Still Reigns on Raw

Without the chairman Vince McMahon around to guide the ship Raw has slipped into a mob rule state of affairs. From CM Punk using his Money in the Bank to claim the World Heavy Weight Championship from a beaten down Edge, to a constant quest by some of Raw's best each week to claim the title from Punk. That story line continued tonight as Batista made claim to getting another shot at the belt due to Kane's interference at the Great American Bash. JBL would have none of it as he feels he is the one in charge during this time of uncertain rule and claims to be the legitimate number one contender. Well since he has the belt, Punk made up the decision of who would face him for the title and chose Batista.

Since things do not go smoothly on Raw nowadays we saw a decent match between Punk and Batista interrupted by JBL and Cena. First the match between these two was good. I really want to see what both Punk and Batista have going for them with their matches as these two can be future stars in the WWE. It can be said neither man has really carried himself as Batista's best matches of late always featured the Undertaker, and Punk really has only been on ECW with a cast of inferior wrestlers. By working in program together they can show what they really are made off by not having an established star carry their performances. So far they have been doing a decent job as the matches haven't been to bad.

It looks like we may not get to see these two by themselves for much longer as a fatal four way may be in the cards for Summer Slam with JBL and Cena joining the crowd. This angle seems to be playing to the Batista going heel as he and Cena went at it in the dying moments of the show. You have to figure with now two title chances getting messed up for Batista he will want some sort of revenge and this will drive him over the top. JBL may be a good jerk, but Batista will serve as a much better heel as he clearly is the better wrestler at this point in their careers.

As for the rest of the show we are starting to see some plots developing for the rest of the roster as we are still transitioning out of the draft. For the World Tag Team champs of Rhodes and DiBiase we may be seeinng their future linked with Cryme Tyme. They faced each other tonight in a six man event with the champs in JBL's corner and Cena with Cryme Tyme. It would be Cena getting the pin with a impressive double FU on both Rhodes and DiBiase. We may even see some legend take on the champs as Duggan and Lawler were rudely interrupted by the youngsters. The King convinced Hacksaw to not believe he was washed up, but the cocky young upstarts came out again and told the old-men their time has passed. But it was Lawler who got the last word, courtesy of a slap to the face of Rhodes.

The HBK story line may be taking a bit of a turn. With Jericho bloodying him at the Bash they may have finally ended this program. But it may be Jericho's protege, Lance Cade, who will now go after Michaels. After beating up Paul London both Jericho and Cade made comments about HBK. It seems now Cade has a bone to pick with him since he was trained by HBK, but now has fallen under Jericho's guidance and finds Michaels to be a fake. This would be a big boost for Cade as he can see if he can run with the big dogs. I have liked what he has shown in the past and feel he will be able to make the most of of this opportunity if it happens.

The Burchill's kept their rivalries alive tonight with a win in a mixed tag event over Kofi Kingston and Mickie James. In a destination we have seen many times before look for Katie Lea to be the one who makes the name for herself while Paul falls off the face of the earth. Katie has shown she can hold her own against a superior talent like James and should be a major fixture in the women's division for years to come. Paul on the other hand still can't make us forget he was once a pirate for his ring persona. It's a shame the Intercontinental belt has to be defended against a stiff like him. There has to be someone better on the Raw roster who Kingston can face. I felt they should have let the HBK and Y2J plot die and have Kingston and Jericho. The youngster could have learned allot from a veteran like Chris, especially since their styles are similar with the very athletic moves and flips.

Beth Phoenix returned to the role as heel tonight beating Kelly Kelly. Again we saw a fairly rough performance out of Kelly Kelly. I really do give her credit for raising her game, but she still is not ring ready, at least not on TV as most of her moves look bad. She can't sell any of her forearm shots and her moves still looked very labored. Give Phoenix credit for making the match look as good as possible. Despite this return to being a heel the Glamazon may have found a love interest. Santino and her shared a moment after his lose to D-Lo Brown. That's right I said D-Lo Brown! Alright I know you really don't care about his return much like the majority of the crown tonight. Not sure why the WWE would bring him back after 5 years of being away. He was a mid carder in his prime and is know more for paralyzing Droz than anything else, and that's even if people remember who he is.

What Happened to Hardcore Holly After Tag Title Loss?



For those of you wondering what happened to Hardcore Holly after Cody Rhodes turned on him at the pay per view costing them the Tag Team Championships, Mike Johnson is reporting that the WWE sent him home due to some heat he has on him after an unidentified incident. There were recent rumors saying that he was going to be released from the company, but they are simply rumors at this point and he has not been released. He has been taken off the road though to take care of some personal issues and there's no time frame on when he might return to the company.

Labels: ,

New Divas Champ Getting Some Heat Backstage



Michelle McCool has been very vocal to the other girls in the new Divas division which has caused some friction. McCool is often seen trying to teach the girls the 'WWE style' and rubs some the wrong way while doing so. Many feel this has to do with her relationship with The Undertaker. 'Taker is very high among 'management' due to his long tenure with the company. McCool obviously has managements ear as well because she was able to win the first-ever Divas Women's title last night.

Labels: ,

Cena and James Romance Appears Over

From: LordsofPain.net

The John Cena and Mickie James relationship that we've seen forming recently on Raw has been kiboshed. Apparently, they have an on-and-off again relationship in real life and rather than put themselves through that on television, they decided to keep it private. Cena was asked recently what he would do all over again if he could and he stated his relationship with Mickie James which was more than likely referring to his "shoot" relationship as opposed to their TV hook-up as they dropped that without any type of explanation.

Labels: ,

Mysterio and WWE Still Back and Forth on Contract



From: WrestleScoop.com

WWE and Rey Mysterio are still going back and forth when it comes to his contract. He still has plenty of time left for something to be worked out, but reports say he wants considerably more than they are willing to pay. The feeling is that although the WWE understands his value, especially in the merchandise department, they think he is injury prone and want to make sure he's healthy. This is also why you haven't seen him back on Raw since his match with Santino as we reported here on the site. He hasn't completely recovered from his biceps surgery. However, he should return full-time sometime in August.

Labels: ,

Permission Granted by WWE for Bourne Finisher

From: WrestleScoop.com

As most of you know, the shooting star press was banned up until Evan Bourne was allowed to use it for his finisher. ProWrestling.net reports that the WWE was very reluctant at first and Bourne was asked to come up with a different finisher. He went with the double knee drop off the top rope, but officials felt like it was too close to a move that Rey Mysterio sometimes performs, so he was asked to change it again. When the shooting star press was brought up again, they asked Bourne to perform it for them multiple times to prove whether or not it was a safety risk. After nailing it each time, the WWE allowed him to use the move as his finisher.

Labels: ,

Ross Shoots Down Rumors of a RAW Return



Jim Ross posted a statement on his blog regarding recent Internet rumors on him possibly heading back to Raw. Here is what Ross wrote:

I read where many websites are reporting that there is allegedly talk that yours truly may be moving back to Monday Night Raw.

As best I know this is nothing more than a weak rumor. No one from the WWE has mentioned the possibility of this matter to me in any shape, form, or fashion.

If internet sites are getting this info from "WWE insiders" either the "insiders" are fabricating the matter completely or purely speculating. I speak with WWE decision makers somewhat regularly and this issue, actually non-issue, has never been discussed.

I am thoroughly happy with having my "football weekends" off, except for PPV weekends and would be reluctant to leave a more wrestling heavy Smackdown to return to my old address.

Obviously, despite my knee jerk, impulsive response when the draft occured, I am a team player and would accept any broadcasting assignment given me but I honestly don’t see it happening.

Bottom line and in my opinion, it sounds as if some "insider" is spreading BS which is not a first.

I am enjoying working w/ Mick Foley….we do not consider ourselves "the 2nd team" nor do we perceive we work on the "B Show".

Changes can always be made naturally but this one regarding me returning to Raw seems "highly unlikely".

Apparently the WWE is taping some SNME bouts in Washington D.C. Later this month and I am told the announcer assignments for that event have yet to be made.

Perhaps some "insider" can expound on that matter as well.

Boomer Sooner!
J.R.

Labels: ,

New Update on the Return of the Undertaker

From: WrestleScoop.com

The current plans call for The Undertaker to get involved in the Edge-Vickie storyline. It appears as though Vickie will use her 'boss/general manger' powers to make Edge (who screwed her over by cheating with the wedding planner) to face 'Taker, likely at SummerSlam.

Matt - Also they showed Taker several times Saturday night at the "Affliction: Banned" PPV sitting near ringside. Also there was Stone Cold Steve Austin, who famous ring announcer called Stone Cold Austin.

Labels: , ,

RAW Preview from WWE.com

Preview: Punk's Not Dead
July 21, 2008

For weeks, Monday Night Raw has been embroiled in a wave of unpredictability that continued through to The Great American Bash, as CM Punk retained his World Heavyweight Championship in a match against Batista.

The title was retained not by a pin or submission, however, but only after a double-disqualification due to outside interference from Kane. This is the second time that the Big Red Monster has attacked the Straightedge Champion outside of an official match — what can Punk expect from the unstable Kane next? And with The Animal’s quest for championship gold thwarted, will Monday night find him directing his fury toward the Big Red Monster?

Also at The Bash, Chris Jericho continued to direct his fury toward Shawn Michaels’ right eye, originally wounded by Y2J on an episode of the Highlight Reel. The contest was called off due to Michaels’ injuries, but not before Jericho did severe damage to HBK’s eye. Y2J emerged later to claim that Michaels’ retina was detached, and that it was a career-ending injury. Will Shawn Michaels be able to recover from this injury like he has so many others, or is Chris Jericho right? Has he truly ended the career of one of sports-entertainment’s greatest performers?

Another punishing match actually took place outside Nassau Coliseum: A NYC Parking Lot Brawl between John Cena and JBL. Recent weeks had seen Cena & Cryme Tyme deface the self-made millionaire’s limo, and JBL attempting to run over the Chain Gang Commander in retaliation. Cena has claimed that the thing between he and the self-proclaimed “wrestling god” isn’t just a match, but war. Will the events of The Great American Bash have been enough to settle things, or have we only witnessed an opening skirmish between these two Superstars?

For the answers to these questions and more, be sure to tune into Monday Night Raw, live at 9/8 CT, only on USA Network.

Labels: , ,

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thoughts and Commentary on the Great American Bash



Some thoughts from Sunday's Great American Bash show from Long Island, NY:

WWE Title Match: Triple H defeats Edge to keep the title - Well, called this one during the pre-match show that Vickie would get involved, and sure enough she and the "wedding planner" came down and got their hands dirty. Pretty standard match, with HHH getting the win as Edge speared Vickie by accident and then got pedgreed by Triple H for the win. We'll see a lot more of these two, and here was just the beginning. Overall, pretty good PPV with some interesting title changes and okay matches up and down the card setting up SummerSlam.

NYC Parking Lot Brawl: JBL defeats John Cena - I called for a lot of bumps here, and got it with a match with some rather cool visuals and effects with the fire, the cars, and the forklift. The ending was good, and a bit of a surprise with Cena getting thrown into the window and taking the loss. I have to wonder now, and hate this thought, that we're due one more stip match between these two at SummerSlam. Here's hoping that they won't, but I don't doubt they do another round of these two.

World Heavyweight Title Match: C.M. Punk and Batista battle to a Double DQ - I enjoyed this match,and hope to see more of these two. I asked if Punk could step it up in a PPV title match on one of the major two brands, and I think he proved he could. Of course the outside interference from Kane sets up a Triple-Threat between these three for SummerSlam. I have no doubts that Kane is refering to his old masked self when it comes to "is he dead or alive." Again, Punk and Batista stepped it up, and I hope that we see more of them in the future.

Divas Championship Match: Michelle McCool defats Natalya by submission to win the belt - I thought this would be a good women's match, and overall it did its job. McCool is a worthy champion, as would Neidhart would have been as well. Pretty good back and forth with each lady getting their submission holds on before finally in the end McCool made Natalya submit. Look for plenty of rematches and I wouldn't be shocked at a few title changes between these two.

Chris Jericho defeats Shawn Michaels as refs stop match after Michaels can't continue - Basically nothing more than an ending to continue the feud next month or maybe in September with a big stip match at another PPV. The storyline is that Michaels career is over after he suffered a "detached retina." Was a pretty good match and a great visual till the hookey ending. Expect some sort of "funeral" for Michaels by Y2J as he buries him for weeks till HBK returns to challenge Jericho to a big match at a PPV.

ECW Title Match: Mark Henry defeats Tommy Dreamer to retain title - Bit of a surprise ending with Colin Delany turning on Dreamer, but you saw it coming when he jumped on the apron with Dreamer as he was going to jump on Henry. Never a doubt in my mind that Henry was going to win here, but the bigger story was Delany with the turn, and where they go with it from here and if he can do anything with it.

US Title Match: Shelton Benjamin defeats Matt Hardy for the title - Little bit of a shock here, but overall I like the move, as it gives SmackDown another title and puts it on a great worker like Benjamin. Match made Hardy look a little weak, which as now he's the main guy other than Mark Henry on ECW makes the brand look even weaker. Overall a good ending and I can live with Benjamin as the new title holder.

Fatal Four Way for the WWE Tag Titles: Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder defeat Miz and Morrison, Jesse and Festus, and Hornswoggle and Finaly - Not a bad first match, and having Hawking and Ryder win the belts was not a bad decision. It was time for the belts to be moved, and giving them to a team like Hawkins and Ryder will for sure give them a big boost. Kept it a pretty straight-forward match with not a bunch of stupid comedy spots like could have been expected. We'll see now that Hawkins and Ryder have the ball if they can run with it.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , ,

About me

  • I'm Matt Loede
  • From Cleveland OH
  • Matt has been involved in sports media for over ten years, with experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB for the past 13+ years.
View My Complete Profile
Follow us on Twitter!
Bodybuilder.com

Recommended DVDs












Subscribe to Let's Wrestle!
Enter your email address: