Friday, August 27, 2010

Former WWE Ladies Star Luna Vachon Dead at 47

From: SLAM! Sports

Word is circulating quickly that Luna Vachon has died. She was 47.

According to family, she was at her mother's house and was found dead this morning.

The news comes just a short while after a house fire consumed her home and destroyed her wrestling memorabilia.

Gertrude Vachon -- "Trudy" to friends -- was one of the most colourful and eccentric woman wrestlers of all time.

"I taught my daughter Luna how to wrestle and also sent her to Moolah’s wrestling school. She patterned her wrestling style and personality after Mad Dog and I. Luna became one of the most famous and recognized lady wrestlers in wrestling history," wrote her father, Paul "The Butcher" Vachon in his second autobiography.

"As a student, she was very much interested, and very much involved in really, really wanting to do the thing. She had good hopes," said Lillian Ellison, the Fabulous Moolah, years back. It was Moolah that named her "Angel" for wrestling.


RAW GM None other than Triple H?

Rumors are circulating concerning the return of Triple H, and reports are the idea has been pitched to Vince McMahon to have him revealed to be Monday Night RAW's "anonymous" General Manager.

McMahon has been quoted as saying that he wants "The Game" back on television in order to further strengthen the roster heading into the fall season. As of late, McMahon has blamed WWE's previous lackluster quarter on the retirements of Dave Batista and Shawn Michaels, as well as Triple H's injuries that have kept him off of television.

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Stephanie McMahon and Triple H Welcome 3rd Child

Stephanie McMahon and her husband, Triple H, welcomed their third daughter into the world this past Wednesday.

The news has been circulating via numerous sources for the past couple of days, but we wanted to wait until we received official confirmation before announcing anything.

On behalf of everyone here at Lets Talk Wrestling we would like to offer our most heartfelt congratulations to Stephanie and Triple H.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Latest on the Contract of Y2J

In an update on Chris Jericho’s contract status with World Wrestling Entertainment, his current deal — which was signed in 2007 — expires in a few weeks and he has yet to sign a new one. While both sides are negotiating a new deal, it is not guarantee that he will remain with the company.


USA Network Puts out Presser on 900th RAW


WHAT: On Monday, August 30, USA Network will present the historic 900th episode of its hit series, WWE Monday Night Raw with a special celebration. The episode will celebrate Monday Night RAW’s historic smashing of the 900th episode milestone.

The show will feature WWE Superstars and Divas from RAW, SmackDown and NXT. It will originate from Boston’s TD Garden at 9/8c.

WWE Monday Night RAW has been a staple on cable television since its debut on USA Network in 1993 and has been the No. 1 ranked weekly basic cable entertainment series since it went live in 1999. With its blend of humor, action and drama, Monday Night RAW continues to appeal to a variety of demographics generation after generation.

Monday Night RAW Television Highlights:

* RAW made its cable television premiere on January 11, 1993.

* The first episode was taped at the Manhattan Center and aired on USA Network.

*Monday Night RAW has aired more original episodes than some of the most popular television series of all time, including Gunsmoke (633), Lassie (588), Bonanza (430), The Simpsons (420 plus), Dallas (357), ER (309 plus),Cheers (275) and Seinfeld (180).

* 37% of RAW’s viewers are female and RAW is a Top 5 ad-supported cable program among Females 12-34.

* Monday Night RAW is a global phenomenon broadcast in more than 30 languages to more than 145 countries and seen by nearly a half a billion homes worldwide weekly, including Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy and Iraq.

* RAW is the birthplace of such household names as The Rock®, Stone Cold Steve Austin™, Triple H®, John Cena®, Undertaker® and Shawn Michaels.®

* A pop culture phenomenon, RAW has been a destination for actors, athletes and musicians not only to promote projects but to also enjoy ringside excitement as fans. Donald Trump, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Ashton Kutcher, Jewel, Jeremy Piven and Rob Reiner have all appeared on RAW.


MVP in the Doghouse, Praise for Swagger

SmackDown Superstar MVP was in the doghouse with WWE officials again before being put in the new feud with Jack Swagger. The only thing said about MVP’s recent heat is that it’s for the same reasons he’s been in and out of the doghouse for the past two years.

MVP is looking to reinvent himself and suggested doing a rapper gimmick to officials. MVP has even recorded a rap song to go with the gimmick.

Swagger, on the other hand, is getting high praise from WWE officials because the key people see him as a long-term Superstar. Swagger gets props on his great attitude, his size and athletic ability.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Latest Nexus Storyline

The latest twist in the Nexus storyline is that the title match ban for the group’s members has been lifted, as announced by RAW’s General Manager last night. Wade Barrett will compete for the WWE Title in Night of Champions’ Six Pack Challenge. Members of Nexus have actually been getting WWE Tag Team Title shots against The Hart Dynasty at WWE live events over the past few weeks.


Details on the Release of Serena

While specific details surrounding Serena’s abrupt departure from WWE have yet to be disclosed, it said that she was let go in a disciplinary measure. The Pro Wrestling Torch cryptically notes that she was not “living out” her Straight Edge Society persona in public.

The decision to cut the six-time Ohio Valley Wrestling Women’s Champion was actually made a few days ago, but word had not surfaced until Monday night.

It would appear that an official announcement has not yet been made by WWE as she’s due to make an appearance on this week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown, which was taped last Wednesday. She accompanies Luke Gallows to the ring for a match against Big Show.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Two Released WWE Stars Re-Hired

World Wrestling Entertainment has re-signed Vic Adams to a developmental contract, a wrestler released last August. Florida Championship Wrestling officials have discussed pairing Adams with Xavier Woods (a/k/a Consequences Creed) in a tag team.

It has also been confirmed that WWE re-signed Brian Cage (a/k/a Kris Logan) to a developmental contract. The California based grappler was originally signed by the organization in June 2008, and then released last September.

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Taker vs Kane set for MSG Show

WWE has changed it’s line-up for the SmackDown show on September 25th at Madison Square Garden. Here’s the new matches: Kane vs. Undertaker for the World Title, Bret Hart and The Hart Dynasty vs. Nexus, Christian vs. Matt Hardy vs. Dolph Ziggler for the IC Title, Big Show vs. Jack Swagger, CM Punk vs. Kofi Kingston, MVP vs. Cody Rhodes and tag team action with Kelly Kelly & Rosa vs. Michelle McCool & Layla. Other names scheduled include Alberto Del Rio, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, Drew McIntyre, Teddy Long and others.

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Serena Makes an In-Ring Appearance at SmackDown

Serena made her SmackDown in-ring TV debut on last night’s episode of SmackDown, teaming with Luke Gallows to take on Kelly Kelly & Big Show. Serena got the clean win for her team with a gutbuster on Kelly Kelly. The announcers played up that Serena had no wrestling experience and has been training for months for her debut. If you didn’t know, Serena Deeb is actually a former six-time OVW Women’s Champion and made her wrestling debut in 2005.


Beckett Does a Piece on Daniel Bryan has an article up looking at whether or not Daniel Bryan was really released from WWE earlier this year. Apparently Bryan’s new WWE Topps trading card wasn’t originally scheduled for the set of cards that just came out but was added in July some time to the production list.

The original checklist didn’t have Bryan listed but he is in the new set – card #68 in the 110-card set. The cards were printed between July 2nd and July 16th, well before the SummerSlam pay-per-view where WWE decided to bring Bryan back.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Update on Daniel Bryan

WWE has once again added Daniel Bryan to the RAW roster page. Despite being kicked out of Nexus last night, Darren Young is still listed on the RAW roster.


Matt Hardy taking a Break

Matt Hardy noted on his Twitter account on Saturday that he will likely be taking some time away from the squared circle as a result of WWE’s ’stringent health and wellness policies’.

“Thx 4 everyone who has been concerned about my foot being jammed between the steel steps,” Hardy wrote. “It was bad-it felt like my foot was bein cut off. Didn’t plan to take my boot off, but I had to immediately see how bad my foot was injured. Keep in mind, it bled thru my sock & ankle tape.

“I will most likely have to miss some ring time due to WWE’s stringent health & wellness policies. I’m sorry if I do guys & gals.”


Scott Hall Back in Rehab - Again

New Jersey based promotion Pro Wrestling Syndicate issued the following statement concerning former WWE performer Scott Hall:

Scott Hall was booked as our Guest Commissioner for this Sunday’s Pro Wrestling Syndicate event in Fairfield, Connecticut.

I just received a phone call from Hall’s booking agent Lenny informing me that Hall has been sent to a 50 day mandatory rehab facility in Texas by his probation officer. I am being told that the WWE is funding Hall’s rehab.

That being said, Scott Hall will not be appearing at PWS this Sunday or at any of his other scheduled bookings this weekend which includes a wrestling show in Brooklyn and several autograph signings.


Cena Wins Battle Royal After RAW

The dark main event after last night’s RAW tapings in Los Angeles saw John Cena win a battle royal with Nexus, Team RAW and Team SmackDown. RAW and SmackDown eliminated Nexus first and the final three were CM Punk, Edge and John Cena. Punk threw out Edge and Cena eliminated Punk to win.

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Things Looking Up for Rosa Mendes in Wake of Tiffany’s Legal Woes

WWE has released its line up for the company’s return to Madison Square Garden next month and there seems to be a silver lining in Tiffany’s recent legal woes for one Diva.

Rosa Mendes, in an apparent babyface turn, will team up with Kelly Kelly to take on Lay-Cool at MSG on September 26th.

I’m assuming that this is an updated line-up and the original spot was for Tiffany. I can’t see Rosa and Kelly teaming up randomly otherwise.

We’ll see if this also means a push for Rosa on TV when SmackDown tapes tonight in LA.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

More Details on the Death of Lance Cade

World Wrestling Entertainment confirmed Friday the death of former performer Lance McNaught (a/k/a Lance Cade). His father, Harley McNaught, told WWE officials that his son — who had spoken publicly about his battles with pain killers and sleeping pills addictions — died of apparent heart failure.

He was 29 years old.

Regarding details of McNaught's passing, his wife Tanya noticed earlier in the week that he didn't look healthy and appeared to have trouble breathing. She called an ambulance Tuesday night and he was rushed to an area hospital.

McNaught passed out while at the hospital, but was later revived. He asked to be released Wednesday.

McNaught's father said Lance showed up to his work Thursday and did not appear well. Harley took him to his San Antonio home and was discovered having passed away Friday morning. He was scheduled to leave that day for a two-week tour of All Japan Pro Wrestling.

McNaught's wife believes he had not been drinking.

McNaught was under contract to WWE from March 2003 to October 2008. He returned to the organization's developmental promotion, Florida Championship Wrestling, in September 2009, and was released in April 2010 following a stint in rehab.

McNaught leaves behind two daughters and a stepson. More


Triple H the 7th Member of the RAW team?

Triple H took part in a VIP autograph session at yesterday’s SummerSlam Axxess event in Los Angeles, California on behalf of Venom Energy Drink. Numerous fans asked the “King of Kings” if he will be the seventh man for Team WWE in their bout against Nexus at SummerSlam. He routinely winked his eye and said, “Who knows?”

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Tiffany Suspended After Arrest after Real Fight with Hubby

More details have come to light over the suspension of WWE SmackDown Diva, Tiffany. The Wrestling Observer reports that the altercation between Tiffany — real name Taryn Terrell — and husband Drew Galloway (Drew McIntyre) took place on Saturday night, not Tuesday night as previously reported.

Additionally, it is confirmed that Tiffany was arrested. She is due to attend court for a hearing on September 2nd.

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What is known is that both performers attended a party Saturday night in Los Angeles together and went to their hotel room. The two had a loud argument which included both hotel security and police being called. The two had already booked separate rooms when the police arrived. Terrell was arrested that night and taken in to custody.

WWE officials were not aware of the incident until Monday, and she was suspended until further information came out. Her lawyers believe she will be cleared of all charges. Right now it is likely the suspension will remain until she is officially cleared. (Source:


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WWE Issues Statement on Lance Cade's Death

World Wrestling Entertainment issued the following announcement as the lead story on their official website:

World Wrestling Entertainment was informed Friday morning by Lance McNaught’s father that he has passed away of apparent heart failure.

WWE extends its deepest condolences to the McNaught family.

Mr. McNaught was under contract from March 2003 to October 2008 and performed under the name "Lance Cade." He returned to FCW, WWE’s developmental territory, in September 2009, and was released in April 2010.


Former WWE Star Lance Cade Dead at 29

It is with our deepest condolence we report that former WWE Superstar Lance McNaught (Lance Cade) has died aged just 29.

No further details are available at this time.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Updated 2010 Summerslam Card

It was announced at last night’s SmackDown tapings that Dolph Ziggler will defend his WWE Intercontinental Title against Kofi Kingston at SummerSlam. Here’s the updated card:

WWE Title Match
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

World Heavyweight Title Match

Rey Mysterio vs. Kane

RAW vs. Nexus Elimination Match

John Cena, Bret Hart, R-Truth, Chris Jericho, Edge, The Great Khali and John Morrison vs. Wade Barrett, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Darren Young and David Otunga

WWE Intercontinental Title Match

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler

WWE Divas Title Match

Melina vs. Alicia Fox

3-on-1 Handicap Match

Big Show vs. CM Punk, Luke Gallows and Joey Mercury

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Update on the Health of Ricky Steamboat

Regarding Ricky Steamboat’s health, he is expected to make a full physical recovery but will never wrestle again. The WWE Hall of Famer has been able to work out on an elliptical machine, but is prohibited from lifting anything heavier than five pounds.


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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Latest on Kane Talking Retirement

One of the reasons that WWE put the World Heavyweight Title on Kane is because they wanted his feud with The Undertaker to be a title program. Another reason is that Kane has been with the company so long and nobody knows how much longer he will be there, considering his age. There has been talk of Kane retiring but it’s not something that’s expected to happen soon.

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Goldust Rips Lacey Von Erich

WWE star Goldust is the latest wrestling personality to critique Lacey Von Erich’s in-ring ability as he remarked the following on Twitter while watching her compete on Thursday night’s episode of TNA iMPACT:

“Lacey has no talent whatsoever.”

“She is horrible.”

“Great family but her no.”

Von Erich and Velvet Sky dropped the TNA Knockout Tag Team Championship to Taylor Wilde and Hamada during the taped broadcast.

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Names Confirmed for TNA's Hardcore Justice Tonight

At this point, only two matches are confirmed for TNA’s Hardcore Justice pay-per-view – Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn and Raven vs. Tommy Dreamer with Mick Foley as the referee.

Balls Mahoney is still expected to appear, despite recently being removed from TNA’s website. It’s expected Team 3D will face Balls and Axl Rotten since Team 3D teased using flaming tables.

The rest of the card is unknown and some of the ECW Originals still didn’t know what match they would be working in. It’s said that the pay-per-view is still being booked but they do have several surprises planned.

Names confirmed: Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Raven, Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, Stevie Richards, Mick Foley, Team 3D, Al Snow, Simon Diamond, Axl Rotten, Johnny Swinger, 2 Cold Scorpio, Jerry Lynn and Sandman.

Names believed to be appearing: Balls Mahoney, Little Guido, Tony Mamaluke, Sal E. Graziano, Bill Alphonso, Nova, The Blue Meanie.

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WWE Inks former ROH Champion Tyler Black

World Wrestling Entertainment has signed Ring of Honor champion Tyler Black a contract, according to multiple sources within the company. At least one WWE source has indicated that Black will be starting officially with WWE in September. I believe Black will be signing a developmental deal, but I don't have that 100% confirmed.

Black, 26, has been with Ring of Honor since 2007 and won the ROH championship in February 2010 from Austin Aries, He is also a former ROH Tag Team champion.

Black has several title defenses scheduled for September, including the 9/11 Glory by Honor Internet PPV, where he will defend against Roderick Strong.

ROH owner Cary Silkin issued a "no comment" when contacted this morning about Black signing.


Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Details Announced on WWE Summerslam Axxess

WWE has announced new details on the SummerSlam Axxess event on August 14th-15th from the Nokia Plaza at LA Live in Los Angeles. Live wrestling matches will be taking place at various times.

Appearing Saturday from 11am until 3pm will be Sheamus, Maryse, Hornswoggle, Drew McIntyre, Gail Kim, MVP, David Otunga, Kofi Kingston and others. There will also be Q&A sessions with The Bellas and Chris Jericho.

Appearing Saturday from 4pm until 8pm will be Alicia Fox, John Morrison, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Christian, Layla, Michelle McCool, Mark Henry, Ted DiBiase, Matt Hardy, Wade Barrett, Hornswoggle and others. There will be Q&A sessions with Big Show and Kelly Kelly.

Sunday’s signing will run from 11am until 3pm and will feature Kane, Kelly Kelly, Eve, The Great Khali, R-Truth, Jack Swagger, Cody Rhodes, Alicia Fox, Hornswoggle, Evan Bourne, Sgt. Slaughter, The Miz, Jillian, Ted DiBiase and others. Bret Hart will be doing a Q&A.

VIP ticket holders will get to meet Rey Mysterio during the first session on Saturday, Randy Orton during the second session on Saturday and Edge during Sunday’s session.


Jericho Comments On Nexus vs. WWE, Nexus/nWo Comparison, and More

Chris Jericho was one of the special guests on this week’s live edition of Monday Night Mayhem. Here are some highlights from the interview.

Team WWE vs. The Nexus:
“This match is cool, because obviously they created a great angle using guys who have never had matches on TV before basically, which I don’t think has ever been done before, and to have such a talked about storyline. Seven guys who have proved nothing as far as being main-event draws, but it goes to show that when you have a good storyline, a good idea, and promote it the right way. I’m just excited about it, and I’m happy about the storyline leading up to it. I think people are really intrigued by the whole situation, and that’s the best thing you could do, and to me, that’s the most important thing has always been the story. The match is important, but it’s the story that gets you there.”

Wade Barrett:
“There really hasn’t been much growth…he was good from the moment that he appeared. You could see his presence & his promo ability right off the bat was tremendous, his whole look & ambiance, so he was a star right off the bat, and as soon as I was paired up with him, I knew I was with the winner, because he’s got it more than these other guys do. Work wise, we really haven’t seen much from him. Is he a great worker? Is he a good worker? Does he suck? I don’t know, I think he’s a good worker and has room for improvement, and that’s because he doesn’t have a lot of experience in WWE arenas. But he, by far, is the most talented of the group, the biggest star of the group. Whether they created Nexus or not, he would have been a great star in the WWE. The only thing we need to work on with him is his actual matches, because we haven’t gotten to see much, except for a couple of three-minute matches. But other than that, I think he’s the total package of what we are looking for in the WWE at this point.”

Comparing Nexus to nWo:
“There’s only so many ideas you could think of, and there’s only so much talent out there. The bottom line is there’s so many new guys on the shows nowadays, so you have to use that to your advantage, or you have to go back to your old faithful. I don’t see this being the NWO, because the NWO wasn’t like this. The NWO began with three guys that were all World Champions and big huge stars. So you have Hall, Nash, & Hogan who everyone had known & seen before, and that was part of the shock. The Nexus, we don’t know any of these guys or seen any of them before. They have never drawn a dime anywhere, and that’s the difference. This pack that are working as a well-oiled machine that’s done nothing before…that’s the real surprise. As far as what TNA is doing with ECW, why not?


Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WWE Releasing New Legendary Moments DVD

WWE will be releasing a Walmart exclusive DVD on September 28th of this year titled “WWE: Legendary Moments.” The DVD will have a runtime of 60 minutes. The promotional blurb reads like this: “Includes the legendary moments and matches that define the WWE.”


Shane McMahon Lands New Job

Shane McMahon, the former WWE executive and son of Vince McMahon, has scored a new executive role.

In conjunction with an announcement that it completed a private placement financing, China Broadband, Inc. also announced that Shane McMahon has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer.

Said company president Marc Ubach, “Mr. McMahon has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and we are honored to have one of the most seasoned veterans of PPV and premium sports entertainment in the world join the China Broadband team. His highly skilled background in marketing and promotion will be instrumental in moving us forward.”


Orton Not Happy With Miz Over Raw Segment

Randy Orton was visibly upset following his segment with The Miz on the July 26th RAW. Orton felt the way Miz was positioned gave away that he would be getting hit with an RKO to end the match.

A similar event occurred several months ago when Orton got upset with Kofi Kingston being out of position during a match and yelled out “stupid!” at Kingston on live TV.

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Hulk Comments on His Ex-Wifes Upcoming Marriage

Hulk Hogan’s ex-wife Linda, 50, is engaged to wed Charlie Hill, her 21-year-old boyfriend. Linda met Hill two years ago following her divorce from the wrestling superstar.

It appears that the former married couple have buried the hatchet as the wrestler added his well wishes regarding Linda’s engagement.

“I’m ecstatic for her, I’m very happy for them,” Hogan said in an exclusive statement to “I think they’re perfect for each other. I wish them the best.”

David Houston, Hogan’s attorney, echoed his sentiment, touching on the couple’s contentious split and how they’ve seemed to move on from that dark period: “Obviously, when you go through a divorce, there is a great deal of emotion and you go through your ups and downs. He was married to her for 23 years so there is a certain degree of affection and he does wish her the best.”

Meanwhile, Linda's daughter Brooke, who is one year older than Hill, bares a negative stance towards her mother’s relationship with Charlie.

“He is a loser,” she was quoted last year. “I don’t have a problem with age; it’s more about character. Her love is not real and not right.”

The wedding is set to take place next summer aboard Linda’s yacht named ‘Alimoney’. The article also notes that one of the places they’re registered at is Game Spot.

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