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Thursday, November 25, 2010

WWE Still Looking for a Big Angle for WM 27

While Brock Lesnar most likely will not have a role at WrestleMania 27, those in WWE were really hoping it would happen and it was more than just a fantasy.

Vince McMahon had been invested in the idea since mid-October. Vince knew ahead of time about everything that went down with Lesnar and Undertaker at the UFC pay-per-view. The number of people within WWE who knew about it before it happened is very small.

Vince realizes that it will be hard to do a good number or WrestleMania next year just relying on their current roster. Including the Lesnar idea, Vince has pursued three major out-of-the-box ideas for WrestleMania. The other two ideas, while known to some, have not been reported yet.

At this point, WWE is heavily looking at bringing in people who are not in the wrestling business for WrestleMania 27 and are wanting to headline the show with an “outsider” angle.


John Cena set to return to TV as "Juan" Cena

As noted before, WWE is planning to have John Cena appear on RAW, billed as his Mexican cousin “Juan Cena.”

The plan as of this week was for Cena to continue working RAW live events and TV tapings under the Juan gimmick. The idea is that Cena will wrestle under a mask and continue the feud with Wade Barrett, until Barrett lets “John” return.

WWE officials are worried that ratings will tank without Cena on T


Bret Hart teases a WWE TV Return

The Daily Mirror in the UK has a new video interview up with Bret Hart.

Bret hints that he may be involved in the current feud between David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd on RAW. Hart said:

“I personally think that their story has not evolved enough yet. There’s a real human interest story about their childhoods and growing up with wrestling that doesn’t need to be rushed.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the timing is a little quick and – I don’t have any idea if this rift they have right now is going to be a permanent rift or going to lead to a huge storyline. Who knows, maybe it will tie me in somehow.”

Regarding TNA, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, Bret said:

“I’m so unfamiliar with TNA. I don’t know what they’re doing. More so than ever, when they’ve tied themselves in with the genius of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, I immediately focus on something else. I’ve been there, done that. I know between the two of them, they don’t have a good idea in their head about wrestling.”

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Miz Upsets Randy Orton for the WWE Title

The Miz became the new WWE Champion on RAW from Orlando, Florida after he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract for a shot at Randy Orton’s title.

Orton had just successfully defended the title against Wade Barrett, with help from John Cena. The angle was that Orton had a bad knee after being attacked by Nexus before the match with Barrett.

With The Miz capturing the WWE Title after cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase last night, that made the Money in the Bank winners 8-for-8 in their cash-in attempts. With the title win, both Randy Orton and The Miz were listed as trending topics on Twitter last night.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Val Venis Not coming back to WWE

Sean Morley (a/k/a Val Venis) will not be returning to WWE as a performer. He was on hand for the company’s “Old School” episode of Raw and was trained to be a producer. It was said to be more of tryout to see if he’s adequate enough to be a producer now.

The former WWE Intercontinental Champion was telling promoters he was going on WWE’s recent tour of Europe. It is unclear whether Venis attended the television tapings, but he worked a show for NWS over the weekend and is once again accepting independent bookings


JR Blog: Undertaker and WrestleMania, JR’s Broadcasting Future, More

Jim Ross is back with another blog over on Here are some of the highlights:

- MVP’s promo on Friday Night Smackdown was his best in months and maybe ever. I listened intently to every word and to be perfectly honest I rarely listen to every word of every wrestling promo that I hear during the week of seemingly endless TV broadcasts.

- Kaval beats the IC champion on Friday night in approximately two minutes of bell to bell action. Doesn’t bode well for Dolph Ziggler who also recently lost three in a row to Daniel Bryan in one week. Ziggler is due to miraculously recover his focus and will likely beat Kaval in what could be a helluva match Sunday at Survivor Series. They could steal the show but not in 5-7 minutes of wrestling time.

- Emailer….I don’t think that Monday night was my official ‘send off ‘ from WWE announcing or at least no one told me such. After doing a piece of the Celtics radio broadcast with pal Sean Grande a couple of weeks ago in OKC and with the OU Football and Basketball job coming open next year, I would like to think that I will be doing some broadcasting work before I finally hang it up which will be years from now. The UFC upper mgmt people know that I have an interest in their product and I think that my style would fit what they do quite well especially when they begin expanding their roster of broadcasters. Who knows, WWE might want me to do something on an occasional basis but I must point out that there is absolutely no plans to that affect at this time.

- Wrestlemania will be here before we know it in Atlanta. I would expect that some 2011 WWE HOF names to be released in the next two weeks or so and maybe sooner. Tickets need to be sold for the HOF induction ceremony and one can’t sell goods out of an empty wagon. The biggest issue about WM27 seems to be the status of the Undertaker. I think it will be a photo finish but I will not, cannot, and choose not to bet against Taker returning to try and take his streak to 19-0. If most fans only knew what Wrestlemania personally means to the Phenom you wouldn’t bet against him either.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WWE Star Arrested This Morning On DUI Charge

WWE performer Kevin Kiley (a/k/a Alex Riley) was arrested this morning in Tampa, Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The apprentice of The Miz was stopped at 1:14 a.m. at KENNEDY BL W/MACDILL AV N in Tampa, Florida and booked into the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Jail at 2:56 a.m.

His arrest report indicates that he refused to take a sobriety test after the arresting officer suspected that he was driving under the influence.


Slow start to the sale of WrestleMania 27 tickets

Based on numbers that are available for this year's advance for WrestleMania 27 tickets, ticket sales are the slowest they have been in years.


Bryan thrilled with JR calling his RAW match

Daniel Bryan wrote the following on his Twitter page about Jim Ross calling his RAW match: "Just watched Monday's RAW. Jim Ross is still the absolute BEST. It was an honor and a thrill to hear him to do commentary on my match."

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

List of Legends on last night's Old School RAW

WWE Legends who appeared on last night’s RAW were Jim Ross, The Iron Sheik, George “The Animal” Steele, Nikolai Volkoff, Dusty Rhodes, Ron Simmons, Tony Atlas, Tatanka, Arn Anderson, Slick, Ted DiBiase, Gerald Brisco, Howard Finkel, Gene Okerlund, Mae Young, Harvey Whippleman, Chavo Classic, Brooklyn Brawler, Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, IRS, Tito Santana, Bob Orton, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka.

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Current Survivor Series 2010 Card

Several matches have been announced for WWE Survivor Series, which will take place on November 21st in Miami, Florida. Here is the current card for the pay-per-view.

WWE Title Match
Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton
John Cena will be the special referee. If Barrett wins, Cena is free from Nexus. If he loses, Cena is fired from WWE.

World Heavyweight Title Match
Edge vs. Kane

WWE Divas Title Match
Natalya vs. Michelle McCool & Layla

WWE Tag Team Title Match
Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel

Survivor Series Elimination Match
Rey Mysterio, Big Show, MVP, Kofi Kingston and Chris Masters vs. Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes and Tyler Reks

Sheamus vs. John Morrison

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Content Listing for WWE’s Top 50 Superstars of All-Time DVD Set

Below is the full content listing for WWE’s Top 50 Superstars of All-Time DVD set which comes out on December 14th. The list of stars was revealed last week.

Disc 1:

Top 50 Superstars Countdown Feature

This will contain video profiles of the Top 50 Superstars, as revealed last week.

Disc 2:

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Lou Thesz vs Argentina Rocca
Buffalo, NY

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Jack Briscoe vs Dory Funk Jr.
Championship Wrestling from Florida

Women’s Championship Match
The Fabulous Moolah vs Susan Green
Madison Square Garden – June 16, 1975

Gorilla Monsoon vs Muhammad Ali
Philadelphia, PA – June 2, 1976

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Harley Race vs Terry Funk
Championship Wrestling from Florida – February 6, 1977

Boxing Match
Gorilla Monsoon vs Andre The Giant
Puerto Rico – September 23, 1977

WWE Championship Match
“Superstar” Billy Graham vs “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes
Madison Square Garden – September 26, 1977

WWE Championship Match
The Iron Sheik vs Hulk Hogan
Madison Square Garden – December 28, 1984

Six Man Tag Team Elimination Match
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Rowdy Roddy Piper & Junkyard Dog vs Randy “Macho Man” Savage, “The King” Harley Race & Adrian Adonis
Madison Square Garden – February 23, 1987

“Ravishing” Rick Rude vs Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Madison Square Garden – December 26, 1987
AWA Heavyweight Championship

Jerry “The King” Lawler vs “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig
AWA – August 13, 1988

No Disqualification Match – Virgil Barred from Ringside
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase
Madison Square Garden – December 28, 1989

Disc 3:

“Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs Bret “Hit Man” Hart
Saskatoon, CN – October 12, 1992

The Rock vs Mankind
Halftime Heat – January 31, 1999

Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Championship
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock vs Undertaker vs Kurt Angle
Smackdown – December 7, 2000

Undertaker, Kane, Matt Hardy & Jeff Hardy vs Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Edge & Christian
Raw – April 23, 2001

Edge & Triple H vs Kurt Angle & Chris Jericho
Smackdown – May 16, 2002

Eddie Guerrero vs Big Show
Smackdown – April 15, 2004

Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton
WrestleMania 22 – April 2, 2006

John Cena & Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker & Batistia
No Way Out – February 18, 2007

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Edge vs Undertaker
WrestleMania XXIV – March 30, 2008


Monday, November 15, 2010

Justin Credible says NO to Old School RAW

Former ECW World Heavyweight Champion Justin Credible declined an offer from WWE to appear on tonight’s “Old School” episode of Monday Night RAW. It is likely that Credible would have reprised his former Aldo Montoya character, which has been the butt of jokes in WWE Magazine.


Triple H and Shawn Michaels talk about their futures

In an interview with, DX duo Shawn Michaels and Triple H were asked about their WWE futures.

Triple H was asked about his in-ring return and had the following to say:

“Yeah. Got another couple months rehab-wise. I don’t know how regularly I’ll be back. We made a pact that if one of us didn’t recognize it’s time to quit, we’d tell the other one it’s time. It’s a young man’s business, and I’m cool with that. I have fun working with the other side of the business, and I don’t kill animals or follow sports.”

Michaels had the following to add:

“Once you kill something, you’ll be hooked. No, I miss the creative process, and eventually I’m sure I’ll get tired of taking life in the woods.”

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Talent not sure about Survivor Series

As of last night, many of the WWE roster weren’t aware if they will be involved on the Survivor Series show, especially considering only three matches have been announced.

The consensus is that most will work the pay-per-view and WWE will not have to worry about travel expenses of getting talent to Miami as most of the roster reside in Tampa anyway. Nobody even know whether there will be the traditional multiple person Survivor Series elimination match.


News on Tonights Old School RAW

- WWE superstar CM Punk, who is injured and out of action for several months, will be joining the announcing booth tonight. Punk will call the show with Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole
- Aside from the WWE legends already announced for the show, former WWE manager Slick will also be on tonight’s show. The “Doctor of Style” is currently backstage in Hershey, PA.

- “Cowboy” Bob Orton, Ron Simmons & Tony Atlas are also backstage at tonight’s RAW.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hogan set to marry 35-year old Jennifer McDaniel

From TMZ

Hulk Hogan is getting back into the ring ... the wedding ring -- TMZ has learned the wrestling legend has applied for a marriage license to marry his 35-year-old fiancée Jennifer McDaniel.

We're told 57-year-old Hulk got the license in Florida -- and it expires on January 11, 2011 -- so the clock is tickin'.

Sources close to Hulk tell us the couple wants to be married by Dr. Michael Beckwith -- a spiritual guru based out of L.A.

As for Hulk -- who divorced his first wife Linda just last year -- dude tells us, "I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life."

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Possible WWE Hall of Fame name for 2011

There is a lot of talk about inducting Teddy Long into the WWE Hall of Fame next year since it’s in Atlanta, his home city.

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Injury update on CM Punk

CM Punk chose not to have surgery because he got a medical opinion that he would be able to rehab his torn muscle tendon in his glute. Punk will be out of action until at least January but should be good for WrestleMania.


Angle doens't rule out a return to the WWE

When asked about a possible WWE return, TNA’s Kurt Angle said “anything is possible” on his Facebook page today, however he said that he was currently loyal to TNA.

Angle had particularly kind words for TNA President Dixie Carter, thanking her for looking after his “well being.”

He he had the following to say:

“A lot of you want me back in WWE. I appreciate your kind words. I love TNA but anything is possible.”

“Dixie Carter has been wonderful to me. She cares about my well being. That means more to me than anything. So I would never count out WWE, but TNA is my loyalty right now.”

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Info on the Upcoming three Hour "Old School" RAW

It’s been confirmed that Mean Gene Okerlund will be handling interviews on next week’s three-hour Old School RAW from Hershey, Pennsylvania. Legends confirmed include Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, The Iron Sheik, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Nikolai Volkoff.

WWE will be going out all next week with retro graphics, a retro set design, music and appearances by other Legends.

While we haven’t heard anything about Shawn Michaels appearing, it should be noted that Michaels and his former Rockers tag team partner Marty Jannetty were featured in the teaser video for next week’s show.

WWE’s upcoming Old School RAW comes off the heels of the company releasing a new line of retro merchandise. It’s said that officials feel they need to embrace more of their past to help bring back some of the fans from those eras.

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Monday, November 08, 2010

9 Matches for WWE’s Top 50 Stars DVD

The following 9 matches have been revealed for WWE’s Top 50 Superstars of All Time DVD set which comes out on December 14th:

* Lou Thesz vs. Argentina Rocca
* Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk Jr.
* Gorilla Monsoon vs. Andre The Giant
* Hulk Hogan vs. The Iron Sheik
* Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat
* The Rock vs. Mankind
* Ric Flair vs. Bret Hart
* Eddie Guerrero vs. Big Show
* Edge vs. The Undertaker


Sunday, November 07, 2010

WWE going to France in April of 2011

WWE will be touring France in April of 2011. Tickets go on sale November 17th, 2010. Here are the dates & locations:

* April 21st – Zenith Arena in Strasbourg
* April 22nd – Regional Indoor Stadium in Lievin
* April 23rd – Tony Garnier Hall in Lyon
* April 24th – Tony Garnier Hall in Lyon

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Why Barrett was not with Nexus on SmackDown

As seen on last night’s SmackDown, The Nexus appeared but Wade Barrett was not with them. Barrett was absent because he was headed overseas with the RAW brand last Tuesday when SmackDown was taped.

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Linda McMahon's speech after losing in her election bid


Concern about a return for Lesnar and his pay

There is concern within WWE that the company will end up getting Brock Lesnar for WrestleMania and will have to pay him more than any other person on the roster, besides one, will make for the entire year of 2011.

The rumors of Lesnar returning for a match have some people happy while others feel negative about the situation.


Mick Foley says he has brain damage

Mick Foley has taped an interview with Michael Landsberg for TSN’s Off the Record that will air on November 10th. In the interview, Foley says that he believes he’s suffered permanent brain damage from his time in professional wrestling.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Update on Early Royal Rumble and WrestleMania Plans

Preliminary creative plans for 2011 include John Cena facing Wade Barrett at the Royal Rumble as well as Barrett facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania 27.

Based on WWE’s reported plans, it would suggest Barrett wins the WWE Championship at Survivor Series and subsequently loses the belt to Cena at the Royal Rumble, likely setting up Cena vs. Orton for the strap at WrestleMania 27.

Undertaker, however, is in desperate need of shoulder surgery, and there is much concern internally that if he gets it, he won’t be healthy in time for WrestleMania XXVII.

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Punk to have surgery, out for the rest of 2010

CM Punk will be having surgery on a torn tendon in either his hip or buttocks. Punk is scheduled to have it operated on any day now and there is no time table on when he will be back. Punk is still possible for WrestleMania but they won’t know for sure until after the operation. WWE had plans for a program between Punk and United States Champion Daniel Bryan.


Kevin Nash wants in on the 2011 Royal Rumble?

Following his recent departure from TNA, Kevin Nash posted the following on his Twitter page:

“Vince let me in the Rumble if I win i get taker at mania.If I lose I’ll join the kiss your ass club the next raw…………….DEAL?”

Nash left TNA after both parties failed to agree on terms for a new contract.

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Original WWE Idea for Brock Lesnar and Undertaker at UFC 121

WWE sources indicate this week that their original idea for an Undertaker and Brock Lesnar confrontation at UFC 121 was for it to take place backstage after the show, likely at the press conference where cameras were.

Lesnar lost, needed stitches and had decided not to appear at the press conference. Taker and McCool were backstage after the show but left when it was obvious that Brock wasn’t coming out for the press conference.

The video filmed with Ariel Helwani in the crowd, which has been viewed millions of times online, turned out to be a lucky coincidence for WWE as their original plan ended up falling through.

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Update on the return of Triple H

Triple H made his WWE return at the Fan Appreciation event in Hartford. This comes as no surprise as his return for a one-night only appearance was advertised two weeks ago. During the event, Alberto Del Rio was in the ring cutting a promo on Rey Mysterio not being there when Triple H came out for a match. Triple H won with a Pedigree and then hit Del Rio’s announcer with one.

He later led the WWE roster to the ring during the World Heavyweight Title match between Kane and John Cena, who made a surprise appearance. Nexus had came to attack Cena before Triple H, Randy Orton, and other stars made the save. Triple H ended up hitting a Pedigree on Sheamus.

Triple H has been spending most of his time helping with Linda McMahon's senate campaign. Additionally, Triple H is being groomed for an executive position once he is ready to retire from the ring. Triple H already has been given the title Senior Advisor and he is working directly with Vince McMahon. Triple H even had his own office setup in WWE's Connecticut headquarters. Given Triple H's recent return to the ring, Triple H may be in a position to return for Survivor Series.

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