Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Diva Match Added to "Extreme Rules" Card Now Six Matches

Michelle McCool vs. Layla will be announced for WWE's Extreme Rules pay-per-view on this Friday's SmackDown. Here's the updated card:

Triple Threat Cage Match for the WWE Title
John Morrison vs. John Cena vs. The Miz

Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Title
Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio

Last Man Standing Match
CM Punk vs. Randy Orton

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio

Country Whipping Match
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole and Jack Swagger

No DQ, No Countout, Loser Must Leave SmackDown
Layla vs. Michelle McCool

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Punk Unhappy; Phoenix Drafted to RAW Cheer Him Up?

RAW superstar CM Punk is said to be unhappy in WWE and is considering leaving the company when his contract expires later this year. Punk is burned out from five years on the road and is not happy with other stars such as The Miz and Alberto Del Rio getting pushed over him.

WWE wants to keep Punk on the roster and have offered him a new longterm deal, which he's yet to sign. It's interesting to note that CM Punk's real-life girlfriend Beth Phoenix was traded to the RAW brand during Tuesday's Supplemental Draft - which could be seen as a move to make life better for Punk on the road.

Punk's possible departure from WWE later this year has been one of the main topics of discussion behind the scenes this week. Punk has been dating Beth Phoenix for the past several months and the two are reportedly a serious couple.

WWE has made roster trades in the past to keep superstar-diva couples together - with the most notable example being Michelle McCool being moved to SmackDown a few years ago so she could travel with her husband, The Undertaker.

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Jericho's Dancing Career Ends on "Dancing with the Stars"

Chris Jericho is done with "Dancing with the Stars." The WWE star got pinned in last place and didn't get enough votes to go another round.

And though we're sad to see him go, Chris may have offered the best goodbye remarks yet.

"It's actually good timing that I got eliminated because I have to fly over to England for the royal wedding, you know, so it was going to affect rehearsal," he joked with partner Cheryl Burke smiling at his side.

"But actually, let's be honest, it wasn't my best dance and at this point in the competition you have to be at your best every week or this is what happens. But I'd like to say I'm proud of all the dances we did, and I'm proud to show that a WWE guy and a rock 'n' roll singer can go this far and do this."

"The only reason I got this far was because of Cheryl," Chris added. "She's a great performer, she's become a friend for life...I haven't seen my kids in four weeks, so it's time for Chris Jericho the Dancer to step aside and Chris Jericho the Daddy to come back."


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Updated RAW and SmackDown Rosters After the 2011 Draft

Below are what the WWE rosters look like after this week's Draft. It's interesting to note that Ricardo Rodriguez is still on the SmackDown roster and not the RAW roster with Alberto Del Rio.

Also, no announcers were drafted this year.


Rey Mysterio
Alberto Del Rio
John Cena
Big Show
Jack Swagger
Kelly Kelly
Chris Masters
Drew McIntyre
Curt Hawkins
Kofi Kingston
Tyler Reks
Beth Phoenix

Brie Bella
Nikki Bella
CM Punk
David Hart Smith
David Otunga
Dolph Ziggler
Evan Bourne
Eve Torres
Gail Kim
Husky Harris
Jerry Lawler
John Morrison
Mason Ryan
Michael McGillicutty
Justin Roberts
Michael Cole
Michael Tarver
Santino Marella
Scott Stanford
Skip Sheffield
The Miz
Triple H
Vickie Guerrero
Vladimir Kozlov
Zack Ryder
Mr. McMahon


Daniel Bryan
Randy Orton
Mark Henry
Sin Cara
The Great Khali
Ranjin Singh
Jimmy Uso
Alicia Fox
William Regal
Yoshi Tatsu
Jey Uso
Ted DiBiase
Tyson Kidd
Alex Riley

Booker T
Brodus Clay
Chavo Guerrero
Cody Rhodes
Ezekiel Jackson
Heath Slater
Jack Korpela
Josh Matthews
Justin Gabriel
Matt Striker
Michelle McCool
Ricardo Rodriguez
Rosa Mendes
Teddy Long
Todd Grisham
Tony Chimel
Trent Baretta
The Undertaker
Wade Barrett

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Talk of Undertaker Moving to RAW

It was reported yesterday that WWE officials discussed moving The Undertaker to Raw to make up for a top babyface character being transferred to SmackDown during the 2011 WWE Draft. While the draft came and went without The Deadman changing brands, company sources indicate he'll join Raw upon his return to television.


Cena vs Del Rio the Plan for SummerSlam

Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena is currently planned for SummerSlam, with either the World Heavyweight Title or the WWE Title on the line.

When WWE first booked Extreme Rules, they weren’t planning on having the Draft first. Alberto Del Rio has been planned to win the World Title at the pay-per-view, and then he would have moved to RAW in the June Draft with The Miz keeping the WWE Title at Extreme Rules and taking the belt to SmackDown in June.

With the Draft being held early, there is a strong possibility now that Christian will win the World Title at Extreme Rules. If Christian wins, this would be the third pay-per-view since the Royal Rumble where Del Rio was scheduled to win the title but didn’t.

With Vince McMahon changing things and bringing the Draft sooner in hope of locking in the SummerSlam main events early, plans will be changing.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Ross Talks About His WWE Future

Jim Ross doesn't believe he will remain on WWE programming on a regular basis. However, tonight's WWE Draft could change his assumptions

Ross wrote on Twitter, "I'd be shocked if I return to wk'ly tv in any form on a regular basis. Draft could change my assumptions. I do miss Mon nites w/ King."


Del Rio Heading to RAW Tonight?

The web address of Alberto Del Rio's profile page on denoted the WWE Superstar as a member of the Raw roster today.

Under the "All" bracket on the WWE Superstars page on, his picture linked to the web address The error has since corrected as the URL now redirects to his original SmackDown based page.

It should be noted that if the page was not legitimate, an error page would be displayed ( No error page is displayed for

Similarly, SmackDown Diva Beth Phoenix was denoted as a member of the Raw roster over the weekend. The miscue was corrected this morning.

WWE officials have discussed moving Del Rio to Raw during tonight's WWE Draft as he is currently scheduled to headline SummerSlam against John Cena. It has also been broached for Del Rio move to the brand as World Heavyweight Champion, with The Miz, as WWE Champion, heading to SmackDown.

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Rey Mysterio: The Life of a Masked Man DVD Out July 12th

Below is the synopsis for WWE’s new DVD on Rey Mysterio. The title of the three-disc set is “Rey Mysterio: The Life of a Masked Man” and it comes out on July 12th.

“For the first time ever, Rey Mysterio sits down and reviews his historic career, reflecting on his greatest matches and moments. This all-new interview features exclusive and candid comments from the Ultimate Underdog on his Sports Entertainment path through ECW, WCW, and WWE; his rivalries with Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, CM Punk; his thoughts on battling men almost twice his size, and his emotional Cruiserweight, Intercontinental, and World Championship runs.”


WWE developmental Star talks About the New "No Wrestling" WWE

WWE developmental star Seth Rollins, the former Tyler Black, was asked by a fan what he thinks about WWE not wanting to be referred to as a professional wrestling company. Rollins replied with the following:

“I think you have to understand the idea of it. I was skeptical at first too, but it’s all a marketing scheme. When push comes to shove WWE will always be professional wrestling, but they are branching out and doing so much more nowadays that the word “wrestling” really pigeonholes the brand…so eliminating the word expands the brand and creates many new avenues to go down.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Shocking Announcement" Coming on Tough Enough

The USA Network is teasing a “shocking announcement” for next Monday night’s episode of WWE Tough Enough. Here’s their preview for next week’s show:

“The remaining contestant’s agility is tested when they are tasked with serving lunch to a busy crowd at a local 50′s diner while on roller skates. Some are naturals on wheels, while others spend more time face-planting than skating. Miss USA asked for one-on-one help in the last elimination and she gets it in the form of an in-ring beat-down from Bill. When time is up for elimination, the contestants are stunned by a shocking announcement from Steve. WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart guest stars!”


Santino Marella Hurts Leg at RAW

Santino Marella’s leg was banged up during the match with Sheamus at Monday’s RAW from London. A referee sent for an EMT but before they could get out there, Santino hopped to the back on one leg. The injury wasn’t enough to keep Santino off yesterday’s RAW live event in Cardiff, Wales, but he teamed up with Mark Henry and participated very little in the match.


The Rock Isn't Dead

There were apparently rumors of The Rock’s death all over Twitter yesterday. The People’s Champ responded to the rumors with the following:

“Rumors of my death are false – Im still “Bringin’ It’ 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – including leap year!”


Jericho Says He's Coming Back to WWE

Chris Jericho indicated to wrestling fans in a video message that he will be returning to WWE following his run on Dancing with the Stars.

"When I come back to WWE when this show is done, we can continue right where we picked off. You can boo and cheer and yell," Jericho stated.

Jericho is asking that WWE Universe members pay him back for his many years of entertaining audiences and putting his body on the line by continuing to vote for him on Dancing with the Stars. He says the longer he stays on the program, the better it is for the entire WWE Universe.

"I'm taking this universe into places we haven't been," Jericho said. "Twenty-three million people watch Dancing with the Stars every week. The Tonight Show, Rachael Ray, Ellen, all these people are starting to understand what it is that we do as WWE Superstars and why the WWE Universe is so loyal.

"I think it's very important to remember, it's not just me I'm representing. I'm a pioneer, an ambassador for WWE on this show. Continue to vote for me."

Jericho's next performance takes place Monday. He is among the show's final eight contestants.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jim Ross Blogs About Edge Being Forced to Retire

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has updated his blog, which you can read in its entirety at Here is what JR had to say about the WWE career and future of Adam "Edge" Copeland ..

"Edge’s retirement this past Monday on Raw was a shocking surprise. I had no idea that it was going to happen even up until the time Edge came to the ring and gave us the emotional news. There are no wrestlers in the business that I respect more as a performer and a man than I do Adam Copeland aka Edge. When I signed him in the 90′s, he was a lanky, over achieving kid who simply wanted to live his dream of making it onto the WWE Roster. He and Christian were like brothers and both fed off the other in the ring as they each worked diligently every day to improve their game. I honestly can’t remember a single day when Adam Copeland ever did anything to disappoint me or cause our department or company any problems.

Edge has a brilliant mind, a kind soul, patience, and would be a great teacher, producer, broadcaster, scout, or whatever task he may want to undertake in WWE. I look for Edge to take some much needed time away from the business and enjoy the North Carolina mountains and his dogs that he loves so much. He deserves no less than to return to WWE in whatever role that creates a win/win for Edge and the company but only whenever Edge is ready to re-engage.

In my role as the head of WWE Talent, I signed many athletes/performers who ended up excelling in WWE but none, and I mean no one, was more of a pure joy to work with and to watch grow from a mid card, tag team wrestler into one of WWE’s most prominent and enduring superstars who will no doubt be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame some day.

I shutter to think what would have happened to Edge in another generation of the biz as it relates to accurately diagnosing his injury. Most old timers would have ‘worked through it,’ or attempted to do so, until their body completely shut down. That’s sad and unnecessary. Modern medicine and the WWE attention to such matters regarding their talent’s health were a blessing for Edge who will now be able to lead a somewhat normal life. I am especially pleased that one of my guys has attained financial independence and that he was able to live his boyhood dream.

Notwithstanding the touching farewell address by the popular native of Ontario, no one can debate that this story did not have a happy ending. Good things more often than not happen to good people and Adam Copeland aka Edge was one of the truly ‘good guys’ I ever had the privilege of knowing in the business. Now, Adam, if he so chooses, can start phase two of his WWE life and potentially gift the younger talents with his wonderful knowledge and passion for the genre.

Do it on your schedule Adam. Enjoy those North Carolina mountains and reflect upon a job well done. It’s people like you that make me extremely proud to be in the business."

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Official List of Banned WWE Terms Sent Out to International Voice-Over Workers

WWE has an information sheet titled “The Language of WWE” that they send out to people that do international voice-overs for their TV shows in other countries. The sheet includes a list of “Incorrect Terminology” and a list of “Correct Terminology.”

“The Language of WWE” reads like this:

“World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is a publicly traded entertainment company (NYSE: WWE) that creates and delivers a weekly action soap opera to its passionate fans.

WWE has been a recognized leader in entertainment for more than 25 years and has developed into one of the most popular and sophisticated forms of global entertainment today.

As a global entertainment brand, the language that we use when communicating on WWE is critical.

Please ensure that you are familiar and employing the below, effective immediately. “

Here’s a look at some of the terms:

* “Wrestling” or “catch” is banned. Some European countries still use the term “catch” to describe pro wrestling and “catchers” to describe wrestlers. “The Language of WWE” states that the following phrases are incorrect: “Wrestling is broadcast in 145 countries,” or “Catch is broadcast in 145 countries.” The correct terminology is: “WWE is broadcast in 145 countries.”

* “Sports” is incorrect. “Entertainment or Action Soap Opera” is allowed. For example, “WWE is exciting entertainment” or “WWE is an exciting action soap opera” is allowed. In the last example, “action soap opera” is printed in bold, presumably to make sure there’s no confusion.

* “Catchers” or “wrestlers” are not allowed. Incorrect examples are “Catchers are unique characters” or “Wrestlers are unique characters.” The term “WWE Superstars” is allowed.

* “Athletes” or “Sportsmen” are not allowed either. WWE gives the following example to use: “WWE Superstars are entertainers with tremendous athletic prowess.”

* The term “fight” is not allowed. Matches must be referred to as “match” or “bout.”

* “Fighting” is also not allowed but the term “action” is.

“The Language of WWE” printout concludes with the following “Key Soundbytes”:

* WWE is pure entertainment

* WWE is an action soap opera

* WWE Superstars are entertainers with tremendous athletic prowess

Edge in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012?

The feeling on Edge entering the WWE Hall of Fame is that the company will wait a few years and induct him when WrestleMania returns to Toronto.

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Footage of Edge's Farewell Speech From When SmackDown Ended

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Details on Rey Mysterio's New DVD Set

The title for Rey Mysterio’s next WWE DVD is “Rey Mysterio: The Life of a Masked Man.” The three-disc set will be released on July 12th.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What Lies Ahead for Edge

Edge is still under contract to WWE and will be working with them later this year to promote his new WWE Studios movie. Everyone expects Edge to remain a part of the WWE family, similar to Shawn Michaels.

Tonight's SmackDown tapings is his last scheduled appearance for the company for the time being.


Video: John Cena Speaks about Edge's Retirement

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People Down on Sin Cara Following RAW Match

Sin Cara was said to be very nervous before his first WWE TV match last night with converting to the WWE style of wrestling. People backstage were very down on him and Primo after their match.


WWE Past and Present Stars Tweet on Edge's Retirement

Numerous current and former WWE stars commented on Edge's retirement via Twitter.

Hulk Hogan: "if any of the guys like me, Flair, Hardy, Andre, AA, Blanchard, orndoff, Henning would have listened to doctors we would have quit15yrsago, but I don't know Edges working environment because they are a media company not a wrestling company. HH wrestlers work hurt!"

"What about Foley! I bet EDGE still wants to keep wrestling,he's one of the boys big time!!! HH"

"my take is with a unfixable neck injury it's over ,but he's one of the boys and it will be hard to keep him down,he's 4life HH"

After receiving criticism for his remarks, Hogan clarified his opinion.

"I'm not saying anything bad about Edge but he's a real wrestler,Stone Cold and Cena had neck surgery and u couldn't stop em,Or Edge it's in Edges blood,he lives for this business he's a real wrestler,he a lifer,he's one of the real boys,he's hard to hold down,that's all. HH"

Eric Bischoff:
"Best of luck to Edge. Class guy and a great talent. He will find success in anything he pursues."

Taz: "Edge, 1 of the GREAT guys in the biz. Awesone talent & awesome guy! I live the numbness in arms due to neck issues also, scary.Be well bro."

Eve Torres:
"An emotional night for sure. #ThankYouEdge. One of the most creative, hard working, passionate, & helpful men in the WWE. We'll miss you!"

Melina, in response to the reaction backstage: "everyone was sad. I know I'm being selfish for Wanting my Fav wrestlers to stay but I'm happy for them 4 leaving on their terms. Leaving such a great mark that we were able to witness.

It is an honor to know him. He has done so much. He has been there for many young talent. I wish him great happiness and well being. But I will keep hoping he'll be back."

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What to Do with the Heavyweight Title Match at Extreme Rules

Edge will hand over the World Heavyweight Title at tonight's WWE SmackDown tapings. WWE has removed the World Title Ladder Match from their Extreme Rules line-up.

One idea discussed for tonight's SmackDown tapings has Edge hand-picking Christian to take his place against Alberto Del Rio in the Ladder Match, which would be for the vacant World Heavyweight Title belt.

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Big Title Match Featuring The Corre on Tap for Extreme Rules

There has been talk of putting The Corre in a multi-man match at Extreme Rules with Wade Barrett's Intercontinental Title on the line and Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater's Tag Team Titles on the line.

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The Miz Talks About WM 28, The Rock, Fans

WWE Champion The Miz spoke with The Miami Herald this week. Here are some highlights:

Fans' reaction to him:

"The fans always cheer me at events like Axxess or the press conferences. Then at live events they boo me, but show me the respect I deserve. They didn’t do that three years ago, when they literally hated me and couldn’t stand me. They changed the channel, when I was on TV. Now I think I’m starting to earn their respect, which is good."

The Rock:
"The Rock was my favorite growing up. He has always been my favorite. I was able to get in there and upstage him and literally show him that I’m better. It’s like when you see an icon or someone you idolize when you are younger. Then you are in the ring with him and are able to show him up. To show everyone you are better than your idol, there is nothing better than that."

WrestleMania 28 in Miami:

"I will still be the main event. I plan on still being the WWE champion. I plan on being the longest reigning WWE champion of all time. It’s just the type of person I am. I am always aiming to be number one and the best. So I will be the champion, the main event and everything everyone else isn’t."

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Morrison Is the First to Admit he Has a "Cold Shoulder"

John Morrison is not shying away from online reports that he has heat within the WWE locker room. Today on Twitter, he made light of Trish Stratus alleging during an interview last Friday that he cold-shouldered her following their contest at WrestleMania XXVII.

He wrote, “Raw in Bridgeport today- Lookout @HEELZiggler… I got a mean punch, a furious kick, and a cold shoulder!”

Morrison also tweeted the following remark on Friday shortly after Stratus’ allegations surfaced online: “If you don’t have enemies, you don’t have character.”

He also said yesterday that “American Airlines is not smart,” likely in reference to Stratus stating that he wasn’t too smart in his decision making for their WrestleMania match.


Gail Kim Resonds to Rumors of Her Leaving WWE

There have been reports going around that WWE Diva Gail Kim is considering leaving the company once her contract is up this November. The report notes that Gail has yet to re-sign and WWE likes for talent to re-sign a year in advance. Regarding the rumors, she wrote the following on Twitter:

“Can people stop talking about me supposed leaving or my personal life here?its really annoying guys. I’m not going anywhere last time I’m saying it. It makes me want to avoid twitter. Let’s talk about more positive and interesting things. Happy raw day… Hopefully us divas will be in action 2nite! ”


Jim Ross Backstage at RAW; To Be on the Show Tonight

PWMania has confirmed with several backstage sources that Good Ol’ JR, Jim Ross is backstage tonight at Monday Night Raw and is expected to continue his storyline with Michael Cole this evening on the broadcast.

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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Video: Disturbing Footage Of Scott Hall From Friday at Indy Show


Rock Heading Out to Promote New Movie

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed on his Twitter account that he’s flying to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil tomorrow morning. The worldwide premiere of his latest film, Fast Five, takes place in the city next Friday, which would indicate that he won’t be on hand for Monday’s Raw.

Fast Five will be released in the United States on April 29.


When Will the WWE Draft Take Place?

With WrestleMania 27 in the history books, there is talk within WWE about when the company will hold this year’s talent draft. There had been talk a few weeks ago that there would be no draft this year, but we have not heard anything concrete about the draft being scrapped. If the draft does take place , it will not be this month as in previous years, but would likely take place in June, when WWE will be holding two 3-hour episodes of RAW.


Austin Says He Could Wrestle Full-Time

In an interview with Comcast's XfinityTV to promote the new season of Tough Enough, WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin dropped a very newsworthy quote - saying his body is in good enough shape that he could actually get back in the ring and wrestle a full-time schedule for about two more years. You can read the full interview here.

Here are some highlights of what Austin said about:

Nexus Leader CM Punk:
" I really like C.M. Punk. I think he’s one of the top workers in the ring. I love his promos. I love his style. There’s no smoke and mirrors. I like the straight-edge lifestyle stuff he does. You want to start pairing that against the beer-guzzling “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, I think you’d have an interesting feud to say the least. He would push me to the limits, I would teach that kid a thing or two, and there would be some wonderful promos going back and forth. I like him a lot.

How Physical He Got While Shooting Tough Enough: "One of the kids was pretty mechanically inclined, so I got in there with him…and shoot, I guess that means I haven’t been in the ring in seven or eight years…but I took a few bumps from him, gave him a few bumps, it was a lot of fun. I think if we do it again, I think I’ll be even more active and get in the ring a lot more."

A Possible Return to the Ring: " I could still, you know if I was in a bad situation, I could still get two years out of my carcass on a full-time basis." He then added, " But I’m happy where I’m at. And in ten or twenty years I still want to be doing the things I’m doing with my hunting and fishing. I want to continue to do that in a pain-free fashion. And right now I’m living a pretty pain-free lifestyle."

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Hotel Incidents During WM Weekend

There were reportedly hotel bar incidents with Matt Hardy and the WWE Tough Enough crew in Atlanta this past weekend for WrestleMania.

No details yet but obviously they can’t do anything to Hardy but there may be some repercussions for the Tough Enough cast. One source says if a main roster WWE star had done some of the things they did, they might have been released if they were low enough on the roster.


Cena to Focus Back on the Miz

John Cena is putting his focus back on WWE Champion The Miz while he waits for WrestleMania 28 and The Rock to get here. He wrote the following on Twitter:

“CeNation. Well rock. U got a year to get ready. Me…ill be in bridgeport mon with my sights set back on the Miz. I can not wait.”

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

WWE Diva Upset With Taking A Backseat To Trish Stratus

It was reported yesterday that there is backstage heat on John Morrison and Melina as a result of their behind the scenes treatment of Trish Stratus. It was claimed that either he or Melina, his girlfriend, felt Stratus took her spot at Wrestlemania XXVII.

Morrison rejected various ideas Stratus had for the match and was said to be very difficult to work with.

During the live performance, Morrison appeared visibly cold to Status, not making eye contact with her and dodging her following its conclusion. Morrison's treatment of Stratus reportedly hurt her feelings. Word quickly spread amongst the locker room, garnering heat for both himself and Melina among some circles.

Regarding the validity of the story, former WWE talent Sean Waltman (a/k/a X-Pac), who was on hand for the WrestleMania festivities in Atlanta, wrote yesterday on Twitter that a participant of the Six-Person Mixed Tag Team Match did not behave in a professional manner. He wrote to Stratus, "It was wonderful seeing you this weekend. You are a true professional, unlike someone else in your match and I don't mean Snookie."

He then added that he was very surprised and disappointed by the person's unprofessionalism.

According to a friend of Melina's, the Raw Diva is legitimately upset with Stratus. Melina has privately said that her source of contention with Stratus is not because she herself was snubbed from WrestleMania due to her, but because many of the Divas were. She's upset that many of them were snubbed from the grand event when they're on the road throughout the year, unlike her. Melina also said that she's not the only girl upset with Stratus for "taking their spot."

Meanwhile, Melina wrote a message on Twitter Tuesday defending her Diva peers, and that she will fight for them.

"I was eliminated from TE...Look how far I've come. I'm not the best but God knows I try my best! Thru all the h8 I'm still standing strong!"

"I don't care what ANY1 says, WWE Divas CAN wrestle. We prove it when we get time. I believe in them. I will fight 4 them until U see what I C."

"Thank you everyone. We have a strong group of women in the WWE. A roster that I'm proud to & be a part of."

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Why Michaels Didn't Mention Flair at Hall of Fame

It was speculated that Shawn Michaels was referring to Ric Flair when he said he couldn’t mention someone’s name during his WWE Hall of Fame induction speech. Shawn revealed on Twitter that he was talking about Vince McMahon. He wrote:

“There seems 2b confusion on the “who” I couldn’t mention during my speech. It was Vince. He doesn’t want focus on him. U wanna c the real Vince watch the HOF ring presentation on the WWE Diary w/me. The rest is gimmick, don’t believe what u read. It sounds like a schill but its fact. But of course that’s jus 1 guys opinion that actually knows him…for 20+ yrs. Whadda I know.”

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Sin Cara Calls Off a Tornado Twist on Sheamus

When Sin Cara attacked Sheamus on RAW this past Monday, a WWE crew member pushed a mini-trampoline from under the ring as Cara ran towards it. There was concern backstage that the trick could go wrong if the trampoline wasn’t in the right position, which it wasn’t. The trampoline was positioned so close to the ring that Cara almost didn’t clear the top rope when he went to attack Sheamus.

On a related note, Cara was originally planned to leap from the top rope onto Sheamus on the floor with a tornado twist in mid-air. He called an audible during the angle and ended up doing the high crossbody. The original finish to the angle would have looked better on TV but the crossbody came off nice.

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Snooki with a Future in the WWE?

While Snooki is saying she’s done with wrestling now, word from WWE is that if she stayed sober and actually wanted a career once Jersey Shore is done, they would sign her.


Backstage News on WM 28 and The Rock

Sources report that there was a massive last-minute re-write of RAW on Monday afternoon. Early in the afternoon, they were going with Triple H vs. The Undertaker at SummerSlam and Taker vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 28. A few hours later they made The Rock vs. Cena announcement, which is a significant change within just a few hours.

There’s a feeling that the long-term plan has always been to build WrestleMania 28 around The Rock, even if he wouldn’t agree to wrestle. This could have played a factor in WWE’s decision to choose Miami as the host city. It’s possible that Rock will also go into the Hall of Fame next year.

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Mania Moments That Were Scrapped to Be On DVD

The Wrestlemania 27 DVD and Blu-Ray release next month will feature a series of classic Wrestlemania moments that were originally planned to be included in the PPV broadcast but were later dropped.

The DVD will also feature the complete PPV and Hall of Fame ceremony, along with matches from those being honored in the Hall.

The Blu-Ray will feature all of the above as well as the Wrestlemania week episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown.


Tuesday, April 05, 2011

WWE Sends Out Presser Making Rock vs Cena Official

The Rock vs John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII

STAMFORD, Conn., April 5, 2011 – Arguably the most anticipated match in WWE® history was set on Monday Night Raw®. WWE Superstar John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will face off at WrestleMania XXVIII on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in The Rock's hometown of Miami, Florida.

At WrestleMania XXVII, The Brahma Bull™ denied John Cena the WWE Championship when he jumped into the ring and delivered a Rock Bottom to Cena during the title match vs. The Miz®. The Rock and Cena met in the ring just minutes ago on Monday Night Raw on USA Network and the challenge that everyone was looking forward to was finally issued. WrestleMania XXVIII will be broadcast in more than 100 countries around the world.

WWE® made history again as WrestleMania®, for the second consecutive year, became the highest grossing and most attended entertainment event in the host venue. WrestleMania XXVII grossed $6.6 million, with 71,617 fans from all 50 states and 30 countries attending the sold out event at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The annual pop-culture extravaganza was broadcast around the world on pay-per-view in more than 100 countries and 20 languages.

Ticket information for WrestleMania XXVIII will be announced later this year.

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Sunny Bumped From WWE Hall of Fame Show on USA

WWE decided to remove Sunny’s induction from Monday’s WWE Hall of Fame broadcast on the USA Network. Instead, they instead went with Drew Carey’s induction since they have a promotional deal with him to push his new TV show.

The one-hour special opened up with Dusty Rhodes inducting The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering. The show closed with Shawn Michaels being inducted by Triple H.

A video package highlighted the inductions of Sunny, Abdullah the Butcher and Bullet Bob Armstrong.

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It's On - Rock vs Cena Main Eventing WrestleMania XXVIII

The Rock will be returning to wrestle in a WWE ring against John Cena after Monday's RAW.

The Rock accepted Cena’s challenge for a match but wants it at WrestleMania 28 in 2012 from Miami, Florida.

The Rock extended his hand to Cena and the two shook on the match before taking a beatdown from The Corre. Cena and Rock ended up coming back and fighting the group off.

WWE confirmed that the match will take place at the end of tonight’s broadcast. This is the first time that a WrestleMania main event has been confirmed one year in advance. Obviously things can happen between now and then that would stop the match.

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Monday, April 04, 2011

Rapid React - WrestleMania XXVII

The event at the Georgia Dome has been done now for about three hours, but there's still a buzz in the air here in the Peach state over the over 70,000 that took in WrestleMania XXVII.

The event was a middle of the road Mania in my opinion, but to me the crowd got what they wanted - which was a John Cena loss, a lot of The Rock, and even a surprise win by Edge to keep the World Heavyweight Title.

Here's some thoughts about the event from start to finish:

* Figured the Rock would open, but was hoping that they wouldn't overuse him all night, and at times I felt they did. We didn't need the Mae Young skit with him, and the Pee Wee Herman thing was kinda goofy.

* So you give me too much backstage and do the following - make the US Title worthless by making Daniel Bryan and Sheamus a dark match, a built up 8-man tag go 90 seconds and the wrong guys win, and the odd finish to the Cena-Miz match with of all things, a double count out? Strange booking indeed.

* Didn't like at all having Edge-Del Rio on first. Why? Crowd was dead for a lot of the night IMO, and even this opener wasn't enough to get them going after they shouted too long for The Rock. Liked the match, felt totally that Del Rio would win, and was surprised he didn't. Convinced that he will get the belt soon though, and it's a matter of time as Edge gets back on the winning Mania track.

* So tired of Rey Mysterio's act, time for him to go away. Was glad after last years push for him to beat CM Punk they allowed a guy that needs a big win like Cody Rhodes to go over on him. Had no real issues with this match and where it was on the card.

* 90 seconds for the 8-man tag match?! The Corre is a team that I think is getting a solid push on a show that needs stars in SmackDown, and not only don't you give them time, you bury them with a 90-second loss. Total blunder here. Not that it matters, but Vlad doesn't even come to the ring with his pals?

* Enjoyed the Randy Orton vs CM Punk match, though again I felt that Punk should have won this. Orton doesn't need a push like Punk, and if Nexus is going to get over, why have their leader lose after basically dominating the whole match? As a whole, I liked the match and think they will continue this feud.

* The Hall of Fame Class of 2011 was good, as we knew it would be, and it was a cool gesture having HBK come out solo at the end. Don't want to think too far ahead, but next years class is going to void of a big star unless someone retires or passes away (sorry, had to say it). Unless that is they decide to go with the Host of tonight's show, who is the only big name out there currently not in.

* The Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler match really killed the momentum of the night from a live standpoint. The crowd popped for Stone Cold, which you knew they would, as well as for old WCW star Booker T, but overall, this was a dud to me. I know that Jerry deserves a Mania match, and as someone that knows him personally, I was happy he got it, but it should have been more than this. It will be interesting to see if Cole still has a job, and what they do with him from here. Was also glad to see Jim Ross and Lawler get to call the rest of the card.

* The Taker-HHH match stole the show - of course. Why not after a mid card that was pretty substandard have a match like this NOT go on last like it should have. I was all for having the Miz-Cena last, but knowing how they were going to end it, they should have made the decision to put this last. Already it sounds to me like they are setting up the WM 28 rematch in Miami, and why not - it was the best thing on the show and deserves an encore.

* Everyone hated the whole Snooki thing, and while I know why the WWE did it, I will give her this - at least unlike Vicki a year ago she pulled off two wrestling moves in the match and got the win. Anyone recall the awful "splash" that Vicki did on Kelly Kelly a year ago in Phoenix? Hate Snooki all you want, but her presence got the company mainstream attention and I wouldn't doubt if a few interested people brought the show just because of her. With that, it was fun as well to see Trish vs McCool.

* So finally a huge anti-Cena crowd gets what they want, which is to see him lose clean. It was a hookey finish, but what did you expect? You were not going to see the Rock NOT come back out, and you were not going to see him help Cena either. So the only thing left was a bad finish, the Rock saving the day, then laying out Cena for the Miz only to then lay out the Miz as well.

* I would be lying if I didn't think the GM bleep wasn't to announce a three-way between Cena, the Rock and Miz at the end, but that would have felt an awful lot like WM 9 when Hulk Hogan worked his backstage magic to get the strap from Bret Hart and Yokozuna. I am glad they left it on Miz for now, and we shall see how much more time the Rock sticks around and what they do with him and Cena now.

* As far as a number in the 1 to 10 scale for this Mania, I really can only give it a 5. The undercard was weak, they botched a couple booking spots, and the night was really all about The Rock getting over on the two stars in the main event, which could backfire if he goes away right away.

* The crowd as well was not that great for the night in my opinion, and I really hope after Miami the company brings the event back up east.


Sunday, April 03, 2011

Let's Talk Wrestling's WrestlMania XXVII Predictions

WWE Title Match
John Cena vs. The Miz

All the focus on this match has been how much the Rock will get involved. The build has been on the Rock vs Cena, which is what the company seems to be building towards. One wonders if they are going to do a remake of 14 when they built Mike Tyson to be a heel, then he turned on Shawn Michaels to help Steve Austin. Can't see the Rock helping Cena win, but with the heat on Cena now, they may do it just to get him back over.

Winner: Cena

No Holds Barred Match
Triple H vs. The Undertaker

Many think this will finally be the year the streak ends, more so with HBK being involved somehow. Can't see it. They wanted this to be either Brock Lesner or Sting vs Taker, but settled on HHH after the first two dropped out and they couldn't come to a deal. Taker won't lose here, though I can see there being more and more talk of this streak ending with Taker set to walk away in 1-2 years at 46-47 years old. Here's thinking HBK on accident superkicks HHH to give Taker the tombstone win.

Winner: Undertaker

World Heavyweight Title Match
Alberto Del Rio with Brodus Clay vs. Edge with Christian

Edge was undefeated going into WM 24 vs Undertaker, and has lost three straight since, and tonight will be four. Del Rio truly is the future of the company with a three-year deal inked last year, and he's going to represent the company as the champ for awhile at least. One has to wonder if the curve will be Christian turning on Edge, but that would almost be too predictable. Del Rio does find a way to get a win.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk

Good mid-card match for both, like Rey Mystero's match with Punk a year ago. Orton's stock seems to be heading back up as a top face, and I think Punk takes the fall here with Orton getting one on the leader of Nexus.

Winner: Randy Orton

John Morrison, Trish Stratus and Snooki vs. Dolph Ziggler, Layla and Michelle McCool

Tons of heat at the Hall of Fame for Snooki when they showed the promo, but the WWE got what they wanted with lots of mainstream media coverage of her being in the show. Look for a comedy match that should go about 5-7 min with Stratus wrestling 90 percent for the women, and Morrison and Ziggler getting a lot of mat time as well. They likely will give Snooki the pin, which should go over like a fart at a wedding at the dome.

Winners: John Morrison, Trish Stratus and Snooki

Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel and Wade Barrett vs. Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella and Kofi Kingston

Odd booking here from the start, as I was amazed Kingston was left off the card, but the company did a good job using Axxess to shoot an angle to have him replace Vlad in his match. The Corre seems to be the growing future of the company, while the team of Show and Kane was thrown together, so give the Corre the win as they continue to develop the team.

Winners: The Corre

Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes

These two could steal the show if given the time, but as history goes, they won't get more than 5-8 minutes to try and go at it 100 percent. Mystero is talking about leaving, which is why they should give Rhodes the win. Plus they need to build his character up, so if they do the right thing, Rhodes goes over. With that said, you know how it's going to end.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Special Referee: Steve Austin
Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole with Jack Swagger

The King finally gets a Mania match, and it's about time. Of course it's going to be filled with a lot of hijinks and running around with the likes of Swagger and Autsin probably at some point getting into it. No doubt that Lawler wins, and one has to wonder with Cole being in such hot water if they are going to bury him totally to end his time with the company over his anti-gay tweets that the company is feeling the heat on.

Winner: Jerry Lawler

WWE United States Title Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus

Pretty much just a way to get Sheamus on the card, and a good way, as these two have gone back and forth a few times recently with solid matches. I can see this being the opener, as Sheamus should get over to keep him hot in the heel mid-card slot and also carrying a strap.

Winner: Sheamus

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Nash and X-Pac Back with HBK and HHH at the End of the Hall of Fame

Video of the Hall of Fame as Kevin Nash and X-Pac joined HHH and HBK on stage at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

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Layla and Michelle McCool Bomb at the Hall of Fame

Many who attended the WWE Hall of Fame last night stated how bad Layla and Michelle McCool’s induction speech for Sunny was.

John Morrison compared LayCool’s speech to Jersey Shore star The Situation’s recent bomb at the Donald Trump roast with the following on Twitter: “Lay-Cool’s induction speech at Hall of Fame = the Situation at the Trump roast.”

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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Michaels Teases Being Involved in the HHH-Taker Match

Shawn Michaels teased involving himself in The Undertaker vs. Triple H match at WrestleMania XXVII.

When asked about Triple H ending "The Streak," Michaels said, "I'm not sure I can let him do what I couldn't."

He then commented on whether he plans to interfere in the match, saying, "I'll do everything I can not to stick my nose in. Maybe."

He added, "Do you ever find that you're meanest to the people you love the most? If I ruined his chances of ending The Streak, I'm sure he'd beat the tar out of me at that moment, but I'm sure he'd forgive me eventually."

Michaels' role in the match has not been announced by WWE.

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Piper Teases Something for Him at WrestleMania

WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is teasing a surprise for WrestleMania XXVII. He posted the following on his Twitter account today:


The last time Piper teased a surprise for a pay-per-view event, WWE officials nixed his appearance.

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List of Superstars Not Booked for WrestleMania XXVII

The following wrestlers are not advertised for tomorrow night's WrestleMania XXVII pay-per-view event. However, a dark match battle royal is expected to take place, featuring male wrestlers not booked for the telecast.

Raw: Alex Riley, David Hart Smith, David Otunga*, Evan Bourne, Goldust*, Husky Harris*, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Mark Henry, Mason Ryan*, Michael McGillicutty, Michael Tarver*, Primo, R-Truth, Skip Sheffield*, Ted DiBiase, The Great Khali, Tyson Kidd, William Regal, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder

SmackDown: Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, Curt Hawkins, Drew McIntyre, Hornswoggle, JTG, Kofi Kingston, Trent Barretta and Tyler Reks

Divas: Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix, Brie Bella, Eve, Gail Kim, Kaitlyn, Kelly Kelly, Maryse, Melina, Natalya, Nikki Bella and Rosa Mendes

* David Otunga, Goldust, Husky Harris, Mason Ryan, Michael Tarver, Skip Sheffield are currently inactive.


Change To WrestleMania Match Following Injury Angle At Axxes

WWE conducted an injury angle at this morning's WrestleMania Axxess affecting the Eight-Man Tag Team Match at WrestleMania XXVII featuring Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov vs. Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel and Wade Barrett.

Following Kozlov's victory over Tyler Reks, The Corre attacked the Raw Superstar. The faction used the steel steps to crush The Moscow Mauler's shoulder against the ring post.

WWE acknowledged the attack on the company website: "Twitter and YouTube has since erupted with photos and videos of the incident. The footage only serves to leave the WWE Universe wondering about Kozlov’s condition, or what condition he’ll be in for the Eight-Man Tag Team Match at WrestleMania."

The angle will play out with Kozlov being removed from the Eight-Man Tag Team Match and replaced by Kofi Kingston. The announcement is not expected to made until the match takes place.

Kingston dropped the Intercontinental Championship to Barrett last week on Smackdown.

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Match to Be Bumped Off Mania?

Figure Four Weekly editor Bryan Alvarez reports that there's a good chance that a match could be bumped off tomorrow night's WrestleMania XXVII pay-per-view broadcast.

In that case, it would be a dark match. A battle royal is scheduled to take place featuring male wrestlers not booked for the pay-per-view.


Metallica Song to be Used at Mania?

The official program for WrestleMania XXVII is billing the Triple H vs. Undertaker match as "Nothing Else Matters." That is also the name of a Metallica song. The official Twitter account of the heavy metal band tweeted yesterday that Triple H would be using one of their songs at Wrestlemania XXVII.

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Brodus Clay and Christian in Corners at Mania Confirmed

WWE has now confirmed that Brodus Clay will be in Alberto Del Rio’s corner and Christian will be in World Heavyweight Champion Edge’s corner for their big match at tomorrow’s WrestleMania 27 pay-per-view.

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The Rock on Jay Leno on Tuesday

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this coming Tuesday, the night after he appears on WWE RAW and two nights after he hosts WrestleMania 27.


Piper Comments on His Match with MTV’s Rob Dyrdek

Roddy Piper wrote the following on Twitter last night about his match with MTV’s Rob Dyrdek at WrestleMania Axxess: “How Cool was The WWE Access with myself and Kid Lighting doing the Make a Wish thing. Rob jumped the ring on a skake board, I just kicked ass! You will beable to see the Flying in the ring thing, on the Fantasy Factory soon. it was fun!”


HBK Gets a Gift From Buddy Ric Flair

WrestleMania XXVII Diary: Shawn Michaels receives a special Hall of Fame gift from Ric Flair

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Awesome Kong in Atlanta, Doesn't Mean She'll Be at Mania

Awesome Kong, who is signed to a WWE deal, has been spotted in Atlanta. While it hasn’t been confirmed that she will not be debuting, the news that she’s in town doesn’t mean as much as people are speculating. WWE brings in pretty much everyone signed to the company for WrestleMania weekend, whether they’re performing at WrestleMania events or not. This doesn’t mean that Kong won’t debut this weekend but being signed to a WWE deal, she would most likely be in town anyway.

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WWE Hoping Mania 27 Brings in One Million Buys

WWE is hoping that the addition of The Rock and Snooki to WrestleMania 27 will help them break 1 million pay-per-view buys. They’re also hoping that the use of social media like Facebook and Twitter will help push buys.

WWE Chief Marketing Officer Michelle Wilson told Multi-Channel News this week that the idea was to do more social media promotion for WrestleMania this year, something more than their traditional TV advertising. Wilson said they were trying to bring back former fans with The Rock and new fans with the Snooki storyline.

Wilson talked about fans being able to go to The Rock’s Facebook page for his response to what John Cena did to him on RAW. She said, “That allows us to continue the storyline even after we’re off the air. It’s really a 24-hour engagement that our fans have with the WWE going into WrestleMania.”


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