– Arda Ocal sent in the following:
Arda Ocal of theScore Television Network had a chance to speak with wrestling legend Larry “The Axe” Hennig, father of “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig and grandfather of WWE superstar Michael McGillicutty. In the clip, Hennig talks about his initial displeasure of his grandson not using the “Hennig” name but then details a conversation he had with Vince McMahon which put his mind at ease, as well as possible future plans for McGillicutty to use the name sometime in the future.
Hennig also talks about wrestling Roddy Piper in Piper’s first ever wrestling match, facing Andre the Giant, memories of his son Curt and more.
– Full Sail University posted the following on their Facebook page about next week’s WWE NXT tapings:
WWE NXT Returns to Full Sail University!
Don’t miss the next round of hard-hitting action when WWE / NXT returns to Full Sail University Live on July 26, 2012! WWE Superstar and the World’s Largest Athlete, The Big Show will step between the ropes in the feature bout of the evening! The stunning WWE Divas will be on hand, and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross will call the unique style of WWE/NXT’s in-ring action!
During the WWE / NXT event, a selection of local area specialty food trucks will be on site, so come hungry, as the Food Truck service begins at 5:00pm.
FREE for Full Sail Students with student I.D. (Limit 2)
$5.00 for Full Sail Staff with staff I.D.
$10.00 for General Admission tickets
Available at the Full Sail Live Box Office only: 141 University Park Drive, Winter Park, FL 32792
Monday July 23, 2012 from 4pm to 7pm
Tuesday July 24, 2012 from 4pm to 7pm
Wednesday July 25, 2012 from 4pm to 7pm
Thursday July 26, 2012 from 4pm till Show Start @ 6:30pm
Note: Limited seating, tickets available on a first come, first served basis.
Proceeds from ticket contribution benefit the Full Sail / WWE Scholarship Fund
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Full Sail Live at Full Sail Studios
141 University Park Dr., Winter Park, FL 32792
Doors 5:45 p.m.Event 6:30 p.m.
WWE and Full Sail University will be videotaping this event.
Event specific WWE / NXT T-Shirts will be available at the event and proceeds benefit the Full Sail / WWE Scholarship Fund.
– WWE issued the following press release:
100 Million Fans Like WWE
STAMFORD, Conn., July 20, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced that it has eclipsed 100 million fans through its global social media networks, further cementing its position as one of the most followed brands in the world.
To celebrate this milestone, WWE has surprised its 100 millionth social media fan, Alex Guerrero, Jr., 27 from San Antonio, Texas with a free trip to Monday Night Raw’s 1,000th episode live from St. Louis, Mo. this Monday. Guerrero will also appear on the show and be featured across all of WWE’s social media platforms, including Tout, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and on WWE.com, making him an online Superstar.
Currently, WWE has more than 73 million Facebook fans and 30 million Twitter followers across all of its networks. WWE’s network of Facebook pages has more fans than the NFL’s Facebook league page and its 32 team pages combined. WWE’s flagship Facebook page has a stronger following than brands such as MLB, ESPN, Nickelodeon, HBO, Pepsi and CNN. On Twitter, @WWE has more followers than the NHL, McDonald’s, TMZ, CNBC, and Coca-Cola. Earlier this year, WWE and its Superstars received six 2011 Mashable Awards including “Digital Company of the Year” and “Must Follow Brand on Social Media.”
The 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw not only marks a new 8/7C start time on USA Network, but an expanded three-hour format that will usher in a new era of interactive programming, where viewers will become part of the action by using social media platforms to have a voice in the show.
Thanks to Wrestling News World reader Logan Walker for contributing information to this article.