Welcome to the Powerslam Newsletter
Issue #10, Monday, June 3, 2013
Happy Monday everyone! I hope your week is starting off in the right direction. It's been a busy day here and it's going to be an even busier night. WWE Monday Night Raw is on the USA Network at 8 PM EDT but it's up against the NHL and NBA Playoffs. I'm a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan and given it's a must-win situation with the series heading to Boston after this, I'm going to be doing some serious channel surfing. Have no fear, Kendra Bunyon will be providing live coverage as the action happens and we'll keep you in the loop with all the news and notes before, during and after the show.
Let me take this moment to wish all the Heat and Pacers fans luck as I have no dog in that fight. If you're a Bruins fan, well I'm not rooting for you but I am still thankful for your support! Enough of me, let's get to the news!
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- The DirecTV guide lists "Triple H returns. Plus, the latest on CM Punk." for this week's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw. WWE actually teased he would be on the show last week when explaining he was "unable to travel" last week. Hunter isn't being officially advertised to appear. We'll have exclusive live Raw coverage with streaming results and discussion starting at 7:30 PM EDT here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- We're told Vince McMahon was irate over Ryback's promo that opened the May 20th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw in which he proclaimed to take the entire audience to the morgue with John Cena. Apparently what Ryback delivered wasn't too far off from what was scripted and either something slipped through the cracks or seeing it on screen felt different than what Vince envisioned. Either way, Vince was "flipping out" about his top heel basically saying he was going to murder the fans. After the Chris Benoit tragedy, WWE has become more sensitive about language or threats being too violent in nature. Vince didn't like the idea of an ambulance gimmick being positioned or associated with the idea of killing your opponent as opposed to the idea that you've injured them and they need medical attention. So Vince began souring on the Ambulance Match at the top of the 5/20 show. The next day, Vince expressed that he didn't think the gimmick got over and they needed to switch the stipulation for the pay-per-view. We're told the writers warned him it would would be hard to push the ambulance so hard right out of the gate to not deliver on it at all. This is what led to the Three Stages of Hell Match with the ambulance still being part of it (the bout will be an Ambulance Match for the third and final fall, if "necessary"). In fact, the only reason the ambulance stipulation was even thought up was because it protected the loser from not being pinned. It was Triple H that suggested the Three Stages of Hell stipulation.
- Bret Hart said Owen Hart not in the WWE Hall of Fame was childish. Here's the quote, ran by 660 News All News Radio out of Canada - “You know, it’s time to remember what he was. He was a great wrestler, and WWE fans around the world remember Owen, everyday. And, they ask me, everyday. It’s kind of childish.”
- WWE Hall of Famers Bob Backlund and Tony Atlas were spotted at WWE live events over the weekend. Backlund was seen in New Hampshire and New York. Atlas was photographed with Naomi in Augusta, Maine.
- It was a family reunion for WWE Champion John Cena this weekend. He spent the day with his mother in New Hampshire on Saturday and his father was at the show in Maine on Sunday. Kendra Bunyon was also at the Maine show and met Cena Sr.
- WWE has announced a live event on Friday, July 26, 2013 from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets go on sale on June 15, 2013.
- Last week's WWE Smackdown did an average viewing audience of 2,410,000 viewers on SyFy.
- The latest WWE Studios straight-to-DVD movie "12 Rounds 2: Reloaded" starring Randy Orton will be released in stores nationwide on Tuesday. Here's is a synopsis of the film courtesy of Amazon: "WWE superstar Randy Orton slams action into overdrive in this pulse-pounding thrill ride filled with gripping suspense! Paramedic Nick Malloy (Orton) is plunged into a deadly game of cat and mouse when he receives a terrifying phone call from a vengeful psychopath (Brian Markinson) connected to his past. The maniac threatens to unleash a murder spree unless Nick can complete a series of 12 challenges without involving the cops or missing a single deadline. With no time to spare - and his own wife's life on the line - Nick must piece together cryptic clues and hunt down the killer before it's too late!"
- Samuray Del Sol finished up with EVOLVE at the promotion's "Evolve 22" iPPV on Sunday night. Del Sol has signed his developmental contract with WWE and is expected to report to Florida soon. Del Sol was defeated by Open the Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano at Sunday's show.
- Tommy Dreamer noted on Facebook he was robbed of $1300.
- Kurt Angle was announced as the second inductee to the TNA Hall of Fame at Slammiversary. While the overwhelming majority felt Jeff Jarrett was the "deserving" inductee, the feeling was the company would go with an active performer that has more commercial appeal. Angle being the inductee leaked out in the locker room on Sunday afternoon and wasn't a surprise when it was announced.
- Jeff Jarrett was not backstage at Slammiversary.
- Title changes from Slammiversary - Chris Sabin (X Division Championship), Abyss (TNA TV Championship), Gunner & James Storm (TNA Tag Team Championship).
- Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim received extremely high marks for their 10-minute "Last Knockout Standing Match." Many felt they had one of the best bouts on the card and kept the crowd very much into the bout.
- Chris Sabin was busted open hardway at Slammiversary. He bled heavily and required stitches backstage.
- Jay Bradley beat Sam Shaw in the Gut Check Tournament final at TNA Slammiversary to earn a spot in the Bound for Glory series.
- ESPN’s Robert Flores was at TNA Slammiversary on Sunday and watched the main event with Dixie Carter.
- Jeff Jarrett wrote the following on Twitter regarding Kurt Angle being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame: "Congratulations to the 1 n only @RealKurtAngle 4 being inducted n 2 the #TNAHallofFame ! Inside the ring, there's never been anybody better!"
- Kurt Angle filmed an appearance on Steve Austin's podcast over the weekend.
- Impact Wrestling will no longer air live from the venues but on tape delay instead. The reason this is being done is so they can begin taping at 7 PM EDT and have everyone out by 11. With the show airing at 9 PM on Spike TV, it would be too late to begin the second show after the first is finished.
- For those that have asked, TJ Perkins was once again under the hood of Suicide at Slammiversary.
- Chef Robert Irvine was backstage at Slammiversary to watch his wife, Gail Kim, perform in the "Last Knockout Standing Match" against Taryn Terrell.
- James Storm worked the TNA Tag Team Championship Match at Slammiversary at about 75% and was in a considerable amount of pain afterwards.
- While I don't know what this means regarding WWE and TNA, Rob Van Dam has added several additional independent dates to his schedule.