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Issue #17, Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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- Jack Swagger was found guilty on the charge of Driving Under the Influence in Gulfport Municipal Court in Gulfport, MS on Tuesday. Swagger was sentenced to six months probation, a $500 fine and court costs. A two-day jail sentence was suspended. The story was first reported by Robin Fitzgerald at SunHerald.com. In other less-than-desirable news for Swagger, he's got a severed tendon in his right thumb and is currently in a splint.
- David Otunga resurfaced on this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw, appearing in a backstage interview with Josh Mathews that aired on the WWE App. Otunga plugged “The Call” being released on DVD on Tuesday.
- CM Punk watched the Chicago Blackhawks capture the 2013 Stanley Cup from a laptop computer backstage at WWE Raw.
- The WWE Money in the Bank lineup is beginning to take shape as the following matches were announced coming out of this week's Raw - John Cena vs. Mark Henry for the WWE title, Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler for the World title, WWE Title MITB Ladder Match featuring CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Christian, Kane and RVD and Chris Jericho vs. Ryback.
- It was announced on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw that CM Punk will team with Curtis Axel to oppose Darren Young & Titus O’Neil, known collectively as The Prime Time Players.
- The Rock is featured on the cover of WWE 2K14, the upcoming WWE video game that's due out on October 29, 2013. The game will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
- WWE Extreme Rules 2013 did an estimated 228,000 buys. This was down from the 263,000 the show did last year but up from the 209,000 the show did in 2011.
- Alex Riley is now working on the WWE announce team, replacing the released Matt Striker in matches taped for WWE Superstars. His broadcast colleague is Tony Dawson.
- Sheamus will face Damien Sandow in a Dublin Street Fight on this week's episode of WWE Smackdown.
- Here's where the SummerSlam plans were as of this past weekend - John Cena defending in a triple-threat match against Ryback and Mark Henry, Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk, Undertaker & Kane vs. The Shield and Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler for the World Heavyweight Championship. Plans are subject to change but this was the direction over the weekend.
- Matt Striker continues to dominate the interview circuit following his WWE release last week. He told a funny story about Jerry Lawler, saying that Lawler pulled him aside and told him not to talk so much. Striker said he tends to just talk and talk and talk and is like a 9-year-old in front of a microphone.
- TNA will tape the next two week's of Impact Wrestling Saturday night from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company isn't taping next week because of Independence Day in the United States.
- Jeff and Beth Hardy spent the weekend with Jeff and Karen Jarrett and Hermie Sadler. We heard stories of fishing and just an overall, awesome time.
- Rob Van Dam commented on his Twitter account about his TNA departure. When asked why he left to return to WWE, he said - "Contract expired. So did professionalism, courtesy and respect." Basically, RVD left WWE in 2010 because his contract was up and he was tired of the full-time schedule. TNA Wrestling approached him about coming in and he went back to WWE and told them things were going good and wanted to give them a shot to sign him first. They wanted him full-time so RVD went to TNA. Van Dam credited Chris Jericho for the new part-time mentality in WWE for allowing him to come back under a less-than-full-time schedule.