- Goldust's profile has been moved to the Alumni section on the official WWE website. While WWE still has not publicly acknowledged his release, we broke the news here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium on Tuesday night.
- Triple H accompanied Floyd Mayweather to the ring for his fight against Miguel Cotto last night in Las Vegas. Click here for full coverage of the fight.
- R-Truth introduces his new theme song remix in this video with Kofi Kingston over on dot com.
- There were audio issues at last night's Smackdown live event in Asheville, North Carolina. The sound was inaudible during a Kane promo that aired on the screen as well as the entrance of The Uso's.
- Speaking of last night's Smackdown live event, Christian returned in a match where he went over Yoshi Tatsu. He was advertised locally in the show's main event in a triple threat against Sheamus and Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship but was replaced by Alberto Del Rio.
- Bo Rotundo and Husky Harris are on the road with WWE this weekend, with Rotundo working Smackdown shows and Harris working Raw shows. Harris debuted as Bray Wyatt where he wore a tropical print shirt and straw hat over black sweats.
- WWE has a feature article over on dot com highlighting Triple H's appearance with Floyd Mayweather last night. Pictured on the official website is Hunter with 50 Cent, Justin Bieber and Stephanie McMahon. Hunter sold his "broken arm" from Brock Lesnar by wearing a brace and sling. You can read the article with the photo at this link.
- Wrestling News World reader CJ Blaze sent word that Lord Tensai's companion, Sakamoto, has been added to the official roster over on WWE.com.
- Melina Tweeted the following during Floyd Mayweather's fight on Saturday night:
— Melina (@RealMelina) May 6, 2012
- Kofi Kingston was off weekend WWE live events because he was filming an appearance in SyFy's "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files." His tag team partner, R-Truth, teamed with Santino Marella.
- WWE has announced a Supershow from the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on July 8, 2012.
- WWE will tape the Raw portion of this week's WWE Superstars and tonight's Raw Supershow tonight from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The advertised dark match main event is CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship. If you are attending and would be interested in sending us text-message updates for material taped for WWE Superstars and dark match results, send us your name and mobile number by using this form.
- Many readers don't like it when workers get political but WWE Champion CM Punk had some interesting comments on Twitter regarding Amendment 1:
Amendment 1 is ridiculous. It's an invasion of people's rights. North Carolina, why do you care if somebody wants to marry who they love?
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) May 7, 2012
Same sex marriage should be legal. The fact that it's illegal is embarrassing.
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) May 7, 2012
Divorce rate is at least 50% between men and women, so don't give me the values angle.
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) May 7, 2012
Making same sex marriage illegal is the same as having segregated drinking fountains. Embarrassing. The human race is embarrassing. #evolve
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) May 7, 2012
- Although it's a week later, I've learned even more bizarre details regarding the aftermath of John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar at WWE Extreme Rules. I can confirm the run sheet called for Cena to be stretchered out of the arena but Vince McMahon instructed him to do a "shoot" promo after the match. Lesnar is believed to not only have been told about the promo by McMahon but it's also believed he was told to throw a "temper tantrum" backstage. As I noted in my initial report here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium, Lesnar wouldn't have been watching the monitor backstage had he not known the post-match promo was coming thus there wouldn't have been anything to "set him off." Privately, some of the producers were complaining about the message this sent to the boys as well as the distrust it causes in the office when you start putting together "secret" plans that not only differ from the script, but are intended to work both the wrestlers as well as those running the company. The story floating around about the stretcher job being a way to pacify Lesnar and convince him he'd be kept strong and Lesnar feeling like he was double crossed was a story Vince wanted to get out there. The truth is, Lesnar just wants his money. I'm told by sources close to the situation that he has made it more than clear, as long as he gets his money, he'll cooperate with whatever they want him to do. Nonetheless just because Lesnar wasn't legitimately upset about the booking, doesn't mean everyone was OK with it. I'm told many of Lesnar's possible future opponents were upset enough to make their thoughts known and complain to company officials. The Undertaker, The Rock and even Steve Austin are guys who have been angling to work with Lesnar at Wrestlemania XXIX next year in hopes of it being one of the biggest matches in company history. Since Extreme Rules, I'm told all three have let company officials know what a mistake they felt it was about Lesnar losing so soon. The Rock, who was considered the most likely to face Lesnar at Wrestlemania, was the most vocal of the three. However, I'm told the latest plan for Wrestlemania XXIX next year is to do The Rock vs. John Cena II, not Rock vs. Brock. It was initially thought McMahon was going to announce next year's Wrestlemania main event as soon as possible, however, he didn't want to fully commit to Rock vs. Brock or Rock vs. Cena so early and decided to delay the announcement. I'm told one of the things that ended up tilting Vince in favor of a rematch next year is the success of this year's show. Howevever, Wrestlemania plans for next year have already changed several times and are assured to do the same several times before the show. But ultimately, with having to decide who would win between Cena and Lesnar, Vince decided to protect Cena since Cena against The Rock again next year is the match he's leaning towards.
- WWE is looking to name WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston. Possible names include:
- Air Truth
- Truth in Paradise
- Air Jimmy
You can vote at this link.
- Deadline.com is reporting that Steve Austin has signed a deal to host the new reality TV series on CMT called "Redneck Island." The 10-episode competition drops 12 blue-collared contestants into a tropical paradise where they compete for $100,000. The show debuts next month on CMT.
- Layla will defend the WWE Divas Championship against Beth Phoenix in two weeks at WWE Over the Limit.
- The World Heavyweight Championship match at WWE Over the Limit has been changed to a Fatal 4-Way. Sheamus will now defend the title against Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton. WWE Over the Limit will take place Sunday, May 20, 2012 from the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. We'll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- Paul Heyman returned to WWE on tonight's edition of Raw Supershow as Brock Lesnar's "legal representative."
WWE Champion CM Punk spoiled the return of Heyman with the following Tweet posted at 10:32 PM EDT:
Okay. I'm having a blast with this. Here he is. The man. MY man. And he's headed to the ring.... twitter.com/CMPunk/status/…
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) May 8, 2012
- WWE Champion CM Punk has set off a firestorm with a Tweet he sent to a fan. In response to Punk's views on Amendment 1, a fan replied with a homophobic Tweet. Punk mentioned the fan's Tweet and responded by saying, "kill yourself."
Another fan scolded Punk for his comments and mentioned WWE's "Be-A-Star" anti-bullying campaign. Punk responded to them by writing, "hey moron, don't try to hide behind the be a star campaign. I am a star. I'm fighting bigots here. Zero tolerance." In response to another fan that disagreed with Punk, he told them to "drink bleach."
Mirror out of the United Kingdom picked up on the story and included footage of Punk hurling a homophobic slur at fans in Australia last summer. Below is the footage from a WWE live event on July 4, 2011 in Adelaide, Australia:
At the time, the comments caused considerable controversy and Punk issued the following apology:
I'm glad TMZ posted that video because everybody needs to be held accountable for their bulls---, me included. What I said was bulls---... I'm embarrassed. I own up to being a total douche in this situation and I offer a sincere apology to anybody I hurt with careless words.
- The plan coming out of last week's TVs was for Paul Heyman to be brought in as Brock Lesnar's mouthpiece around SummerSlam. I'm not sure what changed as Vince McMahon, who never saw eye-to-eye with Heyman, was reportedly insistent that Heyman would not be part of any deal between WWE and Lesnar. I was told by a source close to the situation the two had cut ties after Heyman had pressured Lesnar to stay with UFC with some feeling that Lesnar returning to WWE would either extremely minimize Heyman's involvement in Lesnar's career or completely eliminate it. However, one of my sources told me last week they felt Heyman already had some type of deal in place to appear on WWE TV and sure enough, he returned tonight. Obviously Heyman's comments that Lesnar "quit" were a work although one of the things Vince McMahon had hoped would circulate after reports of Lesnar "losing it" backstage at Extreme Rules was that he had quit the company. I have much more on that at this link. It's also worth noting that CM Punk spoiled Heyman's return after a day full of controversy.
- CM Punk took to Twitter to apologize for his controversial tweets following his denouncement of North Carolina's proposed Amendment 1, as well as directly apologizing to the fan he said "kill yourself" to. The tweets are compiled below:
I was pretty worked up today. The amendment 1 situation had me all wound up.I stand by my thoughts on gay marriage 100%. How I defended...
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) May 8, 2012
That stance was 100% wrong. I admit it. You can't stoop to others levels. Sometimes I fight fire with fire and it isn't ways the best way. — CM Punk (@CMPunk) May 8, 2012
I'll start by being the better man and once again, apologize for my harsh reaction to your opinion of homosexuals making you "sick" @ezeekay
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) May 8, 2012
Sorry y'all. If I let anybody down, I apologize. I'll make it up to ya and move forward with a better understanding of others feelings.#pma
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) May 8, 2012
- TMZ is reporting that Ricardo Rodriguez was stopped by police yesterday in Greensboro, North Carolina on his way to WWE Raw Supershow. According to the report, Rodriguez was doing 70 mph in a 55 mph zone and given a $200 ticket because it was also a construction zone.
- John Cena appeared in front of the live crowd in Greensboro, North Carolina after last night's WWE Raw Supershow went off the air. Cena beat Kane in a dark match main event after hitting the Attitude Adjustment.
- WWE will be extending their Monday night tapings effective July 2, 2012. The company will begin tapings an hour and half before the show is set to go live on the USA Network at 9 PM/8 CT. Currently, the tapings begin a half hour to 45 minutes prior to going live. Obviously this is an indication that more material will be taped although specifics are currently unknown.
- Rey Mysterio's second WWE Wellness Policy violation has generated a lot of chatter among the wrestlers that drug test failures are mysteriously and coincidentally occurring more and more when the company is looking to punish a specific talent. In the case of Mysterio, the company knew of the failure well before Wrestlemania XXVIII (he was tested on February 13th) and continued to attempt to rush him back to work the show. Rey felt he wasn't ready to return in time, however, I'm told company officials made it clear that he was expected to "gut it out" and return in time for Wrestlemania. The feeling amongst some of the workers is that Mysterio got heat when he told the office he wouldn't be ready to return in time for the pay-per-view. Some conspiracists believe the test failure would have been swept under the rug had he been able to return in time. If true, the credibility of the whole program is suspect as the irony is the "Wellness" policy was used to punish someone who refused to put himself at risk by returning too soon. As for what caused the positive test, Mysterio is blaming a nasal spray he had been taking that he had a prescription for.
- WWE Champion CM Punk threw out the ceremonial first pitch at tonight's Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field and also appeared during the 7th inning stretch. Punk was accompanied with Lita, Colt Cabana and Cliff Compton (formerly known as Domino). WWE cameras were filming.
- WWE Night of Champions 2012 will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2012 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Wrestling News World reader Shawn Anderson sent in the following… WWE Champion CM Punk threw out the first pitch at last night's Chicago Cubs game AND kept the seat warm for holographic Harry Caray in the process! Click here for coverage with photos.
- Wrestling News World reader Robert Rice sent word that Sgt. Slaughter is scheduled to be at the Daytona Cubs minor league baseball game on June 29, 2012. Click here for more information.
- WWE is promoting a video playlist of Rob Van Dam's work in ECW over on dot com. You can watch the views at this link.
- WWE announced a live event on Sunday, August 26, 2012 from the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota.
- WWE has launched a new viral marketing campaign airing before official videos on dot com. The campaign states "A Revolution Is Coming" and picked up steam early this week. It airs at random before some videos. For those that have asked, I haven't heard any details on the campaign and am just learning of its launch.
- ESPN.com has a feature article online on WWE Champion CM Punk singing "Take me out the Ball Game" at last night's Chicago Cubs game. Punk is quoted in the piece:
“To me, I don’t really get nervous as often wrestling anymore,” he said.
“Take me out to the ball game…”
“This is huge, uncharted waters so this is a little bit more nerve-racking,” Punk said, a grin creasing his face. "
Click here for coverage by ESPN.com.
- WWE has announced a live event from the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas on July 7, 2012.
- WWE has an article over on dot com looking at CM Punk and Daniel Bryan climbing the ranks through the indies to make it to their main event match at WWE Over the Limit for the WWE Championship. Wrestling News World reader Fernando sent in the link as you can read the piece by clicking here.
- It wasn't all bad news for Rima Fakih today as she is advertised for FOX's new celebrity dating show called "The Choice." The series premieres on Thursday, June 8th on FOX. You can read the full press release at this link.
- While this probably won't surprise anyone, I'm told it's "doom and gloom" for Bloom. Matt Bloom, better known as Lord Tensai, has drawn concern from producers due to his stiff style. However, in what could prove to be a major blow to his push, I'm told members of upper management are growing weary of booking him against top workers.
- WWE management was upset about CM Punk's controversial Tweets earlier this week where he told a follower to "kill yourself" and another to "drink bleach" because it wasn't very "Be-A-Star" like. I asked if there was heat on him for Tweeting a photo of Paul Heyman before he came out and was told the feeling is it was done intentionally to get people talking and tuning in for the segment.
- I spoke with someone close to Rima Fakih today who told me Rima's claim in court today that she didn't have her first drink until she was 23-years-old was a "lie."
- There was talk of Paul Heyman returning on WWE television next week in Pittsburgh but apparently there was concern over him drawing too much of a babyface pop with the crowd so he was used this week in Greensboro.
- WWE executive Jason Hoch was at Ad Age's Social Engagement/Social TV conference yesterday and joined executives from ESPN and Major League Baseball where they discussed social media and live sporting events. Hoch commented that WWE tested social engagement at a Raw live event in Huntsville, Alabama last Friday, encouraging fans to share photos and vote on the main event stipulation. Click here for more.
- Mick Foley is advertised as the special ringside enforcer for WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho in a no disqualification match at Sunday's Raw live event in Rochester, New York.
- WWE has announced a live event from the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska on July 22, 2012 at 6 PM.
- There is more to Edge being pulled from his scheduled appearance at Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro show on Friday. I'm told the appearance had never been finalized and he was upset when he found out the promotion was advertising him. He had talked about coming in to help raise money for charity but a day had never been agreed upon as the promotion had moved their date a few times. When Edge found out he was being advertised before he'd signed off on the date, he pulled out. The promotion covered by claiming the appearance was canceled due to Edge filming for SyFy's "Haven." Sources close to Edge tell me he's in a weird spot because he wasn't happy with WWE's money offer so he's trying to prove his value elsewhere. It's a difficult situation because not only can he not wrestle but he doesn't own the rights to the Edge name. I'm told he's still hoping to return to WWE but they're stuck in a game of "chicken" because he wants a deal like that of Shawn Michaels (in the ballpark of $300,000/year) to make appearances when needed and WWE isn't offering him anywhere close to that kind of money.
- WWE announced on their official website that WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston & R-Truth will defend their titles against Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger at this year's Over The Limit pay-per-view.
- TMZ is reporting that John Cena filed for divorce from his wife Liz Huberdeau. According to their report, Liz has hired the same lawyer that represented Linda Hogan in her divorce, Miami-based Raymond Rafool. Rafool told TMZ that John "blindsided" Liz with the divorce. The couple had a prenuptial agreement that was signed in 2009. You can read coverage by TMZ at this link.
- The Miami Herald mentioned today in an article covering John Cena's divorce that he is worth over $18 million. According to their piece, Cena's soon-to-be-ex-wife Liz Huberdeau is seeking for a result similar to what Linda Hogan got in her divorce which was allegedly 70% of Hulk Hogan's assets. Cena and Huberdeau have a prenup that is said to include the ability to take back all gifts and presents.
- TMZ has more online regarding John Cena's divorce. The publication features a video of Cena kissing his wife ringside at WWE Raw Supershow in Boston prior to Wrestlemania XXVIII. According to the report, Cena has been "a wreck" over his marriage for months and hasn't been shy about discussing his problems at home while hanging out backstage before WWE events. The arguing between the couple has been a problem since they got married in 2009 with a recent spat being over the remodeling of their Florida home. Cena has reportedly been "miserable" for the past few months. Click here for coverage by TMZ.
- Chris Jericho was involved in an altercation with North Carolina DJ Waleed Coyote at a strip club in Greensboro early Monday morning. Jericho, R-Truth and one of the company's referees were at "The Treasure Club" when Jericho noticed a fellow patron snapping a photo of him with their cell phone. Jericho confronted the patron, who turned out to be Waleed, took his phone, deleted the photo and threw the phone across the club. Immediately after the incident occurred, Coyote took to Twitter:
F--- these wrestlers chris Jericho wow
At this strip club and this weak a-- wrestler Chris Jericho tried to really try me lol u in wrong city steroid boy
I don't believe or advocate violence but this dude was outa line WWE let's GO
As of this writing Jericho hasn't publicly-acknowledged the incident but Waleed Coyote has tried to generate hype by discussing it with hip-hop websites.
- Justin Gabriel provided the following injury update on his elbow today on his official Twitter account:
A few weeks out from being cleared to wrestle. But maybe I'll rock up at SD TV next week.. Just for fun
— Justin Gabriel (@Justin__Gabriel) May 11, 2012
- One of the shots The Rock took at John Cena on the March 12th edition of WWE Raw Supershow during the "Rock Concert" segment hit closer to home than anyone realized with the news of Cena filing for divorce. The following lyrics were "sung" by Rock during the segment:
"Rock saw Cena makin' out with Eve, Grabbin' on her thigh, tuggin' on her weave. Cena was havin' the time of his life, I guess he didn't tell her that he's got a wife. Let's rock. Everybody let's rock. Divorce lawyer's right up the block, but we're dancing because Cleveland Rocks."
- WWE is making a major change to the NXT tapings beginning next week. The company will be taping the show with Florida Championship Wrestling beginning next Thursday, May 17th at 7 PM from the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The taping schedule for the combo tapings are as follows:
- May 17, 2012
- June 14, 2012
- July 5, 2012
- July 19, 2012
- August 9, 2012
- August 23, 2012
- September 6, 2012
- September 20, 2012
This is all part of a plan to upgrade WWE NXT while making it easier to transition developmental talent to the show. Triple H is advertised for next week's tapings.
WWE held a show on the campus last December where pilots for a prospective WWE Network series were taped. An exclusivity deal was signed with Full Sail University, making them the only pro wrestling promotion that can use the venue for professional wrestling.
- For those wondering why David Otunga has been off the road with WWE, he has been with his financee Jennifer Hudson as she has been in court in Chicago, Illinois for the trail of William Balfour. Balfour, who was charged with the killing of Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in 2008, was found guilty today by the Chicago jury. You can view a court room sketch of Otunga with Hudson at this link. Click here for coverage by the Los Angeles Times.