WWE Diva In A Car Accident, Ric Flair Looking To Get Out Of His TNA Contract To Return To WWE (Details On His New Role), Update On A Top WWE Star Leaving Soon, Details On Two TNA Stars Heading To WWE, Chris Jericho Suspended Over Brazilian Flag Incident, TNA Suing WWE On Allegations Of Contract Tampering, WWE’s Reaction To TNA Lawsuit Plus A List Of Stars They’re Trying To Acquire, Ask WNW Archive & All The Big News From This Past Week

WWE News

- The official WWE website has announced that Rosa Mendes was involved in car accident late Friday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mendes’ car was stopped at a traffic light before she was struck by a vehicle traveling almost 50 miles per hour. WWE reports that up to 6 cars were involved in the resulting accident. Rosa was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Click here to read the full announcement.

- Dot com has posted an update on Rosa Mendes after she was involved in a car accident in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday night. The official WWE website reports Rosa suffered “serious whiplash” but no other major injuries.  She was released from the hospital late Friday night.

At approximately 6:45 PM a Mercedes in a turning lane switched lanes and caused a truck to jackknife in which led to a series of successive collisions. Dot com quoted Rosa in their update:

“We were talking when all of a sudden, I saw in my rear view mirror a truck coming really fast. It jackknifed,” Rosa told WWE.com early Saturday morning.

“We were the last car hit, so we had the most impact,” she said. “We slid two car lengths. I didn’t know when it was going to stop. If we weren’t in the Hummer, we would’ve been seriously injured.”

“My neck and back were really hurting,” Rosa said. “My body is my job. I was so scared that I was not going to be able to wrestle. I was in a lot of pain.”

“Nothing’s broken,” she said. “I feel like I can wrestle but the whole right side of my neck and back have a burning sensation.”

Though still very shaken from the incident, the WWE Diva offered an optimistic message to concerned WWE fans.

“I want [the WWE Universe] to know that I’m OK and I’m alive,” Rosa said. “I’m grateful to be here because it was really, really scary.”

Click here for coverage by WWE.com.

- Sin Cara made his return to the WWE ring yesterday, defeating Hunico at a Supershow live event in Florence, South Carolina. As previously reported on Wrestling News World, he was expected to return this month. He is officially advertised for Smackdown’s tour of Mexico from May 24-26. Click here for more results from the live event.

- Brodus Clay was recently interviewed by Chad Dukes and discussed a number of topics, including the origins of the Funkasaurus, having his debut repeatedly delayed, and more.

In the following excerpt, Brodus discusses how his dance segment before The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII was almost cut from the show at the last minute:

“We were in what we call the gorilla — it’s right before you get ready to go out. I think it was the band or prep — something went way wrong. So, they were going to cut the dance. It was cut and we got told in gorilla. And now I’m committed to it and excited and ready to go. I look at the Funkadactyls and I’m like, ‘Guys, I think we just got cut.’

“Cena, he was getting his mind ready and he’s in the corner getting ready to come out because he comes out shortly after. He’s stretching and he said — it was one of the coolest things ever — he said, ‘If Brodus doesn’t go out, I’m not going out.’ And just walked away. They were just like, ‘Well, send him out.’ It was a really cool moment. Everyone talks about Cena, but they don’t know that that’s the type of person that he is. So, it was real cool. So, honestly, the reason that I actually went down was because of Cena. He had a lot to do with it.”

Click here to listen to the full interview

- Christian returned to pay-per-view tonight at WWE Over the Limit, winning a Number One Contender Battle Royal to open the show which he used to face Cody Rhodes for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. He went over, winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship for the fourth time in his career. Christian, who suffered a high ankle sprain in November 2011, returned briefly in March but was sidelined again after aggravating the same injury. He returned to the ring during WWE’s post-Wrestlemania tour in the United Kingdom last month but had not been seen on television.

- The official WWE website is reporting that John Laurinaitis suffered a number of “injuries” during his match with John Cena at WWE Over The Limit. The following excerpt details the reported injury:

“WWE.com has gotten word that Mr. Laurinaitis was rushed to the emergency room from Raleigh, N.C.’s PNC Arena, showing signs of a possible concussion, possible ACL damage to his knee and a possible spinal injury. To add to this litany of serious injuries, the executive also suffered contusions over his entire body and was said to have difficulty raising his left arm and left leg, which can indicate possible nerve damage. The General Manager may have also suffered a broken clavicle.”

Click here to read the full announcement. Note from Richard: In case for some reason you were wondering, this is all a work to try and help better legitimize the beating he took from John Cena. I will have more on what I consider to be a failure in my Richard Reacts piece later today.

- IGN has a new piece online with quotes from Stephanie McMahon where she discusses the WWE Raw Supershow expansion to three hours. Below is an excerpt:

“It’s going to be the first-ever regularly scheduled three-hour program on television and I think we’ve got a pretty good handle on it thus far! You know, we do a three hour show called a Pay-Per-View almost every month and Monday Night RAW, we’ve done three hours before, so we feel great about it. “

“This is going to be the most interactive show in television history. Our audience is going to have the chance to effect something in the show every week.” As far as what the audience would be determining, she said it would be, “Matches, stipulations, anything and everything. Different things every week.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

- WWE has a blunder over on dot com where they list John Cena as the winner in his match against John Laurinaitis at last night’s Over the Limit pay-per-view. You can view the error at this link.

- The UK Sun has a new article online today featuring quotes from Chris Jericho. Below are the highlights:

Feud with CM Punk: “It was a blast. It was the reason I came back. I went to meet with Vince in August to discuss working Wrestlemania with Punk. I knew we could do something with the ‘best in the world’ thing, and it amped up really well with the alcohol thing. It’s all about the storyline to get you to the match and I thought both matches were great. All that I care about is that I walked out of both of them feeling very vindicated and very happy with both. They were both excellent matches to add to my résumé.”

Match at Wrestlemania XXVIII: “There were people that thought our match at Wrestlemania was the best. We didn’t have the attraction vibe that the other two matches had. The Rock is an attraction at this point. The Undertaker’s streak is an attraction. Punk and Jericho was just your good old-fashioned wrestling match for a title. The other matches were amazing too. That some people said we had the best match on the show, I was very proud of that.”

The over analyzation of the cryptic videos to bring him back: “They were looking too deep into it — WAY too deep. It was just supposed to be a creepy thing. My idea was that it was the Mayan calendar in 2012 saying it’s the end of the world and I was going back and it’s the ‘end of the world as you know it’. That means that if one day you are walking down the street and you find a dog, and then the dog lives in your house, then it’s the ‘end of the world as you know it’. It’s the end of the way that you used to live and it’s a new world. The girl we just put in because she was creepy looking. There was never supposed to be a girl coming in with me — there wasn’t a change of plan. It was exactly what it was intended to be — a cryptic little cool thing that led to me coming back and doing what I did.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

- There’s been a lot of talk regarding Ric Flair’s status in TNA given a pair of recent no-shows with not much being heard from him. I’m told Flair has actually been trying to negotiate a release from his TNA contract to return to WWE. According to a source that spoke with me under the condition of anonymity, Triple H hopes for Flair to have a significant role in WWE’s new plans for their developmental system (which are still very much under wraps). There are not believed to be plans for Flair to return to the ring in WWE. One of the issues believed to have heavily influenced the decision-making of Flair is the fact that his daughter Ashley is close to signing a developmental contract with the company. The feeling is Ric wants to be in the same company as his daughter and look after her career himself by getting a position of power. While it may initially make TNA look bad, I’m told the company is at least considering letting Flair go due to the amount of money it would save them at a time when they’ve really been trying to keep talent costs down.

- WWE has applied for trademarks for the terms Raw Active and Rip Em.

- The Miz is scheduled to appear the 2012 Cable Show Convention in Boston, Massachusetts at 4 PM EDT this afternoon.

- Dot com is anticipating the 1000th episode of Raw with a new subsection that includes a countdown, videos and photos. You can check it out at this link.

- Justin Roberts denied he had words with Lilian Garcia at last night’s WWE Over the Limit pay-per-view. The following is from the official Twitter account of Roberts:

Regardless if they had an all-out argument, disagreement or what was seen by fans was overblown, one thing is clear and that is the company wasn’t pleased with the multiple mistakes made by Garcia last night. You can read more about those at this link.

- Yoshi Tatsu was asked about his ankle by Twitter followers after the awkward landing he took when he was eliminated from the “People Power” Battle Royal at last night’s WWE Over the Limit pay-per-view. While Yoshi didn’t deny getting hurt, he told three different followers he will be “fine.”

- There was some chatter coming out of last night’s WWE Over the Limit pay-per-view about the number of errors Lilian Garcia made during the show. Lilian announced Sheamus as only weighing 225 pounds (he’s billed at 267) and announced Hunico as a participant when Camacho was scheduled to face Ryback.  Apparently there were others but those are the ones I’m aware of. I don’t know what was said to Lilian backstage (if anything) but there was some talk that management was unhappy with the errors.  There were rumors of an argument with Justin Roberts but he has since denied them.

- It appears that Matt Bloom is not Lord anymore as WWE is now referring to him simply as Tensai. You can view his profile on dot com at this link.

- Cody Rhodes posted the following today on Twitter:

- In a follow-up to an earlier item, Lilian Garcia followed-up on Justin Roberts’ denial that the two had an argument at WWE Over the Limit:

- It was announced on tonight’s Raw Supershow that John Cena will face Big Show next month at WWE No Way Out.

- There was a glaring error during the opening segment of tonight’s WWE Raw Supershow as John Laurinaitis announced that he re-hired Big Show on Saturday and gave him a bonus. Given the stipulation WWE had announced for the bout between John Cena and Laurinaitis at WWE Over the Limit, not only would have Show’s interference caused Laurinaitis to be “fired” but it would have caused him to be “fired” as well. In storyline, the WWE Board of Directors stipulated that if any Superstar or Diva interfered Laurinaitis would be terminated as well as the contracted worker that interfered. When Show “returned” during the match at the pay-per-view, Cole proclaimed he was there because he “bought a ticket” as he interfered to help Laurinaitis win the match. Someone in the back recognized the mistake as it was clarified on commentary that Show agreed in principle on Saturday but didn’t actually sign until this morning.

- The Public Relations firm that represents Ted DiBiase sent out the following:

WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase Jr. has started a non-profit organization entitled the Ted DiBiase Foundation. It is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax exempt. Their first program is called the “DiBiase Posse Project.” It is a VIP Experience with Ted at a WWE Live Event for individuals with life threatening illnesses, disabilities or those going through very difficult times. Also, the Ted DiBiase Foundation is developing additional programs for Youth Leadership as well as Community Causes.

For more information on the Ted DiBiase Foundation, please go to www.TedDiBiaseFoundation.org

Ted will be writing a monthly blog entry on the TDF website. He has just posted his first entry at this link.

- Wrestling News World reader Eric sent word that WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan is being advertised for the August 13th Raw Supershow taping in Dallas, Texas with Triple H scheduled to appear live. Look for the match to be a possible dark match main event if plans do not change by then.

- Wrestling News World reader Fernando sent this link that goes to an article of Daniel Bryan promoting tomorrow’s Smackdown live event in Poughkeepsie, New York. Bryan admits he almost prefers wrestling in intimate venues.

- Wrestling News World reader Jason Watzlawick sent word that John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis with a guest partner and World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for the July 24th Smackdown taping in Kansas City, Missouri.

- Swagbucks announced today that WWE will be ending their affiliations with them for MyWWESearch.com effective June 15, 2012. The following statement was issued today:

“We regret to inform you that MyWWEsearch.com will be closing on June 15th. What does this mean for your current WWE Swag Bucks? Until June 15, 2012 the WWE Swag Store will remain active and we will be lowering the prices of all items in the store. After June 15th, all your WWE Swag Bucks will be redeemable at Swagbucks.com Swag Store where you can also continue to build your Swagbucks account. We are sorry for this sudden change, but will make sure that you still have the ability to earn and spend your Swag Bucks for the rewards you deserve.”

- Shawn Michaels was at the Frank and Son Collectible Show in California last weekend. At the appearance, he ran into his former tag team partner Marty Jannetty and uploaded a photo at this link. (Thanks to Wrestling News World reader Patrick Peralta for sending this in.)

- The Miz wasn’t at last night’s WWE Raw Supershow because he was in Boston for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s 61st annual convention and international exposition.

- In speaking with a source early this morning it appears WWE’s position on Alex Shelley changed overnight. While it’s unknown if the amount of internet buzz surrounding his TNA departure generated the interest, I’m told WWE is interested in Shelley once his TNA contract expires. For those that missed it, I reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium that Shelley was letting his TNA contract expire and also revealed another name that is believed to be departing soon.

- The latest on the “A Revolution is Coming” viral video campaign from WWE that will be revealed on next week’s Raw Supershow is that it will be used to unveil the company’s newest video game. There was speculation earlier today the campaign had to do with TNA star Matt Morgan but that no longer appears to be the case.

- While Cody Rhodes made headlines for his Tweet yesterday that simply read “time off,” he’s backstage at tonight’s Smackdown taping from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

- It was announced on this week’s Smackdown tapings (click here for this week’s results) that Sheamus will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio next month at WWE No Way Out.

- Vignettes aired during this week’s Smackdown tapings (results available here) announcing that Sin Cara is set to return to WWE TV on next week’s Smackdown, airing June 1. Sin Cara has already worked a WWE live event and is expected to work the tour of Mexico from May 24-26.

- The following is from the official Twitter account of Randy Orton:

- The Raw crew was scheduled to head to Sao Paulo, Brazil last night for tonight’s show in the country but the flight was canceled. WWE Champion CM Punk wrote the following on Twitter:

Chris Jericho added the following in a Tweet last night:

- WWE.com has a new exclusive video interview with John Laurinaitis where they try and cover for the big mistake that was made on this week’s Raw Supershow. You can watch it at this link. (Thanks to WNW reader Robert Rice for sending this in.)

- Joshua Fisher of the Darien Times wrote an editorial last week discussing Linda McMahon’s bid for United States Senate where he said WWE was a product that is “barely above pornography.” WWE responded with a letter on here on dot com where they tout the company’s PG initiative.

- There will be a Smackdown live event tonight from the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. Mick Foley is officially advertised for the show. If you attend, please submit a live report.

- Despite the fact the revamp plans of WWE NXT are underway after four new episodes were taped last week, the company continued to tape the series at last night’s Smackdown taping from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The plan is to continue on with the current season (taping prior to Smackdown), airing the episodes on WWE.com until a new television deal is in place. Once the new deal is in place, WWE will begin airing the episodes taped from the campus of Full Sail University.

- To follow-up on a story we ran last week about Alberto Del Rio talking retirement, I’m told by a source close to Del Rio that he’d actually like to have another run in Mexico after his career in WWE before he retires. Apparently all the talk of “retiring when his contract is up” is being done as a way to make the WWE office believe he’s finished when his contract is up as opposed to returning to Mexico to prevent him from being buried on his way out the door. Del Rio has saved his money well and is hoping to leave WWE on top when his contract is up, return to Mexico as a hero and work another year or two before calling it a career. My source doesn’t feel this story is going to go away and the “cat and house” game between WWE and Del Rio is going to be an interesting thing to follow as time progresses. The company is currently “desperate” for Latin stars and can’t afford to completely bury Del Rio but do not have faith he’s going to be around for the long haul either.

- WWE ended up with a day off tomorrow in Brazil which proved useful as the company was originally scheduled to run in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow but canceled the show back in April. With the travel issues preventing much of the Raw roster from arriving in the country today, the show in São Paulo has been postponed until tomorrow. The company will have no time to waste as they’ll run a show in Guayaquil, Ecuador on Friday.

- WWE has announced a live event on Saturday, July 7, 2012 from the United Spirit Arena from the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

- Today is the 13th anniversary of the untimely death of Owen Hart. Bret Hart posted the following on Twitter:

- WWE has updated their key performance indicators, revealing new pay-per-view buy information:

  • WWE Extreme Rules, featuring the return of Brock Lesnar, did a preliminary buyrate of 251,000 buys with 147,000 being domestic.
  • Wrestlemania XXVIII had their buyrate revised to 1,210,000 buys, which was expected based on Vince McMahon’s comments in a conference call earlier this month.

- Seth Rollins wrote the following on Twitter:

Remember the plan a couple months ago was to end Florida Championship Wrestling’s contract with the Bright House Network to carry the company’s television. It’s also worth noting Jim Ross said last week there were plans to continue the FCW TV tapings.

- John “Bradshaw” Layfield shared memories of Owen Hart yesterday on his Facebook page. Rather than trying to recap them all here, you can read them now at this link.

- Former WWE star Gene Snitsky was backstage at Tuesday’s Smackdown taping in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

- WWE is running a new interview with Chris Jericho over on dot com where he addresses rumors of his departure from the company and his future. You watch it at this link.

- Mark Henry posted the following on Twitter:

- A video leaked today confirming that WWE’s “A Revolution is Coming” viral campaign scheduled to be revealed on Monday’s edition of Raw Supershow is to announce the launch date of WWE ’13 on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Wrestling News World reader Josh Nylund sent us a copy of the video but THQ is policing the internet, getting leaked versions pulled as quickly as they are uploaded.

- Wrestling News World readers Fernando and Robert Rice sent word that WWE has added Lex Luger to the Alumni section of dot com. You can view his profile at this link.

- For those wondering the internal reaction from WWE regarding TNA’s recent litigation against them, I’m told WWE is laughing it off. The feeling is WWE can outspend TNA several times over and they could tie the suit up in court for years if they wanted too. One observer commented how WWE really did get caught with their hand in the cookie jar by hiring a former TNA employee, getting confidential contract information on hired talent then firing the person. WWE is playing the “good-guy” card here that they were trying to do a “good deed” by telling TNA about the leaks but TNA isn’t buying it. My source pointed out how not only has WWE been interested in Ric Flair (as named in the lawsuit and broke by here by WrestlingNewsWorld.com) but also Matt Morgan and more recently Alex Shelley.

- The official WWE website has announced that Chris Jericho has been suspended indefinitely, following a stunt involving the Brazilian flag at yesterday’s WWE live event in Sao Paolo, Brazil. TMZ reported the following on the incident:

“It all went down during a match between Jericho and C.M. Punk — who was proudly waving the flag in the ring. Jericho took the flag away, crumpled it up and kicked the flag out of the ring … and that’s when police stepped in and put a stop to the event.

“We’re told Jericho was informed that desecrating the national flag is a crime in Brazil … punishable by incarceration.

“Cops gave Jericho an option — apologize to the arena … or go to jail. Chris chose the former …  grabbing the mic and telling the crowd he immediately regretted his actions. Cops allowed the event to continue.

“Sources connected to the WWE tell TMZ … the flag stunt was NOT planned or approved by WWE officials.”

Click here to read the full article.

- The official WWE website has posted the following comments from Chris Jericho, coming after his indefinite suspension for desecrating a Brazilian flag at a WWE live event:

“I made a bad judgment call in the course of entertaining WWE fans in Brazil. I apologized to the people in the crowd for showing disrespect.”

“It was a bad move. I did it with [our] fans’ entertainment in mind and I’ll accept the consequences for that.”

Click here to read the full article.

Jericho also had the following to say on his Twitter account:

- The advertised talent list for the WWE SuperSmackdown on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas includes John Cena. You can view the list at this link. Click here for ticket information.

John “Bradshaw” Layfield, who knows exactly what it’s like drawing criticism at shows overseas, weighed in this morning on the Brazilian flag incident involving Chris Jericho today on his Facebook page. Below is his statement in its entirety:

After seeing reports of Chris Jericho in Brazil-it was what I suspected–Chris trying to entertain and be a heel. Apparently a Brazilian Flag comes into ring and Chris grabs it and kicks it (or something to that effect). Compare that to Sgt Slaughter burning the flag or all the crazy stuff that has gone on. This is nothing. EXCEPT we are in a new era and now that isn’t acceptable.

Chris did what most old heels would have done, he reacted and a decade ago it would have been loved for the heat. However, times change and we have to as well-Chris acknowledged this and apologized. Chris is a wonderful person and one of all time great entertainers-there was no malice here from what I see and know about Chris. A mistake was made and is being dealt with.

As far as being illegal, please, if done in an entertaining arena it is considered as such. Like saying you can prosecute Anthony Hopkins for cannibalism because of his role in ‘Silence of the Lambs’. I understand the arguements, I went through same thing in Germany and it was never considered a problem in Germany-only over the Internet and the Internet reporters. Chris’ intent was to entertain not insult anyone in Brazil or the great Brazilian fans.

Times change and for the better. Chris did what a ton of older heels would have done and he reacted. He is being punished and he apologized. He is one of all time greats and a great friend, old habits are hard to change but we must.

Times change and we have to change with it, and we all will.

- Shawn Michaels has weighed in on the Brazilian flag incident with Chris Jericho on his official Twitter account. Below are his comments:

 

 

 

 

- WWE has updated the suspension details on Chris Jericho, reporting that he has been suspended 30 days due to “an irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag.” Below is the company’s official statement:

Chris Jericho has been suspended for 30 days due to an irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag at a WWE live event in São Paulo on May 24. WWE has apologized to the citizens and the government of Brazil for this incident.

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