– If you had any doubt WWE was not going to go with The Rock vs. CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble, you can all but put them away. Rock posted the following on Twitter:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 12, 2012
– WWE has signed Renee Paquette from “Aftermath” on The Score in Canada.
– Evan Bourne has been out of action for quite sometime from his 60 day wellness violation to his career-threatening foot injury that occurred in March of this year. Evan has been doing physical therapy for 5 days this week, as he wrote on his official Twitter page. He also included a picture of his foot as it continues to heal. The tweet is embedded below:
— airbourne(@findevan) October 12, 2012
To find out the latest plans for Evan Bourne when he returns to WWE, click here.
– The Knoxville News Sentinel has a new Q&A online with Kane. Below is an excerpt:
How long he plans on wrestling:
“I have a few more years to go,” Jacobs, better know to fans as the monstrous Kane, said during a recent phone interview in which his cell phone reception was crackling.
“I really don’t have a specific game plan in mind. I’m still having fun. I’m still having a good time.”
Team Hell No:
“We’re a tag team that really doesn’t work that well together,” Jacobs said.
“The (verbal jabs) in between us are quite entertaining. It’s a bit more lighthearted than I usually have (in a storyline). It’s fun to do and different than what I have done in the past.”
Click here to read the Q&A in its entirety.
– John Cena wrote the following on Twitter:
— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 13, 2012
– Chavo Guerrero wrote the following on Twitter:
Just found out that the biggest pu$$& in the biz @mikethemiz was talking smack about me. I am going to destroy u next time I see u.
— Chavo Guerrero (@mexwarrior) October 13, 2012
– Velvet Sky is believed to be close to a new contract with TNA Wrestling. As we reported last summer, TNA was “desperately” trying to re-sign her in fear she could eventually end up in WWE.
– – Zack Ryder wrote the following on Twitter:
I made 2 different Episode 88s of Z! True Long Island Story. They will be never be seen. The third Episode 88 will air next Friday. #best1?
— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) October 14, 2012
– I’m told WWE Studios has had preliminary discussions with the people behind the Bruno Sammartino film about possibly investing in it and releasing it under their banner. As previously noted, WWE has already met with Sammartino about doing the Hall of Fame and this would be in addition to that. As much as Bruno doesn’t like WWE because of his relationship with Vince McMahon, the film about his life is very important to him and he realizes that WWE funding and promoting it would definitely help it reach a wider audience. Those that have read the script say it could be a really good film and WWE Studios is “definitely” interested. Triple H has been very hands on with trying to get Bruno to do the Hall of Fame and is in favor of WWE getting involved with the film as well.
– Variety is reporting that WWE will produce and distribute the live pay-per-view show “One More Shot” by The Rolling Stone on December 16th.
“WWE is ecstatic to bring The Rolling Stones into your living room,” Vince McMahon told Variety.
Click here for more.
– The WWE Championship match for Hell in a Cell will be officially announced on this week’s WWE Raw. As the storyline goes, CM Punk will “choose” between John Cena and Ryback. Ryback was actually inserted as a backup plan in case Cena is unable to go. Cena noted on Twitter over the weekend he would be ready if “chosen.”
– John “Bradshaw” Layfield won’t be working this week’s Raw. I’m under the impression that commentary will be handled by Michael Cole and Jim Ross.
– According to a study by Enigma Research Corporation, Wrestlemania XXVIII generated $102.7 million in “direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by non-locals visiting” specifically for the show this year in Miami. You can read more by the New York Post at this link.
– Last week’s Smackdown did a 1.88 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 2,570,000 viewers on SyFy.
– John Layfield will work this week’s Smackdown in Memphis, Tennessee as a color commentator. As previously noted, he’s not at this week’s WWE Raw.
– WWE Raw will return to Nashville on Monday, February 11th from the Bridgestone Arena. This will be the go-home episode of Raw to WWE Elimination Chamber.
– WWE will report their third quarter earnings on Thursday, November 1, 2012. We’ll have full coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
– The Daily has a new Q&A online with Mick Foley at this link.
– Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio was officially added to the WWE Hell in a Cell card on this week’s Raw.
– The Miz was shaken up during his match with Kofi Kingston on this week’s WWE Raw after taking Trouble in Paradise. He was treated for a cut above his eye and the referee threw up the X signal. Based on the fact the camera zoomed in on Miz and they played the injury up on commentary it didn’t appear serious.
– CM Punk will defend the WWE Championship against Ryback in a Hell in a Cell match at the pay-per-view in two weeks. Ryback was added to the feud as a contingency plan in case John Cena wouldn’t be able to go due to his surgically-repaired elbow. The company literally used Cena to get Ryback over and it certainly appears they had to go with “plan B.”
– The Miz underwent Impact Testing backstage at this week’s WWE Raw after getting busted open hardway from Kofi Kingston’s Trouble in Paradise. He’s scheduled to undergo further evaluation on Tuesday after being knocked loopy in the match.
– Rey Mysterio was replaced by Brodus Clay (as a team with Sin Cara) on last weekend’s live events. Rey has been battling the flu over the past couple of weeks and requested the time off to get better. Mysterio & Cara will face Team Rhodes Scholars on next week’s Raw in the finals of the number one contender tag team tournament to determine the team that will face Team Hell No for the WWE Tag Team Championship at Hell in a Cell.
– After this week’s WWE Raw went off the air World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus came out for a dark match main event against WWE Champion CM Punk. He tried to get Punk to wake up by pouring water on him. Big Show made the save and started to brawl with Sheamus. Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Antonio Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler came out and chased off Punk. Ryback came out to help Sheamus clean house and end the taping.
– While at WWE Raw last weekend in Sacramento, California, a camera crew for Larry King’s new series “Larry King Now” on Hulu taped footage with John Cena, CM Punk, Big Show, The Miz and Zack Ryder.
– iN DEMAND’s official listing for Survivor Series promotes a “classic five-on-five match” for the pay-per-view. You can view the promotional information below:
This year, the act of survival turns into an all-out quest for total domination…and respect! Don’t miss an incredible event featuring your favorite WWE Superstars competing in a classic five-on-five match. Only at WWE Survivor Series, Sunday, November 18 at 8PM ET/5PM PT, live on pay-per-view.
We’ll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
– WWE Champion CM Punk is writing the intro for Marvel Comics’ “Avengers vs. X-Men” hardcover collection arriving November 7th.
“I worked really hard to get to where I’m at and it’s cool to be afforded opportunities like this. To me, it’s hard work paying off and I’m having a lot of fun right now,” Punk told USA Today.
“There’s good and there’s bad, but if you don’t stop to smell the roses, so to speak, it’s all for naught.”
Click here for coverage by USAToday.com.
– WWE will hold a Super Smackdown special on Election Day in the United States on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 on SyFy. The show won’t actually air live as WWE will be in England, so the show will be taped that afternoon. There is also a Raw live event scheduled for that day so it won’t feature the entire roster. Like other Super Smackdown specials, the broadcast will repeat in Smackdown’s normal timeslot that Friday, November 9th on SyFy.
– Tammy “Sunny” Sytch is headed back to rehab following a Tuesday morning court appearance. Sytch, appearing in New Haven Superior Court with her new attorney, requested she be sent to a treatment center in Pennsylvania. WWE, Sytch’s former employer that inducted her into their Hall of Fame in 2011, will transport her to the facility and pay for the treatment. You can read more at this link.
– This week’s WWE Raw rating is in and WWE may not be too happy with it. The show got a 2.7 cable rating with an average audience of 3,989,000. The first hour got over 4 million with 4,067,000 while the second hour dropped slightly to 4,013,000. The third hour took a nose dive as it went below 4 million viewers. The third hour got 3,886,000 viewers. The third hour was built around Vince McMahon‘s decision on who would face CM Punk for the WWE Title at Hell in a Cell.
– WWE uploaded a video here on dot com with Dr. Michael Sampson updating the condition of The Miz. Sampson confirmed what we reported earlier in that Miz underwent evaluation backstage at Raw. He also required sutures to close a laceration to his head. On Tuesday, he was reevaluated and found to be neurologically in tact and was “totally cleared” to compete. As Alex noted, he did not suffer a concussion.
– ESPN has a new Q&A online with Mick Foley. Below is an excerpt:
Who would’ve thought Kane and Daniel Bryan would be the most entertaining part of every show?
Man, I know, and I’m so happy for them. Kane had been talking to me about how he’s been there since 1996 and he’s had a 16-year run and how he’s a bit banged up from years of his big, physical style. He told me that he needed to find a way to tweak the character a little bit, and when I saw him a few weeks ago I told him, “You are my hero.” He laughed and said, “No, I’ve become you!” Here’s a guy who realized he could no longer do the stuff he was known for back in the Attitude Era, so he brought some levity and laughs to the character. The anger management skit where he broke down his entire career was brilliant. I sent out a tweet right after I saw it saying, “This is why I love this stuff.” It brought me right back to some of the humor we loved to do back in the Attitude Era.
Now you’re back on TV and you gave an awesome promo against CM Punk. What was it like being in the ring with Punk?
Man, I’ll tell you what. Punk is as good, both verbally and physically, as anyone who I’ve ever been in the ring with. I had the pleasure of being in there, but I have to tell you something, I was a little nervous. I didn’t know if I could still cut promos on that level, but when you’re dealing with a guy like Punk who is so intense, you realize that you either swim or your sink, and I was doing my best to stay afloat. I didn’t realize people were going to react so overwhelmingly, because when I was done, I was just like, “Thank goodness that didn’t go badly.” But when I go to the back, I got a standing ovation, and everywhere I went, people were complimenting me on that promo. It was great. I loved it.
Do you see the promo leading to a match, or are your wrestling days over?
I think my match days are over, but hopefully it will lead to something else. I think it’s always great to have the guys from different eras in there together. It works great for everybody.
Click here to read the interview in its entirety.
– Kofi Kingston defeated The Miz during this week’s WWE Main Event taping to win the Intercontinental Championship. This marks Kingston’s fourth Intercontinental title reign. The official WWE website has an announcement on the win here. Click here to view the spoilers for this week’s WWE Main Event. We broke the news of the title change on Friday here on Richard’s Backstage Blog.
– As noted earlier, Kofi Kingston beat The Miz to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a match taped Tuesday night from this week’s WWE Main Event. WWE is currently running the title change on dot com as their top story despite the match not yet airing. This is no accident as WWE wanted to get word of the title change out to show the importance of WWE Main Event in hopes more people will tune into the new series on ION Television. WWE did a similar title change with the United States Championship on the SummerSlam Pre-Show by having Antonio Cesaro go over Santino Marella. The thinking was this would show the importance to not miss the pre-show and “anything can happen.” We broke the news of the both title changes before they happened on Richard’s Backstage Blog.
– The Great Khali returned to WWE at Tuesday night’s Saturday Morning Slam taping. Khali is back after having surgery to remove a tumor from his pituitary gland back in July. For those that missed it you can catch up at this link.
– Jerry Lawler appeared at Tuesday night’s taping in Memphis, Tennessee. He cut a non-televised promo, promising he would be back soon. It remains to be seen whether or not WWE will air footage of Lawler’s promo.
– Mick Foley filmed an appearance this week for “Celebrity Apprentice.”
– Leon “Vader” White was at WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut earlier this week taping footage.
– Johnny Curtis went over Drew Haskins in a dark match at this week’s Smackdown taping. Haskins is a local Tennessean indy worker that was called in so WWE producers could evaluate.
– THQ has released the overall attribute scores for every WWE ’13 Superstar and Legend. They are as follows:
- AJ Lee – 77
- Alberto Del Rio – 89
- Alicia Fox – 76
- Animal – 87
- Antonio Cesaro – 84
- Big Boss Man – 86
- Big Show – 92
- Beth Phoenix – 78
- Billy Gunn – 87
- Booker T – 88
- Bradshaw – 87
- Bret “The Hit Man” Hart – 94
- Brian Pillman – 87
- Brie Bella – 76
- British Bulldog – 88
- Brock Lesnar – 92
- Brodus Clay – 87
- Cactus Jack – 90
- Chainsaw Charlie – 86
- Chris Jericho – 90
- “Attitude Era” Chris Jericho – 89
- Christian – 88
- “Attitude Era” Christian – 87
- CM Punk – 95
- Cody Rhodes – 88
- Damien Sandow – 84
- Daniel Bryan – 91
- David Otunga – 84
- DDP – 89
- Dolph Ziggler – 89
- Drew McIntyre – 84
- Dude Love – 90
- Eddie Guerrero – 92
- “Attitude Era” Edge – 88
- Edge – 91
- Epico – 81
- Eve – 77
- Faarooq – 87
- Gangrel – 85
- Godfather – 86
- Goldust – 85
- Grand Master Sexay – 84
- The Great Khali – 84
- Hawk – 87
- Heath Slater – 82
- Hunico – 81
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley – 88
- Jack Swagger – 87
- JBL – 89
- Jey Uso – 81
- Jimmy Uso – 81
- Jinder Mahal – 83
- John Cena – 96
- John Cena ’04 – 91
- John Laurinaitis – 75
- Justin Gabriel – 83
- Kane – 89
- “Attitude Era” Kane – 91
- Kelly Kelly – 77
- Ken Shamrock – 88
- Kevin Nash – 89
- Kharma – 79
- Kofi Kingston – 87
- Layla – 78
- Lita – 78
- “Attitude Era” Lita – 79
- Mankind – 91
- Mark Henry – 89
- “Attitude Era” Mark Henry – 87
- Mike Tyson – 89
- The Miz – 88
- Mr. McMahon – 81
- Natalya – 77
- Nikki Bella – 76
- Paul Wight – 92
- Primo – 81
- Randy Orton – 92
- Rey Mysterio – 90
- Rikishi – 87
- Road Dogg – 87
- The Rock – 93
- “Attitude Era” The Rock – 94
- R-Truth – 87
- Ryback – 87
- Santino Marella – 86
- Scotty Too Hotty – 83
- Shane McMahon – 82
- Shawn Michaels – 95
- Sheamus – 90
- Sin Cara – 87
- Stephanie McMahon – 74
- Stone Cold Steve Austin – 95
- Ted DiBiase – 82
- Tensai – 87
- Triple H – 93
- “Attitude Era” Triple H – 92
- Trish Stratus – 80
- Undertaker – 93
- “Attitude Era” Undertaker – 95
- Vader – 87
- Val Venis – 85
- Wade Barrett – 87
- X-Pac – 87
- Yoshi Tatsu – 81
- Zack Ryder – 85
– WWE has announced that Rey Mysterio has been taken off the card for WWE’s 3-show tour of Cairo, Egypt from October 18 to October 20. Mysterio, who cannot is unable to compete due to the flu, will be replaced by Ted DiBiase. Click here for more information on the tour.
– WithLeather.com has a new Q&A online with WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres. Below is an excerpt:
With Leather: Why did the WWE discontinue the Diva Search after you won? Was it because they knew they struck gold with you?
Eve Torres: Actually, there are a lot of rumors that they’re going to do another Diva Search, and I’m hoping that there is one. The WWE has found incredible female talent through the Diva Search, even it’s the women who are kind of casual fans and just aren’t sure if they can commit all the way or the women who are intimidated about the approach and the FCW. Hopefully we do another one because it would be great to see more women coming into the division.
With Leather: With Kelly Kelly gone and Beth Phoenix soon departing the WWE, how do you see the landscape of the Divas changing? Can we expect to see more of the remaining Divas or is there some young talent that will be coming in?
Eve Torres: It’s hard to say, because we never really know what they’re thinking. As much as people think we really know what’s going on, we really don’t. On Mondays at 4 PM, half the time I have no idea what’s going on. Right now, we have a great group of girls – hungry girls – who all want to contribute to the Diva division. That’s what I really care about. Obviously, I’m delighted that I’m part of an interesting storyline, but whatever I can do to help this division and get it back on top is just something that I – and all of the other girls – am willing to do, whether that means helping new talent that comes up or re-polishing the talent that already exists on the roster.
Click here to read the Q&A in its entirety.
– ESPN has a new article online featuring quotes from AJ Lee, discussing her inclusion in WWE ’13. Below is an excerpt:
“Oh my gosh, it’s so surreal, I can’t even wrap my brain around this,” she said minutes after playing as herself for the first time. “This is over 10 years in the making for me and just a dream come true. I’m the luckiest person in the world.”
Click here to read the article in its entirety.
– CT.com has a new Q&A online with Brodus Clay below is an excerpt:
Q: There was a period in late 2011 where they frequently referenced your impending arrival, but it kept getting delayed. Was it a situation where the delay was planned or your future was in possible jeopardy?
A: My future? No, I don’t think so.
[Chris] Jericho’s imminent return was coming, Kane’s return was coming, The Rock was coming. There were so many other things going on. In the meantime, there were these two personas that I have that are very much who I am. I’m literally split down the middle. I can either be the funniest guy in the room and life of the party, but I also can be the most uncomfortable-looking dude in the room at the same time. [With] the two personas I have, [the creative team] were really just trying to figure out, ‘Which one should he show the world?’ I’m glad [for] the wisdom that I didn’t necessarily understand at the time. Looking back, it was the right decision.
Q: Did you come up with the Funkasaurus idea or did somebody else pitch it to you?
A: Actually, the original nickname that I was told — it scared me to death — was Heavy G. I think the last thing you want to be known as is Heavy anything. No offense to Heavy D — rest his soul. Worked for him, wasn’t really my bag. Rob MacIntyre, who I trained with, was a big reason behind me dropping me a hundred and 50 pounds. Him and I were lifting weights and making jokes, trying to figure out better names. First it was the Funk Monster and then Funk Nasty. Then, he looked at me and [said], ‘Funkasaurus’ and started laughing, and he pitched it.
The writer was like, ‘I’ll get ready [your] debut. What are we going to call you?’ I was like, ‘I don’t want to be Heavy G.’ He was like, ‘Look, man, I’ve got like 12 other things to do. Just call yourself whatever you want to call yourself’ so I told the announcer to call me the Funkasaurus. He looked at me like I was crazy. I’m like, ‘I don’t know why I want to be the Funkasaurus.’ So I got lucky that the swamped writer had other things going on. Luckily, it stuck.
Q: Take me back to the night that you debuted the Funkasaurus in January. What was your mindset like? How much of it was laid out?
A: The week before I was gonna debut, Road Dogg, who has been a huge help and influence, said to me ’cause we were in Memphis, ‘We’ve got to debut tonight. It’s gotta be tonight. We can’t do this in Corpus Christi. They’re gonna boo you out of the building. They’re gonna hate it.’ Time constraints, whatever [happened so] it got cut. [Later,] he comes up to me and he’s like, ‘Corpus Christi is exactly where this needs to happen.’ I had that going in my mindset and started thinking, ‘Nah, it’s not going to happen again.’ Then, I saw a vignette with my name with a disco ball on the door, and my brother texted me and said, ‘Why is there a disco ball with your name on it?’ I didn’t return his text ’til afterwards.
I was in Gorilla [position by the entrance ramp] and I was like, ‘Finally, finally’ since I was chomping at the bit. Got a chance to go out there and could have dropped a pin. Fans were kind of shocked. There was one fan in particular who was dressed up like evil Brodus Clay, and he yelled at me, ‘You suck, Brodus Clay’ [with] a really sad face. I yelled back at him, ‘My bad.’ It wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have gotten ‘My bad.’ Everybody laughed and killed the tension, so it was cool.
Click here to read the Q&A in its entirety.
– Bill Goldberg was on “4th & Pain” with Adam Carriker and Chuck Carroll on Thursday and discussed recent comparisons of him to Ryback. Below is a paraphrased excerpt of what he said:
I am very flattered throughout his [Ryback’s] rise that people have been chanting my name. I don’t think it’s a knock on him whatsoever… I take no offense to be compared to a guy who is going up against for the US title or whatever it is. He’s going to hopefully be a major superstar for these guys [WWE] and it’s kind of flattering. I didn’t make it that long in the NFL but I made it there… At the end of the day for people to still be chanting my name, six years, seven years, eight years removed from the business – that’s a huge honor. Any comparison on a positive note is a huge honor for me.
Click here to listen to the show in its entirety.
– Rey Mysterio noted on Twitter he is battling a “serious illness.” Below are his Tweets:
Would like to apologize to all the fans out in Cairo for not being able to attend the tour due to a serious illness!
— Rey Mysterio (@reymysterio) October 18, 2012
Really feel bad for missing this one, but promise to make the next tour. Enjoy! 1 luv Rey619
— Rey Mysterio (@reymysterio) October 18, 2012
– Jim Ross has a new blog entry available on his official website. Below are some highlights:
-Still enjoying the opportunity to sit in for the King on Monday Night Raw with @MichaelCole. The three hour dynamic of doing live TV is daunting and unlike a PPV which has no official, commercial breaks. The amount of info that we are responsible to provide within the body of the show is extensive and requires ample preparation.
-This I do know: one has to limit one’s liquid intake early in the day to sit at ringside for over three hours as Mother Nature can be a cruel lady at times.
-The Nashville Raw ran smoothly for Cole and me at the announce table. Our two man chemistry is evolving nicely as I keep @Jerry Lawler’s seat warm for his return which I assume will likely be sometime before the end of the year. I haven’t heard an exact date as that decision will be left up completely to the medical people. I’m assuming that King will return and take his seat next to Cole and that JBL (@JCLayfield) will continue to work with Josh Mathews on Friday Night Smackdown but that’s simply one man’s observation.
-Until then, I’m going to enjoy every week that I get the opportunity to broadcast and to maximize my minutes on WWE TV including this Monday in New Jersey which is always a hot, loyal, WWE crowd.
-I’m planning on traveling to Atlanta for the Hell in a Cell pay per view before heading to Charlotte for RAW as both cities have played a big part in my career beginning with the Jim Crockett promotions days.
-Plans are also being made for me to travel to England to likely work the Birmingham RAW TV broadcast and then participate in a WWE try out camp that begins the Wednesday after the two days of Birmingham television.
Click here to read JR’s latest in its entirety.
– The Fayetteville Observer has a new Q&A online with World Heavyweight Champion to promote the Smackdown taping in the city later this month. Below is an excerpt:
Weekender: If you could face anyone right now in a world title match, other than Big Show, who would it be?
Sheamus: The Undertaker. I’d like to try and defeat him in a Wrestlemania event. That would be record-breaking for me.
Weekender: It’s said that toy manufacturer Mattel took longer to make your action figure because they had to make a special shade of white to authentically represent you. What’s up with that?
Sheamus: Yeah, that was funny. I was waiting the longest time to get my action figure – I used to love those when I was growing. The color they had to come up with is called “Sheamus White.” It’s a bit weird and surreal to see yourself as an action figure.
Click here to read the Q&A in its entirety.
– The Daily Star out of the United Kingdom has a new article online featuring quotes from Chris Jericho. In it, he discusses the mentality in WWE and hopes to work with them again in the future. Below is an excerpt:
“I don’t know if it’s bullsh*t but there is very much that attitude in WWE – sometimes ‘if you’re not with us you’re against us’. It’s been there so long I find it kinda weird.
“As you and I know, WWE lives in its own world and you can see that for any outside ventures that they do.
“I’m always cool with them and always open to going back, but it’s difficult – I would have liked to have done more, maybe, but they want your time exclusively and the longer I’ve been there, the less time I have. Hopefully we’ll work together in the future.
“If we don’t, well, I can walk away knowing I had an amazing run and achieved everything I wanted to achieve in wrestling.”
Click here to read the article in its entirety.
– John Cena confirmed on Twitter that he will be on WWE’s overseas that begins on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in Strasbourg, France. Cena wrote the following on Twitter:
— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 18, 2012