– Sheamus will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Big Show at WWE Hell in a Cell
– Sara Del Rey, who we reported earlier this week is now under WWE contract, is helping train developmental Divas at NXT Wrestling in Tampa. Del Rey is known for her spectacular matches on the independent circuit, coming to fame with promotions such as Ring of Honor and SHIMMER.
– WWE still claims there are still plans to release WWE: The Attitude Era on DVD on November 20, 2012. While the initial word is reports of the titles cancelation are false, the title has still been removed from domestic and international release schedules and BestBuy.com sent out cancelation emails to all preorders.
– An official Facebook page has been created for WWE Main Event at this link.
– Kaitlyn worked against Natalya at Saturday’s WWE Smackdown live event in Abilene, Texas, her first match since being “attacked” backstage at WWE Night of Champions.
For those that missed it in our house show results, a trainer came out and checked the leg of Santino Marella during his match against Tensai at Friday’s WWE Raw live event. Santino wrote the following on Twitter:
i’m not hurt peoples, close call though
— Santino Marella (@milanmiracle) September 30, 2012
– Drew McIntyre wrote the following on Twitter:
— Drew McIntyre (@TheDrewMcIntyre) September 29, 2012
– To follow-up on the tension between Vince McMahon and John Cena, the disagreement had to do with time off that escalated. I’m told Vince would tell John one thing and do another, further frustrating Cena. Cena made threats about staying off the road through October but it’s believed they have agreed on a desirable number of appearances he’ll work.
– While Christian did undergo some type of surgical procedure, we’re told it was outpatient and nothing serious.
– The daughter of Eddie and Vickie Guerrero, Shaul Guerrero, wrote the following on Twitter regarding her WWE departure:
Thank you all for your love and support, WWE has been one of the highlights of my life. I learned so much and consider them family.
— Raquel Diaz (@RaquelDiazWWE) September 30, 2012
– Some network executives at the CW Network were upset over Zack Ryder using the Rough Rider finisher on WWE Saturday Morning Slam. By large, the network is happy with the show toned down for the PG-oriented audience.
– The Miz was on local radio in Oklahoma City on Monday and discussed hazing during the beginning of his WWE run. He noted that John “Bradshaw” Layfield was very hard on him but now shakes his hand when he sees him.
– WWE will tape Smackdown from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.
– CM Punk, Brock Lesnar, Big Show, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Public Enemy, Bam Bam Bigelow, Mick Foley, Rey Mysterio, “Ravishing” Rick Rude and Joey Styles are all “Paul Heyman Guys,” according to an article written by the man himself here on dot com.
– Michael Cole announced tonight on WWE Raw that JBL will return to the show next week. JBL just finished climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. That article can be seen here.
– “Stone Cold” Steve Austin took to Twitter to respond to CM Punk’s promo from last night’s Raw:
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) October 2, 2012
–Fozzy has released the official video for “Sandpaper,” one of the theme songs for this year’s WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Click here to watch the video.
– WWE executive Ann Russo-Gordon has left the company. Russo-Gordon operated as a liaison between talent and WWE when they were seeking financial assistance for rehabilitation through the WWE Wellness Policy.
– Mick Foley wrote the following on Twitter:
Did I just become a fan of @thedamiensandow ? YEP! Wish he was here, so we could do karate in my basement! Very impressive, creative showing
— Mick Foley (@realMickFoley) October 2, 2012
– The mysterious procedure that Drew McIntyre had that made him “part bionic” is believed to be a thumb injury. For those that missed it, McIntyre appeared on Raw with a cast that covered his thumb and went up down his wrist.
– For those following Batista’s MMA aspirations, he has a new opponent. The former WWE star will no longer face Rashid Evans but will fight Vince Lucero. The fight will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
– TMZ has an article now online on former WWE star Shawn Daivari putting an unruly train passenger in a rear naked choke hold when they began shouting threats. You can read the article at this link.
– Jim Ross was humbled by the showing of support during “JR Appreciation Night” at this week’s WWE Raw. Below is one of many of JR’s Tweets:
Vince McMahon & HHH’s words were priceless & touching. I’m such a lucky, blessed man. Words cannot express my gratitude. Thanks #WWE & fans!
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) October 2, 2012
– I’m told Kofi Kingston was examined by medical staff backstage at this week’s WWE Raw after Alberto Del Rio botched the spot towards the end of their match. Kofi will have his shoulder further evaluated on Tuesday morning. When Del Rio got to the back, Vince McMahon looked at him and shook his head. One observer noted, “sell that ADR stock now.”
– John Cena posted the following on Twitter:
— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 2, 2012
For a new update on what is going on behind-the-scenes, click here.
– This week’s WWE Raw only did an average viewership of 3,502,000 viewers on the USA Network. Here’s how the hours broke down:
- Hour 1: 3,436,000 viewers
- Hour 2: 3,598,000 viewers
- Hour 3: 3,472,000 viewers
The final cable rating for all three hours was 2.54. I was sent this week’s rating via text message and was told Vince McMahon is “blowing a gasket.”
– In an update/correction, Drew McIntyre’s surgery that made him “part bionic” was to his wrist, not his thumb. McIntyre clarified with the following post on Twitter:
I had so many tweets telling me I had thumb surgery I had to double check my thumb was fine.But the scar on my wrist was still there #thenet
— Drew McIntyre (@TheDrewMcIntyre) October 2, 2012
– The presale password to obtain tickets to WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs from the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York is WWETLC. I just did a search and got 5th row, so click here to get yours now.
– WWE has announced a live event on December 15th from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA on December 15, 2012. There will be a presale Thursday to obtain tickets. The password is WWEWBS.
– The announce team for next week’s WWE Raw will be Michael Cole, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Jerry Lawler.
– WWE has uploaded Fozzy’s video “Sandpaper” here on dot com.
– Cody Rhodes, who was recently in Egypt, did an interview with Al-Ahram Weekly On-Line. The piece offers some pretty funny quotes considering the way the business is covered in the Middle East. Below is an excerpt:
“What we do is sports entertainment; it’s not just wrestling and not just entertainment,” he explained. “What we do is like a dance,”
“I have a whole lot of respect for John Cena and all what he has done for the business,” he said. “But I think CM Punk is better and he is the future of the WWE,” he added
Click here to read the article in its entirety.
– CAVE Magazine has a new Q&A online with Machine Gun Kelly. In it, the rapper discusses performing live at Wrestlemania XXVIII and other experiences with WWE talent. Below is an excerpt:
I’m a huge pro-wrestling fan, and was thrilled when “Invincible” was picked up as the Wrestlemania theme song. How did you link up with the WWE in the first place?
I woke up and saw a tweet. My label didn’t even tell me. I saw that “Invincible” was the theme song for Wrestlemania, and I thought it was cool. But to be honest, we didn’t understand how big it was until we got to Miami. When we walked into the stadium, it was like “holy shit, this is massive”. The stadium was huge, the show was sold out, and we were performing. You could feel the ground shaking beneath your feet. I realized I had to go out there, but I didn’t want to. It was the scariest moment of my career.
Tell me about the whole experience leading up to Wrestlemania.
It was so cool. We were seeing all these non-traditional MGK fans become MGK fans. Plus, everyone was super friendly backstage. Everyone was rooting for us. But at Wrestlemania, that was the only time I’ve ever looked out onstage before going out and said to myself “I’m totally okay if I just quit right now, so I don’t have to go out there and do this”. Five seconds before we went out, our microphones weren’t working. But everything worked out great, and the speech was awesome at the end. I was stoked.
Off-camera, what kind of guy is John Cena?
Cena’s the man. Nothing was fake with him. He was very cool and very up front. He would say “hey, I’m really stoked and I really like you”. He was super appreciative throughout the whole process. We did that whole thing in Cleveland on Raw where he pulled me out of the crowd and into the ring. Right before he went out, he said “go in the crowd, I’m going to grab you”. That was a last minute thing. It wasn’t planned. He gave us some moonshine before we went out at Wrestlemania, too.
Was Cena drinking with you guys?
No, he gave us the moonshine and left.
What was the Rock like?
Unfortunately, he was the coolest guy. I wanted to hate him, but he was really cool. Plus, he was a fan of my music. Vince McMahon was really cool, too. He was really thankful. I was actually trying to thank him, because he propelled my career. I think the guys who picked “Invincible” are the ones I should be giving credit to. The corporate suits, for once, sided with MGK. They got it right.
Click here to read the Q&A in its entirety.
– I can confirm from more than one source that a meeting took place this week with Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman to discuss WWE creative. While the gist was McMahon was looking for input, a spot on the creative team was not offered to Heyman. I’m told while McMahon was seeking input from Paul, he was very stern with him about leaking information deemed confidential. One source told me neither Vince nor Stephanie McMahon trust Heyman, however, CM Punk has gone to bat for him in terms of using his ideas to improve the product. This week’s disastrous Raw rating had Vince throwing up his hands which ultimately led to the meeting, believed to be under the discretion of CM Punk. In fact, one source said the meeting began with Punk, Heyman and Vince and ended with Heyman and Vince in a “closed door” setting. The result of the meeting has a lot of people talking about Vince “setting his pride aside” for the good of the business while also exemplifying Punk’s tremendous backstage power and influence. Considered a taboo name earlier in the year, Heyman has not only landed a role back on WWE television but is now regaining influence with creative direction and input (all because of the current WWE Champion).
– WWE and ION Television issued the following press release, boasting the viewership numbers for the series premiere of WWE Main Event:
ION TELEVISION’S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, WWE® MAIN EVENT®,
DEBUTS WITH STRONG FIRST MATCH
NEW YORK, October 4, 2012 – Obama vs. Romney was not the only match viewers tuned into on Wednesday night. According to Nielsen overnight data released today, ION Television’s brand new series, WWE Main Event, garnered the highest male audience in the last year with the most Men 18-49 (422,000), Men 25-54 (444,000), and Men 2+ (876,000). At 8:00pm ET/PT, the premiere of the new weekly series, which featured WWE Champion CM Punk™ against World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus™, was the #4 program in the time period among Men 18-34, #4 among Men 18-49, and #5 among Men 25-54. In addition, WWE Main Event out-delivered the last game of the MLB regular season on ESPN and ESPN2 among all key men and adult demos. Finally, the premiere delivered 518,000 Women 2+, finishing ahead of most female cable networks.
“The viewers have spoken,” noted Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. “Fans of the WWE are passionate and seem to have a knack for finding their favorite Superstars wherever they live. Needless to say, we are particularly pleased that WWE has found a new home on ION Television, and we congratulate our new partner in the success of the premiere.”
“Our partnership with ION Television is off to a strong start,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “We expect our fans will make WWE Main Event the number one show on the network as they have done for WWE programs with all of our other TV Partners.”
WWE Main Event, airing Wednesdays at 8:00pm ET/PT, features the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown, including John Cena®, WWE Champion CM Punk™, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus™, Alberto Del Rio®, The Miz®, Kofi Kingston®, Eve® and Alicia Fox®. It’s a must-see for longtime devotees and those looking for character-driven, high-octane entertainment. The original series will showcase live events filmed across the country, as well as a stop in Europe.
– Curt Hawkins recently underwent surgery to repair a torn PCL and meniscus in his knee. Below is from his official Twitter account:
Don’t know why I haven’t said anything. Maybe It was denial, but I wanted you all to know that I tore my PCL & Meniscus. Had to have surgery
— Curt Hawkins (@TheCurtHawkins) October 5, 2012
Not sure of when my return will be but I can promise it will be a whole new look & attitude from Curt Hawkins this time around. #Change
— Curt Hawkins (@TheCurtHawkins) October 5, 2012
– The Star Tribune has a new Q&A online with UFC President Dana White. In it he’s asked if he would bring Brock Lesnar back to UFC. Below is an excerpt:
Q Would you sign Brock Lesnar to another UFC fight?
A Sure, I’d bring him back. He was the one who wanted to retire, and then he hooked back up with the WWE and did some stuff over there. But if Brock called me tomorrow and said, “Hey I’d like to come back,” I’d work with him.
Click here to read the Q&A in its entirety.
– WWE announced in a kayfabe article here on dot com Friday afternoon that Vince McMahon will appear on next Monday’s WWE Raw for a “State of WWE” address. The article teases what McMahon thinks of the “job” AJ Lee has done as Raw General Manager.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 5, 2012