Another Big WWE Injury, Owen Hart DVD, New Tough Enough Format, Unfathomable Stupidity

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Is Hideo Itami really injured and expected to miss 6-8 months?

A report surfaced on a website outside of Wrestling News World on Thursday that Hideo Itami is dealing with a shoulder injury and he’s expected to miss 6-8 months. As soon as the report came out, I made contact with a few sources but was unable to confirm anything. For now, we’ll file Itami’s injury under “rumor” until WWE issues a statement or Itami addresses the matter himself.

At press time, Itami had not addressed the injury on his Twitter account. He has not worked since April 30, 2015 at an NXT live event and is scheduled to be part of NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, 2015. If the aforementioned report is true, his involvement would obviously be in question.

It would be another bad injury blow for WWE, as Sami Zayn suffered a shoulder injury on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. Zayn’s status hasn’t been updated but from what we’ve heard, he has a rather serious shoulder ailment as well.

Before anyone asks, no I do not believe the fact that Itami was an international star or Zayn worked the indies has anything to do with them getting hurt. Injuries are part of the business and right now, they’re piling up on WWE.

Is it true WWE is finally on the brink of releasing a DVD/Blu-ray set on the career of Owen Hart?

A report surfaced at this link on what would have been the 50th birthday of Owen Hart that WWE is currently working on a biographical DVD and Blu-Ray release on his life and career. According to the report, the project has the backing of the Hart family. There is no word on a release date at press time.

What are your thoughts on the new format of WWE Tough Enough featuring Chris Jericho as host with Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan and Paige as judges?

As Brooks reported here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com, WWE has released more details on the upcoming re-boot of Tough Enough. The show will be hosted by Chris Jericho and Renee Young and will feature Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan and Paige.

It’s also noted one man and one woman will receive one year contracts worth $250,000. What a downside!

I think it sounds great and Jericho is the perfect host since Steve Austin is not involved. Jericho has the personality needed for such a gig and Renee Young should be excellent alongside him. When I first read the release, I immediately thought of a format similar to American Idol or The Voice.

Tough Enough has always been an entertaining show. The winners have never really panned out as WWE Superstars or Divas, so everyone should temper their expectations. However, I am looking forward to the return of the series and believe that it should be entertaining. The show returns on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8 PM/7 CT on the USA Network.

Did you read the story about a man killing an 18-month-old with a professional wrestling maneuver?

I read the devastating report at this link and saw WWE’s response at this link.

To recap, a 20-year-old man gave an 18-month-old two Rock Bottoms before hitting the Last Ride, killing the child in the process. WWE responded, calling it an “abhorrent crime.”

It makes me so angry I can hardly see straight. Why on earth would a grown man perform wrestling moves on a toddler? I cannot fathom the level of sheer stupidity it would take to act so reckless and irresponsible. I have zero tolerance for violence against children and hope this man is sentenced to the maximum punishment for his behavior.

I have small children, so when I read something like this I immediately think of them. I could not imagine how anyone could have hurt a child. It’s just reprehensible.

As for the wrestling tie-in, WWE cannot be blamed here. The man assaulted a child. I don’t care he used moves he saw in WWE, that’s a ridiculous cop out. Violence against children is deplorable and I pray that justice is served.

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