This Week On Raw, WWE Interested In Mainstream Athletes, New Talent Review System, Booker T Needs Surgery, RVD Update, TNA Star Advised Against Returning, Top Star Off Live Events Due To Injury

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Welcome to the Powerslam Newsletter

Issue #13, Sunday, June 9, 2013

I hope you're having a great weekend. While both WWE and TNA are running live events, news has been relatively stagnant with no pay-per-views. We're following things closely and will continuously provide you with the latest updates.

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WWE News

- On this week's Smackdown, it was revealed that Triple H will face Curtis Axel. In addition, World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler (who is now medically cleared to compete) will return, and Kaitlyn's "secret admirer" will be revealed.

- WWE will be trying out 15-20 men from mainstream sports at a tryout camp in Tampa this weekend. Jim Ross is in Tampa and will be serving as a consultant for the camp.

- The season three premiere of Steve Austin’s “Redneck Island” on CMT did an average viewing audience of 1,020,000 viewers.

- WWE will be implementing a new developmental "Talent Review System" with the opening of their Performance Center next month. The new General Manager will work with senior leaders from Stamford on the bi-annual program that will focus on accelerating the development of NXT workers.

- The Rock's new reality series, 'The Hero," got off to a strong start by drawing more than 1.5 million viewers for the 8 PM premiere last Thursday night.

- Given the fact WWE was in Florida on Friday night, they had an NXT Championship match with Bo Dallas defending against Leo Kruger. Dallas went over in the bout.

- In other news from Friday's WWE live event, Bray Wyatt worked with The Wyatt Family. He cut a promo before beating R-Truth. The faction is being built just as it is in NXT with Bray the leader and Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in side roles.

- World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler did not return to the ring as advertised at the WWE live event in Johnson City, Tennessee on Saturday night. He did appear on the show, accompanying Big E Langston to the ring with AJ Lee.

- WWE Hall of Famer Booker T had to push his elbow surgery back and won't have it until this week.

WWE is looking to hire a General Manager for the new WWE Performance Center opening next month.

- Justin Credible was a victim of a home invasion on Thursday night. He and his wife were awoken by family members at their home in Waterbury, Connecticut, when they detailed the robbery attempt. Apparently the robbers broke a kitchen window and went to a bedroom where his brother and nephew were sleeping. The three robbers tied them up and told them if they made a noise, they'd be shot. The robbers then went to his parents' bedroom, woke them up and tied them up as well. The couple told the robbers they didn't have a safe so they took $5 from Credible's father's wallet and his mom's cellphone before exiting the house.

TNA News

- Jeff Hardy came out of the ladder match on last week's Impact Wrestling banged up but was OK. He worked the next against TNA Champion Bully Ray in Rome, GA.

- Speaking of Hardy, he recently admitted to taking 25-30 pain pills a day at the time he was suspended from TNA Wrestling. He said he’s on his third year of being drug free.

- Rob Van Dam's profile is listed on the Wrestler Roster page on I'm not sure if they ever removed it but we felt it was worth mentioning given the recent updates.

- Jesse Sorensen plans to resume his bodybuilding career with his first show taking place in October in Tampa. He still isn’t ruling out a return to the ring and would like to work before the end of the year. Sorensen hasn’t wrestled since suffering a broken neck in February 2012.

- Chris Sabin was actually advised not to return to the ring following his second torn ACL, however, he obviously decided he wasn’t going to let the injury end his career.

- Hulk Hogan wrote on Twitter that TNA Wrestling is trying to put together a tour of Australia.

- Former TNA referee Mark "Slick" Johnson and Sonny Siaki were backstage visiting at this week's Impact Wrestling tapings in Georgia.

- Impact Wrestling continues to struggle in the 9/8c timeslot on Spike TV. Last week's show drew an average viewing audience of 1,100,000 viewers. The main promotional points of the show were Slammiversary fallout and the debut of Rampage Jackson

- Here's what Kurt Angle wrote regarding the WWE Hall of Fame: "I've Been Inducted in Every Amateur and Pro Hall Of fame. Except WWE and that is Next. I Will Be the Only One. :) it's in Honor in TNA. But WWE Needs to Give Me My Props. We Will See Someday. Much Love."

- Mickie James is set to appear on Spike TV's "Guys Choice Awards," that will air next Tuesday at 9/8c on Spike TV.

- James Storm didn't work this weekend's TNA live event loop despite being advertised. Storm is currently limited due to a slight tear in his right abdominal and adductor strain.

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