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Powerslam Newsletter

Welcome to the Powerslam Newsletter

Issue #6, Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It's a great time to be a WNW Premium Member as just today we have Backstage News from WWE Raw, a new Premium Mailbag and of course your new favorite newsletter. If you enjoy talking wrestling then you're going to want to friend me on Facebook as I talk about stories all day long.

We're now mailing out the newsletter to those interested, as you can have each issue sent straight to your inbox by subscribing at this link. This is our newest feature to WNW Premium and is loaded with news and notes.

WWE News

- Kofi Kingston was written off television at this week's Smackdown taping to undergo elbow surgery. According to dot com, Kingston will miss 4-8 weeks. WWE used Kofi's injury as an opportunity to further Ryback as an unstoppable beast. Kofi is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday.

- Following the announcement that WWE Studios would be teaming up with Warner Bros. to co-produce a Scooby-Doo animated movie last August, it was announced on Wednesday they'll also do a "Flintstones" animated movie. It's due to be released early in 2015.

- Stephanie McMahon surprised a lot of people on Twitter Tuesday night when she publicly endorsed Ronda Rousey as her favorite UFC fighter. Internally, WWE doesn't see UFC as competition but many often argue this point. The only thing that Stephanie's Tweet shows me is they do not see UFC as competition, much like they do not see TNA as competition.

- Lance Storm was at this week's WWE TVs with some of his students from the Storm Wrestling Academy as he was there to visit and show some of the students around.

- Everyone seems to be worried about Jack Swagger except Jack Swagger. While the IWC wonders if his push is finally over, he's on vacation this week. Zeb Colter was on the road but not used.

- We're told the idea of changing the main event of WWE Payback from an Ambulance Match to a Three Stages of Hell Match is so both John Cena and Ryback get a win. Basically a two out of three falls match with hardcore stipulations, it gives WWE the opportunity to give each a fall victory in hopes neither comes out looking weak.

- Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family coming to the main WWE roster are Triple H's top three developmental stars moving up. One observer commented, "he's infected this roster in a good way with talent from developmental, some better than others."

- All systems are go on the push of Big E Langston. With Dolph Ziggler on the shelf and ongoing issues with Mark Henry, Langston is getting an opportunity. As previously reported, Langston has overwhelming backstage support from Vince McMahon and John Cena.

- Jim Ross will tour the United Kingdom this summer, where he'll host meet and greets and answer questions from fans. The dates are as follows - August 24th in Cardiff, August 25th in London and August 26th in Manchester. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

- Speaking of Jim Ross, here's what he told the Calgary Herald about Bret Hart - "In a world of oftentimes outlandish television personas and interactions, he brought clarity, common sense, reality and, perhaps more importantly, believability to the process."

- WWE at least wants fans to think Triple H will appear on next week's episode of Monday Night Raw from Hartford, CT. He is not officially advertised as of this writing.

- A John Layfield/Jerry Lawler exchange on commentary on this week's Monday Night Raw made headlines in the Toronto Sun. "Up here in Canada, I flew through Toronto and had a party with their mayor, Rob Ford," Layfield joked. "No he didn't," Lawler said. Layfield corrected himself, "Actually, no I didn't. I'd be indicted by now." For those unaware, Toronto mayor Rob Ford's name has repeatedly been dragged through the mud since reports surfaced two weeks ago alleging he smoked crack on camera with drug dealers. The video was first reported on by Hogan's friends at Gawker Media.

- Ricardo Rodriguez will join The Miz and Josh Mathews on commentary for this week's episode of WWE Main Event.

- The Rock is now in Budapest where he'll be filming the movie "Hercules."

- Randy Orton granted a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation by meeting 63-year-old cancer patient Barb Krogman.

TNA News

- Kurt Angle says he's ready to get back in the front seat in Impact Wrestling and by no means is he ready to retire. He refuses to rule out a WWE return when his contract is up.

- TNA Champion Bully Ray was at Fenway Park in Boston for the Red Sox game against the Philadelphia Philles on Tuesday. He was photographed with David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes. Ray has been in Boston this week doing media ahead of Slammiversary and appeared to get upset in an interview with local CBS reporter Jimmy Stewart, who called him average.

- Speaking of Ray, in a note where he all hope he's joking, he said in a media conference call on Wednesday that when he's finished with Sting he wants Hulk Hogan in the ring. Hogan joked last year that he wanted to get his knee fixed for a TNA title reign. Ray also said tag team wrestling is nearly extinct and the focus has to be put back on it if they're going to rebuild it.

- Eric Young underwent his 16th throat surgery on Tuesday. Young said it "went great" and he just wants everyone to watch season two of Off the Hook: Extreme Catches, which premieres on June 16th at 8PM.

- Jeremy Borash, Christy Hemme and SoCal Val will present a live “Slammin’ Celebration” webcast this Saturday night, June 1st at 9/8c from the “TNA Slammiversary Fan InterAction” VIP Event in Boston on their official website. Fans will be able to Tweet their questions to Bully Ray using the hashtag #AskBully.

Other News

- Olympic wrestling won a reprieve on Wednesday to be included on the IOC shortlist for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic games. Eight sports were vying for a single opening. Five of the eight sports were eliminated and included karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and the Chinese martial art of wushu. Olympic wrestling joins squash and a combined baseball-softball bid.

- Bobby Eaton remains hospitalized and continues to improve. He’s alert and oriented but is still experiencing issues with his heart rate. He’s been in the hospital since Sunday.

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