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This week's edition covers news from Saturday, March 16, 2013 to Friday, March 22, 2013 as well as all five Ask WNW segments from the week. Use this newsletter as your own personal tool to catch up on any of the news that you may have missed during the week. Below is a table of contents:
Note From Richard: For those that have asked, the Newsletter is organized with the news posted on Saturday at the top with the most recent stories at the bottom. We have it organized this way so you can read the news in the order in which it happened. Thanks for your support!
Table Of Contents
- WWE News
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- Ask WNW
- CM Punk did not wrestle at Friday night's WWE Raw live event in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Undertaker's music hit, there was a brief pause and Punk came out in street clothes with Paul Heyman. With an urn, Punk cut a heel promo, vowing "the streak" would end at 20-1.
- UFC President Dana White recently took part in an interview for Réseau Des Sports out of Canada, and spoke on a number of topics pertaining to mixed martial arts. Before the interview concluded, the following exchange took place:
Host: You've built this multi-billion dollar industry from the ground up. Just like another guy that we might know - Vince McMahon. If I locked you guys up in a cage together, who do you think would come out victorious?
White: Let me tell you something - I'll tell you this, and I've never said this before ever in an interview, ever, anywhere. Okay? And if Vince hears this, he's gonna go nuts. Vince is too old. He's too old, which he won't think he is and he'll go crazy. And he wanted to do that one time. Vince wanted to fight me. Swear to God, he called me up and said "Let's do it. We can either do it in the UFC, or let's do it at WrestleMania." And I said, "You are crazy." [...] I always have said it and I'll say it again: I respect Vince very much, but Vince is too old to be fighting anybody.
Click here to watch the full interview.
- For those that missed this week's Smackdown, Randy Orton, Sheamus & Ryback vs. The Shield was officially announced for Wrestlemania 29. Below is the updated lineup:
WWE Championship Match
- The Rock © vs. John Cena
World Heavyweight Championship Match
- Alberto Del Rio © vs. Jack Swagger
- The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Six-Man WWE Tag Team Match
- Randy Orton, Ryback & Sheamus vs. The Shield
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar is expected to be officially announced but the storyline is Hunter has to agree to the stipulation set forth by Paul Heyman and Lesnar.
- Mick Foley was announced as the General Manager of WWE Saturday Morning Slam on this week's show, concluding a three week promotional block of the series. This week's episode was taped on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in Oklahoma City.
- Neither CM Punk nor Paul Heyman appeared at Saturday night's WWE Raw live event in Providence, Rhode Island as advertised. Punk, who suffered an elbow/arm injury on last week's Raw, didn't work Friday night but appeared for a heel promo. As of this writing Punk is still being advertised for Sunday's show in Binghamton, New York. I wouldn't expect him to wrestle if he appears at all. Heyman spent Saturday night watching UFC 158, actively Tweeting throughout.
- WWE has signed Matt Silva to a developmental contract. Before reporting to NXT Wrestling, Silva will work Melbourne City Wrestling's show on April 13, 2013. Silva, an Australian talent, is on Twitter @Silva_Brand. You can follow us @wnwnews.
- While "Dead Man Down" didn't have a good opening weekend, "The Call" starring Halle Berry exceeded expectations.
The film grossed an estimated $17.1 million over the weekend, second to "Oz The Great and Powerful." The film is a joint collaboration between Sony and WWE Studios and features David Otunga in a supporting role.
I wasn't able to go and see but former Wrestling News World co-owner Ryan Gray saw it and enjoyed it.
- Santino Marella confirmed Sunday on his Twitter that he is cleared to wrestle and is available for this week's WWE Raw in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Santino suffered a neck injury in January, worked the 30-man Royal Rumble, but was later forced to undergo a procedure in February. He knows his return is far from a sure thing "with so much stuff going on with Wrestlemania 29."
- WWE Champion The Rock won't be at this week's WWE Raw in Pittsburgh as he's in London for the premiere of "GI Joe: Retaliation." Digital Spy has pictures of Rock on the red carpet at this link.
Rock wrote the following on Twitter:
- It was announced on tonight's episode of WWE Raw that Booker T will the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. Booker joins Bruno Sammartino, Mick Foley, Bob Backlund, Trish Stratus & Donald Trump in the Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Booker is the current General Manager of Smackdown and won numerous titles over the course of his in-ring career. He is a 5-time WCW Champion, 1-time World Heavyweight Champion, and the 2006 King of the Ring. The 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on April 6, 2013 at Madison Square Garden.
- Ryback vs. Mark Henry was officially announced for Wrestlemania 29 on this week's episode of WWE Raw. As we reported earlier, Big Show will replace Ryback on the Randy Orton & Sheamus team to take on The Shield. Dot com did end up removing their spoiler image (pictured above).
- 15,464 was the announced attendance for this week's WWE Raw from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The show was a legitimate sellout.
- Last week's episode of WWE Smackdown did a 1.82 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 2,395,000 viewers on SyFy.
- Team Hell No will defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston at Wrestlemania 29. The match was officially announced on this week's episode of WWE Raw.
- Following this week's episode of WWE Raw, below is the updated lineup for Wrestlemania 29:
WWE Championship Match
- The Rock © vs. John Cena
No Holds Barred MatchIf Triple H loses, his career is over.
- Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
- The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
World Heavyweight Championship Match
- Alberto Del Rio © vs. Jack Swagger
Six-Man WWE Tag Team Match
- Randy Orton, Big Show & Sheamus vs. The Shield
- Ryback vs. Mark Henry
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
- Team Hell No © vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston
Wrestlemania 29 will take place Sunday, April 7, 2013 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. We'll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- After this week's WWE Raw went off the air, Ryback, John Cena & Sheamus beat The Shield via disqualification when a chair was used. It was announced that WWE will return to the CONSOL Energy Center for a Smackdown taping on September 17, 2013. The presale password to obtain tickets is WWEPITT.
- Rey Mysterio is out again with a left knee injury. While it's true he won't need surgery, he's about to begin more physical therapy to rehabilitate the injury.
"About to start Physical Therapy! I'm on a mission!" Mysterio declared on Twitter. He then linked to this photo of his knee wrapped. Make sure you follow us on Instagram at Instagram.com/WrestlingNewsWorld.
- Following the announcement of his 2013 WWE Hall of Fame induction, Booker T wrote the following on Twitter:
You can watch his Hall of Fame video at this link.
- Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart are appearing together on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 6-8 PM at Dave and Busters on 234 West 42nd Street in New York, New York. For more information and tickets, click here.
- John Layfield is scheduled to return to WWE television at this week's Smackdown taping in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Former WWE star MVP has a new rap song out at this link
- Lilian Garcia sung the National Anthem at the Los Angles Lakers at Phoenix Suns game on Monday night. Below is a photo:
Backstage news and notes from this week's WWE Raw in Pittsburgh...
- As you might have noticed, and we've reported, the commentators are now burying segments they feel do not come across as intended. We're told this is one of Vince McMahon's new ways to get producers and writers to feel the heat. The change in having them air and burying them on commentary is different from the usual process of Vince scrapping them before they air. We're told Vince has taken on the mentality of rather than argue, to embarrass. This isn't seen as a longterm thing.
- We're told Vince, Triple H and other WWE staff members were upset with how John Cena's segment came off on this week's Raw. The feeling is it was too cartoonish. The Undertaker/CM Punk promo also received negative marks.
- Speaking of Punk, we're told he did recently see a doctor but is downplaying his injury. If he does in fact have a more serious injury, he isn't letting anyone know.
- Wade Barrett, Chris Jericho and The Miz were put over backstage for their match with one producer even telling Miz it was the "best match" he's had.
- Booker T has confirmed his brother Stevie Ray will be on hand for his WWE Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
- CM Punk is no longer scheduled for any WWE Raw live events leading up to Wrestlemania 29. He is scheduled for next Monday's Raw in Philadelphia and the following week in Washington, D.C. Punk will work the pay-per-view against The Undertaker. Punk being pulled from shows is a precautionary measure as he hurt his arm/elbow in a match last week against Kane. As a result, he didn't work any of the shows last weekend but appeared last Friday night in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
- Two of Triple H's closest friends, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, were in retirement matches at Wrestlemania and weighed in on Hunter's possible retirement in a new piece on dot com. Below is an excerpt:
“[At WrestleMania XXIV], the cards were dealt,” Flair explained, thinking back on his own legacy as Triple H’s career hangs in the balance. “I was nowhere near the level of ability as Shawn Michaels that night, and I don’t think anybody expected me to be. But I walked out of there a very proud man. It was sad to leave, but I was very proud.” “Triple H is a student of this business and has studied and has loved it since he was a young man, and it’s reflected in who he is. And I think he needs to stay active and keep contributing in the ring. He can’t stay backstage or in the office. He’ll get bored with that real fast.”
“Everything I did in the ring that night was moment by moment, second to second,” The Showstopper said in a phone interview. “You know, I think I was in a position that many people aren’t in. And I was very content with where I was at. Afterward, I was so proud of the match, that I was able to focus more on that than the idea that my career was over. And I was overjoyed that I was now at a place where I was going to be with my family on a regular basis. As much as I loved my life in WWE and still do, I was ready.” “I certainly believe that he’s got plenty of other responsibilities that would keep him busy,” said Michaels, Triple H’s “Kliq” cohort. “I think he would be content. He’s always had a level head on his shoulders — more so than me — so from that standpoint, I think he would. Could he say, ‘absolutely no more, not even here and there’? I don’t know. I think that’s always the million-dollar question for all of us."
Click here for coverage by dot com.
- This week's WWE Raw did a 3.09 cable rating with an average viewership of 4,260,000 viewers on the USA Network. Below is the hour by hour breakdown:
Hour one - 4,252,000 viewers
Hour two - 4,415,000 viewers
Hour three - 4,114,000 viewers
The audience is going the other way with only two episodes before Wrestlemania 29.
- Brooks Oglesbyreported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com that Dana White said Vince McMahon once called him and wanted to fight him… in WWE or in UFC. White declined, saying he respects Vince but he's too old to fight anybody.
Top UFC fighter Chael Sonnen decided to offer his opinion. The following is from Sonnen's Twitter:
- Prior to this Tuesday's WWE TV tapings, Justin Gabriel defeated Bray Wyatt.
- After the tapings for Smackdown concluded, the dark match main event was Randy Orton, Ryback & Sheamus vs. The Shield. Orton, Ryback & Sheamus won by disqualification when The Shield introduced a steel chair into the match. The faces eventually got the upper hand and hit their finishers to send the crowd home happy.
- Former WWE star Chris Masters detailed a bizarre story on his Twitter account late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning. According to Masters, someone barricaded his mother in her apartment and set the place on fire. He broke a window out and with the help of police, pulled her out of the house.
The following Tweets are from Masters' Twitter:
- UFC fighter Chasel Sonnen recently said no one on the WWE roster can count to eight, while discussing Vince McMahon challenging Dana White to a fight. WWE Chief Financial Officer George Barrios revealed his thoughts on the UFC audience at the 25th Annual ROTH Conference.
Barrios, who admitted he's been to a UFC event, said:
"It's a lot of guys, it's a lot of cigars, and a lot of smoke,"
He contrasted that WWE's audience is similar to Disney on Ice events with grandparents, parents and kids. Barrios touted WWE's age distribution and diversity of the audience.
- WWE Champion The Rock is in the process of "beefing up" for his latest movie role as Greek hero Hercules. Rock recently stated he's eating a crazy diet where he eats six to seven times a day.
"A lot of it is fish or carbohydrates. It's so boring!"
Click here for coverage by StarPulse.com.
- We're told people in WWE are "absolutely thrilled" that "The Call" did so well at the box office last weekend. Not just people from WWE Studios, but even Vince McMahon himself felt it was a big boost to morale that maybe getting into the film business was a good idea after all and that their latest formula may work out.
However, there's another interesting element to this. One of the problems WWE has faced with not just shareholders but also with potential partners when it comes to the WWE Network is the feeling that it's just the latest in a long line of ventures outside of their core business that will ultimately fall flat (WWE Films, XFL, the World Bodybuilding Federation, etc). Both Vince McMahon and Triple H feel that the success of "The Call" could help change the perception that WWE can't find success in their new ventures and that WWE Studios being looked at in a more positive light could help in
potential deals for the WWE Network.
Ultimately it's unknown how much the box office success will help things, but it certainly provided many with a shot of optimisim.
Another part of this is that WWE has tried to prepare potential partners, as well as their shareholders the WWE Network could struggle out of the gate but are confident it will succeed eventually. It was stated in the latest investor conference call that anything under one million subscribers will be seen as an investment. We're told WWE will now be pointing to WWE Studios to show that while it got off to a rocky start, it did eventually find success.
- We've received correspondence from the lawyer representing Jimmy Uso, whose real name is Jonathan Fatu, requesting we correct our report from last week that he was arrested on charges of Driving Under the Influence.
According to a statement sent out by Keith M. Goan, Fatu's attorney, Fatu turned himself in for being erroneously cited for driving on a suspended license, which is a violation of his probation.
Fatu was originally placed on probation after pleading No Contest to charges of DUI in 2012, stemming from his arrest on September 29, 2011. According to Goan, Fatu completed the terms and conditions of his probation as directed by the Court. While waiting for the termination of said probation to take effect, the erroneous citation was issued and a violation of probation was filed. The violation of probation resulted in an arrest warrant being filed.
It was when Fatu turned himself in for the erroneous citation, not a second DUI, that resulted in this arrest report surfacing last Thursday.
Goan released the following statement on behalf of his client:
We are extremely confident that once we get on the Court's docket, Mr. Fatu's probation will be terminated and the citation for driving on a suspended license will be dismissed.
- TMZ picked up on the bizarreChris Masters story where he saved his mother's life. You can read their coverage at this link.
- WWE Champion The Rock will be a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday night. Click here for more.
- Sin Cara is out after recently suffering a concussion.
- The Miz will be hosting the Money in the Bank Anthology DVD set.
- Triple H Tweeted the following photo of himself training:
- Many readers scratched their heads with Chael Sonnen and his Twitter rant against Vince McMahon. Chael is a known WWE fan and real-life friends with CM Punk. We're told by sources close to both Punk and Sonnen that his Tweets are a work. Chael is a guy that is believed to have future WWE aspirations and Tweeted the comments as a future marketing plan. He and Punk remain "great friends."
- Steve Austin confirmed Thursday on Twitter he will not be at Wrestlemania 29. The following is from Austin's Twitter account:
- WWE released their 2012 Annual Report. You can read through it in PDF format at this link.
- Former WWE writer Court Bauer, who broke the news of the termination of Eric Pankowsi, has broke the news of a new head writer. Bauer wrote the following on Twitter:
- The new TNT reality series, "Hero," starring WWE Champion The Rock is set to premiere on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 8 PM EDT. The show will be head to head against Impact Wrestling.
- We reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium that Paul Bearer's sons signed off on the usage of their father's death in the build to CM Punk vs. The Undertaker. TMZ caught up with Bearer's son Michael to ask him about it.
"We felt that dad would have wanted us at RAW last week and agreed to the angle … We knew Dad wouldn't have wanted it any other way.”
Click here for coverage by TMZ.
- The Rock appeared in two segments of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday night. Neither WWE nor Wrestlemania 29 were brought up and Rock didn't have the title belt with him. The appearance was done to promote "G.I. Joe Retaliation," which is in theaters next weekend.
- Visitors at this week's WWE NXT tapings in Winter Park, Florida included Harley Race, Batista, Chris Jericho, The Bella Twins, Big E Langston, The Shield, Cameron, Namoi, AJ Lee, Kaitlyn and Wade Barrett.
Jericho Tweeted a photo with Harley Race you can view below:
- Batista was actually in town to film an interview for the upcoming Triple H DVD.
- The Flagship out of Norfolk, Virginia has a new Q&A online with Kane. Below is an excerpt:
The Flagship: With the unfortunate passing of Paul Bearer, would you like to share how he impacted your career?Kane: He was an integral part of my early years as Kane. Without Paul Bearer, there wouldn’t have been a Kane, because he was such an important part of that story. Also, we traveled together for a few years, so it was a loss on a personal level for me as well. He came back and managed me in 2010 when I was World Champion, which was really cool – again against The Undertaker. Just like everyone else, I was a big fan of Paul Bearer and Percy Pringle, and all of the other names that he went by. It was a tough loss for everybody. We went to the viewing and what was really amazing was there were flowers there from all over the country – really, all over the world. It was nice to see an outpouring of affection from fans all over the place. The Flagship: You’ve been in the WWE for nearly 18 years now. What do you attribute to your longevity?Kane: Well, I work hard and I show up. I’ve been very fortunate that I haven’t gotten injured a bunch. I try to take care of myself. I think, too, my size gives me an advantage in some ways. I’m not always the guy getting knocked down a whole lot. My body probably hasn’t been punished as much as the other guys have been. I think it’s because I show up everyday and I try to do my best – give everything I have. The Flagship: You’ve worn a mask as Kane, and also without it. Which is more comfortable for you?Kane: At various times, I’ve favored either one. There are advantages to each. With the mask, there’s more mystery … more mystique. The problem with the mask is that people can’t see your face, which in some ways is pretty cool because they can’t really tell what you’re thinking and you have to use more body language … When you’re able to express emotion with your face, it’s more clear. From an entertainment and showbiz standpoint, the mask certainly adds a different element to Kane. The Flagship: You’re currently one half of the WWE Tag-Team Champions and you’ve had various tag-team partners throughout the years. How would you compare your current partner (Daniel Bryan) to other partners in your past?Kane: Well, he’s different – that’s for sure. What’s cool about Daniel Bryan is that I have now been able to do something that I’ve never been able to do before. Kane has always been sort of a dark character. With Daniel Bryan, we’ve been able to add a lot more lightheartedness, some humor and a lot of comedy. It works even better because it’s such a contrast from what I’ve normally done in the past. He’s completely different than any tag-team partner I’ve ever had. He’s a pain – a monumental pain to get along with. It’s like the odd couple, and somehow, I’ve become the voice of sanity. I don’t know how that’s happened – he’ll do that to you.
Click here to read the article in its entirety.
- TNA officials were pleased with the crowd for last Thursday's Impact Wrestling tapings from the Sears Centre in Chicago, Illinois. The crowd was estimated to be in the range of 6000-6500. Our calls to the box office for the official paid gate were not immediately returned. This comes off a record-setting attendance record at Lockdown on 3/10. Lockdown's attendance was announced as 6700 and was the most attended TNA show in company history. We're told Chicago is now a favorite to host Bound For Glory in October.
- Dixie Carter "fired" D'Lo Brown on Twitter Saturday due to his "antics" with Aces and Eights. All storyline of course but here's the Tweet from Dixie:
D'Lo wrote the following in response:
Brown is a TNA road agent but still wrestles part-time.
- The official TNA Wrestling website underwent a storyline "hacking" during this Thursday's episode of Impact. The website featured Aces and Eights graphics with all Aces and Eights material. TNA "updated" on the situation on Friday with the following:
During Thursday's IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast on SpikeTV from Chicago, someone affiliated with The Aces and Eights gained access to our secure online network at TNA Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. As a result, the Aces conducted a hostile takeover of our Website and Social Media. On Friday night, our Information Technology (IT) personnel regained control of our website. An update on our Social Media will be coming soon. Our Security Department is investigating the situation. We apologize to our fans for any inconvenience this may have caused.
It's interesting while Dixie Carter was playing up the "hack" on her social media, there was a serious problem with the TNA website. The RSS feed, which we use at WrestlingNews.net and TNANews.com, was showing all posts as 404 File Not Found. The problem has since been resolved.
- Former TNA X-Division worker Jesse Sorensen was on "Busted Open" last week with Dave Lagreca and Doug Mortman. In the interview, Sorensen revealed beef with Zema Ion that arose after Sorensen's career-ending injury.
Remember it was Zema who was working Sorensen when his knee caught the back of Jesse's neck at TNA Against All Odds 2012. Sorensen suffered a C1 vertebrae fracture with spinal cord edema. He briefly lost all movement in his arms and legs. The following quotes are Jesse speaking in the interview:
"Well it was really weird because him and I were really good friends before the incident. We had actually roomed together a lot and after the incident I didn't hear from him really at all for probably 6 months. Didn't hear a word and it was really weird because me and the guy were pretty decent friends and we both came in to TNA about the same time and he was one person, of course, I expected to hear from and never got a call or a text or anything. I think he might have come by the hospital one time but never really heard from him at all.
"It was weird because I did the X Division PPV in June or July and that was the first time I had even seen him since it happened. He came up, shook my hand like nothing had ever really happened and I remember for a while I was wondering should I reach out to this guy because I was hearing from people in the business that I didn't even know, guys that aren't even in this company, maybe I should just wait on him. It was just weird because we were friends and I was getting calls and texts from all sorts of people, I made so many friends in this business because of my injury, but I at least expected a 'hey bro, how you doing? If you need anything let me know.' Just something. And I remember I was so heated at him for a long time and then when I went to do the X Division PPV he shook my hand and I was just like, whatever, I'll let it go. And we didn't really talk that day and then I think it was a week later he wound up working with my friend Dakota Darsow and had a long talk with Dakota about how he was worried about everything and I guess it was just one of those deals where he didn't really know what to say to me. So then at that point we got on the phone and talked about it. I told him, 'I wasn't mad at you at all, it's wrestling, it could happen to anybody.' I said, 'I just wanted to feel like you cared,' and obviously he did care a lot. He was like, 'man, I just thought you instantly hated me, I could of killed you,' and all this stuff. Then we completely squashed everything and it was just a total big misunderstanding. He really did care but he didn't know how to reach out and I didn't know how to reach out. But as of now, we're great. We're still boys."
I actually spoke with several X-Division workers just days after the injury. All of them expressed sorrow that it happened but maintained both were very green. The blame wasn't placed on either but the feeling was they were trying to do things they shouldn't have been doing. However, one thing that was brought up again and again is that everyone understands the risks they take when they come through the curtain.
- Shannon “Daffney” Spruill was in attendance at Sunday's TNA Knockouts Knockdown "One Night Only" pay-per-view taping from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. We're told Spruill was with independent wrestler Amber O'Neal and she held a sign that read "I'm here independently."
This is noteworthy as Spruill settled her lawsuit against TNA Wrestling a couple weeks ago where she challenged her "independent contractor" status. You can read her statement on the settlement at this link.
When I asked if Spruill was there as a shoot or if she was working, I was told it was "definitely a shoot."
Former WWE Diva Jillian Hall worked Sunday's TNA Knockouts Knockdown pay-per-view on Sunday. Other names out of the mix of regular TNA female talent are as follows:
Alissa Flash (a/k/a Cheerleader Melissa)
- For those wondering why Madison Rayne hasn't competed in recent months, it's because she's pregnant. The former TNA Knockouts Champion wrote the following on Twitter:
Rayne crowned the new "Queen of TNA" at Sunday's Knockouts Knockdown pay-per-view taping. Click here for spoilers.
TNA Wrestling brought in the following former names to work their TNA 10 "One Night Only" pay-per-view taping:
We're told Johnny Devine took a bad bump, landing on his head. According to one observer it looked pretty bad and Devine was booked to go-home quickly to get him out of the match. We have full taping results online at this link.
Congratulations to Madison and her husband Jesse Cabot!
- TNA Champion Bully Ray used a homophobic slur to a fan following last Thursday's Impact Wrestling taping in Chicago, Illinois.
"Sit down, faggot!" Bully Ray barked at the fan. As he confronted him, Ray poked fun at the fan for shaving his chest.
You can watch what happened at 6:18 in the video embedded below:
Ray wrote the following on Twitter:
Dixie Carter wrote the following on Twitter:
- TNA Wrestling sent out the following on Wednesday:
TNA IMPACT WRESTLING ON THE MOVE ON DISH | SATELLITE TV PROVIDER MOVES SPIKE TV TO CHANNEL 241
ATTENTION DISH NETWORK CUSTOMERS: Fans of TNA IMPACT WRESTLING who are also customers of satellite TV provider DISH, heads up. Your favorite Spike TV shows, including IMPACT WRESTLING Thursdays at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central, are on the move.
Currently, Spike TV can be seen on both DISH channels 168 and 241. However, DVR functionality on channel 168 is disabled, so we encourage all IMPACT WRESTLING fans to set their DVRs for channel 241 now. Spike TV will be on channel 241 full-time starting April 3.
- TNA Champion Bully Ray posted the following on Twitter:
- Brooke Tessmacher is "Today's Girl" here at Maxim.com.
- Kurt Angle is featured on WWE's Alumni section at this link.
- For those who missed Impact Wrestling this week, results can be found here, there was a Fatal Four Way Match to determine the #1 Contender for the TNA World Title. Jeff Hardy beat Samoa Joe, Magnus, and Kurt Angle.
- In an segment on Impact Wrestling, Brooke Hogan fired Taryn Terrell as the referee for the Knockout division, but then hired her as part of the Knockout roster to compete.
- TNA Wrestling announced new X-Division rules on this week's episode of Impact. The following is from TNA's official website:
The X-Division is evolving! New Rules Announced! 230lb Weight Limit!
All X-Division championship matches will now be held under triple threat rules. The champion will have two challengers at the same time and has a thirty-three percent chance of retaining the title and runs the risk of losing the title without being pinned. The high-stakes title match has consequences for the challengers as well. The wrestler pinned in the X-Division championship match is eliminated from a future title match while the wrestler who isn’t involved in the decision gets to compete in the next X-Division title match. So where will the next contender come from?
New contenders will be also decided via a Triple Threat match. Fresh faces, former champions or recently eliminated contenders all will battle with one winner advancing into the next X-Division title match.
- Eric Bischoff was a guest on Inside the Ropes Radio where he responded to Bret Hart's recent negative comments about him. Below is a detailed excerpt sent out by the show to promote the interview:
On Bret Hart’s run in WCW: I had spoken to and met Bret several times before he made the jump. I was obviously excited to have him but clearly Bret Hart was a very broken....and in my opinion still is, from the interviews I hear him do, a very sad, broken and bitter person. That was pretty evident when he first came over. He was a shadow or a shell of his former self. Wherever Bret was, the high point of his character, what I got was a kind of broken, sad shell of that and quite honestly I don’t think he’s ever come out of it.
On Bret’s recent comments saying he “knows nothing about wrestling” & calling him “an idiot”: It’s not unusual for guys like Bret Hart, from that era....the only way they know how to get over is to get over at the expense of someone else. Bret Hart’s trying very hard to stay relevant. Unfortunately, he’s no longer relevant. He was a big star, he had a big name at one point, he was an important character in the history of the business but he’s not any longer and I’m sure that’s hard on him. I know myself how it feels to realize that that your biggest and best days as a performer are behind you. I’m very comfortable with that, I’ve embraced it but it’s hard for a lot of guys who’ve never been anything other than performers. They have a hard time with that.
It’s not easy getting older in the wrestling business, believe me, when you’re surrounded by younger and younger people who in many ways aren’t as over or as skilled or as popular as you may have been or still are now. But this business is a business that’s served by youth and change. And for someone like Bret, that manifests itself in his personality, lashing out at others. It’s funny, when he came to me he hated Vince McMahon, he hated everyone in the WWE from the office to half the roster. He didn’t have a good thing to say about any of the McMahons. Then when he got the opportunity to go back and work for them, he had to shift that. Then his hatred was for someone else like Bill Goldberg for giving him a concussion and now it’s for me and for Hulk, there’s no rhyme or reason for it and as far as his opinion of my value and what I’ve achieved in the wrestling business, I’ll let my body of work and success speak for itself.
His future in TNA: I really don’t plan on being in the wrestling business too much longer and I say that in a very grateful and positive way. This business has been great for me and my family. It’s been almost 30 years. I’m still shocked to this day. My goal now isn’t to accomplish anything professionally, because I’ve kind of been there, done that. My goal now and this is gonna sound kinda corny, I really like teaching. I like watching guys like Matt Conway and Dave Lagana, watching them grow into new areas that they haven’t been able to get into before. Someday, hopefully, in the near future, I’m going to be able to walk away from this business and when I do, I want to be able to know that I was able to shape, in one way shape or form, guys who will carry on and be the future of the business.
You can listen to the interview in its entirety at this link.
- FOX News Latino has a new interview online with Chavo Guerrero. In it, he takes a jab at John Cena. Below is an excerpt:
FNL: You’re 40 years old now. How long are you going to keep going?
Guerrero: In the wrestling business, you know, you really don’t know what you’re doing ‘til about seven, eight years in. You look back to the way wrestling used to be — you didn’t even make it to the big time until you were ten years in minimum. Now you’re in the business for six months or a year and they come in the ring and they’re getting shots at big time. And if you see the wrestling , especially at the other place, you can tell. I won’t even watch that program because it’s bad. The wrestling is so bad.
If he can’t wrestle, then he can’t wrestle, you know? Very, very few and far between do we get a Triple H or a Rey Mysterio, a Randy Orton. That doesn’t happen too much anymore. It’s very few and far between. You can tell who’s making John Cena look good.
You can read the full interview at this link.
- This week's episode of Impact Wrestling did a 1.07 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 1,387,000 viewers on Spike TV.
Since Chris Jericho said he doesn't believe he'll ever work a full-time WWE schedule again do you think he'll ever hold the WWE Championship again?
WWE Championship reigns are hard to predict if not down right impossible. It all comes down to the right opportunity. With WWE changing their mind on how they utilize part-time talent, especially with The Rock as the current WWE Champ, it's certainly not improbable that Jericho will hold title again. However, in this latest run Jericho is not being highlighted at the top, most likely due to the timing of his comeback. Vince McMahon wanted the WWE title on Rock this year so he could use it as promotion with Rock's busy movie release schedule this year while also re-matching last year's Wrestlemania main event, which drew the company's biggest buyrate to date.
Why did TNA stop using the six sided ring? It made them unique and was different from what fans were used to seeing.
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff made the call to return to the traditional four sided ring in TNA Wrestling. They didn't feel it worked and weren't shy about their disdain for it. Below is an excerpt of an interview Hogan did back in 2010 with UGO's Chris Radtke:
Chris Radtke: Any plans to get rid of the six-sided ring and go to a traditional, four-post squared circle?
Hulk Hogan: Oooooh boy. You trying to read my mind or something, brother? Between you and me, that thing has got to go. I don't know when and how quick I can get rid of it, but that thing has got to go. It looks like a children's version of an MMA ring, you know? I mean, I just don't get it. The guys don't do anything different in there that they'd do in a normal ring. It looks like they are bouncing off toothpicks. BOINK! Little just Boinkie Boinkies. It looks like one of those rings you buy your children to play with. (Editor's Note: Hulk Hogan did in fact make "boinkie Boinkie" sound effects.)
CR: It's a playpen.
HH: THANK YOU! I'm going to use that. Oh I'm going to steal that, brother. I'm going to use that in every interview now. You know what I mean? It's not that wide-open flow where you hit the ropes. You run your opponent over. You hit the ropes and take somebody's head off. Instead it's that boinkie-boinkie-boinkie. I can't stand it. It's got to go. That's the first thing I'm going to do. (Editor's Note: Hulk Hogan did in fact make "Boinkie Boinkie" sound effects. Again.)
Has there been any word on the status of El Generico? The last I heard he was signed by WWE and scheduled to debut in NXT Wrestling.
Yes, El Generico is under WWE developmental contract and is working in NXT Wrestling. Readers were thrilled when he appeared as El Genrico but were disappointed when WWE decided to take the gimmick literally.
I was watching a couple episodes of Raw in which Brock Lesnar attacked wrestlers and I was just wondering: is it just me, or does Brock look reckless and sloppy at times in the ring? I wouldn't feel safe with him in the ring.
It's not just you, Brock Lesnar is a little reckless - but I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't entertaining. Remember Lesnar's "confrontation" with The Miz on the February 4th episode of WWE Raw? There were some in the back that wondered if Brock was going to kill him. An exaggeration for sure but the fact of the matter is Brock is a little stiff these days. I don't think it's intentional and blame it more on ring rust and the fact Lesnar hasn't worked a lot of matches in the past several years. He can wrestle, there's no doubting that (his a former NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion)… It's just when you're as big as he is and don't get a lot of practice, things get a little interesting.
Given Chris Jericho's confrontation with Fandango on this week's WWE Raw do you think this will be a match at Wrestlemania 29?
With only two episodes of WWE Raw before Wrestlemania 29 (three episodes of Smackdown) it looks like Chris Jericho vs. Fandango at the pay-per-view is a real possibility. Jericho should be able to get the best out of Johnny Curtis although this is another tough one to book. Does Fandango lose right out of the gate or does Jericho go under then take more time off?
With seven matches already on the lineup for Wrestlemania 29 will more matches be added?
There should be 1-3 more matches added to the Wrestlemania 29 lineup. I expect something to happen with the Divas, as well as the aforementioned Jericho vs. Fandango bout. With an hour long pre-show and one match to have implications on the pay-per-view (details here), that should all be taken into account as well.
Do you feel it's time for Team Hell No to drop the WWE Tag Team Championship and give both Kane and Daniel Bryan a more serious run as singles competitors?
Team Hell No has run its course and Daniel Bryan is admittedly aching for some more serious stuff. I would be surprised if Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston do not win the WWE Tag Team Championship from Team Hell No, possibly due to dissension between Daniel Bryan and Kane. Feuding Bryan and Kane as singles would be a good step in the right direction for a more serious run for both.
What happened to Ranjin Singh?
Ranjin Singh, whose real name is David Kapoor, is the head WWE creative writer for Monday Night Raw.
Do you think Undertaker "phoned in" his promo on this week's WWE Raw? It seemed rushed and didn't have that chilling quality we're used to seeing him he speaks.
The Undertaker didn't come off good on the mic on this week's episode of WWE Raw. I actually thought the entire show was very weak with the exception of the triple-threat match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. I obviously can't explain why Undertaker was off but I've included the segment below so readers can post their reactions in the comments section.
What do you think about the new guys coming in and getting a spot in Wrestlemania over other guys? The Shield is good, but I'm sure there are people angry that they are got a spot. Big E just seems like he got lucky and didn't earn it.
A lot has been written and discussed about this year's Wrestlemania but I think this is the first concern someone has had about WWE using too much new talent. It's absolutely essential that WWE utilize some up and comers with Wrestlemania 29 being so heavy on part-time talent. We've seen hotshot booking get WWE in trouble time and time again and I'm all for the inclusion of The Shield, Big E Langston, Dolph Ziggler and any other names they can sneak on the card. I'm actually hoping Chris Jericho can get the best out of Fandango, assuming the match makes the show.
Will Bully Ray be forced to vacate the TNA Championship due to his homophobic slur?
I don't see TNA blowing up creative plans because of Bully Ray's rant laced with homophobic slurs. I also don't want it to seem like I'm glossing over this. Bully's comments were not right and shouldn't be used in any situation but he was working when he made the comments. Bully apologized and Dixie Carter seemed to incorporate her storyline disdain for Aces and Eights with her apology. I look at this situation in detail in a new article posted here on TNANews.com. I humbly seek your input on this issue.
What happened with Jack Swagger's court date that was scheduled for March 12th?
Jack Swagger's plea date for his February arrest was March 12, 2013 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Swagger postponed the date as he had to work last week's Smackdown taping in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I'm told Vince McMahon told Swagger to push the date back and WWE was treating him as innocent until proven guilty.
After watching the latest episode of WWE Inbox a lot of superstars mentioned bringing back the Hardcore title, my question is with there so much backstage segments and the WWE Active, could you see WWE bringing back the Hardcore title?
I sure hope not. I'm against any situation that brings back any titles in WWE and would actually be for eliminating the United States Championship in favor of the Intercontinental Championship being the only secondary title. WWE has a hard enough utilizing the titles they have now, what's the purpose of adding another? I do support both the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship because it creates more opportunities in the top of the card but there is no need for another secondary title. Could you imagine the Hardcore title in the confines of WWE PG?
Now that Booker T has been named to the WWE Hall of Fame will Randy Savage or Paul Bearer also make this year's Hall of Fame?
I don't see Randy Savage going in this year but I know there was a push to induct Paul Bearer shortly after he died. I have no problem with Bearer going in this year unless they decide to hold off and induct him when they induct The Undertaker. This year's WWE Hall of Fame class has shaped up nicely. It went from, "well we may have Mick Foley" to not only do we have Mick Foley but Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Trish Stratus and Booker T. It's a great class.
Why would WWE make the Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar match a retirement match? Obviously, that means that Lesnar would win because WWE just signed him for two years. Doesn't that spoil the fun of the match?
The match is officially a No Holds Barred match with the stipulation if Brock Lesnar goes over, Triple H must retire. If Lesnar loses, he doesn't have to retire. The "unfair stipulation" was part of the storyline they executed at this week's Raw. I expressed my disdain for the stipulations to the match in a new YouTube video at this link.
With all these TNA "One Night Only" PPV's being filmed now, what is the purpose of these and when are they meant to air? As well as with Impact tapings, how often are they filming on the road?
TNA taped all of their One Night Only pay-per-views because their lease at Universal Studios is up at the end of the month and it was easier to get it done in Orlando. The shows will replace airing live three-hour pay-per-views in prime time each month on Sunday nights. They are cheaper to produce and distribute and will ultimately save the company money. As for the Impact tapings, TNA is taping twice a month. This week's show was taped last week and next week another two weeks will be taped in Jonesboro, Arkansas.