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This week's edition covers news from Saturday, March 2, 2013 to Friday, March 8, 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:
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Table Of Contents
- WWE News
- TNA News
- Ask WNW
- Lance Storm is scheduled to work as a guest trainer next week at NXT Wrestling in Tampa, Florida.
- The Score's Arda Ocal reported the attendance at Friday's WWE Raw live event in Toronto was 10,279 A new record for the Ricoh Coliseum.
- Bruno Sammartino will be inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame at the 2013 Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night. Triple H was at the Arnold Classic and was photographed with Bruno. You can view the photo at this link.
- We've received a lot of email regarding Chris Jericho and when he'll be back on WWE television. Jericho is in Australia with Fozzy and will miss next week's TV tapings as well. His first advertised date back is a March 9th Raw live event in Broomfield, CO. This was first reported in February here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- John "Bradshaw" Layfield is off next week's TVs as well as he attempts to clim Mt. Death.
- Tickets are hard to come by for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Take it from Jim Ross:
- WWE developmental Diva Paige beat AJ Lee at Saturday night's live event in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hornswoggle was the referee. Bo Dallas also worked the show.
- Speaking of WWE in Kalamazoo, Big E Langston & Dolph Ziggler challenged Team Hell No for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
- There is a presale taking place from March 6-8 to obtain tickets to the 5/24 WWE Raw live event in Salt Lake City, Utah. The password is RAWFAN and tickets can be purchased at this link. (Thanks to WNW reader Richard Johnson)
- Tyson Kidd has been cleared to do leg workouts and cardiovascular exercise. Kidd is currently out with a knee injury.
- For those that missed it last week, we posted a list of legends set for "Old School" Raw at this link.
The following cities have received letters from WWE requesting proposals to host Wrestlemania 31 in 2015 and/or Wrestlemania 32 in 2016:
* Orlando, Florida
* Tampa, Florida
* Miami, Florida
* Atlanta, Georgia
* Detroit, Michigan
Proposals are due by March 15 and the list of finalists will be decided by mid-June with the awarded city receiving notification by fall. We mentioned two other cities that have been brought up here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium.
- Jim Ross has a new blog entry available on his official website. You can read it at this link.
- The movie Snitch, starring WWE Champion The Rock, finished 5th at the box office over the weekend. The movie brought in an estimated $7.7 million in its second week out. So far the movie has earned $24.4 million.
- Yoshi Tatsu is working on his English in hopes of raising his stock in WWE. He wrote the following on Twitter:
WWE has announced their June pay-per-view will be called WWE Payback. The show is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 16, 2013 from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Below is the remaining pay-per-view schedule for the rest of the year:
Wrestlemania 29 on April 7, 2013 in East Rutherford, NJ
Extreme Rules on May 19, 2013 in St. Louis, MO
WWE Payback on June 16, 2013 in Chicago, IL
Money in the Bank on July 14, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA
SummerSlam on August 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA
Night of Champions on September 15, 2013 in Detroit, MI
Over the Limit on October 6, 2013 in Buffalo, NY
Hell in a Cell on October 27, 2013 in Miami, FL
Survivor Series on November 24, 2013 in Boston, MA
TLC on December 15, 2013 in Houston, TX
- Rey Mysterio announced that he met with Dr. James Andrews today due to a possible ACL tear. Mysterio has torn his ACL in the past, most recently in 2011. His tweets are below:
In addition to physical issues, Mysterio has been out recently due to undisclosed personal issues.
- The latest on Jerry Lawler's in-ring return is that he has received clearance from his personal doctor to wrestle. The holdup has been WWE's reluctance to issue the same clearance.
- Arda Ocal of The Baltimore Sun interviewed Zack Ryder. In it, Ryder suggested he may need to switch up his character and make it more serious to get attention again. He also talked social media and other topics at this link.
- R-Truth is back after suffering a lacerated knee at WWE TLC in December. As you may have noticed, WWE has not been referencing Little Jimmy upon his return. v We're told this was Vince McMahon's call as he felt the Little Jimmy bit was silly and he wanted Truth to have a more serious tone from now on. One observer wonders why it took Vince so long to figure this out. However, this all part of a bigger plan. Vince is said to be "comfortable" with Alberto Del Rio as the top Latino star and has shifted his attention to solidifying a top African American star. There had been a lot of internal debate as to whether it should be Truth or Kofi Kingston. Given Kofi's recent heat, Vince ultimately decided Truth has a better chance of getting over at the top level. In the past, Vince has always sided with R-Truth over Kofi in similar situations. A top African American star isn't something Vince has remained consistent on. He's made it a priority before but usually loses interest. With Truth just coming back, it's once again something Vince is pushing for Truth wanted to keep the Little Jimmy bit but is considered easy to work with and didn't make an issue of it when Vince wanted it dropped.
- Tammy "Sunny" Sytch is still behind bars following arraignment for her arrest at the end of January. Sytch was unable to make bail so remains held on $100,000 cash bond in a State Prison in Uncasville, CT.
- Mick Foley is in the process of finishing up a new children's book in connection with WWE. This one will feature Daniel Bryan and Kane.
- Speaking of Team Hell No, they did media Monday morning for this week's "Old School" episode of WWE Raw. You can watch their appearance in-studio on local radio at this link.
- Bruno Sammartino's acceptance speech into the International Sports Hall of Fame from last weekend can be viewed at this link.
- "Sycho" Sid Eudy is back in the hospital according to a post made on his son Gunnar's Facebook account. Gunnar noted that Sid just got out of the hospital a few days ago with heart problems. The reason he was re-admitted was not disclosed.
- While an official announcement hasn't been made, Vince McMahon is now on Twitter. His account is located @VinceMcMahon.
- A vignette promoting the return of Wade Barrett as a bare-knuckle fighter that aired on Saturday morning last November in the United Kingdom was deemed unsuitable for children by Ofcom. Sky1, the network which aired the material, apologized and asked WWE to avoid producing scenes that feature "real" fighting. Click here for coverage by Digital Spy.
- Undertaker returned to WWE Raw at the opening of this week's "Old School" episode. He slowly merged on-stag as the Wrestlemania 29 logo flashed behind him. You can watch it at this link.
- Last week's Social Media Smackdown did a 1.96 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 2,818,000 on SyFy.
- The announced attendance for this week's "Old School" episode of WWE Raw was 16,597. The show was a legitimate sellout.
- Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee read to students at a local Buffalo school on Monday. You can check out local news coverage at this link.
- Click here for footage from last week's "Dead Man Down" premiere in Los Angeles.
- Chris Van Vliet has a twenty-one minute video interview with Dolph Ziggler at this link.
- LocalBozo interviews The Miz at this link.
- WWE Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine is going to give football another try. Big Andy, also known as Silent Rage, is scheduled to workout in front of NFL scouts at Florida International University's NFL Pro Day on Thursday at 3:30 PM at FIU Stadium.
"I've never stopped training since my football playing days," Leavine said. "I'm a competitor and if I have to switch to the defensive line or start out playing in Canada or the arena league then that's what I'll do."
Click here for more.
- CM Punk won a Fatal 4-Way match on this week's "Old School" episode of WWE Raw to earn the right to officially challenge The Undertaker for "the streak" at Wrestlemania 29. Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show were also involved in the match.
Below is a look at the updated Wrestlemania 29 card:
WWE Championship Match
- The Rock © vs. John Cena
World Heavyweight Championship Match
- Alberto Del Rio w/Ricardo Rodriguez © vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter
- The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
SummerSlam '12 Rematch
- Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
Lesnar vs. Hunter hasn't been officially announced, however, Triple H issued the formal challenge on this week's "Old School" Raw.
Wrestlemania 29 will take place Sunday, April 7, 2013 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Join us for exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- Amy "Lita" Dumas is featured in the "From the Shadows" music video by JD & the FDCs. You can watch it at this link.
- Mick Foley's appearance on the Celebrity Apprentice aired last Sunday night. He donated $10,000 to charity. The appearance was taped back in October. (Thanks to WNW reader Dave L.)
- Wrestling News World reader Jordan sent this link that goes to an interview with Jake Roberts talking about battling addiction.
- Triple H had a minor slip-up in his promo on Brock Lesnar on this week's "Old School" Raw. Hunter mentioned that Lesnar required 12 staples to close the laceration to his head from the week prior. Michael Cole introduced the segment by announcing Lesnar had 18 staples to close it. I know there was a discrepancy regarding the number of staples people were saying he had backstage (12) compared to what WWE reported (18).
- Vince McMahon and Triple H presented Mae Young with her own WWE Divas Championship belt backstage at this week's "Old School" Raw. You can watch a candid video of Vince and Hunter presenting Young with the belt and talking with her out-of-character at this link.
- Stephanie McMahon wasn't backstage at this week's WWE Raw. Mae Young told Vince she looked at Stephanie like a child and Vince said Stephanie feels the same way.
- Remember the controversy from last week regarding Triple H? You know, did he or didn't he… went his pants during the opening segment with Brock Lesnar. In a WWE Active segment with The New Age Outlaws, Hunter was joking and said note to self - never go to the ring to fight a guy that big with a full bladder.
- We're told it was "evident to everyone" backstage at this week's "Old School" WWE Raw that it's past time to turn Randy Orton. While it's not likely to happen until after Wrestlemania 29, many officials feel they missed the boat and the crowd no longer cares about him.
- Antonio Cesaro hit his head on the mat towards the beginning of his match with Ryback and couldn't recover quick enough to help carry the match.
- One idea pitched to help build CM Punk vs. The Undertaker for Wrestlemania 29 was to have Punk face off against former Undertaker Wrestlemania opponents on television leading up to the pay-per-view. Options include Randy Orton, Kane, Mark Henry, Big Show and Kevin Nash. Triple H would not be an option.
- While watching The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler on the monitor backstage, one producer questioned why they didn't put Ric Flair with Ziggler rather than Miz.
- Finally, the funniest comment of the night came from Triple H backstage as he asked if Undertaker borrowed Kevin Nash's "Super Shredder" costume. Nash played the role of the genetically enhanced Super Shredder in the 1991 flick "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze."
- The Miz, who has been all over media outlets promoting the release of The Marine 3, told ESPN Playbook he's hoping for a match against Antonio Cesaro at Wrestlemania 29. You can read the interview at this link.
- Daniel Bryan and Josh Reddick are doing a "Beard-Off" challenge. The fans will vote and whoever loses will have to shave their beard. You can view Reddick's beard at this link.
This week's "Old School" episode of WWE Raw did a 3.54 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 5,018,000 viewers on the USA Network. Below is the by hour breakdown:
Hour one - 4,968,000 viewers
Hour two - 5,239,000 viewers
Hour three - 4,847,000 viewers
I've got to think WWE is happy with these numbers. The third and final hour continues to be a problem in losing audience.
- Rey Mysterio, who is currently out due to undisclosed personal issues and a knee injury, provided the following update on his Twitter page:
- Steve Austin is set for a new reality show called "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Ranch." Austin is teaming with Chris Abrego and 51 Minds Entertainment to produce a pilot presentation. The show pits six contestants against one another in a series of challenges on Austin's titular Texas home, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Austin's Redneck Island has been renewed by CMT for a third season.
- It was announced during this week's WWE Main Event (full spoilers here) that Brock Lesnar, along with Paul Heyman, will respond to Triple H on the next WWE Raw.. Triple H is also scheduled to appear on the show, as well as Chris Jericho. Rey Mysterio is being advertised locally, but it is unlikely that he will appear given his recent injury.
- WrestlingNewsWorld.com is saddened to report that William Moody, known in the wrestling industry as Paul Bearer, passed away late Tuesday night at the age of 58. WWE released the following announcement:
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Moody, aka Paul Bearer. Moody made his WWE debut in 1991 as the manager of The Undertaker and went on to become a memorable part of WWE over the course of the next 20 years.
Our deepest condolences go out to Moody’s family, friends and fans.
We offer our deepest condolences as well, and will continue to provide more information on Moody's death as it becomes available.
- The wrestling world is in a state of shock as we grieve the sudden passing of William "Paul Bearer" Moody. Details regarding his passing are unknown although we are able to confirm Moody hadn't been feeling well lately. He was under a WWE Legend's contract, where the company was able to market the Paul Bearer gimmick and use him for promotional appearances, but he was still able to work routine indy dates. Moody appeared at last Saturday's Gulf Coast Wrestling show in Theodore, Alabama. Moody's wife, Dianne, died after battling cancer just over four years ago on January 31, 2009.
- Kofi Kingston is in the United Kingdom this week to do promotional work for WWE. He Tweeted that he will appear on Sky Sports News at 5:30 PM local time.
- Randy Orton, Ryback & Sheamus beat The Shield via disqualification in a dark match main event after this week's Smackdown taping. The match was thrown out when Roman Reigns used a steel chair.
- The word from people that were around William "Paul Bearer" Moody last weekend say he was battling an upper respiratory infection. He was taking medication to treat the infection and attended the Gulf Coast Wrestling event in a wheelchair due to weakness. It's no secret that Moody battled obesity throughout his life. No other details regarding his passing are known at this time.
- Brian Soscia interviews The Miz at this link.
- WWE will run a live event on 5/12 from the Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Tickets go on sale 3/16.
- Jim Ross remembers Paul Bearer in a new blog on his official website at this link.
- Titus O'Neil talks about his "really good friend" Batista getting him into pro wrestling at this link. O'Neil, a University of Florida alum, is photographed in the piece putting Men's Basketball coach Billy Donovan in a sleeper.
- TMZ is reporting that Paul Bearer told "Cowboy" Bob Kelly he was being treated for a blood clot. According to Kelly, Bearer was in bad health this weekend, with a severe breathing problem. As we reported, Bearer was battling an upper respiratory infection while attending the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion. According to those in attendance, Bearer was coughing and had trouble standing for long periods of time. He went to the hospital immediately following the reunion.
- The Bankers Life Fieldhouse is advertising The Undertaker for next week's WWE Raw in Indianapolis, Indiana. He's also being advertised for the March 18th show from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Triple H and Stephanie McMahon both made it to the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend. They've gone in the past but the priority this year was to meet with Arnold Schwarzenegger about possibility inducting Bruno Sammartino into the WWE Hall of Fame over Wrestlemania 29 weekend. Arnold and Bruno have known each other for decades and when Bruno signed the deal for the WWE Hall of Fame, he was asked for ideas on who should induct him. Bruno mentioned he was already scheduled to appear at the Arnold Classic and would talk to Arnold about it. We're told it was considered a high enough priority that Hunter and Stephanie changed their schedules to make sure they could meet with Arnold and Bruno together last weekend. Right now Arnold is the number one guy WWE wants to induct Bruno and they're pursuing him aggressively.
- Vince McMahon is looking to push Big E Langston following Wrestlemania 29 or perhaps even into the summer. One idea pitched was for Langston to turn babyface because he was "sick" of being Dolph Ziggler's sidekick. His limited bodyguard role with Ziggler was done to get him acclimated with life on the road, the crowd, etc.
- Big Show guest stars on "Psych" next Wednesday on the USA Network. The show airs at 10/9c.
- We've received several from readers asking about Paul Bearer being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year as a posthumous inductee. We can confirm it was brought up when the news broke that he had died.
Bearer was well-liked and respected by everyone and I wouldn't be surprised if a deal got done. Bearer spoke about his WWE legacy and a possible spot in the WWE Hall of Fame with Chris Yanek in January.
“I know that I will [be in the WWE Hall of Fame]. So that’s all I need to know. Whether it’s next year or whether it’s five years from now, I know the time’s coming. … I’ve been very, very blessed in professional wrestling because I’m just a Alabama kid, from the Alabama Gulf Coast that grew up watching local territory days wrestling. … I have been all around the world. I performed in all 50 states, 28 countries and I got a paycheck every week.”
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- Zack Ryder Tweeted a photo of his new "Push Me" trunks to the new Twitter account of Vince McMahon and asked him what he thought. You can view the trunks and the Tweet below:
- Former Warner Bros. Exec Eric Pankowsi is out as WWE's head of creative and development, according to former WWE writer Court Bauer on Twitter. Pankowsi was hired in January 2012 to head up WWE's TV creative development, including reality and kids programming. His duties included managing the creative team as well well as overseeing the sale of programming to networks, studios and other distributors. He spent twelve years at Warner Bros.
- Sean "X-Pac" Waltman is officially under WWE contract again. The former DeGeneration X member announced Thursday on Twitter that he just received the executed copy of his WWE Legends Contract. The following is from Waltman:
A WWE Legends contract is not the same as a WWE Performers contract. This deal will allow WWE to use Waltman and his likeliness for merchandise but it does not prevent him from working outside dates.
- WWE has released a video commemorating the life and career of William Moody, aka Paul Bearer. The video features new and old clips of Vince McMahon, Bobby Heenan, Jerry Lawler, Gene Okerlund, Hornswoggle, Josh Mathews, Dolph Ziggler, & Kofi Kingston, who discuss Bearer's career. The video is embedded below:
- If you missed this week's episode of WWE Main Event, it was announced that Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar will appear live on next week's WWE Raw in Indianapolis to answer the challenge of Triple H. Lesnar has been advertised for quite some time. As noted Wednesday, The Undertaker is also on the show. We'll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- WWE is already looking to replace Eric Pankowsi as they posted a job opening for a new Vice President of Creative Writing here at WWE-Careers.com. Below is an overview of the position:
The VP Creative Writing will be responsible for the creative content strategy and direction for all weekly TV programming. He/She will manage the Head Writer, Show Runners, and the writing team, provide long-term direction in the development of story lines and WWE superstar characters, and be the primary liaison with other partner departments especially including Talent, TV and Digital.
For the responsibilities, qualifications as well as the opportunity to apply, click here.
Pankowsi was in fact relieved from the position. The move doesn't come as a surprise as he didn't exactly have a reputation of getting along with talent. The biggest surprise was the move took place this close to Wrestlemania. Pankowsi completely took over the WWE writing team when Brian Gewirtz was removed from his post in October 2012. He was given the position by Stephanie McMahon as she was said to trust him. You can read our report from back in October here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium.
- The Undertaker is now being officially advertised for next week's WWE Raw in Indianapolis and the following week in Pittsburgh.
- WWE has signed 21-year-old Swedish arm wrestling champion Sarah Backman to a developmental contract. We have photos here at WrestlingNews.net.
- The May 20th episode of WWE Raw will take place from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Tickets go on sale March 23, 2013.
-The official WWE website recently posted an interview with Michael Hayes, who was the late William "Paul Bearer" Moody's friend for over 30 years. He discusses his relationship with Moody and his favorite memories with him at this link.
-Cody Rhodes, Ryback, Darren Young, Ted DiBiase, Chris Jericho, Alicia Fox and Matt Striker name their favorite WrestleMania matches on WWE's official Tout page. Click here to view the Touts.
-Hakushi has been added to the Alumni section of the official WWE website. Click here to view his profile.
- WWE contacted the Moonlight Dance Studio in La Crosse, Wisconsin to get a dancer to partake in the Fandango gimmick at the Smackdown live event in the city on Saturday. The person selected was dance teacher Lis Kasten.
“I’ve been told that it will be 15 seconds to 20 seconds of salsa dance,” she said. “I’ve been told there are two spots where he dances.”
“This is my 15 minutes of fame. Or I should say, my 15 seconds of fame. I just received the video of the choreography so I’m going to see if he wants to add a few things in there maybe,” she said. “Maybe we can add a few seconds. I’m really excited. This is a first for me. Wrestling is not my forte, but I have a lot of friends who are going (to the Smackdown).”
Click here for local news coverage.
- The March 5th episode of "Robot Combat League" with Chris Jericho as host did an average viewing audience of 825,000 viewers on SyFy.
- Lance Storm spent the week at the NXT Wrestling facilities in Tampa, Florida. He, along with Sean Waltman, were at Thursday night's live event.
- John Cena and Stephanie McMahon will headline the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference this Saturday at a panel discussing the strategies behind WWE's award-winning digital programs. Speaking of Steph, she provided a Vince McMahon quote on Twitter:
- The new strategy of WWE Studios officially kicks off this weekend with the release of "Dead Man Down" starring Colin Farrell, Terrance Howard and Noomi Rapace. The film opens on Friday and features Wade Barrett in a small supporting role.
- WWE has signed Joe Cabray and Rachelle Walker to developmental contracts. Both are Irish stars that were regulars for No Limit Wrestling overseas. Cabray, who worked as Omen, is set to report to NXT Wrestling in Tampa, Florida in a few weeks. Walker, who worked as Rachelle St. Claire, will report later in the year as she is recovering from a knee injury.
- Direct Auto Insurance and TNA Wrestling are back working together in some capacity. I noticed a couple weeks ago the insurance company was sponsoring select live events. I can now confirm they are sponsoring TNA Lockdown later this month. The agreement between the companies had gone month-to-month recently and ended all together in January. The Direct Auto deal has been one of TNA's biggest sponsorship deals to date and very beneficial in terms of revenue.
- Kurt Angle did an interview with Brandon Baxter to promote the 3/28 Impact Wrestling taping in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Below are the highlights:
* Angle opened the interview by talking about the IOC dropping wrestling from the Olympics. He said he thought the decision was embarrassing.
He discussed breaking into professional wrestling and taking his time to learn the craft.
* Angle said he doesn't feel he's earned the tag the best wrestler of all-time. He said it's too early even though he's thirteen years in.
* Angle said his biggest accomplishment is making his opponents look better. He said titles aren't important to him. He said there were times in WWE and have been times in TNA where he was put with newer talent to make them look better than they are.
* He said the growth is what makes him want to stay with TNA Impact Wrestling. He said "thank God" they're going on the road rather than staying in Universal Studios. Angle admitted he's paid extremely well and TNA is getting ready to put the rockets under him again.
You can listen to the full interview at this link.
- Jesse Sorensen, who suffered a broken neck in a match against Zema Ion at TNA Against All Odds 2012, is now working as a marketing/promotional assistant with TNA Wrestling. This seems to indicate his professional wrestling career is effectively over. On Sorensen's Twitter page, located @TNASorensen, he lists himself as a "former TNA X-Division wrestler."
- Hulk Hogan was asked on Twitter why Bret Hart had an issue with him. Hogan's response was as follows:
I was always his friend,I don't get it.bitter, old age I got along great with his dad and family?life is to good for haters. HH
In an interview with Wrestletalk TV, Hart said Hogan and Eric Bischoff were worthless. You can watch his comments at this link.
- TNA Wrestling has announced Robbie E vs. Robbie T for TNA Lockdown this Sunday.
- Speaking of the Robbie's, Kenny King looks to get on "The List" with Robbie E and SoCal Val. You can watch this week's episode at this link.
- TNA Knockout Taryn Terrell was set on fire for a stunt. Watch a video at this link.
- TNA has posted a video preview for this week's episode of Impact Wrestling at this link.
- Brandon Baxter interviewed SoCal Val to promote the 3/28 Impact Wrestling taping in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She uses the appearance to plug the new Knockout Zone feature which will debut in Jonesboro. You can watch at this link.
- Mickie James is scheduled to appear at Dory Funk Jr.'s !BANG! TV taping in Ocala, Florida on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
- You can read article by the Savannah College of Art and Design on TNA signing Sam Shaw at this link.
- Robbie E is interviewed at this link.
- Have you checked out all of the awesome new content at TNANews.com? Carl Frederick has a new piece online now that you can read here - “Cross The Line” – How This Phrase Could Help Superstars
- Dixie Carter noted on Twitter on Wednesday that TNA Lockdown in San Antonio was looking to be the company's largest attended US event in their history. The following is from her Twitter account:
TNA Lockdown will take place Sunday from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Click here for the latest card.
- TNA Champion Jeff Hardy participated in a media conference call on Wednesday to promote TNA Lockdown. Below are the highlights:
* Jeff admitted to being disappointed he wasn't on the UK tour and looks forward to going the next time TNA goes over
* He said he approaches cage matches differently as a father but still wants to have the best match possible without getting crazy.
* Hardy confirmed his band has recoded ten songs for their latest album that was finished last week. They're looking at a July release.
* In perhaps the most noteworthy moment, Hardy said TNA going on the road was a factor when signing his new contract. Jeff admitted the taking Impact Wrestling on the road will make him busier but it's still a schedule that best fits him. He said maybe the TNA schedule will one day reach that of WWE.
* He said he has no idea how much longer he plans on wrestling and will just listen to his body.
* Hardy had no comment on the war of words between Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan. He said both are entitled to their own opinion.
* Jeff admitted to being bored at one point but after considering his family and the way TNA has helped him wit his music, it was easy to sign on.
* He said there is nothing left for him to accomplish in wrestling and that his goal was to make TNA the best he can for the fans.
* Jeff remembered Paul Bearer, calling him a great man and said it was very sad.
Hardy closed the call by talking about his makeup and looking at his face like a canvas each and every night.
For more TNA news and opinion please go to TNANews.com. Remember to join us here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com at 8 PM EST on Sunday for exclusive live play-by-play coverage of TNA Lockdown.
- Brandon Baxter interviewed Velvet Sky about the debut of the Knockout Zone and Impact Wrestling coming to Jonesboro, Arkansas on March 28, 2013. Sky opened the interview by revealing she was an endorsement girl for Tom's Hot Fries and confided that she is a junk food junkie. You can listen to the interview at this link.
- TNA Wrestling has released the upcoming schedule for their One Night Only pay-per-views. The shows are the company's final taping dates from Universal Studios as their lease is up. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, March 17
1:00pm - TNA Knockout Knockdown: TNA crowns the true "Queen" of TNA
7:00pm - TNA 10 Reunion: Celebration of the stars from the first 10 years of TNA all competing in the squared circle
Monday, March 18
1:00pm - TNA Tag Team Tournament: TNA determines the greatest TNA Tag Team in TNA history
7:00pm - TNA World Cup of Wrestling: Teams of wrestlers from around the globe compete in Heavyweight, X Division, Tag Team Division and Knockout Division matches
Tuesday, March 19
1:00pm - TNA Hardcore Justice 2: Hardcore rules for the stars of Hardcore wrestling
7:00pm - TNA Heavyweight Title Tournament: The top World Champions in TNA history battle to determine the greatest of all time
- Twitter has been a great way to get superstar's reactions and feelings about many things in the pro-wrestling business. On a different note, we haven't heard from Eric Bischoff lately. But, he found himself on the social media site yesterday tweeting away. I was able to come across some two pretty interesting tweets. The first one has Eric commenting on leaving the Impact Zone. He is heading to Orlando, for Impact Wrestling, tomorrow for the last time. He explains his time there over the years:
A fan told Eric that he wanted to see him back on television in either TNA or WWE. Eric responded:
Since the duration of Aces & 8s, people have been thinking that Eric was the leader. He very well could be. Is this a work? Only time will tell.
For some awesome opinions and news about TNA, make sure you check out TNANews.com!
- TheWhig.com has a new interview online with Christopher Daniels. Below are the highlights:
Why he never caught on with WWE:
“I think that they never really saw anything that they could really sink their teeth into,” he said. “Which is OK, because you know, the truth of the matter is I was never really their type of wrestler. Or when I was, or now that I am … I don’t know … I’ve already got ties to TNA, or Ring of Honor, or wherever I was, at the time.”
Praise for Dixie Carter:
“You know, she’s given a lot of people opportunities that they may not have had, if it wasn’t for TNA,” he said. “And the fact that she came around, and helped TNA last, it’s a big deal for a lot of us. Those of us who have never had that opportunity with WWE, we’re on a nationally televised wrestling promotion, and we’re living our dream.”
- TNA Knockout Taryn Terrell is "Today's Girl" here on Maxim.com.
- More seats that were held by production were released for Sunday's TNA Lockdown pay-per-view from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Dixie Carter is on record as to saying the show could be TNA's most attended US event in company history. Buy tickets now at this link.
- Speaking of Lockdown, expect the card to be filled out on this week's episode of Impact Wrestling. We'll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- AJ Styles wrote the following on Twitter on Thursday:
Next week's episode of Impact Wrestling will broadcast live from Chicago, Illinois. The company will also tape the following week as part of their new bi-weekly TV taping schedule.
- Dixie Carter will announce more live Impact Wrestling taping dates and locations on the road on this week's show.
- ESPN interviewed Christopher Daniels at this link. In it, he put over Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff and said he is "very happy" to work with this particular creative team. I guess he won't be joining the super mark club.
TNA President, Dixie Carter, just announced more road dates for Impact Wrestling on her official Twitter page. Impact Wrestling will be coming to:
Indiana, PA on 4/25
Tupelo, MS on 5/9
Tampa, FL on 5/23
Her tweet is embedded below:
- Prior to the start of this week's Impact Wrestling taping Dixie Carter came out and thanked the fans of the Impact Zone for their support over the years. They showed this video and Dixie announced they'll be in Tampa on 5/23 (more details).
- For those that missed this week's go-home to TNA Lockdown Impact, D-Lo Brown was unveiled as the VP of Aces and Eights. Alex Barie has full results at this link.
- Following this week's Impact taping, Gail Kim beat ODB in a match taped for Xplosion.
- Former TNA Knockout Angelina Love says she was asked on Twitter is she would be working the TNA Knockout Knockdown pay-per-view taping on 3/17 from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Love says TNA asked but she "politely declined." Below is her Tweet:
I find Angeline's decline odd as Velvet Skysaid last month she was going to push TNA to bring Angelina back and reunite The Beautiful People until they got tired of her asking.
- Following this week's episode of Impact Wrestling, below is the final advertised lineup for TNA Lockdown. Lockdown will take place Sunday from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas:
Steel Cage Match for the TNA Championship
- Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Bully Ray
Lethal Lockdown Match
- Team TNA (Sting, Magnus, Samoa Joe, James Storm and Eric Young) vs. Aces & Eights (Devon, Mr. Anderson, Mike Knox, DOC and Garett Bischoff)
Steel Cage Match
- Kurt Angle vs. Wes Brisco
TNA X Division Championship Match
- Kenny King (c) vs. Zema Ion vs. Christian York
TNA Knockout Championship Match
- Velvet Sky (c) vs. Gail Kim
Three-Way Tag Team Match for the TNA Tag Team Championship
- Austin Aries & Bobby Roode (c) vs. Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) vs. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez
- Robbie E vs. Robbie T
- Joey Ryan vs. Joseph Park
Make sure you join us here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com for exclusive live play-by-play coverage.
- Brandon Baxter interviewed Bully Ray to promote Lockdown and his main event match against TNA Champion Jeff Hardy. He talked about the evolution of his character, working as a singes wrestler, wrestlers he idolized as a kid and more. Click here to listen.
- Dixie Carter wrote the following on Twitter:
Get yourself ready with tons of new content over at TNANews.com and remember to join us Sunday at 8 PM EST for exclusive live play-by-play coverage.
- This week's Impact Wrestling show scored a 1.13 cable rating as they averaged 1.43 million viewers. It was the last Impact Wrestling in the Impact Zone as well as the last episode before TNA Lockdown.
With Randy Orton somewhat forgotten in WWE do you think he'll join TNA Wrestling in the near future?
No, Randy Orton isn't going to TNA. He has a massive 10-year contract with WWE that he is only a few years in. When he had his latest Wellness slip-up, there was some discussion about what to do with him but no one wanted him delivered on a silver platter to TNA Wrestling. The feeling was his main event days may be behind him and while I was reluctant to believe it, it's clear Orton is no longer the "1b" behind John Cena. He is still prominently featured on WWE television and could always receive a big push if/when he regains the trust of Vince McMahon and Triple H.
I was wondering if you think the New York/New Jersey crowd will be the best Wrestlemania crowd in awhile. I don't even think WWE has had an event in NY in a bigger venue than MSG. Do you expect the Metlife crowd to live up somewhat to the MSG crowd?
The crowd for Wrestlemania 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey will be massive and will probably be very loud, however, there is no way it will compare to a crowd at Madison Square Garden. While running in stadiums provides a unique opportunity in terms of size, it can't reach the same decibel level because it's not enclosed. While I realize New Orleans isn't New York/New Jersey, I'm already looking forward to Wrestlemania's return to the Superdome. That should be a very loud crowd.
While I actually agree with your argument of CM Punk over The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29, I may have another plausible outcome. How about Undertaker over Punk clean at Wrestlemania then Undertaker goes under the following night on Raw? The streak would remain intact and Undertaker could pass the torch.
This operates under the assumption Undertaker would be physically able to work back-to-back and given his health, I don't think that's something that can be counted on. Furthermore the massive rub of Punk ending "the streak" would be where the torch would be passed. A victory the following night on Raw (a la Dolph Ziggler over Jericho on Raw after SummerSlam) wouldn't hold the same significance. Undertaker has lost before, what's another TV loss going to do? Perhaps I'm holding on to a small glimmer of hope but I put Punk over Undertaker at Wrestlemania, ending the streak and giving WWE something to build on for the future.
You've said before that if CM Punk was to beat Undertaker at Wrestlemania and ended the streak it would propel and solidify him for the future. While I agree with that what I don't get is Punk is already a top guy. Wouldn't WWE be better served having someone such as Dolph Ziggler end the streak to push him to the top?
One of the reasons I've been so against ending "the streak" is because I didn't see anyone on the WWE roster capable of such a feat. Ending The Undertaker's undefeated streak [at Wrestlemania] would be so monumental it couldn't be a rub given to an unproven talent. While he has a huge upside, Dolph Ziggler is still an unproven talent and is not (at least not yet) a main eventer. So when trying to decide who should get the rub we have to look at are they a proven top guy, while still being able to benefit from it. John Cena wouldn't benefit from ending the streak. He's as far up the pecking order as one can get and is the unanimous face of the company. Randy Orton lingered for years as the "1b" to Cena but he's too risky with Wellness problems. Enter CM Punk. Here's a proven main eventer coming off a historic WWE title reign. Not only is he dependable but he can get over as both a babyface and a heel. He's been nipping at Cena's heels as the face of the company and such a monumental win could be all it takes to propel him to the next level. This is why I feel WWE has a tremendous opportunity by booking Undertaker vs. Punk.
With the recent injury to his knee once again do you feel it is time for Rey Mysterio to hang-up his boots and walk away from an in-ring career?
Only Rey Mysterio can make that decision and I'm in no position to offer career advice to one of the best in-ring performers of all-time. There was some concern during Mysterio's personal leave of absence that he might have re-injured his knee and now that looks to be the reality. It's extremely unfortunate, especially given how hard he's worked to come back from the same injury.
It's basically a foregone conclusion that John Cena is leaving Wrestlemania 29 with the WWE Title, but can you see any scenario in which The Rock goes over Cena at Wrestlemania?
I don't like assuming "foregone conclusions" in this business because we all know things are always subject to change until they actually happen. There is a feeling the outcome of John Cena vs. The Rock is extremely predictable for obvious reasons. How could WWE possibly go forward with Cena as their number one guy only to go under The Rock in back-to-back Wrestlemania main events? Any scenario involving Rock retaining would have to include a swerve that would not kill Cena as the top guy. I don't know what that would be but there is always a possibility.
Considering the various public shots that Hulk Hogan has taken at Dixie Carter, why doesn't he and Eric Bischoff acquire the capital to buy TNA from Panda Energy? Or is that why Bischoff's production company is pumping out so many shows?
Panda Energy has no interest in selling TNA Wrestling… at least not yet. Last year Jeff Jarrett was in talks with Royal Capital Corporation, the parent company of Shoney's, to invest into TNA. Some felt that Jarrett was trying to bring in a new investor to try and regain majority control. I never heard how that turned out but here's what we know. Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff do not have the capital on their own to purchase TNA, assuming Panda would sell their majority share and Hogan and Bischoff wanted to buy it. It would have to involve an outside investor even if they were interested. I personally feel Hogan and Bischoff care more about Hogan and Bischoff and are taking advantage of Hogan's name value to collect hefty paychecks. Sure, it's been rumored they've taken pay cuts since joining TNA in 2010 but does anyone really think that Hogan and Bischoff are there solely for the good of the company? Or are they there to collect paychecks so they can invest in outside projects (e.g. restaurants, retail shops, TV production companies)? It sounds harsh but I'm not naive enough to believe anyone has pure motives in this business.
While I do not know the circumstances of Sting's current TNA contract (he usually signs one year deals) do you think the WWE should bite the bullet and do whatever it takes to make Undertaker vs. Sting happen at Wrestlemania XXX?
There is no way we can assume Undertaker will be good to go for Wrestlemania XXX next year. He wasn't even sure about Wrestlemania 29 this year until just a few weeks ago. As a huge fan of Undertaker, the end is very near if not upon us. This is why I will continue to push the idea of CM Punk over Undertaker until the match happens. As for Sting, he does work in TNA on a year-to-year basis and was very close to coming to WWE a couple years ago. In an interview last summer, Sting said he was a 9 on a scale of 10 [when asked how close he was to going to WWE]. He won't rule out a WWE run and we all know better to say never in this business.
If TNA ever wants ratings like WWE why not host a secondary television show like Smackdown?
I don't understand this question. How would a secondary show help ratings? A secondary show just adds more expense and more pressure to carry a viable audience. TNA needs to focus 100% on Impact Wrestling and expanding their brand. Smackdown wasn't launched until Monday Night Raw was clearly established as a very popular cable TV program. Eric Bischoff blamed the downfall of WCW on a second live show in Thunder. Recap shows and other programming is fine, but to try and launch another two-hour series of fresh programming to advance storylines would not be a good idea at this point.
So can you find out the answer to the burning question: did Triple H pee his pants or not?
We posted photos here on WrestlingNews.net, questioning whether or not Hunter had an accident during his segment with Brock Lesnar on Raw a couple weeks ago. Triple H said note to self, he'll never go to the ring to fight a guy that big with a full bladder.
What are your thoughts on WWE doing The Rock vs. John Cena at Wrestlemania 29 one year after billing the bout as "Once in a Lifetime"? Did WWE con the fans?
I don't like the idea of a Rock vs. Cena rematch at Wrestlemania 29 this year. The bout was billed as "Once in a Lifetime" last year and should have remained as such. There isn't as much interest in a rematch but Vince McMahon was in favor they do it again for the WWE title. I won't go as far as saying WWE conned fans but it's fair to say they over accentuated the importance of the bout last year for promotional purposes. Perhaps Vince was following the Mayan calendar and when the world didn't end last year, he ordered the high drawing match to be done again.
How long does a Wellness strike last on someone's record? Is it like MLB where you do it multiple times and you are out or if you are clean for 1-2 years and you get a clean slate?
WWE Wellness strikes do not go away. One strike and the worker is suspended for 30 days without pay, two strikes and the worker is suspended for 60 days without pay, three strikes and the worker is terminated. If the worker leaves WWE with one or two Wellness strikes, they'll return with those strikes. If a worker is terminated for three strikes (which has never happened), they cannot come back for at least one year. When/if they return, they would be subject to more stringent testing and would carry two Wellness strikes. WWE has an FAQ attached with their Wellness Policy that you can read at this link.
I know in the past, WWE has paid to use music (FUEL 'Leave The Memories Alone', Johnny Cash 'Ain't No Grave, etc.) on TV....my question is about CM Punk's current entrance music, Living Colour's 'Cult of Personality'. The original version is owned by Sony/Legacy which the WWE would have to pay big $ for....however, Living Colour re-recorded the song a couple of years back, which would be much cheaper to use. Do you know which version they are using?
I don't know which version of "Cult of Personality" that WWE is using, however, I can tell you it wasn't cheap to get the rights to use the song for CM Punk's entrance music. The request came from Punk when he was negotiating a new WWE contract a couple years ago. A worker getting to pick their own entrance music in WWE is extremely rare.
Does WWE have any major plans for Randy Orton?
Randy Orton has clearly been replaced by CM Punk as the "1b" to John Cena and is further down the card than he's been since becoming a main event talent. Some blame his Wellness issues while others blame the booking of his character. The word from backstage at this week's WWE Raw was that the company missed an opportunity with Orton. Find out what it was and the future of his character at this link.
Does WWE have a backup plan in case of bad weather at Wrestlemania 29?
WWE is prepared for inclement weather as they provide covering for the ring canvas. The concern I have is the weather for the fans in MetLife Stadium in early April. Rain is one thing but the cold sounds miserable. I'm not attending this year but I suggest all readers buy some of this warm Wrestlemania merch. It's really sharp and will keep you warm.
How is Scott Hall after moving in with Diamond Dallas Page and Jake Roberts?
Jake Roberts wrote on Twitter that Scott has "done really well" since his arrival. He says hip surgery is Hall's next hurdle. This couldn't have happened at a better time for Scott as the rehabilitation facility WWE was trying to get him in was full and they were looking at an alternative place to put him. Given the fact rehab has never worked for Hall before, this couldn't be better. I have a whole lot of respect for Diamond Dallas Page for what he's doing.
What do you think of the mainstream press regarding the death of Paul Bearer? From trending, to TMZ to main news reports; do you think FINALLY the USA media is taking wrestling as a serious form of entertainment?
I don't think we're seeing a change in the perception of pro wrestling in the mainstream media. What we saw with the death of Paul Bearer (and subsequent coverage) was a character people cared about and when enough people care, the media gives it attention. The Associated Press picked up on Bearer's passing and they were responsible for mainstream media outlets carrying the story. Earlier Friday morning I posted an article on how I feel WWE should honor the legendary manager on next week's WWE Raw here on WWENews.net.
I was disappointed to learn that D-Lo Brown was in Aces and Eights? Based on Kurt Angle's reaction, I was hoping for a bigger name. Your thoughts?
D-Lo Brown being revealed as the VP of Aces and Eights isn't surprising although TNA did a good job of making people wonder "who is it." TNA has strung out the "revealing" of the Aces and Eights members longer than I thought they could but have done a good job at making viewers care about the gimmick. D-Lo, a TNA producer, has worked with the faction almost since its inception. As for the segment itself, kudos to Kurt Angle and for the writing team for the way it was hyped.
If the WWE wants their WWE Studios films to succeed why don't they put more popular stars in them? Ken Kennedy, Ted DiBiase, The Miz and Wade Barrett don't draw money. Some of the Cena movies were good though.
The WWE Studios strategy has changed. WWE Films was started as a division of WWE that would try and take a contracted worker, give them a starring role in a film, release it in theaters with a distributor and profit from DVD rentals and sales. It didn't work out as the majority of the films failed at the box office but there was some hope with DVD rentals and sales. "Condemned" starring Steve Austin in 2007 bombed in the box office but did well on DVD. The company then shifted to a straight-to-DVD model. When that ended up killing quarterly earnings and disgruntling investors, they decided to pivot again with the new strategy that will receive its first test this weekend. The new strategy is to partner with independent studios with films that boast large budgets with top name actors. As part of the strategy, a contracted worker gets a supporting role in the film and the company hopes to profit on down the line. The film this weekend is "Dead Man Down" and we have more details at this link.
When WWE puts a titleholder in a match on television only to put them under I feel it does nothing but hurt the prestige and clout of the title. The latest example is Ryback over United States Champion Antonio Cesaro on Raw. What are your thoughts on non-title matches where the champion goes under?
The latest example is actually this week's episode of WWE Main Event. Both the Intercontinental Champion (Wade Barrett to Randy Orton) and the United States Champion (Antonio Cesaro to Sin Cara) went under clean in non-title bouts. This is a huge pet peeve of mine and I'm completely against putting a titleholder under clean in a non-title bout. I understand why it's done, to make the challenger look better, but it makes the titles useless.