WWE Removing Attitude Era Footage, Orton Flips Off Fans, John Cena Injured & Undergoes Surgery, WWE Trying To Extend The Contract Of A Top Star But Why They Haven't Re-signed, WWE Looking To Replace AJ Lee As Raw GM, Lawler Reveals Last Memory At Raw Befo

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Welcome to the WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium Newsletter. This is where you will find all of the big news and Ask WNW segments from the week neatly archived for your viewing pleasure.

This week's edition covers news from Saturday, September 15, 2012 to Friday, September 21, 2012 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
TNA News
Ask WNW

WWE News

- WWE has announced they are removing "dated and edgier footage from digital platforms." WWE spokesman Brian Flinn said the following about the decision:

“For years WWE has produced programming that is rated PG in primetime, and most recently rated G on Saturday mornings. To better reflect our current family-friendly brand of entertainment, WWE is removing some dated and edgier footage from digital platforms. Some of this footage has been misused in political environments without any context or explanation as to when it was produced. This damages the corporate reputation of our company. WWE is well within its rights to protect its intellectual property for fair use.”

- Dr. Tom Prichard has a blog entry on his official website on Jerry Lawler going down with a heart attack on this week's WWE Raw. Click here to read it.

- Wrestling News World reader Eddie F. sent this in… I just interviewed Dolph Ziggler and he talks about Night Of Champions, WWE Smackdown taping in Philadelphia and the rumors about Ric Flair being his manager. You can check out the audio at this link.

- Amid media attention regarding her three arrests in three days, WWE issued the following statement regarding Tammy "Sunny" Sytch:

"As part of WWE's Former Talent Program, we sent Ms. Sytch to rehabilitation three times, with all costs covered by WWE. Unfortunately, Ms. Sytch continues make poor personal choices. WWE will continue to provide assistance should she want to take advantage of it."

- After nearly 6 months of "searching," Trent has been found. Trent Barreta is expected to return from injury during the next set of NXT Wrestling tapings.

- Randy Orton will begin filming 12 Rounds Reloaded this week, beginning on Wednesday in Vancouver. Orton posted the following on Twitter:

- Cameron's 15-day suspension ended this weekend and she is backstage at WWE Night of Champions in Boston.

She was suspended for being arrested for DUI, not telling WWE about it and even allegedly trying to bribe her way out of it.

Update: Cameron returned to the company, dancing for Brodus Clay with Naomi, during the WWE Night of Champions pre-show.

- 14,886 was the announced attendance for WWE Night of Champions from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

- Jerry Lawler is scheduled to be released from the hospital in Montreal this week and will return home to Memphis, Tennessee.

- As expected, John "Bradshaw" Layfield replaced Jerry Lawler on commentary at tonight's pay-per-view.

- Eve beat Layla at WWE Night of Champions to win the WWE Divas Championship.

- Ted DiBiase made his return to WWE television on the pre-show in the battle royal to determine the number one contender for the WWE United States Championship. DiBiase has been out since March.

- Randy Orton pulled a Fred Durst and flipped off the camera at the pay-per-view. He took to Twitter to apologize:

- John Cena announced on Twitter late last night that he rolled his left ankle in his match against CM Punk for the WWE Championship at WWE Night of Champions. His tweets are below:

- I'm told it was Paul Heyman that came up with CM Punk's New York Yankee pinstriped ring gear at WWE Night of Champions. Also, as noted in Ask WNW, the plan is to rematch Cena and Punk at Hell in a Cell next month.

- WWE will tape the first Smackdown after Wrestlemania XXIX from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The pre-sale password to obtain tickets is WWEBOSTON.

- John "Bradshaw" Layfield is scheduled to fill in on commentary for Jerry Lawler again on this week's WWE Raw.

- John "Bradshaw" Layfield posted the following on his Facebook page:

Had a blast filling in for Jerry Lawler last night at Night of Champions, really rusty-but was wonderful to be back.

I'm off to Africa Friday to climb the highest peak, Kilimanjaro, to raise money for the kids program I started in Bermuda-working with great folks there to make a difference.

I was asked Thursday (or Wed night, not sure) this week to do the PPV last night for Jerry. Was honored to do so. Jerry and I share a birthday with our mutual friend Dutch Mantell, always had a running joke about that with Dutch-never thought I would fill in for Jerry.

I am trying to be the 349th person (at least by last records that I have seen) to climb all Seven Summits-the highest mountain on all seven continents. Thanks to WWE 100% of money raised goes to the kids.

My goal is to plant a WWE flag on all the summits with Mt Everest being last in 2014. Don't know if I will make it, but I plan on trying-just as I tell my kids I work with that they must do. I'm trying to lead by example.

I weigh 245 pounds, lowest since I was 20 years old, been training hard and in best shape (at least cardio wise) I have ever been.

Long story short, I didn't plan on filling in for Jerry and I am sure he didn't plan on having a heart attack. I wish him well as he is a good friend. And, that's his spot-not mine. I was asked to fill in and I did.

Long term, I don't know what is the future other than my climbs and my kids program in Bermuda. www.SevenSummitsforKids.com is the place you can see what I am talking about-though it is not as updated as I would like.

I love the WWE, I will always consider it home and if they need me to fill in or come back to do something, I have always been open to that. We both have never discussed it as they never had a need and since they didn't have a need, I never reached out.

I thought there were some fantastic performances last night, really enjoyed being there watching this crew put on a great PPV. I was VERY rusty, especially at times-but had a blast.

Get well soon Jerry!

- WWE's official website released the following statement in regards to Jerry Lawler today:

Jerry "The King" Lawler has been released from a Montreal medical facility and will be heading home in the next several days. We continue to wish Jerry all the best, and we look forward to him returning to WWE in the future.

- WWE posted a storyline "injury update" on Kaitlyn, claiming she has a "torn tendon" that will not require surgery. The article notes, "she will be wearing a brace and is expected to be back in action in several weeks." You can read coverage by dot com here.

- WWE has announced that Michael Cole will interview Jerry Lawler on next week's Raw. As reported earlier, Lawler was released from a hospital Monday in Montreal and is on his way home to Memphis, Tennessee.

- Ryback had an "oops" moment when he cleared the ring by crashing the Miz TV segment on WWE Raw as he accidentally tossed a live mic in the crowd. A fan grabbed it and shouted "Goldberg" into the mic, which was audible throughout the arena. Event staff responded and took the mic back from the fan.

- After this week's WWE Raw went off the air, WWE Champion CM Punk beatJohn Cena in a steel cage dark match main event. The match saw interference from Randy Orton, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler ended up getting an Attitude Adjustment, Brogue Kick and RKO by the respective babyfaces.

WWE will return to Bridgeport, Connecticut for a Smackdown taping on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. The presale password to obtain tickets is WWEBridgeport.

- WWE announced here on dot com that Criss Angel will serve as the Social Media Ambassador for next week's WWE Raw. Angel will Tweet live throughout the night from his official Twitter account @crissangel. Angel has a long and storied past with WWE as he actually started doing magic at The World (WWE's restaurant/nightclub in Times Square) before he got famous. He served as a Raw guest star in March 2010 and is friends with Triple H.

- The referee featured in the main event of this week's WWE Raw that was confronted by CM Punk in the concluding segment was Brad Maddox. Maddox signed a WWE developmental contract in 2010 and transitioned into a referee this year. He was promoted to the main WWE roster in August.

- Mark Henry'sWWE contract is coming up soon and the company is trying to get him to sign an extension. So far, he's turned them down and continues to claim he might be hanging it up soon. This has been something Henry has gone back and forth on over the years and with injury concerns, has made the teases very public recently. One observer close to Henry tells us he has plans to return this year and hopes for a meaningful match at Wrestlemania XXIX but may opt to retire after the pay-per-view. Due to the aforementioned wavering, WWE is not taking him too seriously.

Jim Ross wrote the following on Twitter after WWE Raw:

Michael Cole wrote the following:

John Layfield wrote the following:

- WWE announced on dot com that John Cena had arm surgery Tuesday to remove bone chips in his elbow. He is expected to recover in 4-6 weeks. The article can be seen here.

Update: WWE just updated the article on Cena and they are now reporting that he will be back in 2-3 weeks.

- As we previously reported, tentative plans were for John Cena and CM Punk to have a rematch for the WWE Championship at WWE Hell in a Cell next month. WWE took everyone for surprise when they announced Tuesday on dot com that Cena underwent arm surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow and would be out 4-6 weeks. With WWE now stating Cena will be out two to three weeks, they are looking to get him back for Hell in a Cell. Cena underwent the surgery Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama.

- John Cena posted the following on Twitter:

WWEreports Cena will be back in two to three weeks. We have more information at this link.

- Edge spoke to SciFiAndTvTalk in a piece that you can read at this link where he talks about going from the ring to his role on SyFy's Haven.

- WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres was recently in India and did an interview with ZeeNews.com. Below is an excerpt:

When we talk of WWE and India, the first thing that comes to mind is The Great Khali. How is he as a person, competitor? The Great Khali is incredible. He is an international superstar and a movie star too. He is at the centre of attraction everywhere he goes. People are amazed by his huge size. He is a great competitor and a great kisser. I have kissed him on several occasions on Friday Night Smackdown. We have a good connection. Your wrestling career took off after winning the 2007 WWE Diva search. How has been the journey so far? It has been an incredible journey. It`s been almost five years. I first started interviewing superstars backstage. Back then, I was intimidated by everything. I have been an executive, administrator and right now an assistant to Booker T. I am still a competitor in the ring and enjoy being a part of everything. I love the evolution of the character. It is necessary because when you stay in one mould for a long period of time, it becomes a little boring. It starts going in one dimension and the fans want to see you re-invent yourself. They want to get behind you. Click here to read the article in its entirety.

- We received the following information about John Cena's charity work:

Sunday night John Cena and the WWE Night of Champions helped host a great VIP event for the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Breast cancer survivors were invited to attend the VIP event, and enjoy the show, with their friends and families. John Cena wore pink and “Rise Above Cancer” apparel in honor of this event and partnership. He also took the time to snap photos, sign t-shirts, and chat with all the fans at the VIP event. John Cena has also created a team to participate in this year’s 20th Anniversary Race on October 20th in South Boston. Anyone can join his team, and help support all women in the fight against breast cancer. According to John, “We’ve got to RISE ABOVE BREAST CANCER and NEVER GIVE UP!” To join Cenation, please go to this link.

- WWE Hall of Famer Edge opened this week's Smackdown with a promo. He promoted his appearance on SyFy's show Haven and discussed the Kane & Daniel Bryan storyline before being interrupted by Bryan.

- Silvervision announced they will end their WWE DVD distribution deal at the end of the year. They announced the following statement here on their website:

After 22 years of dedicating Silver Vision exclusively to WWE, the WWE and Clear Vision Ltd will part company on the 31st December 2012. Silvervision.co.uk (owned by Clear Vision Ltd) will continue to sell WWE DVDs, Blu-rays and WWE films after this date while stocks last, but we will not be able to offer new releases for sale on our site. SummerSlam 2012 and nWo: The Revolution will be the last new WWE releases we will be producing ourselves. Clear Vision and its staff are saddened by this news as we have worked very hard over the years to bring the best possible service to all WWE fans and we would like to thank you all for your continued support over the years. Silvervision.co.uk is looking forward to a new future which will amalgamate all the products and some new programmes of its mother company, Clear Vision Ltd, on one site. Please be assured this will not affect your current and future orders in any way and you will continue to receive the same great service.

- WWE has updated their coverage on John Cenaundergoing surgery on Tuesday to have pieces of bone cartilage removed from his elbow through a scope. Below is an excerpt featuring quotes by Dr. James Andrew:

“He had begun to lose motion in his arm, and it had been locking up,” Andrews said. “I performed an orthoscopic procedure on his elbow and took out a bunch of spurs. Everything went really well.” Andrews described the procedure as “straight-forward” despite Cena’s “big, old arm.” “Cena’s rehab will start on Monday with trying to improve his range of motion and getting the swelling down,” Andrews explained.

WWE reports Cena is expected out two to three weeks.

- Wrestling News World reader Steve Minor sent this link which goes to an article on FoxNews.com on WWE removing Attitude Era content due to its usage against the Linda McMahon for Senate campaign. The article notes that Democrats put together a video package of past WWE content that was later removed by the company.

- Wrestling News World reader Shannon sent word that Edge finally joined Twitter at twitter.com/EdgeRatedR

- Last week we reported on a proposed plan of Ric Flair returning to WWE by being paired with Dolph Ziggler. I'm told the idea stems from the fact there has been talk of wrapping up AJ Lee's role as General Manager and giving it back to Vickie Guerrero. This, of course, would leave a clear path for Flair to operate as Ziggler's mouthpiece.

There are those in the company that feel despite success this summer in her gimmick with Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, AJ hasn't worked in the GM role as they had hoped. When replacements are discussed, Vickie Guerrero is a name that continues to draw a lot of support although there has also been talk of keeping her with Dolph and bringing Flair back as GM. The constant in all the talk is replacing AJ Lee as the Raw General Manager.

I'm told Triple H in particular feels AJ as GM has run its course and they need to go in different direction. While Vince McMahon would typically be against any role that would frequently put a live mic in Flair's hands, there have been an increasing number of situations lately where Vince would typically object where he has been biting his tongue. This has occurred especially when Hunter is anticipating an objection from Vince. A few people have told us Vince is going out of his way to drop old grudges in situations where Hunter is a supporter of the guy in question as a sign of good faith that Hunter's opinion will gradually become the final say on matters.

- WWE has reportedly signed Jacob Southwick, a two-time NCAA All American wrestler from Ashland University, to a developmental contract. You can view his college wrestling profile at this link.

- There is an interesting rumor making rounds that is at least worth mentioning. According to publications out of Japan and the Keeping the Spirit Alive Tumblr blog, All Japan Pro Wrestling's President Masayuki Uchida met personally with John Laurinaitis when Smackdown was in the country in August. Apparently there was some type of deal proposed where the promotions would work together in some capacity. I cannot confirm any of this but you can read more at this link.

- While the McMahon family has contributed financially to the Mitt Romney for President campaign, Linda McMahon expressed her disagreement with the Republican nominee over recently-revealed controversial comments about 47% of Americans believing they are victims. You can read her response at this link.

- TheTVAddict.com interviewed Edge(as Adam Copeland) at this link.

In it, Edge explains the decision to cut his hair:

I was just tired of having long hair. I just chopped it off before I got inducted in the Hall of Fame for WWE in April. The day before, I just thought, “Why not come out on stage with a new haircut?” So I did. And I thought if Dwight’s an ex-Army Ranger, at some point he’s had short hair so it’s not that far a stretch that he would have short hair again. Then in the context of timeline-wise, you can get your hair cut any day and look different. I don’t know. I just wanted to do it.

- Jerry Lawler addressed in the media at a news conference in Memphis, Tennessee Wednesday afternoon to talk about the heart attack he suffered during the September 10th episode of WWE Raw. Below are the highlights:

    • Lawler feels his heart attack was hereditary due to the fact his father died of a heart attack and he's lived a healthy lifestyle, never having drank or smoked. He said doctors advised him to clean up his diet and exercise regularly. Lawler confirmed he has no permanent damage.
      • Jerry said his next doctor's appointment was in six weeks and he absolutely plans to wrestle again. He said he has received support from Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, who have both called him.
        • Jerry said he had some chest pain the weekend before he suffered the heart attack while vacationing in Aruba. He said the pain didn't last for more than 4 or 5 minutes and he wrote it off as indigestion.
          • Lawler said he felt fine at Raw during the day of the heart attack and remembers coming out for the show and the opening segment with WWE Champion CM Punk, Bret Hart and John Cena. He doesn't remember anything after that, including his own match.
            • He said he is in good health and his blood pressure is the lowest it's been his entire life. Lawler said the CPR he received backstage saved his life and his ribs are sore from the chest compressions.

            - John Cena took to Twitter today to refute an earlier report on the official WWE website that claimed he would recover within 2-3 weeks. He claims that the original report was correct, and that he expects to recover in 6 weeks. His tweets are below:

            - WWE is officially advertising Edge for this week's Smackdown. Edge, who taped the appearance on Tuesday night at the WWE television tapings, will promote "Haven" while being involved in the Daniel Bryan and Kane storyline.

            - Big Show will replace John Cena on this weekend's Raw live events, facing CM Punk for the WWE Championship. Paul Heyman will be on the loop as Punk's manager.

            - Once John Cenacorrected the staff over at dot com regarding his return timetable, the official WWE website posted the following statement:

            "The information published about John Cena's recovery was given to WWE.com prior to surgery. In speaking to Dr. Andrews after the procedure, in light of the amount of work that needed to be done and the number of bone chips removed, the prognosis for recovery is closer to six to eight weeks. Knowing John Cena, the former WWE Champion will do everything he needs to get back in the ring as soon as possible."

            - Sycho Sid's son Frank Eudy won $25,000 after winning America's Choice for the "favorite house guest" on CBS's "Big Brother." - When Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker tore his right quadriceps tendon against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, who is the first person he thought of? Triple H.

            “I’m laying there on the turf at the Edward Jones Dome and there’s one thing going through my mind and it’s the image of Triple H tearing his quad tendon off his knee in the ring,” Carriker told Chuck Carroll on an upcoming episode of 4th & Pain.

            Click here for more.

            - John Cena will make his scheduled appearance at the WWE NXT tapings Thursday night in Winter Park, Florida, just two days after undergoing orthoscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow. Cena noted on Twitter he'll also be at next week's WWE Raw from Albany, New York:

            - Steve Austin has a new blog entry available on his official website. Below are the highlights:

            As I have talked about on Twitter (@steveaustinBSR), I recently finished signing 35,000 autographs for THQ’s new video game WWE 13. The picture cards I signed will go in select Austin 3:16 Editions of the game. I had originally agreed to sign 25,000 cards. Then THQ wanted an additional 10,000. Since I am recovering from knee surgery I certainly have the time. I agreed to the extra 10k cards. I let the boxes of cards sit in the garage for a while and figured “I’ll get em done later”…I should have started signing them immediately…I finally got around to opening one of the boxes and at that time it dawned on me. 35,000 is a shit pile of signatures. On another note, yesterday we shot the PR stuff for Redneck Island. Last season was damn good. Deep thinking, far reaching, philosophical television that changed the lives of literally millions across the globe…Alright, BS! Redneck Island was a damn good time last season. Great cast and a cool host. Season 2 will be BIGGER, BADDER, AND REDDER THAN EVER. I leave for Mexico in a few days. Couple days to settle in and then we roll cameras and start filming the brutality, calamity, and hilarity, that is Redneck Island. I am going to push these people to be there bestest,(invented word) and reddest, in an all out endeavor for one person to walk off the island with $100,000 dollars.

            Click here to read Austin's latest in its entirety.

            - Alex Riley spoke out on his official Twitter account earlier today and revealed that he underwent surgery on his knee and elbow. The tweet is embedded below:

            - WWE has hired Tony Luftman as an announcer as he'll begin with the company at this week's WWE NXT tapings from Full Sail University. Luftman has worked as a TV sportscaster for St. John's University.

            - WWE will tape Raw from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on December 10, 2012.

            - Wrestling News World reader Professor C saw WWE Champion CM Punk and Amy "Lita" Dumas at the Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs MLB game on Thursday.

            - Wrestling News World reader Fernando sent word that WWE has added Big Boss Man Ray Traylor to the Alumni section over on dot com.

            - Big Show was in Pittsburgh this week, taping an appearance for the Nickelodeon series "Supah Ninjas" that will return to the network in 2013. You can read more information on dot com at this link.

            - Damien Sandow spoke to GoLocalWorcester.com to promote Sunday's WWE Raw live event this Sunday. You can read the interview at this link.

            - Amid criticism during her race for United States Senate, Linda McMahon vowed that she and Vince are working to repay creditors from their 1976 bankruptcy. You can read full details by the Greenwich Time at this link.

            - Wrestling News World reader Kevin Eperjesi contacted MetLife Stadium via their Facebook page and they told him tickets for Wrestlemania XXIX are scheduled to go on sale Saturday, November 10, 2012. You can view a screenshot of his conversation on Facebook at this link. Wrestlemania XXIX will take place Sunday, April 7, 2013 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

            - WWE has a new video here on dot com with John Cena vowing he will be ready for next week's Raw despite undergoing surgery on Tuesday. Cena says the surgery was a bit more intricate than they thought and encouraged fans to follow him on Twitter. He said his rehab is currently remedial. Regarding Raw, Cena said he will be there to give an update on his condition and when he can work again.

            - Dolph Ziggler recently took part in an audio interview with Brian Soscia. During the interview, Ziggler discussed his career in depth, from his time as Chavo Guerrero's caddy to Nicky in the Spirit Squad. In the following excerpt, Ziggler explains the origin of the name "Dolph Ziggler":

            "It was a little bit of a combination of the boss and myself trying to think of something that stuck, would stand out and be totally different. And I could make my own waves with it, getting away from The Spirit Squad, getting away from being a caddy. Something totally different and now I can make my own waves in this business.

            Ziggler also discussed the period in 2011 when he debuted a new short brown hairstyle:

            "You know, at the time, I was in a little bit of a rut. The whole reason I have long, blond hair is to stand out and be myself. I love being different. If everybody else had long, blond hair, I would have short black hair right now. But, they don't, so, I like standing out. I like having my matches be different. I like me moving around the ring differently. And for some reason, I was in a rut and I thought, 'Man, you know, I'm not progressing like I want. Why is that?' And I notice all these guys that seem to be going in the right direction have these clean cut, everybody-looks-the-same hair cut. Maybe me standing out isn't so great for my career right now.

            "So, I gave it a try. It didn't work out. And I said, 'Listen. I don't like pretending to be something I'm not. I need to be this show-off guy who stands out, who goes out there and just steal the show. Let everybody else look cookie-cutter. I'm going to look different.'"

            - A recent article on the official WWE website speculated on whether Wade Barrett would reform The Nexus or Corre. An excerpt from the article is below:

            Barrett has always been a natural leader, and many of his greatest successes corresponded with his role at the head of a likeminded group. If not Nexus, perhaps he could reunite The Corre or assemble a new group from other discontent Superstars on WWE’s roster?

            Barrett took to Twitter to reject the idea of reforming the core. His tweets are below:

            TNA News

            - Matt Morgan returned to TNA Wrestling at a live event Saturday night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Morgan attacked Robbie E to pop the crowd. It would appear that Morgan has signed a new deal with the company.

            - We reported earlier that Matt Morgan returned to TNA Wrestling at their live event tonight in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Since then, Matt sent out some cryptic tweets in regards to his return on his official Twitter page. They can be seen below:

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            Matt has been playing mind games with everyone on Twitter recently as he tweeted Kevin Nash about standing up to the TNA home office.

            - Kurt Angle was interviewed on Chad Duke's 1067 The Fan radio show while he was in Washington, D.C. Bobby Roode was recently interviewed by them. Below is an excerpt from the interview.

            Kurt talked about WWE and TNA Wrestling booking new talent on their roster against him as they came into the business:

            I really enjoyed it, I took it as a compliment. At TNA they did the same thing. They’d bring in somebody like the Pope or Mr. Anderson or whoever else that was coming in that was coming from WWE or had somewhat of a name, the first program they’d do would be with me. I’ve always enjoyed that it’s a good challenge and Desmond Wolfe was another one that came from Ring of Honor. So I like that and I know that the company has faith in me. Both WWE did and TNA had the faith in me to make the guys look as good as I could.

            Kurt was asked if he thinks you have to be a certain size to be champion:

            No. I think Austin Aries as champion, I think he deserves it, he’s an awesome talent. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero, unfortunately their tragedies really damaged the ability for smaller guys to step up and become champions. I don’t know why but I think they were just unfortunate. I don’t think it was because of their size, I think they were just terrible tragedies that happened with both those families and it’s gotten a little bit of a bad reputation now, the under 6 foot club and i don’t think it should be that way. I think any size is a good size.

            Kurt also discussed his possible MMA future that he had, the current mix of talent in TNA, and his Funny or Die video. You can listen to the full interview here.

            - Kurt was going to be part of the World Series of Fighting as a guest commentator but he had to be replaced because of "a conflict of issues". It is announced that Renzo Gracie, MMA veteran, will replace him.

            - Kurt Angle noted on Twitter he isn't "injured as badly as you have heard" and will continue to work. Apparently Angle was shaken up at Sunday's TNA live event in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and required assistance to the back after the 6-man tag team match main event. You can read full house show results at this link. For Angle's official Twitter account, click here.

            - Impact Wrestling will air live throughout most Thursday nights for the rest of the year. Universal Studios updated the official Impact taping schedule and announced the following episodes will air live:

            • September 20, 2012
            • September 27, 2012
            • October 4, 2012
            • October 11, 2012
            • October 18, 2012
            • October 25, 2012
            • November 1, 2012
            • November 8, 2012
            • November 29, 2012
            • December 6, 2012

            TNA will tape Impact on the following dates:

            • Monday, November 12, 2012
            • Tuesday, November 13, 2012
            • Monday, December 10, 2012
            • Tuesday, December 11, 2012

            Additionally, the following pay-per-views will take place from Universal Studios:

            • November 11 - Turning Point
            • December 9 - Final Resolution

            - TNA Wrestling issued a press release Thursday about Impact remaining live throughout the remainder of 2012. You can read our initial report at this link.

            TNA “IMPACT WRESTLING” TO REMAIN LIVE ON THURSDAY NIGHTS THROUGH THE END OF 2012

            New York, NY – September X, 2012 – – Spike TV’s highly-rated weekly series “IMPACT WRESTLING” will continue to run LIVE in its current 8:00pm timeslot through the end of 2012, it was jointly announced today by Dixie Carter, President, TNA Entertainment, and Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV.

            The move to broadcasting LIVE has been a ratings boon and has provided a significant rise in the show’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

            Spike TV began airing “Impact Wrestling” LIVE, instead of its traditional taped format, on May 31 from Universal Studios on Thursday nights. As a result the change, Spike’s 8-10pm timeslot has grown +33% in households, +47% in Men-18-49, and +35% in viewers.

            Details for “IMPACT WRESTLING” production plans for 2013 will be announced at a later date.

            - Shaquille O'Neal is backstage at the Impact Wrestling taping in Universal Studios. Dixie Carter Tweeted this photo of Hulk Hogan and Shaq.

            - Bully Ray has signed a new contract with TNA Wrestling for one year guaranteed with a TNA option for a second year. I'm told there has been a lot of tension between Ray and Devon due to Ray being brought back and Devon now gone from the company. Things have even gotten to the point where Devon has looked at buying Bully Ray out from his share in their Team 3D Academy wrestling school. One observer says Devon feels Ray left him behind and didn't have his back. Ray feels he held himself back for years to be loyal to Devon. However, given the fact Bully Ray has a lot of influence in TNA, some find it strange Devon is gone. My source says as tight as things have gotten in TNA, Ray probably used any stroke he may have to get himself the best deal possible at a time when costs are being slashed left and right.

            - No decision has been made on the future of Impact Wrestling airing live on Spike TV past the end of 2012. While TNA and Spike TV have an agreement for the series to air on the network through October 2014, a decision regarding Impact's future as a live show will be made at a later date.

            - There was a minor distraction in the crowd at this week's Impact Wrestling taping from Universal Studios. I'm told when James Storm came out for his match against Bobby Roode a female fan tripped and fell in front of the hard camera. She suffered a visible arm injury with my source speculating that it looked broken.

            - Jeff Hardy beat Kazarian in a match taped for Xplosion at this week's Impact Wrestling taping after hitting Twist of Fate.

            Two random Samoan jobbers who did a Samoan dance and have an indy manager were beaten by Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez with Taryn Terrell as referee in a dark match.

            - Christopher Daniels & Kazarian will defend the TNA Tag Team Championship in a three-way tag match against Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez and AJ Styles & Kurt Angle at TNA Bound for Glory.

            - Shaquille O'Neal appeared on this week's Impact Wrestling in a backstage segment with Hulk Hogan at the beginning of the show.

            - It was announced on this week's Impact Wrestling that a decision will be made regarding the TNA TV Championship on next week's "Championship Thursday." Devon, who left the company with the title, was not mentioned.

            Ask WNW

            Is there any truth to the rumors about Randy Orton refusing to put over younger talent?

            A lot has been said/written about Randy Orton and just like most top stars, a lot of it is conjecture started by people out of jealousy or personal resentment. Orton has a lot of stroke and while the feeling is he doesn't have the pull he once had, he continues to be booked in a top role and will be starring in a new WWE Studios production. His match against Dolph Ziggler at Night of Champions was well done and they seem to be focused on getting Orton back in the World Heavyweight Championship picture.

            What are your thoughts on the WWE Night of Champions main event?

            I'll give you my personal reaction twenty minutes into the match; John Cena and CM Punk killed it. Last night's main event was an outstanding bout that had the crowd into every near fall. I'm not sure the outcome worked with it appearing Cena had gone over only for the referee to announce both workers had their shoulders on the mat. The company obviously wanted to setup a rematch (probably at Hell in a Cell) and help get heat on CM Punk in Cena's hometown. Had Cena gone over people would have been complaining about super Cena but there are some down on Punk's extended reign. There is no pleasing everyone but I enjoyed the Night of Champions main event.

            I heard WWE is removing footage from the Attitude Era due to attacks on Linda McMahon's Senate run? Is this true?

            WWE announced Thursday they are removing some dated and edgier footage from digital platforms due to the misuse in political environments. I, along with most of you, am completely outraged over it. Why can't Linda McMahon just "own it" and explain the difference between entertainment and real-life? Politicians in this country will do/say anything to get elected. It's so frustrating WWE is erasing important parts of their history in hopes of getting Linda McMahon in the US Senate.

            Do you see Steve Austin vs. CM Punk or The Rock vs. CM Punk happening in the near future?

            If you would have asked this question a few years ago I would have said absolutely not but things have changed. Starting with The Rock vs. Punk, there has been a lot of talk about this being the title match for Royal Rumble. Obviously it's contingent on Punk having the title into the Rumble but it's a very real possibility. As for Austin vs. Punk, this is a match WWE would like to do at Wrestlemania but it's contingent on Austin's desire and health.

            With Randy Orton filming the 12 Rounds: Reloaded, does that mean he won't be appearing on television or getting a title shot soon?

            Randy Orton will begin work for 12 Rounds: Reloaded on Wednesday as they'll be doing stunt rehearsals, table reads and wardrobe. WWE could always alter the schedule where they film on days after TVs so it's possible they could keep him on TV (as they've done with John Cena in the past). We initially heard Orton would be wrapping up storylines to film the movie (and go on hiatus like The Miz and David Otunga have done recently) but he's continued to work. As of this writing, Orton isn't officially advertised for upcoming episodes of Raw but is advertised for upcoming Smackdown tapings.

            What is John Layfield's contract status with WWE. Has he signed a Legend's contract?

            JBL has not signed a new WWE contract to the best of my knowledge. From what I understand, he's working on a handshake deal to partially fill-in for Jerry Lawler. JBL had been trying to return to WWE for the past couple months so when he was asked to fill-in for Lawler, he jumped at the opportunity. John is off to Africa on Friday where he will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity so he's not expected to work TVs next week.

            John Cena said after Extreme Rules he was going to go home and take some time off after beating Brock Lesnar but he never ended up doing so. Why?

            John Cena was planning to take time off after Wrestlemania XXVIII but agreed to stay on to work with Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules. He was then planning on taking some time off to let his body heal and get some rest (hence the aforementioned post-Extreme Rules promo). When he had personal issues with his divorce, Cena decided he wanted to stay on the road to keep his mind on work and off his personal life. As we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium, this is why WWE programmed Cena in a program with John Laurinaitis so it would't be as physically demanding. Many in WWE were concerned about Cena burning out but he has enough influence to do what he wants.

            What is Vince McMahon's relationship with The Undertaker?

            Given the fact The Undertaker has made Vince a tremendous amount of money over the years and vice versa, I would say their relationship is very good. Neither are "warm and fuzzy" people that are going to sit around and hug about it but they've had a prosperous working relationship that has benefited them both.

            Why has Big Show been off television?

            As noted here on Richard's Backstage Blog, Big Show is not injured and is out on requested time off. He was on WWE's overseas tour of Australia earlier this month and should be back shortly.

            Is the news of John Cena's surgery legitimate?

            We were actually blindsided with the news of John Cena's having surgery given the fact we were told the plan was (and apparently still is) to do Cena vs. CM Punk again at Hell in a Cell. The surgery took place Tuesday in Alabama but we are still gathering more information as this seemingly came "out of the blue." I posted an article earlier featuring quotes from Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery. You can read it at this link.

            Is Dolph Ziggler's Money in the Bank briefcase limited to the World Heavyweight Championship?

            Yes, the way they did the Money in the Bank ladder matches, one briefcase was for the WWE Championship (won by John Cena) with the other being for the World Heavyweight Championship (won by Dolph Ziggler). There has been a lot of talk of Ziggler "cashing in" so with every show, especially every pay-per-view, I wait for it to happen but so far it has not.

            With CM Punk's heel turn not seeming to work, do you see WWE making him babyface?

            CM Punk's heel turn is working. While his fans are always going to be his fans, he's over as a heel and I laugh every time I see a critical comment come through regarding Punk's attitude. Punk is a genius and is doing exactly what was intended to happen with his character. If you're annoyed by Punk, you've been worked.

            Is there any new news on Evan Bourne? How he's doing and return?

            Evan Bourne continues to work hard training and undergo physical therapy for his seriously injured foot. He regularly provides updates on his status on his official Twitter account at this link. Bourne's injury is severe in nature and there is no timetable currently available for his return to WWE.

            Do the General Managers for Raw and/or Smackdown have any real responsibilities?

            No, the General Manager roles are 100% storyline. Everything they do/say is pre-planned by the writers and producers and their only role is to play the character just as an actor would in a movie.

            Does the fact WWE refuses to turn John Cena heel limit where they can go in terms or writing storylines. After all one of the best angles in wrestling history was the heel turn of Hulk Hogan.

            I, along with most readers, would encourage an all-out heel turn for John Cena for much-needed character progression. WWE won't do it because he's the company's top draw and Vince McMahon remains pleased with the merchandise he moves. The mentality is if it isn't broke why fix it? I agree there would be a way to turn Cena to perhaps top the turn of Hogan but it's up to WWE creative and ultimately Vince McMahon.

            With growing concerns from WWE talent about the pay and compensation they are receiving; can you see a union for professional wrestlers forming in the future?

            We get questions from time-to-time about a pro wrestling union with the issue really being brought the the forefront after the Benoit tragedy, however, I don’t see how it would be possible. Performer’s contracts in WWE are signed as independent contractor agreements, where the workers agree they are not classified as employees even though the company stipulates very specifically when and where they can work. Former workers have challenged the contracts in court, however, they are iron clad in terms of validity and enforcement.

            Is there still major heat on Evan Bourne relating to his two WWE Wellness Policy in close succession or has the length of his injury basically made it forgotten?

            Did Evan Bourne's career-threatening foot injury save his career? No one will know for sure but Bourne had nuclear backstage heat following his second WWE Wellness Policy violation on January 17, 2012 for smoking synthetic marijuana. Everyone I spoke with felt like Bourne's WWE career was over and he wouldn't be brought back. Once his 60-day suspension was up he was involved in a car accident that mangled his foot and the focus shifted on his health over his "Wellness."

            I've been waiting every week for the debut of Dean Ambrose. I read the creative team was working on a storyline for him. Any news on when we can be seeing him on Raw or Smackdown?

            I have been writing for what feels like months the main roster debut of Dean Ambrose is imminent yet it still hasn't happen. At the rate things change in WWE, if this isn't proof enough, it's extremely difficult to give you an exact date. Dean Ambrose worked a dark match against Kofi Kingston prior to this week's Smackdown television tapings and is still preparing for his debut.

            What does it mean when it's written Vince McMahon is standing in Gorilla?

            Gorilla is the term used for the position just before the entrance curtain at WWE TVs and PPVs where Vince McMahon remains with a headset and runs the show. The name comes from the late Gorilla Monsoon who stood in the position late in his career.

            How is Vince McMahon’s real-life persona in relation to the Mr. McMahon character played on WWE television?

            Mr. McMahon, like most successful gimmicks, is Vince’s real-life persona “turned all the way up.” Vince is a very intimidating guy but perhaps the biggest difference between him and his on-air character is that Mr. McMahon comes off as very unapproachable. While Vince has the final say on everything in WWE, he’s willing to meet with talent (especially workers he feels have the potential to become top guys) when they have ideas or want to discuss their characters. Chris Jericho makes note of this in his latest “Undisputed” autobiography when he was trying to get his first break in WWE. For those that want a detailed prospective of how things function backstage, I recommend both of Chris Jericho’s books and Bret Hart’s book.

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