WWE Diva Confirms Departure, Heat On WWE Star For Attending Indy Show, Next Week's Smackdown Taping Canceled, Huge Name Added To 1000th Raw, Which WWE Star Vince McMahon Is High Up On, Hulk Hogan Thinks Impact Zone Makes TNA Look "Minor League," Long-Time Knockout Gone, Bound For Glory In Phoenix, Ask WNW Archive & All The Big News From This Past Week

WWE News

As previously reported on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Maxine has quit WWE. She has posted the following tweets to her official Twitter account regarding her decision and her future:





- WWE is nominated in two categories for the 2012 Social TV Awards that will be announced on July 17, 2012 in Los Angeles. Below are the categories in which WWE is included:

Best Special Entertainment Social TV Award
Grammy’s Live -CBS Interactive
Grammy’s Shazam App – Shazam
WWE.com/WrestleMania XXVIII – WWE/Echo

Social TV Marketer of the Year Award
Rick Haskins EVP. Marketing & Digital Programs, Hiram Norman VP, Digital Media and GM, CWTV.com – Warner Bros CWTV
Jesse Redness SVP Digital, USA Network – USA
Ellen Stone SVP Marketing for Bravo, Bravo Network – Lisa Hsia, EVP, Bravo Digital Media, NBCU, Bravo Media
Jason Hoch – SVP, Digital – WWE

Click here for all the categories and finalists.

- Kevin Nash noted on Twitter he'll be on his family vacation when the 1000th episode of Raw Supershow take place. Nash Tweeted that family comes first after "20+ years."

- WWE Champion CM Punk and former WWE Diva Lita joined retired Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood Wednesday night at his seventh annual Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament. The Chicago Tribune has coverage including quotes from Punk where he talks about his new DVD. Click here to read it.

- Bray Wyatt, formerly known as Husky Harris, suffered a shoulder injury at the Florida Championship Wrestling show in Melbourne on Friday night. The injury occurred during a triple threat match also involving Brad Maddox and Leo Kruger.

- Evan Bourne was spotted in the crowd at an EVOLVE Wrestling show in Ybor City, Florida last Thursday. I'm told both WWE and EVOLVE were upset about it. Bourne was sitting in plain view of the hard camera chatting with friends and EVOLVE officials and was eventually asked to move because they were afraid he was distracting from the in-ring action. When WWE officials found out, they weren't pleased that one of their stars was spotted hanging out in the crowd of an independent show. Bourne is currently out with what is believed to be a career-threatening foot injury that happened during a car wreck after serving a 60-day suspension for his second violation of the WWE Wellness Policy.

- WWE has announced a Raw live event from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on January 13, 2013. This is the same location where this week's Super Smackdown Live show will take place.

- Jim Ross has a new blog entry available on his official website that you can read at this link.

- Maxine's profile has been removed from the official Divas page over on dot com.

- Armando Estrada released the following statement, revealing that he was under WWE contract until June 27, 2012. Below is the statement:

"Espérate ... Espérate ... Espérate ...

Everybody, listen to me!

I would like to take this opportunity to let everyone in the wrestling world know that on 6/27/12, I was released from my contract with WWE.

What's that you say??? OH, you didn't know (Road Dogg) I was under contract to WWE? Apparently, a lot of people (including members of creative) were not privy to that information. I have been "working" with World Wrestling Entertainment for almost 18 months. I was only used once during that time period, making a brief cameo as Tyson Kidd's manager in May of last year. I was told I did a great job and to be patient. I have been patient for quite some time now while sitting at home "waiting for the call".

It's not fun, trust me. Numerous creative ideas/scenarios were submitted during my tenure and unfortunately nothing materialized for me. And although my talents were not utilized this time around, should I decide to return to WWE in the future, I firmly believe that door will be open. Timing is everything, not just in showbiz, but in life. Thank you to everyone in WWE!

For those promoters that would like to utilize my talents, believe me when I say, I am the MOST ENTERTAINING individual to step foot into the wrestling industry in the last decade (toot-toot)! If you would like to book me for wrestling shows, autograph signings/appearances, please do so at [email protected] (serious inquiries only). I will show up on time, in shape, and ready to perform for your audience.

You can also follow me on Twitter @RealArmandoHaHa. Thanks for your time....Oh yeah, 1 last thing. My name es ARMANDO ALEJANDRO ESTRRRADA and I will be making an #Impact soon.........HA-HA! "

- R-Truth made his return to the ring on this week's Raw Supershow in an 8-man tag team match. Truth teamed with Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella and Christian to face Darren Young, Titus O'Neil, David Otunga and Cody Rhodes. Truth was written off television (in an angle with Big Show) on the May 28th episode of Raw Supershow after suffering a foot injury earlier in the month.

- It was announced on this week's Raw Supershow that Alberto Del Rio will challenge Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Money in the Bank.

- Paul Heyman announced on this week's Raw Supershow that Brock Lesnar will respond to Triple H's challenge for a match at SummerSlam in person in three weeks at the 1000th episode of Raw on July 23, 2012.

- Doink (played by "The Brooklyn Brawler" Steve Lombardi) worked a match against Heath Slater on this week's Raw Supershow. Reversing the trend, Slater actually went over in the bout. After the match, Diamond Dallas Page returned and gave Slater the Diamond Cutter. Doink and DDP were brought in as names from the past to celebrate the lead-in to the 1000th episode of Raw. Bringing in past names is going to be a reoccurring theme until the 1000th episode on July 23, 2012.

- ColoradoSprings.com is reporting that WWE has canceled the July 10th edition of Smackdown in Colorado Springs due to the Waldo Canyon fire.

The full press release is below:

STAMFORD, Conn., July 2, 2012 – Due to the Waldo Canyon fire, WWE (NYSE: WWE) SmackDown on Tuesday, July 10 at World Arena in Colorado Springs has been cancelled.  Refunds for tickets purchased for this event are available at point of purchase.

To offer support to those families affected by the wildfires, WWE will be donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross, which is assisting in local relief efforts.  Additional donations can be made by calling 303-722-7474 or by visiting www.ColoradoRedCross.org/Donate.

On Monday, July 9, the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO will host both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown. Tickets can be purchased at the Pepsi Center box office or at www.Tickethorse.com.

- Mark Henry checked in with his followers Monday on Twitter. Below is his latest update:


- Diamond Dallas Page, who worked this week's Raw Supershow, wrote the following on Twitter:

- Bret Hart is now being officially advertised for the 1000th episode of Raw on July 23, 2012 from the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. Hart noted on Twitter he expected a call from WWE to appear on the show.

- For those wondering about Sin Cara's quick job to Alberto Del Rio on this week's Raw Supershow, I'm told he's back in the company doghouse. We are currently working on more details as to why but some clearly feel this pet project of Triple H could be coming to an end.

- Vince McMahon is very high up on AJ Lee and is pleased with the development of her character. This is the reason for her increased television time and I'm told her name was thrown around for a potential Divas Champion after the current angle with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan concludes.

- This week's Super Smackdown Live, subtitled The Great American Bash, featured more World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match qualifying matches. Below are the qualifiers from this week's show:

  • Cody Rhodes beat WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian to qualify
  • Dolph Ziggler beat Alex Riley to qualify

Already qualified: - Damien Sandow, Tyson Kidd, Christian, WWE United States Champion Santino Marella and Tensai

- The "fan" that Alberto Del Rio went after on Super Smackdown Live was WWE cameraman Luis Vazquez.

- Zack Ryder won The Great American Bash 20-man battle royal on this week's Super Smackdown Live, eliminating Kane for the final elimination. As the storyline goes, Ryder will be the interim General Manager of Smackdown for next week's show.

- WWE posted a video of Zack Ryder talking about being the interim General Manager for next week's Smackdown over on dot com at this link.

- Dot com also has a storyline "injury" update on Sheamus following Alberto Del Rio's "attack" on him. The website stated Sheamus was "treated for head contusions and lacerations to the head." You can read the kayfabe article at this link.

- Bray Wyatt, formerly known as Husky Harris, indicated on Twitter that he has a torn pectoral muscle. The injury, originally believed to his shoulder, occurred during a triple threat match at Florida Championship Wrestling's show in Melbourne last Friday.

- Triple H recently contacted Bruno Sammartino and extended an invitation into the WWE Hall of Fame during Wrestlemania XXIX weekend.  According to their conversation, Triple H stated the ceremony  is possibly being held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Sammartino declined the invitation because of issues with WWE but said Hunter was a gentleman and he was impressed by him. Due to issues with Vince McMahon, Sammartino wants nothing to do with WWE.

- Terry Taylor, who's slated to head up WWE's revamped developmental system, had back surgery a couple weeks ago but has been trying to keep it quiet. He's recovering well and while some of the work on WWE's developmental plans have slowed down while he recovers, everything is expected back to full speed this week. WWE is still figuring out the logistics to the program he will be running. Triple H doesn't want to rush things as it's a big shift in the philosophy of the company's developmental system and he wants to make sure he gets it right.

- The Rock has joined Hollywood's elite as one of the highest-paid actors. You can read how he raked in $36 million as the "franchise saver" in 2011 at this link.

- Bill DeMott wrote on his Twitter account that WWE will host tryouts from 9/28 through 10/1 at the Florida Championship Wrestling facilities in Tampa.

- David Otunga is slated to appear in the new film WWE Studios is co-financing with Troika Pictures called "The Hive" starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.

Jennifer Hudson wrote the following on Twitter:

Principal photography for the flick is scheduled to begin Friday in Los Angeles.

- WWE has announced a live event from the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois on Sunday, August 26, 2012.

WWE will be sending the following stars to the San Diego Comic-Con next week to appear at the Mattel both (both #3029):

  • July 12: WWE Champion CM Punk, Sheamus & Zack Ryder
  • July 13: Daniel Bryan, Alicia Fox & Arn Anderson
  • July 14: Brodus Clay & WWE Divas Champion Layla

- William Regal is booked in a match against Santino Marella at Saturday's WWE Raw live event from the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. For more, check out the Weekend WWE Schedule.

- WWE has announced a live event from the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania on Friday, September 21, 2012

- Mark Henry has been keeping fans up-to-date on his official Twitter account. He noted he's lost 25 pounds but can't lift heavy yet after undergoing shoulder surgery.

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  • _JIM_

    Did Hogan actually post a reply where he agreed with the tweet where the guy said the “Impact Zone” makes TNA look “Minor League”? Just asking because the title says Hogan agrees with what was posted, and I don’t see where he did.

    • Richard Gray

      Yeah he said "I agree" but it looks like he deleted the Tweet.