@CMPunk (sort of) addresses rumors he bladed on Raw

CM Punk has posted the following tweets today regarding him bleeding on Raw Monday.

While it can’t be denied he was bleeding, he has not yet answered if it was a blade job or ‘hard way’. The amount of the fines is also completely out of any realm of possibility.

HBK appearing on Raw tonight?

Playing up the story of Triple H teasing retirement at the end of the Summerslam PPV, Shawn Michaels tweeted that he may appear “via satellite” on Monday’s Raw addressing Hunter following his loss to Brock Lesnar.

“Just talked to Hunter…lets just say, I completely understand whats going through his head. We’ll just have to wait and see. I have to admit…I’m not entirely sure I’m comfortable just letting this go,” Michaels tweeted Sunday night. “Time for me to go, I gotta make a few calls and see if i can get a Satellite Truck out here by tomorrow night!”

from pwtorch.com

Ross confirms #Summerslam status

WWE announcer Jim Ross confirmed in a “Summerslam Sunday” blog on jrsbarbq.com that he will not be part of the announce table for the Summerslam PPV. “Watching SummerSlam w/ my wife in THQ suite at Staples Center. Looking forward to the show. Great opportunities await many talents,” Ross wrote. Ross also noted he will be attending Mick Foley’s comedy show with William Regal at the Hollywood Improv Sunday night after Summerslam.

[ LINK: Ross's full blog previewing each of the matches can be read at jrsbarbq.com ]

#Summerslam rumors: Tyson & Austin

WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin confirmed on Twitter Sunday night before Summerslam that he will not be part of the PPV. “No, I will not be doing a run in tonight at #Summerslam. I will not be doing a limp in either. #limpinainteasy #wwe #brokenskullranch,” Austin tweeted. However, Mike Tyson has hinted at his involvement in the Summerslam PPV, saying on Twitter that he will be supporting Triple H. Tyson, who is rumored to be involved in the Hunter-Brock Lesnar match, was part of a WWE video game panel Saturday in Los Angeles.

Gold medalist at WWE SS function

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte appeared at WWE and B.A. STAR’s Summerslam Kick-off Party in the Los Angeles area Thursday night. This was the event DJ’ed by Raw Social Media Ambassador D.J. Pauly D.

Is the Funkasaurus extinct?

F4WOnline.com is reporting that people in WWE Creative are considering dropping the Funkasaurus gimmick from Brodus Clay and giving him more of an edge.

Since he was seemingly written off TV for a while (partially to film ‘No One Lives’ for WWE Studios), this could very well be the case.

The Funkasaurus gimmick was supposed to be a punishment for Brodus revealing via Twitter prior to a Raw episode that he was going to be the one to write John Morrison off TV. Brodus (and the fans) made it work, but as a ‘comedy’ gimmick, it can only go so far.

The Rumored Royal Rumble & WrestleMania Main Events

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE’s booking committee are contemplating a scenario where CM Punk would drop the WWE Championship to John Cena at SummerSlam to set up a rematch between Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Royal Rumble.

Johnson announced at RAW 1,000 that he would face whoever the WWE Champion is at the January pay-per-view event. Johnson would defeat Cena at the Rumble and then defend the title against Punk at WrestleMania XXIX. There is that scenario and the other is that CM Punk would defeat John Cena at SummerSlam to retain his title and then go on to face The Rock at the Royal Rumble. Johnson would win the title there and then go on to face John Cena in a rematch from last year’s WrestleMania main event. As of last word, WWE didn’t want to do a Cena/Rock rematch at WrestleMania 29 so the first scenario looks more likely. Either way, The Rock, John Cena and CM Punk are the three men WWE wants involved in the angle.

Of course, plans can and likely will change but this was at least talked about during backstage meetings at RAW on Monday.

The Rosa Mendes Situation #wwe#diva

Partial Source: Pwtorch.com

– It was previously reported that Rosa Mendes was arrested for public intoxication on Sunday, but the truth of the matter is rather different. As noted earlier, TMZ reports that Mendes (real name Milena Roucka) told police that her fiancé, former WWE talent Jackson Andrews, has been abusing her and had assaulted her in Las Vegas before she flew to San Antonio for Raw.

A police report obtained by the site reports that Mendes was found by the San Antonio PD crying in a bathroom stall in San Antonio International Airport and saying that she needed help. Mendes told the police that Andrews (read name Andy Slocum) had “hit her several times at their shared residence in Las Vegas.” Mendes said she was afraid that Slocum would try to kill her and that the abuse has been ongoing. Mendes filed a battery report at 10:17 PM and police took about thirty pictures, which appeared to show bruising and scratches. The police report noted that Mendes was under the influence of alcohol.

Slocum worked in WWE as Tyson Kidd’s bodyguard for about a month and then was sent down to FCW. He was released in 2011 for breach of contract after he continually missed training sessions.

A rep for the WWE stated, “Milena Roucka contacted a WWE Talent Relations representative this morning to notify WWE that, upon her arrival in San Antonio last evening, she contacted police at the airport to report alleged domestic abuse that occurred just prior to her flight. WWE is supportive of Rosa and will provide her with professional assistance.

Rumored members of ‘Aces and Eights’

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that former WWE wrestlers Luke Gallows, Chris Masters, and Wes Brisco are believed to be part of the Aces and Eights group when they are revealed. Another two members are believed to be Mike Knox and Jay Bradley.

The leader of the group is going to be a bigger name, which WO thinks is going to be Jeff Jarrett.

1,000TH RAW UPDATES: MAJOR NAMES & *SPOILERS*

Below are some confirmed and rumored names + segments for tonight’s 1,000th episode of RAW. This is a recap of all the 1,000th RAW news we’ve posted over the past week. This is what we know so far and we’ll be updating this post leading into the show tonight:

* The show begins at 8EST and will be three-hours weekly (8-11EST) starting next week.

* WWE Title Match: CM Punk vs. John Cena.

* Intercontinental Title Match: Christian vs. ???

* DX Reunion: This will open the show at 8EST.

* Sean Waltman (X-Pac) appeared on the Cowhead show on Friday and hinted that he will be at RAW on Monday night. Waltman said, “I can’t foresee a DX reunion without X-Pac.” WWE has been contacting numerous former talents this week so it’s possible he’ll be there. He had been tweeting in recent weeks that WWE had not contacted him. All signs are now pointing to a “full” DX reunion with Triple H, Shawn Michaels, The Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac all appearing. That is not confirmed just yet but it is looking more and more likely. Chyna will not be appearing for obvious reasons.

* During a recent interview with The Miami Herald, Jerry Lawler was speaking abut the origin of the “puppies” line he had used for years. While doing so, he may have announced another surprise return for Monday’s 1,000th RAW“I actually got to give credit to a guy who I think will be returning on the 1,000th episode. It was a member of DX, Road Dogg (Jesse) James. I believe he was talking to Sable at the time. DX was in the ring, and Sable was in the ring, and somehow I believe Road Dogg said, ‘Hey, show us your puppies.’ It kind of floated by. No big deal at that point and time, but then I started using the word a couple of weeks later, and it just stuck.”

* Brock Lesnar returns and will confirm his match with Triple H at SummerSlam. Paul Heyman will be there with Lesnar.

* The Rock returns to WWE to address his quest for the WWE Title. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is rumored to be contemplating competing in a match or two before WrestleMania XXIX on April 7, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. An announcement could come as soon as Monday.

* There have been rumors for months that WWE was going to be doing a big summer angle that would get people talking. There is a lot of speculation that the angle will be kicked off Monday night, likely at the end of the show. There aren’t many details going around at this time, as those within the company have been keeping tight lipped.

* Daniel Bryan and AJ will have a wedding.

* The announcement of a new permanent RAW General Manager.

* WWE Legends Bret Hart, Mick Foley and Roddy Piper are all confirmed to return.

* Roddy Piper posted the following, discussing whether or not he will appear at the 1,000th RAW“If I go to Raw’s 1000th episode I’m not doing lame work. Let me roll Vince. I’ll show them why Raw’s the longest running show!” As noted above, Piper is confirmed for next week’s show.

* Local Advertisements in St. Louis are promoting Bret Hart to appear at Monday’s 1,000th RAW. Hart was advertised a few weeks ago, but then there was no follow up. The new local ads that started to run this week pushed Hart as appearing. As noted above, Hart is confirmed for next week’s show.

* Vince and Stephanie McMahon will appear on the show. Shane McMahon is said to be a long shot and Linda McMahon probably won’t happen because of her ongoing Senate campaign trying to distance her from the WWE product. There will also be the usual “2nd tier” legends appearing as well.

* WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross discussed Monday’s RAW 1,000 show on the Sports Illustrated Hot Clicks Podcast, and what he would like to contribute to the show: “It’s kind of like a baseball player going to the All Star game in Kansas City. I’m just kind of waiting to see what the manager puts on the lineup card. I know I’m on the roster, I know I’m figured to do something, I’m just waiting to see where my name is penciled in. With an old guy like me who’s been around the horn — been weathered — there’s nothing that can be assigned that I probably haven’t already done. In a perfect world I’d love to call a match, but that’s not my call. But I’m ready to play, whatever they want me to do, I’m ready to roll.”

* As most of you know by now, WWE‘s flagship program RAW will celebrate its 1000th episode this coming Monday. During her near seven-year run, Trish Stratus participated in 160 matches-the most of any female-and created many memorable moments along the way. The legendary grappler is recalling the memories on her official website, TrishStratus.com, as she ranks her top five moments and top five matches. The quintessential Diva also offers an inside look with comments on each one of these Stratusfy-ing appearances. She ranks her match against Lita on the Dec. 6, 2004 episode of RAW, the first time in history that the Divas were solely featured in the show’s main event, as her top match. She says of the bout, “What an amazing feeling for Lita and I to be given the trust and confidence to close out our flagship show in the main event of Monday Night Raw. Plus, a true testament to the hard work of the women’s division as a whole.”

* We can confirm that both Lita and Trish Stratus have been contacted to appear at the 1,000th WWE RAW event.

* Both Stephanie McMahon and Jim Ross will be in St. Louis, Missouri next Monday, the site of that day’s unprecedented 1000th RAW episode. The WWE Hall of Famer appeared Wednesday on KREF Sports Talk 1400 The Ref and confirmed he would be on the show. He added he has no idea what his role will be. McMahon, who participated in a Twitter chat Tuesday and hinted but did not confirm an appearance on Raw, will be in the area that day for a ‘be a STAR’ anti-bullying.at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis’ Herbert Hoover location (2901 N. Grand Ave.). She will be joined World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, The Miz, Eve and American Idol finalist James Durbin.

* We can now exclusively confirm that The Undertaker will be appearing on Monday 1,000th RAW event. This will be the Phenom’s first appearance since WrestleMania. His role on the show will be unclear, but he will be live at the show in St. Louis.

* WWE‘s creative committee is rumored to be leaning towards CM Punk retaining the WWE Championship next Monday on RAW when John Cena is supposed to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. According to sources, there is a lot of talk within the organization that Cena will be the first person to not win a title directly after cashing in the briefcase. The feeling is that Cena is the one guy that can handle losing the cash in. They also could have The Big Show or The Rock cost Cena the match, which keeps Punk as champion and sidetracks Cena into another feud. There was also talk at RAW this week that there would be a major angle between John Cena and CM Punk next week where somehow Cena would keep his Money in the Bank briefcase. It’s almost guaranteed that this will change numerous times before RAW next week so take this with a grain of salt for now. Triple H recently directed that title reigns should be longer in order to build the importance of the belts. As you know by now, both CM Punk and Sheamus retained their titles at Money in the Bank. We noted that Cena’s Money in the Bank win was made within the last few weeks. At one point, he was going to be given the pay-per-view off.

* WWE has apparently put together a list of names they are expecting to appear on the show, but want to keep several names unadvertised. They have told these names to do “anything and everything” to keep the surprises secret including saying publicly that they will be somewhere else the night of the 1000th RAW.

* Tatanka, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, DDP, Steve Blackman, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Vader, Doink the Clown, Bob Backlund and Sid Vicious have all also teased appearances, appeared recently, or been contacted by WWE about appearing. Expect a ton of former WWE talents to appear in addition to these names.

* Any talents who are under contract with TNA (Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Kurt Angle, etc.) will obviously NOT be appearing at the event.

* Ric Flair will likely not appear due to the ongoing TNA vs. WWE lawsuit. WWE isn’t going to risk taking any chances with TNA talents.

* The company didn’t promote Charlie Sheen as Social Media Ambassador, suggesting he will not be involved due to the fact that he quit Twitter.

* Goldberg shot down rumors that he will be at RAW next week for the 1,000th episode. When asked over Twitter by a fan, he posted: It’s not true!! RT @mrpops96: @Goldberg there are videos and rumours suggesting that you will be at Raw 1000 is it true?

* Kelly Kelly returns to WWE this week after being granted time off the road in late May. She tweeted Sunday, “On the road again. Can’t wait to see everyone at the #raw1000.” Kelly, who had been on the road on a weekly basis since joining WWE in 2006, was reportedly granted a break to spend time with her family and boyfriend. She last competed on television on the May 21 Raw SuperShow, losing to Beth Phoenix.

* The Ultimate Warrior recently addressed rumors that he would be appearing at the 1,000th RAW. On Twitter, a fan posted the following message to Warrior… hey did you hear everyone thinks you will be at ‪#RAW1000 Warrior responded with the following… I’ve never done what everyone else thinks. Never. Not once. As of last week, there were no plans to feature The Ultimate Warrior on the show. Of course, plans can change but he is not expected to appear as of this writing.

* Former WWE announcer Todd Grisham has stated that he will not be attending the 1,000th episode of RAW. The Coach will also not be at the 1,000th RAW event.

* During a Q&A session at Comic-Con last week, Dave Batista commented on a potential WWE return. Here is what he had to say… I’m not against going back. It’s just definitely not going to be this year.

* Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks have been tweeting all day about wanting to get a match on the 1,000th RAW event. The duo is asking fans to tweet about it. They have re-tweeted many responses from their followers as well.

* Stephanie McMahon, Jim Ross, Bret Hart, Rikishi, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman and Kelly Kelly have all stated that they are either in St. Louis or on their way to St. Louis for the 1,000th RAW.

* The latest on Wade Barrett’s WWE return is that he’ll be back following the SummerSlam pay-per-view. There was a rumor that he’d be appearing at the 1,000th RAW event but that doesn’t look to be happening now. Sources report that WWE creative already has a plan in place for him when he returns.

* Evan Bourne announced via Twitter that he won’t be on the 1,000th RAW tomorrow night, which is from his hometown in St. Louis. Bourne posted the following: Sorry friends! I won’t be in STL for the epic #raw1000 but when I DO work my way back on Raw, it will also be epic!

* Randy Orton will not be at the 1,000th RAW from his hometown of St. Lois due to his current Wellness Policy suspension. He’ll be able to return at the end of the month.

* Diamond Dallas Page is being promoted as a guest on the St. Louis’ FOX affiliate morning show tomorrow. That means he’s in St. Louis for RAW so expect him to appear live.

* Vader, who like DDP appeared in a segment on RAW in the past several weeks leading up to Monday, is currently in St. Louis and expected to appear at the 1,000th RAW event.

Sun has an interview up with Jerry Lawler who says that “there are almost 30 superstars from these past 1,000 episodes that are going to be coming back and joining us for the 1,000th show.”

* Road Warrior Animal has been telling his Twitter followers to petition WWE for him to appear at next week’s 1,000th RAW event. UPDATE: He is now confirmed for the event.

* Speaking of Road Warrior Animal, after competing at Tuesday’s SmackDown taping in San Diego, California, he stopped by the 100.3 KFAN-FM studios for Extreme Pro Wrestling Radio to discuss this coming Monday’s historic 1000th episode of RAW and confirmed his and other former WWE Superstars‘ involvement on the program. The WWE Hall of Famer may have spoiled the payoff of Heath Slater’s returning RAW legend angle while addressing rumors of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin‘s involvement with the program—who has not been announced to appear by WWE but is expected to be there. When asked whether The Rattlesnake will encounter Slater on the show, Animal responded, “Austin will definitely give him the stunner, ya know thats coming! Fans get ready, you’re gonna see a stunner!” Animal, who appeared on RAW in 1997 and 1998, also confirmed that he will be on hand for the festivities: “I will be making an appearance…people will see that my spikes from SmackDown were excellently repainted! Yeah, I’ll be there all painted up, with bells on boys! If it happens it happens, I’m ready!” On what else to expect for the unprecedented show, he said, “It’s gonna be star studded, on my flight alone is me, DDP and Bret “Hitman” Hart!”

* WWE Senior VP of Digital Operations Jason Hoch says that WWE‘s audience will have a say in character and storyline development. Hoch told ESPN.com in an interview that the RawActive social media initiative that starts Monday on RAW will allow the audience to “get a say in what happens next by deciding matches, stipulations, and character development. They can control if a general manager gets fired or who their favorite Superstar’s next opponent will be.”

* WWE Diva AJ Lee was a guest on Mark Madden’s radio show last week to promote tomorrow night’s 1,000th RAW event. The show airs on 105.9 “The X” in Pittsburgh, PA. AJ talked about her recent WWE push and “marriage” to Daniel Bryan on Monday’s RAW. She also talked about her ongoing angle with CM Punk, Kane and Daniel Bryan. She says she’s been a lifelong fan of the business and hints that she may be dating a current WWE superstar:

Source ewrestlingnews.com

 

 

Miami Herald, Jerry Lawler tease Undertaker appearance at #Raw1000

From the Miami Herald:

The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels wrestled on episode 1, a one-hour show emanating from the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center Studios, a small New York City theater. Both are expected to be involved in episode 1,000.

“It goes without saying,” Lawler said. “Undertaker is literally a piece of work. This guy is amazing. There’s never been anyone like him and probably never will be again.

“So many words come to mind — dedication, perseverance and a love for this business. You really have to have those kind of things to last anywhere near as long as the Undertaker has lasted and to still be on top and relevant in this business today after 1,000 episodes of a weekly TV show is hard to imagine.”

What I would like to see is Lesnar destroying Triple H, others, being unstoppable. Then the Gong hits, and UT comes out, setting up UT-Lesnar at WM29.

What were the original plans for the WWE Championship MITB match?

Wrestlezone.com has posted the following story as an exclusive. No word on if the story is accurate or not.

WZ has confirmed with sources that John Cena winning the WWE Championship Money in the Bank Match wasn’t the original plan when the bout was set weeks prior.

Sources have confirmed the original plan was for Chris Jericho to win the briefcase, and then become the first superstar to cash in unsuccessfully. One of the top plans was for Jericho to attempt to cash in later in the pay-per-view after the CM Punk and Daniel Bryan match.

WWE then decided the week of the show that they would instead go with John Cena winning, which reportedly is why the CM Punk WWE Championship match got bumped from being the last on the card. WWE officials felt the PPV ending wouldn’t be climactic enough if the CM Punk bout ended the show without anyone coming out to cash in the briefcase won earlier in the night.

Goldberg At 1,000th RAW?

Goldberg shot down rumors that he will be at RAW next week for the 1,000th episode. When asked over Twitter by a fan, he posted: It’s not true!! RT @mrpops96: @Goldberg there are videos and rumours suggesting that you will be at Raw 1000 is it true?

WWE may have signed 3 Indy Wrestlers – Sara Del Rey, PAC, Matt Taven

Lots of rumors circulating today that WWE has signed three talented Independent wrestlers. Sara Del Rey, considered one of the best female wrestlers in the indies, PAC, nicknamed ‘The Man That Gravity Forgot’ and Matt Taven, another up and coming competitor.

Del Rey’s personal website has been replaced by a placeholder page, which I would consider confirmation of her signing.

PAC has said the following on Twitter today:

He could be trying to throw people off, but I would figure he would come right out and say “I’m not talking to WWE” if that were the case.

Matt Taven has not yet commented on the subject.

 

More as it happens.

Report: John Laurinaitis Losing More WWE Duties

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

John Laurinaitis is continuing to lose “real-life power” according to a source. Many of his former duties have been taken away from him and given to new hires of the company by Paul “Triple H” Levesque.

It should also be noted that Pete Leone has been given even more responsibility in the talent relations department of WWE.

Report: Bill Goldberg Contacts Brock Lesnar

Bill Goldberg, who last competed for WWE in 2004, reportedly contacted Brock Lesnar about returning to the sports entertainment organization to work an angle with him.
Lesnar, however, only has two major dates left on his current contract; Triple H at SummerSlam and whoever his WrestleMania XXIX opponent will be.

Rare Photos of Randy Orton and Mickie James When They Dated

JR – WWE to “shake things up” at PPV?

WWE announcer Jim Ross said in his latest blog on jrsbarbq.com that “for some reason, nothing specific but just a feeling,” WWE will “really shake things up” at the No Way Out PPV on Sunday, specifically related to the John Cena vs. Big Show main event. Ross previewed the PPV matches in his blog and also blogged in-depth about the State of WWE Developmental following this week’s NXT TV tapings.

Ross said his view is that Developmental wrestlers and WWE lower-card wrestlers seem more relaxed and ready to perform on NXT than at WWE live events. Specifically on Jinder Mahal, Ross wrote, “It seemed that Mahal was a different talent in Orlando than I have seen him at times on WWE TV. Mahal has a marketable upside in my view and NXT might give him the platform to better develop his in ring efforts.” In general, Ross wrote, “Might just be me but it feels as if some talents are more relaxed at the NXT tapings than some appear to be at other WWE events and as a result they performed at a higher level for the most part.”

[ LINK: Ross's latest blog can be read at jrsbarbq.com ]