@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 ]

Matt Morgan Returning To WWE?, RAW Update, More

- Matt Morgan posted a cryptic reply when asked about whether he was going back to TNA. A fan asked him via Twitter:

Is it true your going back to wwe? Wouldn blame you cuz why aint you been champ 3 X by now @ Tna?

Morgan’s reply was:

TICK TOCK..

Major Update: Vince McMahon ‘Livid’ With Randy Orton

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Rumors continue to swirl that Randy Orton’s continued employment with WWE is in jeopardy following their announcement May 30 that he was being suspended for 60 days for his second violation of the Talent Wellness Program.

A WWE source notes that Vince McMahon is livid with Orton, particularly since he was so “outspokenly indifferent” to the suspension. Another source says Orton was hastily benched to ensure that he return before SummerSlam on August 19, but “something happened” shortly after the announcement that infuriated the WWE Chairman. This has led to discussions of Orton not being brought back at all after his suspension concludes.

Former WCW announcer Mark Madden stated last Thursday via Twitter that WWE is looking to terminate their partnership with Orton since he’s considered difficult to deal with and due to the belief that his value has plateaued.

There are people within WWE saying Orton’s time away from the squared circle ‘isn’t going to be that big a problem.’ For the first time, officials are openly categorizing CM Punk as the second-ranked babyface rather than the two as equals. Many also feel SmackDown’s babyface side will be sufficient with Sheamus, Christian, Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio returning soon from suspension and the option to turn Daniel Bryan at a moment’s notice. Orton has made and saved a lot of money during his career and resides in an area where he could live comfortably for several years without financial worry. His wife Samantha also comes from a well-to-do family, so not having a steady income is reportedly not a major concern for him.

There is a ‘small, vocal pocket’ within the sports entertainment organization lobbying for Orton’s termination. Those opposing his return feel his lucrative ten-year contract—signed in January 2010—can no longer be justified if he is brought back in a mid-level role. His second suspension hinders WWE from continuing to feature Orton in headline role since a third drug-testing policy infraction would result in automatic termination, or, as some have stated, a “one-year suspension.”

In another potential factor, there is concern over the physical state of Orton, who has incurred numerous injuries over his twelve-year career. Some officials believe his body is breaking down and there are questions regarding the state of his neck and spine.

According to SuperLuchas.net, the nine-time world champion’s suspension stems from a positive drug test for the anabolic steroid Dianabol, which is banned by the United States Congress under its Controlled Substances Act. However, that is not confirmed. Orton claimed to test positive for a tainted supplement.

Attorney comments on Cena divorce, what is the key item in the proceedings?

Well-known Florida attorney Raymond Rafool, who is representing John Cena’s wife, Liz, in their divorce proceedings, says the key to what Liz receives in a divorce ruling could depend on the interpretation of their prenuptial agrement. Rafool talked to Lawyers.com about the case, specifically the pre-nup, which was signed 16 days before the Cenas married.

“In this case, it appears the preliminary issues will be the interpretation of the prenuptial agreement, the application to the parties’s property, assets and income, whether the agreement itself is enforceable or not, which we always consider, and in the mean time addressing the temporary needs of our client in conjunction with and in spite of certain terms of the premarital agreement,” Rafool said.

Asked to comment on what he’s sensing from John Cena, who initiated the divorce proceedings, Rafool said, “What John has on his mind only John knows, so I can’t give you any other reasons. At this time my client is going to maintain everybody’s privacy.”

[ LINK: Full story at Lawyers.com ]

Report: 2 More WWE Talents Fail Drug Tests

SuperLuchas.net reports WWE performer Cody Rhodes recently tested positive on a drug test for a banned substance but was cleared after providing a valid prescription from a licensed and treating physician.

Prior to being cleared, it would appear that Rhodes believed he was facing suspension. He cryptically wrote May 21 on Twitter: “Time off.” He appeared at the following day’s SmackDown taping in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and subsequent shows since then.

The website also reports that another WWE performer whose name has not been disclosed recently had a positive drug test and will be suspended if a valid prescription is not produced.

WWE announced Wednesday that Randy Orton had been suspended for 60 days for his second violation of the company’s Talent Wellness Program. SuperLuchas.net reports the suspension stems from a positive drug test for the anabolic steroid Dianabol, which is banned by the United States Congress under it Controlled Substances Act. He also reportedly tested positive for marijuana, which is subject to a $2,500 fine.

Once again, there is no confirmation to these rumors yet so take it for what it’s worth.

TMZ – return of female wrestling show?

A new “Women of Wrestling” TV series is being shopped around to networks, according to a TMZ report. The new project is backed by Los Angeles Lakers executive Jeanie Buss and David McLane, who created the previous version in 2000. The focus of the show will be on the business side of the promotion in a reality TV setting, according to the report.

More On Ric Flair’s #TNA Release – Went Off Script

According to a source within TNA, a major issue which lead to tension between Ric Flair and TNA was the handling of the Gut Check segment on iMPACT! featuring Alex Silva.

Flair reportedly went off script when he chose Silva as the winner, which is now causing issues for TNA for two reasons. First of all Flair went into business for himself, which has upset people. Secondly, Silva is from Quebec, requiring TNA to spend more time and money getting him a US Visa if they want to use him regularly.

As noted several days ago, several TNA sources have now confirmed that Ric Flair has “quit” TNA Wrestling. According to three different TNA sources, Flair no-showed several TNA events last weekend and didn’t show up to the iMPACT! tapings last Monday and Tuesday. TNA is trying to smooth things over but as of now, he is done with the company. Flair and Dixie Carter have had talks over the past week. There are rumblings that Flair will be signing with WWE under a “Legends Deal” to help promote the WWE Network. Flair also has an energy drink and lottery endorsements which he’s making money from.

As we noted earlier, people close to Ric Flair and TNA have confirmed that the two sides are at a major impasse, as there is a ton of heat on Flair for conduct outside the ring. One TNA source described the situation as, “being at the point it’s not worth keeping Flair around.” There have reportedly been a number of incidents involving Flair at local establishments and bars in Orlando since coming to the company. Sources say that Flair was banned from drinking at the Hard Rock Cafe in Citiwalk due to an incident with him “acting inappropriate”, leading to venue management banishing him.

There have been reports from talent in TNA that Flair has not been able to cover bar tabs repeatedly, and company management getting a call from the hotel and/or bar seeking payment. The most recent incident at the hotel TNA utilizes for their wrestlers and staff, which the company has had a great relationship with for years. This was reportedly the last straw in the situation, as Flair was pulled from the Louisiana house shows and the final TV Tapings before Impact Wrestling goes live on May 31st.

Many have compared this to the situation on the European tour last year, where TNA’s Craig Jenkins, after several days of fronting Flair money to cover a bar tab, refused to do so again. Flair then screamed at Jenkins in front of the entire crew and refusing to get on the TNA tour bus to head to the next date, and was then left behind. Publicly, Flair blamed the matter on the company not giving him “advances” like he would get when touring for WWE, citing that he was “used” to that treatment.

Many forces within the company have been against having him as a regular since he came into the company, noting that while he carries a high price tag, he hasn’t translated into drawing money or ratings for the company. And now with these issues, it seems, as all they are getting is “Ric Flair level behavior,” not “Ric Flair level performances.”

Others within the company feel that Flair and WWE put them in a “no win situation” when Flair was announced for the WWE Hall of Fame, noting that the company had no choice but to allow him to go in, or else they would look like they were denying Flair and the fans. Flair reportedly did not know that he was getting inducted but he publicly told fans he would be there “on stage” before a deal was signed that would allow him to appear.

Spike TV sources also note that there have also been a number of requests from the network end to keep Flair dressed and not have him near nude/in his wrestling gear and bleeding on TV at his age. There was even an order of arrest out for him if Flair did not pay the agreed settlement by a certain date. That order was issued because Flair had missed several agreed dates for payment of the settlement. The money was eventually paid and the NWA World title belt, which Highspots.com was holding as collateral, was seen displayed at WWE AXXESS this year. Most believe that WWE paid the debt and acquired the belt for their archive.

Unfortunately since leaving WWE, Flair has had several issues. He signed for a number of appearances with Ring of Honor, and then pulled out citing his relationship with WWE. Most feel that Flair realized ROH weren’t going to use Reid Flair following a drug arrest. When Flair didn’t pay back an advance given to him, ROH filed a lawsuit against him Flair also had issues with Highspots.com over money owed to them.

Another source reports that Alex Shelley has quit the company as well. We can’t confirm that as of this writing. As noted earlier, WWE is looking at doing a “cruiserweight” show on the WWE Network and they are said to be interested in Shelley.

from ewrestlingnews.com

WWE Magazine teases location of WrestleMania 30

As we all know, WrestleMania 29 is going to be in MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, NJ (although it is being promoted as NY/NJ).

In the latest issue of WWE Magazine, ‘The Informer teases that the WM 30 location will be a city of ‘Olympic proportions’.

Here is a list of the cities that have hosted an Olympics:

Summer:

1904 – St. Louis, United States
1908 – London, United Kingdom
1912 – Stockholm, Sweden
1916 – Scheduled for Berlin, Germany*
1920 – Antwerp, Belgium
1924 – Paris, France
1928 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
1932 – Los Angeles, United States
1936 – Berlin, Germany
1940 – Scheduled for Tokyo, Japan*
1944 – Scheduled for London, United Kingdom*
1948 – London, United Kingdom
1952 – Helsinki, Finland
1956 – Melbourne, Australia
1960 – Rome, Italy
1964 – Tokyo, Japan
1968 – Mexico City, Mexico
1972 – Munich, West Germany (now Germany)
1976 – Montreal, Canada
1980 – Moscow, U.S.S.R. (now Russia)
1984 – Los Angeles, United States
1988 – Seoul, South Korea
1992 – Barcelona, Spain
1996 – Atlanta, United States
2000 – Sydney, Australia
2004 – Athens, Greece
2008 – Beijing, China
2012 – London, United Kingdom
2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Winter:

Winter Olympic Games Sites

1924 – Chamonix, France
1928 – St. Moritz, Switzerland
1932 – Lake Placid, N.Y., United States
1936 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1940 – Scheduled for Sapporo, Japan*
1944 – Scheduled for Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy*
1948 – St. Moritz, Switzerland
1952 – Oslo, Norway
1956 – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
1960 – Squaw Valley, California, United States
1964 – Innsbruck, Austria
1968 – Grenoble, France
1972 – Sapporo, Japan
1976 – Innsbruck, Austria
1980 – Lake Placid, New York, United States
1984 – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
1988 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1992 – Albertville, France**
1994 – Lillehammer, Norway**
1998 – Nagano, Japan
2002 – Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
2006 – Torino (Turin), Italy
2010 – Vancouver, Canada
2014 – Sochi, Russia
2018 – Pyeongchang, South Korea

Now, if you remove the cities that are unlikely due to time of day or stadium sizes, you are left with a much smaller list:

1908 – London, United Kingdom
1924 – Paris, France
1932 – Los Angeles, United States
1948 – London, United Kingdom
1976 – Montreal, Canada
1984 – Los Angeles, United States
1996 – Atlanta, United States
2012 – London, United Kingdom
2010 – Vancouver, Canada

I would further remove anything prior to the 1980s, due to the comment. Olympics before then were not as big as events as before.

1984 – Los Angeles, United States
1996 – Atlanta, United States
2012 – London, United Kingdom
2010 – Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is probably out due to the weather.
The problem with London is that the event would have to start at midnight local time in order to start at 7PM on the East Coast of the US. This is possible, but unlikely.
Atlanta just held WrestleMania 27.  They won’t do another in the same city in 3 years. That leaves Los Angeles, but London is also possible.

Ric Flairquitting #TNA to leave for #WWE

Several TNA sources have now confirmed that Ric Flair has “quit” TNA Wrestling. According to three different TNA sources, Flair no-showed several TNA events last weekend and didn’t show up to the iMPACT! tapings last Monday and Tuesday. TNA is trying to smooth things over but as of now, he is done with the company. Flair and Dixie Carter have had talks over the past week. There are rumblings that Flair will be signing with WWE under a “Legends Deal” to help promote the WWE Network. Flair also has an energy drink and lottery endorsements which he’s making money from.   As we noted earlier, people close to Ric Flair and TNA have confirmed that the two sides are at a major impasse, as there is a ton of heat on Flair for conduct outside the ring. One TNA source described the situation as, “being at the point it’s not worth keeping Flair around.” There have reportedly been a number of incidents involving Flair at local establishments and bars in Orlando since coming to the company. Sources say that Flair was banned from drinking at the Hard Rock Cafe in Citiwalk due to an incident with him “acting inappropriate”, leading to venue management banishing him.   There have been reports from talent in TNA that Flair has not been able to cover bar tabs repeatedly, and company management getting a call from the hotel and/or bar seeking payment. The most recent incident at the hotel TNA utilizes for their wrestlers and staff, which the company has had a great relationship with for years. This was reportedly the last straw in the situation, as Flair was pulled from the Louisiana house shows and the final TV Tapings before Impact Wrestling goes live on May 31st.   Many have compared this to the situation on the European tour last year, where TNA’s Craig Jenkins, after several days of fronting Flair money to cover a bar tab, refused to do so again. Flair then screamed at Jenkins in front of the entire crew and refusing to get on the TNA tour bus to head to the next date, and was then left behind. Publicly, Flair blamed the matter on the company not giving him “advances” like he would get when touring for WWE, citing that he was “used” to that treatment.

Many forces within the company have been against having him as a regular since he came into the company, noting that while he carries a high price tag, he hasn’t translated into drawing money or ratings for the company. And now with these issues, it seems, as all they are getting is “Ric Flair level behavior,” not “Ric Flair level performances.”

Others within the company feel that Flair and WWE put them in a “no win situation” when Flair was announced for the WWE Hall of Fame, noting that the company had no choice but to allow him to go in, or else they would look like they were denying Flair and the fans. Flair reportedly did not know that he was getting inducted but he publicly told fans he would be there “on stage” before a deal was signed that would allow him to appear.   Spike TV sources also note that there have also been a number of requests from the network end to keep Flair dressed and not have him near nude/in his wrestling gear and bleeding on TV at his age. There was even an order of arrest out for him if Flair did not pay the agreed settlement by a certain date. That order was issued because Flair had missed several agreed dates for payment of the settlement. The money was eventually paid and the NWA World title belt, which Highspots.com was holding as collateral, was seen displayed at WWE AXXESS this year. Most believe that WWE paid the debt and acquired the belt for their archive.   Unfortunately since leaving WWE, Flair has had several issues. He signed for a number of appearances with Ring of Honor, and then pulled out citing his relationship with WWE. Most feel that Flair realized ROH weren’t going to use Reid Flair following a drug arrest. When Flair didn’t pay back an advance given to him, ROH filed a lawsuit against him Flair also had issues with Highspots.com over money owed to them.

Another source reports that Alex Shelley has quit the company as well. We can’t confirm that as of this writing. As noted earlier, WWE is looking at doing a “cruiserweight” show on the WWE Network and they are said to be interested in Shelley.

Matt Morgan’s TNA Dates Run Out, WWE Interested

TNA wrestler Matt Morgan has run through all of his contracted dates with TNA Wrestling, which is why the company ran an injury angle on Impact Thursday night.

As noted earlier here on the site, WWE is said to be very interested in Morgan once his contract expires later this year.

In an interview with the pro wrestling torch last month, Morgan said he wouldn’t rule out a return to the company.

Breaking News: John Cena files for divorce

The following courtesy of the Miami Herald:

WWE superstar John Cena files for divorce; wife hires Miami attorney

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Tampa resident and WWE superstar John Cena has filed for divorcefrom his high school sweetheart and wife of only 3 years, Liz Huberdeau, saying the marriage is “irretrevably broken.” The soon-to-be-ex-Mrs.Cena has armed herself with powerful Miami attorneyRaymond Rafool, best known for going head to head with Hulk Hogan in his nasty divorce battle against ex-wife Linda. In that case, Rafool allegedly took Hogan for 70% of his assets. Huberdeau hopes for something similar, but it’s not going to be easy. Cena, worth over $18 million, has a 2009 prenup that is said to include the ability to take back all gifts and presents.

That stipulation has forced the soon-to-be-ex to hire Rafool, who told us “Although it is indeed unfortunate that John Cena decided to divorce his high school sweetheart Liz Cena; particularly, after they have come so far in their lives and in his career together, Liz will and really has no choice but to pursue all of her rights and entitlements. Although Mr. Cena pushes a prenuptial agreement and that the parties have only been married for approximately 3 years, Liz Cena has always supported John Cena, even when no one else did, and stood behind him and pushed him forward to achieve their goals for the last 14 years. Sadly, divorce is not the way Liz thought her perfect love story would end.”

Another insider warns that this isn’t going to be pretty, saying “This is going to dwarf the Hogan divorce in nastiness.” Yikes.

 

 

#MMA fighter reportedly signs with #TNA

MMA fighter “King Mo” Lawal will sign with TNA and the Bellator MMA promotion, according to Sherdog.com. As part of Spike TV’s partnership with TNA and Bellator, Lawal is expected to perform simultaneously for the organizations. His debut is unknown at this point, as Lawal is currently recovering from knee surgery.

[ LINK: Report at Sherdog.com ]

Possible Viral Video on WWE.com

As reported on ProWrestling.net, some WWE videos on wwe.com are showing the following ‘viral video’ before they play:

The video starts out with a graphic that reads SMPTE Universal Leader. Do not read into this, as SMPTE stands for Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and Universal Leader would be a ‘lead’ graphic they use on all of their material.

The video goes on to say ‘A Revolution is Coming’. No word yet on what this could refer to.

Major Backstage Update: Paul Heyman’s WWE Future

Partial Source: Pwinsider.com

Here is the latest on Paul Heyman and WWE:

* He will be appearing semi-regularly through at least SummerSlam.

* The idea is to have a reenactment of the actual legal battle the two sides (Lesnar and WWE) had years ago. This would see Lesnar sue for breach of contract, which would include all sorts of viral campaigns to get the storyline over to the masses as a legitimate issue.

* The deal came together over the last week, as the original plan for Lesnar in the company did NOT include Heyman. He is not expected on the road full-time for the company and is only expected to be involved in the Lesnar angle and not in WWE creative.

* One reason Heyman returned was to work with Lesnar, but also to potentially work with CM Punk down the line. The two have shown a lot of mutual respect for one another over the years, but have never got the chance to work together on camera. Punk knew Heyman was coming to RAW as he teased all day about knowing something and there being a surprise on the show. He even tweeted a photo of Heyman backstage about three minutes before he came to the ring.

* As previously reported, the word is that Lesnar will be facing Triple H at SummerSlam. Heyman will be on TV to speak for Lesnar as a way to play up the angle that Lesnar “quit.” This will also allow them to do angles with Lesnar without burning through too many of his contracted dates.

* The younger members of the company’s roster warmly greeted Heyman last night since so many of them know him from WWE developmental when they were there. The others only knew of Heyman through his reputation running ECW and working for WWE.

More On Rey Mysterio’s WWE Suspension

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
As noted before, Rey Mysterio tested positive for amphetamines back on February 13th but wasn’t suspended until April 26th. This was his second violation of the wellness policy and he is currently serving a 60 days suspension. At the time Rey was told of his failure, he was told to submit all of the different medications that he was taking since he said he had no idea why he would have tested positive. WWE would have had their doctors evaluate the medications to see if there was a legitimate reason for the amphetamines.
The belief now is that a dietary supplement he was taking to lose weight could have contained a small amount of amphetamines.
Shortly after the drug test in February in San Diego, there was talk within WWE of frustration with him to the point it was said he would not be getting any kind of push upon returning. People were told in early March not to waste time coming up with angles or storylines for his return but no reasons were given. A very small number of people in the company would have known about the failure from February 13th until April 26th as doctors evaluated the case.
Mysterio, who is currently signed to a long-term contract with WWE, won’t be eligible to return until June 25th. Since he was not working on the road, the two month suspension would likely cost him around $166,667 in salary

Did Brock destroy the locker room after Extreme Rules?

Brock Lesnar’s match with John Cena at Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view got rave reviews from most fans who saw the show, but Lesnar went ballistic backstage after the match and was screaming at WWE officials and ripping apart the locker room.

According to PWinsider.com, the huge blow-up took place because of the promo John Cena cut after the match.

The original plan was for Cena to be so badly hurt by Lesnar that even though he won, he would be stretchered out, which would keep Lesnar looking strong.

Lesnar perceived Cena’s speech as a double cross by WWE officials and totally lost it backstage.

The angle on RAW with Lesnar and Triple H and Lesnar’s temporary departure from WWE television was the plan all along, but relations between Lesnar and WWE are not good at the moment.

Update: ‘Sunny’ No-Shows Two More Indy Events

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According to the official Facebook page of Big Time Wrestling, Tammy “Sunny” Sytch no-showed the promotion’s Friday and Saturday shows in Maine. She also no-showed Live Pro Wrestling on Thursday after the promotion paid for her flight and half of her appearance fee. She was replaced by fellow WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas on all three shows.

“Thanks to all the fans who joined us in Saco and Presque Isle! We are very sorry that Tammy Sytch’s personal demons prevented her from showing up to the towns. Mr. USA Tony Atlas was a class act as a replacement! We’ll see you all again soon!” the promotion stated Sunday afternoon in a message that was deleted hours later.

Sytch has no-showed several advertised appearances in the past year including four other bookings since March. She was recently scheduled to appear for American Icon Autographs at WrestleReunion in Toronto, Ontario but “personal issues” prevented her from appearing at the event. American Icon Autographs stated they have no intention on working with her again after having bailed on the organization a third time.

The WWE Hall of Famer has been battling health problems in recent months; she has stated multiple times on her personal Facebook page being sick and/or hospitalized. Sytch claimed Sunday evening via Facebook that she suffered a concussion and a black eye after “taking a bad fall a week ago in the rain.”

Breaking news Beth Phoenix not cleared to complete tonight

She will be replaced by Karma

Update On Edge & WWE

As noted earlier, it appears that Edge is going to let his contract with WWE expire on Monday. The 2012 WWE Hall of Famer was reportedly offered a new deal to remain exclusive to the company and didn’t sign it. As noted earlier, Edge is scheduled to make an appearance at the May 11th Resistance Pro event in Chicago, IL. This will be his first appearance outside of WWE in many years. Edge is being billed as a “special guest” at the event. The May 11th event will be headlined by champion Harry Smith vs. Rhino, who has strong ties to Edge dating back many years.

Plans for Christian’s Return

Christian did not return at this past Tuesday’s WWE SmackDown tapings, despite being advertised. Look for him to return once the Extreme Rules pay-per-view has finished. Christian is booked to be put in the World Heavyweight Title picture with Sheamus and Daniel Bryan.

The WWE Draft

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

– As we reported yesterday here on the website, next week’s three-hour RAW Supershow was earmarked for the 2012 WWE Draft at one point but there has been talk that the three-hour show on June 11th from Hartford, CT will be the Draft but that’s not confirmed. There has also been talk of not even holding a Draft this year because most guys are on RAW every week anyway and some Superstars have been switching brands back and forth.

Major Backstage Update On Edge’s WWE Contract

Source: Pwinsider.com

In an update from yesterday’s post about Edge’s WWE contract expiring soon, his contract actually expires at the end of the month and not on May 1st. WWE sources report that the company is still in negotiations with Edge and is not happy that it was publicly reported that he’s close to leaving.

One source says that the main issue is financial and that WWE likely underestimated the amount that Edge would re-sign for. The company is trying to sign him to a full-fledged deal as opposed to a Legends deal. The difference between the two is that a full-fledged deal would require Edge to go through WWE offices for any outside deals, similar to the deals that Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley have, while a Legends deal is simply allowing WWE to use their name and likeness. The deal being discussed would put Edge back under WWE control like any other talent.

As a side note, Edge’s deal to appear on Haven was booked outside of WWE and would not be affected if he didn’t re-sign.

Major WWE Roster Cuts Coming?

Many people within WWE feel there will be major roster cuts following the current international tour. The cuts are expected near the end of this month or early next month. More as we get it.

Mick Foley: Putting Over Dean Ambrose Is ‘Bullsh*t’

The feud between Mick Foley and Dean Ambrose continues online but according to Foley, it’s over. Foley has written a new blog about Ambrose on his official website. Here’s part of what he wrote:

“Let me state for the record that I have only spoken to FCW prospect Dean Ambrose on three different occasions. Following his match on a WWE house show on Long Island, I went out of my way to tell him I had enjoyed his match. The skills and unique qualities qualities he posseses might very well make him a force to be reckoned with somewhere down the line. He has supporters in lofty places who feel he might be a huge asset to WWE for a decade or more in the future. I’m also told that his interviews ( “promos” as we call them) are compelling, intelligent and emotional; every bit as good as the top guys in WWE.

My second conversation with Mr Ambrose got quite a bit of attention. I know there has been alot of speculation as to the nature of this conversation. To me, it was whatever anyone wanted it to be; a shoot, a work, or somewhare in the middle – as almost all compelling pieces in sports-entertainment ultimately are.

I’m far more concerned with my third conversation with the guy. Look, Ive been accused from time to time of taking some things in the business a little too seriously. Maybe I do. But like that sailor-man of old, “I am what I am, and that’s all that I am.” After all these years, there are some things that just bother me. Remember that “Cane Dewey” promo from 1995 that so many are still fond of? It actually came from a very heavy place in my heart, when my wife impressed on me just how sick it was for any fan to be making a sign advocating the beating (even in jest) of my 3 year-old child.

That’s the immediate feeling I got when I actually read the Dean Ambrose tweet that mentioned his dream to seeing me no longer able to make a dime in the wrestling business – with a particularly nasty mention of how he wanted to see my home repossesed and my children starved. Maybe the 1995 Cactus Jack would have cut a promo on the guy. The 2102 Mick Foley just wonders what would make something say something so stupid, heartless and ignorant. I felt Dean Ambrose had crossed a line that shouldn’t be crossed, so took the opportunity before the Hampton, Virginia Smackdown to ask/tell him to please stop crossing a line that I wasn’t comfortable with. Ric Flair had once asked a similar consideration of me before a memorable promo we shared in New Jersey in 2006. Of course I honored his request. Ours is a business built on trust and respect. I thought Dean Ambrose understood this. But less than a day after making my request, I saw that my children were once again the subject of his tweets – a reference to how I might feel differently about something if my children were in wheel-chairs. Maybe I would have cut a heck of a promo about it in 1995. Seventeen years later, I just wanted to get the fuck away from the whole scenario. It’s not fun, it’s not cutting edge. It just sucks.

Sports-entertainment has to involve a certain ammount of respect and trust. It’s pretty obvious Dean Ambrose doesn’t have any respect for me, my requests, or what I have done in the wrestling business. Therefore I can’t place the slightest ammount of trust in him. Has anyone wondered if I’m feeling better following the concussion I spoke of in that December 2010 TNA Impact promo with Flair? I’m not feeling too much better. I tend to have two types of days when it comes to that muted, under-water feeling I spoke of in that promo – bad and worse. I’m just not the same guy who took 11 chair shots from the Rock in 1999. I haven’t been that guy in a long time. Given my history of concussions, I would have to be a fool to place my future in the hands of someone I don’t trust. Perhaps I do have another decent match left in me. If so, it will be with a guy like Dolph Ziggler, who might well be the best worker in the business, and just needs that ONE little something to allow the WWE Universe to see how talented he really is. Or a guy like the Miz – one of the best heels of this generation. Say what you want to about Miz, but the guy is damn good at what he does.

But Dean Ambrose? No. I may not have the power I once did in the business, but I still have the power to say no to things that just flat-out seem wrong. Like trying to put Dean Ambrose on the WWE map. A few weeks ago, it seemed like an interesting challenge. Now, it seems like an insult. A few weeks ago, it seemed like cutting-edge stuff. Now it just seems like bullshit. He is a very good talent. He has those supporters in high places. Let them wrestle him. Maybe they can put him on the WWE map. Good luck.”

Breaking Update On The Bella Twins Leaving WWE

As noted earlier here on the website, sources report that The Bella Twins’ contract with WWE expires in a few weeks and they have chose not to re-sign a new deal. Nikki and Brie have not been released but as of now, they have not re-signed the new deal offered. The two were backstage at RAW this week but were not used.

UPDATE: A source outside the WWE has confirmed that the Bellas have given their notice and will be done with the company by the end of the month. We hope to be able to confirm this shortly. Stay tuned.

Ric Flair Speculated to Return to the WWE Sometime in 2013

There is a lot of talk going around the wrestling world that Ric Flair will be back with WWE in 2013, especially if the Network gets off the ground since a lot of his footage will be used and he’s very popular with the public.

Flair’s deal with TNA expires at the end of this year.   Flair did an interview for a Charlotte radio station earlier this week where he claimed his last wrestling match was the retirement match against Shawn Michaels. He also talked highly of Vince McMahon and The Rock

WWE Releases Expected Very Soon

With WrestleMania XXVIII in the books and new talent being promoted to the main roster, there’s a lot of talk that WWE’s annual talent purge will occur “sooner than later.” This week alone saw the debut of six new talents, and according to Jim Ross, many more wrestlers from Florida Championship Wrestling will likely be introduced in the coming weeks.wwe signs rock to another deal

Former MMA Fighter Wants to Jump Ship to WWE

Former Strikeforce fighter King Mo Lawal is interested in going to WWE according to Wrestling Observer.

Lawal had expressed interest in joining pro wrestling after his MMA career was over, and was even recruited by WWE’s Gerald Brisco several years ago before deciding to try out for the Olympics.

After failing to make the Olympic team, Lawal pursued MMA.

Lesnar listed for next PPV

Brock Lesnar is now advertised for WWE’s Extreme Rules PPV in Chicago on April 29. WWE has added Lesnar to the list of stars scheduled to appear at the event on their event page. As reported earlier this week, Lesnar is contracted to two appearances per month over the near year leading to WrestleMania 29 in 2013. brock vs rock

ESPN’s Gus Ramsey tweets that WM28 sold 1.9 million buys

Here is the second tweet – the first he said he ‘accidentally’ deleted

accidentally deleted my earlier tweet. Rock and Brock each sign 1 year deals. WM28 did 1.9M buys. WWE was targeting 1.5M

He followed that up with:

haven’t seen anything in writing. so maybe the # is wrong, or I misheard it, but pretty sure that was the # + WWE very happy

Rock is not scheduled to be around any time soon. Brock’s deal is supposedly one year for at least 30-35 appearances. So we will see how correct Ramsey is on both of these statements. He later said

I trust who I heard it from, but again no confirmation.

He admits he doesn’t have a WWE source, just one in general from working at ESPN. More as it develops.

NEW: ESPN WORKER CLAIMS HIGH NUMBER for #Wrestlemania BUYS

wrestlemania A anonymous source inside ESPN claim that there were 1.9 millios buys for this years Wrestlemania. If true that would be 900,000 more buys than last year.

4/2/12 Raw Preview

The Raw after Wrestlemania always has a ton of questions coming in.

Here are just a few for tonight:

  • What does The Rock say after his win in his last appearance for a while?
  • What does John Cena say after coming up short at Wrestlemania?
  • What does Teddy Long do without a show to run?
  • How does Chris Jericho react after losing the WWE championship match, and presumably, the title of best in the world to CM Punk?
  • Will the WWE let the stupid Eve/Ryder angle go away and let The Long Island Iced Z actually have a decent storyline?
  • Will Daniel Bryan or Sheamus make an appearance, or will they save that for Smackdown?
  • What will HHH, Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels say about the Undertaker going to 20-0?
  • Will Batista and/or Brock Lesnar make an appearance?

Shawn Michaels had an interview with Brian Fitz of Between The Ropes about his role at Wrestlemania. He also teased something big for RAW.

#WrestleMania 28 Tonight: Story Recap

#WrestleMania Stage – First look

Wrestlemania dark match announced – triple threat tag team championship match

#WrestleMania 28 Predictions: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menuonos vs Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres

#WrestleMania 28 Predictions: Randy Orton vs Kane

#WrestleMania 28 Predictions: Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes vs The Big Show

#WrestleMania 28 Predictions: Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus

#WrestleMania 28 Predictions: Team Teddy vs Team Johnny

#WrestleMania 28 Predictions: @CMPunk vs @IAmJericho

#WrestleMania 28 Predictions: Undetaker vs HHH – Hell in a Cell (Posting at 11am)

#WrestleMania 28 Predictions: The Rock vs John Cena (Posting at 4pm)

Day Before #WrestleMania – Rumors

When worlds collide Mike Tyson meets the Iron Shiek

Mike Tyson at the annual #WrestleMania Pro Am Golf

Mike Tyson is part of WWE Divas Eve and Layla’s flash mob at @WrestleMania#Axxess!

John Cena reveals the origin of “You Can’t See Me”

Who is #WWE Superstar John Cena?

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is ready for #WrestleMania 28

Report: #WWE rehires Fit Finlay

CM Punk Answers Twitter Questions on Video

Sheamus talks #WrestleMania, motivation, WWE ’12

@WWE#AXXESS Our very lucky on the scene reporter at WWE AXXESS

Day Before #WrestleMania – Rumors

We’ve had reports in the last 24 hours of the following people being on site for WrestleMania:

Brock Lesnar
Dave Bautista
Amy Dumas (Lita)

Lita is most likely there to support Edge for his Hall of Fame Induction.

Lesnar and Bautista could be there for any reason, from appearing at the event for some reason to simply being there because they are friends with current superstars. Lesnar is known to be ‘close’ to the Undertaker, and UT has famously gone to Lesnar’s UFC bouts.

Bautista has said that he was not happen with the direction of the WWE, so seeing him return to action would be a surprise.

More as it develops.