Here’s a hot picture of WWE/NXT Diva Summer Rae, who was recently introduced as Fandango’s new dancer.
Our predictions for tonight:
Rock vs Cena
Triple H vs Brock Lesnar
Del Rio vs Swagger
Orton, Sheamus, & Show vs The Shield
Barrett vs Miz
Ryback vs Mark Henry
Hell No vs Team AJ
Jericho vs Fandango
Tons of Funk + Funkadaclys vs Rhodes Scholars + Bella Twins
Undertaker vs Punk
Two title changes: The WWE and Tag Team titles. Cena gets help winning. This will either turn him heel or start a slow heel turn for him.
I believe, without Bearer’s death, Punk was going to win and break the streak. The way they’ve built it, though, I can’t see Taker losing.
Here is the final card for tonight’s WWE WrestleMania 29 pay-per-view:
WWE Championship Match:
The Rock (c) vs. John Cena
The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
No Holds Barred Match:
(If Triple H loses, he must retire)
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack Swagger
Randy Orton, Sheamus & The Big Show vs. The Shield
WWE Tag Team Championship Match:
Team Hell No (c’s) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Brodus Clay, Tensai & The Funkadactyls vs. Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow & The Bella Twins
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
Wade Barrett (c) vs. The Miz
A Battle Royal Match
In anticipation for WrestleMania 29, we’ve put together a huge compilation of all the rumors surrounding the event
In anticipation for WrestleMania 29, we’ve put together a huge compilation of all the rumors surrounding the event. Enjoy!
Rumors for the Day:
Rumors have been popping up recently that the trio of Dolph Ziggler, Big E Langston, and AJ Lee could be in for a sizable push following WrestleMania 29. Ziggler and Langston have a match set at WrestleMania against Team Hell No for the tag team titles and, of course, Ziggler still carries the Money in the Bank briefcase for a guaranteed shot at the world heavyweight championship. Despite this, there is some doubt that Ziggler and Langston will come away with any of the aforementioned titles at the event itself. Early advertising for May’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view has Alberto Del Rio taking on Jack Swagger in a submission match, so it is unlikely that Ziggler cashes in to the take the world heavyweight title out of that picture. Additionally, the tag team division is still lacking a quality “face” team behind Team Hell No. This was rumored to be a reason that Team Rhodes Scholars never got to take the titles away from Hell No. Tons of Funk may be being built up as such a team, and they are expected to defeat the Rhodes Scholars and Bella twins in a mixed tag team match at WrestleMania, so perhaps they will become the foil to Ziggler and Langston in the event they take the titles. Regardless, this is a situation worth keeping an eye on.
John Cena recently gave an interview to NorthJersey.com. In it, he basically says a heel turn won’t be happening anytime soon, or possibly ever. Granted, it could be an elaborate work, but as with any rumor hinting at any changes to Cena’s “superhero babyface underdog” character, it’s best to wait and see before getting too excited. Previous rumors indicated that Cena may be an “edgier” character following the event, however.
Speaking of interviews, CM Punk also gave one to ESPN.com. One interesting nugget of information there is that Punk doesn’t believe that WWE has any type of “locker room leader” like Undertaker used to be back in the day. Specifically:
“I’m not really sure anybody could fill Taker’s shoes, and I don’t think anybody is trying to, either. God help us all if I’m the leader, but when you look around the landscape, there’s really nobody else besides myself and John Cena. That’s about it.”
Yesterday, we mentioned that 2012 WWE Hall of Fame class headliner, Edge, would not be attending this weekend’s festivities. Some of the past WWE greats who are expected to attend include: Bret Hart, Tommy Dreamer, Mil Mascaras, Dos Caras, Diamond Dallas Page, and Jake Roberts.
One rumored reason as to why U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro doesn’t have a WrestleMania 29 match is because WWE was planning to have Sin Cara challenge for the title. (This is why Sin Cara defeated Cesaro several weeks ago on Main Event.) Sin Cara, however, suffered a concussion in a match against Jack Swagger and was not cleared to wrestle until early last week.
While this year’s WrestleMania has been blasted by critics for being too predictable, WWE may still have a few tricks up their sleeve to keep things interesting. Rumors abound of several possible heel turns at the event. In particular, major speculation is surrounding Ryback as a possible candidate to turn heel. There is also speculation that he may feud with John Cena for the WWE title following the event, using his elimination by Cena at January’s Royal Rumble as a basis.
Despite his advanced age (48) and countless injuries and surgeries (include two on his hip and shoulder since last year’s WrestleMania,) Undertaker appears to be in excellent shape according to backstage sources. He reportedly returned 30 pounds overweight but has been working since then to lose the weight and improve his conditioning.
If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you’d like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Please remember, these are merely rumors. Try not to take them too seriously, just have fun with them.WRe
WWE has announced that Paul Bearer, real name Percy Pringle, died on the night of March 5th. He was 58. Bearer was the longtime manager of The Undertaker, and also the manager and storyline father of Kane.
In his real life job, Pringle was a funeral director. He was brought in to WWE for the express purpose of managing the Phenom.
Expect a tribute on Raw Monday, and possibly a Hall of Fame induction to honor him as he passes so close to WrestleMania 29.
The Undertaker will return on tonight’s ‘Old School’ Raw.
On Saturday, April 6, 2013, real estate mogul, best-selling author and perennial thorn in Mr. McMahon’s side Donald Trump will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame alongside Bruno Sammartino, Mick Foley, Bob Backlund and Trish Stratus in Madison Square Garden. (TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW)
“Donald is a global icon whose status brought an unmatched level of publicity and grandeur to WWE,” WWE Chairman and CEO Mr. McMahon said.
The star and co-producer of the hit NBC series, “The Apprentice” — which premieres its 13th season on Sunday, March 3 — Trump has been a key figure in WWE since 1988 when his Trump Plaza hosted WrestleMania IV. The following year, WrestleMania V emanated from the same building, making it the first venue to present consecutive Show of Shows. (TRUMP’S FULL PROFILE)
The Donald’s most lasting impact on WWE occurred at WrestleMania 23 when he put his famous head of hair on the line against Mr. McMahon’s mane in a “Battle of the Billionaires.” A record number of viewers tuned in to see Trump back Bobby Lashley to victory over Mr. McMahon’s Umaga and then shave The Chairman’s head in front of more than 80,000 WWE fans.
“It was literally the thrill of a lifetime performing in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans during the ‘Battle of the Billionaires’ match at WrestleMania 23,” Donald Trump said.
Trump wasn’t done with Mr. McMahon just yet as he returned in 2009 to purchase Monday Night Raw from his rival. The following week, The Donald presented the show commercial-free and gave every fan in attendance a full refund. Mr. McMahon was so incensed with Trump’s actions that he was cornered into buying his program back for twice the price. (PHOTOS OF TRUMP)
“I’ve always enjoyed and respected WWE’s brand of entertainment and look forward to the ceremony in my hometown at Madison Square Garden,” the Chairman and President of The Trump Organization said.
Want to be there when The Donald enters the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6? Tickets for the Induction Ceremony are on sale now and available at the MSG box office, online at Ticketmaster.com and various Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $50 to $150.
At the same event that Undertaker made his in-ring return to WWE, Jack Swagger won a match with ‘The Human Botch Machine’ Sin Cara. This was despite him being taken off the show originally following his arrest on DUI, speeding, and marijuana possession.
With his character being red hot with the complaints from conservative commentators, WWE probably viewed the attention outweighing the negative press. We will find out for sure tomorrow on Raw, but it looks right now as if the arrest won’t affect Swagger facing Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 29.
Wrestling Legend The Undertaker returned to action at last night’s house show in Waco, Texas. He teamed with Sheamus to take on Wade Barrett and Damien Sandow.
Although unconfirmed, this seems to indicate that Taker will appear tomorrow night on Raw, and will work WrestleMania 29.
WWE released the following Tout of his entrance:
Taker won the match with a Tombstone Piledriver on Sandow.
Following his criticism over the portrayal of WWE Superstars Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter, WWE has extended a formal invitation to talk show host and political commentator Glenn Beck to appear on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw.
WWE’s invitation stems from Beck’s recent segment in which he discussed the ongoing rivalry between World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio, No. 1 contender Swagger and his self-styled mentor Colter. In the segment, Beck specifically directed his comments toward the character of Swagger, recently reinvented as a xenophobic “Real American” who delivers anti-immigration “State of the Union” addresses as the antagonist to the Mexican hero Del Rio. Beck inferred that Swagger’s persona, along with that of Colter as his mentor, would offend WWE’s “conservative” fan base. Beck also referenced WWE as “stupid wrestling people” in the segment, which aired Thursday on The BlazeTV.
WWE is in the entertainment business, creating characters and stories that revolve around our Superstars as well as culturally significant current events. Given Mr. Beck’s comments, WWE is formally extending an invitation to him to address our 14 million weekly viewers and global fan base — as well as the live audience of the WWE Universe — on WWE programming this Monday night. We look forward to Mr. Beck’s reply and the opportunity to have him on Raw.
Rob Van Dam was arrested in August 2006 with 18 grams of weed and another substance in his car. His passenger, Sabu, received a $1000 fine from WWE. RVD was written off TV the following Monday and suspended for 60 days without pay. At the time, RVD was the dual ECW and WWE champion. Needless to say, he was no longer champion when he was suspended.
All things considered, this is a very similar situation to Swagger. Biggest push he’s ever had, and was arrested after a traffic stop due to possession of a controlled substance. The DUI and speeding of Swagger bring the two events into similarity, because by all accounts, Swagger had a lot less than 18 grams of weed on him.
I expect one of two things. Either Swagger gets suspended tomorrow and loses his WrestleMania World Heavyweight Championship slot, or on Monday he loses it in a match and is then suspended.
WWE may do it off air, because of the backlash they were already receiving about Swaggers character. With this event on top of that, WWE may want to just wash their hands of this for at least 30 days and let someone else have the championship spot at WM.
There is plenty of talent available for the fill in, especially with the long time period still to go before the event. It will probably be made into a triple threat, either Del Rio vs Henry vs Orton, or Del Rio vs Jericho vs Ziggler. With Jericho out of the country touring with Fozzy the next two weeks, it would be hard to explain his inclusion. They could simply have Ziggler announce he will claim the spot with his briefcase, however.
We will probably know a lot of answers tomorrow when WWE has had time to go over their options.
Bruno Sammartino is to professional wrestling what Babe Ruth is to baseball.
The legendary grappler is the longest reigning WWE (then WWF) champion of all-time, with two title reigns spanning an eye-popping 11-plus years. And his legacy of headlining Madison Square Garden over 200 times is what turned the Italian-born brawler into a worldwide sensation.
So it’s only fitting that Sammartino will be the main attraction at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on April 6 at MSG.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Madison Square Gardens is the biggest thing in my life,” Sammartino said in an exclusive interview for ESPN Playbook. “Any time that people feel that you accomplished enough to enter into a Hall of Fame, of course this is a tremendous, tremendous thrill for me. I had a lot of my success due to appearing at the Garden. I wrestled there over 200 times, it’s where I won the title, and it’s where I picked up 630-plus pounds of Haystacks Calhoun.”
And while Sammartino had turned down the WWE’s previous offers of inducting him into its Hall of Fame due to a well-documented feud with the wrestling organization’s CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon over a wide range of issues — from Sammartino not liking the vulgar direction the product took during the Attitude Era to Sammartino’s criticism of drug abuse by members of the roster back in the 80s — it was WWE executive Paul Levesque (aka Triple H) who stepped in and finally changed the legend’s mind.
“In talking to Paul Levesque, I made it clear, I’ve had issues with WWE and wrestling in general, because there were other organizations,” Sammartino said. “I didn’t like the direction they had taken. It was bothersome to me. I’m an old-school guy. I spent 25 years in this business. But after talking to Paul, and him explaining to me the changes they’ve made in their program, and how they’ve hired a doctor like Dr. Maroon, who is a world renowned neurosurgeon, who also operated on me, and now that he has been put in charge of the company’s wellness program and their drug testing, that impressed me. I know what kind of a man he is, and he is a giant in that field, so I take my hat off to WWE because they took such huge steps to make things better for the wrestlers themselves and making sure they are healthy to perform. That was very, very important.
“But as Paul explained to me, WWE made a lot of other changes. There’s no more profanity, there’s no vulgarity in the current product, and that stuff had bothered me as well. When Paul first spoke to me and told me all the changes, I started watching it again and I was very convinced that they are doing amazing things. I see the wrestlers and all the changes they made. There’s no profanity, there’s no vulgarity, and it’s a family-friendly program. That’s what it used to be, and that’s a huge role in the whole factor.”
In finally signing Sammartino, WWE sees this as an opportunity to not only celebrate everything he has done for the business, but to add legitimacy to its Hall of Fame.
“From a legitimacy standpoint, it’s important for us to get Bruno in,” Levesque said. “He’s one of the biggest names there has ever been in the business. So for us to not have him in there, for the legitimacy of the whole thing, it was a major issue. For me, the more important thing was that nobody deserves to be recognized for being a big star and paving the way for the stars of today more than Bruno. Everything that we have today in the business, Bruno was a cornerstone of that foundation. He truly is a living legend.
“As we started getting into Hall of Fame season, it’s almost like this storyline wrote itself. To have Bruno Sammartino brought into the Hall of Fame in Madison Square Garden, a building he sold out more than anybody in the world, that’s a remarkable achievement. It was an opportunity to honor Bruno, but it was also an opportunity for our fans.
“There has been this bad blood between Bruno and the WWE for years, and we’re not trying to hide any of it, but I just felt like we are at a point where a lot of it can be resolved. Our wellness program and the way our programming is now, a lot of people are unaware of it, so I felt like if I could get Bruno on the phone and I could run down a list of those things that he didn’t like, I could show him how we changed. We’re PG, family-friendly entertainment with a wellness program that is truly based on the wellness of our performers. We want them to be healthy and live long, productive lives. So I just felt that if Bruno knew about those things, he might feel differently, and eventually, that’s what came to be.”
While Bruno has accepted the WWE’s offer to make an appearance at the Hall of Fame, he still hasn’t had the chance to speak to Vince McMahon, as Levesque is organizing a sit-down so the two can resolve any lingering issues face-to-face.
“Clearly, Vince knew about this right from the get-go, and when I said I wanted to reach out to Bruno, Vince was probably thinking, ‘Well, good luck with that,’” Levesque said. “So Bruno and I established this relationship and as we came to an understanding on all of this, Vince asked me, ‘Hey, do you think I should call Bruno? I’d like to talk to him.’ At the same time, Bruno said, ‘Do you think I should have a conversation with Vince?’ And I said no to both of them. I didn’t think it was right to do over the phone. They had bad blood for a long time, and we’ve all kind of buried the hatchet here, and it’s a new beginning and a fresh start and everybody is in a great place with this, but going back to what Bruno said about being old school, I think we should all get in the same room together and the two of them should look each other in the eyes and shake hands. This should be in person. I don’t think it’s right to do over the phone. They both agreed to do that, and while it hasn’t happened yet, Hall of Fame is probably where we’ll make that happen. Vince and Bruno will see each other for the first time in years and officially, in person, look each other in the eyes and bury that hatchet.”
As for trying to keep the announcement a secret, “it’s not ‘Mission Impossible’ or anything like that,” laughs Levesque, “but to me, Bruno getting into the Hall of Fame in Madison Square Garden is the biggest induction we’ve ever done, and rightfully so. He deserves that. So to just have it leak out there, that would’ve been wrong. This is a huge moment in time, and a massive moment for our fans, for Bruno, and for WWE. This is the history of our business. Without Bruno Sammartino, we aren’t where we are today.”
WWE and the USA network released the following to the press regarding. Last nights Raw. It was the best rated Raw since Raw 1000 as well as the second best of the three hour Raw era. The post Rumble show always does well, so this is not overly surprising, even if the numbers were a little higher than expected.
John Cena will defeat WWE Champion The Rock at WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium on April 7th to become the new WWE Champion and end their more than two year feud.
Some of the rumored surprise entrants in the Royal Rumble match include Chris Masters, Carlito, Shelton Benjamin, and John Morrison.
Also expected to enter the match are Billy Gunn and Road Dogg Jesse James.
The following list is the 20 confirmed entrants to the match:
Dolph Ziggler (has to choose between the No. 1 or No. 2 spot)
The Great Khali
NXT star Bo Dallas
With The Shield also likely to enter the match, that leaves 1 spot of the 30 empty, which would likely go to one of Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, or Ricardo Rodriguez.
Former WWE Diva Sunny, real name Tammy Sytch, was arrested again according to the New Haven Register. The local Branford, CT police have not released details of the arrest.
She has recently undergone WWE sponsored rehab after being arrested 5 times in a week for domestic violence.
Multiple reports are stating that Eve’s contract with the WWE is up and she will be leaving the WWE in the very short term. Short enough that she will lose the Divas title tonight on the 20th anniversary episode of Monday Night Raw and possibly have that be her last appearance with the company. She is schedule to compete against Kaitlyn tonight in a Divas title match.
|It seems Bret “The Hitman” Hart was not happy with his last appearance for WWE at RAW 1000 according to PWInsider.com.
Hart was contacted by WWE to be at the 20th anniversary show tonight but apparently Hart would only attend if creative had something good for him to do. He didn’t like how he was only used for a small ringside appearance at the historical show in July.
No word yet on if WWE and Hart did come to an agreement on something for tonight.
According to PWInsider, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are expected to be at tonight’s 20th anniversary show of RAW in Houston.
Michaels was the Intercontinental Champion on the very first episode of RAW and The Undertaker was in the main event of the first RAW. The Undertaker has been rumored to take on CM Punk for WrestleMania 29. It’s possible we could see a tease of The Undertaker’s WrestleMania feud tonight.
With Michaels and Undertaker both being Texas residents, the show being in Houston helps with them being available.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is also rumored to appear, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
According to PWInsider.com, Randy Orton could be taking some time off in 2013. The reason noted is to handle a personal family issue. The time off is said to have nothing to do with injury or a wellness violation.
F4Wonline.com reports Santino Marella suffered a neck injury at this past Friday’s WWE live event in Austin, Texas.
He was taken off the road for further evaluation to find out how serious the injury is. He was working against Tensai this past weekends so Jamie Noble stepped in and replaced Marella.
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Colt Cabana posted a photo from backstage at the WWE Monday Night RAW taping in Newark, New Jersey noting that he was using “TOUT” for the first time. Steve “Brooklyn Brawler” Lombardi also noted on Twitter that Cabana was backstage at the show. He was simply visiting friends. Cabana used to work in WWE as “Scotty Goldman” and is best friends with CM Punk in real-life.
On RAW this week, several new matches were announced for this Sunday night’s WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view. WWE announced a #1 contenders Tables Match featuring Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. A #1 contenders Divas Battle Royal match was also announced for the YouTube pre-show.
Here is the updated card for WWE T:C:
Ladder Match – Money In The Bank Briefcase On The Line:
John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler
Chairs Match – World Heavyweight Title Match:
Sheamus vs. The Big Show
Six-Man Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match:
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Kane, Daniel Bryan & Ryback
WWE Intercontinental Title Match:
Wade Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston
WWE United States Title Match:
R-Truth vs. Antonio Cesaro
Tables Match -#1 Contendership For The Tag-Team Titles:
Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow
YouTube Pre-Show – #1 Contender’s Divas Battle Royal:
Tamina Snuka, Aksana, AJ Lee, Natalya , Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox & Others
WWE.com has learned WWE Champion CM Punk is currently undergoing surgery on his knee in Pensacola, Fla.
Last night, after Ryback drove him through a table, The Straight Edge Superstar took a late night flight to Florida for an emergency consultation with Dr. James Andrews. A review of his condition resulted in the WWE Champion’s immediate surgery today. (PHOTOS FROM RAW)
WWE.com will continue to report on Punk’s condition as more details become available.
No word on how this will effect Punk’s 380 day (as of today) title reign – if he will be allowed to hold onto the title until he is well enough to go, or if he will be forced to vacate it.
Probably means Ryback’s push ends.
Barbie Blank (fka, bka WWE Diva Kelly Kelly) had a ‘sneak preview’ photo removed from her Facebook account. She has since posted it to Twitter.
— Barbie Blank (@TheBarbieBlank) November 19, 2012
The WWE sent out the following tweet today:
@WWE: BREAKING: WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon to deliver #StateofWWE Address on Monday’s #Raw. Details: http://t.co/OR1vYaEG
With recent rumors stating Vince is very upset with the current state of Raw, could he shake things up with some changes? Or is he simply going to brag about the amount of programming they now produce each week?
With less than a month until the elections, don’t expect anything shocking. He won’t do anything to hurt Linda’s election chances.
The other side of this is that it gives CM Punk someone to interrupt this week, which may be all this is.
We would have gone with a pile driver, but his move was OK, too.
Former WWE star Shawn Daivari told TMZ that he performed an expert wrestling move and saved the day when a passenger went berserk on an airport-bound train out of Minneapolis on Thursday.
The perp reportedly threatened to kill everyone on the train and was yelling racial slurs, but Daivari wasn’t having that. He says he used a rear naked choke hold – classic move — to subdue the would-be killer.
He told the site it was all he could think to do at the time. He and other passengers had pressed an emergency button to call for help, but nobody came.
“I wasn’t going to wait any longer to see if a cop showed up,” Daivari said.
Witnesses said Daivari squeezed the violent passenger’s neck so hard he peed his pants. Then the wrestler threw the man out at the next stop.
Metro Transit Rail told TMZ that “Metro Transit police responded after being alerted by the train operator to a fight on board. The investigation is ongoing.”
Daivari left WWE in 2007 for live TNA wrestling, according to ProWrestling.net. No matter what organization he’s a part of, at least he’s proven that pro wrestling is real, as some Twitter users pointed out.
The following is from PWTorch.com:
Tuesday afternoon Jerry Lawler update – friends of Jerry Lawler’s family tell PWTorch that Lawler had three stints put in Monday night following a heart attack. Lawler still has not spoken since passing out during Raw.
The story about Jerry Lawler’s heart attack and collapse last night on Raw has been covered in many major news sources this morning, and would probably be a lot more if it wasn’t the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
Smith Hart, Bret Hart’s brother, said last night that Lawler was ‘clinically dead’ for 20 minutes before being revived by defibrilator. Smith heard this second-hand, from an independent wrestler named Jeremy Prophet, who was backstage at Raw last night.
WWE.com has the following statement on its website currently:
Jerry “The King” Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night’s broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal. We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family.
Here is video of Lawler being carried out. They take him into the crowd to avoid him being seen by the cameras as he was brought to the back for treatment.
Lawler’s girlfriend posted the following on her Facebook page:
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers. It has been confirmed that Jerry did have a heart attack…he is in stable condition and breathing on his own & heart is stable. I’m getting on the first flight out of here to be with him & will keep everyone posted. He is a strong man and we will get him back at his best as soon as I can get him home! I love you so so much baby!
Lawler had wrestled earlier in the night in a tag match with Randy Orton against the team of Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk. Orton pinned Ziggler to win the match. If it turns out that this is Lawler’s last match, not bad company to have it with.
WWE Hall of Famer, legend, and announcer Jerry Lawler collapsed during a match between The Prime Time Players and Kane and Daniel Bryan on the broadcast of Raw tonight from Montreal.
He was seen visibly slumped over during the match, and the competitors near him looked concerned. Michael Cole has given two updates, one that he was getting CPR and that this was ‘not part of tonight’s entertainment’ and the other that Lawler was taken to a medical center and was now breathing on his own.
Cole said that out of respect to Lawler, he would not be doing any further commentary tonight.
Cole’s third update went into much more detail, and said Lawler is much more responsive now, and awaiting a CAT scan.
More as it happens.
Source: The Wrestling Observer
As of Saturday, the plan was not to have Pat Patterson appear live on RAW. As many of you know by now, WWE has been billing the event as “Pat Patterson Appreciation Night”. The plan is to do something similar to what they recently did with the “Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night”.
WWE Monday night RAW is being held from Patterson’s hometown of Montreal. He’s been affiliated with WWE since the late 70s when he had a run with Bob Backlund for the title. He’s also worked as a booker, announcer, agent and head of talent relations during his WWE tenure. He is also the man behind the Royal Rumble concept.
As far as Bret Hart is concerned, he will appear live on the show. The angle between CM Punk, Paul Heyman and John Cena will also continue.
James Laurinaitis, the son of WWE legend Road Warrior Animal and nephew of John Laurinaitis, has signed a 5 year extension with the St Louis Rams of the NFL worth $41.5m, with $23.5m guaranteed. In the NFL, the guaranteed number is the only important number, as contracts rarely are played out to their full length without being changed.
James was an exceptional college player for Ohio State before being signed by the Rams in 2009. He has had three very good seasons on a team that has been near the bottom of the league.
The following was reported today as an ‘exclusive’ from WrestleZone.com
WZ has learned today that plans for the WWE Network have been put on hold indefinitely. At this point, the network hasn’t a single deal signed with cable providers, and while WWE was considering making the network a pay channel, similar to HBO, internal studies have shown less than 100,000 homes would be willing to pay a monthly fee.
Additionally, WZ has learned through sources close to the head of the HR department and the VP of programming, that all hiring for the network has been frozen. In fact, we have been told any new hires that have been made for the network are in jeopardy of being terminated.
Initially, the launch was pushed to November 12th of this year, then to February of 2013, but as of this writing the network is not going forward at all. We’ve been told WWE failed to realize what a big onset and investment the network would be, and NBC Universal was going to sell WWE part of its Universal HD channel, but WWE balked and wanted its own network.
Now, with no infrastructure set up at all, we’ve been told a network would be virtually impossible to create in 6-12 months.
Paul Heyman returned to WWE TV at the very end of Monday’s Raw to begin associating with WWE champion C.M. Punk. Earlier in the night, Punk left Raw in a getaway car. Punk then returned at the end of the show to KO John Cena, allowing Alberto Del Rio to pin Cena in the main event. Heyman then revealed himself to be the driver of Punk’s getaway car as Raw signed off.
The show-ending developments sets up an angle to play out throughout the fall season as WWE begins head-to-head competition with Monday Night Football and fall TV programming next week.
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.
@cmpunkWhy you used blades?it looked so fake, suddenly blood, come on!
— chatou (@funkygirl45) August 29, 2012
The staples are fake too. twitter.com/CMPunk/status/…
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) August 29, 2012
I paid Charles Robinsonsfine. #respect
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) August 29, 2012
And yes, I have more power than you could possibly imagine.
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) August 29, 2012
500k fine. Drop in the bucket. Bucket of blood!
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) August 29, 2012
— Jeff Farmer (@JumpinJeffYep) August 29, 2012
Tyler Reks (real name Gabe Tuft) has left the WWE. He posted the following statement on Facebook and Twitter.
I just want to say thank you to WWE, Inc. for allowing me to be part of an incredible entertainment experience. On Monday, I asked for my release and the company was gracious enough to grant my request.
I realized recently that being a Superstar means sacrificing certain things, including time with my family. As a new father, my heart broke every time I had to leave to go on the road. I didn’t ever want to miss another moment with my daughter, so I made the decision to be a full time dad and hang up my boots.
I will miss everyone in the locker room tremendously as they have all become a second family to me. I want to thank my coaches and teachers that really helped me along the way: Fit Finlay, Arn Anderson, Edge, Christian, Kane, Jericho, Dr. Tom, Norman Smiley, and Billy Kidman.
I also want to thank my boys. You know who you are. Especially though, a huge thank you to Hawkins. You were like a brother to me the last year and I’ll miss you and will always love you bro. I wish you the best and thanks for understanding that I had to go be a dad. When she’s older, and able to realize what happened, I know Mia will thank you as well.
Thanks to all the dedicated fans of #ReksAndHawkins and to The #RekkingCrew. I would never have survived without you.
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Chris Jericho tweeted the following:
Thanks to all of my Jerichoholics for an amazing 9 months! I have the BEST fans and I promise u haven’t seen the last of Y2J! See u on tour
And congrats to @heelziggler for finally winning the big one….
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) August 21, 2012
And a WWE.com exclusive video was posted here:
Jericho is going on tour with his band, Fozzy, after the recent release of their new album.
WWE star The Miz revealed in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that WWE has begun voice-over work for their new co-produced Scooby Doo movie due out in 2014. “I just did voice-over work for it yesterday (earlier last week), and it was fun,” Miz said. “But, you know what is weird about that? You are doing voice-overs, and you are just standing there with a microphone. To get you into the character, like say my character was running, then I would be running in place next to the microphone. It doesn’t look that cool. But, I guarantee you that the movie will be laugh-out-loud funny and the movie seems like it will be really good. It’s going to be weird to see myself animated, although I am already pretty animated in real life.”
[ LINK: Miz's full interview can be read at LATimes.com - http://lat.ms/Nch4jo ]
“Limp Bizkit” frontman Fred Durst was not kicked out of Staples Center following his middle-finger to the camera during WWE’s Summerslam broadcast Sunday night, according to a TMZ report. Durst reportedly left ringside to apologize to WWE…and beat the L.A. traffic out of the arena.
“We appreciate Fred’s apology,” a WWE spokesperson told TMZ. “However, we take our family-friendly environment very seriously and this was a violation of that. We sincerely apologize to our fans.” Durst tweeted about his departure, saying, “I was leaving to beat the traffic! Haha, security escorting me out?? WWE is family. hahaha. Is this really a rumor? Amazing. My boys at WWE are cracking up! Note — never leave early to beat traffic!”
[ LINK: Report at TMZ.com - http://bit.ly/QTfm1e ]
WWE released a post-Summerslam video of Paul Heyman telling WWE’s website that Brock Lesnar will kick off Monday’s three-hour Raw “answering questions” following his PPV main event victory over Triple H. Monday’s Raw is Lesnar’s last advertised TV appearance for the time being.
Video URL: http://bit.ly/P8wMYt
The official website of WWE Corporate has updated Stephanie McMahon’s bio and it is noted that as Executive Vice President of Creative, her duties have expanded to overseeing the creative development of all WWE print, digital and social media content, in addition to television and pay-per-view programming, print. She is also listed as a member of the Board of Directors for the social media company, Tout, Inc., which WWE has invested in.
Preshow: United States Championship Match – Santino Marella (c) vs. Antonio Cesaro
I can’t see Cesaro going over yet. He gets little to no reaction from the live audience, regardless of the IWC or people who watched him in ROH. If it wasn’t for Aksana, he wouldn’t even be on TV.
Winner: Santino Marella
WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (c) vs. The Prime Time Players
The tag division is a strange place. Primo and Epico were picking up victories over PTP left and right, and then they just got left behind. Now with AW being released, I can’t see PTP being able to hold the titles on their own right now.
Winners: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth
Intercontinental Championship Match – The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio
Mysterio has floundered since coming back from injury and suspension. The Miz came back from filming The Marine 3 and was given the IC title right away. Regardless of Mysterio’s win over The Miz to get this title opportunity, I don’t think the powers that be want him getting a push right now.
Winner: The Miz
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Easy one to choose. Kane doesn’t need to win. However, they want to keep Bryan looking strong.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
Jericho is leaving soon and Ziggler is going to cash in the briefcase and get a WHC-feud. However, I think they are going to give Jericho a ‘thank you’ for him doing the job to anyone and everyone this run, and let him have someplace to go when he comes back next time – directly into a feud with Ziggler.
Winner: Chris Jericho
WWE Championship Triple Threat Match – CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Big Show
Big Show will not win. He doesn’t even have to be in this match. Waste of time. With Punk already attacking The Rock and feuding with him on Twitter, I find it hard to see him losing the belt between now and Royal Rumble.
Winner: CM Punk
World Heavyweight Championship Match – Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Sheamus demanded to have this match put back on. That doesn’t bode well for him winning it. I see some sort of dirty finish with Del Rio winning the title. Then Sheamus destroys Del Rio after the bell, and Ziggler comes down to cash in Money in the Bank. This might even happen BEFORE Ziggler vs Jericho.
Winner and new World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
The WWE has made Lesnar look pretty bad. While he dominated Cena before losing, since then he’s looked downright horrible. He takes this win to push him into whoever he feuds with next.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
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.
PWTorch.com reports that WWE wrestler/announcer William Regal has been added to a Q&A session at Mick Foley’s post-Summerslam comedy event Sunday night after Summerslam. Regal tweeted Thursday that he will be part of the event scheduled for the Hollywood Improv a few hours following the Summerslam PPV in Los Angeles.
PWInsider reported today that WWE had signed Alberto Del Rio’s brother to its developmental territory, NXT (formerly known as FCW).
Here is Memo Montenegro’s profile on the NXT website (still on the FCW domain).
The latest FCW Diva to receive a new ring name from WWE is former independent star, Tenille Tayla.
The Australian Diva revealed via Twitter that her new name going forward is Emma.
The former SHIMMER wrestler wrote on Twitter: “You may now call me…. EMMA!! New ring name – check! Let’s get this show on the road Ready or not here I come #WWE #NXT #DIVA”
Thoughts: Did someone in WWE watch the Spice Girls at the Olympics closing ceremony last night? There is a resemblance between Tenille and Baby Spice, Emma Bunton.
Credit: Chris Blanton & ProWrestling.net
Shawn Michaels was hauled out on a stretcher after RAW went off the air. After he left, Big Show came out and talked about being from Miami and how Miami had winners. He ran down Dallas before John Cena ran down and entered the ring. They fought back and forth until Cena hit a 5 Knuckle Shuffle and then an Attitude Adjustment.
Big Show left and Cena talked about how Dallas was a winning town by proof of all the NBA and NHL banners hanging in the arena. He thanked us for coming and then left.
Justin Roberts thanked us ad said Raw would be back on February 25. There was no dark match as advertised.
Overall, a pretty good show. There was a lot of dead time and it seemed like they were just trying to pass time.
TNA wrestler Kurt Angle ripped WWE champion C.M. Punk on Twitter Monday night. Angle said he was insulted by Punk calling TNA an “indy league,” which was in reference to comments made by Punk during a Comic Con Q&A over the weekend. “Punk wants to Say Tna Is An Indy League? I Was On top in Wwe when You Were trying to Get a Job Anywhere. It Was My Choice to go to Tna,” Angle tweeted. “If I ever See You Punk, Hide Bitch!”
WWE star Chris Jericho is advertised for a pre-Smackdown appearance in Austin, Texas on Tuesday to promote the release of Fozzy’s new “Sin and Bones” album. Jericho is scheduled to appear at the Waterloo Records store in Austin at 1:00 p.m. prior to WWE’s Smackdown taping at the Erwin Center on Tuesday night.
[ LINK: Details on Jericho's appearance can be found at Facebook.com - http://on.fb.me/Mtv8TY ]
– Here is the card for Friday’s CHIKARA debut in Milwaukee, WI at the Miramar Theater…
CHIKARA: “Shoot a Crooked Arrow”
Friday, August 17th, 2012
Live at the Miramar Theater!
Right in Milwaukee, WI!
Doors = 7:00 pm :: Belltime = 7:30 pm
– Gavin Loudspeaker gets you all caught up as Season 11 rolls on full force! We take a look back at our Season 11 iPPV extravaganza “Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur”!
WrestleMania 29 Travel Packages go on sale today and details are available here. WWE Travel Packages include tickets to:
* WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, April 7, 2013
* WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 6, 2013
* WrestleMania Axxess at the IZOD Center, where you can meet your favorite WWE Superstars, from Thursday, April 4 – Sunday, April 7, 2013
* Monday Night Raw at the IZOD Center on Monday, April 8, 2013 (only with 4-night hotel accommodations)
* Hotel accommodations in New York City
The top package is priced at $6,825, with the bottom package set at $875.
WWE announced Friday night that Shawn Michaels will appear on this Monday’s Raw from Dallas leading into the Summerslam PPV. Triple H and Brock Lesnar are also advertised for the show. Michaels added to the show sets up Lesnar to follow through on his threatening statement from this week’s Raw that he will “see Michaels before Summerslam.” Michaels will be in Triple H’s corner for Hunter vs. Lesnar at Summerslam.
After AW (Abraham Washington) made a joke referring to Kobe Bryant and rape last week on Monday Night Raw, stating that Titus O’Neil was “like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado … he’s unstoppable.”, the fans started to wonder how he would be punished. Now we know. According to AW (real name Brian Jossie), he was fired today for that joke, terminating his contract. However, immediately after the joke, WWE (in the form of Michael Cole) issued a live apology for the statement.
A search on Google for ‘Abraham Washington’ does not pull up any main stream (non-sports or wrestling) site mentioning the joke, except for TMZ. Why is that relevant? It means there was no backlash for the joke.
WWE might have had other backstage issues with AW, and are just using the imagined backlash as a way to get him off the roster. However – it doesn’t make sense that they would let him appear twice more on TV after the joke aired.
AW has been all over his old twitter account bashing WWE, and retweeting fans and even Rikishi doing the same.
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.
– Though it would appear that Kelly Kelly is back full-time with WWE following her appearance on RAW, as of a few days ago, she had not committed to a road schedule. She is only committed to working for the next two or three weeks and as an ambassador afterward.
WWE returns to Full Sail University in Florida on Thursday night for the latest set of NXT TV tapings. Main roster stars scheduled for the taping include Sin Cara and Ryback, plus WWE Divas and WWE announcer Jim Ross calling the top matches. The tapings will have fall-out from the conclusion of the NXT Title tournament at the previous set of TV tapings.
[ LINK: Full details at Full Sail's Facebook page at this link - http://on.fb.me/ONd3xo ]
WWE star Randy Orton suggested on Twitter that he will not be appearing on the Summerslam PPV. Upon arriving in Japan for this week’s international tour, Orton fielded a series of questions, including why he’s not on the video promo for Summerslam. Orton replied, “Because unfortunately I’m not working.” Orton has yet to enter into an actual program since returning from a two-month suspension last month, which could keep him off the PPV.
For the past ten years, video content from WWE’s “Attitude Era” (1998–2002) has been edited due to a lawsuit with the World Wide Fund over the WWF initials. All WWF “scratch” logos and references to the initials had to be blurred or edited out. This directive has now changed, at least in part.
In regards to the former “scratch” logo appearing unaltered in video packages in recent weeks, use of the symbol in flashback sequences is permitted after the organization’s legal proceedings with the World Wide Fund were settled in the last quarter. However, it is unclear whether the permission extends to complete matches and other archival footage.
Meanwhile, WWE.com published a photo gallery Tuesday chronicling the long line of Presidents, Commissioners and General Managers that have ruled over sports-entertainment and a shot of Mick Foley donning a T-shirt with the WWF “scratch” logo on display is shown.
Regarding the recent Grantland article about Kevin Nash where he said that wrestling died at WrestleMania 20 when Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero where crowned champions.
Funny how @realkevinnash says wrestling “died” when Benoit and Guerrero were champs-Yet the worst year for WWE biz was 95 when he was on top
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) August 8, 2012
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) August 8, 2012
Shawn Michaels has been added to the Summerslam PPV in two weeks. Michaels announced during Raw that he will be in Triple H’s corner for the headline match of Hunter vs. Brock Lesnar
D.J. Pauly D from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” show has been announced as the Social Media Ambassador for next Monday’s WWE Raw. Pauly D will be part of next week’s Raw broadcast to promote his Summerslam VIP party event during Summerslam weekend in Los Angeles. Pauly D will be tweeting during Raw @DJPaulyD .
This week’s edition of WWE’s “Are You Serious?” YouTube show resumes WCW mockery with focus on Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash’s Fingerpoke of Doom, Hogan’s guaranteed contracts, and WCW Nitro era vignettes on the beach. Plus, mockery of Jim Niedhart on WWF’s Dating Game. The show is hosted by Road Dogg Jesse James and Josh Mathews.
More details have emerged on what led to Kharma (Kia Stevens) parting ways with WWE last month. According to a TMZ report, Stevens became depressed after she miscarried at the end of 2011 and put on more weight, causing her to fall out of wrestling shape. Now, Stevens says she is motivated to get back into shape to return to wrestling.
TMZ also reports that Stevens has been in touch with production companies to document her recovery training to potentially lead to a reality TV deal.
[ LINK: Report at TMZ.com ]
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The Great Khali was released from the hospital this week. After being released, he headed home to Texas. He is expected to be back by WWE‘s Survivor Series pay-per-view event.
WWE/NXT Live Event
Date: August 9, 2012 – 6:30pm
Location: Full Sail Live
WWE/NXT returns to Full Sail University live on August 9, with appearances by superstars Sin Cara and Ryback. The WWE Divas will be on hand, and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross will call all of the WWE/NXT in-ring action. During the event, a selection of local area specialty food trucks will be on site, so come hungry, as the food truck service begins at 5pm.
Available at the Full Sail Live Box Office only:
141 University Park Drive, Winter Park, FL 32792
Monday August 6, 2012 from 4pm to 7pm
Tuesday August 7, 2012 from 4pm to 7pm
Wednesday August 8, 2012 from 4pm to 7pm
Thursday August 9, 2012 from 4pm till Show Start @ 6:30pm
Note: Limited seating, tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.
Four months after The Rock and John Cena clashed in the WrestleMania 28 main event, WWE reported Thursday an official WM28 buy total along with other Second Quarter business results. What was not disclosed were the long-awaited details on what a potential WWE Network will look like. WWE CEO Vince McMahon said during the quarterly conference call that an announcement should be coming in the next quarterly conference call, but WWE management has said that before.
Via the WWE text service, CM Punk will address his actions of leaving Cena to be destroyed by The Big Show and then taking out The Rock as he saved Cena. This will open the show at 8pm.
Raw is now on its regular 3 hour program, and this will be the first without legends and segments to fill a ton of that time, so it is the first true 3 hour test.
Tonight’s show is the actual 1000th episode, as the celebration was moved up a week as to not compete with the Olympics.
WWE Hall of Famers “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Mike Tyson are scheduled to attend a Summerslam Weekend function in Los Angeles, according to WWE announcer Jim Ross. Ross wrote in his latest blog on jrsbarbq.com: “If you see me wandering around L.A. Summerslam weekend, I’m there for a major, THQ function at the Grammy Museum the night before the PPV. Among those scheduled to attend the private affair are @steveaustinBSR and @miketyson, among many others.”
At last nights NXT tapings, the first NXT champion was decided.
Seth Rollins (Tyler Black) defeated Jinder Mahal to win the championship.
Triple H and the rest of the locker room present at the tapings came out to congratulate Rollins on the victory after the match
The Great Khali underwent surgery to remove a tumor on his pituitary gland yesterday.
The tumor is believed to have been what caused him to grow to over 7 feet tall, but if left untreated, could have killed him eventually.
Andre the Giant suffered from the same condition.
On July 23, 2012 WWE celebrated the 1,oooth episode of Monday Night Raw. I watched the show from my home in Los Angeles. After watching the show, I got on my Twitter account, @steveaustinBSR, to read responses to the show. There were many people blaming Vince McMahon and the WWE for not having SCSA on the show. And there were some folks who had some very negative things to say about me, personally.
The reason I did not attend RAW 1,000 was because I underwent a major knee surgery on my left knee on July 2, 2012. Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA performed the surgery.
The surgery was a complete success. I am currently three weeks post op. I began physical therapy a few days ago. I had a world class surgeon and a great medical team working on me. I am now working with a top notch PT team. I am still on crutches and will probably lose the crutches in another week. Then I will be in a custom knee brace much like the braces I wore in the ring for 9-12 weeks.
STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN IS A 100% ASS KICKING MACHINE. There was no way I was going to limp down the ramp on crutches for RAW 1,000. It was time to get my knee fixed. The decision to no-show RAW 1,000 was made by me and no one else. I have always taken pride in making my shots and have never faked an injury or illness. Pro Wrestling is a tough game and it was time to pay the piper for some of the damage I incurred in the ring. No gripes. No complaints.
To the fans that were hoping to see SCSA, I’m sorry I missed the show. I would have loved to be there under different circumstances. I normally keep my personal business to myself, but due to feedback and incorrect speculation, I have posted this blog and given the 411 on why I was not at RAW 1,000.
I will post more blogs about my PT and recovery soon.