December 7, 2007
Funeral arrangements for "Angel of Death" Dave
Posted on 12/06/107 by Bob Magee, Source: www.pwbts.com
(Courtesy: Georgianne Makropoulos)
Thanks to Larry Dwyer for this funeral information on Dave
There will be a MEMORIAL service for Angel of Death (David
Sheldon) this Saturday, December 8th at 3 PM, at North Hills Funeral home, 8525
Mid Cities Blvd., North Richland Hills, TX. 76180. Call 817-581-0777.
A place to meet afterwards will be announced there.
There will be an announcement in the Ft. worth newspaper
Also not WWE News, but I’m posting this everywhere…
BREAKING NEWS/MMA: Sam Vazquez dies, becoming MMA's first
documented fatality (The Fight Network)
Posted on 12/02/107 by Mike Informer
Sammy Vasquez, 35, Becomes MMA’s First Documented Fatality
By Anthony Armstrong
The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed today
that Samuel Vasquez, a 35-year-old mixed martial artist from Houston, Texas,
died on Friday, Nov. 30. A representative for the Joseph A. Jachimczyk Forensics
Center verified the time of death at 8:15 p.m. CST. Vasquez’s death appears to
be the first documented fatality resulting from a regulated MMA fight.
Vasquez (1-2) suffered a third-round knockout loss to Vince
Libardi (4-3) during a Renegades Extreme Fighting bout on Oct. 20 at Houston’s
Toyota Center. After the fight, Vasquez was taken to Saint Joseph Medical
Center’s Critical Care Unit, where he began a 47-day struggle.
The official cause of Vasquez’s death has not been
released, pending a determination from the medical examiner.
During his hospitalization, Vasquez’s wife, Sandra, is
believed to have documented his status on a public comment board at TXMMA.com.
She reportedly wrote that Vasquez underwent surgery to remove a blood clot that
was not a result of the initial injury. This has led to speculation that Vasquez
may have had a pre-existing condition.
According to the comments posted, Vasquez then suffered a
second blood clot, fluid on his brain, brain swelling and a massive stroke that
induced a coma.
The Vasquez family has not spoken directly to the press.
According to a report by Sherdog.com, Vasquez had been
released to an area hospice on Nov. 29. Hospice care is traditionally provided
for patients who have been given six months or less to live.
Paul Erickson, owner of TXMMA.com, photographed the event in
which Vasquez was injured.
“There was nothing out of the ordinary,” Erickson said.
“They scrambled and hit the cage. Sammy stood up and looked a little wobbly.
Then he when down again and the referee called the doctor in. It didn’t seem
like any was out of the ordinary. Sammy was winded and looked exhausted, but he
wasn’t unconscious when they carried him out [on a stretcher]. Everyone was
puzzled at the time because no one could tell when or where he was injured.”
Erickson, who has trained in and covered Texas MMA since
1997, also observed that “the cage was properly padded and reinforced,
everything was inspected before the fights started, and there were no illegal
moves or strikes. This is the frustrating part, in that there’s no easy
In the sport’s 14-year history in the United States, there
had been no serious life-threatening injuries. The only reported death occurred
internationally at a non-regulated event in the Ukraine in 1998 after American
Doug Dedge passed out shortly following his bout. Following his death,
unsubstantiated reports claimed Dedge had a pre-existing medical condition.
In a previous interview, Texas Department of Licensing and
Regulation representative Greg Alvarez said the TDLR was monitoring Vasquez’s
condition closely. “If Sammy’s condition takes a turn for the worse,”
Alvarez said, “we will investigate [the incident] further.”
Alvarez had also stated that TDLR ensured all of the
regulations, licensing and safety checklists were adhered to but had been
reluctant to talk about the night Vasquez was critically injured.
Renegades Extreme Fighting is owned and promoted by Saul
Soliz, a longtime striking coach to Tito Ortiz and Ricco Rodriguez and well
respected figure in the MMA community. Renegades has held 23 events to date.
Soliz has not returned repeated calls for comment.
In her last purported TXMMA.com posting on Nov. 17,
Vasquez’s wife stated, “I do not hold anyone responsible for what has
happened, and I know in my heart that Sammy doesn’t either ... Please do not
speculate as to what, when, where, who or how. It’s part of life, things
Vasquez is survived by his wife, Sandra, and 7-year-old son.
WWE Raw superstar, D.H. Smith made his return to the ring at
the Raw live event in Savannah, Georgia this week defeating Santino Marella.
Smith is returning from his suspension for failing a WWE drug test.
Drew Mcintyre's profile is now up on the roster pages.
Update On Carlito Leaving (Or Not)
Article By: Ryan Clark,
December 4, 2007, 7:26pm
Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
WWE would like Carlito to stay with the company after he gave
his notice a few weeks ago. However, he is leaning towards leaving in a few
On the heels of Booker T leaving WWE a few weeks ago,
apparently they don't want another huge WWE name to make the jump to TNA and
that's why they want to keep him around.
Carlito wants to leave the company because he's upset with
how the company has treated him in recent months not to mention that he feels
WWE has tried to humiliate him.
Trish Stratus has been removed as one of the stars scheduled
for Monday Night Raw’s three hour show. She
has been replaced with Lita.
Flair’s Retirement Plans
Flair Retirement Angle Changed, More On Senshi's TNA Release
Submitted by Mike Shalik on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at
11:07 AM EST
After starting off strong as the centerpiece of the 11/26
RAW, the Ric Flair retirement storyline has taken a new direction. Despite the
fact that this week's RAW took place from South Carolina (Flair country), he did
not appear on this week's show and the angle was not acknowledged. He had been
promoted to appear in the WWE.com RAW preview. Something happened over the past
week that has resulted in the angle being put on hiatus. WWE was expecting
Flair's return on 11/26 to pop a rating but the show drew a typical 3.5. WWE has
been hyping some of "biggest names of all time" to appear on next
week's 15th Anniversary special, but no mention of the Nature Boy. It's likely
that Flair and his retirement angle will be moved over to SmackDown in the next
Stars Now Taking Wellness Policy Very Serious
Written by: Ryan Gray, 12/05/07
Partial Source - Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Regarding the WWE Wellness Policy, backstage everyone is said
to now believe it is real and are taking it very serious. Privately, physiques
are continuing to change, and even one superstar who everyone believed to be
clean (because his physique wasn’t outrageous) has lost a sudden 15 - 20
pounds. One of the biggest things talked about in recent weeks is how certain
guys are still getting around it.
(WWE) RAW Rating Is In
Headline Posted by Ryan Gray on 4:59:49 PM Dec 5, 2007
According to data compiled by Nielson Media Research this
week's edition of WWE Monday Night RAW did a 3.24 cable rating with 4.8 million
viewers tuning in.
Last Week’s Friday Night Smackdown did a 3.23 rating. Source: www.rajah.com
Since ECW did not air until Thursday night, we won't have the rating for this week's ECW until next week's WWE News Bytes.
Night Raw’s Three Hour Special
List Of Possible "Greatest Superstars"
Article By: Kyle Faust, December 4, 2007, 12:12am
The following is the list of wrestlers shown in the graphic
when they hyped Vince McMahon naming the greatest superstar in the history of
Raw next week was as follows:
Diesel – Kevin Nash, Currently working for TNA
Razor Ramon - ?
Hulk Hogan - Actor
Big Show – Training for MMA
Yokozuna - Deceased
Eddie Guerrero - Deceased
Kurt Angle – Currently working for TNA
Lita – Musician
Mick Foley - Author
Booker T – Currently working for TNA
Steve Austin - Actor
Bret Hart – Currently author
The Rock - Acting
I think it is quite evident that a lot of these names will
not be appearing on RAW next week for obvious reasons (a lot of them are in
TNA). Also, Rey Mysterio, who debuted on the Smackdown brand, has since been on
RAW only a handful of times, therefore it probably will not be him.
Storm’s Wrestling School
In Calgary, Canada, is staying busy.
Chris Jericho was recently there working off his ring rust
Harry "D.H." Smith spent part of his 30-day WWE
& Jimmy Hart in talks with Hogan for WrestleMania 24
Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - Scott Adams
Jimmy Hart is currently trying to persuade Hulk Hogan into
coming back for WrestleMania this year. The thought is that if NBC's American
Gladiators is a hit they can use WrestleMania as a vehicle to cross-promote the
Hogan and Vince initially had a fall out early in 2007,
largely because of his SummerSlam payoff. He was originally scheduled to be
Donald Trump's representative at WrestleMania 23 in the role that went to Bobby
Lashley. There were also ideas last year of having Hogan face Big Show or Great
Khali at Ford Field with the idea of duplicating the famous Andre the Giant slam
from 20 years earlier. Another idea that was pondered was to have Shane McMahon
be Hogan's opponent with Khali in the corner (with the idea they couldn't trust
a Hogan vs. Khali match) to build to a slam. The final straw for Hogan was when
the WWE creative team did an angle where they used Jillian Hall to mock his
Hogan and Eric Bischoff had also talked about starting a new
wrestling promotion as a nostalgia tour. The idea would be to take Hogan outside
of North American to markets he had either rarely or never appeared. The talk of
doing a U.S. tour lost a lot of interest after the Memphis show which tested the
market for Hogan vs. Paul “Big Show” Wight by only drawing 2,200 fans. This
was the only Hogan match this year, and since Nick's accident in August all talk
in direction of the promotion has seemed to have been dropped.
With Hogan confirmed for next week's WWE Monday Night RAW
15th Anniversary show it does appear that his relationship with Vince is
News That Does Not Involve the Hogan Clan
Federal Lawsuit against JAKKS Pacific(R) by WWE to Be
MALIBU, Calif.\--Dec. 2, 2007--The Federal court has issued
an order stating that it will dismiss the lawsuit against JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK),
its officers and other defendants in the federal lawsuit initiated by World
Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE). The judge in the action captioned World
Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. v. JAKKS Pacific, Inc., et al., 1:04-CV-08223-KMK
in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, stated in his
order that the Court "has determined that it will grant Defendants' motions
to dismiss Plaintiff's Amended Complaint", and that a "comprehensive
opinion" "will be issued in short order" in which "the
reasons for this decision are explained in detail." The state court
litigation among the parties remains pending.
About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) is a multi-brand company
that designs and markets a broad range of toys and consumer products. The
product categories include: Action Figures, Art Activity Kits, Stationery,
Writing Instruments, Performance Kites, Water Toys, Sports Activity Toys,
Vehicles, Infant/Pre-School, Plush, Construction Toys, Electronics, Dolls,
Dress-Up, Role Play, and Pet Toys and Accessories. The products are sold under
various brand names including JAKKS Pacific(R), Play Along(R), Flying Colors(R),
Creative Designs International(TM), Road Champs(R), Child Guidance(R), Pentech(R),
Trendmasters(R), Toymax(R), Funnoodle(R), Go Fly a Kite(R), Color Workshop(R),
JAKKS Pets(TM) and Plug It In & Play TV Games(TM). JAKKS and THQ Inc.
participate in a joint venture that has worldwide rights to publish and market
World Wrestling Entertainment video games. For further information, visit
This press release may contain forward-looking statements
(within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995)
that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS
Pacific's business based partly on assumptions made by its management. These
statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks,
uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual
outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted
in such statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those
described above, changes in demand for JAKKS' products, product mix, the timing
of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and
pricing, and difficulties with integrating acquired businesses. The
forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which
they are made, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them to
reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release. (C) JAKKS
Pacific, Inc. All Right Reserved.
WWE plots digital strategy (Adweek.com)
Posted on 12/05/107 by Mike Informer
WWE Plots Digital Strategy, December 05, 2007, By Shahnaz
The goal is to distribute its content (100 percent owned by
the WWE) and advertise widely on the Web.
NEW YORK World Wrestling Entertainment hopes to create an
aura of Wrestlemania on a global scale driven by its digital platform.
Digital contributes 7 percent of the company's overall
revenue, but the WWE is aiming for 25-50 percent growth annually, said Michael
Sileck, COO. Sileck revealed plans at the 35th annual UBS Global Media &
Communications Conference this morning.
"We are trying to tap into the strength of the
Internet," he said. The goal is to distribute its content (100 percent
owned by the WWE) and advertise widely on the Web.
This will be core in its strategy to expand internationally,
particularly into emerging markets such as China, Japan and Latin America
(targeting Mexico and South America). The WWE expects to have success in Japan,
given the heritage of wrestling in the country (Sileck was referring to its sumo
culture). Next week, the WWE will formally announce an alliance with Brazilian
TV network Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao. It already has a major distribution
deal with Taj TV in India. The sports entertainment company currently has a
presence in 130 countries outside of the U.S.
The WWE has established an office in Shanghai, and will look
to open outposts in Australia, Brazil and Japan next year. "By developing a
local presence we can expand distribution, particularly through the digital
platform to create advertising and sponsorship opportunities in those
markets," said Sileck.
One of its strategies to drive online traffic is to focus on
continuing WWE plotlines on the Web. "We had one story line where someone
got blown up in a car. We created a message saying, 'For more on this story
line, go to www.wwe.com," said Sileck. Within 20 minutes he said there were
a significant amount of hits.
At present, the WWE is directing everyone to its U.S. Web
site, though the company has a small Japanese Internet presence. By creating a
localized digital presence, this "creates global inventory we can then
monetize, which can become significant over time," said Sileck.
Sileck also emphasized growing mobile opportunities, which
will also be a primary driver in its digital platform, given its predominantly
young male demographic. "Mobile lends itself nicely to our content because
of its relationship with the younger demographics, which are increasingly
looking to this medium to receive content," he said.
RECORDS AND WWE RELEASE RAW ALBUM
Columbia Records is releasing a WWE theme song album titled
'RAW -Greatest Hits - The Music' for the RAW 15th anniversary. The album is
being released on Tuesday December 18th and is the first one released under the
new Columbia Records/WWE Music Group arrangement. 15 tracks will be available
with themes of John Cena, Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Shawn
Michaels, Undertaker, Mr McMahon, Batista, Rey Mysterio,
Chris Jericho, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus, Evolution, Kane and Degeneration-X.
Two bonus tracks are also on the disc which are of Melina and Mr Kennedy.
Latest Card for Armageddon
World Heavyweight Championship - Triple Threat Match: Batista
vs. Edge vs. Undertaker
WWE Championship Match: Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho
Shawn Michaels vs. Mr. Kennedy
Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy
WWE Womens Championship Match: Beth Phoenix vs. Mickie James
Finlay vs. The Great Khali
WWE United States Championship Match: MVP vs. Rey Mysterio
CM Punk & Kane vs. Big Daddy V & Mark Henry
WWE's Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Championship
Wrestling DVD set is now available at K-Mart stores, selling for $19.99 with a
limited time off of 25% off. K-Mart is also having specials on other WWE DVD's
so make sure you go snatch up a good deal.
WWE Superstars Rey Mysterio and CM Punk along with WWE Diva
Layla will be participating in this year’s Boston Globe Santa Sleigh program.
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, from noon- 1 p.m. in Faneuil Hall, the Superstars will help
Santa collect donations from individuals passing by and local companies who
bring corporate donations as well as spread holiday cheer. Since 1956, the Globe
Santa has collected donations to be used to purchase toys for the area’s
underprivileged children. Over the last 50 years, Globe Santa has distributed
books and toys to 2.4 million children who might have gone without. If you are
in the Boston area, stop by Faneuil Hall to say hello to Santa and the
Superstars while helping making it a happy holiday season for area children!
Posted on www.gerweck.net:
from Adam Lebow: Late tonight WWE posted part 2 of Day 1, with Michael Cole
going over all of the gear that WWE is bringing over to Iraq. He does the report
in-flight, and in the background and on B-Roll footage, Superstars that are on
the trip include...
Carlito Caribbian Cool
Not 100%, but it also looked like Ken Kennedy and Undertaker
were both there as well, but the video quality was too low to be 100% certain.
Chris Jericho's band Fozzy has released a DVD of their
performance at the 2005 Download Festival which featured the band playing in
front of the largest crowd of their career.
CANADA/MEDIA: CM Punk attends Canadian event for World AIDS
Day (Mississauga News)
Posted on 12/02/107 by Bob Magee
Sports heroes take on AIDS
By: The Mississauga News
November 30, 2007 - Wal-Mart executive Don Cameron is taking
the fight against AIDS personally.
So, last night he fielded a team of sports all-stars that
simply couldn't lose.
Montreal Canadiens hockey great Jean Beliveau and Toronto
Maple Leafs legend Frank Mahovlich were the superstars in a line-up that also
included an Academy Award winning actor, a red-hot wrestler and a former
Canadian Football League star quarterback at the the sixth annual Teresa Group
charity fundraiser. The swanky affair, a guaranteed sell-out ever year, is
arranged by Canada's toy company executives to raise money for children and
families affected by HIV and AIDS.
Tomorrow is World AIDS Day.
Cameron started the fundraiser his daughter was tested for
HIV after a series of medical procedures. She tested negative, but the turn of
events inspired her father to take up the fight. Last year's event generated
$300,000 for the Teresa Group, a Canadian charity serving children affected by
HIV and AIDS and their families.
In addition to Mahovlich and Beliveau, last night's
star-studded line-up of celebrities included Champ Car Driver Ashley Taws, World
Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star CM Punk, former Toronto Argonaut pivot Matt
Dunigan, Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight and comedian Gerry Dee.
One of hockey's greatest ambassadors, the
distinguished-looking Beliveau sahred his insights with the gathering as he
auctioned off his famous No. 4 jersey for $2,500. He said it was the same jersey
he wore when his team won 10 Stanley Cups.
“In hockey, just like life it is important to be surrounded
by right people,” he said.
Beliveau told hockey fans in the crowd he never regretted his
decision not to become an instant millionaire by joining the World Hockey
Association in 1972, even after he was offered a contract higher than any in his
18 years in the National Hockey League.
“I was 40 years old at that time and I knew it wouldn't be
fair for the team or the fans,” he said.
Mahovlich — The Big M — told fans he took about 2,000
stitches in his head over 21 years. He also shared his frustrations about the
arena of politics.
“Being a senator is not like playing hockey,” Mahovlich
said with a grin. “ In hockey, if you didn't like somebody, you could always
wring his neck on the ice, whereas in the Senate, you sit up in your seat and
wish you could wring his neck.”
Up for auction last night were an array of items including
original autographed sweaters worn by Mahovlich and Beliveau during their many
Stanley Cup wins, a guitar signed by members of rock group Pink Floyd, a light
sabre signed by George Lucas, tickets to a Hannah Montana concert and a puck
autographed by Philadelphia Flyers legend Bobby Clarke.
CM Punk revealed to his fans that 'CM' stands for Cookie
Master, a nickname that dates back to childhood, courtesy of his mother.
“I was a fat little kid very fond of
cookies so my mother called me Cookie Master,” he told the crowd.
Are They Now
Kurt Angle was scheduled to make a court appearance
today for his DUI & Careless Driving arrest back in October. According to
CBS Pittsburgh affiliate KDKA, his court date has been postponed until December
18. KDKA did not report a specific reason for the postponement. sources:
PWInsider.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter, www.lordsofpain.net
Former WWE Champion Rob Van Dam will be a special
guest at Booker T’s PWA show on December 28th in Pasadena, Texas.
CANADA: Brock Lesnar MMA feature shown on Rogers
Posted on 12/05/107 by Adam Lebow Source: www.pwbts.com
Was just watching Sportsnet Connected, and they aired a 3:30
focus feature on Brock Lesnar, and his shift from WWE to NFL to K1 and now to
UFC. The WWE footage that was mostly used was the footage from the ring
implosion angle he did with Big Show on Smackdown a few years back.
The first 3 minutes of the video is available here: http://www2.sportsnet.ca/video/latest/20071204_Brock_unleashes_in_February
After that, they did a 30 second piece with Showdown Joe
Ferraro, who basically said that the UFC took a risk booking this match against
Frank Mir and he expects Lesnar to lose. Interesting that they would do a 3
minute focus on a guy who the Sportsnet analyst doesn't expect to win.
Four-time WWE World Tag Team Champion Sylvain Grenier is
one of the latest additions to the TNA family. He is currently announcing the
French language broadcasts of TNA Impact. He was backstage at the Impact tapings
two weeks ago, but there are no plans for him in TNA past his role as the French
Buff Bagwell, Manny Fernandez, Bob and Brad Armstrong are
all scheduled to be wrestling in Woodstock, Ga at the Hot wheels Skate Center on
Former WWE Superstars, Chris Masters, Rob Conway and
Gangrel are scheduled to be wrestling in Cartersville, GA at the Civic
Center on January 20th.
Sting, currently with TNA and formerly of WWF, has not
signed a contract extension with TNA at this time. It is rumored that he will be
taking off the entire month of
December to spend the holidays with his family.
Alicia Webb, aka Ryan Shamrock in WWE, who lives with
boyfriend Sean Waltman, aka X-Pac in WWE, was a no show at a AAA event in
Mexico. The rumors are that she has receive some major heat from the company due
to her absence.
Scott Hall, aka Razor Ramon in WWE, was a no show at
TNA’s December PPV, Turning Point. Rumors
are that the sent a text message to TNA management late in the day staying he
was suffering from food poisoning. Due to his absence, Showtime Eric Young was
given the vacant spot in the main event.
Tomko, who was injured in Japan last week, has given
word that he is 100% after undergoing an emergency surgery on a muscle injury he
sustained. There were rumors of Robert Roode possibly taking Tomko’s place in
the main event at TNA’s Turning Point PPV, however, those rumors were false,
as Tomko did appear in the main event.
Former ECW wrestler Hack Myers was backstage at
TNA’s Turning Point PPV. He was hired to handle the backstage security.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson isn't scheduled to
be appearing on next week's three-hour 15th Raw anniversary special on the USA
Network. There were earlier reports stating that WWE had contacted Johnson about
appearing on the show. Plans can always change, but as of now he isn't
There's a strong rumor going around the entertainment
industry saying former WWE Diva Rena "Sable" Lesnar/Mero will
have a solid role on the next season of Desperate Housewives as a sister of the
character Edie, played by Nicolette Sheridan, who does resemble Sable in some
ways. Rena is still married to former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar.
Hulk Pulls The Plug On Brooke's Career
Article By: Ryan Clark , December 3, 2007, 2:37pm
The never ending saga of the Hogan family continues.
According to various news sources, Linda Hogan was telling
"anybody who would listen" this past summer that their hit VH1 reality
show "Hogan Knows Best" show was over since she and Brooke were moving
to Los Angeles.
This news ties into an even bigger story, which is that
Brooke's career has been a major source of conflict between Hulk and Linda for
quite some time. Originally, it was Hulk who was pushing for his daughter Brooke
to become a pop star. Hulk and Linda bankrolled much of Brooke's singing career
- an investment which reportedly cost them upwards of $2 million.
Hulk eventually saw the writing on the wall and came to terms
with the fact that Brooke is not the next big pop star. He decided to pull plug
on her career financially, which made Linda furious. Linda is dead set on having
her baby girl become a star and wants some of Hulk's fortune to continue funding