December 14, 2007
to The Troops
WWE’s Tribute to the Troops will air on Monday, Christmas
Eve, December 24, 2007.
Former WWE Champion John Cena made the recent trip to Iraq
for WWE’s Tribute to the Troops special. Cena was featured in photos now
online on www.WWE.com, still wearing a sling
from his torn pectoral muscle.
Pays for Rehab
Jake The Snake Roberts has been placed in rehab by World
Wrestling Entertainment according to the Legends Championship Wrestling website.
"Baby Doll" Nickla Roberts, who is featured on
Legends Championship Wrestling, informed the company that Jake "The
Snake" Roberts was placed in a nine-week rehab program this past Monday by
WWE. Nickla Roberts is the ex-wife of Roberts' half-brother, Sam Houston, who
has stayed in close contact with Roberts. In a recent interview Nickla Roberts
said "Jake needs prayers and support from all of us."
Jake "The Snake" Roberts was last seen in WWE back
in 2005 where he confronted Randy Orton, who was preparing to challenge the
Undertaker at WrestleMania 21. He later had a brief spell in TNA last year.
This looks to be the first former WWE Superstar who has
accepted WWE’s offer to pay for their rehab. Roberts has been known in the
past for abusing substances and comes to little surprise that he has accepted
WWE’s offer. Source: www.prowrestlingfans.com
It appears that Jake is the first former WWE wrestler to
accept WWE’s offer to pay for rehab, at least the first that we are aware of.
Any other WWE wrestler, past or current, should be proud of Jake for taking the
first step and, if you need help, get it now.
Cena is out with a torn pectoral muscle but he did make the
trip to Iraq for the Tribute to the Troops.
Matt Hardy is still out after undergoing an emergency
appendectomy although he is scheduled for a personal appearance (see TNA Talent
Events farther down the page).
Candice Michelle is scheduled to be back to WWE on December
Torrie Wilson is taking time off due to some back problems.
Breaking: Airplane Carrying WWE Talent
Article By: Ryan Clark, December 7, 2007, 2:52pm
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting that
while details are still sketchy, WWE's SmackDown/ECW crew had a huge scare a few
hours ago in Europe.
Apparently after last night's show in Frankfurt, Germany, the
WWE superstars were on a Lufthansa flight that was going to Zurich, Switzerland
(the location of tonight's show). As the aircraft was about to land, another
airplane got in the way of landing. At the last minute the pilot of aircraft
carrying WWE talent was able to get the airplane back in the air.
The aircraft later landed safely. The entire WWE crew was
said to be very shaken up and were even described as being "white as
ghosts" several hours after the scare.
Could someone in WWE please make up their minds
This from The Wrestling Observer:
there's some breaking news on the Ric Flair "win or be
fired" angle. The original plan devised by Steve Austin was to have Flair
appear on all three brands as his win streak continued. If the angle had
continued as planned Flair would have challenged for a heavyweight title at
WrestleMania. WWE has gotten cold feet about the plan though as they pulled
Flair from appearances on both Raw and Smackdown last week. WWE scheduled Flair
for Raw's three-hour show tomorrow night where the story should be continued,
but possibly in a completely different direction. Source: www.angrymarks.com
Despite helping the Raw audience grow 1,205,000 viewers on
11/26, Ric Flair was pulled without explanation from previously planned
television appearances on both 12/2 Raw in Florence, SC and 12/3 in North
Charleston. Flair is booked for Raw on December 10, 2007, but his storyline will
likely focus on the reunion of Evolution (source: The Wrestling Observer
MIKE MOONEYHAM: Decision to pull Flair riles fans
Posted on 12/10/107 by Mike Informer
Decision To Pull Flair Riles Fans
By Mike Mooneyham, Dec. 9, 2007
The formula was to have been fairly simple for last week's
Monday Night Raw at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Ric Flair, the greatest performer in the history of the
business, would make his first live local wrestling appearance in more than
three years. The moment would be even sweeter considering he had returned to WWE
a week earlier following a hiatus of several months. His promo on that week's
edition of Raw, which aired from his hometown of Charlotte, was the highlight of
the show, and his non-title win over WWE champion Randy Orton drew one of the
best numbers in months for the highly rated mat program.
Some local fans remained skeptical, however, recalling past
WWE shows in which Flair was pulled at the last minute for storyline reasons
(selling an injury) and off-camera circumstances (fallout over a highly
publicized divorce and an alleged road rage incident in which charges were later
But this event, Flair followers reasoned, would be different.
Vince McMahon's "lose and you retire" stipulation was the beginning of
a can't-miss, Rocky-like storyline, with fans tuning in each week to see if the
16-time world champion could beat the odds. And while Charlotte may be the
Nature Boy's hometown, Charleston ranks a close second, being smack dab in the
heart of Flair country.
Even of more import historically was that last Monday night
most likely would have marked the 58-year-old Flair's final match in Charleston,
a town where he first laced up the boots back in 1974, making his appearance
that much more special. With the plan calling for Flair to retire at
Wrestlemania next March, another local showing before then would be highly
There would be no early Christmas present for local wrestling
fans Monday night. Flair, once again a victim of company politics and a contract
dispute, was pulled from the show. Those in attendance at the North Charleston
Coliseum were left wondering why in the world were they deprived - yet again -
of seeing the beloved performer who helped define a generation of wrestling in
Local response was fast and furious.
"I am incensed. I don't understand," said longtime
fan Robert Ellington of Charleston. "We're in Charleston, South Carolina,
and this is Ric Flair country. Why did we not at least even see Ric Flair get a
chance to cut a promo or do a run-in? Anything with Ric Flair would have been
fine. It didn't have to be a full match. We didn't even get to hear him talk. I
just don't understand it. That was really a bad move. WWE needs to do better
Ellington said he hasn't seen Flair in a live appearance
since 2002 and was greatly looking forward to Monday night's nationally
"It was a decent show, but it could have been that much
better with Ric Flair. The pop would have been amazing."
Greg Pitt of Charleston also voiced his displeasure with the
decision to scratch Flair from the show. He harkened back to the days when Flair
worked for WCW and often found himself the victim of backstage politics.
"When WCW - and mainly Eric Bischoff -were trying to
bury his career, it made me extremely angry and sad. One year after WCW folded,
it was great to see the Nature Boy back on TV, and this time getting the respect
he so richly deserved. As usual, though, over time he's put in a mid-card role
and putting younger talent over. It's tremendous for the younger talent because
they launch their career by getting one over on the greatest professional
wrestler of all time. On the other hand, year by year, Ric has done what's best
for the business only to be put down and not given what he deserves - one final
Pitt also pointed to why Flair has had to play second fiddle
to Hulk Hogan during their respective careers in WWE.
"Vince McMahon made the overrated, overpaid Hulk Hogan
... but he didn't make Ric Flair. Ric was already the best when he went to the
WWF the first time. That's the only reason why Vince gives Hogan more liberty
and Ric less. It looks as if Ric's last match will be at Wrestlemania.
Unfortunately I probably won't see it.
"Shame on Vince McMahon and the entire WWE for not doing
the right thing for tradition and the business ... No one can take away what Ric
Flair means to this business, this part of the country and tens of thousands of
It should come as little surprise that Raw's ratings, which
held up nicely the previous week on the strength of Flair's return, dropped to a
3.2 for last week's lackluster show. With a strong Monday Night Football game
between New England and Baltimore, combined with many viewers tuning out after
realizing there would be no Flair, the numbers suffered.
WWE is rolling the dice with this week's installment of Raw.
The company is presenting a three-hour celebration commemorating Raw's 15 years
on their air, advertising such past and present WWE luminaries as Hulk Hogan,
Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Eric Bischoff and Lita (Amy Dumas). Dwayne "The
Rock" Johnson, one of the biggest stars in the company's history, turned
down an offer to appear on the show.
Flair is being listed for the special as part of an Evolution
"one night only" reunion with Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton.
Doesn’t Play Fair
WWE.com Rigs Polls Involving Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle,
and Raw's 'Hottest Diva'
Submitted by Daniel Pena on December 9, 2007 - 9:02pm.
With Raw’s 15th Anniversary 3-hour show December 10, 2007,
WWE's official website asked fans to vote for their favorite moments, Divas and
Superstars, among others, in Raw history. They announced the results of the
polls earlier today, but at least two of the polls appear to be rigged.
WWE.com stated that the John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels nearly
hour-long match in the U.K. last April was voted as the greatest match in the
history of Raw. Here is what they wrote regarding Raw's greatest match:
"Raw has had thousands of matches, but tops on your
list, with 24.2 percent of the vote, was John Cena and Shawn Michaels' nearly
hour-long epic classic in the U.K. on the April 23, 2007 edition of Raw. Coming
in second, at 19.6 percent, was "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's battle
with Kane for the WWE Title in 1998, followed by Jeff Hardy and Undertaker's
2002 Ladder Match at 17.61 percent."
According to the real poll results on WWE.com, the Kurt Angle
vs. Chris Benoit steel cage match that took place on June 11, 2001 was voted as
the greatest match in Raw history with 32.33 percent of the vote. The Cena vs.
HBK match didn't even finish in second place as that distinction goes to the
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Kane WWE Title match that took place the
night after King of the Ring '98, which took home 26.09 percent of the vote.
Cena vs. HBK actually finished in third place with 11.34 percent of the vote.
Additionally, the Jeff Hardy and Undertaker Ladder Match in the summer of 2002
only garnered 6.89 percent of the vote, not 17.61 percent, not to mention that
it finished in fourth place, not in third place.
The 'Greatest Match' poll wasn't the only poll rigged on
WWE.com as the results for Raw's 'Hottest Diva' were rigged as well. Here is
what they wrote regarding 'Hottest Diva':
"For our fans, it was "100% Stratusfaction"
when deciding Raw's Hottest Diva. Seven-time Women's Champion Trish Stratus took
top honors in the voting with 20.8 percent of the vote.
The four-time Women's Champion Lita came in second with 14.6
percent, and Candice Michelle finished third with 11.8 percent. There's really
no loser in this category, however. All the Divas are smokin'! We all win."
According to the real poll results on WWE.com, Lita was the
legitimate winner of the poll, not Trish Stratus. Trish didn't even finish in
second place in the poll as that distinction goes to Mickie James. According to
the real poll results, Lita came in first place by a mile with 34.77 percent of
the vote. Mickie James, who is not even mentioned in WWE's blurb, finished in
second with 21.79 percent. Trish actually finished in third place with 12.18
percent of the vote, but was deemed the winner of the poll by the WWE overlords
anyway. Candice Michelle actually had a low vote tally with a 4.26 percent vote
total. Mickie James garnered over five times the amount of votes of Candice, but
is not even mentioned in the blurb on WWE.com. Melina and Torrie Wilson also
finished ahead of Candice.
As far as the other poll results are concerned, they appear
to be legitimate as the results listed on WWE.com match up with the actual poll
You can read Bob Magee’s perspective here: http://www.pwbts.com/messages/14403.htm
And Mr. Magee has more on the subject:
More on the gimmicking of votes on WWE.com online contest
with screen caps of real vote totals
Posted on 12/11/107 by Bob Magee
As we reported yesterday, leading up to tonight's 15th
Anniversary RAW three-hour telecast, WWE clearly and sloppily gimmicked the
results of online contests for two of the categories that were originally to be
announced on tonight's show.
What's worse was that the real results were easily available
to anyone voting, until numerous websites posted links to the real results and
reported on them
First the gimmicking occurs on the question for "the
greatest match in the 15 years of RAW" category.
Rather than the WWE.com claim that the John Cena vs. Shawn
Michaels April 23, 2007 match finished first in the fan voting, a rather
embarrassing vote of Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit June 11, 2001 Steel Cage Match.
First, the Angle-Benoit match was removed from voting; then
the ability to view results was removed altogether.
As for the Divas contest, that was gimmicked as well; as Lita
was the real of the poll, not Trish Stratus. Stratus, in fact finished third.
You can see the actual screen shots here: http://www.pwbts.com/messages/14422.htm
I wonder if Mr. Magee has forwarded this to WWE?
Hart Will Agree WWE Doesn’t Play Fair
Bret Hart & WWE's Negotiations Fall Apart: Bret Angry
Submitted by Michael Bluth on December 10, 2007 - 10:11am.
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
WWE's rocky relationship with Bret Hart has taken yet another
bad turn. The two sides had been negotiating an agreement for the publishing
rights to Bret Hart's autobiography in the United States. Those negotiations
have fallen through and Bret will be shopping the book elsewhere.
According to Dave Meltzer, Bret had a verbal agreement saying
that the company would not change one word. When he was given the contract to
sign, the terms were completely different than what was previously agreed upon.
WWE demanded final say on anything they found objectionable. Bret was told that
400 of the book's 533 pages would need to be changed, which was a deal breaker.
Side Note: Guess what Vince, you don’t “own” Bret Hart!
While I normally don’t go around buying wrestling books although I have
read books by The Rock, Mick Foley (the adult ones, not the kiddy kind) and
Steve Austin, I was so bored by Jerry Lawler’s book I swore I would never
waste my cash on another book “written by a wrestler”, I might have to snag
a copy of Bret Hart’s book – one that hasn’t been tainted in favor of
World Wrestling Entertainment and
the McMahon family.
Although he was never really “out”, it appears Carlito
has taken a step forward in WWE and will be involved in more actual matches
versus silly storylines. I’m a big fan of Carlito’s comedy, but if comedy
was what Carlito was all about, he wouldn’t be in the middle of a wrestling
This from AngryMarks: In the truth is stranger than fiction
category, despite Carlito having given his notice AND despite WWE making him
look like a dope on TV ever since, Carlito will be staying with WWE. He met with
Vince McMahon at RAW on Monday and Vince talked him into staying, and he has now
rescinded his notice.
Developmental women's wrestler Nattie Neidhart went on
SmackDown/ECW's tour of Europe this week. She's participating in the Divas
matches with Michelle McCool and Victoria.
Last Thursday night on ECW, WWE aired the first "coming
soon" promo clip for the newest ECW superstar, Kofi Kingston. His real name
is Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah and he is a young, physically fit man. He's being billed
as "the first Jamaican WWE Superstar". The promo video showed Kingston
on the beach in Jamaica. He was shown overhearing an argument on the beach where
a very muscular guy was bullying and kicking sand onto and a "normal"
guy. Kofi walked over and the next thing you know, the bully is covered up to
his neck in sand. Twice during the video, Kingston used the tagline
"There's trouble in paradise". Kofi Kingston made his pro debut in
2005. Since 2006 he has trained in WWE's developmental territories Deep South
Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling. He teamed with WWE newcomer Harry
"DH" Smith in OVW
WWE has signed Reid Fliehr, 19, the youngest son of Ric
Flair, to a developmental contract. He will be starting in Florida Championship
Wrestling in January.
Sources say an MMA fighter, who is said to be close friends
with Batista, was also getting a tryout this week. At this point there are no
further details on this individual, other than that he has no previous wrestling
experience. Source: ProWrestlingFans
Why Ashley Hasn't Returned To WWE
Article By: Ryan Clark, Posted on: December 9, 2007, 7:03pm
Even though she was eliminated from Survivor: China several
weeks ago, Ashley Massaro hasn't made her long-awaited return to the ring
because her contract stipulates that she is not allowed to return to WWE
television until the season has completed. She will be appearing on the
Survivor: China finale on Sunday, December 16, 2007 and after that she'll be
free to return to WWE.
Steve Keirn’s son, who was wrestling in WWE’s
developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, recently quit. This has
brought up much talk since Keirn is running the promotion.
Wasn't at the Raw Special
Rumors were swirling before last week’s Raw XV Anniversary
show that Psycho Sid Vicious had arrived backstage. I watched the show and I
didn’t see him in front of the camera.
Also reported: Former ECW Champion Steve Corino was backstage
at RAW and was expected to get a tryout tonight prior to RAW against DH Smith.
He may work under a mask. I'm also told he may be getting offered a tryout as an
agent/producer as well.
Corino had a meeting recently in Stamford, CT. about the
possibility of working full-time for WWE. We'll see how it goes tonight but it
appears he is looking for work. Source: www.prowrestlingfans.com.
There WAS that guy in the first little skit that came out
with his face painted like a baseball…
Puerto Rican wrestling web site www.PRWrestling.com
broke news that Carlito would in fact be staying with WWE. Dave Meltzer of the
Wrestling Observer has confirmed the report as Carlito met with Vince McMahon at
this past Monday's RAW in Charleston, South Carolina where McMahon was able to
talk him into remaining with the company. After the meeting, Carlito rescinded
his release, which he had asked for several weeks earlier. Despite Carlito being
unhappy in the company for several months, WWE decided they did not want to lose
him and risk the chance of him ending up in TNA. This could be one of the
reasons why Carlito was booked in an Intercontinental Championship ladder match
against Jeff Hardy on Monday's 15 Anniversary RAW show. Source: www.prowrestlingfans.com
Article By: Brandon Lau, December 12, 2007, 5:52am
The following was sent in by Sharon Crownwall: I was at the
Smackdown and ECW tapings last night.
Signs saying "We want Bret" were confiscated by
security throughout the night. A teenager seated near me refused to give up his
sign and a security personnel threatened to throw him out.
Shane McMahon was walking through the crowd before and during
the show greeting fans. Of course he was escorted by security. At first people
thought it was Vince and some started screaming "a**hole" but later
realized it wasn't.
I was seated near the ramp and I saw a fan across from me
hold a sign that said Owen Hart HOF. I am not sure if that's all that it said
because he was faced the other direction. When the wrestlers came down to the
ring at the end of the show Mark Henry grabbed the sign and wave it around which
got a huge pop from everyone.
Another report states the sign said “Owen Hart for Hall of
H Is No Jerichaholic
Article By: Ryan Clark. December 9, 2007, 6:48pm
Backstage Y2J Return News: Triple H Not A Fan, JBL vs. Y2J?
Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
At the 11/19 Raw show -- the night in which Chris Jericho
returned -- Triple H was joking with a number of the younger wrestlers about how
they should be really excited for the next round of house shows. When asked why,
he said that there would be nothing but sellouts now that "the savior"
has arrived. He also said something similar to Shawn Michaels, telling him that
he should work house shows again because Chris Jericho "was back to save
wrestling." Michaels didn't really respond to Triple H's comment as he
didn't laugh about it nor respond to it negatively. Of course, Triple H was
being sarcastic with his comments. He was telling people that Ric Flair's return
will mean more money than Jericho's return. Internally, some people believe
Triple H's comparison was counterproductive. It was also noted that he never
does this sort of stuff at the arena to co-workers, but Jericho of all people
got him to do it. If he does, it's only with the inner circle of WWE. On the
other hand, Stephanie McMahon was giving the impression at television that she
is very supportive of Chris Jericho.
Chris Jericho's feud with Randy Orton looks to be a short one
as it should be over soon. He may move on to a "war of words" feud
with JBL, culminating in a match at WrestleMania. Some people within WWE are
already disappointed with Jericho's mic work, in-ring work and mild crowd
reaction. Jericho was never expected to get a long period of grace, but the tide
has turned against him fairly quickly. Source: ProWrestlingFans
or ROH Fan
Chris Jericho has said he got the idea for the codebreaker
from watching Naomichi Majufuji do the move on a Ring of Honor tape, and decided
it would be a cool finisher. Source: www.gerweck.net
I normally don’t post WWE results here.
Results for Raw, ECW and Smackdown can be found in the WWE weekly
television reports, but these are from the House Show in Belfast, Ireland and it
deserved a little posting space:
AngryMarks reader Thomas K. sent in these results from the
December 6, 2007 house show in Belfast. Thanks Thomas!
Smackdown/ECW house show Belfast, Ireland.
Jimmy Wang Yang d. Kevin Thorn in a bit of a comedy match.
The sold out crowd really got into it.
Jamie Noble d. the new Scottish signing Drew McIntyre.
Tommy Dreamer d. Kenny Dykstra with a DDT.
World tag team title match: The Miz & Johnny Nitro steal
a victory over Jesse & Festus. Nitro uses the rope in a roll up pin on
Michelle McCool d. Victoria & Maryse in a triple treat.
Chuck Palumbo v Finlay. Chuck cuts a short promo calling them
Irish peasants, trying to use Irish phrases. He's interrupted by Finlay's music.
Hornswoggle comes from under the ring. He dose Irish whip double move with
Finlay for 2 and then gives him the shillelagh for the win. Finlay received a
huge ovation from his hometown.
Intermission- Crowd dose the WOOOOOOOO! chant a lot.
ECW TITLE MATCH: CM Punk d. Big Daddy V w/t Matt striker via
DQ interference by Matt.
The Great Khali & MVP vs. The Brothers of Destruction. MVP slags Ireland for a little while and says how he rather be in so many other places than Ireland, he also says he has some muscle for tonight’s match. Undertaker receives the loudest cheers of the night. Khali dose a series of chops and vise grips on Kane. Undertaker comes in for the hot tag and MVP is taken out. Khali sets up for a choke slam on Taker & Kane at the same time, it is reversed and the bro's do a double choke slam on him. Taker tombstones MVP for the win.
MAIN EVENT: World heavyweight title match: Batista v. Edge.
Edge constantly leaving the ring to regroup. Batista dominates, however the out
of shape Edge makes a come back and sets up for a spear. Batista reverses this
into a Batista bomb, 1..2..3. Still champion Dave Batista.
From Our Favorite Polls
Who will win the 3-way at Armageddon?
Edge - 56%
Undertaker - 26%
Batista - 18%
(2,011 votes total)
Who would win a beer-drinking contest?
James Storm - 8%
Steve Austin - 57%
The Sandman - 35%
(1,883 votes total)
Would you like to see Carlito in TNA?
Yes - 41%
No - 59%
(1,891 votes total
... I guess Carlito in TNA ISN'T Cool!
Should Mae Young be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?
Yes - 75%
No - 25%
(1,909 total votes)
What grade would give the 15th anniversary of Raw?
A - 61%
B - 24%
C - 9%
D - 3%
F - 3%
(1,747 votes total)
& USA Extend RAW's Contract
Article By: Ryan Clark
WWE & USA Extend RAW's Contract - Full Details
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW RE-UPPED FOR USA, December 6, 2007
New York, NY December 6, 2007? World Wrestling
Entertainment’s ?WWE Monday Night RAW will remain on USA Network through 2010,
extending the current contract by two years, it was announced today by NBC
Monday Night RAW celebrates its upcoming 15th anniversary
with a special three-hour episode on Monday, Dec. 10, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The prime time cable series flourished for seven years on USA, establishing
cable ratings records, before moving to Spike TV in September 2000. It returned
to USA in October 2005, and has played a major role in making USA the #1 basic
cable network. Since its return RAW has averaged 5.07 million total viewers, 2.6
million in P18-49 and 2.3 million in P25-54. Compared to the Mon 9-11p time
period performance on USA in 2005 before RAW started, the program is up +210% in
total viewers, +221% in P18-49, and +187% in P25-54.
In addition to RAW on USA, WWE will continue to provide NBC
with special programming twice a year for the late night Saturday time slot. In
addition, WWE will continue to provide its weekend program A.M. RAW for USA and
provide a Spanish-language version of Monday Night RAW for Telemundo and mun2.
USA NETWORK is cable television's leading provider of
original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, off-net
television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. The #1 network in basic
cable, USA Network is seen in nearly 94 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web
site is located at www.usanetwork.com
USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a
division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment
companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news,
and information to a global audience.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an
integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn.,
with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional
information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.
Friday night SmackDown! did a fast cable rating of 2.7. The
final number will be released sometime during the week.
Last week’s edition of ECW ran head to head with the second
hour of TNA’s iMPACT. ECW claimed
a 0.6 rating while iMPACT claimed a 1.1 rating.
Monday Night Raw’s XV Anniversary show on Monday scored
hours of 3.4, 4.5 and 4.3, for a 4.1 composite rating. Source: www.gerweck.net
The Sci-Fi Network has announced a change of schedule for the
final week of December. Originally ECW was set to air on Thursday, December 27th
at 10 p.m., head-to-head with TNA Impact. They have now moved ECW back to its
regular time slot on Tuesday, December 25th at 10 PM. No reason as to why was
given. Source: ProWrestlingFans.
MEDIA: Chris Jericho on eating chicken brains in Tokyo to
being robbed at gunpoint in Mexico
Posted on 12/07/107 by Mike Informer
From eating chicken brains in Tokyo to being robbed at
gunpoint in Mexico, Chris Jericho proves that life outside the ring can be a lot
stranger than it is inside with his new autobiography, A Lion’s Tale: Around
the World in Spandex. FHM Online interviewed the WWE superstar to find out his
choice for the worst moment in RAW history and why you’d never want to be a
professional wrestler in Japan.
Your new book has gotten great reviews. Are people surprised
it’s about more than just body slams?
I wanted to write a book that was just as much for
non-wrestling fans as wrestling fans. I spent nine years in the wrestling
business trying to achieve my goal of being in the WWE and most of that time was
spent wrestling overseas in places like Japan, Mexico and Germany. So not only
was I gaining experience in the ring, but I was gaining a lot of life
experience. I was a stranger in a strange land. I was held up at gunpoint on the
side of the road in Mexico by a girl that I was trying to pick up. She was
holding the gun in my face and I could actually see the grooves of the pistol
like in the beginning of a James Bond movie.
Then she stole my money and left me on the side of the road
at 4 a.m. I had to follow the lights in the sky to walk back to Mexico City. In
Japan, I was threatened by the Japanese mafia because I smashed a vase that they
owned and I had to pay them and clean it up. They made no bones about the fact
that they’d cut off my pinky finger if I didn’t. So the culture shock of
being in these strange places and dealing with that gives you a great
appreciation for what you have and also gives you a great story to tell.
The most shocking thing about the book may be the picture of
you in bright yellow ball-hugger shorts in the photo section.
When I first went to Monterrey, Mexico to wrestle, the
promoter—who I found out very quickly was gay—gave me this little handful of
Spandex he wanted me to wear. They were the smallest, worst ball huggers ever.
They were so bad. I said, ‘I can’t wear these.’ He said, ‘Okay, then
wear these,’ and handed me a slightly bigger pair of shorts, but the banana
hammock aspect was still there.
Did you have to stuff your tights?
Yeah, I put a zucchini wrapped in tinfoil into my pants like
Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap.
Those shorts almost look cool compared to the fanny packs you
used to rock.
That was a fashion staple for ’90s wrestlers. When the
fanny pack came out all the wrestlers wore them. And to this day some guys who
were really popular in the ’80s, like Hulk Hogan, still wear them. I had this
neon green one that was awesome. Then I went to Japan and I was schooled by this
guy named Ricky Fuji who was the king of the fanny pack. His damn fanny pack was
like a knapsack. He had a pack of cigarettes in there. He had a damn monkey
wrench literally in his fanny pack. This thing was huge. You could carry a baby
Wrestling in Japan is a lot more intense than it is in
America, isn’t it?
In Japan, the rookies have to wash the older guys’ asses
and backs. Then they wash all the gear, set up the ring and watch all the
matches. They really beat them down to make sure this is what they want to do.
You have to have the tenacity and the discipline for it. I heard in one of the
Japanese wrestling dojos the older wrestlers would jerk off into a cup, put it
in the fridge and then the rookies would have to drink it. I was glad I was
never asked to do that, because if I’m going to drink ejaculate I’m going to
do it on my own time.
That’s sick. I’ve heard the food in Japan can be
disgusting, but I didn’t know it was that bad.
They used to have these guys called sponsors in Japan that
would take you out to eat. It was an honor for them to hang out with wrestlers
and to pay for the food and everything. One guy took us to this sushi restaurant
and ordered this gelatinous piece of fish. I took a bite out of it and it tasted
like pee smells. It was the worst thing I’ve ever tasted. Then someone said,
‘Why aren’t you eating that? It’s the rarest form of sushi. It costs
$750.” I couldn’t eat it, though. Then I went down the street to get some
Kentucky Fried Chicken and got a chicken breast that had a brain underneath it.
I’m talking a literal piece of brain. That’s when I asked for popcorn.
At least the women are beautiful, right?
In Japan, girls would actually call your room and ask to come
see you. You wouldn’t know what the girls looked like though. You had to look
through the peephole and if you appreciated what you saw you’d let the girl in
and hang out. One time this girl showed up and she wasn’t much of a looker so
I just didn’t answer the door. I pretended I wasn’t there. But she didn’t
leave. She just kept knocking on my door. I was too scared to call the front
desk, because I invited her up. So I put my Walkman on and went to sleep. When I
woke up, there was a letter under the door that said, “Jericho, you no open
door. I am not a groupie. I never sex you. You are probably gay boy anyways.”
Then underneath that it said, “Please call me.”
Did you call?
No, I didn’t call her! But I loved the fact that she was
not a groupie, yet she banged on my door for eight hours straight.
December 10th marks the 15th anniversary of RAW. Do you have
a favorite RAW match?
There’ve been a lot of great RAW matches. There was a
tables, ladders and chairs match with Christian and I, Kane, Jeff Hardy and Rob
Van Dam and the Dudleyz. That was voted the best match in RAW history at the
10th anniversary show. That was a great match. The match with me and Chris
Benoit against Steve Austin and Triple H for the titles when Triple H tore his
quad was a very memorable match. I had a match with Shawn Michaels in Los
Angeles in 2003 that was a great one, too.
What is the worst moment in RAW history?
I have a great sense of humor, but Mae Young giving birth to
the hand was just so stupid, because I couldn’t figure out what it was
supposed to be. I didn’t get it. Nobody gives birth to a hand. It’s
biologically impossible. If she gave birth to a chicken at least it’s a living
organism. But a hand? I just didn’t get it. It wasn’t even a baby’s hand.
It was like Mickey Mouse’s hand. That to me will stand out as one of the
dumbest moments in RAW history.
A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex is available
Remainder of 2007 Schedule:
The Armageddon pay per view airs Sunday, December 16, 2007.
Mon, Dec 17 WWE presents Monday Night RAW - Buffalo, N.Y.
Tue, Dec 18 WWE presents SmackDown/ECW - Rochester, N.Y. 7:30
Wed, Dec 26 WWE presents RAW Live! - Nashville, Tenn. 7:30
WWE presents SmackDown/ECW Live! - Albany, N.Y. 7:30 p.m.
Thu, Dec 27 WWE presents SmackDown/ECW Live! - East
Rutherford, N.J. 7:30 p.m.
Fri, Dec 28 WWE presents RAW Live - Atlanta, Ga. 7:30 p.m.
WWE presents SmackDown/ECW Live! - Hershey, Pa. 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Dec 29 WWE presents Monday Night RAW - Greensboro, N.C.
WWE presents SmackDown/ECW Live! - Baltimore, Md. 7:30 p.m.
Sun, Dec 30 WWE presents RAW Live - Raleigh, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
WWE presents SmackDown/ECW - Richmond, Va. 7:30 p.m.
Monday Night Raw airs every Monday on the USA Network, 8 PM
WWE’s ECW airs every Tuesday night on the Sci Fi Network, 9
PM Central time.
Friday Night Smackdown airs every Friday night on the CW
Network, 7 PM Central time.
Tickets for the WWE Smackdown/ECW Taping on April1, 2008, in
Miami, FL at the American Airlines arena go on sale January 19, 2008.
WWE has officially announced a Latin America tour in February
for the SmackDown/ECW brands. Tentatively they will hold shows on the following
February 9 - Guatemala City, Guatemala
February 10 - Guadalajara, Mexico
February 12 - Quito, Ecuador
February 14 - Santiago, Chile
TNA Talent Events
WWE Superstar Ron Simmons is scheduled to be at Tinker Field,
adjacent to the Florida Citrus Bowl, home of WrestleMania 24, this Friday,
December 14th. Ron Simmons will be signing autographs from 5 to 6:30pm.
WWE United States Champion MVP is scheduled to be appearing
at Circuit City, 800 Chauvet Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, this Saturday December 15th.
MVP will be there on behalf on Comcast between 6 to 8pm.
Saturday, December 29, 2007 from 3-5pm, Matt Hardy will be at
The Sound Garden, Baltimore, MD
Saturday, January 5, 2008, from 3-5pm, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and
Layla will be at the Big Boy Toy Show, Wichita, KS
Carlito is scheduled to work for WWC with Scott Hall, Kevin
Nash, Ron Killings, Konnan, Chris Masters, and Ultimo Dragon on their upcoming
Euphoria tour. The tour’s biggest show will take place on January 6th at the
Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan. Source: ProWrestling Fans.
No word on whether Carlito’s decision to rescind his
request for WWE will have any affect on his appearances with WWC.
WWE Hall Of Fame inductee, The Iron Sheik will be on Howard
Sterns, Howard inDemand, starting January 15, 2007.
Thursday, January 17, 2008, from 6-8pm, Mr. Kennedy will be
at the Shoppingtown Mall, Syracuse, NY
Scotty Too Hotty, "Psycho" Sid Vicious and
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper are confirmed for January 19, 2008 -
World Wrestling Association Bash at the Ball Park event in Florida's
Space Coast. Buff Bagwell, The Honky Tonk Man, Tatanka, Jimmy "Superfly"
Snuka, Demolition Ax and Smash, The Powers of Pain - Warlord and Barbarian are
all also confirmed to be appearing on the show
Jeff Hardy, Cody Rhodes and Mickie James were all featured in
today’s Stamford Advocate. The article stated that the Superstars helped with
Toys for Tots toy donations in the city yesterday working with the U.S. Marine
Corps Reserves. The article can be read at www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/.
Shawn Michaels has been booked for a house show on January
26th in Providence, Rhode Island. The show will feature talent from all three
brands and is the day before Royal Rumble. Michaels & Jericho will take on
Orton and Umaga in the main event. This is the first house show Michaels has
worked since his return, as he came back on terms that he would work a lighter
On Monday Night Raw Jillian Hall mentioned that her new CD
would be released today via iTunes. Most thought she was joking but she wasn't.
She really does have a CD on iTunes called "Jingle with Jillian". It's
5 tracks in total for $.99 each or you can buy all 5 for $4.95. There are
samples of the tracks as well if you would like to hear them without having to
buy them. Source: www.gerweck.net
Necessarily WWE News
MEDIA: Hogan says he talked to son about his driving (Tampa
Hogan says he talked to son about his driving
By Stephen Thompson of The Tampa Tribune, Published: December
CLEARWATER - Famed wrestler Hulk Hogan had a talk or two with
his teenage son after the boy racked up a number of speeding tickets, some for
driving faster than 100 mph.
If Nick Bollea lost his driving privileges, though, it wasn't
for very long, Hogan told a prosecutor during an Oct. 16 interview.
Hogan also told Assistant State Attorney Scott Rosenwasser
that he was with his son when Bollea was stopped twice for speeding along
Alligator Alley in a black Mercedes-Benz. The Florida Highway Patrol said
nothing about Hogan being a passenger when it confirmed the stops to The Tampa
Tribune in September.
In the deposition, Hogan is nonchalant about the back-to-back
stops on Sept. 17, 2006 - one putting the car at a speed of 100 mph and the
second at 107 mph. A trooper let Bollea go after the first stop, but another
trooper, in communication with the first, gave him a ticket after the second
"We were pretty much going with the flow of
traffic," Hogan said, describing the drive on Interstate 75 east of Naples.
"You know, getting passed occasionally by a truck going 90 or 100, or a
"It didn't feel like we were speeding," Hogan said.
Hogan's 110-page deposition was among hundreds of pages of
documents released Friday afternoon by the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's
Office, which is prosecuting Bollea, 17, after an Aug. 26 wreck in Clearwater,
which left Bollea's passenger, John Graziano, with severe brain damage.
Prosecutors say Bollea, who was at the wheel of a yellow
Toyota Supra, was racing against silver Dodge Viper driven by his friend Danny
Jacobs and owned by Hulk Hogan. Bollea is charged with reckless driving with
serious bodily injury.
In the deposition, Hogan provides a glimpse into his family's
highly visible, high-flying life, and describes his son's passion for driving.
Bollea is an accomplished "drift" driver, certified to give
demonstrations at weekend events in which amateur drift drivers compete on tight
tracks by swerving sideways around corners.
Hogan said his son exhibited an interest in cars at 12 or 13,
and talked his father into taking him to Supra meets. Nick's mother, Linda
Bollea, bought the boy a green Supra before he could even drive, so the boy
would work on the motor, Hogan said.
Hogan also divulged that, in addition to the green and yellow
Supras, the silver Dodge Viper driven by Jacobs, and the Mercedes, he owns a
yellow Viper, a 1968 Dodge Charger, a white Mercedes-Benz, a white Cadillac
Escalade, a white Ford Expedition, a yellow Dodge truck, and a black
Hogan is asked about the hours leading up to the wreck - how
he met his son and his son's friends at an Albertson's liquor store and bought
five cases of beer then went on a boat ride.
On board were Nick Bollea, John Graziano, Danny Jacobs, and
Barrett Lawrance, who would later ride as a passenger in the Viper. Also on
board were a couple of people interested in doing a television piece on Nick
Bollea's racing, Hogan said.
When asked by the prosecutor about the volume of beer
purchased, Hogan said it wasn't all for the boat excursion. Some was for his
house and the refrigerators "in my gym and the one in my bathroom, the one
in my office, the one in my mud room, the one in my kitchen, the one in the
boathouse, the one in the guest house."
Hogan denied his son had any alcoholic beverages during the
boat ride. Court records say that two hours after the wreck, Bollea's ethanol
serum level was .055, and he was cited for driving as a minor with a
breath-alcohol level of .02 or higher.
Hogan defended his son's driving.
"With all these speeding tickets that he was getting,
were you still comfortable with him getting behind the wheel of these
high-performance cars?" Rosenwasser asked.
"Why is that?"
"Because he is a very good driver," Hogan said.
The wrestler said he understood the circumstances of each
speeding ticket and asked his son to watch his speed and to slow down.
"The keys have been taken away on a couple different
occasions, but then either I or his mother have given the keys back," Hogan
Reporter Stephen Thompson can be reached at (727) 451-2336 or
The Hogans keep getting crazier literally by the minute. In
the response Hulk Hogan filed to wife Linda Bollea's petition for divorce on
November 28, he claimed that the two got married on December 12th, 1983. Linda
responded with legal papers of her own, showing the wedding was December 18,
The Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, South Carolina wouldn't allow
TNA to announce that Against All Odds was going to be held at that venue until
after the November 25th WWE house show was over.
Are They Now
Former WWE and WCW Superstars Booker T, Sharmell, Raven and
Vampiro are all scheduled to be heading to Spain in April next year. They are
all scheduled to be competing for NWE on April 19th in Madrid, Spain and April
20th in Bilbao, Spain.
Rob Van Dam doing standup comedy for the first time ever
from Tim Chizmar, Tim Chizmar Productions
RVD does standup comedy for the FIRST TIME EVER from
Championship Comedy: Seasons Beatings at the world famous Improv
Booker T also made it out that night. Our champion retained
his comedy championship with a win over Ro. New Jack is coming out in Feb to
challenge our champion Bruce Jingles.
Booker T, currently with TNA, is on the cover of the newest issue of Fighting Spirit
For those of you that have not heard, Booker T will face
former WWE Champion Rob Van Dam at his PWA Christmas Chaos 2 show on December
28th at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Texas
Percy "Paul Bearer" Pringle issued the following
statement on his official website regarding him appearing at the Raw 15th
Anniversary next week: "Many of you are aware that this coming Monday,
December 10, 2007 at 7pm (CT) on USA, will be the 3-hour 15th Anniversary of
MONDAY NIGHT RAW. To settle some suspicions, I was contacted by WWE officials
last week requesting that I be a part of the broadcast. As much as I would like
to do so, my current schedule completely prohibits it. :-("
NOTE: Percy Pringle is a real life mortician and is on call
with his business.
At least one source is reporting that Scott Hall missed
TNA’s Turning Point pay-per-view last weekend due to depression. Hall told TNA
officials that he would be unable to work the event due to food poisoning.
Whatever his reason was for not making the event, there are no plans going
forward in TNA for Scott Hall. Scott Hall was known as Razor Ramon in WWF.
Appearing on TSN's 'Off The Record', Bret 'Hit Man' Hart has
said that he will not be on Monday's RAW despite him being on the artwork of the
upcoming DVD and CD releases. When the host Michael Landsberg asked if there was
a chance of Bret appearing on the show, Bret simply replied with a
"No". Landsberg asked if WWE approached him to be on the show and Hart
said that yes they did some inquiries about the possibility. (Thanks to Colin
Aladdin: The Magical Family Musical starring Bret Hart will
be airing Thursday evening at 7pm eastern time on CBC in Canada.
The Ottawa Citizen has an article about Bret Hart today where
he talks about some content from his book, Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon
World of Wrestling, which includes his association with Cocaine, booze, and pill
popping at parties after wrestling shows. Hart was at the Chapters at Pinecrest
and Iris in Ottawa, Ontario, promoting his book.
For those who don't live in Canada, Hart's book reached
number one on the Globe & Mail bestseller list on November 3, 2007. Based on
the books success in Canada, expect impressive numbers once released in the
United States in 2008. Source: ProWrestlingFans.
Former Extreme Expose member Brooke said that she had big
plans and would be doing Playboy and working in TNA Wrestling soon. The idea
late last summer was to have her, Kelly Kelly, and Layla in Playboy right before
WrestleMania. With Brooke being released those plans have obviously been
Luna Vachon announced in a bulletin on her MySpace page (www.myspace.com/lunavachon)
that she's retiring from the wrestling business. Her body cannot handle
the rigors of wrestling anymore, hence the retirement. Her last match takes
place at an indy show in Milwaukee later tonight. Here is her message: You heard
it here first. Hey Lunatics. I just want to let you all know how much I
appreciate all of your love and support, that is why it hurts me so much to tell
you all this. On Friday December 7th in Milwaukee I will be retiring from
wrestling. My body has just taken on way too much abuse and I cannot actively
compete. I just want you all to know that I love you all and i will miss seeing
all my wonderful fans. If you live in the Milwaukee, Chicago area I hope you can
make it out and see me one last time. Just so you know this was not an easy
decision for me, but I have to do what is best for my future. Hope you can come
and see me at Blizzard Brawl more info here www.BlizzardBrawl.com
Love and God Bless, Luna
If anyone wants to book Luna Vachon for autographs signings,
e-mail David Herro at DavidHerro@aol.com.
Sci-Fi’s web site is still running advertisements for the
ECW television series featuring Rob Van Dam. With RVD exiting the company
several months ago it is interesting that they have not pulled them. Source: www.prowrestlingfans.com
As things stand right now there is no interest in bringing
Chris Masters into TNA.
Former WWE Champion and Professional Wrestling Icon, Stone
Cold Steve Austin joined WDFN's "It Is What It Is" morning show on
Friday to talk about his appearance at the Extreme Monster Truck Nationals at
The Palace of Auburn Hills this Saturday. If you missed the interview you can
find out how to download it for free at www.wdfn.com
Tammy "Sunny" Sytch turned 35 years old on December
Former General Manager of RAW Eric Bischoff's profile has
been added to the WWE Alumni page.
MEDIA: Road Warrior Animal's son receives top college
football award (Columbus Dispatch)
OSU football notebook: Laurinaitis garners award he wanted
By Tim May, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
2007 Ohio State football highlights DVD
After sitting through three ceremonies earlier this week
watching others get trophies, Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis finally
got one of his own last night. It was the one he really wanted, the Butkus
He became just the second Buckeye to win the award, which has
gone annually to the nation's top linebacker since 1985. It was presented in
Orlando, Fla., the other finalists being Penn State's Dan Connor and Colorado's
"This award definitely is such an honor over everything
else because it is so specialized to linebackers," Laurinaitis said.
"It's hard to compare defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs
for a defensive player of the year award. But when you are comparing yourself to
just other linebackers, and you're judged to be the best at what you do, it
really is such an honor.
"And it is the one that has been eluding Ohio State for
a while. I'm just proud to be able to bring it back to Columbus."
Andy Katzenmoyer was the only previous Buckeye to win it,
after his sophomore season of 1997. Notable among OSU linebackers passed through
the years were consensus All-Americans Chris Spielman and A.J. Hawk.
Laurinaitis, the winner of the Nagurski Award as a sophomore
last year, was a finalist for the Butkus last year.
A consensus All-American, Laurinaitis -- voted the Big Ten
defensive MVP after helping the top-ranked Buckeyes to the national championship
game Jan. 7 vs. LSU -- was up for five major awards this week. But he watched as
LSU's Glenn Dorsey took the Nagurski and Lombardi trophies, and Connor won the
Bednarik Award. Still to go is the Lott Trophy on Sunday.
"I thought I was going to go O-fer there for a
minute," Laurinaitis said, laughing. "But no, this is such a
tremendous honor, and I don't mean for me personally, but for our defense and
our coaches. You can't be a great linebacker without a tremendous defensive line
and a tremendous secondary. That's just the truth."
Putting it together, he said, are OSU defensive coordinator
Jim Heacock, who earlier this week won the Broyles Award as the nation's top
assistant coach, and linebackers coach Luke Fickell. But Heacock, on hand for
the Butkus ceremony last night, said the praise should go to Laurinaitis, and
for more than just his tackling ability.
"What stands out most of all is he is a great team
player," Heacock said. "It's why his peers voted him captain as a
junior. It's the team that matters most to him."
VH-1's "Celebrity Rehab" featuring Chyna and former
UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez is scheduled for a 10-week run,
starting January 10, 2008 at10PM ET.
Sean Waltman is receiving a lot of heat because he's been
arriving late to the bus to take him to the AAA shows, holding up the rest of
the crew. The general feeling is that he's too laid back in Mexico City. We
previously reported that Waltman's girlfriend Alicia Webb got heat for a missing
a recent house show. Sean was previously known as X-Pac and Alicia was
previously known as Ryan Shamrock.
Fans of the Angle Family can see Kurt and Karen Angle at the
2007 Spike TV Video Game Awards that was taped on Friday night in Las Vegas at www.TNAWrestling.com.
IWA: Luke Williams out
McGyver el 12/08/2007
"Bushwacker" Luke Williams is no longer a part of
IWA Puerto Rico. We have no other details about his leaving.
Williams was part of the booking team for the past few years
along with Savio Vega and others.
The NY Post is reporting today that Dwayne "The
Rock" Johnson will be starring in a new film, Ring King, about his father,
former wrestling star Rocky Johnson. Fitness guru Richie Ornstein and his
brother, who was Johnson's partner, will also star in the movie.
Smackdown diva Maryse is now managing Ted DiBiase Jr. in
Florida Championship Wrestling.