Operation Raw Deal
As of this writing, client
names had not been released by the DEA in the largest steroid bust in history.
Stay tuned…as soon as we know, you’ll know.
What We Did See On
Monday Night Raw
Randy Orton’s taped promo
for his feud with John Cena. Just when we thought WWE had gotten smart and
decided to suspend Orton for drug use, we find out Orton got married last weekend.
This was the reason given for Orton being absent from recent house shows
and Raw this past Monday. He was given time off for the wedding and the
honeymoon. Other news sites are
reporting that Orton was NOT suspended even though he was on the Signature
Client list. Does WWE ever read up on how fans feel about certain things?
What We Didn’t See On
Monday Night Raw
Were matches with Mickie
James, Super Crazy and Val Venis
competing with local talent and Hacksaw Jim Duggan beating Daivari.
Source: www.wrestlezone.com. I
would have preferred all of the above to Orton’s taped Cena bashing.
It appears that Orton did
have a medical emergency in 2006 and that it was confirmed with the hospital.
WWE did an internal investigation and decided that it was not a suicide
attempt, however Orton could have suffered from an accidental OD.
Undertaker Returns to
The Undertaker, after a
four-month absence, is scheduled to appear on Smackdown tonight. Source: www.wwe.com.
No one seems to know the
exact meaning of the cryptic message sent out during the Monday Night Raw
telecast. Some sites are suggesting
it refers to the return of Chris “Y2J” Jericho, others are suggesting it has
to do with the debut of the New Hart Foundation.
Howard Stern on WWE’s
Rehab Policy for Ex WWE Wrestlers
There was a discussion on a
recent Howard Stern show regarding the letter sent from WWE to ex WWE wrestlers
regarding getting a free round of rehab. It
was said it was nice of WWE to offer to pay for rehab for ex wrestlers, but the
general feeling was that WWE is making this gesture in order to keep those same
wrestlers from testifying against them in congressional hearings. Source: www.2xzone.com.
Hardcore Holly Returns
It’s good to see Holly
back in action but I don’t understand why they moved him from ECW.
EXTREME Championship Wrestling = HARDCORE Holly.
Austin Was Through With
reporting Austin will be on Raw soon to confront Santino Marella for all of his
put downs of Austin’s “Condemned” Movie. Don’t expect much in the way of
wrestling for Austin. He will only
be there to push the movie.
Justin Roberts’ page on
WWE.com was moved from ECW to Smackdown and this week Tony Chimel did the ring
announcing for ECW.
Return of Suspended
John Morrison is to return
to ECW next week. It was originally planned to build ECW around Morrison but
since he was suspended, CM Punk gained the title. Word is that Morrison will have the title again after his
return. Source: www.prowrestlingfans.com.
That seems to be the way WWE is taking care of returns.
Hand them back what they had when they screwed up and ignore the talent
that wasn’t taking drugs.
Edge should be returning to
WWE soon. There is no scheduled
date for his return but it could be as soon as No Mercy and if not then, no
later than November at Survivor Series.
It is being reported that
since Mysterio’s return, Smackdown is now the highest rated prime time show
amongst Hispanics and that it is the highest rated prime time show for children
under the age of 11. Source: www.obsessedwithwrestling.com.
I applaud Rey for bringing in the Hispanic audience, but am not thrilled with
children under the age of 11 watching anything on WWE these days.
Now Resides in Tampa, FL
Sheamus recently signed a
three-year contract with WWE and has moved to Tampa. He will be training in with Florida Championship Wrestling.
He has a list of things to do since he has moved to the US.
He needs a social security number, a car and sun block! Source: www.twnpnews.com.
Second Diva Eliminated
Not that it has anything to
do with wrestling, but it does seem to have something to do with WWE: Lyndy
Frieson was the second contestant eliminated in the latest diva search.
Most of you remember that
Mike Bucci better known as Simon Dean, was released from WWE after the Signature
Pharmacy scandal. Bucci had not been working in the ring, but had been working
as head of WWE Talent Relations. His replacement appears to be Ty Bailey.
Wrestlers are Getting
Not according to several
websites who remark how bulked up Vince McMahon appeared during his Monday Night
Raw match. Sites are also remarking
how Triple H managed to come back after his injury with less bulk, however, he
appears to be getting a little more beefed up every week.
With the “stay off drugs” and “muscle mass doesn’t matter”
mentality due to much illegal drug use, are the two top players in WWE –
corporate and wrestler – sending the wrong message to future generations?
WWE Signs Two New
WWE held a six-man tryout
last Friday and signed two wrestlers from Derby City Wrestling, an Ohio Valley
Wrestling feeder organization. Signed
were Andrew Vain who is 6’1”, 265 lbs., and Lupe Viscera, who is 6’4”,
230 lbs. Source: Rajah.com.
Lillian Garcia Press
You can read the full press
release for Lillian’s new album:
Chris Nowinksi Removed
From WWE Website
Last week Chris
Nowinski’s name was removed from WWE’s official website indicating
Nowinkski’s time with WWE is over. No
word on what triggered the release. We
can hazard a guess that Nowinski’s continuing fight against the bodily damage
wrestlers suffer might have something to do with his termination. Nowinski has
stated that he believes Chris Benoit’s brain damage at much to do with the
Benoit tragedy earlier this year. This
is in direct contradiction to what Vince McMahon is telling the world every time
he is asked about it.
Monday’s Raw brought in a
3.4 cable rating, which is slightly up from last week’s 3.3 rating. Source:
ECW did a 1.1, which is
down from last week’s 1.4 rating. Source: www.Combat-Hooligans.com.
Stephanie McMahon Makes
Daddy’s Little Girl
recently sent out a memo to Michael Cole, head of WWE.com, and the rest of the
website crew that from now on the WWE Creative Team would now be copy editors
and sometimes staff writers for the site. It appears there was some confusion
with creative being left out of website work. Source: www.wrestling-edge.com.
Just as I was about to
What Shane does for a
living, Shane announces a new WWE global organization, which includes London,
Shanghai, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Toronto and Sydney. You can read more about it here:
Who’s Your Daddy?
Kevin Thorn of ECW and his
wife are proud to announce the birth of a new baby boy. Source: Matt Hardy’s
reports that the Sara tattoo is missing from Undertaker’s neck.
Undertaker is on the cover
of the current WWE magazine.
John Cena UK Kid’s
John Cena has been
nominated by the Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards as Best Sports Personality.
Nickelodeon is the No. 1 Kid’s Network in the United Kingdom. Voting will go
through the end of September. Cena
is up against soccer’s David Beckham, F1 racer Lewis Hamilton and Olympic Gold
holder Dame Kelly Holmes.
48 Hours Interviews
CBS’s 48 Hours has been
interviewing former WWE wrestlers recently for a future story they are planning
regarding young deaths in wrestling. Source: www.gerweck.net.
Where Are They Now
Chris Jericho has his
book-signing schedule posted at his website: www.chrisjericho.com.
ProWrestlingFans reports that all of his Mondays are free during the book
signing tour. The rumor mill has it that Y2J will indeed be returning to WWE
sometime in the near future. Jericho does NOT have a MySpace page.
There is someone on MySpace trying to pass himself off as Jericho.
News out of Hollywood, FL:
New Porn Order has signed Gangrel to an exclusive directing deal.
His first work will be “Miami Rump Shakerz 2” set to be released in
November. Gangrel, who is very excited about his new career has bee officially
going by the name The Vampire Warrior in wrestling. Source: www.wrestlezone.com.
Nick “U-Gene” Dinsmore
made an appearance on Monday Night Mayhem to discuss WWE and what he is doing
now. You can find out more about the interview by going to www.MondayNightMayhem.com.
An interview with former
WWE wrestler Damien Demento can be seen here:
Rob Conway was on Wrestling
Weekly September 25. Visit the site: www.wrestlingweekly.com.
Nora Greenwald aka Molly
Holly is scheduled to make a special appearance at the Stagecoach Celebration in
Wyoming, Minnesota last weekend.
WWE Hall of Famer Tito
Santana is working on a new book titled “Tales from the WWF”, scheduled for
release in April 2008. Source: www.prowrestlingfans.com.
Sean Waltman was injured in
a match and is suffering from a sciatic nerve injury according to the Lucha
Libra report of 9/24. He was injured in a match in Mexico, joining El Mesias and
Gran Apache on the injured list.
Rob Conway is auctioning
off a pair of tights worn at Wrestlemania 21 and against The Rockers on Raw.
WWE will be publishing a
book about Andre the Giant entitled “A Legendary Life”. It is scheduled to
be released in May of 2008. Source: www.lordsofpain.net.
Dr. Death Steve Williams
was interviewed on Live Audio Wrestling. You
can hear the interview here: www.liveaudiowrestling.com.
He discusses learning about wrestling, training wrestlers, and his book.
It is rumored that Hulk
Hogan is being considered as host of an American Gladiators revival. Source:
No Money, No Attorney
Manny Arora filed a motion
in US District Court declaring Phil Astin as indigent and when you have no
money, you have no Manny. Arora wants out because Astin can’t pay him those
fabulous legal fees. Source: www.angrymarks.com.
Not that I’m buying the
Astin is indigent story, by the way.
UFC Fighter Fails Drug
Kazuhiro Nakamura tested
positive for marijuana, was fined $500.00 and suspended for three months.
Everyone was tested at last Saturday’s UFC event and Nakamura was the only
roster member who did not pass.