October 12, 2007
No Mercy has come and gone and it appears that some WWE fans
are grateful that it is over. CM Punk managed to retain the ECW Championship in
spite of Big Daddy V. John Cena’s
injury left the WWE Championship up for grabs.
Unfortunately, there appeared to be few players on the road to gain that
title belt. It was handed to Randy
Orton who immediately lost it to Triple H. Triple H managed to hang on to the
belt during his battle with Umaga but then lost it to Orton shortly thereafter
– all in one night.
Shawn Michaels Returns
Michaels didn’t make it to No Mercy, but he did make it to
Monday Night Raw in order to take out Orton.
We would assume it was Michaels’ way of laying claim to the title belt
Orton now holds.
Rowdy Roddy Piper Takes on Vince McMahon And The Winner
It was reported that Piper piped up at the G.I. Joe
Convention and blabbed that he would be one of the choices for Guest Referee at
Cyber Sunday. McMahon went ballistic and refused to allow Piper’s name to be
added to the list of choices for guest referee AND says Piper won’t be on any
WWE list for work in the future. Ads
for Cyber Sunday in Canada listed
Piper as a choice for guest referee. Those ads, which ran as early as Labor Day,
listed Piper, Mick Foley and Steve Austin as choices. The new ads now show JBL in place of Piper. Source: www.lordsofpain.net.
Triple H A No Go For Cyber Sunday
Triple H was originally announced as being a player involved
in Cyber Sunday, however, WWE now says Triple H will not be available.
Elijah Burke Desperately Seeking Illinois
Burke missed the house show in Springfield, IL last week
because he drove to Springfield, MO instead.
He obviously won’t get paid since he didn’t appear. Source:
WrestleZone. Don’t feel too bad, Burke, it could happen to anyone.
CM Punk Versus Tony Atlas
We are told that CM Punk and Tony Atlas had a go around at
the last ECW taping, partially over Punk’s taping – the taping of his arms.
Source: www.angrymarks.com. I
can't speak for other WWE/ECW fans, but Punk has talent, style, charisma
and class and hasn’t been getting the push he deserves.
According to reports, Atlas didn’t even know who Punk was and how many
fans Punk has amassed. I thought
Punk had been looking a little off during some of his performances and I can’t
say that I blame him. Who is Tony Atlas anyway and is this type of action what
is causing low morale in the ECW locker room?
Word is the reason Punk lost to Morrison on Punk’s home
turf was to punish him for sticking to his guns against Tony Atlas. Hang in there, Punk, if you don’t stay with WWE, er, we
mean ECW, fans will find you. I
don’t know about anyone else out there, but Punk is one of the main reasons I
tune in to ECW.
It is also being reported that a CNN camera crew has taken to
following CM Punk around. Did CNN
hear how Punk was being treated and figure this was a good time to see if he
would like to speak out?
And speaking of CM Punk, the Ghost Hunters Live Halloween
Special 2006 featuring Punk has just been released on DVD.
ECW Brings in Johnny Jeeter
Johnny Jeeter, formerly of WWE’s Spirit Squad, will be
joining ECW in the near future. Source: WrestleZone.
John Morrison and Randy Orton Cozy Up To WWE Management
and appear to be WWE corporate “favorites” in the
Signature Pharmacy client list scandal. Orton
never served any time off for being on the list. We all knew how Orton was being
treated like teacher’s pet, but we didn’t know …
John Morrison didn’t serve his full suspension. Morrison
worked a house show a day before his suspension was up.
Smackdown the UK Way
The Smackdown house show for October 17 will be held at the
Manchester Evening News Arena in the UK. Currently
scheduled to appear are Batista, Undertaker & Kane vs. The Great Khali,
Finlay, & Mark Henry. ECW Champion CM Punk will be defending his title
against John Morrison. For information on all WWE house shows, television
tapings, and talent events, go to www.wwe.com.
Diva Search Elimination
Jessica Hatch has fallen victim to the latest round of votes
in the WWE Diva Search. You can
catch interviews she will be doing after her removal from the competition on
various wrestling news sites.
Developmental Talent Gone
WWE has released Keith Walker and Buck Quartermaine.
No reasons were given for the release.
Remember that two developmental talents tested positive during routine
Two more developmental wrestlers are getting some heat in OVW.
The Major Brothers appear to be turning into a major pain according to
OVW sources. They refuse to listen to anyone and tend to do their own thing.
Another New Talent Out The Door
Krissy Vain, at her own request. Krissy made her debut on the September 28, 2007, edition of
Smackdown. Reports are that she and
her boyfriend, Ryan O’Reilly both asked for their releases at the same time.
Krissy was slated to work on Smackdown
and Ryan was scheduled to work on Raw. The time apart was too much and they
decided their relationship meant more to them than WWE meant to them.
Lillian Garcia’s American Idol Storyline
Garcia wants more promo work on her album and is willing to
work a storyline to get it done. Garcia
has been known to avoid storylines but since this will showcase her musical
talent, she’s pushing for it. Source: WrestleZone. The angle may have started
last week. C’mon Lillian, you
have a great voice but can’t we make wrestling really wrestling and skip the
music industry stuff?
This Week’s WWE Ratings
Last week’s Friday Night Smackdown drew a 2.5 rating.
Monday Night Raw drew a 2.8 rating – that’s a new low.
The last time Raw drew a rating this low was on December 15, 1997.
According to The Grand Rapids Press, the two hour Raw time
slot provided a full thirty minutes of actual ring time.
I wonder if that’s why they have all those commercials during the
matches – so it’s harder for fans to tell just how much ring time they are
ECW drew a 1.2 cable rating, same as last week.
It is being reported the USA Network is not happy with the
way WWE has been handling things and that WWE is ignoring any creative ideas
proposed by the network. USA’s
contract with WWE expires shortly after Wrestlemania 24. Since Bonnie Hammer of
USA expected the ratings for WWE to be between 4 and 5 when the deal was signed
in 2005, no one knows if USA will want to keep WWE.
Several websites are reporting that the Smackdown taped this
week was taped with two different endings.
New Faction To Debut at Smackdown
Dave Taylor, Paul Burchhill and Scottish newcomer Drew
McIntyre are slated to become a new faction on Smackdown. No word yet on the
exact date they will show up. Source: www.sescoops.com.
John Cena Out Till 2008
John Cena will be out of WWE action longer than expected.
Vince McMahon told fans originally that Cena will be back in six months. During
his interview on past Monday’s Raw via satellite, Cena says he has been told
the prognosis is seven to twelve months before he will be able to return.
The Jackass Is Back --
He Ever Gone?
Rumor has it that WWE is again going to go for the jackass
angle with Steve-O about the time of the Royal Rumble in January, 2008. The
previous angle using Steve-O to be used at Summer Slam fizzled out.
Although the above mentioned site reports that the idea was
axed because WWE got fed up with Steve –O, I remember reading reports
that Steve-O did a backpedal because of the drug problems cropping up in WWE.
If that is the case, I have to wonder who the jackass truly is.
A New Highlander Being Delivered Via the Stork
Rory of the tag team The Highlanders has been telling
everyone that he and his wife are expecting a child via his MySpace page.
Ric Flair Takes On Auto Dealer
Ric Flair has filed suit against a a car dealer out of North
Carolina claiming it has been using his likeness to run commercials and
advertisements. Although not
trademarked, Flair says that his personality is his own and he did not give
permission for anyone to use it to advertise products.
Source: The Charlotte Observer.
Not Necessarily WWE News
Johnny Fairplay has filed suit against Danny Bonaduce for
injuries he sustained after Bonaduce dropped him on his head.
Source: Rajah. As reported in an earlier News Bytes, The DA reviewed the
tape and refused to file charges. I’ve
seen the tape and Bonaduce didn’t do anything out of the ordinary – Fairplay
latched onto Bonaduce. Bonaduce was merely defending himself. I’m not
necessarily a Bonaduce fan, but if you aren’t man enough to take the heat,
then don’t go around attacking people, Fairplay.
We can always hope the judge that sees this case sees through it and
tosses it into the trashcan.
Independent Norwegian Wrestler Isak Rain Death Notice and
Isak Rain, of the Norwegian Wrestling Federation and the
World Association of Wrestling, has died.
Rain was killed as a result of a car accident that took place
in his native Norway on Tuesday night (October 9, 2007).
Rain had wrestled all over Europe, most notably for the NWF
in Norway and WAW in England, but also wrestling in Finland and Italy as well as
other BritWres promotions such as Real Quality Wrestling, Herts & Essex
Wrestling, the British Wrestling Alliance and Real Deal Wrestling.
Rain, trained by Erik Isaksen and Robbie Brookside, later
became a protege of veteran "Rowdy" Ricky Knight and was well known
for his NWF tag team championship winning combination with fellow Norwegian
Victor as Fremtiden ("Future").
He was 22.
I feel like I should be adding Ric Flair and Booker T/King
Booker to this section but since no one has confirmed or denied they are no
longer working with WWE, I have not done so.
See The Sandman Live In Action
The Sandman will make his debut in EWF’s Seasons Beatings
on December 1, 2007. Sandman will be available for polaroids and autographs
before the show and during intermission. For further information on this and
other EWF events, go to www.ewfarena.com.
Bret Harte Book Signings - Canada
The dates are all scheduled in Canada, but that is where the
book is being released first:
Saturday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. – CALGARY
Costco, 99 Heritage Gate SE
Monday, October 22nd, 7:00 p.m. – TORONTO
Chapters, Festival Hall, 142 John St., tel (416) 595-7349
Saturday, October 27, 2:00 p.m. – MONTREAL
Chapters Pointe Claire, 6321 TransCanada Highway (corner of
St. Jean Blvd.), tel (514) 428-5500
Saturday, November 3, 2:00 p.m. – VICTORIA
Bolen Books, 111-1644 Hillside Ave., tel (250) 595-4232
Sunday, November 4, 1:00 p.m. – NEW WESTMINSTER, BC
Walmart, 805 Boyd St.
Tuesday, November 6th, 7:00 p.m. – EDMONTON
Chapters West Edmonton Mall, 88820-170th, tel (780) 444-2555
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:00 p.m. – SASKATOON
McNally Robinson, 3130 8th Street East, tel. (306) 955-3599
Thursday, November 8th, 7:00 p.m. – WINNIPEG
Chapters,Polo Festival, 695 Empress St., (204) 775-5999
******CHANGE IN VENUE
Saturday, December 1, 12:00 p.m – HALIFAX
Costco, 230 Chain Lake Drive
Monday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. – CAMBRIDGE
Book Express, 355 Hespler, tel (519) 621-9500
Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. – BARRIE
Chapters, address to follow
Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 p.m. – LONDON
Chapters, 1037 Wellington Road, tel. (519) 685-1008
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m. – WINDSOR
Chapters, Devonshire Mall, 3100 Howard, tel. (519) 250-1005
Friday, December 7, 12:30 p.m. – TORONTO
Chapters, Indigospirit First Canadian Place, tel. (416)
Friday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. – OSHAWA
Chapters, Ottawa Centre, 419 King St. West, Oshawa (905)
Saturday, December 8, 11:a.m. – MISSISSAUGA
Wal-Mart, Square One, 100 City Centre Dr.
Saturday, December 8, 2:30 p.m. – AJAX
Costco, 150 Kingston Road.
Saturday, December 15, 2:00 p.m. – CALGARY
Chapters, MacLeod Trail, 9631 MacLeod Trail SW, tel. (403)
Sunday, December 16, 2:00 p.m. – BANFF
Banff Book and Art.
Former WWE Diva Does Porn
The rumor mill has been hinting that former WWE Diva Ariel
will be making a new porn film. Nothing has been confirmed and we are told to
take the rumor with a grain of salt. I
suggest we all wait for confirmation from the former Vampire girl's mouth.
Did Little Nicky and The Hogans Family Think We Would Forget -–
John Graziano’s mother filed for and was granted temporary
guardianship of her son, age 22. According
to doctors, Graziano, an Iraqi veteran, will require lifelong care due to the
injuries he sustained as a passenger in the car Nick Hogan crashed. There has
been no word from the Hogans for several weeks regarding Graziano or his medical
Rob Conway Scheduled for “Borden Bash”
Real Wrestling Action’s “Borden Bash” is slated for
October 26, 2007 in Borden, IN. Conway
is scheduled to wrestle. No word on who Conway’s opponent will be. Source: www.warned.net.
Ogdensburg School District To Be Audited
A few News Bytes back we reported WWE complained about not
receiving their take during an event involving the Ogdensburg School District.
City Councilor Kreston Erikson was arrested after it was discovered funds
were found to be missing and Erikson had forged a receipt for $8,000.00. The State Comptroller has announced that its office will now
be auditing the school district’s finances. Source: www.pwbts.com.