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- Following Monday night’s RAW, David Otunga is on a 10-match losing streak as far as WWE TV and pay-per-views go. Jack Swagger has lost 9 straight WWE TV or pay-per-view matches. – For the first-time ever, former WWE announcers Todd Grisham and Jonathan Coachman will be hosting ESPN’s SportsCenter. Catch them tonight at 8pm EST on ESPN. – Former WWE Champion JBL is back with another Wrestling God Recap video talking about RAW:Read More
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ESPN features an interview with Jim Ross, who discusses tonight’s 1,000th episode of RAW. It was revealed last week that Ross would be at the show, however he says that he would have been there regardless. “I was planning on going no matter what, but to be invited and be part of the show is something special,” Ross told ESPN. “For everyone involved, it’s a celebration of hours of hard work, thousands of miles traveled and sacrificing family time to put on a show every week for this long.”Read More
WWE Champion CM Punk appeared on The Bower Show on ESPN 97.9 FM Hartford Connecticut on Thursday (audio available here) to promote the historic 1000th episode of Raw. Highlights from the interview are as follows: * When asked to name his favorite moment in the illustrious history of Raw, Punk said though there have been many great moments, his personal favorite involves former WWE Superstar Gene Snitsky. In the autumn of 2004, Snitsky punted a baby doll into the audience, which Punk says always makes makes him laugh. – WhenRead More
- WWE.com has published an interview with renowned women’s softball pitcher Jennie Finch, a two-time Olympic medalist and Women’s College World Series Champion. She was asked what her strategy would be if she were to face the Divas Champion in a one-on-one match at WrestleMania. “Train hard, mentally prepare to dominate. I would love to jump into the ring from one of the corners!” she says. Finch also says her finishing maneuver would be called “The Backwards K.” – The former Bella Twins, Nicole and Brianna, star in a motivationalRead More

Posted On July 10, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

This Week’s WWE RAW Supershow Rating & Social Media Score

- Monday’s episode of WWE RAW Supershow scored a 3.2 rating, with 4.407 million viewers. The first hour scored a 3.11 rating with 4.294 million viewers, with the second hour scoring a 3.22 rating with 4.52 million viewers. This is the same rating as the show scored last week while viewers were down. Last week’s RAW scored a 3.2 rating with 4.707 million viewers. – RAW scored 164,481 in social media activity for this week’s show, which was up 7% compared to last week’s show. RAW was right at theRead More
- Grantland.com, an ESPN subsidiary, has an article comparing AJ Lee to Miss Elizabeth. – TMZ live discussed John Cena’s divorce last night. It was noted that the divorce is turning nasty with his wife accusing him of cheating. – Chris Jericho’s suspension countdown tweet for today reads, “2 years ago I went to see Iron Maiden with my 2 cousins and they played 2 Minutes To Midnight.”Read More

Posted On June 13, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Layla Talks About Leaving The NBA’s Miami Heat For WWE

WWE.com has an interview up with Divas Champion Layla, who talks about being a cheerleader for the NBA’s Miami Heat back before becoming a WWE diva. ESPN’s website has also picked up the story and published quotes from the article as well. Layla was a dancer for the Miami Heat back in 2006 when they last won it all. Regarding her decision to leave the Heat and try out for the WWE Diva Search competition, she said, “It literally happened within the span of a week.” Layla received a championshipRead More
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Posted On June 4, 2012By Julian RadbourneIn Columns

The Two Sheds Review: UFC The Ultimate Fighter Finale

I really don’t like reality television. Which is why, once again, I haven’t watched a single episode of The Ultimate Fighter. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a good scrap. So it’s for that reason we’re heading into the Octagon for my latest review as we take a look at The Ultimate Fight Finale, shown live in the early hours of this past Saturday morning on ESPN here in Britain. The broadcast began in the lightweight division as Justin Lawrence faced John Cofer. These two began their night’s workRead More

Posted On May 13, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

WWE Edits Ryder’s Show Again, Coachman Talks Chairshots & WWE

- Zack Ryder says WWE edited this week’s YouTube entry again. He wrote, “By the way, @WWEonYouTube edited my show again. Not edit as in did all the work…edit as in take out a part.” – Current ESPN announcer and former WWE announcer Jonathan Coachman spoke with HutchNews.com and says he was held back because of his time with WWE, “It really held me back for a while. There were certain people (ESPN executives) that were fearful of some negative backlash that they hired a guy best known for wrestling.Read More
Speaking to Not In Hall of Fame, Marty Jannetty addresses WWE’s decision to only assist former contracted talent who partook in recreational drug use with rehabilitation assistance and not those with degenerative injuries caused by their time wrestling for the organization. “I think so,” he says in response to whether WWE should offer rehabilitation assistance to wrestlers suffering physical pain. “It is really hard for me to say, because I am not the person in charge of something like that. But I think that if someone is working for aRead More

Posted On April 4, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

ESPN Reporter Says ‘Mania Drew 1.9 Million Buys, Drew McIntyre

– Gus Ramsey, a reporter for ESPN, stated on his Twitter account Wednesday that WrestleMania XXVIII garnered 1.9 million pay-per-view buys.   “accidentally deleted my earlier tweet. Rock and Brock each sign 1 year deals. WM28 did 1.9M buys. WWE was targeting 1.5M,” he wrote.   The message has since been deleted.   — Drew McIntyre indicated on Twitter that he injured his shoulder during the Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny match at WrestleMania XXVIII.   “Yes the shoulder was hurt, was I stopping? HELL NO!! I am a WRESTLERRead More

Posted On April 4, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Brock Lesnar Featured On ESPN, Lesnar’s Twitter, Smackdown News

- The WWE Smackdown taping on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.   - ESPN.com has a blog written by Chad Dundas that explains how Brock Lesnar is better fit in the WWE than UFC. Heres an excerpt from the blog.   “his [Lesnar's] flights of fancy with football and mixed martial arts are mercifully finished. They were always somewhat awkward fits, anyway… It’s the one thing he’s been consistently great at for more than a few fleeting years. Now he’s backRead More

Posted On March 31, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Mysterio Golfs Without Mask, Santino Wins At Axxess, Cena & More

- ESPN reports that Rey Mysterio’s group won the scramble-format competition for the WrestleMania 28 ProAm Golf Tournament earlier this week, at 17-under. The Miz’s group placed fourth at -13 while Sgt. Slaughter’s group and Zack Ryder’s group finished -14. ESPN noted that Mysterio played the tournament without his mask on except when the cameras were on him.   - The United States Champion Santino Marella defeated Dolph Ziggler at WrestleMania Axxess today. Santino wrote on Twitter:   “I just be beat dolf ziggler at #axxess in a loser leavesRead More

Posted On January 22, 2012By Daniel PenaIn News

Luger Says He Would Be Honored To Be Inducted Into The HOF

During a recent public appearance, Lex Luger was asked what being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame would mean to him. “It would just be a tremendous honor if someday I was inducted in the Hall of Fame, but really, we’re here to get down to glory to God now with our lives and serve others and use open vessels for him to bring people to Christ,” says Luger, who in 2006 declared himself a born again Christian. Lex continues, “But, would that be an honor? It’s something thatRead More

Posted On January 11, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Raw Ratings Breakdown, Superstars Matches For Thursday

– Monday’s WWE RAW drew a 2.9 cable rating (4 million viewers), down from last week’s 3.1 cable rating (4.44 million viewers viewers). Once again, the show lost viewership in the second hour. The hourly ratings were 2.96 in hour one and 2.77 in hour two, a loss of around 176,000 viewers. The BCS Championship game on ESPN did a 16.22 cable rating (24.21 million viewers) – down 15% from last year’s BCS game. The game was a blowout, so it’s unlikely RAW’s second hour was affected by the competition.Read More
Speaking to WWE Magazine, Steve Austin responds to Brock Lesnar telling ESPN.com during a recent interview promoting WWE ’12 that he was “downright scared” to face him on the June 10, 2002 Raw (Austin balked facing Lesnar, feeling the marquee bout lacked proper buildup. Ultimately, he declined to attend Raw, briefly leaving WWE). Austin responds, “It wasn’t a Brock issue at all. It was a stupid business decision, and I flew off the handle. I was wound up pretty tight at the time. I thought they [WWE] were poking meRead More

Posted On October 24, 2011By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Todd Grisham Apologizes For Offensive Tweets

Former WWE announcer Todd Grisham, who recently debuted as a commentator for ESPN, made some racially-insensitive comments over the weekend on Twitter and followed up with an apology. While talking about college football game over the weekend between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech, Grisham referred to the “trail of tears” while talking about the Sooners’ loss. The “trail of tears” historically refers to the American Cherokee Indian tribe being forcibly removed from their land back in 1830, where thousands died. Grisham received a lot of negative feedback from otherRead More

Posted On October 20, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Scott Hall & Son No Longer On Speaking Terms

Scott Hall’s reunion with his estranged son Cody at the conclusion of ESPN’s documentary on the wrestler was short-lived as the two are no longer on speaking terms. Sources tell TMZ that Hall’s ongoing drug problems have once again forced the two apart. ESPN’s documentary last night chronicling the wrestler’s descent showed father and son reunited after not speaking for years. Scott’s ex-wife Dana tells TMZ that the reunion in May “barely lasted a month” and the two are no longer on speaking terms. The documentary ended with Scott workingRead More

Posted On October 20, 2011By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Vince McMahon High On SmackDown Star, HBK On Scott Hall Piece

– Shawn Michaels posted a statement on Twitter regarding ESPN’s piece on Scott Hall, which aired Wednesday evening on E:60. He wrote, “FYI- I did not see the piece on Scott. Scott. Kev, Kid & Hunter r my friends. Sharing our personal info or insight on here aint happening. Much like when u ask me my opinion on RAW or other wrestlers. I don’t do it. The net is flooded w/opinions. I don’t think u need one more.” — Vince McMahon is said to be high on Cody Rhodes afterRead More