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- We noted recently that boxer Floyd Mayweather said during a Hot 97 interview that he would be returning to WWE at next year’s WrestleMania 29 pay-per-view in New Jersey. A WWE source reports that Mayweather wasn’t just running his mouth as officials have reached out to him, Mr. T, Pete Rose, Jenny McCarthy and other former WrestleMania celebrities about appearing next year. – Former World Heavyweight Champion Vader is now on Facebook at facebook.com/BigVanVaderLeonWhite. He is taking as many bookings as he can with matches, signings and conventions. TheyRead More
- Speaking to WWE Magazine, Tensai admits to being disillusioned when he restarted his pro graps career in Japan in 2005 after being released from his WWE contract the previous year. “Truthfully, when I came to Japan from WWE for the first time, I wasn’t enjoying what I had always dreamt that I’d be doing. I thought I was doing the right thing with WWE the first time around, but I wasn’t,” Tensai said. “I was really down on the whole thing, and then I got an offer in Japan.Read More
It was recently reported by SuperLuchas that former TNA star Alex Shelley has signed with WWE. Their report did not state if he would be going to developmental or starting on the main roster. In an update, The Wrestling Observer reports that WWE sources are denying Shelley signed, as of Saturday afternoon. Shelley is booked for the upcoming New Japan Pro Wrestling tour in September and has been tweeting about how excited he is to wrestle in Japan. He is also graduating college in a week or so. Even thoughRead More
- WWE officials are looking at trying to find a TV outlet to air their pay-per-view pre-shows on, similar to what the FX Network does with UFC events. WWE’s goal is to have the YouTube pre-show moved to regular TV by early 2013. They also want to have a UFC-like one-hour coutndown show for WrestleMania 29, similar to the special they did for The Rock vs. John Cena. – When John Laurinaitis was in Japan for the recent WWE shows, people in the Japanese wrestling business who aren’t aware thatRead More
- Regarding Kharma’s WWE departure, the reputation she had gotten that hurt her the most was that in training, they felt she was lazy and it was going to be difficult to get her back in shape. – Expect Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes to be added to the WWE SummerSlam card on Sunday. As noted before, Damien Sandow vs. Brodus Clay is also penciled in. If both of these matches happen, that would bring the SummerSlam card to 10 matches, including the pre-show match. – WWE’s recent shows inRead More
- After last week’s reports about WWE talents being upset with the Central and South American tour payoffs, we noted that WWE sent out a text message saying there was a clerical error and that new payments would be issued. That text message to the talents read like this: “There was an accounting error on the Brazil checks that we have rectified. You will be receiving a new check asap.” This text message came almost immediately after complaints were voiced by JTG, which saw him become very popular among theRead More

Posted On August 10, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News, Videos

Video: Z! True Long Island Story – Episode #79

On this week’s episode of Z! True Long Island Story taped from Japan, Zack Ryder addresses his lack of television time on Raw and being “squashed” by Tensai on this week’s episode of WWE Superstars. Dolph Ziggler, Derrick Bateman, Trent Barreta, Yoshi Tatsu and the Big O appear.Read More
- Billy Gunn was evaluating talents at last night’s WWE NXT tapings in Full Sail University. We noted before that Gunn was at FCW working with the talents last week and it was previously reported that Gunn impressed WWE officials at RAW 1000 to the point where it was speculated that he may wrestle another match on WWE TV in the future. – Wade Barrett wrestled his second match since returning from injury at Thursday’s SmackDown live event in Tokyo, Japan. He defeated Justin Gabriel. A fan in attendance notedRead More
- AW says he, Darren Young and Titus O’Neil are supporting Linda McMahon in her 2012 Senate campaign. He wrote on Twitter last night: “#AWPromotio$ says vote for Linda McMahon!!! The PTP’z support Linda and so should you!! #VoteOrDie4Linda” – It’s interesting to note that Bushiroad, the company that owns New Japan Pro Wrestling, was the sponsor for this week’s WWE live events in Tokyo, Japan. – A number of fans showed up to Thursday’s WWE SmackDown live event in Tokyo, Japan dressed as Damien Sandow with his beard andRead More

Posted On August 9, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Randy Orton Says He Is Not Working At WWE SummerSlam

Following the completion of a 60-day suspension for his second violation of WWE’s Wellness Policy, Randy Orton is currently overseas with the SmackDown brand for this weekend’s tour of Asia. However, with less than two weeks until SummerSlam, the main event superstar says he won’t be wrestling on the show. Orton responded to fans Twitter on Thursday afternoon (Japan time), talking about the 12 1/2 hour flight, keeping in touch with his wife Samantha while away and more. When asked why he’s not featured on WWE’s promotional material hyping SummerSlam,Read More
- There was one idea brought up that would have seen Brock Lesnar attack Shawn Michaels at last Monday’s RAW in San Antonio, Texas. The feeling was that there would be no better way to get heat on Lesnar than to have him beat up Shawn in his hometown. That angle was nixed because they didn’t want Shawn getting beat up before the big post-RAW “HBK Appreciation Night” celebration that was planned with The Undertaker, Vince McMahon and others. – While WWE wanted to do something with Charlie Sheen, DanielRead More
- Former WCW stars Jim Ross and Sting reunited this morning, on a plane to Orlando, Florida. Ross was flying in for tonight’s WWE NXT tapings and Sting was flying in for tonight’s TNA Impact Wrestling. – F4Wonline.com reports that former WWE developmental wrestler Jiro, who was recently released from his contract, is back in Japan working for the K-Dojo promotion. He’s known as Taishi Takizawa in Japan. – WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his girlfriend Maryse attended the MDA Show of Strength event in Los Angeles last night.Read More
- The WWE SmackDown crew finished a near 13 hour flight this morning and have arrived in Japan. After getting some food, the talents were headed to the venue Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo for tonight’s show. – Matches for today’s WWE Superstars include Santino Marella vs. Michael McGillicutty, Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston, Tensai vs. Zack Ryder and tag team action with Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel vs. Tyler Reks & Curt Hawkins. – WWE Champion CM Punk and John Cena aren’t the only WWE Superstars to appear at theRead More
- Jim Ross is calling mostly the main events on WWE NXT because it’s considered a developmental show and the idea is to develop Byron Saxton as a play-by-play announcer. – Regarding AW’s Kobe Bryant rape case reference on RAW two weeks ago, he reportedly had been told that he was “saying nothing” at ringside while on the mic and that they wanted him to be the AW that he was in FCW, when he impressed everyone with his verbal ability. – It’s said that WWE is going to reformatRead More
- WWE Diva Kelly Kelly is back on the road with WWE as she’s going on the SmackDown tour of Japan, China and Taiwan this week. SmackDown Superstar Yoshi Tatsu is also headed to Japan for the tour. He recently posted a blog on the WWE Japan website talking about how he was upset he didn’t get to go on the last tour of Japan. – WWE Hall of Famer Edge and Tommy Dreamer will be appearing at Dave & Busters in Philadelphia on Delaware Avenue, October 7th at 2pm.Read More
- Sarita announced on Facebook that she will be heading to Japan next week for a two-month tour of joshi promotion Stardom. “I’m very excited to announce that in less than 2 weeks I’ll be leaving for a 2 month tour of Japan with STARDOM, and to compete in the 5 STAR GP2012 tournament. I’ll miss you, Mexico!” she wrote. Sarita, who regularly competes in Mexico, has not appeared for TNA Wrestling since mid-April. -The official website of the Bowie Baysox is no longer advertising Drew Hankinson, who appeared asRead More

Posted On July 20, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Former WCW Star Confirms New WWE Signing

Former WCW star The Stro (Maestro) confirmed WWE has signed KC McKnight to a developmental contract. The Stro posted the following on Facebook: Congradulations to one of my finest students K.c. McKnight for signing a WWE contract recently. Very proud of him. He has worked hard in the US and Japan. So much heart and dedication to the business. It is his time now to show that and much more to the world. Show them what you’re made of brother! You deserve the best! God bless you always.Read More

Posted On July 9, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Confirmed: WWE Signs International Star – Details

World Wrestling Entertainment has signed British star PAC, who had been working for Dragon Gate in Japan and DGUSA here in the States, Mike Johnson of PWInsider confirmed. PAC is billed as the “Man that Gravity Forgot” and is a hell of a flier. PWMania.com has uploaded photos of WWE’s latest signing, PAC, which you can view by clicking here or checking out our backstage specials.Read More
- Former WWE Women’s Champion Chyna will be appearing on Playboy’s Spice Radio on Sirius XM this coming Monday afternoon. – John Morrison and Melina were in attendance for last night’s UFC 148 pay-per-view in Las Vegas. – Dragon Gate star Pac worked a DG event in Japan this weekend and bowed to all corners like he was bidding his farewell to the promotion and the fans. Speculation now is that he may be headed to WWE or TNA. Pac wrestled a WWE tryout match before WWE’s tapings in London,Read More