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Mickie James performed her theme song, Hardcore Country, at the Nov. 16 iMPACT! taping (set for air on next week’s show). The segment featured Eric Young wearing bottom-less chaps while playing the cowbell in a takeoff of Will Ferrell’s “More Cowbell” skit years ago on Saturday Night Live. Many backstage felt James was put in a tough position because she wasn’t given much notice to perform, not to mention without her actual band. She legitimately sang over a music track as a makeshift band comprised of two production crew membersRead More

Posted On November 25, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

TNA Star Likely On His Way Out, Employees Leery Of Newcomer

– Rhino is believed to be working on a nightly deal with TNA Wrestling. He was telling people at Turning Point that he had yet to receive a contract offer from the company. One TNA source noted that the company had originally intended to part ways with Rhino when his contract expired, but he’s staying put for the time being due to his current program with Rob Van Dam. However, the belief amongst many in the organization is that he will be gone once the storyline concludes. — Bruce Prichard,Read More
– Tony Smith, a referee in Florida Championship Wrestling, worked this week’s set of WWE televised events. — It was reported over the weekend that WWE axed the mascot character accompanying Jack Swagger ringside in recent weeks, the Swagger Soaring Eagle. The mascot’s fate will be revealed on this Friday’s episode of SmackDown. — Among those hugged by John Cena following the result of the WWE Championship Match at the Survivor Series was Michael Cole, which appears peculiar given the Raw announcer’s heelish persona. The two are close behind theRead More

Posted On November 24, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Update On Riley Following DUI Arrest, Shad’s MMA Aspirations

– John Cena is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Power Slam magazine. — A video of Shad Gaspard participating in mixed martial arts training surfaced online the day after it was announced that he had been released by WWE. A source close to Gaspard says the former Cryme Tyme member has friends in MMA and predicted before the video surfaced that he would attempt to launch a career in the sport. — It is said that Alex Riley’s on-air association with The Miz saved him fromRead More
– The newly created TNA Immortal Championship was a belt specifically made for Jeff Hardy and thus will not replace the actual TNA World Heavyweight Championship over the long run. The assumption of many within the company is that the longtime belt will return once Hardy loses the Immortal Championship. Though the purple belt has been panned online, a number of people within the organization are high on its appearance. One TNA source deemed it “beautiful” and raved about the designer’s attention to detail. The word amongst the locker roomRead More

Posted On November 16, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Update On WWE Cuts, DH Smith Meets The Dynamite Kid, More

– It has been confirmed that Devin Allen, Dr. Cable Jones, Fahd Rakman, Ron Myers, Rhys Ali and referee Daniel Skyler were released from their developmental contracts with WWE over the weekend. Byron Saxton, Eli Cottonwood, Lucky Cannon and Rhys Ali were also removed from the FCW website’s roster page, but have since been placed back. They have not been cut. — Multiple WWE related terms trended on Twitter during Monday’s “Old School” episode of Raw including “#OldSchoolRaw”, “Brawler” and “Jim Ross.” — David Hart Smith noted on his TwitterRead More

Posted On November 10, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

HBK Comments On Old School Raw, Bragging Rights News, More

– Shawn Michaels, who was featured in a promotional commercial Monday promoting next week’s “Old School” episode of Raw, responded to those who asked if he would be appearing on the show. “For those asking, I will not be at the old school RAW as best I know,” he wrote on Twitter. “Do I already qualify as “Old School?” If so…SWEET!!!” — There was a late push to amplify Bragging Rights because members of creative felt it was a flat show going in. Vince McMahon, however, made the decision toRead More
– WWE’s creative department has not been getting much face time with Vince McMahon in recent weeks due to Linda McMahon’s U.S. Senate campaign. A number of people within the organization feel Vince has become obsessed with his wife’s political race, resulting in the television product suffering. — FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion Mason Ryan worked the opening night of SmackDown’s eleven-day live event tour of Europe, beating Chavo Guerrero Thursday night in Belfast, Ireland. The developmental wrestler also worked a dark match at Tuesday’s SmackDown taping in Bridgeport, Connecticut, defeatingRead More
– A former WWE employee watched the first “Stand Up for WWE” campaign promotional video where it was noted that WWE employees voluntarily gathered to “Stand Up for WWE” and commented with the following. “I can list 60 to 75 percent of the people in the video. God bless them,” the former employee stated. “It’s what you do to get ahead. I have no problem with them doing it.” The source, however, was no so complementary to the campaign. — WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts left a copy of theRead More

Posted On November 4, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Wrestler Removed From TNA Roster, Anderson Confirms Return

– Mr. Anderson told Live Audio Wrestling that he will miss Sunday’s Turning Point pay-per-view and subsequent iMPACT! tapings, but will return to the ring on Nov. 12 for a live event in Nashville, Tennessee. He was sidelined after suffering a concussion from a chair shot he received from Jeff Hardy last month at an iMPACT! taping. In a separate note, his wife underwent ankle surgery on Oct. 27. — The official TNA Wrestling website has removed Suicide from its roster page. The video game based character was portrayed byRead More
– The October 29 episode of SmackDown scored a 1.65 cable rating, setting a record low mark for the series on Syfy. The Oct. 22 episode was the series’ previous low, with a 1.70 rating. Smackdown averaged 2,444,000 viewers over the course of two hours, setting a low mark on Syfy. Viewership was down ten percent compared to the previous week’s 2,662,000 number. — The advertised dark match main event for the November 22 Monday Night Raw taping is a Fatal Four Way Match with Randy Orton defending the WWERead More

Posted On October 23, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Backstage Heat On MVP, Veteran WWE Wrestlers Frustrated

There is said to be much frustration amongst the veteran WWE wrestlers not currently being pushed. Many feel they are being pushed aside due to the organization’s youth movement initiative. Matt Hardy garnered a lot of sympathy with his former peers as they felt that he was among the wrestlers company officials didn’t have long-term plans for. Meanwhile, MVP developed heat backstage for moaning about the company’s younger performers being promoted ahead of him. See photo of Chris Masters’ black eye -> source: Pro Wrestling TorchRead More
– There was much bickering amongst the TNA Wrestling locker room at last week’s television tapings over TMZ.com’s report that Jersey Shore star Jenni “Jwoww” Farley was paid $15,000 for her appearance on iMPACT!. Others, however, are skeptical that the price tag noted to TMZ is legitimate. Meanwhile, a company source was okay with the company’s publicity stunt, even if the $15,000 figure is legitimate. “If you get TMZ to put it up and other people pick it up, then it’s worth $15,000. — Hulk Hogan earned a lot ofRead More

Posted On October 20, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Update On Edge Retirement Report, SmackDown Star Turns 40

– WWE SmackDown garnered a 8.7 rating in Mexico, topping programming from AAA (4.5) and CMLL (2.6). — Today is Chavo Guerrero’s birthday, who turns 40 years old. — The report of Edge retiring contemplating retiring in two years is actually old news as he said during an interview with the Asheville Citizen-Times in June that his wrestling career was coming to an end. “That’s part of the reason I bought up here,” said Edge regarding a home in North Carolina. “We want to retire and listen to the windRead More
– Kevin Nash said goodbye to the TNA Wrestling locker room at last week’s set of iMPACT! television tapings. While he’s still listed on the company website, the belief is that he is legitimately leaving the organization because he noted to friends that he was asked to take a pay cut and declined to sign a new contract. — There was much head shaking over TNA Wrestling re-signing Team 3D to new contracts. While Brother Devon is quite popular in the locker room and Brother Ray is considered good inRead More

Posted On October 20, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

TNA Contract Expiring This Month, Backstage Report On Jwoww

– Rhino’s contract with TNA Wrestling will expire at the end of the month. He is still working live events, but it is unknown whether both sides will reach a new deal. The belief is that the EV2 faction is sticking around, and considering that the company is light on former ECW wrestlers, there is a good chance he’ll stay. — Jenni Farley (a/k/a Jwoww) showed up late in the afternoon for her appearance at the Oct. 11 iMPACT! television taping and spent most of her time situated in theRead More

Posted On October 15, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Early Details On Impact Rating, Wrestler Removed From Roster

– While the final rating for last night’s episode of TNA iMPACT! has yet to be disclosed, the program averaged 1.90 million viewers. It was the program’s most watched episode since January 21, which garnered 1.93 million viewers. (source: Pro Wrestling Torch) — Robbie E is advertised to appear at tomorrow night’s Bodyslam Wrestling Organization (BWO) show in Elmwood Park, New Jersey at the Bodyslam Wrestling Organization Gym. — Shark Boy, who has not appeared on TNA Wrestling programming in over a year, was removed from the company website’s rosterRead More
– It has been confirmed that The Great Khali will appear on the ongoing fourth season of the Indian version of television reality show Big Brother, Bigg Boss. The WWE Superstar will be introduced as the twelfth inmate when the show airs on Saturday. He (Khali) is known for his strength in the wrestling ring but, with this show, his fans will get to see a part of his life as they watch him eat, sleep, laugh and interact with other contestants,” said WWE executive vice president Andrew Whitaker. ForRead More
– Based on the initial advertisement that was cut for Bragging Rights, the original plan was for John Cena and Big Show to be the respective captains of Raw and Smackdown. — In attendance notes, Saturday’s Raw live event in Stockton, California did 4,500, while Monday’s Raw television taping in Seattle, Washington drew 8,500. Last Wednesday’s SmackDown live event in Hidalgo, Texas drew a sellout crowd of 7,000 fans. — It is said that creative writer Michael Hayes brainstormed the finish to The Undertaker vs. Kane match at Hell inRead More