Wrestling Observer Newsletter Tag

As reported earlier, WWE Hall of Famer Tammy “Sunny” Sytch checked into a rehabilitation program sponsored by WWE on Monday morning. She was admitted to an emergency room late Friday night for consuming nearly two gallons of vodka (amount according to RF Video), and her boyfriend, independent wrestler Damien Darling, insisted that she seek professional help. According to Bryan Alvarez of F4Wonline.com, she attributes her erratic behavior in recent months, which has led to her no-showing multiple wrestling events she was scheduled to perform on, to depression stemming from loneliness.Read More
- There is concern among WWE officials that Vince McMahon’s mockery of Jim Ross’ affliction with Bell’s palsy in a backstage segment on the June 11 Raw SuperShow could blow up in the organization’s face. The Creative Coalition, which formed a multi-platform, nationwide anti-bullying alliance with WWE, “be a STAR,” would appear hypocritical by conducting business with an organization that practices what they preach against. McMahon’s mockery segment struck a nerve with former WCW announcer Mark Madden, who went on Twitter to blast the WWE chief. “McMahon mocking Ross’ Bell’sRead More
– TNA Wrestling officials are interested in acquiring former WWE Superstars John Morrison and Melina as their names have come up in recent creative meetings. Bruce Prichard, Senior Vice President of Programming and Talent Relations, is said to be a big proponent of the couple joining the organization. Both talents have continued to compete at independent wrestling events since parting ways with WWE last year. — Gail Kim wed celebrity chef Robert Irvine on May 10 at the Charles Krug Winery in the Napa Valley in Northern California. The weddingRead More
The Wrestling Observer reports WWE has signed Ashley Fliehr Johnson to a developmental contract. She is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. Reports surfaced earlier this month that Ashley intended to follow in the footsteps of her legendary father as she was training to become a professional wrestler. She is expected to join WWE’s Tampa, Florida based developmental training facility in the summer. Ashley is the third Flair child to enter the professional wrestling industry. David notably competed for World Championship Wrestling from 1999 to 2001 whileRead More
– Vince McMahon was reportedly encouraged by YouTube viewing numbers for the United States Championship Match between Santino Marella and The Miz before Extreme Rules. He felt with more promotion the numbers could be even higher. — Ezekiel Jackson responded to a Twitter user relaying an online rumor that misbehavior backstage resulted in WWE abandoning plans to push the SmackDown Superstar again. He wrote, “Wow, and u witnessed this? Or rumours?” — The May 5 episode of A.M. Raw garnered a 0.61 cable rating, with 723,000 viewers. Photos of EzekielRead More
– TNA Wrestling’s creative department has contemplated making Bully Ray the World Heavyweight Champion as they feel he is the best heel in the professional wrestling industry today. — Sarita stated on Facebook that she missed Tuesday evening’s CMLL show at Arena México due to an emergency requiring her to visit her native country (Canada, which she does not mention). The TNA Knockout issued an apology and promised to return to action soon. — TNA Wrestling Senior Vice President of Programming and Talent Relations Bruce Prichard missed last week’s setRead More
– Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer revealed that TNA Wrestling is having financial difficulties as talent and vendors are frequently paid for their services on a delayed basis. “Vendors and wrestlers are paid late all the time,” he wrote on the F4WOnline.com message board. “Janice Carter controls the purse strings. Only a certain amount of money over what they bring in can be spent and it’s prioritized where it goes.” Janice Carter, who is the mother of TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter, gained complete control of the company’s purseRead More
– WWE creative curtailing Mark Henry’s standing in the company following a huge promotion relates to injuries and perception. Many internally have perceived Henry for numerous years as being injury prone and not tough enough to gut said injuries out. Meanwhile, Henry is trying to break into acting as he feels his days in wrestling are coming to an end. He also realizes that his acting roles will probably limited to playing a bodyguard or bar bouncer. — WrestlingFigs.com reports Maria Kanellis will appear at WrestleReunion 8, which takes placeRead More
– WWE creative have talked about Brodus Clay feuding with The Miz if or when he resumes appearing on television again. The Funkasaurus has appeared at recent Raw live events. He was reportedly removed from television last month due to Vince McMahon’s unhappiness with his ring work. — The Raw live event on March 2 in Cornwall, Ontario drew 2,500 paying $70,000. Raw on March 3 in Ottawa, Ontario drew 3,500 paying $155,000. Raw on March 4 in Bangor, Maine drew 5,500 paying $175,000. Smackdown on March 3 in Albany,Read More
– Mr. Anderson, who has not appeared on TNA Wrestling programming since November, will return on next Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling. “To everyone who has asking about my vacation for the past few months: I’m back next week,” he wrote Friday on Twitter. The former Mr. Kennedy took two months off for personal reasons but hasn’t been used since a house show tour in January due to creative’s directive to not showcase wrestlers on television without a storyline. — The February 24 Impact Wrestling live event in Upper Marlboro,Read More
– Last Friday’s Raw live event at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California drew 9,000 paying $360,000. Saturday’s Raw show in Ontario, California drew a near sellout with 9,000 paying $275,000. Sunday in Eugene, Oregon drew 5,000 paying $165,000. Smackdown’s tour of Central America opened on Thursday in Tegucigalpa, Honduras with 2,500. Friday in Panama City, Panama drew 4,000. Saturday in Guatemala City, Guatemala drew 2,000. — WWE officials have expressed interest in acquiring Jay and Mark Briscoe, but they are both under contract to Ring of Honor. —Read More
– Austin Aries’ message on Twitter last week dismissing Sting has been turned into an angle. The X Division Champion wrote following Thursday’s Impact Wrestling, “I guess ‘I’m done’ is code for ‘I’m booking myself in another PPV main event.’ Yet the X Division champ can’t sniff a main event… #Shocker.” He then pulled the message and wrote, “Apparently this straw over-stirred the drink.” TNA staff said Monday they “reached out to Aries” for comment, but he responded “No comment.” Sting wrote Monday, “Tension building. Goal accomplished. #whining ≠ #winning.”Read More

Posted On February 23, 2012By Daniel PenaIn News

Brian Kendrick Removed From TNA Roster, Sarita Wrestles Sick

– Brian Kendrick has been removed from TNA Wrestling’s roster page on ImpactWrestling.com. This would indicate that he has parted ways with the company. Kendrick’s second TNA run culminated with him capturing the X Division Championship from Abyss last July at Destination X. After dropping the title to Austin Aries at No Surrender, he failed in his attempt to regain the belt at Bound for Glory. He had only competed in one televised match since then. — Brooke Tessmacher has been announced to appear at Legends of the Ring 14,Read More
– A match involving the WWE Divas is expected to take place WrestleMania XXVIII although some company officials are against utilizing the women for the sake of it since the affair would take away time from the bouts people are most interested in seeing. It’s also been suggested as the pre-show dark match. — The February 18, 2012 episode of A.M. Raw scored a 0.64 cable rating with 755,000 viewers. — In light of her actions involving John Cena and Zack Ryder on Monday’s Raw SuperShow, Eve addressed fans duringRead More

Posted On February 22, 2012By Daniel PenaIn News

Where Laurinaitis/Long Feud Is Headed, Otunga Against Bullying

– WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim General Manager of Raw John Laurinaitis’s campaign to not only become the permanent Raw General Manager, but take over Theodore Long’s job as General Manager of SmackDown is expected to culminate with a winner takes all match at WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami, Florida. The Wrestling Observer reports that a Laurinaitis captained team of heel WWE stars will likely face a babyface team captained by Long at the pay-per-view extravaganza with the winning captain becoming General Manager of both Raw andRead More
– It was reported last week that Brodus Clay was removed from television due to Vince McMahon’s unhappiness with the voluminous grappler’s ring work. To add further detail, the WWE head believes he’s unsafe and reckless in the ring; he doesn’t want him competing until his ring work is brought up to par. Eyebrows were raised backstage about McMahon pushing forth talent safety since Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes competed on this week’s Raw SuperShow hurt. Clay dismissed last week’s negative report via Twitter, writing, “Don’t believe the hater hypeRead More

Posted On February 22, 2012By Daniel PenaIn News

Why Kharma Has Yet To Return, Simmons’ WWE HOF Inductor

– John “Bradshaw” Layfield inducting Ron Simmons into the WWE Hall of Fame is not official but it is the planned idea. Layfield wrote Tuesday on Facebook in regards to inducting his longtime tag team partner, “As far as who is inducting Ron into the HOF-I would consider one of my greatest lifetime honors if I am chosen. However, it hasn’t been announced-SO, if I knew who was I couldn’t say. And, if I don’t know I couldn’t say either obviously. So, I wait on the announcement like everyone else.”Read More

Posted On February 22, 2012By Daniel PenaIn News

WWE Discussing Talent Cuts, Ex-Divas Join Lucha Libre USA

– Former WWE Divas Melina and Jillian have been announced to appear on Lucha Libre USA’s “Masked Warriors Live” tour in late March. Events are scheduled for March 23 at Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada, March 25 at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California and March 30 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. — Former WWE talent Shawn Daivari was the booker of the February 4 WWFX Champion Showcase Tour 2012 event in Manila, Philippines. No return date has been announced but he stated during an interview thatRead More
The Wrestling Observer reports that Alberto Del Rio is disliked by some of his WWE colleagues due to how he carries himself and the belief that his position in the company is unwarranted. The two-time WWE Champion is seen as off-putting behind the scenes as he portrays himself as a master backstage politician and struts around as a superstar. There is also a perception that he is not over to the level of his sizable push as his matches and promos garner tepid reactions from the audience. Company officials, however,Read More