Wrestling Observer Newsletter Tag

– “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who has been announced as host of World of Hurt, will tape the first episode of the wrestling reality series on August 18 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The WWE Hall of Famer replaces Lance Storm in the program’s second season. World of Hurt only airs in Canada. — Contrary to online reports, Mark Carrano has not been moved from talent development to working under Triple H. — Wade Barrett celebrates his 30th birthday today. — Vince McMahon stated during last week’s WWE investors conference call thatRead More

Posted On August 10, 2011By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Update On Undertaker Shaving His Head, His WWE Return & More

Last month we posted a photo of The Undertaker looking noticeably thinner with what appeared to be a shaved head. The Undetaker was wearing a hat, but he appeared bald – leading to a great deal of speculation as to whether the picture was real or not. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the Undertaker has indeed shaved his head and is sporting a new bald look. As for when he will return to WWE, there is currently no timetable for his return – but it’s expectedRead More
– A WWE live event scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas will be a Supershow featuring talent from Raw and SmackDown. Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 27, 2011. — John Cena and The Miz are scheduled to present awards at this Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is up for the award of Choice Movie: Action Actor, will also be on hand for the event. — Shawn Michaels is in Africa filming episodesRead More

Posted On July 27, 2011By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Original Plan For CM Punk: Laid Out By Triple H

According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there were six different scripts written for this past Monday’s RAW. The main goal for the entire CM Punk storyline was not so much for him to get over, but rather to get over Triple H taking over Vince McMahon’s position. The original plan for CM Punk’s return was as follows: Get attacked by HHH, laid out with the pedigree, and then Alberto Del Rio would cash in his Money in the Bank leading to Del Rio vs. John Cena atRead More
The Honky Tonk Man predicted during an interview last week with Monday Night Mayhem that the late Randy Savage will receive his long overdue enshrinement into the WWE Hall of Fame next year. “I think ‘Macho Man’ (Randy Savage), of course will be the headliner,” the former WWE Superstar said. “The sad thing is that he’s not going to be there to give his own speech.” The latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that prior to his death, Savage said on ‘several occasions’ that if he was askedRead More
Randy Orton garnered a lot of heat from both talent and company officials regarding alarming comments he made two weeks ago during an interview with Phoenix, Arizona based rock station 98KUPD. “The Viper” candidly discussed his past drug abuse, knocked the actresses who have portrayed his wife on television, claimed The Rock needs a teleprompter to cut his promos and besmirched Divas Champion Kelly Kelly. One WWE source noted that if a mid-level wrestler uttered a quarter of the startling remarks Orton made, he would be due for an “MVP/CarlitoRead More
– With The Nexus likely being dropped following CM Punk’s departure from WWE, Mason Ryan is expected to be repackaged. WWE’s creative has discussed using him as a bodyguard for either The Miz or Alberto Del Rio. — The Capitol Punishment DVD will feature a single extra, a backstage interview with Christian following his loss to Randy Orton. An image of John Cena holding the American Flag is featured on the cover of the DVD. To view it, click here. — The latest issue of WWE Magazine, which features ReyRead More
– Former WWE Superstar Finlay is advertised to wrestle at a Top Catch event, which takes place August 29 in Dinslaken, Germany at the Dintrab Arena. He will facing former WWE developmental talent Chris “The Bambikiller” Raaber. — WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler is advertised to appear at a Legends Of Wrestling event in Harrison, Arkansas on August 20, 2011. Butch Reed and “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton are also slated to appear. Click here for event information. — Alberto Del Rio’s 23-year-old brother Memo Rodriguez is now livingRead More
– The Wrestling Observer reports that Hulk Hogan was overheard saying at last month’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles that Vince Russo is to blame for the quality of Impact Wrestling. Hogan’s remarks were in response to fans telling him that Impact is bad. Hogan was on hand for the event to promote his new video game, Hulk Hogan’s Main Event. — TNA World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Anderson and WWE Hall of Famer Sunny are advertised to apepar at K & M All Star Sports at the Crystal Mall 850Read More
– Former WWE talent Dave Finlay is advertised to appear for EVOLVE on July 26 at BB King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square, Manhattan, New York. He will appear in the main event against Sami Callihan. Visit EvolveWrestling.com for event information. It marks as his first wrestling related appearance since being released from his contract with WWE in March. — Tough Enough contestant Ryan Howe is advertised to wrestle at Dickenson County Fair in Haysi, Virginia on August 4, 2011.Ricky Morton of the The Rock ‘n’ Roll ExpressRead More

Posted On June 24, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

SmackDown Match Preview, Snitsky Backstage At WWE Event

– New Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson is advertised to defend his title against former champion Wade Barrett on tonight’s episode of SmackDown. Other matches slated to take air include: * Sin Cara vs. Ted DiBiase * Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes * Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso vs. Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel * Yoshi Tatsu vs. Jinder Mahal * Christian vs. Kane to determine the new top contender to the World Heavyweight Championship — Tough Enough contestant Michelle Deighton and her husband, Jonny Fairplay, appear on today’s episode ofRead More

Posted On June 11, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

WWE Over the Limit Draws Near Record Low PPV Buy Number

While WWE has yet to release the buy number for last month’s Over the Limit pay-per-view event, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the show is estimated to have garnered 65,000 buys in the United States (based on trending patterns as well as actual cable reports). Should this number hold up, it would be WWE’s least watched pay-per-view event in nearly five years. The 2006 pay-per-view event December to Dismember drew approximately 90,000 pay-per-view buys, with 55,000 of them domestic—the lowest buyrate in company history. To show the accuracy ofRead More
TMZ.com reported this morning that Chyna would be making her much anticipated return to the adult industry in the form of an extremely graphic pornographic video. Vivid President Steve Hirsch told TMZ he was approached by Chyna “months ago” to create an X-rated film as part of her re-entry into the business. She shot a movie involving two male adult film stars, tentatively titled Backdoor into Chyna. It is set for release on DVD “in the near future.” According to Beauty Queen Management, who represent the former WWE Women’s Champion,Read More
– Maryse deleted a cryptic Twitter message she posted after Raw concerning her female colleagues being “cranky.” She wrote, “The WWE divas are cranky tonight, they should go get some mcdonalds……” — Retired WWE star Edge is featured on the cover of the latest issue of The Wrestler. The headline reads: “Gotta Run! (And Far Too Soon) – How History Will Remember Edge.” — As reported earlier, Kharma has taken a leave of absence from WWE due to pregnancy. She is expected back, but not for at least nine months.Read More
– The following bonus features will be included in the Blu-ray version of WWE Extreme Rules, available May 31, 2011: * Edge’s Retirement Announcement – April 15 SmackDown * John Cena’s Draft Night – April 25 Monday Night Raw * The Rock’s Birthday Celebration – May 2 Monday Night Raw — The SmackDown brand will tour South Africa in early July with two shows scheduled for the 9th and 10th Johannesburg. Justin Gabriel, who is from the country, will be emphasized as a top babyface at the events. He isRead More
– In Raw live event attendance notes, the May 10 show in Highland Heights, Kentucky drew 3,300 paying $85,000; May 11 in Hermosillo, Mexico drew a sellout crowd of 10,300 paying $570,000; May 12 in Guadalajara drew 6,500 paying $400,000; May 13 at Los Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City drew a sellout crowd of 19,900 paying $870,000; May 14 at Arena Monterrey drew a sellout crowd of 13,800 paying $750,000. Smackdown on May 14 in Lake Charles, Louisiana drew 3,300 paying $95,000 and May 15 in Austin, TexasRead More
– WWEShop.com has discontinued its ECW Men’s “Old School” T-shirt featuring the barbed wire logo. A reader placed an order for the shirt and received a WrestleMania VII shirt instead. The women’s shirt, however, is available. — Former WWE star Gregory Helms will be next week’s guest on the AfterBuzz TV AfterShow for Tough Enough, hosted by former WWE Divas Torrie Wilson, Lilian Garcia and Candice Michelle. The program airs Monday night at 11:15 p.m. on www.ustream.tv/afterbuzztv. — The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that WWE developmental wrestlers AJ Lee andRead More
– Mick Foley was not TNA’s original choice for the role of Network Consultant. Company officials had a nineties star in mind for the role but couldn’t come to terms on an agreement—it was not Bill Goldberg. — Jeremy Borash will be hosting a TNA UK Fan Party in Manchester, England on May 26 at a “secret location.” More details are available here. — Scott Steiner has apparently resolved his financial dispute with TNA Wrestling as he appeared at last night’s iMPACT! Wrestling taping in Orlando, Florida. After building upRead More
– The original wrestling ring from Killer Kowalski’s Institute of Pro Wrestling in Massachusetts is up for auction on eBay. A number of notable wrestlers learned the ropes in this ring including Triple H, Chyna, Perry Saturn, Kazarian, A-Train and John Kronus. The auction can be seen here. — The Nasty Boys, Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags, are scheduled to appear on an upcoming episode of Man v. Food on the Travel Channel. — Rey Misterio, Sr. (Miguel Lopez, uncle of WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio) is scheduled to introduce aRead More