Wrestling Observer Newsletter Tag

– WWE Executive Vice President of Television Production Kevin Dunn’s compensation for 2010 was $746,154 in salary, $608,400 in stock grants and $359,000 in other income for a total of $1,713,554. — Former WWE Superstar The Honky Tonk Man is scheduled for an autograph signing this Sunday at Legendary Ink in the Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie, Maryland. The signing begins at 2:00 p.m. For more information, call 410-787-2002. — Tyson Kidd was accompanied by SmackDown head writer Michael Hayes at last night’s WWE Superstars taping in Nashville, Tennessee.Read More
– WWE shipped 474,000 DVD units during the month of March, which is considered a large number. This is up from 211,000 units shipped the month before, with the increase being attributed to the release of The True Story of WrestleMania DVD. Meanwhile, WWEShop.com garnered 1,300 orders per day in March, up from 821 in February. — WWE.com garnered 14.2 million unique visitors during the month of March, up from 13.9 million in February. — Regarding The Undertaker’s wrestling status, the mentality of WWE personnel is that he’s considered retired.Read More
– WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat hosted last night’s Raw live event in Dothan, Alabama, but was interrupted by Alberto Del Rio upon his arrival. Del Rio attacked Steamboat, who was saved by Rey Mysterio. CM Punk then arrived on the scene, but was fended off by Kofi Kingston. Mysterio and Kingston beat Del Rio and Punk in a match later in the show. WWE developmental wrestler Percy Watson also worked the show, beating Zack Ryder in a singles match. — The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh encountered JinderRead More
– Ric Flair’s reported shoulder and injury rotator cuff tear is at the top of the shoulder. The front and back are fine and he is able to lift light weights without much pain. The wrestling legend wasn’t hurt following an unforgiving Lethal Lockdown Match last month at TNA Lockdown. Also note, he is putting surgery off because he doesn’t want to undergo six months of rehabilitation. – This week’s episode of TNA iMPACT! featured 23 minutes and 29 seconds of in-ring action, down from 31 minutes and 43 secondsRead More
– Raw Superstar Skip Sheffield, who hasn’t appeared on television since breaking his leg and ankle on August 18, 2010 at a WWE live event in Honolulu, Hawaii, issued his first public comments since suffering the injury yesterday on Twitter. “First and last update here since so many of you have been kind to ask. Things have been extremely complicated with the injury and it was much more than just a broken ankle and leg,” he wrote. “It has been the most positive experience of my life and I promiseRead More
Online reports of Brett DiBiase being released from his developmental contract with WWE are erroneous as he worked two matches as a referee at this evening’s Florida Championship Wrestling live event in Tampa, Florida, reports LordsofPain.net. It was reported earlier this week that DiBiase’s profile was removed from the Florida Championship Wrestling website, which is often an indication that a talent has been released. Furthermore, Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer reported that the third generation wrestler was let go. Meanwhile, new signee Jon Moxley made his FCW debut tonightRead More
– It was reported Monday that WWE developmental wrestler Brett DiBiase, 23, was removed from the roster page of the Florida Championship Wrestling. It has since been confirmed that the third generation wrestler was released from his contract with WWE. — Sunday’s WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view event at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida drew approximately 10,000 fans. — WWE referee Chad Patton turns 35 years old today while Hall of Famer Bill Watts turns 72. — Robert Irvine, 45, a personality on The Food Network announced onRead More
– The 2012 Royal Rumble is scheduled to take place in St. Louis, Missouri. No official date has been set. — The August 1 Monday Night Raw taping will be held at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tickets go on sale May 14, 2011. — This week’s episode of NXT featured 16 minutes and 30 seconds of in-ring action compared to 16 minutes and 12 seconds the week before. — Alberto Del Rio has been described by WWE sources as a master politician behind the scenes because he hasRead More
– Current plans call for Jim Ross to remain on WWE programming throughout the duration of Michael Cole’s ongoing storyline. His segments have performed strong quarter-hour numbers, which could factor into the company’s decision to keep him on television. Also note, there are no plans for Ross to permanently return to announcing. — Advance ticket sales for Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view event in Tampa, Florida and the next day’s Raw taping in Miami are said to be slow. — The pre-sale code for the June 27 Monday Night Raw tapingRead More
– TNAWrestling.com has posted a video previewing tomorrow night’s episode of TNA iMPACT!. It is labeled: “Who Is Kurt Angle’s Mistress? And What Will She Do To Karen Jarrett?!” A preview for tomorrow night’s show was also posted: “Plus, Will Mr. Anderson finally get his title shot one-on-one in the ring with TNA World Champion Sting? Who at the network is the match maker? And the road continues to the May “Sacrifice” Pay-Per-View event!” — Jay Lethal’s release from TNA Wrestling last week surprised a lot of people within theRead More
Kia Stevens, better known as Awesome Kong, was honored as an active wrestler last week at the annual Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada. She thanked Antonio Inoki for getting her to Japan, where she learned the ropes. She discussed her TNA Wrestling tenure without any bitterness, as well as joining WWE. She notably said she made it in wrestling without being a “skinny bitch.” She also praised Jim Ross and Steve Austin, whom she had met at a prior Cauliflower Alley Club event, for opening the doorRead More

Posted On April 22, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Update On Desmond Wolfe, Shimmer Wrestler Receives Tryout

– Hulk Hogan addressed Desmond Wolfe’s status with TNA Wrestling last week on Twitter, writing, “Desmond’s situation is beyond TNA’s control, the ball is completely in his court.” However, the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter indicates otherwise. Wolfe was scheduled to reform his partnership with Magnus late last year, but Douglas Williams was given the spot instead. Company officials have had plans for the former ROH World Champion to return, including this week, but they have yet to materialize. Wolfe is currently appearing for various community theaters inRead More
Due to the retirement of Edge leaving SmackDown in dire need of a top babyface, Vince McMahon decided to hold the annual WWE Draft next Monday as opposed to a date in June. WWE officials have discussed moving Alberto Del Rio to Raw during next Monday’s WWE Draft as he is currently penciled to headline SummerSlam against John Cena. It has also been broached for Del Rio move to the brand as World Heavyweight Champion, with The Miz, as WWE Champion, heading to SmackDown. With that being said, the identitiesRead More

Posted On April 21, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Former WWE Star Says Morrison Should Apologize To Stratus

Former WWE star Sean “X-Pac” Waltman feels John Morrison should apologize for his unprofessional conduct towards Trish Stratus at WrestleMania XXVII. “I think he should be ashamed,” Waltman wrote on Twitter. “I think he owes Trish a public apology, and deserves to be in doghouse. Total bullshit.” He continued, “I lost a lot of respect for Morrison over that. He may not care, but he f’n should.” The former WWE Women’s Champion stated during a radio interview two weeks ago that Morrison gave her the cold shoulder during their post-matchRead More
– Mexican America — Hernandez, Anarquia, Sarita and Rosita — promote tonight’s TNA Lockdown pay-per-view in the following video. — SoCal Val conducted an interview with “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero regarding his match with Samoa Joe tonight at TNA Lockdown. — The April 7 TNA Wrestling live event in Erie, Pennsylvania drew 2,000 patrons while the April 10 show in Moundsville, West Virginia garnered 700. — The X Division Ultimate Xscape Match will kick off tonight’s TNA Lockdown pay-per-view. The match will feature Amazing Red, Brian Kendrick, Chris Sabin, JayRead More
– Tough Enough contestant Jeremiah Riggs, the mixed martial artist, met with TNA Wrestling’s Director of Talent Relations Terry Taylor about joining the promotion before he wound up on the reality program. The organization showed in interest in Riggs due to his role on VH1’s Daisy of Love and because he has prior wrestling experience. Riggs trained with Dutch Mantel before turning is focus to MMA. — The pre-sale code for the Saturday, June 18 WWE Supershow at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey is ACCESS. The pre-saleRead More
– The son of TNA Wrestling creative writer Vince Russo was recently hired to work for the organization in Nashville, Tennessee in a beginner’s production capacity. — Last Thursday’s TNA Wrestling live event in Fargo, North Dakota drew 600 fans. Friday’s show in Grand Forks, North Dakota drew 1,000 while Saturday’s event in Bermidji, Minnesota did 1,200. — Matt Hardy posted a video on YouTube on Tuesday entitled “The NWO Shane Helms.” It was removed within fifteen minutes. According to multiple witness accounts, Hardy appears in the video while aRead More
– According to reports from the Tough Enough set, Luke Robinson is considered the early favorite on the show. He stands out as a star and is considered a good wrestler that possesses charisma. Show host Steve Austin was so impressed by Robinson that he is privately working out with him. Robinson is a 26-year-old independent wrestler from Maine who performs under the name “Golden Boy” Bobby Robinson. His USANetwork.com bio reads: “For him, WWE combines all his passions rolled into one: performing, marketing, athleticism and traveling. Luke proved hisRead More

Posted On March 17, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Former WWE Divas Film Show, Merriman Looking To Join WWE

– Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman indicated on his Twitter account yesterday that he would like to enter the WWE ring now that the NFL lockout is official. “Dear @WWE now that the lockout is official I would love to whoop some ass Sincerely Lights,” he wrote. — Pro Wrestling Alliance (PWA), an independent professional wrestling promotion owned by Booker, held a “First Ladies of Wrestling” taping last Saturday in Houston, Texas. The taping, which was a reality television pilot, featured Sharmell, Jackie Gayda-Haas, Stacy Carter (a/k/a The Kat), AliciaRead More