Wrestling Observer Newsletter Tag

– Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s next scheduled live appearance on Raw takes place March 28 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. He is also scheduled to appear on the Raw after WrestleMania on April 4 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. — There was an extensive amount of rehearsing for Snooki’s in-ring segment with Vickie Guerrero, LayCool and Trish Stratus on Monday’s Raw since Guerrero and Snooki aren’t trained professional wrestlers. — FOX8 in Australia will air Tough Enough beginning in April. Also, Mark Henry is headed toRead More
– Big Show suffered a minor injury at Tuesday’s SmackDown taping during an angle involving Ezekiel Jackson. He was supposed to be thrown through a table by the Corre member, but the table didn’t break, resulting in a huge bruise on his forearm. He was scheduled to wrestle in the show’s dark match main event, but didn’t. — Advertised for tonight’s episode of WWE Superstars on WGN America is an Eight-Diva Team Match pitting Divas Champion Eve, Tamina, Natalya and Gail Kim against Melina, Alicia Fox and The Bella Twins.Read More
– Last week, the Smart Wrestling Fan podcast released the match lineup for WrestleMania XXII, which was then verified as legitimate by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The Undertaker vs. Triple H; The Miz vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship; Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship; Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole with Steve Austin as the Special Guest Referee, Randy Orton vs. CM Punk; Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes, John Morrison, Kelly Kelly and Trish Stratus vs. Dolph Ziggler, Michelle McCool and Layla; The Corre vs.Read More
– Darren Young, who was selected as one of six former NXT contestants to return to the show in its fifth season, NXT Redemption, was listed as a member of the Raw roster upon its premiere. He had been largely relegated to WWE Superstars in recent months but is now competing for a spot in the sixth season of NXT. — WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper said on Twitter that he’s filming a piece for Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week. — The March 5 SmackDown live event inRead More
– Shelton Benjamin worked a dark match prior to this week’s SmackDown taping in Houston, Texas, beating SmackDown Superstar Curt Hawkins. The feeling is that based on how well he performed and the solid reaction he received from the hometown crowd, he will receive an offer to return to the organization after WrestleMania XXVII. Follow the match, Benjamin said on Twitter that he ‘may or may not be returning to WWE’. — A joke going around WWE regarding Vince McMahon’s doctrine that The Undertaker’s match with Triple H at WrestleManiaRead More
Sunny was announced Monday night on Raw as the latest inductee for WWE’s Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Sunny, who’s real name is Tammy Sytch, has since made several remarks on her Facebook account concerning the matter. She stated Tuesday night that people whom she considered her friends in the wrestling industry who have yet to congratulate her on her honor are jealous. “It’s so funny…people whom I thought were my friends in this business I havent heard a peep from regarding my induction…and those whom I never knewRead More
– Angelina Pivarnick was not the only reality television star on hand for last Thursday’s TNA iMPACT! taping in Fayetteville, North Carolina as former Survivor contestant Jonny Fairplay also attended the event. He was looking for work. Talk regarding his behavior was favorable and company officials appeared receptive to using him again. However, that’s been in the case in the past and he still has yet to return. Hulk Hogan said they’ll get back to him. Fairplay was under contract to the organization in 2004 and 2005, but did littleRead More

Posted On March 3, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

How Much TNA Paid Angelina Pivarnick, Update On The MCMG

– Angelina Pivarnick, a low end cast member of Jersey Shore during the MTV show’s first two seasons, appeared at last Thursday’s TNA iMPACT! taping in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Some wrestlers were told by management she did the appearance for exposure and was not paid. However, both the Pro Wrestling Torch and Wrestling Observer Newsletter say she was paid $7,000 for the one night appearance. It’s said that she was hoping to land a contract with the organization. Pivarnick was given her own locker room at the event. A sourceRead More

Posted On February 24, 2011By Keelan BaldersonIn News

How Much ‘Reality’ Will Tough Enough Display?

The format for the return of Tough Enough will have a more “reality style” than previous seasons, which ironically means much more phony drama and scripted segments. The contestants will still reside in a house, but like other shows cell phones and computers were taken away on arrival to make them isolated from the outside world. The internal dramas between housemates will be hammed up. Although Tough Enough is often credited with helping to create the reality genre and was the inspiration for shows like The Ultimate Fighter, this timeRead More

Posted On February 17, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Planned Main Event For Mania, No Change In Sting Negotiations

– The Undertaker vs. Triple H is currently penciled in as the main event for WrestleMania XXVII, according to this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Many people within the company are saying that Triple H will put his career on the line against The Undertaker, with Shawn Michaels acting as the special guest referee. The Observer, however, adds that the stipulations of the match are not concrete. Triple H has contemplated retiring in the near future, noting he’s 41 years old, has suffered a series of serious muscleRead More
– According to a former WWE writer, original creative plans called for the anonymous Raw General Manager to be revealed as Triple H. — In light of speculation of a Sting vs. Undertaker showdown at WrestleMania XXVII, if they were to wrestle, it would not be their first encounter. Sting, as WCW World Heavyweight Champion, wrestled and pinned the future “Deadman” on September 1, 1990 in the main event at a World Championship Wrestling live event in Greensboro, North Carolina. They were scheduled for a follow-up bout the following nightRead More
– Matt Hardy garnered some heat in the locker room for taking credit for the recent TNA Impact ratings spike coinciding with his arrival to the organization and being paired with his brother. He wrote on Twitter following the February 3 episode, which scored a strong 1.3 cable rating: “Hulkster & Jeff brought me in & the ratings keep growin-Coincidence?I think not! FACT! .. Dixie, u can thank ME & Jeff 4 the ratings jump-just saying.” “When guys do that, they bury themselves with the boys,” said one company source.Read More
– Ric Flair is reportedly delaying surgery on his torn rotator cuff for as long as possible because he doesn’t want to miss out on the ongoing Fortune vs. Immortal storyline. He returns to television tomorrow night on Impact. — TNA Wrestling’s lone house show of the weekend, Friday night at the First Arena in Elmira, New York, drew a crowd of approximately 2,000. — Viewership for TNA iMPACT! is seven percent more on tape, so including those who watch the program time delayed, the cable rating for the Feb.Read More

Posted On February 13, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Ziggler Says He’s World Champion, HBK Draws Big Crowd, More

– Approximately 500 fans turned out to meet Shawn Michaels yesterday at the 2011 ATA Trade Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. Regarding the appearance, Michaels wrote on Twitter: “Thank u Indy. I don’t care what any1 says. I feel I will b connected 2 WWE fans 4ever. I had a gr8 time. I miss u all. Thanks!!!” — Last Sunday’s WWE Supershow in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania drew 7,300 fans while the next night’s Raw taping in Milwaukee, Wisconsin drew 5,600. — Adding to the “controversy” of the status of the WWE WorldRead More

Posted On February 10, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Update On WWE’s Future Plans For Nash, WCW Reunion Planned

– WWE’s initial plans on Kevin Nash was for him to appear at the Royal Rumble and sign him to a “Legends” contract where he would be used for promotional appearances and the occasional television appearance. Based on the strong reaction he received at the Rumble, another match has not been ruled out. However, nobody expects him to be brought back as an active wrestle. – Dolph Ziggler was on hand for last night’s Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons game in Cleveland, Ohio. — Jim Ross noted yesterday in hisRead More

Posted On February 10, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Locker Room Opinion On Hardy, Knockout’s Release Confirmed

– The Wrestling Observer Newsletter confirms that Alison Skipper (a/k/a Chelsea) was released by TNA Wrestling. Her profile was removed from the company website last week. Desmond Wolfe has a medical condition—that has yet to be publicly disclosed—which caused company officials to drop his partnership with Magnus and Chelsea. Magnus reunited with Wolfe at television tapings in December, but a decision was made to not air the vignettes they filmed. — TNA newcomer Crimson has launched an account on Twitter. — Initially, there was much concern amongst the TNA WrestlingRead More

Posted On February 2, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

News On Savage Appearing In WWE Game, Rhodes’ Nose Injury

– While it was THQ’s call to feature Randy Savage in the WWE All-Stars video game, WWE has to approve any character they want in the game. The video game company approached Savage on their own, as well as Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior, and had Vince McMahon approve all three character proposals. As the game’s promotional tagline “Two Generations. One Ring.” implies, the game features current and former WWE Superstar competing in fast-paced wrestling matches. — “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, who is being portrayed on television as though he sufferedRead More

Posted On January 29, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Phoenix Wants To Compete In The Rumble, Wrestlicious Update

– WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Matt Riviera headlines New Millennium Wrestling’s Feb. 26 event at the Balch Springs Recreation Center in Balch Springs, Texas. — WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart said last week on The Bubba the Love Sponge Show that Wrestlicious is close to securing a television deal with MTV2. — Beth Phoenix revealed to SLAM! Wrestling that she wants another Royal Rumble opportunity. “The Glamazon” took part in last year’s showcase, kissing and then eliminating The Great Khali. “There’s 10 more spots,Read More

Posted On January 27, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Surprises Planned For The Royal Rumble, WWE Attendance Notes

– For weekend live events, the Raw tour saw Friday’s show in Trenton, NJ draw 6,500 paying $189,000. Saturday in State College, PA, drew 4,200 paying $120,000. Sunday in Youngstown, OH, drew 5,400 paying $170,000. Monday’s Raw in Detroit drew 9,000. The SmackDown events saw Saturday’s show in Kalamazoo, MI draw 4,400 and $128,000 and Sunday’s show in Hammond, IN drew 3,300 pay $98,000. — Two ‘legends’ are reportedly scheduled for Sunday’s 40-Man Royal Rumble Match. Another wrestler that would be considered a surprise is also set to appear. FormerRead More