Wrestling Observer Newsletter Tag

– Beginning with the Royal Rumble, all WWE Blu-ray releases will include the DVD version. There will be a price increase of $5. — WWE officials contacted representatives of Duane Chapman (star of Dog the Bounty Hunter on A&E) a few weeks ago regarding a possible appearance at WrestleMania XXVII. It is said that both sides were far apart on financial terms. — According to a person who spoke directly to Vince McMahon this past week, Wade Barrett vs. The Undertaker is currently penciled in as the main event forRead More
– Former TNA Knockout Rhaka Khan has launched an account on Twitter. — While numerous seats remain available for WrestleMania XXVII, WWE officials are reportedly pleased with ticket sales thus far. Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony have been selling especially well, with only balcony seats remaining as of early this week. — WWE officials are already contemplating candidates for induction into next year’s Hall of Fame class. The primary names being discussed are Trish Stratus, given that it will likely take place in her hometown of Toronto, andRead More

Posted On January 20, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Hogan & Bischoff Take Paycuts, Impact Rating Breakdown, More

– Gunner and Murphy have been added to TNAWrestling.com’s roster page. The duo debuted in June 2009 as the company’s on-air security and were given official names in July 2010. — Last Thursday’s episode of TNA iMPACT!, scored a 1.25 cable rating, the program’s highest mark since October 14, the show after Bound For Glory. The program garnered 1,733,000 viewers over the course of two hours. Segment-by-segment numbers are as follows: Beer Money, Inc. vs. Motor City Machine Guns lost 138,000 viewers. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero and Samoa Joe facingRead More
Last Thursday on TNA iMPACT!, Amazing Red’s “little” brother (officially known as “Crimson”) put Abyss in a chokehold backstage and delivered a cryptic message to him: “They are coming.” “They” will mark the return of the Main Event Mafia and will consist of Kurt Angle and Scott Steiner, and possibly Sting, Kevin Nash and Booker T. Steiner returned to TNA at last Wednesday’s iMPACT! taping and participated in a cliff hanger ending. He donned a suit reminiscent of his time in the Main Event Mafia. Angle is penciled in forRead More
– Friday’s TNA Wrestling live event in Reading, PA, drew approximately 1,000 fans. Saturday’s show in Upper Marlboro, MD, drew 688 fans. Sunday in Hagerstown, MD, drew a sellout crowd of 1,350 fans, the first legitimate sellout for a TNA live event in a while. — TNA Wrestling officials are still negotiating with Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) regarding utilizing Zorro. A deal is expected to be reached and that he’ll perform under a different name. — Creative plans are in place for Matt Hardy to perform as the “coldRead More
– Christy Hemme has opened a new account on Twitter. She says she lost the password to her first one. — Sarita has signed a two-year contract extension with TNA Wrestling. The Canadian women’s wrestler has been featured more prominently on TNA Wrestling programming in recent months, scoring victories over many of her peers in the Knockouts Division including Angelina Love, Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky. She recently, albeit unofficially, aligned herself with TNA Women’s Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne and Tara while becoming embroiled in a heated feud with VelvetRead More
– Kurt Angle appears on tonight’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which airs at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. He gives a tour of an amateur wrestling facility that will be built as part of the home remodeling project. A preview clip of Angle’s appearance is available here. No mention of TNA is made as he is introduced as a 1996 Olympic gold medalist and multi-time world champion wrestler. — Based on statements made by Moore County District Attorney Maureen Kruger, the person administrating Jeff Hardy’s current legal case, theRead More
– The Huntsville Times recently conducted an interview with Kofi Kingston promoting next Monday’s SmackDown live event in the area. The article contrasts WWE’s family-friendly, PG product to the “Attitude Era.” Kingston adamantly feels that wrestling can be PG. “Absolutely,” Kingston said. “It’s one of those things where anyone can come to the show. Back in the day, it was a little more different and more intense. There were a lot of teenagers and adults in the crowd and you didn’t want to bring your kids to the show. “We’veRead More
– In the segment-by-segment numbers for Monday’s Raw, the WWE Title Match between The Miz and John Morrison drew a 3.1 for the first quarter and a 3.2 for the second quarter; Maryse, Melina and Alicia Fox vs. Brie Bella, Eve Torres and Natalya tumbled to 2.9; the in-ring segment with CM Punk, Wade Barrett and The Nexus setting up main event stipulations grew the rating to a 3.2; Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth fell to 3.0; backstage interviews with Randy Orton and The Nexus fell to 2.7; beginning ofRead More
– Several top World Wrestling Entertainment executives received major stock options at the end of 2010. For instance, Executive Vice President of Television Production Kevin Dunn sold 18,000 shares for $258,300 on Dec 29. Shares of WWE stock owned by Dunn are currently worth $1.77 million. A trust fund Vince McMahon earmarked in 2008, which is separate from his own stock portfolio, sold 2,866,944 shares on Dec. 29—equal to $41,140,646. The current value of his trust fund following the sale is approximately $146 million. — Footage has surfaced from theRead More
– Former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia sang the national anthem prior to this afternoon’s New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills game at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. She wrote on Twitter, “On the side lines watching the #jets warm up! Gearing up to sing anthem in less then 30 mins! Butterflies are forming but SO pumped for it!!” Garcia later added that the experience was a blast. Photos of her appearance are available here. — Two weeks ago, WWE officials had a tentative match line-up forRead More

Posted On December 31, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

WWE Prematurely Posts SmackDown, Ashley Massaro Update

– WWE posted tonight’s episode of SmackDown prematurely as it was available for viewing for a few hours today on YouTube prior to its national airing on Syfy. The video has since been set to private. — Konnan indicated in a recent radio interview in Mexico that he’s interested in bringing Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Booker T, Carlito and Big Daddy V to AAA for big events in 2011. — 2005 Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro has resurfaced online as she has launched accounts on Twitter and Facebook. She explainedRead More

Posted On December 31, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Kane Comments On Taker Storyline, Mantell Congratulates Kong

– Kane appeared on The Wease Show on radio station 95.1 in Rochester, New York on Tuesday and notably remarked that he was disappointed that his program with The Undertaker was cut short due to injury. He also commented on Paul Bearer’s return to WWE and subsequent departure from television. The interview can be accessed here. — The Dec. 27 Monday Night Raw taping in Albany, New York drew 6,000 fans. Sunday’s SmackDown live event in Chicago, Illinois drew 8,500 fans paying $320,000, while the following night’s show in PittsburghRead More

Posted On December 31, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Palumbo Comments On Low TNA Wages, TNA Interested In Zorro

– Former WWE talent Chuck Palumbo took to Twitter to note that the average TNA mid-card wrestler makes less than $500 per match not to mention that they have to cover their own hotel expenses and health insurance. He wrote: “Two fans asked me how much a wrestler makes over at TNA today, when I told them the “average mid carder” is makin less than 500 a match…no hotels …..they couldn’t believe it.. That’s before taxes and expenses and paying your own health insurance…. They were like holy****, we betterRead More

Posted On December 31, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Mysterio Given Additional Time Off, Mistico Inquires About WWE

– Mexican luchador Mistico has made inquiries to World Wrestling Entertainment officials about joining the organization. He took part in a tryout match prior to a television event in San Jose last year and was said to have impressed officials with his chain wrestling. However, he was making a lot of money in Mexico at the time and therefore did not join the company. — WWE officials have granted Rey Mysterio a less taxing road schedule. While he won’t be taking time off from the road entirely, he will beRead More
– Hernandez is expected to return to TNA Wrestling programming in the near future. The organization was paying him a weekly guarantee during his time away in Mexico for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA). — Brooke Adams (a/k/a Miss Tessmacher) claimed earlier this week on her official website that she suffered a broken jaw on Christmas Day. However, the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the hospital closest to where she lives, nobody matching her description checked in that day or the day after. Adams wrote onRead More
– Jim Ross denied online rumors that Brock Lesnar is returning to World Wrestling Entertainment. “Lesnar to WWE rumor unfounded,” he wrote on Twitter. “However if it happens for WM27 it would be huge 4 WWE.” — A WWE spokesman confirmed to NewsDay.com that Sunday’s Raw live event at Madison Square Garden drew 13,600 fans. Jim Ross previously reported that the event drew 15,000 fans. — SRG Films has signed an agreement with Richard O’Sullivan to do create a movie on the life and death of Chris Benoit. Half ofRead More

Posted On December 29, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Taylor Wilde Says She Quit TNA, Valentine Appearing On NCIS

– Former TNA Knockout Taylor Wilde said today on Twitter that she quit TNA Wrestling. It was reported that her contract with the organization had expired. — Rebecca Budig, who briefly hosted WWF Sunday Night Heat on MTV, won ABC’s Skating with the Stars reality show on Dec. 21. She was a high level skater as a child, and thus had an edge in the competition. — Lizzy Valentine, who has appeared for TNA Wrestling, said on her Facebook account that she recently filmed a pole dancing scene for anRead More

Posted On December 28, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

WWE PPV Buys Significantly Down, Superstars Rating, Rumble

– Last Thursday’s episode of WWE Superstars featuring Lay-Cool vs. Beth Phoenix & Kelly Kelly in the main event drew a 0.55 cable rating, down from the previous week’s number. The show drew 539,000 viewers overall. The midnight replay did a 0.23 rating, with 221,000 viewers. — Although WWE announced next month’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Boston, Mass. as being sold out, some $300 floor seats are still available. — Through the first 11 months of 2010, World Wrestling Entertainment garnered 1,941,000 domestic pay-per-view buys from 12 events, an averageRead More