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– The pre-sale code for the Jan. 31 Monday Night Raw taping at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island is ORTON. Tickets for the pre-sale are on sale now through Friday morning via Ticketmaster.com. — Current creative plans call for Melina to turn heel and feud with Divas Champion Natalya. It’s expected to be a slow turn. The idea was first conceived a few weeks ago and it said that Melina garnered heat because she was negative about going bad. Meanwhile, a renewed on-screen relationship with John MorrisonRead More

Posted On December 8, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Update On Goldberg’s Negotiations With WWE, Cole Turns 42

– WWE Monday Night Raw on Feb. 28, 2011 will be held at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. Tickets go on sale Dec. 18, 2010. (Thanks to Devin Cutting) — Today is WWE play-by-play commentator Michael Cole’s birthday, who turns 42 years old. — Discussions between Bill Goldberg and WWE officials regarding induction into next year’s Hall of Fame class in Atlanta, Georgia are said to be cold at this point. See photos of Goldberg in WWE -> source: Wrestling Observer NewsletterRead More
– According to video game industry sources, sales for Smackdown vs Raw 2011 are at the same level as last year, which would be considered a major positive considering that sales throughout the industry are down. It’s also a positive because sales for the game were down the past two years. — It is said that Wes Brisco and Xavier Woods were tapped to be called up to the main roster fairly soon before Brisco tore his ACL at a FCW live event last month in Punta Gorda. — TentativeRead More
– Mick Foley appears on Last Call with Carson Daly this Friday night on NBC. The show airs at 1:35 a.m. — Ric Flair didn’t appear at Sunday’s Final Resolution pay-per-view because TNA Wrestling were already over his allotted dates for the year and didn’t feel it was necessary that he work the event. — According to sources within TNA Wrestling, Taylor Wilde is through with the company. However, officials are open to bringing her back in the future. See busty photos of Taylor Wilde -> source: Wrestling Observer NewsletterRead More

Posted On December 4, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Matches Announced For WWE TLC, FCW Star Not Ready For NXT

– Edge’s victory over Kane in a non-title match on last night’s SmackDown gave “The Ultimate Opportunist” the right to choose the stipulation of their World Title match at WWE TLC. He chose his “specialty,” a Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match. Also announced for the show is Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio. No stipulation has been announced for the bout. — WWE developmental wrestler Jackson Andrews, who is billed 7’2″ and 325 pounds, picked up a few victories over Goldust at recent Raw live events. While company officials areRead More

Posted On December 4, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Orton Surpasses HBK, SmackDown Star Dons Mask At FCW Event

- Jim Ross commented on news of MVP’s release from WWE with the following. “MVP released 2day from WWE. Good guy who will do well going forward. He’s a survivor,” he wrote on Twitter. — With Randy Orton’s latest WWE title run having concluded, “The Viper” now ranks at No. 10 for most days spent as WWE Champion, surpassing Shawn Michaels with 420. No. 9 would be Randy Savage at 529, Steve Austin at No. 8 with 529, Triple H at No. 7 with 539, and Bret Hart at No.Read More

Posted On December 4, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Juan Cena Pulled From Upcoming Shows, HBK Endorsing Norris

– Big Show will be signing copies of Knucklehead following this Tuesday’s SmackDown taping at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. He is also advertised to appear in Pasadena, Texas on Sunday, Dec. 19 from noon until 2:00 p.m. at FYE #1328 located at 276 Pasadena Town Square. — Shawn Michaels has signed a deal to endorse the Chuck Norris Total Gym. — New promotional material for upcoming WWE live events no longer advertise Juan Cena as appearing. Edge is being advertised in place of Juan for said shows. SeeRead More

Posted On December 4, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

MVP Comments On Release, WWE Developing New Cage Match

– Prior to World Wrestling Entertainment announcing Thursday that MVP had been released from the organization, the former United States Champion noted the following on Twitter. “We all have many dreams. Realizing one sometimes prevents you from realizing another. Decisions must be pondered & made ! Stand by …” After the release was announced, he wrote: “No need for alarm. I did not get fired. I asked for & received my release. I felt it was time to go international & freshen things up.” — Prior to the Hell inRead More
– It has been confirmed that in addition to Chris DeJoseph, creative team members John Piermini and Dan Matalaga have also parted way with the organization. Piermini left the company on his own a few weeks ago, while Matalaga was released around the same time. — WWE issued a survey Thursday asking fans to give their thoughts on the Survivor Series and how themed pay-per-view events have affected interest in watching them. — Tyler Reks noted today on Twitter that a deviated septum he suffered during a match in TurkeyRead More
– At the Monday Night Raw taping in Orlando, a fan ringside wearing Hulk Hogan merchandise. Security personnel made him remove almost all of his Hulkster garb, and was given a “Stand Up for WWE” T-shirt to wear. — It is said that the decision for the winner of NXT season three was immaterial because both Kaitlyn and Naomi were going to be kept on the main roster anyway. WWE officials like Kaitlyn as a personality, but feel it will be a while before she improves her in-ring work. Meanwhile,Read More
– The heart procedure that WWE producer Dean Malenko underwent was to have a stent placed. — Sports columnist, author and podcaster Bill Simmons conducted an interview with WWE Champion The Miz yesterday for his ESPN.com podcast, The B.S. Report. The interview can be accessed here. — It was reported this week that WWE developmental wrestler Verity Thomas (real name Vickie Skeeles), a recently signed women’s grappler from the U.K., was removed from the roster page of the official website of Florida Championship Wrestling. Skeeles confirmed on her Twitter accountRead More
– Ryan-Nemeth.com conducted an interview with Dolph Ziggler’s younger brother, Ryan Nemeth, an aspiring wrestler. He was asked whether he would be interested in taking part in WWE’s revival of Tough Enough and what he thinks of critics who may brush him off as “just” the Intercontinental Champion’s younger brother. To read the interview, click here. — It was said to be “night and day” in regards to Triple H producing the announcers instead of Vince McMahon during WWE’s television events in England a few weeks ago—which the WWE chairmanRead More

Posted On November 27, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Report On Riley’s WWE Status, WWE Cleverly Edits SmackDown

– WWE cleverly edited the episode of SmackDown held in Manchester, England so that it would appear that Alberto Del Rio’s ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez was on hand for the event when he actually wasn’t—due to a cost-cutting measure. A clip of Rodriguez introducing Del Rio was played to the live audience while clips from other television events were shown during the broadcast. — People within WWE thought the timing of Alex Riley’s arrest last week for Driving under the influence didn’t do him as favors, but he survived theRead More

Posted On November 27, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

King of the Ring Participants Set, Possible New Tag Team On SD

– Kofi Kingston, “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio and Drew McIntyre qualified for Monday’s King of the Ring tournament on Friday’s episode of SmackDown. Last Monday’s Raw saw John Morrison, Daniel Bryan, Ezekiel Jackson and Sheamus qualify for the tournament. WWE has yet to disclose the tournament bracket. — WWE has discussed putting Curt Hawkins and Trent Barreta together as a tag team after their former partners, Vance Archer and Caylen Croft, were let go last week. — Ashley Valence, who last appeared on WWE programming during the secondRead More

Posted On November 26, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Heenan Reportedly In Poor Health, WWE Alumni Update, More

– The WWE website has added Jake “The Snake” Roberts and The Gobbledy Gooker to its Alumni section. Of talent released last Friday, Jillian and Tiffany were added to the page. — There was much second-guessing among those in WWE regarding the content of pay-per-view events compared to television programming. — Bobby Heenan is reportedly in very poor health at a Florida hospital. Lanny Poffo, brother of Randy Savage, said on the Who’s Slamming Who podcast this week that he heard from a friend that the WWE Hall of FamerRead More

Posted On November 21, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Ex-Diva Denies Shooting Adult Film, News On WWE Going 3D

– World Wrestling Entertainment issued a survey last week asking fans if they would like to see WWE matches broadcast in 3D. It was reported earlier this year that the company was planning to air a 3D special in 2011. — Former WCW talent Ernest Miller, who now works as an actor, is a candidate to play the lead role in a biography film on legendary boxer George Foreman. — On Twitter, former WWE Diva Chyna refuted online reports that she recently filmed an adult movie. “The porn rumors areRead More
– TNA Wrestling officials are interested in bringing Hernandez back to activity, but he has indicated that he’s not quite ready to return yet as he’s enjoying his main event status with Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA). Hernandez was sent to the Mexican wrestling promotion in the spring with the idea that it would get him over as an authentic Mexican babyface which they could use as their own. — TNA Wrestling will tape the Nov. 18 edition of iMPACT! tonight in Orlando, Florida. The Thanksgiving Day episode will beRead More

Posted On November 10, 2010By Daniel PenaIn News

Reason For McCool Missing UK Tour, WWE Star Discussed For HOF

– There has been much talk amongst WWE officials in recent weeks to induct Theodore Long into next year’s Hall of Fame class since it’s taking place in his home city of Atlanta, Georgia. Matt Striker is often mentioning the SmackDown General Manager over commentary in conjunction with it. — There has been a change in WWE’s creative process as it’s said that they “want to push the envelope” on company programming. It is also said that they want the commentators making more inside jokes. — Divas Champion Michelle McCoolRead More
WWE’s creative team has discussed holding a Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett program at some point in 2011. The Nexus spokesman is said to be “super over” with key personnel in the organization and has consequently overtaken the position held by Sheamus earlier this year. They also feel he has surpassed the “Celtic Warrior” in garnering heat from the audience. Also on tap for Barrett is the climax of his feud with John Cena early next year, and a subsequent WrestleMania program with The Undertaker—providing the SmackDown star is healthy. BarrettRead More