The first inductee in Thunder and Lightning’s Pure Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame(PPW HOF is how it will be abbreviated) was selected by us, Joe Thunder and Mike Lightning. Going forward, the next inductee finalists will be determined by votes from you, the reader. The two finalists with the most votes will be taken into consideration and the actual inductee will be determined by a voting panel of five judges. That said, I’d first like to thank Mike Lightning for taking the time to do this lengthy write up on ourRead More

Posted On August 18, 2012By Joe ThunderIn Columns

Thunder’s Weekly Rundown 08/18/12

NXT 08/15/12 Jinder Mahal defeats Richie Steamboat using the camel clutch to advance to the finals of the NXT Championship tournament. ^I’ve made it clear and I’m going to say it again: I don’t care for Jinder Mahal. I think his character is boring, and I think his move set is extremely limited and he has zero potential for the future. I understand WWE being about gimmicks and wanting to ENTERTAIN first, but Steamboat advancing to the finals of this tournament would have made for a FAR more interesting tournamentsRead More
- WWE has signed Mercedes KV (real name Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado), a 20-year-old New England-based women’s wrestler. The official Facebook page of Chaotic Wrestling announced Friday evening, “JUST ANNOUNCED in LOWELL, MA – Mercedes KV will be leaving Chaotic Wrestling as Women’s Champion, to report to the WWE training facility, FCW/NXT in Florida. All of us at Chaotic Wrestling want to congratulate Mercedes and wish her luck!” Mercedes participated in a talent evaluation clinic for WWE in June at Florida Championship Wrestling headquarters, prompting speculation that she could join the sports-entertainmentRead More
- According to SuperLuchas.net, former TNA Wrestling star Alex Shelley has signed a contract with WWE. – WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon, Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry and James Durbin of “American Idol” fame and others brought the be a STAR Alliance’s anti-bullying message to 500 sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Los Angeles’ Markham Middle School on Friday morning. McMahon encouraged those bullied, “Know that you are not alone. There are many WWE Superstars, many celebrities, a lot of successful people who have been victims ofRead More
- WWE Superstars, Divas and celebrities spread the ‘be a STAR’ anti-bullying message during the SummerSlam VIP Kick-Off Party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday. The party also celebrated a successful year of WWE and The Creative Coalition’s be a STAR Alliance; WWE has held more than 40 anti-bullying rallies, speaking to more than 25,000 children. “I think for our Superstars to be able to go to kids today and say, ‘embrace those things that make you different, embrace those things that kids maybe pick on you for now,Read More
Washington Redskins’ defensive end Adam Carriker conducted an interview with teammate Robert Griffin III on 4th & Pain (Twitter page @4thAndPain); Griffin won the 2012 Heisman Trophy and was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. The pair talked about RGIII’s fondness for pro wrestling and how he wouldn’t wear the traditional “tighty-whities” if he were in WWE. RGIII also said linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and London Fletcher would be the best Redskins players to make in in wrestling. Highlights from the interview are as follows:Read More
- There was a lot of sympathy over AW getting fired last week but after his series of tweets and media interviews, nobody in the company is willing to go to bat for him anymore. – People within WWE still expect Charlie Sheen to work Sunday’s SummerSlam pay-per-view but nobody talking is aware of why he hasn’t been advertised in advance. – WWE NXT Diva Paige turns 20 years old today. – WWE is inviting fans to lip sync the lyrics to Kevin Rudolf’s “Don’t Give Up” – the themeRead More
- There was a recent settlement between WWE and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) which allows WWE to use their old WWF logo on footage. WWE made some kind of payment to the World Wildlife Fund. WWE is allowed to use the WWF logo and say WWF over footage as long as it is old footage. For example, WWE couldn’t have a Legend come out on RAW next week, cut a promo and talk about how he used to hold the WWF Title and wrestle on WWF pay-per-views. – WithRead More
- Matt Hardy says he would do a run with WWE different this time. A fan asked on Twitter why he left WWE and Hardy replied: “I was physically beat up, rundown, stressed & burnout-would do it different now” – Some fans wondered about WWE not including two of their biggest stars – CM Punk and Sheamus – in the new Scooby Doo movie that they are releasing in 2014. PWInsider speculates that this may be a sign neither Punk or Sheamus is signed to a contract through that year.Read More
- WWE NXT star Xavier Woods is close to earning a PHD. The former TNA star is busy balancing his WWE developmental career with school. Before wrestling, Woods graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and philosophy. – Earlier this week, WWE Diva Kaitlyn interviewed the cast of WWE Studios’ The Day, which hits theaters on August 29th. The interview will be on WWE’s website soon. – GetGlue is giving away vintage SummerSlam stickers to fans who check-in to WWE programming each day this week goingRead More
- Following last night’s SummerSlam kickoff party in Beverly Hills, WWE talent will be taking part in various community service activities today, with wrestlers visiting hospitals in the Los Angeles area and anti-bullying rallies taking place at schools. Mark Henry and Alberto Del Rio will be visiting Watts, a part of South Los Angeles known to be a violence-prone and impoverished area. – WWE recently sent out a memo to fans asking for ideas for Classics On Demand in 2013. Since WWE won’t be launching the WWE Network until afterRead More
WWE announced on Thursday that the official WWE mobile app has been released for Apple iOS and Google Andoid devices: Download the official WWE app today on Apple iOS and Android The OFFICIAL WWE APP experience is finally here! Take WWE with you wherever you go – any time, day or night – with the new WWE app, available on Apple iOS and Android. The WWE Universe is now in the palm of your hands! Unlock breaking news, a colossal library of WWE videos – current and classic – asRead More
WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper was recently ranked as the #1 villain in wrestling history by WWE Classics. Piper spoke with WWE’s website about the ranking. Here are a few highlights: WWE CLASSICS: How does it feel to be ranked as the No. 1 villain in sports-entertainment history? RODDY PIPER: Actually, I’m quite honored and I’ll tell you why. The very first individual that breaks out in my mind as a top villain is Gorgeous George, and it’s hard to beat the first guy. WWE CLASSICS: How did youRead More
The following are live notes from Thursday night’s SummerSlam Kickoff Party from the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, California: – The event was presented by WWE and the Be A Star Alliance. – WWE Diva Natalya hosted the event and was interviewing celebrities and WWE Superstars and Divas on the Red Carpet. – Jersey shore’s Paulie D was the D.J. for the party. – Among the celebrities in attendance were Ryan Lochte (Olympic Gold Medalist), Marlon Wayans (actor), Maria Menounos (TV personality), Piers Morgan (TV host), former WWE DivaRead More
- The Miz spoke to the Los Angeles Times this week and revealed that his movie, “The Marine 3: Homefront” will hit theaters in Spring 2013, around WrestleMania 29. The Miz hyped “I think it will be an absolute incredible movie and I can’t wait for its release. It is about a Marine who just got home from a tour and one of his sisters gets kidnapped by terrorists. He then has to go in and save them. I think I play the best Marine of all of them but,Read More
- Earlier this week, developmental diva Caylee Turner’s profile page was removed from the FCW/NXT website, leading to speculation that she had been released. PWInsider.com is now confirming that Turner, real name Christina Crawford, was indeed let go from WWE this week. Turner is the younger sister of WWE Diva Alicia Fox and was the reigning FCW Divas champion. She was signed to a developmental deal back in June 2010 and appeared on the latest season of Tough Enough on the USA Network. – WWE wrestler and William Regal willRead More
Former WWE & TNA star Joe E. Legend recently spoke with WrestleShark about his early days in wrestling, the Just Joe gimmick, his opinion of TNA and much more. Check it out in the iTunes store by searching “WrestleShark” or by clicking here. Some of the highlights are below. On signing with WWE: “Well initially Terry Taylor, some people think he’s got a bad rep but I have no problems with him, I think he’s a great guy, he was another person who was very straight with me. He wasRead More
- Jim Ross noted on his Twitter account that he will conduct a sitdown face to face interview with CM Punk and Steve Austin this weekend in Los Angeles. The interview will be used for promotion in the forthcoming WWE ’13 videogame being released by THQ. Marketing and promotion for WWE ’13 is being centered around Punk and the return of the “Attitude era” in the game. Austin of course epitomizes that era of WWE history. As reported earlier, THQ and WWE will unveil the complete roster for the game,Read More
- It would appear that WWE has parted ways with developmental wrestler DT Porter as he is no longer listed on the roster page of FCWWrestling.info. He rarely appeared on Florida Championship Wrestling cards after joining the developmental promotion last year. In May, Porter, whose real name is Brian McGhee, posted a message on Facebook crying for help due to alleged mistreatment from camp officials. He then claimed that his account was hacked. The “help” statement read: “Guys, I don’t know how much longer I can handle this. Every dayRead More