ABC News features a new article providing more details on The Great Khali’s surgery which he underwent on Wednesday to have a tumor removed. The article mentions the potential risks of Khali’s acromegaly, and WWE‘s wellness policy. Khali is recovering well, and is expected to be released from the Universary of Pittsburgh Medical Center hopefully by Monday. The ABC article also mentions WWE could potentially be in legal trouble for failing to address conditions such as acromegaly in its performers (as performers such as Andre The Giant have reaped size-relatedRead More
- WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with his latest blog, here are the highlights: WWE NXT: NXT is an exciting new brand for WWE. The evolution of NXT is just getting started but the future is bright from my perspective. The TV shows are improving each taping session and will continue to do so if we all do our respective jobs. Working on WWE NXT: My work in talent development is enjoyable albeit challenging and it allows me to contribute to the future growth of WWE whichRead More
- Former WWE Women’s Champion Sable was backstage at Monday’s Raw 1,000 as she accompanied husband Brock Lesnar to the show. She has accompanied him to shows before to keep him company since he detests being away from his family, even for a short while. Fans have speculated that with Lesnar’s renewed partnership with WWE, the legendary Diva could return to television as well. That, however, is believed to be highly unlikely. According to people close to the couple, she has absolutely no desire to return to the spotlight andRead More
- Brock Lesnar’s “Here Comes the Pain: Collector’s Edition” DVD and Blu-Ray are scheduled for a October 30th release. WWE using the same name as their DVD release a decade ago could be an indication that they may be re-releasing material as part of that set. – Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio DVDs will be released as part of WWE’s lower priced Superstars Collection DVD line. Already featured in that line are Zack Ryder, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton and Sheamus. – Friday’s WWE Smackdown social mediaRead More
Jim Ross updated his Q&A section on JrBarBq.com. Here are a few highlights. The differences with wrestling companies: Leadership, resources, infrastructure, networks, upper management. Who he would like to see face The Rock at the 2013 Royal Rumble: CM Punk. If MMA should be an Olympic sport: Personally, I’d love it. His personal dream match: Undertaker vs Lesnar for one. Rock vs HBK. Cena vs Austin. Rock vs Undertaker. Thoughts on the Undertaker and Kane reunion on Raw 1000th: Enjoyed the nostalgia…likely a one off deal I’m guessing. Thoughts onRead More

Posted On July 28, 2012By Graham MatthewsIn Columns

WWE SmackDown, July 27: GSM’s Analysis and Aftermath

Only four days removed from Monday Night Raw’s remarkable 1,000th episode, SmackDown presented a fallout show that provided plenty of build towards the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view. With new, ruthless rivalries and intriguing angles starting to form on the blue brand, Friday nights are slowly becoming more and more entertaining by the week. Here, I will analyze each significant segment presented on the show. I will also provide a combination of aftermath and wishful thinking about what I hope to see in coming weeks. Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz def. Christian Great match to kickRead More
- John Cena will be appearing on Nickelodeon’s premier of “Fred 3″ tonight at 8PM. In the movie, Cena plays the imaginary father of Fred Figglehorn. Here is a Tout Cena posted promoting the movie. – WWE’s YouTube views have increased this week by 52 percent compared to last week. According to Deadline’s weekly report, the week of July 19-25, WWE’s Fan Nation page registered 4,118,065 views. The total was good for #4 out of all YouTube channels, up from #6 last week. WWE also registered the second-most weekly viewersRead More
Rob Van Dam, who was in Phoenix last week for the Bound For Glory on-sale, was interviewed by The Phoenix New Times. RVD spoke on the differences between wrestling for TNA and WWE and also revealed that WWE Superstar Ryback asked him for permission to use his airbrush artist. Here are the highlights. The differences between wrestling for TNA and WWE: “In Total Nonstop Action, individual wrestlers have a lot more freedom to artistically express themselves versus WWE,” Van Dam explained. “When we have our matches, they are known toRead More
- PWMania.com reported that Rey Mysterio was overseas doing promotional work for WWE and said that he wanted to team with Manny Pacquiao to face Alberto Del Rio and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Apparently Mysterio wasn’t just grandstanding as he took to Twitter and said the same thing. He wrote: “Having a blast in Manila but still waiting for Pacquiao to accept my offer to join forces in WWE! C’mon Manny!! 619luv” – Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore promotion will also be launching a wrestling school in Poughkeepsie, New York. TheRead More
- WWE brass had planned for developmental wrestler Dean Ambrose to be a member of the main roster by now as he is listed as a Superstar in the newly released WWE Souvenir Program sold exclusively at live events. He is pictured appearing menacingly in traditional wrestling trunks and billed at 6’4″, 250 pounds and hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. He has competed in numerous non-televised matches for WWE since late last year, but not since June 16. – Though Chris Jericho will never say anything publicly about his comings andRead More
- Hailing from one of the more storied and successful families in the pro wrestling history, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. made his TNA Impact Wrestling debut on Thursday. After lauding the Guerrero family legacy and proclaiming that it was his time to shine in TNA, he was attacked by Gunner and Kid Kash, who took exception to his remarks. Guerrero’s aunt Vickie, who appears for WWE as the mouthpiece of Dolph Ziggler, congratulated her nephew’s debut for the Nashville-based wrestling promotion. “I am proud of @mexwarrior with his debut on TNA!!Read More
- Wade Barrett is set for a meet and greet at the Florida Championship Wrestling event Saturday in Melbourne, FL. Evan Bourne is scheduled for an autograph signing at the August 2 event in Orlando. – WWE.com features a new article looking at 20 legends who never won a World title. Arn Anderson, British Bulldog, Dean Malenko, Goldust, William Regal, Scott Hall, Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff and Ted Dibiase were some of the names included in the article. You can check out the complete article at this link. – BrodusRead More
- Velvet Sky’s departure from TNA Impact Wrestling this week has sparked rumors and speculation that the colorful grappler could eventually wind up in WWE as a ‘Diva’. Though it is publicly unknown how WWE brass perceive the ten-year veteran wrestler, Sky has at least one backer in the sports entertainment organization in “Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley, who feels she would fit in nicely with their array of female talent. When asked via Twitter whether the former TNA Women’s Knockout Champion would make for a good addition to WWE’s DivasRead More
- With the ratings success of the weekly “Legends” segments on Raw, WWE’s booking committee are considering making the feature a regularity by having one former Superstar brought back on every show. – A third segment involving WWE Divas was scripted for Raw 1,000 but nixed due to many of the show’s early segments running long. The Wrestling Observer believes Kelly Kelly, who has been absent since May, was slated to appear. – WWE will hold Raw on Monday, October 8 at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. Ticketmaster.comRead More
- As PWMania.com previously reported, Randy Orton’s 60 day suspension is up on Sunday, and he is scheduled to return at Monday’s RAW from Cincinnati, OH. He is also scheduled for the SmackDown tapings on Tuesday in Indianapolis, IN. – ABS-CBNNews.com features a small quote from Rey Mysterio, who said that he would like to team with Manny Pacquiao for a tag team match against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Alberto Del Rio. “I love Manny. In fact, Manny, if you’re watching right now, I’m inviting you to join forces withRead More
- WWE’s latest monthly business figures reports that their website usage has spiked in the second quarter of this year. Pay-per-view pre-shows and more emphasis on their website is the likely cause of increase. WWE saw a three-year high in page views during the quarter (April through June) and a three-year high in the number of minutes spent on the website per visit. – Compared to WWE’s previous second quarters in 2010 and 2011, WWE’s domestic live event attendance was down slightly in second quarter 2012. The average attendance excludingRead More
- Triple H turns 43 years old today. As noted earlier, Dolph Ziggler is also celebrating a birthday today, as he turns 32. – The latest WWE monthly business figures released Thursday night reports WWE has shipped 189,000 units of WrestleMania 28 DVDs to top their nine-month DVD chart. WrestleMania 28 tops the #2 and #3-ranked Stone Cold and The Rock DVDs that are even at 141,000 and 140,000 units shipped, respectively. In total for the second quarter, 837,000 DVD units were shipped, which is up slightly from 830,000 inRead More
- Matches for tonight’s WWE SmackDown feature Ryback vs. Jinder Mahal, The Miz vs. Christian, Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes, Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro, Yoshi Tatsu vs. Damien Sandow plus a new #1 contender will be crowned after Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan in a Fatal 4 Way. – Jim Ross wrote that several WWE Hall of Famers were at last night’s NXT TV tapings for brand-building. – Independent wrestlers Mike Mondo, Cassidy Riley and Chase Stevens have been doing motion capture work withRead More
The Score’s Arda Ocal had the chance to speak with former WWE Champion Mick Foley 24 hours after his appearance at RAW 1000. Here are the highlights: On RAW 1000: “I personally got a kick out of it. I had said previously that I would have liked to do something more substantial (at RAW 1000) like cut a serious promo, but there will be time – I can do that 2 months from now, for example. Looking at the legends dressing room, 2 things were noticeable – how fortunate weRead More