Posted On July 7, 2012By Joe ThunderIn News

Thunder’s Weekly Rundown 07/07/12

Welcome to the rundown! We had a special edition of SD on Tuesday, and I’ve discussed all of it here along with the usual stuff. On a side note, NXT will apparently be replacing FCW on Brighthouse in Florida beginning in a few weeks. I don’t know if this means that FCW will be permanently done, or if it just means that FCW will be developmental with live events and no television show. That aside, let’s get to it: FCW 07/01/12 Jiro is defeated by Rick Victor. Big E LangstonRead More

Posted On July 7, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Dragon Gate USA Champion Johnny Gargano Leaving For WWE?

Rumors hit Twitter and wrestling message boards this weekend saying that top Dragon Gate USA star Johnny Gargano is on his way out of the company before this month is over. Gargano is scheduled to defend his Open the Freedom Gate Title at the July 27th DGUSA show in Michigan and the rumor is that he will drop the title then to Akira Tozawa. The speculation is that Gargano will sign with WWE and be sent to their FCW developmental territory. He had a tryout with WWE last year thatRead More

Posted On July 7, 2012By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Eugune Talks WWE Wellness Policy, Return To TV, Sammartino

Former WWE star and current OVW trainer Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore was recently interview by SportstownChicago.com. Dinsmore discussed his character, his possible return to television, the drug wellness policy and his push to be the next Raw GM. Here are some highlights: On possible return to television: “My legal team advises me that I can neither confirm nor deny that I am in talks with TNA and WWE at this time so take that for what it is. I can neither confirm nor deny the internet rumors that are running rampantRead More
- WWE.com has published a list of 10 Superstars who would make a good GM. CM Punk topped the list, followed by Booker T, Eve, A.W. and John Cena. – WWE’s list of “Craziest Chicks” is now back on WWE’s website with a new name, “The Most Unhinged WWE Divas of All-Time.” The original article was removed because of the name of the title. – TMZ has published an article on former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler and George Clooney getting a bad case of food poisoning while in Italy. ApparentlyRead More
Jim Ross is back with another blog, here are some highlights. If he would like to be RAW or SmackDown GM: “No, thanks. Anoint someone who needs the TV time in hopes of building for the future. The role needs to be tweaked in my view and now is a good time to do so.” If Undertaker has retired: “Has Undertaker retired? O.K., let’s think about this one. IF Taker had retired, wouldn’t one think that WWE would memorialize that occasion in a HUGE way? Come on folks, WWE isRead More
Billy Gunn has posted the latest edition of “The Gunn Show”: Here are the highlights: On who fans think of when they remember DX: “Honestly, I think it’s Shawn and Hunter…yeah, you’re right, me, Brian [Road Dogg], X-Pac, we were complete degenerates, to the word…but I think when you think of it all around, from a fan’s perspective, DX is Shawn and Hunter because we were short-lived…every time they bring DX back around, which is helping, it’s always Shawn and Hunter. It’s never us. Even the book ["Unauthorized History ofRead More
- WWE.com is advertising WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart for the historic 1000th episode of Raw taking place on July 23 at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. – A Twitter account representing itself as Sid Vicious was deemed fraudulent and booted from the website as a result. The account had drawn over 10,000 followers and multiple wrestlers acknowledged it as if it was legitimate. – WWE will hold a Raw live event at Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania on Friday, SeptemberRead More
- Today would have been the 98th birthday of WWE co-founder Vince McMahon Sr. – Former WWE Diva Cherry wrote on Twitter that she has no plans on returning to the ring and is not interested. – WWE Diva Cameron, who dances for Brodus Clay, says she hopes to wrestle in the future. – Mark Henry wrote on Twitter that he’s worked his way down to 405 pounds and wants to drop another 30 pounds.Read More
- Inspired by AJ’s eccentric behavior in recent weeks, WWE.com has published an article listing the loopiest Divas of all time. Among those featured are AJ, Luna Vachon, Maxine, Mickie James, Bull Nakano, Victoria, Vickie Guerrero and Sherri Martel. The article was originally published last month and titled “Craziest Chicks” but deleted shortly thereafter. The Gobbledy Gooker is mistakenly featured in the current article. – Two-time WWE Champion Bob Backlund is the latest addition to WWE.com’s Alumni section: “As American as apple pie, Bob Backlund was a beloved WWE ChampionRead More
- Bobby Lashley is hitting the wrestling circuit once again, accepting all offers for upcoming events, autograph signings and other appearances. Although he will still be accepting plenty of dates in the United States, Lashley encourages all international promotions to consider bringing him into work for them as well. If you’d like to book the former WWE and TNA superstar for your next event, email LashleyBookings@yahoo.com. Lashley is also accepting a limited number of media requests as well. To keep up with all the latest on Bobby Lashley, follow himRead More
- Here are some recent WWE Supershow attendance figures: * June 29th in Monroe, Louisiana drew 5,700 fans for $180,000 * June 30th in Lafayette, LA drew 4,600 fans for $165,000 * July 1st in Hidalgo, Texas drew a sellout 7,000 fans for $260,000 – Dolph Ziggler’s younger brother Briley Pierce is getting tried out in WWE developmental as a TV interviewer. – The current plan for the WWE Network is to have every pay-per-view except WrestleMania be included. An alternate plan was all but two pay-per-views (WrestleMania and SummerSlam)Read More
- People within WWE are openly stating that they think RAW will be back to two hours by January 2013. Even more are hoping that will be the case. – Regarding Charlie Sheen tweeting for the 1000th RAW episode later this month, Sheen doesn’t tweet on his personal Twitter account but has a man named Bob Maron to do his tweeting. Maron has everything sent from Sheen before posting. – John Laurinaitis continues to lose some of his real-life duties with WWE. Pete Leone now has been given more responsibilitiesRead More

Posted On July 5, 2012By Jared GebhardtIn Columns

The Wrestling Genius: When Good Ideas Go Bad

Some things work really really well, like casting Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Sure now it seems like he was the only choice but at the time Downey wasn’t exactly in vogue in Hollywood. His comeback attempts after several drug related run in’s with the police hadn’t really materialized (unless you are one of the eleven people that enjoyed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang…ok I’m one of those eleven). The director and the studio were taking a huge risk, the kind of risk that could get people fired and workingRead More
- WWE Hall of Famer Hillbilly Jim turns 59 years old today while Nasty Boy Jerry Sags turns 47. – Former WWE star Chuck Palumbo says he has no desire in returning to WWE. Palumbo currently operates his Garage Gym El Cajon, California as well as his custom motorcycle business and plays in his own band – 3 Spoke Wheel. He wrote on Twitter: “I really appreciate you guys wanting me to come back and wrestle for @wwe i just don’t have the desire.. Thanks for the support!!!” – ThereRead More
- On SuperSmackDown LIVE: The Great American Bash, a fight between Damien Sandow and Zack Ryder left Eve—wearing a white dress—completely covered in punch. Backstage Fallout caught up with Eve to get her reaction to the party mishap. Tyler Reks also reacts to whether he feels guilty for Ryback’s massacre of Curt Hawkins. Also offering comments on SmackDown events are Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and Sgt. Slaughter. – Lilian Garcia will sing the National Anthem on Sept. 30 prior to the NFL game between the New YorkRead More
- This week on WWE Inbox, Alicia Fox, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Ezekiel Jackson and Titus O’Neil reveal what they would be doing if they weren’t affiliated with WWE. The WWE Superstars also discuss their favorite WrestleMania. – WWE.com announced Wednesday details for SummerSlam Axxess taking place Saturday, Aug. 18 to Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Nokia Plaza at L.A. LIVE. Among those scheduled for VIP appearances include CM Punk, Sheamus, Triple H, Randy Orton, John Cena and Rey Mysterio, who has not returned to television following the expiration ofRead More
- It was reported earlier this week by The Wrestling Observer that Triple H had reached out to wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino, who has a troubled relationship with WWE and Vince McMahon, about being inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame. Sammartino issued a statement later saying he was turning down WWE’s invitation for the Hall. The Observer followed up and said Sammartino wasn’t impressed by Triple H’s approach on the phone. Sammartino issued another statement saying those reports were not true. PWInsiderElite.com spoke with Sammartino this week about theRead More
- There are people in WWE hoping for Ric Flair to be named the permanent General Manager on the 1,000th RAW episode later this month but because of the status of TNA’s lawsuit against WWE for alleged contract tampering, it’s a long shot at the moment. – The Brighthouse network in Florida has three more Florida Championship Wrestling TV shows to air so the new WWE NXT will begin airing there in HD on July 22nd. The new timeslot will be Sundays at 6pm with replays on Thursdays at 11pm.Read More
A Twitter feud between former WCW announcer Mark Madden and current Ring of Honor star/former WWE star Mike Mondo has went on for a few days now and resulted in former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis getting involved. Maria got involved after her boyfriend, ROH star Mike Bennett, defended Mondo and ROH, starting his own Twitter feud with Madden. Maria appeared to have enough after this tweet from Madden to Bennett, mentioning her relationship with CM Punk: “@ROHMikeBennett Does yer chick miss the big time? Does she miss Punk? She will…”Read More