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Posted On July 27, 2011By PWMania.com StaffIn News

WWE PPV Numbers Improve, Sin Cara Advertised For WWE Event

– WWE’s Capitol Punishment pay-per-view event featuring R-Truth vs. John Cena drew approximately 200,000 buys, according to business figures released for the month of June 2011 on their corporate website. The preliminary figure is up from 143,000 buys for the previous June’s pay-per-view event, Fatal 4-Way. Capitol Punishment was also up from the previous month’s pay-per-view, Over the Limit, which drew approximately 150,000 buys. Cena was also featured in the main event, but against The Miz in an “I Quit” Match. — Sin Cara, who is currently serving a 30-dayRead More

Posted On July 26, 2011By PWMania.com StaffIn News

SD Scores Best Rating In Two Months, WWE Star Turns Babyface?

– The July 22 episode of WWE SmackDown scored a 1.89 cable rating, the program’s best mark since May 20—also a 1.89. SmackDown had not scored in the 1.80 range since May 27, with the number fluctuating between 1.63 and 1.77 during that time. Friday’s show averaged 2,821,000 viewers over the course of two hours. — WWE.com has added Jim Ross to the Raw roster after Chief Operating Officer Triple H reintroduced the WWE Hall of Famer to the Raw announce booth last night on Raw. — Tyler Reks, whoRead More

Posted On July 21, 2011By PWMania.com StaffIn News

CM Punk Featured On MITB DVD Cover, Batista/Goldberg, More

- WWE Champion CM Punk is featured on the DVD cover for this year’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view. – A wrestling promotion in Kinshasa in The Congo of Africa is advertising a show on October 23rd with Batista, Bill Goldberg, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Team 3D, Nathan Jones, Luke Gallows and MVP. They’re calling the show “Rumble in the Jungle II”, a play off the Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman fight that took there decades ago. Obviously none of these talents will be appearing on the show.Read More
– John Cena wrote a message to fans last night thanking them for their support. He wrote, “CeNation. Thank you. A mass following spree is in the near future. Thank you guys so so much.” — A Street Fight pitting Randy Orton against Christian is being advertised for next week’s SmackDown taping at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This will likely be a dark match. — John Morrison stated Monday on Twitter that he is waiting to be medically cleared before returning to action. “I’ve been working hardRead More
Former WWE star Gene Snitsky, who took shots at The Miz throughout his reign as WWE Champion via Twitter, continues to belittle his former colleague. During Chavo Guerrero’s Twitter diatribe of John Cena on Saturday, the third generation grappler took a potshot at The Miz. He wrote, “And frankly no one believes it anymore. If Miz can kick your ass then the clerk at the store can kick your ass, so please deliver if you say that..” The former Heat headliner wholeheartedly agreed with Chavo’s critical assessment of The Miz.Read More
– WWE.com has announced that Ezekiel Jackson will defend the Intercontinental Championship against Cody Rhodes on this week’s episode of SmackDown. The synopsis reads: “After competing in a brutal Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Cody Rhodes takes on Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson for his title this week on SmackDown. Can Rhodes seize the opportunity, or will the “Personification of Domination” prevail?” — WWE will be holding a SmackDown live event at the Bilbao Arena in Bilbao, Spain on Thursday, November 3, 2011. — Randy Orton will participate in aRead More
– WWE.com is advertising the following for tonight’s episode of SmackDown: * World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton vs. Kane * Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson vs. Ted DiBiase in an Intercontinental Championship Match * Sin Cara vs. Sheamus * Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes Also scheduled is Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater and Divas Champion Kelly Kelly vs. Rosa Mendes. — The official website of Sports Illustrated has put together a list of the top 100 Tweeters in the sports world and Zack Ryder was the lone professional wrestler listed. SI.com’sRead More

Posted On July 12, 2011By Daniel PenaIn News

Kelly Appearing On SmackDown, WWE Releasing Vickie Shirt

– WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly revealed this afternoon on her Twitter account that she will be on hand for tonight’s SmackDown taping at the Mohegan Sun Arena. “Sorry I’ve been Mia guys! Recovering from the tour..but thought I’d take the championship n make a surprise visit to Smackdown today,” she wrote. “So get ready for me Mohegan sun :) btw @thebellatwins I promise I will expose u both on sun…you deff can look but no1 wants to touch ewww.” — “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is featured on the coverRead More

Posted On July 11, 2011By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Major Change To SmackDown’s Creative Team

Former WWE creative team member Court Bauer wrote on Twitter account yesterday that Ed Koskey has been promoted to the head writer of Smackdown. Koskey is replacing Michael Hayes, who was the head writer of SmackDown for several years. Hayes will be scaling back his duties on the creative end and will focus on managing WWE’s agents/producers.Read More
A World Heavyweight Championship Match pitting Randy Orton against Christian was officially announced last night on SmackDown for Money in the Bank on July 17. The match features a special contract clause. If Orton is disqualified, or there is bad officiating, Christian becomes the new champion. Also announced for the pay-per-view event is Big Show vs. Mark Henry. WWE Championship Match John Cena (c) vs. CM Punk World Heavyweight Championship Match Randy Orton (c) vs. Christian Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match Rey Mysterio vs. Kofi Kingston vs. AlexRead More

Posted On July 6, 2011By PWMania.com StaffIn News

New Details On SmackDown Stars Robbed In South Africa

Earlier today, we picked up on the story that most of the SmackDown crew’s luggage had been broken into yesterday while they were on a domestic flight from Johannesburg to Capetown, South Africa. South Africa’s Times Live newspaper has picked up on the story and included new details on the robbery. John Langford, chief operating officer of Big Concerts – the promoters of WWE’s South African tour – said when the luggage came off the carousel, the WWE talent found that their bags had been broken into. “The bags thatRead More
– Paul Bearer stated on his Facebook page that he is heading to WWE’s television studios in Stamford, Connecticut to work on a ‘special project’. — Steve Austin’s latest direct-to-video film, Tactical Force, will be released on Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 9. — The July 1 episode of WWE SmackDown scored a 1.63 cable rating, the lowest of 2011 and second-lowest on Syfy. Only the New Year’s Eve episode scored a lower rating. SmackDown averaged 2.33 million viewers, down from 2.40 the previous week. This extends the program’s streak ofRead More
– Sin Cara suffered his first WWE loss last night on SmackDown as he was downed by Christian following the spear. Sin Cara picked up thirteen consecutive victories on television and pay-per-view prior to the loss. — The Great Khali’s brother Ranjin Singh revealed on SmackDown that Jinder Mahal is their brother-in-law. — Cody Rhodes pinned Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson in a non-title match on SmackDown, ending his ten match winning streak on television and pay-per-view. — Wade Barrett lost to Kane last night on SmackDown, extending his losing streakRead More
– WWE.com is advertising the following for tonight’s episode of SmackDown: “The relentless brutality of Mark Henry comes face-to-face with World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton tonight on SmackDown. Has The World’s Strongest Man become something that even The Viper can’t stop?” Other matches taking place include Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase, Sin Cara vs. Christian, Ezekiel Jackson vs. Cody Rhodes and Kane vs. Wade Barrett. — Yoshi Tatsu celebrates his 34th birthday today. In yesterday’s birthdays, Alicia Fox turned 25, Cody Rhodes turned 26 and WWE Hall of Famer TerryRead More
– Randy Orton appeared on 98KUPD’s Real Rock on Tuesday promoting this week’s SmackDown tapings in Arizona. During the interview, one of the hosts said Ziggler, who resides in Phoenix, went on a date last week with adult film star BiBi Jones. He said Ziggler met Jones at a recent Britney Spears concert. — The Bella Twins stated on Twitter that they will be launching their official website, NicoleandBrianna.com, on Friday. — WWE Hall of Famer Sgt Slaughter appears at the Salem Red Sox game on Friday, July 8 atRead More

Posted On June 30, 2011By PWMania.com StaffIn News

Morrison Return Update, HHH/Sin Cara, Recent WWE Attendance

- John Morrison isn’t recovering as fast as they first expected and won’t be back from injury until September or October. WWE is frustrated at this due to Morrison not being able to be at Money in the Bank, where he usually shines. – Triple H has reportedly told Sin Cara that if he was having any problems, to come to him, and if there was anyone he wanted to work with, to also come to him. ­­­Triple H also reportedly told Cara not to listen to advice from anyoneRead More
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton participated in an interview with Phoenix, Arizona based rock station 98KUPD promoting this week’s SmackDown tapings. Highlights from the interview are as follows. * Orton discussed his past issues with drug abuse, including an incident in 2006 where he overdosed, stopped breathing and his wife called an ambulance to save his life. Orton said he and his family discuss the bad choices he’s made in WWE’s upcoming DVD release, Randy Orton: The Evolution of a Predator “I was ashamed of it for a longRead More
WWE United States Champion Dolph Ziggler recently took time out of his busy schedule to answer a series of questions for DolphZiggler.com, his official fansite. He gives his thoughts on transitioning from SmackDown to Raw, working with Vickie Guerrero, his recent hairstyle change, and more. Highlights are as follows: * A lot of people have said that you were just finding your niche on SmackDown and were well on your way “to the top,” and the switch to RAW was practically like hitting the reset button. What’s your take onRead More
– The June 24 episode of WWE SmackDown scored a 1.72 cable rating, up from a year low 1.71 the previous week. SmackDown averaged 2.397 million viewers, down from 2.71 the previous week. This extends the program’s streak of less than 3.0 million viewers to eight consecutive weeks. It was the least watched episode of 2011. — Retired WWE Diva Michelle McCool posted a list for MichelleMcCool.net counting down the top 10 things that she won’t miss while traveling on the road—many of which concerning hearsay. * “The GLAMOROUS lifeRead More