Monday, October 12, 2009

(WGN) October 12: Raw tonight, Lou Albano update, notes on former Divas and current Knockouts, WWE legal threats, Bobby Lashley and more


Monday October 12, 2009



10/11 Raw house show results from Toledo, OH: Evan Bourne over Chavo Guerrero; Jack Swagger over Primo & Jamie Noble in a three-way; Chris Masters over Santino Marella; Mickie James over Beth Phoenix; The Miz over Kofi Kingston; MVP & Mark Henry over Legacy; and John Cena over Randy Orton by DQ when Legacy did a run in.

10/11 Smackdown/ECW house show results from Huntington, WV: Cryme Tyme over The Hart Dynasty; R-Truth over Drew McIntyre; Eve Torres & Melina over The Bella Twins; Sheamus over Shelton Benjamin; John Morrison over Dolph Ziggler; Kane over Matt Hardy; Christian, Hurricane & Tommy Dreamer over William Regal, Kozlov & Jackson; and Rey Mysterio over CM Punk.

Show drew around 6,000. Benjamin was working with his shoulder heavily taped. From reader Eric Illikainen: Pretty good show overall. I think the Bella Twins and Eve were pushed into matches too soon and have not been given proper time to learn their craft. But a good show and the crowd was hot for it most of the time. Punk, Ziggler, and Regal's group got the most heat. Misterio, Morrison, Melina, the ECW 6-man faces and R-Truth got the biggest pops. There were a couple of handicapped kids in the front row and Misterio went out of his way to high five them and say something to them. He is a class act when it comes to his fans.

Raw is live tonight from Indianapolis with Nancy O'Dell and Maria Menounos of Access Hollywood as the guest hosts. Menounos, who has done some wrestling training, wrote on her Twitter that she pulled her hamstring so it's unlikely she would be doing anything very physical.

There is a Smackdown/ECW house show tonight in Pikeville, KY and the TV tapings are Tuesday in Louisville.


WWE legend Captain Lou Albano, 76, is not doing well and came out of a Hospice last week to be at home under assisted care where his family feel he will be better looked after.

The Philadelphia City Paper at has a story on WWE threatening legal action against a local wine school because they are running a contest called "Sommelier Smackdown". You really can't make this stuff up. Keith Wallace, founder and director of the school, said in a press release today: "They don’t have a leg to stand on. I am not going to bow down to a bully. They claim that they own the term 'Smackdown' but they don’t."

Jim Ross has a new blog at discussing the possibility of WWE bring back War Games. He notes that he and his wife Jan celebrate 16 years of marriage today. Apparently they met on a US Airlines flight where Jim was traveling with Ric Flair and Jan was a flight attendant. "Fate is a wonderful thing," he wrote.

Damage, Steve Austin's new movie, entered the official UK DVD chart at No. 15 for the week ending October 11.

WWE people confirmed that the Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne is scheduled to host an upcoming edition of Raw. He will be promoting his new book, I Am Ozzy, and the return of his OzzFest festival next year.

There is a trailer for the upcoming Batista DVD at with Afa Anoa'i talking about training Batista.

There is a video of The Miz celebrating his birthday last week at

Lilian Garcia had a wedding party this past weekend in New York City. Trish Stratus was among the guests.

Dusty Rhodes turns 64 today.


10/11 house show results from Mankato, MN: Hernandez over Eric Young; Chris Sabin over Alex Shelly, Homicide & Daniels in a four-way; over Eric Young; ODB over Madison Rayne; Beer Money over The British Invasion; Matt Morgan over Sheik Bashir; and AJ Styles over Samoa Joe.

We didn't did a number for the show but a couple of TNA people noted it was a disappointing turn out.


D-Lo Brown started as the new road agent this past weekend.

Maxim Magazine has a shoot scheduled with the TNA Knockouts.

ODB was a celebrity bartender last weekend at the Brick City Bar & Grill In Newark, NJ.

Bobby Lashley noted on his Twitter this morning that he woke up and found his truck on blocks. Apparently someone stole his tires.

Kevin Nash has a cameo on the latest episode of the new sitcom Brothers that airs on FOX.


No update on Bobby Heenan other than he hurt his back last weekend in a fall. Not thought to be a serious issue.

Ring of Honor tonight on HDNet has Austin Aries vs. TBA; The Necro Butcher vs. Bison Smith; Tyler Black vs. Rhett Titus; and Chris Hero vs. KENTA.

Indy wrestler Matt Riviera was in Las Vegas this past weekend auditioning for a reality show produced by Donald Trump. Riviera was part of the ill-fated VH-1 show Megan Wants A Millionaire that was canceled when it was revealed that one of the contestants Ryan Jenkins was being sought by police for questioning in connection to the murder of his wife, swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore.

Dutch Mantell has a new blog post at It is the second part of a three part series and is a free chapter from his upcoming book, which is expected to be released early next year. Dutch's first part of the series concerned the Undertaker. On this latest entry, Dutch talks about Glenn Jacobs in his early years in wrestling, before he became Kane, including details of a riot in Puerto Rico in which Glenn played a vital role. Good read.

Stan Hanson turns 60 today.

Stacy Keibler had a big birthday bash last night in Los Angeles to celebrate her upcoming 30th birthday. Torrie Wilson was among the guests.

Former TNA wrestler Johnny Devine recently graduated broadcasting school in Windsor, Ontario. He will be working alongside John Pollock on a show for The Fight Network.

James Guttman at has a new interview with Brian Blair talking about the Iron Sheik, their recent altercation and much more.

NWA Anarchy run Saturday at the NWA Arena, 4236 Level Grove Road in Cornelia, GA. Bell time is 8pm. For more info and tickets call 706-476-2017.

I Believe In Wrestling run Saturday night at the Downtown Recreation Center (next to Amway Arena) in Orlando, FL with Chasyn Rance, Larry Zbyszko, Raymond Snow; The Heartbreak Express, Scott Davis, Nick Fame and more. Visit for more info.

NWA Mid West run Saturday at the Ft. Pierce, FL PAL Center with The Dark City Fight Club, Steve Madison, Prince Iaukea, King Kong Fu, Johnny Vandal, and many more. For tickets and directions to the venue go to

The premiere screening of the wrestling documentary Wrestling Then and Now takes place November 7 at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA. More info at


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