WRESTLING GLOBE NEWSLETTER
Saturday November 7, 2009
WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT
11/6 Smackdown TV results from Providence, RI: Dolph Ziggler & The Hart Dynasty over John Morrison & Cryme Tyme; Beth Phoenix over Brittany Carter; Drew McIntyre over Jimmy Wang Yang; Rey Mysterio over Mike Knox; CM Punk over R-Truth; and Matt Hardy over Batista via DQ.
11/6 Smackdown/ECW house show results from Brussels, Belgium: Christian over William Regal; Yoshi Tatsu over Zack Ryder; Mickie James won a battle royal; Cryme Tyme over The Hart Dynasty; Ezekiel Jackson over Goldust; John Morrison over Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler & Matt Hardy in a four-way; Drew McIntyre over Finlay; Michelle McCool over Mickie James; and The Undertaker over CM Punk in a casket match.
11/6 Raw house show results from Newcastle, England: Santino Marella over Chavo Guerrero; Sheamus over Primo; Paul Burchill over The Hurricane; Mark Henry over Chris Masters; Jack Swagger over Evan Bourne; Melina over Alicia Fox; The Miz over Kofi Kingston & MVP in a three-way; DX & John Cena over Randy Orton & Legacy.
We're looking for brief reader reports from the remaining WWE shows this weekend in Dusseldorf, Germany; and Minehead, Liverpool and Nottingham, England to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lilian Garcia was assaulted yesterday on the streets of New York City during a Yankees ticker tape parade. Somebody tried to snatch her cell phone but she held on tightly and was thrown to the floor. She filed a police report and cops are hoping to catch the culprit from CCTV footage. She is okay now but grazed her elbow during the fall and was pretty shaken up by the ordeal.
Multichannel News at http://tinyurl.com/yeybyz6 has a story on WWE reducing PPV events from 14 to 13 in 2010 and increasing the price by $5. An unnamed company spokesperson (WWE is upset about the leaked memo) was quoted as saying: "We're looking at building long term growth and focusing on providing value to our customers."
Batista presented an award to Beyonce at the MTV Europe Music Awards, following a possibly drunk David Hasselhoff, according to The Telegraph newspaper at http://tinyurl.com/ycw2orz. Batista is quoted as saying: "Oh God, I want to party with David Hasselhoff." I think he meant to say play video games...
The Arizona Republic at http://tinyurl.com/ybqnadw has a story on Chris Jericho and Kelly Kelly in town for the Wrestlemania 26 on-sale party last night in Glendale. There is also a video from one of the local news stations. A newscaster is interviewing Sgt Slaughter and Maryse. When asked about a foreign country that people wouldn't expect to be crazy about wrestling, Maryse answered MEXICO!
Superstars on Thursday night did a 0.8 rating.
Somebody pointed out to me today that Monday's Raw in England will be the 12 year anniversary of the Montreal screwjob at Survivor Series, and the show is hosted by Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton.
The WWE website interviewed Rey Mysterio about his new autobiography at http://tinyurl.com/ylhfcjv.
WWE has canceled several house shows in January. The canceled events are: Erie, PA; Youngstown, OH; Altoona, PA: Bowling Green, OH; and Charleston, WV. There are likely some disappointed fans in Altoona and Bowling Green as both of those events were originally booked for late 2009, then moved to January and now canceled. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)
Ring announcer Lauren Mayhew is offering a free download of her new song I SPY through Topspin Media at her official MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/laurenmayhew. I SPY is co-written by P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel and produced by Brandon Friesen (Nickelback, Steriogram, Default). The song is also featured on an upcoming episode of MTV's The City.
Today's Diva of the Day is Gail Kim at http://tinyurl.com/yfw9egd.
Some developmental notes. Zivile Raudoniene made her FCW debut this past week as Askana. Kyle Rasmussen is working under the name of Conrad Tanner, Dos Caras Jr. is Alberto Banderas, and Pate Fifita (son of former WWE wrestler Haku) is Jimmy Uso. Danny Basham was at the TV tapings on Thursday. So were Tommy Dreamer and Ricky Steamboat who signed autographs for fans before the show. Kaval (Low Ki) is almost ready to return following reconstructive knee surgery.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
11/6 house show results from Murray, KY: Suicide over D'Angelo Dinero; Rob Terry over Kip James; Alissa Flash over Sojo Bolt; Hernandez over Homicide; Rhino over Abyss; and AJ Styles over Samoa Joe.
They drew around 400 in what was a 8,500-seat building.
TNA run in Jackson, TN on Sunday at the Oman Arena. There is also a special charity event in Nashville on Monday at the Wildhorse Saloon to benefit The Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Full line up is AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe; Bobby Lashley vs. Scott Steiner; Beer Money & Frank Wycheck vs. World Elite; Abyss vs. Rhino in a Monster's Ball match; Tara vs. Velvet Sky; D'Angelo Dinero vs. Suicide vs. Homicide in a three-way; and Hernandez vs. Kip James.
Impact on Thursday night did a 1.1 rating, just under the YTD average. Not good considering all the Hogan hype from last week.
Regarding Dixie Carter's talent meeting, some of which aired on Impact, one TNA wrestler told us: "I have no idea why Dixie wanted that to air. She sounded terrified. After the meeting there were a lot of guys rolling their eyes. This locker room isn't one big happy family as [Dixie] wants us to portray publicly. Everyone is divided over the idea of Hogan coming in, and not in a good way."
The New York Times reviews Hulk Hogan's book at http://tinyurl.com/yc7kpxj. The reviewer thinks that Hogan is too honest.
Hogan has been named an Ambassador of Movember in Australia; a moustache-growing charity event held each November to raise funds for awareness of men's health.
James Storm appears to have upset a former lady friend as nude photos of him have surfaced on the Internet during the past couple of days.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
Bryan Alverez reported that Adam Dykes passed away on Thursday night. No details at press time. He worked on the Northwest indy scene for around a decade mostly under the name of Adam Firestorm. I didn't know him personally but exchanged several emails with him over the years and he always came across as a nice guy. He was just 32-years-old and is survived by his wife Emile and young son Thomas. My deepest condolences to his friends and family.
Lucha star Octagon was arrested last weekend in Coahuila, Mexico after failing a breathalyzer test at a police roadblock. His car was impounded and he spent four hours in jail before a judge sentenced him to 20 hours of community service. Octagon was said to be distraught that his arrest made news headlines and begged for forgiveness from his fans especially the children saying that he just had two drinks which was wrong but it wasn’t a robbery or murder. (Thanks to Kris Zellner)
In other news out of Mexico, Cibernetico also hit headlines after a nude photo of himself surfaced on an adult dating website. Ciber, who is married, said he has no idea how the photo ended up on the dating site and claimed the only person who he sent this photo to was his wife. He said he rarely goes on the Internet and would never do anything like this since he is married and would never expose himself to the world or would be involved in any type of "prostitution."
James Guttman at www.clubwwi.com interviewed Sim Snuka about his WWE release. He said he would love to work for TNA but getting back to WWE is his main goal: "I'd love to be a part of TNA. I wasn't sure when they first started up, but I was hoping for them, I was like, "Man. Hopefully these guys can do something." Just because it gives the boys opportunities to work somewhere else. Then they just kept going. When I got my release from WWE, I think that happens with a lot of guys, one of their first thoughts is, "How about TNA?" And I actually, one of the first things I wanted to do is go back to Japan. And TNA is a thought as well. I'd love to work for those guys and see what that would be like. But my ultimate goal is to go back to WWE. I don't feel finished there yet."
Big Time Wrestling will return to the air on Detroit's channel 33 after a 35 year hiatus. Story is at http://tinyurl.com/y8ktwtt.
There is preview footage of the upcoming movie, Planet 51, voiced by Dwayne Johnson at http://tinyurl.com/yhghklo.
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