WRESTLING GLOBE NEWSLETTER
Sunday November 8, 2009
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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
11/7 Smackdown/ECW house show results from Dusseldorf, Germany: 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. Show drew 8,000-9,000.
11/7 Raw house show results from Minehead, 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.
11/8 Raw house show results from Liverpool, England: Kofi Kingston over Chris Masters; The Hurricane over Paul Burchill; Sheamus over Primo; Jack Swagger over Evan Bourne; The Miz over MVP; Santino over Chavo; Melina & Kelly Kelly over Jillian Hall & Alicia Fox; Mark Henry over Chris Jericho via DQ; and John Cena & DX over Randy Orton & Legacy. Show drew an estimated 10,000. We have a detailed reader report in today's mailbag.
We're looking for a report from the Smackdown show today in Nottingham, England to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raw, Smackdown and ECW tape TV this coming Monday and Tuesday in Sheffield, England with Ricky Hatton as Raw guest host; Christian vs. William Regal for the title headlining ECW; and John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler for the IC title; and The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho headlining Smackdown. Monday also has a Smackdown house show in Cardiff, Wales.
Today's Fayetteville Observer at http://tinyurl.com/yaphf2e has a story on prescription pain pill abuse in pro wrestling connecting Jeff Hardy and a number of WWE names from the past who are no longer with us. Dr Black, who runs WWE's Wellness Program, is quoted defending the program noting that prescription pill abuse is no greater in WWE than in society at large. Carolinas promoter Greg Price is also quoted but is unhappy with how the story came out, specifically the tie-in with Jeff Hardy whom he hasn't spoken to in over a decade. Greg told us: "I have no reason to believe WWE doesn't do whatever it can to help it's employees with prescription drug issues. But I am willing to talk about prescription drug abuse, most importantly pointing out that prescription drug abuse is one of society's big dilemmas. It' not just wrestling folks that have these issues, but folks I meet in everyday life are caught up in prescription drug abuse. Housewives, retired folks, middle-aged America. I know folks of all ages that every little pain they have, they get their doctors to write them a prescription for painkillers. Some use the pills themselves; others use the opportunity to sell the pills for money to buy other drugs. And these aren't wrestlers. They're common, everyday people. Everything in the article attributed to me is accurate, although some sentences are picked from different discussions and placed together to make it sound like I'm blaming WWE. But, my intention from the beginning was to point out that prescription drug abuse is something that effects society as a whole and isn't limited to just pro wrestling. I'm happy to have that conversation at any time with anybody."
No numbers available yet on the first weekend of ticket sales for Wrestlemania 26. They sold out ringside seats and the first few rows but there are still good seats remaining in all other sections.
Catalina White, a former Maxim model who had been working in WWE developmental earlier this year under the name Saylor James is part of an upcoming adult video titled Model Amateur Tour. "Unlike a lot of the other celebrity sex tapes, Catalina's scene really delivers," said Andrew S., CEO of Shane's World. "She isn't shy or reluctant, she is really into performing for the camera, and she has great chemistry with her partner. She's a famous model, a WWE wrestler and an up-and-coming recording artist. She actually has talent, and her performance in this scene shows us some other amazing talents she possesses that her fans have never seen before, and will probably never see again." Not very PG I assume...
Kyle Busch won Saturday's O'Reilly Challenge NASCAR race in his WWE Smackdown vs. Raw video game themed car. Busch celebrated with his replica title belt and said: "We out wrestled all these other guys!" Jerry Lawler, R-Truth and The Bella Twins were in attendance representing WWE.
WWE has a 'best of Raw 2009' DVD in the works. Must be a real task putting this title together.
Fozzy, Chris Jericho's band, releases their new and fourth album Chasing the Grail via Riot! Entertainment on January 26, 2010.
ECW ring announcer Lauren Mayhew talks her upcoming movie Frat Party at http://tinyurl.com/yauure4.
For whatever it's worth, Vince McMahon's WWE.com bio has been moved across to the Smackdown subsite.
Ted DiBiase Jr. turns 27 today and Jericho turns 39 on Monday.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING NEWS
TNA run today in Jackson, TN at the Oman Arena. Not a great town to run for wrestling even dating back to when Memphis was in its glory days.
There special charity show in Nashville on Monday night 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 in their first ever one-on-one match; 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.
Dixie Carter posted on her Twitter that Kurt Angle has been taking horseback riding lessons in preparation for a new movie role. "Stay tuned for more details," she Tweeted. Well, you don't have to stay tuned because we have out-scooped Dixie on her own story and can exclusively reveal the film is called Deadman's Gold from Lionsgate Home Video. Kurt will play a villain called Boone. The film also stars Luke Perry, who will be directing, replacing Lou Diamond Phillips, as Phillips had a scheduling conflict on his Stargate show, plus Luke Goss (80s UK pop star) and America Olivio (Friday The 13th). Kurt got the role because he put himself on tape in Pittsburgh and sent it into the casting office. Two other interesting notes on the film is that Paul Heyman was almost a producer on the project, and Brock Lesnar was approached as one of the villains. Both turned down the project, but the casting director is said to keep in close contact with Heyman. The film, originally scheduled to be shot in Vancouver, is now scheduled to be shot in California in December.
Hulk Hogan’s book My Life Outside the Ring entered the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list at No. 12. This is a bad news for Hogan as the Mick Foley, Steve Austin and Ric Flair bios all entered The Times' best seller lists in higher positions with far less publicity going in.
OTHER WRESTLING NEWS
The Slam Wrestling website at http://tinyurl.com/yl6v35h has a story on indy wrestler Adam "Firestorm" Dykes who passed away on Thursday from an apparent suicide. In an eerie coincidence he took his life the day after recording a radio show discussing the Chris Benoit double-murder suicide.
There is also a Firestorm tribute video at http://tinyurl.com/ykgozod.
Popular indy women's wrestler Portia Perez is battling swine flu. Our best to Portia on a speedy recovery.
Dutch Mantell, enjoying the sun in Puerto Rico, has a new blog online at http://tinyurl.com/yca9b7u covering his TNA release and his views on the Hulk Hogan signing. He also noted that his match against Jeff Jarrett on November 14 in Princeton, KY would likely be his last.
Wrestle Talk Radio tonight at 10pm ET at www.wildtalkradio.com.
----Wrestling Globe Newsletter by Mike Aldren - All the latest professional wrestling news, gossip and occasional opinion. WGN is read by industry power players, many top wrestlers and thousands of fans from all around the world.