Tuesday, June 29, 2010

(WGN) June 29: Two wrestling weddings, Raw rating, visa issues with WWE wrestlers, backstage news from TNA tapings, Cornette promoting ROH in KY, Bonnie Steamboat resurfaces, more...


6/28 Raw TV results from Philadelphia, PA: Kozlov over Santino Marella; Sheamus over Mark Henry; Alicia Fox & Maryse over Eve Torres & Gail Kim; and Randy Orton, R-Truth, John Morrison & Evan Bourne over Chris Jericho, Edge, Ted DiBiase & The Miz.

We didn't get any reports from the Smackdown show last night in Syracuse which drew 4,000 people. The TV tapings are tonight in Wilkes-Barre, PA including NXT on Syfy.


Wade Barrett and Drew McIntyre were written off television
this past week due to visa issues. Nobody knows for sure when they will be back as both will have file new paperwork from the UK, and that process can take time, perhaps longer for McIntyre as he recently married Tiffany, and the process is more complex when your spouse is a U.S. citizen.

Undertaker (Mark Calaway, 45) and Michelle McCool, 30, got married this past weekend at what was described as "a beautiful" ceremony in South Texas. The ceremony was attended by family and friends, including former Divas Torrie Wilson and Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria/Tara), and Booker T with a very pregnant-with-twins Sharmell Huffman. The couple got together three years ago. This is the third time down the aisle for Taker while McCool was previously married to her high school sweetheart.

Raw last night did a 3.3 rating and averaged 4.5 million viewers, which was down over 10 percent from last week's 5.1 million viewers.

R-Truth is going to work through his groin injury.

NXT announcer Ashley Valance is listed in the semi-finals of Maxim's Hometown Hottie contest representing Nashville. You can vote for her at http://tinyurl.com/35nmsl6.

WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt took umbrage with the statement Martha Hart released to the Hartford Courant yesterday regarding her lawsuit against WWE and Vince and Linda McMahon. He said Martha's statement was not accurate as WWE didn't sue her because she brought a wrongful death suit against the company, but did petition for her suit to be heard in Connecticut instead of Missouri where Owen Hart's tragic accident took place. He says Martha's current suit is nothing more than "a personal attack" on Linda McMahon because she is running for Senate. The latest exchange is at http://tinyurl.com/384jcs2.

Crave has an interview up with Chris Jericho to promote Downfall. A little wrestling talk here. He said he doesn't train as much as he would like to anymore, and noted the days of giant physiques aren't as important as they once were. "The thing about wrestling is too, when you first start out you’ve got to be as big as you can. You’ve got to catch people’s eyes. Once you’ve been around for a while and you start getting older with them and they become familiar with your personality, your character, big, small, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about the character that you have and like I said, appealing to the audience. That’s more important than how much muscle you have." More at http://tinyurl.com/3xu6f9d

Jon Robinson talks to Miz and Eve Torries about the new WWE video game at http://tinyurl.com/3xxytkn.


Generation Me wrote on Twitter that they are contracted here until January despite reports to the contrary.

The company just announced travel packages for it's Victory Road pay-per-view at http://tinyurl.com/2erprsp.

Backstage at the tapings today some of the crew were watching Bound For Glory '05 and commenting on how they miss the old X-Division.

Hogan and Bischoff are not at the tapings today which has a lot of people talking.

Northeast indy wrestler Johnny Kashmere changed his tune and has apologized, via Facebook, for the comments he made towards Alex Shelley. Kashmere wrote: "I'm sorry Alex Shelley I wrote that when I was hurting bad, no excuse for my BS. I know (you) are a great dude and are creative and talented, I'm def a Motor City fan, keep up the (great) work and please accept my humblest and sincerest apology. I will find a way (to) make it up (to you) I promise."


Jim Cornette for Ring of Honor is promoting The Bluegrass Brawl on 7/22 in Louisville, KY at the Davis Arena. Line up includes Tyler Black vs. Claudio Castagnoli; Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. The American Wolves; Roderick Strong, House of Truth & Truth Martini vs. Austin Aries, Kenny King & Rhett Titus; Colt Cabana vs. Chris Hero; Delirious vs. Mike Mondo; and Sara Del Ray vs. Daizee Haze. There will also be a meet and greet before the show. "OVW owner Danny Davis and I are both excited about working together again and bringing the top Ring of Honor stars to the Derby City", Cornette said. "We invite everyone who enjoys great pro wrestling and ROH in particular to see why Ring of Honor is known as the greatest live wrestling experience in the sport today." More info at www.rohwrestling.coim.

Japanese legend Kenta Kobashi, 43, and Enka singer Mizuki Mai, 36, announced they are getting married in Tokyo on 10/1. The couple are said to have been dating for about 10 years. Kobashi, considered one of the all-time greats in professional wrestling, has been trying to rebuild his career of late following long term injury set backs and surviving kidney cancer in 2006. He is currently vice-president of Pro Wrestling NOAH, a position he took on last year shortly after the devastating death of Misawa Mitsuharu.

Bonnie Steamboat, ex-wife of the Dragon, has resurfaced with an audition tape for Oprah's TV show search at http://tinyurl.com/35ds7lv. Her show concept aims to promote the ideas of young entrepreneurs, and provide them with small investment capital to make their dreams reality. Bonnie is also gearing up to pen her memoirs which she says will be a postiive and uplifting book about the wrestling business.

Jake Roberts wants it known that he's pulled out of Justin Credible's Pro Wrestling Icons convention on 8/15 in Cromwell, CT. He blames people working for Credible who haven't returned his calls, so he's not going to make the trip.

mtvU is working on a wrestling-themed episode of Dean's List--which gives different college students a chance to host their own 30-minute show.

TMZ has a video of Roddy Piper "beating someone up" last week at a comedy club at http://tinyurl.com/2wkrms9.

Justin Rego, who claimed to wrestle as "Rated-R" in Canada, was booted off ABC's The Bachelorette, because it came out he already had a girlfriend or two back at home.

Wrestlicious is taping the second season of its TV show TakeDown this week in Tampa.

Today's Babe of the Day at http://www.thewrestlingpress.com/DailyDiva.