Monday, October 25, 2010

(WGN) Oct 25, 2010: Raw tonight, Bragging Rights, backstage notes, Lesnar-Taker, TNA injury, Knockout engaged, Scott Hall update, ROH on HD Net, legend turns 67, more...

----Mike Aldren with a new edition of Wrestling Globe Newsletter.

10/24 Bragging Rights Pay-Per-View results from Minneapolis, MN: Wade Barrett over Randy Orton via DQ for the WWE title; Team SmackDown (Edge/Rey Mysterio Jr./Alberto Del Rio/Big Show/Tyler Reks/Jack Swagger/Kofi Kingston) over Team Raw (Miz/Ezekiel Jackson/CM Punk/John Morrison/R-Truth/Sheamus/Santino Marella); Kane over The Undertaker in a Buried Alive match to retain the World title; Layla over Natalya to retain the Divas title; Ted DiBiase Jr. over Goldust; John Cena, unadvertised & David Otunga over Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre to capture the tag titles; Daniel Bryan over Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match; and the dark match was MVP over Chavo Guerrero.

Raw is live tonight from Green Bay with Toby Keith as the celebrity guest.

Smackdown/NXT tapes tomorrow night in Milwaukee.


The big news coming out of the weekend is that WWE has made a substantial offer to Brock Lesnar to return for one night against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 27. There was a stare down (Video: between the two Saturday night following Lesnar's UFC title loss to Cain Velasquez in Anaheim. Taker, in a rare interview out of character, was talking to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, who as Lesnar walked by him asked, "You want to do it?" Lesnar shot Taker back a glare and continued on his way. When asked by Helwani what just happened, Taker responded by saying, "It's personal." Almost nobody in the company saw this coming and you can count on one hand the people in the know. Story is developing.
Taker is expected to be sidelined for several week's now as the word going around is that he needs shoulder surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff.
Paul Heyman on Lesnar's title loss: "That's the "real sports" biz ... You win AND you lose. I want my kids to grow up respecting a performance like Cain's victory, not resenting it. My most sincere congratulations to a great champion in Cain Velasquez!" Heyman also has a new blog (written before the fight) on his relationship with Lesnar at Lesnar on defeat: "I expected nothing less from him, he’s a great fighter, congratulations Cain, I had a good training camp, what can I say, he was better than me tonight."

Perry Saturn, who turns 44 today, was backstage in Minneapolis which would be the first wrestling event Saturn has attended since leaving the business behind several years ago.
Bill Irwin, who wrestled here in 1995 as The Goon, was also visiting backstage last night.

Susan Bysiewicz, the Connecticut Secretary of State who announced polls may ban people from wearing WWE merchandise next month, worked with WWE last year on the Smackdown Your Vote campaign while she was running for governor.

Tribute to the Troops 2010 is scheduled at the Ford Hood military base in Killeen, TX on 12/15, the first time ever the show has been taped on domestic soil. An airdate is not yet confirmed but the early word is that the show would be a one-hour special on NBC. Interestingly, UFC is looking at doing a "Fight for the Troops" show on 1/22 also at Fort Hood, which would become an annual event.

Bill Apter interviewed Joey Styles at on why he quit announcing. When asked if he would ever consider a return to play-by-play, he said, "I don't ever want to call another wrestling match again." Looking back Styles said that he wished he retired in 2005 following the ECW One Night Stand PPV.

Knucklehead with Big Show debuted in six theaters this past weekend ahead of it's 11/9 DVD release. The film stars Show as a 450-pound church handyman who has spent his entire life in an orphanage and agrees to wrestle on behalf of his fellow orphans to raise enough money to stop the place closing down. Average to poor reviews. Kyle Smith of the New York Post was kind of complimentary concluding that Show was in the same class as Andre the Giant.

WWE's tentative PPV schedule for 2011 is as follows: Royal Rumble – January 30, 2011 – Boston (TD Garden); Elimination Chamber – February 27, 2011 – New York City (TBD); WrestleMania 27 – April 3, 2011 – Atlanta (Georgia Dome); Extreme Rules – May 1, 2011 – Tampa (St. Pete Times Forum); Over the Limit – May 22, 2011 – Seattle (Key Arena); Fatal 4 Way – June 19, 2011 – Washington, DC (Verizon Center); Money in the Bank – July 17, 2011 – Chicago (Allstate Arena); SummerSlam – August 14, 2011 – New York City (Madison Square Garden); Night of Champions – September 18, 2011 – TBD; Hell in a Cell – October 2, 2011 – TBD; Bragging Rights – October 23, 2011 – TBD; Survivor Series – November 20, 2011 – TBD; and TLC – December 18, 2011 – TBD.

Interesting that Summerslam is scheduled for Madison Square Garden as Staples Center in Los Angeles has been the venue of choice for that event in recent years.

Beth Phoenix is close to returning following ACL surgery in May.

A Bobby Heenan DVD is currently in post production and due for release on 12/28.

Former developmental wrestler Daniel Puder is pitching a new reality series via TMZ that would involve him traveling the country to take on bullies.

Chris Jericho has described Kevin Nash recently knocking WWE's youth movement as "short sighted" and part of "WCW mentality."

Andrew Whitaker, EVP of WWE International cashed out $31,000 in stock last week.

Mick Foley noted that his recent book plug on Raw was the result of the company contacting his publisher to ask for an advance copy. Apparently Vince was given positive feedback which led to the plug. Mick says that if the book ends up on any best sellers lists then the credit will belong to WWE.

Bragging Rights was the No. 7 most searched term yesterday on Google.

SvR 2011 goes on sale at Midnight. The company has talent making special appearances after Raw in Walmarts to promote the release.

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary today.

Rosa Mendes celebrates her 31st birthday today.


A quiet weekend on the road. Jeff Jarrett was sporting a new shorter haircut. 10/23 in Cadillac, MI had RVD over Styles in the main event while match of the night was said to be Machine Guns over Generation Me. 10/24 in Port Huron included a Monsters Ball match between Abyss and Sabu that ended with Sabu busted open hard way from a garbage can shot to the back of the head, followed by a botched slingshot. People at the show said Sabu looked to be knocked silly. They went home early. The idea of risking injury in a hardcore match for a few hundred fans the day before a national TV taping is just mind boggling. And so is allowing unprotected head shots in 2010.

The TV tapings are today and tomorrow in Orlando. Some interesting angles in the works.


Taylor Wilde (Shantelle Malawski, 24) noted on Twitter that she just got engaged to boyfriend Oliver Mitchell.

Team 3D recently signed new deals.


ROH tonight on HDNet includes The Kings of Wrestling defending the tag title vs. Jay and Mark Briscoe; Grizzly Redwood & Andy Ridge vs. The Necro Butcher & Erick Stevens; and Super Smash Brothers vs. House of Truth. More info at

Scott Hall was spotted by one of our readers at an indy show in Melbourne, FL this past weekend. Hall noted he was recovering from a heart procedure and was also sporting an eye patch which was covering up a blackened eye. "Scott was video taping matches ringside and giving instructions to the talent during their matches," said our reader. "He could not have been more polite or attentive to all the fans and spent as much time one on one with each one as he could." Hall recently completed a stint in WWE sponsored rehab.

Several former and current wrestlers took part over the weekend in the MMA & Sports Extravaganza in Atlantic City, NJ. Jackie Hass, just four months removed from giving birth, looked in phenomenal shape (Photo: and won her Figure class for the Bill Grant Classic. Other wrestlers in attendance included; Rob Terry, Traci Brooks, Christy Hemme, April Hunter, Sara Del Rey, Dan Severn, Tony Atlas, and Claudio Castagnoli.

Dallas Page has a new reality show in the pipeline called "Road Dogs" which will feature himself, Chuck Zito, Tank Abbott, Evan Seinfeld, and Danny Trejo as a biker gang who travel the country solving problems for people. Page was scheduled to talk about the project this morning on Howard Stern.

As well as Undertaker and Michelle McCool, Roddy Piper was in attendance at the UFC show on Saturday night.

Memphis wrestling legend Bill Dundee turned 67 on Sunday.

Today's Babe of the Day is Mickie James at