Saturday, September 29, 2007

Brian Adams Toxicology Report

courtesy of Dave Meltzer

Toxicology tests on former pro wrestler Brian "Crush" Adams came back and his 8/13 death was ruled a drug overdose.

Adams came back with a lethal combination of buprenorphine (an analgesic), carisorpdol (somas), chlordiazepoxide and alprazolam (an anti-anxiety medication).

Dr. Leszek Chrostowki of the Hillsborough County Medical Examiners Office ruled the death to be an accidental overdose of the combined effects if the four medications.

Adams had no anabolic steroids in his system at the time of his death.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE

Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news

> WWE EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS
- WWE is increasing its international presence by expanding the company's
operations into Shanghai, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and Sydney in addition to the
offices in London and Toronto. The London offices is headed by Andrew
Whitaker and he has been appointed as the President of Europe, Middle East
and Africa operations. Carl DeMarco who heads up Toronto is now the
President of Canada, Latin America and China while Jonathan Sully will be
heading up the WWE headquarters in Sydney and serve as the President of Asia
Pacific. "Whitaker, DeMarco and Sully will oversee integrated sales,
marketing and digital initiatives as well as focus on new and emerging
markets. This new structure will allow us to more quickly exploit business
opportunities and leverage the strength of the WWE brand," said Shane
McMahon, WWE's Executive Vice President of Global Media.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5292]

> MORE SAVE_US.222 TEXT
- The SAVE_US.222 phenomenon continues the big debate: Is Chris Jericho
returning to WWE television? Further words were taken out from the cryptic
video - which can only be seen in slow motion or if you pause the video at
specific times. The words 'CHAMP_HARD'; 'SMACK_BROUGHT1'; 'RAW_LOWER_DISP';
'RAW_WAR_BUMPER'; 'WM00_MATCH'; 'LIVEWIRE'; 'SUMMER_PROM';
'RAW_REV_MAY2.action'; 'WM99_MATCH'; 'JVC_FIX'; and 'KOR_Qualify13_60' were
flashed at one point during the whole video. Somehow most of the words are
linked to Chris Jericho in some way or another if you use your WWE knowledge
and have the ability to solve some riddles so to speak.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5286]

> ATTORNEY FOR BENOIT'S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN WANTS OUT OF CASE
- The Associated Press is running a story that Manny Arora, the attorney who
has defended Chris Benoit's personal physician Dr Phil Astin in his case
brought forwarded by prosecutors wants out of the deal after he told a Judge
that his client can no longer pay his legal fees and expenses. Arora was the
public face for Astin during many interviews defending his client saying
that he's not guilty in charges of over prescribing painkillers and other
drugs to two different people other than Chris Benoit. Dr Astin pleased not
guilty to the charges. "Astin has become and is currently indigent," Arora
wrote. He said that the cost of defending Astin would be expensive, running
into tens of thousands of dollars for copying medical documents alone.
Authorities have said Astin prescribed a 10-month supply of anabolic
steroids to Benoit every three to four weeks between May 2006 and May 2007.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5291]

> FIRST YEAR OF TNA OUT ON DVD IN NOVEMBER
- TNA will be releasing a DVD on November 20th titled 'The History of TNA:
Year 1'. The DVD will look at how the promotion started with their first
events in Huntsville and Nashville. Never before seen footage, interviews
with those involved at the time in creating and running TNA and matches from
the first year of TNA will all be on this disc. The next DVD release for TNA
is a Christian Cage video titled 'Instant Classic: The Best Of Christian
Cage' which will be out on October 16th.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=9]

TNA DVD News

Instant Classic: The Best Of Christian Cage: (On Sale October 16) A comprehensive look at the TNA career of Christian Cage, along with exclusive interviews, photos, rare video, a look at his private life, seven full matches and much more!

The History Of TNA: Year 1 (On Sale November 20) A look at the start of TNA Wrestling! Includes rare, never before seen footage, interviews with everyone involved in the making of TNA, matches from our first events in Huntsville and Nashville, comments from the TNA stars and so much more!

RELEASED AND ON SALE NOW IN THE UNITED STATES AT SHOPTNA.COM, BEST BUY, FYE, COCONUTS AND OTHERS:
Sacrifice 2007 (Available only at ShopTNA.com)
Against All Odds 2007 (Available only at ShopTNA.com)
Slammiversary 2007
Lockdown 2007
Doomsday: The Best Of Abyss
Destination X 2007
Final Resolution 2007
Turning Point 2006
Phenomenal, The Best Of AJ Styles Volume 2
Best Of The Tag Teams, Volume 1
Genesis 2006
Bound For Glory 2006
No Surrender 2006
TNA's 50 Greatest Moments
Sting: Return Of An Icon
The Best Of The X Division, Volume 2
Unstoppable: The Best Of Samoa Joe
TNA Lockdown 2006
TNA Slammiversary 2006
TNA Knockouts

ON SALE NOW AT WAL-MART LOCATIONS:
The TNA Anthology Box Set
The X Division Twin Pack: Volumes 1 and 2

COMING SOON TO RETAILERS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM:
November 5 - Instant Classic: The Best Of Christian Cage
December 3 - The History Of TNA: Year 1

ON SALE NOW IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AT HMV, VIRGIN, MVC, OUR PRICE, WOOLWORTHS, WH SMITH, V SHOP AND OTHER LOCATIONS:
Lockdown 2007
Doomsday: The Best Of Abyss
Slammiversary 2007
Best Of The Tag Teams, Volume 1
Genesis 2006
TNA's 50 Greatest Moments
The Best Of The X Division, Volume 2
Sting: Return Of An Icon
Unstoppable: The Best Of Samoa Joe
Lockdown 2006 Pay-Per-View
Knockouts: The Ladies Of TNA Wrestling
The Best Of The Bloodiest Brawls, Vol. 1

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Scotty Riggs Interview Recap

SCOTTY RIGGS SPEAKS ON THE AMERICAN MALES, THE FLOCK, WCW POLITICS AND ECW

Scotty Riggs was the guest on the most recent edition of PWB's Official Podcast with Lex and Ian, located at http://www.pwbpodcast.com. In a wide-ranging, 90 minute shoot interview, Scotty talked at length about his time in WCW and ECW.

On the American Males gimmick:

"We just clicked. And Jimmy Hart saw it, Kevin Sullivan saw it, Arn, everyone who was on the booking committee was like "oh my gosh, this team has gold on them." The problem with it was, you listen to those names: Kevin Sullivan, Arn Anderson, Jimmy Hart. They look at the American Males as the Fantastics, the Rock and Roll Express, teams from the 80s that were purebread, white babyface teams, kind of your corporate America, which me and Marcus weren't."

On his eyepatch in the Flock:

"The injury with the eye was real, no matter what every internet person said, every rag sheet said, every smart mark ever commented on, it was one of those things where my eye actually got bruised...I had blurred vision in it, the bright lights at TV gave me headaches, so I basically had to wear the patch, they also gave me an opaque contact lens to cover it, so I was actually legally blind in that eye for about a year, year-and-a-half, as long as I wore that eye patch."

On the Flock and backstage politics in WCW:

"They took what could have been a good a great gimmick and a great thing that could have been moneymaking, and that's when the politics started hurting in WCW in a sense, that was when the NWO and the Flock kind of had a little bit of a tiff, and it actually did get into a little bit of political argument in the back about us getting too much heat. They said we were like a 'blue collar NWO,' we said, 'no, we're nothing like the NWO, we're not even trying to be like you guys, we're trying to be heels...'"

On Eric Bischoff:

"As genius as Eric was with the NWO and Nitro, he also was his own worst enemy."

On ECW:

"To be around the crowds, and you walk in the ECW arena and you got goosebumps, because you knew that something special was going to happen..."

On his ECW feud with RVD:

"I've had my nose broken three times in wrestling, and twice it was done by Rob...you gotta like when your real best friend breaks your nose two out of three times."

On the "New" ECW:

"They're cookie cuttin' them, you know, and people know that, they don't care about them, they don't care about the people, they don't care about the characters."

To hear the full interview, visit pwbpodcast.com or search "pwb podcast" on the ITunes store and subscribe today..

For Scotty Riggs' booking information, visit Scotty Riggs' MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/scottyriggs.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Wrestleline Report-Wednesday

Apparently former WWE star Gangrel is now working in, of all things, the porn industry. I believe that he will be directing-hopefully not starring.

Raw on Monday night scored a 3.4 cable rating. The first hour of Raw scored a 3.4, and the second hour also scored a 3.4 rating. Last week's Raw posted a 3.3 rating.

Dave Meltzer is reporting that WWE has replaced Mike "Simon Dean" Bucci with Ty Bailey in the talent relations division heading up the developmental program. Bailey is the son of Joe Bailey, the CEO of the NFL's Miami Dolphins. Bailey was brought to the company originally as the Operations Coordinator for the failed XFL. Bucci was fired on 8/31 after his name was linked to the Signature Pharmacy investigation.

It's being rumored that the cryptic Matrix type promo shown on RAW was for Chris Jericho

While it's been reported before that Paul Heyman is currently working on Hollywood screenplays, it's also being reported that he wants to escape the label of being a "wrestling writer", and apparently wants out of the wrestling business.

It appears there may be some draw backs with the talks between Dawn Marie and TNA, as her ex boyfriend Simon Diamond is currently an agent with the company.

It's being rumored that the reason Randy Orton missed RAW was due to getting married to his fiance over the weekend. It should be noted that he's not been suspended, even though his name has come out as a part of the Signature Pharmacy scandal.

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Smackdown Spoilers

If any of you went to the Smackdown tapings, leave your thoughts!

Dark Match:

Jesse/Festus defeated Deuce/Domino

Smackdown
Video package aired for the SD wedding last week.

-- Vince McMahon is with Vickie Guerrero in the back, he names her the new general manager of Smackdown

-- Victoria defeated Torrie Wilson
Post match: Unnamed woman beat down Torrie Wilson.

MVP is having a one year celebration in the ring, Matt Hardy comes out to interrupt. Matt Hardy has a video of MVP getting beat up over the past year by random people. Matt Hardy announces that MVP will face Kane tonight.

-- Chuck Palumbo defeated Kenny Dykstra

Video clip of JBL in the ring with Rey Mysterio. They are hyping a confrontation between the two tonight


-- Batista interview with Micheal Cole. Batista didn't know what to expect with the Punjabi Prison match. When he gets backed in corner he becomes an animal.

-- Kane defeated MVP via disqualification after MVP hit a low blow on Kane.

-- Interview with Rey Mysterio. Mysterio and JBL are in the ring, JBL pushes Mysterio, Mysterio comes back and somehow hits a 619. Afterwards, Finlay comes out and beats down Mysterio.

-- Vickie Guererro strips Hornswoggle of the Cruiserweight title.

-- Jamie Noble defeated Shannon Moore

-- Undertaker defeated Mark Henry. Post match druids come out and take Mark Henry away. Undertaker got the biggest pop of the night

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TNA Impact Spoilers-to air two weeks from now

Half of the arena was empty, a far-cry from yesterday when it was SRO.

1. Black Machismo d. Havok in a nontitle match. Pretty much the same as their Xplosion match taped yesterday. Daniels was out watching the match and had a staredown with Lethal afterwards.

-Kurt Angle comes out in a football jersey, presumably from Sting's son's high school. Promo was very hard to hear. He called out Sting. Karen Angle shows up and the two argue again. Sting shows up on the big screen, mentions "what Kurt did" at his son's high school and says he's ready to fight. A Sting dummy drops from the ceiling and Angle falls for it. Sting says they will fight tonight on his terms.

2. Bobby Roode d. Petey Williams. More tension with Roode and Traci after the match. Kaz runs in and Roode bails. As Kaz goes for another handkiss, Roode pulls Traci out of the ring.

3. Team Pacman d. XXX (Senshi and Elix Skipper). Pacman threw a football into Senshi's balls and almost landed an elbowdrop until the ref stopped him since he wasn't legal. The finish was Pacman distracting one of XXX by making it rain with a bunch of $1's and Killings scored the pin. Team Pacman threw the money to the crowd.The Steiners come out to congratulate them and then call out Team 3D.

4. Amazing Kong d. Gail Kim. All the other women in the PPV match were ringside. Everyone acted afraid of Kong after the match.

-Jeremy Borash tells everyone that if they boo Christian hard enough, some people will be chosen to go backstage.

-Christian Cage and AJ Styles came out for a "Peep Show" with the ring made up for a Samoan party or something. Cage's guest was Samoa Joe. They go back and forth about the match at Bound For Glory. Cage proposes a toast, so Styles pours them two glasses of Margarita mix. Joe throws his into Cage's face and they have a brawl, destroying the set. Matt Morgan comes out and carries Styles to the back. Cage grabs a coconut and lays Joe out with it, although it didn't break.

5. Raven & Black Reign d. Rhino & Abyss in a No DQ tag match. They brawled all up and down the side of the building with people. Tables, garbage cans, and thumbtacks. Abyss took a DDT onto thumbtacks and got them all around his eye. Completely ridiculous thing to take when no one will remember it the next week. Reign pinned Rhino.

6. TV Main Event: Kurt Angle & Team 3D d. LAX & Junior Fatu. Another strong TV main event. Morgan was ringside as an enforcer and at one point kicked out a bunch of LAX Nation. Ray and D'Von gave Fatu a ridiculous looking 3D. Angle pins Homicide with the Angle Slam. After the match, LAX Nation comes back out to help LAX to the back, but one of them was Sting disguised and he laid out Angle and put him in a Sharpshooter, which he messed up when first applying.

Quick thoughts: The live show's flow isn't bad, but I have no idea how it will translate on TV. No one except maybe Team 3D is getting any actual heel heat from the people in the iMPACT Zone. The dueling chants almost every match is very annoying. TNA could stand to get away from this crowd.

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ECW on Sci Fi Preview

As subscribers to WWE Mobile on AT&T saw in exclusive footage earlier this week, at the conclusion of the Fatal Four Way Match last Tuesday night, General Manager Armando Estrada announced a Triple Threat Match for the next ECW on Sci Fi. After the Fatal Four Way kicked off the Elimination Chase to No Mercy, Elijah Burke, Kevin Thorn and Tommy Dreamer will meet in a three-man melee. Which one will emerge as CM Punk’s second challenger?

Also on ECW on Sci Fi, Big Daddy V established himself as the bigger man in his rivalry with Boogeyman. Is there anything the worm enthusiast • or anyone for that matter • can do to stop this massive machine?

Balls Mahoney did what he’s wanted to do for weeks • ask out Kelly Kelly. She smiled, but was rushed out of sight before she could respond. Balls took that as a yes. Will we learn more next Tuesday?

Find out the answers to these questions and much more on the next ECW on Sci Fi on Tuesday at 10/9 CT.

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Rob Conway on Wrestling Weekly

On Tuesday, Wrestling Weekly hosts Doc Young and legendary wrestling personality Les Thatcher welcome former WWE superstar Rob Conway!

Conway is a 7 year veteran of the WWE, best known as a member of La Résistance, and as "The Con-Man". He is a 3-time World Tag Team Champion.

Rob will be talking about his time in WWE, his training in OVW and Memphis, what he's up to now, and answer YOUR questions!

Also, former WWE personality Kevin Kelly will join the show to discuss the "Hot Topic" of the week!

And as always, Doc and Les run down the news and views of the week in their own fashion!

Join us in our chat room during this live audio show to sumbit questions for the hosts to ask our guests, and to interact live with other listeners!

Wrestling Weekly airs every Tuesday at 8pm Eastern time at http://www.wrestlingweekly.com

Don't be late!!

As I See It

Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets PWBTS.com

Rocco Monroe Brumbaugh....known better to the wrestling world as wrestling
legend Sputnik Monroe... died in his sleep nearly a year ago in his Florida
home.

Sputnik was a legendary character in the true oldtime Southern wrestling manner.
If that was all Sputnik Monroe was...that would have been more than enough for a
few good stories among old friends and students of wrestling.

But his most important contribution to the world had nothing to do with a
program he worked, a legendary story about him, or a dime he ever drew for a
promoter.

The story was well-told just after his death on the Smokebox.net website...how
Rocco Monroe Brumbaugh singlehandedly started the process of desegregating not
just wrestling...but entertainment overall in Memphis, TN.

The story from Smokebox.net goes like this:

"...Like all wrestlers, Sputnik would seek the approval of the audience once he
had destroyed his opponent. Just as the surviving Roman gladiators would strut
their stuff to governors, patricians and other assorted Roman gentry in the
arena, Sputnik would perform his victory romp, exhorting praise from the crowd.

But unlike any other white wrestler, Sputnik would not focus his attention on
the front rows, nor the women, nor the box seats, nor the predominantly white
on-lookers.

Instead, he would turn to the small black audience, segregated away in the upper
rafters of Ellis Auditorium, and it was from them that he received kudos.
Sputnik was fast becoming a draw card and the promoters and wrestling money
people knew this.

He was able to use his notoriety to exact changes in the wrestling
establishment. He recalls, 'There used to be a couple of thousand blacks outside
wanting in. So I would tell management I'd be cutting out if they don't let my
black friends in. I had the power because I'm selling out the place, the first
guy that ever did, and they damn sure wanted the revenue.'

The way the business people would limit the black audience was by counting the
number of black people allowed entrance into the auditorium, knowing exactly the
seating capacity of the 'blacks only' section. Sputnik would bribe the employee,
who counted black people, to lie to his boss, giving the boss a much lower
number of attendees than there actually were.

So, when the overseer would demand numbers, the door guy would say something
like 'thirty' when there were really five-hundred or more black folks in the
building.

Jim Dickinson, a well known fixture of the Memphis music scene, (he played piano
on 'Wild Horses,' which the Rolling Stones recorded at the Muscle Shoals Studio
in Alabama) remembers, 'Finally, the audience got so big and heavily black that
they had to integrate the seating. There's no other single event that integrated
the audience other than the wrassling matches and Sputnik paying the guy to
lie.'

Johnny Dark, now a Memphis sportscaster, was then president of the Sputnik
Monroe Fan Club.

He recounts, "I remember one time Sputnik was wrassling in Louisville. In the
dressing room, this little black lady came up to Sputnik, she had tears in her
eyes, she said 'You don't remember me, you never met me, but I used to live in
Memphis, when they made us sit upstairs in those buzzard seats. You're the one
who got them to change that.' That was the first time I saw Sputnik with tears
in his eyes."

Sputnik's one-man campaign had ripple effects all across Memphis, not only in
the black community, but also amongst young white kids. Elvis, Jerry Lee, Carl
Perkins, Johnny Cash and Sam Phillips had already opened the valve, releasing
emotions in young white people that caused grave concern for the enforcers of
the status quo. And here was this upstart wrestler, not just playing with young
kids minds, but messing with the gas that fueled how things ran in Memphis,
namely racism.

Another fan of that era, Jim Black says 'I went through my whole twelve years at
school having never been able to share an experience with a black, and I was
starting to resent this, because I was also listening to radio and Dewey
Phillips, and hearing all these great black records and realizing that these
were some talented artists, this was another culture.

Where, at first, we'd gone to the matches hoping to see Sputnik get beat, we
started to realize that he was pretty $@#@ng cool. He had his audience, and he
never played down to 'em, never talked down to 'em. He became a role model.'

Sputnik says this of his influence on young whites, 'There was a group of
wealthy white kids that dug me beause I was a rebel. I'm saying what they wanted
to say, only they were just too young or inexperienced or afraid to say it. You
have a black maid raising your kids and she's talking about me all of the time,
so I may not be in the front living room, but I'm going in the back door of your
@#@$@mn house, feeding your kids on Monday morning and sending 'em to school.
And meeting the bus when they come home. Pretty powerful thing.'

Sputnik's influence went way beyond the wrestling ring. He interfered
righteously with the city fathers' plans for business- as-usual. In one
instance, the black leadership in Memphis was involved in a protest against the
segregation of an automobile exhibition. Sputnik called up the sponsors and told
them that he was planning to open his own car lot in the black community.

That night, the change of admission policy was broadcast on the evening news."

Monroe also tag-teamed with Norvell Austin, an interracial tag team which was
unheard of at the time.

Now in 2007... for those who've grown up in a world where anyone travels on a
bus...sits in a movie theatre or sports arena anyplace they choose to (or least
can afford)...eats in a restaurant...goes to a college or university... this may
not seem like such a big thing.

But what Rocco Monroe Brumbaugh did defies description when you look through the
eyes of the times. The southern United States featured an entrenched racism that
is horrifying to look at retrospect.

Racial separation in public transportation was an accepted fact. Separate water
fountains for blacks and whites existed throughout the South. Blacks were kept
from eating in most restaurants and from attending (white) public schools.

As the civil rights movement slowly unfolded through the 1950s and 1960s, blacks
and whites lost their lives attempting to desegregate the South. As a young
child, I remember hearing about a local Detroit-Area woman, Viola Liuzzo, who
was murdered by racist whites for daring to do her part to desegrate the South.

Thousands more were jailed, beaten, or ostracized for attempting to change the
entrenched system. Rocco Monroe Brumbaugh might also very well taken a chance by
doing what he dared to do, and put his life at risk. Fortunately, he didn't have
to pay with his life. Not everyone was that lucky.

Ask the family of Viola Liuzzo, a housewife and mother from Detroit, who drove
alone to Alabama to help with the Selma march after seeing televised reports of
the attack at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She was driving marchers back to Selma.
Ask the family of Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian minister beaten to death. Ask the
families of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner who were
murdered just for campaigning for voting rights....or the families of a hundred
others .

There is little tangible reminder of what happened in those days in Memphis. The
Ellis Auditorium was torn down in 1999 to make way for an expansion of the
Memphis Cook County Convention Center. These days, most fans think of the
Mid-South Coliseum or even the WMC TV studios when they think of Memphis
wrestling....not the Ellis Auditorium, let alone what occurred there.

One of the few reminders of that day exists at the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum,
located on Beale Street, where Monroe was publicly honored in 2002 for his role
in the integration of public events.

Sputnik Monroe was a headliner in many territories. Monroe and wrestler Billy
Wicks were known for setting an attendance record for their long-time feud, an
attendance record that lasted all the way until the Monday Night WCW/WWF wars),
Monroe's last major public wrestling appearance was in July 2005, when he and
Wicks reprised their Memphis feud at a legends show.

Wrestling fame notwithstanding, Brumbaugh should be known around the United
States and anywhere this column runs for helping to desegregate one of the
largest cities in the American South. For that alone he ought to be a bigger
hero than anyone we'll ever see on a DVD collection, on Monday nights, or on a
lifetime of PPVs.

Julien Nitzberg, the screenwriter of a Sputnik Monroe Movie that is being is
being backed by HBO, was recently interviewed regarding the upcoming
biographical movie at this link. In typical fashion, a serious story that
related to wrestling (but was really about a wrestler and his role in the Civil
Right Movement) was rejected by studio after studio before HBO green-lighted
the project.

Until next time...

If you have comments or questions, or if you'd like to add the AS I SEE IT
column to your website, I can be reached by e-mail at bobmagee1@hotmail.com.

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The Wrestleline Report-Tuesday

TNA taped their first set of two hour Impact tapings last night, and I do have the spoilers on the main page of the site if you'd like to check them out! The debut of TNA going to two hours is on Oct. 4!

Mike Johnson reports that David Young, CW Anderson and Billy Kidman were all backstage at last night's TNA Impact tapings.

The 9/7 showing of The Road to No Surrender did a 0.3 rating while the 9/8 showing did a 0.4 rating.

New TNA Superstar posters for Kurt Angle, Sting, Christian Cage and Samoa Joe are now available at select Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

Toys R Us stores are cutting back on TNA action figures at this time. They will still carry them but the TNA section will be much smaller for the foreseeable future. Select Wal-Mart stores still carry TNA figures but Target is now the main seller of TNA action figures in the US.

TNA is planning a two-night tour of Mexico in December. Two shows are scheduled for 12/14 and 12/15 in Monterrey.

There has been talk of Kevin Nash returning to the ring. Apparently Vince Russo is in favor of Dr. Nash's return to action, but booker Dutch Mantel isn't on board.

Former WWE and ECW diva Dawn Marie has been in talks with TNA regarding a possible return. Dawn Marie is currently working in the real estate business.

Rikishi (Junior Fatu) has yet to officially sign a TNA contract.

I wouldn’t expect Monty Brown to jump back into a wrestling ring anytime soon. Brown (Marcus Cor Von) was released by WWE on 9/19, after being away from the company for “family issues.” It is believed Brown is raising his sister’s children (one sister passed away), and thus, the reason he isn’t traveling. At this time, the thought is that he may be done with the wrestling business.

Nick Bollea (Hogan) pleaded no contest this morning to a charge of speeding in a construction zone following his well publicised accident last month. He was fined $1000 and ordered to complete a 12-hour driver improvement course within 90 days. He was also found guilty for failure to wear a seatbelt and fined $73.50.

Vince McMahon said recently during a stockholders meeting that pay-per-view was not a growth industry. Has he checked UFC's recent PPV numbers?

Some of the WWE diva hopefuls have been training in Louisville with Ohio Valley Wrestling.

Check out WCWO.com and/or the WCWO In Touch Line at 317-308-6556 to find out all the latest happenings in one of Indiana's longest running feds-WCWO!

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TNA Impact Spoilers for Oct. 4-TNA's FIRST Two Hour Episode!

*Rhino defeated Black Reign. Raven came to the ring during the match as Rhino was preparing for a gore. Rave pulled Reign down to save him from the gore. Rhino took out Raven and got the pin. Raven got involved after the pin and there were a series of run-ins involving Abyss, Jim Mitchell, Sting and Havok. No Judas Mesias. Sting was left in the ring when TNA champion Kurt Angle appeared on the screen from Sting's son's school and said that if he had a son, he wouldn't miss his football games like Sting is tonight and said he was going to stay there and watch the game, trying to get inside Sting's mind.

*Backstage, Team 3D attacked X-Division Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt as they were being interviewed by Jeremy Borash backstage. 3D dragged them into the ring and said they would keep attacking everyone on the roster until they got a title shot against Team Pacman. Shark Boy tried to make the save but was put on a table. The table collapsed. They hit a Dudley Death Drop through a table on Lethal.

*Gail Kim defeated Jackie Moore. Christy Hemme and Roxxi attack Kim.

*TNA Tag Team champions Team Pacman defeated Team 3D by DQ when VKM attacked Ron Killings. The Steiners come out and 3D leave.

*Eric Young wins a Gauntlet, defeating James Storm.

*Samoa Joe & Junior Fatu & LAX defeated Christian Cage & AJ Styles & Senshi & Christopher Daniels (with Elix Skipper) when Joe pinned Senshi with a muscle buster in about eight minutes in a good match.

No other backstage vignettes aired.

Xplosion:

*Eric Young defeated Jimmy Rave.

*Jay Lethal pinned Havok.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ric Flair announces retirement plans

Perhaps the greatest wrestler in the history of the business
announced his retirement plans this afternoon. Ric Flair said
he will hang up his boots next year during a press conference
in Dover, DE, at the NASCAR Busch Series. He cited that
he wanted to spend more time with his family: "I've earned
the right to retire on my own terms, but I don't see myself as
bigger than the WWE. If it works into a storyline that works with
the program, then I'm happy with it. If not, we just walk away
one day and say goodbye." On how he would like to walk away:
"If I could write that script, I would just say that I would be in a
marquee position...I would like to wrestle a marquee guy, a big
name, in my last match. Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker,
John Cena...I would love to wrestle in a marquee position in a
marquee match and just have my finest hour."

credit: Mike Aldren

Courtesy-gerweck.net

JUDAS / BANDERAS IN and now OUT at TNA

Ricky Banderas has been diagnosed with SCIATICA and only time off with rest can cure it

COURTESY OF WebMD


What is sciatica?
Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back. Branches of the sciatic nerve extend through the buttocks and down the back of each leg to the ankle and foot.

What causes sciatica?
The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging or ruptured disc (herniated disc) in the spine pressing against the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. However, sciatica also can be a symptom of other conditions that affect the spine, such as narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis), bone spurs (small, bony growths that form along joints) caused by arthritis, or nerve root compression (pinched nerve) caused by injury. In rare cases, sciatica can also be caused by conditions that do not involve the spine, such as tumors or pregnancy.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of sciatica include pain that begins in your back or buttocks and moves down your leg and may move into your foot. Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the leg may also occur.

Sitting, standing for a long time, and movements that cause the spine to flex (such as knee-to-chest exercises) may make symptoms worse.
Walking, lying down, and movements that extend the spine (such as shoulder lifts) may relieve symptoms.

Ric Flair IS the man to NASCAR fans

The RoadLoans.com 200 NASCAR Busch Series race will take its starting command from a wrestling icon. Ric Flair, WWE wrestler and former champion will deliver the four most famous words in NASCAR -- "Gentlemen, start your engines." As a guest of RoadLoans, a leading direct-to-consumer auto finance company, Flair will be Saturday's Honorary Starter for the Busch race.

Friday, September 21, 2007

The Wrestleline Report-Saturday

TNA's Judas Mesias (Ricky Banderas) is reportedly suffering from sciatica and needs many weeks of rest, followed by physical therapy to recover. Dave Meltzer reported today that TNA is concerned about Banderas, who took a nasty fall off a ladder that resulted in him getting knocked out last weekend.

Impact on Thursday scored a 1.1 cable rating

Carlito and Eddie Colon's cousin Orlando Colon is working for WWC in Puerto Rico.

D-Lo Brown is booked for Pro Wrestling NOAH's upcoming October tour. This will be the tour with Samoa Joe working 10/25 and 10/27.

Jessica Hatch will be on Playboy Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio on Tuesday, September 25th from 2-3 Pacific/5-6 Eastern time.

Vampiro is booked on 9/30 in Merida (Mexico) on a show called "Furia de Gigante." Vampiro will team up with LA Park and Hector Garza against Marco Corleone (Mark Jindrak), Rayo de Jalisco Jr., and Dos Caras Jr.

Sean Waltman, his girlfriend Alicia Webb (Ryan Shamrock), and Waltman's son have moved into an apartment in Mexico City, and is based their now full-time. There was an issue with Webb recently asking for a raise from AAA, but the issue has been resolved. If Waltman were to return to TNA, he would likely fly back and forth to Mexico City.

AAA's next big show will be the annual Antonio Pena Memorial show on 10/17 at El Toreo in Naucalpan. Pena died on October 4, 2006.

WCWO returns to Grassy Creek Apartment Complex Gymnasium tonight, with a belltime of 7pm! Grassy Creek Apartments is located on US 40, just west of 465, and is located behind the Big Kmart. They will also be at the VFW Hall off of I-70 and Holt Rd. tomorrow, with a 1pm belltime-and is a FREE show! All of your favorite WCWO superstars will be there, so be sure to check it out tonight and/or tomorrow afternoon! For more info on WCWO, check out WCWO.com, or call the WCWO In Touch Line at 317-308-6556!

Bob Rogers Poll:

Yes-88%-130 votes
No-12%-18 votes

I'll announce my decision as to whether or not to ban him on the Monday update of The Indy Wrestleline, so be sure to call in to see if I decide that Bob Rogers stays, or he goes.

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The Wrestleline Report-Friday

Zap2it.com is reporting that the September 20th episode of "Survivor: China" starring Smackdown diva Ashley Massaro drew a fast national overnight rating of 8.9 with a 15 share, putting CBS in first place for the 8 to 9 PM time slot.

Kurt Angle is once again claiming to be in negotiations to fight with a MMA promotion, this time, the IFL. The TNA champion attended tonight's IFL championship event in Hollywood, FL.

"God willing, the IFL and myself can make a deal," Angle told Alex Marvez at FoxSports.com earlier this evening. "The best fit for me right now as a pro wrestler who (wrestles) 120 times a year is the IFL."

This is not the first time Angle has been in negotiations with MMA groups, but few think he'll actually enter MMA.

If a wrestler fails a drug test for marijuana, it will not count as a strike against them under the current wellness policy. Since they are subject to four test per year, the most one wrestler can be fined is $4,000 per year, but wouldn't face a suspension.

WWE has given the green light for a U.K. developemental territory.

It is believed Booker T has not sign his new three year contract.

Smackdown Spoilers:

Teddy Long and Kristal's wedding takes place. Godfather comes outs with the hos and all the male guests minus Vince and Coach leave with them. Hornswoggle comes out from under the ring and crawls under Krystal's dress and chases Coach and Vince to the back. Teddy long passes out and medics rush to his aid and he is taken away in an ambulance. The fans chanted "we want wrestling" during the entire segment.

(1) Jimmy Yand d. Jamie Noble.

- MVP and Matt Hardy have a football tossing contest.

(2) Deuce and Domino d. Matt Hardy and MVP in a non-title match.

- Michael Cole interviews Rey Mysterio in the ring. Finaly attacks him from behind and lays him out.

(3) Mark Henry d. Batista via countout when The Great Khali got invloved in the match.

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PWI 500 Listing for 2007

Before we get to the list, here is a reminder of the criteria used for ranking the PWI 500, which is based on a grading period of August 2006 to July 2007.

- Win-loss record
- Technical Ability
- Influence on the sport
- Success against the highest grade of competition
- Success against the most diverse competition
- Activity

1. John Cena
2. Edge
3. Mistico
4. Kurt Angle
5. Undertaker
6. Shawn Michaels
7. Christian Cage
8. Perro Aguayo Jr.
9. Bobby Lashley
10. Takeshi Morishima
11. Ultimo Guerrero
12. Samoa Joe
13. Batista
14. Minoru Suzuki
15. Randy Orton
16. Mitsuharu Misawa
17. Bryan Danielson
18. King Booker
19. Sting
20. Yuji Nagata
21. Mr. Kennedy
22. Umaga
23. Abyss
24. Rob Van Dam
25. Nigel McGuinness
26. Cibernetico
27. Naomichi Marufuji
28. Chris Sabin
29. Jeff Hardy
30. Christopher Daniels
31. El Hijo Del Santo
32. AJ Styles
33. Finlay
34. Jushin Liger
35. Big Show
36. Matt Hardy
37. Rocky Romero
38. Negro Casas
39. Rhino
40. Hiroshi Tanahashi
41. Carlito
42. CM Punk
43. La Parka
44. Gregory Helms
45. KENTA
46. Chavo Guerrero
47. MVP
48. Dr. Wagner Jr.
49. Chris Hero
50. Senshi
51. Triple H
52. Cima
53. Averno
54. Homicide
55. Roderick Strong
56. John Morrison
57. Kensuke Sasaski
58. Sabu
59. Scott Steiner
60. Charly Manson
61. Milano Collection A.T.
62. Marcus Cor Von
63. Brent Albright
64. Satoshi Kojima
65. Kane
66. Chris Harris
67. Claudio Castagnoli
68. L.A. Park
69. Tiger Mask IV
70. Ric Flair
71. Bobby Roode
72. Jun Akiyama
73. Black Warrior
74. Brother Ray
75. Alex Shelley
76. Davey Richards
77. William Regal
78. Jay Briscoe
79. Atlantis
80. Brother Devon
81. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
82. James Storm
83. Mark Briscoe
84. Doug Williams
85. Zorro
86. Minoru
87. Elijah Burke
88. Delirious
89. Chris Masters
90. Mephisto
91. Shelton Benjamin
92. Intocable
93. Petey Williams
94. Kevin Thorn
95. Jay Lethal
96. Shinsuke Nakamura
97. Paul London
98. Brian Kendrick
99. Toshiaki Kawada
100. Travis Tomko
101. The Great Khali
102. Austin Aries
103. Yoshinara Ogawa
104. Hector Garza
105. Giant Bernard
106. Hotstuff Hernandez
107. Ricky Marvin
108. Colt Cabana
109. Mr. Aguila
110. Jimmy Yang Yang
111. Dragon King
112. Vampiro
113. Kotaro Suzuki
114. The Boogeyman
115. Dos Caras. Jr.
116. Manuba Nakanishi
117. Jeff Jarrett
118. B.J. Whitmer
119. Keiji Muto
120. Eric Young
121. Toscano
122. Ares
123. Kenny Dykstra
124. Super Crazy
125. Masato Yoshino
126. Ron Killings
127. Rey Bucanero
128. Matt Sydal
129. Shocker
130. Snitsky
131. Togi Makabe
132. Octagon
133. Naruki Doi
134. Sonjay Dutt
135. Trevor Murdoch
136. Universo 2000
137. Lance Cade
138. Jay Bradley
139. Jerry Lynn
140. Marco Corleone
141. Dick Togo
142. Jimmy Rave
143. Masao Inoue
144. Juventud Guerrera
145. Sean Waltman
146. Taka Michinoku
147. Volador Jr.
148. The Miz
149. Jack Evans
150. Andrew Martin
151. Kaz Hayashi
152. Ephesto
153. Paul Birchall
154. Abismo Negro
155. Joey Mercury
156. Koji Kanemoto
157. Hardcore Holly
158. Damian 666
159. Lance Hoyt
160. Shawn Spears
161. La Mascara
162. Charlie Haas
163. Heavy Metal
164. Basham
165. Lizmark Jr.
166. Aaron Stevens
167. Adam Pearce
168. BG James
169. Halloween
170. Kip James
171. Chessman
172. Cody Rhodes
173. Matt Striker
174. Taiji Ishimori
175. Damaja
176. Felino
177. Mike Quackenbush
178. Don Fuji
179. Santino Marella
180. Kevin Steen
181. Katsuhiko Nakajima
182. Tommy Dreamer
183. Pac
184. Mark Henry
185. Alex Koslov
186. Sandman
187. Steve Corino
188. Maximo
189. Genki Horiguchi
190. Eugene
191. Super Delphin
192. Ricky Reyes
193. Shad Gaspard
194. Mike Kruel
195. Tank Toland
196. Brother Runt
197. Mohammed Yone
198. Eddie Colon
199. JTG
200. Olimpico
201. Matt Cross
202. Gedo
203. Domino
204. Ryo Saito
205. Danny Doring
206. Muerte Cibernetica
207. Deuce
208. Apolo
209. Jinsei Shinzaki
210. Johnny "Havok" Devine
211. Osamu Nishimura
212. Jamie Noble
213. Ultimo Dragon
214. Dave Taylor
215. Fuerza Guerrera
216. Matt Bentley
217. Nunzio
218. Takashi Sugiura
219. Human Tornado
220. Mike Knox
221. Tatsumi Fujinama
222. Jake Gymini
223. Nick Sinn
224. Joey Ryan
225. Shuji Kondo
226. Jesse Gymini
227. Daivari
228. Brazo De Plata
229. Frankie Kazarian
230. Takuma Sano
231. Erick Stevens
232. Shinjiro Otani
233. El Sagrado
234. Robbie McAllister
235. Latin Lover
236. Mike Mondo
237. Sangre Azteca
238. Andy Douglas
239. Shiro Koshinaka
240. Rory McAllister
241. Chase Stevens
242. Texano Jr.
243. Johnny Jeter
244. El Generico
245. Val Venis
246. Susumu Yokosuka
247. Derek Wylde
248. Raven
249. Taiyo Kea
250. Nick Nemeth
251. Akira Taue
252. Jimmy Jacobs
253. A-1
254. Ozz
255. Big Daddy V
256. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
257. Sylvester Terkay
258. Shark Boy
259. Steve Lewington
260. Nick Mitchell
261. El Angel
262. Rene Dupree
263. Jado
264. Balls Mahoney
265. Oriental
266. Stevie Richards
267. Sylvan Grenier
268. Shannon Moore
269. Antoni Polaski
270. Funaki
271. Brett Major
272. Harry Smith
273. Brian Major
274. Laredo Kid
275. Rob Conway
276. Karl Anderson
277. Vito
278. Rick Steiner
279. Kassidy James
280. Kikutaro
281. Jerry Lawler
282. Rey Cometa
283. Super Dragon
284. Brad Armstrong
285. Takao Omori
286. K.C. James
287. Ryusuke Taguchi
288. Tony Mamaluke
289. Chet The Jet
290. Michael Kovac
291. Orlando Jordan
292. Minoru Fujita
293. C.W. Anderson
294. Gran Akuma
295. Justin LaRoche
296. El Pantera
297. Adam Flash
298. Too Cold Scorpio
299. Chris Bosh
300. Vladimir Kozlov
301. Kudo
302. Psicosis
303. Icabus
304. Scott Lost
305. Justin Credible
306. Jesse Dalton
307. Dan Rodman
308. Sicodelico Jr.
309. Scotty 2 Hotty
310. Necro Butcher
311. Josh Daniels
312. Festus Dalton
313. El Bronco
314. Chuck Taylor
315. Brian Milonis
316. T.J. Perkins
317. Romeo Roselli
318. Hallowicked
319. Brian Jennings
320. Teddy Hart
321. Maxime Boyer
322. Drake Younger
323. Elix Skipper
324. Ace Steel
325. Jigsaw
326. Murat Bosporus
327. Mitch Ryder
328. Cody Hawk
329. Fergal Devitt
330. D-Ray 3000
331. Larry Sweeney
332. Aden Chambers
333. Viking
334. David Young
335. Martin Stone
336. Matt Stryker
337. Brandon Thomaselli
338. Steve Douglas
339. Eddie Kingston
340. Devon Moore
341. Aaron Aguilera
342. Shaun Koen
343. Miyawaki
344. Sal Thomaselli
345. Dave Christ
346. Jake Matthews
347. Vito Thomaselli
348. Brian Fury
349. Jake Crist
350. Madman Pondo
351. Charles Evans
352. Bad Bones
353. John Saxon
354. Pelle Primeau
355. El Blazer
356. Mascara Purpura
357. Ruckus
358. Antonio Thomas
359. Ganger
360. BXB Hulk
361. Dru Onyx
362. Chris Kole
363. Shane Hagadorn
364. Kornbred
365. Sexxxy Eddy
366. Tigre Metalico
367. Danshoku Dino
368. Shiima Xion
369. Frank Parker
370. Chad Parham
371. Jon Moxley
372. Sterling James Keenan
373. Robert Anthony
374. Justice Pain
375. Navajo Warrior
376. Rhett Titus
377. Yoshiaki Yago
378. Josh Prohibition
379. Chance Prophet
380. Arik Cannon
381. Sirus LaVey
382. Damien Wayne
383. Kid Mikaze
384. Dan Paysan
385. Christian York
386. Ricochet
387. Alan Wasylychyn
388. Rob Eckos
389. La Sombra
390. Scot Summers
391. Ikuto Hidaka
392. Turbo
393. Ric Converse
394. Hangtime
395. Libce Dorado
396. Aaron Epic
397. Franky The Mobster
398. Tommy Vandal
399. Ultramantis Black
400. Ricky Landell
401. The Great Sasuke
402. The Stro
403. Trent Acid
404. Freak Nastty
405. Scott Zenzen
406. Kimera
407. Red Anderson
408. Hiromi Horiguchi
409. Rick Fuller
410. Quinten Lee
411. Scorpio Sky
412. Billy Maverick
413. Jerelle Clark
414. Jason Blade
415. Skayde
416. Bishop
417. Billy Roc
418. Danny Havoc
419. Jerry Reiner
420. Beff Wellington
421. Tony Scarpone
422. Onyx
423. Toby Klein
424. Aaron Williams
425. Derek Frazier
426. Seth Shai
427. Andy Dalton
428. Kory Chavis
429. Go Shiozaki
430. Excalibur
431. Mike Tobin
432. Ed Gonzales
433. Shane Storm
434. Tommy End
435. Player Uno
436. Ken Steel
437. Chakal
438. Jagged
439. Darin Childs
440. Brian Ashe
441. Tank
442. Soldier Ant
443. Justin White
444. Michael Von Payton
445. Sabian
446. Shawn Cook
447. Kapu
448. Mace
449. Pierre-Carl Ouellet
450. Dylan Starr
451. Sal Rinauro
452. Zach Gowen
453. Johnny Palazzo
454. Amigo Suzuki
455. Luke Hawx
456. Tony Torres
457. Ronin
458. Daniel Cross
459. Eric Draven
460. Wade Chism
461. Hentai
462. Johnny Kashmere
463. Bino Gambino
464. Kirby Mack
465. Chasyn Rance
466. John Kermon
467. Shayne Hawke
468. Danny Daniels
469. Joey Harder
470. Ted DiBiase Jr.
471. Bobby 2 Badd
472. Dick Rick
473. Justyn Glory
474. J.T. Stahr
475. Shane Matthews
476. Rex Sterling
477. Jason Gory
478. Darin Corbin
479. Hook Bomberry
480. Mike DiBiase
481. Shane Valentine
482. Anothony Bishop
483. Tracy Smothers
484. Maso Childs
485. Ala Hussein
486. Matt Riviera
487. Corporal Robinson
488. Jey Graham
489. Azrieal
490. Richard Phillips
491. Justin Blaze
492. Dustin Thomas
493. Joey Spector
494. Emil Sitoci
495. Eric Fantabulous
496. Patrick Brink
497. Quicksilver
498. Brian Blade
499. Vincent Nothing
500. Andre Heart

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Wrestleline Report-Thursday

One calller wants to know what happened to Jackie Gayda-who I thought was smokin hot by the way-she got released by TNA a few months back.

To Poon Loc-no apologies needed-you didn't know how that situation was going to turn out brother!

To Terry in New Castle-I don't neccessarily agree with you on John Cena, but I'm always glad to hear your thoughts!

To Jim in Western MD, Chris Jericho and his band did let TNA use his music video for their Bound for Glory ppv last year.

To Michael C. Rogers-as far as I know, ODB was released from her developmental contract, but I could be wrong on that. As far as Marcus goes, he's very busy in his personal life, so I'm not sure if he will return or not, but he's always welcome! As far as HHH being champ-probably around Wrestlemania.

To Luke, I'll try and get you added there on the board, and thanks for calling!

The 9/18 edition of ECW on Sci Fi scored a 1.4 cable rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. Last week's episode also scored a 1.4 rating.

Video Sales - Recreational Sports DVD
Issue Date: 2007-09-29

1 UFC 69: Shootout (#1 again this week)
2 2001 FedEx Orange Bowl National Championship
3 WWE: The Great American Bash 2007
4 UFC 68: The Uprising
5 WWE: The Ladder Match
6 WWE: Wrestlemania 23
7 Dogtown And Z-Boys
8 NFL: Indianapolis Colts: Road To XLI
9 TNA: Slammiversary 2007
10 The 2006 FIFA World Cup Film: The Grand Finale

In a precursor to the Dr. Phil Astin trial, John Todd Miller (known to many as "Dr. Todd") was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison for conspiring to dispense steroids to teen-age champion in-line skater Corey Gahan, who was suspended from competition in 2005 and stripped of numerous titles and records, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Porcelli. Miller has been tied to Eddy Guerrero, Billy Kidman, Paul "Big Show" Wight, Dan Spivey, Brian Adams, etc.

The feeling on Andrew "Test" Martin is that he didn't impress anyone in TNA with his performance, reports the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. He also wrote a pro-steroid column on his Myspace page, which did him no favors.

Ricky Morton was picked up recently in Nashville by police for owing $64,000 in back child support, as well as $1600 he owes to his attorneys. This is the eighth time he's been picked up for this since 1996, and the judge told him that they're keeping him until the back child support is paid in full.

The 9/14 edition of Friday Night Smackdown scored a 2.6 broadcast rating. We are still awaiting the Raw rating from Monday night.

TNA Impact Spoilers:

(1) Judas Mesias d. Eric Young.

Karen Angle came to the ring. She told Sting she was sorry. Sting came out and said he has an order of protection against her so she can't get involved in the match at Bound for Glory. The cops show up and arrest Karen.

(2) Ron Killings d. AJ Styles after Pacman sprayed him in the face with paint.

(3) Christian Cage d. Junior Fatu after interference from AJ Styles. Samoa Joe made the save. Fatu gave both Cage and Styles the Stink Face.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Wrestleline report-Wednesday

Samoa Joe is booked for Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan on 10/25 and 10/27. In addition, TNA is open for booking him to NOAH for future dates.

Bob Backlund was booked for Antonio Inoki's 9/8 Inoki Genome Federation show in Nagoya through TNA.

Angle did not work the 9/8 IGF show since he was scheduled to wrestle three times at the No Surrender PPV. He did appear at the show via a taped interview. He said he'd work the next show, believed to be in November, and defend the "IWGP" title. At this point, Angle is not booked for the next IGF show. TNA is talking to New Japan and IGF in regards to booking Angle in Japan.

TNA and Spike TV's new contract is a two year deal, which expires in the fall of 2009.

Mike Johnson is reporting that TNA has signed former WWE Women's Champion Jazz to a contract and she will most likely make her debut at Bound for Glory.

In addition to TNA's current knockouts - Ms. Brooks, Gail Kim, Jacqueline Moore, Christy Hemme, and Roxy Laveaux (Nikki Roxx),
TNA will be bringing in OVW's ODB, Shelly Martinez (Ariel in ECW), Talia Madison, The Amazing Kong (Shimmer), and former WWE developmental diva Angel Williams for the 10/14 Bound for Glory women's gauntlet match.

WWE Developmental diva Katie Lea has started her own segment called "Kat's Kradle" down in OVW, in the segment she interviews top superstars in OVW similiar to "Piper's Pit" "The Cutting Edge", etc....

This past weekend at a OVW House Show from Hillview, Kentucky. Milena Roucka almost got knocked out during her match against Serena after Serena hit a vicious spear on her, however it was confirmed she was ok after later in the night where she came out and manage Jay Bradley.

There's rumors floating around that within the past year WWE superstar randy orton has attempted suicide. This is said to have come from a reliable source, but all I can say is thank God he's still with us.

The updated estimates for the 7/22 Great American Bash PPV (headlined by John Cena vs. Bobby Lashley) has the show doing about 230,000 buys world wide, and an estimated 143,000 buys on the domestic side. Last year's Great American Bash did about 232,000 PPV buys. Last year's Bash featured The Big Show vs. The Undertaker in a Punjabi Prison match.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Vince McMahon paid for Sherri Martel's funeral. Booker T, who she managed in WCW as Sister Sherri, sent the money to pay for a headstone for Martel's grave.

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Rob Van Dam Interview

Between The Ropes
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Central Florida's Sports Radio 740 The Team
Simulcast online at BetweenTheRopes.com

On Wednesday night, September 12, Rob Van Dam joined hosts Brian Fritz and Vito DeNucci live on Between The Ropes on Central Florida's Sports Radio 740 The Team for an in depth discussion on the reasons for his departure from WWE, his feelings on the revived ECW, possibly working for TNA, and much more.

Rob started out the interview by saying his life is great and he wants "everyone to know I feel fine. Though it does suck getting written out with a concussion because I've always been out to prove I'm tougher than anybody else. That's why I do my style, because I'm tough enough to take it. So it sucks going out with an injury, but I wanted out so bad when they suggested it I said 'There's my exit, I'm out of here."

Next Rob confirmed that he left on good terms with the WWE. "There are a lot of things I'm interested in, but right now wrestling isn't one of them. If I was interested of course I would consider WWE."

Rob then discussed how the WWE's full time schedule "doesn't have any appeal to me right now. I hated the traveling for years and it got worse toward the end. The more burned out I got, and the less heart I had for it, the more challenging it got. I had pains in my chest when I had to leave my house." Rob also said that as soon as he got home he would start panicing as he started to count down the hours until the next time he had to board an airplane for a WWE event.

Rob admitted that he got to the point where he would have to talk himself onto getting on the plane. "If you're young, or really stoked to be there you can do it and put a smile on your face. But, if you start to lose a little bit of your passion for it, if it's not as much fun, or if it just becomes business for you…it makes it so much more challenging."

Rob then went into detail about the chaotic travel schedule he faces by living on the west coast. Rob noted that there are two nights a week that he doesn't sleep at all and that "when I told them that I was burned out and I needed time off it seemed like I was getting booked more…It got to be offensive to me when nobody was listening to me. I still don't think anybody knew I was leaving until the last day. I was telling them, I just don't think they were hearing it."

When asked how long he had been burned out Rob replied that during his career he has gone through a lot of cycles where he was burned out. "The first time I got burned out was before I left ECW. Up to that point my whole career was on a constant rise…there was a point when I was leaving ECW where I knew they were sinking, I knew the longer I stayed the more in debt they would be to me…I couldn't continue to keep going to work and not have the amount that was owed to me come back to me." Despite this Rob said he didn't want to come to WWE at the time and that he often questioned whether he should stay there.

Rob then noted a positive turning point when he "talked to Vince about that first ECW One Night Stand. Vince was listening to me and I got to be seen, at least for that one night, the way I want to be seen. I though 'Now I'm motivated.' Then after that it was back down hill. The next year it comes back around and this time we're talking about brining ECW back. I was super stoked and energized…Everyone was saying to me 'Rob, we could tell you were so happy out there' and I loved it. Then, with the return of ECW I started seeing the way it was going and that really started to frustrate me. When I talked to the office about that and saw that their vision for ECW was noting like my vision for it that was pretty much the last passion I had. It got stomped out and after that it was all pretty much downhill for me.

Asked if he regrets suggesting to Vince to bring back ECW, Rob said he doesn't and then gave two reasons why. First, Rob said that at the first ECW One Night Stand he actually got to speak what was on his mind for only the second time in WWE. Secondly, Rob described winning the title from John Cena at the second ECW One Night Stand as the highlight of his career and an irreplaceable moment.

Rob then went further into WWE's vision of what the new ECW should be. He said "it was never the office's plan to cater to the original ECW crowd, but rather to show this new ECW to a new crowd. That's what was said to me straight from the top. That was always the view and they never had any desire or any plans to make it anything goes. Even thought when it first came back they were like 'It's ECW, anything goes' when they started the regular TV show they were like, 'no, that was never the plan.'

"I've always felt that the reason (the original) ECW was so different was because it stood for 'anti-McMahon' as far as his ways, his ideas, and his business. I think that has a lot to do with why it was brought back and destroyed."

Asked if the WWE front office thought that they could convert old ECW fans into liking the new product by tapping into the old ECW wrestlers and venues Rob said "No, they didn't. I was told, from the man, 'Rob, for all I know those 2,500 fans at the Manhattan Ball Room are the last of the old ECW fans.' That's the kind of ego we're dealing with. I asked him why the crowd chants 'ECW' when they see something extreme?' and he replied 'because I spent the last five years training them to do that."

Talk then turned to Paul Heyman. Rob said "I don't think the higher ups respected him for the most part. I think they acknowledged that he accomplished something that bewildered them." Rob went on to say that the front office didn't really think that Heyman had achieved any measurable standard of success with the original ECW. Rob then credited Paul for the respect he gained from the wrestlers themselves even as he was bouncing checks to them at times.

On the topic of his title run, Rob said he did not really think it was possible until it actually happened. He described his run with the title as a fun time and said that it was one time where Vince was actually listening to him, at least early on. However, after a while nobody was listening to him anymore so he eventually stopped talking because it wasn't doing any good.

Asked about how he felt about dropping the titles after his run in with the police on marijuana charges Rob said he was sorry that the situation happened at that time, but he never got to a point where he felt he should issue a public apology. He said that his only major regret was that he had disappointed Vince and interfered with his plans for the business, but "everything happens for a reason."

As to his treatment after retuning from his marijuana suspension, Rob said that he was never disrespected, but the climb back up to the top of the card was long and frustrating. He then said "when I did get back up there they had the elimination chamber match, which to me was the first official death of the original ECW. When I got beat and Bobby Lashley was the new front guy for the promotion that's when my heart checked out.

On the possibility of going to TNA Rob said "it would definitely be worth considering, definitely as far as the schedule goes…If I was coming back I would look at everything. I would look at WWE and TNA and compare them, weighing the lighter schedule against prestige, exposure, and possibly money.

The interview concluded with Rob being asked what he has been doing since he finished with WWE. Rob said he has been working on a lot of projects which he can't speak about just yet. He then said he will come back on the show sometime in the next few weeks to announce and talk about these new projects.

To listen to the entire Rob Van Dam interview, including Rob's opinion on the WWE now testing for marijuana, whether he watches wrestling now, as well as the entire September 12 edition of Between The Ropes in streaming audio, visit the show online at http://www.BetweenTheRopes.com. Join us for
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Monday, September 17, 2007

The Wrestleline report-Tuesday

It's being reported that Paul Heyman is no longer associated with WWE, as his contract expired a few months back.

Dave Meltzer is reporting that Steve O will appear on the 10/1 episode of "Raw" to promote the debut of Dr. Steve O.

The WWE superstars suspended for thirty days will return to the company on 10/1 and 10/2 for the Raw and Smackdown/ECW tapings.

Local advertising in the Chicago market is promoting Batista vs. The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight title at the 10/7 No Mercy PPV.

Chris Jericho has been in talks with both WWE and TNA.

Armageddon was scheduled to take place on 12/17 at the Melon Arena in Pittsburgh, PA but the event has been removed from the arena's official website.

The upcoming Rey Mysterio "Biggest Little Man" DVD will have five different collectible covers. In Wal-mart stores it will come packed with an exclusive Smackdown vs Raw 08 preview DVD.

Jakks Pacific has announced that Shane McMahon has been moved from Classic Superstars series 16 to series 17 which is due out in early 2008.

The general feeling within WWE is that Booker T will return to the company when his current suspension expires.

The Sandman got into an argument with agent Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, which led to his WWE release last week.

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ECW on Sci Fi Preview

In a match that may have tremendous implications on the ECW Title, Big Daddy V and Boogeyman will explode this week on ECW on Sci Fi. Last week, Boogeyman interrupted a Big Daddy V feasting of Nunzio to spook him with a terrifying rendition of Humpy Dumpty. Still, the enormous ECW Superstar stood his ground and appears hungry to compete against the worm enthusiast in an extreme battle of monsters this week. Which beast will emerge the victor? Will either of these fearless Superstars ever be the same?

At Unforgiven, the Straightedge Superstar successfully defended the ECW Championship against long-time rival, Elijah Burke. With the pressure of protecting the gold he’s worked his entire life to secure, plus the added threat of his talented opponent, Punk prevailed and sent a resounding message to the Land of the Extreme. What will the response to that message be this week on ECW on Sci Fi? More importantly, what lies ahead for the ECW Champion?

Kelly Kelly and Balls Mahoney’s relationship took a big step forward last week when the ECW Original gave the blonde beauty a Balls bear. Balls hasn’t had much luck in the ring lately, but he seems to have found a way to Kelly’s heart. The Miz and Extreme Exposé’s other two members don’t appear to be very happy about it. Will another chapter be added to this love story on the next ECW on Sci Fi, or are there too many pillars in the way?

Find out the answers to all of these questions and more on the next ECW on Sci Fi on Tuesday at 10/9 CT.

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Nick Hogan Posts Graziano's Condition -- on Supra Site

Nick Hogan has been providing updates on the condition of his passenger in his August 26 Supra crash -- on the Supraforums.com website.

Known on the site as Supraman111, Nick reported on Sept. 16: "john is expected to make a full recovery its just a slow process for him to wake up because he was in a medically induced coma by a drug called pentabarb which takes weeks to wear off which is why the wake up process is is so slow. his entire body is perfect , he just hit his head."

On Sept. 7, Nick wrote: "everyone please drive safe and wear your seatbelts, i had mine on and only broke my wrist, john did not and he is in a far worse state than I am.

thank u for the support

-nick hogan/bollea"

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WWE News & Notes

BATISTA WINS TITLE AT UNFORGIVEN
- Here are the results from yesterday's Unforgiven pay-per-view. CM Punk
defeated Elijah Burke to retain the ECW title; Matt Hardy & MVP defeated
Deuce & Domino to retain the WWE tag team titles; Triple H defeated Carlito;
Candice Michelle defeated Beth Phoenix to retain the Women's title; Batista
defeated Great Khali and Rey Mysterio to become the new World Heavyweight
champion; Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch defeated Paul London & Brian Kendrick
to retain the World tag team titles; Randy Orton defeated John Cena by
disqualification, thus Cena retains the WWE Heavyweight title; Undertaker
defeated Mark Henry in the main event of the show.

SONNY SIAKI RELEASED
- PWInsider.com is reporting that Sonny Siaki has been released by WWE last
week. He signed a developmental deal with WWE after his TNA contract expired
in December 2005 and never made it on television while under his new deal.
He was first assigned to Deep South Wrestling and then transferred to
Florida Championship Wrestling after DSW's deal with WWE was dropped. In
Florida he teamed up with Afa Anoa'i Jr and wrestled in a tag team called
The Samoan Fight Club.

FIRST DIVA SEARCH CONTEST ELIMINATION TONIGHT
- Voting has began in the 2007 Diva Search contest on WWE.COM as the four
brunettes and three blondes try to stay in the competition and advance to
the next round. This year's contest is being sponsored by TAG. One Diva will
be eliminated today shortly after 10PM EST and most of the work on this
contest will be done on WWE.COM rather than on RAW or Smackdown! You can
vote now at http://www.wwe.com/divasearch/

WWE VIDEOS ON BILLBOARD
- The following videos are on Billboard's Top 10 Recreational Sports chart
for the week ending September 22nd. 'The Great American Bash 2007' is in
second place, 'The Ladder Match' in fourth, 'WrestleMania 23' in fifth,
'Vengeance 2007' in eighth and 'One Night Stand 2007' in ninth.

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Live Unforgiven PPV notes

These are notes from a fan that was in attendance at the Unforgiven ppv:

-Dark match before the show was Kenny vs. Kane. It was a decent back and forth match and at one point a huge "Kenny's gay" chant broke out and he looked at my section and yelled "No I'm not!!'

-The triple threat match came off pretty sloppy with Khali having no chemistry with anyone.

-They put MVP's tunnel up in about 30 seconds before the match.

-Crowd was dead for the ECW Title match until the very end.

-Crowd was pro-Orton about 70-30 with the little kids and women cheering Cena.

-Undertaker's entrance took about 5 minutes to set up with the crew spreading some sort of inflammant all over the stage.

-Crowd was hot for the WWE Title match with many "Let's go Cena" "Let's go Orton" chants.

Biggest pops: Undertaker, Triple H, Batista, CM Punk, Orton

Most heat: Mark Henry, Great Khali, Greasers, Cena, Carlito

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Former TNA Talent Speaks Out

I had the pleasure of speaking with Jessie Ward last week, the former backstage producer for TNA. Ward hasn’t been doing interviews, as losing a job she loved is still difficult for her to talk about. Ward worked for TNA for 2 and 1/2 years, and said it was a “great experience.” Ward said David Sahadi helped her out, and enjoyed learning from him. (She worked under Sahadi and Kevin Sullivan). Ward, who was a contestant on “Tough Enough” in 2002, knew Ryan Wilson (Trytan in TNA) through the show, which helped Ward get her foot in the door with TNA. Speaking of “Tough Enough,” Ward said she dated former WWE superstar Chris Nowinski for two years.

Ward said she found TNA backstage interviewer and model Leticia Cline on MySpace, and conveniently, she lived in the Orlando area. Ward admits that Cline didn’t know much about professional wrestling, but wanted to learn. Cline has made it to the final ten in Maxim magazine’s Hometown Hottie’s contest. In entering the competition, Cline needed a video. Ward approached Samoa Joe, AJ Styles and Eric Young about appearing in the video, and all were for it. Terry Taylor told Ward that they couldn’t use Kurt Angle in the video since TNA has an exclusive contract with TNA. Ward obviously got TNA talent on board for the project, but feels she and TNA were not on the same page. The video resulted in Ward being suspended, and eventually let go by the company. Ward said it was sad that it ended that way, being an unawkward way to leave. She was told by TNA that she was being suspended for a week. They didn’t tell Ward to remove the video, but told her they hated it. Ward said it was difficult being suspended during Slammiversary week, since it’s the anniversary for the promotion.

Believe it or not, Ward said she learned of her departure from TNA by reading the “dirt sheets,” as TNA never even bothered to call Ward and inform her of their decision. She said she appreciated all the kind words that had been written by her.

Ward said that in 2 and 1/2 years with TNA, she only asked for one raise. She said originally she was to be paid per show, but when TNA switched to taping two or three shows at one taping, Ward was still being paid for one show. Obviously it wasn’t fair for the talent to receive two or three paydays to work a single taping, so TNA did grant her request for a raise.

Ward said she is finishing up her studies at Emerson College in Boston, where she studied TV/Video production. Ward said she would like to pursue writing. She said she still keeps in contact with lots of the wrestlers, and is a long distant friend of WWE creative writer Brian Gewirtz.

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Candice Michelle Interview Highlights from Live Audio Wrestling

- Candice talked about competing in a previous version of the diva search, and not winning, and going on to capture the Women’s title.

- Michelle said she felt resentment coming from the locker room since she wasn’t trained when she started with WWE.

- Michelle said she trained on her off days in Los Angeles, and was anxious to prove she wasn’t there just to be eye candy.

- She believes the divas have to work a little harder with the fans to get their matches over.

- Michelle said it was her idea to mix her entrance music. She said she wanted to more energy, since she was focusing more on wrestling. “It’s got fire and energy,” said Michelle.

- She said she digs all kinds of music, just depends on which mood she is in.

- Michelle said honesty is the best policy when it comes to drug use. She said no diva has been fired or suspended as a result of the wellness policy.

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Highlights of Rey Mysterio Interview from Live Audio Wrestling

- Rey is hoping this last knee surgery was his last surgery. He said he has been told to tone it down in the ring, but said it’s not in his nature to do so.

- He said wrestling in Mexico has been picking up recently, and he enjoyed returning to Mexico apart of WWE’s summer tour. Rey said Mistico wants to be the next Rey Mysterio Jr.

- He said he doesn’t have any contact with Mistico, but said everyone wants to be apart of WWE. Rey said his tryout with WWE either didn’t go well, or his boss wouldn’t allow him to jump.

- He said Konnan introduced him to Antonio Pena. Rey said Pena was about breaking the barrier and taking it to the next level. He credits Pena with giving him his first big break in the wrestling business, putting him on national television.

- He said Konnan is his son’s godfather. “He’s a fighter,” said Mysterio. Rey said Konnan is doing better. Mysterio said he is proud of him.

- “I took it very hard,” said Mysterio when asked about the Chris Benoit tragedy. He said he traveled with Benoit and they worked out together. He said their families were close. He said he learned from Eddy’s passing that you just have to move on.

- He said it was harder for him to learn the news about Benoit being at home, rather than being on the road with the boys. Rey said he still prays for Benoit, and hopes he’s with God.

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As I See It

AS I SEE ITBob MageePro Wrestling: Between the Sheets PWBTS.com

This past Tuesday made it six years since September 11, 2001. September 11, 2001...The kind of day that many Americans thought they were protected from, because of the two oceans that surround the 48 states of the continental Unied States of America. September 11, 2001...The kind of day that many Americans thought happened in the Middle East...or Europe...or somewhere else. September 11, 2001...The kind of day where America saw its most tragic event...and its most heroic sons and daughters. Unknown to us all as we woke up and went to work, school, and to our daily activities... in the early hours of September 11, four commercial airliners departing from East Coast airports with full loads of fuel, were hijacked to be used as airborne weapons against the people and the economic structure of the United States. At 8:46 am EDT, American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston crashed into the North Tower at the World Trade Center. Then, at 9:03 am, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashed into the South Tower at the World Trade Center. 42 minutes later, at 9:45 am EDT, American Flight 77 crashed into The Pentagon. In Manhattan just 30 minutes later, at 10:05 am EDT, The South Tower at the World Trade Center collapsed. At 10:10 am EDT, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a wooded area in Shanksville, PA, after the heroic efforts of passengers who confronted hijackers who had intended to crash Flight 93 into the US Capitol or the White House. Finally, at 10:28 am EDT, in Manhattan, The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.
2,997 people (including 24 officially still listed as missing) were killed in those horrific two hours, consisting of 246 airline passengers (in Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia), 2,626 in Manhattan (including 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters, 23 New York City Police Department officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers) and 125 at the Pentagon. In the single largest loss of life of first responders in United States history, 403 police officers and firefighters lost their lives attempting to save those trapped in the World Trade Center. Those first responders who died, as well as those who survived...saved the lives of thousands upon thousands of office worker, service workers, and just plain everyday New Yorkers in that building....in a moment of heroism that is without precedent in American history. Then, there was the everyday heroism of New Yorkers who did whatever they could to help; regardless of race, religion, creed, or their status of life. They did whatever they could to help strangers who they had never seen before...and likely have not seen since that Day of Horror. In a society that often gives far too much respect to rank and privilege, Americans became just plain Americans for one day...and for some days to come...and did whatever they had to do to survive the deadliest attack on America in its history. People responded, coming to Ground Zero, literally tearing away rubble with their bare hands. They overwhelmed Red Cross centers to give blood for those precious few who were pulled out from the rubble of the World Trade Center. They went to every possible police, fire, and EMS station to ask how they could help. They donated hundreds of millions of dollars to 9/11 related charities. Sadly, there are first responders who have died as a result of the toxic substances, which included asbestos, lead, mercury, dioxin, PAHs, crystalline silica, lead, cadmium, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Many of these substances are carcinogenic; while those that were not carcinogenic are known for causing kidney, heart, liver and nervous system deterioration. The State of New York and the Federal government have done little, if anything to compensate those first responders who came to Ground Zero to try and save lives. So, on September 11, 2001, the United States of America was under attack. Some of the names that you read about regularly on wrestling websites like mine had someone affected. Many more had loved ones who escaped through the grace of God, and the efforts of the heroic first responders. Given their proximity to Manhattan, a large number of the performers, office staff and others of the WWE had ties to New York City. All of those people were apparently and fortunately spared loss of life. Even so, they and all of us experienced a deep wound to our hearts that endures to this day. The only comparison for Americans that can be made to September 11, 2001, is to events such as Pearl Harbor, something I know of only through the fact that my father named me after a cousin of his...who is still buried with the USS Arizona, Robert Thomas Magee. My generation, and those born after it, had not actually experienced wartime or a moment reminescent of it on a national scale until that crystal clear morning of September 11, 2001. In those days back in 2001, many involved online and in wrestling itself offered their thoughts on how the events of September 11th have affected them. Here are excerpts of just a few of these comments back in 2001: Dave Scherer, Daily Lariat, September 12th "...For all of the horrible things that occurred yesterday though, the events also put on display for the world something that makes Americans what they are, and that is the incredible heart of the American people. It's a character trait that should make us all proud of where we live. During the most horrific series of events this country has ever seen, the American people stood up to help their own. They went into crumbling buildings, knowingly risking their lives to help people in need. They offered their services to authorities. They stood in line at blood banks to make sure they could donate the liquid of life. People came to the aid of their brethren in their time of need, and that is exactly what being an American is all about...
...We were sent a wake up call yesterday. We were told that we need to appreciate what we have a little more than we have. When you see your loved ones, cherish them. Hug them. Kiss them. Realize how important they are to you and your life. When you get in your car and go to your job, realize how much you have. Don't take it for granted. We all have so much. We can't take it for granted because as yesterday showed, it can all be taken away in a moment."
Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer, September 12 "...Yesterday was a day like no other, in all of our lives. It's a numbing feeling, knowing that our world has changed while watching a nightmare that few or us probably ever even considered was a possibility.
To those of you who lost friends or family yesterday, my heart goes out to you... I hope everyone took a moment out yesterday to reflect and thank those who are closest to you for being close to you. There are so many people who are in our lives, loved ones, close friends, business relationships, that are there, day in and day out.
Sometimes you take them for granted. We've all had our good times and our bad and are somehow linked together by a strange industry, that most of us no doubt spent very little time thinking about yesterday..."
Bill Goldberg, Goldbergbook.com "...I was watching something when -all of a sudden- the Special Report came on, showing that the first tower at the World Trade Center had been hit by an airplane, and was on fire. I then witnessed the second tower hit live on TV, like millions of others. I first thought it was fiction. I thought someone, somehow was playing a trick on television because it was, and still is, too surreal. I couldn't grasp what I was seeing. I continued to watch, just hoping and praying that it was a hoax. Sadly, it was true. I was riveted to the TV on Tuesday, and have been every day since. Even though I knew no one involved in the tragedy, a huge feeling of grief took over me. And whether you are directly effected or not, you still are directly affected ... we are all Americans. Watching the tragedy unfold on TV, I felt helpless. This guy who is revered by people around the world as being Superman-like ...but I didn't have the ability to get up and help; I had to watch it unfold like the rest of America. You can't even imagine what those people have been through. From the firefighters and policemen to the doctors, nurses and volunteers. This not only is a time of great grief, it also is a time of intrusion. But, when someone comes in our backyard and does something as horrendous as this, Americans seem to rally and combine for the common goal. Right now, Americans must come together as a whole, as one. Even though we want swift justice, everyone must understand that patience will overcome. These are times when every American must band together and show the world that, in our unity, we do possess, as the largest Super-Power on the planet, the ability to right the wrongs that have occurred. If there's anything I can do, I hope it becomes apparent.
And soon...."
Those are thoughts from three well-known names from around wrestling. The last story is from WrestleLine.com writer Alfonso Castillo, less known within wrestling than those above. But his is a very personal perspective on what happened on September 11, and the need for us all to treasure the simple pleasures we're given. "...I spent Monday night as most of us did - watching WWF RAW on TNN. As I often do, I made the trip to Times Square to catch the show at WWF New York with my fiancée Dana. After dating for six years, the last had been a very trying one for us and we had been trying to work some of the kinks out of our relationship. We had a great night enjoying a fun show, getting pictures and autographs of Al Snow and the Tough Enough gang, and dining on some good food. I dropped off Dana late that night and as we said our good nights, Dana jokingly suggested we play hooky from work Tuesday and spend the day together. We both concluded that we'd be better off going to our respective jobs come Tuesday. For me it would mean heading out to Suffolk County to write about local primary elections. For her it would mean researching financial documents at the Deutsche Bank building, located on Liberty Street in Manhattan, directly across the street from the World Trade Center.... ...Shortly before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, I woke up to the sound of the phone ringing. On the other side of the phone was Dana, but this wasn't the usual light and airy Dana I had come to know. Her tone was high, her speech fast and frenetic. "I'm just calling you because I don't want you to freak out," she told me, her voice trembling. "A plane just hit one of the Twin Towers, but I'm OK," she told me. Her words seemed so ridiculous, I thought I might still be asleep and dreaming. I spun over quickly in my bed and reached for my neon green TV remote and clicked on the set. The sight was just unreal. Fire shooting out of one of the massive Twin Towers as television anchormen and women scrambled to make sense out of what had just happened....Within minutes of our conversation, I witnessed the second huge aircraft drive right through the massive adjacent tower. I tried calling Dana's job. No answer. I tried her cell phone. No answer. I did quite the double take when the first tower collapsed. I thought the camera must be positioned in a way that one of the towers was obscured. I tried to rationalize what I had just seen a million different ways. There was no way one of the Twin Towers was simply not there anymore. I tried reaching Dana again... and again... and again. Flash, redial, flash, redial, flash, redial at a frantic pace. Then it happened. With a huge cloud of smoke, the Twin Towers were no more. I thought back to just days earlier when I enjoyed a salsa concert in the courtyard of the World Trade Center and was probably fixated more on the awesome skyscrapers than the stage. After living in New York for 24 years, the Twin Towers still took my breath away every time I was near them... I remembered a few years earlier waiting on a long line to get through the fairly intense security to hop on an elevator en route to the top of the World Trade Center for the first time in my life. I remember pressing my nose up against the glass and marveling at the view. Somehow, some way, the Twin Towers, which had served as a security blanket for all of New York, if not the entire country, had vanished. And it wasn't even noon yet. But before I could even process these thoughts, I thought about Dana. I thought about her walking away from the scene, but perhaps still being within blocks of the World Trade Center as gigantic pieces of rubble crashed to the ground. And I called and I called. And I panicked and feared the worst, all the while dealing with phone calls from her friends and family who also wondered about her whereabouts. It was one of the worst feelings I have ever experienced.
More than an hour passed before Dana finally called me from a payphone at Greenwich Village and told me she was safe. The sound of her voice on the phone gave me a sense of relief I have never before felt, and hope I will never be in a position to feel again...It would be several hours before Dana would finally get home. In total she consumed three bottles of water during her exhausting seven-hour hike in all over the borough of Manhattan and across the 59th Street Bridge, at the end of which she was finally able to get on a train.... This may be the first real crisis our generation has ever known, and I am taken aback by how everything else in life seems so irrelevant when contrasted against the televised images of a dark, winged silhouette colliding with one of our country's greatest symbols of freedom..."
Take time today to contemplate the events of six years ago...and send a special greeting to those you love.
Until next time...
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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Raw Preview

Mr. McMahon didn’t feel like he had the luck of the Irish on his side when the diminutive leprechaun Hornswoggle was revealed to be his illegitimate child. Now that he has had a week to come to grips with his little bastard, how will the Chairman deal with the newest member of his family? Find out Monday night when Raw makes its way to Nashville, Tenn.

One person who may be singing the blues in the “Music Capital of the World” is Randy Orton. The Legend Killer failed to win the WWE Championship after John Cena was disqualified, and he got a dose of his own medicine when Cena’s dad punted him in the head. Now he will face The Champ in a Last Man Standing Match at No Mercy on October 7. How will Orton and Cena react to the latest chapter in their raging rivalry?

Meanwhile, hard-to-please skeptics are singing the praises of Women’s Champion Candice Michelle after she overcame the odds and found a way to defeat the heavily-favored, powerful Beth Phoenix at Unforgiven. But has she seen the last of the Glamazon?

Find out all this and more Monday night when Raw emanates live from Nashville on USA Network at 9/8 CT.

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The Wrestleline report-Monday

WWE Unforgiven results:

CM Punk d. Elijah Burke to retain the ECW Championship

MVP & Matt Hardy d. Deuce & Domino

HHH d. Carlito in a No DQ only 4 Carlito match...not really sure why it was no dq for Carlito only?

Candice Michelle d. Beth Phoenix to retain the Women's Title

Batista d. Khali & Mysterio to become the NEW World Heavyweight Champion

Cade & Murdoch d. London & Kendrick

Randy Orton defeated John Cena via DQ; Cena retains the WWE Championship

The Undertaker defeated Mark Henry

Well I predicted 5/8 successfully, predicting the exact outcome of the Orton-Cena match...hmm...weiiiird.

Matt Sydal suffered a concussion in his last roh match over the weekend. I'll have more info as it becomes available!

WWE has released former TNA star Sonny Siaki due to him having family issues.

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The Wrestleline Report-Sunday

It's being reported that the WWE is willing to pay for rehab for all former WWE talents who wish to get help.

Shawn Michaels: Heartbreak and Triumph is scheduled to be released on DVD on 12/26 as a two disc set.

The Summerslam DVD extras will feature Kane vs. WWE World champion The Great Khali from SmackDown on 08/17/07 and Carlito’s Cabana with Mr. McMahon and Triple H from Raw the day after Summerslam.

Jakks Pacific has announced the signings of Tatanka and Andy Kaufman for their Classic Superstars line.

Friday Night Smackdown scored a fast 2.6 rating-the final number should be out sometime next week.

Unforgiven Preview & Predictions:

Londrick vs. Cade and Murdoch (World Tag Titles)-Cade & Murdoch

C.M. Punk vs. Elijah Burke (ECW World Title)-CM Punk

MVP & Matt Hardy vs. Deuce & Domino (WWE Tag Titles)-Deuce & Domino

Beth Phoenix vs. Candice Michelle (WWE Women's Title)-Beth Phoenix

Mark Henry vs. Undertaker-Undertaker

HHH vs. Carlito (No DQ for Carlito Only)-Triple H

Batista vs. Rey vs. Khali (World Title)-Khali retains

Cena v. Orton for the WWE Title-Orton by DQ

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Wrestleline Report-Saturday

TNA Impact on Thursday scored a 1.12 cable rating, up from last week's 1.0

There will be an exclusive interview with TNA president Dixie Carter on this weekends edition of TNA Today.

There is talk of adding Kevin Nash to the Sting vs Kurt Angle match at Bound for Glory and doing a 3 way Monsters Ball with Abyss, Rhino and Judas Mesias.

The November Genesis PPV will take place on the 11th and the December Turning Point PPV will take place just three weeks later on the 2nd.

Vampiro stated recently in an interview that he's now working for the Mexican government, and while he isn't getting out of wrestling, he is trying to distance himself right now.

Ken Kennedy stated in a recent interview that wrestlers taking drugs was simply the lifestyle of the business, but that's changing, and he doesn't like it. He'd previously stated that he'd never taken steroids.

There will be a Wal-Mart exclusive Undertaker DVD released on 10/23 called "Undertaker: 15-0".

Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 is previewed for the Wii on this week's episode of "On the Spot" at Gamespot.com.

WWE.com has a story up on Torrie Wilson's new clothing store "Jaded".

Lilian Garcia's new CD is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

Scott Hall and Sabu returned to WWC in Puerto Rico on Friday night, with Sabu defeating Eddie Colon, and Orlando Colon defeating Scott Hall.

Jimmy Hart appeared on The People's Court a few days ago. Basically he was there in support of the guy who was being sued by his land lord for not making payments on his condo. Apparently Jimmy was acting as though he was cutting wrestling promos the whole time, and the guy he was with ended up losing the case.

The Rock was a guest on NFL Netork's show NFL Access the other night to plug his upcoming movie "The Game Plan", where he plays a Super Bowl MVP who finds out he has a daughter. The Rock also predicted the Colts would win their game this weekend-I personally don't like making predictions, because they'll come back n bite me where it counts!

WWE Unforgiven Preview for tomorrow night:

* Cena v. Orton
* Khali v. Rey v. Batista
* Punk v. Burke
* Undertaker v. Henry
* Triple H v. Carlito
* Cade & Murdoch v. Kendrick & London
* MVP & Hardy v. Deuce & Domino
* Michelle v. Phoenix

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Wrestleline Report-Thursday

ECW on Tuesday night scored a 1.4 cable rating, down from last week's 1.6.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been in discussions with WWE about partnering together to promote a Mixed Martial Arts group. Shane McMahon is said to be high on the idea, while Vince McMahon, from the sounds of it, remains skeptical.

JR stated in his recent blog that he fully expects to resign with WWE within the next few weeks, that he doesn't feel Sabu will be WWE Hall of Fame material, but that he feels Sabu could probably care less about that, says some of his dream matches-of wrestlers in their prime-would be HBK v. The Rock, Austin v. Hogan, HHH v. Harley Race, Ric Flair v. Jack Brisco and Mick Foley v. Bruiser Brody, just to name a few. He says he feels we'll see Ric Flair back in WWE sooner than later, and also states that he believes we have not seen the last of Booker T in WWE.

It is believed Funaki will be keeping his job in WWE-in part because he's somewhat of a teacher's pet to John Laurinitis, but also because he doesn't cause any problems.

William Regal has been nervous as of late of being associated with the Dr. Phil Astin investigation, and recently stated that he had a brief association with Astin due to his doctor pushing pain killers and muscle relaxers on him.

It's being rumored that TNA will crown their first Women's Champion in a gauntlet match at the Bound for Glory ppv.

Also being rumored for the Bound for Glory ppv is a Monster's Ball matchup, an Ultimate X matchup, as well as a main event of Kurt Angle v. Sting for the TNA Championship.

TNA has yet to confirm a drug testing policy, but it's likely that they will directly copy WWE's type of drug testing policy out of desperation.

Crystal Loutham, the new interviewer in TNA, is said to have done better on her first day of the job than Leticia Cline did in months on the job. Cline is still with the company, but very well may be on her way out.

TNA will be debuting in Israel with two live events taking place on Nov. 15 and 17, in Tel Aviv at the Nokia Arena. As far as I know, this is about as far out of the country TNA has ventured, thus far.

TNA Impact Spoilers:

- Karen Angle comes to ring and introduces her husband Kurt. Sting comes out instead and orders her to tell the truth. She said she got a concussion from the fall and doesn't remember. Kurt attacks sting and beats him down with a chair. He tells Sting that he's going to break his ankle at Bound for Glory.

(1) Black Reign d. Shark Boy. After the match he unmasked Sharky but Eric Young made the save and covered his face with a towel.

(2) Christopher Daniels d. Jay Lethal in a non-title match.

- Christian and his crew came to the ring. They called out Matt Morgan and when he came to the ring all three jumped him. Samoa Joe made the save. Jim Cornette shows up on the big screen and announced that Junior Fatu (Rikishi) would be Cage's opponent next week.

(2) Kurt Angle wrestled Abyss to a no contest in a Six Sides of Steel match. Judas Mesias came up through the ring again and attacked Abyss. He chocked him with barbwire and stabbed him with a piece of glass.

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