Tuesday, October 09, 2007

NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE

> HBK RETURNS ON RAW
- After being on the sidelines for nearly five months since Judgment Day,
Shawn Michaels made his return to WWE television yesterday at Monday Night
RAW attacking the man who put him out of action, Randy Orton. HBK wrestled
Orton at the Judgment Day pay-per-view however HBK collapsed due to a
'concussion' during the match and was even stretchered out of the arena with
his wife Rebecca by his side. In reality HBK had to undergo knee surgery and
the angle at Judgment Day was played out to protect his knee and prevent
further damage.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5358]

> RAW MAIN EVENT FOR CYBER SUNDAY ANNOUNCED
- The RAW brand main event for Cyber Sunday has been announced as the WWE
champion Randy Orton will defend his title against either the returning
Shawn Michaels, the Intercontinental champion Jeff Hardy or Mr Kennedy. Fans
will be able to vote for any of the three Superstars and the winner of that
vote will be revealed during the show. The Smackdown! main event stipulation
is that fans will be able to vote for the referee of the expected four-way
match for the World title between Batista, Undertaker, The Great Khali and
Mark Henry. Choices will be between JBL, Steve Austin and Mick Foley. Voting
for the RAW brand event is already up at WWE.COM.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5360]

> ANOTHER DIVA SEARCH CONTESTANT BITES THE DUST
- Jessica Hatch is the latest Diva Search contestant to be booted out of the
competition. The twenty five year old Texan model was the fourth out of the
competition and now four remain - 2 blondes and 2 brunettes - for the final
prize. The remaining contestants are Brooke Gilbertsen, Taryn Terrell, Eve
Torres and Lena Yada. The competition will wrap up on Sunday October 28th at
Cyber Sunday.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5238]

> A LUCKY SCHOOL KID IN THE UK TO BE AWARDED A WRESTLEMANIA TRIP
- The WWE Corporate website has a press release about WWE teaming up with
the National Literacy Trust to target schools in England to encourage them
to read. This year school Reading Champions will have the chance to enter a
special WWE competition to win a trip to Orlando, FL., and tickets for the
biggest event of the year - WrestleMania! To participate, students need to
read five books of their own choice, enter the book titles on the entry form
provided and write 100 words explaining how they would persuade a WWE
Superstar to read a book. Each entrant that submits a form successfully via
their teacher will receive a certificate from WWE celebrating their
completion of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge. The entries will be judged
by representatives from WWE and NLT. Winners will be announced in March 2008
and four prizes will be awarded with the big one being the trans-Atlantic
flight to the US and Mania tickets. The competition is open to primary and
secondary schools who are signed up to the Reading Champions initiative. To
sign up for free visit http://www.literacytrust.org.uk
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5359]

> TNA iMPACT! VIDEO GAME WORLD PREMIERE THIS WEEKEND
- Midway Home Entertainment announced yesterday that the world premiere of
the TNA iMPACT! video game will be taking place next weekend in Atlanta,
GA., at the Bound for Glory Interaction event. The game will be released in
Spring 2008 for Xbox 360, PS2, PS3 and Nintendo Wii. Midway is serving as
the sponsor for TNA's pay-per-view - which is scheduled to be their biggest
one yet. A video package on the game will air during the PPV and Midway is
featured in all promotional materials for the show. The ring skirts will be
featuring the iMPACT! video game logo during the show as well.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5357]

> PASSENGER IN NICK HOGAN'S CAR CRASH ALMOST BRAIN DEAD
- The passenger who was in Nick Hogan's Toyota Supra when the two had an
accident remains on life support and according to new court documents, he
will likely spend the remainder of his life in a nursing home. John
Graziano, a former United States Marine and a big friend of the Hogan's was
reportedly not wearing a seat belt at the time of crash which is why he
ended up with the majority of the injuries. Nick was released the day after
from the hospital with a broken hand and some other injuries but to this day
Graziano is still in a hospital listed in critical condition. A registered
nurse who compiled the report for court said that Graziano responds to a
pinch and has a gag reflex but doesn't respond to touch or sounds. His
pupils are fixed so they don't respond to light. While technically he's not
brain dead, these symptoms aren't encouraging. In the report, the nurse said
that he suffered a broken skull at the base, had part of his skull cut out,
experienced brain swelling and had cuts to the scalp. The bone was pushed in
and broken in many pieces and had abnormal collections of blood under the
front side of the skull. According to his doctor, the most that Graziano can
do if the condition improves is that he will "open his eyes on and off."
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5115]