Randy Orton has asked management for some time off from house shows. The story is that he's burned out. However, he still wants to work television and pay-per-views. Orton is penciled in for some top pay-per-view matches over the next few months. Orton's wife Samantha is expecting their first child in July, so you can see why he'd ask to be home more. Anyway, it is not known if his request has been granted, or for how long, although he was pulled from WWE's upcoming tour of Mexico.
SmackDown Talent's Contract Expiring Soon Posted by Bobby Spade on 05/03/2008 at 05:26 PM
Credit: Wrestling Observer
Jonathan Coachman's WWE contract is expiring within the next few months. There has been quite a bit of speculation that Coachman could leave the company for a full-time job with MSG Network, although he hasn't said anything about it yet.
WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. Jimmy Wang Yang & Shannon Moore Vladimir Kozlov def. Colin Delaney Victoria & Natalya def. Michelle McCool & Cherry Mark Henry def. Nunzio United States Champion Matt Hardy def. Montel Vontavious Porter Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder def. Jesse & Festus Finlay def. Julio Dinero Undertaker vs. The Great Khali (No Contest)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – For the first time in nearly three years, three titles were on the line in one big night on SmackDown – the World Heavyweight Championship, the WWE Tag Team Championship and the United States Championship.
Fresh off Backlash, new United States Champion Matt Hardy found himself defending the gold just five days later in a rematch against former champion Montel Vontavious Porter. Fighting tenaciously, Hardy showed no signs that he was ready to relinquish the title any time soon. He sealed the deal and retained the gold by nailing his arch-rival with a Twist of Fate, further staking his claim that he is truly better than MVP. (WATCH)
WWE Tag Team Championship intact In recent weeks, all of the contestants in SmackDown’s Tag Team Championship bout had crossed paths in the ring. But now it was time to settle the score when it really mattered. Jimmy Wang Yang & Shannon Moore kept the match close, but reigning champions John Morrison & The Miz were able to hold onto the gold thanks to a Moonlight Drive from the Shaman of Sexy to “The Reject”. (WATCH)
Foley’s debut / Batista’s warning In his SmackDown commentary debut, legendary Superstar Mick Foley welcomed Batista to the ring to talk about The Animal’s loss to Shawn Michaels at Backlash. After reviewing Chris Jericho’s recent Highlight Reel – where Y2J accused HBK of faking his injury at Backlash (WATCH) – Batista issued a strong warning to HBK: “Shawn, for your sake, I hope you are actually hurt. Because if you’re not, when I see you, you will be.”
Gigantic staredown As he prepared to face the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry, Nunzio had some huge support in his corner – none other than the World’s Largest Athlete, Big Show. Unfortunately, it didn’t help much, as Henry made quick work of Nunzio to get the win. But when Henry went to attack Nunzio further, Big Show jumped into the ring to ensure the Full Blooded Italian’s safety after the bell. The World’s Strongest Man chose not to tangle with Big Show, however, and backed out of the ring. As Henry exited, Big Show expressed his displeasure with the match-up: “Next time, why don’t you try picking on somebody your own size?” One can only wonder. Was this a challenge or a threat?
Heavy odds If you wanted to make a safe bet in Atlantic City, this was it. Take the undefeated Russian superpower, Vladimir Kozlov, over the winless Colin Delaney. After manhandling the diminutive upstart, Kozlov sealed the deal with a reverse DDT and pinfall. The 300-pounder’s SmackDown record now stands at 5-0. Who can stop this man-machine?
Celtic crushing Finlay seemed to have things under control in his match against Julio Dinero, but Hornswoggle decided to get into the act to help his father. After emerging from under the ring, Hornswoggle grabbed Dinero by both legs and tried to pull him under the ring. Dinero escaped Hornswoggle’s grasp, but eventually met his fate in the ring – a pummeling Celtic Cross from Finlay and the pinfall. Hornswoggle then got his licks in as well, nailing Dinero with a Tadpole Splash.
Diva rivalry When four of SmackDown’s Divas squared off in a tag match, it was clear that love wasn’t in the air. After some heated tag and singles encounters in recent weeks, tonight it was the team of Victoria & Natalya that emerged victorious over Michelle McCool & Cherry when Natalya pinned the All-American Diva. (WATCH)
Edge’s cohorts get a win Usually, Edge’s cohorts Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins are busy taking care of the Rated-R Supertar’s conflicts. But tonight on SmackDown, they had some business of their own to deal with – the corn-fed colossus, Festus, and his partner Jesse. In typical Festus fashion, the giant went berserk at the sound of the bell. But later in the tag team encounter, he was the target of a well-placed chop to the throat by Hawkins. Feeling the effects of the blow, Festus tagged out to Jesse, who Hawkins soon sent face first to the canvas with a swinging neckbreaker to get the pinfall.
Title turmoil In the third and biggest title match of the night, Undertaker was set to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against The Great Khali. But in a shocking move, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero stripped The Phenom of this title before the match. According to the GM, the devastating submission hold The Deadman has been using to bloody his opponents is an illegal chokehold, so she banned that, too. The GM demanded that the champion surrender his title right then and there, but, unfortunately for The Great Khali, things got bloody ugly instead.
NEWS FROM THURSDAY'S "iMPACT!" BROADCAST ON SPIKE TV - THE COUNTDOWN TO "SACRIFICE" CONTINUES By Bill Banks
There are several major news items to report from Thursday's "iMPACT!" broadcast as TNA Wrestling continues the road to the Sunday, May 11 "Sacrifice" Pay-Per-View event:
- The big story coming out of the broadcast is that TNA Management Director Jim Cornette officially revealed the "Egotistical 8" set to go into the Deuces Wild Tournament at Sacrifice! The eight TNA Superstars that will be teamed up randomly are: Kip James, James Storm, Sting, Robert Roode, Booker T, BG James, Matt Morgan...and TNA Women's Champion Awesome Kong! According to Cornette, he will begin drawing names to pair up the Egotistical 8 this Thursday on "iMPACT!". The Egotistical 8 will take on the other teams that have already qualified, which are Team 3D, Christian Cage & Rhino, The Latin American Xchange and AJ Styles & Super Eric.
The winners of the Deuces Wild Tournament will be crowned the new TNA World Tag Team Champions!
- In the main event of the broadcast, it was the team of TNA World Heavyweight Champion Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle beating "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner and X Division Champion "Maple Leaf Muscle" Petey Williams! After Joe got the pin on Williams, Angle attacked Joe and put him in the Ankle Lock submission. However, it was Scott Steiner that got the last word in the brawl, as he smashed Joe with a steel pipe and knocked him unconscious - holding the World Championship high over his head after the attack!
- Also on "iMPACT!", as promised by Cornette, footage also aired on the broadcast of the "TerrorDome", the newest TNA innovative match that will make its debut at the "Sacrifice" Pay-Per-View event!
- In Deuces Wild Tournament action, The Latin American Xchange defeated the team of Kaz and Eric Young. Following the bout, The LAX called Hector Guerrero into the ring and asked the veteran to lead their careers in TNA Wrestling! Hector agreed and will be in their corner at the upcoming Sacrifice Pay-Per-View.
- In the second Deuces Wild Tournament bout, AJ Styles was forced to find another tag team partner after it was learned Tomko has been injured in a match in Japan. AJ's partner turned out to be Super Eric - and together the duo defeated the team of The Rock N' Rave Infection with Christy Hemme to advance to Sacrifice!
- In Knockouts tag team action, it was Gail Kim and ODB defeating Angelina Love and Velvet Sky
-- Santino Marella's DUI arrest has been picked up by WWE.com's Industry News section.
-- WWE's Santino Marella was released from custody at 11:35 am today after posting $500 bond.
-- According to several sources, Marella was pulled over early this morning after an evening out drinking with ECW star Kevin Thorn and several WWE developmental talents.
-- Marella failed several roadside tests given to him by authorities and was booked for driving under the influence. He was later tested for blood alcohol levels, which results returned at a level of 0.061. That number is below the legal limit in Florida of 0.08, but since he was tested several hours after being taken into custody, he is still subject to prosecution on the DUI charges.
Ric Flair to run for U.S. President? Posted by Bobby Spade on 04/30/2008 at 01:44 PM
NewsObserver.com has posted an animated video proposing that Ric Flair should run for president of the United States with Dusty Rhodes as his VP. A preview for the video says, "In an effort to win over swing voters before the crucial Pennsylvania Primary, the Presidential candidates made uncharacteristic appearances on WWE Raw. If the pro-wrestling vote is going to determine the future of this country, why be forced to choose from among those posers? Vote for the real deal!"
TNA X-Division Champion Petey Williams injured Posted by Bobby Spade on 04/30/2008 at 12:12 PM
TNA X-Division Champion Petey Williams suffered a broken orbital bone at last night's Impact taping and is expected to need surgery. TNA is still waiting for an updated diagnosis of how bad the break was and how long Williams would need to recover.
Kofi Kingston def. Shelton Benjamin Mike Knox def. Tommy Dreamer (with Colin Delaney) CM Punk def. Chuck Palumbo (disqualification) Chavo Guerrero & Bam Neely def. ECW Champion Kane (Handicap Match)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Still seething after his loss at Backlash, Chavo Guerrero was joined in the ring by his bodyguard, Bam Neely, to exact revenge on Kane tonight. While Guerrero & Neely picked up a win over the Big Red ECW Champion, turning the self-proclaimed “Mexican Warrior’s” fortune in his favor, Colin Delaney was again unlucky in the Land of the Extreme on Tuesday.
Delaney, who is still seeking a WWE contract, was in Tommy Dreamer’s corner when he faced Mike Knox. While the ECW Original picked up a tag team win against Knox last week, he had one thing on his mind: revenge. Dreamer was looking for retribution for Knox’s attack last week, and for Knox’s decimation of Delaney the week prior. But when youngster Delaney distracted Dreamer during this week’s match, Knox was able to come out on top again when he threw Delaney into the steel stairs, then pinned the ECW Original for the win.
Next week on ECW’s 100th episode, down-on-his-luck Delaney will face General Manager Armando Estrada for a coveted ECW contract. Will Estrada just add to Delaney’s list of beatings, or will the youngster’s dreams finally come true? (WATCH EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
One ECW Superstar whose dreams continue to come true week after week is Kofi Kingston. The Jamaican Superstar met Shelton Benjamin for the second week in a row on ECW and continued his winning streak. If the Gold Standard can’t stop the undefeated Kingston in two tries, who will?
There was a lesson to be learned this week on ECW, and Mick Foley was the student in Matt Striker’s Classroom. When Your Teacher questioned SmackDown’s new color commentator’s knowledge of wrestling technicalities, Foley had a lesson of his own for Striker: Mr. Socko. The Hardcore Legend exited the classroom with some familiar parting words for Your Teacher: “Have a nice day!” (WATCH)
Also on Tuesday night, Chuck Palumbo drove his custom chopper to the Land of the Extreme where he met Mr. Money in the Bank, CM Punk. Palumbo backed the Straightedge Superstar into the corner of the ring and would not listen to the referee’s five-count, leading to Punk’s win by disqualification. After the bell, Punk attacked Palumbo, but the motorcycle-riding Superstar leveled Mr. Money in the Bank.
Finally, the rivalry between Chavo Guerrero and ECW Champion Kane was relit on ECW on Sci Fi during a non-title Handicap Match. Guerrero’s bodyguard, Bam Neely, made an impressive in-ring debut, but it was Guerrero who picked up the win over the Big Red Machine.
Awesome Kong's manager Raisha Saeed wrestled without her hood on in a dark match prior to last night's taping in Orlando. Instead, Saeed assumed her longtime indy wrestling persona, Cheerleader Melissa. The gimmick is her coming out in a cheerleader outfit with pom-pons. No word yet if the Raisha Saeed persona is being dropped, although she can portray two gimmicks at once. If you recall, Mike Bucci assumed his old ECW persona, Hollywood Nova, for the short-lived return of the Blue World Order in the summer of 2005 while he was still portraying Simon Dean.
A brand new TNA Knockout looks to be on the way. Cheerleader Melissa's opponent at last night's iMPACT! taping was none other than SHIMMER/Ring of Honor women's wrestler Daizee Haze. Haze lost to Melissa in the dark match. According to PWInsider.com, there are plans for the two to wrestle at tonight's iMPACT! taping. Haze returns to the company after a four year hiatus. When she was starting out in wrestling and trying to make a name for herself, Haze worked a few matches on TNA's syndicated show Xplosion. She last appeared in a TNA ring in early 2004.
As noted earlier, former WWE developmental women's wrestler Shantelle Taylor is in Orlando for this week's TNA iMPACT! tapings and expected to make her television debut.
Top TNA superstar gets suspended Posted by Bobby Spade on 04/28/2008 at 04:42 PM
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Tomko will be out for at least two more weeks due to a recent suspension. He'll probably be back at the 5/12 or 5/13 Impact tapings because he'll likely be on the Slammiversary card. Tomko got suspended after he went against the company's orders by making a wrestling appearance in Osaka, Japan, the day before Lockdown.
Women's Champion Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, Cherry, Maria & Ashley def. Beth Phoenix, Layla, Victoria, Natalya, Melina & Jillian JBL def. Robbie Paul London & Brian Kendrick def. Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch Paul & Katie Lea Burchill def. Super Crazy (Handicap Match) World Tag Team Champion Cody Rhodes def. Santino Marella WWE Champion Triple H vs. Randy Orton (No Contest)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – After his shocking ascension to the throne as King of the Ring last week on Raw, General Manager William Regal arrived in East Rutherford for his coronation ceremony. Instead, the newly anointed majesty was treated to a royally rude awakening by a returning Mr. Kennedy – which led to Regal’s besmirching the main event at the expense of our fans, new WWE Champion Triple H and Randy Orton. (WATCH) Read the full story…
Before an incensed Regal pulled the plug on the Raw main event, the 2008 King of the Ring was royally aggravated by the loudmouth from Green Bay, Wisc. Kennedy told the newly crowned Regal that his monarchy was tainted because he didn’t go through him to earn the throne. Raw’s GM took great exception to what he dubbed as Kennedy’s “insolence,” and demanded an apology. When Mr. Kennedy’s response was much less than what the king expected, Regal attacked with imperial anger, and the two Superstars brawled until WWE referees separated them. (WATCH)
What’s next as the 2008 King of the Ring winner and Raw GM attempts to force every Superstar in WWE to submit to his rule? Will Regal’s iron-fisted ways find him knocked from the throne by a brazen detractor like Mr. Kennedy?
And the winner is… Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho hosted another installment of the Highlight Reel with special guest Shawn Michaels, who was coming off a victory at Backlash over Batista. Y2J’s accusations that HBK faked a knee injury to get the win over The Animal did not sit well with Michaels, who made it known to Jericho that he – one of the most decorated Superstars in history – was genuinely hurt by the implications.
Chris Jericho’s mockery of Michaels’ performance at Backlash was evident with the bravado which Y2J displayed by comparing HBK’s hard-fought win to Fuji General and Michael Cole’s embarrassing moment with Heidenreich in 2004. Presenting an acting award to Shawn Michaels, Jericho’s sudden contempt for HBK has come to the forefront, as Y2J has challenged The Showstopper’s integrity. (WATCH)
Stock rising? JBL decimated Robbie of The Highlanders on Raw, one day after his disappointing performance in the Fatal Four Way Elimination Match at Backlash. The former WWE Champion – who tapped to John Cena the night before – then warned that last night’s embarrassment has “unleashed hell.”
With this new side let loose, JBL challenged the WWE Champion, whoever it may be, to a match for the gold. He then turned his attention to the man who eliminated him from the Backlash championship battle. “I will destroy John Cena,” said the angered JBL, still seething after failing to gain the title, courtesy of Cena’s STFU. (WATCH)
Divine Divas Dominate After falling at Backlash, Women’s Champion Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, Cherry, Ashley & Maria gained a measure of revenge on Beth Phoenix, Victoria, Natalya, Melina, Jillian & Layla on Raw, defeating the devious Divas.
Though her teammates sustained a steady assault for most of the match, Mickie James showed why she is the champion when she used a modified bridge pin on Jillian to get the win for her team, much to the disgust of former champion Beth Phoenix.
Rhodes’ retribution Last week on Raw, after watching fellow World Tag Team Champion Hardcore Holly fall in one-on-one action to Carlito, Cody Rhodes told Santino Marella to shut up, leading to a skirmish between the duos. This week, Rhodes squared off against Marella to try and seal the Italian’s mouth the old fashioned way – by force.
Before the encounter, Santino expressed his hatred for fake Italians and the state of New Jersey, infuriating our fans in East Rutherford. Rhodes was able to defeat Marella and silence the fast-tongued Superstar, albeit momentarily. As Cody taunted his downed opponent, Santino Marella, Carlito delivered a Backstabber to Rhodes and ran from the ring.
Later, Santino’s partner wasn’t around to protect him, however, as the cocky Superstar had an unpleasant encounter with WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. (WATCH)
High-flying friends in low places In tag action, Paul London & Brian Kendrick sustained their winning ways on Raw, while Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch’s downward spiral continued. London & Kendrick’s in-ring symmetry is second to none, and Kendrick capitalized on a Murdoch mistake to get the win.
After the match, Cade once again berated his tag partner, but Murdoch took to the announce table, where he sang his rendition of “Friends in Low Places,” confusing our fans as well as his frustrated partner, Lance Cade. (WATCH)
Union Jack and Jane Finally, Raw General Manager William Regal’s fellow countrymen, Paul & Katie Lea Burchill, competed in the new king’s name in an Intergender Handicap Match against Super Crazy. The Burchill siblings dominated Super Crazy, and after a devastating curb stomp by Paul, he allowed his sister to get the pin for the victory.
Triple H def. Randy Orton, John Cena and JBL in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match (new WWE Champion) World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker def. Edge Matt Hardy def. United States Champion MVP (new champion) Big Show def. The Great Khali ECW Champion Kane def. Chavo Guerrero Shawn Michaels def. Batista 12-Diva Tag Team Match (team phoenix)
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