During a recent appearance at the 36th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference, Linda McMahon announced that rock and roll icons AC/DC will be performing the theme to Wrestlemania XXV at the show in Houston, Texas.
There's no word yet on what song will be used as the theme.
Vince McMahon is said to be a huge fan of AC/DC, getting his first exposure to the band back in 2000 when they were performing on Saturday Night Live the night Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosted the show for the first time. WWE also used the song "Highway to Hell" even earlier for the 1998 Summerslam.
Many will remember back in November, we reported that McMahon and John Cena were seen "rocking out" at the AC/DC concert at Madison Square Garden.
Undertaker def. United States Champion Shelton Benjamin (Non-Title) The Great Khali def. Chavo Guerrero Michelle McCool & Natalya def. Nikki & Brie Bella (DQ) (Divas Tag Team Match) Edge def. Matt Hardy (No Disqualification Match) World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo (Non Title (Tag Team Match) Vladimir Kozlov & Big Show def. Triple H (Handicap Match)
OMAHA, Neb. - With just two days before the 22nd Royal Rumble and an announcement that someone tampered with the pyrotechnics display responsible for leaving WWE Champion Jeff Hardy "battered, bruised and burned” one week ago, the unexpected engulfed every aspect of SmackDown.
Interview with WWE Champion Jeff Hardy (WATCH) In an exclusive pre-taped interview with Jim Ross, Jeff Hardy rejected any suggestion that his pyrotechnics “accident” (WATCH) was an accident at all, nor was his hit and run and his hotel stairwell attack. Hardy placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of his Royal Rumble opponent Edge, (match preview) before vowing that he will be at the pay-per-view to defend his championship against the Ultimate Opportunist.
Vladimir Kozlov & Big Show def. Triple H (Handicap Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS) Just two days before their participation in the Royal Rumble Match (match preview), Vickie Guerrero placed Triple H in a match against the undefeated Vladimir Kozlov. However, she neglected to mention until long after the match was underway that the Moscow Mauler would have a tag team partner in Big Show, making it a Handicap Match. As The Game attempted to hit the Pedigree, Big Show smashed him in the back of the head, opening the door for Vladimir Kozlov to hurl The King of Kings to the canvas for the victory.
Edge def. Matt Hardy (No Disqualification Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS) Although Edge denied involvement in Jeff Hardy’s pyrotechnics “accident,” - informing the WWE Universe he didn't need to do such things to beat him - Matt Hardy charged in to attack the Rated-R Superstar and chase him into the crowd. (PHOTOS) SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero then informed her husband that she was putting him into a No Disqualification Match with Hardy later on SmackDown. After a brutal match that employed everything from trash cans to kendo sticks, Matt’s own Rumble opponent - ECW Champion Jack Swagger (match preview) – and Royal Rumble Match participant Mark Henry interfered, attacking Hardy before the Ultimate Opportunist triumphed over him with the spear.
Undertaker def. United States Champion Shelton Benjamin (Non-Title) (PHOTOS) Despite Benjamin’s never wavering spirit in a grueling match against The Phenom, Undertaker once again exhibited the darkness of defeat onto one of his 29 Royal Rumble opponents, locking the Gold Standard into the dreaded fury of Hell’s Gate. Although The Deadman’s submission hold continues to spread its menace across SmackDown, will it prove to be any help at all as Undertaker looks to win the Royal Rumble Match this Sunday? (match preview)
The Great Khali def. Chavo Guerrero (PHOTOS) After refuting insinuations that he is nothing more than Vickie Guerrero’s “go-fer,” Chavo Guerrero failed to defend his family's name against The Great Khali, who reigned supreme over the self-proclaimed Mexican Warrior with the Punjabi Plunge.
Michelle McCool & Natalya def. Nikki and Brie Bella (DQ) (Divas Tag Team Match) (PHOTOS) Over the past several weeks, Michelle McCool has laid siege on any Diva she has felt was “jealous” of her. But this week, while Michelle was teaming with Natalya against the Bella Twins - with new Divas Champion Maryse sitting ringside as a guest commentator (injury article) - Maria charged in to attack McCool, dishing out some payback on the former Divas Champion both inside and outside the ring. Only when Natalya got involved did Michelle take control, viciously slamming Maria into the barrier and leaving with a smile.
World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo (Non-Title Tag Team Match) (PHOTOS) In a Champion vs. Champion Tag Team Match, after Primo was exiled from the ring, Carlito hit the Backstabber on the Shaman of Sexy. However, before he realized that Miz had been tagged into the match and was in fact the legal man, the self-proclaimed “Chick Magnet” rolled him up for the quick victory.
WWE RAW Superstar Rey Mysterio noted in a recent interview with the Baltimore Sun that he is not 100% physically.
“I feel like I need a tuneup (laughs). Before I had my biceps surgery, it was my knee. I would wake up limping every morning. Now, I wake up stiff from my right arm. If it’s not one thing it’s the other, but we’re still here pushing strong, man.”
Mysterio said also that he’s learned a lesson when it comes to high flying moves.
“There are guys that tell you, ‘You’ve got to take it easy, man. You can’t be doing all that crazy stuff. Pick out your high-flying moves; don’t do all of them at once.’ And back then I would go, ‘Yeah, sure, thank you.’ But then I’d turn around and say, ‘Hell no. I’m going to do everything I can. That’s the way I wrestle; that’s the way I do it.’
Well, now I’ve learned my lesson. After five knee surgeries and three biceps surgeries, I’m like, ‘Man, I should have listened to them.’ But when you’re hungry and you want to be successful and you were raised a certain way, it doesn’t matter who tells you to slow down. Sometimes you just have to learn the hard way, and that’s by getting injured.”
So far in 2008, TNA has parted ways with a total of 20 wrestlers/road agents. It's interesting to note that most of the people who left TNA in '08 left the company on their own accord.
2008 TNA ROSTER DEPARTURES » Black Reign - Parted Ways In July 2008 » Chris Harris - Parted Ways In January 2008 » Crystal Louthan - Parted Ways In 2008 » D-Lo Brown - Left Promotion In June 2008 » Elix Skipper - Parted Ways In May 2008 » Frank Trigg - Parted Ways In September 2008 » Gail Kim - Contract Expired In August 2008 » Glen Gilberti - Released On October 31, 2008 » James Mitchell - Contract Not Renewed In July 2008 » Johnny Devine - Quit Promotion In October 2008 » Judas Mesias - Parted Ways In March 2008 » Karen Angle - Parted Ways In October 2008 » Ms. Payton Banks - Parted Ways In April 2008 » Pat Kenney - Released On October 31, 2008 » Raven - Parted Ways In March 2008 » Rellik - Asked For Release In July 2008 » Salinas - Quit Promotion In September 2008 » Scott D'Amore - Left Promotion In July 2008 » Senshi - Parted Ways In January 2008 » Tomko - Quit Promotion In July 2008
[Q1] The show opened with a footage from last week of the Main Event Mafia and Team 3D… The opening montage aired… Mike Tenay and Don West introduced the show and questioned whether the Mafia would accept Team 3D’s challenges from last week…
1. Alex Shelley defeated Chris Sabin and Sheik Abdul Bashir and Sonjay Dutt (w/SoCal Val) in a four-way for the X Division Title in 4:45. Tenay said there are rumors that Bashir and Dutt are working together. He questioned whether anyone could trust Bashir. Um, didn’t Sonjay steal his best friend’s fiance? Shane Sewell was the referee despite his repeated problems with Bashir.
The heels went to the floor and let the Machine Guns work against one another to start the match. The alliance between Sonjay and Sheik didn’t last long. During the match, Sharmell walked to the ringside and watched the match. In the end, Shelley caught Sonjay in a creative rollup and scored the pin. After the match, Sharmell told Sewell that Booker wants to see him in his dressing room…
A shot aired of Kurt Angle, Scott Steiner, and Sting walking backstage… [C]
[Q2] Backstage, Booker T had Sewell sit down on a couch with him while Jeremy Borash held the mic. Booker scolded Sewell for putting his hands on him last week. Booker asked him for a favor. He wanted a match to end up with him, Scott Steiner, and Petey Williams in the ring. Sewell left the room without saying a word…
Kurt Angle, Sting, and Scott Steiner walked to the ring for a promo. Angle addressed the Team 3D challenges by asking, “Who made you the bookers?” He said they could take their challenges and stick them up their “fat asses.” He said there was no way he would wrestle Brother Devon, and there was no way Sting would face Brother Ray.
Sting stepped up and said, “Excuse me, godfather.” Sting said no one would tell him who he can and can’t wrestle. They didn’t look pleased with one another. Sting whispered in Angle’s ear. Jim Cornette came out and said Team 3D doesn’t have the right to book matches, but he does.
Cornette announced Sting vs. Kurt Angle vs. Brother Ray vs. Brother Devon in a four-way for the TNA Title. Corny said the best way to win a four-way is divide and conquer. “We know that Team 3D can work together just fine,” he said. “The question is whether Sting and Kurt Angle can work together.” The Mafia didn’t look pleased… [C]
[Q3] A video recapped the homoerotic history between Scott Steiner and Petey Williams…
Tenay hyped the Petey and Eric Young vs. Booker and Steiner elimination rules match… Backstage, Lauren interviewed Petey Williams, who was still dressed like Scott Steiner, complete with the headgear….
Tenay interviewed Team 3D “via satellite from Japan.” They showed off the IWGP Tag Titles. They said winning the titles in the Tokyo Dome is like winning any title in Madison Square Garden. West broke the news about the four-way title match. Ray cut a promo about Sting standing by while the other Mafia members attacked him. The audio cut out. Tenay said they lost the audio feed from Japan… [C]
Backstage, Borash interviewed Sting, Steiner, and Booker. He asked Sting what happened between him and Angle. Sting accused Borash of trying to stir things up. He said they’re on the same page. “We haven’t forgotten what this is all about, it’s about respect,” Sting said…
Another Sojourner Bolt “Rough Cut” segment aired. Terry Taylor and Jeremy Borash recalled Bolt challenging Awesome Kong when during the fan challenge segments. They said she clearly earned Kong’s respect…
[Q4] 2. ODB defeated Sojourner Bolt by DQ in 2:30. Even though Bolt said just last week that her mother is the only one allowed to call her “Sojo,” the big screen entrance video listed her name as Sojo. Tenay announced ODB vs. Kong for the TNA Knockouts Title for the pay-per-view. Sojo jumped ODB to start the match. ODB eventually came back, but Kong ran in and kicked her for the DQ. Taylor Wilde and Roxxi ran out carrying weapons and cleared the heels from the ring…
Backstage, Lauren interviewed “The Governor.” She bragged about making fools of the Beautiful People until they ran onto the set and attacked her. Lauren asked what they were doing as if she was surprised that they didn’t see the humor in what “The Governor” did. Security entered the picture to help, but Cute Kip showed up and beat them up. He finally called off Angelina Love and Velvet Sky… [C]
3. Scott Steiner and Booker T (w/Sharmell) defeated Petey Williams and Eric Young in a tag team elimination rules match in 12:00. Sewell was the referee because he only refs matches with guys he has friction with. The heels worked over Young and eliminated him from the match roughly three minutes in.
[Q5] [C] Petey worked over Steiner with flashy offense. Steiner didn’t really leave his feet, though, as he just sold it by crouching down. Finally, Petey hit a tornado DDT that Steiner took a bump for. Petey went for the Canadian Destroyer, but Booker ran in and broke it up. Steiner hit a fallaway slam off the top rope and went for a cover. The ref counted to two and Steiner pulled up Petey.
Steiner tagged in Booker, who also refused to pin Booker. Shane Sewell spazzed out over the heels refusing to pin Petey. Booker hit an ax kick and scored the pin. After the match, Booker made Sewell snap. Steiner and Booker teamed up and beat down Sewell. Earl Hebner kneeled on the ring apron and asked them to stop. Pussy… [C]
A video package recapped the friction from Matt Morgan and Abyss from last week…
[Q6] Morgan and Abyss came to the ring separately for an interview conducted by Lauren. Morgan said he’s had a temper problem his entire life. He said it cost him NFL and NBA contracts, and incentives in his pro wrestling contracts. The worst part, he said, was that it cost him his friendship with Abyss.
Morgan and Abyss hugged. “It’s okay, Matt, I accept your apology.” He said he also has a temper problem and that’s why he goes to therapy. Abyss invited Morgan to join him in therapy. Abyss said he has his entire family back. “I have my best friend Matt back, I have my girlfriend standing next to me, Lauren,” he said. He picked her up and spun her around. He apologized to Lauren and then hugged Morgan again… [C]
4. Beer Money (w/Jacqueline) vs. Abyss and Matt Morgan in a non-title first blood match. Tenay said there were referees at ringside with towels in their hands in case there is blood. As if the concept of having referees standing by with towels isn’t stupid enough, I cracked up at Tenay saying “in case there is blood.” Of course there’s going to be blood. It’s an f’n first blood match!
The wrestlers brawled in and around the ring. Late in the match, Morgan had a chair and backed the two heels into opposite corners. He teased swinging at both of them and then struck Abyss with the chair. The referee dabbed his towel on Abyss’s head and called for the bell when he noticed blood on the towel.
[Q7] “Matt Morgan and Abyss are history,” Tenay said. Morgan punched Abyss repeatedly. Security tried to run in, but Morgan roughed them up. “You did this, Abyss,” Morgan said to his abused ex-bitch…
The announcers recapped the Morgan and Abyss segment… Backstage, security helped Abyss until he snapped and told them to get away. He threw a fit and then shoved the camera man…
A video recapped the history of Kurt Angle and A.J. Styles… Backstage, Borash interviewed Angle, who said he could have ended A.J.’s career several times, but he felt sorry for him. He said Styles took away his wife and family. “Tonight, I take away your livelihood,” Angle said. “Tonight, I take away your career like I took away Jeff Jarrett’s two weeks ago”… [C] Ring introductions for the main event took place…
[Q8] 5. Kurt Angle defeated A.J. Styles in a tables match in 12:15. The announcers noted that Foley, Jarrett, Rhino, Team 3D, and other Frontline members were injured or out of the country. Fast paced spot early with A.J. dropkicking Angle to pop the crowd. Kurt took his time getting back inside the ring. After another minute of action, they cut to break. [C]
Angle brought a table into the ring and cut his hand in the process. They fought around the table, which was turned on its side. Styles picked up Angle and crotched him on the side of the table. The announcers heralded this as an innovative move by Styles. At 11:20, A.J. hit the Pele kick and placed Kurt on the table.
Styles went up top, but Angle recovered and met him up top. A.J. fought him off and Angle landed with a portion of his body draped over the table. Styles leapt off the ropes, but Angle missed. A short time later, Kurt hit the Angle Slam through the table to win the match.
Afterward, Angle continued to attack Styles. He placed wrapped A.J.’s ankle in a chair and then stomped on the chair. Angle applied the ankle lock. He released the hold and the announcers pleaded with him on commentary to stop. Angle headed down to the announcers’ table at ringside. Hurt them! Angle grabbed the house mic and said this was the beginning of the end for TNA. He said they were going to take out everyone one by one next week. “We’re going to mark our territory Main Event Mafia style.” He stood on the desk and yelled, “Look, Mom, I’m on top of the world”…
According to two sources, a yellow Mustang drove up to the parking lot at Florida Championship Wrestling's headquarters in Tampa at 6:00 p.m. just before last night's scheduled show. The car pulled up near the steps to the arena where the fans hang out and the driver rolled down the window to reveal himself as Hulk Hogan. Hogan told the fans to "find someone in there for him to wrestle" and that he would be back. Hogan drove off and never came back.
Mr. McMahon got pretty banged up from being punted by Randy Orton Monday night. Word has it the Chairman may have sustained a concussion (unconfirmed) but he did receive a cut either on or above his ear from RKO's boot laces. Ouch.
Evan Bourne isn't expected to be cleared to make an in-ring return for WWE until late February according to F4WOnline.com. Bourne is still believed to be walking around in a boot and doing rehab. The injury to his ankle ligaments were said to be more severe than previously thought. Bourne suffered his ankle injury back on October 28, 2008 during a tag team match on ECW teaming with Matt Hardy and Finlay against Mark Henry, Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely.
Former WWE Superstar Shannon Moore is looking to return to TNA after meeting with various officials while in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Genesis pay-per-view held earlier this month, reports www.ProWrestling.NET. Jeff Jarrett is looking to rehire Moore, but TNA president Dixie Carter still harbors bad feelings over his decision to leave the company for World Wrestling Entertainment in March 2006. Moore was working without a contract and featured prominently on TV when WWE snatched him up
Wes Brisco, the 25 year old son of WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco and nephew of former NWA World champion Jack Brisco is now training in WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa. He was previously competing as a professional wakeboarder and as far as he’s doing now, they’re saying it’s too early to tell how he’s going to work out in the ring.
Kaleb O'Neal and Johnny Prime defeats Lawrence Knight and Tyson Tarver w/ Byron Saxton Yoshitatsu defeats Kafu The Girl From Mexico defeats Saylor James Goldust defeats Mike Kruel Drew Mcintire defeats Dakota Darsow FCW Champion Eric Escobar defeats Black Pain w/ Byron Saxton ( Eric Escobar still champion)
Nicholas Theodore "Nick" Nemeth (born July 27, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under the name Dolph Ziggler on the Raw brand. He is best known for his performances as Spirit Squad member Nicky from 2006.
Nemeth signed a development contract with WWE in 2004, and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). He was brought up to the Raw brand in 2005 as Kerwin White's sidekick. He was, however, sent back to OVW shortly afterwards, where he joined the Spirit Squad. They debuted on Raw in January 2006, and won the World Tag Team Championship before returning to OVW that November. In September 2007, Nemeth was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, where he formed a tag team with Brad Allen. He returned to Raw as Ziggler in September 2008.
Nemeth is a former World Tag Team Champion as a member of the Spirit Squad, and has also held the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship twice; once with Brad Allen, and once with Gavin Spears.
Nemeth wrestled for the Roman Catholic St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio where he holds the school record for most pins in a career with 82. When he attended Kent State University he joined their wrestling team, eventually setting the record for most career wins in the school's history.
Nemeth signed a developmental deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2004 and was assigned to their farm territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), debuting as Nick Nemeth.
After working for nearly a year in OVW, Nemeth was called up to the main WWE Raw roster, making his TV debut on the September 25, 2005 episode of Sunday Night Heat. He was made the enforcer and sidekick for Chavo Guerrero, Jr., who was using a golfer gimmick and going by the ring name of "Kerwin White". As such, Nemeth became White's caddy.
His wrestling debut came on an episode of Sunday Night Heat, teaming up with White in a tag team match against Shelton Benjamin and Matt Striker. After the death of Eddie Guerrero, Guerrero dropped the "Kerwin White" character, and Nemeth no longer played the role of his caddy and tag partner. After a few months of wrestling in dark matches and at house shows, he was sent back to OVW.
The Spirit Squad
In OVW, he became a part of The Spirit Squad (under the name Nicky), who were eventually called up to Raw. On January 23, 2006, they had their television debut, appearing on Raw and helping Jonathan Coachman win a Royal Rumble qualifying match against Jerry "The King" Lawler by performing cheers for the Coach and distracting Lawler. They later became a part of the on-going feud between WWE chairman Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels. The heel McMahon brought in the Squad to attack Michaels on numerous occasions, including placing them in multiple handicap matches.
They also wrestled in the tag team division, and on April 3, on Raw, won the World Tag Team Championship when Kenny and Mikey, with outside help from the other three Squad members, defeated Kane and The Big Show. After winning the titles The Spirit Squad defended the titles under the Freebird Rule.
Three weeks later, McMahon signed another Handicap match, with the Spirit Squad facing Michaels. The match never started, however; instead the Spirit Squad brutally beat down Michaels, ripping apart his ring attire and kayfabe shattering his knee with a steel chair. McMahon then called Triple H to the ring to attack Michaels with a sledgehammer shot; however, Kenny snatched the sledgehammer away, disrespecting Triple H, which led to him attacking the group. This led to Triple H and Michaels reforming D-Generation X (DX) and they began a feud with the Spirit Squad. DX played various sophomoric jokes on the Squad and the McMahons, as well as defeating the Spirit Squad in handicap tag matches at Vengeance and a clean sweep in an elimination handicap match at Saturday Night's Main Event.
At the same time as their feud with DX and their alignment with McMahon, the team also wrestled other teams in Raw's tag division over their World Tag Team Title. The Squad successfully defended the titles against the teams of Jim Duggan and Eugene,Charlie Haas and Viscera, and Snitsky and Val Venis,They then entered a lengthy feud with The Highlanders, whom they eventually defeated to retain the titles at Unforgiven
The Squad as a whole later began a losing streak with separate members losing singles matches to Ric Flair on consecutive episodes of Raw.After a loss to the debuting Cryme Tyme on October 16, Kenny started yelling at the other members of the Squad in the ring. Tensions further escalated the next week, after a second consecutive loss to Cryme Tyme. After the defeat Kenny attacked Mikey then announced that he would take on Flair, and win, since no other member of the group was able to do it. Later in the night he succeeded with help from the rest of the Squad, despite Flair bringing a number of fellow "Legends" (Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Slaughter, and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper) to the ring with him to even the odds. It was then decided that Flair and one of the legends would wrestle the Squad at Cyber Sunday for the Tag Team Championship. The fans chose Piper, and he and Flair defeated Kenny and Mikey to win the title. At the time of their loss the team had held the title for 216 days, the longest since Owen Hart and The British Bulldog held it for 241 days in 1996 and 1997.
The group was "killed off" on the November 27 Raw after they were defeated in a 5 on 3 match by DX and Flair. After a triple submission, and being buried in a backstage segment, DX dumped them into a large crate stamped "OVW, Louisville, Kentucky".
Return to developmental
Nemeth appeared on the January 17, 2007, OVW taping along with Mike Mondo as the "Frat Pack" and teamed with Mike Kruel in a match against Seth Skyfire, Shawn Spears, and Cody Runnels. The team disbanded in the early parts of 2007, before teaming up again in August.
In September, Nemeth and Mike Mondo were moved to the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) developmental territory and in his debut there defeated Hade Vansen. At the beginning of the year 2008, he tweaked his name to Nic Nemeth and began teaming with Brad Allen and Taryn Terrell as their valet. Nemeth and Allen started a frat boy type gimmick with Terrell as a "sorority chick". On March 22, Nemeth and Allen won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship by defeating defending champions Eddie Colón and Eric Perez. On May 12, 2008, he wrestled under the name Nick Metro and lost in a dark match to Ron Killings. Soon after, however, he returned to the name "Nic Nemeth". He then added the nickname "The Natural" in front of his ring name while also changing his look.
On September 15, 2008, Nemeth re-debuted on Raw as a heel, introducing himself in a backstage segment, with a new image, under the name Dolph Ziggler. On October 10, 2008, Nemeth was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of WWE's Wellness Program policy. He returned to Raw on November 17 in a backstage segment with Rey Mysterio and Shawn Michaels. In his first match on Raw under the Ziggler name, he lost to Batista, getting a deal of offense in the form of high impact spots, on the December 1 episode. The next week he got his first victory as Dolph Ziggler, by countout, against R-Truth. The following week on Raw, he picked up his first televised pinfall victory as Ziggler, when he beat Charlie Haas (As 'Santa Claas').
Nemeth is fluent in American Sign Language, and has two dogs, Sadie, an English Cocker Spaniel, and Jack the Dog, a Shih Tzu.
Finishing and signature moves
Jumping Russian legsweep – 2008–present
Standing moonsault – 2005–2007
Jumping elbow drop followed by repeated elbow drop
Diving leg lariat
Championships and accomplishments
Florida Championship Wrestling
FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Brad Allen (1) and Gavin Spears (1)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
PWI ranked #134 in the PWI 500 for 2006.
World Wrestling Entertainment
World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – as a member of the Spirit Squad
Late last year, Stone Cold Steve Austin finished work on "Damages," a feature film about the secret world of underground fighting. Shot in Vancouver, Brtish Columbia, "Damages" is set to hit theaters in 2010. This week Austin left his ranch in Victoria, Texas and has returned to Los Angeles to begin work on yet another film project.
CM Punk and Maria, who used to be involved in a relationship, apparently launched some subtle digs towards each other during recent radio interviews.
Maria was recently asked about her past relationship with Punk. She said the two broke up because of the wrestling business and that she is now dating someone outside of it. On the kind of man Maria's looking for, she said, "Looking for someone who's going to treat me like a lady and not like one of the boys."
In a separate recent interview when discussing Playboy Playmates, Punk said, "Playboy playmates are so overrated. I also like women with brains."
I was at last nights Raw/ECWshow and thought I would shoot you an email with what happened when Raw was not on the air.
My friends and I waited with others for over two hours outside the doors to get in. We even started a countdown to when the doors would open. It was a tremendous atmosphere. It was a legit sellout at the Allstate Arena. Lots of Pro/Anti Cena chants, with the biggest pop obviously going to CM Punk.
Pre- Show Dark Match:
Dolph Zigler defeated Jamie Noble - Zigler played to the crowd a while, then just dominated Noble.
Post- Show Dark Match:
John Cena defeated Chris Jericho in a Street Fight
Lillian Garcia first said there would be a main event, but then said due to the events that took place as Raw went off the air, there would be none. Everyone started to leave and then John Cena rushed out and said Chicago was promised a title match and they would get one. Chris Jericho came out and the two had a street fight. Jericho dominated for most of the match, and Cena made his big comeback at the end, winning with the FU. He then gave an inspired speech to the crowd about how great the city of Chicago is and how he loves to be there.
- Regarding TNA using Kip James in the main event of the Genesis pay-per-view, they had nobody around and felt it was too short of a time to get someone new when they found out Kevin Nash couldn’t wrestle. They could have made a desperation phone call to someone like Rick Steiner in Atlanta,The feeling was that Kip would actually make the match better since he could do a lot more than Nash could. The argument against it was that the fans would crap on Kip considering his current gimmick and everything else. The reason nobody else in the company was used, like they have with Kaz and Eric Young in the past, is because there were complaints that using guys like that weakened the match in the fans’ eyes.
- There hasn’t been much interest in the company of any of the other talents that were recently released by WWE.
- TNA continues to send feelers out to Ric Flair. Flair has said several times he is not interested in going to TNA, even though the company would likely make him a huge offer. As far as we know, there has been no direct talk at this point. Flair can’t legally participate in anything with TNA until 3/30, based on the terms of his release from WWE.
- TNA continues to send feelers out to Ric Flair. Flair has said several times he is not interested in going to TNA, even though the company would likely make him a huge offer. As far as we know, there has been no direct talk at this point. Flair can’t legally participate in anything with TNA until 3/30, based on the terms of his release from WWE.
The Gladiator” Brutus Magnus debuted at TNA’s live event in Manchester, England tonight, defeating former TNA Tag Team Champion Consequences Creed with a twisting Samoan Drop, according to the fan in attendance. The fan also noted that Magnus, who is UK Gladiator Nick Aldis, looked promising. It’s believed Brutus will debut on TV at the next set of TNA iMPACT tapings.
Ricky Ortiz def. local athlete Boogeyman def. Paul Burchill (DQ) World Tag Team Champion John Morrison def. World Tag Team Champion The Miz, Finlay and Mark Henry (Fatal Four Way Match)
CHICAGO - The fever of the Royal Rumble took over the Land of the Extreme as tag team champions put their own interests to the forefront, former champions set their sights on reclaiming the gold, and others just went worm crazy.
World Tag Team Champion John Morrison def. World Tag Team Champion The Miz, Finlay and Mark Henry (Fatal Four Way Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS) The dirt was flying in a dynamic Fatal Four Way Match between four of ECW’s Royal Rumble Match participants. With Hall of Famer Tony Atlas trying to get Mark Henry on his feet outside the ring before the World’s Strongest Man decided to leave the match entirely, Hornswoggle emerged to tadpole splash Morrison. Finlay then hit The Miz with the Celtic Cross, but was denied the win when Morrison kneed him out of the way and picked up the victory over his “Dirt Sheet” co-star himself. Will it continue to be every man for himself at the Royal Rumble? (Royal Rumble Match preview)
Matt Hardy and ECW Champion Jack Swagger exchange strong words (WATCH | PHOTOS) After Matt Hardy informed Todd Grisham that, in his opinion, his brother Jeff’s pyrotechnics accident on last Friday Night’s SmackDown “was no accident,” the former ECW Champion’s successor Jack Swagger showed up and made a comment about Matt at the expense of his brother’s injury. Hardy responded by knocking the “All-American American” out of the ring with one punch and then attacking him outside the ring. As officials struggled to restrain Hardy, Swagger delivered a quick shot in return before retreating with the title.
Don’t miss all the action of this heated rivalry when Matt Hardy gets the opportunity to regain the gold from Swagger in a rematch for the ECW Championship at the Royal Rumble. (ECW Championship Match preview)
Boogeyman def. Paul Burchill (DQ) (PHOTOS) When Paul Burchill barged into ECW General Manager Theodore Long’s office to demand a rematch with DJ Gabriel, Long decided to set the Superstar straight on who calls the shots in the Land of the Extreme. Before he knew it, Burchill found himself in a match against Boogeyman, who earned a victory by disqualification after Burchill’s sister Katie Lea decided to kick her way into the match. After the bell, Paul Burchill just barely pulled Katie Lea to safety before she was forced to suffer a worming from Boogeyman.
Ricky Ortiz def. local athlete (PHOTOS) Ricky Ortiz continued to build his momentum, defeating a local athlete after he drilled him with the Big O, to the extreme pleasure of the WWE Universe. Following the match, Ortiz asked the WWE Universe to rally up!
So after C.M. Punk won the title tonight, I did some research. Punk became a triple crown champion (World, Tag Team, Intercontinental) faster than anyone else in the company. From his first title reign (June 30, 2008) to tonight (January 19, 2009), it has been 203 days. The only person close to that was Kevin Nash who became a triple crown champion in 227 days. Don't know if this means anything in the long run, but it is interesting to see Vince solidify him in history like this.
Melina def. Jillian Cryme Tyme def. World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison Rey Mysterio def. Mike Knox by disqualification CM Punk def. Intercontinental Champion William Regal in a No Disqualification Match for the title Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix def. Kelly Kelly Randy Orton won a Six-Man Over-the-Top Rope Challenge Match
CHICAGO – When Raw took place in the Windy City, the WWE Universe was ecstatic to welcome back Mr. McMahon after more than six months away, and our fans in attendance were just as enthused to watch their hometown hero, CM Punk, become the new Intercontinental Champion. Not everyone on the Raw roster was happy about the manner of Mr. McMahon’s return, however, as was evidenced by Randy Orton assaulting the Chairman, laying him out with a slap and an utterly vicious punt to the skull.
Mr. McMahon returned to Raw, approving of how his daughter runs the show; Chris Jericho rehired; Randy Orton interrupts and attacks Mr. McMahon with a punt to the head (PHOTOS | WATCH) Making his much anticipated return to Raw, Mr. McMahon announced to the WWE Universe that six months after his life-threatening accident, he is totally recovered and feels better than ever. After allowing Chris Jericho to speak his peace about Stephanie McMahon and the way she’s run the show, Mr. McMahon allowed his daughter to make the decision whether to rehire Jericho and place him back in the Royal Rumble. The Executive Vice President decided that she would reinstate the first-ever Undisputed Champion, but only on the condition that he apologize to her as well as the entire WWE Universe. Eating humble pie, Jericho apologized, rendering himself as hypocritical as he claims our fans are.
The McMahons were then interrupted by Randy Orton, demanding an apology from Stephanie for slapping him, and continuing to treat her with extreme disrespect. The Executive Vice President attempted to slap Orton, but Mr. McMahon stopped her, insisting that he deal with the Legend Killer himself. The Chairman then demanded that Orton treat his family with respect and apologize right then and there. The third-generation Superstar refused, and when Mr. McMahon attempted to fire him, Orton responded with a slap and his vicious punt to the head, forcing the Chairman to be carried from the ring by EMTs.
Melina def. Jillian; Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendes both attacked Melina (PHOTOS) Melina picked up momentum going into her Women’s Championship Match this Sunday by defeating Jillian. But after putting Raw’s tone-deaf songstress down, Melina was once again attacked by Rosa Mendes, this time at Santino Marella’s suggestion. Before The Glamazon’s potential “intern” could do much damage however, Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix herself entered the ring, casting Mendes aside in order to get some licks in on her Royal Rumble opponent. Though Phoenix’s beau, Santino Marella was clearly expecting a thank you from the Women’s Champion, he got no such thing as she refused to hug him after stating that she doesn’t need anyone’s help to defeat Melina.
Cryme Tyme def. World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison to earn a title opportunity (PHOTOS) World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison came to the ring, hoping for one of them to challenge “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, the winner of the first Royal Rumble. The “Dirt Sheet” duo’s plans to commemorate this year’s Royal Rumble by defeating Duggan were scrapped however, when it was Cryme Tyme that joined them in the ring. Intending to honor Martin Luther King Day, and Barack Obama’s imminent inauguration, Shad & JTG challenged Miz & Morrison to a match. Raw’s Robbin’ Hoods stipulated that if they win, they would earn a title opportunity at some point in the future, and to sweeten the deal, promised that if they were to lose, then the self-proclaimed “chick magnet” and the Shaman of Sexy wouldn’t have to deal with them again. Luckily for the “Word Up” duo, however, they were victorious over the World Tag Team Champions, earning themselves a future title opportunity.
Rey Mysterio def. Mike Knox by disqualification; Chris Jericho is appearing on Raw at the request of Mr. McMahon (PHOTOS) For weeks, Rey Mysterio has been ambushed and assaulted by the sadistic Mike Knox, for reasons unknown to the WWE Universe. Though Raw saw the two Superstars face off one-on-one for the first time, we are no closer to understanding the Desert Destroyer’s intentions, as Knox stated that he has no problem with the Master of the 619, and doesn’t even have a reason for his attacks. The massive ring warrior continued to put his brutality on display against Mysterio, however, and was disqualified on account of it, giving the Ultimate Underdog the win.
Following the match, Stephanie McMahon walked into her office to find none other than Chris Jericho, whom she had fired the week before, waiting for her. The first-ever Undisputed Champion revealed to the Executive Vice President that her father, Mr. McMahon was allowing him a chance to speak his peace after the Chairman’s much heralded return, and that he didn’t plan on holding anything back regarding his treatment at Stephanie’s hands.
World Heavyweight Champion John Cena and JBL signed the contract for their Royal Rumble match, afterward the Longhorn Loudmouth and his employee, Shawn Michaels, attacked The Champ (PHOTOS | WATCH) In order to make their scheduled Royal Rumble match official, World Heavyweight Champion John Cena met his challenger, JBL and the self-made millionaire’s employee, Shawn Michaels, in the ring for a contract signing. After both competitors signed the document, an argument broke out between The Champ and HBK, regarding the role Michaels might play in Sunday’s World Heavyweight Championship Match. Though The Showstopper admitted that he was as disgusted by JBL as anyone, he admitted that he planned on working for the self-proclaimed “wrestling god,” in order to provide for his family. Then, at the No. 1 contender’s signal, HBK attacked Cena and attempted to hit him with Sweet Chin Music. Though The Champ avoided the kick, he was besieged by JBL, who dealt out his vicious Clothesline from Hell.
CM Punk def. Intercontinental Champion William Regal in a No Disqualification Match for the title (PHOTOS | WATCH) For the third week in a row, CM Punk faced William Regal with the British brawler’s Intercontinental Title on the line. As a result of their previous match-ups ending inconclusively, their contest on Raw was a No Disqualification Match. The Straightedge Superstar went on to prove that he’s as capable of thriving in a no-rules environment as the devious Regal, defeating him to begin his first-ever Intercontinental Championship reign in his hometown of Chicago. In addition to his new title, Punk was also awarded a position in this Sunday’s Royal Rumble Match.
Randy Orton confronts Stephanie McMahon, who slaps him for his insolence While celebrating his earlier victory with his “Legacy,” Randy Orton learned from Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes that former potential “Legacy” members Manu and Sim Snuka were seen speaking with Stephanie McMahon, and that there were rumors that she might fire the Legend Killer as she did Chris Jericho the week prior. Intending to hedge his bets, Orton went to suck up to the Executive Vice President, who promptly saw through his brownnosing. The third-generation Superstar then let loose on Stephanie, saying that she hasn’t done anything worthwhile, and that after her father returns, she’ll be out of a job, causing the woman who runs Raw to slap the insulting Orton.
Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix def. Kelly Kelly; Santino Marella suggested “Glamarella” take on Rosa Mendes as an intern (PHOTOS) Though it’s been clear that Kelly Kelly has greatly improved her in-ring ability in recent weeks, her quickness and agility just weren’t enough when she stepped into the ring with Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix. The Glamazon used her immense strength and power to put down the blond bombshell, lending credence to her claim as the most dominant Diva. Following the match, Phoenix met up with her beau, Santino Marella, who had a special surprise for her: The Glamazon’s crazed No. 1 fan, Rosa Mendes. The Italian Superstar was eager to bring Mendes on as an intern, but Phoenix reserved judgment. After the Women’s Champion took her leave, Marella told Mendes that he knows how she can impress The Glamazon.
Randy Orton won a Six-Man Over-the-Top Rope Challenge Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) Raw kicked off with a huge match intended to give the WWE Universe a taste of what they can expect from this Sunday’s Royal Rumble Match. Six Royal Rumble competitors took to the ring in an Over-the-Top Rope Challenge that included Kofi Kingston, Kane, Santino Marella, Randy Orton and his “Legacy”: Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes. Showing their allegiance to their mentor, DiBiase and Rhodes assisted Orton, working to eliminate all their competition. The humongous Kane provided the most difficulty, eliminating Rhodes and nearly tossing out Orton before DiBiase sacrificed himself to get rid of Kane, allowing the Legend Killer to pick up the win.
Randy Orton was involved in an altercation with a fan at the RAW house show in La Crosse, WI last night. According to a report, a fan said something at Orton that upset him. Orton got in the fans face, used foul language, and shoved the guardrail into the fans leg. Orton also reportedly grabbed the fans hat and threw it.
The health of TNA Main Event Mafia member Scott Steiner has become a topic of conversation with so many injuries recently occurring in TNA. Friends of Steiner say that statements about Steiner experiencing unbearable back pain are “false statements that tarnish his achievements” according to the PWTorch.com.
“Does he have aches and pains? Yes, however he does not drink alcohol or indulge in numbing amounts of painkillers like so many do to numb their pain,” said a close friend of Steiner’s.
For many individuals and fans outside of Steiner’s inner circle, it’s often difficult to see a separation in his character and actual personality outside of the ring, which may affect perceptions of Steiner.
“Scott is a person with a lot of integrity, people that don’t know him have total misconceptions of what he is all about,” said one friend. “As for his fans, he obviously always trys to stay in character because he likes to keep his personal and professional life separate.”
Steiner has been limited in the ring, like most TNA wrestlers on the number of in-ring TV appearances, but he remains committed to performing at a high level for TNA.
“He really enjoys working for TNA and will continue to give 100 percent,” said one friend.
Steven "Steve" Paul Lewington (born February 25, 1983 in Wokingham, Berkshire, England), is an English professional wrestler. He is currently contracted to World Wrestling Entertainment working on the ECW brand under the name DJ Gabriel.
All Star Promotions and Ohio Valley Wrestling (2003–2005)
After graduating from Senior School Sixth Form, Lewington attended Farnborough College of Technology where he earned a Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.
However after gaining an interest in professional wrestling, Lewington applied and was accepted to attend an Ohio Valley Wrestling Tryout in America between February 23 and 28, 2003. Lewington's official training began 8 months later in the beginners' class at the Old Davis arena.
Lewington would return to England in late 2004 where he would work with All Star Wrestling. Throughout early 2005, Lewington would train and appear with ASW as well as becoming the subject of an episode of UKTV People's Secret Life of the Gym.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2005–present)
While WWE was touring England in 2005, Lewington would make three appearances on its main programming, once as a jobber on Carlito's Cabana, once as a jobber to Kurt Angle after Angle disrespected England (the show was in UK) and once as part of the WWE security squad that helped keep the warring Raw and SmackDown! wrestlers apart. Other British wrestlers including Robbie Brookside and Thunder were a part of the security team.
After his appearances in WWE programming in 2005, Lewington stayed in the United Kingdom to compete for the ASW promotion, under the ring name Steve Sonic. On January 17, 2006 in Croydon, Steve Sonic faced Drew McDonald in a ladder match for the ASW British Heavyweight Championship, a match he would win. Sonic would remain champion for several months before relinquishing the title to return to WWE's developmental promotion in July 2006.
During April 2007, WWE would once again tour England allowing Lewington to make another appearance on Raw, this time as a jobber for Umaga. His performance in this match would earn Lewington a developmental deal. After receiving his contract, Lewington was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) and formed a tag team called Terminal Velocity with Chet the Jett. After Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) opened, however, Terminal Velocity was moved down to the new territory. After a brief run in FCW, Terminal Velocity was called back up to OVW and won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship for the first time, giving Lewington the very first tag team championship of his career. On September 26, 2007, Lewington and Chet lost their belts to The James Boys (KC James and Kassidy James). After their title loss, both Lewington's and his partner Chet the Jett's profiles were removed from the official OVW website and they were both moved back down to FCW. After their return to FCW, however, Terminal Velocity was split up when Chet renamed himself Mariouz Jablonski and started a gimmick based on his Polish ancestry.
Lewington later began teaming with Heath Miller and both advanced to the finals of a tournament to crown the inaugural FCW Florida Tag Team Champions, but they were defeated by The Puerto Rican Nightmares (Eddie Colón and Eric Perez). Lewington and Miller defeated Brandon Groom and Greg Jackson and The Thoroughbreds (Johnny Curtis and Kevin Kiley)] on the road to the finals. On March 4, 2008 he changed his name to Jack Gabriel.
On the November 18, 2008 edition of ECW on SciFi, Lewington made his debut as a face under the ring name DJ Gabriel, with a dancing gimmick, and was managed by Alicia Fox. He defeated local wrestler Sal Rinauro in his debut match for the brand. During the next weeks, he defeated jobbers. On the last ECW episode of the 2008, DJ Gabriel defeated Paul Burchill. On the Tuesday, January 13th, edition of ECW, DJ Gabriel and Alicia Fox defeated Paul Burchill and Katie Lea Burchill, in a Mixed Tag Team Match.
Finishing and signature moves
As DJ Gabriel
Diving corkscrew European uppercut
Arm wrench followed into an over the shoulder arm drag
Double underhook suplex
Modified drop toe–hold
As Steve Lewington
G–Force (Inverted stunner)
Snap swinging neckbreaker
Dropkick, sometimes from the top rope
Sonic Boom (Modified dragon whip)
"The British Babe"
"English" Steve Lewington
Championships and accomplishments
All Star Promotions
ASW British Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Ohio Valley Wrestling
OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Chet the Jet
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