- In recent weeks, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero has been getting a crash course in wrestling so she can eventually compete in the ring.
- In an update on Candice Michelle, she was telling those who asked at the WrestleMania Axxess session on the Friday that she would not be working the Miss WrestleMania 25 Diva Battle Royal due to her injured ankle. She was seen in a boot at the event and didn't stand up much to pose with fans.
A fan sent in the following Wrestlemania weekend report to PWTorch.com:
-Triple H is a prick, as always. He always appears to be sneering down towards the fans. He will never stop for pictures or autographs. He and Steph were at a Starbucks counter ordering a coffee and just standing there. My friend walked up to him by himself and asked for a picture and H said that he was too busy, even though it would have taken about two seconds and he was waiting there anyway. He always appears to be miserable and generally irritated by the fans. Although The Game is not the most fan-friendly star, in many ways I don’t blame him. Many of these fans are just bizarre and live down to the stereotype of socially deviant weirdo wrestling fan. Just bizarre.
Reports have surface that during a conversation with Harley Race at a restaurant, Ric Flair said he rejected Vince McMahon’s offer of $250,000 to be the General Manager of Smackdown because he felt he could make more on the indy scene.
Here is the complete card for this Sunday's WWE WrestleMania XXV PPV from Houston, Texas.
WWE Championship Match - Triple (c) vs. Randy Orton
World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match - Edge (c) vs. John Cena vs. Big Show
Intercontinental Championship Match - JBL (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
Brother vs. Brother Extreme Rules Match - Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy
Elimination-Style Match Ric Flair will be in the corner of the Legends while Mickey Rourke will be sitting at ringside - Chris Jericho vs. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
WWE & World Tag Team Championship Unification Match - Carlito & Primo (c) vs. John Morrison & The Miz (c)
The Streak On The Line - Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
Money in the Bank Ladder Match - Shelton Benjamin vs. MVP vs. Christian vs. Mark Henry vs. Kane vs. CM Punk vs. Finlay vs. Kofi Kingston
Gail Kim & Maria def. Divas Champion Maryse & Michelle McCool (Divas Tag Team Match) United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter def. Shelton Benjamin (United States Championship Match) Jeff Hardy def. Ezekiel Jackson
DALLAS – Just two days before more than 70,000 members of the WWE Universe pack Reliant Stadium to the rafters – with millions upon millions more watching the global phenomenon at home - SmackDown switched into overdrive on The Road to the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania. (Special coverage of 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania)
United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter def. Shelton Benjamin (United States Championship Match) (PHOTOS) Despite a vicious neckbreaker off the top rope by The Gold Standard, The Franchise Playa’ roared back, nailing Benjamin with The Playmaker to retain his gold in convincing fashion. Now that The Ballin’ Superstar has overcome the former champion, will he have what it takes to prove triumphant in the WrestleMania Money in the Bank Match Ladder Match this Sunday? (Match preview) Or could Benjamin’s experience in the most dangerous of WrestleMania traditions carry him to the top of the ladder?
Jeff Hardy def. Ezekiel Jackson (WATCH | PHOTOS) After hitting Jackson with the Twist of Fate, the extreme-charged Hardy nailed The Brian Kendrick’s associate with the Swanton Bomb for the win. Even as his hand was being raised, an unsatisfied Hardy was left chomping at the bit in anticipation of his Extreme Rules Match with his brother, Matt Hardy, on The Grandest Stage of Them All. (Match preview)
Gail Kim & Maria def. Divas Champion Maryse & Michelle McCool (Divas Tag Team Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS) Maria teamed with the electrifying Gail Kim, who launched Michelle out of the ring before delivering a beautiful double-arm neckbreaker to Maryse for the win. The victory came just one week after the dynamic Diva returned to SmackDown to torpedo the Divas Championship Match. But has Gail built up enough momentum to outlast 24 of the Sexiest Women on Television and win the Miss WrestleMania title in the Diva Battle Royal? (Match preview)
TNA has set yet another viewership record. This week’s episode of iMPACT on Spike did a 1.3 cable rating, with 1.97 million viewers, the largest audience in history to witness a TNA show. This is nearly 100,000 more viewers than the previous high.
IMPACT also had it’s highest scores in the Males 18-49 demo (1.3) and Males 18-34 demo (also 1.3) yet for a 2 hour broadcast. TNA ranked #2 for the evening in both of those key demographics, only behind NBA basketball on TNT.
Here is a complete breakdown of the quarter-hour ratings: Q1: 1.26 (Jarrett/Steiner/AJ in-ring segment) Q2: 1.31 (8-man tag; Foley backstage) Q3: 1.25 (Team 3D, Foley backstage segments) Q4: 1.37 (Stevie/Abyss; Team 3D vs. M.E.M. Security) Q5: 1.45 (M.E.M./Sting/Foley in-ring segment) Q6: 1.37 (Daffney returns; Wilde vs. Beautiful People) Q7: 1.31 (Nash picks up Jenna Morasca; Steiner vs. AJ) Q8: 1.31 (Steiner vs. AJ cont.; Sting vs. Samoa Joe)
- We don’t know yet if this is something that is being planned for WrestleMania, but earlier this week WWE was trying to get an updated phone number for Paul Bearer, the former manager of The Undertaker. Company officials are trying to get him into Houston, Texas this week.
- A lot of WWE Superstars were pretty pissed off when management told them they would have to work the AXXESS events this coming Saturday night and would not be allowed to attend the Hall of Fame. The ceremony has become a favorite among the talents and those not able to attend this year aren’t happy about it.
Popeater.com has a new interview with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster reveals that he was in talks with Vince McMahon about wrestling John Cena at WrestleMania 25. Here’s what he had to say:
“You know what, I was supposed to wrestle John Cena for the title, and about four weeks ago I had back surgery. Vince and I were talking about how much involvement I wanted to have in Wrestlemania, and if I wanted to keep wrestling, and out of nowhere my back just got really crazy. I went in for an MRI and I had to have some emergency surgery that threw me out of the game. I was kind of flipped out about it, I thought I’d be the main event this year.”
Based on online reports, it would appear that Kip James is no longer an on-air character in TNA Wrestling as company president Dixie Carter reportedly made a decision to remove him from television a few weeks ago. A fan has launched a petition to save James' role as an on-air performer in TNA, which you can see at www.petitionspot.com/petitions/savekipjames Kip himself is pushing the petition in his blog.
According to fans in attendance at Monday's iMPACT! taping in Orlando, there were a lot of "We Want Kip" chants during the Madison Rayne vs. Taylor Wilde match.
As reported earlier, TNA Knockout Madison Rayne wrestled at the pilot television taping for the all-new women's wrestling promotion Wrestlicious this past August. You catch spot her at the 0:06 and 2:19 marks in the promotion's demo video released last week wrestling Daffney (who is portraying a vampire character by the name of "Draculeta"). Rayne was gimmicked up herself at the taping as they put her in a blue cheerleader costume, wrestling under the name "Amber Lively." As seen in the demo video, she teamed up with Lacey Von Erich for at least one match.
TNA iMPACT Report April 2nd, 2009 Report by Richard Trionfo and PWInsider.com
We start off tonight’s show with a look back at Samoa Joe’s return to the ring and his desires to bring his ginsu machete into the Impact Zone.
We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Don ‘Buy from me if you can, save if you want to’ West and Mike ‘Charity starts at home’ Tenay.
Jeff Jarrett finds his way to the ring and he has his guitar and a mic. Jeff says that last week Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe won the right to be the team captains for Lethal Lockdown. Over the next few weeks, the captains would be able to name their participants to find out who the other three men would be so we could have a series of matches to determine who would get the advantage. Jeff says that Joe has no problem being on the team, but he does not want to be the captain and he did not want to choose the wrestlers on the team. Jeff says that as the founder of TNA, he will announce the captain of Team Not Main Event Mafia. That man is A.J. Styles.
Jeff says that he found the opportunity to name A.J. the captain. Jeff tells A.J. that Samoa Joe is on his team and he will need to pick two more men to face Kurt Angle’s team. A.J. says that he is honored, but he has to decline the offer because he says that he is not qualified to be team captain. A.J. says that he has let Jeff down. A.J. points out that Jeff founded this company seven years ago and he put it on a bunch of independent wrestlers who he believed in. They were a bunch of nobodies. Jeff took a chance on him, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Eric Young, and James Storm because they are the originals. A.J. says that he will be on the team, but he thinks that the man who believed in them and a bunch of independent wrestlers should be the captain. That man should be Jeff Jarrett . . . TNA Founder. A.J. says that they will be led to victory by Jeff and they will not let him down.
Scott Steiner comes to the ring and he has something to say. He tells Jeff to listen to A.J. because he is telling the truth. Steiner points out that when TNA was started, it was filled with a bunch of nobodies and wannabes. Other than the Main Event Mafia, the roster is still full of nobodies and wannabes. Steiner says that he came out here as Jeff’s friend of over twenty years. Scott talks about going down the highway trying to make a name for themselves. Scott says that they are the same. He says that Jeff and the Main Event Mafia are the same. Scott points out that Mick Foley went crazy last week. There is no way that Jeff can trust the future of TNA with the young punks. Scott tells Jeff that he is just like him and the Mafia. Scott says that he also met Jeff’s wife twenty years ago. Scott says that he respected and loved her. He says that she told him to help Jeff with his girls. Scott says that he was there when Jeff’s children were born and helped while they were growing up. Scott asks Jeff who would he trust if something was wrong with the girls.
A.J. tells Jeff that there is a roster of wrestlers he can trust, and it does not include the Main Event Mafia. A.J. tells Jeff to have faith with the originals. A.J. tells Jeff to do what is right. A.J. suggests that he wrestle Steiner in the first match of the ‘Who Gets the Advantage Challenge’. Steiner tells A.J. that if he wants a match, he has a match.
We go to the Main Event Dressing Room. Jeremy wants to know about the offer for Jarrett to join the Main Event Mafia. Angle says that everything changed when Mick Foley hit Sting with the chair and now it is time for the plan to work. Angle says that Foley and Jarrett had a plan to bring Sting to their side at Destination X, but Mick Foley went into business for himself. Angle says that Sting is back in the Mafia and Jarrett is on an island of his own. Angle says that Steiner went out to tell Jarrett that he had a spot in the Main Event Mafia. Angle says that Sting has always been with the group. Angle says that he was a bit paranoid. Angle says that Sting saved him and he is going to make a public apology. Angle tells Nash to get some money from Jenna. Booker lets out a forceful RESPECT as we go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for Sheik Abdul Bashir to talk. He is with Lauren. He has fifteen seconds. Bashir says that TNA management’s problem is much bigger than the Middle Eastern Nightmare. It starts tonight and continues through Lockdown, United they Stand, Divided the USA falls.
Match Number One: Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, and LAX versus Sheik Abdul Bashir, Kiyoshi, Yujiro, and Naito Homicide and Bashir start things off and Bashir punches Homicide. Homicide with an overhead belly-to-belly throw. Hernandez is tagged in and they double team Bashir and Hernandez with a body block for a near fall. Hernandez gets Bashir on his shoulders and Lethal is tagged in and he hits a double sledge for a near fall. Lethal punches Bashir in the corner but Bashir with an Irish whip and he runs into an elbow. Lethal is pulled off the turnbuckles by Bashir and then Yujiro is tagged in. Him and Naito double team Lethal and hit a double hip toss followed by a drop kick and leg drop. Kiyoshi is tagged in and he hits a chop from the top turnbuckle to Lethal for a near fall. Kiyoshi with a kick to the head of Lethal but Lethal fights back but Kiyoshi stops Lethal. Lethal out of a belly-to-back suplex and Creed is tagged in. Creed punches Kiyoshi and then he hits a cross body. No Limit pull Creed out of the ring. Lethal and Homicide with baseball slides followed by a tope con hilo by Homicide and a Suicide dive by Lethal. Hernandez comes off the apron and he lands on everyone on the floor.
Creed and Bashir are in the ring and Bashir with a rake of the eyes as Creed tries for a TKO. Creed with a kick to the knee followed by a DDT for the three count. Winners: Sheik Abdul Bashir, Kiyoshi, Yujiro, and Naito
Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley are in the Founder’s Lounge and Jeremy says that he is in shock at the offer for Jeff Jarrett to join the Main Event Mafia. Mick says that it only matters if they have fun. Jarrett says that he cannot believe that he would find the day that he regretted allowing Mick Foley invest in TNA. Jeff says that he sees the point of what Steiner had to stay. Jeff says that they were so close to taking down the Main Event Mafia. Then four days later, he tries to take off Sting’s head with a chair. Mick says that he had a chair in his hand and he almost took off Sting’s head. Mick says that they need the Mafia. Jeff wonders if Mick is someone who can lead the company. Mick says that he is going to make a big decision tonight and that he is someone who can lead the company. We go to commercial.
We are back and Jeremy Borash is with Team 3D and Jim Cornette. Devon asks if Cornette is going to live up to their bargain. Cornette says that if Team 3D kept the Mafia away from the ring, they will give it back to them.
Main Event Mafia security enters and they blame Cornette for getting Team 3D involved in their business. They want Team 3D in the ring. Ray says that is very funny. Ray wants to know who they are.
Velvet Sky and Angelina Love come to the announce table and he calls the fans a bunch of perverted dogs. She says that none of them will ever have a chance with them. Angelina tells Tenay that if they want to plug the show, Taylor Wilde is getting her hair cut.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Mike Tenay is with Mick Foley. Mike asks about the plan to possibly bring Sting away from the Main Event Mafia. Then Mike brings up the chair shot when Sting was trying to protect Mick in their match. Mick calls Sting arrogant and condescending. Mick says that something snapped and when it was done, he felt a freedom and enjoyment in his action. Mike points out that Foley praised Sting for his career achievements. Mick says that he might have given Sting too much credit. Mick says that he will drop the best elbow on Sting. Mike wants Foley to look him in the eye that he was not looking to be the champion six months ago. Mick says that six months ago, he was settling and now things have changed and he says ‘why not’.
Time for Dr. Stevie and Abyss. Abyss talks about how him and Lauren will not have fourteen children. Abyss says that he does not use weapons any more and he says that he is better. Stevie wonders why Abyss missed the last two sessions. Abyss says that he will be in the Doomsday Chamber of Blood Match against Matt Morgan at Lockdown where you need to make your opponent bleed before trying to pin him. Stevie closes the door and then he slaps and punches Abyss while Abyss yelps like a dog being disciplined.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Rough Cut of Team 3D talking about being hardcore. He says that it is not about weapons, it is about giving everything in the ring. Ray talks about the injuries and concussions that he has suffered in the ring. Devon talks about what has to be done in a steel cage match.
James Storm and Robert Roode are at the announce table with Don and Mike and they say they are here to watch.
Match Number Two: Rocco and Sal versus Team 3D Sal and Rocco attack Devon and Ray before the match starts. Rocco punches Ray and kicks him in the back of the neck. Sal is tagged in and he kicks Ray. Sal chokes Ray in the ropes. Ray punches back but Sal rakes the eyes. Rocco tags in and he hits a splash on Ray and Ray winces in pain. Rocco punches Ray followed by a hard Irish whip. Rocco kicks Ray in the head. Ray punches back but Rocco bites Ray’s forehead. Sal tags in and he punches Ray. Ray with an uranage to Sal and both men are down. Devon is tagged in and he knocks Rocco down. Devon with a back elbow to Sal followed by a swinging neck breaker. Rocco with a splash onto his partner when Devon moves. Devon with a flying shoulder to Rocco. Devon with a clothesline to Sal but Rocco breaks up the cover. Rocco with a slam to Devon and Rocco goes to the apron and then he goes up top. Devon stops Rocco and they hit a double press slam and then they hit a neck breaker belly-to-back suplex combination to Sal for the three count. Winners: Team 3D
After the match, Main Event Mafia Security attack Team 3D with a chair. Roode and Storm enter the ring and they attack Main Event Mafia security. Roode and Storm give Team 3D their tag title belts.
Jeremy Borash is walking with Mick Foley and he tells Mick to reconsider and make up with Jarrett. Mick calls Jarrett a party pooper. They walk by Samoa Joe. Joe says that he wants the Mafia and he tells Foley that he can make it happen. Foley tells Joe to take the knife from Borash’s throat and he will see what he can do.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of James Storm and Robert Roode being nice to Team 3D.
We go to Lauren with Roode and Storm and she asks them why they did what they did. Roode says that people took notice of their interview because they saw a serious side. At Lockdown, in Philadelphia, they want Team 3D at their best. No injuries, no excuses. Until the pay per view, they have Team 3D’s back. Storm says that they have sacrificed everything to prove that they are the best tag team. They want Team 3D to bring their crazy fans to Philadelphia and don’t care if the fans come into the cage. Storm says that he wants to see everyone’s faces when they are announced the New Japan and TNA Tag Champions.
Kurt Angle comes to the ring and he is flanked by Booker T, Kevin Nash, and Sharmell. Angle tells Sting that with all due respect, he would like him to come out because he has something to say.
Sting obliges and comes out. Angle says that it takes a pretty big man to come out and admit that he is wrong. He says that he questioned Sting’s loyalty and honesty. He even spit in Sting’s face. Angle tells Sting that if he lived his life, he would know why Angle is paranoid. Angle says that he is going to humble himself and apologize.
Sting wants to know if Kurt is kidding. After everything that he has done over the last month if a simple handshake will work Kurt. Sting tells Kurt that he questioned everything about him. Angle tells Kurt that it was about one thing when they shook hands in Las Vegas. It was about respect Kurt. Sting tells Kurt that they have talked about the spoiled brats in the back, but Sting tells Kurt that he is the biggest brat in TNA. Sting tells Kurt that Kurt’s ego has gone too far.
Angle tells Sting that he is right about everything. Angle says that he cannot change, but he can apologize. Angle says that he is sorry.
Nash takes the mic and he asks Steve that a man apologizes in front of all of these people and now Steve is going to walk away. Nash asks Steve about turning the other cheek. Sting tells Nash not to go there, but Nash tells Steve that they are already there. Nash says that the fans want Sting to walk away. Nash tells Steve that there are a few people in the business he respects and Steve is one of them. Nash begs Steve to help because he is Angle’s only help.
Mick Foley comes out and he is in the rafters. He says that it looks like the band is back together. Foley apologizes for not being in the ring because he was being reacquainted with a friend and that friend is a barbed wire baseball bat. Foley says that he wants to make sure that Sting is ready for their match. Foley says that he has booked Sting in a match tonight. Sting will wrestle Samoa Joe tonight.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Dr. Stevie is with the Governor who has returned as Daffney. She talks about what she has done while she was away from the ring. Then she talks about the call from Roxxi and Taylor about being the Governor. It was just a joke, but then they took out the scissors and started hacking. The feelings she tried to suppress came back.
We see footage of Madison Rayne cutting Daffney’s hair.
Match Number Three: Madison Rayne with Sheer Madness (Velvet Sky and Angelina Love) versus Taylor Wilde Wilde with a waist lock but Rayne with a standing switch. They lock up and Rayne with a side head lock but Wilde with a hammer lock and arm drag take down. Wilde with a drop kick and then Rayne goes outside. Wilde is kept at bay by Love and Sky while the referee is distracted by Rayne. They pull Wilde off the apron and then they roll her back in to allow Rayne to hit a hot shot for a near fall. Wilde with a drop kick for a near fall. Rayne with a kick to the midsection and then a kick to the head. Rayne with a front face lock followed by knees to the head and swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Wilde with a wristlock Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Rayne sends Wilde into the turnbuckles followed by an Irish whip but Rayne misses a charge. Wilde with a rollup for the three count. Winner: Taylor Wilde
After the match, Love and Sky attack Wilde and they hold Wilde for her haircut appointment. Wilde escapes the ring and runs to the back. Love and Sky yell at Madison for letting Wilde escape. They tell Rayne to get Wilde. We go to commercial.
We are back and Madison Rayne and Taylor Wilde are in the back and they have found Taylor in the shower area. Taylor is in a fetching white robe while Velvet and Angelina hold Taylor for Madison to cut her hair. Security enter the shower area and try to stop them.
We run through the card for Lockdown.
Now it is time for Scott Steiner and A.J. Styles to start the walk to the ring since their match is next.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Lauren is with Jenna and she asks Jenna about Kurt Angle’s comments about her. Kevin Nash stops by and they talk about leaving. Jenna says that she wants to hear what Kurt said about her and Nash cuts off Lauren and Nash says that Kurt said nice things about her. Lauren tries to say something but for a change, she is speechless.
Match Number Four: Scott Steiner versus A.J. Styles in a Lethal Lockdown Who Gets the Advantage Best of Three Challenge A-Go-Go They lock up and Steiner with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Steiner sends Styles into the turnbuckle and he chops Styles. Steiner with an Irish whip but Styles with a reverse atomic drop and clothesline followed by punches to Steiner. Styles with a punch to Steiner in the corner. The ref tells Styles to stop punching Steiner. Steiner with a rake of the eyes. Steiner with a slam followed by a boot to the back. Steiner with a chop and Styles avoids a slam but Steiner with a low kick when the referee looked and turned away just after the kick happened. We go to commercial.
We are back and Steiner punches Styles. Steiner with an Irish whip but he charges into a boot and Steiner goes down. Styles and Steiner exchange punches but Styles with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Styles sets for the Styles Clash but Steiner with a back body drop. Styles with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Steiner with a rake of the eyes and a punch. Styles tries for a rana but Steiner blocks it into a power bomb for a near fall. Steiner with a chop to Styles but A.J. chops back. Styles with a back breaker and then A.J. goes to the apron for a springboard forearm but the referee gets in the way and the referee goes down.
Kurt Angle comes to the ring and he gives the chair to Steiner. Steiner misses Styles and A.J. hits the Pele kick but the referee is still out. Jarrett attacks Angle and Styles grabs the chair. The referee warns Styles and Jarrett grabs the chair. The referee tells Jarrett to get off the apron and Angle pulls him off. Steiner with a Flatline onto the chair for the three count. Winner: Scott Steiner
Jeremy Borash is in the back with Sting and Borash asks Sting about his match at Lockdown and the match that Foley made for Sting against the Governor of the Nation of Violence. Sting says that Joe is not dealing with a full deck. Sting tells Mick that he is a survivor and that next week, Mick will pay. We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Sting versus Samoa Joe in a Joe starts to get revenge on the Main Event Mafia for what they did to him even though Sting didn’t do anything Match Joe with a kick to Sting followed by punches as he enters the ring. Joe chokes Sting but Sting kicks back followed by chops and punches. Joe with kicks to Sting’s leg. Joe with kicks to the chest but Sting blocks a kick and Sting applies the Scorpion Death Lock. Sting with a clothesline followed by an Irish whip and clothesline. Sting tries for the Stinger Splash and Joe with an STO. Joe slams Sting’s head into the turnbuckles and then he puts Sting on the top turnbuckle and punches him as he sets up for the musclebuster. The referee gets in Joe’s way and Joe throws him down and the referee calls for the bell.
Another referee comes into the ring and Joe with a knee to the nard area. Joe hits a muscle buster on Sting and then he puts Sting in the choke. Booker T comes to the ring and he connects with knees and then he tries for the axe kick but Joe moves and Joe hits a Pele kick. Joe with forearms to Booker and then Joe goes to the floor to get a steel chair. Joe brings the chair into the ring and Sharmell tries to be a human shield. Joe thinks about what to do and he drops the chair and leaves the ring. Joe grabs Sharmell and pulls her out of the ring and Joe takes Sharmell out of the Impact Zone.
As reported earlier, two TNA performers in Madison Rayne and Daffney ("The Governor") worked television tapings for wrestling promotion start-up Wrestlicious this past summer. Footage of the two current Knockouts will still air when the program makes its eventual debut as the footage was shot before either Knockout joined TNA.
Though he doesn't specify who, Wrestlicious representative Johnny Cafarella said in an interview regarding the all-women's wrestling promotion that one of them is actually not under contract to TNA. It would appear that the few-week-old online report of Daffney signing a contract with TNA was incorrect as Madison Rayne is definitely under contract to TNA. In fact, she said so herself in a recent interview with UGO.com.
In Wrestlicious, familiar faces such as Daizee Haze have new ring names (in her case, Marley Sebastian). Cafarella said the promotion wants to own their characters and keep them unique to the show. With the exception of Lacey Von Erich, Leyla Milani and Jimmy Hart, nearly every character in Wrestlicious has a ring name exclusive to the show.
On how the idea of Wrestlicious came about, Cafarella said: "We knew there was a market for a fun, sexy, campy wrestling show, especially in this economy, where people can just relax and enjoy. Jimmy Hart and I combined my GLOW experience and his 29 years in the wrestling business, and came up with what we feel is a great concept."
-- In an interview with Michigan Live, Monty Brown (a.k.a. "Marcus Cor Von") said he is in negotiations for a return to World Wrestling Entertainment.
"I had to take some time away for a while on my own terms, but I kept a good rapport with the company and can come back at any time," Brown said. "I've got a lot going and I had a lot going (before leaving the WWE)."
Since his departure from WWE, Brown has pursued other avenues including the much anticipated launch of his own athletic clothing brand — Scripture Clothing.
-- Company officials have had discussions on calling up WWE developmental performer Angela Fong from Florida Championship Wrestling after WrestleMania XXV to manage Cryme Tyme.
Fong is a 24-year-old Canadian bikini model who tried out for the 2007 Diva Search contest. Although she didn't make it to the final 8, John Laurinaitis would later sign her to a developmental contract in February 2008.
-- TNA wrestler Kurt Angle and newcomer Jenna Morasca have leading roles in North Shore Pictures' End Game.
Angle plays a psychopathic sexual serial killer with a penchant for killing "living dolls" in the police procedural movie. His co-star plays a stripper character who may end up being one of Angle's victims.
End Game was filmed in Pittsburgh and production was completed in February. Angle and Morasca worked together on the film, which led to her signing with TNA for an on-air role.
While the movie has been completed, it has yet to be scheduled for a theatrical release or a straight-to-video DVD release date.
Former WWE World Champion and current TNA wrestler, Booker T posted a letter on his official Legends of Wrestling Fanfest website in regard to World Wrestling Entertainment pulling talents that agreed to appear on his event but later pulled out after WWE contacted them. Below is the complete letter:
AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL PRO-WRESTLING FANS:
I want to take this opportunity to let the entire wrestling world understand both my frustration and anger, at what should be a momentous time for myself and those close to me. It was nearly two years ago when I made one of the toughest decisions in my life and decided not to re-sign a contract with the WWE. Several factors came into this decision, but at the end of the day I wanted to be able to prove to myself and to anyone with any doubts, that I was indeed a “self-made” man. I had achieved so much in this business that I love before the WWE, and I felt that with the help of my wife and beloved family and friends, that I could achieve so much more.
Many of you are aware of the labor of love to me that is the PWA (Pro-Wrestling Alliance). PWA has honestly been the culmination of hard-work, sacrifice and undying determination by several people. This organization continues to be a driving force in helping me to entertain and improve the community that I came from. The PWA is also the catalyst for my ultimate calling in life which is the Booker T. Fights For Kids Foundation. I, along with my wife have had several sleepless nights, as we’ve fought to build an organization that we can be proud of. We face the same challenges that many independent promoters around the world face, in bringing fans an alternative to experiencing professional wrestling.
Just as many fans are aware of the PWA, even more fans were excited to hear about the upcoming Booker T “Legends of Wrestling” Fanfest taking place this Friday (4/3/09) here in my hometown of Houston, Texas. The Fanfest is totally independent of TNA Wrestling, and is being produced solely by my wife, myself and the PWA staff. The Legends of Wrestling Fanfest will be the biggest and best ever event where fans can come face-to-face with some of the biggest stars (past and present) that this business has ever known. This event has been well- planned over the last year, with many of my peers (friends and foes alike) offering to donate their time and prized possessions in an effort to make this event a success for the benefit of the Fights for Kids Foundation.
We suffered a setback recently when the WWE unexpectedly pulled eight of the invited participants from our Fanfest. Each of these participants had already either gotten clearance from WWE or were not previously contacted to appear in any Wrestlemania weekend activities this year. It was only after we published the list of participants, that the WWE unlawfully interceded and deceptively worked to pull these talents from our event. As a side note, I have contacted legal representation about this deceitful tactics and will weigh my options. I do want to sincerely thank each of the pulled participants for their interest in helping to make this Fanfest the best ever, and I hold no malice towards them. It was instilled into me a very long time ago that the show must go on, so I want to formally announce that “The Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley is yet another recent addition to an already sensational Legends of Wrestling Fanfest Lineup!
I want to believe that the WWE, as large and as powerful as it is, would be beyond examples of such pettiness. This event, as well as the PWA, are supporting the Fights for Kids foundation so it consumes me with remorse to see the WWE act in this fashion. Make no mistake however, I have been an underdog my entire life, so I have no problem in taking on yet another Goliath. And we all know what happened to Goliath, and I know you can dig that...
Mark Henry & Kane def. Christian & Finlay Nikki Bella def. Brie Bella
DALLAS – The Road to WrestleMania is finally approaching its ultimate destination. And with the immense shadow of The Grandest State of Them All hanging over the Land of the Extreme, every inch of the squared-circle was overflowing with aggressive anticipation.
Mark Henry & Kane def. Christian & Finlay (WATCH | PHOTOS) After delivering a vicious double-clothesline to The Belfast Brawler and Captain Charisma, Mark Henry caught the reemerging Christian off the top rope in mid-air, sending him crashing back down to earth with the World’s Strongest Slam. After the bell, Henry continued wrecking havoc by ripping through his partner Kane with a surprise, follow-up clothesline. The World’s Strongest Man echoed the fact that there will be no allies when eight Superstars compete in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.
Nikki Bella def. Brie Bella (PHOTOS) When World Tag Team Champion The Miz & John Morrison jumped onto the ring apron, Nikki Bella used the distraction to roll her sister Brie up for the win. But will “The Dirt Sheet” co-stars be able to utilize such cunning trickery when they lock horns with WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito and Primo to decide the Unified Tag Team Lumberjack Match?
Don’t miss all the action on The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania, April 5, 2009, at 7 / 6CT only on pay-per-view.
It’s now confirmed that Jackie Gayda-Haas will be participating in the Divas Battle Royal at WrestleMania. This will be Gayda’s first in-ring appearance since leaving TNA after getting pregnant a few years back. Here’s the updated list of confirmed Divas:
Current Divas: Melina, Maryse, Mickie James, Gail Kim, Michelle McCool, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Alicia Fox, Maria, Eve, Kelly Kelly, Katie Lea, Beth Phoenix, Layla, Natalya, Jillian Hall, Rosa Mendes and Tiffany
Former Divas: Jackie Gayda, Torrie Wilson, Sunny, Molly Holly and Victoria
During this afternoon's WrestleMania XXX press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City, Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly revealed four of the six past WWE Divas scheduled to take part in the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXV.
The four Divas announced for the battle royal are Torrie Wilson, Victoria, Molly Holly and Sunny. As a result, three spots are left in the match.
Kane def. CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Christian, United States Champion MVP, Finlay, Mark Henry and Shelton Benjamin in an Eight-Man Over-the-Top Rope Battle Royal Big Show def. John Cena Rey Mysterio def. Intercontinental Champion JBL in a non-title match Chris Jericho def. Jerry “The King” Lawler Women's Champion Melina, Kelly Kelly, Mickie James, Eve, Gail Kim, Alicia Fox, Tiffany, Brie Bella & Maria def. Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, Layla, Jillian, Michelle McCool, Maryse, Katie Lea Burchill, Nikki Bella & Natalya
DALLAS – With just days to go before the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, you might expect the WWE Superstars to take it easy and conserve their energy. That wasn’t the case on Monday night, as several ring warriors competing at WrestleMania found themselves in a hell of their own making. John Cena not only suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of The World’s Largest Athlete, but was further battered after the match by vengeful World Heavyweight Champion Edge. Most shocking, however, was when Randy Orton began to reap what he has sown, being confronted by three angry members of the family he has spent the last few months terrorizing and picking off one-by-one: The McMahons.
Randy Orton gives his WrestleMania address; Orton and his “Legacy” were confronted and attacked by the WWE Champion, Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon (PHOTOS | WATCH) Accompanied by Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase and a group of security guards, Randy Orton came to the ring for his special WrestleMania address. While describing his reprehensible actions in recent months (punting Mr. McMahon and Shane McMahon, attacking Triple H’s wife Stephanie on multiple occasions), The Legend Killer explained how every step of the way was part of a plan to destroy everything The Game cares about. He then began detailing how the balance of power in WWE would permanently shift in his favor following his WrestleMania win.
But before Orton could finish outlining his twisted vision of the future, a black limo arrived. Though the third-generation Superstar expected WWE Champion Triple H to make an appearance, calling Rhodes & DiBiase to his side, he was stunned by who accompanied him. Joining The Game on the stage were Mr. McMahon and his son, Shane. The three family members made their way down the ramp, where they collided with Orton and his “Legacy,” ending Raw in a massive, heated WrestleMania-bound brawl.
Kane def. CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Christian, United States Champion MVP, Finlay, Mark Henry and Shelton Benjamin in an Eight-Man Over-the-Top Rope Battle Royal (PHOTOS | WATCH) The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania will host the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but on Raw, the match’s participants competed in an Eight-Man Over the Top Rope Battle Royal. Ladder Matches require a host of skills, including speed, endurance, and a Superstar’s willingness to take risks, but on Raw, the sheer force and power of Kane enabled him to taste victory. Following the match, The Big Red Monster climbed a ladder in the center of the ring to symbolically grab the briefcase suspended above the ring.
Shawn Michaels holds a funeral for Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak; The Phenom emerged and received some Sweet Chin Music from HBK (PHOTOS | WATCH) When Shawn Michaels came to the ring, it became clear that the “funeral” announced earlier in the night was not for HBK, but rather for the undefeated WrestleMania streak of his opponent, Undertaker. Complete with a casket, roses and images of Michaels defeating The Deadman in their past encounters, the service saw HBK boast of his actions during recent weeks: Kicking Undertaker in the face and trespassing on his hollowed cemetery. The Showstopper announced that he had done all of this without enduring any retribution, and promised that the most memorable moment of the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania would be his victory over The Phenom.
Just then, the arena darkened and a gong rang out, heralding the arrival of Undertaker. When the lights came back up, The Phenom stood in the ring, but Michaels was nowhere to be seen. As The Deadman searched, HBK emerged from under the casket and once again laid Undertaker out with a superkick.
Big Show def. John Cena, who was attacked by Edge after the match (PHOTOS | WATCH) In a preview of some of the intense in-ring action the WWE Universe can expect to see at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, two-thirds of the World Heavyweight Title Triple Threat Match, John Cena and Big Show, squared off in the ring. The World’s Largest Athlete sent an exceptionally clear message to the 12 Rounds star, using his immense size and power advantage to defeat Cena. But even after the bell rang, Cena’s suffering wasn’t over. The maniacal Edge ran to the ring from the crowd, making eye contact with Big Show before he viciously assaulted their WrestleMania opponent, perhaps taking revenge for Cena’s earlier refusal to work together against The World’s Largest Athlete.
Rey Mysterio def. Intercontinental Champion JBL in a non-title match (PHOTOS | WATCH) Intercontinental Champion JBL has promised to deliver the most decisive victory in WrestleMania history when he puts his title on the line against Rey Mysterio. However, The Longhorn Loudmouth might need to reconsider his strategy after suffering a loss to The Master of the 619 during a non-title match on Raw.
Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase claimed that Randy Orton’s WrestleMania address affects the entire WWE Universe; Shawn Michaels arrives in a hearse Elsewhere in the locker room area, Randy Orton’s “Legacy” cohorts, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase announced that their leader’s WrestleMania address wasn’t directed at Triple H, but rather at the entire WWE Universe. The two went on to promise that after WrestleMania, everything about WWE would change forever.
Outside of the arena, a black hearse had been waiting since the start of the show. The WWE Universe was shocked to find out that the hearse did not contain the grim Undertaker, but rather a confident Shawn Michaels, casting an air of uncertainty over the previously announced “Funeral for Mr. WrestleMania.”
Chris Jericho def. Jerry “The King” Lawler (PHOTOS | WATCH) Though younger members of the WWE Universe might know Jerry Lawler as one of the voices of Raw, “The King” also boasts a distinguished in-ring career. Incensed over Chris Jericho’s recent brutal attack on WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, Lawler challenged the nefarious Superstar to a match on Raw. In spite of his opponent’s extensive experience, it was the cruel, vicious style of Jericho that prevailed, forcing the Raw announcer to submit.
During the match it was announced that the first-ever Undisputed Champion’s WrestleMania match against “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka & Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat would require Jericho to defeat each Legend individually. After his victory, the nefarious Superstar made clear his intention to annihilate each of his opponents in turn, making his own name synonymous with “Legend.”
Tiffany won an 18-Diva Tag Team Match for her team; Santino Marella was attacked when he announced he still plans to compete in the 25-Diva Battle Royal (PHOTOS | WATCH) At the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, a 25-Diva Battle Royal will be held to determine the first “Miss WrestleMania.” Opening Raw, 18 of those Divas squared off in a massive tag team match. Out of the chaos that ensued, Tiffany emerged victorious, pinning Katie Lea Burchill to lead her team to victory.
Directly following the match, Santino Marella made his way out to the ring. In spite of being denied entry to the Battle Royal the week before courtesy of a loss to Mickie James, the Italian Superstar is still intent on becoming “Miss WrestleMania.” To illustrate his worthiness, Santino showed off his “mankini” as part of an impromptu swimsuit competition. The Divas didn’t take kindly to the scantily clad Superstar’s claims of superiority and a massive melee broke out with the “Santino’s Casa” star right in the middle, though the craven Italian managed to escape.
The only update on Tazz leaving WWE right now is that he asked for the release several weeks ago according to sources. His reason was that he 'wanted some time off to recharge his batteries'.
There are conflicting reports on when his contract was set to expire. Some sources were under the impression it was today while others are saying within the new few weeks to a month. The word going around was that last night was his final date with the company although a return at some point is possible.
He was saying his goodbyes last night at the TV tapings.
Former ECW World Heavyweight Champion and WWE announcer Tazz left WWE last night after the Smackdown tapings and calling the matches for this week’s show. Tazz’s contract with WWE expires today and he is now officially done with the company.
After RAW went off the air, the beat down continued. Ted DiBiase and Randy Orton then made their escape through the crowd, leaving Cody Rhodes behind. The McMahons and Triple H triple- teamed Cody, with Hunter laying him out with the sledgehammer. The McMahons and Triple H posed to end the show.
While most everyone expects Trish Stratus to take part in the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXV, we still have yet to actually hear anything on her decision to appear or not. We never even heard if she was actually contacted to appear at the event — it is only assumed that she was.
The former WWE Women's Champion recently appeared on CTV in Canada to read the weather as part of a promotion for celebrities to fill in for a local weatherman. In an interesting case of timing, Stratus debuted dark brown hair on the program, claiming her stylist decided to change things up. If nothing else, the chances of her appearing at WrestleMania have been lowered as a result — not to say that she won't be appearing at the pay-per-view spectacular anyway.
During her appearance on the news broadcast, Stratus was asked about her recent appearance in a WWE ring when Raw was at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last December. Stratus said she just needs to get her fix once in a while.
"I made a little re-appearance, popped in, and kicked some butt," Stratus told CTV. "It was a good fix. I get a little fix every once in a while and I'm good."
- If you remember, back in December of last year we reported that the WWE creative team had discussions regarding a possible return to the company for TNA wrestler Kurt Angle. The discussions were more of a “what if?” scenario as opposed to making any plans that he will return to WWE once his deal is done with TNA later this year. Shane McMahon and Michael Hayes had even gone as far as to pitch scenarios for Angle’s return.
The latest word coming out of TNA is that Angle’s contract is up this coming September and he is suggesting to some people backstage that WWE wants him and are offering a light schedule. The story goes that Angle is saying unless certain things change within TNA, he would go with WWE.
This new report goes along with what we reported back in December. The story then was that WWE were interested in having Angle work a limited schedule, something similar to Shawn Michaels. The feeling in WWE is that Angle wouldn’t hold up to a full-time schedule with all his injuries and the fact that he will be almost 41 years of age by the time he can return.
Kevin Nash recently spoke to Phil Strum of the Poughkeepsie Journal. Here are the highlights:
On the current status of TNA: I think it’s going great. Our ratings have been strong. We’ve grown our base. Logistically, the company’s getting stronger. The company’s growing at a good pace.
On TNA getting slammed in online reviews: By who? The smarks? It’s like anything else, man. One point one percent of the people who watch television know a good match from a bad match and know who can work and who can’t work. My kid’s 12 years old. He occasionally watches it. He doesn’t know if Cena can work or if Khali can work, but he would rather see Khali because he’s a freak. Kids are kids.
On TNA ever reaching WWE’s ratings: Vince has been around for a long time. I think absolutely. It doesn’t take much to get a swim. We’ve already gained about 300,00 viewers in the last couple of weeks.
On his movie career: I actually just got a script in the mail the other day. It’s supposed to be top secret. It’s actually from the director of “The Punisher.” (Jonathan Hensleigh). It’s the same director. Hopefully, they’ll find something for me in that. I’m limited. I’m 6-10. I’m not going to play the dentist or the baker. I’m not going to be the cop that gets out of the car, unless you want a giant cop. I’m kind of limited in what I’m going to do. I take it when I can get it.
Scott Hall’s health: Scott’s not doing well at all right now. I was with him last weekend. He’s really having some hard times. You know, the WWE is very concerned even though they’ve sent him several times on their dime. They’re very concerned that one of their guys is still out there and sick. They’re still trying to figure out what they can do. It’s hard because they’re publicly traded. The system…you can’t go 55 times, you know. It just doesn’t work that way. The longer I’ve been around the addiction of different people, you just realize that your friends and family can want them to be well, but if the person doesn’t have the will to be well, it doesn’t matter what everybody else does. Until he wants to take the steps to be clean, he’s just not going to be clean. There’s plenty of people that love him and want him to do it, it’s just, he’s got to make that decision himself. We can’t do it for him. Nor can Vince or anybody else.
On ratings: I remember one time, Roddy Piper had this bodyguard guy. He came on and it was a horrible segment. I think it was the Omni. We sat at the monitor and watched this abysmal segment. People booed. Piper said, you’re being too hard on the guy. We came back and knew that the thing was going to just tank number-wise. They broke down the show. It was the highest-rated segment of the night. Scott Hall looked at me and he said, “See. People will watch horrible television.” You just have to give it to them. People watch different.
Ik ben Boon Kenneth, en gebruik soms ook wel de schuilnaam Sting.
Ik ben een man en woon in Dworp (Belgie) en mijn beroep is .
Ik ben geboren op 05/06/1989 en ben nu dus 30 jaar jong.
Mijn hobby's zijn: Worstelen en films.
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