- The official Twitter feed of Raw Interim General Manager and WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis posted a message suggesting a rematch between WWE Champion CM Punk and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan on Monday's Raw SuperShow.
The statement reads, "Mulling rematch for @CMPunk & @WWEDanielBryan on #Raw. Unlike @GMSmackDown, Mr. Excitement will give WWE Universe what they want."
It would be their third encounter in four weeks. Bryan won the first match by disqualification while last week's bout on SuperSmackDown LIVE! was ruled a draw.
- As noted before, Drew McIntyre is set to be re-packaged with an "arrogant playboy" gimmick soon. According to fans at this weekend's SmackDown live event in Honduras, Drew appeared to be acting more sexually and flirting with male fans in the crowd, even blowing kisses at some. He also stopped in the middle of his match against Ezekiel Jackson to comb his hair. Drew still lost the match to Zeke.
- WWE Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine is still wrestling dark matches in developmental. At this past Thursday's FCW TV tapings, he defeated Australian wrestler Sonny Elliot in the dark match with a powerslam. Andy is still going by the name Kevin Hackman.
Rey Mysterio Wants to Return by WrestleMania Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/24/2012 at 11:08 PM
Rey Mysterio recently made an appearance for WDFN Radio in Detroit and noted that he is in therapy after his knee reconstruction surgery. Mysterio did say that his "main goal right now" was to be back by WrestleMania 28
Latest Update on Brodus Clay Returning to Action Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/24/2012 at 11:01 PM
Brodus Clay, who has not competed inside a WWE ring since the February 7, 2012 SmackDown taping, returns to action at tonight's Raw live event at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.
Clay's dancer Cameron Lynn tweeted, "Who is gonna b at the staple center tonight to see some WWE action ? Best part is u get to see yours truly...me and the funkasaurus."
Online reports suggest Clay was removed from television due to Vince McMahon's unhappiness with his ring work. Regarding said reports, WWE.com writer Kevin Eck tweeted, "I have not seen the real reason reported anywhere."
•Sheamus def. The Miz (PHOTOS) •United States Champion Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (PHOTOS) •The Great Khali def. Drew McIntyre (PHOTOS) •Mark Henry def. Big Show (Count-out) (PHOTOS) •David Otunga def. Ezekiel Jackson (PHOTOS) •WWE Champion CM Punk vs. World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan ended in a Double Pin (PHOTOS)
SuperSmackDown LIVE's Champion vs. Champion showdown ends in controversy By: Michael Burdick February 21, 2012 Tags: SuperSmackDown: February 21, 2012
ROCKFORD, IL – In a roller coaster Champion vs. Champion Match between WWE Champion CM Punk and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, the involvement of two WWE General Managers turned SuperSmackDown's main event upside down.
The Match between WWE Champion CM Punk and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan ended in a Double Pin (WATCH | PHOTOS) When Sheamus’ involvement in the main event between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan caused the World Heavyweight Champion to lose, Interim Raw GM John Laurinaitis came to the ring and restarted the match!
Moments later, when Bryan used the ropes to win, SmackDown GM Theodore Long started it again!
Then, with both determined General Managers at ringside, the explosive match ended with both Superstars pinning each other at the same time.
As a result, SuperSmackDown went off the air in absolute controversy, with Laurinaitis holding Bryan’s hand in the air and Teddy holding Punk's.
David Otunga def. Ezekiel Jackson (WATCH | PHOTOS) After losing to David Otunga on Raw SuperShow, Ezekiel Jackson demanded a rematch on SuperSmackDown LIVE. But after The Personification of Domination failed to end things with the Torture Rack, Otunga turned the tides, throwing his opponent to the canvas for his second triumph in 24 hours. Mark Henry def. Big Show by Count-out (WATCH | PHOTOS) Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes interrupted Big Show's clash with Mark Henry to show a video of The World's Largest Athlete losing to Sumo Wrestler Akebono at WrestleMania 21. Though the giant hit the WMD on The World's Strongest Man, he was so embarrassed by Rhodes' display that he chased him away from the ring, allowing the out-cold Henry to pick up the win by count-out.
The Great Khali def. Drew McIntyre (WATCH | PHOTOS) The Great Khali made quick, but brutal, work out of The Chosen One, hitting McIntyre with the devastating Punjabi Plunge for the three-count.
United States Champion Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (WATCH | PHOTOS) In a whirlwind match, the echoing screams from Vickie Guerrero outside the ring provided enough commotion for Dolph Ziggler to hit the Zig Zag on Kofi Kingston for the huge tag team victory. SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long introduced Interim Raw GM John Laurinaitis to his "special" office (WATCH)
Sheamus def. The Miz (WATCH | PHOTOS) The Miz emerged at the start of SuperSmackDown LIVE, congratulating his one-time NXT Rookie World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, for main-eventing the upcoming WrestleMania. But, Sheamus soon interrupted to put a stop to their buddy fest. After Bryan slapped The Great White and exited the ring, Miz took the opportunity to attack The Celtic Warrior from behind. For his trouble, Sheamus expelled him from the ring.
As a result of their altercation, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long made a match between Sheamus and Miz. After a tremendous showdown, the No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship hurled his prey to the canvas for the three-count.
*RUMOR* Former TNA Tag Team Champion Leaving TNA Soon?
Chris Kelly of headlocks2headlines.com interviewed TNA Wrestler Hernandez earlier today. Right after the interview the main headlocks2headlines twitter posted this message:
@H2HOnline After speaking to a source within TNA, I can confirm that a former TNA Tag Team champion’s contract is up this Wednesday at midnight with the wrestler becoming a free agent. Dixie Carter is said to be pushing for the talent to re-sign with the company but due to TNA not offering them the same wage as their old contract, they are very likely to be leaving the company next week. I will be able to reveal the talent next week after their contract expires.
Chris Kelly then posted this on his personal twitter
@H2HCrelly Follow Super Mex on Twitter guys @SuperMexSon & check out our interview next week!
Put two and two together. Looks like Hernandez could be leaving TNA as early as next week.
TNA Impact Wrestling Quarter Hour Ratings For February 23 2012
TNA Impact on Thursday, February 24 scored a 1.19 rating off a first hour 1.17 rating and second hour 1.22 rating. The second hour rating was the highest of the year and highest since November 2011.
Impact peaked at the top of the second hour, as it usually does, with a 1.26 rating for this week's Knockouts match of Gail Kim vs. ODB. The low point was a 1.10 rating in the second quarter-hour.
Impact finished strong with a 1.21 rating in the eighth quarter-hour, the highest-rated Q8 since the Impact after Bound for Glory in October (18 weeks).
First Hour Break Down
Q1: Impact opened with a 1.15 rating for Robert Roode's show-opening promo, one commercial, and the first-half of the TNA Tag Title match. (down 2.3% vs. 2011-Q1 average)
Q2: Impact hit its low point with a 1.10 rating for the second-half of the Tag Title match and two full commercial breaks, which dragged down the rating, followed by the first-half of Brandon Jacobs's in-ring promo. (down 4.8% vs. 2011-Q2 average)
Q3: Impact bounced back with a 1.18 rating for the second-half of Ray-Jacobs, Alex Shelley vs. Zema Ion in X Division action, and one full commercial break. (up 1.2% vs. 2011-Q3 average)
Q4: Impact scored its highest rating of the hour with a 1.24 rating for videos/backstage segments and the first-half of the Knockouts match between Gail and ODB. There was one commercial, which helped boost the Q4 rating, when TNA typically has two commercials in Q4. It was the highest-rated Q4 segment since November. (up 10.3% vs. 2011-Q4 average)
Second Hour Break Down
Q5: Impact built to a show-high 1.26 rating for the second-half of Gail vs. ODB, one commercial break, and a Jesse Sorensen health update video. This was the highest-rated Q5 of the year. (up 2.3% vs. 2011-Q5 average)
Q6: Impact dropped slightly to a 1.22 rating for A.J. Styles vs. Robbie E. in a TV Title match, plus one commercial break. This was tied for the highest-rated Q6 of the year. (up 5.2% vs. 2011-Q6 average)
Q7: Impact dropped to a second-hour-low 1.17 rating for the first-half of the TV main event (Roode & Angle vs. Storm & Hardy with Brandon Jacobs), and one commercial break. This was tied for the highest-rated Q7 of the year. (up 2.6% vs. 2011-Q7 average)
Q8: Impact increased to a 1.21 rating for the second-half of the main event, one commercial, and Crazy Sting confronting Roode to set up their mach at Victory Road next month. (up 2.8% vs. 2011-Q8 average)
According to PWTorch, TNA Impact Wrestling on Thursday, February 23 scored a 1.19 rating, up 13 percent from a tied-for-year-low 1.06 rating last week. It was the second-highest Impact rating of the year.
Impact's average viewership did not show much movement, though. Impact averaged 1.58 million viewers, up four percent compared to last week, and within the consistent yearly range of 1.50 to 1.61 million viewers.
Impact's ratings growth was led by a 20 percent week-to-week increase among males 18-49 to the same rating from two weeks ago. Also, a 36 percent increase among males 18-34 to the highest m18-34 rating of the year and highest since the Impact after Bound for Glory in October 2011.
Gail Kim Interview, Talks Leaving WWE, Getting Into Wrestling, More
TNA Knockouts and Knockouts Tag Team Champion Gail Kim was recently interviewed by Schemamag.ca, where she talked leaving WWE, getting into wrestling and much more.
On when she realized she wanted to be a wrestler: I knew when I was 23. I knew when I was so hooked on watching wrestling and I saw the likes of Trish Stratus, Victoria, Molly, Jazz etc. What they now call the golden era of women's wrestling. I watched them and thought, "Hey! I can do that! I also thought, there are no Asian women. I can be that person."
On which culture she relates to the most: I definitely always describe myself as Korean-Canadian. I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada so that's mostly what I knew growing up socially. But my parents spoke to me in Korean mostly and raised my sister, and I in a traditional Korean household. I can honestly say I relate to both cultures. I definitely feel like I want to explore and learn my Korean heritage a lot more.
On leaving WWE: I've talked about this many times up to this point, which I don't mind but I think the fans and myself have moved on from this topic. To clarify, that was not the reason why, there were many reasons why including some disrespectful situations and the way women were treated; so I decided to move on. I did, and I'm happier than ever and I will never know reasons why so I choose not to worry about that anymore. I can only look forward and try to do positive things from now on. Impact Wrestling has been home for me and it's just been a confidence building, pro female wrestling environment. I feel like I don't have to limit myself anymore.
We start off this week’s show with the Raw brand and your announcers are Josh Mathews and Scott Stanford.
Match Number One: Alex Riley versus Michael McGillicutty
They lock up and Michael backs Alex into the corner but Alex turns the situation around and he gives a clean break. They lock up again and they go into the corner again. Michael pie faces Alex and Alex pushes Michael back. They circle each other and lock up again with Riley getting a side head lock take down. Riley with a hammer lock but Michael with an elbow and punch.
Michael with a kick and punch in the corner. Riley with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner and then he punches Michael from the turnbuckles and then he adds a DDT from the turnbuckles for a near fall. Alex with a wrist lock followed by a kick and butterfly take down for a near fall.
Michael goes to the apron and he grabs Riley’s leg and pulls him to the mat and slams his leg into the apron. Michael pulls Alex off the apron and to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Michael with a reverse chin lock on Riley. Riley with punches after he gets to his feet. Michael misses a drop kick when Riley holds on to the ropes and then he gets a near fall with a jackknife cover. Michael with a clothesline for a near fall. Michael with a snap mare and a leap frog neck snap, like his father used to and he gets a near fall.
Michael with forearms across the chest and he returns to the reverse chin lock. Michael with a kick and elbow in the corner. Michael sends Alex into the turnbuckles and punches him. Michael with a running back elbow into the corner and he gets a near fall. Michael returns to the rear chin lock.
Riley with a head butt and STO and both men are down. Riley with a running forearm followed by a clothesline and then he hits a spinebuster. Riley with a leaping DDT for a near fall. Michael with a Saito suplex and he gets a near fall. Michael goes up top but he takes too long and Riley hits the ropes and it crotches Michael.
Riley goes up and he hits a hip lock take down from the turnbuckles but he can only get a two count. Riley gets Michael up for the TKO but Michael escapes and hits Riley with a clothesline to the back of the head and hits the running snap neck breaker for the three count.
Winner: Michael McGillicutty
Match Number Two: Mason Ryan versus Tyler Reks with Curt Hawkins
Reks with a waist lock into a side head lock but Ryan pushes Reks away. Reks talks to Hawkins and they Reks goes for the arm and tries for a top wrist lock but Ryan sends Reks over the top rope to the floor. Reks gets back into the ring and he kicks Ryan and punches him followed by kicks.
Ryan sends Reks into the turnbuckles and kicks him. Ryan with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Ryan with a shoulder tackle and Hawkins shows some distress over the situation. Ryan with a delayed vertical suplex and gets a near fall. Ryan sets for a power slam but Reks clips Ryan and hits a drop kick.
Reks kicks Ryan in the corner and then he hits Ryan in the back with a double sledge. Reks with the laces of his boot across Ryan’s face. Reks works on Ryan’s back and then he punches Ryan in the head. Ryan with an elbow and punches.
Reks with a kick to Ryan but Ryan sends Reks into the air and down to the amt. Ryan with a clothesline or two followed by a running shoulder into the corner. Ryan with a power slam and he gets a near fall.
Reks backs into the corner and then Reks with a flatline into the turnbuckles and then Hawkins hits Ryan with the cane and Reks with a version of a Dominator for the three count.
Winner: Tyler Reks
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
We are back and it is time for the Smackdown portion of this week’s show and your announcers are Matt Striker and Josh Mathews.
Match Number Three: Jinder Mahal versus Justin Gabriel
They lock up and Gabriel with a take down into a side head lock. Gabriel holds on to the side head lock when Mahal tries to escape. Gabriel holds on when Mahal tries for an Irish whip. Mahal with a shoulder tackle into a side head lock. Gabriel tries for a hip toss but Mahal blocks it.
Gabriel with a side head lock take down but Mahal with a punch and kicks. Mahal with a forearm to the back followed by an Irish whip but Gabriel floats over and then goes to the corner for a head scissors take down. Mahal with a kick but Gabriel with a jumping side kick and Mahal goes to the floor.
Gabriel goes to the ropes for a springboard move but he sees Mahal move out of the way and Gabriel jumps back into the ring. Gabriel tries for a baseball side but Mahal moves out of the way and hits a clothesline on the floor as we go to commercial.
We are back and Gabriel with a punch but Mahal with a knee for a near fall. Mahal with a cravate but Gabriel with a monkey flip and back slide for a near fall. Mahal with a kick to the knee followed by a neck breaker for a near fall. Mahal chokes Gabriel in the ropes and then uses his knee.
Mahal with a leg sweep followed by a few more knees to the upper chest. Mahal gets a near fall. Mahal with a hard Irish whip into the corner and Mahal takes his time and stands over Gabriel and slaps him in the face. Mahal with a back elbow for a near fall.
Mahal with a quarter nelson and chin lock but Gabriel gets to his feet and he connects with a knee. Mahal with a forearm and then he charges into the corner but Mahal misses a knee and hits the turnbuckles. Gabriel with a sit out chin breaker followed by a forearm and a spinning back heel kick. Gabriel tries for the Blue Thunder Driver but Mahal with an elbow.
Gabriel with a springboard cross body for a near fall. Gabriel with an Irish whip followed by a running forearm into the corner and a series of forearms. Gabriel with the Blue Thunder Driver but Mahal had his shoulder up.
Gabriel goes for a quebrada but Mahal gets his knees up and then Mahal with a running knee to the upper back and then he applies the camel clutch and Gabriel taps out.
TNA Impact Wrestling Results February 23, 2011 in Orlando, FL
* Bobby Roode comes out for a promo. He talks up last week's attack on Sting and says that Sting has quit. Roode puts over ending Sting's career as his biggest lifetime achievement.
(1) Samoa Joe and Magnus defeated Matt Morgan and Crimson after Crimson accidentally hit Morgan leading to Joe and Magnus hitting their finisher. Crimson walked out on Morgan afterwards.
* Brandon Jacobs comes out for a promo. Jacobs talks about how he has alot in common with James Storm. He calls out Bully Ray, who obliges. Ray trash talks Jacobs about how he did poorly in the Superbowl. Bully Ray declines fighting Jacobs. Jacobs said if he isn't coming to the ring then he will take the fight to him. Jacobs chases Bully Ray to the back.
(2) Zema Ion defeated Alex Shelley after using hair spray and hitting his finisher. Austin Aries was ringside watching, eating popcorn, and drinking wine.
(3) Gail Kim defeated ODB with the Eat Defeat. Madison Rayne was ringside during the match and tried to celebrate with Kim afterwards.
(4) AJ Styles defeated Robbie E in a TV Title match by DQ. AJ was about to hit one of his flying moves when Kazarian and Christopher Daniels came out. Kazarian put his hands on AJ which resulted in him winning by DQ. Robbie E retains the title as a result.
(5) James Storm and Jeff Hardy defeated Bully Ray and Kurt Angle in a No DQ Match. Beforehand, Storm brought out Brandon Jacobs who stood in their corner. A table was introduced during the match which concluded with Jacobs Chokeslamming Bully Ray through a table, and storm getting the pin. He told Ray on the mic "Sorry Bout' Your Damn Luck." Storm and Jacobs then celebrated.
* Sting comes out for a promo, and the theme of the night is Sting is set to retire. He is acting emotional when Bobby Roode interrupts. Roode said he had to be here for this and trash talks the Icon. Sting gets all pumped up, starts putting on his facepaint and said that Roode lit a fire under him and that at Victory Road they would fight. Roode went to cheap shot Sting but Sting saw it coming and hit Roode with a low blow of his own.
WWE Officials Against Divas Match At WrestleMania Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/22/2012 at 10:54 PM
A match involving the WWE Divas is expected to take place at WrestleMania XXVIII although some company officials are against utilizing the women for the sake of it since the affair would take away time from the bouts people are most interested in seeing.
It's also been suggested as the pre-show dark match.
WWE Officials Reportedly Negative On Rey Mysterio Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/22/2012 at 07:39 PM
Following Rey Mysterio's visit backstage at last week's Raw SuperShow in San Diego, California, any mention of his name to WWE brass reportedly resulted in a very negative speech. There has been underlying friction on management's part due to tough contract negotiations and not returning from injuries as early as they'd like. Also, some feel because of his small stature, he's lucky to be employed to WWE.
Brodus Clay Labeled Unsafe and Reckless Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/22/2012 at 07:27 PM
It was reported last week that Brodus Clay was removed from television due to Vince McMahon's unhappiness with the voluminous grappler's ring work. To add further detail, the WWE head believes he's unsafe and reckless in the ring; he doesn't want him competing until his ring work is brought up to par.
Eyebrows were raised backstage about McMahon pushing forth talent safety since Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes competed on this week's Raw SuperShow hurt.
Clay dismissed last week's negative report via Twitter, writing, "Don't believe the hater hype plant funk still in orbit ya dig!"
This edition comes LIVE from enemy territory as Nitro rolls through Hartford, Conn.
NWO Hollywood on the mic, JJ Dillon talks War Games, Steve 'Mongo' McMichael vs. Sick Boy, Diamond Dallas Page on the mic, Raven on the mic, High Voltage vs. Disco Inferno and Alex Wright, Eddie Guerrero quits, Kanyon and Horace vs. Raven and Saturn - Raven's Rules, NWO Wolfpac on the mic, Scott Putski vs. Scott Norton, Hollywood Hogan on the mic, Warrior debuts, Curt Hennig vs. Dean Malenko, Scott Steiner and Buff Bagwell on the mic, Chavo Guerrero vs. Chris Jericho(c) vs. Stevie Ray - TV Title, Bret Hart(c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page - US Title, Giant vs. Goldberg(c) - World Heavyweight Title.
Eric Bischoff Interview: Talks Russo's Departure, Garett Bischoff, More
Recap of Eric Bischoff on "The One Wrestling Show" from Glasgow
Eric Bischoff is 32 mins into the show. Eric said he enjoyed his time in Glasgow. Eric said that for TNA to get to the next level, they must go on the road, in arenas, in front of wrestling fans in a real environment as opposed to producing a show in a soundstage. He said there are logistics and financial issues. He said the audience is 75% of the energy on the show.
He said TNA has been able to produce a high quality show that is pretty low budget for the past 8-9 years and it's one of the reasons TNA has been able to survive.
Vince Russo's departure. Eric doesn't want to comment on it, that he wasn't part of the discussion or decision maker in the process. He said it's not fair to the company and since he doesn't know the details, he cannot comment on it.
Bischoff says he has a great relationship with Ric Flair. There were times in the past 20 years that were great, bad, and in the middle. Flair is very emotional and passionate much like Eric is. They're close friends.
What are the differences between working with Dixie Carter and Vince McMahon? In WWE, he was a talent playing a role and not involved in any strategic discussions or creative. In TNA, he started as a consultant and now has evolved and is much more involved. As a result, he can't compare the two.
Bischoff said he can go toe-to-toe with Vince McMahon on a creative basis. When asked if he can take McMahon after Bischoff challenged McMahon to a fight in 1998, Eric says who knows?
Triple H said if he was in control of WCW, he would have let the gates open during the DX 1998 invasion of WCW. Bischoff said if he knew in advance, it's quite possible. He's never shied away from competition anytime in his life.
When Bischoff left WWE, his character was dumped into trash. Did he have creative input? Bischoff said that was one of the few angles that he had input in. It was Bischoff who suggested McMahon throw him into the garbage truck instead of the original script which had John Cena throw Bischoff in. He enjoyed his time in WWE. He said McMahon put his daughter and himself through scenes that were far more degrading than what Bischoff had to do. So there was nothing personal. He brought up Jim Ross kissing McMahon's ass being far more degrading than anything Bischoff had to do.
Has there anything Bischoff said no to in terms of being too far? Right after he started working for WWE, Bischoff got a call from creative on a Friday afternoon letting him know that they wanted Bischoff to kiss McMahon's ass. Bischoff called McMahon that he didn't think it was smart. He felt uncomfortable doing it especially at that stage with him in WWE. Where would his character have gone at that point? Not because it was degrading, but it wasn't right for him at that time.
A caller asked about getting into the production side of wrestling. Bischoff said wrestling is a unique business. If you're a comedy / drama producer, it's relatively easy to find work. But there's not a lot of places that you can gain wrestling experience if you're not with TNA/WWE. He said if there was one area, it would be writer/producer.
Why did WCW have a diverse roster? Bischoff said it wasn't to keep talent away from the competition. He now says TNA has 50-60 wrestlers under some agreement. TNA has a 2 hour show. WCW had a three hour Nitro, and other shows. There was 9 to 11 hours of original programming per week and that required a lot of talent. You can't use the same talent over and over again without diluting the talent.
It was very close for Bischoff to buy WCW, which was 60 million dollars (the price tag at the time). The deal was done essentially. He was so confident that it was done that he took his wife and kids to Hawaii because if the deal was done, he wouldn't have a week off for a good year. While on Hawaii, he got a call from Fusient saying that the deal collapsed because AOL-Time Warner came in and Jamie Kellner put a bullet in many deals which included WCW television programming.
Eric says he's looking for believability and the ability to tell a story in reply to the question what does Eric look for. He said everything has a beginning, middle and an end. He said young wrestlers today don't have anywhere to learn the art. They learn the moves and do gymnastics-type moves but do not know how to tell a story, nor be a character. Without story or a character, all you have is a spectacle which doesn't capture the imagination of the audience except for a short period of time. Bischoff said you have to be able to tell a story without dialogue.
On why he is the way he is, Eric said he was motivated by money, and later found that he enjoyed finding creative solutions. He elaborated more.
What does Eric prefer doing? Bischoff says the hosts ask really good questions and that he isn't used to it. He said at this stage in his life, he enjoys behind the scenes stuff more than performing. He has covered so much ground as a character that it's difficult for him to find new grounds. He was grateful to work for WWE, but after five years, he was happy to leave. He felt like he was doing the same thing over again and that wasn't fulfilling as performer. He kind of feels the same way with TNA right now in regards to performing. He enjoyed it when he first came in.
There was some talk on Goldust. Then, talk moved into Garett Bischoff. Eric said he actually discouraged Garett from going into the business. There are only two places to work right now - WWE and TNA, and TNA is a smaller company. At the same time, he discourages his other two children to get into acting as a result. The entertainment business is very competitive, requires travel on the road, and has a lot of stress, being away from friends/family/own home. People that go through this is susceptible to a lot of things. Garett grew up in the business.
TNA is coming back to the UK next January in 2013. Will Eric be joining them next year or would he like to? Eric's not sure he'll be with TNA by then because his contract expires by that date. He would like to go to Glasgow and walk around, meet people, and absorb the history and the culture. He's been to a million places and travelled a lot over the past 25 years.
He talks about Twitter/Facebook, doesn't like to talk about the past or inside politics, but he enjoys listening to the fans, listening to constructive criticism, tends to delete people that repeats what is said on the Internet.
The host mentions that Bischoff is very into American politics. Bischoff says he's also fascinated in Glasgow politics too. He's a political animal in nature. He said anyone that's interested in humans should be interested in politics. The host plugs his 2006 book Controversy Creates Cash at Eric's website - http://www.ericbischoff.com. Eric said it was one of his favorite interviews over the past few years and would welcome to come back.
TNA Wrestler Bully Ray Talks Hardcore Wrestling, Concussions, Chris Benoit And More
TNA Wrestler Bully Ray spoke out regarding hardcore wrestling, Concussions, Chris Benoit and much more in the second half of his UK Sun interview. Below is a quick recap.
Comparing hardcore wrestling to a dangerous circus act: "You're on the trapeze, it's the circus, it's a show. You could use a net, right? "But it's a hell of a lot more intriguing if there is no net there and there is the possibility that they could fall off that trapeze and splat on the floor. I will take bigger risks when the risk is warranted. If the story merits the bigger risk, I will do it. I will try not to do anything just for the sake of doing it. I don't do things to get a 'pop' — I guess that's the jargon that the 'smarter' wrestling fan will use — I do things that make sense in the story that I'm trying to tell. Chairshots to the head, barbed wire, thumbtacks, fire — been there, done that. I learned how to do it from the best — Terry Funk, Cactus Jack, Atsushi Onita in Japan — you are learning how to do this stuff the right way."
On concussions: "Concussions are definitely a big deal. More research has been done on concussions."
On the double murder and subsequent suicide of wrestler Chris Benoit: "Personally, do I think Chris Benoit did what he did because he had a concussion? Absolutely not. That's my opinion."
WWE Posts Injury Update On Wade Barrett Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/21/2012 at 12:40 PM
WWE.com reports Wade Barrett suffered a partial dislocation of his left elbow during the 10-Man Battle Royal on Raw. He will undergo an MRI for further evaluation this week and will be sidelined for at least 6 to 8 weeks.
The injury occurred following Barrett and R-Truth's elimination from the match. As Truth and Barrett recovered from their eliminations on the outside, Big Show tossed Dolph Ziggler on top of them from the ring. They were knocked backwards and Barrett landed awkwardly on his arm.
- While reports have been that Wade Barrett will miss some ring time but will not miss WrestleMania 28 with the injury suffered at RAW last night, WWE agent "Road Dogg" BG James indicated on Twitter that Barrett may indeed miss the big show on April 1st. We're still waiting on confirmation from WWE
- PWTorch reports that Wade Barrett was released from the Hennepin County Medical Center after last night's RAW Supershow. Barrett was diagnosed with a partially dislocated elbow and doctors put the elbow back into the socket. Barrett was given morphine and released. Barrett returned to his hotel in Minneapolis with his arm in a sling.
Barrett likely won't need surgery or a cast on the arm. He will be missing some in-ring time but probably will not miss WrestleMania 28.
Anonymous WWE Star Rants on The Rock Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/21/2012 at 01:14 AM
With The Rock making his much anticipated return to Raw next Monday, John Cena had harsh words for "The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment," saying he's no longer The People's Champion, but he's a champion with people (referring to the entourage around him). After strongly criticizing The Rock for returning, but not sticking around WWE, Cena vowed to beat the iconic grappler in his hometown of Miami, Florida at WrestleMania XXVIII.
A number of WWE performers appeared giddy backstage over Cena's remarks as they legitimately feel that way over Johnson. One talent commented via text to PWInsider.com (with permission to be quoted under condition of of anonymity: "[The Rock] comes in to use WWE to get back the audience he lost doing Disney movies, which is fine but he's been back over a year and name one person he helped make a bigger star since then? No one.
"He's here for himself, he keeps to himself, and he keeps someone who's actually touring here all year from making a bigger payday at the bigger shows. It's all about making this the "biggest" Mania of all time. OK, then what do we do the rest of the year? Who's been made? You think he took ANY blame for Survivor [Series] not drawing? Of course not, but how do you feud with a guy on the Titantron? Cena nailed the guy dead on tonight.
"Say anything about Triple H, 'Taker, etc. still being in the top spot but if they were needed to work the road, they would and they would still work their asses off as much as they needed to. Rock is out for Rock and the idea he's here to better anything but his own wallet is the biggest work of 2012."
Barrett Injury Update, Four Other WWE Stars Hurt Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/21/2012 at 01:12 AM
Wade Barrett suffered an injury to his left arm during the 10-Man Battle Royal on Monday's Raw SuperShow. After being taken to a nearby medical facility for further evaluation he was diagnosed with a dislocated elbow.
The injury occurred following Barrett and R-Truth's elimination from the match. As Truth and Barrett recovered from their eliminations on the outside, Big Show tossed Dolph Ziggler on top of them from the ring. The three WWE Superstars were knocked backwards and Barrett landed awkwardly on his arm.
Ziggler was also hurt when his shoulder and arm hit the broadcast table during the match. He was examined backstage and is said to be fine.
Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth were also hurt during the bout and received medical attention backstage. Rhodes hurt his elbow and right leg. Kingston appeared shaken up but was not seriously injured. R-Truth was assisted to the backstage area following the match.
Wade Barrett Suffers Injury During Raw Main Event Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/21/2012 at 12:19 AM
The official Twitter feed of the WWE Insider says Wade Barrett suffered an arm injury during the 10-Man No. 1 Contender's Battle Royal on tonight's Raw SuperShow.
Their statement reads: "BREAKING NEWS: Wade Barrett suffered an injury to his left arm during tonight's Battle Royal and was rushed to a nearby medical facility."
There was panic ringside after Big Show tossed Dolph Ziggler over the top rope onto Barrett and R-Truth, leading to the injury. Barrett was escorted to the backstage area with a splint on his left arm.
•Sheamus def. Mark Henry (PHOTOS) •Kofi Kingston & R-Truth def. WWE Tag Team Champions Primo & Epico (Non-Title Match) •David Otunga def. Ezekiel Jackson (PHOTOS) •World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan def. Santino Marella (PHOTOS) •The Bella Twins def. Aksana & Kelly Kelly (PHOTOS) •Chris Jericho won a 10-Man No. 1 Contender's Battle Royal (PHOTOS)
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – After leveling some harsh criticism at Triple H, Undertaker finally got The Game to agree to face him at WrestleMania ... but it will be on Triple H's terms: Hell in a Cell. Chris Jericho won a Battle Royal, making him the No. 1 Contender to WWE Champion CM Punk. And as The Show of Shows draws near, John Cena vowed to beat The Rock in his own hometown of Miami on April 1.
Chris Jericho won a 10-Man No. 1 Contender's Battle Royal; will face WWE Champion CM Punk at WrestleMania (WATCH | PHOTOS) With WWE Champion CM Punk joining the Raw announce team, 10 competitors from last night’s Elimination Chamber Matches fought for the chance to face Punk on The Grandest Stage of Them All. One of the biggest threats was eliminated first when The Great Khali was tossed from the ring. Next to go was The Miz, as well as his dream of headlining WrestleMania. Then, Wade Barrett and R-Truth were both eliminated by Santino Marella. Big Show eliminated Doph Ziggler by tossing him onto the announce table. Out next was Kofi Kingston, who was sent flying from the ring by Jericho.
The final four were Big Show, Santino Marella, Cody Rhodes and Chris Jericho. First to go out of the final group was Santino, who was eliminated by Rhodes. Then it was down to two when Show eliminated Rhodes. Then as The World's Largest Athlete appeared ready to put away Jericho as the two tangled on the ropes, Rhodes interfered, pulling Big Show from the ring apron, sealing the win for Jericho.
After the bout, Punk entered the ring to stare down his No. 1 Contender. When the WWE Champion offered a handshake to Jericho, he refused and walked out of the ring. (WRESTLEMANIA PREVIEW) John Cena vowed to beat The Rock at WrestleMania (WATCH) With Rock coming to Raw SuperShow next week (WATCH), John Cena had harsh words for The Rock, saying he’s no longer The People’s Champion, but he’s a champion with people, referring to the entourage around him. After strongly criticizing Rock for returning, but not sticking around WWE, Cena vowed to beat The Rock in his hometown of Miami on April 1. The Bella Twins def. Aksana & Kelly Kelly (WATCH) In a quick encounter, Aksana was on the losing end of Twin Magic. World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan def. Santino Marella (WATCH | PHOTOS) Using the LeBell Lock, World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan put away Santino Marella. Tomorrow on a LIVE SuperSmackDown, Bryan takes on WWE Champion CM Punk (WATCH).
Triple H accepted Undertaker’s WrestleMania challenge; two to square off in Hell in Cell (WATCH) After calling the last year hell because of uncertainty, Undertaker called out Triple H. Saying he was shocked Triple H said “no” to his WrestleMania challenge, The Phenom continued to push for an answer.
At first Triple H said, “I’m sorry, but the answer is no” and walked away from the ring.
But as the WWE COO walked up the exit ramp, Undertaker finally got what he wanted by saying: “You know Shawn (Michaels) was always better than you.”
With those biting words, Triple H removed his jacket and tie and strutted back to the ring to confront The Deadman. “I can do what Shawn couldn’t do … I can finish it. I know it. You know it ... You want this? You want WrestleMania? You want it all to come to a head? You want an end? You got it!”
But before he left, The Game added one more thing: “We do this. We go all the way. No return. No uncertainty. No excuses. The Streak ends. The era ends. You get your end. We do this, we go all the way. I will face you at WrestleMania under one condition … Hell in a Cell.”
After finally getting what he wanted, Undertaker shot one more ominous gaze at his foe and exited the ring. (WRESTLEMANIA PREVIEW)
David Otunga def. Ezekiel Jackson (WATCH | PHOTOS) With Interim Raw GM John Laurinaitis and SmackDown GM Theodore Long watching from ringside, David Otunga planted big Ezekiel Jackson into the canvas for the powerful win. Ron Simmons to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012 (WATCH) Check out Ron Simmons' Superstar profile. The Rock to return to Raw (WATCH) Next week, The Rock returns to Raw SuperShow.
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth def. WWE Tag Team Champions Primo & Epico in a Non-Title Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) In a fast bout, Kofi Kingston & Truth stunned the WWE Tag Team Champions when Kofi Kingston rocked Primo with Trouble in Paradise for the non-title upset victory.
10-Man No. 1 Contender's Battle Royal announced (WATCH) After David Otunga suggested Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis run both Raw and SmackDown at last night’s Elimination Chamber, SmackDown GM Theodore Long came to Raw to defend his brand and job. After Teddy said he thinks the WWE Universe should decide who they think would do the better job managing Raw and SmackDown, Laurinaitis said he only cares what the WWE Board of Directors thinks. After a few tense moments, Laurinaitis announced a 10-Man No. 1 Contender's Battle Royal. The participants would include all those who competed in, but did not win, last night's Chamber matches. The winner would earn the right to face WWE Champion CM Punk at WrestleMania.
Sheamus def. Mark Henry (WATCH | PHOTOS) In brutal contest between two of WWE’s fiercest competitors, Sheamus and Mark Henry went to war. After thwarting a World’s Strongest Slam, The Celtic Warrior dropped Henry with a brutal Brogue Kick.
Undertaker delivered a message for Triple H (WATCH) In another message for Triple H, Undertaker said he will write his ending tonight.
A tearful Eve begged for John Cena’s forgiveness (WATCH EXCLUSIVE | WATCH | PHOTOS) After saying her words were taken out of context, Eve tried her best to explain her actions to John Cena. But as she kept backpedaling, Cena pummeled her with his stinging words. Calling her disingenuous and more harsh names, Cena said she and The Rock are perfect for each other. As the WWE Universe got behind Cena’s taunting, Eve fell to her knees and cried. Then as she did her best to plant another kiss on Cena, he avoided her clutches, threw one more insult at her and rushed out of the ring, leaving her in tears.
Eve admitted to using Zack Ryder and said she’d do the same to John Cena At the start of Raw SuperShow, Eve stunned the entire WWE Universe by calling Zack Ryder an idiot and admitting to The Bella Twins that she used him. And in another shocking confession, Eve said she plans to use John Cena just like she did Ryder by getting the jump on apologizing to him first. But, just as she was about to enact her plan, Cena appeared directly behind her.
Chris Jericho cleared to compete Before Raw SuperShow, it was announced that Chris Jericho was medically cleared to compete (FULL STORY).
MILWAUKEE – The “HUGE announcement” teased on twitter by JohnLaurinaitis on Saturday afternoon became abundantly clear on Sunday night at the Elimination Chamber event. Three former world champions representing both Raw and SmackDown – Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry and Christian – made shocking appearances to voice their support for the beleaguered Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim General Manager of Monday Night Raw. (PHOTOS)
Following the WWE’s Board of Directors’ advocacy of Mr. Laurinaitis’ performance, David Otunga mentioned on Raw that he had a plan to make his superior not only the permanent General Manager of Raw, but SmackDown, too. “Mr. Excitement” approached the ring in Milwaukee along with his official legal counsel, and immediately took aim at the longstanding General Manager of SmackDown, Teddy Long. He noted it is his “duty to suggest to The Board that Teddy Long should be subject to scrutiny.”
Mr. Laurinaitis was quickly interrupted by Alberto Del Rio, entering in a 1985 Excalibur convertible worth more than $100,000. The Mexican Aristocrat had not been seen by the WWE Universe in nearly two months, and detailed in his native Spanish why Teddy Long should be ousted from his role.
Mark Henry, recently suspended indefinitely by the SmackDown General Manager, was next to enter the Bradley Center and The World’s Strongest Man echoed Del Rio’s sentiments. The proprietor of the Hall of Pain accused Long of being a bully, and indicated Laurinaitis has never behaved as such.
Completing Laurinaitis and Otunga’s trilogy was Christian, who has not competed in more than three months, and is still searching for “one more match” for the World Heavyweight Championship. Captain Charisma shared the sensibilities of his colleagues, and shook hands with Mr. Laurinaitis.
The entire ordeal was clearly a strategic arrangement by Otunga on behalf of his boss in order to put the wheels in motion to remove “Interim” from Mr. Laurinaitis’ title, and to have him run things on Friday nights as well. The official legal counsel then took a moment to put down his travel coffee mug, and pull out his iPhone to snap a few photos of himself, Mr. Laurinaitis, and their new cohorts. Otunga tweeted each photo (No. 1, No. 2) moments later.
Will David Otunga’s plan play out the way he and John Laurinaitis hopes? To find out, tune in to Raw SuperShow Monday night at 9/8 CT on USA Network.
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