- Regarding TMZ's report on John Cena's $100,000 lien on his home, it should be noted that Cena is not broke. This $100,000 lien and the $15,000 lien from earlier this year likely comes from someone close to him, a family member or his wife perhaps, just not staying on top of bills and getting everything paid. The odds that the face of WWE is broke are very slim.
Report on Alex Shelley Negotiating with WWE Posted by Steve Carrier on 06/03/2012 at 10:54 AM
- SuperLuchas.net out of Mexico reports that Alex Shelley was never actually contacted directly by WWE officials. A friend of Shelley's who currently wrestles for WWE was the one who let Shelley know that WWE was interested in bringing him in.
Shelley reportedly wants to take a few weeks off to relax and then officially begin negotiating with WWE. SuperLucha's source reports that Shelley is concerned about being sent to Florida Championship Wrestling and wants to go straight to WWE's main roster.
Two Wrestlers Test Positive For Substances Posted by Steve Carrier on 06/02/2012 at 04:58 PM
SuperLuchas.net reports Cody Rhodes recently tested positive on a drug test for a banned substance but was cleared after providing a valid prescription from a licensed and treating physician.
Prior to being cleared, it would appear that Rhodes believed he was facing suspension. The day after dropping the Intercontinental Championship to Christian at Over the Limit, he cryptically wrote on Twitter: "Time off." He appeared at the following day's SmackDown taping in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and all SmackDown shows since then.
The website also reports that another WWE performer whose name has not been disclosed recently had a positive drug test and will be suspended if a valid prescription is not produced.
WWE announced Wednesday that Randy Orton had been suspended for 60 days for his second violation of the company's Talent Wellness Program. SuperLuchas.net reports the suspension stems from a positive drug test for the anabolic steroid Dianabol, which is banned by the United States Congress under its Controlled Substances Act. He also reportedly tested positive for marijuana, which is subject to a $2,500 fine.
What Caused Orton to Violate WWE Wellness Policy Posted by Steve Carrier on 06/02/2012 at 10:12 AM
Super Luchas Magazine (http://superluchas.net), a usually reputable magazine from Mexico, reports that Randy Orton violated the WWE Wellness Policy after testing positive for Dianabol and marijuana.
Marijuana isn't punishable by suspension in WWE, just a $2,500 fine. The report states that Orton tested positive for marijuana, was fined and then tested again for other substances where he tested positive for use of Dianabol. Dianabol (methandrostenolone) is an orally-effective anabolic steroid. Dianabol was commonly used by bodybuilders until Congress banned it under the Controlled Substances Act.
There is no confirmation to this rumor yet so take it for what it's worth.
* Sheamus came out to talk about Alberto Del Rio, but David Otunga interrupted him. Otunga wanted Sheamus to apologize for barreling over John Laurinaitis two weeks ago on Raw. Sheamus wouldn't apologize. Alberto Del Rio came out, and Otunga said he could pick Sheamus's opponent for tonight. Sheamus gave Otunga a Brogue Kick, and Del Rio ran away.
* Sin Cara def. Heath Slater.
* Damien Sandow def. Ezekiel Jackson. Sandow wasn't going to do the match, but Jackson threw him into the ring.
* Ryback def. two local wrestlers.
* Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match. Del Rio chose Ziggler as Sheamus's opponent after Ziggler asked to be it.
* Santino Marella and Zack Ryder def. Titus O'Neil and Darren Young. Big Show came out and destroyed both Ryder and Marella after the match.
* Cody Rhodes def. Tyson Kidd.
* CM Punk def. Kane via DQ in a WWE Championship match. Daniel Bryan ran out to cause the DQ. Kane chokeslammed them both. John Laurinaitis came out after and announced a triple threat WWE Title match for No Way Out. Bryan and Punk were in the ring with AJ, and she left without either of them. Bryan slapped Punk, and Punk gave him the GTS.
Press Release: TNA Announces Hall Of Fame - First Inductee Announced At Slammiversary
TNA IMPACT WRESTLING ANNOUNCES “TNA HALL OF FAME” WITH FIRST INDUCTEE TO BE ANNOUNCED AT “SLAMMIVERSARY” ON JUNE 10
TNA IMPACT WRESTLING announced the beginning of a “TNA Hall of Fame” with the first inductee to be announced at this year’s 10th Anniversary celebration, “Slammiversary” in Arlington, Texas.
TNA President Dixie Carter announced the news as part of the first live IMPACT WRESTLING event of the summer from Universal Studios.
This is TNA’s chance to recognize the great contributions of the people who gave so much to make this 10-year anniversary possible.
“This 10 year milestone is an incredible achievement for TNA,” stated TNA President Dixie Carter. “In honor of that, we felt it was time to begin recognizing the contributions of those who have made the greatest impact on our success."
TNA Wrestling was founded in Nashville in the summer of 2002 and this June marks the 10th year anniversary. The internationally televised “Slammiversary” pay-per-view event will be one of the biggest nights in TNA’s history.
The annual live, anniversary pay-per-view extravaganza is scheduled for Sunday night, June 10, at The College Park Center in Arlington. Limited tickets for “Slammiversary” are still available at UTACollegePark.com and The College Park Arena box office.
Joey Ryan Not Happy; Reaches Out To WWE Posted by Andy Steven on 06/01/2012 at 06:41 PM
Joey Ryan posted the following on his Twitter, following his TNA Gutcheck angle on last night's IMPACT. He reaches out to WWE's John Laurinaitis:
"What a joke. @IMPACTWRESTLING is pathetic. I'm not good enough for your company? C'mon @TNADixie really? You make me laugh! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Don't bring me in just for your NO agenda. It's not my fault that Flair went into business for himself so why am I being punished?! Pritchard, @TheRealAlSnow & @OfficialTaz know that a NO is ridiculous. They know I'm money. I dare Tazz to say something to my face now. Somebody tell Johnny Ace he can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org - I know he's not stupid enough to turn down money."
Jillian Hall Addresses Arrest Mug Shot Posted by Steve Carrier on 05/31/2012 at 04:39 PM
Former WWE performer Jillian Hall has addressed her arrest last month for domestic assault in Orange County, Florida.
After news of her run-in with the law on April 23 hit news outlets Tuesday, she wrote on Twitter, "If you only knew.... Btw, smart marks, my name is Hall, not Fletcher.."
Jailbase.com published her mug shot stemming from the arrest, which featured the former WWE Diva sans make-up. In response to criticism of her unflattering appearance in the photograph, Hall wrote, "Hmmm, so people r suppose to look good when they've been crying for hours? No one knows my story.. No one!!"
Hall is also poking fun at the matter as she set her Twitter profile picture to an image of herself pretending to surrender to The Simpsons police character Chief Clancy Wiggum.
The one-time WWE Divas Champion acknowledged last week on the micro-blogging site that she had separated from her husband of two years, Mike Farole.
Randy Orton Update: Missing PPVs, Removed & More Posted by Andy Steven on 05/31/2012 at 01:53 PM
- Randy Ortons's 60 day suspension for his second violation of the WWE Wellness Policy goes into full effect today. This means the suspension will end as of midnight on Sunday, July 29th. Causing Orton to miss June 17's No Way Out pay-per-view and July 29's Money In The Bank pay-per-view. The first televised event he will be eligible to return to, will be on the July 30 RAW Supershow from Cincinnati, OH.
- TNA president Dixie Carter announced on the Impact Wrestling television show that the company will name the first member of its Hall of Fame at Slammiversary X. Dixie's Hall of Fame announcement wasn't told to the locker room ahead of time.
According to PWInsider, former WWE star Cliff Compton aka Domino is backstage at the Impact Zone and is slated to wrestle tonight in some fashion. It is unknown if he's coming in or if it's a dark match.
TNA Impact Wrestling Results 5/31/12 By Marc Middleton May 31, 2012 - 10:01:14 PM
- Tonight's live TNA Impact Wrestling opens up with the roster surrounding the ring as Mike Tenay and Taz welcome us to the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.
Lumberjack Match: Sting vs. Bobby Roode
We go to the ring and out first comes the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode. Sting is out next to a big pop. The bell rings and they go right at it.
Sting takes control early on. Roode turns it around with chops in the corner but Sting wants more. Sting unloads again on Roode and goes for the Scorpion. Roode makes it to the ropes and breaks. Sting attacks him on the apron and sends him out to the Lumberjacks. They throw Roode back in and Sting misses a Stinger splash in the corner. Roode throws Sting out now and the heel Lumberjacks beat on him before throwing him back in. Sting fights his way back in.
Back and forth action until Roode takes control and keeps Sting grounded on the mat. Sting makes a comeback but misses another splash in the corner and hits a big boot. Roode throws Sting back to the heels and they work him over. Sting fights them off as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Roode is still in control of Sting, getting another 2 count. Sting makes another comeback and nails a Stinger splash in the corner. Roode rolls out of the ring and the Lumberjacks protect him as he regroups. Sting leaps over the top rope and takes everyone out. They come back in and Sting goes for the Scorpion. Roode blocks it and applies the crossface submission.
Roode breaks the hold but goes back to work on Sting. Sting blocks a suplex and drops Roode with the Death Drop. Sting goes for the Scorpion again and locks it in. Roode taps out for the win.
- After the match, Sting celebrates in the ring when Hulk Hogan's music hits. Hogan comes out to the stage and gives props to Sting. Hogan announces Sting vs. Roode for the World Heavyweight Title as the main event of Slammiversary.
- Tenay and Taz hype Hogan's announcement and tonight's show. Daniels vs. AJ Styles is still to come plus Devon defending the TV Title against an opponent that the fans chose. Also still to come - Brooke Hogan's official debut. We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and Madison Rayne is talking about how she and Brooke Hogan will get along just fine.
- We go to the ring where Bully Ray is. He's here looking for Joseph Park, the brother of Abyss. We see Park in the crowd again. Ray runs down Park and wants to fight. He rips into his family and finally Abyss. This pisses Park off and he comes to the ring but security stops him. Ray tells them to let him come on. Park enters the ring and Ray wants to fight. Ray confesses he left Abyss for dead. Park grabs Ray by his neck and brings him to his knees. Ray says he will sue if he hits him. Park backs off and says he won't stoop to Ray's level. Ray calls him and Abyss a coward before leaving the ring. Park takes the mic and says let's fight right now. Ray walks to the ring but doesn't get in. He says they will fight at Slammiversary.
- Up next, Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we get a Crimson promo video.
TNA X Division Title Match: Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries
They come to the ring and go at it as soon as the bell hits, trading holds. Aries takes control and nails a big elbow for a pin attempt. Sabin comes back with a 2 count of his own. Aries dumps Sabin to the floor and dives through the ropes on him. They end up on the floor and go at it. Sabin with a suplex off the top rope for a close 2 count.
More back and forth action. Sabin slams Aries from a fireman's carry but Aries counters and rolls him up for the win.
Winner: Austin Aries
- We see backstage video from earlier of Hulk Hogan and Taz talking about Gutcheck. Taz is now a judge. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we see footage from yesterday of Taz, Al Snow and Bruce Prichard looking at Joey Ryan's Gutcheck tape. They talk about Ryan's character and last week's match against Austin Aries.
- Up next, Brooke Hogan. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Jeremy Borash is backstage with Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam, Jeff Hardy and Robbie E. JB encourages us to keep voting online for Devon's opponent.
- We go to the ring and out comes TNA President Dixie Carter.
Dixie talks about TNA turning 10 years old in a few days. Dixie is proud of the wrestlers and thanks the fans, saying TNA wouldn't be here without them. Dixie says at Slammiversary, TNA will be announcing the very first inductee in the TNA Hall of Fame. Dixie then talks about the Knockouts division. She puts over Brooke Hogan and out she comes to a mixed reaction from the crowd.
Dixie welcomes Brooke and says she is excited about all the things she will do for TNA. Brooke thanks her for the opportunity. She thanks the fans for welcoming her with open arms. Brooke says she grew up in wrestling and loves it as much as Dixie. Brooke says she has some big yellow boots to fill but she's taking this serious. Brooke thanks everyone again and hugs Dixie. That's it.
- We see Kazarian and Daniels watching backstage. They can't believe Dixie didn't talk about the AJ Styles situation. They've got something planned for later. Still to come, Daniels vs. Styles.
- Up next, the TV Title match. Back to commercial.
TNA Television Title Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Devon
Back from the break and we get more Slammiversary hype. TNA Television Champion Devon comes out first as we wait to find out who his opponent is. Jeff Hardy was picked by fans and out he comes.
Lots of back and forth action with pin attempts to start. Devon takes control mid match until Hardy hits Twist of Fate. Hardy goes up top but Robbie E runs down and interferes with Robbie T. The Robbies attack both men and the match is thrown out due to interference. Devon fights back and takes both men out. Hardy joins in and they clear the ring.
- We get a video promo for James Storm.
- Up next, more from Gutcheck. Back to commercial.
- We get a video for the feud between AJ Styles, Kazarian and Daniels.
- JB is in the ring with Bruce Prichard, Al Snow and Taz - our Gutcheck judges. JB brings out Joey Ryan to the ring. Ryan says he is kind of a big deal and right now, he is trending worldwide on Twitter. JB goes to Prichard first. He talks about Ryan's look and calls him a hell of a talent. Prichard says Ryan has been in the business for 12 years and his vote is no. Al Snow is up next. He says he doesn't like Ryan or his attitude but he says he has potential and votes yes. Taz must vote yes for Ryan to get the contract. JB gives Ryan the chance to cut a promo and save himself. Ryan speaks and Taz is up next. Taz says if that was the promo to save his life and get a job, then he's out of his mind. Ryan gets in Taz's face and has words now. Taz gets angry and votes no. Taz tells Ryan to prove him wrong. Hit the road and come back when he's ready. Ryan continues running his mouth but didn't get the job.
- Back from the break and we see footage of Bobby Roode speaking to fans in London last week.
AJ Styles vs. Daniels
We go to the ring for tonight's main event. Out first comes one-half of the TNA Tag Team Champions Daniels. AJ Styles is out next to a nice reaction from the crowd.
Back and forth action to start until AJ takes control. Daniels turns it around with a big right to the face. AJ ends up on the apron and Daniels knocks him off into the fan barrier. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Daniels is in control of AJ. Daniels with a moonsault off the ropes for a 2 count. AJ finally takes Daniels down with a heel kick to the head. AJ unloads on Daniels and powerbombs him for a 2 count. AJ springboards in with a big forearm. Daniels blocks an inverted DDT. AJ connects with the pele kick. He goes for the Styles Clash but Kazarian gets on the apron. AJ hits him but Daniels rolls him up for 2. AJ hits the inverted DDT this time for the win.
Winner: AJ Styles
- After the match, Kazarian hits the ring and the tag team champions beat AJ down. Kurt Angle runs down and makes the save. Angle applies the ankle lock on Kazarian. Daniels runs back in and hits Angle with a low blow from behind. They double team Angle now. They use ties and cuff Angle to the bottom rope. AJ tries to make the save but they lay him out with a title belt. They hit Angle with the title belt also and lay him out. Daniels takes the mic. He has proof positive of the affair between Dixie Carter and AJ Styles. He plays a phone call of AJ calling Dixie and them making plans to get together and keep it from her husband. Dixie runs out and yells for the production people to turn it off. It sounds like she drops a F-bomb and they bleep it. Dixie yells that they are finished as Impact goes off the air.
- Justin Gabriel returned from injury on last night's episode of WWE NXT. He teamed with Derrick Bateman and Percy Watson to defeat JTG, Michael McGillicutty and Johnny Curtis. Gabriel used a leaping tornado DDT as his finisher.
Tensai Reportedly Deemed A Flop By WWE Officials Posted by Steve Carrier on 05/30/2012 at 09:05 PM
Tensai Reportedly Deemed A Flop By WWE Officials, Possibly Being Repackaged
Tensai failed to impress WWE officials in his pinfall victory over John Cena on the April 16 Raw SuperShow and was deemed "a flop" as a result. He was initially pegged to face Cena at both Over the Limit and No Way Out but his poor showing in the main event match led to his push being curtailed and Big Show taking his place. WWE also canceled plans for summer live events to be headlined by Tensai and Laurinaitis vs. Cena, instead the former Prince Albert with Big Show.
Tensai has already undergone character tweaks as he appeared sans robe, competed more aggressively and had his named modified with the past two weeks. More changes could be in the works as there was talk this past week of his character being repackaged.
Tough Enough Contestant Talks About Release Posted by Steve Carrier on 05/30/2012 at 04:31 PM
The Full Nelson recently interviewed Andy Leavine. Here are a few highlights.
On the news of his release from WWE and why it happened: "To be honest, man, I wish I knew the whole story of why I was released. It was one of those things where (John) Laurinaitus called me up and told me I wasn't progressing enough down there at FCW. So, they released me to go out on the independent scene and gain a little experience. ... Yeah (I was released over the phone)."
On what reason he was given for his release: "To be honest with you, for whatever reason, FCW wasn't a good fit for me. I was born and raised in Tampa and it just wasn't a good environment for me. I was only wrestling maybe once every two or three weeks. When you're breaking into something, that's no way to learn. Kind of struggling and whatnot. To be honest with you, I think it was the best thing for me."
On what he plans on doing now that he's been released: "Just go out there and work, man -- have matches. It's the only way you get better at something. Back when I played football, the only way you learned is getting your ass on the fire. That's what I intend to do.
"I've been in contact with a couple of different promotions -- UCW and CPR in Puerto Rico. So, I think I'm going to be heading down to Puerto Rico on the 14th of July. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to work and earn my grit."
On the people he's heard from since his release: "I've heard from Matt from Tough Enough. He gave me a bit of encouragement. He was a really cool guy on the show and he's a cool dude in real life. I heard from a couple of guys from WWE developmental. I talked to Bill DeMott and he encouraged me to keep at it. He said that a lot of people out there liked me, but they want me to go out and get a little more experience."
Preview Tonight's Impact Wrestling: Sting Vs. Roode, Brooke Hogan's Debut, More
- It's a historic broadcast as IMPACT goes LIVE all summer on SpikeTV with a new start time at 8/7c!
- Impact will come on the air live at 8PM with the return of "The Icon" Sting to action as he faces World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode in a Lumberjack Match with the ring surrounded by TNA Superstars.
- Brooke Hogan will make her IMPACT WRESTLING debut. How will the Knockouts react?
- On Thursday's IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast LIVE on SpikeTV at the new start time of 8/7c - Devon will defend the Television Championship against the choice of the fans! Who will be the choices? Starting this Monday, visit IMPACTWRESTLING.com and we'll reveal one challenger each day. Then, voting will open at noon eastern time on Thursday, May 31st! YOU pick who Devon defends the title against that night! The power will be in YOUR hands during the LIVE television broadcast on Thursday!
- The countdown is on to the June 10 "Slammiversary" event - IMPACT will feature news on our big 10 year anniversary spectacular
- Plus, all of your favorite IMPACT WRESTLING superstars including General Manager Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, Bully Ray, the high-flying X Division Superstars, the lovely but lethal Knockouts and more!
A look at the lawsuit TNA filed last week against World Wrestling Entertainment and Brian Wittenstein provides deeper insight into exactly what confidential materials TNA alleges that Wittenstein provided to WWE, why they are suing WWE as well as Wittenstein and why the company feels WWE tampered with Ric Flair's TNA deal. In the 37 page lawsuit filing obtained by PWInsider.com, TNA stated that Wittenstein signed a Severance Agreement with the company in August 2011 (which means that unlike what he claimed to PWInsider, Wittenstein was let go by TNA) where he agreed to a severance package in exchange for returning any company materials and not disclosing confidential TNA information. TNA included a copy of Wittenstein's Severance Agreement in the filing, blacking out only the amount he was paid by the company as severance.
In violation of the Severance Agreement, Wittenstein then allegedly "downloaded and took TNA's confidential, trade secret and proprietary information after leaving his employment with TNA." The lawsuit noted that Wittenstein, in his position as Talent Relations Coordinator, had access to TNA's computer network and proprietary information. TNA's lawsuit admitted that the company TNA is "uncertain of the full breadth of Wittenstein's "theft and at minimum, the company believes he took documents including "copies of TNA's policies and procedures, a spreadsheet contained personal and confidential information regarding TNA's wrestling talent and staff, a spreadsheet containing the terms of TNA's contracts "with its prospective, present and past wrestling talent", a spreadsheet containing "confidential information regarding activity, payment and royalty reports" for TNA talents, a draft contract between TNA and one of its wrestlers, an executed contract between TNA and one of its wrestlers and a draft promotional agreement between TNA and a licensee.
TNA noted that their Severance Agreement with Wittenstein allowed him to go work for WWE or any other competitor as long as he "complied with his obligations" not to use TNA's material or information. Instead, Wittenstein sent a memorandum to WWE "summarizing TNA's contracts with its wrestling talent." TNA's filing included an excerpt of Wittenstein's email, where he wrote, "Attached, please find a contract status and terms chart for the TNA Wrestling roster. I combined a bunch of different documents I had from there to put it all in one concise spreadsheet that should capture all the relevant information you would be interested in. Here are a few notes for you regarding the TNA deals."
So, TNA is alleging that every piece of important material relating to their roster's contracts were handed over to their primary competitor, which explains the Unfair Competition aspect of their lawsuit. They believe WWE knows all of their contractual details when it comes to talent and can make moves to out-maneuver TNA when necessary with that information. Wittenstein's supervisor (possibly Michael Hayes, as he was working as Hayes' assistant, according to PWInsider sources) turned the material over to WWE's legal department. Wittenstein was terminated by WWE in April, having worked there for three months as a "Live Event Booking Assistant", according to his LinkedIn.com profile.
TNA was unaware of the issue until 5/7, when WWE's Vice President of Legal/Business Affairs Scott Amann contacted TNA's General Counsel Creede Williams, informing the company that Wittenstein had divulged TNA information to WWE without WWE's solicitation of the information and they had terminated Wittenstein for that breach. The filing noted that Amann forwarded a copy of TNA's information, which TNA has received in "both hard and electronic form". TNA alleged in the suit that WWE was in possession of the material for three weeks before contacting them and that when questioned, Amann "did not explain the reason(s) for the delay". In their filing, TNA noted that they contacted Wittenstein, who admitted the disclosure of the information and "represented to TNA that he did so at the request of WWE." TNA believes that WWE "solicited and/or inducted" Wittenstein to provide them with TNA's confidential information and has "unclean hands" in the matter.
The lawsuit filing also claimed that TNA "has reason to believe" that WWE is using the information to "solicit or induce TNA's current wrestling talent to end their contractual relationships with TNA." TNA noted that on 5/9, Ric Flair, described as under exclusive contract to TNA, "attempted to terminate his contractual relationship with TNA" and "made statements" that led TNA to believe he was planning to join WWE. The company noted that Flair's timing to WWE's admission to TNA that they were in possession of TNA's confidential information is "highly suspect" and that Flair was in breach of his TNA deal by not showing for events, including the Sacrifice PPV.
In a later filing, TNA requested two hour depositions with Flair, John Laurinaitis and Paul Levesque (HHH) in regard to the case. The lawsuit makes no reference to Flair appearing at Wrestlemania and the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year, so that appearance, which TNA signed off on after negotiating with WWE, is not in question in any way, shape or form at this time. There are no other TNA talents specifically named as being allegedly tampered with by WWE. Obviously, there have been and will be again cases of talent signed to one company sending feelers out and even having secret meetings with other companies.
TNA put up a $30,000 bond to prevent WWE and Wittenstein from using, damaging or copying any confidential material they may have in their possession and the court has demanded all materials be returned prior to a 6/11 hearing on the case in Nashville. TNA filed the lawsuit in Nashville as Wittenstein worked in their corporate offices and agreed when he signed his severance agreement that any issues would be heard in court in TN. Since WWE does business in the State, TNA has stated they have filed the suit there and WWE would be under TN jurisdiction as well. TNA is suing for interference with existing contracts, conversion, breach of contract, civil conspiracy, unfair competition, and violation of the Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets Act. They are also suing Wittenstein for breach of duty of loyalty. TNA is seeking reimbursement of payments made to Wittenstein as part of their Severance Agreement as well as it's attorney fees and expenses in bring forth the lawsuit. They are also seeking a court order to permanently enjoin WWE and Wittenstein from ever disclosing, using or maintaining TNA's confidential material. An injunction was issued demanding that WWE and Wittenstein each return whatever confidential material Wittenstein retained from his time working for TNA. They were specifically instructed not to "destroy" any of the material. TNA is claiming a civil conspiracy in their lawsuit as WWE and Wittenstein "conspired and agreed" to share confidential, trade secret and proprietary information Wittenstein "wrongfully took" from TNA. They stated that WWE would use and "did use" that information "to solicit and induce TNA's wrestling talent to breach their contracts with TNA and enter into contracts with WWE."
TNA noted that due to Wittenstein and WWE's "misappropriation and/or threatened misappropriation of TNA's trade secrets, TNA will suffer damages, as well as immediate and irreparable harm. TNA has no adequate remedy at law." The lawsuit noted that "money damages cannot adequately compensate TNA, even if Defendants could respond by paying money damage." The filing noted that TNA was "damaged in an amount in excess of the court's minimal jurisdictional limits" and that the conduct of WWE and Wittenstein "entitles TNA to an award of exemplary damages in an amount in excess of this Court's minimal jurisdictional limit."
Neither WWE nor Wittenstein have officially responded to the court as of this writing.
Indy Star Impresses Posted by Steve Carrier on 05/30/2012 at 09:50 AM
- We noted before that independent wrestler Ricky Reyes received a WWE tryout at last week's tapings. He was also one of the wrestlers who got squashed by Ryback on SmackDown last week.
There were a lot of people backstage talking about Reyes and how good he was. Reyes had a 15 or 20 minute tryout match, before the tapings, with Tyson Kidd that blew everyone away. William Regal was putting Reyes over big time to WWE officials. No word yet if he will be offered a contract but there were a lot of people in the company impressed with him.
More on Brock Lesnar's Meeting with Dana White Posted by Steve Carrier on 05/29/2012 at 08:47 AM
- We noted before that Brock Lesnar met with UFC President Dana White in Las Vegas this weekend following the UFC pay-per-view. There was some speculation that WWE and UFC were in on the whole thing as part of the Lesnar storyline.
Word now is that WWE had no part in the meeting and it was all Lesnar's doing. Speculation now is that Lesnar was trying to fuel his WWE storyline and at the same time make a "power play" with the two companies.
Lesnar actually told WWE officials that he met with White but nothing happened out of it. Lesnar reportedly brought up the idea of doing something with UFC but White wasn't interested. White does not want a pro wrestling connection with UFC and isn't interested in working with Lesnar while he's with WWE, despite teasing it at the post-fight press conference.
Reports Contusions for Tag Champions & Brodus Posted by Steve Carrier on 05/29/2012 at 08:14 AM
- Following the attack from Big Show on last night's RAW Supershow, WWE has posted injury updates on Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.
WWE doctor Chris Amann says that Clay suffered a concussion and several bruised ribs. WWE says Clay went against Amann's advice and would not go to a medical facility for further evaluation. WWE reports that Clay left the New Orleans Arena with Naomi and Cameron around 11:45pm Central time.
Regarding the WWE Tag Team Champions, WWE reports that Kingston and Truth both suffered multiple contusions to various areas of their bodies as a result of Big Show throwing them into the ringside barrier and the steel steps.
Chris Jericho Insists Current Run Is Done Posted by Steve Carrier on 05/28/2012 at 08:20 AM
- Internal reaction to the Chris Jericho flag incident last week among the WWE talents was they were more shocked and upset than anything else. While it was a big deal online, behind the scene it was not.
The feeling was that Jericho was just doing his job but WWE had to suspend him because he violated the local laws in Brazil and because the incident could be used against the company in the future.
On Twitter Jericho still insists that he is done with this run in WWE, suspension or not.
Hello everyone and welcome to this week's Monday Night RAW recap. Filling in for the esteemed David Stephens, so I hope I do all of you, as well as him, proud with this recap.
So, if you all are ready, then since that horrible band known as Nickelback is playing the intro, let's get on with the show!
We see the annual video for Memorial Day honoring the United States Armed Forces.
We then see video of what happened at Over the Limit between John Cena & Johnny Ace as well as what happened last week on RAW involving Cena & The Big Show.
In the arena, we hear the familiar music of The Big Show as he makes his way to the ring, dressed to the nines in a suit.
Big Show has a smile on his face as he says "This is me doing my job, this is me smiling". "It was easy making you people smile, I didn't mind doing it". "But, it was a calculated business decision". "I was a businessman who also happened to be a giant". "But, all that's over now". Big Show mocks the "What" chant, then says "he doesn't have to smile anymore because he has an ironclad contract". The crowd chants "Cena" as Big Show says "he has an ironclad contract with a fat bonus which means he is set for life". "It means I can do whatever to whomever, wherever I want and I don't have to be concerned about making the crowd smile". "I'm 7 foot, 420 pounds, I am not an entertainer, I am a giant". "There is no one in my league, no one from the NBA, NFL, or UFC, or certainly no one in the WWE that is in my league". "Maybe that's why no WWE superstar came to my defense when I had the most humiliating moment of my life, begging for my job". He goes to video of minutes after he was fired when Brodus Clay danced for the crowd. Coming back, Big Show is in disgust and says "My tears were not even dry and Brodus Clay was dancing, DANCING! "You guys who I thought were my friends, Kofi & Truth, having a good ol' time, as well as you people". "It was easy for you to move on". The crowd chants "Cena" again as Show says "You people are so shallow, you're so phony". "But after all that, there's one guy who disappointed me the most and that man is John Cena". "When I saw Cena in the ring, I thought he was gonna fight for his friend, I thought Cena was gonna threaten a mutiny unless Ace re-hired me." "Instead, he did this" as Show goes to a video of Cena mocking Johnny Ace 2 weeks ago. Big Show says "Cena made jokes." "I guess that's all I am, just one big joke". "Well Cena hurt me when he decided he didn't care and last week, I hurt him, I knocked John Cena out twice within 24 hours". "Now what I'm gonna do to John Cena at No Way Out won't be pretty". "John Cena will be standing across the ring with an unstoppable giant". "You think Cena stuffed his greatest loss to the Rock at Wrestlemania". "You think Cena suffered his greatest beating by Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules". "You think Cena suffered his most humiliating loss to Johnny Ace at Over the Limit". "At No Way Out, Cena is gonna suffer all 3 and that puts a smile on my face".
Big Show leaves as Cole & Lawler hype up tonight's match between WWE Champion CM Punk & Daniel Bryan.
We then see Santino Marella warming up backstage as he has a match with Alberto Del Rio NEXT as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see a "WWE Rewind" video from this past week on Smackdown when Ricardo Rodriguez faced Santino Marella.
Alberto Del Rio w/Ricardo Rodriguez vs. WWE United States Champion Santino Marella
Del Rio instantly attacks Santino and rains in right hands. Del Rio sends Santino to the corner, then charges, but Santino moves. Santino with a hiptoss, followed by a headbutt. Santino goes for the Cobra, but Del Ro nails him with a kick to the gut.
Del Rio then locks Santino in the Cross Armbreaker and Santino has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio by submission (Cross Armbreaker)
After the match, Ricardo announces Del Rio as the winner multiple times in Santino's face.
We go backstage where Eve Torres is with Alex Riley. Riley compliments Eve, but then the Big Show walks in as Eve tells Show that he gets to pick his opponent tonight. Riley starts to back down, then says it was wrong what happened to Show 2 weeks ago. Show says he is not gonna pick Riley as his opponent, but says he has a message to the WWE locker room. Show sends Riley face first into the wall, then walks away.
Riley is in pain as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see a shot of Bourbon Street before our next match.
WWE Tag Team Titles
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (c) vs. "The Show-Off" Dolph Ziggler & "The All-American American" Jack Swagger w/Vickie Guerrero
Kingston & Swagger start things off. Swagger takes advantage, but then Kingston comes back with a dropkick. Tag into Truth and the champs hit a double hiptoss. Truth then hits his split-legged dancing leg drop for a nearfall. Swagger goes for an Irish whip, but Truth holds on and does a gyration. Swagger charges, but Truth sidesteps him and Swagger goes out to the outside. Ziggler comes in, but the champs nail him with a double enziguri that sends Ziggler to the outside. Kingston then with a baseball slide to both Ziggler & Swagger.
The champs are in control as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Swagger has Kingston in a double chickenwing. We see that during the commercial break, Ziggler distracted Kingston allowing Swagger to send him into the barricade. Back to live action as Kingston tries to fight back, but Swagger regains the advantage. Swagger with a slam, then tags in Ziggler. Ziggler with the hair flick leaping elbow drop for a nearfall. Ziggler locks in an armbar as the crowd tries to will on Kingston. Kingston gets out, but Ziggler with a kick. Ziggler charges, but Kingston moves out of the way.
Truth & Swagger get the tag and Truth with a clothesline, followed by a victory roll for a nearfall. Truth then with a DDT for a nearfall as Ziggler broke it up. Kingston then takes out Ziggler with a crossbody. Swagger then with a roll-up on Truth for a nearfall. Swagger goes for a slam, but Truth rolls off his back.
Truth then hits the Little Jimmy for the victory.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth by pinfall (Little Jimmy)
After the match, Ziggler & Swagger argue about the loss as Ziggler says he is Dolph Ziggler and is better than is. Ziggler then walks off in frustration.
Backstage, we see Santino being checked out by a trainer when the Big Show walks in. Big Show grabs Santino by the throat and says it was so funny that he got fired, bullying him. Brodus Clay then walks in and says if you want an opponent tonight, you got one. Show says after tonight there will be no more dancing because tonight, you will no longer be walking.
Cole & Lawler hype up once again the Punk-Bryan match for later tonight as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see a "Did You Know" video about the Be a Star Initiative.
Ring announcer Justin Roberts introduces General Manager Johnny Ace, who comes out with David Otunga & Eve. Ace says his usual introduction, then says he has several announcements to make. The first is that Big Show will indeed face Brodus Clay tonight. Secondly, to ensure no interference at No Way Out, the Cena-Big Show match will now take in a Steel Cage. Lastly, since his win over John Cena at Over the Limit, he is the most popular wrestler in the WWE. And he has proof. Ace says that the WWE 13 videogame will be coming out soon and they need a great cover man. Someone who embodies People Power. Ace reveals the cover with himself on it. Ace says the game will be bigger than Pac-Man. Ace continues to talk, but is interrupted by WWE Champion CM Punk.
Punk comes down to the ring, but not before putting gum on Ace's wheelchair. The crowd chants for Punk as he says Pac-Man, that's a timely reference, considering you & Pac-Man have no testicles whatsoever. There was no ground swell to put you on the cover, you are not that popular at all. The WWE 13 cover is a prestigious thing for a WWE Superstar. And the cover man is a hell of a lot better looking than you. Punk then reveals the real cover for WWE 13 with himself on the cover. Punk says he never got to say this to Ace, but mine is a lot bigger than yours. I know Eve is looking at it. A wrestling video game with an actual wrestler on the cover, what a concept? I know what you are gonna say, you are gonna try and put me in some sort of wacky match. That will not happen because the Board of Directors are watching and you don't want them to have any more ammo. Ace says "Good luck" to Punk, then leaves.
Cole says WWE 13 is trending worldwide. Punk takes off the fake WWE 13 cover and breaks it apart with a kick as Ace leaves.
Cole says that the Punk-Bryan match is NEXT as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Cole hypes up that tomorrow on IGN.com, the WWE 13 trailer will be revealed along with some features before our next match.
WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Numerous "YES" chants as the bell sounds. Lock-up and Bryan with a side headlock. Irish whip by Punk, but Bryan with a shoulder tackle. Punk comes back with a hiptoss, followed by an armdrag into an armbar. "CM Punk" chants start as Punk with a wristlock. Bryan gets out and takes Punk over into his own armbar. Bryan pulls at the wrist, then stomps on the elbow. Bryan goes back to the armbar as the crowd wills on Punk. Punk gets out, then catches Bryan with an inverted atomic drop, followed by a series of kneedrops for a 1 count. Punk goes to a body scissors as Bryan tries to break free. Punk then switches into a Bow & Arrow. Bryan gets out and gains a 1 count. Bryan with a Jackknife pin for a nearfall. Punk then bridges out and goes for a backslide. Bryan counters, but then Punk with a backbreaker for a nearfall. Punk with a gourdbuster sending Bryan across the ropes. Punk goes after Bryan again, but Bryan pulls at the arm. Bryan heads up top and hits a flying knee to Punk's arm. Bryan sends Punk to the outside, then does a "YES". Bryan goes to charge, but Punk moves out of the way. Punk then hits a springboard turnaround crossbody on Bryan as we see A.J. make her way to the ring, wearing a Punk T-Shirt.
Punk sends Bryan back into the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Punk stomps away at Bryan in the corner as A.J. looks on. We see that during the commercial break, Bryan hit Punk with his running knee off the apron. Back to live action as Bryan does his backflip, but Punk nails him with a kick. Punk goes for another crossbody, but Bryan moves out of the way.
Bryan then hits Punk with a running dropkick to the arm. Bryan then locks in a unique arm submission as the crowd wills on Punk. Punk breaks free, but Bryan pulls at the arm again. Bryan charges and connects with another running dropkick for a nearfall. Bryan measures Punk, but Punk fights back. Bryan then goes back to the arm with an arm lock. Bryan then with a Northern Lights suplex for another nearfall. Bryan goes back to the armbar as the crowd again tries to will on Punk. Punk goes to break free, but again Bryan pulls at the arm. Bryan goes off the ropes, but Punk nails him with a kitchen sink.
Punk with a series of kicks, followed by a leg lariat. Punk then with a back elbow, followed by a swinging neckbreaker for a nearfall. Punk charges and connects with the running knee, then goes for the bulldog, but Bryan breaks free. Bryan goes for a kick, but Punk with a roll-up for a nearfall. Punk then goes out to the apron and hits his springboard clothesline for another nearfall. Punk positions Bryan, then heads up top. Punk calls for the Macho Elbow, but Bryan gets up and crotches Punk on the ropes. Bryan goes up with him and then connects with a Top Rope Superplex for a close nearfall. A.J. gets up on the apron as Bryan removes the turnbuckle pad. Bryan then turns around into a big Punk roundhouse kick for a nearfall.
Punk has words with A.J, then charges, but Bryan sends him facefirst into the exposed turnbuckle for the victory.
Winner: Daniel Bryan by pinfall (Exposed Turnbuckle)
After the match, Kane comes in and nails Bryan twice in the ribs with a steel chair. Kane then chokeslams Bryan on the steel chair. A.J. then tosses Punk a chair and Punk unloads on Kane with numerous steel chair shots, sending Kane to the outside. A.J. has a smile on her face on the outside as Punk stands tall in the ring.
Punk & A.J. share a look while Cole hypes up the Big Show-Brodus Clay match for later tonight as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we get a shot of the Mississippi River in New Orleans before our next match.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian vs. The Miz
Cody Rhodes joins Cole & Lawler on commentary for this match. Christian claps to get the fans into the match. Miz with a side headlock, but Christian with a shoulder tackle. Christian then goes for his 2nd rope Sunset flip, but Miz with a kick for a nearfall. Miz with left hands in the corner, then charges and connects with his through the ropes clothesline. Miz goes up top and connects with a double sledge for a nearfall. Miz locks in a chinlock as the crowd wills on Christian. Christian breaks free, but then Miz hits the Reality Check for another nearfall. Miz drops down on Christian's back with his body weight, then goes back to the chinlock. Christian gets up, but Miz places him on the top turnbuckle. Christian breaks free, then hits a missile dropkick for a nearfall. Christian with an uppercut, followed by the diving reverse DDT. Christian charges and goes for a spear, but runs into a Miz big boot for a nearfall. Miz with some more left hands, but Christian gets his boots up. Christian with a flying back elbow off the 2nd rope, but then Rhodes distracts Christian and that allows Miz to try and go for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Christian counters it. Christian goes for the Killswitch, but Miz counters that. Miz charges, but Christian moves out of the way.
Christian then hits the KillSwitch, followed by the Top Rope Frog Splash for the victory.
Winner: Christian by pinfall (Top Rope Frog Splash)
Rhodes & Christian have a staredown as we go to the back.
Backstage, Johnny Ace is with Eve & David Otunga. Eve wants Teddy Long to get her coffee as Ace says he is disappointed with both of them. Ace is disappointed that Otunga lasted in less time than he did in John Cena's STF. And he is disappointed in Eve for not getting Sheamus to apologize on Smackdown last week. Otunga says he wants a match with Sheamus tonight and Ace grants him it. Teddy comes back with the coffee, but Eve spits it out at him, saying its cold.
Long said it is supposed to be cold because its iced coffee as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as the Miz is still in the ring, after losing to Christian.
Miz says he wants that match stricken from the record books because it wasn't for the title. Miz says he scored the pinfall for Team Johnny at Wrestlemania, but what have I gotten since then? Nothing. Miz is then interrupted by Randy Orton, who makes his way down to the ring. Miz continues to talk, but Orton drills him with the RKO. Orton poses for the crowd as we see Dolph Ziggler & Vickie Guerrero backstage. Dolph says he wants to be out of a tag team and Vickie says she will see what see can do as Orton continues to pose.
Lawler hypes again the Brodus-Big Show match for later on tonight.
Then, we see Sheamus walking backstage as he will face David Otunga NEXT.
Cole & Lawler bring up Memorial Day and then take us to pre-recorded comments from John Cena about what Memorial Day means to him before we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we hear that this Friday on Smackdown, CM Punk will defend the WWE Title against Kane before our next match.
David "A List" Otunga vs. WWE World Hevayweight Champion "The Great White" Sheamus
Otunga with a series of right hands, but Sheamus comes back with a series of clubs. Sheamus then with a clothesline. Sheamus tries to go after Otunga on the apron, but Otunga hotshots him. Otunga then with a clothesline for a 1 count. Otunga with a Dragon Sleeper, followed by a series of clubs to the chest. Otunga then with a basement shoulder tackle for a nearfall. Otunga with a series of knees to the gut, then taunts the crowd. Sheamus then comes back with a clothesline, followed by the 10 clubs to the chest on the apron. Sheamus then lifts up Otunga and hits the White Noise.
Sheamus fires himself up by pounding his chest, saying "Brogue" each time, then charges and drills Otunga with the Brogue Kick for the victory.
Winner: WWE World Heavyweight Champion "The Great White" Sheamus by pinfall (Brogue Kick)
We see Brodus Clay with the Funkadacyls as they make their way to the ring because the main event is NEXT!
Back from commercial, we see the same video that opened tonight's show before our main event.
"The Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay w/Cameron & Naomi vs. "The World's Largest Athlete" The Big Show
Big Show as a mic before the match and says that he is a fan of Brodus. He says he thought he was a goof when he faced Akebono, but its not as embarrassing as what you do. Brodus leaves as Show says he should get makeup and dress up like Doink, but the difference is, Doink had talent. Show then charges Brodus and drills him with a Spear.
Show with an overhand chop to Brodus by the barricade, but then Brodus fights back. However, Show then whips Brodus into the ringpost. Show sends Brodus backfirst into the ringpost, then stomps him as the crowd loudly boos Show. Show then removes the table parts as Kofi Kingston & R-Truth come out to help, but then Show sends Kingston into Truth and both are down. Show then stomps down the table, breaking it and takes a piece from it. Show then nails Brodus across the back with the table piece multiple times as the crowd chants "Cena". Show then gets Truth and nails him with a knee to the gut before throwing him down. Kingston now tries to come in, but Show goozles him. Show then sends Kingston hard into the timekeeper's table. Show now has Truth and whips him hard into the steel steps. Show then drills Brodus with the WMD punch.
The ringside area is a sea of carnage as Kingston, Truth & Brodus are all down & out at ringside while Show stands tall. We then see a replay of what transpired. Big Show walks up the ramp and surveys his carnage while looking at a Big Show is a Sell-Out" sign.
On the rampway, Johnny Ace comes out and raises Big Show's hand as we go to credits.
The reason Don West gave notice and is departing TNA is that he was offered and accepted a position working as the General Manager of the Wenatchee Wild hockey team in Wenatchee, Washington.
West will be heavily involved in all aspects of the team and was offered a great deal that he just could not have reasonably turned down, according to TNA sources. There is not heat on West for leaving and the relationship is ending with everyone on good terms.
Don West is expected to finish up with TNA this month.
Numerous sources within TNA are confirming that Don West, who has been with the company from day one as an announcer before moving on to head TNA's Merchandise end during the summer of 2009, has given TNA notice that will be finishing shortly with the company.
West, who had no previous experience working in the business, was brought in as an announcer for the company when they launched in June 2002. He and Mike Tenay soon became the company's announcing team, although West was also used at times as The Amazing Red's manager, which was a role he was very good at.
In August 2011, West was replaced by Taz as an announcer for the promotion, West was given a promotion behind the scenes and took over TNA's Merchandise end. West immediately went on the road full-time handling the company's autograph signings and doing "Don West Deals" live at the shows. West would trumpet special deals from inside the ring and the merchandise table, sort of a pied piper for selling shirts and DVDs, doing an amazing job at getting the company's merch sales up.
West, who first gained fame for Shop at Home, was famous for his unique and zany sales pitches, which at one point was parodied by Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live. West regularly created those pitches online via the ShopTNA.com websites. A number of people within TNA have noted that it's going to be "near impossible" to replace West's skills in the merchandise aspect of the company.
Going forward, West will be focusing on his website WildWestDeals.com.
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