Tuesday, July 31, 2012

WWE Backstage Fallout (July 30, 2012)

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Big Show vs. John Cena (July 30, 2012)

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HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT Regarding This Week's Smackdown

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Tensai vs. Tyson Kidd (July 30, 2012)

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Chris Jericho & Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler & The Miz (July 30, 2012)

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Randy Orton vs. Heath Slater (July 30, 2012)

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Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus (STREET FIGHT) [July 30, 2012]

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CM Punk, Big Show, John Cena Promo From Raw (July 30, 2012)

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Alberto Del Rio vs. Santino Marella (July 30, 2012)

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Kurt Angle Talks About Not Being In The Olympics

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Footage Of The Fire Before Raw

HUGE NEWS Regarding John Laurinaitis

The following is from WWE.com:

Effective immediately, John Laurinaitis is resigning from his position as Senior Vice President of Talent Operations. Following his very public firing at June’s No Way Out, Laurinaitis continued to work behind-the-scenes in his corporate role. After eight years of service in talent relations, he’s “burned out” and now hopes to concentrate on what he knows best: putting together matches and working with WWE talent as a producer.

WWE Issues Apology For A.W. Comment From Raw

The following is from TMZ.com:

The WWE has issued an full apology after an on-air personality joked that one of the wrestlers was "like Kobe Bryant at a hotel room in Colorado ... he's unstoppable."

It all went down during a live broadcast of "Monday Night Raw" ... when a manager named Abraham Washington -- who was wearing a live mic -- was ringside for a match involving a wrestler named Titus O'Neil ... and during the action, A.W. let the Kobe crack fly.

The comment is an obvious reference to Kobe's 2003 sexual assault case -- when he was accused of raping a woman in his hotel room in Eagle, Colorado. The accuser eventually reached a settlement with Kobe and dropped her case.

A rep for the WWE has issued a statement to TMZ ... telling us, "A.W. made an inappropriate comment and WWE immediately apologized."

The rep adds, "WWE has taken appropriate action in the matter." It's unclear what kind of "action" the org. has decided to take.

Sources tell us A.W. "felt horrible" after he made the comment ... claimed he simply "got caught up in the moment" ... and realizes the comment could be hurtful to rape victims and their families.

A.W. immediately apologized to WWE honchos, including the McMahon family, and several wrestlers ... and has also vowed to refrain from making similar comments in the future.


10:20 PM PT -- Washington has issued an apology on Twitter ... calling his comments "inappropriate and insensitive."

He adds, "I went too far with that joke."

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Kevin Nash Shoot Interview (FULL 44 MINUTES!)

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NBC Does HILARIOUS Interview With Iron Sheik

The following is from NBC.com:

Iron Sheik talks Team USA wrestling

By: Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics

Someone at NBC (not us) thought it was a great idea to interview Worldwide Wrestling's Iron Sheik because he was a trainer for the 1972 U.S. team. After painstakingly turning whatever he said into readable English, then editing out a few awful, dehumanizing things, we bring you our heavily edited conversation with Sheikie, made possible by manager Page Magen.

Come up with a signature move and name Jordan Burroughs could use in London.
"The Jordan.” Not like the Michael Jordan but he still the Real American. He can break the pinkie finger like Sheikie. He break people back with his pinkie. Because he a big strong [expletive] for America. I be happy. His name could be “the Real” and his finisher be “the Humble.” Give me a hell yeah!

How do you feel about the "Flying Squirrel" nickname Ellis Coleman gave himself?
Flying squirrel remind me of Ultimate Warrior because he a little rat when he jump in ring like that idiot Jose Canseco or Mel Gibson. I would never respect the squirrel because the squirrel have no [expletive].

Wow, aggressive. Could the Iron Sheik beat any of the current wrestlers on Team USA?
In my day I beat living [expletive] out of all Olympian who challenge the legend. I put them in a camel clutch, break they back [two or three expletives], and make them humble. But now I am not in same shape as before so I don’t [expletive] with them.

How would the Olympics benefit from adding ropes around the mat?
The rope protect you and you cannot run away like little [expletive] in ring like Jose Canseco.

How would Hulk Hogan do against the current Olympic team?
Hulk Hogan don’t last long like because [a few expletives] he not a real man like the Sheiky baby. He get beat bad like [wow... not printing that] and never make it to Olympics. Only for the Olympics for being [or that]. [editors note: He definitely hates Hogan.]

Are you ready for a comeback?
I know if I training I can beat the [expletive] out of anybody who [expletive] with me. I am the real legend not like the jabroni the Tom Cruise.

How do you feel about the American wrestling team this year?
They all workers but need to pay their due to
be legend like Iron Sheik. Buy my [expletive] shirt!! USA #1!

Read more of the Sheik's insane rants on his Twitter. Parental guidance strongly suggested.

Cody Rhodes Disrespects An Entire City

WWE Are You Serious: #26

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: WWE Superstar Undergoes Emergency Brain Surgery

The following is from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Wrestling star Great Khali has tumor removed at UPMC

By Tony LaRussa

International wrestling star Dalip Singh, who goes by the ring name The Great Khali, successfully underwent surgery at UPMC Presbyterian to remove a tumor from his pituitary gland, according to hospital officials.

Singh, 39, made his debut with World Wrestling Entertainment in 2006 and became the World Heavyweight Champion in 2007.

The tumor removed during a four-hour procedure on Wednesday led to the growth spurt that caused Singh to achieve a height of 7 feet, 1 inch and a weight of 347 pounds, according to UPMC neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon, who led the surgical team.

Maroon said Thursday the tumor causes a condition called acromegaly, which can be fatal if left untreated.

The wrestler Andre the Giant, who was 7-feet 4-inches tall and weighed nearly 500 pounds, was afflicted by the same condition. He died in 1993 of congestive heart failure at 46.

Maroon, who has been team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1977 and was named medical director of Stamford, Conn.- based WWE in 2008, expects Singh to recover fully within two to three months.

In addition to his wrestling career, Singh, who is a native of Punjabi, India, has appeared in the feature films “The Longest Yard,” “Get Smart” and “MacGruber.”

BREAKING NEWS: Trailer For WWE '13 Video Game

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HUGE Update Regarding Tonight's TNA Impact

The following is from the official Twitter account of Dixie Carter:

"Wrestlers vying for an X-Div title shot tonight: Dakota Darsow, Kenny King, Sonjay Dutt & Rashad Cameron. Who do you want to see face Zema?"

WWE Superstars: July 25, 2012

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Newsday Prints Article About Legendary Wrestling Superstar

The following is from Newsday.com:

Tommy Dreamer wrestling on Long Island

By JOSH STEWART josh.stewart@newsday.com

Tommy Dreamer donned a suit last week to take some pictures for a friend, who will use the likeness of him all dolled up for a villain character in a comic book. “My body and suits don’t get along well,” Dreamer jokes over the phone.

The suit, according to Dreamer, is one of the few things in his life today that doesn’t fit. Now 41, the Connecticut resident spends his days doing, well, whatever pleases him. It could be shooting scenes for the sci-fi flick Sensory Perception, which comes out next year. It could be helping friends do construction work. And he figures he’s only had about two weekends since he left WWE that hasn’t involved him being inside the squared circle -- continuing the career he started at 18 that earned him the title “The Innovator of Violence.”

These days, Dreamer seems just plain innovative.

“It’s pretty funny, I consider myself semi-retired, but I work more than ever,” says Dreamer, who will compete at Carle Place High School during the Family Wrestling Entertainment promotion’s debut Long Island show Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in a four-way elimination FWE Title bout with Brian Kendrick, Carlito and Jay Lethal. “I didn’t want to find a second career, but sometimes I don’t know what to do with myself.”

The key, says Dreamer, is that he’s been able to create a life that allows him to spend more time with wife Trisa (aka ECW legend Beulah McGillicutty) and twin daughters Kimberly and Brianna, who shared some of their dad’s fame during his WWE finale match against Long Island's own Zack Ryder on the now-defunct ECW show in 2009. His walk up the ramp with the girls was memorable. But, Dreamer says, sharing memories with them all the time is even better.

“I used to want a life where I could go out and live like a rock star,” he says. “Then you get to the point where you’re in hotel room crying looking at their pictures in your wallet.”

But passion for the ring still burns in Dreamer, who considers one of his matches against Lethal to be among the top 20 in his career. His opponents Saturday are significant -- all are considered top talents who never reached the pinnacle of the sport, with politics largely referred to as factoring into the reason.

Politics seem to be at the center of the reason Dreamer is going into promoting himself. His “House of Hardcore” promotion will debut at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 6.
In the press release announcing the company’s formation, Dreamer ironically railed against the politics of the business while also praising figures like Vince McMahon -- who Dreamer considers his top influence other than his father -- and Dixie Carter.

“There’s politics in everything, I get it,” Dreamer says. “But wrestling is unlike baseball, football. In those sports, you can be outspoken against a team, but if you score a touchdown, you’re fine. They might trade you, but you’ll still get the most out of it. Look at Dwight Howard, the guy can back up what he says. In wrestling, that’s not the case.

“Wrestling is live theater, it’s a movie, there’s casting,” Dreamer continues. “‘I like this guy because he’s tall, or he’s muscular.’ I like people because they’re talented.”

Dreamer says the promotion is basically going to be a wrestling school run out of the building, and that there may only one show depending on how it goes. But he’s bringing some big names to the event, including Rhino, The Sandman and Chris Mordetsky (Chris Masters).

“I do have an idea, I have a great network of people, people who are working for me for free right now,” Dreamer says. “My goal with anything is to work really hard and have good people around me and everyone reaps the rewards of the hard work. I want everyone to earn it, that’s the greatest satisfaction.”

Despite the promotion's name, he wants people to focus less about the blood and guts of ECW’s past, and more on its spirit.

"This isn’t an ECW revival, this isn’t reliving past glory," Dreamer said. This is creating new memories. For right now, it is one show, and I am going to be proud to my name on it.”

Ring of Honor TV: Episode #42

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TNA Today: July 25, 2012

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

TNA Before The Bell: Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode

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WWE Diva Confirms Her Release

According to her official Twitter page, Kharma has officially been released from the WWE. Lots of WWE fans have expressed incredible disappointment at the blown opportunity.

Others cite Ryback's inability to get over with fans because of squash match after squash match, saying Kharma would only be doing the same thing.

Kharma, however, also stated to her Twitter fans that this does not mean she is done with WWE forever.

Trailer For Brand New WWE Film Entitled "The Day"

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WWE Inbox: #26

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Miz vs. Christian (Intercontinental Title Match) (1000th Raw)

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Heath Slater vs. Lita (1000th Raw)

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Triple H/Paul Heyman Confrontation, Stephanie McMahon/Brock Lesnar Return

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The Rock Delivers A Huge, Shocking Announcement

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Vince McMahon Announces New Raw General Manager

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Shawn Michaels Silences Damien Sandow

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Full D-Generation X Reunion From 1000th Raw

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Sheamus, Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Del Rio, Ziggler & Jericho (1000th Raw)

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WWE Backstage Fallout For 1000th Raw (July 23, 2012)

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The REAL Reason Stone Cold Steve Austin Missed The 1000th Raw

The following is directly from Stone Cold Steve Austin himself from his website, BrokenSkullRanch.com:

The reason I did not attend RAW 1,000 was because I underwent a major knee surgery on my left knee on July 2, 2012. Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA performed the surgery.

The surgery was a complete success. I am currently three weeks post op. I began physical therapy a few days ago. I had a world class surgeon and a great medical team working on me. I am now working with a top notch PT team. I am still on crutches and will probably lose the crutches in another week. Then I will be in a custom knee brace much like the braces I wore in the ring for 9-12 weeks.

STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN IS A 100% ASS KICKING MACHINE. There was no way I was going to limp down the ramp on crutches for RAW 1,000. It was time to get my knee fixed. The decision to no-show RAW 1,000 was made by me and no one else. I have always taken pride in making my shots and have never faked an injury or illness. Pro Wrestling is a tough game and it was time to pay the piper for some of the damage I incurred in the ring. No gripes. No complaints.

New Age Outlaws Backstage At 1000th Raw

Brodus Clay Has A Message For CM Punk

Zack Ryder Issues Challenge To Current Champion

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sherrie Shepherd Loves A WWE Superstar

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Latest on WWE/Charlie Sheen Deal

As it appears as of right now, it looks as if the Charlie Sheen deal with WWE might have fallen through. If you attempt to go to Charlie's Twitter page, it is not even active anymore, making it impossible for Sheen to tweet even if he changed his mind.

There is a chance that the WWE could use him in a different capacity, but we have heard nothing of the sort. We will keep you posted if anything changes.

UPDATE: It appears as though a deal has been struck and Charlie Sheen will be using Skype instead of Twitter.

A Very Special Message From Vince McMahon

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ESPN Talks With The Legendary Jim Ross

The following is from ESPN.com:

Jim Ross talks about WWE's 1,000th 'Raw'
July, 23, 2012
JUL 23
1:00 PM ET
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com

Tonight, WWE will broadcast its historic 1,000th episode of "Monday Night Raw" -- the longest running weekly TV show in history -- as it moves to a three-hour format with an 8 p.m. start time on USA Network.
The main event is John Cena versus WWE champion CM Punk with the undercard including the return of Brock Lesnar, the wedding of Daniel Bryan and AJ and a host of legends -- Triple H, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and Bret Hart -- returning.

"I was planning on going no matter what, but to be invited and be part of the show is something special," said Ross, who was a ringside TV broadcaster for the WWE for more than 20 years. "For everyone involved, it's a celebration of hours of hard work, thousands of miles traveled and sacrificing family time to put on a show every week for this long."

Ross, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007, isn't sure what his role will be, but he said the best part will be before the show.

"It's going to be a like a homecoming for me. I couldn't miss this. I want to see how everyone's family is doing. It's a look back and a new beginning," Ross said. "If I had the pick of a litter, I'd hope it would be to call a match. That's what I love doing. But I'm like a baseball player at the All-Star Game. When the manager makes out the lineup card, I just want to get into the game."

Wrestling fans still call for Ross to return to full-time announcing, but he is enjoying his life in Oklahoma, rooting on his Sooners and working on his family barbecue sauce business. He still helps scout, recruit and develop talent for the WWE and isn't even thinking about leaving.

"This organization has been a big part of my life. This show has a lot more meaning that people will ever perceive. My father died while I was working on the show. My mother died while I was working on the show," Ross said. "When am I going to retire? When they write my eulogy."

BREAKING NEWS: Brand New Raw Logo

The following is the brand new WWE Raw logo set to debut tonight:

Dolph Ziggler Talks About Wrestlemania 29

The following is courtesy of The Trentonian out of Trenton, New Jersey:

WWE’s Dolph Ziggler set to make a mark on 1,000th Raw
For The Trentonian

Dolph Ziggler beat seven other guys up a ladder to retrieve a suitcase suspended above the ring at the Money in the Bank WWE event July 15. The suitcase contained a World Heavyweight Championship match contract which can be cashed in at any time, and usually is when the reigning champion is most vulnerable.

While Ziggler is holding on to his suitcase and waiting for the perfect time to cash it in, the other Money in the Bank winner, John Cena, announced he would cash in his contract for a WWE Championship match at the 1,000th episode of Raw Monday night.

“I think John Cena is a moron,” Vickie Guerrero, Ziggler’s manager, said. “Nobody tells somebody they’re going to cash in the Money in the Bank.” While Ziggler does not know when he’ll cash his in yet, he thinks knowing Cena will do it during this huge show, which includes legends like D-Generation X, Brock Lesnar, The Rock and Mick Foley, makes more people want to see what happens.

“It’s going to be huge, it’s going to be monumental,” Ziggler said.

Ziggler, a self-proclaimed show-off, does not rule out one-upping Cena and taking advantage of an opportunity to win his first World Heavyweight Championship. (He does not include his first title reign because he was awarded the title and did not win it. In fact, he lost the title in a match less than 12 minutes after the title was handed to him.) “I think it’s even more of a surprise (if I also) cash it in next week,” Ziggler said.

The 1,000th episode also features a wedding, something that Guerrero knows from experience doesn’t always go as planned in the WWE. AJ, a Diva who has been indecisive over which Superstar she loves and has made many enemies including Guerrero, is marrying Daniel Bryan in the ring Monday night. “I feel very sorry for her,” Guerrero said. “I think her wedding is going to be a flop.”

Guerrero also doesn’t have many friends in the Divas’ locker room, but she hopes to have a regular supporter soon. Her oldest daughter, Shaul, is in WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling and has started performing at house shows for Raw and Smackdown.

When she makes the main roster, the duo will be the first mother-daughter team in the WWE, and Shaul will be the newest third generation wrestler to make it. Her father was Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero, and she has his walk, his smirk and his talent in the ring.

“I look at her and it’s frightening because she looks just like Eddie,” Guerrero said. “I’m a proud mom.”

She thinks Eddie, who died of heart failure in 2005, would be proud of both of them.

Although she has had many memorable moments on Raw, Guerrero’s favorite moment will be when her daughter debuts, which appears to be coming very soon. “When she debuts, everyone will know it,” she said.

It’s unknown if Guerrero will manage her daughter’s career, but through her experiences with Hall of Famer Edge and now Ziggler, she has become one of the top managers in WWE history. Because he was more experienced in the business, Edge actually taught her a lot about performing for the audience and helped her gain the knowledge she needed to assist Ziggler in quick rise to the top over the past year. Ziggler also claims Edge as a mentor who helped him improve as a wrestler.

Ladder matches, like the Money in the Bank match Ziggler won, was one of Edge’s strengths. Even though Ziggler was in a car accident two days before the match, he not only competed and won, but was active throughout what is always a brutal match.

“I’m pretty good at getting through injury,” Ziggler said. “I pride myself on making the biggest impact and putting my body on the line... I was lucky enough to grab it.” Although, as Guerrero pointed out, “this opens up more doors for him,” Ziggler wants to respect his plans to face Zack Ryder, who rose to fame over the past year through his YouTube show, “Z! True Long Island Story,” at WrestleMania 29 in New Jersey.

“If I’m World Champion, I’d rather be in the ring with Zack because he worked hard to be there,” Ziggler said.

When he wins the World Heavyweight Championship, Ziggler won’t be satisfied. He wants to be remembered 1,000 Raws from now as the “greatest sports entertainer” - someone who was successful in all facets of sports entertainment from work in the ring to social media to even movie roles.

“I want to be the best,” he said.

Ziggler was 12 years old when Raw first went on the air, and, since he was a wrestling fan from the time he was a 5-year-old, he loved watching Raw every Monday night. His favorite show was the Aug. 9, 1999 episode when Chris Jericho made his WWE debut interrupting The Rock. He had watched Jericho’s career on WCW and wanted the mystery millennium man to be this favorite wrestler of his.

“I was hoping it was Chris Jericho,” Ziggler recalled. And, when it was revealed to be him, “I remember jumping out of my seat.” On last week’s Raw, he caught the attention of his childhood hero, and Ziggler told him the truth about how Jericho’s latest return has basically been a failure. “For once, someone was witty enough, quick enough to shut Jericho up,” Ziggler said.

To the 12-year-olds watching him and hoping to be on the 2,000th episode of Raw, Ziggler has one piece of advice:

“Whatever you do, strive to be the best,” Ziggler said.

The 1,000th episode of Raw will air Monday night on USA at the new start time of 8 p.m. The three-hour show is scheduled to open with D-Generation X.

Huge Announcement Regarding WWE Extreme Rules 2013

According to Ticketmaster.com, it now appears that next year's edition of WWE Extreme Rules will be held in St. Louis, Missouri!

 If you will be in that area on May 19, 2013, go to Ticketmaster by clicking this link right now!

Jerry Lawler Gives Some Insider Details About Tonight's RAW

The following is courtesy of The Baltimore Sun:

Q&A with WWE announcer Jerry 'The King' Lawler 

July 22, 2012|By Adam Testa

Contemporary wrestling fans know Jerry “The King” Lawler as the voice of the WWE.

But those who have followed Lawler’s career through the past four decades have witnessed the evolution of a true journeyman and icon of the professional wrestling industry.

Whether competing in the ring, promoting a wrestling show, battling celebrities or calling the action from behind the announce table, Lawler has left an undeniable mark on the business, even transcending the boundaries of wrestling and becoming a pop culture icon with a little help from one Andy Kaufman.

Through his career, “The King” has amassed his fair share of treasure, holding nearly 170 championships in companies of yesteryear and today. But though he has already crafted a legacy for the ages, the 62-year-old wrestling monarch isn’t prepared to slow down yet.

As WWE’s flagship program, Monday Night Raw, prepares for its historic 1,000th episode this coming Monday, Lawler took time to talk with Ring Posts’ Adam Testa about his tenure in WWE, past, present and future. Here is what he had to say:
What should fans expect from this show?

When you talk about 1,000 episodes, that’s just such a historic milestone. No other weekly episodic television show in the history of television has ever done this many episodes. That alone lets you know that this milestone has to be very, very special, and believe me, the WWE is going to pull out all the stops.

At last count there are almost 30 superstars from these past 1,000 episodes that are going to be coming back and joining us for the 1,000th show. Even WWE.com apparently leaked some information about a guest commentator on the show that night, as well. How could you do a 1,000th episode without having good ol’ J.R., who was my broadcast partner for so many years, come back and call a couple matches. So I’m hoping that’s who that’s going to be.

There’s just going to be some many things that take place Monday night. There’s no telling who all is going to be there and what all is going to happen. It’s just going to be a huge celebration of this big milestone.

What part of the show are you most looking forward to yourself?

I love seeing these superstars come back to the show. The past few weeks, we’ve had appearances by Vader, Diamond Dallas Page, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper brought Cyndi Lauper back, Doink the Clown, Bob Backlund, Psycho Sid.

I love seeing these guys that were huge stars and part of the 1,000 episodes of Monday Night Raw come back and the fan reaction. The fans love to see these names and faces from the past that have provided so many memorable moments and that have provided so many great memories for the fans.

The common link between all the legends who have come back has been Heath Slater, who eliminated you in a tag team match during the Nexus invasion. Might we see you seek revenge?

That’s our catchphrase on Monday Night Raw — “Absolutely anything can happen.” I always have my gear. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shown up on a Monday night and maybe an hour before we’ve gone live on the air, someone comes up to me and says, “Hey King, did you bring your gear? We’re thinking of putting you in a match tonight.” I always have it; I’m ready; I’m always excited and happy to get in there.

I would love to square off with Heath Slater. He’s the guy that personifies the saying “youth is wasted on the young.” He’s a guy who doesn’t have a clue and doesn’t have any respect for people who laid the groundwork for him to get the worldwide exposure he’s getting right now. So it’s really exciting for me to see these guys give a young punk like him a little bit of a comeuppance.

And I would love to get in that long line and show him why for the past 40-plus years they’ve been calling me the king. You never can tell; that might take place, who knows. That would be fun, though.

Through the years, you’ve worked with a number of different commentary partners. What has it been like working with such a cast of characters?

I first started as a color commentator when I took the place of “Macho Man” Randy Savage when he jumped ship during the Monday Night Wars. He was doing the commentary with Vince McMahon at the time. I’ve got to tell you; I really, really enjoyed calling the matches with Vince McMahon.

He was so much fun to work with. He never really came out and said it, but he was the perfect foil for me. This was before he was the overbearing CEO of the WWE. I got to make so much fun of him. He even perpetuated the myth that he wore a toupee. Every week, I would say something about his toupee — which of course he didn’t have; he always had a healthy head of hair. I would make fun of him in all sorts of ways and he was so gracious and went along with it. I really enjoyed working with him.

Then, of course, it switched to me and good ol’ J.R. for years and years and years. Man, I don’t know if there’s ever been or will ever be anyone who’s as good at wrestling play-by-play as good ol’ J.R. Nobody who’s going to be more prepared, nobody that’s going to know any more, know all the facts, know all the history, know all the statistics.

That’s just J.R.; he was perfect. He made my job so easy in the fact that I just had to show up and off the cuff come up with a few hopefully witty remarks. J.R. did all the groundwork; he did all the real hard work on the team.

Now, of course, I’m working with Michael Cole, and he’s a different kind of character. He’s sort of taken the place of what I was years ago when I worked alongside J.R. He’s the devil’s advocate, so to speak. He’s not out there trying to win any popularity contests with the fans. He tells it like it is in his view.

He’s easy to work with, and one thing that I can do with Cole that I never would have done with good ol’ J.R. is if Cole gets too out of line and too annoying, I can just look over and just say, “Shut up, you idiot.” And so it’s not too bad working with Michael Cole.

What are your thoughts on your rivalry with Cole?

It’s had its definite ups and downs. He started this thing off with some disparaging remarks about my mom right after she passed away. That was kind of tough to swallow and tough to live with, but by the same token, that led into something that may be my crowning achievement as long as I’ve been in the WWE. That led into my first ever WrestleMania match.

I’d called a lot of WrestleManias but never actually wrestled or performed on a WrestleMania until I got to have the match with Michael Cole the year before last. That was my biggest financial payday that I’ve ever made in the 42 years of my wrestling career.

That was very gratifying, so it’s hard for me to say too many bad things about Michael Cole because so much good for me personally has come out of that rivalry.

In 2001, there was a short time when you left the company for a little while, and when you returned that November, it was with a warm welcome from the crowd. What was that night like for you?

That had to be my own personal favorite moment in the history of all of those 1,000 episodes we’ve done.

I quit the WWE for a period of time, and I thought during that period of time that I would never be back. I thought that was it, I’ve had my little run there, everything was great but it’s over.

Then, I got a call to work out all our differences. Paul Heyman had been assigned to take my place on commentary. That night, I got to make what I call my triumphant return to the announce table and to literally see them drag Paul Heyman kicking and screaming away from that commentary table — and we literally passed on the ramp and he’s clawing and scratching and trying to get at me — I just can’t help but do anything but laugh.

That to me was my favorite moment, to go back there and be reunited with good ol’ J.R. and all of the WWE Universe and all of the fans and to be back on the show that I’ve been back on every single Monday night since then.

The landscape of WWE has changed since that time, which obviously affects commentary. What has that adjustment been like for you through the years?

It wasn’t really a major adjustment; it was just something you knew was expected of you, so you did it.

Back during the Attitude Era, we really, really pushed the envelope, and it worked. We got the attention of the demographic we were looking for, and that was the college-aged students. I went back just a few weeks ago and was watching one of DVDs from that particular time and I just said to myself, “Oh my gosh, how on earth did we get away with that?”

Some of the things we did and said were literally shocking, but that’s what it was intended to do. We shocked the world into watching every single week, and we got them coming back every week by saying, “How much further can they go? What are they going to do next week? How do they top what they did last week?”

Everything changes. In the WWE, we kind of mirror society. We became such a big company – suddenly we’re on the New York Stock Exchange being publicly traded – and when you’re that big of a company, you’re going to go after major advertisers. And, to be quite honest, there are a lot of major advertisers who would not risk being a show that was as edgy and over the top as Raw was during that Attitude Era.

So we just reigned it in a little bit and we became a very family-oriented entertainment product and then that suddenly was appealing to all these advertisers you see on our show now.

I think we did it seamlessly. I do hear people sometimes say, “Man, I miss the Attitude Era” or something, but I think the transition was so smooth that Raw still to me seems to me edgy. There are still things that push the envelope, but by the same token, we’re always cognizant of the fact that we are now full-family entertainment and we keep that in mind every single week we go out there and do a show.

Of all the advertisers in the history of Raw, none may be more iconic than Skittles. What are your thoughts on those reads that you and J.R. used to do?

They were always fun, but I thought that since J.R. and I almost became synonymous with those reads that the Skittles people would have at least sent a few boxes of Skittles our way. I can honestly say that Just For Men did send me a box of hair color, because just up until we started doing Just For Men commercials, when you talked about “50 Shades of Gray” it wasn’t a book, it was my head.

So we got some product from that sponsor, but Skittles never came through. They never gave us any candy. I was always really disappointed about that. Any time I read an on-camera or on-air commercial, I should get some free product, I would think.

In 2007, you were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. How did it feel to have that honor bestowed upon you?

I’ll never forget earlier in that year when Vince McMahon came to me, called me aside one day and said, “King, we’re going to induct you into the Hall of Fame this year,” and I went, “No!” He went, “What?” and I said, “I don’t want to,” and he said, “What do you mean you do want to?”

I had always associated hall of fames with baseball or football, and you didn’t get inducted until years after your playing career was over. I was just associating the WWE Hall of Fame with that. He said, “Why would you not want it?” I said, “I’m not through wrestling; I still want to go out and compete and perform.” He said, “This doesn’t mean that your career is over by any means; we just want to recognize what you’ve done up to this point, not only wrestling but commentating, as well.”

When he explained it to me in that respect, then of course it was a tremendous honor, and to have a major motion picture and entertainment star like William Shatner come to Detroit, Mich., to induct me into the Hall of Fame was an awesome night.

I was so excited. It is such an honor; it’s an elite few who are in the WWE Hall of Fame, to be included in that, I don’t know what to say other than it’s probably the best honor I’ve had in my entire career.

Is it hard to balance your WWE schedule with still working independent wrestling shows?

Not at all. I don’t like to make a major issue out of this because I try to stay under the radar and not make waves, but I probably have the best gig in the WWE. I literally have a one-day-a-week gig. It’s going to be a three-hour-a-week job to go out and do Monday Night Raw and then one weekend a month to do the pay-per-view. That’s the extent of my job with WWE.

I still enjoy climbing in the ring and doing it as much as I did when I started 42 years ago. I still do it fairly regularly. If I’m not wrestling at a WWE live event, I’m going out and doing independent shows on weekends. I still average wrestling – climbing into the ring and wrestling – about two times a week. I still enjoy that as much as I ever did.

What do you see in your future?

People come up and say, “Any plans to retire? When you going to retire?” I always say when they quit paying me, I’ll look around and probably say, “Well, I guess I’m retired.” But as long as someone still wants my services, either as a wrestler or as a commentator, I don’t see any reason you’d quit doing something that at one time I would have paid them to let me do.

I feel like the most fortunate guy in the world in the fact that I’ve had a great career and had a very financially successful career by doing something that I absolutely love to do. Most people, unfortunately, have to go out and work at a job they really don’t like just to make ends meet. I’ve had the lifelong good fortune of getting to do something I absolutely love and getting paid to do it.

As long as I’m physically able, I’d like to continue to do this. As a matter of fact, I’d like to be on the 2,000th episode of Monday Night Raw; I’d love to be there still doing the show.”

The Miz Angry At WWE Magazine

Hilarious Picture of The Rock

Chris Jericho At The Airport Before 1000th Raw

WWE Download: #26

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

WWE Smackdown: July 20, 2012

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Santino's Foreign Exchange: #25

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Paul Heyman Shoots, Talks ECW

The following was posted on the official Twitter account of Paul Heyman:

"Dumbshits who think they can recapture the magic. Some people never learn! Letters don't mean anything. WWE's #ECW wasn't ECW. Any1 can buy letters. Big deal. ECW was based on ORIGINAL IDEAS! It's called "having an imagination." Obviously, trying to be a duplicate ripoff of the past is not "new" or "original" nor "game changing." #ECW was a product of its time. When I wrote @WWE #Smackdown in 2002/03, I didn't try to duplicate ECW. You move on with the times, people. #ECW One Night Stand was supposed to be a ONE NIGHT STAND. Not a way to re-marry your ex. If someone wants to take a try at re-doing #ECW, knock yourself out. Go for it. Maybe ur investment is smarter doing something NEW!!!"

WWE Backstage Fallout: July 20, 2012

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Vince McMahon Delivers Personal Message To All WWE Fans

The following was sent personally to all members of the WWE Universe from Vince McMahon:

"I would like to personally thank you and the entire WWE Universe for your never-ending support as WWE achieves TV history with its record-breaking 1,000th edition of Monday Night RAW. In celebration of this historic night, we invite you to join us this Monday for a monumental three-hour event. Once again, we thank you for making RAW the success it has become and we look forward to creating another 1,000 episodes."

Friday, July 20, 2012

Chris Jericho Live On Set Of New Video

Larry "The Axe" Hennig Shoots On "Michael McGillicutty" Name and Vince McMahon

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Awesome CM Punk Interview (July 19, 2012)

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Bret Hart Discusses MMA Fighting

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Z! True Long Island Story: #76

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Viacom and DirecTV Finally Reach Agreement

The following is from AP:

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — DirecTV and Viacom Inc. say they have settled a dispute that will bring shows such as those featuring the cartoon character Sponge Bob and the comedian Jon Stewart back to DirecTV subscribers.

Seventeen Viacom channels — including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon — had not been accessible to some 20 million DirecTV customers since July 10 as the two companies haggled over how much DirecTV should pay to carry those channels.

Terms of the deal announced Friday were not disclosed.

On Tuesday Viacom decided to let new episodes of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" be shown on its websites, easing a blockade of online viewings that it imposed last week.

DirecTV subscribers will also be able to see Viacom shows on tablets, laptops and other devices using DirecTV's Everywhere platform.

EXTREMELY Awkward Picture of Batista Surfaces Online

This is a picture of former WWE Superstar Dave Batista, Saved By The Bell star Dennis Haskins who played Mr. Belding, Hip-Hop super producer Alchemist, rapper Action Bronson, holding a gun and a pizza, and others.

Big thanks to our friends at Lakers Spin for this!

Sunny's 2012 Shoot Interview

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WWE Superstars: July 19, 2012

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

New Shawn Michaels Commercial

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WWE Has ANOTHER New Social Media Partner

The following is a press release sent out to the web today:

New York, NY – July 19, 2012 - Shazam®, the world’s leading media engagement company, today announced that it has partnered with WWE® to make Raw even more interactive. Starting with the 1,000th episode of its flagship program on Monday, July 23, people can tune in to USA Network at 8/7C and tag “Raw 1000” to access exclusive video footage of 10 of their favorite WWE Superstars, purchase the Superstars’ entrance themes and get tickets to WWE live events.

Viewers who have Shazam installed on their smartphones or tablets will be able to use the app to access exciting content such as:

· Exclusive video of WWE Superstars, including John Cena®, Sheamus®, Big Show®, Brodus Clay®, Zack Ryder®, Chris Jericho®, The Miz, Alberto Del Rio®, and Divas Kelly Kelly and Eve

· Links to purchase the Superstars’ entrance theme songs

· Easy access to purchase WWE gear

· A link to purchase WWE tickets

Because the tag lives on in people's tag lists, they can interact with them anytime, wherever they are, whatever they're doing.

TNA Signs Huge Former WWE/WCW Star

The following is from the official Twitter account of Chavo Guerrero:

@mexwarrior: "Well, the news is out..Chavo is TNA bound!! Looking forward to facing off with some of the best talent in the biz! Thank u @TNADixie"

The Incredible 999 Raw Stat Sheet!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

John Cena's Divorce is Over

The following is from TMZ:

John Cena's divorce nightmare has come to an end ... in fact, the two sides have agreed to bury the hatchet ... TMZ has learned.

As we previously reported, Elizabeth Huberdeau felt like she was blindsided when Cena unexpectedly filed to end their 3-year marriage back in May.

Things got nasty ... quickly ... with Liz making moves to challenge the couple's prenup. Liz also said she believed Cena was messing around with other women behind her back.

But now, Liz's attorney, Raymond Rafool, tells TMZ the two have managed to work things out privately ... saying, "All matters [in the divorce] have been settled and resolved amicably."


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Cody Hall (Scott Hall's Son) Has His First Match

WWE Inbox: Episode 25

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WWE Superstar Toyz With Kelly Kelly

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TNA Releases Video Package About Hardcore Justice

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WWE Responds To Silly Accusation Of Encouraged Steroid Usage

A writer for The Darian Times named Joshua Fisher wrote the following in his article about the WWE:

Mrs. McMahon loves to point out how she’s created jobs. But she does not like to answer questions about those jobs. While CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, she created jobs that included making fun of retarded men, demeaning women and possibly encouraging steroid use — this does not even touch on how it possibly has influenced the future bullies of American schools.

In response, Brian Flinn, The Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for WWE, has written the following letter to Fisher:

Dear Mr. Fisher:

It is regrettable that we find it necessary to once again point out that you have made inaccurate statements and mischaracterizations in the Darien Times regarding WWE, this time in your editorial on July 12. Although this was an opinion piece, you are still required to report accurately and not distort the truth. This is now at least the second instance in which you have made misstatements that damage WWE’s corporate reputation.

Your assertion that WWE has made “fun of retarded men” is inaccurate, takes our content completely out of context and fails to factually portray a storyline. WWE featured a character — an actor playing a role — named "Eugene," who was a person with intellectual disabilities. He was often faced with difficult challenges, situations and rivals, including some of the most villainous and dastardly WWE characters. What you failed to convey is that Eugene, like most of WWE’s “good guys,” overcame the obstacles, prevailed and was a hero to our millions of fans.

Your statement that WWE was “demeaning women” is also inaccurate and again takes our content out of context and makes no mention of storylines. WWE has produced a variety of powerful and heroic female characters throughout the years that have come up against malicious villains, who are also actors playing a role. And yes, those “bad guys” do reprehensible things, but they eventually pay a price for their behavior. Our television audience would not be nearly 40 percent female if we were degrading women.

As it relates to the foregoing clarifications, it is important to note that WWE programming, like Hollywood movies and Broadway shows, is an exciting blend of action, characters and fictional storylines of good versus evil that entertains millions every week. Without Darth Vader there is no Luke Skywalker. We, too, create protagonists and antagonists and tell stories of good versus evil.

You also wrote that WWE has been “encouraging steroid use,” which is a blatant misstatement of fact. WWE prohibits steroid use and conducts a minimum of four random drug tests per year for all talent, and any performer that tests positive is suspended. WWE began testing for steroids in 2006, before many major sports leagues, and we currently have one of the most comprehensive talent wellness programs in all of sports and entertainment, managed by world renowned third party medical experts. Additionally, WWE has always encouraged its talent to live a healthy lifestyle, as they are the company’s greatest asset. For more information about WWE’s talent wellness program, please visit www.corporate.wwe.com.

In your editorial, you also state that WWE “influenced the future bullies of American schools.” The fact is that WWE promotes anti-bullying and has created a global initiative called be a STAR (ShowToleranceAndRespect) designed to teach children how to deal with conflict in the real world. We recognize the power and influence of our brand and spend a considerable amount of time and resources to make sure children understand the difference between what they see on television, where storylines and conflicts are resolved in the ring, versus how to deal with challenges in everyday life.

WWE expects you will print this letter in as public a manner as that in which you made the foregoing false statements. In the future, we request you contact us for factual information about our company before attempting to characterize our programming as you continue to do so erroneously.


Brian Flinn

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

CM Punk Wants JR To Call His 1000th Raw Match

The following is from the official Twitter page of CM Punk.

"@jrsbbq Should call the title match next week on the #RAW1000 show. @JohnCena let's make it happen. "

CM Punk To Make History During 1000th Raw?

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DX Reunion On 1000th RAW?

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John Cena Announces When He Is Cashing In Money In The Bank

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Daniel Bryan Proposes To AJ Lee Again: Raw, June 16, 2012

Jack Swagger vs. Ryback (Raw July 16, 2012)

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JTG vs. Brodus Clay (Raw July 16, 2012)

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Dolph Ziggler Buries Chris Jericho, Pays The Price

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Hilarious Tribute To Vince McMahon's Bald Head

Donald Trump and Bobby Lashley appear in the following video:

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Heath Slater's Favorite Raw Moments

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MAJOR Legendary WWE Superstar Returns To Help Zack Ryder

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Heath Slater vs. Rikishi Phatu (Raw July 16, 2012)

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The Rock Throws Stone Cold Steve Austin Off Of A Bridge

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R-Truth & Kofi Kingston vs. Primetime Players (RAW July 16, 2012)

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Former WWE Divas to Return Next Week?

While nowhere near confirmed, former WWE divas, The Bella Twins, cryptically tweeted the following message during the 999th episode of Raw:

"@nicoleandbri: Maybe Nicole & I should crash AJ & Bryan's wedding... But wait... He is in my bed every night :o haha Bri xxoo #RAW #WWE"

To follow the Bellas, click the above link.

JBL's Opinion Of WWE Money In The Bank 2012

Matt Hardy Says HE Inspired Zack Ryder

John Cena Touts MAJOR Announcement

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Stone Cold Steve Austin Is Getting Angry About DirecTV/Viacom Situation

The following is from the legendary Stone Cold Steve Austin's Twitter account:

"@DIRECTV I don't know how much patience I have left. Y'all need me to give someone a Stunner, just let me know. #RedneckIsland #BSR:

As you know, Steve Austin appears on Redneck Island, a show that appears on Viacom networks.

WWE Download: Episode 24

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First Monday Night Raw Ever! (Part FOUR)

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First Monday Night Raw Ever! (Part THREE)

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First Monday Night Raw Ever! (Part TWO)

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