News Media: Hogan, Flair, WWE, CM Punk, McMahon, Jim
Ross, Cena, Rock, Kevin Nash... by Greg Tingle - 12th
Man and the vast majority of mainstream news and wrestling
news outlets agree - pro wrestling... cough, "sports
entertainment", is interesting again, with realistic
storylines and a reasonable amount of quality pro
wrestling matches on offer.
thinking would dictate that WWE PPV events are going
to achieve higher buy rates and the positive momentum
should also increase the revenues of marketing and
mechanise. Just wait until the highly anticipated
WWE TV Network kicks in... tipped to be approximately
12 months away.
Ross has noted on Twitter that WWE sold out three
straight shows on its current tour of South Africa.
Ross has posted his latest blog. Highlights:
WWE waiting so long after buying WCW to do the Invasion
angle: "Beats me but the top talents that were
needed to make the storyline really work were getting
significant monies from Turner/WCW to essentially
sit at home and fulfill their contracts. When judging
the Invasion business, it's easy to Monday morning
QB the matter but few will argue that it could have
been more productive."
a potential Hulk Hogan WWE return: "I have no
idea. I assume anything is possible. I can't see Hogan
returning to wrestle multiple matches in WWE due to
his health issues but regarding this talent and his
future I simply don't know and nothing would surprise
Scott Hall leaving WWE in 2002: "After the infamous
plane ride from hell and the unprofessional incidents
that ensued by many, it was decided that having Scott
back on the road with extensive traveling was not
in the best interests of the talent or WWE."
CM Punk leaving WWE: "I'm not involved in this
matter whatsoever but from what I've read and what
WWE has publicly stated, Punk vs. Cena at the MITB
PPV in Chicago, Punk's hometown, will be CM Punk's
last, foreseeable bout in WWE....win, lose, or draw.
As an outsider looking in, I'd say Punk will finish
up Sunday July 17 as WWE has stated."
is listing Kevin Nash as appearing in the sequel to
the 2007 film "Ghost Rider" starring Nicolas
Cage. The sequel will see Cage reprise the role of
the Ghost Rider and Nash's character has yet to be
named. The film will be titled "Ghost Rider:
Spirit of Revenge."
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper...
is to have another check up for cancer. We're pleased
he got through the initial battle with the Big C back
in 2006. Few on the planet have most heart and guts
than Piper, so we're tipping he's going to keep powering
along, and perhaps even have some more in ring battles
in the near future.
Hulk Hogan's Belleair Mansion For Just $9.2 Million...
you're looking for an infamous Tampa Bay address to
call home, the Wall Street Journal notes that Hulk
Hogan's Belleair home is on the market. Well, still,
anyway, because it's been for sale or years. But look,
it's now a bargain at a mere $9,242,000! That's only
about $539 per square foot, y'know.
house, at 130 Willadel Dr., has been for sale for
about five years, when it went on the block for $25
million. The Hulk took it back off the market, but
it was listed last summer for $10.9 million. What
does the new price buy you? A 17,000-square-foot-plus
manse with five bedroom, eight full baths and three
half baths, a gym, a rec room with its own kitchen,
a tanning room, a wet bar, a hot tub, a guest house,
a swimming pool with waterfalls and two docks on the
Bollea and his then-wife Linda bought the parcel in
1992 for only $2 million, so we can only guess what
kind of margin is on this house. The Hulkster paid
$120,325.85 in taxes in 2010, according to the Pinellas
County property appraiser, even with the homestead
exemption, so we can see why he'd want to ditch the
joint. For a look at the listing, click here. Oh,
and don't forget the HOA fee.
WWE Signs National Wrestling Champion...
Medina Gazette from Ohio reports that WWE signed NAIA
national wrestling champion Derek Foore to a developmental
deal on Friday. Foore was invited to a FCW tryout
months ago after WWEs Jerry Brisco scouted him
at a wrestling competition. Foore is planning a move
to Florida where he can begin training at FCW.
two-time national finalist and three-time high school
state wrestling runner-up had the following to say
about the signing:
when I got the call I was like, Yes, Im
one step closer. Im willing to do whatever it
takes. When Im crazy enough, big enough and
my career is sound and well-molded, thats when
theyll say Ok, youre ready, man.
Im just living in the moment. Im 22 years
old and I have this opportunity. I will take it and
WWE Stars And Legend To Appear At San Diego Comic-Con...
H, Rey Mysterio, members of the WWE creative team,
a surprise WWE Legend and Mattel employees will be
at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 21st for a special
Q&A where they discuss WWEs past, present
and future and how its all celebrated with Mattels
line of WWE toys. The discussion will take place from
11:30am until 12:30.
Vince McMahon - CM Punk Negotiation Behind Closed
Monday Night Raw is being built around the public
negotiation between WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and
CM Punk, the two reportedly had a negotiating session
in the past 24 hours behind closed doors. According
to several key WWE insiders, the meeting was private,
between McMahon and Punk, and none of the writing
staff or the agents have been notified of the outcome
of the negotiation.
WWE DVD Mentioned In Mainstream Newspaper...
Chronicles David Barron, who has covered wrestling
off-and-on for decades and regularly mentions wrestling
stories in his weekly TV/Radio Notebook, referenced
WWEs "Best Cage Matches" DVD in Fridays
paper: "DVD updates: For old-school Texas wrestling
fans, WWEs The Greatest Cage Matches of All
Time includes a couple from Jack Adkissons WCCW
promotion in Dallas-Fort Worth."
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson...
biggest movie to date was Fast Five but he was so
important in that movies success he was offered
a job for a massive blockbuster. What role? He has
landed the role of Road Block in the sequel to the
hit summer movie "G.I. Joe". Johnson has
posted a photo of himself along with the G.I. Joe
logo and a caption that reads "Its official.
Call the Pentagon, get me my big ass gun. Rocks
a Joe" on his Twitter account.
Big Show To Appear USA Network Drama This Week...
star Big Show will appear on the USA Network series
"Burn Notice." The show airs Thursday night
at 8:00 p.m. CT.
Kevin Nash Rumoured To Have Role In 'Rock Of Ages'...
Ross on Kevin Nash's big movie role: "What's
Kevin Nash up to. Oh, about 7 feet. Seriously, Kevin
called me Monday on his way back from France where
he wrestled on a one off event in the southern part
of France and was on his way back to Miami where he's
filming a movie. Kevin plays Tom Cruise's bodyguard
in the film. It's a huge, $200M film w/ an all star
Rumours Of Wrestling Legends Returning To WWE...
Michaels, Ric Flair and Mick Foley are the 3 prime
names been talking about by wrestlers and fans of
being legitimate chances to once again return to the
WWE. Michael's would be more believable that the other
two, but Foley is understood to enjoy solid to good
relationships with many WWE top brass and wrestlers,
so stay tuned.
WWE Ice Cream Bars To Return?
WWE Ice Cream Bars be for sale again at wrestling
venues and ice cream trucks soon? During the latest
WWE Raw results, wrestler CM Punk demanded the tasty
frozen treats as part of his contract negotiations
with Vince McMahon, to the delight of the WWE Universe.
While Punk tore that contract to shreds to conclude
the show, fans certainly haven't forgotten about the
ice cream bars made popular in the WWF days.