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Live RAW Tour: Event Results From Sydney, Australia
- 31st August 2012, by Greg Tingle
Punk VS Daniel Bryan - Allphones Arena, Sydney,
wrestling WWE style - Sports Entertainment returns
to Sydney, Australia...
WrestleMania (Australian style) returned to Sydney
on Friday night and the show did not disappoint.
wrestling fans young and old got their fix of WWE
WWE marketing and media machine can be attributed
to what looked to be a 90 percent full Allphones Arena
- making it a crowd of approximately 15,000. It's
unclear how much of the crowd was papered (unpaid),
but the smart money says it was fans who parted with
their hard earned money.
mixed crowd of both hardcore fans, casual fans and
families, who were pretty vocal and hyped up for the
show commenced with Brodus Clay VS Jack Swagger. Naomi
was with Brodus, no Cameron. Swagger got some good
heat, but Brodus got his hand raised quick. Entertaining
and fun, but not a classic wrestling match - nor was
it supposed to be. Kids just love Clay.
was the divas (ladies) match. WWE Divas Champion Layla
defeated Rosa Mendes. We appreciated the effort of
the ladies but its safe to say the WWE should raise
the bar in the Diva's division. Maybe bring in a few
Japanese lady pro wrestlers as well as snatch some
of TNA Wrestling's best also. WWE have so much TV
time to fill up, so ramp up the Diva's for the female
and male fans in the WWE Universe.
Tag Team Champions R-Truth and Kingston beat Primo
and Epico in a solid match. R-Truth was on fire, both
with in-ring skills and the mic, and 'Little Jimmy'
was over big time with young and old.
Miz defeated Alex Riley to retain the Intercontinental
Championship. The Miz got strong heat. Nice mic work
telling everyone he wasn't "awful", but
"awesome". AR was surprisingly over. Maybe
because he's a pretty strong worker and Australian
fans are not overexposed to the WWE product (with
live shows), like rather spoilt American fans. Lot's
of Wooooo's! (for the chops), respecting Ric Flair,
who most fans want to see return to his rightful home
Ryder defeated Tensai. Zack Ryder got a huge pop and
Tensai got pretty decent heat and reactions. At least
Tensai looks like a pro wrestling "monster"
- he has the look and size, and moves well for a big
man. Younger fans seem to be scared of Tensai and
went nuts when Ryder got the win.
defeated David Otunga. Decent heat for Otunga. Santino
is over in Australia, but not as much as he is in
the U.S. Keep WWE belts off both these guys... they
don't need them. They worked the crowd fairly well
and Santino is funny, but this was not a classic wrestling
match - and it was never expected to be. Passable
Punk defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship
in an awesome match which went for almost 30 minutes.
Stalling by both at first, but the crowd was pretty
into it. Established characters can stall for ages
with little fan backlash - the way the late Randy
"Macho Man" Randy Savage and living legends
Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair used to do. CM Punk worked
as a face and was over big time. "Yes" chant
all throughout the match as well. Tons of fan signs
for both and lots of fans bought their t-shirts.
Cena defeated The Big Show and John Laurinaitis in
the main event. Decent match for these guys. After
the match Laurinaitis attacked Cena with a chair,
but Cena turned around and hit him with an attitude
adjustment to finish the show.
strong show - especially for an Australian WWE show,
which were mixed in the past. We're giving it 8 out
of 10 and it was value for money.
The Big Show
Of The Show:
Punk VS Daniel Brian
for improvement: More strong WWE Divas, bring back
Ric Flair urgently (1000s of fans did the Woooooo!),
bring Ziggler and Randy Orton to the next Australian
show, have 2 top line NXT talents on the next down
under show. It would be nice to see Ric Flair and
Hulk Hogan back with the WWE. Strong rumours Flair
will be back within a month or two, so hopefully he
makes the next Australian tour. Wooooo!
News Media: Snooki, 'The Rock' and 'Mania: When Headlocks
and Hollywood Collide - 1st April 2011
is the queen of MTV's Jersey Shore; the other is WWE's
resident Mexican aristocrat. One is famous for being
perhaps the worst of the tanned, bouffant-wearing,
gum-chomping Italian stereotype. The other invites
fans' wrath with a wink and a smile as he drives the
world's most expensive cars to the ring and insists
on being introduced by his own personal ring announcer
- in Spanish.
one entity - and one extravaganza - could bring these
two very different stars together: World Wrestling
Entertainment's 27th annual WrestleMania on Sunday.
Snooki will participate in a six-person, inter-gender
grudge match while Alberto Del Rio will vie for the
World Heavyweight Championship in his WrestleMania
debut. Both promise to thrill 70,000-plus screaming
fans in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
going to be the peak of my career," said Del
Rio, a native of Mexico. "My family, my entire
country, is going to be proud of me because I'm going
to go out there and become the new World Heavyweight
Champion. I'm going to die out there trying to become
the World Heavyweight Champion."
what's behind the infatuation with WrestleMania? Why
do fans come from around the world and dole out hard-earned
money to watch this spectacle on pay-per-view? What
is it about WrestleMania that makes fathers and sons
and daughters jump out of their seats and grown, muscle-bound
men in tights speak in hushed reverence?
put, it is pro wrestling's greatest annual event.
All wrestlers who grew up as fans dream of performing
in it and look forward to watching it. Even in the
choreographed world of professional wrestling, there
is nothing staged about the emotion and excitement
from anyone who performs at WrestleMania.
a kid, all I wanted to do was be a wrestler,"
said Del Rio. "Now that I'm here in WWE - WrestleMania
is our NBA, our Super Bowl, our World Series of professional
wrestling. As a wrestler, as a performer, I always
dreamed of being in something like that."
the fan, WrestleMania's appeal is as nuanced as wrestling's
longtime popularity. Wrestling's magnetism goes hand-in-hand
with the dawn of the television age in the 1950s,
but WrestleMania took it to another level. It is a
marriage of headlocks and Hollywood that began in
1985, when WWE Chairman Vince McMahon teamed up the
charisma of Hulk Hogan and the diabolical lunacy of
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper with the star power
of Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper. (Credit:
News Media: Shawn Michaels' Speech At WWE Hall Of
Fame Induction 2011: 'Thank You' - 2nd April 2011
you. ["HBK!" chant. "Thank you Shawn!"
chant. Whoa! Some other chant.] The damnedest thing
on my way to my Hall of Fame speech, a damn roast
broke out. Thanks. I knew there was no way you was
gonna say anything nice about me. For the 15 years
we've known each other he never has, and he never
will. He's like the Fonz trying to say he's sorry.
know how tough it was for you to say . That was a
huge deal for him to even recognize that I worked
in this line of work for 36 years. You're not aware
of this, but we shared a big moment there. There's
some psychiatrists going, "They're starting to
nervous, so don't give me cat calls. [Cat calls.]
I've been going over what I'm gonna say. ["One
more match!" chant.] You're killing me with the
one more match thing. Seriously, I know it's good
TV, he'll have a nervous breakdown. We sold out the
building! He had a heart attack!
love you Shawn!"] I'm serious. For the love of
God, help me out here. I don't even know where to
start. You know there are things that go between ...
I can't say, I'm not supposed to say. That's one of
the reasons I was OK to retire. Coincidentally, this
is the first year where we're not doing it live. They'll
chop it up in post to make sure it's ok to air.
I was 19 years old, I didn't want to be a sports entertainer.
I didn't know at the time. I told my mom and dad,
I want to do what those guys do it on TV. Making it
was going to be going out in San Antonio and wresting
in front of 25 people. Fast forward, and I'm a 45-year-old
man, and I get to stand here and say thank you.
the way, I wasn't really aware of it. I was raised
by a loving family, sitting right down here, who loved
me every step of the way and supported me. But for
whatever reason when I started doing this line of
work at 19 I spent the next 26 years searching for
validation. I don't even know why. But what my peers
thought of me and what you thought of me was the most
important thing in my life. And I worked myself into
the ground. It was so important to me that you thought
I did a good job. I know that sounds patronizing,
but I want to thank you so much for giving me that.
very thankful to all the other inductees and especially
Triple H for making this fun and amusing. Because
as much as I've tried to not make it a deep and heavy
cry fest, I can't do it. There are no words to express
how much I lived and breathed to do this every night
for so many years. And it begs the question, how am
I gonna be OK away from this?
Monday the Undertaker had mentioned Shawn Michaels
will walk into the Hall of Fame with a ton of regrets.
If this had happened in 1998, that might've been true.
At that time, I was good at my job, but there's no
way I could've stood here with no regrets. And although
my family would've been proud of me, I know there
would've been a little disappointment for them and
a certain guy backstage whose name I'm not allowed
to mention. [Crowd WOOs. Guy next to me says "RIC
FLAIR!" I believe him!]
came back in 2002 after being told I'd never wrestle
again, for one more match. That was nine years ago.
I'm thankful I can stand before you with absolutely
no regrets. [Missed a part about God and his family.
Sorry.] Since they came into my life, I've had not
a regret. Not a second goes by that I'm not thankful.
The most precious gift of all is my little family.
I love you all so much, and I want to thank you for
being so selfless and letting daddy finish what he
was very important to me to come back and go away
on my own terms. I love my two children more than
anything in the world. Thank you so much for letting
daddy go wrestle. [I have a daughter. Totally about
to tear up.]
are countless WWE superstars that I've had to create
with. I'd love to mention everybody, but I don't want
to make this too long. I don't wanna be that guy.
[Crowd WOOs.] You guys are implying that. I'm not
saying that. Every year there's somebody, and we're
like, dude there's WrestleMania tomorrow. I'm gonna
assume you know who you are.
I did my best to make sure before I left to tell you
how awesome it was for me, and how much I appreciate
you guys [makes crazy hand gestures] putting up with
me when I wanna do something you don't do all that
much. I appreciate your time and patience. I appreciate
you being a part of my life. A lot of times all we've
got is each other. We're like guys in a fox hole together.
But when we're with each other, we're all we got.
We can stab each other in the back, but can't nobody
else do it.
wanna thank you for allowing me to be a part of that
fraternity. We're always gonna look at everybody else
and say you're not gonna understand it. And that's
OK. It's something we're gonna take to our graves.
lastly there's all of you. The WWE universe, the fans.
I love every one of you, even when you bother me at
5 in the morning, even when I cuss you, you still
come back and forgive me. You have been a part of
my life and family for so many years, it begs the
question, why would a 19-year-old kid from a wonderful
upbringing seek validation from strangers?
thing people used to always say that separated me
is that I could make a connection with you. I don't
know if I did a good job, but for the last 26 years
whether you were connected to me I have no idea, but
I was connected to you. I have never won Most Popular,
I wasn't the prom king, I wasn't the homecoming king,
so I guess in my adult life the most important thing
to me was that you believed in me and thought I was
good. On this night, 2011 Hall of Fame, I feel it,
I thank you, I love my ring. And I love each and every
one of you.
know this has been sappy. I can't help it. And if
you're not down with that, I got two words for you.
("Suck it!" from the crowd.)
Gambling Firms Push Via Sports Broadcasts, by Greg
Tingle - 2nd April 2011
punters, casino and gambling millionaires and billionaires,
sports nuts, politicians, legal eagles, one and all.
Australia remains red hot territory for gambling news.
We've got Aussie sports media commentators plugging
gambling, the pro club gambling campaign driving forward,
NRL sports betting probe developments with a link
to Tasmanian "devils" and Aussie pokies
manufacture Aristocrat making a comeback, with the
pokies boss hitting his own jackpot. All that and
more. Media Man http://www.mediamanint.com
with your gambling, sports betting and pokies news
mix from the land of kangaroos and koalas, with a
rabid Tasmanian devil on the loose...
Companies Push Via TV Broadcasts And News Media...
giants have the big push on via promoting sports
betting with a volatile and quite effective array
of sweet deals with clubs,
sporting codes, television stations and a big spread
of traditional and new media
commentators are at the front line with frequent betting
odds updates, and mid-match updates are a field day,
if you will. It's all part of the strategy in place
with bookies and big name gambling operators.
you like to have a punt on rugby league, and why wouldn't
ya, the Broncos are $1.50 on TAB Sportsbet,"
former Queensland Origin great Paul Vautin told NRL
viewers in Friday's opening-round match against the
bet responsibly - we have to say that. If you race
down to the TAB at half-time, or ring TAB Sportsbet,
they are the prices at the moment."
up was Network
Nine broadcaster Wally Lewis just after the first
half of the game with "TAB Sportsbet right now,
Broncos first to score in the second half, $1.75."
of other sports are in on the action too, with Network
Nine sports getting the nod on the most gambling and
sports betting plugs. Cricket has broadcasting Richie
Benaud discussing the odds, with a bit of help from
his fellow commentators, as part of a cool deal with
Packer's 50% owned Betfair.
head of sport Steve Crawley said the broadcaster's
promotion was no different from newspapers providing
odds on sports and horse races.
electronic media, so when we do that it's in-game.
I realise some people have awful problems with gambling,
but the reality is that it's getting bigger and bigger."
hot fodder in the NRL, which is sponsored by TAB Sportsbet,
has deals with "approved betting providers"
and permits clubs to have their own gambling sponsors.
footy still has a scandal on the go from alleged illegal
betting surrounding last year's infamous Canterbury
Bulldogs VS North Queensland Cowboys game.
chief exec David Gallop said corruption was one of
the biggest concerns for sporting administrators.
risks in terms of penalties have to be severe,"
said Gallop, who is pushing for a specific match-fixing
offence and has warned of offenders facing life bans.
AFL is also sponsored by TAB Sportsbet and betting
firms support individual clubs, including Centrebet's
deal with 2010 runner-up St Kilda for a reported $1
million a year.
Sportsbet has deals with Seven
operators such at PartyGaming
have also leaked that they are interested in getting
into big media deals in Australia,
with an already strong internet presence.
Australia allows Betfair
on grounds, and the National Basketball League has
a deal with Centrebet
that includes court promotions.
racing, tennis, soccer
and even surfing
enjoy strong sports betting action in Australia, with
a number of other sports like snooker
looking to plug into the gambling
deals in Australia.
Media and Racing King John Singleton Drives Forward
Pro Pokies Ad Push...
"Singo" Singleton, who happens to love
a punt himself, in the man and the brains behind the
$20 million advertising campaign by the Aussie clubs
against the Julia Gillard government's slot machine
Gillard government is hell bent so it seems to implement
the "problem gambling" reforms to retain
whatever support might remain from Tasmanian "devil"
(satire) "independent" Andrew Wilkie.
ad firm Banjo has developed a media and public relations
campaign to focus on recreational gamblers' fears
of having any government 'Big Brother' spying on their
betting habits. Yep, we kid you not. Australia's are
being spied on, and pokie palaces may turn into one
of the ultimate evil "eyes in the sky",
that may end up making Google Earth and Google Maps
look like child's play.
Banjo deal for a cool $20 mil, running for 2 years,
started with online video and newspaper adverts. It
will then pick up even more stream via radio, television,
billboards and even pub coasters. Australian newspapers
have already been giving the news story strong mileage
and its taking on a life of its own, with most gamblers
hating what they hear of government 'Big Brother'.
clubs is dead against a mandatory scheme for players
to register before playing poker machines, using so
called smartcards (not so smart say European trials)
and self-selected gambling limits (which can be manipulated).
leak said "Clubs Australia said that gambling
revenue will drop considerably as recreational gamblers
get pissed with the government and clubs, and will
take more to online gambling "like a duck to
water". This is right on the money and cards.
The 'Big Brother' approach is a false solution - actually,
its no solution. It's a smokescreen and spin. The
public are not that stupid, they are actually quite
smart, and Labor has underestimated Australians intelligence
once again. No wonder Labor lost the NSW state election".
and a consortium of investors, including the investment
banker Mark Carnegie, the retail king Gerry Harvey
and ex Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon, have purchased
high-profile Sydney pubs including Kinselas, the Bellevue
Hotel and Peakhurst Inn. Singleton also jointly owns
the Hotel Steyne in Manly.
had a strong association with the Labor government
under Bob Hawke during the '80s and early '90s, but
last year developed ads attacking Labor on health
during the election campaign, and earlier joined the
mega push against the mining tax with a campaign for
a Perth client, tipped to be Andrew "Twiggy"
government's belated decision to perform a cost benefit
analysis on mandatory pre-commitment is back to front,''
a spokesman for Clubs
sort of analysis should have been done before the
government announced it was introducing the technology.
that had been done then almost certainly the Prime
Minister would never have been conned by Andrew Wilkie
into making a commitment that will devastate the club
Families Minister, Jenny Macklin, said ''The government's
position is clear and has not changed.''
Seek Woman Punter Re NRL Cowboys - Bulldogs Betting
have released CCTV images of yet another punter they
want to speak to about an alleged NRL betting scam.
The images were captured at a Browns Bay betting outlet
in Auckland, New
Zealand, between 4.50pm and 5.15pm on August 20
last year - the day before the game between the Bulldogs
and North Queensland Cowboys, police advised. The
woman was described as being aged in her 20s, with
a slim build, shoulder-length hair and of Caucasian
appearance. She was wearing a dark-coloured zippered
hooded jacket, blue jeans and carrying a red handbag
and was seen pushing a young boy in a pram, police
said. She returned to the betting facility about 5.35pm
on August 21. Police said in a statement that they
were not alleging she had done anything illegal, but
said investigators wanted to find out who she was
so they could speak to her. Player agent Sam Ayoub
and ex-player John Elias have been charged in direct
relation to the betting inquiry, while now ex-Bulldogs
prop Ryan Tandy has been charged with four counts
of giving false or misleading evidence to a NSW Crime
Commission hearing. Among the charges Tandy faces
is one of giving false evidence about having placed
a bet on a game between the Bulldogs and Gold Coast,
also last year. The charges against Ayoub and Elias
followed an unusual plunge on a betting option that
the first points of that game would come from a penalty
goal. Tandy was penalised two minutes into the game
for impeding Cowboys playmaker Grant Rovelli in front
of the posts. The Cowboys were awarded a penalty,
but took a tap kick instead of kicking for goal. Tandy,
29, pleaded not guilty to all charges during his appearance
in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on March 3.
Meanwhile, St George Illawarra can finally get down
to concentrating on their 2011 following Wayne Bennett's
decision to leave the club at the end of the season.
The coach's announcement has removed the largest cloud
hanging over the Dragons' premiership defence, with
the constant innuendo and rumour having played a part
in the side's sluggish start to the year. While the
issue won't be fully resolved until Bennett reveals
where he will coach next season, back-rower Ben Creagh
said news of the coach's impending departure would
at least focus the players' efforts on getting the
most out of the time he had left. While the appointment
of Bennett's right-hand man, Steve Price, and the
retention of much of the same squad for 2012 should
ensure a smooth transition to the new era, the Dragons'
best chance to win another premiership in the near
future would surely be while Bennett is the man.
Boss Hits The Jackpot...
Odell, chief exec of Aussie pokie manufacturer Aristocrat,
has hit the jackpot on an 'one armed bandit', if you
follow the lingo. Odell snatched 24% jump in total
pay to $2.5 million last year, despite Aristocrat
putting out another very average result. The chief
executive's base pay in the period increased 19% to
$1.25 million. Aristocrat's normalised profit after
tax dropped 53% in 2010. One of the resolutions at
the upcoming June AGM in Sydney to be voted on by
shareholders is a grant to Odell of 1.02 million performance
share rights as part of his long-term incentive package.
The rights, which would be granted over a 3-year period,
are performance based. If Aristocrat happens to outperform
the ASX 100 by more than 10% cent each year, Odell
will snatch 30% of the shares. He will get 70% of
the shares if he hits certain earnings targets. Will
he meet his targets and hit the Gold Mega Jackpot?
Stay tuned to find out. Aristocrat is also currently
working on a number of b2b deal with online casino
operators which are also tipped to return a healthy
jackpot to the company, as well as hours of fun for
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