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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
On WrestleMania Sunday, there will also be another event that will start in
the morning and will go all the way till before WrestleMania starts, giving
fans enough time to make it to the Georgia Dome. I'm talking about
WrestleReunion's "Curtain Call for Bruno" event, which will be from 10AM
till 4:30PM on April 3. I will be there at the event, collecting autographs
from everyone on a nice little plaque that will be auctioned off afterward
with all money going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Scheduled to be there are Mickie James, Scott Steiner, Bruno Sammartino, The
Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Tommy Dreamer, Carlito, Winter (formerly Katie
Lea Burchill), Bob Orton Jr, Christy Hemme and Kamala.
A VIP ticket will cost $199 and includes a photo op and autograph with all
the mentioned guests between Noon and 3PM as well as a luncheon that takes
place between 3PM and 4:30PM where you can pick the table and sit with the
wrestler for 90 minutes while you're enjoying a buffet lunch and featuring
Bruno Sammartino as the keynote speaker. If you're not interested in the VIP
package, individual photo and autograph tickets are also available.
For more information, other prices and to book go to
http://www.wrestlereunion.com . Hope to see you there.
The podcast of the latest edition of Wrestling News Live is up online. You
can download it at http://w-o.it/wnlive
LISTEN TO LATEST WNL AUDIO SHOW AT http://w-o.it/wnlive
//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news]-
> BOB ARMSTRONG TO BE INDUCTED IN WWE HALL OF FAME- WWE.COM announced that Bob Armstrong will be inducted into the WWE Hall of
Fame class of 2011. The video did not air during RAW as usual but it is
available for viewing on the official WWE website. The 71 year old from
Marietta, Georgia, started his professional wrestling career in 1962 and
wrestled mainly for NWA affiliates. He appeared a couple of times on TNA
Wrestling but never made it to the WWE. He is the father of four sons -
Scott, Brad, Steve and Brian. All his sons made it to WWE and Scott is
currently a referee.
> KMART SIGNS ON AS EXCLUSIVE WWE SPONSOR- Giant retailer Kmart has been appointed the new exclusive WWE sponsor for
all live events including all pay-per-views for the rest of the year
according to a story in Variety. The agreement comes into effect from today
and reports are that Kmart paid around $10 million for the deal, not that
much considering they will be getting air time weekly on WWE television
shows, pay-per-views and advertising at all non-televised events. The deal
also includes a 30 second commercial every week on RAW and Smackdown.
Kmart's name and logo will also be featured on all marketing materials,
tickets, websites and in WWE magazines and Superstars and Divas will be
making a total of twelve appearances at stores throughout the year. "Kmart
is excited to expand its relationship with WWE," stated Mark Snyder, chief
marketing officer for Kmart. "This partnership will allow our customers to
engage with an exciting entertainment brand and enjoy exclusive offers and
promotions throughout the year."
> RAW RATING- Monday Night RAW this week did a 3.82 rating, down 0.8 from last week's
rounded-up 3.9 rating off hours 3.8 and 3.84. The two hour broadcast
averaged a total of 5,600,000 viewers, some 260,000 less overall from last
week. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by
> JOHNNY CURTIS WINS NXT SEASON 4- Boston native Johnny Curtis won the fourth season of NXT yesterday and got
himself and his pro, R-Truth, a shot at the WWE tag team titles as his
prize. He defeated Brodus Clay in the NXT finale. Curtis has been wrestling
professionally since 1999 and in 2006 he signed a WWE developmental deal and
was assigned at Deep South Wrestling for a year before moving to Florida
Championship Wrestling. In FCW he won the tag team titles twice, once with
Tyler Reks, and another time with fellow NXT rookie Derrick Bateman.
> ROCK SAYS HIS BOOT WILL BE UP CENA'S ASS LIVE- The war of words between John Cena and The Rock continues as WrestleMania
continues to build up, this time it's The Rock's turn on Twitter. "I should
remind Cena I was NEVER scheduled to be on Raw last night," wrote the former
WWE champion. "No problem - as promised, next time - LIVE - my boot to his
ass. Yabba.." Apart from tearing each other a new one on RAW each week, the
two have been using social networking to continue digging into one another.
"Apparently last night I was shot dead by a group of thugs. I also was
apparently owned by the rock. Both just internet rumor," wrote Cena, adding
a smiley face to end his Twitter message.
> STACY KEIBLER IN ESQUIRE'S "ME IN MY PLACE" PHOTO SHOOT- The sexy former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler is featured in Esquire's latest "Me
In My Place" photo shoot, a series of intimate moments with beautiful women.
"When I did the WWE, people would recognize me. And then you come out to
L.A., it was like a different kind of people that recognized me, after I was
doing Dancing With the Stars and all that," said Keibler, who is returning
to film an episode of Chuck reprising her role of Greta. The photo shoot was
done with no make-up, no fancy lighting, no hair styling and more
importantly, no photoshopping according to a message she posted on Twitter.
When asked what she wears to go to bed, her answer was simple. "I don't wear
anything when I go to bed. Most of the time." You can see seven photos from
the sexy shoot at http://w-o.it/dLxpzM
> ABC UNVEILS NEW CAST OF DANCING WITH THE STARS...INCLUDING Y2J- The cast of season 12 of Dancing With The Stars was officially announced
by ABC on Monday night during 'The Bachelor' and as previously reported,
former Undisputed champion Chris Jericho made it to the show. Jericho will
be teaming up with sexy dance partner Cheryl Burke for this season. The
other eleven celebrities as part of the cast include actress Kirstie Alley,
radio DJ "Psycho" Mike Catherwood, former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, actor
Ralph Macchio, actor/rapper Romeo Miller, model Petra Nemcova, actress
Chelsea Kane, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, former Playboy
bunny Kendra Wilson, and talk show host Wendy Williams.
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