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> WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP THE UNDERTAKER INJURED- The World Heavyweight Champion the Undertaker is suffering from a torn
bicep tendon and will be having the injury evaluated today before the
Smackdown! tapings in Birmingham, AL., under the hands of Dr James Andrews.
Dave Meltzer of the Observer is reporting that there's a big possibility
that 'Taker will be out for a long period of time and his reign as World
champion will be cut short. If he can wrestle another match for the title
and drop it there that will be the way to go however it all depends on the
results by Dr Andrews. Meltzer says that the general belief is that he
suffered a complete muscle tear off the bone which can take up eight long
months to recover from.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4577]
> REVISED NUMBERS FOR 'THE CONDEMNED' EVEN WORSE- Revised and accurate numbers for 'The Condemned' weekend box office total
were released and it's an even more scary number than the original
approximate of $4 million in revenue. On Friday the movie did $1,333,622
followed by $1,480,759 on Saturday and $993,214 on Sunday bringing the total
to just $3,807,595 for the weekend. The initial number wasn't good news for
WWE Films and Lionsgate on Sunday as they expected that the movie would do
much better considering Austin's popularity. This revised number is
certainly worse and it seems like the movie won't be in cinemas as long as
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4571]
> WWE VIDEOS ON BILLBOARD- The following videos are on the Billboard top 10 Recreational Sports DVD
chart for the week ending May 5th. 'Ric Flair & The Four Horsemen' debuts in
the first place, 'The New And Improved! DX' in third, 'Royal Rumble 2007' in
fourth, 'No Way Out 2007' in fifth and 'Mick Foley: Greatest Hits & Misses'
wraps up the list in the tenth place.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
> TNA LAUNCHES 'TNA MOBILE' SERVICE- After announcing the concept a couple of months ago, TNA today uncovered
its new mobile service titled 'TNA Mobile' in conjunction with New Motion,
Inc. The new service will include never-before-seen videos, breaking stories
from backstage at PPVs and iMPACT! tapings, injury updates and stuff that's
not even available on TNAWrestling.com. Fans can visit the new TNA mobile
online area at mobile.tnawrestling.com to sign up for free and get the
chance to win a dream date with TNA Knockout Christy Hemme! The date
includes roundtrip airfare for two to Orlando, two tickets and backstage
access to Hard Justice, 3 days 2 nights hotel accommodations, dinner and
nightclub for you and Christy! Oh, and $500 spending cash! The service is
$9.99 per month.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4578]
//->> WELCOME TO THE JUMBLE
By Jen Robinson -[jenwrestlingonline@...]-
Hello, Wrestling-Online readers, and Welcome to the Jumble!
This past Tuesday night's episode of ECW started off with a "WrestleMania"
rematch between Bobby Lashley and Umaga. Now I don't have a problem with
that, even though I'm not the world's biggest fan of either man. My biggest
problem with this match was the fact that it was the first match of the
night. Remember the good ol' days when the Heavyweight Champion, no matter
who he was, always wrestled last on the card, no matter who his opponent was
or whether or not his title was on the line?
This feud between CM Punk and Elijah Burke is great! Punk sounded so sincere
when he apologized to the rest of the New Breed for his actions the week
before, but there were times when he was struggling to keep from smiling
and/or laughing at Burke . and Burke could obviously tell and didn't like
it. The sneak attack on Burke after the main event, followed by the "I'm
sorry," was classic, too. This is one guy who knows how to play mind games
successfully! I would like to see the New Breed follow Punk and dump Burke
as their leader, which would hopefully give Thorn, Stryker, and Cor Von a
chance to shine on their own without having Burke around all the time at
ringside. I don't see Punk as the permanent leader of the New Breed, but
perhaps his leadership would direct the others into some fresh, innovative
feuds with people other than the Originals. There's only so many
combinations of matches than can be done with the same eight guys, after
all! Let's allow Punk to bring something new to the table for this group of
There's definitely a bright light on the horizon for "SmackDown!" Last
Friday's episode was awesome and had some excellent matches. Right from the
start they got the ball rolling with the attack by Batista on Mr. Kennedy,
followed by the beat down of Batista by Kennedy and Finlay. So there was
action from the get-go, not the normal twenty minute long-winded segment
"Raw" usually gives us. And I absolutely loved the Undertaker's mind games
when he appeared in the ring long enough to scare off Finlay and Kennedy,
and then promptly disappeared again. He should do that more often! Pop in
for a scare at anytime, then pop back out and leave everyone wondering when
he'll pop back in again. I enjoyed the main event match between these four
wrestlers, too, although it would've been nice if they had more time. I
think the match only lasted roughly ten or fifteen minutes, but could've
easily gone a little longer.
What a freaky tag team Kane and Boogeyman make! Maybe we should let these
two team together more often! I was seriously laughing at Kane's expression
when Boogey offered him some worms, too. Classic!
Please, please, please, WWE, I am begging you, please, do NOT bring back
Mark Henry! He brings nothing to the sport and to your programs. Push the
talented wrestlers you've got and get rid of the unnecessary baggage!
Let's give credit to Jillian Hall for being willing to walk out in front of
a lot of people, both in the arenas and on television, and howl like a sick
cat into her microphone! She's willing to make a complete fool of herself
for the fans' entertainment. It's nice to see her wrestling again, too. Her
opponent, Michelle McCool, looked sort of like a trampy space cadet in her
black and silver outfit, but I really think her wrestling skills are
There was a scary moment during the match between current Tag Champ Deuce
and former Champ Brian Kendrick. It involved their respective tag team
partners, Domino and Paul London. London was violently pulled off of the
ring apron by Domino and came very close to cracking his head on the
announce table. And I mean VERY close. Sure this kind of stuff adds drama to
the feud, but the health of the wrestlers should not be on the line in order
to achieve that drama. I understand these men and women are taking some
risks when they get into the ring because accidents can and do happen.
Darren Drozdov is proof of that. (For anyone who doesn't know who Droz is,
he was a wrestler who was accidentally injured during a match and is now
paralyzed.) Luckily, London did not hit his head and is okay, but there are
times when I would just like to see a little more thought put into the
safety of the performers. Don't wrap them in bubble wrap or anything, but
perhaps re-think some angles so that an accident might be avoided.
I didn't see "Backlash" on Sunday for two reasons - 1) the PPVs are getting
too expensive to buy every month and 2) they usually end up showing the same
matches on "Raw,", "SD," and "ECW" anyway so why pay for them? I do have a
couple of thoughts after reading the results, though. Why did the "Last Man
Standing" match between the Undertaker and Batista go to a draw? I'm
guessing it's to keep their feud hot, but it sounds like the fans (both in
the arena and those that saw the match on TV) wanted a winner. I'm glad
Chris Benoit kept the United States Championship! Now let's give him the
real push he deserves! And who in their right mind made the decision to put
the ECW Title on VINCE??? Okay, I know, Vince made himself champion, of
course, but WHY?? He really needs to get OVER himself already!
I may be the only one out there who did this, but I laughed my head off when
I read that Steve Austin's movie, "The Condemned," totally tanked at the box
office this weekend. I don't like Austin at all. I used to like him back
when he was still wrestling, but I lost all respect for him after he left
the WWE twice when things weren't going his way and because he physically
assaulted his wife (that was the straw that broke the camel's back for me).
I enjoyed going to the theater for both "See No Evil" and "The Marine," but
I will not be spending my money on Austin's movie and I'm glad to hear that
others aren't either. Maybe WWE will see that he really isn't the draw
anymore that he used to be.
Wow, "Raw" actually had a decent show last night! The Randy Orton/Edge match
(which was originally supposed to happen last week in London but couldn't
because Randy got sent home for bad behavior) was a great way to start the
night off, instead of the usual twenty minute Vince "I'm wonderful and
everyone else is not" McMahon ramblings. You could easily predict that Edge
would win since Randy is persona non grata with the WWE right now, but it
was still a much better opening than we've seen for a few weeks.
Finally, the writers are listening when the fans say they want to see the
Divas in actual wrestling matches instead of fluff garbage! The tag team
match pitting Victoria and Melina against Mickie James and Candice Michelle
was a very refreshing and welcome change!
Please, someone, anyone, please stop Ric Flair from wrestling anymore! This
feud with Carlito is not going anywhere and will only drag Carlito down. He
should be in contention for the IC Title instead of wrestling someone like
Flair. Flair has so much to offer as a manager for either a current young
talent who needs a push or for a rookie who needs some guidance to help him
(or her) find their niche that it's cruel to have him continuing on as a
I was guessing along with the rest of you as to who attacked Shawn Michaels,
Edge, and Randy Orton backstage, but I was only joking when I told a friend
that it was probably Khali! Why in the world does WWE keep him around? Oh,
wait, he's huge and powerful. That's why. It certainly isn't because he cuts
excellent promos because he's proven he can't do that! Unless he suddenly
learns how to speak intelligently (or at least clearly), he will never be
the big star that WWE keeps trying to push him as.
Well, that will do it for me this week! Take care and drop me a line!
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