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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
Hello everyone. Have an extra ticket for this Monday¹s RAW in Manchester,
England. The face value price is 40GBP. If you¹re interested, let me know.
I will be going to the show and I leave for Manchester tomorrow. I wasn¹t
flying particularly for the show, but since I¹ll be in the area, why not!
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//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
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> RAW RATING- Monday Night RAW this week did 3,888,000 viewers with a 2.75 rating,
down 268,000 viewers from last week¹s show. Hour one did 4,069,000
viewers, followed by 3,951,000 in the second, and way down to 3,643,000
viewers in the third and final hour. Ouch! (Ratings compiled by Nielsen
Media Research and put online by PWInsider.com)
> THE MARINE 3: HOMEFRONT TO START AIRING IN THE UK ON SKY- WWE Studios¹ The Marine 3: Homefront will start airing in the United
Kingdom this weekend, starting on Friday, November 8 and will have a total
of 20 showings up until November 11 on Sky. The third installment of The
Marine franchise has The Miz in the leading role, a role which was
originally going to Randy Orton before the U.S. Marine Corps objected to
the role due to Orton¹s past in the military. The Marine 3: Homefront was
released in March 2013 straight-to-DVD and had a production cost of $1.5
million. It will be airing on Sky Premiere HD, Sky Premiere, and Sky
> WRESTLEMANIA XXX ON-SALE PARTY ON NOVEMBER 15- WWE will be holding a WrestleMania XXX on-sale party on November 15 at
the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Champions Square, a 121,000 square foot
outdoor venue which is right in front of the massive Superdome. WWE Divas
Kaitlyn and Alicia Fox, along with WWE Superstars Sheamus, Mark Henry, Rey
Mysterio, and WWE Hall of Famers Booker T, Mick Foley, and Jimmy Hart are
all scheduled to appear. The event starts at 5PM and will go on till 9PM
local time. All those scheduled to appear will be signing autographs and
participate in Q&A sessions. Tickets for WrestleMania XXX will be sold,
with tickets going on sale to the general public the next day.
Complimentary parking will be available in Garage 1.
> HELP HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN FUND HIS SHOULDER SURGERY- Just two days into his one month fundraiser to help him pay for his
shoulder surgery, WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan managed to get all
the money needed to cover the costs. On November 5, Duggan posted an
Indiegogo.com fundraising effort to come up with $6,500 to help him pay
for shoulder surgery. The WWE Hall of Famer is suffering from a torn
rotator cuff in his right shoulder and is in desperate need of surgery.
³Without this surgery Hacksaw is severely limited in his range of motion
and his ability to perform in the ring, which to this day is still his
livelihood,² says the summary on the page. Hacksaw hoped to raise $6,500
to completely fund the shoulder surgery but as of this writing, over
$7,500 have been raised with 28 days left in the campaign. In return of a
donation, Duggan will be sending out perks including 8x10 autographed
photos, a personal phone call, a t-shirt, a Skype video call, and one
night stay at DDP¹s Accountability Crib which Diamond Dallas Page donated.
All perks will be fulfilled in April 2014. You can check out the campaign
page and an emotional video from Hacksaw at
> ADAM ³PAC MAN² JONES BACK IN TNA- The former ³world champion² that Dixie Carter has been promoting on
social networks that is coming back to Impact tonight ended up being Adam
³Pac Man² Jones, the NFL¹s Cincinnati Bengals cornerback. Jones worked for
TNA in 2007 when he was on a one year suspension from the NFL although due
to contract issues he couldn¹t wrestle for the company even though he was
part of the Team Pacman tag team with Ron Killings. He held the TNA tag
team titles after Consequences Creed replaced him in their match against
Sting and Kurt Angle. He left the company in October of the same year.
Jones is still playing for the Bengals in the NFL so it¹s not sure how
long his return will be for or what he will be allowed to do. Carter
announced his return in a video as part of the #Impact365 initiative.
//->> REMEMBERING ROLAND ALEXANDER, APW FOUNDER
By Mike Lano
Roland was in good spirits for his promotion (APW's) biggest show of the
year a week ago Saturday that was masterfully booked and just tremendous.
He had been - as he had for months - involved in an angle with heel
"company take over guy who'd returned from 1999 to 'screw Roland and APW'
in Shane Dynasty who brought in Vinnie Massaro's longtime PNWest tag
partner in JD/Big Ugly for the very first time to APW. JD and Roland
legit had some major heat and Roland and Shane D were actually booked to
do my radio show tonight.
Now we will pay tribute to a guy who was a longtime Shire fan, historian
and who just loved the biz. I remember when I'd come up from L.A., it was
Dave Meltzer, Roland and Eddie Moretti sitting taking notes, etc., back in
the 70's while I shot ringside some amazing shows. Eddie later became a
ref for Shire before his major Moondog Moretti character/worker tribute to
his fave worker in Lonnie Mayne. Roland used Eddie whenever possible and
whenever Eddie was down here from Oregon.
More later but Roland had his faults as we all do. But he had a very big
heart, really was sharp on the biz, misunderstood often and a great guy.
For those who only knew of him as "a top heel" in Beyond the Mat, there
was far more to Roland and he'd been a fan attending Roy Shires Cow Palace
cards (and "club" house shows like in San Jose by John Swenski who was
Shire's "policeman") dating back to I believe 1969 or 1970 at the
He often named some of the students his boys trained at APW Boot Camp
after some of his Shire faves with last names from Paul DeMarco (Vennis
DeMarco), someone new named after Funk trainee from Amarillo in T John
Tibbeadeaux who Dave will remember had that famous 6 man at Shire's 2nd to
last battle royal: babies Funks and TJT vs heels Bruiser Brody/Gene
Kiniski and Easy Ed Wiskowski who later became Col. DeBeers! Roland
started APW then known as Pacific Coast Sports circa '94, '95 and had his
first house show in Modesto the following year with Mike Modest, Donovan
Morgan, Frank Murdoch, Big Mike Diamond, Matt (Spike Dudley) Hyson,
Leprachaun Erin O'Grady aka Mike Lockwood aka Crash Holly, Super Diablo
and Joe "Pogo" Applebaumer.
Roland and APW began those stars plus really broke in Melissa Anderson,
Sara Del Ray (who then went with Modest/Morgan to their break-off
Noah-affiliated promotion Iron and it's school in 2001), Dhalip Great
Khali Singh, etc.
Everyone and everyone was ring announcer and I believe Roland started with
the best in longtime Roy Shire ring announcer from '73 on who also
made/distributed Roy's programs in Allan Bolte who still announces for
local BTW. Longtime fan Ron Hed who I believe still is in Ohio Valley but
who along with Jeff JR Benson and Jeff's then girlfriend Stacy Goff moved
to the area in hopes of landing jobs at Corny's SMW. Ron did because he's
good on the mike, Stacy also good at promos and became Synn a heel manager
for Corny who later married Jimmy!
Jeff is also great at promos in his heel manager JR Benson character but
not sure if he managed there. They were the nucleus of the NorCal humor
promotion/wrestling parody Extremely Strange Wrestling. Stacy's sister
who did valet/wrestling in APW had the famous lesbian angle with Gina
Filbert (Miss Gina) at one major Gym Wars extravaganza with Modest, Steve
Rizzono and Vic/TJ Grimes who later went to ECW, and the latter 3 had that
famous match that went outside and up and down the business park which APW
Dojo is located at in Hayward, California near Oakland and San Jose.
Almost any RAW or SmackDown TV had APW workers used in angles with
Bautista, as Druids for Taker, jobbers, beyond the old "dark match
Roland was very active with Cauliflower Alley, attending every year in the
80's thru 00's and the first few CAC wrestling shows were run by APW in
the locker room before a falling out with then APW booker Gabe R who later
took over for one or two CAC shows under his Revolution banner.
Just totally bummed to hear we lost him yesterday. He often talked
privately about his sleep narcolepsy ailment which scared him because he
could fall asleep anywhere and without warning including behind the wheel
so he stopped driving for a time and had sought treatment over the years.
He had sleep apnea as well he said and often felt "tired." He'd lost a
lot of weight over the years, but believe his heart had suffered.
In any case, this is a tremendous tremendous loss.
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