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Tuesday July 31st 2007 Issue #2526
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> 'PACMAN' ATTORNEY SAYS JONES WILL NOT WRESTLE- Worrick Robinson, an attorney for the troubled NFL player Adam 'Pacman'
Jones said that his client will not be wrestling and will not play the role
of a 'villain.' Considering his reputation, it will be hard for the fans to
accept Jones as a fan favorite! While speaking to the Tennessean newspaper,
the Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said that what Jones is planning
to do is not permitted in accordance with the player's contract which is why
his attorney probably said already that Jones will not be getting into any
in-ring action. An official statement from TNA is expected to be made public
in the coming days.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4932]
> LASHLEY INJURED WITH TORN ROTATOR CUFF- Bobby Lashley is the latest WWE Superstar to be sidelined with an injury,
suffering from a torn rotator cuff. An angle was played out during his match
with Mr Kennedy yesterday on RAW where he eventually lost his match against
this year's Money in the Bank winner. While WWE.COM said that he got the
injury thanks to Kennedy's kick, Lashley was already injured coming into the
show, an injury he suffered in late April. Back then, Lashley visited Dr
James Andrews in Birmingham, AL., right after his match against the McMahons
and Umaga where surgery was ruled out for the time being. Lashley only
missed the RAW following the PPV and then appeared again on ECW on Sci Fi.
It is not known for how long Lashley will be out of action - if any - this
time around. He's expected to be making another trip to Dr Andrews' office
for a reevaluation.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4940]
> WRESTLERS FEATURED IN US MARINES MAGAZINE- In the latest issue of 'Marines,' the official magazine of the US Marines
Corps there's a section where they list former Marines who made it on
television as stars. In the full page section, pictures of TNA's BG James,
and WWE's Randy Orton and Sgt Slaughter are shown. Under James' photo and
name there's 'Total Nonstop Action Wrestling' listed while under Randy Orton
there's 'World Wrestling Entertainment' and under Sgt Slaughter - who is
listed under his real name of Robert Remus' - there's 'World Wrestling
Federation.' Oops! They made the list along with other notable TV
personalities such as Montell Williams, Ed McMahon, Mills Lane, George
Peppard, Drew Carey and others.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4939]
> KURT ANGLE DEFENDS WWE ON BENOIT TRAGEDY- In a somewhat unexpected move, Kurt Angle defended his previous employer -
WWE - when he was asked about the Chris Benoit double murder-suicide story.
Speaking to the Tri Valley Herald newspaper, Angle said that WWE did not
kill Chris' family. "Chris decided to do that on his own," he said, noting
that he loved Benoit and what he stood for before committing the murders. "I
decided to become addicted to pain killers on my own. WWE didn't do it, I
did it. I took responsibility for what I went through. We're all independent
contractors and we all take responsibility for our own actions," the former
WWE champion said.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4938]
> ANDREW 'TEST' MARTIN DEBUTS FOR TNA- On yesterday's TNA iMPACT! tapings, Andrew Martin - better known to
wrestling fans as Test - made his debut for the company using the name 'The
Punisher'. Test was suspended from WWE for 30 days back in February for
failing one of the Wellness Program drug tests and was released from his
contract a week after being suspended. Test returned to WWE on the July 4th
edition of ECW on Sci Fi and remained a part of ECW till he was suspended.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4937]
//->> WELCOME TO THE JUMBLE
By Jen Robinson -[jenwrestlingonline@...]-
Hello, Wrestling-Online readers, and Welcome to the Jumble!
Wasn't it nice of John Morrison to give a rookie "15 minutes of fame" and a
chance at the ECW Title? Yeah, that's what I thought, too. If Morrison wants
to be taken seriously as champ, then he's got to take challenges from the
other ECW wrestlers and not spend his time wrestling rookies. Not saying the
rookies don't deserve some screen time, but not in a Heavyweight title
Maybe Morrison should be challenged by Stevie Richards, a guy who just
defeated the big vamp, Kevin Thorn. I was beginning to wonder if he would
ever get a win again because it always seems like week to week he loses! Way
to go, Stevie!
Another wrestler I'd like to see facing challengers other than rookies is
Big Daddy V. He easily defeated two rookies last Tuesday but how would he do
against someone like Kevin Thorn or Marcus Cor Von?
I'm really getting sick of The Miz and Extreme Expose. And that's pretty
much all I have to say about that.
Does anyone know why "SmackDown's" Batista shakes the ring ropes, a la The
Ultimate Warrior? He looks silly doing it. Oh well, as long as he doesn't
start speaking in "Warrior-ese" I'm okay with it.
I still can't believe Hornswoggle is the Cruiserweight champion! Although
after watching his match against Jamie Noble, I definitely see why he's the
champ. He's got a really good handle on ring psychology. Slip under the ring
on one side, appear from another side and blindside your opponent. It's
classic! Great job, Hornswoggle!
I really like this feud between MVP and Matt Hardy. Both of them are
talented wrestlers, but MVP is totally awesome at playing a heel. He sounds
like he truly believes that he is the most gifted wrestler on the planet.
Maybe he actually does. I don't know him so I don't really know how he talks
about himself, but I would like to think he's really a modest guy. I loved
his facial expressions when Matt told him he would beat him around the world
and get another shot at the US Title. I couldn't tell for sure if MVP was
incredulous or scared. Perhaps a bit of both.
Mark Henry still doesn't impress me.
It's too bad Kane and Dave Taylor couldn't have had a longer match. What
they had was very solid, even if it was too short.
I know there will be people who disagree with this next observation, but The
Great Khali actually looked sort of approachable during his Indian-themed
celebration. He was dancing (if you could call it dancing) and smiling
instead of frowning and looking mean. He really looked like he was having a
good time! Then Batista had to come along and spoil it. I like Batista, I
really do, but lately he's been acting like a child. He's throwing temper
tantrums as if he was two years old. It really doesn't bode well for someone
called "The Animal" to be pitching a fit when things aren't going his way.
So Khali didn't grant him an automatic re-match for the title. So what?
Batista had two opportunities to win it - once on "SmackDown" during the
battle royal and once at "The Great American Bash." He didn't get it done.
Now he needs to prove he deserves another shot and quit acting like a baby.
The Divas' matches on "Raw" just keep getting better and better! This week
we were treated to a 6-woman tag team match pitting Melina, Jillian Hall,
and Beth Phoenix against Maria, Mickie James, and the Women's Champion
Candice Michelle. This is the kind of stuff I've been wanting the WWE to do
for years! Honest-to-goodness wrestling matches involving the Divas! Not the
typical T&A fluff garbage they usually give us. And these six women work
well together, too, which is a definite plus. The finishing move done by
Melina and Jillian on Maria for the win was great! Keep it up, ladies!
Santino Marella sure didn't show any brains when he questioned the judgment
of the referee from the Divas' match because all his bluster got him was a
quick defeat at the hands of Umaga.
Jonathan Coachman told Cody Rhodes not to touch Randy Orton during the show
or he would no longer have a WWE career. Then what? Was there ever a time
during the night that Randy and Cody were even near each other? Did I miss
it? Cody wrestled and defeated Davari (another stipulation from Coach was
Cody had to beat Davari to stay in the WWE) but I never once saw Randy.
Later on that night, Randy wrestled Sgt. Slaughter, sending him out of the
ring on a stretcher a la Dusty Rhodes, but I never once saw Cody. So why
bother telling Cody not to attack Randy if they weren't going to be around
each other? There was no confrontation, no build-up, no wondering if Randy
was going to goad Cody into hitting him. Nothing. Seemed kind of like a
waste of a threat on the Coach's part.
Major kudos to Misterrrrrrr Kennedy (dramatic pause) Kennedy! I know he's a
good wrestler but I didn't think he'd be allowed (since we all know WWE
plans the outcome of the matches) to defeat Bobby Lashley. Everyone acts
like Lashley is some unstoppable force but he really isn't. He's human.
Unfortunately, being human means you can get hurt and it looks like Lashley
did. He was holding onto his shoulder and eventually accepted some help from
referees and Jerry Lawler to get out of the ring. I sincerely hope this
injury doesn't put him out of action and he can continue his feud with Mr.
Kennedy because this feud could really go places!
Speaking of Jerry Lawler, he actually won his match against King Booker, I'm
sorry, Book-ah! Yes it was by disqualification but a win is still a win! Go,
Carlito finally got his wish for a match against the Champ, John Cena, and
the match was a good one, too. Good action, solid moves. It should've gone
to a no-question ending, but that wasn't about to happen with Randy Orton,
the #1 contender, sitting at ringside. Randy interfered and distracted Cena,
allowing Carlito to get the upper-hand and the win on the Champ. I know this
was done to keep the feud between Cena and Orton hot, but I feel like
Carlito got the short end of the stick. He's a talented guy and was finally
getting what he wanted, but Randy just had to get involved and blow any
chance Carlito had for an ending that proved he could hold his own in the
ring with Cena. If I was Carlito I'd demand a match against Randy to "thank"
him for screwing up the ending of my match and then I'd demand another match
against Cena for the title this time. It probably won't happen, but Carlito
Before I go, I want to send best wishes to Edge! They announced on
"SmackDown" that the surgery on his torn pectoral muscle was successful. Now
he can focus on recovering and getting back to where he was before. Just
take it easy, Edge. No rush. The ring will be there no matter how long it
takes to fully recuperate!
Take care, everyone, and I'll see you next week!
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