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Monday March 3rd 2008 Issue #2684
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Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
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//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
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> HARDY RETURNS TO ACTION- Matt Hardy returned to the ring during the weekend at a live event in Fort
Wayne, IN., and attacked the US champion MVP after successfully defending
his title against Jimmy Wang Yang. Hardy has been out of action since mid
November and on the 21st of the same month he underwent an emergency
appendectomy in Tampa, FL. In December doctors found an infection and Hardy
was once again admitted to a hospital for several days. He later appeared on
the last RAW of 2007 where he was attacked by Randy Orton.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5974]
> RAW PREVIEW FOR TONIGHT- Tonight on Monday Night RAW, Y2J Chris Jericho brings back his interview
segment, the Highlight Reel and his guest will be the Intercontinental
champion Jeff Hardy. Also tonight, the Big Show will be showcasing his
skills against a professional boxer, Finlay will confront JBL and the
Playboy Magazine cover featuring Maria will be revealed on television. We
not only have the cover but all the pictures as well so in case you missed
them, they are located at
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
> WWE VIDEOS ON BILLBOARD- The following WWE videos are on Billboard's Top 10 Recreational Sports
chart for the week ending March 8th. After several weeks in the first place,
'The Best Of Raw: 15th Anniversary 1993-2008' slipped to the second place as
'The Legacy Of Stone Cold Steve Austin' debuts in the first place in its
first week of release. 'The Shawn Michaels Story: Heartbreak & Triumph'
jumps to third place from eighth followed by 'John Cena: My Life' in fourth
and 'The Ladder Match' moves ten places from last week by coming in fifth.
'Armageddon 2007' is in ninth place. UFC has three DVDs occupying the sixth,
seventh and eighth places.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
> LESNAR TO FIGHT UFC HALL OF FAMER IN AUGUST- Brock Lesnar's next mixed martial arts match will be against UFC Hall of
Famer Mark Coleman, and the two will meet at the August pay-per-view which
will be held in Lesnar's home state of Minnesota. Coleman hasn't fought in
the UFC since 1999 and his last three matches all ended in a loss. In early
1999 he moved to PRIDE where he won 9 fights and lost 5. Lesnar lost his
debut match in the UFC against Frank Mir last month however showed some
pretty good potential for dominating the fight for 95% of the time only to
make a rookie mistake and walk into a knee bar and tapping out.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5975]
> PRESS RELEASE ISSUED FOR LIVE iMPACT!- TNA issued a press release about their live iMPACT! on Thursday March 27th
along with the other two television tapings during the weekend in Orlando,
FL. This will be TNA's first ever live iMPACT! on Spike TV and the company
is hoping to get some extra exposure and business from the tens of thousands
of fans who will be visiting Orlando that week for WrestleMania XXIV.
"Thousands of pro wrestling fans will visit Orlando, the home of 'iMPACT,'
at the end of March. We're celebrating by taking 'iMPACT' live for the first
time ever so that fans from across the globe can experience the best
professional wrestling available today," said TNA President Dixie Carter.
TNA will also hold a taping on Friday and one on Saturday afternoon.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5967]
> HOGAN: "I JUST WANT TO PROTECT MY FAMILY"- Former WWE champion Hulk Hogan had no comments to the National Enquirer
when the publication contacted him regarding his affair with 33 year old
Christiane Plante last year. Plante revealed to the Enquirer that she and
Hulk had an affair while he was still living with his wife Linda. The two
met while Plante was working with Hogan's daughter Brooke on her debut
album. "I've got nothing to say," Hogan said. "I just want to protect my
family." Brooke recently posted on her blog that she was going through one
of the hardest issues she ever had to deal in her life and it involved her
best friend and one of the closest family members who betrayed her together.
Although she stopped short of mentioning any names, one doesn't have to be a
rocket scientist to figure out who she's talking about.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5610]
//->> WELCOME TO THE JUMBLE
By Jen Robinson -[jenwrestlingonline@...]-
Hello, Wrestling-Online fans, and Welcome to the Jumble!
Many thanks to all of you who stopped by my new MySpace page and asked to be
friends or left messages! It is all very much appreciated! (In case you want
to check out my pictures from the Florida Championship Wrestling show on
February 15th but didn't get the address, it's
I've had a couple of readers ask me for my thoughts on the paycheck Floyd
Mayweather is going to be receiving for his match against Big Show at
WrestleMania. Want my honest opinion? Twenty million dollars is about to be
flushed down the toilet. Now maybe it's because I'm not a fan of boxing, but
I just think paying Mayweather $20 million is ridiculous. Does he need the
money? The answer is no. He is said to be a great fighter and obviously any
fight he wins he gets a nice, big purse from it. So he definitely doesn't
need $20 million of WWE's money. That money would be better spent on
wrestling related gear, such as new equipment to replace what might be worn,
or even sink it into WWE's developmental territory, Florida Championship
Wrestling. Twenty million would go a long way in getting FCW really going.
But again, this is all simply my opinion, for what it's worth.
Are Randy Orton, John Cena, and Triple H sounding like little kids to anyone
else besides me? "I'm better than you!" "No, I'm better!" "No, you're both
wrong, I'm better!" Seriously, it's like they are standing on the playground
yelling at each other over a game of Tag or something!
Jerry Lawler throwing his crown at Maria to get her attention was classic
King behavior! And Santino Marella being dumb enough to get distracted by
Jerry's interest in Maria was classic Santino behavior! How in the world is
he going to act once Maria's Playboy Magazine is out and everyone can see
her in all her glory? Yeah, he's going to go just a little on the "cuckoo
for Coco Puffs" side! (The King will, of course, be loving it!)
Congrats to Chris Jericho for his win over Jeff Hardy in a great match and
his subsequent admission into the "Money in the Bank" match at Mania!
I've been waiting to see more of D.H. Smith, the son of the late "British
Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, but I didn't want to see him get completely
squashed by Umaga!
So according to JBL, self-proclaimed "wrestling god" and now private
investigator, Hornswoggle isn't an illegitimate child of Vince McMahon but
actually the son of Fit Finlay. Well, let's see - both have very light
blonde hair, both dress in green, both are Irish, and both can dance a jig.
Not exactly enough to prove they are father and son. It will be interesting
to see Finlay's reaction to this allegation and where WWE decides to go with
Congratulation to Rocky Johnson and the late High Chief Peter Maivia, the
next two inductees announced for the Hall of Fame! It's pretty cool that
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, son of Rocky and grandson of the High Chief, will
be there to induct them.
Speaking of The Rock, did anyone read John Cena's comments about him in the
interview Cena gave the United Kingdom's The Sun newspaper? In a nutshell,
Cena bashed The Rock for not coming back once in a while to the WWE to give
something back to the fans even though he claims to love wrestling.
Apparently some of the wrestlers were angry with Cena for what he said, but
should he be jumped on for his opinion? In his mind, The Rock has turned his
back on the company that made him a star and got him involved in a
successful film career. That's strictly his opinion and I don't think he
should be judged harshly for it. However, I think he should be held
responsible for the crude language he used. Did he really need to use the
F-word and say that something pi$$ed him off? Certainly not! He was
representing the WWE in this interview and did not need to use a potty
mouth. Using that kind of language is fine if you're hanging around with
friends but you do not use it in a business setting. Maybe the WWE should be
more like NASCAR and start fining their employees for using bad language!
Now even though I don't approve of the language Cena used in that interview,
I must applaud him and the rest of the WWE for their work with the
Make-A-Wish Foundation. Any person who gives up his or her free time to make
a sick child happy is tops in my book!
So ECW's Colin Delaney finally has a win! Of course it was Tommy Dreamer who
actually pinned The Miz in their match, but a win is still a win, right? And
now Delaney and Dreamer are going to have a shot at Miz and Morrison's tag
team belts, too. Will they win them? To be honest, I'm going to have to say
no. One win for Delaney is great but it was Dreamer who did most of the
work. To be a decent tag team, both partners need to be involved in the
matches. One partner doing it all just doesn't sound like a title-winning
team to me. Perhaps this win will increase Colin's self esteem and lead him
to become more involved and learn some new stuff from Dreamer that will help
him become a better wrestler. I think that's what it will take for this team
to be able to defeat an established team like Morrison and Miz.
Okay, maybe it was just me, but it sure seemed like Elijah Burke and Shelton
Benjamin were the ones doing most of the wrestling in the main event. CM
Punk was there but every big move was coming from the other two. Punk was on
the receiving end of some of them, but it just didn't seem like he was
getting much offense of his own in. Then suddenly he grabs Burke for the GTS
and pins him to become the number one contender to Chavo Guerrero's title. I
really think either Shelton or Elijah deserved to win instead, just this
Jamie Noble might've lost to Chuck Palumbo again but at least he had a sweet
looking move during their match! Did you seem him do that somersault leap
through the air to land on Palumbo as he was seated in the corner of the
ring? Very nice!
Maryse needs to stop kissing up to Vickie Guerrero. It was just this side of
annoying. Then again, I guess Vickie needs a new "best friend" since the WWE
got rid of Kristal Marshall.
Michael Cole pointed out that MVP has not been able to secure a win over
Batista in either singles or tag team matches. Really? I'm surprised at
that. MVP is an awesome wrestler and can surely defeat Batista so why isn't
the WWE allowing him to do so? Oh wait, Batista is getting a shot at MVP's
United States title which will provide MVP with the perfect opportunity to
finally get a win over The Animal. These earlier matches have just been
building the drama so MVP's win will be that much more impressive. Sounds
good to me because even though I like Batista I'd love to see MVP secure a
victory over him.
Miz and Morrison's episode of "The Dirt Sheet" claiming Jesse had been
abducted by aliens was hilarious! I hope they get to do it again!
I'm about to step in dog doo with some readers again because I'm going to
say something not nice about The Undertaker. Did he really have to interrupt
Big Daddy V and Balls Mahoney's match last Friday just because he was
impatient to tear into Zack Ryder? If I was Taker I'd be ticked at Edge,
too, and getting my hands on one of Edge's "minions" would probably feel
pretty good, but what does that say about BDV and Mahoney? Wasn't their
match important, too? I guess it's not really Taker's fault, though. The
writers are the ones who got together and said, "Hey, let's have The
Undertaker get impatient and interrupt the match before his! It will bring
more excitement to the main event!" And perhaps it did bring more
excitement, but I just think Mahoney and BDV should've been given the
opportunity to finish their match first.
Well, I think that's going to do it for me this week! Take care and I'll see
ya in The Jumble!
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