Wrestling News Report 03/12/2012
Former WWE Star Tyler Reks Vents, Says John Cena Told Him to Stop Using a Move
Former WWE Superstar Tyler Reks ventedon Twitter Sunday night, making comments about John Cena, Randy Orton, Zack Ryder and other WWE talents. Here are his tweets:
“Trying to think of some good dirt I could spill about WWE. Prepare yourselves…”
“Anyone want to know what top guy forced me to stop using the burning hammer – even after it appeared on SD/RAW and PPV’s? … 1st house show loop, Cena asks pulls me aside, degrades me like I’m 10 years& tells me if I use it again I’d me fired. He yelled at me & said, ‘Who gave u permission to use that’? Apparently he hadn’t been watching the product 4 the last 8 months… Or perhaps how he stole our idea to get fired,use social media to get over, & run in from the crowd (Given to Miz & Truth)… I still have the promo DVD our idea was burned onto when Cena supposedly helped us with the idea – then lied & said it wasn’t stolen later.”
“People say I’m bitter now. No, I just think truth is in order. Don’t want people to be disillusioned like I was.”
“Anyone have a story about the world’s biggest baby? Oh, I do … Dude’s been on his bus for years, decides to come to the locker room & starts yelling at everyone to take their bags to their cars… All because a new WHC was putting on hisbootson the floor. He ALWAYS puts hisbootson on the floor.”
“Edge,Christian, Jericho, Kane, Taker, Kofi, Truth – all good guys… Ziggler = stand up dude. Great guy. Talented. Good heart and works hard. @ZackRyder is a great dude. Innovated& determined to that last ounce. Wrestling is all he ever wanted to do. Great guy.”
“Swags? Good guy. Nothing bad to say. Love the dude. Riley? Great guy – talented. Would be over as all hell if a certain someone wasn’t holding him down… #YouKnowWho”
“Randy [Orton]‘s actually verycool. Got a lot of respect for him. Calm, mellow, helpful. I dig the guy. Keep cheerin him.”
Brad Maddox Return?
WWE is planning on Brad Maddox, who is a favorite of Triple H’s, back to television around the Royal Rumble and involve him in storylines
WWE returns to Greensboro, N.C. on Monday night for this week’s WWE Raw episode. In-between the Survivor Series and TLC PPVs, WWE will continue building to their final PPV of the year in two weeks.
The top item in-play is the latest on The Shield attacking Ryback (and other WWE roster members) and their perceived relationship with WWE champion C.M. Punk. This is building toward Punk’s next title defense against Ryback at TLC.
WWE will also continue focusing on top star John Cena’s in-ring feud with Dolph Ziggler mixed with Cena’s “love interest” storyline with A.J. Lee. This will likely set up a Cena vs. Ziggler match at the TLC PPV after Cena beat Ziggler last week on Raw, then Ziggler continued the feud on Friday’s Smackdown episode.
Concerning Smackdown, WWE will continue focusing on the Big Show vs. Sheamus feud leading into their World Title match at TLC.
No matches or segments have been advertised in-advance for Raw. Advertised for the live crowd in Greensboro is a bonus main event of C.M. Punk vs. Ryback for the WWE Title.
WWE Received $16.5 Million In Connecticut Tax Credits
The New York Times published a list of the top companies that received government incentive programs from 2010 through 2011. The list has WWEat #14 with $16.5 million, divided up over fifteen grants that were considered “corporate income tax credit, rebate or reduction.”
– It was announced during the CHIKARA iPPV yesterday that Philadelphia will hold a “National Pro Wrestling Holiday” show on February 2nd. The show will be a double header that is free of charge and includes talent and matches from CHIKARA, Ring of Honor, EVOLVE, Beyond Wrestling, CWF Mid Atlantic, Kaiju Big Battel, Resistance Pro, Wrestling is Fun, IWC, WSU, Wrestling is Heart, CTWE, NYWC, QWEST, Fighting Spirit Wrestling, SOR Class Wars, Wrestling is Awesome and AIW.
The two shows will take place over the day and are both free; the plan is to promote professional wrestling as a whole by presenting as many different, unique promotions as possible. The event will also be available in iPPV.
For more information, go here.
More On Dropping TNA Events
TNA has officially cancelled the February Against All Odds PPV. The plan is to also drop the September Nu Urnder PPV as well, but that is not 100% at this time. The idea is to not run monthly PPV just because they have been doing so for years, and to take those two PPVs away in order to build to Lockdown and Bound for Glory, which are usually the top shows of the year for TNA.
Former WWE Creative writer reveals Unwritten WWE Airplane Rules
Former WWE Creative Team writer John Carle (@TheJohnCarle) revealed unwritten WWE airplane rules enforced by WWE head Vince McMahon during a PWTorch Livecast exclusive interview on Friday, November 30.
Carle, who was on the WWE Creative staff from 2006 to 2009, also shared a specific story about McMahon throwing peanuts at a WWE director who went against one of the unwritten rules, capturing McMahon’s quirky sense of humor that makes its way onto WWE television.
“Funniest thing I ever saw on the plane – there is always the rule that if Vince is not sleeping on the plane, then you do not sleep on the plane. Again, unsaid, unwritten rule and Vince will never ever tell you that, but if you fall asleep on the plane, someone is going to mess with you,” said Carle.
“One of the directors – I will withhold his name – fell asleep on the plane and Vince started taking the cashews and throwing them at him. Like, one or two at a time, and there was no reaction. He was out cold and not waking up from this.
“Then, Vince just said screw it and took the entire tin of cashews, threw it at this director, and they go all over the plane. All of us don’t know if this is awkward or if we should just break out laughing at this point. To this director’s credit, because he had been in the company long enough to know when take his lumps and when to pick his fights, he opened his eyes, looked around, saw the nuts all over the place, and said, ‘Um, Vince, I think you dropped your nuts.’ And then it was a big laugh for everyone. He knew how to handle the situation and that’s why this guy is one of the survivors in the company because he played that part perfect. Vince got his laugh and got to throw stuff at him, then it wasn’t a fight that came out of it, just people letting off steam.”
Hulk Hogan Named One Of The Least Influential People Of 2012
GQ has named Hulk Hoganas among the twenty-five “Least Influential People of 2012—”a collection of people so uninspiring that we should round them all up and stick them on an iceberg.”
The publication says of the legendary wrestler, “When I was a kid, I wanted to be just like Hulk Hogan. Funny how getting caught banging his best friend’s wife on tape and then finding out that his best friend was allegedly the one taping it has now diminished my admiration. Kudos to Hulk for having a big ol’ dick, though. That thing is thicker than a turnbuckle.”
Update On John Laurinaitis Following WWE Departure Rumors
The future of John Laurinaitis in WWE has been a hot topic among employees since he had yet to resume his behind-the-scenes duties after undergoing rotator cuff surgery in September not to mention that he no longer held an office at WWE’s corporate facility in Stamford, Connecticut. The former Senior Vice President of Talent Operations arrived in Greensboro, North Carolina, last night for tonight’s Raw taping, surprising a number of his co-workers who believed he would not resurface.
Top Drawing WWE Gates Of All Time Revealed
Source: The Wrestling Observer
Here is a list of the top drawing gates in WWE history:
1. WrestleMania 29 (4/7/13): $10,000,000 (* estimate as of now)
2. WrestleMania 28 (4/1/12): $8,290,000
3. WrestleMania 25 (4/5/09): $7,211,673
4. WrestleMania 27 (4/3/11): $6,268,391
5. WrestleMania 24 (3/3/08): $5,854,590
6. WrestleMania 26 (3/28/10) $5,529,172
7. WrestleMania 23 (4/7/07): $5,380,000
8. WrestleMania 18 (3/17/02): $3,864,030