Wrestling News Report 04/12/2012
News From Raw
John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler was announced on tonight’s episode of RAW for the TLC pay-per-view on December 16th. Vince McMahon appeared after the match was announced and persuaded Vickie Guerrero to put Dolph Ziggler’s “Money In The Bank” contract on the line in the match.
Here is the updated card for the pay-per-view:
Chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus
Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the WWE Championship
CM Punk (c) vs. Ryback
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Wade Barrett
Ladder Match for Dolph Ziggler’s Money in the Bank contract
Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena
After RAW went off the air, Punk laid in the ring for about 10 minutes before finally being taken out. After he went to the back, Josh Mathews thanked everyone for coming. There was no main event dark match.
Paul Heyman On CM Punk’s 380 Day WWE Title Run
Paul Heyman posted the following comments on Twitter today, discussingCM Punk’s 380 day title run…
#380 It’s official. @CMPunk has tied @JohnCena as the longest reigning @WWE Champion of the modern era!
#380 No matter what you think of this business, or HOW you think this industry works behind the scenes …
… #380 is simply an awe-inspiring achievement, an almost-impossible task in today’s hyper-competitive, chew-em-up environment …
@CMPunk reaching #380 is like Ted Williams batting 400. You don’t realize it while it’s happening,but this won’t happen again 4 a LONG time!
I am truly honored beyond words to be along for this ride. #380 @CMPunk @WWE Champion
Shawn Michaels Discusses His Second WWE Run
In a recent interview, Shawn Michaels spoke about his second run with WWE, after his career was thought to be over due to a back injury. Here are the highlights..
“It was a gift. The first — I never said I retired the first time. I guess, in my mind, retirement is when you leave on your own terms. The first one, being told I was never going to wrestle again as the result of a back injury, obviously that’s not the way you envision your career ending. Having dealt with that and gone through it and having the opportunity for a second chance, and that the second chance, as you say, being almost a decade, was at first, honestly as much of a shock to me as it was to everybody else. The genuine intention was to come back for one match and sort of see how everything did. To honestly feel like, holy cow, I feel like I can do what I used to do. I went with that until I felt that the peace within me that I could walk away again and it would be on my terms, my timing and all those things you wish and you envision being like. I got the opportunity to do that.”
Orton On The Shield
Here is the latest edition of WWE’s Backstage Fallout, featuring backstage interviews from Monday’s WWE RAW.
“Does Randy Orton agree with The Shield’s mission? Hear what The Apex Predator has to say about the three NXT invaders in this Raw edition of “Backstage Fallout.” Plus, see how Antonio Cesaro “sticks it” to the WWE Universe”
Ric Flair’s Wife Files For Divorce
According to TMZ, Ric Flair’s fourth wife, Jacqueline Fliehr, has filed for legal separation from Flair in North Carolina. She claims that Flair was unfaithful to her during the marriage. Back in October, the couple filed a separation agreement in October. Part of the agreement called for Flair to pay Jacqueline $4,000 per month in spousal support, a $15,000 one-time payment and an additional $14,000 from the time when they were separated in July.
Jacqueline Fliehr now claims that Flair has not paid any portion of the agreement and has formally requested that a judge force Flair to pay her the agreed upon money. To justify her claim, she says that Flair makes more than $1 million a year.
Regarding Flair’s alleged infidelity during their marriage, she claims that Flair, “has had numerous intimate relationships with other women during the parties’s marriage, to the embarrassment and humiliation of wife.” She also claimed Flair engaged in “acts of illicit sexual behavior.”
Flair’s representatives did not comment for the story and a formal hearing has not been set at this time.
Here is the TMZ.com article:
Ric Flair’s latest marriage has officially hit the mat — his fourth wife has filed for legal separation … claiming the legendary pro wrestler was as big of a cheater in their marriage as he is in the ring.
Jacqueline Fliehr filed the docs in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina earlier this month citing “acts of illicit sexual behavior.”
In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jackie explains, “Husband has had numerous intimate relationships with other women during the parties’ marriage, to the embarrassment and humiliation of wife.”
Jacqueline also notes that she was a “faithful and dutiful wife” ever since they tied the knot in 2009.
But there’s more … Jackie claims Ric has totally screwed her out of tens of thousands of dollars in spousal support he agreed to pay when they hammered out a separation agreement back in October.
According to the docs, Flair agreed to pay Jacqueline $4k per month in spousal support … plus a one-time payment of $15k to cover legal costs. He also agreed to pay $14k in back payments from the time they split in July.
But Jacqueline claims Nature Boy totally blew off the agreement — and hasn’t paid her one single cent.
Now she wants a judge to force Ric to pay up … which shouldn’t be too hard, considering she claims he still makes more than $1 MILLION per year. Not bad for a 63-year-old pro wrestler.