Randy Orton Injured At The SD Tapings
WWE.com is reporting that Randy Orton suffered a cervical strain and cervical neuropraxia at the WWE SmackDown taping on Tuesday night in Providence, Rhode Island.
Orton worked a long TV match with Alberto Del Rio and worked in a six-man tag-team match in the post show dark match. There was no injury angle done on the live show. No word on if the injury occurred during the TV taping or during the post-show dark match but it sounds like the dark match as they wouldn’t have sent him out there if they knew about the injury beforehand.
Bruce Prichard Quits TNA?, D-Lo Brown Fired?
Bruce Prichard may become a casualty of TNA’s cost-cutting. Sources report that as the company restructures itself, they have been asking office personnel to restructure their deals. Prichard was asked to do so and has reportedly rejected that request and his days are said to be numbered in the company as a result.
TNA’s agents were also asked to do so and some within TNA say that shortly after D-Lo agreed to a per-night agreement, he was fired.
Doc and Tara Gone
DOC (Drew Hankinson) and Tara departed from TNA today. Tara’s release was a cost-cutting move as she was the company’s highest-paid female wrestler by a high margin and the decision was made to put that money elsewhere.
Hankinson’s release, on the other hand, had nothing to do with cost issues. Sources say that Hankinson’s contract negotiations went on too long and his contract had expired. There were creative plans to have him turn babyface in place, which had been teased on TV. The blame on Hankinson’s departure has been laid at Bruce Pritchard’s feet by some; losing Hankinson is one of many situations where contract negotiations came down to the wire and some, like RVD, have left the company over it. The two sides could still come to terms, but as of now he is gone.
Ric Flair Arrest Warrant Issued
An arrest warrant has been issued for Ric Flair over money he owes his ex-wife Jacqueline Beems. Flair was ordered to pay $4,000 per month to Beems, but according to the Charlotte Observer he has not paid and owes Beems $32,352.51. A judge in Mecklenburg, North Carolina judge issued the arrest order on July 3rd.
Flair can avoid jail time by paying his owed amount. Beems is the woman who turned herself into police after she had her own arrest warrant out for making harassing phone calls to Flair’s current girlfriend Wendy Barlow Kidder (FiFi The Maid in WCW). This seems like a case of Flair saying “you wanna’ mess with my family?, I’ll mess with you!” type deal.
RIC FLAIR’S EX-WIFE TURNS HERSELF IN TO POLICE
Ric Flair’s ex-wife, Jacqueline Beems, turned herself in to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office this morning, answering the warrant issued claiming she harassed Flair’s current girlfriend Wendy “Fifi The Maid” Barlow Kidder last October. She was wanted on a the misdemeanor charge for allegedly making harassing phone calls to Flair’s girlfriend. Flair and Beems were married at the time.
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WWE Raw on Monday, July 15 scored a 3.04 rating, down slightly from a 3.08 rating last week leading into the Money in the Bank PPV.
Chris Jericho Done With WWE
Chris Jericho posted the following on Twitter last night after the WWESmackDown tapings…
So long to @WWE for now…2013 was one of my favorite in ring yrs ever! Thx for always sticking w Y2J & see u on the road soon w @FOZZYROCK!
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) July 17, 2013
ROH ANNOUNCES BRACKETS AND DATES FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF THE ROH TITLE TOURNAMENT
Here are the brackets for the upcoming tournament for the ROH World Title.
July 27th – ROH TV TAPING – Providence, Rhode Island
* FIRST ROUND – Adam Cole vs. Mark Briscoe
* FIRST ROUND – Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt
* FIRST ROUND – Karl Anderson vs. ACH
August 3rd – ALL STAR EXTRAVAGANZA V – Toronto, Ontario Canada
* FIRST ROUND – Tommaso Ciampa vs. Winner of July 27th match between Silas Young & Adam Page
* FIRST ROUND – Michael Bennett vs. BJ Whitmer
* FIRST ROUND – Kevin Steen vs. Brian Kendrick
* FIRST ROUND – Michael Elgin vs. Paul London
* FIRST ROUND – Roderick Strong vs. World TV Champion Matt Taven
Tickets for both shows can be purchased at the link below:
RANDY ORTON INJURY UPDATE
“Hey, remember when I said don’t listen to the net? I’m fine. Del Rio’s kicks are hard as hell, and I caught one to the neck, part of the job”.
When asked if by “the net” he meant WWE’s official company website he wrote, “No I mean every other ..”