Wrestling News Report 19/01/2012
Superstar Billy Graham Reportedly Very Sick
According to Scott Epstein, who has handled Superstar Billy Graham’s publicity for many years, has stated that the former WWWF Champion is currently dealing with double pneumonia and well as possible heart failure.
David Otunga Has A New Nickname
Jennifer Hudson has revealed that David Otunga, her fiancee, has earned a new nickname. Hudson told Access Hollywood (via Yahoo!) that the nickname, “Curtains,” came about when he scored his first movie role in WWE Studios’s The Call.
Hudson said, “We call him ‘Curtains,’ because when he got the role he was like, ‘Curtains for everybody!’…He’s so excited. I can’t wait to see the film. He’s super excited about the project coming out and he got to play an officer in The Call. I just got to see the preview for it… Look out, curtains for everybody!”
Arrest Warrant Issued For Bobby Eaton
An arrest warrant has been issued for Bobby Eaton after he failed to appear in court on ten-year-old charges of DUI. The warrant was issued in Hollywood, Alabama and is part of a movement by the county to get caught up on their old warrants and show that eventually those who do not show up for court will be caught. If you’re interested, you can clickhere to view his mugshot.
The following is an article from 48 News (WAFF.com):
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) – Police in Hollywood want to find some people who were arrested but failed to make their court appearance. Some of the cases go back decades.
Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler said many of those were arrested for driving under the influence, and most notable is a semi-retired professional wrestler.
Hepler said John Wallace Phillips was shocked when he was picked up this week on warrants taken out in 1986 after he failed to show for a DUI charge and possession of an alcoholic beverage in a dry county, but Hepler is still looking for more people.
In the 1980′s, 70-year-old Arthur Fred Taylor of Blountsville and 56-year-old Kenneth Ray of McCalla both failed to show on DUI charges.
In the 1990′s, 56-year-old Jamie Travis Collins of Dutton failed to show for a driving while license suspended charge in 1995 and 49-year-old Kevin Author Christian of Anniston failed to appear on a driving while license suspended and improper passing in 1997.
But then just over a decade ago, 54-year-old Bobby Lee Eaton of Cherry Valley, Arkansas, better known as Beautiful Bobby of World Championship Wrestling fame, failed to appear in 2002 on a DUI charge.
“The goal of all this is to serve the warrants from the 80′s and to let everybody know that just because your warrant is old, it doesn’t mean that it is nonexistent. You might have rode it out this long, but it stops here,” said Hepler. “We’re going to come for you and get you; it doesn’t matter what we have to do. We are going to serve these warrants.”
Hepler urges these people to turn themselves in.
If anyone has any information about their whereabouts, contact the Hollywood Police Department.
You can find out more here.
Kevin Nash To Work Big Indy Event
The Augusta Free Pres reports that Kevin Nash is set to headline the “Night of the Legends II: Unfinished Business” event on April 13 at the Waynesboro High School.
You can find tickets for the event at this link. Ringside tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. General-admission tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door.
Nash previously headlined the October 2011 “Night of Legends” event which was sold out at the Augusta Expo in Fishersville. Nash lost by countout to Ricky Morton of the Rock and Roll Express after he gave him a chokeslam and powerbomb then left the ring.
Melvin Ward, general manager for Top Rope Pro Wrestling, said: “I feel like we have some unfinished business to take care of given how things ended at the pay-per-view.”
Nash is the first name announced for the event.
WWE interested in reactions to Spoilers & websites
WWE sent out a survey to their new “WWE Fan Council” on Friday, asking respondents to evaluate their interest in “WWE TV tapings.”
Specifically, WWE wanted to know fans’s opinions on online spoilers from TV tapings, habits of viewing spoilers before a particular show airs, and what websites fans visit for live results/reporting on their programming.
This comes at a time when WWE began announcing major Smackdown spoilers the night of the TV tapings in an attempt to “scoop” wrestling news outlets. However, the effect is driving people to news outlets for objective views and legitimate information on the items WWE is self-spoiling.
WWE has desired for years to create a website that is a one-stop location for WWE information. Over time, WWE has gone through phases of regularly spoiling TV tapings, then ignoring TV taping results, releasing insider information, then pulling back, and delivering legitimate news, but complicating matters by mixing in storyline-driven “news.”