Wrestling News Report 21/12/2012
WWE Launches New ‘Fan Council’ Online Community
WWE has launched a new online community called the “WWE Fan Council Team.” The group has been kicked off with a survey to get basic information on demographics for people interested in the council; the council “will seek your feedback on various WWE topics and initiatives. Your input will play a key role in shaping the future of WWE.”
You can take the survey here.
Ric Flair’s Return Segment Tops The RAW Ratings
The return of Ric Flair on RAW this week drew a show best 3.2 quarter-hour rating at the top of the second hour. No other quarter-hour, including the overrun, topped a 3.0. The segment with Flair features CM Punk, Paul Heyman and John Cena.
The Rock Added To SD Tapings
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is scheduled to appear on the first Monday Night RAW of 2013 on 1/7 in Tampa and the SmackDown taping the following night on 1/8 in Miami. We reported earlier that Rock is scheduled to make regular appearances on RAW in early 2013 heading into the Royal Rumble along with hype for WrestleMania 29.
Vince McMahon ‘Furious’
In the THQ bankruptcy filing, it is noted that WWE is owed $45 million. This is why WWE issued a statement on Wednesday noting they were “actively participating within this proceeding.” According to sources, Vince McMahon was described as being “furious” at the SmackDown tapings Wednesday night.
Former WWE Announcer Gets New ESPN Gig
ESPN has announced via press release that Todd Grisham, who worked for WWE from 2004 through 2011, will be taking over Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes. Grisham will be the studio host while former host Bernardo Osuna will become the show’s first on-site reporter. Grisham’s gig will begin when the show comes back on January 4th.
Kurt Angle announces legal settlement
TNA star Kurt Angle announced Friday morning on Twitter that he has reached a settlement in his legal dispute Wafi Wahidi, who Angle claims was to create several Apps for his Angle Foods brand.
“A fair Settlement Has Been Completed With @WabaSocial,” Angle tweeted. “The Settlement Ends Any Dispute With Wafi Wahidi and Kurt Angle.”
Why Ryback vs. CM Punk Likely Won’t Happen on January 7th, New Gig for Ernest “The Cat” Miller
The Wrestling Observer reports that former WCW and WWE star Ernest “The Cat” Miller is now working as the Director of Chuck Norris’ World Combat League.
- After it was reported that Ryback vs. CM Punk for the WWE Title would take place at the January 7th RAW, and even strongly teased by WWE at RAW and this week’s RAW tapings, word came out that the match might not happen after all. Now we know why.
There is strong talk that the match won’t happen on January 7th because the idea is to milk Ryback vs. Punk for as long as they can without actually doing the match. Eventually it will happen but officials really want Punk healed up because they have him set for a major WrestleMania 29 role. They want to make sure he doesn’t come back and re-injure the knee, putting all Road to WrestleMania plans in jeopardy.