Wrestling News Report 25/02/13
Jack Swagger Returns To WWE Last Night
Jack Swagger made his return to the ring for WWE in Waco, Texas on Saturday night in a match against Sin Cara. Zeb Colter also appeared along with Swagger.
This was Swagger’s first appearance for WWE after he was arrested on Tuesday following the SmackDown tapings in Biloxi, Mississippi. Swagger was charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and speeding. He wasn’t originally advertised for the event by WWE.
Ex-Tough Enough Diva Set For TNA Gutcheck
Ivelisse Velez will be the competitor in the next TNA Gutcheck challenge.
Ivelisse was on the revival of WWE Tough Enough featuring Steve Austinand worked in WWE NXT as Sofia Cortez; this is the second female-oriented Gutcheck challenge.
Jason Sensation: ‘HHH Asked Him To Mock Bret Hart’
Jason Sensation recently spoke with Inside The Ropes about his time withWWE in the late 1990s and more. Check out the highlights:
On working with WWE after Montreal: ”There was a couple of times I was doing some home shopping gigs in Canada with WWE and this was prior to my parody as Owen and Triple H was at one of the shows and he came up and asked me to dress up like Bret and make fun of him. I really didn’t wanna do it, he was my favourite guy and everything. Triple H had to sit down and explain the business to me, telling me, ‘You can be a fan, you’re not offending him, this is a job. You’re getting an opportunity, you can still impersonate him for us and it can be in dedication to him even though you’re making fun of him, it’s just part of the gimmick.’ When the time came, I just wanted to run for it and do what they wanted. I remember going and talking to Owen, the fan in me wanted to know, I tried to get him to open up, if he was happy or if he hated where he was. He said he was really content. He kinda gave me the OK that I could go for my dream there.”
On his Own Hart parody: ”They wanted to sign me to a contract eventually so they brought me to shows, my first on the road job was to do Owen Hart. The way that Russo had wrote the promo was for me to be the stick man and do the impressions of each guy (Nation member) while each guy dressed up. It was really a last minute thing. Chyna didn’t want to dress up as Owen Hart. She was like ‘I really don’t want to, i think it’s really out of character for me, i think it’s better if I just stay myself’ So they said ‘Fine, lets just make Jason Owen Hart and you guys just try to do the impressions yourself’ so I was supposed to impersonate the whole Nation. It’s funny how it was all a big last minute change. It turned into something awesome.”
On Owen’s death: ”He really made an impression on me. He was the one that helped me get in, and his impression is what helped me get over. I really looked up to him, he was like an angel to me. I was watching the PPV at home and it shook my whole world up. It was the saddest thing ever. The wrestling world lost a brother, it was so sad. It was one of the saddest times. I made sure I made sure I got to the funeral to pay my respects. I was really, really broken, I can’t imagine how his family felt, my heart still cries for them. It’s the greatest los
Orton, Barrett & Others Tweet On The Undertaker’s Return
Here are tweets by Randy Orton, Ricardo Rodriguez and Wade Barrett reacting to the Undertaker’s return at last night’s Waco, Texas house show:
Randy Orton: Got to watch Undertaker perform in Waco tonight at the #Smackdown live event. Very motivating to watch him do his thing. #Legend Killer
Ricardo Rodriguez: Can’t describe the feeling we all got here tonight in Waco, Texas after having The Undertaker compete. I legit got goosebumps!
Wade Barrett: Hell of a night at #WWEWaco. Expect the unexpected… #WWECollegeStation tomorrow.
Ric Flair at WWE NXT show Sunday night; daughter performs figure-four
Florida Today filed a video report on Ric Flair’s appearance at a WWE NXT Developmental show Sunday night in Melbourne, Fla.
The report includes a brief interview with Flair and his daughter, Charlotte, who wrestled in a tag match at the show. Flair also appeared during the show, accompanying Charlotte and her tag partner, Summer Rae, for a Divas tag match.
Flair described the night appearing with his daughter and watching her wrestle as “one of the most amazing moments of my life.”
Flair also said he believes Charlotte is ready for the main WWE roster. “It’s a tough physical business. She’s built to go, and I think she’s learned her craft way beyond what I thought,” Flair said. “She’s ready to go, man.”
During the match, Charlotte performed Flair’s signature figure-four leglock, which will lead to comparisons on who performs it better – Charlotte or The Miz, who recently adopted Flair’s submission finisher.
Awesome Kong (Kharma) does the Harlem Shake
DGUSA/Evolve has released video of the women’s wrestlers of SHINE Wrestling performing the Harlem Shake dance at Friday’s Shine 7 iPPV in Florida.
Included is the typically ultra-serious, awe-inspiring Awesome Kong (formerly Kharma in WWE) leading the dance after the beat changes.
Wrestling-Themed Episode Of The Simpsons
The Simpsons will be doing a wrestling themed episode next Sunday night. Here’s the official synopsis:
Homer’s obsession with the TV show “Storage Battles” leads the family to discover Grampa’s past identity as “Gorgeous Godfrey,” the most feared, villainous man in pro-wrestling history. What’s more, he was once revered by a young Montgomery Burns who now convinces Grampa to get back in the ring. But when Bart starts to adopt some of his grandfather’s former cheating ways, Grampa must reconcile with his past before it’s too late.
The Updated Extreme Rising Card For April 4th
Here is the updated card for the April 4th Extreme Rising event in Philadelphia…
* Extreme Rising World Title Match: Stevie Richards © vs. Raven
* Jushin Liger vs. Sabu
* Damien 666 & Bestia 666 vs. Super Crazy & Pescadilla
* Matt Hardy vs. Luke Hawx
* Papadon vs. Brian XL vs. John Silver vs. Facade vs. Hijo de Rey Misterio
* Philly Street Fight: Balls Mahoney vs. Matt Tremont
WWE announcer to miss this week’s TV
WWE Smackdown announcer JBL will miss this week’s WWE television after traveling to his next mountain-climbing quest. The length of and recovery from the latest climb will determine whether he misses next week’s TV.
JBL is attempting to climb Mount Aconcagua a/k/a Mt. Death in South America. Prior to starting the climb, JBL tweeted updates on his final preparations on Monday.
“Final gear check today before heading to mountain tomorrow. Lets go climb a mountain!” JBL tweeted. “Summit has averaged -25 to -60 over the last month with no successful summits. That’s about to change! … Gear check all done. I’ve got ten fingers and toes, plan to return with them all. Let’s go climb a mountain! #sevensummitsforkids”