Today's entry will just be a bit of wrestling news as we head into the weekend.
More celebrities have agreed to participate in Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, which begins airing this fall in the United States on Country Music Television. Ed Leslie and Brian Knobbs will train celebrities to wrestle, while Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart and Eric Bischoff will act as judges. The only people involved with the show who have any past in-ring experience are Dustin Diamond, Butterbean, Dennis Rodman and Danny Bonaduce. The celebs will compete in various challenges, with one eventually being named the "Celebrity All-Star Wrestling Champion."
The Undertaker isn't actually retired from wrestling, nor did he violate WWE's Wellness Policy. It should actually be interesting to see how they bring him back to television, since it was stated he couldn't be drafted to another show and that he was banished from the entire company if he lost. Teddy Long is now the General Manager of the ECW brand, so any chance of him taking power back from Vickie Guererro and reinstating the Undertaker to SmackDown is also impossible.
Despite WWE pulling him from appearing at the event, the NWA will still induct Ric Flair into its Hall Of Fame tomorrow night in Atlanta, GA. I believe this makes Flair the only man inducted into both the NWA and WWE Hall Of Fame. Dusty Rhodes and Gordon Solie were previously inducted into both the WWE and WCW Halls Of Fame, however.
D-Lo Brown has re-signed with WWE.
Randy Orton's injury at One Night Stand was in fact legit. He suffered a broken collarbone. Details are still sketchy concerning a return date.
WWE Heat, which for the last few years had been airing only in WWE's international markets and on WWE.com, will soon be going off the air completely.
Nick Bollea (AKA Hulk Hogan's son) has been moved to a communal jail facility. He was hoping for home arrest.
Mick Foley recently took a shot at Bill Goldberg on SmackDown, claiming he was a waste of Vince McMahon's money. Goldberg hasn't responded yet.
Scott Hall is once again taking independent bookings. You can find out more on his official Web site TheScottHall.com.
Bret Hart, Gangrel (AKA The Vampire Warrior), Eugene (now also sometimes going by U-Gene), Scott "Scotty 2 Hotty" Taylor and Tatanka will be touring Ireland with No Limit Wrestling this fall. Here are the dates and locations:
October 23rd, 2008 - Neptune Stadium in Cork
October 24th, 2008 - University Concert Hall in Limerick
October 25th, 2008 - Travellers' Friend Hotel in Castlebar
October 26th, 2008 - Basketball Arena in Tallaght
October 27th, 2008 - Leisure Centre in Letterkenny
October 29th, 2008 - National Event Centre in Killarney
October 30th, 2008 - Dundalk
November 1st, 2008 - White's Hotel in Wexford
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Go to http://www.nolimitwrestling.com for info about NLW and http://www.prowrestlingevents.tk for info about upcoming shows.
The TNA video game is scheduled to be released in September for the PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, and Wii. Go to tnagame.com for more info.
Kevin Thorn has returned to his vampire gimmick in FCW.
Rey Mysterio is being listed for WWE house shows in July. Expect him back on television soon.
TNA recently signed TV distribution deals in Spain and Portugal. Perhaps Aldo Montoya will make an appearance in the Impact Zone.
Jesse Ventura is considering a run for State Senator in Minnesota.
Roughly $10,000 in video equipment was stolen out of one of OVW's vans, forcing the promotion to borrow equipment from a local TV station in order to shoot their latest television taping.
I'm now going to post the 06/06/08 SmackDown spoilers. Some of you in the US may have seen the show already. If you want to be surprised, skip the rest of this entry and I'll see you all sometime next week. For the rest of you, I hope you find the show worth watching when it airs in your area.
La Familia is in the ring. Vickie introduces Edge, who comes out and dedicates his win over the Undertaker to La Familia. He says that Vickie completes him, and that 'Taker should thank Edge for allowing him to leave with dignity. Edge toasts the Undertaker. The lights go out, teasing an appearance, but it was a joke on the fans by Edge. Vickie announces she and Edge will get married on July 11th. Batista's music hits. Batista asks why he wasn't invited to the party, then congratulates Vickie and Edge. He says he hopes they're happy, then says he doesn't mean it. Batista then challenges Edge for the belt but Vickie says that for Batista to get a shot he must win in an eight man tag tonight, and Vickie will choose his three partners. If Edge wins the match, Batista gets no more title shots.
Finlay defeats Chuck Palumbo in a Belfast Brawl after interference from Hornswoggle.
MVP is shown sitting in the back by himself. He won a dark match earlier in the night and wouldn't be featured on the show beyond this point.
Big Show comes out for a promo. He talks about becoming top contender to the ECW Championship. Mark Henry interrupts and says all Big Show did was get put in a match with sticks to become number-one contender. Henry challenges Show, then leaves.
The Great Khali squashes Deuce & Domino in a handicap match.
Vickie Guerrero is now backstage with the Divas. She brags about having absolute power and compares herself to Fabulous Moolah. Vickie says she's going to crown a Diva Champion on Smackdown soon. Interesting that two out of the three WWE brands will now have a Women's division, unless of course the Raw Women's champion gets drafted to SmackDown. I'm still waiting for the ECW brand to get an independent set of Tag Team titles, personally.
Cousin Sal defeated Santino after interference from Jimmy Kimmel.
John Morrison and Miz are backstage and run in to Hornswoggle. They torment him before Finlay makes the save. Hornswoggle blasts the heels with a super soaker.
Edge pulls Chavo Guererro aside backstage, saying he'll soon be his "Uncle Edge." Edge asks Chavo to be best man at he and Vickie's wedding.
Natalya defeats Cherry, Maryse, Victoria, Layle El, and Michelle McCool to advance to Night of Champions.
Vladimir Kozlov defeats Jimmy Yang. Kozlov continues the assault until Shannon Moore makes the save.
Maria interviews Batista backstage.
Hawkins, Ryder, Chavo & Edge are out for the main event. Vickie introduces Batista's partners: Funaki, Nunzio, and Colin Delaney.
Batista's team defeat La Familia when Batista pins Ryder with the Batista Bomb. Edge will now defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Batista at Night of Champions.
This next part may not make it to the final TV broadcast, but: Vickie Guerrero announces her and Edge versus Batista in a handicap match. Batista low blows Edge and pins him. Match over. Batista then press slams Vickie over the top rope and onto the rest of La Familia. They escape to the back.