|*~!WWE and NWA News For Week Ending October 18th, 2003!~*
- Rodney Mack suffered some sort of knee injury at Friday night's RAW brand house show in Louisville, Kentucky. He will have an MRI tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.
- At the same show, Test suffered a broken foot that will keep him out of action for approximately six weeks.
- Jimmy Yang, who was recently signed to a developmental contract by WWE, is expected to debut in the coming weeks as a member of the Smackdown roster. It's expected that he'll form some sort of alliance with current Cruiserweight Champion, Tajiri.
- As you probably already know, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are set to be married on Saturday, October 25th. The rumor going around is that the ceremony will take place at Tappan Hills in upstate New York.
- Stone Cold hosts 'Greatest Feuds' on VH1
Stone Cold Steve Austin is hosting a new show on VH1, "40 Greatest Celebrity Feuds." If you miss the official premiere Friday at 9 p.m. ET, it will be re-aired throughout the week. Check your local listings for channel.
- Nowinski still struggling with headaches
Since originally suffering a concussion on June 21, Christopher Nowinski has yet to go more than four days without a headache. Unfortunately, he cant even consider a WWE comeback until hes headache free for two to four weeks straight.
- Six years ago: the first Hell in a Cell
Six years ago this week, on Oct. 5, 1997 in St. Louis, Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker battled in the first-ever Hell in a Cell. "I knew as we were doing it that it was a really good match," Michaels said. "And obviously when it was over, I knew it was really good. Wed done something that was groundbreaking and special. I like being part of a really good product, and we definitely created one."
- As ridiculous as it may sound, WWE officials are now blaming Viacom's decision to change TNN's name to Spike TV as a reason for their declining ratings.
- Stephanie McMahon's appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show has absolutely no effect on the show's ratings, as it pulled in a 1.3, which is slightly below what the show usually does.
- Hulk Hogan has arrived in Japan for his match with Masahiro Chono. The two are set to square off tomorrow at the Tokyo Dome.
- It has been speculated for the past few weeks, but it finally looks as though Maven will be joining Evolution as the fourth member. Officials are said to be very high on the young superstars and see him as a future main eventer because of his look and charisma.
- Kane was kept off house shows this past weekend in order to sell the injury angle from RAW.
- WWE is in preliminary negotiations with Howard Stern concerning the possibility of him appearing at WrestleMania XX in New York City. This isn't the first time the two sides have discussed Stern appearing at WrestleMania, as he was rumored to be appearing at last years event as well. With this year's event taking place in NYC, there is a far better chance of it happening.
- Jonathan Coachman is now accepting independent bookings as a manager.
- Vince McMahon used the poor rating for the Lesnar/Angle Iron Man match on Smackdown a few weeks back as proof to back up his theory that a pure wrestling show doesn't sell. This is why Smackdown is becoming more storyline-oriented, much like RAW.
- Although many don't believe it to be true, Hulk Hogan told the Japanese media that he would be ending his career in Japan, and he has no interest in competing at WrestleMania XX.
- Former WWE developmental talent Chad Collyer was the person playing the role of Kane's doctor on last night's RAW. Collyer was trained by Dean Malenko and has competed for various promotions, including Michinoku Pro and Ring of Honor.
- The nurse in the hospital skit was played by OVW's Nurse Lulu, who is Nidia's sister in real life.
- Batista is expected to spend several weeks in OVW before he makes his return to WWE television. Many speculate that he'll make his return in time to build a program for Survivor Series.
- When Goldberg came to the ring to cut his promo, WWE showed a shot of the crowd because his microphone wasn't audible to those inside the arena. Those of us at home were able to hear him fine, but those who were there live weren't. By the time Shawn Michaels came to the ring, the problem had been fixed.
- The ring announcer on RAW last night was Justin Roberts. Roberts is a former "tough man" announcer and was brought in because Lilian Garcia requested the day off.
- The "mystery" person who ran over Goldberg on RAW will be revealed as none other than Kevin Nash. As I reported a while back, Nash is expected to return as a heel and begin a feud with Goldberg, which will most likely result in a match between the two at Survivor Series. With Goldberg vs. Shawn Michaels being announced for next week's RAW, we could see the return of Nash as early as next week.
- Variety is reporting that The Rock has signed on to star in yet another movie, New Line Cinema's "Instant Karma".
The film will tell the story of a safecracker, played by The Rock, who dies and is reincarnated as different animals, making his way up the food chain.
The others who've signed on to take part in the movie include Pierce Brosnan, Mira Sorvino, David Alan Grier and Eartha Kitt. Birt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise and Gene Wilder have also signed on to do the voices for the animals in the film.
The movie is set to begin production in April 2004 in New Orleans.
- The 10/13 edition of RAW scored a 3.6 cable rating, with a 5 share, according to Nielsen Media Research. That is up from last week's 3.4, which should be seen a huge success considering it was running head-to-head with both the Yankees-Red Sox game and Monday Night Football. The highest rated segment of the show was the overrun, which did a 4.2.
- The 10/11 edition of Velocity did a 0.7 cable rating, with a 1 share.
- The 10/11 edition of Confidential did a 0.5 cable rating, with a 1 share.
- The 10/12 edition of Heat did a 1.0 cable rating, with a 2 share.
- WWE.com has announced that Triple H will be competing at the RAW brand house shows on the weekend of 10/17-10/19. He'll be competing in tag matches against Goldberg.
- Hulk Hogan will be returning to New Japan Pro Wrestling to work their 1/4 Tokyo Dome show.
- New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced to the Japanese media that the company would be sending Tiger Mask IV to appear at NWA-TNA's Bound For Glory PPV event on 11/30. This won't be the first time Mask has worked in the United States, as he competed at an ECW event in Queens, NY back in 1997.
- Channelnewsasia.com recently conducted an interview with The Rock. When asked about retiring from professional wrestling, he had the following to say:
"I look forward to being challenged as an actor, but I love going back to the ring to have fun with the fans. That interaction, I love. So, I can honestly say I don't think I'll officially retire. I don't want to be one of those guys who retires and then three months later says 'I'm back!'"
- Vince Russo's appearance on last night's NWA-TNA PPV may have been his last. Russo will be taking a leave of absence during Hulk Hogan's run with the company, due to Hogan refusing to work with him because of their well documented hate for one another.
There had been some talk that Russo would be take on the role of a "ghost writer" in that he would watch the PPVs from his home and contribute ideas (much like Paul Heyman does for WWE), but that's not confirmed.
Once Hogan has completed his obligations, Russo will most likely return in some capacity. Whether he'll returns as an on-screen character is still unknown at this point.
As far as Hogan's deal goes, there is speculation that TNA will be paying him a percentage of the buyrates for each show he appears on. TNA management see Hogan as a huge source for promotion, and are trying to land him appearances on Jay Leno, David Letterman, etc.
- Triple H vs. Goldberg is being advertised on a cable commercial as the main event for Survivor Series.
- WWE seems to have hit a small roadblock when it comes to the Vince McMahon vs. Stephanie McMahon match at No Mercy. The Maryland State Athletic Commission has a rule when it comes to pro wrestling that there can't be any male vs. female matches. If WWE decides to go ahead with the match, which they'll most likely do, they could face a maximum fine of $2,000. The commission informed them that if they decided to follow through with the match, the fine would be issued. WWE basically told them that they would have a check ready for them, because they have no plans to change anything.
- WWE has started talks with Rob Van Dam about a contract extension, but talks are reportedly gone nowhere thus far. After months of being misused, many see the decision to put the Intercontinental belt on RVD as a way of trying to make him believe that there are plans to push him further up the ladder.
- Stu Hart, the patriarch of the famous Hart family and one of the biggest legends in Canada, passed away this afternoon at 2:25 p.m., due to complications from diabetes and pneumonia. He was 88.
Stu Hart, the father of Bret "The Hitman" Hart and the late Owen Hart, was responsible for training several top WWE superstars. He was also the promoter for Stampede Wrestling, one of the most well-known Canadian wrestling territories.
- Vince McMahon released the following statement on WWE.com regarding the passing of Stu Hart:
"It was with great sorrow that we learned today of the death of Stu Hart. Stu was a pioneer in professional wrestling. More importantly, he was a great man. His influence within our industry, his community and his country was immense. He will be missed, but his legend will live on. All of us at WWE send our condolences to Stus family. Our thoughts and our prayers are with them during this difficult time."
- Thanks to Carey Sczepucha for the following:
I just caught John Cena on the radio on 105.7 FM in Baltimore hyping the PPV. Here are some of the highlights.
- Cena was asked what he thought about the Macho Man's new CD and he said it sucked and that it sounded like a wrestler trying to rap and that if you look at the cover of the CD you would see that Macho didn't even write his own lyrics.
- Being that he was in Baltimore, he was playing the face role because he is facing Angle, who is from Pittsburgh, at the PPV, and if you live in Baltimore you hate Pittsburgh and you hate the Steelers.
- A caller asked him about the writing issues and he really gave the best explanation that I have heard. He said that unlike other TV shows, they have no off-season, no reruns and no time to take some time off, regroup and come up with fresh ideas. He continued by saying that very often the show is written on the fly and sometimes they come up with stuff the fans like and sometimes they dont. But, he said that it is impossible to knock the ball out of the park on every show because of the amount of shows that they put on every year.
- IMDB.com is reporting that The Rock will be starring in an upcoming movie, where he'll play the role of John Travolta's sidekick. The movie, which is tentatively titled "Be Cool", is a sequel to Travolta's 1995 film "Get Shorty". The movie will begin shooting in January of 2004. IMDB.com also reports that The Rock will play "a gay bodyguard-singer who develops an alliance with Travolta's character."
- It appears that Rodney Mack's knee injury will keep him out of action for about four months.
- Test will be out of action for 2 to 4 weeks.
- Because Kevin Nash has been experiencing neck pains, there is talk that he may be considering undergoing surgery with Dr. Jho in Pittsburgh. As you probably know, Jho performed a less invasive neck surgery on Kurt Angle that has held up very well thus far. Those close to Nash say that due to the pain in his neck, there is absolutely no way he can wrestle right now.
- WWE.com is advertising Goldberg vs. Shawn Michaels for the World Heavyweight Championship as the main event for this Monday's RAW in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
- Triple H is being praised in Hollywood for his work ethic. Although most believe he won't end up as a big star like The Rock, he'll most likely continue receiving movie deals.