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HHH Royal Rumble Plans Dropped,Randy Orton On ESPN.com & More
by Coma (comadrug235)
at January 25th, 2009 (12:09 am)
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The Smackdown brand house show scheduled for Wednesday, February 18 in Tijuana, Mexico has been canceled due to poor ticket sales. WWE's running a show on Thursday, February 19 in Leon, Mexico instead. Tickets for the event went on sale this past Thursday.

WWE will holding a Smackdown/ECW television taping on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at "The World's Most Famous Arena," Madison Square Garden.

SmackDown Superstar The Great Khali's "Khali Kiss Kam" was named "Worst Gimmick" in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced this past week. This is Khali's second Wrestling Observer Newsletter award as he was voted "Most Overrated" by the publication's readership last year. Here is the final voter tally:

1. KHALI KISS CAM 62
2. Whiny world champion Samoa Joe 59
3. Super Eric 52
4. G.M. Mike Adamle 25
5. Stone Cold Shark Boy 21
6. Cute Kip 19
7. Kung Fu Naki 15
8. Sheik Abdul Bashir 14
9. Charlie Haas 12
10. Bella Twins 11

Reportedly, Michelle Wilson, who recently quit her job as head of marketing for the U.S. Tennis Association, will be joining World Wrestling Entertainment to replace Geof Rochester as head of marketing. Rochester was among those laid off two weeks ago during the company's cost-cutting initiative. Wilson has previous ties with WWE as she was Vice President of marketing with the XFL. When the league folded, Wilson moved to the tennis group.

During this past Friday's SmackDown, a local commercial in the Mississippi area aired hyping a SmackDown brand house show on Monday, February 2 in Tupelo. The commercial advertised Edge as the WWE Champion -- even picturing him with the belt -- saying he would defend the belt against Jeff Hardy

Voices: WWE The Music, Vol. 9, which will be officially released on Tuesday, has already hit a few stores. Kelly Kelly's theme song, Holla, is featured in the album and is a remixed version. They've added some extra beats to the song.

The Dish Network is doing an all-day promotion hyping the Royal Rumble. On channel 463 you can watch the 1997 Royal Rumble match, which was won by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. On channel 464 you can watch the 2000 Rumble match, which was won by The Rock.

On SmackDown, they were doing a storyline where Vickie Guerrero was going to have Triple H enter the Royal Rumble match as the number one entrant, but the angle has been dropped. The Rumble match has been re-booked in recent days and his originally scheduled role and storyline in the match has changed.
WWE Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Jr. was on the plane to Detroit, Michigan this morning for tomorrow night's Royal Rumble event. No word yet if he'll be used on the show. Bob Orton, Jr. was dropped from his WWE contract on February 13, 2006.

ECW Superstar DJ Gabriel now has an account on the WWE Universe site at

Lucha Libre star Dos Caras, Jr. said he is not going to WWE after all as he recently signed a four-year contract with CMLL. Reportedly, WWE officials wanted Caras to go to their developmental program and "learn to work" first. Caras said if that was the case, he wasn't going to WWE. For several months, Caras said he was going to debut at the Royal Rumble.

WWE Divas Champion Maryse made her much anticipated return on last night's SmackDown after dislocating her kneecap at a SmackDown live event in Raleigh, North Carolina late last month. She isn't quite ready to return to the ring yet, but she did join Tazz and Jim Ross at the announce table last night. The WWE site has posted recovery photos from her stay in the hospital, which you can see at the following link.

TNA continues to send out feelers to Ric Flair, but he has said several times he's not interested in joining them. Flair is not contractually eligible to join TNA until Monday, March 30, 2009 based on the terms of his release from World Wrestling Entertainment last August. TNA is expected to make a substantial offer to Flair after the date.

His reality show is currently being shopped around with multiple offers on the table. The show will be based around Ric and son Reid living together as bachelors with Ric living vicariously through his son. He will be training him to be a professional wrestler, show him how to pick up women,and live life like how he did.

Reid will be teaming up with brother David in a series of tag matches over the next two months which includes a stop at a Millennium Wrestling Federation show in New England where Ric will manage his sons in one corner and John Cena's father will manage two other wrestlers in another corner.

ESPN.com has an interview up with Randy Orton.Orton goes in and out of character during the interview
, talking about kicking Vince McMahon in the head on RAW, Sunday's Royal Rumble and possible additions to The Legacy, growing up as a the son of a wrestler and the influence that Ric Flair and Triple H had on his career.

WWE's website has posted a a video about "The Wrestler" with comments from Mickey Rourke, Lilian Garcia, Mark Henry and Ric Flair, who gives the film a "Whoo!" You can check it out WWE.com.

During a recent appearance at the 36th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference, Linda McMahon announced that rock and roll icons AC/DC will be performing the theme to Wrestlemania XXV at the show in Houston, Texas.

There's no word yet on what song will be used as the theme.

Vince McMahon is said to be a huge fan of AC/DC, getting his first exposure to the band back in 2000 when they were performing on Saturday Night Live the night Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosted the show for the first time.

Many will remember back in November, we reported that McMahon and John Cena were seen "rocking out" at the AC/DC concert at Madison Square Garden.

Jim Ross has posted his latest blog, including some answers to questions that people still seem insistent on asking him. You can check out the full blog at JRsBarBQ.com. Some highlights from this entry:

- Any one who wants to get noticed by the WWE as a wrestler at some point must go through Tampa's FCW. If I thought I had what it took, come hell or high water I would find myself in Tampa at the FCW doorstep and not take no for answer until I got a try out.

- I STILL don't have an answer for any one as to why Randy Savage is not in the WWE Hall of Fame and for the record I am not seeking an answer to that conundrum.

- It is still my belief that Stone Cold will NEVER wrestle Hulk or that the Rock will EVER wrestle any one again.

- The Tommy Dreamer story is good for ECW but I have no idea where this saga will end nor do I want to know. I don't need any "spoiler" fix on the Dreamer TV issue.

- Whoever inducts Stone Cold is great with me. I am not "angry" or "upset" over not inducting Steve as this is Steve's HOF, not mine.

- As far as I know, the "World's Angriest Announcer" and I are broadcasting the WWE Title Bout at the Royal Rumble and we assume the Rumble match with the other announcers but that one is an assumption and we all know what happens when on assumes.



~PWInsider.com
~f4wonline.com
~Wrestling Observer Newsletter
~Rajah.com