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RVD Update,Rumble News & More
by Coma (comadrug235)
at January 26th, 2009 (12:00 pm)

More than likely, Mike Adamle is no longer employed to WWE as his contract would have expired by now. One year ago today, it was announced on WWE.com that Adamle had signed on with the company. Adamle is working for NBC 5 in Chicago as a sports anchor. He kept the gig during his time in WWE.

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan now has an account on the WWE Universe site at the following link.

Several readers sent in word that video footage of Randy Orton's attack on Vince McMahon from last week's RAW was already edited into his Titantron entrance video at last night's Rumble. As Jim Ross wrote in his blog this weekend, the storyline WWE is going with is that Vince McMahon suffered a concussion from Orton's head kick.

While Randy Orton was the final man standing after last night's Royal Rumble, Triple H spent the most time in the ring (49:55) and tied Big Show for the most eliminations (6). For more Rumble stats, visit WWE.com .

The word backstage was that Rob Van Dam's appearance at last night's Royal Rumble was a one-time appearance. While the door is open for him to make a full-time return at any time, he is currently tending to his wife's health issues. WWE approached Van Dam about about making the cameo two days before the PPV. From reading several live reports, his appearance got the biggest pop of the night.

Here are some more Royal Rumble news items:

-The announced attendance for tonight's Royal Rumble pay-per-view was 16,685. The show was a legitimate sellout.

--Among the names backstage at the Royal Rumble in Detroit were "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Umaga and Evan Bourne.

-Jimmy Wang Yang beat Paul Burchill in a dark match prior to the show going live on PPV.

-Randy Orton, the winner of tonight's 30-Man Royal Rumble match, entered as the eighth participant and was in the match for 48 minutes and 27 seconds.

It has been confirmed that Jim Ross will be inducting "Cowboy" Bill Watts into the WWE Hall of Fame this April. Ross worked under Watts in the Mid-South territory in the 1980s and have been close friends for a number of years.

John Cena has been pulled from next week's Raw brand house show swing. Cena was advertised to defend his belt against Chris Jericho, but the main events have been changed to Rey Mysterio vs. Jericho in two out of three fall matches.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin had his eyes set on Ric Flair inducting him into the WWE Hall of Fame in April, but he will not be getting his way. Vince McMahon made the call this past week to not have Flair induct Austin into the Hall of Fame. However, Flair has been invited to the event nonetheless. Austin's inductor is up in the air now, although Vince McMahon has been speculated as the most likely choice.

According to a statement released by the WWE.com this afternoon, Vince McMahon "suffered a concussion" as a result of the punt from Randy Orton on last Monday's Raw. Additionally, the McMahon family has decided not to comment on the situation, nor confirm or deny a possible appearance at tonight's Royal Rumble pay-per-view event. {Mr. McMahon injury update}

SmackDown Superstar Vladimir Kozlov was named "Most Overrated" in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced this past week. Triple H was only 70 votes shy of winning the award for a fourth time. Triple H won the award three years in a row from 2003 to 2005. For this year's award, here is the final voter tally:

1. VLADIMIR KOZLOV (143)1,022
2. HHH (139)953
3. Great Khali (64)583
4. Sting (38)377
5. Kevin Nash (37)374
6. Batista (32)372
7. Kane (38)332
8. C.M. Punk (34)305
9. Mr. Kennedy (29)299
10. JBL (18)197

You can see the content listing for WWE 24/7 Classics on Demand through the month of February at the following link. February's theme is "Black History Month." WWE 24/7 will be airing the infamous WCW Bash at the Beach 2000 pay-per-view near the end of the February.

Following Hardcore Holly's release from WWE on January 16, reaching him proved to be quite difficult for a number of indy wrestling promoters looking to offer him work. The promoters were calling people in WWE trying to get his phone number, but almost nobody in the company had any idea what it is. Holly wasn't particularly liked during his time in WWE and said to have almost no friends. His one close friend was Billy Gunn, who left the company years ago.

The Triple H vs. Vladimir Kozlov vs. Edge Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship at the 11/23 Survivor Series in Boston was named "Worst Match Of The Year" in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced this past week. Here is the final voter tally:

2. Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen 11/5 Hollywood, FL 34
3. Santino Marella vs. Honky Tonk Man 10/26 Phoenix 22
5. Warrior vs. Orlando Jordan 6/25 Madrid, Spain 19
6. Kane vs. Mark Henry vs. Big Show 6/29 Dallas 16
7. Mark Henry vs. Matt Hardy 8/17 Indianapolis 15
8. Rhodes & DiBiase vs. Lawler & Cole 7/28 Washington 14
9. A.J. Styles vs. Frank Trigg 9/14 Oshawa 13

Today's top searches on the front page of Yahoo.com include Academy Award-nominated actor Mickey Rourke and the WWE Royal Rumble. The star of The Wrestler was listed as the fourth-most searched for person/item of the day with the "WWE Royal Rumble" falling in the ninth spot.

For a number of weeks there had been talk of adding DH Smith to Randy Orton's Legacy faction, but those plans have cooled off after the twist with Vince McMahon and Orton on last Monday's Raw.

Officials were looking to call up Smith and his tag team partner TJ Wilson to SmackDown, but their partnership quietly broke off in developmental after Smith suggested to the creative team that he be brought on board for the Legacy.

Orton himself hinted at Smith possibly joining the Legacy in an interview with ESPN.com this past week. Regarding Smith, Orton said: "One guy I've been looking at really closely is Harry Smith. He's Davey Boy Smith's son, and he's a big, young kid who has that hunger. He's a strong boy, and I think he's at that age now where he's learned from some of the mistakes he's made in the past. He originally debuted as DH Smith, but he's a completely different person right now. I have my eye on him, but we'll have to see what the future holds. I need one more guy, but he has to have wrestling in his blood and he has to have that potential to one day follow in my footsteps. I won't settle for anything less."

Friday marked the 25th anniversary of the most historical days in professional wrestling - the birth of Hulkamania. On January 23, 1984, Hulk Hogan beat the Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden to win the World Wrestling Federation Championship and spark a brand new era. In honor of the anniversary of the event, www.NYDailyNews.com has a photo gallery highlighting Hogan's storied career.

Raw Superstar Dolph Ziggler now has an account on the WWE Universe site.

~Wrestling Observer Newsletter