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WrestleMania Axxess Tickets,What You Didn't See On Raw & More
by Coma (comadrug235)
at January 28th, 2009 (10:13 am)

According to data compiled by Nielson Media Research, this week's edition of WWE Monday Night Raw (01/26) drew a 3.6 cable rating. This is down from last week's strong 3.9. The first hour drew a 3.5 while the second did a 3.8. Last year's Raw after Royal Rumble garnered a 3.9 cable rating.

WWE sent out the following today:

WrestleMania Axxess

Thursday, April 2 - Sunday, April 5

WrestleMania Axxess is an opportunity for you, your family and your friends to enhance your WrestleMania experience! Attractions include:

Main Ring with Live Matches and talent Q&As - Undertaker's Graveyard - Call-A-Match - Memorabilia Displays - Be your own action figure - Superstars' Art Gallery - Kids Area - WWE Legends of WrestleMania Gaming Area - Film a Superstar Entrance DVD Starring YOU - Championship Belts Display - Autographs - Get a photo with your favorite WWE Superstar - And much more!

Friday night WrestleMania Axxess features:
SmackDown Live! and THQ's Superstar Challenge!

WrestleMania Axxess Tickets go on-sale this Saturday at 10:00 AM CT
Tickets: $25 - LIMITED V.I.P. Packages: $45
Multiple session times available

Tickets available at Reliant Stadium Box Office, all Texas Ticketmaster retail locations, www.ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849.

Go to wrestlemania.com for more information.

Jim Ross offers his thoughts from Royal Rumble and Raw in his latest blog from JRsBarBQ.com. The highlights:

-Saturday I left OKC on Northwest Airlines non stop (gasp) to Detroit where it was about 10 degrees when I landed 45 minutes early at 6:30 p.m. The baggage claim area was full of fans looking for photos and autographs of which I tried to acommodate. There was another large contingent of WWE fans at the downtown Marriott near the Joe Louis Arena. Without question wrestling fans have no issues in bringing chairs, photos, and all sorts of signable goods to sign. During the process, I refused to hold a new born child nor would I sign the infant's arm but that shouldn't make me a bad guy. Other than that all went well.

-Tazz and I had our assignment of handling the WWE Title bout but no one knew for sure who was going to call the Rumble match until a few hours prior to the event starting. I was fortunate to do my prep as if I was going to be a part of the presentation just in case. King was King and he rolled with the flow but working with Jerry was fun ("they put the band back together for one more show.") and it did not seem that we missed too many beats. At least, that was Mrs. J.R's opinion but she is biased. We hoped that you enjoyed it too.

-Great start to the PPV with young, Okie Jack Swagger's ECW Title defense against Matt Hardy. I like a fast moving opening match with intensity as it seems to more often that not set the stage for the PPV event. I had a nice visit with Swagger prior to the show and encouraged him to be athletic and aggressive but that he would ALWAYS be the second toughest man in Perry, Oklahoma behind Danny Hodge, Not that that's a bad thing.

-John Cena and JBL had a fundementally sound, hard hitting contest but HBK is so good that he essentially stole the spotlight during this World's Title bout from hi sprimarily ringside role. The JBL/HBK relationship has been an intriging one and continued to be through Monday's Raw in Cleveland. I have no clue who Shawn Michaels will wrestle at WM25 but following his bout for most wrestlers will be next to an impossibility. Big Event=Wrestlemania=Mr. Wrestlemania. Case closed.

-"My Tazz" as my partner is called my the MyNetworkTV officials who love him and I drove over 300 LONG, SLOW miles from Detroit to Indianapolis on Monday and got so bored we started counting the outdoor basketball goals in the yard of the homes along the highway in Indiana where hoops rule. We usually just "knock" everyone in the biz on these extended car trips but I guess we were in a more mellow mood leaving Motown.

-Raw was an interesting show from a new arena in Cleveland at least new to the WWE which usually plays the Gund. It looked like a near packed house which always helps as it did big time Sunday in "The Joe."

-Master Randy Orton slithered into the ring and mouthed an apology but I have to admit I certainly listened to his verbiage closely. Orton is a very compelling character and seems to be the most talked about character on Monday nights based on the reguloar Joe's I talk to while on the road. I knew that Orton had "issues", his words not mine, but I never knew the official name for him as most of his peers apparently use the slang for the ailment which has to do with a certain part of the male anatomy. Orton is a red hot star on Raw and will no doubt, unless something shocking occurs, play a vital role at he 25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania whether some folks ike it or not. Whether or not I personally like Orton or I don't, I can't wait to see what he does next week on Raw especially after two members of the McMahon Family have now physically assaulted Mr. RKO who hears voices in his head.

-Michael Cole and Lawler were both under the weather Monday night but they seemed to have good nights as I listened to their work in one of the world's oldest airport hotels still standing in America. Tazz and I saved some WWE cash by not flying to Indy and by driving instead. The baseball mogal/Smackdown analyst is quite the wheel man and I could have easily seen the former ECW Champ and Human Suplex Machine being Tony Soprano's driver back in the day on HBO.

The following live notes are compiled from several reader repots I received from fans who were at last night's RAW from the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

--There were several RVD chants throughout the evening.

--The seating capacity at the Wolstein Center is 13,610. Some of the upper seats were tarped off, but there were about 9-10,000 people in attendance. The Wolstein Center is much smaller than the venue where WWE used to run shows in Cleveland (the Quicken Loans Arena), which holds holds 20,500.

--During the commercial breaks, they played video packages highlighting past Wrestlemanias, Wrestlemania 25 hype and several Tribute to the Troops packages.

--A lot of the audience left started leaving after the Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena. Even more left after CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho.

--After the Cena-HBK match, JBL stood over HBK glaring and then just walked away. HBK was helped to the back by two referees.

--After the show went off the air, Shane walked around looking for Orton and then went backstage. Stephanie walked up the ramp giving her brother a round of applause.

--John Cena defeated Chris Jericho in a post-RAW dark match Street Fight. It was a good match that lasted about 10 minutes. Jericho was in control for most of the match, getting several near falls on Cena. Jericho eventually went after Cena with chair, but Cena blocked it and hit Jericho with the [don't call it the] FU for the pin. Jericho left the ring as Cena posed for a while, sending the crowd home happy. The crowd was very into the match.

Umaga made his return at last night's Smackdown tapings from Indianapolis, Indiana. He defeated Jimmy Wang Yang in a match that will air on this week's Smackdown. Umaga has been out of action since August 2007 with a torn PCL. He was cleared to wrestle by doctors but WWE officials wanted him to lose weight before he made his TV return.

WWE officials were concerned with last week's Raw angle when Randy Orton punted Vince McMahon's head. It was a legit kick and McMahon's face was cut from Orton's boot. Recent reports have said Vince McMahon suffered a concussion following the incident but that was not the case. Vince told Orton to bring it for the angle to make it more realistic and draw more viewers in since he has a known history for taking real abuse from past angles.

Michelle McCool posted a new blog on WWE Universe. In the blog she speaks about Maryse wanting a rematch with her. Here is what McCool had to say:

I am laughing so hard right now at the blog Maryse posted. Maryse is sadly mistaken if she thinks there is one bone in her body that I am jealous of. Her#1 fan???? Her ego is Her #1 fan and I'm sure that even it gets tired of her telling everyone how "sexy she is!" Wanting to go down as the "sexiest of sexy" in history just proves where your heart is. That's exactly where it should stay to....I will give it to you though; you have to work with what you've got. It's funny how you seem to show no signs of a "dislocated" knee anywhere but in your mind. So, as for the rematch - I can't wait! keep your puppies pushed in and all the way up to your forehead b/c that is ALL you've got.

Oh.....and by the way, about your new outfit - Candice Michelle called. She wants her robes back! Judging by your "style," your her #1 fan - now that my friend is something to be proud of! (insert sarcasm here)!

WWE Superstar Ken Kennedy is roughly one month away from making a full in-ring return to World Wrestling Entertainment. This would put him in a possible match during February's "No Way Out" PPV, or at least be involved in some sort of build up towards Wrestlemania 25.

Kennedy says in a interview that he is still recovering from an injury he sustained in August that sidelined him for nearly 5 months and a recent visit to the doctor has him very optimistic about his return.

Kennedy also said the most difficult thing about recovering is getting back into ring shape as he does not like cardio work outs. He faces tough challenges as both his wife and personal trainer are working with him to get him prepared for his return to the ring.

~Figure Four Weekly Newsletter