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RKO's Disorder,JR'S Latest Blog,Mickey Rourke Not Appearing At WrestleMania 25 & More
by Coma (comadrug235)
at January 29th, 2009 (12:30 pm)

Lilian Garcia posted a blog answering select questions from fans on her MySpace account { myspace.com/liliangarcia ). Lilian is asked to name her most memorable moment during her time in WWE, but she can't pick just one. You can read what she has to say at the following link.

WWE will be returning to Finland after a long absence. They will be holding a house show at the Ice Hall in Helsinki, Finland on June 10th, 2009. Tickets go on sale February 23rd, 2009 at 9 AM. This will be the first WWE event in Helsinki since November of 2005. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.

Jim Ross updated the blog section of JRsbarbq.com. Here are some highlights:

-Mickey Rourke & Chris Jericho : "Mickey Rourke seems like a likable guy as depicted on The Larry King Show on CNN this week. I caught the replay while in Indianapolis and was entertained by Rourke's laid back banter and mild rebuttal to Chris Jericho as the two of them discussed various possibilities at Wrestlemania 25. If Rourke and Jericho were ever to meet in a wrestling ring, I wonder how many die hard wrestling fans would boo the Golden Globe winning actor and cheer the controversial Jericho? Second question is, does it matter if there is a backside every 18"?"

-An update on Rob Van Dam's wife : "The highlight of the Royal Rumble was seeing RVD's wife Sonja who looked absolutely amazing especially in light that she just finished several weeks of chemotherapy in her battle with cancer. I am so thankful that Sonja, with her husband's support, is winning her fight with the Big "C" as this native Oklahoma lass is one of the nicest wrestler's wives in the business."

-Umaga's Return : "Umaga returns to Friday Night Smackdown this week which will add an addition spark to the broadcast. It also appears that Matt Hardy likely will be joining the SD roster which adds much needed, main event depth to the show as well."

The Associated Press issued the following press release this evening saying Mickey Rourke won't be appearing at WrestleMania after all:

Mickey Rourke won't rumble with WWE superstar

HOUSTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for actor Mickey Rourke says he won't be taking his role as a professional wrestler into a real-life ring after all.

Paula Woods told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Rourke will not wrestle WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 in April at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

Woods wrote in an e-mail that the Oscar-nominated actor "will not be participating in Wrestlemania. He is focusing entirely on his acting career."

Rourke portrays professional wrestler Randy the Ram in the acclaimed movie "The Wrestler." He made a surprise announcement about the wrestling event Sunday night on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

Rourke had said he was going to toss Jericho "around the ring like tossed salad."

Howard Finkel posted a blog on the WWE Universe site this afternoon asking how General Manager Theodore Long could let Matt Hardy walk away from ECW without getting anyone in return. "Teddy, what were you thinking? What is wrong with you?," Finkel wrote. "How could you let Matt Hardy just walk away from ECW, and not get anything in return from SmackDown? Once Matt expressed his desire to you to be released, did you not even think about picking up the phone, calling your SmackDown GM counterpart Vickie Guerrero, and regardless of past feelings, let her know of Matt's desires, and attempt to make a deal with her?" Finkel believes Long should have made a deal with Guerrero and asked for MVP in return. "The air is stagnant now for MVP, and in my opinion, all he needs is a fresh start to get back on track," Finkel wrote. "It's amazing what a change of scenery can do for someone. And Teddy, MVP is that talented enough that he WOULD have made a difference in your brand; believe that playa!!!" Finkel also asks what happened to the "new talent initiative" on ECW. Finkel believes MVP could have fit into that category quiet well. (Teddy, What Happened?)

Former TNA Superstar Johnny Devine was backstage at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and according to SLAM! Wrestling , at Monday's Raw in Cleveland as well. Devine was also backstage at the Raw in Toronto a few weeks ago. There has been talk between both sides.

WWE flew in Bill Watts last week to get him ready for his upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, and also tape a couple of "Legends of Wrestling" discussion show episodes for WWE 24/7. WWE taped one episode focusing on the history of African-American wrestlers with a panel of Watts, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Ross, Teddy Long and Tony Atlas. Ron Simmons was scheduled to participate in the show, but when he got released two weeks ago, Tony Atlas got the slot. WWE also taped a show with Watts and Rhodes regarding the history of wrestling in the state of Texas.

TNA iMPACT is not the only wrestling video game having sales difficulty as sales for the SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 are reportedly down as well. Sales were down 22% at of the end of the year compared with the same time period for the 2008 version of the game. THQ was hoping to break even this year, but lackluster sales for the WWE game as well as the SpongeBob SquarePants game (down 19% from last year) will make it difficult for the video game publisher. "The WWE decline is particularly concerning since that franchise had been one of THQ's last bastions of strength," said Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz. The decline was said to be more alarming since this year's game has considerably better critical reviews compared to last year. {THQ Will Miss Targets - Analyst}

According to MMAJunkie.com, former WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley has been forced to pull out of his second MMA fight after suffering an ankle ligament injury during a training session. No other information regarding his injury has been disclosed at this time.

Hemeltoday.co.uk has a story on Terri Runnels helping a 28-year-old man from the UK suffering with failing kidneys and in desperate need of a transplant. The former WWE Diva has promised to fly to the UK from Florida to be by his side if a donor can be found. The fan started speaking to Terri last summer after he began posting tributes on her on the internet. "When I was younger I didn't like wrestling but my friend was watching it and I saw her and thought, 'wow she is gorgeous' and that's how it started," 28-year-old Martin Duggan said. "When we started talking I told her my problems and knowing that I am a big fan she took an interest in me and it meant a lot." Terri explained to Hemeltoday.co.uk what the fan means to her. "Martin is the sweetest teddy bear in the world to me. I have a plethora of fans across the world and he is a true die-hard fan," Terri said. "I have told him I will do whatever I can to be with him when he has the operation.

If I lived in the UK in a heart beat I would be tested to see if I'm a match for him. People only need one kidney, so if there was anyone out there who could help it would be amazing." {Wrestling stars helps man battle illness}

ShelbyStar.com has an article on Ric Flair headlining a wrestling fundraiser in Shelby, North Carolina on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the following link.

ROH announced former WWE star D-Lo Brown is scheduled to appear on the February 7 show in Orlando, Fla. "I hear how great the wrestlers in ROH are," Brown tells ROHWrestling.com "And I look forward to showing the fans that it's okay to still be down with the brown. After the seventh in Orlando, I'm sure all of ROH will be too." For now, the appearance is being billed as "one night only."

The New Alhambra Arena, formerly known as the ECW Arena, has officially undergone another name change and is now simply "The Arena." You can check out The Arena's new website at Thearena.biz.

It has been confirmed that Ricky Steamboat will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. He will be inducted by Ric Flair.

Steamboat and Ted DiBiase got a lot of votes for last year's internal election regarding the WWE Hall of Fame. Vince McMahon takes the candidates with the most votes under consideration but makes all the picks in the end. The two wrestling legends weren't snubbed last year, but Vince knows he can't put all the best candidates in at once, so they are spread out over years.

Mike Adamle was honored with the "Worst Television Announcer" award in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced last week. Adamle beat out TNA color commentator Don West by 259 votes. Here is the final voting tally:

1. MIKE ADAMLE (289)1,623
2. Don West (93)1,364
3. Michael Cole (107)1,310
4. Todd Grisham (70)806
5. Mike Tenay (12)274
6. Jerry Lawler (4)172
7. Mauro Ranallo (14)141
8. Tazz (13)107
9. Bubba the Love Sponge (12)90
10. Jay Glazer 67

In case you missed it, you can see the trailer for WWE's next highly anticipated feature film, 12 Rounds , at WWE.com . The film starring WWE Raw Superstar John Cena is scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, March 27, 2009. The movie is rated "PG-13" for "intense sequences of violence and action" by the MPAA.

In the latest update on the official website of Batista, www.Demon-Wrestling.com , his people are saying he won't be cleared to return to the ring from injury for five or six months. WWE still had hopes for Batista to wrestle at WrestleMania, but that's off the cards now. Here is his website's statement:

Dave's recovery is going very well. He's in the gym twice a day but being very cautious.

Looking forward to coming back as soon as he's able.

Doubtful he'll be cleared before 5-6 months but he'll be back stronger and better than ever.

-- Chris Jericho was honored with the "Wrestler of the Year" award in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced last week. Jericho beat out Edge by a mere 30 votes. Here is the final voting tally:

1. CHRIS JERICHO (139)1,198
2. Edge (116)1,168
3. Shawn Michaels (157)1,111
4. Keiji Muto (97)976
5. Nigel McGuinness (45)658
6. John Cena (73)595
7. Shingo Takagi (57)449
8. Cibernetico (53)377
9. Kurt Angle (32)275
10. Bryan Danielson (12)215

-- ECW Superstar DJ Gabriel posted a blog on the WWE Universe site admitting he's not a great dancer. Gabriel wrote: "Granted, there are probably a great many people out there in the WWE Universe who aren't too fond of my dancing in particular. But that's o.k! I don't pretend for one minute that I'm a great dancer, I'm not going to be a contender on 'Dancing with the Stars'. I'm just being myself, and proving that I don't mind making a fool of myself in front of millions of people in the name of entertainment." {Shall We Dance?}

On Monday's Raw, WWE explained Randy Orton's recent rash of violent behavior by saying he had the behavioral disorder IED (intermittent explosive disorder). According to a number of medical websites, IED is defined as "a behavioral disorder characterized by extreme expressions of anger, often to the point of uncontrollable rage." It's interesting to note that medical websites link the disorder to steroids as IED can be exacerbated by steroid use based on chemical changes in the person's brain.

The news website www.huliq.com posted an article yesterday regarding intermittent explosive disorder and Randy Orton was mentioned. They wrote: "Interestingly, according to recent reports, WWE wrestler Randy Orton has intermittent explosive disorder or IED. He says he's been diagnosed with it, in fact. But it should be noted that some have posited that IED may be exacerbated by steroid use."

For the record, Orton has ties to past steroid use as in March 2007, Sports Illustrated said the former WWE Champion was part of a steroid and HGH ring used by a number of professional athletes in several sports. The article mentioned several current and former WWE wrestlers, including Orton, who was alleged to have obtained clomiphene citrate, anastrozole and the steroids stanozolol, nandrolone, oxandrolone, and testosterone. WWE made a statement on the situation, claiming that the allegations preceded the Talent Wellness program WWE launched in February 2006. However, it was later revealed that Orton continued to receive drugs until February 2007. Amidst the Signature Pharmacy drug scandal in August 2007, Sports Illustrated said Orton received somatropin, nandrolone and stanozolol from September 2004 through February 2007 when the online pharmacy was shut down by authorities.

A one-volume encyclopedia with more than 700 WWE entries and more than 2500 images will be released on Tuesday, March 30. Here is the official product description of the WWE Encyclopedia : "As a unique, one-volume encyclopedia with more than 700 WWE entries and more than 2500 images, this is the book for all WWE fans! Featuring hundreds of superstars of all eras, from the World Wrestling Federation of the 60s and 70s to today's WWE, this thrilling, one-of-a-kind reference guide contains a visual glossary of all wrestling moves and provides coverage of the television shows that put the WWE into millions of households. From the Hardcore Champion to the World Heavyweight title holder, from the WWE's showcase events to the Pay-per-views, from Survivor Series to the grand spectacle of WrestleMania-this encyclopedia covers it all."

On Monday's Raw, Santino Marella was seen wearing a new T-shirt. The red "Flex" T-shirt is now up for sale on WWEShop.com .

Trish Stratus will appear as a guest star on the new season of Canadian series "'da Kink in My Hair", a reality show that takes place in a beauty salon. The series will return to the Global cable network in February.

Former WWE Women's champion Amy "Lita" Dumas is looking to book appearances for her band, the Luchagores. The band was originally scheduled to tour Europe this spring but the tour has been pushed back to the summer. If you're interested in booking them, email Chelsea at Chelsea@pkasi.net .

Mickie James will be the next WWE star to appear at Ohio Valley Wrestling's headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. James will be making her appearance on Tuesday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m. the Davis Arena, located at 4400 Shepherdsville Road, Louisville, KY 40218.

CNN.com features an article about former WWE superstar Christopher Nowinski's Sports Legacy Institute, which is researching the effects that concussions have on athetes' brains. The article says that Nowinski's dreams of a long career wrestling were dashed by a kick to his chin. That kick, which caused Nowinski to black out and effectively ended his career, capped a career riddled with concussions. "My world changed," said Nowinski. "I had depression. I had memory problems. My head hurt for five years." Nowinski began searching for studies, and what he found startled him. "I realized when I was visiting a lot of doctors, they weren't giving me very good answers about what was wrong with my head," said Nowinski. "I read [every study I could find] and I realized there was a ton of evidence showing concussions lead to depression, and multiple concussion can lead to Alzheimer's." Nowinski decided further study was needed, so he founded the Sports Legacy Institute along with Dr. Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon. The project solicits for study the brains of ex-athletes who suffered multiple concussions.

WWE issued a press release this morning announcing a new partnership with European television network Eurosport. The two-year agreement will see Eurosport broadcast two new original WWE shows, 'This Week in WWE' and 'WWE Vintage Collection', in all its European territories excluding the UK. The new program will be seen by 200 million viewers and 58 countries across the continent. Launching on February 9, 2009, the shows will air back-to-back in primetime.

~Wrestling Observer Newsletter