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WWE Doing Triple Shot Of TV Tapings,Backstage Heat On John Cena,Taz Update & More
by Coma (comadrug235)
at April 2nd, 2009 (07:51 pm)

In an update on this week's Raw rating, while it drew a 3.6 number, it just barely did as it was rounded up from a 3.55. The show did hours of 3.36 and 3.75. Also, last week's edition of A.M. Raw did a 0.92 cable rating.

Company officials have had discussions on calling up WWE developmental performer Angela Fong from Florida Championship Wrestling after WrestleMania XXV to manage Cryme Tyme.

Fong is a 24-year-old Canadian bikini model who tried out for the 2007 Diva Search contest. Although she didn't make it to the final 8, John Laurinaitis would later sign her to a developmental contract in February 2008.

WWE will be taping 2 weeks worth of TV on 3 back-to-back nights in late June & early July. Here's the schedule:

June 29th in Oakland - 2 episodes of Raw
June 30th in Fresno - 1 episode of Smackdown & 1 episode of ECW
July 1st in Bakersfield - 1 episode of Smackdown & 1 episode of ECW

All 3 brands will be touring overseas the following week. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.

During an interview last week with WFAN Radio , John Cena reveals that his recent anti-steroid comments have landed him in hot water with members WWE management as well as his fellow superstars.

Cena got a lot of attention recently when the New York Daily News quoted Cena saying: “[Steroids] are the personal choice of the athlete. And [Rodriguez] got defensive, saying he used because he felt he needed to. If there was a set of [legal] stipulations set in place, he may never have even considered it. The government should take the initiative, and if you get caught using drugs, then you should go to jail. A criminal record will hurt your endorsements and long-term contracts.”

WFAN DJ's Boomer & Carton asked Cena if there's been any negative feedback from WWE regarding his A-Rod comments, and he said, "Of course there is. I get kickback from corporate. I get kick kickback from my co-workers. But if America is on a campaign to 'clean this thing up,' let's get the word out and start doing something about it."

Cena said there's a different set of rules for high-profile athletes, which doesn't set a good example for kids. "Honestly, if you’re not Alex Rodriguez, or if you’re not (Miguel) Tejada, or if you’re not Barry Bonds, and these guys get caught for substance abuse, it really just ends up a scroller on the ESPN ticker," Cena said. "There is no penalty."

Cena also said it's easy for him to say no to steroids because he's been athletically gifted his entire life and he puts the effort in the gym. "It's actually very easy (to say no). I've always been genetically gifted," Cena said. "In this day in age, I pride myself as being one of those guys who's stronger in the weight room and stronger in the ring."

Earlier today (April 1st), it was reported on WWE.com that Vickie Guererro is pregnant and the father could be either John Cena, Edge or Big Show. If you suspected the news was an April Fool's joke, you were right. The following comes from WWE.com:

In keeping with the April Fool’s Day tradition – not to mention, having some fun at the expense of his opponents in the Triple Threat Title Match at WrestleMania, World Champion Edge and Big Show – John Cena has confessed to being the mastermind behind the story of Vickie Guerrero’s pregnancy.

Long known to have a wicked sense of humor, Cena called the WWE.com offices to suggest that, as an April Fool's Day gag, we publish an article stating that Guerrero visited an El Paso, Texas obstetrician/gynecologist’s office for pre-natal care.

Earlier this week, Mixed Martial Arts organization XFC issued a statement saying that reports of Bobby Lashley fighting former NFL defensive player Marcus Jones on their April 25th card from Knoxville, Tennesse were false. The fight was discussed, but a deal was never finalized. Lashley will appear as a special guest on the show and will present the XFC title to the winner of the Jarrod Card vs. Bruce Connors fight. "XFC 8: Regional Conflict" will air live on HDNet, home of Ring of Honor's new TV series.

One of the top DJ's at New York's Hot 97 hip hop radio station, was at yesterday's WrestleMania press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe and interviewed Triple H, Edge, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Chris Jericho, Kelly Kelly, Eve and more. You can check out the footage at YouTube.com .

While it has yet to be officially announced, it has been confirmed that former WWE Diva Jackie Gayda-Haas will be taking part in the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXV.

Eighteen current WWE Divas have been announced for the match including Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix, Brie Bella, Eve, Gail Kim, Jillian, Katie Lea Burchill, Kelly Kelly, Layla, Maria, Maryse, Melina, Mickie James, Michelle McCool, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Rosa Mendes and Tiffany.

During today's WrestleMania XXX press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City, Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly said Torrie Wilson, Victoria, Molly Holly and Sunny would be taking part in the match.

With the addition of the former Miss Jackie, the Diva total has been brought up to twenty-three, so two spots remain.

Speaking of Victoria, now that her name has been announced for the 25-Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXV, she has decided to comment on her participation in the match. However, she has vowed to never wrestle again following her appearance on the show as it will be her "last hurrah."

"For those of you who follow my blogs, I try not to let the cat out of the bag when it comes to WWE. So I did not mention to anyone that I was asked to participate in Wrestlemania XXV. But since is was announced at a WWE press conference, I suppose that there is no harm in confirming it," Victoria wrote.

"I will be there. I will participate. I will kick Diva booty...and I still may have a small suprise up my sleeve...It's a big deal to me. When I left WWE, I was of the mindset that I would never wrestle again. I've done some guest appearances, but no actual wrestling. So this will be my last hurrah..."

The former WWE Women's Champion has also posted photos of herself training for MMA.Click here to read her blog.

It's been rumored for a while and now WWE has officially announced that Vince McMahon will induct Stone Cold Steve Austin into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday night. This will be the first time Vince appears on television during the HOF ceremony since it was brought back as an annual event in 2004.

As reported earlier, SmackDown announcer Tazz is gone from World Wrestling Entertainment. His WWE contract expired today and he will not be at WrestleMania on Sunday.

The buzz in the WWE locker room last night was that Tazz gave WWE officials notice a few weeks ago that he would not be renewing his deal. He is leaving on good terms.

Tazz reportedly had been telling friends that he is burnt out and needs some time to recharge his batteries. That said, the door is still open for him to explore other options, including TNA Wrestling, Ring of Honor or even UFC.

With Tazz gone, there will now be an open spot at the SmackDown announcer's table. One name that's been talked about is John Bradshaw Layfield, who is looking to retire from the ring this year and is a former SmackDown announcer himself.

In a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle to promote Sunday's WrestleMania, Rey Mysterio revealed that he's entering the final stage of his storied career. When asked whether it's harder to move around at age 35 than it was at age 25, Mysterio responded, “It is without a doubt. I don’t know if it’s age or the years I’ve been doing it, but it has definitely taken a toll on my body.”

He added, “But I don’t want to quit. I still feel like I got a couple more years in me. I try to conserve myself as much as I can without doing as many crazy moves as I used to do when I was a lot younger. Some of those moves I can’t do anymore. Some I try to modify so I don’t have the risk of blowing out my knee or any other part of my body. It’s worked out pretty well.”

Mysterio also revealed that he has a fear of heights, “My very first show with the WWE I had my wrestling match versus Chavo (Guerrero). . . . I had to climb up a cage on the outside and stand on top and dive into the inside of the ring. At the moment it didn’t hit me — I climbed so fast — until I tried to stand with nothing behind me and ring in front of me. And looking 15 to 17 feet down is when it really hit me. (Laughs.) I don’t like heights. I just did it. It happened so fast, I just dove off and it was over.”

At 35 years old, Mysterio has been wrestling professionally for almost 20 years. He recently signed a 3-year WWE contract extension with options for a fourth and fifth year. You can read the entire interview at Chron.com .

MacWorld.co.uk has an article saying Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be announced as a contestant for the United States version of the international television show Dancing On Ice — a show scheduled to premiere on ABC this summer. According to the article, other celebrities scheduled to perform alongside Jobs include Mike Tyson, supermodel Heidi Klum, actor Tim Allen, actress Betty White and former WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus.

With that being said, the article appears to be an April Fool's joke on the part of the website as the Apple CEO is currently dealing with some health issues and is on a medical leave of absence as a result.

As seen in the Wrestlicious video , there is a vampire character by the name of Draculeta. In a correction from an earlier report, the girl portraying the character in the rap video is not former Ohio Valley Wrestling women's wrestler Roni Jonah. Rather, it is actually one of a few actresses cast in the character roles before the female wrestlers were hired for the initial Wrestlicious taping. Some of characters shown in the rap video were later "re-cast" when it came time to shoot the wrestling portions of the show, such as Draculeta. The Draculeta character was actually portrayed by Daffney (a.k.a. "The Governor") at the wrestling taping. You can see the TNA performer sitting in a coffin at the 1:27 minute mark in the video.

In another casting note, the voodoo character White Magic was portrayed by former Ring of Honor performer Lacey at the taping. The person in the rap video is an actress.

The Drunkcast has an interview with former TNA wrestler Jimmy Rave. In the interview, Rave discusses his time in TNA as a whole, teaming with Lance Hoyt in The Rock 'n' Rave Infection, being managed by Christy Hemme, his departure from the organization, and more.

Jim Ross has posted another blog entry, which can be read in its entirety at JRsBarBQ.com . Some highlights:

The WrestleMania Announce Team:

"I am looking forward to manning the ringside broadcast table with the King and Michael Cole on Sunday as all three of us no doubt feel honored to be a part of this historic event. To those of us who earn a living in the business this obviously isn't just another day at the office. It's getting near kickoff time folks and I can't wait."

WWE Hall of Fame :

"Some fans are over thinking time restrictions regarding the HOF inductors and inductees but there is no way that the focal point of this event, Steve Austin, will be rushed for time. Let's also remember that Steve is the kind of guy that has always told someone what time it is as opposed to how to make the watch. Let's just hope that the HOF live audience has enough respect for Steve to not start with the "What" routine."

TV Parental Guidance Ratings :

"Do other wrestling company's have an inherent advantage of not being a PG friendly product? Evey one has an opinion and the defiant fan wants more risk programming but I really feel over the long haul it won't make a hill of beans. Not PG content usually takes the form of poorly acted, poorly written Howard Stern-ripoffs or a trendy "American Pie-like" film (I actually liked the original American Pie) just for the sake of adding gratuitous T&A to the a show. Now, more aggression in the ring I do like but I don't think that a PG rated show completely limits that aspect of a wrestling show's presentation. The use of blood is a common sense issue especially if you and your family are sitting at ringside as I would not be overwhelmed to get someone else's blood splatter on me at an entertainment event especially considering the world in which we live."

~The Sun