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Former Diva Returning,Jericho Accused Of Making Racial Remark During Incident & More
by Coma (comadrug235)
at February 9th, 2009 (09:12 am)

According to a post on WWE.com, they are upgrading its web servers and infrastructure this weekend "for a better user experience." The article also notes exclusive coverage of the Legends of WrestleMania video game, which was posted today. {WWE.com to undergo weekend upgrade}

Triple H's theme music was played at the start of the second half during yesterday's NFL Pro Bowl.

Ashley Massaro is apparently hinting towards a possible return to World Wrestling Entertainment. In a blog posted on her MySpace account today, the former WWE Diva said she spoke to Johnny Ace (John Laurinaitis, WWE's Senior Vice President of Talent Relations) this past week. Massaro wrote: "Happened to speak to Johnny Ace this week. Hmmmmm, let yall wonder about that one...hehe." You can read her blog at the following link. "The Dirty Diva" was released from her WWE contract on July 9, 2008. A week prior to her release, she announced that she had asked to be let go from her contract due to her daughter being sick.

UniversalWrestling.com , which sells tapes and DVDs from the original studio masters of "Cowboy" Bill Watts' Universal Wrestling Federation wrestling promotion (and is perhaps the most notable defunct wrestling promotion video library WWE has yet to acquire) recently posted a congratulatory message regarding Watts' upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. They wrote: "We are proud to announce: "Cowboy" Bill Watts New 2009 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee!" WWE has yet to publicly announce Watts' induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, although Watts himself released a statement last month saying he was being inducted this year.

Canadian news website TimesColonist.com has coverage of Chris Jericho's altercation with fans outside yesterday's Raw brand house show in Victoria, British Columbia.

On how the entire ordeal instigated, Jericho is being accused of directing a racial comment towards the boyfriend of the female fan he attacked, who is of South Asian descent.

20-year-old Ashley Levey said the altercation began when her boyfriend, Kalen Johl, started heckling Jericho as he was driving through the parking lot. The female fan said Jericho got out of his vehicle and made a derogatory comment towards Johl. Levey said Jericho pushed her boyfriend first. She then called Jericho a racist, who then spit and punched her in response.

According to another witness, Jericho spit in the woman's face after she approached his white Chevy Tahoe. The witness said the female fan started hitting Jericho and he turned around and punched her in the face.

"I was really surprised that a pro wrestler would do that with everyone watching," witness Darshan Stevens said. "And hit a girl, what are you thinking?"

According to the story, both Levey and Johl were later arrested but released without charge.

You can read the article in its entirety, and see a photo of Jericho during the ordeal, at the following link.

According to an article on Amarillo.com, wrestling legend Terry Funk will be inducted into this year's WWE Hall of Fame. When asked for comment, Funk said, "I don't deserve the honor." You can read the article at the following link.Terry's brother Dory has been rumored to join him in the Hall of Fame as well.

The latest issue of WWE Magazine comes in three different collectible covers featuring John Cena, Jeff Hardy and Triple H. The issue is a big plug for WrestleMania 25.

WWE.com has posted a photo gallery displaying character models of some of the legends that will be featured in the upcoming Legends of WrestleMania video game. WWE.com has posted photos of the characters confirmed by IGN.com on Friday including Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Bobby Heenan, Shawn Michaels, The Iron Sheik, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Big John Studd, Junkyard Dog, Bam Bam Bigelow, Sgt. Slaughter and Dusty Rhodes. They also posted a photo of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, who IGN did not announce on Friday. You can see the character models at the following link.

Confirming two more playable legends in the game, they have posted photo gallery featuring The Rock vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

Additionally, the latest issue of WWE Magazine features a one page advertisement promoting the game with Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Mr. Fuji and Jimmy Hart (featured on the game's artwork) featured in the ad. In one of the screenshots in the ad, Roberts' python is wrapping itself a wrestler who appears to be Randy Orton, so it looks like the young Raw star will be featured in the game.

As reported this past Friday, the WWE site posted a synopsis for next month's slate of programming on WWE 24/7 with the theme being "Legends of WrestleMania." The "Shorties" section will feature classic WrestleMania matches players will be able to relive in the game. The synopsis specially noted the following matches: Hulk Hogan vs. the Ultimate Warrior (WrestleMania VI), The Undertaker vs. Jake "The Snake" Roberts (WrestleMania XIII), and Mr. Perfect vs. Big Boss Man (WrestleMania VII). "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase will be presenting the matches, which should confirm his appearance in the game.

In an update on this, WWE.com has removed the portion of the synopsis regarding the matches to be featured in the "Shorties" section during the month of March. It now only says DiBiase will be presenting them.

In a follow-up on Ultimate Warrior, IGN uses his theme music in their video introducing the characters in the game.

To recap, here are the confirmed characters for Legends of WrestleMania -- twenty-four thus far:

- Hulk Hogan
- Andre the Giant
- Bobby Heenan
- Shawn Michaels
- The Iron Sheik
- Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
- Big John Studd
- Junkyard Dog
- Bam Bam Bigelow
- Sgt. Slaughter
- Dusty Rhodes
- Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
- The Rock
- Bret "The Hitman" Hart
- Jake "The Snake" Roberts
- Mr. Fuji
- Jimmy Hart
- "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
- Ultimate Warrior
- Undertaker
- Mr. Perfect
- Big Boss Man
- Howard Finkel (ring announcer)

After several months, the official website of WWE's developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling has updated their roster page with several new wrestlers as well as a few name changes. They also have some WWE performers listed on the page who regularly appear at FCW events when they're off the road. You can see the updated page at the following link.Here is a rundown of who's who in Florida Championship Wrestling:

Alex Riley - formerly Kevin Kiley

Alicia Fox - ECW Diva

Angela - 24-year-old Canadian model signed early last year

Brett DiBiase - younger brother of WWE star Ted DiBiase, Jr.

Brian Jossie - one of the wrestlers WWE signed following a tryout at Ohio Valley Wrestling headquarters in Louisville back in the fall

Bryan Saxton - former journalist WWE signed in 2007; while he's a trained wrestler, he's primarily used a manager for a stable of wrestlers

Byron Wilcott - signed to a developmental contract a few months ago; did some sort of Christopher Daniels-like gimmick on the indy scene

Caylen Croft - formerly Chris Cage; released in March 2006, but regained his developmental contract following tryout at OVW in the fall

DH Smith - technically on SmackDown roster, but generally appears in Florida Championship Wrestling

DJ Gabriel - ECW Superstar

Drew McIntyre - formerly known as Drew Galloway; signed in the spring of 2007 following tryouts in Europe; called up to SmackDown in October 2007, but sent down to developmental at the start of 2008

Dylan Klein - formerly Johnny Riggs; released in 2006 alongside tag team partner Jason Riggs, but recently re-signed

Eric Escobar - currently reigning as the FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion and has worked a number of SmackDown brand house shows in recent weeks; has been in developmental longer than anyone -- since September 2005

Jason Elliot - formerly Jason Riggs; released in 2006 alongside tag team partner Johnny Riggs, but recently re-signed; currently out with an injury

Jason Garrison - signed to a developmental contract following tryout at OVW this past fall

Jenny Cash - 25-year-old model Jenny Quinn who debuted this past October

Joe Hennig - 29-year-old son of the late Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig; has been wrestling since July 2007 after asking about being a wrestler during his father's induction into the WWE Hall of Fame two years ago

Johnny Curtis - worked a few Raw brand house show events in 2008, but was not called up to the main roster; currently one half of the FCW Florida Tag Team Champions with Tyler Reks

Johnny Prime - formerly Jon Emminger

Jon Cutler - Canadian based wrestler signed this past spring following match with Paul Burchill on Raw

Kafu - Brazilian wrestler signed in January 2008

Kaleb O'Neal - formerly known as Patrick Brink; signed to a developmental deal this past fall out of Maryland Championship Wrestling

Kaval - formerly TNA wrestler Low Ki; debuted in January

Kip Christianson - formerly known as Phil Shatter; signed out of the Carolinas this past year

Kizarny - SmackDown Superstar

Kris Logan - formerly known as Brian Cage; signed in June following a tryout before a show in California

Lawrence Knight - English wrestler Stu Sanders; signed to a developmental contract in October 2007

Lupe Santiago - formerly known as Lupe Viscara; signed out of Ohio Valley Wrestling in the summer of 2007

Matt Walsh - signed following tryout at FCW in October; male model with some wrestling experience

Maverick Darsow - 21-year-old son of former WWE wrestler Barry Darsow (a.k.a. Demolition Smash, Repo Man); signed to a developmental contract late last year

Mike Hutter - real name Michael Hutter; signed this past year out of Ohio

Paul Lloyd - formerly PJ Black; signed this past year out of South Africa

Ricky Ortiz - ECW Superstar

Rosa Mendes - 2006 Diva Search contestant currently appearing on Raw

Ryback - formerly Tough Enough 4 contestant Ryan Reeves; let go from his developmental contract in January 2007, but signed with WWE again this past October following tryout at OVW; received a 30-day suspension for failing the WWE Wellness Program in July 2006

Scotty Goldman - infrequently used SmackDown wrestler generally appeared in FCW

Sebastian Slater - formerly Heath Miller; signed to a developmental contract in December 2006

Sheamus O'Shaunessy - Irish wrestler signed to a developmental contract following tryouts during WWE's tour of Europe in the spring of 2007

Sweet Papi Sanchez - formerly masked wrestler Black Pain; signed out of Puerto Rico in 2008

Tank Mulligan - Taylor Rotunda, son of WWE road agent Mike "Irwin R. Schyster" Rotunda; 18-year-old recently signed to a developmental deal despite no prior wrestling experience

Tiffany - assistant to ECW General Manager Theodore Long

TJ Wilson - signed to a developmental contract in November 2006

Trent Beretta - formerly known as Greg Cardona & Plazma; trained by Mikey Whipwreck; signed to a developmental contract this past year out of New York

Tristan Delta - formerly known as Ian Richardson

Tyler Reks - formerly known as Gabe Tuft & Taj Milano; signed out of UPW in February 2008; currently one half of the FCW Florida Tag Team Champions with Johnny Curtis

Tyson Tarver - formerly known as Tyrone Jones; signed out of Ohio in the fall of 2007

Vic Adams - formerly known as Janus on the indy scene; signed out of the Carolinas early last year

Wes Brisco - son of WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco; recently signed to a developmental contract despite no prior pro wrestling experience

Wesley Holliday - former model Beverly Mullins signed to a developmental contract early last year; currently the valet of Dylan Klein

Windham Rotunda - 21-year-old son of Mike Rotunda; offensive guard out of Troy University; signed to a developmental contract this past summer

Yoshitatsu - formerly known as Naofumi Yamamoto; signed out of New Japan Pro Wrestling last year