2012 WWE Hall of Fame Report - March 31st, 2012

The 2012 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will begin soon. The Red Carpet presentation is going on now as Superstars, Divas, Legends and fans are making their way into the arena.

Sunny, Mae Young, Lita, William Regal, Jim Ross, Haku, Ricky Steamboat, Linda McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Diamond Dallas Page, Dusty Rhodes, Gerald Brisco, Jimmy Hart and Tommy Dreamer have all been spotted. All the WWE Superstars and most of the Divas are also seated.

Jerry "The King" Lawler comes out to open tonight's ceremony. He will be the host again this year. The one-hour Hall of Fame special will air on Monday night before RAW hits the air. Lawler talks about the Hall of Fame.

Fit Finlay Returning to WWE

Former WWE Superstar Fit Finlay has reportedly returned to WWE in an agents role. He will start with the company this weekend and finish up his independent commitments over the next few weeks.

Source: PWInsider

Update on Brock Lesnar's Talks with WWE

Last word on Brock Lesnar appearing at WrestleMania 28 was that the two sides were still working on terms of a deal including financial issues and a number of dates that he would be working for WWE. WWE wants Lesnar to have a somewhat regular role.

Source: Ringside News

WWE's Update on Christian, Report on Why He Won't Be Wrestling at WrestleMania

WWE posted an injury update on Christian saying that he re-aggravated a prior neck injury during the fight with WWE Champion CM Punk on last night's RAW Supershow. As noted before, Christian has been pulled from WrestleMania 28 and replaced on Team Laurinaitis by Drew McIntyre.

WWE's report adds the following:

"Although Christian claimed to also have experienced ankle pain following the onslaught, doctors later confirmed he did not re-aggravate the ankle sprain he suffered last year while on tour in Europe."

However, F4Wonline.com reports that Christian was pulled from WrestleMania because his ankle is not 100%. When WWE put the match together, they thought Christian would be ready to go but he's not.

Source: WWE & Ringside News

WWE Issues Statement on Ric Flair's Status for WWE Hall of Fame

WWE has confirmed that Ric Flair will be appearing at the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony this Saturday in Miami.

We reported last week that TNA was open to Flair appearing, and wasn't asking for much in return from WWE. It's unlikely that WWE will plug TNA's product, but there may be some form of compensation for TNA allowing WWE to use Flair.

Source: WWE & Ringside News

TNA Wrestling Reportedly Having Financial Problems?

Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer revealed that TNA Wrestling is having financial difficulties as talent and vendors are frequently paid late for their services on a delayed basis.

"Vendors and wrestlers are paid late all the time," he wrote on the F4WOnline.com message board. "Janice Carter controls the purse strings. Only a certain amount of money over what they bring in can be spent and it's prioritized where it goes."

Janice Carter, who is the mother of TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter, gained complete control of the company's purse strings in 2010 reportedly as to put a stop to her daughter's lavish spending sprees after their financial losses were more than parent company Panda Energy International was willing to tolerate. Meltzer reported in January that Carter has set a doctrine of only allowing TNA what is "deemed necessary" in terms of funding as to keep financial losses to a minimum.

Source: Wrestling Observer & Ringside News

WWE Announces That Lilian Garcia Will Perform at WrestleMania 28

WWE has announced that Lilian Garcia will sing "America the Beautiful" at WrestleMania 28 in Miami. David Otunga's fiancee Jennifer Hudson was previously rumored to perform the song.

This makes three musical performances now confirmed for WrestleMania 28. Rapper Flo Rida will be performing "Wild Ones" and "Good Feeling" during The Rock's entrance and Machine Gun Kelly will perform "Invisible" for John Cena.

Credit: Ringside News

Cage Matches at WWE's No Way Out PPV

Cage Matches at WWE's No Way Out PPV

WWE will bringing back their No Way Out pay-per-view this June in East Rutherford, New Jersey. According to promotional material for the event, it looks like WWE will hold the main events inside steel cages.

Partial Source: Ringside News

Spoilers: TNA Impact Wrestling Tapings - 3/29/2012

Bobby Roode comes out and he's surrounded by security. He rips into Dixie Carter and Sting before talking about Lockdown, guaranteeing a win over James Storm. Storm comes out but the security stops him from attacking Roode. Bully Ray comes from behind and lays out Storm. Ray and Roode vs. Storm is made for later tonight.

Matt Morgan and Crimson brawled all the way to the back.
Velvet Sky beat Madison Rayne. Velvet cut a promo after the match and says she's coming for Gail Kim's Knockouts Title.

Austin Aries comes out and talks about Bully Ray stopping the X Division match last week. Aries is put in the match with Storm vs. Ray and Roode later tonight.

Mr. Anderson beat Jeff Hardy after interference from Kurt Angle.
Eric Bischoff calls out his son Garett and they talk. Gunner vs. Garett is on for Lockdown.

James Storm and Austin Aries beat Bobby Roode and Bully Ray. The end came when Roode drank some of Storm's beer and accidentally spit it in Ray's face. Storm hit Last Call for the win.

Dixie Carter calls out Hulk Hogan to end the show. Dixie talks about the new authority role and how she wants Hogan to take it since Sting stepped down. Hogan doesn't seem interested and out comes Sting with some of the TNA babyface wrestlers. Sting puts over Hogan and talks him into accepting the job. Hogan is the new man in charge in TNA.

Possible Spoiler: Former WWE Tag Team Champ Returning at WrestleMania?

Former WWE Superstar Big Daddy V (Nelson Frazier Jr.) was scheduled for the Wild Out Wrestling promotion's "Betrayed" event on March 31st at the Giant Flea Market in Union City, Tennessee. The former WWE King of the Ring was set to take part in a multi-man match with Kamala Jr. - Team Kamala vs. Team Showtime.

Kamala Jr. announced last night on Facebook that the event has been moved from March 31st to April 14th due to Big Daddy V being booked by WWE.

A source very close to Big Daddy V reports that WWE has him booked and he will indeed be at WrestleMania 28.

 

Spoilers: TNA Impact Wrestling Results 3/22/12

Dixie Carter opens the show and wants to fire Bobby Roode for his actions after Victory Road. Sting comes out and talks her out of it so James Storm can take care of Roode at Lockdown. Sting steps down as head of the show and suggests that Hulk Hogan run the company.

James Storm comes out and talks about Roode. A man comes out and says Roode won't be appearing until Lockdown and isn't obligated to. Storm vs. Daniels and Kazarian is announced for tonight.

Eric Young and ODB beat Rosita and Sarita.

Austin Aries, Tony Nese, Kid Kash and Zema Ion wrestle to a No Contest when Bully Ray clears the ring.

Samoa Joe and Magnus beat Mexican America. Rosita and Sarita interfered until Repo Games Josh Lewis ran out and stopped them.

Gunner attacked Garrett Bischoff in his 3 Minute Challenge with Kurt Angle. Jeff Hardy made the save.

James Storm beat Kaz and Daniels in a Handicap Match

Hulk Hogan returns to end the show. Sting comes out and begs Dixie Carter to let Hogan run the show. Sting says Hogan has changed and should be in charge of TNA.

WWE Makes Announcement on Next Week's Special for John Cena vs. The Rock

- WWE issued the following press release today for their one-hour special for The Rock vs. John Cena that will air over 11 different NBC Universal networks:


“Once in a Lifetime -- Rock vs. Cena” to Air on 11 NBCU Networks
STAMFORD, Conn., Mar 20, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- WWE® WWE and NBCUniversal are joining forces to televise “Once in a Lifetime -- Rock vs. Cena,” an epic one-hour special that follows WWE Superstars The Rock® and John Cena® on their respective roads to WrestleMania® XXVIII. This first ever behind-the-scenes special premieres Monday, March 26 on USA Network at 8/7c and will also air on NBCUniversal networks including Syfy, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, G4, Style, NBC Sports Network, mun2, CLOO and Universal HD leading up to WrestleMania on Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET.


This lifestyle special is a candid and compelling look at two of the biggest icons in sports entertainment history as they prepare for their Once in a Lifetime main event match. From touring and training on the road to Hollywood movie sets to the 54th Annual Daytona 500, this in-depth look with exclusive footage gives viewers unprecedented access and a glimpse into the personal lives of these men.

Update on Evan Bourne’s WWE Status

Evan Bourne's WWE suspension is officially over and he is now eligible to return to action with the company.

Bourne was not backstage at last night's RAW Supershow in Philadelphia and is not booked for tonight's SmackDown tapings in Newark. There is no word yet on when Bourne will be brought back on the road.

Source: PWInsider

Triple H Issues Statement on FCW Shutting Down

WWE.com has addressed the online rumors that Florida Championship Wrestling is shutting down, vehemently denying the "erroneous" report by an "unreliable online news source."

The WWE website reached out to WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Paul Levesque (Triple H) to address this issue:

“It is absolutely not true. FCW is not closing. I don’t know how the rumor started but I believe it’s a situation where the ‘dirt sheets’ want to believe they have the scoop on everything. If anything, we are in the process of ramping up our entire developmental system. It’s the lifeblood of our company. It’s what feeds our future and in no way are we going to close it down.”

Triple H acknowledged that there are plans to overhaul the developmental system and revealed that there is a "major announcement" coming shortly after WrestleMania regarding the future of WWE developmental:

“WWE’s developmental system is being revamped, not shut down. If anything, it’s going to get bigger and better than ever. WWE Developmental cultivates the future talent of WWE. By no means is it going to get smaller or shut down.”

Spoilers: New WWE Hall of Fame Name

It was announced at tonight's WWE SmackDown tapings in Newark, New Jersey that former WWE Champion Yokozuna will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

Spoilers: WWE Smackdown Results 3/23/12 from Newark, New Jersey

Dark Match
Jinder Mahal defeated Alex Riley with a camel clutch submission.

WWE Smackdown (Airing March 23rd, 2012)

World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and his girlfriend AJ Lee open the show. Bryan gets massive heat from the crowd as he tells AJ to explain why she loves him. Sheamus interrupts the segment and declares he will win the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 28.

Spoilers: WWE Superstars Results 3/23/12 from Newark, New Jersey

Dark Match Jinder Mahal defeated Alex Riley via camel clutch submission

WWE Superstars
Titus O'Neal defeated Yoshi Kwan

Details on the Identity of Lord Tensai

WWE began running vignettes for the return of Matthew Bloom on tonight’s Raw Supershow. His new ring name is Lord Tensai. Stay tuned as we will have more on this as it develops.

Source: Ringside News

TNA Victory Road 2012 Results 3/18/12

Singles Match
James Storm defeated Bubba Ray @ 1:10

Singles match for the TNA X Division Championship
Austin Aries (c) defeated Zema Ion @ 11:13

Tag Team match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship
Samoa Joe and Magnus (c) defeated Crimson and Matt Morgan @ 10:14

Singles match for the TNA Television Championship Open Challenge
Devon defeated Robbie E (c) (with Robbie T) @ 3:02

Singles match for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship
Gail Kim (c) defeated Madison Rayne @ 7:10

Tag Team Match
AJ Styles and Mr. Anderson defeated Kazarian and Christopher Daniels @ 14:00

Singles Match
Kurt Angle defeated Jeff Hardy @ 19:07

No Holds Barred Singles Match
Bobby Roode defeated Sting

Final Card for TNA's Victory Road Pay-Per-View on Sunday

TNA X Division Title Match
Zema Ion vs Austin Aries

TNA Knockouts Title Match
Madison Rayne vs Gail Kim

TV Title Open Challenge 
Robbie E vs ?

AJ Styles & Mr. Anderson vs Daniels & Kazarian

TNA World Tag Team Title Match 
Crimson & Matt Morgan vs Samoa Joe & Magnus 

Kurt Angle vs Jeff Hardy 

Bully Ray vs James Storm 

No Holds Barred Match
Sting vs Bobby Roode 

Latest Update On A-Train Returning To WWE, To Feud With Top Star?

Matthew Bloom, who previously wrestled as Prince Albert, Albert and A-Train for WWE, denied on Twitter on Saturday that he has signed a contract to return to the promotion after WrestleMania XXVIII as he will be appearing for New Japan Pro Wrestling on their next tour. He also said that he does not know how the rumor got started, calling it "comical." Regarding the rumor, four WWE sources have said within the past week that he is returning to the organization, with one saying it has been assumed for two months that is was happening. Furthermore, numerous WWE performers were talking about his pending return at Friday's live event in Montreal, Quebec, Canada after being informed by management of the news.

A source close to creative says he is set for "a big push" upon his return to WWE programming in April as a villainous henchman for Raw Interim General Manager and Executive Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis. F4WOnline.com reported that there has been talk of Bloom feuding with John Cena since the Raw Superstar does not have a post-WrestleMania XXVIII program in place at the moment. However, the note of Bloom possibly feuding with Cena has since been deleted.

Bloom, who will turn 40 years old in November, previously competed for WWE from 1999 to 2004 as a mid-card wrestler. He tore his rotator cuff in June 2004 and was released from his contract before returning from the injury. He would go on to achieve greater success in Japan as Giant Bernard in a tag team partnership with Karl Anderson.

Sources: F4WOnline.com, PWInsider.com, & Ringside News

Giant Bernard/Prince Albert Denies Signing With WWE

Matthew Bloom (a/k/a Albert, A-Train) has denied online reports stating he has signed a contract to return to WWE.

"Haha! False. Wife just had a baby. I'll be on next tour," he wrote Saturday on Twitter referring to New Japan Pro Wrestling's next tour where he competes as Giant Bernard. When asked how the rumor started, he replied, "Not sure but it's comical."

Both F4WOnline.com and PWInsider.com reported this morning that Bloom would resurface next month as a heel.

WWE Bringing Back Former Intercontinental Champion After WrestleMania 28

WWE has reportedly re-signed Matt Bloom, currently working for New Japan Pro Wrestling as Giant Bernard. He has formerly wrestled for WWE as Prince Albert and A-Train.

Bloom is currently scheduled to return to WWE after WrestleMania 28 is over.

Bloom will reportedly be the new henchman for John Laurinaitis.

Source: F4Wonline.com

Spoilers: WWE Smackdown Taping Results from Columbus, Ohio (3/16/12)

Dark Match:
Brodus Clay defeated Epico

SmackDown, Airing Friday:
SmackDown opens with the returning Christian for his Peep Show segment. His guests are Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis, who came out with David Otunga. Christian wants Long and Laurinaitis to convince him to be on their teams. Christian joins Team Laurinaitis after Ace promises him a title shot if Team Laurinaitis is victorious at WrestleMania. Teddy goes to book Christian in a match tonight but Laurinaitis doesn't approve.

The newest member of Team Long, Kofi Kingston vs. David Otunga is up next.

Kofi Kingston defeated David Otunga with Trouble in Paradise.

Segment with Daniel Bryan and AJ Lee. Bryan insults what she's wearing and said the mannequin wore the dress better.

AJ Lee with Daniel Bryan at ringside defeated Brie Bella.

Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho is announced for later.

Cody Rhodes came out and cut a promo about Big Show and their match at WrestleMania 28.

Cody Rhodes defeated The Great Khali with Beautiful Disaster.

Randy Orton comes out and calls Kane out. Kane comes to the stage and shows a video of them wrestling and shaking hands last year. Kane says that made him sick and weak. Closure will come at WrestleMania. Orton calls Kane to the ring but he won't come. The match is official for WrestleMania.

Big Show squashed Drew McIntyre with the WMD punch.

Mark Henry defeated Yoshi Tatsu.

Chris Jericho comes out and talks some more about CM Punk's father being a drunk. Jericho goes on about how he is the best in the world and Punk is just a wannabe. Jericho tries to get the crowd to chant "CM Drunk" to no avail.

Chris Jericho defeated Sheamus by count out after Daniel Bryan came down and attacked Sheamus while he was out on the floor.

Madusa Continues Taunting Beth Phoenix

Madusa, who formerly competed as Alundra Blayze for WWE in the mid-1990s, continues to taunt Beth Phoenix over her possession of the Women's Championship she infamously trashed on a 1995 episode of WCW Monday Nitro.

"Looky what I still have... The belt my dear ...Get your eyes back on the belt!!" she wrote on Facebook Monday night with a photo enclosed of the belt around her waist.

Madusa became riled up after The Glamazon stated on Twitter last week, "Combing the world for competition. Who dares enter my ring????" She responded, "Do we really need to go there again?? After WM .... It begins."

Source: Ringside News

Spoiler: New Match Added to WrestleMania 28

During this week’s WWE Smackdown tapings, it was made official that Randy Orton vs. Kane will take place at WrestleMania XXVIII.

WrestleMania XXVIII will take place on April 1, 2012 from SunLife Stadium in Miami, Florida.

Backstage News on John Cena vs The Rock

One of the plans for John Cena vs. The Rock at WrestleMania 28 would see interference from another WWE Superstar towards the end of the match. This isn't confirmed but speculation is that The Miz may interfere.

Maria Menounos Set for WrestleMania 28

As indicated on last night's RAW Supershow, TV personality Maria Menounos is scheduled to be a part of WrestleMania 28 with the Divas. We noted before that the Divas WrestleMania plans had changed from what was originally scheduled.

Menounos is scheduled to begin the new season with Dancing with the Stars next Monday night so an appearance on RAW seems unlikely. WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix is expected to confront Menounos on her TV show Extra.

Source: Ringside News

News on Next Week's Raw Supershow

The following have already been announced for next week’s WWE Raw Supershow:

Triple H, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels all in the same ring.

Mark Henry vs. John Cena

First Members of Team Long & Team Laurinaitis Revealed

Santino Marella is the “captain” of Teddy Long’s team for the 12-Man Tag Team match announced today for Wrestlemania XXVIII. David Otunga is the “captain” of John Laurinaitis’ team and is joined by Mark Henry. While not officially announced, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth are expected to join Santino on Team Long.

Source: WWE & Ringside News

Team Laurinaitis vs. Team Long Participants

On Monday morning, WWE's Board of Directors announced that WrestleMania 28 will feature a "Team Laurinaitis vs. Team Long" 12-man tag match - with the winning GM getting control of both brands. Participants for both teams will be announced in the coming weeks, but here are the rumored participants for the two teams:

Team Laurinatis: Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, David Otunga, Christian, Mark Henry & Alberto Del Rio

Team Long: Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Ezekiel Jackson, Santino, Great Khali & One more participant.

The final participant of Team Long could be Evan Bourne or Rey Mysterio (if he's medically cleared to return).

Source: PWInsider.com

The "Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay returns to WWE TV

The "Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay returned to WWE TV on the March 12th 2012 edition of WWE's Raw Supershow where he defeated Jinder Mahal in a quick match.

Jesse Sorensen to Get First X-Rays

Jesse Sorensen posted the following on Twitter:

@TNASorensen
It's been 1 month since I broke my neck at TNA Against All Odds. Going today to get 1st X-Rays done since the accident. Staying #TexasTough

Update on Yokozuna Entering the WWE Hall of Fame

Yokozuna is expected to be announced for induction into the WWE Hall of Fame tonight on Raw SuperShow. Though Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was originally slated to induct the two-time WWE Champion into the Hall, it was rumored over the weekend that Bret Hart will instead do the honors. The wrestling legends contested in championship matches at WrestleMania IX and WrestleMania X.

Yokozuna, whose real name is Rodney Anoa'i, died from Pulmonary edema on October 23, 2000.

Source: PWInsider.com

Storyline Plans for The Miz

There continues to be a lot of speculation regarding The Miz's role at WrestleMania 28. Miz, who successfully defended the WWE title against John Cena in the main event of last year's show, is rumored to be involved in this year's Rock vs. Cena match in some capacity. WWE is said to have a storyline ready for The Miz after WrestleMania and his recent losing streak is part of the buildup to that angle.

Source: pwinsider.com

Former TNA Wrestler Backstage at Raw

Former TNA Wrestling talent Chase Stevens is backstage at today's Raw SuperShow in Cleveland, Ohio as company officials are "taking a look at him." The three-time NWA World Tag Team Champion has received favorable reviews for his work in Nashville, Tennessee based promotion Showtime All-Star Wrestling.

Source: PWInsider.com

Spoilers: WWE Superstars Results from Cleveland, Ohio (3/15/12)

WWE taped the Raw portion of this week’s WWE Superstars tonight from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Below are full results:

Dark Match:

Seth Rollins defeated Michael McGillicutty

WWE Superstars (Airing Thursday on WWE.com):

R-Truth & Kofi Kingston defeated Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks

WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix defeated Kelly Kelly

WWE Announces Another Hall of Fame Inductee

One of the most influential masked wrestlers of all time, Mexican lucha libre legend Mil Mascaras is the latest name announced for the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2012.

Mascaras was announced as a Hall of Fame inductee when WWE was in Mexico City, Mexico last October, but not acknowledged on WWE.com until today. His video can be seen here.

Source: Ringside News

Big Match Officially Announced for WrestleMania 28

A "memo" from WWE's Board of Directors was posted on the official WWE website on Monday morning, officially confirming a rumored match for WrestleMania 28.

Team Laurinaitis vs. Team Long has been signed, with each respective general manager having 6 superstasr battling it out.

The winning General Manager will gain control of both RAW and SmackDown.

The participants will be announced over the next few weeks, starting tonight on RAW.

WWE Contacts A Former Women's Champion

Madusa, who formerly competed for WWE as Alundra Blayze, revealed Saturday on Facebook that she was recently contacted by her former employer. However, she would not disclose further details.

"Just want to let you all know I am NOT at the wrestle reunion in Miami or Canada. just to set the record straight! However.... did receive a call from WWE...... and thats all i am say'n!!" she wrote.

Madusa is still in possession of the Women's Championship she infamously dumped in a trash can on a 1995 episode of WCW Monday Nitro after defecting from the promotion. Through social media, she has been angling for a match with WWE where she would defend the title against reigning Divas Champion Beth Phoenix.

Source: Ringside News

Abyss Returns to TNA Wrestling & Begins New Storyline

"The Monster" Abyss was trending worldwide on Twitter last night after TNA began a storyline where his "brother" has come to TNA Wrestling in search of him. The storyline sees Mr. Joseph Park, who is just an unmasked Abyss, looking for his brother.

"HBK" Shawn Michaels to Guest Star on WWE's Legends House

Shawn Michaels will be making a guest appearance on the "WWE Legends House" reality show. Michaels tweeted on Friday:

"At the airport headed to LA to visit/fish w/ the "Legends House". I'm a bit scaredTruthfully, I can't wait to see them all. Will be fun!"

Vanilla Ice Working for The Rock

Earlier this week multiple sources reported to us that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson bought a 3.5 million dollar mansion last month located in Southwest Ranches, Florida.

In an interesting celebrity connection, The Rock's new mansion is being fixed up by rapper Vanilla Ice as part of his "Vanilla Ice Project" show on the DIY Network show, where he and his team renovate houses.

Partial Source: Ringside News

Ted DiBiase Set to Have Shoulder Surgery

Ted DiBiase was injured at Tuesday's SmackDown tapings in a match with Jinder Mahal that was taped for Superstars. After initial reports that DiBiase had broken his ankle, the WWE website reported that DiBiase suffered a "Grade 2 tear [on a 3-tier scale] to his deltoid ligament, and he also sustained a calcaneal fracture, or a heel bone fracture.” The report stated that he will be out of action for several weeks.

DiBiase underwent an MRI on Thursday to determine the severity of the fractured ankle and tweeted the following on Thursday evening:

“Update: torn ligament and small break, but NO torn tendon which means no surgery! Again, thank you all for your encouragement!!”

Despite that good news, DiBiase has decided to undergo surgery anyways, but no on his ankle. DiBiase tweeted on Friday:

"Well, looks like I'm going under the knife after all. It's not my ankle, it's my shoulder. I've been working through a lot of pain for the past year. Since I'm down with the ankle, I'm going going to go ahead and fix the shoulder. And I'm coming back #CountryStrong!!

Sources: Ringside News & Twitter

Spoilers: TNA Impact Wrestling Tapings - 3/15/2012

James Storm came out and challenged Bully Ray to a fight. Bully Ray comes out and has someone else in mind - Gunner. The match is made for later tonight.

Crimson defeated Samoa Joe.

Austin Aries comes out and cuts a promo about being X Division Champion. Zema Ion comes out to confront him.

Mr. Anderson returned to action and defeated Christopher Daniels.

Gail Kim defeated Mickie James.

Kurt Angle versus Garett Bischoff in a Beat the Clock Challenge but couldn't get the pin in under 5 minutes.

James Storm defeated Gunner in a solid match.

Sting and Bobby Roode came out for their Victory Road contract signing. Sting got pissed at the end and destroyed the setup. Sting laid Roode out with his DDT and painted his face and then Roode's face. Sting is crazy going into the fight at Victory Road.

Update on The Rock's WWE Schedule

The Rock is now officially being advertised by WWE for the remaining RAW shows until WrestleMania 28.

March 12 - Cleveland, Ohio
March 19 - Philadelphia, PA
March 26 - Atlanta, GA

The Rock is also being advertised for the April 2nd post-WrestleMania RAW from Miami.

Source: Ringside News

WWE Announces WrestleMania Axxess Attractions

WWE sent out the following press release on Wednesday announcing the various attractions that will be taking place at the WrestleMania Axxess fan fest at the end of the month in Miami:

Evan Bourne Suspension Update

Evan Bourne was recently added back to the WWE Raw intro. Bourne's suspension is set to end on March 17th. He was suspended for 60 days for his second violation of the company's Talent Wellness Program back on January 17th.

Ted DiBiase Injury Update

WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase, who already has a pre-existing wrist injury, says he broke his ankle at last night's WWE tapings in Uncasville, CT. DiBiase wrestled a match for WWE Superstars against Jinder Mahal.

He wrote on Twitter:
"DiBiase Posse last night I unfortunately broke my ankle. Can't catch a break lately. Ha, Well I guess I did n a way! Its ok tho, James 1:2-3"

Update on Sin Cara & Rey Mysterio's WrestleMania 28 Status

It's still up in the air whether Sin Cara or Rey Mysterio will be cleared to perform at WrestleMania 28 in Miami. WWE will still have one major Latin star on the card as Alberto Del Rio is ready to return. The hope is that Del Rio doesn't re-injure his groin again from returning too soon.

WWE was hoping to book Mysterio vs. Cara for WrestleMania this year and try to break the world record for most people wearing masks at once in the same place. It's said that even if Mysterio and Cara can't compete, they can still appear for the world record angle, if WWE still decides to do it.

Source: F4Wonline.com

The Rock & John Cena's Relationship Backstage

Regarding the relationship between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and John Cena behind the scenes, while the two are cordial with each another, they are not the best of friends. There is genuine tension between both stars, which was said to have intensified in the weeks leading up to Survivor Series.

One former WWE insider who has worked with both Johnson and Cena said of their relationship: "They aren't buddy-buddy, that's for sure. I’ve heard they’ve disagreed about a lot of things. They aren’t big fans of one another personally, but they are willing to carry on with business."

Source: www.pwtorch.com

Spoilers: WWE Smackdown Results Live from Uncasville, CT (Air Date: 3/9/12)

Dark Match:
Xavier Woods defeated Hunico

WWE taped the March 6th 2012 edition of Smackdown at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT airing Friday March 9th 2012 in the United States.

Lilian Garcia kicked off SmackDown with a look back at the United States Title win by Santino Marella on RAW. There's a cage hanging above the ring.

Spoilers: WWE Superstars Results from Uncasville, CT

Matches taped Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut for this week's episode of WWE Superstars are as follows:

Justin Gabriel defeated Heath Slater

Jinder Mahal defeated Ted DiBiase

Matches Taped for WWE NXT Redemption, Former TNA Star Works Dark Match

Matches taped Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut for this week's episode of WWE NXT Redemption are as follows:

Maxine vs. Tamina Snuka

Johnny Curtis vs. Yoshi Tatsu

Darren Young vs. Jimmy Uso

Percy Watson vs. Titus O'Neil

WWE developmental wrestler Xavier Woods, who formerly competed as Consequences Creed for TNA Wrestling, competed in a pre-taping dark match. He defeated Hunico in a singles match.

Zack Ryder Returns to the WWE

On Monday Night Raw's Supershow post match after Eve defeated Alicia Fox, Zack Ryder made his return to the WWE.

Santino Marella wins United States Championship on Raw

Santino Marella defeated Jack Swagger to win the United States Championship on the March 5th, 2012 edition of Monday Night Raw.

HBK Shawn Michaels to Referee Triple H vs Undertaker @ WrestleMania 28

"HBK" Shawn Michaels announced on Monday Night Raw during a segment with Triple H that he is going to be the Special Guest Referee at WrestleMania 28 when Triple H faces The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell.

News for Tonight's RAW Supershow - Ryder Returning, HBK-HHH, Teddy Long, More

Tonight's WWE RAW Supershow will take place from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with appearances from The Rock and Shawn Michaels.

WWE is teasing confrontations between Rock and John Cena plus Michaels and Triple H. WWE is saying that Shawn will respond to Triple H's recent comment that he was better than Shawn. The Undertaker was advertised for tonight's show but has since been removed from listings.

SmackDown's Teddy Long will be running tonight's show and confirmed already is David Otunga vs. The Great Khali. Advertised locally is Chris Jericho and Kane vs. Cena and CM Punk.

In other news for tonight's show, Zack Ryder said on Twitter that he was headed to Boston so it looks like he will be returning tonight.

Source: Ringside News

Alberto Del Rio Returns to Action

Alberto Del Rio returned to action last night in a match against Sheamus at the Albany, GA Smackdown House show. Del Rio has been off television for quite some time now due to an injury. Fans in attendence mentioned that Del Rio looked like he was in great shape.

The Rock Arrives in Boston, MA for Tommorow's Raw Supershow

Dwayne Johnson arrived in Boston, MA so he's already in town for Raw. Johnson is staying at the WWE TV hotel.

Source: PWInsider.com

TNA Star Says He's Taking A Break From Wrestling

"The Prince of Punk" Shannon Moore stated Saturday  on Twitter that he had decided to take a break from wrestling in order to spend time with his family and focus on outside endeavors.

"Before someone gets it and twist it. I've decided to step away from wrestling for awhile," he wrote. "I'm putting effort into my own business. Thanks for your support in the ring but for now I am chill'n at home opening my second tat shop and enjoying my family."

He continues, "Or am I working you.... Who know the wrestling secret talk... Lol.... love you guys peace!!!"

Moore's TNA ring time has been drastically reduced since partner Jesse Neal opted to part ways with the organization in December.

Source: Ringside News

WWE's ECW DVD Confirmed

Amazon.com has confirmed that WWE will release "Biggest Matches in ECW History" on June 5th of this year. As previously noted, the DVD set will feature the top 25 matches in ECW history.

Source: Ringsidenews.com & Amazon.com

JR's Status for WrestleMania

Jim Ross says he isn't currently scheduled to call WrestleMania 28.

Ross said: "I'm not scheduled to broadcast WM28 at this time. Anyone in WWE who doesn't want to contribute to WM28 should be future endeavored IMO."

Update on WWE Classics

WWE Classics On Demand has been confirmed to continue through April and will likely run until the WWE Network finally launches. The original idea was for it to end of 2011, and then March 31st.

Mr. Anderson Returning to Impact Next Week

Mr. Anderson, who has not appeared on TNA Wrestling programming since November, will return on next Thursday's episode of Impact Wrestling.

"To everyone who has asking about my vacation for the past few months: I'm back next week," he wrote Friday on Twitter.

The former Mr. Kennedy took two months off for personal reasons but hasn't been used since a house show tour in January due to creative's directive to not feature wrestlers on television without a storyline.

Source: Ringsidenews.com & Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Update on Jeff & Karen Jarrett

Karen Jarrett will accompany Jeff Jarrett when the 11-time world champion appears for AAA's annual Rey de Reyes tournament on March 18 in Guadalajara, Mexico. There are currently no plans for either Jarrett to return to TNA Wrestling programming. Karen, however, may return if Jeff does.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Drew McIntyre Storyline Update

Drew McIntyre was finally fired by Teddy Long on last night's SmackDown, after he lost to Justin Gabriel. McIntyre has been removed from the SmackDown roster page. Speculation is that John Laurinaitis will re-hire McIntyre when he takes control of SmackDown this week.

MITB Pulled from WrestleMania 28

With the Money in the Bank pay-per-view confirmed for July this year, F4Wonline.com reports that the Money in the Bank Ladder Match is officially off the WrestleMania 28 card.

Source: F4Wonline.com

Money in the Bank PPV Event Changed & Updated 2012 WWE PPV Schedule

The Money In The Bank PPV event on July 15th, 2012 has been moved to the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. It's original location was Las Vegas, Nevada.

Here is the updated list of WWE pay-per-views scheduled for this year:

Latest on Plans for the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame

Right now the plan is to air the Hall of Fame inductions of Edge and the Four Horsemen on the USA Network.

While Yokozuna is still expected to be announced, it's now believed someone other than The Rock will be inducting him but that's not confirmed. Edge is scheduled to be inducted last and by Christian.

The Horsemen will be inducted by Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Dusty Rhodes. There was a push to get Dusty in on the induction because he is the one most associated with the Horsemen as big rivals in their heydays.

Edge has been given a 10 minute time limit on his speech and the Horsemen as a group have a 10 minute limit.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Update on Shaq & WWE

No word yet on what's going on with WWE and Shaquille O'Neal. He keeps saying he will be at WrestleMania 28 but WWE's plans for Big Show indicate otherwise. Shaq was in talks with WWE to appear and sources indicate he was planned for the March 5th Boston RAW Supershow. If Shaq doesn't appear on that show or isn't hinted at in some way, he most likely won't be a part of WrestleMania.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Update on The Undertaker's In-Ring Future

The Undertaker's time away from the ring has included surgeries on both his shoulder and hip. He was lighter than ever before when he showed up backstage at last week's RAW, estimated at 275 to 280 pounds. The belief that he would retire following his WrestleMania encounter with Triple H is largely gone since it's not being hinted. Peers expect him to continue wrestling for a few more years if he's able to compete once annually.

Source: Wrestling Observer

Spoiler: New Title Match Confirmed for WWE's WrestleMania 28

At Tuesday night's WWE SmackDown tapings in Seattle, Teddy Long made Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes with the Intercontinental Title on the line official for WrestleMania 28 on April 1st. Below is the updated confirmed card: