Posts Tagged ‘Wrestling’

John Cena In “12 Rounds”

February 25, 2008

World Wrestling Entertainment is currently into another film production with Fox Atomic on “12 Rounds”, tapping Renny Harlin to direct and it sets star grappler John Cena, Steve Harris, Aidan Gillen and Brian White. The story centers on a New Orleans police detective (Cena) whose girlfriend is kidnapped. Harlin will direct the $20 million pic from a script by Daniel Kunka. This film is set only for digital video release.

Quite a weak story plot unless of course, evil crime lord explains why. This film is set to release sometime in September this year.

As of now, the concerns are build mainly on many things. With Cena involvement in the entertainment field, one would question, “Would Cena walked out the champ at Wrestlemania?” If not, “Would Triple H bootlicking tactics work and make him the twelve time champ?”

More importantly, this hype of this match is not build on mere anticipation of grudges, championship or feud. The main issue yet to be settled is what happens after this triple threat match.

Hogan/Bischoff Reality Wrestling TV

February 22, 2008

Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have recently stepped up to clear some misunderstanding between their dealings. While many of the us thought, based on Hogan’s previous remarks that it would be a wrestling promotion show, “this show” that they are referring to is actually not bounded by the conventional lines.

Instead, it will be more of a reality TV show. Celebrities will train to become professional wrestlers. They would then be paired up against one another in matches. Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have currently been pitching the idea to several people. With the success of Eric Bischoff’s two reality TV shows, this does have a decent chance of coming to fruition.

Definitely it resembled WWE’s early production of Tough Enough, but this time round, it would really, and definitely get “tougher” and more entertaining.

Wrestlemania 24 Update 3.0

February 20, 2008

With the Wrestlemania plan changing 24/7, WrestlingMAT is back with another post on it.

Right now, as mentioned earlier, these are the confirmed matches for Mania:

Undertaker Vs Edge (World Heavyweight Championship)

John Cena Vs Triple H Vs Randy Orton (WWE Championship)

Now, the attention is set to Floyd Mayweather and The Big Show. While many speculated that this match would gain attention from the media, it looks like too much hopes were pinned. As always, Wrestlemania would be a grand daddy event for the company and external big stars would grace the event. In the past, Limp Bizkit, Motorhead, Donald Trump, Mike Tyson has generated plenty amount of interest in the product during their appearances. With Floyd already in, the management is now seeking to bring in another renowned boxer, Oscar de La Hoya. Shane Mcmahon name was also being tossed around. It would be interesting to see how things would go.

What about Flair? On the past Monday Night Raw, Shawn Michaels personally made the announcement that Ric Flair would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 24 this year. You can expect the induction to be involved heavily in the storyline. With that said, Batista and Kennedy name has been thrown out. It looks like HBK/Flair match at Mania is set.

Following the line, JBL seems to be involved in another programme this past week on RAW. Hopefully, the writers would not made any silly changes to the grudge match between Y2J/JBL. Though I have to said, the built up sucks, but it would completely be a waste of the two months efforts made.

Jeff Hardy has agreed to put his body on the line at Money In The Bank. He has personally agreed to do this match despite his troubling health matters. Writers will be penning down the “against all odds angle” for Jeff Hardy in months to come which narrates around how he fail and try, fail and try, fail and try, and finally succeeded.

WWE is also discussing an idea to bring back Kevin Federline in a celebrity battle royal match. He would be the focus of the match and would win the entire thing. This would definitely make some media coverage from the press.

Whether you believe it or not, Vince might be playing up Hornswoggle head injury. I am getting sluggish over what to come for this angle. I don’t look forward to Finlay Vs Vince, i mean pardon me for those Irish friends but this angle just doesn’t seems matching. Inside of me, my hunch is telling me that Finlay would eventually betray Hornswoggle for a higher secrecy that will be sold in weeks to come.

Chavo Guerrero should lose the title to Punk at Mania. Thing is, where would Punk go after this? Would he faced the same fate like Lashley and get stripped off his title due to the draft lottery?

Candice Michelle is receiving really good hype up promo. So be sure for her to feud with Beth Phoenix.

Writers are having second thoughts now for ushering Matt in a return conquest with MVP.

Batista, Kane, Mick Foley, Kennedy, Shelton, Big Daddy V, Mark Henry, Umaga are all good names with feud yet to be settled. A possible solution is to throw them all into the MIB with Jeff.

Off The MainStream: 3rd

February 19, 2008

Welcome to the third edition of Tuesday’s Off The Mainstream.

Well first up, the incest storyline have started between Paul Burchill and his sister Katie Lea on RAW. Vince has always wanted to do an incest angle for years. He once suggested to be the father of his daughter Stephanie’s baby. As revealed on the McMahon DVD, Stephanie turned down the story. It is said that the “return of the incest angle” was initiated by both Paul and Katie. Thankfully, they are not related by blood in reality.

Carlito’s youngest brother Eddie Colowill has debuted in Florida Championship Wrestling this past week. He’s been down there training for the past few weeks since leaving Puerto Rico. You can catch him in action here.

There have been recent rumors on Eminem joining WWE a few days ago. I chose not to report it then because i speculated that it would be some prank from some idiots (as always). Indeed, the spokeperson of Eminem have cleared these speculations. Recently, there have been similar case happening to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. An impersonator claimed that Dwayne obtained gifts and memorabilia from Manchester Football club. The impersonator has been sued for fraud charges.

Well speaking of The Rock, he recently appeared with Orlando Jones and the Governator, Arnold Schwartzenegger at a banquet in Beverly Hills. They got together to commemorate the 8 year partnership between Audemars Piguet and Afterschool All-stars. You can view the pictures here.

WWE has announced that effective from 2010, Mattel will become the exclusive toy licensee covering all global territories upon the expiration of their current toy license with JAKKS Pacific Inc. JAKKS Pacific Inc. has also announced that effective 2010 they will become the exclusive toy licensee for TNA Wrestling. The TNA Vs WWE war is brewing unknowingly.

The Million Dollar Man’s son, DiBiase Jr, who is currently under Florida Champion Wrestling (FCW) was arrested recently for driving under the influence in Hillsborough County, Florida

Gregory Shane Helms of Smackdown, aka. Hurricane Helms has done an interesting interview with Marvel.com recently. Quite interesting read up on how Helms is so in love with Marvel’s comics. You can view the interview here. I have also updated Helm’s official blog here at WrestlingMAT.

Mccool Is The New Date(Dead) Woman?

February 15, 2008

Many have been asking me to explain the statement released yesterday on Michelle Mccool relationship status.

“Michelle Mccool is said to be involved in a rendezvous relationship with a married, experienced wrestler from Smackdown. He goes by the slogan, This Is My Yard”

Well who am i referring to?

Check the link here to find out.

Plus, for those who are still new to this hot diva, she recently appeared with Maria Kanellis, Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson and Layla El at the Project Runway show. The entire show runs approximately an hour long and I’ve posted the link of each part. Enjoy the show. Try to refrain watching it with a spade. =]

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Valentine Frenzy – Pick A Date

February 14, 2008

Love itself is complicated. It get worse when you stole someone else partner. It get better if you date an ex-wife. It get controversial if you date a guy. Today, WrestlingMAT take a Valentine Day snapshot at many current WWE superstars and alumni and see how things are going in their love lives.

1/ Without this couple, there wouldn’t be a WWE. Today let’s honor the top wrestling promoters, Vince/Linda Mcmahon. The two met in church when Linda was 13 and Vince was 16. This would be their 42nd Valentine anniversary.

2/ Call em famous or infamous, Triple H/Stephanie marriage has skyrocketed both their career. Both are dominance in their own areas. They are expecting a second child this summer.

3/ Shane Mcmahon married his high school sweetheart Marissa Mazzola on September 14, 1996. Shane has stated that Marissa was the only girlfriend he ever had. Together they have two sons, Declan James (4 yrs old) and Kenyon Jesse (2 yrs old). Marriage is still going strong.

4/ Undertaker have two wives. He first married Jodi Lynn in 1989, and they had a son named Gunner (15 yrs old). Then he married Sara and have two daughters Chasey (6 yrs old) and Gracie (3 yrs old)

5/ Kane is married to Maurisa Jacobs and have two step-daughters. He never had a kid of his own.

6/ CM Punk has reported dating RAW’s Maria for a few months. The relationship was going strong for a few months before his move to ECW. He is now single and available.

7/ Charlie Haas married wrestler, Jackie Gayda 3 years ago. He became a father in 2006.

8/ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson married Dany Garcia on May 3, 1997, a day after his 25th birthday. They have a daughter together at 2001. Late last year, they split up on mutual agreement.

9/ Loudmouth Ken Kennedy recently wed his high school sweetheart, Shawn Trebnick. This would be their first, married Valentine together.

10/ Shawn Michael is married to former WCW Nitro Girl, Rebecca Hickenbottom. Together they have a son (8 yrs old) and a daugther (4 yrs old). Shawn is said to be facing up and downs with Rebecca in their early days. Now, things seem bliss.

11/ Edge have been married on two occasions. He was originally married to Alanah Morley, Val Venis’s Sister and then allegely stole Matt’s Gf, Lita. They ended up in divorce due to public’s heavy pressure.

12/ Whether on screen or not, Matt Hardy has been a dedicated boyfriend to his 6 years relationship with Lita. After Lita’s betrayal, Matt took a long period of time to recover. He is currently seeing RAW’s Ashley Massaro.

13/ His brother, Jeff is said to be currently dating a woman that is outside of the wrestling business.

14/ With Matt and Edge departure, Lita is currently seeing Shane Morton, her Luchagors bandmate.

15/ John Morrison was in a long term relationship with Melina Perez, his former on screen manager. The pair met during auditions for Tough Enough III, although she didn’t make the show. Currently, Morrison is said to be dating someone in the Hollywood. Suit his gimmick isn’t it?

16/ Batista was married to a woman named Glenda in the early 1990’s and had two daughters with her, Keilana (18 yrs old) and Athena (16 yrs old). He was divorced and is currently dating RAW’s Melina Perez.

17/ Randy Orton married his longtime girlfriend, Samantha Speno last year. They are expecting a child this summer.

18/ John Cena and his longtime girlfriend is set to get married this year but an unexpected event caused the couple to break up recently. With his eligibility, he should have no problem finding a suitor.

19/ Rob Van Dam met his wife, Sonya, at a ringside event a couple of years ago. They dated and got married recently.

20/ Not much word have been said about Smackdown First Voice’ Michael Cole. It seems that the 40 yr old commentator is still single.

21/ Joey Styles is married to a woman named Janice and have a two year old daughter.

22/ RAW’s hotchick, Candice Michelle has been married to Dr. Ken Gee Ehrlich, a West Los Angeles chiropractor in 2005.

23/ The 21 yrs old, Kelly Kelly is currently in a relationship with retired wrestler Andrew “Test” Martin.

24/ Michelle Mccool is said to be involved in a rendezvous relationship with a “married, experienced wrestler from Smackdown” He goes by the slogan, “This Is My Yard”

25/ John Bradshaw Layfield is married to Meredith Whitney, executive director of CIBC World Markets. It is no wonder why he lives in a penthouse.

26/Potential Family Man, Jericho’s is married to a woman named Jessica Lee Lockhart, with whom he has a son, Ash Edward Irvine (5 yrs old) and a twin daughter (2 yrs old)

27/ Chavo is married and have 2 sons. His wife is named Susan, and they have been married since 1998.

28/ Lillian García was previously married, but is now divorced. She announced that she is dating a “nice guy outside of wrestling”

29/ The very cool man, Carlito is not that cool in his love life. He is still single and have not much rumor of dating around.

30/ Rey Mysterio has recently announced that he and his wife Angelica have separated. Together, they have two children, Dominik (who was involved in the Eddie Guerrero and Gutierrez storyline) and Aaliyah.

Heyman Hustle Launching

February 13, 2008

Many are wondering why Paul Heyman simply vanished in thin air a year ago. The founder of ECW, the creator of Hardcore and the enforcer for wrestling creativity has such as famous status in the business but yet chose to turn his back on such lucrative deal.

It was him that provided jobs for many present hardcore legends including Stone Cold, RVD, Sabu, Sandman, Mysterio and Mick Foley. And it was him that was on odds with Vince.

The Sun, an English tabloid had a chance to speak with him recently on his present status and his upcoming project of the Heyman Hustle.

Here is a little teaser on what was mentioned of wrestling during the Interview

What happened between you and Vince:
I think what it boils down to is Vince McMahon and I have totally separate and distinct visions for what a wrestling or sports entertainment product should be. There’s nothing wrong with having those different visions, the problem was that Vince started to take the difference of opinion personally. And once that personality conflict comes into play, when you’re trying to steer the direction of a product, it becomes a bad work environment. So Vince didn’t like working with me anymore and I didn’t like working with Vince anymore. And it’s his company, so obviously he has to stay!

But why didn’t Vince just say: “Paul, I know you’re good at ECW, it’s on Sci-Fi, do your stuff, work your magic, make me some money?”
Vince is such a control freak that if he sneezes, the next 10 minutes of any meeting are ruined because he is so p***ed at himself for not being able to control the sneeze. He is a billionaire. He has his own luxury private plane and, by the way, it’s a really nice plane. He has things and property and cash that every other wrestling promoter in the world doesn’t have. He has achieved these goals HIS WAY and so Vince is not about to let anyone have free reign over anything in his kingdom. That’s just not going to happen.

Can you give us some examples of the things that you wanted to do that Vince said “no” to?
I thought the undercard was horrible. I thought that the design of the show itself made no sense. I just felt that the entire layout of the show, the entire complexion of the event was a downer. I also thought that we were doing Bobby Lashley no favours the way he was going to win the title. Lashley winning the title, especially if you eliminate Rob Van Dam and CM Punk early, would be leapfrogging over RVD and Punk. If you don’t appease the need for the audience to see that new hero get crowned like Punk did the week before at Survivor Series when DX let him say ‘Are you ready?’ then the audience will feel ripped off.

If you don’t put that spotlight on Van Dam, with whom the paying customers have just taken this long ride back into the title chase, then the paying customer will feel ripped off. My opinion was to start the chamber off with the Big Show saying: “I’m a seven foot tall, 500lb giant, I’m gonna mow through every one of you.” And the first to take him on would be Punk. Playing to the fact that UFC is so hot and in the public consciousness, Punk chokes out Big Show in the first round of the Elimination Chamber, four-and-a-half minutes in, and now the champion is out.

You know for a fact, before any two contenders lock up, I’m getting a new champion at the end of this match. You let Van Dam and Punk fight it out, and then you start feeding in the heels. Vince hated this. He especially hated the fact that Big Show liked it.

Let’s talk about the Heyman Hustle. Let’s give people a taste of what’s going to happen on this show.
Our goal is to break ground in the wireless/broadband and digital/mobile platforms, which get so much attention from the entertainment industry right now because its unchartered turf and no-one has been able to figure out what the future holds on this constantly evolving concept. We want to peel back the layers of celebrity and we’re going to demonstrate that larger-than-life personalities are not only found on television and the movies.

For more information on the interview, you can view it here.You can view the promotional video here as well.

Brothers Reunite

February 13, 2008

If you catch last post on Chris Benoit’s tragedy, I bet you would feel some tinge in your heart over Benoit and Eddie death. They are brothers, They have the same fate and They have the same belief.

The Official press release for Benoit’s death has been issued earlier this morning.

“Benoit has concluded that the professional wrestler killed his wife and 7-year-old son, and that he acted alone.

Tuesday morning’s announcement came after a careful examination of all evidence collected by authorities since the bodies of Benoit, his wife Nancy and Daniel, their 7-year-old son, were found inside their Fayetteville home in late June.

Authorities had cited evidence that had originally pointed to Benoit as his family’s killer before he decided to take his own life.

The sheriff’s department said further investigation supported those initial indications. The department said it “found no evidence that indicates the presence of any other individual or individuals who contributed to the deaths of the three members of the Benoit family.”

Benoit, a former World Wrestling Entertainment star, was found to have abnormally high levels of testosterone in his body at the time of his death, said Dr. Kris Sperry, Georgia’s top medical examiner.

Sperry, however, added there was no direct link between Benoit’s steroid use and the violence that claimed his life and that of his family.

The estates of both Chris Benoit and Nancy Benoit are considering wrongful death lawsuits against the WWE.”

As for Eddie, AAA, a renowned Mexican wrestling company has decided to induct Eddie into their Hall Of Fame. They have sought Vicki’s consent and she had approved. The induction will happen on March 16, 2008, at the Rey de Reys show. AAA is the promotion in Mexico where Eddie Guerrero wrestled prior to joining the original ECW. He was the AAA World Tag Team Champion with good friend Art Barr.

Catch Benoit and Eddie past tribute videos here and here.

Fight To The Death: A Chris Benoit Story

February 12, 2008


Courtesy to LDP for the image.

CBC recently aired a documentary on Chris Benoit’s tragedy. It was well documented with good materials, including input of his close friends, families as well as expert advice. It was one of the most unbiased account on Chris’ death with very strong relation including Eddie, Bret Hart, The Dynamite Kid stories. Personally I love it alot so I posted it here. The entire documentary runs nearly an hour long and I’ve posted the link of each part. Enjoy =]

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Off The MainStream: 2nd

February 12, 2008

If you are wondering where is RAW’s DAMM nice man, Ron Simmons, he has recently took up WWE’s rehab offer. Simmons is currently staying at a rehab center in Atlanta along with Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall. Just earlier today, Jake has expressed his gratitude to the company. I’ve updated his blog link at WM.

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are expecting their 2nd child sometime this summer. The couple already have a baby daughter together. Current WWE Champion, Randy Orton is also expecting to be a dad for the first time. With Cena taking over, it would be a good time for him to take a break for his family.

WrestlingMAT has learned that AAA is trying to sign Booker T and Rob Van Dam for a huge show next month. AAA, which is one of the top wrestling promotions in Mexico, really wants both superstars to make an appearance at the Rey de Reyes show in Monterrey. Ron Killings would be there too.

WWE will be expanding to the China market soon, which will be good news for Asian wrestling fans. Recently they received a prestigious award for its community outreach in China. They have also signed Miss China, Angela Fong to WWE. She will report to Floria Championship Wrestling first before debuting in main rosters.

Kurt Angle recently discussed how WWE like to over work talents on a Radio talkshow. Angle also said that when he worked for WWE that he would only get to come home about five days in a month. Then they asked him about Brock Lesnar and Kurt surprisingly semi-complimented him by saying he was a good in ring competitor but then stated that he was a “mental midget,” claiming Lesnar could not do well under pressure. Apparently, Lesnar has been cool about this.

Lexi Pillman, step daughter of the late Brian Pillman is close to making her wrestling debut. Kind of interesting that she would choose to join the wrestling business given that she have good paper qualifications.