Friday, February 18, 2011

CHRIS JERICHO TALKS ABOUT VINCE MCMAHON

 Chris Jericho noted on 100.7 WXLX in Boston yesterday that a deal from WWE was put on the table last September. Jericho said he had a lot of touring to do with his band Fozzy in October and November, then had his book Undisputed coming out this month with the huge media blitz.


On his relationship with Vince McMahon, Jericho said: “One of the things I like about the book is the thread of the relationship between Vince and Chris. It did not start of good. Over the years, there were ups and downs. Here we are in 2011 and I was just texting Vince this morning. We have laughs about things that have nothing to do with wrestling. We have deep respect for each other, but it took a long time to get to that point.”

RANDY ORTON'S MOVIE GETS A GOOD REVIEW

Today’s Variety gave a very good review to WWE’s That’s What I Am starring actor Ed Harris and Randy Orton. Orton plays the father of a school bully and is called “pitch-perfect” in his role. Variety described the movie as “Agreeable, uplifting and earnest almost to a fault.”

CHAPERONE MOVIE GETS TOP CRITICS REVIEW

WWE Studios’ The Chaperone with Triple H hits theaters today on a limited release. Here are some reviews on the movie. Currently on RottenTomatoes.com, the movie has a “rotten” rating of 25% with a 3.1 out of 10 average rating, based on 12 reviews.


Variety: “Presumably there’s an audience out there for old-fashioned, poorly written, unevenly thesped, family-friendly tales of redemption starring beefy wrestlers and a bunch of kids, but it’s difficult to imagine who.”


Hollywood Reporter: “This lame WWE produced family comedy isn’t likely to turn wrestling star Paul “Triple H” Levesque into a household name.”


Los Angeles Times: “Like last year’s “Legendary” and “Knucklehead,” which didn’t exactly slam moviegoers to the mat with their entertainment chops, this haphazardly clich├ęd comedy-drama about redemption similarly suffers.”


Filmcritic.com: “If WWE is going to continue to insist on placing its stars in ill-fitting projects like this, the least it could do is spring for some livelier material.”


Roger Moore: “As funny as these guys can be when they work themselves into a purple-faced rage yelling at the TV camera, none of the current generation of wrestler-actors seem to have the charisma or comic gifts of a Hulk Hogan or Dwayne Johnson.”


New York Observer: “As long as the poker-faced “Triple H” is the centerpiece, The Chaperone is not without moments of genuine sweetness. Best of all, he is the most unpretentious and least flamboyant human juggernaut to ever hit the screen.”


New York Post: “Stephen Herek’s “The Chaperone” is dreadful enough to make you wish Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was still making family movies. Wrestling champ Paul “Triple H” Levesque is a fairly painless screen presence, but his taste in scripts may be even worse than former WWE colleague Johnson’s.”

Y2J GETS BUSTED OPEN, TALKS ABOUT ROCK

Busted Open radio show highlights
Guest: Chris Jericho
Hosts: Doug Mortman and Dave LaGreca
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Jericho’s interview promoting the book release of “Undisputed” was recorded on Wednesday morning and will air in its entirety on Wednesday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. EST on Sirius 125, XM 241.


WrestleMania needing a big angle:
“Absolutely, but what’s wrong with that? I mean, last week I listened to your guys’s show and you guys were complaining as critics do that WrestleMania had no jump to it. Vince McMahon is a genius. You can say what you want and whatever you want to say. He will always pull stuff out his ass. You wait and see what he comes up with at WrestleMania. You think “The Rock” is the last thing is going to be the big selling point. No way! I’m sure he’s got two or three other things up his sleeve for this WrestleMania… There’s still five weeks until WrestleMania.”


TNA:
“When I worked for WAR in Japan, the company was half the size of new Japan, but for me, WAR was the best company in the world, and if anybody talked badly about my company, I’ll fight you. And if we had any kind of interaction with New Japan, I wasn’t trying to work for New Japan, I didn’t give a s— about working for New Japan, all I cared about was working for WAR, and flying the banner as high as I could… I don’t care if TNA is the worst company in the world, I don’t care. Once you sign a contract for there, you work for Dixie Carter, and you do the best you can to make people believe it’s the best company in the world, and if all you’re doing is b—— about WWE, then go f—— work for WWE, or act like a hasbeen that used to work there. TNA should be the best place in the world to work, and if you don’t believe that, the fans won’t believe it, they’re not gonna buy your product, they’re not gonna believe your product, and they’re not gonna watch your product.”


A WWE return:
“Now that’s the thing people ask me ‘When are you coming back to wrestling? When are you going to do this? When are you going to do that?’ I got asked today ‘Are you? – the rumor is you’re the new singer of Velvet Revolver?’ Even if I was the lead singer of Velvet Revolver, even if I was coming out of the Chamber why would I tell you a-holes?

OFFICIAL ROSTER REVEAL OF WWE ALL-STAR

 Coming out of today’s WWE All Stars roster reveal, here’s the updated roster for the game. The next reveal will take place on February 24th:


* Andre the Giant
* Bret Hart
* Hulk Hogan
* Eddie Guerrero
* Jake Roberts
* Randy Savage
* Roddy Piper
* Jerry Lawler
* Edge
* Kane
* Jack Swagger
* Kofi Kingston
* Randy Orton
* Rey Mysterio
* Triple H
* The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase (Downloadable)
* Ted DiBiase (Downloadable)
* Dusty Rhodes (Downloadable)
* Cody Rhodes (Downloadable)
* Hawk (Downloadable)
* Animal (Downloadable)
* Jim Ross (Announcer)
* Jerry Lawler (Announcer)

RAW RATINGS FOR 2-14-11

 As noted before, this past Monday’s WWE RAW scored a 3.14 cable rating with 4.8 million viewers. In the segment breakdown, the opener with CM Punk vs. John Cena gained 41,000 viewers and finished with a 3.05 rating. The appearance by Vickie Guerrero and the Divas Title match with Eve Torres vs. Natalya gained 190,000 more viewers, up from what the usual Diva match does.


The preview for The Chaperone and Sheamus attacking Mark Henry lost 406,000 viewers. This is the second week in a row the preview for Triple H’s new movie has lost viewers. Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz gained 127,000 for a 3.0 rating, down from the usual numbers for that point in the show. Three out of the last four times The Miz has been put in the 10pm slot he hasn’t done well. The previous two times were matches with Edge.


The R-Truth and John Morrison vs. David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty match gained 47,000 viewers while the segment with actress Ariel Winter and The Great Khali’s Kiss Cam lost 175,000 viewers. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton gained 406,000 viewers back. The Rock’s return promo was off the charts, gaining 1,212,000 viewers overall.

ROCK WAS COVERED UP BY BIEBERS NAME

WWE did all they could to keep The Rock’s appearance on RAW this past Monday a surprise. People working in WWE production were told that Justin Bieber would be announced as the WrestleMania 27 guest host. It was scripted into the show, titled “Leave it to Bieber.”

ARIEL WINTER TALKS ABOUT TRIPLE H

Actress Ariel Winter, who appeared on RAW last Monday and stars in The Chaperone, told Star Magazine that she did her own stunts in the movie. Regarding Triple H, she said: “I had an amazing bond with Triple H, he’s like my second Dad.

POSSIBLE CHANGE TO ALBERTO VS EDGE MATCH

 Right now the Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston match at WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is a non-title match with Kofi’s Intercontinental Title not on the line. The match may be changed because at one point there was discussion of having World Heavyweight Champion Edge vs. Intercontinental Champion Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania 27.

OFFICIAL ROSTER REVEAL OF WWE ALL-STAR TOMORROW

IGN will be hosting the first official roster reveal for WWE’s All Stars game tomorrow morning at 9am. Names already confirmed for the game include John Cena, Randy Orton, John Morrison, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Big Show, Triple H, Bret Hart, The Rock, Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, Ricky Steamboat, Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan.

STONE COLD COMMENTS ON TOUGH ENOUGH

As noted before, WWE began filming Tough Enough yesterday in Simi Calley, California.


Host Steve Austin wrote the following this afternoon on day 2: “Starting day 2 of TE out here in Simi Valley CA…today is gonna be a grueling day for these cats. Stay tuned…”

MICHELLE MCCOOL TALKS ABOUT HER INJURY DUE TO LAYLA

Michelle McCool commented on her injury this afternoon on Twitter, indicating that Layla was the cause. She wrote:


“Yes its true…@mslayel has a hard head! Broken toe, torn mcl in foot, torn joint capsule & swelling in bone! Still luv her….. Luckily I’m as talented on 1 foot as most are on 2!”

NEWS ON SMACKDOWN'S 600TH EPISODE

WWE and SyFy sent out a press release yesterday for this Friday’s 600th episode of SmackDown, noting that the show was about to pass Lassie in total weekly episodes. They wrote:
“After more than a decade on television, Friday Night Smackdown will reach its milestone 600th episode this Friday, February 18, at 8 PM (ET/PT) on Syfy, moving past Lassie into third place for the most weekly episodic programs in TV history.SmackDown also has aired more total episodes than iconic television shows such as The Simpsons, Married With Children and Law & Order.”

CHRIS JERICHO WILL BE ON KISS 108 FM

 Chris Jericho will be on KISS 108 FM in Boston this morning from 8:30am until 9am, the Karlson & McKenzie show in Boston at 9:30am and WXAV in Chicago at 3pm. Tonight, Jericho will be speaking and signing books at Book Revue in Huntingdon, New York at 8pm.

HUGE PLANS FOR ALBERTO DEL RIO

If Alberto Del Rio wins the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 27, he will be only the second heel to have won the Royal Rumble and then followed it up with a title win at WrestleMania. Yokozuna was the first, winning the 1993 Royal Rumble and the WWE Title from Bret Hart, only to lose the belt to Hulk Hogan seconds later.


Del Rio is expected to win the belt at WrestleMania. The original plan called for him to win it at the Royal Rumble but it was pushed back.