Thursday, March 31, 2011

TRISH STRATUS TALKS ABOUT LAYCOOL

Trish Stratus is featured in a new interview with Diva-Dirt.com where she talks about WrestleMania 27, Tough Enough and more. Regarding working with Layla and Michelle McCool, she said:


“The opportunity came up to work with LayCool, which I’m so excited about. I mean they’ve done such great work, people love to hate them. As a fan, I’ve sat back and I’ve watched, especially Layla , watched them grow into great workers. They’ve put in the work to develop their characters.”

*SPOILER* TRIPLE H TO LOSE AT WRESTLEMANIA?

 In WWE’s new DX DVD that comes out a few days after WrestleMania, there is a segment where Triple H and Shawn Michaels make fun of each other for losing to The Undertaker. Triple H noted that Taker always beat Shawn and when Shawn responded that Taker beat Triple H too, Triple H acted as if it’s something he’s tried to forget. While they don’t mention WrestleMania in the conversation, the impression given is that they were talking about the match at WrestleMania 27, not their previous match.

RAW RATINGS 3/28

This past Monday’s RAW scored a 3.84 cable rating with an average of 5.89 million viewers. This was the most viewers for RAW since the June 29th, 2009 episode. In addition, the 4.77 final overrun segment was the highest rated quarter since June 22nd, 2009, the commercial-free RAW. RAW’s peak this week with 7.31 million viewers was the first segment on RAW to break 7 million in almost two years.


In a segment breakdown, Edge and Christian vs. Brodus Clay and Alberto Del Rio gained 3,000 viewers from the opener with CM Punk. The video for Triple H and Undertaker lost 73,000 viewers while Justin Gabriel vs. Santino Marella gained 283,000 viewers. The segment with Triple H, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker gained 1,346,000 viewers, making the rating go from 3.5 to 4.5 in the Males 18-49 demographic and from 4.5 to 5.4 in the teenagers demo.


Jerry Lawler vs. Jack Swagger lost 1,449,000 viewers, making it one of the worst segments as far as losing viewers goes in years. The same thing happened with Sheamus and Daniel Bryan a few weeks ago – fans tune in to see a major angle, in this case the one with HHH-Taker-HBK, and then tune out once the major angle is over.


The match with Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan and John Morrison lost 32,000 more viewers but the Road Warriors Hall of Fame video and the angle with Snooki, Layla, Michelle McCool and Trish Stratus at a bar gained 255,000 viewers. The final segment with The Rock, John Cena and The Miz gained 1,539,000 viewers, which is one of the biggest gains in several years.

NEW POSTER OF EXTREME RULES PPV

New poster of WWE Extreme Rules PPV featuring John Cena, earlier it was released featuring CM Punk. Below is the poster of Extreme Rules:

SNOOKI ON HER TRAINING WITH WWE, WHY SHE STOPPED WATCHING IT

 The Hollywood Reporter had an article up yesterday about how Snooki was boo’d at the WrestleMania 27 press conference in New York City. Regarding her training for WrestleMania, she said: “It kind of came naturally to me. I did gymnastics for eight years, and I have been cheerleading since middle school … I am going to rehearse this weekend for Mania and will incorporate my gymnastics skills.”


Snooki also said she used to watch WWE because she thought a former star was attractive but stopped watching. She said: “When they gave me this opportunity, I started watching it again to see what I would do and what’s happening,. And I really enjoyed it.”

NEWS FROM WRESTLEMANIA PRESS CONFERENCE

Vince McMahon did not appear at the WrestleMania 27 press conference in New York City this morning, something he usually takes part in. A reader in attendance noted that John Cena was hit with lots of "Cena sucks" and "same old shit" chants from the crowd while The Rock received a huge reaction. Snooki asked to take a photo with both Rock and Cena, which led to the two facing off. 

WWE TOUGH ENOUGH SPOILERS

Here are some spoilers from the first episode of WWE Tough Enough: 


* The show begins with Steve Austin having the contestants setup an empty arena for a WWE event. The next day, the contestants begin their training with Trish Stratus, Booker T and Bill DeMott. 


* The first beef on the show in the house happens between Miss USA Rima Fakih and New Jersey wrestler Mickael Zaki. Zaki talks about how women shouldn't be on the show and then catches heat for his sexist comments. Zaki throws a pillow at Miss USA. She responded by telling him off and storming out of the room. Zaki appears to be the bad guy on the show. 


* The article teases that one of the contestants "craps their pants" during in-ring training on an episode. 

CHRIS JERICHO THROUGH THE FIRST ROUND

Chris Jericho has made it through the first round of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. He wrote the following on Twitter: "Made it through the first round! Thanks to Cheryl Burke and too all of you who voted for Team Chericho! Now the real contest has begun…" 

TRIPLE H ADVERTISED FOR SMACKDOWN

Triple H is being advertised for next week's Friday Night SmackDown from the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. The advertised dark main event that night is Alberto Del Rio and The Corre vs. The Undertaker, Edge, Christian, Big Show and Rey Mysterio. 

HBK AT RINGSIDE FOR HHH VS UNDERTAKER MATCH, FINLAY REMOVED

Sources say, Shawn Michaels will be at the ringside for Undertaker vs Triple H match. It is not yet confirmed that he will be involved or not.


WWE removed Finlay from their roster page, earlier it was said that Finlay is released from WWE

ROAD WARRIOR ANIMAL TALKS ABOUT HALL OF FAME

Road Warrior Animal appeared on Right After Wrestling this week and had the following to say about The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering going into the WWE Hall of Fame this year: 


"Well you know how it is. Jealousy is the greatest equalizer (in our business) sometimes. Guys who don’t get invited to it…it’s just jealousy. You look at the path people take in this business, and I knew it was going to be sooner-or-later." 


Animal also revealed that WWE is still working on a physical building for the Hall of Fame in Florida. He said: 


"WWE is looking at a big building in Tampa. I’m gonna donate some of my gear there – maybe some of my spiked-shoulder pads will go in the Hall. They’re getting stuff from everybody. And it’s gonna be an attraction – some place where fans can go. It’s gonna be like the pro-football hall of fame." 

WHICH MATCH TO CLOSE WRESTLEMANIA 27?

There have been discussions all week about whether to close Sunday's WrestleMania XXVII pay-per-view event with John Cena vs. The Miz or Triple H vs. The Undertaker. The latter match was scheduled to close the show last week, but Vince McMahon is going back and forth this week on what to do. 

WRESTLEMANIA WEEK KICKS OFF

"WrestleMania Week" kicked off today in Atlanta, Georgia as Turner Field hosted "WWE Night." WWE talent John Morrison, Mark Henry, Eve and Melina participated in an autograph signing prior to an Atlanta Braves spring training game. 


Morrison was named honorary team captain while Henry tossed the "first pitch of the year." The Divas exclaimed "Play ball!" to start the game. 


The signing drew approximately 100 fans. 

TRIPLE H TO INDUCT SHAWN MICHAELS AT WWE HALL OF FAME

It was revealed at today's WrestleMania XXVII press conference in New York's Hard Rock CafĂ© that Triple H would be inducting Shawn Michaels into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia. 


Triple H was introduced by Stephanie McMahon, the event's presenter. He kissed her upon his entrance and announced that he would be inducting Michaels, his friend, into the WWE Hall of Fame. He then vowed to end The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania streak on Sunday. 


Michaels said recently in interviews that he narrowed the list down to two candidates to induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame. 


The WWE Hall of Fame Induction ceremony airs this Monday prior to Raw on the USA Network. 

JOHN CENA TO GRANT 200 WISHES

WWE will be bringing 30 Make-A-Wish kids to WrestleMania 27. A party will be held for the kids with John Cena and other Superstars & Divas. Cena will be honored at the party for surpassing 200 wishes granted. Cena joins Hulk Hogan along with NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon as the only celebrities to reach 200 wishes. 

WWE UNHAPPY WITH SNOOK SEGMENT ON RAW

The footage of Snooki, Trish Stratus, Layla and Michelle McCool in a bar that aired on RAW this past Monday was not what WWE had originally hoped for. They decided to air the best parts of the footage they filmed at the bar. The filming was delayed after Snooki showed up several hours late to the shoot. 


On a related note, the man who was hitting on Snooki and Trish in the bar is a local independent wrestler who often wrestles as the "brother" of TNA star Robbie E. 

ROCK ON NOT BEING PG

The Rock responded to Twitter followers who said his act on WWE Raw isn't PG. "Yes, I agree (with) some of you...me saying 'sumbitches and candy asses' on Raw isn't PG," Rock wrote. "But remember...when it's Rock Raw...it ain't ever PG."

SHEAMUS TALKS ABOUT HIS MATCH, BEING US CHAMP

 WWE United States Champion Sheamus recently spoke with IrishCentral.com to promote WrestleMania 27. Here are some highlights: 


His WrestleMania match with Daniel Bryan: 
"I want people walking away from Wrestlemania talking about our match. I’m representing Ireland again, I’m the champion of the United States of America and there are going to be some great matches, but I’m going to give everything I have to steal the show at Wrestlemania. I’m an Irishman who came up from a small little country, followed his dream and now I hold the title." 


Being US Champion: 
"Being the U.S. champion is a big deal for me. Knowing that my ancestors built this country, it’s kind of like, the Irish were treated badly in this country for a long time, with a lot of tacky Irish stereotypes, so to me it’s kind of like a bragging right. I’m enjoying shoving it down people’s throats that an Irish guy is their champion." 


His WWE career: 
"I’m not happy until I’m going forward and accomplishing goals. I’m going to my second Wrestlemania, and from there I just want to keep taking leaps and bounds until I become one of the greatest ever. I can’t complain right now, I’m enjoying myself, the matches are great and I’m making a name for myself. I keep building that Celtic Warrior brand." 

KEVIN NASH TALKS ABOUT HIS FUTURE, WRESTLEMANIA 27

 Kevin Nash recently spoke with CLATL.com to promote his party in Atlanta this week. Here are some highlights: 


Before the Royal Rumble, you worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for a few years. What is your role with WWE now? 


For me, right now at almost 52 years old, I really don't want to be bouncing around too much. I'm blessed that I can get around as well as I can after being beat up for so many years. But I'd still like to do anything I can do to help the young guys and help the federation move forward. So we're going to sit down over 'Mania weekend and the weeks after that, look at some options, and see what works for them and what works for myself and move forward. 


Will you be involved in WrestleMania at all? 


I haven't been told anything, but like any good pro wrestler, I'll definitely pack my gear because you never know when somebody's going to go down and they need a body. So I'll make sure I have my gear on me in case I am needed. But I will be signing at the fan Axxess for them under my Legends contract. It'll be nice to get back down there, and WrestleMania's always special. It's the Super Bowl of wrestling, and it's nice to be part of the whole weekend. And to do our own little thing to kick it off is something that's special to me because I've never tried to do anything like this before and it's gotten a good response.