Monday, March 29, 2010

WrestleMania(R) XXVI Breaks Record

GLENDALE, Ariz., Mar 28, 2010 - World Wrestling Entertainment(R) made history tonight at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, as WrestleMania XXVI grossed $5.8 million, becoming the highest grossing and attended entertainment event ever held at the stadium. The previous record was a U2 concert on October 20, 2009 that attracted 50,775 fans and grossed $4.9 million. 72,219 fans from all 50 states and 26 countries attended the sold out event, outdrawing Super Bowl XLII (71,101 attendance) in the same building.

WWE's annual pop-culture extravaganza was broadcast around the world on pay-per-view in more than 100 countries and 20 languages.

"WrestleMania XXVI was a tremendous success, and we thank the public and private sectors of Glendale and Phoenix for rolling out the red carpet to WWE(R) and our fans during WrestleMania Week," said John P. Saboor, Senior Vice President of Special Events, World Wrestling Entertainment. "WrestleMania is an important rite of passage for WWE fans each year, bringing with them a tremendous economic impact to the community."

WrestleMania XXVII will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2011 from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. Ticket information will be announced later this year.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

UFC 111: Brock Lesnar talks and fight card - 27th March 2010

As Frank Mir and Shane Carwin prepare to do battle for the interim heavyweight championship at UFC 111 on Saturday, the man who currently holds the title decided to provide his thoughts on the highly-anticipated matchup.

"I'm excited for Saturday night to see these two big heavyweights battle it out for the interim championship, and the winner of those two guys, I'm looking forward to be fighting in mid-summer," UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar told ESPN on Friday.

Lesnar knows both fighters very well. He was training to fight Carwin for the heavyweight belt at UFC 106 this past November, but was forced to postpone the bout due to the illness.

As for Mir, he is still the only person who has defeated Lesnar during his brief but eventful MMA career. Lesnar went on to capture the title and then avenged his loss with a dominant second-round technical knock out over Mir at UFC 100.

Leading up to UFC 111, Mir has stated that Carwin is a better version of Lesnar, something the champion was quick to comment on.

"If Shane Carwin is a better version of Brock Lesnar, then the fights over within the first 30 seconds," remarked Lesnar.

"Frank has a history of putting his foot in his mouth. Let's just see what happens Saturday night. I'm anxious to fight either one of those opponents."

Lesnar who has been sidelined since last July due to a digestive disease, will step back into the octagon on July 3 in Las Vegas at the yet-to-be-announced UFC 116.

It was during his absence, when a timetable for his return was unknown, that the UFC scheduled the interim title bout between Mir and Carwin.

"That was a business decision that the UFC had to make," admitted Lesnar. "Really that belt is a make-believe belt. It was to satisfy the company and to satisfy the people in the heavyweight division. I'm still the heavyweight champion.

"I'm looking for a heavyweight showdown Saturday night and the best thing about it is I can sit back and watch and let these guys fight over who wants to come after Brock Lesnar, the UFC heavyweight champion."

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Georges St. Pierre (Cdn) vs. Dan Hardy
Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin
Jon Fitch vs. Ben Saunders
Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek (Cdn)
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown
Rodney Wallace vs. Jared Hamman
Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomasz Drwal
Matthew Riddle vs. Greg Soto

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wrestling Observer Newsletter - Huge edition coming up; WWE WrestleMania and legends coverage

Media Man is a proud subscriber of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. From time to time Media Man tips off Wrestling Observer and other wrestling news companies such as Pro Wrestling Torch, on information we become aware of pertaining to the pro wrestling and martial arts industry.

With WWE WrestleMania and Hall of Fame awards coming up, not to mention the WWE - TNA Wrestling "war" and Gorgeous George movie in the works, we bring to you an overview of what to expect in the upcoming Wrestling Observer (available online and in hardcopy).

On wrestling, thank you to all of those who paved the way to help create the pro wrestling aka sports entertainment industry, and a special thank you to the legends, and of course, the fans, who turn up at events and tune into TV, thus keeping the industry alive.

Big thank you to the Media Man - Hollywood connection - Ric Drasin, Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Carole Snuka, Ric Flair, Peter Carrette, Colin Handley, Evan Ginzburg, Mickey Rourke, Tom Filsinger, Stan Lee and too many more to list!

Media Man has its own Wrestling media arm, Wrestling News Media, but its not a patch on the coverage from our friends at Wrestling Observer Newsletter and the Pro Wrestling Torch. Brace yourself for an awesome read, and if you like what you read, take out a sub to the Observer.

Spike has a ton of UFC on television tonight, including the GSP vs. B.J. Penn fight at 7 p.m., plus Unleashed at 8 p.m. (Matt Hughes vs. Joe Riggs), 9 p.m. (Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga) as well as part two of St. Pierre vs. Hardy at 10 p.m. followed by the debut of the Countdown to Mir vs. Carwin at 10:30 p.m. The St. Pierre vs. Hardy episode one will also repeat tonight at midnight.

With the biggest weekend of the year coming, with WrestleMania and UFC 111, we look at that weekend including the future of Shawn Michaels, the match with Undertaker, as well as a look at business for both shows. We have some predictions on WrestleMania, as well as notes on last second buildup for both events, Canadian Superstar vs. Canadian Superstar in Canada, and right now what trending and interest patterns are showing for both events.

We have the most complete Monday rundown, including how every segment on both shows gained the lost viewers, and many questions asked as TNA's gets beaten by almost three full ratings points the second week one. We look at live vs. tape, as well as the future of this battle.

The issue is available on the web site today. For those wanting the print edition, there are details here on how to get it delivered to your door each week.

We also have a profile on Gorgeous George and his role in wrestling and life. We look at why he's being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, including a change in philosophy of WWE films, the famous movie that was supposed to be done on his life in the past and what happened, as well as a second movie that at one time was going to be done and fell through. We look at George's heyday and how big wrestling was on television, George's only appearance in Madison Square Garden and how it hardly went as expected, where George stood as far as the most known and highest paid athletes, his role, as well as some of his most famous angles. We also look at the story that George inspired the interviews of Muhammad Ali.

We also have an update on Jim Ross and WWE as well as an interview where he talked about wanting to broadcast MMA as well as his thoughts on mistakes in MMA television broadcasts.

We also look at several Bret Hart interviews from Canada this past week, talking bout why he returned, how wrestling has changed, his relationship with Shawn Michaels and more.

We also look at a WWE Hall of Fame snafu, an update on Dwayne Johnson and Raw, Vince McMahon causes Linda McMahon's campaign some embarrassment, filings that show what the McMahons are worth, as well as WWE responds to media criticism from the McMahon campaign.

We also look at changes made in WWE rules for talent, as well as lots of items regarding WrestleMania plans. We also have an updated look at how many people watch Raw live vs. on tape, a lot of notes on WWE developmental including newcomers, a new stable, lots of second generation wrestlers and a former college football player and a former Gladiator both starting out, as well as a main eventer in a territorial system and first cousin of two current WWE wrestlers who was just signed.

We also look at Tommy Dreamer talking about why he left WWE, as well as WWE signing Gladiator and notes from all the weekend WWE house shows.

We also have a ton of history this week, including a trip back to the 1940s looking at Henry Wittenberg, who passed away this past week, the man George Hackenschmidt called the greatest wrestler who ever lived. We look at someone who was America's best wrestler of the era, and one of the greatest ever, and why he was the most unlikely wrestling legend this country ever produced given his background. We look at his gold medal win, his pro offers, and why promoters thought he could have been one of the biggest stars ever.

We also look at the life and wrestling career of Sandy Scott, including a look at the Flying Scott Brothers and their headline feuds in the 50s and 60s all over the world, but in particular being the top babyface attractions in Western Canada and the Carolinas. We follow their career path, including their breakup in real life, Sandy Scott's role in the heyday of Jim Crockett Promotions, the different tag teams they faced all over the world, the glory era of Stampede Wrestling and more.

We also look at the man of a million names, John Hill, including the many territories he was top heel, his two world title reigns in the biggest promotion in the world at the time and his feud with Bruno Sammartino, how he got his different names including The Destroyer, Guy Mitchell and Jerry Valiant. It's a look back at several territories including the glory days of Australian wrestling, British Columbia, Detroit, Toronto and Indianapolis with the stars and programs such as the heyday of The Sheik, The Bruiser, the beginning of the career of Bobby Heenan and more.

We've also got coverage of AAA's first major show of the year, the Rey de Reyes show, which featured the beginning of the L.A. Park vs. La Parka feud, as well as Mr. Anderson and Hernandez from TNA appearing.

We also have our usual weekly features such as the results of the biggest matches of the week and rundown of the major television shows.

The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.

Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sites and has the most complete look at the business as a whole anywhere.

The Observer is now in its 28th year of being the leading insider pro wrestling publication in the world. The biggest and most influential names in the pro wrestling industry as well as the MMA industry, from bookers, to promoters to Hall of Fame wrestlers and fighters to the biggest current names, both on camera, and behind the scenes, along with thousands of readers in all 50 states and 30 countries subscribe. Many have subscribed as long as 20 years or more straight. They get the most detailed and inside coverage of what is going on all over the world and an accuracy from having the most inside sources that can't be found on the web. Everyone from Wall Street to the major offices to the TV networks in U.S. and Japan turn to the Observer for what is going on in the business. If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can get one free classic issue of your choice sent to you today. With a
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Statement from Randy Savage on Passing of his Father Angelo Poffo

Official Statement from Randy Poffo Regarding the Passing of his Father, Angelo Poffo

I have always been so proud to call Angelo Poffo my father. He is a great example of a self-sacrificing, hard-working man who always put his family first. As a parent, he was tough, but always fair. He was a true leader, and I am honored to be his son.

My father has left this world, but he will never leave my heart. He has always been my hero and my mentor, and the priceless gifts he gave I will have and cherish forever.

My family and I would like to thank my dad’s fans for all the support and well wishes they have expressed this past week.

Randy Poffo

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

WWE Raw VS TNA Wrestling - Ratings - 9th March 2010

WWE vs. TNA head-to-head

WWE Raw scored a 3.4 rating and 5.1 million viewers.

TNA scored a 1.0 rating and 1.4 million viewers.

Raw was down 7.4 percent in ratings and 4.2 percent in viewership compared to last week's show.


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Criss Angel’s 10–year reunion with WWE stars in the ring tonight - 8th March 2010

Mindfreak magician Criss Angel promises that there will be no disappearing act when he steps into World Wrestling Entertainment’s Raw ring tonight in Portland, Ore. Despite not feeling well, Criss flew out of Las Vegas this morning and will return in time for tomorrow evening’s performances of Cirque du Soleil’s Believe at the Luxor.

Criss also revealed to Vegas DeLuxe that he has signed for a sixth season of A&E’s Mindfreak, which he has just finalized planning for filming to start. In hosting the USA Network wrestling event, which also features a battle between WWE head honcho Vince McMahon and John Cena, he’ll be introducing The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels in the opening bout and veteran Ted DiBiase wrestling Legacy in a matchup.

The illusionist is a big WWE fan and says he uses martial arts in his cross-training physical workouts, including kung fu, tae kwon do and karate. He said it strengthens his body and his mind. For Criss, it’s a reunion with a group who gave him a unique start to his magic career, and that’s why he’ll be in the center of tonight’s rough-and-tumble action. You can expect to see magic in and out of the ring.

“When I started out trying to make it, I ran into a lot of people who never lived up to their promises,” Criss told me about his friendship with WWE. “It’s no secret that I borrowed money from the bank and took a $260,000 mortgage on my mother’s home. I was willing to invest the $410,000 to show that I had something very special.

“Back then, I was on the streets of Manhattan, and at Broadway and West 43rd Street, there was the World Wrestling restaurant filled with its memorabilia. Vince McMahon, the founder, and all the wrestlers all came to see my show. They were huge fans, and Vince gave me my very first break taking me off the street and into a 125-seat theater we built out of a banquet room. That led to all the stunts, all the TV shows, everything. (Credit: Las Vegas Sun)

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wrestling News Media - 5th March 2010

Rob Van Dam signs with TNA Wrestling; Hulk Hogan hints on Jim Kerr & The Rock 'N' Roll Morning Show Q104.3

Angelo Poffo, father of Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Lanny Poffo, dies at 84 - 4th March - Lanno Poffo official website

TNA Wrestling To Go Head To Head With WWE Raw this Monday night

Fox and Friends feature TNA - Wrestling Observer Newsletter links to footage website

The Miz does Sydney and Melbourne Australia to promote upcoming WWE tour; Appears on

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat official WWE release on the way says JR's blog

WWE WrestleMania - Glendale/Phoenix, 28th March 2010 website

WWE Hall of Fame 2010 - Ted DiBiase, Antonio Inoki, Wendi Richter, Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon

WWE Corporate news website

Edge VS Chris Jericho could produce match of the year and feud of the year

Mick Foley does extreme comedy in Las Vegas to mixed response - KLAS report

NXT may be one of the best things to happen to WWE for a decade says fans and insiders

Wrestlers Rescue continues to do great work for wrestlers in need

Tom Filsinger's Wrestling Legends goes online - website

Ric Drasin continues unique interviews and features - website

Roddy Piper on TV and more movies likely - IMDB website

Australia set to see more U.S stars and Aussies - International Assault - World Series Wrestling - Sydney, 8th May 2010 - website

Wrestling Observer Newsletter VS Pro Wrestling Torch continues decade plus battle for readers and subs; Media Man continues to promote and champion both YouTube updated

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Habbo VIP Chat - Thursday 4th March 2010 at 4.30pm AEDT

1st March, 2010 – The self proclaimed ‘awesome one’, WWE’s talented young superstar Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin will be joining Habbo Australia ( – the world’s most popular virtual world for teenagers – live on Thursday 4th March 2010 at 4.30pm AEDT, to discuss life in the entertainment industry, the upcoming world event WrestleMania and his fight to the top of the WWE ladder.

This exciting opportunity will provide Habbo users with the chance to discuss everything wrestling with one of the world’s most talented WWE performers. As part of his Australian tour for WWE’s biggest event of the year, WrestleMania, The Miz will be chatting all things ‘awesome’ with his Aussie followers, as well as his current status in RAW and his goals for 2010.

Jeff Brookes, Regional Director Asia Pacific, Sulake, says “We are looking forward to having such a well recognised and goal orientated performer like the Miz visit Habbo.
An international figure such as the Miz, provides great insight for our users about what it’s like to be a worldwide star and how much effort is required to have a successful career. I know our users will enjoy his positive attitude, knowledge and hearing about his experiences and sporting achievements.”

About Habbo Hotel –
Habbo Hotel is the world’s largest virtual world for teens. Users join by creating a fully customized online character called a Habbo. From there, they can explore many public spaces and thousands of rooms created by other users in the virtual world, play a variety of games, connect with friends, decorate their own rooms, and have fun through creativity and self expression. Currently there are Habbo communities in 31 countries on six continents. To date, over 155 million characters have been created and over 15 million unique users worldwide visit Habbo Hotel each month.

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