5 items from 2012
WWE are always aware of the threat that Monday Night Football brings to their viewership for Raw in the United States. This past Monday, Raw received a 2.3 rating; its worst non holiday rating since October 27th 1997. To put that into perspective, October 27th 1997 was a night that saw Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeat Goldust, Bret and Owen Hart defended their singles titles against Ken Shamrock and Ahmed Johnson respectively and The New Blackjacks were defeated by Road Dogg Jesse James and Bad Ass Billy Gunn.
Raw’s lowest rating in 15 years won’t exactly panic Vince McMahon and officials within WWE, but he most definitely won’t be celebrating it either. Commentators are putting WWE’s audience loss down to the NFL game between Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. Now this is tough competition indeed for WWE but let’s not forget that Raw has gone up against Monday Night Football »
- Dave Carsley
Hunter Hearst Helmsley has done the unthinkable ... He Chopped Off His Flowing Golden Locks!!!TMZ obtained photos of a shorn Triple H posing for pics with fans outside Titan Tower in Connecticut earlier today ... barely recognizable without his signature mane. Triple H had rocked the long hair ever since he debuted in the WWE in 1995 ... it's unclear when he decided to hack it off. But ... Hhh has been contemplating hanging up his tights ever since »
- TMZ Staff
A largely forgettable PPV topped by a relatively brutal street fight between 2 future WWE legends and former world champions. The match, which was back and forth throughout, included some truly scary moments including Lesnar seemingly legit injured after going stomach first into an announce table. Given his long history of stomach problems it did seem for a while that things had taken a sinister turn.
After both men hit their respective finishing moves and both men kicked out it seemed Hunter would get the duke with a second Pedigree. However Lesnar surprised him straight out of the move and finished off the COO of WWE with his devastating arm lock. Post match Triple H refused medical attention and slowly made his way out of the ring to a chorus of “You tapped out” chants. »
- Matt Aspin
Triple H has replaced John Laurinaitis as the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations on WWE’s corporate website, making it official that Hhh (listed under his real name Paul Levesque) has taken over his duties.
The change had actually been made some time ago and Laurinaitis had been working under Triple H for a while as Hhh hired Jane Geddes as the new Vice President of Talent Relations (who has taken on making of the duties Laurinaitis had been doing), and Canyon Cemen as the head of Talent Development. Both Geddes and Cemen now report directly to Triple H according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
As Laurinaitis had become a regular on-air character, he has had many of his back office duties greatly reduced. The expectation now is that Laurinaitis’ job will be changed further as Triple H stamps his authority in his new role and puts his own people in key positions. »
- Matt Holmes
To some, the stars of WWE, Tna, and the now defunct WCW are actors. They throw themselves around and pretend to be in pain for a living after-all. But why, when it comes to movies, do wrestlers (or sports-entertainers) rarely make the grade?
Hogan was a reasonable success, even having his own TV series Thunder In Paradise (1994) in which Hogan played a former Navy Seal-turned-mercenary and later Hogan Knows Best (2005-present), which introduced us to his (rather wretched) family. Still running in the Us, the show has been a huge success for Hogan financially but not personally, as it’s seen the dissolution of his marriage.
To have a career in film and TV span almost 30 years is a rarity. »
- Sam Carey
5 items from 2012
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