If you were one of the people looking forward to seeing the long-rumored WWE “Legends House” reality TV program that was originally slated for the WWE Network, it looks like you may not have to wait much longer.
According to a report by PWInsider, the WWE has put forth a renewed push to air “Legends House” on one of the NBC Universal channels as soon as this summer. The current front-runner to air the program is the Syfy network, with Bravo being the fallback option. In regards to the network, things behind-the-scenes are quiet and there is not much movement. The current belief is that the Network is “at least one year away”, says the report.
The reason behind airing the show now as opposed to holding it out until the WWE Network launches is that the WWE is worried about the show becoming “dated.” A full season of the show was actually shot in the summer of 2012. Among the contestants are Roddy Piper, Howard Finkel, Pat Patterson, Jimmy Hart, and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
Another reason behind the WWE’s renewed push to have “Legends House” aired now is due to their excitement behind the new E! Divas reality series. Not only has the initial public response been great, but the WWE believes that there is great interest from fans in seeing another side of their characters since fans don’t get the opportunity to see those types of things very often. The company who is producing this new Divas special is actually the same exact company that produced the original WWE “Tough Enough” series on MTV. It’s said that the Divas show will be “partially scripted” in the aspect that they will be given scenarios and will then improv off of them. One of the first things that fans will see on the show are the reactions of The Bella Twins and The Funkadactyls after having their WrestleMania 29 eight-man tag-team match canceled.
We’ll post more as we receive it.
The Baltimore Sun published an interview with “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Here are some highlights.
His favorite WrestleMania memory: “My first Wrestlemania was Wrestlemania III. That was the one with 93,000 folks. I didn’t have a match, but I ran down with the 2×4 and hit Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik. I had 93,000 people chanting USA, and that was the thrill of a lifetime.”
His favorite WrestleMania memory that didn’t involve him:“At that same Wrestlemania, I was in the back watching when Andre did the job for the Hulkster. That was one of the largest moments in the history of the business, and one that I will never forget.”
Being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011: “It’s a great honor. You always want to be remembered. Being recognized by the WWE is the pinnacle of our profession. It’s something that everybody aspires to. A lot of guys say that they don’t care, but they’re the ones not getting the call. It was a beautiful night. My family was there, and some of my good friends. It was just a really special night.”
TMZ.com published a story on WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase today concerning his relationship with former bodyguard Virgil.
As DiBiase was leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport yesterday with his wife, TMZ cameras caught up with the legendary wrestler and asked him if he was aware of reports of Virgil apparently being broke and selling T-Shirts on the subways of New York City.
“That’s what I’ve heard,” DiBiase remarked. “I haven’t talked to him in a long time.”
DiBiase, however, still considers Virgil a friend.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross published a new blog entry on JrsBarBq.com. Here are some highlights.
Legends on tonight’s Raw: “WWE.com released an impressive list or names earlier today that are slated to appear on tonight’s Old School Raw. Happy to see them all especially guys like the Honkytonk Man who hasn’t been involved in WWE programming in quite some time. Always good to see my old Mid south Wrestling buddy Hacksaw Jim Duggan get a call as well as Nature Boy Ric Flair who I’m sure the Buffalo, live audience will embrace. I know that Mean Gene Okerlund has been looking forward to this night for quite some time. The Million Dollar Man will be on RAW tonight with two, newly replaced knees.”
John Cena vs. The Rock: “One could realistically expect some sort of confrontation between The Rock, the WWE Champion, and his number one contender and WM29 opponent, John Cena. If this confrontation does occur, I’d guess that both men will be compellingly serious. The responsibility that they carry in closing the show at WM29 is massive. The top guys always carry the heaviest load but with that comes the greatest rewards. Some guys can handle the pressure and some fold like a cheap shirt….and often blame the promotion for their lack of push or general success.”
CM Punk: “It’s also a huge night for @CMPunk, arguably WWE’s MVP for the past year and change, as he has to re-position himself for WM29. There’s lots of speculation on this matter and we’ll hopefully know more conclusive info during tonight’s three hour broadcast. @HeymanHustle will be knee deep in whatever happens, as well, one can assume.
“I’m guessing that we come out of tonight’s Old School RAW with a much clearer picture of what we can expect to see from an upper card level respect at WM29 on April 7 at MetLife Stadium.
The following Legends are confirmed for tonight’s Old School edition of RAW:
- Ric Flair
- The New Age Outlaws
- Hacksaw Jim Duggan
- “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase
- Dusty Rhodes
- “Mean” Gene Okerlund
In addition, F4Wonline.com reports that Mae Young, Sgt. Slaughter and The Honky Tonk Man could be appearing.
According to the on-screen guide on Dish Network, Ric Flair, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Ross, and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan are being advertised for Monday’s Live “Old School” edition of RAW.
The preview also mentions that more names are soon to be announced.
WWE has published an article with Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Tito Santana, Hillbilly Jim and Harley Race discussing the first-ever televised Royal Rumble match. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan discussed his other favorite Royal Rumble.
“It was the 2009 Rumble, and I was one of the later guys coming out. I got a good pop, as a lot of the guys from my generation do. Fans remember us, which we are grateful for. I came through the curtain and stormed to the ring and, of course, one of the first guys I roll into and am nose-to-nose with is The Undertaker. When he first came into WWE, I actually contested a lot of his first matches, against him and Paul Bearer. So here I am, face to face, with the big Deadman. I give him a shot, and a shot, and a real big shot and he went down like a big tank hit him. Then, of course, Big Show came down and tossed my a** out, but I shined there for a good couple of minutes.”
All November on Classics On Demand, WWE celebrates the best, worst and most popular gimmicks of all-time.
The official WWE website has released a video teaser previewing the month’s slate of programming, and clips are shown of The Gobbledy Gooker, The Dynamic Dudes, The Demon, Repo Man, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Mantaur, Oz, Glacier, Isaac Yankem, D.D.S, The Mountie, The Warlord, Sgt. Slaughter, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Doink the Clown, Hillbilly Jim, Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango and The Shockmaster, among others.
Matt Borne, who portrayed the original Doink the Clown, appeared on Inside The Ropes on Thursday to discuss his time as the character. Highlights from the interview are as follows:
How he was offered the Doink gimmick when he came back to the WWF in 1992: “I worked as Matt Borne on TV. I did whatever they asked me to do. On the third night, Vince called me into his office and he asked me about my history in the wrestling business and from that conversation, he came up with the evil clown thing. It took me a back at first. He thought I could do it given my background but only if I wanted to do it. He told me to go home and think about it and I called him the next week and he flew me back and they had drawings and all kinds of shit and they painted my face different ways. Two weeks later, I was on TV in the nosebleeds section being a clown.”
How much of Stephen King’s ‘It’ and Jack Nicholson’s Joker influenced early Doink: “I’ve actually been told that I have a lot of mannerisms like Jack Nicholson so yeah I watched a lot of Jack and I watched ‘It’ and watched pretty much any evil clown stuff I could get my hands on and you know I ate, slept and drank evil clowns.”
Who his original opponent for WrestleMania 9: “I was supposed to wrestle Hogan at WrestleMania IX and Hogan refused. I don’t know why, but I think it had something to do with a bad relationship between Hulk and my old partner Buzz Sawyer. Buzz and I, people thought we were brothers, we looked similar. Hogan, I don’t know if he was afraid to work with me, so the second choice was Davey Boy Smith and he refused to work with him too. I don’t know why because I always got along with him real well but a lot of people were wary of the clown character, so it ended up being me and Crush at WrestleMania IX.”
Matt’s theory on how Hulk Hogan got his black eye at WrestleMania IX: “Randy Savage gave it to him. I’d bet my left nut and my son’s life on it. Hogan showed his true colours, thats why he got the black eye. Randy Savage was a man. Hulk Hogan has never been a man. Hulk Hogan’s a big ass pussy. I don’t care if you call and tell him I said that. His ex Elizabeth was seeing this small time producer, who happened to be a friend of Hogan. Elizabeth was hiding in the back room when Savage went to see Hogan and he found out about it. Friends don’t do friends like that. Who can you say is Hulk Hogan’s friend? The only people that can say their Hulk Hogan’s friends are the people who are riding his coat tails and trying to make a living off of him like Brian Knobbs or some fat fuck like that. Hogan was supposed to be Savage’s friend and he threw him under a bus and he got a black eye for it.”
Why he doesn’t like Hulk Hogan: “He was an arrogant fuck. I still think he is. I look at him and laugh because know him for who he truly is. I don’t like him. I really find it hard to even like him as a person. He’s a phony inside and out. He showed that when he did that to Randy. When he said that him and Randy had made up, after Randy had died, well that’s bullshit. Randy hated Hogan.”
Differences between workers from the 80s/90s to today: “I could take Curt Hennig, Randy Savage and Bret Hart, those three guys, they could come to the building, haven’t seen me for three weeks and we’d just meet in the ring and we would tear it up. We wouldn’t have to say a word to each other. We didn’t have to talk to each other. That’s the way great workers do it. You don’t have to choreograph shit. These guys today they’re great athletes, but they’re not great workers. there’s a difference. Working is not going out there and doing a gymnastics thing. working is making the 200 or 20,000 people believe, it’s feeding people and making them like what they’re eating.”
Borne also talks about working the first WrestleMania, his beef with “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, the original explosive finish of the WrestleMania 9 match with Crush, Steve Keirn also portraying Doink, Paul Heyman, and more. The audio interview is available at www.facebook.com/theinsidenetwork.
WWE Superstar David Otunga spoke with ChicagoNow.comthis weekend to promote Monday’s RAW from his hometown. Here are a few highlights:
You have been part of a reality show, the WWE and now a movie with Halle Berry. What has been the toughest on you in terms of learning your role?
I guess it had to be the reality show (I Love New York). There was a lot more information that I could process at one time. The film was unbelievably fun because it came to me second nature. With the WWE, the acting classes, and the improv I do it was very easy to blend in. The only major difference was me having to shave. I haven’t shaved in many, many years but it had to be done and it helped me get into character.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan has a 2X4, Triple H has a sledgehammer, but you have a coffee mug. How did that prop develop as a part of your character?
Funny you should mention that because I’m drinking out of it right now. The thing about the coffee mug, is that it’s really me. One day I started using it on camera and people are led to believe it’s a part of my character. But it’s really me and not just my character’s role.
The gateway to the WWE for you was being a part of the group called “Nexus”. Then slowly you branched out to becoming a legal counsel for many WWE wrestlers and executives. Was the lawyer role something that was always on the back burner or did you pitch this idea to the creative department?
That was something that I did definitely. I was kind of turning into the A-lister and Hollywood star person but I’m more of a different character. I really am a lawyer and no one else is which sets me apart from everybody else. One day I went out to cut a promo and I was supposed to talk about something else but did the lawyer thing and they loved it. So we stuck with and it felt pretty good.
You have been more of a manager per say, instead of a wrestler in your career in the WWE. Recently, you have been getting a lot more singles matches. How has that transformation been from being a manager to the ring on a more permanent basis?
Well you know it’s something I’ve been I’m waiting for. It hasn’t been that difficult but I’ve been looking forward to it for a very long time. I enjoy being in the ring and it was more excitement than anything to be back in that wrestling role.
I am very goal oriented and want to see my character go to the top. I am hoping to have the creative freedom to do that and let it pan out the way I would like. It’s exciting for sure and hopefully in the next few weeks my character continues to grow.
Shawn Daivari joined Inside The Ropes radio on Thursday night. Here are some highlights of what he had to say:
His WrestleMania moment with Hulk Hogan: “We were in the dark about that. Hulk was a surprise. We only found out at 3pm that day that it was happening. We just showed up and we were told we’d be doing something but we didn’t know what. Pat Patterson pulled us aside and said “you’re working with Hulk” we were like “What the fuck?!”
Why he left WWE in 2007: “My contract was coming up and they offered me a new 3 year deal and I kind of thought if 2007 was any indication of how the years 2008,9 and 10 are gonna be, I don’t know if that’s something I’d be interested in. Once they knew I was leaving they started jobbing me out. Kurt Angle put in a word to Terry Taylor that I wasn’t resigning and thats how I ended up in TNA.”
Why he asked for his release from TNA Wrestling: “It was Russo. it was a couple of things. TNA are structured very different to WWE. The tv and live events stuff are like two different beasts. When i re-signed, Terry Taylor, Jeff Jarrett and Dixie Carter put together a great deal with similar money that I made in WWE. A lot of that hung on my being on TV and PPVs, which were written by creative, at the time by Jeff Jarrett. Once Jeff got pushed out the door and Russo came in and didn’t like my character and thought it was dated, I wasn’t on many TV or PPV events and now this contract was no longer a deal worth fuck all to me. Had I known that, I’d have maybe made an effort to go back to WWE instead of re-signing with them. I harassed Russo night and day, he hates my guts. Russo is one of these writers that doesn’t like other input on ideas. Every idea he has whether it’s good, bad or indifferent is his baby. Anytime you present Russo with an idea that isn’t his, he doesn’t like it.”
On going back to WWE or TNA and why perception is so important on the indy scene:“Oh yeah I think so. I’d be surprised if this last TV run was my last one. But when I go back I can’t be misused. I have to be booked correctly because I can’t jeopardise my career on the independents. If you looked at my calendar April through mid June i haven’t had more than 3 days off in a row and when you think about it my last prominent TV run was in 2008 with WWE, if you don’t count TNA, whereas I know guys that have been on TV more recently, won more belts than I have that can’t buy a booking now. That’s something I’m really aware of. Tyler Reks is an example. Next year he’ll have been there one more year than I had. I was there 4 years, he’ll have been there 5 and when they let him go, nobody’s gonna give him a substantial booking of a plane ticket, a hotel room, food expenses and promote him, they’d rather get a Hacksaw Jim Duggan or Chris Masters. If you hang on for too long when your wheels are spinning, you might make a bit more money in WWE, but when you leave you won’t get another booking in this business. When you become shit on TV, that’s what you’re perceived as. Drew McIntyre is getting dangerously close to that point. If he hangs on another year and doesn’t do anything worth a fuck, I’m gonna see a hard time for a promoter to call him and offer him a $1000 dollar booking, $400 plane ticket, $100 hotel room, advertising. You’re talking almost a $2000 investment hoping that say 200 people at $10 are gonna come out to see Drew and thats not including the cost of the building, paying the other talent. When you render yourself invaluable, its hard. Whereas if he’d seen the writing on the wall after the stuff with Vince McMahon on TV, and quit then, he could go places and people would remember him as the Scottish guy on SmackDown that did all the good shit, Vince’s chosen one or whatever.”
To hear the full interview where Daivari also talks about working in The Garden with Shawn Michaels, the controversial angle with Undertaker on SmackDown, his run in TNA, A fun TNA Wrestler’s Court story, His thoughts on Dixie Carter, What he thinks of WWE’s product these days and much more head over to http://www.facebook.com/theinsidenetwork.
The Iron Sheik posted the following comments during last night’s 1000th episode of WWE Raw.
who watch the #wwe #raw tonight? I be happy to make the 1000 for the boss kennedymcmahon. he no jabroni like f***ing virgil
the Rick nash like the Steve nash want to party in the big apple. hope he handle the moderation of the a to the z #teamsheikie
happy birthday to intelligent jew the @Rosenbergradio he respect the wrestling he no jabroni
I watch the monday night raw tonight I chill out have cold beer
The damien sandow not ready for the dx he get humbled old country way #teamsheikie
The slick is my black brother. He one of my favorite manager ever. He not like the dumb f*** Virgil #raw1000
Jim Ross I love him forever #raw1000
Dolphin Ziggler the real next generation #raw1000
Sheikie baby new raw gm #teamsheikie #raw1000
I am the teacher of the Bret hart
Jim Duggan I beat the f*** out of him if I want
i be in next royal rumble to f*** up the santino
slick the real not like the OJ Simpson #teamsheikie #raw1000
what the f*** is the umpa lumpa?
brock lesnar the real
you respect the Sheikie baby then you buy the Iron Sheik t shirt indiemerch.com/theironsheik/ otherwise you are worse than umpa lumpa #teamsheikie
- “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Mae Young and someone wearing an oversized hand costume (appearing as May’s “son”) made cameos during a backstage segment with WWE Divas Champion Layla and AJ Lee.
- Jim Ross made his return to WWE on RAW 1000 and joined Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler on commentary for the 6-man tag team match which featured World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara beating Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio.
- Charlie Sheen made an appearance on the 1000th Raw via Skype from Los Angeles. Sheen was originally scheduled to be the “social media ambassador” for the show, Sheen will check-in throughout the night via Skype after deleting his Twitter account. Sheen claimed to be watching the show live but the show doesn’t air on the west coast for another couple of hours.
- “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is said to have arrived in St. Louis last night on a private plan.
- “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan is another name expected to appear on Raw tonight.
- Shawn Michaels is featured in today’s “Superstar Spotlight” on the homepage of WWE.com.
- There are rumors circulating that we may also see former WWE Women’s Champion, Lita on Raw as well.
- Zeus has been added to WWE.com’s Alumni section. You can check out his profile by clicking here.
- The latest issue of ESPN: The Magazine features a list of the greatest sports moment in each state’s history. Triple H came in as runner-up for New Hampshire, winning 14% of the vote for his 13th WWE championship in 2009.
- WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan did a live appearance on Sunday and reportedly told fans that he’ll be at Tuesday’s live Super SmackDown “Great American Bash” show.
- Tonight’s WWE RAW takes places from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, TX. Brock Lesnar is being advertised to give his response to Triple H’s challenge for SummerSlam tonight. Lesnar’s response will most likely either be via satellite or through Paul Heyman.