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Though WWE has attempted to distance themselves from Chris Benoit since his career and life ended in a murder–suicide on June 24, 2007, the recently released WWE Encyclopedia features a sizable entry on the late wrestler. According to F4WOnline.com, this move has many people in WWE “baffled,” with his entry taking up more than half of a page.
The bio acknowledges Benoit emulating Dynamite Kid after seeing compete when he was 12-years-old, training in Stu Harts’s famous Dungeon, wrestling all over the world, making a name for himself in WCW before jumping to WWE, and fulfilling his destiny when he captured the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX in a Triple Threat Match versus Triple H and Shawn Michaels. There is no acknowledgment of the double murder/suicide, though he is addressed in the past tense.
This could always change but at last word, there are no title changes planned for WWE’s TLC pay-per-view. Right now champions scheduled to defend include United States Champion Antonio Cesaro, Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston and World Heavyweight Champion Big Show.
Internally, Dolph Ziggler is expected to retain his Money in the Bank briefcase against John Cena.
John Cena spoke to WWE’s website after last night’s RAW in Greensboro and talked about his motivation for winning the Ladder Match against Dolph Ziggler at the TLC pay-per-view. Cena said:
“You don’t think I think every single day that I’m the only guy who cashed in that suitcase and lost? I’m going to do everything I can to get that suitcase in my clutches again. If I get the briefcase I can go on and challenge Big Show and then I can become the World Heavyweight Champion. I’m healthy, I feel good and I have a match at TLC…. momentum’s going my way and Dolph Ziggler is in my eyesight. Gotcha kid, you ain’t shown me nothing yet.”
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Morale behind the scenes at Thursday’s Impact Wrestling was great, with talent feeling better about the company’s creative direction than they have in a long time.
TNA has been focusing on long-term booking as of late, mapping out creative plans several months in advance. Television scripts are being written weeks in advance, with tweaks being made when necessary.
According to F4WOnline, Randy Orton is reportedly in line for a big push within the next 6 months or so.
The idea is to build him back up over the next few months and culminate with a feud with Dolph Ziggler over the World Heavyweight Championship.
Sheamus lost his World Heavyweight Title to Big Show at Hell In a Cell and tweeted the following props after the match:
“I may have lifted the world’s largest athlete across my shoulders, but his resolve was so strong. Respect to @wwethebigshow, this time.”
Sheamus was on HLN Morning Express to surprise Georgia National Guard Staff Sgt. Clay Ragsdale, who was injured serving the United States in Afghanistan in 2009. Not only did Sheamus surprise Ragsdale and let him hold the World Heavyweight Championship belt, he presented him with a Wrestlemania 29 VIP package. He will also be a guest of honor at WWE Hell in a Cell on Sunday. You can watch the awesome footage embedded in the video below:
WWE issued the following press release today:
NEW YORK — October 24, 2012 – Syfy and WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced “SuperSmackDown Live,” will air Tuesday, November 6 at 8PM (ET/PT). The Syfy special will originate from the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.
The Tuesday night special will feature WWE’s biggest Superstars and Divas, including World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus™, Randy Orton®, Alberto Del Rio®, Daniel Bryan® and Alicia Fox™.
The special will encore in Smackdown’s regular time slot on Friday, November 9 at 8PM (ET/PT).
Smackdown is the second longest-running, weekly, episodic program in U.S. primetime TV history, behind only Monday Night Raw.
As Sheamus was making his ring entrance for his match against CM Punk on Raw Monday, WWE broadcaster and mouthpiece Michael Cole acknowledged WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s Twitter remark to the WWE Champion on Saturday by taking it out of context.
“Go get em, kid. Always be a student of the game and keep working hard. Safe travels. #respect from the #BSR,” Austin wrote.
The statement was in response to Sheamus positively acknowledging Austin’s critical remarks regarding his performance level in a recent column for Fighting Spirit Magazine. The SmackDown wrestler tweeted, “Appreciate words from @steveaustinBSR – i strive to get better everyday fella & hard work is something i love.. See me bring Hell in a Cell.”
Cole instead branded the exchange as Austin taking the initiative to give the WWE Champion a ringing endorsement on Twitter, and Sheamus responding to it. The WWE Hall of Famer’s critical column remarks were not acknowledged on-air.
In the column, Austin offered his opinion on WWE’s World Titles and said Sheamus is not ready to be World Heavyweight Champion.
“Sheamus is a big talented dude, no doubt about it. Can he get to where the company wants him to go? That remains to be seen, and there’s a lot of work required from both him and the company in order to jump to that superstar level,” Austin wrote. “He’s doing fine for the amount of time he’s been in the business, and there is no disrespect intended, but there are so many aspects that go towards making a guy draw money with the title.”
After Steve Austin recently said that Sheamus isn’t ready to be World Heavyweight Champion yet, Sheamus replied on Twitter:
“Appreciate words from @steveaustinBSR – i strive to get better everyday fella & hard work is something i love.. See me bring Hell in a Cell.”
“@WWESheamus Go get em, kid. Always be a student of the game and keep working hard. Safe travels. #respect from the #BSR”
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus recently spoke withThe Fayetteville Observer to promote the October 30th SmackDown tapings in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Here are some highlights:
Weekender: You’ve had a distinguished career – two-time WWE champion as well as a world heavyweight champion. What’s it like to have experienced such success?
Sheamus: I’ve achieved a lot in my short time here – since about 2006 or so with WWE. I’ve been very fortunate; I hope it doesn’t end anytime soon.
Weekender: If you could face anyone right now in a world title match, other than Big Show, who would it be?
Sheamus: The Undertaker. I’d like to try and defeat him in a Wrestlemania event. That would be record-breaking for me.
Weekender: How do you feel about social media and how wrestlers have taken to it?
Sheamus: It’s such a big part of what we do now. It can be negative or positive, though, but we try to use it for positive. I actually tried to avoid using social media for the longest time, but now I’m on Twitter, and it’s very involved and prominently used in our shows. It helps us keep our finger on the pulse of the fans.
Weekender: Talk to us about your work with the Be a STAR Alliance. What’s that been like?
Sheamus: I’m proud to be a part of this anti-bullying campaign. Bullying has been accepted as just a part of life kids have to deal with, but it doesn’t have to be. Bullied kids have been taking their own lives, and that’s tragic. And the kids who do the bullying don’t know what effect they’re having. We try to educate these kids, to help them learn that they have the power to make a change and do something positive.
Weekender: What comes after WWE for you? Politics? MMA?
Sheamus: I don’t know. I’m hoping to do this for a long time. I just try to keep my eyes on each week as it comes.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who writes a column for Fighting Spirit Magazine, offered his opinion on reigning World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus during a recent issue while discussing WWE’s World Titles and how their importance level has never been lower. Though Austin considers the Irish grappler talented, he doesn’t feel Sheamus is ready to be champion.
Austin wrote, “Sheamus is a big talented dude, no doubt about it. Can he get to where the company wants him to go? That remains to be seen, and there’s a lot of work required from both him and the company in order to jump to that superstar level. He’s doing fine for the amount of time he’s been in the business, and there is no disrespect intended, but there are so many aspects that go towards making a guy draw money with the title.”
Austin also remarked that the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championships should be unified as soon as possible. An article on Austin’s comments is available here.
As Big Show sets his sights on capturing the World Heavyweight Championship from Sheamus at WWE Hell in a Cell, the official WWE website offered their suggestions for ten other things that The World’s Largest Athlete should look to conquer. This includes ending Ryback’s undefeated streak.
“Would [Ryback] still be demanding, “Feed me more!” if he was standing across the ring from the towering feast that is Big Show?” wrote Michael Burdick. “If the giant did take him on, rather than screaming “finish it,” Ryback’s undefeated streak might simply be finished.”
Other challenges suggested for Big Show include introducing the WMD to the boxing world, win the annual Royal Rumble Match, wrestle a bear, perform the 450 Splash, capture the WWE Tag Team Championship by himself, win the King of the Ring Tournament, enter a strongman competition, become a manager, and win Nathan’s annual Hot Dog Eating Competition in Brooklyn, New York.
The full article is available here.
It’s worth noting that WWE has not confirmed Sheamus vs. Big Show at Hell In a Cell will actually take place inside the Cell. WWE did not mention it on SmackDown and the official match preview does not confirm it. Sheamus commented on the match via Twitter:
“So. Big Show at Hell in a Cell… Hope he’s prepared to take on this hungry WHC & all u crazy #GingaNinjas. WMD with fries please.”
During an interview with WWE Magazine, Santino Marella revealed that even he though he previously said he was content with his standing in WWE, he now aspires to win a World Title.
“There are only four individual titles on the main roster of WWE, and to be one of four champions on a roster of many is pretty prestigious. I’ll continue to keep training and then hopefully one day will win the World Heavyweight Title or the WWE Championship,” Marella said. “The fans have always expressed their desire for me to enjoy success against the top guys. It was nice seeing them react to me at Elimination Chamber and to know that they still hope I do well.”
When asked which wrestlers backstage don’t understand his jokes, he revealed Cody Rhodes and The Miz.
“But that’s because they can’t laugh at themselves,” Marella said. “They’ll laugh at someone else, but when it comes to themselves—they take things way too seriously.”