Archive for July, 2009

Austin Idol to run for mayor of Tampa

July 31, 2009

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The Miami Herald talked with the ladies’ pet and the men’s regret, the Universal Heartthrob, Austin Idol (real name Dennis McCord) about his plans to run for mayor of Tampa Florida.  Now “Tampa’s Pet, Politican’s Regret,” he hopes to help boost the employment and tourism rates while balancing the budget and dealing with the housing crisis.  Will his history, which includes cashing a novelty check awarded to him for winning a battle royal, come back to haunt him?

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TNA iMPACT!

July 31, 2009

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The MEM expressed their displeasure at Bobby Lashley for swerving them last week and siding with Foley. Angle demands his presence or they are coming back to get him. Lashley comes out to the most generic music and video in history. He wanted to join the Mafia until he saw them for what they really are. They aren’t hungry anymore, they just want to politic. Angle calls him young and stupid, says that the Mafia don’t make up 75% of the TNA payroll because they’re great wrestlers, it’s because they’re smarter. Angle is shaking and slurring his words, this is uncomfortable to watch. Foley enters the scene, rambling about ratings. Angle worked the BOYZ in the front office, but Foley has a plan. Tonight’s main event will be Angle and Nash vs Foley and Lashley. Whoever gets pinned loses their belt. Tenay explained that Angle agreed to the match due to fear that they wouldn’t be able to deliver TNA management high enough ratings without doing so.

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All hail King Russo!

July 31, 2009

Now that Vince Russo has taken out all his political rivals in TNA (much like Stalin had Trotsky taken out via ice axe in Mexico) Let us all enjoy this WCW Vince Russo tron. Rock out to the cheap “Iron Man” knockoff.

Not Dead Yet

July 31, 2009

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According to the Pro Wrestling Torch, wrestling legend Verne Gagne is not dead yet.

The rumor apparently started on Wikipedia as a hoax about Verne’s death. Greg told pro wrestling journalist Mike Lano that the rumor is “not true, he’s alive, and I just took him out to lunch.”

The former AWA Champion and notoriously cheap wrestling promoter has been in a nursing home for some time. Last year he was involved in a tragic incident where he killed his roommate with his bare hands. Gagne is 83 years old.

BJJ Wiz Jacare Leaving DREAM?

July 31, 2009

Even though he lost the DREAM middleweight tournament by being brutally knocked out (seen above), Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is one of DREAM’s biggest attractions.  While he was believed to rematch Jason “Mayhem” Miller for the middleweight belt which Gegard Mousasi vacated, according to World of MMA, Ed Soares, a very well-connected manager in MMA, says Jacare might be leaving the Japanese organization:

Paulo Filho’s manager, Ed Soares, who oversee’s other top Brazilian fighters such as current UFC champs Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida along with the Nogueria brothers, recently appeared on the World of MMA show and said, “I’ve heard rumors that he[Paulo Filho] might be fighting for a belt in DREAM.  I heard some rumors that Jacare may not be in DREAM anymore.”

With Filho’s recent victory against Melvin Manhoef being an exciting fight, it appears that he is back to form and a fight with Miller would be interesting.  Still, the big question is, where would Jacare go if he left DREAM?

Dana White confirms UFC 100 success in his own inimitable fashion

July 31, 2009

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According to Dave Meltzer, Dana White declared “We have to clear it with the Mandalay Bay, but I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna jump off that fucker.”  He said he’d jump off of the building if the PPV event did over 1.5 million buys, so it looks like UFC 100 will go down as by far the most successfull non-boxing event in the history of the medium.  He did not explain how he will jump off a building without maiming himself.

Josh Barnett’s B sample also tested positive

July 31, 2009

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Just in case you were wondering, Dave Meltzer is reporting that the B sample of Josh Barnett’s urine tested positive for the same steroid that was found in his A sample.

Rumors alleging that a tumbling sound was heard coming from Karl Gotch’s tomb cannot be confirmed at this moment.

Tito Returns: Possible Fight Against Mark Coleman

July 31, 2009
"See this shit? I told ya the t-shirt guy would fail."

As previously reported here, former UFC superstar Tito Ortiz and Dana White have made amends and Ortiz is back in the organization, per today’s UFC conference call.  Here, MMA Junkie reports some details of the conference call:

“Dana came to me … and apologized to me,” Ortiz said. “For me personally it was about competition. (The UFC) is the best show in the world. That’s why I’m here.”

White was happy to bury the hatchet.

“I think the fans are as over the Dana-Tito bull [expletive] as we are,” he said.

While there is no date set for his return, White speculated that Ortiz could be matched up with the first UFC heavyweight champion, Mark Coleman, for his first match back in the organization.  Considering Ortiz’s long layoff and Coleman’s domination of light heavyweight star Stephan Bonnar, the fight seems to make sense.  If Ortiz were to win the fight, matchups with any of the many light heavyweight stars would be justifiable.  Coleman would almost certainly be the underdog if such a fight ever materialized, but if he were to win, he would find himself right in the middle of the UFC’s stacked light heavyweight division.

TNA fires Jarrett allies

July 31, 2009

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Jason Powell’s ProWrestling.net is reporting that in the first of what is expected to be a series of firings, TNA has let go writer Dutch Mantell and road agent/producer Savio Vega, who were both considered to be members of Jeff Jarrett’s inner circle.  Obviously, this is believed to be part of Kurt Angle’s coup.  No word yet if they will go back to working in Puerto Rico or if Mantell will choose to retire so he can find Stan Hansen.

Belfort is Back: Franklin vs. Belfort to Headline UFC 103

July 31, 2009

According to MMA Junkie and MMANation’s live coverage of the UFC conference call, after more than four years, Vitor Belfort is back in the UFC and will be facing former middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 103.  Former Pride champion Dan Henderson was originally thought to be facing Franklin, but according to White, fan disapproval helped lead to this new matchup.

Considering Belfort’s recent domination of middleweight standout and Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland at the second Affliction event, the match against Franklin, another fighter who likes to keep it standing, this fight has all the makings of a slugfest.