Complete list of trades between WWE brands

wwelogo21.jpegMoving to the Raw roster:
Gail Kim
Alicia Fox
Jack Swagger
Evan Bourne
Mark Henry

Moving to the SmackDown roster:
Matt Hardy
Finlay
The Hart Dynasty – David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, and Natalya

Moving to the ECW roster:
Shelton Benjamin
Goldust
William Regal
Brie & Nikki Bella

Moving Shelton Benjamin and William Regal to ECW is an interesting move and will succeed in freshening the ECW program. Benjamin has a chance to prove he’s a Main event by feuding with none other than Capt. charisma himself. Will William Regal be heel or face? We think William will take over Finlay’s role as the veteran schooling the new talent. This will give Regal a bigger role and more air time, which we like. Goldust on ECW is fine- Dusty has demonstrated he’s a funny guy in a segment- he and Hornswaggle had us in stitched with their impresion of ‘a few good men’, but Dusty in shape can also do a great match. Dusty will be stepping into the formidably large spot now vacated by Mark Henry.

The Hart Dynasty will probably continue their feuding with Finlay. Natalya will not only be acting as the voice of the new Hary Dynasy, she’ll also be wrestling with Women’s Champion McCool. That adds up to a lot of exposure on Smackdown. Matt Hardy will be a welcome addition to the Smackdown program, but what’s the best fit?

Raw wins in this trade up. Jack Swagger and Evan Bourne will be welcome fresh faces for the top talent to feud against. Gail Kim and Alicia Fox were the standout talent over at Smackdown, in spite of booking seemingly design to consign any Diva not named McCool to oblivion. Gail Kim’s risky style- when it works- is the big spot for every match she’s in and Alicia can take bumps and works hard to make each match work. The Diva division on RAW has had a much needed injection of talent into their program. Mark Henry will be another big guy on RAW- not sure what they have planned, there.

Christian debutes on ECW, TNA talent update, TNA kills Brutus Magnum’s momentum

brutusmagnus.jpegChristian made with WWE return tonight on a rar live episode of ECW. Christian came out and cut a promo challanging Jack Swagger for hie ECW Title and then smacked Swagger in the head with the microphone.

Reports are that Eric Young, Petey Wiliams and Lance Rock have all been cut. Both Eric and Petey have been buried on the losing end of a losers leave TNA tag team match at tonight’s taping. We hope we can blame the economy and not their relationship with TNA.

This will really weaken the X Division further, which makes us wonder how commited TNA is these days to their X Division. Is there any storyline for X Division? Is TNA’s strategy to be a WWE-light replica of their competition?

TNA has signed on a Team3D Academy student, “Big” Rob Terry, to a two year contract.

Apparently in the TNA (Bizarro) Wrestling Universe, you build a wrestler with promos forever, give them a two week push and then bury them. This way, you spend a lot of time and energy accomplishing nothing. Brutus Magnum lost clean against Homicide at last night’s iMPACT! taping. That makes the born and bred gladiator the latest victim of swerve-crazy Russo and Jarrett. You look unbeatable if you always lose. Hello, I go now.

In another pocket of the Bizarro Universe, the Y2J story is getting a lot of attention. Poor Ashley Levey got punched by big, bad Jericho. Our faith in journalistic entegrity is has taken a huge hit, as we’re wondering if any of the national syndicates have bothered to do any research on this story before running it. We’ve posted a video of the attack (by which I mean Ashley and her dweeb boyfreind attacking Jericho) that you should check out.

Paul Heyman dissects wrestling today

heyman.jpgPaul Heyman writes for the Sun these days and has been producing a wealth of great wrestling articles. Heyman’s latest article not only summarizes the challanges facing wrestling today, but also showcases Paul’s genious for marketing wrestling. Here’s an excerpt from his article:

THE pro wrestling industry needs to wake up this morning and realise the audience is not only dwindling, it’s being chased away.

I would suggest it doesn’t take much to see the current format and themes and presentation are all in dire need of a complete overhaul.

Of course, this applies to the dominant global market share holder, World Wrestling Entertainment – with its previously-discussed “Audience of One,” and therefore it applies to the trickle-down creative theory of “we’re number two” – TNA Wrestling.

If you watched TNA IMPACT! this past week, you saw, yet again, a squandered opportunity at the counter-productive levels of WCW at its very worst.

To exacerbate the situation, this inexcusable momentum-killer was coming right out of TNA’s Bound For Glory pay per view in front of an awesome hot crowd in Chicago

TNA is just such a mess. Where does anyone who stands outside their lack of vision even try to begin? Hmmmmm… let’s see.

The “sure thing” Mick Foley seems uncharacteristically uninspired during his promo, and then promises to shake pro wrestling to it’s very foundation on the next show.

Nothing like over-promising. Unless Foley wants to re-institute the X-Division style match and “top everyone else’s performances …. EVER!”

I don’t know what Mick can do to live up to the hype.

I truly hope he does, but it seems the Through The Looking Glass mentality of the backwards world of TNA has lead me to become sceptical of even TNA’s mere desire to deliver the goods.

They have all the talent in the world. Sting, believe it or not, is at the top of his game. He may not have the youth and match-long physical intensity he had in WCW, but he’s a much smarter worker now and his promos have been so focused and good, they’re out of place on the lost TNA programming.

Kurt Angle is a man possessed. The demons inside Kurt drive him to compete with everyone in the known universe, and he hates himself with a passion every single solitary day of his existence that he can’t look in the mirror and say “I see the greatest wrestler in the history of this industry staring back at me.” Kurt is compelled to be the best, which is a strong weapon to have at your disposal.

Samoa Joe is a workhorse who takes great pride in his performances, only he’s booked and produced so terribly, the best thing for Samoa Joe fans to do is to plead with him to jump to WWE just for the chance to break away from the career-contaminating booking he’s suffering through now.

And then there’s the man who turned on Joe, multi-promotion main event star Kevin Nash.

On the television show following his big turn on Samoa Joe, where this now-sinister seven footer has betrayed the trust of the promotion’s biggest house-branded superstar, Nash took the mic and recited a well known Ric Flair promo from the 1980s.

If Nash is going to quote anyone, shouldn’t it be himself? It could have been as easy as “I’ve done it everywhere I’ve gone in my career. This place is no exception. I’m … taking …. over!”

AJ Styles rubs up against the main event, but the promotion sees him as an opponent more than an attraction. Team 3-D can work with anyone, p*** off any crowd, lose every night, and keep their heat. They know exactly what they’re doing.

So, with all this talent, what’s the premise of the show? What’s the theme? What’s the central hook for the next several months? Jeff Jarrett’s return? Kurt Angle’s unhealthy desire to mention Jeff’s family in every promo? Booker’s need to be a legend? Sting’s pursuit of respect from Samoa Joe? Joe’s need to demonstrate his youth yet experience against Sting? The TNA Championship itself?

There is no central theme to the TNA show. No focus. Everything is so structured to get to the next segment and simply “not lose a viewer,” the promotion has lost sight of the necessity, let along the genuine value, of the long term build.

I’m not picking on TNA. To be blunt, they have a wealth of talent at their disposal, strong financial backing into the tens of millions, and a cooperative network. If I sound envious, it’s because I’m looking at the advantages they are simply blowing by narrow-casting and aspiring to be nothing better than WWE Lite.

I actually think WWE deserves more criticism for the falling overall interest level because if anyone should have the forethought to move into the future, it’s World Wrestling Entertainment.

The moneymaking juggernaut is such a strong corporation, yet the directive of and to the creative is weak and antiquated. It’s time for Vince’s vision of sports entertainment to be updated. Check out the new generation of kids watching the shows. What music do they listen to? What styles resonate with them? With whom can they identify?

D/x vs Miz and Morrison. Is it going to be the changing of the guard to a new D-Generation of punks? Or will it be a short term “HHH and HBK rule the WWE universe” demonstration like D/x did with Team rKo already?

Kenny “Doane” Dykstra is 23 years old. Why isn’t he living in the studio, watching how shows are edited, so he learns the mindset of what WWE is looking for in a television product? If you’re a race car driver, wouldn’t you know how the car runs, not just how to drive it?

Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes are excellent in their roles, but can you name anything about their presentation that screams “young and new and different than anything you’ve seen before” instead of just “we look, dress, and wrestle like 35 year old men who are veterans.”

No new style, not even an attempt at a different approach to their marketing and presentation. Think of it this way: While the announcers can tell us all ad naseum how young DiBiase and Morrison are, how many 13 year olds look at that tag team and think they’re younger and more successful than Miz and Morrison?

When I first broke in as “Paul E. Dangerously,” I hated when the old timers would just complain about how good wrestling was in their day, and how it all sucks now, and how back in the good ol’ days blah blah blah.

Let’s be clear on one thing. I’m not talking about the good ol’ days. I don’t want wrestling to look back on old concepts. I’m begging the industry to realise the present style of writing, producing, and presenting wrestling television has simply run its course.

ECW Preview 8/5

hardybrown.jpgECW GETS DIRTY

The Land of the Extreme has seen its share of firsts, but when John Morrison & The Miz present their first-ever live edition of WWE.com’s “The Dirt Sheet” with guests ECW Champion Mark Henry and Matt Hardy, it’s possible that the Land of the Extreme could be lifted at its hardcore roots.

With SummerSlam mere weeks away, Henry is on a mission to prove his Extreme strength and dominance will not falter. But No. 1 contender Hardy is not fazed by Henry’s prowess, and the former United States Champion is ready to fight for the ECW gold at the Biggest Blockbuster of the Summer. How will this collision course intersect with the sophomoric yet scathingly comedic antics of Miz & Morrison? What will the Shaman of Sexy and self-proclaimed “chick magnet” have to say on live television? (Watch episodes of WWE.com’s “Dirt Sheet” now)

Moreover, who will be ECW’s true dominant force – the World’s Strongest Champion, Henry, or his determined challenger, Hardy? Will the Land of the Extreme crown a new king at SummerSlam or will Henry retain his Extreme gold? And, will anyone stand in the way of Henry and Hardy on the road to SummerSlam?

Former ECW General Manager Armando Estrada hasn’t exactly had an ideal post-GM career in the ring. He’s looking for one more chance at an ECW contract and current GM Theodore Long has agreed to give it to him in a match against ECW Original Tommy Dreamer, as seen in an AT&T Mobile exclusive video. Will Estrada defeat Dreamer and officially become an ECW Superstar? Or does he need to start looking for a new career? (Watch the match being made)

Ricky Ortiz is quickly making a name for himself on ECW. As part of General Manager Theodore Long’s New Superstar Initiative, Ortiz is undefeated with a 2-0 record, recently defeating Chavo Guerrero by disqualification. Although after his win, Guerrero hit Ortiz with frog splash. The self-proclaimed “Mexican Warrior’s” gloating ran short, though, when Evan Bourne ran into the ring to attack Guerrero.

Will Ortiz’s winning streak continue? Will high-flying Bourne continue to torment Guerrero? How will Bam Neely continue to perform as Guerrero’s bodyguard?

Find out the answers to these questions and more by tuning into ECW on Sci Fi, Tuesday at 10/9 CT, and SummerSlam, live, and only on pay-per-view, Aug. 17 at 8/7 CT.

(source: www.wwe.com)

Official ECW preview

ecwpia.jpgA Hardy two for one on Tuesday

As reported on WWE.com over the weekend, The Hardys will reunite for one night only on ECW on Sci Fi this Tuesday night. SmackDown Superstar Jeff Hardy will tag over to the Land of the Extreme to partner up with his brother, United States Champion Matt Hardy, and face off against the WWE Tag Team Champions, The Miz & John Morrison. Titles won’t be on the line, but the “Dirt Sheet” duo’s self-proclaimed reputation as the best tandem in WWE could be in jeopardy when they confront the team that for years epitomized Extreme.

Meanwhile, ECW Champion Mark Henry has had the Land of the Extreme in the palm of his massive hand, and last Tuesday was no different. The World’s Strongest Man took advantage of a distraction by Tony Atlas and Colin Delaney, capitalizing and crushing Tommy Dreamer. The ECW Original and former ECW Champion has not been shy about wanting to prove himself against Henry. Have his days of trying come to an end? Can somebody slow the champion down and prevent him from making the era of Mark Henry virtually permanent?

New Superstar Evan Bourne continues to open eyes with his performances. His convincing win against Nunzio further establishes that he belongs with the extreme competition on Tuesday nights. Braden Walker also had a quick start, defeating Armando Estrada on Tuesday. One week earlier, new Superstar Ricky Ortiz also notched a win in his debut. Is new blood about to start defining the Land of the Extreme?

Also on the last ECW, the rivalry continued to escalate between Finlay & Hornswoggle and the WWE Tag Team Champions. The father-son duo got the last laugh, however, as Finlay topped The Miz in one-on-one competition. Do the Irishmen still pose as a threat to The Miz & John Morrison’s titles?

Find out the answers to all of these questions and more on the next ECW on Sci Fi, Tuesday at 10/9 CT.

(source: wwe.com)

Mick Foley Update, Heel Turns Back To Face, ECW Commentary Change.

foley821.jpgMick Foley has a speaking role as an antique store owner in the upcoming pyschological thriller entitled “Anamorph” which stars William Dafoe.
D.H. Smith’s heel turn did not go well last week on Heat, as he has already switched back to babyface for the next set of tapings. For whatever reason, the heel turn did not go well at all.
Sources are saying that Joey Styles will no longer do commentary for ECW television shows and will be replaced by former American Gladiator’s host Mike Adamle who will start his new role with today’s tapings. Previously he was a backstage interviewer with RAw and the Pay-per-views. Its being reported that Styles will be moving to a new role within the company as he only recently(last november) signed a five year deal with WWE.

Bischoff/Hogan News, Latest WrestleMania Match, WWE.Com Poll

bischoff83ss.jpgSo word is coming out that Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey will in fact be producing former WWE Superstar Hulk Hogan’s new wrestling celebrity reality show. Dave Meltzer is reporting that a casting call was announced for filming from 6/2 to 7/2 in Los Angeles California, and that their might be a 2 hour finale.
It was announced on ECW that 24 Superstars(or “Superstars” that don’t have a match for wrestlemania already) from WWE RAW, Smackdown, and ECW brands will compete in a battle royale, and that the winner will then immediately face Chavo Guerrero Jr. for the ECW Title.
If you head over to WWE.com, you can see that they’re currently running a poll asking which brand is better between Raw and Smackdown. Smackdown has 57% of the vote heading into Wrestlemania, when the vote will end.

LIVE ECW on Sci-Fi Coverage

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ECW/Smackdown Spoiler

ring10.jpgsource: Gerwick.net

Here’s the spoiler for ECW/Smackdown. Read more »

Armageddon Coverage

ring6.jpgHere’s the fast coverage of Armageddon.
Match 1: MVP vs Rey Mysterio for the U.S. title. Rey wins, but due to dq as MVP decided to walk out of the ring and get counted out.
Match 2: CM Punk/Kane vs. Mark Henry and Big Daddy V. Big Daddy/Mark Henry win as Big Daddy samoan drops Punk.(The fans didn’t seem to into this match, and i thought it took a while to finish)
Match 3: Shawn Micheals vs. Mr. Kennedy. Micheals wins with Sweet Chin Music. This match was back and forth, and fairly good.
Match 4: Jeff Hardy vs Triple H. Jeff Hardy wins with a roll up pin after Triple H attempted the Pedigree.
Match 5: Great Khali vs Finlay. Finlay wins as Hornswaggle comes in and gives Khali the shelalgh down low.
Match 6: Randy Orton Vs. Jericho. Jericho wins due to DQ. He had Orton in the Walls of Jericho but JBl comes out and kicks his head, which dq’s Orton.
Match 7: Beth Phoenix vs. Mickie James. Beth wins with the buster for the finish
Match 8: Triple Threat: Batista vs. Edge vs. Undertaker: Edge wins, using a double to attack Undertaker from behind.

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