*Spoilers* Smackdown 1.30.09

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*Spoilers* TNA iMPACT! 1.29.09

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Mickey Rourke interview on the carpet

The interviewer’s reaction to Mickey Rourke’s announcement is exactly how we feel about Mickey doing Wrestlemania!

WWE Randy Orton wins the Royal Rumble and cannot be fired by the Chairman

randyorton.jpegLast Monday, ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton laid the boot to the WWE Chairman so hard the rumour is McMahon had a concussion and a cut ear. Vince’s return (which gave RAW a 3.9) was cut short by the legend killer’s actions, which culminated the most entertaining RAW segment we’ve seen in months. This act would also ‘end’ Orton’s career in the WWE!

Randy dodged the bullet by earning a “guaranteed” WWE or World Title match at WrestleMania 25 by winning the Royal Rumble match! This means that Randy Orton gets to stay at least until WrestleMania. This victory also sets the stage for a great feud with the Chairman, as Vince is going to be pissed that he can’t utter his catch phrase, “You’re fired” and bury Orton. There plenty of room for twists in this feud, as there’s a good chance that one of Vince’s children will join Orton’s stable, pitting the McMahon family against each other and further jacking up the tension.

We think it’s a great development for RAW and will lead to some great episodes leading into WrestleMania.

Question we have is, can Randy Orton put on a program as engaging as Stone Cold Steve Austin versus the Chairman, as many fans are now raving?

Randy Orton earned the victory with the final elimination of Triple H. The final four were Orton, Hunter, and Legacy members Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, eliminated by Hunter before Orton snuck in behind Hunter and eliminated him. WWE has sent a strong signal having three young faces in the final four for the Royal Rumble. By the way, Randy was WAY OVER with crowd.

Mickey Rourke stepping in the ring for WWE?

thewrestler.jpegWe couldn’t believe this when we read it. Access Hollywood is actually reporting that Rourke will be participating in WWE’s “Wrestlemania 25” in Houston on April 5! This is simple the most awesome story to break wrestling in years!

Okay, can we believe Rourke would be willing to step into a ring and wrestle? Hell, yeah, he would!

Here’s the problem this presents for Rourke’s handlers. Many biographers state that what finally tanked Rourke’s career in Hollywood was Rourke return to professional boxing. Soft porn? Sure. Boxing? Hollywood considered an actor who slummed around in sweaty boxing rings just too sleazy to gamble on. Now, Rourke has been pushed like crazy, with comments like, “the resurrection of Mickey Rourke” and Hollywood has embraced Mickey Rourke’s powerful and moving performance as Randy “The Ram” Robinson. Now everyone’s re-examining Rourke’s impressive performances over the years in a new light. Mickey Rourke is being offered the honoured distinction of entering a private, elite Hollywood circle of accomplished career actors.

Rourke acting like a wrestler has given him Golden Globe and Oscar buzz. Rourke actually wrestling in the dirty world of WWE is going to tie his fairweather supporters up in knots!!! This is like Barbara Pierce Bush (the elder twin) marrying a broke redneck from the bayou! To Hollywood (not us), this is the equivelant to putting a drunk in a new suit and calling him a doctor, only to later see him looking through a garbage can for a crust of food! Hollywood has been looking down of wrestling for years as a ‘poor man’s entertainment.’ Now, one of their own is going to wrestle professionally? Can the glamour of Hollywood survive slumming with the masses? Can you imagine Jack Nicolson sitting front and center at Wrestlemania?

What other trained actor in existence has the background Rourke has to step into a ring, wrestle and perform for the crowd on all levels? There is actually a chance here of Rourke forcing Hollywood to consider wrestling as a legitimate kind of performance, to be evaluated and contrasted to other mediums, like Broadway. Wrap your head around that concept! Robert Ebert, critiquing Wrestlemania 25!

The danger to Rourke in wrestling in the WWE is that this move can send him back into the cold in Hollywood as fast as he came in from the cold. The Hollywood clique may become extremely pissed at Rourke. That being said, Rourke’s going to live his life his way and if you like Rourke, just accept it’s part of his package. We have no problems with it. Mickey Rourke is simply our friggin’ hero!

Highlights from the acticle,

“Mickey Rourke has received critical acclaim for his comeback role in “The Wrestler,” where he plays a former pro wrestling legend who falls on hard times.

And on the red carpet at the 15th Annual SAG Awards on Sunday night in Hollywood, the actor revealed he’s about to get in the ring in real life.

“The boys from the WWE called me and asked me to do it,” Rourke told Access Hollywood. “I said, ‘I want to.’ I’m talking with [WWE legend] Rowdy Roddy Piper about it.”

In fact, Rourke, whose role in “The Wrestler” earned him a SAG nomination for Best Actor (as well as an Academy Award nomination and a win at the Golden Globes earlier this month), said the professional wrestling industry has been extremely supportive of his portrayal of the sport.

“The nicest thing has been the whole wrestling community embracing us,” Rourke said on the red carpet. “The movie was about their world.”

And when he does jump into the ring with WWE, it appears the actor may already have his sights set on an opponent.

“Chris Jericho, you better get in shape,” Rourke added. “Because I’m coming after your a**.”’

‘Nuff said.

TNA UK tour success, TNA UK PPV announced

tnaimpact1.jpegTNA talent must be walking on air right now with another high-energy, highly successful tour in the UK. TNA has an upcoming show in London that could be the largest crowd in the company’s history, with 8000 fans in attendance. The TNA roster has been treated like rockstars everywhere they’ve gone.

TNA did a production shoot for Bravo in the UK to promote iMPACT! on the network.

And the biggest news to come out at the tour is Dixie announcing a planned UK PPV. We’ll report more on this!

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Joe listens to the crowd as he is way over in this match against Bashir.

JB update on The UK Tour

We’ve got another great ‘behind the kayfabe curtain’ report by JB. Make sure you check out James Storm! While everyone else was just getting up to go to London, Storm was just leaving the hotel lounge.

Eric Bischoff lays into Matt Hardy

matt_hardy.jpgEric Bischoff and Matt Hardy are feuding on their blogs.

It’s hard to justify talking about binging with your brother in one breath and being more responsible about your career than others before you in one breath. Eric was pretty direct responding to Matt’s recent blog by calling Matt ‘a friggin goof.’ Eric started by stepping up to defend previous generations of wrestlers, then he got a little off track. There’s no way either Hardy can be referred to as a ‘mid card talent’ at the end of their careers. Still, we admit the original post that started this was full of potential irony and we can see why Eric found himself compelled to respond.

Matt responded to Eric’s criticism by saying he didn’t know or care that Eric had a blog until he heard about Eric’s remarks. Matt responded by pointing out that he was at a New Year’s Eve party like the majority of the adult nation on the first occasion and with the whacky hours he keeps, he was simply wide awake on the second occasion at midnight. Matt says he will stand behind his remarks that this generation of wrestlers are far more financially smart than previous generations and have access to support programs today that didn’t exist back in the day for guys like Jake Roberts. Matt said indirectly that he isn’t his brother and the Wellness Program loves him. Finally, Matt pointed out explicitly that financially, he’s doing ok.

Matt’s biggest point we thought was to say that his brother isn’t his generation. This brings us to what we think is the catalyst of this feud. The generation gap.

2009 WWE Royal Rumble

rumble.jpegWWE Royal Rumble Card

Ready for the 2009 Royal Rumble? Nothing compares to the anticipation of the biggest wrestling event of the year, The Royal Rumble PPV! Here’s this year’s highlights and with it, we ask, who do you thinks going to take what?

30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Finlay
Mark Henry
CM Punk
R-Truth
Carlito
The Brian Kendrick
Triple H
Big Show
Vladimir Kozlov
Shelton Benjamin
Undertaker
Randy Orton
Chris Jericho
Kofi Kingston
Rey Mysterio
The Miz
John Morrison
Cody Rhodes
Ted DiBiase
Santino Marella
Kane

ECW Champion Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy

Jack Swagger has the ECW Championship and Matt Hardy wants it back at their rematch at the Royal Rumble. Jack Swagger defeated Matt for the title and days later, Hardy defeated Swagger in tag team action on Smackdown.

World Heavyweight Champion John Cena vs. JBL

JBL has Shawn Michaels on his payroll and will this give him what he need to take the title from John Cena?

Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix vs. Melina

Melina’s had a good push to give her momentum going into Royal Rumble, but is it enought to defeat the Glamazon?

WWE Championship: Jeff Hardy vs. Edge

The other Hardy, Jeff gets to face off against the guru of the laddermatch, the Rated-R Superstar Edge who is looking to regain the gold.

Other Highlights at 2009 Royal Rumble:

Kevin Rudolf’s “Let it Rock” is the official theme of the Royal Rumble.

Rumble with Melina on the Live Blog

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin

JR on Stone Cold, Kevin Nash, Victoria, Kelly Kelly, Mr. McMahon on RAW

jr.jpegIf I was asked once I was asked a dozen times who was going to induct Steve and I, for one, hope it is Ric Flair as that would be like Babe Ruth inducting Mickey Mantle into MLB’s HOF. Its not my call and who ever is finalized works for me because this matter isn’t about the presenter but the inductee.

The WWE TV folks did an amazing job on putting together the Stone Cold HOF video that aired last week. Amazing editing and great music. How one capsulizes Austin’s WWE career in a short video is essentially impossible. I can’t wait to see what the WWE comes up with for Steve for the HOF Ceremony.

My old friend Kevin Nash recently had his 27th surgery which is astonishing. I wish him a speedy recovery. Kevin is one of the wittiest and most intelligent guys in the business and parlayed being a former hoopster at Tennessee and a bouncer at the Cheetah Club in Atlanta to fame and fortune in the squared circle. Kevin was on the same high school All State basketball team in Michigan as Magic Johnson back in the day. I always think of Kevin when we visit Detroit which is his hometown.

I wish the WWE had a better opportunity to acknowledge Victoria wrestling her last match with the company this past Friday night on Smackdown. I had no clue that Victoria was having her last match until I arrived in Omaha the day of the event. Victoria has been one of the hardest working women in show business and worked diligently to perfect her in ring skills. I hope all the younger 8X10 type Divas will work as diligently as Victoria in learning their craft. Victoria had the challenge over the years with wrestling many Divas with far less in ring talent than did she but Victoria always made things work. I have great respect for her work ethic and her love of the business and wish her well in the next phase of her life. She had already started to get involved in other businesses over the past few years and she deserves nothing but happiness and success. Her exotic look always made my old heart beat a little faster. Hey, just because a happily married man is on a diet doesn’t mean he can’t look at the menu.

Kelly-Kelly just turned 22 which means in wrestle-speak that she is potentially on The King’s radar for only 3 more years.

Someone in Houston asked me what I thought about Mr. McMahon returning to Monday Night Raw this week from Chicago and I mentioned it would be akin to a “train wreck” which means it will be something most will want to see for whatever reason. I know I’m going to be watching because I am anxious to see the dynamic between the Chairman and his daughter Stephanie who is the Raw General Manager. I think the interaction should be compelling TV and Mr. McMahon’s return certainly adds more star power to Monday night. Monday Night Raw is getting plenty of WWE “love” which isn’t a bad thing and hopefully Friday Night Smackdown will get some of that TLC sooner than later.

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