‘Don’t Charge Verne Gagne’, says Gutmann’s daughter

gagne.jpegRuth Hennig is saying that Gagne, 83, should not be held responsible for the death of her 97 year-old father because he has Alzheimer’s disease. Ruth’s father, Helmut Gutmann, died after reportedly being pushed by Verne Gagne. Earlier this week the coroner ruled the death a homicide. Both Gagne and Gutmann were living together in a nursing home’s dementia unit. Hennig said in a n email to the Pioneer Press: “I do think that the coroner’s ‘homicide’ finding raises concerning questions about the precautions that nursing facilities need to take in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s. It’s hard enough for people and families who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s. They shouldn’t also hage to worry about hphysical vulnerabitlities or the risk of harm.”

TNA news and notes

mattmorgan.jpegDixie Carter personally thanked TNA fans for making last Thursday’s edition of TNA ‘MPACT!’ the most watched broadcast in their company’s history. TNA is very grateful that fans have responded so well to their programming, whether watching ‘iMPACT!’, ordering a PPV, experiencing a live show or visiting their website.

Dixie says several big things are already being planned including April’s brutal, all-steel cage pay-per-view, Lockdown, in Philadelphia, new superstars, new programming, a reinvigorated focus on the X Division, expansion of our online digital world and so much more.

TNA has announced that because of overwhelming demand from Irish fans, the superstars of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling’s “TNA iMPACT!” (Saturdays, 9 p.m. on Bravo) will bring “TNA Live!” back to Ireland this October 3 at the O2 Arena in Dublin.

TNA celebrated a successful Irish debut in January with two sold-out events. With fans turned away on both nights, TNA officials decided to return to Ireland as part of their European tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland this Fall.

Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling’s extensive library of the world’s best professional wrestling action is now available via Apple’s iTunes store. Fans can download episodes of TNA’s weekly Spike TV show “TNA iMPACT!,” as well as select TNA home video titles featuring TNA’s biggest superstars, classic matches and unforgettable pay-per-view events. “TNA iMPACT!” can be purchased as a single show for each week or as a year-long “season pass.”

*Spoilers* TNA Impact Taping Results 02.25.09

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*SPOILERS* Complete TNA Impact Spoilers For 03.05.09

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*Spoilers* TNA iMPACT! Taping Results For 3/12

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*Spoilers*Smackdown for February 27:

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Freddie Prince Jr. gone from WWE?

princegeller.jpegWhat happened?

When Freddie Prince joined the Smackdown writing team back in July, his blogs on the WWE universe were bright, insightful, intelligent and witty and Freddie seemed to be stoked. Freddie was liked backstage and seemed to be fitting right in.

Now Mike Johnson is reporting that Freddie Prince Jr. has parted ways with WWE and hasn’t been at a television taping in about two months. At the moment, we can only speculate. At the time when Freddie was hired, there was talk that Vince wasn’t interested in Freddie as a writer and was only interesting in the mainstream credibility Freddie could bring to the WWE, with the chance to have Sara Michelle Geller make an appearance.

Bret Hart reviews ‘The Wrestler’

bret.jpegThe Wrestler is being lauded as the definitive portrayal of pro wrestling, but I submit that’s only because no one has asked a real wrestling champion about it—until now. In the movie, Randy “The Ram” Robinson was a main-eventer who sold out Madison Square Garden. So was I. The movie opens with a montage of clippings and event posters eerily similar to the ones in my personal collection. I lived that life for real. I liked the movie, and I’m disturbed by it.

In director Darren Aronofsky’s astutely layered vision there are glimpses into a shrouded world considered fake by all but those who live in it—for them, it’s the only reality they know. Nuggets of truth make the story believable. Mickey Rourke’s clairvoyant performance makes it compelling.

The film isn’t so much an exposé of the wrestling business as it really is; rather, it shows us what a lot of people outside the business think it is. With this dark misinterpretation presented in such a plausible and dramatic way, many wrestlers who’ve sacrificed so much to entertain their fans—their bodies, their families—now feel embarrassed by the film’s unbalanced portrayal in which there’s no respect for our art or our dignity. I’m uncomfortable that audiences will unconsciously assume every wrestling has-been comes to a tragic end.

Traditional sports have an off-season but me and the boys were on the road 300 days a year. As a former WWF (now WWE) champion I travelled the world for 23 years straight, 1978 to 2000, wrestling every night, sometimes more than once, plus promotional appearances and working out. It takes over your life 24/7 and, especially before cellphones and email, no matter how hard I tried, it was impossible not to become distant from my family, my kids. Most, maybe all, the boys suffered the same isolation, and soon strangers became family and family became strangers. Almost all who escaped came back, having no clue how to make it on the outside.

Pro wrestlers don’t have medical benefits, a pension plan, or a union. I’m not complaining. Wrestling has been very good to me, despite heart-wrenching disappointments, betrayals, and too many deaths to want to count any more—including my youngest brother, Owen, who fell to his demise from the rafters of an arena on a WWF pay-per- view during an ill-conceived stunt.

I was retired from the ring by an errant kick to the head, on live pay-per-view, which resulted in a concussion so brutal my doctor used the word hamburger to describe the back of my brain. That was followed by a stroke that paralyzed the entire left side of my body. Battling back was the toughest fight of my life by far, and, although I’m left with permanent effects, I’m grateful that when people meet me I can still measure up to their memory of the hero I’d long pretended to be. I still sign autographs all over the world and my fans still come out in droves. I’m humbled when they tell me, time and again, that my wrestling character inspired them in some way to make positive changes in their lives.

Wrestling has given me a great life and for that I thank Vince McMahon. Vince and I have had major differences, but I’ve not minced words and my autobiography (Hitman) is a testament to that. When evaluating the impact of The Wrestler on the wrestling business it’s only fair I give the devil his due, because it’s Vince who succeeded in taking pro wrestling out of back alleys and dingy halls like those in the movie and made it marketable, mainstream and just plain fun to watch. He couldn’t have done it without a talented roster of wrestlers. To go out there and tell a credible and dramatic story with no retakes, in front of a live audience, with nothing but your body, your opponent, and a 20- by 20-foot ring, is an art form that takes dedicated training, physical and mental stamina, athletic agility, charisma and ring psychology to create what I always thought of as mini-movies. Those who perform this art old-school take pride in creating the illusion of realism without actually hurting our opponents.

We don’t know what wrong turn brought Randy the Ram to subsist in desperation on the lowest fringes of some perverted putrefaction that barely resembles the wrestling business I know. Although the film speaks superbly to the speed bumps all pro wrestlers navigate, I’m happy to report most of us don’t swerve off the road quite so severely.

Mick Foley interview with the TheSun, Sonjay Dutt released

mickfoley.jpegMick Foley did a fun interview with the Sun Newspaper in the UK which you can hear at www.TheSun.co.uk. On his first wrestling match back for TNA: “I learned the lesson that if you’re going to forget one thing it shouldn’t be: ‘Hey, there’s two guys crashing through a table – you might not want to have your leg there. I thought I broke my leg. I could barely walk, but thankfully the swelling has gone down.” On WWE and The Wrestler: “I was asked whether I thought Vince McMahon would like the movie and I said: ‘Personally I don’t think he’ll like it, as he doesn’t like to shine a spotlight on some of the troubles the guys go through.’… Mickey Rourke called me and the first thing he said was: ‘Screw Vince McMahon!’” On possibly costing himself a WWE Hall Of Fame place: “It’s weird how much talk the Hall Of Fame gets and it’s definitely something people consider. You have to keep in mind that there are guys like Baron Mikel Scicluna, Johnny Rodz, The Fridge and Pete Rose in there – but Bruno Sammartino is not in there. Between Bruno and Bob Backlund, they held the old WWWF title for about 13 years and neither one is in. I’m not going to let Vince determine whether or not my career is a good one by whether or not I’m inducted. Still it would be nice to be asked one day – but I’m not counting on it and in no way would that greatly shape my memories.”

Mike Johnson is reporting that Sonjay Dutt has been released from TNA. Apparantly Dutt and TNA couldn’t reach an agreement in their contract negotiations.

“The Blue Print” Matt Morgan a superhero?, Midway continues to develop TNA sequal

mattmorgan.jpegSources close to the Matt Morgan Camp learned that “The Blue Print” Matt Morgan has been in talks with Marvel about possibly appearing in one of their upcoming films. Morgan was first approached about the possibly making a cameo appearance in the upcoming summer blockbuster “Iron Man 2” which is nearing post production. Marvel’s rival DC Comics has also expressed interest in working with the Morgan. The present idea being thrown around is casting Morgan in the role of a main villain for a later episode of the CW’s Hit Show “Smallville”.

Miday may be bankruptcy, but they haven’t stopped working on the sequel to TNA’s wrestling game. Midway has been bought by a private investor who hopes to use the brand sometime in the future. Reports are Midway owes TNA $160,000. Continuing to work on the sequel shows a lot of good faith.

Paul London recently said in an interview that he has no respect for Matt Hardy. “I know more about this guy than the average fan and I just don’t respect him.”

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