Daily Archives: July 11, 2015

Today In Wrestling History 7/11: Brock Lesnar Makes History, CM Punk Wants Ice Cream, Trial, More

* 21 years ago today, the steroid distribution trial of Vince McMahon continued after a weekend break. They opened by finishing the defense’s cross-examination of Dr. George Zahorian (Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission doctor who was convicted of related distribution charges in 1991; McMahon was accused of conspiring with him) before moving onto other witnesses.

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** Defense attorney Laura Brevetti tried to establish that there were, in fact, times where Zahorian acted as an actual doctor and more than just a drug dealer, like counseling King Kong Bundy and Gorilla Monsoon about their diabetes and Arnold Skaaland about his drinking. He went to the hospital with S.D. Jones when his appendix burst, answered wrestlers’ medical questions and considered it privileged information, plus he did tell some wrestlers about the side effects of steroids. Remember, he always insisted he did what he did because he knew the wrestlers and his other customers were going to do all of these drugs regardless of what he did, so they were better off having the genuine article. McMahon never directly phoned him to order steroids, and they never spoke after the WWF elected not to hire Zahorian when the commission changed its rules so that the promoter hired the ringside doctor.

To close out Zahorian’s three days on the stand, prosecutor Sean O’Shea questioned him on a redirect examination. He’s been in solitary confinement for his own protection and was never told his conditions would improve based on his testimony. McMahon never complained about his dealing and never asked about his background or awards. He didn’t recall what was in every Federal Express package he sent, but he definitely remembered that those sent to Emily Feinberg, McMahon’s secretary, contained steroids.

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** Rick Rood (“Ravishing” Rick Rude) was up next and made a point of giving short, vague answers. He was there primarily because of a story that he had told other wrestlers for years: In 1989, he went off steroids while he and his wife were trying to conceive. Vince told him at a TV taping that he “didn’t look good,” though his work and promos were on-point, and then Rude explained the situation to him. As Rude told the story i open court, McMahon asked him to “push himself,” which he took to mean as getting back on steroids. On cross, defense attorney Jerry McDevitt noted that McMahon never told him to buy steroids from Zahorian, and that he also expressed concern about Rude’s “partying” and smoking,

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** Kevin “Nailz” Wacholz was next, as he claimed to have witnessed the McMahon-Rude conversation at a TV taping in Wisconsin since he was getting a tryout that night, which would place it as being on June 6, 1989. He swore that McMahon said that being that Rude was in a top spot against the Ultimate Warrior, he needed to be on the gas, specifically using that slang terminology for steroids. He added that McMahon also told him to get on steroids when he was hired for the Nailz role in January 1992.

This is when his testimony started to fall off the rails, and it got worse when McDevitt cross-examined him, pointing out that he never said McMahon asked him to go on steroids when he testified in front of the grand jury. Then Wacholz said the Nailz costume (actually a baggy prison uniform) showed off his physique. Oh, and that he still had an outstanding civil suit against McMahon. Laura Brevetti finished up for the defense with a bizarre exchange:

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Vince McMahon Reportedly Hesitated On Hiring Gail Kim Because She Was Asian-American, JR Reacts

  • Birthdate: 02/20/1977 (age 38)
  • Height: 5’4″
  • Weight: 120 Ib

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UPDATED: In a post on Twitter, Gail Kim stated she does not blame JR at all for anything that happened when she was with the company. She said:

@NJ_JeffK @JRsBBQ @WRESTLEZONEcom @VinceMcMahon I don’t blame JR for someone else’s ignorance. JR has always been respectful to me
Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) July 10, 2015

ORIGINAL: Earlier this week on his Ross Report podcast, Jim Ross noted that back when Gail Kim was initially hired by WWE, Vince McMahon was hesitant to do so because she was Asian-American. Ross said that while he also spoke about Kim’s in-ring ability to sell her to Vince, he also had to take drastic measures.

He said: ““I remember Vince said, ‘You want to hire this Asian girl, right? I don’t know, I just don’t know.’ And I said, ‘Well Vince, you know, there’s a lot of guys that like Asian women. There’s Asian porn sites.’ ”

This news, according to Ross, “shocked” Vince. Kim later responded to this on Twitter.

Nothing I’m really surprised at concerning @VinceMcMahon yes it’s in poor taste but it’s his character https://t.co/ucWlDSucod
Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) July 9, 2015

In his latest blog on his official website, Ross went on to explain his claims. He said: “For the record, I am and have said on many occasions that Gail Kim is one of my ALL TIME favorite performers of any gender. She’s Canadian of Asian decent and a beautiful person inside and out. When pitching me hiring her, was I wrong to say that many men were attracted to Asian females? I obviously should have used a better illustration to explain that point than mentioning Asian adult websites being revenue generators but it was merely to illustrate my point as unfortunate as it was in hindsight. My problem is that I am honest and have no issues admitting when I make an error in judgment, if one was made, but the web site point wasn’t what got Gail hired in WWE. It was her ability in the ring and the fact that she did have a great look. She is a credit to any organization that she’s affiliated with and i’d hire her again tomorrow if given the opportunity.“

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David Hart Smith (DH Smith) & Cesaro Visit Tyson Kidd In The Hospital Following Surgery – Photo

  • Birthdate: 12/27/1980 (age 34)
  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 232 Ib

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Tyson Kidd posted a photo on Instagram with David Hart Smith and Cesaro, who visited him after his surgery. He won the WWE tag team titles with both men.

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​The Rock & Steve Austin Tweet About The Amount Of Moves They Have, NXT Stars At Comic-Con

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  • Birthdate: 12/18/1964 (age 50)
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 252 Ib

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— Both The Rock and Steve Austin counted their wrestling moves on Twitter after a fan asked Austin if wrestling was “all about the moves”.

@steveaustinBSR @Mega_Zarak @JRsBBQ @DoctorSquishy Yup, I had 4 moves. (Not counting the Sunset Flip I beat Austin w/ in Paducah, KY)
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 10, 2015

— Here are Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, the Young Bucks and Headlocked comic writer Mike Kingston at Comic-Con on Thursday…

At #SDCC with @wwebalor @NickJacksonYB @MattJackson13 @FightOwensFight #headlocked #wwe #nxt pic.twitter.com/NI0dAQWVbR
— Headlocked (@HeadlockedComic) July 9, 2015

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LOP Radio: Chair Shots Live- Is Tough Enough Irrelevant?, Cesaro, LU results and more!

This week Chair Shots Live looks at the history of Tough Enough and comes to a conclusion as to whether the competition is completely irrelevant or not. We also give our thoughts on the rise, fall and rise again of Cesaro after his brilliant matches with John Cena. Finally, we’ll wrap with this week’s Lucha Underground report, just a few short weeks away from Ultima Lucha. What’s “Rob’s Pick” for this week?

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​Rob Conway Discusses Working Dark Matches, The IWC Always Complaining, Dusty Rhodes, & More

Rob Conway recently spoke with Under the Mat, here are the highlights…

Also read: ​Jim Ross Discusses Dusty Rhodes’ Passing & His Reaction To The News, Memories, & More

On Dusty Rhodes: “When I think of the NWA the names that pop I my head are Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Harley Race, Terry Funk… The thing is that all those legends are either no longer with us or participating in the matches. So the idea of Raw back in 2005 when it went back to the USA Network from Spike TV and I got into the building and they (WWE) say we want you to do a segment with all these legends. We rehearsed that during the day because it was 25 people in the ring at one time. Then Dusty did some of his promo because you know Dusty winged most of it so I’m coming to the ring and I’m suppose to cut him off and start talking and I get in the ring and say nothing. Then they said to me hey you suppose to talk..I was in awe of all of those legends.”

On the IWC complaining about matches and how rookie wrestlers critique veterans: “I never get mad about anything I’m glad that they watching. They have to watch your match to be able to critique it they can say what they want. My problem is when there’s lower or entry level wrestlers that criticize like a John Cena or someone on that level. Here’s a guy that they wish they could met or take a picture with but then say they don’t think he’s that good. If you’re a fan you can say whatever it is you have to say but once you become a wrestler yourself these are the guys that are way up higher then you, so your opinion should either stay to yourself or become a better wrestler before your opinion is voiced.”

On working dark matches and if there’s a set time for how long you do it: “I would say for the most part they (WWE) don’t tell you what’s going on in the future. Either they don’t know what’s going in the future or they know and just not going to tell you. When you at that level being developmental you pretty much show up on time, do what you told, and don’t really ask any questions. One day you go out in a dark and you’re a good guy and then the next day you’re a bad guy. They gaining you experience to try to get you used to the guys on the roster.”

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​The Final Cards & Announced Talent For Tonight’s CZW & Ring Of Honor Live Events Revealed

— Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) returns to iPPV (via Highspots) with “New Heights”, which will air from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here’s the lineup:

Also read: ​The Weekend Schedules For WWE & ROH Revealed – Lineups, Talent & More

* CZW Champion Blk Jeez vs. Matt Tremont
* CZW Tag Team Champions O14K vs. The Young Bucks vs. The Beaver Boys vs. Team Tremendous
* “Chainsaw” Joe Gacy vs. Tim Donst
* Nick Gage vs. Drew Gulak
* “Speedball” Mike Bailey vs. AR Fox
* Devon Moore & Lucky 13 vs. Jon Gresham & Buxx Belmar
* David Starr vs. Shane Strickland
* Greg Excellent, Neiko Sozio & Chrissy Rivera vs. The Front
* Rich Swann vs. Joey Janela.

— Here are the matches advertised for tonight’s Ring of Honor (ROH) live event in Hopkins, Minnesota at the Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center:

* AJ Styles vs. Roderick Strong vs. Kyle O’Reilly in a triple threat.
* Jay Lethal and Truth Martini vs. Jay Briscoe and ODB.
* Adam Cole vs. Bobby Fish.
* Matt Taven vs. Michael Elgin.
* Dalton Castle vs. ACH.
* Michael Bennett vs. Moose vs. Will Ferrara vs. Cheeseburger in a four corners survival.
* Mark Briscoe vs. Danny Duggan.
* Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser vs. War Machine.

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[VIDEO] Billy Gunn Gives An Inside Look At The Tough Enough Competitors’ In-Ring training

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[VIDEO] WWE’s Top 10 Most Destructive Automobile Incidents

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WWEs latest Top 10 video focuses on destruction of cars.Superstars will do just about anything to drive their rivals crazy, especially if that means destroying their preferred mode of transportation. Buckle up for WWEs 10 most destructive automobile incidents.
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Brock Lesnar Officially Advertised For Monday's WWE Raw

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The official WWE website has announced Brock Lesnar for this Mondays Raw from Atlanta, Georgia. This will be the final show before WWE Battleground.WWE.com wroteWith his clash with Brock Lesnar at WWE Battleground looming on the horizon, Seth Rollins undoubtedly clutching his WWE World Heavyweight Championship a little tighter these days. After all, The Beast Incarnate not only demolished JJ Securitys Cadillac last Monday night, but put both Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury on the shelf during his rampage. Who will watch The Architects back this Monday night in Atlanta, when The Anomaly is in the buildingEver since Seth Rollins robbed Brock Lesnar of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar has had it out for The Future of WWE, and at WWE Battleground, Rollins will have nowhere to hide. Yet, as much as this collision is about the WWE World Heavyweight Title itself the grandest prize in sports-entertainment its also a matter of retribution for The Anomaly, who wants nothing more than to make The Architect pay for his past transgressions. But what is Lesnar truly looking for Rollins title or Rollins suffering Might his desire to destroy Rollins somehow supersede his championship aspirations If thats the case, what would happen if Lesnar got his hands on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion before their title bout Could we see Lesnar destroy his WWE Battleground opponent before their championship encounter even takes place Last week, we saw Lesnar decimate JJ Securitys Cadillac and JJ themselves and we get the feeling hes not done breaking things just yet. Expect more carnage from The Beast Incarnate on Raw.
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