– PPV provider iNDEMAND has released the official promotional poster and synopsis for WWE Survivor Series 2010 on Sunday, November 21st and they appear to give away a big spoiler for Sunday’s Hell in a Cell event.
This Sunday, John Cena wrestles Wade Barrett with the stipulation that if Cena wins, Nexus disbands and if Barrett wins, Cena joins Nexus.
If the Survivor Series preview are any indication, Nexus won’t be going away any time soon. The Synopsis reads:
“History collides with controversy as The Nexus takes on all comers at WWE Survivor Series. Don’t miss John Cena, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, and all your favorite WWE Superstars live on pay-per-view!”
The poster features the Nexus group, including injured star Skip Sheffield (expected to be out until after the event) and Darren Young (who was eliminated from the group many weeks ago). While this promotional material is always subject to change, WWE hyping Nexus for the November PPV appears to give away the result for Sunday’s John Cena vs. Wade Barrett match.
– Bruno Lauer (aka Harvey Wippleman), commented on the passing of friend and colleague Jorge González (aka Giant González) to RasslinRiotOnline.com.
“I would like to take time here to address the passing of my dear friend Jorge Gonzales, also known as Giant Gonzalez [during his tenure with me] and El Gigante, when he was with WCW. I was Jogo’s [nickname short for his name] manager the entire time he was with the WWE and not only was I his manager, but I was his friend and confidante as well aka his errand boy! Not that I minded either…s**t if I was 8 feel tall, I’d want somebody to run out and get my food and medicine too! Jogo was always a gentleman and a true friend. He actually did something completely out of character for me one time when he was in Memphis to work a shot or 2 for USWA. He came to Walls, MS [my hometown] and visited the old Loretta’s beer joint, which has since burnt down. He came to see me just so all my friends and neighbors could have the excitement of meeting not only TV star in our little delta town, but a giant – not only physically, but in heart as well. I know he is in a better place now, so GOD bless you, my friend.”
– WWE will reportedly not be holding a “Tribute To The Troops” show overseas this year. However, company officials are looking to hold a similar style event at a domestic military base, possibly in Texas.
– Former ROH World Champion Tyler Black said on his Twitter account that his “possible name change” is Seth Rollins, not Zack Rollins as had been reported. “Good first night in an FCW right. New name, fresh start. I’ll change the Twitter when it gets confirmed.”
– Jon Heyman of SI.com reports Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel and GM Omar Minaya, as expected, will not return in their current roles next season. Minaya, however, may remain with the club in another role. While Manuel and Minaya could be relieved of their duties as soon next Monday, the Mets are not expected to name immediate replacements for either position, nor have they asked permission to interview potential candidates.
– According to Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports, unsigned No. 6 overall pick RHP Barret Loux will begin accepting official offers from major league clubs Friday. Rogers writes that several teams are expected to make an offer. Loux, who was selected by the D’Backs in June, was left unsigned after failing a physical. The Brewers, Astros, Marlins, Cubs, Rangers, Twins, Giants, Phillies and Mariners sent scouts to watch the 21-year-old righty throw last month.
– Leafs’ F Nazem Kadri will begin the 2010-11 season with the Marlies.
– Rangers’ F Chris Drury (broken left index finger) will open the season on the IR, as expected. F Vaclav Prospal (right knee) will also not be ready for the opener. He is still having problems with a right knee injury that bothered him throughout the course of the second half of the 2009-10 campaign. Prospal underwent arthroscopic surgery in December but was never 100% thereafter. He reported to training camp in September, but after a few hard skating sessions the knee began to swell up and bother him. Prospal will be kept off the ice for the first two weeks of the season and will likely be out of action for at least a month.
– TNA star Mick Foley was interviewed by The Huffington Post this week about his new book, Countdown to Lockdown. Here are some highlights of what Foley said about:
Linda McMahon’s Senate Campaign: “I was really kind of worried about seeing her because I hadn’t seen anybody since I’d left the WWE. I think she makes a good candidate, a very interesting candidate, and I know that her opponents want to make the issue about wrestling itself, and I think that’s a losing argument but it’s their only argument because it’s hard to refute somebody who’s been so successful in a really rough economic climate. I think she’s a good candidate because I think it’s less likely that she’ll participate in the partisan bickering that makes politics so frustrating for me to watch. She’s not looking to be a career politician, she doesn’t need the money, so she’ll probably be rushing back to the grandchildren instead of political fundraisers, and I just don’t think the McMahon in her is going to allow her to simply fall in line with party politics. Although she is running as a Republican, I don’t think she thrived in the busuness she was in without a fierce independent streak.”
Concussions & Wellness: “I think things are constantly changing for the better. Everybody in wrestling is looking at the information coming in on concussions. Everyone from the NFL to the WWE to TNA to the youth soccer groups around the country are realizing that there are dangers that weren’t previously known. I think the environment is better, and I think people are more willing to admit when they’re hurt so they won’t be injured again.”
Drugs In Wrestling & Andrew Martin’s Death: “I did like Test, and he was a guy I kept in touch with for years after we stopped working together. One of my regrets is that he left me a message a few weeks before he died and I guess at the time I thought I was too busy to return the call. To tell you the truth I did not even know he had a problem with pills. I think that’s by far the biggest problem facing wrestling, the painkillers and muscle relaxers, and because they are legal it’s much more difficult to crack down on them.”
– TNA president Dixie Carter’s most recent teased talent acquisition failed to generate much buzz amongst the locker room. A TNA source told the PWTorch, “Nobody talked about it because nobody cared. No one is big enough to make a splash in our ratings.” Others in the company echoed similar thoughts as the general feeling is that it will take a creative overhaul to make a significant change, not a talent acquisition.
– ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Giants are bracing for DL Mathias Kiwanuka (neck) to miss at least 2-3 months. Kiwi is going for a second opinion “that could change that.” The Giants have given no timetable for return. Kiwanuka reportedly woke up early Friday with stiffness and pain in the neck, and a CAT scan revealed the bulging disk. His season is likely over.
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