– Amy Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com reports that Giants’ C Buster Posey (left leg) was diagnosed with a broken leg and torn ligaments. Ouch. This information has not been confirmed by the team, but it appears to be correct. C Eli Whiteside is the logical replacement, but there’s a possibility that they’ll call C Bengie Molina, who’s been debating retirement. In any event, it sounds like Posey will miss significant time.
– Hornets’ F David West said he still doesn’t know if he will opt out of the final year of his contract. West was almost definitely going to opt out of the $7.5M option, but he tore his ACL in March, and now his value has gone down. He’s rehabbing 5-6 days per week and waiting to see what kind of shape he can get in. West must inform the Hornets by June 30 if he wishes to become a UFA. He’ll carry a red flag with him throughout the summer simply due to how late he suffered the knee injury.
– Citing Texas law enforcement officials, the St. Petersburg Times reports that Bucs’ CB Aqib Talib will indicted by a Dallas grand jury on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The indictment is expected on Friday. Talib’s charge is a second degree felony that carries a punishment of 2-20 years in prison. The NFL can’t enforce discipline during the lockout, but commissioner Roger Goodell will be noting offseason arrests.
– Christian spoke with Busted Open. The highlights:
Christian on his brief reign as World Heavyweight Champion and the fans outcry over the quick change: “Obviously, I kind of look at it two ways. There are very few people that ever have a chance to become World Heavyweight Champion. I did that, got a taste of it, I know what it takes to get to that point now and the way I look at it, I stay positive about it and I look forward to being able to call myself a two-time World Heavyweight Champion.”
“I was really surprised by the outpouring of all the stuff on Twitter, all those sorts of things. It was pretty surprising. I think a lot of it happened before…..obviously, the show is done on Tuesday and shown on Friday, so there are a lot of things people were going on hearsay before the show even aired, before they even saw it, so you kind of have to take that with a grain of salt.”
“I think Randy and I have great chemistry and going forward there should be some exciting times for myself. I look forward to the challenges, and like I said, I got a taste of being World Heavyweight Champion. I know what it takes to get there and I look forward to being the World Champion again`. I won’t stop until it happens.”
If it was bittersweet that he won the title after Edge was forced to vacate it: “Of course, it was a tough pill to swallow. He’s my best friend. We’ve known each other since we were in sixth grade. I knew that he was having issues with tingling and things like that in his arms. He had neck surgery years ago, so I think he realized that at some point, it may come back to bother him again at some point in his career. The day after Wrestlemania he went and had everything checked out and it turned out he had the spinal stenosis and the whole thing and he was in serious risk of permanent damage to himself. All it takes is a fall, or to do something one wrong way and the risk of paralysis was even there. Nothing is worth that type of risk.”
“He called me right after he got the news and obviously he was very upset about it. We got off the phone and I started thinking about it a little bit. I called him back and I said I understand why you’re upset, but you can look at it two ways. You can look at it that way or you can look at it this way. Your career has been amazing. There’s not many people that can say they had the type of career you had, done the things that you’ve done. You’ve always done things the way you wanted to do them. If this is it, your last match was at Wrestlemania in front of seventy thousand plus people in one of the main events, and you walked out as the World Heavyweight Champion. I said I don’t know if you can write a better ending to a script than that. And he’s like ‘Man, I didn’t even think about that.’, and right away I think he kind of felt better about it. It took him a couple days to kind of let it sink in, but that being said, he realizes there’s not much he can do about it now except look forward to the future.”
“None of us were expecting any of this to happen, it just happened and it’s one of those things where when you get a chance to step up, you gotta step up and I feel like I did.”
If he is more over now than he has ever been: “I think people know that every time I go out there, I leave it all in the ring, regardless. So I think there’s a certain respect with that and I think that’s just grown over the years because I feel like over the course of my career…..people know that I never take a night off. I’m out there every night working my butt off trying to do what I do, and that is entertain every single person that paid their hard earned money for a ticket. So I think people realize that and I think over time, I feel like that’s grown, definitely.”
– WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, a long time colleague of “Macho Man” Randy Savage, appeared on Monday Night Mayhem. The highlights:
His reaction to Savage’s passing and how he always saw himself identifying with Randy throughout his career: “I identified with Randy a lot. We both had a lot in common, in that we were both buys who grew up in this industry whose fathers were wrestlers. I’ve always believed that for kids who that grew up in the industry that it’s not just a job, but it’s something they fell in love with and something they’ve known all their lives. There’s a certain camaraderie there. In a word, Randy was charismatic. He’ll be very missed, and it’s sad.”
What he will personally and professionally remember the most about Randy, both inside and outside the ring: “It was his professionalism. He was all business. He would laugh, and cut up, and have fun too, but for the most part, he was a consummate pro. He took his job and his work very seriously, and I always admired that. He was incredibly dedicated.”
– The obituary for the late Randy Savage has been posted online. It features a guestbook for people to share memories and express condolences. In addition to his wrestling exploits, the obituary notes that for several years every holiday season, he visited All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida to deliver gifts to patients and participated in the George Steinbrenner Children’s Holiday Concert for underprivileged kids of Tampa. He also recently took part as a celebrity guest judge in a fundraiser benefiting Art for Autism.
– Tommy Dreamer’s contract with TNA Wrestling expires in approximately one month.
– Former WWE diva Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, who recently made her return to the national wrestling scene for TNA Wrestling, is making an “extremely graphic porno,” according to TMZ. Steve Hirsch, president of the Vivid porn company, tells TMZ.com that Chyna approached him several months ago and demanded to work with the biggest male porn star in the business. Hirsch did her one better – and booked her with TWO porn stars, Evan and Lee Stone. The movie has already been filmed and is tentatively titled “Backdoor Into Chyna.” The follow-up to Chyna’s 2004 sex tape with Sean Waltman (titled “1 Night in China”) is set to be released in the coming months.
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