– Following an MRI and a battery of tests on his left arm Monday, doctors confirmed to WWE.com that John Cena sustained multiple muscle strains during his Extreme Rules Match against Brock Lesnar. WWE locker room physician Dr. Chris Amann said Sunday night:
“The most obvious injury was the laceration to his head, which caused a substantial amount of bleeding. He also suffered a shoulder injury.”
– According to the PWInsider, there are conflicting reports going around regarding the upcoming WWE Studios film The Marine 3: Homefront, and whether John Cena will be starring in the movie. At this time, nobody has signed on as the lead role. At one point, Cena was considered for the movie with the idea that he would pick back up where the first Marine movie left off. Randy Orton was then attached to the movie, but WWE pulled Orton from the movie due to Orton being kicked out of the Marines when he was younger and the Marines he served with complaining about a “deserter” portraying a Marine in WWE’s movie. Other wrestlers under consideration for the lead role have included CM Punk, JTG, Cody Rhodes and a few others. WWE officials have reportedly decided on the Superstar who will appear in the movie but have been holding off on the announcement. Filming for The Marine 3: Homefront begins in June.
– According to F4WOnline, the general consensus backstage at Extreme Rules was that the show was a success and came off well on television. The CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho Chicago Street Fight and the Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena matches in particular received rave reviews. There was a lot of talk about Cena going over Lesnar in the main event, with many thinking that Brock Lesnar should not have lost his first match back in WWE. Lesnar is a very unique special attraction as a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and the argument against him losing to Cena is that now he could be perceived as “just another superstar.” That said, WWE management loved the energy in the arena for the Lesnar vs. Cena match and it definitely came off like a special match. As for the CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho, it’s expected that their feud will continue.
Speaking of Cena and Lesnar, the WWE website has an article up talking about how there is no “new face of WWE”:
“While the world waits to learn the fate of John Cena, who alluded to possibly “going away for a while” in the aftermath of the brawl on pay-per-view, the WWE Universe takes solace in knowing there will be no “new face of WWE.” On the contrary, in the fallout of Extreme Rules 2012, the face of WWE still features a tightly formed salute below the brim of a bright green hat. For now.”
– Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shot a fight scene with TNA Wrestling star Kurt Angle on Saturday for the upcoming 2013 black comedy film Pain & Gain. Johnson then tweeted a photo of himself with Angle and film director Michael Bay on Monday with the caption reading: “The Peoples Champ, The Maestro Michael Bay, The Olympic Gold Medalist.”
– During an interview with The Fight Club Chicago in November, Randy Orton was asked about Brock Lesnar being showcased in THQ’s WWE ’12 video game.
“I think its great. I’m a big Lesnar fan and I’ve always been. We came up together about 10 years ago now. Me and him were buds. We’ve lost touch over the years as you usually do with guys like that, but I wish him the best.
“I know he’s had a few health issues as of late. But, hell conquer those just like he’s conquered every other obstacle that has come his way. I true l feel he’s one of the few human beings I’ve ever met that have been able too accomplish as much as he’s accomplished. He puts his mind, body and soul into it and he’s gonna get it done.”
– A teaser for the WWE Network is running at the beginning of WWE Classics On Demand shows with 2012 being advertised as its premiere.
– WWE.com has added “Ravishing” Rick Rude to their Alumni section. The profile includes photos and videos from his career in WWE and WCW.
– WWE Hall of Famer Edge will be unable to appear at RESISTANCE Pro’s May 11th show due to filming commitments with the Syfy show Haven.
– Paulina Gretzky posted these fantastic pictures on Instagram. God Bless Wayne Gretzky.
– Blues’ G Jarolslav Halak (left ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of the series. Head coach Ken Hithcock made the announcement following the Blues’ 5-2 loss to the Kings in Game 2 on Monday night. Halak injured his left ankle in Game 2 of the San Jose series when he was run into by D Barrett Jackman. Halak skated with the team since suffering the injury.
– Jets’ F Alexander Burmistrov’s agent, Mark Gandler, said that his client is staying with the Winnipeg Jets despite a report that he’s been offered a contract by the KHL’s AK Bars Kazan. ”We have no interest in making it happen. If people in Edmonton want to print gossip from the Russian papers without checking sources… all it takes is two minutes to make a phone call. They obviously didn’t do their homework.”
– The NBA has suspended Celtics’ G Rajon Rondo 1 game for bumping into official Marc Davis in Game 1. Rondo will miss Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Hawks. Rondo also got a two-game ban for throwing a ball at ref in late February.
– The Bobcats will not retain head coach Paul Silas for the 2012-13 season. Silas’ first full season as head coach of the Bobcats was horrific–they went 7-59, posting the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history. Silas threw his players under the bus by complaining about the lack of talent he has to work with towards the end of the season.
– Knicks’ F Amare Stoudemire (left hand) suffered lacerations after he punched a fire extinguisher case, and will see a specialist–he is not expected to play in Game 3 against the Heat. The specialist will determine whether or not there is ligament or tendon damage. Amare may have inflicted long-term damage to himself. Beat writer Frank Isola tweeted the following:
– Knicks’ G Jeremy Lin (knee) won’t play until he can take contact in practice. Head coach Mike Woodson said, ”He’s got to cut and guard people and push and do things of that nature, that’s the big test.”
– Lakers’ F Jordan Hill has been charged with felony assault stemming from a February 29 incident in Houston. Hill allegedly choked a family member during an altercation. In Sunday’s Game 1 win, Hill played 24 minutes as the primary big off the bench. The Houston district attorney’s office said Hill faces 2-10 years in prison and a $10K fine.
– Check out Heat’ G Dwyane Wade tossing Knicks’ G Mike Bibby’s lost shoe during Game 2 last night:
– Hulk Hogan was recently interviewed by the New York Post and said he plans to leave TNA if his new idea for Impact Wrestling does not work out:
“We are going to give more power to the fans, make them more involved and more important. I can’t say much more, but I can say this, I’m either going to be really right on this one or really wrong. If I’m wrong, you probably won’t see me again because I’ll be hightailing it out of here.”
Hogan also said that former WWE superstars John Morrison and Chris Masters have reached out to TNA hoping to get a shot at TNA’s new “Gut Check” segment on Impact Wrestling.
– Nationals’ RHP Brad Lidge (hernia) underwent successful surgery Tuesday morning. Lidge’s agent Rex Gary said everything went “very well.” Lidge is expected to resume throwing in roughly 3 weeks, but will likely need a rehab assignment following that.
– Twins’ 1B Justin Morneau (sore left wrist) is flying back to Minnesota to be examined by Twins’ hand specialist Dr. Tom Varecka. Morneau told reporters that he began feeling discomfort during a series against the Rays from April 20-22, but that it got worse over the weekend. He’s hopeful that it’s just scar tissue breaking up following surgery last September, but the Twins will likely send him for a precautionary MRI.
– Mets’ LHP Mike Pelfrey (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday. The decision was made official following a visit with Dr. James Andrews. Pelfrey will miss the rest of the 2012 season and will likely be non-tendered this offseason. His days with the Mets are likely over. The 2005 1st-round pick has a 4.36 ERA over 896 1/3 innings in the big leagues.
– Tigers’ OF Delmon Young has suspended seven days without pay for the incident that occurred outside of the New York Hilton on April 27. The suspension is retroactive, so he’ll be eligible to return to the lineup on Friday. Young was batting just .242/.311/.333 with one homer and five RBI through his first 18 games.
– Mariners’ C Miguel Olivo (right groin strain) will be placed on the DL. Olivo left Monday’s game against the Rays and told reporters that the injury is worse than the one he suffered during spring training last year.
– Padres’ OF Carlos Quentin (right knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson Tuesday. Manager Bud Black said Quentin will play at least seven games for Tucson before being activated. Quentin underwent arthroscopic surgery on March 19 to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
– Barry Jackson and Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald report that Marlins’ RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo will be suspended 8 weeks–not 6 weeks as originally reported–for using a fake identity. MLB originally planned to suspend him for 2 weeks of spring training and 6 weeks of the regular season, but because he missed all of spring training, he’ll have to serve all 8 weeks during the season. Oviedo still hasn’t received a visa to return to the United States, and the Marlins aren’t sure when he’ll get one. The suspension won’t begin until then.
– Yankees’ OF Nick Swisher (hamstring) is likely to miss a week, according to manager Joe Girardi. Swisher left Sunday’s game with a low-grade left hamstring strain. He isn’t expected back before next Tuesday.
– Yankees’ OF Brett Gardner (elbow) took swings in the cage Monday as well as this past weekend. He’s now scheduled to take regular batting practice on Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, he should return from the disabled list as soon as he’s eligible Thursday.
– The Redskins have released WR Jabar Gaffney. Gaffney caught a career-high 68 passes for 947 yards and five touchdowns last season. After the Redskins spent almost $30M guaranteed to WRs Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, Gaffney became expendable. The Patriots were considered likely to be interested in Gaffney if he hit the open market, but that was before they re-signed Deion Branch and Chad Ochocinco, and signed Anthony Gonzalez and Donte’ Stallworth. The 31-year-old has at least 50 catches each of the past three seasons.
– According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns have “no plans to deal” QB Colt McCoy “at this time.” Per Schefter, the Browns are “not in trading mood,” and the plan for now is apparently to let McCoy “compete” for the starting job with QB Brandon Weeden, who already appears to be the clear-cut favourite. McCoy has a 6-15 record, 20:20 TD-to-INT ratio, a 58.4% completion rate and paltry 6.3 YPA through two pro seasons.
– The NFL has granted the Falcons $3M in cap credits related to money Eagles’ QB Michael Vick owed the franchise after declaring bankruptcy in 2009. As part of his bankruptcy settlement, Vick was ordered to pay back part of the signing bonus he received in 2004.
– Eagles GM Howie Roseman isn’t planning to sign a veteran backup for RB LeSean McCoy. ”We feel really good about that spot. That doesn’t mean that if something was there that made sense we still wouldn’t look to add there, but we feel really good about them.” This comes a day after head coach Andy Reid said the team would try and reduce McCoy’s workload. The Eagles have second-year pro Dion Lewis and rookies Bryce Brown and Chris Polk behind McCoy, but have no interest in re-signing free agent RB Ronnie Brown. Lewis is expected to begin the year as the backup.
– Lions’ GM Martin Mayhew confirmed that No. 54 overall pick WR Ryan Broyles (ACL surgery) is a candidate to begin the year on PUP. ”He’s a possible PUP guy, but I think at some point during camp he’ll be ready to go. The great thing with him is, we have the ability to take our time.”