Orton Update, Suter to Flyers?, Bosh Update, Steiner Rants

WWE

– F4WOnline.com reports that Randy Orton’s second violation of WWE’s Talent Wellness Program stems from a positive drug test for elevated levels of testosterone. Orton was reportedly telling people that he took a tainted supplement containing the testosterone, causing him to fail. He denies having done it on purpose, but acknowledged that he should have been more careful.

– According to the Wrestling Observer, though Rey Mysterio’s current suspension for his second violation of WWE’s Talent Wellness Program expires in less than two weeks, he is not advertised for any WWE live events.

– Counting down to nine days remaining on his thirty-day WWE suspension due to denigrating the Brazilian flag at a WWE live event in São Paulo on June 14, Chris Jericho tweeted Thursday:

“Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9…..”

– WWE.com announced Thursday that United States Champion Santino Marella has challenged Ricardo Rodriguez to a Tuxedo Match at No Way Out on Sunday. The website asks, “Who’s best suited for the cummerbund-crushing contest: The Milan Miracle or Alberto Del Rio’s personal ring announcer?”

– Kenn Doane (a/k/a Kenny Dykstra) was asked on Twitter whether John Cena was good or bad to him during his time in WWE (which lasted from 2006 to 2008). Recalling a negative backstage encounter with Cena:

“we were cool until last time I was there he hated me. Didnt even want to talk or shake hands. Every1 else was cool though.”

The encounter would have occurred on November 15, 2011 when he faced Justin Gabriel in a dark match before a SmackDown taping in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Doane has not attended a WWE show since.

– WWE will release “Undertaker: The Streak” on July 24th in North America and in August overseas. Here’s the full content listing for the four-disc DVD set and three-disc Blu-ray set:

DISC 1

The Beginning

Dark Days

Bad Ass

DeadMan Returns

Championship Level

Streak vs. Career

End of an Era

The Streak

DISC 2

WrestleMania VII 24th March, 1991
Victim: Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

WrestleMania VIII 5th April, 1992
Victim: Jake “The Snake” Roberts

WrestleMania IX 4th April, 1993
Victim: Giant Gonzalez

WrestleMania XI 2nd April, 1995
Victim: King Kong Bundy

WrestleMania XII 31st March, 1996
Victim: Diesel

WrestleMania 13 23rd March, 1997
No Disqualification Match for the WWE Championship
Victim: Sycho Sid

WrestleMania XIV 29th March, 1998
Brother vs. Brother
Victim: Kane

WrestleMania XV 28th March, 1999
Hell in a Cell Match
Victim: Big Boss Man

WrestleMania X-Seven 1st April, 2001
Victim: Triple H

DISC 3

WrestleMania X8 17th March, 2002
No Disqualification Match
Victim: ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair

WrestleMania XIX 30th March, 2003
Handicap Match
Victims: Big Show & A-Train

WrestleMania XX 14th March, 2004
Victim: Kane

WrestleMania 21 3rd April, 2005
Legend vs. Legend Killer
Victim: Randy Orton

WrestleMania 22 2nd April, 2006
Casket Match
Victim: Mark Henry

WrestleMania 23 1st April, 2007
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Victim: Batista

WrestleMania XXIV 30th March, 2008
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Victim: Edge

DISC 4

WrestleMania 25 5th April, 2009
Victim: Shawn Michaels

WrestleMania XXVI 28th March, 2010
Streak vs. Career
Victim: Shawn Michaels

WrestleMania XXVII 3rd April, 2011
No Holds Barred Match
Victim: Triple H

WrestleMania XXVIII 1st April, 2012
End of an Era Hell in a Cell Match
Victim: Triple H

BLU-RAY EXTRAS

WrestleMania XXIV
Undertaker & Edge History Package

WrestleMania 25
Undertaker & Shawn Michaels History Package

WrestleMania XXVI
Streak vs. Career History Package

WrestleMania XXVII
Undertaker & Triple H History Package

WrestleMania XXVIII
Undertaker & Triple H History Package

The Streak in Pictures

– Former WWE Divas Lita and Torrie Wilson, as well as WWE Champion CM Punk, attended Wednesday’s Yankees vs. Braves game at Turner Field in Atlanta. Wilson is in a relationship with Yankees’ 3B Alex Rodriguez, while Lita is currently dating Punk.

– Some people felt Vince McMahon went over the line with his blistering impersonation of Jim Ross in a backstage segment on Monday’s Raw SuperShow, which saw the WWE Chairman make a horribly distorted face ridiculing the Hall of Fame broadcaster’s affliction with Bell’s palsy. Ross suffers from the condition, which sometimes results in temporary paralysis of his facial muscles. McMahon’s mockery segment struck a nerve with former WCW announcer Mark Madden, who went on Twitter to blast the WWE chief.

“McMahon mocking Ross’ Bell’s Palsy last night was unforgivable. Wut a scumbag, pure& simple. Just a twisted, emotionally crippled jerkoff.”

“McMahon wasn’t mocking a stranger. Ross is one of WWE’s most valued employees ever. Ross’ big sin: He knows more about wrestling than Vince.”

Ross had to be in on the bit right? Nobody is that cruel I hope.

Ross was not “in on the bit.” I can assure you of that.

Former WWE creative writer Seth Mates pointed out the hypocrisy in McMahon mocking Ross’ medical condition while simultaneously promoting the ‘be a STAR’ anti-bullying campaign.

Valid point some have mentioned – @WWE touts anti-bullying, yet babyface vince mocks @JRsBBQ ‘s medical condition?

“@realisticj: the BAS/WWE hypocrisy complaints are old and stale.” how does hypocrisy get old & stale? Hypocrisy is hypocrisy

It’s one thing for heels to be bullies & then get what they have coming. It’s another for faces to make bullying look cool & fun

Another on-air remark mocking Ross’ medical condition took place month earlier on the December 9, 2011 episode of SmackDown. After commentator Josh Mathews made a remark about Michael Cole “speaking out of both sides” of his mouth, Cole quipped, “Actually, there is nothing wrong with my mouth, unlike J.R.’s.” Ross was not pleased with the comment. He tweeted:

“We can blame a ‘writer.’ That’s cowardly. Poor attempt to be a villain.”

– Kharma, who has not appeared in a WWE ring since the Royal Rumble, was asked a fan on Twitter whether he’s training for a WWE return. She replied, “Yes, very hard.” and posted the below picture of her training. The tweet and her picture have since been deleted.

– Linda McMahon, who spent $50M of her own money in her first Senate run in Connecticut, has been spending and loaning her campaign much less so far as she makes a second bid, according to federal elections records. The AP reports McMahon loaned her campaign $5.1M through mid-May and spent $3.8M as of late April.

– Tamiko Fatu, the youngest son of former WWE Superstar Rikishi, has been training with his father at the Knokx Pro Wrestling Academy in Sun Valley, California. Tamiko is either 18 or 19 years old and facially resembles his father.

– The first week of pre-orders for the THQ’s WWE ’13 video game were up 250% compared to WWE ’12.

NHL

– According to CSN Philly, Predators’ impending UFA D Ryan Suter isn’t interested in signing with the Flyers. According to the report, Suter’s list of teams he would talk contract with are all in the Western Conference.

– Senators’ GM Bryan Murray said today that re-signing impending UFA D Erik Karlsson is the team’s priority. Murray revealed that the two sides have held preliminary discussions, and hopes to further discussions next week when both sides will be in Las Vegas for the NHL awards. Karlsson, who finished the season with 19 goals and 78 points, was named a Norris Trophy nominee.

“I believe his people are going to be in Vegas and I’m hoping that they’ll buy me a coffee. Maybe we can sit down and talk one of the mornings before the awards ceremony.

“We haven’t thrown numbers around, we don’t know, but we do know we want to get together.”

“I’m not saying something wouldn’t happen with another club, but I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t think that we would match no matter what,” said Murray. “We’re going to negotiate on the basis that we have time. We will get it done. It sounds like both parties want to get it done; it’s just a matter of getting the right number.”

– The NHL has rejected a 4-year/$12M contract between the Bruins and F Chris Kelly due to salary cap issues, according to RDS in Quebec. The Bruins and GM Peter Chiarelli, however, expect the deal to be approved when free agency begins July 1. Chiarelli said,

“We’ve got a commitment from Kelly for four years. We’re not able to register that contract yet because of payroll tagging issues.”

In his first full season with the Bruins last season, Kelly scored 20 goals and added 19 assists for 39 points in 82 games.

– According to the Montreal Gazette, UFA F Alexei Kovalev would like to return to the NHL in 2012-13. ”Hopefully, I’ll find an NHL team. The preference is always going to be a team I’ve played on (Canadiens, Rangers, Penguins and Senators) because you know the environment. And I’d definitely like to come back to Montreal. They’re all about the young guys, but I can help in all different ways. And I can still play. I have a lot of energy.” Kovalev appeared in just 22 games with the KHL’s Atlant Moscow Oblast before leaving the team.

– The Canadiens have hired Gerard Gallant as an assistant coach, according to the Montreal Gazette. An announcement will be made on Friday. Gallant led the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs to the Memorial Cup in 2011 and coached them back to the tournament last month. Gallant also won both the QMJHL and CHL Coach of the Year awards last season. Prior to joining the Sea Dogs, Gallant served as an NHL assistant coach with the Islanders during the 2007-08 season. He also spent seven years on the coaching staff of the Blue Jackets, serving as the team’s head coach from 2004 to 2006.

– The Flames have hired Martin Gelinas as an assistant coach. Gelinas was director of player development for the Nashville Predators for the past three seasons. He played 20 seasons in the NHL for the  Oilers, Nordiques, Canucks, Hurricanes, Panthers, Predators and Flames. He won a Stanley Cup with the Oilers in 1990.

MLB

– FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Tigers have interest in acquiring Padres’ OF Carlos Quentin. The Blue Jays have also been linked as a potential destination. Quentin, 29, has a stellar .421/.542/.921 batting line in 12 games this season for the Friars. He’s set to become a free agent five days after the 2012 World Series. The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.

– Pirates’ RHP Charlie Morton (right elbow) may require Tommy John elbow surgery. Morton recently had his rehab shut down after complaining of more discomfort in his elbow. He’ll seek other options before deciding on surgery. Tommy John surgery would leave him sidelined through most of the 2013 season.

– Tigers’ RHP Doug Fister (left side strain) will return from the DL and start Saturday against the Rockies. He didn’t make a minor league rehab start but has thrown a couple of bullpen sessions without incident. The 28-year-old will return to a 3.15 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. He’s been out since late May.

– Reds’ 3B Scott Rolen (strained right shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Reds on Monday after a short rehab assignment. Rolen will begin playing in rehab games Friday at Triple-A Louisville and spend the rest of the weekend there. He’s been on the DL since May 12.

NBA

– Heat’ head coach Erik Spoelstra gave “every indication” that F Chris Bosh (abdominal) will start Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.”The last two games he’s been able to handle more minutes. I think we can start to incorporate him more to who he was and his strengths right before he got injured.” Bosh added that he’s “ready to go.”

– Bulls’ GM Gar Forman said he was “optimistic” that G Derrick Rose (knee surgery) will be able to play at “some point” next season. Foreman says that Rose has “made tremendous progress.” D-Rose will likely be out until January at the earliest.

NFL

– The Texans have signed coach Gary Kubiak and GM Rick Smith to contract extensions. Both of their old contracts expired after the 2012 season. During his six years as head coach, Kubiak has gone 47-49 and guided the Texans to their first ever playoff berth despite losing QB Matt Schaub. Smith’s resume includes trading for Schaub, as well as signing RB Arian Foster CB Johnathan Joseph. Kubiak is now under contract through 2014, and Smith is locked up through 2016.

– Bucs’ RB LeGarrette Blount has been handling the majority of the first-team reps throughout OTAs and into this week’s minicamp, according to the Pewter Report. 1st-round pick RB Doug Martin is working in with the starters “occasionally.” Blount said that new coach Greg Schiano “loves” running the ball and has stressed exactly that in the new offense.

TNA

– Scott Steiner has gone on some crazy Twitter rants this year, burying TNA’s booking, Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and their kids. According to F4WOnline, While Steiner does have legitimate beef with Bischoff and Hogan, some people in TNA think that Steiner’s real motive for discrediting the Hogan & Bischoff regime is to get his longtime friend Jeff Jarrett back into power.

– According to the Wrestling Observer, TNA is expected to carry on with the AJ Styles / Dixie Carter storyline. Last week’s Impact saw Carter tease that it was finally time to reveal the truth.

– Former WWE superstar Chris Masters made his debut at TNA’s Impact Zone last Thursday night, losing a dark match to Robbie E prior to Impact. Masters has been trying to get signed by TNA for some time – and got his foot in the door by impressing Jeff Jarrett at TNA’s Ring Ka King promotion in India.

– According to the Wrestling Observer, with the success of the new Joseph Park character, TNA officials are looking to keep both Joseph Park and Abyss on television as full time characters, similar to the multiple “Faces of Foley” back during WWE’s Attitude era.

– Former adult film star and independent wrestling personality Trina Michaels was backstage at last week’s Impact Wrestling. She had a meeting where she was pushing the idea of feuding with Brooke Hogan on the air.

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