Stone Cold Cleared to Wrestle CM Punk?, Jim Ross Retiring?

WWE

– WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin appeared on Busted Open with Dave Lagreca and Doug Mortman. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

Could he ever be medically cleared to wrestle again?: “It’s not even about being cleared. I’m 100% fine. Once I had my fusion done in 2000 and I went into the recovery phase and then got back in the ring, everything was fine and dandy. I was just running too hard towards the end and had a few issues. It was time to get out. Passing the physical isn’t the issue.”

Is CM Punk the only guy he would come back for to wrestle?: “I think John Cena would be a guy as well. I really like John. He is the face of that company right now and he has done a hell of a job and I got a lot of respect for him. You look at a guy like Triple H, that was one of my favorite guys to work in the ring with. Such a ring general and such a pro. Just an easy night at the office. Undertaker is kind of beat to shreds, kind of like me. Those would be a few guys off the top of my head. Would it just be CM Punk? No. Is CM Punk at the top of the list? Yes!”

– Jim Ross responded to a fan on Twitter asking if he’s done broadcasting now that Jerry Lawler is back on RAW:

No..I’m NOT retired. No..I’m NOT finished broadcasting. Nx assignment awaits. #WWE

– The official trailer has been released for DDP’s Jake Roberts documentary, “The Resurrection of Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts.”

Can the Snake rise again? Can he overcome addiction and poor physical condition and have one more run in the squared circle? This is the Resurrection of Jake the Snake Roberts.

– Friday’s WWE Smackdown show show drew a 1.43 rating with 2.16 million viewers. This was down from the show’s original airing (last Tuesday), which did a 1.52 rating and 2.20 million viewers.

– This week’s WWE RAW had a Trendrr.tv social media score of 253,251, up 53% from last week’s taped show. RAW ranked #1 on all television (broadcast & cable) for the night.

– Former WWE Diva Maryse noted on Twitter that she will be gracing the cover of the Spanish edition of Playboy soon.

NBA

– Lakers’ G Steve Nash (leg) suggested he could miss “another week or two.” Nash is recovering from a fractured fibula, and the team is waiting until he’s 100% before playing him.

MLB

– Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com was told by a source that OF Torii Hunter “wants to play” with the Tigers. Hunter was in Detroit on Tuesday to meet with Tigers officials. The 37-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from upwards of 13-14 major league teams and is expected to land a multi-year deal.

– According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Braves have expressed interest in free agent OF Cody Ross. The Phillies and Red Sox remain in the running. The 31-year-old is thought to be seeking a 3-year/$25M contract. He batted .267/.326/.481 with 22 homers and 81 RBI in 130 games this past summer for Boston.

– Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Indians are on “a short list” of teams being considered by free agent OF Jason Bay. If he signs there, Bay would rejoin new manager Terry Francona, who was Bay’s manager with the Red Sox from 2008-2009. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reported last week that Bay would like to sign with a West Coast team to be closer to home.

– The Dodgers may wait until after the Winter Meetings to decide whether to sign Korean LHP Ryu Hyun-Jin, according to the LA Times. The Dodgers paid $25.7M for the right to negotiate exclusively with Ryu, but will get their money back if they fail to work something out between now and December 10. The 25-year-old is reportedly seeking a 2-year deal.

TNA

– TNA star AJ Styles has signed a deal with VIP Ink Publishing to write his autobiography. A press release was sent out on Tuesday and includes this summary:

“Styles’ autobiography will cover his life from both in and outside the ring. His autobiography will highlight being brought up in a military family that struggled with poverty and alcoholism.”

“Styles is a devoted Christian and has stated on many occasions that “Its God first and family second.” This autobiography will have his fans gasping for more, as they will be able to appreciate Styles’ life from his severe beginnings to his TNA World Heavyweight Championship.”

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