– The Nets and Celtics are discussing a trade that would send F Kevin Garnett and F Paul Pierce to Brooklyn for F Kris Humphries, F Gerald Wallace, F Tomike Shengelia and three 1st-round pick, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. The Nets reportedly inquired about Garnett’s availability earlier this week. KG has a no-trade clause and would have to approve any deal, while Pierce has a $15M team option.
– The Bucks have let teams know that G Brandon Jennings is available for the right price, according to beat writer Gery Woelfel. Jennings, a former 1st-round pick, is scheduled to be an RFA, and has said he wants a max contract in a larger market before becoming a UFA next summer.
– Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers says he has talked to impending free agent G Chris Paul since joining the team. Rivers reportedly accepted the job with the understanding that “he’ll be coaching (Chris) Paul” this season. Paul is expected to sign a long-term, max-money contract with the Clippers.
– F Nerlens Noel (knee) believes he’ll be ready to play by November, according to Yahoo! Sports. Noel previously said that he’d be ready around Christmas.
– Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (right wrist) will undergo season-ending surgery, and will miss 4-5 months. The partially-torn tendon sheath in his wrist was determined to have not healed enough. Teixiera batted .151 with three homeruns and 12 RBI in 15 games this season.
– According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, there has been a breakdown in the negotiations between the Rockies and Marlins involving RHP Ricky Nolasco. Olney says there is a disagreement over which side would pick up what’s left of Nolasco’s $11.5M salary for 2013. Nolasco has a 3.68 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 77/25 K/BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings this season for Miami. The Giants, Dodgers and Padres remain in the mix.
– Orioles’ RHP Dylan Bundy (elbow) will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery Thursday. Bundy has a partial tear of the UCL in his elbow. He’ll be sidelined until the second half of the 2014 season.
– Mets’ LHP Jon Niese (shoulder) is hoping to be cleared to resume throwing after a follow-up exam next week. Niese is dealing with a partially torn rotator cuff, but will attempt to pitch through it. He remains out indefinitely.
– CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs and 1st-round pick 3B Kris Bryant are “nowhere close to a deal.” Bryant was selected No. 2 overall in this month’s First-Year Player Draft. The 22-year-old reportedly looking for more than the $6.7M slot recommendation, while the Cubs would prefer for a deal in the $6M range. The two sides have until July 15 to reach an agreement.
– Padres’ 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) isn’t expected to be activated from the DL until the second week of July. Alonso hasn’t been cleared for baseball activities yet, and will require a rehab assignment before returning.
– Mets’ SS Ruben Tejada (quad) will begin a rehab assignment later this week for the Gulf Coast League Mets.
– The Sharks re-signed D Jason Demers and F James Sheppard to 1-year contracts, as well as F Andrew Desjardins to a 2-year contract. Demers, a 25-year-old an impending RFA, had one goal and two assists in 22 games last season. Sheppard had one goal and three assists in 32 regular season games. Desjardins had two goals and one assist and 61 penalty minutes in 42 games last season
– The Lightning have re-signed D Keith Aulie to a 1-year contract. Aulie, 24, recorded two goals and five assists in 45 games last season, and led the team with 91 hits.
– Bruins’ GM Peter Chiarelli said the team will not re-sign impending free agent F Jaromir Jagr, D Andrew Ference or F Jay Pandolfo. Jagr told reporters Wednesday, “I don’t think I will. Maybe if I would score 20 goals in the playoffs, it would be a different story. I was 20 short.”
– Blackhawks’ F Marian Hossa (back) may require offseason surgery. A disc in Hossa’s back was pushing up against a nerve, causing one of his legs to go numb, causing him to miss Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
– NHL agent Don Baizley, whose client list included Teemu Selanne and Peter Forsberg, has died at the age of 71. Baizley battled non-smoker’s lung cancer, and his death brought an outpouring of support from the hockey community.
– TNA announcer Taz recently posted an interested tweet. Taz wrote, “Couple of big wrestling shows in my “hometown” of Brooklyn! #RedHookNearBarclay” It is worth noting that WWE runs the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on July 15th. That is the WWE RAW television show the night after the Money In The Bank pay-per-view. Taz’s TNA contract is set to expire in less than two weeks, and possibly as early as this weekend. His tweet has since been removed.
– TMZ is reporting that WWE Superstar CM Punk has obtained a restraining order against his mother:
“WWE superstar CM Punk has obtained a restraining order against his estranged mother — claiming she constantly hits him up for money and then threatens to kill herself if he doesn’t come through … TMZ has learned.
Punk — real name Phillip Brooks — claims in legal docs filed in Illinois that he’s tried to break off his relationship with his mother for more than a year “due to repeated financial demands and years of abusive, harassing and threatening behavior.”
In the document, Punk says he’s made an effort to help his mom — who he claims suffers from bipolar disorder — giving her more than $100,000. But Punk says her “abusive/threatening behavior” escalated when he cut her off.
That’s when Punk’s mom allegedly unleashed a torrent of nasty emails — telling the wrestler, “You don’t give a s**t about us. You just care about your money and money hungry/fame hungry friends. You would sell us for a nickel.”
Punk also says his mother threatened to release potentially embarrassing information about her son’s past. Punk suggests the information has to do with arrests when he was in high school.
In the docs, Punk says his mother has threatened to commit suicide on at least 4 occasions in 2012.
Punk says, “I wish for the harassment to stop and am requesting the assistance of the court in this regards.”
– The participants for the World Heavyweight Championship Money In The Bank ladder match was revealed during the WWE SmackDown tapings on Tuesday night. WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose, Fandango, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Damien Sandow, Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes will be the participants in the second of two ladder matches on the pay-per-view. With that now known, the following is an updated look at the official WWE Money In The Bank pay-per-view lineup:
WWE Title: John Cena (c) vs. Mark Henry
World Heavyweight Title: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
WWE Tag-Team Titles: Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns (c) vs. The Usos
Singles Match: Chris Jericho vs. Ryback
WWE Title MITB Match: Rob Van Dam, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Christian, Sheamus and Kane
World Title MITB Match: Dean Ambrose, Fandango, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Damien Sandow, Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes
– Former WWE and WCW Superstar Diamond Dallas Page confirmed rumors that Jake “The Snake” Roberts has fallen off the wagon. DDP released the following video and statement:
“The decision to release these videos was made after much consideration. There has been a tremendous flood of positive media coverage surrounding what happens at the Accountability Crib, and while many things that happen may be kept private, we cannot allow a false image to be portrayed.
As much as we hate seeing people fall, we still believe that anyone can make the decision to get back up. We’re not a rehab center and we’re still learning so much about addiction. We only are here to support our friends if they are willing to do the work necessary.
Please be patient as we are trying to condense hours of footage into a shorter format.”
– According to the Wrestling Observer, WWE head writer David Kreizman ended up extending his stay with the company until mid-August because his original direction built to SummerSlam and the company wanted him to stick around and see it through. Additionally, WWE wanted Kreizman to be involved with training his successor. There was said to be a general feeling in WWE that the new writer would have problems with the pressure in building towards a big event such as SummerSlam, whereas now he will be able to ease himself into the position and get comfortable from September through December before the next big event, WrestleMania, comes around.
Regarding creative changes, Stephanie McMahon’s role is said to have been minimized, as she’s now only involved when needed.
Brian James has been put into creative because the company wants a “wrestling guy” in on meetings now that Michael Hayes mainly communicates via telephone.
As far as the major television re-writes on Monday’s and Tuesday’s, David Kapoor (Ranjin Singh) was in charge of those, however his position too has changed recently. Kapoor now delegates the workload to the writers after Vince McMahon himself makes his changes. Kapoor also interacts with television people, the WWE App people and the WWE.com people to make sure they are aware of all late-changes.
Ed Koskey is now the lead writer for WWE RAW, while Ryan Ward, who comes in highly respected for his work in NXT, has been promoted to lead writer of SmackDown.
– The following are new details from the Jack Swagger/DUI case from The Sun Herald out of Mississippi:
When Swagger was stopped on 2/19, he told police he had just showered, stopped by a fast-food place and was “pretty banged up” from the SmackDown tapings earlier that evening.
The officer on site noted that Swagger was driving 10 miles per hour faster than the speed limit and that he smelled marijuana in his car. The officer saw marijuana on Swagger’s lap.
Swagger did not testify in court on Tuesday, but a video recording from the patrol car on the scene showed Swagger telling the officer that he had smoked marijuana before leaving the arena that night. Swagger told the officer, “I know I f*cked up. I apologize, man.”
An officer testified that Swagger accidentally handed him his credit card when asked for his license. Swagger’s speech was reportedly slow, his eyes bloodshot and watery, but he was said to be “cooperative, nervous and talkative.” A DUI officer noted, “he was just as docile as a gentleman can possibly be.”
A video from the patrol car showed Swagger taking his field sobriety test. Swagger stumbled a few times when doing some of the walking. The officer claimed Swagger’s field sobriety test was “probably by far one of the worst I’ve ever seen as a DUI officer under the influence of marijuana.”
Swagger was fined $1,000 plus $300 in court costs for the DUI convinction. Additionally, he was fined $198 for speeding and must attend an alcohol-safety class as well as a victim-impact class. Swagger can get his license back in 90 days if he completes the classes.
– According to the Wrestling Observer, good luck–not the WWE writers or even the McMahon’s–should be credited for the recent quality of the current WWE television product. The source claims the Mark Henry “retirement swerve,” as it was scripted, was good but not as great as it turned out. The credit in that situation goes to Mark Henry, who some claim took the entire segment in a direction that wasn’t planned, and that nobody saw coming. The June 24 edition of WWE RAW, for the first time in weeks, had minimal changes from the final draft of the script to the version that ends up used for the show itself. John Cena and CM Punk in particular had already gone through and approved their own segments before the final scripts were even presented that evening.
– Updating a previous item, Natalya and Tyson Kidd would be getting married on Wednesday and that WWE would be filming the wedding for the Total Divas reality show on E! The source to the rumour reports that Natalya and Kidd actually got married several months ago, and that the wedding this week was just for television. Apparently the wedding did in fact occur on Wednesday evening. A photo surfaced on Twitter of Eva Marie, Jo-Jo Offerman, Cameron and Naomi at the wedding. Additionally, Brie Bella tweeted a photo of her and Daniel Bryan, with the tag, “Having a great time at the wedding… Precursor to our own, perhaps?”
– Chris Jericho recently revealed on his official Twitter page that he intends to release his next book in February of 2014. Additionally, Jericho was asked if he has any unfulfilled goals he wants to achieve in WWE. Jericho replied, “No. But I’m having more fun than ever!!”
– WWE.com recently published a new article focusing on Rey Mysterio’s recent tweet that said he would be back in action with WWE by the SummerSlam pay-per-view. The article notes that Mysterio debuted at that event 11 years ago.
– WWE Hall Of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is filming a pilot for a new reality television show this week. Austin wrote on Twitter, “Filming a pilot show for the next 2 days. This will be the toughest damn show on television. Finally…A real tough ass show. #bustass”
– The Rock once again tweeted about the honor of gracing the cover of the new WWE 2K14 video game. Rock wrote, “The jabroni beating, pie eating, trail blazing, eyebrow raising..” Cool honor! Thank U! @WWE 2K14 #PeoplesChamp” Also, The Rock’s film “Pain & Gain” will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray on August 27.
– WWE.com recently posted the following regarding the death of R-Truth’s sister:
“After a seven-year battle with cancer, Francetta Killings, sister of WWE Superstar Ron ‘R-Truth’ Killings, has passed away. WWE extends its deepest condolences to Ron and his family.”
– The following are highlights from Brian Soscia’s recent interview with former WWE Superstar John Morrison:
On WWE Tough Enough: “I tried out for Tough Enough season 2 originally and made it to the final casting episode and got cut by Kevin Dunn, who said all I wanted to do was run and flip and jump. It actually turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me because I reapplied for Tough Enough season 3 and ended up making it on that show and then winning the developmental contract, going to Louisville and getting to meet the whole cast of wrestling characters that have now become my family, so to speak.”
On why WWE changes his name so frequently: “Just classic wrestling stuff. People are wishy washy. Honestly, it was because I wanted to be Johnny Blaze. Johnny Blaze was my character at OVW. I had all these fancy fire catchphrases, call the fire department, get your fire extinguishers out, ladies. By the time you hear the thunder it’s going to be too late because the lighting will have already struck. That was all my thing. And then I debuted as Johnny Blaze and WWE promptly received a cease and desist from Marvel, who had copyrighted the name Johnny Blaze for Ghost Rider.
“It switched then to Johnny Spade, which is basically a rip off of Johnny Ace. A week later it changed to Johnny Nitro, mostly because I really did not like Johnny Spade. Johnny Nitro was an homage to Eric Bischoff, who I was his apprentice at the time. I liked that name. Basically Vince McMahon thought that Nitro reminded him of WCW and when I became the ECW Champion, like, he had a couple times mentioned to me, if you’re going to be a real star you need a real name.
“Just one day he was all, you’ve got to change your name. So I made a list of names that day, mostly movie star names. John Brando Morrison, Dean Brando Morrison, Brando Brando Brando, anyway, a whole bunch of weird things. I had a couple Johnny Hollywood type things in there too. They just eventually settled on John Morrison because they liked my look as compared to Jim Morrison. It’s what they went with and it’s what I’m known as now.”
On who came up with MNM: “MNM, that idea was just me, Joey and Melina putting our heads together. I can’t remember exactly who came up with just dubbing it MNM. That was something that the three of us together really made happen. Melina sketched our first pair of tights on a piece of white paper. Another wrestler named Mike Taylor designed the first pair of tights which then went on to become crazy because I drew Julia, the seamstress at WWE is super talented and she made it her own.
“We started our own promo videos at OVW and I went to school for film, so I was editing all these MNM promo videos together and submitting them to talent relations at the time. At one point they wanted to have me, Melina and another wrestler called Chris Cage come up because they didn’t like Joey. The team just wasn’t the same without Joey Mercury. So they eventually just ended up taking our whole gimmick that we’d been doing at OVW in developmental and putting it on TV. It was really the best thing that could have happened for all of us.”
– According to the Wrestling Observer, there are currently no plans for Alberto Del Rio to return to using cars for his WWE entrances now that he’s back to working as a heel.
– The following is footage of WWE Superstar John Cena speaking at the 2013 Susan G. Komen Leadership Conference:
– The following are some WWE business notes for May of 2013:
The average live event attendance at WWE events was 4,438 paid per show in May of 2013, up 9.9 percent from May of 2012.
WWE shipped 305,000 DVD units in May of 2013, up from 301,000 units in May of 2012.
WWE.com did 13.5 million unique visitors in May of 2013, the same as the website did in May of 2012.
WWE’s Shop website took 613 orders per day in May of 2013, the same as May of 2012.
– The following are some recent WWE attendance figures:
RAW on June 21st in Mobile, AL drew 4,500 fans for $135,000
RAW on June 22nd in Tallahassee, FL drew 3,500 fans for $100,000
SmackDown on June 22nd in Daytona Beach, FL drew 3,500 fans for $125,000
RAW on June 23rd in Savannah, GA drew 5,500 fans for $160,000
SmackDown on June 23rd in Albany, GA drew 3,500 fans for $85,000
– The following is an updated synopsis for WWE’s upcoming Bill Goldberg DVD and Blu-ray set, which is scheduled for an October release:
Goldberg was one of the most dominant and talented individuals ever witnessed in sports entertainment, exploding onto the scene by amassing an epic win streak of 173 matches. Throughout his WCW career he defeated legends such as Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Diamond Dallas Page. As he crossed over to the WWE, this powerhouse continued his dominance taking on such Superstars as The Rock, Triple H, and Brock Lesnar among others. This 3-disc compilation features some of the biggest matches in Goldberg’s impressive career and showcases why his legacy will forever be cemented in sports entertainment.”
– The fan who danced in the ring with “Tons Of Funk” on WWE RAW on Monday was former Tennessee State Representative Scotty Campbell. Campbell won the cameo during RAW by winning an auction designed to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims.
– According to the Wrestling Observer, one reason WWE has brought in several top indy wrestling stars is because current WWE agent Jamie Noble keeps up with that scene in particular, and he’s the one who recommends those types of talent to WWE.
– Former WWE Superstar and TNA wrestler Brandon Sylvestry (Low Ki/Senshi) has been telling promoters and friends that he is officially retired from pro wrestling. According to one source, Sylvestry has moved over to voice-over work.
– The following is the updated synopsis for the upcoming WWE Money In The Bank DVD and Blu-ray set, which will be hosted by The Miz.
“Hosted by The Miz, the compilation features every Money in the Bank Ladder Match in history. The match debuted at WrestleMania 21 in 2005, quickly becoming a WrestleMania tradition and in 2010 proved so popular that it was given its own annual PPV event. Several top Superstars have been Money in the Bank winners including John Cena, Kane, Edge, C.M. Punk (twice!), Rob Van Dam, and many more… Much like the Royal Rumble Match, the Money in the Bank match represents a golden opportunity for a Superstar to achieve immortality, and its entire lineage is presented here.”
– Independent pro wrestler Ricky Marvin is currently in the process of attempting to get a deal with WWE.
– Santino Marella’s “Battle Arts Academy” in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada will open up in two weeks.
– The following is the latest JBL & Cole World Tour video from Chicago:
– Ring Of Honor issued the following update on The Briscoes:
Last weekend in Baltimore was a physically brutal one for both World Champion Jay Briscoe and his “Best in the World 2013” challenger Mark Briscoe. The brothers tore into one another in one of the more physical championship battles and it ultimately required Jay to utilize multiple Jay Drillers in order to put his brother down for the three count. Unfortunately, as a result of those maneuvers and the general punishment suffered in the bout, Mark Briscoe was forced out of his spot in the Steel Cage Warfare bout that went down during the following day’s “Ring of Honor Wrestling” TV Tapings.
As for Jay, the day of those tapings he defended his title once again, this time against S.C.U.M’s Matt Hardy and although he was victorious in the bout, following the match the champion was viciously assaulted with a steel chair by S.C.U.M and left laying.
Unfortunately, ROHWrestling.com has since learned that, as a result of the injuries sustained during “Best in the World” weekend, both Jay and Mark will be out of action indefinitely. Mark suffered severe head trauma as a result of the bout with his brother while Jay apparently has a fractured shoulder and torn rotator cuff coming from the assault at the hands of S.C.U.M. At this point it is unknown how long Jay and Mark will be out of action but we will stay on top of the story to provide you with details as they are made available to us.
ROHWrestling.com also contacted Match Maker Nigel McGuinness for an update on how this would affect the championship held by Jay Briscoe and he informed us that there will be an announcement made soon regarding the status of the ROH World Title. Nigel did inform us that he intended to announce this week that Michael Elgin would receive his championship opportunity on August 3rd in Toronto but now that is in question. ROHWrestling.com has hear rumors that with Elgin scheduled to be the next man in line for a shot, he may be the World Title due to forfeit.
All of the events that led to this will be seen on “Ring of Honor Wrestling” TV broadcasts over the course of the next several weeks or you will be able to see it all unfold very shortly courtesy of the Early Bird TV options here (http://www.rohwrestling.com/tv/current) on ROHWrestling.com.
Stay tuned for more details on the status of the World Title as they are made available…
– According to the Wrestling Observer, TNA has reportedly cutting back on flying in talent for television tapings, as the company is worried about money.
– The man behind Suicide will be revealed on tonight’s edition of TNA Impact Wrestling.