Superstar health update:
WWE Hall of Famer “Superstar” Billy Graham has been released from hospital after suffering double-pneumonia and heart problems. Hannibal Pro Wrestling made the following statement:
HPW would like to remind the Superstar’s fans that although he appears to have fought through his latest health scare he is currently 69 years old with a weakened immune system due to Hepatitis C, blood sugar issues, an electrical problem with his heart and liver cirrhosis (the normal liver cells are irreversibly replaced by scar tissue). His remaining time on this earth will likely not be great and should be appreciated.
Graham had a liver transplant more than 10 years ago due to his first liver being in the cirrhosis stage. His second liver is now at that stage and he is not getting a second transplant. Hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis of the liver. The loss of normal liver tissue increasingly slows the processing of nutrients, hormones, drugs, and toxins by the liver, as well as the production of proteins and other substances made by the liver. The scar tissue that forms in cirrhosis damages the structure of the liver, progressively making the flow of blood through the liver more difficult.
An insight in to WWE seat fillers:
WWE use what are known as “seat fillers” to occupy seating in front of cameras, when those ticket holders have left early or are off to buy food or merchandise. This is obviously to keep the arena looking full for the TV audience. Craig Hlavaty wrote a blog about being a seat filler for Monday’s Raw, which you can read in full here.
“With the help of a friend who works in local promotions and film screenings, I was a seat filler recently at the WWE Raw event at Toyota Center,” says Hlavaty.
“You could say that for a few hours that I (and my ass) worked for World Wrestling Entertainment, and all I had to do was fill a few seats in range of TV cameras while fans got up to pee, buy their merch, or buy a beer…A seat filler’s only compensation is a free ticket, and your tickets aren’t even awful. My two seats were on the floor of the arena, feet from the stage, and a few aisles behind Dusty Hill of ZZ Top. Texas rock royalty…My WWE career began in a hallway next to the practice court at Toyota Center. After waiting about an hour, we were briefed by a staffer named Steve, whose role it is with the show to make sure seats don’t look empty for the folks at home…I did get some sweet seat fillin’ action during the Divas match, where Kaitlyn and Eve duked it out. Apparently some fans didn’t wanna watch two chicks fight it out and I got to become a red, bald pixel behind two chicks in spandex. Story of my life. Eve ended up quitting after the show, which was a scandal or something.”
ESPN rips John Cena’s closing Raw promo:
An ESPN Blog poked fun at John Cena’s bizarre promo at the end of Raw.
“This man used to be money on the mike, but his promo on Raw was seriously one of the most ridiculous, time-wasting experiences I’ve sat through in years,” writes author Jon Robinson.
“Curious to know whether his writers are really this out of touch, or if Cena actually thinks he’s being funny.”
According to PWInsider.com everyone backstage was talking about how awful Cena performed, especially after the great segment between The Rock and CM Punk.
Paul Heyman discusses CM Punk:
Paul Heyman recently spoke with the US Airways Center website about WWE Champion CM Punk. He says Punk has “that intangible ‘it’ factor that separates guys that are great talents from guys that are great talents who also become great attractions. It’s an indescribable charisma that takes over a room and jumps through your TV set.”
“The first time I saw a video of CM Punk, he was wrestling in some non-descript town on a little Indy show, and he came off like a gigantic superstar that was appearing on this small show,” continues Heyman. “It jumped out at me how much star power he had. In addition to how talented he was in the ring and on the microphone, he just exudes star power.”
“CM Punk reminds me of a lot of people. He has Rick Rude’s ability to feel the crowd. He has Steve Austin’s ability to change direction mid-stream, if he doesn’t like the way something is going. He has Brock Lesnar’s drive and ambition to be the absolute very best at what he does. He brings to the table the best of a lot of A-List people that I’ve worked with, and, as you pointed out, he is perhaps the most intelligent man that I have ever been in a conversation with in my life.”