Originally written on Wrestling Truth  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Punk has chest X-Ray: WWE Champion CM Punk had his chest x-rayed yesterday according to a post on his Twitter. The Straight Edge Superstar explained that it was a “chest X-ray for a physical so I can go up in an F-18.” We assume this is something to do with Tribute To The Troops. Punk mocked earlier reports that jumped on his Tweets and assumed he was injured. “Remember who pulls the strings,” he reminded the dirtsheets. ________________________________________________________________________________ Cody Rhodes Discusses Injury: Cody Rhodes discussed his recent injury during an interview with the WWE website. He notes that he doesn’t need surgery. “The best way I’ve heard the injury described, is that I dodged a bullet,” said the second generation star. “The trap tear is a grade two (on a scale of one to three), but I don’t need surgery — the tears will heal themselves over time with proper physical therapy. The separated shoulder is an old injury from amateur wrestling, and it’s basically the area that could have been considerably worse. I could have landed on my neck, but I turned just in time to land on my shoulder. The separated shoulder is where the most pain is and it’s the AC joint, but like I said, I dodged a bullet — no surgery.” Initially Rhodes thought he broke his arm. I was in a very bad position in the ring. You know, ring awareness is something I’ve always been fond of — having ring awareness, having mat awareness. Always knowing where I am at all times. Especially in a tag team situation, knowing if I’m on my side of the ring. I wasn’t. I was in enemy territory and Daniel Bryan had me wide open. Actually, everything after Kane dropped me, I don’t remember. I remember hitting the mat one more time, and then I thought that I immediately tagged out, but watching back, there’s a whole period of a minute, a minute-and-a-half, where I faked out Daniel Bryan, who missed a headbutt and I just laid there. I didn’t know that — I thought I was much more cognizant than I was, but watching back I didn’t know that I was on the apron, I didn’t know that the doctor was tugging at my boots. I just was contemplating in my head — the only thing I remember thinking was if I could get in there and kick [Daniel Bryan], then tag Damien real quick and tag out, that I could offer something still. Damien looked at me one time after I said, “tag me in,” after I got my bearings a little bit, but he certainly had no intentions of tagging me in, at great cost to himself. So I owe Damien Sandow a lot. Cody finished off by saying: “There is no hard timeline for my return.” ________________________________________________________________________________ TNA Wrestling Partners With MDI Entertainment To Release Lottery Branded Instant Games: MDI Entertainment, LLC, a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS), has signed an agreement with TNA Entertainment, LLC, dba IMPACT WRESTLING, to offer lotteries branded instant games featuring some of the biggest names and most recognizable imagery in professional wrestling today. The agreement makes the names and likenesses of more than a dozen wrestling superstars, as well as the logos, marks and artwork of IMPACT WRESTLING, available to lotteries worldwide. Stars like Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Sting, Jeff Hardy, Matt Morgan and Bobby Roode are included, and can be used on instant tickets and promotional materials, as well as in television and radio commercials. They also are available for personal appearances and public service announcements to promote the good causes lottery games support. “We are extremely pleased to have secured this license, and to be able to give lotteries so many noteworthy options to promote games associated with it,” said Steve Saferin, President, Properties Group and Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games. “In addition to providing the biggest names in wrestling today, IMPACT WRESTLING is offering extraordinary marketing support and incredible prize opportunities. This gives lotteries a chance to reach and inspire wrestling fans – including the often elusive 18-34 age group – in very powerful ways.” IMPACT WRESTLING President Dixie Carter stated, “Working with MDI provides a new marketing platform for IMPACT WRESTLING to connect with our fans through the state lottery programs. Our fans avidly invest in our superstars as they appear on SPIKE TV every Thursday and travel the country on the IMPACT WRESTLING LIVE WORLD TOUR.” IMPACT WRESTLING will work with MDI and lotteries to create 2nd Chance prizes that can include merchandise and trips where winners will be treated to a live taping of the IMPACT WRESTLING television show, a backstage tour and a chance to meet wrestling talent. “IMPACT WRESTLING” is a weekly, two-hour show appearing during prime time on SPIKE TV. A “Contract-for-a-Day” prize also can be created, in which the winner will be given the trip, plus an on-camera cameo role to be included in an IMPACT WRESTLING pay-per-view live show. ________________________________________________________________________________ Jericho discusses WWE’s Us vs Them attitude: Chris Jericho discussed WWE’s limiting contract offer and the Us vs Them attitude during a recent interview with Ireland’s Voice of Wrestling show: “I’m sure if they had their way everybody who ever worked there would be doing nothing but working for them,” said the former Undisputed Champion. “If that was the case you’d still have Steve Austin and The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart and everyone still working for them. Guys move on and branch out, and sometimes [WWE] support that and sometimes they don’t.” In Jericho’s case they don’t. Y2J never resigned with the company after his latest Fozzy tour because they refused to allow him to book outside opportunities in TV and within music. “I called them and said I’d be willing to do some shows over the next few months and they were interested, but it just didn’t work out and we couldn’t come up with anything scheduling wise…when you have a lot of stuff going on it’s hard to plug yourself in and out of the WWE schedule.” On the possibility of returning in the future Jericho said he’s “not opposed to going back to the WWE but there’s just really no plans right now”. You can listen to the full interview including his thoughts on not being included in the “Top Matches of 2012″ DVD below:
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