Tribute To The Troops 2012 airing on USA Network and NBC:
This year’s WWE Tribute To The Troops special will be taped on Sunday, December 9th at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. The program will air Wednesday, December 19th on the USA Network and Saturday, December 22nd on NBC. Check your local listings for international airings.
As always the audience will be made up of military personnel, who get in for free as part of the Tribute.
Linda McMahon gives up on politics:
After spending nearly $100 million on two failed senate campaigns and sustaining criticism from former WWE talent and fans, Linda McMahon has announced she will not be running for office again. The former WWE CEO told the Business Week website: “One thing I’ll continue to do is our philanthropic work. I’m not really focused right now on what happens next. I don’t really anticipate running for public office again. I think I’ve given that a really good, strong shot. At this moment, it’s not a consideration. Things can always change but it’s not something I anticipate right now.”
Linda also discussed the moment she realized she had lost the election. Unlike Vince, she was not visibly upset on camera LOL:
“I was sitting by myself, actually. I had just taken a moment to go upstairs and get my thoughts together on what I was still hoping would be a victory speech. I was just sitting there, going over my speech—clearly you have a concession speech as well, but you’re hoping that’s not the one you use. I wasn’t paying that much attention to the TV. This was about 40 minutes after the polls closed. Then I looked up and saw a check mark next to Chris Murphy’s name on ABC. I barely caught it out of the corner of my eye. I just thought, “Wow.” I was stunned for a moment. I sat there for a few minutes on my own, reflecting on what the race had been. I thought about the thousands of people who not only had touched me but whom I had touched as well. All the notes, “Thank you for running. Thank you for showing me that it’s worth putting everything on the line,” and things like that.”
As previously noted, despite McMahon’s loss it’s not feasible for WWE to ditch the PG content for at least another few years as business deals are already in place that ride on the child-focused content. That’s even if they want to revert back to the edgier content. There’s nothing to say they do.
Mick Foley interview highlights:
Wrestling legend Mick Foley has been doing the media rounds today. During an interview with NorthJersey.com Foley discussed his favorite Wrestlemania moment: “My match in 2006 with Edge was by far and away my biggest WrestleMania moment,” said the Survivor Series captain. “Everyone wants to have a great match at WrestleMania, and I had essentially gone my career without having it, and so I was able to have a chance with a comeback match to come through big and we did.”
Talking with Dave Lagreca and Doug Mortman of Busted Open on Sirius 92, XM 208, Foley discussed his dream Wrestlemania match as a fan:
“I would love to see Rock and Punk. I really would. I don’t know if there are talking about any guest returns, but say Rock wins the championship and Punk as a contender I think would be really compelling. I love the way he has done everything not to be the cool heel. That he has managed to get people to hate him when he was among one of the most beloved, maybe Cena was the most popular, and maybe the most beloved, but outside that prime Cena age, people loved Punk. He has managed to be really effective with it and do some of his most captivating stuff. When you’re in the ring with him, and standing face to face you realize you’re dealing with greatness there.”
On rumors that he may be inducted in to this year’s WWE Hall of Fame:
“There is so much to do from my perspective at Wrestlemania,” said Foley. “There is a rumor that I may have something additional to do this year. I’m alluding to the Hall of Fame rumor that I started several months ago. (Laughs) If there is going to be a time and place, it seems like a good time and place. I don’t even know where Wrestlemania is next year, but wherever it is, it wouldn’t be as cool as being inducted say at the Garden or nearby, especially with my family there. Let’s face it, I would save a ton of money on airfare. (Laughs)”
Foley was also asked if Ryback can be the face of WWE?
“I don’t know, but you don’t know until you do it. And as far as being able to pick up the stick and that ability to talk adds to our characters. But who’s to say Ryback’s character should be a guy who talks a lot. You might want to keep it surrounded by mystery, like the way of Undertaker, sometimes the less he said the more effective he was. I went to give Ryback a little encouragement before his cell match and he just disappears into his character like great performers do. If you got a guy that can disappear into a character and it’s that impressive then I think, A, he might develop into a great talker, or B, he might not need to be one, or C, it might not make a difference.”
Mick also appeared on Imus in the Morning to promote his new children’s book. Poor Foley gets the steroid question in the second video:
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