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Fandango’s debut & Rosa/Del Rio’s relationship put on hold:
For whatever reason WWE have pout a hold on two of their projects.
Promo videos for the yet to debut Fandango character have been pulled, and the developing storyline between Rosa Mendes and Alberto Del Rio seems to have also been nixed for the time being.
That’s not to say they won’t be picked up again in the New Year.
Both projects were part of a new push to attract female viewers through “love interest” angles.
What THQ’s bankruptcy means for WWE:
As reported yesterday WWE video game publisher THQ have filed for bankruptcy and have been forced to sell off several parts of the company, including some of their studios, in-development games and game licenses.
It’s believed the WWE license is part of the asset sale, which means another video game company will end up with the rights to develop future WWE games.
WWE issued the following statement to investors today:
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYS: WWE) is following the developments of THQ’s bankruptcy filing today and proposed sale under Bankruptcy Code Section 363. The Company anticipates actively participating within this proceeding.
This means WWE will be fully involved in the sale of its license. Video game sites are touting EA Sports and Activision as the frontrunners.
While THQ won’t be going out of business, they’ve been forced to downsize in to a significantly smaller company.
SmackDown draws good rating:
This week’s special Super SmackDown Live drew a 2.29 cable rating on the USA Network, with and average of 3.331 million viewers.
This is up considerably from the previous week’s 1.52 rating, and is closer to Raw’s numbers.
Pain & Gain movie trailer:
Here is the first trailer for Pain & Gain starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson…
A pair of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.
The Rock stars alongside Mark Wahlberg.
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Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
– With Alberto Del Rio headed for a full babyface turn plans of an onscreen romance with Rosa Mendes appear to be off.
– WWE has made the call to put the new Fandango gimmick on hold. There is no confirmation that the gimmick has been dropped completely, but WWE is no longer running vignettes and there are no plans for him to debut any time soon.
Partial Source: Pwinsider
– With Nielsen announcing that they will be working with Twitter for a new way of rating TV shows, expect WWE and TNA to push the use of Twitter in the future.
– CM Punk’s episode of the Nerdist podcast is available here.
– Josh Pietrykowski sent this one in: A Road To WrestleMania Commercial aired last night for the March 10th in Milwaukee WI. Advertised...
– In addition to appearing on RAW, new WWE NXT/developmental trainer Billy Gunn was also at the WWE TLC pay-per-view on Sunday night.
– Before WWE broadcast the live SmackDown, Alex Riley defeated Michael McGuillicuty in a dark match.
– Ricardo Rodriguez tweeted about his and Alberto Del Rio’s babyface turn, tweeting:
This whole ‘smiling’ thing is much trickier than I...
- Regarding the January 7th RAW with Ryback vs. CM Punk for the WWE Title, some sports writers are predicting that the BCS Championship game this year on the same night will do 31 million viewers and be the single most-watched cable TV program in history.
- The idea of a love storyline between Alberto Del Rio and Rosa Mendes has been dropped for the time being.
- WWE officials...
WWE TLC 2012 was on December 16th, 2012 at 8pm est. live from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ring of Honor Final Battle 2012 was on December 16th, 2012 at 2pm est. live from the Manhattan Center in New York, New York.
Credit: David Jakielo and Pwinsider.com
* The Christmas Eve Raw opens with a vignette where Alberto Del Rio accidentally runs over Santa Claus, who was there as Guest Host. Santa was stretchered out.
* WWE Tag Team champ Kane defeated Cody Rhodes with a chokeslam.
* Sheamus pinned World champion Big Show in a “Lumberjack Frost Match” where all the Lumberjacks wore Santa hats...
Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
– Christian is expected to make his return in January, just in time for the Royal Rumble.
– JBL received a hate mail from the fans of Scottland’s Rangers Football Club after mentioning on the December 17th RAW that they recently went bankrupt.
– The December 5th episode of WWE Main Event did a 0.7 rating with 1.18 million viewers...
Credit: Kevin R. Tomich, Derek Hayes, and Brandon L. and Prowrestling.net
The guest host for Raw was Santa Claus, who was giving out gifts. Alberto Del Rio drove out and ran over Santa. An ambulance showed up to help Santa. Alberto was upset and there were chants of “You Killed Santa.” Santa was strapped to a gurney and was stretchered out. Kevin felt it was too close to the...
Embedded below are several highlight videos from the 2012 Tribute to the Troops special.
President Obama addresses the WWE Universe
Layla meets some of the Muppets
Sheamus & Randy Orton vs. Big Show & Dolph Ziggler
Josh Mathews interviews John Cena
Flo Rida performs
Josh Mathews interviews Fozzie Bear
Ryback vs. Alberto Del Rio
Tonight WWE taped next week’s episode of WWE Raw from Pittsburgh, Pa. Here are the full results.
* Alex Riley defeated Michael McGillicutty.
WWE Raw (Airing next Monday)
* Santa Claus opens RAW but Alberto Del Rio comes out and hits him with his car.
* Kane beat Cody Rhodes
* Natalya, Alicia Foxx, Caitlyn and Layla vs Rosa Mendes, Eve, Aksana and Tamina is in progress…...