The Rock featured in Super Bowl Commercial:
You can watch Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the much hyped Super Bowl commercial below…
TNA draws good numbers overseas:
As always TNA are doing its best live event numbers during the recent UK tour. Here’s how each event breaks down:
Glasgow, Scotland drew 1,800 fans.
Nottingham drew 2,500 fans.
London drew 5,000 fans.
By comparison WWE’s live events averaged 6,210 fans for the month of December 2012.
Tonight’s Impact was taped in London and will have very exciting atmosphere. Dixie Carter will be announcing that Impact will begin to tour outside of the Impact Zone when they’re back in the States, and the main event will see Mr. Anderson vs. Kurt Angle in a steel cage match.
How much WWE’s top brass earn:
The Wrestling Observer has released details on the salaries of WWE’s top backstage employees for 2012.
Vince McMahon gave himself $1.1 million.
George Barrios, Chief Financial Officer, made $575,000.
Kevin Dunn, Executive Vice President of Television Production, made $800,000.
Triple H made $500,000
On top of this Vince currently owns 39,722,641 shares worth $334 million. Stephanie McMahon’s stock is currently worth $31.78 million. Shane McMahon’s stock is worth $15.55 million and Triple H’s stock is worth $405,227.
- Speaking of Vince McMahon he will be having legitimate hip surgery some time soon.
Dolph Ziggler talks his career, jobbing to Cena, Rock’s return:
WWE star Dolph Ziggler was recently interviewed by Australia’s NovaFM; here are the highlights…
On not being given a serious run with the title:
“You’re asking the wrong guy. [Laughs.] My career goals were to be champion two years ago and — obviously/hopefully — things happen for a reason. And it’s not that I haven’t delivered at any point, I’ve constantly outdone myself when it comes to stealing the show or putting on great matches or just having great feuds with other superstars.
“The intrigue is there, the build is a long time coming and people that have been fans of mine will be quite relieved when it finally takes place. The hard work is in place and now it’s just about timing.”
Is selling so well holding him back?:
“It is a little bit of a curse that I’m so good at my job. I don’t know anyone else’s job where it’s like, ‘Hey, you’re so good that we’re not going to promote you.’ You know what I mean?
“So, it is a little disheartening to have that happen. But, in this day and age, I don’t know anyone else that can do what I can do and still have the believability and the credibility of becoming champion with losig 60% of the time — or more. I bet it’s way more.
“So, with having that unique quality, I serve a purpose for the WWE. But it’s not my only purpose. One way or another, scratching and clawing for years, every time it’s down and up but it’s one inch higher. So, now it’s so close to becoming my time. To say that I haven’t earned it would just be ridiculous.”
On jobbing to Cena:
“Knowing the fact that I am the guy who’s in the situation to be in there with a John Cena. To where, you’re not just, ‘Oh, here comes John Cena, we’re going to see his usual things.’ You see something totally different with him, you see a great match with him.
“It’s not just because of me. We have this cool chemistry where we kind of hate each other but we both want to put on a great show. It does make me so angry that I can hit him with everything I can think of and he still kicks out. But, it’s because he has earned his spot at the top. Ten years strong and he is the franchise of the WWE.
“The fact that I am this close to beating him, it gives me a little bit of confidence to say, ‘OK, one of these times, I’m going to be the one to beat him.’ Then, it’s going to be my time. So, the longer that goes on, the more the intrigue is there to say when is the time I’m going to win the big match.”
On being compared to the Attitude Era:
“That is annoying because no matter what happens, in ten years, people will be like, ‘Oh, I wish I had the PG era back because it was so great then. Everything sucks now.’ That’s just what people do. “I was a fan then. I was a fan during the 80′s when it was fun characters. I was a fan during the 90′s when it was an Attitude Era and I’m a fan now.
“I actually appreciate it from someone that has seen all those. And in a day and age where you can be lost in your iPhone and you have 1,000 channels ot choose from, that we can still keep an audience entertained…I appreciate it that we don’t have naked girls running around and we’re not swearing on TV and it’s that much harder to not work blue and actually get the crowd. I like that as a challenge to myself and we put on a quality show and I’m happy to be apart of it.”
The Rock’s return:
“You can see it both ways and not be wrong. I used to, a year or two ago, say, ‘Ah! The Rock’s back for a month, take all the good spots. Right?’ No.
“He’s back to bring more eyes to the WWE that maybe wouldn’t have been on them. ‘Wow, I really enjoyed Rock in that movie, let’s see what he’s doing at WrestleMania.’ That’s the whole thing, to get a new audience to cross over and enjoy our show.
“In the long run, him being in that spot, coming back and giving back to the WWE will bring — hopefully — lots of eyes that normally wouldn’t see it. They’ll go, ‘Man, I’m going to watch WrestleMania for The Rock. Oh, Dolph Ziggler stole the show. I’m going to watch next Monday with The Rock’s not around.”