According to PWInsider.com, WWE has come to terms with the release of WWE Diva Maria Kanellis. Maria has been a WWE Diva since 2005 when she entered the company as a lovable “ditzy” babyface and was soon paired with Santino for comedy. Most recently she was involved in an angle with Dolph Ziggler as his girlfriend and then hanging around Matt Hardy’s jock. She is also the 2008 version of the WWE’s Playboy diva and the last WWE diva to be featured in Playboy (since it’s PG now).
This release is pretty surprising considering that she was one of the stars to be featured on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump.
More releases to come.
Other than their regular championship matches, Wrestlemania XXIV had two hooks.
At No Way Out, The Big Show reintroduced himself after being away for over a year. He pulled off his coat to show off his new, svelte (for Show) figure. After threatening to beat up Rey Mysterio, boxer Floyd Mayweather, who was ringside, jumped in the ring and threw some legit punches that broke The Big Show’s nose. This would lead to a match between the two at the big show. Not many people knew that what WWE wanted was Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya in an opposing tag match at Mania XXIV, but De La Hoya wasn’t interested.
The second hook was a storyline involving Ric Flair’s retirement. Vince McMahon came out and said that the next time Ric Flair lost a singles match, he’d have to retire. Flair faced Mr. Kennedy, MVP, and others leading up to Mania, and at Mania, his opponent would be Shawn Michaels. The storyline was originally pitched by Stone Cold Steve Austin, and in his version (as I’ve heard), Flair was to keep winning matches and challenge for a title at Wrestlemania. It didn’t get that far, but Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at Wrestlemania was definitely a strong match and by the end of the run, they had built enough interest after it being sort of lukewarm.
Survivor Series is in Boston and guess who is coming back? Yep, John Cena. I bet he still gets booed.
Remember when this show was the Thanksgiving tradition? I remember watching this on Thanksgiving and then they moved it to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Hogan vs. Undertaker). The first Survivor Series show was in 1987. My friend Young Randall says he bought the show in 1990 because he remembers Ted DiBiase introducing the Undertaker.
Chris Jericho says that not every story has a happy ending. John Cena’s story is always happy. Until he gets booed.
Good ol’ JR says that CNN reported that Jeff Hardy was found unconscious. He had me for a second until he said he wasn’t sure if Hardy was going to wrestle tonight or not. It sounds like this is a way to get Edge back involved.
1. Shawn Michaels, Cryme Tyme, The Great Khali, and Rey Mysterio vs. JBL, MVP, The Miz, John Morrison, and Kane
Traditional Survivor Series rules here.
MVP yakuza kicked JTG and got the pin.
The Great Khali chopped MVP and then pinned him immediately after. And then he kissed a fat chick. Ok, that’s not until later.
Every week I will try look at Raw, ECW, TNA, and Smackdown and give my thoughts. These are just my thoughts ladies and gentlemen, just my thoughts.
Random wrestling thoughts for the week of July 28, 2008:
- What’s up with chuckling Big Dave?