There has been talks backstage that the WWE officials are now intersted in Eva Marie as the NXT Women’s Champion as they fell it will validate her in the eyes of the fans. The management also sees Eva as highly marketable and will be interested in her push in NXT as a Superstar proving her critics wrong through her hard work and winning over the fans eventually. However, it will not be that easy for Eva Marie as the crowd has not taken a liking to her character yet and the reactions to her winning the NXT Women’s title will be important to her career moving forward.
TNA announced on twitter that referee Earl Hebner is the next inductee in TNA Wrestling‘s Hall Of Fame. He will be inducted at their live event in Salen, Virginia on October 3rd.
TNA issued the following regarding the ceremony on their website ImpactWrestling.com:
“WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS REFEREE
EARL HEBNER MAKES HISTORY WITH
TNA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
HEBNER BECOMES FIRST REFEREE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME OF ANY MAJOR PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING PROMOTION
HEBNER’S HALL OF FAME INDUCTION TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY, OCT. 3, DURING THE ROAD TO BOUND FOR GLORY TOUR LIVE EVENT IN SALEM, VA., HEBNER’S HOME STATE
TNA SENIOR PRODUCER AND SMASHING PUMPKINS FRONT MAN BILLY CORGAN TO INDUCT HEBNER
NASHVILLE, TN (Sept. 14, 2015) – For 27 years professional wrestling referee Earl Hebner has entered millions of living rooms across the globe every week, officiating the wildest and most memorable matches and main events of wrestling’s top promotions. On Saturday, Oct. 3, in front of family, friends and fans in his home state of Virginia, Hebner, the most famous professional referee in the world, will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame.
“Earl Hebner is not only one of the most recognizable personalities in professional wrestling, his passion for the sport, in-ring management skills, and ability to entertain audiences has set the standard by which all professional wrestling referees are measured,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “ It is an honor to have Earl as part of the TNA family and as the newest member of the illustrious TNA Hall of Fame.”
Hebner’s TNA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 3 during The Road to Bound For Glory Tour live event in Salem, Va. Smashing Pumpkins front man and TNA Senior Producer, Billy Corgan, will induct Hebner, with TNA Ring Announcer and Hebner’s dear friend, Jeremy Borash, emceeing.
On Sunday, Oct. 4, during TNA’s biggest night of the year, the Bound For Glory Pay-Per-View event, a special segment will be dedicated to Earl’s TNA Hall of Fame induction and will feature career highlights and portions of his induction ceremony from the previous night.
Hebner will be the sixth inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame, joining Sting, Kurt Angle, Bully Ray, Devon and Jeff Jarrett. His TNA Hall of Fame induction marks the first time a referee of any major professional wrestling organization has become a member of the promotion’s Hall of Fame.
“When I received the call from John Gaburick (TNA’s Executive Vice President of Television and Talent Relations) and he told me I am being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame, I was stunned and my eyes welled up with tears,” said Hebner. “I’ve been working for 37 years for this incredible honor. It is rare for a referee in any sport to be recognized in this way, and I am proud TNA is recognizing me as the first referee to ever be inducted into a professional wrestling Hall of Fame.”
Hebner fell in love with professional wrestling during his teenage years while working concessions at the Richmond, Va., fairgrounds, where local and regional promotions would run shows every Friday night. He first became involved in professional wrestling by volunteering on the ring crew. Hebner’s foray into refereeing came about by happenstance when a referee fell ill and Earl was asked to fill in on a moment’s notice. Hebner went on to referee for Jim Crockett Promotions, and in the late 80s he made his debut with World Wrestling Federation, when he replaced his twin brother, Dave, mid-match and influenced the outcome of a title bout. Hebner made his TNA debut in 2006 where he has served as Senior Official, managing TNA’s other referees, including son Brian.
Event Information for Earl Hebner’s Hall of Fame Induction:
TNA Wrestling presents The Road to Bound For Glory Tour
Featuring the Stars and Knockouts of IMPACT WRESTLING
Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Salem, Va. – The Salem Civic Center
Tickets start at $15 and are available at ticketmaster.com”
F4online reports that WWE’s goal currently is to keep Cena from the WWE title, have it eventually go to Roman Reigns and have other up and coming superstars battle for it before Cena gets his shot around. The next reign, reportedly will not happen until sometime in 2016. It was previously reported that Cena could be going for both US as well as WWE Championship at WWE Night of Champions before it was announced that Sting will challenge for the title instead against Seth Rollins.
David Benoit was backstage at a WWE live event held in Edmonton, Canada which was also the home town of his father Chris Benoit. WWE’s Natalya posted the picture on her Instagram account saying “With my good friend @davidbenoit1 in Edmonton … so glad he came to watch the show tonight!” Meanwhile Natalya received a huge pop from the Canadian crowd as she defeated Alicia Fox.
WWE.com recently held a poll asking the WWE Universe who is the greatest WWE World Heavyweight Champion ever. Included in the options are Bret Hart, Randy Savage, Bruno Sammartino, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, John Cena. Currently with over 8000 votes, Steve Austin is leading the poll with 26% while John Cena is at second place with 23%. Bruno Sammartino and Bret Hart are tied at 3 with 11% each and Shawn Michaels has 10%.
While it was expected for a few years that the Undertaker would try to work until Wrestlemania 32, which will be held in his hometown of Texas at Cowboys Stadium, and then retire after that show, things might be for a change. The general talk within WWE believe now that the Undertaker is talking about retiring immediately. Jim Ross, a friend of Undertaker, also noted on his blog last week that he doesn’t believe that Taker’s last match will be at WrestleMania 32.
It will be interesting to know how WWE plans out the rest of the Undertaker’s career as many potential marquee matches remains to be held including the much talked about and anticipated match with Sting and John Cena.
Republican party’s candidate for the 2016 presidential elections Donald Trump has apparently inspired a pro-wrestling character as someone from California’s Pro Wrestling Revolution has applied to trademark the name “Hijo De Trump”.
Trump who is also a WWE hall of famer is infamous for his hatred and strict rules policy towards Mexican people. With him leading republic party nominations, it was inevitable someone took advantage and capitalize on the instant hatred his name can generate among the Hispanic population.
The labour day episode of Monday’s WWE RAW drew 3.385 million viewers which is down from last week’s 3.894 million viewers. The first hour of the show drew 3.570 million viewers, the second hour with 3.564 million viewers and the final hour, which saw a huge drop, drew 3.021 million viewers.
Also, RAW was number 3 on the cable for the night behind college football and Love and Hip-Hop in the adult demographic of 18-49 and #2 for the night for overall viewership behind college football which drew a combined total of more than 17 million viewers on Monday night.
NXT‘s up and coming diva Nhooph Al-Areebi, who is from Toronto Canada, might be next in line to get the wrath of social media scrutiny after Zahra Schreiber was released last week due to offensive comments made years ago.
A range of offensive tweets towards black community posted on her Twitter account years ago surfaced on Reddit tuesday night.
In a tweet dated Feb 11, 2012, the then 17 years old wrote “Ugh…fucking n**gers…that’s why I chose white folk. Hmph”. She further continued that day tweeting “why are black people so horny” in a response to a twitter user who tweet this: “mind if I lick between your Toes to get the salt glue off baby mmmmmmmm jam.”
There’s also a tweet dated Sep 22, 2011 where she wrote “nigga lips” to a user. Also last year she posted on her Instagram a photograph of herself and a black wrestler where she referred to him as her slave. “My slave Preston Myles needs stop acting like I weigh 200 lbs!”. “Someone buy me a whip plz!”
After the news gained steam, Al Areebi deactivated her Twitter account as well as removed the Instagram photo.
However, screenshots of the tweets has been captured by some users before she deleted everything:
WrestlingDVDNetwork.com has released another set of matches and extras to be featured in the upcoming “Owen: Hart of Gold” DVD set that is to be released on December 8th:
— North American Heavyweight Championship Match
Owen Hart vs. Makhin Singh
Stampede Wrestling • May 1988
— Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart
WrestleMania X • March 20, 1994
— King of the Ring Finals
Owen Hart vs. Razor Ramon
King of the Ring • June 19, 1994
— Lumberjack Match for the WWE Championship
Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart
Portland, ME • August 17, 1994
— WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Owen Hart & Yokozuna vs. The Allied Powers
In Your House • July 23, 1995
— # 1 Contender for the WWE Championship
Owen Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
In Your House • February 18, 1996
— Owen Hart vs. Mankind
RAW • January 6, 1997
— WWE European Championship Tournament Finals
Owen Hart vs. British Bulldog
RAW • March 3, 1997
— WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Owen Hart vs. Rocky Maivia
RAW • April 28, 1997
Hundred Dollar Goulet
Spirited Scottish Call
Bad News Prank
WrestleMania 12 Fan
Embracing the Nugget
Getting Pulled Over
Hacksaw Gym Call
1st WWE Match
European Title Match
Blue Blazer is Owen