WWE Rumor Mill (March 19)

Celeste WinchesterSenior Analyst IMarch 19, 2009

Hello all! Welcome to another episode of the Rumor Mill.

No spoilers, I promise.

Lets get started then, shall we?

Diva front

Tammy Sytch and Torrie Wilson are confirmed, and the four other most likely participants at this point are Trish Stratus, Jackie Gayda, Luna Vachon and Wendi Richter.

Rumor has it that they will have a tribute to fabulous Moolah. I just hope and pray that  if they include May Young in this tribute, that she doesn't break a hip or something.

I still haven't forgotten her last appearance.

WrestleMania XXV

WWE confirmed today that Mickey Rourke will be ringside at WrestleMania 25 in Houston on April 5. Rourke is expected to participate in the Chris Jericho vs. Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka match alongside Ric Flair.

A representative from WWE spoke to entertainment news outlet Access Hollywood to confirm Rourke's appearance, ending two months of changes to Rourke's role at WrestleMania.

Maybe he took Jericho up on his offer of the front-row seats, but as far as I am concerned, he has no business being there.

SmackDown wrestler R-Truth was originally scheduled to take part in the MITB match at WrestleMania XXV, but company officials went back-and-forth on Mark Henry and Big Show, going with Henry instead.

At this point, R-Truth looks to be the only wrestler featured on the official poster for WrestleMania XXV that won't be getting a match at the big showpossible dark match battle royal notwithstanding.

Cena heads to Texas

Four-time WWE champ John Cena made rounds at Texas Motor Speedway to promote his new movie.

Cena pulled the Team Texas cars down pit lane, where he wrapped up the experience in true Texas style, firing 12 rounds on a pair of Beretta Stampedes—a traditional post-race victory celebration at TMS.

Roanoke Mayor pro temp Holly McPherson and Police Chief Gary Johnson greeted Cena in Victory Lane and presented him with an honorary key to the city and a Roanoke Police Department service coin.

Tommy Dreamer

Dreamer may be returning to  behind-the-scenes after his contract expires

later this year.


In a recent interview, MVP says the WWE audience wanted to cheer him, which is what led to his recent babyface turn, and the end of his losing streak storyline on SmackDown.

“The fans made the decision to see that in a new light. I suppose perceptions change. It's what happens when fans recognize your talent," said MVP.

He also said that he really did not care which brand the drafts will place him in.

"Everybody feels like Raw is the premiere show, but I've always felt the premiere show is whatever show I'm on," MVP said. "The way I look at it is, if I do go to Raw, I have a new cast of characters to play with."

"I haven't had an opportunity yet to work with the legendary Shawn Michaels. ... John Cena is another guy I'd like to lock horns with," MVP said. "JBL is another one too. When Batista comes back I wouldn't mind locking horns with him again."

Draft speculation

Triple H and Big Show are currently booked for RAW events after WrestleMania, which may or may not have anything to do with the draft.

Final decisions for the WWE Draft haven't been made yet, but John Laurinaitis has to book cards for the arenas that always change.

Right now, he's booked Triple H vs. Randy Orton and John Cena vs. Big Show as the top RAW matches along with Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho.

Former ECW champion Bobby Lashley is looking forward to his 2nd match on Saturday.
He talks to MMA digest about preparation, and training, and goals in his latest interview.

Latest release

WWE has parted ways with Travis "Tyson" Tomko, so his second stint with the company ended before he could even return to television.

In an update on the story, he was actually released sometime within the last two weeks, so it was a very recent release. Previously, some believed he may have actually been released a few days after his first match back with the company in December, but it was never confirmed.

My two cents

The WWE is taking a lot of heat since the untimely death of former WWE superstar Test.

I am not sure how you all feel about holding the WWE responsible, but is it fair to put the blame directly on The WWE and not the users in this business?

There's no doubt that a heck of a lot of wrestlers are addicted to pain killers, as they really don't get enough time off to heal their injuries. The show must go on, but at what cost to the wrestlers?

Both the WWE and TNA would get a lot more out of their wrestlers if they did not expect them to always be TV ready and on the road between 250-300 days a year.

Instead, they should make it mandatory that wrestlers get at least four weeks off every six months so they can rest and tend to their injuries.

So, does the WWE have blood on its hands?

Sure they do. But I don't believe they should be held responsible for Test's death.
He was released in 2007, and if the poor guy did have an addiction, he had plenty of time to deal with it and get clean.

Looking forward to reading your two cents on this.

Tune in next time for more gossip and rumors.


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