The Rumor Mill April (16-17)

Celeste WinchesterSenior Analyst IApril 16, 2009

Hi people, and welcome to another episode of the Rumor Mill.
Let’s get started shall we?

Slim pickings today...

Draft Sup Line up

Just in case anyone missed it

1) Mr. Kennedy—drafted to RAW

2) Shad Gaspard—drafted to SmackDown

3) Alicia Fox—drafted to SmackDown

4) Primo Colon—drafted to RAW

5) Mike Knox—drafted to SmackDown

6) Ezekiel Jackson—drafted to ECW

7) Nikki Bella—drafted to Raw

8) Candice Michelle—drafted to SmackDown

9) Zack Ryder—drafted to ECW

10) Chavo Guerrero—drafted to Raw

11) Ricky Ortiz—drafted to SmackDown

12) Layla—drafted to SmackDown

13) Hornswoggle—drafted to Raw

14) DH Smith—drafted to ECW

15) John Morrison—drafted to SmackDown

16) Carlito—drafted to Raw

17) Natalya—drafted to ECW

18) Festus—drafted to Raw

19) JTG—drafted to SmackDown

20) Dolph Ziggler—drafted to SmackDown

21) The Brian Kendrick—drafted by Raw

22) Charlie Haas—drafted by SmackDown

23) Hurricane Helms—drafted by ECW

24) Brie Bella—drafted by Raw

I am going to be totally honest here with you, for the life of me I can’t recall Kennedy making a huge splash on SmackDown. I hope we see more of him in RAW.

Backlash line up

Triple H, Batista, and Shane McMahon vs. Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, and Cody Rhodes in a six-man tag for the WWE Title.

Edge vs. John Cena in a Last Man Standing match for the World Heavy Weight Championship.

Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy in an "I Quit" match.

Jack Swagger vs. Christian for the ECW Title.


Ric Flair

Ric Flair gave a recent interview to ESPN where  he discussed the tough drug testing, his own experiments with steroids, and alimony and the lawsuit against him.

"We've got the most stringent drug-testing policies in place in the world. There are no ifs, ands or buts. The guys pee in an open area. It is what it is. The guys pay the penalty now. We're not going to mess around with that after all we've been through."

"First of all, I don't pursue women,"

"For me, it's about camaraderie. My whole life is like, if something's going on, nothing ever preceded fun. I always put my friends and the fun and the business ahead of everything."

Full article here

Jeff Jarrett Interview

It seems that Jarrett is still driven to put his mark on pro wrestling in the same way Vince McMahon re-defined pro wrestling 25 years ago. He talks candidly with  Alfonso Castillo of the Steel Cage

AC: So even as TNA continues to expand, your ultimate goal is not to run shows at the level of what WWE does is, where guys are on the road, whatever it is, 25 days a month or something like that?

JJ: I think it’s counter-productive to the entire organization, but first and foremost to the individual. The guys who need to be on all 25 shows, they’re the ones that are in theory making you the most money or are the biggest draws or the most accomplished. And there comes a burn out factor. There comes a time when the body says, “No more.” Or the wife, and family and kids say, “No more.” That’s just as important. So, we’re definitely aware of that. I’m certainly aware of that, because I’ve lived both sides of it. And I know that, for the long-term viability of an organization, you have to keep that in check.

AC: Do you think TNA remains a viable alternative for guys coming up, whether they’re coming up through the ranks or they’re in WWE and want a change? Or is some of that changing? You’ve now gone from growing to the point where you did see some guys defecting from WWE to TNA, and now you’re seeing some go back to WWE – Christian and Gail Kim. Is TNA becoming a less attractive place to work?

JJ: I don’t think at all. I think we’re very, very attractive. Just because those guys have left doesn’t mean… There are reasons for them leaving, whether the contract negotiations went south for one reason or another. Let’s not read into it that they just jumped ship because they wanted to. I think our roster right now is the best roster in wrestling today. I’ve always said it takes some prime time players, it takes some veterans, it takes some up and comers, and it takes some strictly real young, youthful talent. And I think that’s what we have.

Full interview here

Behind the scenes

WGN Matches

Matt Hardy vs. The Undertaker
Christian vs. Finlay

Well that’s it for today; stay turned for more rumors, news and gossip.


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