Take a trip back to a memorable timeline in sports entertainment with the most important stories reported as fact in the journalistic world of pro wrestling dirt sheets.
Following the timeline of the last Dirt Sheet History looking back at July 2007 featuring the aftermath of the Benoit tragedy, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from August of 2007 as we read Dirt Sheet History.
Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2006 right here. Now enjoy August 2007.
* Dustin Rhodes is scheduled to do a gimmick called Platinum in TNA. The idea is to slowly morph him into as much of the old Goldust character as possible while avoiding legal implications from WWE. Instead of quoting lines from movies like he did with Goldust, he will be quoting lines from songs. When going through trademarks, they found out that an indy wrestler had trademarked the name, so he might not be called Platinum after all. Rhodes’ return to TNA is a sign that Vince Russo‘s power is growing because he was the one pushing the hardest for his return.
* WWE released their second quarter earnings to the public today. It was interesting to note the pay-per-view buyrate information that was included in the financial report.
WrestleMania 23 did an outstanding buyrate, as the show sold 1,188,000 shows. That was 230,000 more buys than WrestleMania 22 did last year.
Following WrestleMania, WWE’s Backlash pay-per-view only did 194,000 buys (down from last year’s 213,000). The company then rebounded with Judgment Day which did 242,000 buys which was up from the previous year’s 238,000 buys. This year’s edition of One Night Stand tanked only doing 186,000 buys which was down from the previous year’s 294,000. Vengeance dropped by 96,000 buys from last year doing 243,000 buys.
* Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart recently appeared on the British equivalent of QVC (a television network dedicated to home shopping) to sale the new Hulk Hogan brand grill. According to a source close to the situation, the appearance helped them sell 12,000 grills, far exceeding their expectations.
* Jimmy Hart, who almost never says anything negative about anybody in wrestling, lashed out again the Pacman Jones to TNA deal. Hart said, “Pacman Jones?! Are you freakin’ kidding me? Oh, my. It’s over [for TNA]. Not Pacman Jones! They’re desperate, man. They’ve lost their minds. After what’s happened to Vince [McMahon] and stuff — Why?”
* When you go to TNA’s YouTube account, it says that the account has been suspended. Whenever you go to the front page of TNA’s official website, the daily “TNA Today” video — which is hosted on YouTube’s server — would automatically play. They currently have the code for the latest “TNA Today” video embedded on the front page, but it says that it’s no longer available to play. This is the second time in which their account has been suspended from YouTube. In mid-2006, they couldn’t serve the “Global iMPACT!” video on YouTube servers anymore, supposedly because they were using too much of YouTube’s bandwidth. They were allowed to host videos again a few months later.
* TNA recently sent Konnan a letter saying he had been suspended for no-showing TV. Even after he quit. There is some talk that the company may file suit against him, but others have advised against it because of the feeling that with Konnan, the case could get “really dirty.”
* There was talk about Konnan returning to TNA because they had an angle for him. Vince Russo was trying to smooth things over between Konnan and TNA because he wants to use him on the show. Apparently, they’ve hit a snag as a return to TNA for Konnan is definitely off the cards again.