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    Dirt Sheet History: October 2007

    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 September 2007, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from October 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 September 2007.

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    10/1/2007

    * There is talk of doing a trade that would send Mark Henry to Raw and Umaga to SmackDown. This is basically a way to provide fresh opponents for each brand’s top babyfaces.

    McMahon is very interested in doing an Undertaker vs. Umaga feud. Mark Henry would likely feud with John Cena since Raw is so low on fresh heels.

    * According to WWE.com, WWE Champion John Cena suffered an injury during the main event Monday night on Raw.

    10/2/2007

    * WWE Champion John Cena suffered a complete right pectoral tendon tear Monday night on Raw. Surgery is required. As a result, Cena will be out of action for 6-8 months. The injury is so severe that they’re not allowing him to compete in his scheduled championship match with Randy Orton next Sunday at No Mercy. He will have no choice but to forfeit the title.

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    This Or That: Who Did It Better? (10/28/2014)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Which new wrestling program are you more likely to watch?

    Lucha Underground – 73%, British Bootcamp 2 – 27%

    Which rumored WWE return would you interest you more?

    Chris Jericho – 55%, The Boogeyman – 45%

    Better PWG commentary legend?

    Kevin Steen – 52%, Chuck Taylor – 48%

    Better bear?

    Grizzly Bear– 51%, Polar bear – 49% (Grizzly bears won by one vote)

    Better frog splash: Eddie Guerrero or Rob Van Dam?

    Flying high.

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    Tim:

    While Eddie Guerrero’s frog splash had a certain grace to it I was always enamored with Rob Van Dam’s frog splash more. The height, the distance, the style, and the way he sold that it hurt him as well after impact with the bounce. It was so perfect. He doesn’t do it with that amount of style but he has far and away the best frog splash I’ve ever seen on a consistent basis throughout his career. The frog splash can be one of the most beautiful wrestling moves when done right and both of these guys had it down to a science but Rob Van Dam had a way of mixing style and realism almost flawlessly.

    Rob Van Dam

    Joey:

    Fun fact: The frog splash is my favorite top rope move!

    Eddie Guerrero had a more accurate and effective frog splash that was a thing of beauty. From a realistic point of view, he would hit it and pin the opponent instantly. RVD’s would have more elevation and would sell that extra height by not going for the pin right away.

    Even so, I’m going to have to side with Rob Van Dam. Before seeing RVD in ECW, I felt like I watched wrestling in black and white then Van Dam showed me the beauty of color with his unique move set that was so far out of the realm of what I knew of in my wrestling world. The Five Star Frog Splash and the crazy elevation he got was a big part of it.  I hate ending this with a bad pun but RVD just got higher and it was glorious.

    Rob Van Dam

    Tom:

    Pretty disgusting that D’Lo Brown isn’t an option here. ANYWAY. Even with how sluggish he’s gotten in all his recent returns, there’s still a part of me that will always be an RVD mark. He was my number one favourite guy for a good couple of years (so I’m completely biased here) and I think his frog splash just looks that much more devastating than Eddie’s. Eddie’s might be prettier, but that Rob Van Dam is DENSE, y’know? Dense like a muffin. Imagine a big old muffin man landing on you, forget it.

    Rob Van Dam

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    ScoopZone Elite: October 27, 2014

    We’ve consulted our inside sources to bring you the best and most EXCLUSIVE dirt on your favorite wrestling promotions from around the world. Unlike other sites, we’ll only bring you 100% accurate and truthful wrestling news every week. We’re still working on our paywall, so please only read these stories if you’re an elite member.

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    News for The Week of October 27, 2014

    WWE

    • WWE officials are starting to understand that cages are not a viable way to keep people from interfering in matches while they have wrestlers with supernatural powers on the roster.

     

    • Roman Reigns has been spending his time away laughing at geeks and cutting promos in the mirror.

     

    • After the success of his recent book, Chris Jericho is already planning to release his fourth autobiography exclusively on TweetSecret in 200+ minute long video clips.

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    TNA

    • After seeing his lack of professionalism and his character issues on display lately, TNA is desperately trying to sign Michael Elgin.

     

    • While many believe TNA will announce their new TV deal by November, they will actually be announcing that they finally told Tyrus how to spell “concrete” correctly.

     

    • The dark and gritty reboot of James Storm’s character is not getting rave reviews.


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    Other

    • Evan Bourne is going by his real name Matt Sydal on ROH shows. His hair is going by the name #Reborn.

     

    • Jeff Jarrett will be having more meetings with various wrestling promotions over the next month. Some of the rumored companies he will be meeting with are Juggalo Championship Wrestling, AAA, and kEnNy’S bAcKyArD wReZtLiNg FeD.

     

    • Lance Storm hands out Team Canada WCW 8×10’s to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

     

    The Blast Zone: Straight To The Point

    Our controversial opinion sharer Nightlife has returned with The Blast Zone! Don’t expect any punches to be pulled as he fearlessly puts the world of wrestling on BLAST!

    Hey guys it’s me, Nightlife (@AnimeKing420). Welcome back to another fantastic, HARD-HITTING edition of THE BLAST ZONE!!! However, I must start this edition with some UNFORTUNATE NEWS!!! 

    It would appear that SOME PEOPLE (I’M NOT NAMING NAMES, JOEY) have a GRUDGE against THE BLAST ZONE!!! And not JUST Paul “Hunter” Levesque, or Vincent Kennedy McMahon Jr. I’m talking about CERTAIN EDITORS OF A CERTAIN WEBSITE THIS ARTICLE IS POSTED ON!!! Certain “Jack-Asses” think they can just CRITIQUE my articles on “grammatical” grounds. I AM AN ENGLISH MAJOR!!! I KNOW HOW TO FUCKING WRITE!!!!! FUCK OFF, TROLLS!!!

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    Hell In A Cell 2014 Preview and Predictions

    It’s time for hell in Hell In A Cell.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

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    Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro in 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the Intercontinental Championship

    Joey:

    The match should be good but it’s hard to care about the outcome. If I had to explain either of their characters or objectives right now, I’d have no idea what to say other than Ziggler is a terrible tweeter.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

    Tim:

    These two are some of the best in-ring performers that WWE has and they have pretty good chemistry. I don’t really have a reason to be invested in this feud and that greatly subtracts from what could be an entertaining match. It’s just there. It comes off like creative would forget about it and just threw it together as filler every time these two would do something leading up to this.

    Another thing that subtracts from my excitement and interest is the stipulation. Two out of three falls is a really good idea for a main event match or any match that gets enough time and has two superb wrestlers. These midcard matches aren’t built for that and usually have to speed up the falls to accommodate it. This leaves the competitor’s endurance not really fitting in with the rest of the card. There are these big leaps in logic and psychology to get these three pinfalls in so fast.

    I’m not saying it can not be done in a short time correctly. Maybe these two can come up with something different and smart. Maybe I’m nitpicking but it’s usually very jarring and takes away from my immersion into the match. If anything it will be a solid bout. Cesaro is god-like and Ziggler is great when he’s wrestling.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

    Tom:

    I haven’t watched more than about half an hour of Raw a week for a while now, so it’s hard to work up the effort to have opinions on this show. I like Cesaro a bunch and Ziggler is probably the best wrestler who I have a complete lack of interest in. I don’t know why this is 2 out of 3 falls but it could be decent???? RIGHT????????

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

    Sheamus vs. The Miz w/Damien Mizdow for the United States Championship

    Joey:

    Damien Sandow is the best thing on WWE TV by a mile. I think him getting a pinfall victory on RAW was to set the stage that he could beat Sheamus but Miz can’t. Sandow will accidentally cost Miz the match and do many more entertaining things.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.

    Tim:

    One of the few entertaining parts of watching wrestling right now is Damien Sandow. Weird thing? I have no interest in this match. I see them starting to set-up Miz vs Sandow after this as there have been hints toward it and seems like the natural progression here. I’m thinking The Miz (who is not good, by the way) somehow pulls the win out here. The match itself will be bland and Damien Sandow will distract from that.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: The Miz wins.

    Tom:

    Save.Us_5and0w. Sheamus is plenty good but Miz is Miz. I can’t imagine it’ll go long, and yes, the sooner Sandow breaks away from Miz to be amazing by himself, the better.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.

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    Bullet Point Reviews: ROH Champions vs. All Stars 2014

    We watch wrestling shows. We will talk about wrestling shows.

    New feature! We will start talking about some of the random wrestling shows we watch with quick thoughts in the form of bullet points.

    @JoeySplashwater is starting off the feature that will be a revolving door of usual WOE members. I’m going to give my review of ROH Champions vs. All Stars. Going forward, I look to provide more reviews for ROH, PWG, the occasional Evolve show and other random independent wrestling shows I happen to watch. Maybe old wrestling too.

    Enjoy the quick recap and some of my instant reaction when watching the show.

    Nigel McGuinness, Adam Cole and Tommaso Ciampa promos

    • Match-maker Nigel McGuinness is out to start the show. Nigel looks happier and healthier in spirit and energy than he’s been since returning to ROH in a non-wrestling role.

     

    • Nigel announces that Mark Briscoe has poison ivy and will sit out the main event match leaving Team All Stars in need of a replacement.

     

    • Adam Cole is out to gloat about Briscoe being afraid of him. Cole used the term “story time” before his promo which elicited “story time” chants by the fans for the 2nd show in a row. That seems like a new catch phrase. Mark Briscoe comes out with his poison ivy to chase Cole to the back.

     

    • Tommaso Ciampa comes out and asks Nigel to replace Mark Briscoe in the Champions vs. All Star main event. There’s some tension teased between Nigel and Ciampa but Nigel agrees claiming Ciampa was on his short list of replacements anyway.

     

    • Decent segment to set up the change for the main event and everyone played up their current storylines. This was one of the better uses of Nigel McGuinness. Despite watching just about every ROH show and being a huge Nigel fan, I sometimes forget what his role actually is.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Welcome. This is where we name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. Enjoy.

    So this week I decided to change things up a bit. Participants in the voting process are people who read this site. I wanted an outside view.

    “Who would people who aren’t aware of this wonderful website, that features a democratically elected award for the sexiest wrestler every week, vote for if they had a chance?” With that question an idea was born. I took to the Twitter search and entered “Sexy Wrestler.” The results were extremely underwhelming. Most were Filth Men tweeting out putrid creep-addled vibes of desperation. “I dare not count these as votes,” I thought to myself.

    You see, I represent The Sexy Wrestler of The Week Voting Committee. If I don’t make a stand then who will, damn it?! These types will not taint this awards ethical prestige. I believe beloved 90’s (ironic “Remember The 90’s” wink so you know I’m fly as hell) character Garrett “Humbug” Himble from ABC’s hit comedy series Four Mates In One House said it best: “The leader, mingling with vulgar host, is in the common mass of matter lost.”

    When it all came down to it there was only one tweet I could possibly count as a vote but… I can’t say I support the winner this week. Alas, I stand by my experiment. Without further wait, here is the one tweet I could use as a vote without a guilty conscience and this week’s winner…

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    SWOTWSamShaw1

    There you have it. Samuel “Sam” Shaw is The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. Don’t worry about your votes from this week. They’ll be added in to next week’s votes. Your voices will not be ignored due to my curiosity anymore. 

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    Dirt Sheet History: September 2007

    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 August 2007, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from September 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 September 2007.

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    9/1/2007

    * Sources are saying that at least one wrestler named in the media stories as turning up in the Internet pharmacy client list will not be suspended by WWE. That should show that everyone named by the media is innocent until proven guilty. Granted, most of them probably are guilty, but every single wrestler listed isn’t. Thus far, fourteen people under contract to WWE have been named in the media — an additional one was fired yesterday in Mike “Simon Dean” Bucci. According to WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt, eleven wrestlers in all have been suspended by WWE.

    As we all know, Mr. Kennedy had a lot of things to say this summer regarding his personal steroid use and that people like Marc Mero were wrong because drugs were a thing of the past in pro wrestling. According to Sports Illustrated, Kennedy received shipments of Anastrozole, Somatropin and Testosterone between October 2006 and February 2007 — well beyond when the WWE Wellness Policy was put in place. Testosterone is an anabolic steroid. Somatropin is a Growth Hormone drug. And of course, Anastrozole is the drug used to ward of developing female breast tissue.

    Here are some select quotes from Kennedy regarding steroids that he made in an interview with The Sun a little over two weeks ago. The interview is called ‘WWE stopped my steroid use’ and you can read the interview in its entirety at this link:

    “I never took massive amounts of steroids and do you know why I stopped taking them? Because of the WWE’s Wellness Policy.”

    “Because they instituted the Wellness Policy (in February 2006) and I knew that having a job with the WWE was way more important than the 10 pounds of extra muscle that the steroids gave me.”

    “I stopped taking them and I had the biggest push of my life.”

    “I worked with The Undertaker for the last six, seven months. Working on top of all the house shows. I worked PPVs, I was on every PPV.”

    “I didn’t take any steroids and that’s the thing, nowadays, in our business, you don’t have to take that stuff in order to get a push.”

    “We’ve got thousands upon thousands upon thousands of applicants every year, that apply to have a job as a WWE superstar and Vince picks the best of the litter, he picks the guys that have very good genetics.”

    9/2/2007

    * According to Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch, Randy Orton will not be suspended by WWE despite his name turning up as a client for the corrupt Signature Pharmacy online firm. Things do indeed appear to be in Orton’s favor considering that he appeared at last night’s Raw house show whereas the other wrestlers listed as being clients of Signature Pharmacy didn’t.

    WWE is telling people that Orton fessed up to his dealings with Signature Pharmacy a few months ago, and somehow “already did his time.” Most of the guys in the locker room are not buying it at all and see this as WWE trying to get out of losing him right now when they need him in his high-profile storyline with John Cena.

    * WWE has come to terms on the release of Raw Superstars Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and Jayson Paul) as of September 2. We wish them both the best in all future endeavors.

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    This Or That (10/21/2014)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Which match would excite you more?

    Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins Hell In A Cell – 51%, Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville Ladder Match – 49%

    More likely to be a future WWE World champ?

    Bray Wyatt – 53%, Rusev – 47%

    Which wrestling related service would you rather get?

    TweetSecret – 89%, Vince Russo’s VIP – 11%

    Better PBS show?

    Sesame Street – 54%, Arthur – 46%

    Which new wrestling program are you more likely to watch: British Bootcamp 2 or Lucha Underground?

    Two new wrestling shows debuting in the same week. Is this 1999?!

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    Tim:

    I’m really excited about checking out Lucha Underground. I used to watch AAA when I could but I could never figure out what was going on and it seemed like it was edited weird. This has the possibility of being something pretty fresh and different. That’s something wrestling desperately needs. Hopefully it’s not doomed from the get-go and people go into it with and open mind. I mean… It’ll probably end up being shit. That’s how this usually goes but I’m going to try it.

    As for British Boot Camp 2… The first one was okay. It’s a great idea for a show. This one has the best of TNA involved (outside of Al Snow) but I really have no attachment to the TNA product anymore. The “TNA” name is so damaged that I have trouble caring about anything they do, even this show which should actually be watchable and maybe even highly enjoyable.

    Lucha Underground

    Joey:

    When it comes to TNA, I’m more prone to trust productions by Jeremy Borash so I do believe British Bootcamp 2 will be decent. Samoa Joe, Gail Kim and Rockstar Spud should add some interesting aspects as well but honestly, fuck Al Snow. He’s a less respected version of Jim Ross when it comes to being grumpy and close minded about different styles of wrestling so expect lots of elitist Al comments.

    Lucha Underground is something I’m very hopeful for as I’ve started to read more about it. I want to see how a wrestling show works when structured in the form of a season. This is going to be the first time I watch a lucha-based wrestling show and the American talent provide a nice middle ground to try it out.  I’m also looking forward to seeing Ricochet and John Morrison in a setting completely different than where I’m used to watching them.

    I was slightly on the fence but then I found out Drake Bell is a part of the project AND Brad Ward was told by Big Dick Johnson that it would be good. How can you top that?

    Lucha Underground

    Tom:

    I really enjoyed the first British Bootcamp – there was a pretty heavy dose of the usual reality TV nonsense mixed into it, but it was really well put together and it was fun to see a spotlight put on the British indy scene. Series 2 can only be better, since Gail Kim, Samoa Joe and Jeremy Borash are three of the most likeable personalities in wrestling and should be enough to counterbalance that creepy old fuck with terrible opinions about modern wrestling, Al Snow. Also, with some guaranteed Grado time, it’s sure to have some funny moments.

    I know very little about Lucha Underground aside from the fact that it’ll have John Morrison and Matt Striker involved to some extent. Thanks but no thanks.

    British Bootcamp 2

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