• Monthly Archives: December 2015

    Dirt Sheet History: December 2009

    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 November 2009, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from December of 2009 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2008 right here. Now enjoy December 2009!

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    12/1/2009

    There’s a storyline that’s already underway involving Hulk Hogan’s involvement with TNA Wrestling. The original plan was for Hulk Hogan to lead the younger, homegrown stars of TNA against the “old guard” of established WWE & WCW castoffs, led by TNA president Dixie Carter. Hulk Hogan’s recent comments that he’ll be “in charge” of TNA are all part of the storyline (Hogan will have a great deal of power in TNA, but his comments are the start of this angle). Dixie Carter was going to be a big player in the “Hulk Hogan joins TNA” angle, but there was a recent decision to cut back on Dixie’s role and have Mick Foley is now expected to be the leader of TNA’s “old guard” movement. Dixie Carter will still be involved, but will not have the same role as originally planned.

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    All Aboard the S.S. Strong Style: WRESTLE KINGDOM 10 RUNDOWN

    Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro.

    Hello shipmates & crew! I’ve been away for a while but I HAVE RETURNED for this most beautiful time of year: Wrestle Kingdom. This year is #10 by number, but New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Tokyo Dome show itself has been running annually since 1992. That’s before some of you were EVEN BORN, so you know it’s a big deal.

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    How to watch Wrestle Kingdom 10

    If you’re new and wondering how to tune in to Wrestle Kingdom 10, let me tell you! It takes place on January 4, 2016 at 4PM in Japan (so 2AM EST). For about $9 USD, you can get WK10 and a whole month of NJPW’s streaming service, NJPWWorld, right on your computer machine (AND it works with Chromecast now!). Here’s how:

    1. Wait until January 1 (billing starts at the first of the month).
    2. Go to NJPWWorld’s English signup page at https://njpwworld.com/auth?lang=en
    3. Sign up & select a payment method (I use a credit card & my bank has no problem with the international transaction; others have been able to use pre-paid Visas and the like).
    4. Watch wrestling!

    I keep a calendar of events that air live on NJPWWorld, so you can reference this to find out what’s going on during WK weekend and what time the events start in your timezone. As of now, I keep this up to date through the year, and it’s pretty handy in general.

    You can also reference the official NJPWWorld Schedule to find out what’s going on and when.

    WK10 will air in both Japanese and English. It should be easy to select whichever stream you want at the time it airs. The English commentary team this year is Matt Striker & Kevin Kelly, with an appearance by YOSHITATSU to do some translating. Good luck, guys! I’ll be tuning into the Japanese stream. I don’t understand it all but I love hearing them yell about things, it’s fantastic. You can feel free to do the same if you’re adventurous, or stick with Matt, Kevin, & YOSHITATSU if you want some more info about the combatants & the action in English during the broadcast.

    Another event of note is the BIG WRESTLING FESTIVAL 2016. This takes place around noon Japan time on the Sunday before WK10. Last year it was a lot of fun and included Gedo & Okada squaring off in Taiko no Tatsujin, a press conference, etc. If you can’t catch it live, the replay should be up for viewing on demand on NJPWWorld soon after. Cross your fingers for more footage of our IWGP Heavyweight Champion playing video games, please.

    If all goes well, NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 10 should be a beautiful evening of pro wrestling that everyone can enjoy. Let’s get to the card rundown, including my incredibly biased opinions!

    Pre-show:
    NJPW Battle Royal

    The info:

    Participants will enter every sixty seconds. Participants are eliminated by going over the top rope. Last year was the first NJPW Battle Royal, and it looks like it’s becoming tradition! WK9’s saw a number of surprise entrants and was a lot of wild fun. Yuji Nagata was victorious last year and received an IWGP Intercontinental Championship match somehow, but as far as I know, nothing is actually guaranteed to this year’s winner. We’ll see.

    The participants:

    It could be literally anyone. Last year, The Great Kabuki showed up. With nunchaku. Expect to see Tiger Mask V, Jushin Liger, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata, and more!

    Kaomoji excitement rating: o((*^▽^*))o

    IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Four Way Match:
    RPG Vice vs. Young Bucks vs. ReDRagon (c) vs. Matt Sydal & Ricochet

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    The info:

    Look, what the hell. We had a whole tournament in recent months between these teams to decide which *two* teams would face off at WK10 for the belts, only to have everyone come out after the finals and make it a four-way match again. Oh well! More wrestling is more wrestling. This should be a lot of fun, and you can guarantee the Tokyo Dome crowd will be into it. A great choice for an opener.

    The participants:

    RPG Vice: Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta! Part of NJPW’s stable CHAOS.

    The Young Bucks: Matt & Nick Jackson! The Bullet Club! Homeowners, fathers! Suck it!

    ReDRagon: Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly, good wrestlers, gonna kick the hell out of some dudes.

    Matt Sydal & Ricochet: Matt Sydal & Ricochet! They don’t even have an official team name yet! High flying madmen, you’ve probably heard of them.

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    ScoopZone Elite: December 28, 2015

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    News for The Week of December 28, 2015

    WWE

    • WWE has banned New Day Unicorn Horns backstage after Ryback stuffed one down his pants to impress someone and injured himself.

     

    • Big Show intentionally planned to take off most of December so he wouldn’t be forced to wear a diaper for New Year’s Eve promos.

     

    • As of right now the plan is to have Triple H (Paul Levesque) return and win The Royal Rumble. Keep in mind that plans change but the last thing I heard was that this was like, you know, the plan for The Royal Rumble. If this happens, which as of the last time I talked to anyone there it was going to, Triple H will face the champion at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas in a match for that championship belt.

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    More WWE

    • Vince McMahon is ready to call Mojo Rawley up to the main roster but he isn’t sure about “that tag team partner of his.”

     

    • Ric Flair has called WWE offices claiming he got lost multiple times this month when realizing he was the only wrestler in the bar after shows.

     

    • Hulk Hogan is planning to attend the WWE Hall of Fame by wearing his Mr. America mask.


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    • Jim Ross thinks TNA podcast guests are transitioning the conversation to soda when talking about their new television network.

     

    • Taz tried watching Star Wars: The Phantom Menace for the first time over the weekend but turned it off after they kept calling them “pod racers” and not “radio racers.”

     

    • Lance Storm is ignoring all “Happy New Year” messages because he doesn’t believe in the concept of years.

    Wrestling On Earth Slammy Award 2015 Picks

    We’re doing a Slammys forecast. We’ve lost our minds.

    Giving their thoughts and personal picks for the 2015 Slammys are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Best John Cena U.S. Open Challenge

    Joey:

    Of the choices, the only ones I remember fondly are Cesaro and Neville. I know Cesaro had the overall “better” match but Neville’s match opened my eyes to just how great he could be in WWE and earned him a new fan.

    Pick: Neville

    Tim:

    The Zayn match gets me down. It could have been an incredible surprise match but ended on such a sad note. I’m glad he’s back in the ring now! I think it comes down to the Neville match and the Cesaro match for me as I remember nothing from the other two. I’m leaning towards Cena vs Cesaro though. It had a great pace and was given a good bit of time. Cena unsurprisingly had amazing chemistry with Cesaro and it ended up being one of the best TV matches of the year.

    Pick: Cesaro

    Tom:

    I have no memory whatsoever of the Ziggler or Ambrose matches, but that’s true for almost all Ziggler and Ambrose matches in 2015. The Sami Zayn match was pretty good, considering the circumstances, but kind of a colossal bummer given the injury and what it could have been.

    Anyway, as good as Neville was, my pick is the Cesaro match. It’s frustrating that it didn’t really go anywhere, but it still stands out as the pinnacle of the Cena US Title Open Challenge to me. Just two great lads having a sensational strong style match, right here in the US of A.

    Pick: Cesaro

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    ROH Final Battle 2015 Preview and Predictions

    Best preview on the planet.

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

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    Cheeseburger vs. “Brutal” Bob Evans in a pre-show YouTube match

    Joey:

    I’ve found a lot of people talking about this being the match of the night on twitter and I’ve rolled my eyes but then I think about it. If Final Battle were still in New York, I probably would buy a ticket just to see Cheeseburger beat the shit out of Bob Evans. I love Cheeseburger and he is the main reason I may consider staying up for Wrestle Kingdom.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Cheeseburger wins.

    Tim:

    It’s kind of wild but I finds this to be one of the best built-up matches on the card. I feel like it has been going on forever. I enjoy Cheeseburger a good bit and I’m actually looking forward to what I hope is these guys… FINAL BATTLE.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Cheeseburger wins.

    Tom:

    I haven’t watched any ROH for over a year and, as a result, I feel extremely well-equipped to preview this sensational show.

    I like Cheeseburger a lot. What’s he up to these days? Is he having fun? When did he and Brutal Bob have a falling out? Is this show seriously $34.99?

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Cheeseburger has a great time and everyone is happy.

    Young Bucks vs. All Night Xpress vs. The Briscoes in a #1 contenders match for the tag titles

    Joey:

    You know ROH is NJPW’s NXT when there’s a multi-team tag match on each PPV. The action should be fine but I’ve become desensitized to these 3-4 team matches. It’s kind of like the six-man tag matches on Raw. Enough is enough. That being said, it will be fun to see the Young Bucks do battle with ANX again. Hopefully there’s a dual duel.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Young Bucks win.

    Tim:

    I still enjoy The Young Bucks but I find myself growing tired of their shtick. This is the second time I’ve gone through this with them but they managed to draw me back in. I get that it’s a money-maker so whatever but I’d love to see them evolve a bit more at some point. ROH is pretty boring to me nowadays but I do keep up with it enough and watch their big shows. This should be a fun match but I don’t really care too much about it outside of that. I should be way more excited that ANX is back together than I am. The Briscoes and Young Bucks have developed a great chemistry and that should be enough to pull this match through.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Young Bucks win.

    Tom:

    So is Jay Briscoe no longer a singles competitor? Okay. Cool. I wonder if things are awkward between Rhett Titus and Kenny King or if they’re still great mates. I would hope that the Young Bucks win this,

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    Interest Level: X/10
    Prediction: C

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    NXT TakeOver: London Preview and Predictions

    Not in Full Sail *clap clap clap clap clap*

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

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    Asuka vs. Emma

    Joey:

    This is my most anticipated match of the show. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Emma in a big match with a great talent. Her noteworthy matches have been the clusterfuck 4-way and singles matches against below average wrestlers like Paige. This should be great! I’m hoping it gets the opening match spot and they steal the show. I care more about this than anything on TLC. We love Asuka.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Asuka wins.

    Tim:

    Asuka has been incredibly fun to watch and has completely gone above and beyond what I expected from her in this setting. She’s been the main reason for me to watch NXT weekly. Emma and Dana Brooke have made an interesting heel duo. Although we’ve seen signs here and there I think this will be the match that finally shows off how good Emma can be in the ring. Turning her heel was a great decision.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Asuka

    Tom:

    Asuka is the highlight of NXT for me right now, and Emma and Dana Brooke have been a big part of that. They’ve been the perfect opponents for Asuka to play off, and I think Emma’s PRETTY ALRIGHT as a wrestler, for the most part.

    Also, Emma really should make her being “for the dads” part of her character. Come out like Dalton Castle with two middle-aged men as her entourage and declare “I see a lot of dads out here!” You can’t tell me that wouldn’t work, come on. Hunter and Steph, with all due respect, you need to use this idea.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Asuka wins.

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    ScoopZone Elite: December 14, 2015

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    News for The Week of December 14, 2015

    WWE

    • Ryback has had a wire and pulley system installed at his home gym so he can practice his high-risk maneuvers safely.

     

    • WWE is making private Slammys to award Roman Reigns as “Most Handsome” and “Best Grimace.”

     

    • Shawn Michaels stated that Dolph Ziggler needs to find his own identity. Ziggler took the words to heart and is now trying to draw his own emojis.

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    • Sheamus is considering saying “no” to WWE officials for the first time in his career when being pressured to wear his “Sheamus 5:15” shirts at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles press tours.

     

    • The Miz is looking to do a Halloween themed movie next year as he is worried he is starting to be typecast as a Christmas movie actor.

     

    • Ric Flair plans to spill vodka on Dewey Foley‘s paperwork as revenge for Mick Foley having an opinion about Raw.


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    • Hulk Hogan is trying to get a job in Lucha Underground as the American soldier shown in the trailer.

     

    • Leading scientists say that there is a 98% chance that Chris Jericho will get a tattoo on his face within the next two years.

     

    • Lance Storm is pitching a dream match at Wrestlemania between the League of Nations and the Un-Americans.

     

    WWE TLC 2015 Preview and Predictions

    No scrubs. Except in the main event.

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

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    Ryback vs. Rusev

    Joey:

    Ryback has improved and Rusev is a good wrestler. I just don’t care about them. I have no interest in this. The story of WWE. Big fan of Lana’s hair tbh.

    Interest Level: 1/10 (+1 for Lana’s hair)
    Prediction: Ryback wins.

    Tim:

    I believe there’s a great character to be brought out of Ryback’s personality but WWE has yet to find it. He’s alright in the ring but nothing worth being excited for. Rusev is in a really weird spot right now but he’s still an entertaining in-ring performer against the right opponent. I don’t think Ryback is the guy to bring it out of him. I have no reason to care about this match.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Rusev wins.

    Tom:

    It’s been sort of fascinating to see how they’ve handled Lana’s return. Probably for the best that they’ve gone out of their way to just whitewash the Rusev/Ziggler feud, but strange that everything’s just been reset, seemingly.

    Ryback feuds are a tough deal. He’s much better than he was, but there never seems to be a point to them. I still bloody love Rusev, but the Lana situation and The League of Nations deal do make it difficult. I wish he’d just go back to not wearing shoes and being a mad old Russian bastard.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Ryback wins.

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    This Or That (12/11/2015)

    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, @JoeyOnEarth 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:

    Who is your favorite member of The New Day?

    Big E – 64%, Xavier Woods – 20% Kofi Kingston – 16%

    More entertaining McMahon kid?

    Shane – 58%, Stephanie – 42%

    Better manager?

    Summer Rae – 52%, Lana – 48%

    Better silly slasher series?

    Scream – 84%, I Know What You Did Last Summer – 16%

    Which 2016 super show are you more excited about: Wrestlemania or Wrestle Kingdom?

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    Joey:

    This is obviously early in the game to forecast a Wrestlemania card but I find myself disappointed with the variables hitting Wrestlemania season. Seth Rollins is out, Randy Orton is likely out and The Rock is rumored to be unable to compete. The foreshadowing of Triple H vs. Roman Reigns as a top two main event is quite disappointing for me. I can’t watch NJPW shows often because the weaker cards annoy me with their structure of shows but Wrestle Kingdom looks incredible. Top three things I’m looking forward to:

    1. Nakamura vs. Styles

    2. Okada vs. Tanahashi

    3. Cheeseburger’s debut. Top that, Wrestlemania.

    Wrestle Kingdom

    Tim:

    I try to stay up to date with NJPW even if I can’t always catch all of their shows. Wrestle Kingdom is looking like a mighty fine show that I will definitely be tuning into… unlike Tom, the puro expert, who will for sure be asleep. Nothing about the way WWE is booking things right now gives me high hopes for Wrestlemania. Things could always change but I’m just not sure that company has any surprises I would be into left in it without a huge shake-up occurring.

    Wrestle Kingdom

    Tom:

    Am I the Internet’s number one “puroresu” fan? Yes, obviously. Will I stay up to watch Wrestle Kingdom? Again, obviously, and anyone who says I’ve fallen asleep during previous broadcasts is a liar. However, as much as I love the Japanese “strong style”, I’m still going to have to go for Wrestlemania.

    As many setbacks as there have been in terms of injuries and other issues, I’m still excited to see what Titan Sports Inc. does with their biggest show of the year. They’ve managed to somehow pull it off the past two times, so I want to see if they can make it three years running. Also, it’ll be the first Kevin Owens Wrestlemania and I’ll be fascinated to see what role he has – a match with Sami Zayn would be incredible and seems like the obvious choice, assuming both are healthy. Regardless though, I think the stakes are much higher at ‘Mania than they are for Wrestle Kingdom – even if it’s a trainwreck, that’ll make for more interesting viewing than just another good NJPW show.

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    Dirt Sheet History: November 2009

    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 October 2009, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from November of 2009 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2008 right here. Now enjoy November 2009!

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    11/1/2009

    Hulk Hogan admits that his return to wrestling is partially motivated by money, but says the desire to help the industry and compete with Vince are also factors.

    “Some people say Vince McMahon made wrestling and some say it was Hulk Hogan,” Hogan said. “We both did it together. I thought it would be cool to see who has more juice right now.” He added “I still have reasons to go do this, and it’s not just because I need to make money — which I do. I still love it. I still love it, man. I don’t know what else to say.”

    Hulk explained that he wears his WWE Hall of Fame ring to cover up a tattoo of his ex-wife’s name, but any value the ring has is purely sentimental. “I think Vince McMahon paid $20 for it. My high school ring was better than this thing.”

    Despite the expectations that he’s coming to TNA to wrestle, his true motivation is to get people excited about wrestling again. “It’s all about having fun and making the crowd go crazy and I think I can still do that, man. I might limp a little and might have to pull myself up by the ropes to get up, but I won’t know until I get in there,” he said. “If I really do embarrass myself to the point where fans are laughing at me, I’ll leave.”

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