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    Dirt Sheet History: June 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 May 2009, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from June 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 June 2009!

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    6/1/2009

    Recently released WWE Superstar Mr. Kennedy has already made inquiries about wrestling in Japan. He does not appear to have interest in TNA.

    6/2/2009

    According to numerous sources, Sting plans on making this his final year in TNA — and presumably, professional wrestling.

    Since his return to the company in 2006, the multi-time world champion has directed his career on a year-to-year basis, hence the one-year contract agreements year after year.

    He has been telling people that this year’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view will be it for him in TNA. His contract with the organization is once again set to expire shortly before the end of the year.

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    Dirt Sheet History: May 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 April 2009, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from May 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 May 2009!

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    5/1/2009

    * There have been some rumblings in recent months that Vince McMahon isn’t particularly fond of United States President Barack Obama, basically saying “he’s bad for business.”

    The latest issue of Power Slam magazine sheds some more light on McMahon’s opinion of him, including a behind the scenes story from last year in which WWE television producer Kevin Dunn reprimanded anyone he saw wearing clothing or merchandise in support of the Democratic President-elect.

    Here is what was written: “Dunn’s philosophical overlap with Vince extends beyond wrestling.

    Like the WWE Chairman, Dunn is an ultra-conservative Republican who supported George W. Bush. In 2004, Dunn earned Vince’s compliments when he proudly flouted company policy to wear a giant “Bush/Cheney 2004″ badge to work on the day after the election. In 2008, creative team sources allege that Dunn, ironically, had anyone who wore clothing or merchandise related to the Democratic President-elect formally reprimanded by the company. Meanwhile, sources backstage report overhearing McMahon and Dunn discussing how Obama’s policies will so badly damage America’s ecomony that periodic cuts in WWE personnel will be required in order for the company to continue to pay their multi-million-dollar executive salaries and stock dividends.”

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    Dirt Sheet History: April 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 March 2009, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from April 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 April 2009!

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    4/1/2009

    * SmackDown announcer Tazz is gone from World Wrestling Entertainment. His WWE contract expired today and he will not be at WrestleMania on Sunday.

    The buzz in the WWE locker room last night was that Tazz gave WWE officials notice a few weeks ago that he would not be renewing his deal. He is leaving on good terms.

    Tazz reportedly had been telling friends that he is burnt out and needs some time to recharge his batteries. That said, the door is still open for him to explore other options, including TNA Wrestling, Ring of Honor or even UFC.

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    Dirt Sheet History: March 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 February 2009, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from March 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 March 2009!

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    3/1/2009

    * John Cena‘s promo from last week’s RAW where he mocked Michael Cole did not go over well backstage. According ProWrestling.net, WWE writer Brian Gewirtz scripted the promo and the general feeling is that he was playing to Vince McMahon (who is known for being tough on Cole) and not the WWE fans (ahem, the “WWE Universe”). As we’ve reported, Vince McMahon has been very distant with the creative team as of late and Gewirtz’ attempt to get a laugh from the boss flopped pretty bad. In a case of “don’t shoot the messenger,” there’s no heat on John Cena for the promo.

    3/2/2009

    * WWE Hall of Fame candidate Stone Cold Steve Austin was recently spotted by TMZ leaving the Firehouse restaurant in Venice Beach, California. The TMZ camera man asked Austin what he thinks about the A-Rod steroid scandal and whether he thinks A-Rod’s “package” has been affected by the steroid use.

    3/3/2009

    * In an interview with the Between The Ropes radio show last night, Ric Flair said he will not return to the ring for a match against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXV.

    “Never,” Flair said regarding a possible match. “No… I would be very open to it if Shawn Michaels said, ‘Don’t give me the Rolex back, do it’… That would be the only way. Shawn would have to say, ‘Go for it because you miss it that much,’ which I don’t. I miss the boys.”

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    Dirt Sheet History: February 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 the beginning of 2009, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from February 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 February 2009!

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    2/1/2009

    * TNA Wrestling is offering the newly created position of Chairman for its Main Event Mafia faction – and the opportunity to openly sell chairs, steel chairs – to ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

    Blagojevich was arrested on criminal charges on December 9, 2008, for conspiring to sell the senate seat vacated by then-President Elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.

    2/2/2009

    * In Jim Ross’ latest SmackDown column on the WWE Universe site, he says he doesn’t want to see Mickey Rourke wrestle Chris Jericho at WrestleMania.

    “…Rourke really doesn’t have any business getting in a high-level, memory making match at the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania XXV,” Ross wrote. “I loved Rourke’s role as Randy “The Ram” Robinson in “The Wrestler” and even saw the film twice.”

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    Dirt Sheet History: January 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 the end of 2008, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from January 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 the start of 2009!

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    1/1/2009

    * Jim Ross on what TNA or ROH Stars he’d like to see in WWE:

    Bryan Danielson comes to mind of the guys that are still young and healthy enough to contribute immediately. Sting is just barely in that group as he is nearing the end of his active wrestling days I have to guess. Dr. Death (Steve Williams) young and healthy with a manager, could have been a viable opponent for Stone Cold (Steve Austin) before the ill conceived Brawl for it All ended those potential plans. Today I think manager Jim Mitchell, perhaps with a more contemporary make over/look, has the skills to really contribute as a mouthpiece for key talents as well.

    Samoa Joe has the skills and body type that remind me of Mick Foley way back in the day as far as being different and having a unique body type. Plus I like his physicality. These are not WWE opinions just my personal thoughts in trying to answer your question.

    1/2/2009

    * Kurt Angle is currently dating TNA Knockout Rhaka Khan.

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    Dirt Sheet History: December 2008

    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 2008, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from December of 2008 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2007 right here. Now enjoy December 2008.

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    12/1/2008

    * Batista was a guest on the WJFK radio morning show this morning and revealed that he dated Kelly Kelly a few months ago. “She’s just a young girl,” he said. “She was a little immature for a 21 year-old.” He said their age difference was the main reason the relationship didn’t last. Batista also said he became star struck when he saw 58-year-old actress Morgan Fairchild at the Democratic National Convention earlier this year. “Hey, I’m old, man,” he said when the hosts laughed at him.

    Batista also stated that he was once stuck in a limousine with Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan. Batista said it was an “uncomfortable” situation for him to be in. “They started touching on a few things and I thought, ‘Man, I wish I wasn’t here.'” He added that he accidentally offended Hogan once by doing a bad impersonation of him while being interviewed on ESPN.

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    Dirt Sheet History: November 2008

    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 2008, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from November of 2008 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2007 right here. Now enjoy November 2008.

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    11/1/2008

    * Ric Flair addressed rumors of a possible retirement match in Japan for the annual January Tokyo Dome show. He said there is no truth to the stories. “Absolutely not,” Flair said on whether he’s considering a match in Japan. “That’s just propaganda.” Flair said he wouldn’t want tarnish his retirement match with Shawn Michaels at this year’s WrestleMania.

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    Dirt Sheet History: October 2008

    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 2008, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from October of 2008 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2007 right here. Now enjoy October 2008.

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    10/1/2008

    * Undertaker was noticeably limping in the ring during certain spots in his matches on the overseas tour last week as one of his knees is bothering him. Taker had arthroscopic surgery during his time off and his knee was in worse shape than first thought. Additionally, he’s in the beginning stages of arthritis.

    Following surgery, the expectation was that he’d be ready to return for good at his Hell in a Cell match with Edge at SummerSlam, but he took a few more weeks off from doing anything physical. Despite the lingering injury, he’s still being booked on house shows in tag matches and his TV taping dark matches are usually kept short. It’s been noted that he’s often in tremendous pain backstage, but never complains about it and usually doesn’t show it in the ring.

    10/2/2008

    * WWE found out that a woman who works for their company was dating Ric Flair from a video that recently surfaced on TMZ.com. The woman had lots of heat on her within the company for dating a wrestler that is no long affiliated WWE, or rather, one that left on bad terms.

    Some people in WWE were upset that Flair decided to bolt after being pushed as the focal point of WrestleMania and building so much nostalgia marketing around him (Ric Flair month on WWE 24/7, the Ric Flair DVD, the Starrcade DVD, WWE 24/7 Online). In some people’s eyes in WWE, you’re either with them or against them and anything less than 100% loyalty is disloyalty.

    10/3/2008

    * A fan in attendance at last Monday’s WWE Raw taping in Minneapolis was ejected for holding up a sign that read “Butt Clown.” This was the same person we reported about last week who brought signs such as “Urine Sample Please” (during Batista‘s match), “Make It Look Real,” and “Kick his ass, Sea Bass.” Security warned the fan that be kicked out if he kept holding up controversial signs. He also held up “Cup Check That Chick” during a Beth Phoenix segment, but the “Butt Clown” sign was the straw that broke the camel’s back in getting ejected by security.

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    Dirt Sheet History: September 2008

    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 2008, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from September of 2008 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2007 right here. Now enjoy September 2008.

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    9/1/2008

    * The creative team discussed the subject of Undertaker‘s WrestleMania winning streak last week during a booking meeting. They believe it should only be ended by a superstar on the rise, not an established star. The general feeling is that it will never end but Vince McMahon isn’t completely opposed to it. If it’s ever going to end, he doesn’t want to waste it on a “maybe” star, only someone that everyone can agree on being a top star in the company for a number of years.

    Some officials are leery on who to use in the role due to the likes of Brock Lesnar & Bobby Lashley bolting from WWE. In regards to who can possibly end the streak, a few names have been discussed, but nobody everyone can agree on.

    However, the name most talked about was none other than Ted DiBiase as they believe he can be the next Randy Orton. McMahon is said to be very high on him, but doesn’t feel it could be done by next year with him. One long-term idea brought up is that a few years from now, DiBiase’s father can be brought in because he storyline introduced Undertaker to WWE.

    9/2/2008

    * MVP upset management following a recent incident in which he made a derogatory comment to one of the drug testing monitors who watches the WWE performers while they submit urine samples.

    Following the implementation of the WWE Wellness policy a few years ago, some wrestlers were submitting fake urine samples to beat the drug tests. One wrestler was eventually caught cheating in WWE developmental wrestler Afa Anoa’i, Jr. As a result, Anoa’i was suspended by WWE for 30 days, on March 20, 2008, as cheating is an obvious violation of the WWE’s Wellness policy. Following the incident, WWE instituted a new rule in which the performers have to be bare from their chest down to their knees while giving urine in front of a doctor to make sure they’re not cheating. A number of the wrestlers are grouchy to the monitors as you would imagine. However, MVP went too far in what he said to one of them.

    MVP asked the monitor if he graduated from college. The monitor said yet. MVP then insulted him, saying something along the lines of, “So you went to school for four years to watch people’s (expletive)?”

    The monitor promptly complained to WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis as well as Bruce Prichard. Soon after, Laurinaitis indirectly addressed the matter in locker room meeting, instructing talent to be respectful of the testers and to not harass them. People aware of the MVP incident felt it was obvious that the meeting was held due to it.

    Since the incident, MVP has been getting the cold shoulder from a few officials. Suddenly, the word backstage is that he doesn’t know how to work as a heel to get heat. At last week’s SmackDown/ECW tapings in Pittsburgh, Shelton Benjamin – who’s been in-and-out of favor with WWE officials for a number of years – was given high praise in that he knows to work as an effective heel. They liked his smiling facials after he laid out MVP with his “Paydirt” finisher and more so later in the show after clocking Triple H with a belt.

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