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    Dirt Sheet History: May 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 April 2007, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from May 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 May 2007!

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    5/1/2007

    * WWE.com is reporting that former ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley suffered a shoulder injury during his match at the Backlash pay-per-view from Atlanta, Georgia. Lashley was sent to Birmingham, Alabama today to be diagnosed by Dr. James Andrews.

    5/2/2007

    * Bad news for the Deadman. After winning the World Heavyweight Championship from Batista at WrestleMania, it was widely reported that The Undertaker was in line for his first long WWE title run. Now those plans will have to change due to a bad injury he suffered this past weekend before Backlash.

    The Undertaker has suffered a torn biceps that will require surgery. He suffered a complete muscle tear, with his bicep muscle being torn off the bone and rolling up to his shoulder. He was in tremendous pain Monday morning after his match with Batista the night before at Backlash.

    Undertaker saw “surgeon-to-the-superstars” Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama this week and surgery will be required. Recovery time for this procedure will keep him out of action for 6 to 8 months.

    This injury will require him to drop the World Heavyweight title.

    5/3/2007

    * There is now an update on this situation, but it contains *SPOILERS* from this week’s SmackDown! television tapings. You’ve been warned.

    At the tapings, they taped promo where the Undertaker challenged Batista to a steel cage match for the World Heavyweight title next week on Smackdown.

    The plan is for Undertaker to drop the title at Tuesday’s tapings and undergo surgery shortly thereafter.

    While it seems obvious that Batista will defeat Undertaker and regain the WWE title, there is also the possibility that Undertaker retains the title and then Mr. Kennedy cashes in his Money in the Bank contract. Kennedy is slated for a World Heavyweight title run this year and this unfortunate situation may have accelerated those plans.

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    Dirt Sheet History: April 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 March 2007, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from April 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 April 2007.

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    4/1/2007

    * WrestleMania 23 is the highest grossing one-day live event in WWE history, grossing more than $5.38 million in ticket sales.

    Fans converged on Detroit from 24 countries, all 50 states and 9 Canadian provinces, pumping an estimated $25 million into the local economy.

    4/2/2007

    * Ring of Honor wrestler Colt Cabana has signed a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment. No word yet if it’s a developmental deal or regular contract. The signing came about recently.

    4/3/2007

    * Stephanie McMahon and Triple H were said to have been very upset backstage this past Sunday at WrestleMania. In one of his news updates over the weekend on WrestlingObserver.com, Dave Meltzer spoiled some of the matches & segments (such as Slick appearing) that were going to be airing on WrestleMania.

    He also reported that Shane McMahon wanted to open the PPV as the host, standing in the ring and throwing it over to Aretha Franklin to perform. He also reported that Stephanie was against this idea, resulting in it not happening. Triple H and Stephanie got wind of the story, and they were said to be very upset about it, perhaps because it made Stephanie look bad. They are determined to find the source of the leak.

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    Dirt Sheet History: March 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 February 2007, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from March 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 March 2007.

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    3/1/2007

    * Jillian Hall‘s terrible singing character isn’t based off of “American Idol”, but rather, Brooke Hogan. The company is using Jillian as retribution to Hulk Hogan for revealing the names under consideration for this year’s Hall of Fame over the radio, which infuriated Vince McMahon to say the least. She’s now being marketed as that character, so it looks like it’s permanent.

    Jillian debuted the character at the February 6, 2007 SmackDown tapings in Omaha, NE, a few weeks after Hogan read the HOF candidacy list on the Bubba the Love Sponge show. Jillian had her hair styled after Brooke Hogan. She was also given accented contact lenses to make her eyes the same unusual blue color that Brooke’s eyes are.

    As it turns out, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H actually came up with the character, not Vince McMahon. Vince simply okayed it because he’s currently upset with Hogan. Also, Triple H holds great disdain for Hogan, so this thing shouldn’t come off as a surprise.

    3/2/2007

    * WWE currently doesn’t have any plans for Mick Foley at WrestleMania.

    He was trying to get a match on the show because his book, The Hardcore Diaries, is coming out in March. The first commercial aired on TV last week and they are selling it very similarly to how they sold the Bischoff book. It would have made sense for both Foley and the company to do a return to coincide with that, and his name was thrown around to be Donald Trump‘s rep for WrestleMania, especially considering that Vince McMahon fired him in the storylines when he last appeared.

    Internally, there are people trying to block Mick Foley from appearing at WrestleMania. Vince McMahon is currently on that side of the fence as well. The problem seems to be that he was too honest in his book, and he rubbed a lot of key people the wrong way with what he said in the book, as some of them have already read it. What he put in the book definitely didn’t help his cause.

    In the book he expressed major disappointment with how Vince and RAW writer Brian Gerwitz treated him at one point last year during his comeback. The book is based on his 2006 comeback, starting with his program with Edge, to ECW One Night Stand, to his match with Flair at SummerSlam. He also talks about many of his meetings with the creative team in Stamford, CT. There’s nothing too controversial in the book, but some people still got hot about what was said anyways.

    3/3/2007

    * From backstage reports at the 2/20 SmackDown/ECW tapings, it’s very clear that much of the ECW cast is looked down upon. The dressing room vibe at RAW was enjoyable, but on SmackDown/ECW, everyone was on edge. Although, part of that had to do with the production side as the building they were in is much smaller than most buildings they do SmackDown/ECW tapings in.

    Here is a rundown of the ECW talent with heat at the 2/20 tapings:

    Sabu and Sandman changed in the extras/jobbers locker room in an attempt to lessen the amount of heat they currently have.

    Matt Striker has heat with JBL and thus he was hiding his bags in the extras/jobbers locker room to keep something from happening to them.

    It was clear from a number of reactions that a lot of the women on roster hate Kelly Kelly. Also, most of the guys give her no respect and Joey Mercury in particular was running her down to anyone who would listen to him.

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    Dirt Sheet History: January 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 December 2006, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from January of 2007 as we start a brand new year of Dirt Sheet History!

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2006 right here. Now enjoy January 2007.

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    1/2/2007

    * The Great Khali is expected to receive a huge push as we head towards WrestleMania. His program against Tommy Dreamer has been done to build Khali as a monster heel who has to go through the ‘ECW Original’ to prove himself. It’s set at this point to lead to WrestleMania with Khali getting a monster push in the process, and culminate with Great Khali challenging Bobby Lashley for the ECW title.

    1/3/2007

    * The internet rumors regarding Claudio Castagnoli‘s WWE status are indeed true as he is no longer affiliated with World Wrestling Entertainment. Castagnoli was fired before he ever even worked one day for the company.

    1/4/2007

    * Regarding Shawn Michaels‘ comment on Raw where he talked about wrestling “the greatest in-ring performer of his generation,” but then paused and said he hadn’t faced that guy yet, he was actually referring to both Bret Hart and Kurt Angle. The promo was designed to be vague about who he was talking about in order to build up controversy. Although, there doesn’t seem to much point to this considering that neither of them are coming in for a match.

    1/6/2007

    * Several days before the last set of Impact tapings (12/18), Simon Diamond, Jerry Lynn and Shane Douglas were given word that they were being suspended as agents for the taping. The reason given for the suspensions was that they weren’t being hard enough on the talent and that they didn’t turn in their written reports by the previous Wednesday as requested. They were all told that the suspension would only be for that taping. They get paid on a per-show basis, so it saved TNA some money. Also, Lynn was there, but to shoot his angle, not to work as an agent.

    Word from backstage is the taping went a little smoother than usual, perhaps because those filling in (Taylor, Mantel, and Jarrett) wanted to send a message to the agents. Jarrett had been outspoken about the work of the agents not being up to his expectations lately. D’Amore, who is tight with Jarrett and often gets hotel rooms right next to him, was not among the agents being punished.

    1/8/2007

    * Triple H is currently in Birmingham, Alabama to have his leg injury from last night’s PPV examined. Triple H did indeed tear his quadriceps, but fortunately for him it is on the opposite leg of his last injury. He is scheduled to have surgery to repair his torn quadriceps tomorrow.

    Recovery time for a torn quadriceps typically takes nine months, so it looks like Triple H will be out of action until at least the fall. After surgery, he will be in a wheel chair for about a month or two, then on crutches for another two months, and then he will wear a leg immobilizer for another stretch of time, before finally moving into the rehab stage.

    Triple H was tentatively scheduled to challenge John Cena for the WWE Title at WrestleMania in the main event. That’s obviously off the cards now. WWE officials will have to devise a new main event for WrestleMania. Furthermore, the DX gimmick will likely be discontinued unless Shawn Michaels “recruits” a new member to take the place of Triple H. Although, Michaels has shown signs of being very worn down by the schedule and he probably needs some time off himself.

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