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

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    11/1/2007

    * WWE management is said to be very upset at the amount of news that has been leaking online in recent months. Stephanie McMahon was said to be furious when she learned of reports that revealed Chris Jericho was the person behind the “Save Us” promos.

    There is a strong belief that WWE has held off Chris Jericho’s return to show the Internet writers that they don’t know everything. Monday night on RAW, Santino Marella made fun of Maria for thinking Stone Cold Steve Austin was in the building. He told her to stop reading those “Internet chatrooms” and getting bad information online.

    Stephanie went as far as to review all company cell phone records of the writing team and did a forensic check of their computers, looking for e-mails leaks. This was not the first time WWE conducted such searches. WWE didn’t find any guilty parties, but did find excessive private calls, and yelled at the writers for it.

    Stephanie’s wrath did not stop there. She wants to revise the contracts of WWE’s creative writers to explicitly state that WWE has 100% ownership of any ideas or concepts they come up with while working for WWE. Writers are prohibited from being interviewed or talking to anybody from the media. Even after they leave WWE, they cannot talk about their time working for the company.

    11/2/2007

    * WWE.com posted an article regarding the recent death threats that JBL’s wife has been receiving. They mention that the CEO of Citigroup will be resigning due to the drop in shares in the company. It is interesting that the company put a ‘Saveus’ video link inside the article.

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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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    Dirt Sheet History: July 2007 (Benoit Aftermath)

    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 June 2007 featuring the Benoit tragedy, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from July of 2007 and the aftermath 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 July 2007.

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    7/1/2007

    * There is some talk that one researcher is interested in looking at Chris Benoit‘s brain to see if years of head injuries and trauma may have played a part in this story. However, the problem is that Benoit’s brain may not be in any shape to be examined as he was dead for several hours in 93 degree weather. One source claimed that his brain was “in no condition to be looked at” as it was probably virtually liquefied.

    * This past weekend in Tokyo, Japan, TNA World Champion Kurt Angle defeated Brock Lesnar to capture the IWGP Title at the debut show of Antonio Inoki’s new IGF promotion. Angle defeated Lesnar in 11 minutes with his trademark finisher, the anklelock.

    The new IGF promotion (INOKI GENOME FEDERATION) has an mixed martial arts twist to it – with competitors wearing open-fingered gloves and the matches having no count-outs.

    Angle started strong early on, giving Lesnar several German Suplexes in a row. Lesnar managed to ground Angle and put him a headlock for a few moments, before Angle powered out of it. They both teased doing their finishes in the first part of the match, with each managing to escape from the others’ finish. The end of the match came when Lesnar managed to F5 Angle, then placed Angle in an ankle Kurt managed to roll out of it, reversed the move and placing Lesnar in the ankle lock. Lesnar tapped and Kurt Angle is the new IWGP Champion.

    After the match, Brock Lesnar challenged Angle to a re-match under mixed martial arts rules. With Brock Lesnar now a legit MMA competitor and Kurt Angle stating many times that he is interested in entering the world of MMA, it is very possible we will see the two face off in a worked MMA-style match.

    7/2/2007

    * It appears as if Triple H is having second thoughts on his proposed upcoming return feud with Randy Orton. The original plan was for The Game to return in a main event feud with his former Evolution member and work a match against him at the end of the summer at WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view. However, Triple H is now pushing for Orton to get a run with the WWE title.

    Triple H’s reasoning for not wanting to return in a feud with Orton is because he feels that Orton is the top heel character on RAW and it would kill his momentum if he should come back and beat The Legend Killer. Furthermore, Triple H thinks that John Cena would benefit more from losing the title as he has been getting a lot of resentment boos from fans that are tired of him as champion. From a business aspect, a program with John Cena chasing Randy Orton for the title would probably be more profitable.

    The feeling now is that Triple H’s feud with Randy Orton will be delayed for one of the other four major pay-per-views whether it be Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, or WrestleMania.

    * Paul London was nearly fired over his name being listed as the source of the Survivor information getting out. However, Ashley went to management and asked them not fire London, which helped save him. She said that he didn’t know he was talking with anyone with a website, which is true, and that he didn’t intentionally leak the info. London also got in trouble for having that big smile on his face when Vince McMahon walked to his “death.” The talent didn’t know what was going on, but they were told to treat the situation as serious and real, and the feeling is that London did the exact opposite of the instructions.

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    Dirt Sheet History: September 2006

    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 2006, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from September of 2006. Kurt Angle goes to TNA, wrestlers meet blogs, Batista’s sadness and much more.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 and 2005 right here at this very link. Now enjoy September 2006.

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    9/2/2006

    * The #1 wrestler for this year’s PWI 500 has been revealed. The top spot came down to Samoa Joe and John Cena. The winner of the 2006 PWI 500 is John Cena. This is the first time in which he has been ranked number one in the annual special edition magazine.

    9/3/2006

    * Just to add more to the previously reported return of Chris Benoit. Benoit is currently scheduled to return on 9/9 at the West Palm Beach House Show. Originally Benoit was scheduled to return and go against Mark Henry, but Henry is now also out with injuries and is not expected to return anytime in the near future. There was also talk that Benoit may have been upset with the way his match at One Night Stand II was handled. There was talks of a Benoit vs Malenko (Dean) match that was scheduled to take place, but never came about after it was decided this PPV would be the launch of an all new ECW Brand.

    Benoit also need some time off to heal up some nagging injuries and he also wanted to take care of his wife who was recovering from surgery herself. It is not known when Benoit will show up on television.

    9/4/2006

    * This week on RAW, a vignette aired for a new tag team headed to the RAW brand – Cryme Tyme.

    Cryme Tyme members Shad Gaspard and JTG are straight out of a 50 Cent video – with iced out grills, bling and bulletproof vests. In the segment, they were training for their big RAW debut by timing how long it took for them to rob a smoothie store. After attacking the cashier, taking the money from the cash register and talking into the security monitor – the two realized they were 3 seconds over their limit. They decided to rob another store to improve on their quickness.

    WWE posted the following statement on WWE.com:

    “Tonight a new tag team, Cryme Tyme, will be introduced to the RAW audience. In an effort to humor and entertain our fans the tag team known as Cryme Tyme will be parodying racial stereotypes.

    Shad Gaspard and JTG do outlandish, outrageous “stunts” to ready themselves for tag team action on RAW. This attempt at Saturday Night Live-like humor is bound to entertain audiences of all ethnic derivations.

    We hope you enjoy the weekly adventures of Cryme Tyme.”

    9/5/2006

    * Former mid-to-late 90’s WWF star Henry O. Godwin could be making a return to WWE. He defeated WWE Cruiserweight champion Gregory Helms in a non-title match at a Smackdown brand house show on Sunday night.

    9/6/2006

    * The Great Khali has been suspended from his job in India as an assistant sub-inspector with Punjab Armed Police (PAP), according to IndiaENews.com. Of course this is because he hasn’t reported to work because he’s been working for WWE, but there’s no way you can’t find this humorous.

    9/7/2006

    * Lots of talk behind one of the reasons that John Cena may move to Smackdown is because of the amount of time he will miss while out publicizing his upcoming film, “The Marine”. WWE may prefer a “Smackdown” guy be out of action opposed to a “RAW” guy. I think at this point, most people are preparing themselves for Cena to be moved.

    * There is some heat on Triple H for taking a shot at the ECW entity on Tuesday night. Upon entering the building at the beginning of the show, he said “Bingo!” ECW’s original home, the ECW arena, held midnight bingo during its heyday. There is heat on Triple H for saying it because there was no storyline point in doing so. It is believed that he made the comment because his wife Stephanie McMahon is not a fan of the ECW project. Some in WWE say Stephanie has been politicing once again to get Paul Heyman demoted.

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    Dirt Sheet History: July 2006

    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 June 2006, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from July of 2006. Check out the latest happenings in WWECW, suspensions and much more from exactly 8 years ago.

    Reminder that you can find all editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 and 2005 right here at this very link. Now enjoy July 2006!

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    7/3/2006

    * HANGING ROCK — Two wrestling superstars from Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment may be tough in the ring, but they didn’t have enough muscle to escape drug charges after being stopped Sunday night by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

    Robert Alex Szatowski, aka WWE and ECW champion Rob Van Dam, and Terry Michael Brunk, aka Sabu, also a former ECW champion, were pulled over on U.S. 52, near Patrick Street in Hanging Rock at about 10:15 p.m. The two were apparently driving from their performances at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena earlier in the evening.

    According to the OSHP, Szatowski was initially stopped for speeding. When troopers approached his vehicle, they smelled marijuana and performed a search. Troopers found the wrestler in possession of 18 grams of marijuana and five Vicodin, prescription pain pills. Brunk was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and also had nine pills that were not immediately identifiable, but were known to be controlled substances, according to the OSHP. Both were cited and posted bond at the scene.

    7/4/2006

    * The title situation and ECW show tonight is most likely a complete mess. There is no doubt that WWE did not plan on RVD losing his title(s) last night. While he still held onto the ECW Championship, he lost the WWE Championship to Edge. The most telling sign that RVD was not supposed to lose the title last night is on ECW.com where they still have a BIG advertisement that states:

    Extreme Rules Match: For the ECW & WWE Championships with a photo of Edge & RVD

    So obviously, with tonight being ECW’s one big shot at running solo and in one of their largest markets, WWE had planned on RVD being put over strong. Also, you will notice that there was no mention of Sabu last night on WWE. Just another indication of how WWE has already possibly hit the panic button when it comes to these two.

    7/5/2006

    * For those of you that have not heard, last week’s edition of TNA Impact did a 1.1 cable rating.

    Impact continues to deliver for Spike TV in their target male demographics as they did a 1.3 amongst Males 18-49 and a 1.4 amongst Males 18-34. Those numbers correlate into an overall audience of 1.4 million viewers, the company’s biggest audience to date.

    7/6/2006

    * Kurt Angle is currently off the road due to personal issues as well as underlying injury problems. Although, Dave Scherer is reporting that Angle is currently serving a suspension as well. We do not know the reason for his suspension at this time but know that it is for 30 days.

    With Rob Van Dam serving his own 30 day suspension, one would have thought that Kurt Angle would have made a sudden comeback, however, the reason he did not is because is also “officially suspended.

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    Dirt Sheet History: Best of 2004

    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.

    Since our first edition of Dirt Sheet History was so well received, we decided to bring it back and make it a regular feature! The first edition was about Wrestlemania XX in 2004. It’s unsure whether this will be done in a timeline sense going forward like this one will be or if we’ll stick to themes like the past one breaking down the month of Wrestlemania XX but either way, it will be fun.

    Since we scouted parts of 2004, we followed through with the rest of the big scoops from that year. These are the funniest, most interesting and most relevant stories reported on the dirt sheets in 2004.

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    2/6/2004

    * As we have reported earlier, Maven had knee surgery on January 27th and is expected to be back in time for WrestleMania 20. WWE is ready to give Maven a push leading into WrestleMania. Before his injury, he appeared to be turning heel and is expected to become the newest member of Evolution when he returns.

    2/13/2004

    * Ed “Brutus the Barber Beefcake” Leslie caused an anthrax scare last night in Boston. Leslie had been working as a fare collector at a subway and left a bag of cocaine unattended. The first assumption by those who found it was that the powder was anthrax. Leslie later admitted that the powder was cocaine and that it was his.

    (As mentioned before, the best March stories are already covered here.)

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