– Vince is said to be pushing Johnny Ace to find the next big deal in wrestling, so if they see someone with any potential, they are pushing them up even if they’re not ready (such as Chris Masters, Marty “the Boogeyman” Wright, Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones, etc.). Wright is said to be far from ready, but Vince loves him as he reminds him of Zeus, and may even want to groom him as a “cartoon heel” to feed to Hogan at one point. As for a recently bad segment on an OVW TV taping featuring Boogeyman, blame is going to Jim Cornette.
– When Heyman was named head OVW writer, he praised Cornette and said that when they get called up to WWE, they should thank Vince, Cornette and whoever paid for their wrestling school classes. He told them not to come to him to talk bad about Cornette, even though they’d butted heads in the past, and not to mention anything bad about Cornette on the air; also he said that the promotion would continue to focus on title belts. Heyman seems to have taken on Ken Anderson, Nick Nemeth, Matt Cappotelli and Daniel Puder as pet projects, and plans to split up the Thrillseekers (Cappotelli and Johnny Jeter). Heyman was originally going to write TV and have Tommy Dreamer see it out, but now will go to TV tapings.
– There was a mix-up at a recent OVW show where Randy Orton didn’t show up, but Flair showed up in his place to confront (and give the rub to) Doane. There will be a Doane/Orton showdown at the 7/29 show, after Orton is cleared to wrestle.
– According to recently cut diva search hopeful Alexis, she at one point went up to new RAW writer Rudy Fisherman asking for an idea to “get heat” and Fisherman didn’t know what the common wrestling term meant. In other writing team news, Court Bauer has been put in charge of Velocity, and put the recently raved about Regal/Benoit match on the show. With TNA set to take over the Velocity timeslot, WWE may not be looking to hand an increased audience over to the competition, so more main events like Christian vs. Funaki rather than Regal/Benoit may be in the cards.
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