[MISC] News on Goldberg, Hogan at Mania, TNA Talking to Big Stars & More


– TNA’s Monday iMPACT! replay did a 0.7, which is the second highest it’s ever done, according to WrestlingObserver.com and Nielsen Media Research. The Saturday showing had a lower-than-usual 0.7 rating, possibly due to being up against the big UFC PPV, according to Meltzer.

– Hulk Hogan is at the GRAMMYs tonight in Los Angeles, according to WrestlingObserver.com. He hasn’t spoken with WWE recently about a Mania return.

– From the latest Wrestling Observer newsletter (click here for subscription information): “There are talks going on right now with two wrestlers who … could be considered bigger stars than Sting. The deal opened a lot of eyes (including some top of the line WWE folk), however I don’t see anyone else getting anywhere near the deal. Chris Jericho… did remark recently he’d be very interested if he could get Sting money, but it doesn’t look like anyone else is going to be … Neither are at a serious stage, but one who you wouldn’t think would be interested at all is showing a lot of interest in working more than a few dates.” Dave Meltzer goes on to say that Bret Hart may or may not come in, but he is not one of the two names referred to above.

– Is one of those names Goldberg? Mike Johnson at PWInsider.com writes that Bill Goldberg told Bubba the Love Sponge (who has a Sirius radio show) that he has had conversations with Sting about TNA, and if Spike TV wanted to invest their money to go up against WWE, he would be interested in talking.

– In other news, OVW Champion Matt Cappotelli is scheduled to address the live crowd at tonight’s OVW TV tapings, according to WLRS in Louisville. Paul Heyman told the workers as much earlier today, according to WrestlingObserver.com.

– On his Web site, Andrew “Test” Martin talks about how WWE has reached new lows by using Eddie’s death in storylines. He also wishes Stacy the best. You can read his commentary here.

– Lance Storm has updated his Q&A here and commentary here, where he talks about his return to the ring with ROH and the state of WWE today.

Matthew Michaels is editor emeritus of Pulse Wrestling, and has been since the site launched.