The latest Jim Ross blog post is up. Here are some of the highlights:
– WWE should keep away from Extreme Rules matches at the moment as they are more likely to cause injury.
– They have been getting a ton of feedback about save_us.222 and everyone should stay tuned to see something significant soon.
– One of the most shocking turns he ever seen was Dick Murdoch turning on Ted Dibiase in Mid-South.
– He hopes that both Matt Hardy and Montel Vontavious Porter make it to the WrestleMania main event someday.
– Jim Ross likes Porky’s.
Lilian Garcia‘s website says her band is playing at Raw and Smackdown next week.
Rob Conway has an interview with the Miami Herald about his WWE release.
TNA has posted a preview of its new Web site design.
TV Week is reporting that Spike TV will start HD broadcasting in 2008, with TNA Impact one of the shows mentioned. Hi-definition Don West! Score!!
Kurt Angle talks more about MMA with Alex Marvez.
Samoa Joe was recently interviewed by Fight Network Radio. Topics covered include the backstage presence of wrestler’s families at TNA, the Samoan heritage in wrestling, the two-hour Impact and more. When asked about Umaga he said “He’s doing great with it. I don’t think he’s doing his best, but he’s doing really, really well with it.” He also said he gets on well with Vince Russo, who “has been real cool. He calls me up and runs a lot of things by me. He’s been overly communicative as far as what he’s been thinking about doing and his plans for the show. I’ve pretty much taken what he said and said ‘Hey, let’s run with it. Let’s try to make it work as best we can.’ It’s been a pretty good relationship so far. I know what people think too.” You can read the whole thing here.
WWE has a new President for its Films Division, Michael Lake. Here’s the press release:
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–World Wrestling EntertainmentÃ‚Â® has hired Michael Lake as President of its WWE Films division. A 36-year veteran of the movie and television industries, Lake recently served as Executive Producer for WWE Film’s The Condemned, starring Stone Cold Steve Austin(TM).
As President of WWE Films replacing Joel Simon, Lake will report directly to WWEÃ‚Â® Chairman, Vince McMahon. He will be tasked with developing theatrical and direct-to-video opportunities for WWE Films that provide unmatched on-screen action as vehicles for WWE Superstars. In addition to feature films, Lake will also work to develop new television projects that will benefit from an affiliation with WWE or its Superstars.
Michael Lake has been producing films and television shows for 20 years. Throughout his career, Lake has overseen production for such hits as The Matrix Trilogy, Miss Congeniality, Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve. Lake currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Association of Film Commissioners International.
WWE established its WWE Films division to explore options in filmed entertainment in order to promote its Superstars and capitalize on its intellectual property and worldwide fan base. WWE Films’ third release, The Condemned, starring Stone Cold Steve Austin, was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray and was the No. 2 DVD rental in the U.S. in its first week of release.
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