Missing Links on Mysterio in China, Former WWE Writer’s Blog, Hogan & More

WWE.com has reported that Rey Mysterio, in China doing promotional work for the company, was not harmed in the devastating earthquake that hit the country today killing thousands. If any readers have family in the area, we’d like to send our positive thoughts your way…

Former WWE creative team member Seth Mates apologizes to Torrie Wilson for killing her dad in his latest Newsday.com blog post. Also, Mates has posts saying that WWE should run with the Ashley/escort service story (link) and talking about why WWE doesn’t do more PPVs at Nassau Coliseum (link).

There’s an interview up with Hulk Hogan covering a variety of topics, including his recent personal problems, here.

Jim Ross talks about Hogan’s son Nick and his legal troubles in his latest blog entry, writing the following:

I watched the majority of the hearings on TV and have a few observations. First, I share no glee in what has transpired and feel badly for all involved especially the victim, John Graziano. The question has been raised since the sentencing if the penalty for Nick Bollea was strong enough. My first instinct was to say “yes”. Then my wife asked me what if the victim had been one of our granddaughters and I had to re-think my original statement. Just like in sports entertainment, when one makes an emotional investment in an issue, the issue generally takes on a whole different light. Still, in hindsight, I don’t think Nick Bollea got off too lightly.

Also in the blog post, J.R. writes about Howard Finkel…

Howard Finkel, after seemingly a million years is no longer a part of the WWE Talent Relations department and is now focusing his efforts on the revamped WWE.com which is infinitely better since Joey Styles arrived on the scene. Fink also did some ring announcing this weekend, which is his true passion and he’s still the best in the WWE at it. As mentioned in this space before, I hope Fink gets strong consideration for the WWE Hall of Fame next year in Houston.

…Stone Cold…

Stone Cold Steve Austin is my personal, leading selection for the WWE Hall of Fame during the 25th Wrestlemania for many reasons notwithstanding, which is one of Mr. McMahon’s favorite expressions, the fact that Steve sold more tickets, pay per views, and merchandise than any other wrestler in the the history of the WWE and brought the overwhelming desire to be the very best in his field every night he came to work. If there is one thing that the young talents in the indys and WWE developmental program MUST have to make it in this hard-as-hell-to-succeed-in biz is passion. No passion equals no success in wrestling or any other vocation.

…and The Coach…

Jonathan Coachman has not signed a contract with ESPN contrary to what may have been reported elsewhere. As I write this, Coach is still employed by the WWE and is still doing projects for the MSG Network. Will Coach eventually migrate to ESPN? Who knows, he would be a great fit there, but as of today he has not made any commitment to do so.

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