Matt Sydal made his WWE television debut on last nights edition of ECW on Sci Fi. He took on Shelton Benjamin in his debut match and got quite a bit of offense in. Sydal was counted out at the four minute mark after Benjamin picked him up for a powerbomb on the floor, then turned and threw him into Kofi Kingston instead, who was sitting at the broadcast table. Sydal, who is five foot seven and 25 years old, signed a developmental contract with WWE last summer after impressing officials during a tryout. He was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he reigned as champion for two months. After WWE pulled their affiliation with OVW, Sydal was sent to Florida Championship Wrestling. He worked a dark match with Jamie Noble three weeks ago.
The TNA Victory Road poster features Booker T and Samoa Joe.
During WWE’s press conference on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles, Vince McMahon stated they are giving away $1 million per week, but didn’t specify how many weeks it would last. McMahon said this was being done to get people to check out WWE, bring back old fans or make new ones. He said it would last as many weeks as he wanted it to (which could have been code word for wanting to see a shift in the ratings). It was noted that starting next week they will give away one prize of $250,000, two of $200,000, one of $125,000, one of $98,000, one of $75,000, one of $51,998 and one of $2. WWE stated that over 300,000 people signed up last night for the contest crashing the website.