John Cena’s new movie ’12 Rounds’ begins shooting tomorrow in New Orleans, LA, as the former WWE champ will be pulling double duty for the next few weeks juggling between his wrestling appearances and filming. Joining Cena in this movie are Brian J. White, who had roles in ‘The Game Plan’, ‘Bring It On: In It to Win It’, ‘Stomp The Yard’ and others will be playing the role of a detective. Gonzalo Menendez, known mostly for his role as Clavo Cruz on CSI: Miami and who also appeared in Criminal Minds, 24, the movie ‘The Island’ and others will be playing the role of an FBI agent. Aidan Gillen, who plays the role of Councilman Thomas J. Carcetti on The Wire is also on the cast. The movie is about a detective – played by Cena – whose girlfriend is kidnapped by an evil crime lord and forces the detective to go “twelve rounds” around the streets of New Orleans. Renny Harlin – from ‘Cliffhanger’ , ‘Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘Die Hard 2’ – is directing the movie which will be released in theaters in 2009. This is the only movie from WWE Films which is expected to get a theatrical release for the time being. (thanks to Colin Vassallo)
Neil Bzibziak a.k.a “Chet the Jet,” who was suspended for 30 days by WWE last month for a Wellness policy violation, returned to action this past week for Florida Championship Wrestling. He did job duty in a tag match last Tuesday, and again last night to Hade Vansen. The other WWE developmental wrestler suspended for a Wellness policy violation, Derrick Neikirk, has yet to return to action. He was reportedly fired, but two days later, the company announced that Neikirk was being suspended, so his status on whether he’s actually employed by WWE remains unclear.
Florida Championship Wrestling has landed a television deal. Their shows will be broadcast on Sun Sports in the near future. Sun Sports is a Florida sports broadcasting network affiliated with most cable companies throughout Florida, although it is picked up by some satellite providers across the U.S. FCW plans on holding their first-ever television taping this Thursday.