Big Updates: Big Show’s WWE Return, HD/WWE, Dawn Marie/ROH

Ryan Clark

  • For those who missed it and I know weekends are always slower than normal traffic wise, The Big Show – real name Paul Wight – is returning to WWE. He left WWE in the beginning of December 2006 after dropping the ECW title to Bobby Lashley during the Elimination Chamber match at the ECW pay-per-view ‘December to Dismember’. Show wrestled another match following the PPV on ECW on Sci Fi and eventually it was his last match with the company. Since he moved to ECW in June of that same year, Show went on a roll and won the ECW title on the July 4th edition of ECW on Sci Fi by defeating Rob Van Dam. Show said at the time that he was leaving because he needed his injuries to heal up.
  • Dawn Marie was backstage at this weekend’s Edison, NJ show. As I once again noted over the weekend, she was simply there visiting friends (Daniel Puder & others). I expect her in TNA at some point.
  • With RAW starting to broadcast in HD on January 21st on USA Network, Smackdown! will follow that same week and the first SD! show in HD will be on January 25th on the CW Network. Last year CW announced that all their original programming will be making the switch to high-definition including the WWE show. The Royal Rumble will also be shown in HD and all the shows from that week onwards will be broadcast in HD including ECW on Sci-Fi. WWE has reportedly spent over $20 million in purchasing new equipment and upgrade their TV and mobile facilities for the high-def switch.
  • REMINDER: Rob Van Dam and Leticia Cline will be the guests on the return edition of WrestleZone Radio to night from 7-9 PM EST. I (Ryan Clark) will be on the show on a weekly basis as well to run down all the latest news and rumors. This is going to be a lot of fun each week and the fan response to the show returning has been amazing already. The show used to be the biggest online wrestling radio show back in its heyday and will almost surely take that spot once again with the amount of promotion we will be giving it. I’m thrilled that this show is coming back and proud to be a part of it once again. More information on the show can be found at this link. I know they have Kip James, Christy Hemme, and Marty Janetty all booked for the show in the next two or three weeks so it’s off to a great start. It’s this to night from 7-9 PM EST at http://www.wrestlezone.com/radio/
  • Video of Hulk Hogan on Rachel Ray – http://defamer.com/344111/rachael-rays-pearly-whites-and-hulksters-pythons-reaffirm-our-faith-in-america-brother
  • There are apparently no plans to broadcast the Royal Rumble in HD in the UK.
  • New Toy Fair magazine exclusive Cactus Jack action figure – http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l207/MrSelman/cactusjack.jpg
  • Jay Briscoe was knocked out during he and his brother Mark’s match on Friday in Boston when he took a superkick wrong from Jigsaw.
  • A 33% off sale is currently on going at ROHwrestling.com.
  • ROH will return to Boston, MA on 4/11 and Edison, NJ on 4/12.
  • Photos from the Boston, MA show can be seen by going to www.topropephotography.com and clicking on the ROH banner.

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