WWE has announced that RAW will be live from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 28th, the day after their Backlash pay-per-view. It is likely tickets will sell out quickly as they will go on sale January 19th. WWE scheduled a more recent show in East Rutherford after the house show during the Christmas holiday in the city drew 16,000 fans for SmackDown.
The following was issued by WWE: STAMFORD, Conn., January 7, 2007 â<80>” During the last two full weeks of 2007, World Wrestling EntertainmentÂ®â<80><99>s Friday Night SmackDown was the No. 1 English-language primetime program on broadcast TV among Hispanic households. During the week of December 24, SmackDown out-performed the NFLâ<80><99>s highly anticipated Patriots vs. Giants game on both CBS and NBC, garnering a 4.6 rating.
TMZ has photos of former WWE Intercontinental and Women’s Champion, Joanie “Chyna” Laurer attending a birthday party for “Dancing With The Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
As noted on Sunday, Terry Taylor made an announcement to talent stating that they were going to start baseline drug testing in two weeks (1/21 and 1/22 iMPACT! tapings). It is now coming out that TNA will be testing talent for Anabolic steroids, painkillers, street drugs and marijuana.
Sharpsh00ter sent this report in from Raw on Monday in Uncasville, CT: Sorry for the late live report. Anyways, Just wanted to elaborate a bit on the last live report. A few “we want wrestling” chants in my section during the divas match. Also, during what I’m assuming was the commercial break, Charlie Haas put on a luchadore mask and made weird lucha poses around the ring. After 5 minutes of wrestling with it on, Shawn Michaels yanked it off and tossed into the crowd. Assuming thats when they came back from commercial. I’m sure most TV viewers wished that took place during the commercial break since it completely bombed. At least they are trying something new with Haas though! Regal was getting major heat from the crowd. Earlier on in the HHH/Regal match, Trips threw the steel steps at Regal, to which Regal ducked… well, at the end of the match, the cameraman doing the closeup on Trips was walking and not paying attention, and literally fell over the steps. Anyone who caught it was laughing. Jeff Hardy spent some time after the main event shaking hands with fans down by ringside. I started the “Holy Shit” chant to the whisper in the wind off the cage. A few fans were pissed that there was no bonus match with Orton and JBL vs. Jeff Hardy and Jericho, especially considering we didn’t get to see Orton wrestle, and the JBL/Jericho thing was hardly able to be considered wrestling. And Santino Marella is absolutely fantastic on the mic. Out of everyone who was talking that night, Marella got the most crowd reaction.
Chip Jamison sent this in: I believe what Mr. Bentley saw was a repeat of an earlier broadcast and Jimmy Hart was a witness for the Defense as to the impossible living conditions of the apartment the defendant was renting. He was quite entertaining and had the judge laughing.