LAW June 27 Update - WrestleMania 28 Buys Down
John Pollock / June 27, 2012 - 4:14pm
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**The WWE has updated their pay-per-view projections with WrestleMania 28 dropping to 1,150,000 buys and down from the originally reported figure of 1,300,000 buys (which would have the most purchased event in company history). The new number puts WrestleMania 23 from 2007 back on top as the most purchased event in WWE history. The current number for ‘Extreme Rules’ headlined by John Cena Vs Brock Lesnar is standing at 250,000 buys worldwide while the May ‘Over the Limit’ event featuring John Cena Vs John Laurinaitis is at 150,000 buys worldwide.
**Monday night’s edition of ‘Raw’ did a 3.28 rating and averaged 4,710,000 viewers, which is down from a 3.42 last week but still better than when they had more heavy competition a month ago.
**The TNA crew is in Orlando, Florida tomorrow night for their live show featuring Kurt Angle & A.J. Styles Vs Christopher Daniels & Kazarian for the Tag Titles, which should be a fantastic match.
**EVOLVE has shows coming up this week in Floriday with Ybor City on Thursday night, Friday night in St. Petersburg and Saturday in Jacksonville with all three of the shows airing on WWNLive.com.
**The Insane Clown Posse will be releasing their new album on August 14th entitled ‘The Might Death Pop’ and will feature a track named ‘Chris Benoit’ on it.
**It was one-year ago today that CM Punk cut his huge promo from Las Vegas, Nevada on ‘Raw’ that turned the ‘Money in the Bank’ pay-per-view into one of the most anticipated shows in years for the company.
**There is another anniversary today as well as it was ten-years ago today that John Cena debuted on WWE television where he was called up from Ohio Valley Wrestling:
**The WWE is planning to have a ‘Great American Bash’ theme for next week’s ‘Smackdown’ to coincide with July 4th (even though next week’s Smackdown will be airing on July 6th). Teddy Long will also be the General Manager for both shows next week.
**The WWE has a big article on Lance Storm on their website in their latest ‘Where Are They Now?’ feature and promote his school in Calgary, Alberta.
**Ontario based promoter and wrestler Anthony ‘Kingdom’ James is looking to raise money for a documentary chronicling his final show with a trailer and information posted at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/148828?show_todos=true.
**Independent wrestler Reby Sky posted the following statement regarding Sid’s appearance on ‘Raw’ Monday night:
That piece of shit Sid no-shows almost EVERY show in the last yr but prances onto Raw. Please tell us again how much u LOVE "the business."
Guess he managed not to "lose his wallet" this time. Sad thing is, now that he got 10 more mins of fame he'll get more bookings to NO-SHOW.
F*CK people like that. You f*ck with peoples' time, money & professional integrity because you're too much of a douche to keep your word.
I'm all for hustlin, but BLACKMAILING promotors into giving you more $ after threatening not to show then STILL not showing after they do...
Makes me sick. .
Following the comments made by Sky, Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch responded publically:
WOW! Just read something about Reby Sky, who is only known for being Matt Hardy's girlfriend going off about my good friend Sid Vicious…Like she has room to talk? Who is she? NO ONE! And she was completely disrespectful to the locker room at a show I was on with her… OOOHH just WAIT til I see her again..sh*t's gonna fly!
One thing I've always stood by, you always show respect for those who have seniority in this business.. she's too dumb and ignorant to know that.
I was raised Old-school by the right people, and she deserves an Old school ass whipping.... she disrespected me and the entire locker room on the show I was on with Matt... I'll never say I was on a show with HER. Matt and I have been friends for years....I'm surprised she hasn't learned a little bit.
Regardless if he no-shows or not, someone like her has no right to disrespect someone like him! Sid likes to play his softball...everyone knows it.
Sid also responded later on Twitter with:
Reby Sky can say whatever she wants. I don't mind. Since when has her opinion on me mattered? I'm not going argue or stoop to her level. Sorry
You guys do not realize how much last night meant to me. It felt great. It was the greatest moment of my life. Thank you! #RAW
Everyone is asking if that was my last WWE appearance. I am not sure yet. I will keep you updated.
**Juggalo Championship Wrestling has announced three shows coming up with cards in Taylor, Michigan on July 5th, Grand Rapids on July 6th and Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 7th. They are advertising Steve Corino, Colt Cabana, Rhino, Zach Gowan, Necro Butcher and more for all of the shows, which have a 7pm start time with all three airing on iPPV at www.psychopathiclive.com.
**The very first Can-Am Rising show (which is affiliated with Border City Wrestling and Scott D’Amore’s Can-Am Wrestling School) is set for Friday August 24th in Windsor, Ontario headlined by Tyson Dux Vs Phil Atlas.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**ESPN Magazine has announced that Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion will be a part of their annual ‘Body Issue’ and will be the only MMA representative in this year’s issue. Randy Couture, Jon Jones and Gina Carano have posed for the issue in past years.
**Both UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva have been nominated in the ‘Best Fighter’ category for ESPN’s annual ESPY Awards. The two are nominated for the award alongside Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward.
**The Asian based ONE FC organization has announced the signings of Shinya Aoka and Bibiano Fernandes (who ultimately balked at signing with the UFC when it was considered a lock he was coming in and he announced to be fighting Roland Delorme at UFC 149 before it was revealed he had not signed). ONE FC has announced that Fernandes will fight on their August 31st card in Manila, Philippines.
**The full UFC 148 card set for July 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada has been confirmed with six fights schedule for the pay-per-view as opposed to the usual five plus four fights on the FX prelims and one Facebook fight:
*Anderson Silva Vs Chael Sonnen for the Middleweight Title
*Forrest Griffin Vs Tito Ortiz
*Patrick Cote Vs Cung Le
*Demian Maia Vs Dong Hyun Kim
*Chad Mendes Vs Cody McKenzie
*Ivan Menjivar Vs Mike Easton
PRELIMINARY CARD (airing on FX and Facebook)
*Gleison Tibau Vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
*Melvin Guillard Vs Fabricio Camoes
*Constantinos Philippou Vs Riki Fukuda
*Shane Roller Vs John Alessio
*Yoislandy Izquierdo Vs Rafaello Oliveira (airing on Facebook)
**Rogers Sportsnet’s Joe Ferraro broke the news that George Roop is injured and out of UFC 149 on July 21st (the most cursed card in history) and will be replaced by Daniel Pineda to fight Antonio Carvalho in a featherweight bout.
**In another injury related note Terry Etim has withdrawn from the August 4th UFC on FOX card in Los Angeles where he was set to fight lightweight Joe Lauzon. The announcement was made on Tuesday night’s edition of ‘UFC Tonight’ and a new replacement is being worked on for Lauzon.
**The light heavyweight bout between Nick Penner and Tom DeBlass has been taken off of the July 11th UFC on FUEL 4 card. Penner suffered an injury in training and officials from the UFC have decided against finding a replacement. That card is headlined by a middleweight bout between Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman.
**Strikeforce has added a middleweight bout between Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Derek Brunson for their August 18th card in San Diego, California underneath the Ronda Rousey Vs Sarah Kaufman Bantamweight Title fight.
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