Archive for February, 2012

The Merch Table: TNA’s Social Media Shirt

Appropriately enough via their official twitter account, TNA announced that starting this Thursday they would be running a “March Social Media Madness” promotion. It will involve, features, giveaways and exclusives for people that follow @ImpactWrestling. To commemorate this momentous occasion TNA will be selling the above shirt at live events and at ShopTNA.com. It promotes their Twitter handle on the front and even comes with a marker to promote yours on the back. I love this concept of TNA getting it’s most ardent supporters to spread the word. TNA must feel somewhat slighted with all the success and praise WWE’s gotten from their social media initiatives and is looking to do the same. Also, from a marketing perspective they need all the help they can get and if it’s one thing wrestling fans love, it’s black t-shirts and expressing their opinions on the internet.

Did Cena Shoot on the Rock’s wrist notes?

Two days removed from The Rock’s show closing promo and confrontation with John Cena, the internet wrestling sites and fans are buzzing about Cena bringing up the notes on Dwayne’s wrist. Was it all part of the plan or did Cena take an unauthorized dig at the Great One?

That’s the million dollar question, and I’m not gonna lie to you and tell you I have a definitive answer. We can still have fun with some wild internet speculation though can’t we?

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The Morning Roundup – 2/29/12

Good morning everyone, big day of links. First an update on this mornings Raw Ratings Drop Like A Rock.

Rating for The Rock’s Raw Segment, JBL on WWE Return – Lords of Pain

As a follow up to this morning’s RAW ratings report, I’m here to inform you that The Rock’s overrun rating was a 3.5, ending the show on a high note.  The Rock’s segment with Cena drew the highest audience of the night.  Like Louis said, expect to see more of The Rock in an earlier time slot to try and boost ratings throughout the show. As for JBL, he said WWE has only asked him to come back for a one-off, not return entirely.  Speaking of JBL…

JBL Defends The Rock Against Backstage Haters – SEScoops

JBL has two long facebook posts from last night making the rounds.  They are too long to post here, so check them out through the link.  The highlight is It’s very simple to those who do have any problem with it, if there is anyone truly that does-replace them and there won’t be a spot for them. Until then just say “thanks!”  It’s funny, guys who were at the top of the game are quick to defend The Rock, while guys who didn’t make it to the pinnacle have come out against him.  I think JBL hit the nail on the head, much like others who have come out in support of The Rock.

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Jim Ross confirms his role for Wrestlemania 28

Over the last thirty years life long Wrestling fans have bore witness to a bevy of personalities and voices that provided depth and color to the action in ring and on screen. Regardless of whom you regard as your favorite announcer, or announce team for that matter, there will always be one unwavering fact: everyone loves Good Ole JR.

And then there was no joy in Mudville. I do understand the guard of the WWE is changing. Newer faces are taking over the Main Event scene, and those that were once all too familiar are now in the twilight of their careers. But all the colorful metaphor I can muster won’t change the fact that Michael Cole stinks.

This isn’t even a bit anymore. The fans don’t appreciate the guy and we’d love some sort of a change. The “heel/face” dynamic on the headsets only works when the person playing the role of the heel was actually a Superstar at one point. Jesse Ventura, Randy Savage, Jerry Lawler; all great heel commentators that did not dominate the action or change to focus of the viewer from the in-ring action to… announce table action? Frustrating. Boomer Sooner.

Raw Ratings Drop Like a Rock

As has been reported here previously, Raw ratings have been less than stellar in 2012.  Aside from a high in the 3.5 range a few weeks back, ratings have struggled to stay above the 3.0 line, despite a much hyped return for Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels returning occasionally leading up to Wrestlemania, not to mention a multitude of story lines building to Wrestlemania.

Last week’s strong Raw offering checked in with a rating of 3.25, which looks amazing next to the previous week’s 2.9.  However, with Undertaker finally returning & his match with Triple H building plus a Punk-Jericho WWE Title match finally set, there’s no doubt the WWE expects better.

This past Monday night we welcomed a…well prepared Rock back into our living rooms.  100% chance the rating jumps, right?

Hit the jump and find out!

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