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More on Matt Hardy arrest: We obtained a copy of the Matt Hardy arrest report for his latest DUI on 9/12 at Raleigh-Durham Airport.

Hardy was driving his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro at around 1pm near the terminal building en route to pick up girlfriend Rebecca Reyes (Reby Sky) when a report came in stating that Hardy’s vehicle was “all over the road” and that he almost hit two drivers three separate time. Airport police conducted a traffic stop and noted that Hardy swerved onto the curb then swerved back on the road before coming to a stop. His speech was described as “very slow and slurred” during initial contact. An officer asked Hardy to exit his vehicle but as he opened the door his vehicle rolled forward and the officer yelled at him to put the vehicle into park. Hardy then failed field sobriety tests including a walk-and-turn test, and twice failed the one-leg stand test. He submitted three preliminary breath tests and each result was 0.00. A state trooper later arrived on scene who was trained in drug recognition and suspected Hardy to be under the influence. Hardy was then taken to Wake County Public Safety Center and processed for DUI. He submitted a blood specimen and was released on a written promise. He is scheduled to appear in court in Raleigh on November 30.

Rock and Cena to team at Survivor Series: New promotional material sent out for Survivor Series is pushing The Rock and John Cena teaming together “never before, never again” at Madison Square Garden. So it appears Rock will be wrestling on 11/20. Story is developing.

New faces in developmental: Claudio Castagnoli was signed to a WWE contract and has started in developmental. He worked a singles match under the name Antonio Cesaro against Richie Steamboat Thursday night at the FCW TV taping in Tampa. Swiss-born Castagnoli, 30, has more than a decade of experience under his belt wrestling all over the world for various groups including Chikara, NOAH, and Ring of Honor where he was one half of the Kings of Wrestling tag team with Chris Hero. We didn’t get official confirmation but Hero has likely signed too as the belief was that both men were coming in as a package… Boxer Monte Barrett is headed to Tampa for a tryout at the end of October. Barrett (35-9-2) is good friends with John Cena which helps but at 40 he’s very late in the game. He got the call recently from WWE talent director Ty Bailey and told him he’s going to commit to wrestling 110 percent.

Writer quits, creative changes: WWE television writer Jenifer Bloodsworth is either leaving or has already quit the company. She was head writer for NXT and before that was #2 to Ed Koskey during the final months of ECW. She started writing for the WWE website in 2006 and moved up the ladder to become a favorite of Stephanie McMahon and also at one point was Kevin Dunn’s assistant… Her departure follows some recent restructuring in creative. They now have two teams, described as The Home Team and The Road Team, basically one group of writers traveling 150 days a year to every taping, and another group mainly working out of Stamford. The Home Team (led by Stephanie McMahon and Brian Gewirtz) is supposed to work on long term programs as well as provide web and magazine content while The Road Team (led by Michael Hayes and Ed Koskey) will work more closely with talent on production and pre tapes.

Triple H stirs up MMA fans: Triple H caused a stir among MMA fans for an interview he did at www.moviefone.com for saying UFC fights are often long and boring but WWE always gives it’s fans a good show. He said: “I think if anybody needs to evolve, it’s them. Give more of an entertainment standpoint. Give more form; they just have fighters who walk in in T-shirts and shorts and just stand there and then they fight and then they win and then they go, ‘thanks, I’d like to thank my sponsors’ and then they leave.” He also brought up how Brock Lesnar sells pay-per-view with his personality and feels MMA lacks in that area with the majority of fighters. I guess you can make that argument to some degree but saying UFC needs to evolve more than WWE shows how badly out of touch he is from reality. Shortly after the interview came out, CM Punk tweeted, “UFC needs to evolve more than WWE.  RIDICULOUS!!!  Laugh out loud ignorance.”

 

NEWS IN BRIEF

WWE: Two house shows prior to the pay-per-view. CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio with the winner facing John Cena headlines tonight in Huntington, WV and Saturday has the same show in Youngstown, OH at the Covelli Centre.Night of Champions is Sunday from Buffalo with Triple H vs. CM Punk–No DQ, if Punk wins, Hunter resigns as COO; Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena for the WWE title; Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry for the World title; Air Boom vs. Miz & Truth for the tag titles; Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase for the IC title; Dolph Ziggler vs. Swagger vs. Morrison vs. Riley in a four-way for the U.S. title and K2 vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas title. As of two days ago there were two title changes planned, but you know how that goes. For what it’s worth, those who believed the Nash stuff not to be a work are now saying he will appear at the pay-per-view. If that’s the case then something changed… Shawn Michaels was at the WWE TV studio earlier today with Triple H working on a new project… There is talk of Vince McMahon returning to television imminently… Joel Satin, VP of Financial Planning and Analysis, is the latest executive to depart the company. He was in that role for just a few months but prior to that worked for a decade as VP of Retail Development. He was also the Director of Marketing for Vince’s failed XFL football league… WWE Studios has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “The Day”, according to a report on Deadline. The film is a post apocalyptic thriller that played at the Toronto film festival, that follows five survivors over a 24 hour period… Jerry Lawler made national press a couple of days ago after sending an email to the Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist Geoff Calkins calling for Memphis football head coach Larry Porter to be fired. Lawler wrote, “This is just a quick note to commend you for tell[ing] it exactly like it is concerning the sorry state of the University of Memphis football program. Memphis football is a laughing stock to the rest of the nation and an embarrassment to anyone from this city. Stick to your guns, keep shouting the truth. Memphis football will never improve until both Porter and Johnson are gone!”WWE recently took out a $2 million line of credit with JPMorgan Chase Bank which will be used to fund the upcoming WWE Network television channel and new media center… BuySeasons, Inc. announced acquiring the licensing rights to WWE themed party supplies to be made available at Birthday Express. The company will be marketing party packs around John Cena, Triple H, Rey Mysterio, and The Miz… The Youngstown Vindicator has a story on Dolph Ziggler at http://tinyurl.com/3eplcfy noting his high school and college amateur wrestling records at 165 pounds. He says what everyone should say in that he wants to be a world champion some day… The Rock beat John Cena in an online poll for the cover of THQ’s WWE ’12 video game.

 

IMPACT WRESTLING: TNA ran tonight at the Rec Center in Rahway, NJ drawing just 300 fans. There is also a show Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre with Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett on top. More info at www.impactwrestlingtour.comImpact on Thursday night did a 1.2 rating and 1.6 million viewers, about the same level of the YTD average, for the nostalgia match of Sting vs. Ric Flair. The next attempt at popping a rating is a Hulk Hogan farewell show at the 9/21 tapings in Knoxville which will air on 10/6. Whether he stays or goes he’s certainly not retiring, not that anyone takes such storylines seriously any more… Flair injured his left arm at the 9/12 taping. No word yet on the severity but it was significant enough that it affected his match with Sting… A technical glitch with Challenge TV caused some UK viewers to miss part of No Surrender on Wednesday night, including the entire main event. The show will be repeated again on Saturday night at 9pm.

OTHER: ROH runs Saturday night in New York City with it’s annual Death Before Dishonor internet PPV headlined by Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. The All Night Express in ladder match for a title shot at Hass and Benjamin. Full details at www.rohwrestling.com… Alex Marvez has an interview with ROH Chief Operating Officer Joe Koff about bringing the promotion to a new audience at http://tinyurl.com/66ophzr. Koff says, “There’s no way we can ever be WWE. I don’t want to try and be compared to them. But there’s still room in this business for a good regional/national-type promotion that is available over the air through (free) television.”… ROH Producer Jim Cornette turns 50 on Saturday… The wrestling tour in Africa (Republic of Congo) that Rick Bassman was putting together with Bill Goldberg as the main event has been pushed back until February. Chris Masters is now being talked about as Goldberg’s opponent as Dave Bautista said he was unavailable after undergoing recent back surgery. Several other former WWE names have been contacted about the tour including Rikishi, Chavo Guerrero Jr,. Shelton Benjamin, Chuck Palumbo, and Melina Perez… MTV announced Lucha Libre USA season 2 will debut on 10/1 on MTV2 and TR3S… Former ring announcer Lillian Garcia will be hosting an online show reviewing Raw each week on AfterBuzzTV.com… Perry Saturn, 45, is scheduled his first pro wrestling match in almost a decade on Doug Ward’s 10/15 AWE Night of the Legends PPV show in Fisherville, VA… Shark Fights MMA promotion announced a three-fight deal with Bobby Lashley… Brooke Hogan recently shot another new movie. “Two Headed Shark Attack” is a horror about a Semester at Sea ship attacked and sunk by a mutated two-headed shark leaving the survivors seeking refuge on a deserted atoll. Carmen Electra co-stars along with Charlie O’Connell of The Bachelor fame.

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