Goldberg took the phrase ‘cutting a promo’ a bit too literally on this week’s Raw, where his pre-match ritual of headbutting a locker to psyche himself up busted open his forehead. Quite wisely for the 50-year-old, he’s going to stop doing that from now on:
“I’m putting the pre match headbutt on the shelf for now… kinda made me a bit loopy out there. #learnfromurmistakes #whosnext #every1isnext #royalrumble @wwe”
I guess he could always replace it with punching a car window.
Unfortunately for WWE, blood doesn’t necessarily equal ratings. The big go-home episode of Raw before the Royal Rumble only received 3.29 million viewers – just 20,000 viewers up from the previous week.
In more Botchamania fun, seemingly in reference to last week’s episode of Smackdown where JBL tripped over one of the show’s 19 commentators when rushing to help Jerry Lawler, the 205 Live crew came up with a fitting new name for a local competitor, as pointed out by What A Maneuver on Twitter: Tripp Bradshaw.
When Kurt Angle pulled out of commentating on this Saturday’s Dominant Wrestling show, which is being broadcast live on Spike TV in the UK at 8pm, it led many to speculate – me included – that it could for a Royal Rumble surprise entrance the next day.
Angle has now categorically denied that’s the case to TMZ Sports:
“The Royal Rumble is not going to happen. I haven’t talked to WWE about anything after the WWE Hall of Fame. I’m sure they’re going to want to do something eventually, I’m not sure if it’s wrestling-related or not…we’re only focusing on the Hall of Fame.”
In addition to this, WCPW have confirmed Kurt will still be taking on Alberto Del Rio on the 12th February – a match that arguably wouldn’t be happening if he really was making his in-ring return for WWE.
Of course, Kurt could just be saying this to trick us, and it’s all a wrestling angle. But I think, for us all to get maximum enjoyment of the Rumble, let’s assume he won’t be showing up. That way, if he doesn’t, we’re not too disappointed. And if he does, it’s an awesome, awesome kind of surprise.
Earlier this month, TNA underwent a week-long set of TV tapings – the first under their new owners Anthem Giant Bird and Entertainment. Like with any new change in ownership, a few teething issues can be expected. But not, maybe “the worst week they’ve ever had working at [Universal Studios].”
WrestlingNewsWorld are reporting that Universal Studios employees were very upset with the week’s worth of Impact Wrestling tapings, with one calling them a “disaster”. Apparently, because of the new ownership, some of the people usually responsible for ushering tourists into the studio were no longer involved, which led to trouble filling up the crowd.
At one point, a tour group of hundreds of Brazilian tourists came in to help fill the venue. TNA were so excited they had the building half-full, they rearranged the match order of the taping to have one episode’s main event in front of this new large crowd. Thing is, “half-way through the match, all the Brazilians got up in unison and left.”
What do you make of Kurt Angle denying he’ll be in the Royal Rumble match? Just starting chanting ‘You Suck’ in the comments below.
You can still buy tickets for Dominant Wrestling this Saturday on the 28th January, and you can watch it broadcast live at the same time with Rey Mysterio, Johnny Mundo, Drew Galloway and more in action on Spike TV in the UK, which can be found on channel 31 on Freeview, 160 on Sky and 154 on Virgin.