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In an interview with Fightful earlier this week, former WWF, WCW and TNA booker Vince Russo revealed he recently reached out to Vince McMahon offering to ‘contribute’ to the current WWE product. Surprisingly, considering this is the man widely blamed for the death of WCW, Vince McMahon apparently replied.
Never one to pull punches, Russo’s frequent antagoniser Jim Cornette has elaborated a little more on how this exchange came about, revealing Russo’s efforts were a bit more frequent than he lets on:
“I have this on pretty good authority, Vince Russo emails Vince McMahon every week after Raw. Still to this day. And he begs constantly for a job…he’s the only one that hadn’t figured out that everyone’s seen through his f****** bulls*** and don’t want him around…Russo – get a sign and stand on the corner, Main Street in Stamford, Connecticut, and say ‘will book for food.’”
Talking of ghosts from WWE’s past wanting to come back, the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter writes that speculation is once again building over Hulk Hogan’s inevitable return to the company.
WWE terminated Hogan’s contract in 2015 after racist comments made by the Hulkster were leaked as part of his sex tape trial against Gawker. He seemed very close to returning for this year’s Wrestlemania, with his daughter Brooke revealing WWE had contacted him about appearing on their biggest show of the year, but those plans were obviously dropped.
The latest surge in return speculation comes because the most recent WWE Kids Magazine – which is available in the UK, Spain and the Middle East, not the US – contained a Hulk Hogan poster, and that “Hogan has said that he and Vince are talking.”
Dave Meltzer maintains that Hogan’s WWE return isn’t a matter of if, it’s a matter of when – but “that will be determined by when the company is reasonably sure that bringing him back won’t cause a backlash,” noting that if the Hulkster is brought back as an Ambassador, they want media questions to be about WWE, not his leaked racist comments.
Despite Raw getting its second lowest rating of all time this week, Smackdown managed to increase its average viewership ever so slightly to 2.35 million.
You all agreed that it was a mighty fine show, with 71% rating the episode as SmackTastic, and 19% being slightly less impressed with Smack Bang in the Middle.
We’re back to WWE pay-per-views every other week, people – yay! Which means even though we’ve barely had time to recover from Smackdown’s Backlash show, Extreme Rules is this Sunday.
One of the leading theories for the show, as put forward by F4WOnline, is that Miz will win the Intercontinental Championship from Dean Ambrose. Their match stipulation is arguably the strangest on the card, in that the title can change hands on a disqualification. Meaning Miz and Ambrose’s clash on a show called Extreme Rules is effectively an anti-Extreme Rules match.
Elias Samson has been involved in the build to their match, winning his in-ring debut against Ambrose when Miz gave The Drifter a double axe-handle to the back, awarding Samson the DQ victory. The following week, before squashing a local competitor, Elias sung a song with the line “an eye for an eye” – possibly alluding to him giving The Miz a DQ victory, and thus 7th Intercontinental title reign, in return.
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