– CM Punk conducted a Q&A session on Twitter on Saturday night where he endorsed a TNA wrestler.
An Austin Aries fan asked, “Thoughts on “A Double”, Austin Aries? Or you’re not allowed to talk about the other company?” Punk responded, “I think he’s great!”
Punk also fielded a question on the passing of Matt Osborne, who portrayed Doink the Clown. He wrote, “sucks of course.”
– Throughout 2013 for WWE Magazine, the WWE Divas are paying tribute to the wrestlers of yesteryear by channeling their trademark wardrobe in photo shoots. In the latest installment, Natalya honors former Hart family nemesis Shawn Michaels by donning an outfit akin to the initial “Heartbreak Kid” look. To view the photos, click here.
– The return of Christian on Raw is highlighted in the latest WWE Raw Slam of the Week.
NBC News in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas is reporting that Matt Osborne, who portrayed Doink the Clown for WWE in 1992 and 1993, died at an area hospital on Friday—not his girlfriend’s residence as widely reported.
Osborne, 55, was transported to the hospital after his girlfriend found him unresponsive inside their apartment in Plano, Texas.
Police are investigating Osborne’s death and believe it to be “accidental.”
The day before his death, Osborne expressed excitement over the summer season via Facebook. He wrote, “I HAVE SOO MUCH GOING ON THIS SUMMER dON’T KNOW IF i’M COMING OR GOING! bUT……THATS THE WAY HU HUH i LIKE IT HU HUH HU HUH! mISS MY BROTHERS!!!!”
Matt Osbourne, who is known to early WWF fans as the original Doink the Clown, has passed away.
Details surrounding his passing are not available at this time. He was found this morning, in Texas by his girlfriend. He would have turned 57 years old next month.
We would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Osbourne.
WWE superstar CM Punk has obtained a restraining order against his estranged mother — claiming she constantly hits him up for money and then threatens to kill herself if he doesn’t come through … TMZ has learned.
Punk — real name Phillip Brooks — claims in legal docs filed in Illinois that he’s tried to break off his relationship with his mother for more than a year “due to repeated financial demands and years of abusive, harassing and threatening behavior.”
In the document, Punk says he’s made an effort to help his mom — who he claims suffers from bipolar disorder — giving her more than $100,000. But Punk says her “abusive/threatening behavior” escalated when he cut her off.
That’s when Punk’s mom allegedly unleashed a torrent of nasty emails — telling the wrestler, “You don’t give a s**t about us. You just care about your money and money hungry/fame hungry friends. You would sell us for a nickel.”
Punk also says his mother threatened to release potentially embarrassing information about her son’s past. Punk suggests the information has to do with arrests when he was in high school.
In the docs, Punk says his mother has threatened to commit suicide on at least 4 occasions in 2012.
Punk says, “I wish for the harassment to stop and am requesting the assistance of the court in this regards.”
The judge in the case granted the temporary restraining order back on June 10 — but the wrestler is due back in court today where he will likely try to extend the protection order for several years.
– The Sun Herald in Mississippi has reported new details on Jack Swagger’s legal troubles, after a trial that lasted several hours in Gulfport on Tuesday.
* When Swagger was stopped by police on February 19th, he told police he had just showered, stopped by a fast food restaurant and was “pretty banged up” after the SmackDown tapings that night.
* The officer testified that Swagger was driving 10 mph faster than the speed limit and that he smelled burned marijuana in Swagger’s rental car. The officer also saw a few pieces of marijuana on Swagger’s lap.
* Swagger did not testify yesterday but a video recorded by a patrol car camera was shown. Swagger told the officer that night he smoked some marijuana before leaving the Coliseum that night. Swagger told the officer, “I know I f-d up. I apologize, man.”
* An officer testified that Swagger handed him his credit card when asked for his driver’s license. Swagger’s speech was slow, his eyes bloodshot and watery, but he was “cooperative, nervous and talkative.” A DUI officer said, “He was just as docile as a gentleman can possibly be.”
* A video showed Swagger taking a field sobriety test in 44 degree weather on the side of the road. The DUI officer described the test as a “walk and turn” while counting and a one-leg stand, also while counting. Swagger stumbled a few times while waving his arms in the air to balance himself and stood on one leg. “It was probably by far one of the worst I’ve ever seen as a DUI officer for under the influence of marijuana,” the officer testified.
* Swagger was fined $1,000 plus $300 in court costs for the DUI conviction. He was also fined $198 for speeding and must attend an alcohol-safety class and a victim-impact class. Swagger can get his license back in 90 days if he completes the classes, instead of a year.
– The following was sent out today:
2K Announces Original Cover Artwork Contest for WWE® 2K14
Consumers presented with opportunity to create original designs featuring popular WWE Superstars and Divas
Winning design to be included with WWE 2K14 retail copies
New York, NY – June 24, 2013 – 2K today announced a new contest giving the WWE Universe a unique opportunity to design its own WWE® 2K14 video game cover artwork. WWE Superstar The Rock® is confirmed as the game’s official cover Superstar, but for the first time, 2K is giving consumers the ability to create their own designs for the chance to appear exclusively on the inside of game copies at retail outlets.
Whether consumers opt for designs featuring the likes of WWE Superstars John Cena®, CM Punk®, Dolph Ziggler® or Ryback™, the decision is now in their hands. Participants will go online to wwe.2k.com/covercontest and choose from a wide variety of images featuring WWE Superstars and Divas, as well as iconic 2K livery, to enhance their designs. The winning cover artwork will be selected on creative merit and included with copies of WWE 2K14 at retail, as well as featured by 2K in social media and official promotions.
To submit contest entries, consumers will use Twitter to promote their images, with the hashtag #WWE2K14 Cover included in their tweets. No purchase necessary. Currently open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., at least 18 years of age. Contest ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on July, 23, 2013. Void where prohibited. Subject to the official rules, located at wwe.2k.com/covercontest. A similar contest is also planned for Europe, with details to follow in the coming weeks.
Michael Tarver was recently interviewed by Wrestling Heels Radio. Here are some highlights.
When he realized he wanted to become a wrestler: “I remember as a kid growing up watching. One of my favorite moments was a match between Eddie Gueuerro and I think it was Kurt Angle. I think it was SmackDown. Match was finished, and he lost the match but got a standing ovation when he stood up. I was amazed. And knew I was extremely interested in that moment. It spoke to me.”
Signing with WWE developmental (FCW): “When I signed the contract I was homeless. I literally was homeless. I had just come out of a very rough situation personally. I was working three jobs around the clock and training, body-building and wrestling. Traveling two days a week. I wasn’t sleeping. I had to choose between saving money and getting an apartment or paying child support to take care of my children. I chose the latter of the two. I would drive to Philly (an eight hour drive from OH) just to get a shot to work with PWX.
“So when I got that contract, I cried. It was surreal. I never thought anything like that could happen to me in my life. I was literally sleeping in my truck or on a friend’s couch. The contract became effective two days before my birthday in 2008. I moved from OH to Tampa FL that month and it happened to be the week of Wrestlemania 28. When I got that I found myself on with. the Big Show. I literally went from being homeless to being on WrestleMania. I didn’t expect it. I was feeling something big was coming because things were starting to go right but I never would have thought in a million years it would be WWE. I was very, very thankful for it. And every year I was on WWE I made it my goal to work arder than everyone else and not let it ever be said anyone worked harder than me. I’d stay after practice sometimes. Sometimes turn the lights off. I worked hard to keep this opportunity to take care of my children that I would never ever thought I’d get.”
His reaction when he was going to be put into the Nexus angle: “Well, we didn’t know. We had no idea about the Nexus until the night it debuted. And there it is. The idea came from a SmackDown episode. WWE is entertainment, but Wade Barrett is a legitimate, natural-born leader. He was approached with something that ended up becoming the Nexus. He approached us and he handled ambiance and told us to go out and destroy everything. And if we did not destroy everything we would get fired and lose our jobs. Told us not to tell anyone. No one was supposed to know. We got back there that night in Miami. And we destroyed everything. It was a very special weekend. The night before that was my daughter’s birthday. It was a very special experience. I am very thankful for that experience.”
What caused the Nexus angle to fizzle out: “There’s always something going on backstage, but what’s important is the product. The product is the most important hing. Well, really the fans are the most important things. But regardless of what’s going on backstage it’s about what you do in that ring in front of the cameras. We did everything we could. The Nexus was a wonderful story line and great opportunity. There were a lot of things about my issues with John Cena. I have nothing against John Cena. I’m his biggest fan. I still watch him every week. It’s all about what you do in the ring. At the end of the day, you need to be able to do your job, no matter what’s going on. I believe a lot of things could have been done differently. But it’s not about what I believe. It’s still something that was very different. We were different because we were ‘rookies’. What we were doing had not been done. The way we did it had not been done. The honor of being compared to the ranks of those people is something I’ll always be grateful for. It is what it is. I’m proud of those guys. They’re great guys. Those guys are extremely talented and I’m happy to see that. The Nexus was something very special. There was a match on Smack Down and all you heard was ‘We want Nexus.’ It’s very special.”
His thoughts on the current product: “I’m always watching, I’m always studying. I always want to get better. I want to show the world that I’m as talented as I know that I am. I whole-heartedly believe that I can go toe to toe with John Cena and CM Punk and get the microphone and go toe to toe with them. And I know from experience that I can hold my own with anyone in the world. But me knowing I can is different from the rest of the world knowing that I can. So I always keep that chip on my shoulder and I train extremely hard and it keeps me hungry. So I keep that humility about me. If it’s 50 people or 500 I pretend it’s five or ten thousand people. I found that at the end of the
day I know how to perform.”
His potential dream matches: “Kurt Angle is a dream match. I’d love to be in the ring with Kurt Angle. I’ve been in the ring with Randy Orton, but I’d love to have a face-to-face, one on one with Randy Orton. I’ve been in the ring with him but would love to go one-on-one, go strike to strike. Bobby Roode… we could do somethingspecial. James Storm. A lot of guys. Legendary and current.”
If he would join TNA: “I don’t know about that, but. (Chuckles). I visited TNA a year or two ago. It was cool. It was fun and exciting. Don’t know you’ll see me, but I will always be a fan. I used to watch TNA years ago. Bat girl used to come out. Been watching it from back then. Definitely a huge fan and they definitely have my support.”
– Pro wrestling legend Jackie Fargo passed away this morning at age 85. Fargo was struggling with congenital heart disease issues. He was hospitalized last week, where he remained in critical condition.
Jerry “The King” Lawler took to Twitter to remember his mentor:
“My friend, father-figure and mentor, Jackie Fargo died this morning. He was the best!”
Jack Swagger is scheduled to go to trial stemming from his February DUI arrest on June 25th in Mississippi.
As PWMania.com previously reported, Swagger was arrested back on February 19th in Gulfsport, MS, 90 minutes after a WWE tapings in Biloxi, MS. Swagger was just beginning his push for a Wrestlemania World title shot against Alberto Del Rio.
City prosecutor Kirk Clark previously told the Associated Press that he was pushing for the maximum sentence against Swagger, which would be two days in jail and completion of victim-impact classes.
Swagger’s charges carry fines of $437 for possession of marijuana, $188 for driving 10 mph over the speed limit and $1,300 for driving impaired on a first DUI offense.
– Mark Henry made the following tweets Sunday night for his RAW return:
“Whether you loved or hated me in my career.I was all ways there for you. i appreciate u all. Good or bad I will live forever with u the fans.”
“I found a place. #raw #wwe I have spoke to my family and hope to talk to all of you fans tomorrow live from Grand Rapids. Guys Father Time is undefeated.”
– TNA removed Rob Van Dam’s profile from their website Sunday night after WWE’s announcement.
– Following Curtis Axel’s WWE Intercontinental Title win at Sunday’s Payback pay-per-view, he and his dad Curt Hennig are the first father-son to hold the title.