Friday, June 8, 2012

Christian Returning to TNA at Slammiversary

Yes you read that right, current WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian is returning to TNA this weekend at Slammiversary.  TNA President Dixie Carter confirmed the news via her Twitter:

"On a plane headed to Dallas for the big PPV this weekend. Very excited is joinin us for the night. He's one of my favorites"

It appears that Christian's one night appearance for TNA is the exchange TNA gets for allowing Ric Flair to appear at the WWE Hall of Fame this year.  I never thought we would see the day that WWE and TNA would openly exchange talent in such a way, but the fans are the real winners in these situation.  Speculation is already abound that Christian may be the first inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame which takes place at Slammiversary, but he seems like an odd choice being his run in TNA was relatively short although he is a former TNA Heavyweight Champion.  Another possibility is Christian being involved in the ceremony and maybe inducting whoever the inductee is.  It is highly unlikely Christian would be wrestling on the show, but it sounds like he will indeed be making an appearance at Slammiversary this Sunday from Arlington, Texas and on pay-per-view.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New WWE Championship Belt Revealed?

New WWE Championship BeltWWE fans rejoice, it looks like we finally have photographic proof that the horribly outdated, blinged out spinner WWE Championship Belt is about to be replaced.  Pics of a new belt have surfaced online, and sources are confirming that this is indeed the new design for the title. 

The belt sort of reminds me of a UFC type title, with the big WWE logo and mostly gold overall.  Thankfully there isn't much "bling" as that era went out in about 2006.  At the time it made sense for John Cena to have such a belt being he was doing somewhat of a rap gimmick still, but having guys like The Miz and even more so with CM Punk carrying that belt just makes no sense at all.  Punk tweeted recently that a new belt design was on the way, and it looks like this is our first look at it.  Word is there will be a few additions or touch ups on it, but at this point ANYthing is better than that horrible spinner belt that stopped spinning a few years back.

CM Punk hinted that the 1000th RAW would be a good time to debut the new belt, but it remains to be seen if he would even be the guy to debut it since he has a title defense against Daniel Bryan and Kane coming up.  Hopefully the finished belt is a major improvement, and a title that we don't have to look at with embarrassment like we have for years now.  If this is indeed the new belt, I'll say it's at least better than the spinner, but still not a very traditional look for a wrestling belt.  Maybe when we see the completely finished product it will grow on us, but the days when belts featured globes and eagles instead of huge letters are still our favorite.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Rip and Zeus from "No Holds Barred" Open Twitter Accounts

Rip vs. Zeus No Holds Barred

This is pretty cool for anyone that was a fan around the time the "No Holds Barred' movie was released in 1989.  The main 2 characters from the movie, "Rip" and "Zeus" have opened official Twitter accounts that WWE has acknowledged.  The accounts both clearly state that they are not actors Hulk Hogan or Tiny Lister, but rather the characters from the movie.  It might be a bit cheesy to some, but hey this movie is all about cheese yet still has to be considered somewhat of a cult classic.

The Twitter accounts are a unique way WWE is promoting the first ever release of No Holds Barred on DVD on July 3rd.  It's hard to believe out of ALL the DVD releases over the years, this is the first time No Holds Barred has been available.  The movie came out at an odd time in WWE when "Zeus" crossed over the from the movie and they tried to push a main event feud between Zeus and Hogan, but Zeus didn't cut it in the ring so plans were scrapped after a couple of pay per view tag matches where Zeus's weaknesses could be hidden.  I've read rumors over the year that Zeus vs. Hogan at one point was even planned to headline Wrestlemania 6.  The movie itself was fun at the time being Hogan pretty much played himself, and also saw appearances from Gene Okerlund, Jesse Ventura, Stan Hansen, Demolition Ax, and other wrestling personalities.

Now all these years later, No Holds Barred is all about some fun nostalgia and these Twitter accounts are very cool.  It's quite humorous to see both Zeus and Rip commenting and interacting with current WWE stars.  Check out the accounts @Rip and @Zeus on Twitter, and check out No Holds Barred for the first time on DVD on July 3rd.