An article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution states that Larry Pfohl (also known as Lex Luger) was arrested near his home in Marietta, GA on a DUI. He was found “slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle” by police, and then drove away, only to be caught and charged with a DUI and other charges, such as driving on an expired tag, no insurance, alteration of tag, and having an open container in his car. Sad story, to say the least, for a 46-year-old. The link for the story is here — http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cherokee/0205/01luger.html — you have to subscribe to the online edition to read it.
Paul London was not legitimatelly injured last night at the Rumble. You could tell it was a work by the ridiculously sloppy way they put him on the stretcher. The Randy Orton “concussion” storyline was also a work. As funny as it sounds, the only legit injury to come out of the Rumble was Vince McMahon’s.
Speaking of McMahon, his appearance was a last-minute decision, and was not scripted! You might have wondered why there was no theme music playing when Vince made his appearance, and how they were obviously not ready for it on TV. The reason is that WWE was so behind in the time (the PPV ended at 9:57 PM, when PPV channels like to have their shows end 10 minute early, so they can plug PPV events), that they didn’t want to waste any more time, so they had Vince come out and shorten the “confusion.” This was also the reason why Batista and Cena kind of screwed up the ending of the Rumble, as only less than a minute after the match was restarted, it was already over. Unfortunate.
Many were surprised by the short period of time Kurt Angle spent in the actual Royal Rumble match. Although, WWE has been clear that they want to keep him away from the “big action,” and have been putting them in lighter matches as of late, the boys in the back thought that Angle would last longer, seeing as he’s one of the company’s backstage leaders, and main men.
Several sources have reported online today that the mood backstage at the Rumble PPV was hardly positive. A lot of people were unhappy with the schedule ahead of them, and even with some of the money they’ve been making as of late, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. There was at least one good thing coming out of the PPV, and that was the fact the two brands got to meet up once again.
Although WWE officials have not made it public, and probably won’t for a while, the word going around the ‘net continues to be that the current plan is for an ECW PPV to take place on June 12, from New York City. To add more fuel to this story, WWE registered the trademark “ECW ONE NIGHT STAND” on January 18 of this year. It could end up being the PPV’s name.
Matt Hardy has opened up his own official site (non-WWE). You can find it here — http://www.thematthardy.com/.
WWE.com had the following graphic and web page up already, before the Royal Rumble even escalated on PPV — http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/nowayout/. Scary.
On this date – January 31 – in 2000, The Radicalz made their debut in the WWF on RAW, as Cactus Jack’s “special guests.” They later turned on Foley to join up with Triple H. There’s some interesting irony in this.
I should be back when there’s more news to report!