Friday, August 31, 2007

[News Update] More on the Firing of Mike "Simon Dean" Bucci

Mike Bucci, better known as Simon Dean and also one of the names listed on the New York Daily News' list of Signature Pharmacy clients has been fired by WWE. Bucci was largely the manager of WWE's developmental territories, leaving behind his career as an active wrestler last summer to take the management position.

A number of sources within WWE are saying that the company terminated Bucci's contract sometime this afternoon. The word among wrestlers is that Bucci was called in for a meeting today by WWE officials on the heels of his name being mentioned by the New York Daily News yesterday as one of the wrestlers named in the Signature Pharmacy growth enhancing drug scandal. Wrestlers at the Florida Championship Wrestling training center were told of Bucci's dismissal this afternoon according to sources.

It is believed that Bucci was something of a sacrificial lamb, hence his sudden dismissal from the company. He wasn't getting good reviews with his work and thus he was considered to be expendable. Bucci was someone WWE could let go to "show" that they were serious about the current problem. Considering that he was in a management position and wrestlers fell under his leadership, WWE felt that they had no choice but to let him go because they couldn't have him setting an example like that.

Bucci's dealings with Signature Pharmacy likely occurred when he was an active wrestler for WWE, not while he was a manager of WWE's developmental territories. Had he not moved into that leadership position, he probably would have only faced a 30-day suspension. But since he was in a leadership position, he is now out of a job.

Bucci had been affiliated with WWE since 2002. After working in OVW for two years, he was finally promoted to the main roster in the fall of 2004 under the guise of a physical-fitness guru named Simon Dean. He faded away from his active wrestling duties in 2006 and wrestled in his last match in June of last year. He was taken off the road as an active wrestler so that he could put more focus on his Head of Developmental Talent Relations job. When WWE pulled their affiliation with DSW in April, Bucci was transferred to Florida Championship Wrestling to help run the developmental league with Steve Keirn.

Also keep in mind that Bucci was rumored to have incredible heat on him from his regular job in talent relations and was in the doghouse before his name surfaced.

[Breaking News] Mike "Simon Dean" Bucci Fired by WWE for Involvement in Drug Scandal

WWE talent executive Mike "Simon Dean" Bucci was released today by WWE.

Bucci worked as an executive in all the WWE developmental territories. Dave Scherer of PWInsider.com is reporting that the word among the wrestlers is that Bucci was called in for a meeting today by WWE in the wake of his name being mentioned by the New York Daily News yesterday as being someone on the list of workers named in the Signature Pharmacy growth enhancing drug scandal.

Bucci's dealings with Signature Pharmacy took place when he was still an active wrestler, not a manager.

[News Update] Update on Passenger in Nick Hogan's Car Accident

There was a prayer vigil yesterday in Clearwater, Florida, for John Graziano, the 22-year-old Marine who was critically injured in Nick Hogan's car accident Sunday night. According to Graziano's girlfriend Ashley, John "is still in very critical condition, but coming out little by little. He is in the ICU and we need people to continue to pray." John's sister Christina was also in attendance and said, "We have complete faith that he is going to recover and be completely fine." None of the Hogan's showed up to the service, but John's girlfriend Ashley did say the Hogan's have visited John's hospital bedside since the accident.

Nick and Brooke Hogan broken their silence yesterday, following Nick’s car accident, and released statements via their MySpace pages. Nick has also changed his default image to a picture of him and his passenger, John.

Nick's Statement: "I want to thank everyone who has sent their support to me. Right now I would like to ask all of you to focus your prayers on my friend John."

Brooke's Statement: "You have all been so sweet to reach out to me and my family during this time. As you guys may know, Nicky has been released from the hospital, but my best friend John is still in the hospital. Every single prayer helps John heal, so please, keep praying and don't give up. Every single one of you makes a difference. I love you all, and thank you again for supporting me in this."

[News Update] Details On How WWE Suspensions Will Be Conducted

Rumors are still swirling about which of the wrestlers named in connection with Orlando based Signature Pharmacy have be suspended by the WWE. 15 active WWE wrestlers were named in connection with the pharmacy, but only 10 were announced to be suspended by WWE who refused to publicly named the wrestlers. WWE lawyer Jerry McDevitt also said in an interview last night with Greta Van Susteren that more suspensions could be coming soon.

As of now the suspensions of the 10 wrestlers will be treated very carefully. Stars that are involved in major angles will be given a few weeks to be written out of the storylines, drop their belts and so on. Wrestlers who aren't currently doing much will probably just be taken off with no warning similar to Jeff Hardy a few weeks ago.
There is the possibility that top talent like ECW Champion John Morrison may continue as normal but will not be paid. This has happened in the past.

Stay tuned to LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com as we'll have more information as it becomes available.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

[News Update] More WWE Suspensions Likely; Latest News

In an interview on On the Record with Greta Van Susteren earlier today, WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt said that two more wrestlers may be suspended tomorrow. He said they have to talk with the talents to confirm information first before making a decision. McDevitt aso added that WWE independently confirmed all information it received from the DA before suspending the ten wrestlers earlier today. According to McDevitt, the ten suspensions are without pay and will last for either thirty or sixty days (depending on whether it was a first or second offense). Regarding why WWE aren't revealing names today of those suspended, McDevitt said, "It's a fair notice issue to us." Although he also noted that talent has been told that they will be publicly identified in the future should they violate the policy. "We do that in the belief that it will give greater transparency to the program and hopefully operate as a deterent to anybody who wishes to engage in this activity," McDevitt said. Furthermore, McDevitt said that it's not just a WWE problem. He said Signature Pharmacy was sending drugs to policemen, firemen, and pro athletes. He said that he heard that the NFL will be releasing names of players linked to the scandal in a few days.

In an interesting note, four of the five wrestlers that consisted of Team Rated-RKO at last year's Survivor Series have been listed as being clients of Signature Pharmacy. The team consisted of Edge, Randy Orton, Johnny Nitro, Mike Knox and Gregory Helms. The only wrestler on the team not outed as of today is Mike Knox. Team Rated-RKO lost to Team DX in a clean sweep at the pay-per-view event.

To recap, all in all, 20 past and present WWE wrestlers were listed as being clients of the busted Signature Pharmacy in Orlando. Of the 20 listed, 15 of them are currently contracted to WWE. Three are deceased (Brian Adams, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero), one was recently released (Sylvain Grenier), and another wrestler was on the verge of being signed this week, if he hasn't already (Johnny Stamboli).

While not 100% official, the following ten wrestlers listed appear to be the wrestlers most likely to have been suspended by WWE after Sports Illustrated revealed that every single one of them purchased drugs over the Internet through Signature Pharmacy after the institution of the WWE Wellness Policy in February 2006 - a clear violation of the policy. WWE suspended 10 wrestlers today based upon information received in the Signature bust, though not necessarily these wrestlers. Here is SI's list again:

Charlie Haas - Purchased drugs as late as January 2007.

Chavo Guerrero - Purchased drugs as late as May 2006.

Edge - Purchased drugs as late as February 2007.

Funaki - Purchased Somatropin in March 2006.

Gregory Helms - Purchased drugs as late as February 2007.

John Morrison - Purchased five different drugs as late as February 2007 .

Mr. Kennedy - Purchased three drugs between October 2006 and February 2007, including testosterone, which is an anabolic steroid. Kennedy sternly claimed in a recent interview entitled 'WWE Stopped My Steroid Use' that he completely stopped doing steroids as soon as the WWE Wellness Policy was implemented.

Randy Orton - Purchased drugs as late as February 2007.

Umaga - Purchased Somatropin as late as December 2006.

William Regal - Purchased drugs as late as November 2006.

Of the ten listed, two currently hold WWE Championship belts, two more are involved in a major storyline, four more are active performers, and two are out indefinitely due to injury.

The following five WWE wrestlers were listed as being clients of the Signature Pharmacy as well, but their names didn't turn up on Sports Illustrated's list. It should be noted that Anthony Carelli aka Santino Marella didn't sign a contract with WWE until 2006, and the WWE Wellness Policy was implemented early that year, so it would be wise to assume that the following wrestlers haven't been totally cleared yet in regards to a possible suspension just because their names weren't listed in the Sports Illustrated article:

Batista
Chris Masters
King Booker
Santino Marella
Simon Dean

The following five wrestlers are no longer contracted to WWE. Three are deceased, one was recently released, and Stamboli's WWE status is unclear at the moment.

Brian Adams
Chris Benoit
Eddie Guerrero
Johnny Stamboli
Sylvain Grenier

[News Update] Major Suspension Update: Who Was Receiving What

From SI.com:
Since last summer, Sports Illustrated reporters Luis Fernando Llosa and L. Jon Wertheim have been investigating an illegal steroid distribution network that has implicated pro athletes. On Feb. 27, the reporters accompanied federal and state drug enforcement agents on a coordinated raid of an Orlando compound pharmacy and a Jupiter, Fla., "anti-aging" clinic that investigators allege conspired to fraudulently prescribe steroids, human growth hormone and other performance enhancing drugs over the Internet.

With its rare confluence of hot button topics -- sports, kids, death, and drugs -- the double-murder, suicide case involving pro wrestler Chris Benoit and his family made for a cause celebre last summer. When the news cycle passed and the media turned its attention to a corrupt NBA referee and an NFL quarterback financing a dogfighting ring, investigators continued to explore the pipeline that enabled professional athletes to obtain steroids and human growth hormone through a chain of compound pharmacies, "anti-aging" clinics and venal doctors who often rubber-stamped prescriptions, sometimes without treating their "patients."

As the WWE is embattled by charges that its wrestlers die early and unexpectedly with alarming frequency, it must now counter evidence that the culture is awash in illicit drug use. That cause wasn't helped on Thursday, when, based on information provided to the WWE by the Albany District Attorney's office, the organization suspended 10 wrestlers for violating the company's drug policy.

While the WWE declined to release the names of the suspended athletes, SI has learned that a dozen professional wrestlers have received steroids and/or human growth hormone through the drug network. The WWE would not confirm which, if any, of the following wrestlers are among those suspended:

• Benoit, who died June 24, 2007, received nandrolone and anastrozole in February 2006. (Anastrozole is used by athletes to counter side effects of steroid use, such as water retention and breast enlargement.)

• Two weeks prior to Eddie Guerrero's death on Nov. 13, 2005, he was sent nandrolone, testosterone, and anastrozole. Guerrero died in a Minneapolis hotel room due to what a coroner later ruled as heart disease, complicated by an enlarged heart resulting from a history of anabolic steroid use.

• Chavo Guerrero, who found his uncle Eddie dead in the Minneapolis hotel room, received, among other drugs, somatropin (HGH), nandrolone and anastrozole between April 2005 and May 2006.

• Between November 2003 and February 2007, Shane Helms, a/k/a The Hurricane, received, among other drugs, testosterone, genotropin (HGH) and nandrolone. (As previously reported by SI, he allegedly received HGH from an Arizona doctor in 2005.)

• Starting in September 2004 through February 2007, Randy Orton received somatropin, nandrolone, stanozolol.

• John Hennigan, a/k/a Johnny Nitro, a.k.a. Johnny Morrison, is the current WWE Extreme Championship Wrestling's heavyweight champion. Between June 2006 and February 2007 he was prescribed somatropin, anastrozole, testosterone, stanozolol and chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced naturally during pregnancy. (HCG is taken by anabolic steroid users to stimulate the production of testosterone, which is suppressed as a result of steroid use.)

• Ken Anderson, a/k/a Mr. Kennedy, lost to Eddie Guerrero in Guerrero's final match on Nov. 11, 2005. Kennedy received shipments of anastrozole, somatropin and testosterone between October 2006 and February 2007.

• Shoichi Funaki received somatropin in March 2006.

• Brian Adams, a/k/a Crush, who retired from the pro circuit in 2001, was found dead of unknown causes on Aug. 13. He received nandrolone, testosterone and Somatropin or HGH in December 2006.

• Charles Haas was prescribed anastrozole, somatropin, stanozolol, nandrolone and chorionic gonadotropin between August 2006 and January 2007.

• Edward Fatu received somatropin between July and December 2006.

• Between November 2004 and November 2006, Darren Matthews received stanozolol, somatropin, genotropin, and anastrozole.

• Adam Copeland, a/k/a Edge, received somatropin, genotropin (both HGH), and stanozolol between September 2004 and February 2007.

• Sylvain Grenier received somatropin, nandrolone, genotropin and stanozolol, starting in February 2005 through July 2006.

Through WWE spokesman Gary Davis, the applicable WWE wrestlers listed above declined comment.

In the wake of Eddie Guerrero's steroid-related death, the WWE instituted a "Talent Wellness Program" in February 2006. The policy "prohibits the use of performance-enhancing drugs, as well as other prescription drugs which can be abused, if taken for other than a legitimate medical purpose pursuant to a valid prescription from a licensed and treating physician. For purposes of WWE's policy, prescriptions obtained over the Internet and/or from suppliers of prescription drugs from the Internet are not considered to have been given for a legitimate medical purpose."

Under the Talent Wellness Program, an initial positive test triggers to a 30-day suspension and a second positive leads to a 60-day suspension. A third positive yields a termination.

After Benoit's death, Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) contacted the WWE requesting more information on the Talent Wellness Program. In addition to the rash of recent wrestler deaths, Congress has expressed concerned that the WWE counts more than more 500,000 kids among its weekly viewership.

[News Update] WWE Suspensions: What We Know, Don't Know, Names, and More

At this point, no names have been confirmed to be suspended by WWE. Earlier today, WWE did confirm that 10 unnamed WWE superstars had been suspended. Late this afternoon, The New York Daily News revealed several WWE superstars' names that came up in the Albany, NY DA's investigation into Signature Pharmacy. Here are the names that The NY Daily News revealed:

Randy Orton, Charles Haas, Adam "Edge" Copeland, Robert "Booker" Huffman, Shane Helms, Mike "Simon Dean" Bucci, Anthony "Santino Marella" Carelli, John "Morrison" Hennigan, Darren "William Regal" Matthews, Ken "Kennedy" Anderson and Chavo Guerrero.

Later this evening, ESPN named more superstars that were clients of Signature Pharmacy. The names ESPN revealed are:

Shoichi Funaki, Dave "Batista" Bautista, Chris "Masters" Mordetsky in addition to Edge, Morrison and Helms who were previously mentioned.

Around 7PM this evening, The New York Daily News updated its article adding Eddie "Umaga" Fatu to the list of clients for Signature Pharmacy. SI.com also issued a detailed list of WWE superstars receiving shipments of drugs which you can read here on the site.

So far, the WWE is refusing to list of suspended names but they have confirmed they issued the suspensions based on independent information received by the Albany DA. WWE is the first organization to reprimand its employees in the Signature Pharmacy scandal. Investigators say they expect numerous stars from Major League Baseball and The NFL to emerge soon as well.

It's obvious that this has rocked WWE to the core at a very bad time for the company as they prepare for the Congressional hearings. We will keep you up to date on any breaking information as soon as it becomes available.

[News Update] Very Latest on WWE Suspensions

As noted earlier, T.J. Quinn of the New York Daily News received a list of WWE wrestlers who were clients of Signature Pharmacy and were as follows:

- Randy Orton
- Charlie Haas
- Adam Copeland (Edge)
- Robert Huffman (King Booker)
- Shane Helms (Gregory Helms)
- Mike Bucci (Nova/Simon Dean)
- Anthony Carelli (Santino Marella)
- John Hennigan (John Morrison/Johnny Nitro)
- Darren Matthews (William Regal)
- Ken Anderson (Mr. Kennedy)
- Chavo Guerrero

ESPN also produced the following three names as well:

- Dave Bautista
- Shoichi Funkai
- Chris Mordetzky (Chris Masters)

Based on records obtained through sources a few months ago, Adam "Edge" Copeland's last reported prescription came many years ago when he was recovering from neck surgery.

So, it is likely many of these incidents took place before the Wellness Policy was implemented in February of 2006. It is said to be well known that Orton and Helms' transactions took place well before the WWE's new drug policy and that the Helms & Copeland transactions took place during injury rehab. It also may not be the smartest thing to jump on Ken Anderson already, depending on the date, as he admitted to steroid use prior to February of 2006.

It should be stressed that it was not confirmed that any of these men are among the 10 wrestlers that were suspended by WWE earlier today (those names will be made public on November 1). For those who remember the Sports Illustrated investigation earlier this year, WWE was very aware of the names involved and chose not to suspend anyone at the time because the time frame took place before the Wellness Policy was put into full gear. It is possible WWE could still suspend these wrestlers even if dates took place before February of 2006 due to media and government pressure. Chris Benoit, Brian Adams and Eddie Guerrero were also on the list as well. Several more WWE wrestlers were said to be on the list as well, including one wrestler who was scheduled to be hired this week.

[News Update] More Information on WWE Suspensions

World Wrestling Entertainment, under fire since one of its top stars was involved in a double-murder suicide, announced the suspension of 10 of its wrestlers on Thursday.

They are being suspended for violating the WWE's "wellness policy."


The move comes as investigators from the Albany, N.Y., district attorney's office have been gathering information about steroid use by WWE wrestlers as part of a wide ranging investigation into online pharmacies and the doctors who write prescriptions for them.


WWE did not release the names of those suspended. A source close to the investigation said that WWE was told that the following wrestlers were among the clients of one of the pharmacies under investigation, Signature of Orlando: Shoichi Funaki, Dave Bautista, Adam "Edge" Copeland, Chris "Masters" Mordetsky, John "Johnny Nitro" Hennigan, and Shane Helms. Chris Benoit, the wrestler who killed his wife and son before hanging himself in June, was also a Signature client, as were two other wrestlers who recently died, Eddie Guerrero and Brian "Crush" Adams.


The Albany district attorney's office is examining online prescription mills where doctors get paid as little as $25 to issue online prescriptions, which in turn are filled by friendly pharmacies. In addition to Signature, its investigators raided pharmacies in Mobile, Ala. and Bay Ridge, N.Y.


Among those who have pleaded guilty are a Florida doctor named Claire Godfrey, who has admitted to prescribing performance-enhancing drugs at least two WWE wrestlers. In exchange for a plea that will keep her out of prison, she is cooperating with prosecutors.


The suspensions, which were accompanied by a WWE pledge to make future actions public after Nov. 1, comes at a time of mounting pressure on the WWE. A spokesman for the House Energy & Commerce Committee said Thursday that its commerce subcommittee will be holding hearings into the WWE in late September. The aide said a witness list has not been finalized.

Also looking into the company is the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In a request that parallels what was asked of Major League Baseball, the committee is seeking a list of drugs covered by the WWE's policies, the number of tests it conducts annually, the protocols followed after a positive test and the procedures for awarding exemptions.


The issue of steroids and WWE largely faded until late June, when Benoit killed his wife and son in their suburban Atlanta home before hanging himself. His body was found to have 10 times the normal level of testosterone, as well as the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the painkiller hydrocodone, authorities said.


The WWE instituted its current drug testing policy after the November 2005 death of Benoit's best friend, Guerrero, 38, who was found dead in a hotel room in Minneapolis. On Aug. 15, a day before WWE officials met with the Albany prosecutors, Adams, 44, was found dead of undetermined causes in his Florida home. Toxicology tests are pending.


The WWE has insisted that it randomly tests its 180 athletes at least four times a year. But its program has been criticized by a number of people, including David Black, the president of Aegis Sciences, a laboratory in Nashville that runs the WWE's testing program. "The intention is not to punish, but to get them [the wrestlers] to engage in a different lifestyle," Black said in a July story in the New York Times.

[News Update] Names Revealed of 10 Wrestlers Suspended by WWE for Wellness Policy Violations

The following is an article from TJ Quinn of the NY Daily News:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - World Wrestling Entertainment has suspended 10 of its most popular stars for violations of a policy that tests for steroids and other drugs after receiving information from New York prosecutors, the company said Thursday.

Stamford-based WWE says it issued suspension notices based on independent information from the Albany County New York District Attorney's Office, which has been investigating illegal steroid sales.

The New York Daily News Web site said Thursday that wrestlers Randy Orton, Charles Haas, Jr., Adam "Edge" Copeland, Robert "Booker T" Huffman, Shane Helms, Mike Bucci, Anthony Carelli, John "Johnny Nitro" Hennigan, Darren "William Regal" Matthews, Ken "Mr. Kennedy" Anderson and Chavo Guerrero were suspended.

Neither the WWE nor the Albany County District Attorney's office would comment on the pro wrestlers' identities Thursday, aside from saying no criminal charges were filed.

Under the WWE wellness policy begun last year, which requires tests for steroids and other drugs, a wrestler faces a 30-day suspension without pay for a first violation, a 60-day suspension for a second violation and firing for a third violation. Performers are tested at least four times per year.

"We are very actively working to eradicate the use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs in the WWE," WWE spokesman Gary Davis said. "Today's action is part of that effort."

WWE officials met with New York prosecutors investigating illegal steroid sales earlier this month. Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares' office has said pro wrestler Chris Benoit, who killed his family before hanging himself in June, had been a client of Signature Pharmacy of Orlando, Fla. Investigators say Benoit had a steroid and other drugs in his system at the time.

The wrestlers suspended Thursday were also Signature clients, the Daily News reported.

Nine people, including three current or former physicians, have pleaded guilty, most affiliated with Internet and phone-order companies that filled orders for anabolic steroids and growth hormones through Signature and sent drugs to customers around the country, including Albany County. Signature's owners have pleaded not guilty.

The Benoit case prompted the House Oversight and GovernmentReform Committee to ask WWE to turn over any information it has on steroid and drug abuse in pro wrestling.

WWE said the company's practice has been to not release the names of suspended wrestlers, but the company has notified performers that starting Nov. 1 the names of those suspended for violating the policy will be made public.

WWE has about 160 wrestlers. WWE shares closed Thursday at $14.80, down 21 cents.

[Breaking News] WWE Suspends 10 Wrestlers for Wellness Policy Violations

Dave Meltzer of WrestlingObserver.com is reporting that WWE suspended ten performers today based on information that the company received from investigators in the Albany, NY district attorney’s office. While the names of the performers have yet to be released, it should be fairly obvious within the next week at least who some of them are.

Apparently the suspensions are based on information on superstars that were using Signature Pharmacy or another Internet prescription service prior to WWE’s implementation of the Wellness Policy. WWE has informed all talent that starting on November 1st the company will release the names of anyone suspended because of Wellness violations.

WWE released the following official press release confirming the suspension of 10 Superstars:
WWE® Statement On Performer Suspensions

STAMFORD, Conn., August 30, 2007 - Based on independent information received from investigators from the Albany County, NY D.A.’s office, WWE has today, under the penalty provisions of its wellness policy, issued suspension notices to 10 of its performers for violations. It has been WWE’s practice not to release the names of those who have been suspended, but notice has been sent to all WWE performers that names of anyone who is suspended under the Wellness Policy as of November 1 will be made public.
Stay tuned to LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com as we will have more on this story as it develops.

[News Update] Tully Blanchard Mistakenly Identified as Heritage Champion on Showdown

Tully Blanchard was incorrectly identified as the LCW Heritage Champion on last night's LCW Showdown results. The match between Blanchard and Sam Houston last night on LCW Showdown was not for the title, but actually for a title shot, to determine the number one contender for the LCW Heritage Championship currently held by Magnum TA, who defeated Blanchard last week on LCW Showdown for the title. For the complete results to this week's special three-hour edition of LCW Showdown, click here or visit LCWShowdown.com.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

LCW Showdown Television Results 08.29.07

For the complete results, click here or visit LCWShowdown.com.

Monday, August 27, 2007

[News Update] Nick Hogan's Condition Updated

The following is from the Tampa Tribune:
The passenger in the car wrecked by Hulk Hogan's son Sunday night returned from Iraq last year and may have suffered brain damage in the crash, his grandmother said this morning.

Speaking from Staten Island, Catherine Graziano said her grandson, John Graziano, 22, was with the U.S. Marines in Iraq.

Her son, "Graziano's father, who lives in Dunedin" was nearly incoherent when he told her by telephone of Graziano's condition, she said. She remembered her son saying something to the effect of her grandson may have suffered brain damage.

"He said it doesn't look good," Catherine Graziano said. "He was very incoherent."

"To come home from Iraq and for this to happen," she said before bringing a telephone conversation with a Tampa Tribune reporter to a close. She said she had to work on getting a flight to Florida.

Graziano is in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center. Meanwhile, Hogan's son, Nicholas Bollea, also known as Nick Hogan, 17, is not listed as a patient any longer at the hospital, a Bayfront spokeswoman said. He is presumed to have been released.

Graziano, whose local address is 1225 Curlew Road in Dunedin, was riding in the front passenger seat of a Toyota Supra driven by Bollea, Clearwater police said.

The Supra "inexplicably" left Court Street on Sunday at 8 p.m. and struck a tree in the median, destroying the car on impact, Clearwater police spokesman Wayne Shelor said. Both of the car's occupants had to be extricated.

"Everything that happened last night was because of excessive speed," Shelor said this morning. "When the car hit, it largely exploded or disintegrated."

No charges have been filed. The investigation into the wreck continues, Shelor said.

This is Bollea's second accident in as many years involving a sports car.

He was driving a yellow Lamborghini when it caught fire in Bay Harbor Islands in Miami in September, according to a report published in the Miami Herald. Bollea was driving the 2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT through a residential area, the report said.

The car caught fire as he was driving, but he got out before it burst into flames, the Herald reported last year.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is popular for his reality show, "Hogan Knows Best," and is one of the Tampa Bay area's best-known celebrities. His children have become celebrities because of the show.

Hogan had moved his family to Miami so his children could pursue acting and singing careers. His daughter, Brooke, has a music career, while Nick's passion is cars, according to a biography on the show's Web site.

On a recent show, Hogan's wife and his children want the wrestling star to get a makeover, making fun of the way the Hulkster dresses. They tell him he has to dress better now that he's living in Miami.

This month, Bollea reported $100,000 in custom jewelry was missing from the family's Miami Beach home, according to news reports. He said someone stole his diamonds. The family recently moved back from Miami to their mansion at 130 Willadel Drive in Belleair.

The following is from TMZ.com, a statement Linda Bollea-Hogan released this morning:
"My son Nick and a friend were involved in a car accident last night. Nick suffered minor injuries and has been treated and released from the hospital. At this time, his friend, John Graziano remains hospitalized. Nick is currently at the hospital with John and his family. His sole concern is for the well being of his friend. On behalf of my family, we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with John and his loved ones."

Sunday, August 26, 2007

[News Update] Video of Hulk Hogan at Son's Crash Site



The following is from CNN.com:
A high-speed car accident in Florida has left the teenage son of wrestling star Hulk Hogan seriously injured and a companion in critical condition late Sunday, police said.

Nick Bollea, 17, was the driver of a Toyota Supra that went out of control while driving at a "high rate of speed" about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, said Wayne Shelor, a spokesman for the Clearwater police in Clearwater, Florida.

The car "inexplicably left the roadway," jumped across a raised median and slammed into a palm tree just east of downtown, Shelor said.

"It destroyed the car," he said.

Firefighters had to extract Bollea and his passenger, whose identity was not immediately released, from the wreckage. Both were flown to a hospital in nearby St. Petersburg, Florida, Shelor said.

"They're both down there. Nick's father is down there," he said.

Hulk Hogan, one of the top professional wrestlers of the 1980s and 1990s, is now featured in the VH1 reality show "Hogan Knows Best." His son, wife Linda and daughter Brooke regularly appear on the show.

One episode documented the son's interest in a type of high-speed car racing known as "drifting."

Shelor said there was no evidence of drag racing or "drifting" in Sunday's wreck.

Police said Bollea -- known to viewers as "Nick Hogan" -- was not as seriously hurt as his passenger, who was listed as critical.

Shelor said the wreck forced police to shut down mile-long Court Street, the main east-west road through central Clearwater, as they investigated the accident.

"I will have this road closed for a minimum of four hours," he said. "It was a spectacular wreck."

[Breaking News] Hulk Hogan's Son in Serious Car Accident

The following is from TMZ.com:
Hulk Hogan's son Nick was seriously injured in a car accident tonight in Clearwater, Fl.

Law enforcement tells TMZ the accident occurred around 7:31 p.m. ET tonight. According to police, a Toyota Supra, driven by Nick Bollea (Hogan's real name), was traveling at a very high rate of speed when it lost control and hit a raised median. The car was flipped around and the back end hit a palm tree. The impact, we're told, "destroyed the entire car." The two male occupants were flown by Medivac helicopter from the accident scene to a hospital in St Petersburg. We're told both injuries are "very very serious."

The accident happened on Court Street, a main drag in downtown Clearwater, causing the entire street to be shut down for hours.

No 911 call was made to police. The accident was actually called in by an officer who rolled up right after the crash happened.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

[News Update] Top Stars Leaving WWE Soon? Soon to be Legends in LCW?

LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com has received several emails about the rumors of WWE superstar Mark Henry's contract expiring soon. Rumor has it that Henry's contract is expected to expire soon and he's not expected to renew his contract. However, it's not known if he does intend to leave WWE or if it's a negotiating tactic. The Undertaker is scheduled to make his return at WWE Unforgiven in a match with Mark Henry. Vince McMahon had debated whether to have The Undertaker return at WWE Summerslam this Sunday, but reportedly decided to go with having him return at WWE Unforgiven, partially because it was felt it would send a bad message to talent regarding coming back too soon from injury.

In a telephone interview, LCW Chairman of the Board Christian Calaway said of Henry, "I don't know if there's really a lot of interest in ever featuring Mark Henry in Legends Championship Wrestling. He's had ten years in the WWE to become a star and has either been stuck in a mid-card position or stuck on the sidelines with injuries. He's just been unable to take it to that next level and he's had many opportunities. And if he were ever to be featured in Legends Championship Wrestling, it wouldn't be for several years as he's not a part of the generation of guys we're currently featuring. And there are so many other bonifide legends who deserve to be a part of this roster before he is even considered."

Also, rumors are swirling about Ric Flair and his rumored retirement from active competition after WrestleMania 24. Flair, who will be 59 at the time of WrestleMania 24, was a part of Legends Championship Wrestling before all active WWE and TNA talent were removed from the roster to make the product more authentic and realistic. Calaway said of a possible return to LCW for the former LCW Universal Champion, "I'd love to feature Ric Flair in Legends Championship Wrestling again, but just because he might be retiring from active in-ring competition, or rumored to be retiring at least, doesn't mean he's not going to be an integral part of the WWE product as a manager or possibly road agent. If WWE were to actually let him leave the company and actually retire, which I don't see happening, but if that were to happen I would seriously question that decision, because there's too much value to what Flair can offer off-camera for the young guys coming up, value that they desperately need. But if he completely retires and takes that next step and leaves WWE, he will definantely be a featured legend in Legends Championship Wrestling again, but I just don't see him completely leaving WWE. I think he's going to be a fixture in that company for the rest of his life."

[Throwback Thursday] StarrCade '85: Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard

Last night on LCW Showdown, Magnum TA defeated Tully Blanchard to win the LCW Heritage Championship, but this wasn't the first time these two men had done battle in the ring.

The two men feuded for the better part of four months in 1985, a war which culminated in an epic battle at "StarrCade '85: The Gathering" on November 28, 1985, in an "I Quit" steel cage match for the NWA United States Championship, perhaps the most brutal steel cage matches in professional wrestling history and certainly the match that, in our opinion, stole the show and remains a classic today.

Almost twenty-two years later, the outcome was still the same last night on
LCW Showdown, albeit without the brutality of the steel cage, with Magnum TA walking away with the gold, this time the LCW Heritage Championship. And let's not forget the very vocal and very beautiful Baby Doll who was in the corner of Tully Blanchard then and was in Blanchard's corner last night at LCW Showdown and looked as lovely last night as she did in 1985.

If you missed
LCW Showdown last night, click here or visit LCWShowdown.com for the complete results.

We hope you all enjoy this week's edition of LCW's Throwback Thursday on
LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com. If you have a video that you'd like to see featured on a future edition of LCW's Throwback Thursday, please send the YouTube link to info@legendschampionshipwrestling.com or to us through our MySpace page at http://myspace.com/lcwrestling.




Wednesday, August 22, 2007

LCW Showdown Television Results 08.22.07

For the complete results, click here or visit LCWShowdown.com.

[Breaking News] Virgil Released from Legends Championship Wrestling

LCW Chairman of the Board Christian Calaway announced today that the LCW Board of Directors has come to terms on the release of Virgil from his legends contract. In a telephone interview with LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com, Calaway said, "Without Ted DiBiase, there isn't much interest in Virgil at this time." LCW wishes Virgil the best in all future endeavors.

Virgil had been a part of Legends Championship Wrestling since it's inception and he was in Ted DiBiase's corner as his boydguard at the first LCW event, LCW SuperClash 2005, and remained by his side for the next two years. When Ted DiBiase's contract expired last week and DiBiase didn't resign a new contract, the decision to release Virgil was made shortly thereafter and officially announced today.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

LCW Caged Heat 2007 Pay-Per-View Results 08.19.05

For the complete results, click here or visit LCWCagedHeat.com.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

[Breaking News] "The Missing Link" Dewey Robertson Passes Away

LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com is sad to hear of the passing of another of its featured legends. Dewey Robertson, better known as "The Missing Link" passed away at 3:30 AM on Thursday morning at Hamilton's Henderson Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.

Robertson started wrestling in his native Canada in the 1960s under the name of Dewey Robertson. He was a very popular babyface in the Toronto area. He left to wrestle in the United States in 1973, but returned a year later as The Masked Crusader with manager John St. John. He was on a crusade to keep wrestling scientific but was soon unmasked by The Sheik. After that, Robertson formed a tag team called "The Crusaders" with Billy Red Lyons.

He owned a gym in the 1970s and had a television spot where he tore up a phone book to promote his gym.

In 1979, Robertson wrestled in the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions as a heel with "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers as his manager. He used Rogers' figure-four leg lock as his finisher.

He changed his look and became The Missing Link in 1983 in Mid-South Wrestling and started acting crazy. He got over and was signed by the World Wrestling Federation in 1985. He was managed by both Jimmy Hart and Bobby Heenan and often was stopped from doing a flying headbutt on a chair by Heenan after a match. His gimmick eventually got him featured in Sports Illustrated.

He left for World Class Championship Wrestling in 1986 and was managed by Sunshine. In late 1986, he left for the Universal Wrestling Federation where he was managed by Dark Journey.

He retired in the 1990s but came back to do independent shows as The Missing Link starting in 2004.

Robertson had an addiction to cocaine and amphetamines that he overcame in the late 1980s. He also admitted to taking steroids and abusing alcohol during his career.

LCW Chairman of the Board Christian Calaway said in a telephone interview, "It's another sad loss for professional wrestling. He was a legend, had an incredible gimmick, a great character, and I was honored to feature him in Legends Championship Wrestling. Tomorrow's LCW Caged Heat pay-per-view will definitely be dedicated to him."

Friday, August 17, 2007

[Breaking News] Hulk Hogan's House Gets Burglarized

From TMZ.com:
TMZ has learned that Hulk Hogan's Miami Beach home was robbed of a reported $100,000 worth of jewelry just last night. Damn!

The Hulkster and his family were in the process of moving out of their home, when the jewelry was reportedly taken from right under their nose. Some of the pricey gems that have gone missing include a diamond-encrusted watch and two gold chains.

Sources close to the Hogans tell TMZ that the family was in the middle of moving to a new Hulk-palace when they discovered that the jewelry was gone.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

[News Update] WWE Responds To Congress

WWE has responded to the request it received from the Congressional Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection and submitted information on Wednesday August 15th 2007 regarding WWE’s Talent Wellness Program. To view WWE’s response in full, please click here (PDF).

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

LCW Showdown Television Results 08.15.07

For the complete results, click here or visit LCWShowdown.com.

[Throwback Thursday] WarGames '87: Dusty Rhodes, Magnum TA, The Road Warriors, and Paul Ellering vs. The Four Horsemen and James J. Dillon

Perhaps the greatest WarGames match was the one that started it all. In 1987, Jim Crockett Promotions presented a cage match that, for almost 10 years (until the invention of the Hell in a Cell in WWE) would outshine all other cage matches.

The WarGames concept was created by Dusty Rhodes and was originally conceived as a specialty match for the Four Horsemen. The first two WarGames matches took place during the NWA's Great American Bash '87 tour, where it was known as "WarGames: The Match Beyond." There were also WarGames matches at the Great American Bashes in 1988 and 1989. WCW brought back the WarGames match at their WrestleWar pay-per-views in 1991 and 1992, before it became a tradition at the Fall Brawl pay-per-views from 1993-1998.

The WarGames match returned in 2005 at the inaugural LCW Caged Heat pay-per-view. (For past LCW Caged Heat pay-per-view results, click here or visit LCWCagedHeat.com). With LCW Caged Heat only three days away, this week on Throwback Thursday we present to you the very first WarGames match from the 1987 Great American Bash which featured the Four Horsemen and James J. Dillon facing Dusty Rhodes, Magnum TA, The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering.

Be sure to check out the WarGames match at this Sunday's LCW Caged Heat pay-per-view when LCW Chairman of the Board Christian Calaway steps into the cage with the members of his Entourage, LCW Universal Champion Nikita Koloff, LCW International Champion Superstar Billy Graham and LCW Heritage Champion Tully Blanchard as they face the thorns in Calaway's side, Big Van Vader, Harley Race, Magnum TA, and Jack Brisco.

We hope you all enjoy this week's edition of LCW's Throwback Thursday on LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com. If you have a video that you'd like to see featured on a future LCW's Throwback Thursday, please send the YouTube link to info@legendschampionshipwrestling.com or to us through our MySpace page: http://myspace.com/lcwrestling.


[News Update] Order of Deaths Key to Chris Benoit's Estate

From the Associated Press:
The future of pro wrestler Chris Benoit's millions could come down to the timing of a horrible crime: Did Benoit — having taken high doses of steroids — strangle his wife and then their young son before killing himself, or did the boy die first?

Lawyers for Benoit's mother-in-law, Maureen Toffoloni, filed a petition last week asking a court to determine the order of the deaths, which could affect whether she gets any of the estate.

Neither Benoit nor his wife left a will, so the death order could mean the difference in whether Toffoloni or Benoit's children from a previous marriage inherit the two homes, several bank and investment accounts and other assets estimated to be worth millions. Lawyers in the case declined Wednesday to provide an exact value.

Investigators have repeatedly said that Benoit killed his wife, then their son and himself during the weekend of June 22.

District Attorney Scott Ballard has said the wrestler used a cord to strangle his wife, then killed his son with a choke hold, then placed Bibles next to the bodies and hanged himself on a piece of exercise equipment.

Under that scenario, the estate would pass to Benoit's surviving two children, who live in Canada with their mother, said Cary Ichter, an attorney for Benoit's father, Michael.

But if the boy was killed first and then the wife, under Georgia law at least some of the estate would pass to Toffoloni, lawyers in the case said.

That's because of a forfeiture statute that takes into account the fact that Benoit was the killer. As such, the law for purposes of estate distribution would consider Benoit to have died before his wife and son.

Ichter said that if the boy was killed first, the estate would pass to the wife and, since she was killed, it would then pass to her family. But he noted that police don't believe that is how it happened.

Richard Decker, an attorney for Toffoloni, of Daytona Beach, Fla., said he doesn't believe the order of deaths is clear. He said he is asking the Fayette County court to make a determination based on the law "and not what we hear on TV."

Investigators have not given a motive for the killings, but the question of whether steroids played a role has lingered. Anabolic steroids were found in Benoit's home, and tests showed Benoit had roughly 10 times the normal level of testosterone in his system when he died.

Besides the Fayetteville home, estimated to be worth $1.5 million to $3.5 million, the Benoits had a home in nearby Peachtree City, which was for sale for $400,000 at the time of the killings, according to Decker. The house was not sold and has since been taken off the market, he said.

A probate court hearing over the appointment of estate administrators is scheduled for Aug. 28, Ichter said.

Ballard did not return a call Wednesday seeking comment. A spokesman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation declined to comment.

Monday, August 13, 2007

[News Update] More on the Passing of Brian "Crush" Adams

The following is from the Brian Adams incident report:

Brian Adams was found by his wife unconscious in bed not breathing. She called 911 and Fire Rescue responded. Fire Rescue could not revive him and he was declared dead at the scene. The Medical Examiners Office responded and transported the body to their office to be examined. The cause of death is unknown at this time. There were no visible signs of injuries.

To view the incident report (PDF format), click here.

[Breaking News] Brian 'Crush' Adams Found Dead

The following is from WWE.com:
World Wrestling Entertainment has learned that Brian Adams, also known to our fans as Crush, has been found dead today. More details are unknown.
LCW Chairman of the Board Christian Calaway said in a telephone interview with LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com, "This is another great loss. Adams wasn't ever a featured legend in Legends Championship Wrestling, but he definitely would have been a part of LCW eventually. It's just another legend who's passed too soon."

Brian Adams was actually featured on the February 22, 2006 edition of LCW Showdown. He was attacked by The Powers of Pain during their feud with Demolition. Demolition then attacked Adams to show The Powers of Pain that their attempted mind games had no effect on them.

Stay tuned to LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com as we'll have more information as it becomes available.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

[Must Read Interview] Hulk Hogan: "I'll defeat desperate Vince"

From thesun.co.uk:
Part One - The Story - August 5, 2007

Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has lashed out at the industry which made him a megastar. And he has demanded an end to the decades-long cover-up of steroid abuse in the sport. Hogan, 54, took the muscle-enhancing drugs almost daily for 16 years during his career and says he can spot a user a mile off.

With more than 100 grapplers dying before the age of 50 in the last decade, he is begging others to face up to the crisis. The Sun has been leading an anti-steroid abuse campaign since wrestler Chris Benoit murdered his wife and seven-year-old son before committing suicide in June.

A handful of former stars have already spoken out and prompted US politicians to start investigating the industry. But many in the WWE, the world's biggest fight franchise, deny there is a problem and have blasted their ex-colleagues as bitter failures who haven't wrestled in years.

They cannot same the same about Hogan, wrestling's equivalent of Pele or Muhammad Ali who was fighting for them just 12 months ago.

In an exclusive Sun interview, he said: "Are steroids a problem in wrestling? Oh God yeah. They have always been a part of the business. It's prevalent. But there's not some big mystery to it. Just open your eyes and it's there. You can look at a wrestler and pretty much tell. They will be above their weight range, with these big veins. My body weight is around 285lb, depending on how much junk I eat. Even if I was 25 and clean, I could probably only carry 300lb. Yet when I was wrestling I weighed anywhere between 320 and 340lb, because my body was full of water weight. My face was puffy, my arms were so bulky I couldn't touch my shoulders. You could take one look at me and know I was on something.

"Steroids have been around for ever in other sports too, but if we have to pick on somebody now then let's pick on wrestling. I'm glad the business is in the spotlight because they're probably the only ones smart enough, after being able to dodge it for so long, to know how to fix it."

The Hulkster added: "I remember up until the early 1990s any wrestler could walk into a doctor and they'd write you a prescription for steroids. Then there was a huge trial where WWE boss Vince McMahon was unfairly accused and rightly acquitted of distributing the drugs to his workers. This ushered in the era of wrestlers playing 'hide and seek'. If they can get away with things then they will. But now I think we're at the 11th hour. We can't have hide and seek being played any more. The WWE say they are drug testing, but if they are then it's not good enough. Because these guys have to stop dying."

Despite going on TV at the time to deny it, Hogan has since confessed he regularly used steroids between 1975 and 1991. In that period he helped turn the WWE, then known as the WWF, from a New York-based wrestling group into a global entertainment brand.

In 1984 he won their world heavyweight championship, holding it on and off for the best part of the next seven years and starring in the main event at six of their first seven WrestleMania extravaganzas. But behind his superhero mystique lay a dirty secret.

In his 2003 autobiography Hogan admitted: "I would tell kids to train, say their prayers and take their vitamins. But it wasn't just vitamins I was taking. But at that time every wrestler I knew was on steroids. They were part of my generation. I'm not making excuses but they were everywhere. And a lot of that had to do with what we knew about them, which obviously wasn't enough. The most commonly prescribed were testosterone, Deca-Durabolin and Dianabol. I never had a question about whether I would take them. It was part of my daily regimen. Did you take a shower? Yeah. Did you brush your teeth? Yeah. Did you take your steroids? Yeah. That was the deal. It was how I lived."

Alongside steroids, experts also blame painkillers and recreational drug abuse for the high number of deaths among young wrestlers. Again it is something Hogan witnessed and he is pleased to say the industry has made progress on the latter.

He said: "There's definitely much less of a party scene and cocaine use today. When I went back to the WWE, I'd go down to the Marriott bar after the show - and all you would see is Ric Flair there with a Jack Daniels and Hulk Hogan drinking a beer. In the old days EVERY wrestler would be in the bar and then they'd go out and stay out all night. But now they are all upstairs on their computers. Maybe they're not playing games up there, but it certainly seems a lot better.

"As for painkillers, like steroids, they have always been around. I was naïve when I first entered wrestling and didn't even know what they were. But there was a point later on where I got hurt and found out… pretty quickly! I used them but not to the point of abusing and to the levels of the horror stories I've heard. I always knew my limitations and had regular blood tests and physicals.

"During the years when I would hear of these massive doses of pills some guys would take, I remember thinking they would laugh at me if they knew what I was involved in. I would be a big joke."

Hogan is currently in talks to start his own promotion, in which the focus will be firmly taken off those with superhuman physiques. He said: "I don't know what the other federations can do, but I do know what I can do and it's all part of my plan for a new wrestling idea. It came from another person and when they told it to me it was the smartest thing I'd ever heard.

"I have been speaking to people from the American television networks and other important people in LA. In the first two weeks they raised $40million (£20million). I need about $80-100million to start it up. If me and my partners pull it off then the wrestlers will have a more natural look and an easier schedule - all of the things people are saying the business needs. And then Vince McMahon and everyone else in the business will have to follow suit."

Hogan is fully aware that his stance opens him up to charges of hypocrisy. Critics argue he was the "poster boy" for steroids throughout much of his career and other wrestlers emulated him to get the same "main event" physique. So isn't Hulk Hogan's plea to get steroids out of wrestling like George Bush calling for troops to leave Iraq?

The Hulkster replies: "I'm not trying to repent but I am being honest about my failings. I want youngsters to be educated. If I was 25 right now, coming into this business, I don't know what I'd be like in that locker room. But I know one thing. Wrestling needs to make sure everything is above board. So is it hypocritical of me? Yes. But is it hypocritical of me now in 2007? No. I think it's more like poetic justice. I've learned from being around, surviving and watching the many mistakes I and others made. I thank God I'm still alive!"

Part Two - The Interview - August 10, ,2007

Last week Hulk Hogan shocked the grappling world when he called for an end to steroid use in the sport and lashed out at the number of stars dying young. The Hulkster also stoked interest by revealing he has raised $40million of the $80-100 million he needs to start his own wrestling federation and take on Vince McMahon's all-powerful WWE.

Now, in part two of our exclusive interview, wrestling's biggest ever name turns his guns on his former friend and boss. Hogan slams the "compromised" McMahon and his "robot" roster, then reveals exactly how their relationship broke down. He also has harsh words for fellow legend Steve Austin and those who he saw wrestling to "silence" at last year's SummerSlam.

SUN: People are going to be very excited when they hear your plans to start your own wrestling promotion. Can you tell us any more?

HULK: If I can do what I want to do in the next few months then this will be bigger than anything ever done before in wrestling. You've seen WrestleMania, the nWo, UFC, steel cages, PPV - but this is something completely different again. Someone else gave me the idea and I said go ahead go and do this crazy thing. It is something I would have never dreamed of. It would be like inventing an engine that runs on air that kind of an idea.

Wrestling needs to be about the art form again. It needs to be about painting a picture and having a really good match. Whether the guy can dropkick off the top of the cage or, like me, his boots never leave the ground - it's about understanding what this business is about. The best wrestlers, whether it's a Hulk Hogan or a Rey Mysterio, are the ones who have psychology and can understand this business.

SUN: Do you think anyone can challenge the WWE's dominance of wrestling?

HULK: Definitely. If you look at the numbers when I was in WCW, we used to beat them every week. We had three times the audience of Vince. He was facing bankruptcy. Then AOL merged with Time Warner and said we do not want wrestling on our stations, and that was the end of WCW.

Right now, Vince's stuff has been compromised. With all respect to TNA, the WWE is the only option people really have - but it is not at the level of the quality of programming that Vince usually puts out.

SUN: What don't you like about the WWE product at the moment?

HULK: Well, I never said I didn't like it.

SUN: Sorry, what do you think it lacks then?

HULK: It lacks stars, it lacks consistency, it lacks quality story lines and it lacks anybody that understands the art form. Everybody's out there wrestling like a robot.

SUN: At WrestleMania, you were rumoured to be part of the Vince McMahon v Donald Trump match. Is that true?

HULK: I don't know anything about that. I know I was supposed to be the main event at WrestleMania either against Austin, Big Show or Khali. It is something they had talked about for a year, as it was the 20th anniversary of me slamming Andre The Giant at WrestleMania III.

The year before at the Hall Of Fame, Vince even told me: "Make sure you're ready for WrestleMania 23 because it is 20 years since the attendance record was set in Detroit and we want you back in there as the main event."

SUN: But you ended up not being on the show at all. What happened?

HULK: Last year, at SummerSlam, I fought Randy Orton - and me and Vince had some problems with the money. Before SummerSlam, I was a little worried because instead of being a main event match I was on fourth against Randy Orton. When I heard about the first three matches at the Fleet Centre in Boston and it sounded like a funeral. And when I listened to the crowd reactions to those matches, it did sound like a funeral. Then when my music came on it was like the old days people were stood up. It was electric. Randy is a great hard working wrestler and we fought an old school style match. That was the most exciting match I've ever had in the Fleet Centre.

I wrestled Sting in a cage - which was a great match in my opinion at least - but this one was better as after second-guessing I was like "oh my god, it still works".

Then Vince went out with his son and wrestled Triple H and Shawn Michaels and it was dead against. Cena went on for the main event, and people started leaving. I felt bad when the night ended, as they should have put me on later, but it was the money that really got to me.

I swore I would never talk about the money again with Vince because that's what we always argue about but when I saw the amount, it I was like that like one of my driver's pay cheques so I had to say something.

He replied: "Well you're not the only big guy any more, there are now 12 big guys."

I said: "Well if that's the case let me explain something to you, I heard the first three matches and nothing. I wrestled and I heard what happened.

"And then I heard your match Vince and nothing and I saw Cena and people were leaving. I had a hard time getting out the building because of all the people marching through.

"So who are the other 11 big guys you're splitting my money with?"

SUN: Was that your last conversation with him?

HULK: No, we tried to get back on track for WrestleMania. Vince called me up a few months later wanting me to wrestle his son Shane. He was raving: "It'll be exciting. Shane can bounce around for you. You can do anything. We really want to re-create WrestleMania 3."

But I said: "How come not Big Show? How come not Stone Cold? Nothing against your son, but why Shane?

"You can re-create everything about WrestleMania III except the magic and probably my pay check right?"

And that was the last time I talked to him.

SUN: Recently Vince McMahon has had a female wrestler called Jillian Hall play the character of an awful blonde singer - which is obviously a dig your daughter Brooke. What did you think when you saw that?

HULK: I haven't seen it myself but people have told me about it. It's the lowest thing you can do. Like talking bad about someone in high school. If I have a problem with someone I talk about them. I don't pick on their kids. So if that's what he's doing then he's desperate and defeatable.

SUN: Would you ever go back to the WWE?

HULK: Never say never, but I think it would be highly unlikely.

SUN: A lot of people are calling John Cena the new Hulk Hogan. He's got the charisma, looks and he has held the title for a long time now. Do you think he could emulate your huge success?

HULK: If anybody can do it, he can. I've talked to John and he's got a real big head on his shoulders. He's not jaded. He definitely has the opportunity, simply because he keeps his options open. He is not falling into that replaceable robotic cookie kind of character. He's definitely the one guy that is smart enough to rise and has the talent to move on.

SUN: There are two dream matches that are always talked about. You against Cena and you against Austin. Any chance of either of those happening?

HULK: Somewhere down the road, Hulk Hogan v John Cena could definitely happen. But Austin? Well his claim to fame - rather than slamming Andre The Giant or beating Vince every week in the ratings - is that Austin v Hogan is something he'll never let happen.

SUN: If Steve turned round tomorrow and said "I've changed my mind and I'd really like the fight to go ahead" - would you do it?

HULK: I don't know. It depends if I was available. I'm very right busy now.

[Have You Heard?] Diamond Dallas Page is a fan of Legends Championship Wrestling! Are you?

Diamond Dallas Page, a three-time WCW World Champion and currently featured LCW legend, joined Legends Championship Wrestling on the phone this past weekend to produce a promo for the "Have You Heard?" campaign, the second in a series of promos that will feature the legends of professional wrestling showing their support for Legends Championship Wrestling, the premier online fantasy wrestling organization. Former NWA valet and currently featured LCW legend Baby Doll produced a promo earlier in the month.

The legendary Page cut the second promo in the "Have You Heard?" campaign on Saturday before the LCW Beach Brawl pay-per-view on Sunday telling the world that he was an "F-A-N of the LCW." The promo can be heard on LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com in the audio section on the sidebar.

LCW Chairman of the Board Christian Calaway said in a telephone interview with LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com, "This is another great moment for LCW. Getting the support of the legends themselves in the product that they're featured in is so important and Page has been great in helping us with this promo. I mean, come on, he was the WCW World Champion! We say we're the 'premier online fantasy wrestling organization', but this really helps to cement that statement with some credibility. I can't thank him enough for helping us."

In Legends Championship Wrestling, Diamond Dallas Page is a former two-time LCW United States Champion and won his third LCW United States Championship last night at the LCW Beach Brawl pay-per-view from "Dr. Death" Steve Williams. Page had previously won the title from Sid Vicious and the Honky Tonk Man. The summer and steel cages have been very good to Page as he won his two previous LCW United States Championships at both LCW Caged Heat events, winning the title from Vicious at Caged Heat 2005 and Honky Tonk at Caged Heat 2006. Who will Page defend his newly won LCW United States Championship against at LCW Caged Heat this year? And will the summer and the steel cage be as kind to Page as they have been at past Caged Heat events? Stay tuned to LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com and LCW Showdown every Wednesday night as we countdown to the LCW Caged Heat pay-per-view on August 19th.

For the complete results from last night's LCW Beach Brawl pay-per-view including Page's title victory over "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, click here or visit LCWBeachBrawl.com.

In real life, Page has been focusing on his new career in Hollywood and his new passion, YRG for Regular Guys. Calaway said, "YRG is such an amazing, life changing thing and I'm proud to be able to feature it in Legends Championship Wrestling. You're going to see a lot of it incorporated into the LCW product as it's something I really believe in and it's something that I'm really proud of Page for dedicating his life to. He's helping people with YRG and really helping them to better their health and save their lives and that's more important than anything." For more information on YRG, visit YRGWorkout.com.

[Have You Heard?] Baby Doll is a fan of Legends Championship Wrestling! Are you?

Nickla Roberts, better known to the professional wrestling world as Baby Doll helped kick off the "Have You Heard?" campaign this weekend when she appeared in the LCW studios to record the first promo in a series of promos that will feature the legends of professional wrestling showing their support for Legends Championship Wrestling, the premier online fantasy wrestling organization.

The legendary "Perfect Ten" Baby Doll cut the first promo on Friday which can be heard on
LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com which features her saying, "This is Baby Doll, your Perfect Ten, and I'm a fan of and a featured legend in Legends Championship Wrestling only on LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com."

LCW Chairman of the Board Christian Calaway said in a telephone interview with LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com, "This is an incredible moment for LCW. Getting the support of the legends themselves in the product that they're featured in is so amazing and so important. We say we're the 'premier online fantasy wrestling organization', but this really helps to cement that statement with some credibility. My intent with LCW has always been to honor these men and women and I think Baby Doll gets that and I can't thank her enough for helping us to get the ball rolling on this campaign."

In Legends Championship Wrestling, Baby Doll's not only the manager of LCW Heritage Champion Tully Blanchard, but she's also an integral member of The Entourage with Calaway, Blanchard, LCW Universal Champion Nikita Koloff, and LCW International Champion Superstar Billy Graham. Baby Doll was instrumental in helping Calaway defeat The Rock at LCW SuperClash (www.lcwsuperclash.com) two weeks ago on July 1st. Calaway said of the storyline, "That is without a doubt, the best storyline I have ever written in the two years that I've been writing LCW storylines. We've done a lot of great storylines, but this was by far the best, and she was such an important part of that angle and getting it started with Hugh Heffner wanting her to appear in Playboy and both my character and her character being offended by the offer and my character challenging Heffner to a match and Heffner selecting The Rock to wrestle me, while at the same time I'm trying to keep The Rock out of LCW. There was so much going on and it was all happening at the same time. It was just a great story and she was the glue of that angle and getting her approval on the Playboy aspect of it was important as well because I didn't want to offend her."

Since SuperClash, Tully Blanchard, with Baby Doll by his side, has set his sights on Sam Houston, Baby Doll's ex-husband. Calaway said of the angle, "I love weaving reality into the storylines and history into the storylines, but again, it was important to me that she not be offended by what we are about to do with her character in relation to her ex-husband, Sam Houston."

In real life, Baby Doll appears as the General Manager of the CWA (www.cwaprowrestling.com), based out of North Carolina, which regularly features on their shows many of the legends featured in Legends Championship Wrestling. CWA also features a remarkable standout talent, the insane lumberjack Timber (www.kissmyax.com or www.myspace.com/timber_lj), the reigning CWA Heavyweight Champion.

Baby Doll will also be appearing with many other legends (many also featured on Legends Championship Wrestling) at the NWA LegendsFest weekend (www.nwalegends.com) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 10-12, 2007, at the Hilton University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. For ticket information, visit nwalegends.com right now. Also, for more information on pro wrestling in the Carolinas, please visit www.carolinaindependentwrestling.com. You can also find more information on Baby Doll on her MySpace page: www.myspace.com/nickla_roberts.

[Have You Heard?] Missy Hyatt is a fan of Legends Championship Wrestling! Are you?

Missy Hyatt, the First Lady of Wrestling, joined Legends Championship Wrestling on the phone this week to produce a promo for the "Have You Heard?" campaign, a series of promos that features the legends of professional wrestling showing their support for LCW the premier online fantasy wrestling organization. Hyatt joins Baby Doll and Diamond Dallas Page who have both previously recorded promos for the "Have You Heard" campaign.

The legendary Missy Hyatt cut the third promo in the "Have You Heard?" campaign on Friday telling the world that she was a fan of LCW. The promo can be heard on LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com in the audio section on the sidebar along with the promos from Page and Baby Doll.

LCW Chairman of the Board Christian Calaway said in a telephone interview with LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com, "This is yet again another great moment for LCW. Missy Hyatt is an amazing woman and she's such a sweetheart. She's been a consistent force in LCW as the manager of the Nasty Boys, but it might be time to have her branch out and spread her wings. She's an amazing talent and certainly worthy of her status as a legend in Legends Championship Wrestling. Getting the support of the legends themselves in the product that they're featured in is so important and Missy has been wonderful in helping us with this promo. We say we're the 'premier online fantasy wrestling organization', but this really helps to cement that statement with some credibility. I can't thank her enough for helping us."

Missy Hyatt debuted in Legends Championship Wrestling in November of 2005 as the manager of The Nasty Boys. Hyatt has guided Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags to the LCW World Tag Team Championships twice as well as the LCW United States Tag Team Championships which they current hold after defeating The Rock 'n' Roll Express at the LCW Beach Brawl pay-per-view last Sunday.

Since debuting in professional wrestling in 1985, Missy Hyatt has managed the likes of John Tatum, Eddie Gilbert, The Steiner Brothers, Ric Flair, The Nasty Boys, The Sandman and Shane Douglas. Hyatt has also had legendary feuds with Sunshine, Dark Journey, Paul E. Dangerously, and Madusa.

She currently hosts MissyHyatt.net (WARNING: Adult Content) featuring photos of herself and various guest models such as Tammy Sytch (formerly WWE's Sunny), "The Queen of Extreme" ECW's Francine, Shannon (formerly WCW's Daffney), Beulah McGillicutty, Malia Hosaka, April Hunter, and others.