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Online Feud Between Chris Jericho and William Regal Continues, Update on WWE NXT, Jim Ross Credits Tony Schiavone, WWE Superstars Pick Most Underrated Talents, WWE Responds to “Barely Above Pornography” Comment from Newspaper Editorial

May 24, 2012   ·   0 Comments

– The war of words between Chris Jericho and William Regal has continued on Twitter. A fan asked Regal who would win in a technical match – he or Jericho. Regal replied:

“Someone would have to teach him a proper hold before he could enter.”

Jericho responded:

“Is this the guy who used to be on Raw 5 years ago? Not sure I remember who you are…”

Regal once again ended the back and forth:

“You know,I’m the one who copied you and wore a 3 piece suit and talked intelligently and menacing.”

– The current plan is for WWE to continue taping NXT with SmackDown on Tuesday and air it on the website like they have been doing. They will finish the current “season” before they begin airing the footage that was taped in Florida last week at Full Sail University.

– Jim Ross has a new in-depth article up on WWE.com, wondering if former WCW announcer Tony Schiavone was the most underrated play-by-play man of all-time. Here’s part of what Ross wrote:

“In the early years of our relationship, I’d rank Tony right there with the best play-by-play talents in the business. However, as the years went on and the political scene in WCW became more tumultuous and stressful, the lifelong baseball fan seemingly hit the wall and the genre of pro wrestling did not appear to be as much fun for him as it was back in the day. Until one has been in those shoes, one can’t imagine the stress of doing live TV in that type of environment.

Tony will likely always be remembered as steering the unpredictable ship of Monday Nitro as it earned massive TV ratings during the “Monday Night Wars.” I will best remember him as my ‘roomy’ and fellow sports enthusiast who I truly enjoyed working with.

Tony is living his dream these days doing baseball play-by-play on radio and also working on the Georgia Bulldog Radio network. I’m sincerely happy for the devoted husband and father. Working alongside Tony Schiavone was pivotal in my growth as a broadcaster.”

– WWE’s website also has an article up with current Superstars picking the most underrated Superstars of all-time. Dolph Ziggler chose Billy Gunn, Daniel Bryan chose Billy Robinson, Eve Torres chose John Laurinaitis, Alex Riley chose X-Pac, Ezekiel Jackson chose Tito Santana, Kofi Kingston chose Billy Kidman, Matt Striker chose Johnny Rodz, Howard Finkel chose Bam Bam Bigelow and WCW Classics as a whole chose Dean Malenko.

Last week, writer Joshua Fisher of The Darien Times newspaper wrote about Linda McMahon and her bid for the United States Senate. Fisher called WWE “a product that is barely above pornography.” He wrote:

“Linda McMahon has been gathering up town committee and Connecticut Republican endorsements all over the state. Including endorsements from Darien’s first selectman and RTC chairman. Some are saying the former WWE CEO has the experience to create jobs in Connecticut — something the U.S. Senate has little influence on. And even if you look past McMahon’s history of creating jobs by peddling a product that is barely above pornography, her ideas and platform are weak and her chances of actually winning the general election in November are even weaker.”

WWE’s “Stand Up for WWE” campaign has responded with the following letter:

Dear Mr. Fisher:

We are writing regarding your column that appeared in the Darien Times on May 17, 2012, where you state that WWE is a product “barely above pornography.”

Although this was an opinion piece, your position as editor of the Darien Times would ethically require you to report the facts accurately and not distort the truth. For future editorials and news stories that may pertain to WWE, we wanted you to be aware of the facts so you clearly understand our programming content and the type of entertainment we provide to our more than 300,000 fans in the state of Connecticut and millions around the world.

All WWE television programming features only TV-PG content as rated not by us, but by the network TV distributors and their standards and practices departments. WWE weekly programming has always appeared on basic cable or broadcast television. As any casual television viewer knows, your description of our programming, based on the Federal Communications Commission rules alone, would not be permitted on broadcast television or basic cable.

WWE is family entertainment. In fact, 40 percent of the millions of fans who attend our live events bring their children. It’s insulting to these parents to think that they would condone their children watching inappropriate content. WWE may not be your personal choice of entertainment, but that does not give you the right to damage our corporate reputation.

On behalf of WWE, its 690 employees and our fans in Connecticut, we would appreciate it if you would stick to factual statements about our organization and brand. For more information on our company, please go to corporate.wwe.com and feel free to reach out to us for the facts in advance of any articles you write relating to WWE.

Sincerely,

Brian Flinn

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

– Below is what’s currently planned for WWE’s No Way Out pay-per-view in June:

* John Cena vs. Big Show

* WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan, possibly with Kane involved somehow

* World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio

* WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian vs. Cody Rhodes

* Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho

Speaking of AJ, she posted a follow-up to the angle between her and CM Punk that happened on Monday’s RAW:

“I sort of dig guys that sort of dig crazy chicks.”

– A lot of people within WWE are talking about how the company has went back to having pretty much no direction in the storylines. The feeling is that things were looking up after WrestleMania 28 when Brock Lesnar returned but with the People Power era and the push of John Laurinaitis, things have started to go back downhill.

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