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Punk Nominated for Golden God Award, JR Comments on a Texas ‘Mania, Pearce-WWE, Several Notable WWE Office Departures, Mark Henry’s Chamber Return Nixed, News on Randy Orton’s Injury, Shawn Michaels & the Boston RAW

February 18, 2012   ·   0 Comments

– Chris Jericho was in attendance for yesterday’s 2012 Golden Gods Awards press conference in Los Angeles with Alice Cooper, Zakk Wylde and others. Jericho hosted last year’s awards show but no word yet if he will be involved this year. This year’s show takes place on April 11th at Club Nokia in LA.

Jericho rival CM Punk is up for the Most Metal Athlete award this year. Punk goes up against MMA star Gina Carano, motorcross racer Brian Deegan, MLB star Evan Longoria, NBA player Dirk Nowitzki and NFL star Mitch Petrus.

Mark Henry was brought to Tuesday’s SmackDown tapings in Fresno, California to be named as Randy Orton’s Elimination Chamber replacement. Later in the day, likely because officials realized Henry wasn’t physically ready, the decision was made to have Santino Marella replace Orton.

– WWE made several office cuts on February 10th that were considered “major and shocking.” Jim Connelly, one of WWE’s top executives, was released along with Florence DiGiorgio and Dean Miller.

Connelly, hired in 1999 and considered to be a major pick-up, worked as Senior Vice President of Consumer Products. Dean Miller worked under Connelly as the Senior Manager of Home Entertainment and Florence DiGiorgio, hired back in the 90’s, worked as WWE’s Senior Director of Global Licensing.

WWE’s official word on the departures is that they are re-organizing that department but the feeling was that Vince McMahon made the moves at the worst time – right before the big New York Toy Fair last week. At the Toy Fair, people from WWE’s Consumer Products division were awkwardly dancing around questions on who to contact within WWE for potential licensing deals. Within WWE, people have been surprised at the timing of gutting that department.

WWE’s story on Randy Orton’s concussion from Monday’s RAW is that he suffered a concussion when Daniel Bryan hit him with the World Heavyweight Title but this is likely just a storyline reason. During the match against Big Show when the injury occurred, Orton can be seen getting up and his legs weren’t steady, after delivering the RKO to Big Show. Orton got up from the RKO slowly and immediately grabbed his head.

Backstage at RAW on Monday, nobody knew Orton was injured or at least they weren’t talking about it.

– NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce, who had neck surgery over a year ago, told Brian Fritz of BetweenTheRopes.com that he expected to be in WWE’s FCW developmental territory before getting injured and says if it weren’t for his age, he thinks he would be there. The 33 year-old Pearce says he doesn’t see himself wrestling past this year.

– Jim Ross reminded fans on Twitter why WrestleMania won’t be held at Cowboys Stadium in Texas for at least the next two years – the NCAA basketball tournament. JR wrote:

“fans clamoring for Wrestlemania to be in Cowboys Stadium are apparently unaware that do to NCAA basketball it’s not available nx 2 years.”

– When promoting Triple H vs. The Undertaker, a local ad for the March 5th RAW Supershow from Boston asks how will Shawn Michaels respond but doesn’t say what he will be responding to. It’s been speculated that Shawn will be the special referee for Taker and Triple H’s WrestleMania 28 match.


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