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Update on Tajiri’s Promotion, Edge’s WWE Studios Movie, Ryder Tweets & More, Big Success for WWE in Abu Dhabi, WWFX Correction, The Rock, ECW, Gangrel, Official WrestleMania 29 Press Release

February 18, 2012   ·   0 Comments

– WWE Studios’ “Bending The Rules” with Edge and actor Jamie Kennedy will be released in theaters on March 9th, a few weeks earlier than originally planned.

– As noted before, former WWE star Tajiri’s SMASH promotion in Japan will be folding after their March 14th show at Korakuen Hall – their second anniversary show. The official word on why they are closing is creative differences in management but SMASH has been the victim of a bad post-earthquake economy where people aren’t spending money on entertainment like they were. There were reportedly problems between Tajiri and the person funding the company over their opinions on the direction of the company.

– There will be a WWE Elimination Chamber viewing party this Sunday at The Village Chess Shop in New York City at 230 Thompson Street. There will be a $10 cover. For more information, call 212-475-9580 or e-mail rrg250@nyu.edu.

– In keeping with Monday’s storylines, Zack Ryder wrote the following on Twitter yesterday:

“I cannot describe in 140 characters how hurt I am…but my broken heart is causing me the most pain. Thanks @JohnCena & @EveMarieTorres”

Former WWE Superstar Gangrel turns 43 years old today.

– On this day back in 2010, the final episode of ECW on SyFy aired. The main event of the show saw Ezekiel Jackson defeat Christian in an Extreme Rules match to become the final ECW Champion.

– Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the Executive Producer of a new NASCAR documentary that airs on PBS February 23rd at 9pm. “Racing Dreams” won Best Documentary Awards at several film festivals and has been optioned as a potential action movie.

– In a correction from last week, the February 4th WWFX show from the Philippines that saw John Morrison capture their Heavyweight Title actually drew 5,080 fans – not 1,200.

– All three of WWE’s RAW live events in Abu Dhabi last week drew crowds between 5,000 and 6,000 in a 6,000-seat arena. The three-day tour grossed around $2 million. Because WWE was in a richer region, ticket prices were higher than normal – a more than $100 per ticket average.

The WWE crews were informed about what to do and what not to do, to keep everything low key and not party too much or get out of control. Due to the culture, WWE did not bring their pyro or fireworks, the Titantron or the Divas.

WWE issued the following press release on Thursday afternoon:

WrestleMania(R) to Hit New York/New Jersey Region and MetLife Stadium

Week-long Festivities to Feature WWE(R) Superstars and WWE’s Biggest Event of the Year at Home of New York Jets and New York Football Giants¬†

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Feb 16, 2012 — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and WWE WWE announced today that its annual pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania XXIX, will come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, April 7, 2013 with events throughout the New York/New Jersey region.

Governor Christie was joined by WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, New York Football Giants President and CEO John Mara, New York Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson, NYC & Company CEO, George Fertitta and WWE’s Senior Vice President of Special Events John Saboor to make the announcement at a press conference held earlier today. WWE Superstars John Cena(R), Triple H(R), Sheamus(R), Mark Henry(R), Brie and Nikki Bella(TM) and special guest Dwayne “The Rock(R)” Johnson were also on hand at MetLife Stadium for the historic announcement.

“We are excited to be hosting WrestleMania XXIX in the great state of New Jersey,” said Governor Chris Christie. “Having WWE’s preeminent international event here will strengthen both the regional and local economies and continue to showcase MetLife Stadium as a world-class venue for sports and entertainment. Fans will travel from around the world to enjoy and participate in the WWE’s biggest event of the year.”

A week-long celebration, WrestleMania has generated more than $200 million in cumulative economic impact for its past four host regions. The 2013 event will mark WrestleMania’s fifth trip to the metropolitan area with past visits in 1985, 1986, 1994, and 2004.

“WWE would like to thank Governor Christie, the New York Jets, the New York Giants and NYC & Company for rolling out the red carpet to host WWE’s biggest event of the year,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “We look forward to making history and adding MetLife Stadium to the list of iconic venues that have hosted WrestleMania.”

“When WrestleMania comes to town, related activities will occur throughout the New York and New Jersey area, but we are looking forward to hosting the main event,” said New York Jets Chairman and CEO, Woody Johnson. “We are confident that both the Superstars and fans of WWE will feel at home in MetLife Stadium.”

“WrestleMania has long been considered one of the most successful sports entertainment events in the world,” said John Mara, President and CEO of the New York Giants. “We are thrilled to welcome the highly-anticipated 29th installment to MetLife Stadium.”

WrestleMania Week activities will occur throughout the New York/New Jersey region including: the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s interactive fan festival; Make-A-Wish Pizza Party hosted by John Cena; Monday Night Raw; the finals of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge and other community-based events.

“NYC & Company looks forward to partnering with New Jersey on another world-class event in the tri-state area,” said NYC & Company CEO, George Fertitta. “We invite all WWE fans to visit New York City for its unparalleled shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment options across the five boroughs that will surely make WrestleMania Week an unforgettable experience.”

The pay-per-view event will be televised in more than 100 countries and 30 languages. In 2011, a sold-out crowd of 71,617 fans from all 50 states and 30 countries converged on the Georgia Dome for WrestleMania XXVII. This year WrestleMania XXVIII takes place Sunday, April 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. The main event will feature the highly-anticipated match between John Cena and The Rock.


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