Rumble, Foley, McMahon, Hogan, Gagne, Gillberg Jan 25 - 11:59 pm EST
Daily Rapp Up by Bryan Rapp
WWE.com interviewed Shawn Michaels about Royal Rumble strategy and Miz's entry at #1. WWE is planning on surprise Royal Rumble entrants, but Kevin Nash doesn't expect himself to be among them. The Riverfront Times has an article on the history of wrestling in St. Louis ahead of Sunday's Royal Rumble PPV. USA Network doesn't currently have a Hall of Fame special scheduled in their March schedule, but it could air after Wrestlemania.
AZFamily has an article on Make-A-Wish honoring John Cena for his work with the charity. MTV interviewed Rock about working with Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg, upcoming projects and more. Marvel interviewed Mick Foley about his comic preferences, Marvel movies, his charity work and more. Rey Mysterio Jr. is advertised for two World of Wheels convention appearances this weekend in Pittsburgh, PA and New Orleans, LA.
WWE announced the launch of WWE Digital Properties allowing brands to target advertising across WWE.com as well as Maxim, Major League Gaming, Professional Bull Riding and other partner sites. The Wall Street Journal has an article on Christopher Shays' official entry into Connecticut's Senate race and his Republican primary opponent Linda McMahon. Linda McMahon's campaign reacted to the official announcement by trying to frame the race as a Washington insider vs. an outside reformer.
TNA was in Brussels, Belgium yesterday with Robert Roode over James Storm and Kurt Angle. TNA released details on their Lockdown weekend VIP experience. The UK's Loose Women interviewed Hulk Hogan about TNA's UK tour, his status as a wrestler, injuries and more. Matt Morgan is featured on an Indian billboard to promote the debut of Ring Ka King.
Radar Online spoke to Tommy Dreamer about saving CM Punk's job with WWE twice, WrestleReunion, Vince McMahon and more. IMetAWrestler interviewed Fit Finlay about WrestleReunion, wrestling fans, WWE Divas and more. Chris Yandek interviewed Victor Webster about his work with Batista in Scorpion King 3. Fedor Emelianenko's representatives played down reports he'll fight Bobby Lashley as his next opponent.
There are details on Ring of Honor and CHIKARA's ticket prices for their Synergy event. Maryse won't be appearing at ringside at Pro Wrestling Superstars's show during WrestleReunion this weekend but will instead be in the audience. Lillian Garcia and Melina are scheduled for April's Chiller Theater convention in New Jersey. Michelle McCool posted a birthday video blog discussing her current activities and whether she'll be returning to WWE.
Verne Gagne will make a public appearance this weekend for a screening of his 1974 film The Wrestler which he produced and starred in. Extreme Reunion confirmed five more wrestlers for their April 28 event. Orlando Jordan will be wrestling in Bunbury, Australia next month for All Action Wrestling.
Quentin V. Jackson, a 25 year old student at Gillberg's Pro Wrestling Academy, passed away on Friday following an accidental injury the day before. Larry Flynt Publications' Hustler magazine returned to court today in an attempt to have the nearly $20 million judgement in favor of Nancy Benoit's family thrown out.
That's it for today. Thanks for reading.
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