Vendetta Pro Wrestling mentioned on their website that Austin Draven, who works for the promotion, has signed a developmental deal with with WWE. ... Thanks to Antonio for sending that along.
Devin Cutting reporting. ... The WWE house show at the Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas has been moved to July 6th, 2012. It's original date was the 20th of July.
From the where are they now file, Florida's Sun Sentinel has a short interview with Oleg "Vladimir Kozlov" Prudius at this link where he talks about his workout routine. I loved this line, "For power I dead-lift, bench-press, squat, jerk. I'm not super-heavyweight. My best bench press is 550 [pounds] and my best squat is 750." Yes Oleg, non monsters everywhere can bench 550 pounds. Right, gotcha!
Arda Ocal sent the following:
I spoke with WWE Hall Of Famer "Mean" Gene Okerlund. Here are the highlights:
On being undefeated in his "pro wrestling" career:
I'm 5-0 and I am very proud of it. As a matter of fact I asked Vince McMahon, the chairman and CEO of the WWE, to book me in the main event of Wrestlemania 29. I want someone big (Laughs)".
About how he reacted when he found out he was gonna be in the tag team match with Sheamus at Smackdown and if it took him by surprise :
"That was kinda a last minute deal. When he picked me I thought this had to be a rib."
How did the name Mean Gene come about ? Hulk Hogan made the name very popular to all the wrestling fans:
"Hulk Hogan did make it very popular. When I was interviewing in the old AWA, Jesse "The Body" Ventura was the guy that gave me the name. Jesse originated that in 1978, and its kinda stuck ever since"
To watch the full interview, click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNvt0ouJfLA